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August Favourites

This is probably my first monthly favourites post that includes only skincare products! Ok, one of them can be seen as both, skincare and makeup item but as I’m still trying to find a way to bring back my skin to its normal condition, I haven’t been using that much makeup lately.

When you’re not really sure what’s going on with your skin and feel like crying, the key word must be “calming”. I’ve mentioned in my previous blog posts that I had a bad reaction to sunscreen and in addition to that, the high temperatures caused me blocked pores, so I’m dealing with something like a rash/sun allergy and still can’t seem to be able to tackle that. Not even the topical antibiotics have helped, so far.

My skincare has been quite minimal these past few weeks. I don’t want my skin to get even more stressed out and as much as I’d like to use acids a few times a week, the only two I’ve been reaching for are Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid. To gently exfoliate my skin, I’ve been relying mostly on this budget-friendly Zdrave Acne Stop Enzyme Peeling Mask. Enzymes provide a bit softer and lighter exfoliation but still unclog pores, even out the complexion and remove dead skin cells.  Enzyme exfoliants have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable even for sensitive skin (not always, sadly but that needs a bit more time to be discussed). This mask contains Papaya and Pineapple Enzymes and soothing ingredients such as D-Panthenol and Vitamin PP. I use it a couple of times a week, it’s very easy, I cleanse my skin and then apply a thin layer of the mask all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area, leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and then simply wash it off with lukewarm water. My skin feels fresh, soft and smooth afterwards.

In this blog post I shared with you my current favourite soap-free cleansing gels which are both affordable, as well. I love the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel for Face and Body (this is a new bottle, I’ve used up a couple already) because it calms my skin, doesn’t leave it feeling tight and I love it as my morning cleanse. It contains Zinc Gluconate to calm the irritation and Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe my troubled skin. If you have oily/combination and blemish-prone skin, I’d highly recommend giving this one a go.

There a couple of mists that I’m using at the moment as toners but also as facial sprays during the day. The Serozinc from La Roche-Posay is an old favourite of mine, I use it to heal blemishes quicker and to mattify my skin without drying it out. It’s once again soothing and calming and I’m incredibly happy I can now find it in my home country. My love for floral waters is no secret by now but a couple of months ago, I tried the Damascena Juniper Water for the first time in my life. It has a delicate natural scent, it feels very soft on the skin and it tones oily skin, prone to imperfections. I love how refreshing, calming and still purifying it feels. The only downside is the actual spray but these waters seem to always have such harsh sprays, so most of the time, I’d saturate a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face.

I received this miniature Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry as a complimentary gift with a purchase, it’s a very popular product from the brand and I’ve been carrying it around with me all the time. The rosy colour brightens up my face without being too obvious, it’s sheer and has subtle sheen that looks very pretty. The formula is fragrance-free and contains Mango Butter and Shea Butter, it’s really nourishing and soft on the lips. I love Clinique and their lip products and skincare, this is a combination of both and it’s simply amazing.

Simple and soothing, these are the words to describe my August favourites and I’m hoping for better luck with my skin in September. Hope yours is doing muuch better than mine!

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July Favourites

July is usually never an exciting month for me when it comes to beauty discoveries. It all seems to be paused, everyone’s on holiday and my routines are quite minimal.

But this year, I had the chance to try many products while I was away in Italy and hopefully, I’ll be sharing more about them in the next few weeks. In this monthly favourites post I’m featuring a couple of these products because I fell in love with them straight away.

One of them is the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. I was surprised by the texture of this cleanser, as I was expecting it to be thick and even a bit drying. However, it feels light, at first it looks a bit like a clay mask or some sort of paste but it almost transforms into an oil when in contact with water. It’s purifying but also hydrating and my face feels really smooth and soft afterwards. At the beginning, I was a bit concerned because the formula contains 5% Glycolic Acid and my skin isn’t the biggest fan of this acid but it also has Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomile Extract and Avocado Oil, so the combination of these really seems to work for me at the moment. I’ve been using this mini as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening. Now I’m thinking about purchasing the full size because it’s not drying at all, feels amazing on the skin and leaves it fresh, clean and nourished.

It is not a secret that I adore floral waters and rose water was the first and only skincare product that I used when I was younger, even before my teenage years. The Alteya Organics Organic Bulgarian White Rose Water made me very curious because I’d never tried white rose water before. Rosa Alba is one of the rearest oil-bearing roses. Compared to rose water from the traditional Rosa Damascena, this one has lighter and a bit more delicate aroma but still has amazing soothing and calming properties, it’s softening and moisturising and rose water will forever be one of my favourite skin treats. It’s very gentle on the skin, it’s suitable for all skin types and can be used as a toner after cleansing, to refresh the skin during the day or after sun exposure, I also love using it when I travel and feel a bit dehydrated. They have different sizes and types of bottles, this is a huge 500 ml one but the little 100 ml spray version is really handy to have in a travel bag.

Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks are now some of my favourite sheet masks. There are six types and the ones I keep repurchasing most of the time are the Raspberry (it feels refreshing in a hot summer day) and Lavender (very soothing and calming before bed) ones. Here’s a link to my review on the five I’ve tried, so far.

The only base product I’ve been using in the past weeks has been the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45. I’ve mentioned in my Simple Summer Makeup blog post that it would be too dark for me in the rest of the year but the shade is great at the moment because I’m tanned. I like that it’s a lightweight BB cream but provides medium coverage, it’s quick and easy to apply and stays on all day.

I reach for This MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Touch Me Baby* eyeshadow duo whenever I don’t have much time or just want a wash of colour that can make me look more fresh and presentable. I love how small and compact the packaging is while still being stable and having magnetic closure. The eyeshadow on the right is the popular Soba that is a wonderful golden brown everyday shade but the frosted light pink Keep on Twinkling (on the left side) is really beautiful for a touch of sparkle. They may not seem compatible when you first look at them in the pan but you’d be surprised what a great pair they actually are.

Leave-in conditioners are my thing and when they’re in a spray form and it’s summer, I can use them all the time. Kérastase Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat* is a beautiful hair mist that I use on damp hair after washing it or on dry hair to make it look more shiny and soft. It smells lovely and the formula is bi-phased, containing Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut and Argan Oils. I’ve done a blog post on the whole Aura Botanica range and in case you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to it.

There’s a bit of all, skincare, haircare and makeup, in my July beauty favourites, so maybe there will be something for you, as well.

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June Favourites

Waking up in Rome on a special date for me and my family, feeling incredibly tired and excited at the same time, makes me wonder if some days are indeed real.
But when it comes to beauty, I can’t wait for Sephora, KIKO and all the charming little shops they have around here. I’m looking forward to trying new products in July, especially skincare because summer is the time to find items that keep the shine away from my T-zone but without drying out my skin.

However, it’s still June and this is what I’ve been loving the most in the past few weeks.
Last month, I shared with you how much I love spritzing the La Roche-Posay thermal water before applying Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I’ve used up the mini of the water I had and went back to an old favourite, Avène Thermal Spring Water. I have several at home and one in my handbag, it’s a must-have in the summer for me. It’s very gentle and feels incredibly soothing, I love how cooling it is after sun exposure and how hydrated my skin feels afterwards. The mist is so fine and a true pleasure to use. The thermal water can be used on irritations, rashes, sunburn and it’s great to have a bottle of it. I don’t use it as a toner but just to freshen up and hydrate the skin throughout the day or before applying facial oils so that they spread evenly and work their magic even better.

The Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate is not a new product for me and I’ve featured it several times in favourites posts. I’ve gone through so many bottles of it and I will keep repurchasing. If there is one product that can keep my combination skin blemish-free in the summer, leaving it hydrated, soft and luminous, it must be this lightweight milky serum. It absorbs almost instantly and you don’t really feel it but you start seeing results a few days later. I don’t hear people talking about it but it’s worth having a look at it if you have similar skin type.

The last few weeks have been time for trying to find a good face or face and body sunscreen in a spray form. But they’re just too oily for my face. Bioderma MAX SPF 50+ aerosol spray is supposed to be completely transparent and without the need to be applied with hands and patted onto the skin. First of all, the spray has visible yellow tint and second, you can’t just spray it on the skin and leave it there, you need to spread it evenly using hands. I don’t really think these are negatives, just the promises aren’t true to what the product is.
The spray can be used on face and body, I’m not so brave to apply it on my face because the product is very oily but my mum likes to top up her SPF when she is in the garden and applies Bioderma MAX SPF 50+ on her face and arms and her skin looks amazing with it. I use it mostly on my arms because I don’t sunbathe anyway but need the protection when I’m at home where we have proper summer and the yellow tint I mentioned makes my skin look so glowy and kind of tanned. I’m adding this product to my favourites because it’s easy to use throughout the day when you have to reapply your sunscreen, it makes the skin look very pretty and I have to say, mum’s skin looks better and better each day after using it. I still don’t think I’d try it on my face but the results on her make me consider doing it.

One of the most popular products from the drugstore brand Catrice is their Camouflage Cream Concealer in a pot. I’ve been meaning to try their Liquid Camouflage for so long but whenever I’m near a Catrice counter, it’s sold out. I have very dark circles under my eyes and I’m always on the hunt for the best concealer that can hide them. The Liquid Camouflage has great coverage, in fact, much better than many of the highend concealers, it stays on for hours, it’s creamy and dries to a matte finish.
The downside is definitely the shade range, I often find myself mixing the shades. Also, the applicator picks up a lot of product and in my opinion, it’s better to apply thin layers of this concealer, as it can look heavy, cakey and even dry.
But I haven’t used another concealer since I got this one and I really like it, I’d recommend it to anyone, not only if you’re on a budget, it’s just a great concealer and the secret is to find the best way for yourself to apply it.

Recently, I dear friend of mine sent to me amazing goodies that I’ve been using ever since. Lumene is one of the most popular Finnish brands and their Nordic Chic range is meant to have all the staples you’d need to put in your makeup bag. I love the classic look of this Moisturising Lipstick and the shade 3 Spring Beauty is the perfect everyday colour but with a twist. I’m not sure what the finish of the rest of the lipsticks is but this one has a slight metallic sheen to it, it’s not too out there, it’s definitely visible but not too metallic and looks quite interesting but still wearable at the same time. I really like it, I don’t have anything like this in my collection and I’ve been using it almost every day since I got it. The formula contains Argan Oil, so the lipstick feels moisturising indeed and smells almost like a MAC lipstick.
Another great beauty item that came from my lovely friend is this Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Sunset Blvd. This satin golden bronze beauty is fantastic for the summer months and as you probably already know, the texture is a dream to work with. Although I don’t wear eyeshadows on a daily basis, now I feel like I need all the Colourpop eyeshadows.

The fragrance I always seem to be repurchasing is definitely Lancôme La Vie Est Belle. It reminds me of a special trip with my better half and because of this memory, I keep getting the EDT version. But a few weeks ago, I decided to pick up the EDP and the scent took me back to wonderful days. This one is slightly more intense and longwearing on me and although I still prefer the EDT version a bit more, I’m simply in love with this sweet, feminine, powdery scent. It’s beautiful and lovely to use in the summer.

These are my favourite beauty bits for the month of June and I can’t wait for skincare and makeup shopping in July!

May Favourites

I feel like May has been surprising us with all the seasons changing in just a few hours. It’s been quite hot but the following day would feel like winter, then we’ve had rain pouring down and suddenly sunshine again. This is really challenging for our bodies and for our skin, as well.

Soon I’ll be doing a full review on Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate but I think I need at least another month to form a detailed opinion. However, I wanted to mention how much I like using it along with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray at night. My combination skin tends to get a bit dehydrated especially when it faces such big temperature differences like in the past few weeks. I had some dry patches appearing and although I moisturise my face and apply hydrating masks a couple of times a week, nothing seemed to help. Then I started using La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray after cleansing my skin in the evening and while the face is still damp, I’d apply a few drops of the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. What this simple addition does is soothing and moisturising the skin while the oil locks in the moisture, spreads more evenly and makes my skin incredibly soft. It’s also much calmer, more glowy, redness is less and dry patches are gone.

I needed a new concealer a few weeks ago and I remembered how much I wanted to try some of the Bourjois ones but never got the chance to be near their counters. So, when I finally saw one, I picked up two of their concealers and straight away fell in love with their Radiance Reveal Concealer. Unfortunately, the shade range is quite limited but the product itself is amazing, I use it under my eyes, I suffer with really dark circles and I’d still use a corrector underneath but this concealer has a pretty good coverage. It’s also really brightening, it’s easy to apply because of the creamy texture, you don’t need a lot of product because it’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. My biggest surprise was the lasting power, it stays on the whole day on me, it doesn’t crease and has a slight blurring effect. I like that it’s not drying because I always set my concealers with powder and if they’re drying, it gets pretty bad. I’m really happy I finally got to try this concealer, it’s a fantastic one.

There are two lipsticks I’ve been wearing non-stop in the past couple of months, I didn’t mention them in my April favourites post and I really wanted to do it now because they feel great on the lips, their creamy formula is hydrating and the shade range is beautiful. I’m talking about the natural lipsticks from Burt’s Bees in the shades 501 Blush Basin* and 530 Lily Lake(full review here). Best thing for those of you in Norway is that they’re finally available on the market and I can’t wait to see the rest of the colours once I go back there.

My fragrance of choice in the month of May has been Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT (review here). It’s powdery and floral which is totally not me but somehow this scent makes me love it. Probably because of its fresh and clean notes that turn the whole combination into something elegant yet youthful and really nice for spring.

These are my most-loved beauty items for the last few weeks. Now it’s time to get ready for summer!

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April Favourites


When you’ve been home enjoying the sunshine and suddenly you find yourself back in Norway where it’s properly snowing, it’s a bit confusing, to say the least. Is it spring, is it winter? May is almost here which means we’re one step closer to summer but Norwegian weather suggests otherwise.
But we’d better talk about beauty favourites.

My new favourite foundation is pretty similar to my previous favourite foundation but in a cushion form. Not only  Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35 is easy to travel with but it also has the most beautiful soft matte radiant finish and looks natural. I love how long-wearing it is and the more I have it on, the better it looks. In the past few weeks, a few people around me also tried it and they all loved it, even those with dry skin. I have a full review on the foundation here.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in the shade Bare Cream & Desert Rosehas been my favourite multi-tasking product in the past month. I use it on my cheeks, lips and even on my eyelids. It’s a real spring/summer staple for me that made me fall in love with cream blushes. I never thought I could wear them with my combination skin but the texture is so light, blends so well and looks so beautiful that I use this palette almost every day. The colours are simply stunning and I’m quite sad that this is a limited edition product.

When me and my boyfriend were in Germany months ago, we went into a Rituals store and after purchasing some body and home products, I noticed many minis by the cashier’s. I just had to pick up a few and one of them was the Rituals Mild Eye Makeup Remover. I’d never tried any skincare bits from the brand and I thought this one might be good for travelling. It’s a bi-phase makeup remover and is indeed very mild yet effective. It removes eye makeup well, doesn’t feel too oily and doesn’t sting my eyes. The formula contains Lotus Flower and Rice Bran Oil.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo* is part of the newest range of the brand, I’ll be soon preparing a whole blog post dedicated to the line, so stay tuned for that. I love all of the Kérastase shampoos I’ve tried over the years, so I expected to fall in love with this one, as well but there is something else that made me like it even more. With 96% ingredients of natural origin (including responsibly sourced Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil) this nourishing shampoo gently cleanses away impurities from the surface of the hair. The texture of the product looks and feels like a lightweight oil, but it transforms into a soft lather when in contact with water. It leaves my hair refreshed, really shiny, soft and less frizzy. This shampoo is free from silicones, sulphates and parabens, doesn’t strip or weigh down the hair and I actually didn’t expect it to last that long, considering I wash my hair almost every day.

The most unexpected product that I’m featuring in this monthly favourites post (at least for me) is Himalaya Herbals Baby Lotion. I’ve tried some of their body range items and for me there are hits and misses. I absolutely love their Multi-Purpose Cream and I should probably mention it more often. I don’t really remember how I got this mini baby lotion, I feel like it was part of a set and I somehow ignored it but one evening it was so hot that I didn’t feel like using my rich body moisturisers. So, I decided to try this one and I’ve been using it all the time since then. The texture is milky and really light, it absorbs almost instantly and leaves the skin soft and hydrated. The formula of the lotion contains Almond Oil and Olive Oil which means it’s full of Vitamin E, it’s also free from parabens, mineral oil and lanolin. I don’t know if it’s good for baby skin but I personally, find it very soothing, non-sticky, non-greasy and just lovely.

Now I’m excited to see what will be new to try in the month of May…

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