Monthly Archives: February 2012

New in: cosmetics

- Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel. This exfoliant is my staple product. There are a lot of salicylic acid facial care products out there, but I think Paula’s gel formula is the most convenient.

- I’m trying out the new Gliss Daily Oil Elixir by Schwarzkopf. I’ve had similar products by Kerastase and Morrocan oil, which I liked a lot, and I think this one works really well too. It’s very cheap.

- I had a “buy 1 get 1 free” coupon on Dove products, so I picked up a body milk and a hand cream.

- A new deodorant. Not so glamorous, but unavoidable. I only use deodorants free from alcohol and perfume.

- Caudalie Eau de Raisin. This thermal water spray is similar to the ones by Vichy and Avene and is great for setting powder make-up.

 

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Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lipstain in Plum Flushed and Touch of Coffee

Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lipstain in Plum Flushed and Touch of Coffee

When a friend of mine heard I wanted to try a lipstain she bought and sent me over two of her favorite shades (Plum Flushed and Touch of Coffee) of Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lipstain. So sweet of her! She said they’d been discontinued recently, but you can still find them in some stocks.

I’ve swatched them and I liked them, even though they don’t last very long on my lips. Here are my swatches:

    Maybelline New York Coloressential Lipstain in Plum Flushed and Touch of Coffee swatch

Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lipstain in Plum Flushed and Touch of Coffee swatch

    Maybelline New York Coloressential Lipstain in Plum Flushed and Touch of Coffee swatch

Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lipstain in Plum Flushed and Touch of Coffee swatch

 

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Dog who loves oranges

Greger is the only dog I know who loves oranges! Isn’t it weird to eat oranges when you’re a dog? Do you know any other dogs that enjoy eating odd foods?

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Like a fish in the sea

Once upon a time in the sea with my dear Grandma!

I’ve changed my workout routine! I’ve left the gym behind me and started to go swimming instead.
When I was younger I was really serious about swimming. I was in a swimming sports team, and we had practice every day of the week. However, at one point it got too serious (one or two competitions a week!), and sometime in high-school I got tired of it.
A few weeks ago I got the urge to visit the public bath house and I was immediately hooked! I’ve been going two to three times a week since then.

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Preparations for painting nails

Painting nails can be a tricky business. You have to be careful not to smudge anything, and the polish must be applied evenly. Most important is that it gets to set properly before you need to do anything with your hands, for instance rummage through your purse because your phone is ringing. Even if you’re using a quick-dry top coat, there are still going to be a few crucial minutes where you need to be completely still. This requires you to be well prepared, so I’ve developed a kind of strategy.

  • First, decide on which nail polish you’re going to use and prepare any tools you might need.
  • Have a fruit or a sandwich before starting, so you won’t get hungry while waiting for the nail polish to dry.
  • If you have a dog, take it for a walk shortly before starting
  • Prepare something to watch on TV or the computer, since you’ll need to sit still for quite some time.


This list might seem a bit extreme, but I know that if one of these points aren’t taken care of before, there’s a risk you’ll have no choice but to do it with wet nail lacquer. And if one nail gets smudged, you’ll have to do everything all over again.
Always be prepared!  

 

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How to see if anyone is using your photos on the internet

I take hundreds of photographs every day, and I’ve published thousands of them here on Swedish Love Affair since I started blogging. People ask me now and then whether they can use my material to illustrate a page on their website, and usually I don’t have a problem with that as long as they put an active link to my blog.
Quite often I stumble upon my own photos on sites that haven’t asked my permission. This has happened more and more frequently as Swedish Love Affair has grown more popular.

If you have a website and want to find out if anyone is using your photos, there’s an easy way. Google has developed a special search engine designed for finding photos, called Google Images. Here’s how you use it:

Copy the link address to the photo you want to search for by right-clicking on the image and choose “Copy Image URL”.

antonia in parsley how to find photos with google images swedish love affairNow head to http://images.google.com/ and click the little camera icon on the right side of the search field.

Paste your link in the new field by right clicking and choosing “paste” or pressing cmd+v/ctrl+v on your keyboard.


Press search and voilà, Google finds any identical and/or similar photos available for you!


It’s a neat function. I was shocked to see how many people have put my material on their sites without my permission.

If you would like to use any photo from Swedish Love Affair on your website, please send me an e-mail about it and ask. I’m sure it will be alright, but I want to keep track of what way my work is being used in.
Thank you!

Antonia

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Nail polish swatch Champagne by Eyes Lips Face (ELF or E.L.F.)

Nail polish swatch Champagne by Eyes Lips Face (ELF or E.L.F.)

Nail polish swatch Champagne by Eyes Lips Face (ELF or E.L.F.)

Today I’m posting a swatch of a nail polish by E.L.F. (Eyes Lips Face or simply ELF). It’s called Champagne. This is the first nail polish of this brand I’ve ever tried.

To be honest, when I saw Champagne in the bottle I thought it looked quite boring and “old”. I was so wrong! It looks understated and effortless on the nails. We’re all used to those bright and complex shades of nail polish, but sometimes you just want something nice and easy to rest your eyes on. Champagne by ELF is perfect for those occasions. It goes on very smoothly, such a pleasure to apply.

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