LFBB August 2017

Here’s another unboxing for you. This one had me wondering about what happened this month and, when I went to do the maths… I got even more suspicious… I talked about it on my Insta Stories, also.

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an empties video

I’ve never done one of these before… How did I go?

Aside from the spinach and lipstick on my teeth, I mean.

oh, you have to go and watch again because you couldn’t stop staring? ok, I’ll wait…
I’ll just leave you here a list of the products mentioned.

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SPF Mists: Bioderma vs La Roche-Posay

magic in a bottle, a can that mists you with an invisible shield that protects you from the harmful rays of sun, that can be easily reapplied throughout the day without disturbing your makeup. but which one to go for?
I’ve tried them both. here are my thoughts.

UPDATE: My sister has atopic skin and had an allergic reaction to the La Roche Posay mist. So if you’re very sensitive, I would stay away from this one, sadly. 

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising anti-UV mist, SPF 30

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50 

Clinique Take The Day Off vs. The Body Shop Chamomile — the cleanser breakdown

The Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is a highly rated cleansing balm and it is frequently mentioned by Caroline Hirons (my skincare guru) as a great first cleanser.

I had to give it a good go and compare it to my all-time favourite makeup removing cleansers from The Body Shop Chamomile range.

Here are my thoughts on all of these terrific products.

Where to buy?

Clinique is available in beauty stores and departments worldwide, and you can also find it through some online retailers like Feelunique, and U.S. Sephora.

The Body Shop is widely available in almost every country, so you can look for their shops and website on your location (many have an online shop). Here are the U.K. website links for the butter and the oil.

5 tips for wintery skin

drink water.

*eyeroll*

there you go, see you next week for another life-changing post!

no, seriously, though.

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some of my winter skin goodies. don’t despair, I have some great budget suggestions

 

I have that kind of skin that gets really dehydrated in the winter (with the cold weather and the air conditioning and heating everywhere) — 3 or 4 hours into my workday I already look like a shrivelled prune, all dry patches and wrinkles, and no glow. but I can’t just slather on thick layers of moisturiser in the morning: it slides off in a matter of minutes, taking my makeup with it. my diva skin, despite dehydrated, is a careful drinker that takes its time reluctantly sipping a heavier moisture, but then swallows up my foundation in gulps like nobody’s business. like me with soup and chocolates, respectively.

also, I have sort of a treatment routine going on (anti-oxidants in the morning and retinoids in the evening), so I can’t seem to fit in that extra boost of moisture anywhere without feeling like I’m sort of diluting the effect of the amazing and expensive products — therefore defeating the purpose of said treatments. in the evening, if I slather on some good moisture, my face sticks like velcro to the pillow and I can hear 10€ of product hydrating the cotton fibres.

here’s how I worked around all my woes:

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morning skincare routine

I talk a lot, but my skincare routine doesn’t take me more than 5 minutes in the morning, I promise!

Things you have to consider: cleansing, hyaluronic acid to lock in the moisture, anti-oxidants (or any other preferred treatment), moisturiser and oil to seal it all in, SPF.

Don’t forget to check out my other skincare posts/videos: one on cleansers, the other one with the general overview of my routine.

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skincare — the cleansers

a lot of #carolinehironsmademedoit over here… these are my favourite cleansers for each of my skin’s moods. for a less neurotic skin or a more sensible pocket, two cleansers will do the job: one to remove makeup and another one to second cleanse/am cleanse.

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skincare routine — the steps

I’ve been noticing great and steady improvements on my skin over the past few months, so I felt it was safe to make a skincare routine video. then I realised it would be impossible to talk about everything thoroughly in ONE video, hence this first one: the steps I take and type of products I gravitate towards every morning and evening.

the hormonal breakouts are to be dealt with whenever they come by, and the signs of ageing are the inevitable fate of my skin that I try to prevent as much as I can with this skincare, but I’ve noticed that my skin is overall a lot healthier, smoother, denser, more balanced and soft to the touch, with less hyper-pigmentation and texture. one must be happy when one saves on foundation.

for today, here are the steps I take on my routine — which I consider generic enough to suit most people — and the types of products I consider to be the responsible for this improvement on my skin.

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