5 empties

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Calm Non-Greasy Dagcrème SPF 30 by Paula’s Choice (they’ve changed the packaging since I purchased this)

Well. I mean I like it, and it makes my skin feel pretty nice and smooth, but it’s shininess galore, no matter the weather. Unlikely that I’ll repurchase this considering the other alternatives from PC.

€ 34,00 for 60 ml


The Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory

Love the smell, since I’m a sucker for sweet smelling things. However. Difficult to get if you’re in NL (unless you’re willing to pay 3 times as much to order it from Boots’ NL shop). Also, my skin wasn’t crazy about this. It seems to really dry me out, and I have to apply lotion afterwards for it not to itch like crazy (and I’m lazy, don’t want to do that). Won’t be buying this again.

£7.00 for 300 ml


Resist Anti-Aging Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum by Paula’s Choice

So, it may be just me, but between this one, and the last one in this list (at a fraction of the price), I prefer the cheap Swedish-pharmacy brand. They did about the same thing, so there’s nothing that justifies the price here. Sorry PC.

€ 39,00 for 30 ml


Resist Anti-Aging Dagcrème SPF 50 by Paula’s Choice

This one also made my face shiny just like the first one in this list, but I prefer this one. It’s “fluid” (as stated on the packaging), and it applies so much easier than the lotion ones. Plus it’s SPF 50, which is great for summer here where the sun is stronger than I’m “used to”. Will repurchase, despite the shininess.

€ 38,00 by 60 ml


Fuktserum by Kronans Apotek (they’ve changed the packaging since I purchased this)

Yay! I bought this one years back as a test, but just started using it last year for real. It completely stands up to the more expensive products I’ve tried, and I have already repurchased this now that I was in Sweden on vacation. Love it.

99 SEK for 50 ml (roughly € 10)

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week 32/ an extensive one

Music

Book/story

We drove around a lot for 4 days, and what did I make pictures of? Waterfalls and kittens, that’s what.

The kittens people! Totally adorable. They’re 8 weeks old, climb up on you and fall asleep in your lap while purring. Irresistible.

Reading list

Not a great reading week because I had literally no alone time, and feel the need to actively hang out with my family when I’m actually there. I did pick this up at Amsterdam airport, and read about a third on the way there though:

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Purchase

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I quite liked this cheap serum from Swedish Kronan pharmacy, so it was time to repurchase.

week 31/this one’s actually done in time

Food

As it’s cooled down a bit this week (like, 27-29 C rather than 37 C), we haven’t ordered food! (*pats self on back*) My favorites this week were the Korean beef wraps and the oven baked aubergine with pasta. I would show pictures, but I don’t have any. You can imagine it 😛

Music

Plans

I fly to Sweden on Saturday for a week of vacation with the family (and they’ve planned this road trip, meaning we’ll barely be “at home” at all?). Meanwhile the security people at Amsterdam airport are – as far as I understand – taking extra breaks and shit (rather than going on strike), leading to “additional delays” on top of it being the busiest period at the airport since it’s school vacations. Not stressing me out. AT. ALL.

July summary

The books:

Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Katraina Wennstam’s Flickan och skammen: En bok om samhällets syn på slampor (Eng: the girl and the shame: a book about society’s view of sluts)
Lisa Bjärbo’s Inuti huvudet är jag kul
Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, unburied, sing
Sofia Nordin’s En sekund i taget
Sofia Nordin’s Spring så fort du kan
Jay Asher’s What light

Look at me read! The last 3 and Lisa Bjärbo’s book are all YA, and this is what made this happen. So easy to read! Good story-lines, well written characters, and less than 300 pages long.

The movies:

Gar nichts! Helemaal niets! Ingen alls!

Or, I mean, I did see Back to the Future I & II, cause they were on TV on Saturday. I didn’t make it all the way through cause I got tired, but apparently they were also followed by III. Oh well.

The shows:
Orphan Black
Lucifer

We started watching Lucifer* since my friend Sandra recommended it. Oh man, it’s good! It took me like two episodes to realize that Lucifer is the same guy who played Gary in Miranda. Ooh, Miranda… I’ll have to re-watch that, don’t I.

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*edit: also! Lucifer is apparently based on (someone?) from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

week 30 / when it was just too warm

Food
We ordered food 3 times last week, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Anyone who’s willing to spend time cooking when it’s 37 degrees (C) is not my kind of person. Was it healthy food? Nope. Was it delicious? Yep. Totally worth it.

Music
Listened to this album while cooking on Saturday (yeeees, I did cook also):

Reading list
Yes people, I read books this week! Apparently the best way to get me out of a reading slump is to start with YA books. I read 4 in 3 days. Sure it helps that they were all less than 300 pages long, but it still totally counts. The list will be in the month summary coming on Wednesday, so if you really care, you can read there 😛

Insta/Twitter/YouTube
Someone pointed out that Anne Hathway (a.k.a. the adorable girl from Princess Diaries) is political on Instagram, so obviously I now follow her:

The murder of Nia Wilson- may she rest in the power and peace she was denied here- is unspeakable AND MUST NOT be met with silence.  She is not a hash tag; she was a black woman and she was murdered in cold blood by a white man. White people- including me, including you- must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS.  White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence. Given those givens, we must ask our (white)selves- how “decent” are we really?  Not in our intent, but in our actions?  In our lack of action? Peace and prayers and JUSTICE for Nia and the Wilson family xx Note: the comments for this post are closed. #blacklivesmatter #antiracist #noexcuse #sayhername #earntherighttosayhername

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Makeup/beauty
In this weather, the only relevant beauty discussion is which SPF to use (50, always 50).