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.

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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?

My Favourite Fragrance

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It was the spring of 2006. I got a fragrance as a gift from my parents and I absolutely and immediately fell in love with it.

It was very unusual and fresh… it was LOVE! It was Incanto Charms by Salvatore Ferragamo!

I would never choose it based on the description which says ”floral-fruity” and ”sweet” which is exactly what I don’t like. I’m into fresh, citrus scents but this ”floral-fruity” is not the typical floral-fruity and the ”sweet” is not that candy and sugary sweet that makes the fragrance strong in a weird way, too girly and unpleasant instead of clean and light.

The top note is Passion Fruit and Honeysuckle which give it a tropical vibe. The middle note is of Jasmin and Ottoman Roses which bring the feminine floral tones of the fragrance. The base note is Amarys Wood together with Musk that in combination leave the feeling of warmth and comfort.

Another great thing is the packaging – the bottle is simply beautiful (maybe I would only prefer a different cap) and the box that it’s in, is quite charming as well.

It stays on me all day and everyone is asking me what’s my perfume. It’s perfect for the sunny spring and summer days.

I’ve tried other fragrances from the Incanto line and I liked them too but Incanto Charms is just the best, it’s so wonderful that I can’t describe how much I love it.

The only downside for me is that as it was launched 8 years ago, it’s almost impossible to find it at the moment and you don’t always know if it’s the original product. Can’t they just sell it forever?

For me, Incanto Charms is the best combination of elegance, freshness, lightness and summer in a bottle! Plus it has a sentimental value for me…

Travel Essentials

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It’s about time to start packing for my upcoming two-week trip that involves an 8-hour car ride, 20-some hours on a ship and 2 hours on a plane. And this will happen on the way back too – fun, right? Not.

Here are some of the most important items that I’m bringing with me. Of course, I haven’t featured everything because I was trying to focus more on basic skincare and beauty products. You be sure to take your cameras, snacks and hand sanitizers. Also, I’m always loaded with all types of wipes and medicines (I just like to be prepared).

My intention is to get pretty much from the countries that I’m visiting so I’m keeping it simple in my travel purse.

To take off my makeup I use the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Milk because it works very nice on my skin, takes off everything and doesn’t irritate my face. I’m carrying with me Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals to wash my skin with (review here).

I’m not mentioning some of the products that I use for cleansing my face because they would go to travel cosmetic bottles like the rose water which I use as a toner.

There are several moisturizers that I’m taking with me and they are: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat, La-Roche Posay Effaclar K and Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Adjunctive Hydrating Care SPF 30. Also, I use L’Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid as a base because I don’t like to put so much makeup on my skin when I’m traveling (especially on the airplane) and it’s perfect for my combination skin – it hydrates it, mattifies it and you can apply just a little bit of foundation (sometimes I even skip this!) and concealer and you’re ready for the day. I just love this product! My eye gel is from the same series – L’Occitane Angelica Eye Roll-On. As to the concealer, I chose just a highlighting one because I’m gonna be on a hunt for concealers anyways and I only need it to cover my dark circles, it’s the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. To set everything I’m bringing my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder and it’s in a darker shade than my usual because it’s spring!

I will pick one of my shampoos and put it in a travel bottle but for conditioner I chose L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner – great stuff! It was actually in a travel bag from L’Occitane with some other goodies, like the wonderful Almond Shower Oil and the Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. I actually like a lot of stuff by L’Occitane, don’t I?
To spoil my hair a little bit more I’m taking my mini Moroccanoil Hair Treatment.

The EDT is from Yves Rocher and it’s Red Berries Smoothie. I prefer it because it’s super small and I can even carry it in my hand luggage, not to mention that it smells delicious and it’s affordable.

Something that I never go anywhere without is a lip balm, I literally have one everywhere. For the trip I’m taking the Origins Lip Remedy.

That’s the most important of my travel essentials.

Hope it was interesting for you and maybe you can get some ideas for your trips as well.

Mavala Pastels (+Swatches)

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Last week I saw an advertisement about the Mavala Delicious Colours although the collection is 2 years old. It’s spring and I decided to check them out but unfortunately I couldn’t find all of them. The one that I actually wanted to try most was Frozen Berry but it wasn’t available. In fact, I got only one shade from this collection and it’s Blue Mint. So, I picked two more from the same brand to try them and make Mavala mini pastels collection. The other two that I chose are Touch of Provence and Vanilla.

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1. Touch of Provence seemed closest to the desired by me Frozen Berry. It is a lavender purple colour that has a little frosty finish, the application goes very smooth and I used two coats just to make sure that everything is covered. It has the highest coverage of the three.

2. The shade that I was struggling with was Vanilla. It was too liquid and with lightest coverage, kind of milky, so I needed three coats. But at the end it’s a very pretty nude.

3. Blue Mint is a sky blue pastel with just a bit of shimmer and I really love this shade! Again three coats before the final result.

These nail polishes are affordable and super easy to carry with you since they’re in a 5 ml packaging. Smoothly applied and they also come off easily with the nail polish remover (don’t you just hate it when you have to rub 5 minutes for the last stains left?)

According to the brand’s website “All Mavala’s colours are free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal” and “The formula delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breathe, ensuring your natural nails are cared for”.

I can say that I love the formula of these nail polishes and I will be definitely getting more from Mavala.

The Lovely Little Bits

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