Fall Favorites 2017 – Being unique

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Are we ever as unique as we like to think? Most of us, especially those that have any kind of creative outlet online, like to think that their content is fresh and special and easily distinguable from others.

We put “our own twist” on things, have a theme in our pictures and invent fancy names for even fancier blog post series.

And then, one day, we take a step back and realize we are doing what everyone around us does as well. Slightly different, maybe, but not as extraordinary as we would have liked to believe.

 

Fall Favorites 2017
Fall Favorites 2017

 

Last time that happened to me was with my Favorite posts. You may remember I started to get bored (struggled to find enough new things) to keep up a monthly series.

I decided to turn it into a “New In and short reviews” kind of video.

Which didn´t satisfy me either.

Finally, what a revelation, I decided to only do them occasionally.

Turns out, quite a few of my favorite blogs went there already, posting whenever they felt like doing it. I am so yesterday…

But you know what? I don´t care. Sometimes you don´t have to be unique, you can take inspiration to find whatever works best for you and happily stick with it, knowing that quite a few people seem to feel the same way.

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Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – Babylonian confusion

If you are a regular reader of my blog, and even more if you are subscribed to my You Tube channel, you will know that I am no native speaker.

Most of the time that doesn’t lead to any difficulties. Not for me anyway, it is you that has to deal with my accent. But sometimes the difference between German and English gets really confusing. Take the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, for example. I wanted to write an introduction featuring the moon. Creative, I know.

 

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

 

Problem is, in German the moon is male. It is „he“, as opposed to „she“ in English (and most other languages). So every sentence I wrote was confusing for me, I was switching gender way too often.

So I figured, I´d just get to the product. And say „it“. It is an oil, after all. No time for babylonian confusion here on my blog.

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Exfoliation – Why, when and with what

It is no secret that skin care is my passion. That is probably due to the fact that I am a physician and I love the scientific aspect, but I guess being 37 and always having had problematic skin is a big reason as well.

I believe that no makeup will look good as long as the skin beneath it is neglected, and even though I am not afraid to age (the only way out of it is dying young, you know), I want my skin to look its best at all stages of my life.

Exfoliation 101
Exfoliation 101

 

Whenever I talk about exfoliation, chemical exfoliation in particular, I get a ton of questions and am asked for recommendations. So I figured it would be best if I sat down and filmed a video, hoping to answer as many questions as possible.

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New In March 2016 – I have been shopping

I know, I know.

I have told you many times that my collection is overflowing, that I really need to cut back on buying new stuff and that I own more skincare than any sane person probably should.

A sneak peak of the products...
A sneak peak of the products…

 

But in my defense: I really needed to restock on some things, and I DO have another Empties video just around the corner, so…

Oh well, I just did a little haul-ing. Please click below if you want to see what I got.

 

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My evening skincare routine – Winter 2016

You know, it sometimes takes some time to actually convince myself to face the camera completely without makeup, but as my appearance improves during the course of the video, I relax.

Now doing it the other way round, starting with a full face of makeup and turning myself into a concealer-less, scrubbed face person with oil all over was strange, to say the least.

 

 

But you asked for it and here it is: My evening skincare routine.

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Favorite products 2015 Part I – Skincare, hair care, body care

It is the final days of 2015, a time spend on reflecting and looking back, so I figured I´d share my musings with you and show you my favorite products of 2015.

To help you decide what you want to watch, I divided it into two videos: One featuring skin-, hair and body care and one talking all things makeup. That way I was able to keep them short(er) as well, which is always a bonus.

Favorite skincare products 2015
Favorite skincare products 2015

Today we are covering skin- hair and body care, makeup will be up on the 3rd of January.

So without further ado, here is the first video. I hope you enjoy!

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Taking out the trash III

Time to throw away my empties once again this year. And because I don’t believe in waiting for New Years Eve to start something new, I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to film my first ever YouTube video!

 

So if you want to see me „ahm“ and „äh“, struggle for words and get sad about Body Butter, click play or watch it here on YouTube.

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My bad, your luck? – Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream and Giveaway

Lately, my daughter discovered that the world isn’t magically going to change to fit her every needs and that her small frame and my watchful eye prevent her from doing whatever she wants.

No coffee for Little Bean, no climbing the windowsill and no playing with the kitchen knifes. Life can be pretty cruel sometimes.
And that leads to a lot of angry tears.

Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream (Trial Size)

And even though they really try my patience, I know that this is an important step in her mental development.
It will help her deal with lifes disappointments like the one I had recently.

Let me share the story of Sunday Riley „Start Over“ eye cream.

I have been searching high and low for an eye cream that satisfies the needs of my aging skin, feels effective and contains ingredients to please my skincare obsession.
And just when I thought I had found the one…


What Sunday Riley claims:
Formulated with key ingredients which repair, protect and nourish the delicate eye area while helping you appear more rested and alert. Immediately plumps fine lines and rapidly depuffs the periorbital area. Provides anti-wrinkle, antioxidant, and anti-pollution protection. Instantly cooling and lifting. Provides photostable antioxidants for day use while helping to renew, strengthen and regenerate the periorbital tissues overnight.

Facts:
The full size contains 30 ml (1 fl oz) and retails for 85 $ here or 65 GBP here. While this is quite a hefty price tag, please keep in mind that a regular eye cream contains 10 – 15 ml, so you get at least double of what you would get with a regular eye cream.
I had a sample containing 10 ml and used it twice daily for almost three months, so the regular size should last you for around six months when used in the mornings and in the evening.

The cream in the full size is packed in an airtight container with a pump, keeping the active ingredients stable. The travel size however comes with one of the cooling metallic applicators I personally dislike, because they just seem to make a big mess instead of distributing the cream evenly.

Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream 

The cream feels more like a fluid, is white and sinks in very quickly, leaving the skin around my eyes feeling firm and moisturized.

Favorable ingredients:
– NV5 – Ageless Complex: A mixture of six plant extracts (Prickly Pear, Blue Agave, Lady´s Slipper Orchid, Opuntia Tuna Fruit, Cactus, Aloe) and yeast extract; promoting collagen production, moisturizing and containing antioxidants
– Urea: Hydrating
– Lecithin: Smoothing, hydrating
– Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Silicones
– Parabens
– PEGs
– DMDM Hydantoin: Formaldehyd, irritating

As I have stated numerous times before, I don’t have an issue with using parabens, silicones and PEGs, but I know some people try to avoid them, so I list them as unfavorable.

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes.
It contains ingredients to repair, nourish and protect the skin, it leaves the skin feeling firm and supple. As far as reducing fine lines, depuffing and reducing dark circles goes: Anything hydrating will reduce the appearance of fine lines, my eyes are rarely puffy and I don’t believe that any product except concealer can reduce dark circles. They are mostly genetic.

Will I rebuy?
No.
I love the effect, I really like the ingredients and I would happily pay the price, but…
It stings my eyes.
It didn’t right away, it did only in the evenings, but I just don’t want to spend the money on a product I can’t use consistently.

Who do I recommend it to?

Anyone who gets on with it. 
I don’t know what irritates my eyes, it may be the formaldehyde, but usually my eyes aren’t what I would call sensitive, so I suggest you get a trial size first.
And with this said:
My bad might be your luck!
I still have another travel size in my stash, and as I will not use it, I will give it away to one of my lovely followers.
Yes, it is only a sample size, but it will last you long enough to see if you actually get on with it.
So without further ado. Here is the giveaway!


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If it hurts, it works – Sunday Riley Good Genes

You know the saying: If it hurts, it works?
Or: Medicine has to taste bitter to be effective?

Well, in the case of Sunday Rileys Good Genes Serum and Mask, the saying must be something like:
If it stinks, it brings.
Results, that is.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum and Mask (Sample size pictured, not the original bottle!)

Because it really is good skin in an instant. But it stinks like someone puked into your bottle. Read more


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