The Sunday Riley Experiment – Drugstore Version

When I watched the Tuesday Talk the Pixiwoos did with Sunday Riley, something she said struck a cord with me: She said that when your skin feels tight and drawn after cleansing, under the microscope you can basically see the skin crack up like earth in the desert. And then those little cracks are actually the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Yikes, I know.

As I am getting older my skin has made a stunning transformation. I went from a VERY oily t-zone, to extremely dehydrated cheek-area and a normal to very slightly oily t-zone. It took me a while to understand what my skin needed and to react properly to it. As my skin is dehydrated oils don’t really work. Despite using a serum with hyaluronic acid underneath my alverde facial oil essentially just sat on my skin without properly penetrating and my face stayed dry.

On top of that I used very stripping cleansers to keep my two biggest nemeses black heads and subcutaneous white bumps at bay. These cleansers dried out my eye area (despite me trying very hard to avoid my eye area) to the point of flaking and texture on my eyelids and the inner corners of my eyes. My skin overall was angry sensitive and very very dry. Nothing would really help.

The first change came when I used a discontinued gel-based moisturizing mask by bebe. My skin inhaled the product and for the first time in weeks it felt almost comfortable. Because the product is discontinued I went to find an alternative and stumbled upon the balea line for dehydrated skin specifically which contains a cream gel (they also have an eye roll on, moisture serum and sheet mask ->Balea Aqua), bought it and BOY DID THAT THING MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

So this cream and the Tuesday Talk sparked the overhaul of my skincare routine. I decided to do this as a bit of an experiment and see what my skin feels like in the next 30 days. I don’t expect miracles, actually I am very weary of  the white bumps and black heads that I expect to get worse but I am ready to be surprised.

Here is my morning and night routine that I plan on keeping like this unless my skin deteriorates drastically. I am on a very tight budget at the moment so all of these products are drugstore.

Morning:
Alterra cleansing emulsion for very dry skin with organic shea butter and aloe (cream cleanser)
Rival de Loop Hydro eye cream for dehydrated skin (gel cream)
Rival de Loop Hydro moisturizing gel (serum with hyaluronic acid)
Balea Aqua moisturizing cream gel

Night:
Rival de Loop cleansing oil to break down oil, dirt, make up (discontinued but I have two back up bottles,oops :] I really hope they bring it back)
Alterra cleansing emulsion for very dry skin to cleanse the skin
Balea 5% Urea eye cream for very dry skin (has cleaned up all texture and flakiness within two uses)
Rival de Loop Age intensive serum (hyaluronic acid and detoxifying properties, don’t know about those but it does give an extra round of moisture)
Balea Aqua moisturizing cream gel

I am on the second day for this routine and so far my skin feels very comfortable, there is no tightness whatsoever, instead my skin looks really healthy and ‘plump’ (I hate the word ‘plump’). AND it doesn’t make me oily. So much win. On top of that I am pms’ing like a pro at the moment, which traditionally means that I have problems eating right and my skin is all over the place with cystic acne, etc. So far the acne is at a complete minimum, though.

Another disclaimer: I am aware that most of these products may not be too too great on the ingredients side but a) they are all formulated in Germany abiding by our rather strict laws when it comes to cosmetics and b) I AM ON A BUDGET. I DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO SPEND 150.000€  ON SKINCARE PRODUCTS. I HAVE BILLS TO PAY AND A CAT TO FEED.

And another one: My only problem with this routine is that there is no sun screen in there, I am working on fixing that because, trust me I know how important sun screen is, especially with a skin as fair as mine.

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Haul and First Impressions: MAC Face and Body and more…

Photo 21-05-2014 13 41 10I hinted at it in my recent Sunday Round Ups but yeah, I have put two hellish months behind me and it seems I did well. Off I went to treat myself. Initially I didn’t want to splurge but that 10% off- Douglas Card offer vaulted me over the edge (that and the packaging for the Alluring Aquatics by MAC, I mean, O. M. G. … !!!)

I actually went in to get matched for the MAC Face and Body foundation. Recently my skin has been really great and I was craving a lightweight sheer foundation to get me over the summer and I knew MAC F&B would deliver and on top I knew from reviews that it also lasts very well on the skin. If that doesn’t scream summer I don’t know what does!
I got matched to C1, which is the lightest of the bunch. The Maccine tried N2 and N1 on me, but N2 was too dark and N1 came out too dark and yellow as well (weirdly enough). C1 pretty much hit the nail on the head, though. Generally I have to say I had a great experience at our MAC counter today, she even took me outside so I could look at my face in daylight and she was very nice and helpful.

And then Alluring Aquatic happened. I am a little upset that I didn’t get a lipstick anymore because they were all sold out already but I just HAD to get one thing from the collection because the packaging is the most stunning I have ever seen. Ever. I might actually go back tomorrow and pick one of the nailpolishes up as well (naughty). I was torn between one of the Extra Dimension blushes and one of the Extra Dimension bronzers and after my lovely Maccine swatched both on me I fell for the bronzer. Hard. So in the end and enabled by the 10% off I took it home with me.

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Look at the packaging with the droplets on it. Look. At. It. Oooooh!

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And here’s to the first impressions:

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Naked Face

 

In this picture you can see my bare skin. It is very hot over here today and I am very hormonal, so please do excuse the spots and the redness. I primed my skin by applying the Rival de Loop Hydro Moisturizing Gel, which I also hauled today. I used it underneath my Diadermine day cream because my skin was a bit sore after being cleansed three times in less than 6 hours (morning cleanse, cleansing wipe at MAC and taking the dirt of the city off before applying the new foundation -.-). The gel contains panthenol and duo-hyaluron and it soothed my skin immediately. It is very lightweight and sank in very quickly but it still felt really moisturizing. It also seemed to let my skin absorb my moisturizer better and quicker, I really enjoy it so far.
I also tried the soothing eye cream from the same range because I ran out of my Chanel Hydra Beauty eye gel- sample and I actually think I like the RdL eye cream better. It is even more moisturizing and a little creamier then the Chanel gel (it’s still a gel/cream formula just like the Chanel, though).

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Just Face and Body

 

You can actually see how the foundation calmed down the redness and evened out my skintone already. I buffed the foundation on with a flat top synthetic kabuki brush. F&B is waterbased, which means it is very liquidy when it comes out of the bottle, but it sets very quickly. It even feels a little bit sticky for a second or two, but really for just that long. On its own the foundation has a very glowy finish without being oily or moving around a lot and it is pretty much undetectable on the skin. It melted into my skin and set and it hasn’t budged until now, despite the hot sultry weather we have today. Granted at this point I only had it on for about 5 hours but I also ran around in the heat already and got sweaty and everything is still in place.

Face and Body and concealer

Face and Body and concealer

I used the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer under my eyes and around my nose and the Catrice Camouflage on any spots (both in 010 Ivory). The concealers melted very nicely into the foundation. Another major point pro Face and Body: I suffer from enlarged pores mainly on my nose (ick-factor right there, sorry) and the F&B blurrs over the pores without sitting in them or otherwise highlighting them. That was my major concern, that it wouldn’t cover my pores well enough but it did.

F&B, concealer, powder

F&B, concealer, powder

I lightly powdered with my essence all about matt powder and a duofiber stipling brush. It didn’t stay matte for long, BUT I also didn’t get overly oily. The foundation just went back to being glowy and skin-like.

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And here is the final look with MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Bronzer Aphrodite’s Shell on my cheeks, Max Factor Masterpiece Glide On Liner in black/brown in a half-line and L’Oréal Miss Manga in black on my lashes. I filled in my brows with the Catrice Brow Set.

Aphrodite’s Shell only got a C on Temptalia but mainly because it is such a sheer veil and won’t show up on medium to darker complexions, but on me as the extremely fair dainty doll that I am this bronzer is borderline perfect. It gives me a wash of sunkissed color, melts into my skin and gives almost like a soft focus effect. It doesn’t show up very well on pictures, though. In reality I have this very soft bronzey glow on my cheeks, but my camera won’t cooperate. It looks like I have some splotch of brown color on my cheek, oh well….

To sum this up I am in love with all of my purchases today! It seems I had the Midas touch with all of the things I bought. Keep in mind that this is a first impression not a proper review and a bit of a rave at that. I will keep on wearing everything and see what happens. So far no MAC foundation has broken me out and I sincerely hope it stays that way, same goes for the skin care.
If you are looking for a review of that green polish check back on sisterhoodofthetravellingnailpolish.wordpress.com in the next couple of days, I will get one up there soon.

Do you have any experience with MAC F&B or MAC in general? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Read y’all on Sunday, have a good one 🙂