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I think it is well established by now that I don’t have much of a social life. But I do remember a time when I had, a life when a spontaneous invitation for after work drinks or even a date could happen.
And I remember how hard it was to look fresh and glammed up with a ten hours work day under your belt.
I watched countless day to night makeup tutorials on You tube, but I admit that in reality I rarely had the time for the complicated makeover some suggested nor the products with me that were apparently needed.
Because, lets be honest, if I were to go home in between work and my date, I´d do my makeup again from scratch. With a little practice anyone can do a glam look in less than ten minutes. (Don´t believe me? Here and here are some examples.)
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I do love traveling. Always have, always will. With my growing obsession with skincare though came a problem:
How do I narrow down what I need to take with me? Honestly, it feels like choosing your favorite child. (I exaggerate. A little at least.)
My routine has grown so much these last years, I constantly have around 15 products open. Specials like ampoules, face masks and such not included. And by open I mean, I use them. Don’t ask about the ones that are just open *hangs head in shame*
Chances are, given you are visiting m blog, that you have faced a similar problem in the past, so I thought I´d share with you my travel skincare tips.
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What weighs heavier in your decisions, science or personal experience. Asking for a friend here, because of course I only go by science and would clearly change my opinion about a topic when presented with scientific facts.
Well, that friend (Let´s call her Anne, shall we?), Anne always said that shea butter would break her out. Even when she read that shea butter was recommended for acne. Even when she read that shea butter was one of the very few ingredients with a comdeogenic rating of zero. Even when presented with actual studies regarding that subject.
Anne was adamant. And then, one day, raiding her mother’s skincare stash, she grabbed a pot of Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and used it. Without breakouts. Not knowing it contained shea butter pretty high up on the ingredient list.
I bet you have read it by now: Sali Hughes “A love letter to red lipstick”, published in British Vogues August 2018 issue.
“Red is for life, a state of mind, a personality type, a tribe. It’s beauty’s boldest, chicest, most iconic and attention-grabbing badass. And like all the best things, it’s simply not for everyone. But it is always, and forever, for me.“ – Sali Hughes, „A love letter to red lipstick“, British Vogue 08/2018
And in a world full of makeup trends that come and go, I agree. Red lipstick isn´t a trend. It is a state of mind.
10 years ago though, red lipsticks wasn´t something found in my bag. In fact, I was kind of a late bloomer in terms of red, starting to wear it at the no longer tender age of 29.
Makeup, yes, I wore makeup before that. Smokey eyes, heavy layers of foundation, I wasn´t shy in terms of painting my face. But I had read that thin lips don´t suit bold colors, and my insecure self stuck to neutrals and lip balm.
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Dominating my timeline for weeks now and, at least in Germany, still in full force.
Not that I am complaining, I thrive in the heat, but I figured it was about time we talked about the most important thing to consider: My summer skincare tips or, to put it in a more SEO friendly way How to adapt your skincare routine in the summer.
Why is it that “How to´s” always get more clicks?
And, in best skincare science manner, we are going to analyze why it is we need to change our routine in the first place when we learned that skin type is genetic (aka doesn´t change much through the year. Or… ever)
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Ah, France! The land of fromage, vin rouge and apparently best projection screen for skincare fantasies.
Don´t you agree? French skincare is as much a myth as French food, and while I am a fan of both (a cheese plate is life!), I´d advise you to take the things said about them with a grain of salt.
Probably a grain of Fleur de Sel de Camargue, to stay on topic.
So what if I tell you that the Flora Mare Skin Energizer not only contains marine extracts, but that these extracts are actually harvested in France, at the beautiful Atlantic Coast? Add some peptides and platinum to the mix and you have the modern version of a skincare fairy tale.
I at least was immediately eager to slather myself in the green goodness the Flora Mare Skin Energizer provides. Preferably with a side of Bûcheron.
But French phantasies aside, did the product convince?
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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.
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.
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Welcome back! To me, after a two week holiday spend in Norway and Sweden.
And to you, dear reader, after a two week blogging hiatus.
Surprisingly, the world didn’t stop turning when I stopped blogging, and it was very refreshing to not worry for once about internet connection.
Which can, you might have guessed it, be a little hard to come by in the more remote corners of Norway.
Of course, me stopping to blog did not mean I stopped to wear makeup. I just feel more comfortable with my face made up a little. But as space was an issue (I mean, I had to share the space for my makeup with stuffed animals), I packed very lightly.
Little makeup packed, little time to get ready – here is my quick and easy travel makeup tutorial!
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I know I am (once again) completely off trend here, but I just don´t understand the need to make everything “Asian beauty”
Not that I think the Asian Beauty community isn´t noteworthy, or that I would deny incorporating a few bits into my routine as well.
It is just that I firmly believe that people adapt to their surroundings and way of living, and that this influences their needs.
Not the most basic ones, obviously, I mean there are toilets all around the world – but you get what I am saying here.
Just look at me:
I am 1,72 m, have a strong frame, blonde hair, curves and love dairy.
I am by all means more Valkyrie than Geisha.
And that is perfectly fine. It just gets awkward if I forcefully try to adapt to a Geisha way of life.
Strictly speaking skincare here. I would look as weird trying to blow the steerhorn as I would trying to play the shamisen.
So at first I was a little surprised that Caudalie, obviously a French skincare brand, would claim to be inspired by Asian beauty when they released the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. But Mathilde Thomas did live in Asia for quite a bit, so I guess it is only natural that she got inspired there. So let´s see if this inspiration lead to Asian beauty fit for a Valkyrie.