Monday, 31 December 2012

New Year's wishes and hopes and ideas how to celebrate it!

Hi guys,

in my last post (I can't believe it  - that's the final post in 2012!!!!) I'll show you my wishes and hopes for 2013 and some ideas  - how you could celebrate it:)

(Photo Credits: Pinterest, tumblr)

"My New Year's Wish & Hope":
1. Be more self-confident 
2. Be more patient - all things need their time! 
3. Finally reach my longterm goal! - I've been waiting for soooo long 
4. Travel, travel more and explore unknown countries! 
5. Be happy about each days! 'Cause each day is worth for living and moving forward! 
6. Find your sould mate/big love:) 
7. Say "NO" less than ever and "YES" more than ever!


What are you wishes/hopes for 2013? - Let me know in your comments:)

At home we prepare all day long some fresh appetizers/fingerfood like: small open sandwiches/breads with different spreads in vegetarian and meat variations and we also drink in the evening non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and make drinks with them:) - here are some ideas for appetizers/finger food for the long, long night:

Some pretzels with chocolate and pecan nut coating for the sweet tooth or some fresh cut celery with feta cheese or cottage cheese filling and olive decoration, oh or what about fresh cut apples with peanut butter a healthier variation of sweet tooth:) A fruit sushi, macaroons or fruit kabobs, small petit fours, tacos with guacamole (oh I LOVE GUACAMOLE - it reminds me on my grandpa from Tucson/Arizona:)), bruschetta or traditional czech small open breads/sandwiches/baguettes called "Chlebicky":)

And what you should offer your guests/family - a PINKY SECCO/PROSECCO/CHAMPAGNER.

I love the packaging, but I'm not drinking alcohol!!!! I only take some small "drops each New Years Night - to clink glasses, but usually I love the non-alcoholic variation like Robby Bubble (YES I'm a Robby Bubbly drinker with 19! - the Tropic ones is my fav'!) or last I've seen, that you can buy a Rose/Pink non-alcoholic Secco too! - called LIGHT Live (but I'm not sure, whether we can buy it too in the UK or other european countries:))

And here you see our Guacamole and other "Chlebicky" and of course our drinks for this year:


These three pic's are only the first treats, but as you know the night is long, long long:) We will have more snacks but the beverage will be the same:)( I drink at the moment some grapefruit juice and other non-alcoholic drinks and I'll have my first and last alcoholic beverage at midnight - 2013!) We've bought the rose/pink brut secco from Cavas Hill (made in the lovely Espana:)) and our non-alcoholic ones is from Tesco finest Orange/Mango Spritz

I hope, that you'll have such a great New Year's Day and Night as I'll and wish you all the best, good luck, health and success for 2013. I'll also say a big THANK YOU! to all of you, thank you soooo much for following my blog this year, hope you'll read and visit my blog the next years too:)

With this post and song "Old Lang Syne" (which I've heard firstly last year by Lea Michele from the movie New Year's Eve) I wish you all the best and a successful 2013!:



Hope to see you next year too:)!

Yours,
NIKA






My natural "Last December Day" makeup:)

Hi guys,

before I'll post about my New Years eve makeup/hair style and what snacks and drinks we usually have (some ideas for you too:)) and and and and I'll show you my "Last December Day" makeup/style:):




I've been drinking the last days soooo much tea - oh maybe 3 or 5 tea bag packages (hahahaha:)) and my fav' tea at the moment is the one from Twinings - Black Tea flavoured with Vanilla:

It's such a delicious and cozy tea - I've usually combinated with some (skimmed) milk and 1-2 tsb. of good old canadian maple syrup (instead of sugar or honey - I don't drink usually sweeted teas 'cause I'm of the opinion, that a tea will always loose the typical characteristic:))  - a perfect winter/autumn cozy drink or a good alternative to a hot creamy chai latte:)!

And I've also made some "Pic's of my mouth":):
A kind of art - what do you think???? -  No I only joke:)

The last week was sooooooooooooooooo special for me:) 'Cause I've got handwritten notes from "Hard Not To Cry" (The Baseballs!!!!!) AND AN ORIGINAL AUTOGRAM CARD from the B. guys:)! Oh I love to hear their songs:)!


Hope that you've a great time:) See you soon!

Bye,
NIKA

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Join the Daxon Blogger Community and you'll be surprised:)

Hi guys,

today I've found out (when I was just browsing on some of my fav' blogs:)) - that Daxon, has launched a new blogger network - which is called "Daxon VIP Fashion Bloggers".


How you can participate too (important are these three steps from their own website):

1. Add the Daxon Blogger network badge to your sidebar by grabbing the code below
2. Write a post about this opportunity. Be sure to include this link http://www.daxon.co.uk
3. Then, let us know you have completed these steps by emailing us katy@mediayeti.co.uk

You'll receive as a blogger-member from Daxon a  £50* voucher from Amazon or Threadless just for joining!

I've done it after I've heard about this special chance - oh and the voucher from Amazon sounds good - 'cause I would by an IPAD bag for myself:) - Give it a try and don't waist your time:)


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

24 December and the days after:)

Hi guys,

I've promised you, that I'll show you some pic's of our christmas eve (on 24th!) and also some from our 50's styled vintage christmas tree - which I love sooooooooooooooooo much:) and hope you'll like it too - lots and lots of vintage christmas tree ornaments:


And here some pic's from our christmas (dinner) table - we all love the simple classic red decoration:):

Here some pic's from our tree at night (when we've been surprised about our presents - for my cute little nephew it was the biggest surprise at all 'cause it was his first christmas eve!:)):

That's what Santa has left ("Oh I've been a really good girl this year Santa:)"):
I've got a lovely gingerbread man gift set from The Body Shop, a 28 Color Palette - Neutral Eyeshadow from bhcosmetics - it's the same as the one from Zoeva!:), a nice REAL coral necklace, the new David Garrett "Music" album, a girly manicure set, awesome white ear headset with real Swarovski Element stones, three new christmas movies for my christmas movie collection:) (Golden Winter, Nutcracker, The Muppet Christmas Carol), an Apple Keyboard for my IPAD:), a brush set from bhcosmetics and an AWESOME professional microphone from SAMSON (C01U)!!!! I'm so happy about all presents and can't get enough of them:)

Here's my "The Day after Christmas"-Makeup/Look (I've been using the new bhcosmetics palette and some other products from Max Factor, Rimmel London, Estee Lauder, Catrice and mineralhygienics:)):

Hope, that you've got such an awesome christmas eve night too:) and wish you lovely and cozy last christmas days too:)

See you soon! 

Bye,
NIKA

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells - Pre-Christmas time away:)

Hi guys,

I'm soooooooooooooooo sorry, that I've not write more during the last weeks of pre-christmas time - but I was soooo busy with our christmas shopping, home decoration and of course I'm a student so - lots and tons of work, and I was also testing the Black / Gold 3-in-1 NAIL ART Pen from npw, which you can buy for 7.95 pounds at Topshop or npw:



I really enjoy using the gold pen 'cause it's a perfect way how to create special designs and figures on your nails during christmas and winter holidays:) The black one will be reviewed in the next time too ('cause if've not tested it yet - but I'll do it the next time:)) The stones are gorgeous too, but for my holiday nail design I've just used the golden pen:)


Oh during this stressful time (before Christmas:)) I'm hearing lots of christmas and holiday songs:) and I've four christmas fav's this year:

(Photo Credits: Elvis Presley, Wham!, David Tobin, Albert Hammond)

1. Elvis Presley - The Wonderful World Of Christmas  (since I was a little girl he's my fav' and "Father" of christmas songs!:)
3. David Tobin - Dreaming of Snow (a great singer/writer and composer!) check out his site
4. Albert Hammond - Under The Christmas Tree (it's a perfect christmas song for all of you - who like the 80s like I do:))


During this cold time (without any snow:() I'm drinking more than usually tea (as I'm a tea junkie - you see it's a huge amount!!!!) and I've just tried out some of the new Pickwick teas from the christmas/fall range:

 (Photo Credits: Pickwick - I don't own each of them!)

I've already tried out the Pickwick Sweet Apple, Spiced Orange, Chocolate Mint and Smooth Chai and my fav' one at the moment is Smooth Chai (I've the last two teabags now:() as I'm a lover of Chai tea latte during the cold days I've drunk a lot of them the last days and of course the Sweet Apple one is a fabulous christmas flavour, it reminds me on fresh baked apples for christmas:) The Spiced Orange is spicy too but not really a "Wow I will drink more of them!" for me:) and the Chocolate Mint one is also not sooo minty for me, it doesn't taste like After Eight or like Bendick's Mint Crisps - which I really like:) It's more like chocolate and that's not really my fav flavour for tea:) But otherwise the teas are really yummy and I'll try the rest of them in the next time:) It's a illness - like if someone can't wait to buy the latest mobilephone or lipstick in all new colours - I'm freakin' out at the tea board at the supermarket or grocery if there's a new fruit/black or spicy tea:) It's strange I know - but tea is healthy:)


Now I would like to show you my - Christmas Snowy "Santa Baby" - Outfit and Makeup/Look, which I'm wearing a lot during this cold days - the last time, when I was for a new Coke at our local small grocery, it looks like, if I would be the niece from Santa:):


And I'm decorating our whole home (now you see my bedroom and living room decoration - next pic's will follow the next days:)):


My lovely christmas nails:):

Baking, drinking hot homemade good quality chocolate with a cute Santa Clause made from marzipan/almond paste - love it:) and enjoy my new snowflake-cup from Starbucks:) My advent calendar, which I've got when I was maybe 13:) And packing some gifts:)

Hope you'll visit me on my blog in the next days too and maybe you would like to follow me:) I'm happy about each comment you'll leave and I thank you sooooooooooo much for your support and reading my blog:) It really means a lot to me!:) I hope you all will have a great christmas time and a peaceful and lovely christmas eve:) I wish you all the best and hope, that you'll find under the christmas tree your very special wish and that your wish will come true:) But remember, to get gifts isn't the only thing, it's a special moment, if you are sitting together with your most important persons at the table and eat the festive meal and to talk together about past stories or watch TV with them or just enjoy the christmas time and see the sparkle eyes from your younger siblings, nieces/nephews (as I'll as my 8 months old nephew will celebrate this year his VERY first christmas!!!! - how amazing is that:)) or yourself at your christmas tree:) I can't wait until tomorrow:) it's too long to wait to see the shiny tree with the surprise under it but as I say it means a lot more as only presents:)

See you soon and Merry Christmas!

NIKA


Thursday, 6 December 2012

Natural Mineral Makeup - Before/After

Hi guys,

few posts ago:) I've mentioned and post about the US well-known natural Mineral Makeup brand - Mineral hygienics - (look my first post about this brand:))  And I was asked to show you guys a before and after pic - so I decided to show you a collage of myself (as I really enjoy making collages:)):

Before:

After:
(After I've put on the Mineral hygienics Enhancer - Cool Kiss on my cheeks,  Fair Mineral Foundation all over my face, Sheer Perfection Mineral Finish in Translucent also all over my face to and I've used for all three natural mineral powders - the Mineral hygienics Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, which was included:))

And as I've washed my hair on these pics, the weren't full dried so I've made some more after they were full dried and also made some curls, but my hair are normally really curly (but I've used a straight - styler - so they weren't too curls on the pic's below:))

Here the result:
Black&White:
Wish you all a sparkle and magical frosty-snow evening (it's snowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)) and see you soon:)

Bye,
NIKA


Dresdner Stollen and Lebkuchen (Gingerbread:))

Hi guys:),

I'm totally in a christmas mood and oh now you can see and smell different sweets, treats and our granny's or you too are baking in your kitchen your fav christmas cookies and other special family secret sweet treasure:) I'm glad to get the chance to taste the original "Dresdner Christstollen" - which was founded in 1825!

What Dresdner Backhaus says about their christmas speciality:

"From our foundation in 1825 my family has been using the best ingredients to create an aromatic and delicious Stollen dough. Each loaf is lovingly formed by hand in the process of becoming one of our traditional Christmas Stollen: our guarantee for outstanding Dresdner Backhaus Christstollen quality."


This special and old traditional finest Dresdner Christmas-Stollen has won the Golden Price 2012 and also the Golden Price 2011 and 2010!

The optimum storage temperature is 12°C (53°F) and 70% humidity. For perfect enjoyment, you should leave your Stollen at room temperature an hour before cutting it from the middle. To prevent the halves from drying out, please rejoin the cut surfaces and store them in our special foil wrapping.

What's the History/Story behind the famous and well-known Dresdner Stollen:

The tradition of baking Christmas stollen in Dresden goes back to 1474. At that time the various kinds of bread, cakes and pastries were supposed to reflect religious motifs. The stollen as such was nothing but the symbolization of the Christ Child wrapped in diapers. At this time the use of butter for the production of pastry was forbidden during the period of fasting. As Christmas was preceded by the long Advent fasting, only oil could be used to bake stollen. Therefore the Electoral Prince Ernst and his brother, Duke Albrecht, applied to the Pope for an abrogation of the butter prohibition. The reasons both rulers forwarded can be seen in the reply of the Pope. This says:

"You explained to us that in your domains and lands oil trees do not grow, so that you dispose of far too little oil, which furthermore is of low quality, bad odor and has to be acquired at a high price, unless you use some other oil similar to rape oil, which does not correspond to human nature, is unhealthy and cuases many kinds of diseases with the inhabitants of your domains. Therefore we acknowledge your plea and allow - in papal power, with this letter - your wives, sons, daughters and all your true servants to use butter instead of oil, freely and in large quantities, without fear of major punishment." Later all Saxons were allowed to put butter into Stollen.

Here you see my Dresdner Stollen in the luxury and vintage wood box:


And TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA - here you see the yummy christmas treat:


The color, scent and the fresh ingrediences - taste was amazing, I've offered it also to my mum, brother and we cannot await to taste the next slice - the whole stollen was eating between two days!!!! It's awesome - how such a old traditional and full/rich with fruits (raisins and orange peels....) and butter can taste like heaven:) Yeah but you shouldn't eat too much, as it's as I've said rich, but it's christmas time, so don't be shy and let your mood fly:)

The Dresdner Backhaus /Baking house also make other different types of stollen (like fruit stollen, almond nut stollen, and and and just have a look)

I really like it and it wasn't too sweet (but we also didn't needed the extra sachet of sugar, as the coat was perfectly sweeted:)) It's a wonderful gift for your nearest and important friends, family and members:) 


For all gingerbread/Lebkuchen friends - I've tried out a new type/brand of the traditional chocolate Lebkuchen/gingerbread - Elisenlebkuchen:
This lovely  "Elisenlebkuchen" - Set of 5 pieces was baked and made by Feyler and has a rich spicy and chocolate flavour, it's the perfect christmas sweet for all tea and hot chocolate drinker and of course it's a perfect treat for your next christmas evening with friends or you'll just eat it by yourself:)

I really enjoyed this "Elisenlebkuchen" as I really like such types of old classic german gingerbread and I'm grown up with such treats during the pre-christmas and christmas season:) 

Hope you've had a great week and wish you a comfortable and non-stressful beginning of the weekend:) (I know tomorrow is friday, but it's not far away the good old saturday and sunday - where you can check your christmas-list and do your last shopping tours or just stay at home have some cup of hot chocolate and watch holiday/christmas movies or decorating your lovely homey:))

See you soon! 

Yours,
NIKA