Recent Empties

FINALLY – finally I managed to set time aside to write a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while… and that’s not even considering the 20 + unfinished drafts of posts just waiting for me to give them the final touches… it’s sad really.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Wednesdays will be a “I will study if I can but not kill myself over not revising” kind of day because over the past 5 weeks (it has seriously only been 5 weeks and I am STRESSED out, you cannot even imagine) I have realised that on Wednesdays I am least productive… for whatever reason.. and thus I beat myself up over trying to concentrate but not being able to… and then along comes Thursday (and then Friday, duh) and I put major pressure on myself to get the work – that I had yet to do – done, in addition to what I had originally planned to do on that actual day itself.. and I do not bide well with that kind of pressure – let me tell you.

My brain becomes mush.. I feel like I am forever living in this weird haze… I try to read but get distracted by anything and everything and have to cancel all my weekend plans while Im crawled up in bed with trash TV because I simply cannot read another sentence.. yup..I spent lots of time watching proposal videos on YouTube. Have you seen this one?

So to overcome this issue and the actual annoyance of basically not getting ANYTHING done for 3 days because it is human to need breaks (and I guess dance or BodyPump don’t really count enough as breaks because I deal with meltdowns despite regularly working out – whoop) I will make an attempt to be cooler on Wednesdays.. and hope to thus be more productive on Thursdays.. I also vowed to wake up earlier.. one step at a time

Ok so back to today’s post.

I’ve finished a few products lately.

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By a few I actually mean quite a few…

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Before going back to University, I took on the long overdue task of cleaning up my life – starting with my bathroom.

You see, I am hoarder.. a hoarder of EVERYTHING. Especially food.. while I was living with other people I would keep things hidden in my room if I could.. I was just slightly weird and obsessive when it came to sharing my special favourite foods with people I thought didn’t really appreciate it.. and it put mega stress on me somehow, because now that I am back at home, I don’t worry about hoarding anything, because my mom eats the same way I do anyways, so we will always have the same things on hand.. you get where I am coming from? Do you hoard food too or am I just weird?

Well anyhow, so at home I don’t seem to have developed a food-hoarding habit, but I do have plenty other issues.. and hoarding habits. Like my closet: I can’t give away clothes. I always thing I could wear an old tshirt as a pyjama or workout shirt or that something might come back into style… and then we come to my bathroom…

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A few of these things are over 10 years old. Seriously. Just let that sink in…

And when I decided to clean up my bathroom, I said it was time to officially part ways with that lip balm I hadn’t used in years..

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So this was the very first Labello I ever chose myself. I remember the day too..

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My mom used to buy me the green ones, I think they contained aloe vera, because I had a terrible chapped lip problem in primary school. I seriously looked like a clown for quite a few weeks because the skin around my lips would get extremely dry and go bright red. This then reoccured a few times over the year, especially either in the peak of the winter or summer months. The day I bought this chapstick I was developing said “clown mouth” yet again.. and I was at Legoland with my father and grandparents in Germany.

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Naturally, the “responsible child” inside me knew I had to treat it immediately.. but I didn’t want what I was used to (and what had previously always proven effective). No, the rebel inside me wanted to purchase the cherry flavoured Labello because “I am daddy’s little girl and mommy won’t know that he bought me the red, cherry chapstick”. Smart move little girl.. because yes, while it smelled (and tasted) delicious I tend to generally use too much chap stick on (and sort of around) my lips.. still do. So while it probably helped my chapped lips a little, this particular ruby red Labello managed to make me look even more like a clown… good times. Sad to see it go, but I have long replaced Labello with Bebe. (I recently just finished another one FYI)

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Now this is probably a good 4 years old.. I bought this Maybelline eye shadow to keep in my bag to apply after dance class. Yeah, as if. The whole thing was still full… probably because the colour was practically white.

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I am always sad to see a Clarins product go. I have yet to replace this one as I am now testing a few other creams (that I will be mentioning in a – as promised but still not finished – new morning routine post.) I also just recently finished up my Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster Tonic. That one I hope to replace ASAP as, while it may be the placebo effect, I do feel it makes a difference in the AM.

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I bought this scrub in the States around my 16th birthday because it looked like a fun thing to try. It was a great, soft face scrub. I bought it because it had carrots in it… Carrots were my thing. I used to eat them every day for lunch in a shredded carrot salad with sweet corn and fruit and nut bread.

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So uhm.. this was my first ever eye shadow..

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My mom treated me to a makeup session for my 14th birthday. And because it was the first time my face would be exposed to makeup, my mom wanted it to be all natural and organic. Enter: Couleur Caramel. I loved this eyeshadow and have since always tried to match the colour. It’s a hard brand to find, so I might need to stock up online. Fun Fact: my love for Colour Caramel got me in touch with the PR agency Kuk-Kommunication – and they decided to add me to their mailing list! So honoured 🙂 I’ve already been invited to one press event at Tibits NZZ Bistro, and I cannot wait for the next one!

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I don’t really remember when I bought this compact powder by Clinique… I also don’t remember when I stopped using it… but I am glad I rediscovered it among my many half-used powders because the colour really matches my skin tone. Once I finish the (many) other opened powders, I will probably stick to this powder for a while.

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I’ve also finished a few L’Oréal products

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I really liked the liquid eyeliners, but prefer the ones by Makeup Forever. I’ll probably buy one or two of these again as backups for my favourite ones for I can only buy my beloved Aqua Liner in Paris or at Sephora.

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I had the Super Liners in dark purple, black and brown.

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I bought this BB cream on a whim. It was one of my first. I found the fact that it came out white really fun, but it didn’t really “wow” me otherwise. I very soon replaced it with the one by Kiehl’s.

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Colour Caramel is not the only natural face product that I love – I am also a long-term fan of Dr. Haushka. The lady who did my makeup for my 14th birthday was actually also the one who recommended using Haushka as my “first” skin care product. I kept using it for years before replacing it with Clarins.

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In keeping with natural makeup and skin care, I went through a phase where I strictly wanted to use all natural, vegan products. Naturally I went to Lush… I still really love the hair care and face scrub that I purchased, but this makeup remover was dreadful: it made my eyes sting and really dried up my skin. Maybe I was using it wrong? Nevertheless, I have in the meantime learned that coconut oil is also a great natural makeup remover, which is what I will be using the next time I go though a hippy, all natural vegan phase (which feels like it could be soon as I have nearly finished other makeup removers and need to think of the next replacement ;))

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I first came across the brand Kiko when I went to Florence with my class in 2011. We fell in love with the various colours and products, and went mad testing eeeeeeeverything on our hands. I left with a few kajal eyeliners for my favourite winged eye makeup and these two liquid liners.

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They brand reminds me a lot of Mac. The store was set up like a Sephora. The products are sold at a great price and I was always really pleased with the quality. I used this liquid liner to add a pop of colour to my makeup and it held really really well!

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Speaking of Sephora, I bought this makeup remover in 2012 when I ran out on a short trip there. This is a nice, cream-based remover but I found it had a weird smell… I didn’t finish it..

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I am also getting rid of a few Catrice products. I am a mega fan of Catrice’s quality, as you might have noticed in my Manicure Monday posts. The compact powder had a slight shimmer – a thing I used to really be in to before I started using highlighters and blush. The liquid liner was good, not great, and the kajals had a nice pigmentation. Definitely a good backup.

I’ve also decided to get rid quite a few Body Shop products.

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I finished two hand creams: one with SPF (which I didn’t really like), one without, one body butter (I really liked this one) and a liquid eyeliner. I also decided to dispose of products that I barely use anymore: the Aloe Protective Restoring Masks (this was one of my first masks but I have so many other masks now that I just don’t use this one anymore..), green eyeshadow (that fell on the floor and broke), a neon green eyeliner (barely used it) and a nail cuticle cream (it got old.)

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I also finished a cocoa lip balm (and another Labello) – this was the very first Body Shop product I ever received. I was 13.  A friend got it for me during a time where I was trying to break my daily habit of eating chocolate. This was her way of helping me incorporate my beloved dessert without eating it.

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And a cocoa hand cream

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I also finished one of my favourite shimmer vanilla body lotions.

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I have a few backups of this one 😉

Oh and remember when I mentioned my favourite Kiehl’s mask? That is finally empty!

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I also finished a Garnier BB Roll on concealer.

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So there you have it… the mega clean-out of my bathroom cabinet! Yes, I realise most products shouldn’t even ever be kept that long, but mind you, most of them aren’t natural and are chock full of preservatives… keeping them a bit over (or a lot over) their sell-by date won’t hurt as long as they aren’t obviously off. And in those cases I made sure to discard of them immediately.

Phew. That was a lengthy post.

Have a great Tuesday and talk soon!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Manicure Monday – It’s my Year & Teenage Dream

Happy Monday dearest beauties!

I’m keeping it short and simple today, as I still need to finish an assignment! But I am thrilled to finally be sharing a manicure with you guys! But first, let me show you the nail polishes I commented on for Madame Magazine

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Some of those were written by MOI 🙂 I am especially in love with the Louboutin polish.. sigh

So on with my manicure:

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Do you remember slightly less than a year ago I mentioned getting my nails done with friends. I also mentioned I would be purchasing that very polish by OPI immediately that evening. Well folks, let me present to you a proud acquirement to my polish-possession: It’s my Year, by OPI.

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I also varnished my second finger on the left with “Teenage Dream”, which is part of the Katy Perry collection, also by OPI, and reversed the manicure for my right hand. I guess my strain of thought during the process of doing my nails was: It took me 4 weeks to finally do this, might as well go to town and use 2 colours.

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I am in awe of both colours. They are both so sparkly. Sparkly is good, sparkly makes me happy…

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Gold, purple, pink and silver… match made in heaven

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Without a top coat, the colour has held relatively well over the course of the week, especially “It’s my year” (the purple-hued one)

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definitely a favourite – definitely a purchase I will never regret and one that is filled with memories of walks through the leaves to the beauty parlour and long talks at Slave to the Grind with a steaming mug full of pumpkin spiced coffee…. Bronxville really is a cute place to live, and I need to make sure to visit my friends at SLC sometime soon…

Memories… memories..

Anyhoo back to work! Wishing you all a beautiful Monday!

With attitude and my favourite nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

Fitness Friday

The only reason I haven’t posted one of these lately is because my workload kind of took over and stole away from my blog-time, not because I stopped working out.. just, you know, in case you were wondering.

Thank you Sam for hosting this fun link-up!

So last time I mentioned that I still hadn’t made it back to dance. Well guess what.. 3 weeks into Uni I finally finally finaaaally made it back. And it felt AMAZING.

Friday:

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I went to Barre a Terre and my favourite Jazz class. I haven’t made it back since (I wanted to go on Monday but had to finish an assignment and then somehow ended up staying home eating tofu then I wanted to go tonight, but ended up socialising too much during the week and now need to work on catching up with EVERYTHING… but going once is already a start, right?)

Saturday

I was so so sore from dance that I considered not going to stretch. But I did. And it was painful – lesson learned. Note to self: your ukrainian trainer does not understand the concept of pain and will not let you go back to doing basic splits because that is “kindergarten” and only 2 + blocks for over stretching is acceptable. Oh well….

Sunday

The usual Bodypump class (still loving it) followed by kabocha eating and napping. Now you know why my assignment took over most of Monday…^^

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I still love my SLC sweater. I wear it over my sports clothes or when I am out with the munchkin. It’s so soft and comfy! Need to get a UZH one 🙂 #collegeswag

Monday

Rest day – assignment writing. Next Monday I am planning on going though! Pinky promise (especially because the next assignment’s deadline isn’t until Tuesday so I can def leave the house for an evening class or two)

Tuesday

Same old, favourite dance class 🙂 and a delicious dinner at Tiffins, just fyi 😉

Wednesday

I had meetings for the Media and Communications “Fachverein” (English translation suggestion?), so didn’t make it to dance.. but I am now part of the party and event committee 🙂 go school spirit!

Thursday

I had so much energy and decided to dash to Bodypump because I wasn’t sure if I would make it today. I am going to a party hosted by the psychology department’s “Fachverein” and wanted to get some work done because my concentration span on Thursday let me down BIG TIME while trying to read… so much so that I actually choreographed for an hour or so to clear my head. Plus it was a beautiful day and I took Seti for a few walks to load up on some vitamin D.

We’ve been doing the new release for about a month now at pump so I decided to finally increase my weights: 11 kg on both sides for squats, 3 kg increase, 3-5 kg for chest (I switched in the break from 5 to 3, we were using free weights), back: 6 kg, 2 kg increase, biceps: 2.5 (not free weights which is tougher) and shoulders: 2.5 kg, 1.5 kg increase. The shoulder track is the last and most deadly as my arms are basically dead after 5 minutes of bicep work.. but it is not as painful anymore so I am definitely getting stronger! Fun fact: I was standing in between to mega muscle men and squatted almost the same amount of weight and lifted only 1-2 kg less… I received a high five at the end from one of them 🙂 talk about #girlswholift

Now I am off to finish summarising a lecture and then I will be getting ready to leave 🙂 Have a wonderful Friday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Finally a weekend with Friends… MARVELOUS

This Saturday I decided to spend quality time with actual humans instead of huddled up in front of my laptop and hanging out with the Munchkin.

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Although Seti is a very cute munchkin…

I hadn’t seen my friends in 3 + weeks. I never wanted to plan anything at the weekend so that I could give myself enough time to get things done…. But this tactic tends to lead me to having more time to procrastinate rather than me actually getting more work done.. so moral of the story: Take breaks, have fun and embrace your social life (in moderation?).

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I mean, okay, maybe I over exaggerated a little. I did “go out” as in leave the house for my favourite stretching and body pump classes every weekend, but because those are at really annoying, mid-day times, they really mess with my time-management (or lack thereof). So I was thus faced with the difficult choice between socializing and working out (I generally chose the latter for highly justifiable reasons: Once I am out with my friends, I am OUT... so if I “just” workout I technically should be investing more time into my studies… technically..).

I did however do at least 1 marvelous thing each weekend.. let me start with weekend 1:

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Friday: Lichthof Party in the main University building. This was a once in a lifetime experience where we got to dance in the actual building. The great part about this party was that EVERYONE was there because it was the place to be if you were a student, i.e. I got to see a lot of my old classmates, which is always a treat after being away and losing touch with so many.

There were 3 dance “halls”, one of which was being DJayed by none other than Nachtseminar… so you probably know where I spent most of my time right?

Have I mentioned I have started flyering for my favourite party?

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Weekend 2, I didn’t go out (shocker) but enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my mom on Sunday.

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Crêpes for dinner and dessert? I will take it 🙂 Restaurant recap definitely coming soon, but I need to revisit the quaint café for some better pictures first 🙂 (and more dessert…)

And finally last weekend: I started my weekend by FINALLY going to dance class! It felt great to be “home”, but I was in mega pain on Saturday… not dancing (except for in clubs – no judgement) for 6 months really has a remarkable impact on your body.. like mine totally forgot which muscles to use, and my legs were shaking during both hours (Barre a Terre and Jazz).

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On Saturday, I met up with some of my girlfriends for drinks at Grande – my second favourite place after Dante (actually they are head to head as they are both owned by the same owner, i.e same concept, same cocktails.)

I went all out with the mascara… going out is such a “special occasion” now that I really took my time and made an ordeal out of my makeup routine…

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We sat outside due to lack of space and soon started to feel the October chill… my friends wanted to “warm up” with some pizza (I was still full of Kabocha, addiction obsession still going strong (I eat it almost daily, and devour an entire squash in warp speed #sorrynotsorry)), but the place we went to was out, so we did what any cold student would do… we went to Starbucks.

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And since I am now studying Media- and Communications, I feel like I should state that this is unintentional product placement…. we just like to hang out there.. a lot

I had steamed soy milk with a pump of pumpkin spice syrup. Tis the season after all… #allthepumpkin #allthetime

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We felt like 16-year old high school students again, where you were “forced” to hang out at Starbucks because you were too young for bars (technically allowed to drink wine and beer at 16 here, but I never cared for it then..). This déja vù called for a #throwback selfie!

I was in bed, lights out at 1. The polar opposite of my usual self… but I had a paper to complete and body pump to attend #favouriteworkout

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I also ate more kabocha, took a few naps and walked the munchkin. Oh, and I tested a new overnight mask from Origins… blog post coming soon (along with the other one that I had promised… saving that for my next, longish, study break 😉 )

IMG_4183So that’s all for now! Not much besides eat, sleep, sports, study, occasional outing and repeat, but I promise to report back with my promised posts ASAP!

Have a great Tuesday! I just did my nails while reading for class tomorrow and am now off to a dance class… talk about productive, huh 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

How can it only have been 3 Weeks!

Please apologise my short hiatus. I honestly didn’t see this one coming. I even started typing up a draft for Thinking out Loud two weeks ago to tell you all about my first week, but being overwhelmed by reading kinda sorta got in the way….

Fast forward two weeks later, and I am slowly coming back to my senses. Sure, I need to do A LOT – but so does everyone else, and somehow they still have an actual life… so I took a step back and reevaluated the whole scenario. I watched myself in slow-motion and tried to find the errors in my ways. I even flash-backed to my literature heavy time at SLC to aid my “autobiographical research” and noticed a terrible pattern that could possibly lead me directly to a very fast, immediately doomed burn-out:

I mean too well when it comes to the (suggested and recommended) readings.

Long gone are the high-school days of only needing to read a shortish book for a language class or a few chapters of biology at most. These few pages were easily summarised and didn’t steal time away from revision or paper-writing (or more importantly my social life, which is basically non-existent right now). No, university brings forth pages upon pages of “important and valuable” reading that supports course work and helps with understanding the subject matter – and could also doom me to all-nighters and being permanently behind on EVERYTHING. And being the person that I am, I began to freak out when I noticed that it took me almost an hour to read (and summarise) about 10 pages of “required” reading….That’s when I started to analyse a presumed fault in my ways… and found the probable error that had already caused major panic attacks at SLC.

I have forced myself to come to terms with the fact that sometimes a summary isn’t really all that necessary. Plus, it is a mega time consumer. Sometimes just reading can be enough. This is actually my current mantra to my inner nerdy, over-achieving self, especially after I noticed that the professors base their lectures almost entirely on the books they recommend (they are oftentimes also the authors) and offer an acceptable summary of the 40 pages, albeit not as exact as I may have done it, but almost definitely exact enough for the exam in January knowing that I am currently only 3 weeks in and have already received so much information at a really high speed to process.

So that being said, I have now after 3 weeks been able to figure out a system I hope will work, as I have identified some lectures as “exact reciprocations of the reading” where I will thus do the reading but only highlight the text and summarise after the lecture if I feel I am missing information, and lectures that require “discussions of the reading” where a summary could definitely come in handy because the information of the presentation isn’t as exact or informative. Oh and I also found a class that requires mainly practice exercises and little theory (microeconomics) and so I will put more emphasis on the practical work than the learning by heart.

Boy am I glad today is Thinking out Loud Thursday and I can share all my thoughts with you all. I am sure you are highly interested in my super-exciting student life with mounds of studying and like zero social interactions 😉 Thanks Amanda for hosting!

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1. When we last spoke it was September. Like what the what calendar, how can there only be 3 months left to 2014. I feel like I literally JUST came home from New York.

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2. I’ve been making my protein smoothie a lot for breakfast lately. Today I added some fun nutritional-science things to it like glutamine and BCAA’s etc etc (i.e. there were a lot of different powders in there) and for some weird reason, it just didn’t want to mix with the banana and raspberries. What’s more, the smoothie sort of bypassed the frozen fruit in my blender and kind of formed 3 different layers: A top layer of something that resembled molten marshmallow, a centre layer of frozen fruit and a bottom layer of what my usual smoothie would have been like. This has never happened to me before, so I am blaming the additional powders… Well not really blaming, as I got marshmallow fluff out of it (yay) …but it was weird nonetheless.

3. I’ve been using either blush or bronzer (or both) daily lately. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I never used to wear blush as my cheeks are naturally rosy, but I found university to be the perfect time to start experimenting with new makeup looks. I still sport my beloved cat eye though. Also I have started to sometimes wear mascara for my super early (8 am) classes, where I have to get up at 6 because the communications students are the “lucky” ones who get to travel all around town to the various different University campuses to get to class.

I sometimes also wear lipstick. I am officially growing up.

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…although it is aggressively Barbie pink. So nope, not growing up just yet 😀

4. I mentioned last time that I would be sharing a great post with you soon. I guess that was a white lie, as I no longer think it will be soon, more like in the near future. But it will be worth the wait. I promise!

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Cacao Chanel and Kale Lagerfeld. YES!

6. Speaking of juices…I’ve been indulging in loads of vibrant smoothies lately. It’s all I ever want for breakfast, snacks and sometimes even dinner after a fun body pump sesh.

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(recipes coming soon)

7. I am reunited with this little munchkin!

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8.  I really LOVE being a student and really hope I can sort out this whole studying thing because I have yet to experience “student life”. Also, I found this post rather amusing, but it doesn’t apply to me at all because I love to cook and experiment with different diets (like the whole paleo and high carb, Raw Till 4 approaches)

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9. I have some new additions to my accessories that I cannot get enough of:

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10. Another secret I have discovered that might improve my study efficiency is an iced caramel macchiato. I read faster, type quicker and generally feel so much more productive (read: hyperactivity for the win). I just hope I can fall asleep…

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I really hope I will get round to posting again soon! I’m off to summarise a lecture and do some reading for tomorrow…

Happy Thursdaaaaay 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo