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

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May Photo a Day Challenge – Day 16 (FMSphotoaday – Mailbox)

Hello my Beauties. 

Today is Day 16 of the May Photo a Day Challenge and i want to thank everyone who has participated so far and shared all the wonderful post links and Twitter photos with me (#FMSphotoaday). It’s always fun to see, how you interpret the challenge. 

16. Mailbox: Take a photo of yours, or someone elses.

Ok guys, i have to admit, my mailbox is incredibly boring, just the very regular type and not worth even showing on my blog. 
What i find much more interesting, is the mail that actually comes in pretty often. 
As i do have many great friends all around the world, i tend to get mail a few times a month and of course i send things out as well. 
So it’s just one big coming & going here, that looks something like this:
may photo a day challenge mailI really enjoy the process of hunting for some cool personalized items, get it into a pretty box and send it to my friends. 
If there was a job as Ms.Santa Claus, i would apply for sure!!

What does your mail(box) look like? Don’t tell me, it’s just bills…

Until next time – stay beautiful!!

ps: if you missed the beginning of the challenge and you want to catch up, try Day 1.


Win a Kindle Fire HD – Smartphone DNA (Group Giveaway) – closed

There is no doubt that Isabelle Thornton of Le Chateau des Fleurs is talented.  This French-girl-gone-Utah has a wildly popular blog full of interesting DIY posts, photography, giveaways, and great reviews.  Aside from being an awesome blogger, she also creates fun apps for phones.  Previously her “Make Me Skinny” or Bon Bon app has kept many entertained as they edited and adjusted photos on their iPhones, and now I’m excited to announce she’s released an entirely new app!  This one is different, and for Android!

Let’s face it, sometimes you spend more time with your smart phone than you do with your spouse, friends, coworkers, and family… You sleep with it, eat with it, and admit it-you take it to the bathroom with you!  With Smartphone DNA you are creating a new kind of experience with your Smartphone.

What is Smartphone DNA?  
Smartphone DNA is an app dedicated to Twitter users, and it allows you to collect your Twitter DNA via your Android phone, and then compare it against other twitter users to see how much you match!  This is a great way to locate new Twitter friends that have things in common with you!
How it works:
  1. Smartphone DNA shows you a list of apps you currently have installed.
  2. You select the apps you want to share as part of your DNA
  3. Smartphone DNA shows you how closely you match the DNA of other users.
Smartphone DNA is 100% secure and controlled by you.
Win a Kindle Fire HD
To celebrate the release of Smartphone DNA, Isabelle is offering one lucky newsletter subscriber  a brand new Kindle Fire HD!  Can you say wow?  This is the reader of all readers-with a 7″ full color HD display, exclusive Dolby audio, and ultra-fast WiFi it’s top of the line.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have one for yourself!
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♥ Twinkle Thursday ♥

Hello my Beauties!

Now that the season of storms, heavy rains & snow has come, we tend to stop by nicely decorated gifts stores to brighten up out days. Am I right?!

I was reading sweetjellybean’s Monday Retail Theraphy  post the other day and it made me think of all those times, when we simply need a cheer up by doing some window shopping or a coffee-house stop and a good book.
And as i looked outside of my window today and realized i would need Noah’s Ark to even cross the street – that heavy of a rain is coming down on us, there was no better solution than a little twinkle thursday at a sparkling gift shop.

And to answer your question sweetjellybean: “… I’m not sure if going in and taking pics for your blog is considered window shopping, would you?” – on a day like this – YES, that’s exactly the window shopping i had in mind.
I wanted some star dust sprinkles over this rainy & cold thursday and the result was – i was smiling big times afterwards! 

You can definitely tell Christmas is around the corner. All the gift & goody shops are already covered in fake snow, mistletoes, pinecones and chocolate fondue. I like to wander around and get some stocking stuffer gift ideas.
Let’s go, i take you for a walk 😉

I found those adorable looking  cupcake, santa and christmas tree ceramic candy can’s, that can be definitely used to store your brushes, lipglosses or the perfume samples. Besides they are such a sweet decoration for every makeup corner during this time of the year. Don’t you think?
Cupcake theme seems to be everywhere this season, even lipgloss comes in that packaging. really cute stuff.

Of course it smells like sweet candy. And it’s going to be nice as a topping for a holiday gift. Instead if a bow, you know! 
The other outstanding guiding theme that i noticed: snowmen.
Anywhere and everywhere. From traditional to modern version. Snowmen for every taste! Are they a kind of decoration that you like to put on your table, window or makeup corner?
When i saw the santa cups i had a few very fun ideas how to make little Christmas gifts. You know, the easy way of making a friend smile. Just get a holiday cup, fill it with some fun candy and put a few “center pieces” inside, depending whats the taste of the friend is. Like eye liners or mascara if it’s a beauty junky, tickets for a movie or another kind of gift card. Wrap it all in a nice see through paper, add some ribbons and there you go! Of course filling the cup with spicy tea or a great coffee blend is never wrong too!
Other really sweet goodies, that i often find during winter time in these gifts shops are chocolate fondue. Aways a party favorite and even a fondue for one can be a nice “let’s share a moment” thing. Have you tried one of those?
And of course a little baking book, that looks like a Nutella jar. (How adorable is that?) I’ve found so many delicious recipes in there, that it instantly made me want to bake.
Probably one of my very favorite things that i found today were the jewelry trees and wire frame dresses to fit a lot of your favorite earrings and necklaces. If you like a great way to show case your collection, this is the creative statement for sure. Seriously thinking about getting one for myself.
Tell me which one do you like the best and why? What style is your dresser & makeup corner?
So what’s your favorite goodie store and where do you prefer spending a cold & rainy (snowy?!) day like this?
Share your story with me!! I’d like to hear from you. Thanks for window shopping with me, my Beauties!