Instytutum Skincare Rebranded – Is it still as good?

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It is always bitter sweet if a brand decides to invent themselves new and reformulate all their products, isn’t it?

If you have been around here for a little while, you might have heard me talk about Instytutum. This Swiss brand, founded by Natalia Derkach (a fellow doctor) claims to offer “result driven skincare” and presents itself with sleek, almost clinical packaging.

 

Instytutum Rebranded
Instytutum Rebranded

 

You know I am all about skincare giving results, and I found quite a few products within the Instytutum line that I considered worth the (admittedly hefty) price tag. So when I learned that not only the packaging had been changed, but that there were tweaks to the formula as well, I was worried.

After testing the new versions for several weeks now I am ready to give you the details on how the Instytutum rebranding changed the products and if my favorites are still my favorites!

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What´s in my makeup bag for autumn 2018

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To be fair, I don´t actually have a makeup bag. Well, I do, but I don´t use it to store my everyday makeup in.

But I do have a very tiny bathroom (if you ever watched one of my Instagram Lives you can see me banging my head at the slanting walls), and a husband I need to share that bathroom space with.

 

What's in my makeup bag for fall 2018
What’s in my makeup bag for fall 2018

 

And that basically means that most of my makeup lives in my basement/office/filming room and only a few tried and tested products are upstairs for me to get ready in the mornings.

Whenever the season changes I rotate my products and have a few weeks of experimenting before I slowly fall into a rut that allows me to get ready in the mornings while still half asleep.

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Skincare gift guide for mature skin

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The older we become, the harder it gets to buy presents for us, I admit that.

Take me as example: I try to be more minimalistic in my way of living (the emphasis being on “try” here), which rules out decorative stuff, I like to read, but get my books at our local library and already own more makeup than any sane person would ever need. So what on earth should you get me?

 

My skincare gift guide for mature skin
My skincare gift guide for mature skin

 

Events are of course a welcome surprise, as is chocolate, but for both there is a limit in how much you can actually fit into your days. Well, there is one for events at last, not so sure about the chocolate part…

Now what about skincare? Difficult, I admit. But not impossible! And I am not talking getting a generic gift set here, I am talking about a thoughtfully picked item that is tailored to the other persons needs.

So I sat down and figured out a few examples on what to get, divided by budget and by skincare concern. Not without an agenda, I might add!

To my family reading – gifting skincare is possible, and in my case very welcome!

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Does blue light from our screens damage our skin?

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I love it when I get questions from you guys. Not only do they help me create content I know you’ll be interested in, but they open my eyes to topics I would probably not even have thought about.

Of course I had heard about blue light affecting our sleep patterns and straining our eyes, but to be honest I never gave it much thought.

 

Blue light damage skin
Does blue light from our screens damage our skin?

 

At least not until a question kept popping up here on the blog and on social media: “Do you recommend wearing SPF even if I am indoors to protect me from blue light from my screen?”

As soon as that happened I noticed more and more companies marketing skincare items as “blue light protection”, and if anything can get me into research mood, it is a company claiming skincare benefits and charging extra for them.

So, lets talk about the question “Does blue light from our screens damage our skin?” and, if it does, how can we protect ourselves?

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Caudalie Vinopure Set – Overview

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I have talked about the three different products mentioned here before, and I will make sure to link each individual review as I go on, but I still felt the need to give you an overview of the Caudalie Vinopure Set as well.

 

Caudalie Vinopure Set
Caudalie Vinopure Set

 

Because just like the ingredient list doesn’t tell you the whole story about how a product is going to work, looking at each individual product in a set won’t tell you if the set as a whole is something worth spending money on.

The advice you get when being a set is almost as important as the different products inside, because the whole point of a set is to get products that play nicely together and enhance each others effects.

If that is true for the Caudalie Vinopure Set?

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Jade Roller – What is it and what does it do?

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Jade roller, facial roller, jade facial massage tool – no matter how you call it, you have heard about it.

To be honest, I never really bothered with this trend until I recieved not only one, but two different devices as a GWP and curiosity got the better of me. Of course I had to dig deep, and by dig deep I mean that I didn´t only look at the science behind them, but ventured into topics like crystal healing that I admit I had no clue about before.

 

Jade roller and rose quartz roller
Jade roller and rose quartz roller

 

Now as a long time follower you will know that I am, by heart, a scientist.

I did my best to present my findings in a neutral way, but feel the need to do this disclaimer: I am sure there are many things out there that science can not (yet) explain. Absence of proof is not proof of absence, but at the same time claiming that the ancient Egypts did XY doesn´t make a practice right.

6500 years ago a cavity was filled with honey and beeswax, but I still think our current way of dental care is superior.

What I am trying to say is basically: let´s talk about jade roller and lets do it with respect for each others opinion.

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October Empties 2018 – Taking out the trash 19

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The drama with the You Tube thumbnail…

I swear taking the thumbnail takes me longer than filming the actual video itself! Especially now that I´ve learned that thumbnails with faces have a higher CTR than the ones showing products only.

October Empties 2018
Literally seconds before things fell out.

 

CTR, for those of you wondering, means click-through-rate and stands for the number of people that click on the video after seeing the thumbnail.

I am not sure why my face would help in selling a video, but I do know for sure that it takes me ages to take a picture that doesn´t look like I am a complete moron grinning into a camera.

Maybe it is the fact that I do take the picture while holding up a basket full of empty bottles.

I guess it is kind of hard to look sane when doing that.

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How to update your skincare routine for fall

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The weather in Germany took the transition to fall very seriously. Within 24 hours we went from 32 °C and sun to heavy rain, wind and mornings with 6 °C.

Needless to say I was busy changing summer bedding to thick duvets, frantically searching for the kids rain boots and getting my skincare routine in order.

 

How to update your skincare for fall
All the things I will start using now!

 

Yes, I updated my skincare routine before I even updated my wardrobe (I still have my boots stored away), because #priorities.

So if you need help with the update (the skincare one, I am no help when it comes to fashion) – if you need help to update your skincare routine for fall, keep on reading.

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5 hacks for oily skin (that are not skincare)

Oily skin – my biggest issue ever since I was 13 years old.

Well, that and acne. And the question why my thighs looked thick in pencil skirts. And why I always seem to fall for the bad guy. But not todays topic, Anne, get back on track!

Over the years I have tried countless things to keep my skin balanced, from the “harsh foaming cleanser followed by alcohol toner” routine to several kitchen hacks the friend of a friend (of a friend) had amazing results with.

 

5 hacks for oily skin
Glow? Yes, please. But not the oil!

 

You Tube wasn´t a thing back then, which was probably a blessing. I bet I would have been the one to try the toothpaste/baking soda face mask at some point!

The key to balanced skin is obvioulsy the right skincare (and there are plenty recommendations on the blog here), but today I decided to focus on things you can do without buying a new cream.

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September Empties – Taking out the trash 18

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I promise this is the last time you need to sit with me through sound issues.

See, in an attempt to be the most efficient I could be I bulk filmed a few videos. It was only when I got down to editing, quite some time later, that I realized the sound was completely messed up.

 

September Empties
Take a look at my trash bin

 

In all four videos. And as per usual I was so late with editing, I simply couldn’t refilm them! Or, in case of this September  Empties video, I had thrown out all the stuff already.

Ah, now you know my dirty secret: I actually filmed my September Empties back in July! What can I say, I need content like that for when I am too busy holidaying in France (and probably shopping for skincare) to create something new.

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