8/21/19

How I Cleanse My Skin With FOREO LUNA 3


Fun fact, cleansing my skin at night is one of my FAVORITE parts of the day. I love doing my makeup, but I love taking it off too :) There's just something so therapeutic and enjoyable about the whole experience. I've found that properly cleansing and taking care of my skin has helped tremendously in keeping it clear, smooth and glowing. Cleansing is of course essential for removing makeup (and sunscreen), but it also helps to lift any pollution, dirt, accumulated oils, dead skin cells, and any other build up from the day that can irritate and inflame skin. This allows your skin to properly breath and regenerate, without having any pollutants clogging up your pores.



I am a huge fan of double cleansing at night, so I first take my makeup off with either a balm (the Drunk Elephant one is great) or a micellar water (I love Caudalie's one). I then go in with a cleanser and my LUNA 3 to really deep clean my skin. It is a sonic-pulsating cleansing and massaging device with super soft silicone bristles that help deeply cleanse your pores without being abrasive or causing irritation. The backside is the firming side of the device that is great for massaging the face and neck. It is so gentle and soft on the skin, but once I'm done using it, my skin feels so clean, smooth and as if it's been exfoliated with a traditional scrub (without the abrasiveness of course). Due to the bristles being made of 100% silicone, the tool remains totally anti bacterial and hygienic, (which also means you don't have to replace or change any brush heads every few months). The 8,000 T-sonic pulsations of this tool are also so relaxing and feels like a little facial massage every time I use it. Two for one! Love it 


My go to cleansers at the moment with my LUNA 3


My two favorite cleansers at the moment are definitely the Kate Somerville EradiKate cleanser, which is amazing for acne-prone skin. It contains sulfur which is such a great ingredient for targeting acne causing bacteria without over drying or stripping the skin, and the consistency of the cleanser is very creamy and rich. This is the cleanser I use with my LUNA 3 at night, usually whilst having my evening shower (it's 100% waterproof) - would highly recommend this combo! Another great cleanser is the REN Gentle Cleansing Gel, this is my go to for the mornings as it's very soft and calming, as I don't need a very deep cleanse first thing when I wake up. Using a gentle cleanser like this along with the LUNA 3 after a morning workout is also really beneficial for helping to cleanse your skin of any sweat. Leaving sweat on skin for too long can cause breakouts and bacteria build up so cleansing post-workout is essential!




I've tried a few variations of this Swedish-born FOREO tool over the last few years, but my favorite is definitely the LUNA 3! This is a ‘two-in-one’ device: an enhanced T-Sonic facial cleansing brush AND a firming massager. The size is perfect, and I love the new features of it. You connect it with your phone via the Foreo App, and choose from 4 different massage treatments to tackle fine lines and wrinkles on the face, chin and neck. The treatments are done using the reverse side of the tool, and each last 2 mins (except the contour which is 4 mins). The treatments are accompanied with a guided how-to video that you follow along with, so it's really easy and simple to use. I like to use the firming massage function a couple of times per week. To prep my skin, I apply a few drops of facial oil (love the Rosehip Seed Oil by The Ordinary), and/or a moisturizer (The Drunk Elephant Protini is my fav!), so the tool has something soft to glide over (to avoid any tugging of the skin). I select the program I want, and let the tool work on firming and contouring my face :) The app not only helps you time your personalized cleansing and massage routines, it also has the "Find My LUNA" feature, so you can locate your LUNA 3 in case your misplaced it!


Click here to learn more about this awesome little device!


What is your favorite part of your skincare routine? Do you also enjoy cleansing and facial massage? I would also love to know if you have any favorite facial tools you'd recommend I try? Let me know below! XOXO

7/24/19

30 Truths At 30


A few days ago, on the 20th of July, I turned 30 years old! I've officially entered into the next decade and big chapter of my life, and I couldn't be more excited about what's to come. Your 20's are fun and all, but I feel like your 30's is when you really start to experience the fruit of your labor and hardwork, and moreso, I can't wait to have a family and experience motherhood. Still a couple of years until that will happen, but knowing that it's just around the corner is so exciting for me.

I also wanted to say a huge thank you for all the kind birthday wishes on my Instagram. You guys are amazing and I am so so grateful to have you all in my life ♥ To celebrate my 30th birthday, I thought it would be fun to sit down and share 30 things I've learned so far, lessons, experiences and things I feel to be true for my life. You can watch the video below, and I've also summarized the points here in this post in case you prefer to read (or get a recap at the end of the video). Hope you enjoy!





WATCH THE VIDEO HERE



Here's a quick summarized version of what we discussed in the video:

1. It’s ok to be different. Embrace your uniqueness, and in fact if you feel “different” and/or like you don't fit in, that's actually a good thing because you know your on your right path and living your authentic self. 

2. Life is short, but life is also long, so never ever settle for anything - a job, a relationship, a living situation, even a state of mind.. you deserve the BEST.

3. The true key to a healthy, happy, toned body is a good diet, regular exercise (both cardio and strength training) and lifestyle. There is no shortcut / no quick fix. People might want to sell you supplements, detoxes, strange diets, and yes sometimes they will make you lose weight, but easy come, easy go. Think of your diet and fitness routines as a healthy lifestyle that you can sustain long term.

4. If you don't know what you want to do in life, ask yourself, how can I help others? What can I do, with my unique abilities to help someone else or to enrich their lives? Through art? Fitness? A certain product? How can you better the lives of others? Find that and do that!

5. Forgiveness is important, and true 'deep-down-in-your-heart-and-soul' forgiveness. Not for the other person, but for yourself. When you truly forgive someone, you let yourself off the hook.

6. How you spend your time matters, what you listen to matters, what you read matters, what you watch matters, who you spend your time with matters. If you want a healthy productive mind and future, you have to surround yourself with positivity, love and greatness.

7. Be financially independent. This is especially true to all young women reading, earn your own money, have savings, and do not rely on anyone else for your own needs.

8. Self care is not a luxury, it is so important to fill up your own cup, so you can give to others. You cannot give to others what you do not already have yourself.

9. Vegetables and greens are GOOOD! Through all the diets that exist, however different they are, the one thing they all agree on is the power of wholefood veggies and greens.

10. Repetition is so powerful. If you ever want to learn something new, develop a new habit, succeed at anything in life, just keep repeating it over and over. Your talent will sharpen and though repetition, your brain forms neuropathways that strengthen each time - "Neurons that fire together, wire together".

11. ACTION IS KING! You can motivate yourself all you want, but you have to take massive action. Don’t worry about perfectionism, adjust, be flexible, but take action. And when you move into action, when you have that momentum, the world starts to move with you, and cooperate with you.

12. There is power in vulnerability, open up, explore yourself, cry if you need to. Let emotions come and go.

13. Every day is a chance to start over, to be better, to do better.

14. The key to glowing clear skin, is good lifestyle and a great skincare routine = they go hand in hand.

15. Anything you can imagine in your mind, you can create in reality. A job, a relationship, an experience, a person = use your imagination, it's one of the most powerful tools you've got. See yourself there and bring it to you.




16. In moments of stress or anxiety, find your breath. Let it anchor you, follow it as you feel yourself returning to a more balanced state.

17. People will come and go in your life, but the person who will always always be there till the day you die, is you = nurture this relationship. It’s one of the most special ones you will ever have, know yourself, care for yourself, be there for yourself.

18. By connecting, and knowing ourselves better, we can connect better with others. Knowing ourselves allows us to develop empathy and compassion for others.

19. Travel to a LOT, and be open minded, learn from different cultures, traditions, people. Experience and see things, it will deepen your soul and enrich your life.

20. Everyone you meet is fighting their own battles, or going through their own stressful moments that we know nothing about. Be kind and show love always.

21. Drinking lots of water is so good, and so important for your body! We are made up of around 75% water, every cell, system and organ requires H20, so make sure you're keeping the supply fresh :)

22. Stillness and silence can bring a lot to your life. Tune in and listen for the messages.

23. It’s ok that things don’t always work out like you planned or hoped for. Trust there’s something even better waiting for you. Have unwavering faith that everything will work out. Like the kind of faith that nobody can shake. Believe so hard in yourself, and always keep that peacefulness in your soul knowing that everything is always working out for your best self.

24. Life is not always love and bliss, there are times it can feel like a truck drove through your chest, and it hurts...but it’s ok. Everyone struggles from time to time, and this too shall pass.

25. Have a plan, a vision or a roadmap of what you want your life to be, and write it down. Don’t always worry about the HOW but just know WHERE you want to go and be.

26. Talent or smarts is not what sets people apart, it’s their drive, their energy, their willingness to get back up after a failure or a setback = that’s it! Those who keep pursuing, keep consistent and keep reaching for their dreams are the ones who get it.

27. Appearances matter, so invest in yourself and take care of yourself. That doesn’t mean spending a ton of money, but dress and make yourself look a way that makes you feel good, because when you feel good, you do good.

28. Family is important, really important. Invest in those relationships and keep those who you love close, and show them how much you love and appreciate them.

29. Do something you LOVE and choose a career that makes you happy! Whatever that is, don’t do anything for the money, because ironically, the money will come when you find that special thing you would do for free :)

30. Always strive to be the BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF. It's ok to get inspiration from other people, but don't go down the rabbit of comparing yourself to others. Have an ideal in your mind, and follow her. We might not always get it right or perfect, but it's good to have a north star to reach towards.


Which of these truths resonate most with you? I'd love to know in the comments or over on my Instagram! 

6/11/19

What I'm Looking Forward To This Summer

Summer is right around the corner and I could not be more excited about it! I am so ready for the warm bright days ahead and to celebrate I want to share a few of the things I am looking forward to this new season. Hope you enjoy and I'd love to hear what you're looking forward to this summer!



1. WEARING DRESSES AGAIN

Warm weather and me go very much hand in hand :) I love wearing lightweight summer dresses and sandals pretty much all season! So comfy, easy and CUTE. I will share some fashion videos and hauls with you soon featuring some really pretty pieces.

2. I AM TURNING 30
Can you believe it? So surreal to think I'll be 30 years old next month! I'm so grateful for everything life has blessed me with till this point and I am SO looking forward to this next chapter of my life. I honestly feel the BEST I have ever felt and I truly believe our body, life, career and everything in between is what WE MAKE it. So cool to think I spent almost all of my 20's sharing my life with you guys and having you be part of it means so much to me.



3. SUMMER TRIPS 
Something I love about living in Europe is how easy and convenient it is to travel to different countries in the summer. Summer in pretty much all of Europe is so beautiful! We have a couple of trips planned, one however will actually be to New York. I always love going back to the city I spent most of my early 20's in. It gives me all the feels, remembering all the experiences I had there and how much I grew as a person. Will always be so grateful for that time in my life! (p.s. It's also where I started my YouTube channel, back in 2011, so it has an extra special place in my heart for that as well.)

4. MY NEW WEBSITE
I am currently working on redoing my entire blog and website! I am so excited for it to get a refresh and showcase some really cool new features on it. It will be a bit of an adjustment in terms of the back-end set up as I am switching the platform as well (currently on Blogger and I'll be switching over to Wordpress). But as with any new tech software or platform I've upgraded to, it just takes time and patience to learn it. It will be so worth it though and I can't wait for you guys to experience the new site! 



5. FOCUSING ON WELLNESS
I love how I feel when I take care of myself, both body and mind. It gives me this internal self-confidence as I just FEEL better in my body, and it also gives me more energy and clarity during the day. The last couple of months however have been SO busy and I feel like I keep slipping off track. One of my goals this summer is to find my balance again and, yes work my butt off, but also get my butt to relax at the end of the day. Now that the weather is warm and nice, a simple walk outside at the end of the day is something I will schedule in to unwind and get some fresh air. 

6. FRESH JUICY SWEET FRUIT 
This is honestly one of the best things about summer! Gimme all the fruit please :) I love fresh local berries, peaches, watermelon and oddly I've been so into pears lately too. They're just so juicy and sweet now (and actually quite low in the GI scale). My favorite time to eat fruit is for my first meal of the day (on an empty stomach) and as a snack between meals if I'm feeling peckish. I also love some fruit after dinner if I'm in the mood for something sweet. What's your favorite fruit at the moment? Let me know below.


7. BRIGHT EARLY MORNINGS
Ok I might be torn with the fruit here, I think this is actually my favorite part about summer hehe :) Waking up early has changed my life in so many ways and it's so much easier (and fun) to do it when there's actually light outside already. I just love having that time for myself, having my water, prioritizing what I need to do for the day, getting in a great workout and setting good intentions for the day. It makes the world of difference and I would highly recommend setting a morning practice or ritual if you haven't already.

8. VITAMIN D
I suffer from low vitamin D in the colder months and it's something I usually supplement - but there's nothing like the REAL deal :) I love the sun, I love feeling it on my skin and it just makes me happy. I of course protect my skin with a good SPF, but about 10 to 15 mins of direct sun (in the early or late day) is recommended by doctors to absorb the daily amount of vit D required by our bodies. Fun fact, vitamin D is actually required by our bodies in order to absorb calcium and have strong healthy bones. It also helps to regulate our immune system and plays a major role in the life cycles of our cells!



9. BIKING IN THE CITY
Do you guys remember my beautiful beige bike from last summer? Mo and I both got bikes last year and we recently took them out of our cellar, got them washed up and went for a long bike ride through the park. It felt SO NICE. Such a great way to move around in the summer, especially if you live in a city, plus you get a workout in at the same time!

10. SEEING MY FAMILY
As some of you may know, I do not live in the same country as my family. Although I do see them throughout the year, summer is a time we always plan something fun and get together either for a little family trip somewhere or I go home to see them. I love my family so much and they've been the biggest support system for me, forever grateful for the close relationship we have. I recently went home for my moms birthday and this weekend we are flying to Barcelona to visit my dad for the weekend - cannot wait! :)

What are you looking forward to this summer? Let me know below! 



What I'm Wearing
Top & sandals from Zara
Jeans from Agolde
Necklace from Missoma
Earrings from & Other Stories
Bag from Chanel

5/5/19

Girl Chat Q&A

Happy Sunday my loves! Today I have a new Girl Chat Q&A video for you! We are covering lots of topics you guys sent in questions about, such as favorite bras, hair removal and skin tips and more. You can watch the video here! As I have been enjoying doing with my recent Q&A's, I will be answering a few more of your questions below in this post. Hope you enjoy and let me know what other topics we can discuss in the next Q&A!


Photo from my trip to the Amalfi Coast
(Click here to watch the vlog!)

Do you ever compare yourself with other girls?
Although I touched briefly on this in the video, I did see a lot of questions about this topic of comparison on general, so let’s go into it a bit more here! I think it’s so normal, especially in today’s world, to compare ourselves to other people. As mentioned in the video, we now see and have access to thousands of people just by opening an app on our phone.

I do think however that seeing what else is out there can actually be a positive thing sometimes, and of course, at times, not so good! Trust me I’ve been deep in Instagram thinking of things I’d rather change about myself, I think we have all been there haha, but I snap myself out of it as soon as I gain a bit of mindfulness on what I’m doing - and then I ask myself, “Ok Annie, what is it you admire about this person?”. If it’s something that’s actually quite positive, “I like their ambition, their emphasis on family or how dedicated they are to their craft etc.. then I see how I can use that as motivation for myself. It might even be something physical, like I love her haircut, or her fashion sense is really cool or her skin looks so clear and glowy. Again, I look for the positive and I ask myself, how can I use this as inspiration and transform it in my own way that makes me happy. On that note as well, always congratulating people on their success as well (even if only in your heart) will always bring it back to you! Send out your good energy to people who you admire and see how it flourishes in your own life! :)

Without the access to social media, and thousands of people sharing their lives, stories and information online (especially via YouTube and blogs), I would not have been able to learn and grow, and essentially develop into the person I am today. My point is, the INTENTION and our MINDSET whilst consuming content online is really important - and we should try to simply let it INSPIRE us and not make us feel down.

If however there’s an account or person you follow online, and instead of feeling inspired or uplifted after engaging with their content, you feel down and feel like you’ve gotten no value from what they’re sharing, then unfollow them, simple. We control who we follow online or who’s content we consume, don’t forget that :) My advice is to curate a follow list that makes you feel GOOD and/or motivated to bring about positive change in your life, that bring you some sort of value.

And when it comes to our appearance, if there’s something you would love to change or improve about yourself, and it doesn’t harm you or anyone involved, go for it! But make sure the reasons you are doing it are for YOU and nobody else. If there’s something you simply can’t change (or don’t wholeheartedly want to change), then learn to LOVE and embrace it!

At the end of the day, we are all unique and so beautiful in our own ways. On this topic, I once read a quote that said “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.” This has been in my heart since I read it many years ago and I share it often with friends and family. I also love the quote “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” We all have space to shine and there is no shortage of love to go around!



Do you see yourself still being an influencer 5-10 years from now?
My passion is learning, connecting and SHARING! I love connecting with you guys and talking about things that have helped me in my own life. Whether it’s about skin tips, fashion favorites, most loved products to health, home and personal wellness - I am passionate about everything that makes us feel confident and our life beautiful. Whether I continue sharing that in a traditional “influencer” setting via IG and YouTube is difficult to say as the space is constantly changing and evolving!

But yes I do love my relationship with you guys and the platforms I have to connect and share, so I can still see myself doing something similar in the future! I know as I continue growing and evolving, so will my content and hopefully you guys, my audience, too! I’m sure in 5 to 10 years I’ll definitely be blogging about life as a mom, my kids and our business! :)

Photo from my trip to the Amalfi Coast
(Click here to watch the vlog!)

Would you continue eating mainly plant based if you got pregnant?
Yes definitely! I am so happy where I am with my diet lately, eating mostly plant based but also occasional eggs and fish (love wild smoked salmon for example). As long as I continue feeling good and energized I will continue eating what I normally do. I know however I will do lots of research when we get closer to starting that next chapter, into what foods are important during this time, what to avoid, important supplements etc.. I am also quite intuitive with my eating, so I will definitely listen and check in with myself for certain cravings I might be having and adapting that way as well. I am SO excited for that journey however and will definitely be sharing lots with you guys during this time :)


How do you feel with mood swings if you have them, and what peps you up?
Ah yes I definitely experience ups and downs. Some days are generally really good, but others can be sprinkled with more difficulties. Having a good morning routine however helps me so much! Check out this video for a detailed view into my morning routine. That really helps to set me up for the day. Meditation, journaling, exercising and taking time to plan out my prioritize and tasks for the day allows me to stay focused, productive and happy.

If I have a swing and something throws me off track, the quickest way is to stop and be grateful for something. It can literally be ANYTHING - gratitude for your breath, your vision, your spouse, your family, the roof over your head, your lunch, the phone or computer you’re reading this on right now etc.. Gratitude instantly brings us to the present moment and is like a switch for taking us out of a bad thought or moment.

Putting on an uplifting video or podcast (or even just a good song) also works wonders. I think interrupting the negative thought is really important and replacing it with inspiration and motivation to change your mindset. Take a deep breath and keep going! XOXO