Saturday, May 20, 2017

Me-time

It's a really pretty day today, so I got up early to go running! I take ballet on Monday and Wednesday, and go running or cycling on pretty much every other day to stay active :) So after finishing my 10k run, I went home to relax, and have some well-deserved me-time with a nice book.

The book I'm reading is called "Style" by Lauren Conrad. It's a style guide in which she gives fashion advice, and offers tips to create your own unique look. When I was in high school, I was a huge fan of both Laguna Beach and The Hills, so I remember running to the store after school 7 years ago, to pick up this book. I haven't read it in a while, so I figured it might be nice to read her tips again, and maybe get some inspiration for my own wardrobe, as fashion is something I've always been interested in. As a wise woman once said, fashion is the most powerful art there is, and I really agree!


Did you watch Laguna Beach and The Hills on MTV? Have you ever read a style guide, or any other similar book?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

How I clean my make up brushes

Hi everyone!

My make up brushes were a little dirty, so it was time to wash them, and I thought I'd share with you how I like to keep them clean and soft! I like to wash them every single week for hygiene reasons, because a build up of bits of make up and bacteria can easily get stuck inside of them, which can cause clogged pores and pesky breakouts. To be honest, washing my brushes is one of my least favourite chores to do, simply because I have way too many of them, and my arms always start to hurt a lot! But you know, that's life, and it just needs to be done.

I've recently thrown away about half of my brush collection, so that did cut down time, though. They were pretty old and started shedding, so I do need to buy a new set soon. They were all Sigma brushes, and to be honest it did hurt a bit to say goodbye to them! But they've lasted for many years, so they were definitely worth the money I spent on them at the time. Sigma is quite pricey though, but I've heard great things about Morphe as well, so I'm thinking of maybe buying a Morphe set. Please let me know if you're a fan of Morphe brushes, because I'd love to hear your opinion on them :) High quality make up brushes are always a bit of an investment, so I do wish to spend my money wisely.

Anyway, because it's the weekend, I decided this would be a good time to wash my brushes! I like using a spray brush cleanser after every use, but when I deep clean them like today, I use baby shampoo to get them as clean and as soft as possible :) The pink silicone thing in my sink is a brush cleansing palette I bought from Real Techniques. I'm aware I'm not using it the way it's supposed to be used (I'm supposed to hold it in my hand), but I find it works a lot better when I place it in my sink like this. I add a small pump of baby shampoo on the RT palette, run my brushes under some lukewarm water, and then wash them on the cleansing palette until they're all clean :) Be careful when you do this, and try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the (often metal) part of the brush where handle meets the head, because this may loosen the glue over time. When the water runs clear from the brush, I use a small cloth to reshape the hairs, and finish by laying my brushes flat to dry overnight. Smaller ones like lip or eye brushes don't take very long to dry, but do note that larger brushes (such as powder or foundation brushes) may take a few hours to fully dry.


How do you clean your make up brushes? And do you recommend Morphe brushes to me?

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sunday Funday + My Top 5 Eurovision Songs

Hey there!

I'm spending my weekend babysitting, working out, going to church, and playing PS4. The past week has been pretty busy, but luckily I managed to squeeze a few hours of gaming-time in my schedule to relax. I'm currently playing Uncharted 4, which I love so far! To be honest I do not want to put my controller down, which is a very good sign, because I felt the same on my first playthrough of The Last Of Us on PS3, and that is by far my favourite game ever.

Thank goodness I will have a lot more time next week to play, so I expect to finish this game pretty soon and start my second playthrough of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, that I haven't played since 2013, so I'm excited to play it again. Or I might continue playing The Witcher 3, which I bought about a month ago when it was on sale at the Playstation Store. I couldn't really get into it at the time, so I've been playing other games for a while now, but after watching a few YouTubers play, I'm pretty excited to get back to the game, and hopefully fall in love with it :)


Besides gaming, I'm also looking forward to Eurovision next week! My top 5 is The NetherlandsAustriaIsraelBulgaria, and Spain. I feel like I'm the only one who likes Spain's song, as everyone seems to be obsessed with Sweden's entry, but even though the guy is hot, I really don't like Sweden's song this year at all.

How do you like to spend your weekends? And what's your Eurovision top 5? :)

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Summer fashion shopping

Happy Star Wars day!

First of all, I want to thank you all for all of the incredibly sweet messages I've received when my dog Renzo died last week. I wrote that post with tears running down my face, and I couldn't type well because my hands were shaking too much, so I'm super grateful for all of the love and support you've all given me :) You've really cheered me up, and I'm feeling a lot better already! Of course I'm still very upset and confused about losing such a beloved pet, but I know he's in a better place now.

Summer is coming up, and as I've recently cleaned out my closet for charity, I figured today would be a nice day to order some new clothes. I'm a huge fan of online shopping because it's so convenient and there are a lot more options to choose from, haha. So here's a quick overview of my purchases!

Please note that I am not sponsored or anything, I have bought all of these items with my own money.

1. Vila "Vidreamers v-neck" t-shirt
€16,95 - £14,95 - $17,95 - Shop
 

2. NLY One "Full Prom Skirt"
€37,95 - £27,95 - $32,95 - Shop
 

3. River Island "Embellished Flat Sandals"
€44,95 - £34,95 - $69,95 - Shop
 

4. Black Widow v-neck t-shirt
€20,20 - £17,09 - $21,99 - Shop

5. Topshop Paint Floral Tea Dress
€65,00 - £48,00 - $90,00 - Shop
 

6. Boohoo "Sophia Scoop Neck Maxi Dress"
€23,00 - £17,00 - $30,00 - Shop
 

7. Marc Jacobs leopard print voile scarf
€205,00 - £175,00 - $195,00 - Shop
 

8. Undiz Pajama set
€35,00 - £25,90 - $40,90 - Shop
 

9. Victoria's Secret "The Mayfair" short pajama set
€51,66 - £38,18 - $42,00 - Shop
 

What are your fashion choices this summer?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Rainbow Bridge

This morning I got up to say good morning to my dog Renzo like I always do, when I noticed something was wrong. He had trouble breathing, didn't want to eat or drink anything, and he could hardly walk. I somehow managed to feed him his epilepsy medication, and that's when I saw his gums were all pale. I know from experience that pale gums are often seen when people have anemia, so I got a bit worried and immediately called the vet.

He really seemed very sick, which was strange, because he was fine yesterday. We played and ran together last night before we went to sleep, and he seemed to be very happy and healthy, and he didn't appear to be in pain or anything.

So after the vet examined him and took a few X-rays, he came back to tell me that Renzo's spleen had ruptured, probably when we were sleeping, and his tummy had slowly filled itself with blood. They couldn't really do anything besides doing an operation that removes the blood from his belly, and giving him a blood transfusion, but it wouldn't solve the problem; it would only slow it down. I asked the vet if there was a chance Renzo would get better if I chose the operation, but they told me the operation would only give me a bit more time with him, but he'd be in a lot of pain, and he definitely wouldn't get better.

So it was up to me to decide for my dog's life, which was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. Renzo really helped and supported me when my older brother died 8 and half years ago, so making him suffer would be a very ungrateful and cruel thing to do, which is why I decided to put him to sleep.

It's a few hours later now, but my hands are still shaking, and I still have tears in my eyes. I am so upset about losing such an important part of my life, and I can't really believe he's dead :( But even though my heart is broken, I know it was the right decision, and that he's in a better place now.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I can't hear you over the volume of my hair

Hi everyone!

Do you know that feeling when your hair just feels super flat and boring, and it really ruins your mood? I've been feeling that way for a while now, as I really dislike my boring locks at the moment :( So I did what any smart girl would do in this situation, I picked up the phone and made an appointment for some fresh highlights at my favourite salon, and went shopping for some new hair products!

I've been straightening, curling, teasing, and blow drying my hair for years now, and I've had more perms than I can count, so you can probably imagine how thin and fine my hair is. I was terrified of having to cut my hair short after that much damage, but I somehow manage to keep it pretty healthy and smooth by using the right products for my hair type. I have a couple of favourites that I love and repurchase every time, but I'm also going to test out some new products that I've never tried before. I'd like to point out that I am not sponsored or anything for this haul, and that I have purchased every single item with my own money.


My teasing comb was ready to be replaced, so I picked up a super cheap teasing comb at a local drug store. A similar one can be found here.

I also picked up my favourite hair oil of all time: the Moroccanoil Treatment Light, because it makes my hair super soft and feel very smooth! Just one or two small pumps is enough for my long hair. It smells amazing and it doesn't weigh down my hair at all, which I love.

My hair salon has recently stopped selling my beloved K√©rastase Masque Magistral, so I was in desperate need of a new hair mask. I love the Moroccanoil scent, so after reading a ton of positive reviews on this product, I decided to give this one a try. It's the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask for weakened and damaged hair. I'm very excited to try it out!

One of my favourite haircare brands must definitely be Sexy Hair. I love the feeling of having very smooth, soft and shiny hair, because it makes it much easier to style! And this "Smooth Sexy Hair" shampoo and conditioner really help to achieve that look.

Another product by Sexy Hair, is the "Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus" spray mousse that gives my hair a ton of volume. I love to curl my hair, and this mousse helps hold curls very well too.

And last but not least, I got a big set of rollers in a lot of different sizes. I basically only use the large jumbo ones to create those beautiful runway curls Victoria's Secret models often wear, but I was thinking of trying out a cute hairstyle with some small rollers too this summer, so I just got this set instead :) I never spend too much money on rollers, as I don't notice any difference in how my curls turn out compared to pricier ones. But I'm not a hair dresser or anything like that, so if you know if there's a difference, please let me know in a comment! A similar set of rollers can be found here.

Do you have any hair secrets? And what are your favourite hair products?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Endure and survive

Hey there!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, and ate a lot of chocolate! Because I sure did too!

I went to church in the morning, and spent the rest of my day with family and friends :) But of course I also managed to fit in some me-time by playing one of my favourite games: The Last Of Us!

Have you ever played it? And how did you spend your Easter? :)