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SKINCARE ROUTINE SERIES | Evening 6 🌙
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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’m doing a mini series of skincare routines (not an usual thing for me as I find my routines consistent and boring) but here’s my latest PM routine:
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1️⃣DOUBLE CLEANSE: 1st cleanse w/ #jordansamuel Plié – a small amount on dry face is enough for a pleasant massage; with damp hands I emulsify it while removing SPF & make up effortlessly; 2nd cleanse w/ my beloved sum:37 Rose Cleansing Stick: a low pH cleanser w/ fermented ingredients that cleanses my skin without stripping it 👌🏻
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2️⃣PREVENT:
After cleanse, I apply #niod CAIS – a copper-peptide serum that should be applied before acid toners (as vestigial acid toner will "destroy" copper peptides). Copper peptides (not copper itself!) improves several skin basic functions and gives long-term antiaging benefits💙
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⚠️[EXFOLIATION]: I only use chemical exfoliants every other night (max 4x times a week). Yesterday, I used #paulaschoice 2% BHA liquid, my 1st chemical exfoliant and still one my faves (great for congested and acne-prone skin)! I apply it w/ cotton pad, press onto dry skin (do not apply acid toners over damp skin) and (for optimized results) I let it do its job for 20 min.
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3️⃣HYDRATE:
#larocheposay serozinc (not shown) before applying: #niod FECC on the eye area (watery-formula but packs hydration) and #niod MMHC all over my face/neck (now EMPTY); this hyaluronic powerhouse contains 12 hyaluronic complexes + HA precursor that stimulate HA production by your skin.
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4️⃣CORRECT:
Medik8 10TR balm (1% retinol / light balmy texture) feels great on the skin and causes no irritation even when used daily.
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5️⃣MOISTURIZE:
#biologiquerecherche Crème Masque Vernix: I use this mask (rich in lipids, proteins and antioxidant peptides) as night moisturizer; it recreates the protective layer on baby's skin at birth (Vernix caseosa – hence the Vernix name). It repairs & protects my dehydration-prone skin all night.
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• Neck: #niod NEC: helps fading neck lines and increases firmness in that area
• Lips: #nuxe Reve de Miel balm
• Hands: #paulaschoice Resist Intensive Repair cream w/ retinol.

I FINALLY BOUGHT A FACIAL TOOL!!! 💆🏻
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📌Remember my post about "which facial tool(s) should I try? [swipe to see photo from that post]
I considered a wide range of options: from a 0.2mm Dermaroller (which I am afraid to use at home; I believe skin-needling should be done by professionals, in sterilized environment and executed w/ the perfect needle-entry-and-exit-angle) to something like Luna Foreo (which is mainly a cleansing tool and not so much a massaging tool).
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📌In the end, what I really wanted was a simple facial massager like option no. 1 - Jeanne Piaubet Stimuloval (another product eternally raved by the fab @Trinyywoodal) and then... I found Sarah Chapman's Skinesis Facialift, which basically 2x Stimuloval attached together that can massage both sides of my face simultaneously 😉
The SC Facialift incorporates eight massage heads with 48 nodules that, when gently rolled across the face, reshapes, refines, contours and tones the skin by imitating the swift movements of fingertips and knuckles.
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📌However, to be honest, what made me click the “buy” button was the fantastic deal I found for "Sarah Chapman anti-age facelift routine” (worth £74.50) at @lookfantastic for £28 😱😱😱!!! In the end, it was like I only paid the for the 1️⃣facialift tool but got 3 other SC items "for free":
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2️⃣Ultimate Cleanse (15ml): a cleanser I've been dying to try for months (since @skintrovert raved about it and gave it his 1st holy grail status!!! Ultimate is a balm-to-milk texture in a pump bottle (score!) that combines omega rich oils and powerful antioxidants with anti-ageing actives.
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3️⃣Age-Repair Serum (15ml): a lightweight serum rich in vitamins, peptides and antioxidants that claims to hydrate and improve radiance and tone.
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4️⃣Professional Cleansing Mitt: w/ 2 layers of dual effect cotton fabric and an inner-sponge to retain heat and moisture for high performance cleansing.
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📌Facial tool & cleansing mitt will be put to use asap but I will stay faithful to my #1empty1newbie 👍🏻and wait for empties before trying those 2 travel-sized items ;) Not sure if I will manage to wait to try the Ultimate Cleanser though…🙈🙊

If you are in a place of the world where you feel you are going to melt ☀️🔥, you will relate to this super funny video... 😍😂
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@carolinehirons - I immediately remembered of you and your latest IG stories 😉

SKINCARE ROUTINE SERIES | Mornings 4-6 ☀️
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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’m doing a mini series of skincare routines, not an usual thing for me as I find my routines consistent and boring - specially my morning routines, which is why this photo represents my morning routine over the last 3 days (yes, it was always the same):
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1️⃣CLEANSE: #isclinical Cleansing Complex: as mentioned in my previous #1empty1newbie post, this is my current cleansing obsession. My skin is loving this light-gel cleanser 💙
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2️⃣PREVENT: #drunkelephant C-Firma: my fave morning antioxidant is VitC, specifically L-ascorbic acid. There are several other VitC derivatives available in the market but I personally see better results from daily use of L-ascorbic acid, which has been proved to boost collagen production, help fade dark spots, even skin tone, improve firmness, protect form oxidative stress (caused by UV rays, pollution, etc) and even boost the power of your sunscreen. [⏱optional: 5-min break to let the VitC sink in while I prepare my morning coffee ☕️]
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3️⃣HYDRATE: 💦#niod Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (sometimes I ALSO apply it before the VitC): an antioxidant mist that also works to damp my skin and provide extra moisture that hyaluronic acid can lock in my skin; which leads me to the next step 💦#jordansamuel Hydrate: an aloe-based hydration serum rich in hyaluronic acid and other great humectants. 💦 #paulaschoice omega complex - a rich serum that doubles as skin-repairing serum and light moisturizer (enough for my combo skin in warmer days).
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4️⃣PROTECT: nobody should leave the house without broad-spectrum UV protection; my all-time fave sunscreen is this one by #skinceuticals (non-organic, broad sprectrum / SPF50, fluid and tinted).
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• Lips: #larochposay lip balm w/ SPF
• Hands: besides using a bit of my face serum on my hands, I also use #hadalabo UV perfect gel SPF50 PA++++ : this organic sunscreen is more suitable for hands than my skinceuticals because is non-tinted, feels like water and is super affordable.
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SPOT ANY FAVES?
#skincare #skin #skincareroutine #skincarelover #skincarecommunity #vitC #serum #cleanser #SPF #skinbeauty #healthyskin #morning

⚗️30-day test of #talika Lipocils Expert ⚗️
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For some years that I've been eyeing these kind of products because... who does not want Jessica Rabbit's eyelashes?!?!
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As a lazy girl, I can't be bothered with the high maintenance of eyelash extensions (which, btw, look gorgeous when nicely done) nor with the time-consuming art of fake eyelashes application... 🙈 -
⚗️I wanted to try an EYELASH GROWTH & PIGMENTATION GEL that (in theory) fits my philosophy of " improving the canvas before painting the art" (in this case, invest in a eyelash serum before investing in a good mascara) and this one by #talika sounded great! Besides, @trinnywoodall keeps raving about this... so, I bought it #trinnywoodalmademedoit 😜
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⚗️Talika's story goes back to 1948 w/ an unexpected discovery by Danielle Roches (a young doctor eye specialist). During war, Danielle found a surprising side effect of a bactericidal cream she used to treat several war wounded (severely burned at eye level): yes, you guessed it, the cream boosted the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows of her patients, which basically led to the creation of the brand.
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⚗️Since then, the formula has been optimized and tested; and the claims are quite high:
• boosts eyelash growth
• reinforces natural pigmentation
• increases curl
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The above-mentioned results are promised after 30 days of consistent use (AM and PM). So, you know what I will be doing over the next 30 days... I will put "Talika Lipocils Expert" to the test and document the process w/ photos 📷!!! The applicator is a wand/sponge hybrid (swipe to see 2nd photo): the sponge is perfect to apply serum at the root of the eyelashes and the wand spreads it over the length of your lashes like a traditional mascara wand. The formula is a clear watery-serum that feels like water and does not bother my eyes (and you can apply normal mascara over it). Not much more to report today but I will be report back in 30 days 🗓!!!
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📌HAVE YOU USED TALIKA OR ANY OTHER EYELASH GROWTH SERUM?
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#eyelash #talika #longeyelashes #eyelashextensions #eyelashes #growthserum #eyelashgrowth #eyelashgrowthserum #mascara #lipocils #skincare #haircare #skincarelover #beauty #beautytips #test

SKINCARE ROUTINE SERIES | Evening 5 🌙
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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’m doing a mini series of skincare routines; and here’s my latest PM routine, which is basically the same as yesterday but WITHOUT EXFOLIATION... I warned you: my routines are boring 😴
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1️⃣DOUBLE CLEANSE: 1st cleanse w/ #jordansamuel Plié: I apply a small amount on dry face, massage it, then damp my hands and keep massaging my face while Plié emusifies and removes all the SPF & make up. 2nd cleanse w/ #sundayrilley Ceramic Slip: probably the gentlest clay-cleanser I ever tried; I usually use it in the morning but I’m currently obsessed w/ isclinical as AM cleanser so I used Ceramic Slip in the evening.
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2️⃣PREVENT: 4-5 drops of niod CAIS (copper peptides - aka my liquid blue love 💙)
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🚫NO EXFOLIATION TONIGHT
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3️⃣HYDRATE:
💦#niod Superoxide Dismutase!Saccharide Mist (not shown) as extra layer of antioxidants + moisture before applying💦 #niod FECC on the eye area (watery but very hydrating) + 💦#niod MMHC all over my face/neck (a hyaluronic powerhouse that feels like water).
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4️⃣CORRECT:
#medik8 10TR balm: a balmy serum w/ 1% retinol. Note: I am almost done with this 5mL-sample and I will order the 15 mL tube.
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5️⃣MOISTURIZE:
#biologiquerecherche Crème Masque Vernix: rich in lipids, proteins and antioxidant peptides, this mask (that I use as night moisturizer) recreates the protective layer on baby's skin at birth (Vernix caseosa – hence the Vernix name). It’s a revitalizing, repairing and protective treatment that works wonders on my dehydration-prone skin (after applying it, you look like you have a wet face but that’s only a visual effect of its protective layer). Love it!
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• Neck: #niod NEC, which helps fading the annoying lines in my neck and increases the much needed firmness in that area.
• Lips: #nuxe Reve de Miel balm
• Hands: #paulaschoice Resist Intensive Repair

What to do with those skincare items you don't like❓
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📌if the item does not suit your skin type / concerns but is a good product:
• RETURN / DONATE / GIVEAWAY
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📌if the product has been used and cannot be returned / given away (for hygienic reasons) or simply so bad that you don't want to pass it on to nobody else:
• REPURPOSE ♻️
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And I chose to repurpose this #olehenriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser because it was a complete fail, for me, as a cleanser 👎🏻!!! I actually enjoyed it as part of the Ole Henriksen Power Bright 3-Step Professional Brightening System, in which this cleanser is the 3rd step, applied and massaged over of step 2 (a 25% Vitamin C Concentrate) to activate it; the massaged mix is left on the skin for 15 min and then rinsed off, leaving the skin smooth and radiant. I got so impressed that I bought the cleanser individually but used on its own as a "normal cleanser" is hedious: does not wash my face properly, smells like fake oranges and it leaves some kind of film on my face that I absolutely dislike. I'm trying to use it up as hand wash but it sucks at that too... 😩
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I mentioned this product during #MaySkinChallenge as an item "I can't wait to use it up" and I received a suggestion by @maggie_mccammon333 to repurpose this cleanser by adding sugar or salt in order to use it as BODY SCRUB! I decided to mix a generous amount of this cleanser with some brown sugar and... lo and behold: an amazing body scrub was born!!! As visible on today's IG stories 📽, this Ole Henriksen cleanser is almost finished... one more use and it's empty!
📌 Zero waste = happy me 😊♻️
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#nowaste #repurpose #repurposed #diy #skincare #bodyscrub #healthyskin #skinbeauty #olehenriksen #cleanser #skincare #skincarecommunity #skincarelover

⚠️FREE #niod SDSM ALERT ⚠️
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As you probably realized, I can't get enough of #niod Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM). I use this antioxidant mist EVERY single AM routine and almost every evening routine.
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I am sharing this post by #niod because they just announced the launch of an updated version of the SDSM (that has a couple of additions to make it more stable and efficient; but they kept the size and the price 👍🏻). Similarly to what they did with the launch of MMHC2, they are giving away bottles of the original formula with any NIOD PURCHASE in store. Unfortunetly, I do not live nearby a store (and this offer is not valid online) but if you do, this is the chance to grab a product from your NIOD wishlist and get a free SDSM bottle (while stocks last, of course!) 😊
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#deciem

SKINCARE ROUTINE SERIES | Evening 4 🌙
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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’m doing a mini series of skincare routines; and here’s my latest PM routine:
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1️⃣DOUBLE CLEANSE: 1st cleanse w/ #jordansamuel Plié: I apply a small amount on dry face, massage it, then damp my hands and keep massaging my face while Plié emusifies and removes all the SPF & make up. 2nd cleanse w/ #sundayrilley Ceramic Slip: probably the gentlest clay-cleanser I ever tried; I usually use it in the morning but I’m currently obsessed w/ isclinical as AM cleanser so I used Ceramic Slip in the evening.
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2️⃣RESURFACE:
After cleanse, I usually apply #niod CAIS but yesterday I used The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and skipped CAIS (copper peptides are very sensitive to acid; I could do the ppeling, wait 30 min and then apply CAIS but I was too tired for that). I applied a homogenous layer of the peeling solution over dry skin (tingles for 15 secs), waited 8-10 min and then rinsed off. No redness, only smooth face.
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3️⃣HYDRATE:
💦#niod Superoxide Dismutase!Saccharide Mist (not shown) as extra layer of antioxidants + moisture before applying💦 #niod FECC on the eye area (watery but very hydrating) + 💦#niod MMHC all over my face/neck (a hyaluronic powerhouse that feels like water).
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4️⃣CORRECT:
The Ordinary 2% Advanced Retinoid: a gentle milky serum w/ 0.1% retinol + 1.9 hydroxypinacolone retinoate). My bottle is almost empty :O (will re-purchase).
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5️⃣MOISTURIZE:
#biologiquerecherche Crème Masque Vernix: rich in lipids, proteins and antioxidant peptides, this mask (that I use as night moisturizer) recreates the protective layer on baby's skin at birth (Vernix caseosa – hence the Vernix name). It’s a revitalizing, repairing and protective treatment that works wonders on my dehydration-prone skin (after applying it, you look like you have a wet face but that’s only a visual effect of its protective layer). Love it!
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• Neck: #niod NEC, which helps fading the annoying lines in my neck and increases the much needed firmness in that area.
• Lips: #nuxe Reve de Miel balm
• Hands: #paulaschoice Resist Intensive Repair

#1empty1newbie | water-based cleansers
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💦EMPTY 1:
#katesomerville ExfoliKate® Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash: I've mentioned this one before; I had high hopes but it's pH threw me off (pH 7.5). The INCI looked great but it was slightly drying due to the slightly basic pH. I finished it as hand wash. Will not repurchase (obvs) 👎🏻
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💦EMPTY 2:
#kicho Natural Mineral Foaming Cleanser: low pH cleanser (pH 5.5), comes out as a mousse due to pump system and contains 7 types of sprout extracts that makes it a purifying yet gentle formula (suitable for all skin types, even babies). No parabens, alcohol, artificial dyes and animal ingredients. I considered to repurchase 👍🏻but is sold out (since months!!!) at @ohlollybeauty and they have no idea when it will re-stocked. So, I gave up waiting. There are many cleansers out there waiting to be tested... 😉
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💦EMPTY 3:
#cosrx Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser: I thought this was an empty 2 weeks ago but there was always a bit of product coming out (finished 4 days ago) :O as mentioned in a recent post about COSRX, I enjoyed using this cleanser but the tea-tree scent is quite strong (fades quickly though) and is a bit drying if used every day. However, if I only use a small amount and rotate w/ other cleanser, it works for my combo skin. I won’t re-purchase but it's a fairly good cleanser (for an affordable price) that can work for those w/ combo, oily and acne-prone skin 🙂
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💦NEWBIE:
#isclinical Cleansing Complex: I only used it 3x (as AM cleanser) and I'm in love 😍This runny-gel cleanser is as beautiful in "paper" as it is on the skin. It contains skin-soothing and nourishing plant extracts (chamomile extract and centella asiatica), lots of antioxidants (vitamins E and C, as ascorbyl palmitate) and natural sources of salicylic and glycolic acid (willow bark and sugar cane extracts, respectively). Of course the pH of this cleanser is not low enough acids to be fully active but all together it contributes for a decongesting formula that cleanses without stripping the skin. It has no added fragrance but its natural scent is dreamy. I wish the bottle was bigger because I think I found my HG water-based cleanser 💙

SKINCARE ROUTINE SERIES | Evening 3 🌙
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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’m doing a mini series of skincare routines (not an usual thing for me as I find my routines consistent and boring) but here’s my latest PM routine:
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1️⃣ DOUBLE CLEANSE: 1st cleanse w/ #clinique Take The Day Off Balm (SPF and makeup slayer) + few drops of #demamiel Cleansing Dew (elevates the sensorial experience). Both emulsify and don't sting my eyes. Second cleanse w/ Cleansing Dew (love the blue tansy scent) and I’m ready to the next steps.
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2️⃣ PREVENT:
After cleanse, I apply #niod CAIS (one of my fave serum of all times 💙; I’ve raved about it countless times - see older posts); copper peptides (not copper itself!) help improving several skin basic functions + long-term antiaging benefits.
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3️⃣HYDRATE:
💦#niod Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (not shown) as an extra layer of antioxidants + moisture before applying: 💦#niod FECC on the eye area (watery-formula but packs hydration) and 💦#niod MMHC all over my face/neck. It feels like water, not sticky, a hyaluronic powerhouse (12 hyaluronic complexes + HA precursor that stimulate HA production by your skin). Almost empty but I already have the new MMHC2 waiting - #1empty1newbie 😉
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4️⃣CORRECT:
Last night, I used a generous layer of #sundayriley Good Genes (1 + 1/2 pump), a treatment w/ 5% lactic acid and several skin-soothing and anti-irritant ingredients; besides the obvious exfoliation benefits of AHAs, this product leaves my skin smooth and radiant! I use Good genes at the end of my routine only because of its texture (very creamy) and should be applied after my watery serum.
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5️⃣ MOISTURIZE (just before bed/ not shown 📷): • Face: 3 drops of #medki8 TR3 (jojoba oil w/ 0.3% retinol) + 2 drops of #sundayriley Luna oil (an oil blend w/ hydroxypinacolone retinol) - note: I'm not a big fan of Luna because it contains blue dye but I want to finish it. 📝PS: Sunday Riley suggests to use Luna before Good Genes but, for me, it makes no sense to apply a creamy serum/treatment over an oil.
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• Lips: #nuxe Reve de Miel balm
• Hands: #paulaschoice Resist Intensive Repair cream w/ retinol (great face moisturizer but too rich on warmer days)

SKINCARE ROUTINE SERIES | Evening 2 🌙
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As mentioned in my previous posts, I’m doing a mini series of skincare routines (not an usual thing for me as I find my routines consistent and boring) but here’s my latest PM routine:
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1️⃣ DOUBLE CLEANSE: 1st cleanse w/ #clinique Take The Day Off Balm (SPF and makeup slayer) + few drops of #demamiel Clemasing Dew (that elevates the sensorial experience to the other level). Both emulsify and do not sting my eyes. Second cleanse w/ Cleansing Dew (love the blue tansy scent) and I’m ready to the next steps.
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2️⃣ PREVENT:
After cleanse, I apply #niod CAIS (one of my fave serum of all times 💙; I’ve raved about it countless times - see older posts); copper peptides (not copper itself!) help improving several skin basic functions + long-term antiaging benefits.
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🚫[NO EXFOLIATION TONIGHT]
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3️⃣HYDRATE:
💦#niod Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (not shown) as an extra layer of antioxidants + moisture before applying: 💦#niod FECC on the eye area (watery-formula but packs hydration) and💦#niod MMHC all over my face/neck (feels like water, not sticky, a hyaluronic powerhouse w/ 12 hyaluronic complexes + HA precursor that stimulate HA production by your skin). Almost empty but I already have the new MMHC2 waiting - #1empty1newbie 😉
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4️⃣CORRECT:
Medik8 10TR balm (1% retinol / light balmy texture) feels great on the skin and I’m considering to buy the full-size and alternate w/ the 2% retinoid by The Ordinary.
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5️⃣ MOISTURIZE:
Powerful combo: #stratiaskin Liquid Gold + #paulaschoice Calm Serum, which results in a moisturizing-serum hybrid, rich in ceramides, skin-soothing and skin-nourishing ingredients. Love it 👌🏻
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• Neck: I always thought that neck cream were gimmicky (and used my face lotions&potions on my neck) but #niod NEC does “things” that my facial moisturizers cannot do: it helps fading the annoying lines in my neck are less visible and the overall firmness is increased :O I wish I could cover my entire body w/ this! • Lips: #nuxe Reve de Miel balm
• Hands: #paulaschoice Resist Intensive Repair cream w/ retinol (great face moisturizer during winter but now is too rich on warmer days so I must finish before it expires).

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