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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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – Is marriage hard work?

Recently a blogger I have been following for a long time now (say Hi to Melissa here) did a Q&A. She went through all the questions at lightning speed, only briefly touching the one I am going to build my blogpost around: “How do you keep a long term relationship happy?”

A little background information here: Melissa married her first love and they are still crazy about each other. And as someone that believes that a happy relationship requires constant effort, her answer was quite a surprise for me. She said (rephrased): “I don´t believe you should have to work hard to keep a relationship happy. It should simply be that way.”

 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

 

Now I am curious to hear what you think about that topic: Is a long lasting and happy relationship hard work or is it a sign that you are in the wrong relationship? I am pretty sure that at least for me work is required, but maybe I am just hard to get along with?

And yes, I can totally see Mr. Loca using that sentence against me in our next argument. Good thing he doesn´t read my blog!

But even if I believe in working for my relationship, there is one thing that I want to be just perfect, no effort required: My mascara. And sadly Benefit Roller Lash mascara was a little bit of a letdown in that department.

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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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March Favorites 2017 – New beginnings

If you remember my last Favorites post (read here if you missed it), you know I promised change. And change there is, but if it was for better or worse, only time and you, dear readers, can tell. Or should it be “Dear Watchers”, given it is a You Tube video? Are you the watchers on the Wall, sworn to defend humankind from boring and repetitive content? And can you tell I am really looking forward to the last season of Game of Thrones airing soon?

 

March 2017 Favorites

 

But wait, I am not really sure if I am looking forward to that. Game of Thrones, I mean. You see, I do look forward to watching it, but I am not looking forward to it being the last season. Does that make any sense?

Alas, the blog post seems to go the same way as the video did in terms of lacking structure. Editing made me realize I was all over the place, mixing favorites with disappointing products and personal stuff with seasonal things. It will improve with time. At least that is what I tell myself.

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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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New in for Spring – Fashion and beauty haul

One thing that is very important in a relationship is sharing a passion and goals. And keeping my marriage a happy one is among my top priorities.

My husband was thrilled when I announced that recently, but somehow his enthusiasm dwindled considerably when I made him sit down and watch lookbooks on You Tube.

 

 

All for the greater good, I might add. For the purpose of helping me film my latest haul, which, surprisingly, consists of fashion as well as beauty stuff.

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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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Inspired by Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 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!

And this months installment is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 collection, and it is all down to you guys!

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 (Source)

 

You may not have known what you were voting for, but you recently got to decide on Twitter whether I was going to do the Too Faced Sweet Peach Spring 2017 or the MAC Work It Out look.

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