Things I Took with Me: Budapest Edition

December 12, 2016

When it comes to skincare I’m not a minimalist. I like the whole concept of it and I would love to be one but it’s just not in my nature. So how can a person who most of the time likes to use a number of skin products pack for a short trip when doesn’t want to carry a lot but still wish to satisfy all skin needs? Well then you pack lots of little products.
  Of course I will start with a makeup remover. I’ve just recently started using Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm* and I’m really impressed. I’ve said quite a bunch of things on this UK brand on my Instagram. To sum up it –  it’s cruelty free, some products are also vegan, homemade, homegrown, they are minimizing the use of plastic, using recycling and recyclable packaging, and more. Plus the brand also has affordable products. So, the Beauty Balm is a balm with the likes of Babassu Oil, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, and more lovely ingredients (95% organic/wild harvested). The balm is vegan and has the loveliest consistency. It has a consistency of a balm but a bit different than you standard balm. I think it’s like that because it doesn’t contain beeswax. It’s more soft and smooth, it’s really beautiful. Smells like Sage but not that strong because it also contains some other essential oils, like Palmarosa, Rosemary and Patchouli. The balm turns into an oil when it comes in contact with skin, obviously. It removes my makeup quite easily and leaves my skin soft and fresh. It is a gorgeous product and it would be a very lovely gift, since it comes with three wash cloths, which is perfect for someone who would like to try oil cleansing method but doesn't know where to start.
After removing my makeup and all the nasties from the city (Budapest is a big city, bigger than where I live, so a nice scrub a dub dub with a wash cloth was necesary), I applied the Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator*. This has been my toner of choice ever since I got it in the Beauty Heroes Box. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this product and its extra hydrating benefits. This is an Aloe Vera Water and herbal moisturizing mist. This mist contains a lot of ingredients, like a lot lot. It’s a very unique mist since it doesn’t contain only waters and hydrosols but also oils, like Jojoba, Marula, Evening Primrose, and so on. I guess these ingredients make the product really hydrating. I encourage you to check out the ingredient list, since it is very special and unique. To be honest, I love toners and mists but I’m not really sure if they make a massive difference in my skin. I love applying them because the oils and balms applied on to sink quicker into the skin (and I'm all about mixing water + oils), and I just love the feel of misting my face. Is it really as hydrating as everyone says it is? I think it is. It’s much, much better than just any old pure rose hydrosol, in fact I can’t even compare it with a toner like that. At first I wasn’t that wowed with it, but the more I use it the more I like it. Now that I'm always out of it I really like it! The fact that it mostly smell of Ylang Ylang doesn’t hurt too. I haven’t tried Josh Rosebrook products before, but I am really impressed with this mist. I'm even more impressed and in love with Josh's Cacao Antioxidant Mask*. Based on those two I’m excited to try more. 
Luxe Botanics Kigelia Clarifying Serum* and KigeliaClarifying Moisturizer* (deluxe samples) are two products from a new Australian brand Luxe Botanics, a botanic skincare range designed for the wellness conscious woman. The range consists of three ranges and this Clarifying range is based on Kigelia Africana from Malawi. This ingredient is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and DNA repairing extract with high levels of antioxidants. The serum and moisturizer are both very lightweight, have a gel like consistency (serum is even lighter, almost like a thick water) and are not only anti-inflammatory and great at reducing redness, but also hydrating. I’ve been using the two for a few weeks in the morning (a little goes a long way) and they have been really wonderful to my skin. The range is ideal for acne prone, sensitive, irritated or oily skin types. Fyi, the moisturizer contains some palm oil derivatives and I think you all know how I feel about that (read this article), but the founder Jene reassured me they are from a sustainable source (as are the coconut oil derivatives), which is just wonderful! If I'm not mistaken for now you can only get these products in the Discovery Kit
Province Apothecary Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum with Jojoba & Sea Buckthorn* is an oil serum made specifically for oily to combination skin. The first two ingredients are Camellia and Argan Oils but it's the third ingredient that is interesting - Jojoba Oil infused with different herbs, like Calendula Flowers, Green Tea and Nettle Leaves, to name some. The oil also contains some heavy duty anti-inflammatory ingredients like Turmeric and Neem OilThis oil is quite thick and do I dare say heavy, so you only need two or three drops of it to cover your whole face. Eve though it's recommended more in my experience two drops of it in the morning is ideal for my skin and it’s just the right amount to put makeup on top of it. Sometimes I also use their Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment*, which is highly concentrated with some of the same ingredients as the face serum. Both products are very nice and they work lovely on my skin. 
Earthwise Beauty Passion Eye Serum* is one of newest products that the lovely Ava created. It's an oil based serum but it's so much more than your typical oil serum. This product doesn't contain only plant oils but also butters, which makes the blend more nourishing and surprisingly less heavy and greasy. It quickly sinks into the skin, much quicker than I expected. The eye serum only leaves soft and smooth skin, and the makeup can be easily applied on top. I don't experience any creasing of my makeup or anything like that. The product is based on Amaranth Oil and I love me some amaranth oil (talking about the Gaia Creams Oat  & Amaranth Serum of course!) + Green Coffee Bean Oil and Andiroba Oil (both for treating under dark eye circles and puffiness), Passion Fruit, Sea Buckthorn and more good stuff. It also contains gem essences and NO essential oils, which is just perfect for those who are sensitive to them. As for the results go, I can't say much about that because I haven't been using it that long and I usually see better results after using my products for a longer period of time. But I can tell you that the product is making my skin around the eyes hydrated and soft.
As a last step in my evening routine I applied the Max and Me Sweet Serenity Balm*. At home I'm using the most stunning products ever, the Siam Seas Balm* and Serum* (which I got in the Boxwalla box) but since I didn't want to travel with them (I would die if they would break!), I went with the smallest balm I own. Max and Me is one of the most beautiful brands there is, their packaging is so beyond on point and the fact that they are from Austria (which if you don't know is a county just near Slovenia, so not far from me) is making the whole thing even more special. Serenity Balm is the cutest little balm with a heavy Ylang Ylang scent. In a base of Shea Butter there are ingredients like Rosehip, Tamanu, Cranberry, Prickly Pear Oil, and Manuka Honey, for example. Don't they sound beautiful? It's said to benefit hard to treat skin issues (like neurodermatitis, rosacea...). Luckily I don't struggle with those so you'll have to try on your own if it helps with that, what I can tell you is that it's a beautiful treat for the skin, it's calming, softening and nourishing. 

There you have it, this was my evening routine when I was staying in Budapest. In the morning I used everything but the two balms and I simply washed my face with water.

Wishing you a beautiful week!

With love,

Jana xx

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