Best of January

Blog

Caroline Hirons! Did the best post for the first day of the year. She’s got some excellent ideas about what to leave in 2017, including very sound arguments. Go read!

Especially love how while she’s not cruelty-free, she still argues pro-cruelty free. 💕

Makeup

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E.l.f. smudge brush. I bought three E.l.f. brushes: concealer brush, blending brush and smudge brush (the one with the white handle, obviously). While I am happy with the purchase overall, I’m less than convinced that the concealer brush and blending brush are as good as it gets. There could well be better ones out there. (Cheaper? Probably not.) The smudge brush though, so pleased with its performance!

Skincare

I’ve tried a few different foot feeling masks now, my favorite so far is this one:

Sunday mask! Little something for the feet.

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I shall tell you why: feet peel quicker than with other masks I’ve tried, deeper peel and rather than peeling a bit at a time for days and days, more skin peeled off at the same time, for about three days and then it was done. You just have to appreciate that.

If you haven’t tried foot peeling masks yet you need to get to it! Foot cream and files is all good and well, but this stuff! Makes so much more of a difference.

Podcasts

PMS-podden. Still! Had to run to the library to get their book too. I wish you could all read it.

TV show

First Dates. Currently my favorite game! (It is a game right? You watch and try to guess who will want a second date and who won’t, yes?) Who knew people could be so fascinating?!

Ack Värmland. Because Mia Skäringer is genius?

YouTube

Jenny Mustard! When I saw the title of this video my instant thought was “Nooo..not her too!? I thought she was all for the body positivity?? I cannot take another ‘I’m going to get fit’ resolution, just can’t.

Spoiler: not what this video is about at all. Watch it! If you’re as bored as me with the getting fit and going on a diet bullshit you’ll like it, promise!

Twitter

Found new account!

No idea why I didn’t stumble on it sooner?! I’ve missed so much!

And in case you forgot I have a one track mind, this guy alone is a reason to be on Twitter:

Instagram

Added about a zillion new vegan accounts to my feed. Here is one:

Here is another:

Third one:

Music

XCERTS released a new album. And it’s brilliant. Current fave track off of the record:

Little Jinder feat. Lykke Li; Hålla handenAnother new release that’s just brilliant.

Pvris; Are You Ten Years Ago. Have not been this taken with a song in a while. It’s a repeater!

Read

Har du PMS, eller? by Charlie Michaelsen and Jenny Öhrn Segolsson. 💕

Monthly menstrual report

WHY AM I BLEEDING ON DAY 31 YOU BASTARD???? Ruining my stats! Also, when and why has first day of period turned into PMS x 10???

Yeayea. Mustn’t complain. I was far less exhausted during this cycle than the one before. I wonder why that is. Magnesium? Stretching? Zinc?

Apparently zinc is more important than I thought/knew. I was just taking it just in case, because there are studies saying there’s a connection between zinc deficit/becoming vegetarian at a young age and PCO.

Not that I’ve kept track, but I seem to recall the introduction of zinc supplements coinciding with the return of semi-regular cycles.

But more than anything I’m a big believer in magnesium. Emphasis on believer.

Yeayea, I’m probably peeing it all out, but one shouldn’t underestimate the effect of placebo. I’ll take anything I can get.

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

 

Let’s talk PMS!

I love the library for providing me with this masterpiece:

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Are you PMS-ing?

Not so sure they can have it back.

I LOVE this book; it needs to be translated and spread to women everywhere asap!

What this book does is explores the topic PMS; it lists symptoms and possible remedies, the authors share their PMS stories and experiences with different vitamins, drugs and treatments for PMS.

It does not offer solutions, they’re not researchers. They’re two people with a podcast, they have no authority. For me, that’s not important, I’m not looking for a remedy, I am far more interested in, for example, stories about trial and error. Oo here’s a treatment that seems to work for some people, let’s try it out and see what happens! I love that. Also that they’re very open about how some treatments, such as healing, might only work on a placebo basis. Their motto is it doesn’t matter if it’s placebo, long as I feel better. I like that.

They also spend quite a lot of time listing symptoms, giving examples of what it might feel like. Which is informative and funny, all at once! Not to mention relatable.

Reading this book is like having someone tell me a. you’re not crazy, and b. you’re not the only one. Well thank god!

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TEN SIGNS YOU’RE PMS-ING

  1. You feel worried and anxious
  2. Your mood changes quickly
  3. You cry more than usual
  4. You don’t feel like doing anything
  5. You’re more than tired, no energy
  6. You’re not sleeping well
  7. Your body swells, especially the stomach
  8. Your breasts feel tense and sore
  9. You get headaches
  10. You’re hungrier than usual and crave sweet things

Headaches are foreign to me but the rest of just all of it, all. of. it.

And SUPER GOOD NEWS: if you’ve got PMS, menopause is most likely going to be hell.

Excellent! 🙃

Anyway…especially happy to have someone confirm I’m not the only one with severe nightly sweats pre menstruation. Doesn’t matter if it’s -20º C and I’m sleeping with the window open, still sweating. Niiice.

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Waking up at dawn with a lake between your breasts? PMS dear, PMS.

This book also confirms that my hypochondria is related to PMS, as suspected. On a regular basis, I’m convinced I’m suffering from a terminal disease. My most recent imaginary affliction: gangrene.

And! They go through the basics of the menstrual cycle, the different phases and what they involve. Such as how you can tell where in the cycle you are based on cervical fluid. (Clue can help you with this too. It’s fun! Makes you feel supersmart that you can look at your cervical fluid and go Yup, that’s another 2 days then.)

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The cycle of the cervical fluid; interesting stuff!

And remember back in December when I was looking for some sort of guide as to what type of workout is appropriate at point in the cycle? It’s right here →

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Phase two of the menstrual cycle: create! push yourself at the gym! eat lots of carbs!

Not only is this what I was looking for, it gives me the all clear to ditch the workouts in the fourth phase of the cycle, if that’s what I feel like. Exactly what I wanted to hear!

Finally; the layout of the book, favorite! It’s a collection of different types of text and it’s kept quite airy, v.  reader-friendly which I appreciate sosoSO much! I am one lazy reader, I need to be lead through the text, can’t take paragraphs or sentences that never end, the less abstract the better, and I prefer when it reads like we’re having a conversation. As opposed to most texts produced in an academic environment. I often wonder if they’re written to be read at all.

Now. I’m going to stop being greedy and return it to the library so that someone else can enjoy this beautiful book.

December favorites

I know I may have suggested in this one post to skip the December summary, but I do love the end of month summaries, and anyway, it’s inconsistent to skip a month. Can’t have that, can we?

Release

New track from Casey!

Even more exciting; they’re releasing a new album in March. Hoping there’ll be at least one tour date that works for me. Hoping for Scotland? Well obviously.

Random tracks

You know when Spotify sort of gets stuck, and every morning you open it you have the same tracks in queue? Despite the fact you’ve already been through that very queue. I’ve been stuck on Storm the Sky for weeks. Not that I mind. This one is a favorite:

And my obsession with this (old) Deaf Havana track is bordering on embarrassing:

If I had sense I’d be embarrassed, unfortunately for me, I do not.

Halo

I’ve been a bit bored with makeup lately, bored and uninventive, but I recently got back to the halo and I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Very much inspired by this lady:

Speaking of makeup, best quote relating to makeup comes from Jamie Genivieve who argued that “Makeup should make you look unapproachable.” YES! That’s exactly it! I keep saying I want makeup to make me look angry, but unapproachable is much closer to what I really mean.

Dyed hair

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Me: Looks v. v. different! Camera: …except for it doesn’t tho.

This time, I went for a dark brown + red combo; I’m planning ahead, preparing to phase out the red. Actually really liked the brown (as in “how is this not my natural color??”). Bonus points for way simpler application than the Manic Panic dye. You use it on dirty, dry hair, and shampoo it afterwards. Leaves no traces of dye, unlike the Manic Panic. Which is nice, for a change.

Read

Beauty Sick by Renee Engeln. OK so this isn’t exactly a favorite, but I want to mention it because I think it has the potential to be somebody’s favorite. The reason it’s not my favorite is I like women who are angry and/or upset. If Engeln is either, she hides it very well. By which I mean, she’s objective, like the researcher she is.

I was also expecting to get a good shouting to in this book, as someone interested in beauty. That is not the case at all. Instead, what Engeln argues is our current obsession with beauty is just out of proportion and we need to dial it back because it is not doing us any good, quite the opposite in fact. But also, beauty is never going to be something the human being is capable of disregarding completely. It’s not within the possibilities of our body.

Despite it not being a favorite, I do recommend giving it a read, especially if you are interested in beauty.

Hatet [English: The hatred] by Maria Sveland. You should know by now that I ♥ Sveland. This book is about present day antifeminism in Sweden, disguised as “equality”, trying to use misdirection, to distract from issue at hand, talking about an imagined “hatred of men” as some sort of threat to society, when in fact the hatred of women is currently, literally, killing women. There are men who genuinely think men are subordinate to women.

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Yes. We all know that all positions of power in society are held by women. Women make more money than men. Mm. Yes. We all. Know that. Is the reality. (??????)

Begs the question, are these men and women stupid or mentally ill? Their world does not seem to resemble our world. I’m hoping mentally ill. There’s a chance therapy would work, right? Because reasoning with them, it’s clearly like talking to a wall. Well actually, a wall would be better. A wall is quiet, it gets that saying nothing is sometimes the best thing to do.

So basically, very upsetting book on an important subject, and brilliantly written too.

This also a favorite because it reminded me of a few brilliant people I should be following on social media. (Gudrun Schyman z.B. The fact that she is not the president of Sweden is plenty evidence that we’re severely deficient in the gender equality department. Never mind that we don’t do presidents in Sweden.)

Podcast

PMS-podden! Hours and hours and hours about PMS! I didn’t know about this one before because??? They talk all about the hormones and try out different methods of reducing PMS, it’s just all sorts of brilliant! Also introduced a new word into my vocabulary menshybris, literally menstruation hubris, although I’d probably translate it as pre-ovulation invincibility because it refers to the feeling of invincibility that you get between the end of your period and ovulation. Or maybe pre-ovulation energy peak? A.k.a. the only time I want to be alive.

I’m really not doing a good job sticking to the subject in this post.

Never mind, moving on!

Vegan/cruelty free

I loved this run-through of different perspectives and ways of reasoning when it comes to cruelty free. What especially strikes a chord with me is as a vegan, you do still go to restaurants that are not vegan, and you ask for the vegan option, and let them know there is a demand for vegan options. This way of reasoning can be applied to companies that are cruelty-free but whose parent company does test on animal. It’s still a vote for the cruelty-free.

Let’s also have a friendly reminder:

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Yes. I’m turning into -that- vegan.

Inevitable favorite

Icebugs. What are icebugs? Icebugs is a type boot with warm lining, waterproof and with traction for grip on icy surfaces. 2017 is showing no mercy. This time last year I was still walking around in my Vagabond high top sneakers; it wasn’t that cold, it wasn’t that icy and it definitely wasn’t that wet. This year; all of that, ALL OF IT.

Best music rant in a while

Best retweets

I’ve been noting for a while now that *whinar* (well-known Swedish beauty blogger) is the best at retweets. I love her retweets. They have nothing to do with beauty, unless I’m mistaken, they’re of a more political persuasion. For example:

It reads:

The wealthy need
more money
to want to work.
The poor less
to want to work.
This is liberalism.
This is reprehensible.

(And if anyone’s in the mood for a discussion about how to translate avskyvärt in this context, let me know! I’ve tried a number of different ways of translating, not entirely happy with any of them.)

Apparently, Spotify don’t believe in collective agreements. This is terrible news. I want to know and not know at the same time.

I wouldn’t follow either of these accounts, but I do like being served the best bits.

Vlogmas

Is a beautiful thing. I’ve been watching

Holly Exley.
Lily Melrose. Especially loving Lily this month.
Katie Snooks.
Rachel Aust. She’s very. Disciplined? And has PCOS. I’m captivated. Although she seems to have quit mid-way?

Food stuff

Finally got myself some earl grey cream. There isn’t much to brag about where I live, but our tea shop is top notch! This earl grey cream is every bit as good as the fancy earl grey cream I had in Brighton.

Monthly menstrual report

I’ve researched how the menstrual cycle affects exercise. This article is quite informative if you’re interested in knowing more. Not quite what I’m looking for though; I’m looking for specific instructions on how to deal with exercise and different hormonal levels for non-athletes in combination with PCO. So ja, v. v. specific.

At the very least, I’d like to know if I can use Provera to ease some of my issues, or would it help to be back on the pill? ALSO, do I need to up my supplements? Reintroduce magnesium and vitamin D?

There are sources suggesting carb cycling as a solution (my eating disordered brain is all YESYES! DO THAT!); more/regular amount of carbs pre-ovulation, lower intake post ovulation. Which would help with water retention, which, I’m suspecting, is a major reason why, for example, the Wednesday class is a breeze pre-ovulation, and so difficult I have to cheat to get through it post ovulation.

Or maybe I should just go to a different class? Or no class? (Please say no class.)

I.e. PMS was bad this month. I guess the trade-off is the period itself hasn’t been that bad for a while. Obviously not counting the first day of the period when I decided it was a good idea to go to a class at 9 in the morning with extra focus on cardio and I just wanted to die because I had literally no energy. In hindsight, shouldn’t I have been able to guess that would be the case?? Especially since I was also completely depleted of energy the days before the period. Order is not restored magically over night just because you get your period. I should know that.