Instytutum skincare – Brand overview and giveaway!

Almost exactly a year ago, I received a surprise package from a brand I never had heard of: Instytutum skincare.

Now I am always game for new stuff, and over the last year you have seen it featured multiple times here and in the skincare routines I do on Instagram. A brand focused video was way overdue!


Instytutum Skincare
Instytutum Skincare


Instytutum offers skincare made in Switzerland, was founded by a pharmacist named Dr. Natalia Derkach and is free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial colorants and SLES/SLS.

Their water is filtered five times before used in the products and to emphasize the importance of clean water, they do support the „Waves for Water“ charity (website here) by donating all money made from their Alive Water Hydrating Soothing Face Mist.

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Skincare Favorites Giveaway

A little over three years ago, on August 24th 2014, a tired and worn out mother decided to hit publish on her first ever blogpost.

You may have guessed it, that mother was me.

After reading blogs and watching You Tube for more than six years I decided I wanted to create instead of consume. And as much as I would love to tell you that this decision was based on the fact that I knew I had valuable content to contribute (ha!), it wasn´t.


Skincare Favorites Giveaway
Skincare Favorites Giveaway


My daughter had just turned six month, and after spending many years working 60+ hours a week, treating critical ill patients and disputing antibiotic treatments, I was not doing great being a stay at home mum.

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Astor Perfect Stay Fabulous lipsticks and giveaway

I have said it several times before: Red lipsticks are my weakness, and I really don’t need any more of them.

But lucky for me, no one seems to pay any attention to these claims, least of all myself, so I was very excited when a package with the new Astor lipstick range called „Perfect Stay Fabulous“ arrived at my doorstep.

Astor Perfect Stay Fabulous lipsticks
Astor Perfect Stay Fabulous lipsticks


As you can see in the video, it is a lovely selection of reds with different undertones, and I had a hard time deciding which ones would find a permanent home in my makeup bag.


Now if you want to give them a go yourself, head over to my You Tube channel to see them in action and make sure to enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter widget below.

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Sometimes I am afraid of myself – Sheet masks

I, for one, can’t watch scary movies.

And I am not talking the hardcore ones. Literally anything will leave me scared for weeks.

I stopped watching „Supernatural“ after the second episode because I just couldn’t take it.
Even reading about these movies gives me nightmares.
And just in case you wondered: I am 36. Not 12.

I am smiling beneath the mask, promise!

So I have to be extra careful when using one of my Singapore sheet masks, because it may or may not have happened that the surprising sight of myself in the bathroom mirror made me squeal…
As you might have seen in my haul post here, I got quite a lot of them.
To be honest, I just entered the drugstore and grabbed any mask I could get hold of, be they moisturizing, firming, or, always a winner with asian girls, whitening.

There are expensive, high end sheet masks out there, but as I wanted the full on experience without blowing the bank, I stuck to drugstore.

And as a detailed review of all of them would be way to long, I´ll give you a quick rundown of what I got and say a word on the ingredients last.

Classic Korean Sheet Masks

Classic Korean Sheet Masks:
1. Jeju Tangerine Face Mask: Nourishing, for soft and smooth skin
2. Jeju Seaweed Face Mask: Moisturizing, for hydrating skin
3. Jeju Tsubaki Face Mask: Ultra-soothing, for revitalised skin

2-Step Masks with Moisturizer

Masks with additional Moisturizer:
4. 2-Step America Soothing Pack: Calendula Soothing Mask and Moisturizer
5. 2-Step Oceania Firming Pack: Glasswort Hydrating Mask and Moisturizer
6. 2-Step Africa hydrating Pack: Mango Moisturizing Mask and Moisturizer

2-Step Masks with Cleansers

Masks with additional Cleanser:
7. 2-Step Moisturizing and Repairing Pack: Algae Moisturizing Mud Mask and Cleanser
8. 2-Step Deep Pore Cleansing Pack: Volcanic Oil-Control Mud Mask and Cleanser

Fermented Rice Stem Cell Mask

Stem Cell Masks:
9. Rice Stem Cell Mask: Brightening and Refining
I decided to stay clear of pig placenta and the likes…

So far I have used one of each, except the ones with Cleansers, and found the experience to be pleasant.
Some have a strong smell, you feel absolutely weird when putting them on and your husband/boyfriend/dad/dog will make fun of you for sure, but at the same time they give me the exciting feeling of a Spa day, just because they are so totally different from everything I usually do.

One word on the ingredient list, though:
These are by no means gems of skincare. In fact, they all contain their fare share of preservatives, some contain mineral oil and some parabens.
But on top of that, they do contain great oils, aloe, glycerin and the likes, so they will have an effect. I just wouldn’t want my skincare to solely consist of them.

For me, it is more about the experience than the ingredients here.

If you want to join in to this little „Face-of-Horror“-Party: Here you go!
(Giveaway is open internationally)

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