Saturday, 30 August 2014

Autumn Morning

Today feels like autumn, it's around 15 degrees, cloudy. It always makes me think, the same exact temperature in the spring can seem so different, now you can just feel the winter creeping slowly up your spine. 
It's beautiful nevertheless, or at least for me.

I spent a lovely morning with the boy and deeded to walk back to my mums to see them for a bit and get ready for PiP fest (Piknik i parken = picnic in the park). Which is a music festival in one of the big parks in Oslo, I've volunteered and I'm working there tomorrow with a friend. However today me and my friend decided to go and maybe help out but mostly listen to Daughter who is playing. 
It's mostly norwegian artists I think but I'm excited to see how it is!! And of course Daughter is one of my favourites, I absolutely love her. 

Ignore my tyrannosaurs rex hands (idk what I'm doing) and the wind blowing my hair in my face, oh well. 
I didn't feel like dressing up or anything, so I threw on something casual. Ripped knee black skinnies, favourite ankle boots, leather jacket and a simple top, of course my american apparel bag is always with me. I just feel like this something so simple, yet it can appear put together with the rips in the knees and the details of the top. 
This ankle boots are from a brand called Roots and I absolutely love them, they are so easy to wear, with absolutely everything, the quality is very good (I've had them for a year and the norwegian conditions aren't the most favourable for shoes) they have this fur lining inside so they keep my feet warm during winter, and this tiny heel just makes everything better! 
This city, although my mum lives in the centre of it, and well the boy kind of just outside the centre, never gives me the impression of a capital. It's so laid back, and green and peaceful. Walking around always makes my day! 

Going to get ready to go to PiP now! Expect a post about it on monday or so! 
Have a lovely saturday night

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Keeping it small and handy!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I haven't sleeping at my house all that much since I got back. So I thought it would be appropriate to show you how I pack my daily makeup essentials, depending on who I'm staying at! Τhat of course does not mean that you need to carry with you any makeup at all, if you are the person who can bare their face (I'm getting there slowly). But never forget to wash your face after a night out and resist just falling asleep dead once you get home!!

This is my small makeup pouch I usually carry with me. 

I think keeping it simple is the key, and bringing out all your travel sized items is a big help as well! 
So this is how it would look if I were planning to sleep over at a girlfriend or somebody who would share with me a face soap or a kind of moisturiser and eye makeup remover!
Everything else is the absolute essentials, 
1. My Smashbox photo finish blemish control primer is a must for me, as it hydrates my face and is a life saver after a night out
2. my hello flawless foundation by Benefit, is also great, provides as much coverage needed without being cakey, plus I prefer the finish when I apply it with my fingers, so no need to carry a brush as well
3. Makeup Forever full cover concealer, this does exactly what it says, it has a bit of a thick texture so I love applying it beneath my foundation, it covers every single thing that you want to be covered. It's a great combination with hello flawless, because I find that adding foundation over it can be quite too much.
4. high beam by Benefit, I'm absolutely in love with this, I'm not carrying and blushes or bronzers but I find that this substitutes them both! It gives me a glow, and a bit of colour and dimension but also kind of shapes my face. Plus it's travel size so I cannot resist!
5. BareMinerals mineral veil, I do not love nor hate this product, but it does it's job, keeps my face matte and takes away the oil and does not look cakey!
6. Nuxe lip balm, I've finished at least 3 tubes of this thing, it does wander for my lips, and does not taste disgusting as most lip balms do. I am a person who carry most my lip products in my bag at all times, so I don't need to put any in my carry on pouch! 
Anyways, this little lip balm is perfect for any minute you feel your lips slightly dry or want to apply more lipstick
7. Benefit, they're real, I have a love-hate relationship with this product, sometimes it may give me the longest and thickest lashes ever and I love its result so much, but then it's such a difficult job to take it off, and half of my lashes fall off with it. I really wish it would work for me, but it only does sometimes.
8. Mac eye pencil, just to give some definition to your lid and upper lid waterline, it's so small by itself even if you don't use it, it doesn't take much space. 
9. Anastasia brow wiz, absolutely crazy about it, it works so well with my brows that I find it a must
10. Finally, just a Mac brush for powder, not sure what the exact model is because it tends to wash away 

Now, sleeping over at my boyfriends adds a few more things, 
1. I need a good eye makeup remover, this one by l'oreal does the job perfectly and does not irritate my skin at all
2. A moisturiser is needed, since my skin tends to get especially dry especially after a night of drinking and dancing (!) This is by origins make a difference - Plus+ it's for oily skin and does not leave a thin layer over my skin and smells great too! 
3. This face soap is with argan oil and I've ordered like 5 from a shop in France because I struggle to find them. It works very well with my skin, as well as to remove every bit of makeup but also provides a deep cleanse. 

That's it for today! I hope you had a nice week! 
See you soon (: 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Back on Track

"Every year, the bright Scandinavian summer nights fade away without anyone’s noticing. One evening in August you have an errand outdoors, and all of a sudden it’s pitch-black. It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive."

(Tove Jansson, the summer book) 

If you live in a Scandinavian country you sure know the relevance of this quote for this time of the year, summer is officially over.
Maybe not for me though, as a gap year student I get to have a bit of an extensive summer, not too much though. I am finally back in Oslo and looking forward to filling this year with everything I can. 
This sunday I'm volunteering at a "PiP" festival which is going to be great, Daughter and John Grant are playing, some seminars are coming up as well. 

It has been raining for 2 weeks straight, making me even more lazy so I've literally have been doing absolutely nothing but laying in bed and spending time with the boy. Which I think is great, I didn't have the most relaxing vacation in Greece, so this has been some quality time to recharge my batteries. However, it can't go on forever, so slowly I'm starting to move around again, the weather yesterday was surprisingly good, so I took the chance and met a friend and sat by the sea just across rådhuset (city hall), to catch up

with the company of some very angry birds.

I got popcorn from the cinema up the road. I've found that it's my favourite snack, I literally cannot compare anything else to popcorn. I've been obsessed. On the island I was on for 2 weeks in Greece, there was an ice cream shop in town, which had a small popcorn machine outside which just kept making popcorn all night, and I literally bought from them every single time we passed. 
I couldn't finish it so it quickly transformed into an ashtray. 

So now, I'm back, and will start blogging at least 3 times a week (: 
I hope you've all had a great summer and are ready to face this fresh year, with whatever it brings!! 

-See you soon