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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The best budget beauty products – the complete list

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We think that beauty should be simple – one doesn‘t have to spend tons of money to look pretty and feel happy. We all know that the best advice to look and feel splendid are free – tons of sleep, a lot of water and keeping a happy mind. But of course we are no strangers to using a little help – and since we rather spend our money on lattes and pretty dresses we wanted to share our list of budget products that makes us feel like a million bucks for a lot less…

  1. Smooth skin is number one for me personally and though I like expensive lotions and potions I always keep coming back to my favourite budget oilbaby oil – makes your skin fantastically smooth and costs next to nothing (pssst apparently sweet almond oil from the baby department at the french pharmacies is a well kept secret of french beauty..).
  2. If you are one of those girls (or boys) who are into a polished look a good hair brush is a must – the HH Simonsen wet brush – saved my hair and I have been using it ever since. Being ridiculously cheap (around 15 dollars, the cost – per – use is pretty sweet) it is one of my best budget buys EVER.
  3. Since happiness is a must for beauty – in our opinion – at least if you want that glowing  fantastic va-va-voom beauty. I get that from many things in life but one of the is a good relaxing shower (repeat after me: its the small things in life…) – and the Le Petit Marseilles Miel de Lavande shower cream – is my favourite shower gel. This one is hard to find outside of France, costs next to nothing (3 dollars), makes my skin super soft but best of all – smells fantastic of lavendar.
  4. For me a great hair oil is a staple and the Orofluido hair oil – has saved my dry hair. It costs around 20 dollars, but a 100 ml bottle lasted me for about 2,5 years so I still consider it a great investment.
  5. Finally even when on a budget an extra a bit unnecessary but oh so indulgent beauty product can make your bathroom feel a bit more extravagant – that one product for me has been  my bottle of Avene face water – which has stayed with me for the past 2 years. Yes it feels a bit stupid to pay for water, but my bottle has lasted me for over 2 years and god does it feel great to splash ones face with some thermal water and march out to meet the day ahead.

L:A Bruket Sea Salt Scrub Sage / Rosemary / Lavender Review

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Pros:

Contains a lot of oil which makes my skin very soft after use – no need to use a body oil or body lotion.

Cons:

The scrub could be “rougher” on my skin (I like my skin to hurt a bit after a proper scrub).

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Those of you whom have followed us for a while know about our L:A Bruket obsession and that we can‘t get enough of these Swedish good ingredients beauty products which make us feel like a zillion (and like queens of all things natural obviously). This time we have gotton our hands on the Lavender/ Sage / Rosemary body scrub and here are our thoughts: the scrub is made of fine salt, it smells delicious mainly of rosemary and leaves our skin very smooth. The salt is drained in oil so our skin feels very hydrated and supersoft after use – which is great since most scrubs leave you itchy and in immediate need of body lotion / body oil. Negatives: the scrub could have contained bigger salt grains in order for one to really feel a more “rough” scrub.

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Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Review

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Pros: 

Feels very soothing and hydrating.

Cons:

Is a bit sticky.

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This is definitely my favourite buy of 2017 to this day. I got this masque as a treat to myself on a trip to New York as a treat and to celebrate new beginnings: new job, new plans, new ambitions and a lot of knowledge from mistakes I made in 2016 (it was a year on standstill full of emotions – and I‘ve decided to make 2017 easier for myself and my surroundings). Surely all my new hopes and promises should come with extra glowing skin I thought…and this masque did not disappoint.

The masque has a gel-like consistency, which feels a bit sticky but very pleasant and soothing on my skin. You use it for 5 minutes and I saw an instant result after the first use: my skin feels very hydrated and look glowing. Also I‘m a fan of the ingredients: aloe vera and calendula are known to have a calming effect on skin. This mask gives me the feeling of being in a spa and I love it.

I have used the Kiehls algea face masque and was a fan too – thought I don‘t think it‘s sold anymore. Though I have mixed feelings about Kiehls and think they make great and not soo great stuff – them seem to know how to make great face masques.

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleaning Balm

Pros:

Cleanses my skin perfectly

Cons:

Super expensive!

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This cleanser is super luxurious with natural plant oils and only natural fragrances. It cleanses perfectly fine, with a quite strong perfume that I’m not sure if I like or not.  I have use tons of other cleansers that works just as fine, without stripping my skin, with a smell that I’m certain that I like for a third of the price (read all of our zillion reviews here). I’m sorry, but this product is just not worth it.

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Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Pros:

My skin looks much better since I started using this tonic.

Cons:

The price.

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Is it too soon to call this a modern classic? Or did I just fall for the hype? Doesn’t really matter, I love this tonic. The ingredient list is full of goodies that take care of your skin, and the AHA-acids keeps it exfoliated. I use this tonic daily and my skin is brighter with less break-outs ever since. It says that you should apply it with a cotton pad, but since I don‘t want to waste any expensive drops I just apply it straight on the skin with my fingers with makes the bottle last much longer.

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