Avène Trixera Nutri-fluid Cleanser Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin very soft after use – I almost don‘t need my body lotion after use (saves me soo much time).

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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So winter is here and my whole body is saying no to me by being extremely dry: my hair is very very dry, my eyes medium dry, my skin pretty dry (my humour not so dry…I think..or hope?). Anyways I‘m doing everything I can to make it easier for me to get out of bed every day: I do my sheet masks, I do my hair masks, I do the fat body lotions and then of course the oils. But then I realised that I had a blind spot in my routine – my soaps (I have too many of them, don‘t even want to talk about it) – which I don‘t choose by their effect on my skin but by their smell (preferably rose, lemon or lavender). Soaps do dry out skin – it‘s common knowledge (read about why here), so I decided to try something new – to get a body soap which wouldn‘t require me using thick layers of body lotion after showering.

This Avene cleanser is soap free (I told you guys Avene is my safe place and where I head for my good basics), and leaves my skin feeling super hydrated. I think the price is fair considering a bottle is 400 ml and the only minus I see is that you need a lot per use. Of course I sometimes glance at my old soaps in the bath –  missing their strong smell (which made me feel like a 100 year old lady with no sense for when enough perfume is enough), but knowing that I‘m doing my skin some good makes me feel great, so I will not switch back until these epic months of extreme dryness are over.

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Rituals Hammam Foaming Shower Gel Review

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Pros:

Smells lovely of eucalyptus.

Cons:

The price is pretty steep for a soap.

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Let me be honest with you – I am a woman who brings her exfoliating brush everywhere – even for weekend get-aways (and when I forget, I regret it a lot and always), and been doing that for the past 10 years now. So a visit to a hammam is like my biggest wettest (pardon my french) dream. For those of you who haven‘t been I will summarise it up for you: first damp sauna, then loads of foaming soap and then removal of about 1-2 kg of dead skin through exfoliation, aka heaven. You feel like a new born, clean, sweet smelling baby afterwards. Since my city only has one hammam, and they don‘t exactly have a drop in service, I love anything that reminds me of the hammam experience.

This soap is pretty expensive (not Aesop expensive, but still), but the smell of eucalyptus is divine. It comes out as a foam, and the smell lingers on my skin for some time, and my bathroom smells of hammam afterwards. My boyfriend is a fan too, so the scent is pretty unisex. And it doesn‘t make my skin feel dry after use.

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DanishSkinCare Amazing Body Lotion Review

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Pros:

Get absorbed instantly.

Cons:

The price is a bit heavy.

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We are big fans of beauty entrepreneurship (or all entrepreneurship rather..) on this blog, and were therefore super excited when a new Danish skincare brand poped up on our rader. We have previously written about their skin treatment – which helped us with out black pores – and were therefore very interested to see what their body lotion could do for us.

My number one priority when choosing lotions is that it gets absorbed very fast – I hate feeling sticky – and this one certainly does – also it makes my skin ultra soft for several days (which is a first since I always have to use my lotions and potions daily). Not having to apply it daily so is time saving and also economic, and I love that.

I know that this body lotion is supposed to be good for unclean skin and keratosis pilaris but luckily I only suffer from unclean skin on my face so could not really test if it helps in that department.

I‘m not very good with ingredients lists (I know it is shameful to admit that for a beauty blogger )- and therefore I just try to choose a trustworthy brand which uses good ingredients.  And this body lotion is no different to that. It contains Niancinamide,  bee wax and vitamin E, and no perfume. I‘m very impressed with this lotion, since both the ingredients and the effect is good for my skin, and its not a billion brand behind it but it was made by a smaller group of people with a big passion for good skincare.

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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 Sun Mousse Active Spf 30 Review

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Pros:

Odourless.

Cons:

Makes ones skin very sticky after application.

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My mum gave me this sunscreen mousse before I went on vacation. Thank god mum doesn‘t read my blog cause I have to honestly say – this mousse is pretty darn bad. It does protect one from the sunny, but your skin feels beyond sticky and one just gets uncomfortable. First and foremost, the texture of this mousse is a bit like its supposed to be put in your hair and not on your body (its not a “soft” mousse – if that expression makes any sense). If you try to apply it on dry skin you will never be able to distribute it evenly – so you have to first go in the water. Thirdly – the cream never gets properly absorbed so you walk around all sticky – a major no for the beach. Therefore I will never ever buy this mousse again (sorry mum!). It also gets a low rating in the value for money category since its hard to evaluate how much mousse you need and end up getting to much per spritz.

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Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Dry Oil Spf 12 Review

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Pros:

Very water resistant.

Cons:

Hard to apply evenly.

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We are continuing this months theme of sunscreens (please summer cant you come sooner?). I got this sunscreen in the US for a fairly ok price. The first half of the spray bottle I used up in a few days since its very unpractical and you get way more then you wanted. So basically its a very unpractical bottle and the oil is hard to apply, so you use way to much per use – and end up feeling pretty “oiled up” and uncomfortable – which is what one fears when buying anything with the words “oil” and “sun” in it. The oil smells great of coconut, which is fantastic if you are into that – but dont expect your man to be intersted in using this one (I never meet one who wants to smell like a coconut dream really).

The only thing I really like about this oil is that its water resistant (80 minutes in water) and didn‘t make my face break out in pimples (which many oils do). The bottle lasted me for about 1,5 weeks of everyday use.

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Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen SPF 15 Review

 

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Pros:

Feels super light on my skin.

Cons:

The price.

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Continuing this months theme of reviews of sunscreen…this is probably my favourite sun screen ever!!! In general I hate using sunscreens (but I do of course) – I always feel like running into a shower after I spray myself with these sweet smelling oils and potions. This sunscreen was completely different though. It feels superlight, gets absorbed instantly and the scent is very discreet (very unisex). Doesn‘t stain my close and you can actually wear it outside of the beach and not feel like your skin is made of coconut glue. Its price is a bit high – at least where I got it (in Anguilla – and island where everybody is rich and over 60), so I don‘t actually know in which countries it is sold normally and how much it costs if its not imported from far far away.

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ACO MOISTURISING SUN LOTION SPF 30 Review

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Pros:

After using this lotion I dont need to use a body lotion – it works like a two in one.

Cons:

This lotion takes a while to get absorbed.

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Lovely readers, summer is just around the corner and therefore this month is all about the sun and how you protect yourself from it. Therefore we will try to squeeze in as many reviews of sun lotions as possible. How did she manage to review so many sun lotions living in Scandinavia you ask ? Because it certainly ain‘t summer there yet (and you are completely right about that! Some years the summer doesn‘t really show up here at all and you have to spend July under an umbrella pretending that rain is nice too). Well – i took a small vacation in January this year – two months to be precise – and had plenty of opportuneties to review all my yays and neeeeeeis of the sun protection creams I went through. So here we go: this lotion gives good protection against the sun, it also works as a body lotion so one doesn‘t have to apply that since your skin is baby soft after a day at the beach with this sun lotion. A bottle also lasts long which is a plus and price is budget friendly. What is the minus? It takes a while to get absorbed and therefore one may feel a bit sticky – a very unwelcome feeling on the beach.

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The best budget beauty products – the complete list

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We think that beauty should be simple – one doesn‘t have to spend tons of money to look pretty and feel happy. We all know that the best advice to look and feel splendid are free – tons of sleep, a lot of water and keeping a happy mind. But of course we are no strangers to using a little help – and since we rather spend our money on lattes and pretty dresses we wanted to share our list of budget products that makes us feel like a million bucks for a lot less…

  1. Smooth skin is number one for me personally and though I like expensive lotions and potions I always keep coming back to my favourite budget oilbaby oil – makes your skin fantastically smooth and costs next to nothing (pssst apparently sweet almond oil from the baby department at the french pharmacies is a well kept secret of french beauty..).
  2. If you are one of those girls (or boys) who are into a polished look a good hair brush is a must – the HH Simonsen wet brush – saved my hair and I have been using it ever since. Being ridiculously cheap (around 15 dollars, the cost – per – use is pretty sweet) it is one of my best budget buys EVER.
  3. Since happiness is a must for beauty – in our opinion – at least if you want that glowing  fantastic va-va-voom beauty. I get that from many things in life but one of the is a good relaxing shower (repeat after me: its the small things in life…) – and the Le Petit Marseilles Miel de Lavande shower cream – is my favourite shower gel. This one is hard to find outside of France, costs next to nothing (3 dollars), makes my skin super soft but best of all – smells fantastic of lavendar.
  4. For me a great hair oil is a staple and the Orofluido hair oil – has saved my dry hair. It costs around 20 dollars, but a 100 ml bottle lasted me for about 2,5 years so I still consider it a great investment.
  5. Finally even when on a budget an extra a bit unnecessary but oh so indulgent beauty product can make your bathroom feel a bit more extravagant – that one product for me has been  my bottle of Avene face water – which has stayed with me for the past 2 years. Yes it feels a bit stupid to pay for water, but my bottle has lasted me for over 2 years and god does it feel great to splash ones face with some thermal water and march out to meet the day ahead.