ACO Body Lotion Wild Honey Review

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Pros:

Very hydrating.

Cons:

Takes a while to get absorbed.

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This is yet again one of those beauty products my boyfriend stole from me – and I haven‘t seen it ever since. I got this body lotion to make sure my skin would‘t get the texture of old paper after our sunny vacation – and it has worked very well (boyfriend agrees). It was also friendly to my post-vacation (and too many shopping trips) wallet – which one could say has suffered enough for 2017…

The lotion has a discreet sweet smell, and makes my post-tan skin very hydrated. Its very fat in texture, due to this it takes a while to get absorbed. The bottle lasts me a few months and I would definitely recommend this one to any girlfriend whose boyfriend likes to steal her expensive bathroom goodies – its much cheaper this way.

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Nivea Gentle Facial Cleaning Wipes Review

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Pros:

Takes off make-up easily and is cheap.

Cons:

My skin gets a bit irritated when I‘ve used these too many days in a row.

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It wasn‘t until a year ago that I got myself into the wet wipes – too many tired evenings, and after being recommended these  by a friend I was hocked. I‘ve since being doing wet wipes on a budget (read my Garnier wet wipes review here) and when I was in Berlin I got a package of these Nivea goodies. I don‘t know what and how – but beauty products in Germany are sooo much cheaper. These cost nothing and I‘ve been very happy about them.

First and foremost – I‘m a big fan of Nivea in general – I like their nice smell and think they make genius products for a low price. These wet wipes smell good, remove make-up well and are cheap. I think they remove lipstick, blush and concealer very well – but could be better at removing mascara. They don‘t irritate my eyes, but after using them for more then 3 days in a row I noticed that my skin got a bit irritated. No rash or anything but I just felt how it was bursting to break out. But in general I like these – they are a good budget alternativ – and NO I‘m not sponsored by Nivea, just excited when I find something that‘s good and happens to be cheap as well.

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Aco Rebalancing Skin Toner Review

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Pros:

Very moisturising and makes my skin feel cleaner.

Cons:

I wouldnt‘t mind if it exfoliated more.

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This is an a toner, containing AHA and Provitamin B5, which promises to exfoliate and rehydrate your skin after you cleansed it. AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) is a group of acids that exfoliates and help skin to stay moisturised. It has been very hyped recently and is used in products against acne, dry skin and wrinkles. This is my first experience with AHA acid and I like it, despite thinking that the tonic is a bit too mild. Though I do feel a tingling sensation when using it, it could have been more fierce and daring.

I have combined skin with a tendency for blackheads and pimples around my mouth and cheek area. After I started using this toner twice a day, I have experienced less break-outs (both of pimples and blackheads). This make me eager to start using facial products containing stronger AHA concentrations. ACO is a Scandinavian skin care brand sold in pharmacies,  (don‘t we all love that pharmacy beauty a la frenchie style?) which makes me trust and like this product even more.

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Budget tip: Home-made sugar coffee scrub

I have more then once been disappointed by body scrubs purchased in stores. Getting this recipe from a friend with ultra soft skin I really liked how soft my skin turned after using it once, and the fact that these ingredients are cheap and that they can be found in most kitchen cupboards. If you think this scrub contains way too many ingredients then check this one out instead.

You need the following: 

Sugar 05, dl

Ground coffee 0,5 dl

Olive oil 0,5  table spoon

Coconut oil 1 table spoon

Sea salt 1 table spoon

Enjoy and tell me how you liked it!

Burt’s Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum Review

Pros:

Promises to be 98.9% natural (though I doubt it reading the looong list of ingredients)

Cons:

Does not get absorbed immediately.

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This is my first encounter with this American brand. I was not surprised finding out that it is roughly 50% cheaper in the US then in Europe (as all things American usually are, hmm thats you Kiehl’s that I am talking about), and spending a month in the US last winter I really indulged. I have only owned two serums before, and had great results, really noticing my skin going through a transformation, becoming smoother and looking more airbrushed. This is my first low budget serum and therefore my expectations were pretty low, and still I managed to get disappointed.

The serum is very sticky, gets absorbed slowly and does not mix well with the skin cream you apply on top. I have tried using different facial creams as top layers, and felt greasy each time. My skin gets irritated from this piling of products, something I have not experienced with my previous serums. My skin looks ok, but no wa wa voooom results, such as those I experienced previously. Actually I feel like my wrinkles have become more visible when using this serum (which is probably not true but still), in other words, this serum was just not worth my money.

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The Body Shop: Spa Wisdom Japan, Yuzu & Rice Body Milk

 

Pros:

Against animal testing*! Easy to apply with the spray function. Use for summer.

Cons:

A bit thin, doesn’t feel like it goes that much “in depth”.

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This body milk smells fresh and is easy to apply, first of all because the bottle has a spray function, second, because it’s a very light cream. I would use this product in the summer when my body needs a light relieving moisturiser that smells fresh and summerly. The smell is a bit too much for me for every-day use.

Another plus is that you support community trade with this product.

 

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*I have to mention that The Body Shop was criticised for selling their products in China, where the government (for reasons I don’t see) requires animal testing. When it came to the media’s attention, Body Shop quickly removed their products from the Chinese shelves (More here and here).

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Försvarets Hudsalva Review

Pros:

Cheap and great for all dry areas on your body.

Cons:

Mostly available at swedish pharmacies. It costs about 3 dollars there, so please do not buy this at french Colette for 10!!

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Tired of my local pharmacies, I headed over to Sweden for some serious shopping. Here I found a long lost friend (and a favourite of my beauty guru grandmother) the Försvarets hudsalva, roughly translated into skin ointment of the army. So what is it then? It’s a soft stick made of tallow and peanut oil, first manufactured by request from the swedish army, wanting a remedy against blisters for their soldiers.

Today its a swedish classic, having its own wikipedia page. I consider it a great budget alternative (it costs around 3 dollars and lasts for months) to lip balm, which can come in handy when you have rough skin patches and also when out in cold temperatures for a long time. It works good for me and I see a result when applying it to the rest of my skin.

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Budget Tip: Self-made freshening linnen spray

This linnen spray is cheap and quick to make, and it will make your IKEA sheets smell like a million bucks. Spritz on your pillows and covers before bed to calm your mind and send you into a lavender induced sleep. The combination of lavenders antiseptic and aromatherapy properties, a nice drink of water and all that sleep will transform your tired face into the porcelain perfection of sleeping beauty. Also perfect for the funky insides of your gym bag (because you know it smells).

Recipe:

3 oz of isopropyl alcohol (bought in pharmacy)

12 oz distilled water (if use tap water boil first)

30 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

Add lavender oil to alcohol. Mix well and then pour into distilled water. Transfer the complete mix to the spray bottle of your choice and spritz away.

Bonus Tip:

Try other essential oil scents to make your individual spray.

Review of Nivea Soft face/body/hand cream

Pros:

Helps all dry skin, even the peeling one.

Cons:

Takes long time to dry and due to the thick consistency impossible to only use a thin layer.

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I have used this cream for the past 10 years, at least. I think most of us have tried it at some point and recognise “the Nivea” smell. I even use it on my lips when they get horribly dry, it tastes horrible and Im not sure I recommend it to anybody else, but it helps me.

This cream is thick, so its impossible to apply a thin layer, and therefore it takes it a long time to dry. But it helps re-hydrating dry skin, no matter what state its in. Its really fat and I usually use it as my last resource on my peeling legs after vacation. Due to the cheap price I’m generous with the stars.

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