Gifts are open, food is eaten, the festive spirit starts to vanish and the skin isn’t looking very happy about it. It happens every year and if the 25th of December and 1st of January evenings’ pampering sessions are the ones I never skip, I also believe in small gestures and little switches to start the brand new year with a brand new skin.


It’s not just the chocolate and the alcohol, but also the abnormal amount of makeup thrown on our faces, the skin simply needs a good clean. And even the most wonderful cleanser -more to follow- sometimes requires a little help from the classic clarifying mask. That being said, the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask is anything but classic: mixing deeply purifying properties with a thin, fresh texture which almost seems to let the skin breathe through it, it is the mask to reach for when the skin doesn’t feel clean, doesn’t look clear, but feels more fragile than usual as well.


Very rare are the skins which are wishing for the proper, thick cream, the kind which takes its time to penetrate the skin and the one which could -possibly- stick to the pillow. Yet, right after the festivities, after the late nights and the late drinks, they are more numerous than usual. I would never use the Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream on a daily basis, but this is the little tube which my skin currently enjoys the most when it feels sorry for itself and the only thing which could save it would be borrowing your grandma’s night cream. The Ceramidin Cream could be your grandma’s favourite cream, but it doesn’t have the usual rich/hard to apply evenly feel to it.


It might just be the biggest skincare misconception, but somehow I follow it, this idea that balm and cream cleansers are less effective than gel cleansers when it comes to removing makeup and/or impurities. And so once Christmas is over, I like to say goodbye to them and come back to the more summery gel cleansers for a little while. Highly purifying, the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser is by far more generous than the classic cleansing gel when it comes to hydrating and respecting the skin. And its subtle berry scent works all year round, at least for me!


  • I never heard someone say that balm and cream cleansers were less effective? And I would be the first one to strongly disagree! But I like a good gel cleanse, so in my books, as long as you DO cleanse, you are doing the right thing.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    • Oh, I read it all the times on blogs, I think people see the thin layer of hydration that balm and cream cleansers leave on the skin as dirt!

  • I’m a big fan of overnight masks at this time of year because I always wake up to better skin! xx

  • Courtney Hardy

    I love face masks, they are always so useful and great.

  • I think balm cleansers are some of the best and most effective cleansers out there because oil attracts oil or at least that’s what I think. I never over-indulge or party way too late during Christmas so hopefully my skin will be okay. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes, I think so too, but somehow I can’t help but following the misconception! Oh lucky you, my skin always looks awful at this time of year!

  • The Glossier mask you’ve mentioned sounds brilliant for refreshing the skin after the festive period! Ah, you’re right about the massive consumption of chocolate around this time of year haha (guilty!), as well as the masses of makeup worn to all of the events and occasions going on in December. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • The most effective makeup remover I’ve ever tried is indeed a balm (Clinique Take The Day Off), but to clean the skin I use clay cleansers or Glossier’s cleanser.
    I hope you had a lovely Christmas!


    • I like the Glossier Cleanser as well and I need to try more clay cleansers! Hope you had a lovely Christmas as well!

  • I loveee the dr jart ceramidin liquid so I need to try the cream!

    • Yes, I really like the liquid as well, the cream could easily be defined as its richer, more nourishing version!

  • Lisa Autumn

    I could never live without masks!

    xx Lisa |

  • Zorica