Life of a Swiss Beauty: According to Cheryl
Meet the lovely Cheryl. A 21 year old, self-confessed beauty addict (aren't we all?!) from Switzerland. Being a perfectionist with her own beauty demands, Cheryl is constantly hunting down the latest and greatest products to try out. But as I have already learned, the beauty industry runs a little differently here in Switzerland!
Shopping for products here in Switzerland isn't as easy as popping into your local Superdrug and coming out dragging those bountiful pink bags. Oh no, You have to know where to look and admittedly, I have no clue. However I have discovered my local Migros...hehe! Sneaky Cheryl admits to saving her beauty needs for her annual trip to Germany. "Because it only takes me 30 minutes [to get to Germany] and the products are a lot cheaper.I feel guilty when I do this, because I feel I should support the stores in Switzerland." Don't worry Cheryl, You're not alone! In Ireland I make frequent trips (like once a week/2 weeks?) to Northern Ireland which is part of the UK so it has different brands and prices. Hey, we gotta do what we gotta do to get our beauty fix, don't we? However, Cheryl still gets her High End fix here in Switzerland by hitting up her favourite store, Marionnaud, "the shop assistants usually really know what they're talking about and it has a discount for people under 25 years!" (Note to self: hunt out my nearest Marionnaud!!)
It's not really "High Street" makeup, more like Supermarket, which funnily enough can be found on the High Street. And your local pharmacy is your best friend (Hello YSL and La Roche Posay?!?!?!) which is where Cheryl picks up her skincare musts. But when it comes to high street makeup, Cheryl prefers to shop at "Mueller, Coop City or Manor, they're basically everywhere!". I actually have a full sized Clarins store here in my nearest town too.
When Switzerland has weather, it has weather! Unlike Ireland (which is currently beating off snow flurries while I'm sunning myself) Switzerland's weather is pretty traditional in terms of the seasons; fresh, bright spring warming up into a sunny, hot summer which cools down into a damp, breezy autumn which chills out into a snowy, ski-ready winter. So how do you face all weather fronts? It seems like hard work! I asked Cheryl who said "I guess it's something you don't really question growing up in Switzerland." She has this down to a T. "You don't only change the shade of your foundation because of a suntan but, also your entire skincare routine due to the extreme weather changes." Personally, my skincare routine never changes that much at home but here I have already had to make some adaptations, learning the hard way. Like myself however, Cheryl's skin feels tight and dry in the winter time and being so fair skinned means sun protection is an absolute must all year round.
How does this affect your hair? Hair needs sun protection too! And what about the humidity in the summer? Yeah I didn't think this was going to be as big a deal as it actually was when I came here on holiday last summer. "I'm powerless" says Cheryl. "My hair is naturally wavy and when the humidity is high the top layer of my hair (baby hair (PREACH!)) is the frizziest thing you've ever seen, and no, there's no way to control it!" She finds it helps a little to use a hair mask twice a week to smooth it down and Hairspray is a major no-no. On the plus side you get to do a lot of shopping! "We Swiss people get to wear the thickest cosiest winter coats but lovely, light summer dresses too!" I bet you're booking your ticket right now, aren't you?!
In a country so well known for it's chocolate and cheese, staying healthy and in shape must be difficult! But this is not the case. Switzerland prides itself on high quality, locally sourced and produced foods, only rarely importing out-of-season produce. This goes for everything from beef to kiwis to some of the finest wines in the world. Cheryl told me about how she loves to cook, especially because she knows exactly what she is putting into her body. I agree. I make everything myself from marinara sauce to bread. Infact I pride myself on my baking! (wouldn'cha know?!) Cheryl is also a huge vegetable lover; "a lack of vitamins will hardly ever be my problem" she boasts. "I like to experiment with healthier sides than pasta, such as quinoa or ebly (you'll see that everywhere in Switzerland, it's durum wheat)." Of course, keeping her sweet tooth under control is a must but Cheryl doesn't care for counting calories; she eats what she likes, within moderation of course! She also enjoys weekly tennis sessions as well as twice weekly cardio/toning routines "mainly because I like sports and I feel tired sitting in front of the computer all day" I hear you girl! *BIIIIG STREEEETCH*
Although brands and products don't really vary, and there isn't a lot of Swiss beauty brands, there is a hefty price difference! (Hello CHF20 for a Maybelline Mascara?!) However there is a smaller price gap on high end products so for Cheryl, buying them doesn't feel so bad! She's a big lover of Estée Lauder for lipsticks, Urban Decay for eyeshadows and of course Chanel for foundations. But why stop at makeup? Cheryl shares her secret to cute footwear; Roberto Santi, She tells me "somehow they always fit! Of course I don't like all their shoes (some are kind of prude) (LOL I love this girl!) but if I see a pair I like, I know they'll be a perfect fit."
Of course, like all Beauty Bloggers Cheryl takes some inspiration from bloggers and vloggers around the world. Locally, she loves Swiss-blogger Macha from Feathers and Brushes. "She is such a sweet and honest blogger and her reviews are great!" Who could argue with that? I am now hooked on Feathers and Brushes thanks to Cheryl! (Ps. Macha's Brownie Recipe is to die for!) She also enjoys Estée from EssieButton "because of her happy smile, does that make me strange?!" No Cheryl, it most certainly does not! Raise your hand if your part of the Essie Button fan club? *MEEEE!*
I really enjoyed talking to Cheryl and learning her many secrets to the world of Switzerland. It is very much a world of it's own! You can read more of Cheryl's posts on her blog SwissBeautyTalk where she shares her thoughts and reviews on all things beauty.
*All images are taken from Cheryl's blog, Click on them to see the original post.
Enjoy the rest of your day!