Weekend Trip: The Photo Post

I live in Norway and we’re not lucky to always have the sun shining, blue sky and more than +10C, so whenever we have a warm weekend, me and my boyfriend are trying to spend it out roadtripping. Here are some of the photos that I’ve taken during our weekend trips that hopefully will inspire you to go somewhere out in nature, breathe fresh air and enjoy life! :-)

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Happy weekend!

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The Best Lip Gloss

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Ok, I’m late…probably a year late…

I wasn’t very keen on the first ‘season’ of these glosses, later when the new shades were launched, I still didn’t pay much attention cause I simply don’t like lip glosses that much. But some days ago I saw something like an offer ad at the beauty store that I often visit. The lip glosses were placed on a table in front of the store, they were many and they were pretty. I just had to check them out. I remembered Anna‘s posts about the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector shades and started swatching.

The new shades were looking pretty much the same as the original ones but as if more saturated. When I saw the shimmer I wanted to run out of the store because I really dislike shimmery lip products but the scent stopped me. It was the sweetest caramel scent but at the same time the formula was so smooth, soft and non-sticky. At the end I got the shade 06 Rosewood Shimmer.

The packaging is a tube with a soft sponge applicator on top, you just squeeze it gently and you see the product appearing.

 

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As a lip balm addict, I was happy to learn that the formula is enriched with Shea Butter and Wild Mango to soften and repair the lips and also contains Vitamin E and A!

When I applied it, it felt really nice, not like a typical lip gloss but also like a gel and balm. The glitter is not so visible once the product is on the lips, it just makes them look fuller. The gloss adds a hint of colour and shine, softens and nourishes the lips.

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I’m happy that I picked 06 Rosewood Shimmer because it’s a sophisticated browny nude that looks elegant on the lips.

I totally changed my mind and admit that I should have tried the Lip Perfectors earlier…better late than never, right? They are pretty, nourishing, non-sticky, delicious and perfect for girls like me that prefer the natural look. You can wear them by themselves or add on top of a lipstick.

Favourite Base Duo at the Moment

Last month has been crazy! I had to travel to several countries with 3 different forms of transport, changing climates, not enough sleep, long trips with less breaks…the list can go on. BUT I had a partner in the battle for good-looking and also good-feeling skin.

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I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream for a very long time but unfortunately there aren’t any Bourjois products on the Norwegian market. So, when I planned my trip, I was sure that I would finally get it. I also purchased the 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream and I don’t regret it.

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With these two beauties I looked fresh like a cucumber, it felt light but at the same time my skin was protected. Mine are both in shade Ivory. I have to say that it’s the lightest of all 4 shades but honestly it’s not THE lightest that can be in my opinion. I’m not so pale as usually the ones that are using the lightest shades are but hopefully there’s a good shade for everybody.

The 123 Perfect CC Cream contains 3 colour correcting pigments:

– Apricot (anti-fatigue);

– Green (anti-redness);

– White (anti-dark spots)

and also has SPF15. I like that it has some benefits like a skincare product and I can really see the results after a few weeks of using it.

The product is  very light and can spill out of the thin nozzle so be careful. I tried to apply it with different methods but I got the best results after using my fingers or a beauty blender. I can say that the coverage is medium.

I have combination skin so I need to put a primer before applying the CC cream and powder at the end but it’s not supposed to be a mattifying product anyways so just have that in mind if you have oily or combination skin.

The 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream is a good concealer for dark circles and also has medium coverage. It’s not creasing at all which is amazing.

I can say that I’m pretty happy that I purchased these products and I’m sad that I can’t just go to a drugstore here and get them when they’re over, I’ll have to find another way and only hope that one day Bourjois will come to Norway.

 

 

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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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