she’s mental: Episode 4

this week’s episode is dedicated to autumn. if you follow me for a while, you will probably know that autumn is my favourite season (mainly because Christmas is not a season). I feel like at this time of the year I am more myself than in every other season.

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but I caught myself being a little down sometimes at the beginning of autumn. I actually don’t know what it is, because I’m always really excited for autumn to come and usually can’t wait for the leaves to fall down in all those beautiful colours or baking all these delightful spiced goodies. maybe it’s the weather that changes or because it’s getting darker really early… I don’t know – but what I know now is how I can change my mind and escape the ‚autumn blues‘.

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and if you’re expecting something really big here… I’m sorry I have to disappoint you. because for me it’s really the little things: when I feel down I go for a walk. and on this walk I ask myself what things made me smile the last couple of days, I think about all the people that made me laugh out loud or just made me feel good. I try to figure out what food made me happy or in which clothes I felt the best.

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once thinking about all these things, I usually feel much better instantly because I realize how privileged I am and feel so grateful for all these lovely people that surround me. and if it doesn’t make me feel better, I walk a bit further and further and further. I promise you, that walking will make you feel better eventually.

if you are the kind of person that tends to overthink things, maybe it’s better to go on a walk with a good friend and tell them how you feel. when you say something out loud, sometimes it doesn’t seem as bad as you thought before.

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after my last episode of she’s mental some people told me that it was easy for me to write these posts because my life is easy and I seem to have everything (like a job, a house, a car etc.). well first of all: yes, I do life in a privileged situation and I am lucky enough to have  a loving husband, a baby, we both have good jobs and live in a beautiful country. and I do really appreciate it. BUT… that doesn’t mean that I’m always happy and in a good state of mind.

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because mental health is MORE than material belongings. it’s more than living in a good neighborhood or having a job that gives you financial freedom. it’s deep inside us and even someone who owns everything you could possibly imagine, can be affected by bad mental health. so instead of accusing one another of having everything and your shit together – HELP eachother to find a good state of mind:

❤ start the conversation
❤ listen
❤ avoid comparisons
❤ celebrate the small steps
❤ give practical support
❤ ask other loved ones to help

Maruschka x

 

ps. I took these photos on a walk through the neighborhood with my gorgeous girl ❤

TARTE-TATIN: 3 ways

as by now, you all will know that I flippin love autumn. and one of my favourite things to do in autumn is to bake ❤ I love the smell of cinnamon in our house and obviously I’m always in for a piece of cake ooooor, what lately has become a slight obsession: a TARTE-TATIN!

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so I tried out a bunch of different types of Tarte-Tatin and created three recipes that I liked the most for you guys. we have one savoury and two sweet ones. two of them are made with pre-made dough from the supermarket and one is homemade.

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so let’s get started with the first sweet one. this one is made with puff pastry – I didn’t do it from scratch (because you know, I’m too busy and a little too lazy for that). this recipe is so easy, you can totally make it when you have unexpected guests arriving in a few minutes. so here’s what you need:

30g sugar
30g butter
4 bananas
2 tbsp liqueur (I used whisky liqueur from a local brewery called Rugenbräu)
1 round puff pastry

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preheat your oven to 220°C and line a tart tin with baking paper on the bottom and butter on the sides. dispense your sugar and the butter cubes evenly in the tin an put it in the oven for about 10-12 minutes (until fully dissolved). take it out, add the liqueur and then dispense your bananas evenly. place the dough on top, then put it in the oven for another 15 minutes or until golden brown – flip it, et voilà here’s your Banana Tarte-Tatin done. Serve it when still warm – I like it the most with vanilla ice cream.

TOMATO & ONION TARTE-TATIN

my second recipe is a savoury one and perfect as a starter served with a little salad. here’s what you need:

30g sugar
30g butter
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
500g cherry tomatoes
4 onions
1 round whole-grain pastry

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preheat your oven to 220°C and line a tart tin with baking paper on the bottom and butter on the sides. dispense your sugar and the butter cubes evenly in the tin an put it in the oven for about 10-12 minutes (until fully dissolved). take it out, add the balsamic vinegar and then dispense your onions and tomatoes evenly. place the dough on top, then put it in the oven for another 15 minutes or until golden brown – flip it, et voilà here’s your Tomato & Onion Tarte-Tatin done.

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PLUM TARTE-TATIN

for my last recipe, I made the dough from scratch and it’s actually a bit more on the cakey side than a traditional tart. but I still think it’s delicious and counts as Tarte-Tatin because it’s baked the other way round. so here’s what you need:

40g sugar
30g butter
500g plums, halved (I used frozen ones)
FOR THE BATTER:
125g butter
90g sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla paste from Dr. Oetker
2 eggs
juice and zest of one lemon
1dl milk
200g flour
1 tsp. baking powder

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preheat your oven to 220°C and line a tart tin with baking paper. dispense your sugar and the butter cubes evenly in the tin an put it in the oven for about 10-12 minutes (until fully dissolved).

in the meantime mix your butter with sugar for about 2 minutes, then add salt, vanilla paste, and one egg after the other and mix until combined. add all the other wet ingredients (lemon and milk) and whisk all together. don’t worry if your batter looks a little shite at this state – once you add the flour and baking powder it will be fine.

place your plums on the dissolved sugar-butter mixture, then add your batter and put it in the oven for another 30 minutes. when I tested the recipe I took it out a little too early but I only noticed it when the cake was out of the tin > doesn’t matter; just put it on a normal baking tray and bake a little longer. and that’s your PLUM TARTE-TATIN done!

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so these are my favourite Tarte-Tatin recipes but I’m sure there is a lot more to try out and love. if you bake one of my recipes don’t forget to tag me in your photos.

what’s your favourite thing to do in autumn? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

she’s mental: Episode 3

it happened again! even though I thought I was immune – I’m not. I fell in and it was bloody hard to get out again.

you must be thinking: what the heck?!

I’m talking about the *SOCIAL MEDIA BLACK HOLE* and I’m sure most of you will know this as a thing and have experienced it before; you spend a little too much time on the good old Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or whatever and suddenly you feel this pressure on your chest, a feeling of not being interesting enough or not having your shit together. well at least I did feel so and this wasn’t the first time this has happened to me.

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so as I already mentioned, last weekend I spent a little too long on the internet. I was looking for autumn decoration inspiration, some fashion stuff and just scrolling down my Instagram feed. so far so good. then I went to bed and all of a sudden my brain stopped working properly or did it work too much??? I don’t know. but what I know is, I felt SO frustrated! my house wasn’t decorated enough, my wardrobe wasn’t fashionable enough, my body wasn’t thin enough, my hair wasn’t voluminous enough, my life wasn’t interesting enough and my to-do-list was longer than my arm and all I did for the last couple of hours was scrolling through this goddamn internet! I HATED the situation. but I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do against it. I just felt like utter shite!

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my husband, who doesn’t really use any social media (he has a facebook account but hardly ever uses it) didn’t quite understand what „problem“ I had. in his opinion my problems were made up and not reeeeally relevant… but nevertheless it was good to speak to someone about my feelings, even though he doesn’t see things as I do, or maybe BECAUSE he doesn’t see them the same way.

he told me our house was looking lovely and we could go an pick some pumpkins the next week, he told me I looked cute that night, he showed me some gorgeous photos of our little one and most importantly he told me that even though he doesn’t always understand my problems, he will always be there to help me find a solution. and that was the only thing that helped me escape this black hole.

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now I know that not everyone has a loving husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. but I’m sure most of you will have a special someone who they can talk to when they don’t feel their selves > DO IT. there’s nothing better than talking about your issue and I feel that often when I talk about it, it already seems a lot easier and more bearable. and if you don’t have someone, PLEASE PLEASE e-mail me and I promise to write back with, hopefully, an answer that will help you out.

here we go – another episode of she’s mental. do you like to read about my mental health story? is there anything specific that would interest you? please write a comment or DM. I’d love to hear from you.

Maruschka x

oh and by the way: because I felt like utter shite I didn’t want to take photos this week – so here you have some vacay snaps ❤

raspberry bundt cake

this week was completely nuts! I told you guys I would keep it real and honest all the time – so let’s be honest: our house is a bloody mess! the laundry needs to be done, the kitchen is full of baking utensils which need to be washed and put away, I didn’t clean the bathroom in a good week and the sheets need to be changed as well.

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our little girl is toothing and not feeling very well over the last couple of days. so I decided she’s priority number one and the house number two (I’m probably somewhere around number 11 on my priority list). she needed attention and hugs almost all the time and when she napped (for about 20 min which usually lasts for 1.5-2 hours) I tried to keep everything in places – I failed completely.

doesn’t matter I thought to myself – there will be no blogpost and everyone will understand. but then my hubbys best friend asked me if I would like to write another baking blogpost aka if I would like to bake something for his birthday. as he is one of our best friends I surely said yes and baked one of my favourite recipes for summer: my raspberry bundt cake.

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it’s moist, fluffy and with it’s lemon and raspberry flavours it’s perfect for summer. the recipe is quite easy to follow and even after 2 days the cake still tastes SO GOOD!

what you need:
220g butter
400g sugar
4 eggs
2 lemons (zest and juice)
1 tsp Dr. Oetker vanilla paste
350g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

180g sour cream
250g raspberries (powdered with flour)

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beat soft butter and sugar for about 2 minutes, then add one egg after another and beat for another 2-3 minutes. add the lemon zest, half of the juice and vanilla paste to the batter, then add flour, baking powder and salt and mix it until well combined. stir in the sour cream with a spatula and lastly add your powdered raspberries.

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pour the batter in the buttered and floured bundt cake tin and bake for 50 min. at 200°C.
put in some holes with a toothpick and pour the other half of the lemon juice all over the cake.

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what’s your favourite flavor for a bundt cake? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

the easiest summer treat ¦ Dr. Oetker

what do you associate with strawberries? for me, strawberries are the definition of summer! I instantly think about those relaxed days at the lake, good friends and family around, laughing, swimming, playing games and > eating some yummy strawbs.

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so when I thought about baking something for a summer bbq party, I knew strawberries had to be part of it. as I don’t really wanna spend a long time in the kitchen when the sun is shining, I created this absolutely delicious and easiest summer shortcrust pastry EVER.

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the ingredients are as simple as that: 3 ¦ 2 ¦ 1 ¦ 1 > like what?!
300g flour – 200g soft butter – 100g sugar – 1 egg >> 3 ¦ 2 ¦ 1 ¦ 1

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just combine those ingredients and knead the dough until just combined. let it chill in the fridge for half an hour, then distribute the dough into the prepared (buttered and floured) muffin tin and make sure to poke some holes in it. bake the cups for approx. 15-18 min. then let them cool.

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melt 100g of dark chocolate and spread it all over the shortcrust pastry and wait until firm. then prepare the Dr. Oekter Crème Pâttiserie: just mix milk with the powder and mix for 3 mins – easiest thing in the world! distribute the cream and add strawberries or/and raspberries or any other fruit you like – et voilà: shortcrust pastry at it’s finest.

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they look absolutely fabulous and everyone loved them!

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what’s your definition of summer? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

this blogpost is not sponsored, Dr. Oetker kindly gifted me some products mentioned.

chocolate chunk muffins ¦ Dr. Oetker

the weather in Switzerland was – I really tried to say it in a nice way, but let’s just be honest – it was crap! it’s already the end of May and we didn’t really have a proper sunny and warm day for the last couple of weeks. and what do you do when it pours outside? you bake!

if you follow me for a while you will know that I really like chocolate! therefore I’m always up for a new recipe that includes my fave baking ingredient. and a while ago Dr. Oetker kindly sent me a goodie bag with some of their newest treats – including some yummie white chocolate chunks.

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as a new mom my spare time is quite limited – hence I wanted to bake something quick but no less delicious. so I did some recipe testing and finally found the perfect mixture of a soft, chewy and chocolaty muffin – and who doesn’t love a chocolate chunk muffin?

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what you need:
250g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
150g butter
170g sugar
2 eggs
300g dark chocolate
180g sour cream
100g white chocolate chunks

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what to do:
prepare a muffin tin with 12 paper cups. mix together flour, baking powder and salt and set side. whisk soft butter with sugar for about two minutes until soft and fluffy. add in the eggs one at a time. melt your dark chocolate (I always just pour hot water over it, leave it for 3-4 minutes and then drain the water), let it cool for a bit and add it to your butter/sugar mixture. add in the flour mixture – I did it in three smaller portions. when you’ve got a nice and smooth batter, add in the sour cream with a spatula followed by the chocolate chunks. distribute the batter in the prepared baking tin and bake them for about 22 minutes at 190°C.

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I hope you’ll enjoy baking and most of all eating these muffins – I definitely did. if you bake them, don’t forget to tag me in your photos.

what is your favourite baking ingredient? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

the way to a heart is through the stomach ¦ Dr. Oetker

the title says it all… Valentine’s Day isn’t far away and I wanted to share a recipe with you that never fails to make someones heart burn (maybe it’s because of the amount of sugar or butter – but nevermind).

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my sister would say that I’m brownie obsessed – but let’s face it: who isn’t? so when I thought about what to bake for my loved ones I immediately wanted to make some brownies – but not just normal brownies. for this special occasion we need something that fills your heart / tummy (which in my case is probably the same) up to the fullest but doesn’t take long to bake because you wanna spend aaaall of your time with your significant other.

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therefore I went for the salted caramel brownies with a lovely rose top coat of white chocolate. I used my regular brownie recipe and just added a layer of soft caramel bonbons with a pinch of salt inbetween the chocolate layers:

100g butter
300g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate

melt butter and chocolate in a small pan on low heat. make sure to stir all the time to not burn your chocolate. let it cool down for a bit.

4 eggs
200g sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste Dr. Oetker
2 pinches of salt
200g flour

mix all ingredients apart from flour with a mixer until light and fluffy. then add the cooled chocolate and mix until combined. add in the flour and give it a final whisk.

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pour half of the batter into a 23x33cm brownie tin then add a layer of caramel bonbons and some fleur the sel. bake at 200°C for approx. 20 minutes. let them cool down completely before you cut them out with a cookie cutter or just make squares with a knife.

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to use all of these delicious brownies, I took the leftovers from the heart shaped brownies and made cute little cake pops.

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I just mashed the leftovers together, formed small balls and dipped them into this lovely pink icing or the cute sprinkles from Dr. Oetker – it’s the easiest thing in the world and your love will think it cost you a big effort to make them (EDIT: I thought it was the easiest thing in the world… turns out cake pops are annoying little things! it took me quite a while to form them AND make them stay on the stick without falling down… but in the end they’re cute anyway)

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what’s my fave: only one >super easy< recipe and two beautiful options to make your way to your loved ones hearts ❤

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what is your favourite thing to bake for any special occasion?
I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

life update <3

ok… this feels strange… it’s been a while… it’s been a while since I uploaded my last blogpost, my last Instagram photo or my last story. and to be sitting here an writing this new one feels actually so good – yet so weird!

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a year ago I started my blog and I really > like really really < wanted it to become a place where all my passion for food, fashion and beauty would fit in and create something worth reading. and actually I was very confident with what I created until August – I adored writing blogposts and taking photos and tell you guys what I’ve been up to or loving at the moment.

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but something changed. and this is probably the biggest change and the greatest news in my life so far! I am pregnant.

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it took me quite a while to announce this on here or somewhere else in social media. and this is mostly because I felt poorly almost until week 20 – so half of my pregnancy was an absolute challenge for me and my husband (bless him, he’s amazing!). therefore I decided to take a while off of social media to balance everything and to make me feel better soon – it worked! I’m now more enthusiastic than I’ve ever been the last few weeks and I’m so excited to meet our little one soon.

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this blogpost is mostly an update about my life in general but I really want to make sure that every woman knows that it’s completley fine to not feel good or being super excited at the beginning of your pregnancy. everything is new and your body has to do a lot more than it’s used to: creating a new life! this is bloody amazing – but don’t make yourself feel bad if you’re not that happy or over the moon – this can be super overwhelming but it gets better with every week > I promise.

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my husband and my family were absolutely incredible! they helped me to see everything positive and gave me the support I really needed. Surround yourself with people you love spending time with and avoid people who make you feel uncomfortable or guilty about the fact that you’re not (yet) super excited. I will write another blogpost about my routine to feel good but for now I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m creating a little wonder and that I’m SO excited for the next couple of months.

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what have you been up to the last few weeks – I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

it’s ok to have a bad day…

this is not the August favourites post I announced a couple of days ago. and you know why? because I didn’t really enjoy a lot of things in August – and this is completely fine.

I had some rough days in August and to be honest I actually can’t tell you why! it’s not that I don’t wanna tell you why – I just can’t because I don’t really know it myself! so when I started to write my August favourites post I felt very forced and I don’t like to write about something that isn’t me or isn’t 100% true!

so I decided to tell you guys what makes me feel better when it comes to days where I feel down and nothing seems to be right.

first of all, as I already said: it’s ok to have a bad day or a bad couple of days! don’t force yourself to fit in or to be happy all the time. even though you know you should because, as in my case, your life is at it’s best at the moment and you couldn’t wish for anything more. it’s ok!

treat yourself! I love breakfast – and when I feel down I like to treat myself with a big old brunch! I make myself pancakes or waffels, buy a ton of fresh fruit (because they seem to lift my mood) and enjoy my breakfast all by myself or with my husband while watching Netflix (at the moment I’m really into Orange is the new Black). if you don’t enjoy food as much as I do – do something you love but maybe can’t afford every month like having your nails done or go to a massage or book in a beautiful spa. just make sure you only do it for yourself and nobody else!

have some me time! for me it’s so important to have some time alone especially because I usually don’t really have time for myself. as I work in an open farm architechtures office there is always a lot going on and when I’m home my hubby’s normally home aswell or I spend my evenings with friends or family. therefore I really need this time once in a while and I make sure nobody disturbes me.

take a bath! even if you’re not a big „bathtub-person“ – just do it. it calms you down and the warm water feels like a really warming hug. I like to leave my phone outsite the bathroom and read a book instead. social media runs fast and sometimes can be a bit overwhelming – just make sure to take some breaks now and then.

after the above mentioned tasks it’s important for me to socialize again and the easiest way to start this again is to meet your closest friends or family. when I feel rough my sister knows how to make me feel better and after a few minutes spent with her everything seems to be a little less shit. so make sure to see people who know you and know exactly how to treat you.

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it’s going to be ok – I promise. so just take your time to feel better and be patient. I like to look through old vacation photos or if you’re already married watch back your wedding video or photos – they always cheer me up!

and what I realized while writing this post: write your thoughts down – this really helped me see everything from a different angle and I already feel a lot better!

I will write new blogposts with my happy attitude soon – but just not for now – and that’s totally fine! HAVE A GOOD DAY – YOU’RE WORTH IT!

Maruschka x

July Favourites

mamma mia – here we go again! lately I’ve been in the cinema to watch Mamma Mia and I really liked it. but ever since then I can’t get these songs, especially Mamma Mia, out of my head! anyway – here we go again with the monthly favourites (and while I’m writing this, I’m listenting to the soundtrack of Mamma Mia – obviously).

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I really liked this photo because it shows how happy I am when it’s warm and sunny.        therefore I  wanted to post it anyway, even though it’s a bit blurry.

this post is mainly about beauty products but – first things first – let me start with something food related. recently I’ve been enjoying to watch baking videos and I wanted to share my most loved YouTube channels for this: Preppy Kitchen, Cupcake Jemma and Katie Pix. They’re absolutely great in very different ways and styles – but I love all of them. it’s definitely worth to subscribe – they share amazing recipes and tips for baking and cooking quite frequently.

 

moving to beauty… there have been a LOT of products I recently loved. let me show you some of them:

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the „pretty in the USA-Palette“ from benefit is just amazing! the hoola bronzer has the perfect colour to get that bronzed summer look, the rockateur blush is very lovely to give you the most beautiful shimmer on your cheeks and the dandelion twinkle highlighter is super soft and nice.

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the palette even comes with the goof proof brow pencil which I’ve always loved. the powders are all full-sized and the mirror has a perfect size aswell.

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fashion wise I find it quite easy in summer: I just put a dress, sunnies and some cute sandals or flip-flops on and that is basically it. my favourite dress this year is definitely this midi linen dress from Pull & Bear. it comes in a good variety of colours – I wanted to catch’em all – and I did.

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the one I wear in the photos comes in a beautiful kind of orange colour with brown buttons. it fits perfectly and feels so light and comfy. I topped it off with my Zara hairband (similar one) in these lovely summer colours, the most beautiful Zara sunnies (similar ones) and some simple flip-flops from our Bali honeymoon.

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this one I just recently discovered… it’s the Nivea dry shampoo! it’s easy to use, smells delicious and works SO GOOD! this is one of the first dry shampoos that really worked for me. my hair looks absolutely great after the use of this! it comes in three different types for light, medium and dark hair. everyone smells different but work the same.

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another beauty-favourite definitely is the BACKTALK palette from Urban Decay. I’m a big fan of Urban Decay, always was and always will be. the eyeshadows are nicely pigmented as always and have the most flattering colours. you can use them for a simple day look or go darker and use them for a beautiful night-out make up.

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the blushes and highlighters are stunning! in summer I especially love the peachy highlighter (low key) because with a peachy lip it gives you a cute natural look.

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there are SO MANY other brands and products I really liked lately – but I’m gonna show you more next month. do you want me to show you a full face make-up?

let me know – I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

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oh and this is me stepping on a f*cking sharp rock – I love this photo :‘)

 

This blogpost is not sponsored – all of the products have been purchased.