Aug 8, 2014

Babyliss Homelight - an update

 

After a couple of months of trying the Babyliss HomeLight laser we thought we give a little update how this is going for us. 

Nesli: Starting off I used the Babyliss HomeLight every two weeks after shaving, and after a couple of uses (depends on your skin tone) it was advised to switch to an interval of four weeks. Even though it doesn't take that long to use (depending on the areas you want to treat) I wasn't very disciplined at keeping the schedule. Regarding the pain level other methods bring with them I can honestly say that I mostly didn't feel anything at all using the Babyliss, sometimes it got a little bit warmer when I pulsed but all in all very easy and carefree, if you follow the instructions and protect your eyes with the shield the product comes with, I don't see any hazards personally.  

Mi Ji: I agree with Neslihan's perception - there's one point that I found rather unpractical though: You have to be very precise when pulse lighting an area in order to avoid treating the same spots multiple times. To do so you need a clear sight, but the eye protection glasses that you have to wear, unfortunately clouded my sight and it took me a while to proceed.

So can we already see and feel some changes?

 Hard to tell, but it worked best for us on different parts (N: legs, bikini line / M: bikini line, underarms). We observed not slower but less hair growth, which is exactly what the product is supposed to do. But while using this, you are depriving yourself of longer periods of smooth skin as you shouldn't wax while using this product, but instead shave. So we guess you should consider if you're willing to deal with it for the bigger picture.

 As you shouldn't expose your skin to the sun two weeks after using the Babyliss we stopped during summer and will restart in autumn, continue using it every four weeks through the winter months and hope to have considerably reduced hair to worry about next year. If you don't have sensitive skin, are open to try out new methods and have patience, this product might meet your needs.


Aug 1, 2014

Reflecting

Source:  Pinterest

 
Recently I have been noticing that a lot of bloggers I follow express similar thoughts: Should we write about more important and perhaps beneficial subjects like self-growth or culture as opposed to beauty and fashion? Are we too addicted to our phones, checking social media even before we washed our face or had coffee?

 Is it time for a digital detox?

As Styleseeking Zurich sixth anniversary approaches, I am more than ever aware of how this blog evolved, of how Mi-Ji and I changed over the years, making this spot on the blogosphere still our common digital playground.

I guess many of you reading this blog also transitioned from being a student to a full time working girl in the last couple of years. There are things we all struggle with, from finding a job that we truly love, advancing in our careers, having meaningful relationships and so on. Add to this neverending list the occasional guilt of not posting here regularly, and there you have it. Sometimes it's just too much to handle. This is where I took a step back trying to understand what it is that's holding me back.

Did you notice that when we post photos of ourselves here, it's usually when we're on a vacation or weekend getaway? When else do you have leisure time to take photos, choosing a beautiful new background that's at the same time interesting? When I first became aware of this, I thought to myself it's actually a little sad that I can't find the time nor energy to shoot day to day outfits, but the longer I think about it... Travelling became so much a part of (lifestyle) blogging these days that people are not keen anymore to visit blogs with outfit pictures taken around a school campus or even your room (remember those times?) Not even fashion weeks excite us anymore as the special couple of weeks in the year the most successful ones show us their activities abroad. Instead we're used to see magazine like pictures from beautiful girls in whatever faraway exotic country you can think of, working having the time of their lives. They hop on flights more often than an average person might take a public bus. So I guess it's ok when I only get to post here (outfit) pictures from my travels, even if that's only the case a couple of times a year as opposed to all the time.

After six years of sharing my hobby here with you, I am glad that our readers are still appreciative and very supportive. One reader recently posted a comment stating

"It is a pleasure to see how your blog and your style has evolved over the years. Styleseeking Zurich was my first blog discovery in 2009 and since then I am thrilled. Even if you transitioned from being a student to working life and a lot has changed since your university days (less time), I hope that you do not lose the joy of blogging (quality not quantity)."

It's words of encouragement like this (thank you Samantha!) that keep me sometimes going and not standing in my own way. I don't want to make promises on the flow of postings here or excuse the lack thereof but let me just say, I found excitement again in the prospect of creating content for our blog and look forward to sharing these after a much needed holiday in Turkey. Hope it's going to be a memorable August in the best way possible, because July wasn't very good to me after all.

Hello August, hello lighter hair, darker skin, warmer water, colder drinks... 
I am ready for you.

Neslihan

Jul 30, 2014

e.l.f. Cosmetics: First Impression

 

If you live in Central Europe e.l.f. Cosmetics (Eyes Lips Face) could be a brand you never heard of. I follow a bunch of beauty gurus on YouTube and many of them rave about e.l.f. products. Why? They claim to be high quality products at affordable prices. Well, that's exactly what every beauty maniac wants to hear. I've been dying to try out something from e.l.f. for the longest time, not knowing that we have an e.l.f. online shop here in Switzerland! So, when I found out that I could order everything I craved for, I went a little crazy.. I was mainly interested in their cheek products but I figured I could order different products to get a better idea about the whole product range. So, I've been using a lot of e.l.f. cheek products lately and some makeup base products as well as their makeup tools.
 
Here are some of the products that I've been testing/loving so far:
 
1. Blush - Peachy Keen: I've been using this blush as a bronzer and also as a blush. It doesn't feel chalky or too shiny - it simply has a beautiful peachy sheen and gives me a dewy look.
2. Baked Blush - Pinktastic: The baked blushes come in different shades and since Pinktastic is a very soft color, I primarily use it as a highlighter.
3. Blush - Gotta Glow: As the name already says, this highlighter makes you glow. Since it feels slightly chalky, I only use a small amount of it.
4. Blush Brush - Crystal: This rather small angled brush is the perfect blush or highlighter brush.  


So, I apply the peachy keen blush in the line that appears when I suck in my cheeks. I also apply a tiny bit of it on the temples and the top of my forehead for a sun-kissed look. For highlighter I grab the pinktastic baked blush and apply this on the top of my cheek bones and sometimes on my browbones. If I want an extra luminous glow, then I put on another layer of the gotta glow blush onto my cheek bones.


I especially love the e.l.f. baked blushes that you can either use as a highlighter, bronzer or blush. You can use them on their own, or layer them lightly on top of other bronzers or blushes you own to give a little bit more depth or glow to it. I haven't used the ones below yet but I can already tell by the swatches that I'm going to incorporate them into my makeup routine. Overall, I think the baked blushes are very functional and beautiful - look at the marbled structure with the color veins!




Along with the products I already mentioned, there are other products that I've been also loving so far:
 
1. Eyebrow Lifter & Filler - Light Ivory: This eyebrow pencil has on both sides different products - a light brown eyebrow filler and an ivory colored eyebrow highlighter/lifter. One of the caps also comes with an integrated sharpener, which is super handy. I love this pencil since it's really creamy and easy to apply.
2. Essential Lipstick - Seductive: The essential lipsticks come in various different shades. This one is called seductive - a very daily-use-friendly pinky color that looks natural. This lipstick has a pleasant scent and hydrates my lips.
3. Maximum Coverage Concealer - Porcelain: This concealer is not a favorite of mine but it does its job. It also doesn't cake up after a couple of hours, which I really appreciate.
4. Studio Stipple Brush: I own the big and small stiple brush and I absolutely love both of them so much for foundation/concealer application. They're super soft and gives my face an airbrushed look.
 
Oh, and to set my whole makeup I go for their pressed powder (porcelain).
 
My first impression on e.l.f. is very positive -  none of their products irritated my skin or left my skin greasy. Since I have oily skin I always hesitated to use bronzers and highlighters, but now I'm all about contouring my face. I will continue to test some of their products and I will try to mention them in upcoming posts. Maybe I will be doing a post on my favorite bronzers soon...
 
 

Jul 24, 2014

Healthy Breakfast with KAI Pure Komachi

 
 
This is my first time trying to attempt a recipe post - not that I want to (or ever could) take over Neslihan's beautiful "Kitchen Heals Soul" but I've been trying out some new kitchen tools and had this idea to share my thoughts on it combined with a quick and super easy breakfast recipe called Oat Banana Pancake. This is the perfect breakfast for you if you normally don't have much time in the morning but don't want to pass on healthy eating. All you need are three basic ingredients!
 
Ingredients for the pancakes
(serves approx. 3)
 
1 Banana
1 Egg
1/3 Cup of Oats (or your favorite granola/muesli)
 
Direction
 
Take a wire whip and blend everything together. If you want a more powdery version, then use a blender. I'm using a wire whip because I like my pancakes a little crunchy. The second step is to cook them in a regular fry pan.
 

optional ingredients/toppings: blueberries, raspberries, maple syrup - simply add whatever pleases you. I sometimes put some fresh pomegranate seeds on top of my pancakes..
 
 
The pink knife you see in the pictures above is a KAI Pure Komachi Knife. I've been testing a set of three Komachi knives and tried to cook more often. I really enjoyed experimenting with new kitchen tools although I don't consider myself a passionate cook.
 
What I especially love about these knives is their super lightweight structure. That's the reason why my hand never felt tired while cutting. I also appreciate their non-stick surface, which makes cutting vegetables less annoying. I've been testing their performance with various vegetables, fruits and breads - I must say that the bread and vegetable knives are my favorites. And this might be just a side issue, but you have to love the color-coding, which makes it easy to choose the right knife for each step.
 
 
Knife Details
 
Pink: Vegetable Knife no. 5723
Blue: Chef's Knife no. 5706
Purple: Bread Knife no. 5705
 
If you're interested in trying out a Komachi knife and experience a new cooking procedure, then check out the whole set at isda !
 
 
 

Jun 30, 2014

Un week-end à Strasbourg


Just two snapshots from Strasbourg where I spent a relaxing girls weekend with my sister a while back. It was the perfect mix of a little bit of sightseeing (the entire central island is a World Heritage Site), shopping and of course wining & dining. 

I was wearing a very classic (and a tad French) outfit consisting of a trench coat and a striped silk blouse, both by Rachel Zoe. Sunglasses are Saint Laurent


Jun 26, 2014

Frends headphones from Westwing Home & Living


Being always on the hunt for hard to come by additions for my apartment it was inevitable I would end up browsing on www.westwing.ch.
For those who are not familiar with the site, let me introduce to you its concept: Westwing Home & Living is an online shop club for curated items for home, garden, closet or your beauty cabinet. Lovingly selected items, always assembled under a specific theme like Maritime flair or Nordic Design, are available on sale for a limited amount of time to members only. 


It got seriously addicted to the point I would check new sales regularly as most items get sold out in the blink of an eye. It’s a great place to get your hands on a designer item or discover lesser known brands. Mainly interested in interior decoration and furniture for my apartment it also came to me as a surprise that my first purchase through Westwing were these Frends Taylor headphones. With its flashy gold and white design it’s easily the most chic one I saw so far and I just had to have it. Perfect for my everyday train commute or when I want some peace and quiet reading a magazine and polishing my nails at home… 


If you got curious and would like to get into the Westwing shopping club as well, here’s an invitation link for Styleseeking Zurich readers to get  
15 CHF off your first purchase
through the site. Register using for free following this link

The headphones came with a sleek pouch to protect the gold caps.

Jun 25, 2014

Chai Love

 
 
Whenever I pop by Starbucks I either go for Caffe Latte or (Iced) Chai Tea Latte. I would say that Chai is my second favorite taste after coffee, I just love me a good spicy Chai Tea Latte every once in a while.
 
As you can see above, the ever-expanding Starbucks released a new flavor and added Chai Tea Latte to their Discoveries beverage lineup early this month here in Switzerland. Whenever I'm craving Indian Masala Chai, I don't need to go to the Starbucks shop anymore. I can get the drinks at my local grocery store as well and squeeze them into my daily coffee/chai routine.

 
In honor of this occasion, Starbucks invited us to join their cozy event starting with a delicious coffee-tasting round. Although the event was all about the new beverage, they also asked Mr. Clifford Lilley over to talk about the latest summer trends: It's all about comfy feet! What do you think about the green chunky Prada Sandal (as seen in the photo above)? I'm not thrilled about this specific model, but I definitely recommend chunky platform sandals for this summer as well! They're comfortable and simply fun to play with - why not creating innovative stylistic inconsistencies by pairing them with elegant yet casual pieces?!
 

And of course I just had to take pictures with Clifford, who was by the way the most hilarious and open person I met lately!

 

Jun 23, 2014

The office chic

 
 
Good news everyone - here's finally a new outfit post on my part AND a possibility to win a PKZ giftcard worth 500 Swiss francs!
I was lucky enough to create a whole outfit using all the precious pieces that you can get at the PKZ Women store for a little fashion challenge. I wanted to put together a classy yet fun outfit, that you can easily dress up or down if you want an office appropriate look. I don't normally wear airy pants but I fell in love with the print. I chose some killer heels to complete the look and to give some edge to the wider shapes - I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone!
 

To win a PKZ giftcard, please have a look at the Fashion Challenge and go for my office-chic outfit!
 

Blouse: Equipment
Shoes: Vic Matié
(Necklace: Forever21)
 

- Good luck everyone and thanks for your support -

 

Jun 13, 2014

New York City photo diary













It was a dream come true... 

 all pictures taken in April 2014

Jun 5, 2014

Clean Summery Nails

 
 
Zurich is going to hit 31 degrees this weekend! It's definitely time to create summer looks, but let's not forget about the details - the nails! Every nailpolish-lover knows that beautiful nails and matching nail colors function as an additional accessory for your outfit. I luckily already found three summery shades that I think go pretty nicely with my wardrobe color schemes:


The first one is Desert Rose - a peachy beige color, which is perfect if you want to rock a clean and sophisticated look. Everyone, who's into nude and pastel tones will love this shade!


The second one is Pure Shores - a decent yellow shade. It appears very yellowy in the pictures above but it's actually a more nude peachy tone, which makes it less dramatic and more accessible for daily usage.


The third one is Smoke on the Water - a very frosty taupe tone. Although this color is rather dark and not a typical summer shade, I just love ashy and cool grey shades that will look great with simple white tees.

 
These three pretty colors are from exurbe - a new Swiss cosmetic brand that has been present on several beauty blogs lately. They offer fifty different nail colors, which is insane for a beauty newcomer brand, right? So no worries, you will definitely find your own favorite shades! Another good point is that the nailpolishes are all vegan and cruelty-free. I guess they're really having their finger on the pulse of the time.
 
Have a look at the whole collection here!
 

May 22, 2014

Women come to New York for the two L's


People who know me well put up with the (annoying) fact that I quote Sex and the City lines at any given moment. I’m sure I am not the only one when saying that we’ve probably all learned lots about style, friendships and love from these iconic women through the series and I will never tire of watching the episodes again and again. This time seeing places I can actually say “oh, I’ve been there, too!”.

Having a look at her apartment from Perry Street? Checked off my bucket list!


Coat and top: Zara


Skirt: J.Crew
Sunglasses: YSL




May 20, 2014

These streets were made for walking


When opting for closed toe flats, I usually go for - surprise, surprise - boots in fall/winter and ballet flats in spring/summer. Apart from my on/off love affair with Converse, which never felt comfortable I must admit, I wanted to find sneakers that felt truly me. Maybe a bizarre thing to say about sneakers but browsing UrbanPeople's website I couldn't take my eyes off these New Balance one's in Burgundy

N for New Balance, or New York, or Nesli... 

Either way, these were the perfect footgear to move about the concrete paths of New York. 



I highly recommend to check out their online shop - great selection and very fast delivery.

May 12, 2014

Dahlia Coral

 
 
 
Some pretty things lying on my desk lately that I love to wear:
 
Blush: Marionnaud no. 02 Dahlia Coral
Nail Color: La Roche-Posay Silicium no. 20 Rose Lavande
Rings: from a local shop in Seoul
 
I will try to show swatches of the blush and other Marionnaud products in upcoming beauty posts!
 
 

May 10, 2014

blickfang design exhibition 2014


The international design exhibition blickfang is currently open in Basel (only until Sunday, May 11th). Having already been to the fair in Zurich, I already knew I’d like the concept: to present new and exciting products from many facets of lifestyle such as fashion, jewellery, accessories and interior design all together in one inspiring and curated environment.

True Colours Vases by Lex Pott. Selected by Mette Hay as young designer to watch. 


The Swiss label Wilhelm Teller creates artful étagères since 2010. Each one is unique - handmade from carefully selected plates and locally produced stems designed by Wilhelm Teller.


Contemporary, delicate and feminine jewellery by Charlotte Wooning. Let's just say I didn't leave her stand empty-handed.


I spent a decent amount of time at Soeder's stand. These colorful carafes with unique cork stoppers lured me to their stand to be honest. Talking to the very nice seller I learned that they have a store in Zurich which I hadn't noticed before but absolutely loved everything they displayed at blickfang. The collective behind Soeder design and sell high quality and aesthetic objects, produced in Switzerland whenever possible. Have a look at their online shop or check out the store in Zurich. I'll definitely head over there next time I'm in town.


Klybeck offers stylish and useful furniture in innovative and unexpected ways. Baptiste Ducommun, carpenter and designer, designs and produces furniture in his own workshop in Basel. He showcaed his coathanger/sculpture "Y" which I'd love to have in my own apartment as well as "YY", a modern antler and original coathanger.