Murad: Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

 

Pros:

Very hydrating.

Cons:

Expensive. No sunscreen.

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This moisturising cream from Murad is especially good for very dry skin. I’m in my mid-twenties and my skin is sensitive and needs a lot of moisture, but if I use a too rich cream during the daytime, it’s like my skin doesn’t absorb it all and my face can get that “shiny” look, which I’m not a fan of. This happens when I use this cream. Therefore, I only use this when I have a chill-day without makeup.
The Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture is described my Murad as “A super-rich, anti-aging moisturizer formulated to relieve dry, dehydrated skin and restore youthful resilience and tone.” and it claims to lock in moisture for eight hours.
I definitely agree that the cream is ultra-moisturising, and I love to use it once a week and when my skin needs rescue.
I can highly recommend this cream when you get into you late 40’s and thereafter to get the skin the moisture it needs.
Besides being too moisturising for me to use in my every day and being expensive, another con is that this cream does not contain any protection from the sun. Therefore, you have to apply sunscreen after using this cream as day cream. Which means you have to go out another expensive cream. I like simplicity, so I don’t like that constellation. On the other hand, that means that you can use this cream as a night cream as well, which is nice.
All in all, this product is great for giving your skin the moisture it needs. If you have very dry skin or you want a good anti-age cream, this is the cream for you. If you have a more combined/sensitive skin (like me) and your under 40, this cream is probably best as a once-in-a-while go-to when you need that extra moisture for your skin.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Murad: Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel

 

Pros:

Reduces blemishes dramatically

Cons:

Does not work on severe acne. Can be “harsh” on your skin.

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The Murad Blemish Control series is “clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts and restore smooth skin without dryness or irritation.” (Source: Murad). The Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is “step two” in Murad’s series of four products that consist of a Clarifying Cleanser (check out the  review of the Clarifying Wipes), the Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel, the Blemish Spot Treatment and the Skin Perfecting Lotion.

I don’t suffer from acne or breakout often so I don’t use all four products listed above, but I do get a pimple once in a while. When I do, I am ready for it with this gel. I simply apply it to the pimple before bedtime and the next day the pimple is remarkably reduced. The gel lasts for ages when used that way and I know that I have a way to fight pimples when they pop up from nowhere.

I have heard that the four step system is great if you suffer from blemishes and outbreaks on a more regular basis, but I have not tried it myself. If you have severe acne, this Murad treatment will probably not work, as you need something that can really kill the Acne bacterias (and not only on the outside). However, it might help reduce it a little.

My skin is very sensitive and my cosmetologist told me not to use this Blemish Treatment Gel on my entire face, but only on outbreaks as it can be very harsh on sensitive skin.

Overall, the Mural Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is great for reducing blemishes when they appear once in a while, and I can also recommend it if you have blemish-prone skin and suffer from outbreaks regularly. However, for treating severe acne you should probably go to a professional Dermatologist (and not just a cosmetologist) to make sure you’re getting the right guidance and throwing your money after the right treatment for you.

 

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

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Alterna Caviar Repairx: RE-TEXTURIZING PROTEIN CREAM

 

Pros:

Controls frizz. Light weight.

Cons:

Expensive.

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The Caviar Repairx Protein Cream is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic colour. It promises to be a “A deeply restorative leave-in treatment for coarse, porous, severely damaged hair.”
I wouldn’t categorise my hair to be severely damaged, nevertheless, I definitely feel a difference when using the Repairx Protein Cream; it controls frizz, softens and detangles my hair (normally, I spend a little while brushing out my hair, using this cream my brush just goes right through it and it takes no time brushing my hair).

The cream is easy to use, you simply apply it to freshly cleansed hair, focus on the lengths and that’s it.

Overall, my hair feels soft and looks healthy. The cream feels thick and gives weigh to my hair without weighing my hair down or feeling “heavy” in a bad way. The scent is nice and not too much.

I believe the product has softened the texture of my hair. If I use oils, my hair gets weighed down and quickly feels greasy. This leave in blends in with my hair in a very natural way and does not make my hair greasy or feeling like it’s filled with products.  I don’t colour my hair, but I could imagine that this leave in treatment is great for coloured or sun damaged hair.

This is an expensive products, so I would categorise it as a luxury purchase that is worth the money.

This is one of the best leave in treatments I have used to date because it is easy to use and it softens my hair without weighing it down or making it greasy.

 

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

 

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Alterna Caviar: Repair Instant Recovery Conditioner

 

Pros:

Makes my hair soft and easy to detangle

Cons:

Expensive

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I did a review of the Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo the other day, and I’m in love with it. The same goes for the conditioner. It has the same easy to use “cap system” as the shampoo, which makes it easy for me to get the conditioner out of the bottle. The conditioner has a lovely low key smell, and I don’t have to apply a lot of it to get the desired effect.

The conditioner is very good for damaged hair or to prevent damage. It’s supposed to keep hair healthy and repair any split ends or damages. I have a hard time actually testing that and seeing effects, but my hair definitely feels well maintained, healthy and smooth.

The Caviar conditioner is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic colour.

The conditioner (and shampoo) is fairly expensive, but if you have the money and are willing to give a little extra for great haircare, I can recommend it. There are most likely cheaper alternatives out there, that also does the trick, but I have to say that this conditioner gives me what I’m looking for all the way from bottle design and functionality to smell, ingredients and the effect it has on my hair.

 

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

 

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Revlon Professional: Uniq one hair treatment

Pros:

Easy and quick to use. My hair gets silky and easy to comb through.

Cons:

Might be a bit “overkill”.

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The Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment from Revlon is a nice alternative if you don’t want to over-complicate your hair maintenance.

This is what it promises to do:

1 REPAIR FOR DRY & DAMAGED HAIR.

2 SHINE & FRIZZ CONTROL.

3 HEAT PROTECTION.

4 SILKINESS & SMOOTHNESS.

5 HAIR COLOR PROTECTION / WITH UVA & UVB FILTERS.

6 EASIER BRUSHING & IRONING.

7 INCREDIBLE DETANGLING.

8 LONG-LASTING HAIRSTYLE.

9 SPLIT ENDS PREVENTION.

10 ADDS BODY.

The Hair Treatment is good for protecting your hair (e.g. when blow drying it or using a flattening/curling iron). It makes my hair very soft (easy to comb through) and smooth. It’s also supposed to protect against the sun with UVA/UVB filters (looking forward to trying it out when the summer comes).

I don’t feel that it “adds body” to my hair, and I have a hard time measuring whether it actually helps on preventing split ends. But it does make my hair very soft and easy to detangle.

The bottle is pretty standard with a spray functionality, which makes it easy to apply to hair.

If you want a hair treatment that not only makes your hair soft and healthy, but also protects it from heat, sun, etc. I would recommend this product.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

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Ecran Lemonoil: Sunscreen

Pros:

Easy to apply, spray, cheap

Cons:

Only use when your skin has gotten used to the sun

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This was a quick fix for me when I ran out of sunscreen in Spain… I bought a 10 and a 30. They were really cheap (around a total of 16 EUR).

The sunscreen is easy to apply with a spray function and see-through lotion that is very liquid.

As it is a sun oil it doesn’t seem to protect your skin optimally, so don’t use it on sensitive, white, winter skin (as I did, and got red). Use it when you have a good tan and want to improve that than while protecting your skin.

The sunscreen is water resistant, without parabens and it smells like most sunscreens (a little bit like grandma’s face cream – or maybe it’s just me). I used 1/3 of a bottle in four days (but I also pour sunscreen all over myself at any sign of redness).

A good and cheap sunscreen alternative. But remember: The shadow is always good in the strongest hours or if you’re burned (we don’t want any skin cancer!)

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Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarnostarnostarnostar

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Alterna Caviar: Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo

 

Pros:

Makes my hair SO soft. Love the “cap system”.

Cons:

A bit expensive.

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I’m in love with this shampoo. It comes in an elegant bottle and the “cap system” makes it easy for me to get the shampoo from the bottle in my hand (hard to explain, but you simply twist the top, turn the bottle upside down (facing your palm) and press it gently. No shampoo is spilled or sits on the bottle and “dry”). Further, the shampoo smells nice without being too heavy, it makes my hair SO soft and I don’t have to apply heaps of it.

On top of that, the Caviar shampoo is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic colour.

I’ve been using this shampoo together with the conditioner (will write review soon) for a while now, and I’m a fan.

One of my friends mentioned that it can be a little tough on your scalp if you have a very sensitive scalp (she does), so she had to use another (very light) shampoo every second time. However, I have not experienced anything like that.

I can really recommend this shampoo. I love it.

 

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

 

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Rudolph Care: Acai Body Lotion

 

Pros:

Organic and free from harmful ingredients. Softens and hydrates skin.

Cons:

Glass bottle with pump: Not handy to travel with.

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I will start out by repeating what I wrote in an earlier review on a Rudolph Care product:

I have said it before, and I will say it again: I’m a fan of Rudolph Care. I love that they make products without harmful ingredients or chemicals. I think this is something that the entire beauty industry should focus a lot more on: We apply these products to our biggest absorbing organ (our skin) several times a day. I.e. when using products with perfume, chemicals and what-have-you, we feed our body with toxics, and the consequences is starting to show around the world. Okay, enough of me preaching (I just wish there were more ‘healthy’ products out there).

The Acai Body Lotion is a really nice lotion with a light smell. The bottle has a pump function that easily provides me with the lotion I need. The lotion is easy to apply to skin as it is not too thick. The skin is left soft and hydrated without feeling greasy. The Acai berry should help against signs of ageing.

Rudolph Care claims that the lotion can be used for sensitive, irritated and dry skin. Even for skin with a rash. This is also my experience. Here’s an example: My boyfriend and his sister has a tendency to get red spots/rash on their upper arms (I think they’re called something special, but I don’t remember the word). The Rudolph Care Acai Body Lotion is the only lotion that makes that rash go away.

I like to have one lotion that I just know works and that is good for my skin and my health. This one is my favourite when it comes to that, and you can actually use it for your hair if it’s a bit dry. Just apply a little to the ends…

 

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

 

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The Body Shop: Spa Wisdom Japan, Yuzu & Rice Body Milk

 

Pros:

Against animal testing*! Easy to apply with the spray function. Use for summer.

Cons:

A bit thin, doesn’t feel like it goes that much “in depth”.

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This body milk smells fresh and is easy to apply, first of all because the bottle has a spray function, second, because it’s a very light cream. I would use this product in the summer when my body needs a light relieving moisturiser that smells fresh and summerly. The smell is a bit too much for me for every-day use.

Another plus is that you support community trade with this product.

 

Overall: starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

 

*I have to mention that The Body Shop was criticised for selling their products in China, where the government (for reasons I don’t see) requires animal testing. When it came to the media’s attention, Body Shop quickly removed their products from the Chinese shelves (More here and here).

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