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Todays update on everything that found it’s way into my stash is a good mixture between old favorites and new to me brands and also some makeup, because for the first time in literally years, I purchased an eyeshadow palette. But first things first, skincare! The two brands you have heard me talk about a million times already are of course Murad and Geek and Gorgeous. Both have been featured on here for years and I have found most of their products to be absolute winners.
New to me is the brand True Botanicals. Their clean and toxin-free claims are quite prominent on the website, which always annoys me (More info: The truth about clean beauty), but on the other hand they have Brooke Shields as their spokesperson who, back in the olden days, was how every teenage girl wanted to look like, me included.
For makeup I purchased Catrice, one of my go to drugstore makeup brands, especially when it comes to eyeshadows.
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New in from Catrice
If you are an old time reader, you know that I am not a fan of eyeshadow palettes. Going completely against the trend I have been a long time user of single eyeshadows (mostly MAC) that I depotted and put into a custom made palette to make sure I only had the colors I was actually interested in – I have yet to find a palette I really enjoy every shadow included, in the ones I own usually only half of the shades gets some love while the rest remains untouched. As I mostly use neutrals these days though, the single eyeshadows that remain are colorful, and when I saw the Catrice “5 in a box” offer in store (4 g for 4,45 €, review coming soon) I picked up Elegant Khaki. The brown has a slight khaki hue to it that the camera didn’t pick up, but I would still classify it as brown despite the name.
So far I can tell you that the shadows are quite opaque with minimal fallout, but that the dark glitter is pretty densely packed, so applying it with a finger works better than applying it with a brush. I am pretty happy with it though, and already contemplating going back for another one called Golden Nude…
New in from Murad
Murad is a brand that has been featured on here a lot already. I know it is more on the expensive side, but I like their products, their story and the holistic, yet medical approach they have when it comes to the skin. The products shown here I actually discovered at another blog, Jasmine talks Beauty, where Jasmine, well, talks about beauty including skincare. She has a completely different skin type than me, but these three sounded like products I would love.
First we have the Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser (200 ml for 45 €, review coming soon) claiming to be gentle and effective, then the Murad Quick Relief Moisture Treatment (50 ml for 49 €, review coming soon) for soothing and hydration and then the Murad Daily Defense Cream (50 ml for 58 €, review coming soon) that has the fancy “jar with a press down lid” packaging I so enjoy.
Both will come in handy when we go on our annual beach holiday as the wind and sun and salt water make my skin both dry and irritated.
New in from True Botanicals
Speaking of packaging, the True Botanicals products surely are thins you can keep out on the bathroom counter to impress visitors. The dark brown glass with golden lettering has a very luxurious air that is reflected in the price – the products aren’t the most expensive I have tried, but definitely not a budget option.
The first product I got is the True Botanicals Ginger Tumeric Cleansing Balm (96 g for 48 $, review coming soon). I love a good cleansing balm, so I am looking forward to trying this, even though the bright yellow color is a little scary, I really hope it doesn’t stain the skin as tumeric powder sometimes does…
Next I got the True Botanicals Chebula Active Serum (30 ml for 90 $, review coming soon). I admit I hadn’t heard of Chebula before, but apparently it is an ayurvedic antioxidant with high antioxidant potential, and as the product is despite the price one of their bestsellers, I am curious.
Also a bestseller is the True Botanicals Supersea Firming and Lifting Treatment (30 ml for 188 $, review coming soon). You know that I am immediately drawn to anything that promises to stop my jawline from sagging, so this product claiming to “firm, tighten and lift to reveal your sculpted cheekbones and jawline again” was obviously on my list.
The True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil (30 ml for 110 €, review coming soon) comes in two different versions, clear and renew. While clear is aimed at oily, blemish-prone skin, renew is the product of choice for those with normal to dry skins. I don’t use many face oils and probably wouldn’t spend that much on one no matter how good, but once it gets cold, I will give it a proper go – who knows, it might make me a convert.
Speaking of cold, all of their products have a autumnal vibe if you ask me – maybe it is the brown/ gold combo, but I will save them for when the leaves start falling before I incorporate them into my routine.
New in from Geek and Gorgeous
Now this is a brand you have seen featured on this blog several times already, and even if I wouldn’t be as lucky as I am with them restocking me with my favorites upon request, I would purchase them myself for sure. The reason for this mini haul was that I finally talked my husband into letting me design a skincare routine for him catered to his preferences: Minimal, effective and affordable.
The product I asked for to fulfill on that was the Geek and Gorgeous A-Game 10 (30 ml for 18,80 €, full review here), a Retinaldehyde serum I want him to use at night. I also asked for a refill of the Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow (30 ml for 12,50 €, full review here), my all time favorite Vitamin C. I am not sure yet if I will get him to use it, it is an extra step in the mornings after all, but I will try. And if he won’t, it surely won’t go to waste either.
The lovely team also included the Geek and Gorgeous Jelly Joker (50 ml for 9,50 €, full review here), a cleanser I know he will like as well, and then a favorite of mine for summer, the Geek and Gorgeous Liquid Hydration (50 ml for 8,50 €, full review here), a toner in a spray bottle. It is amazing for freshening up throughout the day, so you bet my husband will never get his hand on that one!
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