Qlabo Eauphoria – Sugar of life

Have you ever been to the desert? And maybe wondered after a few hours spend in the dry heat how on earth anything could thrive here?

I happened to come across plants after a rare shower in the Israeli desert a few years back that looked way better than the ones at home on my window sill. To be honest, almost any plant looks better than mine at home do, as I am notoriously neglecting them, but for the dramatic effect let´s ignore that fact.

 

Qlabo Eauphoria
Qlabo Eauphoria

 

Back then I learned that these plants secret is Trehalose, the “sugar of life”. It forms a gel inside cells when they are dehydrated that keeps the cellular structure intact until rehydration is possible. Not only in desert plants, but possibly in human skin cells as well, minimizing the lethal effect dehydration and rehydration has on them. Which, translated, means less dry and flaky skin.

But even without that background information a product containing “sugar of life” would have had my undivided attention. I mean, sugar, hallo? Meet Qlabo Eauphoria *, named after the French “eau”, which means water, and euphoria.

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My Morning Skincare Routine – Summer 2017

When I say summer, I actually mean spring/ summer. Or even more precisely, the warmer months starting around April and lasting until end of September.

 

Morning Skincare Routine
Morning Skincare Routine

 

My skin is combination oily, aging and acne prone. Ever since I started using a prescription strength retinol a few times a week it can be dehydrated, but never dry. The t-zone gets pretty shiny throughout the day and I wear contacts, which means that my eyes can be sensitive when it comes to eye cream.

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix – Advertising exaggerations

Advertising means exaggerating, I get that. But how much is too much? Ever since I visited the Nip + Fab homepage to learn more about the ingredients and claims of the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix, the Kylie Jenner quote that greeted me has been stuck in my head:

“I love the glycolic range! I´ve been using the cleanser non-stop”.

 

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix

 

Non-stop?

Really?

24 hours non-stop? Or just every morning and night?

Because one would probably indicate a mental disorder, while the other one would just be very trying on the skin.

Just to put it out there: I have been using this cleanser a lot as well. But only once a day, and that not every day of the week.

So it is up to you to see if you are going to trust my review on the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix or if you want to turn to Kylie Jenner for an expert statement.

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Inspired by Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

I guess we all have a picture of ourselves in our head that not necessarily matches reality. For me, that is the Boho chick I want to be every summer. The one that wears maxi skirts, turquoise bracelets and tousled waves with random braids.

 

Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection
Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection

 

For many summers I was determined to make it happen, to match my outer appearance to my inner portrait, and every summer I was left disappointed. I just can´t be effortlessly chic, carelessly beautiful and look like I woke up this way. It is just not who I am. I either look like I really woke up this way, which is a look no one wants to see, or like I tried very hard.

Thankfully Lancome came to my rescue and the Lancome Summer Swing 2017 Collection gave me the perfect template to recreate a Boho look that I am actually very happy with.

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M. Asam Resveratrol Premium Ampoule Beauty Treatment – First signs of aging

The first sign of ageing I noticed on my face was a deep nasolabial fold. Now you have to take “deep” with a grain of salt, because I was 22 at that time and the appearance of a line in my face was both alien and absolutely horrifying for me. The fact that I was camping when I looked in the mirror, tired, with dirt on my face and harsh sunlight from above did not make it a pleasant experience either.

Of course I complained about it to my mother the minute I arrived home. I am a big complainer when it comes to beauty, and my mother has always been the person of choice to complain to. She still is, as a matter of fact. Mr. Loca somehow never showed much interest.

 

M. Asam Resveratrol Premium Ampoule Beauty Treatment
M. Asam Resveratrol Premium Ampoule Beauty Treatment

 

My mother told me that this had been the first noticeable line she had as well, and that I shouldn´t worry much, as it would be the last for many years to come. She was right. It is only now that I notice lines on my forehead and around my eyes slowly appearing, which I think is perfectly fine given the fact that I am 38 now.

But the nasolabial area has stayed with me as metaphor of ageing, so any product that promises to tackle it specifically immediately gets my attention. And the M. Asam Resveratrol Premium Ampoule Beauty Treatment * claim to do exactly that.

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Alpengasthof Schwand – Let´s go to the mountains

Revisiting a place under changed circumstances is risky business. The changed circumstances I am talking about this time is having two kids. But let me explain:

In early May we had a week off and decided, pretty spontaneously, to take the kids to the mountains. Both Mr. Loca and I are into hiking and climbing, but of course going to the mountains with kids is more about walking and eating then it is about alpine sports.

 

Alpengasthof Schwand
Alpengasthof Schwand

 

We had stayed in “Alpengasthof Schwand” twice before, both times just the two of us in the early days of our relationship. Butterflies and late breakfasts it was back then. Ah, those were the days…

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June 2017 – Favorites and Recap

I have to admit that there were times last month that I felt pretty overwhelmed. Life was very busy and hectic, and while it was all for great reasons, it was a little exhausting as well.

 

June 2017 Favorites and Recap
June 2017 Favorites and Recap

 

Soon after I uploaded my video on how to handle kids, a job and the blog (watch here if you haven´t already), I got promoted. Which is awesome and a great opportunity, but also a lot of work, given that I had to very quickly pick up a whole new topic.

So if I haven´t been around on social media as much as I used to (which wasn´t that much to begin with), that´s the explanation.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in place makeup-Off trend

Yes, I know it is summer. Hot days, bronzed skin, effortless makeup. And yet, admist a flurry of posts singing praises for dewiness and light coverage, here I am. Ready to talk about a flat matte, full coverage foundation. In fact, about THE matte full coverage foundation – Estée Lauder Double Wear.

Why? I can hear you cry out! Why suffocate my feed with thoughts about heavy coverage? Why plant pictures of my base melting off my face into my mind?

 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

 

Well, it is easy, dear reader. Because I can. And because it has been almost a year now that I started using the Estée Lauder Double Wear, I have gone full circle, experienced all the seasons. I am ready. And completely off trend, once again.

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The best highlighters for oily skin – Living in denial

Until March this year I was in denial.

In denial about owning highlighter.

See, my skin is naturally oily, and while I get lots of compliments on its radiance and glow, I personally never liked it. Yes, I know there is a difference between oily and dewy, but for me, a matte base is the way to go.

So when asked, I´d say something like “I don´t really own any highlighters.”

 

The best highlighters for oily skin
The best highlighters for oily skin

 

Which, let me tell you, never was true. My first ever high end purchase were the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks in Beige, back in 2010. And I did buy a few others here and there, got rid of many again, but kept quite a selection.

Maybe it is the magpie in me, drawn to all things shiny. Or maybe it is the fact that highlighters these days are way different from the glitter explosion that I first picked up at the drugstore aged 14. But whatever the reason: I admit that I have a collection of highlighters. And today I will confess and show you all of them.

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Brand Spotlight Doctor Duve Medical Skincare

Even though I think I have picked up quite a bit of blogging lingo over the years, some things will forever be alien to me. Like the term “branding”. Sure, I know what it means, but the first thing that comes to my mind is a cow getting marked with a red hot iron. Which maybe isn´t that far from reality, now that I think about it.

Or “Instagram theme”. Luckily that is already so 2016, with lot´s of big names telling us how liberating it is to no longer have one. Good thing I never figured out what mine would be, or I would have dozens of rainbow picture probs going to waste now.

 

Brand Spotlight - Doctor Duve Medical Skincare
Brand Spotlight – Doctor Duve Medical Skincare

 

If I look at my feed though I can´t help but notice that there is some repetition going on in my pictures. Not in terms of probs (I don´t use any) or background (most of the time it is my bathroom wall), but in terms of the things I take pictures of.

Because, believe it or not, the majority of my pictures is skincare routines. The real ones, the ones that I actually did put on my face, and as I am a huge fan of thoroughly testing a product, you will see the same pots and pumps over and over again. Boring? Maybe.

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