The Truth Treatments Retinol Gel

So a little while ago I reviewed their Omega 6 healing cream (here) which I quite liked but the main reason I wanted to try this brand was for its retinol gel. I am by no means an expert on retinol since I have not used that many so far. I am an expert on my own skin though and I have realized that it is hard to find information on how retinol acts on my kind of skin type. 
It almost seems like retinol is not too recommended for dry, reactive/sensitive skin. I really get why but that doesn't mean I want to miss out on its benefits. Retinol is one of the few cosmetic ingredients that have a definite scientific backing to being actually effective. It is a great product that helps with acne, sun damage and fine lines. And I want in on that.

Since my skin is such a finicky thing I did approach this retinol adventure slowly. Yet I managed to over exfoliate of course! But I must confess only because I didn't use the product as recommended (by using it 3 days in a row). So it was my own fault. Know I know that it is quite powerful though and I proceed with caution. That being said I think this retinol gel (more like balm!) is very well suited for my type of skin.

This is a faint smelling non-scented balm. Yeah, I said it. It's a balm. I don’t know why it is called a gel but it is definitely a balm. I find this the best feature about this product, to be honest, and I think it should be advertised as such.
Like the afore mentioned Omega 6 cream, it is a balmy texture that starts melting upon contact with the skin. You only need a tiny little bit to spread it onto your entire face and neck/chest area. If you use too much it can get a tad greasy. And to be honest it leaves a little bit of a film on my skin, but strangely one that feels good instead of bothersome. It feels soothing to apply and this way the dreaded waiting time for very dried skin people such as me is eliminated. I could even get away with using it as my only product if I would choose to do so.

The thing is this stuff is powerful! It is advised to use every 3 days only and I really recommend to follow that regime. I used it 3 days in a row to test what would happen and I overexfoliated big time. Well, nothing was visible. My face was barely pink. But it felt the same way than when I used stronger wash off exfoliants before. I had to baby my skin for an entire week before it went back to normal. So now I use it twice a week and it is going really well. It has been about 8 weeks now and my skin is happy. I still get a bit of flakes after about 3 days but it is manageable. 
I got a little bit of gunk that came to the surface when I started but since I only stopped using retinol for a month beforehand, so my skin was quite clear already.

Above was taken in October and below was after 6 weeks of using the gel

I really like this balm since it is very pleasant to use and feels good on my skin. It does not make my itchy skin itchier and is a wonderful moisturizer in case I feel like skipping the rest of my routine on the days I use this. It is also quite convenient for people who are lazy yet want the benefit of an active. Since it is so effective even when used 1-2 times a week it cuts down on quite a bit of waiting time and added products.
With its short ingredients list, it is also a possible product for people who have skin sensitivities since the chance that one of the culprits is contained in this are smaller.
So as long as you follow the instructions this is a really solid and effective retinol product.

Sun damage and wrinkles au revoir!

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Which movie am I gonna watch tonight? Joe versus the Volcano

Joe versus the Volcano
Directed by John Patrick Shanley
Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ossie Davies, 

I knew about the existence of this film but never really heard anyone talk about it. When I started it I thought it was going to be a regular 90s comedy with Tom Hanks. Little did I know that it had quite a big of expressionism and surreal macabre humour through in to boot.
The expressionistic art work is seen in the first scene of the film and carried throughout of it. 

I also loved Meg Ryan's role in this even though the L.A part was my favorite. I love her accent there. All in all it was a funny and delightful comedy that also please my artistic side with interesting and strange sets and backdrops. Even though I found the “Polynesians” a little cringe worthy I still think it is a “hidden” (more like ignored or forgotten) gem, that one who is inclined to the darker side of life might enjoy.

Woeful Windsday

Woeful Windsday Das Frauenhaus von Brescia by Josef Fenneker

Woeful Windsday

Witches going to their Sabbath by Luis Ricardo Falero

Mamonde Age Control Camellia Oil review

Mamonde Age Control Camellia Oil review

If you have read some of my past posts on oils you might already know that for most of my life I considered oils a necessary evil. With my super dry skin oil was simply always in my routine and inevitable when creams just simply don't cut it. Unfortunately, I have some sensory overload beef with most oils and really hate using them just so they can sit on my skins surface tickling and bugging the heck out of me for the next hour/s.
Thankfully nowadays there are many more oils, and oil mixes available besides the good old almond/olive/coconut oils from days past. And the moment I discovered Korean facial oils has been a day of big celebration in my household. I still try out western facial oils regularly but whereas most of them are simply unpleasant on my skin Korean oils, wow me one after the other.
I keep discovering pleasant to use and relatedly non-oily oils and it makes discovering new ones even more fun.
Todays oil stood out to me for its scent.
Boy does this stuff smell good!
I generally prefer non scented products but if you get it soon right like the Mamonde team did I would take it over unscented any time.
This stuff smells like straight up dessert. But not in a overwhelmingly sweet way but in a subtle delicious way, like spreading really smooth lemony cream bars all over your face.
Doesn't sound delicious maybe but it certainly feels that scrumptilicious!
The scent is not strong at all and dissipates fast which is unfortunate to me since it smells so delectable. It is good news for people who dont want to run around smelling like pie though.

Not only does this stuff smell positively addicting but the texture is fantastic too.
It is a relatively dry oil comparable to Graymelins 100% Facial oil. It is light sinks in fast yet you can clearly feel that your skin is more nourished. It is probably the driest oil I have tried so far and it can even fool Johnny who is the biggest facial oil hater I have ever encountered. If you mix this into another product you will likely not notice that any oil is even in there (well, he didn’t). Applied on its own it feels like luxurious and high quality stuff that you just want to keep massaging into your face but suddenly it is completely absorb while making your face smooth and soft.

Mamonde Age Control Camellia Oil review

The only downside is that I feel that you go through this stuff fast since you want to use it all on your face. When ordering samples I usually take forever to use them up since each sample can be used what feels like a gazillion times on my tiny face (yes I can wear children hats).  With this oil I would have run out in quarter of the time if I would have used the amount I wanted on each application. Instead I was frugal and tried to savour it for as long as I could to have a decent testing length. The reason why I want to use so much is that the oil is so dry and delicious that two or three drops simply dont cut it for me unlike most other facial oils. I want to use double that and spread it on my face by itself instead.
Next time I will buy the full size and see how it goes but seeing that it is only 15ml it might be the same.

I liked to use this by its own as a layer before my moisturiser at night, and during the day I would mix it in with either my emulsion or my cream.
I loved it whichever way I used it and am looking forward to getting more soon.
As you see I really liked this stuff. Not because it is the best facial oil I have used. I really got lured into loving it with its marvellous texture and irresistible scent. It just shows that if you have a goo product you can always make it better by pleasing the senses.

Ingredients: Here

Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha

Purchased at Testerkorea

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What is your most indulgent skincare product?