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May Favourites

I feel like May has been surprising us with all the seasons changing in just a few hours. It’s been quite hot but the following day would feel like winter, then we’ve had rain pouring down and suddenly sunshine again. This is really challenging for our bodies and for our skin, as well.

Soon I’ll be doing a full review on Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate but I think I need at least another month to form a detailed opinion. However, I wanted to mention how much I like using it along with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray at night. My combination skin tends to get a bit dehydrated especially when it faces such big temperature differences like in the past few weeks. I had some dry patches appearing and although I moisturise my face and apply hydrating masks a couple of times a week, nothing seemed to help. Then I started using La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray after cleansing my skin in the evening and while the face is still damp, I’d apply a few drops of the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. What this simple addition does is soothing and moisturising the skin while the oil locks in the moisture, spreads more evenly and makes my skin incredibly soft. It’s also much calmer, more glowy, redness is less and dry patches are gone.

I needed a new concealer a few weeks ago and I remembered how much I wanted to try some of the Bourjois ones but never got the chance to be near their counters. So, when I finally saw one, I picked up two of their concealers and straight away fell in love with their Radiance Reveal Concealer. Unfortunately, the shade range is quite limited but the product itself is amazing, I use it under my eyes, I suffer with really dark circles and I’d still use a corrector underneath but this concealer has a pretty good coverage. It’s also really brightening, it’s easy to apply because of the creamy texture, you don’t need a lot of product because it’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. My biggest surprise was the lasting power, it stays on the whole day on me, it doesn’t crease and has a slight blurring effect. I like that it’s not drying because I always set my concealers with powder and if they’re drying, it gets pretty bad. I’m really happy I finally got to try this concealer, it’s a fantastic one.

There are two lipsticks I’ve been wearing non-stop in the past couple of months, I didn’t mention them in my April favourites post and I really wanted to do it now because they feel great on the lips, their creamy formula is hydrating and the shade range is beautiful. I’m talking about the natural lipsticks from Burt’s Bees in the shades 501 Blush Basin* and 530 Lily Lake(full review here). Best thing for those of you in Norway is that they’re finally available on the market and I can’t wait to see the rest of the colours once I go back there.

My fragrance of choice in the month of May has been Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT (review here). It’s powdery and floral which is totally not me but somehow this scent makes me love it. Probably because of its fresh and clean notes that turn the whole combination into something elegant yet youthful and really nice for spring.

These are my most-loved beauty items for the last few weeks. Now it’s time to get ready for summer!

*PR Samples

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Empties #13

It’s time for a new portion of empty products…
Skincare and Makeup Products

Rituals Mild Eye Makeup Remover – That is a gentle makeup remover that effectively takes off mascara and eye makeup without irritating my eyes and I’d repurchase it;
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – One of my favourite micellar waters, it’s mild, it’s good at removing the major part of my makeup and is suitable for sensitive skin, as well;
Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser – I already have a full size of this one because it’s a fantastic face wash that cleanses my skin but also leaves it hydrated;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Toner – That’s a brilliant toner that contains 2% Lactic Acid, I really need to get a new one because it’s great for combination skin. It’s oil-free but hydrating and exfolaiting at the same time;
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray – I always carry a mini of this one when I travel because it’s refreshing and hydrating, especially in the summer;
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum – My favourite budget moisturising serum, so lightweight yet delivers a good amount of hydration to the skin;
Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturiser – The whole Ibuki range is simply amazing, I wouldn’t say this is my favourite moisturiser but it’s lovely;
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF 15 – Another really nice face cream that also has SPF but it’s so pricey that I don’t think I’d repurchase, considering there are so many amazing moisturisers out there;
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel – This is a gel that really gives visible results but then again, it is too expensive and I had issues with the pump;
EOS Pomegranate Raspberry Lip Balm – I don’t find these balms to be the most moisturising ones but I enjoy using them;
L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Miel Mandarine Lip Balm – What an amazing scent, not too sweet or overpowering, simply divine, also, I love the brand’s lip balms;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant – I used this product almost every day on its own or before foundation, it’s brilliant because you get the skincare treatment but also tinted cream with pretty good coverage, will definitely repurchase;
Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer – There’s just a little bit left but it’s already dry, I think it was a beautiful affordable concealer duo that I used under my eyes and around the face and I didn’t need another concealer when I was travelling, this one was enough. Sadly, I think, they no longer have it on the shelves;
Bourjois Healthy Balance Face Powder – I don’t remember how many of these I’ve used up, it’s one of my favourite powders that mattifies the skin but still leaves it looking radiant;
Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum – Glosses aren’t my favourite lip products but using up one means I loved it. This gloss is actually quite unique, it’s has a milky finish that looks creamy and not too shiny and all the shades are really flattering. Plus, they feel hydrating and plumping. I have a full review on them here.


Body and Hair Products

Original Source Green Banana and Bamboo Milk Shower MilkOriginal Source have some wonderful body washes, their scents are always interesting and I really enjoyed using this shower milk;
L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel – I need a bigger size of this one, it’s so lovely, the scent is so relaxing and 100% natural. The body wash is made with essential oils and feels incredibly soothing;
Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion – For some reason Clarins body products and their scents always remind me of comfy hotel beds after a long day of walking around lesser known places, is that strange? Probably but what I mean is that this lotion gives me some kind of comfort and it’s soothing, it feels really hydrating and I sometimes used it as a hand cream, as well;
Moroccanoil Treatment – This cute mini is perfect for travelling, luckily, I have a couple more because I really like this oil, it’s lightweight, smells divine and makes my hair shiny;
Lilly Oil-Based Nail Polish Remover – The best nail polish remover, nourishing, takes off nail polish easily and the only negative is that you can’t find it in many countries.

Sachets

Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner – I’ve heard so many positive reviews on Kiehl’s toners that I feel like I want to try all of them but unfortunately, this one stings and burns my skin and makes it look red. It feels really soft after that, though but I don’t think it’s my type of toner. However, I’ll be trying out more;
Balea Aqua Sheet Mask and Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask – I already shared with you how much I love these sheet masks in my Budget Skincare Stars post;
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar – It has a nice subtle scent and feels hydrating but I think it broke me out which is a shame because I really liked the texture and the feel of the cream;
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser – Being a huge fan of Clinique moisturisers and the Pep-Start eye cream, I had high hopes for this one and even meant to get the full size straight away. Luckily, I got this sample first because to me, it feels like a silicone primer, doesn’t give me much hydration and I find it pretty hard to apply it evenly.

These are my recent beauty empties and I see that I really miss some of the products already.

Budget Beauty Heroes

I realised that sometimes it may seem like I don’t reach for drugstore makeup very often but that’s not true. However, the reasons why it looks like this are mainly two. First one being the fact that there aren’t many drugstore brands on the Norwegian beauty market and second, the prices of drugstore and high-end makeup in the country can be very similar. That’s why I tend to go for the high-end option most of the time but I love browsing through the drugstore aisles whenever I travel. You can find amazing jems like my favourite blush, for example, or a really good eyebrow pencil.

One of the best affordable makeup products has to be the L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation. It’s very difficult for me to find a base that I really like (not only at the drugstore but in general) and I’m happy this product is another budget option because I’ve been using Bourjois 123 CC Cream for years now and nothing else came close to it. They are totally different products when it comes to consistency and finish but they both earned my love. L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation has a great coverage and hides my redness really well, it does last very long on me although I still need to blot during the day which means it doesn’t stay totally matte. Actually, I like that it doesn’t sit too flat and heavy, it’s quite comfortable to wear, it’s easy to apply, I use a makeup sponge but on weekends I tend to mix this foundation with my moisturiser and apply it with fingers.

I’ve mentioned Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade 10 Nude Mauve so many times that I even included it in my 2016 favourites. It’s the perfect blush for me, the whole range is brilliant but this shade in particular doubles up as a bronzer, gives a healthy glow thanks to the beautiful and subtle sheen (there’s no sparkle or glitter) and there is no way to overdo it even if you’re heavy-handed like me.

As you may see, I need a new pot of the Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. I’ve been using this powder for over 3 years now and this is probably my 6th one of it, I simply love how finely-milled it is and how it keeps me shine-free for hours but gives my face radiance at the same time. Years ago it was really hard to find a good drugstore powder, there are now much more budget face powders that are pretty good but this one remains the best one for me along with Rimmel Stay Matte.

The beauty product that I almost never change is definitely my eyebrow pencil. As if I stopped looking for brow pencils after I found the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil. It’s really precise and easy to work with, so you can form a defined brow or you can make it look natural and undone which, in my opinion, is very difficult to achieve with brow pencils.

There are a ton of amazing affordable lipsticks out there and it’s really hard for me to pick just one and say it’s the best drugstore choice. But there is one lipstick I wear so often that it somehow isn’t mentioned enough. Essence Longlasting Lipstick in the shade 05 Cool Nude (you can see a swatch in my Love for Nude Lipsticks post) may seem a bit boring in the bullet but once it’s applied on the lips it transforms into the most beautiful muted rosy shade that would suit many skin tones. It doesn’t last that long but it’s really comfortable to wear, I don’t even need a mirror to apply it, it’s not drying and the brand has such a wide range of lipstick shades and finishes that you would grab more than one.

These are some of my budget makeup stars and perhaps, it would be interesting to do a skincare version of this post. What do you think?

Most-Worn Bases This Season

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When it comes to bases, I’m looking for sheer to medium coverage that looks natural, finish that isn’t really dewy because of my combination skin but also not looking flat, longevity and comfortable wear. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest foundation fan but there have been amazing releases in the past couple of years. I’m still trying new ones but there are a few that just never leave my make-up bag and I tend to use them quite often.

Starting off with my weekend multi-tasking cream, Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector SPF 20*. It can be used as a primer or on its own because it’s really really sheer but it’s great for the summer days when you just want to even out the skin tone, everything to look a bit smoother and natural, to last all day and to feel light on the skin. This product combines skincare benefits and sun protection with the coverage of sheer foundation. It’s very moisturising without looking oily and I like mixing it with my face cream because they just work great together and I don’t even need a beauty sponge or a brush to apply it. I also love the tube, it’s incredibly beautiful but also travel-friendly and I have to say, this is probably the base that I’ve been using the most in the past 3 months.

When I want a bit more coverage, I usually go for Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream SPF 15. It actually has much higher coverage than a regular CC cream, it’s a bit more luminious in comparison to the Urban Decay one but still doesn’t look shiny. I’ve gone through several tubes of this one and I think I can never stop loving it. It just looks beautiful on the skin, it’s lightweight and lasts all day, you can find it at the drugstore and honestly, you can never go wrong with Bourjois bases. I love how my skin looks more healthy and smooth with it and I already have a back-up.

Don’t worry, there is a proper foundation pick and it has to be my all-time favourite Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Skin-Perfecting Foundation SPF 35. For me, this is just the perfect foundation and the best one I’ve ever tried. I need the tiniest amount, a thin layer covers my imperfections really well while still showing skin and looking natural. It has a soft finish that is matte but also radiant and simply beautiful and flawless. It doesn’t feel heavy, at all and it’s really long-wearing. I love everything about this foundation, the bottle, the texture, the coverage…
My mum has dry skin and she loves it, too. Honestly, I don’t think there can be a person who wouldn’t like it and if I have to choose only one foundation to use, it would be this one without a doubt.

These three lovely bases have been my most-worn ones in the past few months and I’m really happy that there’s more and more on the market for every skin type.

*PR Sample

Nail Polish Picks | Summer 2016

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Usually, during the warmer months, I tend to use brighter and brighter nail shades, however, this year it seems I’m reaching for nudes and neutrals most of the time. Of course, everyone has their own taste and preferences but these are the nail polishes I can’t stop wearing at the moment.

I’ve shared my love for the Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel range here, I used the shade 1 White Spirit a lot last summer and it’s now back on my nails. I love how clean and elegant it looks, the design of the bottle is quite unique, the formula is incredibly pigmented and the finish is beautiful and glossy.

Whenever I go to Germany, I always spend a lot of time in front of the trend IT UP counter and especially, browsing through their nail polish section. They have so many finishes and colours that it’s a bit overwhelming. My favourite range is without a doubt the Double Volume & Shine one and the shade 110 looked quite different in the bottle when I saw it in stores. When I applied the varnish at home for the first time in the winter, I wasn’t a big fan but now I think it’s quite a nice shade for the warmer weather. It looks a bit more beige in the bottle but on nails, it’s much more peachy and warm. Like all the nail polishes from the range, this one is also very glossy and smooth, the colour is opaque and although I use two coats, it looks great with one, as well.

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint varnishes are just amazing, I have most of the shades, you can see more here but at the moment I’m in love with Tiki Hut. At first, I didn’t think it looked good on my nails because it’s a pretty dark brown, almost like a coffee brown but it’s going to be quite nice if you have a bit of a tan going on. I love how fast these nail polishes dry, they don’t need a base coat and they look super shiny.

Out of all, the most summery shade has to be Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 82 A Gallon of Melon. It’s a fresh peachy-pink shade, the finish is quite creamy and I absolutely love the colour. I’ve had some disappointments with Catrice nail varnishes but I have to say, no complaints here. The formula is smooth and doesn’t go streaky, it does require a couple of layers for an opaque look but it wears pretty well. I adore the shade because it’s not too pink or too bright, it’s just the perfect fresh and summer hue.

Topshop Nails in Sweet & Elite is a pretty pastel purple with a bit of a pearlescent finish, it dries really quickly, it goes on smoothly and streak-free. The only downside is that it doesn’t last very long on my nails but there aren’t many nail polishes that actually do.

These are my nails polish shades of choice for the past (and probably the next) few weeks, what are your favourite summer nail varnishes?