25 Nov 2011

Disney's Princess Jasmine is reborn!

I've wanted to do an interpretation of Disney's Princess Jasmine for the longest time, and since I missed out on doing this for Halloween, I thought - sod it - I'll do it NOW! Why not?

I didn't really want to do a look that actually mimicked the character in the animation film; rather, I wanted to allow Jasmine to be reborn in her own new look. The colors were inspired by her outfit, and the style of makeup from Arab looks, since she is supposed to be an Arabian princess after all.

Revlon Colorstay foundation, Ben Nye concealer wheel, MAC MSF in Blonde

Urban Decay Primer Potion, Ben Nye Turquoise, Nars Outremer, Kryolan Cloud, Sugarpill Bulletproof, Calypso Mineral Twilight, Lit Cosmetics Peacock glitter, MAC Blacktrack Fluidliner, Kryolan Aqua Color White, MAC Mixing Medium, Ben Nye black eyeliner, L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara

P2 Sunset Boulevard, Revlon Lipgloss in Pink Pop

Models Own - Feeling Blue

Jewelry / Hairband
Talullah Tu

Watch the video directly on Youtube 

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and the look!!

Black Friday Sales! LiLash & Sigma

There's a couple of really great sales I wanted to tell you about for some of my favorite products. First off, Lilash! This is my favorite miracle product for long, luscious eyelashes. You can check out the video where I reviewed the product in detail:

I also posted a blog entry with pictures here.

Lilash / Librow Sale:

Details: $99 per tube of LiLash and LiBrow (regular price $140) Plus Free Shipping & 2 Free Gifts with the Purchase of 2 or more products!
Coupon Code: THANKFUL (although the landing page may auto apply that coupon)
Valid 11/24 to 11/29 ONLY!

The next worthwile sale is from Sigma!

Sigma is offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all their brushes, makeup kits and accessories (everything in their online store) for one day only. Plus there are some great items on sale in the "Special Deals" section, which you can find on the left side menu on their website. I've recently tried out the Synthetic Precision Kit (pictured above) and really love it, just haven't had time yet for a detailed review.

Sigma Sale:
Coupon Code: BF2011

Friday, Nov 25, 2011 (1 day only)
9am - 5pm Central Standard Time (USA)
4pm - midnight European time (Berlin, Brussels, Paris)

The above are affiliated links, but this post is not sponsored. You can watch my detailed video on all these sales below:

22 Nov 2011

Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake Recipe

I tried out a new recipe for cheesecake and I absolutely loved how it turned out! This cheesecake was so incredibly delicious. I made it for a dinner party with 6 guests, and everyone loved it. It's so perfect for upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and makes for a beautiful presentation.

  • 1 9-ounce box chocolate wafer cookies, crumbled
  • 2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • dash of cinnamon

  • 4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature (about 900g)
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • grated peel from 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange liqueur (like Grand Manier) or brandy 

  • 1/2 cup sugar (100g)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries (500-600g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1-2 tablespoons Cranberry liqueur (optional)

For crust:
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Finely grind cookies and chocolate in processor. Add cinnamon, then butter; blend until moist clumps form. Using plastic wrap as aid, press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1 1/4 inches up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Cool completely. 

For filling:
Increase oven temperature to 350°F (175°C). Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light. Beat in flour. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until blended. Beat in orange peel, liqueur, and vanilla. 

Pour filling into crust. Bake the cheesecake in a waterbath, or slide a roasting tray of water underneath the cake form. Bake until filling is just set in center but still moves slightly, about 1 hour. Turn off oven, place wooden spoon into the oven door to allow the heat to escape slowly, and let the cheesecake cool fully. Then cover and chill overnight. 

For topping:
Stir sugar and water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium; add cornstarch mixture and bring to simmer. Add cranberries; cook until beginning to pop, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Stir in orange peel and cranberry liqueur. Cool completely. Cover and chill overnight. (Cheesecake and cranberry topping can be made a day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Run knife around top edge of cheesecake to loosen. Release pan sides. Top cheesecake with cranberries and serve immediately.

12 Nov 2011

Scarlett Johansson Holiday inspired look

I love this picture of Scarlett in the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance ad for The One, and I thought it would make a great holiday look. Whether it be for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or any other holidays you celebrate in the winter season, I always think red lips are so perfect for special occasions. I also think this is a more modern way to wear red lips, without doing the 50s pin-up throw-back.

Lancome Teint Idole foundation mixed with Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Makeup Forever Lift concealer, Ben Nye Natural blush, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shimpagne

MAC Bamboon Paint, Catrice Go Charlie Brown, MAC Soft Brown, Ben Nye Apricot, MAC All That Glitters, MAC Vanilla, Lancome Crayon Kohl 02 Brun, NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, MAC Solar White, Max Factor Natural Glaze kohl pencil, Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara

MAC Red Enriched lipliner, Sleek Pout Paint in Pin Up

Catrice - New York

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Long Hair is Long

Above is a picture of the length and state of my hair at the moment. It's longer than it's been since ages, but the ends are also quite dry and in desperate need of a trim. I also haven't colored my hair in over half a year, so this is very close to my natural color by now, only the ends are very red-toned due to fading dye jobs. I made a hair appointment for next Tuesday and am quite excited. I wasn't too happy with my last haircut, so am going back to my old stylist (whose salon is just really out of the way for me but I don't want another mediocre cut.)

Here are a few pictures I'm going to bring in to discuss with him.

Ashley Benson at the Teen Choice Awards this year. This cut is so flattering and it looks like it would be a bit easier to manage as well.

I also quite like this style of Jennifer Love Hewitt, it looks very flattering. The only thing I'm really nervous about is cutting my bangs to that length again. My bangs (or fringe as it's know in the UK) are just very unruly and always do their own thing, and tend to spring up into frizzy curls. The longer they are, the more the weight pulls them straight, which is a lot easier for me to deal with.

The other issue I have is having to wash my hair more frequently, especially due to working out. I can go maximum 2 days without washing, because sweating during a work-out means that sweat also gets into the roots. Using dry shampoo works sometimes, but it also makes my crown hair look dull and gross, so I only like to use it when absolutely necessary.

I still have a couple days to find more inspiration pictures and to decide on something, and I'll let you know how it turns out after I get a cut!

6 Nov 2011

Deep Forest Green Eyes

I wanted to create another sultry look for fall, and let myself get inspired while walking through a lush coniferous forest. I think this look would be perfect for the upcoming holidays, as I just love green - it's one of my favorite colors to use at this time of the year.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin mixed with Revlon Colorstay foundation, Kryolan Micro Silk powder, Lancome Teint Miracle concealer

Ben Nye Latte, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shimpagne

Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Humid, dark green shade from the Sleek iDivine PPQ palette 659, Ben Nye Toast, Ben Nye black eyeliner pencil, Sugarpill Bulletproof, KIKO Nr. 411 kohl pencil, L'Oreal Volume Million Lash mascara, Red Cherry Lashes, DUO lash glue

Catrice 030 Lost in the Rose Wood, Revlon Soft Nude

Anny - 5th Avenue, Essence Color & Go - Time for Romance

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Die Dita Von Teese parfum Verlosung findet ihr hier auf meiner Facebook Seite.

1 Nov 2011

Süddeutsche Zeitung - German newspaper

I was recently interviewed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the biggest and most prolific newspapers in Germany. The article is written in German, and discusses the rise and popularity of haul videos on Youtube. I was interviewed for this since my channel is one of the most viewed and subscribed channels in all of Europe. Here are some excerpts which I have translated for you. You can enlarge the picture above full size if you want to read it better.

Julia, aka MissChievous, a citizen of Switzerland, has dark hair and a face like a porcelain doll, and is one of Europe's most successful "beauty gurus", as they are known. Julia has fans from all around the world, she creates beauty videos in German and English language. More than 370,000 people have subscribed to her channel, and her videos have been watched 8 million time. (My note: This is wrong, my videos have been watched over 80 million times!) "My viewers don't want to solely rely on commercials. I give my honest opinions about products, and I look like a regular person, not like a model. I think this is important," says Julia.

She works 20-30 hours per week on her videos, replies to comments and questions, and interacts with her fans. For many viewers, these girls are their role models. But for some, it results in jealousy from viewers, daily insults are very common.
Some beauty gurus become marketing experts, and interact with their fans on many platforms - Youtube, Facebook, Twitter - to increase their reach. They link to their beauty blogs and websites, some even have their own online shops. It becomes much more than simply a hobby: "Things have changed since the brands have noticed the potential of Youtube," says Julia. "The videos have become more professional, less casual, and some viewers have become distrustful. Often I have to assure them that my opinion is not for sale."

The article is quite long so I can't translate the whole text but it's quite well written. Some of my quotes are a bit different than what I actually said.

Thanks to Eva Geilersdorfer for the interview!

Click here to see more press clippings about me.