I'm a girl who loves beauty products, even though I haven't always been very keen on them, so I decided to start a beauty blog, where I share beauty product reviews with others and tell you about both the worst and best beauty products out there, according to me.

I'm also hoping it will make beauty and makeup more fun, even for those who are not beauty addicts already.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review: Hermes Eau D'Orange Verte (several different products)

While in Paris recently I stayed at the lovely Hotel La Bourdonnais, which I highly recommend by the way, because unlike most hotels, they do not give you just any old soap, they actually give you complimentary Hermes products!
I love anything Hermes so I was thrilled by this discovery, and even more so when I noticed that it meant that I would get to try a new Hermes scent I was not previously familiar with.
The scent happened to be Eau D'Orange Verte and I like it... but don't love it. I am by no means supergirly (not that there is anything wrong with that!) but I do feel that this scent is a tad bit too masculine. It is supposed to be a unisex scent, but I really don't think it is. And I am all for the idea of unisex scents, I just don't think this one works all that well.

The scent is lovely for a guy, though, at least if you like citrus (I do! And so does my husband), as I think it is one of the better orange colognes I have ever smelled.

But as for the staying power... I am not all that impressed by that either. I have noticed the same thing with other Hermes scents, however, so maybe they do not intend for their scents to linger very long? Who knows?

All in all, it was a nice experience to get to try another Hermes scent, but sadly, this is not one I will be buying for myself. But maybe for the husband?

(I tried the eau the cologne, the shower gel and the body lotion - all pictured - as well as the shampoo - not pictured - from the range)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review: Christina Unstress Probiotic Day Cream SPF 12

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been trying out skin care products from Christina recently. One of the products I liked more than the serum was Christina's Unstress Probiotic Day Cream. Let me tell you why:

First of all, this day cream moisturizes really, really well. It's not really so surprising as the cream is kind of thick, so I expect it to, to be honest. What is a bit surprising, however, is that it does not clog my pores from being so thick, like some moisturizers can. Instead it just moisturizes, as a day cream is supposed to do, and protects you from the sun, I guess. And that's all I want it to do, so I am fine with that!

The packaging is also cute and minimal, which I like and you do not need to use a lot of the cream each time, which is great, so I am very happy with this day cream indeed. I would probably buy it again.
Was there anything I didn't like about the Christina Unstress Probiotic Day Cream SPF 12?
Well, I like scents in my products as I think a nice scent makes the product feel more luxurious. This cream is pretty unscented from what I can tell, so I would prefer if it had some kind of scent. When I use my La Mer moisturizer it feels like a luxury product, and while Christina's products are not as expensive as La Mer's (but then again, few products are...) they aren't very cheap either, so it would be nice if they felt a bit more luxurious.

That said, I know a lot of people actually prefer non-scented products, so maybe that's the group that Christina tries to appeal to, more than La Mer users for instance?

Review: Christina Unstress Total Serenity Serum

I recently had a wonderful facial at the Cramim Hotel, where the some products by Christina Cosmeceuticals were used. I was so impressed with the facial that I broke a rule I usually have, which is not buying things used during the facial, as its hard to get the same results when you try to apply the products at home as it was for a professional to do it during a facial. But since I liked what I saw a lot, and had never heard of Christina as a brand before, I decided to give the brand a try and get 5 of their products, all suitable for sensitive skin: A cleanser, a serum, a day cream, a night cream and a face mask.

Over the next few days I will be reviewing all of these products, but let's start with the serum!

First of all, I must admit I am hardly a serum expert. I mean, I have used serums in the past, but they aren't really a favorite product of mine, so I have also gone long periods without using serums at all. But I like how light weight this serum is and that the skin absorbs it very fast. You see, I am often in a rush in the morning, so I hate creams and serums that take hours to sink in as it's not so nice to apply make up over a very wet and sticky face, so those kind of products make the entire process of getting ready in the morning take longer.
But the Christina Unstress Total Serenity Serum is not like that at all! Instead, it is absorbed by the skin very fast, does not make my skin look oily or sticky or shiny, and best of all: it does not clog the skin or cause any breakups! So I am very pleased with the serum for that reason alone.

I also like the simple, yet chic packaging but cannot say that I see that my skin has greatly improved in any way since I started using the serum, so I am not 100 % sure I really, really need it. For that reason, I am not sure I would repurchase, but not so much because there is anything wrong with this serum itself, more because I am not sure I need serums in general, so the same goes for this serum as well.

That said, I liked trying out both the serum and the Christina brand, so I am happy I gave it a try! The serum is just not my favorite product among those I bought.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review; Chanel Gel Purete Cleanser

I am not very familiar with Chanel products, but have been gifted several of them recently by a friend who thought I needed some more luxury and glamour in my life I guess, haha!

One of the products I recieved was the Chanel Gel Purete Cleanser, and I was very pleased with that, as cleansers are some of my favorite products to try. Who doesn't like clean skin, after all?

And my first major acquaintance with a Chanel product turned out to be a very positive one, thanks to this cleanser, as the Chanel Gel Purete Cleanser is quite lovely indeed. It has a really clean and "natural" (although I am sure it is not) scent, the packaging is functional (I have tried out some other top end brands recently where the bottle or jar was horrible to use, so I am glad Chanel has given the packaging some thought too!) and pretty and feels kind of luxurious, which is always nice. Of course the cleanser does clean my skin really well too, so I have been more than happy with it.

I would be more than happy to get another bottle of this cleanser eventually, but since you need to use very little of this cleanser each time you clean your face with it, I still have plenty left and think I will not be needing to replace it anytime. Another plus, by the way, as I am a big fan of any product where a little goes a long way!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Review: Soap & Glory Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Miracle

I love Soap & Glory as a brand (as is evident from my previous reviews of Soap & Glory products, check them out here), so I am always excited to try new products from the brand. The last Soap & Glory product I tried was the Sleep Accelerator, a heavy duty moisturizer that I wore at night.

I quite liked this moisturizer, it was light and had a lovely scent (like peaches - a scent found in some other Soap & Glory products as well), but I am not sure it was a "miracle" cream as implied. Don't get me wrong: it does moisturize, and it does make your skin softer, but not in a miraculous way like some other creams do, just in a way you would expect from a moisturizer.

Therefore, I do like this moisturizer, although I do not see it as something very spectacular.

The cream lasts for quite a long time, though, as you do not need to use a lot each time and I really loved that it moisturized without making my combination skin oilier.

So yes, I would buy this moisturizer again, although my hopes would probably be more realistic this time!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Review: Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho

Normally I do not review books here on the blog, even if they are about beauty, but I found The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho so unique that I decided to mention it here.
First, I need to say that I am not all that familiar with Korean skin care, but this book really lays it all out there really well, so it was a great introduction to it for me.
While I am not sure I will follow all the advice in the book I do think I got enough ideas for the money I paid for the book to have been worth it. So I would recommend it to others as well, especially those who are not so well versed in all things related to Korean skin care already.
The book is written in an interesting way as well, with a lot of interesting stories from Cho's own life, and I like that, as it keeps the book from becoming too boring.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream

I have been interested in trying out La Mer products for quite some time, but as their products are generally intended for those with very dry skin, which I do not have, I never got around to trying any of their products until pretty recently, when a La Mer sales lady in Hong Kong, where I visited recently, explained to me that there are some La Mer products suitable for those with combination skin and even oily skin as well. She recommended the La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream and even though it cost way more than what I usually pay for moisturizer, I decided to take her advice and try it out.
And already the first time I tried the cream, I was very happy I did!
The gel cream is very light, which I like, as very thick creams are always less appealing to me, it feels very nice to the touch indeed and it has a lovely scent (I believe that is the classic La Mer scent I have heard others raving about in the past) as well.

The cream also makes my skin silky smooth each time I apply it, which I love! I have been known to just feel my face after applying it, just to enjoy the feel, and this rarely (or actually: never!) happens with other products, let me tell you!
It also did not cause any breakouts, which is always a concern for me, as I do have combination skin like I said, and I am very pleased with the fact that you only have to use a very small amount each time, so while there is no denying that this cream is expensive, I do not believe I will need to restock any time soon.

I have only been using the cream for a bit over a week daily so it is too soon to say if it will actually make me look way younger like many claim, but the experience has certainly been good enough for me to say that I cannot wait to try more La Mer products!