• The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
    Facial skincare

    Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% & Lactic Acid 10% + HA

    Isn’t everybody just sick of seeing The Ordinary all over SM and beyond? There simply isn’t a nook or cranny in the beauty blogosphere where this brand hasn’t gotten to; their products are like glitter, or like cockroaches (and their tune), or like Madonna, and her tunes… nevertheless, I haven’t escaped either: I’ve been using their Lactic Acid 10% and their Salicylic Acid 2% for months now. I’ve no problem admitting that I’m a fangirl of acids, so it strikes me as more than a bit odd that DECIEM includes all the warnings it does about using them. In fact, I can recall a few instances in which founder Brandon…

  • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +
    Facial skincare

    🌻Love You, Love You Not… La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + & Anthelios SPF 50+

    One of these products I like very much, the other… not. In fact, I can’t bring myself to apply the latter now, so I stopped using it, or rather, I don’t use it on my face, which is what is made for. The product in question is La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist. I bought this one at the end of summer, when days were still long, so when it was time for me to go home the sun was still shining bright. Desperately seeking protection: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist Those of you who have stopped by my blog before will likely be aware…

  • Peter Thomas Roth mask set
    Facial skincare

    Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Set

    Other than my regular pore-cleaning clay masks, I use masques maybe once in a blue moon, so when I saw this Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic sample pack for sale at Sephora, I couldn’t grab it fast enough: this format was made for me, commitment-phobe and lover of sample sizes that I am. The rare times I use the “fancier” kind of masques is more for the “spa” experience (and a touch of superstition) than anything else. On the whole, I have more faith in the benefits of daily discipline than in a product that’s typically applied twice or thrice a week at the most (not counting actives, of…

  • The Ordinary Retinol 1% and Hyaluronic Acid 2%
    Facial skincare

    Nessie does DECIEM: The Ordinary Retinol 1% and Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

    Not long ago, I decided to give in and see what was all the fuss about The Ordinary, and I may just be the last beauty blogger to have done so… I can hear a mother’s voice in my head saying: “if the other bloggers jump off a bridge, would you do it too?”. Well, yes, it looks that way… there’s not much about left to be said about this Canadian, cruelty-free, and highly affordable brand that most of you don’t know already, after all the buzz in blogs and social media; in fact, I almost passed it by (because I’m oh so cool and countercultural and such), but I…

  • Mercadona sun lotion SPF 50
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Sun protection & sultry looks: Mercadona SPF 50 sun lotion for sensitive skin + summer essentials

    Curiously enough, even though I await summer eagerly all year, I’m also all for being exposed to bosses, relatives and sunshine as little as possible… other than that, I enjoy sultry weather and the state of mind that comes with it, hanging out outdoors with a few chosen… and since my tolerance to heat is high 😈 I enjoy the Schadenfreude I get from seeing others suffer as I suffer in wintertime, while I’m all: via GIPHYBut anyway, onto the review: not long ago I was using this sun lotion SPF 50 from supermarket Mercadona that, while okay in a pinch, isn’t something I can see myself using forever and…

  • Dizao Organics Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Lipbalm
    Facial skincare,  Makeup

    Lip color and care: Essence lipstick & Dizao Organics lipbalm

    As a rule, I’m all about gloriously tacky colors and piling up on the eye makeup, while being very conservative and dull with lip products. For a self-confessed lover of makeup, I actually don’t have many lip color products (four at last count, if you’re curious), and half of those are soft nudey pinks. But one fine evening in a beauty shop, I ran into this pretty plum lipstick by Essence that decided to just jump into my basket. I think the last time I wore a color this dark was when I was a 20-year-old with goth leanings (the goth leanings stayed, the twenties left a good long while…

  • Ecotools Brushes and TONYMOLY Bamboo Gel
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare,  Makeup

    Bamboo Beauty Review: Ecotools Brushes and TONYMOLY Bamboo Gel

    I’ve been eyeing the Ecotools brushes for ages, and now these are mine mine mine… there isn’t much more left to be said about this brand, which has certainly become popular in the Spanish beauty blogosphere and beyond, with good reason: they are great value for the price, and as eco-friendly as a consumer product can get. As for the TONYMOLY bamboo gel, I bought this after an unfortunate incident with a DIY mask (an aside: learn from my mistakes and leave this stuff to those who know what they’re doing); long story short, I used up the last bit of aloe gel I had left to calm my skin…

  • Ecobeauty micellar water & Dewytree sheetmask
    Facial skincare

    Keep Cool, Fool: Ecobeauty Micellar Water and Dewytree Hyaluronic Acid Sheetmask

    This summer, as usual, I’m not having the least trouble in attaining the world-famous goal of 8 glasses of water a day, everyday… I keep a steady supply within reach at all times; nevertheless, despite my enormous intake of water, I’m not seeing the fabulous changes on my skin that so many sybils of the beauty world promise… oh well, another beauty myth that just doesn’t work for me for whatever reason. Anyway, lately the topic of water and hydration is never too far from my thoughts, and of course, today’s reviews reflect that. Ecobeauty Micellar Water First, a silly factoid about me: I’ve never used micellar water before. I’ve…

  • Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Eyeliners
    Facial skincare,  Makeup

    Summer Blues: Diadermine makeup remover & Prestige Cosmetics eyeliners

      It’s officially summer as of today, and I say officially because where I live it’s been summer for weeks already… not that I’m complaining, I’m one of those strange creatures that are pretty much unaffected by deadly heat, in fact, I feel like starting a million things and projects… however, finishing what I start is another story. Anyway, on to the reviews! Diadermine eye makeup remover This is the makeup remover I typically have in my bathroom cabinet, and it’s been that way for centuries, mainly because I’ve nabbed it more than once in a 2-for-the-price-of-1 set (it usually costs about 2 or 3€ IIRC, and it’s easy to…

  • Pantalla solar Sun Med y stick labial Piz Buin
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Sun protection for pre-summer: Sun Med lotion and Piz Buin sun lipstick

    And I’m back again! I like warm weather, I do, that’s one of the reasons why I live where I live, but between the summer preview we’re experiencing, and other circumstances I’ve needed to conserve my energy… anyhow, I’m here again, and my back-to-blogging review is all about SPF, of course. In case you find yourself sunscreen-less in the middle of your Spanish holiday and need to locate a bottle ASAP, the sun lotion in the pic can be found in supermarket chain Mercadona, and is as good an inexpensive option as you can find. I’d never seen this brand before, which is offered in the chain’s newest suncare line,…

  • Skin Perfecting 2% BHA exfoliant
    Facial skincare

    Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – a comparison

    Several months ago I ordered a mini-size of the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid exfoliant (the 2%), to compare with RESIST Daily Pore Refining Treatment 2% BHA Liquid from the same brand, which I already reviewed some months ago. First off, I have to say this system of offering trial sizes is one of the major reasons why I tend to prefer many of Paula’s Choice’s products… I’ve gotten several months of frequent use from this deceptively small bottle: a few drops of product, applied two or three times a week, are enough for the job, so it’s ideal for using for long enough to decide whether the product…