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.
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!
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”.
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.
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.
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.
When I was little, way before most of you were even born, we would get milk directly from a farmer. I grew up in a proper city, not out in the country, but my parents made an effort to raise us as „green“ as possible in a time where buying organic in a supermarket was unheard of.
So among baking our bread at home and growing vegetables on a small piece of land, there was a farmer that would drive into our neighborhood once a week and sell milk to the people living there. Poured fresh into a churn.
Freshly poured milk smells nothing like the one you buy in stores. The scent is way more intense, has a hint of sour already and just smells … warm. If you have ever experienced it, you will know what I mean.
The Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cleanser smells exactly the same to me. Which is strange, because it is 100% vegan and contains no milk for sure.
Kitchen not cleaned? The kids were so demanding! Or maybe I chose to watch You Tube instead.
Looking tired? They kept me up all night. After I went to bed very late, finishing just that one quest in WoW.
Stains on my shirt? We have started solids. And I tried to do everything at once and spilled my tea.
Haven’t done a face mask in weeks? Well, I actually don’t blame that on the kids. I just sometimes can´t be bothered. Some weeks my cleanse, cleanse, exfoliate, serum, oil routine is all I seem to be able to do.
These are the weeks when pixi Glow Mud Cleanser (PR-Sample) is what I reach for most.
When I sat down to plan my blogposts for October, I was tired. Not just „I didn’t sleep well last night“-tired. I was „Two kids down with a cold and I get 3 hours of sleep every night for a week“-tired.
And whenever I am tired, I take comfort in routine. You know, just doing the things you have done so frequently that your body can do them while your mind is still asleep. Without messing up. So when I stared at my skincare drawer (or was sleeping with open eyes, who knows), I decided that it was time to review the pixi Skintreats stuff that I had been using for the past months.
One product after the other.
In the order that I would apply them.
Routine, you see? So prepare for a month of pixi products (all of which are PR samples), because conveniently I had 5 of them. Just the amount of Mondays I needed to plan posts for.
And we are going to start with the pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm (PR-Sample).
When you do something the second time, you are way better prepared. So when the time arrived to go to the hospital to deliver my son earlier this year, I knew how I was going to feel afterwards: Exhausted, emotional, sweaty and completely off balance. And that this feeling would stick with me for the weeks to come.
So when the time came to pack my skincare stuff for the hospital (here is a video on it, in case you are interested), I totally fell for the promise of MV Organics Skincare:
„MV is a unique and beautiful skin ritual which allows all women a moment in the day to truly relax and unwind.“
Just what I needed, so I packed the MV Organic Skincare 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic, ready to put that promise to the test.
Whenever I see something branching out from medical research into the world of food shopping and cosmetics, I can´t help but smile. So many things that are proven to be beneficial in one aspect of our health get called out as the new solution for all our problems, and are suddenly found everywhere.
The latest? Probiotics. There is a lot of evidence that the kind of bacteria that inhabits our guts has a big influence on our immune system, plays a role in autoimmune disease and does affect our skin when it comes to things like psoriasis or eczema.
Shortly after this research reached the mainstream media, probiotic drinks started popping up everywhere, claiming to deliver „healthy bacteria“ and help with everything from bloating to fatigue. If you take a closer look at 95% of these drinks, they are mostly sugar, some milk and, of course, some bacteria. Bacteria that may be healthy, but will most likely never reach your gut, because the acid in our stomach is designed to specifically kill all bacteria. You see, there is a reason why in case of medical need, you do a „stool transplant“. I will spare you the details on that.
If you are wondering why on earth I talk about gut bacteria today, the reason is this cleanser: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser . And you can tell by the name that it contains probiotics. Designed to go on your face. As I said, they are everywhere.
Once again I am going to embarrass myself by sharing memories of long gone times, times when a few of you weren’t even born yet, but I was already out there, wearing blue glitter eyeshadow and way too dark a foundation, ready for a fun Saturday night out!
It was the age of foam parties, and even though I just attended one in my „wild young days“, they were all the rage.
You basically entered a big room that got covered in foam, there was a lot of music, very little clothing and everything turned wet and slippery. Sounds strange? I agree, but it was actually fun in a very strange way.
Now the product I am going to talk about today has absolutely nothing in common with trashy mid-nineties foam parties. Except that it is a foam and that it feels kind of strange, but in a funny way.
It is the Garancia Pscht Magique New Skin and is a cleanser, marketed as micro peeling treatment.
There are many well-known and, dare I say, hyped brands out there that I have been meaning to try for a while now. I fall for anything that gets a lot of attention on the blogs quite easily and have a obscenely long „wish list“ on my Pinterest featuring products that most likely cost more than my annual salary when added up.
Every once in a while I will take the plunge and get some stuff to see for myself what all the fuzz is about.
And every once in a while I am left pretty clueless, wondering: What am I missing?
The last time that happened was with the brand Caudalie. Of course I try different products, as there is no „one size fits all“ in skincare, and today I will be showing you the two latest I put to the test. The „Eau de Beauté“ facial mist (listed among the „Cult products on the website) and the Instant Foaming Cleanser.