Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil Review

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Pros:

A bottle lasts ages (about 7 months).

 

Cons:

The texture is pretty boring…

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This is a pretty thick oil, and I prefer them a bit more silky, luxurious so to speak…this oil just feels like you are pouring petrolium in your face. I‘m used to cleansing oils which feel like the biggest luxury and treat to use (like this one), didn‘t feel that way about this oil. It cleans my face ok, but just feels very basic. Also my pores have been more clogged then usual after I started using this oil, and I can‘t help but wonder – is it the oils fault??

The only plus is that the bottle lasts for ages and that my skin feels ok hydrated after use. This oil is part of the ceramide line, I love the Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsules (I use them when I have a real dry skin emergency) and this facial cleanser just really didn‘t live up to that standard to goodness.

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GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment Review

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Pros:

A good quick fix for dull skin.

Cons:

Not any “WOW” factor at all.

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This is my first GlamGlow product – I have occasionally passed their stand at Sephora – but not given it much thought. But after my Himalayan charcoal mask ran out I decided to give mud another go – even though I‘m a big sceptic. This mask is packed with ingredients I can‘t even pronounce – all promising the same things – bright, light and luminous skin.

My verdict: the mask dries in fast, which is practical, you only need to leave it on for about 10 minutes and the effect is pretty instant. I do think my skin looks very bright after use – and use this mask as a quick fix before heading out. Is it some kind of miracle that totally changed the texture and look of my skin? Absolutely not. It‘s good but not amazing – so I won‘t repurchase it again.

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Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t dry out my skin.

Cons:

No calming effect on my skin.

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After noticing that the skin toner I was using made my skin dry – I wanted to upgrade and went for an alcohol free version. I think in general stuff from Kiehl‘s are of uneven quality – either they are a life-saver (their olive oil hair mask and cilantro face mask) or unacceptably overpriced and have no effect what so ever (their hand cream). I happened to be travelling in the US – where the Kiehl‘s prices are ok compared to the US – so I decided to indulge. I have used up the 500 ml bottle – which has lasted around 8 months – and I still really have no opinion of this toner. And I think it really says it all.

I remember my first tonic – seeing how much dirt came off my face was a religious experience – so I take this step in my cleansing routine seriously. This toner didn‘t dry out my skin, and has been efficiently removing my make-up residue. The product description promises a complete zen moment: calming, soothing, balancing effects… you name it they say it. I haven‘t noticed any soothing effects on my skin (I still break-out just as frequently) and my black-heads are there too. So basically nothing special at all, will not re-purchase and I expected more from Kiehl‘s!

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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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