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Winter skin care routine / Zimní péče o pleť

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Hey ladies, enjoying winter? I am… just my skin is not on very friendly terms with winter. Gets really cranky. Dehydrated even dry, tight, oversensitive, red and peeling… well, at least that used to be the case till I discovered a few things that really seem to work for me in this icy season.

Garnier Essentials Sensitive: is basically two phase lotion that usually is intended for eye make-up removing but this large bottle is designed for a very gentle make-up removing of the whole face. I use it mostly for my eyes and it does a good job removing even waterproof mascara. Perfume free, contains some silicones.

Saloos Bio Argan Revital: I cannot figure out anywhere whether it is 100% argan oil or argan with other added oils. Nevertheless it’s a very nourishing oil that doesn’t feel heavy on my face but wouldn’t use in for my hair. I only wish the fragrance would be different.

Balea Anti blemish roll-on: the actual application can be a pain since the ball rolls unpredictably but it works. If you attack any pimple at the beginning with this chances are you won’t see it for too long. The surface ones disappear the same day. And for 2 euros/39 crowns it’s worth trying.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: still the gentlest make-up remover that works I have ever come across. I don’t use it for my eys though and with heavier make-up you may need to use the muslin cloth in order to remove it all. Love the soothing scent too, no too heavy.

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream: my favourite product from the Pai trio I use. The scent feels divine yet very light. It’s so nourishing without being heavy or oily and instantly calms my irritated and tight skin. I used it on little dinosaur’s wind burns and his skin was calm within an hour.

Pai Bio-Regenerate Rosehip Oil: contains trans retinoic acid that is supposed to fight wrinkles as retinol without the irritation. Feels soothing and my skin looks bright in the morning with much less redness on my cheeks.

What are your favourite products for winter?

 

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Zdravím dámy, tak jak užíváte zimního času? Já docela jo, ale má pleť se s ním moc nekámoší. Většinou je hodně dehydratovaná, suchá a napjatá jak uschlá švestka, loupe se a vůbec. Naštěstí jsem po mnoha letech experimentování asi objevila pár věcí, které mi sedí v těhle arktických podmínkách.

Garnier Essentials Sensitive: vypadá jako klasický dvoufázový odličovač očí, ale tahle větší lahvička je určena hodně citlivé pleti, má v sobě silikony, je bez parfému, krásně odlíčí i voděodolný make-up z očí a cokoliv z obličeje. Nepálí, neštípe.

Saloos Bio Argan Revital: sice nejsem nikde schopná dohledat, jestli se jedná o 100% arganový olej, nebo jestli jde o směs, ale je moc příjemný, hodně výživný, aniž by byl mastný nadlouho, pleť je po něm taková naducaná. Jen ta vůně mému nosu moc nesvědčí. Že by nějaký santál?

Balea Anti blemish roll-on: sice jsem od některých blogerek četla jak je k ničemu, ale mě funguje. Ten roll-on je sice nepředvídatelný a někdy se mu moc nechce nic dělat, ale s pupínky a pupenci umí zatočit a pleť nevysušuje. A za 39kč se to dá vyzkoušet.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: stále ten nejjemnější odličovač co znám. U silnějšího make-upu je lepší, když použijete na stáhnutí nějaký ten speciální hadřík nebo vatový tampón a na oči mám raději dvoufazový odličovač. Ale po tomto krému mě nepálí nic, nic netáhne a neloupe se.

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream: z trojice od Pai můj nejoblíbenější produkt. Má moc příjemnou texturu, krásně pleť vyživí. Malému dinosaurovi jsem namazala po sáňkování ksichtík, který měl větrem ošlehnutý a do hodiny bylo podráždění pryč. A taky krásně voní.

Pai Bio-Regenerate Rosehip Oil: na stránkách Pai píšou něco o tom, že obsahuje jinou formu retinolu, která je k pleti šetrnější. Ráno je pleť jasnější a tváře nemám tak začervenalé jako obvykle. A jak jsem říkala, voní úplně jako šípkový čaj 🙂

 

Co jsou vaše oblíbené produkty k péči o pleť v tomto arktickém období?

 

 

 

Pai skincare: an update

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When I wrote my original quick review on Pai I promised to come back in a few months and keep you updated. So here I am and I still believe that the three skincare items I purchased from Pai are the bee’s knees, cat’s pyjamas, dog’s tuxedo… dog’s… ehm, the best thing since sliced bread basically. My skin behaves according to weather, a bit of sun and I turn into an oily mess (nice, isn’t it?), cold weather and my skin acts like a mediavel parchment, it’s crazy. The Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil soothes my skin when sensitive, adds enough yet not too much moisture and nourishment when my skin gets oily and smells absolutely gorgeous. Those of you who read my posts may know I am very finicky when it comes to fragrance especially in natural products. I just don’t like the usual mixture of essential oils, way too strong and herby for me. But this oil smells exactly like tea made of freshly harvested rosehips. Divine. The Camelia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is also super soothing, doesn’t strip my skin of any moisture and also smells fantastic. It removes all my foundation except Rimmel Match Perfection gel-cream foundation, for that I have to use either the wash cloth or do the cleansing process twice.I use a separate eye make-up remover though. Last but not least is the Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Moisturizer. It wasn’t my favourite product at first, the oil was love at first sight and the cleanser was a no-brainer. I liked the moisturizer, I just didn’t fully appreciate how amazing it really is. It is the gentlest thing I have ever put on my face. When my face gets super irritated I don’t use the oil as it can leave a few red spots (that vanish in a minute or so) but this potion is so gentle, soothing and nourishing without being oily. I use it underneath my foundation and as an eye cream, the dehydrated lines I tend to get are now non-existent, though I cannot vouch for any anti-wrinkle properties.I also have not experienced any problem with clogged pores, or shall I say, not more than usual.

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And if you are intrigued by the line but still not sure if this is for you in terms of scent, texture, formula etc. I offer one of you a chance to “win” a sample of the cleanser and oil, just let me know in the comments if you’re interested and I will draw one of you out.

New additions: bath, body & hair

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I’m not going to call it a haul since I have accumulated all these things within 6-7 weeks. It’s also not going to be a thorough review on each and every single item, just a quick scoop. And if you want to hear more about a particular product let me know in the comments and I can either reply to you there or if more of you will be interested about a particular item I’ll do a proper review.

I’m also sorry for the poor quality of pictures, my camera said goodbye yesterday and my iPhone is very old and sad. I already have an eye on a new camera so hopefully the quality is going to improve soon.

Kamill Hand & Nailcream Intensive

I needed a small size tube for my handbag and picked this one on a whim. It’s very moisturizing and while the scent is quite nice it’s way too strong for me. Won’t repurchase.

Amia Hand Balm

That tiny little jar is packed with super thick potion for dry and cracked hands. That is my hands, I’m afraid. The scent is ok and quite subtle (yay!). I don’t use it for the whole of my hands, only on my cuticles and it does a decent job. It’s very inexpensive (49 kc / $2) and it’s something I may get again.

Matrix Moisture Cure 2 Phase Treatment

The only reason I got this along with the shampoo was that it was discounted. I needed a shampoo and this came almost free. You shake the bottle and spray a few times onto your towel-dried hair. I was pleasantly surprised. The scent is very fresh and pleasant and it actually does make my hair soft and shiny. I din’t notice and weigh-down or build-up. I almost feel like I don’t need oils for my dry hair anymore.

Matrix Total Results Moisture Shampoo

While the spray was a pleasant and (almost) free surprise, the shampoo is … just blah. Smells good but can be too strong for some people. My favourite shampoo of all time is Joico Moisture recovery. I tell you why: you need the tiniest amount to wash your hair, smells great without being overpowering but mainly, makes my dry hair supple, shiny, touchable. Matrix Moisture shampoo on the other hand: you need much more product to do the job (even drugstore’s Elseve doesn’t require as much) and you need to do it twice. Makes your hair clean without stripping them, no squeaky clean feeling but I also didn’t feel like it did anything in the moisturizing departement. My last objection: it’s the second time I have a Matrix/Biolage shampoo and I always end up with quite some dandruff. And I am starting to think it’s not a coincidence.

AA Cosmetics Nature Spa Sensitive – Nourishing hand cream, Blueberry

This cream is for sensitive hands prone to allergy as it contains no allergens, parabens, color additives, mineral oil, alcohol, silicones, preservatives, etheric oils, propylene glycol and PEG. The list of non-existing ingredients is almost longer than the list of existing ones. Feels very soothing, once applied hands feel super nourished. Unfortunately on my super dry hands the effect doesn’t last too long. The scent is very fruity – blueberry, but not strong. Reminds me of a subtler version of The Body Shop body butter’s scents.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Body Milk with Mango Oil for dry and rough skin

This is my favorite body moisturizer at this moment. I LOVE the scent, yes very fruity, definitely mango there. Feels light to the point I was skeptical how such a runny milk can do anything for my dry skin esp. for my dry shins. And yet, my skin is perfectly moisturized without any oiliness and stickiness. I’m on my third bottle.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Hand Cream with Mango Oil for dry and rough skin

If I LOVE the body milk I logically have to love the hand cream as well…right? Well, not necessarily. While it’s of fluffy buttery  texture it also soaks in immediately, smells as great as the body milk, but leaves slightly sticky residue that dissipates  within 5 minutes on the skin but the residue stays on polished nails and feels very odd. I’ll use it up as it smells great but will not repurchase.

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Shower Gel – Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals

I really like Dove shower creams and I almost never go for anything with coconut. Most coconut scents are too artificial and cloying to me. This one is on the edge, a bit more and I would have to write it off as well, but maybe adding the jasmine into the scent makes it very comforting scent. The texture and performance is the same as their Indulgence shower cream. A nice everyday shower gel.

Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk Comforting Body Wash

This was a gift from a dear friend, she couldn’t handle the scent. I’m not surprised. It’s definitely not what I imagine when you say “comforting”. This scent is very strong, in your face with a very good (or bad?) staying power. The scent reminds me of  old fashioned parfumery shops. It’s not unpleasant but it’s not for everyone. The best thing about this wash is how tiny amount you need to create super thick soothing foam. The original price for this wash is rather high for me but considering how very long this will last you it’s actually not that bad. It’s slightly moisturizing, no tightness afterwards.

Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk Comforting Body Lotion

This is more like gel-lotion that absorbs instantaneously, leaves no residue, the same scent that will last all day on your skin and clothes. I was worried my dry skin could feel tight and it just wouldn’t be enough. I was quite wrong. The moisturizing effect lasts easily to the next shower. While I love what both products do next time I may have a look at the Aloe Vera range for fresher scent.

Do you have any experience with any of these products or do you have any suggestion for my super dry hands? I would love to hear from you in the comments 🙂

Pai skin care for sensitive skin: first impressions

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I know I know…I promised a post on some nail colors and here I go with a skin care review. But you may forgive me after reading this post because Pai is pretty…well, amazing, actually!

So let me start by telling you something about the condition of my skin. It’s always been oily, very oily but as I get older my skin behaves according to the weather. If it’s hot it gets oily, if it’s cold it gets dehydrated and super sensitive. And the older I am the more sensitive it gets. And this winter was a total nightmare. Absolutely everything left my skin burning and lobster red. I could go ’round to our local kindergarten and scare the kiddies 🙂 Even those famous micellar waters from pharmacy brands such as Eucerin, LaRoche-Posay or Bioderma did nothing good for me. Some burned like h… some very hot fiery thing. And after reading London Make-up Girl’s review of the Chamomile and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Moisturizer I went to pai’s own website and ordered samples.

Forward a few weeks: I’m going to give my first impressions of this line, respectively of their three products aimed at sensitive or hypersensitive skin. I have the Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream 30ml, Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 100ml and Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend 30ml. And as far as I know the packaging has no effect on the quality of skin care, let me just state that I drool over their design. Simple, classy, yet cute (make any sense?).

Chamomile and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream

  • has a medium texture but not too balmy or oily in the least
  • while the smell is herby (as you would expect from an all natural skin care line) I think it’s very mild and dissipates quickly, feels soothing
  • I need less than one pump to cover my face
  • when my skin was dehydrated, rough, peeling etc. (TMI?) it didn’t feel moisturizing enough but now when my skin is “just” dehydrated it feels very comforting and soothing, no flaky skin anymore
  • the best thing though: it is ultra calming – there are no words to describe my wonder when I applied a little dollop on my face, warily, expecting at least slight burning and some red patches… NOTHING at all. I swear I could hear my skin breathing out in a relief!
  • it’s also wonderful that unlike many natural lines this moisturizer is not loaded with alcohol or beeswax and of course no artificial fragrances, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol and parabens

 Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

  • the scent is a bit stronger than the one in the moisturizer, but still very mild for a natural line. It’s also very pleasant, I can detect more roses than camellia
  • it’s not a balm, definitely a cream, the texture makes it easy to glide all over my face
  • removes all make-up, haven’t try it with a heavy duty one though
  • while it removes mascara, it’s a bit of work and quite messy so I prefer to use one of my favorite bi-phase eye make up removers
  • also no burning or reddening my face
  • you need, again, less than one pump (or one full with a heavier make-up)  to clean your face so I assume that 100ml is going to last quite a while

Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend

  • this is the only product I didn’t try first as a sample but after reading all the things it has and does and how many magazine awards it won…I was sold 🙂 (yep, I am that easy)
  • have you ever drunk rosehip tea? I did as a kid and I still remember the scent of a freshly brewed cup. Well, this is exactly how the oil smells, it’s beautiful, feels so fresh and organic without all those (sometimes risky) essential oils
  • the oil is of an almost bright orange color, feels balmy and you only need one drop to cover your whole face
  • I’m not sure about using this oil in the heat of summer on my oily skin but any other skin type shouldn’t turn into a slick mess after applying this oil
  • leaves a silky feeling
  • I even used it under my eyes and there was no adverse reaction
  • on the other hand, some bits of my face, still being overreactive I guess, did react ever so slightly tingly but that lasted two seconds and that was it
  • did I mention the scent of freshly brewed… I did, didn’t I?

So after a few days my skin is not reactive anymore, no red spots (or red lobster face), no burning, no nothing. My face has still a few flaky spots but I’m sure they are going to disappear quickly. My face isn’t like a sandpaper anymore but feels silky smooth. I keep touching my face and liking what I feel.

I will definitely update this review when I finish the products.

I purchased my set on beautybay as they ship internationally and often have free shipping specials on.

Aproximate prices (from the pai website):

  • Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Cream – 30ml/1 fl oz : $44, £24, €32
  • Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser – 100ml/3,4 fl oz : $45, £25,  €30
  • Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend – 30ml/1 fl oz : $35, £20,  €24