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My skin care routine changes rather frequently, and I alternate between products, I go for the ‘lazy’ option quite often and sometimes I use face masks often.. My skin doesn’t like it if I use the same products for an extended period of time so alternating between products that I know work for me is the best solution.

On lazy days I use only Micellar water, a toner and moisturizer, but on regular days I use a proper cleanser first before doing the rest of the steps, sometimes adding in time for a mask too.

Here’s everything I use currently.

Simple Micellar Water, Neutral Skin Tonic, L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating, Purifying and Exfoliating Gel Cleansers.

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Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser & Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Gel.

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask.

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I honestly spend more money on skincare than I do on make up, and it has pretty much always been that way. I really hate how oily my skin gets so I’m glad that I have skincare products to prevent and help aid that. I’ve tried to not use cleansers and all but it just feels so disgusting since I get a lot of oil on my nose, forehead and chin. So yeah, if I had to choose between make up and skincare, I would definitely choose skincare.

What would you choose if you had to pick one of the two?

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What is it?

L’Oreal has had clay masks on the market for a long time, I have used them all and I have been very happy with them so of course I had to purchase this too. Or these, rather, because there is three different kinds. They have one that is purifying, one that is exfoliating, and this one which is illuminating. What this is, is basically the clay mask mixed with cleansing gel. It smells the same, it looks like a more watery version of the mask and it makes my skin feel just as soft as the mask does.

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How does it work?

The cleanser contains 3 different pure clays; Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay and Montmorillonite and it contains charcoal powder to help purify your skin. The gel is advised to either use on damp skin or to mix it with a tiny bit of water to form a mousse, then apply it to the face. I use a wet washcloth to remove anything on my face but you could easily just use water.

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The cleanser was very light, very gentle and it was very easy to remove. It didn’t foam up too much so I suppose I never really used enough water at the time ( I use more with it now). Pairing this with the Glow clay mask might just be too much for my skin but I think it works extra well, at least for now. My skin has never felt or looked better. Usually my face turns bright red after using any kind of cleansers but luckily it didn’t happen with this.

I would definitely recommend this for someone who wants to treat their skin a little bit extra because it feels so lush. Have you tried this cleanser before? 

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!

What is it?

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Kukuí Oil is a spray designed to combat frizz and dryness, especially for naturally curly hair but you can use this for other hair types as well. Ideally it is supposed to be used on damp hair after a shower but you can also use it on dry hair to tame frizz. I have been loving OGX products for years, and sadly I heard that they are no longer cruelty free but I struggle with parting with the products after relying on them for so long.

How does it work?

Spray it on your hair, massage or brush it in and feel how healthy and soft your hair is after! The first time I used it I sprayed it on damp hair after just using shampoo and it honestly felt like a completely different head of hair. My hair gets very frizzy during the colder months of the year so having something like this is very, very important for me. The spray bottle is not too big either so it’s easy to just put it in your bag and bring it with you wherever you need to go.

The second time I tried this spray I used on dry hair and it worked very similar to how it was in damp hair. What I did notice though is that when you use this on dry hair, be careful not to spray too much close to your scalp on the top of your head because it will make your roots appear and feel greasy faster than usual. That was what the only 1-star review I could find of it said too when I looked at their website, so the general consensus seems to be that it is good! I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking that.

So I would really recommend this if you struggle with your hair feeling dry and frizzy, because it will nourish it and make it feel soft, look shiny and healthy and just improve your hairs health overall. I have tried many hair oils in my life and this is the best one I have found so far! I would totally include a before and after picture of my hair while using this, but my hair is jet black and you can’t really see any individual strands or any proper details in pictures.. Believe me, I tried and I was very unsuccessful.

 

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

 

 

ELF Lip Exfoliator review

October 24, 2017 — 9 Comments

What is it?

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The ELF lip exfoliator is basically a lip scrub in lipstick form. It’s in a sleek, matte black packaging and it is conveniently shaped like a lip stick for easy application. It is a mixture of oils and butters and it has a grainy texture. Since it contains butters it will melt at body temperature and it will create a slip when you use it to make it easier and more gentle on your lips. Using it is quite simple, all you have to is to apply it to your lips with small circular movements for better exfoliation and then wipe it off afterwards. It’s always a good idea to apply a lip balm after you exfoliate your lips too, just to make them feel more nourished.

I have used the scrub many times now (it doesn’t look as pretty as in the picture anymore) but it works really well for me. As you can see in the pictures below, on the top my lips look uneven in color because they’re dry. On the bottom is after exfoliation, before applying a lip balm and the color has evened out because the exfoliation has brought more blood to them and made them more smooth. There’s no dry lines anymore and they generally feel a lot healthier.

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I’m very impressed with how well it works, how it smells and how it tastes. You’re not really supposed to taste it but I just had to. It should be somewhat safe so I don’t think it will hurt me in any way to have done that. I tend to leave it on my lips for a little bit to let the oils and butters do its work before wiping it off, but I don’t think everyone would enjoy that feeling.

However, if you don’t have too sensitive lips and want a scrub that is less messy than a traditional sugar scrub, plus it’s affordable ($3 on their website), I would recommend this. If it doesn’t work for you, at least you haven’t spent loads of money on it.

Have you tried this scrub/exfoliator before? What did you think of it?