La Roche-Posay Redermic C – Nothing new here?

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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.

Review: La Roche-Posay Redermic C
La Roche-Posay Redermic C

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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How to get smooth, tan legs for summer

I don’t know about life on your side of the screen, but here in Germany it feels like summer came early.

That might be because winter really seemed to drag on this year, with snow right up until March, but the overnight arrival of sun and 24 °C took me by surprise.

 

St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic
St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic

 

All of a sudden wearing tights to the office became unbearable, my denim shorts were relocated to the top shelf and I had to deal with the fact that pale might look beautiful on faces, but definitely doesn’t suit my legs.

See, I envy those that can keep up with tanning year round, but for me it will always be strictly reserved for summer. Which is why I have a tried and tested routine to achieve smooth and tan summer legs as quickly as possible!

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It takes 30 days to create a habit, they say.

Whenever you try to incorporate something new into your life (usually the healthy stuff like working out, meditation or snacking on celery instead of crisps), people will tell you that it takes 30 days to create a new habit.

 

Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
Heidelberg Central Station

 

30 days of sticking to something apparently tricks your mind into accepting it as the new normal, so it gets easier to see it through.

I am not convinced though.

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The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

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Sometimes a tiny letter can make a huge difference. Make you question things, for example. In cosmetic science, that letter is usually a „v“.

Why a „v“ you ask?

And imagine how great it would have been had I said a „y“ -Y a „y“?

Because „in vivo“ sounds pretty similar to „in vitro“, but in terms of results there is a huge difference.

 

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

 

See, many ingredients proove their claim on human cells. In the lab, in petri dishes, swimming in a special broth. Which is NOT the same as being attached to a moving human being, always on the run and with many other cofactors like sweat, spf and (other) sexy things (for the sake of the alliteration) that could impede penetration.

Because skin is actually designed to stop things from penetrating (as we have learned here), and we can´t switch that off on demand.

But why am I going on about the difference the „v“ makes? Because when it comes to peptides, there are two different camps. The „It works“ one and the one that will tell you that peptides are too big to penetrate the skin „in vivo“ and thus are a waste of money.

And if you haven´t made up your mind yet, The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA will let you see for yourself without breaking the bank.

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pixi Rose Cream Cleanser – A rose

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„A rose is a rose is a rose…“ I bet you have heard that before. The sentence was written by Gertrude Stein as part of her poems.

It is often interpreted as meaning „things are what they are“, a statement of the law of identity. In Stein’s view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of a thing already invokes the imagery and emotions associated with it.

 

pixi Rose Cream Cleanser
pixi Rose Cream Cleanser

 

But I bet you are not here for an excurse in poetry (though it is a fascinating topic!). You are here for beauty products, and I promise I am going to talk about one:

The pixi Rose Cream Cleanser *, which, as rightly observed by Mrs. Stein, instantly evokes a certain mental image by name. I for one expected it to be a rose scented cream cleanser.

Which it, spoiler here, isn´t.

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New In Beauty April 2018: pixi, Caudalie and more

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Back when I first started getting into makeup, I would often raid my mothers stash.

Apply her lipsticks, ruin her rouge, drench myself in her perfume – basically making a big mess. Now that I am grown up (and a blogger), things are usually the other way round.

 

New In Beauty April 2018
New In Beauty April 2018

 

She plays with my lipsticks, inherits my eye cream and enjoys the packages that arrive at my doorstep just as much as I do.

But when I opened her cabinet recently and saw that she had purchased quite a few Caudalie products, I figured it was time to go back to the old days and help myself to some new skincare!

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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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