Biotherm: Aquasource Cocoon

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If you have dehydrated combo skin (just like me), you'll know the struggles of finding the perfect moisturiser. They're either too greasy or not moisturising enough. I came upon this moisturiser by chance as my mother had ordered a YSL tint-in-oil for me and received a "tester". As a sorry-we-fucked-up, they sent back the right product along with a bunch of samples.

Aquasource Cocoon provides the extra nourishment and protection skin needs to survive winter, all with the 48-hour1 deep hydration of Aquasource. Skin is instantly nourished, hydrated and protected. As if wrapped in a caring, silky veil all day-long.
This £35 moisturiser is a mid/high price moisturiser that claims to deeply hydrate the skin for up to 48 hours. I've never not washed my face for that long, but I can assure that the hydration lasts me through a long day of uni (or work) without leaving my face looking like a greasy mess - or tight from dryness for that matter. If it's a particularly hot day my nose might get a little sweaty, but one wipe and that's about it.

Do I wish that the product was cheaper? Hell yes. I wish I had skin that could take those £5 products, but alas I have acne and sensitive skin. Is it good? Definitely. I've tried several different moisturiser during the past 1.5 years and this has stayed my favourite one to date.

Always on the hunt for beautiful skin.

Marc Anthony: Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner

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Since I'm always on the hunt for good haircare products (don't touch my haaair), I find myself frequently trying to switch out the ones I use whenever I get through them since I haven't really found a holy grail product.
Roughly £11
Cleanse your way to stronger, shinier, healthier looking hair with this Oil Of Morocco Argan Oil Shampoo by Marc Anthony.
Nourish, strengthen and infuse moisture into your hair with Oil Of Morocco Argan Oil Conditioner by Marc Anthony.
I got this as a Christmas gift after having seen it around the shops. I'm really into haircare that will moisturise since I have curly (synonymous with dry in my experience) hair. The product says that your hair will be stronger, shinier, healthier, nourished, and moisture infused after using it, but I honestly find it to be a little bit of a let-down.

Since it's argan I sort of expected it to have a sweeter scent, but it's actually kind of chemically and soapy. The shampoo is a bit too harsh (and doesn't lather properly), and the conditioner isn't moisturising enough.

There are cheaper options that work far better.

Where's my glass slipper?

Estelle & Thild: BIOCLEANSE Silky Soft Cleansing Milk

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Since I haven't found an amazing, magical, wonderful cleanser yet, I always try to switch up the brand when I go for a new one (they last pretty long, so it's not a frequent thing). My last attempt was from a Swedish brand known for its gentleness.

Roughly £16

Treat the skin with a silky smooth blend of nourishing organic ingredients. This comforting cleansing milk is developed to nourish dry skin while melting away makeup and impurities. The milky formula is infused with Black Elderflower to comfort and purify the skin.
I got this during winter time when I really started to dry up in the face, hoping that it would be sort of hydrating; however, this is a really thin and milky cleanser that isn't very powerful, and I don't particularly think that it's any good at removing make-up residue (whenever I wore make-up). It also has kind of a strange scent to it.

If you have really sensitive skin and don't use a lot of make-up this might be for you!

Like water.

Kalahari: Enzyme Face Buff

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I came upon this brand when I was away at a spa getting a facial (not the regular "rough" kind, more of a relaxing facial massage and pampering) - I wouldn't say that it's very well known. All of the products are quite aromatic and gentle.

About £25 - depending on where you get it.

A gentle, vegetable-based enzyme facial buff that removes unwanted dead skin cells and impurities, leaving the skin radiant, clean and refreshed.
This is super gentle - as in there's barely any effect at all (if any). The texture is a little bit gritty, but not enough to create a buff, and the product is extremely creamy and kind of leaves a residue on the skin. Honestly I feel like it doesn't do too much, but perhaps for people with extremely sensitive skin this would be a better alternative.

The lady at the spa did say that the procedure I had done (which was with all Kalahari products) isn't for the actual skin effect, but for relaxation.


Seoul, South Korea

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There were sales everywhere in Seoul, and it was honestly really hard to choose what to get - this is what I got + I bought a couple of stuff for my sister.

Korea was just too much

Dry lips? Lip Balms!

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The past couple of months I've had a huge struggle with (abnormally) dry lips, and I've therefore racked up quite a list of lip products. From the ones that I remember, here's a list and my thoughts:

Carmex: Lip Balm Tube (£2-3)
Used on its own to give a fresh and natural appearance, or as a lipstick undercoat or sealant, Carmex will leave your lips nourished and conditioned.
This was one of the first lip products that started off the dry season - it's quite nourishing and leaves the lips non-cracked but the minty scent is way too strong. The tingling coolness doesn't feel very nice on overly dry lips, but as far as moisturising properties goes it's a good one.

La Roche-Posay: Cicaplast Levres (£6.5~)
Deeply hydrated, the lips recover their elasticity and natural softness: fissures and cracks appearance is limited.
This is a pricier alternative compared to many balms out there (I've seen way higher prices listed online) - which is why it's so disappointing that it ran out really quickly. This is a nice and lightweight moisturiser, but I feel like it claims to do more than it does - if you're having a short bout of dehydrated (not chapped) lips, then this might very well be a good alternative for you.

It's extra annoying since they claim to have tested it on isotretinoin patients with good results (basically the crème de la crème of chapped lips).

It's very light and soft on the lips - not thick enough to heal cracks and not good enough if you're really looking for something nourishing.

Rituals: Smooth Operator (£8.50)
Moisturising lip balm with Shea Butter, refreshing Eucalyptus and Vitamin E. Helps repair and protect the lips in all weather conditions.
Price wise this is definitely up there compared to a lot of other balms, and unfortunately I don't feel as if it delivers compared to the cost - this is a very minty balm, and it almost feel dehydrating on the lips. If there's nothing else to hydrate the lips with, this will do - but you'll have to constantly reapply more.

Tastes good and sweet, the bottle is nice and sturdy, but it doesn't really alleviate dryness - SPF 15 if it's interesting.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula: Intense Repair Lip Balm (£4~)
Nourishes and intensely relieves and regenerates dry, cracked lips.
Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula has one of my favourite lotions of life (except for the bottle), so I was excited to see that they have a range of lip products as well (I found out in Austria).

The balm is quite light and feels good, but thin, on the lips - it sinks in quite fast so it might take a couple of reapplications; however, it works to keep the lips dehydrated.

Good at hydrating, but not good enough for severely dry and chapped lips. For people battling regular dryness, or who just want something to hydrate their lips with, this might be nice.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel: Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm (£9.50)
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm - NUXE

This best-selling lip balm with Honey and precious oils is highly concentrated in ingredients that help to nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and damaged lips.
The priciest balm (I've seen higher prices), but also one of the best for severely dry and chapped lips - this stuff is thick! We're talking resistance as you put your finger in the nice glass tub - I'm normally not a huge fan of balms in tubs since it's more of a mess than if in a tube, but at least you can keep it for your own concoctions when it's empty. If a thick layer is applied before bedtime, there will still be some left in the morning.

This really helps in relieving the pain that comes with cracked lips and it's soothing as hell. This is a really good and thick balm for lips that are very dry and chapped. One minus is that it turns a bit gritty with time, which I guess depends on the honey and oils (but it's still usable).

Blistex: Lip Relief Cream (£3~, but I think I got it for around €2)
Blistex Lip Relief Cream is a unique formula that contains long-lasting, penetrating moisture to soothe and relieve lips from cracks, sunburn and cold sores.
I saw this in an add on my way to Austria and decided to pick it up when I saw it in a shop. This is probably one of the cheapest ones, and I honestly didn't expect it to be anything out of the ordinary - but (!!!) this is hands down one of the best products out there for dry lips that I have ever tried in my life.

This is probably mainly marketed for cold sores, but it also states that it's good for cracked lips - this is almost a miracle worker in my eyes. It's quite minty and cooling but very moisturising without being too thick; however, this is a clear white product, so a thick layer will be visible. That's why I like to apply a thick layer during the night or when I'm home - a thin layer can suffice during the day.

If I only had to choose one? Blistex! What's the deal with all the minty content of lip balms, though?