March was crazy and I didn’t get the chance to update very often. As you may know I recently moved to Paris with my boyfriend and in the midst of chaos I couldn’t find much time to post new articles. It took me a long time to finally settle down and arrange our new place, which wasn’t easy because my kind boyfriend left me the gracious & easy task to buy all the furniture and decorate our place by myself, I quote “who cares about home decor?”. Have you ever tried explaining to someone who doesn’t speak your language you’re looking for a marble top coffee table with chrome legs? Well I have, and it wasn’t easy. At all.
Since I discovered Mad Hippie Skincare earlier this year I’ve been dying to find out more & talk about this amazing cruelty-free vegan brand. Both serums have been excellent additions to my skincare routine this year and have really helped me to brighten and even out my skintone & skin-texture. The Vitamin C serum contains a blend of nice antioxidants ingredients* to help brighten and tighten skin, minimize appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, blackheads, dark spots, uneven skintone & skin-texture. With Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E you know you’re giving your skin a treat and the incredible results this serum provides are totally worth it. Kbeauty-fans may be tempted to compare it with the famous OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, yet needless to say the Mad Hippie is incredibly more effective than the OST. While I do not hate the OST, I don’t find it particularly effective nor worth the hype. It took me a few months of regular uses with the OST to see very little results in terms of fine lines reduction and brightening results while the Mad Hippie Vitamin C provided me impressive results for both in less than a month. I also find the Mad Hippie more gentle than the OST as it does not tingle my skin during and after application.
*Vitamin E (antioxidant, photo-protective effect when used with Vitamin C)
Ferulic Acid (antioxidant)
Hyaluronic Acid (plump-up the skin and reduces appearance of wrinkles)
Konjac Root Powder (soften and smooth the skin, forms a thin protective barrier)
Grapefruit (antioxidant, natural exfoliant, removes dead skin cells)
Chamomile Extract (soothes and calms the skin, forms a thin protective shield)
Clary Sage (balances production of sebum, helps eliminate overly-dry or overly-oily skin, antibacterial and astringent properties)
The Exfoliating Serum have reached cult status within my bathroom and it’s not hard to understand why. After I ran out of my beloved Paula Choice 5% AHA Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, I decided to replace it with a serum with a higher percentage of Glycolic Acid. While the PC worked very well for me I find 5% AHA to be a bit too low for my skin, and the thick consistency was something I did not particularly enjoy. The Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum has been a wonderful alternative and its liquid-type texture feels much lighter on my skin. With 7% of Glycolic Acid and 3% of Lactic Acid, this serum is perfect for smoothing uneven skin texture and reducing deep blackheads. Coupled with a good BHA serum, like the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid or the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power, you can pretty much say goodbye to large pores and deep blackheads. This wonderful serum also contains brightening and anti-aging ingredients such as Vitamin C, Goji Berry, White Tea, Apple Stem Cells and a blend of 6 alpine plants for brightening care.
*Glycolic Acid (AHA, reduces appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, discoloration)
Lactic Acid (AHA, reduces wrinkles and dark spots. Hydrating and moisturizing)
Apple Steam Cells (Anti-aging)
Matrixyl Synthe ‘6 (Smooth the skin, reduces wrinkles and signs of aging)
White Tea and Goji Berry (Antioxidant, anti-aging)
Vitamin C (Brighten and smooth the skin, anti-aging)
For an extra dose of moisture, I added the Green Keratin Supercharged Rosehip Oil to my skincare routine. With 100% natural and organic ingredients (Rosehip seed oil, seed extract, fruit oil, vitamin E) this facial oil provides excellent anti-aging, moisturizing, hydrating, brightening results to my skin. Very lightweight, it doesn’t take long for my skin to fully absorb it and it doesn’t clog pores at all. I like to use it as an intensive night treatment once a week by applying my moisturizer first then add a few drops of oil on top to lock in moisture and maximize effects of both. (UK website)
Hera White Program Radiance Emulsion was THE skincare product I absolutely wanted to buy this year and I finally got my hands on it last month. I already tried a couple of samples of it in the past, thus I already knew what to expect. While it is not the most powerful skin-brightening product of the whole line (at this game the Biogenic Effector wins hands down) it still provides amazing moisturizing and brightening results to the skin. With a lighter gel-like consistency than the Aquabolic Emulsion of the same brand, the White Program Emulsion is perfect for all skintypes. I already got excellent results with the rest of the line, but I noticed even better results when I use it under my Hera White Program Radiance Cream.
For my night moisturizer I’ve returned to an old favorite, the Laneige White Plus Renew Cream. While I find the White Plus Renew line less effective than the White Program line by Hera, I still find a few products of this line very acceptable. The price is also an important factor to take in since Laneige is cheaper than Hera. I also got my hands on the White Plus Renew Capsules Sleeping Mask, and while they are not truly incredible in terms of skin-lightening they still provide great moisture to the skin. The white ball is a rich skin-brightening ampoule and the transparent gel is a moisturizing serum. I find them much better than the Laneige Water Bank Sleeping Mask.
While I’m at sleeping masks, I finally purchased the Mamonde Jasmin Honey Sleeping Mask and re-purchased my beloved Rose Honey version. Gosh I am totally addicted to them. With a blend of sexy anti-aging, moisturizing and brightening ingredients these sleeping masks sink beautifully into the skin and allow you to wake up with a radiant, plump skin. While the Rose version has an oil-like consistency (with rosehip oil beads) and is for anti-aging & moisture care, the Jasmin version has a soft pudding-like consistency and is for brightening care. While I’m far from being a fan of scented facial skincare products I must say these two smell incredibly good and are a real pleasure to use.
Kypris Antioxidant Dew is also an excellent addition to my skincare routine and totally worth the splurge as this lightweight moisturizing serum does everything I wanted it to. It replenishes moisture, soothes and calms irritated skin, brighten dull skin, minimizes redness, makes the skin more supple and finally targets free radicals. My skin is literally addicted and drinks this serum up. My order came with a couple of samples and all of them were jaw-dropping, not only because of their beautiful packaging but also because they are incredible. I will review this brand in details on a next post, because it really deserves to be known.
This year I decided to stop neglecting my body’s skin and to finally buy new moisturizers. As I find body scrubs totally ineffective on me and my ingrow hair, I decided to switch to a chemical exfoliator instead. The Paula Choice 10% AHA Body Lotion is an excellent alternative to the not-so-powerful Skin Doctors Ingrow Go for ingrow hair, especially since it also helps fade razor scars. Since I don’t like to toss away products I don’t really love, I recycled the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid into a legs & armpits serum. Don’t get me wrong, I find the Cosrx BHA perfectly fine but I simply very much prefer the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid for my face. The Cosrx BHA helps to reduce ingrow hair and bacteria, thus I use it as a deodorant on my armpits and as an anti-ingrow-hair serum on my legs. Lastly, I added the Green Keratin Jasmin Body Oil to moisture my skin. With the most relaxing and sexy scent of jasmin, the skin feels moisturized and wonderfully smooth & silky. Unlike a lot of body oils this one is very lightweight and I am able to dress up within a few minutes. I especially love how beautiful and shiny it makes the skin. Bravo Green Keratin!