I got my first pimple in the summer of 2004 when I first ventured to use cosmetics, I do believe I used something that didn't suit my skin, cause on the second day my skin reacted to it strongly, and pimples were forming one by one. I had pretty clear skin before that, so it was quite a shock to see that my face was completely ruined. I used various stuff trying to get rid of them, some of them did work for a short while and then stopped so I had to throw the whole thing away, whereas the other products only made it worse. I don't remember anymore how much I spent on the products only in order to get rid of the acne, and while days went by, some of the active pimples became scars, quite severe I can say, and no products helped on the roots. I thought there was no hope for me anymore...

In the early 2009 I was introduced to Paula's Choice 2% BHA, the rating on MUA was extremely positive, so I managed to swap for it with my most beloved Pout blush (a difficult choice) hoping it would put an end to my pimples. And I must say, I was not disappointed at all.

What I got was Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid, which is perfect for oily skin, the consistency is watery and it's colourless, odorless. I use it twice per day after cleaning and toning. After the first time that I applied it onto my face, it felt as if my skin was instantly smoothed out, which had never happened to me before. It works like a wonder! And thanks to it, my pimples are for the first time under control...! And it doesn't break me out.

Ingredients: Aqua, Methylpropanediol, Salicylic Acid 2%, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA

Price: €19.95

Content: 118ml

PROS: Easily absorbed. Instant cooling and soothing feeling. Prevents new pimples from forming. A little goes a long way (one bottle lasts me a bit more than 1 year). Doesn't cause irritation. No odor. No alcohol.

CONS: Price. Availability.

Verdict: 10 out of 10, definitely. I'm on my second bottle.

As I said, Paula's Choice 2% BHA is truly a Godsend product. But, it doesn't help with scars (nor does it claim it), so although I can easily say that my pimples are under control, the scars are still there. And as far as I know, there're few products that claim to reduce scars, the ones that I found online are all ridiculously priced, so it's no option to me, I don't want to break my bank balance (I'm sure you know by far that I'm a drugstore girl than a high-end girl).

But still, I found one (thanks to my greedy nature actually, cause Kruidvat had promotion on it, €4 off, and my eyes popped out when I saw the poster "...also reduces new and old scars...", thus I was sold and I had to try it! Without the promotion I would never have discovered it, plus, it's on the bottom of the stand in every Kruidvat, it took me 15 minutes to find it. Had it been placed next to NIVEA, I would have found it within 10 seconds! :-D):

Bio Oil

What is it and what does it claim?

Bio-Oil® is a specialist skincare product that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Its advanced formulation, which contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, also makes it highly effective for numerous other skin concerns, including aging skin and dehydrated skin

What does it look like? It's colourless runny oil (although it does appear orange coloured in the bottle, however it's colourless) in a plastic bottle (I wish it came with a dropper, unfortunately, it's just a plastic insert with a hole in the middle, so I bought a small 10ml bottle with dropper myself, which makes application much easier and spill-free)

I don't have stretch marks, my target is scars (and redness, if it helps that too), I've been faithfully using it since the day I bought it (4th March). I follow the instruction strictly.

On the leaflet it says that the result varies from person to person, and a minimum period of 3 months regular use is needed in order to see the result, but I saw mine in a matter of days.

Strange enough, after 3 or 4 days of using it, I developed a few very serious pimples and I panicked, but I continued using it nonetheless, only the amount was much reduced so it felt less greasy (again, I was greedy to use that much, only to think that it works better). I guess it's the reason why I got pimples: I used too much, and my skin was not used to it. .

After having reduced the amount of each application for one week, when I woke up and looked in the mirror, to my surprise, one of my scars faded (it was a mild one to begin with), could it just be an overnight miracle or I just didn't pay much attention to that scar earlier on I do not know, but it has faded, for sure. And as time went by, I saw more scars fading, though recently it's not that quick anymore. And it actually reduced my redness too, not much but still you bet how glad I am...! My skin feels firmer and smoother in the morning.

Oh by the way, for the first time when I used it, 1 hour after having applied it, I touched my face to see if the oil was absorbed, well it wasn't, and plus, my skin felt bumpy, I was confused and decided to see how it would be tomorrow morning, and on the second morning, my face was totally smooth and firm, not oily and bumpy at all. So I would suggest not to touch your face after you've applied the oil.

I also use it under makeup as a part of the primer and it prevents dry flakes. :-) But you have to use it sparingly.

A little goes a long way, you only need 3-4 drops for the entire face otherwise it'll be too greasy. People having troubles with it is mostly because they use way too much. I've been using it for more than a month, and only 2 mm off from the top. I'm pretty sure it'll last more than 18 months.

Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum, Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus, Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, BHT, Bisabolol, Parfum, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl, Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 26100

So what's the key ingredient? It has to be PurCellin Oil, on the official website it's described like this:

"PurCellin Oil™ acts as a delivery system for Bio-Oil’s other ingredients, dramatically improving its application and spreadability, and allowing for targeted absorption into the skin."


What It Is: Bio Oil

Price: €11.95 for 60ml (on eBay you'll find good bargains)

Availability: A few countries worldwide, as in Europe: UK, Ireland, The Nederlands (Belgium is not in the list, but since the Nederlands-originated chain drugstore Kruidvat carries it in The Nederlands, so the branch stores in Belgium also carry it, so you might as well check your local drug stores and might be delightfully surprised. ^_^).

PROS: Lovely scent. Reduces scar and improves skin texture. Keeps skin moisturized. Leaves skin feel soft and smooth. Easily absorbed. Lasts ages.

CONS: For some people it might be a bit greasy.

Verdict: A solid 10 out of 10, will buy again...!

I've checked tons of reviews online. People tend to split in two groups, either love it to death or hate it to death, rarely in between. I would definitely recommend it to ladies with dry skin cause it's a super moisturizer, would also recommend it to people who have scars and stretch marks. If you find it too oily, mix it with your moisturizer. :-)

I recently got a reward from Nimphetamin, a lovely lady from Romania, one of my silent readers and to my surprise, she awarded me with this Sunshine Award, so here's my post to respond it. :-)

Here're the rules:

1. Post the award (that picture)
2. Say who gave it to you
3. Offer it to other 12 bloggers or firends
4. Post their links
5. Announce everybody on their blog
6. Make a list of 10 things you like

So here're the 10 things I absolutely love:

1. Non commercial Trance music (But I also like modern-classic music like Ludovico Einaudi writes)
2. Books
3. Forests
4. Oceans
5. Cold Places
6. Mountains
7. Countryside
8. Good cosmetics (we all do, don't we? :-P)
9. Travelling
10. Lancélot (my teddy bear, the 30-year-old teddy that originally belonged to my boyfriend, now mine :-P)

Voilà, task done. :-)

This time I'll only pass the award on Nimphetamin, my new friend, for her support of my blog and her kindness of giving me the honour to share my likeness with everyone who reads my blog. :-)

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