Jul 21, 2014

The Edit: Vacation Must-Haves

I admit it, I always over-pack. I know it - but does it stop me from doing it again next time? Never. It doesn't matter whether I'm packing for a weekend away somewhere or to move abroad, I still over-pack. (Yes, I was forced to pack my life in a 23 kilos suitcase and I somehow managed to pack some things I never used. It's possible). Sometimes, well most times, I over-pack my handbag, but from what I hear and see from people's What's in my bag videos I think that's a common problem, am I right?

My makeup/beauty bag when I go on vacation is no exception. Example: When I went to Cyprus last week, I packed everything I needed for a full face of makeup (minus foundation). Amount of times that week I wore makeup: 0. It was a very nice break for my skin, but still. Le sigh.

However, I did use some products and during the week they became my holy grail. So here I thought I would share my vacation must-haves. If you are lucky enough to live in a country where the temperatures go above 25'C on a regular basis (read: more than three times a year), these products may be included in your everyday routine, but I have been blessed with (close to eternal) winter so here are products I like to bring on vacation.

Victoria's Secret body mist in Love Spell: The description on the bottle says it smells like cherry blossom and peach, which is probably true, I can't tell because I've never experienced that combination, but I think it smells like candy. It is a very sweet, light, spring-y scent. It's a nice break from my usual vanilla heavy scents when I want something a bit sweeter.

Victoria's Secret nail polish in Heat Wave: Can you tell I did some damage in my local shop before I left DC? During a late April treat-yo-self shopping spree, I picked up this bright glitter orange (and a pink one, of course) and instantly declared it my summer staple. The brush is a good size, not too big and not too small. The lasting power has yet to impress me, the first time I used it it chipped the first day, but that might have been me being impatient. I'm wearing it now and it has lasted on my toes for about a week with no chips, so things are looking better. Also, it looks great with a tan. But by far my favorite thing about it is despite it being a glitter nail polish it is not a pain to remove. Yes, it's true.

The Body Shop body butter in Coconut: Somewhere between finals I discovered that The Body Shop had a 3/$30 sale on body butters so during what I believe was the same shopping spree as mentioned above, I finally picked a few up. This product seems to be everyone and their grandmother's long time favorite, but I had actually never tried it before. It is more on the solid side but it's still creamy yet absorbs quickly into the skin. And then there's the heavenly scent that brings you to memories of beaches and pina coladas and summer. *swoon*

Nivea Sun Protect SPF 30 Waterproof lip balm: This is a lame one, I know. You're probably thinking "Did she really include lip balm with SPF?". YUP. Just trust me on this one - the combination of saltwater and sun may triple the size of your lips overnight and it's not funny (although it kind of was. Sorry mom). If you are like me and have super dry and sensitive lips, why not use lip balm with SPF instead of just regular lip balm? I know for sure I don't want to risk anything.

St Tropez Gradual Tan in Light/Medium: I bought this on recommendation from my roomie and I'm so glad I did. Living in a country with a highly unstable weather, this product has become a must when I'm at home too. Why not give your tan a little extra help? It gives a subtle tan, very fool proof for first-time self tanners like me. What I do is that I scrub and moisturize my body in the morning or during the day to prep. Then right before I apply the self tanner, I moisturize any dry spots again (elbows, knees etc) and my hands to prevent orange hands (*shudders*) and then I apply the self tanner like I would a body lotion. It dries fast (maybe 10 minutes?), doesn't smudge at all on sheets and smells pretty good for a self tanner. I would choose this over a spray tan any day (I had some bad experiences at my graduation, but that's for another time...).

Jul 17, 2014

New beginnings

Hi. Welcome, again. This time, let's try something new. Usually what happens when I set up a new blog, I'm sick and bored (check and check) and miss writing (yeah, check this one too). I'm a creative person. I'm a writer. I need to do this, I can't go too long without it, if I do I risk losing my mind. So here I am again.

Quickie introduction for anyone new: I'm Victoria; 20 years old, studying abroad in DC for a year, currently back in my small Swedish hometown, dreams of big cities and makeup counters. I like blush, youtube videos and adventures. I don't like meat and I'm scared of birds. Fave color is pink and   I'm pretty obsessed with Orange Is The New Black. I'm basically allergic to air conditioning because every. single. time. I get a cold (I got back two days ago from Cyprus and I feel like crap), which ties back to the whole new-blog-thing.

My plans in the nearest future are to have lunch, get over this cold and to write blog posts. I will leave you with a peaceful picture of the ocean I took a couple of weeks ago. Until next time!