Home Wishlist 2016

… or ‘the lost blogpost of 2016’. I had this post all set up and prepared for yesterday, but somehow didn’t manage to get it up in time. So here you go, surprise weekend blogging!

Since I’ve moved this spring, there has been a lot of renovation, furniture shopping, and decorating going on and while I am beyond happy with how my place has turned out, there still are a few tweaks to be made in every part of my space. For the most part, my walls are pretty bare still and there’s a few decorative pieces that I have had my eyes on for a while now.

My style, I would say, is pretty minimal and basic. Clean lines, modern shapes, and neutral tones with a few quirks thrown in.

Home Wishlist 2016

I love the danish brand HAY and their clean and colorful designs, so I am hoping to vamp up my space with a few of their iconic trays and their geometric wall hooks. Another cool brand is House Doctor, also from Denmark, who incoporate simple shapes into cool designs. I’ve got my eye on one of their laundry baskets and the gorgeous stone and blush toned vase above. The mesh pinboard is also from House Doctor and will hopefully find its way onto my kitchen wall very soon.

Finally, I’m looking into doing a bit of DIY and creating a pom pom garland for my living room in lieu of a statement piece of art above my television.

Recently #21

Summer has been shaping up pretty good around here. While the weather is more temperamental than ever, wavering between intense heat and almost autumnal days, it has been a really fun month.

Before finishing up the semester and trying to get myself into writing mode again, I took a little semi-professional trip to beautiful Vienna. What a city! We didn’t have enough time to complete the full-fledged touristy program, but what I managed to see was beyond gorgeous.

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Besides that, it’s been a month of work and celebrations with lots of birthdays and little occasions strewn throughout.

I’m looking forward to getting a little more desk time in in August (though I might have to relocate my office to the outside to enjoy the last bouts of summer) and dare I even say it, I am already looking forward to fall.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This is a classic case of ‘how haven’t I talked about this product before?’. I’ve been using acid toners for a good two years now in place of manual exfoliation and the Pixi Glow Tonic is probably one of the most hyped up and talked about products from that category.

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It is, in short, a glycolic acid based toner that you swipe across the face on a cotton pad (leaving out eyes and broken skin) in order to exfoliate the skin gently. It is as easy as can be and I found that this works a lot better in keeping my skin clear and glowing than a regular grainy exfoliator.

I know that some people use this morning and night after cleansing but I usually reserve this for my evening skincare routine, just because it makes the skin a little bit more sensitive to the sun and I am already pale and deal with pigmentation issues. Because of that, it is also important to use a good facial SPF in conjunction with an exfoliating toner to keep the skin from burning (but really, that’s a given anyway).

Keeping all this in mind, my skin has never felt as soft or clean as when I use an acid toner regularly. I would say that the Glow Tonic is an amazing entry level acid toner as it is gentle enough to find your way into chemical exfoliation and doesn’t break the bank in the process.

I would wholeheartedly agree that this is a product worth the hype. I shudder when I think back to the days of microbeads and apricot kernel scrubs that really did nothing but tear up the skin.

Summer Style Wishlist 2016

Summer Style Wishlist 2016

Since summer has finally returned (and with a vengeance), I’ve been thinking about a few ways to update my wardrobe for this season.

Band shirts are always a staple in my closet, so the David Bowie Shirt really was a no-brainer. I picked this up recently but unfortunately, I was way too big- I’m considering ordering a smaller size so I can sport my love for Bowie in the future.

I’ve also been on the lookout for a nice pair of small, simple hoop earrings that just hug the earlobe perfectly. It’s hard finding the perfect sizing as they’re either too small or way too big, plus I want to buy them in a better metal so that I don’t end up with green ears.

I have shocked myself in considering getting a pair of dungarees. I haven’t taken the plunge yet for fear that I look like an overgrown toddler and I still don’t know if a short or long pair would look less ridiculous. If you have any advice on how to style these, I would be very grateful.

And finally, I’ve already purchased a pair of black Vans Hi-Tops and I could not be happier with them. Their easy to pair with any outfit, be it shorts, dresses or skinny jeans and I feel like they’re going to be a staple in my shoe collection for years to come. I remember owning a similar pair during my teenage years and they just take me back to being a punk-loving, all black-wearing emo kid.

dermalogica Clear Start

While my skin is usually in pretty good condition, there are certain instances when a blemish (or two, or three…) creeps up on me.

In the past, I’ve relied on the Soap & Glory  Dr. Spot, but I found that after a while of using the same product, it seemed to lose its efficiency. Therefore, I switched to something new entirely and after having heard a good handful of rave reviews about the dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment, I decided to give it a go.

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So while most products targeted to clear up blemished skin are spot treatments, Clear Start is more of a all-over facial moisturizer with built in skin clearing properties. Containing salicylic acid, it promises to even out the skin and reduce spots and blemishes over night.

I use it at night (as the name suggests) after toning and before moisturizing in a thin layer all over the face but concentrating mostly on blemished areas. I find that you need to let it dry down before applying anything on top to get the most of it, but the product itself is super gentle, easy to use and totally inoffensive in scent. It applies like a thin gel and doesn’t interfere with the rest of my evening skincare routine.

While my breakouts haven’t exactly vanished over night, I do feel that they are significantly reduced and heal up much more quickly. Whenever I am diligent about applying this (and refrain from picking at my skin), I find that my complexion is a lot calmer and clearer as a result.

theBalm Committed

Liquid lipsticks are everywhere this year and I don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime soon.

So here we are, back with another product of that category and surprisingly, one that is not talked about enough in my opinion. TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick definitely gets a trophy for the longest and most convoluted product name, but the lipstick itself is actually great.

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I picked up the shade Committed, a darkened rosey nude that looks absolutely gorgeous and is a great color for every day. On me, this is only a shade or two darker than my natural lip color, so it is the perfect lip color to look polished without overdoing it.

The formula is great as well. Almost mousse-like in texture, it goes on smooth and not at all streaky, with a lot of pigment and no shine. It dries down quickly and sets to a comfortable, light stain on the lips.

Now it might not be the longest lasting liquid lipstick of all time, but it also doesn’t make my lips look like shrivelled up prunes after mere minutes. And with a shade this natural, it is so easy to reapply and you are never left with that awful ring of color around your lipline.

The only thing that takes some getting used to is the smell. When I first opened this, I got a waft of chocolate and something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Maybe paint thinner? My cousin then pinpointed it as smelling like an After Eight. Seeing as I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate and mint, it is no wonder that I didn’t like the smell but if you’re into that combination, you will love this liquid lipstick.

Still, the formula is so good, I am willing to take the strange scent for a few minutes.

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel

Sticking with the ‘REN is my favorite skincare brand of all time’-theme, I am back with another product from their line-up that only solidifies that claim.

The Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel is something that I never thought I would pick up as I usually shy away from gel formulas in favor of balms and oils.

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However, my skin has been uncharacteristically oily this summer, so I have been glad to use a lighter, fresher-feeling formula to cleanse my face each day.

To be fair, this doesn’t work into a sudsy lather that strips my skin but rather emulsifies into a gentle cream that takes away oil and dirt easily and leaves my skin feeling clean without any tightness. The smell, too, is gorgeous. A light rose scent that is unobtrusive and pleasent, it really is the simplest and easiest of cleansers.

I use this in the mornings on its own and at night as a second cleanse, but after almost three months of constant use, the bottle is still going strong. With this, you really get your money’s worth as it is one of the more affordable REN products.

So if you’re not averse to using something called a gel to clean your face, give this one a go. I, for one, am glad I gave it a try.