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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DIOR HYDRA LIFE JELLY SLEEPING MASK REVIEW

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Pros:

Makes my skin more hydrated after use.

Cons:

No glow or radiance as promised.

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Honestly I like my budget face masks (Origins Drink Up Intense is my go to budget product nr 1 – I know some may say it‘s not that of a budget price tag – but the price per use is very budget friendly…) but sometimes I like to really splurge. And this Dior mask is one of those big splurges. I have to admit, that I love anything with a “jelly” like consistency which is why I chose this one. Jelly just makes me think of “refresh” and hydration bomb term. I thought maybe this mask would replace my new and very expensive habit of sheet masks…but It didn‘t. The mask is applied overnight, it gets absorbed very fast, and actually feels just like a “regular” cream on my face.

I kind of assumed my skin would be as all things promised by this mask – glowing, refreshed, softened, radiant…the verdict is: no it wasn‘t. This mask is fine – my skin feels ok hydrated the next day. But that is really it. No big “wow” or glow or radiance or anything else. I really feel I was cheated and this mask is absolutely not worth its price.

I haven‘t really used that many products from Dior and after this mask I know that I won‘t.

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Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturizer Review

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Pros:

Evens out my skin tone.

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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I chose this tinted moisturiser after trying out a few others as samples…so this one is my chosen one (and it sure is not expensive). First and foremost, you need a lot per use. I use this moisturiser as a light version of a foundation, layering it on top of my day cream. It gives my skin a very nice and even tone. I have rosacea (mild) and it doesn‘t even out the redness on my face. Neither do I see that my skin gets more glow or radiance after the use of this moisturiser. So overall this is an expensive cream, that evens out your skin tone but doesn‘t give much hydration and since you need a lot per use its not cost-per-use efficient at all.

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Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Review

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Pros:

No need for touch-ups throughout the day.

Cons:

Expensive.

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This the oily acne skin girl sharing with you again (see my previous reviews here and here). First and foremost, the colours in this palette (010 Im fair skinned) has a yellow beige tone rather then pink which makes ones skin look more natural when using the powder. This is the only powder which stays on  during the whole day without need for touch-ups. It promises shine reduction and a matte finish – and it really keeps it promise. It really absorbs oil from my face. The negatives – expensive and you can buy it refill – but is hard to get your hands on.

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Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t dry out my skin.

Cons:

No calming effect on my skin.

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After noticing that the skin toner I was using made my skin dry – I wanted to upgrade and went for an alcohol free version. I think in general stuff from Kiehl‘s are of uneven quality – either they are a life-saver (their olive oil hair mask and cilantro face mask) or unacceptably overpriced and have no effect what so ever (their hand cream). I happened to be travelling in the US – where the Kiehl‘s prices are ok compared to the US – so I decided to indulge. I have used up the 500 ml bottle – which has lasted around 8 months – and I still really have no opinion of this toner. And I think it really says it all.

I remember my first tonic – seeing how much dirt came off my face was a religious experience – so I take this step in my cleansing routine seriously. This toner didn‘t dry out my skin, and has been efficiently removing my make-up residue. The product description promises a complete zen moment: calming, soothing, balancing effects… you name it they say it. I haven‘t noticed any soothing effects on my skin (I still break-out just as frequently) and my black-heads are there too. So basically nothing special at all, will not re-purchase and I expected more from Kiehl‘s!

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Philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Moisturiser Review

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Pros:

The texture of the cream is smooth and silky, souffle like just as described.

Cons:

This is more of a summer moisturiser not giving enough of hydration to dry skin in rough climates.

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I actually won this moisturiser in a give-away on one of my favourite beauty bloggers Madeleine loves . I have picked up the hype surrounding this cream from here and there, but never actually tried anything from Philosophy. This cream is for all skin types – which can be a bit worrying (oily and dry skin have extremely different needs in my head no?). I have combined skin (oily T-zone, dry rest of the face) and this cream works good for me during the “not too cold” months and when I use a hydrating serum. I like the souffle like texture which is both oily and light (though a bit separated, watery like ), that it gets absorbed quick and that my skin feels hydrated after use. But this is no miracle cream, and the price is outrageous for what you get. A jar is just unhygienic too. The promise of demise signs of ageing and “rough” texture – I‘m not really sure if I‘ve seen any of that, my skin is well-hydrated but that is all.

Also, after I started using this cream my skin has felt more clogged, and I‘ve had more blackheads then usual – I‘m not sure if it‘s due to my diet, other parts of my routine or if it‘s the cream though.

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Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Review

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Pros:

The packages lasts for many months.

Cons:

No visible effects what so ever.

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I‘ve used this serum for about 10 months now (on and off, during the summer months I was scared to get some kind of reaction due to the vitamin C in the serum and therefore took a break) – and I still don‘t get it. I bought this serum after a long flight when my skin looked super dehydrated (before I started using sheets on flights, now that problem is solved) and I counted my wrinkles and got scared. I‘m 29 and this serum was my first anti-ageing product. When I was leaving the store the girl who just sold me this serum yelled out “btw you have to use sunscreen when you use that serum” – which was a bummer since I don‘t own any creams with sunscreen, so I had to purchase that too. I guess most beauty bloggers know that vitamin C requires you to use sunscreen, I‘m just not one of them. This serum is supposed to :

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boosts skin radiance and improves texture
  • Helps visibly minimize pores over time for smoother skin

So what is my verdict after these 10 months of use: I‘m clueless. It doesn‘t really provide my skin with any hydration, but gives me a tickling, burning sensation upon application – making my brain think that there are some active ingredients in it, and that it‘s “working” on removing my wrinkles.  Removing wrinkles is an impossible task, unless your name is botox, so actually I see – not much difference. And no extra glow either. So I‘m pretty disappointed. The only positive is that a package lasts for long but that‘s all. Won‘t repurchase this one.

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