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.
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.
You know, I am that annoying person that loves to talk about your skin. Your products, your concerns,your everything. Of course I am very polite and restrained and will not offer unwanted advice. *cough*
I am just curious.
And I like to gift skincare, be it for birthdays or Christmas, so I need the background information!
A very polite and subtle way to make a suggestion, don’t you think? You don´t? Oh well.
The best thing about shopping for Christmas skincare is that I usually happen to discover a treat for myself. As you do when browsing the skincare isles. Last year I picked up some goodies for my sister and -voilà- a bottle of REN Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream for myself.
I may have said it before on the blog: I don´t like horror movies. Not even the more fun than scary ones.
Watching Zombieland gave me nightmares. Zombieland!
The one with Woody Harrelson.
And Bill Murray.
Yes, I know.
So why do I repeat it? Because tonight is Halloween, and scary movies seem to be loved by anyone this time of year.
Another thing that many people love, but that rarely works for me are moisturizers. Every once in a while I will find one that I do like, but most of the time I prefer my serums and face oils and skip them completely.
Did the pixi H2O Skindrink Pure Hydration Gel (PR-Sample) change my mind? Read on to find out.
When I was a child, I dreamed of having a twin. That was of course inspired by films and books and included daydreams of funny pranks as well as the romantic illusion that having someone that looked like you was similar to having a soulmate.
Growing up I embraced my uniqueness and learned by observation that just because someone looked similar that didn´t necessarily mean your thoughts were similar as well.
So it is safe to say that ever since I entered adolescence, I prefer things to be easily distinguishable. And that applies to my sisters and me as well as to my creams and lotions.
Because when I received a sample size of the Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream, I almost chucked it in the bin (the friends and family bin, obviously), because I figured I had tested it before. Packaging, smell and name were way too close to the Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturizer (Review here) for me to immediately realize it was a whole different product.
But luckily I discovered my mistake and used my face once again for testing purposes.
Did I tell you that my father owns a vineyard in the South of France? I know I did on Instagram, but I am not sure I mentioned it here. He has been into wine for as long as I can remember, collecting precious bottles, tasting different grapes and finally venturing into production himself.
Now I don’t like wine.
I don’t drink it. I know nothing about soils and grapes and stuff. I don’t even like the smell.
I was a huge disappointment to my father.
Until I found the one thing that can get me all excited about wine. Or the grapes at least.
The skincare benefits of course!
Resveratrol in particular. And against common belief in the blogosphere, there is more than the one brand everybody automatically thinks of when it comes to this antioxidant gem.
Let me introduce you to M. Asams Resveratrol Essence of Youth serum*.
The one thing I remember from being a new mom last time is the strange way your days feel.
On the one hand, they seem endless. Constant feeding, sleeping for short periods of time only and the frequent need to nappy change make your days feel like they never end. Maybe because they never end. There is no bedtime, no end-of work, no weekend. It is just the same stuff over and over again.
On the other hand, there just isn’t enough time. Even though you wake up at 5 am and don’t lay down until late, you never seem to get anything done. Except feeding and nappy changing, of course. But in the blink of an eye, the day is gone and you are still wearing yesterdays PJs and haven’t showered.
Now if you ask me, it is non negotiable to get showered immediately and change into a new set of clothes in the morning to feel remotely human throughout these first few weeks, and with the loving support of your family you will accomplish that task, but what about the other stuff?
When you start blogging, you have many things you dream of.
Fancy events, exclusive previews and complete luxury makeup collections provided for free are just a few of them.
Of course, sharing your opinions and interacting with likeminded people around the world is what is mentioned whenever you are asked why you started to blog, and it really is true for the most of us, but I won’t deny that a little of the other stuff wouldn’t hurt as well.
As most of you know though, these things are the exception for the majority of bloggers, not the rule. But sometimes you get a taste of what they´d actually feel like.
I my case that was when I realized that the Oskia Renaissance 360 anti-ageing & brightening supreme cream included in my Cult Beauty box was an „Exclusive Preview“ launching in March 2016. Which meant I could play with it, thoroughly test it and be ready for a review with launch date! Like a proper blogger!
Granted, me and the other 10000 people that received the box, but hey, it still felt pretty great.
So without further ado, here are my thought on Oskias new launch.
Mr. Loca has no interest in anything beauty related. When I want to go to a beauty shop, he claims that there is a force field at the entrance holding him back, and if I start talking skincare, he gets this look immediately that shows me he entered a state of mind located somewhere between meditation and the „Nothing Box“.
Don’t get me wrong, he doesn’t slack on personal hygiene, uses deodorant, shaves, all that stuff, but if I approach him with cleanser, moisturizer or beware! a serum, he straight up refuses to even try.
It was a moment of weakness (he had just turned 40) and coincidence (he had left his shaving cream at home) that enabled me to actually make him buy AND use products of the Samurai range by Rituals.
Sometimes a day can make all the difference. It doesn’t have to be one of the life-changing experiences, or a big loss. Sometimes just a few hours are all it needs.
I for one can be absolutely fine in the mornings, all happy and calm, but a crying mess in the evening. No special reason, of course.
Mr. Loca calls it exhausting and wearing, I call it emotionally flexible and versatile. But I digress.
I admit, it took me more than a few hours to change my mind towards Cliniques Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. In fact, it took me more than eight months to go from rejection to rejoicing. The reason? The weather. It is always the weather.
I really try to eat healthy. Not only during pregnancy, but all year round. And while I don’t struggle too much with getting my greens in and snacking on fruit and nuts, I do have a sweet tooth.
A big sweet tooth.
To be honest, it is out of control.
The best way to keep it under control? I just don’t buy the stuff. Because if I do, I will end up eating every last bit of it, going back to the sweets drawer numerous times a day purely out of habit.
Same seems to happen when I have a product with physical exfoliant in my bathroom: Even though I vouched to never use one again and instead stick to my chemical peels, I keep going back and reach for it!
Meet Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with glycol acid & rice bran and find out if I regret it as much as last nights bag of potato crisps…