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.

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.

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.