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July 22, 2014

Project Pan Them All | May/June Empties

I did not forget about my May empties but at the time, I was in a very rough phase in topical steroid withdrawal and I was lacking the strength to even get out of bed, so imagine writing a blog post... but anyway, I am better now - although absolutely not healed - so let's be productive!

Baby wipes have been a much needed staple for me for about two months now, since I could not even tolerate showers or baths when TSW was really bad - until recently, actually! Even now, I am very careful to not shower or bath everyday to not irritate my sensitive skin. Personnelle Baby Wipes are OK I guess - better than those incredibly cheap ones from Dollarama - although I recently switched for Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes which are amazingly thick, soft and fluffy - definitely the best I have ever tried!

Sea salt is recommended during TSW as it is great to dry ooze and disinfect the skin, and Aurora Mediterranean Fine Sea Salts was definitely amazing during the first super rough months, where I was literally living in the tub!

Since I can't use skincare products during TSW, I decided I would take great care of my hair instead. I always love Marc Anthony haircare products, and the Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Treatment is no exception! I only need one small drop for my shoulder-length hair for soft, smooth, shiny and tangle-free hair, and it doesn't leave greasy residue.

I used to be a big fan of the texture of SPAresource Cream with Shea Butter but then I realized they were not really doing any good to my hand eczema, and I got sick of the overly sweet and chemical scent - Sweet Tangerine is no exception.

I am glad to have used up a bunch of lipbalms these past months! Since doing moisturizer withdrawal as part of TSW, lipbalms are the only moisturizing product I allow myself to use, although I recently decided to try to not use them for a bit to see if there was any natural improvement on my dry and cracked lips. My favorite of the bunch is definitely MJ's Soap Shop Cherry Lip Balm, although I also loved EthicBioskin Nourishing and Regenerating Lip Care and My Lip Stuff Lip Balm. The Body Shop Chocomania Lip Butter actually burned my lips (?!) and the Figs & Rouge Rambling Rose 100% Organic Natural Balm dried up.

I found that conditioner from a box of John Frieda  Precision Foam Colour in Deep Cherry Brown I had used a long time ago that I totally forgot about! These conditioners are usually so-so (although I did not like the results of the hair dye!)

July 18, 2014

Tag | The Common White Girl

I am not sure if I am supposed to know what a "common white girl" is, but a tag is always fun and I have not done one of these in such a long time so, why not?

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1. Favorite Starbucks drink?

Honestly, I am not a big Starbucks fan - I probably had a drink from there three or four times in my life. I personally think it is overrated - and overpriced! The last one was their Pumpkin Spice Latte and I thought it tasted so artifical and way too sweet! I did enjoy their Caramel Frappuccino while in Europe though.

2. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

I am currently homebound due to TSW but usually, it takes me around 10 minutes, depending on what I have planned for the day.

3. How many selfies do you take on a daily basis?

I do not take selfies on a daily basis - I will mostly take a selfie to showcase a special makeup look, outfit or a special moment.

4. How many Instagram followers and pics do you have?

I currently have 368 followers - thank you! - and 419 pictures. Please feel free to follow me if you don't already - I mostly post pictures of my food, my doggie, travel and nature, and quotes.

5. Do you ever say "LOL" or "OMG" out loud?

Hrm... no.

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6. Do you wear the same clothing item more than once?

I don't mind wearing pants or a vest/cardi more than once.

7. Are you racist? that's a weird question! Of course not!

8. How many tweets do you have?

I currently have 12.9k tweets - I must admit I am not much on Twitter nowadays - most of my tweets are from my Instagram. Feel free to follow me anyway!

9. Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr?

Instagram, although I have really been into Tumblr recently!

10. What do you spend most of your time doing?

Since I am homebound with no energy due to my wrecked sleeping pattern - thanks TSW! - I mostly read in my backyard and I watch movies and TV shows online. I finished catching up on Game of Thrones just in time for the last episode of the last season - sigh! - and I am currently watching the last season of Vikings (it's good, especially if you liked Game of Thrones!). In case you were wondering, I am streaming series on The Dare TV. I also try to work on my blog, read and plan my next trip, but I find it really hard to concentrate on tasks which require even minimal concentration.

11. Who are your favorite YouTubers?

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12. How often do you do your nails?

I have stopped doing my nails when I noticed the eczema on my hands was starting to get out of control last summer. Since starting TSW, I have not done my nails, and I would rather not even talk about the state of my hands - and nails - right now.

13. Are you a shopaholic?

Absolutely not, I hate shopping so, so much!

14. How many times have you watched Mean Girls?

Twice! When it came out a while ago and about two months ago!

15. Do you own a lot of clothes?

I don't know - what is considered a lot? Since I dread shopping, I stick with the clothes I own and love.

16. Do you take pictures of your food before you eat it?

Guilty as charged! Even though I probably look like a freak when I eat out - it has grown to be a habit now!

17. Do you wear makeup everyday?

I have not really been into makeup since I came back from Europe last summer - while traveling, I did not bring any makeup so when I came back I guess I was used to see myself without makeup and I simply lost the habit.

18. What are your average grades in school?

I am not in school anymore but I have never been a really good student - in university, I had lots of B and C.

19. How do you usually style your hair?

I usually don't style it. Same as question 17, I lost the habit of styling it regularly. I am usually lazy and will put in a ponytail, messy bun or braid.

20. Do you always look presentable?

I try to...? If that means makeup and hair perfectly done, than no, I'm not that kind of girl.