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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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„Don’t it always seem to go. That you don‚t know what you‚ve 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.
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…
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If you have been around for some time, you know that „detox“ is a word that drives me nuts. That goes a little against zeitgeist, I know, but is funded in my medical training and general skepticism.
See, your body has numerous ways of getting rid of toxins, and unless you have a medical condition, your liver and kidneys do all the detoxification you need.
It is sensible though to stop putting potentially harmful stuff into and onto your body, and the experience that you feel better when you stop eating a lot of bad stuff has led to the development of special diets.
One of them is the alkaline diet, which is part of alternative medicine since approximately 1913, and the main claim is that our food contains too many acids, making us sick. As a solution, alkaline foods are promoted as well as alkaline powder as supplement.
To be crystal clear here: Yes, we do eat too much sugar and animal products, and yes, when we focus on leafy greens and complex carbs instead it is way healthier. But that has, as far as scientific proof goes, nothing to do with acidosis in our bloodstream. Acidosis is a severe illness that needs in hospital treatmeant, not a supplement!
So you can imagine that I was more than skeptical when a PR package filled with Droste-Laux She.Tox products arrived at my doorstep, as this specific line is focused on alkalinisation of the body and strengthening your inner light.
But I decided to leave skepticism aside and give the Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser * a fair chance.
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Did you know that back in the days some women used to apply radioactive powder to their cheeks?
Starting in the 20s, before the negative side effects were discovered, so called „gentle radiation“ was considered a natural way to strengthen health and enhance beauty. The radiation in the powder lead to increased blood flow where applied and so provided the much coveted natural flush.
The long term effects of course were horrible.
And while we today shake our heads in disbelief when reading things like that, we should probably take a step back and look at our own beauty routines once in a while. What is considered safe now might proove to be detrimental in the future. Or vice versa. The question is: What risk are we willing to take when it comes to beauty?
A very personal question. And one that I recently had to answer for myself regarding the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution.
About a month ago, I uploaded a video about the difference between dry and dehydrated skin (here if you missed it).
I promised to do one more about humectants, emollients and occlusives as a follow up and here I am to live up to that promise.
Not exactly though, as I had so much to say about humectants that it filled a video all by itself. The one (ones?) about emollients and occlusives will follow at a later date.
Which will make it easier just to get the information you need, and if by last months video you already know you don´t care about humectants, you can totally skip this upload and invest your time in something more productive.
That would be of course your loss, so I suggest you grab something to drink (we are talking about hydration after all) and follow along.
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Many moons ago, in December 2012, my then boyfriend Mr. Loca and I packed our bags, rented a camper van and started to travel Australia. A small part of Australia, as we had only three weeks to spend, but what an amazing trip it was!
Looking forward to a hot Australian summer I had brought all my dresses, my sandals and my shorts. What I did not pack, however, were rain boots and rain coat.
After three sunny days in a hostel in Sidney we took the camper to our first stop: The Blue Mountains. We arrived at night, went grocery shopping, spend the evening outside and woke to fog and constant rain. And for the whole two days we stayed there, the sun didn´t come out once.
You see, I can attest to the fact that there is an abundance of water in the Australian Blue Mountains, and if you are wondering why on earth I decided to talk about that today, the answer is simple: Water from the Australian Blue Mountains is used as key ingredient in the MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment *