& Other Stories Perle de Coco Body Soufflé Review

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Pros:

The smells very much lingers on your body for a loong time.

Cons:

Takes ages to get absorbed.

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& Other Stories has become one of my favourite shops to browse – I don‘t buy many things there but I love to just look around, especially in their beauty department. Mainly because it‘s soo affordable and their scents (or “flavours”) are always right up my alley (fresia, lemon, bourbon …though not in a mix). The summer of 2016 was the year that all beauty bloggers went bananas about this body souffle – and I went with the flow (mainly because the summer of 2016 was the summer of almost no vacation, and I badly tried to achieve the feeling of one ).

This souffle is very thick in its consistency and smells of a mix of vanilla and coconut. It hydrates my skin very well and I smell like a warm pina colada for a few hours after use. The souffle is super fat and takes a while to get absorbed, which is a bit annoying if you are not into lounging around naked trying to avoid smudging your furniture. Do I regret buying it? A bit the smell is way too heavy for me, and I got tired of it after the first week. Now I use it when I need to pretend I‘m on a beach in the Caribbean (without the sand in uncomfortable places and with my indoor use only Uggs on).

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ACO Body Lotion Moist Review

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Pros:

You get a lot for your money.

 

Cons:

The smell is very neutral, I would have preferred a stronger smell for a feel of luxury – but depends on what you are locking for.

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I love that this body lotion comes in a huge package (400 ml to cover my voluptuous body) and that it comes as a pump bottle – making it very easy to use – and hygienic. It gets absorbed instantly, gives good hydration (not the best I tried but decent). The smell is pretty ok too, very very discreet. So verdict – this is a very decent and budget friendly body lotion where you get a good effect and amount for the money.

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Vichy Ideal Body Serum-milk Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin super smooth.

Cons:

You can‘t read the ingredients list before you buy the package.

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I try to read the reviews of others before writing my own – not to get reassured of my opinion, but rather to make sure I don‘t miss any important thoughts on the products I review – which is how I came across the fact (which hadn‘t hit me) – that on this bottle you can‘t read the ingredients list before purchasing the bottle. It is one of those sticky “pull off” paper so you can‘t read it while in the store without “damaging” the package a bit. There are many products which are designed like this, and knowing how much more aware we are today of the ingredients of what we put on our skin – this form of packaging is a big no NOOO.

Anyways back to this body lotion – it is very thin in consistency, gets absorbed immediately and leaves my skin super soft. This lotion feels very luxurious upon application and the smell is very discreet. About the ingredients list – I‘m not an expert on this topic – it contains rosehip oil, and everything based on the Vichy water I trust (as I said I have very little education on this particular topic…).

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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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Origins Out of Trouble Mask Review

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Pros:

Smell of camphor makes me believe this is really working.

Really keeps its promises to reduce grease and works as anti-inflamatory.

Cons:

Take care on more sensitive areas, and avoid using where it is not needed, as is might dry out and stress the skin.

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Winter is coming, and that means bye bye glowey, healty, easy going skin.. And welcome increasingly greasy, grey skin with random pimple outbursts on cheeks, that never ever heal. Winter for me is tough, one should think that scandinavian genes would have prepared us for month on month with no sunlight… But winter always fucks up my skin. And while I cover up my unshaven legs in layers of pantyhoes and jeans, my face is the only thing I need to take care of. SO one of the things I struggle with during winter is greasy skin with the occasional pimples that wont go away.  In my search for a mask that actually shows results, I stumbled over this one. And let me say, it is efficient. Almost too efficient, by that I mean, it can be a bit harsh on the skin, so I only use it on trouble area (in my case forehead). Once a week, or when needed, and the effect is long lasting – but that I mean that it reduced grease and works in an anti-inflammatory way – making my skin less prone to break-outs.  This mask almost feels pharmaceutical withs its potpourri of all the famous ingredients, that say bye bye pimples and grease: zink oxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, and camphor! This smell just says, “this is working!”.

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DanishSkinCare Amazing Body Lotion Review

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Pros:

Get absorbed instantly.

Cons:

The price is a bit heavy.

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We are big fans of beauty entrepreneurship (or all entrepreneurship rather..) on this blog, and were therefore super excited when a new Danish skincare brand poped up on our rader. We have previously written about their skin treatment – which helped us with out black pores – and were therefore very interested to see what their body lotion could do for us.

My number one priority when choosing lotions is that it gets absorbed very fast – I hate feeling sticky – and this one certainly does – also it makes my skin ultra soft for several days (which is a first since I always have to use my lotions and potions daily). Not having to apply it daily so is time saving and also economic, and I love that.

I know that this body lotion is supposed to be good for unclean skin and keratosis pilaris but luckily I only suffer from unclean skin on my face so could not really test if it helps in that department.

I‘m not very good with ingredients lists (I know it is shameful to admit that for a beauty blogger )- and therefore I just try to choose a trustworthy brand which uses good ingredients.  And this body lotion is no different to that. It contains Niancinamide,  bee wax and vitamin E, and no perfume. I‘m very impressed with this lotion, since both the ingredients and the effect is good for my skin, and its not a billion brand behind it but it was made by a smaller group of people with a big passion for good skincare.

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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.