I love skincare. Judging by the last couple of posts it's all I talk about. When I find a product that works I instantly share my thoughts. My skin is quite dry and has a tendency to go through dehydration stages, it's something I've been battling for a long time.
I could easily go a day without makeup among many other things. Obviously. Facial oil however I could not go without. Ever. I vaguely remember when I first started including it in my routines. It quickly became a firm staple.
When it comes to make up I always gravitate to anything that is hydrating whether it's a foundation or a lipstick. I think a dewy finish looks a hundred times better on the skin. Even when all the brands launched matte versions of their lipsticks I seemed to stick to my old favourites or would go for a semi-matte finish.
Serum is a firm staple in my daily regimes. I usually rotate between my trusty Olay Regenerist and recently some of the retinol treatments. However, there are times I notice my skin can become dehydrated. I blame my over the top caffeine consumption and not enough sleep for it.
Oh Glossier. Its popularity skyrocketed over the last year and honestly, I've never seen a brand to be as desirable in a long time. Possibly not since Charlotte Tilbury. I had been lurking on their website prior to the UK launch trying to figure out what was so special. I think I get it now.
Lately I've been putting a few base products to test. Some of them I liked (the new foundation from Revlon), some didn't live up to my expectations. Hence the reason I've decided to revisit my holy grails of base and see if they still work as well as I remember.
I adore a lipstick and generally embrace its all forms. I think there's always a room for both mattes and sheers. Mattes have had a spike in popularity over the past couple of years and as much as I have loved my Velvet Teddy and Pillow Talk, it's always the creamy finish I like to go back to the most.
Because I favour skincare routines over makeup I feel like I don't talk enough about what I put on my face after an SPF application. I recently instagrammed a shot of a few recent favourites and thought it'd be a good idea to chat about them.
Getting the right foundation is tricky. So many factors need to be taken into account prior the purchase- skin type, the finish you like, current skin condition, etc. Plus I make it pretty personal- what I look for in
When it comes to skin care and make up routines, you might already know I like to take my time. But with hair care? Not necessarily. Even though my hair isn't in the best of conditions, I still persist on buying fuss free products.
I didn't go very far with my blogging plans for December, did I? When life gets in the way it is hard to keep up with everything else. Work has been crazy busy and my mood has been continuously down a lot. Plus I feel like I've been battling flu since the begging of Autumn.
It is day 2 and I can't tell you how much I've been enjoying myself so far. *I wish it could be christmas everday in the background*
I just had a quick glance through my November round-up and:
It's Monday and I just put up a festive bunting up on a wall. It's finally that time of the year to go and dig out the tree out of a shed. Or schedule buying a real one if you don't mind the mess and want your house to smell like freshly cut pine (any candle recommendation?).
In my household at least. Take a shot next time someone asks you what your plans for the weekend are. Literally. I just sigh and say to them, while they're waiting to be blown away with my answer, that I'm doing nothing. And will be saying that from now on every time someone
I'm aware I will be publishing this before Halloween and there's a good reason for that. I'm just not that bothered. Halloween themed make up tutorials are possible the only ones I'm not interested in watching when it comes to beauty in general.
I think I might give up on the monthly catch-ups entirely. Ever since I went back to work after the summer break, which was back in August mind you, I barely noticed the seasonal transition. I have been totally consumed by my day job and have done zero to indulge in anything else.
Hello and welcome to a freshened up version of Stromvoe. Every once in a while I feel an urge to redesign the whole page which I do each time. Last Friday was the last day of work before the October break, which explains my very sporadic activity on here and the social in general. But, I have
Two years ago I sat down to plan out a blog. A blog which I already had a clever name in mind for- Stromvoe. I don't think I ever to this day explained what it meant. Well, it's inspired by the town of Stromness,
July was busy. Four weeks off work but lots to do. I was away in Orkney Islands for the most of it and somehow managed to develop some sort of a travelling anxiety. Having previously cried on planes before, this time around I cried on the ferry.
It's been a while since I spoke about workwear. I have been meaning to write about my picks previously but there was never a moment when I've had enough new additions to my wardrobe. Plus I have a funny relationships with shopping for clothes so it has to be the right moment.
WHERE - Stromness, Orkney Isles
WHY - Trying to ease myself in into taking full body shots without cringing while having to look at myself
(Call me basic. I don't care. These are great.)
Usually I'm cautious when it comes to trends. I've not been getting on with so many of them. Culottes, kick flares, midi length, mules, sliders, you name it.
& Other Stories is a Swedish brand and a bit like an H&M's older cousin, and up until recently I for some reason never had a proper browse. But ever since I purchased the dupe for Acne Jensen ankle boots
I'd describe my relationship with Topshop as complicated- a love and hate affair if you will. Questionable service and dodgy sizing more than often will make me pick other shipping options. The unsatisfying quality of the products and the actual struggle to find something nice and wearable at times wouldn't justify the price tag for me either.
A very Merry Christmas to you all!
And a special thanks to those who have offered kindness and support this year. It genuinely means a lot. I hope you have a fun-filled and restful time over the holidays whether you celebrate it or not.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... My favourite season of the year is in full swing (almost) at last and my to-do lists are brimming with plans and ideas.
When moving into this new place the first thing I had decided on was a Christmas tree. A proper one (tall and quite thick). That was back in April.
Just when I thought I wasn't needing any new additions to my wardrobe, I spot this pretty bag while having a casual morning browse.
October is here and while technically Autumn has barely begun, this morning and the day before it definitely felt more like Winter.
September has always been a month to start anew for me. That applies both to when I was a student and now as I work in a similar environment.