Skincare tag pt 2

Part 1 of this tag is here.

Best budget buy? 

That really depends on your definition of budget, doesn’t it? I would say the majority of my skincare falls into the category budget. By comparison. By which I mean, my expensive products are the least expensive of the expensive products. It’s all relative, right?

What definitely absolutely falls into the budget category though, is my night cream. It’s just a regular drugstore one. I’ve really struggled to find a night cream that works for me, to a point where I just gave up and wore any old lotion at night (definitely not advisable if you ask me). This one though, I actually like, it’s a keeper! Does the job and is proper inexpensive.  final1506356884026

Do you use any tools (Clarisonic, Foreo, etc.)? 

Erm. I have a buffing sponge and a face mask spatula. So that’s pretty much a no. I’m trying to steer clear of any tools because I don’t want my routine to increase. Or. Do I?

Best mask? 

Depends what you’re going for doesn’t it? (Apparently I have an annoying habit of answering questions with questions...)

I love the Body Shop’s seaweed clay mask. On my skin, this mask will stop a breakout in its tracks, and it does give the pores a good clean. However. Not one I’m currently in possession of.

Two ones I do have:

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Emma S.’s enzyme peel mask. It has a nice sting sting. Plus it’s quick, which is always a bonus.

But it is possible that the Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal is my current fave. I love the result of it to a point where it feels like it’s a waste to put on makeup after using it. Also it’s my current weekend treat. Any mask reaching weekend treat status is a good one. Something I though I would never say about any product that focuses on hydration and evening out skin tone, as opposed to reducing appearance of pores, which is my obsession.

Best multi-use?

Yea. I’m currently enjoying using products that have very specific uses, that don’t really do more than one thing.

If you were asking about makeup on the other hand, I’d struggle to pick just one.

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What vegans eat; All the cabbage

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This is brown rice + green lentils, bit of aubergine puree and then lots of purple cabbage, regular cabbage and leaf cabbage (a.k.a. kale), fried in some coconut oil with garlic, lime pepper and rosemary. Topped with sesame seed.

I’m about to make myself sick of cabbage.

If such a thing is possible.

I am clearly doubting that it is.

I ♥ cabbage.

On my to-watch list

I’m supposed to be on a spending diet. It’s not going great.

This is the one exception: I’m not subscribed to any streaming service and I’m not allowed to rent movies.

Thank god there’s YouTube. And DVDs in my shelves.

Reading Mr. Darcy’s Diary was an excellent idea, because it put me in the mood for some Austen; I’ve got a fair bit of Austen in my shelves and have embarked on an Austen marathon, which will keep me occupied for quite some time.

I’ve just finished watching the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, up net: Becoming Jane

There are things I love about this movie and some things…not so much. For example. I like to turn it off before Jane is old. Because I cannot stand that makeup. One thing I really do like, though, is James McAvoy’s Darcy character (I know he’s not actually playing Darcy, but the character is clearly based in Darcy; in my mind it’s the same playing Darcy). Especially when he walks through the forest with a vengeance.

I also deeply appreciate that there are people uploading the latest season of the British Bake Off to YouTube. It’s possible I’m only watching it for Noel Fielding. Maybe. So that is also on my to-watch list.

You’d think that it being October and all, there would be lots of vlogs to watch, but literally none of the YouTubers I subscribe to are doing Vlogtober. What is up with that? I’m clearly subscribed to the wrong people.

Hopefully, by the time I lift this self-imposed ban, the movie Borg is available to rent because I am so interested in this movie. Not sure why. I mean it’s a movie about a tennis player. And I hate sports.

Maybe it’s the hair. And the headband. Also, I refuse to call this movie by its English title.

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Endless Blog Challenge

And we made it to Sunday again!

Suggestions for next week:

Skincare tag pt 2. Questions:

5. Best budget buy?
6. Do you use any tools (Clarisonic, Foreo, etc.)?
7. Best mask?
8. Best multi-use?

An ethical haul. One of my favorite YouTubers did an ethical haul recently; this is such a brilliant idea I’m stealing it. Basically, it’s simply listing a few recent purchases where you’ve considered the environment. Or, if that’s not something you do, list things you’d like to invest in/changes you’d like to make to reduce your carbon footprint.

On my to-watch list. Any type material you plan on watching.

Das wär’s!

Feminist Friday

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When writing the topics for this week’s challenge, I thought for my Feminist Friday post I’d share a non-fiction work.

But then I realized that I’ve probably been harping on about Valerie Bryson’s Feminist Political Theory enough already.

Let’s talk about Liv Strömqvist instead!

I’ve mentioned her before, too, and revisiting her Hundra procent fett (English: One hundred percent fat) I’m sure this is a better option. Better option than anything.

If it was up to me, she’d get the Nobel Prize every year.

Why? Because she does what I want Naomi Klein to do; she presents an important message in bite-size, so that it can be consumed by those of us who aren’t exactly the sharpest of knives. Or lacking in the patience department. Or with other priorities. Whatever you want to call it.

Her format is just so damn clever.

It’s an easy read, and she’s funny, sarcastic, knowledgable, and her mix of feminism, anti-capitalism, and environmentalism is brilliant.

Let’s have a look at some of the ideas she presents!

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How are women ever going to be able to take up more space in society if we’re constantly suffering from malnourishment while being mentally preoccupied with trying to control our eating?
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I couldn’t decide if I was going to shave my legs before coming here or not … I compromised—I shaved one leg!
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If we only told people the truth instead: THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE if third world “debt” is not canceled
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…the patriarchal strategy of DIETING to keep women down…
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To give my amazing beautiful body the food it needs every day is the beginning of the end of male rule.

Does it even need commenting on?

Quick thought on feminism and skincare

I am well aware that feminism and a keen interest in skincare and/or beauty don’t really go well together. I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable when it comes to feminism, and yes I do label myself feminist, and a part of me thinks I should know better. But here we are.

Recently, some of my favorite feminists rallied against beauty, arguing that we cannot support a woman’s right to choose, when the choice is to go along with patriarchal ideals and spend a fortune on changing her appearance to fit the mold; we can’t consider it an act of feminism and we can’t support any and every stupid decision a woman makes, even if a woman, just like a man, should have the right to do what the hell she likes with her body. I can’t exactly disagree.

Not even when they argued that putting acids on your face is a terrible, terrible idea.

They are right. In theory.

(But also, they must not know what what it’s like to put acid on your face. It is nice.)

And. This morning I was listening to a lady, who was also not wrong, arguing that we spend all this time on putting on creams and makeup when we could be thinking about our next project, and…other important things. (I’m not a fan of important things! OK?)

This is also true. We could be doing important things. Start a revolution and that.

However.

Why is it always that which women do that is wrong? Why is it always women who have to change?

I know that there is a contradiction in this because, yes, the acids are used to change the appearance of the skin, just to use acids as a for example. But if everyone regardless of gender was interested in their best skin, it wouldn’t be a problem, would it?

And quite frankly, men seem to have too much time on their hands. It seems far more reasonable that men should change to be more like women, rather than the other way around.

If men were busy trying to find what to do about their eye bags and is an eye serum necessary, and if so which one???  they wouldn’t have time to do half of the shit they do. Maybe they wouldn’t feel the need to. Because, surely, putting on a good mask, makes you feel nice and relaxed, i.e. you’re less likely to feel the need to go out and beat somebody up.

 

That being said.

The whole beauty industry is a trap for women and it should not be defended.

But I still resent that it is always women who have to change, and who do change. I resent that we always have to be the strong ones, the responsible ones.

I’m just tired.

 

Skincare tag pt 1

This is the first part of a tag created by makeupTIA focusing on skincare.

What is your skin type?

Oily combination, on the oily side.

How do you store your skincare?

In my bathroom, like this:

Let me explain. The box might seem kinda redundant, but. I don’t quite have the space I’d like, and because I use all of these bottles regularly, if they weren’t in a box they’d be falling all over the place. This is a temporary solution until I move. I’m hoping for a bigger cabinet/with more shelves, and if that fails, I’m sure IKEA has some smart solution I can install.

The little bowl is where I keep samples. I’m actually quite surprised that the absolute majority of samples I’ve received are in fact cruelty free. Far as I know, I only have one that isn’t cruelty free and that’s a concealer from Clarins. Haven’t decided what to do with that yet.

Favorite ingredient?

Yes. This is where I feel like a newbie. Can I just say acids in general? I like it when it stings.

Most indulgent product?

I have the Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask. Indulgent because honestly, who needs this mask? But gawd, I loved the results of it.

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In my Spotify Time Capsule playlist

I’m going to preface this by saying that this is this week’s first Endless Blog Challenge post. I.e. this post should be read as a tag. Unless you know that, I think you might find it confusing. OK then, carry on! 

Here’s something I wonder; what algorithm did Spotify use to create the time capsule playlist?

I never wonder about algorithms, at all, but this, it has me intrigued.

Some of it makes sense, some if it, not so much.

In my list, most of it’s from the 90s, I don’t know if that’s the case for everyone, or if it’s just a reflection of what I listen to. There are a couple of tracks that make me wonder though.

The “What?!” song

While I know literally every song in the list by heart, there are two songs that make me just stare blankly.

Blur’s Song 2. I mean I know about Blur, and I know that Song 2 is one of the big ones. But I never listened to Blur. Never. I haven’t even a single Blur scrobble on last.fm. Is this a based on my age and the popularity of the song I should have been listening to it type deal?

Nutshell by Alice in Chains.

This is probably even more confusing. I don’t even know of this song. And Alice in Chains. I dunno. Just never appealed to me.

Artist/group with the most songs

I have three groups with three songs each in my list.

Korn. This I think of as incorrect; I only started listening to Korn this summer. I mean for real. The handful of times I played their debut back in the 90s does not count.

The live version of Blind they stuck in there though, is real nice:

Nine Inch Nails. This is obvious and correct. However. If a real person had created this list, Eraser would not have been the first track in the playlist. It just would’t. It’s not an opener. Also not the track you pick off of this release.

Given that, and what I’ve been listening to since I got Spotify, I have no idea how it figured out that I’m an old Roxette fan. But it’s accurate and I’m v. happy about it!

A song I’d forgotten about

There are a few, but let’s go with Something to believe in by Bon Jovi.

I don’t know why I don’t listen to this song more. Or this album for that matter. I really did like it. Still do.

A rare song

Somehow, the algorithm figured out I used to listen to Drain. Quite a bit too.

Yea. Pure lucky guess. Surprising nonetheless, feels like Drain is all but forgotten.

Favorite song

If I was making a list of my all-time favorite songs, this one would have to be on it. It’s one of those insane repeaters for me.

Missing

I get Blur, but I don’t get Oasis in my list? The band I actually listened to? Not that I want to listen to Oasis now, but still. Also, no Black Crows? Jack off Jill? Silverchair? Soundgarden? Bikini Kill? Nick Cave? Neubauten? No?

The fact that I get Drain but not Jack off Jill is just incomprehensible.

Endless Blog Challenge

Sunday so soon?

Without further ado; here are some topic suggestions for next week:

In my Spotify Time Capsule playlist. I dunno about you but I love it when Spotify gives me playlists. I don’t usually listen to them to any extent, but it usually opens my eyes up for a track or two that I can add to my own playlists.

Most recently, we were presented with a time capsule playlist. Based on this list, share:

  1. A “What?!” song, one that you don’t really understand how it ended up in your specific playlist.
  2. What artist/group has the most songs in your list?
  3. A song you’d forgotten about, one that made you go “Oh yea, that one, 💕.”
  4. A rare song. As in, a song that’s probably not in most people’s playlist.
  5. Favorite song in the playlist?
  6. One or more artists/groups missing in your playlist. Something you used to listen to a lot that isn’t in your list.

Feminist Friday. I’ve got something specific in mind: a book with a feminist theme that you really like, fiction or non-fiction.

Skincare tag pt 1. This is an old tag created by makeupTIA. In total, it’s 12 questions, but I’m splitting it up into 3 parts, simply because I’m a big believer in the short post. These are the first 4 questions:

  1. What is your skin type?
  2. How do you store your skincare?
  3. Favorite ingredient?
  4. Most indulgent product?

Viel Glück!

Eight empties

Let’s start off with three empties from Boots:

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I absolutely love the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel with Active Charcoal facial wash from Boots. Thought if that is good, the scrub and mask must be too.

Ach nee. They were not. The scrub is nothing like the facial wash, it’s just, mildly buffing at best, with none of the effect of the facial wash. And the mask, it’s supposed to be on for 10 minutes. I get no effect after 10 minutes, the damn thing doesn’t even dry.

And unfortunately I accidentally ordered two of it, so I have another one to use up. So what I do is I start with a C vitamin peel and then put the mask on top and leave it for an hour plus, which does something. But I will definitely not buy this ever again.

Natural Collections waterproof mascara though; it’s a mere £2 and I’ve had far more expensive mascaras that are not better. It’s nothing special but perfectly decent everyday mascara. Will stock up when I’m in the UK next. That being said, I’ve just opened my first tube of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara and…let’s just say I’m not overwhelmed. But then, at least it doesn’t make my eyes water, which is good. Could well have been the case.

Next up!

Couple of NYX products:

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If I had not already bought the Urban Decay setting spray that everyone raves about, I would definitely repurchase the NYX setting spray. Because the UD spray does not seem to work for me. I’ll give it a few more tries, but so far the results have been: a. no effect, b. melting my makeup (???). Best use: wet brushes. I’ll give it the benefit of doubt since my skin has been out of wack, but since that seems to have been sorted I’ve just gone back on the foundation, so I’ll give it another go.

The NYX Liquid Suede, ah, it is a favorite. This is the shade Sandstorm and it’s a lovely brown-ish shade, on the pale side. If I didn’t want to try other shades I would definitely buy another tube, it is perfect for everyday use.

One shower cream and one hand cream:

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This is one of my favorite shower creams ACO’s rhubarb and raspberry. I am obsessed with rhubarb. I also have the lotion. Soo jaa..whenever I can find a bottle I will get it. Don’t know why it still says limited edition? I think I’ve been buying it on and off for a couple of years at least.

Lush’s Helping Hands. Well. I ask a lot of my hand creams. And I’ve tried a lot of hand creams in my days; I know a good hand cream. This is sadly not it. Mainly because it is greasy. At least on me. Does not dry the way you want it to when you’re say at work? Or if you want to put on cream and then about your business and not leave greasy marks on everything. I do tend to forget this, or wish that I remember it wrong because I’ve bought it way more than once; I tend to like Lush more in theory than reality. Sadly, I’ve had better.

Last one! Is a food one. Well sorta. It’s one of my favorite chai teas:

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Do I have a list of favorite chais? Yes I do. The Four O’Clock white chai is in my top 5 easy. But it is, as far as teas go, on the expensive side, and because it’s tea bags, I feel like it should be a sometimes product, from an environmental and economic POV. Which requires no efforts as it’s not that easily available around these parts.

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