ACO Ultrasoft Toner Review

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Pros:

Good cleansing and leaves my skin very soft.

Cons:

Could have had more of a “smell”.

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I remember when I first tried a toner water on my face – oh what a true revolution it was (piles of dirt came off my skin – literally). Having had the pleasure to travel for 2 months straight at the beginning of this year – I sort off had a beauty crisis when I ran out of to toner half-way through (and I was on island where there were no toner to buy – you were lucky if you got hold of some old overpriced Nivea sunscreen). So when I came home to this new toner from Swedish ACO I was thrilled – and literally rubbed it on my face 3 times a day for the first week (..and the dirt kept on coming off…).

So what do I think of this toner..first and foremost, one can just spray it on ones face which is very convenient. Secondly my skin feels very soft afterwards (which has been much needed since coming home has been a chock of cold). Thirdly I have never seen so much dirt come off my face when using a toner, so I‘m figuring it‘s doing a decent job. The bottle is huge thus the toner lasts for long which I like since my budget is tight after all this travelling.

What didn‘t I like: the smell is very nice and discreet but I would‘t have minded if it was a bit stronger.

Overall:starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarstar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Best Body Lotions for Dry Skin

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This time of the year my legs are dying due to dryness and lack of vitamin D – and all I want is to like Gisele in the picture above. Blogging about beauty for two years has led me through trying tons of lotions and potions, and I have compiled a small list of the best lotions to make you forget of dry skin and getting one step closer to those Gisele – legs (minus the rest of her craziness of course).

1.This Clarins body lotion is my absolute favourite (read review here). I buy it every year (no matter how many lotions I already have at home) – and it never lets me down – it sinks in fast, smells pleasant and most importantly – it makes my skin super soft, even when its beyond dry.

2. Nivea is a favourite of mine: a reliable budget friend I use when my skin needs some extra extra extra hydration – where I don‘t feel uncomfortable wrapping my skin in double layers before I go to bed. Read my full review of the Nivea body cream here.

3. In general I think that Dove makes pretty decent things – they smell nice, have a good quality and the price point is satisfying – I got my hands of this Dove body lotion by chance and was pleasantly surprised – it sinks in fast and makes my skin soooft. And the smell is not classic Dove so nobody will know that you are being on a budget.

4. Ok this list wouldn‘t be complete without some luxurious lotion – one of those that you kind of don‘t want to use because then you know it will make you run out of it – and you dread that – since you won‘t spent that money on it again. That lotion for me is this lily body lotion – smells of heaven and makes my bathroom feel like that of an old rich lady – but in a good way of course.

Hope you enjoy this list and feel free to share your favourites! /Mary

L:A Bruket Vildros Body Butter Review

Pros:

Makes my skin silky smooth.

Cons:

Takes a while to get absorbed.

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Today‘s theme is roses, and I‘m having a day off so I‘m treating you dear readers to two posts. This body butter which smells of wild roses, is very silky and leaves my skin soft. I like the idea of  body butters which smell fresh but not too sweet, which this one does. It sinks in pretty slowly which is a minus. The smell of roses is very discreet and pleasant, and the butter has the texture of sorbet, and melts into my skin.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarstar

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Budget Tips: Olive oil and sea salt body scrub

This body scrub is ridiculously simple all you need is olive oil and sea salt. There is a big chance you have both of these ingredients in your kitchen which makes it even more alluring. Just mix these two in about a ratio of two to one, though add a bit of extra salt if you feel your skin needs it.The oil makes your skin soft while the salt rubs all those dead cells away. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

If you want a DIY scrub but are prepared to add some extra ingredients, then check out this brilliant scrub or my favourite coffee scrub.

 

Review of the Estelle & Thild Rose Otto Serum

Pros:

I love the idea behind the brand, being nice to the nature and your skin at the same time is a treat.

Cons:

This is a pricy serum, especially if you buy it outside of the nordic countries.

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My nordic heart beast with pride as I write this. Swedish Estelle & Thild has been around for 8 years, but they are a new discovery to me. All the cremes and wonders from this brand are free from toxic residues and eco-friendly, and the woman behind it (the gorgeous Pernilla Rönnberg) started it bearing her own daughters and the world they would grow up in, in mind. I’m always happy discovering cool strong women making their way in the beauty business with their own independent ideas taken to a new level, not being a part of the big brands with the long histories and big budgets.

Now about the serum, it contains many yummy ingredients such as figs, blueberries, cranberries and jojoba oil. It promises to make your skin, firmer, more hydrated. My last serum was amazing so therefore I had great expectations, and I was very satisfied. You need a very small amount per application, it smells very fresh of rose, and I could already see a difference on my skin after a few weeks. My skin feels more luminous and very hydrated, even skipping my religious ritual of using face masks. I think after starting to use serums there is no way of going back, it just adds that extra over the top hydration we all are chasing with oils and masks. I will be honest this is a luxury brand, and therefore not cheap, but it is a nice alternative to all the other expensive brands out there.

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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LANCÔME HYDRA INTENSE MASK REVIEW

Pros:  

Extensive use of this mask really improved how my skin looks: smooth and soft, and no spots.

Cons:  

It’s sticky and hard to wash off.

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Anybody who ever browsed through this blog knows that I have a hall of fame (and shame) of face masks.  Like every proper kitchen cupboard should have some comfort food, every girls collection of beauty products should have a comfort cornor, mine is the shrine in my bathroom belonging to my face masks. Just like Kate Moss thinks when she is shopping for vintage “there is always room for more”, I think when I see a new face mask. Unhappy vallet equals happy readers, so I guess something good comes out of this.

Now back to the mask: it has a gel like consistence, and is blue. It’s sticky and hard to get off. The brand recommends use of 5 minutes, I recommend 10, but don’t even bother leaving it on for longer, no difference in result. And don’t sleep in it (learn from my mistakes ok?). It promises to leave your skin smooth, hydrated and to delete dry lines (dry lines makes me associate with sleeping head down drunk and waking up with old make-up stale in your wrinkes, not sure that’s what Lancome meant).

I used this mask religiously 3 times a week, and on the third week I finally started seeing the miracles: my skin did indeed become very nice, hydrated (the wrinkles still there though) and no pimples. It isn’t a budget choice, but you need very small amounts and I like that it’s a quick fix mask, 10 minutes and you can go and do better things with your life.

Overall:starstar starstarnostar

Value for money:starstar starstarnostar

Does what it promises:star starstarstarnostar

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