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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!

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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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100% Natural Lipsticks from Burt’s Bees


I’m really enjoying the spring weather right now and I actually don’t feel like spending a lot of time to get ready in the morning. The easy and quick makeup look is what I’ve been going for lately, I just want to look fresh and healthy without using too many products. There are two lipsticks I’ve been loving and wearing a lot in the past few weeks and they come from one of my favourite brands – Burt’s Bees.

I’ve confessed my love for Burt’s Bees lip balms (and not only) multiple times, so when they released their 100% natural lipsticks, I couldn’t wait to try them out.

Many people said the packaging looks cheap, I personally don’t mind it considering how affordable these lipsticks are for what they do and are, plus, it’s made from 60% recycled materials which is good for our nature. I guess the issue for them is that the plastic is quite lightweight but I think the honeycomb print matching the shade of each lipstick is a very nice touch.

The first surprise arrives with the shade range, there are 14 lipstick colours in total which is definitely a lot to choose from. The shades I have are 501 Blush Basin* (a pinky-peachy nude) and 530 Lily Lake* (mauve pink with purple undertones, for me it’s something between MAC Plumful and MAC Syrup). I didn’t expect the colours to be so opaque, they feel balmy but they are quite pigmented.
The texture is creamy and hydrating but doesn’t feel heavy, it’s very comfortable to wear. The lipsticks are formulated with Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils, Beeswax and Vitamin E to soften and condition the lips. I wouldn’t say they’re as moisturising as the lip balms but they definitely feel more hydrating than many of my lipsticks.
The lasting power is about 2 hours on me but the colour fades evenly and leaves a subtle stain that looks really pretty. The finish isn’t glossy but it isn’t matte either, it’s more of a satin one.

These two lipsticks are some of my most-worn ones in the past few weeks, they’re easy to apply and easy to wear. Also, they’re reasonably priced and the shades are really flattering. The colours are quite rich, so if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with more pigmentation than a tinted balm, I’d recommend checking the Burt’s Bees lipsticks out.

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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!

Empties #8

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I can’t believe that this is my first post with empty products for 2016! I’ve had so many new products to try, so many things to write about that somehow my empties kept growing without me realising it. So, let’s have a look at all of them…this might actually be a pretty long post.

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Face
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – I always go back to this powder, I love it, it keeps me matte but doesn’t look flat, it’s great, it’s from the drugstore and this was probably my 6th pot of it;
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus – Another favourite of mine, I actually got it in a darker shade, so that I could use it as a bronzer because it really looked natural and not too dark;
Max Factor Lipfinity – Liquid lipsticks really aren’t my thing. I love this shade which sadly, isn’t written on the tube and I forgot the name of it but it’s a gorgeous deep pink colour. However, the texture is quite heavy, it dries out my lips, it’s impossible to remove and at some point it just peels off. I admit that I’m throwing this away without actually using up the product;
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 201 Solstice – This on the other hand, oh my, I love this lip lacquer and I’m very sad it’s over because we don’t have Rimmel in Norway! The shade is beautiful, the texture isn’t of a liquid lipstick, isn’t of a lip gloss, it’s something in between, lacquer describes it really well, actually. It has a shine but it’s thicker than a gloss, it’s not drying like the liquid lipsticks are, it doesn’t last a really long time on the lips but feels comfortable, looks flattering and I’ll be definitely repurchasing;
Maybelline ColourSensational in 130 Peach Juice – I don’t know what I was thinking when I got this lipstick, maybe it just looked different in the store and their low lighting but it’s definitely not a peach shade, it’s bright pink and I could make it work pairing it with other lipsticks but I didn’t reach out for it often and it started smelling funny, so it’s time to say goodbye;
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Although this mascara has bristle brush, which I normally don’t go for, I really liked it especially because it made my lashes really black and separated without making them crispy;
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – Another bottle is gone and I already have a few new ones, this micellar water just gently removes the major part of my make-up before cleansing and toning my face;
LUSH Tea Tree Water – It was not a bad one but I can make my own tea tree toner really easy and that’s why I don’t think I’d repurchase;
Estelle & Thild Facial Toner Neroli – Love the brand, loved how gentle this toner was, sadly, it has been discontinued, I believe;
Balea Lotus Eye Cream – One of my favourite affordable eye creams. It’s hydrating but feels light, it’s not stingy and makes my under eye area really soft;
Simple Revitalising Eye Roll-On – Eye product for the warmer months that has a nice cooling effect and non-sticky gel formula;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate – That was the first time I tried this product from my favourite Eucerin range and I loved it. It’s basically a serum with lactic acid that kept me blemish-free but without drying out the face and made my skin incredibly soft;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K – This tube lasted me a really long time because I used the product only as an additional step when I had really bad breakouts to help the healing process and it was really nice. I think it has a new formula now and I’m curious to try it;
Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon – I love the way Biotherm products smell and this face cream gave me the needed moisture in the winter months but without making me oily and without being heavy on my combination skin. It feels quite rich and balmy but sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it hydrated. Really liked it as a make-up base, as well;
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser – At first, I was a bit scared of this cleanser because it felt heavy and too foamy but I quite enjoyed it after that. It wasn’t stripping but it was also good for the shine control. However, I’m trying to use another type of cleansers at the moment and I won’t be getting another tube of it;
Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator – Same applies for this exfoliant. I didn’t mind it when I was using it but now that it’s been so many months after I used it up, I think it might be a bit too harsh for my skin.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – A favourite! Already have a new tube of this amazing face mask and I don’t think I can be without it;
Biotherm Lip Balm – This was a random purchase, I got it from an airport because I needed a lip balm but I didn’t like it so much. Maybe it can be better as an overnight treatment though;
Eco Lips Berry Lip Balm SPF 15 – An organic balm that smells really nice and has amazing moisturising properties, I loved it;
Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask – I’m really sad that there are no Sephora stores in Norway, I adore their masks, they are so calming, refreshing and nourishing;
Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Nose Pore Strips – Ok, I know this isn’t the best thing for your skin but I have an addiction;
MaskerAide Detox Diva and Beauty Rest’ore Sheet Masks – I saw these masks at the drugstore a few weeks ago, they looked fun and they had a lot of promises on the packaging, so I picked out two of them. I have to say, I really liked them and I honestly can’t wait to try more, they were so relaxing, they left my skin soft and radiant. I’m also curious about the eye masks from the brand.

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Body
Ziaja Lime-Citrus Shower Gel – Ziaja have some amazing body washes and although I like their Orange Butter one more, this one felt really fresh and nice, too;
Dove Purely Pampering Almond Cream Body Wash – Looking at the empty bottle of this, I wonder why I haven’t purchased a new one yet. It has a lovely warm scent, soft and creamy texture and I really enjoyed using this body wash;
All Nature Angelica and Argan Oil Shower Gel – This one smelled a bit like candy but without being too sweet, it was nice and non-drying;
Sante Grenadine Spirit Shower Gel – My favourite winter body wash, reminds me of Christmas and I’d like to try more from the brand;
Balea Fresh Smoothie Shower Gel – To me this one smelled like green apples although the packaging said otherwise, I like Balea body washes because they just seem fun and they have tons of different scents;
Balea Buttermilk & Lemon Peeling – Another product with a nice scent, to me this smells like lemon drizzle cake but the exfoliating properties weren’t that great, unfortunately;
Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub – Same applies for this scrub, it just didn’t do anything but I loved the fragrance;
– Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion – Not the most moisturising body lotion but again, my favourite Sanctuary SPA scent;
Soap & Glory Scrub + Happiness Hand Scrub – I got this mini in a set and it lasted me a really long time, it does a great job at exfoliating the hands without being too harsh and smells like all Soap & Glory products, sweet and nice;
CD Pomegranate Deo – It turns out it’s really hard to find aluminum-free deodorants, so I was really happy to get this one, I liked the gentle scent and I’d definitely purchase another one;
Lancome La Vie Est Belle – I have so much love for this fragrance… It reminds me of London, brings back great memories, it’s feminine and elegant but a bit sweet, as well, it’s just lovely;
Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover – There isn’t any nail polish remover that can compete with my favourite Lilly one but this one wasn’t bad. It actually leaves a nice scent even after washing the hands, it feels soft and non-drying and I’d repurchase if I can’t find my favourite one;
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – This mini tin lasted me such a long time, I really like this product to soften my cuticles and also nourish my nails and the skin around them;
Origins Rejuvenating Hand Cream – An underrated hand cream that isn’t greasy but hydrates really well, I liked it a lot;
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Cream SPF 20 – I used to pair this hand cream with another one because it wasn’t the most moisturising one, I think it’s good for spring and autumn but for the colder months, I needed a second one. However, L’Occitane hand creams are some of my favourites;
Baby Foot Easy Pack – This is a very strange product for me although, many people use it a lot. First of all, it’s quite pricey for just one pair of plastic socks and that put me off at the beginning but then I had problems in the winter and decided to give it a go. It really made the skin of my feet incredibly soft and smooth but during the two weeks of waiting for all the dead skin to peel off… it was just looking and feeling very unpleasant. But I have to say, I’d do it again because the results were amazing.

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Hair
L’Oreal Ever Sleek No Sulphates Smoothing & Intensely Nourishing Shampoo – Loved this shampoo, it made my hair shiny, soft and smelling so nice;
Swiss O’ Par Tea Tree Oil Shampoo – This is my purifying shampoo that I use once a week and many people hate the smell of it. I don’t mind it and I love how clean my hair gets with it;
All Nature Thyme & Rosemary Shampoo – That was my previous clarifying shampoo which I liked, too. It just made my hair clean and shiny, with a lot of volume;
COLAB Tokyo Dry Shampoo – A dry shampoo that needs to be sprayed a few hours before you go out or the night before to actually notice a difference but it really refreshes the hair and gives it a bit of volume without leaving white residue or sticky feel. I’m really happy that the brand is now available in Norway but the price is 3 times higher than in the UK, sadly;
Dove Intensive Repair Hair Mask – I love Dove hair products and this was no exception, a nice nourishing mask;
Mark Hill Big Night Out Detox Gloss Treatment – This was a random purchase but I quite liked the product, it really made my hair shiny and beautiful and smelled amazing.

These are my first empties for 2016, hope you could find something helpful in the lines above!