21 Jan 2020

Beauty Habits: These 5 Really Made A Difference


Beauty routines can be far too habitual.

We become comfortable, oftentimes complacent and continue on the same path relentlessly. It is so much easier to keep on than change anything up. I know I am entirely guilty of this and all it is laziness on my part, that’s all.

Beauty miracles are no longer my holy grail and desiring to look “younger” is a fool’s game but natural, glowing and well-hydrated skin is the hope. Feeling well in myself has become even more important to me and beauty routines play a role. If I am spending time, I want to feel the benefits – not only refreshed skin but also mentally re-charged.

Over the holidays I made myself a challenge.

To think about my beauty habits, change them up and find the 5 routines/products that weren’t merely custom but beneficial, enjoyable and worth practicing. Where were the best results? What was I using differently? How did I feel afterward?

Yes, I had more time in my day to work with these ideas but the reality was in the long game I didn’t spend any longer.

What worked?

An Oil Bath.

I’m a bath person and so what goes in can make a difference, especially in the winter when our skin becomes drier. Essences and bubbles are all well and good for the fragrance but nothing beats a good oil for results. I couldn’t believe the difference and using this was completely wonderful. I benefitted from the relaxation and my skin feels luxurious.

One bathtime before bed, every evening is my recommendation.

One Excellent Cream

Hydrating creams are expensive for the most part and this one is no exception. Except it is incredible, worth every effort and makes a difference to our skin quality.

Use sparingly and every evening.

A Serum

A serum is the one routine I never forget. I change them up and over the holidays I tried the Barbara Sturm. It is as good as the reviews, maybe even better, would be my experience.

Every morning is enough with The Rich Cream at night.

The At-Home Facial

Why not? We don’t have to be at the beauty therapist to treat us.

Try this travelling set but use it for an at-home experience.

Regular Masks

This is the one routine I forget. Crazy, because a mask makes a big impact and is easy to do. Watch an episode on your iPad, laze in the bath or catch up on emails. I really have no excuses.

Aim for 3 x weekly; be happy with 2 treatments.

5 ways to change up the routine.

Throwing our regular practices does make all the difference. I’m going to do it more often. xv

These 5 Do Make A Difference

susanne kaufmann bath oil  ||  augustinus bader rich cream  ||  barbara sturm serum  ||  barbara sturm essentials  ||  ren renewal mask

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Happy New Year! The cream and serum look intriguing but to spend so much money on two products that aren’t backed-up by independently verified results puts me off. That said, can you share what you like about these products and the results you’ve seen from using them over time? Thank you–much appreciated!


I am not a dermatologist either so I can only recommend from my personal experience and I understand they are very expensive. It is so easy to spend less on many products which is why I challenged myself to change up and see the results. The AB Rich Cream is truly a wonderful one if you need hydration and a more “dewy” look; I absolutely love it and find most who have used it say the same. The Rich Cream is better for mature skin and the one I prefer. A serum I find is the one product to help dehydration and The Barbara Sturm one is good. Everyone has their favourite serums and I have been using the same Darphin or Clarins for years.. it was time for a change. Hope this helps :)

Dawn Solich

Hello Vicki–
The Oil Bath idea brought me back to walking the souks with you in Marrakech, on our search for different argan oils. Almost before my very eyes, my cell phone had been lifted on our way to lunch; and I was without any form of modern protection without cell phone and money. I was in your capable hands and you navigated us toward your familiar vendors and deals. The photo that lives on my instagram of the imposing guy with the sunglasses who was jammed up behind us while we were sandwiched in the streets between donkeys, pedestrians and scooters, totals up the experience with you in our mixed up day. I see you have a grand baby now, and you look so suited to that love. Hope you’re doing well, and agreed on the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream–game changer.


SO lovely to hear from you Dawn.. what a day we had… apart from losing your phone it was a heap of fun… I remember it well :)
My grandbaby is heaven and yes, I am smitten.

Hopefully, we shall meet in NYC this year?

Dawn Solich

That would be fabulous–I can return the favor and usher you to my favorites. Please let me know the next time you’re in town. xo


The best saying…beauty miracles are no longer my holy grail. It’s long ago I stopped
using these stuff. Now I am on good products but much lesser jars and take real good time for evening and night rituals because, as you said it clears not only the skin but
the mind as well. Thank you to be so honesty


Hi Vicki, lovely post. I too have consolidated my favourite products as well, some expensive but very worth it and not an overly complicated routine. AHA exfoliator (Paulas’ Choice), Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (came back to it after a long time), Keilh’s Avocardo Eye Cream and my new best find Dr Dennis Gross C + Collegen Deep Cream. A truely wonderful hydrating and glow eliciting moisturiser that you use both day and night (saves valuable space when travelling) and a once a week sheet mask. Regards Margaret


Vicki, the five of these add up to a whopping £800 and whilst they maybe an excellent recommendation are completely out of the grasp of many of us, even if we love the recommendations from you. Do you no longer give those trusty French pharmacy tried and tested ones that you did many many years ago? Recommendations now seem to have a higher financial starting point. As much as I would love to take up using one of these products I feel it may make me feel better facially it will it will not financially!!!


I always look for alternatives to expensive products. Some work, olive oil in my bath and olive oil with sugar body scrub, others don’t have the desired result. Winners include L’oreal Age Perfect Night cream and Triple Active day cream, and Alba Botanica very emollient body lotion (I have several bottles scattered around the house to apply to hands throughout the day). Eucerin Intensive Repair as a body lotion is wonderful but it is difficult to apply. ROC’s MAX products are also good for exfoliating the face. None of these products are expensive but they work on my dry sensitive skin. My biggest splurge: eye cream — Guinot’s Longue Vie.


I can share your oppinion. The barbara sturm serum is wonderful.
Its such a good beauty tip.
my skin feels so much better now.
franzi from powder brows


Oh Vicki, yes, this is the answer.You are so right and I know it because this is what I’ve been doing for years. I almost have been “waiting” for the moment that I need to either start wearing a foundation or start buying more expensive creams but the wonderful thing is that now at age 61, going on 62 in April, I still don’t need any of the above. Thank goodness that I somehow have been able to find the practice of hydrating well, eating well and sleeping enough to be what keeps anyone, man or woman, young or mature, looking healthy. Health I think, is the greatest beauty secret for this body that carries around our true selves.


Most of those are bit pricey for me too. I tend to alternate between my favourite Dior Capture Serum (expensive, so mostly in winter) and the range of much cheaper French pharmaceutical products. Every year when we arrive in Paris I head for the lovely lady at our local Pharmacy and ask for her recommendations. The serums I currently alternate between are La Roche-Posay Yalu B5 serum and Alugen serum lift éclat. I prefer to shower rather than bath, especially first thing in the morning, so the oil bath doesn’t appeal. But in winter I do suffer from dry skin, even this year in summer, and alternate between Laroche-Posay Lipikar Baume (heavy duty) and Cinq Mondes Huile Somptueuse de l’Orient. I gently stroke some on arms, hands and upper body before bed. As well as moisturising it seems to promote a feeling of well being and sound sleep! Best wishes, Pamela


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