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It’s the time of the season

July 20, 2015
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Oh boy, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Woops! I guess there would be plenty of excuses, but I’m not going to use any of those. I’m in love, I’m a live, the sun has been shining and work is great. This year’s Roskilde Festival was my favorite one so far – I feel like I finally learned how to design the festival so that I get the most fun out of it. Already very excited about next year. I’m currently drinking a cider, enjoying my first day off in 12 days, looking at places to travel with my bestie next month and waiting someone very special to arrive so we can cuddle and watch Ted (I totally thought it was a movie for kids?!) before going to see the sequel in the movies tomorrow night.
Hope you guys have been doing great too? I’ll be back soon ?
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Winter life photostorm

February 16, 2015
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Just a few random shots from my camera taken over the last month or so. For some reason my usual winter blues seem a lot less blue this time around. It’s like the sun has been shining stronger. Probably also the balance of having a place that feel like home + work keeping me busy.

Ps. I’ve gone blonde. 

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Looking back at 2014

December 31, 2014
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This year has been so crazy and full of big changes and new chapters for me. It was the year that I finally settled in here in Copenhagen for real and it’s been a year full of exciting career opportunities and new amazing people met. So to recap, here’s what I’ve been up to in 2014, highlighting month by month.
Starting the year out real Hollywood-style (well, except for the 11 hour train ride) by travelling to Bavaria in Southeastern Germany to meet the possible love of my life. Turns out he wasn’t, but I also got to meet and stay with the fabulous Yami Maya who was as great in real life and he is online. He showed me around Nürnberg, we partied with awesome people, filmed this video and had a RuPaul’s Dragrace marathon. I also spent one night in Munich, seeing the city and partying in our hotel room having a who-can-drink-more-vodka contest with not-love-of-my-life-guy and his friends. Cheers to travelling!
Pretty sure (shoe) shopping and pizza was the highlight of this month. Went through a little heartache, but my oh my, it was so good for my wardrobe haha. Spent the first half of February working on different photoshoots, doing makeup on Zebra Katz for Vice amongst other things, and then spent the other half of the month visiting family and friends all over the country.
March was spent basically being siamese twins with Rebecca. I think we almost spent more days together than apart. I remember a string of fabulous parties, modelling on the beach in five degree weather and an unnatural amount of friends moving places this month. Having my red hair back was also preeetty exciting.
April was pretty much shits and giggles. At least, shits and giggles is all I recall. But that’s okay. Sometimes that’s all you need. It was also the month I dyed my hair black for the first time in years. Something about going back to your roots can be very powerful, and I guess that was relevant for me at that time. 
In May I took over my friend’s apartment for a week to watch over her kitty while she was away. It’s a fabulous apartment with balcony, bathtub and the best kitchy home decor I’ve ever seen in real life. Living there for a week made me realize how much I was dying to get my own place again and not live in shoeboxes.. And now seven months later, here I am, drinking a cup of liqourice-mint-lavender tea while typing this, in my own apartment (with a balcony!) watching the snow slowly fall outside. Sometimes all you need is a little reminder about what you need to work hard for, and this is what happened in May. 
I survived my very first Distortion in June! Well, barely.. Actually I only survived one day of it, but I’m still a real Copenhagen-er, pshh! I also went to my third Roskilde Festival, which was kind of a disappointment, but at least I got to see some cool bands like The Rolling Stones, Haim, Trentemøller, Rob Zombie, Lykke Li, Sleigh Bells, Bastille and Kavinsky. I also nailed a job interview + makeup test in June and in general just spent hours listening to music while laying in soft grass, soaking up the summer weather.
July was a turning point for me. The same week I started working for Makeup Forever, I also moved into my own apartment for the first time in almost two years. Small and ugly as it was, it was still mine, and being there all while having the most amazing colleagues in the world improved my life by a million. I may not live in that apartment anymore or have the same job, but I still do lunch with my old colleagues as often as we can. The fabulous Jason Simone (drumroll, please!) also came by Copenhagen and stayed with me for four days, and we had so much fun – you can hear more in his Euro Trip video by pressing his name. Hopefully I’ll be visiting him in New York in 2015!
I have absolutely no idea what happened in August other than dyeing my hair My Little Pony rainbow colored, doing lot’s of exciting makeup looks at work, spotting Maggie Gyllenhaal randomly at work and in general just loving summertime. That must be a good sign, right?

I spent most of September being slightly panicked and over-the-top excited, which is FYI, a very strange way to feel. I was headhunted by Urban Decay to be a part of their first Scandinavian team of makeup artists. After much speculation, I quit my amazing job at Makeup Forever, said yes to their offer, and jumped right into it. Sofie and I also helped May hosting her party at Club Jupiter by wearing gag balls and whipping naughty people (which I mostly don’t remember at all) as shown so gracefully above haha. 
October might just be my favorite month of the year because I love Halloween more than any other holiday, and this year we had huge events in Makeup Forever, doing a million crazy makeup looks all month, had our trainer do amazing bodypaint in Sephora and lastly did so many cool looks on our costumers before they went to Halloween parties. Here I am with my wonderful old boss Liv and buddy Victoria (in the middle) who also run a blog right hereamongst my favorite looks this month was this Roy Lichtenstein one that randomly got around 7500 notes on tumblr. 
Oh, November.. Starting the month with the yearly Coma Club party, literally going out drenched in glitter, the week after hosting a party in Malmö with Kyle Farmery and the DuoRaw couple, obviously with Rebecca by my side and not long after – finally launching Urban Decay! The launch party was great, the grand opening just insane and now a month and a half later, already seeing it be such a successful brand in Scandinavia has just been overwhelming and so, so great. November was a bliss.

Oh, the highlight of December.. It must, without a doubt, be that moment when Jakob tried to pick my nose and his friend snapped a picture of it on the night that we celebrated my new apartment with a bottle of champagne, beer and music. Honestly I could have lived without the finger-in-my-nose-part, but truly the highlight of this month has been to finally get a real home again. And it wouldn’t really be my new home without Jakob having seen it too. I feel so grounded and calm here. I love waking up every morning and enjoy my new view with a cup of tea. In summer my balcony will be perfect for this. 

But all in all, this year has been crazy in every way, both good and bad. Mostly good, but I think life handing you a few hard times only makes you stronger and I actually appreciate that. Earlier today I went to wish my old colleagues at Makeup Forever a Happy New Year (and pick up eyelashes!) and when we closed the shop at work I had a glass of champagne with my new colleagues. Now I’m ready to go wash out my hairdye and get all dolled up for the party tonight! A big thank you to every one of you for supporting, commenting and interacting with me this year. I truly appreciate all of you so much <3 Have a fabulous night  and jump into 2015 safely, guys! See you next year!

(And here’s a little last selfie of the year)

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2014 was amazing and it’s not even over

November 24, 2014
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Snapshots from the past few weeks

I feel like it’s time to get personal with another little life update to follow up on the one I did back in early july. So the past six months have been amazing. And crazy. And just so unbelievable. I feel like I’ve accomplished so much, both on a personal, but also a professional level. As you guys know, I was very happy working with Makeup Forever, but in september I was headhunted by Urban Decay who offered me an even better job as a makeup artist on the first ever Urban Decay team in Scandinavia. It’s been a huge honor to help bring this amazing brand to Denmark, and as you can see from some of the pictures above, I’m so happy with my new team, boss and colleagues in general. This new position has and will make it easier for me to establish myself and do the things I really want to do.

As I mentioned in the earlier life update, getting a new apartment was a huge turning point in my life as well, but now five months later, this small apartment in a dorm is beginning so seem slightly cramped – not to mention the fact that it takes me roughly an hour to get to work. But I’m moving on saturday. An amazing lifesaver with a great big heart offered me a big, two bedroom apartment with a cute little balcony and a spacious kitchen where I can paint my walls lovely pastel colors and actually exist. It’s also gonna be so much faster for me to get to work, and I’m lucky enough to have such great friends in my life who offered to help move my stuff, without me even asking. 

When I go to bed at night and realize all the good that’s happening in my life, I can do nothing but fall asleep with a smile on my face. I guess making an actual effort to work hard on accomplishing the things you want really does work! Meeep, next up – home decor inspiration post! My fingers are tingling to get started! ♥

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Working girl / favorite makeup products

October 29, 2014
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Lately I’ve been having a lot more days with makeup on, than days without and the products I use the most and work for me best has really stood out clear. I decided to share a little list of all my current favorite beauty products, since I usually get loads of question on instagram, tumblr and facebook about what I use. So here it is, easy peasy, everything about all of it in one place.
Skin products ♥

I use Makeup Forever Mat Primer to prime and perfect my skin. Then I either use a combo of Makeup Forever HD Foundation in 117 + Pro Finish Powder in 113 or a combo of Makeup Forever Mat Velvet Foundation in 20 and the pressed HD Powder. Favorite concealer is the Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer in shade 4. I always finish off with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray that I love.

Brows ♥
My favorite brow product is the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow applied with the 274 brush. I use shade 15 all over the brow and add a little shade 25 towards the end. I also like to use the Urban Decay ”Buck” eyeshadow applied with an angled brush and finish off with Nars’ Brow Gel in Athens.
Contour, highlight & blush ♥

I’ve been loving the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette – especially the highlighter is amazing and I use it on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow for that perfect glow. Also love the Illamasqua Nymph blush.

Eyes ♥
My absolute most favorite thing in the universe right now is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette that both smell and taste like chocolate (don’t ask, haha). I’ve been using it most days since I bought it and the gold shadow is the prettiest eyeshadow I have ever had. I’ve also been using the Urban Decay Naked2 palette a lot. For eyeliner the Makeup Forever Aqua Liner in 13 is what I love most and then either use Studio Sculpt Lash from MAC, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara or Smoky Lash from Makeup Forever. False lashes either  MUFE 14 or 15 ones.
Lips ♥
I love the Naked Lipgloss in Walk of Shame for everyday use, it makes my lips tingle and feel so soft so I reallyreally recommend it. Also love Makeup Forever Rouge Artiste Intense lipstick in number 23, 34 and 48 + the Makeup Forever Rouge Artiste Natural lipstick in 18N + MAC’s Saint Germain, as always.
Phew. That was a whole lotta info. Are you guys using any of these products yourself and is there any product you want to recommend for me to try out? Hope this post was helpful to you!