Two Dove Hair Products That I’m Currently Loving

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My hair is pretty long and thick and I love spoiling it when I can.

The Dove hair products have always been something that I like but in the city where I live now, there’s absolutely nothing from their hair range on the market. Not sure if it’s like this in Norway in general or it’s just this city but they don’t offer any Dove hair products here which is sad.

So, when I was in Germany I picked these two beauties that are the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Conditioning Spray and their Intensive Repair Treatment Mask. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the dry shampoo that everybody’s raving about (I’d like to try it so much!).

Let’s start with the spray which was something new for me as a Dove product. I’ve tried leave-in conditioners many times and my hair seems to like them so I always try to find a new one. First of all, this conditioner comes in a clear bottle which always is a win for me  because I can actually see how much I’ve used. You can see that it’s a dual formula described as a combination between Nutri-Oils with almond, coconut and argan oil to smooth and seal the hair and Micro Moisture Serum to restore moisture. Before using you should shake well to combine the two liquids. It smells amazing, reminds me of sweet almonds!
It can be used on wet or dry hair. I use it after washing my hair, when it’s not completely wet but still damp before blow dry but it can be applied between washes or after styling your hair. The nozzle of the spray is distributing the product so softly that it feels like a light mist and not like a hairspray for example.
This leave-in conditioner makes my hair smooth and frizz-free and also gives me nourishing.

As to the Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask, I have to say that I’ve used many Dove hair masks and I was always pleased with the results. What can be different with this one is that it gives you a deeper nourishing. It’s described as a hair mask for dry and damaged hair.
My hair is not dry and I don’t dye it yet so it’s not damaged either but I always like to use hair masks that are deeply nourishing and meant to be used on damaged hair.
The application is the same as for most of the hair masks – wash your hair, apply the hair mask, leave for 3-5 minutes and then rinse. I use it once a week as a mask but I apply it every time when I wash my hair as a daily conditioner which means that I just leave it on for a minute or two.
It smells great and the scent is there for at least a day more. This mask leaves my hair silky but in a heavy way and not in a flying silky way. Another win!

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The Product That Seems to Work for Everybody but Me (Update)

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A month ago I blogged about the Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’ Glycolic Pads. You can read the first post here. In just a few words, it didn’t work for me the way many people said it would. My skin was burning, I had many breakouts after using the pads, it was an unpleasant experience.

I promised to try the product again after getting back to my normal skin days and to report, so here I am.

At the end of the previous post I said that I’d change the way of using the pads so I switched to applying them every other evening instead of every evening and I cut the pads in 4 smaller parts because I thought if I used less product, it would make a difference. The first couple of times were ok, the feeling was just stingy and not burning and my skin looked normal. After that though, I experienced the same as the first try more than a month ago – I broke out horribly. I decided to use the product at least two weeks but it didn’t get better, actually exactly the opposite –  my skin was getting worse and worse. I think I gave the pads a good try but had to stop using them again.

Apparently, this product doesn’t work well with my skin, I’m sorry, all the reviews were so positive and I really hoped that I’d see the same ‘magical effect’ but it just didn’t happen.

 

July Favourites

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Time must be really flying! I feel as if I posted my June favourites couple of days ago and here’s the day when I’m publishing the July ones.

We were pretty lucky here in Norway in July – sunny and warm (sometimes even hot!) weather all day long which means more walks and hours outside with your favourite person and ice cream, of course! I reached for my Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 by L’Occitane more often than ever. It’s a lightweight moisturiser, smells of herbs a bit which I love and gives me nourishing and protection perfect for the summer.

My fragrance choice brought me back to Lancome‘s La Vie est Belle because it’s delicate and pretty and most of all, it reminds me of the last time when me and my better half were in London.

I’m not showing that much skin usually (shy girl here!) but still, in the summer days we go for more revealing clothes which means that exfoliating is very important. My choice in July was the Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator from Clinique. Not only makes your skin feel refreshed and soft but also gives you a bit of a glow!

There is a skincare product that I absolutely adore! It’s the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil and you can read my review on it here. If you have combination or oily skin, you need this in your skincare routine, it works amazing!

Last but not least, the only makeup product featured in this month’s favourites is something that I received a couple of weeks ago but pretty quickly became one that I love. It’s the Bourjouis Volume 1 Seconde mascara and it makes my lashes well-separated with more volume and lift. Doesn’t irritate sensitive eyes and it’s super easy to remove.

What did you like most in the month of July?

How to Deal with Oily/Combination Skin

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First of all, I would like to say that here I’m just going to be sharing my experience and thoughts, I’m not a specialist and I don’t claim that this will work for everybody – different people, different skin types and issues. The aim of this a bit longer than usual post is to focus on some important steps of the skincare routine and give you product examples.

Back in the school days everybody was constantly repeating how nice my skin was while they were having acne problems. But then I faced something different. Sometimes I think they jinxed it, probably it was just the age though. At some point my skin started to change, my T-zone got a bit oily, my cheeks were dry, I was having some spots from time to time. Luckily, I haven’t suffered from severe acne in my life but you know how we girls overreact sometimes and we think the problem is bigger than it really is.

I began to try out some products and probably not all of them were good for my skin but often teenagers don’t take the best decisions. My skin was feeling tight in a very bad way, it was having many dry patches, it wasn’t nice at all.

Through the years I was trying to find what’s working best for me and most of all to keep my skin healthy.

At the moment I’m trying to follow several simple steps and rules in my skincare routine and to avoid changing the products too often because it gives me breakouts. The result for me is that my skin looks and feels much better, I don’t tend to get so many spots as before (most of the time they’re hormonal in those days, you know) and because I live far from my family, when they see me months after the previous visit, they often say that my skin looks great and they ask me for advices. My couple of rules are: not to mix too many skincare products, I’m a fan of the medical skincare, I’ve been using Eucerin for years and my skin feels good with it; also, I double cleanse…always. This means that I use a make-up remover (or two one after another) to get rid of all what’s been on my face during the day and after this I use a foam/gel/clay/cream cleanser and wash off everything left with warm water. I don’t use face wipes, I don’t go to bed with make-up on, I always wash my face morning and evening and I drink a lot of water.

The steps I follow are:

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1. Cleansing. It’s very important to have purified skin, to remove everything that was built up on it throughout the long day. I use micellar water and a cleansing milk from Eucerin to take off my make-up (the milk is not on the picture at the moment). The micellar water by Garnier is also very nice and gentle, works great for removing eye make-up. I’m not a specialist in the cleansing balms area, they’re a bit too oily for me but they cleanse deeply so if you have a favourite one, go for it! I try to use mild products that cleanse my skin well but also don’t dry it out. For me, it’s very important to wash my face with a suitable cleanser. I’ve tried so many and I can’t tell you what will work good for you – some prefer foam cleansers, others – clay cleansers or gel ones, it all depends on how your skin feels. Here I will give you just some examples that work well for me. Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals (review here) is a gentle foam cleanser, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (review here) is a clay cleanser, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foming Cream is a cream cleanser and my favourite is the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Refreshing Cleansing Gel which is not on the picture unfortunately.

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2. Toning. It’s been many years since I discovered the benefits of applying rose water on my face (full post here). It’s my current toner and it also helps removing impurities if there are some left from the first step. Also, the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid can be used as a toner too. I use the ACO Spotless Daily Purifying Toner just on problematic zones because it can be a bit drying but it’s antiseptic so if you have a spot, it’s great to apply it on with a cotton pad.

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3. Hydration. This is a step that many people with oily or combination skin skip because they’re scared that their skin can get breakouts or more oily. Hydration is very important to every skin type, you just have to find the right moisturiser for yourself. For the day I use Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating Care and sometimes their Adjunctive Hydrating Care SPF30 if my makeup base doesn’t have a protecting factor. For my evening skincare routine I apply just a tiny bit of Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Night Care. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat is also a very good moisturiser (plus it’s mattifying) that can be used for both day and night.

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4. Additional care. I use two products only on the problematic areas of my face. They are: La Roche-Posay Effaclar K that is a clarifying moisturiser and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] which is a spot treatment.

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5. Special treatment. Twice a week I use the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (review here) in my evening skincare routine because it balances my skin, makes it soft and tightens pores. Don’t be afraid of oils and moisturisers, your skin needs hydration and nourishing, it just has to be the right one.

We have to know that everything can affect our skin condition – how we feel, what we eat, everything is important. Try to take care of your skin and to keep it healthy but remember that nobody’s perfect and we all have our flaws.

 

Brand Focus: L’Occitane en Provence

 

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I learned about L’Occitane en Provence some years ago thanks to my boyfriend. He knows that I’m a lip balm addict so he got me a present – a whole bunch of lip balms, all from L’Occitane. They were amazing! (I still keep some of the tubes as you can see below…sweet memories). Through the years I got to know more of their products and step by step, L’Occitane turned into one of my favourite brands. My blog isn’t very popular so as you can guess I’m not paid to write this post, I just decided to share with you what I like most from the brand and maybe you can tell me what I’ve missed. So, here are my favourite picks with no particular order.

1. Lip balms.

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Have to start with them because they’re the first thing that made me fall in love with the brand. The white tube is their most popular Moisturizing Certified Organic Shea Lip Balm and also my all-time favourite lip balm. If you suffer from extremely dry and chapped lips, you’ve tried everything and it didn’t work, look this way. The colourful ones are from a limited edition and they were Desert Rose Lip Balm, Hibiscus Flower Lip Balm and Cocoa Flower Lip Balm. All of them are having 10% shea butter and are amazing.

2. Shower oil.

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Is there anybody that hasn’t heard of the Almond Shower Oil? It won’t be exaggerating if I say that it’s the best shower oil in the world because it really is. Smells fantastic, leaves your skin smooth and soft and you don’t even need a moisturiser after going out of the shower.

3. Body and hair care.

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Here I’m showing a small part of my travel essentials – the Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner and the Ultra Rich Body Lotion. I keep them in travel sizes because when I’m on the way my hair and skin are more stressed than ever and these products are giving me the nourishing I need. And of course the lovely Rose 4 Reines Body Milk! Wonderful texture and great for moisturising. I’m using it after my evening shower and on the next morning, I’m waking up to the beautiful rose scent which lasts forever.

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I’m also including the soaps although I’m using them only on my hands but I wanted to mention them because some are exfoliating but they exfoliate your skin very gently and they’re hydrating your body as well. Also, they’re very pretty and I’ve noticed that people like them as a gift.

4. Hand creams. IMG_9280post I use both of the hand creams on the picture together because the one on the right is the Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF20 which gives you the protection but for bigger hydration I apply the Shea Butter Subtle Violet Hand Cream (it was a limited edition) before the brightening one. Of course you can use them separately. Another hand cream that I love but isn’t on the picture is the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, wonderful…just wonderful!

5. The Angelica range

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There are only two products from the range on the picture but the whole Angelica series is fantastic if you have oily/combination skin. The Ultra Matte Fluid is going to keep you shine-free all day long when you apply it before your primer or use it as a primer. There isn’t anything else that has helped me so much. The eye roll-on is giving you a refreshing feeling, you can use it night and or/day, I store mine in the fridge and apply it in the mornings.

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