CLARINS SOS HYDRA MASK REVIEW

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Pros:

Gives my hydration.

Cons:

…but not enough for my skin.

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This mask gives hydrating overnight masks a bad reputation – it makes me want to quit regular masks all together and go over so sheets – and never go back. Its and overnight mask (as you might have figured), and is supposed to give you instant overnight hydration. I have used it during the past months – so my skin had actually gotten over the extreme winter dryness and was getting back on track – so I didn‘t need “that much” hydration -and still I was let down.

The mask is very light in texture, gets absorbed pretty easily and gives ok moisture, but the next day after use the previous evening my skin looks just “ok” – not extra overly hydrated, plumb or bright in any way. I could basically have used a fat cream getting the same effect – no difference.

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Nars Orgasm Blush Review

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Pros:

Gives an amazing shimmering glow.

Cons:

This blush gives no color only shimmer.

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This blush has a cult status and though it has been reviewed many many times we still think it deserves a mention in here too. We are crazy about this blush. It melts into the skin due to its light texture – so you apply it in infinite amount without overdoing it aka you will never look like you applied your make-up in the dark when using this blush. It gives more of a shimmer rather then color. So if you want color its not for you. The shimmer looks natural and I’ve gotten so many compliments when wearing it.

The package has a big built in mirror (taking up the whole inner lid) which you can actually use – usually those mirrors are useless. Though I feel like you can almost not go wrong when applying it.

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DIOR HYDRA LIFE JELLY SLEEPING MASK REVIEW

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Pros:

Makes my skin more hydrated after use.

Cons:

No glow or radiance as promised.

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Honestly I like my budget face masks (Origins Drink Up Intense is my go to budget product nr 1 – I know some may say it‘s not that of a budget price tag – but the price per use is very budget friendly…) but sometimes I like to really splurge. And this Dior mask is one of those big splurges. I have to admit, that I love anything with a “jelly” like consistency which is why I chose this one. Jelly just makes me think of “refresh” and hydration bomb term. I thought maybe this mask would replace my new and very expensive habit of sheet masks…but It didn‘t. The mask is applied overnight, it gets absorbed very fast, and actually feels just like a “regular” cream on my face.

I kind of assumed my skin would be as all things promised by this mask – glowing, refreshed, softened, radiant…the verdict is: no it wasn‘t. This mask is fine – my skin feels ok hydrated the next day. But that is really it. No big “wow” or glow or radiance or anything else. I really feel I was cheated and this mask is absolutely not worth its price.

I haven‘t really used that many products from Dior and after this mask I know that I won‘t.

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Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturizer Review

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Pros:

Evens out my skin tone.

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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I chose this tinted moisturiser after trying out a few others as samples…so this one is my chosen one (and it sure is not expensive). First and foremost, you need a lot per use. I use this moisturiser as a light version of a foundation, layering it on top of my day cream. It gives my skin a very nice and even tone. I have rosacea (mild) and it doesn‘t even out the redness on my face. Neither do I see that my skin gets more glow or radiance after the use of this moisturiser. So overall this is an expensive cream, that evens out your skin tone but doesn‘t give much hydration and since you need a lot per use its not cost-per-use efficient at all.

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Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Review

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Pros:

No need for touch-ups throughout the day.

Cons:

Expensive.

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This the oily acne skin girl sharing with you again (see my previous reviews here and here). First and foremost, the colours in this palette (010 Im fair skinned) has a yellow beige tone rather then pink which makes ones skin look more natural when using the powder. This is the only powder which stays on  during the whole day without need for touch-ups. It promises shine reduction and a matte finish – and it really keeps it promise. It really absorbs oil from my face. The negatives – expensive and you can buy it refill – but is hard to get your hands on.

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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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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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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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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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