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Mornings In Australia

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Hometown: Benalla, Victoria, Australia
Age: 27
Occupation: Blogger, sales assistant at a department store

My alarm is set for: 7 a.m. I’m definitely a morning person. Even when I don’t set an alarm I usually wake up early on my own.

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My Australian breakfast

On cold mornings I’ll have a bowl of porridge with coconut sprinkled on top or poached eggs on toast. In summer, it gets too hot to eat a cooked meal in the morning, so I usually have either fresh fruit salad or toast with Vegemite.
No matter what the weather, my breakfast is always accompanied by a pot of tea. I get most of my tea from the supermarket, but for a special treat I’ll pick up a box of gourmet tea from T2, an awesome tea store in Melbourne.
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My Australian beauty routine

Getting dressed up is my favourite part of the day. I always wear sunscreen (my favourite kind is Nivea Face Veil). My makeup usually consists of BB Cream from The Face Shop, concealer, blush from Bella Pierre, a flick of Barry M’s liquid liner, Bourgeois mascara and my favourite red lippy: Red Sinner from Lipstick Queen.
I usually wear my hair up for work. If I’m short on time, I’ll whip it into a bun, but I love playing around with vintage hairstyles and I’m obsessed with braids at the moment.

My Australian commute

I walk to work every day. It usually takes about 10-15 minutes. I don’t have a car or a driver’s license, but I’m currently taking driving lessons. I think that even if I had a car I’d still walk to work because it’s such a nice way to de-stress and take in the gorgeous scenery.
Thanks so much for sharing, Vanessa! I know we’ve got heaps of Aussie readers – what’s your breakfast + beauty routine?
photo 1 by corey leopold // photo 2 by steve christides // photo 3 by 46137 // photo 4 by zizi’s adventures // photo 5 by miss libertine // 

Mornings In India

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Name: Latha Sunadh
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Age: 31
Occupation: Editor, eStylista
My alarm is set for: 7:30 am

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Interested in the which beauty products Indian women use? What's the best Indian breakfast? Click through for Indian beauty tips from a local!

My Indian breakfast

My favourite brekkie called Kanda Poha. Poha is actually a staple breakfast in Mumbai where flattened rice flakes are cooked with mustard seeds, turmeric, chili powder, finely chopped onions, potatoes and chillies to form a bowlful of yummy.

I love poha because it’s simple, easy-to-prepare, healthy and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Great diet food!
In India, especially Mumbai, breakfast consists of idlis (rice cakes), vadas (savoury fritters), masala dosas (fermented crepe with curry tucked inside), sabudana vadas (deep fried snack with sabo) and vada pavs ( the indian burger). People love eating masala dosa on special occasions along with vadas.
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Interested in the which beauty products Indian women use? What's the best Indian breakfast? Click through for Indian beauty tips from a local!

My Indian beauty routine

I use a wonderful Lavendar and Patchouli body wash by this company called Kama Ayurveda. Everyone loves Forest Essentials and you must check out their lip balm called Narangi and the Soundarya Radiance Cream. Awesome stuff!
Kajal is an important part of the Indian beauty routine. You must buy the best kajal at Himalaya. The Nature’s Co Watercress Hair Cleanser is excellent.

My commute

I am a work at home mom. I attend meetings in an auto rickshaw, a three wheeler that’s like a tuk tuk. Or Mumbai is full of those black and white Fiat taxis, they are wonderful to commute. Some of them have bollywood-ish theatrical interiors with trinkets and bells and bright upholstery.
Some days my husband also drops me in our Honda Jazz car. Or his all-time favourite Royal Enfield bike. My commute for meetings varies from one hour to two. You get stuck in heavy traffic here…..
Thanks so much for sharing, Latha!  Indian readers, what do you mornings look like?
photo 1 by vinoth chandar // photo 2 by meanest indian // photo 3 by sebadella // photo 4 by roaringraw // photo 5 by ukanda // 

Mornings In South Africa

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 Name: Laura Jane
Hometown: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Age: 24
Occupation: PhD Candidate (Chemistry)
My alarm is set for: 06h30
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Wondering about the beauty products that South African women use? What's the best South African breakfast? Click through for South Africa beauty tips from a local!

My South African breakfast

I like to eat locally produced muesli or granola with a generous dose of Bulgarian yogurt and seasonal fruit; with a cup of tea on the side (indigenous Rooibos tea is very popular!). I head to work quite early so often I’ll take my breakfast with me and eat at my desk while checking my emails.
A little later in the morning, I go for coffee at a local café where – if I’m hungry again – I’ll have a fresh croissant. Stellenbosch is well known for its little cafes and restaurants, which spill out onto sidewalks, shaded by its famous oak trees.
There is a big focus on eating local, hand produced food in preference to anything heavily processed. On weekends or “special occasions” a typical breakfast will include toast, eggs, bacon and fried mushrooms. My family is originally from Belgium so sometimes I’ll make waffles instead (old family recipe!)
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My South African beauty routine

It starts withmy morning shower, including washing my hair. I love using bath and body products by Rain as they use all-natural, local ingredients including many African herbs and plant extracts that are excellent for your skin and hair!
Makeup is typically fresh and natural looking, even for women like me that wear a full face. I typically wear BB cream, concealer, blush, brow powder, neutral eye-shadow, mascara and lipstick. SPF is also very important for protection from the harsh African sun!
An example beauty product formulated especially for South Africans is the Ponds Flawless Radiance BB Cream, which has SPF 30++ for both UVA and UVB and, importantly, caters for the wide range of skin tones.

My commute

I get to work on foot. Public transport is either non-existent or not very safe, and I much prefer my 15-minute walk from my centrally located apartment to sitting in traffic!

Thanks so much for sharing, Laura Jane!  Other South African readers – what do your mornings look like?

P.S. My 3 product makeup bag!

photo 1 by coda // photo 2 by mister-e // photo 3 by imallergic // photo 4 by laprimadonna // photo 5 by a girl with tea // 

Mornings In Poland

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Name: Ania
Hometown: Warsaw, Poland
Age: 30
Occupation: customer service specialist

My alarm is set for: 6:30 am

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Wondering what Polish beauty products women swear by? What's the best Polish breakfast? Click through for Polish beauty tips from locals!

My Polish breakfast

I have no time to eat at home so I take my breakfast with me to the office and eat it right in front of my computer. Normally I have two rye bread sandwiches with almond butter and honey (although most people here prefer white bread with cheese or ham), a small yoghurt, an apple or some other fruit currently in season.
And I drink coffee with milk and Finnish xylitol (birch sugar that prevents caries rather than cause it!). Coffee is quite typical for any office worker around here 🙂 Xylitol isn’t. But I’m a fan of “healthy” food so I mostly order it online in advance – I rarely get an opportunity to b buy it “on the go”.
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Wondering what Polish beauty products women swear by? What's the best Polish breakfast? Click through for Polish beauty tips from locals!

My Polish beauty routine

I use only organic cosmetics not tested on animals and not selling their goods in China where animal testing is still mandatory. I wash my face with Alverde clay gel, then I put on my make-up: Alverde cream-to-powder (powder, foundation and face balm all in one), Benecos eye concealer, Benecos eye pencil (blue or green), Rhea Lavender Pearl mineral eyeshadow and Alverde Fake Lashes mascara (fake lashes effect is not that visible but it’s a good mascara nevertheless).
These are not typical make-up products: Benecos and Alverde are German organic brands, and Rhea is Polish mineral make-up brand. Most girls prefer well-known international brands.
For my lips I use Hurraw! balm (ordered from the U.S. – coffee flavour, yum!) or Alterra balm (bought in a local Rossmann – a popular chain of drugstores both in Poland and in Germany).
Then, I head to work by: I go by bus (20 minutes) and subway (30 minutes). All in all, it takes me about an hour to get to work. I don’t complain – when I lived in Moscow, it took me at least one hour and a half 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing, Ania!  Any other Polish readers out there who will tell us about their morning routines?
photo 1 by artur malinowski // photo 2 by olgierd pstrykotworca // photo 3 by zeta // photo 4 by mary thompson // 

Mornings In Nigeria

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Name:
Lape 

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Age: 32
Occupation: Writer

My alarm is set for: 5 a.m.

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Wondering which Nigerian beauty products women swear by? What's the best Nigerian breakfast? Click through for Nigerian beauty tips from a local!

My Nigerian breakfast

On weekday mornings, I usually eat a sausage roll or chicken pie bought from a fast food restaurant. Sometimes, I eat crackers because they are filling and hassle-free. The main reason behind my breakfast choices is convenience to be honest. I wake up so early I can’t imagine eating anything at that time and anyway, I hate cooking.

People in Lagos, Nigeria where I work generally eat fast food too in the morning. At the weekend, people are more likely to eat cooked breakfasts. On Sunday mornings, boiled yam and fried eggs or a sauce made with corned beef are popular.

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My Nigerian beauty routine

I’m really into makeup and beauty, particularly nail art. Most of the brands I use are non-Nigerian. I use Wright’s soap and Neutrogena face cleansers. For years, I used Revlon Natural Honey body lotion but I’ve started using Jergens now.
Over the last few years, no matter the lotion I use, I add olive oil to it and I think my skin is better for it. I’m also a fan of natural, pure shea butter for emergencies like bites or itchy patches of skin. It’s really good for things like that.
For make-up, I use Iman foundation and powder because they work so well on black skin and don’t slide off your face in our hot weather. My makeup staple is black eyeliner but I’m not brand-specific with that although I have a preference for Rimmel which is a brand popular in the UK.
I also really like Rimmel lipglosses and L’oreal lipsticks. A lipstick brand called Island Beauty was popular in Nigeria a few years ago. There are only a few Nigerian makeup brands, the most popular being Orekelewa and BM Pro.
Then, I head to work by car. I generally leave for work by 6.30 a.m. I drive to the office which is 30km from where I live. Because I leave home so early, my commute in the morning takes about 45 minutes but coming home can take anything between one and three hours thanks to the mad Lagos traffic!
Thanks so much for sharing, Lape!  Are any of you guys currently reading this in Nigeria?  What does your morning look like?
photos 1 and 2 by airpanther // photo 3 via nigerian foodie // photo 4 by adactio // photo 5 by jeffreyw

Mornings In Sweden

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Name: Emmy Lennevald
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Age: 29
Occupation: A bit of everything, but mainly freelance film work and final art.

My alarm is set for

Because my schedule varies so much, it could be set on pretty much anything between 4:45 (eeek) and 11.

My Swedish breakfast

Swedish people are really into their breakfasts, claiming it is “the most important meal of the day”. I totally agree.
I normally make a blueberry banana smoothie and a coffee, and with it I have a couple of slices of knäckebröd, Swedish crisp bread, with avocado, cheese and cucumber. I don´t often go out for breakfast, but on the weekends, I might go over to a friend´s house for scones or pancakes. If I´m on set, I normally get fed, yay!
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My Swedish beauty routine

I almost always shower in the morning, except if it is during a real cold spell, in which case I don´t want to exit the house in -15°c newly showered. I use coconut oil instead of body lotion, and for my face I use A-crème, which is a really old school fat crème full of vitamin A.

It works really well even during extreme cold. If I´m on set, I wear something a bit more fun and casual, but if I have a meeting or another job I go for black and smart.

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Then, I head to work by: Sometimes I have a production car, but if I don´t have a lot of things to transport, I use the commuting system. The subway is fast and quite reliable, and it runs late into the night, too. Not many people have a car in Stockholm. Finding parking is a real pain, and public transport is faster most of the time.

Thanks so much for sharing, Emmy! Are there any other Swedish readers out there?  What does your morning look like?

P.S. My 3 product makeup bag!

photo 1 by akasped // photo 2 by mikael tigerstrom // photo 3 by rick // photo 4 by dale gillard // photo 5 by grongar // all photos cc