Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Review

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Pros: 

Feels very soothing and hydrating.

Cons:

Is a bit sticky.

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This is definitely my favourite buy of 2017 to this day. I got this masque as a treat to myself on a trip to New York as a treat and to celebrate new beginnings: new job, new plans, new ambitions and a lot of knowledge from mistakes I made in 2016 (it was a year on standstill full of emotions – and I‘ve decided to make 2017 easier for myself and my surroundings). Surely all my new hopes and promises should come with extra glowing skin I thought…and this masque did not disappoint.

The masque has a gel-like consistency, which feels a bit sticky but very pleasant and soothing on my skin. You use it for 5 minutes and I saw an instant result after the first use: my skin feels very hydrated and look glowing. Also I‘m a fan of the ingredients: aloe vera and calendula are known to have a calming effect on skin. This mask gives me the feeling of being in a spa and I love it.

I have used the Kiehls algea face masque and was a fan too – thought I don‘t think it‘s sold anymore. Though I have mixed feelings about Kiehls and think they make great and not soo great stuff – them seem to know how to make great face masques.

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Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t lump.

Cons:

Hard to apply on lower lashes because they just get too much mascara due to the brushes size.

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This is my all time favourite mascara. I have been using it for 6 months now – and yes I know, you are supposed to not use your make-up for too long due to bacteria etcetc, but I‘m soo impressed  that it hasn‘t dried out/lumped/given me panda eyes – that I‘m gone use it until there is none left. The brush is made of rubber and you get exactly the amount that you (I) need per use, and really gives some mascara love to each one of my eyelashes. My lashes are pretty long and usually when I use mascaras it usually smudges off on my eyelids and this one doesn‘t. Also after a long day I don‘t have it all over my cheeks. In my opinion this is the bust budget mascara out on the market right now, period.

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Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant Review

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Pros:

Cool concept of a powder that you have to mix with a cleanser to produce a scrub.

Cons:

Way to gentle for me to see any results.

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This is the first thing I‘ve tried from Aesop ever – they are pretty expensive – and I think I was a bit bullied by all blogs which obsess about their minimalistic packages and good quality – to invest in this powder. The powder is a mixture of crushed botanicals which you mix with your facial wash and use as a scrub. I have never heard of this concept before, and really like it – since the powder can last forever, while creams dry in and lose their power. Verdict: I used this powder with the Aesop cleanser, it was easy to mix with it, and easy to apply. I felt a bit like a with mixing this grey herbal smelling powder in my bathroom. I mixed it in my hand and it was all clean and easy. The effect of the scrub was a bit too weak in my opinion. I really like a proper scrub, and am not afraid to use sea salt when out of options, so the gentle rubbing sensation when using this powder was just not enough for me. I could be using this daily just to wash grease off my face I think. Even though my face feels smooth after use it‘s just not enough. Conclusion: if you like gentle scrubs this could work for you otherwise save some money and use sea salt!

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ACO Ultrasoft Toner Review

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Pros:

Good cleansing and leaves my skin very soft.

Cons:

Could have had more of a “smell”.

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I remember when I first tried a toner water on my face – oh what a true revolution it was (piles of dirt came off my skin – literally). Having had the pleasure to travel for 2 months straight at the beginning of this year – I sort off had a beauty crisis when I ran out of to toner half-way through (and I was on island where there were no toner to buy – you were lucky if you got hold of some old overpriced Nivea sunscreen). So when I came home to this new toner from Swedish ACO I was thrilled – and literally rubbed it on my face 3 times a day for the first week (..and the dirt kept on coming off…).

So what do I think of this toner..first and foremost, one can just spray it on ones face which is very convenient. Secondly my skin feels very soft afterwards (which has been much needed since coming home has been a chock of cold). Thirdly I have never seen so much dirt come off my face when using a toner, so I‘m figuring it‘s doing a decent job. The bottle is huge thus the toner lasts for long which I like since my budget is tight after all this travelling.

What didn‘t I like: the smell is very nice and discreet but I would‘t have minded if it was a bit stronger.

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Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Review

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Pros:

You need a tiny tiny bit per use – so you can use this jar forever.

Cons:

Might have caused an allergic reaction for my poor friend.

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I haven’t quit made up my mind of what I think of this mask – on one hand I think it‘s really hydrating, I love that you need very little per use, and it‘s not very sticky (despite being a gel). On the other hand I‘m almost certain it gave my friend an allergic reaction – not a serious one just some redness that passed within a few hours – but still a bit of a killer when one brings this for a fun spa day with girlfriends and one of them turns into a tomato (she had tried it once before – which makes it more plausible, since one doesn‘t get an allergic reaction when using something for the first time). After using this mask I still need a cream and a serum but feel baby smooth, but not 100% covered in terms of hydration. This is a decent mask and you can make it last a year at least, but the result is not that fantastic considering its price.

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Our best hair products – the complete list

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It‘s no secret hair products take up a lot of space on this blog. Therefore we decided to compose a list of our all time favourite hair products:

  1. Best hair maskKiehl’s Olive Fruit Reparative hair pak – I have been using this mask for the past two years and ALWAYS return to it – actually its the only thing from Kiehl‘s I‘ve stayed faithful to. The mask makes my hair instantly (after 10 minutes) soft, easy to de-tangle and just makes it look much better. This blog is more about what you shouldn‘t buy rather then what you should buy and this mask is probably the only time I‘ve urged my readers to try something so urgently. By try I mean getting a sample of it. Read full review here.
  2. Best hair oilOrofluido hair oil – this oil is the oil of all oils, and those of you who have read a few reviews of hair products on this blog know that I always refer back to it. This oil makes my hair instantly soft and smells of heaven. And its a great budget buy – a bottle has lasted me for 2 years. Trust me I have tried a lot of oils and nothing comes close to it (yes we are talking about you Moroccan oil). See full review here.
  3. Best dry shampood:fi dry shampoo – most beauty/fashion/french bloggers refer to Klorane dry shampoo as the best thing out there. We have reviewed it (read review here) and we really really really liked it. But seriously there must be other dry shampoos out there which are just as good and keep a good level of quality..answer: hell yeah. Sure d:fi dry shampoo doesn‘t ooze of french sophistication but its good quality, the color is neutral (not traces of white in my hair yey) and its cheap. Much better than Klorane if you look at it from a price point – which I know many of you are. Read the full review here.
  4. Best shampoo and conditionerBamboo smooth anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner – this shampoo and conditioner are my favourites because they give my hair that va va voom feeling and a bottle lasts for about 6 months (which might justify the steep price). Considering frizz one of my hairs biggest enemies these bottles have been saviours. Read full review here.
  5. Best quick fixBamboo Kendi oil dry oil mist – this oil is my go when I need a quick solution – some shine and nice texture. It doesn‘t replace a hair cut and won‘t fight dry ends but It‘s a big favourite – partly again cause a bottle lasts for years and the shine adds some well-needed confidence from sad hair days. Read full review here.

This is our list, please feel free to share your favourite hair products with us and we will do out best to feature them in the blog. Or do you disagree with some of our choices – let us know – we love all feed-back!

EKSPERIENCE HYDRO NUTRITIVE – HYDRO-NUTRI NOURISHING MASK Review

 

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Pros:

My hair looks more shiny after use.

Cons:

Doesn‘t suit people who already have soft hair (like moi).

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After using this mask my hair became very soft, almost like a baby‘s hair. It also got some extra volume and looked a bit more “alive” (seriously any shine on a grey day and I start calling it “alive” – bare with me, winter is almost over)…Since my hair already is pretty soft, this mask wasn‘t for me – as more “softness” makes it hard for me to fix my hair, since it keeps on going in other directions then I want it to. Since this mask is made in Spain I think its target users are people with less soft but more thick hair. But I did like that it made my coloured hair look more vivid, and I could really see a big difference before and after use.

This mask smells a bit of citrus, is easy to use and one only needs little per use – so it lasts for long.

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Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin supersoft.

Cons:

Takes ages to get absorbed.

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I bought this concentrate thinking it was a serum – and I was wrong. Apparently you are supposed to apply it between your usual cream and serum. This concentrate feels like a thin oil on my skin – it gets absorbed super slow – so every morning I walk around glowing like a sweaty muscle for 20 minutes – applying a serum in between my layers would just give me break-outs so I chose using this concentrate as my serum. Thoughts: despite taking ages to get absorbed, this concentrate feels great on my skin – making it supersoft, and I‘ve had no break-out after I started using it (aka its not irritating my skin). It smells delicious of lemon and herbs which makes the feel a bit less synthetic when applying this potion. The price is pretty steep but I think its ok since one only need a tiny bit per use.

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d:fi Beach Spray Review

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Pros:

I see no effect what so ever.

Cons:

Has an UV protection.

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I had been looking forward to surfer waves in my thin, flat Scandinavian hair when I started using this beach spray. I did‘t get any of that. I can‘t see any difference in my hair before and after use of this spray – maybe it‘s even a bit more flat and thin after use. It does smell good of coconut though, and it has an UV protection which is a plus. I will use it to protect my hair from the sun in the summer but won‘t expect anything more then that.

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