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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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Winter Skin Saviours

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

Winter Skin Saviours

Rachel Carr

I don't know about you, but my skin is in need of a change of season about a month earlier than the environment has planned - with or without global warming. Winter has taken its toll and my face needs some warmer spring climes and a little bit of sun right this minute. Not in March, when we are due to welcome the change in season.

To combat the stress of the cold, the wind chill and lack of sun that is starting to show in the form of sallow, dull and lifeless skin (at best - red and flakey in patches at worst), I headed down to Space NK to be lured by their promise of hardworking lotions and potions. Plus the pretty packaging of all their products. Warning: these products are expensive. However, they will last a longer time than a Nivea moisturiser from Superdrug and I'm desperate. 

Dr Sebagh Break Out Cleanser I promoted this cleanser on my Instagram feed last week as I really needed something gentle enough to my winter sensitive skin, but strong enough to attack hormonal breakouts that I am really suffering from at the moment. This cleanser is great as the foam doesn't strip away essential oils, but leaves your face feel fresh and clean. And blemish free. 

Dr Sebagh Break Out Cleanser

I promoted this cleanser on my Instagram feed last week as I really needed something gentle enough to my winter sensitive skin, but strong enough to attack hormonal breakouts that I am really suffering from at the moment. This cleanser is great as the foam doesn't strip away essential oils, but leaves your face feel fresh and clean. And blemish free. 

  Aurelia Refine and Polish Miracle Balm This enzyme rich balm is exactly what lacklustre winter skin calls out for. Its packed full of skin brightening oils that wake up dull skin when they have been buffed by the polish's all natural refining beads. In fact this whole range is not only excellent but completely free of all the skincare nasties and just uses bio organic ingredients. 

 

Aurelia Refine and Polish Miracle Balm

This enzyme rich balm is exactly what lacklustre winter skin calls out for. Its packed full of skin brightening oils that wake up dull skin when they have been buffed by the polish's all natural refining beads. In fact this whole range is not only excellent but completely free of all the skincare nasties and just uses bio organic ingredients. 

Malin and Goetz Recover Treatment Oil This little bottle packs a powerful punch yet is light enough to use morning and night. It contains a cocktail of 9 natural oils that all work in harmony to help your skin look instantly radiant as well as softer and more supple. Importantly, for this time of year, it contains geranium and borage oils that will help with any inflammation that has occurred during the winter months. 

Malin and Goetz Recover Treatment Oil

This little bottle packs a powerful punch yet is light enough to use morning and night. It contains a cocktail of 9 natural oils that all work in harmony to help your skin look instantly radiant as well as softer and more supple. Importantly, for this time of year, it contains geranium and borage oils that will help with any inflammation that has occurred during the winter months. 

Jurlique Calendula Redess Rescue Calming Mist Calendula, or the oil from the Marigold plant, is great at calming down sensitive skin. This mist also contains cucumber and chamomile to further aid its ability to hydrate and calm the face. I had always been a bit wary of mists, thinking that they were just an unnecessary, and dare I say it poncey, addition to a skincare line. However, I have since found them great to use as a toner as well as an instant hit of moisture if I need it. 

Jurlique Calendula Redess Rescue Calming Mist

Calendula, or the oil from the Marigold plant, is great at calming down sensitive skin. This mist also contains cucumber and chamomile to further aid its ability to hydrate and calm the face. I had always been a bit wary of mists, thinking that they were just an unnecessary, and dare I say it poncey, addition to a skincare line. However, I have since found them great to use as a toner as well as an instant hit of moisture if I need it. 

Kiehls Lip Balm Years ago, this was the first item that I ever bought from Space NK. Probably as it was the only thing that my pocket money could afford, but it still softens my lips decades later. It is simply one of the most moisturising lip balms I have ever found, which is what my lovely chapped choppers need right now. In the run up to Valentine's Day, I highly recommend this little tube of goodness to bring softness to any parched lips that plan on doing some serious puckering up. 

Kiehls Lip Balm

Years ago, this was the first item that I ever bought from Space NK. Probably as it was the only thing that my pocket money could afford, but it still softens my lips decades later. It is simply one of the most moisturising lip balms I have ever found, which is what my lovely chapped choppers need right now. In the run up to Valentine's Day, I highly recommend this little tube of goodness to bring softness to any parched lips that plan on doing some serious puckering up. 

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir Advanced Brightening and Anti Oxidant Treatment This serum, to be applied before your moisturiser, claims to do a hell of a lot - and succeeds. It needs to at £70 a bottle, though a tiny amount is only needed every day. It leaves your skin hydrated, of course, but also works to improve its radiance as well as clarity and tone. And for those that suffer from fine lines (my hand is up), it even tackles those too plus it is suitable for all skin types. 

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir Advanced Brightening and Anti Oxidant Treatment

This serum, to be applied before your moisturiser, claims to do a hell of a lot - and succeeds. It needs to at £70 a bottle, though a tiny amount is only needed every day. It leaves your skin hydrated, of course, but also works to improve its radiance as well as clarity and tone. And for those that suffer from fine lines (my hand is up), it even tackles those too plus it is suitable for all skin types. 

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