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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!

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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!

Natural & Organic Beauty Haul | Summer 2017


Natural and organic beauty products are getting more and more easy to find, there have been numerous times I’ve featured such items on my blog but I’ve never done a full post dedicated to them. Whenever I’m home, I try to support local businesses because I can only guess how hard it is to do something like this in a small country and it’s amazing when we share the same values.
So, when I finally got the chance to order something from this famous bio and natural shop called Zoya that actually ships to many European countries, as well, I couldn’t be more excited. I made two orders in separate weeks but I’m showing you all of the products I purchased and I can assure you, there will be a third time.

The first things I’d like to mention are actually home bits. I’ve heard so much about the I/TEMS scented candles that I got all four that were available online (I’m showing you only two because the other two were already in use) and I’m waiting for their new collection that should be launching soon. The scents I got are Black Vanilla, Sandalwood, Lavender and Rose. All of them create a lovely atmosphere, they are so different but none is too overpowering or sharp, they are so beautiful. The candles are hand poured and contain essential oils, the wicks are 100% cotton and the burn time is suggested to be around 40-60 hours.

The Soap Factorty soaps smell wonderful and they’re 100% natural, the scents I got are Orange & Cinnamon and Breeze (Ylang-Ylang). They also have shampoos, body washes, lip balms, face washes.

Then there are a few caffeine-free teas from English Tea Shop because they are easy to take when I travel.

It wouldn’t be me if I don’t get some chocolate and I haven’t tried anything from Casa Kakau before, so I went for the Dark & Almond chocolate. It’s and artisan and handmade chocolate, they’ve used stone grinder for the cocoa beans which are carefully selected beforehand.

You can always find an energy bar or two in my handbag because of my low blood pressure and the Musala with almond and cashew nuts sounded lovely. I’ve already tried some of the Leya raw bars with filling and this time I decided to get the Carrot-Raisins-Cardamom one. Also, the shop gave me two Trek flapjacks because I reached a certain amount of purchases in my basket.

It is no secret that I adore face mists, floral waters, toners… I just think they feel really refreshing on the skin and they do make a difference when I have them in my routine. Rose and Lavender oils are probably the most famous Bulgarian export, all the luxury brands get their supplies from here, it’s so precious and I always stock up on rose and lavender water when I’m home. The quality is amazing and let’s be honest, if you buy it abroad, it would be ten times more expensive.
Alteya Organics have all sizes and types of bottles you’d probably need and I love their 100 ml spray bottles that you can take even on the plane with you. Now I regret not getting a few more but I’m pretty happy with the Organic Bulgarian Rose Water, Organic Bulgarian Melissa Water which I’ve never tried before and the 500 ml Organic Bulgarian White Rose Water. White roses are some of the rarest that you can find (I mean the type you can use to extract oils from), so it’s very special for me to have a bottle of it. The Juniper Water from Damascena is meant to balance oily/combination and blemish-prone skin and to tighten the pores, so I’m really excited to try it.

There are two micellar waters in my basket, I’ve been trying to find the Madara Micellar Water with Hyaluronic Acid for years and I’m really happy I finally purchased it. It’s only 100 ml and it’s pricey but it contains Rose Water and Lactic Acid and my skin loves this acid.
The second one comes in a 50 ml bottle and I got it because I need it for my next trip, it’s from Cattier and has similar ingredients to the Madara one – Rose Water, Lactic Acid but also Sweet Almond Oil.

The Zoya Goes Pretty Rosehip Face Balm is for mum because she has dry skin and I’ve heard many people talk about this product and how good it is. It also has Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil in it and she already started using it as her evening moisturiser.

I got only one haircare product and it’s once again because of my upcoming trip. I’ve been meaning to try Andalou Naturals shampoos for so long and I have high hopes for this mini of their Argan Stem Cell Shampoo. I can’t say I have thinning hair but what attracted me to this shampoo was the promise to leave the hair really clean but also nourished.

There are a few more things that I’m not featuring here today but I have to say I’m really excited about the raspberry wine because it’s something I can never find in Norway. I’d like to mention that some products are meant for friends or my boyfriend’s relatives and as much as I love shopping and trying new products, I never keep so many things for myself.
I did shop from one place only but I’m not sponsored or told to mention it, they don’t even know I have a (small) blog. I genuinely enjoy shopping on their website, they even contacted me when one of the products I wanted wasn’t available and asked if I could wait a day in order to receive it with the rest of my purchases. This means a lot to me and I can’t wait to get more natural and organic items.

Drugstore Beauty Haul | Fall 2016

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I can’t hide it, I just love autumn and the fall beauty launches. I genuinely think that spring and fall beauty releases are the most exciting ones and always look forward to seeing them.

I’m away from Norway which means it’s the perfect time to do some drugstore shopping. I’ve mentioned before that there aren’t that many affordable brands in the country, so whenever I travel, I try to stock up on some highstreet products.

Not all of the items here are necessarily autumn launches but these two from Essence are quite new and I just loved the shades when I saw them. There’s a new Try it. Love it! Fall/Winter 2016 Collection from the brand with products like face and eyeshadow palettes, nail polishes, bases and lipsticks. If you’ve seen some of my posts, you’d know I’m a big fan of the brand’s lipsticks because they have a lot of different shades and finishes. I picked up the Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in the shade 02 Perfect Match which isn’t drying on the lips, at all, it’s light and creamy, very comfortable to wear and I believe there were two more shades. If you have trouble finding the right matte lipstick, give this one a go because it looks quite matte but doesn’t feel matte. It lasts about 4 hours on me which is great, especially considering how affordable it is. Honestly, I’ve been using this lipstick every single day for the past two weeks, even if I’ve applied something else in the morning. I just love it and in fact, it doesn’t look as dark as it seems on the swatch.
The second product from the brand that I added to my shopping basket was their new Satin Touch Blush in the shade 20 Satin Love. This one is in the most beautiful rosewood shade that is perfect for autumn, there’s a slight sheen to it but no glitter and I forgot how pigmented Essence blushes were! Really happy with these two products and I’d recommend checking them out.

I needed a new face powder and I remembered many people were talking about Catrice powders. The decision was tough because there were many on the display and also, how gorgeous the latest Catrice products look? I limited myself to their All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder in 010 Transparent. It’s a finely-milled powder that doesn’t make my face look flat, it mattifies but also gives radiance to the skin and I love it. I do have to use it a couple of times a day because it’s still quite warm and the shine peaks through but I really regret not checking out Catrice powders earlier.

There’s a brand I haven’t seen before called Aura and I was intrigued by their liquid lipsticks, sadly, the shades I liked were sold out. So, I decided to try their Correct Me! Concealer in the shade 302 Pastel Beige. I was surprised by the shade range, they had so many shades and it was difficult to pick the right one with the bad lighting in the store but I think this one is pretty good on me. I can use it around the face or under my eyes, as it’s not too light or brightening and I have to say, it works really well. The texture is creamy and not too thick, it has a very good coverage and lasts a decent amount of time. I do need to set it with powder because it creases a bit but I really like it. Another item from them is the Bronzer/Contour Brush and I have to say, their brushes are hit and miss but I like this one, I haven’t used it that much yet but I like how soft it is.

Golden Rose have so many lip products that it’s slightly overwhelming. I’ve heard a lot about their Matte Lipstick Crayons and I picked up two shades but I already lost one of them, so I’ll have to go back and get a new one. The shade number 11 is a really pretty berry one and I can’t wait to wear it in the autumn/winter. The product goes on smoothly, feels comfortable and I haven’t noticed any drying, so far.

I also picked up a few skincare products that I’m curious about. The first one is Chamomile Water from Armina Bio. I love floral waters and this one feels very soothing and refreshing on the skin, it has a light scent and I think I might have to get the rest of the waters from the brand.
Still haven’t tried this Balea Aqua Moisturising Serum but I love the eye cream from the same range and I’m happy I also found the Sheet Mask.
Purederm is a Korean brand that has brilliant face wipes (and that comes from a person that doesn’t like face wipes), so I picked up their Collagen Eye Zone Mask patches. I’ve tried them only once and they feel really soothing and refreshing.

The only hair product comes from L’Oreal and it’s the Arginine Resist Double Elixir Express Conditioner. I used to use their spray leave-in conditioners and I remembered how shiny and soft my hair was and everyone was telling me it smelled amazing. This is a bi-phased treatment and I use it on both, damp or dry hair, it doesn’t make it greasy or dirty-looking. I love how it makes my hair easy to comb, glossy and soft, it also smells of berries.

These won’t be my last drugstore purchases this month, so if you have any recommendations about what I should take a look at, please leave me a comment!