Decorating for Christmas

Hi everyone,

I just quickly wanted to pop in to show you the ornament wreath I made for Christmas following this tutorial by Virginia from LiveLoveDiy.

Virgina now made a blogpost featuring some of the ornament wreaths her readers made following her tutorial, and I was included in the feature, how exciting!!

Here is her blogpost about it:

Isn't it amazing what everyone came up with? I think these wreaths are all amazing! And now I am so motivated to make another one! :-)

In the meantime - until I get everything together - I'll leave you with Santa Claus and the Advent wreath I put up in my apartment! Santa is patiently waiting to be filled with homemade cookies! :-)

Til next time!

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Quick Tip Austria: "RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday" is online!

Picture copyright MAC Cosmetics

Hi everyone!

If you're from Austria and you've had your eyes on the RiRi hearts MAC Holiday Collection, you better be quick, it's online now at:

It's expected to sell out quickly, so hurry up! :-)
Lipstick RiRi Woo is being repromoted with this collection, so if you couldn't get it before, here is your chance! Another lipstick from the collection is Bad Girl RiRi, which I have already swatched and talked about here.

If you can't get anything because it's no longer available, the collection will launch in Austrian stores on December 27!

Happy Shopping! :-)


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What I bought at the 5th Vienna Beauty Flea Market

Hi everyone!

I know many of you came to the 5th Vienna Beauty Flea Market last Sunday on Badeschiff, got up early and waited in line to hopefully find lots of great makeup.

I sure did too, and even better, I got to see many of my "makeup friends" that I only see on such occasions. It was a fun day, chatting with everyone and looking through what the girls had for sale! And when the masses of people got too overwhelming, I sat down with my friend Suianna at one of the side tables and had a drink. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning! :-)

The shopping craze started at 11 a.m., but the exhibitors were there much earlier to set up their stands on Badeschiff. For those of you who aren't from Vienna, the Badeschiff is a boat that is anchored at Donaukanal in the city center of Vienna:

Photo courtesy of Lillith's Dark Tower

Two of my best friends also sold their makeup there, these were their stands:

Lilly's stand
Photo courtesy of Lillith's Dark Tower

And Nyota's stand:

 Here I am, on the right, rummaging through the makeup that MISS Magazine had for sale:

Photo courtesy of MISS Magazine

The two lovely ladies at the MISS stand had lots of great makeup on display, and they even donated all their proceeds to the typhoon victims on the Philippines:

Photo courtesy of Goldmarie & Co.

 Here - at the MISS stand - is where I made my first purchase, a Jo Malone perfume by the name of Blackberry & Bay:

Next purchase was a Wet n Wild Trio (Silent Treatment) that I bought from Don't You Wish You Had Some More, also brand new and even still sealed!

The red lipstick is MAC's To Swoon For from the 2008 Adoring Carmine Collection that I bought from Lilly and the Barbie Loves MAC lipstick is Sweet and Single that I desperately wanted because mine is already very worn down! The Essie Nail Polish is Rock the Boat and I bought it from Jen.

The best buy, however, was this one:

A Barbie loves MAC compact from the 2007 MAC collection of the same name. I had been looking for that compact forever!!! It holds "Pearl Blossom" Beauty Powder but I will probably depot that and put my own MSF Natural into it!

So happy I got that!

So now I'm curious, what did you guys buy? I have already watched many of your purchases on Instagram, but I love to hear over and over again! :-)

Feel free to share in the comments!

one happy

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MAC Bad Girl RiRi Lipstick

MAC's Bad Girl RiRi lipstick is part of the upcoming RiRi hearts MAC Collection that's about to release this Christmas holiday.

Now don't be fooled by my swatch, this might look like a typical "my lips but better" shade, but Bad Girl RiRi is really a pretty dark, opaque brown shade with a matte finish. Keep in mind that I use a flash in all my pictures and that it washes out the color quite a bit!

Now we all know Rihanna is brave and we all know how she rocks matte lipsticks, but for me - personally - I find matte finishes a little hard to pull off. I have large lips and if I cover them completely with a flat matte opaque color I feel like they become even more prominent and that makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I know the general agreement is that mattes look more natural but I personally always feel that a little bling bling on the lips distracts from an obvious coat of color.

So to sum it up: Blusherine = shiny lips! :-)

That doesn't mean I never wear mattes, I just oomph them up a bit! :-) If I like the color of the lipstick (which in this particular case I do) I'll wear lip balm underneath so that the lipstick goes on smoother and shinier. I love to wear "O" lipstick by MAC like that for example. If that's still not enough creaminess, I'll put a clear gloss on top, or even a colored one, to make the shade more interesting and multi-dimensional.

MAC describes the color as a matte taupey nude, I personally don't see much taupe in it, much rather warmer hues!

In Austria the online release is scheduled for December 10 while it should be available at counters on December 27. It will cost 21 Euros.

So are you gonna get it? Or is anything else is on your wishlist? I will pass on the bright pink lipstick "Pleasure Bomb" and I already have "RiRi Woo" which has already been released (but which I have been too afraid to wear so far) :-))


This product has been provided by PR. Opinions are my own.

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