The Best Face Products for Dry and Dehydrated Skin

After ages of being in a war with the dry patches that love to appear on my face especially during the colder months, I think I finally won the battle. I've tried a ridiculous amount of products over the past few years, and most of them sadly left me unimpressed. Having said that, 2014 seemed to be my lucky year, as I discovered quite a few gems I'm going to talk about today. If you're a fellow dry skin sufferer, look no further!

La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Riche: I call this cream a game changer. It was the first product that actually made a difference to my dry skin and the product that restored my faith in skincare. I put it on pretty much every night and it always does its magic. When I wake up, my skin feels soft and moisturized with no dry patches in sight. It also doesn't hurt that it smells absolutely lovely! Just to give you a heads up, this is a rather rich and thick cream that doesn't sink in right away, which is why I would only recommend you to use it before going to bed.

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche: Hydreane Riche is the newest addition to my skincare routine. I would describe it as a lighter version of Nutritic Intense Riche, perfect for every day. It moisturizes your skin, but since it isn't too heavy and sinks in super fast, it works great as a makeup base as well. I actually just did a full review on this one, so if you want to know the details (and possibly win a tube for yourself), make sure to check out this post.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: The best way to describe this multi-purpose dry oil is a miracle in a bottle. A deliciously smelling miracle in a bottle that is. You can use it on your face, body or hair. I mainly use it on my face as a substitute for my beforementioned night creme from time to time, when I feel like pampering myself. I was a bit hesinant to try it at first, because I thought having oil on my face for a longer period of time would clog my pores, but I'm glad I ended up giving it a go. My fears were completely unjustifiable. It's really lovely and not excessively greasy. After it sinks in, you're left with the silkiest skin!

Bioderma Solution Micellaire: Let's say a few words about cleansers/makeup removers. I still can't believe I've been using makeup remover wipes before switching to this holy grail of mine. What a difference! The solution does a great job at removing my makeup without stripping my skin of all moisture and leaving it 'tight'. I always buy a bunch of them when I go to France and currently have about six bottles waiting for me back home. I know, I'm obsessed. I either use the one for sensitive skin (pink cap) or the one for dry/dehydrated skin (blue cap). I don't notice any difference between the two to be honest.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: Once I remove my makeup with Bioderma, I follow up with Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish to thoroughly cleanse my skin. I put it all over my face and then wipe it off with a muslin cloth soaked in hot water, which also helps to remove dead skin cells/dry patches. The product is very creamy and makes my skin squeeky clean, soft and bright.

Origins Drink-up Intensive Overnight Mask: I use this mask once a week, usually a night before washing my hair, because I leave it on over night and my hair tends to stick to it while I roll around in my sleep, haha. My skin literally drinks this product up and feels super moisturized once I wake up. Oh, and it smells like Haribo Frogs. I'm not even kidding.

That's it about the outstanding bunch suitable for dry and dehydrated skin that I have in my beauty drawer. I'm pretty content about my skincare routine right now, the only thing I'm still missing is a nice morning cleanser. I don't need any heavy-duty stuff, just something nice and creamy to remove the oily night residue. Any recommendations? And please let me know which product you use and love if you have dry/dehydrated skin yourself. There's always room for more amazing products! :D

Fall Beauty & Lifestyle Favorites

Finally a new video! It's been a while, I know. With that in mind, I hope you have nothing against long ones, because today's got a bit out of hand, haha. What can I say, I had a lot of awesome things to talk about. Oh, and there might be a secret giveaway half way through. Just saying... :)

My Go-to Fall Nude Lip Products

Kylie Jenner and her nude lips. She definitely brought back a trend that took the beauty world by storm. I myself have never been a fan of true nudes on me, because they simply don't suit me, but I've definitely grown to love slightly darker neutral shades as of recently. I'm not sure if these can be even classified as nudes, but they're my version of nude, so this is what I'm going to call them. 
From L to R: Natural Beauty, Nude & Tack.

Essence 'Natural Beauty' Longlasting Lipstick: This one is my old favourite. I've repurchased it two times already and I feel like I'll be repurchasing it until I die. It's the perfect on-the-go shade with a slight pink undertone that seems to go great together with every single makeup look I wear. It has a permanent place in my handbag, not only because of its 'my lips but better' shade, but also because it's extremely comfortable to wear due to its creaminess. 
Natural Beauty

Milani 'Nude' Color Statement Lip Liner: Telling you that I'm obsessed with this product right now is probably an understatement. I've been wearing it ALL THE TIME during the past month. It's just perfect and I'm so glad I have it in my possesion. I almost gave up on the search for the perfect nude lip liner, as I could never find the shade I was looking for. I hate how pretty much all of them are either full on pink or brown, but this one is right there in the middle. Love! So, we've established that the shade is awsome. How about the formula, you ask? It's flippin' amazing as well. It feels creamy but looks matte, so you get the best of both worlds - comfort and staying power. 

NYX 'Tack' Color Lip Balm: I wasn't sure about this one when I first got it (I won it in a giveaway), because it looked burgundy in the tube, but once I applied it on my lips, I knew that it was a keeper straight away. A lip balm consistency makes sure your lips are nice and moisturized during the cold months, while the pigmentation leaves you with a nice dark pop of neutral colour. You can apply one coat if you want it to look suble or layer it up for a stronger effect. I personally also love wearing it over the Milani lip liner. Match made in heaven! 

How are you feeling about the nude lip trend that is currently going on? Love it or hate it? What are your favourite nudes? 


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Here in London everything is starting to look Christmassy now that Halloween is over, and I admit, I'm already in a full blown Christmas mood myself! I can't wait to go home for the holidays and be curled up in front of the TV in a cuddly onesie with a cup of hot chocolate in my hands. I don't think I'll be attending any Christmas or New Year's Eve parties this year, because I'll rather be spending the time with my family and friends I haven't seen in a while due to my move abroad, but in case you are planning to be more active in that department and are already looking for party outfits, I suggest you to check out RoseGal. They have a ton of affordable fashion items to choose from, ranging from vintage to modern looking pieces, and also offer free international shipping. You can see some of my favourite dresses in the photo above. Are you liking any yourself? If you do decide to make a purchase and get your own party dress, don't forget to use the 8% coupon code May49rose RoseGal is offering to all of you! 
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La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin Review

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin Review

I have said it before but I'm saying it again. La Roche-Posay is my favourite skincare brand. My skin loves their products for dry skin, and recently, I got an opportunity to test out another one of their gems - Hydreane Riche Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin. It arrived to my doorstep just in time, as my skin is getting drier again now that the cold weather has started. 

The product comes in a standard 40 ml tube packaging and is, as the name suggests, designed for dry and sensitive skin. It is dermatologically tested, paraben free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and contains La Roche-Posay's Thermal Spring Water with soothing, softening and anti-irritating properties. 
La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin Review

I'm using it in the morning and find it great as a makeup base, which makes me ridiculously happy. If you have dry skin yourself, you'll know how hard it is to find a day cream that tackles the problem but isn't too heavy to use under makeup. Hydreane Riche is amazing in that regard. It sinks in quickly without leaving the heavy layer over your skin, but still makes your skin soft and hydrated. I don't think the product would make a huge difference to very dry skin if you would be using it on its own, but as a day cream following a heavier night moisturizer applied a night before, it works perfectly. 

I'm planning to put up a rather long post about my favourite face products for dry skin soon, so I'll tell you more about the other products that also help me combat the dryness another time, but today, I'm ending this post with a surprise giveaway! The amazing Slovenian La Roche-Posay PR team sent me a whole bunch of Hydreane Riche creams to give away to you, so you can expect quite a few giveaways popping up on various different social networks of mine very soon. Let's hit it off with a blog giveaway, shall we? The giveaway ends in one month, on December 7th, and there will be two winners. Each will receive the star od today's post - their very own La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive skin. All you have to do to participate is to fill in your details in the rafflecopter below. And don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel and follow me on facebook/twitter/instagram for a chance to participate in my other upcoming giveaways, where I'll be giving away even more of these creams! :) 

The Week When I Mastered London Buses

I'm not even going to aplologize anymore for me being late with weekly updates. I guess it's a thing. Something always comes up, so I decided not to have a schedule for my blog or youtube channel for the time being. But maybe now that I've said this, I'll start posting regularly, who knows, haha.

Today I'm here to talk about the last two weeks of my London life. I'm starting to feel a lot less like a tourist and a lot more like a local, especially now that I have the buses down. But more on that later. Let's go two weeks back now. The weekdays went as per usual, the only difference being that I haven't had a breakdown due to the child's trantrums in over two weeks now. Yay for me! What did almost cause me a panic attack, through, was being dropped off at a random train station in the middle of the night. There were some problems with signalisation at my local station, so they decided to stop the train half way there and told us to go off. I had no idea where I was or which bus to take, and the fact that all my apps decided not to work did not help me at all. Thankfully, I found another person going to the same town as me and just followed her like a little creeper. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do when lost in the middle of nowhere.

The bus situation happened two Sundays ago, after a weekend of London fun, so let's go back again. On Saturday I met up with Joanna at Belsize Park for brunch. We went to this cute little coffee shop called Cinnamon and both ended up ordering eggs benedict, since neither of us tried the famous dish before. It was YUM. After we were done eating, Johanna first took me to Hampstead Heath to show me one of the most amazing views of London (which really is amazing), and then we ended up doing some more eating. We were meant to go explore Shoreditch, but ran out of time, because  I had to go back to Kingston to do some babysitting, so naturally we opted to squeeze in another culinary experience, haha. We're both foodies if you haven't figured that out by now. We went to an Italian restaurant to eat... pizza. But not just any pizza. This one was Italian approved. Again, YUM.

On Sunday, after my Saturday's 'night shift', I woke up rather early, hopped on a train to London again, and met up with my old friend from back home. She was visiting London with her boyfriend for the very first time and I promised them to show them around a bit. We went to Harrods, a couple of museums and then ended up at Jamie's Italian. Sorry for mentioning another restaurant, but you better get used to this, because I have a lot more on my to-do list. I don't eat anything exciting during the week, but the weekends are reserved for consuming good food. Ok, back to Jamie's Italian. I had the most amazing non-alcoholic cocktail called Berry Blast and turkey milanese with wild truffle. I'd never eaten truffle before, so I decided to just go for it. As expected, the taste was very specific and maybe a little too strong for a first time trier, but nonetheless tasty. The funky chips we ordered as a side was the star of the show, though. It tasted like home! Jamie Oliver, I'm definitely coming back for that chips and the cocktail! Once we were done eating, it already turned dark outside and we decided to go to North Greenwich, the place even I hadn't visited before. I loved the little promenade they have going on in front of the O2 Arena, and the night view from the Emirates Air Line's cable car was stunning. I definitely recommend going on there, as it's very affordable and there are no waiting lines. I need to go check out the day view as well at some point. Speaking of the views, we concluded the evening at McDonald's with the best view in town. Eating McFlurry with the lit-up Big Ben looking all pretty in the background seemed like the perfect way to end the day.

Moving on to next week, the kids had their half term break from school, so I did a lot of 'kids watching'. We were spending our days at local playgrounds and even went up to London on Thursday to visit the Science Museum. It turned out to be a rather hectic experience, because there were A LOT of people doing the same thing that day, but I somehow managed to not lose either of them. By the end of the day, my brain was completely frazzled from all the noise and looking into different directions. Oh, and I lost my voice, which I by the way still haven't got back, so the filming will have to wait. I managed to catch a nasty cold along the way as well, but since I'm out and about all the time, I haven't really had the chance to recover yet. On Thursday, for example, after we came home from the museum, which was at about 9 pm, I refused to go to bed and met up with Eva instead. We went to check out Kingston's Halloween Night Market, but since it ended up being a bit of a let down (think lame village party) and full of drunk people, we ended up at a pub. As you do.

Friday was my 'I'm feeling very sick' day and also Halloween. I didn't go to any parties, but I did take the kids to one, haha. After I picked them up, we also went to do some trick or treating, so I guess I still got a taste of Halloween. Oh, and I also carved a pumpkin! I went for the cute option and carved tiny circles out of it instead of doing the scary face. Mainly because I only had five minutes to do it, but I actually really liked the outcome. Despite my mother scolding me for being lazy when I sent her the photo of my 'zero creativity involved' orange masterpiece. :D

And we've made it to another weekend. I spent both days in London. On Saturday Eva and me headed for lunch at Borough Market, where I got me some Raclette, another food I've been craving since leaving home. It's a traditional French Alps dish and no, I'm not French, but I spent most of my spring breaks there and we eat it a lot at home as well, so I consider it 'home food'. Anyway, it tasted good and the chocolate brownie I also picked up at the market was not bad either. Not bad at all. Our main plan for coming to London was to go to see the 8 pm Bonfire Night Blackheath fireworks display, but since we had a few hours to spare, we popped into Starbucks where I got my usual - hazelnut hot chocolate - and walked down to the river, where we spotted Dawson and ended up listening to his music. When it got dark, we made our way to Blackheath after some confusion with the trains, and waited for what it seemed like days for the fireworks to start. There was a luna park thingy to keep us entertained for a while, but it was more or less for kids, so we just ended up dragging ourselves through the park, complaining about how cold we were. The fireworks display was definitely worth the wait, though. It was incredible! It felt just like new year's eve. Once the show was over, the crowds started happening and it took us quite a while to get back to central London, where we then also realized all our trains were not functioning, which resulted in a very long bus ride home. And by very long, I mean very long. I was driving home for three hours! Mind you, the train journey usually only takes me half an hour. Insane. 

And we've made it to the last day - Sunday! I met up with Joanna again and I finally got familiar with the really different but really cool Shoreditch area. We visited the Columbia Road Flower Market, had some extremely delicious street food at Brick Lane and did some shopping at the famous hipster markets. Well, Johanna did. I haven't bought anything yet, but I did compile a wishlist in my head and I'm coming back to take some things home with me very soon.

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Current Wishlist

Current wishlists... I used to publish them all the time. On a monthly basis even, but I haven't put one up in about a year. Can you believe it? This definitely doesn't mean I couldn't think of any items I was lusting over, because we all know this is impossible if you're a part of the beauty blogging community. But it is true that I was trying to stay away from shopping as much as I could to save some money, and therefore tried not to compile lists of products 'I need'. A year later, here I am in London, surrounded by all these amazing shops and boy, would I like to shop! It's been three weeks and I'm still successfully resisting the urge (mainly due to the fact that my paycheck only covers weekend trips to central London without extra splurges). Having said that, I did come up with a plan that will make me and my wallet both happy. I'll start doing wishlists again, and at the end of every month treat myself to an item or two, depending on how much they cost and how much money I have left to spare. A pretty good plan, right? Look at me being all grown up and responsible with money. Oh, how I wish that the EuroMillions ticket I bought last week would be the winning one. All my problems would be solved in a heartbeat! But enough about me not being the lucky one. Let's talk about the products I don't have but want in my life now.

1) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick:  When Charlotte Tilbury launched her own makeup line last year, British beauty bloggers went bonkers for her products, but it wasnt't until now that they've really caught my attention. The Matte Revolution lipsticks look to die for from inside out! I wouldn't mind adding Bond Girl, Amazing Grace, Lost Cherry and Glastonberry to my collection. Very Victoria is another shade that sparked my interest, as it's supposed to be the perfect brown nude everyone is head over hills with at the moment. At 23 pounds a pop, they might be stuck on my wishlist for quite a while, but if I manage to swatch them in person and end up falling in love with a certain shade, I might treat myself for Christmas.

2) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: My eyebrows are currently driving me crazy. I ran out of the pencil I've been using for the past year to fill in my brows, and since I can't get it here in the UK, I'm trying to find another option. Everyone seems to love the Brow Wiz, and I would love to try it out myself to see if it's worth the hype, but I'm afraid I would end up purchasing the wrong shade. My eyebrows have a gray undertone, which makeup brands for some reason don't seem to acknowledge, so I always have to mix two pencils to get the right shade. I usually opt for the mixture of taupe and black, which you can see in this video. Avoiding warm-toned shades is a must for me, because they look bizzare and fake on me, but they are the only ones I can find in drugstores. So annoying! Do you have any recommendations for me? Do you maybe have cool-toned eyebrows and have managed to find the match from the Brow Wiz line?

3) Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade: Another famous and much loved product from Anastasia Bevery Hills that I wouldn't mind trying if there was a match for my eyebrows. I would definitely prefer to use a pencil for day-to-day makeup, but I feel like the Pomade would be perfect for those edgy, perfected, night out kind of looks.

4) Ghd V Coral Pink Styler: My straightener had decided to retire last summer and I've been using my sister's one ever since, but now that I've moved, this is no longer the case. I've been without it for three weeks now and I don't think I can wait for much longer. My hair is ridiculously wavy and all over the place! I've had my eyes on some Ghds for a while, as they're supposed to be good and worth the investment, but I can't bring myself to spend so much money on a straightener. I'm keeping my fingers crossed there will be some discounts going on around Christmas time. Otherwise, I'll have to look into other options. Again, recommendations are welcome! Just to let you know, I have a lot of hair and they're also thick, so I need something decent to work with.

5) Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: Being a makeup bag staple of many beauty lovers, it's always been in the back of my mind. I even considered ordering it online at one point, but couldn't figure out what my shade would be, so I gave up. The other day, I finally had the opportunity to see the shades in person, though. I was in a bit of a hurry, so I didn't try to find the right shade, but I put a random one on my hand and boy, did it look and feel amazing! I have pretty much decided that this will be the first high end makeup purchase for me here in the UK at the end of the month, and I can't wait to go back to the shop and pick out my shade. I think I'm either Deauville or Gobi.

6) Lorac Mega Pro Palette: I believe this was a limited edition palette and since Lorac is only available in the US, I'll probably never be able to hold it in my hands, but if a miracle happens and they decide to make it permanent, I'll go out of my way to get it! I bought the Lorac Pro Palette you can see me using all the time when I was visiting the States last year and it was by far the best makeup purchase I've ever made. The matte shades are ridiculously good. I want more!

7) Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer: My under eye circles are a constant battle and I'm still in search for the perfect concealer. Right now, I'm mixing two or three to cover the bad boys up. I found out about the Amazing Concealer on Zoe Newlove's blog, and she completely sold it to me.

8) Benefit Gimme Brow Gel: I told you I'm currently obsessing over eyebrows! Gimme Brow is yet another product I want in my makeup drawer. It would be a life saver for the 'I'm in a lot of hurry' situations. But again, the shades! They all seem super warm.

9) Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: Another product I'm buying for sure. It's a liquid highlighter without any shimmers, and from what I've seen, it gives the prettiest sheen to the cheeks. Definitely a product I need to add to my personal collection and my makeup artist kit.

10) Essie Take It Outside: Due to the move, I had to make serious cuts in the nail polish department. I had about 300 nail polishes back home, but only took 12 of them with me. My little selection is missing several different shades, and this lovely grayish taupe from this year's autumn collection would make a great new addition, don't you think so?
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