• ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF
    Facial skincare

    This month’s dud: ISDIN FusionWater Color 50+ SPF & Sunbrush Mineral 30+ SPF

    Beauties, are you planning to go somewhere nice this summer post-lockdown? I’m not, but I’m kind of amazed with the peace and quiet that surrounds me today: the moment it was announced that restrictions were lifted in my area, apparently everyone up and ran to the beach, country or wherever it is that they could run to, so at the moment of writing this, I have the impression of living neighborless. I could get used to this, you know. Anyhow, be careful and don’t let your guard down, not just about that which shall not be mentioned, but with sun exposure too. Unfortunately, I’ve had no luck with a couple…

  • Papa Recipe Bombee Honey sheet masks
    Facial skincare

    Skin Ready For Spring: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Sheet Masks

    Beauties, how is lockdown going for you? I sincerely wish for you to be as well as it is possible within the circumstances.  Me, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to stay home without very serious consequences, and I’m not one of those people who must be out and about or else the house walls close in on them… but, as much as I usually tend to be fairly chill in the face of bleak outlooks, I am feeling the lack of close physical contact with my loved ones, plus the interminable pile-up of bad news that there’s no way to prevent or stop. One happy thing I…

  • ISDIN FotoUltra Age Repair SPF 50
    Facial skincare

    ISDIN FotoUltra Age Repair SPF 50 and Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50

    Even if it’s winter, we’re still diligently applying facial SPF, right? In my case, since I live where the sun lives almost year round, today I talk suncare, specifically ISDIN’s: Fusion Fluid Mineral and Foto Ultra Age Repair. ISDIN Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50 This facial sunscreen belongs to the same range as the better-known ISDIN Fusion Water, which I love and recommend almost without reservation for oily to combination skins in the summer… and I add “almost without reservation” because, given that it’s mainly a chemical sunscreen formula, it may not be the best for sensitive skin. My skin isn’t sensitive, but I do like physical sunscreens, whitish cast…

  • GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment Pixi Glow Tonic
    Facial skincare

    The Hype Stuff: Pixi Glow Tonic & GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment

    Have you been naughty or nice during the post-holiday sales? I’ve been a perfect saint, if I do say so myself, though that’s mainly because it’s too cold for me to go out, and besides, I have stuff in my stash that I want to use up first. Still, for anyone who’s thinking of taking a small bite or two of the sales these days, today I talk about a couple travel-sized reviews. Pixi Glow Tonic Unless you’ve been living under a rock in a distant planet, far away from skincare, you’re probably at least aware of the mega hyped Pixi Glow Tonic. Which is why I almost skipped over…

  • ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 and Interapothek sunscreen
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 & Interapothek Sunscreen Milk

    I tried the sunscreens shown in today’s review during the last summer, and while I’m at it, I’ll just  remind my dear readers what we all know, or ought to know, at this point: winter doesn’t mean you can keep your guard down, and skip sun protection. Particularly if you live in a place like mine, where most days are clear and bright and sunny despite the cold. Interapothek Sunscreen Milk SPF 50 Interapothek isn’t really known outside pharmacies in my general area, I think, but I have my eye on the brand because, despite the decidedly Germanic name, this is actually made quite close to my home; I love…

  • Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack
    Facial skincare

    Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack & Pumpkin Sleeping Pack

    I have to say, I feel kind of sheepish about having Too Cool For School products in my routine, given that, as the name indicates, this brand’s geared toward the schoolgirl-aged, or at the most the college crowd; I am neither of these things, and I haven’t been for some time. Still, I’d had my eye on the Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack for a while, only I refused to pay what Sephora asks for a brand that can be found in shops like Jolse for almost half the price, even taking into account shipping costs, plus any possible shakedown by customs. So when I saw it on…

  • The Ordinary Niacinamida y Alpha Arbutin
    Facial skincare

    The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin & Niacinamide. Also, days of sound and fury in Deciem

    I had this half-written post lying around for a while, until last week’s events in the beautysphere gave me the push to get it finished… in a nutshell, Brandon Truaxe’s been on full-on poo-flinging monkey mode for months, and to make a long, angsty story short, it looks like Truaxe got the axe (sorry, I just had to… ) and is no longer at the helm of Deciem. (Or, according to unsubstantiated rumors floating on the b-sphere, Truaxe, Deciem’s board and minority stakeholder Estée Lauder had already agreed upon the latter’s acquisition of Deciem for a while now, and the CEO’s circus is staged… hmm…) In any case, given that…

  • TH Pharma SPF 50+
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Midsummer Review: TH Pharma SPF 50+ Body Spray & Facial Sunscreen

    Yay, summer! This is the most wonderful time of the year as far as I’m concerned; despite my pseudonym of choice, I’m more of a desert snake, because it takes seriously infernal heat to bother me (and I don’t even go swimming in the pool or at the beach, nor turn on the AC very often), and also because the misery of the summer haters and their constant stream of whine about the heat (oh, shock, heat in the summer) fills me with schadenfreude 🔥😈🔥. This is me in the summer · via GIPHYBut anyway, lately the stars seem to have aligned in the right way, or something, so I’ve…

  • SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask
    Facial skincare

    Spring sheetmasking: SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask & MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue

    Wedding and banquet season is in full swing in my part of the world, so it’s convenient to have some tricks up your sleeve prior to the odd invite that may drop in your mailbox. So if you’re into sheetmasking, make yourself comfortable… I’m going to go ahead and say that, after trying these sheet masks, I absolutely recommend them both for pre-party preparations. MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue Though these can be found in any decently-stocked Asian beauty outlet, I actually bought these in Incheon Airport in Seoul, where I had to stop for a brief layover. Good thing it was brief, because close to the departure lounge there…

  • Bioré UV Aqua Rich Essence & ISDIN SPF 40 lip sunscreen
    Facial skincare

    Bioré UV Aqua Rich Essence SPF 50 / PA++++ & ISDIN SPF 40 Lip Balm

    ISDIN SPF 40 Lip Balm It’s been a bit uphill for me to write this review, because, while I don’t find any serious cons about this product, I don’t really have much to say about it, either. And I generally like the suncare options from this Spanish brand. Anyway, the ISDIN SPF 40 lip balm is a fine product that does what it’s supposed to do, with no added frills or fun. It’s a firm balm, not particularly hidrating, and leaves a white cast; not like the horrid supermarket product I still have around, because I can’t seem to finish it, but enough to be noticeable, and bring attention to…

  • Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic & Douglas Naturals lipbalm
    Facial skincare

    Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic & Douglas Naturals lipbalm

    I looove roses, I do, but as soon as Valentine’s starts creeping round social media and shop windows, suddenly the world is all via GIPHY But! the truth is that deep down I find collective nonsense like this entertaining, so I’m playing too, and today I bring roses… well, not really: I do bring lipbalm, though, which is a necessity for me at this time of the year; lately I’ve been using this Douglas Naturals lipbalm with organic pomegranate extract, and the Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic. Lipbalms and I, a tale of devotion (& a brief disgression) First off, I want to make one thing clear:…