The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5 – #firstworldproblems

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Is the „feels“ side of a product important to you? Or is the sensual experience secondary, as long as a product delivers?

And isn´t even asking this question the epitome of #firstworldproblems?

I guess it is. If a product delivers ingredientwise, shouldn´t that be the only thing that matters? Why would we spend more just to have a more pleasant experience when applying something?

 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5

 

A question I do ask myself quite often when it comes to The Ordinary products, and one that I have yet to find an answer for.

But I have learned, the „feels“ do matter to me, and, within reason of course, I am willing to pay extra just because something feels nicer.

Last product to proove that? The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5

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5 hacks for oily skin (that are not skincare)

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.

 

5 hacks for oily skin
Glow? Yes, please. But not the oil!

 

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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Monthly Recap: August 2018

Times are busy, and I feel like they get busier every day. Catching up with my favorite blogs daily is something I haven´t been able to do in a long while, and as I figured you are probably in the same boat, I decided to introduce the Monthly Recap series.

It is meant to be an overview of all the blog posts I have written, all the videos I have uploaded and a few extra informations thrown in for good measure. To make it easier to find what you are interested in I split it in three categories: Skincare, Makeup and Lifestyle.

 

Monthly Recap August 2018
Cap de Creus – Spain

 

Looking back at August for me means looking back at my annual holiday in France, two weeks filled with sun, sea and (probably too many) croissants. I decided against vlogging (it would just have been me eating all the time), but put up a France 2018 Highlight on my Instagram Profile should you be in the mood for some snaps.

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Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – Little Mermaid

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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.

 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

 

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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September Empties – Taking out the trash 18

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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.

 

September Empties
Take a look at my trash bin

 

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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Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser – Summer lovin´

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Summer lovin´, happened so fast…

Whenever temperatures are up and a beach holiday is in the cards, this line from Grease is my constant companion.

 

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

 

Not that I have had many summer flings lately, my beach days are filled with sand toys and my idea of a wild night is going to bed after ten pm.

But the lack of fiery-eyed gigolos in my recent past (Mr. Loca is handsome, but not fiery-eyed) doesn’t mean that I can´t enjoy a little summer affair.

I just shift my attention to skincare products.

The cleanser I am flirting with in 2018? Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser.

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Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

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What weighs heavier in your decisions, science or personal experience. Asking for a friend here, because of course I only go by science and would clearly change my opinion about a topic when presented with scientific facts.

*cough*

 

Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream
Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

 

Well, that friend (Let´s call her Anne, shall we?), Anne always said that shea butter would break her out. Even when she read that shea butter was recommended for acne. Even when she read that shea butter was one of the very few ingredients with a comdeogenic rating of zero. Even when presented with actual studies regarding that subject.

Anne was adamant. And then, one day, raiding her mother’s skincare stash, she grabbed a pot of Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and used it. Without breakouts. Not knowing it contained shea butter pretty high up on the ingredient list.

She only noticed when she wrote this blog post…

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Flora Mare Skin Energizer – Fleur de Sel

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Ah, France! The land of fromage, vin rouge and apparently best projection screen for skincare fantasies.

Don´t you agree? French skincare is as much a myth as French food, and while I am a fan of both (a cheese plate is life!), I´d advise you to take the things said about them with a grain of salt.

Probably a grain of Fleur de Sel de Camargue, to stay on topic.

 

Flora Mare Skin Energizer
Flora Mare Skin Energizer

 

So what if I tell you that the Flora Mare Skin Energizer not only contains marine extracts, but that these extracts are actually harvested in France, at the beautiful Atlantic Coast? Add some peptides and platinum to the mix and you have the modern version of a skincare fairy tale.

I at least was immediately eager to slather myself in the green goodness the Flora Mare Skin Energizer provides. Preferably with a side of Bûcheron.

But French phantasies aside, did the product convince?

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – Not an INCI blog

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I am NOT a skincare guru.

It is incredibly flattering when my blogging buddies call me that, and I am happy and grateful for everyone reading here and trusting my reviews, but I would never (ever!) claim that title for myself.

You see: This is NOT an INCI blog. I am not a chemist, nor do I have any experience working in the industry.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

I am a doctor, and even though I have read a ton of scientific publications and dermatological textbooks, I would be lost if I had to come up with my own formula.

While I do think that I know more about skincare than the average person (even more than the average beauty blogger), I am still not an expert in this field, as blogs like Lab Muffin tend to teach me.

There is still so much to learn, and until I know everything, being called a skincare guru simply feels wrong.

So keep that in mind while reading my review on the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

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Caudalie Premier Cru Serum – Motivation

Motivation can come from different sources. Like, you motivate yourself because you really want something. Or you are motivated by something external, like the bonus you´ll get if your work turns out superior.

 

Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum
Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum

 

And sometimes you are motivated by another person. Your wife, for example. Like it happened in the case of developing the Caudalie Premier Cru Serum. Dr. David Sinclair (Harvard) was approached by Caudalie with a research question and almost declined the offer. Almost. Until his wife said: „Oh, Caudalie? I use a lot of their stuff.“

True Story? I don´t know. I read it in a magazine and immediately knew I had to give the Caudalie Premier Cru Serum a go – good thing my mother had a bottle in her bathroom cabinet already.

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