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„Don’t it always seem to go. That you don‚t know what you‚ve 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.
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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There is a fable in Germany which, long story short, adresses the urge to know everything. A problem that I can relate to.
I encourage curiosity, but (fellow moms will agree), sometimes there are too many questions and we need to let go. Let go for times sake and for our own sanity.
„It is what it is“, said love.
This is the last sentence of the fable, and the one I focus on when there simply is no other answer.
Like: What is the pixi Rose Caviar Essence * in term of skincare category? Is it an essence, as the name would suggest? Or a serum, as stated in the claims? Or a facial oil, given that rich natural oils are a main component?
I, dear reader, can´t tell you which category the pixi Rose Caviar Essence * belongs to. But I can tell you many other things about it, if you are curious.
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Starting January, I took part in my very first Instagram challenge, the #abnewyearstashchallenge. Purpose of the challenge was to round up everything from a skincare category, both open and unopened, to share short reviews and, of course, take toll of how much product was actually hidden in those dusty drawers of yours.
Safe to say, I learned a lot about myself („Hi, my Name is Anne and I have too many acids„) and about other peoples skincare routines.
One thing though left me a little confused: The difference between lotions, light creams, day creams, night creams and sleeping masks. Marketing aside, just judging by ingredients, a serum rich in emollients and humectants is no different to a lotion. Which, incidentally, is sometimes used to decribe something much heavier than my regular moisturizer aka day cream.
Case in point? The Asambeauty Vitamin E Skin Smoothing Serum *. It is called serum, but call it lotion and I wouldn´t disagree either.
Do you remember me gushing about how I wished I lived in a country where winter meant real snow? Like Switzerland?
To be honest, I have rarely been in Switzerland in the winter, but I have been there quite a lot in the summer. It is a great place for hiking, and the green grass, the mountains and the abundance of crystal clear water running down the cracks are a refreshing sight.
This crystal clear water is what plays an important role in the products of the Swiss skin care brand Instytutum. Not water taken directly form a mountain stream though, but water they filter five times to achieve the purest version possible. On top of that they do support a charity (Waves for Water) that provides water filters for communities without access to clean water.
Quite frankly, I am not sure if I personally need the water used in my skincare to be filtered five times, but I love companies that try to give back to those in need and I was excited to have the opportunity to test a few products from their range.
Now you have already seen the Instytutum Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Serum * mentioned in my February favorites, but today you are going to get the full information about ingredients, effects and my final verdict.
There was a time when I used to read much more than I do now. I would happily turn page after page, spending the whole weekend wrapped up in a story. These days are long gone, and even though I could blame that on the kids, fact is that if I spend only half the time I am on You Tube reading, I would go through multiple books a week.
The last time I actually read a lot was when we were road tripping through New Zealand (read here, here and here) and I had no wifi. Pathetic.
One of the books I read then was Memoirs of a Geisha (highly recommended), a classic turned into a movie. The description of their beauty rituals was captivating my makeup obsessed mind, mainly the sheer amount of stuff they would slather on their faces on a daily basis. Only the most diligent skincare could have prevented horrible breakouts.
So whenever I now read „Inspired by the Geishas skincare secrets“ I am all ears. And the last time that happened was with Odacité Green Tea Lemongrass Serum
I sometimes wonder if everybody would go as pumpkin-crazy as they do if it was a thing all year round.
Barely anyone even mentions pumpkin for the whole year and then, suddenly, announced by the falling leaves or, more likely, the Starbucks barista offering a „Pumpkin Spice Latte“, there is pumpkin everywhere.
In your soup, in your home fragrance, in your coffee, in your skincare…
Oh, wait. It is in your skincare all year round. At least in mine. And today, right after pumpkin season ended, I am sharing my thoughts on the Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Intense Pigmentation and Dark Spots Serum (PR-Sample) with you.
I have stated it on this blog before: I am a science nerd. And I do love potions. Not only as part of my daily skincare, but I grew up wanting to study alchemy after reading (too?) many fantasy books.
Alchemy, dear younger readers, is like „Potions Class“ in Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, I read and liked Harry Potter (without that disclaimer my following would have probably dropped by half tomorrow!), but my Fantasy socialization was already completed way before the first book was published. I think about „The Mists of Avalon“ druids before I think of Harry Potter, sorry.
But I am getting off track here. The point I wanted to make is that I love anything that comes with a dropper. And that hasn’t changed yet, despite 9 out of 10 droppers not working properly for me.
Sadly, the dropper on the pixi Hydrating Milky Serum (PR-Sample) is no exception.
Now I don’t own a cat, nor do I believe that cats are really killed by their curiosity.
But it makes a far more fetching title then: Why I never stick to my trusted products even though I know I might be disappointed and it isn’t the best for my bank balance.
I told you it isn’t a great blog post title. Sorry if you thought there´d be actual cats involved today.
What is involved though is a serum that claims to work with the „clock genes“ in our skin to help it repair during nighttime, for maximized results: The bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.
Which is exactly what my favorite serum, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (Review here), claims to do. I have stated there already that I don’t believe in cells regenerating by the clock, but I was curious nonetheless.
If you have been around for some time now, you know that I focus on ingredients when reviewing skincare more than I do on how something feels on my skin. That isn’t because I don’t care about the experience of applying stuff, I love a silky smooth texture as much as anyone else.
It is because I believe that if you have to rely on the claims a brand makes, you are just as likely to get great skin as you are to win the lottery. It may happen, but the odds are against you.
On top of that, if you know what ingredients you need, you will be able to discover gems where you usually stock up on groceries. For a bargain.
Like the Lacura face Hydro Mulit-Intensiv serum. Found at Aldi.