Taking out the trash 15 – My December 2017 Empties

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Did you know that on public holidays as well as on every Sunday, stores are closed in Germany? No quickly popping into town to get some food, no aimlessly wandering around looking for cute things to buy.

A public holiday (or every Sunday) is a holiday for everyone. Even the people working in retail.That may change, no matter how you personally feel about it, but at the moment it is my reality.


December 2017 Empties
December 2017 Empties


And every year I watch clips of the Boxing Day madness going on in other parts of the world from the comfort of my own home. I pat my belly, shift my weight from one side to the other (yes, the Christmas indulgence does bring back memories of the late stages of pregnancy) and wonder: Is there still anything we need to buy?

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August 2016 Favorites

August 2016 will forever be remembered as the month of boxes. And living out of boxes. And falling over boxes. You get the drill. But there still was some stuff, mostly the already unboxed stuff (ha, how many time can I say boxes in one paragraph?), that I enjoyed using.


August 2016 Favorites
August 2016 Favorites


So here they are: My August 2016 Favorites. Barely any makeup, some skincare and a lot of random stuff. But sometimes life is just that. Random.


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Face masks – All you need to know

When I asked in my recent videos which topic you would want to hear more about, sheet masks were highly requested.

But as sheet masks on their own are not that big of a topic, I decided to film a video about face masks in general, with a special emphasis on sheet masks.

Oh, and with bloopers.


Face masks - All you need to know


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Favorite products 2015 Part I – Skincare, hair care, body care

It is the final days of 2015, a time spend on reflecting and looking back, so I figured I´d share my musings with you and show you my favorite products of 2015.

To help you decide what you want to watch, I divided it into two videos: One featuring skin-, hair and body care and one talking all things makeup. That way I was able to keep them short(er) as well, which is always a bonus.

Favorite skincare products 2015
Favorite skincare products 2015

Today we are covering skin- hair and body care, makeup will be up on the 3rd of January.

So without further ado, here is the first video. I hope you enjoy!

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Taking out the trash III

Time to throw away my empties once again this year. And because I don’t believe in waiting for New Years Eve to start something new, I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to film my first ever YouTube video!

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So if you want to see me “ahm” and “äh”, struggle for words and get sad about Body Butter, click play or watch it here on YouTube.

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If I were a snake – REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

I don’t think I´d like to be a snake.
Don’t get me wrong, I think they have a certain beauty and I don’t mind touching them.
But I much prefer to have hands and walk around instead of sliding through the grass on my belly, not able to have a look around or actually grab something.
Like a lipstick, you know.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

One part of being a snake makes me totally envious though: The fact that they just shed their skin and look all dewy and young again. No need to worry about wrinkles or discoloration, every six month you just shed your skin and are done with it.
Wouldn’t that be great?

Oh well, I have hands to hold lipstick (for which I am thankful), but I need to rely on other things to get rid of my dead skin. Like the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask for example.

What REN claims:
An instant complexion-perfecting mask that brightens and renews skintone and texture, minimizes pores, diminishes hyperpigmentation and reduces the appearance of fine lines in as little as 10 minutes.

The face mask comes in a partly see-through plastic container with a pump, contains 50 ml (1.7 oz) and retails for around 37€ in store or on Amazon here.

Unlike your typical white face mask this one is bright orange and feels like a gel when pumped out. But no need to worry, after applying the mask on your face (one pump will do the trick) you just look like you distributed honey all over your face.

An orange gel, smelling amazing

Despite smelling like oranges with a little zing it is very comfortable to wear, I experienced no tingling or stripping sensation. But be aware that my skin isn’t sensitive at all, so if yours is easily angered you should probably patch test first. There are a lot of active ingredients in it after all.

Favorable ingredients:
– Grapeseed oil: Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
– Coconut oil: Moisturizing, antibacterial, rich in fatty acids
– Lecithin: Smoothing
– Lactic Acid: AHA, gentle on the skin
– Glycolic Acid: AHA
– Citric Acid: AHA
– Black Currant Seed Extract: Rich in fatty acids, improves tissue repair
– Cranberry Seed Oil: Rich in antioxidants
– Papaya Fruit Extract: Papain, an enzymatic peel
– Tocophery Acetate: Vitamin E

Undefined ingredients:
– Bergamot water: Bergamot oil is quite moisturizing, I have no idea if the water has similar properties or if it is just in it for the smell…

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Alcohol denat.
– Fragrance: Derived from natural oils (Orange, Mandarin, Tangerine, Grapefruit)

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes, apart from the time claim.
It surely does everything it claims, while being very gentle on the skin. But in ten minutes? You just can´t get lasting results in ten minutes. Even surgery takes longer than that.

Will I rebuy?
I love my AHAs, and this mask is a boost of exfoliation while smelling delicious and being gentle on my skin.
I do wish they would find a substitute for the alcohol though.

Who do I recommend it to?

If you have pigmentation, fine lines and experience dullness, in short if you have aging skin, this should be among the products you reach for.
If you have irritated, acne-prone skin, this might help a lot (although salicylic acid should be your acid of choice).
If you would love to use AlphaH Liquid Gold, but your skin is just too sensitive, this might work for you.
Only if you are very young without a skins concern or extremely sensitive to fragrances and alcohol I would suggest you stay clear.Anyone tried this product before? If so, what did you experience?
And have you ever wondered what it would be like being a snake?