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I have today 6 clever (and cheap!) things for you that make my life easier ... and hopefully yours too! Such simple little helpers that save me time but also pain!




We all know how annoying and maybe even hurtful (and ugly) those cuticles can be, right? Cutting them off can be painful and you might cut off too much healthy skin or even bleed. Well, the Orly Cutique Cuticle Remover will gently and effectively remove dead tissue, leaving cuticles soft and beautiful! 

You simply apply the solution on the cuticles, wait 30-60 seconds (depending on how hard the cuticle is). The solution will make the cuticles so super soft that it is easy to remove the skin with a cuticle pusher (I use this one). Genius! Oh and this can also removes nail stains! Amazing little helper! 


2. Frownies $17


I sleep since 4 years with Frownies! You heard that right: 4 (!!!) years! If that doesn´t tell you that I really love them, what else does? You don´t know what they do? Well, inside the box you have little paper triangles that you stick between your eyes to avoid frowning during the night. I had 4 years ago a very, very deep frown line between my eyes and that looks so, so much better today (read my 3 year update with before and after pics)! 

I used to joke that I could hide things inside of my frown line- well not anymore. Turns out that I am a "wild dreamer" and frown a lot during my sleep. Well, the Frownie keeps the crease flat and relaxed while I sleep and because the muscles of the face cannot move under the patch, it keeps me from frowning or expressing while I sleep. I can´t live with them anymore! 


3. Pamprin $4-$5


Why suffer during your period, when there are such easy solutions to make us feel better! At the first sign of discomfort, I reach for something to ease my pain! But Pamprin does not only treat the pain- no! It goes much further than that and even helps to relief symptoms such as cramps, headache, backache, irritability, fatigue and bloating! Gotta have a box in my drawer for sure!


4. Nivea $1-$6


I always have a tin of Nivea in the house- I think every German women does! It is so versatile! It´s an iconic cold cream used in Germany since centuries. You can use it for example a makeup remover, as a hand cream for extra dry skin, as a foot cream to soften those hard calluses, but also on your elbows and knees! My son suffers from eczema and Nivea really helps to get rid of the dry patches.

If you have a cold and your nose hurts (from all the tissues you are rubbing on your nose): Nivea is your best bet! And if you bought new high heels that hurt on the back of your feet: put Nivea on top! It will make the shoe glide on your heel instead of uncomfortable rubbing. 

I also like to use it as an eye cream, when it is really cold outside- it protects and seals the delicate eye area and doesn´t let any moisture out. Yes, the blue little tin is a little magic and an amazing helper for so many situations!


5. Detangle Brush around $10


I can not even imaging brushing my hair without this brush! It detangles my super coarse and tangled hair so gentle and fast. Saves me so much time! If you have long hair, you need this! I love this brush!



I always use the Turbie Twist (it´s a microfiber towel) after I washed my hair. It speeds up the drying process of my hair, but I also love how lightweight it is - compared to a regular towel. I can have my cup of coffee without a giant heavy towel on my head! I also use this when I take a bath to keep my hair dry! 


What is a clever thing that you need in your life?




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Did you know that Suzanne Somers has a full range of organic and toxin-free cosmetic? Suzanne was diagnosed with cancer, and immediately decided she needed to cut toxins from her life. She was shocked to discover how many chemicals were used in the name of beauty. In order to give herself and others healthy alternatives, she launched the SUZANNE Organics line. It includes hair care, skin care, makeup, supplements and much more! I tried a bunch of things and tell you today, how I liked them!


I like to start right away with my favorite product: the SUZANNE 10‐Toxin Free Nail Polish Fall Collection 5‐Piece Set that includes 4 elegant and timeless colors: Sea Salt (a light grey with blue undertones), Suede (a taupe-pinkish color), Bordeaux (yes exactly that!) and Eclipse (a very dark blue- almost black) and Speed Dry (a clear top coat).


How wonderful that these nail polishes contain no toxins! 2 coats provide a beautiful glossy and opaque finish. The "Speed Dry" (a clear top coat) really helps to amp up the shine and speed up the drying process. I had with all of these polishes about 4-5 days of chip-free (and toxin-free) nail fun! I absolutely adore the colors- I feel like Suzanne made this set just for me, because these are the kind of colors I reach for all the time! ;-)

Suede

Bordeaux

Eclipse

Sea Salt


Now let´s talk about hair, shall we? Did you know that many shampoos use heavy silicones? So what is the problem about silicones? They weigh hair down and strip moisture! Suzanne uses instead a botanical active solution and instead of commonly used and harmful sodium lauryl sulfates, Suzanne uses Cocoa Butter Cleansers for a mild lather to gently and thoroughly clean the hair with no residue. I tried the SUZANNE Organics 3‑Piece Complete Hair Care Set (includes Shampoo, Conditioner and Gel) and my hair feels energized, healthy and looks super shiny! But that might also be because of…



the True Brazilian Activating Serum and Finishing Gloss! Wow! I gotta tell you: if you like to get a professional (looking) blow out at home, this is what you need! I love to blow dry my hair SUPER STRAIGHT, because it is naturally very curly and coarse- and when I use this serum and the gloss, my hair looks so super shiny and smooth for days! 


After washing my hair I use about 3 pumps of the True Brazilian Activating Serum (I avoid my roots to not make them look greasy!), then I blow dry my hair (with a brush and straight down). The serum is heat activated and contains Meadowfoam Seed Oil that absorbs on the hair shaft with the addition of heat to help strengthen the hair. This makes the hair appear thicker, and stronger looking! Yay to that!

When my hair is dry, I use a pump of the Finishing Gloss to give my hair extra shine! This leaves my hair silky and shiny as if I just walked out of the salon with an expensive Brazilian straightening treatment (I have never had one- but I am guessing LOL! ;-) Oh and did I mention that it also smells delicious? 

Suzanne doesn´t stop with beauty from outside, no, she also offers great supplements, such as RestoreLife Formulas Hair, Skin & Nail Renew formulated with biotin, Cynatine HNS Plus, bioactive collagen peptides. Biotin is so important for healthy hair, skin and nails! If you suffer from nail breakage or hair breakage, you should try to include a biotin supplement, y’all!


I also tried SUZANNE Organics 3‑Piece Bestsellers Skincare Kit that contains the Ageless Serum, the Liquid Oxygen Facial Serum and the Anti-Aging Eye Cream. This amazing organic, toxin free and gluten-free trio targets fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful, glowing complexion. My favorite is the Liquid Oxygen Facial Serum! It´s like an expensive Oxygen Facial Treatment in a bottle, it feels super lightweight and nourishes my skin with amazing nutrients.



I also tried the 3Way Poncho from Suzanne Somers (in black and mocha) that is an easy-to wear top that is loose and breezy. I love the ultra-soft fabric! You can pair it with jeans, leggings or a skirt and you can also bare a naked shoulder, if you please! ;-) Keep in mind that this 3Way Poncho comes in 2 sizes only: Missy fits up to size 14.
Plus fits 15 and higher. (I´m wearing Missy). 

3Way Poncho in Mocha

3Way Poncho in Black



My verdict: Suzanne Somers has developed beauty and health products that are pure, clean, easy and fun! Check out her full range of products! Use PRIMP20 for 20% off!





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Today I have the best foundations for women over 40 for you! And why do women over 40 need a different foundation? Because we don´t want to enhance our "experience lines", don´t want the skin to look dry or even cakey. From my experience I find that a full coverage foundation will look in most cases too much and make you look older, so I stick usually to a light to medium coverage. 


In no particular order, as all of these foundations are my personal winners:

This is an oil-free foundation that really looks undetectable, you can't see the makeup and you can't see imperfections and it also contains hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance. All that's left is naturally beautiful skin that looks like you were "Born This Way". ;-) I absolutely love it!


It truly gives you full, flawless, perfect coverage and also protects your skin with SPF 50 UVA/UVB. It is also infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E to diffuse the look of wrinkles, enhance skin brightness, minimize pores and give you a more radiant, supple and flawless-looking complexion. My favorite "every day" foundation since many years! 


My skin looks natural and bright with a demi-matte finish. I find it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blurring imperfections for a beautiful natural looking skin.


This foundation is zero percent noticeable! The lightweight fluid has a weightless, second-skin feel that makes it comfortable to wear, while also long-lasting. It keeps your skin hydrated and nourished for a supremely healthy, fresh face. No wonder this is a staple of many makeup artists for their bridal makeup!


Just one pump delivers lightweight, oil-free, photo-friendly full-coverage. Natural Bamboo Stem Extract provides a smooth, soft focus finish, while Papaya Enzymes gently improve skin's texture both immediately and over time. It looks beautiful and is cheaper than most of my other faves!


My most affordable favorite provides a silky-light coverage that glides on for a perfectly natural look. I love the thin consistency that spreads super easy! It also contains an SPF 20!


This moisture- rich, long-wearing cushion foundation gives a glowy, flawless finish but allows skin to breathe while instantly concealing imperfections and also contains an amazing SPF 50. Looks super natural while providing amazing coverage!



So, there you have it: all my favorite foundations for my over 40 year old skin! Have another favorite to share? Tell me! I wanna know!




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I have suffered from dandruff since I can think of, but I completely got rid of it and want to tell you today how! I hope this helps you too, if you suffer from this annoying condition. I always thought that Head & Shoulders is the only thing that gets rid of it. So, I was basically an H&S addict and apparently I was not the only one: in 2017 500 million bottles were sold world wide!)

Even in my "more natural phase" in which I tried to use only natural products- I needed to use Head & Shoulders at least once a week to combat the flaking... and I tried all the natural remedies: tea tree oil, apple cider, vinegar, coconut oil... you name it! 

Nothing worked- only Head & Shoulders (well the magic is the Pyrithione Zinc in it) seemed to work on me. But today I can tell you: I got completely rid of any dandruff and I also got rid of Head & Shoulders! And how?


The funny thing is that this happened pure out of laziness! About a year ago my hair was so long, that I was really sick and tired to wash it every 2 days! It took forever! Shampooing, Conditioning (I can´t detangle my hair at all without conditioner! It is so tangled and coarse when wet, you won´t believe it!), and then the worst part: brushing and blow-drying. Ah! Dragging how much time I wasted on that... so I got a little lazy and skipped washing my hair 3 days, sometimes even 4! 

A couple years back I would have thought: 
"EOWWWW!", if you would tell me you don´t wash your hair at least every 2 days. 

And doesn´t it itch? Nope! The opposite was happening! The more I skipped washing my hair for a couple of days, the more balanced my scalp became!

You know, without Batiste dry shampoo I couldn´t do it either. It just would not look appealing. Duh! If you have never tried Batiste, you are in for a treat! This saves so much time! Party!!!

And- without even noticing- the magic happened after a couple of weeks of being "lazy": I completely forgot that I did not have to use Head & Shoulders! Like ever! Not every second wash or once a week- not at all! My scalp was healthy as can be! And still is: cause the hair I cut off since then, but I stayed with my lazy shampoo routine! ;-)

Turns out that there are several causes for dandruff such as: seborrhoeic dermatitis, not shampooing often enough, shampooing too often, scalp psoriasis, eczema, sensitivity to hair care products, or a yeast-like fungus. 

But a dry scalp is the most common cause of flaking dandruff! So, if you don´t suffer from the other conditions, chances are that you also just shampoo too often your hair and dry the sensitive scalp too much!

I dare you to try this! And don´t forget to pick up a big bottle of Batiste! ;-)





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Eliminating wrinkles with skincare based on your DNA? This is the new skin care approach that LifeDNA is taking, because after all: our DNA reveals a lot of information: skin imperfections, risks, and deficiencies. To get your own customized skin care products, LifeDNA asks you to fill out a lifestyle survey, so they get a complete picture of your skincare needs.


Sounds interesting? It surely is! Lifestyle choices and genetics both affect how we develop wrinkles. Using the right ingredients for you based on your DNA and lifestyle, LifeDNA might be able to give you an improved complexion by reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

LifeDNA formula's contain no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs, mineral oil, animal products or by-products.

OK, so off to my experience: After I filled out my lifestyle survey, LifeDNA was able to match my skins needs with the perfect products and a week later I received the Essential Beauty Box that contained: the Ulta-Glow Brightening Cleanser, the Ulta-Hydration Aqua Toner and the Ultra Glow Brightening Cream. Overall theme for my skin seems: brightening! Yay to that!

The Brightening Cleanser is self-foaming and smells super nice: very fresh and clean. It contains Glycolic Acid- so that definitely helps to achieve brighter skin. It´s a great mild cleanser!


There! My own customized cleanser!

The Aqua toner contains calming rose water, aloe, witch hazel and nourishing Panthenol. This one smells somewhat like herbs to me! I like that it comes in a convenient spray bottle. I spritz it on a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face and my neck!


The Brightening Cream is such a wonderful hydrating cream that smells fresh and clean. It feels super moisturizing, but not greasy. It has a very light consistency and sinks in quick into my skin. It contains hydrating She Butter, Vitamin E as well as nourishing Panthenol and exfoliating Glycolic Acid.




Now keep in mind, that these 3 products were customized to my skin´s needs and you might be getting completely different ingredients in your products, if you decide to order the Essential Beauty Box. 

While of course LifeDNA doesn´t actually have my DNA- the questionnaire helped them to figure out, what my skin really needs and with that the Essential Beauty Box was definitely on point! My skin is loving these products. 





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Have you seen this ad with the above image and the title: "How to reduce crepe skin" (also: this German lady over here is no expert, but shouldn´t it be: crepey skin?). I have seen the ad many times: in magazines and online. 

I love to reveal beauty scams and save us all our hard earned money and so I coudn´t keep my mouth shut and tell you about the BEVERLY HILLS MD CREPE CORRECTING BODY COMPLEX!


But first a little disclaimer, because these companies get sometimes really angry with me (I know this first hand, as I have gotten already "cease and desist letters" for my "exposures", as you may read for example in this article).

So, here it comes:

Disclaimer: My writing here is an editorial news comment on the company´s business practices. All opinions stated here are my own. I do not speak for others in any way, shape, or form. 

How to reduce crepey skin- the Ad!

Cosmetic surgeons John Layke and Payman Danielpour "have made a revolutionary at-home technique to help fight the appearance of crepey skin". At least this is what the ad claims...

So I went on the given website on the ad: www.BHMD40.com (you might come across similar websites (such as www.bhmd78.com - this is just so the doctors can track which advertisement was successful and how many people came from which ad).




And what is waiting on that website for us? A 44 minute (44 MINUTES y'all! Who has the time?) looooong video! But ladies: I watched the whole video for ya and will tell you about the "amazing at-home technique" that these doctors have discovered. Cough! 

So, let me tell you what happens in the video, so you don´t have to waste 44 minutes of your life (cause I just wasted this time in my life- or maybe it wasn´t a waste, if this article helps that YOU don´t fall for the ad!)

The video starts with a women that ages within seconds with the words: 

"When people look at you, are they seeing the person you feel you are, or do they see someone older"?


A mean little tactic, cause -I feel you- of course I know, how it is to get older and it would be lovely to look younger and stop this annoying aging process, right? But it´s funny that the video starts with an aging face, but the advertised product is a product for your body...

The rest of the video is all drawn in little cartoons- and Dr. John Layke explains, how difficult and heartbreaking it always was for him to have constantly women crying in his  office (awww that poor guy!) about their crepey skin and he could not help them.

So there you go- apparently I look like the women on the right! ;-)



Layke tells us that over the counter cremes won´t help to treat crepey skin either...




But then one day, he was traveling to Switzerland and went into a pharmacy and discovered a cream against crepey skin that would cost 300 SF (approx. $320!!!) that according to the swiss pharmacist would be super popular in Switzerland.



Layke checked the ingredients and found red algae in it!


Layke explains (I mean I am not even sure it is his voice in the video) that it would be so expensive to "harvest" red algae and that is why the cream costs so much in Switzerland...

See that is how the harvest of the red algae is done! ;-) 
I love how he mentions in the video that: "Regulations in Europe are different than they are in the U.S." 

Yes, that is so very true, Mr Layke! While Canada and the European Union have banned for example more than 1,300 ingredients from use in cosmetics, the U.S. has only banned 11! Quite the opposite of what Layke is trying to tell us. It is not harder in the U.S. to sell cosmetics, it is wayyyyy easier! The FDA- sorry to tell you- literally does not care much of what is in our cosmetic. Sad, but true. 



So back at home Layke researched the ingredients and found out (in a study that is nowhere to be found haha) that red algae would be so much better than Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate skin. 

He would then create with his friend Danielpour (that is the other cosmetic surgeon, remember?) different solutions that include Hydrafirm (which he claims contains red algae but I think this is bs because I find other brands using this term too and they don´t use red algea), Riboxyl and Niacinamide. That is basically the miracle in this cream- the sensational combination of these 3 ingredients. 

They would test 8 different solutions on 24 of their own customers (of the Beverly Hills Surgeon Center) and ta-da- they all loved the product. After just 1 day (ah! how I hate claims like this! 1 day! C'mon!) they would see already an improvement... they were probably just happy the surgeons offered some free products lol.





Here, this is the statistic, how the 24 customers felt, after using this product for only 1 day....100 % said the formula made their skin appear more youthful (again after only 1 day...yawn!!!)



The video also includes a couple of before and (only 2 weeks ) -after pics. Oh man. Can you believe this?

And the video ends uplifting: "Your life will change with this cream and everybody will want to know your secret!"





And have you noticed? Where in this video is the promised "revolutionary at-home technique"?!? Nowhere! All you have to do is to buy their creme: the BEVERLY HILLS MD CREPE CORRECTING BODY COMPLEX.

Of course!





And how much does this thing cost? A whooping $49 (this is a 4 oz jar and you are supposed to put this on your body. This won´t last long!!!).

And what is inside?

Here are the ingredients:

There is no "red algea" in the product!!!

Wait! Wasn´t that the miraculous ingredient he found in Switzerland in that expensive cream? And now it is nowhere to be found in the ingredients of his cream?! 

The scientific name of red algea is Rhodophyta- also nowhere to be found. 

What is really inside is: Niacinamide (although on 7th place and also Riboxyl (Ribose)- even further at the end to find in the ingredient list.


Which $300 cream from Switzerland was he talking about in his video?

I was curious about the $300 creme he claims he found in a pharmacy in Switzerland. Hey! I speak German (and so do the people in Switzerland haha!), so I am googling a Swiss pharmacy and check for cremes that are against crepey skin and contain red algae.

And what do you know? I found it. It is called GUAM Snell Crema Rassodante (by Soledor). It retails for 30 SF ($35) AND NOT FOR $300! 

I found it also on Amazon for $46. Yes, it contains the red algae- but apparently it isn´t that expensive to harvest it as he explains in the video. Haha!


GUAM is an Italian brand that is in Italy as famous as NIVEA in Europe and most of their products contain guam (red algae).

Since in the video a jar was drawn with a red lid, I was wondering if Layke saw this product (also by GUAM).



This is a mud-mask with red algae for your body that claims to get rid of cellulite and it retails in Switzerland for 42 SF ($44). So still not $300. However, if you buy this product here in the US on Amazon it costs a hefty $99. 

I´ve seen these kind of things many times: in the US products from Oversees costs like twice as much- and the opposite is true too! It always sounds fancier, if a product comes from far away. That does not make the product any better, but we are all of course hoping, to find something that really works! And if it comes from far away, it probably works, right?

I wonder, if he actually refers to the famous La Mer Creme de la Mer because it contains also algae and it really retails for around $315. But this is available in the U.S.  However: nobody applies this on their body. Or if you do: congrats! You gotta be rich, girl (or boy!) ;-)

Anyhow, now just how can Layke justify to sell HIS creme for $50 a jar? It doesn´t even contain the red algae! Well, he has to pay for all the ads in our magazines and online, right? That comes at a price. LOL!

BEVERLY HILLS MD CREPE CORRECTING BODY COMPLEX REVIEWS!


Keep in mind that most reviews that I see for the product are either bloggers or YouTubers that were provided a free product and check out also the Amazon reviews I found! (Click on image to enlarge). Basically customers say that this product is a waste of money.


I found also a wonderful article on the "Observer" called: "How I fell for the Beverly Hills Doctor" that I recommend reading, because it is written so wonderfully honest and stuffed with witty humor. The lady in this article used the cream and explains how she looked after 2 month of using it: 

"I looked exactly the same (though possibly two months older.) There are older-looking 61-year-olds, for sure, but if you stood me next to Christie Brinkley, you might convince someone I was Christie Brinkley’s mother. Or Mary Steenburgen’s aunt."


Last words:

What I find so astounding is: you would think that these 2 cosmetic surgeons (in Beverly Hills!!!) make probably a great income, right? Why the need for this ridiculous scam to pull out more money of desperate women? Cause they can! Who does not like to have extra income, right? And in the end: you probably can´t find anything illegal about this whole thing. It´s just morally not right! It´s our fault, if we buy this crepey skin cream- I mean this crap. ;-)

You know, if these surgeons make money in beautifying rich ladies surgically- OK. But if they are trying to get the money from middle class ladies or simply ladies that work hard for their money and spend it for some bs cream, that really gets me.

Also: apparently this isn´t the only product sold by these 2 business meaning cosmetic surgeons! They also sell: a Dark Spot Corrector, Lift + Firm Sculpting Cream, Wrinkle Repair Night Treatment, Dark Circle Corrector, Lash Enhancing Serum, Line Smoothing Serum, Emergency Under-Eye Fix, Anti-Aging Lip Enhancer, Derma Repair Complex, Deep Regenerating Stem Cell Moisturizer, Body Smooth Exfoliator, Repair + Reverse Daily Serum, Rose Stem Cell Daily Cleanser.

Please also keep in mind, that by placing an order to the Beverly Hills MD website, you’ll be..
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Wow! You read that right! A Vitamin C serum with pure glacier water from the Swiss Alps! Now isn´t that fancy? But that is not the only fancy thing about this serum! Check out the unique tube! Now, I admit, this tube confused me totally at first!




Why? Because I had absolutely no clue, on how to open this up! I even gave the tube to my husband, but even together we couldn´t figure it out! Was this just a gimmicky packaging or could I really open up the tip to get the product out? Did I need scissors to open this up? I wish they would have just included a little manual on how to open this up...

So, I asked the company and then they referred to this video, which I highly recommend to watch, if you purchase this Vitamin C serum, so you know how to open this tube up the correct way! No worries: this video is only a couple of seconds long! ;-)

Introducing the first, Instant Release, Vitamin C Serum from AlpCare! - YouTube



Finally I knew how to open this up! Haha! What a relief.

And why is this tube designed like this? So the Vitamin C stays fresh! The stabilized vitamin C is stored separately in the tube! When you press the button to release the Vitamin C into the pure glacier water (from the Swiss Alps!) the serum will be pure and fresh for best effect!


And you know why I preach since years to use Vitamin C? Not? Well, here it goes again: because it will help you to get rid of those dark spots to achieve an even skin tone. I absolutely swear by it and use a Vitamin C serum every single morning (since now probably 3 years and all brown spots are gone! Yippee!).

Besides stabilized Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) this product also contains plumping Hyaluronic acid and the wonderful anti-aging antioxidants Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) and Vitamin E (Tocopherol).

Alpcare Vitamin C serum complete list of ingredients


The product itself is a thin watery solution, so you won´t have a problem that it interferes with the rest of your skin care routine or makeup application. You definitely need to put another moisturizer on top of this serum, as it isn´t very hydrating (which is absolutely normal for a Vitamin C serum).

I really like the fragrance- it smells like a fresh perfume- however if you have sensitive skin this might irritate your skin.



This Vitamin C serum is pretty cool, because you are the one that activates it, when you open it up- so it stays fresh. If you use it every morning, this product will last for about 20 days. I personally recommend using this every morning and save yourself to use it at night, because Vitamin C is more active during the day (the sun light activates it).

Oh, BTW: this serum is made in France- another fancy thing! ;-)

Get it on Amazon!





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If the colder weather also makes you reach for more hydrating skin care, you should try the Neostrata SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum! Why? 


Because it contains Aminofil to plump up those skin cells, and Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid (LMW) to smooth skin, and also Gluconolactone – to enhance exfoliation and even pigment for enhanced clarity. Sounds good? You betcha!!!




The consistency reminds me strongly on the Clarins Double Serum (read my review here)- it´s like a thin gel-like liquid that applies: oh! So easy! ;-)

You only need a couple of drops and it makes my skin feel like silk and it smells so good… like an ocean breeze! Keep in mind that this is just a serum, so if you have dry skin- you should definitely still apply on top of this goodness your favorite moisturizer for double the effect. Say goodbye to your dry skin! ;-)

Yep, I think this is the super serum that you need in your winter skincare routine! 

Get it here!




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I love chocolate! Inside my body, inside of my soul (after you put the chocolate into your body, it lands in your soul! LOL) and also on my face! ;-) So today I want to share with you, which of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes is my favorite. If you don´t own any of the Too Faced Chocolate Bars, then you might wonder, which is the best one to get?


I know that Too Faced also has other Chocolate Bars - but I don´t count them cause they ain´t looking chocolatey enough for me or are too small! Instead I am only comparing the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar, the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar and the recently released Chocolate Gold!

But first I´ll give you the right appetite! ;-)






OK, now let´s finally peek inside, shall we?



Below: the original Chocolate Bar on top, in the middle is the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar and lastly the Chocolate Gold.


Below we have the original Chocolate Bar. Yes, I am hitting pan on that Caramel color! My absolute favorite crease color of all times! I am also a huge fan of Marzipan (metallic champagne) and  Creme Brulee (metallic gold) as well as Hazelnut (metallic bronze) and semi-sweet (dark brown) as well as white chocolate (matte white). Basically the whole left part of the palette are my absolute go-to colors for everyday. 

I absolutely love this palette- even though I barely ever reach for the right side of it, that contains more purple tones. And the light pink color (Strawberry bon bon) is definitely a huge fail: chalky and not pigmented.

And still: I love this original Too Faced Chocolate Bar so much! (Note: The newer edition has the names of the eyeshadow colors printed inside of the palette. Mama has the old version!)
The original Chocolate Bar
Here are the swatches. I feel like the swatches don´t do the palette justice though, cause it all looks like the same colors- but I dunno: it´s just exactly the kind of colors that I love! Nude browns, taupes and a couple of light shimmers! That´s all momma wants and needs over here! Oh and the chocolate smell definitely lures me into using the palette even more!

Original Chocolate Bar Swatches
OK- Let´s talk about the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar. I already compared that one to the original Chocolate Bar in this post and even did a crazy-nut photoshop to show you just how similar both palettes are. This one has instead of the ugly chalky pink a beautiful duo-chromatic turquoise. I find the palettes are pretty much exchangeable. Personally I reach more to the original Chocolate Bar, because the colors are a little lighter and look more natural.

So the Semi-Sweet is somehow deeper and richer toned than the original chocolate bar. The "Peanut butter" color is also more intense than the "Caramel" of the Original- and the same goes for all the colors: the brown is deeper, the taupe more grey- you get it: it´s like the original palette got dunked into 1-2 shades deeper tones (and they added the turquoise)! 





And here comes the recently released Chocolate Gold! This one is really different from its younger sisters, as it contains mainly metallic (super pigmented) colors and also a wide array of really bright colors. But it also still contains all the mattes that you need for a look (matte black, brown, white and also terracotta).



So, which one is my favorite? I know, I know from the swatches it probably looks the most boring- however, it still is after 3 years one of my absolute favorite palettes: the ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE BAR! I just really love a natural eye look and this one is fool proof for me and I love it!

Look- obviously which one you should get depends greatly on your personal preference- I can´t make you have the same taste like I do- so I think you have to go and check which swatches make you (and your eyes the most happy).

The Original Chocolate Bar is my personal winner, because I find the colors the most flattering on a daily basis- I love that it contains matte and shimmery colors and no matter what colors you use- they will always work flawless together. You don´t have to be a makeup pro to use these eyeshadows. However: if you are little braver than me, then maybe these colors are a little too plain for you?

The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar is very, very similar to the original one. Instead of the ugly pink it offers a gorgeous turqoise and all the colors apply somehow more pigmented and are deeper than in the original palette. If you are tan or darker- this might be a better, more pigmented option for you! Overall though I find the original and the Semi-Sweet are super similar. You don´t really need to have both of them.

The Chocolate Gold is amazing if you love bolder and more creative eye-looks. It has this huge array of metallics and brighter colors- yet they are still not too crazy and will still be in the neutral array of colors. I think this is a beautiful palette for special occasions or events. 

So, there you go! My favorite is still the original Chocolate Bar! I also love that Too Faced has never marked the price up (as Urban Decay did multiple times with their Naked palettes over the years!). The Chocolate Bars are all still $49 each! ;-)

Which one is your favorite?



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