„Still?“ is the question I get asked most when I mention it.
„You still play video games?“
Yes I do.
I started at the tender age of 11, on my C 64 with 5,25„ floppy disks and classics like „Bubble Bobble“, briefly touched on the whole „Age of Empire“ series in LAN-parties with friends and then discovered the world of MMORPG, namely World of Warcraft.
Which just released it´s latest addon, „Battle for Azeroth“, on August 14th.
Now my raiding days are behind me, I just can´t keep up equipmentwise with work, kids and the blog, but that doesn´t mean I won´t immerse myself into the new content as much as possible in the upcoming weeks.
To mask this period of less blog activity I did of course prepare several blog posts, one of them on why I think you, as a beauty lover, should consider playing too!
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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.
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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It would have been so easy to talk about food in this intro. I mean, come on, „Buffet“? Something along the lines of „Do you prefer it over a la carte?“ or „Do you think we eat more or less when there is buffet?“
But I refuse to take the easy road (I save that for late night blog post writing mere hours before something needs to be published) and instead want to talk about a change that I have noticed over the course of the last years in terms of skincare brands and marketing.
It might be my focus (and age that makes me remember times when many of my readers weren´t even born), but recently science became increasingly popular. Gone are the days when „look young and fresh“ was enough to sell a moisturizer. These days words like „SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate)“ are casually thrown around, as if everyone was supposed to know what they mean.
Well, most people don´t.
I don´t. At least not without research.
But I can´t help but feel impressed by all the science that obviously went into development and am more inclined to purchase.
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I know that some people accuse bloggers of only pushing new and exciting stuff. And while I guess the temptation to talk about shiny new things is huge, there is a charm in things that have been around for a while for good reason.
I am lucky to have found quite a few like the lovely Shireen from Reflection of Sanity that don´t fall into the “new is better” trap and introduce me to products I missed out on.
The latest one? La Roche-Posay Redermic C for normal to combination skin. Now there is a whole line of products in the Redermic C line, and I didn´t pick up exactly the one she recommended here, but still it was a lucky find.
Because despite the plain appearance and somewhat unexciting marketing, this tube is filled with the good stuff.
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Did you know that back in the days some women used to apply radioactive powder to their cheeks?
Starting in the 20s, before the negative side effects were discovered, so called „gentle radiation“ was considered a natural way to strengthen health and enhance beauty. The radiation in the powder lead to increased blood flow where applied and so provided the much coveted natural flush.
The long term effects of course were horrible.
And while we today shake our heads in disbelief when reading things like that, we should probably take a step back and look at our own beauty routines once in a while. What is considered safe now might proove to be detrimental in the future. Or vice versa. The question is: What risk are we willing to take when it comes to beauty?
A very personal question. And one that I recently had to answer for myself regarding the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution.
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Many moons ago, in December 2012, my then boyfriend Mr. Loca and I packed our bags, rented a camper van and started to travel Australia. A small part of Australia, as we had only three weeks to spend, but what an amazing trip it was!
Looking forward to a hot Australian summer I had brought all my dresses, my sandals and my shorts. What I did not pack, however, were rain boots and rain coat.
After three sunny days in a hostel in Sidney we took the camper to our first stop: The Blue Mountains. We arrived at night, went grocery shopping, spend the evening outside and woke to fog and constant rain. And for the whole two days we stayed there, the sun didn´t come out once.
You see, I can attest to the fact that there is an abundance of water in the Australian Blue Mountains, and if you are wondering why on earth I decided to talk about that today, the answer is simple: Water from the Australian Blue Mountains is used as key ingredient in the MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment *
We all have these “bulb of light” moments that nudge us into a new direction. For me a facial had in celebration of my birthday was one of these moments (see here). The esthetician examined my face, said a few nice things about my pores and general skin and then, without a warning, pinched my cheek, saying: “Weak collagen, you are getting a saggy face already.”
See, I knew I would not be able to fight gravity forever. I mean, two kids and I can easily carry a pen beneath each breast (TMI?). But my boobs are nicely packed away most of the time.
My face is out there for everyone to see, and when I look really closely, I can see the first signs of bulldog cheeks appearing. Especially when I look closely at 6 am in harsh lighting and after a weekend of indulgence.
But is there something I can do about it? Actually there is. At least things that can improve the collagen production and thus slow the process. Some are diet based (bone broth and no sugar – I know, I can´t do it either), some are physical (Face rollers – I will write about them when I manage to use them consistently) and of course products, which is what we are all here for.
Best researched and mentioned numerous times here on the blog are retinol (read here) and Vitamin C, but there are a lot more and Qlabo Collagenerous (PR-Sample) features quite a few of them.
The first sign of ageing I noticed on my face was a deep nasolabial fold. Now you have to take “deep” with a grain of salt, because I was 22 at that time and the appearance of a line in my face was both alien and absolutely horrifying for me. The fact that I was camping when I looked in the mirror, tired, with dirt on my face and harsh sunlight from above did not make it a pleasant experience either.
Of course I complained about it to my mother the minute I arrived home. I am a big complainer when it comes to beauty, and my mother has always been the person of choice to complain to. She still is, as a matter of fact. Mr. Loca somehow never showed much interest.
My mother told me that this had been the first noticeable line she had as well, and that I shouldn´t worry much, as it would be the last for many years to come. She was right. It is only now that I notice lines on my forehead and around my eyes slowly appearing, which I think is perfectly fine given the fact that I am 38 now.
But the nasolabial area has stayed with me as metaphor of ageing, so any product that promises to tackle it specifically immediately gets my attention. And the M. Asam Resveratrol Premium Ampoule Beauty Treatment * claim to do exactly that.
In every beauty lovers life comes the time when they really, really want to try a product, but simply can´t justify the spending. I have several pieces like that sitting on my Pinterest board, staring at me whenever I log in, reproachful, mournful, whispering antiaging promises I am not sure they are willing to keep.
And like the candle you save for a special occasion, you wait for the perfect opportunity to treat yourself. Yet that opportunity never comes, and you are left dreaming about what-ifs. What if I had started using it years ago and now looked like Giselle Bündchen, not like your average mama with too many sweets and too little sleep?
Enough of that! I thought as the offer for the Cult Beauty Spring Goodie Bag came in. I am going to buy one thing from my list. One thing that is expensive enough to single-handedly qualify me for a gift with purchase.