I thought I’d show you lil better the results of the LDN : Skins I talked about it my first Summer Staples vid.
I’m a really pale girl, both my parents are Polish and it shows! My dad however has olive undertone and I can get a tan super quickly, I just prefer to protect my skin as much as possible from any sun and DNA damage (yes, that’s what a tan is… Scary…).
I usually don’t bother fake tanning, I’m bad at it and the orange tinge + the smell really don’t do it for me. However I’ve been indulging in really vain activities lately, I just felt like pampering a little more and not looking so rough and “I don’t care” like.
I grabbed this self tanning lotion because Olivia Newman Young talked about it in one of her vids, and I trust this woman with my tan. This self proclaimed pale mama (she doesn’t say mama though, I do) looks pretty good, see proof below.
In the pic above, I’ve used the lotion 3 days in a row and that’s what you get. It smells really good, develops nicely, and is full proof for fake tan noobs like myself. It fades quite quickly but without any sort of weird dry patches. It stays natural looking from the moment you put it on until it completely disappears a few days later. I can’t really say exactly how many days, just because, as there are no patches I can’t really see anything disappear (no “my white skin vs my orange blotch” to see here!).
All in all, I strongly recommend it if you like a natural tan, and like the idea of fake tan, but just hate everything about it! This is the full proof, “chic” fake tan.
You can buy it here :
See my Summer Staples vid here.
I made another vid for you guys! It’s the first of a three-part series on Summer Staples, meaning the tried and true (+ extras goodies) products I ALWAYS take with me on vacation. I hope you like it and if you have a suggestion/question/comment, please share! I’m always excited to get feedback! Especially since video in such a new format for this blog…
I’ll see you next week for my everyday summer make up look, and the week after for a lookbook, and a 2 months favorites video.
On a side note, I just saw a Youtube vid complaining about the fact that Michael Todd sent a bunch of products to a bunch of Youtubers, and asked them to sign a contract binding them legally to not say shit about the products. I won’t get into it, but I’m sure you can imagine that I wasn’t offered any products. My blog and channel are tiny, and I don’t mind that fact actually. I love the process of filming, editing etc. and that’s the reason I do it, not to be a super star. Even if I had been offered the opportunity to try products from a brand, I would never lie to you guys, just because it’s not worth it. The process would be “tainted”, and the process is precious to me.
I still stand by my love for this skin care line, and will keep buying from them, because it’s good for my skin, but will not be bought, because it’s not good for my soul.
End of sidebar.
Now, the links if you’re interested in any of the products I mentioned in the video!
Sun Fluid Matifiant 50+, Eucerin
So I talked about Michael Todd, but he’s not the only player in my team.
I made a little video about everything that I use, as I can get over chatty in writing. It’s just a little video, so don’t expect I’ll Michelle Phan your asses, I just talk about shit I like. If you ever need extra info, you know I’m here!
I’m here to talk about a skin care range I’ve been trying for the last to months and that basically changed my skin.
What is it?
I’m talking about the Michael Todd Anti Acne Skin Care line.
A quickie about Michael Todd : it’s a company that uses mostly organic ingredients (70 to 95% per product), no added water (aloe is their base thingy, wich I love), no parabens, triclosan, phtalates or sulfates (yay!), no mineral oil, no artificial color or fragrance (yay yay!) and no animal testing (my cat says yay!) as the products are tested on the chairman of the company….
What it does (at least for me)?
As you can see in the pics above, it erased my pimples (without nasty dry patches, inflammation, etc.), and made my marks fade away like no other…
The crazy thing is that it’s super straight forward : the “basic kit“, meaning, all you need to have a sensible and complete routine, consists in a cleanser, 1 mask, 1 scrub, 1 toner, 1 serum. Easy-peasy.
I bought a few things more, as I heard good reviews on a couple of products I really wanted to try, and I can tell you I’m not disappointed.
The thing I adore with this line is that’s it just keeps for face COMFORTABLE. Hydrated, supple, happy, happy skin… There’s no “attacking” of the skin, no offensive approach to acne curing. And it is SO efficient.
Yey! First one!!
I discovered a few good products this month, let’s share :
I’ve done it! Two full months of washing my face EXCLUSIVELY with oil. Ok, I lie I’ve washed my face thrice with a traditional foaming cleanser, when I was sleeping at my parents’ boyfriend’s house. (And I didn’t like it).
I want to give you my opinion about it. I read so many tales about this method, and all were either 100% positive : “my skin cleared up for good”, “I cleared up my acne in 2 weeks”, or plain horror stories : “my skin completely freaked out”, “I have the most sever cystic acne now”, “my face hasn’t gotten over it, and it’s been a year…”. I’m firmly in the middle.
My thoughts/My skin.
Well well. Does my skin look better? Yes and no.
My skin first looked AMAZING : I fell in love first (waiting for my iHerb package) with rosehip oil, thanks to a bottle that was lying randomly in my bathroom stash. I began with that, and my hyperpigmentation disappeared. Vanished. I kept with this routine, refraining myself from posting about it, because of the horror tales found on the internet. And that was a good instinct. 2 weeks after I started, my temples, and chin got super spotty, and these are place I never get acne, NEVER EVER. I never believed the concept of “purging” and still don’t, I still don’t know what happened there. It wasn’t major, just a clear freak out.
I then thought “time to use castor oil!”. I used it in combination with jojoba oil. I started having pimples on my left cheek; wich was clear before. At the same time, my problematic area, my right cheek, started clearing. Weird. I still got a few pimples on my temples, and forehead, again, areas of my face that never were of concern. They didn’t clear up that quickly, which made me realize that the ocm wouldn’t be a proper “acne miracle cure”, at least not for me.
But at the same time, a lot of friends complimented my “glowing skin”, and “amazing complexion”. Sure I still was, and am, wearing a full face of make up, but even I noticed how nice the application felt, and how soft my skin was.
The weird thing is, my face got spots, and I think that as pimples go, the OCM isn’t for me, but the rest of my skin, the “healthy” parts of my skin, felt healthier, plumper… happier? To top that, my very oily skin, became close to normal! Still on the combination side, but really less shiny, more manageable, etc…!
What to take from the experience?
For me, again, it’s my experience, and I don’t think it can apply to everyone, skin is more complex than that, it really made me understand that gentle was the way to go, but that I had to pair a nice, nourishing and mosturizing method, with something else, glycolic acids, chemical exfoliants etc…. Well, clearly reconsider my whole regimen, and research my skin care better, stop with “easy”, traditional acne-skin targeted products, etc… And that my friends, is already amazing.
I did all that, and NOW, I have a crazy good regimen (next beauty post), that actually cleared up my skin (this, paired with a tad healthier lifestyle). I have found some amazing products, which I can’t wait to share with you!
How can you use my experience?
Keep that in mind if you have very oily skin : oil treatments could be very beneficial for you, even as masks every other day! If you suffer from hyperpigmentation due to acne scars, try rosehip oil, I still swear by it!!
Stop harsh cleanser and anything with synthetic fragrance and artificial foamers in. You should treat acne prone skin as you would sensitive skin… Even essential oils should be used with an extremely light hand.
Using a muslin cloth is the nicest and most effective way to cleanse. If you’re scared of oils, or, like me, tried them but are not 100% down, than maybe a balm could be good. That’s what I did, and I love it. I use oil for masks only now, and I’m glad I discovered this!
Do you have tips and tricks for good skin? Do you know things about oil we don’t? Please do share!
Yeah, I’m trying to go greener and healthier, and for the most part, I’m succeeding (no meat, ocm every night, no processed food, sodas, etc.). But my skin, even though it’s getting better, is still pimple central. It feels and looks less congested and mor even, but I can’t just try coconut oil filled foundations, that are all described as sheer and light. I wish I could be on the look out for sheer and skin like products, but I want to look polished and acne free when I face the world. Only a few products tick the skin like box AND the medium coverage box, and they are in my upcoming “Best products of 2013” blog thingy, but none perfect (too dewy, contains fragrance…)…
So I keep looking even in the classic cosmetics world. Just because I’m not perfect. And look what I found. And bought. I’ll do a full face when my package arrives.
These buys are so luxurious, but so affordable. I’m super excited to try soon things that are completely out of my price range, but that are now, finally, MINE!
Cover Expert, by Terry, 36,30$ (still pricey, but I’ve heard it’s unbelievable)
The Matte Lipstick, Kevyn Aucoin, 16,50$
Touch-Expert Advanced, Multi-Corrective Concealer Brush, by Terry, 25,58$
Do you know some of these products? Are you tempted? What did you buy on sale lately? Tell me what’s up.