Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Does what it promises and suits almost all skin types.

Cons:

I’m not too fond of the lavender smell (- like the rest of the bloggers on this side).

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This is a classic and for good reasons! I use this daily wintertime or as a weekly treatment during other times of the year – just to get an extra hydration boost. When I’m really dry I layer it on top of a water-based moisturizing serum, underneath my nightcream. My skin loves it! Since you only need a couple of drops it last for a long time which is comforting considering the price. I have tried other face oils from other “hyped” brands bit keep coming back to my little blue bottle year after year.

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Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Review

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Pros: 

Feels very soothing and hydrating.

Cons:

Is a bit sticky.

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This is definitely my favourite buy of 2017 to this day. I got this masque as a treat to myself on a trip to New York as a treat and to celebrate new beginnings: new job, new plans, new ambitions and a lot of knowledge from mistakes I made in 2016 (it was a year on standstill full of emotions – and I‘ve decided to make 2017 easier for myself and my surroundings). Surely all my new hopes and promises should come with extra glowing skin I thought…and this masque did not disappoint.

The masque has a gel-like consistency, which feels a bit sticky but very pleasant and soothing on my skin. You use it for 5 minutes and I saw an instant result after the first use: my skin feels very hydrated and look glowing. Also I‘m a fan of the ingredients: aloe vera and calendula are known to have a calming effect on skin. This mask gives me the feeling of being in a spa and I love it.

I have used the Kiehls algea face masque and was a fan too – thought I don‘t think it‘s sold anymore. Though I have mixed feelings about Kiehls and think they make great and not soo great stuff – them seem to know how to make great face masques.

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Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant Review

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Pros:

Cool concept of a powder that you have to mix with a cleanser to produce a scrub.

Cons:

Way to gentle for me to see any results.

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This is the first thing I‘ve tried from Aesop ever – they are pretty expensive – and I think I was a bit bullied by all blogs which obsess about their minimalistic packages and good quality – to invest in this powder. The powder is a mixture of crushed botanicals which you mix with your facial wash and use as a scrub. I have never heard of this concept before, and really like it – since the powder can last forever, while creams dry in and lose their power. Verdict: I used this powder with the Aesop cleanser, it was easy to mix with it, and easy to apply. I felt a bit like a with mixing this grey herbal smelling powder in my bathroom. I mixed it in my hand and it was all clean and easy. The effect of the scrub was a bit too weak in my opinion. I really like a proper scrub, and am not afraid to use sea salt when out of options, so the gentle rubbing sensation when using this powder was just not enough for me. I could be using this daily just to wash grease off my face I think. Even though my face feels smooth after use it‘s just not enough. Conclusion: if you like gentle scrubs this could work for you otherwise save some money and use sea salt!

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ACO Ultrasoft Toner Review

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Pros:

Good cleansing and leaves my skin very soft.

Cons:

Could have had more of a “smell”.

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I remember when I first tried a toner water on my face – oh what a true revolution it was (piles of dirt came off my skin – literally). Having had the pleasure to travel for 2 months straight at the beginning of this year – I sort off had a beauty crisis when I ran out of to toner half-way through (and I was on island where there were no toner to buy – you were lucky if you got hold of some old overpriced Nivea sunscreen). So when I came home to this new toner from Swedish ACO I was thrilled – and literally rubbed it on my face 3 times a day for the first week (..and the dirt kept on coming off…).

So what do I think of this toner..first and foremost, one can just spray it on ones face which is very convenient. Secondly my skin feels very soft afterwards (which has been much needed since coming home has been a chock of cold). Thirdly I have never seen so much dirt come off my face when using a toner, so I‘m figuring it‘s doing a decent job. The bottle is huge thus the toner lasts for long which I like since my budget is tight after all this travelling.

What didn‘t I like: the smell is very nice and discreet but I would‘t have minded if it was a bit stronger.

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Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Review

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Pros:

You need a tiny tiny bit per use – so you can use this jar forever.

Cons:

Might have caused an allergic reaction for my poor friend.

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I haven’t quit made up my mind of what I think of this mask – on one hand I think it‘s really hydrating, I love that you need very little per use, and it‘s not very sticky (despite being a gel). On the other hand I‘m almost certain it gave my friend an allergic reaction – not a serious one just some redness that passed within a few hours – but still a bit of a killer when one brings this for a fun spa day with girlfriends and one of them turns into a tomato (she had tried it once before – which makes it more plausible, since one doesn‘t get an allergic reaction when using something for the first time). After using this mask I still need a cream and a serum but feel baby smooth, but not 100% covered in terms of hydration. This is a decent mask and you can make it last a year at least, but the result is not that fantastic considering its price.

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Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin supersoft.

Cons:

Takes ages to get absorbed.

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I bought this concentrate thinking it was a serum – and I was wrong. Apparently you are supposed to apply it between your usual cream and serum. This concentrate feels like a thin oil on my skin – it gets absorbed super slow – so every morning I walk around glowing like a sweaty muscle for 20 minutes – applying a serum in between my layers would just give me break-outs so I chose using this concentrate as my serum. Thoughts: despite taking ages to get absorbed, this concentrate feels great on my skin – making it supersoft, and I‘ve had no break-out after I started using it (aka its not irritating my skin). It smells delicious of lemon and herbs which makes the feel a bit less synthetic when applying this potion. The price is pretty steep but I think its ok since one only need a tiny bit per use.

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ACO Face Anti Age 25+ Protecting day Cream Review

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Pros:

Affordable and satisfying for basic hydrating needs

 

Cons:

Too rich during the summer for my combination skin

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I really like this day cream. It’s a straight forward moisturizer that protects and satisfies all my every-day needs. It’s not a miracle worker for pimples, scars or pigmentation, but it doesn’t promise that either. Both me (normal/combination skin) and my partner (dry skin) use this cream daily, and will surely buy this again. During the summer this cream was way too rich for my combined skin, and therefor I only use it during the colder months (like very much right now). You all know by now that we have a big obsession with pharmacies – and ACO being a Swedish pharmacy brand is no different- spending our money in a pharmacy in some way just feels more ok to us – like anything you buy in there is never overindulging or can break ones budget – and you always need it. At least thats what we tell outselves when we buy away.

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bareMinerals Matte Foundation Review

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Pros:

Fantastic coverage

Cons:

When you apply it with a brush you can get some residue on your clothes and surrounding (not good when you are wearing black.)

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I have always been sceptic to loose powder and foundation, thinking that if something is “loose” – it can easily disappear aka won‘t stay on for too long. But this powder has really been revolutionising for my oily, acne prone skin – this foundation covers up great – I have tried a shitton of foundations in my life time and this one is the only one which has covered up my pimples well, and stays on for long (not gone with the wind as I first thought). It is so easy to apply this foundation – its not sticky, its hygienic since one is using a brush. And it gets absorbed very easily. Not all stuff from bareMinerals is magic, read this review.

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Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup Review

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Pros:

The package lasts for loooong.

Cons:

Is‘t absorbed on naturally oily skin.

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I‘m the beauty fairy with the problem oily acne prone skin (read some of my previous reviews here and here – describing my journey looking for the best make-up for my pain in the a… skin). This foundation is supposed to be oil controlling and absorb shine, saying that is “wears beautifully all day”.  First and foremost it is not light-weighted (as promised) – but rather thick in its texture. Secondary it is not absorbed but rather travels my face on top of my natural oil – those of you who have oily skin you get this – for the rest of you lucky people: my make-up is moved around because this foundation does not absorb the oil at all. Thirdly if you use a powder on top of this foundation you look like horrible like the most unnatural one can look with make-up on ever. Not recommended unless its Halloween. This foundation together with the anti-blemish solutions make-up – are the two products Clinique make for problem prone skin – and honestly none of these two are good in my opinion. But I prefer the anti-blemish foundation to this one since it feels lighter on my skin and doesn‘t move around my face as much during the day.

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