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What is it?

This is the second out of the three Clay gel cleansers that L’Oreal released this year. It is orange, so you can tell it will match the orange-y brown clay mask that was good for exfoliation. This is no different, as it is an exfoliating cleanser. It contains three different clays including Moroccan lava clay, just like the other two cleansers, and red algae. It is supposed to stimulate the skin and help with circulation and whatnot.  On their webpage it says it will “exfoliate and refine rough, clogged pores”. When looking at the ingredients, it has pretty much almost identical ingredients as its mask version.

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How did it work for me?

First off, I was really put off by the color and consistency because it really looked nasty when you held it in your hand or rubbed it on your face. That is why I have no picture of it on my actual face because it’s just really, really awful to look at. Second, the exfoliation in it is a tiny bit rough. It says on the tube that it is for daily use but I honestly wouldn’t recommend that.

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I have the cleansers in rotation where I use one of them each day, so I end up exfoliating every third day and that seems to work fairly well. When I did use it every day it made my skin feel worse and it made me break out here and there because it was too much. If your skin isn’t as sensitive as mine, it could probably work a lot better. I would recommend leaving it on your face for a bit too to let the clay work its magic, or exfoliate and then use one of the other clay masks to get an even better result. I love using this in combination with the black Glow mask.

This one doesn’t have the best scent, but it’s not the worst either, I think the green one wins, or loses that competition. I would recommend this if you want to give your skin a nice exfoliation, just don’t go overboard with it as it can be a bit rough.

Have you tried this cleanser before? Or the mask? What did you think about it? 

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The Aqua Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Pomegranate and Glycerin in a fresh jelly texture. It hydrates to quench skin’s thirst and it rehydrates skin in just 10 minutes, leaving it replumped and silky-smooth. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks bouncy, fresher.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin feels hydrated, suppler and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage in the excess product until completely absorbed or remove excess with a cotton pad.

The initial application of this mask feels slightly cooling, maybe because I’ve stored it in the bathroom cabinet which is a cool place in general. I can feel a slight stinging to the skin, and it doesn’t feel as if it is immediately hydrating the skin but not drying it either. After the ten minutes was up, my skin hadn’t absorbed a lot of it. I was also reminded about the Garnier Moisture+ day cream that I used to use.. It kinda feels like they just put it in a sachet and are trying to pass it off as a mask because it made my skin feel the exact same way, slightly greasy and not hydrated in the way I like.

Would I buy this one again? No. I did not enjoy the day cream and I did not enjoy this mask.

The Juicy Peel Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Lemon Extract and Smoothing Active Glycolic Acid in a jelly texture that illuminates for smooth, radiant skin with a healthy glow. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks more refined, luminous, with a healthy glow.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin tone appears more radiant, smoother and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse.

I had some issues with this one at first, because in the English directions it said to leave it on for 10 minutes and in the Norwegian one it said 5 minutes, so I opted for the middle ground, 7 and a half because I couldn’t be bothered to check their website. But it was originally supposed to only be on for 5 minutes, tops.

The consistency for this mask was kind of like a lemon jelly, it was almost completely clear and had a slight lemon scent. It was fairly easy to apply, though with it being clear it wasn’t too easy to see where I had applied it or not until I layered some more on the skin. I kept it on the skin for about 7 minutes, since I couldn’t seem to figure out how long I was supposed to have it on and after five minutes it started to sting a bit. My skin didn’t turn too red though, I was expecting it to be worse after I rinsed it off.

This mask really took care of the oil on my face and made my skin feel super smooth – for a day – the day after my skin was twice as oily as normal so it felt like it had just postponed everything for a day.. So because of that, I didn’t like it too much. A temporary fix is not worth it if the aftermath is twice as bad.

Would I repurchase this? No.

The Volcano Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Volcanic rock and Clay in a self-heating clay texture that minimises the appearance of pores for pure, smooth skin. No Parabens.
Immediately: skin appears purified and looks smoother and less shiny.
Long-lasting effectiveness: pores look unclogged and seem less visible. Skin appears refreshed.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 3 minutes, then rinse.

A 3 minute mask? I didn’t really believe a mask could do anything in just three minutes. This one was for pore minimizing so I only applied it on my cheeks, my nose and my chin because I don’t really have too noticeable pores anywhere else. This mask was really, really thick and it felt as if I had found clay outside and just rubbed it on my skin. I thought it would have the same consistency as the L’Oreal clay masks but this was so much thicker.

It says to be self heating but I didn’t notice that in the short three minutes that it was on my face. It was kind of a pain to remove because it is so thick, but I could see that it had reduced my pores a little bit in that time. It also removed all traces of oil on my face but the same happened the day after as with the juicy peel mask, my skin didn’t like it and produced twice as much oil again.

I would use this again just to reduce pores for special occasions but I wouldn’t want to upset my skin this much just for nothing.

Would I repurchase this? Maybe.

 

Have you tried any of these masks? 

 

Beautiful art

November 20, 2017 — 8 Comments

I recently purchased an art print from fellow blogger Alifya, and I’m so happy with it! I had been wanting to purchase one of her prints for a long time and I finally found a bit of extra money so I could treat myself to one. She used to sell digital prints that you could download and print yourself, but recently she changed so that she ships a physical print to you instead. I love this because my printer isn’t great and it doesn’t like heavier paper than standard ones. So yeah, now was the perfect time. I decided on a Christmas-y print, both because I love winter, and also because I don’t care about having a seasonal picture on my wall even during summer. I have framed the print and hung it up on my wall and it looks so good there. If you want to see what Alifya has to offer, you can check out her blog and her etsy shop. It’s definitely worth it! And she ships internationally. It took about a week for it to arrive to me here in Norway.

Also look at how cute the packaging is! It arrived in a solid, cardboard envelope and it was backed by a cardboard piece to make sure it wouldn’t bend. I love it. (This is absolutely not sponsored, I’m just sharing something I’m very happy with).

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What is it?

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The True Match Minerals Powder claims to be a skin improving foundation that consists of 95% minerals. I purchased one in the shade Rose Ivory because I felt that this was the shade that suited me the best. ( It was also the palest shade I could find. I’m pretty much as white as snow when my skin is behaving properly ). It looks a bit dark in the glass jar, as you can see in the picture below. The powder is dispensed through a mesh layer and the instructions says to just dab your brush down in it to pick up the powder. You can end up picking up a whole lot at once so I would definitely recommend to tap off some of the excess before applying it to your face.

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How does it work for me?

In the picture below I have only applied the foundation to one side of my face. I guess you can tell that it is on the left side of the picture, since the skin there is much more even and less red compared to the right side of the picture. My nose is the easiest to see it on, because the camera couldn’t pick up on the redness of my cheeks too well. The day I chose to document this was a very physically heavy day because I help out with stocking dry goods in a grocery store and there is a lot of heavy lifting so I could really get to test it to see how it would last.

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I applied my make up right before 8 in the morning and it looked fine. I couldn’t really take pictures in very natural light because the sun doesn’t really come up until after 9. I then kept the make up on my face throughout work, and took a new picture around 3 in the afternoon. The foundation has stayed on very well, only fading a bit from my nose, making it shiny, and my cheeks, which was mostly due to me wiping sweat off of my face.

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I think it held up pretty well, and it has on other days when I haven’t done as much too and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers powder foundations over regular foundations. My skin can’t handle liquid foundations so powders have been my go to for the past few years. It really feels like I’m wearing nothing at all and it’s really nice!

Have you tried this foundation before? What did you think of it? 

What is it?

Korres softening cuticle oil (also known as Nail Care Myrrh & Almond Oil) is an oil treatment for your nails and cuticles, to soften and remove them. It has 95% natural ingredients and smells pretty much just like almonds. So if you’re not too keen on that, you probably wouldn’t enjoy smelling this one.

Korres is a Greek brand and it is fairly expensive here in Norway so I definitely would expect very good quality at the price point it has. This bottle of nail oil contains 10 ml (0.35 fl.oz) and costs 139 NOK ($17/£13). Luckily you don’t have to use too much at the same time so I guess it could last a while. I’ve been using it over a few weeks and it hasn’t gone down by much yet.

Here’s a cut out of the ingredients listed on their website, you can really see how much good stuff that has been stuffed into this tiny bottle:

THE INGREDIENTS

MYRRH / It enhances keratin, while also boosting hydration levels in the under-the-nail skin area, restoring their elasticity.
ΑLMOND, SUNFLOWER, MACADAMIA OILS / Improve nails texture and provide long-lasting hydration, reducing nail moisture loss. They have antioxidant, regenerating and nourishing properties.
KERATIN / It enhances nails natural growing process, improves their appearance and their resistance against breaking and chipping.
PROVITAMIN Β5 / With moisturising properties, it improves nails flexibility and strength.
CALCIUM / It strengthens and protects nails’ enamel, increasing their resistance to breaking
LEMON OIL / Rich in vitamin C, this is a potent antioxidant ingredient. It contributes in strengthening nails enamel, while it provides brightened, rejuvenated look.
CAMELIA OIL / Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it revitalizes skin and nails. It is easily absorbed while it provided deep hydration.
VITAMIN Ε / It has antioxidant properties, while improving nails texture.

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Why did I need it?

As you can see in the picture below, the place where I have my work experience is very hand-heavy when it comes to things to do. Most of the time I restock dry goods in a grocery store so there is a lot of cardboard and plastic tearing to get things out of their packaging and it really takes a toll on my nails and fingers. I try to take good care of my hands, always using hand creams and what not but I haven’t been the best at taking care of my nails, so I decided to invest into this oil.

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It’s very easy to apply, it comes in a typical nail polish bottle so you just need to open it and brush the oil onto your cuticles and your nails. The instructions says to just apply it, then massage it in but I like to leave it on for at least 20 minutes to let the oil really get into my cuticles and nails to get the most benefits from the ingredients in it.

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The result?

My nails definitely end up looking more hydrated and healthier, and it also helps for the dry skin around the nails. It also leaves them smelling like almonds and I think it’s really cozy for some weird reason. It does what it promises to do, however it’s not a very long lasting result and it says on the bottle to use it frequently for the best results. It is a good quick fix though. I just wish it was a tiny bit cheaper, or that the effect of it lasted a bit longer than it does. It’s not terrible though!

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So yeah, that’s my experience with this nail oil! Have you tried it before? Or do you have recommendations for other oils that work well? Let me know!