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


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!


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

Good luck!


Sunday Read

Hello my Beauties,

welcome to my weekly “Sunday Read,
where i share with you some of my favorite blog posts, that caught my eye during the past week.
In case you don’t know those bloggers or simply didn’t have time to read their posts, this is your chance to catch up on different subjects! Hope you enjoy!
sunday read by LuchessaYou can always go ahead and take part in this sunday read event.
The rules are very simple:
Pick out some of your most favorite posts written by other bloggers and tell me why you picked them.

Then all you need to do is to link up down below. 

My treasures this week:

1) I know we ALL are looking for that one great mascara, that is going to make out lashes super long, curly and full like a fan. 
But as everyone has different kind of lashes, it’s hard to tell whether it’s going to work for you, if it’s working for me.
But every now and then a good tip can make your decision easier what to look for.

Tina from What Tina Loves discovered Maybelline The Hyper Curl Volum’ Express Mascara and shared in a review her thoughts on a product, that seems to actually do what it claims to. (We know it’s not always the case!) 

2) Let’s stay with the Mascara-theme for a moment. Some of you might know, how much i love using blue, green or purple mascara. Mostly for my lower lashes, to spice up a toned down eye look.
So when i discovered Jacqueline from A Brilliant Brunette and her recent makeup look wearing a bold & bright sky blue mascara from CK One, (CK One Mascara in Electrify) i thought YES, i’d have done the same thing. 

That’s a great look for spring time, that will make your eyes pop.

3) Let’s be honest. Everyone loves Freebies. Especially when you’re a beauty junkie and there are free beauty items to have! You simply need to know how and where to get them. Ange from Hairspray and Highheels wrote down a few ideas on where to hunt for beauty and entertainment goodies in a How To Get Products For Free post. Keep in mind, that most ideas in her post can be applied in the United States, but i’m pretty sure each country has their own “Sephoras” and different kind of “coupon systems”, so just keep your eyes open. 

4) By now everyone knows how important it is to keep our skin moisturized, so finding your most suitable (facial) cream became one of the goals, when it comes to cosmetics. 
Stacey from Beautiful Solutions shared her thought & experience on expensive (eye) creams vs. affordable ones.
She talks about studies on the effects of creams from different price ranges. I thought it was a good reminder to really read what’s on the ingredients list, when buying a new product in general, since most of the times the expensive items don’t carry a “magic solution” in them and your drugstore product will leave your skin fresh & moisturized just as good.

I agree with Stacey’s verdict, that it’s always worth to invest in a solid eye (or facial) cream, but the key is to find what works for you & your age and your skin type, instead of running after brands and internet hype of them.
Sunday Read with Luchessa
(Pictures taken from each of the sites, all rights on these belong to the mentioned bloggers.)
I hope you find a few interesting posts to read this time 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: Don’t miss your chance on winning in my mini Giveaway!


The Weekly Round-Up – take 2

Hello my Beauties,

it’s sunday again and i dare to say, it really looks like spring is finally here. It’s a sunny warm day, the birds are happily singing and i see people sitting outside and having ice cream everywhere. 🙂

You and I are going to have another weekly round-up party here, where i share with you my favorite posts of the past week, written by talented fellow bloggers.
If you want to participate you should simply:

1) Write a list of your favorite blog posts.
2) Publish the “round-up” picture as seen below.
3) And of course link up with the hosts of this party: High Heeled Love and My So Called Chaos


My most favorite posts this week:

1) Kellie from le zoe musings published a wonderful & really creative DIY post on how to decorate a special object like the mini Eiffel Tower, to make it more suitable for the person you love. With little handwritten notes, flowers and lights the Eiffel Tower became a beautiful centerpiece of the desert table of a big event. I loved Kellie’s romantic pictures. But stop by and see for yourself:
PARIS, A Gift!

2) Kaye from Beautiful Kayekie became a .com site this week and is now a “grown up blog” so to speak.
In the post How To Customise Your Blog Domain she talks about all the little details, that count, when making the big move. 
This one is going to be useful for those, who are thinking about going self-hosted for sure. 

3) Jade Isabelle  from Jadeisabelle Blog wrote a nice preview on the new product range by Benefit Cosmetics. And as i’m a big fan of this brand, it caught my eye immediately. Ultra Plush Lip Gloss is about to be launched in may and let me tell you, the packaging, which is Art Deco design of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge inspired and the colors are quite delicious! I can’t wait to see those products in action.

4) Melissa from Pink Lady Beauty did a great review on the MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation, which i was interested to try. I haven’t had any MAC foundations yet and it’s interesting to see what other beauty blogger say about the product first.
I guess we all do some research, before investing some good money in a product like that. So Melissa did some  swatch comparisons and blending in her post. I think her skin looks quite  flawless, which make me want to try this foundation.

Enjoy these posts my dear readers, as well as getting to know these wonderful bloggers & feel free to share your favorite ones with me as well.
I like to hear from you.
The weekly round-up with luchessa(Pictures taken from each of the sites, all rights on these belong to the mentioned bloggers.)

Until next time – stay beautiful!

ps: don’t forget to enter 2 current Giveaways, that you can find on my blog at the moment. Here and Here.


The Weekly Round-Up

Hello my Beauties,

it’s sunday again and that means i’m taking you on a wonderful round trip, that’s going to lead you to some amazing blog posts.
Fasten Your Seatbelts – we are about to start.

What is a Weekly Round-up you wonder?
Well it’s a sharing the love idea in the beauty blogger community, that usually is taking place on sundays.
Since we all like to be heard and our blogs read, it’s nice to spread the word and get interested followers to take a look on some useful  articles.
I’ve seen some of these round-up’s lately and today i’ve decided to participate.
weeklyroundup_zps248cb375You can always go ahead and take part in this great social event.
The rules are very simple: Pick out some of your most favorite posts written by other bloggers and tell us why you picked them.

To link up your post, please visit the hosts:
High Heeled Love or My So Called Chaos. (< — direct links to the round-up)

My most favorite posts this week

1. Mel from Mirror at the Wall wrote a really useful post on what kind of chemicals our skin care and beauty products actually contain, and what we really know about them.
What do You think to know about the Mineral Oils and Sulphates you are putting on your skin day by day? As i like to keep especially an eye on the SLS in my shampoo’s, i thought this post was worth sharing with you:

Ingredients Exposed #1: Chemical Nasties

2. Kareen from Ziba Blog spoke about the Beauty Benefits of Tea. “Herbal plants have been used for thousands of years for their many different therapeutic benefits.” As you might already know, i’m a huge Tea Lover and being reminded of all the positive effects of especially green tea (that’s my weakness), made me want to make a “beauty in the cup sencha”! Need an inspiration for pampering yourself – read Tea Is For Beauty! My Ever Growing Tea Collection

3. Sophia from Tattooed Tealady talked about the Instant Eye Makeup Remover and Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser by Clarins, that i’m really interested in trying. I’m a huge fan of Clarins products, especially when it comes to hand creams and body lotions. These two facial cleansers are still on my personal “to try” list. As i’m always looking for a gentle and helpful product for my sensitive face, i was happy to read Sophia saying: “it leaves your skin smooth, supple and velvety soft.” Clarins, getting rid of everything!

4. Felicia from Love.Life.Eat (who is actually an award-winning published author) wrote a very inspiring post on the female power, ambitions, choices and motivation in life. I really enjoyed Felicia’s writing style, and what especially caught my eye, was that one picture saying: “What would you attempt, if you knew you could not fail“.  If you feel like you need a little enthusiasm today, read that post, written by a woman who will not take a NO for an answer & who is meant to lead.

5. Meghan from Painted Lady did a fun and easy DIY post on how to make a quick mask using only a few ingredients, like French Green Clay, fresh grapefruit and honey. It’s well-known, that green clay masks are particularly beneficial for oily skin, drawing out oil while also tightening pores. (Let’s fight together against those big pores!)
As you already know, i’m a fan of homemade facial masks.
So take a look at Face Mask Friday! Green Clay and Grapefruit Brightening Mask and tell me what you think.

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

Until next time – stay beautiful.


Best of blog posts – autumn edition

Hello my dear Beauties.

Hope you are getting ready for the celebration, quality time with your loved ones, great food & music and just  lovely relaxing days!
I have been thinking about the community support these weeks, since it’s the season of giving and I decided to do a best of my reader, to share those awesome blog posts with you, that somehow inspired & motivated or just informed me about new and exciting products.
Hopefully you will enjoy as much as I did. Stop by to read these posts and support the amazing bloggers.

Grab a cup of your favorite hot chocolate and let’s get started.
Hot chocolate ritter sport

First there is Nic at Strawberry Blond beauty blog and her great post about the The Best Winter Hand Creams. In general Nic writes a lot of interesting posts about natural makeup and skin care, along with incredibly tempting high end reviews. (She totally got me hooked on the Benefit Away we Glow palette…)
This particular post about her favorite hand creams came very much on time for me, as i was looking for a new winter hand & nail treatments and i think especially with Weleda she got the point for me. This post might be something for you if you’re like me – a hand cream  addict! 🙂
Strawberryblondebeauty                                         Please visit Nic here:    Strawberry Blond beauty blog

My next pick is going to be Nuala at Make up, Beauty, Shopping and her honest review on MUA Heaven and Earth Pallet.
We all are used to see blogger raving about products on the market, that aren’t really worth the hype. In this case Nuala managed to present the pros and cons about this drugstore palette. When i saw the swatches i knew it was the right one to try as my every day tool. I’m a big fan of metallic and shimmery eye shadows, so to see most of the shades in this one being shimmery and the colors from brownish to rusty, i knew it’s going to be one of my next buys. I want to see for myself how good the formulation is and if it’s worth the money. I mean, as Nuala was saying: “for £4.00 you really can’t go wrong”. 🙂                                     Stop by Nuala’s blog:  Make Up, Beauty, Shopping

Third blogger i would like to mentions is Bailey at Making Up the Midwest and her useful Review & Application: Kiss Ever PRO Lashes.
Bailey is a beauty blogger, who also makes youtube videos to present you all the awesome hair & makeup tutorials. I first discovered her blog, before i found her on youtube as well. This lash review made me personally think more about wearing beautiful lashes during the holiday season, as i’m not someone who wears them on a regular basis. But the Kiss Ever PRO kit looked fun and easy – it apparently comes with some funky looking tweezers, as Bailey mentioned: “Unlike a tweezer, however, this applicator has a larger point of contact so that you can press a larger portion of the lashes along the lash line, allowing you to work faster.” And the results spoke for itself, so thank you Bailey for reminding me to be more outgoing with my makeup decisions.                                     Find more beauty post’s by Bailey here: Making Up the Midwest

As all of us bloggers have not only to publish some great content, but make the actual blog look nice & easy to navigate for our readers, i have to mention my smart Donah at and her really useful post on How To: Drop-down List On Your Navigation Bar 
As for me, blogging is a whole new world and getting tips and tricks with step by step explication & pictures is a big relief for me and maybe some of you as well. It’s awesome to have a fellow beauty blogger being able to help you with the how to “prettify your blog the easy way” questions. Donah has done a few different posts on this subject, besides all the other beauty reviews and brand presentation.                                              Check out Donah’s blog: Sweetjellybean

My last but most definitely not least blog post pick is a tie between two of my favorite nail design bloggers. (Yes it was very hard to dicide!)
It’s Sabrina at and Amie at
Both of them create fun & season inspired nail art. If you feel like looking for creative inspiration for your next nail project, stop by these blogs and get your polish injection.

One of the best posts Sabrina made was Advent Calender Nail Challenge: Inspired by a Christmas Movie. I loved the detailed drawing of the Grinch so much. It’s definitely a big eye catcher and one of the coolest themes of the holiday season.              You can find more great design’s by Sabrina right here: Polish Alcoholic

Amie loves painting her nails, it’s a relaxing task to her and you can definitely tell she’s having fun from what you see on her amazing pictures. Her last post was one of her best so far ( in my opinion) – a Christmas inspired stamping design in red, green and metallic – Nail Diary #126 I just loved the combination of color & design on her nails. Btw, thanks Amie for reminding me to put China Glaze on my wishlist for the next year. I have to finally try their polishes!                    Stop by Amie’s blog and look for more creative nail artAm1e’s Nail Diary

I hope you all enjoy doing some blog hopping and getting to know these inspiring blogger.  
And please share your favorite autumn & winter blog posts with me. Either your own or of the other beauties out there.