October at a glance

Listened to

Emma Ruth Rundle. Recent find through the Spotify Release Radar. Release Radar knows me sooo much better than Weekly Discovery.

Kathryn Joseph. I loved Emma Ruth to such an extent I had to go see if there was more like it: hello, Kathyn Joseph. Kathryn is more piano, but definitely a similar sound.

Also similar: Mariam the Believer. Coincidentally released a new album this month:

Bear’s Den. People seem to compare them with Mumford & Sons. Maybe their previous record. I’d say their most recent release is more like somewhere between the Black Queen and Editors. Or like a present day Eurythmics.

Read

Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange💕

Simon Amstell’s Help. If you’re familiar with his standup you will like this book, and recognize parts. It’s a short and sweet one. I really liked it. Especially this part:

How was peace finally achieved? The introduction of the vagina flag.

You’re just going to have to listen to (er, read?) it if you want context. 🙂

Watched

This is probably the best haul I’ve watched, ever:

Yes please! Do give me idea on how to be a more conscious shopper! I need more hauls like this.

Linkin Park and friends. You know the remembering Chester Bennington show Linkin Park put on? It was. Confusing. But Oli did good:

Skincare

Current go-to site for all questions about how to use skincare products: Paula’s Choice. Not only has it got all the answers, but satisfactory answers. I.e. skincare is simpler than people like to make it out to be. I trust it completely and it keeps giving me excellent ideas.

Tweaking my AHA and BHA routine. I’ve tried including them both in my night routine (a world of no!), doing one week AHA, followed by a week BHA, which works, but I missed the BHA. So I’m back to AHA in the mornings, BHA in the evenings.

2 new best friends

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The Balm Beach Blush. I ♥ paper packaging. The color is nice obvs (read: perfect for everyday), but if I’m being honest, I did buy it because of the packaging + 30% off.

Blotterazzi. Here’s a realization I’ve made lately: my skin is no longer a fan of powder. No type powder. It’ll have my foundations starting to look cakey around lunchtime (yea yea, I’ve worn my makeup for 6 hours by then but anyway), and I am a bit shinier than I’d like. Adding powder will make things worse, sometimes adding dry patches into the mix. This here is the solution! It’s a blotting sponge, reusable and actually works, so yay!

Food

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Pulled oats! Been wanting to try this lovely fake meat from Finland. I love that it’s made from oats, and by comparison, locally produced; it’s a brilliant idea! And while I really did like it, I would hesitate to buy it again because it is pricey.

Tiny figs. Dunno if this has an official name, but what they are, are tiny, tiny figs. I’ve been loving having them with a cup of tea.

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Ginger chew. I have crowned this the best piece of candy in all of the land. I’m mad about the flavor and the consistency; it’s like a fudge that doesn’t get stuck in your teeth. In addition, it is (apparently??) so satisfying to eat just the one piece. I can have it in the house and not eat all of them right away. This is unheard of!

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Miscellaneous

Gave my hair a trim. I like to wait until my hair is in such bad condition that getting a brush through it is just an impossibility.

Used this nifty guide on how to do it yourself. If you have v. fine hair, like me, and also non-straight; no one can tell if the cutting isn’t straight. Which is the one bonus of this type hair. You can cut it yourself. If you can be bothered. And have pair of sharp scissors.

Spending diet. I’m supposed to be on it. Doing a terrible job.

Still a work in progress:

  • Stop bulking up on things. I am my mother’s daughter; I like to have an extra of most things. Including shoes. (Still looking for an extra pair of my fave Vagabond lace up boots like a fool? You bet!)
  • Stop getting things on sale. I’m talking about things I do want, but maybe don’t need right this very minute. I’m a sucker for the 20% off this weekend only! 
  • Stop getting things as prep for travel. I always feel as if I need things for when I go away, but I suspect that’s not actually true. You can (and probably should) use same old also when traveling. My brain is not entirely on board with this idea.
  • Stop buying food that is not the cheapest. I keep buying more expensive organic products. But also, beans are less expensive than fake meat. I have not stopped buying fake meat. Really should.

I might have to try a different approach.

Kitty cuddles! Spent nearly three weeks with these guys; last few days was the beginning of this month.

I need to find a way to get my hands on a house so that I can fulfill my crazy cat lady destiny.

…not that it’s so much get my hands on a house as being held back by the knowledge that I can’t fix things. Things break in houses and I can’t fix them. When you live in an apartment there’s always someone to call.

Blog find

NotSoQuietGrrl; cruelty-free, vegan, zero waste, skincare—all the good things!

Feminist of the month/year/decade??

It reads: Message to all men worried about feminists hating men: YOU STARTED IT!!

A. Feminists—funniest people there is
B. I ♥ fannyarsinoe (as if you didn’t know)

(Even if her current crusade against people who enjoy skincare seems kinda..misdirected. But I guess there is no such thing as perfection.)

Monthly menstrual report

Clue sent me this insight when my most recent cycle started:

During the time of ovulation, you might be more drawn to symmetrical facial structures and objects.

Er. OK? ..anyone recognize this..? Their source is here, in case anyone’s interested.

Also why? We need research to find out what people find attractive at a particular point in the cycle? Or was that just a for fun type deal? Obvs only annoyed because I’m a big fan of asymmetry, no matter the point in the cycle. (Obvious example of this: I like to move things so that they’re not perfectly aligned. Perfectly aligned makes me insanely uncomfortable.)

Endless blog challenge

Sooo.

We’re seeing the end of October next week, the first topic should come as no surprise:

October summary. Or favorites. Some sort of wrap-up!

Followed by a few random ones:

What I ate this week. I’ve seen a few people doing this. I’m proposing a slightly different approach though. Instead of including everything you ate during the week, maybe just share a few selected meals. Unless you really want to document every single thing?

Woman crush Wednesday. Or is it too soon?

I’m throwing in a fourth if is too soon:

Skincare Saturday. What are your main skin concerns and what are you using to deal with them?

Happy writing!

In my TBR

Back in January, I listed the books I was planning on reading this year. Let’s take this opportunity to review:

(The titles crossed out are the ones I’ve read.)

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie. Er. Not too sure I will in fact be reading this book anymore.

The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner. Been looking for it, not going great.

Daughters of Isis by Joyce A. Tyldesley.

Den vita staden [The white city] by Karolina Ramqvist. I’ve got it in my Storytel bookshelf, one of these days…

Det är något som inte stämmer [Something’s not right] by Martina Haag. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Girl in a Band by Kim Godon.

Grejen med verb [The thing about verbs] by Sara Lövenstam. If I can be bothered reading on a screen..

Grundläggande studier i hoppfullhet och hopplöshet by Linn Spross. Again, that reading on a screen thing.

Hawthorne by Carol Goodman.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange.

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan.

Spectacles by Sue Perkins.

Vad ska en flicka göra? [What’s a girl to do?] by Annika Lantz.

Århundradets kärlekskrig [The love war of the century] by Ebba Witt-Brattström. 

Norrland by PO Tidholm.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. In the middle of it!

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The H-Spot: The Feminist Persuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic. 

House of Names by Colm Tóibín. I did start listening to it. I don’t know what to say. There is no way I can get through it.

I’m really good at making lists; less good at following through. I like to make lists, and then do something else.

In this case. I want to blame always finding new books that I’m insanely interested in. Couple of recent additions:

John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down. Why? I saw someone give it a terrible review; this always makes v. v. interested! It’s the main reason I read Twilight; everyone seemed to hate it.

Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough. Because it feels as if reading Klein is doing something good for your health.

Basically, my current TBR is the bookshelf in my book streaming service.

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Skincare tag pt 3

Final part of the skincare tag! Part 1 is here, and part 2 here.

If you had to stick to only one skincare brand, what would it be?

Paula’s Choice has everything you could possibly need, not only your regular creams and cleansers but treatments, the retinol and acids. V. v. important! 

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A few essentials from Paula’s

 

If I wasn’t a big believer in the chemicals I’d stick with organic. Products. I actually like using products from different brands and different price ranges. Partly because I like seeing lots of different bottles, tubes and jars on my shelf.

Best spot treatment?

On the one hand. I don’t want to lie. On the other, I don’t want to jinx myself.

Oh hell, my hormones are probably just gathering their forces so it doesn’t matter what I say. They’ll get me in the end.

I don’t really have breakouts. I can have something that is similar to a breakout if I eat a lot of peanut butter (you’d think I’m imagining things, but sadly I’m not), which is a main reason why I’ve stopped, and my favorite primer, Lumene’s mattifying primer, also used to give me something similar to breakouts (but I hear they’ve got a new primer out, v. v. interested in giving it a go!), point is, solution to that is just stop the PB, switch the primer. Oh. Yes. And don’t overdo the wine when on vacation.

Apparently my hormones are super level. (Seems to contradict my PCO status, but whatever.)

Last time I had anything that sort of was reminiscent of a breakout, I would just slap on a good clay mask and it calmed right down. Which is why I find it extremely confusing when people on YouTube talk about clay masks as “drawing out the impurities” and that the mask essentially causes breakouts (???). Never in my life etc.

So my best spot treatment is: just don’t. Don’t have fun and don’t enjoy life and you’ll be fine! 🙂

Favorite step of your skincare routine?

The cleanser step, easy. Because washing off makeup is just about the best feeling there is.

Favorite cleanser combo: the Body Shop camomile cleanser followed by Pixi’s mud cleanser, which I’m growing quite fond of. I only have a small tube to try it out, but I may just have to get the full size. And soon.

What’s on your skincare wishlist?  

This could be a post in itself. Let’s do five.

The Ordinary. I keep hearing such good things of this brand, I’m particularly interested in their AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

REN. Specifically their Glycolactic radiance renewal mask. It promises to remove dead skin cells, reduce lines and clean out your pores, how can you not be interested in that?

Pixi’s Hydrating Milky Mist. It doesn’t seem to be for my skin type, but I did see someone who is also oily combination say that it was a beautiful primer. I’m in the market for a primer that has more skincare type qualities than just a straight up primer, so maybe this could be an option?

Paula’s Choice. The BHA 9%, which you can’t get in Sweden, which is just beyond annoying. Somebody claimed this is the best thing for your pores, v. v. interested! But I guess I could go for the 10% niacinamide booster, which also targets pores and which is far easier for me to get my hands on.

Neal’s Yard. I’m interested in a long list of their products. High up on the list: their mattifier. They also have a lavender shampoo that I’m kinda keen on, I imagine it’d be like washing your hair with Lush’s Sleepy lotion, and I just want to live in that scent!

This was a terrible idea. I now feel the need to review what I have, to see if maybe there are more things I need.

And we all know where that ends.

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Currently listening to

Eminem suddenly appeared in my social feeds, as I’m sure he did in pretty much everyone else’s. That’s all I need to stick a few of his tracks in my playlists; be reminded of his existence. I sometimes forget. This is a nice one:

I’m also obsessed with Editor’s Papillion. The line “If there really was a God here,
He’d have raised a hand by now” is just so clever. Or maybe I just like this image? I like to read it literally.

I’m still playing Little Jinder quite regularly.  I love the track Ligger med en ful (English: Sleeping with someone ugly). She’s such a brilliant writer of titles. The title of the record this track is from: Allting suger (English: Everything sucks). It’s bitter and funny at the same time.

The Birthday Massacre’s Under Your Spell has quietly sneaked up as a favorite album this year; I have few playlists made this year that don’t include at least one song by the Birthday Massacre.

Deaf Havana is reworking their most recent album release, and have been releasing a few tracks off of it. Ashes, ashes is my favorite by far so far:

Not that I don’t like it, but I’m a bit confused as to why. The original record is perfection, can’t you just leave it alone?

PS. My favorite Korn album has also returned to Spotify. Which is both good and bad for me. 

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Endless Blog Challenge

The end of another week!

Suggestions for next week:

Skincare tag pt 3. Final part!

9. If you had to stick to only one skincare brand, what would it be?
10. Best spot treatment?
11. Favorite step of your skincare routine?
12. What’s on your skincare wishlist?  

Currently listening to. List a few of the songs you’re currently loving!

In my TBR. Self-explanatory? Maybe not all of them, but one or two?

Ethical shopping list

You think that when I write my own prompts, I’d make it easy on myself.

Apparently not how I roll. I can’t even quite stick with my own prompts.

As previously established, I can barely be bothered to read labels on food I buy. It goes without saying I’m not that ethical in my purchases, I mean, it requires even more than reading labels. (How funny is it that complain on a daily basis that students can’t read, they keep asking about things that are right on our website. I’m exactly the same. Except I don’t email anyone about it.)

However. I’m easily swayed by someone as much as mentioning possible better choices.

I still believe in legislation and regulation, but I do think that some ethical choices/purchases could be good for you on a personal level. As in some choices takes away some of the stress of consuming, consuming, consuming.

(Even if the consuming is sometimes fun too, not to mention being able to open a drawer and voilà! there is whatever it is you need exactly this minute. I love that. See why I need legislation??)

Blahblah, let’s list some things!

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Ecolabeled tampons. Yes, a menstrual cup would be better but I’m old, OK? Can’t learn new things. I expect to never bleed again aaaaany second now.

But until then, I will switch brand, as evil o.b. is not cruelty free (Dear, o.b. GET WITH THE PROGRAM), nor ecolabeled.

I am considering two options:

  1. Your happy period. Subscription, not only good for the environment but also they donate a month’s supply of mensskydd to a girl in need. You just have to love that. What has me considering another option is the fact that my period has a history of being unpredictable. Sure, it’s been what is for me extremely regular the last few months, but it could just stop at any time. Could end with me having purchased products I don’t need and that is a waste of resources.
  2. Just regular ecolabeled tampons from COOP (Swedish grocery chain); I’ve done my research and I’m told they’re good.

Raw bars. Ingredients to make my own raw bars. For a while now, I’ve been in the habit of snacking on raw bars, and I feel very guilty about the amount of wrapping, never mind that it’s more expensive than making your own (I assume?).

Yes well. That ends now. I am making my own. Found a supersimple recipe where you just mix together 250 g dates, 3 TBSP peanut butter and 1 dl (approx ½ cup) oatmeal and make it into 8 bars or balls. I’mna tweak it just a tiiiny bit; almond seed butter instead of PB and I’m adding cinnamon, and protein powder. Probably some water too so that it doesn’t end up as dry crumbs because of the protein.

Reusable cotton rounds. Let me tell you about the illogical word used for reusable cotton rounds in Sweden; it so illogical that I can’t remember what they were actually called. I once stumbled on them at a eco website, so I know where they are, but I can’t find them again because they’re not called anything near what you’d think they’d be called. If the world made sense, reusable cotton rounds would be suggested even if I was just searching for regular cotton rounds, but apparently no.

While I’m quite happy using my hands for most of my products, I’ve unfortunately found there are times when one could use a cotton round.

Reusable produce bags. There is just one thing that has kept me from getting them: I’ve never in my life seen anyone use reusable produce bags where I shop. I fear that it might lead to a confused conversation with the poor lady in the checkout. And I don’t want to talk to anyone ever. Dilemma!

Scented candles. I need to switch to eco-friendly scented candles asap!

Garbage bags. The fact that I am not already buying biodegradable garbage bags is just embarrassing.

Soap bars. You know what’s good about bar soap? The kind you get at Lush wrapped in a piece of paper? Less. Plastic. Packaging. I hope I’m not the only one who just didn’t think of that. Until recently. Problem: the Lush soap, it gets stuck all over your sink. But I guess there are other brands?

Couple of things I want to work on:

Buying second hand. I can do furniture (although nothing quite beats what has been left to you buy your grandmother, no matter how crappy), but clothes. The only second hand things I have are a few bits my sister has sorted out of her closet. Second hand stores are just so daunting; they require patience. I am the queen of knowing what I’m looking for, going into a store getting it and walking out. That approach doesn’t work with second hand.

More feasible than me becoming a second hand person any time soon: buying less things or buying “conscious” ranges. And to be honest, that’s also not happening soon, I don’t think.

Organic beauty. It was probably a mistake not start with organic beauty, because I’m afraid the non-organic is. Better?

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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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