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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?

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June Favourites

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June is coming to an end so it’s time for the monthly favourites!

I went back to the Herbal Essences Silk ‘n’ Shine Shampoo (review here) to keep my hair clean. A nice shampoo that smells really good.

I can’t say enough good words about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and Eye Cream (review here). They helped me so much in May, they were there for me in June too.

I changed my moisturiser in the last month because I decided to try the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat which is a mattifying one as you can tell. It can be used as a day and night moisturiser, and as a makeup base, it’s oil-free. So far I’ve been loving it.

Basically during the whole June I’ve been wearing the same nail polish. It’s the Maybelline Colorama (or Color Show depending on which country you’re getting it from) in shade 254. This is the perfect nude for me, it’s stunning! It’s something between peachy pink, brown and grey, I can’t describe it very well but if there’s only one nail polish that I have to pick and wear for months, it would be this one.

The last favourite is a lip product that I discovered after years of ‘meh’ feeling about lip glosses. I finally decided to give it a try and I don’t regret it. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in shade 06 Rosewood Shimmer has been on my lips and in my handbag  in the last weeks and I will definitely keep using it.

Wish you a nice and sunny July!

Favourite Base Duo at the Moment

Last month has been crazy! I had to travel to several countries with 3 different forms of transport, changing climates, not enough sleep, long trips with less breaks…the list can go on. BUT I had a partner in the battle for good-looking and also good-feeling skin.

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I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream for a very long time but unfortunately there aren’t any Bourjois products on the Norwegian market. So, when I planned my trip, I was sure that I would finally get it. I also purchased the 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream and I don’t regret it.

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With these two beauties I looked fresh like a cucumber, it felt light but at the same time my skin was protected. Mine are both in shade Ivory. I have to say that it’s the lightest of all 4 shades but honestly it’s not THE lightest that can be in my opinion. I’m not so pale as usually the ones that are using the lightest shades are but hopefully there’s a good shade for everybody.

The 123 Perfect CC Cream contains 3 colour correcting pigments:

– Apricot (anti-fatigue);

– Green (anti-redness);

– White (anti-dark spots)

and also has SPF15. I like that it has some benefits like a skincare product and I can really see the results after a few weeks of using it.

The product is  very light and can spill out of the thin nozzle so be careful. I tried to apply it with different methods but I got the best results after using my fingers or a beauty blender. I can say that the coverage is medium.

I have combination skin so I need to put a primer before applying the CC cream and powder at the end but it’s not supposed to be a mattifying product anyways so just have that in mind if you have oily or combination skin.

The 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream is a good concealer for dark circles and also has medium coverage. It’s not creasing at all which is amazing.

I can say that I’m pretty happy that I purchased these products and I’m sad that I can’t just go to a drugstore here and get them when they’re over, I’ll have to find another way and only hope that one day Bourjois will come to Norway.