Goodieboxes in pictures and how I broke a locker

Hi there,

since it is Sunday evening I will be cheating a little, and instead of writing a proper review, will just share couple random things with you. Somehow I haven’t had the proper opportunity to try out and review the products from the two past Goodieboxes, mostly because I was keeping them for taking pictures, but that took quite a while. But I am sure those in other countries than Denmark are quite intrigued, so you can get a little sneak peek here and the review will be coming later at some point.

September Goodiebox:

October Goodiebox

I think the last one is exceptionally good, and just before getting it I have actually been considering stopping my subscription – not because that I don’t like it…  I just have way too many things as it is, and it doesn’t always go with my new natural concept. However, I will still keep subscribing for November and December, and then I will be cancelling it.

As you probably already know, I like long posts, and posting just those two paragraphs above would not be my style. So while considering what else I could write, I will tell you a story of how I have publicly humiliated myself, made everyone’s day at Lübker Square and made a story to be told for centuries. So I have arranged a romantic (according the ad in the weekly deals’ webpage) evening in the SPA, to which we both went with enthusiasm. Now the medicine I take for my health issues makes me dizzy and disorientated – yeah, I am telling this so you won’t think that I am a complete fool -, so please bare with me. So we come there, we get some lovely food – and I didn’t even have a glass of wine to my meal! – and it is time to come up to the SPA department. We go there, I go to the ladies changing room, all relaxed put my wallet and my phone in, closed the door, and locked (!) the locker. Then I took my clothes off, jumped into the bathsuit, and before hitting the showers had a plan to put my clothes in as well. And…It doesn’t open! One try, another, the third one, once again, very slowly – can you believe it, nothing! So, as any reasonable person would do, instead of trying to check other lockers around, I go out to the reception and complain for not being able to open my locker. They come in, try their magnetic band, and no, it doesn’t open. When they get some kind of magical card, which, supposably should work. Still nothing. Well, as I get promised that my locker will get taken care off I go ahead to have a pleasant evening. And, well, besides the fact that there was a little bit too much people, it still was nice and relaxing. And here we come, the end of the evening and I am starting to miss my pretty pink wallet with flowers on it… So, what they tell me is, that the locker have run out of battery, and needs to be broken. Oh, dear, how I wish that was the truth… The changing room is still full of women, which means that the maintenance guy can’t come in. So they stop ‘the traffic’ and they don’t let more women in, so I can finally get my things. Once the locker room gets empty, we come in, and tadam, after couple of tries, we break the lock open. Just to find the locker being empty….. At that point I get completely confused, I loose the sense of rationality and almost break into tears.. I get out to the reception, mumble something to them even I can’t understand. Being as lovely as they are, one of the girls come in to help me, at that point other people start to look at me suspiciously (up until then they were rather sympathetic), and I can’t blame them, who on earth doesn’t remmember where they put their stuff and then make all the fuzz. However, we run through the lockers one more time, and still no success. Until someone asks ‘hmm, what about that unlocked one??” And here it is, my lovely wallet, and the phone, which have been there all evening, unlocked… I hope you had a good giggle, and I am heading to hide under the pillow while you reading this..

p.s. the locks were electronic….

Have a fantastic week, and never forget your locker number..

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Confession, pledge, beauty ban, and some rambling, plus introducing Blogember

Hi girls,

I have so much to tell you, that I honestly have no idea where to start. There is not gonna be any reviews here, nor any fancy pictures, well, okay, maybe a little one to illustrate my reasoning. However, since my crafts/blogging/working room is being finally ready, I had an opportunity – or a neccessity, whichever one you like, to go through my collection, and had to make a conclusion, aka confession: I have too much. I don’t know why – most likely due to the same health issues, and attempts to uplift mood I was buying way too much in recent weeks. Somewhere between my twelth mascara and fifteenth hair care product I have decided – time to a project X pan and beauty ban for 90 days. So, yeah, I won’t be buying anymore beauty stuff up till the first of February. However, you will be seeing couple of hauls in coming days, since, as I already told you, I have been buying quite a lot.

And for those who don’t know, project x is quite close to a beauty ban, where instead of buying new stuff, you try to use up as much as possible, or the amount agreed with yourself, stuff you already own. So seeing how I have so much stuff to be used, it fits perfectly. However, don’t you worry that I won’t be blogging anymore,  I have so many lovely products in a line to be reviewed, so I will blog indeed, and even more than usual, since I seem to be on a challenge runs this month, I have decided to add one more to my list, and try to blog everyday. That”s where the ‘blogember” title comes from. If you watch youtube beauty or other personal channels videos, then you are most likely familiar with the terms ‘vlogtober’, ”vlogmas”, where people pledge to film everyday, so instead of filming, I will be posting. I hope I will be able to stick to this. And that is the photo proof, og having enough.. That is not all though (not to mention the e.l.f. order coming in.. Shhh!). Please forgive the sofa surroundings – that has been my work place in couple last days, the fall is not treating me nicely..And let me know if you want to see the category collection close ups, suchs as ‘masks, scrubs, lipproducts, mascaras, etc..’ And that is excluding my nail polishes…

Now let’s get to the pledge. As of the first of February I do pledge to buy only cruelty free beauty products, and as much as I can try to switch to the natural, organic skincare, haircare products, and if I can find the way how to get my hands on, make up products – I think Denmark is rather poor when it comes to the natural, organic make-up selection for reasonable prices, or I have looked in wrong places.  But thanks for all those lovely people for the Internet, I think I will be able to find a solution.  However, you will be seeing reviews on not so natural, and not so cruelty free items up till the 1st of February, since I haven’t really thought about it that much before. And getting rid of them all would just be a waste, and toxicating environment. But from now on, I will point out which items are cruelty free and which aren’t. And here is a photo proof, that I really mean it, I did notice a lack of information, or lack of self-education, what comes to the ingredients in my used products, so I will be catching up on some knowledge gaps.

I am somewhere in the 30th page of no more dirty looks, and so far I love the writing style. Took it with me on my as much as I could natural bath yesterday, and managed to spend there double amount of time when I usually do. That turned a boring Friday evening to a blast. And I think i might have found a secret to naturally waved hair, but that needs to be tested couple more times to be proven truth. Have a fantastic Saturday and come back for more posts tomorrow!

A perfect Christmas gift, part 1

Hi girls, please tell me I am not the only one already thinking about Christmas and New Year, starting by listening to Christmas songs, watching gifts, and ending by Christmas dishes, outfits, and nails of the day, listening to Christmas songs, and watching Christmas movies (Elf at the background atm). That might of course be resulted due to my health issues and desperate attempts to try to find something positive in my life – I tell you, it is rather hard through a constant headaches. However, the christmasy mood of course comes with an unavoidable consideration of Christmas gift. At the same time this is also Thursday stars post. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an amazing artisan perfume sampler set from a perfume house in San Fransisco, called Ineke.

And guess what, I immediately felt in love, with almost every and each of the perfumes, especially for the one, designed for men, *cough cough*.  However, the creator firmly believes that all perfumes should be unisex and it should be up to the man or woman to choose the favorite one, without being limited by gender. And you know what, I agree!

You might ask why would it make a perfect Christmas gift? Well, to start with I am sure all of us was there, when we tried to gift a perfume, which according us, would fit that person perfectly, just to find out that we were so far from the truth… The sampler set eliminate us from the hard choosing process, since the giftee can decide for themselves which scent they prefer. Secondly, the packaging is so amazing, that you almost don’t need to wrap it, or if you are like me and swear by wrapping, something as simple as one coloured paper and ribbon would do the trick. Thirdly, no matter how picky you are with your scents (hi, mom) you will most likely like at least couple of the scents in the collection, if not all. There is simply something so magic about it. And getting to the magic, whoever writes the names of their scents, they are geniuses. My favorite titles are Balmy days and Sundays and Chemical bonding, and the last scent also talks most to me. Are you convinced yet? If not, just imagine Christmas morning, or afternoon – depending on when you unpacking your gifts, where you unpack your sampler set, and try to guess which notes the perfume has. The set comes with the brochure, so you have the answers right there. I don’t know about you, but for me, that sounds as a ‘ren hygge” – danish expression describing coziness. And even though you can read notes either on their webpage here, or in the brochure, I will still try to describe it in my own words, because blog posts supposed to be personal, right?

A: After my own heart: in my humble opinion, that is the most ordinary scent in the sampler collection, it is floraly – dominating lilly smell, but not overpowering, a little bit sweet, and just a tad woody. Just a scent which would be perfect for everyday, maybe even a rainy day, where no matter how dark outside it is, you still feel romantic. It is a very universal scent which would be good to anyone, despite their age.

B: Balmy days and Sundays: that is a very different scent from the first one, it is very fresh, leafy and grassy – is that even a word? When I first smelt it, I thought I was going crazy, because I immediately could smell the freshly cut grass. And honey. I am probably crazy, or it is just a fact that I read that there was honeysuckle in the notes, which made me smell honey in the perfume, but as I said, the way individuals looks at the perfumes is very different, and I am sure different people would be able to distinct different notes.

C: Chemical bonding: That is the second of my favorites, after the Derring-do. Can anyone of you who have been following my blog long  enough guess the top note? Elementary, Vatson. Citruses! and tea. That’s a little bit stronger smell, I would be wearing it for an evening out, maybe even to top up the little black dress, or maybe to a job interview, where I would feel that I need a little bit self confidence and invisible inspiration..

D: Derring-do: as i told you, that is my favorite of the collection, this smells like citruses in the rain. When I sniffed it the first time, I honestly starting mumbling – that is how I sound when I try to sing – singing in the rain. I don’t know why, but I immediately thought of that movie. It also smells a little of cedarwood and musk – I guess that is where the musculine scent comes from. For me it is one of those scents, where I know I love it, but have no idea why.

E: Evening edged in gold: that is also a little bit stronger scent, the one which would probably be perfect on the night out – hence the name, I guess. It doesn’t have a distinct smell the normal me can define, however, it does remind me a little bit of hospital and some kind of medical substance, so I suppose it is rather herbal. The official description says: “topnotes: gold osmanthus, plum; middle: “angel’s trumpet, saffron, cinnamon; base: midnight candy, leather, woods”. And you know what, while I write this, the strong smell kind of faded, and I can confirm that I do smell cinnamon.

F: Field notes from Paris: I just love the title of this perfume. However, the scent itself is a little bit too overpowering and reminds me too much of the manly perfume. So, sadly it kind of let me down since I have imagined something completely different from a title. And once again here comes a crazy me, who can smell wood, fireplace, and almost fire in this perfume. At least, I kept sniffing and thinking ‘what on earth is burning’ until I realized that it indeed was  my hand smelling of fire! In a nice way, but however it wouldn’t be my number one choice.

G: Gilded lilly: *ehm ehm*, my mom stole this from me before I managed to smell it properly, so I am gonna cheat, and just copy what the brochure says. But in our smelling competion we all agreed that it was aimed to a little bit more mature women, but in no way this smell is for grannies. They say “sparkling fruits and cypriot woods. Top notes: pineapple, rhubarb, grapefruit. Middle: goldband lily of Japan. Base: Patchouli, oakmoss, labdanum.” As much as I can remmember, I can say, that it was my least favorite scent, and my first thought was: that’s something my mom would enjoy.

H: Hothouse Flower: hmm, that is a very interesting scent, I can honestly smell mint. The bf wasn’t much help when I wanted to confirm my probably crazy thoughts – ‘it smells of nivea’, honestly every second product I make him smell, I hear that phraze, guess who is getting a huge can of NIVEA cream for Christmas? 😀 Okay, according to the brochure – yeah, I cheated once again – it smells of Earl Grey Tea, so probably that is the ‘mint’ I am smelling. However, that is my third favorite, or maybe the one in the second second place. I really really like it..And know when I know it, it does smell like a cup of good sweet Early Grey tea, i wonder if we have any in our tea drawer..

Don’t you just love the alphabeth in the titles? I do hope that means they are coming up with more volumes of the collection! I hope you are convinced by this post, and will be trying to get your hands on the set. I am a little in doubt as where you can get it, but I will try to find it and update the post. And please forgive my illiteracy what comes to describing scents – I tried so hard – but try for yourself, and tell me what you think!

Have a wonderfull weekend and I will be back very soon with some exiting news.

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