Berlin Photo Diary

I recently took a rather lovely 3 day trip to Berlin to surprise my best friend for her 21st birthday.

Let's just say I want to go back ASAP.

It was the most beautiful, clean and relaxed city I've ever visited. I had the best 3 days, and the weather was really on our side. The street food was fantastic (and cheap!), the main sights were breathtaking and the culture and history engrained in the city were just amazing, especially for a history nerd like me.

Berlin - I will be back. I'd actually really love to go for the Christmas markets.

What's your favourite European city? Have you been to Berlin?


REVIEW: KIKO Luscious Cream Lipstick in 518

Let's set the scene here. When browsing colourful makeup shops - I'm looking at you MAC, KIKO and INGLOT - I always find myself drawn to the same shade, the same hue, the same colour family. I'm not proud of it, and even worse, it's not the classiest or most chic of colours either. It's your standard bubblegum pink.

Essentially, this lipstick is a winner in my books. Here's why: If you're anything like me, and adore MAC Saint Germain and other such high-end shades, but wince handing over the cash, this lipstick may just be your guy. In terms of colour, it's pretty much a straight dupe for Saint Germain.

The colour pay off is pretty damn good. It's no Amplified finish, but with a few slicks, you can build up a pretty good colour. The thing that stands out for me with this lipstick though, is their finish. Super shiny, and super lightweight and comfortable on the lips.

With that, it goes without saying that these won't be your holy grail if you're into a long-lasting kind of affair. For me, this is a perfect lipstick to throw in my bag and touch up the Saint Germain I've applied earlier that morning, throughout the day.

Have you tried KIKO? It's one of my all time favourite brands!


My Everyday Summer Makeup

Since gaining a tan, going blonder (post to come!) and buying a new favourite make up product recently, things have changed up around here in the ol' face department.

A newly acquired tan means a foundation is no longer needed for me, so I'm sticking to a dab of concealer at the moment, though I could have done with a little more in these photos! A swipe of MAC Bronzer, and a dash of Style blush - again by MAC - and that's pretty much it.

At the moment however, it's all going down in the eye area. Firstly, I'm back to using MAC Fling on my eyebrows which I love as it's much softer than my Sleek Brow Kit. My favourite new product that I mentioned before is the Sephora Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in Deep Brown: I've been using it on my lower and upper lash lines, smudging them out to make a very simple brown smokey eye, and adding it to my water and tight lines too! It's so simple and quick but I love the way it looks and it lasts all day long. A swipe of Maxfactor 2000 Calorie Mascara and I'm done.

On my lips, I've been loving just using lipliners by themselves. This one is KIKO Smart Lip Pencil in 700, but I'm also a massive fan of No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude.

So that's it! It does sound like a lot of product when all written down - and an awful lot of MAC, oops! - but it takes me under 10 minutes in the morning. What's your go-to summer make-up?


Welcome to AmandaLoves! My name is Amanda and I'm a 20 year old student from Hertfordshire. This is my little spot on the internet to share with you my fashion, beauty and lifestyle loves. I hope you enjoy! XO



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