Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Review

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Pros:

The packages lasts for many months.

Cons:

No visible effects what so ever.

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I‘ve used this serum for about 10 months now (on and off, during the summer months I was scared to get some kind of reaction due to the vitamin C in the serum and therefore took a break) – and I still don‘t get it. I bought this serum after a long flight when my skin looked super dehydrated (before I started using sheets on flights, now that problem is solved) and I counted my wrinkles and got scared. I‘m 29 and this serum was my first anti-ageing product. When I was leaving the store the girl who just sold me this serum yelled out “btw you have to use sunscreen when you use that serum” – which was a bummer since I don‘t own any creams with sunscreen, so I had to purchase that too. I guess most beauty bloggers know that vitamin C requires you to use sunscreen, I‘m just not one of them. This serum is supposed to :

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boosts skin radiance and improves texture
  • Helps visibly minimize pores over time for smoother skin

So what is my verdict after these 10 months of use: I‘m clueless. It doesn‘t really provide my skin with any hydration, but gives me a tickling, burning sensation upon application – making my brain think that there are some active ingredients in it, and that it‘s “working” on removing my wrinkles.  Removing wrinkles is an impossible task, unless your name is botox, so actually I see – not much difference. And no extra glow either. So I‘m pretty disappointed. The only positive is that a package lasts for long but that‘s all. Won‘t repurchase this one.

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Sisley Express Flower Gel Mask Review

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Pros:

The tube lasts for a looong time  – about a year when using it 3 times a week.

Cons:

No effect of “smothered features”.

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You all know that I love my masks, period. And part of why I love them is the ritual of application – the feeling of being pampered and taking good care of my skin. This mask kind of robs me of this feeling – since applying it feels like applying a gel like cream, which gets absorbed incredibly fast. I know that one can use this mask as a 3 minute cure (which works great) – but since it cost me a small fortune I prefer using it as an overnight remedy.

The effect: my skin feels very soft and hydrated afterwards, can‘t say that it‘s really glowing – but I think you need much for then just a mask to get that (tons of sleep, sunshine and water). Basically this is a good mask if you want a quick bomb of hydration and enjoy feeling like you are not wearing a mask – for exemple during long flights. The mask promises to “smoothen” your features – don‘t know if they promise to make all my wrinkles disappear – cause that just didn‘t happen.

Cons – obviously the price, and that you can get the same effect of hydration from much cheaper alternatives (see here and here).

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Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer Review

Pros:

Nice packaging.

Cons:

Gets stuck in my wrinkles.w

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I really like the Shiseido foundation sticks, and when I needed something new to cover the dark circles under my eyes – I though this concealer would do the trick. Unfortunately it is pretty hard to “distribute” evenly, getting “stuck in my wrinkles” (I‘m sure you know what I mean). I have tried using my day cream as a foundation but it made the concealer go deeper into my lines of age grace. It covers up for a few hours before being smudged away. The only plus with this concealer is its smart packaging and that after you actually managed to smudge it out it covers up all sins from yesterday. Don‘t buy it!

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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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Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Facial Serum Review

Pros:

Makes my skin very smooth and hydrates very well.

Cons:

The price.

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Ever since falling in love with my first serum I have been a devotee to the serum cult. I can‘t imagine my skin care routine without it. Since I rarely stay faithful to a beauty product I like to shop around – always looking for the next fantastic product which will take my skin to the new level. Sometimes I get pissed and robbed, and sometimes I just hit jackpot. This time it was jackpot. This serum is in the high end but I still consider it reasonably priced, especially since a bottle lasts for ages. The pump bottle is hygienic, which is important for a germ scared person like myself. But most importantly this serum leaves my skin feeling very smooth and hydrated. It gives my skin what I call, the full “serum effect” – which is leaving my skin flawless. I have been working 14 days in a row now, and heavenly relied on a lot of cheeseburgers to keep my spirit up (ate one for breakfast this morning, seriously bad start to the day), and yet my skin looks like I just had a facial and 14 hours of sleep (unfortunately the dark rings give me away). Thank you dear serum couldn‘t have made these 2 weeks without you!

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Origins Three Part Harmony Nourishing Cream Review

Pros:

Doesn‘t make my sensitive skin break out.

Cons:

The results I see are not that fantastic – so not worth the high price.

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This cream promises soo much: hydration, renew skin‘s appearance, soften fine lines and wrinkles..What I like about it is that the hydration level it gives my skin is good no matter what time of the year it is – it is not too sticky and fat for summer, and hydrating enough for winter. Also my skin doesn‘t break out when I use this cream. I feel that it gives my skin a certain radiance, but the price I paid was definitely not worth it. Another minus is that it takes a pretty long time to sink in when applied and has a sweet sticky smell I‘m not a fan of (which most Origins products have – so no news here).

This cream contains Tazetta Lily Bulbs, White Myrtle and Japanese Knot Weed. I googled my pants off to find what the Tazette Lily Bulbs do for you – found nada. White myrtle is used in alchemy and an excellent wine base (hihi). And Japanese Knot Weed is apparently a troublemaker. So basically reading the ingredients list is something I should have done before buying this cream – maybe then I would have chosen something different.

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Is Dermaroller Really a Miracle Maker? (Part 1)

For the past months I have been looking into the Dermaroller treatment. I have some scars and red spots on my cheeks that I would like to get rid of once and for all. I have researched for a long time on the best and least damaging treatments, and I came across the Dermaroller treatment.

My stupid scars

The scars and red spots on my cheeks has been annoying me since I got them (from a sudden, bad acne outbreak when I was around 20). Even though the scars I have are not that big and noticeable with makeup on, they’re still there. And I’m very conscious about them. Fx. I mostly have my hair down (and not so much in pony tail or bun) to cover the scars and red dots on my cheeks. I would just love if I could make them go away without any treatments that might cause scars (like laser). If this treatment lives up to its promises, it would help me minimise – or perhaps even get rid of – these scars.

Dermaroller results

Dermaroller is supposed to be good for treating acne, minimising scars, pores, sun damages (pigmentation), wrinkles and in general rejuvenating skin.

There’s both a Dermaroller home kit and a clinical treatment. Both are expensive, but if they really provide the results that they claim, I would way it’s worth it.

Here’s some of the results (before/after pics) that I found online:

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How does the Dermaroller work?

The Dermaroller is like a small fakir roll: It has a lot of small needles that you roll over your skin. The needles make thousands of very small wholes that cause a degradation of your skin, which then actives re-generation of new skin, that in the end result in rejuvenated skin (source). In short you “damage”/irritate your skin by making a lot of small wholes with the needles on the Dermaroller. This will stimulate your skin and make it heal and re-generate new skin: “The skin is lightly punctured creating a “perceived” injury, and the body responds by producing new skin cells to heal the surface.” (Read more about the science behind the Dermaroller here)

I’m always sceptical/critical to what I read online, and I’m a firm believer in scientific research (I have an academic background after all) and testing things out myself before I’m convinced. 

Therefore, I’m going to give the Dermaroller treatment a try and tell you guys my experience. 100% honesty.

Which type of Dermaroller should I use?

It seems that there’s a lot of different Dermarollers out there, from cheap ones on Amazon to really expensive ones. When it comes to making thousands of wholes in my skin whit small needles, I don’t want to take any chances. Therefore, I did my research before even thinking about fakir-rolling on my face: I’ve googled around, browsed 30+ websites, asked dermatologists and doctors, and stopped by a couple of treatment clinics, where they offer scar-treatments, to ask for their advice.

My conclusion is that I want to use the Dermaroller 8 with Serum 8. The majority of beauty clinics in Denmark offer the Dermaroller 8 treatment, and the company seems very professional. The skin will need a lot of hydration after the treatment and the Serum 8 seems to provide a lot of benefits, while hydrating and helping the skin to regenerate itself.

This is what you get with the Dermaroller 8 home kit:

It comes in a nice looking box that also includes a small black travel bag, so that you can take the kit with you when needed.

I’m going to try the Dermaroller Serum8 homekit and have clinical Dermaroller treatments done because some of my scars are deep and will not go away by using the homekit only. The treatment will take several months. I will use the Dermaroller Serum8 home kit several times a week and then “supply” with clinical treatment to get the best results.

 

In the next post I will describe my first encounter with the Dermaroller and post my before pictures (this will take some courage)…

 

Sources:

http://www.serum8.com/the-method.html

http://plasticsurgery.about.com/b/2010/01/26/is-micro-needling-too-good-to-be-true.htm

http://www.carolinebjerring.dk/brands/dermaroller-8

http://www.realself.com/derma-rollers-microneedling

http://www.globalcaremarket.com/us/product-wiki-faq-pages/what-is-microneedle-derma-roller-therapy-system/

http://dermarollerguide.net/