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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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My Summer Perfumed Body Lotion

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Me and my family have a thing for Armani fragrances. All of us, including my boyfriend, have a few of them and luckily, none are repeating. I still remember the first time when I got City Glam for my brother, it was more than 10 years ago and we were all really sad when it got discontinued.

For me, the brand’s scents for women are such with a bit more sweet notes and another group with a bit more fresh notes. For example, I adore their  range, while my mum is more into the Diamonds one. However, we both love Acqua di Gioia, Air di Gioia and Sun di Gioia because they are just perfect for the summer. I was really happy to get introduced to the scented body care because I already have Armani‘s Sì Body Lotion and I was curious about the rest.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Perfumed Body Lotion* has notes of Mint, Brown Sugar, Jasmine, Peony, Pink Pepper, Cedarwood and Labdanum and this combination turns it into my current favourite summer body lotion. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this one doesn’t contain mineral oil (the  body lotion, for example, contains mineral oil) and is rich in Avocado Oil, Olive Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil. Once it’s applied on the skin, the lotion absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue. Feels light and a bit cooling on the skin, while making it soft and hydrated. I love the fragrance that it leaves, it’s fresh, feminine, sensual, dreamy, warm, breezy…it’s the scent of summer. It also lasts pretty long time on body and clothes and keeps the skin moisturised.

The 200 ml bottle is going to last a really long time, so I can extend the summer feeling and enjoy it even throughout September. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Perfumed Body Lotion* is light, yet moisturising and beautifully-scented lotion that can be used on its own or layered with the perfume. Both ways, it’s a lovely and quite special body moisturiser that will now always take me back to those warm summer nights…

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Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose

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Whenever I travel to the UK, I always take a look at the Sanctuary SPA shelves in Boots. There is just something so relaxing about their body products and in the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to find my favourite range from them. And I did find it.

At the beginning of the year, Sanctuary SPA launched in Norway which made me really excited. However, the variety is still quite poor and the prices are much higher than the ones in London, for example. The set that I’m showing you today, isn’t available in Norway, unfortunately, but if you find yourself in the UK, be sure to check it out.

Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose is a range that has some of the best-smelling body products I’ve ever tried. The scent is feminine, delicate, slightly floral but very subtle and not too overpowering. It’s almost like a light perfume.

I’d like to start with the first product that I tried from the range which turned out to be my least favourite. I fell in love with the scent of the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub but I really don’t like the beads in it, they just don’t do anything for my skin.

The White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash is amazing, light but moisturising thanks to the bursting moisture particles with Jojoba Oil. My skin feels clean, soft and wonderful-smelling.

Although, I’ve tried much more moisturising body lotions, the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion isn’t greasy or heavy and still has decent hydrating properties thanks to the Shea Butter and Rose Extracts. The scent is incredibly calming and uplifting at the same time. My skin is left feeling nourished and smooth.

I’m in love with this delicately scented Sanctuary SPA range, the aroma is divine!
Do you have a favourite body care series from the brand?

October Favourites

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Welcome to my pink October favourites! The past few weeks have been quite cold, so I noticed there are more and more hydrating products being added to my routine.

Although my skin is combination, I’ve been really enjoying a product, usually chosen by people with dry skin. I’m talking about Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief. I’m a face mist lover and this mini bottle has been with me almost every day in October. The mist is very fine, it feels refreshing and soothing, it’s very hydrating but without making me shiny, it just gives a nice glow. This product is oil-free and makes my skin really soft.

My favourite body moisturiser has been without a doubt Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion* which I reviewed here. Incredibly light, yet very hydrating and calming. I also love the way it smells, it’s very warm and gentle.

The hand cream that I’ve been throwing in my bag most of the time has been Soap & Glory‘s Hand Food in Fruitigo. I got this in a set of three hand creams, as I really love the original Hand Food and they are all amazing. They basically have the same properties as the original one but these minis come in different scents and the one here is Yuzu & Green Fig which smells wonderful.

Sephora‘s fibre masks are lovely and I should have picked more face masks when I was in Italy but the eye ones are simply gorgeous. These two here are the Pearl Eye Mask which is meant to illuminate the skin and make it look more fresh and radiant and the Lotus Eye Mask that locks in water to make your eyes feel rested. These masks are just so refreshing and moisturising, I love using them in the evenings when I have some more time for myself.

However, I still need concealers to hide my dark circles. My go-to concealer duo has been the Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer because I can use it under my eyes or on imperfections around my face. The shade match is really good, the product is creamy and light but has a decent amount of coverage. I mentioned this concealer here in my First Impressions post including some of the latest Essence releases and you can see that it was love from first application.

Last but not least, I’d like to show you a nail polish that has been on my nails for the past 3 weeks! I’ve been constantly re-painting my nails with this shade which looks a bit more beige on the swatch but it’s actually a dusty rose colour with brown undertones. It’s from Golden Rose and their WOW! Nail Colour range, the shade is 11 and I really need to go and pick up some more because I love the formula and they have about 100 colours!

Hope you’ve had a great October!

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November Favourites

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The last month of the year is near, time is flying! Here are my November favourites.

As the weather gets colder and colder, I tend to use more moisturising products for my face. I’ve mentioned before how much I like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream (review here) but now is the right time to use it and I’ve been really happy with it in the last months. It’s not heavy but gives me this extra nourishing feeling for my face.

Faith in Nature is a natural brand that I’m just discovering and soon I’ll be preparing a post on it. The product that I’ve been using since the moment I got it is their Pomegranate & Rooibos Shower Gel and Foam Bath*.  Pomegranate and rooibos are natural antioxidants, the shower gel has a delicate scent and I love it. It’s really nice for my morning shower after a workout, it’s very refreshing.

And speaking of morning showers after a workout, I prefer them quick and awakening. That’s why I’ve been reaching for the Eucerin in-shower body lotion (review here). It’s a great product if you’re looking for something quick and easy to apply, moisturises your skin right under the shower, then you just rinse it off and you’re good to go.

I recently blogged about Essie‘s Sand Tropez (review here) and it has been the nail polish that I’ve been wearing the whole month. It’s a beautiful nude shade and who doesn’t love nude nail polishes?

My favourite autumn lipstick is without a doubt Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Confident (review here). I’ve been wearing it in the last two months and seems it looks better and better with each application. I’m in love with this dusty rose lipstick! Perfect for this time of the year.

What have you been loving in the month of November?

 

 

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