L’Oréal Purify & Mattify Eucalyptus Clay Mask Review

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Pros:

Removes all excess oil from my skin.

Cons:

The smell of eucalyptus is a bit too discreet for my taste.

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I got this mask after too much time in the sun – using all that sunscreen on my face not only caused my skin to break out but also made it oily. Normally I have dry skin so I kind of didn‘t know what to do – switching all my products – which target dry skin – to products for oily skin felt like a bit of an economic pit and unnecessary. Therefore I decided to invest in this mask – which is friendly to a low budget – and see what happened.

I like that the mask is easy to apply, and also pretty easy to remove (some mud masks can be hell). It did live up to its promise making my skin look much more matte, and made it feel extremely smooth and soft. About the cleansing part – even though I felt my skin was much softer, it was not by any means cleaner – my blackheads didn‘t disappear at all. So in that sense it doesn‘t do what it promises – but then again, I have never meet a mud mask that does. Overall I was very happy with the results – especially considering the price – now I want my dry skintype back please.

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L:A Bruket Broccoli Seed Serum Review

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Pros:

Contains broccoli – which is something I never tried on my skin before.

Cons:

Comes in a glass jar.

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This serum got an uninvited – but very pleasent extra “dimension” – after accidentally dropping the glass jar on my bathroom floor – I put the remain in my fridge in a plastic container – and voila – applying the ice cold serum now feels beyond refreshing.

I have never used broccoli on my face – but having read its long list of beneficial properties – I was all game. Since broccoli is consider a superfood – being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, I hoped that my post-winter superdry and very pale skin could get a good boost. Broccoli contains vitamin A (helps stimulate new skin cell production), arachidonic acid (calming effect) plus vitamins C, E and beta-carotene (reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation). So my expectations were hight – the result – the serum is like a light gel, gets absorbed relatively fast – and makes my skin feel very smooth and refreshed (especially since the broken glass jar ended up in my fridge – where it puzzles my boyfriend daily).

A big con is obviously the glass jar – which is very appealing visually but can be very unpractical.

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-boosting face mask review

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Pros:

Brightens my skin immediately.

Cons:

The price is kind of crazy.

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First time I used this mask my face was like “wow wow wow”! I never thought putting pieces of sticky fruit on your face could be so enjoyable. But I really like it. Having read soo many blog posts about Fresh and their face masks – I decided to treat myself while on a recent trip to the US (they don‘t sell them where I live) – and I was really blown away by this one. First and foremost, I have to say that I also tried their rose mask (as a sample) and was not impressed at all, so not sure all of their (very expensive) stuff have the same quality as this mask. It makes my face awake straight away (I put it on when in the shower in the morning and leave it on for around 5 minutes) and my skin definetley looks more bright.

If you are on a budget I‘m pretty sure you can achieve a similar effect making a DIY fruit face mask, I‘m simply too lazy for that.

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Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Review

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Pros:

No problems with break-outs despite its heavy texture.

Cons:

Smells of detergent.

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My mum gave me this cleanser for christmas – in a smaller package (30 ml). That lasted me about 2,5 months – which I think is good. The cleanser feels more like a cream, and you need a lot per use and a lot of water to make it foam. It smells a bit like detergent (sorry stole this anomaly from a review on makeup alley) – which is unpleasant but leaves my skin feeling clean, though not very soft. I haven‘t had any problems with break-outs while using this cleanser, which the detergent smell made me fear – happy about that.

Clarins either make fantastic stuff (face oil and the beauty flash balm) or things which are pretty horrid to ones skin (their face mask). This face cleanser lands somewhere in the middle – its not that great – it can even feel luxurious if you are into the “heavy” make-up and beauty stuff – but if you like lightness and herbal smells this is not for you.

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Biotherm Life Plankton Mask Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin exceptionally soft without irritating it…

Cons:

so do many other masks – which are cheaper.

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I got hocked on this mask because it has a soft gel (“hydrogel”) like texture – applying it transforms me into thinking that my rather ordinary bathroom is a spa (but only thinking – not feeling it though!). I think Biotherm are pretty good at making face products which feel fabulous on the skin – just because they are gels – but I have to admit I have very little experience with their stuff (actually I have owned two Biotherm products to this date: see review here and here) – I‘m just one of those people trying everything on in the store and then going home empty handed. But this time the sales guy got me, he applied the hydrogel on my hand with a special brush – and though he tried to make me buy the brush too (the brush costs a fortune) I restrained myself and only went home with the mask (note to self never let an unknown man convince you to try and expensive mask, you will eat noodles for the rest of the week!!).

Conclusion: the mask is worth the money since you need a tiny bit per application so the jar lasts for ages. It gets absorbed easily – so it‘s not greasy, and my skin feels very soft the next morning. Unfortunately many other masks can do that too (see here and here for budget options). The hydrogel quality doesn‘t really make me feel like I‘m a spa at all – unfortunately.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30 Review

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast and goes with all my serums and oils.

Cons:

The price.

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I have used this cream for a while, and though Elizabeth Arden isn‘t naturally my go to brand for skincare – I was pleasantly surprised. I associate the brand with old ladies on fifth avenue getting their treatment from the mighty Ardens salons and bottles of Red Door perfume that I give my granny for christmas. Maybe its because the brand hasn‘t really had a famous spokesperson or model fronting their adds (except Catherine Zeta Jones in the nineties) that I associate the brand with Arden herself, and maybe therefore don‘t really feel the appeal of their golden tubes and packages. Though their ceramide capsules have been my go-to beauty product when my skin has been in need for the past couple of years (extra effective when you are heading to a 17 hour shift and your skin needs a bomb of hydration).

Anyways back to the face cream: I thought it did what it promised – made my skin feel more radiant, smooth and firm. I have been using it both during the winter and the summer – and it works equally well – I just shift between a heavy oil or a lighter serum to make sure my skin doesn‘t get under/over-hydrated. It has worked well with all my oils and serums – and by that I mean that I don‘t break out of too much product on my skin, and that the cream gets absorbed easily and fast – and you can apply your make-up a few minutes later without it caking on top of your cream. The texture of the cream is very pleasant too without being too heavy. The negatives – it smells a bit synthetic and the price is pretty heavy. And you need a lot per use.

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Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque Review

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Pros:

Smells nice of herbs.

Cons:

Doesn‘t give much hydration.

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This is not a leave-in mask but you put it on for 30 minutes and remove it. During my first 30 minutes I went through a bit of a despair crisis – that crisis when you realise you wasted your money yet again! The mask gets absorbed into my skin after about 7 minutes, leaving a thin layer you remove and then realise not much has happened to your skin. It is a bit hydrating but not as much as one would expect – using it in warmer times of the year when you skin is pretty well-hydrated would be fine but this mask will not save you in colder times.

I tried using the mask as an overnight treatment but my skin actually felt pretty dry from that.

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DanishSkinCare Smooth Skin Treatment Review

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Pros:

Reduces pores and black spots. Decreases the amount of pimples I have.

Cons:

Not suitable for sensitive skin

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I bought this skin tonic as I read some remarkable stories from girls who were helped for their pimples and black heads. It also claimed that it could reduce poresize. Since I am 30 years pimples are luckily rare i my face. But I have struggled with large pores and black heads since I was a teenager.  So this was last step, and I really think it have helped my skin thanks to effective ingredients like salicylic acid and niacinamide. The first two or the times I used it my sensitive skin turned irritated and red, but after some days use my skin tolerated it. I can recommend it to people with not sensitive skin, who struggle with teenage skin and black spots and pores. Seriously they can really make you miserable – especially when many and uncontrollable.

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

Pros:

Perfume free.

Cons:

Takes ages to get your make-up off.

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After using the Cetaphil face and body lotion, I wanted to try their face cleanser, which is kind of a myth. Apparently both Charlize Theron and Zoe Saldana live by it…so I thought I‘d like some Charlize in my face too…It felt good knowing that it is perfume free and has a great reputation, so my expectations are through the roof. So I go home, and try to wash my make-up off..and what happens? Nothing gets washed off, I have to literally scrub eyes with this cleanser for 5 minutes to get my mascara off. The cleanser kind off just moved around the dirt on my face without actually removing it. And to remove the actual cleanser from my face I have to use very generous amounts off water and a lot of effort. So now we all know that Charlize and Zoe basically don‘t take off their make-up, and that‘s why they are always picture perfect, just like stars should be.

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