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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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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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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Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash Review

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Pros:

I like that this cleanser also exfoliates.

Cons:

Smells a bit of a pharmacy.

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I got this one as a gift from a friend- and had never tried Philosophy before. This facial wash contains small exfoliating beads, which exfoliate very well without irritating my skin. They are pretty gentle though – so if you like your face to be red and your skin almost bleeding after exfoliations this face cleanser is not for you. But this cleanser is gentle enough to be suitable for everyday use.

It does its job well though: removes make-up easily and smells very neutral (a bit like a pharmacy some might say). It doesn’t dry out my skin. And it doesn‘t remove mascara.

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Emma S Treatment Overnight Repair Mask Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin very soft after use.

Cons:

Takes long time to get absorbed.

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Those of you who have followed this blog for a while, know that I‘m a fan of Emma S – the Swedish brand, making some great stuff for a pretty reasonable price. This mask is of high quality, but doesn‘t beat my old favourites from Emma S. – their cleansing oilcleansing oil, and enzyme peel face mask. The mask promises to make my skin beautiful in the morning and relieve signs of stress. Having just started a new job and with cold autumn coming up I thought this boost is just what I need, and that anything promising to reduce my fine lines (which are starting to show their ugly face) – is a go. My verdict is that it definitely adds loads of hydration, and makes my skin more smooth and luminous – making it nicer to wake up and look in the mirror. I‘m not sure about those signs of stress – but maybe it‘s because I simply don‘t have any (wishful thinking). What I don‘t like is that the mask takes a long time to get absorbed, so I kind of have to wander around my place for a while before heading to bed after application.

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Rudolph Care A Hint of Summer Self Tanning Drops Review

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Pros:

Gives my skin a great glow.

Cons:

The price.

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I have super beyond pale face – not matter how much time I spend in the sun – the sun never calls my number back (you get the deal). So after I returned home, after 3 weeks of summer vacations in Italy, and my skin looked like I‘ve spent it in a cellar – I decided that, something radical must happen!

Previously using self-tanning products has always turned into a disaster for me. So I had to go for a bulletproof plan (I could not afford more white shirts being ruined or striped legs). Having been a fan of Danish Rudolph Care for a few years – and had high hopes for these self tanning drops (the owner of the brand Andrea, always has the perfect glow so I figured I want that too). You use these drops in your night cream, I use one drop a day in the beginning and now I‘m on two drops. The drops mix easily into my night cream. The result – I have been getting a lot of compliments for my glow – considering I‘m pregnant (and feel like a water buffalo 90% of the time) – I‘m pretty thrilled! It looks very natural, and no stripes – which is a huge plus for me!

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