Frozen solid

A couple of months ago I asked my sister to get me some Big Solid Conditioner and some Fresh Farmacy from Lush since she was heading there anyway. The lady in the shop would only offer fairly large pieces, refusing to cut them smaller even after my sister asked nicely. This meant I was left with sizeable chunks of product.

When I saw their overwhelming size, I decided I was going to cut them myself to make them more manageable. Then I got the idea of freezing the portions I wasn’t planning on using right away. I figured it might help preserve the product and since they were solid bars I didn’t expect their physical qualities to be changed by the freezing. I froze the excess in its original packaging.

Below is what the conditioner looked like after defrosting in the fridge for a day, followed by a day of further thawing outside of the fridge. I compared it with the remaining stub of the original, non-frozen half that I had been using in the meantime and they were pretty much similar in looks and touch.

Now that I have used both halfs in a similar manner, I can report that it did turn out that the properties of the once frozen one were changed slightly. The non-frozen one lasted five weeks while the defrosted half lasted around three weeks. However, the non-frozen one was hard to use initially while the defrosted half was more malleable from the get go.

Ultimately I’d say that if you don’t live near a Lush and you’re worried your conditioner bar will become mouldy before you can use it, you should freeze it. If you have the option of buying a replacement when you run out, you should consider whether you like the initial acclimation period of using it. In terms of the face soap bar, I’m still on the first round of Fresh Farmacy so I haven’t got any results on that yet.

Scrub a dub dub

This thing – called the Precision Pore Cleansing Pad on the American Sephora website and the Face Massage Mini Mitt if you get it from Soap and Glory – is great.

It doesn’t cost a lot so everyone and their mother can join in the removing dead skin cells fun!

Essentially, you scrub your face with this thing instead of your hands (if you are into physical exfoliation). It has this little nub on the back (a handle, if you wish) which doubles as a suction cup:

Some of the ladies in the comments on this XOvain article suggest it can double up as a tool for cleaning brushes. Not bad for such a cheap little thing, eh?

Bigger is not always better

I can’t always be bothered to put a full face of makeup on. If my only plans for the day are university related I sometimes opt for a few minutes extra sleep in the morning. As a result of this combined with not wearing a lot of makeup when I do wear it I don’t usually need  much more than an eye makeup remover to take it off at the end of the day.

I used to use the Sephora one on the left; it’s cheap and it works for me. I’ve recently been using the Body Shop one on the right, which seems to perform reasonably well. I wouldn’t want anything particularly bigger than either of these bottles as they’re travel sized (by which I mean they meet the liquid requirements for going in my hand luggage) and travel usually brings with it other opportunities that make me not want to cover my entire face in slap. This is not to say I don’t like wearing makeup! It just so happens that sometimes situations occur where it isn’t necessarily my top priority…

Using exams as an excuse to shop

Due to having half semesters my university grants you one or two weeks crunch time before an exam. During this final sprint pretty much the only thing I buy is food. Since I’ve been a post graduate student I’ve bought myself a small ‘pat-on-the-back’ present after each round of exams. Last time I purchased two products to help get through future exams: tea tree oil for the stress induced breakouts I get all over my face and Peace of mind because Meg made it sound amazing.

This time in order to celebrate having finished another year at university I bought a lip balm – at least that was half of the explanation. The other excuse I’m using is the fact that I have used up two lip balms recently.

As an aside, how on earth do beauty gurus keep their products looking so nice? Mine always look haggard when I’m done using them.

New under the sun

Since the weather has been so lovely in Copenhagen recently, I’ve been to the pharmacy and stocked up on sun protection:

I bought a new facial suncream from La Roche-Posay (SPF50) since I gave what was left of my other one to my dad (I believe). I use Vichy Capital Soleil (SPF30) as a body suncream so I bought a sunstick from Vichy (SPF50) for top ups. Thus far I’ve mainly used it as a lip balm. Speaking of lip balms, I am running out on the Avène lip balm my boyfriend let me borrow (his version)/let me have (my version). It has got to the point where I am scooping the remains out of the bottom of the tube.

Avène is a brand I used to stop my AD flaring up on a holiday once, on recommendation from a French pharmacist in the Alps in late 2008. Since their products seem to work well for my skin, I bought their Thermal Spring Water. This reminds me of Evian’s mineral water spray which my parents used to buy on summer holidays. I was a child at the time and had a habit of sneakily spraying it into my mouth in order to drink it. That is quite possibly the most expensive drink of water I have ever had (and definitely the most ridiculous)!

Current palette

 

Here’s what I have going for me on the eyeshadow front at the moment: All but three of the shades from Sleek’s iDivine palette in Storm (right), the entirety of the no7 Stay Perfect eyeshadow trio in Cappuccino (top left), Maybelline Eyestudio’s Mono Eyeshadow in the colour Chocolate Chic (rectangular) and two colours from an old no7 palette – the Lisa Eldridge one which resembles the Senna Haute Nudes palettes – or maybe it’s the other way around – (bottom left). It may not be this little baby from the popular Naked line but it’s good enough for me.

Above is the remains of the no7 palette in question. Please excuse the fact that there is eyeshadow in the lip glosses of this palette (I don’t use them, so I figure it’s fine). I’m not getting rid of this just yet as I quite like the blush and highlighter.

Here’s what happened: I grabbed my newly acquired UNII palette, a hairdryer and the eyeshadows mentioned and deported everything I wanted to move. The UNII palette is a so called ‘freedom’ palette which is an awfully strong word to be attaching to a make up product. I opted for this instead of the equally celebrated Z palette since it has a mirror and seems sturdier. I don’t know how much decluttering this has actually helped me with and how much of it was an excuse for me to play around with melting glue but I’m enjoying the product none the less.

P.S. the Sleek shadows are the only ones which needed extra magnetic help in regards to staying put in the UNII palette.

Shaving like someone’s grandad

Although not any of mine, as far as I can remember. Here’s what I can remember regarding my grandfathers’ shaving habits: My maternal grandfather used an electric shaver, as did my paternal grandfather, when he wasn’t busy using a straight razor! I remember quite vividly seeing that last one, so either it’s true or I’ve had a very strange imagination as a child. I can live with both of those options.

Here’s what happened: I read this xoVain post, decided I wanted to try it, and gave it a go.

This endeavour is a paternal grandfatherly light shave, since it requires shaving soap. At the same time he didn’t shave his legs.

I feel it should be mentioned that it is in no way necessary that anyone shaves any part of their body. What people decide to do in this regard is their own choice, which should be respected. Having said that, I adore the feeling of having smooth legs.

I’ve tried pretty much every hair removal technique out there: epilating (too painful), waxing (too long a wait), hair removal cream (too chemically laden) and shaving. Since I have what we can call a Snow White look (alabaster skin and dark hair; my Celtic genes beat the Scandinavian ones) I tried IPL under my arms which didn’t work! So I stick to shaving.

I’ve decided to compare this ‘new’ method of shaving (new to me) with what I usually do:

First up, I decided to put fresh blades on both razors. This is a fairly easy procedure; click a new head on the Gillette and twist the head of the safety razor off:

The end result didn’t seem all that different but the procedure did. I went against the grain with the Gillette and with the grain with the safety razor. As far as I understand you’re supposed to go both directions with the safety razor. With this in mind it would be worth trying again doing exactly that.

A CFW goodie bag

Anna invited me to a fashion show yesterday. The show was by designer David Andersen and since I didn’t bother to charge or bring my camera all I have are terrible iPhone pictures. The hair was insane! Straight across fringes for the male models and nearly floor length ponytails (obviously extensions) for the female models. I didn’t get a good view of the makeup from where I was standing so I can’t really comment on that.

Prior to the show I hung out with Anna and Krille in Central Copenhagen which was fun. They had been to see a show by designer Barbara I Gongini. I’ve seen a little bit of footage from that show (it was playing on a big screen) and the hair and makeup was insane! They brought me a goodie bag from that show (which was very generous of them) and here’s what it contains:

So as is quite evident from the bag there are TONI&GUY products:

I can’t say that much about the Mens Styling Fibre besides that I’m giving it to my boyfriend, who uses those kinds of products. I’m going to compare the Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray to L’oreal Elnett to see if it has good holding power. Finally there’s a Sea Salt Spray which don’t tend to work for my hair but maybe this one’s lucky.

Next up are two eye related products:

An organic eye serum and a MAC mascara. Mascara is a product I don’t tend to splurge on so it’ll be interesting to see how this performs compared to what I’m used to. QUA is a brand I’ve never heard of before. A quick google search reveals that it’s a Danish brand which is certified by Ecocert. The last part makes me less weary of it as organic brands aren’t necessarily regulated like ‘normal’ beauty brands. I’ve promised Anna she can have it if it doesn’t work out for me.

The final product is rather unique:

This is a foaming shower gel from Dutch brand Rituals. Now, I’m not usually one for shower gel except if I’m showering at the gym; I’m a bar soap kinda gal but this is definitely going to be the first thing from this goodie bag I try. Shower foam. It’s just too quirky to ignore! (Potentially, if I like it but can’t stand the smell I could try making something similar from my bar soap.)

As is seen by the pictures this is a very bountiful gift and I’m excited to try everything!

On the go beauty: Scünci fringe cut clip

Let’s face it, there’s not always time for an appointment with the hairdresser. If, like me, you are self conscious about pinning your fringe back – I’ve found just the thing to keep the fringe going for a while longer. Here are some before and after shots from the first time I tried this device:

So what exactly is the device? Well, as seen below, a piece of plastic you clip on your fringe then cut along. I’ve found it takes a bit of practice (and I have updated to better scissors a couple of times) but it sure beats the times I’ve cut my hair without having any guidance.

On the go beauty: no7 lash and brow pro

I am constantly on the look out for products and tools that will enable me to get more sleep. I am also seeking out products that do not take up too much space, as I already have to lug a lot of stuff around with me (pads, pens, laptop, textbooks, purse, planner etc.) on a daily basis. With this in mind I was happy to discover the no7 lash and brow pro. I can get away with a subpar mascara application* with this bad boy:

I should mention that I used to have a plastic lash comb but it got moved from bag to bag one too many times and the bristles broke. This one seems not only more durable but also has increased protection, what with the folding it into itself.

I have yet to use the brow spoolie but I figure it will be there when I need it. One less thing to pack and/or think about.

*you know,those freaky spider lashes that occur when you put on too much product at once.