Winter skincare tips – How to get glowing skin in winter

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After what seems to have been the shortest fall in history, the cold and harsh winds are upon us.

Cold and harsh are of course widely exaggerated if I compare my comfortable home in Heidelberg, Germany to where my brother in law lives, up North in Norway, but it is still cold enough for my skin to need special treatment.

 

Winter skincare tips
Baby its cold outside … Winter skincare tips

 

So while I take care of body and soul with cozy knits and hot chocolate (a cup a day keeps the doctor away), I have worked out how to best take care of my skin in winter. And other than my hot chocolate I am willing to share these tips!

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Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – Late to the party

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I don´t always publish my reviews “on time”, but this has to be the biggest delay ever.

Seriously, I have been planning to write about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm for more than six years!

 

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

 

Six years? Yes! See, like most of us I debated whether or not I should start a blog for quite a bit before publishing my first post. And even before I had decided on a blog name, I was sure to write about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. It was one of the first balm cleansers I bought, heavily influenced by Caroline Hirons and A Model Recommends.

What happened? I got pregnant, that is what happened, and with my heightened sense of smell I simply couldn´t stand the scent anymore, depsite the fact that I adored it before.

So here I am, six years and two children later, determined to bring you one of the first reviews I ever planned to write – Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm!

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Instytutum Skincare Rebranded – Is it still as good?

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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.

 

Instytutum Rebranded
Instytutum Rebranded

 

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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Monthly Recap – Blog Post Topics November 2018

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November is done and dusted, and tomorrow will be the day I get the boxes with Christmas decoration from the basement and start randomly putting them on available surface spots.

Not kidding here, I am a lost cause when it comes to decorating, no matter how much Inspiration Boards I have on Pinterest.

But I am making an effort, for the kids mostly, as I want them to embrace the spirit of the season.

 

Blog Post Topics November
November Impressions

 

While we get all festive here, why not take the time and browse through my most recent blogposts, just in case you missed some? And if you did, consider subscribing to my Newsletter here, which I will actually send out once more than me and my mother are subscribed.

I know that having an actual mailing list is uber important for blogs, but given that we share a house I don´t think my mother needs my updates electronically.

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Indie Lee Blemish Lotion – Marriage

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Being a married couple comes with changes in a relationship. Gone are the days when I focussed on freshly shaved legs and fluttery lashes even for a Sunday morning breakfast in bed.

My husband has seen my at my best, but has also seen me at my worst. After giving birth for example, or when I had a bad case of vomiting. Even worse, when the kids were vomiting and I was puked on head to toe. Ah, momlife…

 

Indie Lee Blemish Lotion
Indie Lee Blemish Lotion

 

How much the way I present myself has changed though didn´t occur to me until recently. When it was time to turn off the lights Mr. Loca looked at me in slight disbelief and asked: “Are you planning to go to sleep like that?” – I nodded, he sighed and we went to sleep.

It wasn´t until the next morning that I realized that I had dots from the Indie Lee Blemish Solution all over my face…

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Cattier Paris Clay Mask – Green, pink and yellow

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I usually tend to review one product at a time in a desperate attempt to limit the length of my blog posts. I know that SEO tells me “the longer, the better”, as it tells Google you are actually providing value, but I personally wouldn´t read a blog post with 1000+ words.

 

Cattier clay face masks
Cattier clay face masks

 

And of course I know I could just cut back on my “introduction” (the ramble that preceeds the valuable content), but I wouldn´t enjoy it half as much then and it is actually kind of rude to point that out!

This time though I will try to review all three of the Cattier Clay Face Masks at once, hoping to still make it a reasonably long blog post as the ingredients don´t differ too much.

Wish me luck!

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Monthly Recap – Blog Post Topics October 2018

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October was the month that autumn well and truly arrived in Germany. Up until October 19th it was warm enough to leave the house without a jacket, even in the evenings, something that I only realized when on that day, October 19th, I actually felt a chill walking back to the car with Mr. Loca at 10 pm. Now Germany is not a cold country, but that was unusual.

 

October impressions
Fall is truly here

 

As it was to be expected, the period of sunny, but chilly weather that makes you take contemplative walks and kick up the colorful leaves didn´t last long either. By the time I write this it is grey and miserable outside, rain drizzling down on what is no longer colorful, but mostly rotten foliage.

Perfect to stay in and have a good old blog read, am I right? Here is what I wrote about last month.

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pixi Rose Glow Mist – Absynthe

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I have never been someone to enjoy alcohol. Not because of health reasons (I mean, I eat a ton of sugary crap without second thoughts, so surely a glass of bubbly wouldn´t really matter).

It is just that I simply don´t like the taste. Am I missing out? Maybe. I usually don´t think about that.

 

pixi Rose Glow Mist
pixi Rose Glow Mist *

 

But there are a few kinds of alcohol that intrigue me. Not because of the taste, simply because I love the story behind them, the aura they have, the lifestyle they stand for. Examples are Champagne (because who wouldn´t want to sip on high class bubbles for celebrations), Whiskey (Outlander. Need I say more?) and Absynthe.

Yes, Absynthe, the “Green Fairy”, said to be poisonous and hallucinatory and inspire artists all over the world. These days we know that it is neither toxic nor alters the mental state more than other alcohols do, but the story, the mystery, the aura of creativity and danger remain.

Would I see things different if I drank Absynthe? I guess I will never know. But skincare containing Artemisia Absynthium does not have that effect. Believe me, I have tried when using the pixi Rose Glow Mist *.

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Caudalie Vinopure Set – Overview

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I have talked about the three different products mentioned here before, and I will make sure to link each individual review as I go on, but I still felt the need to give you an overview of the Caudalie Vinopure Set as well.

 

Caudalie Vinopure Set
Caudalie Vinopure Set

 

Because just like the ingredient list doesn’t tell you the whole story about how a product is going to work, looking at each individual product in a set won’t tell you if the set as a whole is something worth spending money on.

The advice you get when being a set is almost as important as the different products inside, because the whole point of a set is to get products that play nicely together and enhance each others effects.

If that is true for the Caudalie Vinopure Set?

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pixi Retinol Tonic – Honesty

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How honest are reviews supposed to be? I mean, really honest of course, at least in terms of ingredients, quality and effects on the skin.

But do you have to mention everything that comes to mind when talking about a product? I don´t think you do, but to let you be the judge, I will include one thought that might not entirely be selling the pixi Retinol Tonic. Even though I, spoiler alert, love it.

(P.S: If you want to read a review on the pixi Glow Tonic, click here)

 

pixi Retinol Tonic
pixi Retinol Tonic

 

It is the scent. It is pleasant, very light and doesn´t linger. Lavender with a bit of freshness (maybe the Jasmine? I am lost when it comes to fragrance).

But, paired with the light lavender color I can´t help but think of our all natural Frosch Lavendel Bathroom Cleaner.

A bathroom cleaner I love, but probably wouldn´t apply to my face.

Totally not selling it here, am I? Let´s see if I can still convince you that the pixi Retinol Tonic is all kinds of awesome after this introduction…

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