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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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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L’Oréal Purify & Mattify Eucalyptus Clay Mask Review

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Pros:

Removes all excess oil from my skin.

Cons:

The smell of eucalyptus is a bit too discreet for my taste.

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I got this mask after too much time in the sun – using all that sunscreen on my face not only caused my skin to break out but also made it oily. Normally I have dry skin so I kind of didn‘t know what to do – switching all my products – which target dry skin – to products for oily skin felt like a bit of an economic pit and unnecessary. Therefore I decided to invest in this mask – which is friendly to a low budget – and see what happened.

I like that the mask is easy to apply, and also pretty easy to remove (some mud masks can be hell). It did live up to its promise making my skin look much more matte, and made it feel extremely smooth and soft. About the cleansing part – even though I felt my skin was much softer, it was not by any means cleaner – my blackheads didn‘t disappear at all. So in that sense it doesn‘t do what it promises – but then again, I have never meet a mud mask that does. Overall I was very happy with the results – especially considering the price – now I want my dry skintype back please.

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L:A Bruket Broccoli Seed Serum Review

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Pros:

Contains broccoli – which is something I never tried on my skin before.

Cons:

Comes in a glass jar.

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This serum got an uninvited – but very pleasent extra “dimension” – after accidentally dropping the glass jar on my bathroom floor – I put the remain in my fridge in a plastic container – and voila – applying the ice cold serum now feels beyond refreshing.

I have never used broccoli on my face – but having read its long list of beneficial properties – I was all game. Since broccoli is consider a superfood – being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, I hoped that my post-winter superdry and very pale skin could get a good boost. Broccoli contains vitamin A (helps stimulate new skin cell production), arachidonic acid (calming effect) plus vitamins C, E and beta-carotene (reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation). So my expectations were hight – the result – the serum is like a light gel, gets absorbed relatively fast – and makes my skin feel very smooth and refreshed (especially since the broken glass jar ended up in my fridge – where it puzzles my boyfriend daily).

A big con is obviously the glass jar – which is very appealing visually but can be very unpractical.

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-boosting face mask review

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Pros:

Brightens my skin immediately.

Cons:

The price is kind of crazy.

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First time I used this mask my face was like “wow wow wow”! I never thought putting pieces of sticky fruit on your face could be so enjoyable. But I really like it. Having read soo many blog posts about Fresh and their face masks – I decided to treat myself while on a recent trip to the US (they don‘t sell them where I live) – and I was really blown away by this one. First and foremost, I have to say that I also tried their rose mask (as a sample) and was not impressed at all, so not sure all of their (very expensive) stuff have the same quality as this mask. It makes my face awake straight away (I put it on when in the shower in the morning and leave it on for around 5 minutes) and my skin definetley looks more bright.

If you are on a budget I‘m pretty sure you can achieve a similar effect making a DIY fruit face mask, I‘m simply too lazy for that.

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DanishSkinCare Smooth Skin Treatment Review

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Pros:

Reduces pores and black spots. Decreases the amount of pimples I have.

Cons:

Not suitable for sensitive skin

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I bought this skin tonic as I read some remarkable stories from girls who were helped for their pimples and black heads. It also claimed that it could reduce poresize. Since I am 30 years pimples are luckily rare i my face. But I have struggled with large pores and black heads since I was a teenager.  So this was last step, and I really think it have helped my skin thanks to effective ingredients like salicylic acid and niacinamide. The first two or the times I used it my sensitive skin turned irritated and red, but after some days use my skin tolerated it. I can recommend it to people with not sensitive skin, who struggle with teenage skin and black spots and pores. Seriously they can really make you miserable – especially when many and uncontrollable.

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