My Summer Skincare Routine

skincare routine 2014 summer

Hello lovelies,

I hope you are enjoying this nice summer weather. I certainly do:)

However, summer also means it is a time for a skin-care routine switch. Since I’ll be spending a lot of time outside in the sun (even with sunscreen), this means that I have to quit using acids and retinol (they make the skin photosensitive) until the late fall. This also means using creams that are not as rich as those in my winter routine, as well as exfoliating more often to properly remove sunscreen.

skincare routine 2014 summer 1

The first part of my routine is pretty similar to the winter one – it consists of cleansers and masks.

The first product on the photo is Clinique Mild Clarifying lotion. I did mention that I am avoiding acids during summer, but this one has such a low concentration that I’m using it now and then. Since the acid is weak, I don’t get exfoliating benefits.

At the moment, I’m using La Roche Possay Effaclar cleanser. I’ve been using it for half a year and so far I like it, although I might be tempted to try something else once it is finished. It works well for what it is – it cleanses my skin without stripping it too much – after all it is intended for oily skin.

In the centre is Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask. I’m not too happy with it. It is a nice mask, but the scent is overwhelming and irritating.

Bioderma Sebium exfoliator is my staple – this is the second time I’ve repurchased it and I plan to repurchase it again. It perfectly removes the dead skin cells, at the same time not being too irritating.

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion is the best (and the most expensive) toner I’ve ever used.

skincare routine 2014 summer 2

After I’ve received a deluxe sample ser as a GWP, I’ve decided to completely stick to Caudalie routine and to test all the products from Polypehnol C15 range simultaneously. I plan to write a more thorough review soon, but after using it for two weeks I have to say that I like the whole collection.

In the evening after cleansing I apply Polyphenol C15 Eye Contour Cream on the eye area and two to three drops of Polyphenol C15 Serum on the face. After five minutes (once the serum has sunk in) I apply Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. Once or twice a week I apply several drops of Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil.

In the morning I apply a couple drops of Polyphenol C15 Serum and follow with Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid SPF20. If I plan to spend some time outside, I apply additional sunscreen (at the moment I’m finishing up Uriage Tinted Sunscreen).

This routine doesn’t make my skin perfect (I don’t think there’s anything that could help with my pores), but it helps with dehydration and flaky skin. Also, it doesn’t break me out and leaves my skin pretty much clear.

Do you switch your skincare in summer?

xoxo Tamara

Skincare Sunday: SR SKINCARE Glycolic (30%) and Lactic/Salicylic (20%) Acid Peels Review

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Hello lovelies,

it’s time for another skincare Sunday. Ages ago, I promised you to review SR Skincare acids. After using them for 5 months, I feel I can finally give a good review. The acids are from their Active Solutions line. They are available in various concentrations and they come with a bottle of neutralizer, brush/cotton rounds and instructions. They retail from 6GBP for the lowest concentration and the bottle contains 30 ml.

Glycolic acid – 30%

as glycolic peel

My skin is very tough and resistant so I immediately started with a pretty high concentration – 30%. I decant a bit of acid into a small plastic bowl and apply it with a brush that comes with it. It is suggested to keep it on a face for a couple of minutes the first time and then to gradually increase the period it is on with every other wear. After that period you apply a neutralizer and wash it off.

As I’ve mentioned, my skin is very tolerant so I decided to keep it on for 10 minutes (I didn’t feel any stinging or see any redness). Basically, it felt like a water on my face. I used it twice a week for a month and I didn’t notice any exfoliation. My skin was the same as always. My pores weren’t clearer, my skin wasn’t brighter. If there were any results, they were barely visible.

I am a bit disappointed with this acid – I thought 30% was enough even for my skin, but I was wrong.

Lactic/Salicylic acid – 20%

as salicylic acid

I decided to pick a lower concentration of this acid because the web site stated that it is much stronger than glycolic acid. It turns out I was right and , to be honest, I think I should have gone with 15%. I started using it after using glycolic acid for a month.

You apply this acid with a cotton round which you get with your package. You leave it on for a minute, gradually increasing the time every time you wear it. After that you apply neutralizer and wash it off.

This acid really burns – the first time I put it my face felt on fire. I barely managed to keep the acid on for 2 minutes. Luckily, I didn’t see any redness. As I continued with the use, my skin got used to the acid so I could tolerate it for longer periods (but never for more than 10 minutes).

I’m not too happy with this acid. In spite of irritation, my skin barely peeled. I only got a minor nose peeling after I didn’t put a moisturizer on. Honestly, the pain wasn’t worth it.


It seems that these acids weren’t for my skin at the moment. I’ve been using them for 5 months and I haven’t noticed any obvious improvement in the condition of my skin. I will stop using them at the end of March because they can photosensitize the skin and start to use them again in October (since I have over half a bottle left of each). Maybe I’ll introduce a stronger concentration of salicylic since I could see the effect of this one.

xoxo Tamara

BIODERMA Sebium Exfoliating Purifying Gel Review and Ingredients

Another HG product.

I’ve been using Sisley Scrub prior to Bioderma, but Sisley was a bit too messy and complicated to use. I had to wait for several minutes to dry out and if the air was a slightly bit humid, it would take an eternity for it to dry. I won’t even mention the messy scrubbing of the exfoliator off. All in all, even if it was a very good product, it was much too high a maintenance for me.

Bioderma Sebium Exfoliator comes in a huge 100 ml tube and it is pretty cheap. Here, it costs around $12, but since Bioderma often offers promos, you can get it even cheaper.

It is both mechanical and a light chemical exfoliator. The mechanical exfoliation is done by tiny polyethylene beads, while glycolic acid does a light chemical exfoliation. There is a lot of exfoliating beads inside, so I can be sure that they’ll do a proper scrubbing.

I apply it on slightly damp, cleansed skin, scrub for around 2 minutes and then leave it on the face while I’m taking a bath (so that the glycolic acid can do its magic). After the bath/shower I wash the exfoliator off.

The result is perfectly cleansed, even skin without irritation.

I sometimes use it as a body scrub too and it works (although I find it a bit too expensive to use it that way).

Until my skin changes and starts demanding something else, I’ll continue to use it.




This is the last one (at least until my birthday), I promise. Bioderma exfoliator was a necessity, Sisley eyeshadow my long-time wish, but the rest is purely impulse purchase (I hope I won’t regret it).

I’ve bought way too much stuff and spent too much, but thankfully Sisley GWP makes it less painful.

So, first the skincare.

As I have mentioned, Bioderma Sebium Exfoliating Purifying Gel was a necessity as I have spent my Sisley Crème Gommante and I have found myself without an exfoliator.

However there was a Bioderma promo at the pharmacy and the SA turned my attention towards Bioderma Purifying Correcting Care which came with a free Bioderma Sebium H2O Micelle Solution (value $13. I also got a samples of Bioderma Pore Refiner, Bioderma Sebium Hydra Moisturizing Cream, Bioderma Sebium Serum and Bioderma Photoderm AKN spf 30 sunscreen.

I can’t wait to try the products. From my experience so far, Bioderma is an excellent skincare line and I wonder why haven’t I tried it before.

Now onto the make-up (and a bit of skincare).

Sisley had a GWP promo and since I’ve been lemming Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow #17 Stardust for ages, this was chance to finally get it.

The GWP was a mini set for oily skin:

Cleansing Milk with Sage (30ml) – I love it.

Grapefruit Toning Lotion (30ml)

Radiant Glow Express Mask (15ml) – wanted to try it for ages.

Hydra Global Cream (10ml)

Tropical Resins Complex (4ml) – I already have the full-size, but the sample will be good for travelling.

Phyto Teint Eclat foundation #3 (2ml) – too dark, but I will use it during summer.

I have wanted to get Sisley lipstick, but there weren’t any in stock, so I’ve browsed other counters and found Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in #17. It was impulse, but I’m in love with that shade.

While I was at YSL counter, I have also tried the new Rouge Pur Couture Laque and I’m disappointed. My disappointment mainly stems from the fact that, based on the packaging, I have expected them to be YSL’s version of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque – that is a liquid pigmented lipstick which has glossy finish. Unfortunately, YSL can be described as a lip tint. The colours are gorgeous, but they are very sheer. However, they are very longlasting – I had to wash my hands several time with the soap to completely remove the stains.

I have also tested Clarins Gloss Prodige – it is very pigmented, but what puts me off is extremely strong fruity scent.

Anyway, I hope that I have satisfied my shopping impulses for a while.

Thank you for reading.

P.S. How do you like bigger pictures?

NIVEA All-in-1 Extra Deep Cleansing Review

This review of Nivea All-in-1 cleanser is based on using ten 2ml sample sachets (which sums up to 20ml of the product). For that reason, I’m not sure about the retail size and price.

The cleanser, as they claim, has five actions (although this is a basic 3-in1 cleanser) and I’ll break-up the review into 5 parts.

1. Wash. The first function is that of a basic cleanser. I’ve tried to use it that way, and quit immediately as it is simply too harsh for everyday usage. I’ve tried to use it for several days in a row, and the result was cleansed, but irritated skin.

2. Scrub. As a scrub, this works pretty well. The scrub particles are very tiny and there is a lot of them, so you can be sure that it will completely remove dead skin cells.

3. Mask. I didn’t see any benefits of using this product as a mask. I’ve tried to apply it both to the dry and wet skin and the mask never dried. In the end I have washed it of, and I absolutely couldn’t see no difference.

4. Antibacterial. Taking into account the fact that it contains alcohol, you can be sure that it is antibacterial.

5. Non-irritating. The cleanser is definitely not non-irritating. Even if I overlook the fact that alcohol is on the top of the ingredient list, there remains the fact that this is pretty harsh exfoliator which will for sure irritate sensitive skin. Since my skin is pretty thick, I can handle harsher exfoliation from time to time, but this doesn’t mean that sensitive skin could.

Another thing that I have to mention is the fragrance. It is incredibly strong. Normally, I’m not too much bothered by the fragrance, but this was too much. The fragrance is harsh and it doesn’t weaken.

To conclude: even if I will not purchase full-sized product, I’ll continue to use what little I have left as an exfoliator. This turned out to be a great one, but I would avoid using it as a cleanser as it is simply too harsh.


Sisley haul + Project 10 Pans Update #3

It’s been a long time since my last Project 10 Pans update. I have finally spent more product, so when I count in 2 extra spent products from update #1, 3 products form update #2 and eight products featured in today’s update, I feel like I deserve a reward.

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L’OCCITANE Almond Apple Sweet Peel

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been testing several product at the same time: Carita Eau Lactee, Carita Masque de Cotton and L’Occitane Almond Apple Sweet peel. So far, I’ve only used up one sample packaging which contains 5ml. I have still two to go. One sample lasted for five uses (I’ve transferred it to a small jar).

This exfoliator has the same smell as the whole Almond Apple line, and I’m not a fan of the smell.

Almond Apple Sweet Peel is a very gentle exfoliator. The exfoliating beads are very tiny. I cannot see them, but I can feel them when I’m exfoliating. I like the size of the exfoliating beads, since I believe that tinier beads offer better exfoliation.

However, there isn’t a lot of exfoliating beads inside. I like the exfoliators which have tons of exfoliating particles. Almond Apple Sweet Peel has even less exfoliating beads than Shiseido Exfoliating Cleanser.

Since Almond Apple Sweet Peel is an exfoliator which should be used twice or thrice per week, I have expected stronger exfoliation. As it is, I think that I could use it daily, as the exfoliating cleanser. Nevertheless, I think this would be a great exfoliator for sensitive skin. It is not very harsh and I do think that it wouldn’t be irritating.

The full size exfoliator comes in a 100 ml (3.5oz) jar, which retails for $34 (25 euros). Price-wise, it is not too expensive, and it would definitely replace Sisley Creme Gommante as my HG exfoliator if it were a bit stronger.

Overall impression: