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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!

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Munich Beauty Haul | June 2016

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Last week, my boyfriend had a trip to Munich. He asked me if I needed anything and although I really didn’t, there were a few products that seemed interesting to me and that could be found only in Germany. Sadly, most of them were sold out, so he picked up things he thought I might like.

The Kaufmanns Cream was one of the items that I really wanted to stock up on (luckily he got 3!) because I love using it when my lips are really dry and there isn’t another place where they have it. There’s also a new tube of the amazing multi-purpose Weleda Skin Food which is great because it’s the 75 ml one and it turned out that it’s not so easy to find this bigger version. Another skincare items is the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil which I’ve been wanting for such a long time but always forget to get when I’m in Germany or home. My mum talks about it all the time, she loves it and I hope it will get along with my skin, as well.

I love the Ebelin Professional brushes, so I wanted another one of their most popular Blending Brush and also decided to try the Eyeshadow & Concealer Brush which seems a bit stiff and hard at the moment but I haven’t tried it more than a couple of times.

The mini hair masks from Swiss O’ Par aren’t something new for me, I like how portable they are, they have many scents to choose from and my boyfriend decided to pick up the Orange, Maracuja and Kiwi ones. On my list, I also had my beloved Balea Peach & Coconut Hair Milk, a fantastic leave-in conditioner from the drugstore. Plus, it smells of peaches rather than coconut, doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy and makes it shiny and soft.

I’ve shared before that L’Occitane and their products feel very sentimental to me, I always connect them to trips and stories, so my boyfriend picked up two items from them. They’re both from the Cherry Blossom range and they are Bath & Shower Gel and Solid Perfume. L’Occitane are famous for their amazing body washes, so I can’t wait to try this one but also, I’ve been so curious about their solid perfumes! They are adorable-looking, you can carry them around in your bag and top up your fragrance throughout the day and this scent is just perfect for the spring and summer, delicate, feminine and a bit sweet.
He also noticed some new shower foams from Bilou and picked up the Cherry Blossom and Splashy Melon scents. I haven’t tried them yet but I learnt they are pretty popular in Germany at the moment.
Balea always surprise with new scents and huge tubes of their body washes, so my better half added the Sweet Smoothie Shower Gel to his shopping basket. Another item from Balea is the new limited edition Body Gelée with Mint and Watermelon scent. I really wanted to try it because it sounded interesting and indeed, it is. I think it’s great for the warmer months because it sinks into the skin very quickly, leaving a fresh scent. It doesn’t feel sticky, at all and although, it doesn’t have the best moisturising properties, it’s still a great one to use after a morning shower, for example.

Unfortunately, it seems that Yves Rocher have discontinued their signature fruity fragrances. I’m not completely sure if that’s the case but it makes me very sad because they were perfect for the summer days. At the end, my boyfriend decided to pick up two of their deodorants in the Lotus Flower and Spanish Pomegranate scents.

Me and my mum (plus my boyfriend’s granny) have something like an obsession with soaps. There are so many beautiful ones with gorgeous scents that it’s hard to stay neutral to them. We’ve had a few of the Crabtree & Evelyn soaps before and we loved them, so my boyfriend decided to get the Pear & Pink Magnolia, Black Sea Mud & Seaweed and Almond Milk & Honey ones. On the way back, he saw a Jo Malone counter and picked up their Blackberry & Bay Bath Soap which is almost too beautiful to use and smells amazing.

I’ll be sharing more about some of the products once I’ve tried them for a few weeks but so far, I’m really enjoying the new additions and I’m quite happy to have a backup of some old favourites.

London Beauty Haul | Spring 2016

DSC_0088post DSC_0089post DSC_0094postWhen I’m lucky to go to London, I always have a list with beauty purchases that I’d like to make. It’s pretty easy to find high-end brands in Norway but there are so many high-street gems in the UK and only there that I have to admit, I feel jealous. Plus, they always have amazing offers and you end up getting a lot for half price or even for free. So, here’s what I found mainly in Boots and Superdrug.

Skincare
I really wanted to try the new Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser with Extract of Berry as I like a few products from the original series but they had a 3 for 2 going on, so I also picked up the matching Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash and the Body Scrub.
Superdrug also had some interesting-looking new skincare products and I stocked up on their famous Simply Pure Hydrating Serum for sensitive skin, the Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser/Mask/Scrub with AHAs and BHAs and the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel with Plant Extracts. I just can’t wait to try these skincare products, everyone raves about them!
I’ve never tried the La Roche-Posay‘s Serozinc and I’ve heard so many positive reviews on it that I had to get a bottle of it. I love face mists and I hope this will be great on my combination skin. Speaking of mists, I was looking for the L’Occitane Perfecting Mist with Peony Extract for weeks and I’m really happy I finally found it. Another La Roche-Posay product that I wanted to try was the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser and although I wasn’t sure if I needed another cleanser at that moment, it had such a big discount that I couldn’t help myself.
A few of the LUSH stores attracted me with their colourful displays and I had to take some of their soaps, they just smell amazing! I also picked up the Mint Julips Lip Scrub because my lips were pretty dry after the flights and their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is a favourite of mine, so I decided to try this one.
On the way back, I noticed this cute little set from Neal’s Yard Remedies at the airport and since I’ve always been curious about the brand, I decided to take it. It contains a sachet of their Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser and minis of their White Tea Facial Mist, White Tea Enriching Facial Mask, Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Beauty Sleep Concentrate. Seems like a great skincare travel set.

Make-up
Skincare and body products are the ones I tend to get more of when I travel somewhere and once again, the make-up purchases aren’t that many but they’re still pretty exciting to me. I believe we now have the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes in Norway but I saw so many girls picking them up in London that I took one to try, I fell in love with it and came back for two more. The ones I have are in 15 Seductive Pink, 30 Gorgeous Berries and 10 Nude Mauve. If you haven’t tried them, you should, they are stunning and I regret not trying them before but better late than never.
When I went to London last year, the Collection Eyes Uncovered palettes were sold out everywhere. This time, I managed to find a couple of them but I still couldn’t get my hands on all I wanted. Still, I’m happy I saw them in Nude and Nude Rose but they should protect them somehow, considering how easy it is to open them. You could see fingerprints on most of the palettes although they were not testers which isn’t very pleasant.
Make-up fixing sprays were never something that I was drawn to but I’m always curious when a drugstore brand creates a product that is believed to be a high-end territory. And L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist is indeed a great product, I used it a few times and my make-up looked much better than usual at the end of the day.
Maybelline Lash Sensational was basically thrown into my basket by the lady working at Superdrug because of the offers they had and I thought it was finally time for me to try this hyped up mascara.
The purchase of Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush is standard for me, it’s my favourite eyebrow pencil, I can’t find it anywhere else, so I picked up a few of them because my mum loves it, as well.
My plans involved a lot of Rimmel purchases but at the end I found only two items I wanted. Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in 010 Santa Rose is a beautiful and natural-looking shade, I think it would be great for spring and summer. Plus, it’s so tiny and perfect for travelling.
I’ve always been a fan of Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder but I never had it in 001 Transparent, so this was the time to pick it up.

Body and Hair
Body washes are something I really love and have to have tons of because I use them up quite quickly. Original Source Limited Edition Wild Cherry and Nettle Body Wash and Imperial Leather Summer Days Nourishing Body Wash with Shea Butter & Honeysuckle are body washes that I haven’t seen and haven’t tried, they smelled amazing and I had to take them.
L’Occitane always have amazing and adorable sets and I picked up these hand cream miniatures Amande Delicious Hands with Almond Milk and Delightful Rose Hand Cream which are perfect to carry around in your bag.
Marie Claire had three different scents of Neal’s Yard Remedies hand creams in their May issue. I couldn’t track down the Garden Mint & Bergamot one but I got the Geranium & Orange Hand Cream and the Bee Lovely to Your Hands Hand Cream.
I really needed some hair treatments now that my hair is longer than ever, so I saw the new Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Serum with Honey Bee Propolis and because I like some of the products from the series, I decided to add it to my shopping basket. Also, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Heat Activated Treatment has always been on my shopping list and I finally found it.
COLAB is now available in Norway and although it’s three times the price in the UK, it’s stil a bit easier to get it. However, there’s just a limited number of their products on the market here. I picked up a mini of the Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo, a full size Sheer + Invisible London Dry Shampoo and Extreme Volume Monaco Dry Shampoo and last but not least, the Luxe Shine Glossing Hair Fragrance which I’m incredibly curious about.

Nails
After picking up dozens of nail polishes last time, this time I limited myself to just one range and it had to be from Barry M. I got a couple of their new Coconut Infusion Nail Paint polishes the first day and then got back for two more and two more… The shades that I have are in Starfish, Sunkissed, Tiki Hut, Flamingo, Aloha, Surfboard and Bikini and I’m missing only two that complete the range.

Miscellaneous
Lottie London Soap Star Solid Brush Cleanser was in every girl’s shopping basket (sorry, girls, I’m always curious what is popular in the city) and it’s believed to be a dupe for the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser. Many said that it’s even better!
I also picked up the Real Techniques 2 pack Miracle Complexion Sponges and as you can see one of them is already in use, I love this sponge and I’m a bit sad I didn’t pick up more. They are now available in Norway but we don’t have the 2 pack one.
Now, I never wear falsies but these Eylure Fleur de Force Fleur Loves Eyelashes looked so beautiful that I justified my purchase with: ”I can only get them here!”.

London is amazing for beauty shopping (and not only) and I’m looking forward to trying all these products!

Munich Beauty Haul

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Last week, me and my boyfriend spent just a few days in Munich which were actually enough for many things to go wrong but we also had some really nice time. Munich is beautiful around Christmas, we had delicious food, mulled wine and we did some shopping. Here’s the beauty part of it:

I’ve visited many DM drugstores in different countries and I always find something new in there or brands that are available only in Germany.
p2 is one of these brands and I limited myself to just picking up a lipstick and a nail polish. The p2 Full Shine Lipstick in 080 Tell Me a Tale is a great everyday shade, it’s pink but has a bit of mauve in it and I can tell you that it’s going to be in my monthly favourites, so I’ll be showing you swatches. And speaking of mauve, p2 Volume Gloss Gel Look Polish in 021 Young Miss is a gorgeous mauve creme that goes opaque even with one coat, it’s really shiny and has a great formula that applies smoothly. If I didn’t have so many nail polishes right now, I would have picked up more from the range. However, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get a nude nail shade. It’s from trend IT UP and their Double Volume & Shine series, the shade is 110, I love these nail polishes, they have amazing range of colours, great formula and they are super affordable.

I finally got my hands on the Ebelin Professional Blending Brush, everybody’s raving about it, I’m not an eyeshadow girl but the brush is really good and I’m actually quite sad I didn’t buy different ones to try.

Essence have a new limited edition range called Winter? Wonderful! that was basically, all sold out. The only item I managed to get was their blush in 01 Winter Kissed Cheeks, there were only two left, so I picked up one for me and one for my mum. This blush is simply gorgeous and I really wanted their Merry Berry Highlighter but once again, it was sold out everywhere…by everywhere I mean at least 7 of their stores in Munich.

I love body washes and I go through them really quickly, so I decided to get two that I haven’t tried before. One is the Sante Grenadine Spirit Shower Gel which is vegan and has Organic Pomegranate in it. The other one is from Sagrotan and it’s the Profresh Peach and Raspberry Shower Gel because if it’s a peach-scented body product, I’m sold.
Balea Limited Edition Cool Blossom Shampoo was a random purchase because I just liked how it smelled of something like blood orange and flowers at the same time.

I got a mini of the Treaclemoon Warm Cinnamon Nights Body Milk because I’ve never tried anything from the brand before and I have so many body moisturisers at the moment that I didn’t need any full size ones. I used it only once or twice and I can’t say much but I expected more from it, as so many girls love it.
And because I really didn’t need body moisturisers, I picked out two which are going to my mum because she doesn’t need more body moisturisers either but I just know she would love these. The first one is from Yves Rocher and it’s their Olive Oil Silky Cream which absorbs really nicely and has a delicate scent. I’ve always liked these because of the jar but sadly, it turned out it’s not glass but plastic. The other body moisturiser is The Body Shop Japanese Camellia Cream and I absolutely love how sophisticated the packaging looks, the cream smells amazing and hydrates really well. I also wanted to get something from the brand’s limited edition Frosted Plum range and I decided to purchase the hand cream because I tried it in the store and the scent is just gorgeous, the cream absorbs very quickly and we all need good hand creams in the winter.

And while we’re on the hand cream topic, I got this cute little set from L’Occitane and their Pierre Hermé Paris collaboration. It’s called Delicious Hand Cream Trio and has Jasmin Immortelle Neroli, Miel Mandarine and Pamplemousse Rhubarbe hand creams. If you’ve ever tried L’Occitane hand creams, you’ll know why they are some of my favourites and why I get at least one every winter. I also got the Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Perfumed Soap and Lip Balm and the Jasmin Immortelle Neroli Lip Gloss because L’Occitane‘s limited edition lip balms have sentimental value for me.

Last but not least is this beautiful gift set from Crabtree & Evelyn called Gardeners Set. It has a Hand Soap with garden botanicals like sage, rosemary and cucumber and Hand Therapy that ”soothes and helps protect a gardener’s work-roughened hands”. When you apply the hand cream and you wait a few minutes, it starts to smell of cinnamon or at least that’s what me and my boyfriend felt and that was the reason why we got this set.

So, these are my Munich beauty purchases. Have you tried any of them and what would you recommend picking up from Germany?

New in from Essence & First Impressions

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When I’m in my hometown, I try to visit the drugstores as often as possible because it’s a paradise here and knowing that half of the affordable brands are not available in Norway, makes it even more tempting.

Last week, I noticed that Essence Cosmetics had many new products on their stand. Some of their new brushes are on my wishlist but sadly, none of the four stores I visited that day, had them. At the end, I picked up two lipsticks, two nail care products, a concealer and a tinted brow gel.

I love Essence Longlasting Lipsticks (review here), so when I saw that they have new lipstick range called Sheer & Shine Lipsticks, I picked up two of them in the shades 07 Sprakling Miracle which is a muted berry and 10 Glamour Queen that looks dark brown but is actually something like beige mixed with mauve. I love the colours although I’m not a big fan of the shimmer inside but these were the shades I liked and they both happened to have shimmer. The lipsticks are very creamy and glossy, they feel like a tinted lip balm because they’re quite sheer and surprisingly, they last longer than I expected.

The first nail care product is the Essence Studio Nails Nail Cuticle Remover Pen which seemed very interesting to me. I’ve never tried their nail care pens before but after this one, I’m curious about the rest. Basically, this pen distributes oil (contains Avocado Oil and Sweet Almond Oil) onto the cuticles and after waiting a couple of minutes to soften them, I push them back with the tip. It’s such a simple item but genious at the same time, the tip doesn’t damage my skin and the oil nourishes the area around the nail. It has a citrus-y scent and this product is perfect for throwing in your travel bag.
Another travel-friendly nail product is the Essence Studio Nails Repairing Nail Oil with Argan Oil. It has a tiny bottle, a great applicator and a bubblegum smell. I’ve been applying this every night in the past week and there’s certainly a result. The skin around my nails is much more hydrated, the nails look more healthy and shiny.

I remember that Essence had a concealer duo but I’ve never tried it and I believe they discontinued it. But there is a new pair of concealers now and it’s called Camouflage Cream Concealer. Making a comparison between this one and the Catrice Camouflage Cream (review here) is inevitable. The Essence duo comes in only one shade 10 Natural Beige and I have to say that it looks darker in the pan than it actually is. While the Catrice product is much thicker and high coverage, the Essence one feels a bit lighter and has medium coverage but it’s definitely buildable. They both last really long time on me, Essence is a better match for my skin tone but I love both of the products. Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer is such a handy pair of concealers as I’ve been using the darker one for blemishes and mixing the two together or just using the lighter one, depending on the coverage I want, under my eyes.

I’m really surprised by how much I liked all of the purchased products but I left the best for the last. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara since the day it launched in Germany. Months have passed but I finally got it and I think I’ll have to stock up on it because it comes in a tiny 3.8 ml tube. The applicator is a very small brush, the formula has fibers and gives my eyebrows shape, tint and density. I use it on its own or on top of eyebrow pencil and it works great. I want to give it a good try and then I will report back but so far, I’m loving this eyebrow gel.

Hope this post was useful! Have you tried any of these items?