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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The Ordinary Serum Foundation – Habits

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I know many a blogger out there started their blog to justify a spending habit that is borderline hoarding. And I am no exception! „I want to write about it!“ is a common excuse when yet another red lipstick makes its way into my basket. (But then again, who blogs about a single lipstick anymore? I´ll buy the whole line!)

Mr. Loca has long learned not to question the sheer amount of parcels appearing on our doorstep.

 

The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum Foundation in the shade 1.2

 

And while I am very good at actually finishing stuff (proof are my empties videos) and my shopping is much more mindful, I am not immune to buying stuff I actually did know in the first place I wouldn´t really use.

Latest one? The Ordinary Serum Foundation. I prefer my base to be matte, long lasting and at least medium coverage, none of which it claims to be.

But of course I put it to the test anyway!

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Avon Anew Perfect Skin – Overview and recommendations

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I love testing new products (I know, I know, what else is new?), but there is one thing that I enjoy even more.

Testing new lines of products. Something about the matching packaging, the matching claims, the feeling that I am entering a whole new planet of skincare instead of just a small part – it never gets old.

 

Avon Anew Perfect Skin
Avon Anew Perfect Skin

 

Even though I admit that very rarely a whole line of new skincare convinces me enough to make it into my permanent stash. That is usually reserved to a selected few (like the Instytutum eyecream here).

The latest line I got my hands on? Avon Anew Perfect Skin *

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The Ordinary „Buffet“ – Talk science to me!

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It would have been so easy to talk about food in this intro. I mean, come on, „Buffet“? Something along the lines of „Do you prefer it over a la carte?“ or „Do you think we eat more or less when there is buffet?“

But I refuse to take the easy road (I save that for late night blog post writing mere hours before something needs to be published) and instead want to talk about a change that I have noticed over the course of the last years in terms of skincare brands and marketing.

 

The Ordinary Buffet
The Ordinary Buffet

 

It might be my focus (and age that makes me remember times when many of my readers weren´t even born), but recently science became increasingly popular. Gone are the days when „look young and fresh“ was enough to sell a moisturizer. These days words like „SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate)“ are casually thrown around, as if everyone was supposed to know what they mean.

Well, most people don´t.

I don´t. At least not without research.

But I can´t help but feel impressed by all the science that obviously went into development and am more inclined to purchase.

 

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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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pixi Lash & Line Love – My thoughts

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Back in school I learned that when writing an essay, you should always „sandwich“ your arguments.

Meaning: If you are pro something, you list some points for the cause, then some against it and end with your strongest pro reason.

That way you appear to be neutral, but subtly influence people to support something just by the order you list your points.

 

pixi Lash & Line Love - my thoughts
pixi Lash & Line Love – my thoughts

 

I have always wondered if the same is true for collection reviews. I mean, there are usually products you´ll love and others that didn´t work for you, so can you influence peoples perception by the order you list them?

Let´s see how you´ll end up feeling about the new pixi Lash & Line Love * bits I want to talk about today.

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The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1% – Superheroes

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Do you have a favorite superhero? Or a favorite super power? I have! Both actually.

My favorite superhero is Mystique, and my favorite power is her power, which is changing her appearance at will. Kind of what I try to do with makeup every day.

 

The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%
The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%

 

Don´t get me wrong, I like how I look, but being able to change it up occasionally would be fascinating.

I do feel though, that the superpower I´d need the most would be a different one: The ability to rejuvenate myself without downtime, to constantly keep going and tackle one task after the other.

The corresponding superhero? Superoxiddimutase, the antioxidant that keeps regenerating itself and tackles free oxygen radicals hour after hour after hour. And, as it happens, the main player in The Ordinary EUK 134 0,1%.

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La Roche-Posay Redermic C – Nothing new here?

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I know that some people accuse bloggers of only pushing new and exciting stuff. And while I guess the temptation to talk about shiny new things is huge, there is a charm in things that have been around for a while for good reason.

I am lucky to have found quite a few like the lovely Shireen from Reflection of Sanity that don´t fall into the “new is better” trap and introduce me to products I missed out on.

Review: La Roche-Posay Redermic C
La Roche-Posay Redermic C

The latest one? La Roche-Posay Redermic C for normal to combination skin. Now there is a whole line of products in the Redermic C line, and I didn´t pick up exactly the one she recommended here, but still it was a lucky find.

Because despite the plain appearance and somewhat unexciting marketing, this tube is filled with the good stuff.

 

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The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

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Sometimes a tiny letter can make a huge difference. Make you question things, for example. In cosmetic science, that letter is usually a „v“.

Why a „v“ you ask?

And imagine how great it would have been had I said a „y“ -Y a „y“?

Because „in vivo“ sounds pretty similar to „in vitro“, but in terms of results there is a huge difference.

 

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

 

See, many ingredients proove their claim on human cells. In the lab, in petri dishes, swimming in a special broth. Which is NOT the same as being attached to a moving human being, always on the run and with many other cofactors like sweat, spf and (other) sexy things (for the sake of the alliteration) that could impede penetration.

Because skin is actually designed to stop things from penetrating (as we have learned here), and we can´t switch that off on demand.

But why am I going on about the difference the „v“ makes? Because when it comes to peptides, there are two different camps. The „It works“ one and the one that will tell you that peptides are too big to penetrate the skin „in vivo“ and thus are a waste of money.

And if you haven´t made up your mind yet, The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA will let you see for yourself without breaking the bank.

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pixi Rose Cream Cleanser – A rose

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„A rose is a rose is a rose…“ I bet you have heard that before. The sentence was written by Gertrude Stein as part of her poems.

It is often interpreted as meaning „things are what they are“, a statement of the law of identity. In Stein’s view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of a thing already invokes the imagery and emotions associated with it.

 

pixi Rose Cream Cleanser
pixi Rose Cream Cleanser

 

But I bet you are not here for an excurse in poetry (though it is a fascinating topic!). You are here for beauty products, and I promise I am going to talk about one:

The pixi Rose Cream Cleanser *, which, as rightly observed by Mrs. Stein, instantly evokes a certain mental image by name. I for one expected it to be a rose scented cream cleanser.

Which it, spoiler here, isn´t.

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