Saturday, June 10, 2017

Packing for Austria

Hey everyone!

Today is a pretty busy day for me, because I'm packing for my trip to Austria! I won't get a lot of sleep tonight because I'm leaving super early tomorrow morning, but I'm very excited to go. I sincerely think Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and I haven't been there for at least 10 years, so I've been looking forward to this trip for months. I actually meant to go today, but my grandma has been a little sick and I was worried, so I rescheduled. But she's fine now, so I'm going tomorrow, yay!

For some reason I always forget to charge my iPad or my 3DS when I go away, but I am charging both of them at the moment, so I should be able to play Kingdom Hearts or watch Netflix. My biggest problem though, when it comes to travelling, is that I tend to overpack. Like most women, I tend to bring way too much stuff that I don't need, and I just don't want to do that anymore! It would save me so much time, energy, and stress to pack only the essentials, so last night I made a list, and I tried to stick to it :-) To be honest I did pack an extra pair of shoes, because you never know, but I am still very happy and proud to announce that I managed to fit all of my stuff for 10 days in my little carry on suitcase!

Do you have any travel essentials?

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Oh my darling, Clementine

I started my new job this week, and I love it so far! My colleagues are all really nice, and I'm having a ton of fun selling bras and swimsuits :) I have today off, so I'm gaming as usual, haha.

Clementine is one of my favourite video game characters ever! She's adorable, but still really strong, and she managed to survive for a very long time in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. I don't think a lot of little girls would be able to survive as long as she did, so I think that makes her pretty cool.

Who are your favourite video game characters?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

I got a new job!

Hello! :)

As I've mentioned a few months ago, my contract at my previous job ended on the 30th of April, so I've been applying for new jobs for a little while now, and I have good news! After a video interview, a live interview, and a successful trial day, I got the job of my dreams at an amazing company that I am a huge fan of: Hunkemöller! :)

I'll be advising and selling fabulous lingerie, swimwear, pajamas and fashion, and I'm super excited! It's one of the biggest brands here in Europe, located in a ton of different countries, so I feel really happy and honored to have found such a fun new job!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


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 Kérastase 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? :)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Yankee Candle!

Hey everyone!

As some of you may know, I am in love with scented candles! I recently picked up a new scent that I've never had before, but completely fell in love with. It's "Soft Blanket" by Yankee Candle, which I think is a perfect candle for bedrooms or bathrooms because it's so subtle :) And of course I find the teddy bear label utterly adorable, haha.

Yankee Candle describes Soft Blanket as "a lullaby of clean citrus, luxurious vanilla, and warm amber", with top notes of bergamot, citrus, and blackberry, middle notes of cashmere vanilla, powdery rose, and tobacco flower, and a base note of amber, cocoa, and musk. But to be honest I think it smells like a combination of baby powder and clean laundry, with a very light hint of vanilla, which makes me feel extremely relaxed and cozy. I am a huge fan of powdery perfumes (e.g. Chloé, Chanel no 5 eau premiere, Narciso Rodriguez poudrée, or Kenzo Flower), so if you're into powdery scents as well, I highly recommend you to try out this candle!

I bought the medium pillar size, which has a burn time of 80 to 110 hours. I have purchased a few of the jar candles in the past, which is probably Yankee Candle's most famous packaging, but I actually quite like this pillar design! I think it looks quite nice :)

What kind of perfumes, or scented candles do you like?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's in my bag? / Louis Vuitton Pochette Métis

Hi guys!

Today I have a different type of blog post for you, something I haven't done before. It's a "what's in my bag"! I always love watching these on YouTube, as I am a very curious person, and find it super interesting to see what other women carry around with them on a daily basis. So I figured it might be fun to do one myself :)

Here's the bag I'm currently using for work and running errands. It's the Pochette Métis by Louis Vuitton, which is a quite small bag, but it fits everything I need when I leave the house, so for me it's perfect.

1. The first thing I always have with me in my bag, is my new iPhone 7 Plus. I actually wanted to get the rose gold one first, but I'm afraid I'd get sick of the colour too soon, so I just got the black one instead.

2. My Chanel blush in 'Rose Initiale' is definitely a necessity for me. The colour is very subtle, so I don't have to blend it out with my beauty blender or anything, which makes it super easy to reapply when I'm in the car, on a train, or whatever. It also has a nice big mirror, which is handy for a lipstick touch up too!

3. Of course I need my favourite perfume with me at all times! This is Coco Mademoiselle eau de parfum by Chanel, which smells amazing :)

4. I always have one or two lipsticks with me in my bag, so I can put one on whenever I'm in the mood for a little extra colour. Right now I have a classic matte red: MAC 'Ruby Woo', a bright pink: YSL Rouge Pur Couture: '19 Fuchsia Pink', and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Prague'.

5. These are the H&M sunglasses I bought around two years ago. They were really affordable, and you all know I cannot resist a bargain when it comes to looking stylish! Even though they didn't cost much money, I think they look very nice, and so far they're holding up just as well as my Chloé ones.

6. My Apple earphones are another necessity for me, because I travel by train or plane a lot, so I enjoy listening to Spotify or watching YouTube videos on my phone.

7. And the last thing I have with me at all times, is my Michael Kors 'Carryall' wallet. I don't like having huge wallets, because they're always heavy and unnecessarily take up a ton of space in my bag. I think Michael Kors products are really high quality for the lower amount of money they cost compared to other designer brands, and I'm really impressed by the soft yet sturdy feel of their saffiano leather pieces, so I really recommend checking out Michael Kors pieces if you're in the market for a new handbag or wallet.

What items do you carry around with you 24/7?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Blessings in disguise

Hey everyone!

I know I've been MIA for over a week now, but I hope you all understand. I'm currently sick in bed with the flu, and not feeling so well, but I'm sure I'll be all better soon.

For quite a long time now, I've been pretty unhappy at work. I do not want to get in too much detail about it, but because they were trying to cut down expenses, my hours kept getting cut, or I kept being called off work, which resulted in me being at home basically 24/7 instead of working. In prayer I asked God several times to help me with dealing with the insecurity of never knowing when I have to work, and not being sure whether I'll be able to pay my bills because of it. It's been so frustrating for me, that it really influenced my mood and daily life. I wasn't my happy self anymore, and slowly going back to old bad habits of overanalyzing everything I eat, and that's a path I no longer wish to take.

I guess my prayer was finally answered earlier this week, when my boss told me they're letting me go after my contract ends this April. After all of the cut hours, I would be lying if I said I didn't expect this to happen, but of course it's always disappointing and scary when you lose your job and income.

But I still have a job till at least April, so I prefer to look at this in a positive way, and see it as a blessing in disguise. I still have a little time to send out applications to find the job of my dreams :) And as I said, I've been pretty unhappy at work for a while now, so to be honest I am really excited and looking forward to finding something new that's a better fit for me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy Postcrossing

Hi everyone!

Today I have something completely different for you: something I've never done before on my blog! But I'm really excited about it, so even though it's very different from anything I've ever done before, I hope you guys enjoy it anyway! :)

I have made a video of my postcard collection! I started collecting postcards when I joined Postcrossing about 3 years ago. I find writing postcards very relaxing, and it's so lovely to find pretty cards from all around the world in my mailbox :) Some of you probably think that collecting postcards is really lame and not very cool haha, but I really don't care because I love it. I'm not afraid of admitting I'm a dork in some ways, so I am very proud and excited to show my entire collection to everyone!

Vlogging is something I've never tried before, so it was definitely a little scary for me, but if there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's to never let fear get in the way of trying something new, so I did it anyway :) My filming and editing skills aren't that great yet, but I hope you all enjoy my video, and if you liked it, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube so I know if I should make more videos or not! Of course you can also leave a comment below here on my blog, because I'd love to know what you guys think!

Have you ever done Postcrossing before? Or do you collect anything fun? :)

Monday, January 09, 2017

New Ugg Scufette slippers

It's been pretty cold lately, so I'm getting a lot of use out of my new Ugg Scufette slippers. They were a Christmas present, and I've been wearing them non-stop at home. The exterior is made of very soft suede, and it has a sheepskin collar with a wool interior, and that's why these are definitely the warmest slippers I've ever owned! :)

How do you keep your feet warm in the winter?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

This week in my Erin Condren planner

Hey everyone! :)

There have been 5 days in 2017 so far, and I hope they've all been great ones for you all! This past week has been pretty busy for me, but also a lot of fun! I love having a ton of things to do, because it makes me feel super productive and important, haha.

Do you guys still use an old-fashioned paper planner, or is that just me? I've had Filofax, Kikki K, and Kate Spade planners for years now. But for the past 6 months, I've been using a vertical Erin Condren life planner, and I must say I absolutely love it. ECLP's are pretty popular on Instagram and YouTube right now, as they make it super easy to organize everything, yet they're still perfect to decorate with cute stickers, pretty pens, and stuff like that. You can find a ton of planner stickers online (on Etsy, or on planner Facebook groups, for example), but they tend to be pretty pricey to buy every week. So for this week's set up, the only stickers I've bought are the Star Wars ones and the Mickey Mouse head, and I've made the other ones myself (you can find my DIY planner sticker-post here).

I was not sponsored for this post, I'm simply a planner enthusiast! Click here if you'd like to purchase your own Erin Condren life planner, and get $10 off your next purchase.

How do you like to plan/organize your week? Do you write everything down like I do, or do you prefer to use calendar apps on your phone? :)

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Collective make up + videogame haul

Happy new year everyone! I wish you all a year full of blessings, health, love, and a lot of fun! I'd love to hear all about your goals for 2017, so please let me know all about your exciting plans for the new year in a comment below!

A couple of days ago my online MAC order arrived, and over the last few days I also bought some other make up products that I wanted to share, so I decided to do a collective haul post for you guys :) I am aware that I haven't done a "what I got for Christmas" post yet, but as I've been away quite a lot recently, I haven't had time to do that yet. I am so sorry, but I promise I will do it sometime in this upcoming week, as I'll have a lot more free time, and I hope that's okay! :)

However, I will share a tiny little part of what I got for Christmas this year, as I bought myself a new PS4 as a Christmas present to myself! :) If you've been reading my blog for a longer time, you'll know that I've had a PS3 for years now, and I love it so much, but I just really felt like I needed to upgrade to the PS4. I couldn't really use it yet though during Christmas because I had so many people to visit and stuff. I will include the games I got with my make up haul, so please keep reading if you're interested in seeing what I got!

1. MAC Prep + Prime Fix + spray | Shop
I completely ran out of my beloved MAC Fix + spray, so I had to order a new bottle. I love how dewy it makes my foundation looks, so it's definitely my go-to setting spray.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in "Taupe" | Shop
Because I naturally have such light (white-ish) blonde hair, it's very difficult for me to find eyebrow products that I love. My brows and lashes have been my biggest insecurities for as long as I can remember, because they're just not as dark and beautiful as my brunette friends' brows and lashes! Over the years I've used a ton of different brow pens, gels, and powders, but it's been nearly impossible to find colours that look good, so my life literally changed the moment I bumped into Anastasia's taupe products! This colour looks so good on light blonde women like me, and it's available in a lot of different ABH products, of which the Brow Wiz and the Brow Pomade are my favourites. The Brow Pomade I bought, is so easy and fast to apply, and it stays on all day. I've used it everyday for the past year and half, and this is the first time I had to repurchase, so one small jar lasts a long time as well. I really recommend it to everyone!

3. MAC Studio Fix Fluid in "NC10" + Foundation pump | Shop
My favourite foundation! The foundation pump makes it so easy to apply, and this formula stays on all day as well without having to reapply. I love that this foundation is available in such a huge variety of different colours as well.

4. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in "Soft & Gentle" | Shop
This colour works beautifully as a highlighter. I have a very pale skin, and I find this colour very flattering for me, so I repurchased this after I hit pan on mine!

5. Benefit "Hoola" bronzer | Shop
Such a beautiful, matte bronzer! The only one I've found so far that doesn't make me look like an oompa-loompa. I keep repurchasing this bronzer whenever I hit pan on mine, so I never have to run out of it, that's how much I love it, haha.

6. Velour "Whispie Sweet Nothings" lashes | Shop
I've had these lashes so many times before and I absolutely love them! They're not too thick, but still really long and voluminous. They're also really fluffy, which makes them great for a glamorous look, but still very wearable for an everyday look. I do not wear fake lashes every day, but these are very nice to add some glam to my look.

7. Ardell "Wispies" lashes | Shop
These look super similar to the Velour lashes I bought, but a lot less expensive! To be honest I just wanted a back-up pair that looked similar to my Velour lashes, so I went to the store to see what they had. I've heard of Ardell Wispies before, and I've seen really beautiful looks with these on YouTube and Instagram, but I had no idea they were sold in my town! They're a lot cheaper than my Velour lashes too, so I'm super excited to try these out soon.

8. DUO eyelash adhesive in "Clear" | Shop
This is a very affordable, yet amazing lash glue. It's available in both black and clear, and I have them both. I use the black one whenever I wear eyeliner with fake lashes, and the clear one whenever I apply lashes but I don't have any eyeliner on.

9. PS4 game: "The Last Guardian" | Shop
I've been playing this game every day since I got it! Everything looks amazing, and I'm sure that if you're into adventure games, you will love this game a lot. It's only available on PS4, so I'd recommend you to run to the store and buy one right now haha, just so you can play this.

10. PS4 game: "Rise of the Tomb Raider" | Shop
As you can see, I still have this game wrapped in plastic, but that's only because I got it yesterday and I didn't have time yet to play. I'm a huge Tomb Raider fan, and I've played a lot of Tomb Raider games in the past, so they're a huge part of my childhood. I only have to work from 9 till 1 tomorrow, so I'll probably run home and play this asap!

11. PS4 game: "Skyrim" | Shop
If you've been reading my blog for a longer time, you'll know that I have played Skyrim before on my PS3. I love this game a lot, and I've heard it looks ever better on PS4, so I was curious to see if that's true. My dad gave me a gift card for Christmas that I can use at a game store I like to go to, so I decided to get Skyrim another time, just to see if it really does look nicer. But to be honest, if I didn't have a gift card, I probably would not repurchase the same game for a different console, as that just seems like a waste of money. But in this case I decided to give it a try :)