4 things that happened this week

My favorite Primark bag broke. It had just been promoted regular gym bag. Boo. Whatever bag shall I use now?

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Jaja, it’s only a seam, but still. That handle is no good to me now.

I was served lots of great vegan food. We had some sort of work conference/lecture + workshop about stress, performance and recovery. It was, surprisingly, really good. The lecturer talked all about the hormones, what happens to the body when you’re stressed, how you should trust your body and not start chugging down lots of water because that’s supposedly healthy—your body will tell you when you need water, it’s called thirst, that yoga and meditation really isn’t necessary—folding the laundry could be just the thing to give you that mental recovery you need. As I was saying, it was really good.

Anyway.

The venue served some v. decent vegan food, despite not being specialized on vegans at all.

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Pulled vego, apple and fennel salad, and some absolutely lovely carrot puree. And topped with some greens! Makes the eye happy too.

My foundation started behaving in a really weird way. I’d just started using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, I was quite pleased. It played really well with the Urban Decay Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer, which was just a disaster combined with my previous foundation; it just seemed to enhance the appearance of pores, and who needs that? With the Naked Skin though, while the primer is still not a perfect match for me, it’s zero percent bad. Also, the shade of the foundation was a good match for me, and I’m loving the medium coverage. I can even apply it with a damp sponge, contrary to popular belief. What more could you ask of a foundation?

But then on Tuesday it suddenly started looking beyond patchy. So terrible wearing no foundation was a better option.

Turns out, it doesn’t work with the serum from Codage at all. That’s the downside of indulging in skincare, if something is wrong you can’t for sure say which of all the products are not agreeing. Could be any number, any combination, or the type of application, even using too much or too little of something.

What was good in all this, was that in the process of trouble-shooting I realized that introducing a weekly hydrating mask into my routine is necessary. This is still something I struggle with; because I’m combination on the oily side, adding hydration strikes me as counterintuitive. Even if I know we all need some extra hydration this time of year, still think it can’t possibly apply to me. (Because I’m special, apparently.)

Got myself a mask from No7 without doing any research first. We’ll see how that works out.

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Friday workout was cancelled second week in a row. Got to go home early. And had a valid excuse to not go to the gym. Should be happy.

I was not happy.

I was very unhappy.

Super unhappy.

Funny thing: I used to hate the Friday workout class. But exactly two weeks ago I noted that it had suddenly gone from detestable to my favorite class of the week. Should not have as much as thought it. Jinxed it for sure.

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Current favorite foundation

I want to give this little guy a special shout out:

IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer

The IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer.

I’ve had it for a while, and we weren’t exactly off to a flying start. It wasn’t mixing well with any of my primers, liked to stick to dry patches—or I dunno, create them all by itself it sometimes seemed like? And! Towards the end of the day, enhance any crease it could get its grubby little hands on.

Its only redeeming qualities was it had a great cover and the shade is not yellow—which is a pet peeve of mine, cannot stand any face color product leaning towards yellow.

But now, we’re getting on like a house on fire.

Is it just me or do some makeup age really well? I do this with mascaras too, start using them, think they’re a bit meh so I forget about them for weeks, and then start using them again and the formula is somehow better?

Seems to be the case here.

Currently, I have none of the problems listed above. NONE. In addition to which, cover: still great. It’s an extremely useful product if you’re interested in obscuring your eyebrows just a little bit—which I am, in case that has been unclear. Don’t you just love any time when you’re happy with what you’ve got? I like to imagine capitalism weeping about my absolute and unconditional love for what most people would call my poor over-tweezed eyebrows. Because that just makes me feel even better about it. I am sorry, I need no special products, I love my brows just the way they are, thank you very much. Dab of foundation is a bonus, not a necessity.

Still.

I am so in love with this foundation right now. And that is probably the main reason I will never achieve minimalism; things just make me so damned happy sometimes. (Dammit, capitalism wins again!)

Not that any of this means that I’m not looking forward to trying out my brand new Lumene matte foundation in a shade lighter than light ivory— the shade is called ultra light, will it be like liquid highlighter I wonder?? I am always so keen on shades that manage to be v. v. pale, but somehow not white.

You heard me. Keen.

That’s it, buh bye!