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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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March Favourites


Spring is officially upon us, sun is shining, sky is blue… I’m currently enjoying the cute songs of the birds and the adorable presence of my cats while typing my March Favourites blog post. There’s nothing like breathing fresh air surrounded by mum’s blooming flowers in our garden. And before I turn this into an essay about how much I like being home, let me share with you what I’ve been loving in the past few weeks.

There are a few products from the Shiseido Ibuki range I’ve tried but their Gentle Cleanser must be my favourite. This is a mini of the cleanser but I have to say, it will last months because I need the tiniest amount of the product to cleanse my whole face. The brand has one more version of this cleanser, this is the one that is more appropriate for dry skin but my combination skin loves it. It’s rich but not heavy and leaves my skin clean and baby soft without stripping it. It’s difficult to explain and even to understand how a cleanser can make my skin purified but also moisturised and so soft that the makeup applies like a dream afterwards. I’d highly recommend picking up a sample and trying it out, for me it’s one of the best face washes I’ve tried. Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser is really effective in removing impurities but still very gentle, the formula is without sulfates, phthalates and parabens. I wouldn’t say it’s too foamy, on me it creates a soft lather and I use it in the morning and/or as a second cleanse in the evening.

To refresh my face and remove the last traces of makeup, I usually go for classic toners or floral waters. This Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water caught my attention because of its subtle peach scent. I’ve mentioned before that I love peach-scented products but that wasn’t the only reason why I picked up this product. It’s formulated with Moringa Seed Extract to neutralise the effects of pollution, Peach Essential Water to tone and soften, Honey to maintain skin’s moisture level. I don’t use this product as a cleanser but I know people with dry skin who don’t like washing their face in the morning because their skin feels too tight and they would reach for this Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser. To me it feels like a hydrating and refreshing toner that you can also use as a makeup remover, it doesn’t irritate my skin but it’s fragranced so, have that in mind if you’re with sensitive skin.

I’m in love with the way the combination between La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara and MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara* makes my lashes look. The first one gives me volume and length and the MAC one separates and curls the lashes. Like I’ve mentioned after I used up another mini of the La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara, it gives a similar to the YSL Effet Faux Cills look and doesn’t irritate sensitive eyes. If you’re contact lense wearer like me, you’d love this mascara. Also, MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara* has a unique brush that can be twisted, simply turn the top section of the cap to adjust the curve of the brush. Both of these mascaras last all day on me without smudging and I really like them separately but I absolutely love them together.

The two lip products I’ve been constantly using in the month of March have been Dior Addict Lip Glow in 006 Berry and Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub from the brand’s new spring Colour Gradation Collection (review here). Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub is a brilliant product for me because I can have smooth lips all the time without worrying about using messy lip scrubs. It’s just like applying a lip balm but the sugar grains remove the dead skin cells and then the balm moisturises the lips and gives them a rosy flush. It’s still a bit difficult to find this product, it seems to be sold out all the time but I believe it’s a permanent item.
However, Dior Addict Lip Glow in Berry is a limited edition product which is a shame because it’s a wonderful balm in a beautiful colour, probably the best one they’ve released, so far and I’m already wondering what would be next year’s shade they would go for.

These are my favourite products at the moment, I would love to know some of yours.

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February Favourites

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There were a few spring days in February which makes me quite happy because it means winter will be over soon. It’s been definitely a long and pretty cold one.

I finally have my own domain and I’m planning on doing more changes in future but I always prefer to do something first and then talk about it, so please keep your fingers crossed for me!

On to the beauty favourites now. I always like to try different micellar waters because it’s my preferred product for taking off makeup, so that I can cleanse properly afterwards. I’ve been using the Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water for the past few months and I really like it. It removes makeup pretty well while it feels gentle on the skin, it’s not sticky or drying and it’s budget-friendly.

The lipstick I’ve been loving in the month of February has been Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in the shade 410 Dynamic. If you’re wondering why the packaging looks different, it’s because I got it in a Christmas set. The formula is moisturising, creamy and easy to work with, the colour is opaque and lasts for about 3-4 hours on me. It browny pink and reminds me very much of my favourite Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 23 Blush Pop (you can see a swatch here) but this one is a bit warmer. The shade is beautiful and sophisticated-looking, I can’t wait for the new ones to be released soon.

I’m in love with my night hand cream. I use it at night because it smells just like This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, it’s so relaxing and calming. I got the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream with a magazine in London and I regret not getting more. The formula is enriched with Shea Butter and Lanolin, it feels soothing and hydrating. I really like that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy film, bonus is that the scent makes me fall asleep easier.

This giant bottle of the limited edition Jeremyville for Kiehl’s Crème de Corps has a great design, a handy pump and 500 ml of one of the best body moisturisers. I also use this product as a hand lotion after washing my hands (which is like a hundred times a day) and applying it is my favourite ritual before going to bed because it feels really soft on my winter skin. The texture is rich but not greasy or heavy, it does take a couple of minutes to absorb but it’s totally worth it. This is the only moisturiser that could transform my elbows completely in the most freezing winter ever, they are now baby soft and I’m not even exaggerating. If you haven’t tried it, pick up a sample.

Here we’ve come to the last but not least and certainly the hardest product to talk about today. And it’s not because it’s a fragrance and I’m not so good at describing fragrances but because it is Tom Ford Black Orchid. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it is either a hate or an endless love but if I have to use one word to describe it, it would be timeless. I don’t know if I should say more because no words would do justice to this masterpiece, so just go and give it a sniff, if you haven’t already. I fell in love with it by just opening the cap and that was it.

These are my most-loved beauty products during February. Now I’m ready for sunnier days…

January Favourites

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Seems like it’s time to take a look at the first beauty favourites for 2017…

I’m starting off with two skincare products that help my winter skin look brighter and fresher. Herbina is a Finnish brand and I love trying products from Scandinavian brands because I always expect them to know how to deal with dull skin and often the ingredients are a bit more natural. Luckily, I have a wonderful friend who always sends me different products from Finland to try. The Herbina Energy Boost Energising Peeling Cream contains Orange Flower Water, Sweet Almond Oil, lots of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. I like using it a couple of times a week in the morning because it feels refreshing, doesn’t strip my skin and leaves it radiant and really soft. The formula is plant-based, the granules in the cream are very gentle and biodegradable.
I talked about the Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water in my Skincare Update post here and I just want to say one more time that it is a good one to use in the winter when the skin is lackluster and dehydrated. It’s very easy to use and rinse, it feels refreshing and calming, the pot is travel-friendly, so I might be taking it along with me when I travel and need to bring back the radiance to my skin.

My love for Eucerin has been confessed so many times on the blog but I haven’t mentioned any of their products in a long time simply because they are now a permanent and just normal part of my routine. However, it looks like there is only one product from their DermoPURIFYER range that I haven’t tried before. I have no idea how I’ve missed their DermoPURIFYER Toner, considering how much I love the whole range. The toner is formulated with Lactic Acid which is without a doubt the best acid for my skin, it unclogs the pores without drying my face, it’s so gentle and yet, so effective. I’ve been using the toner for about three weeks and the difference was visible almost immediately.

One of the most affordable and at the same time, lovely serums I’ve ever tried has to be this Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum. I’m still frustrated I have only one bottle of it because it’s another product with Lactic Acid that does wonders for me. My skin looks clearer and brighter but also, hydrated and this serum is one of the reasons for that.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks are seriously good. I often struggle with dry under eye area but in the winter it can get really bad. These patches have a cooling effect but also brightening, de-puff, plumping and hydrating properties, thanks to the Arnica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Dragon’s Blood. I was surprised by how smooth and soft the gentle skin under my eyes got after removing these. There is a lot of serum left in the pack after using the eye masks, so I tend to decant it into a small pot and use it before applying my regular eye cream. It lasts ages and it doesn’t ruin the rest of my skincare and makeup. I love the moisturiser from the same range, the eye masks are quite pricey, considering you get 8 sachets and one of mine (so far) came with only one patch inside instead of two but I got it with a pretty big discount and I really like the effect.

Another essential for me during the cold winter days has been the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. I’m not sure what took me so long to get it and fall in love with it, considering I adore the Lip Perfectors but here I am with my half-empty bottle of it. I was passing by my local beauty store, went inside to purchase something, the lady told me they had a good offer on the lip oils and I started wondering if I should take the Honey or the Red Berry one. At the end, I picked up the Raspberry shade because it just smelled so good. The oils are plant-based and simply gorgeous. They come with a big and soft applicator, the texture is like honey, the scents are divine, the moisturising properties are what surprised me the most. My lips feel soothed, nourished, smooth and soft after just one application, thanks to the organic Jojoba, Mirabelle Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Raspberry Oil (this one is only for the shade I got). It doesn’t really look red on my lips, it’s more of a sheer pink tint and I just can’t say enough good words about it.

This MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in Sweet Sweet Fantasy*  may look appropriate for spring rather than winter days but it makes me look a bit more healthy and fresh with its peachy tones and that’s exactly what I need at the moment.

If you’re looking for a budget highlighter that looks natural and beautiful, try the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion. It delivers a soft radiance that isn’t too out there for the office, for example and blends like a dream.

My favourite fragrance for this month has to be La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense from Guerlain. You can read my full review on it here, it’s more on the sweet side but still remains elegant and chic.

These are the beauty products I’ve been loving and using the most lately and it’s hard to believe that February is just around the corner.

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2016 Beauty Favourites

20161230_115800postHappy New Year! I really hope 2017 will be much much better, happier and healthier than 2016! Wish all of you and your families a wonderful year filled with joy and love!

It is now time to start talking about some annual beauty favourites. This year, I decided to form only two categories: skincare and makeup.

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There are two cleansers I’ve been really loving, both were released in the second half of the year, one is my morning cleanser and then the one that I like using in the evening. Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant is a really gentle face wash suitable even for sensitive skin. It feels refreshing and soothing at the same time. You can read my full review on it here. This is a mini of my Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam and you can see what the original size looks like here. I wouldn’t say it’s a foam, it’s more of a cleansing cream that has milky texture once it’s in contact with the skin. I love the calming scent and how delicate it feels on my skin, it’s just so moisturising but purifying at the same time.
My love for toners and face mists is no secret and it was really hard for me to choose which one to include here, so I decided to mention two of my favourite mists. I’ve already used up a few bottles of the REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist (review here) because it’s refreshing and can be used before or after putting makeup but also, it protects against environmental aggressors with Zinc and Manganese Amino Acids to track down free radicals and protect skin from oxidative stress. La Roche-Posay Serozinc is my choice when it comes to taking care of my combination skin. It mattifies it without being drying and heals blemishes quicker than usual. I always stock up on this mist whenever I’m in London.
The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is still my number 1 hydrating mask, it’s just the best!
L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks* are my absolute favourites when it comes to purifying face masks. Not only they are easy to get because you can find them at the drugstore but they are incredibly good. You can read all about my experience here because I just can’t pick one to talk about.
Another great find from the drugstore is this Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum. It’s my second bottle of it, it comes with a pump, the formula contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy.
My morning and evening moisturising duo must be from Clinique. I’m sure everybody knows about their Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief* but I don’t see many people talking about the Clinique Superdefense Night Recovery Moisturiser (review here). This is my second pot of the cream after I was sent one when it launched at the beginning of the year and I can’t recommend it enough. I remember how dry and irritated my skin was in the winter in Norway and this moisturiser completely transformed it.
I had to mention La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant which I reviewed here because it has the same properties like Duo [+] but with a tint and provides pretty good coverage that evens out my complexion and makes me look a bit more healthy.
Last but not least in this skincare category is my favourite multi-purpose moisturiser. Weleda Skin Food is a gem and the whole family loves it. It’s soothing, it’s moisturising, the formula contains plant oils and extracts, it smells clean and it’s simply lovely.

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Makeup Products

This category has to start with my favourite foundation, Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Skin-Perfecting Foundation SPF 35 (review here). It has great coverage but looks natural, it mattifies my skin but also makes it radiant, it lasts all day and I haven’t found a better foundation since I first tried it.
The best concealer I found in 2016 is a drugstore one. It’s from Aura and it’s called Correct Me! Concealer. I use it under the eyes and around the face because it’s pigmented and creamy, the shade range is really good for an affordable brand but the downside is, it can’t be found in many countries.
The new Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel* is my favourite brow product for last year although I’ve been using for just about a month. It creates full and natural-looking brows, fills in the sparse areas and lasts all day.
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade 10 Nude Mauve is a lovely blush that can be used as a bronzer, as well or just to add this healthy pop of colour to the complexion that we always need. It’s luminous and finely-milled, it’s simply beautiful.
My favourite highlighter for 2016 is without a doubt the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Powder Highlighter in the shade Sin* from their summer collection. It’s a gorgeous champagne shade, you can see it swatched here and it’s quite a strong one but the texture is so creamy that you can control the intensity.
There are three palettes I’ve been loving in 2016: an eyeshadow palette, a face palette and a lip one. The We Care Icon I Love Tigers Nude Palette is from a Finnish brand and it’s my most-used one maybe because I don’t wear that much eye makeup in my everyday life but these eyeshadows just add a little something to the whole look. You can read my post on the palette here.
I know that this Estée Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette* (review and swatches here) was a limited edition for the summer season but it’s still available on some places, so it’s not impossible to find it. The texture of all three products is soft and fine, the shades look natural on the skin and I loved using the palette in the summer on my face but also, on my eyes.
Travel-friendly products are something I always appreciate and that’s one of the reasons why I love L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lips in Nudeso much. It’s elegant, it has a mirror, the shade selection is brilliant and I often end up mixing shades to create a custom one.
Speaking of lip products, I knew they would take the biggest part of my makeup favourites but I couldn’t help it. Dior Addict Lip Glow in 005 Lilac (review here) has been the one colour I really wanted and they finally launched it at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, it was a limited edition but I see they will be soon releasing a Berry shade!
The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector family welcomed two new members in the spring, 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer, a beautiful dusky rose colour and 08 Plum Shimmer, a muted berry shade. I’ve mentioned multiple times how much I love these balms and the new shades are just perfect to have in your handbag.
I remember how excited I was when I learned about the Lancôme Juicy Shakers. I love the brand’s products, I adore Lisa Eldridge and I wasn’t disappointed by these tinted lip oils. I have a whole post dedicated to them here.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita (review here) is the most beautiful vintage rose shade I’ve ever seen. It’s flattering, it’s sophisticated, feels comfortable on the lips and will always remind me of the most wonderful holiday in Rome me and my boyfriend had.
There are some amazing shades in the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour range. I love that the colour is buildable and you can control how intense you want it to be, the formula is lightweight and luminous and the scent is beautiful.
One of the latest and best lipstick releases in 2016 came from MAC and their Liptensity* range. The colours are bold, saturated and unique, the formula is creamy and long-lasting and I love how the packaging is colour-coded.
I also wanted to mention the cute L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume that I always have in my handbag even if it’s winter because it makes me think of sunny days, the scent is beautiful and it’s easy to top up your fragrance with it.

These are most of my favourite products for last year but before I leave, I would like to wish you to be safe, happy, loved and may the new year bring us all amazing days!

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