Farewell presents and my favourites from Mac

Before I moved from Germany to Norway I had a big farewell party at my place. My four suitcases were packed and it was less than 48 hours until my flight. A couple of days before that people had asked me what presents they could possibly give to a person with overweight luggage and who had just tried to get rid of as many possessions as possible. Maybe no presents at all I would say? But my friends are persisent. Something light and useful was on their mind. And once I actually started thinking about it – useful and light? – it didn’t take me long to figure it out. My all time make-up favourites were almost used up and so I made a wish. You can see my best friends from Mac in the photo below.

It’s the Select Moisture Cover Concealer (I’m an NW 15) and the Lip pencil in Soar.

My favourite Mac products
My favourite Mac products

Both products last for ages and are always in my purse. After I had spent years trying to find the perfect concealer, I stumbled upon the Select Moisturecover. It’s invisible, lightweight but still offers enough coverage to hide dark under eye circles and skin imperfections. The trick is to layer it (thin layers!) until you achieve the perfect result.

The lip pencil in Soar has a perfect colour for anybody. I naturally have very red lips and it almost looks like my actual lip colour when I wear it. If your lips are on the lighter side, you can simply use less pressure to get a perfect result. The colour is just so natural that it will suit any skin tone.

Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW 15 and Lip Pencil in Soar
Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW 15 and Lip Pencil in Soar

I have to tell you that my friends got me more than just this in the end. They actually gave me framed photos, scrapbooks, video messages and long letters. My already overweight luggage was so heavy that I could hardly drag it along from the car to the check-in counter. But at least I have the full package now: Useful light things and lovely memories. Amazing friends, huh?


Last night’s dinner: Bacalao

Yesterday I had the most delicious dinner. Bacalao means cod in Spanish, but is also the name of a dish brought over by the Spanish and Portuguese many years ago to Norway. It is quite common to find this rich, spicy mediterranean dish in Arctic Norway, where you find the best dried cod in the world. It was only recently that I had it for the first time and I absolutely love it. It’s a tomato based fish stew made with dried cod.

All ingredients in the pan before cooking
All ingredients in the pan before cooking

Ingredients for 2 people:

  • 300 g dried cod fish (soaked up in a bowl full of water for one night)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a chilli
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 3 tbs tomato puree
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 100 g halved cherry tomatoes
  • half a glass of green olives
  • 2 big potatoes, sliced
  • fresh basil
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • salt
  • pepper

The dried cod (klipp fisk) should be cut into large chunks and placed in a large bowl of fresh water for 24 hours prior to cooking, changing the water a few times during this process.

Mix together the garlic, chery tomatoes, canned tomatoes, chilli, oregano, basil, parsley, olives, tomato puree in a large, heavy based pan. Add half a cup of water and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with pepper only (as the fish will bring plenty salt). Reduce to a low heat and then layer on the fish, onions (1 cm thick slices) and potatoes (1 cm thick slices). These should be sitting in 3 layers on top of the tomato base. Let it simmer in the covered pan for about an hour, giving the pan a gentle shake every now and then to prevent sticking and allow the dish to be kept in layers. The dish is ready when the potatoes are soft.


You can top the dish with some basil leaves and serve on a soup plate.


Bikini weather

I had no idea how hot it can be during summer in Norway before I moved here some days ago. I wasn’t going to wear my new bikini from Calzedonia until my Spain vacation next month but now I got to hang out on beautiful sandy beaches this weekend already.

Bikini from Calzedonia
Bikini from Calzedonia

I love the beautiful blue colour of the crochet layer on top of the white inside that shows through on the bikini.


After a day on the beach wearing it I can tell you that it’s comfortable to wear and you don’t have to move the straps or bottom back into place all the time. Also the fabric doesn’t lose its shape after a swim. I think it was a very good last buy I did in Germany before coming here. Well, in fact it’s not the only piece I bought at Calzedonia that day. I couldn’t resist getting a beautiful coral coloured bikini too which I am going to show you when I’m in Spain in a few weeks.


Healthy BBQ: Grilled salmon on cedar wood

The best thing about the Norwegian summer is that the days are so long. After being on the beach morning to evening, it is still so light outside that no one feels like heading back home. A common thing to do here are barbecues, be it in public places or at home. We chose home tonight and tried out a new recipe.

Salmon on the grill
Salmon on the grill

Who says Barbecues have to be nothing more than fatty meat? Especially when you live right by the sea and can have fresh fish at all times. We grilled a big piece of salmon filet on a flat piece of cedar wood. It gives the fish the best taste you can imagine without adding any butter or oil.


This is what you need:

  • Salmon filet
  • cedar wood (available in any store that has grill eqipment)
  • lemon
  • salt
  • pepper

Put the salmon on a big piece of cedar wood that has been soaked in salted water for at least an hour.  Cut the lemon into slices and place them on the salmon so that the whole fish is covered. Add salt and pepper. Put the fish and the cedar wood on the barbecue and grill it for about 15 minutes.

But not only did we have a delicious dinner, we also had the best sea view :)

Our view during the BBQ
Our view during the BBQ

Baume de Rose – The Must-have lip balm?

So I heard a lot about Baume de Rose by the French cosmetic brand by Terry. At a price of around 40 Euros it is quite expensive for a simple lip balm. But this is the whole point – other reviewers and the brand itself claim that it is not your regular lip care product.

After trying it at Schnitzler, a store in Düsseldorf, Germany, I was convinced. It goes on easily and gives you the softest lips ever! A little goes a long way. Looking milky pink in the glass, it is almost transparent on the lips and shiny but not sparkly.

While I was applying lip products about every two hours in the past, I have to use Baume de Rose only twice a day to keep my lips smooth and soft. I do more often though cause I just love the rose scent and the subtle shine on my lips.

Have you tried by Terry’s Baume de Rose yet? What are your thoughts?

Baume de Rose by Terry comes in a small glass with a silver top.
The 10 year anniversary Edition with little hearts. I love the design.

White flower dress

After being in Norway and having beautiful weather for four days now, I thought it might be a good idea to start my first blog. For the first time I was was wearing my new summer dress from H&M yesterday and took a stroll along a small harbour.

Dress: H&M, shoes: Tamaris

I love the flower details on the fabric and the seethrough back.