Revlon Be Fabulous End Repairing Serum Review

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Pros:

Makes my split ends look more “healthy” and taken care off.

Cons:

You need a lot per use of this serum.

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Split ends is one of my biggest hair issues (except a DIY blond dye which keeps me up at night), so I jump onto any product which promises to help! I have been using this serum both in wet and dry hair, with equally satisfying effect. The serum is absorbed very fast and makes my split ends more soft, hides away frizz in my hair and has a great overall effect. With overall effect I mean that my hair looks very sleek and much more healthy then it actually is (by actually is I count the time since I last visited a hairdresser for a trim).

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30 Review

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast and goes with all my serums and oils.

Cons:

The price.

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I have used this cream for a while, and though Elizabeth Arden isn‘t naturally my go to brand for skincare – I was pleasantly surprised. I associate the brand with old ladies on fifth avenue getting their treatment from the mighty Ardens salons and bottles of Red Door perfume that I give my granny for christmas. Maybe its because the brand hasn‘t really had a famous spokesperson or model fronting their adds (except Catherine Zeta Jones in the nineties) that I associate the brand with Arden herself, and maybe therefore don‘t really feel the appeal of their golden tubes and packages. Though their ceramide capsules have been my go-to beauty product when my skin has been in need for the past couple of years (extra effective when you are heading to a 17 hour shift and your skin needs a bomb of hydration).

Anyways back to the face cream: I thought it did what it promised – made my skin feel more radiant, smooth and firm. I have been using it both during the winter and the summer – and it works equally well – I just shift between a heavy oil or a lighter serum to make sure my skin doesn‘t get under/over-hydrated. It has worked well with all my oils and serums – and by that I mean that I don‘t break out of too much product on my skin, and that the cream gets absorbed easily and fast – and you can apply your make-up a few minutes later without it caking on top of your cream. The texture of the cream is very pleasant too without being too heavy. The negatives – it smells a bit synthetic and the price is pretty heavy. And you need a lot per use.

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Revlon Be Fabulous Fine Hair Volumizing Spray Review

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Pros:

Gives my hair nice structure…

Cons:

…and more volume (though not as much as one could expect)..

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I have very fine hair – and of course dream of volume (why can‘t one just be happy with what one‘s got?!)..This spray gives my hair more volume (not crazy much but enough) and texture (aka it doesn‘t “fly around” as much – as it usually does)..It smells very nice of perfume, not chemical or of candy – which I really appreciate.

I have in the past experienced rashes from volume sprays – but not from this one – even though I spray it on like 15 – 20 sprays daily.

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Eksperience 6-Vitamins Cocktail Filler Review

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Pros:

Moisturises my hair well.

Cons:

Not sure vitamins can be absorbed by dead materia – aka your hair.

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I like the idea of using hair products one can leave-in (cause I‘m lazy let‘s face it and I feel very economic – no waste of product since its all left in). This vitamin boost filler comes in a glass jar, and is usually sold at salons – I consider myself taking a big “step-up” using salon products – which is new to me. It is supposed to rebuilt and give loads of moisture to the hair. I haven‘t been able to find information online if our hair can actually absorb vitamins – since its dead materia- but I‘m desperate and I‘ll put anything in my dry hair that sounds healthy (vitamins are good for you to eat – why not put it in the hair? I know blond logic).

My verdict – you only need a little per use. It doesn‘t make your hair greasy and it makes my hair feel very moisturised – though you can‘t replace your conditioner with this filler  – you need more.

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Maria Nila True Soft Masque Review

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Pros:

100% vegan ingredients.

Cons:

Smells a big heavy.

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I must admit that one knows that life is great when one of your “problems” is that your hair is too dry and coarse. Seriously I feel ridiculous even now – writing that this is a “problem”. But anyways – those of you following the blog know that my hair plays me loads of tricks and I‘m constantly on the lock-out for new stuff to make it look like I have a Kate Middleton stylist following me (the stylist would have to be a hippy and free soul though – Kate‘s hair is way too perfect in my opinion).

I have never tried anything from Swedish Maria Nila before but was pretty impressed with the following: their stuff is produced in Sweden (yey), contain 100% vegan ingredient and are free of sulphates and parabens.

This mask is very creamy, smells nice (though a bit heavy) and makes my hair super super smooth, plus you need very little per use. I really enjoy when you apply a masque and can feel how your hair becomes super easy to detangle and smooth within minutes.  It‘s a keeper for me – if your hair is pretty fluffy from the beginning it might not have the effect you wish though.

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Emma S. Treatment Enzyme Peel Review

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Pros:

Makes pimples and black heads disappear.

Cons:

The price.

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I have very soft skin, and rarely have problems with pimples. Though I have blackheads – but if I stay away from the mirror when I‘m wearing my glasses/lenses I actually don‘t see them (and don‘t try to squeeze them out). I have used peeling since I was 16 and I tend to use a cheap Russian scrub containing apricot shell powder – but this mask from Emma S has taken removal of dead skin cells to another level. I use it about 3-4 times a month, and my skin feels baby smooth afterwards. The peeling contains AHA acids and makes your skin tingle, though the package warns you that your skin can turn red I have never experienced that. I use it to remove excess oils and dead cells from my skin.

Since many of your like to read out reviews which aim at acne prone skin and what one does with such problems, I asked my sisters take on this peel which she also uses. She has had a lot of problems with oily skin, acne and blackheads (read more about it here) and here is her take on this mask: First and foremost, a person with acne is not allowed to exfoliate ones skin mechanically (aka with a scrub) but only with peelings – such as acids or enzymes. When I first used it I got surprised that my skin turned warm and red already after 30 minutes – since products this “strong” are usually sold at salons, and not in “regular” cosmetic shops. My face was red for a pretty long while after use – so don‘t use this one when you are heading out somewhere afterwards. After a few uses I saw that my blackheads were reduced in size, and the “small” pimples on my forehead disappeared. It has not changed anything in my acne situation – not for the better or for worst. But I really liked that I can use this chemical peel on my sensitive acne skin and feel and see some result. This peeling is expensive, but the tube lasted me for about 2-3 months when used 1-2 times a week..

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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 Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Does what it promises and suits almost all skin types.

Cons:

I’m not too fond of the lavender smell (- like the rest of the bloggers on this side).

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This is a classic and for good reasons! I use this daily wintertime or as a weekly treatment during other times of the year – just to get an extra hydration boost. When I’m really dry I layer it on top of a water-based moisturizing serum, underneath my nightcream. My skin loves it! Since you only need a couple of drops it last for a long time which is comforting considering the price. I have tried other face oils from other “hyped” brands bit keep coming back to my little blue bottle year after year.

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Is Dermaroller Really a Miracle Maker? (Part 1)

For the past months I have been looking into the Dermaroller treatment. I have some scars and red spots on my cheeks that I would like to get rid of once and for all. I have researched for a long time on the best and least damaging treatments, and I came across the Dermaroller treatment.

My stupid scars

The scars and red spots on my cheeks has been annoying me since I got them (from a sudden, bad acne outbreak when I was around 20). Even though the scars I have are not that big and noticeable with makeup on, they’re still there. And I’m very conscious about them. Fx. I mostly have my hair down (and not so much in pony tail or bun) to cover the scars and red dots on my cheeks. I would just love if I could make them go away without any treatments that might cause scars (like laser). If this treatment lives up to its promises, it would help me minimise – or perhaps even get rid of – these scars.

Dermaroller results

Dermaroller is supposed to be good for treating acne, minimising scars, pores, sun damages (pigmentation), wrinkles and in general rejuvenating skin.

There’s both a Dermaroller home kit and a clinical treatment. Both are expensive, but if they really provide the results that they claim, I would way it’s worth it.

Here’s some of the results (before/after pics) that I found online:

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How does the Dermaroller work?

The Dermaroller is like a small fakir roll: It has a lot of small needles that you roll over your skin. The needles make thousands of very small wholes that cause a degradation of your skin, which then actives re-generation of new skin, that in the end result in rejuvenated skin (source). In short you “damage”/irritate your skin by making a lot of small wholes with the needles on the Dermaroller. This will stimulate your skin and make it heal and re-generate new skin: “The skin is lightly punctured creating a “perceived” injury, and the body responds by producing new skin cells to heal the surface.” (Read more about the science behind the Dermaroller here)

I’m always sceptical/critical to what I read online, and I’m a firm believer in scientific research (I have an academic background after all) and testing things out myself before I’m convinced. 

Therefore, I’m going to give the Dermaroller treatment a try and tell you guys my experience. 100% honesty.

Which type of Dermaroller should I use?

It seems that there’s a lot of different Dermarollers out there, from cheap ones on Amazon to really expensive ones. When it comes to making thousands of wholes in my skin whit small needles, I don’t want to take any chances. Therefore, I did my research before even thinking about fakir-rolling on my face: I’ve googled around, browsed 30+ websites, asked dermatologists and doctors, and stopped by a couple of treatment clinics, where they offer scar-treatments, to ask for their advice.

My conclusion is that I want to use the Dermaroller 8 with Serum 8. The majority of beauty clinics in Denmark offer the Dermaroller 8 treatment, and the company seems very professional. The skin will need a lot of hydration after the treatment and the Serum 8 seems to provide a lot of benefits, while hydrating and helping the skin to regenerate itself.

This is what you get with the Dermaroller 8 home kit:

It comes in a nice looking box that also includes a small black travel bag, so that you can take the kit with you when needed.

I’m going to try the Dermaroller Serum8 homekit and have clinical Dermaroller treatments done because some of my scars are deep and will not go away by using the homekit only. The treatment will take several months. I will use the Dermaroller Serum8 home kit several times a week and then “supply” with clinical treatment to get the best results.

 

In the next post I will describe my first encounter with the Dermaroller and post my before pictures (this will take some courage)…

 

Sources:

http://www.serum8.com/the-method.html

http://plasticsurgery.about.com/b/2010/01/26/is-micro-needling-too-good-to-be-true.htm

http://www.carolinebjerring.dk/brands/dermaroller-8

http://www.realself.com/derma-rollers-microneedling

http://www.globalcaremarket.com/us/product-wiki-faq-pages/what-is-microneedle-derma-roller-therapy-system/

http://dermarollerguide.net/