Make me up before you go go // Love thy skin

My teenage years were, so to say, mildly to moderately turbulent. A few crushes, numerous class-cuts, the F I got in physics class in senior year (sorry mom), but all in all I think I did pretty well. My skin was very well-behaved, and as I was not covered in a plague of acne, my skin-care routine used to entail washing my face with whichever face wash was nearest on the shelf and a putting the basic Nivea cream. However, my eyebrows were comically over-tweezed, so not everything was peaches and creme.

I will be thirty in a couple of years, and since I dread the possibility of my mother glancing at me, Monica Geller’s mother’s style with the „I think perhaps it’s time you started using night cream “ remark, I decided to give my skin the pampering it deserves. After all, we have had a pretty good run. It has always been so low-maintenance, we have never had a major fight, so it’s about time I return the favor.

Tinejdžersko doba mog života bilo je blago do umereno turbulentno. Red simpatija, red sakrivenih izostanaka, ona jedinica iz fizike u četvrtom srednje (izvini mama), ali sveukupno dobro sam prošla. Koža me je posebno dobro slušala pa kako nisam bila darovana kugom akni i bubuljica, rutina negovanja kože svodila se na bilo koju kupku koja je pri ruci i Nivea kremu. S druge strane imala sam tragično očupane obrve tako da nije sve bilo savršeno.

Za koju godinu napuniću trdeset (prestrašno), i kako ne bih želela da me jednog dana majka pogleda onim kritičkim očima u stilu majke  Monike Geler i kaže „I think perhaps it is time to start using night creme“, odlučila sam da se malo posvetim svojoj koži. Bila je tako dobra i laka za održavanje, nikad se nismo posvađale sve ove godine, red bi bio da uradim nešto lepo za nju.

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So, one day I found myself browsing through Bayrak mall, and I came across The Body Shop store, and of course, there was a major sale. As soon as I walked in the lady started working me, saying that the Oils of Life collection is great for my skin, and generally all skin types. All the while she was talking I was thinking to myself, „Lady there’s no need to work me, I have come here with money to spend, so just give me anything. However, the lady knew her stuff, and it turned out that these products are a-mazing! Now, this is how the routine goes:

I tako šetam ja sama tržnim centrom Bajrak, i naiđem na The Body Shop prodavnicu. Tamo naravno – sniženje. I pošto je posao prodavačica u Kuvajtu da budu naporne i da ti nešto prodaju po svaku cenu, čim sam ušla, žena kreće da mi govori o Oils of Life kolekciji koju obožavaju žene svih tipova kože, koliko vrsta egzotičnih ulja proizvodi sadrže i sve to. A ja sve kontam, ženo, nema potrebe da me obrađuješ ja sam već došla spremna da trošim pare, daj mi bilo šta u X vrednosti. Ispostavi se da stvarno nije lagala jer su ovi proizvodi sjajni a rutina ide ovako:

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First, on a freshly washed face, apply Vitamin C, Glow-Revealing Liquid Peel. This product has a gel-like consistency, similar to the one face masks have, but unlike them, you don’t apply and keep it there, instead, you use it to massage your face for a minute or two. After that, just rinse it off your face with warm water and you’re ready for step two.

Prvo, na oprano lice ide masaža proizvodom Vitamin C, Glow-Revealing Liquid Peel. Ovaj proizvod ima gelastu strukturu poput maske za lice, ali se ne nanosi da bi stajao već se lice kružnim pokretima masira minut-dva dok ne krenu da se stvaraju grumuljice. Nakon toga lice se ispere toplom vodom i vreme je za drugi korak.

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This is where make-up removal pads or cotton balls come to play.  Pour a few drops of the Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion and cleanse your face. This lotion is a mixture of three different types of oils and water, which makes it really light and not a tiny bit greasy on the skin. It promises radiant, moisturized and smooth skin, and unlike my high school friend who promised not to tell anyone who my crush is, this product kept its promise.

Ovde na scenu tolaze tuferi ili ove loptice od vate, šta god vam draže, a na njih se nanense nekoliko kapi Intensely Revitalising Essence losiona. Ovaj losion sadrži mešavinu tri vrste ulja i vode pa je lagan i ne  čini kožu masnom iako je ulje u pitanju. Ono što obećava je vraćanje sjaja, elastičnost i hidriranost kože i za razliku od drugarice u prvom srednje koja je obećala da nikom neće reći ko ti je simpatija, ovaj losion je ispunio obećanje.

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After this comes my favorite step of them all, and this step includes the Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil. This oil provides a skin-care routine experience unmatched by anything else I have ever used. It is the Beyonce of skin care. All other products are artists who have put out great albums this year, but this oil is the Queen B. Application is fairly simple, you just pour a few drops of the oil on the palm of your hand, rub your palms as to heat the oil a bit with your hands, and gently massage the entire face. The feeling is something out of this world. On the one hand the skin is satin-soft, elastic and just has a RICH feel to it, while on the other hand there is absolutely no sense of greasiness or excess shine.

Nakon ovog koraka ide moj omiljeni, treći korak koji uključuje Intensly Revitalising Facial Oil. E sad, ja sam prilično veliki fan kokosovog ulja, i koristim ga kao „majstora za sve“ ali pri nezi lica jeste se pokazao trunčicu previše masan. Ovo ulje je s druge strane jedno iskustvo koje ne mogu da uporedim ni sa čim drugim. Nešto kao poslednji album od Beyonce. Svi su ove godine snimili dobre albume, bravo njima, i onda dođe kraljica i podigne igru na jedan novi nivo koji te samo ostavi nemog. E u zemlji kozmetičkih proizvoda, ovo ulje je Queen B. Primena je izuzetno jednostavna, samo na dlan stavite par kapi ulja, protrljate dlanove da se ulje malo zagreje i onda nežno izmasirate lice. Osećaj je izuzetno čudan. S jedne strane koža je neverovatno meka, elastična i oseća se nekako, u nedostatku bolje reči BOGATO, a s druge strane nema viška sjaja ni osećaja masnoće na licu. (A u jednom od narednih postova pričaću vam o mom genijalnom izumu mešanja ovog ulja sa tečnim puderima).

Last but not least, is the  Intensely Revitalising Facial Cream, which is a gentle, soft, wonderfully-smelling cream, that just provides a great final step, a conclusion to the process, so to speak. Life is short. Pamper, love thy skin.

Poslednja je Intensly Revitalising Facial Cream, fina, lepa, meka, baršunasta krema za lice, koja jeste sastavni deo ovog seta, ali ja je vrlo često nakon nanošenja ulja potpuno zaboravim, tako da se ona može ali i ne mora koristiti, mada predstavlja lep zaključak ove rutine negovanja.

E sad, u duhu potpune iskrenosti, ovi proizvodi su divni, prirodni, odlično vraćaju svežinu i sjaj licu, ali daleko od toga da su pristupačni. Ono što možete uraditi ukoliko se odlučite da ih probate jeste da a) sačekate sniženja i b) ograničite kupovinu na proizvode koji su ključni, a po mom mišljenju to su losion i ulje. Druga dva proizvoda mogu se ili preskočiti ili zameniti nekom drogerijskom verzijom koja vam se dobro pokazala, ali za ulje mi verujte na reč. It’s almost a religious experience. Love thy skin.

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