Like the Dancing Emoji

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Heeey! So I finally got a saree post for you all! It’s been too long honestly. Last time I did a post about the last saree I wore was in summer. Gee, but here is 1/6 of my new tamil attire from Sri lanka. I specifically looked out for a simple red saree with a golden border. I probably went through 3-4 shops to find one in Colombo. Since I didn’t get the blouse stitched for this saree, I just used a universal gold blouse (you’ve probably noticed me using this sometimes before). I think it went super well with the simple saree. 

As for my hair and makeup; I made a brown/red smokey eye with Urban Decay Heat palette and ABH modern renaissance palette. Wore my favorite pair of lashes by Huda Beauty in Samantha – I swear those lashes are almost falling apart of being used for 2 years now 😅. I highlighted with my new highlighter Uranus by Jeffree Star cosmetics x Manny MUA. Lips are a combo of H&M lipvenyl in Siren and MAC Ruby Woo. I braided my hair and brought it forward. The earrings are also from Sri Lanka, and I’m absolutely obsessed with them! 🙂 ♥

~Neevadha~ 

Blind The Haters, Honey

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As you can see on the pictures, I’m ready to blind the entire world with my Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA skin frost Uranus. I ordered it on Jeffree Star cosmetic’s webshop (and had to pay double because of tax -.-), because I wanted it before it sod out. My sister already purchased their earlier collaboration skin frost in EclipseEclipse is a peachy iced shade, whereas Uranus is more like a golden iced shade. 

When I swatched it, it came off almost too powdery. I wasn’t quite sure about it – but the real test was with a brush on my face, and it didn’t let me down! Of course it looks more illuminating spraying it with a mineral water spray or a setting spray. I received the product in October, and of course I’ve used a couple of times. I will post other posts of the looks where I’m wearing it ;)♥

~Neevadha~

Sweet mother of…

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Hey guys! I’ve been busy lately (still am and will be until january), so I took some time to pre-write some posts, which I’ll publish during the busy time 😅.

Despite my busy schedule, I try my best to make time to hang out with my friend K, and catch up. We both were craving cupcakes but couldn’t find a cupcake place in Aalborg (at least not online), so we decided to go to Pennylane in central Aalborg. I can’t describe how excited we got when we found out they had cupcakes! Coincidence? I don’t think so 😂. Since it was such a nice sunny day, we also decided to order some smoothies. 

Not only did the cupcake look super pretty, but also tasted soooo good. Unfortunately I’m probably not going to buy it that often since the price was a little too high for a student. I can already promise you that there will be more food-related posts, because that’s almost all I do 🙊

~Neevadha~

 

Noir Desi

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Hey guys! Finally I get to post something else, and first of all; I have to find the definition of Desi. Anyways – I’m brown, obviously, and when I cam home from Sri Lanka, my parents didn’t want me to go back to my apartment immediately. So I had basically nothing else to do but paint my face and try on the new bling- blings, and take awful lot of selfies. Yes – I am going to share some of them with you 😀 As I left most of my pallets and makeup at my apartment, I had to improvise with whatever I had at my parents house – and I honestly think it turned out okay. 

This first look, was inspired by heavy bridal desi eye-makeup. I usually don’t go heavy on with black shadow, but decided to go all-in with black shadow, cut-crease and glitter on the whole eyelid. To balance that out I chose a nude for lips. 

I finished off by wearing my gold jewelries with pearls on, to get a more royal look, and black cropped top with a black dupatta from an anarkali. I bought a fake nose-ring, which is actually supposed to wear as a septum, but I wore it like… yeah as you can see on the pictures 🙂

Product details below, and I’ll show you some other looks I did as well later 😉

~Neevadha~

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/nevi.vijayarajah/ 

 

Product details:

Eyes: Huda beauty lashes (Farah), Maybelline brown eyeshadow, Gosh gold eyeshadow, Urban Decay concealer for cut crease & Urban Decay glitter liner (midnight cowboy)

Face: Becca luminous foundation (warm honey/tan), MAC studio fix powder foundation (NW44), MAC blush (spring sheen), Maybelline brown eyeshadow as contour. Urban Decay concealer (med/dark neutral), Laura Geller highlighter (gilded honey)

Lips: MAC lipstick (Whirl) + NYX lipcream (berlin)

Final Destination (12)

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Hey! After a looong road trip we finally reached our final and last destination, Colombo. The last two days we spent the nights at Hotel Mirage Colombo, which is a 4 star hotel at the beach side. I cannot describe how wonderful it was to sleep under air-condition after 3 weeks in the heat. And taking a hot shower. 

We did a lot of shopping in Colombo as well. I bought 2 sarees, 2 anarkalis and 1 lehenga. I’ll show you my purchases at some point when I get to wear them 😉 But the places I think had the best selections were probably Little Asia and Kamsins. You may find their pieces a bit pricey, but I only bought a few items and I LOVE them! 🙂 

On our last night we went to a famous beach (of course I don’t know the name of it -.-), where lots of people  were chilling, flying kits and markets filling the shore. The pictures doesn’t do justice for how amazing and lively the atmosphere was. It was super cozy and 27°C at night 😀

I’m ending my Sri Lanka Journal with this post, and I hope you all enjoyed it, even though it was 12-posts long :p Now I can go back to the usual blogstuff, such as new products/reviews, food, events, OOTD etc. I will probably not go back to Sri Lanka immediately, but wait few years, so I have something to look forward too again :)♥

~Neevadha~

Morning Hike (11)

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Hey! Okay I have one last post left in line before I wrap up my Sri Lanka journey. I know it has been a long one, I’m sorry, but I’ll make it super short in the next (and last) one 😉 

The following morning, we took a hike to the little Adam’s peak, where we could spot our hotel from the view. It was crazy! We hiked at noon, so it started to get very hot by then, which made it a bit harder to hike. With my fear for heights I decided to join the hike anyways because I heard the view was worth it. I took some pictures along the way, as you can see. It was beautiful – one of the prettiest views I’ve seen on the trip for sure! It’s a must see!

After the hike we moved on to see another attraction in Ella – which is the Nine Arch Bridge. It’s a bridge between Ella and Demodara, and it’s built without a single steal! The bridge contains 9 arches and connects two mountains, from Demodara train station. We actually wanted to take the train, but the waiting-time was too long, so we decided to drive to Colombo again – our last destination.

As I revealed; Colombo is the last destination and post from my Sri Lanka journey. So stay tuned. 😉 

~Neevadha~

 

Morning with a View (10)

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Heeey! As we left the english cottage hiiiigh up in on the mountains, we decided to find a place less cold to spend the last night at. We found this very nice hotel on the mountain-side named Ella Mount Heaven with the coolest balcony view ever!

The hotel was really nice in general – both in service and the rooms were very clean. Our balcony had the view to the mountains from the west side – which meant that we could see the sun rise from east behind the mountains. Yaaaas! So I sat alarm, so I could get ready for the sun to rise while enjoin a cup of tea. 🙂

My cousin and brother had the same idea so we watched the sunrise together in the calming atmosphere. It’s definitely worth the visit! The view was just mastic! Makes us people feel so small in this enormous world. 

We ate breakfast in their restaurant – buffet – and got ready for our last day at the road trip before we headed back to Colombo. My next post is going to be a quick one on our hiking 🙂 ♥

~Neevadha~

 

Ambewala – New Zealand farm (9)

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Heeey! Our trip continues in Nuwara Eliya to Ambewala New Zealand farm, where they produce dairy products. Guys… cows. There were soooo many cows and the landscape was soooo beautiful!! Wow, my brother and I freaked out seeing the mountain landscape with cows and fog. Just wow! Above you see some pictures of out trip to the farm. Btw. I was quite surprised about how the cows were eager to lick our faces, lol.

Next up we visited a botanic garden (actually a couple of few), but I won’t go through them, since the most of the pictures are just me being all nerdy about the plants. So instead we’ll move on to some more beautiful landscape, and this hotel with the most amazing view 😀 ♥

~Neevadha~  

Nuwara Eliya (8)

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Hey guys! Our next stop was in Nuwara Eliya. It’s kind of different place compared to the other places on Sri Lanka. The little city is also known as “The city of lights” and “Little England”, because of its english village style. The city is surrounded by mountains and valleys with tea-farms. The climate is quite cooler than everywhere else on the island – the temperature was around 15 C°. The place is super famous for its tea plantation. 

We stayed at an english cottage style hotel. It was SOOOO cold!!! There were no heater in the cottage and none of us brought a jacket or proper clothes for the cold/dewy weather. I could barely sleep in the cold – and thank goodness we only slept in the cold for one night.

Okay listen – my phone was low on battery so I couldn’t take any pictures of the tea farm we visited. I took some pictures on my mom’s phone but haven’t sent them to myself yet -.- It was an amazing place! I’ve always wanted to see the tea plantation. The tea-bushes were symmetrically placed and was a beautiful contrast to the foggy blue sky. 

Next up will be a post about our trip to see some cows 😉 ♥

~Neevadha~

Elephant Orpanage (7)

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Hey guys! I know I’m late with the posts – but my computer has been super slow and decides to go into spontaneous coma from day to day -.-

Anyways, here’s the next exciting part of our Sri Lanka journey! We went on a road trip with our cousin and a driver to see the center/south part of the country. Our first stop was at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (PEO) in the Pinnawala village, where we saw asian elephants. We fed an elephant some fruits, and rode on the back of one. I was super excited to finally get that close to an elephant – it’s absolutely different from seeing them from distance in zoo. I actually got to touch them, and it was a cool experience. 

At the orphanage a natural medicine expert had a booth, and showed us a garden of natural ingredients, and products. We bought some cremes and waxes – and of course we got to try out the products before we bought them. 

~Neevadha~

disclaimer: none of the things were for free

Dolphin my Friend (6)

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Hey guys! My apologies, I’ve been M.I.A on the blog for a while. I didn’t want to be behind already at the beginning of this semester, so I put a little extra time into the preparations and reading this time 🙂 I’m back to continue my Sri Lanka journey!

In trincomalee my aunt and her family brought us on a boat trip to see dolphins and swim at the small island nearby named Pura malai (Pigeon Island).

We woke up insanely early (3am) to get ready. We had to be at the beach before the sun rise to get the chance to see the dolphins. We split into two speedboats and were at the middle of the ocean at sunrise. Unfortunately my phone decided to semi-die when the dolphins arrived, so I only have two pictures where you can spot parts of dolphins -.- But the sunrise at the ocean was just a breathtaking scenario!

At the middle of the day we took the speedboats to the Pigeon Island (last picture). It’s known for its swimming/snorkeling area. I didn’t swim because I didn’t bring any swimwear for the trip (conservative reasons), so I just sat on a huge rock and dipped my feet into the water. When we came back to Trinco, I noticed I got some serious tan lines. I’m talking about 50-shades darker tan lines. 

I’ll spill a bit tea; the next post I’ll show you some elephants and tell you about our road trip ;)♥

~Neevadha~

Temple Run (5)

Hello! In this post I’ll show you two big temples I visited. I’ve visited a lot of temples during my stay and while road tripping. I want to show you especially these two temples in Trincomalee. We stayed in Trinco with my aunt’s family. 

The first temple is the Koneswaran temple, which is a dravidian architecture. I didn’t take any pictures from the inside, because we weren’t allowed. The huge gab in the Swami Rock is called Ravanan vettu (Ravana’s cut/ lovers leap). My dad told me the story that in a fight between Ravanan and Lord Siva – Lord Siva was about to slay Ravanan with his sword, but Ravanan dodged in time, and instead Lord Siva’s sword cut through the swami rock. Well, that’s the story my dad told me, but how it actually is written I don’t know.  

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After visiting Koneswaran temple, we visited the souvenir shops along the way, and found a dessert-café and got some cool-drinks. Get used to the term “cool-drinks”, I’ll be using it a lot on this trip. 😉

Next temple we visited was the Pathirakali Amman temple in Trinco. The ceiling details were phenomenal! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an amazing ceiling work before! I took some pictures from the inside so you can see for yourself 🙂

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These were the bigger temples I visited in Trincomalee. In my upcoming post, my stay in Trinco continues and we’ll be on sea 😉 ♥

~Neevadha~