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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Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen SPF 15 Review

 

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Pros:

Feels super light on my skin.

Cons:

The price.

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Continuing this months theme of reviews of sunscreen…this is probably my favourite sun screen ever!!! In general I hate using sunscreens (but I do of course) – I always feel like running into a shower after I spray myself with these sweet smelling oils and potions. This sunscreen was completely different though. It feels superlight, gets absorbed instantly and the scent is very discreet (very unisex). Doesn‘t stain my close and you can actually wear it outside of the beach and not feel like your skin is made of coconut glue. Its price is a bit high – at least where I got it (in Anguilla – and island where everybody is rich and over 60), so I don‘t actually know in which countries it is sold normally and how much it costs if its not imported from far far away.

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ACO MOISTURISING SUN LOTION SPF 30 Review

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Pros:

After using this lotion I dont need to use a body lotion – it works like a two in one.

Cons:

This lotion takes a while to get absorbed.

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Lovely readers, summer is just around the corner and therefore this month is all about the sun and how you protect yourself from it. Therefore we will try to squeeze in as many reviews of sun lotions as possible. How did she manage to review so many sun lotions living in Scandinavia you ask ? Because it certainly ain‘t summer there yet (and you are completely right about that! Some years the summer doesn‘t really show up here at all and you have to spend July under an umbrella pretending that rain is nice too). Well – i took a small vacation in January this year – two months to be precise – and had plenty of opportuneties to review all my yays and neeeeeeis of the sun protection creams I went through. So here we go: this lotion gives good protection against the sun, it also works as a body lotion so one doesn‘t have to apply that since your skin is baby soft after a day at the beach with this sun lotion. A bottle also lasts long which is a plus and price is budget friendly. What is the minus? It takes a while to get absorbed and therefore one may feel a bit sticky – a very unwelcome feeling on the beach.

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The best budget beauty products – the complete list

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We think that beauty should be simple – one doesn‘t have to spend tons of money to look pretty and feel happy. We all know that the best advice to look and feel splendid are free – tons of sleep, a lot of water and keeping a happy mind. But of course we are no strangers to using a little help – and since we rather spend our money on lattes and pretty dresses we wanted to share our list of budget products that makes us feel like a million bucks for a lot less…

  1. Smooth skin is number one for me personally and though I like expensive lotions and potions I always keep coming back to my favourite budget oilbaby oil – makes your skin fantastically smooth and costs next to nothing (pssst apparently sweet almond oil from the baby department at the french pharmacies is a well kept secret of french beauty..).
  2. If you are one of those girls (or boys) who are into a polished look a good hair brush is a must – the HH Simonsen wet brush – saved my hair and I have been using it ever since. Being ridiculously cheap (around 15 dollars, the cost – per – use is pretty sweet) it is one of my best budget buys EVER.
  3. Since happiness is a must for beauty – in our opinion – at least if you want that glowing  fantastic va-va-voom beauty. I get that from many things in life but one of the is a good relaxing shower (repeat after me: its the small things in life…) – and the Le Petit Marseilles Miel de Lavande shower cream – is my favourite shower gel. This one is hard to find outside of France, costs next to nothing (3 dollars), makes my skin super soft but best of all – smells fantastic of lavendar.
  4. For me a great hair oil is a staple and the Orofluido hair oil – has saved my dry hair. It costs around 20 dollars, but a 100 ml bottle lasted me for about 2,5 years so I still consider it a great investment.
  5. Finally even when on a budget an extra a bit unnecessary but oh so indulgent beauty product can make your bathroom feel a bit more extravagant – that one product for me has been  my bottle of Avene face water – which has stayed with me for the past 2 years. Yes it feels a bit stupid to pay for water, but my bottle has lasted me for over 2 years and god does it feel great to splash ones face with some thermal water and march out to meet the day ahead.

Alterna Bamboo Volume Abundant Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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Pros:

Gives great natural volume indeed.

Cons:

The shampoo and conditioner smell a bit too strong for me.

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I have had some up and downs with my hair lately (it just looks and feels tired – just like me) – and these two have come in handy. The shampoo and conditioner make my hair very soft and I don‘t use any additional products except hair mask and some oil on my split ends and my hair still looks totally “fixed” and in place. Like I just visited a hairdresser. But the volume in my hair rather subtle, so if you are locking for some crazy volume this is the wrong shampoo and conditioner, also a lot of natural volume in my hair and don‘t know how much of it comes from the shampoo and conditioner and how much is just my own.

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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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Alterna Caviar CC Cream Review

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Pros:

Smells very nice

Cons:

Makes my hair look greasy when applied to dry hair.

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This cc cream promises your hair everything in the world (moisture, shine, softness, UV protection, strength…and 5 more things since its a 10 in one..). I have classic thin Scandinavian hair…so I constantly dream of some va-va-voom feeling..therefore I had very high hopes. First time I used it on towel dry hair and when used in combination with other volume products, I could see more shiny and looked more sleak and my split ends were less visible. Other times when I have used it on dry and not newly washed hair I just got the result of greasy hair and felt pretty disappointed.

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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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Revlon Professional Be Fabulous Cream Shampoo and Conditioner for normal/thick hair Review

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Pros:

Gives my hair great volume.

Cons:

My hair looks dirty already 2 days after use.

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I think this shampoo and conditioner are very good budget options to my usual Bamboo and Alterna products (which I love but are pretty pricey). They give my hair great volume, smell good and my hair looks very “put together” after use (aka it looks like I actually have a hair stylist and some kind of vision when it comes to my hair – and not just an explosion of volume). The conditioner makes my hair feel soft immediately and can be used solo without a mask since it is so hydrating and nourishing.

Since I have thick hair I only wash it once every 5 days, but when using this shampoo and conditioner my hair looked dirty already after 2-3 days – which is a big minus for me. I made my granny use this shampoo and conditioner too and she had the same result.

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