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Not for Me #2

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We all make lists of products we would like to purchase just because we read so many positive reviews on them. Sadly, sometimes they don’t work out so well for us. That’s the case with this edition of Disappointing products. I’ve heard so much about these items and had high hopes but unfortunately, they’re just not for me.

The most hyped up product out of the three is without a doubt the Eveline 8 in 1 Total Action Intensive Nail Conditioner. I’ve read dozens of reviews about how amazing it is, how it does wonders to the nails although it’s super cheap. I knew that I can’t replace my beloved OPI Nail Envy (review here) with this one but I was expecting at least a little improvement in my nail condition. This product did absolutely nothing for my nails after weeks and weeks of application. Something more, when I was applying it, the feeling was as if the conditioner was going under my nails and was burning my skin every single time. I don’t know how so many girls never experienced this but I don’t think I will be trying this product again anytime soon.

I’m still quite bad at doing my eyeliner and I’m always on the hunt for a newbie-friendly liquid eyeliner. That’s how I’ve come across the Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen. It was recommended by many girls, I love Essence products and indeed the formula of this eyeliner is pretty black which is great. However, the very tip of the liner gets dry so quickly that it makes it impossible to use it to make a fine line. After the third time, it felt like there was no product in the pen. It also smudges a bit throughout the day, so I wouldn’t rely on it. I’ve heard a lot about the Essence eyeliners but maybe I should try a waterproof one, what do you think?

The last product for today isn’t such a huge regret because I’ve seen so many bad dry shampoos that one more isn’t the end of the world. It’s also quite cheap, so I would have expected it but on to the product. I’m talking about the Balea Dry Shampoo and if you’re looking for a budget dry shampoo, I wouldn’t recommend this one. It’s pretty chalky but doesn’t do anything to keep the hair fresh, it actually makes it feel sticky and greasy looking.

These are a few products that didn’t live up to my expectations in the past couple of months. Do you have any recent beauty regrets?

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Battle of the Dry Shampoos

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I don’t know what I’d do without dry shampoos. Actually, I know! I’d stay up at 4-5 am to wash my hair every morning. I’ve been doing this for years at school and then uni. Honestly, it was a torture. I just always like to have my hair clean, I get compliments on the way it looks and smells but my second day hair is actually quite flat.

Dry shampoos are good for those days when we’re in a rush and our hair starts to look not so clean anymore but with a little help, it can still have a fresh and nice appearance. I also like to use dry shampoos when I need a bit more volume and/or texture. It’s actually quite a versatile product for me.
I haven’t used hundreds of dry shampoos but it’s a product that I always have in my stash and I always try to find new ones and see which one is the best dry shampoo. Here are a few of my latest and probably best purchases and hopefully, the comparison between them will help you choose your next dry shampoo. The most important thing to remember for all of them is that you have to use it on dry hair, to shake well the can and to spray from about 15 cm distance.

Let’s begin with Batiste because there are two of them here and it’s probably the most popural dry shampoo brand. The first one, Heavenly Volume is the most powdery of all but it also works instantly. It absorbs the excess grease, it does give a good amount of volume and texture and the chalky look is gone pretty quickly. However, if you don’t like the thick feel when you run fingers through the hair, you probably won’t be a fan of this one. The second one is in their Oriental scent. Smells lovely and does a great job. It doesn’t give so much volume but it’s not supposed to. It’s a little bit lighter that the Heavenly Volume one but still works great on me.

Moving on to Dove Refresh+Care which was probably the most looked for dry shampoo. I was hearing so many good reviews on it but so far, I’ve found it only in the UK. It’s definitely worth the hype, there is almost no white residue, smells amazing (my personal favourite when it comes to scents) and refreshes the hair after a minute massaging the product into it.

The newest release is from CoLab and I randomly picked up the Tokyo scent. It reminds me of my grandmother’s favourite perfume in a good way, it’s quite sophisticated actually. It has the most invisible formula of the ones here and maybe that’s why I prefer to use it hours before I need to go out. It doesn’t work immediately, I have to spray it on the night before or in the morning, in case I’m going out in the afternoon. But hours later, the hair is refreshed, the scalp is not sticky and I’m curious to try the other scents and the Extreme Volume series, as well. However, if you’re expecting to see results a minute later, you’d be more likely to think you’re using a texturising spray. It gives you texture but not a refresh.

Last but not least, is the Garnier 7-in-1 The Silky Dry Shampoo. The idea of my hair smelling of Vanilla is really putting me off but the scent of this product is not the typical Vanilla one, it’s still quite strong and sweet but also fresh. The claims on the tin are pretty big and I don’t agree with all of them but I still think it’s not the worst dry shampoo that you can try. However, I have to say it’s my least favourite. It refreshes the hair but just not so much as the other ones and sometimes can make it look a bit lifeless and flat.

If I have to pick my most favourite, it would definitely be the Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo because it’s a dry shampoo and texturising spray in one (I so want to try their XXL Volume one!). A runner-up would be the Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo.

What’s your favourite dry shampoo?

June Favourites

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The month of June is coming to an end  and the last few weeks have been so crazy and exciting for me and the people around me that I’m going to miss it.

Probably, most of you are having a proper summer but for me, it’s just beginning. In this month’s favourites you will see some products that I’ve already featured in a favourites post. It just shows how much I love them and how good they work on my skin. Of course, there are items that I tried for first time and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

I will start with a skincare product combination that has been wonderful for me and it’s the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate and the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. The first one is basically a serum, it’s very lightweight, contains lactic acid which is perfect for oily or combination skin but lactic acid is also a hydrating acid. It makes my skin soft and smooth, blemish-free and nourished at the same time. I’ve mentioned the Clarins oil hundreds of times (review here), I guess but there’s a reason for this. I’ve said that it balances my skin out and calms it but there is something about using these two products together. My skin looks fresh and radiant and healthy. If I use it every day, I may not see the great results but if I skip a couple of nights or replace them with other products, the next morning my skin doesn’t look so well. Love these together at the moment!

Natural look is my choice most of the time but in the past few weeks I minimised the number of make-up products on my face even more. I was basically using only two lip products – a lip liner topped with a lip balm. I love the muted coral colour of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Naked*. It gives a hint of colour to make you look fresh but at the same time looks absolutely natural on the lips. I add a bit of lip balm on top and there you have it, a natural and hydrating but long-lasting lip for the day.

Although June wasn’t a warm month in Norway, I was still picking mainly summer nail shades. One of my favourites is from Topshop Nails in Sweet & Elite. I mentioned  that I didn’t like a varnish from their matte nail range but this one is really cute. It’s a pretty pastel purple with amazing formula that goes smoothly and streak-free. I need two coats for an opaque look. Well, it doesn’t last more than two days on my nails but I haven’t found a nail polish that does. I like that it dries pretty fast, as well.

Last but not least is a product that I didn’t like at first. I’m talking about CoLab and their Tokyo Dry Shampoo. Luckily, I found the right way to use it and see results. If you want an instant refresh for your hair, you probably won’t get it with this shampoo. I spray it the night before I’m going somewhere out or several hours before I need results. It just takes time to actually work but once it does, my hair looks and smells really nice.

What have you been loving in the month of June?

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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?

Empties #4

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I’ve accumulated too much beauty trash again! I really don’t like keeping so many empty bottles and I always think that the post turns into an essay and everybody’s bored at the end. Hopefully, there are a product or two that you’re interested in and you’d like to hear an opinion on them. Let’s get started then!
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Hair products
Batiste Dry Shampoo Original – I’m a fan of the Batiste dry shampoos but this has to be my least favourite of the bunch, it wasn’t bad but to me, personally, it seemed that the other versions are a bit lighter while doing more work and smelling better.
Björn Axén The Legacy Strengthening Shampoo for fine hair – I loved this shampoo although I don’t have fine hair. It made my hair soft in a good way, it smells of apricots and a little goes a long way.
Gliss Kur Million Gloss Shampoo – It made my hair shiny but not super glossy, my hair felt really clean without being squeaky clean, I liked the shampoo but of course, it doesn’t give you the 10 days gloss that promises.
Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner* – The combination of these two products made my hair look and feel like years ago when I was a child and I didn’t use any products except shampoo on my hair. They just made my hair soft, more alive and just lovely! Plus, the scent makes you think of summer.
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Conditioning Spray – I love leave-in conditioners and this one isn’t an exception. The bottle lasted me more than half a year, I used the product on damp hair and it made it smooth and the combing was much easier.
REN Oat and Bay Conditioning Shampoo – I didn’t use it more than a couple of times because of the size but I liked it although it made my hair feeling squeaky clean. Probably, it wouldn’t be a shampoo for every day though.
REN  Pro-Vitamin Hair Conditioner – It’s a lovely conditioner, light but nourishing and detangling. Smells amazing.

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Body products
REN Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash – The scent won’t be appealing to everybody but the texture is very light and refreshing. I enjoyed using it.
CD Winter Body Wash in Vanilla – Luckily, it doesn’t really smell of vanilla, it’s just a nice Christmas scent with warmth to it, the texture is creamy and it really reminds me of the winter holidays, it’s very nice.
Rituals Fortune Oil – I love Rituals body products and this oil is one of them. It’s fresh but luxurious, light but nourishing on the skin. If you like body washes in the form of oils, be sure to check this one out.
Rituals Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel – This one is my favourite! The product comes liquid-y out of the pump but transforms into the lightest and luxurious foam. It’s gentle, it smells gorgeous – citrus-y but a bit spicy too, I can’t explain it well but I’ll be looking for the full size of it.
Naturelle Shower&Oil Almond Care – The dupe for L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil! The scent is a bit different but still wonderful, the texture is of runny honey, a bit thicker than the L’Occitane one but they felt very similar on the skin. I’d repurchase.
Kneipp Shower Foam – I think I’m starting to fall in love with shower foams. This is the only product from Kneipp that I’ve tried and I really enjoyed it. Wonderful light texture of the foam, a bit thicker than the Rituals one though and fresh floral scent.
Versace Bright Crystal Perfumed Body lotion and Shower gel – Lovely texture of them both, divine scent of the Bright Crystal Perfume, a real treat.
Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator – I miss the mint-y feel on my skin after using this product. It has good exfoliating properties and makes your skin look brighter and smoother.
KräuterhoF Body Peeling with Cocoa and Shea Butter – I love this product, it smells delicious, removes the dead skin cells and nourishes your skin thanks to the cocoa and shea butter. You have to know that this isn’t the best scrub if you have some small cuts (like scratches from kitties for example) because it will sting.
Eucerin In-Shower Body Lotion – This one was perfect for the cold mornings after a workout when I just wanted to take a hot shower and quickly apply moisturiser on my body. Got it long time ago when I was in Germany but luckily, it’s now available in Norway, too.
I love…Strawberries and Cream Body Butter – Not the best moisturising properties but absorbs quickly and smells so sweet and nice that you’d almost think it’s a dessert.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Lotion – I always have a mini of this one when I travel. It’s one of the most moisturising body lotions that I’ve used and it’s perfect for trips when your skin suffers a bit more than usual.
L’Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream – It was a limited edition and I liked it so much that I wanted to keep it forever. Unfortunately, I realised that it was about to expire in some months, so I had to use it up. Great moisturising properties and amazing scent, wish it was in their permanent collection.
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Estelle&Thild Fragrance Free Cleansing Gel (discontinued) – I really enjoyed using this cleansing gel. It’s really light, it’s not foamy, cleanses my skin well and leaves it soft. Maybe the smell isn’t for everyone but I think it’s normal for a natural product.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Cream – I said before that this is the first foaming cream that I really like because they tend to be too heavy on my combination skin. This one was gentle on my face, my skin didn’t feel stripped, it didn’t make my T-zone more oily and it didn’t break me out.
LUSH Mask of Magnaminty – Such a fresh and minty mask. At first, it terribly broke me out but after this it was actually helping me avoid blemishes. Not my number one face mask but I think I’d repurchase.
Faith in Nature Face Wipes* – Although I’m not a fan of face wipes, these came really handy when I travelled to London. They’re gentle, yet effective and also toning and moisturising. My favourite face wipes so far.
EOS Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm – I think we can all agree that these are not the most hydrating lip balms but because they have natural ingredients and smell amazing, I like them for the day. I use a more moisturising lip balm at night and everything is ok.
Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye – This is just a sample, so I can’t have a detailed opinion but it made my under eye area soft and smooth.
Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore – I know many people suggest not to use such stripes because they actually can make the situation worse but I wanted to try them out and honestly, I miss them. I’m trying to resist not buying them again and for the moment I’m replacing them with deep cleansing clay masks.
The Body Shop Ionic Clay Mask – Speaking of clay masks, here’s one. I used the sachet twice, the product was too much for only one application and I liked the results although it was a bit too warm on my face, maybe I just have to get used to it.
Nivea Eye Make-up Remover – I couldn’t wait for this product to end! It’s the old packaging as you can see, I’ve been having it for half a year, it was too hard to work with it. The two phases never seemed to stay together for more than a second, they were always splitting and I couldn’t remove any make-up with this product.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream – This concealer is very nice, I loved using it with the matching CC cream for the rest of the face, it’s a just a bit brightening, has a decent coverage, doesn’t crease and I’d repurchase if there was a Bourjois counter in Norway.

Have you tried some of these products?

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