Avène Skin Care Oil Review

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Pros:

Not sticky and gets absorbed fast.

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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Oil has been the it thing in skincare for a long time now…and I‘m beyond hocked – my bathroom shelf is correlating to this trend –  I have way to many body oils and every time I pass a new one I just can‘t help myself.

So having tried many oils I become a harsher critic with each new bottle I try. This oil is relatively cheap and I didn‘t really have any high expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised. It smells amazing – but still pretty discreet. It‘s not greasy or sticky, gets absorbed fast and keeps my skin hydrated. The minus: you need a lot per use. So the bottle gets used up pretty fast.

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AVÈNE TRIXERA NUTRI-FLUIDE LOTION REVIEW

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast.

Cons:

It smells a bit of a pharmacy.

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One of the most important things for me when choosing a good lotion, is that it gets absorbed fast. My apartment has a lot of windows (and way too few curtains) and I don‘t have time to walk around naked waiting for my lotion to dry..This lotion really doesn‘t let me down. I have to give it maximum 3 seconds to dry and I‘m ready to go (whom am I kidding – I‘m ready to run cause I‘m always running late somewhere)..The result: my skin feels very smooth after use (I can feel a big difference after my first use), and the lotion is definitely “fat” enough to be used during the coldest months of the year. The bottle says you can use it on your face too – but I save my face for my sheet masks and serums..The minus: the smell, it smells a bit of a pharmacy, but luckily the smell doesn‘t linger on for too long.

Verdict: I think this lotion of wallet friendly since you need little per use, so the bottle lasts for a long time plus I like that it gives my skin hydration and makes it soft, but most importantly – that it gets absorbed very quick.

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Avène Trixera Nutri-fluid Cleanser Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin very soft after use – I almost don‘t need my body lotion after use (saves me soo much time).

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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So winter is here and my whole body is saying no to me by being extremely dry: my hair is very very dry, my eyes medium dry, my skin pretty dry (my humour not so dry…I think..or hope?). Anyways I‘m doing everything I can to make it easier for me to get out of bed every day: I do my sheet masks, I do my hair masks, I do the fat body lotions and then of course the oils. But then I realised that I had a blind spot in my routine – my soaps (I have too many of them, don‘t even want to talk about it) – which I don‘t choose by their effect on my skin but by their smell (preferably rose, lemon or lavender). Soaps do dry out skin – it‘s common knowledge (read about why here), so I decided to try something new – to get a body soap which wouldn‘t require me using thick layers of body lotion after showering.

This Avene cleanser is soap free (I told you guys Avene is my safe place and where I head for my good basics), and leaves my skin feeling super hydrated. I think the price is fair considering a bottle is 400 ml and the only minus I see is that you need a lot per use. Of course I sometimes glance at my old soaps in the bath –  missing their strong smell (which made me feel like a 100 year old lady with no sense for when enough perfume is enough), but knowing that I‘m doing my skin some good makes me feel great, so I will not switch back until these epic months of extreme dryness are over.

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Eau Thermale Avène Micellar Lotion Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin feel very clean and bright.

Cons:

More expensive outside of France.

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French pharmacy products are my safe happy place – they are the ones I turn to when I get tired of complicated beauty (like all those new products and technologies we are constantly being bombarded with). Getting clearer skin, getting rid of blemishes and blackheads has been the theme for me during the past months – the first step was adding a micellar water permanently to my routine. I use it after my cleanser and before my toner. The function of the micellar water is to remove dirt and excessive make-up.

Verdict: My skin is definitely more bright, softer and I have reduced those blemish outbursts. I feel like my make-up is being removed more efficiently, and I will continue having micellar water as a part of my daily routine. Sometimes when I feel my skin needs an extra boost, I will use micellar water in the morning too, before applying my day cream (sleeping in a small room with closed door sure isn‘t good for my skin).

What about this particular micellar water – well it‘s my first one, so I don‘t really have anything to compare it too, but the bottle lasts for ages, it doesn‘t smell and a big plus is I know Avene uses good ingredients (I live by their thermal water, which is the base for every product). Also doesn‘t dry out my skin.

Having read several reviews of this micellar water (here), i reacted to several reviewers mentioning how expensive Avene is – I got a big bottle of it for about 13 dollars in France – but I know it‘s more outside of France, which is annoying because it‘s a great budget alternative when purchased in a French pharmacy.

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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.

AVÈNE THERMAL SPRING WATER REVIEW

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Pros:

Spraying this water  on my skin gives it a healthy glow and I like that the water has many different fields of usage.

Cons:

Let’s be clear: you are paying for water, thermal and very well-known, but still.

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Let’s be clear: it is a very luxurious matter, paying for water. My mum has been using this water in a mini-bottle when flying far, for ages, always looking fresh when she gets off her flight (whilst I look less radiant smeared in layers of random samples I tried at the tax-free shop).  But since I had a great experience with my first Avene product, I wanted to try the base for all of them: the thermal water. Since Avene has a hydrotherapy center, specializing in treatment of dermatological conditions using the thermal water as a base, I have great expectations on the healing properties of this water.

It comes in a spray bottle, which lasts for months and months (I have the 150 ml one) since you only need a spritz.

It has many different fields of usage, and I have tried to try most of them: after hair removal, when sunburned, to make make-up stay on for longer and just to freshen up. Does it have the calming effect it promises? Mostly yes.

It feels very nice on my dry face when I just need to feel fresh. Also my make-up certainly stayed on for longer when I used the water as part of my base. After hair-removal it has made my skin a bit less irritated, but I still got bumps. It didn’t do much for my boyfriend after sunburn though unfortunately.

Verdict: yes I do really much like this water, and it feels like pure luxury using it, but if you lack other basics in your skin care regime (day and night cream, serum, eye cream, mask) invest in those first. I’m very fortunate to not have a skin condition that needs to be treated, but for those of you who have, it is worth investigating a possibility to go to the treatment center of Avene.

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Review of Avéne Soothing Hydrating Serum

 

Pros:

Bottle with pump. Easy to apply. Feels good for my skin.

Cons:

Expensive. Not that soothing.

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This Eau Thermale Avène serum is a lightweight gel moisturiser for sensitive skin. The Thermal Water is said to be soothing and good for irritated and/or acne prone skin. I still need to see the scientific evidence for these claims (in beauty products). Paula’s Choice states that “There is inadequate research demonstrating that Avene’s thermal spring water is soothing for skin.” But there’s no source on the statement.

My skin is sensitive and has a tendency to get dehydrated, while still being acne prone. I have used the serum every day and night for almost a month (There’s 25% left of the 30ml bottle). I use approximately two “pumps” per time. The serum is easy to apply and is ok absorbed.

I tried to apply the serum and then a day cream, but that gets too much (too greasy/shiny). The serum alone is OK. My skin feels fine, but I do feel that my skin could need more hydration.

I’m not sure I see/feel a noticeable difference. For a product at this price, I would expect more hydration and better results.

I didn’t experience any breakouts or irritations from the serum, which is a plus.

By the way, Avène claims to be cruelty free (not tested on animals), however, they still sell in China, which requires that their products are tested on animals (More here).

 

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Eau Thermale Avène Light hydrating cream Review

Pros:

It´s very hydrating and my skin feels great after using it.

Cons:

I still need to use masks and night serums during the winter to keep my skin hydrated.

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There is something about buying beauty products at the pharmacy, you just feel like they wouldn’t sell you anything bad or would they? The hype surrounding french pharmacies has reached such peak that the french brands such this one are now available in my local pharmacy, which feels very luxurious – I can feel french while doing something so unglamorous as picking up antibiotics for my throat infection in my uggs.

I have sensitive skin and the combination skin type which is what the cream is for.

About the cream: it promises to hydrate your skin, make it smooth and protect you from signs of ageing. I can’t say anything  about the ageing effect, because I think it’s not possible to measure, but this cream makes my skin feel great. It’s light and makes my skin smooth, it doesn’t smell of anything, which is a big plus (since most products that say that they “don’t smell” smell synthetic). Also it’s cheap. Old french trusted brand plus cheap is a trustworthy combination at least for me. This cream is very light and during the cold months I cheat and add overnight masks and serums to my regime to feel extra hydrated, but overall I really like it.

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