Blogging is hard. Also, my current skin care routine.

Man, blogging is hard. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about beauty products, but this is hard work. Especially if you haven’t done it in a while. And I feel guilty about not sticking with it.

I had fallen off trail a month ago because I started working again.

You see, in early October I was dismissed from my job and I panicked and started thinking about what should I do next. I started this blog. I did my best to post all month long in October and plan ahead and think how to go about it. But then at the end of October I had gotten my job back and I promised myself to keep blogging, keep writing posts after work and early in the morning before work.

But then I also started the new Imbold project and I wasn’t able to do everything well so I stopped blogging and it’s been bugging me with each day passing by and not posting.

So I feel guilty. I hope I can get over it and get through my list of posts that I’ve come up with until the end of the year. Balancing it all is hard.

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As I go through my morning and night ritual of cleansing and applying products I think in my head about them, what I like, what I don’t, I go about reviewing them in the back of my head, but then when it’s time to write it down, it doesn’t come as easily. Maybe I should YouTube about them, but I’m afraid to do it. It would be easier and faster, I’ll tell you that.

I clean my face morning and evening with a wash cloth. See here – Caroline Hirons.  She is the expert on all things related to skincare and her simple but effective blog is full of great tips, advice and recommendations on good skincare. Do yourself a favor and check her out.(this last quote is just something she would say – true connoisseurs would know what I mean)

In the morning I switch between these two I am currently using. I like the Vichy one a lot, I like the subtle smell, oily runny texture and I tend to use it more in the mornings and second as I take my makeup off, so I can really feel it on my skin, although I do think its good at taking off makeup, provided you use it twice, of course.

The second cleanser I use is the Amazing balm from Douglas. I  wouldn’t normally buy this, but back in October they had a sale on their entire Beauty system (I think they also have it right now) and I wanted to try something from the range, seeing as I needed a toner and a cleanser. The info paper that came with it says it can be used as a moisturiser, mask and a Sos balm, but I wouldn’t leave it on my face for long. It’s OK to rub it on and wipe it away but no more than that. I just don’t particularly like it, neither the scent or the texture. Luckily I’m running out soon.

I do not use the Vichy or the Douglas cleanser on my eyes, even if they say they are ophthalomogically – (I sure as hell checked the spelling on this one) tested. I just don’t like that oil/foam/water feeling in my eyes. Instead I use the classic Bioderma which I use exclusively to take off eye makeup and maybe a stained lip.

The Clean & Neat Calming toner from Douglas, I also do not like that much and haven’t used much as you can see. Again, it’s the scent mainly. And even though I chose the one with no alcohol I still do not feel it has much effect on my skin. I did however purchase an acid toner on sale for Black Friday weekend,which I will talk about soon, that I feel, as far as I’ve used it, isn’t completely useless.

Next up comes treatment – the La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR intense which I apply on my nose and cheeks and a bit on my forehead. It has bit of a scent to it. I think what may have caused my redness is my past love for coffee scrubs and no SPF knowledge. I just want my redness to go away and be able to wear blush and red lipstick because right now if I apply blush it’s like I went all over my face with it. Of course there’s always CC creams and concealer but why not try to heal my skin? I’m almost running out now and as far as I’ve used it it does seem that my redness is less visible/ my skin less aggravated. It takes time people.

The Aqualia Thermal Baume Eveil Regard is my first eye cream ever, I have to say, shamefully. I use it day and night dabbing it carefully and going in circles with it around the eyes. Also, I’ve recently came across this video about the fact that using micellar water on your eyes might cause the skin to dry out. It would make sense, so after removing my eye makeup I do rinse them with plain water. You know, just in case.

 

My Avene moisturizer is probably the first skin care product I have bought. I like the texture, the smell, the SPF, the price.

First ever, newly purchased face oil – L’Oreal Paris Nutri Gold Extraordinary. It may not be my most desired Clarins Huille de Lotus but for a budget face oil I like it. It’s 40 Ron right now at eMAG (that’s where I got it – I have not seen it anywhere else) and I love that it smells like an Italian garden. It says it contains 8 essential oils which sounds great to me. I use it in the evening to massage my face and also add it to my Avene moisturizer before applying foundation in the morning, just a couple of drops. It makes it smell heavenly. Plus it’s great for this harsh weather to have this extra layer to protect the skin.

Now, I know this is a budget skin care, but it’s the one I can afford now and I’m happy to have it.

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Vichy beauty kit giveaway

Acum doua saptamani am aflat de la Denisa, blogger la Fashion in my eyes printre altele, de oferta de la Vichy – cea cu kitul de mostre gratuit valabil in limita stocului disponibil in farmaciile partenere pana la 31 Octombrie.

 
Sunt 4 chituri diferite in functie de tipul de ten, Aqualia Thermal – pentru hidratare , Idealia – pentru iluminare, Liftactiv – pentru ridurile profunde si Neovadiol pentru tenul matur. Kit-urile contin si cate un voucher in valoare de 20 de lei care poate fi folosit in farmaciile partenere pentru achizitionarea unor produse de la Vichy – lista produselor se afla pe spatele voucherului.

 
Eu am aflat tarziu de aceasta promotie <poate si voi sunteti in aceeasi stuatie?>, dar am reusit sa gasesc un kit Idealia cu mostre pe care inca le folosesc momentan in ritualul meu de ingriire.

 
In kit am gasit o mostra de fond de ten pe care inca nu am apucat sa o folosesc, o mostra de crema pentru ochi Idealia, care deja nu mai exista din ziua 1, si doua mici mici mostre de crema Idealia. Crema e Ok, dar are un miros un pic prea puternic pentru mine, lucru care l-am constatat si in cazul balsamului pentru ochi Aqualia Thermal. This would be the downfall. Despre serumul hidratant de la Aqualia Thermal am auzit numai lucruri bune, ca isi face treaba si hidrateaza tenul iar pretul este unul mai mult decat ok pentru ceea ce ofera. Astept sa il incerc si pe el soon.

 
Desigur, am folosit acel voucher si am achizitionat balsamul pentru zona ochilor din gama Aqualia Thermal pentru ca imi doream de mult o crema pentru zona ochilor. Dupa multe cercetari pe internet – in principiu aplicatia eMAG, <nu stiu daca si voi procedati asa> am ajuns la concluzia ca utilizand voucherul , voi iesi cel mai ieftin, si anume pretul acestui balsam a fost in final 62.20 lei fata de 67.50 lei daca l-as fi achizitionat de la eMAG.
Good job.

 

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Two weeks ago, Denisa from Fashion in my eyes posted about the giveaway from Vichy – a beauty care kit with different samples – moisturizer, eye cream and foundation, available in selected drugstores until the 31st of October.

 
Aqualia Thermal – for deep moisturizing, Idealia – for a luminous skin, Liftactiv – for stubborn wrinkles and Neovadiol for mature skin were the four types of ranges provided in the giveaway. Each kit also comes with a 20 lei voucher to spend on other Vichy beauty care products.

 
I found out later on about this giveaway but it did not stop me and I managed to find my preferred kit, the Idealia one, which I still use to this day.
The day cream does its’ job, but I find it to have a strong scent, which I don’t like in skin care. The same thing I noticed about the eye balm from the Aqualia Thermal range, which I bought using my 20 lei voucher. In regards to the moisturizing serum from the Aqualia Thermal range I heard only great news as it has great reviews and people say it does what it promises, so I’m looking forward to trying that one out.
Using that voucher was convenient as I paid a good price for it, cheaper than eMAG, where I usually get all my products.
Good deal overall.