Are you among the people who always suffer from some skin change when you’re away from home? I guess the majority of us experience this. Hopefully, it would be just a small problem and nothing serious but a problem is a problem.
So, although I was away for just a couple of days at the beginning of the week, my elbows decided to act strange. We all know that elbows usually get very dry and we should moisturise them often. I’m trying to take care of them as part of my body but I still can’t explain to myself what happened several days ago. My skin on that area got really dry, it was even painful. I didn’t take many products with me but I noticed that I’ve grabbed the travel size of the Vichy NutriExtra Body Cream. Of course, I decided to give it a go.
I know that this is not a review on a new product but I was impressed with how quickly this cream solved my problem. After applying it, my elbows got really soft and the pain was gone almost immediately.
Now, to tell you more about the cream if you haven’t tried it. It has a rich texture, you need just a tiny bit of the product, smells really nice and absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue. It’s paraben-free. Feels very soothing, I suppose it’s because of the thermal water in it. And exactly the soothing feeling made me like this cream so much, it’s something that I usually associate with herb products (which I adore!) but this one surprised me.
I’m pretty sure I will start bringing this cream with me all the time.
I’m away from the place I live in for a couple of days and I’m really happy that I took with me only what I really need.
But there are items that I carry in my bag every single day no matter where I am and sometimes they are literally saviours, so I decided to share them with you.
Water. I drink a lot of water, I just feel that my organism needs water and there is definitely a difference in my skin condition when I drink less. It’s very important to stay hydrated.
Snacks. I get hungry every 3-4 hours, but like really hungry. Nothing can replace a good lunch but sometimes we need a little energy between meals. This one here isn’t the healthiest bar but I picked it because it has a lot of nuts inside, love nuts.
If there there isn’t a chance to wash my hands before eating, I always use antibacterial gel.
Lip balm. As a lip balm addict, I often carry at least 3 with me. I may not use lipstick for hours but my lips need to be nourished and I try to apply lip balm whenever I can. Here you see the Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Açaí berry that has Vitamins A, C, D and E, antioxidants and omega oils.
Concealer. We all use it for touch-ups during the day, gotta hide those dark circles. The one today is by Bourjois and it’s their 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream that I reviewed several months ago here.
Blotting papers. If you have oily or combination skin, you know the struggle. I like the Essence All about matt! papers because they don’t have so much powder that can go all over your clothes but they get the job done. The packaging is travel friendly and they’re super cheap (should have taken more from Germany).
What are your everyday saviours?
End of the month, end of summer (not that we feel the summer so much here in Norway but still…) so it’s time to get ready for September and check out the August favourites.
Starting with hair because I absolutely adore the Björn Axén Strengthening Shampoo for fine hair although mine is not fine at all. It’s fresh, smells of apricots, makes my hair soft and shiny. More about it here.
I love body products and if they’re travel size, I’m immediately interested. This Works Really Rich Firming Lotion is super hydrating, leaves your skin nourished and toned and smells of herbs. I got it last year when I was in London and somehow it remained in my bathroom without being opened, so when I finally started using it, I felt very sad when I learned that it has already been discontinued.
I have two favourite nail products this month. First of all, let’s take a moment to appreciate this wonderful nail treatment that OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails is. In my post I said that it changed my nails but that probably needed a bit more time to see the real difference and I was right. After more than a month of using it, I can share with you that my nails are completely transformed and as healthy as in the times was wearing no nail polish (years ago!).
Speaking of nail polish, Knickerbocker Glory from Ciaté London and their Beach House collection (review here) is adorable – fresh, bright and having a great formula, what more could you want?
A lipstick probably…
It took me about two months to really start liking MAC Pattiserie (review here). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it but when so many people are raving so much about a product, my expectations get really high. I still don’t think it’s the perfect nude for me and I still would’ve liked it more if it didn’t have so much shimmer but I’ve been wearing it a lot in August. It completes the natural look that I’m always going for.
Have a wonderful September!
I love Rimmel and their products and feel sad that I can’t find anything from them here in Norway so when I saw the Fix and Perfect Pro Primer 002 during my trip some time ago, I had to take it.
It has thick consistency, smells a little bit like a soap which is a problem for many people but for me, personally it’s ok, you don’t feel it after putting on the rest of your make-up anyways. It needs a minute or two to fully absorb.
I had high hopes for it because of the word ”mattifies”, yes, combination skin problems. And probably that’s mostly why I got a bit disappointed and I’m having mixed feelings about this primer. What it claims is:
Foundation glides on more smoothly, more evenly and wears longer. Or wear alone for an all-day fresh and even complexion.
- Smoothes to minimize pores
- Resurfaces for an even complexion
- Brightens skin all day
- Mattifies and eliminates shine
- Protects skin from environmental aggressors
First of all, it does prime! I have enlarged pores and so far, I haven’t found a solution but this primer is kinda helping me to have smoother skin.
As to resurfacing the skin, I’m not sure exactly how a primer can resurface your skin.
Next point is brightening the skin which the primer does, my skin looks better, brighter and glowing.
What I’m looking for in a primer is to make my skin smooth and mattified. I know that I can’t find a drugstore alternative for my all-time favourite Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid by L’Occitane but when the packaging claims that the product would mattify your skin, then it’s normal for me to expect that. And this primer doesn’t mattify your skin. After you apply it and wait for a couple of minutes to absorb, it really looks like your skin is mattified but less than 30 minutes later, the shine is back. Many people say that it doesn’t look dewy either but for me it absolutely does. When something looks dewy on other people, it looks oily on me. I have to blot many times during the day to eliminate the shine.
I don’t hate this product but it definitely didn’t do for me what I was expecting. However, I suppose it would be a better choice for the upcoming winter months because it feels hydrating.
Have you tried the primer on oily/combination skin and what are your thoughts?
I know it might seem weird but sometimes I use moisturisers for dry skin on my combination skin face. It’s actually ok if you use it on the right zones.
A couple of months ago I switched my daily moisturiser to a mattifying one. I love it but I noticed that my cheeks needed more hydration. Then I remembered that I had this cream in my stash but never got to use it because it’s made for dry skin. It’s the Decleor Hydra Floral ”Flower nectar” moisturising cream. I’ve seen many nice comments about Decleor’s products, my mom is using some of them too and I probably got this one out of curiosity but since it wasn’t suitable for my skin type (there was nothing saying it’s for dry skin, I learned it later), it just remained somewhere in the bathroom.
Excuse me that I’m not able to tell you if just the packaging of this one is changed or the formula is different but now they have another one, a light version of the product that is suitable for every skin type including oily skin types.
What is important to know is that this cream has natural ingredients, hydrates your skin and also, the plant extracts protect it from pollution. It’s on the pricey side but you need just a small amount of the product, feels luxurious on the skin and makes my cheeks and neck really soft, actually, softer than ever! Smells of flowers which I, personally, like.
I know that I’ll be reaching for this cream even more in the autumn and winter months that are slowly approaching.
Have you tried any Decleor products?