pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask – Ox and horn

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In Germany there is a saying that indicates the impossibility of getting a reaction from someone. Roughly translated it means: “Like pinching an ox in the horn.”

I often think about this saying when I try to get a reaction from my husband regarding new lipsticks, nail polish choices or truly anything makeup related. In fact I was sure that no matter what I´d do, he´d always look at me and say: “Whatever.”

 

pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask
pixi Glow O2 Oxygen Mask

 

Turns out I was wrong! The pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * did provoke an immediate reaction:

I applied it, left the bath room and ran into Mr. Loca. He, used to my beauty shenanigans, looked at me in disbelief, shook his head and said: “Now you have completely lost your mind.”

Not the effect I was going for, I admit, but at least an instant reaction from a man that usually grunts when asked his opinion.

But which other effects did the pixi Glow O2 Oxygen mask * provide?

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Taking out the trash 14 – November Empties

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I took last week off work. There were numerous reasons, and the leading one surely was that I had accumulated so many extra hours over summer that I needed to loose a few.

Another, really important reason though was that I wanted to get back on top of my blogging game again. After the summer holidays life was so busy, I never quite went back to my prepared and prescheduling self. And I was tired (in every sense of the way) to write up my blog post the night before publication.

 

November Empties
November Empties

 

You see, I had the best intentions. And, starting Tuesday, I had a sick kid that couldn’t attend day care and needed her mother.

So I sit here, Sunday night, clicking away on the keyboard to get my November Empties ready. I guess life is what happens when you are busy making other plans!

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pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter – Any excuse

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I don´t need more lipsticks. I DON´T need more lipsticks. I don´t need MORE lipsticks. I don´t need… Oh shut up.

Ladies and gentlemen (are there any here?) let me present you with the latest six (ha!) additions to my lipstick stash!

To be fair, I didn´t purchase them myself. They were sent to me, carefully wrapped, in the lovely pixi-green box that brightens my day whenever it appears on my doorstep. Is this an excuse?

No.

 

pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter
pixi MatteLustre & Shea Butter

 

I could have given them away, untouched, to a loyal reader.

I could have donated them to a charitable organization.

But, as I said to myself, I have an obligation. An obligation to present you, fellow lipstick lovers, with first hand experience and swatches.

Can you see I am an expert at finding excuses?

So let´s see how the pixi MatteLustre lipsticks * and the pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms * perform!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance – 100 years too late

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Out of all the more cultural parts of our life, the only one where I feel truly at home at is literature. Ever since I can remember I was reading, lots and lots, and even though it isn´t nearly as much as it used to be, I consider myself a well-read person.

The others, like music and art, are things I enjoy, but don´t really know much about. So when I received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette in a giveaway, it got me thinking.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

 

The renaissance as epoch that celebrated the rediscovery of ancient wisdom, the artists Boticelli, Da Vinci and Dürer, that was what immediately came to my mind. But how did that translate to color scheme and naming of the shadows? Google needed to help.

I am still not one hundred percent sure, but one thing needs addressing: From all the artists and philosophers they could have picked to name the shades, Vermeer was the wrong one. He is, albeit famous, one of the leading painters of the epoch Barock, almost 100 years after the epoch of Renaissance…

Any other flaws I found in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette? Let´s see.

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Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash – Just my take

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I know I start most reviews with a little story, but things will be different this time. I just had too much to say about the product itself and didn´t want to waste your precious time.

So, the product. The Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash *.

I have to admit I had a hard time with this product.

 

Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash
Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash

 

It starts with the mixing. The cleanser is a powder cleanser you need to freshly prepare by adding water. Or adding it to water. Your call.

 

After numerous attempts (and product wasted), I think I have found a way that works for me: I pour water into a small pot and then add powder. This seems to be the best way to actually control the viscosity and amount of cleanser I will get, as adding water to the powder inevitably lead to a “Just a drop more… one more… Ups!”-situation in my clumsy hands.

 

Now, with the mixing down, I could finally focus on the effects the Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash * had on my skin.

And this is where my second concern comes in: The main ingredient is baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. Now I know that baking soda is praised high and low in natural and DIY exfoliants, but added to water it is alkaline. And our skin is acidic, for good reason, as this acid mantle protects against dehydration and bacteria. Now the product claims to have a pH of 5.5, which is acidic, but I can by no means see how that is supposed to be achieved with these ingredients?

But how did it fare? Let´s see.

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Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation – Time will tell

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Last time I visited my DM, I was gushing over the new display of LOV makeup they had put up. New eyeshadows, new blushes, new foundations.

The excitement was real! But as always in life, if something new comes in, something old has to go. And sadly, LOV had replaced Max Factor. My current favorite drugstore brand.

 

MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation
MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation

 

Only time will tell if LOV. can excite me as much as Max Factor did (which I can still get, just not in MY DM), but at least it brought to my attention that I had filmed a foundation review on the Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation earlier this year, but never got around to upload it.

So if you hear me talk about hot summer days, don´t be fooled, I have not suddenly moved to another country. I just still wanted to share how the Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation worked for me.

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Instytutum Triple Effect Peel – Am I a hypocrite?

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A few days ago, I got chatting in the comments of another blog, discussing favorite cleansing balms.

Of course I had to mention Clinique Take the day off (Review) as my favorite. She said it was her least favorite. I wanted to know why, she wanted to know why and we both said: “Because it contains no fragrance.”

 

Instytutum Triple Effect Peel
Instytutum Triple Effect Peel

 

Which got me thinking. You see, fragrance in skincare is somewhere between “the devil” and “I could do without it” when you read reviews. And while I count myself to the latter category, I still want my products to have a pleasant scent.

Now I do use Sunday Riley Good genes, which smells absolutely foul, just for the sake of the amazing results, but many people won´t.

So am I being a hypocrite if I put fragrance in the “Unfavorable ingredients” category? Because I write it down, but secretly hope my products will miraculously smell nice anyway?

Jury is still out on that.

Until then let me talk to you about the Instytutum Triple Effect Peel *, which, you may have guessed it, contains fragrance.

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Inspired by Dior Precious Rocks Holiday 2017

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If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

I really wanted to get started on holiday makeup, mainly because every year I toy with the idea to throw a sophisticated Christmas party for friends and coworkers.

 

Dior Precious Rocks Holiday 2017
Dior Precious Rocks Holiday 2017

 

The idea inevitably gets buried with others like “Bake ten different kinds of cookies” and “Have all my shopping ready the week before Christmas the latest.” But should by some miraculous event I happen to host a party this year (or attend a party…) I wanted to be prepared in terms of makeup.

One look standing out to me when scrolling through the new releases was the Dior Precious Rocks Holiday 2017 collection. Red, bold eyeshadow, flawless skin, everything oh so glamorous. A look that will make you the center of attention for sure.

It was actually easier to recreate than I would have thought it´d be, so here we go: My version of the Dior Precious Rocks Holiday 2017 collection.

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EVE LOM Cleanser – Mediation

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Have you ever heard about mediation? No, I am not missing a t in the word. Mediation means you work with two different sides, usually people in a conflict and try to get them to common ground. Take a divorce with kids involved for example. Mediation will help the conflicting parties, the parents in this case, work out their issues with a professional to actually achieve a fair and manageable separation.

But because the topic of divorced parents isn´t a pleasant one, let´s move on to another example. Skincare.

 

EVE LOM Cleanser
EVE LOM Cleanser

 

I mean, you knew you could trust me to come back to that topic eventually, couldn´t you?

In skincare sometimes different people take different sides, often with very strong opinions. So today I will do my very best to mediate between Eve Lom on one side, claiming their EVE LOM Cleanser is “remarkable, multi-purpose, the original balm cleanser” and beauty bloggers calling it “glorified mineral oil”.

Will we be able to get on common ground?

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Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask – Abbrevations

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Abbrevations are always a source of amusement for me. As are alliterations (see what I did there?), but for a different kind of reason. The abbrevations you use tell a lot about where you are coming from and, as there are multiple uses for most of them, can lead to quite some confusion.

Take TCD for example. For the longest time, a TCD to me was a transcranial Doppler, something you do in neurosurgical patients to evaluate cerebral bloodflow. Google told me that TCD could as well mean Tschad or Trinity College Dublin.

 

Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask
Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask

 

So if I tell you now that the Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask works with TCD, which image pops up in your head? Well, let me explain what TCD stands for in this case: Transdermal cosmetic delivery, a method that allows ingredients to better penetrate the skin. There are several ways to achieve that, like using ingredients that weaken skins barrier function (alcohol for example) or using specific low molecular weight ingredients. Or, and I assume that this is what is used here, combining the low molecular weight ingredients with an occlusive layer on top.

So how did the Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask * work for me?

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