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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May Lindstrom Honey Mud – Victorian literature

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Do you read the Brontë sisters? I admit I have a weakness for Victorian literature, ever since I first started Jane Eyre on a rainy autumnal afternoon.

Of course I wouldn’t want to actually live in this epoche, but books tend to skim over things like Womens Rights, health care and poverty and instead focus on haunted mansions, horses and unfulfilled, but fiery love.

 

may lindstrom honey mud
May Lindstrom Honey Mud – a sample size

 

 

And, especially with the Brontë sisters, on nature. Roses, the endless moor and storm clouds rolling in – everything just seems to be a little more when compared to how it feels today.

Why I was reminded of their writing? Well, read the claims on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud and see for yourself!

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Caudalie Premier Cru Serum – Motivation

Motivation can come from different sources. Like, you motivate yourself because you really want something. Or you are motivated by something external, like the bonus you´ll get if your work turns out superior.

 

Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum
Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum

 

And sometimes you are motivated by another person. Your wife, for example. Like it happened in the case of developing the Caudalie Premier Cru Serum. Dr. David Sinclair (Harvard) was approached by Caudalie with a research question and almost declined the offer. Almost. Until his wife said: „Oh, Caudalie? I use a lot of their stuff.“

True Story? I don´t know. I read it in a magazine and immediately knew I had to give the Caudalie Premier Cru Serum a go – good thing my mother had a bottle in her bathroom cabinet already.

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Avon Anew Perfect Skin – Overview and recommendations

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I love testing new products (I know, I know, what else is new?), but there is one thing that I enjoy even more.

Testing new lines of products. Something about the matching packaging, the matching claims, the feeling that I am entering a whole new planet of skincare instead of just a small part – it never gets old.

 

Avon Anew Perfect Skin
Avon Anew Perfect Skin

 

Even though I admit that very rarely a whole line of new skincare convinces me enough to make it into my permanent stash. That is usually reserved to a selected few (like the Instytutum eyecream here).

The latest line I got my hands on? Avon Anew Perfect Skin *

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The Ordinary „Buffet“ – Talk science to me!

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It would have been so easy to talk about food in this intro. I mean, come on, „Buffet“? Something along the lines of „Do you prefer it over a la carte?“ or „Do you think we eat more or less when there is buffet?“

But I refuse to take the easy road (I save that for late night blog post writing mere hours before something needs to be published) and instead want to talk about a change that I have noticed over the course of the last years in terms of skincare brands and marketing.

 

The Ordinary Buffet
The Ordinary Buffet

 

It might be my focus (and age that makes me remember times when many of my readers weren´t even born), but recently science became increasingly popular. Gone are the days when „look young and fresh“ was enough to sell a moisturizer. These days words like „SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate)“ are casually thrown around, as if everyone was supposed to know what they mean.

Well, most people don´t.

I don´t. At least not without research.

But I can´t help but feel impressed by all the science that obviously went into development and am more inclined to purchase.

 

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MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba – Not in my bathroom

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I like luxury skincare, that is no secret. But I don´t like using high end just for the sake of it. If there is a drugstore item that does the job at half the price just as good, I am going to use that one.

Sometimes though there are products that can be easily duped for their main purpose, but are unique when used for something else. Like the MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba. I got it as a gift with purchase, used it as I saw fit and later read the instructions on the homepage.

 

MV Organic Pure Jojoba
MV Organic Pure Jojoba

 

Where they actually recommend it as eye makeup remover.

A 45 $ eye makeup remover? Not in my bathroom!

I´ll stick with using it differently, thank you very much.

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The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1% – Superheroes

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Do you have a favorite superhero? Or a favorite super power? I have! Both actually.

My favorite superhero is Mystique, and my favorite power is her power, which is changing her appearance at will. Kind of what I try to do with makeup every day.

 

The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%
The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%

 

Don´t get me wrong, I like how I look, but being able to change it up occasionally would be fascinating.

I do feel though, that the superpower I´d need the most would be a different one: The ability to rejuvenate myself without downtime, to constantly keep going and tackle one task after the other.

The corresponding superhero? Superoxiddimutase, the antioxidant that keeps regenerating itself and tackles free oxygen radicals hour after hour after hour. And, as it happens, the main player in The Ordinary EUK 134 0,1%.

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Silicones in skincare – the facts

Is there an ingredient in skincare that receives more hate than silicones? Probably. SLS, just to name one. Or fragrance, like I recently discovered (here).

But for the sake of style, let´s just asssume that the answer is: No!

 

Silicones in skincare - The facts
Silicones in skincare – The facts

 

And then focus on the fact whether or not the hate that seems to run so deep in the beauty community is actually scientifically backed up.

I mean, you are probably already guessing it by reading this introduction, but let´s approach the discussion with an open mind and see what I have found.

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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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