THE BEST AND WORST BEAUTY PRODUCTS OF 2016 – THE COMPLETE LIST

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Happy new year lovelies, we have made a small list of what we loved and worshipped this year:

The facial oil of this year that brought our face out of the winter darkness..

This is where we got out grapefruit fix from in 2016…

The splurge of the year – which was well worth it..

This body oil made our bathroom feel like a warm coconut beach vacation all year long

The lavender oil that puts us to bed like babies was a favourite during this sleep deprived year.

This serum made our year a biiiiit prettier

The budget product of the year was … look here.

The hair brush which became our favourite hair thing in 2016..

…but this one also did wonders to our hair.

And WHAT WE DID NOT LIKE (wasted our money on):

The powder from hell…

The face mask which did nothing of what it promised (see the full list of face masks we won‘t repurchase here).

The ecological lemongrass disappointment of 2016 goes to this shea body butter

This rose lip balm made us (and our wallet) very very sad.

The scrubb which robbed us and made no difference to out skin!

The Kiehl‘s disappointment of the year was this one.

The foundation that made us look beyond unnatural and was just not worth a penny of our hard earned salary.

Thank you for a great 2016 and we are looking forward to guide you through the beauty jungle for another marvellous year!

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HH SImonsen Web Brush midi Review

Pros:

Weights next to nothing and has the same great qualities as the original wet brush.

Cons:

The price is closer to the big version, which migth be a bummer.

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As you all know, the original Wet Brush was a game change for me (at least in the hair game), it really gave my hair new life and much more volume and niceness (it was also my first new hair brush in 10 years, but lets not tell anybody about that shall we). This midi brush is a baby sized wet brush, and I really love it (for me not to loose my critical blogger integrity you dear readers can read some of my harsher reviews here and here).  As I‘m writing this review, I am on holiday visiting my grandparents and seriously a brush that even weights 100 grams less then my original brush, means 100 grams more of candy/stolen 70s clothes from grandmas closet/that extra homebaked cookie to bring back home. I think that this brush though of its smaller size does the same things for my hair as the original wet brush: gives it more life, volume and a thorough brushing can really make my hair look much more alive, despite craving its next wash. Even though I have big lion hair its not a problem to comb it through with this brush.

Overall:starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarstar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarstar

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HH Simonsen Boss Blow Dryer Review

Pros:

My hair looks very nice after use aka it actually looks like I have a hairdo.

Cons:

This blow dryer weight a lot, so you can‘t really bring it with you anywhere.

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I figured since I spend soo much money on hair products, maybe I should also blow dry my hair in style (aka not use a hair drier that was born the same year as I was). Anyways, I usually try to avoid blow-drying my hair and let it dry naturally, since I know that it‘s better for all hair – but sometimes you just don‘t have the time. This  hair drier is one of those seen in hair salons, and it does do some hair magic: I can tell after using it (and lending it to my granny – who is a stellar beauty judge) that it does make a difference – my hair looks much more “done” after using it. My grandmother has a short boob, and she too could see how her hair had a much more “put together” look after this hair drier. Also it does not make my hair feel dry after use, and I really like that you can use cold air too. Minuses: the price and that it is so heavy.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarnostar

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HH Simonsen Epic Quick Dry Brush Pro Review

Pros:

Gives you a great scalp massage when you use it.

Cons:

Price.

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This brush is a pricier one, from the same Danish brand as my all time favourite: the wet brush. It is supposed to help your hair dry faster and make it faboulous.

What I like about this brush is that it gives my scalp a nice massage and that it is super easy to clean (for me it is very important to not mistake my brush for a hairy creature of its own and I clean all my brushes with conditioner at least every second week). I also like that it transforms my hair instantly  – I go from troll to less-troll when I use it, which is much appreciated. It does help your hair dry faster when used with hair dryer, which is a plus. As mentioned before it is a bit more expensive then the wet brush, but I think that it is worth it.

It brought this brush with me to a family dinner, and all the females of my in my family with hair finer then mine really liked it too (they even tried to steal it, so now I know what I will get the for Christmas).

Overall:starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarstar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

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HH Simonsen Hair Spray Review

Pros:

Smells great and does not make my hair feel heavy.

Cons:

Not always helpful in making all my hairdos stay in place.

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I use hair spray after straightening my hair, and have tried quite a few of them. I really like that extra help to make my hair look perfect (as if I just woke up like that) but hate it when you can tell that Ive used some by the synthetic smell and sticky hair a spray can leave behind.

This hairspray from Danish HH Simonsen has a great smell, does not weight down my hair and really is kind of invisible in a good way (nooo stickiness here!). It does not hold my hair completely perfectly which is its minus.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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HH Simonsen True Divinity Hair Straightener Review

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Pros:

That it switches itself off if not used for 60 minutes.

Cons:

Price

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I am super proud of my crazy lion hair. But sometimes I prefer going for the sleeker, more sophisticated look and I let my hair tag along for the transformation. I remember first time I straightened my hair. It was in the Dominican Republic during a holiday. Girls over there go to salons religiously, and straight hair is the deal. I do not understand all the hype of having your hair reduced to twice its normal size, but I do enjoy the male attention. I dont know what it is, but men just seem to like us with straight hair better (please do comment if you agree or disagree with this statement).

Anyways, being a big fan of their hairbrushes  I decided to try the hair straightener from Danish HH Simonsen. It is quit pricy, but I see it as an investment, helping me to get more male attention and feeling like a power woman with power hair (yes unfortunately in that order). First and foremost, I love the fact that the straightener switches itself off if not used for 60 minutes. If you are paranoid, like me, and walk around thinking you forgot to lock your front door/close the window/turn off the oven half of the day, this product was made for you (thank you HH Simonsen, for targeting the obsessive compulsive of our population). Also I think my hair looked quit natural and straightening it, did not make it dry, which I have experienced in the past. I think it is very important that your hair does not feel like sand paper after straightening it, making yourself pretty while causing your hair so much damage is just not worth it.

My hair stays straight next day and even looks good the next day. The straightener works pretty fast aka you are not scared of burning off you hair, so my verdict is that this is a reliable electronic device and you can trust it with your hair.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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HH Simonsen The Oval Cushion Boar Brush Review

 

Pros: 

Makes my hair shiny and soft.

Cons:

This brush is not very well suited for hair as thick as mine.

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Danish HH Simonsen are behind my absolutely favourite brush  and therefore I was very curious to try this hair brush. It is made from the hair of Japanese boar (the get a hair cut just like us, to give hair to this brush – so they are not killed in the process). It promises to redistribute your hairs natural oil and therefore make it more shiny. I definitely can see a difference after using this brush: my hair becomes more shiny and soft but this brush is just not very good with thick hair. Let me clarify: im not only a lion by horoscope by also in real life, I have crazy hair that needs to be tamed (and eats a bottle of shampo every third month). When using this brush I noticed that my hair was not properly combed through afterwards, and I had to finish off with my fingers. Lending it to a friend with much thinner hair then mine, turned out to be a success (she likes me more now and loves the brush).   So yes I like the brush, but it simply is not made for hair as thick as mine.

Overall:starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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HH Simonsen Rod VS3 Hair Curler Review

Pros:

Gives you nice curls, which last til the next day.

Cons:

The price.

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I do not curl my hair very often, but when I do I like it to look natural. HH Simosen, have 9 different hair curlers which can give you different types of curls. The VS3 gives “medium” type of curls. First of all, the device is really easy to handle and I appreciate that it has the security function of switching itself off after 90 minutes (so you dont have to run back home to check you switched it off).  You can also choose between several different temperatures and it gets heated within a few minutes. My hair doesn’t turn dry after using it, and the curls look very natural, which is how I like them. I also like that my hair looks nice the next day, though the curls are more subtle of course.

The big con is the price.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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HH Simonsen: The Shine Brush Review

Pros:

Makes my hair shiny and happy.

Cons:

Hard to clean.

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After my success story with the Wet Brush from Danish HH Simonsen, I was keen on repeating it and giving my hair a treat after getting through a long cold winter so shiny and soft (thank you hair…and hair oils).  This brush is made from the hair of a mongolian wild boar. The hair is supposed to stimulate blood supply to the scalp and in that way make your hair more shiny, making brushing your hair a pleasant experience (as your scalp gets a slight massage).

My verdict: the wet brush was my first HH Simonsen brush, and will therefore stay my number one (just out of sheer gratitude for how it changed my bad hair to good hair), but this one is a close number 2.

It does really give you a nice little massage while you brush your hair, and yes you can really see the difference after a few strokes – my hair stays in one place, and looks great after brushing even when greasy and in desperate need of a wash. The price is very reasonable, around 20 euros. The only problem this brush has is that all my hair gets stuck in the boar hair, and it is difficult to clean.

Tip: My top tip is to wash your hair brush with warm water and conditioner at least once a month to make your brush happy and to make it stay nice to your hair.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarstar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

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