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Empties #9

DSC_0387postcollageemptiesLooks like I never know when to stop adding used up products to my box of empties and at the end there are tons of bottles and jars waiting for me to write a blog post on them. That might be a long one…

Face products
– Alverde 3 in 1 Cleansing Foam with Lime & Apple – This one was a very gentle morning cleanser for me, it didn’t strip my skin, it didn’t dry it out and I’d like to try more skincare items from the brand;
– Clarins Toning Alcohol-Free Lotion with Iris – I enjoyed using this toner but I don’t think I’d repurchase it because I didn’t see a significant difference with it and at the moment, I rely on my trustworthy floral waters;
– Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic White Tea and Organic Acai – These two were amazing, the thermal water is always very soothing and calming but also hydrating. I loved using it before or after make-up, as a quick boost of hydration throughout the day, on irritated skin around my body…it’s just a great multi-purpose skin saviour;
– Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores – My favourite clay mask of all time, I will definitely repurchase once I use up the rest of my face masks because I always end up applying this one even if I have a hundred more that I like;
– Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream – Probably the best eye cream I’ve ever tried, will get a new tube of it because it makes my dark under eye area a bit more radiant and fresh-looking, it doesn’t erase my circles but it makes me look more awake and healthy;
– Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil – Another huge favourite of mine, I’m currently using the Blue Orchid one and I love them both in the different seasons. This one is amazing on my combination skin because it gives me all the benefits of a facial oil but without breaking me out or making my skin more oily;
– Eucerin Active Night Care – There are so many night creams that I’ve been using in the past year that this one was left behind a bit but it’s still a favourite especially in the winter and I should get a new tube of it;
– Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick – It took me a really long time to use this stick up because it wasn’t the best one, I got it when I was in London a couple of years ago along with other products from the range and this was my least favourite, I think. It just didn’t do much to heal my blemishes;
– L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper – At first, I didn’t like this product but then I found the right way to use it and it was my weekend brow shaper, it’s just very quick and easy to use and doesn’t look too heavy;
– Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara – One of my favourite mascaras this year, I love the brush and the effect that it gives, the only downside is that it’s really difficult to remove it but I could live with that;
– Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara – Another great mascara that gives serious volume to the lashes;
– Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara – This one reminds me a bit of the Benefit Roller Lash which is a huge love of mine, I’m usually quite picky when it comes to mascaras but there have been amazing launches this year;
– Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Vanilla Pop – I’ve used up one of these! I love them so much and I use them every day, apparently that’s the shade I’ve had on my lips most of the time, they are moisturising, they smell amazing, they aren’t super pigmented but the shades are very pretty;

Body and Hair products
– Alverde Nettle & Melisse Shampoo – Many years ago I used to use nettle shampoos because they made my hair very shiny, this one did the same and I enjoyed using it;
– Balea Everyday Shampoo Cool Blossom – It was just a normal everyday shampoo that smelled really nice and fresh, I love having budget shampoos because I wash my hair very often and I go through them quite quickly. Also, my hair gets used to a certain shampoo and I try to rotate them;
– Kérastase Bains Clarifant – My favourite purifying shampoo, now I’m curious to try more. It gave me volume and shine while keeping my hair soft and light;
– Dove Hair Therapy Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo – This is one of the best dry shampoos I’ve tried, I’m quite sad I can’t find it in many countries because it refreshes the hair without leaving a white residue and making it too sticky;
– Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo – It was something like a texturising spray and a dry shampoo in one and I actually quite liked it;
– Kneipp Shower Cream Almond Milk & Almond OilKneipp have some of my favourite body washes, I’ve had a mini of this one and this was a full size just because the creamy texture feels nice on the skin and I love using it in the winter;
– Kneipp Watermelon & Mint Shower Gel – That was a summer pick, it was incredibly fresh and great for those morning showers;
– Imperial Leather Summer Days Nourishing Body Wash – It really felt nourishing, not so much to skip my body lotion step, of course, but I liked this one and I may try more from the brand;
– Original Source Limited Edition Wild Cherry & Nettle Shower Gel – If you want a huge variety of body wash scents, look no further. I always spend a lot of time in front of Original Source shower gels because they have so many types and I always seem to like them, this one was no exception;
– Ziaja Orange Butter Creamy Shower Soap – This is the best morning body wash for me, without a doubt, it smells of freshly squeezed orange juice and I absolutely adore it, already have a second bottle;
– L’Occitane Peach Shower Gel – I already said how much I love peach-scented body products and this one is heavenly-fragranced, L’Occitane never disappoint with their body care;
– Lancôme Bocage Foaming Shower Gel – Speaking of scents, this one smells of tulip garden and also contains AHAs. Now that I’m not using it anymore, I really see what difference it made;
– I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Exfoliating Shower Smoothie – Gorgeous scent but not the best scrub, I would rather try to find the body wash;
– Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil – My whole family are huge fans of the original Eight Hour Cream, so it’s not a surprise that I loved the oil, as well. It’s a multi-purpose product but I love using it on my body rather than anywhere else;
– Lilly Oil-Based Nail Polish Remover – Seasons are changing but the best nail polish remover remains the same, I’ve never tried anything better, it effectively removes nail varnish while hydrating the nails and cuticles;
– Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops – I really miss this product, I might like it more than Seche Vite, it somehow works quicker in drying my nail polish;

Sachets and Samples
– Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion – I’m not very good at the fake tanning but I loved the smell of figs and the glowy finish that this one gave me;
– IROHA Peach Intensive Hands Repair – A Korean hand mask that was peach-scented…a winner! It did a great job at softening my hands when we were coming out of the winter;
– Lernberger & Stafsing Leave-in Treatment BB Cream – I’m thinking about getting a full size of this one because I adore leave-in conditioners and although I used it just a few times, I think my hair looked very good with it;
– Biotherm Wonder Mud Skin-Best Face Mask with Algae Extract – I can’t give a full review on this one because I used it a couple of times only but my skin felt really smooth and soft;
– Guerlain Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care – I took this one away with me because I didn’t want to carry many products on a weekend trip and I have to say, I loved the luxurious feeling. The cream is so rich and hydrating that I don’t need months to use it to know it’s great;
– Dior Star Foundation – This one was a bit heavy and shiny for my combination skin, plus, I already found my favourite foundation;
– Dior Hydra Life Water BB Tinted Aqua Gel SPF 30 – Too orange, heavy and oily, really oily-looking on me;
Dior Forever Everlasting Wear Foundation – The best! I have a full size from it, I’ve done a review and I can’t explain how much I love this foundation. It’s great if you have combination skin but even my mum loves it on her dry skin;
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup – With this one my skin looks smooth, it has high coverage but natural finish…however, it’s very dark, it has thick consistency and I have this shiny face 30 minutes after applying it.

These are all the products I’ve used up in the past few months. Writing this post made me realise how much I miss some of them already and I should update my wishlist.

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Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry

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Last time when I was in London, I picked up two items from the then new Boots range, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry. The Tea Tree & Witch Hazel one is already famous for working great on blemish-prone and oily skin, so as a person with combination skin, I was curious how these new products would perform. I got the face wash and the moisturiser, I believe there’s also a face scrub in the series.

I have to say, there is a hit and a miss for me and I’m pretty sad about that because what I was most excited about was the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Moisturiser. Unfortunately, it disappointed me. First of all, it claims to keep you shine-free for up to 12 hours and the truth is, it doesn’t make my skin look matte, at all. I like the hygienic press pump that it comes with because it doesn’t let air inside but it dispenses too much and the scent of the moisturiser is pretty unpleasant once it’s applied on the skin. Also, it contains silicone which makes the skin feel smoother but I’m not the biggest fan of silicone in my moisturisers. There are parabens, too. I don’t think it hydrates my skin very well, either but what disappointed me the most was the fact that I got so many blackheads on my face that I couldn’t believe my eyes. And they were even on areas where they normally never appear and I’m still fighting with some of them. Sadly, this moisturiser is something that I regret purchasing and it just didn’t work out well on me.

On the other hand, I’m pretty pleased with the  Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash. It’s my morning cleanser, I wouldn’t use it as an evening one and I wouldn’t even think about removing make-up with it. It feels quite refreshing, it’s not stripping or drying and smells much better than the moisturiser. I like that it doesn’t foam up too much and leaves my skin purified but not squeaky clean. It’s affordable but also, a little goes a long way and I feel like it’s going to last me for more than half a year.

I’m really curious to know if any of you tried these products and what your experience is because I didn’t get along with the moisturiser but I enjoy using the face wash.

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.

*PR Sample

London Beauty Haul | Spring 2016

DSC_0088post DSC_0089post DSC_0094postWhen I’m lucky to go to London, I always have a list with beauty purchases that I’d like to make. It’s pretty easy to find high-end brands in Norway but there are so many high-street gems in the UK and only there that I have to admit, I feel jealous. Plus, they always have amazing offers and you end up getting a lot for half price or even for free. So, here’s what I found mainly in Boots and Superdrug.

Skincare
I really wanted to try the new Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser with Extract of Berry as I like a few products from the original series but they had a 3 for 2 going on, so I also picked up the matching Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash and the Body Scrub.
Superdrug also had some interesting-looking new skincare products and I stocked up on their famous Simply Pure Hydrating Serum for sensitive skin, the Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser/Mask/Scrub with AHAs and BHAs and the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel with Plant Extracts. I just can’t wait to try these skincare products, everyone raves about them!
I’ve never tried the La Roche-Posay‘s Serozinc and I’ve heard so many positive reviews on it that I had to get a bottle of it. I love face mists and I hope this will be great on my combination skin. Speaking of mists, I was looking for the L’Occitane Perfecting Mist with Peony Extract for weeks and I’m really happy I finally found it. Another La Roche-Posay product that I wanted to try was the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser and although I wasn’t sure if I needed another cleanser at that moment, it had such a big discount that I couldn’t help myself.
A few of the LUSH stores attracted me with their colourful displays and I had to take some of their soaps, they just smell amazing! I also picked up the Mint Julips Lip Scrub because my lips were pretty dry after the flights and their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is a favourite of mine, so I decided to try this one.
On the way back, I noticed this cute little set from Neal’s Yard Remedies at the airport and since I’ve always been curious about the brand, I decided to take it. It contains a sachet of their Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser and minis of their White Tea Facial Mist, White Tea Enriching Facial Mask, Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Beauty Sleep Concentrate. Seems like a great skincare travel set.

Make-up
Skincare and body products are the ones I tend to get more of when I travel somewhere and once again, the make-up purchases aren’t that many but they’re still pretty exciting to me. I believe we now have the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes in Norway but I saw so many girls picking them up in London that I took one to try, I fell in love with it and came back for two more. The ones I have are in 15 Seductive Pink, 30 Gorgeous Berries and 10 Nude Mauve. If you haven’t tried them, you should, they are stunning and I regret not trying them before but better late than never.
When I went to London last year, the Collection Eyes Uncovered palettes were sold out everywhere. This time, I managed to find a couple of them but I still couldn’t get my hands on all I wanted. Still, I’m happy I saw them in Nude and Nude Rose but they should protect them somehow, considering how easy it is to open them. You could see fingerprints on most of the palettes although they were not testers which isn’t very pleasant.
Make-up fixing sprays were never something that I was drawn to but I’m always curious when a drugstore brand creates a product that is believed to be a high-end territory. And L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist is indeed a great product, I used it a few times and my make-up looked much better than usual at the end of the day.
Maybelline Lash Sensational was basically thrown into my basket by the lady working at Superdrug because of the offers they had and I thought it was finally time for me to try this hyped up mascara.
The purchase of Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush is standard for me, it’s my favourite eyebrow pencil, I can’t find it anywhere else, so I picked up a few of them because my mum loves it, as well.
My plans involved a lot of Rimmel purchases but at the end I found only two items I wanted. Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in 010 Santa Rose is a beautiful and natural-looking shade, I think it would be great for spring and summer. Plus, it’s so tiny and perfect for travelling.
I’ve always been a fan of Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder but I never had it in 001 Transparent, so this was the time to pick it up.

Body and Hair
Body washes are something I really love and have to have tons of because I use them up quite quickly. Original Source Limited Edition Wild Cherry and Nettle Body Wash and Imperial Leather Summer Days Nourishing Body Wash with Shea Butter & Honeysuckle are body washes that I haven’t seen and haven’t tried, they smelled amazing and I had to take them.
L’Occitane always have amazing and adorable sets and I picked up these hand cream miniatures Amande Delicious Hands with Almond Milk and Delightful Rose Hand Cream which are perfect to carry around in your bag.
Marie Claire had three different scents of Neal’s Yard Remedies hand creams in their May issue. I couldn’t track down the Garden Mint & Bergamot one but I got the Geranium & Orange Hand Cream and the Bee Lovely to Your Hands Hand Cream.
I really needed some hair treatments now that my hair is longer than ever, so I saw the new Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Serum with Honey Bee Propolis and because I like some of the products from the series, I decided to add it to my shopping basket. Also, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Heat Activated Treatment has always been on my shopping list and I finally found it.
COLAB is now available in Norway and although it’s three times the price in the UK, it’s stil a bit easier to get it. However, there’s just a limited number of their products on the market here. I picked up a mini of the Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo, a full size Sheer + Invisible London Dry Shampoo and Extreme Volume Monaco Dry Shampoo and last but not least, the Luxe Shine Glossing Hair Fragrance which I’m incredibly curious about.

Nails
After picking up dozens of nail polishes last time, this time I limited myself to just one range and it had to be from Barry M. I got a couple of their new Coconut Infusion Nail Paint polishes the first day and then got back for two more and two more… The shades that I have are in Starfish, Sunkissed, Tiki Hut, Flamingo, Aloha, Surfboard and Bikini and I’m missing only two that complete the range.

Miscellaneous
Lottie London Soap Star Solid Brush Cleanser was in every girl’s shopping basket (sorry, girls, I’m always curious what is popular in the city) and it’s believed to be a dupe for the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser. Many said that it’s even better!
I also picked up the Real Techniques 2 pack Miracle Complexion Sponges and as you can see one of them is already in use, I love this sponge and I’m a bit sad I didn’t pick up more. They are now available in Norway but we don’t have the 2 pack one.
Now, I never wear falsies but these Eylure Fleur de Force Fleur Loves Eyelashes looked so beautiful that I justified my purchase with: ”I can only get them here!”.

London is amazing for beauty shopping (and not only) and I’m looking forward to trying all these products!

Not for Me

IMG_3467post IMG_3470post IMG_3472post IMG_3473postI have never done a Disappointing products post so far, just because I’m careful with my purchases and I rarely regret making them. However, everybody has moments of random buys or hearing positive reviews but the product didn’t work for them.

First of all, I’d like to say that I can’t guarantee that a product that I like, would be good for you exactly how I can’t say that what I dislike, won’t work for you. We all have different skin types and preferences, so have that in mind.

I’m most likely to make a mistake with dry shampoos because I always try new ones. The Boots Paradise Island Dry Shampoo isn’t my first disappointment with such type of product. I’ve mentioned in my London Beauty Haul post that I don’t even remember throwing this one in my shopping basket and I still don’t know how I got it. I dislike the scent and the effect after I use the product. It smells so artificial and sweet of coconut that it’s unbearable. It also makes my hair feel sticky and doesn’t do anything to refresh it.

Next one is a CC Cream by Oriflame and it’s their Even Out CC Face Cream with SPF 20. I like that it has SPF, it makes the skin look smoother but it’s so dark and I have the lightest shade! Not sure if it has something to do with the trend in Scandinavia (Oriflame is a Swedish brand for those of you who didn’t know) girls to use a base 2-3 shades darker than their actual skin tone but it looks orange and dark and if this is the lightest shade, can’t imagine what would be with the other ones.

One day I saw a cute packaging and I needed a body scrub anyway, so I picked up the Kicks Body Scrub in Rhubarb and Strawberry. Everything looked so promising that once I got back home, I immediately jumped in the shower to try it. The cap was sealed, so I couldn’t smell it in the store…smart move. The smell is so plastic-y and unpleasant that I can’t even describe it. The product itself isn’t impressive either, it has too small particles, it actually foams up like a body wash rather than being an exfoliant and just doesn’t do anything for my skin.

Last but not least are two products that I really wanted to like, they’re both nail polishes, one is from Topshop and the other one is from Catrice. On the nails they look nothing like in the bottles. I normally like Topshop nail polishes but maybe the problem is that this one is from their Matte Nails range. Same with Catrice, it’s from their new Luxury Nudes line and it’s described as a Soft Matt. The shades are Sixteen Candles (Topshop) and 08 Little Dose of Rose (Catrice) and both of them look as if I’ve applied one of those paper correction fluids on my nails. In the bottles they look really pretty, the Topshop one seems to be a soft lavender shade and the Catrice one looks like a gentle pink with a bit of shimmer. In reality, they both look Barbie pink and it’s really intense and too much in your face.
The nail polishes are actually my biggest regret because my expectations were too high.

Have you been disappointed by a beauty product lately?