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 27 / a brainworm

Podcast/episode

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/1106297?programid=2071

Music

So, on Wednesday I woke with the chorus of this song – that I haven’t heard in over 10 years and don’t know the lyrics of – in my head:

Then Release Radar gave me this recommendation:

Reading list

https://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/aer.90.4.715

 

Pretty vs Functional

Where I work, they may be a lot of Dutch people (you know, since we’re in the Netherlands), but the company is American. This is noticeable in some things like our system (Oracle, not the European SAP) and the voice that greets you when calling the general phone. I swear it’s the most American sounding man possible. Anyway. We also use Apple. While I realize that’s not in itself more American than Windows, in our line of business, it seems as though not a lot of European companies use it. Because NOTHING WORKS. FedEx interface? – Go to this virtual Windows machine. TNT interface? – Go to this other Windows machine. Create export documents? – Use that first Windows interface again, but with a different browser.

As of last year, they’ve opened a window (no pun intended) for us to choose computer when we get a new one – Apple or Dell. It breaks my heart a little, because the UI of Apple has completely won me over, and I use it at home now too, but I did this:

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The last time I used a Windows machine was 2013, soooo, let’s say it’s not super smooth yet? There are also some Apple functionalities that I miss, and the stupid VPN is being a pain. But apart from that – stuff works. The computer is friggin’ ugly, but it works.

Week 22 / bye bye May

Podcast episode:
David Tennant returned to Nerdist (or, I guess, ID10t, as it’s renamed into). Listen here.

App
This is a bit irrelevant, since most of the readers of this blog are not in NL, but anyway. I love my bank’s app. It’s SO HANDY. Intuitive, forward thinking, and very very helpful. Thank you ING! (Note: I stole the picture online, cause you can’t make screenshots when the app is running.)
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Makeup/beauty:
So, I seem to have an allergic reaction to something in my skincare drawer. Suddenly happened yesterday, and I’ve narrowed it down, to either being this serum (bought at the pharmacy and for sensitive skin though, is that even possibly the culprit?) or a reaction between two of the parts I use (one of which would be this same serum). None of the other components are new. Had a nice red face yesterday though…

Mask
I should get better at using masks, but it’s a work in progress. I did use two this week: this one, my only recurring one, and this:
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It was fine. Can’t say I noticed any lasting effect, but my face did feel soothed after using it.

Personal
On Friday we signed the final papers for selling the “old” house. The buyers are the same age we were when buying it, and they seem really enthusiastic about it, so that’s very nice. We now officially only own 1 house. Phew.

Question:
Do I have the courage to sign up for lessons to learn and play an instrument? There’s a kid in our new neighborhood who’s learning to play violin, and it sounds like… there’s room for improvement. But do I dare/want to be in the same seat as an adult?

Chaos & Sentimentality

Oh man. Today was moving day (a.k.a. my SO’s birthday). We’ve been up since 6.30 and everything hurts. Everything has been moved though, so that’s great. I mean we hired movers obviously, but still! Nothing broke, and only 1 thing didn’t fit through the Dutch narrow af stairways, and has ruined my plans for the hallway you enter the house through, but I’ll live. How long will the chaos last though? I’m already so over this move, and just want everything in its goddamn place.

I’ve also been a bit sentimental about the old house, like “aawh, this is the last time I do this”. The tiny garden with it’s pretty trees by the water will be sorely missed, but one shouldn’t underestimate the joy of not having to maintain (even a small) garden. Plus we have a terrace and a roof terrace. No trees though 😦

Did I mention that everything hurts?

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(Just before the movers arrived.)

Big bucket of nope

In the 10 years since I moved to the Netherlands, I’ve been commuting to work – a minimum of 1 hour each direction the whole time. I don’t even want to count how many wasted hours that is in total, but there you go.

Now that we’re moving (and everything is set! Mortgage, house sold, all that stuff), my brain seems to be just done with this travel time. Even after a very relaxing 2 week vacation, I’m SO unmotivated in the mornings. And it’s not cause of my work, cause that’s still perfectly acceptable. Brain goes “nope”. I imagine it sounds kind of like when Lana in Archer says “nope”: