skincare

LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX – JUNE 2018

img_1469img_1471img_1481img_1495img_1519img_1508I finally found some time to go through the Lookfantastic Beauty Box I received in June! This one was the second special edition of the year that consisted of 7 products instead of 6. Most importantly, it was aimed at providing hydration and luminosity – all we need in these summer eves, am I right? ;)

I was really intrigued by the Elemis Superfood Cleansing Wash. The February box included their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and I love it so much that I was really eager to try the wash as well. Needless to say, I love using it and I look forward to taking it with me on summer vacation! There’s nothing better in the morning than a freshly washed face, if you ask me :) The second product is the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, such an interesting and effective item! It comes in form of a paste and although it seems strange to massage a scrub-like texture onto the scalp, the result is nothing but incredible. It completely dissolves when applied and it seems to foam a lot under your fingertips. First of all, it really does create a lot of volume after drying, I was amazed to have even more voluminous hair than usual! And second of all, it leaves the hair with a nice, subtle rose scent that lingers around throughout the second day as well. I also like the The Ritual of Dao Body Cream by Rituals that has a very light and neutral scent. It does absorb into the skin very quickly, but I haven’t used it much because I have a bunch of other body creams to go through. Another body product is the Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, something all of us need to get some color without exposing ourselves to the sun too much! I used it a couple of times in the morning and applied it really carefully over my legs. However, I haven’t noticed any significant difference – but it’s also true I haven’t paid any attention to that either. I can say that if there was any tan, it was very even and neutral, because I would notice any spots if that wasn’t the case. There were also no marks on my clothes and I will surely use it again.

This box also came with the MÁDARA SOS Hydra Moisture+Radiance Mask, such a cute-looking mask/leave-in treatment! I really liked how it performed on my skin, but it does contain alcohol so it may be drying if you have sensitive skin. This leaves us with two products that I haven’t tried at all. I haven’t opened the Environmental Rescue Essential Day Cream yet, but it comes in such an interesting packaging! It’s supposed to provide hydration for whole 12 hours and I’m slightly skeptical about this statement. But it does contain some antioxidants, so it’ll be nice to try in that respect. Last but not least, the only makeup item was the Studio 10 Liquid Foil i-Radiance Metallic Shadow. It looks like a lip gloss with a doe foot applicator, but it’s actually a very fast drying liquid eye shadow with beautiful copper glitter. It’s very transparent and doesn’t look like a foil, but I believe it can be buildable. It would also be interesting to try it as a base and then apply loose glitter or pigments on top! And then a few sprays of a setting spray and you’re good to go!

Anyway, I really enjoyed testing this Lookfantastic Beauty Box and I decided to go for a 12-month subscription this time. Then I’ll surely have enough skincare items and makeup for years! :)

BLACK AS NIGHT BUT GENTLE AS A LAMB

img_9819img_9834img_9860img_9889dr-organic-active-charcoalAlthough I’ve always had a soft spot for organic skincare products, I only recently tried my first activated charcoal items. I don’t know, I just didn’t get the hype about those intense black masks everyone was raving about. However, this Dr. Organic Activated Charcoal line is nothing but a pure joy to use: so gentle to the skin, but very purifying. My favorite product is the face mask, which has a lovely texture, applies easily and doesn’t dry too much on the skin. I also love the face wash, which can be sightly drying at times, and the face scrub, which has tiny particles that remove the dead skin cells without causing irritation. The body wash is among my favorites, too, particularly because it doesn’t foam and has an amazing, aromatherapy-like scent. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of the shampoo and conditioner. My scalp is irritated instantly and just cannot adapt to these products. The conditioner is maybe even not that bad, but I tried the shampoo countless times and nothing changes. And this is not a bad thing, we just don’t get along and maybe I’ll give it to one of my friends so at least one person will be glad to use! it :) 

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Že od nekdaj imam šibko točko za naravne izdelke, pa naj gre za ličila ali pa za izdelke za nego telesa. Priznam, da v navalu navdušenja prepogosto kupim ličila, ki nimajo najboljšega izvora ali vpliva na naravo – in zavedam se, da so tudi mnoge sestavine zdravju škodljive. Vesela pa sem, da že dolgo posegam za izdelki za nego telesa, ki imajo številne naravne izvlečke, so večinoma naravnega izvora in niso testirani na živalih.

Ker je preizkušanje novih izdelkov moje največje veselje, sem bila še toliko bolj navdušena, ko sem v test prejela celotno linijo izdelkov znamke Dr. Organic z aktivnim ogljem! Naj vas barva vsebine ne zavede: je že res, da so izdelki sivo-črni zato, ker vsebujejo aktivno oglje, vendar naj vam povem, da že dolgo nisem uporabljala nežnejših izdelkov za telo. Da ne govorim o njihovem vonju, tako pomirjujoč in prijeten je, da bi jih z veseljem vonjala cel dan! Primerni so za mešano in mastno kožo, za suho kožo pa bi raje uporabila kakšno bolj hranljivo linijo (Monika iz Sugarlove blog priporoča tudi njihovi liniji s kokosom in maroškim arganom). Ker je moja koža zadnje čase bolj problematična kot običajno, so izdelki z aktivnim ogljem trenutno res najboljša izbira, vsaj kar zadeva naravno kozmetiko.

Čistilni gel za obraz Purifying Face Wash večinoma uporabljam za drugo čiščenje po odstranjevanju ličil ali pa zjutraj, preden začnem s svojo jutranjo nego. Kožo resnično dobro očisti, moram pa priznati, da je malenkost izsušujoč. Čez poletje mi bo to popolnoma ustrezalo, za jesen in zimo pa bo verjetno presuh. Enkrat na teden uporabim piling za obraz Deep Cleansing Face Scrub. Vsebuje drobne delce, ki nežno odstranijo suho kožo. Všeč mi je, ker ni tako grob do kože na obrazu – že tako imam nekaj težav, tako da se z veseljem izognem novim brazgotinam in draženju. Približno dvakrat na teden pa nanesem tudi masko za obraz Pore Cleansing Face Mask, ki je verjetno moj najljubši izdelek od vseh! Tako prijeten občutek naredi na obrazu, lepo se suši in po desetih minutah nič ne zateguje, kar me običajno moti pri glinenih maskah. To bom zagotovo ponovno kupila, ko jo porabim do konca!

Izjemno mi je všeč tudi gel za tuširanje Purifying Body Wash, saj se ne peni, kar je najboljši dokaz, da izdelek ne vsebuje umetnih sestavin za penjenje. Tudi najlepše diši od vseh – po zeliščih in klinčkih – tako da je nujen aromaterapevtski del mojega rituala za začetek napornega dneva. :)

Žal pa nisem najbolj navdušena nad šamponom in balzamom za lase Purifying Shampoo ter Purifying Conditioner. Prvi večer so sicer lasje zelo mehki in lepo dišijo, naslednji dan pa moje lasišče ponori in nanesti moram tono suhega šampona, da si sploh upam stopiti iz hiše. Ne, balzama nikoli ne nanašam na lasišče, tako da niti ni kriv za nastalo situacijo. Šamponu sem res dala veliko priložnosti in žal se pri meni ne obnese. Nekako imam občutek, da bi bil bolj ustrezal tistim z bolj suhim lasiščem. Midva se ne ujameva – in s tem ni nič narobe :) Verjetno ga bom skupaj z balzamom podarila kakšni prijateljici in upam, da bo katero bolj razveselil, kot je mene!

Venturing into high-end natural skincare

img_6496img_6455img_6440To me, Annemarie Börlind has always been a synonym for high quality cosmetics. I can still remember my mom having one of their face creams in my childhood and I was sure this brand is intended for grown-up women who have everything figured out. Funnily enough, I’ve been an adult for quite some time now but only managed to get my hands on two products from the Annemarie Börlind Combination Skin line this August. In recent year I’ve become much more aware about what type of products I use, particularly when it comes to skincare. For this reason I went for the Cleansing Gel and Light Day Essence as these are the products I use twice a day and really want them to do my skin good on the long term.

I can say without hesitation that these two items are the best skincare purchases I made so far. Their Cleansing Gel is a very gentle yet one of the most effective cleansing products in my skincare stash. It removes all impurities so nicely and leaves a gentle feeling without drying the skin out. I also used it on my summer holidays as a makeup remover and you wouldn’t believe how effectively it removed my waterproof mascara and foundation, even better than my micellar waters! I would never expect such a gentle product to be so effective, especially considering it is based on natural products, such as witch hazel and chamomile. There is no foaming involved, you just apply the gel on a damp face and rinse it off. And it has a divine fresh, natural scent, can I get a fragrance version, please?!

And don’t get me wrong, the Light Day Essence is not behind! This fluid really surprised me as it comes in a creamy form, not something I’m used with fluids. Nevertheless, the skin absorbs it quickly and it doesn’t leave any greasy residue, which makes it perfect as a makeup base. Some of its ingredients are sea algae extract, green tea and vitamin E as well as jojoba oil, all of which moisturize and protect the skin. I only need a small amount for my whole face and can already see both products will go a long way.

Although these products are on the pricier side, I do think they are worth the money as they give a completely different, more natural feeling on the skin. All in all, an amazing purchase and I will definitely check out other products from their Combination Skin line!

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