Thursday, 21 March 2019

My 19 for 2019 list

I've been a big fan of self help author Gretchen Rubin for a few years and last year in the podcast she co-hosts with her sister Elizabeth Craft, they introduced an idea that really caught my mind. They discussed New Years Eve resolutions and how most people struggle to keep up with them because they're too vague, like losing weigh, exercise, read more, etc. For 2018, they decided to choose 18 goals that were actually achievable, concrete and fun, like visit Disneyland, have a dinner party, plan a trip with a friend... I found I so inspiring that I created my own list for 2018. I accomplished pretty much half of that list and I intend to do better this year. I think the reason I only went half way through my list last year is because they weren't all specific and detailed enough, which is something I've tried to remedy to in 2019. My list encompasses a mix of travel, self-care, blogging, financial and leisure goals. And I hope I can come back to it in December having accomplished most of them.

Friday, 15 March 2019

My favorite lip glosses

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Usually a matte lip aficionado, I've recently found gloss formulas that are perfect for every day and that I can't stop wearing. 

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fussy: This gloss lives in my hand bag. It feels super moisturizing on the lips and I can apply it without a mirror. This sheer pink nude shade goes with everything and it is absolutely foolproof. 

Essence Shine Sine Shine gloss in Happiness in a bottle (07): Isn't that the cutest shade name ever?  This neutral gloss is quite pigmented, super versatile and it doesn't feel sticky at all. What is more, it is a total steal! You can't go wrong!

Catrice Generation Plump and Shine gloss in Nude Sapphire (70): Very similar to the Essence one with a more plumping effect (without the sting). Wear over a lipliner for the perfect nude lip. I love applying it over a bold lipstick or lip stain to soften the color.

Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink: I've been eyeing this product for a while as I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to spend so much on a gloss that was pretty much clear and that could potentially sting. I'm happy to report there was no stinging and that it makes you lips nice and shiny, while being really comfortable to wear. (P.S: If you're looking for the ultimate luxury lip combo try pairing with Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in Pillow Talk.)

Nyx #This Is Everything lip oil in Sheer Blush and Sheer Berry: Not exactly a lip gloss, but a nice and moisturizing lip product that is slightly tinted and great for everyday wear. My go-to product when I don't have time to throw on lipstick because I spend too much time perfecting my eyeliner. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019

5 new liquid lipsticks

Since liquid lipsticks started being super hyped, I've tried a lot of them and have been disappointed on many occasions. Most are way to dry and start looking thick and crusty after a couple of hours, not to mention their tendency to crumble off your lips in a very inelegant way. I almost vowed to stop buying liquid lips and focus on old school bullet lipsticks, but the makeup addict in me just can't stop from trying new formulas! I can't be too mad, considering that I've discovered some terrific products, some of which are total steals!

- Essence Color Boost Mad About Matte Liquid Lipstick: These are a total steal! I wasn't expecting much from them, but they are good! The formula is very thin and liquidy. They're not drying, they don't look cakey, they don't crumble. They're honestly a lot better than some of the high end liquid lipsticks I've tried (i.e. Mac Retro Matte and Urban Decay Vice).

wanna play, dusty romance
- Manhattan Stay Satin Liquid Lip Color  The shade "inspired" hasn't left my handbag since I've bought it. As the name suggests, they're not completely matte, which makes them so much more comfortable. The dark plum shade is a bit patchy, but nothing that a second layer can't fix.

inspired, flirty, rebellious, in love

- Covergirl Melting Pout Matte: Another proof that the drugstore is killing it lipstick-wise. These are comfortable and they wear nicely (no crumbs in sight). The shade "Coral Chronicles" is divine!

Coral chronicles, secret, all nighter

- Nabla Dreamy Matte Liquid Lipstick: The formula is very thin when you apply it and it sets to a super matte finish. I have the shade "Alter ego" which is gorgeous, but I'm not a fan of the formula. I found it too dry and I had to dab lip balm on top to keep it comfortable. It is useful to line your lips first with the darker shades, as it is the kind of formula that works best when only a thin layer is applied. This is my least favorite formula in this selection. However, the shade I have is so beautiful that I will probably keep wearing it with a balm or gloss on top. Perfect for a night out!

- Sigma Liquid Lipstick in Venom: Part of their Venom collection, this liquid lipstick has a thick, whipped texture upon application. It is a deep blueish red that looks like velvet once it has set. It is definitely long lasting. However, you might want to prep your lips with a nice dose of lip balm, as this formula gets a bit dry after a few hours. I haven't worn it long enough, but I have a feeling it might start to crumble.

Alter ego, venom

Do you have a favorite liquid lipstick ? I'd love to know!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Design your Fall

Fall, autumn, leaves, fashion, colors

If you listen to Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft's podcast Happier, you're probably familiar with the idea of designing your Summer. The concept is that you should take control of your time and plan activities to make the most the warmer months. I've personally never managed to do it for myself in Summer, because time flies faster in the sun (apparently) and also because I find that warmer weather is more activity friends than Fall and Winter. In colder months I tend to just want to watch TV or read in bed and I'm not so keen on getting out of the house anymore. So here I five things I intend to do to spend a nice, cosy and creative Fall:

- Knit a Harry Potter scarf
- Try 3 new autumnal cocktail recipes
- Invite friends over more often
- Complete Nanowrimo
- Take pictures

What do you have planned for Fall?

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Books to Keep You Cool This Summer

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When the heatwave strikes and I can't move an arm without sweat dripping from my forehead, I like to use books to escape to cooler climates. Without further ado and before I melt into a puddle, here is a selection of reads to keep you cool this scorching hot Summer. There all (partly) set in some northern snowy landscape and with a bit of imagination they might cool you down for a moment.

- Jules Verne, A Winter amid the Ice: Nobody writes adventures like Jules Verne. A Winter amid the Ice is a short but thrilling read.

- Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child: A beautiful rewriting of a Russian fairy tale set in Alaska.

- Philip Pullman, His Dark Material Vol 1, The Golden Compass: A YA classic that you need to (re)read asap.

- Jack London, White Fang or To Build a Fire: Anything by Jack London is bound to make to you travel up North. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

4 Apps I'm Loving at the Moment

One of my goals for the month of June is to learn a bit of Italian and I've found a great and convenient app to do that on the go. I've only been using Duolingo only for a week and I'm already hooked. It feels like playing a game, but you're actually learning vocabulary and familiarizing yourself with a new language. It might not make you a fluent speaker because the exercises are pretty repetitive and there are a lot of multiple choice answers, but it's a nice way to begin and it also allows you to refresh your knowledge of a language you haven't practiced in a long time (German in my case). It's also a way to turn your commutes into something productive. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Twitter or Instagram, you get a fun brain workout (for free)!

This app allows to listen to free recordings of literary works that are part of the public domain. It's basically like getting free audiobooks of literary classics. I'm currently reading Jane Eyre and I sometimes listen to a chapter or two on the bus, which means I can carry on with my reading without having to take the book with me. Also great for Shakespeare plays, which I find so much more enjoyable to listen to rather than to read on my own.

This app allows you to track how much time you spend on your phone each day. This makes it super useful if you feel like you daily screen time is getting out of hand and keeps you from being productive. It also gives you the number of hours you've slept, the number for times you've picked up your phone, as well as the percentage of your waking life you spend on your device. Theses features are free. However, there is a premium version that allows you to set a daily limit and to receive reminders throughout the day. It is a one-time fee of 4 francs and I find that getting a reminder every 15 minutes of screen time is so helpful to keep me mindful.

This a paying app, but it is worth every penny! The subscription gives you access to hundreds of hours of guided meditation for every level and every aspect of your life. They also have great explanatory videos (with adorable animations) that makes the exercises more comprehensible. Meditation is something that I really want to turn into a daily habit because it is an "easy" way to take care of your mental health by being more aware of your thoughts and emotions, and by spending a few minutes a day truly alone with yourself. Mediation helps us not to be overwhelmed by thoughts and teaches us to consider feelings and emotions from a distance. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Feline Wisdom

On Saturday, my boyfriend and I lost our beloved cat. She was very sick and it was time for her to go. She went peacefully, surrounded by love and gratitude. We now have to deal with the immense pain caused by her absence from our life. You might think we're crazy, but we're just sensitive beings who spent everyday of the last three years in the presence of a little companion. We discovered her personality, we received her affection, and life without her seems impossibly dull. 

I find it cathartic to look at (the thousands of) pictures we took of her (ok, maybe we are a little crazy, but that diminishes neither the love nor the pain). And looking back at those happy days brought three lessons to my mind that I've learn from my furry friend.

1) Never waste a ray of sunshine. (Whether you interpret it literally or figuratively is up to you.)

2) Rest is important 

3) If you want something, ask for it. If nobody gives it to you, get it yourself.

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