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Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence | Review


What is it for, you might ask? It is another step between toner and serum. Usually provides extra vitamins to the skin and prepared it for the serum and moisturiser. Many essences contain ingredients that help with acne problems, break outs, refining the skin texture or even clogged pores.
The first essence getting attention in the beauty-world was the SK-II Essence, with Galactomyces - which is pretty much fermented wheat - that helps with most of the problems I've mentioned before. The down-side with this product is it's price - 165$ for a bottle with 150ml.
But like most beauty products, it didn't take long until brands started to release dupes and their own version of a essence. The most notorious one was obviously Missha's The First Treatment Essence, which actually contained better ingredients than the SK-II version.Personally, Missha's version was still a little on the expensive side of my pocket, especially considering I was really on defence regarding if I should or not get this type of product. After some research, I found out about Secret Key's version.
 I think I could say that the Secret Key Essence is somehow the dupe of the dupe, since to me it looks more similar to Missha's version than to SK-II version ( if you check the ingredient list you'll see how the formulas differ between each other).
This bottle of 155 ml of product cost me around 16€ ( at the time, but I also had to pay extra taxes due to customs...). The bottle is made of glass - which makes me a little scared of using it around, since I can be quite clumsy sometimes. Also it means that it isn't travel friendly...when I went on Holiday I had to make the decision of not taking it with me because I knew it would break for sure.
In terms of application, I usually pore three or four drops on hand and pat it onto my face and let it dry and sink in. After that I usually apply my serum and/or my night moisturiser. And yes, I use this after applying my tonic/acid toners.

And regarding results, I can say that I am really happy about getting this. My skin always feels a lot softer whenever I use it and I've also noticed that old scaring has been fading away or disappearing completely. My pores also look less clogged around my nose area.
I also need to mention that this product doesn't contain any alcohol or perfume, making it quite friendly of those with more sensitive skin. Whenever my skin is in a nay-mode - specially during that time of the month - this helps my skin calm down. And you are wondering - would I buy this again? Yes I would. I'm also curious about the western version The Body Shop has launched from their Vitamin E range. I'll probably get it for the really cold Winter time.
You can easily find this product in places like Jolse.com or around good sellers from ebay.
I hope you enjoyed this review, any doubts or questions feel free to ask. Take care everyone, have a nice day!

New In | Make Up





Oh how I missed this! After spending almost 3 weeks without my laptop, I am finally able to write and post here like I wanted to! Today I'll be sharing a collective make up haul - meaning that I did not get all of these things at the same time ( by any means) - and my thoughts and first impressions on these. I'll probably be doing a more in dept review later. If there is anything you want me to review or compare please let me know! 

The Lunar Chronicles : Cinder


Cinder is the first book of the very popular book series " The Lunar Chronicles" written by Marissa Meyer. Every book of this saga - with exception for Fairest and Stars Above - is names after one of the female main characters of the books. Cinder had been trending on Goodreads and Instagram for a while and it took a little until I finally gave up and decided to get the whole collection. This Christmas my mother offered me the whole saga and I have been reading it ever since. 

Limited Edition Palettes

It is something that we expect nowadays - limited edition palettes (and make up in general). Every Christmas, every time a big movie comes out, a special collaboration...there is a limited edition palette. Personally, I tend to avoid the big Christmas kits because I'm not a fan of really big palettes and kits...I don't know, there's just something that makes me step away from them. But from time to time there are special edition items that caught my attention.
We hear about them for a while but...what happens next? It's not the first time a palette gets shoved inside a drawer and gets forgotten. Youtubers won't use them because they feel bad because their subscribers won't be able to recreate the look. Bloggers won't mention them for the same reason. Eventually these items end up taking up space.

Trying Caudalie Skin Care


Skin Care has always been one of my main concerns and interests. I am always trying to to keep my skin hydrated and all breakouts at bay. This usually requires looking for products that won't be too harsh and will nourish my skin. 
A few months ago I read a blog post about the Caudalie Moisturizing Toner and I got really curious. I am really into acid toners ( Glycolic Acid is love in what concerns taking care of dead cells) but once in a while I like to switch into something more light (specially if I am using a more harsh or potent serum with vitamin C for example). With all of this in my mind I decided to give Caudalie's Toner a try along side with their Grape Water.