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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Estelle & Thild Bergamot Hand Cream

Pros:

The smell of bergamot.

Cons:

No effect on dry hands what so ever.

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I know I should not complain I got this hand cream for 5 dollars at Marshalls aka I bought it superduper much cheaper then what it costs – and for that price it is an ok purchase..or? Answer is blank no. Yes the cream smells pretty nice, and is a fresh wind to the clinical or super ultra feminine smell of most hand creams with its earthy bergamot notes, but seriously it doesn‘t do any good for my hands – at all. First and foremost, I have to apply it twice before even feeling any result. Secondly it takes ages to get absorbed. And thirdly – it doesn‘t work – my hands don‘t get hydrated when I use the cream  at all.  I have tried applying it – twice, and an hour later felt how my hands were dry again. Will not repurchase this one again obviously.

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Give-away

Time has come for a new give-away, and this time one luck winner will win a bottle of the Orofluido hair oil. To participate you have to leave your email in the commentary field of this post. The give-away is open world-wide and a winner will be selected at random on the 29th of may. This is my all time favourite oil, read my review here. Good luck!

Maria Åkerberg Serenity Lipstick Review

Pros:

Very nice and subtle shade.

Cons:

The price.

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Since starting my new job (my first job since graduation wohoo) I have been looking for a lipstick which is suitable for work but still makes me feel like a million. I usually opt for brown-pinkish shades which give away not always look natural but make me feel very feminine. This Maria Åkerberg lipstick in the color of Serenity is in a brown pinkish shade, which is very subtle but still makes me feel glamourous. It looks natural though everybody knows that an albino like me was not born with brown lips. It is soft in its texture, easy to apply and stays on for a few hours. It contains a subtle gloss which I really like. I have previously written about this self-made Swedish brand, you can read a previous review here.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask Review

Pros:

Makes my skin look more firm and spotless.

Cons:

The price.

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I am a big fan of the Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsules (those golden capsules filled with serum that does amazingness to my skin). So I was really curious to try this new mask from the brand. The mask contains freesia, jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood scent, and it has even been claimed that it can improve your sleep (not sure about that trial though – anybody would be happy having an expensive mask on being paid to participate in a trial wearing it). What I thought? The mask is easy to apply, dries in quickly – which is a nice change from all those super greasy night masks.  The results? Next day my skin feels more firm, glowing and pretty much spotless when I wake up. The mask is expensive, but the package lasts for very long (a year maybe), so I see it as an investment.

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Our Spring Beauty List

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Spring is here, we are happy and indulging in everything that this hopeful season is bringing at us: a bit of sun, a bit of rain, loads of good coffee, yoga and cake in all forms and flavours..We are also, of course treating our faces and bodies to some love, and wanted to share our spring favourites with you:

We want to permanently smell of lily during these three months and this body lotion smells amazing.

We use our favourite organic version of the Eight Hours Cream made from Sweden with love.

We make sure everything we own smells of lavender by making this spray in our kitchen…

….we also make our own scrub from everything our cupboard has to offer.

We go natural and stay away from all the bad mascaras out there.

We fake a tan relentlessly (and forget we wanted to “look natural”).

And of course we can‘t help but splurging on some French beauty must-haves.

Happy spring dear readers:)