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Supermodel Elsa Hosk recently collaborated with clothing brand BIKBOK and launched her very own collection, perfect for the Autumn weather. As I've been eyeing this collection ever since the teasers started rolling out the last couple of months, I quickly dropped by when it launched in the stores and grabbed my two favourite items.

  NOT SO PSYCHO  

BIKBOKxELSAHOSK Psycho Tee // Bracelet: FROST Preserved Beauty

The first item I got was this simple yet flashy red tee with "PSYCHO" written across the chest and white outlines. The shirt is such a statement piece even though the design itself is super simple. A minor detail I really appreciate, though, is the length of the sleeves. It's slightly longer than typical tees, and being a girl with not-so-slim upper arms, I'm loving this because it compliments my arms way better.

  MAKE IT RAIN  
 

The second item I got was an oversized mustard-yellow sweater with the words "HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS" printed on. The sweater caught my eye because of its beautiful autumn-vibe yellow tone and because I love it when it rains; I love the rainy mood, staying inside and cuddling up with a good book.

Both items was styled with my all-time favourite pair of black jeans from Never Denim at BIKBOK.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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I came across a girlboss article the other day regarding burnout. Now if you are like me and haven't heard this term before, burnout is defined as a mental and/or physical collapse caused by overwork or stress.

I got intrigued by this, so I looked more into it and found this article from Psychology Today. There are different types of symptoms that can appear. These are:

- Physical and emotional exhaustion (i.e. insomnia, fatigue, impaired concentration, heart palpitations etc.)

- Cynicism and detachment (i.e. loss of enjoyment, pessimism, detachment, etc.)

- Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment (i.e. increased irritability, lack of productivity, etc.)

The intensity of the symptoms is, of course, dependent on how close to burnout you are. In my case, I've been experiencing an increased amount of fatigue and irritability, and I've also gotten very forgetful, which is very out of character for me. One particular issue I've been having for the past couple of months has been digestive problems, more specifically, I've been experiencing heartburn.

I didn't connect heartburn and other physical symptoms and being burned out together, and I was really exasperated because I couldn't figure out why I was experiencing what I did, and what was causing it. This also applied for anxiety and very increased irritability (sorry to my sis, I've been a witch). Lastly, I've also been noticing my lack of engagement in social settings, mainly when I wanted to go to bed than go out, e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y.

I'm not really one to google my symptoms, but it was surprising to see the symptoms after googling burnout and be like "oh! I actually experience that". So I decided maybe I should talk about it on the blog in case you've been on the same boat as I, and share what I've been doing to help myself lately.

Here's a list of 7 things I find helpful when I feel the symptoms of burnout creeping up on me:

1. Make yourself a cup of tea
2. Stay in bed that extra minute if you need to
3. Try to eat something for every meal even if you don't feel like eating - you need the nutrients
4. Meditate - I've been using Headspace and so far it's been good, especially if you're struggling to sleep, I do it every night before bed and fall asleep easier (ps. sharing a coupon code at the end off this post for $23 off the 1-YEAR subsription)

5. Watch Friends - Nothing makes me feel better than watching Friends in my bed. I remember growing up hearing my mom and aunt make a bunch of references to the show, and felt so happy when I grew up and started watching it myself and understanding it all
6. Hang out with friends little by little - Sometimes all you need is to be in each others' presence. But take your time and remember to have quality time with yourself as well
7. Spread work out evenly - Do what you need to do little by little, don't make it bundle up and overwhelm yourself

That's it for me. I hope some of the tips helped, and as I mentioned above, I found a coupon code for the YEAR-subscription at Headspace which I personally used when I bought the one-year subscription. Just type in CALMAGAIN when you're signing up and enjoy 3 months off (worth $23). Disclaimer: I'm not sponsored, although I wish I was because Headspace is amazing.

Let me know if you have experienced a burnout before, and what you do to feel better.

Much love, Ellen

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In my previous post, I mentioned getting back to daily routines, involving long days containing school and studies. On that occasion, I thought a simple makeup tutorial for those tired and dull days would be fitting.

My dearest Camila recently became the ambassador for one of the shades for Maybelline's new Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation. Because of this, she was sent to Helsinki to test out the new Masterclass product line, which consists of concealers and primers to fight against everyday problems like dark circles and redness.

This sounded quite intriguing, so I decided to try the products out. I was so happy about the products and heard so many good things about it that I thought I should share with you how I do my makeup on those days where sleep has been limited.

PART I: BASE

Because I tend to get a little bit oily on my face, I always start of with moisturiser and primer. I'm using the Korres Greek Yoghurt Moisturising Primer (which I've talked about here ), and as the name implies, it both moisturises my face and primes, which is like killing two birds with one stone.

Next, because I struggle with some red spots on the cheeks, I dot a little bit of the Maybelline MasterCamo Color Correcting Pen in Green to neutralize the red areas. And furthermore, because I've slept so little I struggle with the cloud of darkness that is my soul underneath my eyes, I used the Maybelline MasterCamo Color Correcting Pen in Red to fight the dark circles. (NB! Don't use too much or you'll look like a those old-time low budget Asian ghosts)

After priming and color correcting, I use my current favorite foundation, Make Up Forever Ultra HD, and blend it in with my beauty sponge from E.L.F.

When I've finished all these steps, I set everything with the Maybelline MasterFix Baking + Brightening Loose Powder, focusing especially on my trouble areas.

Part II: Eyes & Brows

The next part is my eye area.

I tend to start with the brows, but since I've been really lucky with quite full brows, I only lightly fill in bits here and there and set it with Maybelline Master Studio Brow Mascara.

Now for the fun part; my eyes.

I've talked about my eyes changing all the time and there's not really a lot of things that I can do about that, but I've learned to just go with the flow and work with what I have. I was at Camila's place and was so lucky to get to try out the new NAKED Heat Palette from Urban Decay, and I'm absolutely in love with the colours

I start off with a base, this is important because it creates an easier canvas for you to work and blend on. For my tone, I found Ounce to work pretty well, and put this over the majority of my lid. Then I chose Cayenne as a middle-color and lightly put it on the middle of my lid, and blended it lightly outwards. Finally I used Ember as the darker crease-color, focusing mainly on the outer corner of my lid, and blended it lightly towards the middle.

I almost forgot my eyeliner, but I've already done a tutorial for this, which you can revisit here !

PART III: Finishing touches

For the finishing touches, I used my new Becca Sunchaser Palette to contour and highlight. For the contour, I started at my hairline, under my cheekbones and lightly blended it in, following the hollowness under my cheekbones. Then I stroke a little bit of highlighter at the area a bit above my cheekbones. Then I lightly stroked the tip of my nose and on the cupid bow, right below my nose.

Lastly, I finished it all with my Inglot Lip Pencil which i've also talked about here.

Et Voilà!
This is the finished look and the end of my first full makeup tutorial. I hope I could provide with some new information and if there's anything you're still wondering about, just let me know!
Happy Saturday!

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