THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum – More and more

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Bigger is better – I am old enough to remember those slogans.

Back when I was young (CENTURIES ago, people!), minimalism wasn´t really a thing. You had to always have more. The newest, the latest, the biggest.

 

THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum
THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C

 

It didn´t matter if you did need it. Or even use it, for that matter. You just needed to HAVE it. And while minimalism (and low-buys) seem to be everywhere these days, I feel like some of that more is more mentality is still around.

Take skincare ingredients for example – some seem to think that the higher the percentage of “active ingredient”, the better the product, not taking into account that your skin can actually only absorb a certain amount, and once that amount is reached, the rest goes to waste.

The effect is called bioavailability, and for Vitamin C it seems to be somewhere around 20 – 25%.

Which means that a formula containing 30% Vitamin C, like THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum, essentially contains more than you can use.

Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. But the higher the percentage, the higher the risk for irritation – so let´s take a closer look at THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum.

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Low Buy 2019 – The first month

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So, that low buy thing… How has it been going so far?

Well, thank you for asking! Pretty good, actually.

I admit I feel a little envious about all of you that finished a No Buy January and now are back in the game, credit card in hand, but if I am completely honest, I don´t  really need anything. (Read about my Low Buy 2019 rules here)

 

Low Buy 2019
This picture has nothing to do with the blog post. I just like it.

 

Which is actually not entirely true: I DO need a new concealer. I only have one left, the Sephora High Coverage Concealer Natural Finish in Porcelain Rosé, and the reason I still have it is because it doesn´t really work for me. It is NOT high coverage, despite the name, and only lasts three to four hours when used to conceal spots.

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Month in Review January 2019

The first month of 2019 has passed already, and as always it was a particularly grey and gloomy one here in Germany.

We did have snow, but it only lasted briefly, despite a week of bitter cold. Chilly winds, biting frost, you get the idea. Now, it is still Southern Germany, so I may exaggerate a little, but stay with me, it will help set the mood.

 

Month in Review January
Frozen water

 

And in this cold and chill (and tiny bits of snow) I took off my coat and posed for some pictures in the forest. You may have seen some of them on my Instagram already (@lindalibraloca), but I figured they’d provide viewing pleasure while I sum up the blog posts I wrote for January 2019.

 

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New Skincare Releases – What is worth buying?

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You know what the hardest part of a low-buy is? You actually can’t just go out and just buy all the things that tickle you’re fancy.

Okay, I should have known that before I declared my Low-Buy 2019 on the blog, and obviously I DID know that, but I didn’t know just how hard it would be! I developed a habit of keeping up with new releases over the last year, a great thing for a beauty blogger, but not exactly great for a low-buy beauty blogger.

 

New Skincare Releases January 2019
New Skincare Releases January 2019

 

So I had to find a creative way to deal with shopping restrictions, preferably while creating new content, because that is the ultimate goal, isn’t it?

Here you go – I present you a new series: “New Skincare Releases – What is worth buying?”.

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THE INKEY LIST Rosehip Oil – For the soul

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Once the New Year Excitement has worn off, all we are left with is the cold, dark and grey reality of winter in Germany. No snow covered slopes to brighten the outdoors here, at least not on a regular!

 

THE INKEY LIST Rose Hip Oil
THE INKEY LIST Rose Hip Oil

 

When going outside seems to be no fun at all, and you need not only protective layers of clothing, but also protective layers for your soul.

Now don´t tell me you don´t know what I am talking about, chocolate is an excellent protective layer for the soul for example.

As are oils. Posh, golden droplets pressed into your skin – pure bliss

My current crush? THE INKEY LIST Rosehip Oil.

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Oskia Perfect Cleanser – Wool

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It is no secret that I love my knitwear. Scarves, cardigans, you rarely see me without them once the temperature drops below 20 °C.

The love for knits runs deep in my family, my mother supplying us with an abundance of handmade garments, dressing my children as well as myself. The one exception? My sister. She loves a chunky knit as much as I do, don´t get me wrong. But she can´t stand the feeling of wool against her skin. Doesn´t matter if it is true wool or a cashmere blend, finely knit or thick meshes, jumper or beanie. Within half an hour she´ll start scratching herself.

 

OSKIA Perfect Cleanser
OSKIA Perfect Cleanser

 

She still tries though. Different blends, wearing a long sleeve top underneath, everything to be able to enjoy her knits.

It reminds me a lot of my relationship with shea butter. I just love how it feels on my skin. I slather my whole body in it. But applied to my face, it usually breaks me out.

I am not willing to give up though, and try to see if there is a way to enjoy the silky feeling without the spots. And I think I have found one: The Oskia Perfect Cleanser.

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THE INKEY LIST Retinol – New beginnings

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The first review of the year feels a little like the first snow. Everything looks different, feels different, and you are suddenly very conscious about the footprints you are going to leave.

 

THE INKEY LIST Retinol
THE INKEY LIST Retinol

 

Well, after the first hours of winter wonderland everything will turn into the same soggy mess it was before, slightly grey, really wet and clammy. At least this is true for German first snow, so I guess it will be true for this German Beauty Blog as well.

Same reviews, same ramblings, same blog, basically.

Now that we dusted off the first layer of new excitement, let´s focus on the review at hand. THE INKEY LIST Retinol

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THE INKEY LIST Q10 – Understatement

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I admit, most company claims make me roll my eyes to the back of my head. Products allegedly shaving years of your face, singlehandedly tightening the skin around your jaw line so you look like your teenage self while transforming your undereyes from “Tired mom on a Monday” to “Bombshell on a tropical vacation” – I have seen it all.

 

THE INKEY LIST Q10
THE INKEY LIST Q10

 

What I haven´t seen that often though is a product that comes with reasonable claims that are, actually, an understatement!

Like, you read them, are all “Yeah, sounds nice”, test the product and are blown away by what it actually can do for you.

That is how I felt when testing THE INKEY LIST Q10.

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My One 24 h Anti-Aging System – AD

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We all know I love trying new skincare brands, so when I got the opportunity to work with the German skincare brand “My One” by Dr. Klein on the release of their new My One 24 h Anti-Aging System, I jumped at the chance.

 

My One 24h Anti-Aging System
My One 24h Anti-Aging System

 

This blog post will give you an overview over the products, prices and claims, it is not an in-depth review as I only used them a little over a week, surely not long enough to comment on any long term benefits. Full reviews will follow eventually.

If anyone is tempted to join me in trying the My One System, there will be a giveaway at the bottom of the post, offering you the chance to get your hands on a set of your own.

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THE INKEY LIST Collagen Serum – Names

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Unicorn tears – if a brand decides to name their products like that, they lost me as a customer for sure. I prefer a less romantic, more to the point approach, which is why I get along so very well with The Ordinary products: The name is what is inside the bottle.

Fancy? No. But easy to work with for sure!

 

THE INKEY LIST Collagen
THE INKEY LIST Collagen

 

I recently learned the hard way though that seemingly straight forward names can be misleading! You see, when I placed my THE INKEY LIST order, I hesitated before clicking “Add to basket” when it came to THE INKEY LIST Collagen. It was recommended by Caroline Hirons, but the science behind topically applied collagen is sparse, to say the least.

It was only when I received the product that I realized my mistake: THE INKEY LIST Collagen does, in fact, not contain collagen. It targets collagen production with an amazing cocktail of peptides!

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