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

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.

January wrap up

Music

Have we talked about ooold neeews? Makes me forget about my lack of excitement the last time I saw Jonathan play entirely! When can I go again??

Reads

Technically, I finished Hela Kakan back in December, but surely it could be mentioned again? Loved it!

Other than that, seems reading is coming along quite slowly this month.

Wearables

Puma Ignite trainers. Been a while since I had a pair of trainers this good. Last pair I had that I was madly in love with were also a pair of Puma. Really should stick to this brand, they’re my perfect fit.

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Puma Ignite + a nice new sports bra from H&M + vest

No7 pore minimising primer. Did I tell you about accidentally opening a new No7 primer, and it turned out it wasn’t the same primer I’d been using but instead a much better one? Well I did. The fact that No7 products are too much alike, both blessing and curse.

On the screen

Emma Blackery’s video on her 20 Placebo songs. Need I explain why? 1) I do like Placebo, but we’ve lost touch lately, 2) Love it when you find material with a quite narrow target audience and you’re actually in that target audience, 3) It’s my kind of music nerdiness.

Stumbled across Hannah Witton on YouTube, love this:

Gilmore Girls got nothing on Caitlin.

Swedish Come Dine with Me (Halv åtta hos mig). It’s a sick obsession.

Food

Does anybody really want to think about food in January?

Although. I did invent a wicked pasta mushroom combo: aubergine roasted until is practically black, mushrooms, Oatley cream, mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, smoked paprika, pasta and some fresh tomatoes with that. V. v. pleased.

Miscellaneous

Cleaned up my layout. Currently using the theme Ryu; love the clean, simple + contrasty layout.

Villfarelser. On Insta/Twitter/Pinterest. Suddenly had lots of pictures like this in my Pinterest feed:

"Självinsikt" #villfarelser #självinsikt

Ett inlägg delat av VILLFARELSER™ (@villfarelser)

Turns out, it’s the creation of Villfarelser, you can follow on Insta and Twitter. The text reads I lacked self awareness. I was a wonderful human being. So in love with this. Old pics and absurd, bitter captions, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Plans for February

Winter makes me want to die. I just want to hibernate until April. OK?

Might pull myself together enough to:

1) Restart my HBO subscription so that I can watch Vikings and Girls.
2) Visit Stockholm. Not as much of a plan as I’m being forced.
3) I think I’m starting a bullet journal? Maybe? Pinterest has me brainwashed.