Maria Nila Cream Heat Spray. This is obviously the perfect solution if you like cream heat protection but don’t like applying with your hands. The one thing that makes me rethink repurchasing is that it is expensive. On the other hand, I’ve had less expensive heat protection (..Lee Stafford...) that may have protected the hair from heat but probably damaged the hair. At least it seemed that way. Might be worth the money.
But for now, I’m using the REF. heat protection spray because there was a super deal on it (cost me 50 SEK, normally retails for 210 SEK, and the Maria Nila spray is about 240 SEK, just for reference). And it’s cruelty free. I basically had to buy it. Or stop using hot tools. Which will happen when all of my hair falls out.
Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray. Soo. Someone whose opinion I really trust when it comes to base products said this spray was bomb (her words, not mine). As of yet, I’m not quite decided. See, the bottle is only empty because the nozzle of the spray is so bad—it’s like getting spit in the face—the product itself had to go live somewhere else. In an old NYX setting spray bottle to be exact. Still trying it out. For now, not feeling super positive.
Aloe Vera Vaseline. Gawd I love this stuff but it’s not cruelty free.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I know everyone raves about this. I don’t get it. On my skin, it’s no better than the NYX setting spray. I see no reason to buy it again. But I do hear there’s a different spray that targets oilier skin types, might be interested in that.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol. I got this as an introduction to retinol. So I’m supposed to move on to actual retinol. Not entirely sure I will anymore, but I’m definitely not buying this again because I don’t know what it did. If anything. I haven’t used it for a few weeks and I don’t really think my skin balance is any different.
Maria Åkerberg Hand Cream. WHY are organic products so disappointing?? This is one of the worst hand creams I’ve encountered in a while. It did more or less nothing for me. It barely moisturized. I prefer greasy Lush over this.
MUA Eye Define Nourish & Care Mascara. I see no reason to harp on about this mascara any more. You probably know this is my current favorite mascara. A new tube is waiting in my makeup drawer.
Lumene Matte Foundation. It is a damn shame there’s PFOS in this, I truly did enjoy it. Shade is right, sits well on my skin, excellent budget option. But PFOS, it’s a deal breaker.
Best read all year! Would marry this book. Basically, it’s a story illustrating feminism in practice. Need I say more?
Second best reads:
Hunger by Roxane Gay. What’s funny/scary about this book is that even if you’re half the size of Roxane Gay, or smaller, you can still identify. Hela Kakan by Kakan Hermansson. Oh you know, feminism and that. I kroppen min by Kristian Gidlund. First person account of what it’s like to know you’re dying. Vad ska en flicka göra? by Annika Lantz. A funny take on cancer. Raven rings by Siri Pettersen. Especially book 2 where they quote NIN. I loved that book. That Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. People don’t change, not really, but this book got me thinking and reviewing some of the things I do. Fördömd by Johanne Hildebrandt. It’s like..if Indiana Jones was a woman and lived in present day Sweden. Kinda. Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange. Pride & Prejudice from Mr Darcy’s point of view. På A svarar jag hejdå by Nina Hemmingsson. THIS:
Speaking of reading: got myself a Storytel subscription, which is what has kept me “reading” this year. If it wasn’t for audio books, I would have read pretty much nothing.
Under huden med Kakan Hermansson. Feminism + beauty, an unholy unity, according to certain feminists. And they’re not exactly wrong.
Penntricket. More feminism! Hoping for another season in the year to come. Although it is unlikely they’ll top the fourth episode about hating men. Maybe they did the right thing calling it quits?
PMS-podden! Sure, I only just started listening to it, but it is hours and hours all about PMS. Pretty much my main interest in life.
Puma ignite trainers. Best trainers I’ve had in a while. Will repurchase!
Jeans. To be clear: black and only black. (The horror that anyone would think I’d run around in blue jeans.) I’ve abandoned my dresses and skirts for jeans; did not see that one coming.
Now. If I had any sort of blogging skills, I would have prepped pics before Sweden entered into the darkness-24-hours-a-day period. This is me trying to get a shot of my newest pair, a pair of skinny high waists at noon in front of a window:
[Oh come on, there was never any point to these pics.]
Not that it helps that all my walls are dark. And the jeans are black. But still. Love these jeans, perfect length and oddly a high waist that works for me. Unheard of! I’ve thus far hated all high waisted jeans.
Not that it matters. I think we all know what black jeans look like. Absolutely love pairing them with this striped top too.
A favorite outfit; long green top, black leggings, platform sling-backs, frilly choker.
Green top with red hair, love this combo! Also works real well with the purple hair.
No7 pore minimizing primer. The more other primers I try out, the more I like the No7 pore minimizing primer. Does its job, is budget friendly, what’s not to love?
Wearing no brows.
Waiting for y’all to catch up. (KIDDING. Apparently it’s me and Manson; even Sarah Hawkinson abandoned us. Oh no wait, and Jenny Mustard. OK so maybe there’s a few of us…) I need to dig out that yellow, and those metallics. I wonder what shade that is. Is it..blue..?
Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter.
Made me quit face wipes! This stuff is not only better for the environment, but a more efficient product that is kinder to the skin.
Pixi’s Glow Mud Cleanser + Mud Mask.
The cleanser is my AM cleanser, the one I use when I don’t wear makeup. It’s kinda like washing your face with a clay mask, which might be obvious and probably seems strange but oh, I for one love this. I am abandoning my regular foaming cleansers for clay.
As for the mask, I wanted to love other mud masks, but I kept dreaming about the Glow Mud Mask. So ja…
Makeup Revolution New-trals vs neutrals.
The only palette I need! Up until now, I’ve been in a habit of adding at least one single shadow, or a quad, to whatever palette I think I can make do with. No longer the case! Not that I don’t love my other shades, I do, but this is all I need.
B. bronzer + Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (+ Superdrug hair therapy oil with argan)
Who thought I’d add bronzer to my makeup routine at this point in life? Not me, to be sure? And the concealer, it is, unfortunately, v. v. good.
No powder. Because I’m old and my skin suddenly decided it doesn’t like it. At all. Funny thing: doesn’t seem to be any shinier than usual. Or maybe I’m learning to love my natural dewiness. Here’s hoping!
Superdrug argan oil. Best hair oil I’ve tried so far. 100% in love!
Manic panic purple haze + vampire red. Makes for the perfect purple hair color. For me. But I’ll probably stick with the brown + red combo for a bit longer. Not that the straight purple was bad at all.
Me: Looks v. v. different! Camera: …except for it doesn’t tho.
Maria Nila hair spray. I’ve struggled with hair sprays. They’re never quite right. This one tho! Nice smell, good hold, does not seem to causing any hair damage, it’s a keeper!
Soft water. Even better for the hair than cold rinse. I count myself lucky to have access to stoft water, even if it’s not in my home.
Finally figured out how to make waves using the flat iron. Was v. pleased with this wee wave!
Single-handedly makes all other bands on Twitter look really bad. Or at least severely boring. This is a universal truth, right? It has nothing to do with my love of sarcasm?
YouTubers I’ve been watching religiously
Kiera Rose. Bit of vegan, bit of beauty, do you need more reasons? Sarah Hawkinson. Could watch only because she has the best red hair ever. And I like her taste in music. And she’s one of those people who cares, about a lot of things, which I guess I admire. Jamie Genevieve. If I’m being honest, mostly watching for the Scottish and sneak peeks of Glasgow, but she is wicked good at makeup. Difficult makeup. The kind that I’m just never going to do. Holly Exley. You should know I love Holly by now. Tashina Combs/Logical Harmony. Mainly watching because her site logicalharmony.net is one of my go-to resources for finding out if a brand is cruelty free or not. So ja, that’s what she does, cruelty-free beauty. Rhian Hy. Vegan cruelty-free beauty. Mostly. Cheap Lazy Vegan. Tips on being a cheap lazy vegan! Qcknd. Got sucked in by her moving vlogs. Made me feel fortunate to have been born in Sweden. Aaaand…she’s had a lengthy rant about the Cure and dyes her hair in fun colors. Thataylaa. She knows the makeup. No 1 authority when it comes to foundations I would say. Lily Melrose. These days, she mostly does fashion-related content, and some vlogs. I’m not super interested in fashion, but it’s one of those channels Leila. You should be seeing a theme here. I like the YouTubers with a conscious. Hannah Witton. Talks a lot about hormones, thus the basis of her appeal. Helen Anders. This lady, super creative, I am so impressed, and I’m not easily impressed. Also absolutely love her quirky style.
Yes. And those aren’t the only ones I watch. Explains why I’m not exactly missing subscribing to any video streaming services.
Non-YouTube moving picture bits
One more time with feeling. Might be the best music documentary ever. Because of the pace. Because it includes the music off of Skeleton Tree.
Girls. Favorite episode might still be the Matthew Rhys episode. Might be.
Vikings. I’m still disappointed that they’re not incorporating the stories Johanna Hildebrandt tell in her books, which are set in the same era, but I take what I can get.
The Mindy Project. It’s..funny?
Regin. Still upset they killed off Francis and kept Sebastian. But I do love this series.
Handmaid’s Tale. Oh it was lovely, regardless of how closely it follows the book, so well done.
What the Health. It is vegan propaganda; I like vegan propaganda, I need vegan propaganda, as do you. Just FYI.
GB vegan ice cream. Best vegan ice cream yet! Bar mebbe the sorbets at Terre à Terre.
Cool oats. I’m a big fan of the cold porridge; started out as a practical solution, turned into something I do always when having porridge.
On to my favorite categories! The categories literally no one cares about; the only end of the year lists I’m interested in and will search for on purpose: the music categories.
I mean really, I take this seriously. This is a page from my planner:
Notes on what albums were released this year and which I’ve listened to at least once.
Also, still waiting for Robyn to release that track on Girls, Honey. What is taking so long??
Like last year, I have three clear favorites:
All these countless nights by Deaf Havana. I’ve no words. I just love this record. I don’t understand how it hasn’t made Deaf Havana HUGE (..although I do appreciate that that is not the case, on a personal level), is it poor marketing??
Waiting for morning to come by Being as an Ocean. Did not expect this release to match my taste so perfectly. There is something about it that reminds me of what I used to like/listen to in the 90s, but with a touch of what I like in today’s music (let’s just call it post-hardcore). Requires absolutely no effort for me to love. I’m going to go ahead and call it underrated.
Under Your Spell by the Birthday Massacre. Did not see this one coming. I know of and listen to Birthday Massacre, but mostly random songs at random times. I’ve been listening to this album on repeat.
Note to self: just fucking stand up front. Never mind the fact that I’m too old; I’m sure no one can tell in the dark anyway.
Bullet Journal. Still doing it. Slightly less passionate about it, but I don’t seem interested in giving it up.
Regular periods. On the one hand, means I can add less hormones to the ones I’ve already got wrecking havoc in my body, and that is a good thing, on the other, come on, do we have to bleed this often, really? Aren’t we too old?
Decluttered my CDs. Not a minute too soon.
Skincare obsession. A result of my usual makeup no longer sitting well on my skin. It’s my most expensive hobby yet, which is unfortunate.
…this was a while ago now. It’s expanded and become unmanageable in the space I have available. Good thing the bathroom in my new place is bigger. Just need to be patient…and stop buying stuff.
Learned how to turn off retweets. Which still means I can’t follow Roxane Gay because when she tweets she just dominates my entire feed which is a problem. Might I suggest a different medium? Blog? I’d follow!
Body pump. May it be forever this time. Or at least lifting weights. Or at least until I move because bit more strength, it would come in handy when moving (yes HI I’m super practical).
Brighton in November.
Looking forward to in 2018
MOVING. Which means I also have to sell my current place which makes me sad and nervous. Am looking forward to downsizing tho! (..in theory..?)
Following the move, I can start dying my hair again.
Seeing my cycle analysis in Clue. Yes! I am overly interested in all things menstruation! It’s what happens when you start noticing just how controlled you are by your hormones. I’m trying to work out a way to work with my hormones rather than against them, which thus far has not been the case.
Hibernate? I just want to settle into my new place and enjoy being able to go to the gym at all times and wash my hair at home.
…I mean I’d like to go to Scotland. And I’d like to see NIN. But I’d also like not being broke, which is the inevitable result of moving.
Sudden and unexpected break in language review on account of my laptop running out of battery and I can’t find no way to charge it. That’s great. Will have to go to into the office later.
In the mean time, let’s do a post! Without further ado, three new things in my life:
Dayseeker. Found this little gem in one of my playlists:
Clearly a Spotify recommendation I listened to once (she said with certainty because she has last.fm and can actually check these things), put in a playlist and then forgot about.
Dayseeker is a new acquaintance for me, and clearly this is a band with skills in the album department. It’s not just this one off song that is listenable. Makes me v. v. happy!
Do give it a go, if nothing else, at least this cover of Adele’s Hello, just because metal covers of any Adele song, it is interesting. (..even if this particular cover just barely qualifies as metal.)
Although personally, if I was going to listen to one of their covers I’d pick their Thrice cover. You know when you see a track called Hurricane and you think it’s probably a 30STM cover, which isn’t bad at all, but then you click it and it turns out it Thrice? That. Feeling. It’s basically love.
Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals eye shadow palette.
I only picked it up because of the 3 for 2 on makeup deal. But oh. How I love it. It has all the shades I crave; there’s an orange one, range of pinks, the purples are well nice. I was a bit hesitant about the ones with the matallic/sparkly finish but they are actually really nice.
And it blends so beautifully with no fallout. Meets all my needs when travelling; almost a shame I have no plans to go anywhere. Almost.
Seriously. This one. My holy grail palette. Took me by complete surprise.
I’ve even used the godawful brush that came with it. Works well with the pale brown shade tho; used brush to shade (as opposed to draw on) my brows. So pleased!
New car insurance. This is probably not interesting to anyone, but let me tell you why I decided to get a brand new insurance; my insurance company doesn’t answer my emails. I flat out refuseto have an insurance company that doesn’t live in this century. One time I emailed them a question and they emailed back to tell me to call them.
Well that, and I found an insurance that was cheaper. But mostly I was furious because they don’t answer emails.
That’s a..rational behavior. Right?
Almost made the list: perfluorooctanesulfonic acid. I’ve learned something new. Or, I’m in the process of.
Apparently there is something called perfluorooctanesulfonic acid that makeup companies like to stick in all sorts of otherwise good makeup. Problem with perfluorooctanesulfonic acid is that it’s toxic and absolutely terrible for the environment; haven’t had time to really look into it yet (damn my inability to assess time needed for language review) and I’m not sure what to think. Am I going to have to make changes to my makeup? Again?