Skincare obsessions – PATYKA

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My skin has been in a fantastic shape lately. I’ve been wearing just tinted sunscreen as my foundation, since I feel like I don’t need that much coverage anymore. And I’m loving every second of it.

There are many factors going into a nice skin, but good skincare products are definitely a crucial part of it. I’ve been using these products for over a month now and I am a bit obsessed (in a healthy way!).

A while back one of my good friends was complaining about her skin and asking me for an advice. She wanted a quick, easy solution to her skin problems. “Just give me an easy package with all the products”, she said.

Well, I’m pretty sold on these products and it’s the full package. Makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum, a moisturizer and a mask for weekly use. Basically all the essentials you need for a good skincare routine. Oh – and did I mention they are also luxurious, organic, French (well, that country does seem to know beauty!) and affordable?

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Here’s how my bare skin looks at the moment. It might not look perfect to you, but to me it’s fantastic. I have some discoloration mainly from acne scars, but all in all my skintone is quite even and my skin looks healthy with a nice glow.

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PATYKA REVIEW – ORGANIC, LUXURY & AFFORDABLE SKINCARE

PATYKA recently came out with *three new product ranges and nine new products. CLEAN – a cleansing range, HYDRA – hydration range and DETOX – a purifying range. The price range for the products is 14,90€-34,90€.

I’ve been using the brand’s products before and I already knew – kind of – what to except. Great ingredients, nice scents, lovely consistencies and beautiful packaging.

The new products are still quite different to PATYKA’s usual products for three reasons: they are more affordable (like, a lot more affordable), the packaging is different (I actually prefer this packaging to the usual all white) and the ingredients are different in a way, that the most expensive anti-aging ingredients are left out.

But here’s the thing: I don’t feel like anything’s missing. And it may be because of my combination skintype. I have oiliness, but my skin can also get dry. I need good cleansing and lots of hydration. And that is what you get with these products. I would recommend them mainly to normal, combination and oily skintypes. But if your skin is dry, you still might want to try the HYDRA serum & lotion and the oil makeup remover – those are awesome and definitely not drying.

patyka cleansing oil foam review

PATYKA CLEAN RANGE – Cleansing

*PATYKA Melting Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil removes makeup and sunscreen easily. I think oils are the best for makeup removing. They do the job, while taking care of the skin. This cleansing oil contains jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil and has a subtle vanilla floral scent (that all the clean range products have), which I love.

*PATYKA Detox Cleansing Foam

A nice foam cleanser, that is very effective yet gentle, when used on top of the oil. I recommend using it that way, not rinsing the oil off before the foam. But if your skin is oily, you can get away with first using the oil (and rinsing it) and then cleansing your skin with this foam. This dreamy foam contains aloe vera and moringa extract.

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*PATYKA Soothing Milky Toner

This milky toner is probably my favorite product out of the clean range. The consistency in this toner is interesting – it’s like a liquid gel and I can’t think of another toner like it. I use this like this: I take two drops on my palm, rub it between my palms and then apply it all over my face and neck with my hands. This soothes my skin while giving it a nice glow. Contains aloe vera and mallow extract.

patyka hydra intensive review

PATYKA HYDRA RANGE – Hydrating

*PATYKA Intensive Hydra-Soothing Moisturizer

There are two moisturizers in HYDRA range and I got the intensive one for dry skin. At first I was a bit bummed out, because there is also the *lighter version of it. However I decided to try it anyway and it turned out to be awesome for my skin for nightly use. And since it’s so nourishing, I only need a tiny amount of it. I mix it with argan oil, because argan oil is a part of my skincare routine always. This moisturizer contains lovely things like shea butter, jojoba oil, mango butter and an anti-iflammatory soothing bisabolol. If you have combination skin and want a lotion that works for day use as well, the *lighter version might be a better choice!

*Patyka Hydra-Booster Serum

As far as hydrating serums go, this is my new favorite. It contains the good old hyaluronic acid as well as tremella extract from an asian mushroom, which are great ingredients for hydration. And this really does feel hydrating – and also soothing. I use this serum twice per day, after my toner. If you suffer from dryness, believe it or not, a lightweight serum like this might just be the solution.

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PATYKA DETOX RANGE – Purifying

*PATYKA Detox Charcoal Mask

This charcoal mask was a pleasant surprise to me. It has a slight peppermint scent to it, which I usually hate, but in this it works (and it’s not too refreshing, if you know what I mean?). The consistency is also something very different to what I expected. It’s almost like a gel-clay mask. Sometimes purifying masks can be a bit too purifying, but this left my skin feeling clean, plump and hydrated. Contains charcoal, green clay and algae extract.

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All in all, I am very happy with PATYKA’s new products. For me, they tick all the boxes.

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Super thin & lightweight makeup – NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

When it comes to makeup, I have a special connection to foundations. I love a good foundation. I admit I have a thing for more expensive foundations, but there are also affordable options. Plenty of them. Just like the one I’m about to tell you.

For my newest (okay, second newest!) foundation find I can just thank my sister Janika. Her skin type is pretty similar to mine and out of all four sisters, we’re always the ones needing to powder our faces. So when she finds a good product – or I do  – it’s a pretty safe bet to just use whatever the other one is using.

When Janika bought this foundation, I immediately tried it as well – and just had to buy my own bottle.

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NYX Total Control Drop Foundation review

*NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is the perfect lightweight foundation, that can be applied just with fingers or with a beautyblender. One drop goes a long way and I love how I can build up this foundation. From light coverage to full coverage – this foundation surprisingly does it all!

Lightweight, matte & easy to apply

This foundation is as thin as they come.  And that’s a nice feature, because when I think of matte or full coverage foundations, they are usually more on the thick side. But not this one! Because the foundation is so lightweight, it can be layered and once it dries it gives a soft matte finish. And when I say soft matte, I mean soft matte. Like this velvety soft. Not matte-matte, in a totally matte dry way. That said, I don’t need to use powder with this foundation.

Surprisingly I’ve found that this can be applied both with fingers or with *the beautyblender. I prefer the beautyblender though. I recommend either one of these techniques, because once you apply the foundation on your face and blend it, it sets pretty quickly. You need to be somewhat quick applying it. It’s nothing too crazy, but just something to keep in mind. It’s still easy to blend, in my opinion.

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Before & After NYX Total Control Drop Foundation in the shade Buff. A nice soft matte finish!

So, how does this foundation last?

On my skin, it lasts pretty well. I have nothing bad to say about that. After a long day I might need to soak off some excess oil with powdered papers, but that’s normal. I don’t expect my foundations to keep my face all matte and perfect all day long. My face is not a doll’s face – it’s a living organ, and I expect it to, you know, live its life even under the foundation.

Okay, I’m getting slightly off track here. I just don’t understand why we want 24 hours of lasting power from our makeup products? Okay, getting even more off track now.

To put it short: this foundation lasts well on my skin, through a normal day. My skin type is combination.

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Here I’m wearing the foundation & I sprayed my face with *Beautyblender’s Re-Dew spray, to make it glowy. The foundation itself doesn’t have this glowy finish.

I think you would like this foundation, if you want something that is

  • lightweight
  • soft matte finish
  • light coverage – or full coverage (you can get both with this!)
  • quite long lasting

Finally, one more thing about the packaging. I like it! I think it’s fun and convenient. Sometimes pipettes can be messy and tricky, but this has worked without problems for me.

I think so far, this is my favorite drugstore foundation.

There are 30 shades available, which is pretty good. My shade is Buff, which is considered neutral. My skin tone is neutral, but still leaning more to yellow though.

 

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*NYX Total Control Drop Foundation (Amazon)

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