Sunday, 11 December 2016

Song of the Week #15

15:00:00
Hey guys!

Maybe this song is the reason why I named my last post 'Underneath the Christmas Tree', constantly thinking of this song: Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson. I think, it's just impossible not to get into the Christmas spirit when listening to this song. It's uplifting and makes you want to perform along..or maybe it's just me dancing around the room when this song comes on..tell me in the comments! Also, how gorgeous is she? I have been a fan for many years and still I love everything she puts out there, anyone else? #lovethatlady #hugefan

Underneath the Christmas Tree

00:22:00
Hey guys!

So, this is not my actual wish list but a list of things that I would love to get for Christmas, kind of my imaginary wish list. Who makes those too?



Well, I have started collecting makeup tools from this not only very popular but also prize-winning range last year and I would love to add to it asap ;) Also, I find that my eye brushes that currently live in my collection are not the best quality. You would just have to look at some reviews of these brushes to notice their lovely quality testified by other beauty junkies.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

November's Gems

02:13:00
Hey guys!

Another month over, another time for monthly favourites. I really like to hear about people's favourite things so I will try to make this a regular topic on here, too.


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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Song of the Week #14

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Actually it's more an album than one song this time..

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Prague Diaries: Day 3 & 4

05:15:00
The finale..

Hey guys!

Here's to the 3rd and final part of my Prague Diaries covering day 3 and the day of our departure back home. If you have missed day 1 and/or 2, I'll link them here and here for you :)

Day 3

It was the day in which we planned to go on a free walking tour through the Czech Republic's beautiful capital. Unfortunately, the weather was very changable and there were times when we had to seek chalter from pouring rain and even hail showers in some arcades. Because of that, the fact that I had my map in one hand and an umbrella and my camera in the other (I always tried to know where we were for later reference) meant, that there were no two further hands free for a notepad and a pen to write down all our stops. That is why I can only tell you which places or buildings we have stopped by and listened to Tatjana's at times funny and definitely very interesting facts and anecdotes by heart (which  sadly is obviously only a fraction of what we were actually presented). You may ask, who is this girl Tatjana, that I just mentioned. Well, she was our tour guide who took us on our walking tour through Prague.
The system works in the following way: Sandeman (which is a company which offers these tours in multiple cities around Europe) employs people who live in the cities to give free tours of 2,5 hours through the cities or themed tours (which might cost something) on the basis of tips that are handed out at the end of the tours. You're not obliged to tip them (hence the free in the name) but it's common. And it's definitely worth the little money considering the quality and length of the tour that I have experienced. You really get to hear stories and facts which you would have to have researched for a long time, same applies for the route which is planned and guided most efficiently. Highly recommend!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What I loved in (or since!) October

02:23:00
Hey guys!

It feels like, we're almost already half way through November, where does the time go? Maybe I feel like it because it gets dark 3:15 pm already these days. Anyways, I want to share my October loves with you because I'm totally obsessed with them!!!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Song of the Week #13

23:58:00
Hey guys!

Sia - The Greatest. A great song. Great message. This version is not the origina,l as you can see (although I love that one), but a cover performed by Madilyn Paige. As it happens most times with the songs that I share with you in this series, it was quickly added to my favourites playlist and gets played almost every day.. multiple times a day. Who's with me here? ;)


This cover is actually the first video I have seen on her channel but her voice is lovely so there might be another Song of the Week featuring Madilyn in the future, time will tell.

In case you're interested, a song by Sia has made an appearance in this series earlier! Check it out!

What's your favourite song of the moment or possibly your song of the week? Tell me in the comments!!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Prague Diaries: Day 2

01:46:00
and on we go..

Hey guys!

As promised, here comes the activities me and my friends did on day 2 of our Whitsun getaway in May. (If you missed day 1, head over here!)


On our first morning in Prague, we enjoyed the breakfast buffet in our hotel and soon stepped outside to visit Prague Castle which is the biggest enclosed castle complex in the world!
Hopping of the tram, we took the entrance through the royal gardens and took what felt like a bazillion photos of fountains, halls, trees, views and other things. This was also the reason why it took us a while to actually enter Prague Castle through the castle's gates.

























By accident we were each gifted a ticket for St. George's Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane, and the museum of armours as a tourist guide 'got stood up' by the group who booked a tour with him and had already paid the tickets so we were happy bunnies!
Although, as a little tip for you, in case you considered visiting buildings at Prague Castle with a ticket: make sure you check the opening times of the buildings because we had to wait for 30 minutes in a queue that went all around to the rear of the the cathedral (when we joined it anyways, it got even longer the nearer we got to the opening time, and they only let people in when others left!!).











Having spent all morning at Prague Castle, we finally changed riversides again from Malá Strana to Staré Město and searched the recommended little café called Montmatre to warm up and have a snack. It's a nice little café with a rustic interior and local foods on the menu. I opted for the pastry but wouldn't recommend it as I found it a little bit paper-like in taste and veeery sweet because of all the cream in it but my friends seemed content with their choice, a slice of apple cake.

Having warmed up and filled our stomachs, we decided to visit the Petřín Tower which was built inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris and invites its visitors to climb its 299 steps to enjoy a beautiful 360° panorama over the whole city. I have to say, you have to have some stamina for the way up and I don't recommend it to people with major fear of hights because you can't just go back down at any point and it can be quite windy up at the second platform!
To get there we took the funicular railway up Petřín Hill and then went for a short walk to Petřín Tower.






After returning to safe grounds, we went downhill by foot and then took a tram to Staré Město, the Old Town, again and went on a mission to find a place for dinner. As about three options from our guidebooks either didn't exist anymore or have not been to our taste, we eventually ended up in Mama Lucy, a very small but lovely restaurant near the Old Town Square. Because all of us said that we were to only eat 'traditional' Czech food on our trip, we chose what I call the Taste Dish (don't know, if that is a good translation here) for all four of us with several sorts of meat, roasted vegetables and potato pancakes on it. It was delicious and a really nice way of trying out different foods which would have been way to much had we all ordered multiple things (and probably very expensive haha). Overall though, I have to mention that food and drinks were really affordable in Prague (compared to German prices in restaurants for example), which is why we went out for dinner every day and get to know the Czech dishes.

Following our lovely dinner, we headed to the TV tower which was located only one stop away from our hotel, I think. It was dark already and it's not as easy to find a tall tower when you are that near it as we thought because at some point it seems as if it just disappeared haha. We found it eventually and went up to find ourselves being the only tourists crushing a Salsa dance class/party with fancy dressed locals! Having let that sink in, we turned to the room with bauble like, very fancy looking (but very uncomfortable and veeery squeaky) chairs hanging from the ceiling and a view to die for. Prague at night lit by thousand lights was very nice to look at indeed! Unfortunately, because it was so dark, my camera couldn't pick up any of it, so I don't have any photos for you :(

I hope, you have enjoyed this post and will come back for day 3 and 4 which I will probably combine into one post. If you missed day 1, I'll link it here for you!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Prague Diaries: Day 1

22:34:00
Hey guys!

Some of you may remember that a looong time ago this year I said, I would visit Prague for four days with some of my girl friends. And I did so although a long time has passed, I still wanted to tell you what we did and show you some photos I took on the trip.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Song of the Week #12

00:00:00
Hey guys!

So this week, I'm going to show you this Mashup of Bollywood songs sung by Shirley Setia and Kurt Hugo Schneider. I might not have mentioned it on here but I love Bollywood movies (my favourite one is Veer-Zaara, does anyone know or love it too?). I really love the sound of these Hindi songs, one day I just have to learn this beautiful language!

If you enjoy Bollywood covers as well, also check out Shirley's channel, she really has an angelic voice!


I have done a post about Kurt's channel before, so check it out here!
Do you have a favourite Bollywood song, cover or film? Tell me about them!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The YouTube Review: Girls - ItsWayPastMyBedtime

17:05:00
... aka Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Hey guys!

I know, it's been a long while since I last posted on here but now I feel like I'm much more motivated again and I'm excited to continue my series of YouTube(r) reviews for you to enjoy hopefully... ;)

How have I not written this kind of post about this special person is a question that I have asked myself several times before but I feel like, now it's definitely overdue as I love her personality (and voice!) so much!

So, without me further rambling on, let me talk about her in a little bit more detail:
Carrie is a girl in her mid-twenties (like me) who lives in London. She followed her dream and became a singer and actress in musical theatre from a young age, having played Éponine (young and adult) in Les Miserables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (also as a child and at the moment finishing its tour around the UK as Truly Scrumtious) among others.

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But not only that: She started a blog about her experiences and difficulties as a teenager and general life issues which she eventually further elaborated by publishing her very first 'self helf' book called All I Know Now in 2015 which quickly became a UK No. 1 bestseller. I am currently reading (and loving!) this book although I'm not a teenager anymore and my honest opinion about it is that one can definitely tell that teenagers are the targeted audience BUT there are definitely chapters which could apply to anyone, or which are comforting when comparing her experiences with one's own. It's written in a way which is very comforting in many ways (as I already said), supporting and full of advice, and at the same time non-judgmental at all, even with more negative topics. Mega thumbs up, Carrie!
(Buy it here!!!)

Being a book worm her whole life, she then wanted to dive into the world of fiction writing and brought out her debut novel On The Other Side this year (on my wish list!!!), also becoming a bestseller: You go, girl!
(Available here!)

Still not finished her list of jobs: singer, actress, blogger, bestselling author, YouTuber! This is originally the reason why she appears in this category of my blog. Vlogs, sit down chats, covers, and self written and played/sung music: that is what you can expect to find on her channel. She is one of those YouTubers whose videos I'm excited for every week, highly recommend! Check out and subscribe to be a 'Hopeful' too! And tell her I sent you :D

She is one of those people who I've never met before but I still feel like she could be one of my best friends. Do you watch any YouTubers and feel like this too? Tell me about them in the comments!! I'd love to know!

As always, one of her videos for you:

Hope you enjoyed :)

Friday, 1 July 2016

Song of the Week #11

00:21:00
Hey guys!

For those who have read my previous Song of the Week-post: Yes, still obsessed, neither sorry nor ashamed about it.

This song (by Scott Alan, composer) as well is highly emotional and its topic is a kind of unusual one, dealing with depression and desperation which Rob Houchen's voice again suits so well! #love
One of my current favourites on my go-to music list, obviously.
You are on the hunt for more very nice music? Check out Scott Alan's channel!

Tell me what you think about it and (!) tell me your favourite song of the moment in the comments! I'd love to know!


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Song of the Week #10

23:47:00
What?! Number 10 already?

Hey guys!

This week's song of choice is called Warning Signs by Rob Houchen.
He is a musical actor who played the character of Marius in Les Miserables in the Queen's Theatre, London, from 2013 until earlier this year (if you're interested: There are multiple videos on YouTube where you can see him performing live in his role! Definitely worth checking out!).

This song is from his debut EP calles RH and was uploaded to his YouTube channel at the beginning of the month, so it's quite a new one compared to many songs of the week that I featured before. I find that he is a brilliant vocalist and brings the emotion of the song across in a very unique and moving way which I find very calming, too. I don't know why but when I listen to it, I always imagine a performance of a contemporary dancer on stage. Who feels the same?
Definitely check out his channel!! In my opinion, he definitely deserves many more subscribers than he has at the moment!


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Simple Skincare Story

17:45:00
Hey guys!

Today I want to share my morning skincare routine with you.
Beforehand I can say, I've never used a ton of products and all of those mentioned below are from the drugstore. My skin is oily and acne-prone which hasn't changed since I was a teenager (and I'm now 23). It never looks perfect, just sometimes better and sometimes like a semi-catastrophe but what can you do?
At the moment, I'm quite content with the products that I use and I haven't exchanged them for a while which confirms my believe that my acne is hormonal and I basically have to accept it. Thank goodness, there's concealer! ;)


To start with, every morning the first thing I do is wash my face with the Clean & Care soap free cleansing gel for normal and combination skin by Rival de Loop. I have tried many face washes before (3-in-1's, ones with beeds, foams) but I feel like this one is the most gentle option which doesn't leave my face tight and totally dried out.

Next, I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for combination and sensitive skin as a toner on a cotton pad to remove any product which might be left on my face and prepare it for moisturizer.

To make sure that my hands are competely clean (having washed my hands beforehand of course) I apply anti-bacterial hand gel from Isana.

My moisturizer of choice at the moment (in my eyes, the best that I've tried so far) is the Garnier anti-shine mattifying treatment anti impurities which is a sheer blue gel that I distribute in my hands and then all over my face and neck. It sets very fast, feels a little bit cooling and doesn't feel wet or crumbles off as I have experienced with other mattifying skincare products before.

That is basically it, already. From time to time, I additionally apply my bebe More eye cream and any lip balm.

Which products do you use on a regular basis? Do you have recommendations for oily, acne-prone skin? What are your thoughts on these products? I'd love to know!!!

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