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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Taking out the trash XIII – My September 2017 Empties

I never publicly declared I was on a spending ban. Oh wait, that isn´t entirely true.

I did in the first year of blogging, when I had gone on maternity leave and that, albeit paid for, was way less than the income I had beforehand. See, before that we lived the life of Double-Income-No-Kids and the amount of money I was able to spend on makeup and skincare was immense.


September 2017 Empties
September 2017 Empties


After approximately a year of not buying much stuff, I realized that my stash was still overflowing. And that I had skincare in my drawers that I had purchased more than a year ago and not even thought about opening. I decided to keep up my “spending ban” a little longer, despite being back to work and having more disposable money.

Fast forward two years and another kid, I still have unopened skincare. And I now have an Excel spreadsheet helping me to keep track of all my supplies. I do divide my skincare in different steps, as you have seen in my routines (morning and evening), and now I know exactly how many I have waiting in line for each and every need. (Not enough serums and way too many AHA products and face oils, if you are curious).

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Taking out the trash XII – May 2017 Empties

There is a little devil inside me that wants everything to go as planned. Or, even more, to plan everything.

Of course I can hear all mums out there laughing at me, and I KNOW, you can´t plan anything when you have small children, as they will inevitably throw up/ a fit / the keys behind the cupboard when you are pressed for time. But I thought in my own little online bubble, things could be planned. Scheduled out nicely, prepared in advance, uploaded when it was meant to be uploaded.


May 2017 Empties


Like Empties posts, once every three months. One in March (see here) and the next one in June. Quarterly. But wait, is it June already? No. It isn´t.

The video that was supposed to go up instead wasn´t ready. Because my camera decided to throw up/ a fit/ the keys behind the cupboard. Isn´t it funny how electronics sometimes act like little children?

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Taking out the trash XI – March 2017 Empties

Three months ago, I decided it was time for a fresh start. My empties started piling up, and the cute (and quite big) box I was storing them in was bound to overflow. As I am still trying to shop my stash a lot and finish what is already in there, I was heading straight to trash mountain.

A sight neither pretty nor inspiring.


March 2017 Empties – quite a lot, don’t you think?


Now fear not, I am not going to go all Marie Kondo on you. I will never ever be a minimalist, but sometimes you just have to let go.

So in January 2017 I dumped all my stuff into the trash and started again, quickly accumulating what is now my March 2017 Empties.

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Odacité Green Tea Lemongrass Serum – Memoirs of a Geisha

There was a time when I used to read much more than I do now. I would happily turn page after page, spending the whole weekend wrapped up in a story. These days are long gone, and even though I could blame that on the kids, fact is that if I spend only half the time I am on You Tube reading, I would go through multiple books a week.

The last time I actually read a lot was when we were road tripping through New Zealand (read here, here and here) and I had no wifi. Pathetic.


Odacité Green Tea Lemongrass Serum


One of the books I read then was Memoirs of a Geisha (highly recommended), a classic turned into a movie. The description of their beauty rituals was captivating my makeup obsessed mind, mainly the sheer amount of stuff they would slather on their faces on a daily basis. Only the most diligent skincare could have prevented horrible breakouts.

So whenever I now read „Inspired by the Geishas skincare secrets“ I am all ears. And the last time that happened was with Odacité Green Tea Lemongrass Serum

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In love with French skincare? Europa-Apotheek may help

If you have been around for a while in the blogosphere, you might remember the hype that was Bioderma Micellar Water. It was long before Micellar Water was available in every drugstore, and only a few months after I had started reading beauty blogs. Ah, back in the days.

No big deal, I thought, and quickly put it on the shopping list for my next visit to France. And no big deal it was. A quick stop at a French pharmacy and two big bottles were mine.


Bioderma Micellar Water for sensitive skin


It was only then when I realized that if I had lived in the States, it would, in fact, have been a big deal. The only way you could get your hands on it in the US was through Amazons marketplace, and even if you put all trust issues aside (which you definitely shouldn´t), you still were charged about three times the price you paid in a pharmacy.

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Fabletics by Kate Hudson – These days in between

I know the time „in-between“, the days after Christmas and before the New Year, are meant to be filled with party and glam.


Fabletics workout gear


But to be completely honest, my life couldn’t be less glam than it is at the moment. With me working and daycare closed, there is barely any time for going out and meeting friends, so I try to do my second favorite thing for the time between Christmas and New Years:

Staying in and getting cozy. And maybe get a light workout in to combat the crazy amount of cookies and chocolate I have been consuming.

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Taking out the trash X – December Empties

My first ever You Tube video (linked here if you really want to see) was a „Taking out the trash“ video. And it was almost one year ago that I set it live. So to make up for my (obviously missed) You Tube anniversary, here is my December Empties video.


December Empties


Honestly, I am rubbish at remembering anniversaries. I missed my blogging one for the second time this August and I don’t think I will ever remember to do a special post or something similar like I see on all the other blogs.

Oh well, I am going to celebrate everyday that I manage to keep up with it, I guess, and just go with the flow.

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First Impressions – Maison Jacynthe

We are all picture persons. Even I, much more into writing and reading than into taking pictures or looking at them react subconsciously to the pretty images on display.

And brands know that. If you look at their leaflets, you most of the time don’t even have to read to see what the whole thing is about.


First Impressions Maison Jacynthe
First Impressions Maison Jacynthe


Same is true about Maison Jacynthe, both the leaflet and the website. And that is great, because at the moment, it is only available in French. Probably because they are based in Quebec.

Maison Jacynthe is a Canadian 100% natural brand that does skincare and makeup. I had the opportunity to try some of their makeup, and tried it first time for you on camera!


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Oskia Eye Wonder Nutri-Active Eye Serum – No snow around here

Every year, when November comes around, I ask myself why I didn’t move to a place where there is actual snow. I mean, we get snow occasionally, we even had a few flakes mixed into the constant rain earlier today, but a solid few months of nice, white layers outside?

Not happening.


Oskia Eye Wonder Nutri-Active Eye Serum
Oskia Eye Wonder Nutri-Active Eye Serum


With envy I watch Melissas Instagram, showing us the first snow of the season in Switzerland and then reach for my snow white bottle of Oskia Eye Wonder Nutri-Active Eye Serum (PR-Sample). Which, by the way, contains Swiss Apple Stem cells. That can´t be coincidence!


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