Emma S Body Wash Suger Lime Review

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Pros:

Smells delicious – fresh but sweet at the same time.

Cons:

You need a lot per use…

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If I could choose one fragrance to follow me for the rest of my time around, it would be lime. I have an unhealthy obsession with it – but have never actually tried any skincare things containing lime.  This soap contains – beside lime – “creamy caramel” and “soft vanilla” – which on first take seems a bit over the top, or just a bit too sweet. But it actually turns out perfectly, sweet but very fresh, so each time I use this soap in the shower feels like a true treat leaving my skin very soft. A minus for me, is that one needs a lot per use – and I really dont want this bottle to end. Buying expensive soaps is a bit of a “thing” nowadays (an Aesop soap is the new Diptique candle one might argue..), and honestly after having a shower with this soap (which transforms me to thinking I‘m in Tulum on my way out for a swim and mojito) I think the experience it worth every penny.

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Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray Review

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Pros:

Smells good of a hair salon.

Cons:

Doesn‘t give the same great volume effect as a dry shampoo.

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So my hairdresser said I just have to have this spray – the hair sprays from Oribe is beyond hyped (it doesn‘t deserve that hype and we will post a review of it soon!) so I went with the flow. My hair is pretty thin and this thickening spray does its just ok – not fantastic results, but its a good alternative to using a dry shampoo. Why do I prefer it to a dry shampoo? First and foremost, I‘m pregnant – so can‘t use anything in a spray can (no idea why but will follow that advice), secondly using dry shampoo can be very tedious and this spray is just easy to apply (and doesn‘t need to be “combed out”). But saying that using it gives my hair great volume would be a lie.

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Revlon Uniq One Dry Shampoo Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t leave any white residue.

Cons:

Makes my hair crazy electric.

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This dry shampoo doesn‘t grease my hair, as they sometimes can do. It holds its promises that it puts on the front (to refresh and revive/absorb exces oils/adds volume/natural finish…), and most importantly it does not leave white residue. On the downside is that it leaves your hair static electric, and if you have a bit thin hair – like I do, that is not great. I basically use it, brush my hair and leave it in a bun. Wearing it loose is not a possibility, with the crazy electric hair. So basically if you have grease-prone hair, and don‘t want your scalp to show when you wear a bun, this is good before you put it in a bun. The biggest plus for me though (with my thin hair) – is that it gives my hair great volume.

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ACO Rescue Mist Review

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Pros:

Can be spritzed on top of my make-up without ruining it.

Cons:

The mist smells a bit strong.

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Now is the time of the year that my skin starts getting very dry and needs some extra hydration – and I know I‘m certainly not alone in that. I like easy solutions and this spray has been one of them – a few spritz before bedtime, and after a few days use I noticed that my skin looked and felt both more smooth and well hydrated (and well-rested – despite my stressed brain allowing me very little sleep!). The spray contains vitamin C – which is supposed to boost hydration – so I‘m all game. Also I appreciate the price – it is friendly to my wallet (especially not that it is saving up for a fab Gucci tote).

What minuses does the spray have? The smell. Being a pharmacy sold brand, I kind of expected the smell of the spray to be next to nothing, and therefore it feels a bit over the top and very “perfumy”. I would prefer if this spray was odourless.

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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face mask Review

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Pros:

Loving the ingredients – bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil

Cons:

No effect on my (black) pores.

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I‘m a fan of this line of face masks from Body Shop because despite the reasonable price they have some exciting ingredients and are pretty efficient and hold on to their promises  – of course they are not La Mer and they will not transform your face in the blink of an eye – I have yet to meet a budget face mask that does that.

When applying this mask I feel like I‘m in a spa – mud masks have that effect on me. My skin tingles a bit during application – which it‘s supposed to according to the description – and my skin was never red after removal of the mask. It is not sticky and dries in pretty fast, also letting it stay on until it is dry has been enough for me. It is easy to remove and my skin feels very soft afterwards, all excess oil is removed and I truly feel like I just had a mini spa session.

The mask is 100% vegan, doesn‘t contain any parabens and has some very nice ingredients (bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil).

Just as you thought we would go on and on about how great this mask is – I will stop myself – because after all very are critical too..The problem with charcoal masks is that they always promise to remove impurities and make your black pores smaller/ disappear – that has never happened to me – honestly my pores are still black, big , scary and very much there.

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d:fi #styletoparty Dry Shampoo Review

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Pros:

Smells great of pineapple!

Cons:

Doesn‘t do it if you want to use this dry shampoo to “clean” your hair (instead of a small instant fix pre going out into the world…)

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As the cover suggests (#styletoparty) this dry shampoo is great before a party, to spritz up your hairdo and make it worth-stand the sweaty dance floor. Plus its pineapple scent preps you for all the pina coladas coming for the night! Just a little wiff in clean hair will give extra volume and for off grease for all the night. But if you get greasy hair 24 hours after washing, it won‘t do. It doesn‘t really clean in depth, so to use for cleaning you would have to use a big amount, and that ends up greasing too much, and leaving residue…

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ALTERNA CAVIAR INFINITE COLOR HOLD SHAMPOO REVIEW

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Pros:

Environmentally friendly (no parabens, sulfates, paraffin, mineral oil…the list can go on and on …)

Cons:

No real effect on making my hair less greasy.

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The Caviar line from Alterna is my go-to favourite. Though the price is crazy, I like the quality and most of all that their products are free of all the stuff that makes our environment and us sick (petrolium, parabens, mineral oil, parabens…)

This shampoo is supposed give loads of moisture to ones hair – having greasy hair – I hoped that the moisture would lead to my hair producing less of its own grease – which didn‘t happen. Also it promises to make the color “nicer” aka more “glossy” – which didn‘t happen either. So I‘m pretty disappointed – though I still love my other Caviar products (for my favourites see this and this review). But this one will not be re-purchased.

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Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash Review

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Pros:

I like that this cleanser also exfoliates.

Cons:

Smells a bit of a pharmacy.

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I got this one as a gift from a friend- and had never tried Philosophy before. This facial wash contains small exfoliating beads, which exfoliate very well without irritating my skin. They are pretty gentle though – so if you like your face to be red and your skin almost bleeding after exfoliations this face cleanser is not for you. But this cleanser is gentle enough to be suitable for everyday use.

It does its job well though: removes make-up easily and smells very neutral (a bit like a pharmacy some might say). It doesn’t dry out my skin. And it doesn‘t remove mascara.

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Alterna Caviar Infinite Color Hold Conditioner Review

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Pros:

I feel like I just walked out of a hairdresser salon after use.

Cons:

The price is pretty bananas.

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This conditioner went straight to my (heart) head. I very much like its lathery consistency, how it makes my hair feel (like I just came back from the hair dresser) and that my split ends feel much softer after use. This conditioner is also easy to massage into my crazy hair, which is a big plus.

Ever since I dyed my hair blonde (on a vimp, to distract people from my acne), I have been testing products for dyed hair and I must say this one is a favourite. I have dyed my hair before but not in such a dramatically different shade from my natural hair color. I must say blondes do have more fun (especially when one finds the right stuff to take care of that coloured hair).

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