Creativity – Revisiting my New Years Goals 2018

Half of the year is gone by now, and while I don´t want to join the chorus of those that express their surprise about how time is flying (it isn´t, at least not always, but I will come to that another time), I do want to take the opportunity to reflect on how far I have come with what I wanted to achieve.

And to address upcoming changes, which I, ironically, also did six months ago, in my first blog post after my Christmas break. I promise it is not a series!

 

Revisiting my New Years Goals 2018
Sunset on the lake – southern part of Sweden

 

To get up to speed, I recommend you read the blogpost first (click) and then join me in dissecting how things have evolved since.

Back in January, after thinking long and hard about it, because thinking long and hard is what you do between Christmas and New Year Eve, as long as you are not feasting and getting drunk, which for me, with two little kids, rarely happens, so after thinking long and hard about it I decided I wanted to set up a strategy. For my blog. And for You Tube. A plan for me to decide which social media to focus on, where to invest my time, everything needed to work towards the goal of making money from blogging.

Which, complete honesty here, I still don’t do.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – Not an INCI blog

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I am NOT a skincare guru.

It is incredibly flattering when my blogging buddies call me that, and I am happy and grateful for everyone reading here and trusting my reviews, but I would never (ever!) claim that title for myself.

You see: This is NOT an INCI blog. I am not a chemist, nor do I have any experience working in the industry.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

I am a doctor, and even though I have read a ton of scientific publications and dermatological textbooks, I would be lost if I had to come up with my own formula.

While I do think that I know more about skincare than the average person (even more than the average beauty blogger), I am still not an expert in this field, as blogs like Lab Muffin tend to teach me.

There is still so much to learn, and until I know everything, being called a skincare guru simply feels wrong.

So keep that in mind while reading my review on the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

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My quick and easy travel makeup tutorial

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Welcome back! To me, after a two week holiday spend in Norway and Sweden.

And to you, dear reader, after a two week blogging hiatus.

Surprisingly, the world didn’t stop turning when I stopped blogging, and it was very refreshing to not worry for once about internet connection.

 

Quick and easy travel makeup
Quick and easy travel makeup

 

Which can, you might have guessed it, be a little hard to come by in the more remote corners of Norway.

Of course, me stopping to blog did not mean I stopped to wear makeup. I just feel more comfortable with my face made up a little. But as space was an issue (I mean, I had to share the space for my makeup with stuffed animals), I packed very lightly.

Little makeup packed, little time to get ready – here is my quick and easy travel makeup tutorial!

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Life Update: Why I am taking a break – LLL Vlogs 52

When I uploaded this vlog to You Tube, I did of course add tags. I mean, even if this is just a rambly video of me looking pretty worn because it was the end of a long day and I desperately needed to wash my hair, even then I want it to rank in You Tube search.

Actually, I have been reading a lot about SEO and ranking and videography lately, but I´ll get to that a little later.

 

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Taking a break (picture taken by my mother)

 

So when I used the tag: „Taking a break“, I instantly got a ton of suggested tags along the lines of: „Life Update: Getting a divorce“ or „Life update: Why we broke up“. Which, I assure you guys, is totally NOT what has been going on lately.

I mean, we are not even „on a break“ in a Friends kind of way. We are perfectly fine.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrating Brightening Essence – Valkyries

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I know I am (once again) completely off trend here, but I just don´t understand the need to make everything “Asian beauty”

Not that I think the Asian Beauty community isn´t noteworthy, or that I would deny incorporating a few bits into my routine as well.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

 

It is just that I firmly believe that people adapt to their surroundings and way of living, and that this influences their needs.

Not the most basic ones, obviously, I mean there are toilets all around the world – but you get what I am saying here.

Just look at me:

I am 1,72 m, have a strong frame, blonde hair, curves and love dairy.

I am by all means more Valkyrie than Geisha.

And that is perfectly fine. It just gets awkward if I forcefully try to adapt to a Geisha way of life.

Strictly speaking skincare here. I would look as weird trying to blow the steerhorn as I would trying to play the shamisen.

So at first I was a little surprised that Caudalie, obviously a French skincare brand, would claim to be inspired by Asian beauty when they released the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. But Mathilde Thomas did live in Asia for quite a bit, so I guess it is only natural that she got inspired there. So let´s see if this inspiration lead to Asian beauty fit for a Valkyrie.

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New In Beauty June 2018 – 10 years Cult Beauty

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Do you like premade pick and mix bags? We had that at a fair recently, when you could choose your bag, but not what was inside.

My daughter was all over it, while I was a little more hesitant. I mean, what is the point in pick and mix when you don´t get to pick?

 

New In Beauty June 2018
New In Beauty June 2018

 

She loved the thrill though, carefully going through her purchase, eating her favorites and offering the ones that didn´t appeal to her to her little brother. Who, admittedly, would eat just about anything.

Side note: I of course supervised and stopped him from eating the licorice. Mr. Loca was very happy to step in and take one for the team here.

It kind of reminded me about how I feel when I receive a Gift with Purchase, excitedly dividing things to keep from things to give away. And, among all that, discovering makeup items I hadn´t even heard about before.

This time it was the Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet Liquid Lipstick.

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DIY Face Mask Maker – LLL Vlogs 51

Turning into my mother was never a thought that scared me.

It might sound mushy-gushy, but she always was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up. Not exactly, of course, but in terms of values and standing up for herself, in terms of being independent and creative, caring and curious… I could go on.

 

DIY Face Mask Maker
DIY Face Mask Maker

 

Which I won´t, because I know that she is reading this blog post and will probably text me “Kitsch” right this very second.

She is also my number one fan, from the very first blog post published she has been there. Not only because she is my mother, but also because we share an obsession for skincare.

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May Lindstrom Honey Mud – Victorian literature

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Do you read the Brontë sisters? I admit I have a weakness for Victorian literature, ever since I first started Jane Eyre on a rainy autumnal afternoon.

Of course I wouldn’t want to actually live in this epoche, but books tend to skim over things like Womens Rights, health care and poverty and instead focus on haunted mansions, horses and unfulfilled, but fiery love.

 

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May Lindstrom Honey Mud – a sample size

 

 

And, especially with the Brontë sisters, on nature. Roses, the endless moor and storm clouds rolling in – everything just seems to be a little more when compared to how it feels today.

Why I was reminded of their writing? Well, read the claims on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud and see for yourself!

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Peptides – Everything you need to know

“And it contains peptides!” – “Aaaahhh… What?”

Have you ever felt that way when someone tried to sell you a skincare product? I know I have. Peptides have been around for a few years, they are the “thing to have” in your routine, yet there is a lot of insecurity about what they actually do.

 

Peptides in skin care
Peptides in skin care – Everything you need to know

 

Or if they even do anything.

And that is okay, because the jury is still out on that. And the fact that there are over 100 peptides doing different things doesn´t really help either.

So I put on my glasses and filmed a video for you on that topic.

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Vaccination – LLL Vlogs 50

I bet the topic needs no introduction. Ever since Kat von D posted a picture on Instagram, claiming that she would raise her child without vaccination, it has been all over the internet.

And I am kind of glad it is. Not because someone with a huge following and influence spoke out against vaccines. That is harmful to the cause and has in the past proven to lead to a decrease in vaccination.

 

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Vaccination certificates – these are mine

 

But because vaccination is a hot topic once again, with other influential people speaking up about their experiences (Caroline Hirons, just to name one).

See, transmittable diseases and vaccination are part of my daytime job. I have been on the radio numerous times, I am going to speak on a panel on this topic come Monday and if the time for talking is done, I am one of the squad that visits your school/kindergarten/whatever to see if the outbreak of measles happening there puts your child in danger and if quarantine is needed.

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