Empties of December 2020

Beauty, Make-up, Skincare
This was skincare finished in December 2020, I share my findings.
Empties December 2020

Hi Guys, I’m so late describing my empties of December 2020! I also have a lot of products which come back several times during the year! Like the Pixi Glow Tonic, or Good Molecules Niacinamide toner or the Speak Deo. If you don’t mind, please find my reviews on this blog!

You can probably guess, that if I keep restocking a product I must like it!

I would love to talk about the ones that are first empties!

Bamboology, Sakura Cleansing Balm

This is from a Spanish concern, named NicheBeautyLab. They produce skincare for other famous brands but they now release skincare themselves too at an economical price tag! I got this offered together with some other products of this line!

We loved the cleansing balm. It felt nice on the skin, it melted good it emoliated good and it also removed make-up very well! The scent was lovely and not overwhelming, which is nice too! Our skin didn’t feel stripped, we enjoyed it very much! It’s a pitty it’s finished!

Brave New Hair, Keratin hair mask

This is a hair mask without dimethicone, nor other silicones. I got it in a Blissim description box last year. I really enjoyed this mask! It felt good for my hair! I could compare it too Briogeo conditioner No Frizz and Lush conditioner Candy Rain exept for the scent which isn’t that remarkable. Not that I did not like it, but it is more to the neutral side. This is a real good mask for real dry hair!

Paula’s Choice, Resist Anti-Aging Repairing Toner

I so enjoyed this toner! It contains peptides and resveratrol . Resveratrol is more a protector against environment than an anti-wrinkle agent as retinol. But I like to use a lot of anti-oxidants, so this was really ok!
I never experienced dryness using this toner and I never experienced any pilling. This was a good toner, I noticed switching to others what a difference in hydration a toner can make!

A. FLorence Skin Rehab Light

I ordered this in a bottle, I should have ordered it in a tube and I will next time! Actually this was my skin savior the latest months of cold! It’s key ingredients are Beta Glucan, Centella and Ceramides. I used it mainly because of the Ceramides, which I experienced to be needing at this age of 50y. This moisturizer doesn’t feel really creamy or so and took a little to absorb, but really fed my skin! No layer, just plump skin! Can’t describe it in any other way! My skin could feel dry, itchy, normal, tight, greasy, red or irritated, once finishing my routine with Rehab it felt great! Redness of course didn’t disappear in a hocus pocus, but I didn’t feel the irritation any more! It could calm any nasty skin irritation! Therefor I loved it! I bought it in summertime, therefor choose the light version, but I didn’t use it as much in summertime. It’s over 6 months old and it doesn’t come out of the bottle any more with the pump! Therefor I need to get rid of it! Hope to see it back soon! Next time, tube packaging!

Flow, Bilberry Moisture Cream

I loved this moisturizer too! It’s full of antioxidants and it helps with oily skin! I adored it in summertime and finished it the last months when my skin felt a little oily. It’s a lightweight cream with a beautiful light yellow colour. I’m now needing a more specific anti-aging cream ideally with anti-oxidants, ceramides and peptides. Still looking for the perfect one! The downside of this cream is the glass bottle with pump. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m totally about sustainability! But being able to use each product to the end is also sustainable. I don’t know about alternatives, but I think I prefer a glass container to both of these pump systems! Anyway the product itself is marvellous! If you have oily skin and want to protect your skin, you could be very good with this one! If you matter, it does contain essential oils, which I adored!

If you see a product and want to know about it, please comment below!

xoxo Ilse

How to treat fungal acne?

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I’m no dermatologist, neither a certified skin specialist! But I have treated my two daughters with different types of acne! I wanted to share how I helped them!⁠

  1. Start to double cleanse, use a balmcleanser followed by a mild non foaming cleanser.⁠
  2. Toner: ⁠
    3X/week AHA tonic she uses Glow Tonic @pixibeauty , the other days she uses a Niacinamide toner @goodmolecules ⁠
  3. Treat:⁠
    AM: Mandelic Acid: this helped to fade out the redness remaining after healing the bumps (start slowly and build up, but don’t use it everyday! ) She uses The Ordinary.⁠
    Niacinamide 10 % serum TO, it contains zinc and this is antiseptical, it helps the healing process.⁠
    Vitamin C Serum: you can use any good serum, in the picture you see Truth Serum from @olehenriksen⁠
    PM: BHA 2% Lotion Exfoliant, use this consistantly! It helps healing and treating the lower skinlayers, which is good for blackheads and lower lying bumps.⁠
  4. Moisture: use a light moisturizer (don’t forget your SPF in AM)⁠
  5. Zinc treatment, Wade used Violet Paste from @plenaire_offical night treatment. It contains zinc and Niacinamide and proved to be very helpful using it consistantly!⁠
  6. Sleep on a clean cussion!⁠
  7. Eat healthy and as much fresh vegetables and fruit as possible!
  8. Drink water, move and sleep enough.

Hope I can help you with this advice! But remember you know your skin best!

xoxo Ilse

The Coral Palette Natasha Denona https://www.natashadenona.com/coral_palette

I’ve chosen for the Coral Palette. I’m not going to say anything about the quality of these eye shades! There are no words that can even describe how beautiful they are! Look at the swatches on the second picture! Their staying power is enormous!⁠

Cleansers I’m testing at the moment:⁠
@huangjisoo_official :⁠
Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser :: Moisturizing (R)⁠
Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil (L)⁠
@indie_lee Rosehip Cleanser⁠
@nuxebelgium Face Cleansing gel, Make-up remover Rêve de Miel⁠

*non affiliated links

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I often get asked what to do #𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿30 to treat your skin so that it will remain in good condition while growing older.
Part from specific conditions as acneprone skin or excema which ask purposed treatment, the main goal is to keep your skin hydrated, moistured and balanced.
It’s really important if you want beautiful skin to eat healthy! This doesn’t mean you can’t drink or you can’t treat yourself a McFlurry! It means paying attention to the food you eat on a daily basis and drink enough water!
There’s a lot to say about food, but I’ll keep it short. If there is one thing I really care for is that I eat enough food with anti-oxidants and drink water. So a standard ingredient of my breakfast are blueberries which are loaded with antioxidants!
Back to our skin!
H𝘺𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 with for instance Hyaluronic Acid and M𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 or lock in with products using an oil, a regular #moisturizer is ok.
Products containing caffeine help a lo t in D𝘦𝘱𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘨. Our head can be a little puffed when our lymfatic system isn’t functioning optimal, a gua sha massage can help but also the ingredient caffeine. Caffeine helps to get rid of puffines in general.
Don’t go to hard on actives – when it isn’t necessary – and accentuate on S𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨. Do think about peptides and ceramides as ingredients to 𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘮𝘱 that skin!
“A𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘹𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 are the superheroes in this scenario. They both reverse and prevent free radical damage (this includes things like premature aging, inflammation, and hyperpigmentation). So basically, if you don’t have any A𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘹𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘵 skincare products in your beauty routine, your skin is at the mercy of free radicals.” (#byrdie) Most known antioxidants are Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Resveratrol, Vitamin E, Retinol (Vitamin A), Coenzyme Q10, Polyphenols… I basically stick to vitamin C and Niacinamide.
One important thing to do is nourish those lashes! They reduce significantly when you get older! So in the evening before you go to bed, use a lash product to give them some nourishment!
Please pop your questions below and have a lovely start of the week! 😘

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