By Anna Katina
Dear friends, first of all – I can’t believe I did not blog since July. What the.. But I’m back and I will blog once a month at least from now because I missed this so much. So, after many request and questions about my skin I decided to write about all the products I use – face, lips, body, hands & nails and hair. Plus at the end – I will quickly share my makeup routine. So, as I only buy organic food (I insist on BUY because in restaurants or at dinners with friends I don’t ask for organic food, I eat what I get), I also want to feed my skin with natural and organic ‘food’. I buy most of my products at J’adore Bio, Lush Cosmetics, drugstores and other stores selling natural labels. I actually discovered a few interesting labels zat Urban Outfitters. When I buy cosmetics (and many of you asked for this app on Instagram) I first check its ingredients on the Clean Beauty app. It tells me how many toxic ingredients to product hides and indicates the level of toxicity.
So let’s start with the face. My skin is pretty normal I would say. I try to use the most natural and organic products because the facial skin is my most precious one. It is also the only part of my body I really take care of on a regular basis to be honest. I believe that most of the work is done by your genes but with all the limestone in water, dirt in the air etc, toxins,.. I think that a good skincare routine is important. I will start with the cleansing. How do I clean my face.
Most of the time I clean my face with water and the anti-pollution cleansing Nuxe Bio Beauté foam, an organic certified product. It carefully removes makeup (I don’t use a lot of makeup so I don’t know how it works for a 3cm foundation layer on the face :P) and my skin feels soft and clean afterwards. When I don’t wear makeup or when I’m in a place where I don’t know how clean the tap water is, or just to alternate, I don’t use water to clean my face at all. I use the natural Clochee Micellar water from J’adore Bio which I apply with a cotton pad. It also removes makeup and dirt, no need to rub or rinse. The main ingredients are Damask Rose Hydrosol and Orange Blossom Hydrosol.
MASKS & SCRUBS
Once a week I do a face mask. Here, I use the Bodyshop Matcha mask (a great mask, not the best ingredients but still ok), or the Lush Cosmetics Warrior mask with fresh garlic inside and tea tree oil. From time to time, I apply the organic Naobay peeling milk, a face scrub, to remove dead skin cells and impurities, my skin feels super soft afterwards. My twin brought me this scrub from Madrid, I love it!
When I have enough time, I transform my bathroom into a Lush Cosmetics kitchen! I then throw a bath bomb and a bubble bar into the bath tub and do my masks, peelings, massages. The Christmas collection this year is amazing!! I want to eat everything!! I use the Good Times Roll cleanser for face and body, apply the garlic mask afterwards and relax.
Now comes to most important part, moisturising.
I discovered the Spanish Store Miin Korean Cosmetics in Paris thanks to my twin (who is a beauty freak). They sell Korean cosmetics only! Beauty freaks say that Korean cosmetics are the best in the world. Koreans follow a very strict routine, for me, it’s a bit too long, 9 obligatory daily steps. I decided to do 4-6 steps: cleanser, (mask or and peeling), tonic, serum, cream – basta. At Miin, I bought three products from the brand Aromatica, it’s not a very cheap brand but the ingredients are great and the ratings too. Also, I received the cutest bowknot headband (so Korean!) and totebag at the store, looove.
So after cleaning my face, I apply the Tea Tree Balancing Toner. It’s apparently one of the best in the market for problematic or acne-prone skin. I don’t have these problems but sometimes my skin is oily, sometimes it’s moody, so I went for this one. The toner is formulated with tea, chamomile and aloe vera. It calms irritated skin, balances the pH levels and regulates the production of sebum without drying it out. It also contains niacin, an ingredient that brightens your skin. The main benefits of tea tree are its antiseptic properties. I apply it with a cotton.
After the toner I pour 2-3 drops of the Rose Absolute First Serum in my hands and dab gently with fingertips. The serum promises to combat wrinkles and protect the skin. Its concentrated formula contains Damask rose oil (I realise only now that I have this obsession with roses..) and organic herbal extracts which provide great vitality.
Finally, after the serum, I apply the cream Rose Absolute Vital fluid. The moisturizing lotion, formulated with Damask rose oil and aloe vera makes the skin feel soft and radiant.
This is what I do every morning and evening.
When I’m super tired and I don’t feel like doing anything except falling into my bed, or when I feel like I need to wakeup and I’m in a rush, I just apply 100% rosewater (which I store in the fridge) with a cotton pad. But this is rare, but sometimes – yeah it happens. Last but not least, I wanted to feature a product I buy every year, the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (I linked the Christmas edition!). Once a week, instead of the Aromatica serum and cream, I apply this serum to alternate. It is formulated with ingredients like Lavender Essential Oil and Evening Primrose Oil and helps replenish skin for a visibly smoother, more radiant appearance.
For the lips I use two products, not everyday, mostly when it’s cold outside. I use the organic Skin & Tonic Rose Lip Balm from J’adore Bio (100% natural & organic) and the Herbivore Coco Rose lip balm I bought in Tokyo earlier this year. Both contain rose extracts of course.. 😛
PS. Do yo see that pink face roller in the photo? This is my new toy. for the face!! It’s a quartz face roller! The roller is known for improving blood circulation and skin tone, elasticity of the skin, promoting lymphatic drainage, reducing puffiness, wrinkles and dark under eye circles, eliminating toxins, tightening and reducing pore size. Rose Quartz is the stone of love. It corresponds to heart chakra, the energy center of love and stands for inner and outer beauty! As I am currently reading a lot about crystals, this product became my new home spa tool. I gently pressure while rolling it from the center of my face in upward and outward motions. You can find it on Amazon for example, I found mine at Urban Outfitters.
So, for my body, I use the following products:
the Botanical Bodywash from J’adore Bio – an organic showergel (with rose essentials oil and other essential oils)
the organic Rose Fudge Whipped Body Butter (omg roses again xD). I love this body butter!! It looks like whipped cream, it feels good on my skin and the this packaging !! I found mine at Urban Outfitters. It’ takes a few minutes to penetrate, use it when you have a bit of time
for the very dry parts of my body in Winter especially, I apply the Organic Healing Balm from the Gentle Label (finger tips, feet, knees etc). It’s also a good treatment for mosquito bites, cuts and burns – well the perfect product for catastrophes like me. I found this product somewhere in Tokyo but I linked their official website.
oh and the deo. After using all kinds of spays and roll-ons I switched to the most natural deodorant – the stone crystal deodorant. A product made of salts and minerals. Not only it is free of alcohol and all possible toxins and perfumes, but it also works for real. Plus it is very economical, ecological and I love to use it. I use to buy mine abroad as in Luxembourg they are more expensive and small. If you’re on the website of J’adore Bio, they have a nice one too.
Oh and below there is is another fun product just like my Lush bath bombs. It is a pastel pink (of course) cutie: Exfoliating Sugar Cubes from Harper + Ari. I take a cube with me into the shower and start scrubbing, love it. And the packaging..!! Discovered at Urban Outfitters.
To wash my hands I use the organic L’Esperluète organic soap Nr 6 from J’adore Bio – organic, handmade, ecological, amazing packaging and story behind. And the cedarwood scent. O-EM-J
To moisturise, I use the Sicilian Sunrise Hand Cream from & Other Stories. Not the most natural / organic ingredient list but I like the texture, smell and packaging.
And for my cuticle and nails, I use the Vitry oil. Especially after a manicure, my hands are often very dry. I found it in a drugstore in Luxembourg City and I’m very happy with it. It contains grape seed oil and it takes a few minutes to penetrate, I apply it before going to bed.
I don’t have a hair care routine at the moment but I am currently testing the Source range by L’Oréal Pro and the new Kérastase Aura Botanica collection, both available at Ferber. I like both collections, they are paraben and silicon free and are based on natural ingredients. I am trying to figure out which one suits me better, I will make an update as soon as I know for sure what’s best for me. A mask that I really like is the from the Circle Chronicles, also available at Ferber. And another mask I use is the Furterer Hydrating Shine mask available in most drugstores.
So – done with skin care, I now want to share my makeup routine with you as well. To be honest, apart from the foundation, I don’t look at the ingredients of the products, for me – makeup is candy and candies are made of all kinds of ingredients.. But candy is fun and so is makeup. So here we go.
NOSE & CHEEKS
I use foundation only on my nose because it gets red as soon as it gets a bit too hot inside a room. I use a foundation from Vichy available in most drugstores. My highlighter for the cheek bones is the Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb, available at Sephora, look at this beauty below! I also use the wonderful Pixi Beauty highlighters for a warmer touch, depends on my mood! My blush is from Chanel, it’s the Rouge Profond 320, similar one are purchasable at the Paris 8 Parfumerie!
The only mascara that I use is the Terribly by Terry – it’s expensive but it has wonderful properties: it’s removable with water only and it activates lash growth thanks to a serum enriched technology. I see results after using if for 2 years. As for the eyeshadow, I love the Urban Decay palettes so much. The newest, Cherry, is my new to-go palette, the shades are perfect. Pink tones. of course. 😛 Everything from Sephora, check out the links. The cute pastel pink brush is from Monoprix!
Sometimes I like to add some glitter to my face, so I use the Pixi Beauty liquid eyeshadows called Fairy Lights, which I love – so happy they sent me their products a few months ago, I absolutely love these!! These liquid glimmer eyeshadows are infused with chamomile and rose extracts (yep… :P) to soothe and hydrate.
My favourite lipsticks are from MAC, my daily one is the Persistence. It has a non-shine matte finish and the colour is just perfect. I once asked my followers on Instagram for MAC lipstick recommendations, most said: Velvet Teddy, it’s a nice one but not my favourite.
So ladies, what do you think of this? Did you know all these brands and stores? Do you buy organic cosmetics? Have you heard of the face roller already? Are you following the Korean routine? I want to know! 🙂 I hope you liked this article, xx
PS. On Friday, November 16, I will demonstrate my routine on Instagram so that you can see how it’s done and the final look. Stay tuned!