Saturday, 5 March 2016

Clear your skin ♡ (Cruelty-free skincare for oily skin)

Today I'm going to share with you my current favorite skincare products. 
I've always struggled with acne and acne scaring, and even tho it's not as severe and cystic as it used to be, it's still annoying and, as soon as it shows up, affects my self-esteem a lot more than it should. Since I'm fairly lazy when it comes to skincare, can't stick with complex routines and don't really have the budget to spend on high-end products, here is an easy 3-step routine that's been working pretty well for me lately.

1 - Cleanse 
For cleansing I use Coalface by Lush, I usually use it in the shower since it's a dark facial soap and it can get a little messy. This soap absorbs the oils in your face and gently exfoliates your skin, just lather a little bit in your hands and massage your face. Your skin will feel pretty dry when you wash it out, which brings us to the next step:

2 - Moisturize 
I've been using the Zero% Facial Moisturizer. I got it as a gift in a travel kit, so it's a small 20ml container, I don't think they even sell it as a full size product, but the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer works just as well.

3 - Treat yo self 
About once or twice a week, I do a facial mask. An argyle mask helps dry and clear spots and acne thanks to its purifying and antibacterial properties. Just mix a small tablespoon of argyle and water until it reaches a creamy consistency and apply it to your face, let it sit for a few minutes and when you rinse it off, your skin will feel fresh and smooth. Don't forget to moisturize afterwards.
Price vs Usage time

♥ Coalface is sold by weight, so you can either get a small block or a bigger one, I got about 100g for around €9 (the price varies in every country, I think it's cheaper in the UK website). I've been cutting it in smaller pieces to use in the shower and after half a year of purchasing, I'm not even half-way through.
♥ The Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer can be bought at BeautyBay for €14,40 with free shipping on orders over €20 for most countries.
♥ You can get an argyle 1kg bag for less than €2 in most supermarkets or health stores. You will only need a very small amount for each mask so this will last way more than a year.

This goes for a total of approximately €26, the facial soap and the argyle will definitely last more than a year, but you might need to repurchase another moisturizer after a few months. Overall, this is still a very cheap and affordable routine that you can easily adapt to your own skin's needs.

Sidenote: As I mentioned, I can't find the Zero% moisturizer I've been using on their website but here is a link to the rest of the Zero% range by Gilchrist & Soames, just in case you are interested.

 Don't forget to stay hydrated 

Friday, 4 March 2016

Movies of the Month: February

Videodrome (1983) 

In one sentence: a science-fiction movie way ahead of it's time. This classic by David Cronenberg follows Max Renn, the owner of a small and so-called "sleazy" cable station, as he discovers a pirate broadcast signal that features extreme violence - Videodrome. This discovery quickly turns into an obsession as Max tries to find out what Videodrome really is. Not only a mesmerizing film about the effects of mass-media and our perception of reality, but so much more.

Videodrome on IMDb.

The Seventh Seal (1957)

One of Ingmar Bergman's best movies in my opinion. Set during the Black Death pandemic, following the journey of a knight as he plays a game of chess for his life against Death itself - an undisputed masterpiece.

The Seventh Seal on IMDb.

Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

As an indie game lover, I knew I had to watch this. This movie documents the creative process, and launching of three games - Fez, Super Meat Boy and Braid - and the struggles their developers went through. This hit me in a very personal way and I admit, I cried a few times when I watched it. Fez is one of my favorite games of all time, and it was amazing to see everything behind the creation of such a beautiful game. It was also very emotional to get to know the stories behind Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes and their families. Definitely a must-watch for any game lover.

Hamburg - February/March 2016 ♡

I've been in Hamburg these past few days with my boyfriend to see Touché Amoré and Modern Life Is War at Together Fest, they're two of my favorite bands and I only got to see them once before because they never make it to Portugal on European tours. We also got to see some local bands playing at Rote Flora, hung out with some friends and had the best vegan food we've eaten in a while. 

Shameless bathroom selfie right there, sorry.

Ok so, I was also very excited to go back to Veganz. To those who don't know, Veganz is a market chain that sells all vegan food - YES, EVERYTHING THERE IS VEGAN! I think there are only a few around Germany and one in Prague, but I hope they expand to the rest of Europe soon. There's usually a Goodies right next to it where you can have some meals, desserts, smoothies, coffee and other drinks. I get really excited about these kinds of markets because we don't have anything like this in Portugal.
Here are a few pictures of the snacks we got, our lunch, dessert and a late night snack after the show.

 Hope you have a nice weekend