29.3.15

Beauty: Darphin Skincare review on mild rosacea skin

After my Philisophy skincare review, I was excited to learn more and see what could be done to fix those issues my complexion has had for my entire life. I had basically accepted that this was just how my skin was: uneven, red, sensitive, dry yet oily in the afternoon, prominent pores around the nose, but seeing a slight change after a month of using Philosophy products made me think that maybe there was something to be done about it. I got an offer to review Darphin, a pharmacy/spa daughter brand of Estée Lauder that offers a wide range of products to deal with pretty much every type of skin-woe you can imagine, and prides itself in using over 90% natural ingredients. I described my issues to Nina, their product manager, and she ended up picking out a selection of products that would fit my needs. I was sent their Intral redness relief soothing serum, the wrinkle corrective eye contour cream, and the Intral redness relief recovery balm.

review: Darphin skincare intral redness relief for rosacea and sensitive skin

I've been using these products night and day for over a month now, which is how long it takes for skin to renew itself, and I can't wait to tell you guys how these products worked for me, so here goes.

I start every day with a quick shower, after which I use two pumps of the redness relief soothing serum all over my face and neck. 

review: Darphin skincare intral redness relief soothing serum

 The serum is thin, more liquid than gel (unlike for example Estée Lauder's advanced night repair serum), which at first made me doubt its efficacy - I just really love that gel feel, guyz. However, the redness relief soothing serum simply works differently. Cooling, soothing, light, calming. The serum and the redness relief recovery balm also have this amazing smell that I fell in love with at first use: the scent is hard to pinpoint for me, but it reminds me of something like a soft floral grounded in almonds or something, if that makes any sense to you. The smell is 100% up my fragrance-preference alley, so even just the scent is soothing to me. However, some people prefer to use products sans perfume because it might irritate their skin - I noticed no such thing personally, so I was free to enjoy the heavenly scent.

After applying the serum and allowing it to be absorbed by my skin, I use the wrinkle corrective eye contour cream all over my eye area, using my ring finger to apply. 

review: Darphin skincare wrinkle corrective eye contour cream

This product doesn't have a discernible scent to me, which is probably best because you don't want any potential irritants near your eyes. The eye contour cream is, well, creamy.  The thick glass jar keeps the product nice and cool, which feels amazing on my eye skin after getting out of the shower, and it's rich and nourishing without being heavy or taking a while to sink in. Positive feelings allround.

Finally, I use the redness relief recovery balm. 

review: Darphin skincare intral redness relief recovery balm

Again, that amazing scent, and this product has a very interesting texture that tackles to of my skin issues at once: its redness, and its dryness. The balm is very thick, thicker than any moisturizer I've used before, yet not at all greasy. It doesn't even feel notably rich, just soft and soothing. I generally warm it a bit on my fingertips before applying to make it a bit softer, because the product is so thick, but I actually loved the consistency. It felt like giving my skin a leave-in-conditioner treatment every day.

So yes, I loved all of these products from the moment I started using them and throughout the trial period. I had no flare ups or issues, I just felt pampered and soothed. But the best thing came after about three weeks, when I started noticing a huge (for me!) change in my skin. Whenever I looked in the mirror before applying make up or after removing it, I was struck by how good, calm and even my skin looked. The redness seemed to have subsided, but my hyperpigmentation also seemed less noticeable, my pores were smaller, and my skin didn't get as oily during the day. I'm guessing my skin didn't feel the need to overcompensate for dryness anymore since I was using the balm.

But don't take my word for it, here are some shots of my skin before I started using the Darphin products, and after. Now, bare in mind that my skin was already in pretty good condition before I started, since I had just finished my Philosophy trial run. In these shots, I'm wearing nothing on my skin.

 review: Darphin skincare intral redness relief for rosacea and sensitive skin
 review: Darphin skincare intral redness relief for rosacea and sensitive skin
 review: Darphin skincare intral redness relief for rosacea and sensitive skin
 review: Darphin skincare intral redness relief for rosacea and sensitive skin

I tried to use the same lighting conditions for the before and after shots, and I succeeded pretty well, so the differences you see are not caused by the lighting. I am seriously blown away by how much better my skin looks: radiant, clear, more even. I mean, for an outsider the difference might not be huge, but I notice it every single day and these pictures just prove the efficacy of the Darphin products.

Only downside is the price. The Intral redness relief soothing serum retails at 88€, the Intral redness relief recovery balm at 49.90€, and the wrinkle corrective eye contour cream also costs 49.90€. I have only just dipped my toe in the higher end product pool when I bought Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, and I'm a bit scared of falling in love with more high end beauty items. Alas, it happened. I think I might have to start saving up.

I hope you enjoyed my review, and let me know if you have any questions or product recommendations!

28.3.15

Outfit: Leather jacket, skinnies and silk

outfit: leather jacket, silk blouse, replay skinny jeans
outfit: henleys leather jacket, vintage silk blouse, mango cross body bag
henleys leather jacket, silk blouse, mango cross body bag
titto fashion accessories necklace
replay hyperflex skinnies, zinda ankle boots
outfit: leather jacket, mango cross body bag, replay skinny jeans
Zinda ankle boots
outfit: leather jacket, silk blouse, replay skinny jeans
leather jacket: c/o Henleys - silk blouse: vintage - skinny jeans: c/o Replay Hyperflex - cross body bag: Mango - ankle boots: c/o Zinda - necklace: c/o Titto Fashion Accessories

It's been quite the challenge to juggle work, blog and family time the past week, but I just about managed without losing my mind. Some intense moments were had, but I survived and now it's Saturday and I'm enjoying the quiet. Netflix, wine and boyfriend: check, check and check!

This outfit has been sitting around in my blog folder for agessss but spring still hasn't fully sprung, so the look is still weather-appropriate. Nothing special, but a nice outfit nonetheless. Something some cool Hollywood starlet would wear on a day off running around LA. It worked very well with my great hairday!

I'm just going to continue unwinding with some Pretty Little Liars and a side of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. PEACE OUT MOTHAFUCKAS

26.3.15

Beauty: & Other Stories cheek & lip tint in Swivel Pink review

I'm currently gearing up to go spend some time with my awesome-asss-nieces, and I have a little time before I have to catch a bus so I thought I'd put together a blogpost. I'm showing you my current favourite beauty product today: & Other Stories cheek & lip tint in Swivel Pink. I got the same product in Pucker Coral as a PR gift, and while I was in love with the texture and the look of the product, it just didn't work with my complexion. I've since given it to my sister, who looks AMAZING in it (I should ask her for a pic), but I might secretly steal it back when I've got some summer tan going on. ANYWAY, because I liked the product so much, I wanted to find a colour that suited me. So off I went to the & Other Stories shop during my lunch break. I swatched Swivel Pink, Kick Pleat Red and True Bias Fuschia, but immediately saw that Swivel Pink was the one for me. The formula is very pigmented, so the palest pink still packed a lot of punch while the darker, more saturated colours would only make me look ruddy, or demand much more blending. And my sensitive skin doesn't work well with vigorous blending.

This is what swivel pink looks like on me:

& other stories cheek & lip tint in swivel pink: cream blush review and swatches

Its formula and colour blend in effortlessly with my own dry skin and cheek tone, and it leaves it with a subtle glow that makes it possible to skip highlighter, which is awesome. I love highlighter and hardly go without it, but this cheek tint basically functions like a subtle highlighter and cream blush in one minimalist package.

& other stories cheek & lip tint in swivel pink: cream blush review and swatches
& other stories cheek & lip tint in swivel pink: cream blush review and swatches

Look at that gorgeous pink! Perfect neutral bubblegum pink. And as always, the clear plastic, sturdy packaging of & Other Stories which I like so much. Great for storage.

& other stories cheek & lip tint in swivel pink: cream blush review and swatches

I swatched the product for you: on the bottom, you see Swivel Pink unblended, and on top you see it blended in. Smooth, flawless pink. The formula has no sparkle, and very little discernible scent.

& other stories cheek & lip tint in swivel pink: cream blush review and swatches

Finally, a less close up shot where you really see how well the colour works for my skintone. I forgot to freshen up my lipstick (ugh) and the picture was taken right after I got home from a day at the office, so I think I deserve some credit for my make up still looking this nice. The cheek & lip tint is a bit dry to wear on the lips, but definitely creamy enough for cheek application. I feel like it has good staying power, leaving your cheeks with a pretty, softly coloured glow throughout the day.

& Other Stories cheek & lip tints retail at 15€, which I think is totally reasonable for the product since it will last ages, and good cream blushes are still quite hard to come by for whatever reason. If you use liquid foundation, cream blushes are generally the way to go, especially if you have dry-ish skin. It will keep your make up from looking cakey or patchy.

I'm still in time for my bus, but I have to get going now. Hope you enjoyed the review!
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