Category Archives: 30 day challenge

30: Beauty stuff

Ok, it’s been a while since I’ve talked a little pretty ( as opposed to dirty, bwaha… bad joke) with you guys, so my 30th post of this doomed challenge will be about just that.

I’m an avid reader of anything beauty and makeup related. Hey, I am a vain girl after all! I think my fave mags are Allure and British Marie Claire. Norwegian magazines suck, sorry.

Anyways, have you noticed the latest craze in hair brushes? Meet Mr. Pearson. The Mason Pearson brush will cost you, but will supposedly last you a lifetime. Not so sure about this one. My hair is nice and smooth, and I use a cheap brush from the drug store. But hey, if you want to spend your paycheck on a stiff bristle boar brush, I won’t stand in your way. But do tell me if it’s worth it, though!

“I will change you life!”

Next one…. 3D nails! Introducing the Ciaté Caviar Manicure! Oh my! Looks good as contemporary art, but I can imagine those little balls fly off at the least appropriate times… I for one have trouble just keeping a plain manicure, so with all that added glitz I think I would be a health hazard. Just think about all those little items falling into your keyboard at work. Yikes!

The most daring territory I’ll step into when it comes to nail art is simply Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday nail polish. It’s a party in a little bottle! And so, so pretty.

“Let’s party!”

Also buzzing in the bags of makeup artists worldwide is this phenomenal miracle water Bioderma Sensibo H20. Seems like a makeup removal, but judging from enthusiastic models and actresses it also saves lives. In other words, worth a try, perhaps?

I will cure everything.

Adding another item to the bag from the land of baguettes and amour-propre (aw), here’s yet a coveted product – a moisturizer called Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. I’ve never heard of it until recently, but it’s said to be a favorite among supermodels. Either that or clever advertising.

 

 We’re staying in France for a little longer, because French skin care is the shit. My mom has been faithful to products from  Yves Rocher  for the past 30 years or so (and it shows!), and lately I’ve become smitten with their self tanning products. Hands down, they’re the only products I’ve ever tested which won’t turn me into an orange zebra or, even worse, an Oompa-Loompa.  I’m also a fan of La Roche-Posay’s cleansing milk. In Norway, you find them at pharmacies. Not sure where they’re located elsewhere, but you can probably order them online. 

Love this one!

Also tested and loved – most anything from Clinique. My recent buy is a foundation that’s supposed to even tone and texture. I have a few dark spots, not including my freckles, and I must say I am happy with the results thus far. I mix it with a dab of Nivea Q10 Tinted Moisturizer to achieve a dewy finish – perfect for summer. Let me tell you guys, Nivea is soo underrated!

 

Love this….

 

 

…together with this!

If you live in the US, I recommend the Revlon Photo Ready foundation. It’s a great bargain and the quality is right up there with MAC and Kanebo. Also, I’ve been an advocate for this one before, but Olay Total Effects with a Touch of Sun!!!!! I love it! Not available in this country, boo, so I always stock up when I am overseas.

Products to stay the hell away from are: Lancome Miracle Teint foundation (gave me a dreadful complexion), Barry M Wink Eye liner (however I do love Barry M’s lipsticks!), Xen tan (unless you want to be an orange zebra!) and most Cover Girl eye shadows.

Now talk to me… which are YOUR faves?

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29: Random memes (which hopefully will make you laugh)

28: To sum it up….

image via darlingstewie.com

27: Balcony with a view

We feel lucky to live on the top floor in our building. It has an added bonus; a little balcony perfect for reading in the sun or just looking at all the roof tops around me. The area we live in is called Möhlenpris, and is situated just a few blocks away from the university area. We can walk everywhere, so no need for a car. Score!

Now we can keep track of our ugly naked neighbor! Relax, just joking….

26: I want….

This dress from Asos. It’s freakin’ PERFECTION. Now, I just need to get rid of 30 pounds, and I’ll wear it…. 🙂

25: Friendship

Friendship can be defined in many ways depending on whom you ask. To me friendship is a bond between people who stay strong no matter how far away they are from each other, how often they speak or how frequently they meet. It’s that mutually dependency that’s never-changing. It’s to be able to be oneself in the presence of others, stripped down without the glitz and the glam and the pretence. It’s being able to laugh, cry and simply co-exist in silence.

A good quote about friendship:

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity. – Robert Hall

A quote that pretty much describes me:

 Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. – George Washington
 
George my man, you got it. This pretty much nails it. I might be outgoing or introverted, it all depends on my mood. What I can say is that I can be friendly and open to a lot of new people, but it takes me a while to give them my trust and thus invite them into my circle. But I am a loyal friend, and I will be your friend forever if you are just as dedicated as me.
 
The thing is… friendship is not about giving and taking. It’s a dialogue, not a monologue. You give and you receive. You don’t back out if your friend suddenly isn’t feeling like shopping or partying or hiking or playing chess or jamming or going to art galleries. There is a reason why someone is out of character, and if you can accept that and still be there for that person, you are a true friend. You don’t walk out, you walk in.
 
Lately I have found out who my real friends are. Not just lately, per se. But in the past few years of my rollercoaster life there have been some major ups and downs that have made some people’s true personalities show. It’s hard to “break up” with friends, but sometimes you’re doing both a favor. Life isn’t just a rose-tinted bubble flavored with fabulousness. Life is serious sometimes. Unexpected things happen. But without going into much detail, I just want to point out that lately I have gotten confirmation that those I really rely on will always be there for me, and you know who you are. I love you all.
 

image via weheartit.com

23: Old treasures

I came across some of my old stuff in the attic earlier, and thought I’d post a couple of them. I’ve always loved drawing and painting, so I took art classes in high school. The result is that the whole house is full of old sketches, paintings and bizarre sculptures. I seldom find time to do art now, but it’s a treasured hobby I hope to keep doing in the future. I just need to get an art room! Haha!

Anyways, these were made a long time ago. Probably in 1997 or 1998. Wow. Time flies.