My curiosity regarding highlighters began a few weeks ago after watching a short makeup tutorial on YouTube. I Googled for a range of brands and their prices. I jumped from one product review to another until I pretty much got the idea on which ones to try when I finally had the chance.
15 July 2014 – Roaming around a number of makeup shops in Sundsvall was the perfect time for me to get to know those top three on my list up close and personal. There’s one from The Body Shop [ Radiant Highlighter, 185 sek (Swedish crowns) for a 25mL tube ], the Illuminator from Kicks [ priced at 139 sek, 30mL tube ] and then there’s Touch of Radiance Highlighter by Lumene [ 129 sek for a 1.8 mL highlighter-pen].
Testing and comparing went quick. However, getting torn between the highlighters from The Body Shop and Lumene, I went home undecided. tsk tsk…
I woke up this morning convinced on purchasing the one from Lumene. Lucky enough, my boyfriend was placing an order online for Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio Blue Edition Pour Homme so I simply added my wish list on his cart. Three hours later, a text message was sent informing us that the package was already on its way to our mailbox and will arrive no later than Friday. Quick, eh! *love love*
On the photo: Lumene Touch of Radiance Highlighter Pen, 1.8mL for 129 sek at Kicks
On an even better note: Love the perks and benefits of being a Kicks Club member! Aside from the 15% off the total cost, we’ll also be receiving three  surprise trial products. Oh yeah!
Me: excited much! After all, this is going to be the first ever Lumene product in my collection!
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Bye-bye bulky watches! Say hello to the modern and minimalist watch trends this season. This summer, get inspired to switch up your look with some of the latest diving, fashion and sport watches. Whether you’re looking for a classic on-the-go style or something with a little more pizzazz, there’s bound to be something for everyone who’s in search of some delicious arm candy this summer.
Add some glamour and glitz into the mix with the Imperiale from Chopard, a fun and flirty watch dusted in a rose gold tint. Jazz up a maxi dress for a relaxed feel or pair with a cropped body-con mini and gold accessories for an irresistible date night look. Briolette-cut amethysts are studded into the lugs and crown, a strong but subtle accent that has an unspoken sense of elegance and class. Play up neutral tones by adding this delectable timepiece into your wardrobe. The Imperiale is perfect for every body and is bound to make any outfit look fresh.
Looking for something a bit more rugged and ready to go? Jet-set gypsies will love the new Seamaster I “Plantet Ocean” Watch, a modern new pick from Omega, ideal for those bitten by the travel bug. Designed as a simple diving watch, this practical watch is water resistant for up to 600 meters and acts surprisingly versatile. The 37.5mm diameter face is a great choice for those looking for an easy to read watch that won’t weigh you down. Embrace your inner mermaid, and rock the Seamaster I “Planet Ocean” under the sea this summer. Divers, snorkelers and beach bunnies alike will love this new pick, sure to bring out the sultry siren within. When you’re back on the shore, this bold watch can balance out a tough-chic look by matching with black accessories and metallic nail polish.
Class and luxury
When it comes to fashion, even a small change can have a big impact. Keep your look in-the-now by trying out the Big Bang by Hublot for size. This watch features a diamond bezel and 18ct rose gold casing, luxe details which give a modern, finished look. Highlights include fully automatic movement and water resistance for up to 100 meters, offering a balanced blend between luxury and sport. Mix and match with a white tuxedo jacket, giving an air of cool elegance to anything you have on. The mix of black, gold and diamond detailing adds a playful, sexy touch to your going-out look.
“Les Classiques” from Maurice Lacroix is a timeless, go-to pick when you’re looking for a polished, put together look. The all over silver color with delicate detailing like the mother of pearl dial, encrusted with diamonds, gives this watch a distinct feminine feel to the design. The diamond encrusted bezel is detail that watch lovers will be hard to miss. The 28mm case keeps this timepiece featherweight and ladylike for this can’t-miss style. For more inspiration, check out the latest from Geneva, an article featuring the 10 New Watches for Women from Forbes. Find more styling ideas with Elle and their fabulous collection of the latest in designer watches and accessories for ladies this season.
Monday, 14 July 2014
The phrase "healthy oils" may sound like a contradiction, but these nutrient-rich foods are indispensable when it comes to good living. Just a few teaspoons can boost your immune system, decrease your stress levels and reduce your risk of a heart attack. Just remember to use them in moderation; at 120 calories per serving, cooking oils can quickly pack on the pounds. Here are five healthy oils you should always keep in your kitchen.
1. Olive Oil
Is this Mediterranean superfood already a staple in your kitchen? For years, experts have hailed extra virgin olive oil for its heart-healthy benefits. Research has shown that supplementing your diet with quality olive oil can increase your good cholesterol and reduce the bad. When you exchange your regular butter or lard for olive oil and other monounsaturated fats, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Whether you are baking, stir-frying or cooking in the oven, make sure that you choose a pure olive oil with a high level of antioxidants.
2. Sesame Seed Oil
You should not use sesame seed oil everyday, but once a week you can splurge on its unmatched nutty aroma and taste. This oil is best known for flavoring Asian stir-frys, but you can also add it to meat sauces and salad dressings for a unique experience. Toasted sesame oil contains important vitamins and minerals that may slow bacterial growth, prevent cellular damage and reduce your cancer risk. The high magnesium content has been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease glucose in diabetic patients.
3. Cottonseed Oil
Cottonseed oil had been a staple of the American kitchen for more than 40 years before World War II caused widespread shortages. Now, this versatile oil is making a comeback. New technologies and genetic enhancements have made it possible to produce a healthier oil with fewer pesticides. Cottonseed oil's high level of vitamin E fights free radicals and cancer development, while the fatty acid structure provides heart benefits. Because cottonseed has a muted, nutty flavor, it can be used virtually anywhere you might add canola or vegetable oil. The high smoke point makes it ideal for searing, browning and deep-frying.
4. Coconut Oil
Like cottonseed, coconut oil has undergone a leave-it-then-love-it comeback. The nutrients help the body process blood sugars, increase metabolism and endurance and fight off dangerous bacteria, viruses and fungi. It can also aid digestion. The light, mildly addictive flavor is a bonus. Try cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil with your popcorn, hash browns and baked goods.
Friday, 27 June 2014
Located in the center of the Sunshine State, Orlando is Florida’s crown jewel of tourism. Miami may be a glitzy, sun-soaked paradise for grownups, but Orlando is the perfect place for the whole family to have fun in Florida’s tropical weather.
When people think of Orlando, they immediately think of Disney World. While Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center and Hollywood Studios are an iconic must-do for families, there is much more to Orlando. While there are several other amusement parks in the city, it’s also a great place to enjoy theater, dinner shows, golf, water sports, wildlife shows and nature hikes.
What to Do
Disney World: Every family should visit Disney World at least once in a lifetime. This really is a magical, masterfully created place, with both beloved classic attractions and innovative, ever-changing new rides, shows and activities.
Photo source: Disney World
Disney is divided into four main parts: the Magic Kingdom, which is best for smaller children and those seeking an iconic Disney experience; Epcot Center, which is a more educational, cerebral park better suited for older children and adults; Hollywood Studios, a movie-based theme park with thrilling rides that older children, teens and young adults will enjoy; and Animal Kingdom, which is a wildlife habitat where people of all ages can enjoy an up-close and personal experience with wild animals.
Some of Disney World’s best highlights include the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks display; the La Nouba Cirque du Soleil; the Epcot World Showcase, which hosts a spectacular nightly fireworks display; and the Animal Kingdom Safari Tour, where visitors can see African animals in a natural savanna habitat.
Universal Studios: This vast theme park is based on popular movies, comic books and cartoons. It features seven separate islands, each of which has a different theme, and different related rides. Ride along with Harry at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, save the world with your favorite superhero at Marvel Super Hero Island, enjoy silly fun at Toon Lagoon, or get an up-close view of dinosaurs at Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent.
Gatorland: A departure from Orlando’s theme parks, Gatorland offers visitors the opportunity to get an up-close view of native Florida wildlife, including alligators, crocodiles, snakes and nesting birds. The park features 3000 alligators and 89 crocodiles, with daily alligator feeding shows and reptile and bird exhibits.
Discovery Cove: This immense water park’s main draw is the opportunity to swim with dolphins, which is exciting enough. However, it also features an aviary where birds will come and eat right from your hands; a lazy river perfect for relaxing; and scuba diving with the opportunity to see real fish. The park hands out drinks, cookies and other snacks all day, which are free with the price of admission.
Friday, 13 June 2014
I have been away from the world of blogging for quite a while now. ‘Been receiving “Hello. How are you doing? ” types of messages on Facebook and more blog inquiries via email lately [thanks!]. I am very much okay though. Busy with work that makes me happy, that is. Plus I spend more time these days chatting with the family and some good old friends – joy overload!
With tons of products on hand and a few more coming [someone’s been shopping online a lot --- *wink*], I am looking forward to publishing reviews pretty soon.
For the meantime, here’s my hello smile of the day. Excuse the eye bags and the dark circles. Hope they go away soon! And yes. I am not that good at taking selfies just yet. Well, practice makes perfect!
Time check: Sweden: 11.10 pm --- time for me to hit the sack. Must have enough energy for my 12-hour shift tomorrow.