Norway Travel Vlog 2018 – Come along

Back in July we rented a camper van, packed the kids and started driving.

Up north was the goal, to visit my brother in law that lives in Norway, Helgeland (in Mo i Rana, to be precise, but barely anyone has heard of it). We had no reservations, no fixed itinerary, just a vague idea of the route we were going to take.

 

Norway Travel Vlog 2018
Norway Travel Vlog 2018

 

Finally back to the way we travelled before the kids, without obligations, just following the road.

Well, not exactly back to the way we travelled before the kids. Morning lay-ins, hours of quiet time spend reading a book? No, the kids had a mind of their own when it came to how they wanted to spend their days, and, just like they are at home, they were early risers.

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Love Island – Is it all just fun and games?

Disclaimer first: I have actually never watched a full episode of Love Island in my whole life.

Until a few weeks ago I would even have sworn that this kind of show exists UK exclusive, but doing research for this blog post prooved me wrong. There is a German version on RTL 2.

Now how come I want to talk about a show I never watched?

 

Love Island
Love Island got me thinking…

 

First of all, if you are active on social media, there is no escape. Everyone is constantly commenting on who kissed whom and who betrayed XY behind their back.

And yes, I do know there is a mute button for certain topics. I wasn´t bothered.

I just wasn´t interested.

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Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – Is this fall I smell?

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Is it too early to think about fall?

Rhetorical question, of course.

YES! IT IS!

Leave me to my beach sunsets, my coconut scented sun cream and my “too hot to sleep so I´ll dance the night away” nights.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

 

Not that I have many of those, mind you, but I could have, in a parallel universe where I am awake after 10 pm. Ah, back in the days…

Where was I? Fall. Or at least the prospect of fall, with the promise of crisp mornings, colorful leaves and … pumpkin spice latte.

Isn´t that what fall seems to be all about? This seasonal beverage taking over social media feeds?

You tell me, because I never had one. *insert schocked emoji*

Not because I am cool enough to be anti-pumpkin spice latte. Even thinking about it makes me laugh. Or because of the huge amount of sugar it contais. That hasn´t stopped me with any other beverage either.

No, because I don´t drink coffee.

Completely useless information here, granted, but I do have a related question for all your pumpkin spice latte experts: Someone told me the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask smelt exactly like the Starbucks drink. True?

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Day to night makeup tutorial using affordable products

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I think it is well established by now that I don’t have much of a social life. But I do remember a time when I had, a life when a spontaneous invitation for after work drinks or even a date could happen.

And I remember how hard it was to look fresh and glammed up with a ten hours work day under your belt.

 

Day to night makeup tutorial
I only applied it to take it off half an hour later – ah, the glam life!

 

I watched countless day to night makeup tutorials on You tube, but I admit that in reality I rarely had the time for the complicated makeover some suggested nor the products with me that were apparently needed.

Because, lets be honest, if I were to go home in between work and my date, I´d do my makeup again from scratch. With a little practice anyone can do a glam look in less than ten minutes. (Don´t believe me? Here and here are some examples.)

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Why I think you should still play video games

„Still?“ is the question I get asked most when I mention it.

„You still play video games?“

Yes.

Yes I do.

 

benefits of playing video games
Meet my main character, Asharra, a warlock

 

I started at the tender age of 11, on my C 64 with 5,25„ floppy disks and classics like „Bubble Bobble“, briefly touched on the whole „Age of Empire“ series in LAN-parties with friends and then discovered the world of MMORPG, namely World of Warcraft.

Which just released it´s latest addon, „Battle for Azeroth“, on August 14th.

Now my raiding days are behind me, I just can´t keep up equipmentwise with work, kids and the blog, but that doesn´t mean I won´t immerse myself into the new content as much as possible in the upcoming weeks.

To mask this period of less blog activity I did of course prepare several blog posts, one of them on why I think you, as a beauty lover, should consider playing too!

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Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser – Summer lovin´

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Summer lovin´, happened so fast…

Whenever temperatures are up and a beach holiday is in the cards, this line from Grease is my constant companion.

 

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

 

Not that I have had many summer flings lately, my beach days are filled with sand toys and my idea of a wild night is going to bed after ten pm.

But the lack of fiery-eyed gigolos in my recent past (Mr. Loca is handsome, but not fiery-eyed) doesn’t mean that I can´t enjoy a little summer affair.

I just shift my attention to skincare products.

The cleanser I am flirting with in 2018? Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser.

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Travel skincare tips – How to travel light as a skincare junkie

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I do love traveling. Always have, always will. With my growing obsession with skincare though came a problem:

How do I narrow down what I need to take with me? Honestly, it feels like choosing your favorite child. (I exaggerate. A little at least.)

 

Travel skincare tips
Travel skincare tips

 

My routine has grown so much these last years, I constantly have around 15 products open. Specials like ampoules, face masks and such not included. And by open I mean, I use them. Don’t ask about the ones that are just open *hangs head in shame*

Chances are, given you are visiting m blog, that you have faced a similar problem in the past, so I thought I´d share with you my travel skincare tips.

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Working from home – Patience

I always figured I was of the impatient kind. And that nothing in the world could ever change that.

As someone that was used to grasping new things quickly, I never really had the patience to sit down and try long and hard. That almost broke my neck in medical school, as some of the topics required me to just do things repeatedly until I had memorized them by heart – a concept that to this day doesn´t agree with me.

 

Working from home
Working from home

 

That is just the way it is, I told myself. I will lead a long, happy and impatient life.

And only get average grades at med school.

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Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

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What weighs heavier in your decisions, science or personal experience. Asking for a friend here, because of course I only go by science and would clearly change my opinion about a topic when presented with scientific facts.

*cough*

 

Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream
Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

 

Well, that friend (Let´s call her Anne, shall we?), Anne always said that shea butter would break her out. Even when she read that shea butter was recommended for acne. Even when she read that shea butter was one of the very few ingredients with a comdeogenic rating of zero. Even when presented with actual studies regarding that subject.

Anne was adamant. And then, one day, raiding her mother’s skincare stash, she grabbed a pot of Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and used it. Without breakouts. Not knowing it contained shea butter pretty high up on the ingredient list.

She only noticed when she wrote this blog post…

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How to make the most of a break

Don’t get me wrong, I love an evening on the couch binge watching Netflix as much as everyone else. But if you are really exhausted, that just won’t cut it in terms of recovery.

Emotional and mental fatigue are a common problem in these fast paced times, and they can have a huge impact not only on your quality of life, but on your creativity as well.

 

How to recharge your energy
How to recharge your energy

 

Not long ago I felt fatigué, was contemplating quitting this blog and You Tube and creating content was cumbersome (read why).

So what did I do to come back recharged and full of motivation?

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