Review: Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder

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As a person with combination skin, I’m always looking for a good mattifying powder. All the combination/oily skin girls want this but we know how much we hate it when we look too powdery, right?

Well, there is a solution to our problem and it’s called Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder! This product not only mattifies your skin, not only keeps you shine-free for hours but also makes your face look healthy and radiant. Honestly, I didn’t know anything about this powder, didn’t read any reviews before purchasing it, I just saw it one day and decided to buy it.

Everybody is still raving about the Healthy Mix serum and foundation, unfortunately I haven’t tried them but this powder deserves to be mentioned too because it’s just amazing.

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The packaging is really cute as you can see, it’s super slim and there’s a full mirror inside so you can also carry the product with you for touch-ups during the day.

It’s a very soft and smooth pressed powder with a light and fresh fruity scent. It’s an Asian fruit therapy to rebalance and restore the skin (Kaki for hydration and Yuzu for anti-shine).

It applies very smooth and gives a good coverage. It’s not cakey at all, looks very natural and beautiful. For me it lasts about 6-7 hours without any touch-ups, I use a base/foundation before the powder and my Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid from L’Occitane before applying the base. I understand that all the steps are significant for the final result but still think that the powder really keeps you shine-free for a long time. Ok, maybe not for 10 hours but it’s definitely more than many of the mattifying powders out there. Plus, my face gets oily pretty quickly so this product really does a great job.

The only downside is that there are just 4 shades to choose from but I think 53 Light Beige is the perfect one for me. Also I’ll have to find how to repurchase it online from somewhere since we don’t have Bourjois products here in Norway.

Overall, I’m very impressed with this powder and it’s probably my favourite product at the moment.

Have you tried Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder and what’s your experience with it?

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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!

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.

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