Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser – Just not the same

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We all have expectations when it comes to brands. They are triggered by marketing, packaging, maybe reviews we have seen online.

And, quite often, by the experiences we have had before.

 

Review: Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser

 

If the first product was a huge disappointment, we will approach others with caution.

If the first product blew us away, we get all excited to try more.

 

So basically, if the first product is a hit, the brand has won. Right?

Wrong.

 

Case in point? I loved the Tata Harper Purifying Gel Cleanser (Review) so much everything that came afterwards stood no chance. Like the Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser. A great product, but still… Not THAT good.

But let´s see.

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Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation – Mind, body and soul

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Transforming yourself, be it body, mind or soul seems to be a necessity these days. And while I am all about personal development and life long learning, I think we have to remember every once in a while that not everything we are is a constant work in progress. That would take a lot of pressure out of our daily lifes and sometimes even help things to stay good instead of being transformed into something else simply for transformations sake.

 

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

 

You see, the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation moisturizer I am reviewing today is not only all about transformation, but it recently was subject to transformation itself. A transformation that left many fans disappointed, judging by the statements on the website here.

So please keep in mind when reading that I am still reviewing the old formula of Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation and that I have no means to judge how big of a difference to the new one now sold there will be. Comparing ingredient lists I don´t see major changes, so maybe the fear of transformation is what made people mad, not the actual transformation itself? And no, I was under no pressure to use the word “transformation” as often as I did, just in case you are wondering…

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Taking out the trash 15 – My December 2017 Empties

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Did you know that on public holidays as well as on every Sunday, stores are closed in Germany? No quickly popping into town to get some food, no aimlessly wandering around looking for cute things to buy.

A public holiday (or every Sunday) is a holiday for everyone. Even the people working in retail.That may change, no matter how you personally feel about it, but at the moment it is my reality.

 

December 2017 Empties
December 2017 Empties

 

And every year I watch clips of the Boxing Day madness going on in other parts of the world from the comfort of my own home. I pat my belly, shift my weight from one side to the other (yes, the Christmas indulgence does bring back memories of the late stages of pregnancy) and wonder: Is there still anything we need to buy?

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erborian Solid Cleansing Oil – Scents

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Are you a perfume girl? I most definitely am not. I struggle to even remember to apply it once in the mornings, let alone reapply throughout the day. My collection consists of three bottles, and only two get used regularly.

So it is safe to say, I am not your best bet when it comes to describing scents.

 

How does that smell? –Nice. Story of my life.

 

Review: erborian Solid Cleansing Oil
erborian Solid Cleansing Oil

 

When reading up on the erborian Solid Cleansing Oil, someone mentioned it smelled like green tea. Ever since I have been sniffing my cleansing balm like a mad woman, trying to make up my mind what it actually smells like. So far I haven´t succeeded. The only thing I can safely say though is that to me, the erborian Solid Cleansing Oil does smell nothing like green tea.

I guess it is time to stop trying and focus on everything else the erborian Solid Cleansing Oil has to offer. Because the scent is just a small part of the package.

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Winter Evening Skincare Routine 2017 – Atmospheric inversion

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Are you ready to go on a meteorological tangent with me? I promise, it will tie in with todays video!

Have you ever heard the term atmospheric inversion? It is a kind of weather very common in winter, when the layers of air closest to the ground are much colder than the ones higher up. If winter is cold where you live, chances are you’ll experience atmospheric inversion for the first half of the colder months.

 

Winter evening skincare routine for mature, acne prone and dehydrated skin
Winter evening skincare routine for mature, acne prone and dehydrated skin

 

But if you don’t suffer from migraines, why should that interest you? Well, dear skincare lover, because it has a huge effect on your skin! Have you ever wondered why some days stayed gloomy and foggy in the city while being clear and bright when you went up to the mountains?

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Winter Morning Skincare Routine 2017

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I would consider myself a morning person. Getting up early, the day at my hands and full of adventure feels amazing.

Of course „morning“ starts when it gets bright and light outside, and here, dear reader, I am facing a problem. Because now, the longest night of the year only a few sleeps away, it doesn’t get bright and light until around 8 am. And by that time I have been up at least two hours already.

 

My Morning Skincare Routine Winter 2017
My Winter Morning Skincare Routine 2017

 

So in order to make me crawl out of bed and function without hurting someone, I need something to look forward to. Something soothing, gently refreshing…

Something like my Winter Morning Skincare Routine.

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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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pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask – Ox and horn

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In Germany there is a saying that indicates the impossibility of getting a reaction from someone. Roughly translated it means: “Like pinching an ox in the horn.”

I often think about this saying when I try to get a reaction from my husband regarding new lipsticks, nail polish choices or truly anything makeup related. In fact I was sure that no matter what I´d do, he´d always look at me and say: “Whatever.”

 

pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask
pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask

 

Turns out I was wrong! The pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * did provoke an immediate reaction:

I applied it, left the bath room and ran into Mr. Loca. He, used to my beauty shenanigans, looked at me in disbelief, shook his head and said: “Now you have completely lost your mind.”

Not the effect I was going for, I admit, but at least an instant reaction from a man that usually grunts when asked his opinion.

But which other effects did the pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * provide?

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Taking out the trash 14 – November Empties

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I took last week off work. There were numerous reasons, and the leading one surely was that I had accumulated so many extra hours over summer that I needed to loose a few.

Another, really important reason though was that I wanted to get back on top of my blogging game again. After the summer holidays life was so busy, I never quite went back to my prepared and prescheduling self. And I was tired (in every sense of the way) to write up my blog post the night before publication.

 

November Empties
November Empties

 

You see, I had the best intentions. And, starting Tuesday, I had a sick kid that couldn’t attend day care and needed her mother.

So I sit here, Sunday night, clicking away on the keyboard to get my November Empties ready. I guess life is what happens when you are busy making other plans!

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Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash – Just my take

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I know I start most reviews with a little story, but things will be different this time. I just had too much to say about the product itself and didn´t want to waste your precious time.

So, the product. The Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash *.

I have to admit I had a hard time with this product.

 

Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash
Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash

 

It starts with the mixing. The cleanser is a powder cleanser you need to freshly prepare by adding water. Or adding it to water. Your call.

 

After numerous attempts (and product wasted), I think I have found a way that works for me: I pour water into a small pot and then add powder. This seems to be the best way to actually control the viscosity and amount of cleanser I will get, as adding water to the powder inevitably lead to a “Just a drop more… one more… Ups!”-situation in my clumsy hands.

 

Now, with the mixing down, I could finally focus on the effects the Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash * had on my skin.

And this is where my second concern comes in: The main ingredient is baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. Now I know that baking soda is praised high and low in natural and DIY exfoliants, but added to water it is alkaline. And our skin is acidic, for good reason, as this acid mantle protects against dehydration and bacteria. Now the product claims to have a pH of 5.5, which is acidic, but I can by no means see how that is supposed to be achieved with these ingredients?

But how did it fare? Let´s see.

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