Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reunited With The Gang!

Hi guys, how are you all doing? The weather lately has me all cooped up in my apartment with blankets, candles and hot drinks, but I miss going out, having sun in my face.

A couple of weeks ago I was out, meeting with the girls for the first time after we graduated this summer. Amazing being out enjoying good company and good food. Besides 4 months is a long time to catch up with, so you can imagine we were at that cafe for a long time.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A piece of Armenian Culture

Last month I went to my first Armenian concert, which was super interesting for me since I'm always eager to learn more about my Armenian roots, I both filmed and took pictures during the concert and I thought I would share a video with you guys. It really opened my eyes to how much beauty there is in my culture and it also made me want to learn more.

I hope you will enjoy this little piece :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mushroom Hunts and Good Memories

I'm spending some time at my family's house this weekend, I haven't been here since I moved end of September. I'm sitting here all cozied up on my parents couch, tea next to me and snuggled into a fluffy blanket I'm remembering when I was still working in Vejle, and living here.

The last week I was working in Vejle was a little bittersweet, because I was super excited to start something new and try having more responsibility, and for my colleagues not to look at me as the apprentice but as a equal colleague, not that they were intentionally making a difference, it's just hard changing your mindset after 3 years :) But on the other hand I was really sad to leave because it was really a good workplace, I had fantastic colleagues, a really great boss and I really felt comfortable there.

During my last week at my old workplace, I went to collect mushrooms with a couple of my colleagues, it was nice to spend some casual time with them before I left. It's definitely a day that will stay with me. It was such a lovely day with fresh air and lots of sun, enjoying each others company.

And of course we were not the only ones in the forest, beetles, frogs, birds and deer were around while we were collecting and  investigating mushrooms.

And our "catch" of the day, which tasted amazing btw. Can't wait until next year when it will be good mushroom weather again!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Accutane - My new "friend"

As you guys know, I'm all for the natural way, I don't like using medicine when nature can take care of it, itself. I truly believe that you can cure so many things by changing you lifestyle, by taking care of yourself and making wise choices. But, I've been struggling with acne for the past 5 years, and I just can't seem to figure out what's causing it/triggering it or making it go away, even though it did get better when I stopped drinking milk, you can read about that here. It just didn't go away completely, I decided to go to a dermatologist. I had tired antibiotics and cremes before, but they would not make the acne go away permanently, so she suggested that I try accutane. I have to say I was against it in the beginning, because whatever is teratogenic (disturbs growth/development of embryo/fetus) can not be healthy for your body in any way. I did decide to go with her suggestion because having cystic acne is really painful, both physically but also psychological. No matter how many times I tell myself that I don't care how I look, it still bothers me, and since I will get married this summer, I would like to have beautiful pictures, without uneven and scarred skin.

Before Accutane

In Denmark Accutane can only be prescribed by a dermatologist, before starting the treatment though you have to get blood samples taken, to see if you are pregnant (if you are female of course!) and to see how your liver is working and fat levels in the blood. They do that every month to make sure there are no unwanted/dangerous side effects, and they make sure you are not pregnant because Accutane is teratogenic, which means it will harm the embryo/fetus. They say it takes 4-6 week before you see improvements, and the acne can even get worse in the beginning! Of course you experience the side effects almost imediatly, the most prominent side effect is dryness (which is actually how the drug works), dry skin, dry scalp, nose bleeds because of dryness in the nose and dry eyes. (anyone questioning why i was reluctant to start this treatment in the first place? Hmm?) Besides that treatments need to last for at least 4-6 months to see lasting results and some even have to repeat treatments to make their acne go away(Crossing my fingers that, that someone isn't me!).

4 weeks of Accutane

Completely bare face

Results &  experienced side effects
I have been on Accutane for 4 weeks now and I'm starting to see improvement. But I also have side effects, my skin is more dry, its nothing that a little cream can't handle though. But the eczema on my scalp has gone crazy, I have to use medication to keep it down, which I normally don't have to. Other than that I have had crazy dry lips, I cannot live without a lip balm (you can see what lip balm I use here), like if I leave the house without one I have to go back and get it (lip balm addiction LOL). Other than that I haven't had any side effects. Let see what next weeks blood samples will say and if my dermatologist will let me continue the treatment.

I will definitely keep you guys updated, you will not be spared one single little detail, especially because I want this to be a help for others to make decisions related to treating acne.

What are your experiences with Accutane?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moving to Malmö (aka Sweden) + Being M.I.A.

So guys, you are probably wondering where I have been, and I'm really sorry that I have been gone at all. But my move to Sweden have been a little tough, not the move itself, but more starting on a new job, longer working hours, going from Sweden to Denmark everyday and the fact that food is not ready when I get home, LOL. Joke aside my new colleagues have been really sweet, I even got flowers on my first day!

All my weekends have been spent cleaning, unpacking and finding room for my stuff and of course seeing family and spending time with Mr. M who I can't believe I'm waking up next to every morning. Waking up and seeing him next to me is one of the highlights of my day every day.

But now that I have settled in this wonderful town that is Malmö, you can definitely look forward to more posts from me, I've missed blogging so much!

I hope you guys had an amazing October! Can't wait to share the rest of the year with you :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Konjac Sponge Addiction | Review

I have discovered a new and very gentle way to clean my skin, it's called The Konjac Sponge. Before I was using the muslin cloths that comes with the Pai Gentle Cleanser, but since I've found this I rarely use the muslin cloth. The Konjac Sponge is a small half sphere and is made from a potato plant (Go figure, I use potato to clean my skin!) Not from a regular potato, but still in the potato family. When you buy it, it's in an airtight bag that keeps it moist and squishy, but after you open and use it, it will dry up between uses. I use it with the Pai gentle cleanser or just with water and run it over my skin in circular motion, and it's so soft and gentle that it won't harm even the most sensitive skin while still exfoliating ever so gently. I use it on the eye area too just give a soft exfoliation.

All dried up and hard, it feels like paper mache :)

I really love that it's 100% natural, it makes me feel like I'm doing something good for my skin! And the sponge I have is made for acne prone skin, so there's added charcoal which is a natural antioxidant that helps the skin get rid of impurities - which my skin most definitely needs! On days where i feel like i need a little extra exfoliation i still use the muslin cloth from Pai, but the Konjac Sponge is definitely my go to cleansing tool at the moment!

If you want more information about The Konjac Sponge you can go to their website here.

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