Face care routine – April 2013

Hello sweeties,

Well yes, the post title is boring. But the content is less (hopefully).

For a few years now, I do layering skin care. Layering is a japanese technique that I  discovered through Sonia’s blog and, intrigued, I started to follow this routine. The principle is to superimpose layers (whence “layering”) of products. The 3 basic gestures are cleansing, tonering, moisturizing. Then you can add specific care products and stuff. It’s not that much time taking than the usual washing-face-with-soap-and-barely-moisturizing-it and it’s a real pleasure ritual.

I’m under the impression that I know my skin better thanks to that. I have a dehydrated and sensitive combination skin. Meh. It’s super oily on the nose and as dry as desert on the cheeks. I have small imperfections, blackheads and sudden redness (in particular on the cheeks). But I’m ok with that. I never had acne, I rarely have spots and my priority is rather to have a comfortable skin than a flawless one and this is how I choose my face care products. I first want moisturizing and appeasement.

Speaking about how I choose my products, I try to favor bio. My make-up products are full of bullshit, so I try to rebalance my chakras (wut) with a healthier skin care. And when not bio, I tend to use pharmacy products (because they’re supposed to be safe for sensitive skins and not very expensive) or asian brands (because they’re great value and more adapted to my asian skin, surprise). Enough with the life talking, let’s get into the heart of the matter. face care routine 1 © WinaMorning :

  • Detoxifying cleansing foam – Etat Pur

face care routine 2 © Winaface care routine 3 © WinaIn the morning, I wake up (thank God) and after the obligatory sacred cup of tea, I wash my face with Etat Pur Detoxifying Cleansing Foam. I love cleansing foams because they’re gentle and last veeery long (I’m using this bottle since… Since… Well I can’t even tell. Probably December). In early April, it was very cold in Paris and my skin was so dry that nothing could be done about it I guess, even the Detoxifying Cleansing Foam was *aggressive* for me (I could see my skin start to peel off after each wash, ugh). In the second part of April, it did its usual perfect job.

[French readers, I already talked about it here yup yup]

  • Thermal Water – Avène

face care routine 4 © WinaObligatory step for me since I discovered that I have a dehydrated skin. It helped me a lot with the cold weather. I spray it all over my face and also on my neck, I wait that it dries a bit (but not completely), just before applying the toner. I also use it each time I spot some random redness on my face, it really calms my skin. It’s a good investment, I have the 300 mL spray and it cost me something like 8€.

  • Anduze Region Bamboo Hydrolate – Aromazone

face care routine 5 © WinaA hydrolate is a product of plants distillation.
I use that as a toner, applied with a cotton pad when my face still have some Thermal Water on it. It takes the last impurities off and start the moisturize step. I like the light smell of this hydrolate. I bought mine on Aromazone, but I guess you can find it elsewhere. It also is supposed to regulate sebum, but I didn’t see that mush difference. I guess it’s ok.

  • Sensitive skin moisturizer – Mixa

face care routine 6 © Wina Cheap, efficient, non greasy. Really nice. It was my best friend this winter, but in March and early April, it wasn’t enough anymore because the cold weather has last too long and my skin couldn’t handle it anymore. But now it’s good again!

Night :

Same routine, but with my homemade bio cleansing oil in addition.

face care routine 7 © Wina

face care routine 8 © Wina

Tiny washed brain ha

In layering, cleansing oil is recommended for removing make-up. Or any rich make-up remover (like the cream ones), because that’s what works the best. Forget the cleansing milk, micellar water and even more the cleansing wipes. First, it’s more aggressive. Second, it’s less efficient. Third, it’s cotton pads waste. You really see the difference when you switch to cleansing oil. Oh and try to use those that don’t have mineral oils in it (= come from petrol, yummy), favor vegetal oils.
My experimented cleansing oil is made of argan oil and water melon (not watermelon) oil. I added Babassu foam, so that it emulsifies with water (= change into a kind of milk) and drops of E vitamin to make sure that I’ll conserve it for a while. But I think I messed up with the quantity of Babassu because it’s all thick (like custard), hard to massage. Or maybe is it because I shaked the bottle too much. Anyway, it does the job though, as well as the cleansing oils that I bought before, and maybe better. And it’s total safe, no itchy eyes, yeepee!

Phew! Finally, this is the end of the post. Hope you’re still alive and that it interested you (a bit)(a tiny tiny bit).

On the face

Hello sweeties,

Sorry for the 2 weeks of silence. Back to school and being sick, half-exhausted and half-frozen by the snow (snow in Paris, guys. BUT good thing is that I’m going on an adventure this weekend, having a walk in the forest, yey!

Anyway, it looks like this Lush saga is never-ending eh. Let’s start with the cleansers. As I have a combination AND sensitive skin (hello, my skin is lame), my cheeks always get dried after cleaning. I asked for advice to the saleswoman and she recommended me Angels on Bare Skin.

Angels-on-Bare-SkinFrightened? I was too. The product is a thick grainy paste. You can actually see and feel the lavender grains and the ground almond. It’s disturbing. I can hear you say “but how do you use it? The texture is so weird…”. It’s not as complicated as it might seem actually. You take a nut of the paste, put it in the palm of your hand, add some water and mix. Then you simply apply on your face, like you would do with gel cleanser. It scrubs the skin, but it does it gently. My skin usually can’t bear scrubbing, it’s so sensitive that it gets allergies when I do so. So I was quite scared about the first use. And fortunately, I didn’t turn into a monster of rashes!
  The bad point is that once rinsed, it leaves an oily film on the skin. I didn’t end the pot up because of that. The product is good but I don’t like the rendering.
Links : en/fr

After that, I had a Coalface sample. And I fell immediatly in love.

CoalfaceI love this product. It’s way much easier to use for me. The smell is particular, it’s amber, very pleasant. It cleans perfectly, no oily film after rinsing, my skin feels very fresh. And my sensitive skin tolerates it. It leaves the cheeks a little dry, but it’s ok.
Links : en/fr

After the cleaning, I always apply a toner. I first tried Tea Tree Water.

tea-tree

That’s a great toner for oily or combination skins, it matifies the T zone. But it might dry a bit the cheeks. Of course, it smells very refreshing, which is great in the morning. They say you have to spray it on your face and then I guess you have to spread out the product with a cotton pad. But I find that the pressure is a little powerful and it really wasn’t pleasant for me. So I just sprayed it on the cotton pad 6-7 times, so that it’s imbibed, before applying on the face.
Links : en/fr

Once I ended Tea Tree Water, I tried Breath of Fresh Air.

breath-of-fresh-airI like this one. I prefer it to Tee Trea Water. It’s softer, more hydrating and it’s ok on the T zone.
Links : en/fr

Last part of my daily face routine : moisturizing. I was using Imperialis at night and Enzymion on day.

imperialisLet’s be clear, they say it’s for combination skins but I absolutely disagree with that. I have a combination skin and this is way too nourishing for me. Guys, it makes the T zone shine like a fresh french fry, how can you dare telling me it’s for combination skin. For me, it’s forbidden the day. But good thing is that it’s a perfect cocooning night moisturizer. It’s so nice after a tough day of stress and pollution and cold and subway. Plus, you can clearly smell the lavender in it, that’s really relaxing.
Links : en/fr

And now, my love forever : Enzymion.

enzymionThis is probably the best face moisturizer I’ve ever tried. First, the smell is fantastic, it’s refreshing, lemony and smooth. Second, the matifying effect is really impressive, without congealing the face. At my first application, it matified naturally the T zone, the hydration was perfect on the rest of my face, my skin was unified and radiant. I went out with nothing else than this on my face. No face powder, no concealer, no highlighter, absolutely nothing. And I had lots of compliments. Can you believe that? It was magical. I was even asked if I was wearing foundation, what I never do. Ma-gi-cal. But there’s a black spot. The product has the tendency to turn. After 3 weeks of use, it started to smell unusual. So I recommend to conserve it in the fridge, even if it’s not indicated.
Links : en/fr

And of course, I tried one of their fresh face masks, Love Lettuce.

Love-Lettuce

Used it twice only because of the I-don’t-have-time-for-masks thing. The interest of Lush’s fresh face masks is that you keep them in the fridge. The cold on the face is really nice. And I guess this *temperature shock* helps to matify the skin and to refine the pores. Love Lettuce is supposed to be adapted to combination skins. I didn’t notice anything special. It was just nice to use. It hydrates well the skin though and let it soft and a bit velvety.
Links : en/fr

Alright, I think next time will be the last episode of this saga! I’ll be talking about shower products, body products and other stuff. A catchall post.

Hair from Gobi

Hello sweeties,

Continuation of the Lush saga! My Lush mania first concerned hair products. As I bleach and dye my hair, my hair die (haha well done Wina). My hair are naturally black and now they’re close to platinum blond. I know.

OH MY GODWell, they actually are not in catastrophic health, as I do a lot of care. They’re just more dry than when I had natural hair.
For some months, I’m doing pre-wash treatments from Lush. My first choice was H’Suan Wen Hua. Yeah, that’s a complex name.

Hsuan-wen-huaThe mask itself is very good, it’s a great hair moisturizer, it perfectly does its job. But I absolutely hate the smell. You can smell the eggs in it. Ugh. And I’m not at all a fan of the Bay Leaf infusion smell. It’s way too strong for me. But some people like it.
Links : en/fr

So I decided to switch to Marilyn.

MarilynThe smell was so much better for me. It’s a lot fresher and more lemony, I love it. It’s also a great mask, especially for blond hair, it illuminates them without emphasizing the wee-wee-yellow highlights. Used with the Daddy-O shampoo, it’s perfect.
Links : en/fr

Daddy-OPeople. This is the most incredible shampoo smell I’ve ever smelled in my life. The violet scent is a blessing. It smells so good that I could use it as a shower gel. And about the stops-blonde-going-brassy stuff, it’s ok. It does the job, but nothing miraculous, it won’t help you a lot if you have very yellow highlights. It’s a shampoo after all. But really, the smell is amazing. More than Trichomania.
Links : en/fr

Trichomania

Looks like french cheese haha

This is the first shampoo from Lush that I bought. My hair were pretty dry at that moment and I needed something nourishing. The salesman recommended Trichomania to me and he was damn right. When you wash your hair with this, the hair feel very dry. But once it’s rinsed and dried, the change is surprising. My hair were really soft, like I just cut them. The smell of the shampoo is very nice. It smells like coconut, but not the very chemical coconut, you know? That’s very pleasant. And solid shampoo is a really good value. I bought 100g of it, used it for 2 months and there was still half of the product. The only bad point is that it was giving me dandruff, which I usually never have. Not very sexy.
Links : en
/fr

And last but not least, the conditioners. I first bought Retread.

RetreadNice smell, very fresh and delicately flowered. Good conditioner. But so quickly ended. After a month of use, the pot was empty. I felt like I needed to apply a tons of conditioner each time to do all my head, although I have very short hair. So after my first pot, I didn’t buy it again. But it also was because I wanted to try American Cream.
Links : en/fr

American CreamI think I will never ever use another conditioner. This one is fantastic. The smell is TO DIE FOR. Um, sorry, to die for. See how crazy it drives me. It doesn’t smell like strawberry, contrary to what the picture may make you think. It’s gourmand and smooth and a little amber I think. It smells really, really good. I could eat it or drink it or whatever. Best part is that the smell stays for days. FOR DAYS. This is wonderful. And of course it’s an awesome conditioner, it makes the hair soft without making them heavy. I guess it’s my favourite Lush product by far.
Links : en/fr

Next time, we’ll be talking about face products, kids. Be good meanwhile.