Friday, 16 January 2015

Radio silence

Yea, it's pretty much all there in the title.
Seems I underestimated how busy I will be until I leave early February. I have a lot of stuff to take care of before that and it's quite a bother.


I absolutely blog for fun, because like it and use it as my own tool to not fall into a rut with my hair. That other people find it inspiring too is just a bonus. A very nice one that I appreciate the hell out of, but still a bonus.

But as things are right now, it just makes me stressed to try to keep up with my blog as well.
And come early February, my opportunities to blog will be very different.


So, I think I will have to put my blog on temporary hold for my own sanity's sake.


Monday, 12 January 2015

Fail?

I was so not awake this morning when I put my hair up.
So totally not awake.
I did something wrong with my Chinese bun, I guess I didn't do the sides completely symmetrically, but took turns with the wraps?
Even though it was a fail, I think maybe I could make something of it: The "wrap" adds a certain quality to it, so maybe if I did it on purpose...?


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Opportunities

I have been given the opportunity to get stationed (For the lack of better word!) at an awesome workplace again. I absolutely loved it there the last time and it looked so awesome on my CV!
I’m 99% sure I will accept it.

Pros
  • Free gym (and a good one!), literally a stones throw from my living quarters
  • Good options for doing some yoga in the evening
  • It was surprisingly easy work compared to how difficult it’s regarded to be. Of course I will be in a different department this time should I accept, so it might live up to its reputation there
  • Living quarters are a stones throw the other direction from my living quarters
  • Looks good on my CV
  • Nice little village a bit away
  • Will give me plenty of time to work on other projects


Not really a pro or a con, but still funny: My family has strong ties to the area. The local museum basically has a wing about my great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather and their family business.
I’m thinking I will go visit them and ask if I can help dig up some stuff from my late grandfather that will make the exhibits a little more fun for visitors.

Cons
  • I can’t bring Hubby with me, so we will probably only see each other every other weekend or even less
  • It’s 20 weeks this time
  • The #%&@ signal issue


Seriously, the signal issue is a huge pain in the ass. The living quarters don’t have wired connections and the last time I was there, I couldn’t keep my wireless internet going at all. To make a phone call I can to stand in one specific corner of the top floor or the call would be dropped.
Either that or go in one of the office buildings and use one of the cabled connections.
Nothing wireless works there.

Despite the cons, I can see myself having a good stay there:
  • I would go home for an extended weekend every other week or so.
  • I would be closer to work #2 from the location than from home, so I could put more time and effort into it.
  • I could put in some serious me-time: Get a good routine going with proper bedtime, gym, healthy eating, fresh air and putting an effort into my skin and hair.


It would be like a project healthy hair 2012.

My routine would be something like:
  • Getting up, getting dressed. Glass of water with supplements.
  • Drinking my morning coffee and having a drinking-yoghurt at the morning meeting.
  • Work. Having a sports bottle with water at my table. Try to empty it during the day.
  • Healthy lunch consisting of salad. Supplements.
  • Work. Having a sports bottle with water at my table.
  • Going to the gym.
  • Protein shake or protein drink.
  • Post gym shower. Wash hair/deep condition hair.
  • Doing the Korean skincare routine if I’m just going to be in my quarters for the rest of the evening.
  • Work #2 from my own desk, studying or working on stuff I want to write for the blog.
  • Going to bed at a decent hour and getting plenty of sleep


It would actually be really good for me. Hmm.

I probably wouldn’t be able to actually blog a lot, but I could gather up some good material for it. 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Pro You Scalp Nutrition Calming Moisture Fluid

So I took a hint from my own last blog post and went digging in the hair stuff closet. I had this bottle stuffed in the back and had totally forgotten about it.


It’s a sort of moisturiser for the scalp I guess.
Smells absolutely delightful: Like slightly spicy, but still fresh and delicious green apples. Yummy!
It has a very thin and runny consistency.
There’s an ingredient list in English on the front of the label, but it’s kind of hard to read. A huge list of botanical extracts in this one!

I considered typing it out, but, uh, it’s not like I can tell the significance of it containing liquorish root extracts anyways… If anyone is really interested in seeing the ingredient list and find it actually useful, I will type it up, but the information isn’t really useful for me.

I found this on the brands website:


I tried it on my scalp and it was actually very nice and calming on my winter dry and slightly cranky scalp.
It left some greasy residue at my roots, but the skin itself absorbed it.
So I’m thinking this might be a good idea to use the day before wash day?
Massage some of this in, leave it on overnight and wash it out the next day?

Hmm. 

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Memebox Global # 18

I ordered this quite a long time ago, but it's the last in a very, very long line of boxes coming my way. I have stuck with the themed boxes so far and this is the only "random" (global) box for me yet. 
This box just seemed to cement that I don't need any more boxes. I just have too much Meme-stuff.


Left to right

  • Purederm Shower Jelly in Cooling Mint

In the description, Memebox goes out of their way to write about how awesome and trendy jelly-textured products are. It makes me think this thing might show up in the next OMG box. That would be right up their ally.
I don't understand the point of a cooling shower product though. I mean, even in the hottest of climate and summer, I still want a warm shower. Is that just me?
It comes with some little bubbling net thingie.

  • Dr. MJ Bee Tox Control Cream

Another cream. I have re-used my old Memebox boxes to store products that I will use as a later time (They are very good for storage! Looks cute in the closet too!) and by now I already have a box completely stuffed full with facial creams. No eyecreams, no essences, no serums, nothing that needs rinsing off, no creams designed for the body: Just plain last-step-of-the-skincare facial creams.
There is no way yet another cream can excite me.
I don't get why Memebox doesn't aim for a more even distributing of product types. It seems like all boxes comes with at least one facial cream, but stuff like essences and especially toners are rare.

  • echoice Hand Therapy in Cherry blossom

It's another nice and delightfully scented hand cream. I have two in storage waiting for me to use up the one in my shoulder bag and the one on my work desk already, so, yea. Memebox overload even for a cute product I would otherwise look forward to.


Left to right

  • Puresmile Animal Point Pad in Guava

I know some bloggers dislike Puresmile, but I don't mind them. Another little sheet mask thing. I can always use those.

  • Derma Lift Derma Lift Intensiderm Aqua Rich Cream

Something about these 3 little products rubbed me the wrong way right away. And sure enough: On the back of them it says "Free sample- Not for sale".
Honestly?
What the [beep!], Memebox?
They try to pass of 3 [beep]ing samples as 3 real, actual products?
And they have the balls to write "Full size product: 50 ml ($ 42)" on the pamphlet?



  • Touch by Lee Kyung Min Extreme Shield Master

This left me mildly confused: I'ts a $ 46 ampoule-essence in a little pen thing for dabbing on dry spots on the face. Uhh. Yea, okay. I stuck it in my shoulder bag and figured I could maybe use it as a cuticle treatment or something.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sally’s Box Friendly Argan Hair Mask

What a name, huh? 

Unlike the Glam Up Brilliant Steam Hair Pack (Here and here), which only contained the wrap itself with some conditioner smeared on the inside, this has a separate packet of conditioner.
Only like 30 ml or so, but still. Little more hair-friendly in my opinion.
Taking a lesson from before, I wrapped my hair up in some extra conditioner and slipped the cap on.


It didn’t hold as well as my clingwrap and my “Gibson girl” type bun with the conditioner started to slip after a while.

Oh well. I really should try to get to the bottom of my “Hair stuff” closet: Use what I can and get rid of the rest.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Benton value set


This was a value set that Memebox had up for a special offer. Shipping was free and everything!
Unfortunately Memebox has been a little too fast lately with removing sold out boxes from their website, so I can’t link to it.
It contains 10 sheet masks, a cream and an essence.

I picked it because I received the cream in a box once and it was perhaps the most moisturising product I’ve ever tried. I was too heavy for my face, but on my dry shins it kept the skin soft and moisturised until I showered the next day.


In addition to free shipping and generally being a good deal, it was supposed to come with a free, random item. Some bloggers received full sized, awesome items.

Me? I got a one-use skin exfoliator. Meh. 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 in hindsight: Everything else

Best reads
Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro 2033 and Metro 2034. Sure, they have their problems at times, but overall, it’s the most fascinating world in any book I have encountered for a very long time.
The pacing is pretty uneven and the author could really use being introduced of the principle of Chekhov's gun, but still: This is one of he best reads ever for me.

Worst reads
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain trilogy. I like Guillermo del Toro’s movies. Especially Pan’s Labyrinth was awesome. You would think this sort of pedigree in a book would produce something awesome too, but no. This was just plain bad.
First of all, it stinks of American author with boring, lengthy and completely pointless descriptions of the characters actions and pasts. [Bleep] that. I don’t need to have my characters motivation served on a silver platter like that: I want to be able to decipher them through their current thoughts and actions. This is such an American author thing and I think it should be banned. Ugh.
Second of all, it tries to bring a legitimate medical and scientific approach to explain the supernatural vampire-thing. And it fails so hard that it hurts.
Yea, this was so bad I only got through the first half of the first book. Unfortunately we bought the trilogy. Total waste of money.

Best TV
Metalocalypse. I randomly watched an episode and was instantly hooked just a minute in. It pretty much managed to become my favourite show ever after just a few episodes. This show is absolutely hilarious, weird, entertaining and the music is so awesome.
This show deserves more love!

Worst TV
The Lone Gunmen. Hubby got me the series on DVD for last Christmas and I’ve been slowly chewing my way through them. I was so excited when I first got it, especially when Hubby told me how difficult it had been to get a copy. He couldn’t even get a version with European-friendly subtitles!
You have to admit it smells a bit funny how they “predicted” 9/11 and then the show was cancelled, right?
Yea. No. The show is just plain bad. Bad writing, uninteresting stories, the most irritating and stereotypical bad girl/Mary Sue in TV history, the most irritating and stereotypical stupid blonde guy sidekick in TV history… Bleh.

Best music
Dethklok! The fictional band from Metalocalypse. Bought all the albums and love them.

Worst music
Ugh, so much bad music clogging up the airwaves this year. Luckily I haven’t bought any albums I’ve ended up disliking. I think the point has to go to Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda for slaughtering a fun classic.

Best purchase
My new Sony MP3 player. I love this thing and it was so awesome to replace that irritating ipod!
It makes me smile every time I turn it off and it goes "See you later!". 
Damn straight. I will see you later.
*Puts on Sennheiser headphones again*

Worst purchase
My camera. When I used my phone, I would usually just take 3 pictures and use the best one when I transferred them to a computer. Taking 3 pictures with my camera will usually leave me with 3 useless pictures. When it works, it works a lot better than my phone, that's true. But the camera is incredibly temperamental and I now take 7 pictures of everything, just to make sure one is good.
I know I went for something simple, a point-and-click camera, but damn. It really gets on my nerves some times. The consistent "good enough" of my phone seems more attractive some times when I'm going through my pictures!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 in hindsight: Beauty

In 2014 I learned about the Asian skincare routine and made friends with Memebox. The multistep Asian skincare routine makes so much more sense to me! It’s not reinventing the deep dish, but taking your “normal” skincare steps and putting a lot more effort and thought into it.
I thought the extra products and stimulation would piss off my sensitive skin, but it seems alright with it. To be honest, my skin hasn’t improved a lot. I still get redness and irritation, but I think I see more of a “glow” going.
However, even if you compare the “lack” of results, I still prefer knowing my skin has been properly cleansed, toned, moisturized and protected against the sun.

I also invested in a Clarisonic for my skin and absolutely love it.

Memebox was a real obsession for me for a few months, but now I have reached a real point of saturation on the boxes. No matter how awesome a product, I still have backups of it or something similar already. Most of the products have been really awesome for me and the majority of my skincare products are now from Memebox.

I have also taken a real interest in Asian beauty bloggers (Not necessarily bloggers who are Asian, but bloggers who like the Korean skincare methods and the Asian skincare products). 
What I like the most about these girls, is that they freely admit how much effort it takes for them to look as perfect as they do. They openly talk about products, routines, getting regular professional facials, plastic surgery, the amount of makeup, the circle lenses and false eyelashes and so on and so on. 
Not like the western beauty bloggers: "Oh no, I just rolled out of bed like this!
Bah. Lies.
I find it a lot more empowering to know how much money and time these bloggers actually, honestly put into looking as perfect as they do. And then having the option of deciding if you actually, honestly want to invest as much effort to get to look like them.

Monday, 29 December 2014

2014 in hindsight: Hair

The great big news of 2014 was me joining the henna-squad.
It’s something I have considered for many years.
I had three reasons to do it:
  • Add strength to my hair (And since my ends are some 10+ years old, this was a good idea)
  • Push my natural titian colour a little more towards the red
  • Henna would provide a base for indigo to attach to, so I could correct the faded ends

What kept me from it for years was:
  • Henna is irreversible (Or at least very troublesome and damaging to do so)
  • It seems like so many of the very longhaired longhairs go henna and it makes me go stubborn and silly teenager-ish

But after a lengthy and thorough testing on some shed hair, I went through with it. And I haven’t regretted it at all.

I had a pretty big cut in September where my mother took off a good 10 cm. I’ve been seriously happy with it: It took away a lot of fragile ends. Usually when I do my not-so-thorough S&D in front of my monitor where I snip away all ends that looks “off” from my braid, I cut off at least 20. After the trim, I often don’t find any actual splits.
Maybe I got rid of the last bit of hair that was put through styling products because it was too short for a ponytail? Maybe I got rid of the hair from before I transitioned to full CO wash? After all, there's a big difference between 2 CO washed a week and 2 shampooings a week.
I wish I could figure out what part of my old ends I cut out. Unfortunately the CO transition and stopping with the styling products was something that happened before I started blogging about my hair care routine. Booh. 
Unfortunately it means I am still stuck in the “knee-ish” length territory. I’ve been around “knee-ish” length since 2012 and I’m sick of it.
I don’t regret the cut, but I’m leaning towards “no trim 2015” and make a serious push towards longer length. Maybe I won’t be unhappy with the thickness and state of my ends after the cut?
Well, at least I should give longer length a shot and see what happens. If my ends insist on being too thin and fragile for my liking past knee, maybe it's time to settle for a length I like more: Mid thigh. Mid thigh is still long-long, but it's a lot more convenient for me to maintain than knee.

I’ve been searching for a set of fake bangs that will match my hair colour and texture, but the search will continue in 2015.