Favorite Skincare Ingredient – 1. Retinol

This series is going to feature my favorite skincare ingredients. I will summarize the pros and cons, why I like this particular ingredient, what it’s used for and whose skin it’s suited for. Each blog post will also give you a selection of products at different price points.

There are only very few ingredients used in the cosmetics industry that can truly live up to their claims. One of them is retinol, simply speaking a form of vitamin A. Often times the other forms of vitamin A (like retinoids) are used interchangeably. What you as a consumer, mainly need to know is that retinol is available in over-the-counter products (OTC), whereas retinoids or Renova and Retin-A (or their main ingredient Tretinoin) etc., are a lot more potent and therefore prescribed by physicians only.

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Cult favorites that are worth the splurge – Pixi’s Glow Tonic

So many beauty bloggers and skincare experts have raved about the Pixi Glow Tonic (and I believe it all started with Caroline Hirons pushing this product as an affordable dupe for the legendary P50 liquid exfoliant). Of course I had to give it a try as well. Since I wasn’t able to find it at my local Target (that usually carries their whole makeup range), I had to order it online from their website. The bottle contains 250 ml/8.5 fl.oz and retails for $29/£16.00.

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Kitty Favorites

As a cat lover and makeup enthusiast I always enjoy makeup products that feature a kitty theme – the quirkier the better! Here’s a small selection of my favorite makeup and beauty products that offer the right amount of cattitude. All approved by my beloved beautiful Lily Belle (may she rest in peace).

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Kitty Favorites approved by Lily Belle
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Cult favorites that are worth the splurge – Shu Uemura’s legendary Eyelash Curler

In this new series I will talk about makeup and skincare products that have a cult following. Of course you will have to keep in my mind that not all products work for all people. Especially in terms of skincare, it comes down to what works for your individual skin (type). However, I want to share with you some of the products I added, to either my personal or professional kit, and that I’ve had good results with.

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“Lit from within” vs. “glow” – Laura Geller’s French Vanilla Baked Highlighter. Review and swatches.

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Back in the 90’s it was all about matte finishes.  For a long time, I too thought that this was the way to go to achieve a clean and flawless base.

Luckily, with the new light foundations and powders that give skin a luminous glow, there came bronzers and highlighters too for a more defined look, adding contour and light just to the right places. While for some skin types matte is still the preferred finish, I personally am a big fan of dewy and natural looking skin that has a healthy “glow” to it.

Most often that glow is not at all natural though, so we need a little help from products like highlighters and illuminators.

While my favorite illuminating product is still Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector (the liquid in the shades Rose Gold and Opal), I was looking into alternatives that are less pricey. One of those alternatives is Laura Geller’s Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla.

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