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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Avene Skin Care Travel Kit Giveaway

Hello my Beauties,

are you enjoying the first week of june? Is it already flip-flop weather in your area? It looks like it’s getting better here and we are slowly moving away from “november weather” to “march”…yeay. I don’t give up hope to have a really warm june here. *Fingers crossed*

So today i have good news for you.
You can be the {June – Winner} of the Avene Skin Care Travel Kit, which i talked about a few months ago.
And as that post had a lot of great feedback, i’ve decided to give one of you the chance to get your hands on these Avene products, which i find are great for warm summer weather.

The kit contains Thermal Spring Water (50ml), an Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion (50ml) and a Skin Recovery soothing Cream/Mask (5ml).  And these products come in a fun little pouch, that’s just perfect size to have in your purse.
I use Avene products for quite some time now and can really recommend them. 
Avene Skin Care travel size kit and cosmetic bagYou can read the whole post and decide whether you want to enter or not. 😉
Take a look: 
♥ Avene Skin Care Travel Kit ♥.

The giveaway is as usual international (not sponsored) and will run until June 23th.
In case you would like to enter, click on the {Rafflecopter}.


Good luck everyone.
Until next time – stay beautiful.


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Sunday Read {Vol.3}

Hey my Beauties,

it’s sunday again and you know what that means. It’s time for our weekly {Sunday Read}, where i share with you some great posts, written by my fellow bloggers.
Sometimes it’s just a mix of random beauty & lifestyle topics, or like today – a special subject.
sunday read by LuchessaAs usual, you can always go ahead and take part in this sunday read event. Grab this Sunday Read photo!
The rules are very simple:
Pick out some of your most favorite posts written by others &  tell me exactly why you picked them.
Then all you need to do is to link up down below. 

I have always been a big lover of homemade face masks and body scrubs, but if i find a really great sheet mask or a clay in store, i will go for it. 😉 So let’s talk Face Masks. (I think it suits the “sunday pampering” mood anyways.)

My treasures this week:


1) So there is this Korea-Canada blog, ( i guess the writers name behind it is Sonya) that i just recently discovered and stumbled over an interesting topic:
{
Paper face masks: A Korean beauty secret} which apparently hit the US-market last year. You have to know, that these affordable paper face masks, are incredibly popular especially in Korea and target busy women, who want great & fast results for very friendly prices are totally in love with them. Of course we have that type of masks here in Europe as well (I bet same in the States), but i have to admit, the clay type of masks are actually more represented in stores. Every woman wants “hydration, brightening, wrinkle fighting or pore tightening” effect and it was interesting to see how forward the korean market there already is. 

2) Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady wrote a great Skincare Series post, where she talked about her favorite {Masks}. I liked the variety of different brands and types she described. All of them “do different things, targeting different skin concerns and issues.” I think it’s important to pick the right type of face mask, focusing on what you’re actually wanting to improve.
Sophia shared her detailed opinion on Origins Dr Jart+, REN and other brands, so there should be something for everybody. 

3) Kelly and Gemma from Pages and Perfume shared their thoughts on {‘Love Lettuce’ Face Mask by LUSH} that “contains something called ‘fullers earth’, an ingredient consisting of a number of clays which is meant to absorb grease and debris, and also tighten the skin.” For all you LUSH lovers out there, this should be a product, you already heard about. If you are up for an easy pampering and exfoliating experience, that could be your go-to product. 

4) Meghan from Painted lady – besides being an aspiring medical esthetician, is also a lover of great face masks, so when i saw her post on {Face Mask Friday! Wild Rose and Honey}, i knew i had to share it with you. I have to admit, i have never heard of the brand Wild Carrot Herbals before, but a “mild exfoliant + loaded with enzymes” definitely sounded good to me. It’s a thick great smelling honey based mask, with an antibacterial & calming effect. If you are a honey scent lover, you might enjoy this one!

5) And as i love fresh homemade masks, i’m going to share with you one more post, that i found on another “new to me” blog – Carpe Diem For All (how great is that blog name?!). I spotted this {At Home Oatmeal Face Mask} with organic and healthy products in it. The pictures, that have been used for the post are lovely and the actual recipe seems to be like something everyone should already have in the kitchen.
So if you like “your skin soft and glowing” – take a closer look at that blog post and say “YES please” to oats, mild & honey!
face masks mix sunday read(Pictures taken from each of the sites, all rights on these belong to the mentioned bloggers.)

There you go, my Beauties. That was our Sunday Read for this week. Hope you like the idea of one topic post.
Say HI to everyone, when you visit their blogs and enjoy the recipes & mask ideas. 

What posts’ did you like over the past week, my gorgeous readers? 
Please link up and let’s all benefit from it.


Until next time – stay beautiful!


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Sunday Read {Vol. 2}

Hello my Beauties,

happy sunday to you. Another week went by and so much has happened in the bloggers community. 
Of course i have found a few really great posts, written by talented bloggers, that are worth sharing. 🙂
So grab your favorite smoothie and let’s get started with our weekly {Sunday Read}.

sunday read by LuchessaAs usual, you can always go ahead and take part in this sunday read event. Grab this Sunday Read photo!
The rules are very simple:
Pick out some of your most favorite posts written by others &  tell me exactly why you picked them.
Then all you need to do is to link up down below. 

My treasures this week:

1) When it comes to our jobs, we often think back of th every first one and how we felt, when we made those little mistakes, from which we learned afterwards. Am I right? We all learned how to become a better team player and worked on our social skills, which are as important as all the needed IQ for the particular job. And as little as it looks, we learned to smile that confident and friendly smile, that makes us a “human colleague”. Jade from Jade Isabelle talked about these and many other interesting topics in her
{5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My First Job} post, that i found really worth sharing with all of you. 

2) Most of us love to travel. It’s a great way to experience new cultures, great local food, meet people and get inspired by the way they see life, even fashion and beauty tendencies can be incredibly different from what we see day by day in our own countries. 
Traveling opens your eyes to the important things in life, if you give that destination a real change to show its whole beauty to you.
That and what discovering of great new landscapes can really mean, is what Organised Clutter talked about in her
{Why You Should Travel Out of Your Comfort Zone}.

3) While scrolling down my Blogroll a quote caught immediately my eye. It was saying: “Comparison is the thief of joy”.
So i had to stop and look at that blog post.
The quote consisted of just a few words, but there was so much meaning behind them.
It basically challenges you to believe in yourself, your knowledge and power to move things, to come forward in life and by being  just yourself – being happy. Tianna from Storybook Apothecary made her point very sharp and clear and left me somehow very inspired for the rest of the day. Read for yourself: {Stay Inspired}.

4) What do you think about challenging yourself to go a whole week without complaining and being negative?
What about trying to see all what’s happening around you in a bright and positive way?
I came across this great {
7 Days No-Negative Challenge} over on Brooklyn’s blog This little Blonde and thought, that i had to share this with my readers and remind myself to go more positive through my working week and take things easy.
Try it, challenge yourself and have a wonderful & happy new week!
Luchessa's sunday read blog pick(Pictures taken from each of the sites, all rights on these belong to the mentioned bloggers.)

I hope you find the motivating posts interesting to read and enjoy checking out these blogs.
Don’t forget to say HI from me.

What posts’ did you like over the past week, my gorgeous readers? 
Please link up and let’s all benefit from it.

Until next time – stay beautiful!

ps: To celebrate the week of motivation and positive thinking i’ll be giving away 1 (english) copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book:
“Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia”
eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert
How liberating it would be to just cast off the reins of your current life and go on a year-long trip to three far flung countries of the world? Elizabeth Gilbert does that in Eat Pray Love, by embarking on her journey with specific purposes – one country for pleasure of the senses, another for spiritual enlightenment and the third to restore balance in her life. 

How to enter:
Leave me a comment saying what are the motivating things in life, that help you in your sad moments.
What makes you feel better? (Please write a little more than just 5 words, would love to hear about your “remedy”!)
Winner will be chosen on friday May 31st via random.org

Good luck!


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Follow My Secrets and discover Womanity! (Giveaway – closed)

Hey my Beauties,

it’s just me dropping in with a little “Thank You” note for all of your latest support, comments and emails. 
Makes me so happy to see you being that active on here. 

So to make it even more fun for everybody, i decided to share with you “My Secrets” and to let you have some “Womanity”.

What is she talking about, you will ask yourself?
It’s simple. This is a mini Giveaway for those of you, who follow me via email (or WordPress of course). 
I noticed, many of you who comment on the regular basis are my email subscribes, so that is my little reward for you.
Thierry Mugler Womanity Perfumed Body Milk, H&M makeup pouch
One lucky follower will win: 

A stylish little makeup pouch and a 100ml / 3.3Oz Thierry Mugler Womanity Perfumed Body Milk.
“Womanity by Thierry Mugler, This is first in a series of fragrances that celebrate women .
The first was angel and the second was alien. In this new celebration of the divine feminine, three accords were used to symbolize the three faces of every woman.
There is sweet ripe fig fruit, symbolizing a woman’s feminine side joined with a savory note of black caviar that symbolizes her sophistication and complexity. Finally, there is fig tree wood which evokes power, intuition and wisdom.”

Enter now using Rafflecopter! *

Good luck everyone!
Until next time – stay beautiful!


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Win Ad Space with Nykki & co – Mega June Sponsorship Giveaway

Hello my Beauties, 

hope you are doing really well and are ready for some exciting news.

This amazing giveaway, that i’m going to tell you about, is a huge opportunity for every blogger.
(Yes, to enter this time, you have to be a blogger yourself!)

You can win advertising space on 18 different blogs! Exactly – you read it right – eighteen!!
Mega June Sponsorship Giveaway {Win over $150 worth of Ad Space!}
So all you need to do is to swing by the host & one of my favorite beauty & lifestyle bloggers site:

Nykki talks beauty – where you can enter and try to win this incredibly great prize!

Just imagine your blog button having a spot light on blogs, such as:
Hairspray and Highheels
My so-called Chaos
Trine-Marie
CherryFashion
…and many other exciting ones!

I have to admit, i would LOVE to win this huge & generous prize myself…so if you’re too lazy to enter, i wouldn’t mind! 😛
No, seriously – i’m gladly sharing this exciting news with you, my fellow bloggers!

That’s it, now run over! (You can say HI from me to Nykki!) Good luck!


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Hairspray and Highheels Birthday $250 Sephora Giveaway

Hello my Beauties,

as you can see, there is a lot going on in the blogger land these days. Different challenges, tag’s, reviews and giveaways. 
So today i’m sharing with you some mega exciting news. 

My fellow beauty blogger and friend Ange from Hairspray and High Heels celebrates her
1st year blog Anniversary with a big and fabulous Giveaway. (Congrats dear Ange, you deserve some applaus!!)
And you as my dear readers will only benefit from that. 
Hairspray and Highheels Birthday {{$250 Sephora Giveaway}}Ange teamed up with some of her favorite bloggers, to make one lucky winner a really happy Sephora shopper.
$250 gift card! 
I guess you will be able to find some really great goodies there. Do you know, what your number ONE item on the list would be? Some new spring & summer perfume? A long-lasting foundation or maybe a fancy palette?

This Giveaway is open  to International residents ages 18 and over and ends at 11:59pm EST on May 20, 2013.
Go ahead & enter the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!!
 


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P2 Sand Style swatches + GIVEAWAY (closed)

Hello my Beauties,

how are you doing? What’s new on your side of the globe? 

Today i want to share some really fun news with you.

Sabrina – the Polish Alcoholic and I have teamed up to make the most of the huge sand nails trend this spring.
You see them everywhere. Big brands like Zoya, KIKO & OPI have their hyped collections out there. The german drugstore brand P2 has it’s own little 6 piece collection on the market and as i’m really liking it, i thought it would be worth mentioning.

As we all probably know, Sabrina has just the best nails to make any nail polish look great, so that’s why it’s her hands you’re seeing on the pictures.
P2 Sand Style GIVEAWAYYou can find four of the six P2 Sand Style swatches in her recent BLOG POST and to make it even more fun for you, i’ve decided to give away 3 sand style polishes of the winners choice + Ultra rich hand serum with grape seed and evening primrose oil & permute extract.

So all you have to do is to swing by Sabrinas blog and enter through the Rafflecopter form, as usual. 
Good luck everyone.

Until next time – stay beautiful!


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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!
Follow the break to enter the giveaway: Continue reading


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Suprising Spring: A Blushing Affair Giveaway – (Closed)

Hello my Beauties,

how’s your week going? Did you have the chance to enjoy a cup of coffee outside in the sun yet? I’m still hoping to do that very soon… 
But today we are going to continue with the spring giveaway series, that as i promissed is going to last for a whole month. 

Today’s edition starring: A Blushing Affair. Excited about that? 
Blushing affair P2 summer attach blush, Essence Highlightter BlushToday you have the chance to win 3 limited edition items to make your face glow in the spring sun:

  1. Essence highlighter from the Fantasia edition in 01 Elf Yourself (0.31oz/9g)
    Essence highlighter powder in 01 elf yourself
  2. P2 rumble in the jungle duo bronzer from the Summer Attack edition in 010 Tropical Touch (15g)
    P2 Summer Attack 010 tropical touch
  3. Essence blush from the Home Sweet Home edition in 01 Knits For Chicks (0.28oz/8g)
    Essence blush  01 knits for chics Home sweet homeThe rules are going to be as simple as usual: 
    You have to be my follower in order to enter.
    Use Rafflecopter & ENTER HERE this international giveaway, which is going to be open until April the 11rd 2013.

As usual: All entries from multiple or spam accounts, like accounts set up for giveaways only will be banned!!!
Btw, I know who’s entering the giveaways only… *wink wink*

If you TWEET about it, please do it from this blog post page (via share on twitter button) and not from Rafflecopter!!
Thank you and good luck!

Until next time, stay beautiful!


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Coming soon – Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

Hello my Beauties,
hope you are all doing really well, because today i got exciting news for you.
Very soon there is going to be an incredible opportunity for you to win a Kindle Fire HD in a giveaway.
Mark april 10th in your calendar, so you wont forget to come & participate. Believe me, it’s going to be great!
Coming soon!
KindleFireHDgiveaway with lechateaudesfleurs and mysocalledchaos

Isabelle from Le Chateau des Fleurs recently released a new Android app called Smartphone DNA, and to promote it she is giving away a Kindle Fire HD-which she is sponsoring entirely.

The giveaway will be hosted by My So-Called Chaos, and will be posted on a ton of blogs!  There will be TONS of ways to enter so get ready for this great chance to win an awesome product!

Make sure to come back on April 10th to enter!

I really hope you are interested in entering & having the chance to win this awesome prize!

Stay tuned!