Real Swiss Beauty: Life in Switzerland According to Selina K
Visiting a new country can be a really exciting (and a little daunting) experience. It's an amazing opportunity to sample new foods, languages and cultures. If you are ever offered to stay with someone further than your home town, take it!
I am very lucky to have spoken to the beautiful Selina from RoseKiaraPeaches.com who as shared some of her thoughts and experiences of makeup, beauty and living in Switzerland. Ireland and Switzerland are like two different worlds but are very similar in many ways so I thought who better to ask than a Beauty Blogger like myself!
Switzerland has such a moderate yet diverse array of climates; ranging from a stifling 25°C (and up) during the summer and dropping to -10°C during the winter so you have a lot more to be concerned about than wet and rainy Ireland. Selina finds the change in weather to be quite stressful; "Not only concerning fashion (you need to have cute summer dresses and a lot of warm coats in your closet), but also when it comes to beauty related topics."
The weather can reek havoc on your 'do but us Irish girls know all about that! "I style my hair and as soon as I go outside everything will be ruined, due to wind, rain, snow or heat. So the best time to do cute hairstyles or curl/straighten your hair is probably spring and autumn. Unfortunately, I haven't found a remedy for this hair dilemma yet."
Sun damage is of course a big issue for everyone everywhere but with Switzerland being closer to the equator than Ireland, sun damage is a lot stronger. This is a big deal for Selina and for many Swiss Citizens; especially the fairer toned skin. (Raise your hands my Irish and UK gals!) "I have very light skin and get sun burns very quickly. I often use sun cream with SPF 50." Selina (and myself) would recommend suncare from Nivea.
I am a huge sucker for spending hours in Superdrug and Boots but after being here for a few weeks I soon realised stores like that don't really exist. Of course there are your Pharmacies but they take "drugstore makeup" to a whole new level, stocking YSL and Clinque to name a few. So what is a girl in Switzerland to do? "Unfortunately, make up and hair care products are very expensive here in Switzerland. That's why I like to visit a city in Germany called Konstanz. It's just across the Swiss border and they have big shops like DM and Müller where all the products are much cheaper."
Selina also picks up her products from a store which I would consider to be like a Swiss Tescos called Migros. My local Mirgros stocks Maybeline, Loreal, Catrice, Essence, Essie and Covergirl.Selina also loves to visit the big department stores in Zurich which has the likes of Chanel and Dior. She likes to keep a Wishlist for when she goes to England and hit up Superdrug and Boots and "buy all the items I need from brands like Rimmel, Sleek and Real Techniques, which aren't available in Switzerland" but there's hope for those who have a Swiss address and a soft spot for UK brands; "fortunately, there are more and more online shops which actually do sell these brands."
In Ireland and the UK, girls are big fans of the ole full face o' slap for every single moment of their day; be it for school, going out or popping to the shop for some milk. (Don't try and deny it, we all did it at least once!) In comparison to our girls in their HD brows and cream contouring, I am yet to see an overly made up girl here. Selina thinks "the majority of Swiss girls prefers a natural make up look. There are always exceptions of course. I like to wear a red lipstick sometimes in every day life and it can happen that I get a strange look from someone, because most girls go for quite a natural look." In fairness, at this point, if I seen any signs of makeup on a girl I would look twice too, haha!
One thing I have really noticed is eating patterns and diet differences which believe it or not, are more strikingly different than any red lip look. On a typical day here, my boyfriend and I would have breakfast together before he goes to work, then a lunch of meats, salads, pastas and cheeses together at 12 and meal in the evening around 7pm. Selina enjoys salad and vegetables everyday (as do I) amongst other things but a lot of fresh, in season produce is always enjoyed.
However, finding motivation to exercise is a lot harder than fuelling a love flavours; "I tried exercising, but I lack motivation most of the time" Selina tells me. Admittedly, I am as bad! "However, I'd really like to get back into it this year. I love some of the work outs on Youtube and I have an app called Pump Up which is quite helpful as well." I am a big fan of workouts on YouTube following the likes of Blogilates and Yoga with Adrienne. I've also used the Pump Up app before and it's really useful, simply pick your target body part, your time and your level and it makes up a workout especially for you!
A typical beauty blogger, Selina doesn't have a favourite brand; "I like trying different products from different brands" but when it comes to lipsticks Selina "loves MAC and Rimmel (I always buy Rimmel lipsticks when I'm in England)." Her favourite nail polish brands are Catrice and Essie. She also "loves Lush as well and have tried quite a lot of their products." Note to self: Hunt out a Lush Store ASAP.
Selina also shared with me some of her favourite blogs she likes to read. She enjoys Tiphaine's Dairy, written by a young Swiss blogger, Tiphaine "with amazing style and lovely pictures". Selina also follows "a lot of bloggers from abroad, for example Amy from The Little Magpie, Jessica from Tuula and Lily from Lily Melrose. I also follow a lot of bohemian style blogs at the moment. I enjoy watching videos from British and Australian Youtubers as well." You can see more of Selina's favourite blogs on her Bloglovin'.
I hope you find this brief insight into life in Switzerland. It can be really helpful to learn how the local people live and many sites will tell you how to shop for food and homewares but I have spent hours scanning forums for answers on beauty and health. I have another post to write up like this from another Swiss blogger. I look forward to sharing that one with you too.