I moved to London!

I'm here, It's surreal, I live here now. I came to London a few days ago and I finally feel a bit settled down. I've met my roommate, gotten our room organised and had my first day of school. I still feel a bit like a tourist, probably since I'm not that familiar with the tube and traffic yet, but I'm sure it'll feel more real in a week or two when school has started for real.
It's currently super hot in London and it feel more like being in the riviera than England, but I'm ok with that. Warm mornings and picnics in the park isn't something I can complain about!

My New Makeup Favourite: The Clinique Superpowder

The new favourite in my makeup bag is the Superpower Double Face Makeup from Clinique. One of my best friends has been living for this product, but I've never really gotten into the hype; until now. It's an extremely mattifying, high coverage product which easily applies with either a brush or the makeup sponge that comes with it. I'm quite fair, so number 07 matte neutral (MF-N),which is the one I have, is a perfect match!
My new go-to quick every day look for a perfect, flawless base is easier than ever before! Using the Maybeline Fit Me concealer, I cover my under eye circles and any imperfections I have before swiping the powder all over my face using the Real Techniques powder brush. Lastly, I use the makeup sponge to give my under eyes and imperfections an extra covering layer of powder. It lasts longer than any other powder I've ever used, and is easily touched up on the go using the sponge. Saying this makes me feel a bit like a TV commercial, but this product is definitely coming with me wherever I go!

Endless love for Loafers

I always tend to picture the perfect outfit with a black pair of loafers on my feet. I've always loved how smart and chic but yet casual they look. I own a very uncomfortable but pretty pair of loafers, which I love but can't spend more than a few hours walking in without getting blisters. I suppose that's the always returning problem with loafers, but I just can't stop loving them! The current obsession is the loafers with ankle straps. Many of us know them from the Chanel Spring 2015 ready-to-wear fashion show (upper right), but ever since then the ankle strap can be found on loafers in every price range. Lucky us!

Vegan lentil and bean chilli

Before going vegetarian, one of my absolute favourite foods was chilli con carne. So yesterday I decided to make a vegetarian version of my old favourite to keep in the fridge for lazy days when I don't feel like cooking. Today was one of those days. I've been working out quite a lot at the gym lately, and so I couldn't really be bothered to cook after today's arm and shoulder workout. Instead I heated up some of yesterday's chilli, which I had with basmati rice.

What you'll need:
1 clove of garlic
2 carrots
3 onions
390g crushed tomatoes
1 & 1/2 dl of red lentils
350g black beans
350g kidney bens
0,5 litres of water
1 vegetable stock cube
salt
pepper
chilli powder
coriander

Put some oil in a big pan and fry the carrots, onion and garlic until the onion is soft and slightly golden. Add the water, stock cube and lentils and cook until the lentils are almost done before adding the tomatoes and beans. Season after taste - done!

Broccoli Soup for Two

The days seem to be getting colder and I've found myself turning to the warm, comfort foods that come with autumn. My current favourite is this broccoli soup I made a few days ago. I've always found soup to be my favourite food when the weather gets colder. If you live in Sweden like me, or any other country where the autumns are cold and winters freezing, you probably know how good a soup can be. To make the one I just made, you'll only need a few simple ingredients:

1 broccoli
2 potatoes
2 onions
1 clove of garlic
1 cube of vegetable stock
salt
pepper
chill powder

Chop up your potatoes, onions and garlic and fry in a pan until the onion has turned yellow and the potatoes are a bit browned and softer (roughly 10-15 minutes). Add the broccoli, water (I used about half a litre, but you can use more or less depending on how watery you like your soup to be), vegetable stock and spices and boil until the broccoli is soft. Put the soup in a blender or simply use a hand blender to blend the soup until it reaches a soft and creamy consistency. This will serve about two to three people!

First Base & Good to Go, my favourite base and top coat

I've finally gotten around to buying new base and top coat nail polishes from Essie! I've been using the First Base base coat and Good to Go top coat for years, and my old ones aren't really what they used to be... Since I haven't been wearing nail polish when I've been working, I haven't bothered with buying new ones. Now though, I only have two more shifts left and I'll soon be able to paint my nails as I used to do before all the time!

If you want your nails to last for weeks (no joke), these two in combination with one or two layers of your favourite polish will make your dream come true. I'll definitely go back to these ones every time, since they've never disappointed!

Apple Pie Oatmeal

August is here, and with it came the cold winds and rainy days. It's days like these that I just want to stay in bed with a good book or movie. Today's breakfast was my apple pie oatmeal, my favourite autumn breakfast to eat in bed.

1dl oats
1dl water
1dl almond milk
salt
cinnamon
1 apple - peeled and diced

After about 10 minutes on the hob the porridge is ready to eat. To give it that extra apple pie feeling i topped mine off with my homemade granola and some cinnamon. Yum!

Top Three July Beauty Favourites

July came and went and it's crazy how fast time has just flown by. Since I've been working a lot I haven't really gotten the opportunity to try out new makeup. July has been just like June, I've reached for the same makeup items pretty much every single day. Luckily though, I've managed to get a few new items into my daily routine, and I thought I'd share them with you today!

My absolute favourite this month must be the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I decided to get it after Tanya Burr raved about it in one of her tutorials. How right she was! The Expert Face Brush is super smooth and its dense bristle gives and even finish when applying your foundation. Perfect for that air brushed finish! I've also used it to contour, and I find it just as good doing that. It picks up a lot of pigment and buffs it in perfectly so that it looks natural. It's not only the perfect all-round brush, but it's cruelty free as well which makes me love it even more.
My second favourite is a rather recent purchase. Just as pretty much everyone else, I'm obsessed with highlighters. So far I've only tried powder ones, so the Benefit High Beam has definitely been something new to me. I swatched it in store during a Sephora adventure in Stockholm and just couldn't put it back on its shelf. The texture is light and creamy and is easily applied with either your fingers or a brush. I use it to highlight my cheekbones, brow bones and nose but I've also tried mixing it in with my foundation which gives a beautiful, glowy look. Just as the Real Techniques brush, this product is cruelty free!

Last but not least is my new eyelash curler from Perplex. I've been using quite a bad one from H&M for too long now, so I thought I'd spend some money on a new one. Even though it's only a little more expensive than the H&M one, it's soon much better! My eyelashes finally stay like I want them to be all day. It's super pretty (I love gold) and it makes my every day routine so much easier! I'm not sure there are eyelash curlers that are tested on animals, but this one claims to be cruelty free (woho)!

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris - Book Review

"The really weird thing about it was that although I knew instantly that something was wrong - very, very wrong, something sharp, something very serious, an insult to my entire body - I shouldn't stop laughing. Laughing hysterically.
I was lying there, covered - drenched - in spilled melted chocolate and I couldn't stop giggling. There were other faces now, looking down on me; come I was sure I even recognised. They weren't laughing. They all looked very serious in fact. This somehow struck me as even funnier and set me off again."

After reading half a page, I knew I would love this book (and I was right). This hilarious book has made me laugh pretty much every single page. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is not the kind of book I typically go for, I'm more interested in the crime and fantasy novels, but I still found myself reaching for this one.

If you're looking for a fun, easy read, then I'm sure you're going to like this one since it's a real page-turner!

Q&A - A Quick Update

What am I currently doing?
Everything, and yet it seems like I get nothing done. I work, sleep, and do things that take time away from what I really want to be doing: blogging, photography, spending time doing creative stuff and hang out with my friends.

What am I wearing?
Pyjamas, my work uniform or bootcut jeans with a black t-shirt, white converse and green bomber.

What am I listening to?
Anything that will get me through my workout at the gym!

Current cravings?
Chocolate, avocado, new shoes and the perfect pink faux fur jacket. I recently started following Charlotte Simone on Instagram and her jackets are to die for!

Most recent purchase?
Moving out stuff (sheets, towels...) and my new MacBook Pro!

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