A Very Satisfying Forest

[This entry is not sponsored in any way, just me talking about something I love]

I’m not talking about an actual forest, although I love real forests too. I’ve been using the app called Forest: Stay Focused, where you grow trees by not using your phone. Basically, you set a timer between 10 and 120 minutes, and click the button to grow your tree. Don’t touch your phone in the time you’ve set, or your plant will die. When it’s done, your phone will vibrate and you get the tree and coins that you can save and use to buy different styles of trees.

This week I’ve been using the app to stay off my phone during lectures, to stay focused when working on term papers and reading, and to keep myself from fidgeting with my phone when watching movies and TV with my boyfriend. I’ve got to say, it’s kind of addictive! Let me show you the forests I’ve made over the part week:

On Monday I didn’t grow a single tree.

On Tuesday I had 4 lectures consisting of two parts each, so I grew four of these Japanese cherry blossom trees, which I’ve bought with coins (you start out with only a flower bush or up to 20 minutes and pine trees from 25 to 120 minutes).

On Wednesday I had one 45min lecture, which is one of the trees in the picture above, and the rest are me working on an essay I needed to turn in on Thursday.

On Thursday I finished the essay and had one lecture consisting of two 45min sessions. I also needed to stir my dinner while it was boiling for 20min, hence the sunflower, which I’ve also bought using coins I got from growing other trees in the past.

Fridays I have classes for 6 hours in a row, but I only attended 4 this past week. However, I managed to get enough coins on Friday that I could buy a new tree, the yellow one, which I started using for TV and movies with my boyfriend that night.

Come this weekend, I got hooked on growing as much as possible, so I grew trees and sunflowers for every episode, movie, and YouTube video we watched. Notice how the same tree changes depending on how long you grow it for? I figured out that the tree gets a little “fuller” at 60min than it was from 25 to 55, then again at 90, and at 120 you get the full tree you see in the shop – for the yellow one you can see it’s a full 120min tree when there’s a little statue next to it (the cherry tree will get a tea table next to it).

Come Sunday, all I wanted was to grow even more trees than Saturday just to continue the trend I’d been working all week. Got pretty close to a full forest, too!

What do you do stop yourself getting distracted by your phone?

See you soon!

Xoxo

Julie

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Mini Makeup Haul 2.0

So I couldn’t help myself, I went back to H&M for the 2nd time this week and bought some more stuff!

Loreal Pure Clay Illuminating Cleansing Gel – I’ve almost used a whole tube of this stuff, I love that it’s a daily use face wash, and I use a little silicone scrub from Primark to wash my face with this, I just love this product, my skin feels so smooth after!

NYX Powder Puff Lippie – I got another three shades of this, in addition the the one I got a few days ago which was Pop Quiz; today I got Best Buds, Squad Goals, and Moody! The Pop Quiz one was a lot redder on my lips than I thought it would be after searching it on my hand, but I’m gonna do a swatch post on all these later, both on my hand and on my lips 😊

Essie Treat Love and Color – I haven’t tried any of these from Essie before, they’re supposed to strengthen in addition to color, and I got it on 95 Mauve-tivation!

Ardell Magnetic Lashes – last time I got the Double Whispies, today I got Double 110, which is less dramatic than the Double Whispies, which looked just like too much on me. ALSO: You’ve got to cut these up! With scissors! Just the bottom lash though, with one magnet on the inner and outer piece and two magnets on the center piece. It’s impossible to get them on otherwise, but when you do this they totally work! They become more like the One Two Lash ones, but a lot cheaper!

That’s all for now, see you soon!

Xoxo

Julie

Mini Makeup Haul

Okay, this is so small it can barely qualify as a makeup haul. I only bought four things. But why go home after work to write essays when you can stay in town and spend money right? Haha. Anyway. As I wrote in my previous entry, I want to get back to blogging because I miss it, and the only way to do that is to post when I have something I want to post, right? So here’s what I bought today:

NYX Powder Puff Lippie – this is the shade Pop Quiz. I’ve watched swatch videos on YouTube and Instagram and knew which shades I wanted to try – two of them had samples but we’re sold out, one had packaged ones but no sample, and so I tried the ones that had both samples and packaged ones, and ended up only getting this one. I’ll keep my eye on the rest and see if I end up buying others, if I like how this product works though.

Kolokrem – this is my favorite eye brow coloring kit, I get the shade “brown-black” as I like my eyebrows to be a bit darker than my hair. Last time I needed to get eyebrow color I couldn’t find this so I ended up getting the Depend brand, which I don’t like at all, so even though I’ve got a lot of it left I’m gonna use this one tonight.

Ardell Professional Magnetic Lashes – I’ve seen youtubers try these kind of eyelashes; of my two favorite ones, one loved them and one hated them! I don’t think it was this brand, as these were quite cheap, but I haven’t seen them in store before so when I came across them I thought I’d try them. Maybe I’ll love them, maybe they’ll be a fiasco! Either way, I’m excited to try them!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – I’ve always loved my makeup brushes for foundation application, especially the Real Techniques expert face brush, but sometime last year I was at Primark and decided to get a pack of their “beauty blenders”. I actually really like them, and I’ve used the egg shaped one a lot lately! But some youtubers have said there’s a huge difference in sponginess, for lack of a better word (how fluffy/hard they are), so I thought it would be interesting to try another sponge too, since I often forget to wash mine until I need to use it and it’s filthy! And this one came with a case, which will be good for traveling! Plus it has a flat edge, which might work better for some areas of my face, too.

That’s it for now! Hope you’re having a great day and week!

Xoxo,

Julie

It’s been a long time

Hello!

If you’re reading this post, I want to thank you for doing so. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post, about 9 months I think, and a lot has happened, and I’ve missed blogging. So this is my attempt to get back to it. Some of you may know that I have been blogging on and off for most of my life – it started when I was about 14 years old and joined MySpace, which had a blog function built into the pages back then. Then I created blogs on separate platforms throughout my teens, and ended up here in my early 20s, and I’m now 25.

An Update

People don’t read blogs to read a novel, but I wanted to share a little bit of the last 9 months, and why I’ve been away, and why I’m back. So my last entry was in May; I worked a lot in May because someone quit and I took over her shifts. I also started packing up my room/apartment, as I started my summer job in June and also had to move on July 1st. I worked A LOT during the summer; I had one week off where I read a bit and went to my new place to unpack and put together furniture – on the moving day my parents and I literally just emptied one place, put everything into the new place, and left. In August, my grandfather passed away, and I started uni again. I still had my Master’s thesis to finish, and I started a one-year program in Nordic studies (linguistics and literature). I somehow managed to finish my thesis by the deadline, November 15th, and defended it and got a passing grade on December 15th. I spent most of Christmas sleeping, and my boyfriend came to visit for New Year’s and we had a really good time together. One of my best friend’s gave birth to a baby boy on January 2nd, and my other best friend and I will be god mothers at the Christening later in March, which I’m really excited about!

Where I am now

I don’t mean physically (although that is in the apartment I moved into in July). I’m continuing Nordic studies, I have 4 classes, 37.5 ECTS total, this semester, where two are literature courses and two are language/linguistics courses. My literature courses are called “Theory, Genre, Analysis” (I just call it analysis for short), and “Literary Cultural Meetings and Cultural Identity” (I call this one cultural identity). My linguistics classes are Language History & Development, and The Study of Meaning: Semantics and Pragmatics. I also work every other weekend at the museum now, I got offered a permanent position I’d applied for at the end of October, which is amazing and I love it.

I love my classes, everything is really interesting, and I love learning! But I can feel that I am ready to be done with studies now. I’ve got two degrees and then some, and sitting down to do uni work is becoming more of an annoyance than anything else (I currently have 3 essays to write, and I just don’t want to). I’m ready to get to the part of life where I work, and then I come home to my boyfriend and we can do life things together because when I’m done with the work day I’m done with work for that day, you know? I understand that there will always be things hanging over you, stuff that needs doing and all that, but I’m ready for that next step in life; to go from being a student in university to be an adult contributing to society by working, paying taxes, and spending money (haha).

I’m hoping to be able to keep blogging a bit from now on. I’ve really missed it. I’m really busy, but this is something I want to do for myself, without any pressure for it to be anything specific, just me and the keyboard and whatever is on my mind.

xoxo

Julie