Spring Skincare Routine

Today I am going to show you my spring skincare routine. Most people have a two part beauty regimen (morning and evening), mine consists of three parts.

Morning

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My morning routine begins with a cleanse. I tend to use non foaming cleansing agents as cleansing milks, at the moment it is the renew gentle cleansing milk. After that I like to apply a serum to my skin. My skin is very dry and does not tolerate glycerin and alcohol in larger amounts, so I chose a serum without both of them (bioearth bioprotettiva siero viso with hyaluronic acid). Third step is to apply a toner, and I prefer pure hydrosols. This one is from dabba ♦ and I have nearly finished it up, but I have some others from dabba, maienfelser and biopark as backup. I cannot be without hydrosols as they are my way to lock in moisture under my day cream. My moisturiser is the martina gebhardt summer time cream ♦ which I can highly recommend! It is a cold cream that sinks into my skin in no time. For those who do not like heavy creams, there is a summer time face and body lotion as well. The ingredients are to support the skin before and after sun exposure. Last step in the morning is to apply my mysalifree eye balm ♦: the lightweight lotion pampers my eye area with extra moisture without stinging in the eyes, after that I am well prepared for my mineral make up concealer.

Evening

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In the evening I do double-cleanse my skin. First I remove my make-up, the best product I have used so far is the cattier micellar water. I soak a cotton round in the cleanser and gently press that onto my eyes, that removes mascara without rubbing. It’s just a little dabbing 🙂 . With the backside of the cotton round I take away foundation and lipstick. Second cleanse is a cleansing milk or a slightly foaming cleansing lotion, at the moment I prefer gentle products like the heliotrop cleansing milk ♦. They remove the rest of make-up and leave my skin hydrated and prepared for the next step. Which is – who could guess? – a hydrosol. After a bad cold episode in march my skin is still pretty unbalanced and I have a lot of brakeouts beneath the jar line. To manage that I use a toner that does contain alcohol as it disinfects the skin. Currently it is the farfalla immortelle (everlasting) hydrosol ♦. Onto the moist, prepared skin I apply a moisturiser, at the moment I am very pleased with the antipodes avocado pear nourishing night cream. I bought a travel size of this cream, and despite I’m not nearly half through the tube, I think about ordering a full size. If I like to, I also apply a tiny amount of the eye lotion in the evening.

I wrote about three steps in my routine, so here it is, the mysterious part that helps me getting my skin hydrated and soft

Immediately after waking up …

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… I massage a nourishing oil into my skin. That is basically the first thing I do in the morning! It’s like a wake-up-call for my skin, it activates the cell functions and helps to loosen impurities and breakdown products. In the picture you can see the antipodes joyous protein-rich night replenish serum. This oil based serum was too much for my skin at night, but it performs well in the early morning as it does not sink into the skin and allows me the massage without dragging my skin. I love the scent! Nevertheless I am going to pass on this serum to a fellow blogger. Theresa is a fan of antipodes and I know she is going to love the serum more than I do now. Don’t worry, I have stocked up with several facial oils that I am curious to try!
After the massage I apply an eye gel (logona rose & aloe eye gel) to cool my eye area. As the gel dries, puffiness is reduced and I feel refreshed. Now I am ready for breakfast and the day can begin! Usually I tend to use cheaper products for this step as they will be washed off about half an hour later.
Do you have a routine and which products do you use?
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New Beauty September 2014

In September I got lots of new beauty things. Mostly travel sizes, but also some full size products.

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Replacement:
Cattier Perle d’eau, micellar water. This is my second bottle and I absolutely love it. Nothing removes my eye make-up as gentle as this remover.

Full sizes:
Alterra Orange Soap and Sandalwood soap. Soap. I used these for my enzyme peeling soap bars.
Alterra Eyeliner Flashing Star & Liquid Eyeliner. I am not that good at using eyeliner, and mostly I go without. But I want to learn how to use liquid eyeliner, and here I have one with a brush and one with a felt tip.
Benecos Natural Mineral Powder in Golden Hazelnut (the darkest of the 4 colours). Hopefully this will mattify my skin. The colour is a little bit dark, so if it works for my, I think I will buy a lighter tone, too.
Khadi Reetha Powder (soapnut powder). I use this mostly for washing my hair, but it is not as finely ground as I wished it was. I had the washing powder once, now I give the pure soapnut powder a chance.

Travel sizes:
Farfalla Feel Beautiful Travelset. I am so curious about Farfalla. Most of their products are certified organic and vegan, so I will test them. I like the brand, they seem nice as they cover most my requirements that I have on beauty products.
Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray. If I use hairspray twice a month, that is often for me. My conventional hairspray is nearly empty and I wanted to replace it with a greener version.
Khadi Face- and body Oil White Lily Travel Size. This is going to be an experiment for a face oil blend.
Less is More Lindengloss Finishing Spray. This should work together with the hair spray.
Sensena Shower Peeling and Seasalt-Oil-Bath Walnut & Fig. The last salt scrub I bought is long gone, I usually do other peelings.

Trial Sizes and other Stuff:
Ebelin Dupe to Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring: nice hair ribbon that stays in place. It is gentle to my hair and gives hold to my ponytail or bun.
i+m Phyto Balance 24h Moisturizer Trial Size: My skin is super dry on some days, and I want to find a moisturizer that really helps on dry patches and makes my skin smooth and hydrated.
Interdental Brushes to comb through my lashes after I applied mascara.
Sanoll Hair End Moisturizing Cream Trial Size, with goats milk. My hair ends are very dry, I have to moisture them otherwise they will split or break.
Ebelin Shampoo and Massage Brush, never tried a shampoo brush before, it should help to massage oily hair treatments into the roots.

Private Purchase

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On the photo above you see products that have been sent to me, too:

Indemne Gimme Clear! Travel Size: Dry oil to help with blemishes, whiteheads and acne discolouration.
Indemne Gimme Smooth!: Dry oil to help with cellulite and orange skin.
Maybritt Krewald MK organic pure aronia A (aroniajuice): Juice with high ORAC level to protect skin.
Maybritt Krewald MK organic pure oil W (foodstuff oilblend): “Beauty begins inside” is Maybritt’s slogan, that means that you treat your skin with good oils from the inside. I take oil and juice stirred together as a shot every morning.

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What did you get new in September?