Sunday, 27 November 2016

My Morning Routine! *~

Hello! ♡
I've seen lots of morning routine videos- they are a very popular video topic. While morning routine blog posts do exist, they are much less common than the video versions- so I wanted to write my own morning routine post! I saw some people who have different morning routines for each season; but I'm not exactly one of those people... though if that ever changes, I'll be sure to write a post for that, too! Anyway, without any more rambling, let's just get to my general morning routine for school.

I wake up at 6.45am. Or, at least, I'm supposed to. More often than not, I take the huge risk of sleeping for just five more minutes, which comes with a risk of sleeping for another hour. This is especially true in the winter, because my room is so cold and my bed is so warm and comfortable- I keep forgetting to heat my room at night >->
On Tuesdays I wake up at 7.40am because I start school later, so yay for an extra hour of sleep!

Once I get myself out of bed, I walk over to the bathroom and splash my face with cold water. This is very helpful for waking me up and helps me to open my eyes, and is also very refreshing. After patting my face dry with a towel, I get dressed. In the winter, I like to hang my clothes on the radiator the night before so they're nice and warm.

Once I'm dressed, I make another trip to the bathroom and moisturise my face. This is also very refreshing and feels amazing on the skin! The moisturiser I currently use is Nivea Soft and has Vitamin E and jojoba oil. Before putting the cream on my face, I mix in some sunscreen too. In the colder seasons it is SPF 15, in the warmer ones it is SPF 30-50. I might get a moisturiser with SPF already in it once this one runs out to save me the pain of mixing it every day...

Then I go to the kitchen, and, in the winter, I put some milk in a small pot and heat it over the stove. Then I go to the bathroom again and brush my hair properly, even though by the time I get to school it usually looks like I haven't brushed it at all and I have to clean it up again with a small brush >-> If I have the time, I straighten my hair too.

After that I go back to the kitchen and make and eat breakfast. 99% of the time this is just cereal and milk with a cup of green tea. If I have time sometimes my breakfast is something different, but usually it's just cereal as it's fast, easy and keeps me full for a few hours, though I tend to make myself small portions >->

Once I've eaten, I return to my room and grab my bag, which SHOULD be packed the night before but I can't always trust myself. I check if I have my purse and phone and money, put on my coat and shoes, then leave the house and get the bus for school hoping I haven't forgotten anything.

So, here's my morning routine for school! I tried to make this post as entertaining as possible, but my sense of humour isn't getting any better...
Anyway, see you all next week in a new post! It'll be December then, so I'll begin with the Christmas posts. What kinds of Christmas posts would you like to see? Is your morning routine similar to mine? Do you wake up earlier or later than me, and how much time do you need to get ready? Let me know in the comments, and as usual....
 Have a lovely day!
 ~LilacBlossom

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Mini Japanese Candy Haul! *~

Hello! ♡
On Wednesday, I went to Warsaw, where I visited a shop selling food around the world. They had a nice array of Japanese food and snacks, from cooking ingredients to sweets! I selected five items, some that I've never tried before, and I'll discuss them in this post!
So, let's begin ^-^

Firstly, here's a picture of my mini haul;
If you're not familiar with any of the above, fear not, because I'm about to explain!

Pocky
Pocky is a Japanese snack- it's very simple and is nothing more than biscuit sticks coated in flavoured icing! There are many flavours, from chocolate to matcha. I usually buy matcha, strawberry or cookies and cream flavour, but I decided to try something different and bought Mango flavoured Pocky. It's delicious, Pocky is a super adorable snack ^-^*~ I'm glad it's so easily available in Europe! I'm not a fan of mango, but I love dried mango... if that even makes sense!

Matcha Kit-Kat
Japan is quite well-known for its many unique Kit-Kat flavours, ranging from Strawberry to Wasabi. My favourites are strawberry and matcha flavours, and since I saw this near the cash register, I just had to buy it! It has a delicious sweet flavour and a pretty pastel green colour which makes a perfect combination! I really want to try Wasabi Kit-Kats at one point, I'm very curious ^*^ I wish we had such unique Kit-Kats here.


Ramune
I LOVE Ramune- it's one of my favourite drinks. Until now, my favourite flavours were strawberry and peach. Now, Matcha is added to them! ^^ I bought Lychee and Matcha flavour. I never tried Matcha Ramune before, and I was very curious. Ramune is a Japanese sweet carbonated drink and has a very unique way of opening it- there's a special green.... thing used to push the ball stopper. You have to push very very hard for a few seconds, then the clear ball stopper comes down and stays in the neck of the bottle. The smell and taste of the Matcha Ramune are very unique, it's definitely something I'd purchase again (Christmas, maybe?) c:

Popin Cookin: Donuts
I've heard of Popin Cookin before, but I've never tried it before. When I saw the cute doughnut kit, well, I just needed to have it, right? I made four cute mini doughnuts with nothing but different powders and water! It's actually very easy to make. It's mostly mixing the different coloured powders with water in the plastic trays provided, then using the moulds to shape the doughnuts, and then decorating it with the sprinkles provided as well as icing that is made by mixing the powders with water ^-^ It's quite small and fiddly to work with, but apart from that, it's super adorable and delicious in the end! Everything you need (apart from water) is in the kit and there's lots of room for creativity! Everything smells so nice in the making too, especially the icing.



Well, I hope you enjoyed this post! It might have made you hungry,  but if you've never heard of some of those, I hope you learnt something ^^
Have you ever eaten any of those? What are your favourite Japanese sweets? Which ones would you like to try?
 Have a lovely day!
 ~LilacBlossom