Good day, guys!
I am positively wiped today. I spent 8 hrs moving, decluttering and organizing my desk. I am about to start work on my BA thesis and I also have another paper to write (which feels so unsubstantial now that I have this beast officially hopping around in the background). I can’t wait to get going. I mean, I want to spend the rest of my doing research and writing about it and this is just the first step in the right direction.
So here you can see my day’s work. I tried to keep the desk as empty as possible, I need space and I love the pattern on my desk, I would like to see it. But I had to have my glass candlesticks on there I love them so much, and yes, there is a skull on my desk. Memento mori, ladies and gentlemen :D.
On the right side of the picture you can see part of my vanity. That one I have decluttered, too, but I am not happy with the set up yet. I still have some thinning out to do but I am proud of myself for every product I chuck out. Of course I will report on my reduced collection when I’m ready.
I also finally read a book just for fun from back to back again. In two days, I was that starved.
I devoured Tess Gerritsen’s Ice Cold in the German version (Totengrund). Maura Isles gets lost on a trip in the snow and ends up in an abandoned village, creepy things ensue.
I loved it. It was really suspenseful, fast paced, with twists and turns. I love the Rizzoli&Isles books in general, I have read 3 of them by now and they were all great. Too bad I’m on a book ban right now. Oh well…
And last but not least, the empties of the last couple of weeks. I am still on a ‘Use up all the crap you have’ kinda trip and I am making progress.
I used up my Schauma Cotton Fresh dry shampoo. It smells nice, works well, but as with any other dry shampoo I have to be careful with the whitecast but it is controllable. I am currently testing my way through the dry shampoo range and this one I definitely like. Next I used up another alverde Body Butter this time a limited edition one from the christmas pack I bought. It smelled like apple and raisins and I quite liked it. The scent is not overpowering though and doesn’t last too long on the skin. The body butter is just as moisturizing as the regular version, I have already started another one. While I use the body butters after showering I use other body creams before bed. I used up the Balea Brazil Mango bodylotion which was limited edition over the summer. The scent was amazing but it was not rich enough for my severly de-hydrated skin, next up I used up a tub of the Balea Pflegecreme, which is a very basic body cream formulated for dry skin. It was much better than the Mango bodylotion for my skin, but I felt it was a bit sticky on my skin and still not moisturizing enough. I have two more tubs of cream that need using up and then I am free 🙂
I also used up two perfume samples: YSL Belle D’Opium and Paco Rabanne Lady Million. I liked both but probably not enough to shell out for one of the two in full size, also, I have another Lady Million sample stashed away.
On a more random note, I used up a Garnier mineral Invisible Black White Colors deodorant. It was okay but I am trying to stay away from aluminium in deodorants at the moment, I already replaced it with an aluminium-free one.
I used up another one of my longliner pens, this one just fell victim to the finals.
And I used up two more boxes of tea: My Lipton strawberry cupcake green tea and the Lipton Canada tea, which is basically an apple/ maple syrup flavored fruit tea. The Canada tea has been sadly discontinued in my area so I cannot repurchase that anymore but the strawberry cupcake green tea was really yummy and I will definitely pick this one up again. Lipton has quickly become one of my favorite tea brands, they have really unique flavors.