What’s On My Bedside Table



I try to keep the situation on my bedside table pretty simple. You can see just a couple of products that I use before going to bed because I do my evening skincare routine much earlier.

The most important thing for me is to apply lip balm because night is the time when we don’t drink and eat and it can stay on my lips for at least 6 hours. It’s the best time to nourish my lips and usually I keep a thick lip treatment near me. Origins Lip Remedy contains menthol and camphor which means it feels cooling on the lips. It’s really soothing and although the scent can be pretty strong and the consistency reminds me of a body lotion, I really like this product as an overnight treatment.

Next up is the foot cream and we all feel ashamed to talk about feet. I have to admit that I’m a little bit lazy with my feet mainly because I don’t like the sticky feeling of a lotion or a cream on this part of my body. Luckily, Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream absorbs quickly, smells amazing and nourishes my feet during the night.

I always keep a body lotion on my bedside table in case I’ve missed this step after taking a shower. I just love Roger & Gallet Fleur d’Osmanthus Revitalising Sorbet because it has a divine scent, it’s lightweight but moisturising at the same time and you can read my review on it here.

Soap & Glory’s Hand Food is one of my favourite hand creams and I can never get bored of the smell. Lovely product along with their hand scrubs. I usually ”wash” my hands with the scrub before going to bed and then apply a thick layer of the hand cream.

The tiny travel bottle with no name, no colour, no nothing is actually a mixture of oils. I have sleeping problems and this little guy helps me feel calmer and sleep better. And although there are many oils inside, it actually smells of mandarins, it’s very fresh and nice.

Usually reading is part of my night routine, I like to read before falling asleep and using my Kindle is the most comfortable way to do it. I was a little bit negative at the beginning but I can give you so many reasons to try such device now. We all love the smell of paper books but we can save many trees by using this or similar little thing, you can carry it everywhere with you and you can load hundreds of books…

What’s your bedside stash?



Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15

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I love lip balms! I have too many lip balms, yet it’s still the first thing that I see in a pharmacy or beauty store and always want to try new ones. For me a lip balm is a skincare product rather than just a beauty product.
I apply lip balm whenever I can and now that is autumn and much colder outside, I decided to share with you one of my most recent purchases.

First of all, I have to say that I avoid using lip balms made by ‘makeup’ brands and usually search for skincare brands’ lip treatments.
However, Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm SPF 15 has always seemed interesting to me.

It’s an item pretty tough to be photographed so apologies.

It comes in a white box and when you open it you see a chic metallic tin with a Bobbi Brown crest on the lid – gorgeous!
The product itself is formulated with wheat germ and olive oil, looks pink in the tin but goes clear on the lips. Has a delicate rose scent, it’s a little bit shiny and lasts long…very long. I’m eating, drinking, talking and it’s still on the lips. I also noticed that it extends the wear of my lipstick when I put it underneath. It’s not sticky, non-greasy and feels silky.

You have to warm it with your finger the first time you use it because it feels quite hard and difficult to get.
It’s really moisturising and keeps my lips nourished and soft.

The SPF 15 is a nice addition not only for the hot months but all year round.

It’s on the pricey side but the amount of product that you get is pretty big and you need just a tiny bit per application. I heard many people saying that it lasted 2 years for them which seems almost unreal to me but we shall see.

The only downside is that you have to use your fingers to apply and I keep it at home because I don’t feel comfortable to use my hands and put lip balm like this outside.

Have you tried this product and do you like it?

Review: L’Oreal Shinissime Gel Top Coat


This was a random purchase. I didn’t know anything about this product and as far as I understood, it’s not available everywhere, so it might be hard to get your hands on it. But if you can find it, be sure to check it out. It turned out that L’Oreal Paris have an entire nail care series – The Nail Care Issue with several interesting items.

I picked the Shinissime Gel Top Coat. This top coat surprised me because I didn’t expect it to do everything that claimed on the box. Basically, ”Shinissime Gel enhances the colour if the enamel due to an extreme shine mirror effect”. It should be applied when the nail polish is dry and then reapplied after a few days to extend the lasting power of the nail varnish.

It’s thicker than most of the top coats and really gives you a gel effect, it does make your nail polish look pretty shiny but what impressed me more was how long it made it last. Usually, my nail polish stays on for two days and then chips, I have to remove it and apply a new one (I’ve mentioned that I like cooking and I wash my hands very often). However, with this top coat, my nail varnish lasts 5 days! This is extremely long  for me and something more, it doesn’t actually chip but slightly wears off at the very top of the nail which is almost invisible. It also makes my nails look very smooth.

I’m quite impressed with this product, it’s affordable and does a good job. I had no idea that L’Oreal had such products and I’m happy that I found this one. I will definitely try to get some of the rest too.

Have you tried The Nail Care Issue series?

October Favourites



October is coming to an end and it’s time to look back and see what I’ve been using mostly in the past few weeks.

Although it’s autumn, I’ve been reaching for nude nail polishes and even such with slightly pinky tones. Yves Rocher‘s Rose Pastel is more of a spring shade but I like it so much that I’ve been applying it very often in October. It’s a peachy pink, nude pastel shade with just a tiny bit of glitter and I like it on both my nails and toes.

My hair is not in the best condition right now, it always looks a bit meh in the colder months although I’m trying to take care of it. It’s very long and thick and it’s not very easy to deal with (planning to chop it pretty soon). I’ve mentioned the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Conditioning Spray here and it has been the product that helped me nourish my hair a little bit more along with some other oils and masks.

When I was younger I was really scared of putting a night cream on my combination skin, I thought it would get more oily and it would break out. Later, I got completely converted and now my skin is thanking me for applying oils and night moisturisers, so if you too are scared, don’t be. You just have to find the right products for your skin. I use Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Night Care and it’s very important for me to have this product in my evening skincare routine especially now when my skin feels more dehydrated.

I can’t believe that I’ve never mentioned Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (review here) in a monthly favourites because since I got it in May, I haven’t stopped using it. It’s the perfect powder that eliminates the shine but keeps your face looking healthy…plus, it’s from the drugstore!

Nude lip lovers, the last one is for you. At first, I had a bit of a problem with Maybelline ColorSensational in 725 Tantalizing Taupe. When I swatched it in the store, it looked like a browny nude shade but when I got back home and put it on my lips, I got shocked because I witnessed the concealer lips problem. I’m not sure if the lipstick that I got is different or just the light in the store made me think it’s more brown that it really is but seeing bloggers’ reviews and swatches, I have to say that mine still looks lighter than the rest. Anyways, I decided to try applying it in a different way with just light dabbing motions and then top it with Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood Shimmer (review here). The combination of these two lip products works much better for me.

What were your favourites in the month of October?

Autumn Love



Autumn is such a pretty season although it’s often rainy and gloomy here in Norway. I just love the orange, brown, yellow, red colours around us, the leaves on the trees and streets, just the look of it makes me feel cosy and want to grab a cup of tea.

There are a couple of products that I’m reaching for more often in the fall than in the other seasons and the first one is fragrance. I’m not usually a fan of heavy fragrances but I notice that I use them in the colder months, it just feels appropriate. Place Vendôme EDP by Boucheron is such fragrance for me and at first feels quite sharp and grown up but as it dries down, it gets softer, more elegant and feminine.

Nail polish is the other beauty item that I change with the new season and although I’ve been using mainly nude shades in the past month, I can’t get enough of Essie‘s Damsel in a Dress which I reviewed here.

I use moisturisers on my face and body all the time but I’m trying to apply them more often during autumn and winter. My daily moisturiser remains the same almost always, my skin is happy with Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating Care, I love the series because it’s great for my combination skin.

Recently, I won a great prize from Burt’s Bees Norway and I’m already making a good use of their Hand Salve which is a solid balm that melts into oil between your palms. It’s wonderful especially at night, I apply it before going to bed and my hands are hydrated and soft on the next morning. It’s like a thick lip balm but for your hands, I’m completely in love.

And of course, scarves! Need I say more?

What do you love in the autumn season?

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