Doctor Duve Glowskin Triple Peel Treatment – Embracing the opposite

Remember me waxing lyrically about the gentlest exfoliator I had ever come across? The one that would fix the sore skin around my nose during the worst cold I had in years? (here)

Well, the product I am going to talk about today is the complete opposite.

It is the definition of acid burn.

 

Doctor Duve Glowskin Triple Peel Treatment *

 

Don’t get me wrong though, I like the burn. It is like proof that the product is actually working (in my head at least).

So if Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm was the much needed comfort blanket for my skin when I had a cold, what is the Doctor Duve Glowskin Triple Peel Treatment (PR-Sample)?

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Instytutum Resurfacing Glow Toner – Three times is a charm

You may have noticed that over the last few posts, I have changed my „ingredients“ setup quite a bit.

I tried typing things out in a continous text, focusing on the ingredients I thought important. Much more enjoyable to read, but too little information.

I tried listing every ingredient, sorted by “Favorable”, “Filler” and “Unfavorable”. Made the blog posts very long. Plus, I am still unsure what is supposed to be a filler ingredient?

 

Instytutum Toner

 

And now, doing my very best venturing out into unknown html territory, trying to write out all the ingredients, but hiding them behind a click. That way the post looks less intimidating, but the information is still there for you if you want it.

So there you go: Instytutum Resurfacing Glow Toner (PR-Sample) – the third design attempt. And, funnily enough, my third daily glycolic acid to review on the blog (See number one here and number two here). If that isn´t coincidence!

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pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse – The bias

Do you know what “bias” means? If you have worked in a scientific setting before, chances are you do.

But did you know that as bloggers we are bound to fall for it? I for one am guilty as charged.

Wait. Let me quickly rephrase that: “Guilty” is too harsh a word, and opposed to medical research a blog post is not likely to have a lasting impact on people’s health and well-being.

But despite all our “neutral and independent” claims, we might be falling for one bias or the other.

 

pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

 

The “publication bias” is the one that I feel is the most common: You only publish what excites you or gives positive results. Because no one wants to read about a product that was straight boring and we want our blogs to be a happy place. Is that dangerous? Not really. But it prevents us from sharing helpful experiences that could someone else stop from buying.

And then the one that I did struggle with when reviewing the pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse: The social bias. You see, I have been reading Caroline Hirons blog for ages. And after watching her vlogs (that never fail to make me laugh), she grew on me as a person. I enjoyed spending virtual time with her. She became a (very unilateral) online friend. So when she released a cleanser, I knew I had to buy it. And I was prepared to love it.

What I was not prepared for, what I simply did not WANT to happen, was that the pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse would just be okay for me.

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Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm – My cold remedy

They say with little kids at home you are constantly sick. Now I am happy to report that this is absolutely not true for me, I rarely catch the kids bugs.

But in early March I came down with a cold, and it honestly was the worst cold I had in years. Coughing, sneezing and constantly blowing my nose. Pretty soon the skin around it was sore, red and full of dry patches.

Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm

 

 

I knew I had to exfoliate, but as someone who’s stash mainly consist of strong AHAs that sounded painful. The acid burn is real, people, especially if your skin is sore already.

Now thankfully I have everything and the kitchen sink in my beauty drawer, and a quick rummage brought the Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm to surface. Honestly the most gentle exfoliator I have used in years, getting rid of my dry patches in a heartbeat while soothing my sore skin!

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Instytutum Cleansing Milk – Are you an introvert?

For someone that went through adolescence before googling personal traits became the norm, trying to find a name or label for what you are could be a challenge. You see, these days I open my browser, type a few keyword and can take a test to tell me if I am intro-, extro- or ambivert.

My 14 year old self had to figure that out all alone. Is being around people invigorating or draining? Would I prefer to stay in or go out? You had to find out on your own.

Which wasn´t a problem. You didn´t really need to have a label anyway, you simply did what felt right.

 

Instytutum Cleansing Milk

 

I kind of picked up on the whole topic again when I read the Instytutum Cleansing Milk (*PR-Sample) press release, as they are quite specific to who this product is designed for: “For those who cherish the tranquility of single footprints in the sand, who revel in the serenity of a glittering lake high in the mountains and who find peace amidst the energy of a bustling city.”

I admit, after a busy day at work and the afternoon spend with two lively (let´s keep things positive here) children that was exactly what I was craving.

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Instytutum Anti-wrinkle Brightening Serum – Mountain streams

Do you remember me gushing about how I wished I lived in a country where winter meant real snow? Like Switzerland?

To be honest, I have rarely been in Switzerland in the winter, but I have been there quite a lot in the summer. It is a great place for hiking, and the green grass, the mountains and the abundance of crystal clear water running down the cracks are a refreshing sight.

 

Instytutum Anti-wrinkle Brightening Serum

 

This crystal clear water is what plays an important role in the products of the Swiss skin care brand Instytutum. Not water taken directly form a mountain stream though, but water they filter five times to achieve the purest version possible. On top of that they do support a charity (Waves for Water) that provides water filters for communities without access to clean water.

Quite frankly, I am not sure if I personally need the water used in my skincare to be filtered five times, but I love companies that try to give back to those in need and I was excited to have the opportunity to test a few products from their range.

Now you have already seen the Instytutum Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Serum * mentioned in my February favorites, but today you are going to get the full information about ingredients, effects and my final verdict.

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The Best of skincare TAG – a rare occasion

If I had more time, I would film more videos.

If I would film more videos, I would do more TAGs.

But I don´t have more time, so I don´t film more videos, so I rarely do TAGs.

The “Best of skincare”-TAG though was one I could not miss out on. Because, as I tell you in the video: “Skincare is my jam.”

 

The Best of Skincare TAG

 

Now please don´t ask what did possess me to word such a sentence. If you ever needed proof that I do not have a script for the majority of my videos, here it is.

Seriously, does anyone even say that anymore? I have officially become the elderly woman trying to keep up with “cool kid speech”.

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Retinol – Everything you need to know

Retinol. A skincare ingredient most of you will have heard of, yet one many are unsure about. Rightly so?

No. If you ask me, and you kind of do by visiting this blog, anyone should use a Vitamin A product. The question is not if, the question should be which one!

 

Retinol – Everything you need to know

 

And to help you answer that I sat down and recorded a video, answering all the question I had received throughout the last months. Of course the title “Everything you need to know” is hybris and should not stop you from asking away in the comments. But it is catchy, don´t you think?

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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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Doctor Duve Boosting Face Cream – How do you want to age?

How do you want to age? Smart! Now that is a slogan that is right up my street.

Quite frankly, I don’t really like the term anti-aging.

I do enjoy aging. Not the fact that I get wrinkly, saggy and that it takes me three days to recover from one night out. But the fact that I get to spend another day amongst my loved ones, and the fact that I grow wiser (Is this too bold a claim?) and more forgiving against myself and others. Even though my husband may disagree on the latter.

 

Doctor Duve Boosting Face Cream

 

Like someone once said: The only way to prevent aging is to die young.

So yes, I do want to age. But I want to age smart. And by smart I don’t mean not showing any signs of aging. By smart I mean looking the best I possibly can, adapted at my skins needs. And those needs have changed quite a bit over the last years.

When at first I looked at the Doctor Duve Boosting Face Cream (*PR-Sample), I had in mind to hand it over to my mother. But one cold winter later I was happily slathering it on my own face.

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