Firm skin – Everything you need to know

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In a world where science based blogs pop up right left and center, I want to draw attention to an aphorism that, albeit in different form, has been around for as long as 300 BCE:

“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Or, put more simple: Just because we don´t have proof that something works, that doesn´t mean that it doesn´t work. Maybe we just don´t have the research to back it up.

 

Firm Skin with Skin689
Two products I am currently using, both by Skin689

 

Especially in skin care, not all of the myriad ingredients have been put through the process of statistical and evidence based approval. Some just have been around forever, together with claims that may or may not be true.

So please do take the information I give you in this article with a pinch of salt. Just because some ingredients in the Skin 689 Firm Skin products *have not scientifically proven to firm the skin, that does not mean that they actually don´t. You have to see for yourself whether or not you think they might work for you.

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Doctor Duve Glowskin Daily Resurfacing Pads – Sudden insights

 

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When writing this review, I had a sudden insight. One that proves (once again) that the ones we lie to the most are we ourselves. One that has as much impact as the sudden thought: “I am older now than my mother was when she had me!”

Startled much? Don´t worry, it wears off. I am ten years older than my mother was when she gave birth to me.

 

Doctor Duve Glowskin Daily Resurfacing Pads
Doctor Duve Glowskin Daily Resurfacing Pads

 

You see, when I review a product, I have a checklist. It contains of course ingredients, texture, price and all that, but for me “convenience for traveling” has always been a huge point.

And while I was ticking off boxes (mentally, I tend to do these things on my bike or in the shower) regarding the Doctor Duve Glowskin Daily Resurfacing Pads (*PR-Sample), it occurred to me that *drumroll*: I don´t really travel anymore.

At least not in the flexible, backpacking way I used to.

And that for that reason it really doesn´t matter if a product comes in presoaked pads or in a glass bottle.

Because, let´s face it, it spends the majority of its time sitting in my bathroom drawer anyway.

So, packaging aside, how did I like the Doctor Duve Glowskin Daily Resurfacing Pads (*PR-Sample)?

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#pixipretties – Review, tutorial and swatches

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I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright…

Are you familiar with West Side Story? It is, I have to admit, one of the few musicals I care about. This and Lion King. Everything else, think Starlight Express or Cats, are totally lost on me.

But back to the song. I heard it when I was 13 and never was able to get it out of my mind. Not because it is a masterpiece in tune and lyrics (I wouldn´t be able to judge that anyway), but because the feeling it describes is one that I wanted for myself.

 

#pixipretties
#pixipretties Review, Tutorial and Swatches

 

I want to dance the streets, pitying every girl that isn´t me. I want to feel so confident in my own skin that I shout from the rooftops how perfect I am.

Not that I have yet achieved it, which may be a good thing given my singing skills, but 13 or 38, the quest continues. And anything that reminds me of that song is very welcome.

Like the #pixipretties collection that landed at my doorstep recently.

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Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

Let me take you way back in time, when we had only one continent, mammoths would roam the fields of grass and I was a little girl just turned 13.

It was the night after a long and exhausting week at school (ha, little did I know!) and I had decided, all mature and grown up, that I would run a bath for relaxation. And because I was lacking the fancy salts and scented candles I had glimpsed on tv (I told you it was long ago), I grabbed the next best thing I had on hand. A tiny bottle of essential oil I used to diffuse in my oil burner.

 

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser
Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

 

If you have ever done anything similar, you know what is coming: Getting into the bath was the most horrible experience ever, because little me did not know that you can´t just use these oils in your bath and on your skin. You will have to treat them properly, or they will burn.

I have learned a lot since then (and not seen a mammoth in a while), and I have gone back to using essential oils in my skincare. But I will never forget how strong and irritant they can be.

Now here am I going with that little anecdote of mine? Well, the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser I am going to review today contains quite a few essential oils, listed among “Favorite” or “Other” ingredients depending whether they do have an effect or simply smell nice. I did, however, also include them into the “Unfavorable” ingredients list, to warn people with sensitive skin. They can be powerful irritants!

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Indian Summer and some Guerlain goodies

They say anticipation is sometimes better than the actual event.

I find that to be especially true regarding anything weather dependent. How many times have you looked forward to summer barbecues outside and ended up inside because of hail and storm? How many times have you dreamt about snow ball fights in a winter wonderland only to shuffle through muddy pools in constant rain?

 

Indian Summer Makeup
Indian Summer Makeup

 

I know I have been disappointed numerous times, so when Flanconi (an online beauty store) reached out to me and asked for an Indian summer look, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It may be wet and cold outside, but here on the blog we´ll have all the gold and orange we long for.

And what can I say, after I finished filming the sun decided to make an appearance and I was able to actually shoot outdoors! I am not going to jinx it, but if we get a prolonged period of beautiful weather here in Germany now, I will claim magical makeup skills.

If not, this Indian Summer look will see me through the disappointment.

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Faby Ego Collection Fall/Winter 2017 – Yolo

Many of you may know it already, but almost a year ago I switched jobs. I used to work as a senior physician on an ICU, now I work in Public Health.

There were many reasons for this decision, family and being there for the kids the main one, but I am not going to lie: Being able to paint my nails whenever I felt like it was at least helping in making it easier.

 

Faby Ego collection Fall 2017
Faby Ego Collection Fall 2017. Left to right: Vertigo, Myself, My Darkness, E-Gold

 

When you work on ICU (or anywhere in the hospital), your nails have to be short and bare. Which means I could only paint my nails on a Friday night and had to take the polish off on Sunday. If I didn´t work the weekend, that is.

Now I am free to paint my nails whenever I like as the only thing stopping me is the need to use my hands. For the kids, for blog work, for eating crisps while watching Netflix.

Latest on my paws? The Faby Ego Collection for Autumn/Winter 2017 (*PR-Sample).

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klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask – Summer Sins

Nothing beats a week or two away from the office, better yet away from home. Or, at best, out of the country, at the sea side, enjoying sand, sun and surf.

Have I told you that I did surf, many years ago, on the Australian shore? Not riding big waves surf though, more desperately trying to stay above the water surf, but still. I felt like a real surfer chick back then, sun burnt nose and salty hair included.

 

klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask *

 

If I happened to have a sun burnt nose or salty hair these days, it is from trying to prevent my kids from drowning themselves in the Mediterranean Sea. Or from (im)patiently waiting for them to collect every single rock there is on the beach.

 

The effects, however, are the same. Whenever I return from a holiday, I feel my best and look my worst. My hair is brittle, my feet are cracked and my skin is parched. So to undo the summer sins of too much sun and wind and sea, I have a little pamper routine.

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Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream – Being pleasant

A few weeks ago someone saw me and my daughter and told me to raise her “to be a pleasant young lady”.

Now getting unwanted parental advice from strangers is something you quickly grow used to when having kids, but this one got me thinking:

You see, there are many concerns I have in raising both my kids, but making them “pleasant” is not among them.

 

Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream
Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream

 

Independent, caring, strong, well-mannered, thoughtful, educated… So many adjectives come to mind, but pleasant? I think I don´t even associate pleasant with human beings, more with inanimate objects and, well, skincare.

Which kind of brings me to todays topic: The very pleasant Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream (*PR-Sample).

But please enlighten me: Do you (or would you) want your kids to be pleasant?

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My French Skincare Haul – and a fashion video!

Sometimes a tiny shift in plans can bring up unwanted comedy.

You see, when I planned my content for September, which was long before my summer holiday started mid-august, the last prerecorded video was an Empties one (here in case you missed it). And to go with the video, I wrote a whole post on how little I was buying, how sensible and mindful I was with my shopping, yada yada yada.

 

My French Skincare Haul

 

Originally I had planned to upload a holiday vlog next, but then I last minute decided to post my vlogs on Wednesdays (here and here if you missed them) and instead film a fashion haul.

To go with the fashion filmed I wanted to share my skincare and makeup shopping on the blog and it turns out it was quite a bit. Which is a little ironic, reading me bang on about how little I buy on Monday and then see the gigantic amount of skincare I shopped just a week later.

But such is life, so please smile, forgive me and keep on reading for my skincare haul summer 2017.

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Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara – Kate Moss

A long time before Kate Moss became the icon she is today, she was famous for a different look. And a different lifestyle, but that is a whole other story.

Her look was topic of heated discussion, it was called the “heroin chic”, basically because the models looked like they were drug addicts with dark, smudged eye makeup, pale faces and very (very!) thin, androgynous bodies. Artistic expression versus healthy body image, Kate Moss versus Claudia Schiffer, the discussion took over print media and school break chat, and I, starting to embrace makeup at the tender age of 15, was right in the middle.

Make Up Forever Smoky Lash
Make Up Forever Smoky Lash

Given my complexion and body type it soon became obvious that I would always be Team Claudia, willing or not, because I at least had a (very, very) small resemblance to her and would never ever qualify as androgynous.

But still these images made a huge impression, one that I can still see now, twenty years later, in my makeup preferences.

Case in point? I am drawn to everything labelled “smoky”. So it was about time I tried the Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara.

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