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Germany Drugstore Beauty Haul | Fall 2018

So, we had a short trip to Germany and if it wasn’t for the rush, it would have been perfect. Weather was wonderful and everything seemed so peaceful, I miss peaceful places and days, everything seems so crazy nowadays.

Before leaving for Germany I placed a pharmacy order with a few CeraVe products, as I’ve been really interested in trying them for a pretty long time. I just started using the Hydrating Facial Cleanser and so far, it seems really mild and gentle on the skin while removing all the impurities. I also wanted to try their Foaming Facial Cleanser and then picked up the Daily Moisturising Lotion that can be used on face and body (sadly, the eczema line was not available and I was hoping to get something for my dry legs) and the PM Facial Moisturising Lotion that also contains my favourite Niacinamide.

During the short period of time we were in Germany, I managed to enjoy visits at a couple of their drugstores and I didn’t want to leave. Everything was so interesting for me but I was mainly attracted to the colourful hair and body products. I got only one makeup item, the Catrice Slim’matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil. I’m always on the hunt for a replacement of my Soap & Glory pencil and this one looked promising at first, I got the darkest shade available, 040 Cool Brown, a really good match for me, the pencil glides on easily and it’s indeed precise. The downside is that it’s too soft for such type of brow product and it just won’t last that long, I feel as if there’s only half left in the packaging although I’ve used it just a few times.

Sheet masks are something I’m not really using at the moment, so I picked up only 3. The Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask seemed interesting because it promises pore-tightening and purifying effects. Honestly, I’m not such a fan of the brand’s sheet masks but they surely look tempting. Then I saw the adorable-looking Balea Happy Macarons Sheet Mask with Hyaluronic Acid and Blueberry Extract and the Balea Aqua Sheet Mask. I love the Aqua range, so I had to repurchase one of my favourite drugstore hyaluronic acid serums, the Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum. I’ve talked about it many times on the blog, I’ve featured it in annual favourites, as well and whenever I have the chance, I just get it.

I’ve never tried a Dontodent toothpaste (DM’s own brand) but I noticed they had a limited edition Ginger & Lemon Balm one, it looks so retro that I added it to my shopping basket.

As to hair, mini treatments are always good to have when travelling and Germany’s drugstores had quite the choice but I ended up getting the L’Oréal Elvital Anti-Breakage Treatment and the Balea Avocado Hair Mask minis.
I was so curious about the Garnier Fructis Hair Food Masks but they had just two types, so I decided to go for the Banana one. If you love banana scents, you will like this one, it’s lovely and it also nourishes my hair and makes it smoother and more shiny. I will be surely talking more about it once I’ve properly tested it out.
There were not that many shampoos that caught my eye, unfortunately. I remember that I liked the Balea Professional line before and I noticed it’s changed a bit and I don’t think I’ve seen the Clay Shampoo. It’s supposed to help with oily roots and dry ends, so I’m looking forward to trying it. The second one is a sulphate-free shampoo and I love finding new sulphate-free shampoos and cleansers and toothpastes… I hope this Nature Box Apricot Oil Shampoo will be a good one. It comes with 100% cold-pressed apricot oil, known for containing vitamins and antioxidants and is supposed to restore the shine of the hair.
Then I went to the baby section and I found one more sulphate-free shampoo. It’s from DM’s own brand Babylove and it should be quite calming and soothing. And while I was browsing the aisle, I also picked up the Cleansing Gel from the range, it’s said it can be used ”from head to toe”, so it should be another gentle product.

I’ve tried shaving foams from Balea before and now they have smaller versions of them. The Limited Edition Lovely Couple Shaving Foam has a Fig, Peony & Magnolia scent and it’s said to be good even for sensitive skin. The bottle looks really pretty and I remember they usually last quite a long time, so it’s a great budget buy.

Balea always offer colourful and fun body washes and even if they contain sulphates (I’m not saying it’s terrible, I just try to avoid sulphates because of skin issues), they smell wonderful and I can’t help myself but picking up a few. The Soft Shower Oil is something I’d like to try in the winter because it’s supposed to be purifying and hydrating at the same time. They also had a Shower Cream in a Rostock Limited Edition and the scent is of Raspberry and Lime. The traditional shower gels come in a large fruity variety and my choice ended up being the Star Fruit & Melon and the Cactus & Fig ones.
Kneipp never fail to offer fresh-scented summer body washes. Their shower foams are some of my favourites ones and I’ve had the Watermelon & Mint fragrance in a shower gel form which I loved, so now I want to try the shower foam version. I’m also looking forward to trying the Shower Tonic with Pink Grapefruit & Vetiver.
I’m familiar with CD‘s aluminum-free deodorants but I’ve never tried anything else from them. The Mint & Cucumber Morning Fresh Body Wash sounds so refreshing, perfect for the last summer mornings.
And last but not least, two of my favourite body brands. Weleda Feel Good Spicey Ginger Body Wash
and Sante Happiness Organic Orange & Mango Shower Gel are exactly what I’m looking for in a body wash, gentle formula, beautiful texture and lovely scent.

I’m looking forward to trying all these new products and I’m in particular curious about the CeraVe range. I hear so many dermatologists talk about and a lot of skincare bloggers seem to love it, as well. I’ll be also posting updates on my Instagram.

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Valencia Beauty Haul | Sephora, Pharmacy, Online Purchases

Before heading to Valencia, I didn’t think of getting any beauty products there, it didn’t cross my mind, at all. I was just dreaming of long walks in the sun, enjoying the palm trees, the flowers and the oranges that you can see everywhere in the city.

But then I passed by Sephora… and went inside. I was thinking that I hadn’t ordered any beauty items since March, so I just wanted to take a look. I usually order from the US Sephora but shipping and taxes are insane and many brands can’t be shipped out to Europe, so I’m always happy to see brands that are available mainly (if not only) in the US.

I’m turning into a big Farmacy fan, I’ve tried a few of their products and I was really hoping to see their sunscreen in Spain but unfortunately, they said you can’t find it in Europe, at all. So, I picked up their Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, hoping that it would be the first cleansing balm that I’d like. Somehow cleansing balms always break me out, feel heavy and leave a residue. So far, I’ve found only a couple of cleansing oils that perform well on my skin which makes me think that balms and oils just aren’t for me and I really want this one to prove me wrong.
After stocking up on the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid a couple of months ago, now we got the Cream in full size. My boyfriend and I have mini version of the whole range and we both love the cream and the liquid, so we decided to get the original size. I was really surprised, considering my boyfriend’s dry skin and my combination type but it’s nice that one product can be good on several skin types. It’s a really hydrating moisturiser, it helps skin’s natural barrier properties and gives a plump look to it. Then I picked up two sheet masks because I wanted to try a few more from TONYMOLY, as I really liked their Tomato one. Actually, I don’t use sheet masks that often but the two that I got were the Seaweed one that should be purifying and the Orange Sheet Mask that is supposed  to be brightening and refreshing.
I have to say, the section with the minis is the part I’m mostly excited about whenever I’m in Sephora, I just can’t help it, I’m always curious to see all the travel size products. From the display there, I picked up another Beautyblender. I don’t use foundation that often nowadays but I like to have a backup of this makeup sponge, it’s the best tool for base application that I’ve found.
When I saw the mini of the Phyto Phytoelixir Intense Nutrition Mask, I had to have it. I was looking for a treatment for my ends and this mini seemed great to try and see how it works. I’ve used it only once, so far but I really like it. It’s rich but doesn’t weigh down the hair and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. It also has a beautiful scent and gives shine to the hair. I think they had a mini of the oil from the same range, as well and now I regret not picking that one up, too.
I think I screamed a little bit when I saw the Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50! I’ve always been curious about the brand’s sunscreens but they were impossible to get in Europe. The only product that they had in Valencia was this mini but it was enough for me to get excited, I haven’t tried it yet but I’ll be soon sharing thoughts on it for sure.

In the near of Sephora they had this amazing pharmacy filled with all types of brands, some of them were Spanish ones and I feel bad for not reading a bit more beforehand because now I regret not purchasing some of their products. Hopefully next time! At least I got the Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50 in Light and I couldn’t be happier. I know that I’ve used it only a couple of times but I think I might have found my new favourite tinted sunscreen. It doesn’t break me out and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, it leaves a bit of a dewy finish but nothing too shiny or greasy. It has a slight tint to it that actually gives pretty good coverage without being thick or masking. The technology that Heliocare are using works against premature ageing, cellular damage, hyperpigmentation and weakening the skin’s natural barrier function. I can’t wait to start wearing it on a regular basis and I already want to try to find a backup.
I couldn’t miss getting a giant 300 ml bottle of the Avène thermal water spray, I always have a few at home and a mini in my bag, especially in the summer.
A few months ago I tried to order the Caudalie Grape Water because I’ve been curious about the brand for so long but somehow I never got the chance to try it. Unfortunately, the customs considered the package dangerous and it never got to me, so I finally picked up a bottle of it. However, the display at the pharmacy was so pretty that I wanted to get something else from Caudalie but I wasn’t sure what. Then I noticed this travel set that contains Micellar Cleansing Water, Premier Cry Eye Cream, Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, Hand & Nail Cream and Lip Conditioner, a beautiful little selection.

When I came back home I noticed one of my orders had arrived. I purchased three products that everyone talks about, so I wanted to see for myself if they’re really that good. COSRX have a great range of skincare, I use some of their products and I really like them, so I decided to try their Low pH Morning Gel Cleanser and the AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. I’ve heard so many positive reviews on them that I can’t wait to put them to the test.
It’s been years since I first started trying to get my hands on the Bioré Aqua Rich Water Essence SPF 50+ and I always failed. This is probably my most desired sunscreen, I’ve always wanted to know why it is so special and I hope I’m soon going to find out. The only concern for me is that many say it’s too drying but I just hope my skin would like this sunscreen. I might need to get some of the Missha ones next because I feel like I’m on a mission to find the most lightweight, non-greasy but still effective sunscreen that doesn’t clog pores. It’s actually really difficult and whenever it comes to spf products, I envy my mum and my boyfriend with their dry skin and how much they enjoy applying sun creams, looking like they’ve just washed their faces, clean and pure while I’m just shiny and my pores get clogged.

I’m quite pleased with myself this time, I’d normally behave like a child in a candy store but I feel like my beauty shopping this time was not so out of control, I got products that I really need or I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. Now to the fun part, trying them all out… one by one, of course.

Lisbon Beauty Haul | Skinlife, Rituals, Sephora


Lisbon has been amazing, so far! Well, it’s been a bit rainy and windy but I’m feeling so calm and happy here that the weather doesn’t really matter. I didn’t plan to do any beauty shopping in Portugal but I went ‘browsing’ in a few places and my boyfriend encouraged me with ”We don’t have these stores and brands, so just take the chance while we’re here!” and I took it.

During our first walk in the area of the hotel, we came across a beautiful boutique called Skinlife. It’s a lovely little shop with friendly people working there who were really helpful. Unfortunately, many of the items I was hoping to see there were sold out, so I ended up getting Byredo‘s Gypsy Water in a Perfumed Oil Roll-on variant. It lasts really long time on me, I can smell it even after I’ve taken a shower and I think I might be doing a separate blog post on it, as it’s not the type of fragrance I’d normally go for. Then I picked up the Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque because I’ve been wanting it for years and I can’t wait to try it.

Rituals stores always smell so nice when you’re passing by, so I just need to go inside and take a look at what they have. We got The Ritual of Hammam – Purifying Treat Set for my dad because he loves the scent but he hasn’t tried some of the products. We also picked up two hand balms, I love that these come with pumps, it’s great to place them by the bathroom sink and use the balm after washing your hands. We already gave one to someone, so it’s not pictured above but we went for The Ritual of Sakura and The Ritual of Ayurveda scents. The brand’s shower foams are such a pleasure to use and I love collecting all the sizes, so when I saw the mini Sakura one which I was missing until now, I picked it up, as well. Then they gave us this beautiful gift, called Spring Blossom which contains The Ritual of Sakura Hand Lotion and La Vie en Rose Smooth Colour Gloss.

There are several Sephora stores around us, so the temptation is real. At first, I didn’t think I needed something but you just can’t go into a Sephora store and not pick up anything. To be fair, I’m writing this haul post now, so that I don’t continue buying more.
I was looking for some face masks which I didn’t find but at the end, most of the products I got, are actually face masks. And there is only one makeup product! But it truly is a stunner.
There were a few shades of the Givenchy Prisme Visage Face Powder available. I went for the darkest one, 7 Taffetas Caramel. It’s essentially a bronzing powder with a peachy brown highlight. The texture is so soft and smooth that it almost feels unreal. I’m in love with this face powder but there is a special lady that would love it as much as me and although, I really want to keep it, I will gift it to her.
Then I got a few minis of the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam because I really like it and I haven’t seen it in a travel size before (the only mini that I have was from their Christmas set). You can read my really old review on it here.
Another mini I needed was of the one of Pixi Glow Tonic, as I have the really tiny one and the standard one but I was missing this 100 ml bottle which is still a bit big for travelling but it seems like a good backup. Wish I could find those big bottles with pumps.
We were looking for the Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Cream for my boyfriend, as his skin is really dry but it was sold out in every Sephora. One of them, however, had this Help Me Ceramidin Trial Kit that contains minis (again with the minis, I just can’t help myself) of the Cream, Liquid and Gel Cream, so I thought I might try some, as well.
The cute Sephora Clay Masks were out on a display and it was pretty hard to choose which one to take with me but at the end, I got the Green, Red and Pink Clay Masks. It’s suggested that they can be used 4 times and I’m really curious about them because I already heard positive reviews.
I wish I could find the sheet masks from Skinfood but they don’t seem to have any of them. They also didn’t have the Freshmade Watermelon Mask from the brand, so I ended up with the Tomato Soup Sleeping Pack. I love the Dr. Jart + sheet masks and I think I haven’t had the Brightening Solution one before, although I’ve seen many people talk about it. Then my boyfriend added the Shake & Shot Rubber Soothing Mask to the basket although I wasn’t sure if I wanted it. It looks slightly creepy to me but he said he would enjoy seeing me try it… he sure will.
Patchology wasn’t that well stocked up, unfortunately, but I’m very curious about these Restoring Night Eye Gels, too bad the box has just 5 packs inside.
I’ve seen Papa Recipe Red Ginseng Honey Oil Mask somewhere before but I haven’t tried it. The brand has several types of these sheet masks but I limited myself to just one. Then the lady in the near said I was going wild with the masks and suggested to show me something new that wouldn’t be on a display for a couple more weeks but that I might be interested in. So, she brought a few Korean The Oozoo masks which seem a bit gimmicky but I hope they work because mixing the capsule with the mask right before applying it sounds great. At the end I picked up the Fresh Capsule Mask Rose Petal, the Face in-shot Mask Hydro Lift and the Face Energy Shot Mask Premium Black.

I feel like I have face masks for a couple of months ahead but it was just too tempting seeing all those products that I can’t find so easily in Norway. Now it’s time to start trying out all these beauty bits!

Sephora Haul | November 2017

I’ve just got back from Milan and it was lovely although it didn’t stop raining even for a day. It was good to visit again the city that made me fall in love with Italy for the first time many years ago.

Of course, there was no Sephora in Milan back then, so it was only natural for me to visit a few of their stores this time. Part of the products I’m showing you today are from my trip to Milan but there are also a few that were ordered by my boyfriend from the US Sephora. I’ve been curious about some items that are not so widely available in Europe, so it was a great surprise when he showed me the box that came in the mail. I also decided to throw in a couple of purchases from Germany because they happened to be available only there at that moment.

I picked up a few skincare sets, they’re great for travelling but I actually wanted to get to know the brands. The only thing I’ve tried from Herborist was an overnight face mask that I really liked and I even used it as a day cream for a deeper hydration. This Discovery Kit contains T’ai Chi Masks (a black and a white mask that you’re supposed to use one after another), SILKY All-day Moisturising Facial Fluid and SILKY All-day Moisturising Eye Gel. I’m incredibly excited to try the Laneige Hydrating Trial Kit because I’ve heard only positive reviews on the brand’s products. The set contains a Moisturising Foam Cleanser, Essential Power Skin Toner, Water Bank Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream and probably their most popular product, the Water Sleeping Mask.
I’ve never tried anything from KORA Organics and I’m a bit unsure how I feel about the essential oils that some of their products contain but this little Daily Ritual set for oily/combination skin sounds interesting, so I’ll report back once I’ve tried the items. Inside the box you find a Foaming Cleanser (not sure why so many cleansers are supposed to be “foaming”), Energising Citrus Mist and Purifying Moisturiser.
Another brand that I’m really curious about is Drunk Elephant. I’m hearing so many people raving about their products that seeing this cute The Littles set made me scream a bit. It’s quite a generous gift from my boyfriend because he knows about the struggles I’ve been having after the bad reaction to a sunscreen and apparently, these products work well on many people. Hopefully, they’re going to help me, as well. The set contains Pekee Bar and Juju Bar which are their solid cleansers, C-Firma Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, B-Hydration Gel, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.
The Dr. Jart+ K-Beauty A BB C’s sets are actually a repurchase because I really liked the trio the first time I tried it, it’s great for travelling, some of my friends wanted to try it, as well and sadly, it’s not so easy to get hold of it at the moment.

Blackhead Steam Balm from TONYMOLY has been on my wishlist for such a long time but no matter where I tried to get it from, it was always sold out and the only thing that remained on the shelves was the tester. I hope it’s as good as they say.

I decided not to go crazy with the sheet masks, so I purchased just a few. I haven’t tried Sephora‘s lip and foot masks yet, so I picked up their Rose Lip Mask and Almond and Lavender Foot Masks. The TONYMOLY I’m Real Tomato Mask Sheet Radiance was supposed to be tested during our trip but I ended up forgetting about it. When I was picking up the masks, I turned around and saw this Dr. Jart+ Bright Lover Rubber Mask in my shopping basket. My boyfriend put it there simply because he has a lot of fun when he sees me with strange masks on.
Clay masks in pots dry out so quickly and that was the only reason why I didn’t want to get the Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying one when I first heard about it. Luckily, now they have miniature size of it (or maybe they always had it but I never saw it) and I can’t wait to try it.

I’m a huge lip balm lover, I also adore peach-scented products, so when I saw the Lanolips Peach 101 Ointment Multi-Balm, I had to have it. Plus, multi-purpose moisturisers are great to have in your handbag, especially in the winter.

Hype isn’t something I often buy into but all the different opinions on the Sol de Janeiro‘s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream made me want to try this body moisturiser so bad. But now I’m scared to open the mini jar and to actually use the product. Yes, I realise how ridiculous it sounds.

The only tool I picked up was the pink Beautyblender just because I  need a new one.

As you can see my haul mostly consists of skincare items and I guess that’s because of my skin issues. And although the makeup products are not many this time, they’re absolutely amazing. This Marc Jacobs The Nude(ist) set is so beautiful! I love everything about it and I can’t wait to add it to my handbag.
Some of you may know how much I wanted the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer but I never had luck with finding it. They didn’t have all the shades in Milan and most of them looked either too pale or too pink/orange for me. So, I picked up the shade Creme Brulee and I hope I didn’t make the wrong decision.
Last but not least, something that I wasn’t that curious about but now that I have it, I really like it. It’s the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby. I don’t usually go for peachy shades but these ones are quite sheer, soft and blendable.

These are all my recent Sephora purchases and I’m looking forward to finding out more about each of the products. I have big hopes for the skincare sets and I’d be happy if you share your experience in case you’ve already tried some of them.

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!