There is no Sephora in Norway.
Make up trends seems to differ. Make up is modest and natural. The norm is not bold colors and glittery highlights like I prefur. I see this as an ongoing problem in getting what I need to do my make up looks. I am a very very very hardcore fan of pigment. I don’t settle for light anything. I have gotten used to Kat Von D, Benefit, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay and the new Fenty Beauty. I like rich and expensive. I am also selective on skincare. I take very good care of my skin.
I feel like this will be a new territory and new learning experience. This will be a new challenge for me to use my skills I aquired as an esthetician and artist.
What made us friends? Our music taste, our love for the arts and fashion, and our love of Finland. I was lucky enough to find another person who was as obsessed with things Finnish as I was. Obsessed with the different and the weird. We were both turned on and influence by it.
I hoped to see him grow into who I knew he was. That is what friends hope for. That did not happen. His heart stopped and his dreams never happened. I still picture him as 18 though I have moved on. Time did not stand still for him.
I was angry and tortured by what was left unsaid and what answers I demanded but could never know. There were long talks with God and staring at a corner hoping he would magically appear to have something to scream at. It festered inside instead.
After many years I saw how my life was evolving and I just could not hold on to him any longer. I had to become who I was meant to be. I was not 18 anymore. I still look at his picture and feel a rush a pain but I felt I needed to move on.
So here I am, moving to Norway. I’m doing things he never thought I would do and what he thought was the impossible.
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Jafs is little but mighty- rivaling all other outdoor restaurants and fast food in the area with long but quick lines and filled up seats with people eating. It’s quite a busy little restaurant. It’s in the perfect spot which is right in the center of Alesund with a beautiful view of the water.
It is owned and operated by my husband’s two cousins! I did not realize it was owned by family until my second visit to Norway. However despite it being owned by family, I still LOVE thier food. I got it everytime I visited.
If you go to Jafs, get ice cream and fish and chips. Their fish and chips are “probably the best in the world.” Let me tell you, I crave this fish. The batter for the fish and the aioli sauce is awesome!
for making me question if I am Italian.
Like is that mozzarella cheese?
What the hell are you dipping it in?
I love skin. I love skincare. I love the science. I love the history. The products. Make up. Make up application. Special effects. Making someone feel beautiful and healthy. I love the ability to change one’s appearance into something very different. I enjoy naturalism and purity of ingredients. Here is a favorite artist of mine:
I am an esthetician or at least I was one. This is a title meaning a skin specialist- one that is legally allowed in the chosen state to preform skin facials and other modalites for the face and body. I could even have my own line of skin care or make up. I don’t know if I am allowed to call myself an esthetician any longer. As of this month, I am legally not allowed to preform services in the state of Illinois. I let my licence expire.
Why do that? It takes three years in Norway to become an esthetician versus the seemingly pathetic 6 months it takes in Illinois. I would rather redo my licence in Norway than pay for what I believe to be inferior education in the US. We also really don’t have the money nor the time for me to go through education again in the US.
I don’t have plans as to what I will do now. Having a line of skincare or make up of my own is a dream but I don’t know if I will ever accomplish it. I feel content exploring and dabbling in the art and science of skin and beauty for now. I will simply be an artist and scientist.