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April Favourites


We’ve finally had spring temperatures in Norway! It’s amazing to see how even seagulls look much happier now.
April has been quite tough, to be honest and it may sound superficial but shutting the bathroom door in the evening and doing my skincare routine, instantly transfers me to a calmer place. Of course, I can’t forget about the troubles that me and my loved ones are facing but this ritual somehow makes me feel a bit better.

When I started using face masks in the morning because of the retinoid that is part of my evening skincare routine, it felt quite unusual at the beginning. I’m now used to it and it’s actually really nice to welcome the day with a fresh face. On the weekends, I like doing purifying masks and then to use a sheet mask but on a week day, I’d just go for something like the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask. It’s my favourite spot treatment, I’m in love with this face mask because it keeps my face clear and smooth. I use it twice a week even if I don’t have blemishes because it also prevents from getting new ones. It doesn’t dry out my skin but I always apply moistursing products after washing the mask off. I did a comparison between this mask and the Sunday Riley Saturn which I love, as well and you can have a read here.

While we were in Lisbon in March, looking for Ceramidin Cream, we found the Dr. Jart + Help Me Ceramidin Trial Kit. It contains the cream, the liquid and the gel-cream versions. My boyfriend has really dry and sensitive skin, so we wanted something that would give him moisture without irritating the skin. I started using Ceramidin Liquid as a serum or a moisturiser on its own while my boyfriend used the liquid followed by the cream and we both saw instant results. What surprised me was that he liked the liquid even more than the cream and I couldn’t believe that such a thin and runny texture could moisturise his skin so well. He began using only the liquid without applying the cream afterwards to compare and his skin was still looking soft and there were no dry patches anymore. We’ve now ordered the full size of Ceramidin Liquid and it’s become a staple for both of us. I love using it in the evening 20-30 minutes after applying Differin, it makes such a difference to my skin, it’s soothing and nourishing. It has a slight scent, absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. It doesn’t break me out which was my main concern and we’re really happy that it works well on both, dry and combination, blemish-prone skin.

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about my favourite lip balm in the past couple of months! I’ve featured it on my Instagram and I absolutely love it. Inkuto is a brand based in Finland but their founder is from Ghana. She helps empower women in her country and promotes the African natural resources that are economically and ecologically sustainable. They have different soaps, oils, body butters and they’re mostly known for the hand-crafted African Black Soap and the Shea Butter products. My favourite is their Shea Butter Lip Balm with Mango Oil, they also have ones with Coconut Oil and Raspberry Oil. It’s a beautiful little balm that melts onto the skin, feels smooth and shiny and if I leave it overnight, I wake up to the softest lips. The lip balm has a lovely light scent and a bit grainy texture which is the feature I love the most, as it gives a slight exfoliation to the lips. It’s wonderful and I’m really happy when I find small brands with great ideas behind them.

I’ve confessed multiple times my love for Rituals body products and although I’m not the biggest fan of floral scents, The Ritual of Sakura must be my favourite range from them. But it’s not your typical floral scent, it’s light and fresh and even a bit fruity but not overpowering or sweet, it’s perfect! I’ve been loving The Ritual of Sakura Shower Oil for the spring days. The pretty bottle has a pump which is really convenient and the oil turns into a milky emulsion in contact with water. It leaves a moisturising feel and makes my skin soft and nourished. I still use body moisturisers afterwards and I don’t think it would make a huge difference if you have very dry skin but it definitely has a hydrating feel to it. I love how the scent lingers in the bathroom for an hour or so, it’s a beautiful fragrance.

And speaking of fragrances, I started reaching for more spring/summer scents already in March because I just couldn’t wait any longer to wear them. One of my favourites is the beautiful Acqua di Parma Blu Meditarraneo Fico di Amalfi. It’s a unisex fragrance and it takes me to sunny Italy whenever I’m wearing it, I adore this scent. It’s not too sweet, it combines slight fruity sweet notes with woody and citrusy ones, it’s fresh and warm at the same time, sunny and juicy. Top notes are of Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon and Mandarin Wood. Heart is composed of my favourite Fig, Pink Pepper and Jasmine and the base is rich in Musk, Cedar and Fig Milk. I have a set of three of these that I often mix together but in the past few weeks, Fico di Amalfi has been perfect on its own. I’d highly recommend checking this scent out if you’re looking for a summer fragrance, it’s fresh and edgy, zesty and clean and it puts you in the mood for a sunny holiday. The only downside for me is that it doesn’t last as much as I would like to but I don’t mind spritzing it a couple more times a day, considering how handbag-friendly the bottle is.

I would love to know what your favourite spring and summer fragrances are and I hope you’ve had a lovely month.

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Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask vs Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque

My combination skin has a long love story with clay masks. I use them once or twice a week, I apply them as a spot treatment for half an hour or overnight and after I got severely clogged pores last summer, all the dermatologists I visited had one thing in common, they all suggested me to keep using my beloved clay masks. The type of skin problem I’ve been dealing with is just as unpleasant as all the other skin problems but what makes the experience even more frustrating is the fact that you see redness and feel the bumps but they’re so deep under the skin that you think nothing can reach and heal them. Of course, I’m far from the thought of telling you that masks can do the whole job, I’ve been prescribed Differin which has made a huge difference to my skin but I still need and like to maintain what’s been achieved, so far. Plus, who doesn’t like to pamper themselves with a face mask?

When I started purchasing more products from skincare brands in the US, I noticed that clay masks with added 10% sulfur seemed to be quite popular. The results that people shared sounded almost too good to be true. I’m probably a bit late to the party but it doesn’t look like it’s as popular in Europe as in the US.
I ordered a set from Sunday Riley that contained their Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, I loved it and decided to purchase the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque, as well. I’ve been having them for about 3 months and I decided to do a comparison post.
I must say, this is my favourite type of face mask I’ve tried, so far, it helps my skin a lot, it’s not too drying and I get just an occasional breakout since I’ve started using sulfur treatments but nothing too scary.

Sunday Riley Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask comes in a 60 ml tube for the price of $55, I have the 20 ml mini and I’m keeping what’s left of it for travelling and serious disasters, it’s amazing but it’s just really pricey. My other issue is that I have to import it from the US and pay extremely high taxes and shipping fees. The product inside the tube is yellow green and the texture is a bit like a mousse. You can kind of see it in this post and that’s the second time I mentioned the mask.
The first few times I used it only as a spot treatment because many people said it was too drying and gave them chemical burn. I noticed a difference on the following days, my spots were less red and angry and a couple of days later they were almost gone. I experienced only slight stinging sensation at the moment of application but nothing too painful or drying after that. Then I decided to try using it on larger areas of my face but still not on the entire face. I’d just apply a thin layer of the mask on my problematic zones and leave it on for 30 minutes. The mask washes off really easily and my skin doesn’t feel too tight afterwards. Sunday Riley Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask contains 10 % sulfur that fights different forms of acne while preventing future breakouts, 4% niacinamide, zinc PCA, bentonite clay, tea tree oil and manuka oil, brilliant ingredients list. I’ve been almost completely blemish-free since I started using the treatment twice a week, I know everyone is different and it might not work well on all but it works for me and I couldn’t be happier. Now, it doesn’t fight blackheads and doesn’t make my pores appear smaller but I wasn’t even hoping for that. All I wanted was clear skin with no bumps, red spots and clogged pores and I got what I needed.

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque is stored in a 142 g jar for the price of $47. Luckily, I can find this one in more countries, I got mine from Norway. This ones has a thick and creamy texture, it’s very different from the Sunday Riley one, they both stink but this is sulfur, so it’s normal. I’m actually used to the smell because when the kitties that we adopt have certain type of skin problems, they get prescribed an ointment containing 20% sulfur but you might need some time to stop thinking about the smell.
The Peter Thomas Roth mask contains 10% sulfur, just like Sunday Riley, bentonite clay, kaolin and soothing aloe vera. I use it twice a week on the entire face or overnight as a spot treatment if I need but I rarely do.  It’s suggested to apply a thick and opaque layer but my personal preference is to use just a a light and thin layer of the mask. It works brilliant and it’s a bit less drying than the Sunday Riley one but a lot more difficult to wash off. It’s suggested to leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes but I keep it on for half an hour. My skin doesn’t feel tight or stripped afterwards and as long as I’m applying a moisturiser after washing my face, everything’s fine.

After I started using these masks, I can see that my complexion continues to get better and I hope soon I can forget about the nightmare that began last summer. For me, the Peter Thomas Roth mask would be the one I’d keep repurchasing, it’s more affordable because it contains a lot more product for a similar price. I’m absolutely in love with Sunday Riley Saturn and I might even like a little bit more than the Therapeutic Sulfur Masque but it’s just too expensive for a lot less product.
Sulfur turned out to be a great ingredient for my skin and I’m looking forward to finding new products with it.

February Favourites


I haven’t posted in a while and it’s more likely to find me on Instagram rather than on the blog lately. I still love beauty and I still try different products but it’s mostly skincare which takes much longer to use and see if it works than a lipstick, for example. I haven’t been using that much makeup in the last few months because of my skin problems. I noticed that whenever I wear foundation, it shows up on my skin the next day, so my makeup has been quite minimal.

But let me share some of my most-loved beauty bits for the month of February.

The first product that I’d like to talk about is one that I really love but sadly isn’t available around me and it’s pretty expensive. Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask is a medicated 10 % sulfur treatment that fights different forms of acne. It also has 4% niacinamide, Zinc PCA, Bentonite ClayTea Tree Oil and Manuka Oil. A month ago, I shared my first impressions on it here, in case you’d like to see it. Back then I used  the product only as a spot treatment, as I have a mini size and I’m a bit scared to find myself without it. However, I started using it twice a week as a  face mask (on my problem areas but not on the whole face) and I’ve been blemish-free since then! I apply a really thin layer and leave it on for 30 minutes. I still can’t believe how much my skin loves this treatment and I have no idea what I’m going to do when I use it up. I’ve been thinking about trying similar products like the Peter Thomas Roth mask or the Dr. Dennis Gross one, I’ve also ordered a mini of the De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment that I’ve been waiting for a month to arrive and it still hasn’t but the first one seems the biggest size, so I might go for that one, considering they’re in the same price range. So, Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask has been pretty much the answer to my hopes, I reach for it in the mornings, I keep using Differin at night and seems like this combo is a winner for me. My skin hasn’t been too dry, I don’t think the mask dries it out, there’s no tight feeling after I wash it off but my blemishes heal a lot quicker and I do believe that it prevents new ones from appearing, as well.

After I started using Differin, I’ve been looking for moisturising and soothing lightweight skincare products. A few weeks ago, I came across the Vichy Minéral 89. Some call it a moisturiser, others say it’s a serum but the brand describes it as a booster which you use after your toner and before the serum. I’ve heard that people mix it with their face cream, as well but honestly, it isn’t how I prefer using it. The gel comes in a beautiful glass bottle and feels very luxurious. I need a pump of it, it applies easily, feels cooling and soothing on the skin and absorbs fast. I use it twice a day and sometimes I apply just Vichy Minéral 89 after toning and then proceed with my SPF without using another moisturiser. In the evenings, I like having a serum afterwards and then I’d add my rosehip oil. When my skin feels really dry, I’d apply Vichy Minéral 89, wait 10-15 minutes and then I’d use Differin (usually, I use Differin right after cleansing and toning, wait 30 minutes and continue with the rest of my skincare). Essentialy, Vichy Minéral 89 is the brand’s mineralising water rich in mineral elements with added Hyaluronic Acid. My skin is much softer and plumper after I started using this booster, I love the cooling feeling and how it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. Is it an extra step? Yes, it is but I feel that I really need this extra step on my winter sensitised skin. I also think that it would be a great summer moisturiser on its own but there’s a slight problem if you use an SPF or a face cream with silicones in it, the products just start rolling and looking like the skin is peeling. So, have that in mind.

Face mists have a permanent spot in my routine and although, I already talked about the Lumene Facial Mist in my winter beauty essentials post, I had to mention it one more time because it soothes my drier skin during the day and makes it look a bit brighter and more radiant. I’ve been using it all the time, it’s also refreshing and smells very nice without being too overpowering.

At night, I’ve been using the Decléor Hydra Floral Ultra-Moisturising & Plumping Mask which made me feel a bit unsure at the beginning just because it contains Neroli essential oil and usually, essential oils break me out. Luckily, this product doesn’t do that and it’s been an occasional night moisturiser in the past few weeks. It’s suggested to use it once or twice a week by applying a thin layer to a cleansed face, then to leave it to work for about 10 minutes and remove the excess product with a toner or a tissue. I like to leave it overnight for intense hydration but I’d gently remove the excess oil with paper and tapping motions after 5-10 minutes. I’m saying oil because this creamy mask turns into a beautiful oil when you start massaging it into the skin. It smells divine and on the next morning, my skin feels more plump and radiant, it’s soft and supple.

My love for L’Occitane hand creams shouldn’t be a secret by now and this cute mini of their Delightful Rose Shea Butter Hand Cream has been in my  handbag for a couple of weeks now. I love their minis because they’re comfortable to take in your bag or pocket, they last petty long and that’s why I’m always trying to have a few of their mini hand cream sets. The texture of the brand’s hand cream is light but really hydrating yet non-greasy. It absorbs quickly and all L’Occitane creams come in beautiful packaging and wonderful scents. This one has a true rose scent that isn’t too overpowering, it’s feminine, sophisticated and fresh at the same time.

There’s not even one makeup product that I’m including this month because I’ve been relying on my old favourites but there’s plenty of skincare that I’m about  to try in the next few weeks. I’m really excited, I can’t wait to keep finding the best products for me in order to have better and healthier skin again.