My interest in make-up is almost non-existent. Sure, I use it and I know a little bit about it, but it stops right about there. I like using make-up to ~enhance my features~ (hey, a girl’s gotta try) and to not scare the little children, but I only own two small eyeshadow pallets (five colours in total, all in earthy tones) a mascara, eyeliner, bronzer and eyebrow pencil. One of each. I just don’t like spending money on make-up, I don’t care for it that much.
Skincare and haircare is something else though. Not that I’m a big spender in that department (hey, a student’s gotta eat), but I do care for it a little bit more. Having great hair doesn’t suddenly make me a better person, nor does a glowy skin mean I’m a great person to hang out with, but I sure as hell will be nicer to look at. Taking care of those things seems just a very natural thing to do.
From the age of 12 to around 16 I had, like most teenagers (apart from the lucky few), a bad skin. A lot of acne on my face and on my back. It was awful, no matter what I did, nothing helped. Luckily I got rid of it (yay for birth-control) and because I know how much of an effect such a thing can have on your life, I even more appreciate the (almost) clear skin I have now. What I mean to say is this: if you see someone with a skin problem, this does not automatically mean they do not take good care of themselves. DUH! But yes, it has to be said. And for the few who are struggling with it now: hang in there. And: you’re beautiful :-)
Anyway *clears throat*, let’s move away from the TED talk, ontoooo my favorite skin and hair stuff. I like trading tips in this area, the more based on personal experience the better, so that’s why I wanted to share this with you today. If you have any tips yourself, please leave them in the comments!
1. Gliss Kur – Hair Repair Every Day Oil Elixer
This is probably the third flacon I bought of this stuff, not because you go through it that quickly, but because I realllly love it and use it almost everyday. One flacon lasts you probably 6-9 months, depending on the length of your hair. I like using it after washing my hair. One drop goes a long way and prevents my hair from getting frizzy and makes it look all shiny. Great stuff!
2. Lancaster Sun Beauty Care – SPF30 (face)
SPF is incredibly important to protect your skin from (too much) sun. This one has SPF30 and the price is about that number as well (29 euros), which is crazy for SPF (at least I think so), but is also the only one which doesn’t cause me to break out all over my face. So yes, great investment. Next time I’ll probably go for SPF50.
3. Avocado Oil & Walnut Exfoliating Mask by Face Food
I should probably do this more often: use a face mask. I ALWAYS forget about that stuff, even though I really enjoy using them. Nothing better than a hot bath, a face mask and a new episode of whatever is on that day (yes, I should probably put on an Enya cd and de-stress during my baths, but I’m way too hyper to just DO NOTHING). This one from Face Food feels very rich and makes your skin super soft. I don’t like eating avocado, but on mah face, well yes siree. Bring it on.
4. Jacob Hooy – Vitamine E-crème
As a daycream I like to use Clinique (see point 8), but as a nightcream this one is currently my favorite. It’s very rich and perfect for my dry skin. It’s too heavy for during the day (although sometimes I do use a tiny bit on my forehead and cheeks during winter or when I need to hydrate), which makes it perfect for during the night. And it’s cheap! Yay!
5. Himalaya Herbals Apricot srub
This apricot scrub smells great and does the job. You have to be careful, because it has large grains and you don’t want to harm your face. Therefore I would probably not use this everyday if I were you. Once a week and you’re good to go.
6. Gliss Kur Hair Repair Satin Relax Balsemspray
After washing my hair and before using my serum, I usually spray some of this in my hair. It makes it easier to comb through (NEVER comb while you hair is still wet though! Wait till it’s dry) and works against the frizzzz. Cheap, smells great and does the trick.
7. Estee Lauder Daywear Sheer tint release (SPF 15)
Two years ago this was my go-to product. My skin was acting up and I needed a little more coverage, but I LOATHE using foundation. Instead I went looking for a daycream with a colour. This was before the whole BB and CC cream craze, but there were already some daycreams on the market with a little colour in them. This one from Estee Lauder was a great find. Again, a little more expensive and you can probably find a better BB of CC cream on the market right now, but if you want to spend a little more… this is it. It smells great, gives you a little tint, has SPF in it and hydrates your skin.
8. Clinique face wash + daycream for dry skin
I read a lot of bad reviews about the 3 Step program by Clinique, about how it made people break out or get really dry patches. But I really love it! It works wonders for me. Ever since I began using this my face feels clean, clear and in general just looks better. At least I think so. I love how the daycream gets absorbed almost immediately by your skin and how the face wash doesn’t make your face feel “squeaky”. When I was at a workshop at Clinique headquarters with annemerel.com (1,5 years ago already, wow) they gifted us the whole 3 step program. It lasted me a year and after that I bought some myself. It is expensive, yes, but for me well worth the pay.
9. Clinique tonic
If I had to choose my all time favorite skincare product, THIS would be it. This face tonic is step 2 of the 3 step program, which means that you use it after the face wash. It makes my skin feel fresh and clean. It also makes my skin feel smoother. Whenever I forget to use this a few days I notice it immediately. It really makes a difference in my skin and that is well worth the money. Like I said above: some people have a bad experience with Clinique products, so that’s why I advice you to try it out first. It would be a shame if you bought a full-size and your skin reacts badly to it. Go for small size first! Or better yet: go to your local drugstore and ask for some samples.
10. Dove Pro-Age eyecream
The skin around my eyes is very dry and if I don’t use a cream I notice it immediatly. This one from dove is (relatively) cheap, hydrates and also has a pearlescent finish, which really opens up your eyes. Just be careful with using it allll around you eyes, because the shine can get a little crazy. I once made the mistake of rubbing it too far down my cheeks (“wellll why not, it hydrates and I have a bit left”). Turns out I looked like a clown with very pearlescent cheeks.
11. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîce
No skin or hair cair, but I already had included it in the picture and didn’t felt like photoshopping, hehe. For ages I wore Burberry Brit, but last year I felt like a change and I used a gift-card to buy this one. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîce. Expensive like hell, but it’s SO DELICIOUS. Unfortunately I used my last bit this morning :-(
From this list are excluded: my shampoo, because I’m in between shampoos right now and I still haven’t decided if I really like my current one (Dove intense repair) (I can’t believe I’m actually talking about shampooo on my blog) & my make-up remover cloths (they change every month) & my deoderant, because it’s boring and I don’t really have a favorite. Oh, and my boring bodylotion from Nivea.
Ok, now it’s your turn.
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