Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Morning Rituals


Late nights and early mornings. Count yourself lucky, if you wake up like a goddess, I certainly don't...

The alarm is ringing, I get out of bed and make myself a hot cup of tea. Looking like the love child between a sleepwalker and a zombie, my eyes slowly open while I'm taking a shower. It's not that I have a problem with early mornings, that's certainly not the case. Though, I have a problem with falling asleep early, getting inspired in the darkest hours of the night, so going to bed at 2-3am is definitely not helping my morning routine. Oh well, even if I don't wake up looking like the Asian version of Beyonce, we girls got our little tricks to make ourselves look bright and awake.
A little bit of foundation for all problem areas (you don't want to cover all your face in thick makeup for your everyday look). My favourite right now is definitely the Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Normal/Dry skin as it's long-lasting and blends in well. Then I get rid of all the ugly acne scars with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (2nd repurchase!) and dark circles are gone after using Maybelline New York's Anti-Age The Eraser Eye. I know a lot of people have been raving about this, but I've never gotten around to try it myself. Though, now that I've finally bought one, I wish I had gotten it earlier. How incredibly moisturising it is! After making my skin look like it has no problems whatsoever, I draw my eyebrows in with the Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow pencil. Combined with benefit's Gimme brow, it's a necessary step to make myself look more like a human, because Mum and Dad forgot to give me visible eyebrows... (while Dad himself got some badass dragon eyebrows). To finish off the eyes, I get my Tony Moly gel eyeliner out (using my 2nd one already!). Then I get rid of my moon face look with my Sleek face contour kit to make it appear as if I had cheekbones. I like how you can slowly build up the colour and how it doesn't look like you have mud in your face. Lastly, it's time for a little colour: What a difference a little bit of blush and lipstick does to your complexion: easy transformation from zombie to human being! I like using a light cream blush like the Manhattan Liquid Blush in 02 Cheeky Charming, though my go to blush is Sleek's Suede. Rather than a bright pink blush, it looks really natural and gives off the impression of a no-make-up face. And for my lips I go for better-than-your-own-lips colours. I absolutely love the formula of Maybelline's Colorsensational lipsticks, though, unfortunately, they don't have my favourite colour anymore. Need to find an alternative!
Now you might think that my Fake-"I-Woke-Up-Like-This" make up sounds like such a hassle. So many different products and steps. But honestly? You can do this in less than 10mins. A brush stroke here, a brush stroke there and you are done. How does your morning routine look like?

German:
Der Wecker klingelt, ich steige aus dem Bette und mache mir eine heisse Tasse Tee. Sehe aus wie ein Zombie und wache langsam auf, während ich Dusche. Es ist nicht so, als hätte ich Probleme damit früh aufzustehen. Ich habe eher Probleme damit früh ins Bett zu gehen! Und wenn man zwischen 2 und 3 ins Bett geht, da ist es natürlich schwierig dann um 7 aufzustehen. Naja, auch wenn ich morgens vielleicht nicht so aussehe, als sei ich die asiatische Version von Beyonce, es gibt da schon einige Tricks, wie man sofort wach und ausgeschlafen aussehen kann.

Ein wenig Foundation für die Problemzonen (da man ja sein Gesicht nicht jeden Tag zukleistern will). Favorit zurzeit ist ganz klar die Revlon ColorStay Foundation für normale und trockene HautHält lang und verblendet super! Dann noch Aknenarben mit dem Collection Lasting Perfection concealer überdenken und die Augenringe mit dem Maybelline "Der Löscher" wortörtlich löschen. Kaum zu glauben, dass ich ihn erst vor Kurzem für mich entdeckt habe. Wie feuchtigkeitsspendend er doch ist! Dann gehts weiter mit den Augenbrauen: Da Mutti und Vita mir leider keine vererbt haben, heisst es Shu Uemura Brauenpinsel und benefits Gimme brow rausholen. Mit dem Tony Moly gel eyeliner werden dann noch die Augen akzentuiert. Danach fake ich Wannenknochen mit dem Sleek Face Contour Kit. Was ich daran mag: Mega leicht die Farbe langsam aufzubauen und vor allem sieht es nicht aus, als hätte man Dreck im Gesicht. Zum Schluss kommt noch etwas Farbe auf Wangen und Lippen. Es ist erstaunlich, was für einen Unterschied diese beiden Schritte machen. Für die Wangen benutze ich am liebsten den Liquid Blush in Cheeky Charming von Manhattan oder den Sleek Blush in Suede, einfach weil beide super natürlich aussehen. Auf den Lippen mag ich am liebsten die Formel der Maybelinne Colorsensationals, doch leider haben sie meine Lieblingsfarbe nicht mehr. Muss mich nach einer Alternative umgucken.
Ansonsten war es das dann mit dem Make Up. Auch wenn ihr jetzt denkt: "Hey, das hört sich nach einer Menge Arbeit und Produkten an" Glaubt mir, all dies dauert höchstens 10 Minuten. Wie sieht eure Morgenroutine aus?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hurwundeki
Bibimbap from the Guy Next Door


Probably the most casual place to have a sizzling hot bowl of Bibimbap and definitely the only place you can get a hair cut afterwards...

If I could, I'd spend every day tracking down the best restaurants in London. Then again, who wouldn't? But girl has to make money to pay for all the food, so she has to go to work. No need to fret, though, since you still have weekends for treating yourself. Unless you are lucky and have some great lunch places around your workplace. That'd be a different story. If I was working around Bethnal Green I'd probably grab lunch at Hurwundeki now and then. It's a cafe/Korean restaurant/hair dresser, all in one! Quite the unusual mix in an unusual location, because Bethnal Green is definitely not the first place you'd think of, when you are looking for a fun food spot. It's more like the underdog sibling to super hip Shoreditch. Personally I quite liked the fact that it's a little further away from all the cool spots, since it still feels a little this secret place only you know about. I mean, that East London interior (which means random recycled stuff put together) is pretty unusual for a Korean restaurant. Yet, it perfectly matches the guys behind Hurwundeki and their customers: Young and ready to explore. The Hurwundeki guys did a solid job with their food: The bibimbap was spot on, though, I was a little disappointed that you had to pay extra to have it in a stone pot. Unfortunately the Pa Joen (Korean seafood pancake) was a little bland, so we had to dip it quite a bit in soy sauce. Yet, the funky interior, the decent prices and the fact it's BYOB says: "Next time you are in Bethnal Green, check out this place!" I mean, let's be honest: Most of us aren't food critics, so it's about food AND the atmosphere.

Hurwundeki Cafe
298-299 Cambridge Heath Rd
London E2 9HA
hurwundeki.com

German:
Wenn ich könnte, wuerde ich jeden Tag damit verbringen die besten Restaurants in London zu erkunden. Andererseits, wer wuerde das nicht? Aber man muss natürlich erst einmal Geld verdienen, um das ganze Essen zu bezahlen, also heisst es: arbeiten gehen. Wenigstens bleiben einem die Wochenende, um sich etwas Gutes zu tun. Ausser man hat das Glück und arbeitet direkt neben tollen Restaurants, das wäre natürlich ideal, wobei weniger für Geldbeutel und Six Packs. Wenn ich in Bethnal Green arbeiten wuerde, wuerde ich die ein oder andere Mittagspause sicherlich bei Hurwundeki verbringen. Es ist ein Cafe/koreanisches Restaurant/Friseur, alles in einem! Ziemliche Mischung in einer ziemlich ungewohnten Umgebung. Ich meine, Bethnal Green ist nicht sonderlich bekannt dafür tolle Restaurants zu haben oder habe ich da etwas nicht mitgekriegt? Aber wenn es euch mal doch in diese Ecke London's verschlägt, kann ich euch Hurwundeki wärmstens empfehlen. Einfach, weil es in der Gegend nichts dergleichen gibt, weil das Essen gar nicht mal so schlecht ist (Bibimbap top, auch wenn man extra für die Steinschüssel zahlen muss und deren Pancakes etwas mehr Wuerzung vertragen könnten) und man seine Getränke selbst mitbringen kann. Seien wir ehrlich: die meisten von uns sind keine Essenskritiker und da macht die Atmosphäre auch so einiges aus.


Friday, October 17, 2014

A Taste of my Fantasy Childhood

Once I've set my eyes on it, there was no turning back. The only thing that stood between us was time: The time from purchase to photo snapping to finally tasting this green deliciousness...

I always make it sound quite dramatic, don't I? But to me, it did feel like a little sequence out of a film. I've seen it many times before: in manga, anime and even vlogs. Though, I've never even dreamt of having the opportunity to try it myself, unless I'd finally visit Japan one day. Melon Pan. Not even able to imagine the taste, simply the thought of it got me fascinated. That's how much of a Japan nerd I used to be and probably still am. Now add the recent acquirement of "foodie" as something to describe myself, there was no way that I could have just walked past this discovery during my first visit to the Japan Centre. Unknowingly, going up the escalator to this Japanese food heaven, it was one of the first things I saw. I couldn't believe my eyes: An Otaku dream come true! (Now if you know what otaku means, then we are fellow nerds!) And of course, as a sucker for anything Green tea, I had to get the Matcha Melon Pan. After getting my hands on it, it was hard to resist the temptation of just having a big fat bite without any regards to saving it in any form of instagram shot or blog post. Luckily, I was already filled with the other food I got at the Japan Centre, so the Melon Pan stayed intact until I got home. But believe me, once I've had the shot I wanted, this little badass was quickly devoured (though, with the help of a big cup of black tea, because this thing is seriously sweet!). Crispy on the outside with a faint hint of green tea, the inside was soft and filled with Azuki paste (sweet red bean paste). Contrary to my believe, there was actually no melon taste to it. The name actually refers to the shape of this Japanese snack. Now having tasted this fantasy childhood food, I have to say: It's not something I would eat everyday, especially considering its sweetness, but it was definitely a great feeling reliving those childhood memories, hidden under a blanket with a torch reading my favourite manga.