The Goodreads Tag

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I think this is a pretty old tag but I still see people doing it, I love reading so I decided to do it too.

What was the last book you marked as read?
“I think therefore I play” by Andrea Pirlo. I love biographies and I love football so when the book is about one of the greatest players of our time, I had to read it and I loved it. Also, there are some great quotes, pretty short book unfortunately.

What are you currently reading?
“The art of racing in the rain” by Gareth Stein.

What was the last book that you marked as to read?
I think it was “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup. I constantly add new books to ‘to-read’.

What do you plan to read next?
That’s quite a dilemma, I’m torn between some ‘delicious’ books by Anthony Capella and “Stillness and speed” by Dennis Bergkamp (another biographical read).

Do you use the star rating system?
Most of the time, yes.

Do you have a wishlist?
No, because I use ‘to read’ as a wishlist.

What book do you want to buy next?
I use Kindle because I can carry it everywhere with me and it’s absolutely loaded, yet I keep adding more and more books so you never know.

Do you have any favourite quotes?
Tons! I write them down right after I read them and it’s impossible to put them all here but here are several:

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?” 
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” 

― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“My contention is that your blessings derive from your positive contributions. But they must come from the heart. Not because of what you expect in return. Otherwise what you contributed was a loan, not a gift.”

― Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Holiday

and many many more…

Who are your favourite authors?
Impossible to answer this one, there are so many outstanding authors. The only thing I can say is that there is one who makes me very emotional and I’m crying and laughing and crying when I read something from him no matter if it’s a book or song lyrics and it’s Tiziano Ferro.

Have you joined any groups?
No, actually I’m active on Goodreads only for myself. I mean, it’s kind of keeping an archive for myself, checking reviews and so on but I don’t even have friends there, I haven’t even added my boyfriend I think.

It would be pretty interesting for me to see what you like to read so if you feel for it, just do this tag! :-)

 

 

 

 

 

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The Product That Seems to Work for Everybody but Me

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I’ve read a lot about the Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’ Glycolic Pads.

Basically, they’re described as single-step, no-rinse peeling pads that are meant to renew your skin without irritation. They’re also packed with soothing witch hazel and licorice extract and hydrating glycerin. They’re coming in a box of 30 individually wrapped pads that you have to use every night after cleansing your skin.

It’s working against fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and other imperfections to make your skin look and feel healthier and radiant.

You cleanse your face like you normally do, tone, then use the pads and at the end apply your moisturiser. It’s important to know that after using it your skin may get more sensitive, so you should use SPF on the next day. It’s suitable for all skin types.

Now to the reviews that I read. People were so happy after using this product, they were saying that it’s great even for sensitive skin, that it’s such an ‘awesome’ and ‘magical’ product which makes their skin smooth and even that ‘everybody must use these pads’. My surprise was the biggest when I saw comments  from people that tend to get breakouts when they include a new product to their skincare routine which happens to me too. So, they were saying that they didn’t get any breakouts and the product worked fantastic.

As you may guess, I decided to try it out.

The first thing that I noticed when I opened the sachet was that the pad was extremely wet. The smell is the usual for this type of product I think. So, I started applying the ‘magical’ thing on my face and my skin felt burning. It wasn’t stinging, it was burning, my face got red and it hurt a lot. I stopped and after a few minutes everything was back to normal. On the next day I woke up with breakouts, they were not so many,  so I thought it was normal knowing how my skin reacts to new products. And I continued applying the burning product on my face every evening because I don’t give up so easily. The breakouts were getting more and more and at some point I realised that I have never had so many spots at the same time on my face…in my entire life. I had to stop using the pads.
I don’t know why it’s happening to me, considering how positive everybody was. I think there were not even 10 negative comments that I read.

I needed about a week to fully get back to my normal skin condition.

I’m quite stubborn though so the other day I started using them again. But I changed a couple of things. First, I don’t use them every evening, I do it every other evening. And second, I cut the pads in 4 smaller parts each so that there isn’t so much product on my skin. So far, I don’t have the previous problems, it doesn’t burn and I have just a couple of tiny, almost non-visible spots. Will keep you updated!

June Favourites

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June is coming to an end so it’s time for the monthly favourites!

I went back to the Herbal Essences Silk ‘n’ Shine Shampoo (review here) to keep my hair clean. A nice shampoo that smells really good.

I can’t say enough good words about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and Eye Cream (review here). They helped me so much in May, they were there for me in June too.

I changed my moisturiser in the last month because I decided to try the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat which is a mattifying one as you can tell. It can be used as a day and night moisturiser, and as a makeup base, it’s oil-free. So far I’ve been loving it.

Basically during the whole June I’ve been wearing the same nail polish. It’s the Maybelline Colorama (or Color Show depending on which country you’re getting it from) in shade 254. This is the perfect nude for me, it’s stunning! It’s something between peachy pink, brown and grey, I can’t describe it very well but if there’s only one nail polish that I have to pick and wear for months, it would be this one.

The last favourite is a lip product that I discovered after years of ‘meh’ feeling about lip glosses. I finally decided to give it a try and I don’t regret it. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in shade 06 Rosewood Shimmer has been on my lips and in my handbag  in the last weeks and I will definitely keep using it.

Wish you a nice and sunny July!

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?

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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