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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.

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March Favourites


Spring is officially upon us, sun is shining, sky is blue… I’m currently enjoying the cute songs of the birds and the adorable presence of my cats while typing my March Favourites blog post. There’s nothing like breathing fresh air surrounded by mum’s blooming flowers in our garden. And before I turn this into an essay about how much I like being home, let me share with you what I’ve been loving in the past few weeks.

There are a few products from the Shiseido Ibuki range I’ve tried but their Gentle Cleanser must be my favourite. This is a mini of the cleanser but I have to say, it will last months because I need the tiniest amount of the product to cleanse my whole face. The brand has one more version of this cleanser, this is the one that is more appropriate for dry skin but my combination skin loves it. It’s rich but not heavy and leaves my skin clean and baby soft without stripping it. It’s difficult to explain and even to understand how a cleanser can make my skin purified but also moisturised and so soft that the makeup applies like a dream afterwards. I’d highly recommend picking up a sample and trying it out, for me it’s one of the best face washes I’ve tried. Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser is really effective in removing impurities but still very gentle, the formula is without sulfates, phthalates and parabens. I wouldn’t say it’s too foamy, on me it creates a soft lather and I use it in the morning and/or as a second cleanse in the evening.

To refresh my face and remove the last traces of makeup, I usually go for classic toners or floral waters. This Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water caught my attention because of its subtle peach scent. I’ve mentioned before that I love peach-scented products but that wasn’t the only reason why I picked up this product. It’s formulated with Moringa Seed Extract to neutralise the effects of pollution, Peach Essential Water to tone and soften, Honey to maintain skin’s moisture level. I don’t use this product as a cleanser but I know people with dry skin who don’t like washing their face in the morning because their skin feels too tight and they would reach for this Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser. To me it feels like a hydrating and refreshing toner that you can also use as a makeup remover, it doesn’t irritate my skin but it’s fragranced so, have that in mind if you’re with sensitive skin.

I’m in love with the way the combination between La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara and MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara* makes my lashes look. The first one gives me volume and length and the MAC one separates and curls the lashes. Like I’ve mentioned after I used up another mini of the La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara, it gives a similar to the YSL Effet Faux Cills look and doesn’t irritate sensitive eyes. If you’re contact lense wearer like me, you’d love this mascara. Also, MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara* has a unique brush that can be twisted, simply turn the top section of the cap to adjust the curve of the brush. Both of these mascaras last all day on me without smudging and I really like them separately but I absolutely love them together.

The two lip products I’ve been constantly using in the month of March have been Dior Addict Lip Glow in 006 Berry and Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub from the brand’s new spring Colour Gradation Collection (review here). Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub is a brilliant product for me because I can have smooth lips all the time without worrying about using messy lip scrubs. It’s just like applying a lip balm but the sugar grains remove the dead skin cells and then the balm moisturises the lips and gives them a rosy flush. It’s still a bit difficult to find this product, it seems to be sold out all the time but I believe it’s a permanent item.
However, Dior Addict Lip Glow in Berry is a limited edition product which is a shame because it’s a wonderful balm in a beautiful colour, probably the best one they’ve released, so far and I’m already wondering what would be next year’s shade they would go for.

These are my favourite products at the moment, I would love to know some of yours.

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Beauty Gift Ideas for Him and Her | Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is about a week away and there are tons of ways to surprise your partner. Actually, love should be celebrated more often. For us, it’s different every year on this day. This year we won’t be even in the same country but I get so spoiled with beauty gifts on a daily basis that I much prefer having an experience that we both could enjoy. Like going to the theatre, for example or to a concert, or maybe a football game, a trip, a weekend getaway…just whatever you fancy (to be fair, I’d love all of the mentioned).

However, I wanted to try to include a few gift ideas here that the men around me and I think you can’t go wrong with if you’ve decided to surprise your partner with a beauty present.

For Her
That’s the easiest, considering all brands are just releasing their spring makeup collections and you can choose from so many limited edition products that will make the whole experience even better.

But I always like to include at least one skincare product that anyone would love and I can’t believe I’ve never mentioned the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II in such blog post before. This is the 30 ml mini which is still pricey but also a good way to try the serum and I honestly don’t know a lady who doesn’t want to have this one in her skincare stash. The mini is often available in different sets, as well, so you can actually get a better deal and more products for your loved one. The other skincare item I’d like to mention is Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, it’s a classic and it’s lovely because it has a light texture but gives a great amount of moisture and is suitable even for sensitive skin.
If you want to get a lipstick, the NARS Audacious range is the one to go for. There are so many shades to choose from and probably your special one already has a list of at least five desired colours from the series. I love Anita and I think it would look amazing on many skin tones (review and swatches here).
Fragrances are really individual but if your loved one likes a bit more dark and rich scents, the timeless Black Orchid from Tom Ford would be a great choice. If you’re looking for a sweeter perfume, I think the latest release from Guerlain‘s La Petite Robe Noire family would be a nice idea (review here).

For Him
The men around me are not that much into beauty but they like being taken care of just like everyone, so I wanted to feature this No7 Men Energising Face Wash and Energising Moisturiser with SPF15 duo because sun protection is important for all of us, men, women, children and I know men would often skip this step and not think about it. Of course, you can get the products separately, they are suitable for sensitive skin, as well.
Everyone appreciates a good travel set and Clarins Men definitely know how to do a great one. They often have deluxe sizes of their face wash, eye balm, shaving balm and moisturisers in a handy bag and I always wonder how they manage to put so many items in such small bags, it’s amazing.
A shower gel may seem a bit boring but I know many men who love their shower gels and would like to receive one as a gift. I don’t think you can go wrong with this Dior Homme Shower Gel, it has a light texture and the bathroom smells amazing afterwards.
I always try to learn which fragrance a man likes, so that I can get something else from the same range for him that he wouldn’t get for himself. That was the case with this Chanel Bleu de Chanel After Shave Lotion, I knew my brother liked the perfume, so this was a nice accompaniment to  it. The lotion feels refreshing and has a clean and crisp scent, they also have a balm version if you’re looking for something more hydrating.
Speaking of perfumes, this is probably the most difficult part just because all the men around me like different types of scents. Some prefer fresh smells, others want much darker and deeper ones and so on but the majority of them like Dior Sauvage because it’s spicy but fresh at the same time and just noble. My dad always gets compliments when he wears it and everyone around him asks all the time what his fragrance is.

I also wanted to mention a few non-beauty and unisex gifts in a way, simply because me and my boyfriend love getting candles for our flat, for example. When we are choosing a candle together, we often go for deeper scents but in general, my boyfriend has a great taste when it comes to scents, no matter if he is looking for something for a woman, a man or someone’s home, he just has the best taste. I don’t actually have one of our candles here but I love WoodWick candles because of their scents and also, the way they sound like a tiny fireplace is amazing. We also love chocolate, so this selection of Baileys pralines will be demolished in seconds. And finally, something I’ve mentioned a lot but I just can’t miss to share my love for Teapigs tea one more time. I think there is a flavour and type for everyone, the whole family loves them, my friends love them, I adore them.

No matter what you’ll be doing this Valentine’s day, I wish you a lovely one. Be loved and don’t forget to tell your dear people how much you love them as often as possible.

January Favourites

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Seems like it’s time to take a look at the first beauty favourites for 2017…

I’m starting off with two skincare products that help my winter skin look brighter and fresher. Herbina is a Finnish brand and I love trying products from Scandinavian brands because I always expect them to know how to deal with dull skin and often the ingredients are a bit more natural. Luckily, I have a wonderful friend who always sends me different products from Finland to try. The Herbina Energy Boost Energising Peeling Cream contains Orange Flower Water, Sweet Almond Oil, lots of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. I like using it a couple of times a week in the morning because it feels refreshing, doesn’t strip my skin and leaves it radiant and really soft. The formula is plant-based, the granules in the cream are very gentle and biodegradable.
I talked about the Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water in my Skincare Update post here and I just want to say one more time that it is a good one to use in the winter when the skin is lackluster and dehydrated. It’s very easy to use and rinse, it feels refreshing and calming, the pot is travel-friendly, so I might be taking it along with me when I travel and need to bring back the radiance to my skin.

My love for Eucerin has been confessed so many times on the blog but I haven’t mentioned any of their products in a long time simply because they are now a permanent and just normal part of my routine. However, it looks like there is only one product from their DermoPURIFYER range that I haven’t tried before. I have no idea how I’ve missed their DermoPURIFYER Toner, considering how much I love the whole range. The toner is formulated with Lactic Acid which is without a doubt the best acid for my skin, it unclogs the pores without drying my face, it’s so gentle and yet, so effective. I’ve been using the toner for about three weeks and the difference was visible almost immediately.

One of the most affordable and at the same time, lovely serums I’ve ever tried has to be this Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum. I’m still frustrated I have only one bottle of it because it’s another product with Lactic Acid that does wonders for me. My skin looks clearer and brighter but also, hydrated and this serum is one of the reasons for that.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks are seriously good. I often struggle with dry under eye area but in the winter it can get really bad. These patches have a cooling effect but also brightening, de-puff, plumping and hydrating properties, thanks to the Arnica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Dragon’s Blood. I was surprised by how smooth and soft the gentle skin under my eyes got after removing these. There is a lot of serum left in the pack after using the eye masks, so I tend to decant it into a small pot and use it before applying my regular eye cream. It lasts ages and it doesn’t ruin the rest of my skincare and makeup. I love the moisturiser from the same range, the eye masks are quite pricey, considering you get 8 sachets and one of mine (so far) came with only one patch inside instead of two but I got it with a pretty big discount and I really like the effect.

Another essential for me during the cold winter days has been the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. I’m not sure what took me so long to get it and fall in love with it, considering I adore the Lip Perfectors but here I am with my half-empty bottle of it. I was passing by my local beauty store, went inside to purchase something, the lady told me they had a good offer on the lip oils and I started wondering if I should take the Honey or the Red Berry one. At the end, I picked up the Raspberry shade because it just smelled so good. The oils are plant-based and simply gorgeous. They come with a big and soft applicator, the texture is like honey, the scents are divine, the moisturising properties are what surprised me the most. My lips feel soothed, nourished, smooth and soft after just one application, thanks to the organic Jojoba, Mirabelle Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Raspberry Oil (this one is only for the shade I got). It doesn’t really look red on my lips, it’s more of a sheer pink tint and I just can’t say enough good words about it.

This MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in Sweet Sweet Fantasy*  may look appropriate for spring rather than winter days but it makes me look a bit more healthy and fresh with its peachy tones and that’s exactly what I need at the moment.

If you’re looking for a budget highlighter that looks natural and beautiful, try the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion. It delivers a soft radiance that isn’t too out there for the office, for example and blends like a dream.

My favourite fragrance for this month has to be La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense from Guerlain. You can read my full review on it here, it’s more on the sweet side but still remains elegant and chic.

These are the beauty products I’ve been loving and using the most lately and it’s hard to believe that February is just around the corner.

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2016 Beauty Favourites

20161230_115800postHappy New Year! I really hope 2017 will be much much better, happier and healthier than 2016! Wish all of you and your families a wonderful year filled with joy and love!

It is now time to start talking about some annual beauty favourites. This year, I decided to form only two categories: skincare and makeup.

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There are two cleansers I’ve been really loving, both were released in the second half of the year, one is my morning cleanser and then the one that I like using in the evening. Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant is a really gentle face wash suitable even for sensitive skin. It feels refreshing and soothing at the same time. You can read my full review on it here. This is a mini of my Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam and you can see what the original size looks like here. I wouldn’t say it’s a foam, it’s more of a cleansing cream that has milky texture once it’s in contact with the skin. I love the calming scent and how delicate it feels on my skin, it’s just so moisturising but purifying at the same time.
My love for toners and face mists is no secret and it was really hard for me to choose which one to include here, so I decided to mention two of my favourite mists. I’ve already used up a few bottles of the REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist (review here) because it’s refreshing and can be used before or after putting makeup but also, it protects against environmental aggressors with Zinc and Manganese Amino Acids to track down free radicals and protect skin from oxidative stress. La Roche-Posay Serozinc is my choice when it comes to taking care of my combination skin. It mattifies it without being drying and heals blemishes quicker than usual. I always stock up on this mist whenever I’m in London.
The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is still my number 1 hydrating mask, it’s just the best!
L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks* are my absolute favourites when it comes to purifying face masks. Not only they are easy to get because you can find them at the drugstore but they are incredibly good. You can read all about my experience here because I just can’t pick one to talk about.
Another great find from the drugstore is this Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum. It’s my second bottle of it, it comes with a pump, the formula contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy.
My morning and evening moisturising duo must be from Clinique. I’m sure everybody knows about their Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief* but I don’t see many people talking about the Clinique Superdefense Night Recovery Moisturiser (review here). This is my second pot of the cream after I was sent one when it launched at the beginning of the year and I can’t recommend it enough. I remember how dry and irritated my skin was in the winter in Norway and this moisturiser completely transformed it.
I had to mention La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant which I reviewed here because it has the same properties like Duo [+] but with a tint and provides pretty good coverage that evens out my complexion and makes me look a bit more healthy.
Last but not least in this skincare category is my favourite multi-purpose moisturiser. Weleda Skin Food is a gem and the whole family loves it. It’s soothing, it’s moisturising, the formula contains plant oils and extracts, it smells clean and it’s simply lovely.

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Makeup Products

This category has to start with my favourite foundation, Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Skin-Perfecting Foundation SPF 35 (review here). It has great coverage but looks natural, it mattifies my skin but also makes it radiant, it lasts all day and I haven’t found a better foundation since I first tried it.
The best concealer I found in 2016 is a drugstore one. It’s from Aura and it’s called Correct Me! Concealer. I use it under the eyes and around the face because it’s pigmented and creamy, the shade range is really good for an affordable brand but the downside is, it can’t be found in many countries.
The new Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel* is my favourite brow product for last year although I’ve been using for just about a month. It creates full and natural-looking brows, fills in the sparse areas and lasts all day.
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade 10 Nude Mauve is a lovely blush that can be used as a bronzer, as well or just to add this healthy pop of colour to the complexion that we always need. It’s luminous and finely-milled, it’s simply beautiful.
My favourite highlighter for 2016 is without a doubt the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Powder Highlighter in the shade Sin* from their summer collection. It’s a gorgeous champagne shade, you can see it swatched here and it’s quite a strong one but the texture is so creamy that you can control the intensity.
There are three palettes I’ve been loving in 2016: an eyeshadow palette, a face palette and a lip one. The We Care Icon I Love Tigers Nude Palette is from a Finnish brand and it’s my most-used one maybe because I don’t wear that much eye makeup in my everyday life but these eyeshadows just add a little something to the whole look. You can read my post on the palette here.
I know that this Estée Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette* (review and swatches here) was a limited edition for the summer season but it’s still available on some places, so it’s not impossible to find it. The texture of all three products is soft and fine, the shades look natural on the skin and I loved using the palette in the summer on my face but also, on my eyes.
Travel-friendly products are something I always appreciate and that’s one of the reasons why I love L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lips in Nudeso much. It’s elegant, it has a mirror, the shade selection is brilliant and I often end up mixing shades to create a custom one.
Speaking of lip products, I knew they would take the biggest part of my makeup favourites but I couldn’t help it. Dior Addict Lip Glow in 005 Lilac (review here) has been the one colour I really wanted and they finally launched it at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, it was a limited edition but I see they will be soon releasing a Berry shade!
The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector family welcomed two new members in the spring, 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer, a beautiful dusky rose colour and 08 Plum Shimmer, a muted berry shade. I’ve mentioned multiple times how much I love these balms and the new shades are just perfect to have in your handbag.
I remember how excited I was when I learned about the Lancôme Juicy Shakers. I love the brand’s products, I adore Lisa Eldridge and I wasn’t disappointed by these tinted lip oils. I have a whole post dedicated to them here.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita (review here) is the most beautiful vintage rose shade I’ve ever seen. It’s flattering, it’s sophisticated, feels comfortable on the lips and will always remind me of the most wonderful holiday in Rome me and my boyfriend had.
There are some amazing shades in the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour range. I love that the colour is buildable and you can control how intense you want it to be, the formula is lightweight and luminous and the scent is beautiful.
One of the latest and best lipstick releases in 2016 came from MAC and their Liptensity* range. The colours are bold, saturated and unique, the formula is creamy and long-lasting and I love how the packaging is colour-coded.
I also wanted to mention the cute L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume that I always have in my handbag even if it’s winter because it makes me think of sunny days, the scent is beautiful and it’s easy to top up your fragrance with it.

These are most of my favourite products for last year but before I leave, I would like to wish you to be safe, happy, loved and may the new year bring us all amazing days!

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