Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Makeover: Kitchen Edition ♥

Hey everyone!

Hope you've had a lovely start for your week ♥

I've been enjoying my free time as I don't have to work this week, so I can focus more on cooking and training and fun stuff, which is very nice. Also, as I will be spending more time in the kitchen, it should look nice. So, I finally did something to the plain white wall full of little holes and stuff, where our spice shelf is located. See more below!

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So what I had to deal with was this white wall here. It's no entirely unpleasant, but I don't like plain white walls that much. Especially ones with little holes and stuff in them. So, on Sunday we headed to IKEA and I picked up some decoration items to spruce this up for the Spring.

I decided to use stickers, because we don't own the apartment and can't do major renovations on our own, but these can be ripped off when we eventually move.

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So, when we got home, it was time for little planning. I have no vision whatsoever if I can't plan things visually, so I took out some tape and gently attached the cut out sticker things (with the paper in the back, of course) the way I wanted the layout to be.

After that came the hardest part - attaching the stickers. Okay, so it wasn't that difficult as the stickers weren't huge, but still. And the end result? See for yourselves:

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Simple and fresh in my opinion, and totally changes the look of the kitchen.

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Of course, whenever the light hits them in the right angle, you will see clearly they're stickers, but personally I don't really mind that. And these are also the type of plants I cannot manage to kill with the lack of watering, so that's just perfect.

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All in all, I love our little renewed kitchen wall, and the best thing about this renovation is that it only cost 13 Euros. ;) Goes to show that a little bit can go a long way with just a bit of creativity. This Spring I will enjoy cooking even more because the environment is so pretty.

Have you guys done any Spring makeovers of any sorts? Let me know below! And also, tell me what you think about this little DIY project I manage to pull off. ♥

Once again it's time for me to go catch some sleep, and tomorrow, I will be having quite the day with workout, homecooking and Spring cleaning. Yeah, I know, my life is so exciting (not). But I'll get back to you as soon as I can, because I have loads to post for you!

Have a fabulous day ♥

Sunday, March 30, 2014

You Gonna Hear Me Roar ♥

Heya lovelies!

How was your weekend? ♥

Mine flew by so fast, but luckily I'm now on vacation from work so it's not quite yet time for work tomorrow. Today I actually did a little Spring makeover in our kitchen, which I will be talking about more tomorrow, and I'm planning on doing a little tidy-up around the house - like decluttering, reorganizing and such. Also, I have been training more regularly lately to sooth down my anxiety and to get more fit, and that is another thing I will be doing a post about later on, because it's been super effective so far.

However today I just wanted to share this outfit really quickly with you all.

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This is yet another pretty typical look for me with booties, jeans and leather in it. The special part this time are the animal prints and pink details.

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There's actually no snow here anymore, but these pics were taken like two weeks ago when nights were still colder.

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Jeans: Gina Tricot Booties: Nelly.com Tiger knit: SammyDress Leather jacket: H&M Scarf: Mango Bag: Boohoo Beanie: Cubus Sunglasses: Citymarket Earrings: Gina Tricot

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See how my cellphone matches my lips and beanie? Yeah, so cool. And yes, I'm an adult with penguin covers. Deal with it.

But what do you think about the look? Have you also been getting nice weather lately?

Now, I'm gonna head to watch some TV and eat, but I'll be back tomorrow with some home makeover!

Have a great day! ♥

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Polish Haul ♥

Heya lovelies!

How are you? ♥

I'm so excited to show you some things I got from mail this week. I've been waiting these beauties to arrive for quite some time now (okay, like under two weeks, but I was so impatient), and finally I get to do full Spring looks - including my nails.

So yes, it's another polish haul. If you're fed up with my polish addiction, just wait for the next post. It will be more style related. ;)

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As most of you probably know, I'm such a China Glaze girl. I absolutely adore their collections and find their polish names so fabulous and accurate. Also, the quality of the polish is way worth the money - even though they are pretty affordable compared to O.P.I. and Essie.

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As the postals to Finland are pretty high usually, I tend to buy not that often, but when I do, I get many. So again this time, I went for eight new polishes. And as you can see, the shades I chose are pretty Spring-appropriate.

Next, let's take a closer look of the colors I bought.

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From the Spring 2014 City Flourish collection. Grass Is Lime Greener is a gorgeous pastel green that goes borderline neon in my opinion. Very pretty shade that I absolutely fell in love with when I saw the swatches on nail blogs, and even more so when I got it in my hands. It's a nice change as I tend to hoard mint greens and not so much greens. This will totally make it into my Spring manicures.

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From the Summer 2013 Sunsational collection. Highlight Of My Summer is a very pretty shade of mint (I guess) but more green than your traditional mint polish. Like I've seen others describe, it's hard to tell if this is a neon, or just a bright shade. I'm personally still on the fence about that, but I'll let you know if I figure it out later on.

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From Spring 2014 City Flourish collection. At Vase Value has been described very difficult to work with due its formula, but as I have a strong addiction for my mint shades I couldn't pass this. This really tries to be a basic light blue, but at least the bottle I got as a minty shade to it. I totally love this a lot and could imagine wearing this very often.

I know many of you are thinking these shades above are just the same, but let me assure you, they're not. You can check out the swatches on the bottom of this post to see for yourselves.

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From Spring 2014 City Flourish collection. Metro Pollen-Tin is an adorable shade of yellowish orange, that could probably be counted as a pastel, but really is also borderline neon. I love how bright this one is, and I also love how it is so different than any other shade I own. I could see this being one of my favorites when I just get a hint of a tan worked out.

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From Spring 2014 City Flourish collection. Spring In My Step is a very basic baby pink, but as I was indeed missing one from my collection, this was a must-have for me. This is actually the only one of these I got to try on my nails before typing this post, so I can tell you it wasn't as painful to work with as people had said. I got a nice finish with just two not that thick coats and it also dried up reasonably quickly. So all in all, this is a great polish to have.

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From the Hunger Games collection. Fast Track is a pretty nude/beige/light brown polish with stunning golden glitter in it. The glitter seems pretty subtle, so I think this would be a great color when you want a bit more glam mani, but you need it to be appropriate everywhere at the same time. This looks very cute in the sunlight, and I can't wait to get to try this in manicures.

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From Fall 2012 On The Safari collection. Elephant Walk is a very lovely shade of grey with a silvery shimmer to it. I'm still not quite sure whether I like this a lot or not, but I really can see myself wearing this more towards the Fall. Why buy this now? I have no idea, it just felt like a cool thing to do.

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From the Surprise collection. Don't Be A Flake is a very cute mix of light blue, black and kind of holo pink hexagon glitter with a clear base. I absolutely love this combo - and as you know, I have a weakness for glitter polishes altogether. I actually have this one on my nails right now together with the pink seen in this post, and I can't get over how cute that combo is. I can guarantee you will be seeing more of this gorgeous polish!

Swatches:

Below you can see how each polish looks on a nail. Though, there's a bit of a flash to each pic, so they appear lighter than they really are. I tried to make the pictures as accurate as I could, though.

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The focus was out of place with the last one, and I must correct that the pink glitter in Don't Be A Flake is actually more pink and cute than the photo suggests. I will be providing more pics pretty soon though, as I created a mani with this glittery goodness just today.

I hope you enjoyed this little haul, please let me know what you think of this below in the comments. ♥ Also, I would like to know what color your nails are today?

Now, this girl needs to get some sleep as in the morning, it's time for the Malaysian GP qualifying session in F1, and naturally I (the sports fan that I am) will be up early to watch it. I hope I will get nice posts for you guys this weekend, but even when I'm not writing here, you can always find me on Instagram (@silvertigo). Follow me there for many moments that don't make it into this blog, and also for the blog updates!

Have a fabulous day ♥

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Comfort Zone ♥

Hey babes!

How are you all? ♥

I've been meaning to post this for many days now, but due to this thing called my unexpected life, I just didn't even my computer for few days.

Today, however, I just have few minutes before heading to work, so let's see this outfit out, shall we:

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Like the title suggests, this is all about my comfort zone, a.k.a. casual pieces in shades of black and gray. Everything about this look is pure love to me, and I'm so happy it starts to be warm enough for leather jackets out there!

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Leather jacket: H&M Jeans: Gina Tricot Shoes: Nelly.com Bag: Boohoo Beanie: DIY Bracelet: Europehouse Shirt: Cubus Necklace: Gina Tricot Rings: Gina Tricot, Nelly.com, H&M Earrings: Gina Tricot

So, a very simple look, totally casual and easy to wear, and all the elements are so comfy to me - on many levels. Like I've mentioned before, this kind of looks are my go-to outfits. Not very girly, but that's me.

What are your go-to looks like? And what do you think about mine? Let me know in the comments! ♥

Now, I must dash. But tomorrow, I will have another fun post for you for sure. ;)

Have a fabulous day! ♥

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Guest Post: Feel Beautiful In The Skin You're In ♥

Today's post is brought to you by the lovely Gwen Lewis. She has provided many great articles around the web and I feel honored she wanted to write a post to my blog. So, if you are into skincare stuff, keep reading!

Feel Beautiful In The Skin You're In

Every woman wants to feel beautiful. And while many times that beauty starts with what's on the inside, the outside has to feel it as well. For instance, if your skin is dry and itchy or oily and not clean, it can be hard to feel as beautiful as you truly are.

Additionally, to really feel great about yourself, you have to feel good about what you're putting both in and on your body. As we all know, a healthy diet full of natural foods can do wonders for you both inside and out. And just as important are the beauty and skin care products you're using -- if they're full of ingredients that are not good for your skin, then you're wasting your time and money, and possibly causing your skin to not be its best.



So how can you make sure that skin care products you're using every day are worth your effort? That comes from knowing both what ingredients to avoid, and what ingredients are
worth the splurge. Here's a look at a few ingredients in both categories.

Ingredients to Avoid


Parabens -- Parabens can be found in a number of beauty and skin care products. The FDA says parabens are used in these products to stunt the growth of microbials. However, according to an article on Huffington Post, parabens act like estrogen in a woman's body and a study in 2012 found parabens in almost 100 percent of all cancerous breast tumors.

Formaldehyde -- Formaldehyde and FRPs (formaldehyde-releasing preservatives) can be found in quite a few beauty products, as they help stop bacteria from growing. However, the ingredients can cause skin irritation and there has even been a link between formaldehyde and leukemia.


Artificial Colors -- Color additives are regulated by the FDA, however that does not mean you necessarily want to rub them all of your body. These synthetic colors are normally made from petroleum or coal tar, and a study in 2007 linked artificial coloring to ADHD in children.

PEGs -- According to the David Suzuki Foundation, PEGs (or polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds found in a variety of cream-based cosmetics. When made, PEGs may be contaminated with other substances that are possible human carcinogens and are harmful to the human body.

Ingredients Worth the Splurge



Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) -- Dr. Oz names this one of the top 5 ingredients to look for in skin care products due to its powerful anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. ALA is also 400 times stronger than vitamins E and C combined!

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) -- Naturally derived from the sugars of fruit or milk, AHAs help your skin shed their dead skin cells to reveal a healthy glow and the new skin underneath, according to an article on Oprah.com. Plus AHAs can help fix discoloration and shrink pores.


Ceramides -- Ceramides naturally occur in our skin, however our body's production decreases as we get older. Scientists have found a way to take ceramides from whole grain wheat that can be used by humans for their skin, providing moisture, firmness and protection.

Hyaluronic Acid -- Also naturally occurring in the body -- it keeps joints lubricated -- hyaluronic acid is now being used to help plump up and soften the skin.

Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in sunny California. She has been in the makeup and fashion industry for 10+ years. She loves to write articles in the beauty field to help others from her own experience. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gradient vs. Glitter ♥

Heya lovelies!

How are you all? ♥

I finally got my work week done, and it's time for the 4-day weekend (yay!) which will include having a great time with both of our families and such. That means I'll spend tomorrow cleaning the apartment and sorting out my closet and all things like that.

Also, it's been snowing today, which seems weird, but if the forecasts are correct, after this it should get all warmer and spring-like. I really hope so, because I have a ton of outfit ideas but I need warmer weather to actually wear them outside. ;)

Anyway, today I really wanted to share some nail art with you. If some of you are wondering why I have them almond shaped nowadays, it's because squares are simply too fragile to work. The corners get all chipped off and they lose their shape. So I decided I'd get rid of the squares for as long as I work where I work now, and maybe give them another try later on. But I gotta say I've been loving this shape more than  thought.

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But, to the art. First up we have this purple gradient with a matte finish that I loved so, so much. I've never been a big fan of purple but on nails it kind of fascinates me a lot.

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The polishes I used were China Glaze White On White, Sweet Hook, Charmed, I'm Sure, Grape Pop, Spontaneous, Glitz'N Pieces, and L'Oreál Color Riche 916 Confettis. The matte top coat used is from Born Pretty Store (their own top coat), and the studs are also from there.

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Here I also tried the sponges included in the China Glaze Ombré Kit. As I expected, they're not as great as your usual makeup sponges, so if you're into trying out gradient, just trust the makeup sponges.

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The other one today is just a simple glitter bomb I threw together for Oscars. I wanted something that has anything to do with the event, and so I decided on lots and lots of glitter.

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The polishes I used for this glitter madness are China Glaze Smoke And Ashes, Fairy Dust and Snow Globe. I'm still on the fence whether I actually like this mani of not, but it really has nice elements to it.

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The pictures don't really give justice to the glitter, but you know, it's nearly impossible to photo anyway. I love the way the multicolored glitter comes alive on top of the dark polish. Under, you can see a picture with flash just to get a better idea about the glitter. (Gosh, I totally need to learn how to photograph it.)

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But that's it for today. I would really like to know what you guys think about these nails, and if you want, you can give suggestions about themed manis you'd like to see here so I can create tutorials for them. ;)

Now, I'll head to bed so I can get up early and get the house sparkling clean for our guests of the weekend! See you soon though, I might have time to post something tomorrow, and on Saturday, you get to enjoy one guest post I'm pretty excited about. So stay tuned!

Have a fabulous day ♥

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Spring Items ♥

Hello my darlings!

How are you all? ♥

I've had longer gaps with the blog posts than I would've wanted to, because I'm dealing with some stuff in my personal life. But not to worry, it's nothing too serious - actually it's something I want to write about later on when I get things in order. But in the meantime, I will show you the results of a little retail therapy I did last week:

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A little accessory haul from Boohoo. I have been thinking a lot about how I want my style to really be, and so I needed a little accessory fix to take a step forward to it. (Naturally the next step is cleaning up some unnecessary items from the closet.) You can see elements that I've many times stated being favorites of mine, black, bright pink, studs...

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A pair of black over-knee socks, totally something my rock chic looks need - can't wait to wear these!

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Another beanie, in neon pink. Do I even need to explain myself with this? Probably not.

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Pink sneakers. Because you can not have too many pairs of sneakers. And they're pink.

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Studded gloves. These really have to wait for the warmer weather - and a day I actually feel comfortable leaving the house with a stack of rings. They don't cover the hand very far, so they're more of a fashion statement than a warming element.

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And lastly, two pairs of sunnies. These are not as appealing to me as my beloved aviators, but I figured I should try out different things. And these were cheap, and just simply plastic, so I won't feel too bad if something happens to them.

That's it for today, hope you liked my little haul. Have you all done any hauls lately? What will your style look like this spring? ♥

Now, I really must head to work, but I try to have another post up tomorrow!

Have a fabulous day ♥

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Florally Winter ♥

Well hello there lovelies!

How are you all doing? ♥

I've been a little MIA for some days but actually for a good reason, as I have been spending time with my loved ones, loading my mental batteries and such. But actually I also got around taking some outfit photos outside as it was sunny instead of the usual rain and clouds, which was so, so nice!

Anyway, today I wanted to share this little outfit I wore a while ago, but couldn't take photos outside because the weather was so cold and I couldn't imagine shooting this with a coat on.

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Top: Gina Tricot Skirt: DIY Boots: SpiritStore Vest: H&M Beanie: DIY Watch: Born Pretty Store Bracelets: Gina Tricot, H&M Necklaces: Gina Tricot

So a simple outfit with one of my favorite skirts - even if it's homemade - and other elements I really, really like. I'm dreaming of sewing another skirt like that, as well as some other items, pretty soon, as I'll be having a week long holiday from work after a couple of weeks. But yeah, to the point... This was a nice outfit to hang out in, and it had a quite spring-y feeling to it, after the long, long winter, which is very nice.

What do you guys think about this look? ♥

Now, it's time for me to read some blogs, do my nails and play with my Wreck This Journal a bit and just chill out for the rest of the night. I'll see you very soon, though!

Have a fabulous day! ♥