Lise has nominated me for the Liebster Award #3. Thanks love!
I have confession tho. This award business makes me feel…kinda old. I don’t really get it. I get the whole it’s a way to acknowledge blogs you like/follow, and I’m all for that. But it’s like, anything blog-related I don’t recognize from LiveJournal days, it’s just mystery to me.
Did I mention I’m old?
I just find myself asking questions. What do you mean award, who wins!? It doesn’t look like anyone wins, that can’t be right?? What happens if you don’t follow the rules, are you disqualified?? Why do you have to nominate SO MANY people?? What happens when a person is nominated repeatedly?? Who’s in charge of this ship???
Sometimes I wonder if this award business was created by a non-native speaker, not quite familiar with the definition of award. Or maybe someone who just didn’t care? (In which case, congratuwelldone!) Or maybe I’ve just proof-read one too many texts where you can never be too sure that the word used is actually the word that they mean…
I’ve gathered that no one is forcing you to do anything.
It’s my ship and I can do whatever the hell I like.
So here’s what I’m going to do:
I’m going to answer the questions because HELLO free prompts and I like typing + it’s possible this isn’t the busiest day at work ever.
If you had the opportunity to go to one place in the world and stay there forever, where would you go?
To me, it’s the perfect size city, you can walk just about everywhere, and there are some nice places to walk. By the river, parks, the cemetery, just around the city. It’s nice.
Also. All bands play in Glasgow. ALL. + Glasgow audience = the best one.
The selection of vegan places is brilliant. Brilliant! Even if it really only needs Stereo.
I also like the UK in general because being vegan in the UK is easier. It’s also easier to be an alcoholic. Which, I’m kinda undecided whether it’s better or not. I mean I like cheap drinks.
Ginger tea at the Willow Tea Rooms. I just. It’s something that just hits me sometimes. I just love me some ginger at the Willow. I think about it at random.
Museums are free! And there’s a few to go to. I miss having visit to the museum as a weekend activity.
It’s less cold than Sweden, though not hot. Which suits me perfectly. Sure it rains a lot, but do you get blizzards? You do not.
I love Glaswegian. I really do. I might not understand it quite as well as I’d like to, but that’s a minor problem.
There are a few things though. If I was staying forever, what would I be doing for a living? Because I lived outside of Glasgow. And I clearly moved back to Sweden because, as suspected, the job I had was not a keeper. I also suspect that there are few jobs in the UK that offer as much freedom as I currently have. I.e., there’s no dress code, hours are flexible, I have 31 days of paid vacation (35 when I turn 40), I can take time off pretty much any time at all, unions are strong, getting fired is quite difficult, they keep asking you what tasks you want (??), they basically don’t tell you what to do ever. Also, we don’t sell anything. I like it that the organization I work for isn’t trying to rip people off.
But if a decent place to live is provided for, and I don’t have to deal with the admin of life that’s so difficult to understand even in your own language and the country you were born in, then Glasgow.
If not, here is not bad.
What was your childhood dream?
I don’t think I had one? If we’re talking something beyond the My Little Pony castle? Which could be one reason why I seem to be lacking goal and direction in life.
What would be your “ride or die” make up?
Right now, this feels like a v. v. difficult question because I was just thinking about how I’m not overly impressed with the majority of products I’m currently using.
The ones I wouldn’t trade:
Concealer: No7 Instant Radiance Glow concealer
Powder: GOSH prime n’ set
Blush: NYX high definition blush in taupe. Equally important: Real Techniques sculpting brush for application.
Highlighter: Sleek’s Solstice palette.
Eyeshadow: If I could have just one, then H&M’s Sahara Dawn. But if choosing an entire palette, then the MUR Chocolate Vice, bottom row pink shades; current faves. Plus, I can actually bring this palette only when I travel; it has highlight that isn’t crap, the pinks can be used as blush, and there are colors that could be used as eyeliner if in a pinch. It’s got you covered!
Lipstick: NYX Lip Lingerie in Corset. Perfect pale lip shade in my opinion. Also, necessary reapplication throughout the day; minimal.
I saw someone include perfume, can I include perfume? In that case, Body Shop’s Red Musk. Gawd I loves it.
Types of products I need, but not necessarily the exact one I am using:
Primer: GOSH anti-wrinkle. It is possible it’s gone bad, but it’s currently not doing exactly what I want it to. It’s starting to behave like Body Shop’s wonderblur primer. Didn’t like that one.
Foundation: Lumene matte foundation. Apparently, in the summer, it has some melting issues. Other than that we’ve gotten along fine.
Mascara: H&M Faux-To-Go. Oh I dunno…just seems there should be mascaras with better definition and more volume.
Eyeshadow primer: Urban Decay primer potion. Am I the only one who thinks this primer makes blending a struggle??
Setting spray: NYX matte finish. If my setting spray was better, then maybe my foundation wouldn’t melt? Or is that just wishful thinking?
I don’t need an eyebrow product, but to switch it up sometimes and actually wear brows, some pomade.
If you had your own make up line, what would it be called and which products would you include in it?
I’d team up with H&M, because not even in my dreams am I interested in anything but budget friendly, and it’d be called Antichrist. (Made to create looks inspired by Manson during the Antichrist Superstar area, obviously.)
It’d be a tiny line consisting of:
1 palette including both cheek products and eyeshadows (paper packaging, no mirror, perfect for travel). Colors: dark, red, plum, yellow, pink, slightly metallic finish (except for the yellow, it’d have to be matte), a highlighter that’s a dupe for the Makeup Revolution mono eyeshadow Base, and a taupe blush (matte obvs).
Mascara blacker than deep black (I’m sure it can be done), for sensitive eyes, making your lashes look like spider legs (maybe that would require falsies..? Oh what do I know about makeup really!)
An eyebrow kit consisting of concealer, tiny scissors and tweezers.
Liquid lipsticks in three sickly shades. E.g. pale cool neutral, taupe type shade, darker brown/purple type shade. Matte of course.
What kind of job do you have? Are you happy with it?
I have an office job. There are parts of it I like and there are parts I don’t like. I don’t like that I sometimes have to talk to arrogant students, and ditto uni staff. And sometimes I’m sent texts to proof that just make me want to die (strongly suspecting they’re google translations, trying to save texts like that, it’s mission impossible, desperation sets in and thusly a wish for death).
Bottom line: there are many worse jobs one could have. Not thrilled but not entirely hating it?
Is there anything you would have done differently about your blog if you had the chance to go back to the beginning?
Well no? If I regret something I could just delete it? I just regret that I didn’t start sooner.
What is your favorite season of the year and why?
Autumn! The light is good, colors are nice, it’s not too hot and not too cold.
What is your favorite tv series?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
..not quite on topic. But any excuse for this video…
Is there anyone who inspires you? Who and in what way?
I think we’ve established 90s Manson is my main makeup inspo. Very tangible inspiration.
Other than that.
Fanny Åström, Lady Dahmer and Maria Sveland inspire me with hope, and make me feel less bad about my angry bitter self. Not that I wouldn’t be without them, they’just make me feel less bad about it. As if I’m using a strategy on purpose.
It’s quite difficult to think of people who inspire you to actually do something. I’m mostly stuck in the admire stage.
Is there a flavor you just can’t stand?
Lavender. Lavender should not be in things you eat, it just shouldn’t.
Also floral teas. Who wants to drink flowers??
Oh, and orange flavored chocolate. Best stop now, this list might become v. v. long.
If your blog had a business card, what would your tagline say?
Here’s the thing; my blog would never have a business card because my blog is not interested in any type business. That, and it’s highly unmarketable.
Which is fortunate because taglines, JFC I sorely lack tagline skills.
Rather than tagging 11 people (because who would I tag?? I know not), I want to give you 11 topics I would love someone (anyone else thinking about Anberlin right now? No?) to write a post about:
- Your top 3 bands of all time; tell me all about it! And I mean all.
- 3 flawless albums; list and explain!
- Which feminist book do you want forced on everyone and why?
- Actually, I want to repeat Lise’s question What kind of job do you have? Do you like it? Title of post should obvs read either I fucking love my job, or I need to quit you babe.
- Top 3 gigs you’ve been to! (What!? I like lists and I’ve got a short attention span soooo…)
- Tell me about the most horrible diet you’ve ever been on!
- Menstrual story!?! Anything! First period, something related to your period, are you on board with the menstrual cups, ever bleed through anything, contraception because of bad periods—anything! Doesn’t have to be long. Mandatory soundtrack while writing: Into the Menstrual Night I Go.
- Tell me about something you think is greatly underrated!
- Explain your most recent playlist!
- A feminist analysis of [insert book/song/band/genre/WHATEVER here].
- A comprehensive list of all feminists you should be following on social media. Because obvious important.
Should a person be allowed to put together posts this level of messy?