travel skincare essentials

on the road again, this time for work, I’m leaving to the Barcelona are for a week.

so of course I had to do a roundup of my skincare essentials.

I’m not concerned with packing light or liquids limitations, since I’ll have to check my bag anyway. so this is basically my skincare essentials all nested in a nice travel bag!

If you’d like a vide on what I decided to pack make up wise, let me know!

Products mentioned:

*affiliate link, you can use the code FREEVOLOUS10 for 10% discount on any purchase from More Than Beauty Store.

July empties

here’s another batch of empties and their thorough reviews.

some duds, some faves, some surprises.

Also mentioned: Sigma Renew Lip Oil . Tranquil

July empties

Here’s to another hefty batch of finished products, and a bit of a rant in the end ;))

products mentioned:

*affiliate link to More Than Beauty Store. Save 10% on any purchase (and help me out) using my code FREEVOLOUS10

new skincare routine

I’ve been pretty faithful to the same brands and products for almost 2 years now, but my inquisitive soul has been yearning for some spicing things up. as my current faves run out, I’ve been replacing them with some new-to-me products, and, since I’ve now basically replaced every one, I wanted to share the new routine with you.

please bear in mind that some of these are fairly recent, so I can only speak to the cosmetic elegance, feel and finish of the product, as well as its ingredient list and claims. I can’t report on any results as of yet.

give me the deets!

May empties

here’s another one of those… what I’ve actually used up and my in-depth opinions :)

*Affiliate links to More Than Beauty Store. If you need some new products and want to help me purchase more skincare while you’re at it, this is a way to support me. Get 10% off any purchase using the code FREEVOLOUS10

February/March empties

another set of short and sweet reviews of products I actually use up!

geek and gorgeous – an overview

a small Hungarian brand, woman-owned and science-based, with an interesting line of products that are simple enough to target specific skin concerns yet with a bit more of complexity put into them. it’s affordable and, in my experience, has the most cosmetically elegant formulations I’ve tried in this price tier.

I prefer a complex one and done formulation – layering many one-ingredient products can come with a set of complications, like increased potential for irritation, texture issues because of the layering with, product build-up, pilling etc.; and overall spending the same you’d spend on one serum (made by a specialist) that encompasses most of those needs/ingredients.
But that doesn’t mean simpler formulas don’t have a place in my life: some products are just essentials – which can serve a more simplified routine for many –, and other are add-ons to some specific situations or needs that may be lacking at times.

products mentioned:

  • C Glow
  • A Game
  • Stress Less
  • Liquid hydration
  • HA5 . Rich
  • B Bomb
  • Smooth Out
  • A Pad

you can get their products through the Geek and Gorgeous site, or through the Portuguese More Than Beauty Store.
I have an affiliate code with More Than Beauty, so if you use FREEVOLOUS10 on check-out, you’ll get 10% off and I’ll earn a commission – this does not in any way sway my opinions on the products, of course. no need, they sell lots of stuff ;))

January empties

new year, old good habits remain of using up what I already have before jumping into something new. here are my thorough reviews of all the products I used up over the past month.

* affiliate link to More Than Beauty Store – international shipping available. Use the code FREEVOLOUS10 on any purchase to get 10% discount

** product sent by Yesstyle in exchange for a mention – obviously they don’t define my opinions, and I don’t sell them for a moisturiser. Use code FREEVOLOUS10 for a discount on Yesstyle.

*** product kindly offered by the brand, no request for mentions.

disappointing skincare from 2021

there are always a few things that don’t agree with my skin. throughout the year I always sprinkle my review videos (especially my empties) with some duds. these are the products that haven’t made it to the empties because I just haven’t been able to use them up!

it comes without saying (but saying it nonetheless) that we’re all different and what didn’t work for me may do wonders for you. this is not a diss on the products, brands or your personal choices. it’s just a list of things that didn’t work for me and my heartbroken overview.