Author: Chris Stricker

CultureAndCream author Chris Stricker lives in Berlin and Munich. Professionally, she deals with brand communication. She usually gets her inspiration from traveling. Since that is not possible at the moment, Chris is enthusiastically researching what's new in the areas of fashion, beauty and design.

Tested for you: „MatteTrance“ Lipstick from Pat McGrath

Nothing works for me without lipstick. I was fascinated by it as a small child. When my mother was about to leave the house, it was unthinkable that she would do so without her usual ritual. There was a chest of drawers in the entrance area and her lipstick collection was in the top drawer. It was a magical attraction for us as children. Each time mother took out a lipstick and used it to make up her lips without even looking in the mirror. There were different shades of red, but all of them had a high color intensity and put a wonderfully sophisticated smile on her face. I never saw my mother leave the house without lipstick. Later, I dared to ask her why she always wore lipstick. She said she would feel naked without it. When I stand in front of the mirror today, and I want it to apply lipstick and usually I also use lipliner for the most perfect result. Soul colors Especially nowadays, I find it important to set an accent, whether under the protection mask or at the video conference. There are different colors that I use depending on my state of mind. How good that not all people know me so well that they can tell my emotional life right from my mouth. Brownish tones are more for the small accent and are less aggressive. When I’m fighting about something, a very bright red comes into play. In the evenings, especially when it came to going out, I sometimes wore very dark shades on my lips. I am particularly enthusiastic about matt tones, as they stay extremely well and also “survive” perfectly under the mask. Dame Pat McGrath After I had the chance to meet Pat McGrath live backstage at various fashion shows, I was fascinated by her personality and her ability to perform magic make-ups on the faces of the runway models with sensitivity. No wonder she is called the most influential make-up artist in the world and was knighted by the Queen of England in 2014 for her services to the British beauty and fashion industry. Dame Patricia Ann McGrath is now her official title. I am very happy that their debut collection is now also available in Germany. Her lipstick is my daily companion, and the packaging with the golden lips just puts me in a good mood. Thank you, Pat, you make my day!… weiterlesen

Tested for you: Venya’s „Biomimetische Hautpflege“

I don’t normally look in the mirror all the time, but right now I see myself on the screen for hours in zoom or team meetings. And what I see there rarely inspires me. My skin is red, shiny and makes me feel bad. First I tried it with make-up, I usually never use it, or tried it with powder. None of this led to my satisfaction. The only thing that helped at least a bit was just putting on a bright lipstick to distract from the skin on my face.For years I had unproblematic skin and hardly had to worry about what to use for my face. But for some years now, heating air has become increasingly difficult, especially in winter. The skin is tight or burning, red and prone to blemishes. I thought I had actually found the right care, but the screen said no. It was only by chance that I came across a new product with a recommendation that has a very low pH value and is called Biomimetic Skin Care. I don’t know what that is supposed to be. Healthy Aging Cream says more to me as a beauty layperson. Three weeks later… Venya offers a skin-protecting “regenerating and smoothing care series”, consisting of cleansing, serum, eye cream and facial care. Since I was relatively desperate with my skin, as described above, I was open to try something new. In fact, after the first application, I was very impressed with how my skin felt. After about three weeks, the first visible results became apparent. My skin is calmed, insensitive and no longer reddened. Every morning and evening I have the safe feeling that I am doing something good for my skin and that it thanks me for it. The structure has gotten better. Overall smoother and fresher. In addition, the price-performance ratio of this new care line is very good. For face, eyes, cleansing and serum – the range for less than 150 €. I think that is a very sensible investment. I rarely use lipstick in the almost daily video conferences. Hopefully, face-to-face meetings will be more of a reason to put color on your lips in the future. Venya „Biomimetische Hautpflege“, products from 17 Euro… weiterlesen

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