Sep 272019
 

Random Thoughts #3

What I’ve been up to?

  • Despite a lot of happenings in August, there was no Random Thoughts – as fleeting as Summer is, I had to take advantage of its every moment, and prioritize.
  • There’s a time and place for everything, and every season has its charms – but it’s just something about Summer, sunshine, long days that makes me long for it every time I think of how quickly it will pass. Yes, Autumn (too) is beautiful, and chasing sunshine makes for a realization to not take anything for granted.
  • As I look around my vast land around my country house and see all the work that needs to be done in these cooler Autumn months – I can’t help but think how blessed I am.
  • I am scared and excited by all the grand plans I’ve made, all the grand projects awaiting. The method for a balanced approach is to take it one day at the time, one step at the time and soak in a moment of a great feeling every time something is accomplished. From time to time, it’s those pesky plans that take longer, which make us feel we haven’t accomplished enough.

Bible verse of the month

  • “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Musical inspiration of the month

This month on the blog

Random Thoughts #3

  • My Morning Skincare Routine. With the gradual change of the seasons, weather being a bit more chilly, I’ve been gradually switching my morning routine from a light, minimal Summer one to a more creamy Autumn one.
  • My Evening Skincare Routine. Same goes for products used in the evening – more creamy, richer in texture, with masking more often, but still enjoying light hydrating and water-based serums.
  • My Makeup Routine. The biggest change that happens when I switch from Summer makeup products to Autumn ones is foundation- from a loose mineral to a more creamy one, along with a bit of an added colors, mostly in a form of eye shadows.
  • FOM London Hydra Plump Serum Review. Ever since I got a travel sized serum, and subsequently ordering a full size, my skin has been drinking up this light, very hydrating water-based serum.
  • Love Lula Beauty Box September 2019. Autumnal contents of this month’s Beauty Box, containing luxurious, creamy and lovely scented shower gel/bubble bath, soft and hydrating body cream, season-appropriate oil face cleanser and mascara.

What I’ve been testing lately

Random Thoughts #3

  •  NATorigin Lengthening Mascara. It covers many demands for a light-wearing and feeling, very natural look for daytime. The mascara offers a bit of a color – it’s not a rich deep and glossy finish, but almost like an ashy black. There’s little volume and somewhat of a lengthening of the lashes. What it does really great is separating the lashes in a very natural way and it does not glue the lashes together, again, making for a very subtle and natural look.Will post a full review soon.
  • Nature’s Kitchen Rescue Cream (from my August Love Lula Beauty Box). A thick and rich cream, making it a great choice as an over-night neck mask. During Winter, I will use it as a night cream as well – just a thin layer, as it’s really rich.
  • Madara Eye Contour Cream. It’s gentle, hydrating and absorbs quickly – making it a great choice to apply under a liquid foundation or BB cream coming colder days

My wishlist

Random Thoughts #3

  • Esse Foundation. Of all the products I’ve tried from this brand, and with many on my wishlist, I’ve liked all of them. Immediately upon launching on Love Lula, I’ve put these foundations on my wishlist. The problem is I am unsure which color to pick, as I am going back and forth between at least three, if not four of them – and probably would have to mix together two – I’m just not sure which ones. And since the price is quite steep – actually, very steep, I really hope Esse would offer samples for their foundations. I’ve had quite a few situations, where I bought one color of foundation, only to need to buy another, and with a steep price of €62, finding myself with the wrong color would not be a happy occasion.
  • Zuii Organic Corrective Primer. I’ve had a pleasure to try quite a few of the products from this brand, liking them all and was really glad to see that Love Lula is now offering many of the great Zuii Organic products. And with a colder weather, I am looking to get a more creamy (as opposed to just water-based serums) primer under BB creams and creamy/liquid foundations.
  • Ere Perez Blue Cypress Face Nectar. I can’t seem to get enough of Ere Perez products. You’d think that a brand which concentrated on offering high quality makeup products would not be as successful with their face care products, but with Ere Perez proved this not to be the case. As I’ve been enjoying their high quality face care products (mainly their Booster Serum and All-Beauty Creme – reviews coming soon), it’s now obvious that Ere Perez has become one of my favorite brands – both in the makeup and face care department. And while this Face Nectar is a water-based product, I know I’d use it even during colder days.

Readers Questions

  • Over time, I’ve received questions on the subject how I usually spend my days, whether I am a morning person etc. I place an utmost importance on sleep – and a good night sleep at that, meaning I pretty much turn off by 10 – 10:30 PM at the latest. At least an hour, but usually more, before sleep, I wind down with a relaxing shower/bath, listening to classical music, reading (Bible reading is a must), prayer, some introspection writing. During Summer, when the day wakes up earlier, so do I – preferably somewhere from 5:30 – 6:30. If I take the time to wind down before sleep, I do so, too in the morning – to wind up, by taking it slow: latte, breakfast, going through my journal too see what’s on for the day, invigorating shower… Sure, there are days, when the sleep is hard to come by, and there are mornings which are more hectic, but I do make sure such occasions are far in between. However you have your biological clock set up, make sure it’s working for your benefit.
  • Another question, which has popped up over the years is whether I take naps. No, in general, I do not take naps. When I get up in the morning, that’s it for the day until sleep time. Naps, on one hand, make me feel foggy, and on the other hand, they throw off my rhythm and schedule. Are there days, afternoons, when tiredness sets in and some invisible force drags me to bed? Sure. But I avoid naps as much as possible. They just don’t work for me.

Tip of the month

  • If you can’t find the right smelling shampoo and/conditioner, I suggest getting an unscented ones and mixing it with a drop or two of essential oils of your scent-choice. Pour your normal amount of shampoo/conditioner into you hand and drop a few drops of your preferred essential oil; or you can mix in advance your favorite mixture of various essential oils. Tea tree is refreshing and great to fight oils scalp and dandruff. Lavender is calming, lemongrass is uplifting and has great cleansing properties, geranium has a pleasant flowery scent… The options and combinations are endless. The same goes for a shower gel – buy an unscented one and mix a few drops of your favorite smelling essential oils.

Rant of the month

  • Those emails, from green beauty businesses, praising my blog, its content, saying how they wish to work with me, and then starting with how they are a new, small business (as opposed to mine, which is a huge conglomerate) and… then it all boils down to – working for free, basically. I get it – some bloggers are so desperate and greedy for any free product or clout being associated with any brand/business, they accept any type of deals, thus lowering the standards for others and green beauty business in general, so it’s no wonder such brands expect everyone else to fall for this. And then there are those sterile “how many views/visitors” emails, not knowing just how cheap this makes them look, and – how stupid. Not knowing that bloggers are buying followers, likes and – views/clicks on their blogs as well. Just as there are bots (paid followers/views/likes) on social media, so are there bots, which drive the traffic on sites – from visitors to views numbers and clicks. Another part, which such brands expose themselves with is the fact that, as much as they’re selling themselves as ethical and moral, that, too is fake – and all they’re after is numbers in a form of $. I think I should start directing these businesses to fake bloggers, who have bought numbers and who steal content – what better way than for such fake businesses to lose money on fake bloggers. Over the years, I’ve seen many such businesses going either out of business of being on the brink of it – they were never in it for the right reasons, there was never any knowledge or experience of green beauty – just a desire to join in and make money.

A few good deals from around the green beauty world

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Sep 262019
 

Summer has bid us adieu, far too soon, and with chilly and rainy days, the September Love Lula Beauty Box is a well-rounded selection of Autumnal treats, from body and face care as well as makeup, covering: an aroma-therapeutic shower gel, nourishing body cream, a season-appropriate face oil cleanser and a mascara. As always, the value of the Beauty Box, which for the month of September clocks at £65, far exceeds the actual cost.

So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2019

Kathleen Natural Tranquil Fields Bubble Bath (150ml/£18.00). Back in December 2018, I received the Rose version of this shower gel/bubble bath – one of the best I’ve ever tried. And this one, the lavender one, is equally a sensual treat, both as a shower gel/bubble bath and as a calming aromatherapy product. This shower gel/bubble bath has a creamy lather, and makes the skin so very soft – silky soft. As a bubble bath, you’ll enjoy the calm, sensual feeling, with a lovely scent of lavender and vanilla. The only aspect of this bubble bath that’s not a pleasant one is the price – £18,00 for 150ml (even the current discounted price of £13,50), as shower gels/bubble baths run out quickly, making this exquisite product only for special occasions.

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2019

Madara Infusion Vert Body Cream (200ml/£17.00). With a more chilly days coming, body care products are also something I switch up according to the seasons – light lotions make a way for body oils and body butter and – body creams such as this Madara one. While still not as rich as a body butter, it will be a perfect choice for Autumn, as its texture falls right in between of a light body butter and a richer lotion. The consistency is smooth and soft, and likewise is the skin upon application. It doesn’t absorb really fast, especially if you apply a bit more, but with massaging of the body cream, it soon leaves just a smooth texture. The scent is also lovely and inviting – quite on a citrusy side, given the Lemon Balm Leaf Extract. With little amount of this body cream that’s needed to adequately nourish the body, the 200ml will last a long time, making this body cream reasonably priced. Another great product from Madara, no doubt.

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2019

Balm Balm Little Miracle Cleanser (30ml/£12.00). With hot days over, using only light lotion-like face cleansers makes a way for oil-based cleansers, and this oil cleanser from a popular Balm Balm Little Miracle collection is right on time. And since it was launched just recently, I expected it would find its way in one of my Love Lula Beauty Boxes soon – and it did. I gently massage the cleanser for a good few minutes, giving the cleanser time to melt and then either remove the cleanser with a (very) warm wash cloth or – when double cleansing – use another non-oil cleanser. This cleanser is quite a treat, along with a very lovely scent (though maybe % of essential oils might be a bit too high?) making it great for an aromatherapy ritual as well. It melt away the makeup and dirt, while not stripping the skin of its natural oils – the skin is cleansed and soft – but do make sure you remove the cleanser appropriately, otherwise, as is the case with oil cleansers, the dirt will not be removed properly which results in irritation and spots. This is the travel size; the full size of 100ml is even more affordable, but if you wish to try it first before committing to a full size, Balm Balm also offers a mini travel size of 10ml.

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2019

Emani Soy Mascara in “Midnight” (10ml/£18.00). I’ve been looking around the products from this brand for quite some time, but there are certain ingredients which made ponder whether or not I’d actually try something from Emani. Receiving their mascara in this Beauty Box is thus my first try of any of their products. As with every mascara, the very first impression upon opening it is inspecting the wand – and such wands as this mascara has are not my favorite – plastic and sparse wand bristles, as the application is not as smooth and coating is – sparse. One coat of this mascara won’t do much, maybe just a bit of a color on the lashes. It took me three coats of mascara to gain something substantial on my lashes – after three coats, there was a bit more color, the lashes were lengthened, but I found it pretty difficult to separate them. The stronger suit of this mascara is that is quite smudge-proof and lasts all day, but it does feel a bit heavy on the lashes. With all that said, the price is too steep as well.

Urban Veda Reviving Body Wash Sample (200ml/£9.99 full size).

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2019

This concludes my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box: with 3 full sized products, 1 travel sized and a sample sachet, covering face and body care and makeup: a face cleanser, a body cream, a shower gel/bubble bath and a sample of a body wash, with a common theme: Autumn is here. The Kathleen Naturals shower gel/bubble bath is a luxurious (due to price, too) sensual treat, the Madara Body Cream is a nourishing soft and lovely smelling body cream perfect for Autumn, newly launched Balm Balm Oil Face Cleanser is another perfect choice for colder days, leaving the Emani Mascara, which did not impress me too much – but maybe it will impress you.

And all these products have a total value of £65,00 whereas the actual cost of the yearly Love Lula Beauty Box subscription is £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month (yep, even less than it was before). You also get a discount on all the brands featured in a current Beauty Box and even this discount got even better – now you can get all the brands featured in a Beauty Box for 25% off!

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How did you like this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box? Got any products you’ve had on your wishlist? Found any new brands or new favorite products? Let me know!

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Love Lula Beauty Box has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

Sep 252019
 

Oh, how quickly the seasons change – just one month ago, my makeup routine was in line accordingly to a hot Summer weather – very minimal and light. With September, a more chilly weather arrived and my makeup routine adapted to it by incorporating more creamy textures and a bit more eye color here and there.

My Makeup Routine #3

My Makeup Routine: Foundation

My Makeup Routine #3

Gradually, I am switching from loose mineral powder to more creamy textures. Currently, I am using Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation (full review here). It’s a light foundation, which offers a buildable coverage, but I use just a tiny bit of it to even out my skin tone; the goal is not to achieve a full coverage, at all, just that natural finish with a healthy glow. Alternatively, I am starting to use the  Lavera 2-1 Compact Foundation more often. For application of the Lavera foundation, I use sponge that comes with it: I gently swipe the foundation on my face, a bit here and there, just as I would dab here and there a liquid foundation, and then use the  Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush to thoroughly blend the foundation. Again, just a tiny amount of the foundation. If applied with the sponge, I’ve found there’s too much foundation on my face and eventually, it becomes very visible and since it also tends to oxidize, it’s not a good look. Some type of primer is a must with this foundation – whether it’s a light serum, Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Sunscreen SPF25 (full review here) or Ere Perez Moringa All-Beauty Creme. After priming/SPF, I apply  Dr Hauschka Light Reflecting Concealer. For setting, I use a tiny amount of Benecos Natural Translucent Powder (full review here) and Alverde Rose Toner as a setting spray.

My Makeup Routine: Eye Makeup

My Makeup Routine #3

As always, my eye  makeup is minimal, but I’m starting to add a bit more color now with earthly tones found in the Ere Perez Chamomile Eyeshadow Palette (full review here) – a mixture of the lighter brown and copper ones. The mascara I’ve been using is NATorigin Lengthening Mascara (I’ve got it in my June Love Lula Beauty Box). It’s a light-wearing and feeling mascara, giving a very natural look for daytime.

My Makeup Routine: Blush & Highlighter

With a hint of a copper color on my eyes, I pick the Alverde cream blush in light gentle pretty pink or RMS Beauty Lip2cheek in Demure from RMS Beauty Signature Set – Pop Collection (full review here); I apply it with my fingers first and then blends it with Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush. For a bit of a glow, I add a tiny amount of  RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

My Makeup Routine: Lipsticks

My Makeup Routine #3

The classic dusty pink nude that is Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick in High Tea has been my choice lately (full review here), along with the  RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile with an obligatory lip balm before, as it’s very pigmented, and the beautiful Joik Pastel Silky Lip Balm (from my May Love Lula Beauty Box) for a very natural look.

My Makeup Routine: Almost Barefaced

My Makeup Routine #3

When opting for an even more minimal makeup look, I go with first priming/SPF with Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Sunscreen SPF25, followed by a tiny drop of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation, Alverde blush and Dr Hauschka Light Reflecting Concealer. And Joik Pastel Silky Lip Balm for a finished minimal makeup look.

In short, here is how my makeup routines look like:

  • foundation: Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation;  Lavera 2-1 Compact Foundation
  • eye makeup: NATorigin mascara, Ere Perez Chamomile Eyeshadow Palette
  • blush & highlighter: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer; RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile; Alverde Blush; Dr Hauschka Light Reflecting Concealer
  • lipsticks: Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick in High Tea; Joik Tinted Lip Balm; RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile
  • SPF protection/priming: Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Sunscreen SPF25
  • setting: Alverde Rose Toner as a setting spray; Benecos Translucent Powder

All my current routines, morningevening and makeup ones are now getting a bit more creamy, just a little bit more colorful, but still minimal.

For some of the products I’ve already posted a full review and some will be reviewed soon, so make sure you check back.

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How does your transitional from Summer to early Autumn makeup routine look like? Which are the products you skip when it gets hot? Which colors do you like using during this time of the year? Let me know!

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For more information on the brands, mentioned in this post, please visit their dedicated brand pages:

– Inika
– Ere Perez
– RMS Beauty
– Benecos
– Dr Hauschka

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The products mentioned in this post have been gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review, others bought by myself.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

Sep 172019
 

FOM London Skincare Anti – Pollution Hydra Plump Serum is a light, water-based serum, with fast absorption, for deeply hydrated and refreshed skin, making it a perfect canvas for a layering treatment of the skin. 

FOM London Skincare Anti - Pollution Hydra Plump Serum Review

I’ve got a travel sized FOM London Skincare Anti – Pollution Hydra Plump Serum (mouthful, I know!) in my June Love Lula Beauty Box – right on time for the hot Summer weather, when immense hydration in a form of fast absorbing and very light texture is needed. Less than two weeks after receiving the travel size of this water-based serum, I went through 1/3 of the bottle already, making me wonder if the bottle is leaking – my skin was drinking up this serum! While one pump covers the need for hydration, the fact that this serum is also quick to absorb, I found myself layering it quite often.

About three weeks after I got the travel size, I decided to order the full size – luckily, Love Lula had a quite a substantial discount on this British green beauty brand, so I quickly took advantage of it – especially since the FOM London Hydra Plump Serum has quite a steep price point – too steep if you ask me, despite how well my skin has been reacting to the hydration brought by this serum. So I thought I’d better write a review of this serum before I squeeze the last drop of it.

FOM London Skincare Anti - Pollution Hydra Plump Serum Review

The FOM London Hydra Plump Serum comes in an elegant white pump bottle – there’s a standard 30ml of the product – but that doesn’t make enough of it, give how often I’ve been using it and the amount of it as well. But I did start pacing myself when it comes to how much I use of this serum – one pump adequately covers my face, so now I leave it at that. The absorption is incredibly fast – the skin drinks it up under one minute.

The texture of  water-based FOM London Hydra Plump Serum is watery-clear and – very runny, watery, indeed. I’ve been wondering just what is the percentage of water in this formulation – mostly due to high cost of it. While the serum is fragrance free in relation to not containing any fragrance-delivering ingredients, it does have a mild and gentle scent of roses (it contains a rose hydrolate) and a bit of a green tea scent.

FOM London Skincare Anti - Pollution Hydra Plump Serum Review

While serums are mostly used as a base for moisturisers, they can be applied alone – and during hot Summer, I’ve been mostly using it alone (but followed by an SPF product), especially during the day. Pretty much the same in my evening skincare routines, but sometimes I did dab a moisturiser here and there. With a bit colder weather, I am now using it as a hydration base as well as a base for moisturisers to absorb better.

FOM London Skincare Anti - Pollution Hydra Plump Serum Review

The FOM London Hydra Plump Serum, contains hydration – promoting ingredients as well as antioxidants in a form of quite a few extracts such as green tea extract,  hyaluronic acid and niacinamide – indeed, upon applying the serum, the skin is plump, the hydration is felt, and the finish is that of a silky and smooth and naturally dewy skin. It feels very light on the skin, and the layering of additional products is seamless.

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: AQUA (DISTILLED WATER). ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE) WATER. SODIUM HYALURONATE (HYALURONIC ACID). GLYCERINE (HUMECTANT). SORBITOL. FAEX (YEAST) EXTRACT. HYDROLYZED SILK PROTEIN. NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3). SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE (MOISTURE MAGNET). CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT. ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY ) WATER GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT. PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT. RHODIOLA ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT. XANTHAN GUM. PHENOXYETHANOL AND CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. LACTIC ACID.

Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the dermis of the skin) promotes collagen production and skin elasticity. As an amazing water-retainer, it’s super hydrating. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) improves enlarged pores, uneven skin tone,
fine lines and wrinkles. Saccharise Isomerate, a water-binding agent and emollient, is an effective moisturizer; cannot be washed off easily thus leading to long-lasting moisturization.

Faex Yeast Extract eeduce the amount of oxidative stress that occurs on the skin; it has a calming and soothing effect. Green Tea Extract is a potent antioxidant and has astringent and anti-microbial properties. Ginko Biloba Extract provides soothing and anti-inflammatory effects, reduces inflammation. Ginseng Root Extract boosts skin hydration, diminishes rough texture, helps fade uneven skin tone, and help visibly improve wrinkles by working
within skin to bolster its natural firmness. Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract is high in antioxidants and; it can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lactic Acid has skin-beneficial properties, such as exfoliating and renewing the skin, as well as some anti-aging properties.

Rosemary water – rosemary is an antioxidant, promotes and improves circulation and stimulates cells renewal. It has antimicrobial properties and is great for oily, acne and blemishes prone skin. And Rosa Damascena Water.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Phenoxyethanol, a preservative.

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My final word?

FOM London Skincare Anti - Pollution Hydra Plump Serum Review

Given I’ve been using face serums for a long time now, as I really like them, the FOM London Hydra Plump Serum has been my daily companion, both for my morning and evening skincare routines, since I received the travel sized one back in June – it has worked nicely on my skin throughout the Summer and I am dragging it well into Autumn, until the last drop. It delivers plentiful hydration to the skin and does it quickly – used alone or layered with other products – the results are equally great, as this serum contains quite a few hydrators, antioxidants, anti-aging ingredients and extracts.

The one issue I do have with this serum is the fact that it contains an irritant – phenoxyethanol; it makes my skin irritated and red. Yes, this is a water-based product and thus needs a heavy preservative, but phenoxyethanol is not the answer; I wish brands would start looking elsewhere instead of using this one.

FOM London Skincare Anti - Pollution Hydra Plump Serum Review

The price? Very steep in itself and when considering there’s quite a substantial amount of water, while the presence of other ingredients does not justify, price-wise, such a high cost for 30ml – and that is €50. Yes, this is a great, hydrating, plumping, light, fast absorbing serum, which contains antioxidants as well – but the price is too steep. Yes, serums have always been more expensive and quite expensive – they are, after all, concentrated products, containing (or they should) many skin-beneficial ingredients – antioxidants, hydrators – but…

Having said that – still, I very much recommend FOM London Hydra Plump Serum.

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Have you tried FOM London Hydra Plump Serum? How did you like it? Do you incorporate serums in your skincare routine? How do you view the higher cost of face serums?

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FOM London Hydra Plump Serum was gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

Sep 122019
 

With a start of September, it’s gotten colder – quickly, thus the need to adapt my evening skincare routine, adding more creamy textures as opposed to just water-based ones.

My Evening Skincare Routine #3

 

My Evening Skincare Routine: Cleansing

My Evening Skincare Routine #3

As I’m gradually switching my makeup routine, so follows my evening skincare routine as well, including the cleansing products I use – if during hot weather, I use only one cleanser, I am now switching to double cleansing, most of the times. I start with the creamy Alteya Organics Gentle Cleanser followed by Alteya Organics Facial Cleanser & Wash in Vanilla & Geranium: it gently cleanses and removes any of the remaining impurities. I’ve been using the a lighter Kathleen Cleansing Lotion, mostly in my morning skincare routine, but since I’ve discovered this all-around excellent cleanser thoroughly but gently removes eye makeup, I’ve decided to save it for this purpose only, since I find it hard to find an eye makeup remover which does not irritate my eyes.

My Evening Skincare Routine: Toning

My Evening Skincare Routine #3

As always, and this does not change regardless of the season, I use an abundant amount of hydraolates; I use either Alteya Chamomile Hydrolate or Alteya Organics Lavender Hydrolate or a mixture of both – after cleansing and after moisturising as well.

My Evening Skincare Routine: Moisturizing

My Evening Skincare Routine #3

While I still use water-based products, specifically serums, I am switching now to more creamy and rich textures, gradually. I still use  Fom London Anti-Pollution Hydra Plump Serum but more often Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster SerumBoth serums are water-based, light, very hydrating and quickly absorbing – and likewise, quickly disappearing, as my skin is drinking them up. Following serums, I apply a thin coat of of  Jane Scrivner OO Cream. A few times a week I use the light, cooling and refreshing Madara Deep Moisture Fluid (got it in my Love Lula Beauty Box). For the yes, I use a thin layer of Madara Eye Contour Cream (from my August Love Lula Beauty Box). For the neck area, I am using a thin layer of Nature’s Kitchen Rescue Cream (from my August Love Lula Beauty Box), a thick and rich cream, making it a great choice as an over-night neck maskMoisturizing products are always followed by a generous amount of spraying of hydrolates.

My Evening Skincare Routine: Masking

My Evening Skincare Routine #3

On evenings, when I mask, I try to follow up with a very minimal skincare routine, and sometimes, I only apply a generous amount of hydrolates and nothing else. Currently I am using Clockface Charcoal Face Mask to draw out excess of oil and prevent potential clogged pores and Bloomtown Soothing Mask (full review here).

My Evening Skincare Routine: Exfoliating 

As it’s been for many years now, I used my trusted  Andalou Naturals Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub about once a week, and likewise, about once a week I use Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask (full review here).

My Evening Skincare Routine In Short:

  • Cleansing: Alteya Organics Gentle Cleanser, Alteya Organics Facial Cleanser & Wash in Vanilla & Geranium  and Kathleen Naturals Cleansing Lotion
  • Toning: Alteya Organics Chamomile and Lavender Hydrolates;
  • Moisturising: Fom London Anti-Pollution Hydra Plump Serum; Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster Serum; Jane Scrivner OO Cream; Nature’s Rescue Cream; Madara Gel Moisturiser; Madara Eye Contour Cream
  • Masking: Bloomtown Soothing Mask, Clockface Charcoal Face Mask
  • Exfoliating: Andalou Naturals Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub; Madara Peel Mask

My Evening Skincare Routine #3

While light water-based serums are still a part of my evening skincare routine, I am gradually adding more creamy and rich textures; especially for the neck area, my skin craves richer textures.

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For some of the products I’ve already posted a full review and some will be reviewed soon, so make sure you check back.

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How did your evening skincare routine change from hot Summer weather to a now more chilly early Autumn one? Which are the products you never skip during your evening routine? Let me know!

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For more information on the brands, mentioned in this post, please visit their dedicated brand pages:
– Madara
– Ere Perez
– Andalou Naturals

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Some of the products mentioned in this post have been gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review, others bought by myself.

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