6 empties

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

Experimenting with skincare

I’ve quickly abandoned my environment obsession and replaced it with a keen interest in skincare.

Currently, my skin seems to have two settings: oily or flaky dry. Like WTF?

I care for one reason only: you can’t put makeup on that. Unless you like your makeup patchy. (Did I also have to try just to make sure? You bet I did!)

Enter research skincare.

I have binged skincare by all my favorite YouTubers, added some Caroline Hirons, Under huden med Kakan Hermansson obvs (why didn’t I get on this train sooner?? Her combination of feminism and skincare is beyond brilliant!), and checked cruelty free status of a bunch of brands. It’s pretty much all I do. Read? But why? When I can watch another Pixi cleanser review??

Previously: sorta didn’t watch skincare at all, because what do I care? (Exception: hand creams. Care A LOT. But no one ever talks about that.)

So far though, this has gotten me to a point where I’m more confused than I was before. Certain about one thing only: there’s lots of trial and error to come.

Speaking of which. Went on a wee shopping spree. Sorta wished I’d stumbled on the cheat sheet on Caroline Hirons’ site before that; it’s a what products to spend money on, and what products you can buy for cheap. And grouped and sorted according to age! You have to love that.

Not that I’ve really splurged so far, but I was contemplating an expensive clay mask. However. You can make your own for barely any money! Didn’t even know you could; want to try this asap! Not least because that has to be better for the environment, right??

For similar reasons, I have purchased the camomile cleanser from the Body Shop.

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Not sure if it’s a cleanser one should be using if the skin sometimes is on the oily side, but oh, it melts away makeup and makes me forget all about my favorite Superdrug wipes. Also, no wipes=better from an environment point of view. (…apparently didn’t abandon the environment completely..?) Bonus: can keep my contacts in, which I find is frequently a problem with any makeup remover, somehow they get in your eyes an leave a film or some gunk on your contacts.

Unfortunately. Making up for whatever decreased environmental impact the cleanser involves by using C-vitamin peeling pads. People in the know say these specific ones are good. I’m not so sure. Don’t they make me more orange? And sticky? Or is that something else?

What I am most definitely loving tho, is this spatula for mask application.

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The feeling of spreading your mask on with this thing is so satisfying.

I’ve settled on this routine as my starting point, but as per usual, I’m not great at following instructions.

I did a wee experiment. Because my face felt sticky, I wanted to see if I was using too much product. So I sorta didn’t moisturize. Until I really felt I needed it and then only with a tiny bit of cream at a time.

Do you know what happens when you do that? (You probably do.)

You get yourself two sizable dry patches, that’s what happens. Skin in general feels kinda tight and itchy too, but that’s a minor problem. By comparison.

And so, mission of the day was to get an exfoliating sponge, preferably an AHA moisturizer, and a good night cream, possibly also an oil for nighttime use. According to online sources, that could maybe work for dry patches.

So I’ve now slathered my poor abused face with the youth concentrate Body Shop gave me, when I bought this serum in oil:

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Which I put on top of the concentrate (as instructed, dunno what the concentrate does), serum in oil btw, feels so, so nice on the skin, followed this with a layer of AHA moisturizer:

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My skin is not unhappy. Happier than it’s been for weeks actually.

Super excited to see what mood my skin decides to be in tomorrow, if this combo actually was as good as it seems or if it was just for now.

Not quite getting my hopes up. My skin seems just about as fickle as my menstruation.