At least a 100 reasons to love Finland

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Finland’s 100th Independence day (tomorrow, 6.12.) forces me to write a little something about my country. I say force, but actually I’ve been wanting to write about it for a long time. I’ve been wanting to tell you about my roots, tell you about the place I live and share the things, I find beautiful and enjoyable here.

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But where should I start?

I feel like we have so many things, that we take for granted. Travelling has made me appreciate Finland even more. We have the best, clean and delicious drinking water – and we even get to shower in it. Our public transportation system is awesome (even though our train schedules are a joke in Winter). Our school’s are one of the best in the world and they’re free.

As people – we might be more shy than others, but I love, that I get to take a bus and enjoy a peaceful ride to my destination without any hassle. And I love it, when an unknown person compliments me on the street or at a bar – it happens not so often, but it is even more appreciated.

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1 & 2 photos: Susanna / Healthyhair

And when someone I know walks by – I instantly raise my head, smile and hug that person. The Finnish relationships are deep and majorly valued. If there was a lunch date planned, there is gonna be a lunch date. And when you ask me how am I, I am gonna tell you – honestly with all the ups and downs – and I am gonna ask you the same question. And I will not hear a simple ‘all good’.

Being Finnish unites us. Maybe the dark Winter and cold nights make us appreciate all the good small things even more? In November and December I find myself being full of love and I want to plan small get-togethers and make the best out of the misery we all are, more or less. You always think the darkness doesn’t affect you, until you find yourself being asleep by 4pm.

photo: Viivi N. Media

And then there’s the Summer. Nature wakes up and the light reaches to even the farthest corners.  It’s easy to breathe and walk on the streets, that are always so clean. Who knows, you might even smile to strangers.

I might not live my whole life in this country, but my home is and always will be here, by the rivers and the forests – oh – and by the grocery stores, that are full of healthy and fresh food.

I love Finland. <3 suvilahti graffitis

10 x a colorful makeup

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Soon it’s Vappu* and that calls for some colorful makeup as well as some champagne. I decided to share ten of my more colorful looks for you to draw inspiration from. Most of these come with a tutorial, so you can easily try them yourself! I’ve linked to the related post with every makeup photo.

*Vappu is the May Day Celebration that is traditionally celebrated by workers and students (that’s why everyone is wearing their student caps). It’s celebrated on the eve of May Day and then on the following morning. In Helsinki hundreds of people gather in Kaivopuisto Park and Ullanlinnanmäki for a picnic with champagne.

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Fresh pink / post with tutorial

Rainbow cut crease / post with tutorial

Bright orange / post with video tutorial

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Pink & turqoise / post with video tutorial (in Finnish))

Purple & gold / post with tutorial

Coral pink / post (Paese and Absolute New York Reviews, using lipstick as an eyeshadow)

P5030038Yellow & Glitter  / post (makeup photos + talking about inspiration)

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Orange liner + touch of yellow / post (makeup photos)

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Orange + blue mess  / post (makeup photos)

Blue ombre brows / post with some step by step pics

What is your favorite makeup look out of these ten? I love the rainbow cut crease and may have to re-create it.

Hyvää vappua! (Happy May Day Celebation!)

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