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My 2017 absolute favorites

Lise —  December 31, 2017 — 18 Comments

Make up & Skincare

L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating Cleansing Gel

This is a clay gel cleanser and it works really well! It shares a lot of properties with it’s clay mask sibling and I love it. It always works so well for me. You can read my review of it by clicking here.

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ELF Lip Exfoliator

This is basically just a lip scrub in lipstick form. It’s very convenient and easy to use and it always leaves my lips feeling soft and refreshed. You can read my review on it by clicking here.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in “Galactic Mauve”.

This is my all time ever favorite lipstick. The color is perfect, it’s not too flashy nor too dull and it works for every occasion. I use it as often as I can and I wouldn’t trade it for anything ( I think). You can read my full review on it by clicking here.

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IsaDora Hypo Allergenic Mascara in “Black”

This is an allergy friendly mascara that works fairly well in keeping my lashes looking good. I have tried other non allergy friendly mascaras that work a lot better but they also irritate my eyes so I’d rather feel comfortable while wearing it instead. You can read my review of this by clicking here.

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Books

The Lunar Chronicles series

These books are written by Marissa Meyer and are all about the android Cinder and her journey through life. We meet lots of interesting characters and there is a lot of conflict, and even romance! I was introduced to the series by Michala and I instantly fell in love with it. I don’t think I have ever read four books as fast as I read these. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves young adult fiction.

The Icewall trilogy

This is a trilogy set in the Dragonlance universe and it’s written by Douglas Niles. We follow the stories of Kerrick the Elf, Moreen the Arktos woman and Grimwar Bane, the ogre king. The first two books are really good, and while the last lacks a bit of the spark the first two has, it’s still pretty solid.

Dragon Age: Asunder

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This novel is my favorite out of the five Dragon Age novels that I have read, with The Masked Empire in a close second spot. In this one we get more backstory on one of my absolute favorite characters from the universe; Cole. He has always been a mystery and it feels so.. satisfying to finally know more? Yeah, it does. It’s a good read for anyone who is a fan of the video game series and wants to know more of the lore.

Games

Stardew Valley

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Stardew Valley is a farming/life simulator of sorts, heavily inspired by Harvest Moon and maybe games like Rune Factory. You inherit a farm, have to grow crops and collect items to restore the community center, or sell out to Joja Corp and buy everything instead. There’s relationships, a sense of accomplishment and it’s a game that is very easy to get addicted to.

The elder scrolls V: Skyrim

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Ah, then there’s this, a game where I have invested thousands of hours into the original. I made the mistake of noticing I hadn’t played the special edition too much on pc so I didn’t have any of the achievements.. Which meant that now I definitely have to get them… I love skyrim, I’m just not ready to lose my life to it again. It’s an amazing adventure role playing game and I would recommend it to anyone, well, anyone who is interested at least. I don’t really know what to say about it, I have talked about Skyrim a lot before in the game section of my blog.

The elder scrolls online

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The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as ESO, is an online multiplayer roleplaying game published by Zenimax and Bethesda, and it is in the Elder Scrolls universe. The gameplay takes place in many locations used in earlier games which gives the player a sense of belonging, a sense of recognition. Areas might look a bit different since it is set in a different era but you can still recognize things here and there. I wrote a post about it and the Morrowind expansion a while ago, you can read the whole thing here. It’s a great game, and pretty much never ending.

Fallout Shelter

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Fallout Shelter is a mobile game and it’s like a vault simulator. You run a vault, you build rooms, train vault dwellers, go on quests and craft items. You’re the overseer and everyone does your bidding. You also control the population by attracting dwellers, mating them or kicking them out/strategically get them killed. You can also craft themes for certain rooms to make your vault more personalized. They also change themes automatically during Christmas and other holidays.

 

What have you loved this year? Also, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be an amazing year for you. 

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November goals

Lise —  November 1, 2017 — 12 Comments

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Finish reading these:

Those that are crossed out were on my list for the previous month and are now finished.

  • Death from a top hat by Clayton Rawson
  • The nature of the universe by Fred Hoyle
  • Saturn by Ben Bova
  • Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Invisible Man by H.G Wells
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • When the sleeper wakes by H.G Wells
  • The messenger by Douglas Niles
  • The time machine by H.G Wells
  • The body snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The golden orb by Douglas Niles
  • The war of the worlds by H.G Wells
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The players of Gilean by various authors

I feel like my lists just get longer and longer with each month, and I think I make a comment about that each month too. It feels good to read so much though.  I wanted to read at least five books a month and I have been successful so far.

Attend more events that interest me. My anxiety has always held me back and I have missed out on many cool things, like lectures about the universe or an arts and crafts weekend at the closest library.. Or Christmas markets when that time comes. I don’t want to be too scared to go anymore so I need to make a conscious effort to go through with it.

Get better at talking about myself. When I attended a CV and job application workshop I realized just how bad I am at talking about myself and figuring out what kind of good qualities I have. A little bit of confidence is important when applying for jobs and I have none.

Exercise more. The past month I got horribly ill and haven’t had any energy to exercise at all. It’s not easy to do anything when a cold/flu just hits you like a damned train and knocks you out for over a week. Hopefully I can start going on more walks now that my lungs and throat are clearing up and I won’t end up coughing whenever the temperature shifts a little bit.

Wear more comfy socks. I usually walk around barefoot at home and I always feel like I’m freezing, so I need to make an effort to actually put on all of the cute, fuzzy socks that I have lying around. I also have a lot of knee highs that I need to wear more often. I never thought wearing socks would be something I needed to change about my life.

Think twice about make up before buying it. Just because I think something is a good idea there and then, doesn’t mean it will be the day after. I’ve bought so many things that I end up just using once and never again. I’m usually good when it comes to everything else but not when it comes to make up. There are more times when I don’t wear make up than when I do so I honestly don’t need as much as I purchase.

 

What are your goals for the month? 

 

 

 

 

Ending the challenge.

Lise —  October 20, 2017 — 3 Comments

I guess we can’t always succeed at everything! Posting every day for a month was a big goal, very time consuming and I am just too busy to be able to keep up with it! I’m surprised I even made it to day 20, to be honest! Keeping a strict schedule is difficult, and I find it easier to just write a post when I have time, and publish it then instead of having to mass produce so many at a time. The quality goes down, my stress levels go up and it’s generally a bad time overall. It’s time to just embrace autumn, calm down, enjoy the melancholy it brings and bring back my will to blog.

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I hope you guys are having a great day and that autumn is treating you well. (Alternatively, spring, if you’re in the southern hemisphere.)

Transformation Thursday

Lise —  October 19, 2017 — 10 Comments

I was doing some digging online and discovered a blog that I used to have back in 2012. Of course it contained some pictures, and I thought this could be good for a transformation thursday, seeing how much I have changed in 5 years. I was 21 at the time, and 26 now. Back then it was all about the fringe, all about crazy colors. At one point my hair was bright neon orange.

I didn’t care as much about make up and I mainly just maintained my hair the best I could.. Did my eyebrows now and then and wore some mascara but that’s it. I kinda miss how low maintenance I used to be haha. And how skinny my face was compared to now. I gained so much weight when I stopped smoking, it’s unreal. Hopefully one day I’ll go back to what I was at before.

 

So yeah, the pictures above was me 5 years ago, below is the most recent selfie I have. I guess you could say I kinda changed a lot over the past 5 years, right? Not sure if it was for the better or worse haha. I guess we all change for the better as we mature though, but I’m sure there are exceptions to the rule too.

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Do you feel like you have changed a lot over the past years? 

 

 

What I’m currently reading

Lise —  October 18, 2017 — 10 Comments

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.


 

When The Sleeper Wakes by HG Wells

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Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep sleep that lasts two hundred years. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place, he slowly discovers he is master of the world, revered by an adoring populace who consider him their leader. Terrified, he escapes from his chamber seeking solace—only to realize that not everyone adores him, some even wish to harm him.


 

The Messenger by Douglas Niles

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Exiled in disgrace to the harsh land called the Icereach, Kerrick, a Silvanesti elf, encounters a group of barbarian villagers that is making a determined stand against the encroachment of the remnants of a powerful ogre empire that is out to seize control of the frozen world.


 

The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore by W.B Yeats

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Best known for his poetry, William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was also a dedicated exponent of Irish folklore. Yeats took a particular interest in the tales’ mythic and magical roots. The Celtic Twilight ventures into the eerie and puckish world of fairies, ghosts, and spirits. “This handful of dreams,” as the author referred to it, first appeared in 1893, and its title refers to the pre-dawn hours, when the Druids performed their rituals. It consists of stories recounted to the poet by his friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. Yeats’ faithful transcription of their narratives includes his own visionary experiences, appended to the storytellers’ words as a form of commentary.


 

The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

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A young man studying medicine in Edinburgh is asked by his professor to be responsible for receiving the cadavers to be dissected by the school’s students. Though he knows many are stolen from graves, he keeps his silence. Then one night he recognizes one of the cadavers as the victim of murder. Instead of turning in the culprit, he allows himself to be drawn deeper into the gruesome intrigue. But justice has the last laugh when the evidence of the man’s crimes – evidence he thought long since dissected and disposed of – mysteriously resurfaces to his everlasting horror.

 

What are you currently reading?