6 empties

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Lumene Blur Foundation. I loved this; medium coverage, perfect shade for me, wears great considering its price-point and it is cruelty-free. However. There’s PFOS in it. So I won’t be repurchasing.

Givency Very Irresistible L’Intense Eau De Parfum. It’s funny, when I bought this I thought it smelled divine. It’s been a good minute since I felt that it was even a nice smell. Which is good, because Givenchy is not cruelty free, I have no intention on repurchasing.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. This was just a travel-size, and it got me hooked! I repurchased before it was empty. Current favorite AM cleanser!

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream. This was the first eye cream I’ve used that felt made any kind of difference, and I do like it, I’ve repurchased multiple times. However, I heard good things about a Dermalogica eye cream so that’s what I’m currently using. But this is a good budget option that I’m sure I’ll go back to at some point.

ACO Face Day. Oh god this day cream. It was a nightmare. I’m not sure if it’s not for my skin type or if it’s just not good, but I prefer wearing my sunscreen to wearing this day cream.

Neal’s Yard Palmarosa Purifying Facial Mask. It is a good thing I bought it in a travel size to try it out. As much as I want to love Neal’s Yard, this mask is a bit meh. Sure, it’s better than the Boots tea tree witch hazel mask, but that doesn’t mean anything at all. Bottom line: I’ve tried many clay masks that are better and cheaper, best thing about this mask may be the container it came in. I’ll be repurposing the container for sure.

Real Techniques foundation brush (not pictured). Technically, the package it came in is empty sooo…I’ve got a question. Is it different from before? I used to have one of these brushes, washed it to pieces after which I switched to using a sponge exclusively. But I seem to remember this brush being way firmer. This feels flimsy. I don’t think I care for it. Or am I not remembering it correctly? Kinda disappointed either way I have to say.

Skincare tag pt 3

Final part of the skincare tag! Part 1 is here, and part 2 here.

If you had to stick to only one skincare brand, what would it be?

Paula’s Choice has everything you could possibly need, not only your regular creams and cleansers but treatments, the retinol and acids. V. v. important! 

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A few essentials from Paula’s

 

If I wasn’t a big believer in the chemicals I’d stick with organic. Products. I actually like using products from different brands and different price ranges. Partly because I like seeing lots of different bottles, tubes and jars on my shelf.

Best spot treatment?

On the one hand. I don’t want to lie. On the other, I don’t want to jinx myself.

Oh hell, my hormones are probably just gathering their forces so it doesn’t matter what I say. They’ll get me in the end.

I don’t really have breakouts. I can have something that is similar to a breakout if I eat a lot of peanut butter (you’d think I’m imagining things, but sadly I’m not), which is a main reason why I’ve stopped, and my favorite primer, Lumene’s mattifying primer, also used to give me something similar to breakouts (but I hear they’ve got a new primer out, v. v. interested in giving it a go!), point is, solution to that is just stop the PB, switch the primer. Oh. Yes. And don’t overdo the wine when on vacation.

Apparently my hormones are super level. (Seems to contradict my PCO status, but whatever.)

Last time I had anything that sort of was reminiscent of a breakout, I would just slap on a good clay mask and it calmed right down. Which is why I find it extremely confusing when people on YouTube talk about clay masks as “drawing out the impurities” and that the mask essentially causes breakouts (???). Never in my life etc.

So my best spot treatment is: just don’t. Don’t have fun and don’t enjoy life and you’ll be fine! 🙂

Favorite step of your skincare routine?

The cleanser step, easy. Because washing off makeup is just about the best feeling there is.

Favorite cleanser combo: the Body Shop camomile cleanser followed by Pixi’s mud cleanser, which I’m growing quite fond of. I only have a small tube to try it out, but I may just have to get the full size. And soon.

What’s on your skincare wishlist?  

This could be a post in itself. Let’s do five.

The Ordinary. I keep hearing such good things of this brand, I’m particularly interested in their AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

REN. Specifically their Glycolactic radiance renewal mask. It promises to remove dead skin cells, reduce lines and clean out your pores, how can you not be interested in that?

Pixi’s Hydrating Milky Mist. It doesn’t seem to be for my skin type, but I did see someone who is also oily combination say that it was a beautiful primer. I’m in the market for a primer that has more skincare type qualities than just a straight up primer, so maybe this could be an option?

Paula’s Choice. The BHA 9%, which you can’t get in Sweden, which is just beyond annoying. Somebody claimed this is the best thing for your pores, v. v. interested! But I guess I could go for the 10% niacinamide booster, which also targets pores and which is far easier for me to get my hands on.

Neal’s Yard. I’m interested in a long list of their products. High up on the list: their mattifier. They also have a lavender shampoo that I’m kinda keen on, I imagine it’d be like washing your hair with Lush’s Sleepy lotion, and I just want to live in that scent!

This was a terrible idea. I now feel the need to review what I have, to see if maybe there are more things I need.

And we all know where that ends.

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This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post. Past topics for this challenge can be found here.