Review: pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

Review pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

So here’s another cult product that gets my seal of approval, the pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. After having run out of my Japanese komenuka rice bran oil, I went for this because I had heard great things about rosehip oil in general and this one in particular. For €22, the price was right, too!

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Review: Su:m37 Secret Programming Essence

summer beauty

Sceptics argue that additional skin care steps such as essences are just an industry scam intended to loosen the purse strings of willing, and above all gullible, consumers. But I absolutely don’t think so. Essences, in my experience, make the difference between good skin and good skin that’s also radiant and youthful.

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Summer 2016 favorites: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products

Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products

Among the things I wish I had known when I was younger, it’s how much of a difference well groomed brows make. The reality, however, is that the first time I plucked them I was a ripe seventeen. By eighteen I already managed to hideously overpluck them. Fortunately I quickly grew out of that phase (get it?). But the first time I actually thought of filling them in I was 26!

And I wasn’t good at it either. Heck, I haven’t consistently mastered filling in my brows until today! All the while, I’ve accumulated a couple of different brow products over time: Brow pencils, notably the slanted and retractable Etude House Drawing Eye Brow pencil (love it for its convenience) and the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil (too soft and waxy, so I always burnt through these within weeks). Then brow powder, such as the Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set (really not bad!), and gel, like the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up or the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. But this year Douglas (= kind of the less cool German equivalent to Sephora) began stocking Anastasia Beverly Hills, and I had to try it!

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Review: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic Cleansing Balm

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm-3
I love cleansing balms for their convenience and efficacy. But this one won’t make it into my standard routine. Here’s why.

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Review: Paula’s Choice vs. COSRX BHA

BHA exfoliant

Finally! It took me more than a whopping whole year, but two weeks ago or so I finally used up Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant. Not that I wanted to end it with the gel ASAP. In fact, I’ve come to rely on it so much I did not dare to ditch it before it was empty. But I was eager to finally try the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, too. Now that I have, let’s compare the two products Continue reading “Review: Paula’s Choice vs. COSRX BHA”

Review: The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

cleansing balm

One of the keys to clear skin is double-cleansing, and the key to double-cleansing are products that are gentle but really work. Here is one such product recommended for almost all skin types.

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So what’s the deal with cotton pads?!

cotton pads

Life is all about the small things. Cotton pads, for example. Learn below what a difference the right cotton pads can do for your skin care routine.

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Review: Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule

korean beauty, scinic aqua all in one ampoule,

I love Korean skin care products for their focus on effectiveness paired with plenty of antioxidative plant extracts. Anywhere else in the world, ingredients such as Green tea extract or Vitamin E in a product would be highlighted as main selling point. But in South Korea antioxidants and skin care power ingredients such as these are the standard.

Just take the Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule I got in Seoul.

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Review: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Foam Cleanser

Japanese beauty, Hada Labo foam cleanser,

As hinted at before here, I have a new favorite foam cleanser, the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Foam Cleanser. Before our trip to Seoul/Tokyo, I had been very happy with my tried and trusted SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser. But from the very first moment, I was swayed by the newcomer. Let’s look into the reasons why.

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Skin care for the oily, acne-prone

oily acne prone solution

Without exception all my cleansers are from Japan, my various essences, serums and ampoules from South Korea, and my make up from the USA. So no, I am not a terribly huge fan of German beauty. Nor does the market so far seem in any way inclined to change this. Because would you rather make do with basic and utterly boring formulations, or go the so-called “natural” path loaded with alcohol and fragrance? Ideally, you should content yourself with neither. So looking for greener pastures overseas it is!

One product hailing directly from our pragmatic, no frills Germany, however, does have a firm place in my skin care routine and will maybe forever: the Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel, or Sebamed  Unreine Haut Pflege Gel in German.

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Summer must have: MAC Fix+ spray

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If you’re into full on make up with foundation, setting powder, and a setting spray on top, then you’re likely familiar with the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ finishing spray. If you’re not, MAC lets you know that Fix+ is “a lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup.”

Due to its place within the Prep + Prime range and the “finishes makeup” part of its description, MAC Fix+ is commonly believed to “lock in” make up and prolong its wear. But as pointed out in a blog post on recently, it’s not actually a setting product at all.

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Summer scents: Inscentives for summer – and beyond

Kiehl's Nashi Blossom, Pink Grapefruit, Eau de Toilette

Fragrances are magical, because it’s like they leave invisible imprints on our brains. One day you sniff a certain scent again and boom! Suddenly you recall vague, long-forgotten memories from the depths of your unconsciousness – it’s crazy!

So signature scents are a thing. People can and will remember you by how you smell, but you can actually take influence on that.

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Review: Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

It’s no secret that the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence was initially marketed as a SK-II Facial Treatment Essence dupe. But Missha’s own version has so much going on for itself, I don’t think it needs to hide behind the original. In fact, here is why I think that the Missha essence is the far better deal in comparison.

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Clearer, glowing skin with Liquid Gold


Dull, lackluster complexion? The reason could be a layer of dead skin cells, residue and other debris on top of your skin’s surface right now. A bit gross, right? That’s why exfoliation is so important. Sloughs off dead skin cells, old dust and dirt as well as sebum, oils and product build-up. This leaves the skin not only glowing again, but clearer and younger looking.

While there are a lot of different ways to exfoliate your skin, today let’s talk my personal star product, Liquid Gold by Alpha-H!

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Are these the perfect sunscreens for the face?

face sunscreen biore,

OK, so you don’t necessarily need mineral water spray or slather your face with $200 yeast! Just never forget one thing, please, and that’s proper sun protection. Rain or shine, sun protection is the mother of all preventive measures against basically all signs of premature aging in our skin, particularly wrinkles and age spots. But also, it shields our skin from harmful UV rays and thus lowers the risk of skin cancer. So, younger, better looking skin and a disease-free prolonged life?

You had me at ‘better looking’.

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Review: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I talked about the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence in a past post, and promised I would do a review on it soon. Before I do so, however, I thought I share this with you first: an indirect review of the original, the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence!

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