Monday, March 31, 2014

March Favourites

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March is ending and it's time for another favourites post. This month I don't have a lot of things to show, because I have been mainly still adoring the products I mentioned in my February Favourites post, but I do have some new acquisitions and some old flames reignited. 

First of all, there's a new liquid foundation I've been using, the L'Oréal Lumi Magique Light Infusing foundation. I bought it on Živa's recommendation and she just posted a review of it yesterday, so be sure to check it out! I don't want to go on and on about it, as she explains everything really well. It found its way in my March Favourites post for a reason as it really is as good as everyone says. It has light to medium coverage, which is perfect now that my breakout is clearing up, it leaves a wonderful dewy glow, even when mattified with a setting powder and  I really love it! I bought the lightest shade, Rose Porcelain, which is still just a tad darker than my natural skin tone, so I've been mixing it with the LRP Rosaliac UV Legere anti-redness moisturizer and it comes off great. I will do a separate post on both of them later on this week. 

Next is the newest addition to my Essie collection, Lilacism. I took a bunch of photos today, so if you're interested how it looks on, you'll find out soon. :) It is a gorgeous spring shade and it look lovely on lighter skin tones. I've been reaching for it more than Fiji this month. 

While organizing my make up collection I stumbled upon MAC Satin Taupe, which I got as a gift from my friend Mojca a while ago and for some odd reason didn't use a lot this past year. It is a gorgeous natural brown shade, perfect for smokey eye looks or for a natural make up look. I dropped it once in the bathroom and some of it shattered, which PAINS ME, but oh well, I do drop 99% of the things that pass my hands, so. 

Last of my beauty favourites is the Calvin Klein brow pencil in Dark Blonde. I was never too keen on doing my eyebrows, simply because I couldn't be bothered and I didn't know how. I started getting more into it lately and I occasionally use this pencil if I want a more polished look. Otherwise I don't reach for eyebrow products as much. I don't feel the need to, because my eyebrows are naturally full. Is that a thing, do we say our eyebrows are 'full' if they're not sparse? Hashtag dyslexic Monday.

My random favourites of this month:

TV Show: Girls
There is a few new TV shows I started watching, namely Black Sails and Da Vinci's Demons. They are quite nice, but I wouldn't say I'm obsessed with them. I am, however, really impressed with Girls. I used to almost give up on it, because sometimes it can leave you with such a weird after taste (those who watch will understand) but lately the writing has been amazing, especially concerning Marnie and Shosh, really interesting twists and character development!
Movie: Snatch
I went back to an old favourite that I haven't watched in a really long time. I love Guy Ritchie's movies and this is one of my all time favourites. :)
YouTube Channel: Shirley B. Eniang

I hope you had a wonderful March and I wish you an even better April! :)
N. xx

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Friday, March 28, 2014

LRP Effaclar Duo+ : Worth the Hype?

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The Effaclar Duo's big brother, Effaclar Duo+ was a huge excitement in the beauty industry when it launched. Now that the novelty has worn off a little bit and I got the chance to test it out. My friend Živa gave it to me when she realized it had broken her out completely and could not use it any longer. I at first thought it should be great, since the old one worked so well for me, but after almost a month of use I noticed my skin breaking out a lot. I was keeping the blemishes at bay with my Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot gel (review here), but they just kept reappearing the next morning. Finally I stopped using it for a week or so to see if the situation would get any better. There were no new blemishes on my face at the end of the week. Giving it a one last try, I applied it for two days more and the blemishes reappeared instantaneously. Finally I gave up on it and I haven't used it since. 

I am kinda disappointed and I'm not sure why it didn't work well with my skin, as so many other bloggers seem to love the new formula as well. I am a huge LRP lover and I have a lot of their products and this was the first time something didn't work for me. The catch might be in the new additions to the ingredients list, because the old formula worked really well on my skin. All the other LRP skincare items I own have impressed me, but I guess I just idn't get lucky with this one, it happens.

It is hyped up a lot and I'd say it's best to ask for samples at the pharmacy before buying it, or trying it out with a friend, as I did. In my personal experience it didn't deliver and I'll probably just stick to the original.

Have you tried it? What was your experience?

Love,
N. xx
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Paul Penders Pegaga Scalp Cleansing Treatment

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Paul Penders Pegaga Scalp Cleansing Treatment*

It took me a while to get down to writing a review on this product, because - simply put - it is one of those time consuming products. I ordered this at ecco-verde.si, because I had problems with dandruff at the time and I have never used a scalp cleansing product before. It is a cooling mask you massage onto your scalp before washing your hair. It is antibacterial, antiseptic and is supossed to help calm down the itchiness. It contains pegaga (a traditional Malayan healing tree) and tea tree. Now, the silly part is, you have to leave it on for 30 minutes. YES, half an hour. I thought I was hallucinating when I read this, as I never heard of any kind of mask with this requirement. So I tried it out and did a little pamper sesh while I was waiting for the half an hour to be over. It has a soothing, cooling effect, kind of like the Head & Shoulders anti dandruff shampoo with mint. It has a nice herbal, minty scent as well. When I washed my hair, I almost shrieked in the bathroom as the dandruff situation seemed to be even worse. I had flakes all over my scalp. My head was literally covered with them, okay? Buuut, when I combed them out of my hair and dried it, the flakiness was all gone. What a funny product, I tell you. So, my initial disappointment was eased down when I used this product again and finally figured out what the dealio is. All in all, I would recommend it only for those with a lot of time on their hands (which excludes me, because I am one of those always late-always in a hurry types) or to use on your pamper evenings. And I hope you have those on a regular basis!

You can get it at ecco-verde for 13,99€.

*Item kindly gifted to me for review purposes.

Have fun,
N. xx


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Illuminate That Face!

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It is spring now (*ignores the fact that she saw full on hardcore snow yesterday morning*) and it's only fair I do a little collage of the most popular radiance boosting & illuminating bases and primers! I love a bit of glowy skin in the warmer months and what better way to achieve that than with an illuminating primer underneath my foundation?

The most raved about in the blogging community have to be the Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer, The Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base and Clarins' new spring release, the Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base. I have the latter on my wishlist, simply because it is a bit cheaper than the Le Blanc de Chanel and more accessible than MAC's Strobe Cream. I've also read some raving reviews of the Dior Glow Maximizer, which I would also love to try out as I was so happy with the Diornude BB Cream.

It's nice to be smart with your money, as I try to be constantly, but it's also nice to treat yourself every once in a while. The nice thing about these products is that you can use them not only as primers, but also as highlighters or to mix them with a foundation for a sheerer coverage. They're also perfect for sick days, when you're looking rather dull and oh so tired. If I'm sick and need to go to the doctor's or to the pharmacy, I love adding a bit of radiance to my skin, just to make myself feel a tad more presentable after spending a week hiding underneath a pile of snotty tissues. The doctor might not believe me I'm sick, but at least I won't look like a dead body they just pulled out of the river. Getting graphic here, okay.

These all circle around the high price mark, so if you're on a budget, you can get yourself a Bourjois Happy Light Lumiére Base Serum or the L'Oréal Lumi Magique primer, which are a good choice for a lower price.

Do you have any of these or are they on your wishlist? :)

Have a nice Wednesday,
N. xx

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tunesday: The Black Keys

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I decided to start a new type of posts on my blog, dedicated to music. I realize many of you won't be interested in this as NITS is a beauty & lifestyle blog, but don't worry, I won't spam you with irrelevant and boring facts about artists, I just want to share some of my favourite bands and artists. :) For the first Tunesday ever I meant to feature my favourite band of all times - Arctic Monkeys, but I saw The Black Keys dropped a song off their new album Turn Blue, which comes out May 13th. The song is called Fever and I already love it. I guarantee my car radio will play this song a thousand times this week. That's how bonkers I go over songs I like. I also included some songs you can find on their earlier albums, El Camino and Brothers.

They're playing at InMusic festival in Zagreb this summer and I am totally going! I was there last year for the Arctic Monkeys gig (an evening before an exam) and it was amazing. :) Let me know if you're a fan of these two super talented guys!

Love,
N. xx







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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Sandal Round-Up

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It's Wednesday and I'm drooling over sandals. That's right. ASOS and Zara have some lovely pieces this season and I made a little round-up of my favourites. Of course I'm still wriggling in my sleep over the last season's Zara sandal gems, but they're all gone now, so no point in crying, is there? I'm now off to work to earn come dough for one of these bad boys, y'all!

Are you a fan of sandals? :)

Love, 
N. xx
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Food: A Fresh Spring Salad

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I haven't posted any recipes lately and I simply had to share this improvised salad I threw together the other day. I was feeling a bit peckish and wanted something light and filling at the same time, so I put together a salad out of rocket, tomatoes, a few cubes of cheese and tuna. I usually put onion on my salads as well, but I forgot this time, no idea why. I guess I was too hungry. :) 

Anyway I am sooo excited for these warmer months ahead of us, I can't wait to pick our own vegetables from the garden. :) We are planning on growing our own sweet potatoes this year, so I'm looking forward to that as well! 

Feel free to share your favourite salad recipe with me! :)

Love,
N. xx
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 107 + Swatches!

As promised, I put together a few shots of my new Rimmel Kate Moss lasting finish lipstick in the shade 107. I bought it when I was in  London this February and I've already worn it a couple of times. It lasts a long time and it doesn't wear off as much when you're drinking or eating (I wore it once for a pizza dinner date with some friends) and also doesn't smudge during the day. It is not full on matte, but just the right amount so that your lips don't look too powdery and dry. If you want to, you can always blot them with a piece of tissue as I always do with every lipstick. It has a powdery scent, which reminds me of those old school lipsticks I used to steal from my mom as a child, but it is very inoffensive. I did a few swatches on my hand and on my lips (with a neutral brown eyeshadow make-up), which you can see below. It is very opaque and I usually need just one application for it to look good. I also noticed it can be very buildable, if you don't want a full on dark red effect, try dabbing it on your lips ever so slightly, and if you want a darker vampier look, you can totally build up the coverage. I would describe the shade as a dark red with a hint of cherry and I think it works well on my light skin tone as well. The only negative thing I noticed is that it clings to dry patches and it can be very noticeable, so if you have chapped lips, I would recommend starting off with a lip scrub.

Hope this was helpful,
N. xx

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mini Drugstore Haul

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Yesterday I went make-up shopping. I was super excited and then very disappointed when I saw the offer at drogerie markt wasn't as good as I expected. I was dying to get the Bourjois Happy Light foundation, but they didn't have it. So I opted for the L'Oréal Lumi Magique foundation, recommended to me by Živa. I bought the Rose Porcelain shade and did a quick tryout yesterday evening when I came home and it seems really nice and dewy, plus I got the shade right, yay! I also spent a few minutes by the Essie stand and wanted to take with me at least four shades, but decided just on Lilacism. In the future I'll probably go back for Blanc, Bachelorette Bash, and Cute as a Button. So many gorgeous shades! Lastly, I picked up a Maybelline Sweet and Tasty lip gloss, just because I own only one other lip gloss, which is my Lily Lolo one in Whisper .  

Enjoy your Sunday!
N. xx

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

New Beauty Finds and Tryouts

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Weekend finally! I was very busy with work this week and too tired to do anything productive when I came back home. Today was a bit easier as I have the whole weekend to myself ahead of me. As I was tidying up in the bathroom I came across some really cool gifted and borrowed things. My mom is an even bigger skincare and beauty lover than I (and apart from me, she's not buying on a student budget) so from time to time I get to try some high end products  she buys and decides aren't her cup of tea. Inspired by her and tormented by the memories of my 1st year Uni make-up collection (consisting of Essence products only) I recently made the decition to start investing in more high end brands as I find some of the less expensive drugstore products a waste of my money. I'm not saying there's something wrong with Essence, it's an awesome brand for an awesome price. I still have some of their products that work just fine, and I buy them still, but I think it would be nice to start investing in some more higher quality products, or at least try to find a nice balance between drugstore and high end.

The La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Moisturizer was a gift from my girl Gita and it's the perfect sebum-control day cream for days when my skin tends to get oily. I'm talking about those really warm days. For the past two days I was basically boiling in my car on the way from work and this was a nice touch after I got from the shower at home. My mom is super impressed with it as well, and she knows her stuff. :)

I have never tried anything from Shiseido before and I found this Perfect Refining Foundation with SPF 15 (it comes in the tiniest bottle, it so cute) in my mom's stash. She is constantly looking for the perfect foundation for her oily/problematic skin, but almost everything she tries breaks her out. I currently have a thing for foundations (no idea why) and I said I have to try this out. When I swatched it on my skin it seemed really thin and lightweight, perfect for summer days.

I have also noticed the pores around my nose are starting to appear larger. Maybe it's just me, but I think it's even more noticeable when I wear make up. That's where the Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizer Skin Refinisher comes in. It has a very lovely citrus scent and it comes in a gorgeous opal green little bottle with gold detailing. I only tried it a few times and I didn't use it consistently, so I can't provide a proper impression yet. It is on the pricy side, so I probably wouldn't buy this on my own accord. If you have any less expensive, but still effective pore minimizing alternatives, do share! :)

And finally, the Chloé signature perfume. I already have the Chloé Love perfume and I simply had to take a sniff of this when my mom picked us up at the airport when we returned from London. Her perfume collection is huge and she goes through them soo fast. I only have two or three and they last me ages, so I tend to borrow a spritz or two from her stash when I get bored with mine. 

Do you borrow your mom, sister or friend's products? :)

Have a great weekend,
N. xx
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: Butters Lavender Body Milk & Lavender/Basil Body Wash

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Butters Lavender Body Milk*
Butters Lavender & Basil Body Wash*

A beautiful spring hello to all! Man, I love spring so much and I'm so happy it's finally here. I thought it would give me some energy, but working 8-9 hours each day has been kind of exhausting these past few days, hence the quiet on my blog. But today I actually managed not to fall asleep right after I came home, so I decided to introduce you to a lovely Slovenian brand called Butters. It is a Slovenian natural brand, offering an array of shower gels, body butters, intimate soaps and hand creams. They put emphasis on natural, nurishing ingredients such as shea, aloe vera, avocado, almond, coconut, cannabis and mango butters and even exotic butters like illipe (originating in Borneo), murumuru (originating in the Brazillian Amazonian rain forest) and cupuaco(also originating in the Amazonian rain forest). They also use coconut oil, olive oil and liquid jojoba wax.

I stumbled upon it while casually browsing the web for some cool natural brands. What intrigued me first was the adorable packaging. I am a huge sucker for beautiful graphic design and I love everything about this - to the point I want to keep the boxes on my book shelf (seriously, they've been sitting there all week). As I mentioned, they care a lot about their natural philosophy, which is why they offer 100% organic products, certified according to certain standards. They were kind enough to let me try some of their products for myself.

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Their lavender body milk comes in a 200 ml sleek bottle with a pump. I get very dry skin during the winter, which means I become one of those weirdos with body lotions scattered all over the house. I haven't had one with a pump for a long time and this one made me remember how brilliant, convenient and hassle-free they are. I keep it on my night stand and use it every evening before going to bed. To name a few of its active ingredients: shea butter, argan oil, liquid jojoba wax and coconut oil. After one week of regular use I noticed I woke up with soft and supple skin. It almost made me want to stay in bed, stroking my legs, as weird as it sounds. It definitely made a difference and it was very noticeable. My skin is less itchy and dry and I am really impressed with this. Another plus is the fact that it sinks into the skin instantaneously. I have mentioned numerous times how I hate body lotions that leave me feeling all greasy and this basically disappears upon application. The scent is a very typical lavender fragrance, similar to the one of my lavender soy wax I've been burning all winter.

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The lavender and basil body wash was a bit of a surprise for me. To tell the truth, I didn't even know what to expect as I have never tried a beauty product containing basil before. I know what you might be thinking right now, and no, it does not leave you smelling like caprese salad. It is actually very different to what I'm used to in the kitchen. In combination with lavender and other ingredients and it smells like an energy boosting body wash. It reminded me of a ginseng body wash I used some time ago. It's active ingredients are lavender, basil, mint oil, sage, tea tree and wheat protein. I've been using this all week as well and I am very happy with it. Body washes aren't usually life changing, so no miracle here, but I really do love it's organic ingredients, it's consistency and the energized feel it leaves on the skin. And can we please talk about the packaging, it's super gorgeous, right up my alley. :)

My Slovenian readers can get their hands on Butters products at Sanolabor and Tuš drugstore shops. You can also check out their website here and like their Facebook page here. Once again, thanks to the lovely people behind this super cool organic brand for helping me dive into the natural skincare world and spreading the joy in the process. :)

*Items kindly gifted for review purposes

Lots of love,
N. xx
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Review: l'Angelica Night Cream



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l'Angelica Naturcosmetics Night Cream*

It took me sooo long to write this, but I was determined to try this product thoroughly before sharing my thoughts on it, as it was my very first time using a night cream. I have never used one before, thinking I don't really need it, but I did notice a while ago I was waking up with a stiff feeling on my skin. That's why I decided to try and start using a night cream before bed, hoping it would do me some good. 

I already talked about the l'Angelica brand here, where I reviewed one of their anti-dandruff shampoos. The lovely people at bodizenska.si also sent me this night cream from their Naturcosmetic line, which prides itself on 100% natural base with loads of natural extracts from organic farming. 
 
I only realized when I got it that this was actually an anti-age product. I still feel generally young at the age of 22, so I don't use anti-age products yet, but I didn't make a big deal out of it. Basically, this night cream comes in a 50ml tube, in green and white packaging (on par with the whole natural and organic concept). It contains bio macadamia oil and olive butter, lavender extract and zinc PCA, which protects collagen fibres. All in all, what a good night cream should have to enrich and renew your skin while keeping it young. It is appropriate for all skin types.

At first I didn't know what to expect, since I literally had zero experience with this type of product, but I noticed I woke up with very plump skin. It felt moisturized, quenched, very soft and smooth. I didn't notice my dark circles getting any better, as it promised in the instructions, but I was very happy with it overall. Its consistency is very thin, which means you only need a tiny pea-sized squeeze and you can apply it all over your face and neck. I like being efficient with my make up and skincare and I loved how little I needed every evening. It also has a very gentle scent, nothing too overwhelming or overpowering. It kinda reminds me of the iconic Nivea cream that comes in the blue pot, but in a more laid-back way, if this makes any sense.

To sum up, even if I didn't expect much at the beginning, I am very happy I got to try this out. It is a really nice moisturizing product for the price of 9,99€, which will last you a long time.

*Item kindly gifted to me for review purposes.

What is your favourite night cream? :)
N. xx


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Beauty Wishlist

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Let's face it, my blog is basically a big ol' wishlist. So it won't hurt if I post another one. I've been seeing these Hourglass blushes all over YouTube, beauty blogs, wishlists, etc. The reason is probably they seem luxurious as hell, the sleek packaging, the marble-like colours, they look amazing! As I'm on a lookout for a really nice new blush, of course these cought my eye. They are very pricy though, probably too pricy for my student budget. But they are still gorgeous!

I stayed true to my cleansing foams after the summer, but even if I really like how they clean off my make up, I still feel as if they leave my skin a bit stiff. I've never tried a cleansing balm such as the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa one or this Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm. I've been literally obsessed with the latter ever since I saw it on Tanya Burr's and Barbara's (The Persian Babe) YT channel. I'm no longer such a fan of Tanya Burr's, but I'm definitely a huge fan of this product. It's been raved about immensely in the blogosphere and isn't as pricy as the EH one, so I think this is the way to go for a cleansing balm rookie like me.

Next is the Calvin Klein Downtown perfume, which I smelled first in a copy of British Elle magazine I bought at the airport last year for my flight to Reykjavík. I currently still have and love my Elie Saab signature perfume, but this is just sooo nice and it's definitely next on my perfume to-buy list.

I currently have a thing for illuminators, highlighters, brightening foundations and primers, since winter is finally gone and there is no better way to say hello to spring than with a bright, glowy face. This Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base cought my attention as it can be used as a primer under your foundation, on it's own or just to brighten up parts of your face. Perfect for the upcoming spring and summer.

One of the new spring Clinique make up launches are the Cheek Pop blushes, which are totally adorable. I think the one on the collage is probably in shade Berry Pop or Plum Pop.

I first saw this NARS Multiple in one of Sammi's (Beauty Crush) videos and I was blown away by the colour - the perfect bronzy, summery, sparkly shade. I'm pretty sure the shade was Copacabana, but I'm not 100%. I saw that e.l.f. does these 'multiple-esque' sticks as well, but I imagine they're not nearly as good as the NARS ones.

And since we took this post off with Hourglass, why don't we end it with Hourglass as well? The other super talked about product is their range of lightning powders. As I already mentioned, I now have a thing for anything that has illuminating in it and I would love to try these. I wasn't that keen on Hourglass when everyone was talking about those super opaque lip stains of theirs, but they sure caught my attention now.

Anyway, I hope you're enjoying Sunday afternoon, I'm now off to do my hair and make up and then to the capital to visit Živa and her boyfriend. I'm really excited for the upcoming week, becuase I get to see a lot of friends I haven't seen in a long time. But I also have to figure out something to wear for the carneval. I've wanted to wear a sari for three years now but I always remember way too late and I run out of time to sew it. I might just borrow my grandma's faux fur coat and go as a trophy wife or something.

What is on your beauty wishlist this month? :)

Love,
N. xx
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot Anti-Imperfection Gel


If you're looking for a really good zit-zapper, here's a suggestion: the Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot gel treatment. Generally my skin behaves quite well, but I do have to deal with the occasional blemish here and there. That's when I like to use some sort of gel treatment to get rid of it. I have tried quite a few, the last one that comes to mind the Sensilab Cerin SOS gel treatment, which worked quite well and is very affordable at a price of 6,90€. I also wanted to try the Origins Super Spot Remover, which a lot of people are raving about, but it is a bit hard to get hold of the Origins brand in Slovenia.

The Vichy Normaderm line is destined for people with problematic skin. This gel treatment is supossed to fight breakouts. It contains hyaluronic acid, which creates a thin layer of film on your skin, protecting it "from the outside world", that is any further bacterial infections. The salicylic acid and LHA work from with to calm and get rid of blemishes. You have probably already heard of salicylic acid, a very common and effective ingredient when it comes to blemish control. LHA, on the other hand, was a new discovery for me. According to FutureDerm, it works similarly as salicylic acid (a nightmare to spell, if you haven't noticed), decreasing the amount of bacteria inside the pores. It is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-comedogenic and supossedly very effective at combating acne and even dandruff. You can find it in certain La Roche Posay products as well (Effaclar K Daily Renewal & Effaclar AI). 

After using this product for quite some time, I can say it delivers. I usually apply it on my blemishes after cleansing and applying night cream, right before bed. The gel dries quickly and forms a tiny layer of film over the blemish, so there's no need to worry you'll end up getting it on your pillow during the night. When I wake up the next day, the blemish is usually either gone or substantially diminished. If I'm not pleased with its work on the first day after application, I apply it again later in the evening and the blemish is sure to be gone the next day. Overall I find it a really great, very effective product. 

You can get it at pharmacies or online.

What is your favourite acne treatment product? :)
N. xx
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