My Winter Skincare Routine: Pre & Post New Year's

2/17/2015



I've always been a skincare junkie hence gave more attention to skin caring products than to make-up. Having that in mind, I've realized that I haven't made a skincare routine kinda post in ages. Well, this time I've bundled all my skincare of last four to five months in one post which I've called - Winter Skincare Routine: Pre & Post New Year's. I chose to divide all the products into three categories. We have the staples - products I use regardless of season, than we have products I've used two to three months prior New Year's and products I've been using since the start of 2015. I won't get into too much detail so I'll just list all the products, their purpose, why I chose them and order of their use. If, however, you feel particularly interested in some of them just click on their names so that a dedicated review can pop-up on your screen. If there is no review, no worries - I'm already working on it. All you need to know about my skin is that it was acne prone years before, now it's combination to dehydrated and with an occasional blemish or blackhead (not overly sensitive, no serious redness). Let us begin with my staples. I have three products which I haven't stopped using ever since they crawled into my beauty cabinet. The best all-round face and make-up cleanser I ever tried must be the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm. It removes make-up and takes off dirt and grime exceptionally well yet it never stripped my skin (ever!). In fact, it leaves it fresh, glowy and hydrated. Whenever I have time, I like to leave it on as a mask for an extra 2-3 min. since it contains great ingredients for renewing and brightening the skin. I use it in the morning and in the evening. Alpha-H Micro Cleanse is by far the best face exfoliator combining both, mechanical and chemical exfoliation. It disinfects any existing blemishes, makes old scars fade quickly and makes skin wonderfully smooth and radiant. It doubles up as a mask for me - I leave it on for approx 5 min. and rinse. I use it about three times a week and it provides amazing results. Toner was never a mandatory step in my skincare routine but this one has saved my face this winter as it helped remove all my dry patches. Dr.Hauschka Facial Toner preps my skin for serums and moisturizers and then my make-up which sits better on my skin when I use it. I also spritz it over if I feel like I've over-powdered as it provides a healthy, glowy effect. It makes skin smooth as a baby's bum and, honestly, I use it whenever I feel the need to.

Oduvijek sam bila jako posvecena njezi koze lica te sam joj bezrezervno pridavala mnogo vecu vaznost, paznju i svoje vrijeme nego sto sam to ikada cinila glede same sminke. Imajuci to na umu, upravo sam shvatila da nisam vec jako dugo vremena pisala o konciznoj rutini njege lica. Prilicno ironicno, zar ne? Odlucila sam da to ispravim postom koji sam nazvala Zimska njega koze: Period prije i poslije Nove Godine. Odabrala sam podjelu na tri grupe proizvoda. Imamo bazicne proizvode - njih ne mijenjam i koristim ih bez obzira na sezonu, potom imamo proizvode koje sam koristila 2-3 mjeseca pred Novu Godinu i proizvode koje koristim od pocetka 2015. Ne bih isuvise detaljisala iako je ovo u biti opsirniji post te cu samo navesti proizvode, njihovu svrhu, zasto sam bas njih odabrala i nacin upotrebe. Ukoliko vam za oko zapadne pojedini proizvod, do njegove recenzije cete doci klikom na naziv samog proizvoda. Ukoliko jos nema recenzije - bez brige, vec radim na tome. Sve sto trebate znati o mojoj kozi jeste da je prije dosta godina bila zrtva ozbiljnih akni, sada je kombinovani tip koji je sklon dehidrataciji. Ponekada se pojave sitnije bubuljice i miteseri (koza nije isuvise osjetljiva, nema znacajnijeg crvenila). Zapocnimo od proizvoda koji cine okosnicu moje njege koze. Postoje tri proizvoda koja nisam prestala koristiti otkako sam ih isprobala po prvi put. Rekla bih da je najbolji cistac lica i skidac sminke koji sam ikada isprobala upravo Oskia Renaissance Balzam za ciscenje. Uklanja sminku i necistoce izuzetno dobro no nikada mi nije isusio kozu (bas nikada!). Ustvari, cini je svjezom, sjajnom i hidriranom. Kada god imam viska vremena, volim ovaj gel/balzam ostaviti na kozi sto duze kao mini masku jer je obogacen divnim sastojcima koji obnavljaju i posvjetljuju kozu. Ovu umivalicu koristim ujutro i navecer. Alpha-H Micro Cleanse je daleko najbolji piling koji sam imala priliku isprobati jer idealno kombinira kako manuelni tako i hemijski piling. Dezinfikuje postojece bubuljice, cini da postojeci oziljci i flekice izblijede brze te uopsteno cini kozu blistavom i nevjerovatno glatkom. Koristim ga i kao masku tako sto ga ostavim cca 5 min. na kozi nakon cega ga ispirem mlakom vodom. Ovaj piling koristim otprilike tri puta sedmicno i pruza mi fantasticne rezultate. Tonik nikada nisam smatrala obaveznim korakom u njezi koze no konkretno ovaj tonik mi je spasio lice ove zime te mi je uklonio suhe flekice koje su me mucile sa prisutstvom niskih temperatura. Dr.Hauschka Tonik za lice priprema kozu za serume i kremice a nakon njih i za sminku koja mnogo ljepse 'sjedne' na lice kada njega koristim. Takodjer njime pospricam lice ako sam slucajno nanijela previse pudera u kamenu jer 'omeksava' izgled koze i cini je blistavom. Divan je spram koze a, iskreno, koristim ga kada god procijenim da bi kozi prijao.



Skincare items which were heavily featured in rotation during much of October and all of November and December have truly made my face look alive even when I felt like being hit by a truck. For removing make-up I've relied 100% on my trusty Gameha Hazelnut Oil. Just a few drops on my clean palms and a minute of massaging it in was enough to loosen even the waterproof mascara. Added benefits were nourished eye area and less oily lids. After using this oil, my Oskia cleanser stepped in as a second cleanse and my face was thoroughly clean yet moisturized. Then a spritz of Dr.Hauschka toner prepped the skin. My eye cream of choice was the Afrodita Hydra Thermal Eye Cream. It's of a such light and pleasant formulation yet it does its job very well. It hasn't banished any dark circles but it kept my eye area firm and plump and ready to tackle any concealer. As for face care, I've alternated or combined my serum with my face cream. I've used one of them in the morning and then layered the serum over cream (or vice versa) as a part of my night routine. Most fabulous face cream of 2014. is definitely the Dr.Hauschka Revitalizing Cream. It's the only one that kept my dry patches under control (coupled with the Dr.Hauschka toner). It gives such a potent whack of nourishment yet it never made my skin oily or pores clogged. It's a miracle cream in my eyes and a perfect make-up base. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum is no novelty in my toiletry bag but a firm favorite. Liquidy, milky texture yields powerful moisture kick which my dehydrated skin adores. It worked perfectly either worn alone under make-up but also held its own even better layered over the Dr.Hauschka face cream. I woke up to bright, soft, supple and plump skin with even texture. Amazing stuff. My all-time skincare hero is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) which has single-handedly cleared my face from blemishes and acne and I never looked back. Those suckers never came back in the same intensity after Effaclar Duo kicked their arse (pardon the expression). I use it whenever I feel my skin's bumpy to the touch or if I note a blemish on my face. I slap it on either as a face cream or as a blemish treatment. Never has it dried me out, it's a perfect - and I do mean a perfect skincare product. This group of products has ended its reign as soon as 2015. stepped onto the scene but they are all very much beloved by me still.

Proizvodi koje sam intenzivno koristila veci dio oktobra te cijeli novembar i decembar 2014. su ucinili da mi koza djeluje svjeze iako sam se u nekim momentima osjecala izuzetno iscrpljeno. Za uklanjanje sminke sam se u potpunosti oslanjala na svoje Gameha Ulje ljesnika. Samo par kapi na cistim dlanovim a potom masiranje u kozu je bilo sasvim dovoljno da i najtvrdokornija vodootporna maskara bude rastopljena. Ulje ljesnika je dodatno jos nahranilo okoloocno podrucje i cak ucinilo ocne kapke balansiranim, manje masnim. Nakon ulja, Oskia cistac je dolazio kao druga tura ciscenja nakon koje bi koza bila izvrsno cista i nahranjena. Potom slijedi spric Dr.Hauschka tonika koji kozu priprema za naredni korak. Okoloocna kremica koja me odusevila je Afrodita Hydra Thermal krema za prve borice. Tako je lagane i prijatne teksture no jako je efektna. Nije ucinila da tamni kolutovi nestanu no odrzavala mi je okoloocnu regiju cvrstom, hidratiziranom i spremnom da se suoci sa svakim korektorom. Po pitanju ostatka lica, kombinovala sam i/ili sam naizmjenicno koristila serum sa dnevnom kremom za lice. Najcesce bih odabrala jedno od njih dvoje ujutro, kao podlogu za sminku dok bih ih navecer slojevito nanosila, cesto prvo kremu a potom serum (no nekada i obratno). Najimpresivnija kremica 2014. godine je svakako bila Dr.Hauschka Revitalizirajuca krema. Jedina je je uspijevala da mi suhe dijelove koze drzi pod kontrolom (u sinergiji sa Dr.Hauschka tonikom). Pruza tako mocnu njegu i hranljivost a da nikada ne cini kozu masnom, niti je ikada zacepila pore. U mojim ocima je pravi mali heroj i savrsena baza za sminku. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching serum nije novitet u mojoj kolekciji vec visegodisnji favorit. Tecno/mlijecna tekstura pruza znacajan dodatak hidratacije koji moja koza jako voli. Savrseno je funkcionisao kao samostalna baza ispod sminke ali je cak i bolje performanse imao kada bih ga kombinovala sa Dr.Hauschka kremom uvecer. Nakon te kombinacije, ujutro bih se budila sa jako lijepim, mekim i njegovanim tenom. Heroj svih vremena sto se njege koze tice je bio i ostao famozni La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) koji je samostalno prije par godina procistio moje tada aknama napadnuto lice i - nikada vise nisam imala slicne probleme. Akne se vise nisu pojavljivale a ponekada se zajedno borimo protiv sitnijih bubuljica. Koristim ga kao ili lokalni tretman za bubuljice ili preko cijelog lica ako osjetim da je koza blago neravna. Nikada me nije isusio i zaista je savrsen - i stvarno mislim savrsen komad preparative. Navedena grupica proizvoda je zavrsila svoju vladavinu sa pocetkom 2015. no njihova reputacija izuzetno kvalitetnih i korisnih ostaje.



As you can tell, I've completely changed up my wintry skincare routine in 2015. Apart from my three staples (cleanser, exfoliant, toner), everything has changed. All products are different but the idea behind them is the same. Now I'm using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water instead of hazelnut oil as I've missed my micellar waters. As much as I prefer oils to remove eye make-up, micellar waters have a certain ease which I especially appreciate after a long day or night at work. It just takes less time to remove the bulk of make-up with them. The Garnier one is a perfect dupe for my most loved Bioderma Sensibio H20. My current eye cream of choice is of a souffle texture and is, again, light and refreshing on the eye area which is something I need because my eyes are often tired, red and angry since I'm looking at minimun of five screens at work + my smartphone, TV, laptop... You get where I'm aiming it. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue is true to name as it depuffs, refreshes and 'lifts' the eye area skin. I also use it after cleansing and before I go to bed and it works just fine. Same thing goes with alternating my face cream and serum as before - I sometimes slap on only my serum or only my face cream in the morning while I layer them in the evening (cream, then serum). Such a nourishing, plumping face cream which I adore is the Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee Anti-Wrinkle Cream. It's so rich and substantial yet it never broke me out while visibly reducing dehydration fine lines - it literally performs miracles within few seconds! Something even more impressive (if that was possible) is the latest serum baby of mine which has got my world upside down. I've finally felt the true force of hyaluronic acid as an ingredient thanks to Filorga Hyal-Defence Hyaluronic Acid Protection Serum. I'll review it very soon so I don't want to reveal too much as I'm saving all the info for that review post but - it's bloody incredible! This isn't your regular hydrating serum and I see it as a serious skincare professional. It provides even more impressive effects than the Caudalie Puple Vitaminee cream in terms of sucking all the possible moisture back into the skin. Finally, I've been testing the latest novelty from Avene and I think this might be the ideal substitute to LRP Effaclar Duo + (if you found that it was drying or a bit agressive towards your skin). Avene Cleanance Expert Emulsion for spots and blackheads does the same thing as Effaclar Duo (+) but in a more gentle way. If I'm having a few blemishes, I like to layer it underneath the Filorga serum and then apply my foundation - that way it tackles blemishes while the serum hydrates the rest of skin keeping make-up even. Hopefully you found my winter skincare round-up interesting although it is lengthy but that had to be done in order to sum up approx five months of skincare! Does your winter skincare routine resemble mine?

Pogledom na fotku proizvoda koje koristim sa pocetkom 2015. mozete primjetiti da se dosta toga promijenilo. Osim ona tri osnovna proizvoda (cistac, piling, tonik) - svi ostali proizvodi su novi dok je ideja, kao i princip iza njih isti. Sada za skidanje sminke koristim  Garnier Micelarnu vodu za ciscenje umjesto ljesnikovog ulja jer su mi micelarne zaista nedostajale. Koliko god smatrala da su ulja neprevazidjena za uklanjanje sminke (pogotovo sa ociju), micelarne su tako jednostavnije za koristenje i oduzimaju mi manje vremena - to je nesto sto jako cijenim nakog dugog dana ili noci provedene na poslu. Garner micelarna je odlicna zamjena (da ne kazem dupe) za moju voljenu Biodermu Sensibio H2O. Trenutna okoloocna kremica koju jako volim ima teksturu osvjezavajuceg suflea, jako je lagana i njezno hladi okoloocni predio. Taj osvjezavajuci i blago hladeci aspekt mi je bitan jer su mi oci cesto iziritirane, suhe, crvene posto na radnom mjestu gledam u barem pet ekrana + mobitel, TV, laptop... Znate vec na sta ciljam. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue okoloocna je dobila odgovarajuce ime jer blago rashladjuje, smanjuje natecenost i 'podize' umornu kozu ociju. Koristim je ujutro ali i navecer. Princip naizmjenicnog i/ili kombinovanog pristupa kremi i serumu za lice je ostao isti. Ujutro koristim jedno od njih dvoje dok ih navecer kombinujem sto mi se pokazalo kao efektan pristup njezi koze i postizanju balansa njene teksture. Kremica u koju sam zaljubljena a koja intenzivno hrani kozu i cini je 'napetom' je Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee Anti-Wrinkle krema. Tako je bogata i ostavlja dojam da je bas izdasna a nikada mi nije izazvala bubuljice niti zacepila pore. Ono po cemu mi je posebna jeste nacin na koji u par sekundi 'ispegla' fine linije koje su tu od dehidratacije. Doslovno cini cuda! Nesto cak impresivnije od nje (ako je to uopste moguce) dolazi u formi seruma koji je nesto najdivnije, najljepse mozda u cijeloj preparativi koju imam. Napokon sam spoznala pravu snagu i efekat hijaluronske kiseline zahvaljujuci Filorga Hyal-Defence Hyaluronic Acid zastitnom serumu. Uskoro cu ga recenzirati pa ne zelim da otkrijem previse jer zelim ostaviti nesto socnih detalja za taj post ali moram reci - stvarno je nevjerovatan! Ovo nije klasicni blago hidratantni serum vec ga dozivljavam kao ozbiljnog profesionalca na ovom polju. Pruza jos primjetniji efekat brisanja finih linija od dehidratacije od Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee kreme sto je sjajno. Napokon, dolazimo do posljednjeg noviteta koji nam dolazi od Avene brenda a koji testiram vec neko vrijeme. Mislim da bi mogao biti idealna zamjena za famozni LRP Effaclar Duo (+) ukoliko je vama mozda bio preintenzivan. Avene Cleanance Expert Emulzija za bubuljice i mitesere radi istu stvar kao Effaclar Duo (+), no na njezniji nacin. Ukoliko na licu imam nepravilnosti i necistoce, volim nanijeti ovu emulziju a preko nje Filorga serum te preko njih nanijeti tecnu podlogu. Ova kombinacija cini da Avene emulzija umiruje bubuljice i neutralise ih dok Filorga serum zagladjuje i hidratizira ostatak lica te cini idealnu bazu za sminku. Nadam se da vam je post bio informativan uprkos nesto duzem formatu no jednostavno je ovu duzinu bilo tesko izbjeci - trebalo je sazeti gotovo pet mjeseci njege i testiranja u jedan post! Da li vasa zimska preparativa slici mojoj?

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