onsdag 27 januari 2016

The Story of the Failed Cake

 Once upon a time, a young woman and her mother decided to bake a cake. They knew it wouldn't be as pretty as the one in the picture, but they decided to give it a try.

They measured, whisked and mixed the sponge mix and two different buttercreams, one vanilla and one chocolate and liquorice. They made sure they followed the recipe exactly as it said in the book, something the young woman usually failed to do otherwise. She's more of an improviser.

When they took the sponge out of the oven, however, it looked nothing like in the book. It was completely flat and had a weird, rubbery texture.

They couldn't be bothered to make another sponge though, since it was already kinda late. So, they spread the chocolate and liqourice buttercream on top and saved the vanilla buttercream for another day and another cake.

They later learned through the blog written by the cookbook's author, that the measurements in the book were off. There had been a typo that said there should be more than four times as much water in the sponge mix than there really should be.

So kids, what is the moral of this story? Well, I don't know. Probably that there's not supposed to be a lot of water in a sponge cake.


onsdag 20 januari 2016

Reading goals for 2016

I'm not much of a fan of making TBR:s because I never stick to them and I end up feeling like I've failed at something. But I do have a few things I want to make sure I read in 2016 that I'm actually pretty excited about.

Read all of the fiction books for my uni assigned reading. This semester seems to be quite theory-heavy with less fiction to read, so this time around I want to try and make sure I actually finish all of those books.

Listen to more audiobooks. I have the Storytel app where I've put loads of books on shelves just waiting for me to listen to them.

Read at least one book by Zadie Smith, Ali Smith and Sara Lidman, respectively. These are three authors that I've been wanting to read for god knows how long and I never seem to get around to it. I'm making them a priority this year.

Use my local library more. I don't have any more room in my bookcase, and I'd rather not have to buy another one. I do utilise the library a lot already, but I could definitely make even more of an effort. Plus, I love the library and I'd gladly spend my entire days in there.


lördag 16 januari 2016

Update on my Project Pan

Last April, I started a Project Pan with five products I wanted to use up - partly because I needed to slow down on my makeup buying, and partly because I needed to use up some products before they expired. By now I'm considering the project over, so - how did I do?

Silk Naturals Slick Stick in Tease
I used this a lot for a long time. I carried it around in my bag and used it basically as a lip balm. I've just run out of it.

Idun Minerals lipstick in Körsbär
I used this lipstick so much, that I am now extremely tired of it, and somewhere along the line I realised that I didn't even like the colour. Yes, there is still a few uses left in this, but honestly I don't even want to look at this again. It's also starting to smell funny, and it has carmine. Nothing that makes me want to pick it up again, basically. Happy to be rid of it.

Silk Naturals sheer blush in Appeal
I like Silk Naturals' powder blushes a lot, and this was no struggle to use up. I also like the colour, but since I have a few other blushes I need to use up I won't be rushing to repurchase this.

Silk Naturals Neopolitan Palette (highlighter only)
So, I put this in the Project Pan because I thought I had no use for it but didn't want to throw it away. I realised I actually enjoy using it though, and have no desire to use it up quickly anymore.

Idun Minerals duo concealer in Strandgyllen
As you can see I've made a lot of progress on this, at least on the darker side. It is looking more and more grimy though, so I'm starting to think I'm going to have to replace it soon even if I don't finish it.


onsdag 13 januari 2016

What I miss about the UK and Bath

  • Good bookshops
Bookshops in Sweden are a sad affair. Mainly crime (not that there's anything wrong with that) and diet books (there's A LOT wrong with that). In the UK it seems like people buy more fiction, new as well as classics, and I miss so much to be able to actually buy the books I want in a shop rather than having to order them online.

If you're ever in Bath, you have to visit Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights and Topping & Company.

  • The warmer weather
Although I love snow and temperatures below zero, it was nice to be able to actually wear my autumn clothes before having to succumb to the huge parka for several months.

  • Nando's
I have dreams about their mushroom and halloumi wraps (mango and lime spice, with extra avocado and pineapple).

  • Architecture
Bath is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to. I just loved walking around looking at the houses. See also: Edinburgh.

  • Starbucks
Yes, I know. But we spent a lot of time in there and I just associate it with fun times and good people now. Also we have like three of them in Sweden, so it's not like I can go there all the time. 

  • Pubs
+ cider

  • Cultural events
Things happen there. Things never happen here. At least not in my little corner of the country. Within three months, I got to see Alan Davies perform live, get a book signed by Sue Perkins and see screenings of both Hamlet and The Winter's Tale. Sure, I crammed as much into that time as possible, but things like that would never be possible here.

I have to say I feel slightly weepy after writing this.

To make sure I'm not looking at the UK through rose-tinted goggles, I'll soon make a list with the things I don't miss at all!

tisdag 12 januari 2016

Things I want to do in 2016

2015 was a year where it felt like not a lot happened but so much changed. I spent most of the year waiting and preparing for my semester abroad, and that waiting crept in to my state of mind overall. I feel like I spent most of last year in some sort of vaccuum, and honestly, not enjoying it at all.

Autumn came, I went to the UK and I had more fun and learned more than I ever have in my life. Mainly I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I can actually do the things I want to, and it's possible to, with the right opportunities, start over somewhere else, meet new people and have a different life more resembling the one I want.

Then I came home, and I knew that I didn't want to go back to my life the way it was before. I want to enjoy it, and not just wait without doing anything for something to happen.

So, here's what I want to do in 2016:

  • Cook more
For almost the entirity of last year I was completely bored with cooking, and in general didn't enjoy food as much as I usually do. This year, I'm going to use my cook books as much as possible and try a lot of new things. That's right, I'm gonna get my passion for food back!

  • Write more
The modules I took in creative writing in Bath showed me how much I love writing, and it also gave me a lot more confidence in my abilities. I started a novel in one of the modules, and i would love to finish it this year.
  • Clear out my flat
Living for three months with nothing more than what fit in two suitcases wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, and I feel slightly overwhelemed at the thought of my full storage room back at the flat. As soon as I move back, I'm going to start clearing out the things I don't need, don't use and haven't missed.
  • Move
I've always been slightly scared of moving away somewhere new, but seeing as it worked out fine when I went to Bath, I kind of can't wait to start something new for myself elsewhere. And honestly, there's not much for me left in my home town, since most people I know have moved away or never lived here to begin with. I'm so ready to try something new!

måndag 11 januari 2016

Bodhi and Birch Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub

I've put off writing this review for a while because I didn't know how to best approach it. I have very mixed feelings about this Bodhi and Birch Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub*, and I think it all comes down to that I don't know if I am a scrub person at all.

First: I love the scent and the texture. Bodhi and Birch really know their stuff.

I've used this twice in the bath, and there it is wonderful. The salt dissolves quickly in the water but the oil and the beautiful scent stays and lying in a warm bath with that scent is incredibly relaxing. I nearly fell asleep both times. Also, your skin is completely moisturised when you get out of the bath.

However, all the other times I've used this I have not had access to a bath, and I feel that for me, it's just really tricky to use scrubs like this in the shower. It feels like the salt dissolves to quickly and I find myself using an exessive amount instead. Bearing in mind this is £35, I end up feeling like I'm doing nothing but wasting product, I'm afraid.

As salt scrubs go, I think this is fantastic. I'm just not sure I'd buy it again. Partly for the price and partly because I don't have a bath to use it in. I do love the scent however, so if anything I'd go for the Bath & Shower Therapy with the same fragrance.

If you are a lover of salt scrubs, can't understand why I'm whining about using it in the shower and have the budget to allow a purchase, I think you should go for it!

* Indicates PR sample

måndag 4 januari 2016

Current Skincare Routine

Woah, okay. I make a bold claim by calling this a 'routine'. I'm usually pretty crap at keeping to just one set of products since I always seem to be going through samples and just using whatever catches my eye when I'm standing in my bathroom.

So, the reason that I now have a sort of routine is simply because these are basically the only things I've bothered to unpack since I got home, so i figured they must be my favourites. My skin also seems to really like this consistent use of the same products, so maybe I'm on to something here.

The Rose Tree Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter or Therapi Rose Otto Honey Gel Cleanser*
You know I love the cleansing butter since I've written a review of it before, and I've also slightly fallen in love with the Theapi gel cleanser. It seems pretty harmless and has a very runny texture, so when I first tried it I have to say I didn't think it would impress me. But it did. It gets all my makeup off, I don't have to double cleanse and it doesn't dry out my skin. Basically all I'm looking for in a cleanser.

Maria Åkerberg AHA & Jojoba Scrub
This is a fairly recent addition to my routine (and this actually has become routine). I had this sample lying around for ages before I gave it a fair chance, and now I actually really like it. I try and use this every other day, and my dehydrated winter skin is thriving.

Okay, so here is where it gets fairly complex, for me at least. First: Herbfarmacy Pure Hydration Serum*. I seriously cannot live without this. I ran out of my last bottle and tried going without it since I didn't really have the money to replace it, but my skin was having none of that and turned to sandpaper. I tweeted out in despair and Herbfarmacy were kind enough to send me a new one for free. I will love them forever for it.

In the same package they sent me some samples, so I have started trying out the Just Eyes Cream* (is that supposed to be a pun?). I can't really tell if it makes a massive difference, but it feels nice, so I'll at least use up this sample.

If my skin is particularly fussy that day I'll throw on some Bodhi and Birch Rosa Rosa Moisturiser*, which you'll also know from before that I love.

Finally, a face oil. I love a good face oil, and it's my favourite step of the routine. Right now I'm using the Myroo Starflower Orange Blossom Skin Boost*. This is some top notch stuff, and it smells fabulous!

* indicates PR sample. 
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