REVLON PROFESSIONAL BE FABULOUS C.R.E.A.M. CURL DEFINING SHAMPOO REVIEW

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Pros:

Great for crazy curly hair.

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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This is my favourite shampoo this year so far. I have  a pretty costly habit when it comes to hair care – and I really don‘t settle for less – so this is a bit of a “budget” product to me. Now don‘t get me wrong – I know I‘m privileged and spending tons of money on hair care is definitely a priority for me (just as buying living of carrots and omelettes for a week in a row to save money is too) . So I was pleasantly surprised but how great this shampoo works for my hair. My hair is messy and curly – and already after the first use I noticed my curls more defined – which I love. My hair also became smoother and more hydrated. Basically this is a great budget option for crazy curly hair like mine. Also, my hair usually looks pretty gloom a day before its time for a wash – but after I started using this shampoo my hair looks great all the way – and I even wash it a day later. And I will definitely re-purchase this shampoo. Negatives? You need a lot per use.

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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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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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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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Keune Vital Nutrition Mask Review

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Pros:

Provides plenty of hydration.

Cons:

High price per use.

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I had never heard of Keune (even though the brand is old, starting as a family business in 1922). But on my search for anything that makes my hair soft during these cold months I‘m not picky and don‘t like to go for safecards. So I was really curious trying this new (to me) brand.

The price is pretty steep so I had high expectations. Those who followed me for a while know that my loyalty is with Kiehls Olive Fruit Repairative Hair Pak, and I‘m reluctant towards new hair masks. But since I felt that even the Kiehls mask let me down a bit this cold winter I was ready to try something new..and this mask was very much worth it. One of the first signs of a good mask, is that your hair untangles as soon as you apply it – this mask does that. Secondly, it it makes my hair shiny and my split ends feel and look..less split, which is greatly appreciated. The minus: you need a lot per use as the mask is pretty heavy in consistency (like whipped butter) which makes the price per use pretty high. I will continue using this mask and if the package lasts longer then my Kiehls favourite I might just as well replace it.

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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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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules Review

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Pros:

My skin feels amazing and radiant after first use.

Cons:

The price.

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I think my beauty theme for this year to date, has been budget. I have become more aware of the good ingredients at a lower cost, been relying more on what my local pharmacy has to offer and managed to keep my extravagant sheet mask habits by ordering them off Amazon to be picked up by friends going on business trips to the US (I go to great lengths to reduce my beauty costs I guess you can tell..). So these ampules are definitely a huge, huge splurge for me..and it was soo worth it. This winter my skin has felt very gloom, from too little d-vitamin and personal problems causing lack of sleep, fatigue and stress – which went straight to my skin. Of course it took a tool on my general appearance (sick and tired of colleagues telling me I look tired) and I did everything in my power to control whatever I could – which was my skin. During my most harsh days I made it a mission using a sheet mask a day and using my beauty flash balm to an excess. So where do these ampules come in? You are supposed to use them daily, I didn‘t because that‘s just too expensive…but each time I used them my skin just looked radiant the next day. No matter how heartbroken and devastated I was my skin looked excellent. And that just did something for me. It made me feel a bit better, lighter.

You are supposed to use the capsules after your serum and before your face cream. I only used them in combination with face cream, otherwise my skin felt too oily and on the verge of breaking out. There is no way you can save half a capsule for the next day – or I didn‘t even try – so again this is a luxury treatment. But each night I used them I felt like I just had a mini facial. You are supposed to use a package up – so one capsule a night for 2 months, maybe I will try that one day..when my budget says OK.

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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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