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Another month, another bunch of lovely products that arrived at my doorstep, some as a surprise and some because I ordered them to replace longstanding favorites I finished. It is a mix of brands you probably know very well, like The Ordinary, Deciem and Estée Lauder, brands you have heard of on this blog several times already, even though they aren’t as well known as the first ones, like SKIN1004, and then brands that are completely new to me (and probably also to you), like Neuraderm and Bloomeffect.
Bloomeffects is the brand that send over both skincare and makeup – when they contacted me, I saw on their website they offered lip and cheek tints and was immediately intrigued, I am on a real cream face products kick lately, specially those that, like a tint, stay on during the day. I asked on Instagram if you would want to see a reel of how they perform on the skin, so look out for that soon.
Repurchased Deciem NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 and Estée Lauder Advanced Clinical Night Repair Serum
These are the two products I repurchased, both featured on here before. Yes, both are pricey, but for me more than worth the money.
The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (30 ml for 59,99 €, full review here) has been in my rotation for more than 15 years, so even before I started blogging, and hasn’t lost it’s “staple” status through the two reformulations it underwent during that period. When I answered the question “Is it worth the hype” with: “I can’t really say what makes it so good, I just can tell you I love it and how it makes my skin feel, so you have to decide for yourself if it is worth the money for you”, I got a lot of hate in the comments, but it is the truth. Just looking at the ingredient list, I can’t point at something extra special. There is hydration, fermented ingredients (More info: The benefits of fermented ingredients in skincare), some soothing things, but nothing that has ever been offered as a dupe has made my skin feel quite the same way, so I keep buying it over and over again.
The Deciem NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 (30 ml for 79,10 €, full review here) is a more recent staple. I have been using copper peptides in my routine for a while now (More info: What are Copper Peptides?), but always The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides (much more affordable!). The texture never felt quite right though, it is too oily for my personal taste, and the NIOD version feels like water compared. Peptides and Copper Peptides aren’t the backbones of your skincare routine, but for someone in their 40s that already has the basics down an addition worth considering. (More info: Top 5 ingredients to promote healthy skin aging)
New In from The Ordinary
Speaking of The Ordinary, I received their newest cleanser, The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser (150 ml for 13,40 €) and then The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser (150 ml for 21 €) as they apparently make the perfect Double Cleanse duo. I don’t always Double Cleanse (More info: Do you really need to Double Cleanse), but I like having products that are formulated to work well together in case I do, which is usually in summer or when I wear a thick layer of makeup for example for filming.
I featured them both in a video already that you can find here.
New In from SKIN1004
Back in January I shared with you a massive SKIN1004 collection, claiming that I now owned all of their skincare except the Zombie line. Well, turns out I was wrong, there are more products, this time from the Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica line, aimed at more mature skin. I received the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Essence Toner (210 ml for 21 €), the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Intensive Ampoule (50 ml for 30 €) and the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Probio-Cica Enrich Cream (50 ml for 16 €). I haven’t even started working my way through the other products I was sent before, so you can expect a lot of SKIN1004 over the course of the next months I suppose.
What I did try already is the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF 50 (50 ml for 19 $, full review here) that I really like and am excited to have backups of (I just got another one sent the month before, so I am well stocked up now).
New In from Neuraderm
I admit I had difficulties finding more information about the brand – they have an extensive Korean website, but that is only available in Korean and as Google Translate version and my Korean is, well. it isn’t. What I managed to understand though is that their founders come from the neuroscience side of things and work with a blend of peptides targeting neurotransmitters, fermented ingredients and exosomes to get the good stuff deeper into the skin. All products are formulated with sensitive skins in mind.
I have the Neuraderm Neuro Lacto Toner (100 ml), the Neuraderm Neuro Lacto Serum (50 ml) and the Neuraderm Neuro Lacto Moisturizer (80 ml) – the prices need to be added later as right now, I didn’t manage to find them anywhere.
New In from Bloomeffects
The story behind the brand is really cute, a woman working in New York in the beauty industry moved to the Netherlands for love. Her partner, a tulip farmer and she, decided to make their own skincare line featuring a complex from his tulips. Now I haven’t looked into this Dutch Tulip Complex, but as I am a romantic at heart, the story won me over.
From their skincare line I have the Bloomeffects Dutch Dirt Mask (60 ml for 49 $, vegan), a gentle exfoliating clay mask, and then I have all three shades of their Bloomeffects Tulip Tint Lip & Cheek Balm (13 ml for 29 $) called Petal Pink, Crispa Coral and Stroopwafel.
As I said earlier, keep your eyes out for a Reel soon!
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