Gardening with kids – Our herb garden

You have heard me complain about our garden numerous times, either on social media or even on the blog here.

And I will keep complaining, this is just what I do, and gardening is a ton of work. But at the same time I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I have to teach the kids.

 

Gardening with kids
Gardening with kids

 

I watched my mother grow herbs, cook jam from fruits in our garden, she even baked our bread from scratch back then. Now those were different times, it was near to impossible to buy organic, Tschernobyl had just happened and the importance of wholesome nutrition was on the rise.

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The Ordinary „Buffet“ – Talk science to me!

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It would have been so easy to talk about food in this intro. I mean, come on, „Buffet“? Something along the lines of „Do you prefer it over a la carte?“ or „Do you think we eat more or less when there is buffet?“

But I refuse to take the easy road (I save that for late night blog post writing mere hours before something needs to be published) and instead want to talk about a change that I have noticed over the course of the last years in terms of skincare brands and marketing.

 

The Ordinary Buffet
The Ordinary Buffet

 

It might be my focus (and age that makes me remember times when many of my readers weren´t even born), but recently science became increasingly popular. Gone are the days when „look young and fresh“ was enough to sell a moisturizer. These days words like „SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate)“ are casually thrown around, as if everyone was supposed to know what they mean.

Well, most people don´t.

I don´t. At least not without research.

But I can´t help but feel impressed by all the science that obviously went into development and am more inclined to purchase.

 

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Foundation Review L´Oréal Infallible 24 hr Matte foundation

Sometimes it is easy to forget why we all started our blogs.

And I say „we“ and „all“ for writing, I don’t need anyone to point out that people start blogs for different reasons.

I know that. But would you read sentences like: „…to forget why approximately 57% of us started to blog, based on stats from the year 2016.“?

Yeah, me neither.

 

L´Oreal Indefectible 24H-Matt
L´Oreal Indefectible 24H-Matt

 

So, again: Sometimes it is easy to forget why we all started our blogs. Between collaborations, dreaming of going full time and algorithm changes we loose sight of what is always there: The opportunity to share our passion with likeminded people. And passing recommendations.

The foundation reviewed today was 100% enabled by Carol in a Page (who sadly barely has time to blog herself these days), and I will forward the favor and share my thoughts of the L´Oréal Infallible 24 hr Matte foundation.

Or the L´Oréal Indéfectible 24 hr Matte foundation. Depending where you live.

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Clutter versus peace of mind

Ever since I moved out, I always had a clean and clutter free space. Which was actually kind of surprising for my parents, because all through adolescence my room was a huge mess.

Laundry, books, school papers – everything in piles on the floor. But as soon as I had my own space to take care of, that changed.

 

Garage clearout
Well prepared for the Zombie apocalypse!

 

I often wondered why that was the case, and for the longest time I thought it was a part of growing up and being more responsible. Or maybe due to the fact that when I threw the freshly washed laundry in a heap on the bed where it would slowly make its way to the floor to mix with the dirty laundry, it was a lot more work for me.

But interestingly enough, none of that was the actual reason.

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MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba – Not in my bathroom

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I like luxury skincare, that is no secret. But I don´t like using high end just for the sake of it. If there is a drugstore item that does the job at half the price just as good, I am going to use that one.

Sometimes though there are products that can be easily duped for their main purpose, but are unique when used for something else. Like the MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba. I got it as a gift with purchase, used it as I saw fit and later read the instructions on the homepage.

 

MV Organic Pure Jojoba
MV Organic Pure Jojoba

 

Where they actually recommend it as eye makeup remover.

A 45 $ eye makeup remover? Not in my bathroom!

I´ll stick with using it differently, thank you very much.

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pixi Lash & Line Love – My thoughts

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Back in school I learned that when writing an essay, you should always „sandwich“ your arguments.

Meaning: If you are pro something, you list some points for the cause, then some against it and end with your strongest pro reason.

That way you appear to be neutral, but subtly influence people to support something just by the order you list your points.

 

pixi Lash & Line Love - my thoughts
pixi Lash & Line Love – my thoughts

 

I have always wondered if the same is true for collection reviews. I mean, there are usually products you´ll love and others that didn´t work for you, so can you influence peoples perception by the order you list them?

Let´s see how you´ll end up feeling about the new pixi Lash & Line Love * bits I want to talk about today.

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Too bloody blonde

I like to think that I am pretty clever.

I mean, I find my way around new situations quite easily, changed my field of profession without problems and even taught myself some new skills like basic coding and (even more basic) photography.

 

Reading recently
Reading recently

 

There are some days though when I feel as if this fridge magnet perfectly describes me:

 

So Bloody Blonde

 

Trying to find a solution for annoyances in daily life, building complicated ways around something while completely ignoring the obvious and easy way any sane person would take.

Case in point? Reading.

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The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1% – Superheroes

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Do you have a favorite superhero? Or a favorite super power? I have! Both actually.

My favorite superhero is Mystique, and my favorite power is her power, which is changing her appearance at will. Kind of what I try to do with makeup every day.

 

The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%
The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%

 

Don´t get me wrong, I like how I look, but being able to change it up occasionally would be fascinating.

I do feel though, that the superpower I´d need the most would be a different one: The ability to rejuvenate myself without downtime, to constantly keep going and tackle one task after the other.

The corresponding superhero? Superoxiddimutase, the antioxidant that keeps regenerating itself and tackles free oxygen radicals hour after hour after hour. And, as it happens, the main player in The Ordinary EUK 134 0,1%.

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Silicones in skincare – the facts

Is there an ingredient in skincare that receives more hate than silicones? Probably. SLS, just to name one. Or fragrance, like I recently discovered (here).

But for the sake of style, let´s just asssume that the answer is: No!

 

Silicones in skincare - The facts
Silicones in skincare – The facts

 

And then focus on the fact whether or not the hate that seems to run so deep in the beauty community is actually scientifically backed up.

I mean, you are probably already guessing it by reading this introduction, but let´s approach the discussion with an open mind and see what I have found.

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Upper Fixer – Old house renovation

The term „upper fixer“ was something I first heard about on You Tube. In Germany, we call houses like that „renovierungsbedürftig“ and for my whole adult life I was determined to NEVER buy one.

Well, I did.

 

Home renovation
Working hard

 

Maybe not in the exact meaning of the term, which is, just in case you are as clueless as I was: „A place that needs a lot of work and/or a lot of money to become habitable.“ But still close enough.

You might know already that we bought a house in December 2015. It is the house I grew up in, which is why we bought it in the first place.

The whole decision was, in fact, not very reasonable. I mean, we bought the house and then started looking for jobs nearby. It should have been the other way round. And then there is that:

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