MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba – Not in my bathroom

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I like luxury skincare, that is no secret. But I don´t like using high end just for the sake of it. If there is a drugstore item that does the job at half the price just as good, I am going to use that one.

Sometimes though there are products that can be easily duped for their main purpose, but are unique when used for something else. Like the MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba. I got it as a gift with purchase, used it as I saw fit and later read the instructions on the homepage.


MV Organic Pure Jojoba
MV Organic Pure Jojoba


Where they actually recommend it as eye makeup remover.

A 45 $ eye makeup remover? Not in my bathroom!

I´ll stick with using it differently, thank you very much.

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – A long time coming

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I love acids for exfoliation.

I have oily, acne-prone skin.

The obvious solution? Using an acid specifically targeted at oily, acne-prone skin. A no-brainer, essentially.  Why do I even talk about it?


The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution


Well, dear reader. Because this is what I used in the last months, no YEARS!

Alpha-H Liquid Gold (Review) – Glycolic Acid, pixi Glow Tonic (Review) – Glycolic Acid, Sunday Riley Good Genes (Review) – Lactic Acid, Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner (Review) – Glycolic Acid

See that? Yes, some of them may have had Salicylic Acid added as well, but the main acid? Never the one I actually should have looked for.

Time to get that right, so The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution was quickly added to my routine.

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – Big yellow taxi

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 „Don’t it always seem to go. That you dont know what youve 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.


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%


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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Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser

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Given that I am a full time working mother of two, my mornings are usually pretty relaxed. And I am well aware that a morning skincare routine like mine (read here if you are curious), though already streamlined, is not possible for someone with little to no help.

In case you didn´t know, we live in a shared house with my parents, as one big family, and as my parents take the kids to daycare after breakfast, I can get ready and rush out the door at 6:45 without the need to do the whole dress, feed, dress again and then drop off.


Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser
Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser


How lucky I am strikes me, when my parents are on holiday. Because despite getting to work one hour later than usual, I barely find the time to brush my teeth, let alone do a five step morning routine.

Now I can´t skip makeup entirely and I already do breakfast al desco, so cutting down my skincare is the only way to go. Which is when multitasking products come in very handy.

Like the Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser *.

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Asambeauty Vitamin E Skin Smoothing Serum

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Starting January, I took part in my very first Instagram challenge, the #abnewyearstashchallenge. Purpose of the challenge was to round up everything from a skincare category, both open and unopened, to share short reviews and, of course, take toll of how much product was actually hidden in those dusty drawers of yours.

Safe to say, I learned a lot about myself („Hi, my Name is Anne and I have too many acids„) and about other peoples skincare routines.


Asambeauty Vitamin E Skin Smoothing Serum
Asambeauty Vitamin E Skin Smoothing Serum


One thing though left me a little confused: The difference between lotions, light creams, day creams, night creams and sleeping masks. Marketing aside, just judging by ingredients, a serum rich in emollients and humectants is no different to a lotion. Which, incidentally, is sometimes used to decribe something much heavier than my regular moisturizer aka day cream.

Case in point? The Asambeauty Vitamin E Skin Smoothing Serum *. It is called serum, but call it lotion and I wouldn´t disagree either.

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Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

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I swear I am not obsessed with pores!

But do you remember that one Episode of Sex and the City, shortly before Charlotte separates from her first husband? The one where she sits in front of the magnifying mirror and inspects her pores?


Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate
Foundation Review Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate


Because that is exactly what I felt like when I wore the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate.

Why, you ask? Oh, I am going to tell you!

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The best highlighters for oily skin – Living in denial

Until March this year I was in denial.

In denial about owning highlighter.

See, my skin is naturally oily, and while I get lots of compliments on its radiance and glow, I personally never liked it. Yes, I know there is a difference between oily and dewy, but for me, a matte base is the way to go.

So when asked, I´d say something like “I don´t really own any highlighters.”


The best highlighters for oily skin
The best highlighters for oily skin


Which, let me tell you, never was true. My first ever high end purchase were the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks in Beige, back in 2010. And I did buy a few others here and there, got rid of many again, but kept quite a selection.

Maybe it is the magpie in me, drawn to all things shiny. Or maybe it is the fact that highlighters these days are way different from the glitter explosion that I first picked up at the drugstore aged 14. But whatever the reason: I admit that I have a collection of highlighters. And today I will confess and show you all of them.

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Taking the day off – my evening skincare routine

While my mornings are all about an efficient, streamlined routine (if you fancy taking a look, click here), in the evenings I really like to take my time. Being a new mum with Mr Loca working crazy hours, this tends to be the me-time I get on an average day and I try to make the most of it.
Not in order of appliance (is that even a word?)
Wearing SPF and make-up on a (almost) daily base, I make sure to give my skin a proper cleanse. No matter how late it is and how tired I am, I just can´t just go to sleep without that. The thought of the days grime clogging my pores, feeding the bacteria and causing wrinkles and zits leaves me so itchy, it makes me get
up at 3 am, after I fell asleep on the couch trying to read and get on with my full on routine.
I just wish, I had that discipline considering exercise.
Or sweets.

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Rise and shine … or at least rise – My morning skincare routine

Having suffered from acne for a long time, taking care of my skin became second nature.
I have come a long way, starting with regular visits to the
dermatologist at the age of twelve (definitely a must if you suffer from acne), going through a phase of experimenting on my own (absolutely NOT recommended) and lastly turning to the world-wide-web looking for answers (Caroline Hirons, I am looking at you).
During these years, 23 to be exact, I picked up a fair share of knowledge. While being a physician myself has added some useful background information, I am by no means a skincare expert.
This is just what I find works for me.
Let´s call it work in progress.
In order of appearance… Lip balm missing in action

In the morning, I will remove night time sweat and the product residue from the evening before with a quick cleanse-and-flannel, using Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser (Review).
It is described as slightly foaming, but I don´t find it to be foaming at all.
Cleansing my face (and neck, but for lengths sake let´s stick to face) twice a day has made a huge difference in my skins appearance.
I take it off with a washcloth and warm water and move on to toner.
At the moment, I use La Roche Posay Serozinc, (Review) which I buy in bulk when I am in France, as it is not sold in Germany.  If you are reading this, La Roche Posay (Ha! I wish!), fix this please! It really calms down my redness and helps control the oil during
the day.
My current serum is by Weleda (Pomegranate Firming Serum). Award-winning and completely organic, but available in drugstores and budget-friendly, I really tried to like it.
But I just don´t.
It feels drying, I´m not keen on the smell and the number one ingredient is alcohol, something I didn´t notice
right from the start, because I didn´t read the ingredient list. (Serves me right. The only reason I am going to use it up.)
Then eyecream (I am a believer, even more so now that I am constantly lacking sleep),
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm at the moment, which I quite like, but don´t worship and some Nuxe Rêve de miel Lip Balm to prep my pout for the bright summer colors.
During summertime, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is used as moisturizer. Despite the fact that it is meant to be a treatment for problematic areas, I find it to be moisturizing enough to use all over. Maybe I have to accept, that my whole face
is a problematic area? Like, just face it? (Sorry, bad one…)
Wearing SPF is really important to me, partly because I am fair-skinned and burn easily, but also because I use exfoliating acids on a regular basis, which leaves my skin sensitive to sun damage.
If it is cloudy, if I am only going to be outside to run some errands and maybe go for a little walk, I usually get my SPF from my foundation or tinted moisturizer. I go for SPF 25 at least, as you seldom reach the number on the bottle, because you just sheer it out too much. Or do you really use a teaspoon of foundation for your face?
Me neither.
If I will be spending quite some time outside, I go for 50, even on cloudy days. EucerinSun Fluid 50+ (Review) is my current favourite, as it is mattyfing, oil-free and works awesome as a face primer.
For the rare occasion I stay indoors all day, I skip SPF. Should be self-explanatory.
So this is it:
Cleanse – Tone – Serum – Moisturize – SPF.
Can be done within 7 minutes, carrying a baby on your hip.



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