Instant Pot, Yay or Nay?

Despite the name of this blog, I’m painfully aware that I haven’t done much by way of food-related posts in quite some time. But to be fair, I’m active in that category elsewhere. I have taken to Tiktok-ing some of my kitchen adventures. (Please give a follow, if you can!) It’s easier to edit there, and the vids are in short, digestible bites. And a common thread is my use of the Instant Pot Duo in some of those cooking videos. So is it worth the counter space?

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Purito Centella Unscented Serum

Ever since trying my very first cica skincare product, I’ve made centella asiatica a regular part of my routine. It began a gradual shift to soothing skincare choices, and I’m more than happy to keep that going these days. From sampling popular sleeping masks and ampoules, I have now moved to incorporate the Purito Centella Unscented Serum (USD 20.50 for 60 ml/2 fl oz) to my current regimen.

 

Quick Specs: made in Korea, not tested on animals, vegan

Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract(49%) (strengthens skin barrier), Water, Glycerin (humectants), Dipropylene Glycol (humectants), Niacinamide (strengthens skin barrier), Butylene Glycol (humectants), 1,2-Hexanediol (stabilizers), Glycereth-26 (humectants), Ceramide NP (strengthens skin barrier), Sodium Hyaluronate (natural moisturizing factor/ humectants), Asiaticoside (strengthens skin barrier), Asiatic Acid (strengthens skin barrier), Madecassic Acid (strengthens skin barrier), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (improves elasticity), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (improves elasticity), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (improves elasticity), Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10 (improves elasticity), Carbomer (viscosity increasing agents), Arginine (pH adjusters), Sclerotium Gum (viscosity increasing agents), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters (skin-conditioning agents), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate (solubilizers), Panthenol (strengthens skin barrier), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate (solubilizers), Hydrogenated Lecithin (stabilizers), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (soothes skin), Pancratium Maritimum Extract (skin-conditioning agent), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (stabilizers), Disodium EDTA, Adenosine (improves wrinkles)

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Thoughts on Megxit and the Oprah Interview

This might come across as completely random for this blog, but I’ve actually been fascinated by the BRF (British Royal Family) for years, especially with Princess Diana and Kate Middleton. But the whole clan, in general, is interesting to me.

When Harry and Meghan became a couple, that felt epic, progressive, and promising. I even watched their royal wedding live. And then it started to go south around the time that news reports came out announcing members of Meghan’s staff started quitting one after the other. Lots of negative press since then, but shizz hit the fan with the announcement of Megxit. I even got into a debate with my cousin on why I’m not exactly siding with the Sussexes when they left.

Fast forward to having just seen that bombshell Oprah interview, and there are some things weighing on my mind:

Photo from Vanity Fair

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March 2021 Empties

This month’s empties post is on the modest side. It is the result of my trying to do some damage to the hoarder’s stockpile I have going on. The process started during the beginning of lockdown last year, when I realized that it might be harder to go out and get new things. It was the perfect opportunity for “out with the old”, so here goes:

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Clinique Calyx

Just in time for the start of summer, I have chosen the season’s scent I’ll be enjoying: Clinique Calyx (USD 60 for 50ml). It’s a combination of nostalgia and enthusiasm in a bottle.

Clinique Calyx

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Calyx Fragrance (Parfum), Water\Aqua\Eau, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss) Extract, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Farnesol, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Cinnamyl Alcohol <ILN35943>

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