Philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Moisturiser Review

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Pros:

The texture of the cream is smooth and silky, souffle like just as described.

Cons:

This is more of a summer moisturiser not giving enough of hydration to dry skin in rough climates.

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I actually won this moisturiser in a give-away on one of my favourite beauty bloggers Madeleine loves . I have picked up the hype surrounding this cream from here and there, but never actually tried anything from Philosophy. This cream is for all skin types – which can be a bit worrying (oily and dry skin have extremely different needs in my head no?). I have combined skin (oily T-zone, dry rest of the face) and this cream works good for me during the “not too cold” months and when I use a hydrating serum. I like the souffle like texture which is both oily and light (though a bit separated, watery like ), that it gets absorbed quick and that my skin feels hydrated after use. But this is no miracle cream, and the price is outrageous for what you get. A jar is just unhygienic too. The promise of demise signs of ageing and “rough” texture – I‘m not really sure if I‘ve seen any of that, my skin is well-hydrated but that is all.

Also, after I started using this cream my skin has felt more clogged, and I‘ve had more blackheads then usual – I‘m not sure if it‘s due to my diet, other parts of my routine or if it‘s the cream though.

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ACO Anti Age Filling Night Cream Review

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Pros:

Gets absorbed instantly.

 

Cons:

Doesn‘t give enough of hydration to my winter dry skin.

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I have been a fan of ACOs budget friendliness for years. The design of this cream feels very luxurious – love the dark color, which makes the jar look expensive and it looks good on my bathroom shelf. The texture of the cream is very light and the smell is discreet but very pleasant (a bit of fresia and spring I think). Since the cream is very light it gets easily absorbed. I have dry skin and used it during this winter – and could feel that I lacked a bit of that extra hydration. I think it‘s more of a spring/summer cream. But my skin feels smooth after use, I have not yet noticed if my fine lines are less visible (which is also promised by this cream). Overall I think that this cream is a stylish wallet friendly option.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30 Review

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast and goes with all my serums and oils.

Cons:

The price.

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I have used this cream for a while, and though Elizabeth Arden isn‘t naturally my go to brand for skincare – I was pleasantly surprised. I associate the brand with old ladies on fifth avenue getting their treatment from the mighty Ardens salons and bottles of Red Door perfume that I give my granny for christmas. Maybe its because the brand hasn‘t really had a famous spokesperson or model fronting their adds (except Catherine Zeta Jones in the nineties) that I associate the brand with Arden herself, and maybe therefore don‘t really feel the appeal of their golden tubes and packages. Though their ceramide capsules have been my go-to beauty product when my skin has been in need for the past couple of years (extra effective when you are heading to a 17 hour shift and your skin needs a bomb of hydration).

Anyways back to the face cream: I thought it did what it promised – made my skin feel more radiant, smooth and firm. I have been using it both during the winter and the summer – and it works equally well – I just shift between a heavy oil or a lighter serum to make sure my skin doesn‘t get under/over-hydrated. It has worked well with all my oils and serums – and by that I mean that I don‘t break out of too much product on my skin, and that the cream gets absorbed easily and fast – and you can apply your make-up a few minutes later without it caking on top of your cream. The texture of the cream is very pleasant too without being too heavy. The negatives – it smells a bit synthetic and the price is pretty heavy. And you need a lot per use.

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ACO Face Anti Age 25+ Protecting day Cream Review

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Pros:

Affordable and satisfying for basic hydrating needs

 

Cons:

Too rich during the summer for my combination skin

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I really like this day cream. It’s a straight forward moisturizer that protects and satisfies all my every-day needs. It’s not a miracle worker for pimples, scars or pigmentation, but it doesn’t promise that either. Both me (normal/combination skin) and my partner (dry skin) use this cream daily, and will surely buy this again. During the summer this cream was way too rich for my combined skin, and therefor I only use it during the colder months (like very much right now). You all know by now that we have a big obsession with pharmacies – and ACO being a Swedish pharmacy brand is no different- spending our money in a pharmacy in some way just feels more ok to us – like anything you buy in there is never overindulging or can break ones budget – and you always need it. At least thats what we tell outselves when we buy away.

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Elizabeth Arden Pro Perfection Facial Serum Review

Pros:

My skin have never looked better!

Cons:

Expensive. Makes my skin more sensitive to sun.

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I bought this serum as yet another desperate attempt to get rid of break-outs, blackheads and enlarged pores. The results of this serum completely blew me away! My skin looks so much better that even my almost-blind-“come-on-your-skin-looks-perfectly-fine”-partner not only commented on how much better my skin looks since I used it, but he also notices when I don’t. This thing is more potent than make-up, I tell you. However, since it contains both AHA and BHA it’s really necessary to use a high SPF to protect your skin. My first bottle of 30 ml lasted for 3-4 months and I just started on the second one. I have found THE serum for me!

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ACO Sun Kissed Self-Tanning Face Cream Review

Pros:

Gives a nice natural look.

Cons:

Takes a while to absorb into the skin.

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Coming back from a nice sunny vacation in Mexico I really wanted to keep up the illusion of a great tan for as long as possible. This cream has been around for at least five years, since I remember using it during dull decembers in my teens as one of my measures to escape everyday life, by pretending I had just arrived straight from an exotic destination.  The cream has a white color, builds us a tan gradually, and takes about 5 minutes to get properly absorbed. I use it when I‘m going to bed since I don‘t want to risk coming to work with an “uneven” tan. After using it 1-2 times one will notice a light sun kissed look, which is very subtle and will last for about 2 days if you don‘t apply more cream. I haven‘t experienced any orange disasters (the nightmare which comes with purchasing any self-tanning cream) when using this cream, though I had to scrub away some unevenly distributed cream in my nasal folds. This cream works as a day cream too, and leaves my skin soft, though i have never dared teaming it with a serum, afraid of it being too sticky in a combo with it. The negatives of this cream is that of course- you will turn yellow/orange if you over-apply, that it takes a while to get absorbed, and that it has a fruity smell that may not appeal to everyone.

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Origins Three Part Harmony Nourishing Cream Review

Pros:

Doesn‘t make my sensitive skin break out.

Cons:

The results I see are not that fantastic – so not worth the high price.

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This cream promises soo much: hydration, renew skin‘s appearance, soften fine lines and wrinkles..What I like about it is that the hydration level it gives my skin is good no matter what time of the year it is – it is not too sticky and fat for summer, and hydrating enough for winter. Also my skin doesn‘t break out when I use this cream. I feel that it gives my skin a certain radiance, but the price I paid was definitely not worth it. Another minus is that it takes a pretty long time to sink in when applied and has a sweet sticky smell I‘m not a fan of (which most Origins products have – so no news here).

This cream contains Tazetta Lily Bulbs, White Myrtle and Japanese Knot Weed. I googled my pants off to find what the Tazette Lily Bulbs do for you – found nada. White myrtle is used in alchemy and an excellent wine base (hihi). And Japanese Knot Weed is apparently a troublemaker. So basically reading the ingredients list is something I should have done before buying this cream – maybe then I would have chosen something different.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Multi-targeted BB Cream Review

Pros:

Works well to cover up my mild rosacea.

Cons:

Is no longer sold in Scandinavia. 

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I suffer from a mild version of rosacea (remember I am a beauty fairy aka a guest blogger- so this is officially the first product on this blog reviewed from the point of rosacea friendliness), and this BB creme has worked well for me. Due to my skin condition, I’ve had a very hard time finding a cover-up for the redness that my skin periodically suffers from. I am almost 50 years old and foundation is no longer an option for me, since it only enhances my wrinkles. This BB creme has come in handy since it moisturised, covers-up and contains SPF 30. It layers on well and doesn’t cake up. It stays on almost the whole day and I use it on top of my serum and day creme, and don’t feel oily (though I apply it an hour after my day creme to let it sink in first). A 30 ml bottle lasts me a year, though I use a very very thin layer. The annoying this is that this BB creme apparently has not received the same love from everybody and is no longer sold in Scandinavia (but I can order it from the US). Another minus is obviously the price – this is a high end BB creme. 

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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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