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

This blog post contains affiliate links. Please read disclaimer.

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.

Read more


Leave a comment

Foundation Review Catrice 24 h Made to Stay Makeup

This blog post may contain affiliate links. Please read disclaimer.

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!

Read more


Leave a comment

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?

Read more


Leave a comment

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

This blog post contains affiliate links. Please read disclaimer.

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.

Read more


Leave a comment

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.

Read more


Leave a comment

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

This blogpost contains affiliate links. Please read disclaimer.

 „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…

Read more


Leave a comment

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.

Read more


Leave a comment

klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops – New languages

This blogpost contains *PR-samples and affiliate links. Please read disclaimer.

Whenever I try to learn a new language (which, to be honest, hasn´t happened in a long time!), I try to get to the point where I am able to read magazines.

Being able to entertain myself while learning is the best way to keep me at it, and once I can move from reading a magazine to reading a real book, the battle is won.

 

klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

 

Well, the actual „speaking“ part should probably be taken into consideration when measuring language skills, but I am trying to make a point here.

Point is, I was feeling pretty good abut my skills at the language of skincare ingredients. Not quite „reading the classics“ good, but at least „flicking comfortably through a magazine“ good.

At least until I decided to venture into Asian skincare… Really, there is a whole new world of ingredients out there, and I struggle to add them all to my vocabulary.

But I try! Reading material of choice for today? klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops *.

Read more


Leave a comment

My quick and easy No Makeup Makeup Look

I wear makeup most days. Even if I am staying at home, I grab a few bits to make me look more put together.

Quite frankly, it is not only about the looks. It is more because I have so much stuff that I really want to use, yet just one face and so little time in the mornings.

 

No Makeup Makeup Look
No Makeup Makeup Look

 

Spending a day without any makeup would be a lost day in terms of playing with products!

There are days though that I just want to look awake, healthy and natural. That usually are the days that I had little sleep and even less time to get going, so here is my quick and easy No Makeup Makeup Look!

Read more


Leave a comment

New In Beauty March 2018 – The Ordinary, pixi and more

This blog post contains PR-Samples and affiliate links. Please see disclaimer.

 

After I returned from Galtür (read more about it here), I had a lovely package waiting for me. Inside was makeup, sparkly and shiny and new.

Sounds good, I hear you say. No. Better: Sounds good, I imagine you think right now.

 

New In Beauty March 2018
New In Beauty March 2018

 

 

Technically I cannot hear you, and I am not sure if anyone except me is talking to the computer screen. Mental note: Go out more!

Back to topic: Sounds good, but I knew I was leaving the next morning. And I wanted to start using the makeup. But before I could start using it, I needed to take pictures.

So I left unpacking, packing and sleeping to the last minute to get the shots you are about to see, with Mr. Loca shaking his head in disbelief. He will never understand!

Read more


Leave a comment