I'll talk through some of the products I used for my face and body, the things I wanted whiter, the things I wanted darker and so on. I genuinely love every product mentioned in this article. There is even a fabulous giveaway to win for you guys! So much going on - so let's dive right into it.
Face: Cleansing and Care for sensitive, break-out prone skin
I am a product junky, never using the same set of products for a long time. I feel like my skin needs something different every day, so I reach for different serums, moisturizers or masks. But what has been consistent in the last couple of months is this routine in the evenings:
Double cleansing with an oil based cleanser (I like the Body Shop Chamomile balm or Vichy's Pureté Themal Cleansing Micellar Oil), then my Clarisonic with a water based cleanser (at the moment I'm finishing up Vichy's Pureté Thermal Fresh cleansing gel). The latest brush head I bought is the "Radiance" one. Having tried the "Sensitive" and "Cashmere" heads, I have to say that "Radiance" is my favorite one because it's like a hybrid of these two. After these two steps, I have been using and loving Cremorlab's Mineral Treatment Essence. It's said that this product is great for helping with hydrating, brightening, smoothing your skin and skin texture. As I experience a mild dryness after my gel cleanser, this essence gives me back that comfortable feeling. I guess MiJi's flawfless face inspired me to embrace a multiple step routine like most Koreans do.
Next up I sometimes use a serum, these days it's Kiehl's Precision Lifting and Pore Tightening Concentrate. On top of that I'll use a moisturizer, at night it's usually Valmont's Expression Line Reducer Factor 1. To this routine I add a peeling and a mask twice weekly (currently Radical Express Delivery Enzym Peel and Caudalie Instant Detox Mask or Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing mask).
Professional Skin care
With the routine described above, I don't feel like I need to see a cosmetologist regularly. But when if not for your wedding would you consider seeing one? My thoughts exactly! So I went to a very quaint and pretty beauty salon called Élu cosmetics, a beautiful studio run by the equally pretty Claudia Bohnenberger. On a particularly hot day, right after my first wedding gown fitting, she totally pampered me with a summer-themed facial using Sothy's products. She's offering a variety of treatments including hair removal and eyelash lifting and I wholeheartedly recommend her to you. In fact, one of you lovely readers can win a facial of your choice at Élu Cosmetics. To enter the contest, go to Styleseeking Zurich's facebook page and just leave a comment under this post with your beauty tipp and I'll choose a winner September 12th, 8 pm. If you'd like to get the latest info on Élu Cosmetics, just like her Facebook page.
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A year ago, curious after reading this Goop article, I bought myself a natural bristle body brush. It never became a part of my daily routine but I still liked using it and the way it made my skin feel. I love making my scrubs myself (using ground coffee) and the only thing I did in preparation of my wedding was get a little bit of a tan. Work was so crazy so I could only take holidays after the wedding, so my tan – if one could call that, because looking back at the pictures I find myself rather pale - came from Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. I have the one for face and body respectively and like to mix a couple of drops into my moisturizer. To be honest, I find it does smell like a self tanning product, even if a little less than some other brands, so be aware of that. Post-wedding I'm using it to keep the "Just came back from honeymoon"-glow.
The only supplements I used to take for years were vitamin c and zink tablets, but a few months ago I wanted to experiment with some beauty related ones. I started taking supplements to strenghten my nails and help with my complexion. I have seen great results with Merz Spezial Dragees and have only recently started with Burgerdorf's Skin. You take one green capsule in the morning and an oil based one in the evenings. Luckily I was pretty happy with my skin at my wedding, but I had also refrained from consuming dairy products three weeks prior to my wedding. Needless to say I got a liiiitle carried away at the cheese buffet at my wedding reception.
Despite loving red wine and other vices I hope to kick someday, most people find that I have pretty white teeth. I had done a professional bleaching three years ago and ever since wanted to try and at-home version of this. Enter GlamWhite, an easy to use at home bleaching kit that comes with everything you need. After an initial hesitation (obviously there are lots of instructions to read for the first use) I found GlamWhite to be very convenient. I'm only on my second session (of the recommended five) but already see an improvement on the scale that came with it. Read more about the GlamWhite home bleaching kit on their website.
A friend recently sent me a quote stating that lashes are the new boobs. The bigger the better - and I kind of agree. Here's the thing: I did my wedding make-up myself! Even if I had gotten married near where I live I wouldn't have hired a make-up artist, let alone for a destination wedding in a region I didn't know anyone. I've been doing my face for 15+ years, so I was confident about my decision. But one thing I don't trust myself is handling fake eyelashes, especially that they wouldn't come off after getting all emotional. Said friend suggested I use a lash growth serum she had started using herself called Revitalash. About 6 months ago I bought a tube myself and whoaaa have the results blown me away: only 2-3 weeks after daily use I started to see a difference, and by the time I was 3 months in, everybody started to notice it. From collegues at work, to sales assistants at beauty counters to strangers on the train - never have I been complemented that much on a feature. Get it here - you won't regret it!
That's it for now. Maybe I'll share my wedding day makeup products with you and even some pictures we received from our photographer. But in the meantime, if you're curious, you can have a look at my Instagram.