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♥ OGX Kukui Anti-frizz & Hydrating Oil.

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♥ Angels and Airwaves – The Adventure (Acoustic)

♥ Taylor Swift – …Ready for it?

♥ Digital Daggers – Devil’s Choir


 What I read in November.

Some were started in October but didn’t get finished in November. There’s a few shorter stories, but anything is worth reading if it’s good. I think my favorite must have been This Crowded Earth, it’s a very possible future.

Icewall trilogy #1: The Messenger by Douglas Niles

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Exiled in disgrace to the harsh land called the Icereach, Kerrick, a Silvanesti elf, encounters a group of barbarian villagers that is making a determined stand against the encroachment of the remnants of a powerful ogre empire that is out to seize control of the frozen world.

Icewall trilogy #2: The Golden Orb by Douglas Niles

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Towering aloof and secure, the isolated fortress offers humankind a place to survive and flourish in the barren realm of Icereach. Even the elven Messenger Kerrick Fallabrine has made a home there, living among the humans and teaching them a multitude of skills. But the ogre enemies are always near, and they have developed a powerful weapon, a destructive magic encased within a sphere of solid gold. Its existence forces the humans to confront the threat of extinction that lurks outside their walls.

When the sleeper wakes by H.G Wells

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Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep sleep that lasts two hundred years. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place, he slowly discovers he is master of the world, revered by an adoring populace who consider him their leader. Terrified, he escapes from his chamber seeking solace—only to realize that not everyone adores him, some even wish to harm him.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

The war of the worlds by H.G Wells

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With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England. These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool. The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat-Ray. These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies, and by manipulating two terrifying machines – the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine – they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable. They cause boundless destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them, and it looks as if the end of the World has come. But there is one factor which the Martians, in spite of their superior intelligence, have not reckoned on. It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination.

The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

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The Inmost Light, one of Arthur Machen’s most disturbing stories, involves a doctor’s scientific experiments into occultism, and the vampiric force instigated by his unrelenting curiosity regarding the unseen elements. A large and glorious gem-stone is the vampiric mediator; soaking up the soul of the doctor’s wife; in the place of her spirit a demonic energy too-terrible-to-believe enters, transmuting her brain into that of something “not human.” Whilst the stone is the spirit appropriator, it is the process of scientific exploration into dark waters, perhaps those considered taboo, which brings about this horrific energy exchange. Dr. Black steals his wife’s soul; his own energy is then gradually sucked by the stone too. In attempting to enter the forbidden and dark zone of the “other world” for never-before-glimpsed-knowledge, he sacrifices his most valuable attribute in this world. And the sacrifice persists..

This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch

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This Crowded Earth is a taut and compelling story about an all too possible future. Earth is overcrowded and its resources are being taxed to the limit. The government has a desperate plan, but will it work and at what price? By the author of Psycho and Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper

The Dunwich Horror by H.P Lovecraft

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The town of Dunwich, Massachusetts is thoroughly unremarkable until Wilbur Whateley is born.His “decayed” and inbred family was already unpopular due to their dabbling in the occult, and when Lavinia Whateley gives birth to a strange-looking child and refuses to say who the father was, it doesn’t improve anyone’s opinion of them. Wilbur grows incredibly fast – he begins talking at 11 months; by the time he’s three, he looks ten years old; and at four and a half, around 15. The townsfolk don’t trust him, as he gives them the creeps even more than the other Whateleys. For all that, though, they’re still willing to sell cows to the Whateley mansion; money’s money, after all, even if it is in the form of weird antique gold coins. Although for some reason, despite the truly vast amount of livestock Old Whateley buys, his herd never seems to get bigger…The household only gets more suspicious with time. The farmhouse always seems to be mysteriously under construction, with more and more windows being boarded up; the townsfolk also suspect that interior walls are being knocked out. When Wilbur is ten, Old Whateley dies, shrieking instructions to Wilbur on his deathbed; two years later, Lavinia Whateley disappears on Halloween night and is never found.Around this point, Wilbur begins to search for an unabridged copy of the Necronomicon, having learned all of what he knew from his grandfather’s library; his copy of said book is a shortened English version, which he apparently found insufficient. He discovers that nearby Miskatonic University has a complete copy, but the librarian refuses to loan it out to him. So he breaks in to steal it, only to be killed by a guard dog.And that’s when things get really weird.

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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In his “Ghostly little book,” Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world’s most adapted and imitated stories. We know Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, not only as fictional characters, but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism.

 

What did you love this month? 

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The Aqua Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Pomegranate and Glycerin in a fresh jelly texture. It hydrates to quench skin’s thirst and it rehydrates skin in just 10 minutes, leaving it replumped and silky-smooth. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks bouncy, fresher.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin feels hydrated, suppler and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage in the excess product until completely absorbed or remove excess with a cotton pad.

The initial application of this mask feels slightly cooling, maybe because I’ve stored it in the bathroom cabinet which is a cool place in general. I can feel a slight stinging to the skin, and it doesn’t feel as if it is immediately hydrating the skin but not drying it either. After the ten minutes was up, my skin hadn’t absorbed a lot of it. I was also reminded about the Garnier Moisture+ day cream that I used to use.. It kinda feels like they just put it in a sachet and are trying to pass it off as a mask because it made my skin feel the exact same way, slightly greasy and not hydrated in the way I like.

Would I buy this one again? No. I did not enjoy the day cream and I did not enjoy this mask.

The Juicy Peel Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Lemon Extract and Smoothing Active Glycolic Acid in a jelly texture that illuminates for smooth, radiant skin with a healthy glow. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks more refined, luminous, with a healthy glow.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin tone appears more radiant, smoother and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse.

I had some issues with this one at first, because in the English directions it said to leave it on for 10 minutes and in the Norwegian one it said 5 minutes, so I opted for the middle ground, 7 and a half because I couldn’t be bothered to check their website. But it was originally supposed to only be on for 5 minutes, tops.

The consistency for this mask was kind of like a lemon jelly, it was almost completely clear and had a slight lemon scent. It was fairly easy to apply, though with it being clear it wasn’t too easy to see where I had applied it or not until I layered some more on the skin. I kept it on the skin for about 7 minutes, since I couldn’t seem to figure out how long I was supposed to have it on and after five minutes it started to sting a bit. My skin didn’t turn too red though, I was expecting it to be worse after I rinsed it off.

This mask really took care of the oil on my face and made my skin feel super smooth – for a day – the day after my skin was twice as oily as normal so it felt like it had just postponed everything for a day.. So because of that, I didn’t like it too much. A temporary fix is not worth it if the aftermath is twice as bad.

Would I repurchase this? No.

The Volcano Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Volcanic rock and Clay in a self-heating clay texture that minimises the appearance of pores for pure, smooth skin. No Parabens.
Immediately: skin appears purified and looks smoother and less shiny.
Long-lasting effectiveness: pores look unclogged and seem less visible. Skin appears refreshed.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 3 minutes, then rinse.

A 3 minute mask? I didn’t really believe a mask could do anything in just three minutes. This one was for pore minimizing so I only applied it on my cheeks, my nose and my chin because I don’t really have too noticeable pores anywhere else. This mask was really, really thick and it felt as if I had found clay outside and just rubbed it on my skin. I thought it would have the same consistency as the L’Oreal clay masks but this was so much thicker.

It says to be self heating but I didn’t notice that in the short three minutes that it was on my face. It was kind of a pain to remove because it is so thick, but I could see that it had reduced my pores a little bit in that time. It also removed all traces of oil on my face but the same happened the day after as with the juicy peel mask, my skin didn’t like it and produced twice as much oil again.

I would use this again just to reduce pores for special occasions but I wouldn’t want to upset my skin this much just for nothing.

Would I repurchase this? Maybe.

 

Have you tried any of these masks? 

 

A day of self reflection

November 23, 2017 — 5 Comments

This was an interesting day. We woke up to a lot of snow here in little old Norway, as you can see in the picture below. It made me dread going out for the day because no matter how prepared the snowplow people seem to be, they can never stay on top of keeping the roads driveable. Today was no different.

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I really wanted to just stay at home and not deal with the snow but I had to go do some Self management coursework. The course is in ten parts, each focusing on different things you can improve in your work place. This includes things like time management, finding your strengths and weaknesses, figuring out what gives you the best “flow” at work (through challenging yourself and making sure you do things at your required level of difficulty) and other things that can be relevant for you. I think it’s really interesting to put things in perspective, figure out just what it is that I do and figuring how to do it better. The course is all about finding your strengths and making them better instead of focusing on what you’re not good at.

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Half way through I was treated to lunch by my work consultant and I opted for a vegan meal. I just put together an easy salad at the salad bar, and the chefs had made focaccia bread and it was so juicy and good. I definitely won’t mind having that next time I have to attend more coursework stuff.

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I feel like I learned a lot, although I’m only halfway through the course, but I’m also looking forward to doing the rest and learning more skills I can put to use in a future work situation. It is of course helpful during my work experience program too since I am in an actual workplace, I’m just paid by the state while I’m there instead of the actual employer. Either way, any chance of self reflection is a good one, don’t you think?

Have you learned anything new lately? 

Beautiful art

November 20, 2017 — 8 Comments

I recently purchased an art print from fellow blogger Alifya, and I’m so happy with it! I had been wanting to purchase one of her prints for a long time and I finally found a bit of extra money so I could treat myself to one. She used to sell digital prints that you could download and print yourself, but recently she changed so that she ships a physical print to you instead. I love this because my printer isn’t great and it doesn’t like heavier paper than standard ones. So yeah, now was the perfect time. I decided on a Christmas-y print, both because I love winter, and also because I don’t care about having a seasonal picture on my wall even during summer. I have framed the print and hung it up on my wall and it looks so good there. If you want to see what Alifya has to offer, you can check out her blog and her etsy shop. It’s definitely worth it! And she ships internationally. It took about a week for it to arrive to me here in Norway.

Also look at how cute the packaging is! It arrived in a solid, cardboard envelope and it was backed by a cardboard piece to make sure it wouldn’t bend. I love it. (This is absolutely not sponsored, I’m just sharing something I’m very happy with).

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My skin care routine changes rather frequently, and I alternate between products, I go for the ‘lazy’ option quite often and sometimes I use face masks often.. My skin doesn’t like it if I use the same products for an extended period of time so alternating between products that I know work for me is the best solution.

On lazy days I use only Micellar water, a toner and moisturizer, but on regular days I use a proper cleanser first before doing the rest of the steps, sometimes adding in time for a mask too.

Here’s everything I use currently.

Simple Micellar Water, Neutral Skin Tonic, L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating, Purifying and Exfoliating Gel Cleansers.

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Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser & Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Gel.

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask.

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I honestly spend more money on skincare than I do on make up, and it has pretty much always been that way. I really hate how oily my skin gets so I’m glad that I have skincare products to prevent and help aid that. I’ve tried to not use cleansers and all but it just feels so disgusting since I get a lot of oil on my nose, forehead and chin. So yeah, if I had to choose between make up and skincare, I would definitely choose skincare.

What would you choose if you had to pick one of the two?