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Cosy Sunday

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It’s 3 degrees outside and in such days I just want to stay home. Plus, I really do like being at home, makes me feel calm, I can relax but I can also do something productive.

Usually, I use weekends to spend more time with my boyfriend inside or outside, to bake, to blog and such pleasant things.

It’s autumn/winter, so it calls for warm socks, hot drinks and nourishing skincare.

Lip balm is one of my favourite skincare items, I have at least two different in every room, bag, pocket, jacket, it’s a little bit crazy. The Body Shop Honeymania is one that I’ve had for a year probably but never opened it – why? Because I keep buying and lose track of what I have. It’s a delicious one, it’s really nourishing and cute.

I’ve mentioned how much I love Origins Charcoal mask here, I combine it it with a hydrating one and that’s why I use it only on my T-zone in the autumn and winter. It’s not drying but my cheeks need a little bit more hydration in the colder months.

Sunday is the perfect day for painting your nails, just pick your favourite shade and enjoy. I decided to turn Ciaté London‘s Beach House Collection from a summer set to a winter fairytale by combining two of the shades. First I apply the beautiful nude Amazing Gracie and then top it with a bit of sparkle from Party Shoes. It’s so pretty and festive, so nice that I can use this collection not only in the summer.

After my nail polish is dry, I like to apply hand cream because my hands tend to get super red and flaky when it’s cold, it’s painful, really painful. Luckily, Burt’s Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream makes my hands soft, feels very soothing and smells wonderful. I just love their products!

When I’m finished with the tasks, my beloved Kindle and a snuggly blanket are my best friends to spend the time with.

How are you spending your cosy Sundays? Wish you a lovely one!

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September Favourites

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So, October arrived along with the fall. Let’s have a look at what I’ve been loving in the month of September!

Will start with a skincare product because it’s what was keeping my skin in a good condition and it’s the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. You can see that I’ve done a full review on it and how happy I am that it works well with my combination skin. The only thing that I might change is start using it more often and not just once a week. Lovely product!

Is it going to be me without including a lip balm favourite? The Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Açaí berry has Vitamins A, C, D and E, antioxidants and omega oils. It’s probably my 5th or 6th lip balm by Burt’s Bees but I just love them – they’re travel friendly, they keep your lips moisturised and they smell amazing (however, I think that Mango Butter is still my all-time favourite from them).

I don’t wear eye shadows that often but when I got the KIKO Eye Base Primer I knew that I would try to use it under my eyes as well. I suffer from really dark under eye circles and my makeup routine involves quite a bit of concealing and brightening. This eye primer has a thick consistency but it’s very soft, almost like a mousse and is in a nude shade which leaves you with a very pretty base. It’s almost like a concealer but not with such coverage. The eye shadows (and the concealer under my eyes) last pretty long without creasing when I’m using this primer underneath. I think you get a really good quality product for the price, I was actually surprised.

Weather is getting colder and colder and we need more hydration and nourishing. I love body oils, so when I was at my local Kicks store (Kicks is a chain in Norway, Sweden and Finland that offers high-end products as well as some drugstore ones) I noticed that they had new products from their own brand and decided to pick the Skin Treat Pure Natural Oils Body Oil Spray which contains Fairtrade ingredients. It has macadamia oil, apricot kernal oil and olive oil and this combination brings such a divine scent! It leaves a soft feeling on your skin, it’s almost warming and I really like it. Plus, absorbs really quickly because it’s a ”dry” oil.

Last but not least, the second consecutive time that I’m including a Ciaté London nail polish from their Beach House collection (review here) in my monthly favourites. After the gorgeous bright pink Knickerbocker Glory in August, now I’ve been loving Amazing Gracie – such a pretty nude. And although it’s my least favourite from the bunch when it comes to application, I’m absolutely in love with the shade.

What have you been loving in September?

August Favourites

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End of the month, end of summer (not that we feel the summer so much here in Norway but still…) so it’s time to get ready for September and check out the August favourites.

Starting with hair because I absolutely adore the Björn Axén Strengthening Shampoo for fine hair although mine is not fine at all. It’s fresh, smells of apricots, makes my hair soft and shiny. More about it here.

I love body products and if they’re travel size, I’m immediately interested. This Works Really Rich Firming Lotion is super hydrating, leaves your skin nourished and toned and smells of herbs. I got it last year when I was in London and somehow it remained in my bathroom without being opened, so when I finally started using it, I felt very sad when I learned that it has already been discontinued.

I have two favourite nail products this month. First of all, let’s take a moment to appreciate this wonderful nail treatment that OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails is. In my post I said that it changed my nails but that probably needed a bit more time to see the real difference and I was right. After more than a month of using it, I can share with you that my nails are completely transformed and as healthy as in the times was wearing no nail polish (years ago!).
Speaking of nail polish, Knickerbocker Glory from Ciaté London and their Beach House collection (review here) is adorable – fresh, bright and having a great formula, what more could you want?

A lipstick probably…
It took me about two months to really start liking MAC Pattiserie (review here). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it but when so many people are raving so much about a product, my expectations get really high. I still don’t think it’s the perfect nude for me and I still would’ve liked it more if it didn’t have so much shimmer but I’ve been wearing it a lot in August. It completes the natural look that I’m always going for.

Have a wonderful September!

Because Summer is Still Here

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Ciaté London will be releasing their new autumn collection in September but summer is still here so let’s have a look at their Beach House Collection!

The packaging is extremely cute as always and the set contains five mini shades of nail polishes.

Pepperminty is obviously the mint shade, Knickerbocker Glory is the bright pink shade, Hopscotch is the orange shade, Amazing Gracie is the nude one and Party shoes – the sparkly one.

I applied three coats of each to have the final result, some of them didn’t need more than two though!

Will share a few words about all of them starting from the shade on my pinky going down to my thumb.

Pepperminty looks amazing and fresh, didn’t have problem applying it but needs three coats for a smooth look.

It’s best if you use Party shoes as a top coat but I just wanted to show how it looks on its own, it’s really pretty but as per usual I’m struggling a lot with removing glitter nail polishes.

The vibrant orange Hopscotch needed just two coats for me, it was super easy to apply and looks beautiful.

My absolute favourite is Knickebocker Glory! For me it’s a strawberry red which is something that I was missing in my nail polish collection. Goes opaque in one coat! It’s just a dream to apply it and it’s fabulous! (How many exclamation marks can I put in a nail polish description?)

I don’t want to finish in a negative way but I have to say that Amazing Gracie is my least favourite when it comes to application. I’m a huge fan of nude nail polishes but this one is just a bit too streaky. I’m not going to lie and I will say that I had to remove it a couple of times and try applying it again before I took the picture. However, if you apply three very thin layers, it will look beautiful and sophisticated.

I think all the five shades look really pretty, the difference comes with the application and Knickerbocker Glory is my winner.

Have you tried this collection?