Hello everyone,

In the summer I tend to be very lazy with my skincare and use very minimum products. This summer, I only use three products on my daily routine and they really work.

  • La Roche Posay EFFACLAR Purifying Foaming Gel: (Around the 20€ mark, but I always buy it discounted): It is a great everyday cleanser. It clarifies the skin really well without drying it out. It is very gentle, but very effective. It doesn’t irritate the parts of my skin that is more acne prone. Even a friend of mines with severe acne uses this one after her dermatologist’s recommendation. When you first pump it has a gel formula that foams up as you massage it on the face. I like using it in the morning to get rid of any makeup residue from the previous night or at night if I’m wearing no or minimum makeup. I wouldn’t really recommend it to people with dry skin, because it can be a little bit too intense unless you are using a very thick moisturizer. I always get the 400ml bottle, which is massive and since you only need the tiniest amount, it lasts for absolutely ages. It also has a pump which is a lot easier to use than the squeezy tube.
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (14€): I actually got this one because it was very affordable and at the time I was pretty broke because of my vacation shopping. It isn’t the best moisturizer, if you are asking much from your face cream. It doesn’t help with my acne or brightens up my face, but it doesn’t claim any of these things anyways. The one thing that it is supposed to do is hydrate the skin and it does that amazingly. I have dehydrated combination oily skin and I find that this one gives the perfect amount of moisture to the different parts of my face. My dry patches look a lot better and my T-zone doesn’t get any greasier. I would highly recommend it to people that don’t have significant problems with their skin, but they do need a good hydrating face cream, especially younger people that are just starting with skincare.
  • La Roche Posay ANTHELIOS XL ultra-light 50+ (around 19€): As you can probable understand I am a big fan of this brand and French skincare in general. Before I go to Santorini I got a new Vichy sunscreen, which I lost right when I came back. Yeah!!! So now I am using my sister’s one. It has a very runny consistency and I thought it would be a bit greasy, but it’s not. It is absorbed very quickly and it feels very lightweight, as well. I always wear SPF 50, because my skin has a lot of melanin and I end up tanning unevenly. It does a really good job protecting my skin from burning and I haven’t noticed any discoloration while using it, although I spend a lot of hours in the sun. Last but not least, it works great underneath makeup.

All in all, I don’t think that it is necessarily about the amount of products that you are using, but mostly about finding the ones that work for you.

xo, kathryn


new lipsticks


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Hello everyone,

As you may or may not know, my biggest obsession is lipsticks and especially bright ones. It has become my signature and whenever I am not wearing one, my friends think that something is wrong. I thought that my lipstick collection needed a little bit of an upgrade for the summertime, so today I am going to be talking about some new ones I got.


  • Sephora cream lip stain in 10 Mandarin Muse: I have already done a review on this liquid lipstick and as you can see in that blog post I bloody love it. So, I picked up another shade. This one is a really neon true orange shade which I think is so much fun for summer and it looks really pretty with a tan. I do find this color, though, to be a little bit patchy, because it is a lot brighter, but paired with a lip liner underneath, it is beautiful. Perfect if you want to make a statement.

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  • MAC Lipstick in Costa Chic: I love the color of this one, not so much the formulation. It is a frost which means that it is very creamy and pigmented and it has some shimmer. I came to the conclusion that the creamy formulas from MAC are not for me. I prefer the mattes a lot more. I find this one to be a bit patchy and it sits on the lines of my lips, which is not very flattering. The color is the brightest coral I ever come across with a little bit of shimmer, which is not what I usually go for, but it is very fine and catches the light beautifully. I like to apply it with dabbing motions and then pat it with my finger and this way it sits a lot nicer on my lips. I think it is the perfect summer lipstick if you have a tan, but I don’t think this one would look so great in very pale people because it may wash you out.


  • Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in 50 Nude Thrill: Another liquid lipstick, but very different from the first one. First of all, the formula is very different from your standard liquid lipstick on the sense that it sets into a matte finish but it still is creamy as a usual lipstick. It isn’t completely full proof like the Sephora one. It does smear after eating, drinking or kissing and after a few hours of wear it will fade, but it stays put for a while. Now about the color, it is very different for me. I very first tried it from my sister, Elena, that had it and I absolutely fell in love. I can wear any crazy color on my lips, but for some reason when it comes to nude I am very self-conscious. This one, though, is great. It is the perfect balance between brown and pink, with a peachy undertone. It is a color that suits so many skin tones, from very pale, like my sister, to a lot darker like me. Depending on the skin tone, though, it is going to look different.

Those are the lipsticks I bought for summer, so far. Have you tried any of them? Is there any lipsticks you would like me to try?

xo, kathryn