Avène YsthéAL Intense Anti-wrinkle Skin Renewal Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Gives loads of hydration.

Cons:

My pump bottle broke immediately.

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I have felt a bit confused in my skin care routine lately (has something to do with hitting the big 30 Freud said) – should I try every new ingredient on the market OR should I now that I hit 30 start buying expensive creams that kill my wallet but promise youthful skin forever OR should I go for Nivea creams for a year and save up for those Givenchy boots I dream about….When I get confusions like these I usually go back to basics – and that for me is going back to some good ingredients. Naturally when my serum ran out it created havoc in my head cause I couldn‘t decide on which strategy to go for. Serum is the most important product in my routine so . Using the Avene thermal water spray daily it‘s on my must trusted ingredients – so when my serum ran out and I was all confused I went for my safe card.

This serum promises to restore radiance and diminish fine lines/wrinkles and of course loads of hydration. And I think it works – it‘s no miracle worker – if you want your wrinkles to disappear you have to go for botox (I‘m just not there). But my skin looks and feels very hydrated. Using it during the cold months hasn‘t been a problem in term of hydration and it has been sufficient. Also I like that it gets absorbed very fast. Minus? My pump bottle broke literally one week after I got this serum so using it was a bit of a technical difficulty.

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Avène Skin Care Oil Review

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Pros:

Not sticky and gets absorbed fast.

Cons:

You need a lot per use.

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Oil has been the it thing in skincare for a long time now…and I‘m beyond hocked – my bathroom shelf is correlating to this trend –  I have way to many body oils and every time I pass a new one I just can‘t help myself.

So having tried many oils I become a harsher critic with each new bottle I try. This oil is relatively cheap and I didn‘t really have any high expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised. It smells amazing – but still pretty discreet. It‘s not greasy or sticky, gets absorbed fast and keeps my skin hydrated. The minus: you need a lot per use. So the bottle gets used up pretty fast.

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Eau Thermale Avène Micellar Lotion Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin feel very clean and bright.

Cons:

More expensive outside of France.

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French pharmacy products are my safe happy place – they are the ones I turn to when I get tired of complicated beauty (like all those new products and technologies we are constantly being bombarded with). Getting clearer skin, getting rid of blemishes and blackheads has been the theme for me during the past months – the first step was adding a micellar water permanently to my routine. I use it after my cleanser and before my toner. The function of the micellar water is to remove dirt and excessive make-up.

Verdict: My skin is definitely more bright, softer and I have reduced those blemish outbursts. I feel like my make-up is being removed more efficiently, and I will continue having micellar water as a part of my daily routine. Sometimes when I feel my skin needs an extra boost, I will use micellar water in the morning too, before applying my day cream (sleeping in a small room with closed door sure isn‘t good for my skin).

What about this particular micellar water – well it‘s my first one, so I don‘t really have anything to compare it too, but the bottle lasts for ages, it doesn‘t smell and a big plus is I know Avene uses good ingredients (I live by their thermal water, which is the base for every product). Also doesn‘t dry out my skin.

Having read several reviews of this micellar water (here), i reacted to several reviewers mentioning how expensive Avene is – I got a big bottle of it for about 13 dollars in France – but I know it‘s more outside of France, which is annoying because it‘s a great budget alternative when purchased in a French pharmacy.

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Review Of L’occitane 5 Essential Oils Shampoo And Conditioner

Pros:

Gives hair a nice volume.

Cons:

Does not help frizz.

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This shampoo and conditioner was given to me by a friend, so I had zero expectations, not picking them up myself. I love L’occitane, but due to how expensive they are, I have never purchased anything from them, and hope that they will finally start having real proper sales soon, so that you can enjoy their french goodies without killing your budget.

The shampoo and conditioner contrain five essential oils: ylang-ylang, sweet orange,lavender, geranium and angelica. It smells delicious, and using it for the first time I can notice a great difference, feeling that my hair is softer and has a very nice volume (my hair is very crazy, so when it looks a tiny bit like it is under control I fall in love with the product responsible). It actually looks like I had a minor blow-dry rather then being crazy, as it usually is the day after I’ve washed my hair. But my hair is still not that soft, and I need to oils and leave-in-conditioner. Usually I wash my hair every fifth day since its soo big and turns oily otherwise, but after using this shampoo and conditioner it already feels dirty on the third/fourth day. Also they don’t help against frizz, which also is a big minus.

By a way of conclusion, I think this shampoo and conditioner are nice, smell good and feel luxurious, but they are not worth their (high) price.

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Le Petit Marseilles Miel de Lavande Shower Cream Review

Pros:

Cheap and smells great.

Cons:

Can rarely be found outside of France.

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I adore this soap. It costs about 2 euro, when bought in France. This particular one smells of lavender and honey, leaves you and your bathroom smelling of sweetness, and does not kill your wallet. I know that some upscale stores sell this brand pricy outside of France, but please dont be tricked, and order it from a friend who is going to Paris rather then killing your wallet.

The soap does not dry out your skin, lathers well and you dont need much.

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Decleor Aromessence Neroli Night Balm Review

 

Pros:

It makes your face feel extremely soft.

Cons:

It comes in a small package comparing to how much you pay, and if you apply thick layers it wont last long.

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This is a pricy balm that is supposed to hydrate your skin over-night. According to the clerk selling it to me, it is 100% natural and only helps your skin get back in shape and feel well-hydrated, having nothing to do with anti-ageing regimes or wrinkle disappearance (its good to know what you’re paying for). Of course I asked for a sample before buying it – guys always ask for samples, before investing in such expensive creams, it doesn’t make sense paying so much money and then finding out they give you pimples.

Anyways about the balm: it almost feels like a wax, that you have to heat up between your fingers before applying, it has a nice herbal smell, and feels very fat on the skin (or I would rather say that it almost feels like applying fat but a lot more pleasant). You have to work hard on applying only a thin layer, which still takes around one hour to sink in properly. The next day your skin feels smooth, almost like velvet and sometimes I dont use a day cream the day after applying this one since my skin already feels so well-hydrated.

I really like this products unusual form and how well it works on my skin, but having over-applied it a few times I have felt like I was about to break out. I think this balm is great for the cold months when you need something extra a few times a week, where you feel face masks are not enough. I have also used it several days in a row, but since feeling the good effect of extensive hydration already after one application, I prefer using it from time to time when I feel my skin really needs it, making this expensive balm last longer.

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