On Tuesday I called up some friends as we visited one another’s islands in Animal Crossing. It was genuinely the most fun I’ve had in a while. Animal Crossing is such a great backdrop for generating fun and shit jokes.
Honestly, after lockdown I want to keep talking to friends on the phone about their lives and problems. I’m starting to really appreciate the intimacy of not having to be presentable, combined with the convenience of being able to just call someone.
Zara’s new arrivals are photographed seemingly by the models themselves using a camera remote control and/or a mirror, and are set in homes. Someone has got to be directing these and teaching models to use the equipment etc, because although they’re all very different still feel like a cohesive set. A collection.
And then there’s ASOS reminding everyone that you can still wear clothes. Thanks ASOS!
In this household we continue to stay home, not least because coming back involves The Procedure: multiple hand washes, “quarantining” objects from the outside in a special zone in the hallway, washing the clothes and masks that went outside, washing my phone and Apple Watch using soap. And then washing hands again. It’s really not something you want to be doing every day.
Deodorant update: I’ve found the one: Malin+Goetz eucalyptus deodorant. Not an antiperspirant, but even after a whole day of video calls and 90 minutes pushing my heart rate to 160 in Beat Saber it still holds up. The only way it could be more perfect is if it didn’t come in plastic packaging.
The deodorant came with a sample of Malin+Goetz’s resurfacing serum, which normally costs £58 (!!!!). Because it’s an acid you’re meant to build up slowly to using it regularly. I’ve been using The Ordinary’s azelaic acid for quite a while, so I was able to start using it twice a day straight away. I’m a big fan of the serum. It started fading some hyperpigmentation the azelaic acid couldn’t shift. I’m still getting through the 3ml sample because it takes only a few drops to cover my face. I just can’t believe I now actually have to consider spending £58 on a skincare product because it works.
A few years ago my face had lots of acne scars, nodules under the skin and lots of red marks that had been there for years. I tried many products supposedly designed for skin with breakouts with no success. Some of the prescribed medication I once got actually made my acne far worse, and that effect lasted long after I had stopped using it. Then one day I stumbled upon a post on Tumblr discussing an ingredient present in Effaclar Duo. It led me to research on acne treatments showing that some of them work (niacinamide for example) and others don’t (witch hazel), which gave me hope again. I started buying pricier stuff if it had some research validating it, rather than spending less on the stuff that didn’t. My face is the clearest it’s even been and it’s hard to explain how much that has built up my self-esteem. So when I think about how bad it used to be the £58 serum seems totally worth it.
I’m old enough to remember that rainbows were once a symbol of LGBT survival and thriving in the face of oppression.