Unfortunately I have been MIA for the past couple of days and too sick to update. When I got back from Copenhagen I came down with a really bad cold. I have been in bed for the past 3 days with a fever and sore throat and I have never felt worse. Looking back on my trip does cheer me up, so here is a little update!

We walked 16000 steps in one afternoon, seeing Copenhagen and window-shopping. My internet was spotty at best, so we didn't always have a map to follow, but when you aren't walking towards anything specific, its alright if you don't take the shortest way.


Hat - H&M // Sunnies - illesteva // Sweatshirt - Pull and Bear // Bomber - Nelly // 

Scarf - Nordstrom // Pants - Zara // Bag - Coach // Sneakers - Stan Smith


Later that night Karl and I went to a romantic French Brasserie where we had a fabulous dinner with even better desserts. I couldn't decide which one I wanted so I made Karl get one of them and then we shared. Afterwards we were so full but the walk home was refreshing and helped us not feel overstuffed. When we got back to the hotel I threw on a facemask and we watched Modern Family (our new favorite show) until we fell asleep. Call us boring but It was truly a perfect day. We were supposed to watch together but being sick I haven't been able to do much and I am now a couple seasons ahead of him... I will have to pay for that later. 


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The day started with some packing and organizing before heading out to the airport. Our plane was a little delayed so we took a fika to pass the time. I was super stressed about fitting all my stuff in a carry-on bag, and keeping within the strict rules for amount of liquids allowed on board. I am pretty sure I have 5 different plastic bags with makeup and skincare products (or at least much more than you are allowed to have). I feel like I am "roughing it" without lots of my favorite face washes, toners, primers and other products that come in big containers.



This is the first vacation that Karl and I have gone on alone, so it was exciting to be a tourist in a new country with him. Once we got to the hotel we got dressed to explore central Copenhagen. I am not used to walking so much, because I have been relaxing for most of the break, but it was so refreshing to walk around and explore the city. We walked around 17,000 steps today.



When we left the hotel it was around 4pm, and we hadn't eaten anything since breakfast so we were starving. We jumped into the first cafe we could find (Cafe Norden) and ordered coffees and Supreme Nachos for 2. Honestly, that was enough nachos to serve a whole family, so afterwards we were stuffed.


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At dinner, Karl and I started to think about how nice it would be to just drop everything and leave for another country. Inspired by this thought, we booked a 2-day trip to Copenhagen, as a last minute mini vacation.

It has been a blessing to spend my break at Karl's house, getting healthy, sleeping in, eating good food, and just catching up with ourselves. As much as I have enjoyed relaxing, I am looking forward to visiting a new city, eating good food, seeing the Danish architecture, and culture.

The weather is not supposed to be great, but we will work around it.

More tomorrow xx


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Here are some new products that I have bought/or have been gifted, that I am looking forward to testing out. I have heard great things about all of them, but makeup/skincare can be such a personal experience and everyone has different opinions. I will be testing out all of these this week, and returning with a review/my opinions.


Two of the products are from Lush. The first is their new body wash called Plum Rain which smells heavenly and leaves my skin feeling sooo soft. The other is the Rose Bombshell bath bomb which smells amazing and I cant wait to try it. I am fairly new to Lush, but I have already found so many products that I adore and cant live without.



My hair can be incredibly frizzy and unmanageable. I have drifted between products but I haven't found anything that works. So I decided to try this Moroccan Oil treatment for my hair. It has been recommended to be my so many people, and I think it is exactly what my dry hair needs.



I have tried Anastasia's Liquid Lipsticks before, but this is the first gloss I have owned by her. It is in the shade Warm Bronze, and the swatches are super pigmented and not sticky which bodes well. Super excited to try this on with a lipstick underneath or on its own!



Finally, I am most excited about my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I had been eyeing it for months, and I was so happy when Karl gave it to me for my birthday. I have only touched it a couple times, but I am looking forward to trying some new looks with it. I'm very excited about the shades: Primavera, Red Ochre and Burnt Orange. I love how many matte shades are in here, the light packaging, and the fact that it comes with a brush are all factors to why I think this is a must-have.


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Finally... Spring break!

On the last day of school (friday) I invited my friends over for dinner to celebrate my 19th birthday. Im not used to cooking at all... nevermind making food for so many people. Luckily I got a lot of help from my friends, and I was very pleased with the outcome. The appetizer was some Tomato and avocado bruschetta, and for the main course I made Sophia's Goda Sommarpasta (Sophia's Delicious Summer Pasta), which is a pasta dish that I created with some inspiration I got online. Recipe to follow in another post. Dessert was chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.


Body - Nelly // Bra - H&M // Necklace - Tiffany & Co.


Was a great night thanks to all my babes <333

xx

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Finally, the last week of school before sportlov. And no, they couldn't be easy on us. Instead they gave us the most stressful and busy last week of school, that I am just counting down the seconds until it is over.

MONDAY: Have not had a great start to my week... Woke up with (almost) a fever?? My whole body was aching and longing to stay in bed, but I had to go to school and not miss any important lessons. I attempted to pick up some packages with clothes and makeup that I have ordered online, but I didn't have my order number with me, so I went home empty-handed. :(

TUESDAY: I will be taking an important math test for the majority of the day, so it is important I get enough sleep tonight so that I will get healthy and do well. I will make a second attempt to pick up my packages from the post office...

WEDNESDAY: English assignment due

THURSDAY: Pack for the break and complete all assignments

FRIDAY: Big lab assignment due on Friday morning, so I will make an finishing touches required. We end school at 12:00, so my aunt will pick me up and take me to Stockholm, where I will go food shopping and prepare the dinner for my birthday celebration with friends.

Post about my birthday weekend is coming soon <3

xx


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When it comes to makeup, there are some products that are completely irreplaceable. If I forget any of these when I leave the house, I go back to get them because I can't do my makeup without them. Although these products have been super popular, I wanted to explain why I believe they deserve holy grail product status.

The most revolutionary discovery of mine was the Beauty Blender. I had always steered clear of liquid foundations because it made my dry skin a cake-y nightmare when applied with a brush, so when I heard all the hype about the sponge I was tentative, but interested. Now I use the Beauty Blender every single time I do my makeup, for foundation, concealer, and setting powder. The way the damp sponge feels on my skin is heavenly and allows my skin to glow through the foundation, with zero cake. I can build up the desired coverage, either light for everyday or full coverage when my skin is at its worst. No brush can blend out my concealer in such a natural and flawless way. I wash it with YES! and olive oil after every use, for the sake of hygiene and for a better application. Care for your beauty blender is very important because you don't want to push bacteria, dirt, or mold into your skin. This sponge completely changed my makeup game, and its worth the money for sure.


Another lifesaver is the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, which creates a matte and flawless finish to my skin. I use it to set my concealer and bake under the eyes or under my cheekbones. I underestimated the power of this powder until I tried it for the first time. When I bake under the eyes, my concealer doesn't crease, or get shiny. This powder is a MUST and my makeup is a mess without it.

During the time that I have worn makeup, I have noticed that for some reason makeup refuses to stay put on my nose. Whether It is a slight touch from my hand or from a tissue, I end up looking like Rudolph. It usually takes me a while before I give in to the overhyped makeup trends, but when I tried The Nivea Men post shave balm, I was not disappointed. This aftershave contains glycerin, which is an ingredient that leaves the skin feeling a little bit sticky, and keeps my makeup glued to my skin. I noticed an incredible difference when using this as a primer, because my foundation and concealer stayed put on my nose, and everywhere else on my face. I use this primer almost every single day, It is a must for me.

Finally I wanted to mention Mac's Fix plus. This product has been incredibly hyped over time, some people love it and some people hate it. Some people claim there are hundreds of ways to use this spray, but I have three that make it hype worthy for me. 1) The first thing this spray can be used for is intensifying glittery or shimmery eyeshadows. Spraying my brush with Fix plus makes my eyeshadows extra pigmented, shiny, and stick to my lid. 2) I soak my entire face in Fix plus when my makeup is done, because it helps all the different layers merge into one, and gets rid of the "powdery" look that I can easily get from baking with dry skin. Fix plus does NOT prolong the wear of my makeup, but it does make it look refreshed. 3) The last thing I use fix plus for is to hydrate my skin and makeup during the day. When I feel dry when I spray my face it prevents my dry areas from getting cakey, and the glycerin in it prevents my makeup from getting too oily.


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Friday is finally here, after a hellish and grueling week. Despite Valentines Day, each day has been graced with the presence of exhaustion, laziness, illness, and stress. My clothes didn't fit like they normally do, I was late to classes, and had done minimal exercise.

The side effects of my unsavory week are apparent, yet the cause is still unknown. There hasn't been any obvious reasons as to why I have had so many bad days in a row. The most logical answer would be that the small things that seem insignificant, can add up to have a huge impact. I have been feeling under the weather, yet refused to take a sick day, because I would miss too much and I didn't believe that missing all my important classes would make me feel better. On top of that we have many assignments and tests scheduled right before the break, which leads to stress and lack of sleep.

Sometimes it is necessary to welcome a bad day (or a bad week) with open arms. Not every day can be perfect, and the "bad week" I am describing has not necessarily been awful, it is just not as good as the other weeks. It is important to reflect over your "bad day" and figure out what has upset you, but it is just as important to put things into perspective in oder to determine it it was bad, or if it was just not as good as the others.

Thankfully, I have an exciting weekend ahead of me...

  • Friday: Going shopping with my friends after school, and eating dinner with my boyfriends family
  • Saturday: SRK's famous movie characters party in Stockholm
  • Sunday: I will be celebrating my 19th birthday with lots of chocolate cake, Karl, and more shopping!

Now it is time to catch up on my beauty sleep before my chemistry test tomorrow morning!
xx

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At my first class, Karl surprised me with some Valentines Day goodies: candy, chocolate and a book with drawings and memories we share. I couldn't control my laughter when I saw his drawings of us. Either he is really bad at drawing or I actually look like a goblin?...

After that, the day felt never ending, all I wanted to do was be with my bae and chill, so it was such a relief to finally be able to come home. <3

I spent the afternoon re-decorating my room. I moved around furniture and threw out a lot of junk. Sometimes less is more, and getting rid of baggage can be incredibly therapeutic. Then I hung out with my bestie Zoe, and I was speculating and overanalyzing Karl's text messages to find out what he had planned for me. He said he was picking me up after I ate dinner at school, so I started to get dressed up.

Little did I know, Zoe was helping Karl plan the surprise behind my back, and when we went to the dining room, she gave him the signal to transform my bedroom into a romantic dining room. I was just about to start eating the school food when Zoe told me I had a visitor in my room, so I left the dinner and cautiously made my way to my room, where Karl was sitting with a candlelit sushi dinner. I was surprised to say the least, but incredibly happy and grateful.

Body - Brandy Mellvile // Necklace - Forever 21 // Skirt - Zara

After dessert and many hugs and kisses, we made our way to a small movie theatre in town where we saw the movie "The Lion," I am not a fan of scary movies, so I was thankful that Karl chose something that we would both enjoy. I highly recommend seeing The Lion, it was incredibly sad, but also inspiring and moving. I would be lying if I said I didn't sob in the end, but it was definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen.

After the movie we had a relaxing walk through town and then we went home to Karl, where he snapped a couple shots of my outfit.

The best part of the day was taking off my makeup and taking care of my skin. I have recently started using the Avéne Gentle milk cleanser which is such a quick and easy way to cleanse my skin without drying it out. After that I use the ACO Ultra Soft Toner for dry skin, which is super gentle on my skin and creates a better surface to drink in my moisturizer. The Hyaluronic acid in the toner, which draws water to the skin and prevents moisture loss. I finish up with the Avéne Rich hydrating cream, which is light enough to wear under my makeup, but gives lasting moisture even in the winter.

After that we got into his cosy bed and watched modern family until we fell asleep. I have been a dedicated Valentines day hater for many years, but now I have been able to experience this holiday for the second time in an amazing relationship with the perfect guy,

xx


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