Recent discoveries


Smashbox BB cream + NYX Lingerie palette. Attempt at long story short: snow came pouring down, truck drivers showed particularly poor judgement, roads were closed off and traffic redirected. Rather than spending over 2 hours on narrow, narrow roads in the dark I opted for staying with my parents. Had not planned for it so I went to get a few bits to get me through the workday.

I.e. this was a more or less necessity purchase, but I have to say I’m impressed!

The BB cream. A. Exactly the right shade for me. B. I am happy with this light coverage. C. SPF 35?! I can tell you now this will be my go-to for summer. I’m just very happy with.

The eyeshadows. This looks like the most boring palette ever, I have similar shades. But I can use this for my whole face easy, and I love using it for a grungy eye. Love how the shades blend too. Current go-to!


ACO shampoo. So. My scalp recently turned into a dry flake. Cold water—not helping. Soft water—not helping. Washing hair a maximum of twice a week—not helping. Expensive hydrating shampoo—not helping. Other hydrating and/or moisturizing treatments—also. not. helping. This drugstore shampoo though, has worked a treat! It’s even friends with the stupid hard water in my apartment.

Will stay away from all hair products for now though, including dry shampoo, because I don’t know what was the cause of the dryness to begin with. Sure, it is cold out—we’re talking between -10 and -20 the past few weeks—but I’ve been around for a while, cold weather doesn’t usually have this effect on me. Only difference is washing hair less often and using dry shampoo. Shouldn’t that counteract any dryness..? I just don’t get it.


Lentil cakes! I’m sure this is a result of Sweden’s fear of rice, but it’s a brilliant, brilliant idea. Not sure this particular flavor was for me though, will get the plain ones next time.

Madeleine Olivia. Makes videos about vegan food and minimalism. Also talks eating disorder. 💕


Can I also mention the dinosaur kale again? My current favorite veggie!

On a similar theme, this insta account/blog:

Idag är det söndag och söndag betyder 😍MATLÅDEPREPP😍 och idag lagade jag ”bara” av sånt jag hade hemma. Och det blev fasen inte så bara! Herregud vad gott det blev. En klick röd curry, ett tofublock, lite kryddor, ris, quinoa, kokosmjölk blev marinerad tofu med en djävulskt god 🔥RÖD CURRYSÅS TO DIE FOR🔥 Alltså! Prova den! Tricket är att fräsa med ingefära och att ha i lite grillad paprika i såsen. Dra mig baklänges. Det där ovan kostade alltså i stunden noll kronor men kommer spara mig flera hundra kronor istället för utelunch. Recept på såsen finner ni om ni svajpar 👩🏻‍🍳 Jag körde som sagt marinerad och stekt tofu till men den här passar till så mycket, det är jag rätt säker på. Sojafärs, linser, kikärtor, ja vad som helst typ. Gah! Är så exalterad över att få äta dessa i veckan! Ps. Ni frågar ofta var jag köper tofu och tempeh och det gör jag i asiatiska butiker. Det är cheap 🌱 Jag säger det igen. Prova såsen!!😍 Vad har ni lagat lagat idag? 🙏🌏🔥🙏✌️💃🏼 #staycheap #matlåderi #sås #supersås #superdupersås #nöjd

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Tips on meals to make that are under 10 SEK/serving (translation: dirt. cheap.). And as I’m sure you can tell by the pictures, there are some v. good tips, just look at all that color!


Less happy discovery: the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer has a tendency to pill up. It doesn’t do it all the time, but because it does sometimes, enough to keep me from using it. Can’t figure out why it does that; it be easier if it behaved the same way every time.

On a similar note, apparently chia seeds make me nauseous. (???or I imagining things again???)

This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post. Past topics for this challenge can be found here.

The Beauty Tag

◊ This post is inspired by Lise, who did the Beauty Tag a while back ◊ 

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
Not really. I mean it was an eyeliner, I know that for sure. But brand or where I got it; not a single clue. (No, I did not steal it from my mother; she doesn’t wear a trace of makeup, never has.)

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
I love mascaras that give you the spider legs. But they also need to work with sensitive eyes and be cruelty free. My current MUA Eye Define Nourish & Care is close, but I’d like it to be thicker. I’d like to think the Maybelline Great Lash was all that I wanted, but a. not cruelty free and b. it’s been a long time since last I tried, could be remembering it wrong.


3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?
Medium. Full coverage would make no sense for me, partly because of how I do my makeup (grungy, always grungy) and partly because it is true full coverage is a struggle when you’re closer to 40 than 30. Actually, I’m considering going with a light coverage. Recommendations? Preferably one that doesn’t oxidize about 10 shades like my current one. Nightmare…

4. Favourite high end brand?
I’m going to have to say Urban Decay because I’m loving both the Naked foundation and concealer. But I do want to mention that I don’t love everything they put out. I actually genuinely like budget brands, not just because they’re cheap.

5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?
There are no brands I dream about, but I would like to try the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation. Might be too cheap though.

6. Favourite drugstore brand?
I have a favorite brand for different products. For eyeshadow palettes Makeup Revolution, for blushes NYX, for mascara and highlighter MUA.

7. Do you wear false lashes?
Nope. I’ve accepted my eyes are too sensitive. And anyway, it doesn’t look good on me. It looks too fake.

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?
I can leave the house fine without any makeup. But I like to wear makeup to work. And when I do wear makeup, I like to wear all of it. I can’t do the just a bit of mascara, or just bit of blush. It’s all or nothing.

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?
I don’t think I have one. They’re consumables, what’s there to cherish? 

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there, or get lots of goodies at once?
I always intend to do one big shop a month. Or, the aim is always to not get that many things, just a few necessary bits. This is rarely the case. It’s more like…3–4 times a month. And far from all of it is “necessary”. (Necessary: products I’ve run out of, not products I can’t live without. But I can’t even stick to that; I tend to have multiple foundations, blushes, mascaras, etc. Which is fine! If that’s what you want, but I don’t want a lot of things. Something I seem to forget soon as I enter a store.)

11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?
I do have a budget, but I’m not great at sticking to it. And that’s with quite a sizable budget too, considering my income. I’m working on it.

12. Do you utilize coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
Yes, yes I do. Most recently, I used the Body Shop 3 for 2 deal, bought me three Camomile Cleansing Butters. Yup.

I don’t necessarily think that deals and rewards actually saves me any money. Because I’ve noted that deals always end with getting one more product than planned, i.e. in the end spending more than planned. Except for Superdrug offers, that’s always a case of me going to the till and being told I can have one more of a certain item because it’s free based on the other products already in my basket. Superdrug has the best deals.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
As in what, over a period of time or what product I end up having hordes of, or what type product I run out of often? I have hordes of eyeshadows, but that’s the nature of eyeshadows I feel.

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can’t stand?
There are lots of brands I can’t stand. Brands whose design is cluttered, brands that genuinely make shitty products, brands that test on animals, brands that treat their employees badly. Give me enough time and I’ll have a reason to hate all brands, and that’s the day I’ll stop buying makeup. Can’t be too long now.

But let’s name a few I wouldn’t buy from even if they were cruelty free: Rimmel, Revolon, Bourjois, Max Factor, YSL, Lancome, Estee Lauder (can’t even be bothered with the spelling, that’s the level of dislike). Because ugly. Because there are other brands. Because boring.

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics, like parabens or sulfates?
I do try to avoid PFOS, and products for hair where alcohol is listed as one of the first ingredients, and I do sometimes try to steer clear of silicone. But I’m not consistent when it comes to this either. I’m consistently inconsistent. Depends on my mood and if I can be bothered to read the label.

16. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?
Not really, I like to spread it evenly between Superdrug, Boots, Lyko, Eleven and H&M.

17. Do you like trying new skin care products or do you keep a certain routine?
I do have a routine, but I do also like to try new things.

18. Favourite bath and body brand?
Had to go to the bathroom to check. I don’t seem to have one. I’ve got approx 1-2 products from Lush, the Body Shop, Apoliva and ACO. I clearly like them equally.

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
Are we talking skincare or or we talking makeup? If makeup, I’d probably go with NYX actually. If skincare, Paula’s Choice. Provided unlimited budget obvs. I dream of being a ACO person tho. It would mean being a true minimalist. (Not yet accepted the fact that I’m not a minimalist.)

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
As in packaging that works the best or that I like to look at? I like Sleek, because is sleek, and v. black. But I want to mention one packaging I think is highly functional I’d say this one:


I like it plain, simple, not a lot of fuzz, not a lot of color. Which is part of the reason budget brands appeal to me…anything that looks like it was designed by IKEA, that’s what I like.

Few examples of actual real-life favorite packaging:


I like dark bottles, vegan label a plus, the simplicity and clarity of Lush packaging and I’m a sucker for anything with drawn on florals. Least favorite: swirly type, cluttered, stereotypically feminine and photos. Hate photos.

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Gwen Stephanie…?
I’d say Marilyn Manson but he doesn’t always wear makeup. Unfortunately.

When it comes to makeup I’m far more impressed with YouTubers than celebrities. I do like Beth Ditto’s makeup, but she doesn’t always have great makeup, as in, there are pictures of her when she’s a sweaty mess, which, by the way, I don’t think is wrong at all.

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?

23. 5 Favourite beauty gurus:
I’m just going to say one: itslikelymakeup.

She’s a beauty guru, right?

24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?
Nah, but I do use regular products as multi-functional products.

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Is it just me or is this sentence..a but wonky? I do tend to get mascara on my upper lid, and sometimes I get to work and find a sprinkling of eyeshadow fallout on my cheeks. (Not to worry, I have a brush in my makeup bag for this very reason.) But that is also a case of me putting on my makeup without contacts in and being half blind.

What I am more than clumsy is forgetful and in possession of a oh well whatever attitude. This morning, for example, I was going to put some cream around my eyes. Reach for a tube, start to squeeze content out stare at it in confusion; that ain’t no eye cream!? It was the serum, same brand, only slightly larger tube. Didn’t want to waste it, figured it’d do just this one time. But let me tell you NO, IT WON’T. A serum does in no way have the hydration my eye area needs.

Topped that off with my most drying concealer. It’s a good fucking day today. But then it’s right in line with the rest of this miserable week. Jag orkar fan inte mer…

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
YES. I am oily of complexion and I need it. Both type primers were game-changes for me; I was walking around with foundation and eyeshadow barely hanging on to my skin for years, thank god for primers!

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
On a typical day, none. On days when I wash my hair, I use shampoo, 2 types of conditioner, a root product, a hair oil and heat protection. I do sometimes use dry shampoo and sometimes hair spray, but not often.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
Concealer. I hear it’s wrong but I’ve tried it the other way around, didn’t like it.

29. Would you ever consider taking makeup classes?
The short answer is no. I mean could, but to do my own makeup? Hardly necessary.

30. What do you love about makeup?
That it can make me look even more unapproachable and angry.

6 empties


6!? You might be wondering, but there are 7 items in the picture!? Can’t she count? 

Well. It is true I’m not great with numbers, but in this particular case…for unknown reasons the Neal’s Yard clay mask was hanging out with my other empties. Probably because I’m keeping it to use as a travel container. I’ve talked about it here, let’s not mention it again, because sadly, not that great.

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel. What I love most about this shower gel is that post shower it makes my entire apartment smell like pink grapefruit. Would repurchase!

Neal’s Yard Facial Wash. I love the smell of palmarosa. However, there are other cheaper facial washes that are as good. There are also better washes. Pixi Mud Cleanser z.B. Good thing I bought a starter kit and not full size, because…

Neal’s Yard Toner. Again, I love the smell, but there are products that are a much better fit for my skin. I’m unsure if this one does anything for me at all.

GOSH Illuminating Primer. I’ve talked about this one before, and it’s not a perfect match for my oily/combination skin. Unless you like oils coming through after the 6 hour mark, this is not a primer for you. Personally, I don’t mind; it reduces appearance of pores, makes my foundation go on beautifully, has a bit of coverage, what more could you ask for?? There are better ones, granted, but this is not a bad budget option at all.

Sephora Prep and Perfect Primer. If you know your cruelty free, you’ll wonder just what the hell I’m doing with a Sephora primer, they’re not cruelty free?! Indeed, they are not. I ordered some Kat von D from Sephora and this sample was included in my order. Rather than waste it, I used it. And it’s good. Dear Sephora, please go cruelty free asap! This primer, I want to give you monies for it!

However. Until that day, will not repurchase because they are not cruelty free. 100% deal-breaker for me, because there are other primers, so many other primers…

Maria Åkerberg Face Lotion. I am really struggling with the organic products, they are not doing it for me. I want to love Maria Åkerberg, but so far, the Maria Åkerberg products I’ve tried have been meh at best.

This one is not memorable. It’s not the worst face cream I’ve tried in my life, but it does not balance my oils, so, it’s not for me.

3 random favorites

The line run a tight ship. Love it that Editors are using it in their latest release Magazine.

Wet n Wild Balm Stain in Caffein Fix. My first encounter with Wet n Wild was quite the success! While it’s not the color I expected it to be (caffein makes me think brown, it’s just..not), it is an almost perfect dupe for IsaDora’s Twist-Up Gloss Stick in Biscuit, which I own, love, and have almost run out of. Both are budget options, obvs, but the Wet n Wild balm is half the price of the IsaDora gloss, and I might just like the formula of the Wet n Wild balm better.

Dustin Kensrue on Twitter. Because he has a fabulous taste in music.

And is kinda..little bit awkward..?

I’m not judging. Just observing.

This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post. Past topics for this challenge can be found here.

6 empties


Lumene Blur Foundation. I loved this; medium coverage, perfect shade for me, wears great considering its price-point and it is cruelty-free. However. There’s PFOS in it. So I won’t be repurchasing.

Givency Very Irresistible L’Intense Eau De Parfum. It’s funny, when I bought this I thought it smelled divine. It’s been a good minute since I felt that it was even a nice smell. Which is good, because Givenchy is not cruelty free, I have no intention on repurchasing.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. This was just a travel-size, and it got me hooked! I repurchased before it was empty. Current favorite AM cleanser!

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream. This was the first eye cream I’ve used that felt made any kind of difference, and I do like it, I’ve repurchased multiple times. However, I heard good things about a Dermalogica eye cream so that’s what I’m currently using. But this is a good budget option that I’m sure I’ll go back to at some point.

ACO Face Day. Oh god this day cream. It was a nightmare. I’m not sure if it’s not for my skin type or if it’s just not good, but I prefer wearing my sunscreen to wearing this day cream.

Neal’s Yard Palmarosa Purifying Facial Mask. It is a good thing I bought it in a travel size to try it out. As much as I want to love Neal’s Yard, this mask is a bit meh. Sure, it’s better than the Boots tea tree witch hazel mask, but that doesn’t mean anything at all. Bottom line: I’ve tried many clay masks that are better and cheaper, best thing about this mask may be the container it came in. I’ll be repurposing the container for sure.

Real Techniques foundation brush (not pictured). Technically, the package it came in is empty sooo…I’ve got a question. Is it different from before? I used to have one of these brushes, washed it to pieces after which I switched to using a sponge exclusively. But I seem to remember this brush being way firmer. This feels flimsy. I don’t think I care for it. Or am I not remembering it correctly? Kinda disappointed either way I have to say.

Four days of face masks

I’ve been away for a while, and I’m set to catch up on all the facial masks I’ve missed.

Day 1


Gawd the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Charcoal Mask is the mask that just never ends! And it’s a small tube too. You’d think I’d just chuck it, considering the fact that I genuinely hate it.

But no, that would be wasteful. Instead I shall suffer for my stupidity.

The only way it has some use is by combining it with the Kicks vitamin C peeling pads. I imagine that it locks in the C vitamin, gives the skin a chance to absorb, and it’s an excuse to wash the face post peeling pads, because they do have a sticky residue.

So this is not a bad combo, it’s a way to use two products I’m not all that fond of.

Day 2


Might be the mask I missed the most! The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. This is such a lovely combination of clay and exfoliation. I usually use it for the exfoliating properties, but it’s the combination that makes it special. And they’ve stuck some glycerin in it. I do like it when they stick glycerin in things you put on your face. So far, if there’s glycerin in it, you can be sure that it will do you at very least some good.

Day 3


Another double threat; an enzyme peel from Emma S. followed by Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask. The enzyme peel is a quick little mask, a minute is all it takes, the PC-mask I wear over night. If I was less cheap I’d just skip night cream and go for this every night. It does make your skin look radiant, or at least less like your actual 30+-year-old skin.

Day 4


I’ve mentioned this mask before, the REN Clarimatte. It’s on the less cheap side, but worth every penny! If you’re concerned with pores, and like masks that will give your skin a good clean out, you’ll like this one.

That should do me for a while.

5 empties

Let’s start with the one I genuinely hate. Because hate is fun. The Clarins Instant Light Brush on Perfector.


There is nothing I like about this. Let’s make a list:

a. The packaging. Even my camera hates it. Trying to get it to focus on it was pretty much impossible. But also, it is an eyesore. Gold and ugly red type. Usch. And also, twist to get product out? When I could just be clicking it out? Pft.

b. The shade. OK so, this was a sample, I didn’t pay for it, so obviously they just sent whatever shade. It’s orange. Too dark for me. Still not the worst thing about it.

c. It’s drying. Gets stuck in your lines. What do you mean perfector? What do you mean light??? Get this thing away from me!

d. It is not cruelty free. It sucks and it’s tested on animals. That’s just great.

Let’s leave this abomination and talk about a few nice products instead!


No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer. I do love this thing and I will be repurchasing it. Reduces my shine, appearance of pores, doesn’t break me out. It’s not asking a lot, but most primers struggle to meet these criteria.

No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer. I don’t understand why this concealer has such bad reviews, it’s my favorite concealer. I’ve already repurchased it multiple times. Lasts all day, easy to apply, not dry, doesn’t emphasize lines, what more could you possibly want? Maybe it’s because I don’t use it to brighten, because my under eyes could not be any brighter if they tried. In fact, it’s the reason I wear concealer, to make them seem less bright and shiny. Can’t be just me?

Pixi Glow Mud Mask. I love this mask. I am looking for an excuse to repurchase. The one thing holding me back: apparently you’re supposed to get cheap clay masks. And there are cheaper ones. Question is, are they as good, really? I would say no, but I need confirmation.

IsaDora Volume Mascara 2.0. I want to love IsaDora, but I don’t. Not that they’re bad, but usually they’re just a bit meh. Like this mascara. It’s alright I guess. Although I shouldn’t complain, it does not irritate my eyes despite not being made for sensitive eyes, so that’s good.

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.


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. 🙂


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:


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


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!



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.


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!



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.)

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! 

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.

This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post. Past topics for this challenge can be found here.

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:


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.

This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post.