Paperself Collection

New Addition To The Shop: Paperself Lashes

April 10, 2013

I am so obsessed with Paperself Lashes! So I’ve decided to add them to the Ziba Shop.

I’ve picked out 5 of my favorite designs. 

Also, I’ve finally managed to figure out how to point the address to my tictail shop. It’s easier to remember, right? So from now on, you can just bookmark that address to get to my shop.

And for the people who were asking about shipping… I’ve included Canada in the countries where I ship to.

Now go have a look at the designs and tell me which one is your favorite! 


Paperself Box


Paperself London Skyline Closeup

Paperself Collection


Paperself Designs


My Skincare Routine

My Current Skincare Routine

April 8, 2013

If you’re curious as to what my current skincare routine looks like…

This Is It:

My Current Skincare Routine

It’s pretty basic, actually.

Ok, you might not believe me from just looking at the photo. But allow me explain.

These products can be broken up into 4 basic categories:

1) Cleansers
2) Moisturizers
3) Toner
4) Exfoliation

My Current Skincare Routine: Cleansers

The MIA 2 Clarisonic Brush: A sonic cleansing system that oscillates back and forth at over 300 movements per second. Also doubles as my exfoliation product. I wrote a review about it here.

Melvita Apicosma Cleansing Cream: This is a rich and gentle cleansing cream that has served me well throughout the winter. This cleansing cream works really well with the Clarisonic. I’m really happy with this one and I also carry this in the Ziba Shop.

Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant: This is an excellent makeup remover that you can find in many french pharmacies. I use this for the delicate area around my eyes and for the days when I don’t use the Clarisonic. It’s great for removing stubborn waterproof eye makeup.

My Current Skincare Routine: Moisturizers

Thémis Eye Contour Smoothing Gel: I can’t believe how long this eye gel has lasted me! I’ve had this since last August. I don’t use this one often because it does not work well under makeup during the day. But it’s excellent at moisturizing the delicate skin around my eyes during the night.

Andalou Naturals Facial Lotion with SPF 18: This has been my absolute favorite daily moisturizer for almost 2 years now!! To find out why this daily protective moisturizer rocks so much, you can read my review of it here.

Eau Thermale Jonzac Light Moisturizing Cream: From the sorry state of the tube, you can tell I’ve been trying to squeeze out every last drop of this cream. This is a really nice light cream that I use mainly at night. It keeps my skin hydrated and matte at the same time.

My Current Skincare Routine: Toner

Sanoflore True Rose Floral Water: If you’ve never tried spritzing some rose floral water on your face, you must! It is absolutely delightful.

Rose has purifying properties. And as a toner, it is non-alcohol based so it does not dry out the skin. I love how rose floral water leaves my skin feeling refreshed, dewy and comfortable.

 My Current Skincare Routine: Exfoliation with the Clarisonic Brush

The Mia 2 Clarisonic Brush: I love my Clarisonic more for its exfoliating abilities than as a cleanser. I’ll explain more in another post where I follow up my first impressions of the Clarisonic with a second look.


In the morning... I wash my face with water. Nothing else. Then I follow this with my sun protective moisturizer, Andalou Naturals Daily Facial Lotion with SPF 18.

In the afternoon, to freshen up my skin, I spritz some Sanoflore Rose Floral Water.

At night, I dedicate the most time caring for my skin. I cleanse by first removing my makeup with Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant. Then I wash my face with Melvita’s Apicosma Cleansing cream. I follow cleansing with moisturizing my eyes with the Themis Eye Cream. Then I moisturize my face and neck with Jonziac Light Moisturizing Cream.

Every third night… my routine changes slightly. I still use my makeup remover, but then I follow this with cleansing and exfoliating with the Clarisonic brush.

The Clarisonic primes the skin to be ready to receive skincare products. So this is actually when I like to follow up with a more potent product, like a serum or retinol. Then I follow up with my usual Jonzac light moisturizing cream.

So you see… my skincare routine really is quite simple after all.

Most of the times, my skincare routine involves only the most basic essentials: a cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliation and a toner.

I wait every third night to bring out the big guns: mainly the Clarisonic, my serums and my retinols. Even then, I make sure to use only one of the more potent creams. I don’t like combining them together.

When I run out of a product, I may switch to a different brand. But the product I choose will still serve the same basic purpose.

In this way, my skincare routine has stayed pretty consistent for the past four months.


What about you? What is your skincare routine like? How is it similar or how does it differ from the one I just described? 

Kiss! Keep your skincare routine simple

KISS! Keep It Simple Skincare

April 6, 2013

Kiss! Keep your skincare routine simple

(FYI: those are fresh potato rounds on my eyeballs)

Recently, I wrote about The Simplicity of Skincare on a guest post for Luchessa’s Blog. In it, I talked about how skincare can be as simple as putting your health first.

When you eat well and give your body all the nutrition that it needs, the natural result is radiant, glowing skin.

But there was another point that I didn’t get around to talking about. And that’s to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible.

I know that this is kind of a funny thing for me to say… I mean, I’m a beauty blogger and I’m crazy about skincare. So of course it’s a given for me to love testing out new and different kinds of skincare products.

But honestly, there is No One In This World who needs 10 different cleansers and 25 different kinds of moisturizers and 15 kinds of serums and yadda yadda yadda.

Our faces are not grounds for mad lab experimentations! There are even some risks involved when using too many different products.

So today I would like to talk about the importance of keeping your skincare routine simple.

And sticking only to the bare essentials.

The Skincare Essentials

Everyone’s skin is different and has different needs. So there’s really no magic number as to how many products you need. Or what number of products is “too many.”

But, these are the Skincare Essentials that should be in everyone’s daily skincare routine… yes, I’m talking to the guys too!

  • A Great Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Exfoliating product

All the rest? Like the anti-oxidant serums, masks, and toners? Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this but… all those other products are not really that necessary.

Of course you can play around and try new things. And many people’s skins are pretty tolerant to trial and experimentation with many different kinds of products.

But just like with relationships, it’s all fun and games until you do something that you can’t take back!

Sometimes, people who already have great skin to begin with end up trying something that their skin does not tolerate well at all. And so, in the pursuit of hyper-perfection, they end up with a skin problem that they didn’t even have to begin with!

So if you’re lucky enough to have decent skin, don’t try to fix what isn’t broken!

Even if you do have some skincare concerns… like acne or dark spots. Or if you want to include some preventive anti-aging measure in your skincare routine. Or even if you just want to play around with new products… because I agree, it can be fun to try new things…

You should be aware that there are some risks involved with using too many skincare products.

The Risks

1) Your skin can become sensitive to different ingredients over time.

Not picking on people who work in the beauty industry, but I have read many accounts of beauty editors and testers who’ve developed reddish, sensitized, irritated skin.

Sometimes, they can develop into a case of contact dermatitis from long-term exposure to allergens and irritants in cosmetic and skin products.

Some signs that your skin is not taking well to your skincare products: you’re breaking out! You have reddish, inflamed, and/or irritated skin. Or your skin is excessively dry.

2) Ingredients can conflict with each other.

Some ingredients can cancel each other out (though I haven’t found a good example for this).

Or worse, they can have a negative effect when combined together. For example, when high concentrations of Retinol and Vitamin C are used at the same time, they can make the skin excessively dry and flaky.

Products are formulated with many different ingredients that work well together. But when combined with other products that are formulated with a different pH level, the resulting imbalance may cause the skin to break out.

3) Inconsistent skincare can become ineffective skincare.

Consistency in your skincare routine is important.

This is especially true if you have a specific issue you’re dealing with, such as acne. It can take as long as 6 months for products to have an effect.

If you continue to switch products every other month, you’ll never see the full benefits of the product that you’re using. And you may even end up making things worse!


In the next post, I’ll explain to you what my current skincare routine is like. And I’ll show you the products that I’ve been using regularly and consistently.

Until then, *KISS* my dear readers! Or… to spell it out for you… Knead Indulgently Seashell Socks.

Or to translate from Russian, Keep It Simple Skincare.