I did a swap with a subscriber — unboxing

It is definitely quite a time to be alive when you can establish a true connection with someone on the other side of the world through common interests, and become a part of their lives in such a meaningful way, without ever really meeting in person.
This has happened to me a few times, mostly through dancing, but also due to, yes, blogging and makeup.
Today I bring you an unboxing of a swap I did with the sweetest subscriber.
There are no words to convey how grateful I am for you guys to be a part of my life, be it through a simple view or like, but also when you reach out and talk to me.
I hope this unboxing restores just a bit of your faith in humanity for you, just as this whole experience I have had with Barbara did for me.

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my tretinoin sidekicks

There are 3 anti-ageing holy grail ingredients in skincare: Peptides, Vitamin C, and the mother of all the gold standards: tretinoin (with all its sister and cousin derivatives from Vitamin A).
It is also largely known as a go-to for acne treatment.

Many people try out retinol or retinoid products, and most are formulated in low percentages, and/or with buffers and other ingredients that soothe the harshest side-effects.
Yet, when jumping on to stronger retinols and topical tretinoin (better known by its commercial name, Retin-A), the side effects can be harsh.
There’s a whole method to this madness of trying to slow down the signs of ageing, and I’ll share what I’ve learnt with you.
This video goes deep into the products that I found are helping me to keep my skin soothed and as balanced as possible.

Also on this post, I’ll keep a little list of the things I have learnt so far (and I reserve the right to come back to this post to add or replace any information I can gather/correct.
I also encourage you to check out Caroline Hirons‘ blog, since she’s preparing a massive post (and maybe video) on this subject. She is a skincare encyclopaedia.

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best in skin/hair care 2018

So many amazing products on the market, these were the ones I trusted my almost 40 acne-prone combination skin during the year. Of course I experimented around and there are some others out of this list that I truly rate, but I had to cut somewhere or this video would be 10 hours long.

Happy new beginnings, everyone!

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multitasking skincare for rushed days

falling face first on the bed still with our clothes on or running out of the house with a stripe of dried out drool on the corner of the mouth. who hasn’t?

on those days when you are in a rush/can’t be bothered, we usually cut so many corners, and, even though we can cut corners, we can still have a nourishing bomb with a two or three step super simple routine.

all of the products I’m mentioning (except for the Power Peel and the Flash Radiance) can be used daily and layered under/over your other products for a more comprehensive routine.

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Clinique old favourites (and a new flirt)

Sometimes I like to look at my beauty stash by brand to see what is my curated selection from it. Clinique is a brand I never noticed I had a strong relationship with, until I realised that some of their products are actually re-re-re-re-purchases. In this day and age of trends and companies coming out with new launches that they shove down your throat, this means A LOT (quite more than stuff I buy once and move on to the next new shiny equivalent from any other brand).

Here’s my curated selection of besties from Clinique (and a new fling I’m into at the moment):

Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Fresh Pressed System
Beyond Perfecting Foundation
Lash Power Mascara
Beyond Perfecting Concealer

 

Clinique Fresh Pressed

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Summer experiences and finds: This @cliniqueportugal Fresh Pressed system was on my radar because #CarolineHironsmademedoit and I decided 10 days away was the best moment to test it out. The cleanser is a powder in sachets (less liquids, yay!), and each sachet has enough for morning and evening second cleanse. It foams up beautifully but does not dry out the skin. You only need two drops of the serum mixed in with your hydrating serum, oil or moisturiser, so, again, very portable, the formula is not compromised because it’s sealed in the component, and lasts more than the 7 days. . My skin managed to be quite balanced and not get more hyperpigmentation despite being exposed to the mountain air and sun. It’s a beautiful vacation treat (pick it up at the airport!) or every once in a while intensive treatment (it can also be a staple for you, if you can afford the price tag). Mild enough to use even if your vacations are in the sun. . Vitamin C is the master anti-oxidant, prevents and diminishes discolouration and hyperpigmentation, and boosts collagen on your skin. . #skincare #vitaminc #cliniquefreshpressed #almost40 #combinationskin #acneproneskin #antioxidants #travelskincare #traveltoiletries #beautyover35 #skincareaddict

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in-flight skincare (and makeup)

spending several hours in an airport and then on an airplane sucks the life out of your skin. if you’re facing jet lag or if you’ve had and intense few days prior to flying, that takes it to a whole other level.

as much as doing your skincare before going into the airport is super important, I find that trying to maintain the hydration levels during the flight is super important.

these are the steps I’ve been taking on my flights, and if yours are longer, just repeat them every few hours and slather on some overnight mask like the one from Laneige on top.

also, I never do my makeup when I’m flying, but if you’re in a pinch and need to be all done up by the time you step out of the plane, I’ve added a simple makeup routine to inspire you.

plus, if in your liquids bag you just add your cleanser(s) and some vitamin C, you’re basically all prepped up for your skincare while away ;)

the product shots were absolutely inspired by gelcream travel, and the original Gelcream account is just a sight for sore eyes.

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