Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (book, 2006) REVIEW

I read "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne in school. The book is about Bruno, whose Dad is the warehouse commander of Auschwitz. Because of his Dad's work, Bruno and his whole family has to move from Berlin to Auschwitz.
Bruno meets a boy there, but he lives on the other side of the fence. One day, the 9-year olds decided to make an adventure together. But this adventure will be the first and last one they will have together.

I liked the book. It was written in an easy language which made it easy to understand. But I wouldn't say that it's a book for everyone. You have to be 14+ to read it, in my opinion, because it handels about how jewish people got killed by the Nazis 1942-1945.

We were discussing many characters from the book in my German lessons.

I'd rate the book 8 out of 10. Definetly worth a read!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Finding Dory (movie, 2016) REVIEW

I recently saw Finding Dory in the cinema. It's about Dory who is well known from the movie Finding Nemo (2003). She lost her parents due memory loss,  and decides to look for them. Nemo and Merlin help finding her parents, while they get seperated in the great, big ocean. 
Merlin and Nero try everything to find her and her parents.

I really loved the characters in the movie! Gerald, Destiny, Hank and the others were so freaking adorable! I also liked the story itself, it gave me a throwback feeling and made me really excited. The only thing I didn't like that much were the 3D effects. They weren't necessary at all. But the movie was really well animated.

Also, I loved the short movie before the actual movie. It's called Piper. Piper is a little new born Bird that lives near the sea and has to learn living in this area! This short movie was adorable!!

To me, Finding Dory is definetly worth a see, with a ticket costing $8, it's really worth every Dollar. 

I'd rate the movie with a solid 9 out of 10.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

I am Malala (book, 2014) REVIEW

I am Malala. How one girl stood up for education and changed the world.


I recently read the book "I am Malala. How one girl stood up for education and changed the world. It's written by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick and was published in 2014. 

Malala was a young girl when terrorists shot her in the head because she stood up for education in Pakistan. She talks about her story in this book from beginning to end. 

It's such a good book, it really is! It's easy to read, but it has a lot of information about living in Pakistan. It's good to know that people care about education. Also, Malala is an idol for so many young people out there. 

The book costs $16 and it's definetly worth a read! It reminded me of how lucky I am to go to school and get educated!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

My brutally honest opinion on Nerve (movie, 2016)

I saw Nerve in the cinema last night. It started months ago in the U.S. ,but it just recently started in Germany.

So I guess most of you know what it's about. To all of you who don't:
 Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and written by Jessica Sharzer, based on the 2012 novel of the same name. The film starsEmma RobertsDave Franco and Juliette Lewis, and revolves around an online objective truth or dare video game, which allows people to enlist as "players" or "watchers" as the game intensifies. Players accept dares from watchers, receiving money rewards that increase with the danger of the dare when completed successfully. (Source: Wikipedia)

Well, let's get into my opinion. I watched the movie with a few girl friends and they were obsessed with the storyline and (to me not relatable) Dave Franco. A lot of girls find him attractive, that's probably why so many people watched the movie. 
Not gonna lie, Dave Franco and Emma Roberts played their roles really well, but to me the movie itself wasn't that great. You could tell by the beginning what would happen next and how the movie would end. 
The movie had a typical love story between Vee (Emma Roberts) and Ian (Dave Franco).

I have to admit that the screenplay was really creative. The movie had a lot of parts that were filmed "through a phone", which really gets to teenagers.

As a conclusion, if you like to watch an easy movie without any depth or you just enjoy popcorn movies, then this movie would be right for you.

I would give the movie a solid 7 on a scale from 1-10.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How I Finally Cleared My Skin (with proaktiv+)

Hey guys! Long time, no see. School takes lots of time, but I'm back with a new post!




I've been struggling with acne for two years now. It's always been my biggest insecurity. I always thought that people only look at your insecurities. That all they saw were the pimples and breakouts all over my face.
They don't. People don't look at your insecurities the way you do. But I didn't realize this until January 2016.

In 2015, I covered my face with makeup, not realizing how orange I looked (I really looked like crap). I tried every product from drugstores that is against pimples/breakouts. Every product helped for like four weeks, then my breakouts came back. I also got really shiny and oily during the day.

In April 2016, my mother's friend ordered a 3-step-system by Proaktiv+ for me, because it healed her son's and her daughter's acne.

The first step is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. It's a facial cleanser, almost like a really soft scrub.
I put the amount of a coin on my hands before I massage it in my face. It cleans the face and makes the skin really smooth. After washing it off with warm water, I use a towel to dry my face.

Afterwards, I use the Pore Targeting Treatment, which is a facial cream.
I put a pearl-size on my finger and then slowly massage it into my skin. You can see how your pores get smaller by the second you start massaging it in. Do not rinse off!

Then, I'm using the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator. This moisturiser saves your skin from drying out.
Do not rinse off after you massaged a pearl-size amount of this in.

When I have huge breakouts once in a while, I like to use the Refining Mask.
I don't put it on my breakouts for ten minutes, instead I like to leave it on my skin overnight. I also only put it on my breakouts/pimples, not on my whole face.

When I have huge whiteheads/blackheads, I like to squeeze them out using the Blackhead Remover by The Body Shop.
Put one of these circle things around your pimple and slightly press on the skin. The pimple will pop. Do not add too much pressure, and do it at night, so your skin won't look that red or swollen in the morning.



Do this routine every morning and every night and your skin will look way better after only a few weeks! 
The packaging says it lasts for 30 days, but it lasts around 60 days. 

Proactiv+ 3-step system: $39,95 (it may be cheaper, depends on online store)
The Body Shop Blackhead Remover: $5 + delivery
Proactiv Refining Mask: $9.50

Tip: Check different online stores, you could save a lot of money! 



See you soon, guys! All the love
-Johanna


Monday, September 05, 2016

My lifestyle favorites - August 2016

Music

I can highly recommend you the album "Up At Night" by Cimorelli. I've listened to it the whole month and I love every Single song in this album- it's a lyrical masterpiece. Cimorelli is a newcomer band from the US. The band includes the six young sisters Christina, Katherine, Lauren, Lisa, Amy and Dani. The album talks about young love, heartbreak and reminds me of beautiful, romantic summer nights.

TV show

I've loved Grey's Anatomy this month! I just started and it's so good, I'm obsessed. I love the characters (mainly Christina, Derek and Baily). 
I also loved American Horror Story Coven even though I don't like the thing with Evan Peters, Emma Roberts and Taissa Farmiga. Emma Roberts annoys me, to be honest.


Bye guys, I'll see you soon! All the love
       -Johanna

Friday, August 26, 2016

My everyday makeup routine

Foundation


For foundation I'm using the Wake Me Up Foundation by Rimmel London in the shade 100 Ivory. I like to use one pump of this on my whole face. I'm first applying one pump one the back of my hand and then I like to work it in with the Beauty Blender. It gives a really healthy glow to your face and has a medium high coverage that can be build up.

Concealer


For Concealer I'm using the Liquid Camouflage Cream by Catrice Cosmetics in the shade 005 Light Natural. I'm applying it straight under my eyes to cover up all the dark circles and then I'm working it in with my Beauty Blender as well. It's a really light color so it's perfect for pale skin tones. It also has a high coverage.


To cover up breakouts or redness that may still show through my foundation, I'm using the Catrice Cosmetics Camouflage Cream in the shade 010 Ivory. I'm applying it on the areas where I need it with a concealer brush and then blending it in with the Beauty Blender. This concealer has a really high coverage.

Powder

To set my base I'm using the Prime And Fine Mattifying Powder by Catrice Cosmetics in the shade 010 Translucent. I'm applying it with a brush on my whole face to set my foundation and concealer.

Eyeshadow Base

As an eyeshadow base I'm using the Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage Concealer in the shade 020 Light Beige. I put this straight on my eyelid and I like to blend it in with my fingers. 

Eyeliner

I sometimes wanna go for a more dramatic look, so I'm using the Gel Liner Long Lasting by Manhattan in black. I'm usually creating a little wing using an eyeliner brush. 

Eyebrows

For my brows I'm using the Eyebrow Stylist by Essence in the shade 001 Blonde. I put it on my whole brows and then brushing over my brows with a little eyebrow brush to make the color apply more naturally. 

Mascara

To finish off my look I'm using the Glam & Doll Mascara Waterproof by Catrice Cosmetics in black. It really defines the lashes, gives volume and is really really black.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trying American burgers in Germany



                                                 Roadhouse - American Diner

Are Germans able to cook American food? -Yes, they are! Or at least, sometimes.

When I first went to the U.S in 2010, the number one thing that I realized is how different the food is from Germany. I went to this Diner and ate a burger. It was so good that I tried to find a restaurant in Germany where the burgers are just as good as in America. So, wherever I could I ate burgers, but I couldn't find great restaurants.

But a few years later, when I visited my family, I drive past an American Diner. It was Halloween which isn't really celebrated in Germany. I decided to go and eat in this Diner. Every worker wore a really well done and creepy costume. I've barely seen something like this before in Germany. So they brought me this burger and it was so good, literally a food porn. I've never eaten such a good burger in Germany. I went there more than once now and ate burgers. 

But...I guess American burgers are still a little bit better...

Monday, August 22, 2016

About me and my blog :)

Hello there, it's me Johanna!

I'm 14 years old and I'm from Germany. I love dancing, snowboarding and traveling. I'm also a huge book and movie lover (I really like horror movies). I'm a Freshman and when I'm not studying for school, dancing, working out or eating, I love watching Netflix. My favorite TV shows are Pretty Little Liars, Bones, American Horror Story and Grey's Anatomy. Well, enough about me, because you are probably only here because of my blog. So I hope you'll like it. :)

About my blog

I made this blog just for fun. So don't call me "too young" or anything. I'm not here to design the perfect blog, I'm here to share my experiences with people and create a blog I like for myself. I'll share lifestyle things, my makeup and fashion favorites and my vacations. 

What can you expect from my blog?

Well, besides sharing experiences in restaurants or things I like, this will mainly be a travel blog. But since I can't travel all the time because of school, I couldn't do a travel blog itself. It would be too inactive.

Next stops?


In April 2017, I'll go to London with my best friend.

In summer 2017 I'll go to Berlin with my class. I'll get a lot of footage from there, because we will visit so many touristic places. You'll get to see restaurants, tourist attractions and you'll hear the opinion of someone whose hometown has a population of 11,000 and whose next class trip city has a population of more than 3,000,000.

In late summer/autumn 2017 I might go to Canada for three months and visit a high school there because I got nominated for a scholarship!


So...stay tuned!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Holi Festival Of Colors experience

Holi Festival Of Colors? -What is that?

The Holi Festival Of Colors is a traditional festival from India and it's one of the oldest festivals in the world. It's celebrated every year in March. 
You don't have to celebrate it in India, even though I think it would be the best country to celebrate it. Every hour all the guests take place on a huge square and after a countdown everyone throws packages with colored powder in the air. The festival tours all over the world and usually comes to big and major cities in each country (you can check up on tour dates and tickets online). This festival has the same expiration everywhere.


My experience

A few weeks ago the festival came to my city and I went there with a few of my friends. The festival started at 12pm and ended at 10pm. I personally think the tickets were pretty expensive with being something like 16 euros. Also each powder package costed 2.50 euros. Six dj's played their mashups during the festival.
 Every hour we got called to take place in front of the stage and after a 10-second countdown everyone threw their packages with the powder in the air. I highly recommend to wear mouth and eye protection because when everyone throws their packages around, it's almost like a wall of powder builds up around you. For some seconds you can't see anything. Then, after a few more seconds when the powder isn't flying around anymore, everyone next to you is completely colored with green, blue, pink, orange and purple powder. Everyone in this crowd was smiling, laughing and dancing. The whole atmosphere was really relaxed and peaceful. 

Can you wash the powder out of all your clothes?

You can easily remove the powder from your skin and hair with soap and warm water. After one hour in the washing machine my skin toned shorts are completely clean but after the same time of being in the washing machine, my white shirt has a grayish and blueish glow to it. I'd still recommend wearing light colored clothes, since the powder pops more on lighter colors than on dark colors.

My conclusion

The Holi Festival Of Colors is definetly worth an experience and so so so much fun! If you have the chance to attend it, then do it.
     
                     See you soon guys, all the love
                                     -Johanna