Review – La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

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Years ago I’ve realised that when it comes to the skin is more important to invest in very good creams/serums/treatments than makeup, taking care of my skin has become a major thing for me. So, since then I am choosing just dermatological products specially made for my skin type from brands like Avene, La Roche-Posay or Vichy and today I have another review about La Roche-Posay a brand that I really like.

I’m trying my best to have a clear beautiful skin, but you know what it’s hard, especially with an oily skin type and as if that wasn’t enough I have problems with red skin, blackheads and flaky skin. The good part is that I think I’m on the right path following a routine that made my skin looking better and better, and if you want to know more about it read the blog post here.

I mentioned in my autumn skincare routine about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, I’ve read and heard so many good things and I was too curious not to try it. I found it on Farmacia Tei online at a very great price, 10€. It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of imperfections, control shine, help reduce marks, and hydrate the skin.

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“Specifically formulated for oily, blemish and acne-prone skin in adults and teenagers. A dual action daily gel moisturiser that reduces the appearance of spots and blackheads, controls shine and helps protect the skin from the causes of red and brown coloured marks that are often left by spots. Hydrates skin for 24 hours. Suitable for even sensitive skin.
– Anti-blemish moisturiser that corrects and hydrates oily, blemish and acne-prone skin
– Visibly reduces spots, controls shine and helps to reduce the appearance of marks
– For clearer skin in 4 weeks”

PROS
– fast-absorbing
– a small amount is enough
– mattifying
– good as a makeup base
– made my pores smaller
– prevents spots, not treating it

CONS
– doesn’t treat spots
– it did work for marks

Price: 10€ (40ml) from comenzi.farmaciatei.ro

Conclusion
I really like it, I recommended for combo/oily skin that needs help with large pores, excessive sebum and hydration. I was impressed by how good was for my large pores, I have those on my nose and cheeks and was so hard to cover, but now are much smaller. I like that is very fast-absorbing, I don’t have the patience to rube creams into my skin,  and keeps my skin mattified for a couple of hours, another plus.
In my case, the downside of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is that it doesn’t treat spots just prevents. Since I started using this cream I no longer have problems with spots, but if one appears it just heals by itself.
Overall is a good cream that improves combo/oily skin, but in my opinion is not the perfect choice if you have acne and want to treat spots or other serious skin problems, otherwise, give it a try.

What do you think about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo?

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Review – Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I’m the owner of a very greasy hair and since I’ve discovered dry shampoo I can live without it. I’ve tried different dry shampoos but my favourite remains Batiste, today I’m reviewing other 6 products that I’ve tried in the last months and if you are curious check my previous blog post about Batiste here.

I’m from Romania and I purchase my dry shampoos from elefant.ro because almost all the time I find them at a very great price.

“Batiste refreshes your hair between washes, leaving it feeling gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture. No water required! With a range of products to choose from, Batiste makes every day a fabulous hair day.”

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Batiste Cherry
My all-time favourite, I mention in my previous review that the scent is long lasting, well until now remains in the first place.

Batiste Floral
I’m not a fan of floral scents, but this one I like, when it comes to longevity, it’s a bit better than the rest mentioned below.

Batiste Marrakech
It’s an interesting smell, sweet with a bit of spice in it, that, unfortunately, is not lasting.

Batiste Naughty
I really liked the scent, reminds me of a spicy perfume, but I was so disappointed that the smell was gone in 10 minutes.

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Batiste Party
Has a sweet scent that I was not so into it.

Batiste Nice
A really sweet scent that is suitable for those of you how like Batiste Sweetie.

PROS
– absorbs the sebum
– gives volume
– nice scents

CONS
– Batiste Nice, Party and Naughty let me with white powder residue

Price: 4€ (200ml) from elefant.ro

Conclusion
I think I’ve tried 80% of Batiste dry shampoos and I really recommend it the original ones. They all do the same thing, absorbs the sebum, but I’ve noticed that the special edition dry shampoos have a more stubborn white powder and have kind of the same sweet scent.

At the end, I would like to share with some tips and how to use a dry shampoo, because I’ve seen a lot of people that didn’t know how to use it, and blaming the products that are not good because the results weren’t so great.

Dry shampoos are sprays that absorb the excess oil, offer volume, and adds texture to your hair (some of them). You have to spray it evenly from a 25cm distance, let it sit for 1 minute and then brush it.

If you have dark hair like me don’t be afraid, respect the steps above and you will not have problems, at least with a good dry shampoo like Batiste. Of course, there are specially dry shampoos made for dark hair that has a darker powder, but there are not so popular and sometimes can be hard to find.

TIP! Use it just on the roots and if you spray it too much use the hair dryer to get rid of any white powder.

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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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