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BEAUTY TALK: let’s be sensitive

By now, most of you probably already know that I have super sensitive and dry skin due to my eczema. What you probably don’t know, however, is all the “smart advice” I’ve had to listen to over the years. If you ask me, there is no cure for eczema. I am no doctor, but I’ve lived with it for all of my life and I’ve learned a lot about my skin, especially now that I am older. To me, eczema is a genetic skin condition that you can either grow out of (mine has gotten SO much better over the years) or you can learn to live with and try to make to circumstances the best possible. When I was little (we’re talking kindergarden age here), doctors advised my mom to put me on a diet in order to avoid certain foods. It would go on for months at the time and my skin wouldn’t get better. Of course, the dry, irritated skin can be caused by certain external factors, but for the most part, I believe that it is connected with our psyche. If we’re happy, we tend to glow, if we’re stressed, tired or sad, it shows (meaning: if you’re a 5-year old, skipping certain foods is not pure happiness). Sounds easy enough, right? Well, as much as our mind plays into things, I’ve also found that the right care is essential for my skin in order to keep things under control and to prevent a real episode. Which is why I am super picky about the products I use. During Winter, I sometimes have to resort back to special creams and oil-based shower gels from the pharmacy, but for the most part, I’ve found certain things that simply work for me. I already wrote about my facial skin care routine HERE and today I wanted to share my experience with the new “Mandel Sensitiv” skincare line by Weleda with you guys. I am always super happy to discover new products that work for me, so hopefully some of you will also love these!

Weleda "Mandel Sensitive" Pflegeserie | Bikinis & Passports

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BEAUTY TALK: the perfect (instant) glow

Summer has never looked better than these past few days. A crystal clear blue sky, 30°C in Vienna and lots of ice cream are making it hard not to want to enjoy every second outside. After a first few hours in the Moroccan sun, my freckles are making an appearance again and my skin is showing first signs of something that resembles a tan-line from my bathing suit and a hint of a golden glow.
When it comes to sun products, I am not shy about testing new things, especially if they involve gold particles for an instant glow. However, due to the sensitive nature of my skin, I usually have to pass on most of those amazing products since they involve oily textures, which often make my eczema itch. Now, you can only imagine my excitement, when I heard that one of my favorite sun care brands, Piz Buin, was coming out with a new product called “Instant Glow” this year.

Beauty Talk: Piz Buin Instant Glow | Bikinis & Passports

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OUTFIT: an urban brunch

If someone had suggested wearing a total white look to me last year, I would have kindly declined. White is a color that tends to intimidate me, mostly for the fear of pouring a big cup of coffee all over myself. However, in the meantime I have realized that covering yourself in coffee looks bad no matter what color you’re wearing, so it might as well be white. While dressing for brunch with Urban Decay today in the morning, I felt daring and picked out all sorts of whites. As of 6pm, I am still doing fine with no coffee stains in sight.

summer whites - brunch with Urban Decay | Bikinis & Passports

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BEAUTY TALK: Invisalign Update #1

By the title of this blogpost, you guys can probably already guess what I ended up deciding on in terms of my Invisalign treatment. In all honesty, I was more or less set on going through with it before even writing about it, but all the positive feedback from you guys only reassured me. Aside from all of the super sincere and helpful comments, I also received a ton of emails from press contacts and marketing ladies that I work with on a regular basis. And guess what, never had I noticed that any of them wear Invisalign! Judging by all the comments and feedback you guys left after my last beauty talk about Invisalign, I have decided to sort of document my journey right here on the blog. I would have loved to find more information on it from other blogger’s who had it done while I was doing my research, so I hope that these posts will be helpful to some of you.

Invisalign Update No. 1: Dr. Reistenhofer Wien | Bikinis & Passports

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