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What is it?

This is the second out of the three Clay gel cleansers that L’Oreal released this year. It is orange, so you can tell it will match the orange-y brown clay mask that was good for exfoliation. This is no different, as it is an exfoliating cleanser. It contains three different clays including Moroccan lava clay, just like the other two cleansers, and red algae. It is supposed to stimulate the skin and help with circulation and whatnot.  On their webpage it says it will “exfoliate and refine rough, clogged pores”. When looking at the ingredients, it has pretty much almost identical ingredients as its mask version.

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How did it work for me?

First off, I was really put off by the color and consistency because it really looked nasty when you held it in your hand or rubbed it on your face. That is why I have no picture of it on my actual face because it’s just really, really awful to look at. Second, the exfoliation in it is a tiny bit rough. It says on the tube that it is for daily use but I honestly wouldn’t recommend that.

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I have the cleansers in rotation where I use one of them each day, so I end up exfoliating every third day and that seems to work fairly well. When I did use it every day it made my skin feel worse and it made me break out here and there because it was too much. If your skin isn’t as sensitive as mine, it could probably work a lot better. I would recommend leaving it on your face for a bit too to let the clay work its magic, or exfoliate and then use one of the other clay masks to get an even better result. I love using this in combination with the black Glow mask.

This one doesn’t have the best scent, but it’s not the worst either, I think the green one wins, or loses that competition. I would recommend this if you want to give your skin a nice exfoliation, just don’t go overboard with it as it can be a bit rough.

Have you tried this cleanser before? Or the mask? What did you think about it? 

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Rose tinted? What is that?

At Bora Aksu, Altuzarra and Simone Rocha, a wash of prettiest pink gave a rose-like flush to cheeks, eyes and lips on the catwalk. Sheer coverage, soft shades and delicate application made for an ethereal beauty which felt utterly modern yet completely wearable at once. Elsewhere pink made its comeback in the form of magenta colour-pop lips at H&M, fuchsia liner at Oscar de la Renta and softly petal-stained mouths at Temperley London. To think pink has never felt more apt.

Rose tinted, to me at least, sounds very good in theory, but it really isn’t in practice. It works well for those who are not too fair and who have a light hair color because it just adds onto the ‘innocence’ of it. For me, however, it doesn’t really work. My hair is as black as it could be, my brows are really dark although they’re kinda sparse but they are not anywhere close to being blonde. My lips are also naturally very purple, so for them to look rose tinted too I would have had to block out all color with a concealer and then added something pink on top. I used the most pink lipstick I had in the picture below and it still looks purple-ish.

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I used a dusty rose shade from a blush palette and used a fluffy brush to add it around my eyes and on my cheeks and it honestly made me look bruised or sunburned. Pink is not my shade at all so it won’t really work out no matter what I do. It was a fun look to do though, it looked a bit more intense in real life, my camera didn’t really want to pick up on the pink shade so it just looks darker than it really is. Same goes for the lip color, but I guess that’s kinda a given.

Would you want to try a look like this? Or rather, could you pull it off? I feel like it really takes a special kind of person to pull off things like this, all of the trends I have tried so far have been kinda drastic or extreme and not really for every day use, only for special occasions. If you want to check out my previous beauty trends posts you can click these links below:

Mermaid eyes | Colored brows | Graphic liner | Ombre lips | fake freckles | lipstick blush

Is there any beauty trends you have been curious about and never really tried? Let me know! I’m always looking for inspiration or new weird things to try out. I always have so much fun when doing posts like this.

What you will need for the dough:

  • 1 kg all purpose flour (you can mix flour types if you want)
  • 6 dl lukewarm water
  • 2 dl olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bag of dry yeast (Or use active yeast if you have that)

For ‘toppings’:

  • Some olive oil to drizzle on top
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Rosemary if you’re into that, I’m not.

Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 30-45 minutes.

How to do it:

Combine the water and oil at first. It will likely not mix but try to do it anyways. Then combine the dry ingredients, make sure that the yeast gets distributed evenly into the flour. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the water and oil mixture, don’t mix it too hard because you want it to be a loose dough, not a tightly kneaded one. Once they’re mixed, I’d recommend rubbing some oil between your hands before gently kneading the dough. The recipe I used said to pull the dough out and tuck it into the middle until it becomes smooth-ish. After that, leave it to rise for an hour, or until it has doubled in size. I left mine for two and a half hours, partially because I forgot about it. The bowl I used was covered by plastic and a kitchen towel, it’s just bare for the picture.

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After it has finished rising, dump it onto a baking tray, either one that is oiled up or use a baking sheet beneath it to avoid it from sticking to the tray. Gently press it down to spread it out and shape it into however you want it to look and then leave it to rise again for another half hour. I’d recommend starting to pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius at this point. After that, gently press your finger into the dough here and there, drizzle some oil, salt and whatever else you want on it and put it in the oven.

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Let it bake for 30-45 minutes, depending on how thick it is then take it out and let it rest and cool down for a while. Cut it into pieces and serve. If you don’t eat or use it all at once, you can definitely freeze it and reheat it in the oven whenever you want. It has worked really well for me, at least, because I can’t possibly finish all of this on my own.

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Have you tried making focaccia before? How did it go? 

Shuffle the music tag

December 5, 2017 — 8 Comments

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Thank you so much to Michala over at Andhonestly for nominating me! I’m usually the one to nominate her so this was a fun change hehe. Go check out her blog, it’s one of my favorites.

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
2. Shuffle your entire music library and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up
3. Mention the songs as well as the artists
4. Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and let them know

The music:

  1. Pvris – Anyone else
    I think this is probably my most favorite song from their newest album. I love the music video, with its interesting visuals and interpretive dance and just everything about it makes it my fave.
  2. Pvris – Heaven
    And then this one is probably my least favorite. I think it was because it was the one they used in youtube ads the most and it just got overexposed for me.
  3. Angels & Airwaves – Some origins of fire
    This is one of the songs I listen to the most in the mornings. It’s really chill but it also gets me a bit hyped for the day that is to come so to me it’s the perfect song for early mornings.
  4. Daughter – The end
    This song reminds me of a rather painful time of my life so it’s very bittersweet to listen to. I’m relieved the time is over but I’m still resenting everything about it so much. It’s a really good song though, definitely worth a listen if you’re into that kind of music.
  5. Highly Suspect – My name is human
    This was the first song I listened to by them, and it holds a special place in my heart. I love how they kind of just question our entire existence.
  6. Daughter – A hole in the earth
    This song talks about how one carries pain inside of them and that they wish someone could make sense of it. It speaks to me on many levels. I like it.
  7. Fall out boy – The last of the real ones
    Sooo Fall out boy used to be a massive obsession of mine for many years, starting in 2003. This is kinda different from the style they had but I feel like it suits me more in the situation I am in now. I probably wouldn’t have liked it ten years ago.
  8. Meg Myers – Motel
    One of the first songs I listened to by her and it has stayed as one of my favorites until this day.
  9. Baron Bane – How does it feel to let go
    I listened to this after a bad break up and it has stayed with me since. It really helped me to cope with everything and I don’t think I would ever remove it from my playlist.
  10. Angels & Airwaves – Anomaly
    Another song that I listen to in the morning. It’s kind of upbeat and kind of sad at the same time, it’s weird but in a very good way.
  11. Blink 182 – I miss you
    This is one of my favorite songs of all time. The music video is amazing with it’s 1920’s visuals and movie vibes and the melody is great. I know it all by heart and I can’t help but to sing along whenever it plays.
  12. Tom DeLonge – Animals
    I don’t know what to say about this one, I just love it a whole lot. I don’t know if it is concerning that Tom has earned four spots on this list so far.
  13. Echos – Silhouettes
    This was an accidental find because I was supposed to listen to their song ‘tomorrow’ but I didn’t remember what it was called at the time. I instantly fell in love with this one though.
  14. Taylor Swift – …ready for it?
    I used to love ‘look what you made me to’ until I listened to this and immediately abandoned the other one. This one is so good and I really like the music video too.
  15. Monakr – Wherever
    I found this on my release radar, or was it weekly discovery list on spotify? Good find though, I like it a whole lot!

My nominees:

  1. Halsdoll
  2. Lisa
  3. Hitherdither
  4. Grace
  5. DanniiJane

Plus Karalee and Rei but they were also nominated by Michala.

 

December goals

December 2, 2017 — 4 Comments

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Finish reading these:

Those that are crossed out were on my list for the previous month and are now finished.

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The golden orb by Douglas Niles
  • The war of the worlds by H.G Wells
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Dunwich Horror by H.P Lovecraft
  • The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen
  • This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  • The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The players of Gilean by various authors
  • The book of dragons by Edith Nesbit
  • The land that time forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The old curiousity shop by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Winterheim by Douglas Niles

 

Actually finish Christmas shopping. I’m awful at procrastinating and year after year I find myself somewhat prepared for the holidays but there’s always a present or two that I end up forgetting to purchase. It’s so annoying because I only seem to remember when there is very little time left to get it done.

Keep up with exercising. I have been exercising regularly, or well, an hour of fairly intense exercise about two times a week for the past month and I can already feel that I have more energy for things. I just hope I can switch some of my diet with lower calorie options too to help boost a possible weight loss. It will be difficult to pull off during the Christmas holidays but I will try my best. The only day I won’t restrict myself is Christmas eve.

Sending the Christmas cards I’ve written for family and blog friends. With our post office being closed for a bit and me having to buy a new car because mine had rusted to death, I’ve had to postpone sending out cards for a bit, but hopefully I will be able to do so as soon as I get my next paycheck on December 12th.

Continue my low-buy period. I have been better at not spending money on unnecessary things or too much food. My wallet is happy and so am I so it’s a good thing. It also gives me a push into using up everything I have already instead of constantly buying new things. Better for me and better for the environment.

What are your goals for December?