if you are a long term reader of this blog you will know about my love and probably obsession with lush. there's nothing like a big bath filled with scented bubbles or the most colorful bath bomb. I'm the one to go crazy over limited editions as well as my favourites and I always manage to stock up during their Christmas sale just to have enough bath supplies for the ultimate pamper or when I just need something to calm me down after a long day. when I saw lushs promo for their valentines day stock, I knew some of it had to be mine. for the past few years, I found their valentines collection to be one of the strongest. It's always so fun and playful and obviously a bit romantic too. So in honour of Valentines Day, I thought I would share my picks with you.

so let's start with the one I got most of. it's the Peachy Bath Bomb and what can I say? I'm obsessed with it. not only is it huge and the idea behind it is just genius. I feel like everyone has seen it with the matching eggplant bath bomb in honour of all the cheeky texts you might want to send. But that's not everything about it. The scent is also incredible. It's obviously peach scented but not sickly. Its the smell of the juiciest ripest peach. So far, its one of my favourite bath products they have ever done. I actually don't want it to be gone and I went into the store twice to get it but it has all been sold out so I'm obviously not the only who loves it dearly. if you have yet to get it, please do. it's incredible. 
because it was sold out the first time I went, I had to go for a gift set. The Peach and Love Gift Set contains one peachy bath bomb but also the Love Boat bath bomb. the little boat sails into your bathtub creating the most incredible almost sunset looking colours and it smells beautiful as it contains lemon peel and rose oil. 
one product I haven't tried before is the Open your Heart Bubbleroon. I know the gold glitter will mess up my bathtub but I just love spicy and woody scents and bubbles too. It contains sandalwood which always reminds me of my boyfriends signature scent.
Another favourite of mine is the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar and I have to get it every year. It creates the softest and biggest pinky toned bubbles and makes me feel like I'm in a fairy tale. I hope they bring it back every year.

How about you? have you checked out lush valentines day range? what are your thoughts and I hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day.

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oh well, long time no post. I took a wee break to get creative again and also because I needed a break to figure life out, at least a bit. adulting is hard and it sucks but here we are again with the blog. not only is adulting hard but also blogging when its January and you are not jetting around the world to chase sun and summer. its freezing cold or grey and rainy most of the time and I haven't had the chance to shoot any type of fashion content due to winter and spring still being ages away. not only is my blogging game suffering from the winter blues, but my skin is also. I have dehydrated skin as it is and due to the lack of sunshine, radiator heat and freezing cold winds, my skin is just lacking life. around this time of year, I have to step up my skincare game and also alter my makeup to make sure my skin gets a bit of glow back. I'm sure I'm not the only one whos dealing with that at this very moment so let's talk glow:

the skincare

skincare is the most important thing during this time of year and I have to take extra care of my skin. the ordinary is a brand I trust with all my skincare needs and problems and it always seems to work for me. there are three essential products I have been using recently to help my skin to a bit of glow during this time of year. my serum of choice is the buffet. it's a multi-peptide serum that not only offers great hydration but also fights multiple signs of aging at once. I use it at night time to make sure my skin is gets everything it needs and it truly helps with signs of fatigue, dehydration lines, and an overall dull look. to nourish and deeply hydrate my skin I mix a little secret potion. it's my moisturizer which also is by the ordinary, I use the natural moisturizing factors, and also an oil and retinol. I use the 100% virgin sea-buckthorn fruit oil. the oil contains a high concentration of omega 7. it nourishes and protects the skin from free radicals and maintains the skins natural barrier function. it's a yellow coloured oil and it will stain so be aware of that. I drop about two drops into my moisturizer. I also add retinol. retinol has been talked about too much about lately and I'm a huge fan. its supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, photodamage, and general skin aging. it can irritate which is why it has to be introduced moderately into your routine but nothing makes my skin look as glowy and beautiful. I add a few drops to the mixture and apply it to my face and my skin loves it. 

Makeup

I like to add extra glow with my makeup too. recently, I have moved away from liquid liner and started using kohl liners as I find the look much more natural and I love the way it looks. I use a brown on my upper lash line and tight line and smudge it out slightly. to open up my eyes and make me look more awake, I use a light nude kohl liner on my lower lash and water line. also on my eyes, I have been loving the hourglass scattered light shadow pots. they create the perfect subtle almost wet look. they apply so well and the shade smoke is absolutely perfect.
I have been dying to get my hands on one of the hourglass palettes so I bought myself one for Christmas. its just beautiful and hourglass powders just add to the glow so beautifully. the blushes and the bronzer in it are what I use daily to add colour to my face. a highlighter is a must for me, especially when my face looks a bit lackluster and dull. my favourite still is the anastasia beverly hills amrezy highlighter. its absolutely perfect and just adds the perfect glow to my complexion. pillow talk by Charlotte Tilbury is just a holy grail as it is. for christmas, she brought out the superstar lipstick and I had to get pillow talk and let me tell you, its amazing. it had a slight shine to it and feels so creamy and beautiful.

what about you? what are your glow products during this time of year? please let me know.

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oh hello and welcome to 2019. it's a new year, a fresh start and a whole new story to write and experience. some might not be a huge fan of resolutions and clean starts on the 1st of January but I certainly am. I love setting goals, reminiscing about the good and also bad times I have had and focusing on something new to come. 2018 has been so bright and I had the highest highs in a long time but I was also in my darkest and fell really low.  it was the best of both. light and darkness and a great learning curve. I feel like I grew up, sort of, and figured out who I want to be and what I want to dedicate my life to. I can't wait to turn my ideas into reality and hopefully collect as many memories along the way as I can. Here is to the new and a new story to write but first, let's look back on 2018.






the highs

01. there will always be people who travel more or less or just different than I do but I feel like in 2018 I saw so many new places and traveled around Europe as well as doing a fair few day trips to explore around me. from London to Nice and Monaco and back to London as well as a Summer spent in Sweden and Denmark, it made me once more thankful to live in Europe and am surrounded by so many different countries, cultures and beautiful places to explore. We also did our best to appreciate our surroundings by exploring castles, nature and different cities all around. it has been a beautiful year to go explore and travel.

02. spring. as simple as that. spring is one of my favourite seasons as it is and probably because it's my birthday and I can resist the fresh green all around as well as blooming trees and the first rays of warm sun. I had the warmest birthday all my life this year and due to heavy sunshine, the blooming cherry, apple, and magnolia trees were bigger and brighter than ever. I managed to capture so many of them this year and it made incredibly happy. I was one of the prettiest springs I have ever experienced. 






03. one of the things that made me the absolute happiest this year has to be this right here. my little blog on the internet. it's my main creative outlet and one of my biggest passions. I feel like I started getting a groove with my content and where I want to take things. I mixed in a good portion of fashion and lifestyle content with my love for beauty and it showed. the feedback I got from you guys was beautiful and I'm so happy with my content. this year I was able to land a few sponsored posts and being paid to do something I love so much just feels unreal. I can't wait to grow with my blog in 2019. it's my happy place.

04. friends. I was never one to have many friends or a huge group of friends. to be fair, I always struggled a bit to fit in and make proper friends since I am quite good on my own. this year, my friendship with a lovely group of friends grew stronger than ever. Its just what i have ever wanted. a group of beautiful and lovely ladies who understand and respect each other. we made amazing memories this year by going to the spa, going on nights out or just relaxed at each other flats. we rented a boat out in the summer for a whole day and ended the year with our friendmas celebrations. I just love them very dearly.







the lows

01. the year started out with a very dark time for me. I had to confess to myself that the course I was in at uni was never the one for me and that it deeply scared me. it was hard to admit that, especially since I was about to enroll in my exams to qualify to become a lawyer or judge. I took some time off to find myself and figure out what I truly wanted in life. I'm so thankful for my education and how smooth it was all the time but I just wasn't on the right track. I spend a lot of time crying and not knowing where to go but after a few months, I started realizing what it is I need to do and if everything works out, I can move into my dream career in 2019. 

02. mental health is always a big one for me and due to the hard times I had to go through, I struggled with anxiety a bit. it surely not as bad as other people experience it but it was horrible nonetheless. it just took such a toll on me and it made me quite unhappy. luckily, I have an amazing support system around me and I was able to feel better.






 a few more highlights

01. my boyfriend. he's my biggest rock and I'm thankful to have him and I hope we can spend many more years together.

02. my family. we are so close and it makes me incredibly happy to have them around me.

03. finding myself. I feel like I have been a bit lost in my early twenties and in my mind and I know feel like I'm on my way.

04. coming to terms with my faith and spirituality. its such a personal topic and I could talk about it more but I'm so happy about it.







how has your 2018 been? let me know your highlights and I hope you are ready for 2019 too. thank you so much for your support and love the past year. it means the world.

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with the pre-Christmas stress hitting hard and the last deadlines to meet, I often forget to truly enjoy this very beautiful time of year and hardly ever tick all the things off my to do list I intended to do. there's always a million more things I have to finish. also, with the days getting shorter, it feels like days can't be used to their full potential. christmas is my favourite time of the year and I think just December is to short for all my festive feels which means there's no other option than making the most of every second I have.
The past Decembers have been beautiful for sure but due to many other factors as my education and work schedules, I hardly had time to enjoy December. this year, I was able to make a change in that and take a huge chunk of December and the festive period off work. probably one of the best decisions I have made so far this year. so in honour of that and because we all deserve some hours to truly enjoy the Christmas spirit, I thought I would share some very festive activities with you.




1. hot chocolate & festive films

I honestly would say I have quite a good taste when it comes to films but that goes all out the window as soon as Christmas hits. netflix has such a wide selection this year and even though most of them are super cheesy and you exactly know what's gonna happen, it's just so beautiful to cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket and just enjoy them. whilst the holiday will always be my firm favourite, I really have been loving the Netflix original ones and this year I will make it through all of them. the perfect treat to have with a beautifully cheesy Christmas film is some hot chocolate. I have been making the most delicious black forest hot chocolate and I will share the recipe with you for sure if you want me to.

2. see all the lights

nothing makes me happier than Christmas lights being put up and living in a big city means there are many beautiful displays but also privately decorated houses. every year, I like taking an afternoon out to drive around and see the prettiest ones in the city, as well as certain neighborhoods, were people go all out during this time of year. ku'damm always is one of my favourite places to see the lights. everything is decorated so perfectly with huge warm lights and it makes everything look so much more beautiful. it also makes the shorter days so much more bearable. they obviously also make for a perfect festive photoshoot which I just had to do. 




3. Christmas markets

there's no December without a Christmas market. it just makes me feel so festive wandering around little stalls with loads of products from small businesses, delicious and mostly very sugary food and a big mug of glühwein in hand. there are loads around where I live and over the years, I found real gems to visit. christmas markets might be a very obvious activity but you shouldn't miss out on it. going with friends as a weekend activity makes it even more special and it could also make a very sweet date night and its also a good opportunity to buy some presents.

4. Friendmas

whilst most of the actual Christmas celebrations are mostly spend with family, I also love celebrating with my friends and creating traditions around the holidays just for friends. we always meet on christmas eve after the gift exchanges and celebration with our families in our favourite bar but we also love doing a very cosy afternoon with food, drinks, and secret Santa. just some hours altogether without thinking about work. its just about enjoying each others company. its beautiful and i love it.




my outfit

jumper: primark
coat: stefanel
scarf: zara
skirt: h&m
boots: primark
bag: primark
hair clip: asos

location: ku'damm, Berlin, Germany

what about you? what are your favourite activities this time of year? please let me know.

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