Friday, September 20, 2013

Introducing skincare

Hey, guys!

I've been on a pretty flexible schedule lately, which has allowed me to put posts out on regular basis, I've been really enjoying that and I hope you appreciate that too, because I'm going to try to keep it up when my routine packs full a couple of weeks from now. I have multiple posts in mind and I hope you'll enjoy seeing my hauls, outfits, makeup bits, updates, posts regarding confidence, food & fitness and many others, so stick around :)

I was a little hesitant about putting this post out at first, because I'm really not that into skincare and haven't ever been. Until now I've been living by "less is more" and apart from the absolute musts I haven't done anything excessive at all. I feel it's worked out fine for me and my big sisters and my mom still get by perfectly just by doing the simple necessities, but I also feel like 22 is a good age to start focusing on my skincare a bit more - adding a few extra steps, such as an eye cream and changing up some of my products for a higher quality ones.

But this is where I have to start at, this is what I look like now, this is what I do. Hope you'll enjoy and let's begin!

This was a pretty fun picture for me to see side by side. There's an exact 5 year difference between these two girls. See, what a Latvian summer looks like in comparison to a Danish one - my skin is tanned, my hair is sun lightened vs having darker hair and a paler face. You can also see what 5 years in front of a computer means, finishing a bachelor and waitressing night shifts at a bar for three years looks like (dark circles, anyone?). Some red areas have appeared, but that might also be because I'm paler, so it's more visible. All in all I think my 17 year old self and my 22 year old self still feels pretty okay with her bare face and rocks that 5 days out of the week usually. If it weren't for my dark circles, I don't think I'd bother too much with makeup anyway. I really would love to have those improve. But there doesn't seem to be water enough in the world for me to drink or sleep enough I could get to make them go away. Someday, maybe.

I've always had dry skin. Wanna know, how I know? When I was little, I loved water (still do) - I loved baths and showers and lakes and the sea and pools and... okay, you got it. And every time after I got out of the water I could feel my skin drying up, sort of... shrinking even! The hour long drive from the seaside home became the longest ride ever, if I (my mom, lets be honest) had forgotten to pack the good old Nivea. I remember the instantly calming feeling it gave me, when I finally put it on. Since then, I haven't stopped moisturizing and I haven't stopped using Nivea. It's brilliant. It's so rich and thick and soft and gentle and yes, I love it.

When I started using makeup, I started using makeup removers and face washes and now I feel like I have a very simple, very easy routine (with room for improvements).

I don't have (or used to not have) problematic skin. I get the occasional breakout, no doubt, but nothing major. In the past few months, though I've been having SOMETHING on my skin at all times. Just that one, red, annoying spot on my chin, above my lip, on my forehead... just one at all times somewhere. So I've been focusing on washing my face diligently and regularly and it has seemed to help.
When I get up in the mornings, I wash my face with a splash of cold water. It seems to wake me up and give my skin a bit of a pick me up. After that I use a cotton pad with the brilliant Bioderma cleansing water and pat my face dry gently with a towel. Then I'll put on the Nivea soft on days I don't wear makeup and on days I will - I'll use the Nivea makeup starter, which works as a light moisturizer and a primer for me. The Nivea Soft is way too thick to be worn under makeup, I've found it doesn't last at all and slides all over the place. The Nivea makeup starter works fine, but I think I'll invest in a good, yet light day cream instead. (Feel free to leave me your recommendations down below, I'd love to hear them!) And of course, I have to use a lip balm, otherwise my lips get very dry. At the moment I'm using the Oriflame tender care, which I got from my mom. It's light, but very soft and buttery and lasts a long time.
As for my body, I use the Nivea Express Moisturizing body lotion, which I have refilled in a travel bottle before my holidays, but I actually prefer it that way because the pump makes it very handy. At the moment I use the Nivea Pure & Sensitive 24h deodorant (I seriously don't get paid by Nivea, I wish though! I buy their stuff all the time anyway) and  with the weather getting colder, I keep the Cottage Garden hand cream in my bathroom and the wonderful Bulgarian Rose one in my handbag.
If I've been wearing makeup, I'll remove it with Bioderma, also my eye makeup, but if I have something heavy on, I'll use the Nivea (wow, I really just see a pattern now) Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover, which works really well, because it's very thick and oily and dissolves makeup well, without irritating my skin, I just make sure to keep the cotton pad with the remover on my eye for a while to soften up the makeup.
I'll then put on the Clearasil Wash and Mask with my hands and massage it in a bit. We had a rocky start and I thought this was what broke me out, but recently I've been having no problems with it. I don't think I'll repurchase it, as it would work better with oily skin, but I don't mind using it up. And then I'll use my Body Shop face sponge (which gets twice as big when wet) and wash my face with it until it's clean. It's very gentle and exfoliates my skin slightly. After that I'll sometimes use the Body Shop calming toner, but lately I haven't. Similarly, I sometimes use the Calming Cleanser instead of the Clearasil one, but haven't for a while. I just brought them out again to remind myself to finish up the products, so I can throw them away. (Being economic.)

After that my skin feels too clean and pretty naked, so I LOVE using the Nivea Soft cream to calm it down and put moisture back into my skin. I'm contemplating investing into the Bobby Brown eye cream, but before that I want to make sure I have the stamina to include this step into my routine, so I've decided to use up some of the eye cream samples I've been given and give them a go. This one, for example is Madara's eye repair cream and it's a Latvian organic skincare brand (can easily be bought here in Denmark as well) and I'm actually pretty proud of this line as a fellow latvian! (hey, if I like it, why buy a Bobby Brown one, if I can support a local brand, right?) They're doing very well and have become pretty international, so I usually buy presents from there for my international friends and Danish ladies I know here, it's usually a hit. It took me some getting used to, because the smell is very... natural. Like, literally, weeds. And meadow. But I think I'll try their cleanser and their deodorant and maybe a body lotion and maybe a shampoo... :) We'll see. Just letting you know, because I think it's a pretty unheard of brand and I happen to have tried it. And lastly, of course, a lip balm. And an earlier pictured hand cream. That's when I call it a night!

So, there you have it, guys! My skincare routine. Let me know, if you recognize, use, love (or dislike) some of the products I mentioned and if you have some great recommendations for me, I would appreciate it!

Hope to hear from you! And have a great weekend.

Renate 

29 comments:

  1. I really want to try this Bioderma cleansing water, do you recommend it? It seems that everybody love it :)

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    1. I really do. I heard about it everywhere, but since I couldn't buy it and couldn't be bothered to order it, that's how it was until I came across it at a pharmacy in Latvia and later on in Bulgaria also (I have to check it here too, maybe I can buy it) and got it and I really was impressed. It feels like water on your skin, like nothing! But it takes off everything and leaves the skin calm and fresh. No irritation, no breakouts, I really love it.

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  2. like you blog x
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  3. I want to try all of these products now! Especially the Nivea Double Effect Eye Make Up remover - always have trouble getting eye make up off properly! xxx

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    1. Haha, thats nice! I know exactly, what you mean, I wouldn't say I have the most sensitive eye area and I also wear contact lenses, so it's not like I'm terribly gentle, but most of the removers I've tried (especially milky ones) get into my eyes and burn and also rubs in and irritates my eyes and the skin around them. What I've learned to do is not use a milky eye makeup remover and be patient with really holding the two cotton pads on my eyes for a good minute, before sweeping off my makeup - I try not to rub as much as I can! Using the thick, oily Nivea remover gets most of the makeup off and then I can do one more sweep with the Bioderma afterwards - it removes any last bits of makeup AND the oil from the Nivea remover. I also try to focus on the lashes instead of the skin around my eyes to be a bit more gentle. Hope this helps!

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  4. I love using the Bioderma Cleansing Water - really effective at taking off making and freshening up the skin!

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    x

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    1. I completely agree, I was wondering, what the fuss is about, but it's really worth it, such a gentle, yet incredibly effective product!

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  5. Thank you for your sweet comment :) I LOVE PIZZA.

    BTW, I have been using Bioderma but nearly finished my bottle and its difficult to get here in the UK so looking for a cheaper alternative from the drugstore :) Have a nice Sunday

    PS I LOVE FASHION AND BEAUTY :)

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    1. Anytime, I love your blog :)

      I haven't found anything like that, though. There are a few okay makeup removers, but nothing comparable. When I ran out of my first bottle, I tried the Biotherm Cleansing water and it was OKAY, but not as good AND it cost exactly the same as Bioderma did for me. So I was so happy to have found it again on my trip :) Don't know, what I'll do after that, though! Maybe it'll last until Christmas, when I go home, then I'll buy it again there :)

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  6. i use nivea too! really helpful post :) and i agree, less is always more xx
    The Frill Seeker

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    1. Thanks so much :) It's also that I feel, once you make a commitment to switch to a more expensive routine, you also have to keep it up and at the moment, I'm not sure I can - I'll probably keep studying etc., so I'm trying not to introduce my skin to too many products, also not luxurious products and then in time I can improve on the quality etc., but until then I try to really use the essentials and simple, affordable and effective products :)

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  7. I've heard do much about Bioderma! I'll have to check it out :)

    Great post!

    AJ | TheAJMinute
    @TheAJMinute

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    1. Yeah, I had as well and it's one of the only things I have bought because I kept hearing about it, but luckily it was so worth it :) Haven't heard anyone complain about it

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  8. Hi Renate. I've never used any other cream than Nivea soft cream. Seriously, I use it in the mornings, after I've taken a shower (my skin gets really itchy when I take a shower), before I go to bed. I use it on my face, my arms, legs, my whole body actually, ha! And, apart from a eye make-up remover and deodorant (Nivea!), I don't use anything else on my face/skin. But I think, like you said, that being 22 is a good age to start thinking a bit more about skin care (although I'm actually 23, oh well). This post woke me up and motivates me to start taking care of my skin a bit more, I just needed someone to tell me, and you did :) Thanks!
    And I also wanted to let you know that I really love your posts!

    Sofie x
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    1. hey, Sofie :) I know exactly what you mean, my skin itches for moisture! And yeah, it's brilliant. hehe, thank you, that's so sweet! I think it's perfectly fine to stick to basis (and you look great, so it's obviously working for you), but as I said, if it makes sense in time to switch to more effective products, it's probably a good idea. I think once you start pulling on some strings - using more makeup, subsequently more makeup removers, cleansers etc., the entire routine gets more complex and it's a challenge to find products that work well and more importantly - work well together.
      At the moment, it works for me to do this, but I also only use makeup maybe twice a week for a few hours.
      If I decide to wear makeup on most days, working, being social etc., then I think my old routine won't cut it and I'll have to do more and use different products.

      Thank you so much, lovely, it means a lot, that you always drop by and enjoy the posts and also take your time to comment! I really appreciate it!

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  9. i love your blog and your eyebrow story! bioderma is so, so good! xx

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    1. Thank you very much, it means a lot :) I'm glad you're enjoying the blog! It really is.

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  10. Bioderma is a MUST! It works like magic! I have written a full review on my blog and compared it to the L'oreal miceller water too!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. Oh, I definitely have to check that out, thanks! I've tried Biotherm before, but it's just not the same! Didn't write about it, though, which is a good idea, I should from now on! :)

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  11. I've never even heard of Bioderma! I need to look into getting some!

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.truffles-ruffles.com/

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    1. Definitely recommend! I think most of the fuss about it is on youtube and since I watch A-LOT of videos, I kept hearing about it all the time.

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  12. I've been using Bioderma recently (thanks to a recent trip to Paris!) and I love how easy it is to get my make up off

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    1. Yeah, it's a lazy girls treat :) A few sweeps and it's off and feels so nice!

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  13. I want to try but I'm not sure if it's available here in the Philippines:)

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    1. Yeah, I'm not sure either! If you're really serious about trying it though, you can always order it online from one place or another and try checking out the pharmacies - they might have it!

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  14. I like nivea soft ! :)

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    1. Yeah, me too :) I just read the ingredients on the back and of course it's not the best stuff, but it feels sooooo good :)

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  15. Great post - I have the debium bioderma (even though I have dry skin) and it is amazing :)

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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