Nothing beats waking up in the morning, completely without any errands to run or responsibilities to attend to.

I must admit it somewhat feels weird to not have any academical deadlines as a student anymore. No lectures, no group assessments, no classmates to greet every morning. But at the same time, I'm still not missing that life yet. Although I crazily might miss the stressful student life soon.

Waking up at the Riverside White House Villas in Hội An was truly calming, and what I can call a real vacation for a full recovery of the mind and soul. Our room was so big and spacious, not to mention the beautiful view of the river and palm trees. I've been working six days a week the entire summer, so this was a much-needed break from my routines.

I hope you're all doing well, and if you're still a student; hang in there! I know your struggle, but your efforts will be worthwhile at the end, and you will eventually get some time to celebrate. Whether it being with beers and mojitos in Greece, or with sunscreen and tanning oil by the pool in Beverly Hills.

I'm spending time with my loved ones in the tropical Asia, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Until next time! x

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It's been a while!

If you follow me on my blog and social media, you may or may not have noticed that I have been pretty much off-the-radar, with little to no updates on my channels. I've constantly been on-the-go for around a month now, traveling from country to country and city to city. As of right now, I'm all curled up in bed in Vietnam waiting for the thunderstorm outside to calm down so that I can go to sleep.

My priorities have sadly not been to reach out on social media or take many pictures during my time abroad, and even if I wanted to, I don't really have anyone to help me with that. Another reason is because I honestly don't put in as much effort into my appearance and outfits as I did in Norway. It's so hot and humid to the point of exhaustion just after 30 minutes outdoors, and so I only want to put on comfortable clothing and wear flip flops. Not to mention that it's too big of a risk for me to bringing valuable belongings such as my iPhone or my camera.

I'm moving to Australia soon, so this is just a short holiday and pitstop before taking off again. An eight-hour plane ride from here to Melbourne is a way better option than to go on a 30-hour trip all the way from Oslo.

It's been a long time since I greeted you on this blog, but I'll be updating more often now!

Kisses, Elizabeth

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Sponsored pants from Romwe

Good morning!

...or good evening, depending on where you are in the world.

First update; I'VE FINALLY CUT MY HAIR!

It has almost been a year since I cut it, so I must say it was about time! My hair was just so long and lifeless, and it appeared to look very thin and boring. Shorter hair means more volume and less time for it to dry after a shower - winning.

On to today's fashion collaboration..

I have actually purchased from Romwe before, and one of the things I got was this super cute pastel pink cropped T-shirt. The first thing I thought of was to pair the two items together, and they surprisingly enough went really well together! I absolutely adore this top. It's super cute, and applies to me pretty much everyday considering how rare it is for me to spend the AMs anywhere else than in my own bed.

Pants: HERE // Top: HERE

An honest blogger's note...

As a consumer myself, I would appreciate honesty from bloggers who promote things on their blog. Not everything we get sponsored is always the perfect fit or will exceed all expectations. And as a blogger myself, I feel the responsibility to provide honest review and brand feedback to my readers.

I chose the pants because they seemed very cute and comfortable. These pants are listed as ONE SIZE, so I chose them knowing that they could be too big for me. However, to my surprise, they were smaller than I expected. I'm usually a size small, but these were still very tight around the hip-area, and therefore felt somewhat stiff. On the other hand, the pink cropped T-shirt that I personally bought has been one of my favourites for more than a year now. Unfortunately, this one too, is a one-sized item.

The brand is based in Asia, so I'm guessing that the sizing has something to do with the average size of an Asian female, which is usually petite. With that in mind, I suggest buyers to always pay close attention to the size guides, as they provide correct sizing and measurements.

With that being said, I have purchased quite a few items from Romwe prior to getting sponsored by them, and I have been satisfied with everything I've received. This one was just a little disappointing due to the wrong fit in spite of being a "one size fits all", but otherwise I would definitely recommend checking out Romwe's huge inventory of trendy clothes at reasonable prices.

Xo, Elizabeth

// photos by Ceyda

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In collaboration with Lava Art

Good afternoon, darlings!

Around two weeks ago, I received the Lava Art Compact Cushion, which is one of the many Korean beauty products that are getting a lot of buzz lately. K-beauty products are known to contain natural ingredients that are good for the skin, which means that it's possible to achieve the desired makeup look without all the chemicals and cruelty.

I have been trying out the cushion since I got it, and I'm very impressed by the coverage of the product! It's also reassuring to know that the product will let my face "breathe" throughout the day, unlike most foundations that can be clogging to the pores. So far I'm loving the product, so I thought I'd share my current makeup routine with you!

Step 1: Fresh Face.

The first step is of course to start off with a fresh and clean face. I did cheat a bit by doing my brows beforehand, but I don't think it's necessary to document that process because my brows are too basic to share. The first thing I would like to point out is that my face has always been a shade or two lighter than my body, which looks exceptionally weird in pictures. But there's nothing that makeup can't do to fix that!

Step 2: foundation

After cleaning and making sure that my face is moisturised, I just go right into using the Lava Art Compact Cushion, which is basically a concentrated foundation in a cushion. This is to be used on the entire face, with light "dabbing" motions to press the product and its ingredients onto the skin.

Before I applied the product, my face looked very dull and I had fairly visibly dark circles. After the compact cushion, my skin tone and overall complexion is more even, and any dark areas or uneven spots have diminished.

STEP 3: CONCEALER

When it comes to the step of concealing your under-eyes, I have seen many people doing this step before applying their Lava Art Compact Cushion, but I personally prefer to do this step after. Just to make sure that my dark circles are well hidden and concealed. As mentioned earlier, the compact cushion covers a lot, so this step can be skipped if you don't struggle with eye bags, dark circles or other stubborn blemishes.

Note: My skin looks extra pale due to the strong ring light that I'm using!

If you compare the picture above to the first picture of me with no makeup, there is definitely a big difference. I may look pale now, but I'd like to think of it as a new, blank canvas that I get to easily work with now that my imperfections are gone. Time enhance my features!

STEP 3: EYE MAKEUP

The highly crucial step in my makeup routine in order to look more awake, is by applying eyeliner and mascara. This is a very straight-forward process, and is most likely already in your makeup routine, so just go ahead and go in with your usual eye-makeup look.

STEP 4: setting (powder & blush)

The fourth step is not only to set the foundation on the face and get that matte and dewy look, but also to add colour to my otherwise pale, but covered face. I like to think that the foundation and concealer helps neutralise the skin to eliminate odd colour-correction-needed spots. Then the added colour from the powder will instantly return the skin back to its original colour.

T H E  R E SU L T

...after applying on lipstick.

I just have to point out how big of a difference a lipstick can do to any makeup looks! It saves me A LOT of time getting ready in the mornings, because I don't have to do much with my makeup or add any fancy eyeshadows in order to complete my look.

As you can see, my everyday makeup routine is nothing very special or complicated. Keep in mind that this was not meant to be a tutorial, but for me to share my makeup routine with you, especially after testing out the Lava Art cushion. The product is definitely my favourite alternative to liquid foundation, and I'm definitely going to use it more.

I hope you liked it!

Love, Elizabeth

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Hey all!

It was a sunny Sunday today, but instead of making plans on my only day off, I decided to have a much-needed time to rest at home. Even my Instagram hasn't really been updated much lately, but I'm taking as many work shifts as I can before I leave for Australia. In other words, I haven't done much that is share-worthy or fun to read about, but I reckon it will all be worth it later.

I'm just dropping by to say "hi", and I hope you all have had a good Sunday so far!

I also wanted to share some pictures of Friday's outfit. I'm absolutely loving this flare sleeved blouse that makes me feel like a princess when I'm roaming the streets of Oslo. Even in regular black jeans!

Blouse: Gina Tricot / Pants: Bik Bok / Shoes: River Island / Bag: Fashion Drug

// photos by @Gambitsky

xo, Elizabeth

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In collaboration with NATURIGIN

Disclaimer: I was NOT required to write about this brand unless the results showed a significant difference to my hair. All opinions are of my own.

Hey all!

As you can read in the title, I have FINALLY made a change to my hair!

After receiving a collaboration request from NATURIGIN, I went straight onto their homepage to read more about their hair care products, as well as the hair colours they've got to offer. What caught my attention was their all-natural and organic products, which are cruelty free and doesn't contain chemical ingredients that can potentially damage your hair and scalp. However, I was sceptical as to whether or not any of the hair colours would work on me. Especially when even their scale of what result to expect based on different hair colours didn't even include people with black hair. That made my decision of which colour to try out even harder. I just knew that I wanted brown hair, and so I picked a blonde hair colour, hoping it would show at least some result on my hair.

I went for the shade Light Ash Blonde 8.1 (HERE)

Due to my long, dark, and Asian virgin locks, I honestly didn't expect anything at all. I have learned that Asian hair is especially hard to work with because it can't absorb hair dye very well compared to blondes or brunettes.

But what can I say? You can see for yourselves from the pictures I've provided, and see a significant difference from how my hair used to look like - dark, sparse and lifeless. Now, my hair looks more voluminous and is definitely softer and fuller, not to mention the fact that the colour I envisioned really showed!

Naturigin

The process is rather straight forward. You mix the colouring cream and the activator which is included in the box, shake it, and apply it evenly on you hair. Then you wait for 30 minutes and "rinse it off". I'd say just take a full shower honestly.

After dyeing my hair and blow drying it, it feels like I just stepped out of a hair salon. My hair felt smooth and lucious, and I can't stop touching it.

PS. If you have long hair like me, I would recommend to use two boxes of hair dye to achieve the best result.

I'm really excited about this new hair colour of mine, and would definitely recommend this brand if you want to try at-home hair colouring! For my Norwegian readers, NATURIGIN hair products can be purchased at VITA and Apotek1.

Have a lovely day! xx

Love, Elizabeth

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Last Saturday I took a day off work to catch up with my good friend Camila (@Gambitsky) now that she's back in Oslo after roughly a month of being abroad. We decided to meet up at the botanical gardens to take some pictures, before we went to grab dinner and desserts afterwards.

Once again, I'm wearing one of my mom's vintage clothing. This is the skirt that she used to wear often during her young adult days. I remember seeing her wear this skirt when I was a little child, adoring how beautiful she looked in it, and hoping that one day I would be able to wear it too. Wearing my mom's preloved vintage clothing makes it feel much more special and unique, especially knowing that it's one of a kind.

// photos by @Gambitsky

Have a great Sunday!

Love, Elizabeth

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