Gardening – a new trend?

Gardening - a good way to destress?

I admit, I am stressed. No surprises here, I bet most people in my situation would be, yoga teachers being a possible exception.

 

Gardening - a good way to destress?
Gardening – a good way to destress?

 

And I know that being stressed isn´t healthy, and I KNOW that I am a stress eater (gimme all the carbs!), which isn´t healthy either. So I should probably do something about it.

Given that I can´t change the circumstances, and, quite honestly, don´t want to change them (seriously, giving up the kids is not an option, but giving up the job isn´t one either), I think I have read about every stress release technique there is.

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – A long time coming

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I love acids for exfoliation.

I have oily, acne-prone skin.

The obvious solution? Using an acid specifically targeted at oily, acne-prone skin. A no-brainer, essentially.  Why do I even talk about it?

 

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

 

Well, dear reader. Because this is what I used in the last months, no YEARS!

Alpha-H Liquid Gold (Review) – Glycolic Acid, pixi Glow Tonic (Review) – Glycolic Acid, Sunday Riley Good Genes (Review) – Lactic Acid, Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner (Review) – Glycolic Acid

See that? Yes, some of them may have had Salicylic Acid added as well, but the main acid? Never the one I actually should have looked for.

Time to get that right, so The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution was quickly added to my routine.

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Foundation Review Catrice 24 h Made to Stay Makeup

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The most efficient way to finish foundation? Apart from wearing it consistently, of course? Dropping the glass bottle on the bathroom tiles.

And a great way to test the waterproof claims, too.

How do I know that? Well, I did just that, a few weeks ago, when my bottle of Catrice 24 h Made to Stay makeup shattered on the tiles.

 

Catrice 24 h Made to Stay makeup
Catrice 24 h Made to Stay makeup

 

Just to be crystal clear: This is not the way I will be testing my foundations from now on. Trying to get it off the floor at 6 am (and yes, it is at least water resistant!) while already dressed in office attire is not recommended!

 

But if the Catrice 24 h Made to Stay Makeup is? Let´s find out!

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Boycotting brands – What is your take?

About a week ago, I published my first blog post on The Ordinary products (read here). Quite a few of the commenters told me they had either loved the product, but wouldn´t repurchase or that they had sent back all The Ordinary products they owned because they didn´t want to support the brand, or, more precisely the CEO Brandon Truaxe.

 

New In Beauty March 2018
Boycotting brands like The Ordinary

 

Now for full disclosure, I made my order at the end of January, so before the „drama“ started, but only get around to publishing the reviews now. Testing skincare takes time. But even if I hadn´t, would I have refrained from ordering The Ordinary if I had known?

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Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

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2007 German government decided that smoking in public buildings would be banned. That included pubs, restaurants and cafés, basically everywhere food was served and consumed.

I was 20 in 2007, and hanging out in pubs was much more common for me than nowadays. Even though I didn´t smoke myself, I was never bothered by friends or strangers smoking in my presence. Until the day I learned how much better I felt the next morning if I hadn´t been surrounded by smoke the whole night.

 

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

 

Less dry throat and eyes, less headache, less grey skin… But the most important thing? Not having to deal with the scent of old smoke in my hair and clothes. Honestly, not having to wash my hair after being out simply because the smell would make me nauseous was amazing!

Why I am telling you this story from times long gone, you ask? Because when sniffing the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, I get a faint hint of that smell. Not overpowering, and not preventing me from using (and, spoiler alert, enjoying) the product, but enough to remind me how lucky I am to no longer have to deal with that.

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Emollients vs. Occlusives – Everything you need to know

I once heard about someone that always read the last chapter of a book first. Reason behind that? She wanted to make sure she’d know the end, even if something happened to her before she could finish reading.

 

Emollients vs. Occlusives
Emollients vs. Occlusives

 

I don´t do that. I read my books from start to finish, maybe skimming over some parts here and there, but following the story as it was written.

And as this is the third in a series of blog posts, I highly suggest you catch up with „Do you really need a moisturizer? The difference between dry and dehydrated skin“ and „Humectants – Everything you need to know“ first. Not that there are any spoilers in here, but it will make it easier to understand.

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LLL Vlogs 42 – Street Food Festival

I will let you in on a secret: I don´t like to cook. Some people might find it therapeutic, or creative, or even create whole blogs dedicated to that topic – to me it is just annoying. (I like eating though, I don´t disapprove of the whole concept)

 

Street Food Festival

 

But as I have kids and feel obliged to see that their nutrition is on point, and, though to a much lesser degree, because I know that my skin reacts horribly to junk food, that is a problem.

Because if you want home cooked meals full of fresh ingredients, you, well, need to cook them fresh at home.

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – Big yellow taxi

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 „Don’t it always seem to go. That you dont know what youve got. Till it’s gone

That is what Joni Mitchell sang in „Big Yellow Taxi“, and yes, you will probably need to google it and never really heard of the song (or her) before, but I like it and I am old and this is my blog and so I will continue to refer to lyrics from 1970.

 

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

 

And it is what came to my mind after I started using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% recently and was puzzled about how much it changed my skin.

If you are an old (ha!) time reader, you may remember that in many Empties post and in many a skincare routine, La Roche Posay Serozinc (here) featured heavily. Somehow I stopped using it late last year. No specific reason, I just had other mists that I deemed more appropriate for the season.

My t-zone got oiler after a few weeks, but I didn´t really make the connection.

Until I introduced The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in my routine and could literally watch that change…

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Inspired by MAC x Patrick Starrr Floral Realness Collection

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If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, it started here
Short story even shorter, I pick a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

 

MAC x Patrick Starr Floral Realness Collection
MAC x Patrick Starr Floral Realness Collection

 

Until his first MAC collection, I had no clue who Patrick Starrr (yes, it is three r, that is not a spelling mistake) actually was. Which shows, once again, how far away I am from the in crowd on You Tube.

A collaboration with MAC is still the safest way to get my attention though, and this second release, the vibrancy and richness made me determined to at least try and recreate the makeup he was wearing for the MAC x Patrick Starrr Floral Realness collection.

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LLL Vlogs 41 – Spring cleaning (with false lashes)

There is an increased amount of cleaning videos showing up in my You Tube suggestions, and I have no clue why.

It can’t be based on my watch history. It can’t be based on Mr. Locas watch history either. He is really bad at remembering to switch profiles on our AppleTV, which is the reason that my feed shows as many „SUV tested in the dunes of Namibia“ videos as it contains ASOS hauls, but cleaning videos surely aren’t his thing.

 

Spring cleaning
New kicks for spring

 

To be honest, I really have no clue why anyone would watch such videos anyway. Cleaning is a necessary pain, but watch others clean? What kind of masochistic behavior is that?

Or maybe it is sadistic, sitting there, cup of tea in hand, smiling at the screen: Hey gurrl, ya missed a spot there! Just sayin‘!

Apparently a trend that I, once again, don’t understand and probably absolutely to my loss.

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