• It's Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Toner
    Facial skincare

    Review: It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Toner

    I’ve seen the It’s Skin serums almost everywhere by now (been eyeing the licorice one, as well as the Q10), but hadn’t gotten around to trying anything by this brand until a few weeks ago, when the It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Toner made me curious, and I decided to take it home. First impressions In case you’re not familiar with the maker, this is a Korean brand with a clinical/cosmeceutical concept, probably better known for their ubiquitous Power 10 Formula serums (those color-coded ones that can be found anywhere with a decent K-beauty stock). The product itself is a moisturizing toner in the Korean sense, that is, a thin,…

  • Beauty Friends II sheet masks
    Facial skincare

    Review: Beauty Friends II sheet masks

    Some weeks ago I had the genius idea of walking into a K-beauty shop in my town, and of course I wound up biting… I had to take home these Beauty Friends II sheet masks from Vanedo. My next purchase ought to be a pair of horse blinkers… I’m not even that into sheetmasks, in fact I‘ve actually been viewing masks from K-beauty brands with suspicion since the last scandal, so until recently I had a sort of moratorium on Korean sheetmasks. Or on sheetmask from anywhere, really, but my skin’s seasonal thirst and the inexpensive price of these masks got the better of me. I bought these for 2€……

  • Heliocare Ultra Gel
    Facial skincare

    Review: Heliocare Ultra Gel + Endocare

    This is a 2-for-1 review about this set of Heliocare Ultra Gel + Endocare-C ampoules and Gelcream, bought at the end of this summer. It could even have been a 3-for-1 review, but I already posted my thoughts about Heliocare SPF 50 gel sunscreen, and my opinion is the same for the SPF 90 version. I’d like to remind you, however, that there really isn’t much of a difference in protection between an SPF 90 and a SPF 50, nor among SPF 50 and spf 30. So, if an impressively high SPF sunscreen isn’t readily available to you, or you can’t get this version for one reason or another, don’t…

  • 24 de diciembre
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Winter suncare: my body and lip care during these holidays

    At this point, it’s no longer necessary to tell you that UVA rays (the bad guys, the melanoma and aging ones) are at it all year long so long as there’s daylight, right? No matter if it’s winter, if it’s overcast, cold, dreary, miserable, etc. So I wear sunscreen year-round, a habit I’m glad I got into from a very young age. Besides, I’ve never been much of a sun bunny anyway. For some reason that’s still a mystery to me, this summer I broke a personal run, and accepted not one, but two invitations to go to the pool; that is, going to the pool to swim, not lounge…

  • Naobay HydraPlusFace Toner
    Facial skincare

    Review: Naobay HydraPlus Face Toner

    I’d seen this brand mentioned in several Spanish beauty blogs, but I’d never tried any of their products until I chanced upon them in a beauty chain retailer in my town; it so happened that I had facial tonic in my shopping list and Naobay HydraPlus Face Toner seemed nice and was affordable (4.95€ for 6.75 fl.oz.) For those not familiar with Naobay, this is an eco-friendly Spanish brand of cosmetics located in Valencia: their products are cruelty-free and ECOCERT-certified, formulated exclusively with ingredients derived from natural sources, some of which come from organic farming, and they adhere to a policy of responsible and sustainable packaging. These are no doubt…

  • Weleda Everon Lip Balm
    Facial skincare

    Review: Weleda Everon Lip Balm

    This year I imposed myself the rule of using only one lipbalm at a time, rather than buying and keeping one in my handbag, one in the bathroom, one in my bedside table, as I used to do… nevertheless, Weleda’s Everon Lip Balm almost made me break my rule and go get another one ASAP, without using it up first. I haven’t done it because I want to finish this product, and recycle the container so that at least a part the sacrifice isn’t made in vain, and I know that if I buy another lipbalm, this one will simply be pushed aside and forgotten, serving no earthly purpose to…

  • Review Paula's Choice AHA & BHA
    Facial skincare

    Trying out: Paula’s Choice RESIST AHA and BHA

    In late August I ordered these Paula’s Choice RESIST AHA and BHA trial sizes from PC’s Spain site. These little guys have lasted quite a while, though now it’s time to think about a reorder. Would I buy this in full size? We’ll get to that in a moment. I haven’t used many Paula’s Choice products, but I’ve been familiar with this brand through founder Paula Begoun’s Cosmetics Cop site and books, which I first read when I was about 17 (wow, time really flies), and since that time I’ve kept her advice in mind when choosing products, though not always to the letter. Thank goodness, since over time I’ve…

  • review Heliocare gel SPF 50
    Facial skincare

    My skincare staples: Heliocare gel 50 SPF sunscreen

    Follow me at Bloglovin! Of all my cosmetics, Heliocare gel 50 SPF sunscreen is the one I’ve been using the longest, since age 23 or so (how many centuries have passed?), and if nothing changes, it’s likely I’ll continue using it, even though lately I’m interested in trying other options. Some time ago, I brought home this large 200ml tube, instead of my usual 50ml, feeling I was being clever and saving money. In fact, this might not be the best if you plan to to use it only on your face like I do, or don’t use it every day: keep in mind that, once opened, sunscreens must be…