July Favourites

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Time must be really flying! I feel as if I posted my June favourites couple of days ago and here’s the day when I’m publishing the July ones.

We were pretty lucky here in Norway in July – sunny and warm (sometimes even hot!) weather all day long which means more walks and hours outside with your favourite person and ice cream, of course! I reached for my Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 by L’Occitane more often than ever. It’s a lightweight moisturiser, smells of herbs a bit which I love and gives me nourishing and protection perfect for the summer.

My fragrance choice brought me back to Lancome‘s La Vie est Belle because it’s delicate and pretty and most of all, it reminds me of the last time when me and my better half were in London.

I’m not showing that much skin usually (shy girl here!) but still, in the summer days we go for more revealing clothes which means that exfoliating is very important. My choice in July was the Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator from Clinique. Not only makes your skin feel refreshed and soft but also gives you a bit of a glow!

There is a skincare product that I absolutely adore! It’s the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil and you can read my review on it here. If you have combination or oily skin, you need this in your skincare routine, it works amazing!

Last but not least, the only makeup product featured in this month’s favourites is something that I received a couple of weeks ago but pretty quickly became one that I love. It’s the Bourjouis Volume 1 Seconde mascara and it makes my lashes well-separated with more volume and lift. Doesn’t irritate sensitive eyes and it’s super easy to remove.

What did you like most in the month of July?

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How to Deal with Oily/Combination Skin

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First of all, I would like to say that here I’m just going to be sharing my experience and thoughts, I’m not a specialist and I don’t claim that this will work for everybody – different people, different skin types and issues. The aim of this a bit longer than usual post is to focus on some important steps of the skincare routine and give you product examples.

Back in the school days everybody was constantly repeating how nice my skin was while they were having acne problems. But then I faced something different. Sometimes I think they jinxed it, probably it was just the age though. At some point my skin started to change, my T-zone got a bit oily, my cheeks were dry, I was having some spots from time to time. Luckily, I haven’t suffered from severe acne in my life but you know how we girls overreact sometimes and we think the problem is bigger than it really is.

I began to try out some products and probably not all of them were good for my skin but often teenagers don’t take the best decisions. My skin was feeling tight in a very bad way, it was having many dry patches, it wasn’t nice at all.

Through the years I was trying to find what’s working best for me and most of all to keep my skin healthy.

At the moment I’m trying to follow several simple steps and rules in my skincare routine and to avoid changing the products too often because it gives me breakouts. The result for me is that my skin looks and feels much better, I don’t tend to get so many spots as before (most of the time they’re hormonal in those days, you know) and because I live far from my family, when they see me months after the previous visit, they often say that my skin looks great and they ask me for advices. My couple of rules are: not to mix too many skincare products, I’m a fan of the medical skincare, I’ve been using Eucerin for years and my skin feels good with it; also, I double cleanse…always. This means that I use a make-up remover (or two one after another) to get rid of all what’s been on my face during the day and after this I use a foam/gel/clay/cream cleanser and wash off everything left with warm water. I don’t use face wipes, I don’t go to bed with make-up on, I always wash my face morning and evening and I drink a lot of water.

The steps I follow are:

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1. Cleansing. It’s very important to have purified skin, to remove everything that was built up on it throughout the long day. I use micellar water and a cleansing milk from Eucerin to take off my make-up (the milk is not on the picture at the moment). The micellar water by Garnier is also very nice and gentle, works great for removing eye make-up. I’m not a specialist in the cleansing balms area, they’re a bit too oily for me but they cleanse deeply so if you have a favourite one, go for it! I try to use mild products that cleanse my skin well but also don’t dry it out. For me, it’s very important to wash my face with a suitable cleanser. I’ve tried so many and I can’t tell you what will work good for you – some prefer foam cleansers, others – clay cleansers or gel ones, it all depends on how your skin feels. Here I will give you just some examples that work well for me. Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals (review here) is a gentle foam cleanser, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (review here) is a clay cleanser, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foming Cream is a cream cleanser and my favourite is the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Refreshing Cleansing Gel which is not on the picture unfortunately.

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2. Toning. It’s been many years since I discovered the benefits of applying rose water on my face (full post here). It’s my current toner and it also helps removing impurities if there are some left from the first step. Also, the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid can be used as a toner too. I use the ACO Spotless Daily Purifying Toner just on problematic zones because it can be a bit drying but it’s antiseptic so if you have a spot, it’s great to apply it on with a cotton pad.

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3. Hydration. This is a step that many people with oily or combination skin skip because they’re scared that their skin can get breakouts or more oily. Hydration is very important to every skin type, you just have to find the right moisturiser for yourself. For the day I use Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating Care and sometimes their Adjunctive Hydrating Care SPF30 if my makeup base doesn’t have a protecting factor. For my evening skincare routine I apply just a tiny bit of Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Night Care. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat is also a very good moisturiser (plus it’s mattifying) that can be used for both day and night.

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4. Additional care. I use two products only on the problematic areas of my face. They are: La Roche-Posay Effaclar K that is a clarifying moisturiser and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] which is a spot treatment.

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5. Special treatment. Twice a week I use the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (review here) in my evening skincare routine because it balances my skin, makes it soft and tightens pores. Don’t be afraid of oils and moisturisers, your skin needs hydration and nourishing, it just has to be the right one.

We have to know that everything can affect our skin condition – how we feel, what we eat, everything is important. Try to take care of your skin and to keep it healthy but remember that nobody’s perfect and we all have our flaws.

 

Brand Focus: L’Occitane en Provence

 

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I learned about L’Occitane en Provence some years ago thanks to my boyfriend. He knows that I’m a lip balm addict so he got me a present – a whole bunch of lip balms, all from L’Occitane. They were amazing! (I still keep some of the tubes as you can see below…sweet memories). Through the years I got to know more of their products and step by step, L’Occitane turned into one of my favourite brands. My blog isn’t very popular so as you can guess I’m not paid to write this post, I just decided to share with you what I like most from the brand and maybe you can tell me what I’ve missed. So, here are my favourite picks with no particular order.

1. Lip balms.

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Have to start with them because they’re the first thing that made me fall in love with the brand. The white tube is their most popular Moisturizing Certified Organic Shea Lip Balm and also my all-time favourite lip balm. If you suffer from extremely dry and chapped lips, you’ve tried everything and it didn’t work, look this way. The colourful ones are from a limited edition and they were Desert Rose Lip Balm, Hibiscus Flower Lip Balm and Cocoa Flower Lip Balm. All of them are having 10% shea butter and are amazing.

2. Shower oil.

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Is there anybody that hasn’t heard of the Almond Shower Oil? It won’t be exaggerating if I say that it’s the best shower oil in the world because it really is. Smells fantastic, leaves your skin smooth and soft and you don’t even need a moisturiser after going out of the shower.

3. Body and hair care.

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Here I’m showing a small part of my travel essentials – the Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner and the Ultra Rich Body Lotion. I keep them in travel sizes because when I’m on the way my hair and skin are more stressed than ever and these products are giving me the nourishing I need. And of course the lovely Rose 4 Reines Body Milk! Wonderful texture and great for moisturising. I’m using it after my evening shower and on the next morning, I’m waking up to the beautiful rose scent which lasts forever.

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I’m also including the soaps although I’m using them only on my hands but I wanted to mention them because some are exfoliating but they exfoliate your skin very gently and they’re hydrating your body as well. Also, they’re very pretty and I’ve noticed that people like them as a gift.

4. Hand creams. IMG_9280post I use both of the hand creams on the picture together because the one on the right is the Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF20 which gives you the protection but for bigger hydration I apply the Shea Butter Subtle Violet Hand Cream (it was a limited edition) before the brightening one. Of course you can use them separately. Another hand cream that I love but isn’t on the picture is the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, wonderful…just wonderful!

5. The Angelica range

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There are only two products from the range on the picture but the whole Angelica series is fantastic if you have oily/combination skin. The Ultra Matte Fluid is going to keep you shine-free all day long when you apply it before your primer or use it as a primer. There isn’t anything else that has helped me so much. The eye roll-on is giving you a refreshing feeling, you can use it night and or/day, I store mine in the fridge and apply it in the mornings.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil

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I’ve been reading a lot about this product before purchasing it. I was looking for a nice face treatment for my combination skin, you know something a bit more special. I’ve been using it for a month or so and I think it’s a good moment to share my experience so far.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is made from 100% pure plant extracts and claims to purify, hydrate, balance and tone the oily/combination skin. Also the concentrate of Rosewood, Geranium and Lotus extracts are about to tighten the pores and refine the skin texture, the Hazelnut oil softens and soothes skin and also minimises the appearance of fine lines.

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The first time when I put a couple of drops in my palm from a tester, I felt the herbal scent which I loved. Some people think it’s too strong but I personally like it very much. It gives me the feeling of relaxation. The scent along with the reviews made me purchase this product.

During the first week, I was using it every night as the last part of my evening skincare routine after cleansing and toning my face. But I thought it was a little bit too much so I decided to make it twice a week. I need 2-3 drops of the oil. I warm the product between the palms of my hands and then gently apply it on the face. It needs a couple of minutes to fully absorb but it doesn’t leave a sticky film, doesn’t make your pillow oily or something like that. I’m not sure if I can correctly explain how I feel but it’s something like a gentle face massage, it’s very relaxing. It makes my skin softer and smells refreshing. I don’t apply night cream when I’m using the oil and I noticed that on the next morning my face is less oily than usual.

Then an unexpected problem appeared because of a face product (more info here) and my skin was looking terrible. I got back to applying the oil every night and I noticed the difference immediately. 3 days later my skin was back to normal only because of this oil.

Also, from what I’m seeing, the bottle will last a really long time.

I can’t say enough good words about this product. It really helps my skin feel and look better. I would definitely repurchase the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil and I would recommend it to anyone who has oily or combination skin.

Empties

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I still don’t have the habit to keep the containers of all I’ve used up but I’m working on it. This is a small part of the products, that’s what I’ve kept and a word or two about them.

I would like to mention one of the products that is not on the picture because I really liked it. It’s the Vichy NutriExtra Extraordinary Oil which is a dry oil for hair, face and body. I didn’t try it as a face oil because of my combination skin, I just don’t risk when it’s not specifically for combination skin. I tried it on my hair ends before washing or after washing but just didn’t like it, it made my hair looking and feeling weird. Then why did I say I liked it? Because it’s a great body oil! It’s just an amazing body oil, I won’t do a review here cause it’s an Empties post but if you’re more curious about it, just check it out and you won’t regret using it…at least as a body oil.

Now moving to what’s on the picture.

I like L’Oreal’s Arginine Resist X3 shampoo, a good one.

John Frieda’s Fizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque is a great hair mask that made my hair soft and less knotty. I would repurchase.

More for hair, L’Oreal Professionel Volumetry Powder Fresh SOS Refreshing Spray is something like a dry shampoo. It was a gift and unfortunately it’s for fine hair which mine is definitely not so it didn’t really work for me but I absolutely love the smell, it’s fresh and clean. I wouldn’t repurchase but if you have fine hair, try it out.

My Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating care is over again, it’s a moisturiser that I use all the time, I’ve repurchased it and will continue repurchasing, love Eucerin, love this moisturiser.

Body care and the lovely Rose 4 Reines Rose Body Milk from L’Occitane. Amazing smell, great texture, wonderful results, why didn’t I get a new one before this was gone?

Fragrances. The travel size of Yves Rocher’s Red Berries Smoothie did a great job in May during my long trip – handbag friendly, scent perfect for the summer, doesn’t last long on you though.

I confessed my love for Salvatore Ferragamo’s Incanto Charms here and now I’m sad that I can’t find it anywhere.

I had Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million in my April favourites and my opinion remains the same – like it for the colder months, feminine but a little bit bolder.

Actually when you write a blog post, it seems better to include less products, right? It’s pretty interesting when I watch YouTubers’ Empties videos but if it’s a blog post that is too long, I guess people lose their interest at some point. What do you think?

The Lovely Little Bits

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