Category Archives: Product Review

My First MAC Lipstick

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It may sound strange to most of you but no matter where I was living, we didn’t have any MAC counters. And I wasn’t very keen on purchasing online without seeing how everything actually looked. The only other item that I own from the brand is Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder which my boyfriend got me from Austria I think and I absolutely love it.

Now, here in Norway, we don’t have any MAC counters either but there’s this store that has MAC products online. Being very curious about the famous lipsticks, I decided to risk. I checked out hundreds of reviews and made a list with the shades that looked best for me, then I decided to get a wearable one, kind of nude and at the end my dilemma was between 3-4 shades of the lipsticks.

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Probably, I won’t surprise anyone when I say that I picked Patisserie. It’s described as ‘sheer creamy neutral pink’ but it also has peach, brown and some glitter in it. Actually, I didn’t expect that much glitter (the reviews were saying that it’s just a tiny bit, probably even tiny bit for me is much), it’s not bad or something but I avoid putting glitter on my face, I’m just not a fan of glitter. It’s creamy and a little bit glossy, feels very soft one the lips. Of course, it has little staying power since it’s in a lustre finish.

I’m not 100 % sure how I feel about it at the moment, I like it as an everyday lipstick but I don’t think it’s the perfect nude for me. However, I’m curious about other MAC shades of their lipsticks.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 01 Personne Ne Rouge

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One of the brands that I wanted to get products from during my long May trip was Bourjois since we don’t have Bourjois here in Norway. As you know, everybody is talking about their Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks so I had to get my hands on them.

Here I’m gonna be sharing my thoughts on the shade Personne ne rouge which is a classic red one.

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First of all, I love red lipsticks…but just on other people. Honestly, I can’t see myself with a bright lip very often, not sure if I’m scared or what but I think everybody but me looks perfect with a bright lip colour. However, I loved this shade when I swatched it and decided to get it. It really is amazing, the pigmentation is very intense, the formula is very creamy so it’s easy to apply, glides on smoothly and dries to a matte finish. It lasts pretty long time on the lips (no need for touch-ups!) and leaves a stain, it’s actually a pretty tough job for the makeup removers to remove it even after 8 hours. Still think that it looks better with two coats, though cause if you apply only one layer it’s quite sheer and then with one more everything comes to its place. I love how my lips feel smooth and soft with it.

The only thing that I don’t like is the scent which is a little bit artificial and strange but you smell it only for a short period of time during applying the product.

The drugstores that I was at, didn’t have all the shades, every drugstore was having different ones so I never got to see them all together but my opinion is that the bright shades were the best ones from the series.

And I’m so sad that I can’t find brands like Bourjois here in Norway, they have such nice products but it’s impossible for me to purchase them from here. Please, Bourjois, make it easier for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in Norway: Herbal Essences Silk ‘n’ Shine Shampoo

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 So, Herbal Essences are back! It seems that they disappear from time to time in the different countries, any ideas why?

I’ve used Herbal Essences years ago, actually at the very beginning they started to be present on the European market and I loved them then.

After that they disappeared, then appeared again in different packaging which actually made me not want to get them, then I moved to Norway and a month or so ago I saw a big Nicole image preparing us for the shampoos’ and conditioners’ return. Who doesn’t like Nicole, right?

However, I find two things negative: 1) The price is a lot higher than the usual in the rest of the world which isn’t a surprise for those who live in Norway (everything here is more expensive) and 2) There are only two types of the shampoos/conditioners here.

I picked up the Silk ‘n’ Shine shampoo which I like from the past and I loved it again. I also like the packaging very much, it’s back to the old look. The formula contains rose hips, jojoba extracts and vitamin E, there are no silicons and it’s suitable for all hair types.

The scent is flowery and really nice, at the end your hair is shiny and soft. I like that this shampoo leaves my hair really clean, I don’t know if it makes sense but just some shampoos make your hair feel extremely clean. If you’ve tried the REN Oat and Bay Conditioning Shampoo (pity that I can’t find it in Norway) for example, you know what I mean.

I would return to Herbal Essences Silk ‘n’ Shine shampoo although I’m using a different one at the moment, it’s a very nice product and I recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

I Stole a Product from my Boyfriend’s Drawer

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Yes, I did it and I’m not sorry!

I saw the Ligne St Barth – After Sun Aloe Vera Gel with Mint in my boyfriend’s drawer and I had to check it out. First of all, the smell was so fresh and nice that I had to ask him about this product. He said that he got it during a Caribbean trip because many people recommended it and it can be used as an aftershave or after sun gel as well as an insect bite reliever.

I don’t go sunbathing (yeah, maybe you think I’m crazy) but I wanted to try this out so much that I decided to use it on my legs after the epilator. It was so soothing and refreshing, a little bit cooling, the gel was so light and non-sticky, just perfect. I also tried it once after I burnt my fingers while cooking, it was so calming.

It’s quite pricey but it’s totally worth it. I love this product, I’m not sure if it’s still available online because the company’s policy is to sell it only at the location but if I find it, I will definitely repurchase it.

Have you tried this wonderful gel?

Review: Bio-Oil

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I guess you’ve heard a lot about Bio-Oil, it’s actually a pretty controversial product. Many people hate it, many people love it.

I’m not a specialist, I’m just a person who decided to try it and I’m sharing what I experienced. What made me want to try it was the botanical ingredients list:

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)

First of all, the price for 200 ml in Norway is around €50 which is quite high, in the UK you can find it for £20-£25 (I got it in London around this price). There are smaller packagings, too but you have to use it twice daily for a minimum of 3 months to see results or at least that’s what the bottle suggests.

Second of all, I haven’t used it on my face. Many people say that it helps removing acne scars but I can’t share any opinion on that.

I use this oil mainly on dehydrated parts of my body and it works great, I don’t see any change in my skin tone, though (it claims to improve uneven skin tone). I also tried it several times on burnt areas since I know that calendula helps healing burnt skin and it was ok although I prefer my good old calendula cream for this. I have some small old scars but I didn’t see any difference after using the oil. Probably it works when the scars are new, I don’t know.

However, it feels quite heavy. You can’t apply it, just get dressed and go out. It needs a lot of time to absorb, it’s quite oily, it’s not appropriate if you’re in a rush.

Bottom line, it’s a great moisturiser, my skin is smoother and more hydrated but I didn’t notice any miracles that some people were telling me to expect. There are tons of nice body moisturisers out there that are not so pricey so I’m not sure if I’m going to be repurchasing this product.