September Favourites




So, October arrived along with the fall. Let’s have a look at what I’ve been loving in the month of September!

Will start with a skincare product because it’s what was keeping my skin in a good condition and it’s the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. You can see that I’ve done a full review on it and how happy I am that it works well with my combination skin. The only thing that I might change is start using it more often and not just once a week. Lovely product!

Is it going to be me without including a lip balm favourite? The Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Açaí berry has Vitamins A, C, D and E, antioxidants and omega oils. It’s probably my 5th or 6th lip balm by Burt’s Bees but I just love them – they’re travel friendly, they keep your lips moisturised and they smell amazing (however, I think that Mango Butter is still my all-time favourite from them).

I don’t wear eye shadows that often but when I got the KIKO Eye Base Primer I knew that I would try to use it under my eyes as well. I suffer from really dark under eye circles and my makeup routine involves quite a bit of concealing and brightening. This eye primer has a thick consistency but it’s very soft, almost like a mousse and is in a nude shade which leaves you with a very pretty base. It’s almost like a concealer but not with such coverage. The eye shadows (and the concealer under my eyes) last pretty long without creasing when I’m using this primer underneath. I think you get a really good quality product for the price, I was actually surprised.

Weather is getting colder and colder and we need more hydration and nourishing. I love body oils, so when I was at my local Kicks store (Kicks is a chain in Norway, Sweden and Finland that offers high-end products as well as some drugstore ones) I noticed that they had new products from their own brand and decided to pick the Skin Treat Pure Natural Oils Body Oil Spray which contains Fairtrade ingredients. It has macadamia oil, apricot kernal oil and olive oil and this combination brings such a divine scent! It leaves a soft feeling on your skin, it’s almost warming and I really like it. Plus, absorbs really quickly because it’s a ”dry” oil.

Last but not least, the second consecutive time that I’m including a Ciaté London nail polish from their Beach House collection (review here) in my monthly favourites. After the gorgeous bright pink Knickerbocker Glory in August, now I’ve been loving Amazing Gracie – such a pretty nude. And although it’s my least favourite from the bunch when it comes to application, I’m absolutely in love with the shade.

What have you been loving in September?


First Autumn Nails


When one day my boyfriend got back home after work several months ago bringing me two Essie nail polishes that he decided to pick for me, I immediately noticed the darker one. I fell in love with it even without swatching it and I couldn’t wait for autumn to come so that I can apply the colour on my nails.

And here we are at the end of September and I’m finally painting my nails in this gorgeous shade!

”Damsel in a Dress” is not a new addition to the Essie range but it’s so pretty that I had to write about it. It’s not the usual purple shade, it’s deep, for me it’s sophisticated and not actually vampy. Love wearing it with my favourite oversized sweater, the combination of them makes me feel cosy. Depending on the light, it can remind me of red wine and dark grapes. Has just a tiny bit of warm purple shimmer.

It needs two coats for me to get full coverage. It’s pigmented and I’m really clumsy when it comes to darker shades, I usually end up painting my whole fingers but this one goes so smoothly and the consistency is a dream – not too thick but not thin either. Now, I’m not the best person to say how long it lasts on the nails because I usually have to remove my nail polish after a couple of days but ”Damsel in a Dress” definitely doesn’t chip so easily.

Do you have this nail polish in your collection and which are you favourite autumn colours?

The First Cream Cleanser That I Really Like



As a girl with combination skin, I always go for a gel or clay cleanser. I like my cleansers to feel light on the skin and to make it thoroughly clean for a fresh start of the day or after removing my makeup in the evening.

I’ve tried cream cleansers, as well but they made my skin feel more greasy, they were thick and heavy, leaving something like an oily residue although they were for combination skin. I tried to keep away from them for a long time.

My love for La Roche-Posay‘s Effaclar Duo[+] is not a secret, I’m using several products from the Effaclar series and I really like them, so even if I was afraid of using cream cleansers, I decided to purchase their Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream.

It has a pearly white texture which at first seems really thick. You need just a small amount of the product because it’s pretty foamy. When you distribute it on your wet face after lathering it between the palms of your hands, it feels as if it will never go away and you can’t wash it off even after 10 times but that’s not true. In fact, it leaves your skin almost squeaky clean with no sign of an oily film but at the same time your face feels nourished and not tight or flaky. However, you should know that this cleanser is supposed to be used on oily/combination skin. It has Salicylic Acid but it’s no drying at all.

I’m very pleased with the results, I like how it smells and it will probably last me ages. I can say that I’m not so scared of cream cleansers anymore.

Do you have a favourite cream cleanser?

The Pharmacy In-Shower Body Lotion


I’m not lazy when it comes to body moisturising, just sometimes I don’t have so much time or I simply like using in-shower lotions and reach for them from time to time.

We’ve all heard about (and probably used) the Nivea in-shower body lotion, we recognise the nice scent and the soft feeling after shower.

But I have something better here and it’s the Eucerin in-shower body lotion. I believe that the two brands are under the same company but I always go for the medical skincare and I’ve seen through the years that Eucerin works wonders on me.

I got this body lotion when I was in Germany, I haven’t seen it here in Norway and honestly I think it’s not available in many countries which is a shame because it’s a really good product.

First of all, the application is the usual for this type of body lotion – you use your favourite body wash, rinse off and then apply the lotion while you’re still in the shower, rinse again and you’re ready to go. If I compare this one and the Nivea in-shower lotion, I can say that the Eucerin one is not leaving a sticky film while with the Nivea one, I always feel a bit of an oily residue left on my skin.

Maybe the point where Nivea would win for most of the people is the scent especially now that they have bigger variety, the Eucerin one is not having a smell or at least I don’t feel any. For me it’s actually a plus because you can feel the scent of your body wash and also, it can be used by men without leaving fruity, floral or some other sweet scent on their skin. What is important for me is to get the job done and it really does. It’s made for sensitive skin. Sometimes my skin feels so dry that it’s itchy (horrible I know) but the Eucerin in-shower body lotion soothes my skin, nourishes and protects it with the high concentration (5%) of Dexpanthenol. It’s mild but at the same time very moisturising. Even your elbows and knees are getting incredibly soft with it and I feel that this product will be a good friend in the colder months.

Review: Roger & Gallet Fleur d’Osmanthus Revitalising Sorbet

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Last week Roger & Gallet launched their Sorbet Body Lotions in the UK. They’re available in the best-selling fragrances Bois d’Orange, Citron, Gingembre and Fleur d’Osmanthus.

I was lucky to be one of the winners of Escentual‘s competition on their Instagram page.
The prize was one of these body lotions and I was sent the Fleur d’Osmanthus Revitalising Sorbet. I’ve heard about Roger & Gallet before but this is the first product that I’m trying from the brand and hopefully won’t be the last because I love it.

It comes in a pretty bottle with a pump which is great because you can control the amount of product you dispense without everything getting messy and unhygienic. It’s not difficult to see how much you’ve used up as well.

The body lotion is for normal to dry skin, it’s lightweight, it has milky texture that instantly absorbs and smells divine (the scent remains on my clothes like a perfume indeed). It’s with apricot oil and aloe vera which is the soothing ingredient and probably you can already imagine the wonderful scent. It’s enriched with complex of other oils like avocado and passiflora oils as well and contains 95% ingredients of natural origin. It’s paraben-, silicone- and mineral oil-free, it has also no artificial colourings.

For me this is the perfect body moisturiser for this time of the year when summer is leaving but sun is still shining, it’s not cold but it’s not hot. The sorbet is so light and refreshing! It says that it hydrates your skin for 24 hours but of course, you wash it off much earlier so this is hard to be proven.

I think this is my new favourite body lotion – it’s nourishing and the scent is lovely!

I’m not sure if I can find the brand’s products here in Norway but I will definitely try to get some more.

Have you tried any of the Roger & Gallet Sorbet Body Lotions and which one is your favourite?

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