Kiehl’s Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo Review

 

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Pros:

You can recycle the bottle at your local Kiehl‘s counter and get samples in exchange for it.

Cons:

No shine or hydration – as was promised.

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So usually I shop my Kiehl‘s products in the US, since the tax difference makes them pretty overprices in Europe but ok reasonable in the US. But this one I got in Europe, desperate for a new shampoo for my dry hair. I think its true for most of us that our body in general needs more up-keeping in the beauty department during cold winter months: dry skin, dry hair…so I spend most of my annual beauty budget October – February – sheet masks, hair masks, fat body lotions and lip moisturisers – you name it.

This shampoo was bought in a bid to make my hair more hydrated and shiny – because no matter what I do – it always looks pretty dry and lifeless in these months. And since this shampoo promises exactly that (hydration and shine) and contains the right ingredients for it (avocado oil and olive fruit oil) – I awaited success. What did I get? Actually I noticed no real difference after I started to use this shampoo. Not at all. You might say maybe – you are not using the other magic ingredients needed for hair success (hair mask, regular hair cuts, hair oil, conditioner made for your hair type) – and the answer is YES I DO. I use all of the above and a bit more (leave-in conditioner, extra spray on oil for very dehydrated day, a varied diet). So my conclusion for this shampoo is – its pretty useless and I don‘t recommend it to any of you.

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The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

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Pros:

Good price.

Cons:

Doesn‘t have as much effect as I would wish for.

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I guess this is some kind of budget version of Kiehl‘s cilantro mask (read my review here) – promising to get rid of dirt from pollution and leave you with clearer skin. The cilantro mask has en extra plus: it‘s overnight and thus gives you skin loads of hydration. This matcha mask doesn‘t give your skin any hydration – it makes your skin tingle, and after your skin does indeed feel very clean. It doesn‘t really get rid of any impurities like blackheads. After use my skin feels very “clean and clear”. I think it‘s a good budget options, but I‘m not going to repurchase this mask again. It has a clay like consistency but does not leave my skin as clear as I would wish for.

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask Review

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Pros:

Instant hydration.

Cons:

Expensive (at least if bought in Europe compared to the US)

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I think Kiehl’s is a brand with very uneven quality – I love their hair mask and coriander face mask. But their hand cream feels like a pharmacy balm which won‘t get absorbed, and their vitamin C serum – which I spent a fortune on – did absolutely nothing for me. But sometimes they really get it right – just like they did with this face mask – which I discovered at random. It feels like a regular face cream when you apply it – so not too thick. It gets absorbed very quickly – and it you see an instant result. Next day my skin looks extremely smooth, plumb and hydrated. Some overnight masks can be very rich causing sensitive skin like mine to break out – but this mask can be used several nights a week without any break-outs or feeling that you “overfeed” your skin with too much goodness.

An obvious minus with Kiehl’s and many other American brands is – that they are more expensive in Europe. The price in the US is completely ok but in Europe buying Kiehl’s is a bit of an extravagance.

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Revlon Eksperience Wave Remedy Anti Frizz Hair Cleanser Review

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Pros:

Actually holds frizz down.

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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I‘m currently on a bit of a break from my war on frizz – its been raining non-stop for 2 weeks in my part of the hood and I‘m exhausted from trying to keep my hair looking ok.  I have given up and am focusing all my love and selfcare on my face. But I still would like to recommend this shampoo which has been a good friend in my anti-frizz war (even though even this shampoo can‘t do anything when the rain pours down like it does right now). What I like about this shampoo is that its easy to use: easy to wash out of your hair, and doesn‘t make my scalp dry – which most other shampoos do. It also gives great subtle volume and most importantly – holds my frizz back from ruining my good hair days.

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Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Smoothing Moisturizer Review

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Pros:

My face becomes super soft after use.

Cons:

You can‘t pile make-up on top.

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Hello this is your acne prone friend again! I was looking for a day cream which only gives hydration but no fat/oil and marries well with a good layer of make-up on top. And important was also that the cream would not clog my pores. So I got this one. The problem is that when I applied powder on top of the cream – the cream rolled off my face as thin make-up sausages. So it was not really worth the money. This, one would think would be the end of the story – but no nooo I don‘t give up and I returned to my local Biotherm desk asking for direction. They recommended me to use a smaller quantity of the cream – this did not help. Now I‘m stuck with this superexpensive cream which I can‘t use. This cream also has a very strong scent – for me it‘s ok but I can imagine it could be a problem for others. Don‘t buy it if you have oily skin since you will probably have problems with absorbing it too. The sad thing is that besides hydration the commercial for this cream promises fast absorption. I have tried waiting up to 20 minutes before applying my make-up but still the same effect of make-up coming off my face.

The cream itself feels very pleasent on and really plumbs my skin, giving it a very nice glow. But I use make-up daily so this cream is not compatible with my routine.

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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review

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Pros:

Low price for relatively big quantity.

Cons:

Doesn‘t really do anything for my skin.

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This is your writer with the acne again – after a little miracle (pregnancy) my skin turned much clearer – but I still got problems with greasy and acne prone skin. I got this solution after reading several raving reviews and watching numerous youtube videos where it was described as the saviour for problem prone skin. The actual product description doesn‘t really promise anything but after reading all those reviews that rave about the removal of excess skin and exfoliation; one comes to assume that it could make ones pores smaller and diminish pimples. Result: nothing really happens. After application I don‘t even feel any lingering sensation on my skin, and I don‘t notice any exfoliating effect. My skin looks the same after continuously using this solution twice weekly for a month. I will not repurchase it.

What attracted me to this solution is its high concentration of acids but super low price – making a salon treatment available for most wallets. Unfortunetly it did nothing for me.

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Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Review

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Pros:

Can apply it without a mirror and people won’t be able to tell you have make-up on.

Cons:

The bottle is not very functional

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This is a very light foundation – I use it when I don’t want to have a heavy make-up look but still want to hide the dark circles under my eyes or hyper pigmentation. The big con is that it’s hard to apply – it’s just a bottle: you can’t squeeze it and there is no application tool. So when the bottle is half empty you kind of have to shake it out like an old Heinz ketchup. This procedure is so annoying – especially in the morning when you just want to get on with it.The foundation blends in super well and one can’t really tell that you are wearing foundation – so super natural look – big plus. 

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Emma S Ultimate Serum Review

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Pros:

Very hydrating.

Cons:

The price is a bit steep (compared to their other products).

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Last week I found out something new about serums – and I‘m ashamed to admit I didn‘t know it being a beauty blogger – but I still want to share it with you all – so here it comes – you have to wait as long as possible after applying your serum before you apply your cream on top of it. This in order for the active ingredients in the serum to get their time to work properly on your skin. So now first thing I do in the morning is run to apply my serum. All these years I‘ve been piling everything on top of each other (and still felt a good effekt, so now I expect miracles). Anyways, back to this Emma S serum. Being a big fan of their Ageless serum – I decided to give it a go, despite it being for slightly older skin then mine. It‘s main focus is anti-age and being 30 I feel its the right time to start (it‘s soo individual but I feel that just hydrating my skin is no longer good enough).

This serum contains hyalaronic acid and Vitamin A derivates. I trust Emma S – because I know their philosophy is all about good efficient no bull ingredients. Emma being a supermodel before retouching existed is a great example of ageing with grace. So using this serum I hoped my skin would get some of her glow. Result? This serum has given my skin loads of hydration and I definitely got rid of my “dryness wrinkles” (lines in your face you get when your skin is dehydrated). Minus? This serum is pretty “fat” so I rarely apply creams on top of it because then my skin feels sticky and make-up cakes up.

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Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin Advanced Skin Corrector Review

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Gives my skin an amazing glow.

Cons:

The price is pretty crazy for a cream – some people pay this much – I usually don‘t.

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This very expensive story started with a sample – I wanted to try something else but my favourite Beauty Flash Balm – which has been my go-to for the past 5 years. I took the sample with me when visiting my grandparents – and my grandmother – who is very sensible with money  gasped “buy it!” when she saw my skin. I told her about the price and she was still “buy it!”. So I did, and now my skin looks retouched whenever I feel like it.

The cream is very light on my skin – usually I can‘t pile on too many products without getting a rash – but I‘ve been using it on top of my day cream and serum without a problem. My skin gets a glow and looks a bit retouched and luminous. I have noticed and so have those around me. Is it better then the beauty flash balm? I actually think so – because after many years of using the flash balm I stopped seeing any effect – with this cream I see a lot of it – and instantly. I simply use it as a shield against the world on bad days.

About the price: I got the refill package – which is cheaper – and yes, you can see that it‘s a refill – but I‘m pretty indifferent to that.

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