My favorite highlighters

Hi my loves! I hope you all are great. Today I wanna talk about my absolute favorite step when doing my makeup. It’s the step that makes all the difference. That little extra that gives us that healthy looking fresh glow that we all want. Yes, it’s highlighter! Of course, nothing can ever compare to the healthy glow you get through a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet, enough sleep etc. But it’s something I just love about the finish when using a highlighter, it’s like putting the final cherry on the cake, haha!

I always put my highlights on the high points of my face where the sun would naturally hit.

  • Cheekbones. I use to put it above the apple of my cheeks, a little bit above the area I apply the blush.  I also like to apply it upward toward my temples, that gives you a really nice glowy effect.
  • Center of my nose. A little goes a long way here. You don’t want to overdo it! I normally use my little finger to apply here, because I feel I have more control then.
  • Brown-bones. A little bit of highlighter under your brown-bones really do gives you a more open or lifted look if you like.
  • Center of your chin. This is also a perfect place to apply highlighter to bring some extra light to you face.
  • Cupids bow. Yes to more plumped looking lips. This is the are right above the center of your upper lip. It really gives a nice effect with some extra shine here.

Under you’ll find my current favorite highlighters, and some of them have been following me for some years now.

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From left: Charlotte Tilbury, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, MAC & Benefits

Let’s start with the one I’m sure many of you have heard of or even tried yourself, Mac’s “soft and gentle”. This is a multi-mineral complex with a little peachy bronze to it I would say. It’s easy to apply and it doesn’t scream to loud if you know what I mean. It’s a nice everyday highlighter. Or if you want a more beaming glow for an evening look, you can spray your brush with a setting spray before applying it to your face.

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Soft and gentle by MAC 

Another highlighter I have been using a lot the last two years is “watt’s up” from Benefit. This is a stick that makes it easier to apply, especially on your cheekbones. It has a very nice champagne glow that I absolutely love! It gives your a soft and delicate finish.

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Watt’s up by Benefit

Then over to a more new product of mine that’s called “Hollywood beauty light wand” by Charlotte Tilbery. This is a beautiful rose gold highlighter that gives you a soft finished. What I like is that it doesn’t have visible glitter, that makes the highlight look more natural. It’s also comes in a tube form that makes it very nice and easy to apply.

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Hollywood beauty light wand by Charlotte Tilbury 

Then over to a more warm and goldish highlighter that I absolutely adore! It’s “Amerzy” by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is a limited edition product, but as far as I know it will be back on the marked in not too long (I think). This is a very smooth and buttery highlighter that I find blends very easy. It has a very good pigmentation! I really adore this product!

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Amerzy by Anastasia Beverly Hills 

Then last highlighter I wanna mention is Beccas’s “Champagne pop”. As you can tell I love champagne toned highlighters. This does have a little gold in it as well I would say. Is just so beautiful! It’s also  buttery and soft with great pigmentation. A little goes a long way. Becca cosmetics really have some awesome highlighters, you should check them out!

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Champagne pop by Becca

I love makeup! I do feel very comfortable in my own skin and I don’t have any problem to walk out of my house with no makeup at all. It is important to feel good in your naturally skin I think. But makeup is a very fun and creative way to express yourself, your mood or just having a lot of fun creating a look! So go and get your glam on and shine!

xoxo

The perfect Christmas Calendar for him

Hi my loves! Have you guys started to think about Christmas presents and stuff, or is it just me? Last Christmas I made my boyfriend a Christmas calendar. He really liked it (as far as I know, haha!) Those things takes time to plan, buy and make, so it’s better to start early, right? This year I wont make any, since I’m in Barcelona and wont be home before the middle of December. Sorry my love. But, I want to share with you what I bought last year, so maybe you get some inspiration. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune! I did buy some small thing and some bigger things. After all, its the thoughts behind it that matters, not the price. Whatever fits your budget.

– He’s favorite chocolate or other candy!

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– Socks.. we all need them, but we never buy them!

– A small bottle of bubbles (nice to get on the weekends)

– A “present card” with massage by you (of course)! Before this one, give him a massage oil as a gift.

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Love this massage oil from Rituals.

– Some clothing, like a nice shirt!

– Plan out something you gonna do together, and write it as a note. For example, Christmas baking or decorating a gingerbread house, so much fun!

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– A bottle of wine that you two can share and have a romantic evening with, with some candles and good food. Quality time is so important in a relationship.

– Lottery tickets. What I did was that I decided what he was gonna buy if he won. I had 4 different lottery tickets (one each week), and wrote one destination to travel to on each of them (with a printed photo of the places). sadly we didn’t win anything, hehe.

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No doubt where I would have traveled, the Maldives!

– Find a candy bar or a chewing gum packet with a word that you can  use to write a nice little note.

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– Get him a new coffee cup with photos of the two of you on it.

– Buy him a very nice and sexy lingerie for yourself and write a little note. Of course he’s gonna love to see you in it (and to take it off later on). Red is always a popular color among most men!
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– Beauty products. If your boyfriend doesn’t use moisturizer, it’s a great way to introduce him to it, haha! Or buy him a nice smelling shower gel or  some hair products.

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From The Body shop for men.

– It can also be something as little notes where you tell him something beautiful or things that you promise to do (like cooking, cleaning the house that week etc). It doesn’t need to be things you spend a lot of money on.

Are you gonna make a Christmas calendar this year? I hope these tips gave you some ideas if you are. I can’t wait for December to start, so excited!!

xoxo

Self love

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Hi my loves! I hope you all had a wonderful day filled with positivity and joy. Today I wanna talk to you about self love. It’s something we all hear a lot about, but something we often forget to practice, me included. It is so important to treat yourself with respect, love and kindness, just as you would treat the people you love.

Today social media is taking over so much of our time. We daily look at photos on Instagram, Facebook etc. and start to look at what everyone else have that we wish for ourselves. I know so many can even get depressed because of that. I feel it is so sad that it has gone so far. For me social media is a great platform to find inspiration or motivation or learn something new. But of course, on bad days when you feel very low in energy, it is so easy to start to criticize yourself, I know.

Social media is just one area we face daily. What about work and other scenarios in life? This period here in Spain has been really hard for me during my practice at the children hospital. You know the feeling when you’re coming into a room and no one see you or say hello to you? that have been so many days for me. I’m trying to do my best, but I never get any praise, just inputs on what I can improve. This is just a little intro to my days here, and it has really effected me in the most negative ways. I started to be hard on myself and felt so low on energy. But you know what? I decided to put a stop on that negative feeling. No, I can’t choose how these people gonna act and treat other people, but I can choose how I handle it and how I let it effect me. I won’t let anyone else take away my joy or happiness just like that. Happiness isn’t something that comes knocking on the door, we have to work for it, specially when things are a little bit harder. Under I listed some thing that I like to do to boost my mood.

  • Put on some music that make you wanna dance!
  • Pampering yourself. Use 15 extra minutes to put on a sheet mask while drinking a nice cup of tea.
  • Before going to bed, say 3 things you are grateful for that day.
  • Search for something that inspires you to do better. For me that could be listening to a podcast about healthy living and well being.
  • Stop criticizing yourself when looking in the mirror! Smile to yourself

These are just some things I try to do to boost up my mood, and it does help! Try it for yourself, you deserve it! Remember the importance of self appraising and lifting yourself up when doing your best.

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“Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but still standing”

 

xoxo

Monday’s healthy tips

Hello Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic start on the new week, loaded with new energy. Today I wanted to share some of my breakfast recipes that I absolutely love! Specially at this time of the year when it’s cold outside. I’m very much a smoothie kind of girl when it comes to breakfast, but when it’s very cold outside I prefer something warm. For me, oatmeal is the way to go! It is loaded with fiber that helps you keep full during your morning. Also what I love about oats is that the variations are endless! You can mix it with superfood, berries, nuts and seeds or whatever you prefer. Below I share two recipes I really like. They are nutritious and delicious (and vegan).

Coconut-berry oatmeal

Recipe:

  • 2 dl oats
  • 4 dl water
  • cinnamom
  • 1,5 cup of mixed berries (rapberries & blueberries)
  • pinch of pink salt
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • shredded coconut
  • pumpkin seeds

Cook up the oats, berries, salt and the cinnamon with the water. When it’s finished, top it with sliced banana, shredded coconut and pumpkin seeds. So delicious!

Apple cinnamon oatmeal 

Recipe:

  • 2 dl oats
  • 1 dl organic apple sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut flower sugar
  • 1/2 apple finely chopped
  • some water to cook

Put everything in a pot and cook it until you have the right consistency. I served it with some chopped apple and a little bit of maple syrup on top.

 

What is you favorite breakfast? Let me know.

xoxo

Mango

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Hi guys! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Today I wanna show you my new coat from Mango. Isn’t it nice? It’s the perfect beige color for me and it’s warm and comfy. It also have a nice fit with the waistband around. I think Mango must be one of my favorite places to shop! It’s not that often I go in to a store and want to buy everything! If your looking for good basics or elegant and timeless clothing in general, Mango is really a good place to start. Under I listed up some pretty things I found on their webside today. You can find all of it on the link under each photo.

100% cashmere sweater here

I love black suits like this!

How pretty isn’t this satin gold dress!

This jumpsuit

You can never have too many of black pants

 

I hope this gave you some inspiration. Do you like Mango? Or what is your favorite place to shop?

xoxo

Welcome November

Hi guys! I hope you all are doing fine and enjoying life. Wow, I can’t believe we are already in November now, times flies by so fast! Today I want to share with you my goals for this month. I love making weekly and monthly goals. For me it’s a great way to reflect over things in my life; what I appreciate, what I wanna work on, and discover some new goals I wanna achieve. My goals always change. They all depends on were I find myself mentally and physically, and what energy level I have. It’s a good way to get to know yourself better and listening to your body.

1:  Getting back on track with my healthy eating habits 

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During the time here in Barcelona, I have been eating out a lot. It has been more wine and a little more unhealthy food than what I usually eat. Indulging every now and then is okay, but I do like to have a balance that makes me feel good. Also, the kitchen in this apartment makes cooking very limited. We don’t have a stove or much kitchen equipment. I miss my kitchen so much! But, no excuse right?

2: Reading books

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I am not a person that just finish one book after another, I have to admit. But I do like to read, and especially this time of the year when it’s cold outside (yes, it gets cold in Barcelona too, haha). The next book I wanna read is by Dr. Nigma Talib, a naturopathic skin care and health expert. I have read it before, but it’s so good, I just love all about it!

3: Listening to more podcats 

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Recently I started to listen to some podcasts. Why haven’t I done that before? I love it! I’m sure you can find podcast about everything, so whatever matches your interests. These days I’m listening to a woman named Kimberly Snyder, who also is a health and wellness expert. I do have two of her books and I love her philosophy about health and wellness, so inspiring! What I love about podcast is that you can listen anytime; when going for a walk, training, cooking, while doing your makeup etc. You should try it!

4: Freshening up my makeup bag

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Yes, the Holiday season is right around the corner, which means a lot of events and parties! What I love about Christmas season is that you really can play around with glitter and more heavy makeup looks than the other seasons. I do have a list of makeup products I wanna try out, so I will definitely make reviews on that later on.

5: Spending time with my family and my love

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Yes, I’m actually going home in the end of November for a long weekend. It’s a reason I have to go back home, I might tell you guys later. But, I do get a few days to enjoy with my family and boyfriend. At that time it will be 7 weeks since last time I saw him, and I’m missing him like crazy already… Just thinking of him surrounding me with a hug makes me all jiggly inside! It’s crazy how much impact another person can have on your feelings, don’t you think?

That is my top 5 goals this month. I hope this might gave you some inspiration to makes some new goals and achievements.

xoxo

Nurse life at a children’s hospital

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Today has been a day with a lot of impressions and mixed feelings. On my blog it might look like I’m just on a long vacation, but you might know that the main reason I’m here is because of my studies. I’m working five days a week at a big children hospital here in Barcelona. The hospital has 10 floors, and I’m based at one of them. The floor I’m in is primary kinds that does operations that is not that big, or if they have some chronic conditions that needs some weekly care. Nothing too serious. You do see children who are afraid and feel bad, but at the same time you know most of these kids will be okay.

Today was different. I had to work in another floor with a different patient group. Just entering the floor I could feel the different energy in the air. Here I did see some kids really fighting for their life to survive! Just to mention one person that had been in a traffic accident that was unconscious. The only sign of life was some twitching of the body. This was a person that has not turned 18 years old yet! I was also with a little baby (less than 2 years), where it had been recently discovered a tumor on the back of the neck. Whether it is benign or malign is still unknown, but just imagine how afraid the parents must be to just wait for an answer like that! I could truly see the sadness, worry and panic in many of the parents eyes, and it affected me so much.

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When we as nurses has to do some procedures on young kids that have no idea on what is going on and are totally terrified, it does something to you.  I sincerely do not have a word to describe the feeling or experience. You know that it is necessary, however it makes you feel downright evil and it leaves you feeling horrible throughout the shift. Today for example, there were several instances where I had to keep back the tears because all the impressions were both new and intense.  Some of children are screaming like crazy and moving around, so we and the parents have to hold them down when doing whatever has to be done. Today I really felt the pain off the parents to one of the babies when we did what we had to do. Even though we do what is best for the baby, it feels heartbreaking watching the baby screaming of fear and the despairing parents.

I will not make this a super long post, but I really felt for sharing my experience with you guys! These experiences really made me appreciate a good healthy life! It’s important to see what we got and be grateful for that.

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xoxo