Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque Review

Pros:

My skin looks very “clear” the next day.

Cons:

Very tricky to define how skin “removed of pollution”, should look like.

More:

I have read many mixed reviews about this mask – and was a bit unsure if I should get it. But the smell was so fresh I couldn‘t resist (and yes I was travelling in the US where it was much cheaper then in Europe – so I convinced myself this was a “bargain”).

Basically this mask promises to get rid of signs of pollution – problem is that what those signs aren‘t really defined by Kiehls, or made totally clear by any chorus of scientists, at least not yet. I know, that the topic of pollutions effect on skin is starting to emerge in scientific reports and the new “it” topic (the new “sun can damage you skin”), and I‘m sure we will see many new products on the market targeting specifically the effect of pollution – but for now we don‘t really have a visible way of measuring how efficient these anti-pollution products are. If you want an overview of the main themes in reserach in this area right now, this The Guardian article is brilliant.

Conclusion  – this mask is sticky, but smells fresh, can be left on overnight and makes my skin look very clear the next morning. Does it protect my skin against future wrinkles and signs of me living in a polluted capital – don‘t know, but sure hope so!

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar (don‘t know! Read the whole review above to find out why!)

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Does what it promises and suits almost all skin types.

Cons:

I’m not too fond of the lavender smell (- like the rest of the bloggers on this side).

More:

This is a classic and for good reasons! I use this daily wintertime or as a weekly treatment during other times of the year – just to get an extra hydration boost. When I’m really dry I layer it on top of a water-based moisturizing serum, underneath my nightcream. My skin loves it! Since you only need a couple of drops it last for a long time which is comforting considering the price. I have tried other face oils from other “hyped” brands bit keep coming back to my little blue bottle year after year.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Review

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Pros: 

Feels very soothing and hydrating.

Cons:

Is a bit sticky.

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This is definitely my favourite buy of 2017 to this day. I got this masque as a treat to myself on a trip to New York as a treat and to celebrate new beginnings: new job, new plans, new ambitions and a lot of knowledge from mistakes I made in 2016 (it was a year on standstill full of emotions – and I‘ve decided to make 2017 easier for myself and my surroundings). Surely all my new hopes and promises should come with extra glowing skin I thought…and this masque did not disappoint.

The masque has a gel-like consistency, which feels a bit sticky but very pleasant and soothing on my skin. You use it for 5 minutes and I saw an instant result after the first use: my skin feels very hydrated and look glowing. Also I‘m a fan of the ingredients: aloe vera and calendula are known to have a calming effect on skin. This mask gives me the feeling of being in a spa and I love it.

I have used the Kiehls algea face masque and was a fan too – thought I don‘t think it‘s sold anymore. Though I have mixed feelings about Kiehls and think they make great and not soo great stuff – them seem to know how to make great face masques.

Overall:starstarstarstarstar

Value for money:starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Our best hair products – the complete list

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It‘s no secret hair products take up a lot of space on this blog. Therefore we decided to compose a list of our all time favourite hair products:

  1. Best hair maskKiehl’s Olive Fruit Reparative hair pak – I have been using this mask for the past two years and ALWAYS return to it – actually its the only thing from Kiehl‘s I‘ve stayed faithful to. The mask makes my hair instantly (after 10 minutes) soft, easy to de-tangle and just makes it look much better. This blog is more about what you shouldn‘t buy rather then what you should buy and this mask is probably the only time I‘ve urged my readers to try something so urgently. By try I mean getting a sample of it. Read full review here.
  2. Best hair oilOrofluido hair oil – this oil is the oil of all oils, and those of you who have read a few reviews of hair products on this blog know that I always refer back to it. This oil makes my hair instantly soft and smells of heaven. And its a great budget buy – a bottle has lasted me for 2 years. Trust me I have tried a lot of oils and nothing comes close to it (yes we are talking about you Moroccan oil). See full review here.
  3. Best dry shampood:fi dry shampoo – most beauty/fashion/french bloggers refer to Klorane dry shampoo as the best thing out there. We have reviewed it (read review here) and we really really really liked it. But seriously there must be other dry shampoos out there which are just as good and keep a good level of quality..answer: hell yeah. Sure d:fi dry shampoo doesn‘t ooze of french sophistication but its good quality, the color is neutral (not traces of white in my hair yey) and its cheap. Much better than Klorane if you look at it from a price point – which I know many of you are. Read the full review here.
  4. Best shampoo and conditionerBamboo smooth anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner – this shampoo and conditioner are my favourites because they give my hair that va va voom feeling and a bottle lasts for about 6 months (which might justify the steep price). Considering frizz one of my hairs biggest enemies these bottles have been saviours. Read full review here.
  5. Best quick fixBamboo Kendi oil dry oil mist – this oil is my go when I need a quick solution – some shine and nice texture. It doesn‘t replace a hair cut and won‘t fight dry ends but It‘s a big favourite – partly again cause a bottle lasts for years and the shine adds some well-needed confidence from sad hair days. Read full review here.

This is our list, please feel free to share your favourite hair products with us and we will do out best to feature them in the blog. Or do you disagree with some of our choices – let us know – we love all feed-back!

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin supersoft.

Cons:

Takes ages to get absorbed.

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I bought this concentrate thinking it was a serum – and I was wrong. Apparently you are supposed to apply it between your usual cream and serum. This concentrate feels like a thin oil on my skin – it gets absorbed super slow – so every morning I walk around glowing like a sweaty muscle for 20 minutes – applying a serum in between my layers would just give me break-outs so I chose using this concentrate as my serum. Thoughts: despite taking ages to get absorbed, this concentrate feels great on my skin – making it supersoft, and I‘ve had no break-out after I started using it (aka its not irritating my skin). It smells delicious of lemon and herbs which makes the feel a bit less synthetic when applying this potion. The price is pretty steep but I think its ok since one only need a tiny bit per use.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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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!

The Best Facial Masks out there – The complete list

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Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know that I do have a craze for facial masks – they are a cheap(er) alternative to getting an actual salon facial and a quick way to make your skin look and feel fab. I have a whole shelf for my masks at home, and I‘m a bit embarrassed to admit that I add at least one to my collection every month (an expensive but satisfying habit). After trying my way through loads and loads of masks here is the top five of my favourites..since we are a critical blog a post of the worst masks out is to follow (next week..so stay tuned).

  1. Of all the hydrating masks out there I find the Origins drink up intense mask the best on the market. Not only does it make your skin super hydrated, but the package lasts for several years and its easy to apply. I have tried so many overnight masks but this one is “the one” for me. Read the full review here.
  2. Kiehl‘s Algea mask is sticky but shows results already after 10 minutes, serving as a hydration bomb. Generally I think Kiehl‘s shows an uneven consistency of the quality of their things, but this mask is a winner and a great investment, containing algeas, green tea and calendula, it calms down my skin and makes it very very happy. Read full review here.
  3. It‘s always nice to know that the people behind what you put on your face have some serious brain power, therefor we are fans of the Danish brand Beauté Pacifique , which was started by scientists from Novo Nordisk (they make insulin which doesn‘t equal faca care in my world but still gives the brand some serious credibility). The instant hydrating mask is like a fat cream that you put on overnight and voila – your skin gets a bomb of hydration with some visible changes the next day. Read the full review here.
  4. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is my best friend – I have used it for the past 5 years, and though I never actually used it as a mask, but just as a face cream – I wanted to put it on the list to share with you guys. This is a “Cinderella” cream – meaning it makes your skin glowing and is a saviour when you feel like your face looks like your beeep (you know what I wanted to say). It is e x p e n s i v e but so worth it. Read the full review here.
  5. A good budget alternative is The Body Shop Acai Face mask, which was just recently reviewed by moi. It makes blood flow to your face and give a great glow. It‘s not  the most WOW mask I have ever tried, but it smells great, feels luxurious and the result is decent – especially for the price. Read full review here.

Hope you enjoyed the list and let me know which masks you are using!

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Wipped Body Butter

Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast and makes my skin very soft.

Cons:

When your boyfriend asks why you smell of butter you start questioning the smell of this body butter…

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I have been using this body butter half of the summer, and kind of loving it…that is until my boyfriend leaned over one morning and asked “how come you already smell of butter?” (referring to my good appetite, I never say no to a croissant on vacation). This body butter has a very rich texture, smells a mix of vanilla and sun lotion, sinks in very fast and makes my skin silky smooth and you need little per use. You decide if you like the smell (my boyfriend doesn‘t).

Overall:starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarstar

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Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave-in Concentrate Review

Pros:

Makes hair frizz free.

Cons:

Doesn‘t work as well on wet hair as promised.

More:

Basically I randomly strolled by the Kiehl’s counter, and wanted to check out the amino acid line, when the Kiehl’s lady sold this hair treatment to me by saying “my hair would look like yours (dry and tired) if I wasn‘t using this product”. I know seriously worst line EVER, but this oil smelled soo good (mix of vanilla and chocolate that actually works), that I gave it a try. Results: the bottle is pretty small, so if you want it to last you can‘t use that much per time, which is fine even when you have biiig biig hair like me. And if you use too much your hair will look a bit like spagetti (very bad look unless you are the fourth lost member of TLC). It does really give a nice and polished look, which lasts for a few days, and feels rather like a serum then an oil. My only regret is that I didn‘t tell the sales lady off, and waited til my BF went to the US on another work tripp so I could get it much cheaper (buy Kiehls in the US people the prices in Europe are rubbishy high).

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarnostar

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