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Current Everyday Makeup Menu | Spring 2017

When sunshine is so beautiful and birds are chirping, I just want to get ready as quick as possible in the morning and enjoy the spring outside.
The way I do my makeup has always been quite simple but the one I’m sharing with you today is even easier and takes only about 10 minutes. What I’m aiming for is a healthy look that makes me feel less tired and a bit more fresh.

There are a few new products I’ve been using lately and they fit perfectly into my current makeup routine. The base is one of them and it’s by Dior. If you want to see a full review on this Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35, click here. I love the coverage of this foundation and the fact that it doesn’t actually look like I’m wearing a lot of makeup. Also, it’s very easy to apply and the compact is perfect for travelling.
My dark circles make me look tired and even ill, so I always need to brighten up the undereye area. This budget Correct Me! Concealer from Aura is a real gem, has great pigmentation and hides the darkness really well. It’s very creamy and easy to apply, the shade range is quite good and I also use it on blemishes around my face.

I’ve mentioned several times that I don’t wear eyeshadow on a daily basis, I’d usually smudge a bit of brown eyeliner around the lash line for more definition. However, in the past few weeks I’ve been reaching for my good old Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude. It’s just easy to create a simple yet sophisticated look, the palette is affordable and the shadows are really nice.
Then I’d add a few coats of MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara* for a great separation and curl. For my brows, I keep it really simple by brushing them upwards with the Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel*. This adds texture to the brows and makes them a bit fuller but still leaves them natural-looking. Heavy and really defined brows can make me look a bit angry, so I tend to keep them more natural and even undone, I think it’s quite youthful and cool.

Next up is the product that actually makes the difference and turns this whole look into a romantic and fresh one. I’m not really wearing pinks very often but Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Bare Cream & Desert Rose* is such a beautiful illuminating duo. This particular shade is supposed to be suitable for medium skin tones but I think it looks good even on light skin like mine and I’m pretty sure it would look amazing on darker complexion, as well. This product is going to be such a staple for me not only during spring but also in the upcoming summer months, as it gives the most beautiful glow and flush of colour, it makes me look healthy in a natural way. It’s also versatile, I use the Bare Cream highlighter on top of my cheeks but I’d sometimes top up my eyeshadow with it for a luminous look, you can build up the intensity and really create a wet look with it. As for the Desert Rose blusher, it’s also a stunning lip colour that is incredibly flattering. Such an easy to use duo that enhances your natural features and can be used only with fingers or with a brush/beauty sponge.
I don’t tend to use cream products on my combination skin, often the texture can be too thick and heavy but this one is simply a dream item and I’m happy I have this particular shade.
If I don’t use the highlight shade from this palette, I reach for MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion, it gives a soft radiance that looks really pretty.
Soap & Glory‘s One Heck of a Blot has been the powder of choice for me lately because it doesn’t sit too heavy and matte but still keeps the shine at bay.

There are a few lip products I’ve been really into in the past month or so. The first one is my beloved Dior Addict Lip Glow in 006 Berry (review here), I always carry one of the shades in my bag, it’s easy to apply, it looks beautiful and feels nourishing. Another hydrating option comes from Burt’s Bees and their natural lipsticks (review here). I have two of the shades but I tend to reach for 530 Lily Lakemore often because it’s vibrant and makes me look healthy even when the colour fades during the day and I’m left with a lovely stain. On weekends I pretty much use only three makeup products – the Dior cushion foundation, MAC mascara and Bobbi Brown palette and then is the time when I use the blush shade from this palette on my lips. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating but it doesn’t dry out my lips and looks simply beautiful.

This is my quick and easy makeup menu for the spring days that we can finally enjoy. What makeup look are you going for at the moment?

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My Simple Festive Makeup Menu

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Christmas is only a week away, we’re getting closer and closer to New Year’s Eve, as well and I thought I’d share with you my very simple but elegant holiday makeup. Plus, it’s my birthday today, so I have one more occasion and reason to wear it.

I always start with cleansing and moisturising my face and then continue with my trustworthy Dior Forever Foundation. It’s long-lasting, it mattifies my skin without making it look flat, it’s radiant but not shiny and has medium to full coverage. For concealer, I’m going to be using this mini of the Lancôme Long-Lasting Softening Concealer SPF 30 because it’s creamy and pigmented, it’s easy to blend and can be used on blemishes around the face or under the eyes.

I love the combination between my old favourite Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil and the new Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel*. The pencil is really precise and the gel sets in place every tiny little hair without making it crispy, the formula is also really long-lasting.
On my eyes, I’m going to use this Dior Palette which I got as a gift with a purchase and sadly, isn’t sold separately but I just adore it. It’s really sophisticated and there are plenty of Dior shadows with the same quality and many shades to choose from. I’m going to be also using this Lancôme Khôl Hypnôse Waterproof Eye Pencil in the shade 04 Prune because it looks great with the shadows and the Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in 01 Noir to smudge it around the upper and lower lash line. Of course, it would be great with liquid eyeliner and some false lashes but I’ll just pop a bit of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I think I’ll be going for volumised and separated lashes but still natural-looking.

This Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve can be also used as a bronzer, so it will warm up my complexion a bit and it has a beautiful sheen to it. I love this new MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in Sweet Sweet Fantasy*. It looks a bit coral in the pan but on me, it’s more peachy and I could wear it with almost any lip colour because it just gives me a healthy and fresh appearance. It wouldn’t be festive makeup without some glow. I really like this MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion, it’s on the golden side but it’s not too yellow and I think it’s perfect for the holiday season.
Then, I’ll just powder my T-zone with the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder and will finish off with my lipstick of choice.

It’s not really typical for me to go for a bright lip but I love this MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick in So Good For You*. It’s bright, it’s red, it’s matte, it’s rich, it’s bold! I prefer applying it with a lip brush and it lasts for more than 4 hours on me which is a lot considering almost no lipstick stays on my lips for more than a couple of hours.

For nails, I’m really enjoying the No7 Winter Nudes Nail Collection at the moment. They are not super long-lasting but they can be removed really easily and we all know how difficult it can be to take off dark or glitter nail varnishes. The colours are beautiful and glossy, they go from beige to berry and there’s also a shimmering gold top coat that is stunning.

That’s my festive makeup menu this year and I sincerely wish you cosy and wonderful holidays!

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Drugstore Skincare Update | Autumn 2016

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When seasons change, my skin isn’t the happiest. When autumn comes, my skin is always in its most terrible condition. Not sure exactly why and how but even my trustworthy skincare products never help.
That’s why I try to switch up the items I use sometimes but step by step and not all by once because it could be even worse for the skin.

I believe that we can find really good products at the drugstore, so whenever I have access to brands I don’t see in Norway, the hunt begins. I’ve been incorporating these products one by one into my skincare routine in the past few weeks and I’m pleased to say that I’m already seeing results and my skin is getting a bit better.

When it comes to facial serums that are affordable, I’m looking for hydrating ones because let’s be honest, the ‘magical’ ingredients are a lot more expensive and they’re difficult to find on the high street. I have combination skin that is also dehydrated and all the issues get even more problematic in the autumn, the oily zones get even oilier, the lack of water shows up even more, as well.
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum is a brilliant facial serum that contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy. The texture of the serum is quite runny but the bottle comes with a pump that is comfortable to use and also hygienic. It takes a few seconds to fully absorb but there is no residue left and my skin feels refreshed and soothed. I also got the sheet mask from the same range and I think they’re both good for people with oily or combination skin that is also dehydrated. I don’t think it would be enough if you have really dry skin but for me, it’s working very well. I also love the fresh scent.

Oils were something I never thought I’d use on a daily basis and now I just can’t go a day without applying facial oil to my skin. I learned about the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil from my mum who loves it and I got a bottle of it back in June but never used it. I left it in Norway, so when my skin started feeling really thirsty, I ran and got a second bottle to finally try it. I was a bit worried because it’s designed for dry skin and some of the oils in it aren’t particularly good on my skin but I’ve been loving it, so far. It didn’t break me out and I love the subtle rose scent and the texture of the oil. It’s vegan and contains ingredients from certified organic agriculture like Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Peach Kernel Oil and Apple Seed Extract. The brand is also known for the fact that their products are free from silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Last but not least, I picked up a new moisturiser. About a year ago, I tried a few products from the French pharmacy brand Mixa and their Anti-Imperfection series that I really liked. So, when I saw that they have a new moisturiser from the same range, I had to have it. Mixa 2 in 1 Anti-Imperfection Moisturising Cream with Mattifying Silicate S and Purifying Zinc is suitable for sensitive and blemish-prone skin. It’s supposed to moisturise the skin while reducing spots and tightening the pores. The formula is paraben-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. The cream feels light but still nourishing and I haven’t used it for that long to say more about the effect on pores and pigmentation but it makes my skin soft and somehow smoother. It doesn’t keep it mattified for more than a couple of hours but no moisturiser does it for me anyway. The cream is great under make-up and I don’t even need a primer after applying it.

I recently added one more skincare item to my autumn routine but I’ll be preparing a separate post on it, as I’m really falling in love with it although it’s a bit too early to form an opinion.

Do you switch up your skincare regimen when seasons change and what’s your favourite product this autumn?

Beauty Picks | Summer 2016

DSC_0289post DSC_0293postI’m enjoying my first proper summer days this year with my loved ones and couldn’t be happier. Reading about other people’s summer beauty essentials is something I really like and I realised that there are quite a few products I’ve been reaching for a lot lately.

If you haven’t already noticed, I adore facial mists and floral waters, I think they make a huge difference in my skin condition and I really like the L’Occitane Peony Perfecting Mist. It can be used as a toner before applying a moisturiser, as a make-up fixing spray or just to refresh the skin throughout the hot days. It has a delicate scent, it’s really fine and gives a long-lasting hydration. My skin feels much calmer after I started using this mist and it also looks much smoother. This product is a great multi-tasker and I’d highly recommend checking it out.

For my lips, I’m still in love with Lancôme Juicy Shakers, I’ve actually used up one of them already because they are so pretty and moisturising. One of my favourite shades is 301 Meli Melon because it’s perfect for that fresh and juicy summer look. I like how it leaves a nice dewy stain but the major part of the oil gets absorbed, it’s beautiful and hydrates the lips.

On my eyes, I’ve been using a lot the We Care Icon I Love Tigers Nude Palette (review and swatches here) in the past few weeks. It’s simple, it’s pretty, I love that it’s also travel-friendly, the texture of the shadows is amazing and I don’t think I need anything else at the moment. As I’ve said before, I don’t wear eyeshadows on a daily basis and I don’t have that many favourite palettes but this one has become a staple.

Clinique SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Body* is my current body sun protectant. It’s a new one from the brand, it’s 100% fragrance-free and allergy tested, it’s oil-free and non-acnegenic. I apply it 15 minutes before sun exposure and try to reapply it every two hours. The sun is very strong at the moment, the temperatures are really high here and although I don’t sunbathe, I need that protection when I’m even out in mum’s garden.
This mineral sunscreen is really lightweight and absorbs quickly without leaving any sticky film or white streaks, it’s just invisible and comfortable on the skin. It protects against environmental aggressors and helps to reflect UVA/UVB rays by blocking them.
I don’t get sunburn easily but my boyfriend does and this lotion helps him a lot. Also, the bottle has a flip-top cap which makes it very easy to apply on-the-go.

At the moment, I’m using two body moisturisers. After my morning shower, I like to apply the Balea Body Gelée with Mint and Watermelon because it feels incredibly refreshing, gets absorbed almost instantly and doesn’t leave any residue. I can get dressed straight away and just start my day without worrying that I might get some sticky feel. The gel-like texture feels very soothing and lightweight and it’s also a bit cooling, perfect for the summer. At night I reach for the Biotherm Body Refirm Stretch Oil*. There’s something about the way Biotherm products smell, I love their scents, I first got a shower gel from the brand years ago and I still remember it, it felt really nice. The oil smells similar and brings back amazing memories. It’s not a greasy oil, it feels lovely on the skin and prevents from loss of elasticity and firmness. It gives me a lot of hydration, it tones my skin and doesn’t stain my clothes.

I’m still in love with Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint range and especially the shade Starfish which is a light tan colour that would look amazing on anyone, I think. You can see the post on my collection of these nail varnishes here.

My favourite COLAB Dry Shampoo fragrance must be Monaco but I have to say the New York one is just as lovely. It’s nice to have this mini with me for hair touch-ups and it’s amazing that their Sheer + Invisible formula doesn’t leave any white residue in my roots.

Why haven’t I gotten a solid perfume earlier? I’m in love with the L’Occitane Cherry Blossom one, I carry it around with me all the time and I can always top up my fragrance. It smells absolutely divine, it’s alcohol-free and I should get some more of this type.

These are my summer beauty picks this year, what are your staples during the warmer months?

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New Bits from Clinique | Fall 2015

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Recently, Clinique introduced new skincare and colour launches for Fall 2015. I got the chance to try several products from the make-up range and I can’t wait for you to read more about them.

The product that I was most excited about was the Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse. It’s a limited edition in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. There are 4 shades in total and I have it in 02 Light Brownwhich is a bit light for me and I’m currently looking for a darker shade. The texture is quite unique, I haven’t tried a similar eyebrow product, it’s like gel-mousse indeed, so it’s a bit thicker than the other eyebrow gels. Also, the formula doesn’t contain fibres, it actually has a combination of silicone film formers to keep the brow hairs in place and to provide a water-resistant wear. I’ve seen so many mixed reviews on this product and I can understand why this happens. If you have thin eyebrows, you’re going to love this, as it really thickens the brows and makes them look amazing. If you have a bit bigger eyebrows like I do, you need to use a light touch to make them look neat or you can just wipe off the excess before application. The tiny brush makes it easy to control the amount of product used to make the brows natural-looking but also defined and tamed. The mousse stays in place all day, it doesn’t smudge or flake and it’s 100% fragrance-free.

It’s quite interesting how the famous Clinique Chubby make-up family now has Skinny friends. Clinique Skinny Stick Eyeliners don’t require sharpening, they are slim, retractable pencils with a precise tip. I believe there are 4 shades available in the Nordic countries and I have Skinny Jeans* which is a deep, almost navy blue colour that makes my dark eyes really pop. I love how the packaging correlates to the shade within and how lightweight they are, perfect for travelling! The formula is slightly on the drier side but it’s very soft, so it glides on pretty smoothly without pulling. It really creates a very thin and precise line and I’m very impressed by how long it stays in place without smudging. The colour payoff isn’t very intense but you can build it up for a more dramatic look. For me, personally, it has the perfect pigmentation because most of the time, I prefer a softer and more natural look with a matte finish and that’s what I get from this eye pencil.
These eyeliners are ophthalmologist tested, 100% fragrance-free and safe for people with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers like me.

collagemascaraaAnd…I saved the best for the last. I fell in love with the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara the second I opened the tube and saw the brush. It’s exactly the type of brush I like, plastic with a lot of bristles to really separate the lashes and coat each and every tiny hair, there are over 250 bristles on this wand!
The shades in Scandinavia are 4 and I have 01 Jumbo Jet* which is really black and sadly, it’s the only shade available in Norway, as the other 3 are exclusively sold in Denmark and Sweden.
I wish the camera could capture better the way my lashes actually look, in real life they are much more fluttery and voluminous. This mascara doesn’t flake or smudge even after hours of wear and it actually requires a bit of an effort to remove at the end of the day. With one coat of this product, I get pretty and separated lashes with a look appropriate for every day and with two, they get bold, thick and incredibly black.

Have you tried any products from this new Clinique range?

 

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