Philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Moisturiser Review

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Pros:

The texture of the cream is smooth and silky, souffle like just as described.

Cons:

This is more of a summer moisturiser not giving enough of hydration to dry skin in rough climates.

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I actually won this moisturiser in a give-away on one of my favourite beauty bloggers Madeleine loves . I have picked up the hype surrounding this cream from here and there, but never actually tried anything from Philosophy. This cream is for all skin types – which can be a bit worrying (oily and dry skin have extremely different needs in my head no?). I have combined skin (oily T-zone, dry rest of the face) and this cream works good for me during the “not too cold” months and when I use a hydrating serum. I like the souffle like texture which is both oily and light (though a bit separated, watery like ), that it gets absorbed quick and that my skin feels hydrated after use. But this is no miracle cream, and the price is outrageous for what you get. A jar is just unhygienic too. The promise of demise signs of ageing and “rough” texture – I‘m not really sure if I‘ve seen any of that, my skin is well-hydrated but that is all.

Also, after I started using this cream my skin has felt more clogged, and I‘ve had more blackheads then usual – I‘m not sure if it‘s due to my diet, other parts of my routine or if it‘s the cream though.

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Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Review

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Pros:

The packages lasts for many months.

Cons:

No visible effects what so ever.

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I‘ve used this serum for about 10 months now (on and off, during the summer months I was scared to get some kind of reaction due to the vitamin C in the serum and therefore took a break) – and I still don‘t get it. I bought this serum after a long flight when my skin looked super dehydrated (before I started using sheets on flights, now that problem is solved) and I counted my wrinkles and got scared. I‘m 29 and this serum was my first anti-ageing product. When I was leaving the store the girl who just sold me this serum yelled out “btw you have to use sunscreen when you use that serum” – which was a bummer since I don‘t own any creams with sunscreen, so I had to purchase that too. I guess most beauty bloggers know that vitamin C requires you to use sunscreen, I‘m just not one of them. This serum is supposed to :

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boosts skin radiance and improves texture
  • Helps visibly minimize pores over time for smoother skin

So what is my verdict after these 10 months of use: I‘m clueless. It doesn‘t really provide my skin with any hydration, but gives me a tickling, burning sensation upon application – making my brain think that there are some active ingredients in it, and that it‘s “working” on removing my wrinkles.  Removing wrinkles is an impossible task, unless your name is botox, so actually I see – not much difference. And no extra glow either. So I‘m pretty disappointed. The only positive is that a package lasts for long but that‘s all. Won‘t repurchase this one.

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Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips Review

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Pros:

Easy to use.

Cons:

Not sure that any black-heads really came “out/off”.

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It was a real struggle getting hold of these stripes – I got them shipped from Amazon to my friends hotel in New York, where he had to sweat to find the package (in their tiny mail room) – and then take it back to Europe for me. The shipping costs for these is just to crazy for Europe. Why did I get obsessed to try these stripes? Well, I read about them in my favourite UK magazine Grazia  which promised they would get all that greasy off my poor nose. Verdict: the stripes are easy to apply, and they stay on (I only used them on my nose). What about the grease removal? Well I‘m not quite sure, after removing the stripe it has some black spots on it, but I‘m not sure if the stripe actually removed some thin hairs from my nose, rather then my actual blackheads (and I have plenty of them to remove). No doubt it removed some dirt and grease – especially the small black heads on the side of my nostrils. The stripes work especially (surprisingly) well if you use them after a steamy shower when your pores open up. But after using it, my nose is still full of black spots. Final verdict: NO – I haven‘t found my remedy against blackheads and I‘m still locking. Please help.

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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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DanishSkinCare Clean Skin Face Wash Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t contain any skin irritating ingredients.

Cons:

The price is more in the expensive end…

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We have previously raved about the Smooth Skin Treatment from DanishSkinCare, and have continued using their products ever since discovering that they could help our blackheads go away (blackheads are my skins worst enemy).

This facial cleanser is very gentle on my skin. Doesn‘t make it dry and most importantly I trust its list of ingredients – that it doesn‘t contain anything that will cause my skin to break out or blemish out (I often get blemishes out of nowhere they tend to disappear in a few hours but have had less of them after I started using this face wash). And most importantly : its a very efficient face wash: you need a little per use, and it removes my make-up very well. And after starting to experiment with sun powder I rely heavily on having a good cleanser so that I look fresh in the morning, not wearing pieces of old make-up.

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Origins Flower Fusion Rose Hydrating Sheet Mask Review

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Pros:

My skin feels and looks radiant and smooth (as a baby‘s behind) after use.

Cons:

Struggles to stay on my face aka I‘m not very mobile wearing this one (usually I like to do my house chords wearing one of these, can‘t really do it with this one on).

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So I have noticed a big absence of reviews of sheet masks online, which I intend to change. I understand that it is hard to review something that you probably only used once (cause part of the fun is using a new mask each time), but since the cost per use is so expensive I‘d like to read some reviews before I make my purchase – especially since I buy most of my sheet masks online, where they are much cheaper then in store. So yes, the quality of my reviews on these might not be brilliant – since its most often a one time experience review, but its better then nothing.

So what did I think of this one: 1. it smells lovely of rose 2. its not very well fitting (some sheets just stay glued to your face – so you can easily move around and do your chords while having one on). 3. My face doesn‘t feel very sticky after use, which I love – hate feeling like I have glue on my face. 4. The effect: splendid, super much hydration, and my skin feels extremely smooth and model-like after use – big win! 5. The effect lasts for a few days, which I love.

I think the cost for these are ok, they are cheaper then the Korean sheet masks sold in my local store so they are a nice alternative to that.

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L:A Bruket Cottonseed Eye Balm Review

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Pros:

Makes the area under my eyes very hydrated.

Cons:

The price.

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Those who followed me for a while know that I‘m a consistent fan of Swedish Lilla Bruket – the brand who may, or absolutely may be responsible for the hype  of expensive hand soaps (Aesop only followed..). I like that this small Swedish one woman business has bloomed and is stocked in many cool life-style shops nowadays, make my Swedish heart proud. Using things from Lilla Bruket takes me back to the sea, felling the nature and having that little moment for myself when I pamper myself and take care of my skin (I use their lavender body oil religiously before going to bed to calm my nerves).

So what did I think of this eye cream? I like that it really makes the area around my eyes very soft – making it easy to apply make-up straight after use. I also like the pump bottle (very hygienic) and that you need very little per use. I never used anything with cottonseed before, but know it has moisturizing properties I was curious and not left disappointed. I like the unexpected ways ingredients are used such as broccoli (facial serum) and cilantro (scented candles) and am trying to keep myself from making new purchases. What is negative then? The price, it‘s a bit crazy.

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Ole Henriksen Berry Nurturing Gel Mask Review

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Pros:

Actually the price – for once – since you need so little per use, this jar can last you for a year or more.

 

Cons:

Doesn‘t provide “deep hydration” – but rather has a brightening effect, which not always is enough in a rough winter climate.

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I don‘t have much experience with Danish Ole Henriksen products, but I like his smiley face and eternal sunshine optimism. Plus my friends use Ole and his partner as an exemple when he forces me to make plans weeks in advance (apparently Ole and his partner use their calendar to map out their romantic gatherings which is foreign to a spontaneous time anarchist like myself). Anyways – this mask makes me feel like I‘m in a spa – it smells lovely of lavender and despite being a gel, is not sticky at all. The effect: my skin feels refreshed and brightened after use, and my skin very smooth. Minus: if you need deep hydration during the cold months this is not sufficient.

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules Review

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Pros:

My skin feels amazing and radiant after first use.

Cons:

The price.

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I think my beauty theme for this year to date, has been budget. I have become more aware of the good ingredients at a lower cost, been relying more on what my local pharmacy has to offer and managed to keep my extravagant sheet mask habits by ordering them off Amazon to be picked up by friends going on business trips to the US (I go to great lengths to reduce my beauty costs I guess you can tell..). So these ampules are definitely a huge, huge splurge for me..and it was soo worth it. This winter my skin has felt very gloom, from too little d-vitamin and personal problems causing lack of sleep, fatigue and stress – which went straight to my skin. Of course it took a tool on my general appearance (sick and tired of colleagues telling me I look tired) and I did everything in my power to control whatever I could – which was my skin. During my most harsh days I made it a mission using a sheet mask a day and using my beauty flash balm to an excess. So where do these ampules come in? You are supposed to use them daily, I didn‘t because that‘s just too expensive…but each time I used them my skin just looked radiant the next day. No matter how heartbroken and devastated I was my skin looked excellent. And that just did something for me. It made me feel a bit better, lighter.

You are supposed to use the capsules after your serum and before your face cream. I only used them in combination with face cream, otherwise my skin felt too oily and on the verge of breaking out. There is no way you can save half a capsule for the next day – or I didn‘t even try – so again this is a luxury treatment. But each night I used them I felt like I just had a mini facial. You are supposed to use a package up – so one capsule a night for 2 months, maybe I will try that one day..when my budget says OK.

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