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September Favourites

The season of warm blankets and cosy knits has just started, so it is probably normal that this month’s beauty favourites post is a mix of summer and autumn bits.

Rituals have some of my favourite bath and body products but their skincare was never something I looked into. My boyfriend knows that I love lip balms and a few weeks ago, he passed by a Rituals store and decided to add the Smooth Operator Lip Balm to my collection. At that time my lips were pretty dry and this was the only lip balm I had with me, so I started using it the same night and I liked it straight away because of the minty feel and smooth texture but I really fell in love with it the next morning. When I woke up, my lips were so soft, smooth and hydrated that I couldn’t quite believe it. The formula contains Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Eucalyptus and it feels really moisturising and refreshing at the same time. There’s also a lot of product in the bullet and I’m sure it will be an essential for me in the upcoming winter days.

A few weeks ago I shared with you a bit about my skin issues because of the high temperatures in the summer and a sunscreen that probably wasn’t the right one for me. Since then, I’ve been using the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ and I really like it. It has a milky texture and feels quite light on the skin. It doesn’t look too shiny on my combination skin and I don’t find it pore-clogging. I’m not sure what took me so long to try it but now I know why the reviews on it are so positive.

Weather’s getting colder and the skin on my body has been feeling quite dry and although Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil was a summer favourite of mine, I still keep using it. At this point, I like taking a warm shower at night and applying the oil while my skin is still damp. This has made such a difference to its condition and I really don’t want to see this bottle empty because I simply love the product. I’ve done a review on the body oil here, so you can take a look in case it’s interesting for you.

I’m pretty sure this is not the first favourites post where I’m featuring Weleda Skin Food. Most of us already know how amazing it is but I got new tubes for us (my boyfriend and I) and for my family, so this was one of the old ones that I decided to use as foot cream. I’ll usually apply a thick layer of Skin Food and then I’ll put on warm socks and let the cream do its magic. It’s a rich cream as you probably know, so having sticky feet is not the most pleasant feeling but once it’s fully absorbed, you see it was worth it. I also like applying it on my elbows and knuckles, it’s really hydrating and smells very fresh although some people hate the scent.

In this post, I said that I love Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure and I think it’s worth the splurge. Since I got it, it’s been constantly in my makeup bag but I feel like I’ll be using it even more in the autumn and winter months. It’s just a beautiful finely-milled powder, they have a gorgeous selection of shades and they’ve just released their holiday face palette that looks stunning!

I can’t believe we’re already in the last three months of the year, time’s flying and I feel like we’ll be soon talking about Christmas preparations.

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Summer Addiction | Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil

Do you know that feeling when you’ve just had the best holiday in your life and you don’t want it to end? I’m sure you do.

Well, my wonderful holiday in Italy came to an end but at least I have something to remind me of it. And I’m addicted.

I know many people use body moisturisers only in the colder months but my legs tend to get dry regardless of the season, so I keep using hydrating products all year round. However, the types of products  I switch to are different. For example, I love using body oils in the summer because they’re hydrating, lightweight and not too oily. My boyfriend knows that, so he treated me to the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil just before our holiday and needless to say, I’ve been using it ever since.

This is a silky, luxurious body oil that doesn’t dry down completely on me but I don’t mind it because it feels amazing on the skin. It’s nourishing and makes my skin incredibly soft. I usually massage a few drops onto damp or dry skin. Whenever I use it before bed, my bed sheets smell gorgeous on the next morning.

Soleil Blanc notes are warm, creamy and sultry. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, considering there is a hint of Coconut and if you don’t already know, I’m not the biggest fan of coconut-scented products. But like I’ve just mentioned, there is a hint of it, it just brings some sweetness to the scent but nothing too overpowering or unpleasant.
The spicy notes come from Cardamom and Pink Pepper with a hint of Pistachio and Bergamot. Ylang Ylang, Egyptian Jasmine and Tuberose create the floral combination that adds sensuality to the oil’s fragrance. Bitter Almonds, Amber and Tonka Bean put the finishing touches for a luxurious perfection.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is unexpected, addictive, sultry, feminine and beautiful for the summer. But I wouldn’t mind indulging in this glamorous body oil even in December. It’s a dream.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil

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Cleansing oils, face oils, hair oils, body oils…I love them all! If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you’d know that oils are an essential part of my body- and skincare routine and I’ve dedicated many blog posts to them.

Elizabeth Arden is a brand famous for their multi-purpose Eight Hour Cream and now they are adding a new family member to the cult classic. It’s the Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil* that has a new oil formulation for use on face, body and hair. I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden‘s body lotions and body creams for years after my mum fell in love with them, so I was really curious about this new product.

The moisturising ingredients feature Tsubaki Oil that is rich in Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids to nourish, soothe and protect the skin, Grape Seed Oil, Ginger Root Extract to improve the skin’s texture, Boswellia Resin which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Vitamin E, Olive, Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils, plus Rosemary Extract.

When I first received the oil to try it, the weather in Norway was still pretty cold and snowy, so I didn’t waste any minute and immediately applied it. It felt very calming and nourishing while the fresh and light scent was really uplifting. The oil sinks into the skin quickly, leaves it soft and gives a healthy glow to it.

I have combination skin, so I try to avoid using multi-purpose products on my face but I did apply it on my neck and it felt really hydrating and smooth without being too oily. It needs just a couple of minutes to fully absorb and doesn’t leave any unpleasant or sticky feel.

As to my hair, I prefer to use the oil when it’s still damp after washing and to apply a really small amount of the product because if it’s a bit too much, the hair might stick together and look a bit greasy. Usually, I use a spritz of the product and warm it between the palms of my hands. Then I gently apply the oil onto the ends of my hair which makes it shiny and soft.

If you’ve seen my Instagram page, you’d know that this bottle doesn’t look so full anymore. I use it all the time, after morning or evening shower, I can just get dressed right after applying it and I’m good to go. There’s no sticky feeling, or any stains, while my skin is nourished and soothed.

Love taking the Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil* away with me when I travel because I can basically use only one moisturising product for my hair and body. The bottle is travel-friendly, it’s light and doesn’t get oily around the top, so you won’t end up spilling half of the product in your bag.

This oil would be a great moisturiser not only in the winter but throughout all the seasons because it feels light and at the same time incredibly nourishing. It gives a healthy glow to the skin and soothes it if it’s irritated.

Have you tried Elizabeth Arden‘s Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil* and what’s your experience?

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Brand Focus: Mirins Copenhagen

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I learned about Mirins Copenhagen through a Scandinavian magazine based in Copenhagen. When I saw the pictures of the charming little shop, I wanted to go inside and just stay there all day and hear about the products. It seems so peaceful and…herbal.

When Jane Pawiroredjo realised she had an allergy to synthetic fragrance, she started trying to find products that she could use and she actually started making them herself. Mirins Copenhagen was launched in 2012 creating face, bath and body products with only natural fragrance and organic ingredients. The products are preservative-, synthetic additive- and artificial fragrance-free. They’re developed based on Herbalism and Aromatherapy in which Jane is certified. Each item is handcrafted to ensure the highest quality. They also have amazing gift boxes which are packaged in 100% recycled materials.

Jane was really kind to send me a great package with her products to try. Unfortunately, the posts were not so kind and despite the well-packed parcel, there was a destroyed bottle and a bit damaged ones as you can see above.

I’ve mentioned most of the products in different posts because I’ve been using them for several months but I really wanted to focus on the brand and share how passionate Jane is in what she does.

Of course, the first thing that you notice is the packaging. I’m a huge fan of glass jars and bottles although they’re not travel friendly. They just look and feel solid and well made. The rest are metal containers which is great, as well since they really preserve the product inside. They can also be taken with you on a daily basis or on a trip. Examples are the Aromatherapy Calming Body Oil*, I have the smaller size but it contains a pretty good amount of product and the Tea Tree & Lavender Hand Balm* which is my saviour, you can’t believe how dry my hands can get in Norway.
I have two Aromatherapy Perfume Rollers* and they are perfect for when you feel a bit congested or stressed or you just need to perk up.
If you’d like to read more about these products, check out my Spring Vibes, April Favourites or my recent Oils, oils, oils… posts.

At Mirins they also make face products and I’m in love with the Facial Clay Mask for Normal Skin* because as I said in the full review here, it’s the perfect combination of purifying and hydrating properties.
Their Facial Serum* was in my March Favourites because it keeps my skin in good condition especially when I travel, it absorbs quickly and the scent is really relaxing.
Last but not least, my all-time favourite skincare product…the queen…rose water. It’s pure rose water but I love the heavy glass spray bottle of Rose Water* by Mirins. The product is perfect for all skin types, it gently cleanses, tones, soothes, refreshes the skin, no doubt, my favourite face toner.

Unfortunately, there are no Norwegian retailers at the moment but it’s possible to purchase Mirins Copenhagen products online at mirins.dk.

Have you tried any products from this Danish brand?

*PR Samples

Oils, Oils, Oils…

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I realised that oils have a huge part in my beauty routine. Face, body, hair oils, I’ve been loving them all and I didn’t even notice how much I’m actually using them. That’s why I decided to share with you some of my favourite oils at the moment.

The Cleansing Oil
AS.AP Cleansing Oil #5* is the most exquisite cleansing oil that I’ve tried, it’s suitable for all skin types, it removes all traces of make-up while the lovely formula nourishes and soothes your skin. I’ve done a full review on this cleansing oil, so if you’d like to have more detailed information, click here.

The Facial Oil
I’ve mentioned Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil so many times that it can only tell you how much I like it. This product has been part of my skincare routine for about a year now and there is a reason why. It balances my combination skin out, it makes it less angry, it soothes it and the herbal scent is very relaxing. You can see my review on it here but the difference now is that I use it every other evening after toning my face instead of just twice a week.
In the past months, I’ve had some dry patches appearing, probably it’s the cold weather in Norway, so I started using their Blue Orchid Oil as well but I’m going to share more about it in an upcoming post.

The Shower Oil
After using up another bottle of my favourite L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, I fell in love with one by Rituals. It was already in an Empties post but I had to mention it because it’s just wonderful. Rituals have amazing body products and their Fortune Oil isn’t any different from this. It’s really light on the skin but creates luxurious and nourishing lather. The scent is more than lovely, it’s zesty but also spicy and warm.

The Body Oil
I’ve tried many body oils and I don’t think I’ve had a disappointing one but none of them was as relaxing as the Mirins Copenhagen Aromatherapy Calming Body Oil*. I have to admit that I use it only on weekends when I can really take the time to treat myself. It’s just a special product that I don’t want to waste on a normal day and I prefer to fully enjoy it rather than just quickly slap it on after a post-workout morning shower. It has Argan Oil in it and a relaxing blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils.

The Hair Oil
Couple of months ago I picked up the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil for all hair types. I love the glass bottle although I can’t take it with me when I travel. The product has a blend of 6 flower oil extracts and smells wonderful. I’m a big fan of hair oils because I use them either as a mask before washing my hair or as a leave-in conditioner on a damp washed hair, or on the next day onto the ends of my hair if I want a little bit more shine to it. This is a very lightweight oil that makes my hair soft and easy to brush. My hair is pretty long but one pump of this oil is enough for me.

The Multi-Purpose Oil
Who doesn’t love a bit of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse? This product can be used on face, body and hair. I skip the face part because of my combination skin and because I’m pretty happy with my Clarins Lotus Oil but I love applying it on hair and body. It contains 6 plant oils and Vitamin E and some people even add it to their moisturisers or foundations for a dewy look and more hydrated skin. I love this mini bottle and I always refill it because it’s really handy to carry it around.

Do you have a favourite oil?

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