Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base Review

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Pros:

Covers up my red rosacea skin well.

Cons:

The price.

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I suffer from mild rosacea and use this base on my noose and checks to cover up redness. I apply this green coloured base, and then cover up with foundation on top. The package lasts for ages and you don‘t need much per use. The coverage is good and I feel that a good part of my redness is covered up well using this base. So I would definitely recommend this base if you have mild rosacea – but if you skin condition is more “serious” this coverage won‘t help you. I have used it on top of spots and smaller pimples and the coverage was good then too.

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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!

Nuxe Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Review

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Pros:

Makes my lips very soft.

Cons:

The container – a glass jar – is pretty heavy and therefore unpractical to carry around with you (unless you travel with a stroller or a personal servant/boyfriend who carries your stuff around).

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I have wanted this lip balm ever since watching Jeanne Damas video for Vogue showing her favourites from the French pharmacies (for those of you who don‘t know her – she is a French blogger/style icon now a fashion designer with a mantelpiece – of all things- to die for)..So when I had a day in Paris this was THE ONLY thing I got from a pharmacy (for a crazy shopaholic beauty blogger this is an achievement).

So – what do I think about the balm? First and foremost, the package is just very unpractical – it‘s a relatively heavy glass jar – so you can‘t really drag it around in your purse. Therefore I have been applying it before bed – with a good result, my lips have felt great and all dryness gone when I wake up – but I did have to reapply lip balm during the day, and by the end of the day my lips can feel dry again. The texture is pretty thick, like a paste made of wax – which also feels like having was on your lips, which takes a while to get absorbed (and is pretty impossible to apply in a thin layer). Thirdly – the ingredients list for this balm is very yummy – acacia honey, shea butter, grapefruit essence, sweet almond oil and Vitamin E – can‘t say anything negative about that.

Verdict – if you buy it at a decent price (around 12 dollars which it costs France) this balm lasts long, and since its packaging is unpractical (too unpractical to carry around with you) you might even create a great new ritual applying it before you go to bed. What makes it not so great – I still have to apply other balms during the day for my dry lips, even though I see a great difference when using it before bed, and the feeling of having was on your lips which takes ages to get absorbed isn‘t great either. It‘s smell, which is a mix of chocolate and orange leaves me pretty indifferent.

Extra note: I think it‘s a bit funny that in all the beauty reviews I‘ve read of this balm, everyone marvels of how they apply it before bed – but nobody mentions that it‘s because the jar is just to heavy to carry around with you daytime, and therefore impossible to apply at other times (when you might need it – like during a night shift in my case).

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Smith’s Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm Review

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Pros:

Smells nice and has a pretty package.

Cons:

My lips are dry again about 10 seconds after I have applied this lip balm.

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I never learn – or how else would one explain an epic investment fail being made twice. I have the original rosebud lip balm – and I wasn‘t very impressed with its results – since it left my lips dry straight after application. And then I went on vacation to the US and of course I had forgotten to bring a lip balm – so I got this one – because let‘s face it – the package is soo pretty – and was disappointed yet again. It smells very nice, the package is pretty and the feel of it on my lips is pleasant too. But it just does nothing for my dry lips – no matter how much I re-apply it, my lips feel dry after a split second. I have tried to use it on dry skin too, but the result is the same – and its sticky to. A big NOOOO from me to this lip balm.

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#LIPGLAM Review

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Pros:

Makes my lips soft instantly.

Cons:

The effect doesn‘t last for 8 hours and I reapply this lip balm often.

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This little fellow has been my friend through many of my nightshifts – saving my dry lips and hands many many times. First and foremost, when I choose a lip balm it has to be practical – easy and hygienic to apply (no glass jars that you have to stick your fingers into). Secondly I need instant effect – working many night shifts means my skin dries out – and I can go from having perfectly fine lips in the afternoon to deep painful ultra dry cracks the next day. Thirdly, I always use some kind of balm as a base before lipstick application – sometimes even playing around mixing two different colours – which is possible when you use a balm base.

This lip balm is makes my lips and skin instantly soft, and the effect lasts a few hours (though not eight hours as promised). It is a great base when applying lipstick. The package is light and easy to apply. The lip balm doesn‘t really smell of anything which I also like and is free from parabens. The package says you can also use it for eyebrows, rashes, dry cuticles and split ends – which I haven‘t tried – only used it on my hands and lips (if you have tried these other applications – leave a comment and let me know how you liked it).

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ACO Stay Soft Lips Review

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Pros:

The package is light and easy to take with you everywhere (like in the pockets of my hospital uniforms).

Cons:

Doesn‘t make my lips feel hydrated for a full 24 hours – like promised.

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My lips have been suffering from being back in this cold climate after enjoying two full months of sunshine..This lip gloss/lip balm makes my lips feel very hydrated, has a nice consistency (though it is boarding to sticky a bit) and gives a nice shine – but still with a natural look. The product promises to make your lips soft for 24 hours – I would say 3-4 hours would be more accurate.

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Eos Shimmer Sheer Pink Lip Balm Review

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Pros:

Soo easy to apply evenly.

Cons:

My lips are dry again one hour after use.

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After being into heavy needs a browns this winter I‘m feeling like being Ms Spring  – all easy and floating in pastels and light blue nails ( ohh that nice Chanel Coco blue shade…) – and of course I want my lips to be pink with that.

This is my first Eos lip balm and I‘m now a fan – for a person whom usually struggles to put on any lip make-up evenly this one was very very easy to apply due to its sphere shape. It also feels very soft and hydrating on my lips without being sticky (shea butter and jojaba oil). And the price is fair. I like that you can decide on how much pink you want on your lips by layering this balm, without it feeling like you are wearing teater make-up.

Cons: my lips feel dry again about an hour after use.

Ok guys I‘m gone run out into friday in my floating dress smelling of roses with pinks lips and freshly manicured nails…just kidding I‘m heading to a night shift. Have a lovely friday you all!

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Review of Smith’s Rosebud Salve

 

Pros:

Nice sleek packaging.

Cons:

Doesn‘t really help my dry lips.

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I‘m probably the last person on earth to try this balm, since these are practically available in Siberia by now. I got this balm from a friend, and was thrilled since the package is lovely in a cool way and the balm smells delicious. Before writing this review I decided to do some research about this balm, reading the history of Dr. Smith was a bit like reading a book missing half the pages, anyways, what I learned is that this man who was a teacher, all of a sudden was a “Dr.” owning a pharmacy, and that he loved going to miss America pageants (random facts – I‘m sorry its the worst biography I‘ve ever read). Back to the balm – is it really that great? NOO. It is fine, but no miracle to my dry lips, which remain dry after several applications. Though it feels ok pleasant on my lips, it is pretty sticky and doesn‘t really get absorbed. Also sticking your fingers into this balm is unhygienic. Doesn‘t perform any miracles on dry skin either.

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The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm Review

Pros:

Has an ok creamy texture.

Cons:

My lips are dry again within 5 minutes after I have applied this balm.

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This lip balm is infused with shea butter, rose hip, pomegranate and vitamin E..so far, so good right? It sounds like all the right ingredients are in it to make your lips soft and desirable..except this lip balm really didn‘t live up to anything. Within 5 minutes after application of this balm my lips are cracked and dry again. Seriously it is as if I haven‘t applied anything at all to them. The texture of the balm is OK: a bit too oily for my taste, and soo stale you have to apply the balm with your fingers, even though the package is a tube. The balm needs to be re-applied quit often and gives your lips a vague shine. Basically this was a big disappointment and I want my money back!

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