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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Foundation Review Catrice 24 h Made to Stay Makeup

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The most efficient way to finish foundation? Apart from wearing it consistently, of course? Dropping the glass bottle on the bathroom tiles.

And a great way to test the waterproof claims, too.

How do I know that? Well, I did just that, a few weeks ago, when my bottle of Catrice 24 h Made to Stay makeup shattered on the tiles.

 

Catrice 24 h Made to Stay makeup
Catrice 24 h Made to Stay makeup

 

Just to be crystal clear: This is not the way I will be testing my foundations from now on. Trying to get it off the floor at 6 am (and yes, it is at least water resistant!) while already dressed in office attire is not recommended!

 

But if the Catrice 24 h Made to Stay Makeup is? Let´s find out!

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Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

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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.

 

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

 

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.

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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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klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops – New languages

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Whenever I try to learn a new language (which, to be honest, hasn´t happened in a long time!), I try to get to the point where I am able to read magazines.

Being able to entertain myself while learning is the best way to keep me at it, and once I can move from reading a magazine to reading a real book, the battle is won.

 

klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

 

Well, the actual „speaking“ part should probably be taken into consideration when measuring language skills, but I am trying to make a point here.

Point is, I was feeling pretty good abut my skills at the language of skincare ingredients. Not quite „reading the classics“ good, but at least „flicking comfortably through a magazine“ good.

At least until I decided to venture into Asian skincare… Really, there is a whole new world of ingredients out there, and I struggle to add them all to my vocabulary.

But I try! Reading material of choice for today? klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops *.

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Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser – Detoxification

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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.

 

Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser
Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser

 

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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pixi Rose Flash Balm – Multitasking

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Despite the fact that multi-tasking has quite a bad rep these days, mom life often forces me to rely on it. The secret to multitask effectively is in my opinion to combine a passive with an active act.

Like put on a face mask while you vacuum. Or, one of my favorite tips: Apply a thick layer of handcream underneath your rubber gloves when doing the dishes.

 

pixi Rose Flash Balm
pixi Rose Flash Balm

 

Trust me, that is as close to a manicure as I get these days.

But how about a product that claims to do it all? Like the pixi Rose Flash Balm*, proclaimed moisturizer, face mask and primer all in one?

It is makeup? Is it skincare? Let´s ask the ingredient list!

 

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Foundation Review L´Oréal Perfect Match Foundation

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You know I film my videos in advance sometimes. Way in advance, this time. I actually filmed it on February 3rd, which I remember so clearly because it was the day I got sick.

See, despite having kids I don´t often catch their bugs, but that time it hit me hard and I was out for almost a week.

Right now I am feeling fine and pity my past self for looks and voice, so no need for sympathy coming from your side.

 

L´Oréal Perfect Match Foundation
L´Oréal Perfect Match Foundation

 

I´d rather have you focused on the fact that despite me getting so sick over the course of the day, that was how I looked at the end of the video.

Which is actually kind of a spoiler right here: I really, really like the L´Oréal Perfect Match Foundation! But read on to find out how much exactly!

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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution – Risks

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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.

 

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

 

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.

 

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Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment

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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.

 

Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment
Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment

 

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 *

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