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April Favourites


When you’ve been home enjoying the sunshine and suddenly you find yourself back in Norway where it’s properly snowing, it’s a bit confusing, to say the least. Is it spring, is it winter? May is almost here which means we’re one step closer to summer but Norwegian weather suggests otherwise.
But we’d better talk about beauty favourites.

My new favourite foundation is pretty similar to my previous favourite foundation but in a cushion form. Not only  Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35 is easy to travel with but it also has the most beautiful soft matte radiant finish and looks natural. I love how long-wearing it is and the more I have it on, the better it looks. In the past few weeks, a few people around me also tried it and they all loved it, even those with dry skin. I have a full review on the foundation here.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in the shade Bare Cream & Desert Rosehas been my favourite multi-tasking product in the past month. I use it on my cheeks, lips and even on my eyelids. It’s a real spring/summer staple for me that made me fall in love with cream blushes. I never thought I could wear them with my combination skin but the texture is so light, blends so well and looks so beautiful that I use this palette almost every day. The colours are simply stunning and I’m quite sad that this is a limited edition product.

When me and my boyfriend were in Germany months ago, we went into a Rituals store and after purchasing some body and home products, I noticed many minis by the cashier’s. I just had to pick up a few and one of them was the Rituals Mild Eye Makeup Remover. I’d never tried any skincare bits from the brand and I thought this one might be good for travelling. It’s a bi-phase makeup remover and is indeed very mild yet effective. It removes eye makeup well, doesn’t feel too oily and doesn’t sting my eyes. The formula contains Lotus Flower and Rice Bran Oil.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo* is part of the newest range of the brand, I’ll be soon preparing a whole blog post dedicated to the line, so stay tuned for that. I love all of the Kérastase shampoos I’ve tried over the years, so I expected to fall in love with this one, as well but there is something else that made me like it even more. With 96% ingredients of natural origin (including responsibly sourced Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil) this nourishing shampoo gently cleanses away impurities from the surface of the hair. The texture of the product looks and feels like a lightweight oil, but it transforms into a soft lather when in contact with water. It leaves my hair refreshed, really shiny, soft and less frizzy. This shampoo is free from silicones, sulphates and parabens, doesn’t strip or weigh down the hair and I actually didn’t expect it to last that long, considering I wash my hair almost every day.

The most unexpected product that I’m featuring in this monthly favourites post (at least for me) is Himalaya Herbals Baby Lotion. I’ve tried some of their body range items and for me there are hits and misses. I absolutely love their Multi-Purpose Cream and I should probably mention it more often. I don’t really remember how I got this mini baby lotion, I feel like it was part of a set and I somehow ignored it but one evening it was so hot that I didn’t feel like using my rich body moisturisers. So, I decided to try this one and I’ve been using it all the time since then. The texture is milky and really light, it absorbs almost instantly and leaves the skin soft and hydrated. The formula of the lotion contains Almond Oil and Olive Oil which means it’s full of Vitamin E, it’s also free from parabens, mineral oil and lanolin. I don’t know if it’s good for baby skin but I personally, find it very soothing, non-sticky, non-greasy and just lovely.

Now I’m excited to see what will be new to try in the month of May…

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Current Everyday Makeup Menu | Spring 2017

When sunshine is so beautiful and birds are chirping, I just want to get ready as quick as possible in the morning and enjoy the spring outside.
The way I do my makeup has always been quite simple but the one I’m sharing with you today is even easier and takes only about 10 minutes. What I’m aiming for is a healthy look that makes me feel less tired and a bit more fresh.

There are a few new products I’ve been using lately and they fit perfectly into my current makeup routine. The base is one of them and it’s by Dior. If you want to see a full review on this Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35, click here. I love the coverage of this foundation and the fact that it doesn’t actually look like I’m wearing a lot of makeup. Also, it’s very easy to apply and the compact is perfect for travelling.
My dark circles make me look tired and even ill, so I always need to brighten up the undereye area. This budget Correct Me! Concealer from Aura is a real gem, has great pigmentation and hides the darkness really well. It’s very creamy and easy to apply, the shade range is quite good and I also use it on blemishes around my face.

I’ve mentioned several times that I don’t wear eyeshadow on a daily basis, I’d usually smudge a bit of brown eyeliner around the lash line for more definition. However, in the past few weeks I’ve been reaching for my good old Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude. It’s just easy to create a simple yet sophisticated look, the palette is affordable and the shadows are really nice.
Then I’d add a few coats of MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara* for a great separation and curl. For my brows, I keep it really simple by brushing them upwards with the Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel*. This adds texture to the brows and makes them a bit fuller but still leaves them natural-looking. Heavy and really defined brows can make me look a bit angry, so I tend to keep them more natural and even undone, I think it’s quite youthful and cool.

Next up is the product that actually makes the difference and turns this whole look into a romantic and fresh one. I’m not really wearing pinks very often but Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Bare Cream & Desert Rose* is such a beautiful illuminating duo. This particular shade is supposed to be suitable for medium skin tones but I think it looks good even on light skin like mine and I’m pretty sure it would look amazing on darker complexion, as well. This product is going to be such a staple for me not only during spring but also in the upcoming summer months, as it gives the most beautiful glow and flush of colour, it makes me look healthy in a natural way. It’s also versatile, I use the Bare Cream highlighter on top of my cheeks but I’d sometimes top up my eyeshadow with it for a luminous look, you can build up the intensity and really create a wet look with it. As for the Desert Rose blusher, it’s also a stunning lip colour that is incredibly flattering. Such an easy to use duo that enhances your natural features and can be used only with fingers or with a brush/beauty sponge.
I don’t tend to use cream products on my combination skin, often the texture can be too thick and heavy but this one is simply a dream item and I’m happy I have this particular shade.
If I don’t use the highlight shade from this palette, I reach for MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion, it gives a soft radiance that looks really pretty.
Soap & Glory‘s One Heck of a Blot has been the powder of choice for me lately because it doesn’t sit too heavy and matte but still keeps the shine at bay.

There are a few lip products I’ve been really into in the past month or so. The first one is my beloved Dior Addict Lip Glow in 006 Berry (review here), I always carry one of the shades in my bag, it’s easy to apply, it looks beautiful and feels nourishing. Another hydrating option comes from Burt’s Bees and their natural lipsticks (review here). I have two of the shades but I tend to reach for 530 Lily Lakemore often because it’s vibrant and makes me look healthy even when the colour fades during the day and I’m left with a lovely stain. On weekends I pretty much use only three makeup products – the Dior cushion foundation, MAC mascara and Bobbi Brown palette and then is the time when I use the blush shade from this palette on my lips. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating but it doesn’t dry out my lips and looks simply beautiful.

This is my quick and easy makeup menu for the spring days that we can finally enjoy. What makeup look are you going for at the moment?

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Morning Skincare Routine | Summer 2016

DSC_0297postWhen a new skincare post or photo pops up on my feed, I leave everything I’m doing to see what other people use and how it works on them. These are some of my favourite blog posts to read, so I decided to share my current skincare routine with you.

I try to keep my morning rituals quite simple and especially now that summer’s here, I’m using just a few products after I wake up. My skin is combination, so I always wash my face first thing in the morning, I just can’t go with a swipe of micellar water because it would still feel oily and not clean. At the moment I’m using the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash because it cleanses my skin but it’s not too foamy and doesn’t leave my face dry or irritated. I have to say, this one doesn’t have the best ingredients list but I haven’t had any problems with it, so far, I simply avoid applying it around the eyes and I use it only in the morning. It has a very interesting texture, bouncy and light. This cleanser makes my skin very soft, it also fights spot causing bacteria and keeps the skin shine-free for a while but I wouldn’t rely on it throughout the whole day.

I’ve always loved toners, facial mists and floral waters, so I never skip this step. My Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Iris bottle is now almost empty but what I like about it is that is mild and soothing, feels refreshing and prepares the skin for the rest of the steps.

Another product that is almost used up is my beloved Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream* and I can’t wait to get another tube of it because it’s one of the best eye creams I’ve ever tried. It’s hydrating but lightweight, it’s also a great base for my concealers which is very important for me. It doesn’t erase my dark circles but honestly, no eye cream has ever done this, however, it does make my eye area a bit brighter and fresh if I use it every day. You can read more about the eye cream here.

Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care has been my morning moisturiser in the past few weeks. The texture is something like a serum, it feels very light on the skin and absorbs almost immediately after application. I like that it comes in a glass bottle with a pump although it might not be the best for travelling. It gives me hydration and I don’t need using something else on top of this moisturiser but if your skin is more dry, I think this won’t be enough for you. Also, I’d use this one underneath a more rich cream in the winter. I’ve done a full review on this product here. Most of my foundations have SPF added to them, so on a normal day, I would use just them but if my base doesn’t have an SPF, I’d apply a sunscreen before putting my make-up on.

Last but not least, lip balm. I like using Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 in the morning because it has a delicate rose scent, it feels silky on the lips and has sun protection.

This is my simple summer morning skincare routine, I also like to start my days with a cup of warm water with lemon and ginger and then drink plenty of water during the day. Skincare products are important but good sleep, staying hydrated and eating well are a few more steps to the healthy-looking skin we all want.

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Favourite Lip Care Products

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Lip balms are what got me into beauty, I’ve always been crazy about them, I’ve tried and keep trying many different ones and I simply can’t get tired of them. After I started spending more time in Norway, I saw the need of lip balms in my life even more. That’s why I decided to share some of my favourite lip care products with you, tried and tested in Scandinavian weather conditions.

Favourite lip balm in a stick form
Burt’s Bees and I have a long love connection, their products are some of my favourites and their lip balms are like no others. I’ve tried almost all of them but my favourite always remains their Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter. They all have great fruity flavours, they are incredibly moisturising, travel-friendly, transparent and not too shiny, so they can be used by both, men and women and they are 100% natural.

Favourite lip balm in a pot
If you want to see how the A.S Apothecary Lip Balm #7 Smooth & Calm looks, check out this blog post because the one here is just the tiny empty jar left but it’s such a big love of mine that I wanted to say a few words about it. This lip balm contains Almond Oil, Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Unrefined Avocado Oil and Organic Honey, all amazing ingredients. It’s incredibly hydrating and lightweight at the same time, it feels soothing on the lips and has a lovely scent, delicate and sophisticated. One of the best lip balms I’ve ever tried!

Favourite lip balm in a squeeze tube
This isn’t exactly a lip balm, it’s more of a multi-purpose cream but it works wonders on my lips during the cold months. Kaufmanns Cream is a relatively thick cream that looks pretty white once it’s applied, so I try to use it when I’m at home. Actually, it needs just a couple of applications to do its job, it has a gentle scent and can be used by the whole family. The downside is that it’s not so easy to find it (it’s available only in Germany and it’s sold out most of the time) but it’s quite affordable and one tube lasts a long time

Favourite overnight lip treatment
NUXE Rêve de Miel is a cult classic and I tend to use it at night because I don’t really like it on the day, it’s just a bit too thick and grainy but I love it as a ”lip mask”. It has a lovely scent and heals my lips really well overnight. I got a few of their anniversary pots a couple of years ago and I still have some that are completely new, they just last a really long time.

Favourite lip balm with sun protection
I don’t have that many lip care products with sun protection but I love the Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15. It has a delicate rose scent, it looks pink but goes clear on the lips and stays for hours. Even after eating and drinking, there’s still the silky feel from the lip balm and I love it. It’s not sticky or greasy and I often use it underneath my lip pencils, for example.

Favourite tinted lip oil
You can see how much I love my Lancôme Juicy Shakers and especially the one in the shade 252 Vanilla Pop, I’ve almost used it all up. I’ve talked about them here but they are basically a combination between nourishing lip oils and gorgeous pigments, they are fun to use, they are hydrating, non-sticky and they all smell different and amazing. My other favourites are 283 Berry in Love and 301 Meli Melon.

Favourite limited edition lip treatment
When it comes to limited edition lip balms, there is one brand that always makes me fall in love with theirs. A few times a year L’Occitane release special editions of their lip balms. I love their original one and I always want to get the new balms when they’re out because they have unique scents and designs with the same nourishing and lovely formula. I can’t say which one is my favourite because I’ve tried so many of them and I adore them all!

These are some of my favourite lip care products, I’m really curious to know what lip balms you love most!

Why You Need a Sample Before Buying a Foundation

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A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram sharing with you that I’d be trying two new (for me) products.

One of them was a sample of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15. I immediately applied it and I was amazed – it perfectly matched my skin tone, the finish was lovely, looked so natural, stayed on my face all day just how I wanted it to, I powdered only once after applying the foundation and there was no need for more throughout the day! I was sure that I wanted to purchase the full size although there was just one thing I didn’t like – the fragrance.

However, on the next morning I had so many spots on my face that I was hoping the reason wasn’t the foundation. I continued using it but the breakouts were a fact each day. I tried the product many times because I really loved how it looked and stayed put for such a long time but it was obvious that this foundation was breaking me out.
This is very sad because it’s a really good product but I guess the ingredients are not for everyone.

What I want to say is that  I’m happy I had a sample size and saved 380 kr which is around 45 euros. It’s an expensive foundation that I loved but apparently my skin didn’t.

Something else, you never know if a foundation really matches your skin tone when you’re in a store, the lighting is different than the natural one, you need to see if it’s more dewy or matte and what you actually prefer on your skin.
I, personally, don’t like heavy foundations, that’s why I mainly use tinted moisturisers so, the way it feels on my skin is important for me, too.

So, there are plenty of things that you should check out before spending that sum for a higher-end foundation and my suggestion is to always ask for a sample.

Hope this helps!