Tag Archives: colab

Empties #10

20161103_112150postAs I always end up collecting way too many empty products and writing a novel about them, this time I decided to make it quite simple. There are just a couple of make-up items and the rest is skincare and body products.

Make-up
Maybelline ColourSensational Shine Gloss in 610 Naked Star – Actually, I couldn’t finish this gloss and it has expired but I liked it because it wasn’t a sticky one and looked nice on its own or on top of lipsticks;
Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 04 Neutral Fair – One of my favourite concealers, it’s supposed to be brightening and it really does illuminate quite nicely but I also used it to cover up some imperfections around the face and it does great job at this, as well. I think I need the full size of it now;

Skincare
Balea Purifying Mask – That’s a great budget clay mask and I already got another sachet. It comes in a 2-pack and one sachet contains a lot of product, so I always end up using it twice (don’t ask how I close the sachet that is once opened) but it makes my skin soft and radiant;
KICKS Clearing Mud Mask – This is probably my favourite KICKS face mask, they released four a few months ago and this one is already used up. It doesn’t dry out my skin but it purifies and leaves it smooth and glowy;
Sephora Pearl Face Mask – I love Sephora sheet masks, they are so relaxing and heavenly-scented. This one is brightening and moisturising and it’s one of my most purchased ones from the brand;
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask – I used about three packs of this face mask because it’s so popular at the moment and I really wanted to like it. It smells amazing and feels cooling but it wasn’t really hydrating on my skin and I have combination skin. Also, it leaves my face quite wet and feels sticky even after massaging in what’s left from the serum;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum – This small tube didn’t last much, so I couldn’t see if it really firms and repairs the skin but it felt soothing and moisturising;
Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate – Another travel size serum that I tried. Feels like rich cream but at the same time it’s light when applied and doesn’t make my skin more oily than it is, it doesn’t break me out and I wake up to radiant and healthy skin;
Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist – I used this one before going to bed because the scent is really relaxing. It’s calming and moisturising although the way the spray works is quite heavy and that is probably the only thing I didn’t like about it;
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – Really missing this one. I used to spray it multiple times throughout the day. The mist is very fine, it hydrates the skin, it’s refreshing and also gives protection against the environmental aggressors. I’ve done a full review on it here;
Balea Almond Blossom Extract Toner – It’s suitable for dry and sensitive skin and although mine is combination, I quite liked this toner. It has a nice and light scent and it doesn’t strip my skin;
Ziaja Sensitive Micellar Water – This is my second bottle of this budget micellar water. It contains no parabens, alcohol and perfume, feels gentle on the skin and removes make-up quite well;
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + – I have a travel size of this moisturiser whenever I travel because it never lets me down. Clinique moisturisers are some of my favourite ones anyway but this one works perfect when I’m away because it gives me the right amount of hydration without breaking me out and without being too rich and heavy on the skin;

Body and Hair
Yves Rocher Lotus Flower Shower Gel – The brand has incredible scents and this body wash proves it one more time, it’s delicate and beautiful. Also, I love the lightweight packaging;
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Moisturising Perfumed Body Lotion – My summer body lotion. Feels very light on the skin but hydrates it really well and is also beautifully-scented;
Balea MED Sensitive Shampoo – During autumn, my scalp gets a bit irritated. This year is actually even worse, so I’ve been looking for a gentle shampoo. I’ve heard good things about the medical line from Balea and decided to give this one a go. It is supposed to be for sensitive scalp but it didn’t do much for my irritated skin, unfortunately;
COLAB Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo – I should have taken more minis when I was in London because I really like this dry shampoo, I’ve talked about it many times on the blog;
Balea Hand Cream for very dry skin – This was one of my handbag hand creams. It smells very nice, takes a couple of minutes to absorb but doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.

This is everything I’ve used up in the past few weeks and I’m quite happy I don’t have the huge pile I normally collect before sharing my experience with the products.

 

Advertisements

Beauty Picks | Summer 2016

DSC_0289post DSC_0293postI’m enjoying my first proper summer days this year with my loved ones and couldn’t be happier. Reading about other people’s summer beauty essentials is something I really like and I realised that there are quite a few products I’ve been reaching for a lot lately.

If you haven’t already noticed, I adore facial mists and floral waters, I think they make a huge difference in my skin condition and I really like the L’Occitane Peony Perfecting Mist. It can be used as a toner before applying a moisturiser, as a make-up fixing spray or just to refresh the skin throughout the hot days. It has a delicate scent, it’s really fine and gives a long-lasting hydration. My skin feels much calmer after I started using this mist and it also looks much smoother. This product is a great multi-tasker and I’d highly recommend checking it out.

For my lips, I’m still in love with Lancôme Juicy Shakers, I’ve actually used up one of them already because they are so pretty and moisturising. One of my favourite shades is 301 Meli Melon because it’s perfect for that fresh and juicy summer look. I like how it leaves a nice dewy stain but the major part of the oil gets absorbed, it’s beautiful and hydrates the lips.

On my eyes, I’ve been using a lot the We Care Icon I Love Tigers Nude Palette (review and swatches here) in the past few weeks. It’s simple, it’s pretty, I love that it’s also travel-friendly, the texture of the shadows is amazing and I don’t think I need anything else at the moment. As I’ve said before, I don’t wear eyeshadows on a daily basis and I don’t have that many favourite palettes but this one has become a staple.

Clinique SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Body* is my current body sun protectant. It’s a new one from the brand, it’s 100% fragrance-free and allergy tested, it’s oil-free and non-acnegenic. I apply it 15 minutes before sun exposure and try to reapply it every two hours. The sun is very strong at the moment, the temperatures are really high here and although I don’t sunbathe, I need that protection when I’m even out in mum’s garden.
This mineral sunscreen is really lightweight and absorbs quickly without leaving any sticky film or white streaks, it’s just invisible and comfortable on the skin. It protects against environmental aggressors and helps to reflect UVA/UVB rays by blocking them.
I don’t get sunburn easily but my boyfriend does and this lotion helps him a lot. Also, the bottle has a flip-top cap which makes it very easy to apply on-the-go.

At the moment, I’m using two body moisturisers. After my morning shower, I like to apply the Balea Body Gelée with Mint and Watermelon because it feels incredibly refreshing, gets absorbed almost instantly and doesn’t leave any residue. I can get dressed straight away and just start my day without worrying that I might get some sticky feel. The gel-like texture feels very soothing and lightweight and it’s also a bit cooling, perfect for the summer. At night I reach for the Biotherm Body Refirm Stretch Oil*. There’s something about the way Biotherm products smell, I love their scents, I first got a shower gel from the brand years ago and I still remember it, it felt really nice. The oil smells similar and brings back amazing memories. It’s not a greasy oil, it feels lovely on the skin and prevents from loss of elasticity and firmness. It gives me a lot of hydration, it tones my skin and doesn’t stain my clothes.

I’m still in love with Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint range and especially the shade Starfish which is a light tan colour that would look amazing on anyone, I think. You can see the post on my collection of these nail varnishes here.

My favourite COLAB Dry Shampoo fragrance must be Monaco but I have to say the New York one is just as lovely. It’s nice to have this mini with me for hair touch-ups and it’s amazing that their Sheer + Invisible formula doesn’t leave any white residue in my roots.

Why haven’t I gotten a solid perfume earlier? I’m in love with the L’Occitane Cherry Blossom one, I carry it around with me all the time and I can always top up my fragrance. It smells absolutely divine, it’s alcohol-free and I should get some more of this type.

These are my summer beauty picks this year, what are your staples during the warmer months?

*PR Samples

Army of Minis #5

DSC_0345post
Me and my boyfriend are headed to his home country and then to my home country for some relaxing time and packing for this type of trips has always been a bit difficult. We use a car, a ship, planes and basically, I’m trying to be prepared with a few little bags with essentials for each vehicle. I won’t show you all that but here are a few mini products that are going to make my packing and travelling life a bit easier.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser – A couple of months ago, I got a set of mini Neal’s Yard Remedies products and I still haven’t tried many of them, so I though it would be the best time to do it now;
– Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist – I love floral and herbal face mists and this one can be kept even in your handbag;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment – Most of my travel eye creams are too small and I get 3 to 5 uses out of them, this one is actually half the full size which means I’ll be able to have hydrated under eye area for several weeks;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum – It’s quite difficult for me to find travel-friendly serums and I’m really happy that this time I have two. This one evens out the skin tone, gives radiance and leaves the skin firm and hydrated;
– Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate – That’s the second one and it’s actually more of a night cream but feels and smells very soothing and relaxing, it’s not greasy at all and the skin feels amazing on the next day;
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser SPF 20 – I haven’t tried this moisturiser but I like the idea of having a tiny pot of SPF, especially when I’m going to be exposed to sun and about 20 degrees higher temperature than what’s in Norway at the moment;
Essence Mini Lip Gloss – I love Essence glosses, I’ve used up a few of them and I’m very happy that my dear friend sent a set of minis to me, so that I can have this one in my handbag;
Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel – The brand has so many scents to choose from and it’s pretty hard to pick one, actually but this has such a fresh and uplifting smell that I had to take a mini of it;
Babor Revitalising Shampoo – I’ve tried a few products from them and I loved all but this shampoo is new to me, so I’m excited to see how it works on my hair;
Rituals Magic Touch Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Whipped Body Cream – So happy to have this sachet, Rituals have some of the most amazing body products and I might need to get a full size of this one;
L’Occitane Milk Concentrate – Another lovely body moisturiser! I used to hate body creams in sachets but they are actually so comfortable to travel with as they never spill or make a mess;
COLAB Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo – Haven’t tried the scent but I love their dry shampoos and I always need a mini when I travel…especially in the summer;
Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua EDT – How cute is this mini bottle?! The scent is very fresh and feminine, it’s perfect for the warmer months and having a 5 ml or 10 ml bottle of a fragrance even when you’re out in the city and not necessarily travelling, is the best thing. It’s portable and easy to carry around, it’s enough for much more than just a couple of spritzes and it won’t get lost in your bag because it’s not super tiny.

My minis and I are ready for this new adventure and I hope you’re having an amazing summer!

May Favourites

DSC_0137post DSC_0138post DSC_0141post

As we approach June and summer (although there wasn’t even spring in Norway), I gathered around a few of my favourite beauty bits for the past few weeks. The majority was actually purchased in London in April because I decided to try not buying any beauty products during May. I’ve never done this before, I usually share it with friends or just somehow ”announce” the idea and it never works. However, this time I kept it only for myself (and my boyfriend because he tends to get me beauty stuff all the time) and I did it…a whole month with no beauty purchases, so that I can use what I already have.

I have two hair favourites that really surprised me. The first one is the COLAB Extreme Volume Monaco Dry Shampoo and I actually regret not getting a few more from it. I like the brand’s dry shampoos but this one is just amazing. It’s not the invisible formula one but it just keeps my hair fresh-looking for such a long time that no other dry shampoo has ever managed to. It also gives me lots of volume and smells wonderful, it’s fresh and sophisticated at the same time. My favourite COLAB product, so far!
The second hair item is a Gloss Spray by the Swedish haircare brand Lernberger & Stafsing. I’ve tried a few products from them, I love their Leave-in BB Cream and I really wanted to find a good conditioning spray that also gives me shine. The Gloss Spray comes in an elegant bottle, it’s a really light mist that contains organic Argan Oil and I use it on both, wet and dry hair. It doesn’t feel heavy, it doesn’t make my hair look greasy, smells nice and also provides UV-protection. It controls the frizz and gives an incredible shine to the hair. The price is also very good, so if you ever come across Lernberger & Stafsing, I’d recommend checking their range out.

I finally tried the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes, I got three of them and I love them all but my favourite must be 10 Nude Mauve. It’s nude but not quite nude, it’s something between a blusher and a bronzer, it’s luminous but not too shimmery, it’s finely-milled, it’s just a healthy glow in a pan! These are simply gorgeous and now I want the entire shade range.

Make-up fixing sprays were never something that I was drawn to but I gave this L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist a try and it surprised me. It really extends the wear of my make-up without feeling heavy or having a really strong smell. Quite a good product, especially if you have oily or combination skin like me, I don’t need to blot throughout the day if I’m setting my make-up with it and you can find it at the drugstore.

My Love for Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint polishes have been already confessed here and if you want a hydrating formula for your nails with amazing colours and a good brush at an affordable price, look no further. These beauties are going to be often on my nails in the next few months.

I got the Lottie London Soap Star Solid Brush Cleanser because many people said it’s a dupe for the Beauty Blender one and I have to say, I haven’t tried the high-end one but Lottie did a great job with theirs. I wash my brushes once a week and I don’t actually have issues with them but my blending sponges suffer quite a lot. I wash them always right after using them but they still get stained and it’s hard to make them look perfect again. This solid brush cleanser changed that and I can’t be happier. There are no stains left, my sponges are like new and it’s pretty sad that you can’t get this product here.

Speaking of sponges, now I know why Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is so loved in the beauty world. It’s a great tool, it’s bouncy, doesn’t get too much of the product that is supposed to be on your face anyway, it’s easy to clean and I hope it doesn’t get worn off too quickly. It’s now a staple for me.

These are my favourite beauty products for the month of May. What are yours?

Empties #8

DSC_1087post

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.

DSC_1089post
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.

DSC_1092post
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.

DSC_1095post
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!