Better than Black

IMG_9494You heard me, I said it. I don’t know what’s currently going on with me but I am really (like really) feeling blue. I’m kind of cheating on black, and we all know that hasn’t happened for years! (Fun fact: I bought my first pair of blue jeans this year since… I think 2007? Black trousers just give me life)
After obsessing over blue eyeliner and navy cashmere sweaters I have finally found another outlet to feed my thirst for blue anything. Enter: Essie’s Midnight Cami. I’ve featured Chanel’s Blue Satin on my wish-list but it seems to have been discontinued or limited edition, either way: it’s impossible to track down. And then I saw this in the duty-free section on my way to Helsinki so I just had to pick it up. It’s a really dark navy blue with the tiniest bit of shimmer but far from glitter. It looks super shiny with a topcoat and lasted on me for a full week without chipping too badly. As it looks almost black from afar it still goes with my mostly black wardrobe, but from up close it really gives it more dimension.

Really happy with this purchase and I am currently painting this on for another round of dark blue nails. Who knows, maybe I’ll break out my blue denim as well. ALL BLUE ERRTHING!

I’m curious, what’s your favorite nail color at the moment?

Fuss Free Make-Up: Travel Edition

IMG_9486I’ve mentioned about a gazillion time on here how much I am obsessed with Stockholm, yet I still did a fair bit of traveling recently. For a very fair price cruise ships offer weekend trips to many different cities and so my friends and I spent the past two weekends in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland. The experience was a lot of fun, you travel overnight, spend the day in the city and travel back to Stockholm overnight again. You can imagine very light packing was required as I did not want to drag around a heavy suitcase all day, not that that would’ve been necessary anyways.

So here you have a little overview of what products I decided to pack. For a long day out I didn’t want a heavy face of make-up and so light- and naturalness were the keywords I worked with. I also kept in mind that glass bottles might break and big containers are rather unpleasant to carry around.
For the base I went with Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua, a very thin and light coverage foundation that let’s the natural skin shine through and looks very natural (I’m the shade B10 if anyone cares). As I anticipated short nights I opted for the NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, a medium to high coverage product that cancels out dark circles and red spots right away. As this can crease on my I set it in place with a bit of Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder in transparent.
For some general contour on my face I used the Sleek Contour Kit as always, in the shade Light, and then applied a tiny bit of Bobbi Brown’s Peony blusher. I filled in my eyebrows with MAC’s eyebrow pencil in Fling and applied a light coat of MAC’s In Extreme Dimension mascara and that is it.

A very light and natural face that doesn’t take up too much space in the packing process. What are your go-to products when it comes to packing light? Anything that I missed?

A Reminder to Myself

13378f96edbe23cff3f7da931efb7d0bIf you’re anything like me you love planning, organizing and especially being in control of all those. Trust me, I have about ten to-do lists each day and will probably have my Saturday night plans figured out on a Monday morning. I’ve always been like that, Plan A was the only plan I had, and it always worked out. Pretty lucky I guess. And while this is all sorts of great it also has a big downside: your mental age develops twice as fast as your physical age (a fact that I totally made up) – but it makes sense! Being so caught up in your (my) future scenario I didn’t allow myself to embrace youth and all spontaneity that comes with that.

I’ve read a great article a couple of months back and unfortunately lost the source, but I remember it said something about taking opportunities even though you didn’t think they would be the right ones. It’s about making decisions that you don’t fit your initial plan but don’t seem too bad at the moment. Most of all, it’s about allowing yourself to adapt to change. It is just impossible to plan every second of your future and that’s okay.

When my study choice for the next semester didn’t work out as I hoped it would I decided to take a semester off and continue with my studies after completing another internship. As you can guess this wasn’t something I had planned and it completely overwhelmed me, yet filled me with great excitement. I acknowledged that it’s okay to change up your plan and admit that you might not be the same person you were when you thought you figured out how your entire life should go.

Even though I won’t be back at university next semester I will still plan my meals and figure out my weekends in advance, some things just don’t need to be changed. But whatever it is you might think of: you’re never gonna be as young as you are right now and as cliché as it sounds, in 50 years time you’re not gonna remember the smart choices you made, but the ones that excited you, the ones that reminded you of how many opportunities you have and that you should take them.

 

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Weekly Round-Up #3

helsinki

First up I want to apologize for the radio silence here on the blog for the past week. I’ve had a really hectic schedule and wasn’t able to post at all. But I’m back on track and have a special blog post coming your way tomorrow!
This post is a bit of a cheat though, as I did not actually spend this past weekend in Helsinki but the weekend before that. I know, a little late but here you have a short little recap of my weekend get-away. From Stockholm you can get pretty cheaply to the capital of Finland on nice cruises that travel overnight. You get to spend the day in the city of your choice and then drive back overnight again. A couple of friends and I decided to spend this gorgeous weekend exploring Helsinki and we had a great time. We arrived at around 10am and were greeted by a frosty 2° C. We made our way into the city to grab a nice breakfast and then spend the entire day walking around town. Whenever I travel to unknown places I always like to walk as I find that way you discover so many more spots and streets that a bus or metro wouldn’t have shown you.

My first impression of Helsinki was that it is significantly smaller than Stockholm and a bit more European almost. I know that Sweden belongs to Europe, however, especially when you walk down the shopping streets you mostly see Scandinavian chains such as Lindex, Bik Bok, H&M and the likes. In Finland the Inditex group is definitely more prominent. We didn’t do a lot of shopping though, we mostly wandered around the Design District which turned out to be quite splattered around. Online I found great walking routes here and we discovered a few unique shops that offered stationary, art, home goods and good food. It felt good to pay with Euros again yet everything was really quite expensive. I definitely think that 7 hours were not enough to explore the beauty that Helsinki has to offer and would like to come back at some point. Things I would like to see that unfortunately we didn’t have time for this time were the Olympic tower from which you have a great view over the entire city and the Ateneum, an art museum. Any other things I should see when I head back?

This is my short and sweet recap from our trip and the make-up that I packed is coming your way on Wednesday! Have a good week, X