Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July Favourites

I can't believe August is almost here! Summer has gone so quickly: June was spent planning the wedding and then I spent half of July traveling and I don't know where the other half went! August isn't necessarily the end of summer and I do hope we have many warm days still ahead of us. But can I start to be just a little bit excited of autumn already? Maybe I should try and restrain myself.

July was actually a very non-makeup month. Especially the week I spent in Florida. No makeup needed in that heat, to be honest with you! But in New York and here, back at home, I have been enjoying some very nice products.

Makeupwise I would like to mention a couple of amazing products. The first one is the so much loved Naked palette by Urban Decay. And specifically the shade half baked. It is just so gorgeous! And perfect for summer evenings. I don't think I've been wearing too many other shades this month actually... It goes so well with a bit of coral shaded blusher and some pink lipstick.

Which brings me to my next favourite product: Bobbi Brown lip color in the shade #73 or pale mauve. I bought this lipstick for my wedding and I love it for it's shade and permanence. It was perfect for my bridal makeup but I love wearing it on ordinary days too.

The third makeup product is also one of my purchases for the wedding day. It is an eyeliner by Dior. This eyeliner is perfect for summer days because it is waterproof and very light. I don't like to wear loads of black makeup in the summer, but I still want to define my eyes a bit and this is just great for that purpose. 

Then onto skincare. I have one product, which has been over the top this month and it's the Mask of Magnaminty by LUSH. I think I've used it every time I've had a shower this month. It feels very energizing on the skin and leaves it so soft. And the smell of mint is scrumptious!

I have gel nails at the moment because I got them for my wedding day, but I have been polishing them myself after the wedding. I guess I got a bit bored of the bridal pink :D but anyway, my favourite nail polish this month has definitely been Essie's Tart Deco. It is so summery! It reminds me of the art deco buildings at Miami Beach and at the same time of peaches. So pretty!

Hair products have been on a surprisingly minimal use this month as well. Alas I did manage to find a new favorite hairspray from the US. Of course they don't sell it in Finland, which is just my luck. Dove could you please do something about it? Pretty please?

These were my favourites this month! What did you enjoy using in July?

Emma xxx

P.S. How annoying is it to try and write favourite when obviously I have American auto-correcting on? :D 

Monday, 27 July 2015

New York

New York was absolutely amazing! I had never before visited the Big Apple but am very sure I'll go back someday. We stayed there for five days and tried to see as much as possible!
 If I had to pick my favourite place from all the places we visited I'd say Brooklyn Bridge or the High Line. Especially the the view from Brooklyn towards Downtown NYC was so gorgeous. I could probably have looked at it for some hours. And the High Line was just so pretty in the evening. I think we basically walked it from the very beginning right to the end of it. It had like benches to sit on everywhere and little fountains on the way and loads of beautiful plants. The parts of the old railway were also fascinating.

We stayed at the Element Times Square West Hotel and our stay there was very enjoyable. I think we stayed in four different hotels during our honeymoon and this was probably the best of those four. I cannot ofcourse compare my experience to other New York hotels, but the service was very nice, room was clean and we got just the room we had wished for (top floor). The staff also took into account that we were on our honeymoon and gave us a complimentary bottle of wine with a congrats-card.  The view from our room was breathtaking.The hotel isn't even close to the tallest building in NYC but on the 40th floor you can still see pretty much. From our window we could see the Empire State Building, Downtown, River Hudson etc. The location of the hotel was brilliant. We walked to many attractions, because we enjoy walking and you see more of the city that way but there was also a subway station like two blocks away. 

We visited many attractions such as the One World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and ofcourse numerous shops. The American Museum of Natural History and One World Trade Center were definitely worth going inside as well but I think most attractions were at their best when looked from a bit further away. Like the Statue of Liberty: I don't quite see point of going inside it. It's not that tall and by going inside it you don't actually see the attraction itself. We went to see the statue from the Staten Island ferry (which btw is free!) and were more than happy with our view to the statue and Downtown too!


Shoppingwise I might have gone a bit crazy. Especially in Victoria's Secret, Sephora and Forever21. The other shops I visited included Macy's, Centrury21 (which I had high expectations on, but was fairly disappointed in), Saks, different drugstores, Tiffany's... and the list could go on forever. I was particularly happy when I found Topshop on 5th Avenue. To be honest, I haven't bought anything from Topshop in ages, but now that I found it in the US, I felt like I was back home and found loads of lovely clothes.

Restaurants were just about everywhere. We had breakfast at our hotel every morning but lunch and dinner were eaten at different locations. We ate the best burgers in a small restaurant near Columbus Circle but I sadly can't remember the name! We had read about Lombardi's in Little Italy and decided to visit. It was definitely worth it. The pizza was amazing although the extra meatballs were a bit of a wierd decision :D I mean, meatballs on a pizza...what? Oh, and while I'm talking about food, Minute Maid Lemonade was the best thing ever!

To recap, NYC is awesome and everybody should visit it once in their lifetime. I would definitely go back. Nothing of course beats London :D but New York got pretty close and that's saying something!

Emma xxx

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Yoga in the Park

I love yoga. It's so relaxing and still at the same time it's so good for your body. I haven't felt this way for too long, because I used to hate the breathing and I think I've mentioned this before. I still don't really focus on it too much unless the instructor tells me to. I enjoy it much more when I can breath at my own pace. Maybe someday I'll learn the breathing techniques aswell. But for now I enjoy it especially for the stretching. 

I have envied many other cities while they have had free parkyoga for ages. But now, finally, they organised it in my home city aswell! I just had to try it out. And it was amazing! If they organize things like this where you live, I highly recommend you try it!

After the yoga session, we stayed for a while longer with my friend and took a couple of pictures. 

What do you think is the best way to relax?

Emma xxx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Greetings from the US!

Hey there! How is everybody? I hope you've all enjoyed your summer so far. The reason for my silence is simply that I got married and left for the honeymoon right after the wedding.

As the wedding is now over, I'll probably start writing on a more regular basis. Once I've reported the wedding on my other blog, I'm all yours :)

But for now, here are a couple of photos from our honeymoon, which we spent in New York and Florida.

Until next time!

Emma xxx
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