The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream-Mask Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin feel very hydrated.

Cons:

No extra benefits to my skin but hydration.

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I think that 2017 will be all about aloe vera for me. 2016 was a year when I obsessed about rose and lavender (and still do a bit) – bit this year I feel like the calming ingredients should calm my skin instead of my hurricane mind. So therefore I got this mask – after being in the sun the first to months of 2017 (lucky me) – I felt like my skin needed some extra hydration, and this mask was pretty reasonable priced so I couldn‘t resist.

Verdict: the mask is like a fat cream. I doesn‘t irritate my skin, and you only need a thin layer. Results: very smooth, calm and hydrated skin. Just like one would expect after a fat face cream (except fat face creams usually make me break out so I prefer this mask).

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Eau Thermale Avène Micellar Lotion Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin feel very clean and bright.

Cons:

More expensive outside of France.

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French pharmacy products are my safe happy place – they are the ones I turn to when I get tired of complicated beauty (like all those new products and technologies we are constantly being bombarded with). Getting clearer skin, getting rid of blemishes and blackheads has been the theme for me during the past months – the first step was adding a micellar water permanently to my routine. I use it after my cleanser and before my toner. The function of the micellar water is to remove dirt and excessive make-up.

Verdict: My skin is definitely more bright, softer and I have reduced those blemish outbursts. I feel like my make-up is being removed more efficiently, and I will continue having micellar water as a part of my daily routine. Sometimes when I feel my skin needs an extra boost, I will use micellar water in the morning too, before applying my day cream (sleeping in a small room with closed door sure isn‘t good for my skin).

What about this particular micellar water – well it‘s my first one, so I don‘t really have anything to compare it too, but the bottle lasts for ages, it doesn‘t smell and a big plus is I know Avene uses good ingredients (I live by their thermal water, which is the base for every product). Also doesn‘t dry out my skin.

Having read several reviews of this micellar water (here), i reacted to several reviewers mentioning how expensive Avene is – I got a big bottle of it for about 13 dollars in France – but I know it‘s more outside of France, which is annoying because it‘s a great budget alternative when purchased in a French pharmacy.

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Vichy Pureté Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel Review

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Pros:

You need extremely little per use.

Cons:

Very strong smell.

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I have no special relationship to cleansers – when choosing one I often look for what‘s on sale or just ask Santa for one for Christmas. I know that this is a bit of a sin amongst beauty bloggers, since there is a constant obsession about what gel/cleanser/toner could give one clearer skin, and which one has the most magic potion of ingredients.

This package just looked so nice and anything mentioning gel makes me think that its all just fresh, clean, no black pores and a new start (yeah I know, major association fail..). What hit me first about this gel is that it has a very strong smell, which is pleasent but definitely too strong, that it lathers a lot, but has a very thick consistency and that washing it off is pretty time consuming. Results – my skin feels very hydrated after use, and it cleans off my make-up just fine. But no miracles of extremely bright skin or new found radiance – just same plain me.

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Sweet Readers, out give-away ends in 3 days, hurry up and join here – it is open world-wide!

Origins Out of Trouble Mask Review

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Pros:

Smell of camphor makes me believe this is really working.

Really keeps its promises to reduce grease and works as anti-inflamatory.

Cons:

Take care on more sensitive areas, and avoid using where it is not needed, as is might dry out and stress the skin.

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Winter is coming, and that means bye bye glowey, healty, easy going skin.. And welcome increasingly greasy, grey skin with random pimple outbursts on cheeks, that never ever heal. Winter for me is tough, one should think that scandinavian genes would have prepared us for month on month with no sunlight… But winter always fucks up my skin. And while I cover up my unshaven legs in layers of pantyhoes and jeans, my face is the only thing I need to take care of. SO one of the things I struggle with during winter is greasy skin with the occasional pimples that wont go away.  In my search for a mask that actually shows results, I stumbled over this one. And let me say, it is efficient. Almost too efficient, by that I mean, it can be a bit harsh on the skin, so I only use it on trouble area (in my case forehead). Once a week, or when needed, and the effect is long lasting – but that I mean that it reduced grease and works in an anti-inflammatory way – making my skin less prone to break-outs.  This mask almost feels pharmaceutical withs its potpourri of all the famous ingredients, that say bye bye pimples and grease: zink oxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, and camphor! This smell just says, “this is working!”.

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Nivea Urban Skin Detox Night Gel Cream Review

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Pros:

Leaves skin soft and sleek the day after.

Cons:

Leaves a film on skin, not for daytime use.

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My skin is self-sufficient in the summer, winter on the other hand is a whole other story! A dermatologist once told me, that my winter breakouts where due to in part, need of exfoliation and need of moisture. Northern winter air, is void of humidity, so skin looses its moisture in the tough winter air.  This year I decided to work hard to reapply moisture, never giving up! I am trying out this night gel cream at the moment, applying it every night before bed time. And I wake up with soft skin the next day.. But dont use it during day time, as it kind of puts a film on your skin, that needs to be washed of before makeup. I dont feel the detox yet, but also not really sure how thats supposed to feel. Smell is quite unisex, maybe even a tiny bit masculine. Which is nice for a single girl, cause then I have sweet dreams of a man sleeping next to me..

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Give-away

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November is a gloom month (Christmas is not quit there yet, and everything is just so grey..)…therefore, we would like to treat you readers! We are giving away 5 smooth skin treatments from DanishSkinCare (worth 45 dollars each).

To participate you have to leave a comment with your favourite beauty product (or hack). The give-away closes on the 30th of November and will be contacted by email. The give-away is open worldwide.

DanishSkinCare is a Danish beauty start-up having gained national stardom producing remedies against blackheads and unclean skin. Their smooth skin treatment can be used as a tonic and will diminish blackheads and other impurities – we love it and you can read our full review here.

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ACO Rescue Mist Review

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Pros:

Can be spritzed on top of my make-up without ruining it.

Cons:

The mist smells a bit strong.

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Now is the time of the year that my skin starts getting very dry and needs some extra hydration – and I know I‘m certainly not alone in that. I like easy solutions and this spray has been one of them – a few spritz before bedtime, and after a few days use I noticed that my skin looked and felt both more smooth and well hydrated (and well-rested – despite my stressed brain allowing me very little sleep!). The spray contains vitamin C – which is supposed to boost hydration – so I‘m all game. Also I appreciate the price – it is friendly to my wallet (especially not that it is saving up for a fab Gucci tote).

What minuses does the spray have? The smell. Being a pharmacy sold brand, I kind of expected the smell of the spray to be next to nothing, and therefore it feels a bit over the top and very “perfumy”. I would prefer if this spray was odourless.

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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face mask Review

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Pros:

Loving the ingredients – bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil

Cons:

No effect on my (black) pores.

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I‘m a fan of this line of face masks from Body Shop because despite the reasonable price they have some exciting ingredients and are pretty efficient and hold on to their promises  – of course they are not La Mer and they will not transform your face in the blink of an eye – I have yet to meet a budget face mask that does that.

When applying this mask I feel like I‘m in a spa – mud masks have that effect on me. My skin tingles a bit during application – which it‘s supposed to according to the description – and my skin was never red after removal of the mask. It is not sticky and dries in pretty fast, also letting it stay on until it is dry has been enough for me. It is easy to remove and my skin feels very soft afterwards, all excess oil is removed and I truly feel like I just had a mini spa session.

The mask is 100% vegan, doesn‘t contain any parabens and has some very nice ingredients (bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil).

Just as you thought we would go on and on about how great this mask is – I will stop myself – because after all very are critical too..The problem with charcoal masks is that they always promise to remove impurities and make your black pores smaller/ disappear – that has never happened to me – honestly my pores are still black, big , scary and very much there.

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