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2018 Beauty Favourites


It’s that time of the year again… Looking back at what has happened, what we’ve done, how we can be better and then hoping for a happy and healthy new year. I always have these mixed feelings, sadness and excitement, remorse and hope…
But today I’m thinking about the fun part and doing a recap of the beauty bits that have impressed me the most throughout 2018. I have to admit, it’s probably the shortest list of annual favourites I’ve ever had. I don’t think I’ve fallen out of love with skincare and makeup, actually I’d like to believe that I’m much more conscious about what  I purchase and use nowadays.
I’ve divided the bits into three categories:

Skincare Products
I’ve mentioned quite a few times that cleansing is my favourite part of my skincare routine. Although I don’t usually  wear that much makeup, the feeling of taking it all off  and being left with clean skin, ready for the next steps, is just so satisfying.
I couldn’t choose between my two favourite cleansers for the year, so I’m including both of them here. I like a good simple cleanser in the best possible meaning of the word. It’s important for me to have soap- and fragrance-free cleansers, so that they don’t further dry out my skin (I use prescription retinoid that can be a bit drying sometimes) and don’t irritate it. I found my dream cleansers in the form of Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.
I’ve been following Dr. Sam’s advice for a long time and I know I can always trust her because  I always see good results when I follow her tips. Her cleanser is everything you would want  a cleanser to be. It comes in a pump bottle that is really simple and easy to use, the product itself has a jelly texture, feels great on the skin and it’s even soothing. It removes impurities, makeup and sunscreen, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t leave a residue. I like that it’s a non-foaming cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin and even sensitive and blemish-prone skins can use it. The formula is really elegant and gentle, yet effective and I need to repurchase another bottle of Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser isn’t that good at taking off mascara and sunscreen but I use both of the mentioned  products after using a dedicated makeup remover because I like to actually cleanse my skin with them and not use them to take my makeup off. Just like Dr. Sam’s Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is gentle  but cleanses thoroughly  while having an absolutely different texture. It feels like a lotion rather than a gel and is packed with ceramides to help the natural barrier function of the skin. It’s also fragrance- and soap-free and it’s really easy to wash it off. It’s great as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening.
Two mild cleansers that are actually really powerful at removing impurities.

Niacinamide is a fantastic ingredient that not only has anti-blemish and anti-pigmentation benefits but it also helps boosting skin’s natural ceramide supply. So, it’s great for acne-prone skin and it’s even hydrating which makes it perfect for the colder months. I, personally, use products with niacinamide throughout the whole year, it’s one of my favourite ingredients and I just can’t be without it.  My skin is combination with shiny T-zone and visible pores. I also struggle with hyperpigmentation issues after blemishes heal, so I’ve been using The Ordinary  Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% for the past 10 months. It reduces the appearance of spots,  balances the sebum production and brightens the skin. The texture of the serum is a bit gloopy but spreads easily and leaves a slightly sticky residue. I always follow with another product, so this isn’t a concern for me, it doesn’t interfere with the rest of my routine. I’ve been definitely getting less spots (it also soothes active ones) since I started using it and my hyperpigmentation seems to be fading much quicker than usual.  Niacinamide helps my skin a lot, I’ve tried it in moisturisers, cleansers, serums and this one is a great budget option.

And while we’re on the  breakouts topic, I must mention the second ingredient that’s been  helping me a lot when an unexpected guest appears. Here’s the time when I should mention that  the most severe case of clogged pores for me happened about a year and a half ago. In case you don’t know, I was using a new for me sunscreen and had bad reaction that resulted in really badly clogged pores on a very unusual area (under my jaw but over my neck), it was really bad, people kept asking me if I’d burned myself, it looked like a terrible and huge rash. Otherwise, I’d get an occasional breakout, it’s quite often but it’s not too serious, luckily. However, I still want to get rid of blemishes and  sulfur has been a great little helper. My favourite product containing sulfur has to be the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask. It’s also an amazing spot treatment, I’m in love with this face mask because it keeps my face clear and smooth. I use it twice a week even if I don’t have blemishes because it also prevents from getting new ones. It doesn’t dry out my skin but I always apply moistursing products after washing the mask off. Peter Thomas Roth face masks are really popular at the moment but I don’t see many people talking about this one which is a shame, as it’s a very very good one.

I’m not currently using Vichy  Minéral 89 but it deserves a mention because I spent many months loving it and I’ll go back to it once the rest of my Hyaluronic Acid products are over. Some call it a moisturiser, others say it’s a serum but the brand describes it as a booster which you use after your toner and before the serum.   The important thing for me is to always use a face cream after applying the booster. The lightweight gel comes in a beautiful glass bottle that feels very luxurious. The product  itself feels cooling and soothing on the skin and absorbs fast. Essentialy, Vichy   Minéral 89  is the brand’s mineralising water rich in mineral elements with added Hyaluronic Acid. My skin feels much softer and plumper when I use this booster, I love the cooling feeling and how it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. What’s important  to know is to always seal it with a heavier moisturiser on top, otherwise Hyaluronic Acid can draw  the moisture out of your skin.

If I have to pick only one favourite beauty item of the year, it would probably be the  following one. When I got introduced to  Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach, I began using it only as a lip mask at night although I knew it was a multi-purpose moisturiser. Later I found out how good it works on extremely dry and painful patches when nothing else could provide even a mild relief and hydration, on papercuts and on any flaky area on the face or body. My preference to use it at night is  simply because it’s a thick, waxy balm that pretty much can’t be washed off. The one that I have is enriched with Peach Kernel Oil and Vitamin E and comes with a pointy applicator but I always use my finger to get the amount needed just because it’s too thick to be spread with the tip. This is a fantastic skin healer, nothing else saves my painful dry skin when I’m sick, I apply it on every flaky patch on my face and it’s healed overnight. I’m in love with the retro packaging, as well and I really need to try more of their products. If you don’t have a lanolin-related allergy, you should give it a try, especially in the winter months.

Makeup Products
I haven’t been using that much makeup in the past 12 months or I’ve been relying on old favourites but there are a few items that really made a difference for me and I’d like to share them with you.

I wasn’t sure if I should include  Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50  in  Light in the skincare or makeup category as it’s tinted but what’s more important is that it’s a brilliant product. Foundation is rarely a part of my makeup menu nowadays but healthy and even complexion are still things I’m trying to achieve most of the days. I’ve always been struggling to find sunscreens that suit my skin type but a tinted sunscreen was something I didn’t even dare to dream of discovering. After a few absolutely terrible experiences, I’d given up on the idea. When I got the Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50,  I didn’t expect it to be  a  good colour match and I thought it might be a bit too thick for my combination skin. Luckily, I was wrong and I wish I had gotten more tubes from it. First of all, the texture is so lightweight that I would never think it’s SPF 50! Second of all, it doesn’t feel greasy but keeps the skin hydrated. It has a slightly dewy finish but it isn’t too shiny and there’s a delicate melon scent that’s not overpowering. It’s easy to apply and provides good coverage that gives a healthy look. Heliocare‘s range consists of sunscreens that combine high technology mineral and non-mineral filters with photobiological protectants, featuring Fernblock which is a natural fern extract. Fern has adapted and evolved to protect itself from the harmful UVA and UVB radiation. The extract provides anti-oxidant effects and UV protection. The formula is also enriched with Panthenol and Vitamin E to moisturise and soothe the skin.
Unfortunately, it comes in just two shades, Light and Brown.
For me, this is a very elegant tinted sunscreen, I haven’t found anything like it, it doesn’t break me out and doesn’t make me look too shiny.

I’ve said a  few times that I’m not really an eyeshadow girl, I’m not talented in mixing and blending 6 shades and it doesn’t really suit me. But a sophisticated wash of colour makes me look a bit more awake and put together.  There are two products I’ve been reaching for almost every day and I’m still doing it because I love them.  Surratt‘s Smoky Eye Baton in the shade Etincelle is  a double-sided pencil with a creamy liner on one side and an eyeshadow on the other. The brand describes the shade as copper but on me it is more of a smoky bronze and makes the eyes look quite sultry. I love the pencil side, it’s creamy, easy to use and smudge and you get a gorgeous eye look in just a minute, that’s the side I’m using on a daily basis. The eyeshadow side has a tapered sponge and the shade is quite pigmented and really pretty. Sometimes I’d apply it only on my top lid or I’d use it to smudge the pencil even more. I don’t use the shadow side that often, as it’s sadly, not the most long-wearing one and creases even if I wear a primer but the colours are absolutely gorgeoous and perfect for every day or for a night out, it’s really versatile.

The second eyeshadow stick that I like to use for a more defined eye look comes from Laura Mercier and it’s the Caviar Stick in Amethyst. The shade is something between a soft mauve and warm taupe and has kind of a bronze metallic finish, it’s simply stunning and I feel like it would look great on everyone. The formula is creamy and glides on easily, blends like a dream and it’s extremely long-lasting. Usually, I  always have to use a primer because everything creases on my lids but this one doesn’t, it was such a big surprise, it  looks perfect all the time. The colour is very pigmented but flattering and not screaming, it just makes the eyes pop. I use this as an eyeshadow or as a liner, I like smudging it over my bottom lash line, it’s also fantastic for a smokey eye.

A blush that doesn’t get enough attention is definitely  Lumene Nordic Chic Natural Glow Blush in the shade Tulip Blossoms. At first, it looks really bright in the pan but on the face, it just gives the most natural healthy and radiant pop of colour that you barely notice. It simply looks like you have it naturally and it’s incredibly easy to apply and blend it over the apples of the cheeks. It’s a powder blush but the texture is silky soft and it makes it feel almost like a cream blush. I’m in love with it, brilliant colour and texture. For such a natural-looking blush, it’s really long-lasting and at the end of the day, it still looks pretty. I’m happy to see more people talking about this Nordic brand but they still have lovely products that are incredibly underrated.

I don’t know if  you can include a product you’ve been using for just 3 weeks in an annual favourites post but I had to mention the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y because it has probably the best lip gloss formula out there. If you normally don’t like lip glosses, you might actually love this one. It gives a slight pink tint that looks really pretty, goes on smoothly without being sticky or gloopy and feels very comfortable on the lips while leaving them nourished, thanks to the Shea Butter added to the formula. So happy that my curiosity prevailed when I saw this gloss and I decided to get it, it’s a fantastic lip product.

Fragrance
I wanted to mention a couple of fragrances that absolutely rock my world but I was a bit unsure about the first one. I mean, I was a bit unsure if I should mention it because I really want to keep it just for myself.
Everyone talks about Santal 33 from Le Labo but the star for me is Thé Noir 29. I don’t think I can describe with words how beautiful this perfume is. It’s addictive, it’s deep but fresh, it’s leafy and dry. We all know that fragrances feel different on different skin, on me, Thé Noir 29 is like a cup of black tea with fig and bay leaves present, it’s a bit smokey and woody, rich and bitter. It’s not difficult for me to fall in love with this fragrance, considering how much I adore fig scents but the fig here is different. It’s dry and dark, rather than juicy and fruity. I can feel  Thé Noir 29 even at the end of the day, after I take a shower, it’s still there in my hair even after it’s washed, on my pillow, at night and the morning after, it’s beautiful…

My second scent favourite is actually more  winter-appropriate, as well. Jo Malone  English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne presents contrast between fruity and woody notes which makes it divine. It feels warmer and earthy, then the heart notes of rose make it really feminine and elegant but the rose isn’t that detectable. It’s also more woody than fruity. For me, it is a very cosy autumn/winter scent, it’s like dew over the autumn leaves at dawn, like damp branches of our big walnut tree at home… I heard many people say it’s too heavy for them but for me, it’s just perfect… on its own or paired with other Jo Malone colognes but I prefer to wear it on its own and feel the whole composition.

Well, that’s it from me this year. A bit of everything. Let’s hope that 2019 will be a good one, a happy and healthy one. Have fun and be safe!

December Favourites


Hope you’re having a magical time and you’re enjoying yourself! I find that the holiday period is perfect for grabbing a read or taking a look at a blog post, so I decided to share with you my favourite beauty products for December. This time it’s a mix of skincare, haircare and makeup.

Loose powders are a great way to lightly fix my undereye concealer and to keep the T-zone shine at bay without looking too powdery and unnatural. Hourglass powders are some of the best ones out there and their Veil Translucent Setting Powder always seemed interesting to me. However, what made me unsure about whether I should get it or not were all the reviews screaming ‘Don’t use it if you have oily or combination skin!’.
They actually wanted to say that you wouldn’t achieve a matte look with this powder. And they were right. But that doesn’t necessarily mean combination skins shouldn’t use it although, I don’t think I’d reach for it in the summer months.
But it’s a brilliant winter powder for me. The texture is really lightweight, it’s incredibly finely-milled, leaves a healthy glow on the skin and doesn’t look like an actual powder. It gives a blurred and soft finish, sets makeup (although I wear only tinted sunscreen and not foundation) and lasts a decent amount of time on me, I do have to reapply but maybe just once more in the day. I have the travel size, the regular one is way too big I think and I feel like this mini is going to last me through the whole winter. It gives a radiant look indeed and yes, it’s much more suitable for dry skin and you might not like it if yours is combination but in the freezing winter days, I simply love using it.

In the past 5-6 months my hair has been looking quite flat and lifeless. I stopped colouring and heat styling it but there was still no change. On a tough day I went online shopping (as you do) and one of the “You  might also like” products was the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo. I’ve heard a lot about the brand but I’d never tried anything from them until then. I ordered the shampoo and washed my hair right after it arrived. The result was super clean, shiny and healthy-looking hair after one wash. I honestly couldn’t believe it and I thought it was just random. But my hair kept looking revitilised and more manageable whenever I used Viviscal, the shampoo feels clarifying but gentle at the same time and gives this incredible shine. I’m not sure if my hair growth has changed but I can really notice that it looks more voluminous and a bit fuller. I also think the price isn’t too high, I will keep using it and I might try more products from the range.

Just when I though I’d never go back to physical exfoliants, I got a mini of Kate Somerville‘s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Well, this product is not your typical facial scrub, it actually combines physical and chemical exfoliation in one but the grains are really really tiny and not harsh, at all. The treatment looks like a green paste and has a slight fruity scent to it. It’s suggested to be used on wet skin and just 2 minutes are enough before washing it off. The formula contains fruit enzymes (Papaya, Pineapple and Pumpkin), Lactic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate and Aloe Vera. After using the mask, my skin feels so much smoother and softer, it looks radiant and makeup goes on top so much better, the dry patches are gone and it’s been really helpful for me in the colder weeks. I also love taking it away with me when I travel, it does such a good job at brightening dull skin.

And speaking of cold, I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, so I went back to an old favourite. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is my emergency moisturiser for the times when my skin needs soothing, calming and hydration. Even my Cerave Lotion has been slightly stinging on the drier areas around my nose and mouth and only the FAB cream has been giving me instant relief. It’s really moisturising without leaving a greasy feel, my skin feels much more comfortable afterwards, thanks to the formula enriched with Shea Butter, Ceramide 3 and Colloidal Oatmeal that also shows great results on eczema-prone skin. I don’t see myself being without a tube of this cream in my bathroom cabinet, truly one for everyone in the family, especially in the winter.

A couple of weeks ago I got the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Luminizer in Fu$$y and I haven’t stopped wearing  it since that moment. I actually got the last one available and I opened it right after we left Sephora. If you’re new to the blog, I have to say, I’m not a lip gloss lover, I rarely like glosses but I fell in love with this one. It’s like no other lip gloss I’ve ever tried, the texture is so smooth and lightweight and milky, it’s not sticky at all and it also  conditions my lips, thanks to the Shea Butter in the formula. Usually, lip glosses dry out my lips and they feel sticky, this one is exactly the opposite. It has a slight tint of colour, this particular shade looks really romantic and pretty and has a lovely scent to it. I don’t know if my lips look fuller when I’m wearing it but the formula makes it an absolute favourite of mine. You can wear it over lipstick or lip pencil, I like wearing it on its own for a quick pick-me-up in the cold days. The applicator is quite chunky which surprisingly, makes the application process super easy and it picks up the exact amount of product you need. My better half was actually shocked that I wanted to get it and after that, as well, when he saw me applying it all the time, as he knows that I dislike most lip glosses.

These are the products that are saving my skin at the moment and those that I’m slightly obsessed with, I honestly haven’t been that excited about beauty in months and I hope I can revive the passion.
See you in a few days with my favourite beauty bits for 2018!

November Favourites


I feel like now it’s finally acceptable to talk about the festive season or at least about Christmas decoration, advent calendars and plans for the holiday menu. I love baking and I adore doing it at this time of the year because the scent that lingers around the kitchen is just one of a kind. It’s hard for me to control myself with the amount of food I cook and bake around the holidays and it gets even more tough knowing that this year, it’s only me and my boyfriend and eating all I’m planning on making, is kind of impossible. But don’t worry, we don’t throw away food, so I’ll have to narrow down my list.
However, something that is happening much sooner is opening the advent calendars and the child in me is  really excited (not that I had more than a small chocolate calendar when I was little but it was still an amazing feeling) to see what’s behind each door.
But before this, I’d like to share some of my most-loved beauty bits in November.

A few days ago, Dr. Sam Bunting announced her second launch from her skincare range, a moisturiser. And while I still haven’t tried it, I wanted to mention the product that started her new adventure, the Flawless Cleanser. I’ve been following Dr. Sam’s advice for a long time and I know I can always trust her because it just sounds like she talks to me and about me and my skin and I really get results when I follow her tips. Her cleanser is everything you would want from a cleanser. It comes in a pump bottle that is really simple and easy to use, the product inside is a jelly, feels great on the skin and it’s even soothing. It’s fragrance-free, removes impurities, makeup and sunscreen, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t leave a residue. I like that it’s a non-foaming cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin and even sensitive and blemish-prone skins can use it.

In a recent Instagram post I shared a bit more about the new Scandinavian skincare line from Dr. Ankerstjerne and I said that their Superfood Multipurpose Vitamin Face Gel* is the absolute star of the range for me. I use the gel as a serum every other evening in my skincare routine. The formula is packed with my favourite  Niacinamide (4%) and also contains 5% Dexpanthenol, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Sea Buckthorn Extract rich in Vitamin C. It can be used on its own, as well but applying it before my evening moisturiser is my preferred method and the way it works best for me. The gel improves skin’s natural barrier function and I can see how my hyperpigmentation fades quicker after blemishes heal, it brightens my complexion and it also feels quite hydrating on the skin. I feel like this would be a staple in both, warmer and colder months, it’s a gorgeous product and I also appreciate that they’re using airless technology that keeps the  ingredients fresh in the tube. The texture is very lightweight and absorbs easily into the skin, I don’t feel any stinging or irritation and the only thing that I mentioned on Instagram, as well, is that I hope they will consider making it fragrance-free. Otherwise, it’s a brilliant skincare item.

There are a few makeup products I’ve been absolutely crazy about and they all come from this year’s Estée Lauder Blockbuster which is in fact, fantastic! I’m starting with the only two palettes I’ve been using since I got the set. They both have the name Pure Color Envy Eye and Cheek Palette but one is in Nudes and the second one is called Glam. From the latter I actually use mainly the Sculpting Blush in Rebel Rose which is a stunning rosy plum shade with a satin finish. The colour is buldable and the texture is easy to blend and work with. This is my favourite shade for blushes especially in the autumn/winter season and I rarely alternate it with other blushes right now. I’m simply in love with this one.
The other palette contains more neutral eyeshadow shades that look sophisticated, they’re not the most pigmented eyeshadows but as a person who likes a simple and natural look, I find them them perfect. The Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium has a slight shimmer running through when you look at it in the pan and I thought I’d hate it but to be fair, I love this bronzer and I don’t detect any shimmer when I apply it on my skin. It gives dimension to my face and warms it up a bit, it doesn’t look orange or muddy, it gives a bit of a healthy glow and the texture is a dream to apply. It might be my favourite bronzer ever.
Last but not least, their Pure Color Envy Lipstick in the shade 420 Rebellious Rose (warm rose shade that looks quite opaque) just proves once again that the range has one of the most beautiful lipstick formulas out there. It’s incredibly pigmented but creamy at the same time, it’s comfortable to wear, it doesn’t dry out the lips and fades just as beautiful. For such a creamy lipstick the staying power of over 4 hours on me is more than impressive. I love the regular Estée Lauder lipstick cases but I absolutely adore the Christmas packaging that the lipstick comes in this year. So luxurious and beautiful.

And with these holiday bits, it’s time to welcome the upcoming festive month and hope for it to be a good one!

October Favourites


With Christmas decoration being displayed in stores since September, we’re slowly approaching the festive season. As much as I love the holidays, it seems to me that everything has gotten so consumerist and money-oriented that it kills the magic of Christmas. Everyone is waiting just for the gifts and not the time with their loved ones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not innocent, we’re all part of it, I myself have a few beauty advent calendars that I can’t wait to open. That being said, for me this is actually an escape from reality, as I’ll be away from home and I really miss my family, so I’m kind of trying to fill the emptiness in my life with advent calendars. Which doesn’t make me a better person, of course, I’m one of those to blame for our materialistic society, as well. But before this gets deeper, let me switch to the topic that we’re here for today.
I’ve been reading so many books lately and I’ve fallen in love with several but I never talk about them in beauty favourites posts, not sure why, I’ve just decided to keep this type of posts only beauty related but I like to share a bit more on my Instagram.

When it comes to skincare though, I have to say, I’m starting to like CeraVe products a lot. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is my most-used cleanser at the moment and there’s a good reason for that. It’s gentle, it’s effective and I love the big bottle, it’s going to last me months athough I sometimes wash my hands with it. It’s actually meant to be used on face and body, I tend to just wash my face with it but sometimes when I apply hair oil after drying my hair and have to do something immediately afterwards, normal soap just doesn’t get rid of the greasy feel on my hands, so CeraVe does the job. It feels like a lotion rather than a gel and is packed with ceramides to help the natural barrier function of the skin. It’s also fragrance- and soap-free and it’s really easy to wash it off.
I’d like to add that for me this isn’t going to remove makeup and sunscreen, I prefer to use a makeup remover and then continue with the CeraVe Cleanser. It’s great as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening but I think you’d need something else to take your makeup off.
Another favourite from CeraVe is this Renewing SA Foot Cream that me and my boyfriend have been using for several weeks. My feet get very dry in the winter no matter how much I exfoliate and moisturise them. This foot cream is really affordable, so I decided to give it a go when I noticed it at the pharmacy. I was surprised how quickly it made a difference, in less than a week my feet felt much softer and nourished. The formula contains AHA (Ammonium Lactate which is the ammonium salt of Lactic Acid and has anti-bacterial properties) and BHA (Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and smooth rough skin), Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid.  It’s quite a thick cream but spreads easily and absorbs almost instantly, feels comfortable and non-greasy and it’s now a staple in my winter care.
There are so many products from the brand that I’d like to try now but unfortunately, not all of them are available in Europe.

And staying on the winter care page, I love a good multi-purpose moisturiser. I like to have one or two in my bag and use them on my hands and cuticles or on top of my cheekbones that tend to get flaky in the icy wind in Norway. But I’ve been using the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach only as a lip mask, although you can apply it anywhere where you’d use a multi-purpose moisturiser. I just prefer it as a lip   healer because it’s a thick, waxy, glossy balm that stays on for hours (when I wake up on the following morning it feels as if I’ve just applied it) and pretty much can’t be washed off. I picked up the peach-scented one but it doesn’t really smell of peaches, it just has added Peach Kernel Oil and Vitamin E to the formula. It comes with a pointy applicator but I always use my finger to get the amount needed just because it’s too thick to be spread with the applicator. I’m in love with the retro packaging, as well and I’m looking forward to trying their hand creams.

My skin is combination, with oily T-zone but when cold hits, my cheeks get really dry and flaky and even the center of my face can be on the dryer side. This mini of the Farmacy Honey Potion has been a must for me lately. It’s a really interesting face mask, feeling like honey because in fact, Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey is one of the main ingredients and is full of natural antioxidants. When I apply the thick mask on my face and start massaging it for a couple of minutes, it actually feels warm and transforms into a cream, then I leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash it off. It washes off easily and reveals radiant complexion. It does make a change in my skin appearance and it feels much more hydrated with less flaky areas. That’s a second Farmacy product I’ve been loving lately.

I’m back with an old favourite with this Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 530 Lily Lake. This is my second tube of it and I’m already halfway through, it’s just an easy choice and it’s perfect for this time of the year because of the shade and because it’s balmy and hydrating on the lips. I love this mauve pink colour, it looks good on everyone and makes you feel a bit more awake and fresh. And the lipstick is comfortable to wear with its formula enriched with Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils, Beeswax  and Vitamin E to soften and condition the lips. For me it’s a lipstick and lip balm in one but having in mind that the brand’s lip balms are some of my favourites, it’s no surprise. Also, the packaging is made from 60% recycled materials, so it’s even more special. There’s a great variety of beautiful shades, brighter or more nude, that are quite opaque for such a balmy formula and although they don’t last that long on the lips, I don’t really mind reapplying them.

Now, it’s time to put on the chunky knits and tackle the last day of October!

 

September Favourites


It’s quite a chilly Sunday morning and I just made a hot cup of tea to sip on while writing this post. The last day of the month is really showing us that autumn is here and ready to stay. I’m updating my skincare routine for the new season and hope to be sharing more soon. There are so many new products that I’m trying out at the moment and hopefully, some of them are going to be my new favourites.

There are quite a few cleansers on rotation at the moment, I usually go for one in the morning and a separate one in the evening but I’ve been curious about so many lately that switching them up in the last few weeks has been fun! One of my favourite cleansers at the moment has to be the Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser. I got a mini of it in my Liberty Advent Calendar last year and I’ve been meaning to try it ever since. But there was always something that stopped me and that something is essential oils. Essential oils tend to irritate my combination skin and I always try to avoid them but after I fell in love with the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm (which also contains essential oils), I decided to give this one a go. I use it only in the evening after taking my makeup off, it has a lovely creamy texture and the scent is incredibly relaxing. It feels purifying and nourishing at the same time. Hungarian Moor Mud gives a paste-like feel to the cream cleanser and purifies the skin, it’s also anti-inflammatory. Moor Mud has less than 3% clay content and is basically, plant residue (herbs, flowers, grass) with natural enzymes, minerals, vitamins, amino and fatty acids. Moor Cream Cleanser is rich in Calcium and Magnesium Carbonates, Humic and Fulvic Acids and together they deep cleanse the skin while nourishing it. The Zinc Oxide in the formula soothes the skin and regulates the sebum production. I couldn’t believe my eyes a few weeks after I started using this cleanser but my skin actually looked better. I personally wouldn’t use it to take my makeup off with it, I don’t think it does the job but as a morning or second cleanse, it’s lovely. I’m happy to have a mini of it, it’s an expensive product and if you’re more sensitive, I’m pretty sure it would break you out and I wouldn’t risk with a full size. However, I have to say, I’m going to miss it once it’s over. It works well on my skin, it makes it look so much better than it normally does and I’m certain in this because I don’t incorporate multiple new products at once into my routine and I pretty much always know which product does this or that to my skin. If you have the chance, get a mini or a sample, it’s definitely a cleanser that I’d gladly break my skincare rules for.

A morning face mask that I’ve been reaching for lately, quickly became a favourite. I’m talking about the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask and I prefer using it in the mornings because it has a slight cooling effect that really wakes you up. This mask is one of my skincare updates for the new season because it’s more on the hydrating side rather than purifying like the clay masks I love so much in the summer. Fresh Black Tea Mask is a nourishing treatment that aims to reveal smoother and healthier complexion that looks more radiant and soft. It’s formulated with antioxidants and has an interesting texture, it’s velvety soft but whipped at the same time and smells a bit like kombucha. Probably because of the black tea ferment that is the actual antioxidant defending the skin against free radicals. There’s also lychee seed extract that maintains skin’s elasticity, Jicama root juice for the hydration and polysaccharides that smooth the skin. I use it a couple of times a week after cleansing and drying my face, I apply a thin layer of the mask and leave it on for about 10 minutes, then I wash it off and I can feel how soft and plump my skin looks. I love everything about this face mask (except for the price tag, of course)! The texture, the light kombucha scent, the results… I got a mini of it in a Sephora set and I’m  sad that Fresh can’t be shipped outside of the US, usually. I’ve been trying to purchase their new holiday sets but it’s just not possible. So, if you have the chance to get at least a mini of it, do try it out.

I love a good hand cream. Whether it is a budget buy or a luxurious purchase, I’m happy to find one with a beautiful texture, great moisturising properties and a lovely scent to it. That’s the case with Atelier Cologne‘s Pomélo Paradis Hand Cream which actually my boyfriend picked up for me during one of his work trips. I don’t own any of the brand’s fragrances but I really like their scents in the form of body lotions, hand creams and soaps. The formula of the hand cream is enriched with 8% Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil (which is also great for the nails), Vitamin A and  E. The texture feels quite rich but not greasy, at all. The scent is fresh and uplifting but delicate and not too overpowering. This hand cream leaves my hands soft and I love using it after my evening skincare routine and then read a book without thinking it might leave fingerprints on my Kindle or book cover, it really doesn’t leave a residue. It’s such a beautiful hand cream that I want to try the rest of the scents.
Except for the hand cream, there are two more reasons why my nails have been looking stronger and healthier. The first one is not using nail polish at the moment. No matter how many bases or strengtheners I’m using, nail polish always makes my bare nails weak and bad-looking. The second one is the Margaret Dabbs Nail & Cuticle Serum. It comes in a handy little bottle with a pump that makes it really easy to dispense the right amount of product and the product itself has a lightweight texture and a distinct tea tree smell to it. It might look small but it lasts a long time, as you don’t really need much. The formula strengthens and hydrates nails and cuticles and it also keeps nail infections away. The serum can be applied on finger- and toenails and it’s suggested to be used twice daily but I apply it only before going to bed and still does a fantastic job at nourishing my nails and cuticles. My nails can get really weak in the colder months, I also have the habit to wash my hands hundreds of times a day and this makes the nails split and break, so I’m really happy I have a product that helps me maintain the health of the nails and cuticles.

And last but not least, something that warms me in the rainy days. The Ritual of Hammam is my parents’ favourite Rituals range and it’s quite tough for me to say if I have a favourite one because I love them all. But the Sea Salt Hot Body Scrub with Warm Ginger & Eucalyptus from the same line is probably my favourite body exfoliant. The Ritual of Hammam is often considered to be one of the men’s lines from the brand but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying it myself. As you can tell it’s based on sea salt and I like that it doesn’t dissolve before I can properly exfoliate my body but what I love about it the most is the warming sensation, the nourishing feel and the scent of this body scrub. It just calms me at night, makes me feel more relaxed and I actually sleep better if I use it right before going to bed.

That’s it for my first autumn favourites this year. I’m looking forward to new skincare discoveries and soft jumpers!