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Empties #16

I’ve used up some beauty products again and I thought I’d share with you a bit more on them.

Skincare and Makeup Products

L’Oréal Micellar Water for Sensitive and Dry Skin – I got a big bottle of this one, hoping it would be very good, especially considering it’s meant to be suitable even for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, it stings my eyes, it’s tough to remove mascara (although I try not to use micellar water around my eyes) and it leaves some residue on the skin. I always wash my face after taking my makeup off but it’s just not a pleasant feeling;
Clarins Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk – This, on the other hand, is really mild yet effective and simply lovely to use. It has a beautiful and delicate scent, it doesn’t irritate my eyes, feels soft on the skin and the mini was great for travelling;
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel – One of my favourite cleansing gels at the moment. It’s soap-free, it’s suitable for blemish-prone skin, it can be used on both, face and body and you can read more details on my experience with the product here;
Avène Thermal Spring Water – This summer has been so hot and I really like it but it’s been a bit too much for my skin. This thermal water is not only cooling but also soothing and refreshing. I’ve used up more than 4 bottles of it in the past few months and now I’m halfway through a huge one that would probably be the last one for the season. I just don’t seem to reach for thermal water sprays in the colder months or at least not so often;
La Roche-Posay Serozinc – Another mist but this time specially designed to help healing blemishes and mattifying the skin. I’ve mentioned so many times that I love this product, it’s been featured on my blog multiple times and I will keep repurchasing it;
Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask – This is my favourite affordable sheet mask for days when I need ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Zinc. It’s lovely to use, it helps reducing the redness caused by blemishes, it also heals them a lot quicker and I always try to have a few of this sheet mask in my skincare stash;
Origins Flower Fusion Raspberry Sheet Mask – The Flower Fusion Sheet Masks are still not mentioned much in the community but in case you’re curious about them, I shared my opinion and experience here. The Raspberry one is probably my favourite of all because it’s perfect for my combination skin, it’s really refreshing and contains vitamins and antioxidants;
Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum – This is one of my favourite budget-friendly hydrating serums although there’s another one I like just a little bit more. This is my second bottle of it, I think I purchased about 5 when I was in London simply because I can find it only in the UK. My skin is hydrated, plump and radiant when I’m using this little gem;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Day Cream – I haven’t talked about this cream in a long time but it still must be the one that holds the record for being in Empties posts the most. I can use it in the summer or winter and it will still be effective. It’s soothing, hydrating without being greasy, absorbs quickly, regulates sebum production and I’d recommend checking it out if you have oily/combination and blemish-prone skin;
Estée Lauder Revitalising Supreme + – This is just a beautiful product. The mini of 15 ml is great for travelling but it actually lasts a really long time. The cream visibly makes the skin look smoother, more radiant and firm. Sometimes it can be a bit too rich for my skin but mum has dry skin and she absolutely loves it;
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra Comforting Night Cream – Another product that is actually mum’s but I occasionally steal and use when my skin is very dry and dehydrated. The texture is rich, so I don’t use a lot on my combination skin but it’s still enough to make me look more fresh on the next day. It feels nourishing and leaves the skin plump and soft, I also love the scent because it’s nice but not too overpowering;
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Resurfacing Active Foundation 16HR and Fluid Corrective Foundation 16HR – Both of these are great for covering acne or scarring, redness, blemishes. I’m happy I had the chance to try both although the first one is too thick for me, it’s just heavy and difficult to work with on my skin, it feels more like a mousse and the shades look a bit too dark. The fluid one is a foundation I’m thinking about getting full size of because it’s really easy to use, it has great coverage although I don’t usually wear such high coverage bases and it just hides everything I would want to hide when I have bad skin days;
Dior Forever Cushion – I love Dior Forever range, the Forever fluid foundation is my all-time favourite foundation, it’s brilliant and I can talk about it for days. Its cushion for came in handy during my travels, it has different texture but it’s still long-lasting. You can read more here but the only thing I didn’t like is the fact that it didn’t last very long. It’s quite pricey and I like that you can purchase a refill but I wish it lasted longer;
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I think this is a second tube of this mascara I’ve used up although it’s not my favourite one. And that is simply because the formula is too wet for my taste. I don’t hate it, I quite like it because it makes my lashes fluttery but there’s just something missing;
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Ultra BlackBourjois have amazing mascaras and this is great one, it gives me volume, separation, length and it’s super black;

Body Products

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Shower Gel and Body Lotion Travel Duo – I love the fragrance, I have several of its variations and this mini duo was part of a set along with the perfume. The whole bathroom remained fragranced with this beautiful scent every time I used the two products and I really enjoyed the experience;
KICKS Lemongrass Sugar Scrub with Argan Oil – One of my favourite body scrubs. In case you want to read more about it, take a look at this blog post;
Yves Rocher Cranberry and Almond Body Lotion – This body lotion was part of the brand’s Christmas collection last year and it took me a long time to use it up because I always seemed to find myself applying other body moisturisers. Not that I didn’t like this one but it can be a bit too light sometimes when my skin is more dry and dehydrated;
Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 – This is my second bottle of this sunscreen, I loved using it every summer morning when I had to go out in the garden and take care of the kitties we adopt. Most of them have health issues and summer is the best time to enjoy some outdoor activities with the little cuties. This sunscreen is physical, so I don’t need to wait for it to work after 20 or more minutes. I just apply it and I’m good to go. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it stains my clothes a bit;
Alverde Calendula Hand Cream – I picked up this hand cream randomly one day because my hands felt really dry and I was passing by a drugstore. It ended up being pretty nice, I love calendula products because they are very soothing and also antiseptic. The tube is quite small, so it’s also great for the handbag;
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream – Another miniature hand cream. I love L’Occitane hand creams and Peony scent is my favourite along with their Cherry Blossom one because they are delicate and feminine. The texture of their creams is lightweight but nourishing and absorbs quickly while the fragrance lingers around the whole room around you.

These are my recent empties and I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday!

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Empties #15


It feels quite strange to do a post with empty products for a second time this month. But here’s a tiny portion…most of them pretty useful if you’re travelling.

Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks – I have an entire blog post dedicated to these face masks, so here’s a link to it in case you’d want a bit more information on each of them but I love them all and I’ve already repurchased a few;
Sally’s Box Loverecipe Paprika Sheet Mask & Peach Sheet Mask – The paprika one is for smoother skin texture and the serum was more like a gel, while the peach mask is firming and looked quite creamy. I enjoyed using both of them because my skin felt refreshed and soft after using the masks. It was also a bit cooling which is great for the summer months;
Balea Vital Sheet Mask – This sheet mask is usually supposed to be good for mature skin but I was curious to try it because of the Hyaluronic Acid and Argan Oil in it. Balea have some lovely budget sheet masks and this was no exception;
Balea Soft & Clear Nose Strips – I know these are not so good to use but I just can’t stop trying different ones. They are formulated with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil and were recommended to me by a friend. So far, these are the best drugstore ones I’ve tried, sadly there are only 3 inside the packet but they’re very good;
Balea Clear-Up Strips – Love the Lotus Flower Extract range but these strips are not as good as the ones mentioned above;
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner – This is an alcohol-free, soothing and hydrating toner. I really like it and I’m thinking about purchasing a full size, it’s good for any skin type but especially for those with combination and blemish-prone skin;
L’Occitane Essential Water – I’ve heard many good things about this floral water and I love the brand but this product stings my eyes and broke me out. The scent is very strong and I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but it just doesn’t agree with this toner, sadly;
Balea Eye Cream with Lotus Extract – There was another empty tube of my favourite drugstore eye cream about 3 weeks ago but this is the one I had in my travel bag and there was just a tiny bit left. I’ve talked about it so many times, it’s fragrance-free, feels soothing and hydrating and I will keep repurchasing it;
La Roche-Posay SPF 50+ Anthelios XL – This mini was so good for travelling. It’s a relatively lightweight cream although all sunscreens are a bit heavy on me but it was quite nice underneath makeup. The formula is paraben-free and water-resistant;
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry – One of my favourite lip products! Can’t believe I’ve used it up and need to get a new one. When I first got it, I didn’t expect it to be so nice on the lips but also, so moisturising. I’ve even used it as an overnight treatment during travels and it just leaves my lips incredibly soft and nourished;
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve – I still don’t understand how people never talk about these blushers and especially this particular shade. The powder is finely-milled, it has a beautiful sheen, applies like a dream and this one is something between a bronzer and a blusher. Simply gorgeous;
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – A lovely brightening concealer with decent amount of coverage. I don’t talk about it a lot which is a shame because it’s a really nice product and I actually already have another tube of it;
Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara – This mini was great for my travel makeup bag. It doesn’t irritate my eyes and gives volume to the lashes, makes them look fluttery and the only downside is that it’s pretty tough to remove at the end of the day;
Lavera Deo Roll-On with Bio Aloe Vera & Bio Calendula – This is a vegan deodorant with subtle scent and lovely ingredients list. Most deodorants don’t really keep me sweat-free anyway, so I prefer to use such that are more “clean” and Lavera do really nice ones;
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub – I love the brand’s body scrubs but this mini wasn’t that exfolaiting and I’m not sure if it was a problem with the one I had. However, I really like the scent;
Alverde Leave-In Conditioner Spray Aloe Vera Hibiscus – I believe it now has a new packaging and they often reformulate it but it’s always a nice budget-friendly product. It makes my hair shiny and smooth.

As it seems, I’ve used up quite a few products in the past couple of weeks and I’m already thinking about project pan. I have a lot of products that are half-used and I’m not the biggest fan of throwing something in the bin because I forgot about it and it has expired.

Budget Skincare Stars

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you some of my favourite affordable makeup products, you can see the blog post here. Then I thought it might be nice to talk about a few lovely budget skincare items. We all love to invest in face care but that doesn’t mean that drugstores don’t offer some beautiful choices.

Last year, Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Water finally came to Norway and it immediately turned into my favourite affordable cleansing water. It’s very gentle yet effective in removing makeup, feels refreshing, soothing and non-sticky. I always wash my face after removing makeup with micellar water but I like that this one contains Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) because it’s anti-inflammatory, improves the appearance of enlarged pores, works against dullness of the skin, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and redness.

The past couple of years have been quite successful when it comes to finding really good hydrating serums at the drugstore. However, my favourite one must be the Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum. It is a brilliant facial serum that contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy. The texture of the serum is quite light and runny but the bottle comes with a pump that is comfortable to use and also hygienic. It takes a few seconds to fully absorb but there is no residue left and my skin feels refreshed and soothed. I’ve already used up 3-4 bottles of it and I’ll keep repurchasing the serum. I have to say, I don’t think it would be enough if you have really dry skin but for me, it’s working very well. I also love the fresh scent.

Applying a facial oil is one of my favourite steps in my evening skincare routine, so when I learned about the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil more than a year ago from my mum who loves it, I got one for myself and I’ve already used up almost 3 bottles of it. It’s meant to be suitable for dry skin but I have to say, this oil never broke me out or made my skin greasy. It doesn’t feel heavy, it’s quite light and I’d still apply a night cream on top. The oil has a lovely subtle rose scent, it’s vegan and contains ingredients from certified organic agriculture like Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Peach Kernel Oil and Apple Seed Extract. The brand is also known for the fact that their products are free from silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Sheet masks are really popular at the moment but they can be very pricey. I was pleased to find a beautiful hydrating mask and also a purifying one that won’t break the bank. They both come from Balea, the moisturising one is from the same range as the face serum. First of all, I have to say that Balea sheet masks seem to be a bit smaller than the rest of the masks I’ve tried but they are somehow the only ones that manage to cover my huge nose. Balea Aqua Hydrating Sheet Mask contains Algae Extract, Almond Oil and Rosehip Oil, feels like a moisturising gel, it’s cooling and soothing. The mask doesn’t move around the face once it’s on and it’s quite comfortable to wear. I like using it when my skin is a bit dry and dehydrated, the first time I tried it, I was surprised how radiant and nourished my skin was on the following day, thanks to such an affordable sheet mask.

Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask is part of one of the newest ranges of the brand and I might need to find the rest of the products, too. The mask contains Salicylic Acid and Zinc which is great if you have blemish-prone and oily skin. It does heal spots quicker than usual and it doesn’t make my skin feeling dry or stripped. I really really like this sheet mask.

As a person with combination skin, I love using clay masks a couple of times a week. When the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks were released last year, I’ve been a fan of all three, now they’ve expanded the range adding more skincare products which I can’t wait to try. Here I’m showing only one of the face masks but you can read my review on all three here, in case you haven’t already. What I love about this Exfo Face Mask (Glow in the UK) is that it doubles up as an exfoliant, as well, it’s easy to wash off and makes my skin look smooth and glowy.

There are great drugstore options on the skincare shelves sometimes and I’d be really happy to know more about some of your finds.

Empties #11

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This year’s finally coming to an end and what better time to get rid of all the empty bottles of beauty products than now?

Skincare and Makeup Products

Purederm Tea Tree Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes and Purederm Argan Oil Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes – I’ve mentioned many times that I’m not the biggest fan of wet wipes but I always have a packet when I travel. These took me a long time to use up but I have to say, they are probably my favourite wet wipes, so far. They are really gentle and remove makeup quite well, the Tea Tree ones feel very refreshing and I think I’d repurchase them;
Arminabio Organic Chamomile Water – It shouldn’t be a secret by now that I adore floral waters and this one was the first chamomile water I’ve ever tried. It removes the last traces of makeup after cleansing, it feels soft on the skin and I already have a second bottle of it. Not really keen on the packaging though, the spray isn’t working very well but I can live with that;
Sephora Lotus Face Mask – Whenever I have access to a Sephora boutique, I always take the chance to stock up on their sheet masks. Love most of them and this soothing and moisturising one is a favourite of mine;
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum – Another bottle of this one is already in use, it’s a brilliant budget moisturising serum, the pump is great and makes it easy to get every single drop of the product. A must-have for me in the colder months and really good addition to my skincare routine;
Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate – One more hydrating serum but a lot more expensive. It actually doubles up as a toner and a serum, it leaves the skin moisturised and soothed and has a lovely scent;
Alverde Q10 Eye Serum with Organic Goji Berry – This was a random purchase but it turned out to be quite successful. The eye serum has a nice scent and hydrates the delicate under eye area pretty well. The formula is rich in natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K (+) – I’ve had a full size of this one but the sachet reminded me how much I loved it, it makes my skin smoother and clearer and I should probably get a new tube;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. – I’ve always had minis of this product but I think it might be time to get a full size of it because it does a great job at healing the hyperpigmentation that’s left from spots and reduces the redness when there’s an active spot;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat – One more product I’ve had a full size of but I have to say, it’s not as good for my skin anymore as it used to be about 2 years ago;
Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse – Lovely brow gel that tames and fills in the brows, long-lasting and comfortable to wear.

Body and Hair Products

Bilou Creamy Mandarin Shower Foam – Shower foams are getting more and more popular (thanks to Rituals amazing shower foams) because they are easy to use and soft but rich on the skin. This one smells sweet without being too strong and I really enjoyed using it. Actually, I think I have two more scents from this brand that I found in Germany;
Naturé Moi Body Wash with Organic Fig Extract – I saw this brand randomly and purchased a couple of products because it’s not very common to see sulphate-free products at the drugstore. This body wash contains Salicylic Acid and is purifying but mild, it doesn’t have the most ‘clean’ ingredients list but I’m impressed considering it is so affordable;
Balea Professional Pure Volume Shampoo – One of my favourite drugstore shampoos, it has a light gel texture and gives my hair so much volume and shine, have repurchased a ton of times and will continue to repurchase;
Alverde Ultra Sensitive Shampoo – That was a nice everyday shampoo, it’s sulphate-free, gentle to the scalp and pretty affordable;
Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream – That will be my next Rituals body cream, it smells divine and hydrates the skin beautifully. I’m a big fan of the brand’s body creams, the Honey Touch is my favourite but this one is just as lovely;
L’Occitane Milk Concentrate with Almond Milk – One of the most hydrating body moisturisers. Smells exactly like the brand’s famous shower oil, has light texture but feels incredibly nourishing;
Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love White Cotton & Pink Lily Fragrance Mist – These are not something I would usually go for and I ended up giving the mist to mum because she liked the light scent. It’s not bad but doesn’t stay on the skin for a long time;
L’Occitane Jasmin & Bergamote EDT – Fresh and delicate scent that is quite pleasant but it doens’t last long on me;
Bvulgari Rose Goldea EDP – I love scents with rose notes, many perfumes at the moment have rose in their middle notes but when it’s one of the top notes, I always feel like it’s a bit too heavy and oriental for my taste. However, this is not the case with Rose Goldea. This fragrance is so beautiful and feminine that I could actually think of purchasing it.

These are my last empties for 2016 and I’m really excited for my favourite products of the year!

Drugstore Skincare Update | Autumn 2016

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When seasons change, my skin isn’t the happiest. When autumn comes, my skin is always in its most terrible condition. Not sure exactly why and how but even my trustworthy skincare products never help.
That’s why I try to switch up the items I use sometimes but step by step and not all by once because it could be even worse for the skin.

I believe that we can find really good products at the drugstore, so whenever I have access to brands I don’t see in Norway, the hunt begins. I’ve been incorporating these products one by one into my skincare routine in the past few weeks and I’m pleased to say that I’m already seeing results and my skin is getting a bit better.

When it comes to facial serums that are affordable, I’m looking for hydrating ones because let’s be honest, the ‘magical’ ingredients are a lot more expensive and they’re difficult to find on the high street. I have combination skin that is also dehydrated and all the issues get even more problematic in the autumn, the oily zones get even oilier, the lack of water shows up even more, as well.
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum is a brilliant facial serum that contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy. The texture of the serum is quite runny but the bottle comes with a pump that is comfortable to use and also hygienic. It takes a few seconds to fully absorb but there is no residue left and my skin feels refreshed and soothed. I also got the sheet mask from the same range and I think they’re both good for people with oily or combination skin that is also dehydrated. I don’t think it would be enough if you have really dry skin but for me, it’s working very well. I also love the fresh scent.

Oils were something I never thought I’d use on a daily basis and now I just can’t go a day without applying facial oil to my skin. I learned about the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil from my mum who loves it and I got a bottle of it back in June but never used it. I left it in Norway, so when my skin started feeling really thirsty, I ran and got a second bottle to finally try it. I was a bit worried because it’s designed for dry skin and some of the oils in it aren’t particularly good on my skin but I’ve been loving it, so far. It didn’t break me out and I love the subtle rose scent and the texture of the oil. It’s vegan and contains ingredients from certified organic agriculture like Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Peach Kernel Oil and Apple Seed Extract. The brand is also known for the fact that their products are free from silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Last but not least, I picked up a new moisturiser. About a year ago, I tried a few products from the French pharmacy brand Mixa and their Anti-Imperfection series that I really liked. So, when I saw that they have a new moisturiser from the same range, I had to have it. Mixa 2 in 1 Anti-Imperfection Moisturising Cream with Mattifying Silicate S and Purifying Zinc is suitable for sensitive and blemish-prone skin. It’s supposed to moisturise the skin while reducing spots and tightening the pores. The formula is paraben-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. The cream feels light but still nourishing and I haven’t used it for that long to say more about the effect on pores and pigmentation but it makes my skin soft and somehow smoother. It doesn’t keep it mattified for more than a couple of hours but no moisturiser does it for me anyway. The cream is great under make-up and I don’t even need a primer after applying it.

I recently added one more skincare item to my autumn routine but I’ll be preparing a separate post on it, as I’m really falling in love with it although it’s a bit too early to form an opinion.

Do you switch up your skincare regimen when seasons change and what’s your favourite product this autumn?