February has become my January. Last month people decided to use what they had, finish stuff and be all around virtuous. I was deep into the work fog, but having followed my own advice when it come to Christmas presents and such, I actually had money on the account when I got paid at the end of the month. Also; being busy means not spending money on expensive things. And oddly enough it continues. Without even trying I have actually drunk all the tea I had. Like even the weird green tea that has been laying in the back of the cupboard for a long time. I’ve used up all the cinnamon. I am running low on notebooks, perfume and beauty products. According to my sources the Chinese new year starts this weekend, and I will be entering the year of the dog with very little. Not exactly a clean slate but a nicw efoundation for a new beginning (I repeat; I have run out of tea and notebooks! How is this even possible?).
So let’s go through the used up products in the beauty department, shall we? Very few surprises. And a reminder; I am not a skin care/beauty blogger but I have skin and I care about it. Take my advice for what it is.
- L’Oréal Pure clay glow mask. I got this as a birthday present so I have no idea how much it costs, but it is L’oréal so I’m assuming it doesn’t break the bank. I have used a clay mask or two in my day and I really liked the one, smells nice, gets the job done I think. Easy to use, easy to wash off. I mostly use it in my T-zone so it has lasted longer than the 10 applications that it said it was supposed to last for on the box. Had it not been for the fact that I am on a mission to be more sustainable I would have bought this again.
- Maria Åkerberg Papaya Enzyme peel. I have found that this is a bit too much for me in the end. I need a gentler exfoliation that I can use more often. Not gonna repurchase but that’s because of my skin, not the product.
- Book by Commodity. This scent is nice, and smells a bit like figs to me no matter what anyone else says, but it is a bit too heavy and only worked on the coldest days of winter. I won’t repurchase and given how hard it is to get by I probably couldn’t if I wanted to (and I rarely repurchase perfumes anyways. Same kind of scent absolutely, but rarely the exact one).
- Maria Nila volume shampoo. This is like the third or fourth, but not the last, bottle I go through. I have in fact already started on another bottle that I bought the other day.
- Bioderma Micellar water. My beloved Bioderma. I love this as a first cleanse, and some mornings I use it too. I’m trying another micellar water right now (one that is organic) and if that doesn’t work out I don’t know what to do.
- Apoliva cleansing foam. I’ve mentioned this before and I stand by my opinion. This is way too stripping and my skin feels taut afterwards. It says for sensitive skin on the bottle but that should be taken with a grain of salt. I’ve used it on my body.
- Apoteket extra care body lotion. Winter hasn’t ended yet, but I have run out of body lotion. This is lightweight enough for me in that it absorbed quickly and I’ve used it every day and have thus avoided dry spots and itchy skin pretty well this winter.
A little bonus: The cire Trudon candle I got for Christmas, that was last years limited edition (on sale) has been wonderful. Good quality, no tunneling and a truly wonderful scent. Not available anymore but I guess part of the joy of Christmas candles is the limited editions and the holiday extravaganza that they bring. If it wasn’t so damn expensive here I might buy some of their other candles to have during the rest of the year, I have had them before (they are more expensive here than in Paris amongst other things).