Watermelon Smoothie

Day two, smoothie number two.

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For one serving I used:
1/2 of a quarter water melon
1/2 banana
A handfull of blueberries
1/2 strawberry yoghourt (Fresh strawberries are better but I didn’t have any)
Some almond milk (Put in however much feels good for you!)

When looking in the fridge today I found myself in a lack of ingredients. I started with the watermelon, blueberries and milk. However I felt like it was missing something, so I added half a banana and it was still missing something, some consistence. I thought about adding some greek yoghourt but I didn’t know if I wanted to risk that sweet after-taste that greek yoghourt has, so I went with half of a strawberry yoghourt. Half a yoghourt was enough for consistency.

It is absolutely delicious, just perfect haha!

Let me know what you think 🙂

xx

 

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Blueberrie Smoothie

Good morning sunshines!

I’m petsitting these coming nine days, and as I’m away from my normal sorroundings and fast food availability I have decided to try drinking more smoothies. As I looked in to the fridge this morning I realised I have bought two Asda boxes of bueberries (if you know me you know how deep my love and addiction for these particular berries runs), so I decided to include them in my smoothie.

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I am no healthy food professional, nor do I pretend to be, so my first smoothie is something I know works with a little twist.

For one serving I used:
1 banana
A handfull of blueberries
1 strawberry yoghourt (Fresh strawberries are better but I didn’t have any)
Some almond milk (Put in however much feels good for you!)

Put it in to the smoothie machine or if you don’t have one put it all in to a large cup and use a mixer. Make sure that all the bits are smoshed and gone, put it in to a glass and enjoy the deliciousness.

This is just my first attempt so I kept it safe, but I’m hoping to have more smoothies over the next nine days so I’ll report back with more amazing recipes!

xoxo

New Music: Lux Lisbon – When You Need Somebody

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Photo Credit: Anna Nilsson

If you have been following my blog for a while you have seen the high amount of posts about a certain London band called Lux Lisbon. (if not here they are)

Carmi and I found this band back in 2014 (I believe) when they got in contact about their EP Get Some Scars which you can listen to here and then we went to see them live and I got hooked, right then and there. Since then I have been quite the fan and not missed a show in London, nor do I plan on missing the London and Brighton shows on their up coming UK tour this April. I promise it’s way less creepy than it sounds haha!

As the proper fan that I am, I of course signed up to Stu’s (lead vocalist) Monday email list and to their bandcamp, which means that this past Monday the 30th I got a glorious email with their new single When You Need Somebody. I can honestly say I’ve had it on repeat since I opened the email.

The song itself is written, recorded, mixed and produced by the band themselves as they are a completely DIY band. The firs verse tricks you in to thinking it’s going to be a calm and maybe even acoustic song as it has mainly piano and kick drum. However after that first chorus the rest of the band comes in with guitar, bass, the full drum kit and perfectly harmonised backing vocals by Charlotte (bass) and Tom (guitar). Fast forward (not literally, enjoy the song as it is!) to the middle of the song and you have a small guitar solo followed by one of two trumpet solos that this song blesses us with. This is something I’ve come to love and hope for in a Lux Lisbon song as many of their previous songs include trumpet and, in my humble opinion, it has become part of their sound. Stu then goes on to shock us all with the strength in his voice followed by Charlotte showing off how her voice just harmonises perfectly with Stu’s. The song then ends with the second trumpet solo.

I am personally someone who lives for the lyrics in a song, I like to be able to sing along with the song both at a concert and when I’m blasting it in the shower. Stu’s vocals are always incredibly clear so you can hear every word he says, which I highly appreciate as it makes it ever so easier to sing along. The lyrics in When You Need Somebody are catchy and I found that by the end of the first time I heard the song I could already sing along to the chorus. Something I find that they are very good at doing is writing lyrics that will, in one way or another, hit you right in the feels.

Anyway, I will stop boring you with words that will never do the song justice and let your ears be blessed with the incredible song that is When You Need Somebody

If you like what you’ve just heard, wether it be the first time you hear their music or if you are a loyal fan like myself, you can find all the details about their music, merch, and most importantly, their upcoming tour on their website luxlisbon.com

No Makeup Week.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a certain post of mine about my face and not wearing makeup. If you didn’t just go follow me on Instagram (annanilsson14) and look bellow and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Last Christmas I had a bacterial infection around my mouth and chin area called Perioral Dermatitis which, according to patient.info, is an infection that affects mainly young women and is caused by a heap of different reasons but the most common is the use of steroid creams and ointments. The doctor gave me antibiotics for 12 weeks and I was supposed to be fine after that. However I still see small spots mainly around that same area, but nowhere near how the infection was.

I have therefore chosen to stop using makeup. Having looked in to it 70 to 90% of the makeup we put on our skin contains chemicals like Phthalates, Lead, Quaternium-15 and Other Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives, PEG and Butylated Compounds amongst so many other long names and words I know close to nothing about. So no wonder I’m still getting spots and breakouts on my face!

I’m fully aware that I will eventually use makeup for occasions like weddings, my sisters graduation or when we’re going out and I just want to put in that little extra effort. I have however also researched more organic cosmetic brands like for example 100% Pure, Tata Harper and Herbivore Botanicals just to name a few. (more brands on thegoodtrade.com) Organic cosmetics can be up to 25% more expensive than non-organic makeup but I feel like that’s a sacrifice I am willing to make for a healthy makeup-free face.

Having decided that I am not going to be wearing makeup has also made me more weary of what I eat. It’s common knowledge that eating fast food, chocolate and other unhealthy foods affects your skin complexion so I have started snacking on fruit and drinking water and tea. I’m not saying that I am a saint when it comes to eating clean now, I still indulge in some delicious dark chocolate Digestives but I have gotten a lot better.

So, getting to what I initially wanted this post to be about, I have decided to record this week and how my skin changes. I have been using Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash both in the morning when I wake up and in the evenings before I go to sleep, every day, and I have been hydrating with Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser as these were the two products I had at home and decided to finish them before buying new expensive ones. I also ad a little scrub sponge in the evenings to make sure I get all the bacteria that has accumulated on my face through out the day, I use 

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Day one (Monday Jan. 30th) started with a wash and hydrating. My face still tired from all the makeup and with marks from spots that were currently disappearing. This is when I decided to not wear any makeup but was nervous about being around people without what has become like a curtain for all the imperfections in my skin. I travelled back from London and did all of the things I had to do that day (university, and grownup things) and before I knew it it was late night and I was home realising then that I had spent all day out and about without any makeup and without caring about it. Scrubbed and hydrated before I went to bed.

On day two (Tuesday Jan. 31s) I could already see the major difference! The dead skin and marks from the spots were already disappearing but I washed and hydrated anyway. I was trying my best not to be there with my hands full of bacteria touching my face and specially my chin/mouth area. I got a small spot that was barely noticeable and just decided to let it be, starting to accept that spots is something that everyone gets in their life. And of course, I scrubbed and hydrated before I went to bed.

Day three (Wednesday Feb. 1st) I have to say it was a bit harder. I had hoped that after I washed and hydrated the spot would have disappeared but the fact is that it didn’t and I now had this spot and I knew I was going out with my friends that evening so insecurities started rising. However I stuck to my word and just let the spot be. By the time I left the house I was the only one that knew I had that spot there so it was probably a lot more noticeable to me than it was for everyone else because you could barely see it when I looked in the mirror. Scrubbed and hydrated before I went to bed.

Day four (Thursday Feb. 2nd). When I washed my face again this morning apparently I scrubbed the spot I got the other day away. One of the main reasons for this is that I didn’t squeeze it which takes so much effort for me, I get this from my mother. Whenever I have a spot, or a feel a spot coming I always tend to want to squeeze until nothing but blood comes out and even then I’m not convinced it’s fully “empty”, but I have been exercising some self-control and it seems to be working. What I have noticed is that my face gets very greasy by the end of the day, which I don’t like, but if I don’t hydrate after I wash my face it’s so dry it hurts. I’m trying to find a way to manage this better, so if any of you have any tips holla at me. My favourite part of the night routine has become scrubbing and hydrating my face as it makes me feel fresh when I go to bed.

Day five (Friday Feb. 3rd) I thought started quite good, but when I washed my face I realised that I had indeed gotten another spot on my chin. However this one just looks like a hormone spot (Sinderby I got my period the day before) and not like a spot you get for mistreating your skin, if you know what I mean.. I washed my face and hydrated and didn’t even touch the spot, it just sat there and came with me to work that evening. I am not home and I forgot my face scrub at home so I couldn’t scrub and hydrate before I went to bed, but thinking about it it might have been a good thing to let my skin rest for a day, full rest and enjoy its own fats and stuff.

Day six (Saturday Feb. 4th) Woke up and washed my face with Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Wash to change it up a bit and didn’t moisturise as I just wanted to give my skin a rest. The spot I got on my chin just grew bigger and bigger throughout the day but it seems to be the only spot I have – knock on wood. It seems that most of the black heads I’ve had around my nose and forehead have more or less disappeared, I am however waiting for one of those black face masks that should be arriving by the end of next week at the latest. I went back to scrubbing and hydrating before bed and it felt amazing.

Day seven (Sunday Feb. 5th) Woke up and waited for about 1h until I went and washed my face, with the normal Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash and hydrated with the normal cream as well. I spent the day out and I can now officially feel the spot that is growing on my chin and it has a head. I debated squeezing it before bed and then making sure I wash the bacteria away before sleeping or just leaving it, deciding in the end to just leave it and see what happened with the night scrub. This resulted in the ginormous spot exploding when I was scrubbing which meant that I could wash it properly. I the hydrated the rest of my face avoiding the area where the spot was not to infect it with lotion.

Now that the week is over I can honestly say that I will continue not to use makeup except for on special occasions. My skin feels and looks amazing (except for the one spot) and I could not have been happier with the outcome of this little experiment of mine. The bags under my eyes can be fixed with some good old sleep and I have hopes that my complexion will keep improving with the consumption of heaps of water and healthy food.

Remember that no matter if your skin is spot-free or if you have severe acne you are beautiful and I hope that if you don’t already, one day you will feel happy and gorgeous in your own skin.

Leave your tips on products and comments down bellow♡

xx

Assessment Time. HELP!

Procrastination 101: Write a blog post about how stressful assessments are instead of writing said assessments.

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I’m lucky this year because I only have to turn in six assessments at the end of the year, not like in first year where I turned in about twelve at least. But this means that said assessments aren’t just 1500 words long and more like 3500 words and that there is about five times as much pressure for us to do good seeing as our whole mark for that course rides on that one assessment. Yay.

Myself and my boyfriend have booked two holidays now, one for the end of May for a week and the other one just a few days later in the beginning of June for ten days. Which means that a, that’s seventeen days that I am not going to be able to work; and b, when I get back from the second holiday I have one week left of my second year at university. Therefore, as the responsible adult (and I use those word very loosely) that I am I have started with my assessments and have decided that I want to send them all in before the 20th of May. Yes, that’s university week 27 and about a month before university finishes.

So, like I said, I have started my researching and writing and tutorial chats and it’s incredibly overwhelming. However, let’s not panic just yet! Last year I did learn some tips and tricks that do help me when studying so I have decided to share these with you all, right now.

  1. Don’t let yourself get distracted (like I just got). Remember that you have deadlines and that you’re studying your course because you want to eventually work with whatever you are studying
  2. When I was younger I used to study just to pass my exams, not to actually learn something. I have now changed my chip and actually pay attention when in lecture and when studying and I have found that when I write my assessments I actually know what I am talking about, imagine that!
  3. Know what reference system your college/university uses and know it from top to bottom. Mine for example uses Harvard Referencing System and they will not hesitate to mark anyone down that has done it wrong.
  4. Do your reference list as you go. I can not stress enough how important this is! If you don’t you’ll just end up doing the research twice, the first time for the actual research and the second just to be able to reference it.
  5. Drink water and eat fruit instead of drinking coffee and eating chocolate/sweets. Ironic that it’s me saying this, but apples have been known to have a better effect in keeping people awake than coffee/tea. And we all know water is good for you, so hydrate people!
  6. Take breaks. You know how in movies people pull all nighters and get an A? That’s Hollywood for you. Don’t sit there for hours on end looking at the same assessment and the same research without getting up, moving around, getting a drink of water or even just opening a window and getting fresh air. I’m not saying do this every 5 minutes because you will never get your work done. But every 30 to 45min you deserve a 3 to 5min breather so your brain can think about something else and then pick up what you were doing.
  7. Concentrate. I know it sounds obvious, but those 30 to 45min periods you’re studying really concentrate, really pay attention to what you are doing and even though it’s such a short period of time you’ll find that you get so much more done.
  8. Find a place where you go to study, somewhere your brain associates with studying so you don’t get distracted by flatmates, parents, the internet or just the colour of your bedroom walls.
  9. Put your phone on silent and turn it upside-down. No distractions right?

And now that I have distracted myself for a while I have one hour to do some work before I have to go and meet some friends. Work hard, play hard people.

xoxo