Out with the Old, In with the New

I had a couple of empties last week. I had planned to put this into the Sunday Round Up but it got lost in my football haze. For that neglect alone they deserve their own post.

Empties

Empties, well, ish

I finished my Hydra Active 3 skin perfecting rich cleansing milk. It is very creamy, not drying at all, quite oily but rinses off acompletely and gets rid of everything. It was a nice product but I switched back to my bebe young care cleansing milk still. It’s a little less oily but gets rid of everything as well.

Next up another little jar of alverde body butter. I liked it, it’s moisturizing, sinks in quickly and the smell is also nice. I currently have a new jar in use.

My Max Factor False Lash Effect is not altogether empty but very close and simply resigned its post. It just wouldn’t hold the curl anymore and had turned gloopy, out it went, or it will once I’m done writing this post.

As you can see the Astor powder is still full, but it makes me super yellow when I wear it. It was only 1.72€ and an impulse buy, but my heart still bleeds a little bit to chuck out a fully functional product. I don’t know anyone around me who this powder would suit, regrettably. The powder in itself wasn’t bad at all.

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To replace the Astor powder I picked up the essence all about matt! pressed powder and I am really impressed. It fixes my make up and it is the first powder to control my oils at all. My nose got a little oily after about 3 hours (which is great, because normally the ‘glow’ starts roughly half an hour upon application)  but the rest of my face stayed matte. As I was so happy with it I snatched up the loose all about matt! powder today. The loose powder will be discontinued and sold for .95€

Next stop Manhattan. They had 20% off across the range and I picked up an oldie but goody with the Ultimate Long& Curl mascara. I remember I used to love this when I was like 14. I tried it today and it’s still great. Lengthens, holds a curl, nice and black, lovely!
Aaand because I wanted to try another waterproof option I also got the X-treme Last and so far I like this one, too. The finish is a little natural in one coat but it looks like it’s going to be buildable.

Would you like a review on any of those once I have built my opinion?

Blogmas Day #5: My (Drugstore) Skincare Routine

This is one of those posts I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I am no expert like Caroline Hirons, mind you, but I think I have found something that my skin is really happy with (unless it is over-reacting to a new foundation -.-). My skin is combination dry cheeks/really oily t-zone, acne-prone and I am suffering from enlarged pores around my nose and forehead.

 

The Cleansers:

The Cleansers

The Cleansers

For make up removal I prefer cleansing milks, like the L’Oréal Hydra Active 3 skin-perfecting rich cleansing milk for dry and sensitive skin. It is quite oily which means it breaks down EVERYTHING even the Max Factor False Lash Effect waterproof mascara. It doesn’t dry out my skin and I feel like it removes all the gunk that I have on my face after a long day. I usually only use this product at night.

To cleanse my skin after I have taken the make up off or in the morning to get rid of the night oils I use the Neutrogena visibly clear Anti Blackhead daily peeling. This stuff has been a life saver after my skin was losing it over the Catrice foundation. It really deep cleans my skin and tightens the pores in the process. It also gets rid of break-outs and redness. My skin loves salicylic acid and getting exfoliated, so this is perfect.

My favorite toner is from the Body Shop and it is their Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner. It is really tingly on the skin but I like that because it gives me the feeling that it is actually doing something. It is a little heavy on the alcohol and it is a little drying but since I follow up with good moisturizers it doesn’t bother me that much.

 

The Moisturizers

The Moisturizers

The Moisturizers

My La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (Euro version!) is a holy grail of mine. I seriously get nervous when I am running out of this. The Effaclar Duo soothes and uncloggs the skin. I don’t use this every day, when my skin is freaking out and I’m really struggling with break outs. It turns my skin around in a couple of days.

When the weather is getting colder I switch to a rich moisturizer and the ones from the L’Oréal Hydra Active line are those of my choice. I’m currently using the Hydra Active Glow which is slightly tinted but very very sheer so that it works with my pale skin, too. It does exactly what it says: It gives me a nice healthy glow and deeply hydrates and protects my skin in the process.

If I want something lighter or when the weather is more summery and hot I use the bebe More brighten up moisturizer. It is much lighter, has a lightly whipped consistency and sinks in super quickly but packs a surprising punch when it comes to hydrating the skin.

I have become a complete night cream convert. I don’t want to be without it anymore. At the moment I am using the Hydra Active 3 Night Cream. It has a buttery consistency, is super moisturizing and smells like roses and lavender, mmhhhh! When I use this before going to bed at night my skin looks super glowy , healthy and even when I wake up in the morning.

 

The Specials

The Specials

The Specials

I like to treat my skin when I’m in the shower, well, every other day when I’m in the shower. My way to do that is the Nivea pure effect all-in-1 daily deep cleanser.. This started out as a daily cleanser but it doesn’t contain salicylic acid and it didn’t keep my skin as nice and clean as I would have liked. Since it is clay-based and anti bacterial it makes for a good cleansing mask though. I apply a good dollop of this  all over my face and neck and let it do it’s magic while put in conditioner.

Another mask that I came to love is the Merz Spezial Foam Mask. It is extremely hydrating (perfect for my poor radiator/runny nose/cold weather affected skin). This comes out as a foam which I smooth all over my face. Ideally I put it on before I go to sleep, because it takes a moment to sink in. But when it does, it really sinks deeply into the skin and moisturizes and plumps. My skin and I have been loving it.