Back in Norway: Herbal Essences Silk ‘n’ Shine Shampoo

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 So, Herbal Essences are back! It seems that they disappear from time to time in the different countries, any ideas why?

I’ve used Herbal Essences years ago, actually at the very beginning they started to be present on the European market and I loved them then.

After that they disappeared, then appeared again in different packaging which actually made me not want to get them, then I moved to Norway and a month or so ago I saw a big Nicole image preparing us for the shampoos’ and conditioners’ return. Who doesn’t like Nicole, right?

However, I find two things negative: 1) The price is a lot higher than the usual in the rest of the world which isn’t a surprise for those who live in Norway (everything here is more expensive) and 2) There are only two types of the shampoos/conditioners here.

I picked up the Silk ‘n’ Shine shampoo which I like from the past and I loved it again. I also like the packaging very much, it’s back to the old look. The formula contains rose hips, jojoba extracts and vitamin E, there are no silicons and it’s suitable for all hair types.

The scent is flowery and really nice, at the end your hair is shiny and soft. I like that this shampoo leaves my hair really clean, I don’t know if it makes sense but just some shampoos make your hair feel extremely clean. If you’ve tried the REN Oat and Bay Conditioning Shampoo (pity that I can’t find it in Norway) for example, you know what I mean.

I would return to Herbal Essences Silk ‘n’ Shine shampoo although I’m using a different one at the moment, it’s a very nice product and I recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

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I Stole a Product from my Boyfriend’s Drawer

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Yes, I did it and I’m not sorry!

I saw the Ligne St Barth – After Sun Aloe Vera Gel with Mint in my boyfriend’s drawer and I had to check it out. First of all, the smell was so fresh and nice that I had to ask him about this product. He said that he got it during a Caribbean trip because many people recommended it and it can be used as an aftershave or after sun gel as well as an insect bite reliever.

I don’t go sunbathing (yeah, maybe you think I’m crazy) but I wanted to try this out so much that I decided to use it on my legs after the epilator. It was so soothing and refreshing, a little bit cooling, the gel was so light and non-sticky, just perfect. I also tried it once after I burnt my fingers while cooking, it was so calming.

It’s quite pricey but it’s totally worth it. I love this product, I’m not sure if it’s still available online because the company’s policy is to sell it only at the location but if I find it, I will definitely repurchase it.

Have you tried this wonderful gel?

Review: Bio-Oil

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I guess you’ve heard a lot about Bio-Oil, it’s actually a pretty controversial product. Many people hate it, many people love it.

I’m not a specialist, I’m just a person who decided to try it and I’m sharing what I experienced. What made me want to try it was the botanical ingredients list:

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)

First of all, the price for 200 ml in Norway is around €50 which is quite high, in the UK you can find it for £20-£25 (I got it in London around this price). There are smaller packagings, too but you have to use it twice daily for a minimum of 3 months to see results or at least that’s what the bottle suggests.

Second of all, I haven’t used it on my face. Many people say that it helps removing acne scars but I can’t share any opinion on that.

I use this oil mainly on dehydrated parts of my body and it works great, I don’t see any change in my skin tone, though (it claims to improve uneven skin tone). I also tried it several times on burnt areas since I know that calendula helps healing burnt skin and it was ok although I prefer my good old calendula cream for this. I have some small old scars but I didn’t see any difference after using the oil. Probably it works when the scars are new, I don’t know.

However, it feels quite heavy. You can’t apply it, just get dressed and go out. It needs a lot of time to absorb, it’s quite oily, it’s not appropriate if you’re in a rush.

Bottom line, it’s a great moisturiser, my skin is smoother and more hydrated but I didn’t notice any miracles that some people were telling me to expect. There are tons of nice body moisturisers out there that are not so pricey so I’m not sure if I’m going to be repurchasing this product.

April Favourites

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It’s the end of the month again so it’s time to share what I was mostly using during April.

Sooner or later I’m always going back to my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It controls the shine of my combination skin, it’s lightweight, looks natural and in the changing season, it was what I exactly needed.

And although my face needed some mattifying, it also asked for nourishing and hydration. Lately, I’m using rose water as a toner. I don’t remember the brand that I’m showing here because I put it in a travel bottle a long time ago but you can find rose water easily and you can also make it on your own. It cleanses and balances my skin, makes it smooth and it can also soothe irritated skin. The benefits of using rose water are thousands and you can see it for yourself if you try.

I almost never suffer from chapped lips but I guess it’s because I use lip balm nearly 24/7. The one that I was carrying everywhere with me this month was Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mango Butter Lip Balm. It’s 100% natural and it has fruity flavour. I love it, I love how it softens my lips, I love how it smells, it’s tiny so it doesn’t take much space and you even forget that it’s in your pocket.

Nobody talks about feet, is it so shameful? Feet are part of our body and we should take care of them. In fact, we torture them a lot by wearing high heels and walking/training all the time and our feet need pampering too! Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream is a combination of softening the foot skin and making your feet feel relieved after a tough day. It has arnica extract, virgin cashew nut oil, shea butter and myrrh that takes care of your nails. The smell is very, very gentle. Exfoliate your feet and then apply this cream, you won’t regret it.

You can see that I’ve been loving the L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Body Milk. I love everything about this body milk – the scent of the Grasse, Bulgarian, Moroccan and Turkish roses, the milky texture, the way it softens my skin for a day ahead. It has also grapeseed oil and this product absorbs quickly so you can get dressed immediately after using it.

I usually prefer citrus notes for my fragrances but sometimes in the colder months I go for something heavier. Like Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million. When I say heavier I don’t mean masculine, it’s still feminine but it’s kind of bold. Plus, it stays much better on skin than when you just test it on paper for example.

So, that’s my list with favourites for this month.

Do you like some of these products?

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