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It is now December and we are starting off with some November favorites.

Starting off with my biggest obsession, the Meet Matte Hughes from The Balm. Alexandra suggested this liquid lipstick to me, and when I tried it for the first time, I fell in love. The texture on the lips is amazing, it is not drying, it applies easily, it smells lovely, and it is just an amazing shade of red. I always use this together with the NYX retractable lip liner, it makes the lips darker and makes more of a plum under-shade. It is what I have on my lips on now, on the photo and mostly every day. I definitely need more shades of The Balm!

Another obsession of mine is the NYX Ultimate shadow palette - in ombre. It is Autumn in a palette. I love it. The shades are perfect for my liking, I have not but I can definitely use every shade in this palette, and it will be perfect for Winter as well. I have used this on my eyes every since I got it, which was at the end of October.

One lip treatment that I have been loving is Clarins' lip comfort oil. It makes my lips feel so nice, it taste wonderful and it makes my lips so smooth. A lip shine that I am obsessed with is Therese Lindgren's collaboration with CCS with the apricot taste.

I have really enjoyed staring to care more for my nails and hands this past month. I was obsessed with painting my nails two years ago but I have not cared about it since. But now I have started getting into it again. Two years ago, I used all these nail products that were cheap. They would not dry fast, I could not shower with the nail polish -- it would just go away. Now though, I have tried Essie and what is called gel nail polish. I am in love. The Essie gel top coat makes my nails so hard (my nails break very easily), it makes my nails have a beautiful shine and so on. The red gel nail polish named Spiked with style is a beautiful red with the Winter season. I really like the gel Essie nail polishes. I have ordered a normal polish as well so I will tell if I do like them as well.

I have no "random" favorites this month. We have not really watched any shows that I really enjoy that much.

That is all that I have been loving throughout November. It is not a lot, but it is some things through. At the moment I have a cold, yet that is just one of the things you get in December, right? Anyway, I hope that you will have a nice continuation of your day!

Amanda

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The weather has been wonderful today. The sun shined and it was a crispy feeling in the air -- it was wonderful, but cold. The weather today makes me so excited for Christmas. This is the perfect weather for Winter -- in my opinion.

Amanda

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This weekend, I have done so much! I was out with my friends, I was in Stockholm with Alex and we celebrated my grandfather's 70th birthday. I am very proud of myself that I could go out with my friends the whole day and until midnight. My two old friends and I decided to go shop (because of Black Friday) and go out on the evening. We went to Västerås, Erikslund, to shop. I bought mostly Christmas presents, yet I bought some lip products and my first chocker, which I really like!

Not the best picture but I really like it.

When we got back from the shopping trip, we ate at Pinchos in Enköping. The place was really cute and cosy. We were there for two hours or so and just talked and laughed, like friends does. The drinks were delicious and the food was interesting (we probably ordered the wrong things), Alex and I decided that we want to go there and eat there.

Yesterday, Saturday, Alex and I went to Stockholm and went to the Hyper Island event, like I said before. The event was really cool and nice, the students were really nice, the students explained and answered all our questions. I found one course that I really became interested in, a more design-styled course. The course seemed fun and I could really see myself work in that environment that the girl we talked to explained. Maybe I will go there next year.

Today, Sunday, I got home quite early so that we could celebrate my grandfather, Bosse. He becomes 70 tomorrow so we decided to bring him and my grandmother over to dinner today. It was really nice and fun to spend time with the family. Spending time with your family is one of the most important things in life. Your family can include friends, loved once, or a partner. Whoever it is, never take the time you spend with them for granted. Because you never know what could happen tomorrow.

Amanda

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Now that November will soon be over, I would like to re-cap this month briefly. So little has happened this month so I never have had anything to write about. But now, a catch up! First off all, school is horrible, yet very fun in a way. I have found friends and I have been lucky to have gotten a group that I can get help from. But the amount of schoolwork we get and that I never want to study equals that I do have to re-do many assignments to pass the course. I send one re-do assignment last week and I have now found out that I do have to re-do a test I completely failed on (61 points to pass and I got 37...). To recap school is hard.

I have, though, gotten in touch with my older friends again and I could not be happier about it. I have missed being with them and I truly feel blessed that they started talking to me again. I have been locked up in my room for so long, being scared of doing things because of anxiety, so having fun with friends will do wonders for me. We have decided to go shopping in Västerås on Friday and later that day we will go to a pub in Uppsala. I am so exited about it! On Saturday, Alex and I will go to an event in Stockholm regarding the university he wants to attend next year, Hyper Island. It is like an open house, and I think it will be fun, maybe I will be inspired by things and maybe know what I want to do with my life.

I have ordered many new skincare and some makeup products throughout the month. I have never taken care of my skin before -- I have used moisturizers and day creams form time to time, not really caring. But now that I have used mud masks, night creams, stripes, cleansers and lip oils, I cannot get enough. My skin feels so fresh and smooth. SO SMOOTH. I can not stress it enough. I am so eager to test a face oil from The Body Shop, it seems so nice. I have also started to enjoy shiny lip. I have never liked it on me, I would always go matte, never shiny. But now, I love the shiny lip at the moment. Therese Lindgren's lip-kit is beautiful, and SmashBox's lip-plumer is gorges, it is what I have on this picture. It makes my lips larger but not to an outrages size, it looks natural and it has a lovely pink finish on me. Anyway, I have really liked a few things I have started to use and I will probably do a November favorites at the start of December. 

I cannot understand that it will be December soon. I am so exited for this time of year, it is the second best time of year (of course Autumn is my favorite). I really hope that the snow will get back, I want it to be a white Christmas!

Amadna

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The last couple of days I have been at home writing all the assignments we have gotten. From inside my room I have watched the snow coming down more and more, and today -- it is chaos. Ever since November came the snow came along and there is more snow than I could imagine this time of the year. Last Christmas, we did not get any snow, and this year, we got snow before the first advent. I have such a hard time comprehending this, I have been inside whilst the weather had stormed down snow and tomorrow, I have to go to school first time this month. I cannot wait, and I am not writing that happily.

Being inside I really feel that it is cosy watching the snow falling down, it always does, but I know that it will be hell trying to walk in it. I have already taken my winter shoes out for the year, and I know that I still will get snow on my legs if they have not plowed through the snow.

This weather though, makes me really exited for Christmas. I cannot wait until advent first when all the Christmas decorations come. That is the best time of the year -- all the excitement and the cosy feeling. I love it.

Amanda

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November is here with the chilly days and perhaps snowflakes. It is storming outside my window and I am freezing. Together with my cup of coffee, I shall show you what I have really enjoyed throughout the month of October.

Staring off with lips, I have loved the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. They smell amazing, it is so easy to apply, they stay put and the colors are beautiful, especially for autumn and winter -- I cannot rave about this enough. I love all the colours I have but I have reached for Red Carpet Red and Love Liberty the most, both different shades of red. Rep Carpet Red is more of a bright red, whilst Love Liberty has more of a darker red with a purple tone to it.

Next up: eyes. The Sleek i-Divine palette in A NEW DAY 430 (I think it is called) has some beautiful shades in it. This has been in my everyday make up for the whole month. The more orange colors are so beautiful for autumn and the more glittery are also very nice, though I have not used them as much. It is so easy to blend, and the eyeshadows are very pigmented.

If I do not have been using the Sleek palette, I have used the Colour Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet by Carlotte Tilbury. This is so easy to apply on your eyes! It blends so nice and the colour pay-off is amazing. It is simply beautiful. the package is also beautiful! I love Charlotte Tilbury so much!!

Another thing I have loved is the Too Faced Perfect flush blush in Candy Glow. I swirl my brush in there to get a beautiful blush, and after I use another brush to pick up some of the colour to the right and use as a high light. The colour to the right has this champagne colour that is beautiful high light! Whilst all of them together is the perfect blush for me.

Another random favorite of mine is a serie on Netflix. It is called Black Mirror. Every episode has nothing to do with the previous one, and it tackles the problems we have in society in this day and age. Every episode has of course something to do with social media and our technology today, and what may happen in the future. Alex and I love this show, we constantly talk about what they might have references to our day and age and this show really gets you thinking. It is also very nice that it is different protagonists, different settings and characters in every episode. It feels like every episode is a short movie instead.

That is what I have been really enjoying this month. I of coursed love the trip Alex and I did for our anniversary but I have raved about that in my last post so I do not have to talk about it here as well. I hope you have a nice day in this gloomy weather!

Amanda

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This weekend, Alex and I went to Gothenburg for our anniversary, 29th of October. We drove the whole way there and stayed at Scandic Rubinen. The whole weekend was amazing, one of the best weekends this year -- by far.

We woke up early so we would drive as soon as possible, so we could have an two whole days in Gothenburg. It took about 5 hours to drive, we got there around 12.00-13.00.

When we finally came to Gothenburg, we got to our room at Scandic Rubinen. The room was bigger than we had anticipated -- and it was so beautiful and cosy. We later found out that we got a room for elderly because of the many "help" buttons and door that closed very slowly, haha, but we really liked the room.

We walked to Nordstand after a meal at McDonalds, I bought a winter jacket, and some other things. After that we walked to a beautiful garden. We walked around there for about an hour of so and then we walked back to the hotel.

We went to Jenses Bofhus, in Nordstan, and ate during the evening. The food was fantastic as always, Jensens never cannot disappoint. We tried a new dessert, the Queens Delight, and it was amazing. Alex did not enjoy it as much as I did, he do not fancy waffles, but I loved it.

After the meal we were full and tired from the ride. We wanted to stay at the bar at our hotel but when we got back, we decided to go up at the hotel to relax instead.

The second day, 30/10-2106, we got up early, ate breakfast and checked out around nine. We had decided that we wanted to go to Liseberg that day because of it being Halloween-decorated and we did not have much else to do. We got to the parking very early so we decided to go around and discover more.

Hat and sweatshirt - BikBok, Coat - H&M, Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury - Love Liberty

We found many stairs and a park. It is very beautiful in Gothenburg, especially the smaller parts. It was very warm yet crispy during the time we were out. The sun was out so it warmed us very much. We walked around for about three hours until the park opened.

Liseberg had gone all out on the decorations. There were pumpkins everywhere and there was a whole segment were actors would walk around the park when the sun came down (we could not stay there for that long). We did not ride anything, we just got tickets to go in, we did play a racing game though.

It was extremely fun to see how Liseberg really embracing Halloween, and autumn like me.

This was truly one of the best weekends in my life. There has been some shit (sorry) days these past few months and this was something I really needed to feel relaxed and happy. I am already trying to come up with another get-away trip during winter!

Amanda

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A nice cup of coffee with some friends after an early morning and a long exam.

Today I woke up at 05.00 in the morning in oder to come to Uppsala and start an exam 08.00 sharp. The morning was dreary and dark -- I was feeling ill and tired all morning. And when we came to the exam-hall to start the test, the hall was cold and we were not allowed to have our coats near us so we could not put them on.

After the exam Petra, Kajsa and I decided to take some coffee, talk and have a fun time. We sat for an hour or so, it was well needed after a horrible exam. Kajsa ordered some coffee with cobnut taste, it was really good -- and very different, something I have never tasted before. It was so fun to talk with them whilst not needing to think about any Language Structure or Academic Writing.

Amanda

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Zell am See - Austria. I was there late Summer this year with Alex and his family. I cannot express how much I love this place. It was so calming and so warm. We had so much fun and the architecture was amazing. I have memories there that I would never want to let go.

I am not very fit at all. I walk sometimes during the weekends and to school and back during the weeks, so not much at all. Alex's father and his girlfriend are very active in walking and much more. So when we planned this trip, we all knew that we would do much walking. And we did.

One day we walked around Kitzsteinhorn for about 9-11 hours. We ate lunch up in the mountains (sheep were near us as we ate). Both the sheep followed me around so I walked up some stones to get away from them, haha. Sheeps' eyes are very scary when you are near them!

Once we got on our way again, we walked and walked. The view was amazing, the path we walked on was narrow and stoney. Gabbe, Alex's younger brother, almost fell from the path when he wanted to take a picture. It was so amazing to walk on top of the mountains. You could see the city at the right and at the left you could see more mountains. We often said "Look! It's a plain down there!"

A few minutes from where we stayed, we had a lake. The water came from a glacier so it was cold and frisky. One day, when we did not take a walk in the mountains, we bathed there. The water was really cold, it really cooled me down when the sun had burned me so.

We were lucky enough to have a water show two times at our stay. There was apparently a kind of festival the whole week when we were there. One day they had different shows and games for the people to play, we did not understand anything so we mostly watched.

The whole time I was at Zell am See, I was completely calm. Nothing would worry me and I got such a different experience when I was there. I got a panic attack at the night of the festival, there was so many people there. I almost had it coming when we decided that we would be there. But even though I got it, I would not want to change the experience for anything in the world. I would love to come back there when I am able to. The town was so amazing and cute. It really is a memory for life.

Amanda

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The best breakfast I have had in ages!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this is something we all have heard more than once. I have always thought that breakfast is the most boring meal of the day -- you only eat one or two pieces of bread and some coffee or milk. But for a while now, I have eaten this egg-sandwich many times whilst I have slept over at Alex's place, made by Petra, his mother. And I love it. I am eager every morning to go down and eat breakfast. It it simply amazing and you feel so healthy when you eat it (even if it is mayonnaise in it).

Today, Petra was away and I really craved for one of these. Alex and I decided to try to makes the egg-sandwich ourselves because of Petra has always telling us how easy it is to make. Alex took care of the eggs and I cut the avocado, tomato and salad, and assemble it. What surprised us was how easy it was, and how fast we made it. It took less than 10 minutes for us to make it, I think.

If you are interested to make this, here is what you need:

Two eggs
Half an avocado (or more, depending on your preferences)
Two pieces of ham
Mayonnaise
Salad
Tomato
Bire-cheese

You simply fry the first egg, put some marmalade (so it will stick together). Than you put the things you want in the sandwich (I add ham, salad and avocado whilst Alex add tomato and brie-cheese). You put some more mayonnaise on and than you fry the second egg and put on top. It is so easy, and if you want to be really healthy, you can discard the marmalade with something else. It is perfect for the mornings when you want something more special and when you want to feel fancy.

Amanda

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