Garnier Respons – Soothing Hydrating Lotion with Oat Cream & Almond Milk.

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Now that the temperature is getting even lower there is nothing I love more than taking warm bath’s and lathering myself up in creamy lotions or creams, before brewing a nice cup of tea and making a “blanket nest” on the coach.

This is the season after all 😉

So after running out after my favourite lotion and finding out that it had been discontinued I found this one at my local grocery store.

I have tried out a lot from the Garnier Respons line and I have had mixed results from the various products, but I did decide to try this out since it claims to be non greasy and non sticky, two qualities I’m always looking for when it comes to body lotions. It also sounded really luxurious since it has oat cream and almond milk in it.

Another claim is that it’s extracts are of 100% natural origin and it is formulated without parabens.

So how did this work out?

Let’s see!

 

Packaging

The packaging is a tear shaped bottle made of plastic and with the standard pump.

The bottle holds 250 ml of product.

 

Formula

The first thing of notice is the very heavy gourmand scent this body lotion has. I did initially like it but it proves too strong the longer I wear it also smells very cheap after a while.

I don’t like it and I am very disappointed since I had very high hopes that the scent would be a “soothing and natural” gourmand scent instead.

What makes it even more of a let down is that the formula itself is absolutely wonderful. I cannot praise the formula high enough as it really does fulfill what it claims and leaves my skin soft.

The texture is this really creamy thick lotion, which did surprise me since I initially thought this would be much more milky in texture because of the quick dry claim.

It’s not quick to dry however but it really does not matter that much when I’m left with soft skin that feels soothed. I often get very rough skin on my arms and legs during the winter so this body lotion has really helps with that.

Too bad that the scent ruins it 😦

But if you love heavily sweet gourmandy scents then you will love this.

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Conclusions

It is great at moisturizing skin and it really does have a soothing effect but for me the scent ruins everything.

I will however recommend this to people but personally I won’t buy it again.

 

 

 

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Sample Monday – TonyMoly Banana Hand Milk

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a sample monday post!

But I’m going to start-up with these again and I’m very excited to bring you one about the TonyMoly banana hand milk.

Personally I have issues with most hand creams even though I often get dry hands during the colder seasons. One main reason is that I feel that they are sticky and tacky but since this is supposed to be a lighter formula I have high hopes that I might like this.

According to TonyMoly this product contains banana extract and milk protein. It is supposed to give nutrition to dry hands and keep them healthy.

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How the full size looks like.

 

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The first thing that hits me is that this smells like banana chewing gum and the consistency is actually thicker than I expected it to be.

The scent is a little bit too sweet for my taste but it mellows down very fast when you massage this into your skin. After two minutes it disappears completely so it really is not a huge issue for me.

The formula is not sticky but it is very creamy and it sinks into your skin very fast, something that impresses me since that’s not usually my experience with hand creams. Usually they take forever and leave a sticky residue even when my hands has the texture of sandpaper.

This leaves no residue but my hands feel extremely soft, hydrated and comfortable.

 

I believe I’ll have to buy the full size of this very soon because I am wowed by this.

 

Have you tried this?

Do you love it?

The Saem – Pure natural mask sheet: Snail

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It is time for some self-love action and what better way to do that than with a sheet mask!

This sheet mask is formulated with filtered snail mucus, an ingredient that is well-known for it’s moisturizing properties aswell as anti-aging, soothing and brightening effects.

It also has a complex made up of four different white flowers which will help brighten and clear up your skin.

It is formulated without artificial colouring, parabens, sulfate, triethanolamine and  benzophenone.

 

How to use

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After cleansing prepare the skin with toner and be careful while taking the mask out of the pouch.

Let it sit for 20-25 minutes.

Gently pat any remaining product into the skin for full absorption.

 

How did this go?

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I did follow the instructions down to a T and here’s the tea.

I decided to take a bath as it will open my pores and I did my usual cleansing routine before toning my face.

Taking the sheet mask out of the pouch was easy as it was folded and I was careful when putting this on my face. This sheet mask fits my face better than most the only thing is that the nose part was a bit too short but it’s okay.

During the first minutes this gave me a slight stinging sensation and I was worried if my skin was reaction badly to it, it slowly subsided after two minutes and after that it felt very cooling and soothing.

One thing of notice is that this sits very well on the face, it does not slide or drip like other sheet masks I’ve tried in the past.

The minutes passed by very fast and I have to say that during the 25 minutes this was on I could feel my skin being treated.

The scent of the mask was really comfortable and not over powering either.

When I took it off I did pat the remaining product into my skin as the instructions stated and my skin feels supple and soothed aswell as tightened.

 

Conclusion

This will definitely be rebought!

I really enjoyed it and it left my skin smoother and hydrated.

The price point was not bad either.

Loreal Paris: Pure Clay’s Anti-Blemish Mask

20170930_162708.jpgThis is a new release from Loreal’s pure clay’s line and I have to say that Loreal has been killing the skin care game with the products in this line.

I have been using two of the cleansers and I can safely say that they have become holy grails in my skin care regimen and I will give them their own post very soon.

I was initially not that interested in the facial masks but I changed my mind when I saw this at the department store.

My skin has not reacted well to the heat wave that we have had during the summer and I struggled with enlarged pores and black heads + white heads, which is usually not an issue for me thanks to my skin care regimen but the temperatures that have been sweeping over my area the last few months has aggravated my skin pretty badly.

So you can imagine why I was so attracted to this 🙂

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Here’s a very unflattering photo of me without makeup. You can clearly see how textured my skin was and all the red areas. This photo was taken in mid september.

 

Claims

This face mask contains three different kinds of clay: kaolin, montmorillonite and ghassoul.

It also contains marine algae which are known for its anti-blemish abilities.

The masks creamy formula reduces blackheads, tighten pores and gives beautiful skin without drying it out.

 

How to use

Use twice a week  on cleansed skin and avoid eye and lip area.

Leave it on for five to ten minutes.

Wash off with lukewarm water or a cleansing wipe.

 

Results according to Loreal

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Immediately: Skin looks less oily and feels cleaner.

After a week: Pores are clean and less noticeable.

After a month: Black heads are reduced. Skin feels balanced, comforted and improved.

 

Packaging

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The glass jar contains 50 ml of product which accordingly to Loreal is sufficient for 10 applications.

I really like how sturdy the packaging is and especially that it has a protective seal to keep the contents from drying out.

It might not look that great but as always it’s the content that matters.

 

Formula

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What surprised me the most is how gentle the scent of this mask is, it’s a very fresh lovely scent which reminds me of  a mixture of cucumbers and something that I can’t quite put my finger on.

I’m mentioning the scent since heavily scented face masks are a big no no for me.

But the formula is also extremely creamy, which makes the application a breeze. I really love how this feels on my skin.

I also find the shade very beautiful.

But one con I have is that it is very difficult to wash away, I really do recommend having makeup wipes ready to get most of the product off before washing off the remains.

 

Results

First application

After I washed it off I could definitely feel that my skin had been cleansed and some of the oilier parts of my skin had become mattified but I was very pleasantly surprised that my drier areas had become less itchy but also felt moisturized.

My skin was also very soft to touch so I feel that loreal’s claim about this mask not being drying is true.

 

After a week

My skin is clearer and feels refreshed. My red areas have diminished and I have less white and black heads than before. My skin is also less textured compared to two weeks before.

 

A month’s use

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Photo taken in mid October. No makeup or editing.

I am very impressed.

My skin feels so much better and I have no dry patches or black/white heads. My pores have shrinked notably especially on my nose which always have had big pores and a tendency to be dry at the same time.

The oiliness is also gone and there are no red angry patches on my skin anymore.

My skin still needs some more treatments as it still have some occasional breakouts but I am very happy with the results.

 

Conclusion

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I am very impressed by this mask as it gave great results and calmed my skin down. That and the fact that this mask kept its promise to not be drying, something most similar masks have a tendency to do.

The price is also very low compared to a lot of similar masks on the market.

 

Berrisom – Oops Bubble Mask

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I’ve been curious for a long time of bubble masks but been sceptical since I’ve heard a lot of complaints about them not really working.

But I am very happy that I managed to order this and received it before my birthday came up.

 

What is it supposed to do?

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These come in three variants but I picked the Brighten fruit since I felt that one suited my needs the most.

It is supposed to brighten, clean out waste, regenerate your skin and make it more even in tone.

This is thanks to ingredients like carbonated sparkling water, lycopene, extracts from tomato, grapefruit, blueberry, acerola cherry and centella asiatica.

 

How to use

Cleanse and tone your face before applying, remember to gently massage the packaging before opening in order for the contents to mix properly.

This can be left on for 5-10 minutes before removal. Massage any remaining product into the skin before washing it off.

 

So how did this work out?

This sheet mask differs from regular ones not only because of the bubbles but also since it only covers half of the face.

The scent is what I would describe as “clean”, it smells like lemon and baking soda mixed together but it keeps away from reminding me of cleaning agents. I like it a lot as it’s very relaxing.

When you take the mask out of the packet the sheet is of a pale yellow colour but I did not manage to photograph it since it starts to foam up very quickly.

I decided to leave this on for 10 minutes.

My first impression is that I’d really would have liked this better if it covered my whole face since it did felt like it could slide off my face at any moment if I was not careful. But this is really the only con about this product in my opinion.

The first two minutes this mask does sting a bit but it is not stingy or bad just very weird. It soon it goes over into a more soothing and soft sensation.

It foams up very quickly aswell, which I’ll admit was a bit unexpected despite the masks name.

As mentioned I had this mask on for ten minutes before taking it off and massaging the remaining products into my skin before washing it off.

Wow!

I am rarely this impressed by any skin care product as I am with this one. Even with face masks I am used to have to try them at least twice before I can definitely say what effect they have on my skin but this one just changed my skin into looking smoother and more glowing. Not to say incredibly soft even three days after.

I can recommend this with all my heart and I am going to try the other ones in the series.

Sorry for the bad image qualities that follow and for looking grumpy XD.

As always thank you all so much for stopping by!

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FaceInc by NailsInc London : Gilt Tripper Exfoliating Sheet Mask

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This is a new offer at my local H&M, I was not super impressed by the last one I tried but I decided to give in and purchase this one.

Here’s my review of that one: Face Inc by Nails Inc London: Cat Nap brightening sheet mask

This is an exfoliating sheet mask with a “gold barrier” which is supposed to help the formula and remove dead skin cells.

The formula contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, cactus flower extract and honey extract. To mention a few.

But does it work?

 

Instructions

Apply to clean and dried skin. Be careful when taking out of the packaging and when applying it, make sure that it is in even contact with the skin. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and massage excessive serum into the skin. Wash off after use.

 

How did this work?

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This feels much sturdier than the regular sheet mask and I feel wonderfully silly in it.

The first thing I notice is just how warm it feels after just a couple of seconds, I do not think it is because it is aggravating my skin, it is just being warmed up by my body heat.

One thing of notice is that this mask does not have any particular scent, which is greatly welcomed by me as it means that I’m going to be more comfortable using this.

I really do like this but at the last minutes of using this I could feel it becoming  a little bit uncomfortable, this is due to my skin taking in all the skin loving ingredients which all in all is not a bad thing, so it was nice taking it off after 15 minutes.

I massaged the remains and washed my face as per instructions.

I have to say that I am impressed by this.

My skin is left feeling soft, glowing and I feel refreshed.

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Have you tried any of these sheet masks?

What do you think about them?

Is it as good as I remember? Lush Edition

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This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

 

Lush is a cosmetics brand that does not need any introduction. I have loved this brand since I went to a school trip in middle school many years ago and over these years I have tried out a wide range of their offerings.

But in this post I’ll be covering two products that I have loved and I finally managed to snatch them up some time ago.

 

Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

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This was the first product I ever tried from Lush and it is a product that is difficult to get your hand on from the net store, it usually is always sold out and the shipping cost is high.

But I did manage to snatch it up some time ago and let me tell you, I forgot how much I loved this product.

I know that not everyone will like the scent this has. It is a very strong mix of cinnamon and menthol that is reminiscent of tiger balm but with a sweeter undertone. Personally I absolutely love it and if I had the skills I’d try to recreate it as a perfume oil.

It is a lovely massage bar for the days when I have muscle pains. First it feels very cooling but it then starts to warm up a bit and helps relaxing the muscles.

I love the consistency of this massage bar, it is soft but it does not disappear immediately on skin but it is also not what I would call greasy either. It does a nice job at moisturizing the skin.

Personally I love to use it after a nice bath/shower then lather this in my hands before applying it. This is of course before going to bed with multiple layers of blankets on top.

But is it me or has this massage bar become more expensive and smaller over the years?

Well this is a rediscovered love and I’ll see if I manage to snatch it up again someday.

 

New Shampoo Bar

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Offciial pic from Lush.

As some of you might have guessed, I am a sucker for anything cinnamon.

This is a solid shampoo bar that is supposed to keep dandruff away, ensure good scalp health and keep hair from becoming oily.

Among the ingredients are peppermint oil, nettle extract, cinnamon leaf oil, rosemary oil, bay oil and clove bud oil. All of these oils and extracts are good for scalp and oily hair to my knowledge.

The last time I had this I had extremely oily hair and my scalp was riddled with psoriasis, which meant that for me a lot of the shampoos created to combat oily hair were very harsh to my scalp and I would sometimes get sores caused by the irritation.

This shampoo bar managed to keep my scalp free from psoriasis, got rid of the oils and my hair became more balanced. This shampoo bar worked miracles for my hair and its effect has lasted through the years.

That’s why I did not rebuy it again as I managed to be capable of using other shampoos since my hair and scalp got balanced.

But I rebought this some time ago to see what I thought of it now.

This shampoo is still great but I find myself using this only when I’m trying to remove styling products from my hair as it is a shampoo that is effective at removing such products. But I’m not capable of using it as an everyday shampoo as I feel it is a bit harsh for my taste.

This might have more to do with me bleaching my hair and let me be honest, no matter how healthy you hair is or how careful you are with bleaching your hair, you are still damaging you hair and weakening it and it will have a tendency to become more brittle.

But I still find myself loving this shampoo as it is super effective and my scalp absolutely adores it.