Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque Review

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Pros:

Smells nice of herbs.

Cons:

Doesn‘t give much hydration.

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This is not a leave-in mask but you put it on for 30 minutes and remove it. During my first 30 minutes I went through a bit of a despair crisis – that crisis when you realise you wasted your money yet again! The mask gets absorbed into my skin after about 7 minutes, leaving a thin layer you remove and then realise not much has happened to your skin. It is a bit hydrating but not as much as one would expect – using it in warmer times of the year when you skin is pretty well-hydrated would be fine but this mask will not save you in colder times.

I tried using the mask as an overnight treatment but my skin actually felt pretty dry from that.

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#LIPGLAM Review

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Pros:

Makes my lips soft instantly.

Cons:

The effect doesn‘t last for 8 hours and I reapply this lip balm often.

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This little fellow has been my friend through many of my nightshifts – saving my dry lips and hands many many times. First and foremost, when I choose a lip balm it has to be practical – easy and hygienic to apply (no glass jars that you have to stick your fingers into). Secondly I need instant effect – working many night shifts means my skin dries out – and I can go from having perfectly fine lips in the afternoon to deep painful ultra dry cracks the next day. Thirdly, I always use some kind of balm as a base before lipstick application – sometimes even playing around mixing two different colours – which is possible when you use a balm base.

This lip balm is makes my lips and skin instantly soft, and the effect lasts a few hours (though not eight hours as promised). It is a great base when applying lipstick. The package is light and easy to apply. The lip balm doesn‘t really smell of anything which I also like and is free from parabens. The package says you can also use it for eyebrows, rashes, dry cuticles and split ends – which I haven‘t tried – only used it on my hands and lips (if you have tried these other applications – leave a comment and let me know how you liked it).

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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.

ACO Ultrasoft Toner Review

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Pros:

Good cleansing and leaves my skin very soft.

Cons:

Could have had more of a “smell”.

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I remember when I first tried a toner water on my face – oh what a true revolution it was (piles of dirt came off my skin – literally). Having had the pleasure to travel for 2 months straight at the beginning of this year – I sort off had a beauty crisis when I ran out of to toner half-way through (and I was on island where there were no toner to buy – you were lucky if you got hold of some old overpriced Nivea sunscreen). So when I came home to this new toner from Swedish ACO I was thrilled – and literally rubbed it on my face 3 times a day for the first week (..and the dirt kept on coming off…).

So what do I think of this toner..first and foremost, one can just spray it on ones face which is very convenient. Secondly my skin feels very soft afterwards (which has been much needed since coming home has been a chock of cold). Thirdly I have never seen so much dirt come off my face when using a toner, so I‘m figuring it‘s doing a decent job. The bottle is huge thus the toner lasts for long which I like since my budget is tight after all this travelling.

What didn‘t I like: the smell is very nice and discreet but I would‘t have minded if it was a bit stronger.

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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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Review of All You Need Is Me From True Organic of Sweden

Pros:

Helps damaged and dry skin in a beat.

Cons:

Doesn‘t really help my dry lips.

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The All You Need Is Me creme has been described as an organic version of the famous eight hours creme. I got very curious and wanted to try it, since the creme kind of sells itself even before you try it (95% organic/ yummy ingredients such as olive oil, bee vax, blueberry oil, shea butter, castor oil..)..I was very curious if it could live up to my high expectations. As usually I also got attached to the story behind the brand : the founder Tina, who is based in Sweden, wanted an organic product to treat sore nipples after breastfeeding and this creme was born. Even the package is produced in a sustainable way, being made of sugarcane. This creme has enjoyed quit a bit of success and is sold in multiple countries, so bravo Tina, we salute you!

The website of the company mentions multiple uses for the creme: first and foremost on dry skin, on sensitive baby skin (don‘t have one of those yet), on tired cuticles and even on your hair. I really tried to apply it in as many different ways as possible, to give you, dear readers, a good and complete report. First I used it on a very soar patch of skin which was on its way to turn into a wound (NOO i‘m not telling you its location), and seriously it worked really well in healing my skin. Then I tried it on dry and cracked lips, and I have to admit I was quit disappointed It didn‘t do any difference (nothing has – if anybody has any suggestions – email me). Then I went on vacation and my face started peeling like a fish, so I basically slept in this creme for a week – and it stopped the peeling (which no other creme could do!!). Last but not the least I tried it on my dry hands overnight – and yepp it works well. So my verdict is that this is a pricy creme (though it costs exactly the same as Eight Hour Creme), it is a good investment since you don‘t use much of it and you only use it when your dry skin needs a lot of TLC.

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Review of Beauté Pacifique Submersive Serum Paradox

Pros:

Skin looks amazing after use.

Cons:

Slightly greasy, so pimply people beware!

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Beauté Pacifique is the brain child of two former Novo* employees, meaning that their products are born from medical genius (*Novo is a Danish multibillion euro medical company). Being slightly Danish my heart started pounding extra fast when realising that I was in love with their vit A creams (that do exactly what they say on the tin). This luxurious serum looks so good however, you wonder why the rest of their products don‘t look as cool. The serum is a great base for makeup and my skin looked very dewy when I had just applied my face. I did find that my makeup somehow sloughed off faster than it usually does when using it. Overall a great serum, with beautiful and practical packaging that also costs a little less than most serums available.

Just for the record, I use this serum once a week, when my skin is seriously thirsty. I have dry and oily skin, which reacts badly using any serum more then a few times a week.

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Review of the Estelle & Thild Rose Otto Serum

Pros:

I love the idea behind the brand, being nice to the nature and your skin at the same time is a treat.

Cons:

This is a pricy serum, especially if you buy it outside of the nordic countries.

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My nordic heart beast with pride as I write this. Swedish Estelle & Thild has been around for 8 years, but they are a new discovery to me. All the cremes and wonders from this brand are free from toxic residues and eco-friendly, and the woman behind it (the gorgeous Pernilla Rönnberg) started it bearing her own daughters and the world they would grow up in, in mind. I’m always happy discovering cool strong women making their way in the beauty business with their own independent ideas taken to a new level, not being a part of the big brands with the long histories and big budgets.

Now about the serum, it contains many yummy ingredients such as figs, blueberries, cranberries and jojoba oil. It promises to make your skin, firmer, more hydrated. My last serum was amazing so therefore I had great expectations, and I was very satisfied. You need a very small amount per application, it smells very fresh of rose, and I could already see a difference on my skin after a few weeks. My skin feels more luminous and very hydrated, even skipping my religious ritual of using face masks. I think after starting to use serums there is no way of going back, it just adds that extra over the top hydration we all are chasing with oils and masks. I will be honest this is a luxury brand, and therefore not cheap, but it is a nice alternative to all the other expensive brands out there.

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