A style blog on a budget

How To: Eyewear Make-up

If you are one of those who wear glasses, then you know how easily glasses cover and hide our entire face. To bring out features you would like to show off, you can use makeup just like any other time. I kept mine simple, starting off with a base and a concealer. I couldn't pass my eyebrows where I used an eyebrow powder set. Staying on eye area, I used two eyeshadows- natural brown on an entire eyelid and plum colour in my crease. I also used plum under my lower lash line whilst I used light champagne colour in my inner corners of my eyes. For a final touch I applied a coat of mascara and then I moved to my cheeks. I can tell you that if you are planning to take photos, more makeup is actually welcome otherwise it won't show on a camera. That is why I applied more bronzer than usually (and you still can't tell how much I have on). I applied highlighter between my eyebrows, above my cheeks, on cupid's bow and under my eybrows. Finally, I got to apply a dark lip liner to keep my makeup look seasonally appropriate. 

My glasses were a courtesy from Firmoo who were kind to send me a new pair of subscription glasses. I wanted a pair of big glasses for a while. Ordering online was an easy process and the only thing you have to be careful when applying for new (subscription) glasses is the information on your diopter and the width between your eyes. On the website you can find Daily Novelties and if you find something you like you can use 15% discount on your first pair of (sun)glasses. 
Wishing you happy holidays and Merry Christmas :) 
Hope you're excited as much as I am, 
xx Maja

One Day: Salzburg

You can see one city in a day. But getting through a city in a rush is not necessary. I had less than a day as I arrived at noon in Salzburg and it is true that I had a local tour guide. My friend waited me at the train station and we immediately start planning on where to go first. I had few main places in mind and I kept them at a minimum number as I realized we didn't had much time for everything. My first main choice was of course Mirabell Palace and Gardens where we arrives shortly after our lunch stop. There we walked through gardens and took photos of still bloomed flowers, regardless the season. Half of the gardens was closed and I wish I could see it in full blossom in spring time. 

From that point which was our start point, we proceeded to the city centre by foot where we passed the river on a fully decorated bridge with locks and Christmas lights. However, we did not turn towards the city centre but went to see the 'salty' tunnel to breathe in some salty air to open our lungs ;) Only then we passed around the centre, through early Christmas market time and headed towards Fortress Hohensalzburg. From where we were standing it looked like a long way up there and wanted to use the lift. Nevertheless, we still ended up going on foot as we realized the fortress isn't positioned up that high. More effort was needed at the end but we were rewarded with a beautiful view over the entire town. We snapped a few photos, drank bluberry flavoured Glühwein and enjoyed the view for a while. 

Next stop was Hellbrunn Palace and... we managed to go on a wrong bus so we ended up driving around and outside the city. We lost an hour here but it was a nice break from freezing and walking. When we came back to city centre we made a quick stop at Starbucks, did some shopping and headed to Christmas market. I snapped a few photos there, as much the crowd would allow me, bought souvenirs and slowly headed back home. We did had enough time to grab a dinner and then ate on our way to the train station. 

Salzburg is definitely the city you want to visit during Christmas time but I can only imagine how lovely it looks in spring season. I am positive that whenever you decide to visit the city, it awaits you with open hands. 
Have an amazing day, 
xx Maja

Put a Scarf On

How do you wear a chiffon or silky scarf? I admit I am not a person who wears them at all. I always have them in my mind as something for a middle aged woman to wear to go with her business suit/costume. The image is drawn from my mother who likes to wear them and I have never thought to wear them myself. But you know me, I have to try something new, try to incorporate it into my style and make it wearable for everyone. This is one way to wear it... casual attire on top with pattern trousers and glossy shoes at the bottom. Or as I prefer to call it: a mix of casual and office wear. But now, I want to hear how do you like this outfit styled?
Trousers: H&M // Bag: Jello // Shoes: Mass // Scarf: similar here and here

Talk to you soon.
xx Maja

December To-Do List

1. Drinking hot beverages, mostly hot cocoa and hot chocolate. Let's not forget to put marshmallows inside. 
2. Baking! What is the best time of the year to go baking-crazy? :) Gingerbread cookies are a classic recipe and I will make those as soon as I get home (the oven here is very old and does not work as it should and I am not going to risk a cookie failure. Again hehe). 
3. Reading. I miss those moments when you light up candles or fairy lights, curl up in bed and open a good book. 
4. Ice skating is a tradition my sister and I have when the season for ice skating starts. I think I will leave this one when I get home too. I'd like to continue this tradition with her :) 

5. Seeing Christmas lights and decorated city! I have seen Steyr and love how much effort they put in Christmas decor. However I have to see Ljubljana as well. There is just somehing about wondering through town while sipping on a hot drink and enjoying the view. 
6. Candles. I am already a candle obsessed and this time I have an excuse to burn up all the candles I didn't get the chance to during the year. 
7. Visiting Christmas market is also something I can't imagine December without. I have seen the Christmas market in Steyr and I intend on visiting two more in Austria and another one in Ljubljana (obviously). 
8. And the best for last... having a Christmas movie marathon! Please share what is your favourite Christmas movie in the comments :) 

December has so many joyful things to offer. I realized there are things I am missing as we are already fully into the month and me being away from home makes difference. I have missed our Christmas tree decoration and I still haven't seen the lights of Ljubljana in this time of the year. These things are a sign of Christmas holidays approaching and since I am not in my 'natural habitat' the spirit isn't quite there. I do enjoy many things during December and here is a list of what I will keep in mind to do what I do every year. 

Photos: tumblr, pinterest, google

What does your December To-Do list contains? 

Have a lovely day, 
xx Maja

Beauty Bits: Darks or Brights

s.he stylezone lip pencil
I have found my winter makeup look. Dark lips and bright eyeshadows or bright (as in frosty pink) lips and dark eyeshadows. But let's talk about the first one today. With my lip pencils piling up, I have added a shade 003 from s.he stylezone to my collection in a dark plum colour. Unlinke essence lip pencils this one tends to stay on for much longer while the pigmentation is the same. 

essence lip pencil
Classy red lips is a look you just have to wear from time to time. Think of era fourties and how glamurous red lipstick made every woman look. This particular shade is called 14 Femme Fatale from essence and is in fact a vivid red colour. Make sure you apply lip balm before applying lip pencil as it can dry your lips easily. 

s.he stylezone duo highlighter pen
One side of this pen is a champagne colour and the other one is rosy. Application is smooth when I swatch them on my hands but  it won't easily come on on my face. For that reason the first application is poor but you can build it up to get more product to show. 

essence kajal pencil
Kajal pencil in a shade 01 Black  was a purchase merely because I lend mine to my sister and I needed one for myself. I usually don't wear black (or any dark) kajal on my eyes but for smokey eye look it is a perfect choice. 

essence matt touch blush
Even if I'm more of a bronzer girl I always have a need to apply something else to my cheek. Bright blushes in shades from pink to red make me look unnatural or doll-like and that is why I am always careful when buying blush. I go for darker shades to match my bronzer and to fit the makeup look. It's called 20 berry me up! and like it says on the packaging, it is matt and has no shimmer in it whatsoever. The colour blends nicely with my bronzer and doesn't appear to be amiss. 

bebe more face moisturizer
It may look like I keep buying these without any stops but as we are entering deeper into the season, the weather conditions are harsher and my skin longs for protection. I have written about bebe more face moisturizer before and you can check it in a separate post.
Do you have any plans for the end of the week? 

Thank you for reading and I wish you all a great weekend! :) 
xx Maja

Leather on Leather (faux)

Leather-on-leather look can work just the same as denim-on-denim look. I cheated a bit here and wore a white jumper in between the layers but if I ditched the jacket and used a leather top it could work great too. I wore a knitwear underneather, it's just approapriate for the weather. And with that, I put on white sneakers to match the jumper. As much as I like black and white outfits, I wanted a bag that wasn't in that colour and this one from Accessorize was more than perfect. 

Short update: I had many things going on this past two weeks, I went back home for almost an entire week, then by coming back I missed the last train and had to stay at my friend's place for overnight. I was running around, doing errands, doing Uni work and studying for two exams. I was all over the place (or countries, you could say). I still have regular work to do but it has tuned down a bit so you can expect regular blogging schedule :) I hope you are all doing fine and that everything is going as planned. 
^^ look at the difference between my natural hair colour and colour at that time -.-
Jacket: Two Way // Jumper: H&M // Pants: H&M // Bag: Accessorize // Necklace & Rings: H&M (similar necklace)

What have you been up to lately? 
xx Maja

Beauty Bits: Shades of pink and plum

essence Mono Eyeshadow
Darks are perfect for autumn. I needed an eyeshadow that is dark (but not black) for a makeup look I had in mind. I have found this essence mono eyeshadow in 21 keep calm and berry on which is this pretty dark plum colour. It is a new colour among mono eyeshadows from essence and has a matte effect. I used it in my crease as a blending and final colour. It's great for an evening out but also for a toned-down everyday look. 
Price: 1,55 in dm drugstores. 

essence The Darks I love Trends Nail Polish
Do you remember me talking about Catrice nail polish and back than I said I have another nail polish in mind which would be equally good or even better? I was talking about this shade '16 well plum!' that is well... plum :) Even if the colour is amazing and is almost the same as one from their old range of limited edition, I have to say the coverage is not great. All right, I admit, I expect every nail polish to be good and provide enough coverage with only one coat. This one's first application is almost sheer but second coat fixes the situation and gives you the expected results. 
Price: 1,75 € in dm drugstores. 

ebelin pencil sharpener
With all my lip pencils I brought with me from home, I forgot to even think about a pencil sharpener. This one from ebelin has a cute pink look and is meant for slimmer and thicker pencils. It comes with a plastic case which you can fill up with a waste and empty it later. 
Price: cca. 2 € in dm drugstores. 

Do you have any beauty/makeup product on a short-term wishlist? 

Have a blissful weekend, 
xx Maja

Gift guide for any occasion

Do you need an inspiration for gifting? Either it is Christmas, someone's brithday or just going to visit someone, gifts are always difficult to pick. That's where I jump in to fill you in on a few ideas. I have tried to look for something versatile- things you can gift anyone. You might think gift such as these can't be much good but I can assure you if you look hard enough, some can be just that and fun too. From the Banggood wishlist I have decided that my personal favourite is a happy & sleepy mug that changes its mood by pouring a hot or cold drink in it. How great is that! 

Which item do you find best? 

xx Maja

Outfit: Vienna + Photo Diary

Happy November everyone! I hope you had a lovely Halloween night, if it was indoor or outdoor. I spent mine in Vienna, not as a member of a crazy party but as a visitor to this beautiful city, for the second time. I went on a one day trip with my school colleague to see the Schönbrunn palace and the gardens. We were lucky enough to have nice and sunny weather even if it was a bit chilly. I don't mind palaces but believe it or not I mostly prefer to see the gardens around them. Maybe it would be best to see it in spring time with flowers overflow but you should know that autumnal colours have its magic too. 

As I was there for only one day, I didn't need to fully look like a tourist, only the camera gave me away. This is my first chance to show off my newly purchased Primark coat from Valencia. I wanted to stay in autumnal spirits with mix of colours. Brown coat is more than suited for this job and while I wore red simply for a more noticeably outfit, I wore grey for the opposite effect- to tone down the red which can be very striking in different styling. 

There were also The Imperial Treasury and St.Stephen's Cathedral on the agenda and we managed to squeeze some free strolling in the city centre too. The only thing I regret now is not having purchased a beautiful dress I've seen in Forever21 ;) If you want to follow more of my stay in Austria, you can add me on snapchat for more adventure (majasmuffin). 

Halloween Easy & Quick No Bake Party Treats

What you'll need: 
- baby pretzels
- soft honey cookies covered in chocolate
- white chocolate 

This one is very easy and the best part is that is very efficent for Halloween without being too scary. 

First you will crack baby pretzels into pieces and use only curvy parts for spider legs. Once you do that decide how many spider legs you will put on one side of the cookie- mine was ideal for three on each side. Stick it in. As the cookie is very soft, legs easily slide in. The only thing left to do is to melt down the white chocolate, use a toothpick or anything else for an easier application of the eyes. I drew three eyes for more scarier effect but you can go wild here. For example, one of my chocolate spiders had a mono eye because I drew eyes too close to each other so in the end it all turned out even better. 

Note: If you can't find similar cookies, try to buy (or bake) any other soft cookies and then cover them in dark chocolate yourself. 

For extra ideas, my sister and I made a video '3 Quick and Easy Halloween Party Treats' that you can check out on our channel. 
Enjoy the treats! :) 
xx Maja

Black is the new black

With black being on the runway all the time and being possible to style it with everything, I'd say that is (always) true. I used to be one of those girls who wear black all the time and I felt good in it. Not because it made my figure slender or my waist slim but because it made me invisible. That was my style back in high school. When I enrolled in University, my style started to take turn and still is. Black may have got lost in my wardrobe but that doesn't mean it is not a good colour. On the contrary, it is very important and amazing colour and everyone can find themselves in it. Just like I did this time. Black no longer represents invisibility for me but confidence. It means strenght and dareness and that's how I felt when these pics were taken. Edgy. 
Photos: Claudia

What are your thoughts on black colour? 

I wish you a great day, 
xx Maja