Emma S Sugar Lime Body Lotion Review

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Pros:

The smell lingers on my skin for long = very important.

Cons:

Not for those on a budget.

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I think most readers of this blog know by now that I‘m a biiig fan of Swedish Emma S Wiklund – the woman not only a sassy enterpeneur with a truly inspirational career from model to business owner, but she also gave some of the essentials in my daily skin care routine – I use her face cleansing oil and serum daily. And my skin thanks me for it daily too.

This body lotion is a true treat – it gets absorbed fast (a must for me), makes my skin very hydrated and smells great. The lime caramel is an unexpected combination  – and the result is not too sweet but very comforting and pleasant (and not dull aka you don‘t smell of your grandmas caramel cookies or old perfume). And you need a little per use. Negatives – this is not a budget product – but more in the “treat yourself” end of the spectrum.

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Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil Review

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Pros:

The price is decent.

Cons:

Very sticky and no real effect.

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This oil is completely useless. You are supposed to use it on your cuticles and nails to make them stronger (and prettier hihi) but it is very liquid and sticky, and doesn‘t really stay on your nails. I don‘t know when you are supposed to use it (in your sleep when you don‘t move at all?) – because when I have used it my clothes, hands and face got covered in oil, stinking of apricot. Naturally I didn‘t really notice any effect – as a longtime nail bitting individual I had high hopes for this oil and got very disappointed. The only plus is that the price is decent.

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L:A Bruket Gurkmynta Cucumber Mint Hand Wash Review

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Pros:

Feels very luxurious and makes my hands very soft..

Cons:

The smell could have been a bit stronger..

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This hand soap was a big treat for me – I don‘t usually give myself soaps as expensive as this one – but then again – I don‘t want to be the richest on the cemetery (and after getting this one and two Diptique candles I certainly won‘t be).

This soap smells deliciously fresh, the bottle lasts for about 2 months (450 ml) and makes my hands very soft after use. I also like that you can buy a re-fill – which is both sustainable and cheaper alternative. What is the minus of the soap? I wish the smell of mint was a bit stronger.

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AVÈNE TRIXERA NUTRI-FLUIDE LOTION REVIEW

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast.

Cons:

It smells a bit of a pharmacy.

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One of the most important things for me when choosing a good lotion, is that it gets absorbed fast. My apartment has a lot of windows (and way too few curtains) and I don‘t have time to walk around naked waiting for my lotion to dry..This lotion really doesn‘t let me down. I have to give it maximum 3 seconds to dry and I‘m ready to go (whom am I kidding – I‘m ready to run cause I‘m always running late somewhere)..The result: my skin feels very smooth after use (I can feel a big difference after my first use), and the lotion is definitely “fat” enough to be used during the coldest months of the year. The bottle says you can use it on your face too – but I save my face for my sheet masks and serums..The minus: the smell, it smells a bit of a pharmacy, but luckily the smell doesn‘t linger on for too long.

Verdict: I think this lotion of wallet friendly since you need little per use, so the bottle lasts for a long time plus I like that it gives my skin hydration and makes it soft, but most importantly – that it gets absorbed very quick.

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& Other Stories Perle de Coco Body Soufflé Review

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Pros:

The smells very much lingers on your body for a loong time.

Cons:

Takes ages to get absorbed.

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& Other Stories has become one of my favourite shops to browse – I don‘t buy many things there but I love to just look around, especially in their beauty department. Mainly because it‘s soo affordable and their scents (or “flavours”) are always right up my alley (fresia, lemon, bourbon …though not in a mix). The summer of 2016 was the year that all beauty bloggers went bananas about this body souffle – and I went with the flow (mainly because the summer of 2016 was the summer of almost no vacation, and I badly tried to achieve the feeling of one ).

This souffle is very thick in its consistency and smells of a mix of vanilla and coconut. It hydrates my skin very well and I smell like a warm pina colada for a few hours after use. The souffle is super fat and takes a while to get absorbed, which is a bit annoying if you are not into lounging around naked trying to avoid smudging your furniture. Do I regret buying it? A bit the smell is way too heavy for me, and I got tired of it after the first week. Now I use it when I need to pretend I‘m on a beach in the Caribbean (without the sand in uncomfortable places and with my indoor use only Uggs on).

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Best and Worst beauty products of 2017 – the complete list

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Dear Readers,

We love our annual lists of what was a game-changer and what we should have said no to. Here it is, enjoy (and avoid our mistakes)!

The best...

The lemon dream of the year goes to this one.

This mascara was not only wallet friendly but also the best we tried in 2017!

Our best budget buy was this charcoal mask.

This enzyme peel changed our skin game…

Our favourite Kiehl‘s product was this one.

This hair serum saved the (hair)day…

…and this foundation saved our face!

This fruity magic mask was our best splurge of the year.

The pore size reducing miracle we got hocked on..

The worst

The most overhyped product we wished we didn‘t splurge on is this Oribe spray.

This face cleanser we will never go back to..

…neither will we ever splurge on this hand cream (which did nothing for our dry hand)..

The prize of the most overhyped brand goes to Aesop big time (just read this and this review)!

This Clinique powder disappointed big time..

…and so did this foundation (if you have oily skin read this – to know what to stay away from!!).

The shampoo that did nothing for our hair was this one..

The lip balm everyone should stay away from is here.

Cetaphil did not really live up to the hype, just read here..

This was the list for 2017 – let us know which favourites you had and have a lovely 2018!

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream Review

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Pros:

Does nothing for my dry hands.

Cons:

Gets absorbed pretty fast.

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In my experience stuff from Clarins can either be a total hit or a total miss . For example I can‘t see my beauty routine without their flash balm – which is genius or their body lotion – which has saved my dry skin over and over again. But this hand cream turned out to be a complete disappointment. It smells nice, it sinks in pretty fast – but seriously within 10 minutes of application my hands feel extremely dry again – which is super annoying. Basically one can re-apply this cream all day long without any real results. I won‘t repurchase this one again.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Review

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast.

Cons:

I used up my 25 gram tube in just a week.

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This week we are doing a double up on hand cream reviews…why? Because spring is just ain‘t arriving and our hands are soo darn dry. If you missed out on our first review check it out here. So what is the verdict on this Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream? First and foremost one can sense the difference after the first use, which is a big plus. The cream smells pleasantly but discreetly of roses, and it gets absorbed very fast which is its biggest plus. I hate sitting around waiting for my hand cream to get absorbed since I obviously always put on too much expecting miracles. If you hands are very dry (we are talking people thinking you are a 100 year old man when they see you hands and making them confused since hands don‘t match age of face) then you might to need an extra layer of coconut oil before you put on this cream for the big effect. Extra note: I already decided that pink will be the theme of my 2017 wardrobe therefore I‘m extra happy that this tube matches the new tune of my life and brightens up the contents of my hand bag.

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l’occitane Lavender Hand Cream Review

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Pros:

Very hydrating.

Cons:

The price.

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I think this hand cream is on the wish list of most francophiliac lavender lovers – and boy was I excited when I received this one under my christmas three by my very sweet santa.This hand cream is very moisturizing, not sticky, and got absorbed into my skin super fast. Overall the quality was great, and I really liked that the cream has a very light consistency and the smell of lavender lingered on for long. Plus the tube is very nice, but then again I‘m a sucker for all french things. The minus is the price, and you don‘t get so much for the heavy price.

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