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My skin care routine changes rather frequently, and I alternate between products, I go for the ‘lazy’ option quite often and sometimes I use face masks often.. My skin doesn’t like it if I use the same products for an extended period of time so alternating between products that I know work for me is the best solution.

On lazy days I use only Micellar water, a toner and moisturizer, but on regular days I use a proper cleanser first before doing the rest of the steps, sometimes adding in time for a mask too.

Here’s everything I use currently.

Simple Micellar Water, Neutral Skin Tonic, L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating, Purifying and Exfoliating Gel Cleansers.

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Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser & Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Gel.

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask.

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I honestly spend more money on skincare than I do on make up, and it has pretty much always been that way. I really hate how oily my skin gets so I’m glad that I have skincare products to prevent and help aid that. I’ve tried to not use cleansers and all but it just feels so disgusting since I get a lot of oil on my nose, forehead and chin. So yeah, if I had to choose between make up and skincare, I would definitely choose skincare.

What would you choose if you had to pick one of the two?

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What is it?

L’Oreal has had clay masks on the market for a long time, I have used them all and I have been very happy with them so of course I had to purchase this too. Or these, rather, because there is three different kinds. They have one that is purifying, one that is exfoliating, and this one which is illuminating. What this is, is basically the clay mask mixed with cleansing gel. It smells the same, it looks like a more watery version of the mask and it makes my skin feel just as soft as the mask does.

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How does it work?

The cleanser contains 3 different pure clays; Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay and Montmorillonite and it contains charcoal powder to help purify your skin. The gel is advised to either use on damp skin or to mix it with a tiny bit of water to form a mousse, then apply it to the face. I use a wet washcloth to remove anything on my face but you could easily just use water.

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The cleanser was very light, very gentle and it was very easy to remove. It didn’t foam up too much so I suppose I never really used enough water at the time ( I use more with it now). Pairing this with the Glow clay mask might just be too much for my skin but I think it works extra well, at least for now. My skin has never felt or looked better. Usually my face turns bright red after using any kind of cleansers but luckily it didn’t happen with this.

I would definitely recommend this for someone who wants to treat their skin a little bit extra because it feels so lush. Have you tried this cleanser before? 

What is it?

Korres softening cuticle oil (also known as Nail Care Myrrh & Almond Oil) is an oil treatment for your nails and cuticles, to soften and remove them. It has 95% natural ingredients and smells pretty much just like almonds. So if you’re not too keen on that, you probably wouldn’t enjoy smelling this one.

Korres is a Greek brand and it is fairly expensive here in Norway so I definitely would expect very good quality at the price point it has. This bottle of nail oil contains 10 ml (0.35 fl.oz) and costs 139 NOK ($17/£13). Luckily you don’t have to use too much at the same time so I guess it could last a while. I’ve been using it over a few weeks and it hasn’t gone down by much yet.

Here’s a cut out of the ingredients listed on their website, you can really see how much good stuff that has been stuffed into this tiny bottle:

THE INGREDIENTS

MYRRH / It enhances keratin, while also boosting hydration levels in the under-the-nail skin area, restoring their elasticity.
ΑLMOND, SUNFLOWER, MACADAMIA OILS / Improve nails texture and provide long-lasting hydration, reducing nail moisture loss. They have antioxidant, regenerating and nourishing properties.
KERATIN / It enhances nails natural growing process, improves their appearance and their resistance against breaking and chipping.
PROVITAMIN Β5 / With moisturising properties, it improves nails flexibility and strength.
CALCIUM / It strengthens and protects nails’ enamel, increasing their resistance to breaking
LEMON OIL / Rich in vitamin C, this is a potent antioxidant ingredient. It contributes in strengthening nails enamel, while it provides brightened, rejuvenated look.
CAMELIA OIL / Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it revitalizes skin and nails. It is easily absorbed while it provided deep hydration.
VITAMIN Ε / It has antioxidant properties, while improving nails texture.

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Why did I need it?

As you can see in the picture below, the place where I have my work experience is very hand-heavy when it comes to things to do. Most of the time I restock dry goods in a grocery store so there is a lot of cardboard and plastic tearing to get things out of their packaging and it really takes a toll on my nails and fingers. I try to take good care of my hands, always using hand creams and what not but I haven’t been the best at taking care of my nails, so I decided to invest into this oil.

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It’s very easy to apply, it comes in a typical nail polish bottle so you just need to open it and brush the oil onto your cuticles and your nails. The instructions says to just apply it, then massage it in but I like to leave it on for at least 20 minutes to let the oil really get into my cuticles and nails to get the most benefits from the ingredients in it.

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The result?

My nails definitely end up looking more hydrated and healthier, and it also helps for the dry skin around the nails. It also leaves them smelling like almonds and I think it’s really cozy for some weird reason. It does what it promises to do, however it’s not a very long lasting result and it says on the bottle to use it frequently for the best results. It is a good quick fix though. I just wish it was a tiny bit cheaper, or that the effect of it lasted a bit longer than it does. It’s not terrible though!

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So yeah, that’s my experience with this nail oil! Have you tried it before? Or do you have recommendations for other oils that work well? Let me know!

When it comes to skincare, I rarely change how I do it, but I like switching out the products and trying new brands or items from brands I already know. I have been using the same products for a long time so I thought it was time to switch things out and try some new things out. Here’s what I got and my first impressions of them.

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♥ Simple – Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

This is a micellar water cleanser, and I love to use these. I have been using one from Garnier but I felt like it was time for something new. The major difference for me was that this one actually had a scent, compared to the Garnier one which was practically unscented. It’s not terrible though, and it does make my skin feel just as cleansed and nice as the other one did. So I’ll give it a 9/10.

♥ Nivea – Soothing Toner For Dry Skin

This one was a bit weird! It totally smells like the Nivea body lotion I used before so it was odd to have that scent for a toner. It is soothing though, and my skin feels a bit more hydrated and not as tight after using it so it works well enough. I used to use a tea tree toner water so having something that isn’t actively combatting breakouts and spots feels a bit weird but so far I haven’t noticed any changes in my skin. I’ll give this a 8/10.

♥ L’Oreal – Hydra Genius Aloe Water

This is a slightly weird one! It’s not a water, it’s not a cream and it is not a gel. I guess it’s like those water creams you hear about in k-beauty, but it is a nice texture. It feels slightly cooling on the skin and it does make my skin feel really hydrated, so I like it a lot! It is light weight and it works nicely under make up as long as you give it a few minutes to dry first, of course. I’ll give this a 9/10.

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♥ Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial Night Cream

This is a very floral scented night cream. I’m not sure what I expected from the scent wild rose but I didn’t expect it to be so potent. It’s not terrible though, it’s just a bit stronger than what I am used to. It is a fairly thick night cream so I only use a little bit at a time to avoid my skin from feeling too greasy the morning after. It works pretty well! I’ll give this one a 8/10.

♥ Dove – Nutrium Moisture Shower Cream Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Scent

I adore Dove shower creams and milks and this is no exception! It smells so sweet and fresh at the same time and it is very hydrating and soothing to use in the shower. The scent lingers for a while too so that is a plus! I think all Dove shower creams would get an automatic 10/10 from me, I haven’t encountered any bad ones yet.

I also received a sample with my order, which was for the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser. I haven’t tried this yet since I am still getting used to the new products I’m using now, but I am very excited to give it a go after a while.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them? 

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I’m sure we all have those days where all we want is to get rid of our make up and go straight to bed. Or maybe we want to stay in bed in the morning instead of going to the bathroom to wash our faces. The former happens a lot to me when I come home after a long day, so having products at hand that I can use without needing any water is great.

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The first thing I do is to use the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. It is very convenient, it doesn’t have to be rinsed off and it removes make up like a dream while still being so gentle to sensitive skin. I just use it with a cotton pad, wipe off my make up and then go over again with a new cotton pad to properly cleanse the skin. Then I spray some of the Tea Tree Toner Water onto a cotton pad and use small circular movements as I apply it to the skin. Then I let it dry for a few minutes before moving onto the next steps.

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After using the toner I move on to moisturizing the skin, and lately I have been loving the Figs & Rouge Hydra Activ Smart Nutrient Day Cream. Even if it is a day cream, I also use it at night because it has been so beneficial for my skin, giving it just enough moisture without making my skin feel greasy. It is great for using under powder make up too since it makes sure that you don’t have any dry patches the powder can adhere to. Under the eyes I use the oOlution Eye Love cream which hydrates, depuffs and tightens the under eye area. I love using it because it always makes me look so awake. It also works great under a concealer because it’s not too heavy so it just makes the area smooth and nice. Lastly I use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Balm, this one is especially great to apply before bed because it is a thick formula that takes some time to absorb. I always wake up with soft lips after using it and I love it. It also has SPF in it so its great to use during the day too.

So that’s what I use when I don’t want to spend ages in the bathroom to get ready and just need a quick fix! What do you usually use? 

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