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?

Why This Man is so Important to Me


If you ask my family or friends who my favourite artist is, they will literally need a second to give you an answer…something more, they all will tell you the same name – Tiziano Ferro.

Tiziano Ferro is an Italian artist – singer, songwriter, producer, author of two books and an incredible person. He’s probably the most famous Italian artist of our time. But his story didn’t start so glamorous.
He struggled to find his place and way to show his music to the world. He weighed 111 kg, no company wanted to sign him claiming that nobody would listen to Italian R&B music. Luckily, they were wrong.

His professional career began in 2001 and that’s when I heard him first. I was a teenager changing her hobbies and interests five times a day. So, when I heard the first single of the cute Italian guy, I was pretty sure that a month later I wouldn’t even remember him…luckily, I was wrong too.

There was something special about him and although in one part of the world he’s just known for singing Xdono, in another one he’s one of the most successful young talents. I’m very happy that I continued to follow his career because day by day, year by year, I witnessed something extraordinary. At first, I didn’t understand his lyrics so I started studying Italian on my own, as a hobby. I’m not perfect but it’s more than enough to know that he’s a true poet and every song is going so deep in my soul and heart that it’s indescribable. And here I am, 13 years later, still admiring his talent and personality.

But why is he so important? Because he’s inspiration and motivation, because he shows that when you’re passionate about something and you love doing it, it doesn’t matter how many doors will be shut in front of you, you just have to keep going.
Because he writes his songs on his own and something more – he writes songs for his colleagues, for young talents that need help to be noticed and he’s giving them a hand by producing their albums. Because he’s not selfish. He’s an example.
Because he doesn’t live on the social media. Yes, you can see his official pages with millions of followers and fans, managed by his team and occasionally he will write a line or two but he doesn’t share every single second of his life. Instead, he works hard, comes back after his long tv/radio pauses and breaks another record that was set by himself with his previous album.
Because he really has much to say and he does it in the right moment. And although I’m really happy for him when he has these pauses (in which he’s still working), I really miss him because his words give me strength and courage and hope

I just wish he was appreciated even more because he’s a real treasure, a true inspiration and a person who doesn’t take himself too seriously

What I want to tell you with this post is not only that I respect this person so much but also that you shouldn’t give up on what you love, that we should be kind to each other and that we should treasure the little things in our lives.

His sixth studio album TZN – THE BEST OF TIZIANO FERRO will be out November 25th in 4 different versions.
Here the first single from it:

Tour dates has already been announced, pre-order for fan club members starts today, regular orders – tomorrow:


Haul: Burt’s Bees 30th Birthday!

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Last month Burt’s Bees celebrated their 30th birthday! I’m sure everybody knows Burt’s Bees and especially their lip balms but basically it’s a skincare brand that is not testing on animals, their products are natural and just wonderful.

Usually, when you have a birthday, you receive presents but Burt’s Bees Norway decided to give presents to the others! They organised an Instagram contest and I was one of the lucky winners. The prize was a box filled with their classics.

I was very excited because I genuinely love the brand, I’ve tried many of their products but there are also some items that I’ll be trying for the first time. I have to say that the box was so cute and wrapped with care, there was a hand-written personal message, candies, a balloon and it was simply amazing. A real birthday present!

Now to the products inside the box.
There is the well-know Beeswax Lip Balm and I’m pretty sure I have at least 5 in the different scents and formulas, this one here is the original one. Pocket-friendly, perfect for all year round but especially in the winter, one of my all-time favourite lip balms.

I’m pretty curious about the Res-Q Ointment because it’s a remedy for bumps, bruises, insect bites and all kinds of minor injuries. I’ve heard a lot about it but never tried it.

I found two hand products in the box – the Hand Salve and the Almond and Milk Hand Cream.

I’ve been using the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream for a very long time and I’ve actually included it in my first ever post on this blog, that’s how much I love it.

Last but not least is the Coconut Foot Cream which I haven’t tried before and sure I’ll get good use of it in the colder months.

Thank you for the lovely prize Burt’s Bees Norway!

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