Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask – Cucumber Man

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One of the few ads from my youth that did stick with me was for cigarettes. It was after the Marlboro Man had ridden off into the eternal sun set and PR companies had realized that it was, indeed, time for a new take on manliness and smoking.

So they introduced the Cucumber Man, a smart looking guy wearing yoghurt on his face and two slices of cucumber to cover the eyes.

He did, of course, laugh and smoke and managed to neither get the yoghurt nor the ashes all over his perfectly fitting shirt.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

 

The new man was born, progenitor of the metrosexual species that made an appearance ten years later.

In case you didn´t know, placing sliced and cooled cucumber onto your eyes was a thing back then. People told you it would reduce puffiness and hydrate, but looking back it was more the fact that cucumber straight from the fridge had a cooling effect than anything else.

Still, cucumber in skincare (and smoking men) don´t seem to go anywhere, as the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator proves.

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Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – Is this fall I smell?

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Is it too early to think about fall?

Rhetorical question, of course.

YES! IT IS!

Leave me to my beach sunsets, my coconut scented sun cream and my “too hot to sleep so I´ll dance the night away” nights.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

 

Not that I have many of those, mind you, but I could have, in a parallel universe where I am awake after 10 pm. Ah, back in the days…

Where was I? Fall. Or at least the prospect of fall, with the promise of crisp mornings, colorful leaves and … pumpkin spice latte.

Isn´t that what fall seems to be all about? This seasonal beverage taking over social media feeds?

You tell me, because I never had one. *insert schocked emoji*

Not because I am cool enough to be anti-pumpkin spice latte. Even thinking about it makes me laugh. Or because of the huge amount of sugar it contais. That hasn´t stopped me with any other beverage either.

No, because I don´t drink coffee.

Completely useless information here, granted, but I do have a related question for all your pumpkin spice latte experts: Someone told me the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask smelt exactly like the Starbucks drink. True?

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Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser – Summer lovin´

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Summer lovin´, happened so fast…

Whenever temperatures are up and a beach holiday is in the cards, this line from Grease is my constant companion.

 

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

 

Not that I have had many summer flings lately, my beach days are filled with sand toys and my idea of a wild night is going to bed after ten pm.

But the lack of fiery-eyed gigolos in my recent past (Mr. Loca is handsome, but not fiery-eyed) doesn’t mean that I can´t enjoy a little summer affair.

I just shift my attention to skincare products.

The cleanser I am flirting with in 2018? Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser.

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Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

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What weighs heavier in your decisions, science or personal experience. Asking for a friend here, because of course I only go by science and would clearly change my opinion about a topic when presented with scientific facts.

*cough*

 

Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream
Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

 

Well, that friend (Let´s call her Anne, shall we?), Anne always said that shea butter would break her out. Even when she read that shea butter was recommended for acne. Even when she read that shea butter was one of the very few ingredients with a comdeogenic rating of zero. Even when presented with actual studies regarding that subject.

Anne was adamant. And then, one day, raiding her mother’s skincare stash, she grabbed a pot of Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and used it. Without breakouts. Not knowing it contained shea butter pretty high up on the ingredient list.

She only noticed when she wrote this blog post…

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Odacité Bl+C Pimples Serum – Avicenna

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Given my day job it is no surprise that I read “The physician” by Noah Gordon years ago. In fact, I have read all three novels around the dynasty of the Coles.

“Shaman”, the second one, is by far my favorite, while “Choices”, last of the three, is a waste of time. In my opinion, anyway, books are as personal as perfumes. Not that I know a thing about perfumes, but I digress.

 

Odacité BL+C Pimples Serum
Odacité BL+C Pimples Serum

 

Back to topic, or at least back to the long and windy road to the topic (Odacité Bl+C Pimples serum, in case you were confused).

If you have read “The Physician”, you are familiar with the name Ibn-Sina. If you haven´t, you might have heard about Avicenna, who is the same person just going by a Latin name. He was one of the most admired scholars of his time and wrote the standard reference of medicine, Qānūn at-Tibb.

And in Qānūn at-Tibb he mentioned several uses of Nigella sativa oil, or Black Cumin Oil, one of the three ingredients in Odacité Bl+C Pimples serum. Finally on topic!

He did however mention quite a few other treatments (ranging from disgusting to dangerous) for several diseases, so let´s dig a little deeper and see what happened since then and if the Odacité Bl+C Pimples serum stands its ground in modern days too.

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Flora Mare Skin Energizer – Fleur de Sel

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Ah, France! The land of fromage, vin rouge and apparently best projection screen for skincare fantasies.

Don´t you agree? French skincare is as much a myth as French food, and while I am a fan of both (a cheese plate is life!), I´d advise you to take the things said about them with a grain of salt.

Probably a grain of Fleur de Sel de Camargue, to stay on topic.

 

Flora Mare Skin Energizer
Flora Mare Skin Energizer

 

So what if I tell you that the Flora Mare Skin Energizer not only contains marine extracts, but that these extracts are actually harvested in France, at the beautiful Atlantic Coast? Add some peptides and platinum to the mix and you have the modern version of a skincare fairy tale.

I at least was immediately eager to slather myself in the green goodness the Flora Mare Skin Energizer provides. Preferably with a side of Bûcheron.

But French phantasies aside, did the product convince?

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – Not an INCI blog

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I am NOT a skincare guru.

It is incredibly flattering when my blogging buddies call me that, and I am happy and grateful for everyone reading here and trusting my reviews, but I would never (ever!) claim that title for myself.

You see: This is NOT an INCI blog. I am not a chemist, nor do I have any experience working in the industry.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

I am a doctor, and even though I have read a ton of scientific publications and dermatological textbooks, I would be lost if I had to come up with my own formula.

While I do think that I know more about skincare than the average person (even more than the average beauty blogger), I am still not an expert in this field, as blogs like Lab Muffin tend to teach me.

There is still so much to learn, and until I know everything, being called a skincare guru simply feels wrong.

So keep that in mind while reading my review on the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrating Brightening Essence – Valkyries

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I know I am (once again) completely off trend here, but I just don´t understand the need to make everything “Asian beauty”

Not that I think the Asian Beauty community isn´t noteworthy, or that I would deny incorporating a few bits into my routine as well.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

 

It is just that I firmly believe that people adapt to their surroundings and way of living, and that this influences their needs.

Not the most basic ones, obviously, I mean there are toilets all around the world – but you get what I am saying here.

Just look at me:

I am 1,72 m, have a strong frame, blonde hair, curves and love dairy.

I am by all means more Valkyrie than Geisha.

And that is perfectly fine. It just gets awkward if I forcefully try to adapt to a Geisha way of life.

Strictly speaking skincare here. I would look as weird trying to blow the steerhorn as I would trying to play the shamisen.

So at first I was a little surprised that Caudalie, obviously a French skincare brand, would claim to be inspired by Asian beauty when they released the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. But Mathilde Thomas did live in Asia for quite a bit, so I guess it is only natural that she got inspired there. So let´s see if this inspiration lead to Asian beauty fit for a Valkyrie.

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DIY Face Mask Maker – LLL Vlogs 51

Turning into my mother was never a thought that scared me.

It might sound mushy-gushy, but she always was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up. Not exactly, of course, but in terms of values and standing up for herself, in terms of being independent and creative, caring and curious… I could go on.

 

DIY Face Mask Maker
DIY Face Mask Maker

 

Which I won´t, because I know that she is reading this blog post and will probably text me “Kitsch” right this very second.

She is also my number one fan, from the very first blog post published she has been there. Not only because she is my mother, but also because we share an obsession for skincare.

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May Lindstrom Honey Mud – Victorian literature

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Do you read the Brontë sisters? I admit I have a weakness for Victorian literature, ever since I first started Jane Eyre on a rainy autumnal afternoon.

Of course I wouldn’t want to actually live in this epoche, but books tend to skim over things like Womens Rights, health care and poverty and instead focus on haunted mansions, horses and unfulfilled, but fiery love.

 

may lindstrom honey mud
May Lindstrom Honey Mud – a sample size

 

 

And, especially with the Brontë sisters, on nature. Roses, the endless moor and storm clouds rolling in – everything just seems to be a little more when compared to how it feels today.

Why I was reminded of their writing? Well, read the claims on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud and see for yourself!

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