Instytutum Retin Oil – the problem with Instytutum skincare reviews

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I have published quite a few Instytutum Skincare Reviews already, but while I love the brand, I need to get something off my chest:

An online version of the ingredient list is incredibly hard to find!
A complete one, that is, one that doesn’t highlight the “key ingredients” only (whatever that may mean anyway). The website is no help here, not many retailers carry the brand and it isn’t as widely known that I could just copy and paste from another blog. (Only the ingredient list of course, I would never copy the whole review, pinky promise!)

 

Instytutum Retin Oil Review
Instytutum Retin Oil

 

So what am I left with? Slowly typing away, packaging in one hand, eyes squinted to be able to read all the small letters… I guess it is time to have my eyes checked again. Don’t they say that age-related longsightedness starts around your 40th birthday?

But before we get lost in the joys of growing older, lets get going with the Instytutum Retin Oil Review. Complete with ingredient list!

 

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Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – Babylonian confusion

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, and even more if you are subscribed to my You Tube channel, you will know that I am no native speaker.

Most of the time that doesn’t lead to any difficulties. Not for me anyway, it is you that has to deal with my accent. But sometimes the difference between German and English gets really confusing. Take the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, for example. I wanted to write an introduction featuring the moon. Creative, I know.

 

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

 

Problem is, in German the moon is male. It is “he”, as opposed to “she” in English (and most other languages). So every sentence I wrote was confusing for me, I was switching gender way too often.

So I figured, I´d just get to the product. And say “it”. It is an oil, after all. But enough with semantics, lets get on with the review of Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil (what a name!)

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pixi Rose Oil Blend Review – Face oils for every occasion

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Are you sick of me talking about the pixi Rose-Infused Collection already? I would totally understand. It has been nothing but roses on here lately, and that despite the fact that Valentines Day is long gone.

Just once more, I promise, and then I will turn to other skin care. Or maybe some makeup? Well, beauty stuff.

But today we will talk about roses again. Or, more precisely: I will review the pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend.

 

pixi Rose Oil Blend Review
pixi Rose Oil Blend

 

Its is no secret that I love my oils. I have been using them for years now (although I feel they benefit me more now that my skin is more mature) and over time learned to distinguish the properties of the different blends.

Much like my mother does in the kitchen, I have an oil for every occasion: One for summer and one for winter, one for that time of month and one if my face is peeling from my retinol – each and every face oil I own is different.

The ones I use the most so far? Rosehip Oil (this one at the moment) and Jojoba Oil (this one is great, but admittedly very expensive). Both are very lightweight and beneficial for more oily skin.

And while Rose Oil is also present in the pixi Rose Oil Blend, it´s main oil is Sweet Almond Oil.

Surprised? Don´t be. Sweet Almond Oil is one of the most common oils used in skincare, and much more beneficial for the skin than rose oil itself.

But let´s make the pixi Rose Oil Blend review a little more extensive.

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Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream Review – on mature skin

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The pixi skintreats Rose Ceramide Cream is the one I almost missed.

And yes, “The one I almost missed” is a long standing skincare term, same as “The one that got away.” Only less life-changing, less heartbreaking and, usually, less romantic.

Although you could probably argue with the latter, at least in this case: Pink packaging, roses, it ticks all the romance boxes.

 

pixi Rose Ceramide Cream Review
pixi Rose Ceramide Cream

 

Still, I was not interested. “Ultra-rich cream suitable for normal to dry skin”, these are words that I do definitely NOT look for in my products.

What can I say, winter had come, my skin was feeling rough and I thought: “Why not! Just use it, what could possibly go wrong?”

A ton of things, obviously, this is the kind of skincare approach that usually gets me into trouble, but what can I say? I can´t help it.

In this case though, things worked out fine, so let´s review the pixi Rose Ceramide Cream.

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pixi Rose Tonic Review – Comparison

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I get that it might be quite confusing scrolling through my reviews right now: pixi Rose Tonic Review, pixi Rose Glow Mist Review, pixi Glow Tonic, pixi Glow Mist, pixi Rose Oil… There is a lot of pixi going on, and even more pixi Rose.

 

pixi Rose Tonic Review
Pixi Rose Tonic

 

But what can I say, I have been bathing my skin in rose (scented) products for a while now and I have no intention to stop. And that means something, coming from a woman that used to dislike rose scented beauty products.

What has changed? Nothing really. I still dislike the classic rose scent often associated with beauty, but I do appreciate the more gentle, refined version in the pixi Rose Collection.

To make it easier to keep up with all the similar sounding stuff though I introduced a new review category: How does it compare to… Where I compare (ha!) the product reviewed to similar ones.

So without further ado, let´s dive into the pixi Rose Tonic Review.

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Bakuchiol vs Retinol – Which one is best for you?

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Have you heard about the latest, greatest skincare ingredient? Bio-Retinol, the natural alternative to retinol, the vegan retinol, the plant based retinol, the natural retinol – all different names for one thing: Bakuchiol.

 

Bakuchiol vs Retinol - Which one is best for you?
Bakuchiol vs Retinol – Which one is best for you?

 

It isn’t actually as new as people will make you believe (isn’t that always how the story goes? The Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil has been using it for a long time), but a recent study on the effects and side effects made it the new ingredient to talk about in terms of anti aging.

So this is what we will do today: Talk about Bakuchiol, how it performs compared to retinoids and if it actually is the better alternative to using your standard retinol product, especially if you have sensitive skin.

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When should I start using anti-aging products

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After I filmed the video on “How to build a basic skincare routine”, a common question I got was: When should I start using anti-aging products?

Can starting too soon be harmful?

Which age will be too late?

 

When should I start using anti-aging products?
When should I start using anti-aging products?

 

As always, there is no one size fits all answer. The skincare you need is much more determined by your concerns and your lifestyle than it is by the age in your passport!

Starting really early won´t damage your skin – but it will waste money you could spend on other things rather than skincare you don´t yet need.

Starting really late won´t damage your skin either – you just need to know that some things can´t be reversed with OTC skincare products, and that prevention is key.

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THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum – More and more

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Bigger is better – I am old enough to remember those slogans.

Back when I was young (CENTURIES ago, people!), minimalism wasn´t really a thing. You had to always have more. The newest, the latest, the biggest.

 

THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum
THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C

 

It didn´t matter if you did need it. Or even use it, for that matter. You just needed to HAVE it. And while minimalism (and low-buys) seem to be everywhere these days, I feel like some of that more is more mentality is still around.

Take skincare ingredients for example – some seem to think that the higher the percentage of “active ingredient”, the better the product, not taking into account that your skin can actually only absorb a certain amount, and once that amount is reached, the rest goes to waste.

The effect is called bioavailability, and for Vitamin C it seems to be somewhere around 20 – 25%.

Which means that a formula containing 30% Vitamin C, like THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum, essentially contains more than you can use.

Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. But the higher the percentage, the higher the risk for irritation – so let´s take a closer look at THE INKEY LIST Vitamin C Serum.

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Low Buy 2019 – The first month

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So, that low buy thing… How has it been going so far?

Well, thank you for asking! Pretty good, actually.

I admit I feel a little envious about all of you that finished a No Buy January and now are back in the game, credit card in hand, but if I am completely honest, I don´t  really need anything. (Read about my Low Buy 2019 rules here)

 

Low Buy 2019
This picture has nothing to do with the blog post. I just like it.

 

Which is actually not entirely true: I DO need a new concealer. I only have one left, the Sephora High Coverage Concealer Natural Finish in Porcelain Rosé, and the reason I still have it is because it doesn´t really work for me. It is NOT high coverage, despite the name, and only lasts three to four hours when used to conceal spots.

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Month in Review January 2019

The first month of 2019 has passed already, and as always it was a particularly grey and gloomy one here in Germany.

We did have snow, but it only lasted briefly, despite a week of bitter cold. Chilly winds, biting frost, you get the idea. Now, it is still Southern Germany, so I may exaggerate a little, but stay with me, it will help set the mood.

 

Month in Review January
Frozen water

 

And in this cold and chill (and tiny bits of snow) I took off my coat and posed for some pictures in the forest. You may have seen some of them on my Instagram already (@lindalibraloca), but I figured they’d provide viewing pleasure while I sum up the blog posts I wrote for January 2019.

 

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