An Engagement Present from Lush!

Thank you so much Lush for our gift!
/Tack så himla mycket för vår present Lush!

Yesterday A & I picked up a package from Lush Cosmetics. We were on the way home from work and A is usually with me when I open packages.
/Igår hämtade vi ett paket ifrån Lush Cosmetics. Vi var på väg hem från jobbet och A brukar var amed när jag öppna förpackningar så denna var en fin överraskning.

Lush sent us an engagement care package and we are super thankful! (and of course I wanted to share it with you all too!)
/Lush skickade en förlovningspaket och vi är super tacksam! Självklart vill vi dela med oss vad vi fått!

I noticed when picking up this lush gift that it smelt exactly like my favorite bath bomb: Sexbomb.. and lo and behold… Sexbomb! Sexbomb was one of the first bath bombs A & I bought when we first bought our apartment together (and have a tub!) and it is perfect for just this occasion! One of my favorite scents in the world is the Jasmine flower (yes, I may be biased haha!) and this one is filled with this beautiful flower!
/Jag märkte att lådan doftade som min favorit badbomb: Sexbomb .. och vi hittade… Sexbomb! Sexbomb var en av de första badbomberna A & I köpte när vi först köpte vår lägenhet tillsammans (och har en badkar!) Och det är perfekt för just detta tillfälle! En av mina favorit dofter är jasminblomman och den här är fylld med denna vackra blomma!

A & I are homebodys which makes this next gift unbelievably perfect for us! Sleepy is a mix of lavender flower and tonka absolute. This lotion is soft and does not leave an oily feel afterwards. Both A & I love this product so much and will be repurchasing this one!
/A & I är homebodys som gör att denna nästa gåva är otroligt perfekt för oss! Sleepy är en blandning av lavendelblomma och tonka absolut. Denna lotion är mjuk och lämnar inte en fet känsla efteråt. Både A & I älskar denna produkt så mycket och kommer att köpa om den!

The last product in this super kind and thoughtful gift was the What Would Love Do?, solid perfume that smells of tangerines and lavender oils. I have not tried the solid perfumes and this one will definitely be one in my bag this winter season!
/Den sista produkten i denna super snäll och omtänksam gåva var What Would Love Do som är en solid parfym som luktar av mandariner och lavendeloljor. Jag har inte provat de fasta parfymerna och denna här kommer definitivt att vara en i min väska under vintersäsongen!

A & I wanted to thank Lush Cosmetics.
It means the world to us that Lush sent us this thoughtful gift.
/Tack snälla Lush Cosmetics för presenterna.
Vi är så himla tacksamma att ni tänkte på oss!

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And so… This Happened! | Our Engagement Story

On the 10th of November 2017, he proposed… and I said Yes!

I wanted to take a few days before writing this post though many of you may have seen a few posts on my Instagram and Facebook. I guess I would start at the beginning… or sort of.

Vill tillägga att detta inlägg kommer endast vara på engelska.
Engelska är språket jag känner mig trygg att skriva i och uttrycka mig i.
A & I at Akademien the week we met…

A & I met back in 2008-ish at the local student pub/bar through some mutual friends. (Photo above was around the same week we met!) I was working and he was, for once, out. I would say it was love at first sight on my part… It obviously took him a while to find me. We found common ground in being homebodys. Watching movies and intelligent conversation. We love travel and we love being in each others company. Perfect match if I may say so myself.

A & I in Grand Canyon, USA

Fast forward… A & I have been together for over 9 years now so it has been a long wait. I knew he was the one I wanted to spend my life with and have voiced this to him multiple times (okay, okay, many even in direct & blunt ways) that he should find a ring and just get it over with! No romantic gestures, no crazy proposal or audiences. Just a pretty sparkling ring to decorate my ring finger. But no matter how many hints I left, months and years past and the hope of the next step in our relationship was faint. I was happy to live with him and we have an amazing life together no matter if we were engaged or married so after 5 years, I gave up the notion of it.

London

London Weekend

I wanted to get away for a weekend and I found a good deal on a combo flight & hotel so I booked it! I had warmer climate, shopping and just good food planned. I like London since it isn’t too far of a flight and I feel a bit at home when everyone speaks English and actually understands me (which is hard to find in Sweden). Anyway. We decided to travel on Friday (10th Nov) Morning and just spend a long weekend together. A bit of Primark, a few pharmacies and fast food like Chipotle, Shake Shack and that…

Hyde Park – Kensington Gardens

Our hotel is located near Kensington Gardens and we walked through the park a number of times during our long weekend away. On the way back to the hotel on Friday, we were walking around Kensington Gardens just above the Italian Gardens. The sun was setting and a beautiful autumn day. A called me over to a little hill overlooking the Italian Gardens. I didn’t really get why he was trying so hard to get me to see what he was looking at.

Snapped this one right before he proposed

I was taking a few photos so I made my way to him and he started with ‘This is a long time coming…’ and happiness ran through my blood from head to toe. I believe I said Yes in multiple languages and the ring just made me speechless. Of course I cried and jumped into his arms and probably squeezed him harder than ever.

The Ring

Infinity Two-Toned Cathedral Engagement Ring

I am traditional but I always hated Swedish rings – a plain boring golden band. Nope! I secretly wanted something shiny, something artsy (art deco!) and a mix of metals. I always dreamt of a Sapphire ring but then again, the traditional side of me also wanted a diamond. A & I did try rings in Las Vegas so he knew my size and what I liked. It is just too perfect and A did a fantastic job hiding the ring from me since Las Vegas over the summer!

The Aftermath

It happened so quickly and it still hasn’t really sinked in. Hilariously enough, my head started throbbing and I got a major migraine just a few moments after. We went back to the hotel and I spent probably 2 hours or so tending to my head. A was so sweet and went out to get water and some migraine pills. When I was feeling better… We headed off to Shake Shack. Perfect end to the perfect day!

The Announcement

One of the things I was not looking forward to was the announcement of our engagement. It’s wonderful that so many have sent their congratulations however the follow up question of “Why did it take so long?” and the worse one “So…When’s the wedding?” or… “So when are you due?”…  It just puts such a damper on the engagement. Honestly, I find such questions quite disrespectful. Insulting almost?

So… for many reasons, we held our announcement till a few days later… who can blame us? We wanted to keep our engagement special and between us. Also, we wanted to make sure our families knew before announcing to everyone else.

That’s the story! Thank you all again for all the well wishes and I’m sure wedding and that would sooner or later pop up here from time to time. 

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Sadness from Inside Out * Halloween 2017

This year I wanted to be Sadness from Inside Out! Unfortunately with no daylight and to be honest, no time so the photographs doesn’t do the makeup any justice.
/Jag älskade Inside Out och i år ville jag vara Sadness meeeennn tyvärr så finns det inte dagsljus när jag kommer hem (och mina lampor är sönder!) så bilderna har inte fångat hur fint sminkningen är…

Make Up Forever Flash Palette – Blue mixed with some Biotherm Aqua Source Daycream
Make Up Forever Eyeshadow – S228 (Petrol Blue), S234 (Turquoise Blue)
BECCA Shimmer Highlighter – Moonstone


KISSNYPRO Luxury Eye Crayon – Violet
Make Up Forever Aqua Matic – I 22
Isadora Precision Mascara – Blue

KISSNYPRO Belle Soft Matte Lipcream – Anchor Me

PROPS: Eyeglasses from Rusta, actually a pair of christmas glasses that I broke off all excess stuff from and repainted black.
Wig from many maannyy years back …but can be bought on, for example, Ebay.
Lenses from Pinkyparadise – Circle Lenses in Fairy Blue.

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Some Honorable Mentions from Apotek och Egenvård 2017

Though I mainly attended the Hud & Kosmetik Mässa, I also did take a round at the other Exhibition: Apotek & Egenvård and there were some awesome finds that I must share with you!
/Jag egentligen var på Hud & Kosmetik mässan men jag ändå tog en runda i Apotek & Egenvård och hittade massa fint att dela med er!

SmellWell

I LOVE SmellWell! Why oh why have I not seen this brand before!? I saw these bright colored bags that reminded me of those mini beanbags we used for dodgeball in elementary!
/Jag älskar SmellWell! VARFÖR har jag inte sett den tidigare? Jag såg färgade påsar som påminde mig om beanbags vi använt i skolan när jag var liten!

Anyway, I met co-founder Ammi who spoke about her husband from Canada that tried to find something to help with the stench of football shoes. Since he couldnt find anything that worked, he decided on creating his own product…aka. SmellWell. They come in a variety of colors and soon in a longer, larger version for heavier shoes! I CANNOT WAIT!
/Hur som helst träffade jag co-founder Ammi som pratade om sin man från Kanada som försökte hitta något för att hjälpa till med stanken av fotbollskor. Eftersom han kunde inte hitta något som fungerade bestämde han sig för att skapa sitt egen produkt … aka. SmellWell. De kommer i olika färger och snart i en längre, större version för tyngre skor! JAG LÄNGTAR!

The SkinAgent

My second absolute FAVORITE find was The SkinAgent. The brilliant founders Linda and Anna made sure that those uncomfortable rubs will not turn into a long term pain! The women where so kind and it was a pleasure to talk to them at their stand.
/Min andra absoluta FAVORITE fynd var The SkinAgent. De strålande grundarna Linda och Anna såg till att de obehagliga skav kommer inte bli en långvarig smärta! Kvinnorna var så snälla och det var ett nöje att prata med dem i deras monter.

They have 3 sticks: Move, Sport & BH (Bra in swedish) and there will be one coming out soon for feet…I must have one of each!
/De har 3 typer: Move, Sport & BH. Det kommer också ut en för fötter. Jag måste ha alla!

FootNer

I think FootNer gave me the perfect Birthday present… A CoolActive Massager for my sore feet! Youve probably heard of FootNer from their exfoliating socks but when I saw this little contraption…. I had to talk and see what it was all about. I stand all day at work and I work out 2-3 times a week now so my feet are basically in a state of pain constantly. What Footner coolActive Massager does is that it is a massage ball that cools and even calms the feet! I cannot wait to give this a try.
/Jag tror FootNer gav mig den perfekta födelsedagspresenten … En CoolActive Massager för mina ömma fötter! Du har nog hört talas om FootNer från deras exfoliating strumpor, men när jag såg den här lilla grejs …. Jag var tvungen att prata med de och se vad det handlade om. Jag står hela dagen på jobbet och jag tränar 2-3 gånger i veckan nu så mina fötter är i princip i en tillstånd av smärta konstant. Vad Footner CoolActive Massager gör är att det är en massageboll som kyler och till och med lugnar fötterna! Jag kommer säkert älska produkten!

IDUN Minerals

IDUN was found at the Apotek area since they have partnered up with Apoteket. It was super cool to see their latest skincare line with the simple black and white and even numbered bottles to make it super easy to follow and use.
/IDUN kunde hittas på Apotekområdet då de samarbetar med Apoteket. Det var super coolt att se deras senaste hudvårdsserie med de enkla svarta och vita flaskor och numrerade flaskorna för att göra det super lätt att följa och använda.

Pedicare

I love Pedicare products and have written about the brand previously so I wanted to see what was new. They will soon release a mousse that I am excited to try out. It comes in a 100ml mini bottle and comes out as a foam. When you apply it, it goes super quickly into the skin. I like!
/Jag älskar Pedicare produkter och har skrivit om varumärket tidigare så jag ville se vad som var nytt. De kommer snart att släppa en mousse som jag vill jätte gärna testa. Den kommer i en 100 ml mini flaska och kommer ut som ett skum. När du applicerar det går det snabbt i huden. Jag gillar!

Ormsalva

Ormsalva also have released two new sticks – A warming and a cooling stick. Perfect for me since I have been putting in a number of hours at the gym lately!
/Ormsalva har också släppt två nya pinnar – En uppvärmning och en kylning stick. Perfekt för mig då jag har lagt på ett antal timmar på gymmet på sistone!

OKeefes

The men at Okeefes were very to the point which I liked. The OKeefes is a brand originating from California that will be releasing a hand and foot cream that is proven to heal quickly and effectively. The brand focuses on those who work rigorous, physical work – or just for those who are in dire need of moisture and protection! *update* I noticed that Apotea already sells the Helping Hands if you are interested in buying yourself a jar!
/Männen på Okeefes var verkligen to the point som jag gillade. OKeefes är ett varumärke som härstammar från Kalifornien och som kommer att släppa en hand- och fotkräm som har visat sig läka snabbt och effektivt. Märket fokuserar på dem som arbetar med rigoröst, fysiskt arbete – eller bara för dem som har ett brådskande behov av fukt och skydd! * uppdatering * Jag hittade Apotea som redan säljer Helping Hands om du är intresserad av att köpa en burk!

The Hair & Body Company

I said hi to a supplier we have at Sephora, The Hair & Body Company who has brands such as St. Tropez and Bulldog.

Nordströms – Mavala

And lastly, I also found Nordströms who have brands such as China Glaze, Ardell and Mavala…Mavala will be releasing 2 new collections which I would hopefully get more information about soon! They look super exciting.
/Och sist så hittade jag Nordströms som har varumärken som China Glaze, Ardell och Mavala … Mavala kommer att släppa 2 nya kollektioner som jag förhoppningsvis kommer få mer information om snart! De ser super spännande ut.

Which brands surprised you if you attended the exhibition this year? What do you think of my finds?
/Om du var på mässan i år, vilka märken överraskade dig? Vad tycker du om mina fynd?

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Fenty Beauty By Rihanna has Dropped

As I work at Sephora, this was a serious hush-hush for us and though we had all the information and training very much ahead of time… We couldn’t peep a single word about any of it until TODAY. Finally. I CAN TALK!
/Då jag jobbar på Sephora var det här en allvarlig hush-hush för oss när det gäller lanseringen och märket…och även om vi hade all information och träning väldigt mycket i förväg … Vi var tvungna att hålla tyst fram tills idag… Äntligen! JAG FÅR PRATA!!

Fenty Beauty is the latest addition to Sephora globally and Sweden/Scandinavia is part of the 17 country launch worldwide. The brand was announced in April 2016, she paired with LVMH so Fenty will be exclusive to Sephora and Harvey Nichols (UK).
/Fenty Beauty är det senaste tillskottet till Sephora globalt och i Sverige/Skandinavien och det är en del av en global lansering i 17 länder världen över. Idéen kom fram i april 2016, där Rihanna pratade ihop med LVMH så Fenty kommer att vara exklusivt på Sephora och Harvey Nichols (UK).

The brand I would say is built on Rihanna (Did you know her last name is Fenty?) and the celebration of diversity so you will find very simple products for all skintones and occasions. In the collection of products you will find:
/Varumärket skulle jag säga är byggt på Rihanna (Visste du att hennes efternamn är Fenty?) Och firandet av mångfald så vad ni kan förvänta är enkla produkter för alla hudtoner och tillfällen. I kollektionen av produkter kommer ni se:

  • 40 Shades of Foundations
  • 6 Duo Cheek products
  • 2 Highlighters
  • A Blotting Powder
  • A XXL doefoot Lipgloss

What are you looking forward to trying? What are your thoughts on the brand?

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Coming back to a Winning Concept! * Find me at Sephora…Again!

Yes, you read correctly! I am boomerang-ing back to Sephora.
/Ja, du läser rätt! Jag är boomerang-ar tillbaka till Sephora.

Oh…remember this post a year ago? Well. I will be returning to a job and company that I love but had to leave behind (for a short while). Apparently this is a trend I am happy it is trending! In August you will find THIS boomerang employee back at Sephora with an extra spring in her step.
/Åh … kom ihåg det här inlägget för ett år sedan? Well. Jag kommer att återvända till ett jobb och ett företag som jag älskar men var tvungen att lämna (ett tag). Tydligen är det en trend att komma tillbaka så jag är glad att det är trendig! I augusti hittar du den här boomerangmedarbetaren tillbaka på Sephora med en extra spring i hennes steg!

This was an interesting turn of events since I wasn’t really sure if I would want to come back or what if I wanted to chance being away from the beauty industry. I have had many ask me to start my own but I’m just not interested, though I am sure if push came to shove, I would do a good job. But. I wanted to come back to what I am good at and what I have potential for and where better than the place I loved with the coworkers I loved right?
/Det här var en intressant händelse eftersom jag inte var säker på om jag skulle vilja komma tillbaka eller om jag ville ta chansen att vara borta från skönhetsindustrin totalt. Jag har fått många förfrågningar att starta eget men jag är bara inte intresserad att göra det, men jag är säker på om det verkligen sket sig så skulle jag göra ett bra jobb. Men. Jag ville komma tillbaka till det jag är bra på och vad jag har potential för och var bättre än vad jag älskade med medarbetarna jag älskar…right?

Who knows where this will take me, I do know that I would love to stay a year or so and… then? Well. We will just have to see! For those of you who read my blog and are in the area, come by, say hi and I cannot wait to see you at Sephora again soon!
/Vem vet var detta kommer att ta mig, jag vet att jag skulle älska att stanna ett år eller så och sen? Tjo. Vi får bara se! För er som läser min blogg och är i området, kom och säg hej och jag kan inte vänta med att se dig på Sephora igen snart!

Do you think I made a good decision making a U-turn back? What is your favorite brand at Sephora? Which brand are you missing that we don’t have in Scandinavia yet?
/Tror du att jag gjorde ett bra beslut att göra en U-sväng tillbaka?
Vad är ditt favoritmärke hos Sephora? Vilket märke saknas som vi inte har i Skandinavien än?

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5 Hidden Gems to Treasure Hunt on the Las Vegas Strip!

Every visit we make to Las Vegas is another opportunity to go “Gem” hunting. There are some cool stuff hidden within the hotels that are fun to find!
/Varje besök vi gör till Las Vegas är ett annat tillfälle att gå på ett “Gem” jakt. Det finns några coola saker dolda inom hotellen som är roliga att hitta!

#1 Popeye at the Wynn

There is a 7 foot tall Popeye by Jeff Koon within the Wynn. This statue was bought for nearly $28.2 million and is super duper shiny…
/Det finns en 7-fot lång Popeye av Jeff Koon inom Wynn. Denna staty köptes för nästan 28,2 miljoner dollar och är super duper shiny!

*Hint* Check close to the Theater.

#2 The Hidden Pizza Place at The Cosmopolitan

Yes. There is a no name, no sign pizza place in the Cosmopolitan serving up yummy slices and are open into the weee hours! I wouldn’t say it is so hidden though since when we were there, there was a huge group of people sitting outside mumsing on a whole pie!
/Ja. Det finns inget namn, ingen skylt pizza ställe i Cosmopolitan som serverar smaskiga pizza och är öppna super sent/tidig på dagarna! Jag skulle inte säga att det är så gömt men när vi var där fanns det en stor grupp människor som satt utanför mumsing på en hel pizza!

*Hint* Check the 3rd Floor.

#3 The Golden Nugget’s Golden Nugget

The Hand of Faith Golden Nugget was found in 1980 in Australia and the person sold the nugget to The Golden Nugget for over $1 million! It is the biggest golden nugget to date and it is pretty hard to find in the hotel…even with it’s size!
/Hand of Faith Golden Nugget hittades 1980 i Australien och personen sålde nugget till The Golden Nugget för över 1 miljon dollar! Det är den största golden nugget hittills och det är ganska svårt att hitta på hotellet … även med sin storlek!

*Hint* Head towards the lobby!

#4 Swim with the Sharks at The Golden Nugget

Okay so this is not really a thing to find but a pretty cool thing to do!
/Okej inte riktigt någonting att leta efter men fy va kul att göra!

*Hint* Take the slide into the Tank Pool!

#5 Flamingos & Birds Habitat at Flamingo

It took us a while to actually find our way to the Habitat but it was worth finding! They have a number of Chilean flamingos as well as other ducks and fish and even turtles.
/Det tog oss ett tag att faktiskt hitta vägen till Habitat men det var värt att hitta! De har ett antal chilenska flamingos samt andra änder och fiskar och till och med sköldpaddor.

*Hint* Read the signs that say HABITAT.

Have you found some hidden gems that you hint towards? Hint them in the comment section below!
/Har du hittat några av dessa eller andra som ni kan tipsa om? Skriva gärna dina tips nedan!

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Sephora Sweden’s Webshop is now Open

Sephora Sweden has opened their digital doors at Sephora.se allowing those far from a physical store to purchase online!

After releasing information on their social media that the webshop was soon ready today, many have already seen the “soft” launch and have already started complaining about them not announcing that they are open. As someone who has worked for Sephora and in addition has worked with creating and opening webshop, I wanted to do a quick explanation of how it works.

As I worked at Sephora when the news broke a few years back that they would be creating a webshop, I understood it would take a few years. It was super difficult to stand in store and explain each time to those visiting from other cities that it would take some time but it will come. I personally have sent products to customers I spoke to over the phone because I know how it is to live far from a store that sells my favorite brands.

However, I also know first hand how difficult it is to launch a functional webshop as I have had the opportunity to work with team and launched a cosmetic webshop just this year. I understand and have worked with all the logistics behind a webshop including where the stockroom would be, who would take care of front-end, back-end, payment methods, returns, shipping…The list just continues!

I believe many do not understand that working back-end takes a lot of energy to make sure all the information is present from uploading high-def photos to pricing and product text. A soft launch allows the company to be able to regulate any problems that may come up with payment methods, shipping and even gives a bit of time to continue to upload information for each product to be sold in the digital store and in turn allows shoppers a good experience on the site.

So, long explanation short. Please be patient. Sephora is working out the kinks. Another thing to keep in mind is that Sephora Sweden is driven by Sephora Denmark who in turn is driven by Sephora France. Translations would be a bit google translate and I too reacted to the…interesting… wording chosen on the site but I am sure that in time, these too will be adjusted accordingly to the Swedish Market.

It is about time that Sephora could reach out to customers who are not near a physical store. I am excited that this project has finally launched!

Where do you live? What Sephora brand have you really been wanting to get?

/Sephora har smyg lanserat Sephora.se idag och några har redan börjat kommentera om sidan. Jag som har jobbat på Sephora och även har lanserat en webbshop med en annat företag har förståelse om just varför det har tagit tid och vill jätte gärna kunna förklara lite mina tankar kring lanseringen. Long story short, Jag skulle önska att ha lite tålamod och låt Sephora reda ut alla detaljer för att kunna erbjuda er bästa möjlig service. 

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