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Unicorn tears – if a brand decides to name their products like that, they lost me as a customer for sure. I prefer a less romantic, more to the point approach, which is why I get along so very well with The Ordinary products: The name is what is inside the bottle.
Fancy? No. But easy to work with for sure!
I recently learned the hard way though that seemingly straight forward names can be misleading! You see, when I placed my THE INKEY LIST order, I hesitated before clicking “Add to basket” when it came to THE INKEY LIST Collagen. It was recommended by Caroline Hirons, but the science behind topically applied collagen is sparse, to say the least.
It was only when I received the product that I realized my mistake: THE INKEY LIST Collagen does, in fact, not contain collagen. It targets collagen production with an amazing cocktail of peptides!
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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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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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A beauty lovers heart is fickle, and what is deeply loved one month might be gathering dust just a few weeks later. Believe me, I have been there!
But there are a few items that stay with us for longer, products we reach for over and over again, and now that fall is around the corner and I get the urge to pamper myself, I figured it would be a great time to share my favorite face masks. All of which have been in rotation for at least a year!
I divided them into four categories: Exfoliating, hydrating, purifying/oil control and brightening.
If you are wondering why there is no “antiaging” category, it is because I feel like serums are much better suited to deliver results there, simply because you use them every day.
Oily skin – my biggest issue ever since I was 13 years old.
Well, that and acne. And the question why my thighs looked thick in pencil skirts. And why I always seem to fall for the bad guy. But not todays topic, Anne, get back on track!
Over the years I have tried countless things to keep my skin balanced, from the “harsh foaming cleanser followed by alcohol toner” routine to several kitchen hacks the friend of a friend (of a friend) had amazing results with.
You Tube wasn´t a thing back then, which was probably a blessing. I bet I would have been the one to try the toothpaste/baking soda face mask at some point!
The key to balanced skin is obvioulsy the right skincare (and there are plenty recommendations on the blog here), but today I decided to focus on things you can do without buying a new cream.
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I love “The little mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. My parents had to read it to me countless times, even though I´d always end up in tears.
Mind you, although it is what inspired Disneys “Arielle”, the original story only bares slight resemblance to that movie. It is much darker, full of death and blood and loss.
Ah, you´ve got to love the old stories, told to prepare children for the cruel and dangerous world they were facing!
The little mermaid never gains the love of the prince, nor does she get an immortal soul or a functional human body. Though trying, mute and in constant pain, to win his love, the prince marries another woman. When offered the opportunity to kill him (and his bride) to at least regain her mermaid self, she decides to die instead, turning into sea foam and becoming a daughter of the air.
Wouldn´t count as a happy end, don´t you think? Seeing the story as a transformation, innocence first, then the catastrophy and in the end your changed self, formed by what you experienced, is what made me think of it right now.
Why? Because the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel goes through three different stages as well. Without the loss, pain and blood though, promised!
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I promise this is the last time you need to sit with me through sound issues.
See, in an attempt to be the most efficient I could be I bulk filmed a few videos. It was only when I got down to editing, quite some time later, that I realized the sound was completely messed up.
In all four videos. And as per usual I was so late with editing, I simply couldn’t refilm them! Or, in case of this September Empties video, I had thrown out all the stuff already.
Ah, now you know my dirty secret: I actually filmed my September Empties back in July! What can I say, I need content like that for when I am too busy holidaying in France (and probably shopping for skincare) to create something new.
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One of the few ads from my youth that did stick with me was for cigarettes. It was after the Marlboro Man had ridden off into the eternal sun set and PR companies had realized that it was, indeed, time for a new take on manliness and smoking.
So they introduced the Cucumber Man, a smart looking guy wearing yoghurt on his face and two slices of cucumber to cover the eyes.
He did, of course, laugh and smoke and managed to neither get the yoghurt nor the ashes all over his perfectly fitting shirt.
The new man was born, progenitor of the metrosexual species that made an appearance ten years later.
In case you didn´t know, placing sliced and cooled cucumber onto your eyes was a thing back then. People told you it would reduce puffiness and hydrate, but looking back it was more the fact that cucumber straight from the fridge had a cooling effect than anything else.
Still, cucumber in skincare (and smoking men) don´t seem to go anywhere, as the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator proves.
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Is it too early to think about fall?
Rhetorical question, of course.
YES! IT IS!
Leave me to my beach sunsets, my coconut scented sun cream and my “too hot to sleep so I´ll dance the night away” nights.
Not that I have many of those, mind you, but I could have, in a parallel universe where I am awake after 10 pm. Ah, back in the days…
Where was I? Fall. Or at least the prospect of fall, with the promise of crisp mornings, colorful leaves and … pumpkin spice latte.
Isn´t that what fall seems to be all about? This seasonal beverage taking over social media feeds?
You tell me, because I never had one. *insert schocked emoji*
Not because I am cool enough to be anti-pumpkin spice latte. Even thinking about it makes me laugh. Or because of the huge amount of sugar it contais. That hasn´t stopped me with any other beverage either.
No, because I don´t drink coffee.
Completely useless information here, granted, but I do have a related question for all your pumpkin spice latte experts: Someone told me the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask smelt exactly like the Starbucks drink. True?