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After what seems to have been the shortest fall in history, the cold and harsh winds are upon us.
Cold and harsh are of course widely exaggerated if I compare my comfortable home in Heidelberg, Germany to where my brother in law lives, up North in Norway, but it is still cold enough for my skin to need special treatment.
So while I take care of body and soul with cozy knits and hot chocolate (a cup a day keeps the doctor away), I have worked out how to best take care of my skin in winter. And other than my hot chocolate I am willing to share these tips!
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I don´t always publish my reviews “on time”, but this has to be the biggest delay ever.
Seriously, I have been planning to write about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm for more than six years!
Six years? Yes! See, like most of us I debated whether or not I should start a blog for quite a bit before publishing my first post. And even before I had decided on a blog name, I was sure to write about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. It was one of the first balm cleansers I bought, heavily influenced by Caroline Hirons and A Model Recommends.
What happened? I got pregnant, that is what happened, and with my heightened sense of smell I simply couldn´t stand the scent anymore, depsite the fact that I adored it before.
So here I am, six years and two children later, determined to bring you one of the first reviews I ever planned to write – Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm!
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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.
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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November is done and dusted, and tomorrow will be the day I get the boxes with Christmas decoration from the basement and start randomly putting them on available surface spots.
Not kidding here, I am a lost cause when it comes to decorating, no matter how much Inspiration Boards I have on Pinterest.
But I am making an effort, for the kids mostly, as I want them to embrace the spirit of the season.
While we get all festive here, why not take the time and browse through my most recent blogposts, just in case you missed some? And if you did, consider subscribing to my Newsletter here, which I will actually send out once more than me and my mother are subscribed.
I know that having an actual mailing list is uber important for blogs, but given that we share a house I don´t think my mother needs my updates electronically.
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Now if the use of a separate eye cream is already controversial, how about using a specific serum before that? I can already see online wars raging over unexpecting blogs, fighting for wether or not the extra expense is worth it or just, well, extra.
I won´t take a stand on that today (you know I even deny the need for a separate moisturizer on my skin most of the year), but instead just present you with some ammunition so you won´t go unprepared.
It actually isn´t the first time I review a serum designed for the eye area on the blog, that honour belongs to The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate one (here, but be gentle, it was written years ago).
This time THE INKEY LIST Caffeine eye serum takes the spot light, so let´s see if I can recommend.
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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?
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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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.
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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Even though the occasional article might claim that glow is last season and we will venture back into matte skin territory eventually, the plethora of skincare aiming to enhance glow proves otherwise.
As someone with oily skin the hunt for glow has always been a mystery to me, even more so these days when the difference between oily AF and metallic highlighter is often undetectable, at least to my eye.
I look for mattifying powders and oil control foundations and I would love to see the same in skincare, but am willing to accept that I am the last person stuck in a velvet-matte past.
So here I am, reviewing an illuminating moisturizer for you: The Instytutum C-Illuminating 3D Moisturizer *.
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October was the month that autumn well and truly arrived in Germany. Up until October 19th it was warm enough to leave the house without a jacket, even in the evenings, something that I only realized when on that day, October 19th, I actually felt a chill walking back to the car with Mr. Loca at 10 pm. Now Germany is not a cold country, but that was unusual.
As it was to be expected, the period of sunny, but chilly weather that makes you take contemplative walks and kick up the colorful leaves didn´t last long either. By the time I write this it is grey and miserable outside, rain drizzling down on what is no longer colorful, but mostly rotten foliage.
Perfect to stay in and have a good old blog read, am I right? Here is what I wrote about last month.
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I have never been someone to enjoy alcohol. Not because of health reasons (I mean, I eat a ton of sugary crap without second thoughts, so surely a glass of bubbly wouldn´t really matter).
It is just that I simply don´t like the taste. Am I missing out? Maybe. I usually don´t think about that.
But there are a few kinds of alcohol that intrigue me. Not because of the taste, simply because I love the story behind them, the aura they have, the lifestyle they stand for. Examples are Champagne (because who wouldn´t want to sip on high class bubbles for celebrations), Whiskey (Outlander. Need I say more?) and Absynthe.
Yes, Absynthe, the “Green Fairy”, said to be poisonous and hallucinatory and inspire artists all over the world. These days we know that it is neither toxic nor alters the mental state more than other alcohols do, but the story, the mystery, the aura of creativity and danger remain.
Would I see things different if I drank Absynthe? I guess I will never know. But skincare containing Artemisia Absynthium does not have that effect. Believe me, I have tried when using the pixi Rose Glow Mist *.