Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin Advanced Skin Corrector Review

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Gives my skin an amazing glow.

Cons:

The price is pretty crazy for a cream – some people pay this much – I usually don‘t.

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This very expensive story started with a sample – I wanted to try something else but my favourite Beauty Flash Balm – which has been my go-to for the past 5 years. I took the sample with me when visiting my grandparents – and my grandmother – who is very sensible with money  gasped “buy it!” when she saw my skin. I told her about the price and she was still “buy it!”. So I did, and now my skin looks retouched whenever I feel like it.

The cream is very light on my skin – usually I can‘t pile on too many products without getting a rash – but I‘ve been using it on top of my day cream and serum without a problem. My skin gets a glow and looks a bit retouched and luminous. I have noticed and so have those around me. Is it better then the beauty flash balm? I actually think so – because after many years of using the flash balm I stopped seeing any effect – with this cream I see a lot of it – and instantly. I simply use it as a shield against the world on bad days.

About the price: I got the refill package – which is cheaper – and yes, you can see that it‘s a refill – but I‘m pretty indifferent to that.

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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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Revlon Professional be FABULOUS Texture Care C.R.E.A.M. Curly Hair Curl Defining Conditioner Review

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Pros:

Works just as well when not used in combination with the curl defining shampoo.

Cons:

Just like with the curl defining shampoo – you need a lot per use.

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I have previously shared how much I love the shampoo that‘s twining with this conditioner. My curls are my pride – but I have been neglecting them for a long time and tend to not really think of them when I pick my hair care. So this is actually the first shampoo + conditioner duo i picked up to nourish them. And seeing the niiice effect it had on my curls – I will continue picking products that focus on enhancing my hair pride. Enhancing the natural texture of your hair rather then hiding it is my new deal (goodbye sleek Amal Clooney hair hello my inner true self no blow-dry crazy hair crazy mind self).

Back to this conditioner – it really makes my curls more well-defined, big and beautiful. The price of the conditioner is very reasonable and the only minus is that you need pretty much per use.

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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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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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Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Review

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Pros:

No problems with break-outs despite its heavy texture.

Cons:

Smells of detergent.

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My mum gave me this cleanser for christmas – in a smaller package (30 ml). That lasted me about 2,5 months – which I think is good. The cleanser feels more like a cream, and you need a lot per use and a lot of water to make it foam. It smells a bit like detergent (sorry stole this anomaly from a review on makeup alley) – which is unpleasant but leaves my skin feeling clean, though not very soft. I haven‘t had any problems with break-outs while using this cleanser, which the detergent smell made me fear – happy about that.

Clarins either make fantastic stuff (face oil and the beauty flash balm) or things which are pretty horrid to ones skin (their face mask). This face cleanser lands somewhere in the middle – its not that great – it can even feel luxurious if you are into the “heavy” make-up and beauty stuff – but if you like lightness and herbal smells this is not for you.

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L:A Bruket Lemongrass Hand Wash Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t dry out my skin.

Cons:

It‘s heavy price.

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My friend was going to sell her a apartment and as tradition entails she got this soap when getting pictures taken of her bathroom/kitchen to make it look a bit stylish/hipster/ buy-me-now worthy.  She got obsessed and recommended it to me (or I washed my hand 10 times during a 2 hour visit and had to get myself my own soap)..

I‘m no stranger to Swedish brand L:A Bruket (read previous reviews here and here) and generally like their things: they smell great, last for long and the packages are very stylish and make my life feel a bit more stylish in that minimalistic Scandi way. My best birthday gift this year was their Grapefruit candle which smells delicious and lasts for ages (and is painfully pricey which is why I would never give it to myself)…My verdict of this hand wash: smells fresh of lemongrass, doesn‘t dry out my skin, lasts for loooong (2-3 months) and for all you soap nerds out there: it‘s cheaper then Aesop (I know there is an expensive hand soap cult out there). Downside: expensive for a hand soap.

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Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Review

Pros:

Doesn‘t smudge.

Cons:

Not always giving me the “I have a thousand more lashes then I actually do” – look.

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Usually I just grab the mascara that is on sale and pray for the best. This time I wanted to try a newcomer just to see if maybe maybe maybe it would not smudge and give me my classical panda look (a look I cherish and often carry with pride when I bike home, after long hours in front of the computer). This mascara actually doesn‘t smudge, it gives my eye lashes a nice and “full” look, and depending on which direction you chose to use the brush you can actually make your lashes look different of the “volume – scale”, which is nice when you want to tone it down a bit. I could review this mascara on and on from different practical point of views, but I want to tell you this little story instead: I was on a weekend trip to Berlin with my girlfriends recently, and mentioned I was trying out my new mascara not yet sure what to make of it, and encouraged my friends to try it too. The next morning my girlfriend comes back to me – she has now made the ultimate test of this mascara – by sleeping in it, it didn‘t smudge and therefore she approved of it. I though that was hilarious. End of review.

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