My skincare routine – 12 products I use daily

My daily skincare routine contains 12 different products. That might sound like a lot, but for a skincare enthusiastic it’s actually not that bad.

My skintype is combination and I’m still recovering from acne. I have acne scars, so that’s one of the things I try to take care of. I also try to be gentle with my skin, because even though it gets oily, it also gets dry and I want my products to balance my skin. Being a beauty blogger means trying out different products quite often, but from this post you get an idea of how I treat my skin.

But one of the things I wouldn’t change are my oils: argan oil and jojoba oil. And my serum!

my skincare routine

my pm skincare routine


First, I double cleanse. It is one of the most important things in my skincare routine. I first wash my face with an oil, because oil soaks off makeup and sunscreen from my face, after which I can use my actual face cleanser to clean my face from dirt and sebum. Washing your face with two different products might sound extreme, but it’s amazing, I promise you – and not drying at all, since the first product is an oil, anyway.

Missha Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil
A great oil cleanser, that removes makeup really well and is quite long-lasting.

Dr. Organic Tea Tree Face Wash
I’m still searching for that perfect face wash and that is the one product, that I do change a bit, but this one I’ve been using the most. It’s inexpensive and very long lasting, so it’s great for a budget.

Chrissanthie eye lid cleanser (mixed with pure water to get a foam)
I use this daily to wash my lash extensions. If you want to know more about lash extensions, check out this post.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner
I love this toner. It balances my skin, while hydrating it. I think this is my favorite toner so far.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
This serum would deserve a party of it’s own and I dedicated this post to it. When my skin started to get very bad last Summer, I bought this and started to use it daily. It helped with inflammation, spots, skin texture and dryness. It balanced my skin and was the key factor in making it smoother.

Argan oil
Argan oil my skin’s saviour, when it comes to dryness, but it actually has some other benefits as well. It has anti-aging properties, so it’s great for keeping that youthful glow on. Argan oil is also great for scarring and as you may know, I have pretty bad acne scars. I’ve been using this consistently throughout my acne journey and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the reasons my acne scars have been fading away quite nicely and my skin has stayed smooth. For anyone battling acne scars (or any scars), you might want to try argan oil.

EkoPharma Herukka Cream
This is one of the lotions I told you about in this post. Basically I got to make my own lotions! I’ve been using this one as a night cream. It soothes my skin, balances any redness I might have and nourishes super well, so that when I wake up in the morning my skin feels moisturized, but not oily or sticky.

Vichy AqualiaThermal Eye Balm
A lightweight and refreshing gel, that moisturizes well and suits my lash extensions. I also like the packaging!

my morning skincare routine


Before I put anything on my face, I wash my face with cold water. It’s essential for me, and not least, because it helps me to wake up. I need cold water under my eyes and all over my face in the morning, period. Then I go through these products.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose water
This facial spray offers nice lightweight moisture. I like to moisturize my skin using lighter products in the morning.

Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil seems to absorb in my skin better than argan oil, so I like to use jojoba in the morning. I apply oil either before lotion or I mix it with the lotion.

EkoPharma Vadelma Cream
EkoPharma’s Vadelma (Raspberry) line is made for normal to mixed skin and it’s great for my skin. This lotion is very moisturizing, but not heavy. It works well under my makeup as well.

Clarins Multi-Active Eye Cream
This eye cream actually has it’s own blog post! It has a metallic applicator tip, which makes it perfect for eye massage and therefore helps with puffiness.

+ Sunscreen
Usually, my makeup acts as my sunscreen, since my foundations almost always contain a SPF. It’s not that sunny here all year round, so wearing a full face of foundation is enough for my face in Fall and Winter. However, if I’m not wearing a foundation and I’m headed outside in that beautiful winter sun, I make sure to apply sunscreen. In spring and Summer I wear either a sunscreen (I like Eucerin’s Mattifying Sun Fluid) or mineral makeup.

That is it for my daily skincare routine and products. Besides these I exfoliate my skin once or twice per week and use a mask once or twice as well. But I change those products a lot, so I didn’t want to include all of them here. The exfoliator I use is amazing though, so I might give it it’s own post.

How many products do you use daily for your skincare routine?

Extensions damage your lashes & other lash extension myths

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In a collaboration with Kosmetologi Viivi

A while back I met with my lash tech and my friend Viivi for a breakfast. We talked about beauty – obviously – and the big topic was lash extensions and the myths revolving around them. Lash extensions are pretty common nowadays, but there are still some weird rumors or beliefs, that don’t necessarily have any truth in them. As a professional, it’s pretty often that you hear these things, that someone’s cat’s cousin’s sister overheard in a circus (not exaggerating at all here).

So here are the five most common lash extension myths – let me know if you come up with anything else or if you have questions regarding lash extensions. The comment box is open.

Links to products are adlinks.

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Lash extension myths

Myth 1. You don’t need to wash your lashes

One of the most common misbeliefs is, that you shouln’t wet your lashes, let alone wash them. It’s true, that you shouldn’t wet them 24 hours after having them done, but that is just for the glue to dry properly. After that you need to take care of your lashes and wash them daily.

You should wash your lashes daily with a cleanser specifically made for lash extensions. Foam cleansers are the best, because foam can easily get between your lashes and right between your lid and your lashes. Sebum, dirt and makeup can easily build up and that can cause infections. Washing your lashes helps to keep them hygienic, nice-looking and if you have volume lashes the fans stay beautifully open.

I use Chrissanthie Eyelid Cleanser, which I mix with water so it becomes a foam. It’s great for my sensitive eyes. Using this cleanser my lashes have stayed beautiful and clean.

Chrissanthie is approved by eye doctors and it’s hypoallergenic. It’s also proved to help treat blepharitis, which is known to be connected with lash extensions. The symptoms for blepharitis are red and swollen lids, pain, lema and the feeling of having something in your eye. The cleanser also contains tea-tree extract, which helps to clean excess oils, so that your lashes can stay on longer.

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Myth 2. Lash extensions look unnatural 

Nowadays you can get very pretentious, doll-like lashes, which easily lets us to think that all lashes look unnatural. When in reality lash extensions are always custom-made, suited for everyone’s personal taste.

Volume lashes are more voluminous than classic lash extensions. However, the fibres used in volume lashes are super thin, so that they can look even more natural than classic lash extensions, if installed lightly. You can for example only insert volume lashes to half of your lashes, or dye your lashes and have some extensions installed to them. That way your look is very natural, but you don’t need to wear mascara. You can also mix classic and volume lashes, which is what was done to my first set, which I wanted to look quite natural.

My first set, which was quite natural. You can get even more natural than this, obviously.


Myth 3. Lash extensions damage your natural lashes

This is probably the biggest reason to choose a good lash tech and not always look for the cheapest price. It’s always sad to see lashes, which have – well, first of all – been cheap, wrongly installed and in worst case scenario, ruined it’s owner’s whole lash row.

When lashes are installed correctly, they shouldn’t damage your natural lashes. Your own natural lash thickness and length should be taken into consideration before choosing the right style and fibers for you. The fibres should be max. 3 mm longer than your own lashes, in which case they don’t cause damage. You can have longer lashes for a shorter time, but if you wear long lashes for a long time, they might weigh down your lash roots.

Another important note is, that your lashes shouldn’t have too much glue in them. If your lash tech has used too much glue, they can feel heavy and it can glue your lashes together. Then your individual lashes might not have room to fall naturally and grow back. Lashes (done right) should feel comfortable and light.

However, if your lashes are damaged and shortened, you can seek help from lash serums, which help your lashes to heal and to grow. You can also use lash serum while having extensions (given that it’s suitable for lash extensions), at which time it strengthens your lashes and helps to keep the extensions on even longer.

One that is very effective, and also suitable for extensions, is RevitaLash Advanced lash serum. Revitalash treats lashes by giving them moisture, flexibility and shine while actually making them longer. It also prevents your lashes from becoming brittle or breaking. This is the serum I’ve used myself and it does really work.

lash extensions myths

Myth 4. Lash extensions cause allergy.

People can become allergic to anything. You can also become allergic to lash extensions; to the glue, tape or gel pads used in installing the extensions. So if you experience any symptoms, the reason might not always be just the glue. For example, I’m a bit allergic to gel pads so Anu uses tape in my case. You should talk with your lash tech about any allergy symptoms before straight up removing them.

Here as well it’s extremely important to have the extensions installed correctly. Glue shouldn’t touch your skin and the lashes shouldn’t be glued shut to your lids, which in some cases can cause very bad allergy. I’ve seen these kind of cases myself, back when I did lash extensions, and it was awful to see swollen, red lids, when the extensions were far too close to the lid.

Lash extensions should only be installed to healthy eyes.

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Myth 5. You can’t have lash extensions, if your lashes are too straight, short, your eyes are hooded or your eye shape is difficult

As a rule you can install lash extensions to every kind of healthy eyes and lashes, no matter the eye shape or lash size. So if you don’t have any sicknesses or some problem with lash growth, you can have a pair of beautiful lash extensions. Also – you can’t have too straight or too curly lashes for extensions. Lash extensions can be used to shape your eyes or to create an effect where eyes can appear closer or farther apart from each other. You can mix different curvatures and for example lift the corners of your eyes. Or if your eyes are very deep set, you can use curved extensions and natural volume set to widen your look.

Thank you Viivi for a nice morning, for helping me with this text and of course for my lovely lash extensions.

If you live in Helsinki, you can buy Revitalash and Chrissanthie straight from Viivi. In other cases, check the links I added in the text.

Do you use lash extensions?  

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