Going going gone: Oribe Maximista

This might just be the saddest post ever, because as I type, this little bottle of hair-plumping magic has found its way into the recycling bin.

I have been using the Oribe Maximista for a while now and have enjoyed it to its last drop.

Oribe MaximisTA

It is a volumizing spray that manages to add some height and grip to freshly washed hair. It is also the first Oribe product that I have ever purchased – and I am positively itching to try more (Dry Texturizing Spray, I am looking at you…).

The scent is wonderfully fresh and clean and the nozzle dispersed a fine mist throughout the roots. I used to apply this to towel-dried hair and after blowdrying, my hair did look a lot fuller and had a bit of texture to it that made it a lot easier to work with.

As Oribe is not readily available to me, I am now trying to find an adequate (and more reasonably priced) replacement for this product. So far, I have tried the Phyto Phytovolume Actif, but the herbal scent hasn’t been the most pleasant to use. So if you have any recommendations, please send them my way!



Style File #1: Quay Invaders

Sunny days might be few and far between at this time of year, but when I spotted this pair of sunglasses on an Instagram photo of Lauren Conrad, I knew I had to get them.

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that the Quay Invaders wouldn’t cost me a month’s rent but were actually rather affordable. You can order worldwide from their site, but I  got my pair on Asos.

Quay Australia - Invaders

They do come in several colors like gold or white, but I went with the classic black because I think that the shape makes enough of an impact. The frame is super light and comfortable to wear so these have quickly become my staple pair of sunglasses for sunny mornings or golden fall evenings.

Quay Invaders

While they are quirky, I think the cat-eye shape – though exaggerated – is classic enough to pair these with a multitude of looks. They definitely are something a little different and I am so glad to have snatched them up!

Hero Product #4: Nars Pro Prime

As the owner of a pair of exceptionally oily eyelids, a decent eyeshadow primer is high up on the list of my make-up staples.

Now, I don’t wear a full face of make-up or even eyeshadow every day, which is probably why this little tube of magical goodness has been going strong for over two years. I’m not sure if it really very hygienic to still be using the Nars Pro Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow base after such a long time, but the product is amazing and not really readily available for me, so I’ll keep hanging onto this for as long as I can.

It is by far the best primer for eyes I have ever tried. In the past, I have tested a few drugstore alternatives as well as the famous Urban Decay Primer Potion but in my opinion, nothing even comes close to this. There is no creasing to my eyeshadow, even after several hours of wear, and the white base does not interfere with either color or finish of the shadow itself.

Nars Pro Prime

I wish I could say that the packaging is as fabulous as the product itself, but I’m afraid this is the one downfall of this primer. In my opinion, squeezy tubes are the way to go for primers and since Urban Decay has managed to rectify this with their Primer Potion, I am hoping that Nars will get on this bandwagon, too. I am dreading the day when the doe-foot applicator fails to reach the last drops of primer and I am left with patchy eye looks (this might be slightly over-dramatic but goes to show how much I do love this primer).

Nars Pro Prime 2

It might not be the fanciest of purchases to make at the Nars counter, but certainly one I wouldn’t want to miss in my routine.

Sick Day Staples

As soon as October rolls around and a new semester begins, my body automatically seems to start a countdown to my first flu of the season. With many a train and bus ride, along with a few teaching responsibilities comes the inevitable exposure to a multitude of germs. I actually managed to hold out on getting sick until last week when the fatigue, headaches and coughing fits finally set in.

Along with copious amounts of tea, oranges and rest, there are a few staples that I depend on when I get sick.

Sick Day Staples

My face and hands turn into veritable deserts once the nose-blowing and mouth-breathing begins, so I do my best to keep the skin hydrated. The Weleda Cold Cream is something I have depended on for years. It’s not a very sexy product, but applied thickly to the nose and mouth area, as well as to feet and hands before bedtime, it manages to keep chapped skin at bay and relieve any tightness.

Weleda Cold Cream

I also include an oil into my skincare routine (during the colder months in general)and I have been loving the Trilogy Rosehip Oil for a while now. It smells heavenly of roses and sinks in quickly, leaving the skin supple and hydrated instead of tight and dry. It works great mixed in with moisturizer or patted into the face gently.


Finally, I like to have a good book and hot water bottle keep me company while I nurse myself back to health. Thankfully, I have been feeling a lot better in the last few days and managed to at least look put together thanks to my trusty sick day staples.


Recently #3 – Media Edition

Today’s round-up focusses solely on my addiction to all forms of entertainment – books, podcasts, music, tv –  you name it, I probably love it.


I haven’t had time to read for pleasure a lot lately, since I am working in literary studies and spend most of my time reading for projects, but I did love J.K. Rowling’s first ‘adult’ novel The Casual Vacancy. I’ve adored her style of writing in Harry Potter, and I have to say, I really enjoyed her first effort outside of that world. Aside from that, I am chipping away at two non-fiction works. The first is Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, which might be a tad theoretical and (ironically) preachy, but it really does speak to my science nerdy, atheist approach to life. The second is Grace Coddington’s autobiography Grace, which chronicles her rise from British model to creative director of American Vogue. I have been obsessed with her for years and her writing as wonderful, lighthearted and engaging as she seems to be. The book itself is a stunner for the coffee table as well, so I highly recommend.

Dawkins God Delusion


Due to a recent bout of car journeys and insomnia, I have been getting into Podcasts and my favorite one has to be Serial (of course). As I have mentioned in the past, I am not a lover of the crime genre, but much like the rest of the world, I am hooked on this non-fiction storyline. It might have to do with Sarah Koenig’s colloquial way of presenting the case, but I cannot wait for Thursdays to roll around with a new episode.


My record collection has been growing slowly, and the latest addition has been Gerard Way’s first solo effort Hesitant Alien. I have always loved the former My Chemical Romance singer’s aesthetic and style, so it was no surprise that this debut album hooked me instantly. The artwork (which he designed himself) is stunning as well!

Since I am now well stocked on recent releases, my wishlist holds a lot of classics, which might be harder to find. I am hoping to score on some Dead Kennedy’s or Misfits records soon and I’ll be sure to let you know when I do.

Hesistant Alien

Aside from that, I have been listening to two artists recently who couldn’t be further apart in style. The first album I have been loving is Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, mA.A.d city, arguably the biggest release in Hip Hop of 2012. I just love his prolific storytelling and the concept of the album, so this has been a firm staple for a while now. The other artist is Lewis Watson, who has been featured heavily in my monthly playlists. I’ve been following this singer/songwriter since his first EP, and it has been a pleasure to see him grow as much as he has. If you like folk-y, indie music with a lot of heart, be sure to check him out.


I haven’t really been watching anything new, but I finally finished Breaking Bad. As much as I loved the show, the episodes have always been too tense for me to binge-watch, so I got through it one at a time. And what can I say? I loved it. It was riveting, infuriating and emotional all at once.

As a bi-yearly tradition, I also have been re-watching all seasons of Gilmore Girls. This is one of those shows I can watch again and again, and I am sure a lot of you feel the same. Growing up with Rory and Lorelai is super nostalgic and kind of feels like home, so it makes for perfect fall TV.

And finally, I have jumped on the Grey’s Anatomy bandwagon about ten years after everyone else. Is anyone still watching this show? I have made it through 9 seasons so far (let’s just say summer was suuuuuper slow), and even though the show gets more ridiculous from episode to episode, I can’t stop watching.


I can’t say that I am a frequent movie-go-er, but I have watched two very nice films in the last few weeks. Incidentally, both have been movie adaptations.

The first one was This Is Where I Leave You featuring Tina Fey and Adam Driver amongst others. It’s a beautiful film about a family coming together and dealing with their issues in the wake of the father’s death. If you like funny and touching movies, this one’s for you.

The other movie I went to see was Gone Girl. I talked about the novel before and thankfully the movie did deliver as well. I was happy to see that Gillian Flynn, the author, also wrote the screenplay and I found that the storyline of the movie stayed very true to the book. It was a long film, which is always a bit difficult for me, but it was nicely paced and suspenseful. I really liked it, which is not always the case with adaptions of books, so this one get’s a big thumbs up from me.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

Jo Malone, you did it again. A few years after roping me in with their wonderful Nectarine Blossom and Honey perfume, I once again have fallen in love with one of their releases – Wood Sage and Sea Salt.

I have read about this numerous times on beauty blogs and had the opportunity to smell it for myself a few weeks ago. So when a hefty discount code arrived in my inbox, I took the plunge and ordered the smaller 30ml size.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

Just as I expected, the scent is just as lovely on the skin as it is on a tester strip and I think it is perfect for this time of year. Fresh but distinctly herby and woodsy, this is a far stretch from my usual perfume preferences (Narciso Rodriguez EdT, Burberry The Beat or the above mentioned Nectarine Blossom and Honey). While on the first spray, it does come off rather unisex and spicy, it dries down to a distinctly clean but feminine scent that is unlike anything I have ever tried.

I do live near a large body of water, so this perfume holds somewhat of a home-y and nostalgic feeling for me and I can see myself purchasing the full size of this as soon as I run out.

The hype around this scent is 100% warranted, which is something that rarely happens for me with beauty products. Be sure to check this one out!