Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts

Sunday, 10 May 2015

All you need to know about hyperpigmentation

I have had hyperpigmentation since my late twenties. It all started with a tiny patch between by brows that has been getting larger and more noticeable over the years. To most people it is not noticeable, but it is the first thing I see when I look at myself in the mirror or in photos, and it makes me very self conscious.

Over the course of the past decade I have tried to find all the information I could about it, as well as tried a long list of products that claim will reduce the discoloration. The problem I have found is that the information out there is either incredibly scientific or marketing led. You are often bamboozled with names of ingredients, with some sites telling you they will help and others telling you they can have terrible side effects. Otherwise, big brands are trying to tell you their latest serum that targets dark spots and will even out your skin tone. However, I haven't found a place that explains the basics in simple terms and has unbiased advice about products, so a few months ago I set out to write a blog post that did exactly that.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The beauty products I am currently lusting after

Since this year started I've really tried to be very frugal and stopped myself many times before buying new products. However, I am running out of a few things at the moment and I have a trip home coming up, which means a couple of hours at the airport and being able to buy cheaper beauty products. These 4 are top of my shopping list!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Glowing skin in winter

I can't wait for spring! It's been so gloomy lately that I can't remember when was the last time I felt the warmth of the sun. All this cold air, rain and central heating have not done my skin any favours and they've turned it rather dull, so I have made it my mission to fight the elements and have some glow this winter. This is my double plan of attack.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January favourites

January is the month of the year when most of us try to be our best selves - go to the gym, start running, meditate, drink 2 litres of water, eat more greens, and quite often stick to our skincare routine. It is a fresh start, a clean slate.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Sephora Micellar Water review

Micellar waters are the lazy girl's best friend, which is one of the reasons why they have become staples of many beauty routines. They are as easy and quick to use as cleansing wipes, but they don't have the bad reputation of the latter.

A few years ago I did a stint as a skincare buyer for a department store and learned an awful lot about how our skin works and what is important to take good care of it. Above everything, I learned that cleansing is the single most important thing you can do. Yet, I still went to bed with a full face of make up at least three times a week (I am blushing admitting that!). Now I am in my mid thirties I have definitely seen the benefits of having a beauty routine, but for me to stick to it, it needs to be simple. And allow me a few shortcuts. Micellar waters are one of them.

We all know what is the world's micellar water extraordinaire. Make up artists swear by the magical powers of Bioderma, effective enough to get rid of waterproof mascara yet very gentle on the most sensitive of skins. However, whenever there is a product that everyone covets, the rest of the brands in the beauty world aren't too far behind coming up with their own versions. The shelves at the chemists (or drugstore) are full of them, from La Roche Posay and Avene (great for sensitive skin, but not so great with eye make up) to L'Oreal and Garnier (I really had a problem with the scent of L'Oreal's water).

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

What's in my beauty bag - Travel edition

It is Christmas and I am back in my native Spain for a week to spend the holiday season with my family and friends. These trips are what my friends in the UK call a holiday, and in reality they are a balancing act of a very busy schedule seeing all my relatives (and it is a BIG family) and finding some time to unwind and recharge the batteries. The truth is that although this isn't a holiday like going away to the Caribbean, there is nothing like walking into your family home to make you feel like a child again, in the best way possible.

I like to pack as light as possible, and as an ex-pat, the numerous trips back home have turned me into a pro when it comes down to packing. Having said that, I always struggle to trim down the contents of my beauty bag. I like to have a little bit of variety and to bring a couple of treats. Here is what I brought with me this time:

If you had a few masks and a sunscreen this is what I use at home. I try to save travel sizes, especially moisturisers, but this time I only had one lying around.

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