Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil Review

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Pros:

The price is decent.

Cons:

Very sticky and no real effect.

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This oil is completely useless. You are supposed to use it on your cuticles and nails to make them stronger (and prettier hihi) but it is very liquid and sticky, and doesn‘t really stay on your nails. I don‘t know when you are supposed to use it (in your sleep when you don‘t move at all?) – because when I have used it my clothes, hands and face got covered in oil, stinking of apricot. Naturally I didn‘t really notice any effect – as a longtime nail bitting individual I had high hopes for this oil and got very disappointed. The only plus is that the price is decent.

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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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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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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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Mizon Dust Clean Up Deep Cleansing Mask Review

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Pros:

I feel like my face is reborn after using this one.

Cons:

My skin feels very sensitive after use, almost on the verge of breaking out.

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So I‘m probably the last beauty blogger who jumped on the sheet mask train – and I think my wallet is grateful for that, cause now I‘m stuck. A “real” jar of mask just doesn‘t seem as appealing anymore to me..not when you can spend a small fortune (If you count per use price) on a small package of thread sheets and hope for a miracle..Anyways, this is the best sheet mask I have tried, and now I don‘t hold a gold medal in using sheet masks, but I think I can spot a good one.

It‘s a foaming mask (meaning it form a huge pile of foam on your face when you put it on), and after I removed the mask my face felt incredible. Like I just had a very deep cleanse and all residue of face products and dirt was taken off my face. I felt like my skin was reborn, and the feeling lasted well into the next day.  My skin felt a bit sensitive afterwards, like it could break out any time – but it didn‘t.

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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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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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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.