In this week’s episode of “My Love Affair with Beauty Products” I’ll review a handful of my daily products that I use and adore. I would make this one long post but to be honest I love too many products and it would end up being longer than War & Peace. So I’ll keep it short and sweet and weekly.
Bioderma Micellar Water
Cleansing waters have become a staple to many women’s regimen the last several years after the French made them popular due to the harsh waters in Paris. French women also rinse their hair with Evian. I might try that this week too…Micellar cleansers are a no-rinse formula that are designed to be swept away with a cotton pad rather than rinsed off, they use tiny micelle particles to draw make-up (including waterproof mascara), sebum and impurities from the skin. I started using Bioderma a year ago and since then I’ve had the clearest and acne free skin in my life. I use about 2 cotton pads in the morning and between 4-5 at night depending on how much make-up I’m wearing. It has a light scent, no harsh scrubbing is necessary for a good cleanse, and it’s simple and straightforward for lazy girls like me. Swipe, swipe and done. And inexpensive too! A large bottle (569 kc or $23) will last me about 5 months.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 15
This eye cream is such a luxury at night. I love how thick and creamy it feels and in the morning my eyes are plump and hydrated even if I drank a whole bottle of wine the night before. I’m not so much concerned with the SPF 15 since I only wear it at night but I’m all about anything anti-aging right now. It’s pumped full of botanicals to reduce the look of wrinkles (it won’t get rid of them, get Botox for that!) but it will help smooth out crows feet and give your eyes a boost if your skin is dry. The instructions say to use it during the day but it’s my night cream because of how thick it is. I slather it on pretty heavy before bed right before I say my prayers to the wrinkle gods.
Sephora Pearl Brightening Eye Masks
These little gems will change your life. Especially after a weekend of too much wine and not enough sleep. They’re a little slimy when pulling them out of the package but once you get them set under your eyes then they’ll stay put. Just 15 minutes and after you peel them off make sure you rub in all the left over serum and bam, mind blown.
Laila London Marula Facial Oil
Since moving to Prague and now living through my second winter here I’ve seriously had to change up my winter skincare routine. Eastern Europe is no joke compared to Midwest winters. It’s almost a part-time job staying moisturized all day. In the morning after I cleanse my face and apply vitamin C serum I started using a marula oil with jojoba and rosehip oil extracts. Marula oil is becoming the new “It” oil (sorry Argan!) and I’m completely in love with it. I used Josie Maran’s argan oil years ago when I was living in the states but over the years I moved back to other creams and potions to moisturize. I tend to get oily on my nose and forehead and was breaking out a lot when I was using argan oil but I have since cut dairy and sugar from my diet and breakouts are nixed now. So after reading articles on the new skincare trends for 2016 I decided to go back to oil again, we’re a couple again. The Laila London Marula Facial Oil contains Marula Oil, Argan, Grapeseed, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba, Apricot Oil, Rosehip, Vitamin E, Carrot Seed Oil, Rose, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Lemon, Myrrh and combined they are a powerhouse of antioxidants, cell renewal and collagen production. I only need about 1 pump in the morning and feel moisturized all day, it has a very light scent, after only using it for 5 weeks I notice a huge difference in my complexion. Usually in the winter I get ruddy cheeks and I haven’t even needed to use foundation. 5 stars in my book.
Sano Naturals Vitamin C Serum w/Hyaluronic Acid 20%
This is by far the number one product that I can attribute my fabulous skin to, I should really buy stock in the company too..I did a lot of research this last summer about skincare in your 30’s, preventative anti-aging etc etc., and I kept reading about vitamin C serum and hyaluronic acid in nearly every article. Sano Naturals has one of the best natural and affordable products on the market. I’ve been using daily for 7 months and the results are phenomenal. My complexion is smooth and clear, breakouts non-existent and my dermatologist told me last week I have great skin. Coming from a Czech doctor, that’s the highest compliment ever! I only use this in the morning, after cleanser and before moisturizer, also on my neck and décolletage, I’ll be damned if I put in all this work on my face and end up with a turkey neck and old lady décolletage. I go through about a bottle every 3-4 months but it’s $11.00 so you won’t break the bank at all.
Most of these products I have to buy on Amazon because they’re not here in the Czech Republic so below are the links I use: