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Empties #15


It feels quite strange to do a post with empty products for a second time this month. But here’s a tiny portion…most of them pretty useful if you’re travelling.

Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks – I have an entire blog post dedicated to these face masks, so here’s a link to it in case you’d want a bit more information on each of them but I love them all and I’ve already repurchased a few;
Sally’s Box Loverecipe Paprika Sheet Mask & Peach Sheet Mask – The paprika one is for smoother skin texture and the serum was more like a gel, while the peach mask is firming and looked quite creamy. I enjoyed using both of them because my skin felt refreshed and soft after using the masks. It was also a bit cooling which is great for the summer months;
Balea Vital Sheet Mask – This sheet mask is usually supposed to be good for mature skin but I was curious to try it because of the Hyaluronic Acid and Argan Oil in it. Balea have some lovely budget sheet masks and this was no exception;
Balea Soft & Clear Nose Strips – I know these are not so good to use but I just can’t stop trying different ones. They are formulated with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil and were recommended to me by a friend. So far, these are the best drugstore ones I’ve tried, sadly there are only 3 inside the packet but they’re very good;
Balea Clear-Up Strips – Love the Lotus Flower Extract range but these strips are not as good as the ones mentioned above;
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner – This is an alcohol-free, soothing and hydrating toner. I really like it and I’m thinking about purchasing a full size, it’s good for any skin type but especially for those with combination and blemish-prone skin;
L’Occitane Essential Water – I’ve heard many good things about this floral water and I love the brand but this product stings my eyes and broke me out. The scent is very strong and I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but it just doesn’t agree with this toner, sadly;
Balea Eye Cream with Lotus Extract – There was another empty tube of my favourite drugstore eye cream about 3 weeks ago but this is the one I had in my travel bag and there was just a tiny bit left. I’ve talked about it so many times, it’s fragrance-free, feels soothing and hydrating and I will keep repurchasing it;
La Roche-Posay SPF 50+ Anthelios XL – This mini was so good for travelling. It’s a relatively lightweight cream although all sunscreens are a bit heavy on me but it was quite nice underneath makeup. The formula is paraben-free and water-resistant;
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry – One of my favourite lip products! Can’t believe I’ve used it up and need to get a new one. When I first got it, I didn’t expect it to be so nice on the lips but also, so moisturising. I’ve even used it as an overnight treatment during travels and it just leaves my lips incredibly soft and nourished;
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve – I still don’t understand how people never talk about these blushers and especially this particular shade. The powder is finely-milled, it has a beautiful sheen, applies like a dream and this one is something between a bronzer and a blusher. Simply gorgeous;
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – A lovely brightening concealer with decent amount of coverage. I don’t talk about it a lot which is a shame because it’s a really nice product and I actually already have another tube of it;
Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara – This mini was great for my travel makeup bag. It doesn’t irritate my eyes and gives volume to the lashes, makes them look fluttery and the only downside is that it’s pretty tough to remove at the end of the day;
Lavera Deo Roll-On with Bio Aloe Vera & Bio Calendula – This is a vegan deodorant with subtle scent and lovely ingredients list. Most deodorants don’t really keep me sweat-free anyway, so I prefer to use such that are more “clean” and Lavera do really nice ones;
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub – I love the brand’s body scrubs but this mini wasn’t that exfolaiting and I’m not sure if it was a problem with the one I had. However, I really like the scent;
Alverde Leave-In Conditioner Spray Aloe Vera Hibiscus – I believe it now has a new packaging and they often reformulate it but it’s always a nice budget-friendly product. It makes my hair shiny and smooth.

As it seems, I’ve used up quite a few products in the past couple of weeks and I’m already thinking about project pan. I have a lot of products that are half-used and I’m not the biggest fan of throwing something in the bin because I forgot about it and it has expired.

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Summer Addiction | Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil

Do you know that feeling when you’ve just had the best holiday in your life and you don’t want it to end? I’m sure you do.

Well, my wonderful holiday in Italy came to an end but at least I have something to remind me of it. And I’m addicted.

I know many people use body moisturisers only in the colder months but my legs tend to get dry regardless of the season, so I keep using hydrating products all year round. However, the types of products  I switch to are different. For example, I love using body oils in the summer because they’re hydrating, lightweight and not too oily. My boyfriend knows that, so he treated me to the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil just before our holiday and needless to say, I’ve been using it ever since.

This is a silky, luxurious body oil that doesn’t dry down completely on me but I don’t mind it because it feels amazing on the skin. It’s nourishing and makes my skin incredibly soft. I usually massage a few drops onto damp or dry skin. Whenever I use it before bed, my bed sheets smell gorgeous on the next morning.

Soleil Blanc notes are warm, creamy and sultry. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, considering there is a hint of Coconut and if you don’t already know, I’m not the biggest fan of coconut-scented products. But like I’ve just mentioned, there is a hint of it, it just brings some sweetness to the scent but nothing too overpowering or unpleasant.
The spicy notes come from Cardamom and Pink Pepper with a hint of Pistachio and Bergamot. Ylang Ylang, Egyptian Jasmine and Tuberose create the floral combination that adds sensuality to the oil’s fragrance. Bitter Almonds, Amber and Tonka Bean put the finishing touches for a luxurious perfection.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is unexpected, addictive, sultry, feminine and beautiful for the summer. But I wouldn’t mind indulging in this glamorous body oil even in December. It’s a dream.

Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks

When I think of face masks, Origins is probably the first brand that comes to mind. Whether it is a purifying or hydrating mask, they just seem to get it right. Sheet masks are really popular at the moment and when I learned about the Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks release, I couldn’t wait to see them in stores.

The masks have been insipired by the naturally radiant beauty of florals and they aim to help providing an instant boost of radiance and dewy moisture. The masks are made of natural Bamboo which makes them very soft and are formulated with pure flower extracts and essential oils. They all smell lovely as you’d expect. There are 6 types in total: Jasmine, Lavender, Orange, Raspberry, Rose and Violet. I’ve tried 5 of them because Rose never seems to be available but I keep trying to get my hands on it. Each mask is sold separately in individual packaging.
It’s suggested to leave the masks on for about 10 minutes after cleansing and toning but I often turn them over after this and use them for 10 more. Then I’d massage in what’s left from the essence and continue with my evening moisturiser. I wouldn’t say they’re expensive at the price of 55 kr but they’re not the most affordable ones out there.

Origins Flower Fusion Rose Hydrating Sheet Mask
A rose infused sheet mask that hydrates the skin and is rich in Vitamin C to leave skin smooth and bright. Like I mentioned above, it’s the only one I haven’t tried yet.

Origins Flower Fusion Violet Nourishing Sheet Mask
A mask rich in antioxidant Vitamins A and C with a violet infusion that acts to hydrate, calm and brighten the skin. I feel like this is a very gentle one even for those of us with combination and problematic skin.

Origins Flower Fusion Jasmine Softening Sheet Mask
A jasmine infused and scented mask that soothes and hydrates the skin leaving it silky soft and smooth. To me, this mask is great for a weekly boost of hydration no matter what your skin type is.

Origins Flower Fusion Lavender Soothing Sheet Mask
A lovely relaxing and brightening mask. I find it’s great applying it before bed as the scent is very calming. Lavender is antiseptic, so this is a good one for those of you with sensitive or irritated skin, it also helps reduce redness.

Origins Flower Fusion Raspberry Refreshing Sheet Mask
This is my favourite mask when my skin gets a bit more oily in the hot days. It’s indeed refreshing and bursting with vitamins and antioxidants.

Origins Flower Fusion Orange Radiance-Boosting Sheet Mask
Zesty, awakening, refreshing… I used this mask for the first time before going to a concert in the evening and I got a beautiful healthy glow, my makeup applied really nicely afterwards and I felt great. The most brightening one of them all, this mask is perfect to use in the long winter days or when your complexion is a bit dull and you want to bring your skin back to life.

I honestly cannot say anything bad about these sheet masks, I actually love them because they’re a quick fix in some of my not so good skin days, they smell lovely and I can easily find them around me.

Favourite Haircare Range | Kérastase Aura Botanica


A few months ago, I got the chance to try the full Kérastase Aura Botanica range and I’ve been meaning to write a blog post on it after weeks of using it. But then I decided to colour my hair for the first time in my life and to wait and see if the products would work the same way on coloured hair as they did on my natural hair. I also wanted to try other shampoos in between to be able to witness the real effect and I was amazed. Since then, I’ve repurchased some of the Aura Botanica products myself but I’m marking all with an * to be completely honest with you that initially I got sent all of them. So, this took quite a bit of time but here it is my honest opinion on this haircare range.

First of all, I’d like to say that the state of my hair depends very much on the place I’m at and mainly on how hard the water there is. My natural hair is soft but really heavy and thick at the same time, sadly it gets greasy quite easily and I need to wash it every other day which can lead to drier ends. I’ve been using Kérastase products for years because they are some of the few that turn the water factor into a less significant one and I adore their purifying shampoos. So, I was really happy and curious to see the newest Aura Botanica range that contains 96% natural origin ingredients, handpicked Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil and is also silicone-, sulphate- and paraben-free. It also comes in the most beautiful packaging and two of the products are in glass bottles which may not be practical for travelling but it’s better for the state of the ingredients inside and it feels even more luxurious.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel Hair Oil* (470 kr)
If you want to get just one product from the range, this is the one! A real treat for your hair that makes a difference after the first use. And it’s actually a multi-use product but my favourite way of applying it is either 15-30 minutes before washing my hair or as an overnight hair treatment. A small amount of the oil on washed, wet or dry hair can be great for controling the frizz but the formula can also be used as an intensive treatment on dry patches around the body.
It’s made of a beautiful 99% natural blend that combines omega-rich Avocado Oil with Jojoba Oil and Rosemary extract to soften, enhance shine and revitalise. It also contains one of my favourite ingredients in beauty, Rosa Damascena. It smells incredible thanks to Sweet Orange Essential Oil and looks like a regular serum but it’s somehow so much lighter that even fine hair won’t be weighed down. This oil leaves my hair incredibly shiny, nourished and soft without being fluffy.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo* (280 kr)
After waiting at least 15 minutes for the hair oil to do its magic, I’d wash my hair with the shampoo. It contains 96% ingredients of natural origin (including the mentioned above responsibly sourced Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil) and this nourishing yet purifying shampoo gently cleanses away dirt and impurities from the hair. The texture looks and feels like a lightweight oil but it transforms into a soft lather when in contact with water and leaves the hair feeling refreshed. I wash my hair twice with the shampoo and the first time the lather is almost non-existing because of the sulphate-free formula but the second time it lathers beautifully without being too foamy. Like I’ve mentioned, it’s free from silicones, sulphates and parabens, this is a great alternative to many shampoos that can leave the hair stripped, especially if it’s colour-treated.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner* (340 kr)
For me, this is something between a conditioner and a hair mask because the texture is rich but lightweight at the same time. This deeply moisturising 97% naturally derived conditioner delivers intense nourishment and frizz-fighting benefits, thanks to the Coconut, Argan and Sweet Orange Oils added to the formula. Out of all four products, this is the one that really detangles my hair to leave it feeling smooth and easy to brush. Even people around me notice the difference in the texture and shine of my hair when I use the conditioner, so it’s definitely worth not skipping this step.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat* (370 kr)
The leave-in conditioner in the range or as you already might know, one of my favourite hair products in general. I love hair mists just as much as face ones. Formulated with 99% natural origin ingredients and free from silicone, this incredibly lightweight bi-phase mist formula combines four nutritious oils: Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut and Argan with an aqueous solution (and we know that usually oil and water don’t mix). The two layers work in synergy to infuse hair with nutrition and moisture while fighting frizz. It can be used as a styling product before blow-drying the hair or as a finishing mist to enhance softness and shine, I’m a bit addicted to this mist, so I use it both ways. On day two I’d spritz it on dry hair to revitalise it after using dry shampoo, for example, it’s a great finishing touch.

The scent of all four products in the Aura Botanica range is simply divine, it’s subtle and spa like, has a hint of citrus notes and feels very uplifting.
The products do an excellent job on either my natural hair or after colouring it, so I’m really happy to have nourished and glossy locks.

It’s great to see a brand such as Kérastase investing in a more natural approach to haircare. And when the final result is beautiful, shiny and tangle-free hair with a lovely scent to it, then there’s nothing more we could possibly want.

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Sephora Italy Haul | Summer 2017

This past week has been absolutely incredible! After about 14 months of all sorts of issues, I finally felt truly calm and happy. Not sure how long it would last but I’m going to enjoy it while it’s happening.

During my stay in Italy, I purchased a few things from Sephora in store and also placed an online order that was supposed to wait for me after I came back home. Sadly, it was cancelled and I still have no idea why but it would have been nice if they answered their phones.

But let’s focus on the positives. The Caolion Pore Purifying O2 Sparkling Soap has been on my wishlist for a very long time, so I got the mini version of it to try. I didn’t get the full size because two of the ingredients (Shea Butter and Coconut Oil) aren’t the best for my skin but my hopes are high because of the Charcoal, Tea Tree Leaf Oil and Hyaluronic Acid in it. The soap is supposed to be purifying and exfoliating in a gentle way and to remove impurities while balancing sebum production.

I felt like purchasing all the sheet masks but I remembered I still had so many at home, so I only got two. The first one is from Skinfood and it’s the Blueberry one, it’s made to illuminate dull skin. The second one comes from Dr. Jart+ and it’s their Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution Sheet Mask that should improve the tone and texture of blemish-prone skin.
I also picked up a trio of minis from Dr. Jart+ that contains the Water Drop Moisturiser, the BB Cream SPF 45 and the Dermaclear Micro Water. The set is great for travelling and I’ve heard many positive reviews on all three products, so I’m very excited to try them out.

I’ve been meaning to purchase the Clinique 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser for over 6 months and somehow I never did. But when I saw it again the other day, I just had to add it to my basket. I still haven’t tried it but I really like some of the other products from the range, so I hope it will be just as good.

As you may see, I adore travel sets and miniatures, so it was only natural for me to get the This Works Can’t Sleep Kit. It contains their famous Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Stress Check Roll-On that is still new to me but I simply love the calming scent of the pillow spray.

I believe Becca just launched at Sephora Italia, so I was pretty happy to see this Opal Glow on the Go Kit. I haven’t tried anything from the brand but this duo is perfect to get to know their liquids and powders. The set contains minis of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight and the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter both in the shade Opal.

If you find yourself in Rome and wonder which Sephora to visit, let the Termini one be part of your choices. I went to at least five of their boutiques and all had something different but the only one that had Hourglass was at the Termini station. I was really surprised because I didn’t know this and when I saw the stand, I just had to stand still for some seconds. Then the swatch perty began and I picked up their Ambient Lighting Blush in the shade Mood Exposure. It’s one of those rosy plum shades that looks like a blusher and a bronzer at the same time. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, blends seamlessly onto the skin and has a beautiful sheen that makes you look glowing and healthy. For me, this is a very pricey powder and I’ve been thinking about purchasing one for a long time, so when I got the chance, I took it. I still need time to decide whether it’s life-changing because I love my Max Factor Creme Puff Blushers, too but it’s definitely a treat and a gorgeous present for someone that would appreciate it.

Speaking of treats, here’s a fantastic one. My boyfriend surprised me with a Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil which will now forever remind of our beautiful time in Rome. The oil is lightweight and non-greasy but leaves the skin nourished and radiant-looking. I always think it’s best to apply oils on damp skin but it works on dry skin just as well. Soleil Blanc is the ultimate summer scent, warm but light, sultry, floral, sensual… I’ll be featuring this product more on the blog soon for sure.

And because I needed a summer fragrance that is a bit more fresh, I went back to an old favourite of mine. Moschino Fresh has joyful citrus notes, exotic ylang-ylang, juicy raspberries and a floral heart. Many people say it doesn’t last long on them but at the end of the day, I can still feel it on myself and the longer I have it on, the better it smells.

These are my purchases from Sephora for now, I hope the issue will be soon fixed, so that I can finally get my hands on some of their online exclusives. Fingers crossed!