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.
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.
Times are busy, and I feel like they get busier every day. Catching up with my favorite blogs daily is something I haven´t been able to do in a long while, and as I figured you are probably in the same boat, I decided to introduce the Monthly Recap series.
It is meant to be an overview of all the blog posts I have written, all the videos I have uploaded and a few extra informations thrown in for good measure. To make it easier to find what you are interested in I split it in three categories: Skincare, Makeup and Lifestyle.
Looking back at August for me means looking back at my annual holiday in France, two weeks filled with sun, sea and (probably too many) croissants. I decided against vlogging (it would just have been me eating all the time), but put up a France 2018 Highlight on my Instagram Profile should you be in the mood for some snaps.
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I love „The little mermaid“ by Hans Christian Andersen. My parents had to read it to me countless times, even though I´d always end up in tears.
Mind you, although it is what inspired Disneys „Arielle“, the original story only bares slight resemblance to that movie. It is much darker, full of death and blood and loss.
Ah, you´ve got to love the old stories, told to prepare children for the cruel and dangerous world they were facing!
The little mermaid never gains the love of the prince, nor does she get an immortal soul or a functional human body. Though trying, mute and in constant pain, to win his love, the prince marries another woman. When offered the opportunity to kill him (and his bride) to at least regain her mermaid self, she decides to die instead, turning into sea foam and becoming a daughter of the air.
Wouldn´t count as a happy end, don´t you think? Seeing the story as a transformation, innocence first, then the catastrophy and in the end your changed self, formed by what you experienced, is what made me think of it right now.
Why? Because the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel goes through three different stages as well. Without the loss, pain and blood though, promised!
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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.
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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Given that I am a full time working mother of two, my mornings are usually pretty relaxed. And I am well aware that a morning skincare routine like mine (read here if you are curious), though already streamlined, is not possible for someone with little to no help.
In case you didn´t know, we live in a shared house with my parents, as one big family, and as my parents take the kids to daycare after breakfast, I can get ready and rush out the door at 6:45 without the need to do the whole dress, feed, dress again and then drop off.
How lucky I am strikes me, when my parents are on holiday. Because despite getting to work one hour later than usual, I barely find the time to brush my teeth, let alone do a five step morning routine.
Now I can´t skip makeup entirely and I already do breakfast al desco, so cutting down my skincare is the only way to go. Which is when multitasking products come in very handy.
Like the Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser *.
After talking about acid toning in general, my holy grail product (click here) and my recommendation for AHA-newbies (click here), the time has come to introduce you to an alternative which is effective, budget friendly and easy to travel with.
„Easy to travel with“ might not be the first thing you look for in a beauty product, but if you are a skincare hoarder lover like yours truly, you will come to the conclusion that with traveling sometimes less is more when it comes to heavy (and sophisticated) glass bottle packaging.
If you read Acid Toning Week Part 1 (if you haven’t, click here), you already know, my first acid toner was Alpha H Liquid Gold.
I saw results within two weeks, and I had tasted blood.
The queen of skincare, Caroline Hirons, recommends acid toning twice daily (of course depending on your skin type and concerns), and as much as I wanted to, I quickly figured out that using Alpha H twice daily would not only leave me broke, but would cause my skin to peel in a very unpleasant way.
So on the hunt I went for a more gentle version. And I found the aptly named „Clarins Doux Exfoliant“, or „Gentle Exfoliant Brightening Toner“ for those unfamiliar with french.
Acid Toning Week – sounds fancy.
Like a proper blog theme week. But let´s not get overexcited, shall we?
In fact, I just wanted to write about my experiences after introducing acids into my skincare routine about two years ago, and as I have three different on rotation at the moment, I figured, it would just last me a week.
To put it out there: I had never even heard about acid toning until 2012. Shocking, I know.
Of course, Salicylic and Lactic Acid were no strangers to me, but even though they would make their appearance during my workday, the thought of using them on my skin never occurred to me.
I suffer from breakouts and hyper pigmentation, as I seem to mention in every other blogpost, and one day while aimlessly clicking away as you do, I stumbled upon a blogpost on A model recommends (still one of my favorite blogs) talking about Alpha H Liquid Gold with Glycolactic Acid and how it helped with even that. I was tempted, but as it is quite on the pricey side, I hesitated and forgot.
Discovering Caroline Hirons (the queen of skincare) closely after, I browsed her „Cheat Sheets“, and there they were again: Acids. Mentioned both in Acne and in Anti-Ageing, they sounded to good to be true.
And so I took the leap of faith and invested in some Alpha H Liquid Gold.