Goodbye February!

Music

I think it’s fair to say I’ve been listening quite a bit to Deaf Havana. Specifically the 2017 release All These Countless Nights. And all because of a t-shirt. Don’t underestimate the power of a band tee. Apparently.

Here’s a taste:

Also, obsessed with this Casey video:

His hands. It’s hypnotizing.

Reads

Kristian Gidlund + Annika Lantz – loved both!

In general, concerned about how little I’ve been reading lately. I need to reprioritize my time.

Wearables

No more more knits. I beg of you! Cannot stand it. But I also cannot stand being cold. Dilemma!

No more eyebrows. I did mention how I’ve just given up on brows, didn’t I?

More shoes! Remember these ones?

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These are not shoes made for Swedish winter. Yet, the only thing I’ve been wearing since it started snowing. (I.e. January.) I haven’t loved a pair of shoes this much since early 2000 when I had a pair of knee-high 10 cm platform boots with embroidered dragons (yes, I’m sure you’re jealous now).

I’ve considered getting a second pair as a back up. Can’t quite justify it tho. Was tun!? Bought a different version of the same shoe instead. Also on sale, 45% off, mine for a mere 550 SEK, which is a find I will tell you.

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In other words…still working on becoming a more mindful shopper.

Favorite eyeshadow combo: yellow and purple. Lovely matte yellow shade from H&M and purples from the Sleek Vintage Romance palette.

On the screen

The Mindy Project. I was going to start watching the new season of Vikings, but ended up binging Mindy, which I’d completely missed for unknown reasons. Obviously I love it.

Vikings. Yes I did get my HBO subscription back. Aaand..is it just me or is the second half of season 4 just, not very good?

Girls! Do I have to expand? And the third episode; one of the best episodes of all the episodes ever. In my opinion.

There’s also a podcast, funded and produced by Swedish radio, about each of the episode of Girls, which is money well spent. I mean really, if there is one thing I want my taxes to go to it’s this.

True Blood. It’s as if I’m trying to catch up on TV shows in general. Yea, yea they’re old, but I haven’t been watching anything except for YouTube for quite a while now.

Food

I just keep thinking about how much I love vegan food. Like a lot. It’s exactly like this:

Glad alla hjärtans dag önskar vi på Vegokoll 💚 #vegan #vegokoll #vego #djurensrätt #inspiration

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However. Have to start buying my veggies according to season. Had a bad aubergine experience.

Miscellaneous

Architects went on a short tour. Which is fun for all, whether or not you’re attending a show. They sure brighten up my Twitter and Insta feeds.

I need more sarcasm in my feeds. Already looking forward to their North American tour. Not that I’m going. I’ll be right here. Hoping for a Swedish date soonish. It’s looking bleak tho, innit?

Tried a core class for the first time. It was hard. Spent most of the class thinking “GAWD, ISN’T IT OVER YET?!”. Unfortunately not unexpected. Unfortunately because I need it, so I’ll have to go again. And again. And again. Until it gets easy.

Signed a piece of paper saying I’m buying a new flat next year. Yea. It just seemed to make sense. I can’t keep holding on to an apartment just because I am in love with the kitchen. Or the wallpaper in my bedroom. As much as I hate it, I have to realize the location isn’t exactly ideal anymore. Not sure I won’t live to regret it.

Plans for March

Spend time with kitties! Fucking best plan I’ve had in a while. I miss having a cat soso much.

Also maybe take Provera. Because this has to be PMS. I can’t take it anymore. How do people even live with regular periods??

December favorites

Music

Let’s have a peek at what last.fm says.

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Good thing I have last.fm. Not only for the scrobbling, but because at least I can get my end of year listening stats as Spotify completely failed this year. Not sending out the email because you’ve selected no newsletters or some shit? Well I hadn’t selected no newsletters; you still send me irrelevant emails, and I still didn’t get my stats.

I’m an insanely frequent user + been with you since you needed an invite to use. I’m insulted.

That being said. I’m clearly stuck in some sort of a rut. It is questionable whether I am aware that there are many records and many songs in this world.

Reads

Odinsbarn. I think we’ve established I enjoyed it.

Wearables

New parka. Has -the best- pockets. This is a feature that should not be underestimated!

I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of my Sleek Vintage Romance palette. Obvious; it is the season of metallics and glitter.

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On the screen

Vlogmas is better still than Vlogtober. All of my faves providing daily vlogs, love it! Difficult to pick a fave, so I’m going with a non-vlogmas episode, because this look ♥♥♥

And, finally! Been looking for this literally months:

Starting to wonder if I’m ever going to kick this nasty Architects habit.

Food

All things saffron! But saffron granola + saffron scones were my faves.

Miscellaneous

Car. I has it, it is good….most of the time.

The gym. The 16.30 workouts on Monday and Thursday were my faves. Unfortunately they are no more; as we’re approaching Christmas there’s a temporary Christmas schedule and then we move on to a new schedule. Fingers crossed someone is adding Throne to their class!

Lush hair treatments. I’d forgotten how good Lush hair treatments are. Love it that you put them in dry hair BEFORE shower. This makes life infinitely easier.

Amity + Northlane at Fryshuset, obviously.

I need Northlane to do a headliner tour around these parts. (I use the term these parts loosely; UK would work, Germany ditto, maybe France, but that’s as far as I’ll go.)

Plans for January

  1. Get a head start on my reading.
  2. Get new gym membership.
  3. Change blog layout. It’s definitely time.

xo,

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October blog challenge part 2 of 5

Time for part 2 of the October blog challenge! You’ll find part 1 here.

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EIGHT. Top 5 movies

I’m not big on movies, but these are some of the movies I’ve watched repeatedly:

  1. Pride & Prejudice. Yes the Keira Knightley version. LOVE it.tumblr_mfgsuk84aj1rca6fpo1_400
  2. 10 Things I hate about you. Requires no further explanation.giphy
  3. One Day. Because I love an unhappy ending. Bonus points for Edinburgh.one day.gif
  4. Catching Fire. It just speaks to me more than any of the other parts of the story. Could be because of Jenna and her ax. Or just Jenna, ax or no ax.tumblr_mwqylpifiv1rdz3y0o7_250
  5. Becoming Jane. Because Austen?tumblr_mw42zdhcgy1sgz6hmo1_250

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NINE. 5 things you’ve learned this year

  1. To not wash my hair. Every. Single. Day.
  2. To not straighten my hair. Every. Single. Day.
  3. There are other places in the UK you could well visit. Even if nothing is quite like Glasgow.
  4. Intuitive can and should be added to; sleep, food, workout, reading.
  5. I’ve wasted YEARS not using colored eyeshadow. I ♥ colored eyeshadow.

Let’s also throw a What I wish I would learn already in there: WHEN eyes are just weeping, weeping, weeping, as they sometimes do, don’t even try to put eye makeup on. Just let it go. And remember to stare less at screens. JFC.

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TEN. Makeup of the day

Or at least makeup of a day.

You know how I love my oranges. This is, as of Friday, officially my go-to look; mix some of the orange shades I have in my possession, no eyeliner, H&M Maximalist mascara, the rest sort of varies, but this day I went with brows (pomade + shadow) and the IsaDora lip pen in Bohemian, and NYX taupe blush.

Most of the week was just a struggle on account of too much language reviewing making my eyes just weep off whatever I put on. FUN.

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ELEVEN. Weekend highlights

On a Tuesday…? You know what, I’m going to save this one for next weekend when I’m actually doing something, other than what I usually do. Don’t get me wrong, I love my weekends, but there aren’t exactly anything going on that could be described as highlights.

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TWELVE. Top 5 beauty products

I’m going to focus on makeup, because…well I love makeup don’t I?

  1. H&M mono eyeshadows. Dirt cheap, excellent color range, and pigmentation is ace, what more can you ask for?
  2. H&M mascara. New fave is the Maximalist mascara. Gives you a messy look and it works for people with sensitive eyes.
  3. Sleek highlighter quad Solstice. I love my Makeup Revolution highlighters, but this, well it’s just better still, innit?
  4. NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies. Which always leads me to think of And the sky was cherry black. Anyone else? No?
  5. Makeup Store black/brown mono shadow I’ve had much, much longer than you should keep makeup. It’s brilliant as eyeliner sub tho. Sure it’ll last me a lifetime.

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THIRTEEN. Places you want to travel

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  1. Glasgow.

I’ll stretch as far as places that present no difficulty traveling to and where bands play that I want to see. But mostly, I just want to go to Glasgow. Oh I’ll explain this to you. Eventually. And when I do, I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s really no point in going anywhere else ever. Promise.

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FOURTEEN. Tips for a new blogger

Oh who am I and what do I know really? But I guess the following are a few tips:

  1. Try to write as if you’re writing to someone. If you can have a specific someone in mind, all the better. (Keep having to remind myself of this.)
  2. Don’t change the standard layout too much unless you’re really good at web design. You’ll just end up with a mess of a layout, all cluttered and not reader-friendly. You don’t need that.
  3. Don’t center the text of your posts. We don’t do that because it decreases readability.
  4. Purely selfish tip: don’t focus on one thing only. (I prefer blogs with a mixed content.)
  5. Write/blog because you think the act in itself is FUN, not because you feel you owe it to someone (your readers, z.B.). If you’re struggling to find the time it means you’ve got other priorities and that’s OK too.
  6. Don’t update as often as I do. It’s fun for no one (except yourself).

xo,

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End of week; Summary

This week I’ve been loving

» Salvation by Editors
» Broken Lungs by Thrice
» That we’re closer still to the end of October, counting down the days!
» The Sleek highlighter palette Solstice, I mean just look at its shiny self:

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» Vlogtober! You just wish some people would do vlogs on a regular basis. E.g. Leila Buffery.
» Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, JFC I am so happy I abandoned The Queen of the Damned to start on this. Was putting it off because I was afraid it wouldn’t read well; but I was madly in love by the end of the prologue. We’re going to have to get back to this wonderful read at a later time.
» This outfit

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Appropriate work attire; CHECK! PS. Loving this jumper from H&M despite the fact that it smells so strongly of chemicals that I’m no convinced I will get cancer. Or at least terrible allergies. This is after washing. Few more washes will surely solve this problem..?
» Crudo; best glass of wine I’ve had since discovering Fumées Blanches. This one, it’s not even my fave Sauvignon Blanc, and I bought it purely because there’s an octopus on it. Octopus! (Did I mention poor impulse control?) It is so good, soo citrusy and nice.

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And on that note.

xo,

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Weekly wrap up; Birthday week

Like the introvert I am I don’t particularly like to mention my birthday at all. Might draw attention to myself. The. Horror. 

In this context though, I feel it needs to be mentioned. Because I set out to have just a little bit of a decadent week. So you know, I did this on purpose.

I started by ignoring my reading challenge and reread 2 of my favorite booksBlixa Bargeld’s Europa kreuzweise and Tiffanie DeBartolo’s How to kill a rockstar. The latter is one ridiculous novel, and from a feminist POV it’s… well garbage is probably an appropriate word, if you want to be nice you’d say it’s problematic, regardless I do love it.

Bargeld’s book always makes me want to have a glass of wine, a glass of wine, a glass of wine. So I did. Have wine. Many glasses.

And apparently, there shall be more wine. Because sis gave me my fave type wine glasses.

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Watched the No more shall we part recording session documentary for the 5784th time. The Blixa again, main reason to watch this. His dancing, his pin stripe suit + fuchsia tie, his throwing a fit when The guitar is not in my headphones.

Then I bought lots of makeup I don’t need. A matte Sleek palette + the ever so popular Sleek highlighter palette Solstice, as well as two NYX Lingerie; Beauty Mark + Corset. Having tried it all out, I was very happy with my purchases.

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Provided me with a new fave combo makeup; the shade Orbit from the Sleek eyeshadow palette + the NYX Lingerie in Corset. Fave makeup of the week easy.

While at H&M, I just couldn’t resist buying even more makeup. Necessity doubtful: one H&M yellow matte eyeshadow and 2 H&M mascaras. I ♥ H&M as Blixa would say. In Europa kreuzweise. If he liked H&M at all. I’m suspecting no. PS. mascaras work for ppl with sensitive eyes + if you want to buy CF. Just saying.

If I bought clothes while at H&M? Do you have to ask? 3 tops + 1 long cardi, and then also 1 pair of low-waist jeans from Monki (please come back in style, this high-waist shit does not work well for me); which is practically H&M if we’re being honest. No shorts tho, boo. I really wanted more shorts. Wanted; not needed.

On Wednesday, instead of a workout and dinner, I had a few pieces of liquorice + big glass of wine → early bed. Zero fucks given. And I’m sure the best way to treat a migraine.

Treated myself to some straightened and volumized (is that a thing?) hair. I’ve missed my hot tools. I ♥ hot tools.

9 o’clock workout on Saturday morning. Might sound awful but it is my fave. I’d do it every week if I lived in the same city as this gym. Bonus: they played My Chem at the workout. Finally! A track that makes sense.

I ordered books; part 2 in Carol Goodman’s Blythewood series, Johanne Hildebrandt’s EstridLiv Strömqvist’s Uppgång & fall – in addition to which I was gifted 4 books.

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Yesss. That might just be the final nail in the coffin for my reading challenge. I’ve got all these books to read! I ain’t got time for no challenge. I’ll see if I can be creative, but if no, then the challenge has got to go.

Soundtrack of the week:

New discovery via the Spotify Discover weekly; track that convinced me: Salvation. Really, my soundtrack should have been vi är så nära nu, det är så långt kvar; i.e. Den brända jorden by Jonathan Johansson. Because that’s what it feels like. This month cannot end soon enough.

 

xo,

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What’s in my makeup bag; Work edition

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On a daily basis, I bring the following to work:

  1. 1 hand mirror; learned the use of these as late as back in May when I was caught out in lots of rain. Verdammt! Won’t catch me leaving the house without a mirror no more.
  2. 1 kabuki brush + a NYX finishing powder. I had a Real Techniques travel brush and a BareMinerals loose powder that basically lived in my handbag, but they’ve gone missing. These will do for now.
  3. The darkest brown Makeup Store eye shadow + travel size Real Techniques brush. Instead of eyeliner under bottom lashes, to touch up.
  4. 2 eyeliners, 1 Lumene (wing) + 1 Soap & Glory Supercat (lid). The idea is that because I go to work so early in the morning, cat eye is applied at work. So far that has not happened. But you know, just in case I’m ever in the mood/severely bored.
  5. 1 purple eyeliner; for touch ups on days I wear purple eye shadow.
  6. 1 Sleek eyebrow pen; just in case brows start to slip. ..it could happen..?
  7. 3 hair clips. To get hair out of face if I’ve made some sort of misjudgment. V.v. important.
  8. A couple of painkillers; never know when you might need them. I’ve got a pair in all sorts of places.
  9. Most importantly: 1 lip primer and whatever lipstick I’m wearing that day. This day I was wearing my fave NYX matte in Minx.

 

What products are your absolute essentials?

xo,

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August wish list; beauty edition

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I have many bad habits. One of which is getting most of my makeup and beauty products from Superdrug and Boots. Not because it’s a bad thing to get your makeup and beauty products from a drugstore, heavens no! I’m a big supporter of budget beauty in general; the reason is simply there is no Superdrug and no Boots where I live. They’re in a different country altogether. So kinda inconvenient.

Not sure how this happened, it’s not as if we don’t have drugstores in Sweden. It’s not as if there is no good makeup in all of Sweden. I’m sure there is. At least there is some at H&M?

Maybe it’s just the old the more difficult to obtain, the greater the appeal.

Either way, THANK GOD I’m going to the UK this month; I’m running low on many of my essentials. God; a.k.a. sister, because she suggested this trip.

On my Superdrug wish list:

Makeup Revolution. I’ve had a single MUR eyeshadow for ages that is my all-time fave brown shade: Dirty Cash, and since their Radiance highlighter palette is just all sorts of brilliant, I want to get a few more bits.

makeup revolution mattes— Flawless matte ultra eyeshadows. Need a good matte eyeshadow palette; this one seems to cover your basic needs.

— Highlighter. A highlighter to just throw in my bag, as of yet undecided which, I’m open to suggestions.

 

Sleek. Sleek alongside GOSH have been my two favorite brands at Superdrug since forever. Fortunately they’re both cruelty-free, i.e. I can keep buying their products. This time, I’ve only got 2 Sleek products on my list, which leaves room for some spontaneous purchases. On my list:

— Ink pot + Sunset palette. Heard such good things about the ink pot, and the Sleek palettes; I just love the lot of them. The Sunset one is on the top of the list, but I may well get one more.

And a single product from GOSH:

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Fudge. Loved the Frizz Smoother I got back in May, so I’m getting a back-up.

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COLAB dry shampoo. Lily Melrose has been raving about their dry shampoo, and being easily swayed, I need to try it out.

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Superdrug‘s own brand. Some basics:

— Cleansing Facial Wipes for combination skin. Best wipes I’ve tried yet! And I’ve tried a few, none compare. Also the only way I’ll get my makeup off at night, because I’m just that lazy. I know wipes are bad for you, but so is sleeping in your makeup.

— Facial wash – same applies here, nothing compares. I’ve been using the Body Shop Foaming Cleanser and its OK; the Superdrug one just works better with my skin.

— Hand cream. There is not enough talk about hand creams. Since trying to buy cruelty-free only, I’m still looking for a hand cream that will last through one wash and is not greasy. I’ve used the red version of this in the past, while it’s not at all bad (for not being Eucerin), the smell isn’t great, is it?

— Shower gel. Erm. It’s hardly a necessity, I just really like the scents available. I think I can treat myself to a shower gel.

 

On my Boots wish list:

NYX. Yes there’s NYX at H&M these days, but hardly the selection available at Boots.

— Liquid Suede in Alien. I thought I was done with black lipstick, but I must have been staring at Manson too much lately, I need this black lipstick. This is is at the very top of my wish list.

— Lip cream in Transylvania. Just when I decide I need this shade it’s all sold out , hoping I’ll find it in the UK.

— Eye primer. My Lumene primer has been disappoint of late, I need to try something different.

— Setting spray. I need a back-up.

Natural collection. I keep hearing good things about the mascara, and I did try to get it back in May when I was in Brighton, but there were none. So I’m hoping I’ll find it this time.

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No7. Now this brand feels like it caters to my age group (old people, obvs). These are some of my faves I’ll be repurchasing:

Soap & Glory. Obviously getting the Supercat eyeliner; this time the fat version. Because who am I kidding, I like it thick.

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Am I forgetting something?

xo,

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Trust me; An Ursula inspired look

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I was wearing this tee the other day, which got me thinking about Ursula. You know, from The Little Mermaid? I friggin love Ursula. And hey, don’t all these ladies have some pretty wicked makeup going on?

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Obviously, having a lot of spare time on my hands, I decided to pay homage to Ursula by creating an Ursula inspired look. Besides, I have a MUA palette that I swear was made for this very purpose.

I basically pulled out the majority of my arsenal, but the most important products used were without a single doubt the following:

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Sleek i-Divine Vintage Romance // H&M Dover // MUA Poptastic // IsaDora Ruby Gem // Eyellure brow pencil in really fucking dark

Now. The idea is not to copy Ursula; what I was going for was a look that was a combination of how I generally do my makeup and what she wears, making it a wearable look. For me. Except for the fact that I would never go out wearing that much blue eyeshadow, especially not together with a bright red lipstick.

I also wanted the challenge of using what I already had rather than going out buying something new that would be closer to what she wears; e.g. a more orange red lipstick and fake lashes.

What I did differently from what I usually do was layered several of the blue shades and really tried to work the shadow further towards the brow than I usually do, closest to the brow there’s a silver shade from the Sleek palette, blended with a dark blue and then the blues from the MUA to enhance the blue in particular on the lid. The blue is also drawn out to the sides the full length of the eyebrow. I filled in the brows taking extra care to give them a sharp angle.

Finished look:

That blue. It is not bad. Will have to wear it again. But I think I’ll pair if with a less colorful lip color. Imagine it with a black lip. That would work for me.

Also, is it just me or does this really read more PJ Harvey in the 90s? Not that I mind. Just saying.

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Actually, there’s a color exactly the shade she’s wearing in the MUA palette. I think I know what I’ll be doing next.

xo,

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Applying the lipstick 

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Sometimes I worry that I apply lipstick as if I’m Marilyn Manson.

You know, like this:

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I’m not sure why I worry; one can only hope to be this handsome.

Also. Not even when wearing the NYX Stone Fox does my application look like Manson’s. I mean, clearly:

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Will stop worrying now.

BTW: Just realized the Sleek Vintage Romance palette and the NYX Stone Fox are a match made in heaven. Just a tip. In case you like me was wondering just what the hell this shade goes with. Sleek Vintage Romance. Any color in that palette. My top pick right now tho: Forever in Florence (purple) + Romance in Rome (blue) and a dash of the H&M let it shine in the inner corners.

Lots of love,