tisdagen den 15:e april 2014

Make up on wrinkles

Those wrinkles refuse to stay away. Lots of moisturizer will not make them vanish from my dry skin and it's a hell to try to do a makeup. I rarely use makeup because I'm very lazy and I use to prickle myself in the eyes unaware of looking like a panda afterwards.

I tried to do a soft smokey makeup for a night in town. I didn't use eyeliner because it tends to get smudgy and only paint cat eyes if there is no wind outside. You can see on the photo below that I didn't use any highligher under the eyebrows. With age comes wrinkles and it's better to avoid glittery eyeshadows, they will only make you look even older ;). I also avoid using too much concealer (or none at all) under the eyes or dry powder wich only makes the skin even dryer.
 Here's the palette I used. Smoky eyeshadows from H&M. 
Ready for a movie night. We saw Captain America the Winter soldier. I loved it. Well I'm a big Marvel Movie fan and especially of the Captain. It had an interesting message, a vague critic against the mapping of peoples behaviour on the internet (helloo Google), wich of course Captain America disagree to "What happened to freedom?"

fredagen den 11:e april 2014

Bat fit and garden update + a cake and nailpolish

Bat fit update. So my weight raised a little during the autumn because of much sitting, both at work and studying at home. Even if I used calorie tracker I didn’t lost any weight. My metabolism must be very very low. So instead of counting calories I will try exercise a lot more than I have done the last years. If I do work out and gain muscles then the metabolism should become better. We have a gym at work and at the gym there is a cross trainer that I have been thinking of trying. So last week I started, first 15 minutes one lunch and then 20 minutes the others at least 3 days a week. I haven’t lost a single pound but I feel much more alert. The cross trainer is like a combination of bicycling, cross country skiing and running. It is very kind to the body but my broken knee was a bit swollen today. My goal is to be able to run again, because running was the recipe for staying in shape and keeping my mood up.
 Other things that has been going on lately is sawing down the trees on the backyard. Fir spikes and shadow has been ruin part of my vegetable beds. All those twigs must be stacked in piles for transportation to a bonfire (will be lit on last night of April). This is also exersize J.
 My mori fairy boy had his 10th birthday last week. He ordered a piñjata with candy and a fish cake for the birthday party. Johan also made magical tricks for him and the guests. This is how the fish cake turned out. The boys helped me to do marcipan figures to decorate it.
 
 I coloured some marcipan blu and made the cover of the cake, well done to be the first time I think.
You know the flaky nailpolish I reviewed? They have a lovely nail polish line called Velvet goth. How awesome isn't that?? Here's the link to the site Models Own. The colours are told to be matte but with sparkly flakes in the colours, Obsidian, Amethyst, Valerian, Sardonyx and Absinthe. I was supposed to order a couple but when I came to the cashout the delivery fees were more expensive than the purchase. So you guys who live in UK are lucky, those colours looks definitely something I would like to paint my nails in.

fredagen den 4:e april 2014

Pointy toes

I put on a green skirt today, it's actually a sundress that is folded down to a skirt. I feel like the Wicked witch of the west with the green and the pointy toes. The shoes are a recent second hand bargain.

Have a nice weekend!!

söndagen den 30:e mars 2014

My trick for long nails and a nail polish review

After many years of rectangular nails, I filed them pointy and discovered that I could grow them longer. They are so long now that there is a problem typing this down. The problem with the rectangular nails was that they got a notch in the outer corner and then broke. Sometimes they broke under the nail line and that was painful. By filing the weak part down and making them pointy, the nail got stronger.
The tube I'm holding in the photo above is a product we are making at the factory were I work. It's a baby bum salve containing vaseline (usually avoid that), peanut oil, citrus oil, and zink oxide. I discovered that this salve is making the nails very strong, hard but still a bit flexible. You can try any fat cream or salve if you can't find this one.

I can only paint my nails in the weekends, because of hygiene instructions at work. But to get a polish that lasts longer than a weekend you can follow a few simple steps. 
Always start with a protecting basecoat. Glitter nail polish directly on to your nails aren't very good.
Then nailpolish in the amount you need.

This polish came with my monthly Glossybox. The brand is Models Own and sells many different colours. This one wasn't anything I would recommend though the quality of the polish itself is good. Those aluminium foil looking chips were few and had to be fished after in the bottle. To get a decent spread of flakes, I had to paint the nails 3 times. This polish can maybe be used over a warm toned nailpolish for funky effects.
Another item that came in the Glossybox was a sample and a deo spray of a new perfume line. Panos Emporio is a Swedish swimsuit designer that tries a new concept with perfumes. The sample (forgot the name) was a light perfume nothing extraordinary. But the Goldflower deo spray was a nice surprise. It's a powerful vanilla, orange, heavy flowery fragrance. As a typical Swede I'm usually not fond of the heavier perfumes, but this was really nice. Johan loved it as well, so I will definitely buy the eau de toilette. 

I think the Glossybox is a great way to try new beauty stuff that one never would try. 
During saturdays Earth hour we shared a bottle of Prosecco, an extra dry sparkling Italian wine. It tasted nice, dry but although nice. What we were celebrating? Our 5 year anniversary, my math exam and a few more private things :)
 I think Earth hour can be a good event for those who need to be enlightened (yeah funny) by how we influence our environment. All these latest abnormal weather fenomena is actually caused by us humans. The best you can do is to try to lower you electrical consumption and try avoid taking the car. 

torsdagen den 27:e mars 2014

Falu Skyline

I rarely visit our city, maybe because it's always a boring errand to run. But on some occasions I visit a café with one of the kids, to sit down and chat while eating some pastry and drinking a latte. Alfons is such a pleasant company and he is a big gourmet, he had to go to the counter and buy another black berry macaron.

Outside the cafe I was strucked by the beautiful eveninglight and the towers in the skyline. We actually have lots of towers pointing at the sky in this town. You can see 4 towers on this photo. 
From left to right:
1. Västra Skolan (The Western School), this is were my oldest son studies, it was built 1915 and is 4 levels high, it's kind of a landmark in this town (except the churches). It is built like a castle with thick stone walls and high windows.
2. Gamla gamla brandstationen. The oldest old Firestation. Thats the red brick hous behind Alfons. The water hoses had to dry in a straight hanging line, therefore the tower, it was built 1884. 
3. Medborgarhuset. Community house. It's not that small, almost hidden behind the red brick firestation. This is were our local County radiostation resides. It was built as school for technical engineers in the 18 hundreds.
4. The old firestation was built in 1911 and is now a big atelier for photographers.
These buildings are not so old, comparing to others but they give the town a dignified look. I promise that when the weather is warmer, I will take a walk with my camera and take photos of my hometown. It's very beautiful and has lots of history.

The black building to the right, is quite a sad story. It's the police station built in 1968, black and dull looking.  The black facade is made of slag stone from the copper mine. It has the shape of a half circle because it was built around the towns bathing house. It was a castle like building with 5 large towers. You had several choises of taking baths, showers and swim and of course there was a sauna. It was torn down 1972 because it stood in the way and was not a modern facility. There were many manifestations against the demolition.


lördagen den 22:e mars 2014

Fire and ice

 I have returned from a couple of hectic but fun days at the university. The way home looked like this for three hours, small road crossing the big forest only sparingly passing small sleepy villages. I hoped to show some photos of Karlstad because it's a beautiful town but I unfortunately had no time.
Almost at home there was a huge traffic jam that caught me stuck for another one and a half hour. The weather has been very unpredictable.
I was inspired by a Lebanese lunch at the university and cooked Lebanese meze for dinner today. On the plates you can se spicy sausages, kaftas, hoummus, falalfel, baba ganoush, fattoush and youghurt. I also served pita breads. 
As you can see on the photo below spring arrived again. The saturday evening was warm and calm. As the ground was wet it was perfect for burning twigs and as a celebration to the Vernal Equinox.
The magical fire fascinates the boys and they helped me to keep it alive as the daylight got weaker.

In the end there were only a glowing pile left. The ashes and the coal will be nutrition to my root vegetables this summer.

lördagen den 15:e mars 2014

Interior details for a Lolita

 Many things at IKEA are soo boring, that so called Scandinavian style can be very dull with too many straight corners. But Ikea do have some few items that are must have's as well. 
Take a look at the childrens department next time, they have a new line for young girls wich I think is lovely and irresistable. The bed linen called Silkig (silky) have a unicorn and bouncing bunnies print along with swirls and flower ornaments. The flipside of the duvet cover is pink. They also have small matching cusions with a unicorn print. I beleive those who love Lolita style also would love these. 
The glass on the bed was only 1 €. I bought eight glasses and these will be our new everyday glasses. Even if they are a bit chunky I think they will add a little Victorianescue feel to our everyday dinners.
You know I'm fond of owles. These cute ones were bought at a store called Rusta for 10€. Johan saw them on his Instagram feed and I hurried to buy them. They must have been popular because they ran out immediately.

I'm about to finish my essay and prepare my presentation for next weeks visit at the University. I'm looking forward to going there and see my friend C and my awesome study mates. One was published in a science newspaper in an article about 3-d printed organs. Read it here.