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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L:A Bruket Lemongrass Hand Wash Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t dry out my skin.

Cons:

It‘s heavy price.

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My friend was going to sell her a apartment and as tradition entails she got this soap when getting pictures taken of her bathroom/kitchen to make it look a bit stylish/hipster/ buy-me-now worthy.  She got obsessed and recommended it to me (or I washed my hand 10 times during a 2 hour visit and had to get myself my own soap)..

I‘m no stranger to Swedish brand L:A Bruket (read previous reviews here and here) and generally like their things: they smell great, last for long and the packages are very stylish and make my life feel a bit more stylish in that minimalistic Scandi way. My best birthday gift this year was their Grapefruit candle which smells delicious and lasts for ages (and is painfully pricey which is why I would never give it to myself)…My verdict of this hand wash: smells fresh of lemongrass, doesn‘t dry out my skin, lasts for loooong (2-3 months) and for all you soap nerds out there: it‘s cheaper then Aesop (I know there is an expensive hand soap cult out there). Downside: expensive for a hand soap.

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Nubian Heritage Shea Butter Infused with Lemongrass and Tea Tree Review

Pros:Smells lovely and makes my skin very soft.

Cons:

Takes ages to get absorbed and is pretty sticky.

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I found this shea butter through my favourite hippie style icon, and ordered one late night on amazon (online shopping is my worst enemy on late weekend nights when I pity myself). Usually I love “smaller” companies, and those who have followed this blog for a while, know that we often feature less known brands in order to promote entrepreneurship (rather then making the big ones even richer). This time I was pretty disappointed though. Reading from the Nubian website, the brand truly have a wonderful story (or a humble beginning as they chose to call it): starting out as street vendors on the street of Harlem, selling black soap, having no jobs after college..you get it, and it is a pretty story no doubt. But this shea butter is just not that bomb. Yes it smells really delicious, and leaves my skin super soft. But the consistency is of a frozen butter meaning you have to really dig in order to get something out of the jar, afterwards its a struggle getting it distributed on my skin evenly since it is so dense, and it takes ages to absorb and is very sticky. So it feels like a bit of an overpriced body butter which ruins all furniture with its stains since I never have the patience to wait around for it to get absorbed and leave sticky prints all over.

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The Best Oils For Face and Body List

Having a creepy and unhealthy (but ooh soo fabulous) and addictive relationship with oils I‘ve been going pretty wild these past years and tried to purchase everything for my body and face in oil form. Here is my top list:

  1. Best hair oil ever is this one – affordable and bottle last for a year at least, the only thing that helps when your hair is dying for a cut.
  2.  My favourite body oil smells of lavender, great before bed for a calming effect both for my soul and my legs (whom are scared they will never see the day light due to their chicken skin look).
  3. Cleansing your face with oil became a dream with this cleansing oil, it smells of childhood and the bottle last for many months plus I love to support a good entrepreneur.
  4. Despite its fishy smell I love love love what this oil does for my face during the winter.
  5. The best budget oil out there – almost free and makes you soft like a baby.
  6. This French shower oil is a true treat.

I would like to say I haven‘t meet an oil I didn‘t like but that would be a big fat lie – don‘t try this oil at home beauties.

Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Review

Pros:

Makes my hands very soft.

Cons:

Takes a while to get absorbed.

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The hand creams I have purchased this winter have really disappointed me, so I was happy when the winds changed (and my hands became softer..). This cream has a very strong smell, kind off a mix of old lady and hipp Chanel perfume. I like it, but then again – I like heavier smells. What Nantucket Brier really means still remains a mystery, after googling around without any real results I vision a big bush of flowers from Nantucket as the inspiration for the fragrance for this cream (I really don‘t know what my hands smell of do I). It sinks in a bit slowly and the price is a bit over my budget, but it leaves my hands very soft which is what matters to me. It doesn‘t contain parabens, mineral oils or colour which is a big plus for my hands. This is a very luxurious hand cream and I use it instead of perfume, and get compliments for the nice smell, which is a big plus.

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Mor Candied Vanilla Hand And Body Lotion

Pros:

Dries in quickly and smells delicious.

Cons:

Does not help the dries of all chicken skin.

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This is my first product from Australian Mor. I was instantly hocked on Mors packaging (they all look like they belong in a very fancy bathroom), and the names of their scents (Sugar Rose and Black Iris sounds just like my taste).

The scent Candied Vanilla is pretty heavy and sweet, but once you put it on your skin it settles in well and feels light on (aka you don‘t smell like a whole perfume department). I also like that it has a light texture, and is absorbed very fast into my skin. It is a very moisturising lotion both for my body and hands, but it doesn‘t make some superdry patches on my legs disappear. I like the pump function on the bottle, and that it‘s so pretty it makes my bathroom look like a real boudoir (or at least on in the making).

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Estelle & Thild Bergamot Hand Cream

Pros:

The smell of bergamot.

Cons:

No effect on dry hands what so ever.

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I know I should not complain I got this hand cream for 5 dollars at Marshalls aka I bought it superduper much cheaper then what it costs – and for that price it is an ok purchase..or? Answer is blank no. Yes the cream smells pretty nice, and is a fresh wind to the clinical or super ultra feminine smell of most hand creams with its earthy bergamot notes, but seriously it doesn‘t do any good for my hands – at all. First and foremost, I have to apply it twice before even feeling any result. Secondly it takes ages to get absorbed. And thirdly – it doesn‘t work – my hands don‘t get hydrated when I use the cream  at all.  I have tried applying it – twice, and an hour later felt how my hands were dry again. Will not repurchase this one again obviously.

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