Trend ingredients for sensitive skin.

Trend ingredients for sensitive skin.

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be listing a couple of “trendy” ingredients that lately brands are incorporating into their products! I had a huge list of ingredients that I wanted to include and while doing my research, I realized I needed to create different categories.

Why? Because even if the ingredients are different, their properties are targeted for the same problem! (also to make it shorter and coherent) So, in this post, we are going to talk about ingredients used to reduce skin sensitivity (and one makeup brand).

Cannabis

Cannabis is a complex subject, for the beauty products I’m going to feature we’re going to stick only with CBD* (legal in Switzerland to smoke, drink, eat etc…) short for cannabidiol, and Hemp. 

Recent studies show that these ingredients can help as anti-inflammatory and antioxidants for the skin. After reading a couple of product descriptions, I realized that most of them mentioned: soothing properties, calming redness, balance hydration and in general good for sensitive skin.

* is one of the dozens of chemical compounds found in Cannabis plants that act on the body. CBD works with our body’s endocannabinoid system to balance, regulate and restore many physical functions in the body, including the skin.

Recently Kiehl’s launched their “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate” in the USA (no news from any other country soon). I read the reviews on their website and most people seemed to appreciate the oil especially those who claimed to have acne prone skin (anti-inflammatory) or problem areas like dry patches (balance hydration).

This oil contains 60% of Cannabis Sativa seed oil, this oil is derived from Hemp and used in skincare formulas to provide essential moisture and nourishment while helping strengthen skin’s barrier. Since it is derived from the stalks and seeds of the plant, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil contains less than 0.3% THC making it non-psychoactive.

Kiehl’s provides a full page of information about Cannabis and it’s usage for skincare click here to read more.

Herbivore is another American brand that recently launched two different face oils, one delivered from Hemp and the second containing CBD.

First we have Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil, it contains:

Cannabis Essential (Hemp Essential) oil is rich in natural Terpenes — the organic chemical compounds that give each strain of Cannabis its unique flavor and aroma — and helps to calm the mind through holistic aromatherapy.

Ashwagandha and Turmeric root both stem from Ayurvedic healing practices and help the skin cope with environmental stressors like pollution, UV rays, lack of sleep, daily stress, and more. Shiitake mushroom is loaded with Vitamin D to support healthy skin and prevent premature signs of aging.

Helichrysum Essential oil is highly effective for soothing signs of irritation, this miraculous essential oil grants your senses peace and tranquility with its light herbal aroma.

Squalane, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil are a trio of hydrating beauty oils that ensure the skin is high on glow and all-day moisture.

We can actually shop Emerald oil, at the Herbivore website and get delivered in Switzerland click here.

The second oil, is Emerald CBD, it has to be shipped separately from the rest of Herbivore products and it’s only available in the USA. The difference is that Emerald CBD contains 100 mg of premium organic Colorado grown full-spectrum CBD.

I found this version to be quite interesting, because they mentioned their oil can be targeted for skin chronical conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

People suffering from these conditions can have a hard time, especially when it comes to experiencing pain/discomfort and of course the way their skin looks.

Herbivore also provides a page full of information about the usage and development of Cannabis in skincare here.

Moving on to makeup, Milk Makeup is a brand that also adopted Cannabis into their range of products and here’s why!

They wanted to create vegan products so, in order to replace beeswax, a common binding component (the thing that makes the makeup stick to your lashes), from their list of ingredients, they added hemp-derived cannabis oil in exchange.

Currently, their Kush range is composed by their best-selling mascara, lip balm, lip glaze, and brow gel.


Disclaimer: Cannabis is a very delicate subject depending on the cultural background we come from. I’m by no means encouraging its consumption for recreational purposes, but enlighting the fact that some of its properties might have a positive outcome while treating difficult skin conditions.

Blue Tansy

My main curiosity for these products was of course due to their color. I wanted to know if it was just a simple coincidence, or if there was actually a reason for the pigmentation of these products. The answer is Blue Tansy, a plant native from Morroco, part of the chamomile family that shares a lot of their properties.

For the following products, I realized that the main usage of blue tansy is for balancing the fact that other ingredients in the formulations are quite strong and might cause skin irritation, like retinol and acids used to resurface the appearance of the skin.

I have previously talked about Sunday RileyLuna Oil“, and I’m currently using it as my last step in my night time routine and I’m very happy with the results!

Luna Oil works throughout the night leaving a luminous, even-toned skin in the morning.

Trans-retinol acid ester complex reduces the appearance of pores, uneven texture, dryness, and dullness (also wrinkles and fine-lines but I can’t give any feedback for those concerns). Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils, both rich in soothing, blue azulene, reduce redness and signs of sensitivity, for a calm, even-toned complexion.

Then we have Herbivore with yet a facial oil containing blue tansy: Lapis Facial Oil, the name of this products is inspired from the Lapis stone, that was highly appreciated in Ancient Egypt because of its gorgeous blue color.

Lapis Facial Oil, This oil holds a component called Azulene (found in Blue Tansy) which aids in soothing dry irritated skin, reducing the appearance of redness and balancing skin. Formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of balancing hydration.

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Now we have the mask Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarifying Mask. A truly natural mask that gently clarifies blemish-prone skin with:

Fruit Enzymes: Natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) including papaya and pineapple work to gently exfoliate and leave the complexion smooth and refined. 

White Willow Bark: A natural beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it is high in anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial Salicin to help clarify skin.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil: to soothe the appearance of redness.

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And voilà! As you can see these plant-based ingredients can be used in different skin care products, I hope this article was helpful for some of you struggling with sensitive skin or just those like me that want to discover new products and know more about different ingredients and why we use them!

Stay tuned for the next chapter featuring Vitamin C ! and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily updates @lecorbeaublancblog

Bisous,

Katia

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Glossier: 1 month update |Skincare edit

Glossier: 1 month update |Skincare edit

Hello everyone! Today I want to update you after one month of using Glossier skincare and makeup! You know how much I loved this brand, and I want to be completely honest and tell you what products are worth it, and also about those I’ll skip in my next glossier order.

To make things short, I’m only going to talk about skincare and next week about makeup!

The good

Milky Jelly Cleanser

I have already finish one bottle of this cleanser before, and it’s one of my favorites! The consistency as the name suggests it’s like a cream-gel, I use it morning and night and my skin loves it! The formula is gentle and it doesn’t stripes moisture away from your face. What I love the most is that it feels like a very simple product, the smell is nice but discrete and the result is just clean and soft skin.

Next time I’ll make sure to order more than one bottle to have backups!

Price 16€

Balm Dotcom

An all-purpose skin and lip balm, the Birthday Cake flavor is my favorite and I use it every single day! My lips feel super hydrated and plumped.

A few days ago, I was spent the whole day in the mountain, trying to learn to snowboard, and sadly I burned my lips because I didn’t thought of using SPF on them… long story short: After two days and many layers of Balm Dotcom my normal lips are back 👌🏻.

I have also tried the Rose flavor, but honestly Birthday Cake is the best one!

Price 12€

Priming Moisturizer

I love trying out new moisturizers! This year I had the chance to try many good ones! So far, you know that Clinique Moisture Surge it’s really one of my musts, the only downside it’s the price 42 CHF for 50 ml, Normally 50ml is perfect for one month (if you use it AM & PM).

Glossier moisturizer, is just as nice as Clinique and perfect for my type of skin, I have an oily T-zone but dryer cheeks. My skin feels plumped, but never oily or heavy.

Price 21€ for 50ml.

What I loved the most of these 3 products, is that you can order them together in a set called The Skin Care Set for 40€. I find this set is really useful if you want to test the brand for the first time.

The ok … but not ordering next time

Non of the Glossier products made me breakout or made my skin look bad, so I don’t want you to think they’re BAD, is just that I have tested other products in the market, that have given me better or faster result than the ones from Glossier, and this is why, I’m not ordering in the future.

The Solution

This chemical exfoliant is one of their must appreciated products, and according to many reviews and photos on their website, it is a very effective product, also the percentage of acids are very high.

I have to admit that this product made the texture of my skin look smooth and even, BUT I have tried another chemical exfoliant in the past that just makes my skin glow like no other, if you had followed my blog for a while, you might be able to remember, I once talked about the Liquid Gold from Alpha- H.

It’s been a while since I haven’t re-ordered Liquid Gold, but if I was to stay with only one chemical exfoliant for the rest of my life, it will be without a doubt that one! You can see results from the very first days of using it, and for me is just like baby skin in a bottle. I would highly recommend it (except for those who have very sensitive skin).

My must, I order it from Cult Beauty

Invisible Shield SPF 30

You know I have a thing for sunscreen, and I will never get tired of repeating that everyone should be using it daily!

I really liked the texture and how this sunscreen absorbs and sits on my skin, but I always use SPF 50. That’s the minimum my dermatologist recommends me, and I know my skin is very delicate to sun exposure, so I just feel better knowing I have the maximum protection.

SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference. And as you can see, no sunscreen can block all UV rays.

Extract from SkinCancer.org

That’s all guys! I try to be as honest and transparent as I can, I do love this brand a lot, and I’m always sharing a lot on Instagram about it, but nevertheless, it is very important for me to recommend and talk about the best!

Remember we all have different types of skin and we’re going to react in different ways to products.

Have you tried any skincare from this brand? Don’t hesitate to share with me yout experiences!

Glossier website

Bisous,

Katia

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Dr. Martens: A must

Dr. Martens: A must

Hello guys! I hope you’re doing great, today I want to share my thoughts, on my beloved and most worn pair of shoes in 2018: Dr. Martens. I’m perfectly aware that this brand is classic and almost a staple for some urban groups!

Initially worn by the postmen and factory workers, they had the reputation of being very durable and comfortable for the working class men. I’ll leave the link to the story of the brand here.

To be honest, I was never very interested in these boots, I thought they were very big, bulky and not very feminine. Must of the people I saw wearing something similar had a very punk, goth or alternative look, and this has never been my cup of tea in terms of fashion, so I never thought they were something I could use!

But I was wrong, mixing styles is super fun, and it allows you to be creative and unique with the way you dress.

The first time these boots actually caught my eye, was during Coachella season last year, I saw many girls pulling them off and rocking amazing feminine/edgy looks, and I knew I had to give them a try!

I decided to get a pair during the summer and try to spice things up, I choose the classic boots with patent leather, I thought the glossy finish will be a nice touch and I loved how it looked paired with everything! skirts, dresses, jeans etc..

Honestly, I realized that I was wearing them every single day, I sometimes had to force me to wear something else, if not I had the risk of looking the same all the time (specially since I try to show you different looks all the time) but they were just so easy to pair, that I couldn’t help it!

The only downside to these boots, I think is due to the patent leather, was that they were so hard to break in! The first time I used them, I had blisters and also a huge mark on my low shin because of the leather rubbing my skin. Sadly there’s no magic, you need to wear them and soften the leather little by little!

Now that we’re in winter, they’re still my favorite pair shoes! so far I’ve used them to go to the mountains, festivals, night-outs, walking for hours in the city, traveling and they still look immaculate! I only need to wipe them off from time to time, but other than that, they have been my best shoe investment for 2018!

I’ve have browsed several times on their website, and they have so many different models is really hard to choose a second pair!

But I think my top 5 favorites so far would be these ones below, I’m not sure if I’m getting a second pair right now, but if I was to… Then I might consider one of these:

“Molly classic leather” with the double-height commando sole
” Molly Rainbow Patent” Unique black leather that reflects an iridescent rainbow light.
“Jadon Glitter” retains all the original details, and adds the chunky platform sole.
“1490 Marc Jacobs Patent” colab between Dr. Martens X Marc Jacobs
” 1460 Hardlife” in color Oxblood

I hope I was able to give you some inspiration if you’re hesitant about Dr. Martens!

Dr. Martens website here

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily fashion inspiration! @lecorbeaublancblog

Love,

Katia

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Los errores más comunes cuando compramos productos de belleza

Los errores más comunes cuando compramos productos de belleza

Esta semana les comparto este post, reuniendo algunos errores que creo todos hemos cometido en algún punto cuando compramos productos de belleza.
Existen tantos productos en el mercado que es imposible conocerlos todos o incluso entender para que sirve cada uno, esta claro que todas queremos tener una piel bonita, pero no te dejes engañar o llevar por estos mitos!

Entre más productos mejor

FALSO, una rutina de belleza debe de tener los productos adecuados y ser sencilla a realizar, el chiste el lograr tener un hábito que sea práctico pero efectivo.
Es cierto que existen las famosas rutinas asiáticas con hasta 8 productos! El famoso “layering”, he intentado rutinas parecidas, pero honestamente después de unos días, regreso a mis básicos: Jabón, tónico, sérum y crema (+ obviamente el bloqueador solar para el día)

Para mí toda rutina básica debería estar compuesta de estos 5 elementos, cuando les hago recomendaciones a mis amigas, esto es lo que siempre les digo. Si de verdad no tienen ningún gusto por el cuidado facial (desarrollenlo 🙄) mínimo consideren un buen jabón, crema y bloqueador.

Amo poder descubrir nuevas marcas y productos, esto fue en Septiembre con la marca Filorga.

Los productos naturales funcionan mejor

NO SIEMPRE, me encanta experimentar con nuevas marcas y últimamente hay un BOOM en el mundo de la cosmética natural (y que bueno) pero esto no significa que a TODAS las pieles les va a gustar! Este año probé dos crema naturales una de Tata Harper y otra de Paï y ninguna de las dos me dio buenos resultados! Así que decidí poner una pausa a mis exploraciones y ahora estoy muy muy feliz con mi crema Moisture Surge de Clinique.

Algo natural que SI funciona: Aceite de ricino para las pestañas! Aplícalo religiosamente cada noche y después de dos semas tendrás unas pestañas increíbles 😉.

No usar los productos adecuados

WORST MISTAKE, tienes que saber que tipo de piel tienes! Normalmente las categorías son: seca, mixta o grasa, una vez que sabes en qué categoría estas debes de buscar los productos que van dirigidos a ese tipo de piel, no importa que tu mamá o tu mejor amiga usen X crema, si no tienes ese tipo de piel seguramente no te va a funcionar.

Hay un error bastante común es pensar que tenemos un cierto tipo de piel por alguna causa externa.


Por ejemplo: Mi piel es mixta y antes pensaba que durante el invierno (causa externa) mi piel se volvía seca y me compraba cremas que eran muy pesadas para mi piel y el resultado era horrible! Lejos de hidratar mi piel, simplemente la hacía super grasosa o sufría de acne (mi piel no necesitaba todos esos ingrediente pesados y los rechazaba), pero gracias a dios aprendí la lección!

Efectivamente, mi piel tiene sufre durante el invierno de deshidratación, pero cuando tienes la piel mixta o grasa y esto sucede, necesitas darle AGUA a tu piel y no ACEITES! Tienes que buscar una crema o sérum (producto más concentrado en ingredientes que penetra en capas más profundas de la piel) con por ejemplo: ácido hialurónico (Polisacárido que posee la capacidad de retener el agua en un % equivalente a 1000x su peso).

Ahora estoy usando en sérum Buffet de The Ordinary que tiene justamente este ácido! 

Desde que descubrí esta diferencia, mi piel se matiene hidratada durante el invierno y no sufro por tener una cara brillosa a la mitad de mi día! Si no sabes que tipo de piel tienes, te recomiendo que lo consultes con tu dermatólogo, para mi son las personas de mayor confianza, muchas veces en la tiendas por querer hacer una venta o si la persona no tiene la información adecuada puede sin quererlo darte un diagnóstico equivocado, también es importante que pongas atención a que dice la botella y hacía que tipo de piel va dirigido el producto.

Tip: intenta darte un momento y checa que tipo de ingredientes se recomiendan o se evitan para cada tipo de piel

Cult Beauty es el lugar ideal para descubrir nuevas marcas 

Querer resultados inmediatos

Estos es muy común y hasta cierto punto se entiende, cuando compramos una crema y nos contaron maravillas (sobretodo en la tienda) queremos ver los resultados de inmediato. Pero en general se necesita mínimo 30 días (el tiempo que tardan las celulas de tu cara en renovarse) para ver los resultados, asi que ten paciencia y se constante, si no sigues la rutina al pie de la letra no puedes tener los resultados que estas buscando.
Esta lección aplica más allá del mundo de las cremas ☝🏻

Listo hemos terminado la lista de los errores más comunes, todos estos errores y más (peores) los he pasado y por eso se los comparto, espero que lo hayan encontrado útil y pueda ayudarlos! Nos vemos pronto por aquí.

Besos,

Muy feliz de tener de vuelta mi querida Moisture Surge de Clinique #NotSponsored

Katia

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