3 things I did this week

Splurged on a few bits of makeup and skincare. Well. As much splurging as sticking with my budget will allow. A couple of highlighters, a glycolic peel mask and a blusher from Superdrug (because that is how to splurge while still sticking to your budget), among other things. Quite chuffed that despite the 20% off on Paula’s Choice I managed to make myself go with the budget option No7:


Started rereading Carol Goodman’s Incubus. In the past, I’ve insisted this is one of my all-time top 10 books. …I’ve got really poor taste, don’t I?


Had endless cups of ginger lemon. That ginger sting, nothing quite like it!


Bonus: Found out Batiste is in fact not cruelty free. ARGH! Not so much because there are no options, there are plenty options, but because

a. just because a company claims to be vegan and cruelty free doesn’t mean they actually are (they probably sell in China), and
b. apparently you need to be checking up on companies all the time, because their cruelty free status could change at any time.

Who has the time, energy and presence of mind for that??

Admittedly. The fact that Batiste is on Logical Harmony’s pending list should have tipped me off; maybe they’re not as cruelty free as they pretend to be. If I had checked that list, that is. I just assumed based on what people were saying. So that’s my lesson: Check Logical Harmony more regularly.

Good rule of thumb: when in doubt, stick with Swedish brands. We’re not allowed to test on animals. H&M is obviously rushing to be that one exception (is that something you feel good about…?), but until further notice..

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

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.

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 1

This is the first part of a tag created by makeupTIA focusing on skincare.

What is your skin type?

Oily combination, on the oily side.

How do you store your skincare?

In my bathroom, like this:

Let me explain. The box might seem kinda redundant, but. I don’t quite have the space I’d like, and because I use all of these bottles regularly, if they weren’t in a box they’d be falling all over the place. This is a temporary solution until I move. I’m hoping for a bigger cabinet/with more shelves, and if that fails, I’m sure IKEA has some smart solution I can install.

The little bowl is where I keep samples. I’m actually quite surprised that the absolute majority of samples I’ve received are in fact cruelty free. Far as I know, I only have one that isn’t cruelty free and that’s a concealer from Clarins. Haven’t decided what to do with that yet.

Favorite ingredient?

Yes. This is where I feel like a newbie. Can I just say acids in general? I like it when it stings.

Most indulgent product?

I have the Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask. Indulgent because honestly, who needs this mask? But gawd, I loved the results of it.

This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post.