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October Favourites


With Christmas decoration being displayed in stores since September, we’re slowly approaching the festive season. As much as I love the holidays, it seems to me that everything has gotten so consumerist and money-oriented that it kills the magic of Christmas. Everyone is waiting just for the gifts and not the time with their loved ones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not innocent, we’re all part of it, I myself have a few beauty advent calendars that I can’t wait to open. That being said, for me this is actually an escape from reality, as I’ll be away from home and I really miss my family, so I’m kind of trying to fill the emptiness in my life with advent calendars. Which doesn’t make me a better person, of course, I’m one of those to blame for our materialistic society, as well. But before this gets deeper, let me switch to the topic that we’re here for today.
I’ve been reading so many books lately and I’ve fallen in love with several but I never talk about them in beauty favourites posts, not sure why, I’ve just decided to keep this type of posts only beauty related but I like to share a bit more on my Instagram.

When it comes to skincare though, I have to say, I’m starting to like CeraVe products a lot. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is my most-used cleanser at the moment and there’s a good reason for that. It’s gentle, it’s effective and I love the big bottle, it’s going to last me months athough I sometimes wash my hands with it. It’s actually meant to be used on face and body, I tend to just wash my face with it but sometimes when I apply hair oil after drying my hair and have to do something immediately afterwards, normal soap just doesn’t get rid of the greasy feel on my hands, so CeraVe does the job. It feels like a lotion rather than a gel and is packed with ceramides to help the natural barrier function of the skin. It’s also fragrance- and soap-free and it’s really easy to wash it off.
I’d like to add that for me this isn’t going to remove makeup and sunscreen, I prefer to use a makeup remover and then continue with the CeraVe Cleanser. It’s great as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening but I think you’d need something else to take your makeup off.
Another favourite from CeraVe is this Renewing SA Foot Cream that me and my boyfriend have been using for several weeks. My feet get very dry in the winter no matter how much I exfoliate and moisturise them. This foot cream is really affordable, so I decided to give it a go when I noticed it at the pharmacy. I was surprised how quickly it made a difference, in less than a week my feet felt much softer and nourished. The formula contains AHA (Ammonium Lactate which is the ammonium salt of Lactic Acid and has anti-bacterial properties) and BHA (Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and smooth rough skin), Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid.  It’s quite a thick cream but spreads easily and absorbs almost instantly, feels comfortable and non-greasy and it’s now a staple in my winter care.
There are so many products from the brand that I’d like to try now but unfortunately, not all of them are available in Europe.

And staying on the winter care page, I love a good multi-purpose moisturiser. I like to have one or two in my bag and use them on my hands and cuticles or on top of my cheekbones that tend to get flaky in the icy wind in Norway. But I’ve been using the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach only as a lip mask, although you can apply it anywhere where you’d use a multi-purpose moisturiser. I just prefer it as a lip   healer because it’s a thick, waxy, glossy balm that stays on for hours (when I wake up on the following morning it feels as if I’ve just applied it) and pretty much can’t be washed off. I picked up the peach-scented one but it doesn’t really smell of peaches, it just has added Peach Kernel Oil and Vitamin E to the formula. It comes with a pointy applicator but I always use my finger to get the amount needed just because it’s too thick to be spread with the applicator. I’m in love with the retro packaging, as well and I’m looking forward to trying their hand creams.

My skin is combination, with oily T-zone but when cold hits, my cheeks get really dry and flaky and even the center of my face can be on the dryer side. This mini of the Farmacy Honey Potion has been a must for me lately. It’s a really interesting face mask, feeling like honey because in fact, Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey is one of the main ingredients and is full of natural antioxidants. When I apply the thick mask on my face and start massaging it for a couple of minutes, it actually feels warm and transforms into a cream, then I leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash it off. It washes off easily and reveals radiant complexion. It does make a change in my skin appearance and it feels much more hydrated with less flaky areas. That’s a second Farmacy product I’ve been loving lately.

I’m back with an old favourite with this Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 530 Lily Lake. This is my second tube of it and I’m already halfway through, it’s just an easy choice and it’s perfect for this time of the year because of the shade and because it’s balmy and hydrating on the lips. I love this mauve pink colour, it looks good on everyone and makes you feel a bit more awake and fresh. And the lipstick is comfortable to wear with its formula enriched with Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils, Beeswax  and Vitamin E to soften and condition the lips. For me it’s a lipstick and lip balm in one but having in mind that the brand’s lip balms are some of my favourites, it’s no surprise. Also, the packaging is made from 60% recycled materials, so it’s even more special. There’s a great variety of beautiful shades, brighter or more nude, that are quite opaque for such a balmy formula and although they don’t last that long on the lips, I don’t really mind reapplying them.

Now, it’s time to put on the chunky knits and tackle the last day of October!

 

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Switching Up My Skincare Wardrobe | Fall 2018


There have been a lot of rainy and gloomy days lately and while I’m enjoying the colourful streets and mountains around, I’m reaching for more and more cosy and warm clothes. And because each season we switch up our wardrobe, so that it’s appropriate for the changes in weather, why not update our skincare regimen, as well? Our skin needs a suitable care during each part of the year just like we need a soft jumper to feel warmer and more comfortable at the moment.

I’ve mentioned before that I like simple cleansers that take away the impurities but also feel gentle on the skin. In the warmer months, I prefer to use cleansing gels and in the autumn/winter I tend to reach for something a bit more hydrating. That being said, my new favourite, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is described by many as ‘gel’. For me, personally, it’s very difficult to define the texture of this cleanser but it feels like a runny lotion rather than a gel. It doesn’t foam up and doesn’t leave a residue but it feels purifying and nourishing at the same time. I’ve been using it for almost two months and I get the hype. It’s a mild cleanser that contains ceramides and ceramides hydrate the skin and reinforce its natural barrier function, it’s also fragrance- and soap-free which is very important for me.
This CeraVe Cleanser is great in the morning or as a second cleanse in the evening, I don’t think it’s good at  removing makeup and sunscreen, to be fair. I find that I need a separate product for that.
But I love the fresh and moisturising feeling after using the cleanser and I’m happy I got the biggest bottle I could find.

However, a cleanser that can     remove makeup and sunscreen is definitely Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser. I’ve just started using it after over 3 months of waiting for it to be available worldwide and I’ll be posting updates on my experience with it soon but I pretty much think it was love from first cleanse. Easy to use, no fragrance, no unnecessary ingredients, just a simple, effective and gentle formula. I’ve been watching Dr. Sam’s videos for a long time, if you love skincare and your skin, you should do the same, she gives advice on so many topics, her channel is incredibly helpful and I’m happy that she started her own line. I can’t wait to see what’s in the making as the cleanser is just the first step.
And to go back to it, I have to say, I don’t wear that much makeup, I probably use foundation once a week but I do apply sunscreen. And as we know, sunscreen is hard to wash off. But Flawless Cleanser gets off SPF and impurities without leaving the skin dried out (it’s not a foaming wash), without clogging the pores and leaving a residue. Basically, it’s everything you’d want from a cleanser to be and it’s suitable for blemish-prone and sensitive skin, as well.

Let’s talk about niacinamide. Niacinamide is a fantastic ingredient that not only has anti-blemish and anti-pigmentation benefits but it also helps boosting skin’s natural ceramide supply. So, it’s great for acne-prone skin and it’s even hydrating which makes it perfect for the colder months. I, personally, use products with niacinamide throughout the whole year, it’s one of my favourite ingredients and I just can’t be without it. Many people switch from using salicylic acid that can be a bit drying to niacinamide in autumn/winter, I use both all the time and my skin is happy that way but everyone’s different.
Two of my favourite products containing niacinamide at the moment are Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide Serum which is lightweight and helps regulate oil production while brightening the skin complexion and CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM. It has a gel-cream texture and I use it when my skin is in a serious need of hydration. I can’t say that I’ve used it long enough to give a full review but so far, it’s been a lovely addition to my evening skincare routine.

A skincare change-up that I do in the autumn is adding Vitamin C to my shelf. I didn’t use Vitamin C in the summer but I really need it in the colder weather when my skin tends to get a bit more dull. I chose this mini from Drunk Elephant, I’ve used C-Firma Day Serum before and I really like it. Essentially, it contains 15% Ascorbic Acid that is accompanied by antioxidants like Ferulic Acid, lightweight non-fragrant plant oils (the brand’s Marula Oil) and Hyaluronic Acid. I feel like this formula could be suitable for every skin type but if you’re very oily, you might need something lighter.
Vitamin C improves the appearance of uneven skin tone and the ability to strengthen skin’s barrier. The potent formula can also improve signs of ageing and discoloration and reduce inflammation.
I think it’s quite difficult to find the right Vitamin C product, there are so many on the market and honestly, prices are crazy. I’m still trying different ones and I can’t decide which one is my favourite, so I’d be happy if you share some of your most-loved ones with me.

Do you switch up your skincare routine in the autumn/winter and which are your favourite products and ingredients for this time of the year?

Germany Drugstore Beauty Haul | Fall 2018

So, we had a short trip to Germany and if it wasn’t for the rush, it would have been perfect. Weather was wonderful and everything seemed so peaceful, I miss peaceful places and days, everything seems so crazy nowadays.

Before leaving for Germany I placed a pharmacy order with a few CeraVe products, as I’ve been really interested in trying them for a pretty long time. I just started using the Hydrating Facial Cleanser and so far, it seems really mild and gentle on the skin while removing all the impurities. I also wanted to try their Foaming Facial Cleanser and then picked up the Daily Moisturising Lotion that can be used on face and body (sadly, the eczema line was not available and I was hoping to get something for my dry legs) and the PM Facial Moisturising Lotion that also contains my favourite Niacinamide.

During the short period of time we were in Germany, I managed to enjoy visits at a couple of their drugstores and I didn’t want to leave. Everything was so interesting for me but I was mainly attracted to the colourful hair and body products. I got only one makeup item, the Catrice Slim’matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil. I’m always on the hunt for a replacement of my Soap & Glory pencil and this one looked promising at first, I got the darkest shade available, 040 Cool Brown, a really good match for me, the pencil glides on easily and it’s indeed precise. The downside is that it’s too soft for such type of brow product and it just won’t last that long, I feel as if there’s only half left in the packaging although I’ve used it just a few times.

Sheet masks are something I’m not really using at the moment, so I picked up only 3. The Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask seemed interesting because it promises pore-tightening and purifying effects. Honestly, I’m not such a fan of the brand’s sheet masks but they surely look tempting. Then I saw the adorable-looking Balea Happy Macarons Sheet Mask with Hyaluronic Acid and Blueberry Extract and the Balea Aqua Sheet Mask. I love the Aqua range, so I had to repurchase one of my favourite drugstore hyaluronic acid serums, the Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum. I’ve talked about it many times on the blog, I’ve featured it in annual favourites, as well and whenever I have the chance, I just get it.

I’ve never tried a Dontodent toothpaste (DM’s own brand) but I noticed they had a limited edition Ginger & Lemon Balm one, it looks so retro that I added it to my shopping basket.

As to hair, mini treatments are always good to have when travelling and Germany’s drugstores had quite the choice but I ended up getting the L’Oréal Elvital Anti-Breakage Treatment and the Balea Avocado Hair Mask minis.
I was so curious about the Garnier Fructis Hair Food Masks but they had just two types, so I decided to go for the Banana one. If you love banana scents, you will like this one, it’s lovely and it also nourishes my hair and makes it smoother and more shiny. I will be surely talking more about it once I’ve properly tested it out.
There were not that many shampoos that caught my eye, unfortunately. I remember that I liked the Balea Professional line before and I noticed it’s changed a bit and I don’t think I’ve seen the Clay Shampoo. It’s supposed to help with oily roots and dry ends, so I’m looking forward to trying it. The second one is a sulphate-free shampoo and I love finding new sulphate-free shampoos and cleansers and toothpastes… I hope this Nature Box Apricot Oil Shampoo will be a good one. It comes with 100% cold-pressed apricot oil, known for containing vitamins and antioxidants and is supposed to restore the shine of the hair.
Then I went to the baby section and I found one more sulphate-free shampoo. It’s from DM’s own brand Babylove and it should be quite calming and soothing. And while I was browsing the aisle, I also picked up the Cleansing Gel from the range, it’s said it can be used ”from head to toe”, so it should be another gentle product.

I’ve tried shaving foams from Balea before and now they have smaller versions of them. The Limited Edition Lovely Couple Shaving Foam has a Fig, Peony & Magnolia scent and it’s said to be good even for sensitive skin. The bottle looks really pretty and I remember they usually last quite a long time, so it’s a great budget buy.

Balea always offer colourful and fun body washes and even if they contain sulphates (I’m not saying it’s terrible, I just try to avoid sulphates because of skin issues), they smell wonderful and I can’t help myself but picking up a few. The Soft Shower Oil is something I’d like to try in the winter because it’s supposed to be purifying and hydrating at the same time. They also had a Shower Cream in a Rostock Limited Edition and the scent is of Raspberry and Lime. The traditional shower gels come in a large fruity variety and my choice ended up being the Star Fruit & Melon and the Cactus & Fig ones.
Kneipp never fail to offer fresh-scented summer body washes. Their shower foams are some of my favourites ones and I’ve had the Watermelon & Mint fragrance in a shower gel form which I loved, so now I want to try the shower foam version. I’m also looking forward to trying the Shower Tonic with Pink Grapefruit & Vetiver.
I’m familiar with CD‘s aluminum-free deodorants but I’ve never tried anything else from them. The Mint & Cucumber Morning Fresh Body Wash sounds so refreshing, perfect for the last summer mornings.
And last but not least, two of my favourite body brands. Weleda Feel Good Spicey Ginger Body Wash
and Sante Happiness Organic Orange & Mango Shower Gel are exactly what I’m looking for in a body wash, gentle formula, beautiful texture and lovely scent.

I’m looking forward to trying all these new products and I’m in particular curious about the CeraVe range. I hear so many dermatologists talk about and a lot of skincare bloggers seem to love it, as well. I’ll be also posting updates on my Instagram.