Back to School? More like Back to Summer

Even though I posted yesterday, I really wanted to share one more tip with you. “Back to School” is something you have time to organize in, what’s my opinion, two weeks at most. Hence this post’s title.

Go back to your summer, enjoy every single minute of it. Here are three inexpensive, fun plans you can choose from:

1. Beach and cocktails

Maybe you’re a beach enthusiast, or maybe you just want to change your summer routine a bit, but you should never let the summer end without spending a good day at the beach.

What you will need:

  • A good-sized beach bag where you can put the rest of the list into.
  • A trustworthy sun lotion. I will be trying the Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection with SPF 30, which is also water-resistant  and oil-free (4.75€).
  • A comfortable bikini or one piece that you can feel confident in. Prices vary but I got a one piece for 20€ at Decathlon. Also, grab a pair of nice flip-flops!
  • Two hair ties and/or a chunky hair clip. I will be taking two out of a ten pack (3€).
  • Two ample towels: one for sunbathing and the other so you can dry yourself when you’ve taken a dip in the sea/ocean.
  • Of course, take some money for the cocktail(s) you might be having as well as your phone and earphones. If you like to read, grab your favorite book, too!

 

Here comes the best part! Grab your family, friends or that special someone and go to the closest beach you’ve got and have the time of your life. Go to one of those bars during the happy hour and ask for a San Francisco cocktail, you can thank me later.

2. Road trip or city exploring

I don’t know about you, but I really do love visiting new places and getting to know more about those that are quite close to mine, and even more so if they’re far away!

What you will need:

  • Know beforehand if you’ll be staying long outside, since you’ll need a suitcase with your health necessities and some clothes you can change into, as well as some type of accomodation.
  • Make sure your way of transportation is in available and in good condition. I’d recommend you to use a train if you have the money for it.
  • A considerable amount of money with you, since you never know what might happen while you’re out.
  • Again, take the same things as the option before this one, since you might stumble into a beach or a swimming pool in your way!
  • Plenty of snacks so you don’t need to spend money unnecessarily.
  • Some comfortable shoes you can walk in for a very long time.
  • Plan out those places that you want to see and get to know better. Also, you can download the Geocaching app to help you out with that task.
  • Your camera so you can have plenty of memories to go back to when you get older!

Have a lot of fun looking for those Geocachers and exploring new places or even old places that you hadn’t known as well!

3. Pizza and movie night

I know this sounds like the most boring of things. How is this going to be of any excitement? You simply have to get Netflix on and call for your pizza, but keep reading. I promise you’ll reconsider.

Instead of what you had in mind, you’re going to be making a couple of pizzas with your preferred company and watching a movie like it’s the most adventurous thing in the world.

What you will need:

  • This amazing website, foodnetwork, or one of your choice which you might have bookmarked for future reference.
  • Buy everything that you have read if you haven’t got it at home, and get your hands dirty with that pizza dough!
  • Put on some music if you’d like to set the mood while you’re cooking.
  • A cool apron that you most fancy to make the experience all that much more amazing.
  • Add a glass of your preferred flavor of juice and home-made pop-corn (check this out: foodnetwork).
  • A movie that you might have never watched or watched so many times that you know the dialogue by heart. But choose it, love it, enjoy it with that amazing pizza that you have prepared.

Get a space converted into a cosy, fun place in which you will be eating, laughing and having a lovely time at home.


I really hope you liked these ideas and maybe put them to use! If there’s any suggestion, you know what to do.

If you enjoyed this post, like, comment and share it! 🙂 More to come soon, x.

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Beauty Hacks for Every Girl

I’ve gathered a few of my own tips regarding beauty in my seventeen years of life. It may seem short and not only is it my experience, but my mother and sister’s, too, along with Youtubers and bloggers. So, let’s get into it!

1. Wash your hair the night before

This has been a hack of mine ever since I was a kid. My father would wash my hair and blow-dry it for me until it was perfectly straight (despite how many times I would put up a fight for it). The next morning, all I had to do with it was run a brush through and I was done.

As I got older and I started to go to high school, it was all on me and I switched to the morning hair-rush. I do not recommend this at all, as I also do not advice anyone to wash their hair daily. Both are mistakes. See, if you wash your hair and make sure it’s done the night before, you will only have to touch up in the morning (under 2 minutes, I swear) and move on with other matters.

If it’s hot in your house and you don’t mind having wet hair and letting it dry alone, check out this messy braided bun for instant, natural curls in the morning.

2. Keep your make up in the fridge

I know it sounds weird, but my mum keeps her most expensive make up in the fridge. It can last years in there, I swear! This works for foundation, mascara, eyeliner…

If you’ve got a very creamy lipstick that melts in the summer, pop it in there, too, and keep it intact! It literally has saved my only red lipstick, which I bought at the drugstore – no surprise there –, fell on my bathroom floor and didn’t break, but smudged all over.

Remember: your fridge is your friend.

3. Get up fifteen minutes early

You probably get up really early already, but I’m one of those people that like to take their time in the morning. I’m groggy but awake, so I’ll go slow as hell as I get myself ready and therefore I get up two hours before my time is up and I have to go to school. I know I could possibly do all that I do in an hour if I was any more awake, but I know how lazy I am and I know how to prevent going late.

Getting up those fifteen minutes earlier for you to whine and wake yourself up actually work. (Though you should always sleep for at least seven/eight hours!!) During those fifteen minutes you can get your coffee and sit around for a while until the caffeine kicks in and you’re ready to start your routine.

4. Shower in the morning

I know I just said you should wash your hair at night, or in the evening, but you should totally hop in and go through a 5-minute shower to wake yourself up. You can also brush your teeth at the same time (believe me, I’ve done it) if you’re running late, but you should always shower in the morning. You don’t want to carry your groggy self for the next few hours and this will do the trick.

5. Mascara is your friend

I know my mum doesn’t feel like mascara is that much important, but whenever she doesn’t wear it, she really looks sad and tired, even if she’s completely okay. If you are one of those people that doesn’t like make up but your face needs some pop, you will only need three drugstore products: mascara, concealer and lip balm.

Apply concealer under your eyes and on your top eyelid to give your face a makeover. I swear, it works like a charm. Being careful here, apply some mascara without touching your top or bottom eyelid THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME, and watch as you look like you’ve slept for days. To keep your lips hydrated and looking fine, apply a lip balm (maybe with some color to it?) and head out. You’ve got yourself ready in under five minutes.

6. Drink water

I know it’s easier to pour yourself a Diet Coca Cola but, seriously, you need some real water in your life. Put some fruit juice in it to make it more appealing, but drink water. Eight glasses a day aren’t that hard and your whole body, including your skin, will thank you.

7. JUNK food

Junk food belongs, you know, in the actual junk. It will only make your whole health worse. Keep those chips and cookies away and substitute them for fruit.

It may be because I’m a diabetic or because I live in the Mediterranean coast, but it simply is so nice to open the fridge, grab a (quite big) peach, peal the skin off and cut it into bite-sized pieces. It is refreshing, it fills up your stomach easily and it doesn’t make you pick up unnecessary weight. Unless you’re like my mum and I and you can’t stop eating fruit for your life.

8. Wash your face

You want to wash your hands throughout the day a lot, since you’re touching your phone, your laptop’s keyboard, your tablet’s screen… It’s all full of germs and washing your hands is very important, but I don’t think it’s as commonly known that washing your face regularly can be a good skin care.

There’s tons of oils, masks, scrubs, but washing your face twice a day at least is a great skin care alone. Grab your face soap, like this one from Dove, and with warm water, rub it on your face. It is not at all pricey and it removes any makeup you may have on your face as well as your oils and dirt.

I am not one to suffer from acne, but I have my fare share of oil and small blackheads, specially on my nose, and this soap makes it so much easier to cope with the troubles. It leaves your skin baby smooth and completely clean. There’s no magic solution to skin problems, but this is some awesome stuff.

9. A cat-eye in 20 seconds

I am one to go all-in with my eyes on my morning routine. I love my eye-shadows, my eyeliner, my mascara and my brows, so I’ve gone through a few tricks when it comes to this particular part. I don’t use liquid eyeliner, but the pencil one and I still manage a pretty decent cat-eye.

Grab a tissue and unfold it, put it under your bottom eyelashes and tilt it to follow the line of your bottom waterline towards the end of your brow. Draw your cat-eye using the edge of the tissue from the outer corner to the inner one. Repeat to your other eye and, boom, (almost) flawless cat-eye.

10. Foundation hunting

When you’re starting to use foundation and you don’t really know which is best for you, you should definitely try it on your skin. Do not use your hand or your face, but your neck to check which tone is better for you. You don’t want your face looking darker or lighter, though the last is preferred, than your neck. Half a tone lighter can be dealt with but if you’re as much as a tiny little bit darker, it is noticeable.

For foundation application, you should start with a good moisturizer and follow up with a primer. With a sponge or a brush, apply your foundation evenly. Once you’re done, you want to use concealer on problematic spots or dark circles under your eyes. Powder will help set it and highlighters, blush and bronzers will bring your face back to life, though these last three are optional. Setting spray will help keep your make up stunningly flawless during the day.

Got any tips and tricks of your own? Have you tried any of these and want to talk about your experience? Would you like more posts like these? Answer all these questions in the comments! 🙂