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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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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FMSphotoaday – Day 21 (I care about this) Blog stats & Projects.

Hello my Beauties,

it’s Day 21 in the May Photo a Day challenge and the topic is: “I care about this“.
Seriously, i could have talked about so many different things, that i care about in life, like dear people, my goals and values…
But i decided to talk about this blog and it’s news today. 

So first of all this is a big Thank you to everyone who participated in all the little and big help to make this blog grow little by little.
I know i’m still in the beginning with it, but i feel that it’s going up the right way.

Some of you helped me with tips and tricks about the social media in general, other gave their expertise on the transition from basic WordPress to a self-hosted site, which i’m seriously thinking about as well. (yes i’m slow with this, i know.)
And one of my very favorite bloggers Donah from SweetJellyBean went even further
and lent me her helping hand with the blog design.
So everyone who was saying nice words about the new banner – i’m forwarding all the credits to Donah.
(Thank you dearest!)

Beauty expression by Luchessa new banner and statisticsRecently i hit over 500 blog followers (via WordPress and email) as well as over 20.000 views, which is fabulous. 
I know to some it might not seem like a huge deal, but i’m really really thankful for that. 

Here is also a big shout out to my over 1000 Twitter followers.
Many of you i literally got to know over the Twitter platform and we became friends and blogging buddies. 
I seriously love this vivid and informative exchange with you, my Beauties. 

After HelloCotton had to shut down (i was really sad about it), most of us have moved to Bloglovin’ – another great platform to follow your favorite bloggers from all around the world.
A big Hello to my (almost) 400 Bloglovin’ followers there.
Thanks for readings my posts & all your comments. 

As i dont want to bore you with all the stats, i’m going to tell you about my two newest projects on the blog,
which some of you might already been seeing around.

Friendly Bunch Blog Hop and Sunday ReadFirst is my Sunday Read – that will provide you with exciting posts, that i find over the week,
that are definitely worth sharing with my audience.

As well as my Friendly Bunch Blog Hop, that i host together with Nia from Cherryfashion, starting every monday.
A fun way to link up, spread the word about your own blog/shop and get an easy connection with new fabulous bloggers and their lifestyle, beauty and fashion posts. Everyone is invited to participate.

Last thing i would like to mention, are the two wonderful blogs, that i have the honor to be a sponsor of this month. 
I’m sure most of you already know these two beautiful ladies:
Nykki from Nykki talks Beauty and Miss Angie from My so-called Chaos.
being a sponsor in may
Left column is from Nykki talks Beauty (see, even in this Nia & I are together!) and right column is from My so-called Chaos.

Visit their blogs and say Hi from me.
I hope it was alright to share the recent updates with you, my readers. If you have suggestions or ideas for upcoming posts, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or send me an email.

Love to hear from you guys!
Until next time – stay beautiful.

 


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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!