if you have been watching my vlogtober or reading this blog for a bit you will know that I completely changed my eating habits and workout routine to lose weight I put on over a while. it has not only made me feel loads more confident and happy with myself, it has been one of the best decisions I have made all year and is one of the things that has made this year so special for me. now that December is close and shops start carrying all the Christmas chocolate and snacks and I have been getting a few invitations to Christmas parties which always mean loads of good food and also a bit of booze, I had to think about how to keep up my healthy lifestyle whilst enjoying Christmas too.

1. Keep the Routine up
despite there being the chance of more treat food, there's no real reason to not keep your eating habits and workout routine up. I workout 3 times a week and eat a low carb diet 6 out 7 days because I like having my treat day and actually and especially workout wise it doesn't really matter what month it is so just go ahead. to me, it's actually easier to keep my routine up and going as it makes me feel best and it turned into my comfort zone.

2. Don't beat yourself up
as much as I love my healthy lifestyle, there's no pressure on me and I don't owe anyone an explanation as to what I'm eating. I feel like as soon as you feel good about your routine but also love all the chocolate (me) the pressure hits you and you want to be your best and I easily feel so bad when I decide to have a piece of chocolate that has been offered to me and that probably happens loads more around Christmas. it can be your coworker bringing in baked goods or your best friend wanting to share some lindor with you. so don't bet yourself up and enjoy it and be easy with yourself.


3. Treating yourself to new workout clothes
is there anything more motivating than a new set of workout clothes? a while back zaful contacted me and asked if I wanted to pick something from their website and I went straight for the workout wear. I never ordered from zaful and only heard from it because of those very popular "I spend x amount of money on that website" videos. after a little delivery delay which they were so good and accommodating about, a new pair of workout leggings and a new top arrived and I'm so surprised by how good they are. they are so affordable and so lovely to wear. they also wash very well and getting that workout in is so much easier when you have a cute outfit to wear.

4. Celebrate your treat days
I'm a big fan of treat days because let's face it, sometimes you want to eat that chocolate santa or indulge in some good ol' Christmas food and you should. I do celebrate my treat days as it is but when its Christmas you can do that even more. there will be Christmas parties, Christmas dinners and all that good stuff and you can and should celebrate them and after a few days of eating healthy and well, you can really look forward to your treat food.




i'm so excited for everything festive that is about to happen and certainly to treat myself but also having a healthy christmas that won't make me feel awful after. are you with me? do you have any tips too? lets share them.

Outfit: Jumper: H&M // Leggings: Zaful*

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now that I'm done with my autumn content it seems only right to get into the festive blog posts and content. so if you are not ready, I'm sorry but this has to happen and I did have so much fun sorting out my decor this morning to be able to do the first festive blog post of this year. how exciting. to me, there's no better way than starting Christmas on the blog than doing a post on lush Christmas. I love their festive stock despite being very sad that stardust is not back this year. it was my favourite and I hope it comes back at some point.

so there are two classics I picked up to have the most festive bath with and the first one is the magic wand. it's a must. it has the typical very sweet cotton candy snow fairy scent and despite it not being my favourite it just reminds me of Christmas and I actually love gifting it. it's just so pretty and makes for quite a few baths as you hold the wand under the running water. another festive classic is golden wonder and I remember it being the first Christmas lush products I bought back in 2013. it turns the water into the most dreamy light blue which makes me feel like being in the Maldives. it has a very lovely and deep orange scent and something about it is so luxurious. one of the new ones I had to have is the snowman bubble bar. it looks so cute and with soy milk and shea butter in it, it smells heavenly. very milky and soft. those scents are probably my favourite from lush. one product I really wanted was the plum snow bubble bar. it's new and it's huuuuuge. it seems to be quite popular because there was only one left to buy. it smells like plum rain. very deep but also fruity and spicy. I can't wait to use it.

so here we are. the first lush haul of the season. there might be a second one if you don't mind. have you tried any of the Christmas stock?

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usually, I'm not happy about time passing too quickly but right now I just can't wait for December to roll around. Christmas has to be my favourite and always was. I can't wait to do all my festive content and in fact, it will start very soon. too early for some but just perfect for me, especially since I feel like everyone is so early this year and I have major fomo at the moment. I can't start decorating just yet as I feel like my boyfriend is not with me on the super early decorating and sometimes I just have to hold back my excitement. what about you? are you super excited about Christmas or are you not in the mood just yet?

what I did
well, for some reason the past week has been a very weird one. despite having a very productive start to the week and I got my blog into gear and did some studying I started feeling very poorly on Wednesday and I honestly don't feel too good still. I feel like I caught some sort of virus as I feel so weak but I don't really have a runny nose or a sore throat. on Thursday I wanted to go to the Sephora opening but it was so busy and I couldn't deal with it and when I came home I felt even worse and slept on the sofa after sitting on my bathroom floor because I felt so nauseous and sick. So I took it easy the rest of the week in hope to feel better asap. 

what I didn't do
because I felt so poorly I didn't get my 3rd workout in but since I did two in the beginning of the week so that's fine. I also feel like I could have got some much done when it comes to studying and blog stuff but that has to wait for next week.

what I ate
this weird virus or sickness I came down with really affected my tummy as it gets upset so easily. so loads of tea and chicken soup was on the menu but as my tummy is getting better again I'm looking forward to having a pizza today, it will be a low carb one but still.

what I want to do next week
I need to schedule all my posts on Monday because I start my new job on Tuesday and I want to make sure the blog and channel are rolling. one of my best friends and I are also planning to do a little girly shopping day and I hope I can start the hallway renovations too.

one word to describe the past week
poorly


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if you know me, you will know that I love my Essie nail polishes and my nails. whenever I feel a bit sad or I had a really bad day, I go and treat myself to one so over the years I have built up a really big collection and it's basically overflowing but I can't stop. especially since I have been getting my nails done for over 2 years now. I always get clear acrylics that I can paint myself and it's just so good. if you have acrylics you will know that nail polish doesn't chip on them, it drys so quickly and just looks so neat. so whenever we are getting closer to the most wonderful time of the year, I get even more excited about my manicures because its the time to get the glitters out and I feel like a nice manicure is a must for the upcoming season.

reds & glitters

obviously, you have to go for the dark reds during the festive season but before I talk about them there are a few other options too. a classic nude nail always works for me and can look so classy and works with every outfit you might want to wear. my favourite Essie nude has to be demure vix. it's the most perfect mauve and doesn't look weird on me as I'm very fair. if you want to go slightly darker but not for a red, angora cardi is the perfect in-between shade. I would describe it as very dark terracotta mauve and it looks just lovely, not only for the holidays. if you want to go for more of a statement that isn't a red one of my all-time favourites basically is a metallic and almost foil looking silver. sadly, the label peeled off and I have no idea what its called but its amazing. another fave is one of everyone's favourite Essie polishes for the colder months but there just is no Christmas or winter without starry starry night. now onto the reds, probably the stars of the show. a cold classic has to be sole mate. its the best dark slightly berry red and I just have to put it on as soon as the temperatures drop just a little bit. another fave has to be bold beauty which I have been featuring quite a bit over here but its just perfect. just the right deep red for every festive occasion. to make everything more exciting I like to go for accent nails with glitters or golds. my favourite glitters have to be a cut above. it basically rose gold bits of glitter and as a little touch of something on one nail or just on the tips, it makes for a perfect festive manicure. same with tassel shaker which is little strings of gold and rose gold and it's equally as pretty. more opaque shimmers are getting groovy which I just love as it goes one so well and just is the perfect gold. a more bronzey option is leggy legend. it's just beautiful.

so here we are. my favourite nail polishes for a seasonal shake-up. are you looking forward to festive manicures? which colours are your favourites?

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is there anything better than finding a product you love whether its a new one or you find something in your collection and fall in love with it all over again? I don't think so, especially when you are a beauty lover and certainly a beauty lover. the past month I have found a fair few new products I love and also added some products back into my routine that I have been using before and its only right to share them with you. maybe there's something in here that you love too or something that you wanted to try for ages.

a few of my favourite things

the biggest and best new purchase of the past month has been yet another palette to add to my already big collection. it's the Charlotte Tilbury instant eye palette. a true beauty and I'm so happy that I splurged on it. its beautiful and such amazing quality and I truly reach for it daily. another fairly new product to me is the Zara femme perfume. I can't get enough of the scent. as I was a proud owner of the rollerball for two days, I decided to get the full size and it smells like heaven. very vanilla based but also fresh and it's so affordable too. I remember being the biggest fan of Nars orgasm blush until I found the perfect dupe at the drugstore. sleek rose gold and I completely forgot about it and then started using it again this month. it gives the best pinky fresh flush of colour and glow. it's just perfection. also, in order to shape my cheekbones, I got my old and trusty Kevyn Aucoin contour powder out again. it's so cool toned and perfect for winter as I have no tan at all. it's running really low and it pains me as it's so pricey but its so good. to give my winter skin the much-needed glow, I have been using my Nars liquid highlighter in Copacabana again. its perfect for fair skin and can be either natural or very bold. on my lips, I have been using three products only. its charlotte tilbury pillow talk which has been used since I got it or Jeffree Star pumpkin pie and unicorn blood. both are very bold but so beautiful too. jeffree star just does the best liquid lipsticks. obviously festive nails are on the way back into my life so bold beauty which is the perfect dark blood right and a cut above by Essie are back out and I love them.

what are your current favourites? have you tried some of the products I mentioned before? what do you think?

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oh hello November, I hope you'll be beautiful. now that its November, I really have to hold back on getting all the Christmas decor up from our basement and buying a Christmas tree. I'm ready but I want to hold back until mid-November because first off all, autumn I still a favourite and because my boyfriend will not be a fan of decor right now. he loves it but I think its a bit too early. to get my Christmas fix I'm already planning my content so I can keep up with vlogmas which I will be doing this year too and my blog will also be filled with festive posts. I just really like to milk my favourite holiday and festive blog photography has to be my favourite. so before we jump straight into the Christmas content, let's live the moment and breathe the last bit of autumn air.

what I did
not only was it Halloween, it was also my granddads birthday so we celebrated that as a family whilst supplying trick or treaters with chocolates and sweets. my grandparent's neighbour does not only live in one of the biggest houses I have ever seen, he also seriously decorated it out to the max with different spooky stations, sound effects and Halloween candy. it was so incredible. after Halloween vlogtober ended and I jumped straight back to classes and work. at the end of this week, I finally treated myself to a new phone since my current iPhone is on its last legs and I'm currently anxiously waiting for the postman to arrive. I also decided to upload a video every Sunday until vlogmas because I don't want to have my channel empty after vlogtober.

 what I didn't do
I still can't find a way to go to the gym more than once and it's annoying so I might start with home workouts again as I feel like they fit better within my daily and weekly routine.

what I ate
once again, the festive Starbucks cups are out everywhere but not in Germany and I'm a bit upset. I wanted to get one. also, I'm obsessed with pineapple. it's so fresh and so good. can't get enough of it.

what I want to do next week
okay, so next week Sephora is finally about to open...I can't believe it myself and I will go. there are just two products I want but I will get them and I'm so happy to finally have it here. other than that I don't have much planned. I want to get in a set studying routine and finalize all my upcoming content.

one word to describe the past week
Halloween



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