Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum Review

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Pros:

The pump bottle is hygenic.

Cons:

Doesn‘t diminish my wrinkles.

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I love the commercial for this serum – it kind of takes deceiving the customer (me) – to a new level. It promises to reduce 5 signs of ageing by 50% or more in 12 weeks – which is wrinkles, lines , dark spots, lifting, uneven skin tone..I find this deceiving because honestly I think we all know by now, that the only way to reduce your lines and wrinkles is by botox or other cosmetic procedure –  yes a serum can lift your skin, give you loads of moisture and make you look fresh – but it won‘t take years off your face.

So what did I think? First and foremost, I expect a lot of hydration and toning from my serums – all I got from this one was some tiiiiiny extra hydration but not at all anything extraordinary. Secondly, all those promises about the disappearance of wrinkles and lines – that just didn‘t happen. In fact since this serum provided me with so much less hydration then the other serums I have used have, my skin looked more gloom, dehydrated and my wrinkles more apparent. Conclusion – will never repurchase this serum again.

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AVÈNE TRIXERA NUTRI-FLUIDE LOTION REVIEW

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast.

Cons:

It smells a bit of a pharmacy.

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One of the most important things for me when choosing a good lotion, is that it gets absorbed fast. My apartment has a lot of windows (and way too few curtains) and I don‘t have time to walk around naked waiting for my lotion to dry..This lotion really doesn‘t let me down. I have to give it maximum 3 seconds to dry and I‘m ready to go (whom am I kidding – I‘m ready to run cause I‘m always running late somewhere)..The result: my skin feels very smooth after use (I can feel a big difference after my first use), and the lotion is definitely “fat” enough to be used during the coldest months of the year. The bottle says you can use it on your face too – but I save my face for my sheet masks and serums..The minus: the smell, it smells a bit of a pharmacy, but luckily the smell doesn‘t linger on for too long.

Verdict: I think this lotion of wallet friendly since you need little per use, so the bottle lasts for a long time plus I like that it gives my skin hydration and makes it soft, but most importantly – that it gets absorbed very quick.

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Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Pros:

My skin looks much better since I started using this tonic.

Cons:

The price.

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Is it too soon to call this a modern classic? Or did I just fall for the hype? Doesn’t really matter, I love this tonic. The ingredient list is full of goodies that take care of your skin, and the AHA-acids keeps it exfoliated. I use this tonic daily and my skin is brighter with less break-outs ever since. It says that you should apply it with a cotton pad, but since I don‘t want to waste any expensive drops I just apply it straight on the skin with my fingers with makes the bottle last much longer.

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Rituals Rice Scrub Review

Pros:

Smells very nice.

Cons:

Doesn‘t exfoliate my skin enough.

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I like to use my DIY homemade scrubs  but I got this one as a gift from my mum, who loves the smell of everything from Rituals. My first impression was that I too really like the smell of this scrub – despite not really understanding what it smells of – it‘s supposed to smell off “white rice and oriental orange blossom” (which is a pretty weird description since rice doesn‘t really have a smell, does it?). Anyways, a good scrub to me is one that can basically peel my skin off, and this scrub is like a body lotion – soft and pleasant but not real effect. It is nice if you want to have a very very very mild scrub, but if you are looking for some effect and a way to make sure your tan is even this summer this is simply not it. The only positive thing about this scrub is its smell and that you smell pleasant after using it (for those two minutes that the smell lingers on your skin).

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Kiehl’s ultimate strength hand salve review

Pros:

Makes your hands softer after just a few days use.

Cons:

Smells like a hospital.

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My battle against dry winter hands continues. I associate salves with a hospital setting, and this one proved to be no different, it it very fat (like a salve you would use on a baby) but unfortunately it smells of medication. Paying so much money for something that smells so bad, is just not worth it in my eyes. Sure I can really notice a difference after a couple of days use (my hands go from super-winter dry to medium-start autumn dry) and you only need a small amount per application, but this salve takes ages to dry and the smell is just awful.

Save your money and use some coconut oil instead.

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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.

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Murad: Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel

 

Pros:

Reduces blemishes dramatically

Cons:

Does not work on severe acne. Can be “harsh” on your skin.

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The Murad Blemish Control series is “clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts and restore smooth skin without dryness or irritation.” (Source: Murad). The Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is “step two” in Murad’s series of four products that consist of a Clarifying Cleanser (check out the  review of the Clarifying Wipes), the Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel, the Blemish Spot Treatment and the Skin Perfecting Lotion.

I don’t suffer from acne or breakout often so I don’t use all four products listed above, but I do get a pimple once in a while. When I do, I am ready for it with this gel. I simply apply it to the pimple before bedtime and the next day the pimple is remarkably reduced. The gel lasts for ages when used that way and I know that I have a way to fight pimples when they pop up from nowhere.

I have heard that the four step system is great if you suffer from blemishes and outbreaks on a more regular basis, but I have not tried it myself. If you have severe acne, this Murad treatment will probably not work, as you need something that can really kill the Acne bacterias (and not only on the outside). However, it might help reduce it a little.

My skin is very sensitive and my cosmetologist told me not to use this Blemish Treatment Gel on my entire face, but only on outbreaks as it can be very harsh on sensitive skin.

Overall, the Mural Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is great for reducing blemishes when they appear once in a while, and I can also recommend it if you have blemish-prone skin and suffer from outbreaks regularly. However, for treating severe acne you should probably go to a professional Dermatologist (and not just a cosmetologist) to make sure you’re getting the right guidance and throwing your money after the right treatment for you.

 

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Försvarets Hudsalva Review

Pros:

Cheap and great for all dry areas on your body.

Cons:

Mostly available at swedish pharmacies. It costs about 3 dollars there, so please do not buy this at french Colette for 10!!

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Tired of my local pharmacies, I headed over to Sweden for some serious shopping. Here I found a long lost friend (and a favourite of my beauty guru grandmother) the Försvarets hudsalva, roughly translated into skin ointment of the army. So what is it then? It’s a soft stick made of tallow and peanut oil, first manufactured by request from the swedish army, wanting a remedy against blisters for their soldiers.

Today its a swedish classic, having its own wikipedia page. I consider it a great budget alternative (it costs around 3 dollars and lasts for months) to lip balm, which can come in handy when you have rough skin patches and also when out in cold temperatures for a long time. It works good for me and I see a result when applying it to the rest of my skin.

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Review of Nivea Soft face/body/hand cream

Pros:

Helps all dry skin, even the peeling one.

Cons:

Takes long time to dry and due to the thick consistency impossible to only use a thin layer.

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I have used this cream for the past 10 years, at least. I think most of us have tried it at some point and recognise “the Nivea” smell. I even use it on my lips when they get horribly dry, it tastes horrible and Im not sure I recommend it to anybody else, but it helps me.

This cream is thick, so its impossible to apply a thin layer, and therefore it takes it a long time to dry. But it helps re-hydrating dry skin, no matter what state its in. Its really fat and I usually use it as my last resource on my peeling legs after vacation. Due to the cheap price I’m generous with the stars.

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