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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Value for money: starstarstarstarstar

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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!

Overall:starstarstarstarstar

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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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Murad: Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

 

Pros:

Very hydrating.

Cons:

Expensive. No sunscreen.

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This moisturising cream from Murad is especially good for very dry skin. I’m in my mid-twenties and my skin is sensitive and needs a lot of moisture, but if I use a too rich cream during the daytime, it’s like my skin doesn’t absorb it all and my face can get that “shiny” look, which I’m not a fan of. This happens when I use this cream. Therefore, I only use this when I have a chill-day without makeup.
The Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture is described my Murad as “A super-rich, anti-aging moisturizer formulated to relieve dry, dehydrated skin and restore youthful resilience and tone.” and it claims to lock in moisture for eight hours.
I definitely agree that the cream is ultra-moisturising, and I love to use it once a week and when my skin needs rescue.
I can highly recommend this cream when you get into you late 40’s and thereafter to get the skin the moisture it needs.
Besides being too moisturising for me to use in my every day and being expensive, another con is that this cream does not contain any protection from the sun. Therefore, you have to apply sunscreen after using this cream as day cream. Which means you have to go out another expensive cream. I like simplicity, so I don’t like that constellation. On the other hand, that means that you can use this cream as a night cream as well, which is nice.
All in all, this product is great for giving your skin the moisture it needs. If you have very dry skin or you want a good anti-age cream, this is the cream for you. If you have a more combined/sensitive skin (like me) and your under 40, this cream is probably best as a once-in-a-while go-to when you need that extra moisture for your skin.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

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Review of Emma S Ageless Serum

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Pros:

My face becomes more smooth, I just see an overall difference

Cons:

The smell is a bit “weird”, in lack of better word to describe it.

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Serums are new for me. They are supposed to contain nutrition and anti-aging ingredients. I thought the anti-aging part wasn’t for me, but as I started noticing the fine lines on my forehead I decided to give this serum a go.

Emma S. is the brand of swedish supermodel Emma Sjoberg, now known as Wiklund. She became famous in Sweden starring in a milk commercial, and to the rest of the world by being one of those long legged wonder women in George Michael’s videos in the 90s. In interviews Emma has been open about starting this company with funds of her own, saved up from her modelling career, which deserves respect in an era where celebrities live of franchise. She also talks about how retouching did not exist during her modelling years, so your skin had to be perfect otherwise you would be  sent home and how she worked with skin therapists whose approach were closer to those of dermatologists. So this lady knows spotless skin and has done her research during all those years living in Paris. How I know she lived in Paris? She has a perfume smelling of the street she lived on (I own it and can assure you it was one of the better smelling streets of the city).

Back to the serum: I was very curious of Emma had achieved and was not disappointed. You are supposed to use a serum before your day/night cream. I was worried two layers of cream would grease up my sensitive skin. But I have actually not experienced any spots of break-out after starting to use it. My skin feels very smooth and I’m not proud of admitting this, but usually when I’m tired I’m not very confident not wearing make-up since I feel that I look like a pale ghost – but after starting to use this skin my skin has felt so flawless that I started ditching make-up more frequently.

The serum comes in a pump bottle, which is hygienic.  You need two pumps per use, which makes it last long, and it sinks in pretty fast. The negatives are that it doesn’t smell too good and it is a bit pricy (around 40 dollars). I can’t say anything about the anti-aging effect since I believe you need years to judge, but overall I was impressed with this product and I will invest in more products from Emma S.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises:  starstarstarstarnostar

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Rønsbøl Day Cream Review

Pros:

Long-lasting and good for my sensitive skin.

Cons:

This cream is good for summer, in the winter you need more hydration, and it smells a bit like a pharmacy.

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I was first introduced to this danish brand by my mum who was using this day creme. My skin is picky and I am always looking for a new cream that can treat it well. This cream is a big hit in our family, not only mum and I use it, but so does my granny.

I have dry and sensitive skin. As soon as I use anything containing perfume I get a rash and turn red. This cream doesn’t contain perfume, and it hasn’t  given me any problems. My skin is glowing when I use it, and it feels well-hydrated. It isn’t enough for me during the winter though, when I need something more hydrating.

It is pretty expensive, but I buy it online when there are discount campaigns.

I also like that it’s a pump bottle.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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