Beauty expression by Luchessa

A Thirty-something metropolis girl with a big passion for makeup, traveling & city hot spots & urge to share reviews, tips & tricks


The Friendly Bunch Blog Hop (#15)

Hello my Beauties,

hope you had a fantastic weekend and a lot of relaxation. Are you ready to start a new week?? I’m actually excited to see what this week might bring. Making plans for new posts & projects for my blog, as i’m feeling very enthusiastic these days. What about you? 
It’s monday and that means, we are going to have another {Friendly Bunch Blog Hop}!
To make it even more successful, than the last time, you’re all invited to participate! Don’t be shy!

This week, we are really excited to have such an amazing lady as our co-host. She is a Scottish Girl, who is a self confessed shoppaholic, polka dots, sparkles and lipstick lover, with a passion for beauty and photography. She is always up for a fun challenge or an exciting tag (and knows exactly how to rock a red lipstick!). 

If you’re a fan of Clarins, MAC and Chanel, you’re going to love her product reviews & monthly favorites posts. I would highly recommend to look at her 30 before 30 challengeAnd what should also be mentioned, is that her monthly giveaways have been legendary!
Meet our co-host for this week: {A Scottish Lass}

If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, please email Nia.

Now in our share section today, we have an interesting beauty secret to share. Quite a number of you most likely have at least 1 MAC lipstick. Well, not everyone has access to them or can justify paying for them at that price. So we found a post about MAC dupes on Life Unsweetened which seemed like a must share. Take a look.

Isn’t that awesome?! Getting almost the same shade for half the price. We would definitely not say no to that. If you would like to see the entire post, please visit Life Unsweetened
On to the Blog Hop!
1. Please follow the Hosts & {possible} Co-host via GFC {or wordpress} and/or Bloglovin’ and/or email
2. Visit the other links and don’t forget to say hi.
3. Add your link
We would also really appreciate it if you:
– Share this blog hop’s button on your blog – Share this blog hop with other bloggers on your facebook/ twitter/ google+. The more the merrier. {Use hashtag #TFBBH on twitter}

– Follow Nia and Luchessa on Twitter for updates and fun.

Grab our button:

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The Friendly Bunch Blog Hop (#14)

Hello my Beauties,
happy monday! You know what that means, right?
It’s time for another fresh week of the exciting Friendly Bunch Blog Hop action. It was a big success last week and we are happy to 
 invite you ones again to a fun journey through the blogosphere. Stop by all the lovely blogs and don’t forget to tell them how they were found! Spread the word & let’s enjoy the ride!

Cherryfashion Beauty Expression by Luchessa Image Map
This week we are glad to be joined by a lovely lady as our co-host. She has a gorgeous blog where you can find many different posts on beauty, fitness and knitting. So we highly recommend that you stop by her blog. 
Meet the co-host for this week:  Fizzy Peaches.

Fizzy Peaches Image Map
If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, please contact Nia.
Now, in our share section this week we have a DIY glass jar pen holder for $1. Or in better relation to the beauty world, brush holder.  It is a really simple process shared by Jenna at SAS Interiors, plus it costs almost nothing.

If you want something a little bit more fun for your brushes, you can put labels on them, cover the section you want in glue and add glitter, or even spray paint them. There are so many different options. So, if you would like to see the full post on how to make these, please visit SAS interiors.

On to the Blog Hop!

1. Please follow the Hosts & {possible} Co-host via GFC {or wordpress} and/or Bloglovin’ and/or email
2. Visit the other links and don’t forget to say hi.
3. Add your link
We would also really appreciate it if you:

– Share this blog hop’s button on your blog

– Share this blog hop with other bloggers on your facebook/ twitter/ google+. The more the merrier.
{Use hashtag #TFBBH on twitter}

– Follow Nia and Luchessa on Twitter for updates and fun.

Grab our button:


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The Friendly Bunch Blog Hop (#13)

Hello my Beauties,
Last time i co-hosted this Friendly Bunch Blog Hop, its was a real success and many of you left me a great feedback
about how much fun it was, so keep linking up with us and don’t forget to check out the other blogs.
Welcome to edition #13 of our blog hop.
When Nia had the idea of making me the second permanent host of this great project,
i instantly knew it was the right thing to do, since i love to connect with you on the blogosphere and via Twitter.
And since i started blogging, i came across many talented new bloggers through different kind of blog hops.
So i already knew, that Blog Hops really do work, if done right!
It’s just a fun and really simple way to find and follow people with similar interests from all around the world.
As from today i have the honor to be one of the actual hosts of this Friendly Bunch Blog Hop.
If you are ever interested in co-hosting, please email me.

Today we are sharing with you 2 DIY hair masks which will leave your hair feeling much better than chemicals.
If you want to read the entire post, please visit Hair Spray and High Heels.


1. Please follow the Hosts & (possible) Co-host via GFC (or WordPress) and/or Bloglovin’ and/or email
2. Visit the other links and don’t forget to say Hi.
3. Add your link
We would also really appreciate it if you:

– Share this blog hop’s button on your blog 

– Share this blog hop with other bloggers on your facebook/ twitter / google+. The more the merrier.
{Use hashtag #TFBBH on twitter}

– Follow Nia and Luchessa on twitter for updates and fun.

Grab our button:

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Super Sweet Blogging Award

Hello my Beauties,

have are you doing today?? 

I’m pretty well and in best mood, since i’ve been nominated by The Oxford Owl for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.
About a half year ago the lovely Mademoiselle Snow nominated me for this award as well and now i feel the need to say thank you and do this post the proper way. 🙂

Super Sweet Blogging Award cookie-monster-cupcakesThank you very much dear bloggers for thinking of me and supporting my blog, i really appreciate that!! 

For the Super Sweet Blogging Award, you have to:

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer 5 Super Sweet Questions.
3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (5) other bloggers.
5. Notify the nominees of their nomination on their blog.

The 5 Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? Ok you know, this is kind of hard to decide, since i like both…nothing beats mom’s freshly baked apple & raisins cake, but when i see a double cookie filled with chocolate, i have to have it! 🙂 (So can i please just have both?!)

Biskrem cookies2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Sorry, vanilla lovers out there – but for me it’s a no – go. Chocolate forever!!
You see, even my cake is nuts for chocolate…;)
chocolate cake3. Favorite Sweet Treat? I just recently told you about my affection for crepe. That’s something i could eat every day.
But i want a little something for on the go, i will pick jelly beans.
I just recently discovered there are coffee flavored ones…omg so delicious!
Jelly beans sweet treat4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Probably as almost every other woman during the evening, after dinner. I feel like my dinner has to end on a sweet note. It doesn’t always have to be a full dessert, maybe just a piece of chocolate, but i simply need that! Do you know that feeling?
sweet dessers cherries, cake crumble chocolate5. Sweet Nickname? Ok don’t laugh, but i had a few people call me Ms.Coffee back in the day’s, because – well you can guess it, i was drinking so much coffee every day. Now i only have about two cups in the morning and switch to tea later the day.
Luchessa at cafe BalzacI mean someone who is that tired ( see picture above )  after a shopping spread, simply needs a good cup of coffee, right? 😉

I nominate:

Sweet Jelly Bean

All That Slap

The charmed Cupcake

Glitter mama wishes


Thanks again for this sweet award!
Until next time – stay beautiful!!

ps: Here is another award post, where i covered a few other ones and talked about great bloggers. 
Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award


May Photo a Day Challenge – Day 12 (FMSphotoaday – Mother)

Hello my Beauties,

“Mother is just a simple word
yet it’s especially dear… 
And it seems to mean much
more with each passing year…

Each word of Love and Affection
describes you mother…

It’s a word that’s filled with love, 
a word that reflects everything that’s
wonderful – Wonderful just like you.”

Today it’s not just any sunday, but Mother’s Day.
And so many of us all around world are celebrating this such important day and the gorgeous women, who gave life to us. 

Of course  Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim who actually came up with the idea for the
May Photo a Day challenge, has thought of this special day & included the topic:
Mother” on May 12th! (btw: Here is my Day 1 in case you missed it)

12. Mother: It’s Mother’s Day. Take a photo of a mother figure, or if you’re a mum – perhaps yourself.
Or what the word mother means to you.

I really wanted to find some special photos of my mom, that really show the site of her, that i really love.
Her ability to make me laugh. 

May Photo a Day challenge Day 12 Mother Mother's DaySometimes it can be a crazy family story or something ridiculously funny from my early childhood, that makes us sit for hours in the kitchen, have tea and laugh. I treasure moments like these so much!

This is a picture of my mom, when she was around 24 and i bet she was singing or telling a funny story to my dad, while he took pictures of her.  Don’t you just wish you could have been there, that very moment, when you see those old pictures of your parents?!

Love & respect your mother’s – they earned it! Have a wonderful sunday & enjoy Mother’s Day!
Tell me, what is your most favorite photo of your mother?

Please share your links below or via Twitter using the hash tag: #FMSphotoaday.
I would really love to see your posts!

Until next time – stay beautiful!

ps: If you would like to participate in the Sweet Summer Swap – you’re invited to sign up.


MAY PHOTO A DAY CHALLENGE – Day 9 (FMSphotoaday – Snack)

Hello my Beauties,

today it’s a holiday here in Germany and on top of that, it’s also the Father’s Day. So most of us had a day off, which is nice for sure. 🙂

It’s Day 9 of the May Photo a Day challenge and the topic is: A Snack.

Of course, i have always some delicious dark chocolate with berries or almonds in the house
or maybe even some jelly beans (Hi Donah!), but when i really want to indulge myself with something awesome,
i like to prepare a nice plate of fresh fruits (ok by now you must know that i’m a big fruit & berry lover),
cherry sauce and (that’s the most important part) a few crêpe.
That’s right – i said crêpe as a snack.
May photo a day challenge SnackOf course they are great for dessert, but i love crêpe so much, i could eat them every day, all day long. 😉 Don’t judge!

What is it that you prefer as you favorite snack (or dessert)? Is there anything you could eat every day and never get bored with it?

Share you links and pictures below or via Twitter using the hash tag: #FMSphotoaday.

Take a peek at Day 1 of you missed the beginning of the challenge & take it from there.
And btw, if you like, there is still time to link up with Nia & I in our 
Friendly Bunch Blog Hop – believe me, it’s fun to meet new blogger & discover fun blogs through that!

 Until next time – stay beautiful!

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MAY PHOTO A DAY CHALLENGE – Day 8 (FMSphotoaday – Shape)

Hello my Beauties,

it’s wednesday and we are just a few day’s away from the weekend. Hope the week is going well for you so far!

Let’s see, what we got today. It’s Day 8 of the May Photo a Day challenge and today’s topic is: Shape!
Bohemian art glass vase may photo a day challenge shape
I’m sharing with you one of my most favorite things, that are in my apartment.
It’s a bohemian art glass vase, which is more like an interesting shaped bowl, rather than a vase. It’s very eye-catchy.
(Doesn’t it look like a mini jet on the lower right picture to you?!)

Since the 13’s century the decorative glass was produced in regions of Bohemia & Silesia, now in the current state of the Czech Republic.
To these day’s blown and crystal glass is still one of the most sold souvenirs from that region.
It’s always so beautifully colorful. Each piece is unique.
Usually i would have some candy or small fruits in there, since it makes such a great decoration on the dining room table.

What’s the shape you are most excited about, that can be found at your home or in your surrounding? Leave me a comment.
Share your pictures on Twitter (#FMSphotoaday) or with a link below. I would love to see them. 

Until next time – stay beautiful!!

ps: missed the previous day’s of the challenge? Check out: Day 5, Day 6, Day 7.



Hello my Beauties,

how’s your week going so far?
Are you rocking your new favorite spring heels on the streets of London, New York, Rome, Melbourne and Singapore?
I have to say, i recently re-discovered wearing heels again. Yes, i was lazy when it came to shoes lately. I went from chic to comfy. (Shame on me…)
But now, that it’s finally spring outside, i decided to wear bold & beautiful heels again. And you know what – i’m proud of myself! 

Today it’s Day 7 of the May Photo a Day challenge and the topic is:
“Something beginning with F”.

may photo a day challenge day 7 Fruits
7. Something beginning with F: Find something beginning with the letter F and take a photo.

My “F” is (fresh) Fruits. I love fruits in combination with different kind of berries for breakfast. A bowl like this, full of papaya, kiwi and cranberries can be such a refreshing starts of the day. Besides all the obvious vitamins, it’s just so very delicious.
What kind of fruits do you prefer? Is there anything that you eat for beauty reasons – like antioxidance or vitamin E?

If you’re participating in this challenge, share your links below & tweet your photos with a hash tag: #FMSphotoaday
In case you missed it – HERE you will find my Day 1 , will all the rules.

Until next time – stay beautiful.

ps: don’t forget to link up with Nia & I in The Friendly Bunch Blog Hop.


MAY PHOTO A DAY CHALLENGE – Day 6 (FMSphotoaday – Broken)

Hello my Beauties,

happy new week! Are you feeling refreshed after the weekend?

It’s Day 6 of the May Photo a Day Challenge and the topic is: “Broken”.
may photo a day challenge6. Broken: Is there something broken around you? Shoot and share it.

I had to think about this one actually a bit longer, since i don’t keep things that are broken.

But the object i’m about to show you right now i still do own. That’s one of my most used face powders that i have ever purchased.
It’s L’oreal perfect match powder. It mattifies, evens skin tone and hides imperfections.

For 4-5 hours it really does a great job, at least for my skin type. (combination & sensitive skin).
may photo a day challenge day 6 brokenAnd here you can already see my issue with this product. As much as i love the powder itself, i really have a love-hate relationship with the packaging. That’s just a no-go.

I guess i should mention, that THIS is my third time buying this powder and the lid does break off EVERY single time.
Which makes it impossible for me to have it in my purse on the go or while traveling.
Means i have to have at least another powder for that matter. 

Why can’t they just make a sturdy packaging? I feel like to that price range a customer can really ask for a better lid?! Can’t I?!
Does anyone else has the same problem? Tell me about it? Are there any tricks how to avoid it?

Are you participating in this challenge? Let me know and share your pics using #FMSphotoaday on Twitter.
If you’d like to see the previous post’s, you can find them here:
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.

Until next time – stay beautiful.



MAY PHOTO A DAY CHALLENGE – Day 5 (FMSphotoaday – Paper – Vogue)

Hello my Beauties,

happy sunday to you. Hope you’re having a lovely day with your family & friends, enjoying the start of the grill season.
As you might already noticed from the title, it’s Day 5 of our May Photo a Day Challenge and it’s time to talk about Paper.
may photo a day challenge

5. Paper: Is it a bill? Newspaper? A letter or a heartfelt card you received? Find paper around you.

This wasn’t particularly hard to decide for me, since i wanted to keep this challenge as much beauty or fashion related as possible.
And there is only one real “paper” that works any season or country – and it calls Vogue!
(I know my dear friend Heidi, whose birthday is tomorrow would be so proud of me right now.)
That’s where i got my big love for Vogue from.

Vogue España may 2013                                    (click to enlarge)
For a few years now i’m collecting this wonderful magazine from all the different countries.
I like to see how different the content is and where a particular county does put the focus on.
Besides – who doesn’t like to find out who’s the cover girl is?!

The photo i’m presenting to you today is the fresh print of the Vogue España may 2013 edition.
Editor-in-Chief Yolanda Sacristán. As i speak spanish, i can already tell you right now, that i’m so going to enjoy reading this magazine over the next week!

As most of you know, Vogue is an American fashion & lifestyle magazine that’s being published monthly in many national and regional edition.
The number of the regional publications seem to unfortunatelly depend on the economic situation.
For example the greek edition of Vogue Hellas has closed it’s doors in november 2012.

Personally i find this fact very sad, since Vogue was a big contribution to the greek fashion industry and publication.
So i’m kind of happy that a friend of mine brought me a copy of Vogue Hellas back in september 2011.
These day’s it’s a collective item, i guess.
Happily giving you a peek on this one as well, even if it’s not part of the challenge anymore. But i guess it’s still fit’s the topic.
Vogue Hellas greek Vogue september issue 2011                                     (Click to enlarge)
Beautiful fashion article on Sarah Jessica Parker and family.
Sarah Jessica Parker M.Broderick in Vogue Hellas september issue 2011Thats i why i love different kind of  Vogue issues, since each one has it’s unique articles and fashion spreads.
I could definitely go on and on about Vogue, as you might have noticed.

But this is going to be it for today. 
What’s your favorite “paper” at the moment?

If you’re participating in the photo challenge, let me know and share it also on Twitter, using the hash tag: #FMSphotoaday.
For the case you missed the very first post of the challenge, where it all started, you can find it HERE.

Until next time – stay beautiful!