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Pharmacy: Vienna

When I’m perusing pharmacies in foreign countries, I try to stay focused on skincare and treatments loved by locals and unavailable in the USA.  No reason to spend money on things I can buy at home.  I didn’t see too many brands unique to Vienna in the two pharmacies I popped into but they are well stocked in wonderful French skincare lines.   I picked up a few things such

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Hall of Fame: Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar water is a decades-old French creation supposedly due to the days of poor plumbing and awful tap water.  No one wanted to wash their face in it.  Most skincare brands have jumped onto the trend by now with their own version.   Don’t confuse micellar water with toner.  Micellar water is a cleansing water that removes makeup and hydrates the skin.  Some have instructions not to rinse off.  I

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Pharmacy: Stockholm

I always bring back a sampling of beauty products when I visit a new city.  The amount of which is usually dictated by how much room I have in my suitcase.  I love to explore the numerous offerings (foreign to me) in far away pharmacies.  When I’m able to strike up a conversation with the store clerk, I enjoy learning which creams, treatments, and routines their local clientele gravitate toward as well as

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Hall of Fame: Moisturizers

None of these moisturizers contain SPF as I prefer to use a separate high-factor SPF.  Therefore, many of these options can be used at night but for the sake of this list, these are my favorite daytime moisturizers that work great under make-up or on their own for my normal-dry skin. My Hall of Fame.. Charlotte’s Magic Cream – I love this luxurious and hydrating cream.  Created by make-up artist,

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P.M. Skincare Routine – June 2018

My current evening skincare routine – June 2018 Step 1 – Cleanse Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips – I bought this to try because I loved Take The Day Off balm. This doesn’t work as well on stubborn eyeliner and mascara. I won’t buy it again but I’m glad tried it. Available a Clinique. TATA HARPER Purifying Cleanser – This is better suited

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A.M. Skincare Routine – June 2018

My current morning skincare routine – June 2018 Step 1 – Cleanse Dr. Lancer The Method: Polish – For serious exfoliators only. This is in my Hall of Fame. If you’re looking to resurface your face, you’re going to want this in your routine. Available at Sephora. Step 2 – Toner/Hydrate Life Plankton Essence by BIOTHERM – I’m still using and loving this essence. It leaves my skin feeling extremely

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Pharmacy: London Boots

I had so much fun cruising through Boots while in London. Grabbed some new items to try.  Sexy Mother Pucker is a long time favorite.  I hope the entire range eventually makes it the U.S.  So many more products available! I love this foot exfoliator and exfoliating cleanser! Max Factor was started in 1909 by a Polish-born make-up artist of the same name.  It left the U.S. market a few years

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P.M. Skincare Routine – April 2018

My current evening skincare routine – April 2018 Step 1 – Cleanse Bioderma Micellaire Water – Of course! My go-to make up remover. Available online. OMOROVICZA Thermal Cleansing Balm – I love everything about this cleansing balm; the texture, smell, etc. Feels like pure luxury. Contains Hungarian moor mud, calcium and magnesium and scented with orange blossom oil. Devine. Available at Sephora. Step 2 – Serum Differin – I’m rotating

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A.M. Skincare Routine – April 2018

My current morning skincare routine – April 2018 Step 1 – Cleanse Erborian Creme Scrub – I bought this mild herbal exfoliator at L’Occitane on Black Friday to give it a try. It’s very mild and I enjoy the herbal scent. It may be discontinued but I’ve seen it on eBay. Step 2 – Hydrate Life Plankton Essence by BIOTHERM – I’ve tried a few different marine essence products and

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Hall of Fame: Exfoliators

  I’m an exfoliation warrior and have experimented with a wide range of exfoliators.  I combine both physical and acid exfoliators into my routine on a regular basis.  I don’t prefer one over the other but like them both for different reasons.  Both types slough off dead skin allowing the active ingredients in the products that you use after (serum, retinols, vitamin c, etc.) penetrate deeper into the skin.  The

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