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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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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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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Emma S Treatment Overnight Repair Mask Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin very soft after use.

Cons:

Takes long time to get absorbed.

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Those of you who have followed this blog for a while, know that I‘m a fan of Emma S – the Swedish brand, making some great stuff for a pretty reasonable price. This mask is of high quality, but doesn‘t beat my old favourites from Emma S. – their cleansing oilcleansing oil, and enzyme peel face mask. The mask promises to make my skin beautiful in the morning and relieve signs of stress. Having just started a new job and with cold autumn coming up I thought this boost is just what I need, and that anything promising to reduce my fine lines (which are starting to show their ugly face) – is a go. My verdict is that it definitely adds loads of hydration, and makes my skin more smooth and luminous – making it nicer to wake up and look in the mirror. I‘m not sure about those signs of stress – but maybe it‘s because I simply don‘t have any (wishful thinking). What I don‘t like is that the mask takes a long time to get absorbed, so I kind of have to wander around my place for a while before heading to bed after application.

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Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque Review

Pros:

My skin looks very “clear” the next day.

Cons:

Very tricky to define how skin “removed of pollution”, should look like.

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I have read many mixed reviews about this mask – and was a bit unsure if I should get it. But the smell was so fresh I couldn‘t resist (and yes I was travelling in the US where it was much cheaper then in Europe – so I convinced myself this was a “bargain”).

Basically this mask promises to get rid of signs of pollution – problem is that what those signs aren‘t really defined by Kiehls, or made totally clear by any chorus of scientists, at least not yet. I know, that the topic of pollutions effect on skin is starting to emerge in scientific reports and the new “it” topic (the new “sun can damage you skin”), and I‘m sure we will see many new products on the market targeting specifically the effect of pollution – but for now we don‘t really have a visible way of measuring how efficient these anti-pollution products are. If you want an overview of the main themes in reserach in this area right now, this The Guardian article is brilliant.

Conclusion  – this mask is sticky, but smells fresh, can be left on overnight and makes my skin look very clear the next morning. Does it protect my skin against future wrinkles and signs of me living in a polluted capital – don‘t know, but sure hope so!

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Smith’s Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm Review

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Pros:

Smells nice and has a pretty package.

Cons:

My lips are dry again about 10 seconds after I have applied this lip balm.

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I never learn – or how else would one explain an epic investment fail being made twice. I have the original rosebud lip balm – and I wasn‘t very impressed with its results – since it left my lips dry straight after application. And then I went on vacation to the US and of course I had forgotten to bring a lip balm – so I got this one – because let‘s face it – the package is soo pretty – and was disappointed yet again. It smells very nice, the package is pretty and the feel of it on my lips is pleasant too. But it just does nothing for my dry lips – no matter how much I re-apply it, my lips feel dry after a split second. I have tried to use it on dry skin too, but the result is the same – and its sticky to. A big NOOOO from me to this lip balm.

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