29 August 2014

IN-FLIGHT BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

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By the time you're reading this I am probably on my way to Finland for the beginning of my Erasmus adventure! The past months many bloggers shared the contents of their in-flight beauty bag. I enjoyed reading this kind of blog post so much, so I thought it might be fun to show you mine. Now, we'll only be flying for 4 hours in total, I didn't want to exaggerate and bring too much stuff. But since we're going to be travelling all day, it's nice to have a small selection of products within reach which I use on a day-to-day basis anyway.

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I brought makeup remover wipes mostly to freshen up through the day. I'm wearing the tiniest amount of makeup today, but as soon as we get on the plane, all makeup is coming off. To keep my skin hydrated, I have a sample sized Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask and my beloved HydrĂ©ane moisturizer by La Roche-Posay. I also brought some hand products: a mini hand sanitizer and another favourite of mine, this rose and vanilla scented hand cream from & Other Stories that comes in the cutest packaging. Finally, some obvious travel essentials are toothpaste and a toothbrush to brush my teeth inbetween flights, deodorant and a hair band.


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For makeup I chose to take as little as possible in my carry-on bag - although I did throw in the Clarins Lip Perfector last-minute. The Honeymania lip balm from The Body Shop is super hydrating, which makes it a must-have for travelling. I also have eyelash curlers, mascara and a creamy concealer to apply after arriving at our destination. Mascara and concealer are the two products I'll use if I need to look semi-decent in under 5 minutes. The rest of my makeup is in my other suitcase, so it's nice to have a few basics at hand for when we set foot on Finnish grounds!

21 August 2014

HELPING HANDS: THE MANICURE PREP


Let's talk nail care. It surprised me that I rarely talk about nail care on here, yet it's something I enjoy taking time for. I wouldn't say I have the healthiest nails, nor do I know the right tools or techniques to care for nails/hands. I just love that 'me-time' a few days a week where I prep my nails for a coat of colour. These are the tools I'll use:

Nail clippers- Depending on the shape of your nails a file isn't always that easy. That's why I use these nail clippers to clean up the sides of my nails - in the long term there's a chance the nail will grow into the skin if you don't - and get them to the same length before I file them into the shape I want.
Nail file- Glass or crystal nail files are my favourite. First of all they're gentler on your nails than metal or sandpaper nail files and you can wash them after each use too, which makes glass/crystal the more hygienic option.
Cuticle pusher- I use an acrylic tool to clean up my cuticles. The red tip is a flexible, silicone material that's not too harsh on the skin.
Hand & cuticle cream- Gotta keep those hands nice and moisturized! Massaging a cream or oil into your cuticles once a day will keep them soft and supple. For me it also results in better-looking cuticles because they're easier to push back. Lately I've been using Punk Bouquet from & Other Stories or the Shea hand cream from L'Occitane.
Nail strenghtener- A good tip would be not to overdo it with this step. A while back I tried this nail strenghtener/base coat hybrid from Rimmel in the hope of improving the condition of my nails... Until they started breaking, one after the other. Apparently too many nail strenghtening products and little hand cream = your nails get too dry, which causes them to break. I decided to skip the Rimmel polish more often and focus on keeping my nails healthy. Long story short: A 'normal' base coat will do too!
Clear top coat- To top off a manicure and to make the nail polish you applied last longer. The top coat pictured is Essie's No Chips Ahead.

Like I said, I will apply hand cream every day and massage the product on my cuticles if I remember to, but besides this routine that's pretty much it!

15 August 2014

BLUSH IN A BOX: BENEFIT CORALISTA


What happens when you walk into a store and bump into a Benefit counter you'd been unaware of each time you had visited that particular shop before? Let me tell you ladies, it was a wonderful moment, and in just a matter of minutes I was headed outside with some new makeup goodies. One of them is this gorgeous face powder in the shade Coralista.


Coralista is a warm coral pink with a subtle golden shimmer. The colour gives a natural flush to the face. It doesn't stand out too much, which is what's so brilliant about the product - it'll give your skin a healthy glow with a soft hint of coral/peach. I do apply it higher than where I would normally apply my blush to really make my cheekbones pop - the golden sheen creates a beautiful highlight. Sometimes I like to add some on my cupid's bow and the bridge of my nose.


There are a lot of mixed opinions on the packaging. Benefit powders come in colourful, square cardboard packaging. If you handle it with care, then I assure you the packaging will look as good as new for a long time. I've had this box for over two months and not a scratch. It also includes a flat brush with natural bristles. I'm going to be completely honest here and admit I haven't used it yet. It looks fine to contour with, so I'll have to give that a try soon.

Coralista makes a great everyday blush for the warmer seasons. The powder formula might be a bit tricky to work with on hot summer days, but it only takes a small effort to make this blush last all day (a good setting spray will do the job and will also prevent your skin from looking cakey/powdery!) and the result is very pretty.

11 August 2014

LONDON CALLING

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I've mentioned it a hundred times before, but I went to London! My friend Joyce and I visited the city of Big Ben/Tower Bridge/home of the Queen (that last one's for you, Joyce!) for a few days last week. We were very lucky with the weather, it was exceptionally sunny during our entire stay. We didn't plan much besides walk around the streets and a lot of shopping, we did do some random sightseeing and of course we enjoyed the great food.

Our hostel, Astor Museum Inn, was located right next to the British Museum. The location was brilliant with only a two-minute walk to Oxford Street and several underground stations. The cleanliness wasn't the best and you will have to share a dorm room with other travellers, but if you're willing to look past that, it is fine for a short trip to London. 

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Definitely worth visiting is Camden Town. It's a neighbourhood northeast of Regent's Park and is best known for its markets. This part of the city looks completely different from central London with its alternative shops and international food stalls. A lot of the shops are installed in former horse stables, the area they covered is huge. When we left at 1 PM the streets were crammed with tourists, so I would recommend going to Camden in the morning to have all the time you want to look around. I'd say this was my favourite part of our trip to London!

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Too cute not to share: This booth that sold homemade soap and other bath & body products! My friend bought fresh lavender soap for her family. As a girl who dreams of selling her own bath products one day, it always makes me super excited to come across other people's soap business!

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What's a travel report without a few snapshots of the food you've had? Thought so. This dessert at Jamie's Italian was just what I needed. The yummyness you see here is meringue, chocolate and cream with raspberry and honeycomb.

I hope you enjoyed this little report of my London travels! Like I said, we didn't do a lot of touristy things, we just went wherever we felt like going since we'd both been to London before. I will put more pictures up on my Facebook page in case you're interested. We also did plenty of shopping. I'll show you what I bought soon, pinky promise.