Emma S Cleansing Facial Wash Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin feel very fresh and cleanses well – removes all residue of make-up.

Cons:

Can be a bit hard to wash off.

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I‘m not a big fan of those wise words pages in fashion magazines: be a strong woman, be independent, be kind blah blah blah. It‘s usually just common sense but in expensive print with a flashy bag commercial next to it. But the other day I came by an interview with Emma S where she was sharing her words of wisdom – and what struck be about her is that she seemed so incredible…sane. Her words were very simple but still resonated with the kind of person I aspire to be (working on it): never speak poorly of other people, don‘t worry so much, always assume the best about others. The only thing I didn‘t agree with was Emma‘s thought on that nothing interesting happens at a party after 2 in the morning…I don‘t agree – usually that‘s when the table dancing begins….So I‘ll skip that one. Back to my review then.

My thoughts on this facial wash: It has a creamy texture, removes all my make-up residue very well and leaves my skin feeling very fresh. I have noticed I‘ve had less break-outs and black spots after I started using this one.  The bottle lasts for a few months which is another positive. Negatives? Can be a bit hard to remove, because it‘s a bit thick.

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L:A Bruket Koriander/Svartpeppar Conditioner Review

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Pros:

Packed with good ingredients – almond oil, vitamin B, cilantro and blackpepper.

Cons:

I still need to use extra products for my split ends after use.

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I have to admit that I was sceptical to this conditioner – as much, as I love L:A Bruket and their natural ingredients – my hair is so dry nothing but hardcore chemicals can help it. I know, that stating that one loves chemicals in anything is almost despicable since one is supposed to be into all things natural and eco. But honestly my frizz needs some things that nature alone can not offer. So I was pleasantly surprised by this conditioner when it actually took great care of my scalp and my hair.

My scalp is very dry and during the winter season I‘m like a snake shedding skin – after ignoring this fact for years I‘ve actually started investing in products which aim at giving the scalp some love (not only your hair). This conditioner is filled with goodness aiming at the scalp – almond oil, vitamin B and wheat protein. The cilantro and black pepper is is supposed to stimulate blood flow in the scalp. I love the unexpected combination of cilantro and black pepper – the smell is fresh and new to me. The conditioner gives my hair a lot of hydration, helps my split ends – which feel more soft and most importantly has taken great care of my scalp – my skin is less dry and itchy. That my split ends still need some leave-in conditioner and hair oil despite the use of this conditioner.

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L:A Bruket Gurkmynta Cucumber Mint Hand Wash Review

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Pros:

Feels very luxurious and makes my hands very soft..

Cons:

The smell could have been a bit stronger..

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This hand soap was a big treat for me – I don‘t usually give myself soaps as expensive as this one – but then again – I don‘t want to be the richest on the cemetery (and after getting this one and two Diptique candles I certainly won‘t be).

This soap smells deliciously fresh, the bottle lasts for about 2 months (450 ml) and makes my hands very soft after use. I also like that you can buy a re-fill – which is both sustainable and cheaper alternative. What is the minus of the soap? I wish the smell of mint was a bit stronger.

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ACO Body Lotion Moist Review

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Pros:

You get a lot for your money.

 

Cons:

The smell is very neutral, I would have preferred a stronger smell for a feel of luxury – but depends on what you are locking for.

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I love that this body lotion comes in a huge package (400 ml to cover my voluptuous body) and that it comes as a pump bottle – making it very easy to use – and hygienic. It gets absorbed instantly, gives good hydration (not the best I tried but decent). The smell is pretty ok too, very very discreet. So verdict – this is a very decent and budget friendly body lotion where you get a good effect and amount for the money.

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ACO Face Anti Age 25+ Protecting day Cream Review

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Pros:

Affordable and satisfying for basic hydrating needs

 

Cons:

Too rich during the summer for my combination skin

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I really like this day cream. It’s a straight forward moisturizer that protects and satisfies all my every-day needs. It’s not a miracle worker for pimples, scars or pigmentation, but it doesn’t promise that either. Both me (normal/combination skin) and my partner (dry skin) use this cream daily, and will surely buy this again. During the summer this cream was way too rich for my combined skin, and therefor I only use it during the colder months (like very much right now). You all know by now that we have a big obsession with pharmacies – and ACO being a Swedish pharmacy brand is no different- spending our money in a pharmacy in some way just feels more ok to us – like anything you buy in there is never overindulging or can break ones budget – and you always need it. At least thats what we tell outselves when we buy away.

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Emma S Warm Beach Body Oil Review

Pros:

Nice smell that makes you feel like you are heading to the beach, but still subtle enough for gloomy casual days in the city.

Cons:

The price.

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Those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that I‘m a big fan of Swedish Emma S (her cleansing oil is my favourite facial oil of all times). Hearing that Emma had released a new line I got curious – knowing that she made the best cleansing oil, I wanted to see what their body oil was like. I have an obsession for oils, that is no secret so I kind of consider myself being a expert. This body oil smells of vanilla, fig, coconut and (a tiny bit of) lemon. The fragrance is very subtle, but still lingers on my skin for a while. My skin doesn‘t get itchy after using this oil, something I have experienced in the past using other oil, and even though I‘ve been using this 125 ml bottle all summer I still have about 75% left. My skin also feels very hydrated after use. It dries in very fast which is a plus. Minus – the price.

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Aco Protect and Restore Eye Cream Review

Pros:

Budget friendly.

Cons:

Smells neutral but with a slight hint of pharmacy.

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I have previously written about ACO, which is a  beauty brand you can get at the Swedish pharmacy. Being a general fan of pharmacy products, and believing that they are just a bit more trustworthy I have often turned to them for some budget friendly options when my wallet has been thin.

Using eye cream is rather new to me, since I am a bit lazy. But soon hitting my thirties I realised that I don‘t want to have wrinkles from smiling too much, around my eyes – no matter how charming they can look on other people – they are just not for me (I want to look like Sharon Stone). This eye cream is budget friendly, doesn‘t smell of anything and gets absorbed very fast. The package is hygienic since you don‘t stick your fingers into anything, and lasts for months and months. About the results – I‘m not sure you can really judge if a cream reduces you wrinkles, but to me ACO is a trustworthy company and I chose to think I have less wrinkles now – not because I smile less but because this cream is good.

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L:A Bruket Facial Chamomile and Bergamot Toner and Freshener Review

Pros:

Feels very hydrating and pleasant.

Cons:

Hurt if you get it in your eyes.

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I am a big fan of Swedish L:A Bruket and have been using this refresher for the past months when getting in to work after a 13 km bike ride – all in order to maintain the illusion that I took a limo instead of my old grumpy bike. This toner/refresher is unisex so the smell is very pleasant without being “too much” and the hydrating feeling one gets lasts for a few hours. Bergamot is supposed to have a healing, calming and antiseptic effect – all of which I want for my skin. I have also used this pretty bottle as a toner as a part of my night time routine, and love that you can spray it on which is hygienic and easy (especially when you are tired and want to go to bed in your make-up). The only downside of this toner is that it hurts sooo much if you accidently spray it in your eyes – hopefully you guys aren‘t as clumsy as I am.

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ACO Sun Kissed Self-Tanning Face Cream Review

Pros:

Gives a nice natural look.

Cons:

Takes a while to absorb into the skin.

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Coming back from a nice sunny vacation in Mexico I really wanted to keep up the illusion of a great tan for as long as possible. This cream has been around for at least five years, since I remember using it during dull decembers in my teens as one of my measures to escape everyday life, by pretending I had just arrived straight from an exotic destination.  The cream has a white color, builds us a tan gradually, and takes about 5 minutes to get properly absorbed. I use it when I‘m going to bed since I don‘t want to risk coming to work with an “uneven” tan. After using it 1-2 times one will notice a light sun kissed look, which is very subtle and will last for about 2 days if you don‘t apply more cream. I haven‘t experienced any orange disasters (the nightmare which comes with purchasing any self-tanning cream) when using this cream, though I had to scrub away some unevenly distributed cream in my nasal folds. This cream works as a day cream too, and leaves my skin soft, though i have never dared teaming it with a serum, afraid of it being too sticky in a combo with it. The negatives of this cream is that of course- you will turn yellow/orange if you over-apply, that it takes a while to get absorbed, and that it has a fruity smell that may not appeal to everyone.

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