Category Archives: Life

May

May has been a quiet and a busy month at the same time but I am back with a new mini travel vlog 🙂
Although I had many plans for my trip to Helsinki, they all have been ruined by the cloudy cold weather.

A trip with adventures – although I had two cameras with me, the moment I wanted to take photos in front of Tuomikirkko, I took the DSLR out of my bag and I was wondering why it was sooo…”not so heavy” until I realized that I have forgotten the battery in the unplugged charger…And also my friend came from Romania here for the first time so it was wonderful to “relive” moments from my first visit to Helsinki which happened in 2013.

 

Once upon a December

I’ve been wanting to record the song “Once upon a December” for a while now but I didn’t have any free time or good disposition (the lack of sun here in Finland makes me really tired sometimes).

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But yesterday I finished everything: from recording to filming and some extra photos in my “home studio” 😀 So everything is done by me!

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The voice might sound like it’s coming out of a jar because I’m still learning my recording software but I’ll get there! Appreciate the effort, please! 😛

So, here you have my cover of “Once upon a December”. The movie has a special meaning to me and each time I watch it, my thoughts fly to my grandmother who is waiting for me home in Romania so I dedicate this to her with all my heart ❤

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Welcome December!

*this post was supposed to be here on 1st of December but…I fell asleep 😀

The long-awaited month and my most favorite one has finally arrived! It’s here and it came together with the snow! It couldn’t be more perfect and more beautiful than this!

December caught me painting.

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I’m not a professional painter or anything like that, just a simple amateur. And I’ve decided to paint a winter cardinal to be in tune with the weather. Plus I want to give it as a Christmas present to my beloved grandmother because she will adore it and will always cherish it. She loves birds and nature and this will make the perfect Christmas present for her! I must say that handmade presents are the best! Although Christmas is about enjoying each other and being grateful that we have reached another wonderful celebration, I always give presents to everyone as a sign of gratitude because I want to make people happy plus I’m a generous person. So yeah, that moment when your make-up table becomes an art workspace 😀

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I only need to find a frame for the little canvas, I’m gonna wrap it nicely and send it to Santa 😉

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The weather, the Christmas music in the background, the fairylights and the smell of vanilla coming out of the oven make such a great atmosphere! Are you wondering what am I baking? Well, I made a sponge cake. I haven’t made one for more than a year and it was about time. And in case you want a little personal update, I’m trying to cut out sweets and I’m doing quite well by now but today I had cravings for something sweet so baking was the solution. Easy to bake, simple and nourishing.

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Have a wonderful December and hopefully I’ll be more active on my blog these days!

Cheerio!

My Halloween 2016

You may wonder how has my Halloween been? Well, all I can say is it was peaceful. I haven’t been anywhere but I made my house look a bit (more) creepier and I surprised my beloved one because I love to surprise him each and every single day with anything that pops up in my mind.

I also made a video for you to see the decorating process so check it out!

’till next time! ❤

The last warm days

I know it’s been a few weeks since I didn’t write here but I’m back!

Suomenlinna – is the place where I always like to go whenever I’m in Helsinki. I got a ticket from the ticket machine at the Market Square and I jumped in the ferry. The journey to the sea fortress takes around 10 minutes but I never count how long it takes because it feels amazing to be on top of the water and to have the wind playing with your hair and seagulls flying above at the same pace with the ferry. It feels like you are one of them. One with the nature!

This time I explored the island a bit more and I have discovered places where I could hide and be alone. Places where I can have the Baltic Sea at the bottom of my feet and then rest in a coffee shop with a hot chocolate and an original Fazer chocolate candy. All these things you can see yourself below. Enjoy!DSC_0109.jpgdsc_0144


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And as a blog post ending “delight”, here is a mini travel vlog 🙂 See you next time!

Cheerio, darlings!

 

One with the waves, ocean soul

There is a place for each one of us where our soul finds it’s peace. Mine is close to the water.
Each time I see a river or a lake, my soul starts trembling of joy and my heart almost pops out of my chest. It’s a feeling of being home. A feeling of serenity and peace of mind.
I am a simple person and small things make me happy. But more happy I am when I can see with my own eyes the reflection of the forest or the sky on the lake. And although water is odourless, I feel a special scent of the waves that I cannot put into words and that makes it even more special to me!
That’s why I’ve chosen to film my parts for the Ocean Soul project on a deck over the lake. After filming a few scenes, my beloved one asked me “Aren’t you cold? I am freezing!” and I can honestly tell you that I did not notice the cold wind blowing until he told me.
I was above water and I was free!
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The idea of the musical project called Ocean Souls belongs entirely to Dean Kopri and it’s also a part of Kitee International Art & Music Festival. He managed to gather 12 people from different countries together, with different singing styles, created wonderful piano arrangements of the original songs by Nightwish and wrote music sheet for every single voice and instrument. How awesome is that? We all have been working for almost a year now on our parts and although Ocean Souls have played in Kitee (Finland) this summer, some of us couldn’t make it but the other girls simply nailed it! I will leave down bellow our first song published on YouTube for the entire world to listen and stay tuned for more!
And although you can barely see the make-up in the video, here is what I used:
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*Before foundation, I always moisturize my skin with the daily moisturizer with camelina oil by Lumene and leave it for a few minutes to let the skin absorb it*
Foundation: FIT me! by Maybelline (matte + poreless) #105 natural ivory
Beauty blender by PARSA beauty
Concealer: Soft touch mousse by Essence #20 soft sand
Eyeshadow base: I (heart) stage by Essence
Eyebrows:Eyebrow stylist set by Essence
Powder (just a little bit!): New mater maker by Maybelline New York #10 classic ivory
Eyelid highlights: a sparklish-pinkish color from the pallete Magic Studio Naked Way
Eyelid shadow: Ombre essentielle by Chanel #112 pulsion
Eyeliner: Liquid ink eyeliner waterproof by Essence
Mascara: Rock ‘n’ doll by Essence
Bronzer: Bronzing powder by H&M #dark tan (just a bit on the top of the brush otherwise it would look weird on the cheeckbonesbecause I hate getting a tan!)
Lips: XXXL Longlasting lipgloss velvet matt & lipliner #06satin mauve by Essence (I love nude colors for the lips!)
And to set and help the make-up last on the face the whole day, I use the setting spray matte finish from NYX. It’s a life-saver and I love it!
Do you still wonder why your girlfriend is always late on a date? haha!
And at the end of the day, instead of tea with honey and lemon and Paracetamol, I switched to hazelnut vanilla ice cream. Ooops!
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My autumn evening routine

The season of cinnamon and cozy sweaters has arrived! It’s also the time when the burgundy color looks perfect on each one of us!

Today I am going to take you into my intimacy, into my evening routine to be exact.

I will start with the delicious Palmolive gourmet body butters that won’t last too long in your shower cabin 😀 Although I love all of them, the vanilla is the one that I completely finish really fast all the time. And compared to other brands, these body butters will leave your skin scented for hours, that’s a promise!

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After a long shower, I take my facial cleansing brush and start using my anti-blemish 3 steps system from Clinique. I just simply love these products!

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And when I am too lazy to follow the 3 steps above, I moisturize my face with the moisturizing cream from Lumene. Is the first brand I fell in love with the moment I moved to Finland and the only cream that leaves my face soft and not sticky or greasy. I use it every morning and every time before going to sleep.

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The body mist from Victoria Secret shouldn’t miss from your bathroom cabinet (or your vanity)!My favorite is “love spell” and I use it everyday after the shower. I actually don’t use it, I bathe in it, haha! 😀 Which one is your favorite?

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Now that fall has come, I love to paint my nails with darker colors and this time I use the rouge noir nail polish from Cien. Love the flat brush!

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And in the end, my old friend Nivea comes in handy. I grew up with this product and it’s a part of my life! Forever Nivea!

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Phewww, now we are done with pampering our body. How about satisfying your hunger with some toast with butter, ham, cheddar cheese, cucumber and aroma salt? mmm…I ate them before taking pictures of my amazing evening toast haha!

And a hot chocolate with a lot of foam would be just fine! and what’s autumn without Jack The Pumpkin King?

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In the end, I’m gonna dive into my boyfriend’s DVD collection and now it’s time to let all the vampires in our house mwhaha! I’m obsessed with vampires and everything vampire-related since…I was born (I guess)!

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Another thing that I love about autumn is lighting up lanterns outside the house or in the balcony. It seems like a tradition here in Finland, a tradition that I absolutely love! And for tonight, we have a cookie scented candle lightening up our balcony!

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Talking about vampires, Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve prepared some nice things for you. Stay tuned and subscribe to my blog!

Cheerio, darlings!