My skincare favorites

It’s been a hot minute since I posted about skincare but since I always get questions on my instagram stories when I show a new product, I thought it was time for an updated version. These are the products I am currently loving:

Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner

I have combination skin. My T-Zone gets oily very easily . This toner makes my skin feel cleaner, it minimizes my pores (around my nose) and also helps dry up any breakouts.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

I’m 35 years old and I started using it for wrinkle prevention. I am on my third bottle now. This anti-aging serum absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling smooth and radiant. It is more on the pricier side but a few drops go a long way. Since I’ve been using this, I wear a lighter foundation.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate

I use this when my skin is acting up or when I’m stressed since I can see it on my skin (hello 12-hour shoot days). This helps restore hydration & gets rid of irritation and redness. 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This is a hydrating serum. I especially love using this during the colder months when my skin gets extra dry. The texture is a bit sticky but if you apply other products afterwards, it goes away. What I also like about The Ordinary, is that most of their products are very affordable (usually under €10). 

Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask

I love this lip mask. I actually use it also in the morning. It also has hyaluronic acid which helps lock in the moisture. It leaves my lips super soft. I have the original one in Berry flavor.

Biologique Recherche Serum Placenta

I was very intrigued about this brand. I had read good reviews online but wasn’t able to find any website that would deliver to the NL. After some research I found that the salon Rob Peetoom in Haarlem is an official retailer so I went there to buy it. This is a repairing serum. The active ingredient is hydrolyzed placental protein from pigs. It reconstructs damaged skin, reduces pigmentation, lightens dark circles & calms acne breakouts. I’ve been using this for 2 months now. I use it day and night as a spot treatment. I’ve noticed a very slight improvement on my dark circles, nothing mayor. Where I have noticed the most improvement is when I have a breakout. It helps it heal faster. It reduces inflammation and lightens the dark spots that are left afterwards. They don’t use perfums, so the smell is not the nicest but I don’t mind it. It absorbs very quickly and the products that I use afterwards mask the smell.  

Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil

This oil hydrates your skin. It has Vitamin A and E, and botanical oils. Their website recommends it for treating scars, dermatitis, acne, dry skin and eczema. It leaves my skin super soft and it has helped me with my eczema. Luckily I don’t get it often but this helped sooth it. I use it on my face, neck, hands (especially on my cuticles) and on my feet. I sometimes also use it on the rest of my body. This oil is plant-based and cruelty free.

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré

This is a great moisturizer. I especially love using it during the winter months. During a shoot a few years ago, we had a make-up artist touching up my hands for some shots. She was French and used this cream on my hands before applying make-up. She told me it was an staple in her kit. I went right ahead and bought it afterwards.  

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops

I’ve been using this for two weeks so it is more of a first impression. But so far, I am pleasantly surprised. I’ve been curious about self-tanning for years but I’ve always been a bit scared of it. Since I didn’t want to turn into an orange mess. I got the dark version since I can take a deeper tan. I only wanted it to use on my face. My body is currently darker than my face, since I try to protect my face more when I’m in the sun.

I’ve used it gradually, mixing a few drops with my Embryolisse cream at night after all my skincare. I put the cream and the drops in the palm of my hand, and mix it for a good 30 seconds. Then apply it all over my face, neck (also the back) and ears. You can customise your tan, as you can go from 1 to up to 12 drops per time.  I started with 3 drops the first day and then 2 drops on the next. I wanted to build it up gradually. I ended up using a total of 8 drops in 4 consecutive days till I got the tan I wanted. It gives a nice natural tan. It was easy to mix and it didn’t leave me with stained hands. 

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My May Beauty Favorites

It’s time for another beauty favorites. First up is the Three Part Harmony soft cream by Origins. I discovered Origins last year and what I like about them is that they use a lot of natural ingredients. This lightweight cream helps produce natural collagen to help repair the skin. I’ve been using it morning and night for a couple of weeks already and my skin feels more toned and moisturized. I also love the slight citrus smell that it has.

I also tried Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks. It was my first time trying on a sheet mask and I liked the results. They left my skin feeling very soft. Pieter was just not a big fan of how I looked while wearing it 🙂 and my cats were also quite curious of how I looked.

I’ve added some new Smashbox items to my makeup routine. I tried the Photo Finish Primer Oil and loved it. I just apply two drops on my face and it is quickly absorbed. It leaves you with a dewy skin and of course it allows your makeup to stay put. It has lavender oil which makes it smell amazing. In combination with the primer oil, I’ve also been using Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation. It glides on easily and gives you a nice medium coverage, but you can always build it up a bit more. I liked that it didn’t clog my pores and it does last the whole day.

Another favorite is the Smashbox Full exposure Eye Shadow Palette. I tend to always go for neutral colors when it comes to eye shadows and that’s why I love this palette. I especially love the golden colors. They have high pigmentation so you don’t need a lot.

Last but not least is Glamglow’s ThirstyMud hydrating mask. It has a sort of caramel smell. I leave it on my face overnight and I wake up with ultra-soft and hydrated skin.

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My March Beauty Favorites

This is a new section where I will be sharing my current beauty/skincare favorites. I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I was a teenager. I love experimenting with it. When I still lived with my parents, I would do my mom’s makeup when she would go out. But it is only since last year that I actually have a skincare routine. I wish I would have started in my early 20s but better late than never.

First up is Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil. I’ve been following Negin Mirsalehi on Instagram for a few years now and I’ve always loved her hair. So when she created her own hair-care line I was very curious. Honey is known for having a lot of health benefits so why not try it in a hair product? What I usually do is apply the serum on my wet hair, let it air dry and then apply a little bit again after styling it. It leaves my hair soft without weighting it down. And after styling, it helps with flyaways. I just use a few drops which I warm up in between my hands. It doesn’t leave my hands (or hair) feeling greasy and it smells incredible!

Another one of my favorites happens to also have honey. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is made with red ginseng root and Manuka honey. This type of honey from New Zealand is known for having high antibacterial properties. This cream is very thick so a little bit goes a long way. It is absorbed quickly and it leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturized.

A new favorite also from Kiehl’s is the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. This lavender scented oil does the trick for removing all my makeup. I have combination skin and this hasn’t made me break out.

Smashbox is one of my favorite makeup brands. I’ve been using their photo finish primer for years. Even when I used to work in a professional kitchen, it would keep my makeup put in all that heat. I use this Primer Water as a setting spray when I have long days and I don’t have time to retouch my makeup. It absorbs very quickly and also keeps my skin hydrated.

Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain by Benefit is an oldie but goodie. I used to use it a lot and I don’t even remember why I forgot to buy it again. I’ve started using it again and I love it. It has the right amount of color to brighten up my face, especially on days where I’m too lazy to put on lipstick.

Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment by GlamGlow is a lip scrub that fizzes once it gets in contact with water. It smells amazing and helps me keep my lips soft.

Ka-Brow from Benefit is a cream-gel for your eyebrows. I love it because I have very thin eyebrows. It’s great at filling them in and making them look thicker.

And last but not least is the Yves Saint Lauren Vernis À Lèvres Vinyl Cream. I have the 401 color which is a beautiful red. It is very easy to apply and has high pigmentation. It stays put without drying my lips and since this one is a cool red, it makes my teeth look whiter.

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