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Last Minute DIY Face Mask for Glowing Skin

Are you feeling a little bit sluggish and your skin is looking dull after all those Xmas celebrations? No worries, I know a last minute face mask that will bring back the glow to your complexion. Just in time for your new year's eve celebration. The best part is, you don't have to spend any money because all you need is already in your kitchen cupboards.

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New Year's Eve Lookbook

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. What are your plans for new year's eve, more relaxed, like me, or a big party?  

No matter what your plans are, I put together three looks to give you some ideas how to welcome the new year in style.

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Holiday Vibes

Ever since I was little, board games are my thing. What better time to relive this passion to the fullest than the Christmas holidays, when everybody gets together. So for all of you who are still looking for some fun things to do during the holiday season, I'll suggest some rounds of board games. Here are my well-tested and approved favourites.

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Last Minute Beauty Gift Guide

Are you still on the hunt for the last Christmas gifts? I put together some Beauty Gift Ideas with a short explanation what I particularly love about each product. 

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Christmas Lookbook

Can you believe that Christmas is just one week away? So time is running out to cross off everything that is left on your checklist including your holiday wardrobe. Lacking some inspiration? Don't worry I got you covered. 

 

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Low-Calorie Christmas Cookies

After last week's traditional German Xmas Stollen, I want to share with you, my favourite non-traditional Christmas recipe - Sour Cream Christmas Cookies

These babies are sugar-free yet still delicious. Meaning no bad conscience if you eat a few more and zero risks to fall into a sugar coma over the holidays. Oh, and they are done in no time. 

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DIY:  How to make Christmas Decorations out of sandwich paper bags

Christmas decoration can be so beautiful but also so extremely time-consuming especially if you do it yourself. I came across an awesome Christmas decoration project which is the precise opposite -A Christmas Star made of Sandwich Paper Bags.

These Stars are great for switching up your usual Christmas decorations, and are done in no time.

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Christmas Baking - How to bake a Christmas Stollen

To spread some Christmas vibes on my blog, I thought I share with you a traditional German Christmas baking recipe- the Christmas Stollen. The Christmas Stollen is a seasonal alternative to a classic cake or cookies. Here is how you do it.

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December Vibes

Besides everything Christmas, the two other words which pop into my mind when I think of the month of December are departure and retrospection. These two were my inspiration behind my December Vibes.

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My Dream Wish List

With Christmas less than a month away I thought it is the right time to share with you another item from my Dream Wish List. Today's Dream Wish List item is 32 years old, handcrafted, made of leather and named after a French singer, actress and style icon. Can you guess what it is?

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How to properly hang  your clothes in  your  closet

Okay, I admit everyone is capable of filling up an empty closet with clothing. But believe me when I tell you, how you do it is what makes the difference. 

A well-organised closet helps to maintain the garments, to get the most out of any closet space, and it is time-saving since you can overlook everything you own. From years of organising and rearranging wardrobes, here are my tips and tricks to get the best out of yours.

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What you should know about green tea

You may have noticed by now, that I love to incorporate natural ingredients into my beauty and health regime. Green tea is one of those. I love what it can to for my body both externally and internally.

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Product Review

- Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation -

For the last weeks, I put the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation to the test to find out, if it could live up to its promising claims. 

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Seasonal Cooking - Pumpkin Soup

Nothing embodies autumn more than pumpkins, from decoration to dishes, pumpkins are everywhere. So just in time before this season ends, a delicious and quick pumpkin soup recipe.

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The dirty truth about micellar water

For the last year or so micellar waters are the "thing" to get the perfect skin, you always wanted. Some of you may wonder if just one product can deliver all of this? The answer is no. In fact, it can do quite the opposite by using it the way it is promoted. Let me explain why.

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Steal of the month

- An old friend with a new look -

Last July I told you how much I loved the Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo. Well, I found a better replacement...

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November Vibes

It's November and here with Black Friday on the 25th. Thanks to the internet, even I here in Germany can take advantage of the Black Friday discounts. Yeah! I've already set my eyes on a new camera and hope to get most of my Christmas shopping done. 

 

On that thought, here are my November Vibes.

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Monthly RoundUp October

As always, at the end of every month, here is my Monthly RoundUp. I did some ASOS shopping in October, therefore, this one is a little fashion-heavy.

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Trend Alert

Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 - Denim

Welcome back to this year's last round of Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17. Conveniently, this series comes to an end just in time for mid-season sale and Black Friday, so you can shop the latest trends on sale.

 

Today it's all about Denim. I left out the Floral Embroidered Jeans Trend, just because I already did a whole post on Floral Prints. The other big Denim Trends are Flared Jeans, Colour-blocked and Two-Toned Jeans, Wide Leg Jeans as well as Frayed Hem Jeans. So let's dive right in.

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Trend Alert

Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17- Floral Prints

The Floral Print Trend is one of my favourite trends this season. I love it due to its versatility. Depending on what you combine with it, the outcome of your style is always different. Here's what I came up with.

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Trend Alert

Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 - Metallic Hues

Some of you probably think metallic fabrics are limited to evening wear only. Today I will show you that the Metallic Trend isn't just for party wear, but is also a stylish addition to your everyday wardrobe. The key to mastering the Metallic Trend lies in the fabric choice, the finer the better. When it comes to colour, warmer metallic hues are more refined than cooler shades. Keeping that in mind, you will look sophisticated instead of disco-ready while wearing metallic fabrics. Here are my takes on the Metallic Trend.

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Trend Alert

Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 - Chokers

With every fashion season, comes at least one major accessory trend. This time, Chokers are the must- have accessory. I love the return of this 90s trend. They are an easy way to amp up every outfit, in no time and guess what, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get your hands on some beautiful pieces. Here are some of my favourites...

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Trend Alert

Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 - Statement Fur

I love warm weather, but there is the one thing that makes colder temperatures so much more bearable - (fake) Fur

For this season the motto is the bolder the (fake) Fur the better.

I know it can be intimidating, but I put together a few looks to give you some ideas on how to rock a (fake) Fur this Fall /Winter.

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Trend Alert

Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 - Suede

Unlike with the Plaid Trend, the Suede Trend got me right away. Suede is one of those fabrics that immediately elevates every outfit and transforms it into an eye-catching look.

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Trend Alert

Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 - Plaid 

Welcome back to a fashion - packed month of October. Today's focus is on the Plaid Trend.

In the beginning, I wasn't so keen on this trend. Sure, I love a plaid shirt and some jeans, but other than that, my enthusiasm for tartan prints was pretty limited, to say the least. Working on this post, changed my view completely. That said, here are my 3 looks on how I would wear this Plaid Trend.

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October Vibes

Fall Vibes

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Monthly Roundup - September

Here we are again, for another Monthly RoundUp. While the first three weeks of September felt like summer, fall has kicked in over the last week. Which brings me directly to my first point, so let's get started.

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DIY Healthy Snack - Sesame/oat crispbread

It's been awhile since I shared a favourite recipe of mine and instead of something sweet I opt for a healthy nevertheless tasty snack -Sesame/Oat Crispbread. What more can you ask for? And here is what you need:

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Trend Alert

- Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 - Velvet -

After last week's overview of what is trending this fall/winter season, let's dive into one trend at a time. Today I will show you how to incorporate the Velvet Trend into your wardrobe.

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my dream wish list

Another item I would love to call mine is the Drew Bag by Chloé

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Trend Alert

- Fall/Winter Trends 2016/17 -

With autumn already knocking on the door, it means we are entering in a new fashion season - Fall/Winter 2016/17. I thought I give you an overview of the biggest trends for the upcoming season. So let's jump right in.

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Lifehacks

- 6 Tips to walk in heels all day long -

Images: TheyAllHateUS

As you may have noticed by now, I love heels, the higher the better. Wearing 12 cm heels for an entire day is no problem for me. Naturally, I picked up some tricks over the years. With these tips walking in heels will be a piece of cake for everyone, I promise.

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why you should include rosehip oil into your skin care routine

Beauty Oils

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part VIII - Go-to-Boots

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September Vibes

Dream Big

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Monthly Roundup

August

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-Spicy Plum Sauce-

Barbeque Season 

With probably only a few chances left for having a barbeque this summer, I thought I share with you a homemade spicy sauce for your grilled goods. It is a tasty alternative to the usual ketchup or mayonnaise and it is easy to prepare. Here is what you need.

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part VII - Button-Down Shirts

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How to avoid a Makeup meltdown

Beauty Trick

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DIY - Homemade Macarons

Sweet Treats

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Steal of the Month

Hair Shampoo

Here I am with another Steal of the Month and once again it is a hair product. Sorry, but I just couldn't help myself, I am so hooked on it, it is the ...

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part VI - Basic Tops

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My Dream Wish List

Trinity de Cartier Ring

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August vibes

What a strange world...

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Monthly Roundup

July

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LifeHacks

- One Trick for Stress-Free Packing -

For the longest time, the one thing I didn't like about travelling was packing my bags. No matter how hard I tried my suitcase was never big enough and when I unpacked most of my clothing were wrinkly. Until I came across this trick...

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part V - Go-to-Blazer

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Why you should consider sleeping on a silk pillow

Beauty Sleep

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part IV - Go-to-Skirt

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Steal of the month

- Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo

I don't know how many dry shampoos I already have tried. While most of them gave my hair texture and volume, there was always one thing I didn't like about them, the dullness they left on my hair. No matter how much I tried to blend the powder in and to blow out the excess, my hair lacked some healthy lustre.  I almost come to terms with the fact that by spraying dry shampoo onto my hair, it would lack some shine, until now... 

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Why Grey is the perfect Wall paint

Deco Tip

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part III- Go-to-Heels

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July Vibes

- Summer Dreaming -

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July Vibes

Who are you?

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My Dream Wish List

Burberry Trench Coat

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part II - The LBD

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Steal of the Month

Don't you all love the feeling when you buy something with little expectations and then its performance just blows your mind. Starting with this post, I will share with you that kind of purchases. With my passion for makeup and all things beauty, most buys will probably be beauty related, like today's one is KIKO Milano's 30 Days Extension - Night Treatment Booster.

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WARDROBE

Part I - Basics

Clothing is a very personal thing, it might take years to find your own unique style. Many factors play a role in how you dress, personal as well as external ones. But one thing I strongly believe, a solid staple of clothes you can always fall back to and feel comfortable in, is a real confident booster for any situation you get thrown in. So over the next weeks, I will show you how to build this kind of wardrobe for yourself. Today we lay down the basics. So let's get started.

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How to make a bold wallpaper work

Deco Tip

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Beautynary

Photoaging

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DIY - Homemade Garlic Pesto

One of my all time favourite food is pasta with wild garlic pesto. As I am a strong advocate of non-processed food, I can only indulge in this food for a limited time of the year. Specifically, spring and early summer. During this time, I make sure to store up some jars of homemade wild garlic. Here is how I prepare wild garlic pesto.

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June Vibes

- Fashionable in disguise -

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June Vibes

You can get it if you really want

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How to -three  items  one  look

Outfit Variations

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Product Review

- Maybelline New York - Fit me! Matte+Poreless -

On my never-ending hunt for the perfect foundation, I put the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+ Poreless to the test. Here are my thoughts.

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Product Review

- Kiko Milano 3D Lifting Foundation -

Normally, I only do a product review after testing it for a longer time, to see how it performs in different situations, with other products, and to notice any long-term effects. But this KIKO foundation really amazed me so much, that I couldn't wait to tell you about it. So let's dive right in.

 

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How to find the perfect fitted jeans... without trying on

The Perfect Fit

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How to Decorate according to the Melon Rule

Deco Tip

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My Dream Wish List

Bag Dreams

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Shortbread - Recipe

Quick and easy baking

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My favourite beauty looks of the Met Ball 2016

Beauty Highlights

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My Fashion favourite looks of the Met Ball 2016

Fashion Highlights

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LifeHacks

-DIY - Silver Jewellery Cleaning -

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MAy Vibes

- Something old, something new -

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May Vibes

What Susie says of Sally...

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Trend Alert

- Spring Fashion Trends 2016 Part III - Stripes -

Hello everyone, today I complete my Fashion Spring Alert with Stripes. Stripes have been around in fashion for quite some time. Back in 1858, the french navy implemented a blue - white striped shirt (Breton shirt) as a uniform for all seamen in Brittany. After a vacation in Brittany, Coco Chanel incorporated the stripe design into her nautical collection from 1917. Since then the Breton shirt was worn by many celebrities. In the 1990s, Jean Paul Gaultier took on the Breton style and made it his trademark. Most recently in 2011, Miuccia Prada showed the fashion world that stripes can be stylish in other ways than just nautical style.

 

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Product Review

- BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 2 Brush Set

As a makeup artist, I am always on the hunt for new brushes. That's why I'm constantly looking for new ones to join my collection. At the beginning of the year, I ordered the BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 2 - 10 Piece Brush Set online. Here are my thoughts.

 

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Trend Alert

- Spring Fashion Trends 2016 Part II - Lingerie Style -

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How to contour  your collarbone

All eyes on the cleavage

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Trend Alert

Spring Fashion Trends 2016 Part I - Cold Shoulders

With spring already knocking on the door, I thought I break down the major fashion trends of spring /summer 2016. And give you some tips how to amp up your spring wardrobe. So keep on checking Shades of K regularly over the next weeks to catch up with the latest fashion trends for spring /summer 2016.

 

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South See Dreams-Cake in a Glass

Dessert Dreams

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BeautyNary

Beauty Oils

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Trend Alert

- Pantone's Colour of the Year 2016 Part II -

Welcome back to part II of my Pantone`s Color of the Year post. As mentioned on Friday, this year the "Color Of the Year" is a blending of two colours Rose Quartz Pantone 13-1520 and Serenity Pantone 15-3919. The cooler blue-toned Serenity hue should embody an airy, light, and careless feeling. In terms of fashion, one might think Serenity is reserved for a more casual, sporty fashion. But as already described with Rose Quartz, the fabric, and cut create the vibe of the garment. Below I picked out some Serenity inspired outfits in different styles.

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Trend Alert

- Pantone's Colour of the year 2016 Part I -

Every year the Pantone Color Institute chooses the "Color of the Year". This year, for the first time ever, Pantone has chosen the blending of two colours, Rose Quartz Pantone 13-1520, and Serenity Pantone 15-3919, as "The Color of the Year". In today's Shades of Fashion I want to give you some ideas how you can incorporate Rose Quartz-like hues into your wardrobe. At first sight, Rose Quartz seems to be the stereotype Barbie girl colour, but I will show you that there is so much more to this colour.

 

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April Vibes

New Roads...

To a new month, with new opportunities, and the chance to start over.

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Product Review

- Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick -

The Liquid Lipstick trend is still going strong and on my neverending search for the perfect liquid lipstick, I discovered GERARD COSMETICS HYDRA MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICKS.

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Cake

- Easter Baking -

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Easter Lookbook

- What to wear on Easter Sunday -

With the Easter weekend just around the corner. I thought I put together some outfit ideas. I love Easter Sunday because we still do an Easter egg hunt and after that, we have a long family breakfast. It's always a fun, relaxing day. Therefore, I will definitely choose a more laid back outfit, like the second outfit, below.

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My Dream Wish List

A dream in Antique-Rose 

Here comes another item I am adding to My Dream Wish List. Actually, I wanted to do Product Review, but I discovered this divine piece of clothing on Net- A- Porter, while researching for some other posts I am planning to do. Because I just couldn`t get it out of my mind, I decided to postpone my Beauty Product Review and share with you, my newest addition to My Dream Wish List.

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Easter Decorations

- Get your house Easter ready -

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How to maintain  your V-shaped face

- Trick to maintain your youthful look -

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Moody Vibes

- Interior Design -

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March Vibes

- Soul Searching -

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This  Year's Oscars Fashion

- The Oscars 2016 -

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MY DREAM WISH LIST

- The perfect necklace -

Do you know the feeling when you see something for the first time and you instantly think,"I wish that belongs to me"? For me, this usually happens when I see breathtaking clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery or anything related to home design.
In this series, I want to share with you all the things I am enthusiastic about, but at this very moment can`t call my own, for whatever reason. But as you all know... NEVER STOP DREAMING!

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Product Review

- Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

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The Perfect Shade of Nude

-The perfect Nude Dress -

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My Favourite Winter-Foundation

-Mix it-

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Currently Coveting

- Bomber Jackets -

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February Vibes

- Start all over again -

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