Vaction update and an old hobby

Hey guys!

Time is running by so fast. It feels like our two week vacation just started, but it’s already over. We started our vacation with four days in Scotland. We flew to Edinburgh on Monday night and stayed there for two nights. It’s such a beautiful city. My second time there, and I was as amazed this time as the last. We didn’t do anything in particular, but just strolled around, did some shopping and enjoyed each other’s company. On Wednesday we took the train to Glasgow. I like Edinburgh more, but Glasgow is a quite nice city too in my opinion. Some people say Glasgow is gray and boring, but I’ve such great memories from my visits there, it still appeals to me. We met a few of my friends, that had also traveled from Sweden, and went to see the football game we had come for. Not a win at that game, but a good result for the return game at home, and we stood as winners in the end. Thursday we headed back home.

Back in Sweden we hang out with some friends, prepared for a party to celebrate our new apartment, had the party, watched more football games, celebrated my sister in law’s (to be) birthday and tried to relax as much as possible.

Tonight Martin is working his first shift after the vacation. Starting off with night shift gives me some well needed alone time. Don’t get me wrong, I love Martin and I love having him around, but I am one of those people that needs some time to myself every now and then to work properly.

When I packed all my things for the move I got reminded of all of my crafting material. I used to love crafting, but I haven’t spent time to it in forever. Today when I sat here all to myself, listening to the rain and wind outside, I felt like getting creative and make a card for my friend that just got a daughter. I felt a little rusty as I grabbed my stamps and pens, papers and scissors, but it was so much fun as I got started. It isn’t one of my most advanced pieces of work, but I loved doing it. Wouldn’t be surprised if some more of this happens soon.

Haylie

I use Promarkers to colour and the stamp is from Panduro Hobby. Unfortunately I can’t remember where the papers and flowers comes from. It’s just things I found in my stash.

Do you have/used to have a hobby that you find your way back to every now and then?

 

Dresslink Wishlist *

Hey there!

Recently I was contacted by Dresslink wanting me to check out their site. I was happily surprised with what they had to offer. They have a great amount of clothes and accessories, to a very low price. I’m sure you’ll find something you like if you check out the page. I’ve put together a wishlist with some of the pieces that I fell in love with. I think you will notice that the weather is very fluctuating here at the moment, because it’s sort of a mix of summer and fall. Enjoy!

 

Dresslink wishlist

Blazer / Dress / Blouse
Dress 2 / Dress 3 / Top
Coat / Dress 4 /Cardigan

Dresslink will be sending me some clothes to try out, and I will make sure to review them to you as soon as I receive the goodies.

The clothes on Dresslink are Asian sizes, so you’re recommended to pick 1-2 sizes larger than your normal size if you’re from Europe/US. Make sure to look at the measurements in the descriptions.

What do you think of my choices? Anything you like in particular? Have you had any experience of Dresslink’s clothing? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments bellow.

 

 

*This post is sponsored by Dresslink

Review: Yves Rocher – Nail Polish Speaking colours

Hey guys!

If you read my blog post about my latest Glossybox, you might know that I got two nail polishes from Yves Rocher. Since I’m a big fan of nail polishes I was really happy, but the excitement was about two nice colours and a nail polish in general. Not did I know that I would write this post to let you all know a new love in my life.

Description of the product from Glossybox that followed the nail polish (my translation from Swedish)

High quality 5free nail polishes contains elemiharts, which gives high gloss and lasting quality. Comes in over 50 colours inspired by the endless botanical colour palette.

yvesrocher

 

My first impressions

When I first saw the bottle I wasn’t overly excited. The colours were nice, but the packaging wasn’t thrilling when you just saw the two polishes in the box.

I chose to try the pink one first, 24. Rose Dalhia, and the first nice surprise was a wide, flat, brush that was really easy to work with. The colour got nice and even without struggle. The coverage was great too. I chose to go over with two coats, as I always do, but it looked quite good with just the first one. It dried quickly and it looks really nice and shiny even when it’s dry.

I also really liked the colour of Rose Dalhia. It’s a summery pink shade, but not too bright. This, to me, makes it feel like a more adult shade of hot pink.

Lasting quality

I’m allergic to chips. I can’t stand it when the nails are starting to look messy. Usually I can wear a polish 2-3 days before I have an urge to remove and repaint. This is the main reason I can go completely without nail polish in long periods. When I have a lot on my plate, I just find it too time consuming. With the Yves Rocher polishes, this is no longer an issue.

The picture bellow shows what my nails looked like after one week’s of use. It had only start to chip, and friends of mine, that aren’t as picky as me, could easily have gone at least a day or two more. I have never ever tried a nail polish that works this great for me.

yvesrocher one week

 

Final thoughts

I’m overly impressed by this nail polishes. I praised them to the skies at home for the high shine and impressing lating quality. It wasn’t too many days before Martin came home with a gift box with three more colours to a collection that will keep on growing. As I saw the five bottles together I started to like the packaging more as well. Even though it might look a bit boring with just one or two, a collection makes you realize they let the colours talk for themselves.

Another plus for me is the size of the bottles (5ml). I like that they aren’t too big. That way the prices can be kept lower and you can buy even more colours instead. There’s also a chance you’ll actually be able to use a whole bottle some day. And I don’t find it too small either, so you should be able to use it a fair amount of times before it’s time to replace.

I find the price very reasonable as well. 59 SEK/Bottle. (A little less than $7). For that price you get outstanding quality that I’ve yet to find among the more expensive brands.

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From left to right; 34. Iris, 24. Rose Dalhia, 61. Bleu Nigelle, 53. Capucine, 106. Cerise Narcée

Have you tried these nail polishes? Did you like them? Do you have another favorite brand you’d like to share? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

How blogging changed my life

Hi!

Today I joined the #ltbloggers chat on Twitter, which inspired me to write a blog post about how blogging has affected my life. Truth is, I don’t think I’d be where I am right now without blogging.

I started blogging in January 2014. I’ve always been passionate about writing, and I was starting to feel a bit bored with my job, so I started the blog to have something else than work to think about. I didn’t really know which direction I wanted to go with the blog, and Life of Anna S was born. No limits by the name. I also thought it was a great place to keep my memories from a coming trip to Thailand. Also, I decided to write in English instead of Swedish. That made it easier to stay quite anonymous and still build contacts and readers.

As I started to write myself, I also got more active reading blogs and watching YouTube videos. With this my interest of makeup and beauty started to grow. It wasn’t long until I realized this was the perfect way of letting loose my creativity again. I’ve always loved to  work with my hands, colours and imagination, but this has never been something to start a career on. Scrapbooking, jewelry making, beading… It was all just hobbies, and not to speak of all the storage you need for both equipment and finished work!

Anyhow, to the question that made me want to write this post.

How has your life changed since you started blogging? What has blogging brought to your life that you didn’t have before? 

Without blogging I don’t think I’d find the passion I have for makeup, and obviously I wouldn’t have gotten myself to jump on an education to become a Makeup Specialist. Mostly with the thought “I want to do something for myself, and it could boost my blog a bit so it’s not a total waste” The school I went to also offered a Lash Stylist class, and there’s no way I would have found that out by myself. It turned out I loved both of it. I was feeling really messed up at the time of the educations, but everyone around me could see me light up as I practiced my homework, or talked about school. Through school I was also offered to help doing makeup at a fashion show, thrown by a hair saloon in the neighborhood town, and this was the most fun job I had ever done so far. I finally came to a point where I felt “This is what I want to do with my life. I’m on the right path now.”

As I got my diplomas I made a huge, life changing, decision. I called up my boss and said I wanted to quit. I had been wanting to do that for a while, but it’s really hard to get a job around here so leaving an okay payed job without a complete plan, isn’t just something you do. But I felt like that was it! I had come to a point where I wanted to do more with my life and was held back by a job I had started to dislike more and more.

The day after I had signed my notice to quit, I was offered a weekend spot at the salon I’m working in now. The same week I got an e-mail from the hair saloon with the fashion show, asking me if I wanted to work with them and do makeup for their prom costumers, and weddings during the summer. All I needed for both of these was to start my own company to be able to accept payment from costumers. And here I am now, running my company since almost two months back. With great success for starting from zero just recently.

Thank you blogging for waking up a passion and motivate me to get on this journey! 

 

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Outfit of the day – Work from home

Hi there!

There are no bookings on my schedule today, so I decided to take a day to work from home. There are always paperwork to do, e-mails to answer and so on. When I worked in the store I had days when I dreamed of working from home, not having to get out of the PJ’s all day and sitting by the computer drinking coffee. I have done this a few times, but honestly, I get so much more productive if I get ready like I would have if I was going to work away from the house. It also helps during business phone calls. It’s so much easier to really listen if you’ve gotten yourself into a working mode.

Today’s outfit is all about being comfortable while working by the computer, but at the same time I want it to be proper enough if I need to leave the house for some reason. I’m wearing stretchy jeans, that are really comfortable but not as sloppy as a pair of sweat pants could be. I’m adding a bit of colour with a basic tee, and since it was a bit chilly in the office I grabbed one of my favorite cardigans. It’s so cozy, but yet good looking! I put the hair up in a simple braid and I’m not wearing any makeup. Normally I would at least put some mascara on to look more alert when I pass a mirror, but I’ve had some issues with an allergic reaction around my eyes, so I’m laying low on makeup at the moment.

Outfit of the day - Work from home

 

  • Stretch jeans from Even&Odd
  • Basic tee from Primark
  • Cardigan from Primark

What’s your favorite outfit for work/school at home? 

Twitter and Instagram pics

Hi there!

While I’ve been missing in action here for a while, I’ve still been uploading pictures on Twitter and Instagram now and then. Today I thought I would share some of those pictures here as well, along with a word or two about what I’ve been up to lately. Enjoy!

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1. We moved into our new flat by the end of April, and ever since we’ve been working a lot to make it feel like home. Last week the final pieces came together. The photo is from our hallway, showing the chandeliers I got from my sister and brother from graduation, a Givenchy candle that was given to me from beauty-guru Dave Lackie and an Orchid, which are my favorite flowers to decorate with.

2. I’ve been working a lot with my new company. Eyelash extensions is what I do the most when I work.

3. When I packed up my things for the move I found these shoes I totally forgot about. Matching them with my coral maxi dress from Primark was a big hit.

4. The Glossybox of last month. Love the colourfull box the goodies came in this time. Read more about the box here.

5. One of the things I got in the box was this nail polish from Yves Rocher. It became a favorite right away. I’ve been wearing it now for three days and not a chip in sight!

6. I was asked by a hair saloon if I wanted to collaborate with them and do prom makeups for their costumers. Of course I jumped on the wagon. On this picture I’ve set up for a day’s work.

7. The collaboration went well and I was asked to help them for summer weddings as well. This photo shows some inspiration and a chart of the makeup me and the bride agreed on during our consultation.

8. I’m so happy with my businesses cards, that I finally got a few weeks back. It feels so grown up to hand them out! 

9. Last picture shows a surprise gift I got from Martin last night. It’s a YSL lipstick in colour 11.

What have you guys been up to lately? I would love to get a recap of what’s been going on while I’ve been gone.

 

£15 Makeup Challenge

Hi there,

As I mentioned in my last post I recently visited London. Me and my sister have been doing this trip once a year since we were old enough to go by ourselves. This year we decided to do a £15 Makeup Challenge. The rules were simple:

  • Get as many things from the list (that will follow) as possible. You’re not allowed to excess the agreed limit of £15.
  • You have to buy from at least three different brands
  • Find as good products as possible. If you’ve tried a brand before and find it crap, don’t buy it just to check a point of the list.

Find as many products you can from the list:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Something for eyebrows
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lipstick/Lipgloss/Lip pen

(I’ve dropped the list we wrote, but I think that was everything)

We went to do our challenge at Superdrug, since we found that was the best place for this challenge. I must say we did quite good. Unfortunately I never got a picture of what I bought for my sister, but I have one of what she got me.

Makeup challenge

As you can see, Makeup Academy is really dominating this challenge. Not surprising, since it’s a cheap brand and we’ve been really happy with the eye shadow palettes we got last year. She managed to get almost everything on the list. The only things missing is mascara, products for eyebrows and highlighter. (All though, she thought it through and got me an eyeshadow palette with a white shimmery colour that could be used as a highlighter). Neither of us bought mascaras and that was almost agreed in advanced. My boyfriend has bought me quite a few high end mascaras, so I probably wouldn’t use a mascara that was cheap enough to fit in this challenge. She has really straight eyelashes and uses one special mascara that she has find works for her, so she wouldn’t use a mascara I could find either so we used the money for better purposes. Now that I’ve taken my pictures of all these things I’m excited to start trying them out!

Have you done this challenge? Did you find a favorite drugstore product by doing it? Have you tried any of these products? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 

 

Glossybox June

Hi there!

Long time, no see. Again. It’s crazy how time flies at the moment. Since last time I wrote I’ve been working hard getting my company up and running, I’ve been to London, Crete and on a few tiny adventures in Sweden. I’ve been packing and unpacking moving box after moving box to get our new flat become our new home. There is still job to do, but at least we’re getting there.

Since I really do want to get back to blogging I thought I’d take a soft and easy start and just blog the Glossybox that arrived before the weekend. I thought the box, designed by Carolina Gynning, was so beautiful it deserved to be shown. The content was quite good as well, I must say!

Glossybox June

 

  • Sebastian Professional Re-shaper – Hair spray with medium hold. You’re supposed to be able to brush it out and re-shape the hair for 18 hours. I haven’t tried it yet, and it will probably just go down in a drawer for a while, since it’s a perfect traveling size to save for later.
  • Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polis – I got mine in pink and purple. These shades really remind me of Barbie colours and makes me a bit nostalgic! Can’t wait to try them!
  • Lulu DK Wonderland Jewelry Tattoos – I’ve been wanting to try these jewelry tattoos for a while, but never got myself to buy them. This is something I consider buying for my company if I expand in the ways I’m planning, so I’m hoping for a good experience!
  • Elisabeth Mott Tints & Sass – A cheek and lip tint that smells like cherries. I’m not a big fan of tints since before, but perhaps this one will change my mind.
  • Medusa’s Make-up Eyeshadow – A mineral eyeshadow in the colour Maneater. It looks so lovely. A bit dark at the moment, but I think it can be a favorite for fall!

Have you tried any of these products? Share your experience in the comments below!

Giveaway Winner

Hey there!

It’s time to announce the winner of my celebration giveaway! The winner is picked randomly using Rafflecopter.

Congratulations… Sasyla Dyrs!

Please e-mail your address to info@lifeofannas.com asap, so I can send your goodies. If I haven’t received a reply before 2015.06.01 a new winner will be drawn.

Giveaway

Green and Yellow Makeup

Hi there!

Because of everything going on with changing jobs and moving house there isn’t time for many new projects at the moment. I still really want to get back to blogging properly, because that’s something I really love and have been missing a lot lately. As I was going through the pictures on my computer to see if I could find pictures to send for marketing of my new job I found a few pictures from my education that I thought might be worth sharing here.

One of our home works during my makeup education was to do a yellow and green makeup, so I thought I would show you a before  and after picture of my work. This was an early home work, so there are things I’ve learnt now that I would have done differently now or worked harder on. For example this was before I learnt how to work around my asymmetricals in the face. I do think I did quite a good job covering up all the redness I got during the winter though.

As I get my makeup space in the new apartment in just a few weeks, this is a look I will recreate to see my improvement since I did this look.

Since this look was made a few months ago, I’m not sure on all the products used but at least the eye shadows are from Makeup Revolution (144 colours Ultimate Eye Shadow Collection).

Don’t miss out on my giveaway because of the launching of my new Instagram account Beauty by Anna S. I’m giving away a lipstick and a lip pen in my favorite colour at the moment, and a palette from Makeup Revolution.

Green & Yellow