Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser – Summer lovin´

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Summer lovin´, happened so fast…

Whenever temperatures are up and a beach holiday is in the cards, this line from Grease is my constant companion.

 

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

 

Not that I have had many summer flings lately, my beach days are filled with sand toys and my idea of a wild night is going to bed after ten pm.

But the lack of fiery-eyed gigolos in my recent past (Mr. Loca is handsome, but not fiery-eyed) doesn’t mean that I can´t enjoy a little summer affair.

I just shift my attention to skincare products.

The cleanser I am flirting with in 2018? Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser.

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Travel skincare tips – How to travel light as a skincare junkie

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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.)

 

Travel skincare tips
Travel skincare tips

 

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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Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

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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.

*cough*

 

Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream
Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream

 

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.

She only noticed when she wrote this blog post…

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrating Brightening Essence – Valkyries

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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.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

 

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.

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New In Beauty June 2018 – 10 years Cult Beauty

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Do you like premade pick and mix bags? We had that at a fair recently, when you could choose your bag, but not what was inside.

My daughter was all over it, while I was a little more hesitant. I mean, what is the point in pick and mix when you don´t get to pick?

 

New In Beauty June 2018
New In Beauty June 2018

 

She loved the thrill though, carefully going through her purchase, eating her favorites and offering the ones that didn´t appeal to her to her little brother. Who, admittedly, would eat just about anything.

Side note: I of course supervised and stopped him from eating the licorice. Mr. Loca was very happy to step in and take one for the team here.

It kind of reminded me about how I feel when I receive a Gift with Purchase, excitedly dividing things to keep from things to give away. And, among all that, discovering makeup items I hadn´t even heard about before.

This time it was the Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet Liquid Lipstick.

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DIY Face Mask Maker – LLL Vlogs 51

Turning into my mother was never a thought that scared me.

It might sound mushy-gushy, but she always was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up. Not exactly, of course, but in terms of values and standing up for herself, in terms of being independent and creative, caring and curious… I could go on.

 

DIY Face Mask Maker
DIY Face Mask Maker

 

Which I won´t, because I know that she is reading this blog post and will probably text me “Kitsch” right this very second.

She is also my number one fan, from the very first blog post published she has been there. Not only because she is my mother, but also because we share an obsession for skincare.

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Peptides – Everything you need to know

“And it contains peptides!” – “Aaaahhh… What?”

Have you ever felt that way when someone tried to sell you a skincare product? I know I have. Peptides have been around for a few years, they are the “thing to have” in your routine, yet there is a lot of insecurity about what they actually do.

 

Peptides in skin care
Peptides in skin care – Everything you need to know

 

Or if they even do anything.

And that is okay, because the jury is still out on that. And the fact that there are over 100 peptides doing different things doesn´t really help either.

So I put on my glasses and filmed a video for you on that topic.

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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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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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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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