Update: more time passes, still nothing interesting to report (plus summer updates to this update)

So I’ll just copy-paste my last update, from fall 2015, and amend as needed…
UPDATED 2017-07: summer updates are mostly replacing La Roche-Posay with more ethical alternatives (cruelty-free, vegan) and returning to some items used off and on years ago, or their descendants and new improved versions. Plus a new mascara.


Nothing “interesting-interesting” anyway. 

Success stories: managing to go shopping in Whole Foods for those few basic necessities I actually need from there and can get nowhere else, and then getting out without spending a three-figure sum and/or killing anyone.

Beautification stuff: skin more settled. It loves Vancouver cool rain.


  • Yes, I still love Vancouver and its weather
  • I’ve still managed to lead a happy crime-free existence without hurting anyone, as part of trying to live an ethical, sustainable, low-impact life
  • still aiming towards having absolutely nothing to report; only buying one thing to replace another, sustainable and stably; and repairing, recycling, reusing, and repurposing wherever possible
  • still aiming to buy as little as humanly possible and do my little bit to end the cosumerist-colonialist-capitalist machine before it destroys our world, and us all; still trying to live up to the fiery polemic of the best thing I wrote on here (and one of the best things I’ve written in the last ten years), “hauls” (July 2013). Here’s some key excerpts:


I’ve moved back to *shriek* less granola stuff because it’s cheaper and more readily immediately available, reducing time and transport costs. This also means I can give more money (and, now, occasionally, time) to organisations helping migrants / refugees. Two words, one same thing—people in movement—for humanitarian and human purposes; and anyone thinking otherwise is

  1. linguistically ignorant
  2. historically and culturally ignorant
  3. inhuman, and
  4. probably a hypocrite who doesn’t know or doesn’t want to know about their own history.

So, yes, there have been more important and interesting things to think about and do than morosophical beautification. I know, it’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

Anyway. Here’s what I’m currently using, head to toe. Attempting to use stuff up, and to buy sensibly and economically. That is, buying things that The Man and I use regularly and will use up before they go off; we share skincare. (He has a couple of other items not listed below, ex. shaving stuff.) Trying to minimise waste, which includes buying stuff in recyclable containers. For rinse-off products—as with dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, and household cleaning products—choosing formulations that are quite concentrated and reduce water use. That’s an area where a lot of pseudo-greener stuff fails badly.

It’s pretty functional and there’s little here that’s new or that I haven’t used at some point in the last several years; actual new stuff is in bold. Aiming for cruelty-free, vegan, biodegradable; and for sustainable stability, which is also a kind of “low-to-no-buy” policy. With sensitive fragile freaky skin, that’s an ambitious goal. Boring can be good. And minimalism an aesthetic, and stylish, so it counts as a beautiful lifestyle in its own right.

  1. Toothpaste: anything without SLS, with fluride, and with a minty taste based on actual mint. Jason or Sensodyne, no preference except price.
  2. La Roche-Posay Tolériane cleansing lotion: face.
    SUMMER UPDATE: replaced by Pure Anada Scentless Gentle Cleanser
  3. meadowfoam seed oil (any brand): eye make-up remover, sunscreen remover stage 2, face & body moisturiser, scalp massage, hand and foot soaks, other general use. I bought a gallon about a year or so ago and am still using it up… (also recently: jojoba oil)
  4. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Syndet gel-cream body wash stuff: body-wash, shampoo, bubble bath.
    SUMMER UPDATE: mostly using shampoo (see next item) as body wash.
  5. Curelle Energé shampoo: as shampoo, sometimes mixed in with Lipikar Syndet; also for cleaning menstrual cup; and for hand-washing laundry.
  6. Curelle Trèslite conditioner: also for shaving armpits (and, one day, legs… when the weather means a move out of long socks and tights)
  7. La Roche-Posay Lipikar AP Baume: as moisturiser all over. I’ve also used it on hair if a bit dry. And eye cream. Skin currently cool with what niacinamide there is in this stuff. Large bottles from drugstores here.
    SUMMER UPDATE: replaced by:
    —face = Pure Anada Scentless Daily Moisturiser and a melted blob of refined shea butter: mixing the two (PITA, tricky to get quantities right and takes forever; next method was to apply moisturiser first, then shea butter melted and patted into drier areas (= everywhere except chin); that moisturiser is gentle and comfortable, but used alone isn’t moisturising enough for me
    ShiKai Borage Therapy Facial Moisturiser (not unscented but smells of nothing and I’m not allergic to the masking fragrance)
    —(cheaper) ShiKai Borage unscented dry skin lotion: faster to apply in the morning than the Pure Anada / shea combo, though if I have a few minutes longer (a.k.a. I haven’t overslept and am not in a disorganised rush), I prefer that combo as it’s more moisturising
    —body = ShiKai Borage unscented dry skin lotion 
  8. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5: face moisturiser in allergy season and general first aid for any itchy, flaky, eczematic, or dry patches. I’ve only had to use it on my face intensively for about a fortnight this year, plus Loratedine, and skin has been fine and stable: touch wood!
    SUMMER UPDATE: relegated to the first aid kit
  9. DIY balm, made from shea butter + olive oil + beeswax: lip balm, and around outer corners of eyes if dry.
    SUMMER UPDATE: plain refined shea butter (Mountain Rose Herbs)
  10. Badger Sport SPF 35 unscented sunscreen: face.
    Still also using up old supplies of CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40 for hands and other incidental exposure of body parts. The Man is using up old Replenix Sheer Spray SPF 50.
    SUMMER UPDATE: BurnOut face & body SPF 30 (white tube, blue writing) & natural for family SPF 30+ (orange tube)
  11. Badger Sport SPF 35 unscented sunscreen stick: lips and around eyes.
  12. Primal Pit Paste unscented deodorant in the jar: I buy this about six months’ supply at a time, whenever it’s bargainaceous. Level 2 (= old “regular”)
  13. Clinique Black Honey eyeliner pencil: for tightlining, using the Bobbi Brown mini eyeliner brush (available in a kit with a mini pot of gel eyeliner, which yes I bought just for the brush, and it was money well spent).
    SUMMER UPDATE: returned to cake eyeliner. Using up Laura Mercier in Mahogany, then once I’ve finished it, moving to (cruelty-free, vegan, etc.) Nvey Eco.
  14. Tubing mascara: Bobbi Brown intensifying, DHC, or either of the Blinc ones.
    SUMMER UPDATE: Blinc, Urban Decay Perversion
  15. Eye concealer: Laura Mercier eye basics in Linen.
    I also used and liked the Nars doe-foot eye concealer in Vanilla (FYI Chantilly is lighter but yellow-toned; neither shade is as good as the LM on cool very fair skin).
    SUMMER UPDATE: returned to Silk Naturals HD foundation in C10
  16. Lipstick: Lipstick Queen Medieval or Butterfly Ball in Trance.
  17. Regular chocolate continues.

Yes I am using LRP stuff: for reasons of

  • not testing on animals and actively putting money and manpower into alternative testing in countries where barbarous practices continue
  • putting serious money into proper research and sensitive-skin-compatibility (care, maintenance, and management is cheaper than drugs, guys)
  • not using unethical palm-oil and being a major influence in its avoidance
  • ditto on using other sustainable ingredients. Ex. alternatives to petrochemicals–though there’s also good sense in using such derivative by-products–and alternatives to unsustainable and/or unethical phytochemicals, like oils from plants whose demand leads to monoculture, lack of biodiversity, animal habitat loss, soil erosion, and environmental damage (including negative effects on humans)
  • not being hypocritical false tree-huggers who commit cultural theft and neoliberal asset-stripping, New Age Colonialists
  • not being abusive fearmongers who celebrate ignorance, are against science and knowledge and decent sceptical questioning, and translate these pseudo-values into anti-feminism
  • and not being cynical greenwashers, who prey on people, purely there for their profit, charging them as much as The Great Holy Market will bear for as long as it will bear it: these are not environmental saviours but wolves in sheep’s clothing

SUMMER UPDATE: for present purposes and stable skin, I’ve found more cruelty-free alternatives from Pure Anada and ShiKai. I do have half a tube of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume in the first aid kit and a backup tube, for emergency purposes. For other more everyday skin calamities (i.e. not the simultaneous multiple ER disasters of 2015), Vanicream / Free & Clear (PSIco) have a range of tried and tested and trusted stuff.

But, as ever, I digress.

Good things in life, let’s focus on the positive.




Other updates–seriously, nothing interesting for the intents and purposes of this blog and its readers. Been writing elsewhere and happy doing so. No offence intended to beauty blog folks: I just happen to write in more than one place, and (as you know already from this present blog) about more than one thing. I hope everyone keeps up the good happy writing and reading, commenting and sharing, discussion on and off line; on all sorts of things. Being lively interactive humans is good.

Peace out, be happy, spread both to others.

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