How to Stay Connected Abroad: My Experience with iVideo Pocket WiFi

How to Stay Connected Abroad: iVideo Multi Country 3G Pocket WiFi Review

I know you were supposed to stay away from your phone and computer while you're on holiday, but for some of us, it just isn't possible. Trust me, I would love to get away from the online world for a second once in a while; however, social media is a 24/7 kind of thing, and when it's your job, you just have to stay connected, whether you like it or not.

As you know, I love traveling. Every single part of it. Funnily enough, I realised it's when I'm traveling that I don't experience any anxiety at all, but there is one thing that's been stressing me out recently - no internet connection. When I found out I was going to Sri Lanka, I was of course over the moon, but then I remembered how bad the internet in Bali was, and the panic set in. Luckily enough, iVideo came to the rescue just in time and offered me to test out their portable wifi. Of course I said yes and hoped for the best.

I was suggested to order the Multi Country 3G Pocket WiFi that offers coverage of multiple countries, including Sri Lanka and Slovenia, where I also spent a week of my holidays. The device gave me 1000MB of data a day, which was more than enough for me, my parents and even a few other people traveling with us. You can connect with up to 10 different devices, which is super convenient if you're traveling with a group of people, especially since you can then split the cost and end up with a very affordable price. The rent of the package I had is 8.99 USD per day, by the way.

The device is half of the size of an iPhone, so you can literally carry it in your pocket, and comes with a charger. I had to charge mine up every couple of days, on condition I had it turned on all day long. I had no problem accessing my e-mails and social media, which is what I needed it for in the first place, but I do have to stress watching - let alone uploading - videos is more or less a no-go. Another thing to note is that it doesn't work where the signal is weak, understandably. If there's no 2G or 3G network coverage, the wifi connection doesn't work, just like your phone data wouldn't. In my case, I had trouble connecting a few times while staying at hotels in Sri Lanka, but had amazing signal in the middle of the jungle and while we were driving, haha!

At the end of the day, having this baby in my backpack was the best thing ever and now that I know this kind of device exists, I'll definitely be taking advantage of it, especially when traveling to the countries where free wifi is hard to come by. Even if we dismiss work obligations, it's so reassuring to have working wifi when you're abroad - to stay in touch with your paranoid family, look up transport schedules, get directions... Ahh, having this device by my side when I got lost in Stockholm would be a life saviour!

If you want to try it out yourself, you can just order it on the website and and have it delivered home or arrange to pick it up at a location, such as the hotel you're staying at. Same goes for returning it back - you can drop it off or send it back via post, as long as you're in Taiwan, Japan or the USA. For more information regarding delivery, please check out this page

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review

Happy new year, lovely ladies! I hope you took some time off to chill out or go wild over the Christmas break - whatever floats your boat. I had a very busy December, trying to get everything done before my last-minute trip to Sri Lanka, so I still owe you a couple of posts that were supposed to go up in 2016. Today we'll take a look at Sleek MakeUP's Rockstars Collection that includes two eyeshadow palettes, two lipsticks and two strobing souffles, all of which I was lucky enough to have been trying out during the holiday season. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palettes

The i-Lust eyeshadow palettes both include six shimmery, almost glittery shades. 'Diamonds in the Rough', my favourite of the two, is perfect for that Greek goddess kind of look, with four powder and two cream eyeshadows that can also easily be used as highlighters. When applied, the pigmentation is subtler than expected and I did notice some glitter fallout as well, but they are super silky, blend beautifully, and are just lovely to wear all over the lid or in the inner corners. I'll definitely be digging this palette out again once summer rolls around. The bronzy shades are right up my alley! 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Diamonds in the Rough

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Diamonds in the Rough Swatches
If the first palette is perfect for the lovers of neutrals, the second one, 'Hidden Gems', is all about the colours. The shades, which are all powder, range from deep green and purple to blue and red, in addition to the festive classics - silver and gold. I have to admit, I normally find it really hard to pull off the majority of similar tones, but these turned out to be surprisingly wearable when I actually applied them to my eyelids. The fact that they blend out easily helps a great deal at toning them down and using them as accent colours in combination with neutral shades or black, for a fun smokey eye. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Hidden Gems

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Hidden Gems Swatches

And now the best part of the collection if you ask me - Lip VIP metallic lipsticks. I wasn't sure if I was going to like them, because I'd never gone for a metallic finish before, but I love them! The purple iridescent glitters add an interesting twist to your look, yet are still subtle enough to not freak out the general public.
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipsticks'Scandalous' is the perfect ruby red, while 'Superstar' is a dark purple. One thing I'm head over heels with is the shape, which doesn't only look super cool, but also makes the application a dream! When it comes to darker shades, it's hard to apply them precisely without the help of a lip liner, unless you have amazingly defined lips naturally, but with these, lipliner is not essential. Not at all.
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Scandalous SuperstarThe formula doesn't disappoint either. It's a bit hard to describe it, though. Upon the application, it feels matte, but just the right amount of matte, if you know that I mean. It doesn't drag, but it also doesn't slide around like creamier lipsticks tend to do. However, once applied, it feels a lot more moisturizing and creamy. It's a bit shiny and doesn't settle, which is the reason why I can't say it's particularly long-lasting, as it does rub off while drinking or having a meal. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Scandalous Superstar Swatches
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Scandalous Lip Swatch

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Superstar Lip Swatch
Do you love glitter? If your answer is yes, go grab the Strobing Souffles. 'Pink Opal' will float your boat on condition your skin's fair, with a slightly cooler undertone, while 'Smoky Quartz' is designed for the warmer skintones out there. These whipped cream highlighters have a very unique consistency. Souffle really probably is the best way to describe them, as they're neither liquidy nor what we know as creamy.
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Strobing Souffle Whipped Cream HighlighterThey blend out easily, but do have a considerate amount of pigment, so you really need just a tiny bit of the product. As mentioned, it's all about the glitters when it comes to these two. They are quite in your face and for me personally, a bit over the top for highlighting the cheekbones, the nose and the cupid's bow, but I did find another use for them. I wear them on my eyelids instead! The effect is gorgeous. You can easily use them to transform your everyday neutral matte look into a fun, party one by just applying the product on top. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Strobing Souffle Whipped Cream Highlighter Pink Opal Smoky Quartz Swatch

If you would like to see some of these products in action, check out this 'Get Ready with Me/First Impressions' video I filmed back in December. Sleek has really caught my attention with some of their products I've been trying out recently and I can't wait to tell you more about the rest of them in the next few weeks. I found some proper gems amongst them! 

5 Museums You Need to Visit in Stockholm

5 Museums You Need to Visit in Stockholm Sweden Museum IslandOne thing's for sure. Stockholm definitely knows how to do museums right. Usually I leave them until the very end and only visit the best of the best, after I check off all other, more or less outdoorsy activities, but in the land of meatballs and overly attractive men, I was trying to squeeze them in right, left and centre. The list of highly recommended was getting longer by every human encounter, and everything made sense the moment I was finished with the first one - Vasa Museum. 
5 Museums You Need to Visit in Stockholm Sweden VasaVasa Museum, or Vasamuseet in Swedish, is essentially a maritime museum featuring a 17th century warship called - surprise, surprise - Vasa. It was salvaged from the depths of the sea over 300 years after it sank, and restored in its entirety over nearly half a century, which is absolutely mindblowing to me. It's a truly beautiful ship with incredible details that you just need to see, but what impressed me even more was the structure of the exhibition itself. It spans over several floors and covers everything, from the restoration process to the life on the deck. It's straight to the point, with concise text boards, and very easy to follow. I think this is the first museum I've visited and actually managed to absorb every piece of information in the few hours I spent inside. There's a great deal of accompanying visuals too, from photos and artifacts to films and scale models. Oh, and the guided tour sounded fantastic as well from what I managed to catch. 

Now, the next one may not be for everyone, but if you're a fan of the most famous and successful Swedish pop group of all times, it can't be missed. Of course I'm talking about ABBA The Museum. I've always been a fan of their music and once I heard what great fun the museum was, I just had to go. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't only offer a look behind the scenes and an insight into their lives, but is also incredibly entertaining. You can attempt to mix a song, record yourself singing, shoot a music video and even sing with ABBA holograms. Yes, really. Unfortunately, the girls I travelled with didn't come along for the ride, so I ended up skipping quite a few activities that would be fun to do as a group, but I still enjoyed the experience. And sang ABBA songs every following day of the week. Yes, my friends hated me. 
5 Museums You Need to Visit in Stockholm Sweden ABBA

Skansen was another one I had on the top of my list, but everything went wrong on the day I was meaning to pay it a visit, so I had to cancel my plans. Boo! Long story short, I got lost, drenched and severely injured my foot. For the full story, go check out my Stockholm vlogs if you haven't watched them yet. Anyway, Skansen is definitely the first place I'm checking out next time I'm in Stockholm. It's an open air museum (combined with a Zoo) which takes you through the history of Sweden and gives you an insight into the Swedish culture and the way people lived before the industrial era. To make it easier for us to imagine how the life really looked like, there's traditional buildings and even actors in period dress. The concept sounds very similar to the Sovereign Hill's, which is an open air museum I visited on my trip to Australia, and if it's anything like it, it must be real good.

There's two more places I was also told to visit next time I'm in town. Both are galleries. The first one's Fotografiska, one of the world's largest exhibiting places for contemporary photography. I wish I had more time to pop in the first time around, because I love photography and my love for it is growing stronger by day now that I've started getting more into it. My friends went while I was at the ABBA museum and they came back with more than positive feedback, so it's definitely the one to consider. I think they saw Bryan Adams' exhibition. Did you know he's also a photographer?

The second one, and the last one that made the 'top 5' cut, is Moderna Museet, where you can find modern and contemporary art, including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Unfortunately, I can't tell you anything about it, since none of us visited it, but it seems to be quite popular, so I guess it's worth checking it out if you're a fan of such art. 

October Favourites

October Favourites

I thought it was about time I put up another favourites video and start informing you about my monthy obsessions again. Not just beauty items, but also things such as music, TV shows and books! I discovered quite a few gems recently, so it would be a shame not to share them with you. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant Review

Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant Review

It's no secret La Roche-Posay is my number one bae when it comes to skincare. Their dry skin targeted products are my life saviours during the colder months of the year, and I have yet to find a product of theirs that doesn't agree with me. Effeclar Duo(+) Unifiant is their newest invention. A hybrid between the oh-so popular spot treatment Effeclar Duo and a BB cream promises instant coverage for your face while battling imperfections in the depths of your skin. 
Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant Ocena

It's especially suitable for problematic skin types. It's supposed to reduce spots, redness and discoloration, as well as clear pores and improve the texture of the skin. I've always had problems with redness on my cheeks, and as of right now, I can't say I've noticed any improvements after using this product, but I did notice it helped massively with the breakouts I've been getting on my chin for the past six months. A lot less of them developed into proper, visible spots during THAT time of the month, and the ones that did come through dried up and healed way faster.  
Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant Applicator

The application couldn't be easier. I apply it with my hands and find that it sinks in very quickly. The texture is light, doesn't feel like anything on your skin, but provides some coverage. It's not a replacement for foundation, as it doesn't cover bigger imperfections, but it evens out the skin tone and is the perfect 'no makeup makeup' solution for the lazy days. Now that it's cold outside, my skin went super dry, so I can't comment on the supposed oil controling properties, but it's said to have a mattifying effect and function well even as a primer. 
Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant Swatch Before After Medium
Before / After Application
The tube contains 40 ml of product and comes in two shades - light and medium. Not the tube, the actual product, obviously. I was sent 'medium', which is a bit too dark for me, so unless you're tanned, I would recommend you to stick to the lighter version. Right... I think that's it from me today. I feel like I forgot to mention a whole bunch of things, because I haven't written a skincare review in a hot minute, but I hope I covered all the basics. If you have any additional questions, though, feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I'll make sure to answer them, as always. 

Tuna Salad with Zucchini & Walnuts Recipe

Tuna Salad with Zucchini & Walnuts Recipe

I wasn't sure whether or not to share the recipe for this tuna salad with you, because it's the simplest thing ever, but I've been so obsessed with it recently it would be a crime not to. So, these are the ingredients I put in: romaine lettuce, plum tomatoes, corn, tuna, walnuts and sauted zucchini. I season everything with sunflower oil, balsamic vinegar and salt, but sometimes, if I'm feeling naughty, I also add in a spoon of mayo and sprinkle a little bit of cheese on top. That's it! I told you it's easy... But so, so good! Let me know if you try it. 

Berlin Haul

Berlin Haul: Essence, Catrice, Trend IT UP, Maybelline, Milka, H&M

I wasn't exactly planning on buying anything during my trip to Berlin. I didn't have a whole lot of space left in my carry on and at the same time, had far too much space in my wallet, if you know what I mean. But dm is a place I haven't been to in a while - like, two years while - and once I made to the 'cheap makeup' section, it all went downhill. Down to my shopping basket, to be exact. At least I ended up loving every single item I picked up?
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