Emma S Ultimate Serum Review

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Pros:

Very hydrating.

Cons:

The price is a bit steep (compared to their other products).

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Last week I found out something new about serums – and I‘m ashamed to admit I didn‘t know it being a beauty blogger – but I still want to share it with you all – so here it comes – you have to wait as long as possible after applying your serum before you apply your cream on top of it. This in order for the active ingredients in the serum to get their time to work properly on your skin. So now first thing I do in the morning is run to apply my serum. All these years I‘ve been piling everything on top of each other (and still felt a good effekt, so now I expect miracles). Anyways, back to this Emma S serum. Being a big fan of their Ageless serum – I decided to give it a go, despite it being for slightly older skin then mine. It‘s main focus is anti-age and being 30 I feel its the right time to start (it‘s soo individual but I feel that just hydrating my skin is no longer good enough).

This serum contains hyalaronic acid and Vitamin A derivates. I trust Emma S – because I know their philosophy is all about good efficient no bull ingredients. Emma being a supermodel before retouching existed is a great example of ageing with grace. So using this serum I hoped my skin would get some of her glow. Result? This serum has given my skin loads of hydration and I definitely got rid of my “dryness wrinkles” (lines in your face you get when your skin is dehydrated). Minus? This serum is pretty “fat” so I rarely apply creams on top of it because then my skin feels sticky and make-up cakes up.

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Avène YsthéAL Intense Anti-wrinkle Skin Renewal Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Gives loads of hydration.

Cons:

My pump bottle broke immediately.

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I have felt a bit confused in my skin care routine lately (has something to do with hitting the big 30 Freud said) – should I try every new ingredient on the market OR should I now that I hit 30 start buying expensive creams that kill my wallet but promise youthful skin forever OR should I go for Nivea creams for a year and save up for those Givenchy boots I dream about….When I get confusions like these I usually go back to basics – and that for me is going back to some good ingredients. Naturally when my serum ran out it created havoc in my head cause I couldn‘t decide on which strategy to go for. Serum is the most important product in my routine so . Using the Avene thermal water spray daily it‘s on my must trusted ingredients – so when my serum ran out and I was all confused I went for my safe card.

This serum promises to restore radiance and diminish fine lines/wrinkles and of course loads of hydration. And I think it works – it‘s no miracle worker – if you want your wrinkles to disappear you have to go for botox (I‘m just not there). But my skin looks and feels very hydrated. Using it during the cold months hasn‘t been a problem in term of hydration and it has been sufficient. Also I like that it gets absorbed very fast. Minus? My pump bottle broke literally one week after I got this serum so using it was a bit of a technical difficulty.

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Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin Advanced Skin Corrector Review

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Gives my skin an amazing glow.

Cons:

The price is pretty crazy for a cream – some people pay this much – I usually don‘t.

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This very expensive story started with a sample – I wanted to try something else but my favourite Beauty Flash Balm – which has been my go-to for the past 5 years. I took the sample with me when visiting my grandparents – and my grandmother – who is very sensible with money  gasped “buy it!” when she saw my skin. I told her about the price and she was still “buy it!”. So I did, and now my skin looks retouched whenever I feel like it.

The cream is very light on my skin – usually I can‘t pile on too many products without getting a rash – but I‘ve been using it on top of my day cream and serum without a problem. My skin gets a glow and looks a bit retouched and luminous. I have noticed and so have those around me. Is it better then the beauty flash balm? I actually think so – because after many years of using the flash balm I stopped seeing any effect – with this cream I see a lot of it – and instantly. I simply use it as a shield against the world on bad days.

About the price: I got the refill package – which is cheaper – and yes, you can see that it‘s a refill – but I‘m pretty indifferent to that.

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Emma S Cleansing Facial Wash Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin feel very fresh and cleanses well – removes all residue of make-up.

Cons:

Can be a bit hard to wash off.

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I‘m not a big fan of those wise words pages in fashion magazines: be a strong woman, be independent, be kind blah blah blah. It‘s usually just common sense but in expensive print with a flashy bag commercial next to it. But the other day I came by an interview with Emma S where she was sharing her words of wisdom – and what struck be about her is that she seemed so incredible…sane. Her words were very simple but still resonated with the kind of person I aspire to be (working on it): never speak poorly of other people, don‘t worry so much, always assume the best about others. The only thing I didn‘t agree with was Emma‘s thought on that nothing interesting happens at a party after 2 in the morning…I don‘t agree – usually that‘s when the table dancing begins….So I‘ll skip that one. Back to my review then.

My thoughts on this facial wash: It has a creamy texture, removes all my make-up residue very well and leaves my skin feeling very fresh. I have noticed I‘ve had less break-outs and black spots after I started using this one.  The bottle lasts for a few months which is another positive. Negatives? Can be a bit hard to remove, because it‘s a bit thick.

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CLARINS SOS HYDRA MASK REVIEW

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Pros:

Gives my hydration.

Cons:

…but not enough for my skin.

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This mask gives hydrating overnight masks a bad reputation – it makes me want to quit regular masks all together and go over so sheets – and never go back. Its and overnight mask (as you might have figured), and is supposed to give you instant overnight hydration. I have used it during the past months – so my skin had actually gotten over the extreme winter dryness and was getting back on track – so I didn‘t need “that much” hydration -and still I was let down.

The mask is very light in texture, gets absorbed pretty easily and gives ok moisture, but the next day after use the previous evening my skin looks just “ok” – not extra overly hydrated, plumb or bright in any way. I could basically have used a fat cream getting the same effect – no difference.

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Nars Orgasm Blush Review

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Pros:

Gives an amazing shimmering glow.

Cons:

This blush gives no color only shimmer.

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This blush has a cult status and though it has been reviewed many many times we still think it deserves a mention in here too. We are crazy about this blush. It melts into the skin due to its light texture – so you apply it in infinite amount without overdoing it aka you will never look like you applied your make-up in the dark when using this blush. It gives more of a shimmer rather then color. So if you want color its not for you. The shimmer looks natural and I’ve gotten so many compliments when wearing it.

The package has a big built in mirror (taking up the whole inner lid) which you can actually use – usually those mirrors are useless. Though I feel like you can almost not go wrong when applying it.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil Review

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Pros:

A bottle lasts ages (about 7 months).

 

Cons:

The texture is pretty boring…

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This is a pretty thick oil, and I prefer them a bit more silky, luxurious so to speak…this oil just feels like you are pouring petrolium in your face. I‘m used to cleansing oils which feel like the biggest luxury and treat to use (like this one), didn‘t feel that way about this oil. It cleans my face ok, but just feels very basic. Also my pores have been more clogged then usual after I started using this oil, and I can‘t help but wonder – is it the oils fault??

The only plus is that the bottle lasts for ages and that my skin feels ok hydrated after use. This oil is part of the ceramide line, I love the Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsules (I use them when I have a real dry skin emergency) and this facial cleanser just really didn‘t live up to that standard to goodness.

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GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment Review

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Pros:

A good quick fix for dull skin.

Cons:

Not any “WOW” factor at all.

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This is my first GlamGlow product – I have occasionally passed their stand at Sephora – but not given it much thought. But after my Himalayan charcoal mask ran out I decided to give mud another go – even though I‘m a big sceptic. This mask is packed with ingredients I can‘t even pronounce – all promising the same things – bright, light and luminous skin.

My verdict: the mask dries in fast, which is practical, you only need to leave it on for about 10 minutes and the effect is pretty instant. I do think my skin looks very bright after use – and use this mask as a quick fix before heading out. Is it some kind of miracle that totally changed the texture and look of my skin? Absolutely not. It‘s good but not amazing – so I won‘t repurchase it again.

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Vichy Slow Age Daily Cream Review

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Pros:

Has an spf of 30!! (wohoo)

Cons:

No idea if it makes me “wrinkle free” (don‘t think so!)

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My new serum (review coming up), requires me to wear sunscreen daily. Now a confession – never done that before, and I know, its horrible for my skin and just by getting this cream I feel like a person who takes responsibility for my own skin (like having a blog where I spend 50% of the time telling readers what NOT to buy isn‘t responsible enough). This cream is for people in the ages of 30-40 (I‘m 29, started early), and promises to prevent early signs of ageing.

Now I know, that botox is probably the only way to go if you want a wrinkle free face, so I have to say that I really can‘t judge if this cream has made my face look more “wrinkle-free” in the past months…But I can judge how it makes my skin feel: answer pretty decent, like not WOW, but not a big NOOO either. More of something in the middle, something like : this is a decent cream, hydrates my skin very well, gets absorbed pretty fast and the price is reasonable. Major plus is the spf of 30, and that a jar lasts a life-time (6 months minimum).

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