Review – Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1

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The last few months I’ve talked a lot about my hair and I’ve reviewed every product that I’ve tried, Tigi Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo, Syoss Purify and Care Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo and Batiste Texturizing Spray, so it’s no surprise that today I have another shampoo review.

My hair story is quite long I’ve talked about it in my last posts, but long story short my hair is very greasy, fine, without volume and until now I couldn’t find a proper shampoo and to be honest I’ve tried a lot of shampoos.

A few months ago I placed a new order from Farmacia Tei, it’s an online pharmacy that has very affordable prices. I wanted to buy a Klorane shampoo, but while I was scrolling I saw the Alpecin shampoo, and I remembered years ago a lot of people talked about how good it is. After one month I think I’ve created my opinion.

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Alpecin is a German brand that is focusing on hair loss and other scalp problems and develops hair products for men, but that doesn’t mean women can use it.

Despite the fact that I have an oily scalp and I should have chosen the Alpecin Active Shampoo A2 especially made for my problem, I purchased the Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1 for hair loss, because the review for the last one wore very good.

“Now you can transport the unique active ingredient of Caffeine to the hair roots during washing. Alpecin Caffeine penetrates the scalp even when the shampoo has been rinsed out. In just 120 seconds the active ingredient travels along the hair shaft directly to your hair follicles.
Based on the intentional omission of softeners (e.g. silicone), the hair structure improves after just a few hair washes with enhanced hair grip. Fine and weakened hair becomes stronger and can be styled better.”

The first impression: has a masculine scent that luckily for women it doesn’t last.

PROS
– cleans very well
– helped me with my scalp sebum
– after washing the hair looks thicker

CONS
– tangles my hair

Price: 5€ (250ml)

Conclusion
I have a very oily scalp, I had to wash my hair at every 2 days, but now I can wash it after 3 days and if I’m using dry shampoo I can delay the washing for 4 days, so I’m pretty pleased about that.
Now let’s talk about the hair loss, the main problem that this shampoo is targeting. I don’t have problems with hair loss, but I’ve noticed that the amount of hair lost while washing was a bit smaller, so a little bonus for me.
The bad part is that tangles the hair, but to be honest, almost all the shampoos that I’ve tried do that and I’m starting to think that my medium length fine hair is the problem.
I recommend this shampoo if you have greasy hair and you’re looking for a solution, but keep in mind that it might tangle your hair. If you have some problems with hair loss I think it might work if you use it exactly how it says on the label (use daily and keep it on the scalp for 2 minutes) for more than one month.

Have you tried the Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1?

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Autumn Skincare Routine

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my skincare routine, so today it’s all about my combo skin and how I take care of it in the autumn season.

I’ve written some blog post before about my crazy skin, I have a very oily T-zone, blackheads on my nose, large pores on my cheeks, scaly patches around my nose and mouth and sometimes I get pimples. I’ve been trying for years to have a good skincare routine, I spend hours online searching for good products that can help my skin and I think that for now, I’ve found the right products.

Before applying any product on my skin I clean it, and in my opinion, this is a crucial step in a skincare routine. I’ve been using for month La Roche-Posay Effaclar Cleanser, you can read the review here, and I’m pretty pleased about it. When it comes to cleaning I really like gel cleansers because are so easy to use, all I need is water.

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I the cold season, despite the fact that I have combo skin, I need to take care of my skin more carefully. For my scaly patches to heal, I apply vitamin A with sweet almond oil, but you can use any oil. Vitamin A is great for growth and development of tissues and sweet almond oil it’s very good for dry, sensitive and irritated skin. I combine those two in a dropper bottle that I found on eBay to be more easy to use.

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For my blackheads and cheek area, I’ve started testing the famous La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, so far so good, but I’m going to do a full review soon. I’ve purchased the cream from Farmacia Tei at a very good price, just 10€.

And finally, for the rest of my face, I use the Uriage Hyseac R, it’s a cream that helps to rebuild and reinforce the skin barrier, the full review here. I really like this cream, I’ve been using for 5 months, every night and I still have product to use. I’ve noticed that my skin looks better and workes very well around my nose and mouth.

From time to time when a pimple ruins my day I use tea tree oil, I apply a little bit just on the pimple with a night before and in the morning I see a huge difference, it’s not completely gone, but it’s no longer read.

That’s it, I tried to keep it simple because when you have a combo skin it’s not recommended to use many products, stick to those how works better. If you have really big problems with your skin like acne or irritation, go to a dermatologist, don’t try to find yourself a treatment, because sometimes it can get worst. Another advice I can give it to you is to be patient, give your skin time to react to a treatment or cream or serum or everything you use.

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Travel – Paris, France

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This year was quite good for me, I had the change to visit two important cities, London and Paris, if you are interested you can read my post about London here.

I really wanted to see Paris for a while, a mean everyone is talking about it, and my wish came true in May. I flew from Romania (Iasi) to Paris with Blue Air (Romanian low-cost airline company) and the cost for two tickets round-trip was 85€, I bought the tickets with 9 months ahead and it was also a discount.

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When it comes to money I have two blog posts that it will help you How to Plan a Low Budget Vacation and 5 Tips to Save Money on Vacation.

I explored the city in 3 full days, it might sound crazy to see Paris in 3 days, but we managed to spend the time wisely. The weather in May was beautiful, my advice is to check the weather before you leave, I recommend you Wunderground and Foreca.

From and to airport (one person) – Beauvais Airport
– bus: 30€ round-trip (with Airport Shuttle)
The price is quite high because the airport is situated 75km from Paris, in 1 hour and a half you are in Paris at the Porte Maillot bus station very close to the Arc de Triomphe.
– train: 15€ one way (check prices here)
Keep in mind that the train station is situated 6km far from the airport.
– taxi: over 140€

Accommodation
I think we all know that Paris is not a cheap city, so for my first time in my life I’ve rented an apartment. I was quite scared at first, but all went very well, I’ve used Airbnb to search for a nice apartment situated near the Eiffel Tour, I’ve paid 178€ for two nights. Unfortunately, I no longer have the link to our apartment, but pay attention to the reviews and fees. If you don’t fancy renting, check Booking and TripAdvisor for hotels, you might find also great deals.

What to see

Eiffel Tower
You can’t go to Paris without seeing the symbol of the city, I really recommend you to go on top (check the fees here), the view is stunning.

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After sunset at every hour there is a light show, don’t miss it.

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Louvre Museum
If you want to meet with Mona Lisa this is the right place, check the entrance fees here.

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Notre Dame
Such a beautiful building and the entrance is free.

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Arc de Triomphe

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Palace of Versailles
Is situated outside the city, you have to get the RER train with destination Versailles Château-Rive Gauche, the yellow line. Look on a map in the metro/RER station to identify it.

I have to warn you that early in the morning you might have to wait in a very long queue, at the tickets (check them here) and the entrance. I have to be honest and say that is not like I was expected, maybe I had very high expectations.

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Overall it was a very interesting trip, I really enjoyed my time in Paris discovering the European culture.

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Review – The Ordinary High-Advance Primer

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Today’s post is special because I’m reviewing for the first time a primer, yes, I’ve never tried before a primer, you may wonder why, well I never thought that can do something for me, although I have an oily skin.

A few months ago I’ve placed an order from Farmacia Tei and I saw that they have The Ordinary products, being curious I’ve purchased the silicone primer. I like this brand because is vegan and cruelty-free so a big plus.

the_ordinaryI have a combo skin with large pores and redness

“This formula uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections.”

PROS
– fast absorbing
– easy to use package
– keep my makeup in place for over 17 hours
blur-ish effect
non-greasy

CONS
– after 2 hours I get greasy

Price: 5€ (30ml)

Conclusion
I do not recommend it for oily or combo skin, in my opinion, it will work great on a normal or dry skin. It’s not a bad product at all, I enjoyed my time using it, I’m wearing my makeup in a working day for over 17 hours and I was surprised to see that my foundation and blush were still looking good at the end of the day, but of course, my t-zone was shiny. About the blurring effect, well my huge pores looked kind of smaller but not a noticeable difference.

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Review – Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal

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I have a very exciting post for you today and I’ve been waiting for 6 months to share with you my experience with Philips Lumea IPL hair removal. I think you all agree with me that hair removing is quite annoying and painful, so I was looking for a while for a long-lasting solution. Professional hair removing was on my mind, but it was expensive, so I got my eyes on IPL hair removing at home.

After a long night, searching for the best tool I’ve purchased the Philips Lumea IPL SC1997/00. You have to keep in mind that the results are not permanent.

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What it is
Philips Lumea uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology that prevents hair regrow. It’s for use on body and face, has >250,000 lamp flashes, 2 heads, one for the body and the other one for face, and 5 levels of light intensity.

The lamp flashes are very important, the higher the number the longer you can use it.

How it works
The pulses of light are absorbed by the hair root and stimulate the hair follicle to go into a resting phase, as a result, the hair sheds naturally and hair regrowth is prevented. The treatment lasts about 8 weeks and then followed by touch-ups once a month or every two months.

“Philips Lumea works effectively on (naturally) dark blonde, brown and black hairs. As with other light-based treatments, Philips Lumea is not effective on red, light-blonde or white/grey hair. This product is also not suitable for dark skin.”

If you have dark hair and light skin this will work perfectly on you.

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My experience
I was surprised by how easy to use is, has a cable adapter that sometimes gets in my way, but it’s not a big deal for me. I respected the 8 weeks treatment which means 5 treatments, one treatment at every 2 weeks, and in the manual, it says that after the first treatment in one or two weeks the first results will occur, well that was not my case.

I saw the first result after the fourth and fifth treatment, you can image how disappointed I was seeing that my hair hasn’t fallen off not after the second or the thirst treatment, but I didn’t give up, I wanted to finish the 8 weeks treatment.

Now I’m using Lumea once a month and the results get better and better. So, here are my results after the 8 weeks treatment: legs – 80% hair loss, bikini area – 50%, arms – 70%, underarms – 50%, and moustache – 30%. I was pretty pleased about my legs and arms, but very disappointed about my bikini area and underarm, where I expected a lot more, I hope that in the following months I will lose more hair.

It hurts? Well, sometimes yes, but not in all the areas, it’s not a pain you can handle, it’s like thousands of needles are pricking your skin, the good part is that the sensation passes quickly.

I’ve noticed that although, not all the hair has gone the one remains is weaker and grow more slowly, so it’s still a good thing.

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PROS

– very easy to use
– the high number of pulses
– quick procedure

CONS
– sometimes it hearts
– price

Price: 200€ (with a voucher) from http://www.philips.ro

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Conclusion
Even though it wasn’t a complete success for me because not all my area responded to the treatment the same way,  I am still happy that I’ve purchased this product. Yes, I still have hair growing, but the fact that is way less, has a weak root and the waxing is no longer painful makes me believe that I’ve achieved something.

Have you tried the IPL hair removing?

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