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September Favourites

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As much as I am excited for fall, I always feel quite sad when summer’s over. Luckily, there still will be some warm and sunny days, so no need to be miserable.

One thing I’m not a fan of during September is that my skin starts acting up. It always does when seasons change but it’s too noticeable in September. My combination and dehydrated skin gets more oily around the T-zone and even more dehydrated than usual. That’s why I’m currently switching up my skincare routine a bit and I’ll be preparing a blog post on the matter soon.

A significant improvement in my skin condition can be seen thanks to the Sephora masks. Especially, their sheet masks, not only they feel relaxing and soothing but they also make my skin brighter, smoother and more hydrated. My favourite ones at the moment are the Anti-aging & Smoothing Orchid Face Mask and the Purifying & Detoxifying Algae Face Mask. As a night treatment, I’ve been loving the Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask and the 8 ml size is enough for about 6 uses on my face and neck.

Eye patches have always been something that mostly makes me feel more relaxed rather than actually making a difference but the Purederm Collagen Eye Zone Mask changed my mind. First of all, these patches really stay in place under the eyes and feel comfortable and cooling. The eye mask is enriched with Collagen, Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract and brightens the area under my eyes although it doesn’t erase my dark cirlces because there is simply nothing that can do that. The eye patches don’t leave any sticky residue, the product gets absorbed quickly and makes the skin smooth and nourished. I like that the product comes in a resealable zipper pouch, so that the 30 patches don’t dry out. The brand is Korean but it can be found in some drugstores around Europe. I’ll be getting at least one more of these because it’s perfect for travelling.

During the month of September, my lips, elbows and knuckles have been pretty dry. That’s why I love having a multi-purpose moisturiser with me and the biggest help this month came from Elizabeth Arden and their Fragrance Free Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. I prefer to use it as an overnight treatment because it can feel a bit heavy but I have to say, it’s a true skin saviour and a must-have for my entire family.

I haven’t tried that many new make-up products in the past few weeks, so there’s just one favourite this time but it’s already a big love. Essence blushes are some of the best ones not only at the drugstore but in general, they are super pigmented, finely-milled and they come in a variety of shades. I adore this Satin Touch Blush in the shade 20 Satin Love because it’s in the most beautiful rosewood shade that is perfect for autumn. There’s a slight sheen to it but it’s not glittery, so don’t be put off by that.

These products are the ones I’ve been reaching for the most and even needing them, considering the changes in my skin condition. What saves your skin during the summer to fall transition time?

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Empties #9

DSC_0387postcollageemptiesLooks like I never know when to stop adding used up products to my box of empties and at the end there are tons of bottles and jars waiting for me to write a blog post on them. That might be a long one…

Face products
– Alverde 3 in 1 Cleansing Foam with Lime & Apple – This one was a very gentle morning cleanser for me, it didn’t strip my skin, it didn’t dry it out and I’d like to try more skincare items from the brand;
– Clarins Toning Alcohol-Free Lotion with Iris – I enjoyed using this toner but I don’t think I’d repurchase it because I didn’t see a significant difference with it and at the moment, I rely on my trustworthy floral waters;
– Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic White Tea and Organic Acai – These two were amazing, the thermal water is always very soothing and calming but also hydrating. I loved using it before or after make-up, as a quick boost of hydration throughout the day, on irritated skin around my body…it’s just a great multi-purpose skin saviour;
– Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores – My favourite clay mask of all time, I will definitely repurchase once I use up the rest of my face masks because I always end up applying this one even if I have a hundred more that I like;
– Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream – Probably the best eye cream I’ve ever tried, will get a new tube of it because it makes my dark under eye area a bit more radiant and fresh-looking, it doesn’t erase my circles but it makes me look more awake and healthy;
– Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil – Another huge favourite of mine, I’m currently using the Blue Orchid one and I love them both in the different seasons. This one is amazing on my combination skin because it gives me all the benefits of a facial oil but without breaking me out or making my skin more oily;
– Eucerin Active Night Care – There are so many night creams that I’ve been using in the past year that this one was left behind a bit but it’s still a favourite especially in the winter and I should get a new tube of it;
– Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick – It took me a really long time to use this stick up because it wasn’t the best one, I got it when I was in London a couple of years ago along with other products from the range and this was my least favourite, I think. It just didn’t do much to heal my blemishes;
– L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper – At first, I didn’t like this product but then I found the right way to use it and it was my weekend brow shaper, it’s just very quick and easy to use and doesn’t look too heavy;
– Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara – One of my favourite mascaras this year, I love the brush and the effect that it gives, the only downside is that it’s really difficult to remove it but I could live with that;
– Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara – Another great mascara that gives serious volume to the lashes;
– Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara – This one reminds me a bit of the Benefit Roller Lash which is a huge love of mine, I’m usually quite picky when it comes to mascaras but there have been amazing launches this year;
– Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Vanilla Pop – I’ve used up one of these! I love them so much and I use them every day, apparently that’s the shade I’ve had on my lips most of the time, they are moisturising, they smell amazing, they aren’t super pigmented but the shades are very pretty;

Body and Hair products
– Alverde Nettle & Melisse Shampoo – Many years ago I used to use nettle shampoos because they made my hair very shiny, this one did the same and I enjoyed using it;
– Balea Everyday Shampoo Cool Blossom – It was just a normal everyday shampoo that smelled really nice and fresh, I love having budget shampoos because I wash my hair very often and I go through them quite quickly. Also, my hair gets used to a certain shampoo and I try to rotate them;
– Kérastase Bains Clarifant – My favourite purifying shampoo, now I’m curious to try more. It gave me volume and shine while keeping my hair soft and light;
– Dove Hair Therapy Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo – This is one of the best dry shampoos I’ve tried, I’m quite sad I can’t find it in many countries because it refreshes the hair without leaving a white residue and making it too sticky;
– Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo – It was something like a texturising spray and a dry shampoo in one and I actually quite liked it;
– Kneipp Shower Cream Almond Milk & Almond OilKneipp have some of my favourite body washes, I’ve had a mini of this one and this was a full size just because the creamy texture feels nice on the skin and I love using it in the winter;
– Kneipp Watermelon & Mint Shower Gel – That was a summer pick, it was incredibly fresh and great for those morning showers;
– Imperial Leather Summer Days Nourishing Body Wash – It really felt nourishing, not so much to skip my body lotion step, of course, but I liked this one and I may try more from the brand;
– Original Source Limited Edition Wild Cherry & Nettle Shower Gel – If you want a huge variety of body wash scents, look no further. I always spend a lot of time in front of Original Source shower gels because they have so many types and I always seem to like them, this one was no exception;
– Ziaja Orange Butter Creamy Shower Soap – This is the best morning body wash for me, without a doubt, it smells of freshly squeezed orange juice and I absolutely adore it, already have a second bottle;
– L’Occitane Peach Shower Gel – I already said how much I love peach-scented body products and this one is heavenly-fragranced, L’Occitane never disappoint with their body care;
– Lancôme Bocage Foaming Shower Gel – Speaking of scents, this one smells of tulip garden and also contains AHAs. Now that I’m not using it anymore, I really see what difference it made;
– I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Exfoliating Shower Smoothie – Gorgeous scent but not the best scrub, I would rather try to find the body wash;
– Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil – My whole family are huge fans of the original Eight Hour Cream, so it’s not a surprise that I loved the oil, as well. It’s a multi-purpose product but I love using it on my body rather than anywhere else;
– Lilly Oil-Based Nail Polish Remover – Seasons are changing but the best nail polish remover remains the same, I’ve never tried anything better, it effectively removes nail varnish while hydrating the nails and cuticles;
– Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops – I really miss this product, I might like it more than Seche Vite, it somehow works quicker in drying my nail polish;

Sachets and Samples
– Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion – I’m not very good at the fake tanning but I loved the smell of figs and the glowy finish that this one gave me;
– IROHA Peach Intensive Hands Repair – A Korean hand mask that was peach-scented…a winner! It did a great job at softening my hands when we were coming out of the winter;
– Lernberger & Stafsing Leave-in Treatment BB Cream – I’m thinking about getting a full size of this one because I adore leave-in conditioners and although I used it just a few times, I think my hair looked very good with it;
– Biotherm Wonder Mud Skin-Best Face Mask with Algae Extract – I can’t give a full review on this one because I used it a couple of times only but my skin felt really smooth and soft;
– Guerlain Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care – I took this one away with me because I didn’t want to carry many products on a weekend trip and I have to say, I loved the luxurious feeling. The cream is so rich and hydrating that I don’t need months to use it to know it’s great;
– Dior Star Foundation – This one was a bit heavy and shiny for my combination skin, plus, I already found my favourite foundation;
– Dior Hydra Life Water BB Tinted Aqua Gel SPF 30 – Too orange, heavy and oily, really oily-looking on me;
Dior Forever Everlasting Wear Foundation – The best! I have a full size from it, I’ve done a review and I can’t explain how much I love this foundation. It’s great if you have combination skin but even my mum loves it on her dry skin;
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup – With this one my skin looks smooth, it has high coverage but natural finish…however, it’s very dark, it has thick consistency and I have this shiny face 30 minutes after applying it.

These are all the products I’ve used up in the past few months. Writing this post made me realise how much I miss some of them already and I should update my wishlist.

Shopping my Mum’s Stash #2

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Last year, I showed you some of mum’s favourite beauty products (link). This summer, I decided to turn this into (hopefully) a tradition and share with you some more of her make-up and skincare items. Both of us love our beauty rituals and it’s always interesting for me to see what she loves and trusts.

Mum has dry skin and she’s using different types of hydrating make-up removers but at the moment, she’s enjoying the Declaré Gentle Cleansing Milk with Linden Extract. She says it’s very gentle but also great for taking off make-up and leaving the skin soft and nourished. She has been using a lot of Declaré products lately and I’m curious to try something from the Swiss brand, too.

Mum’s current day serum of choice is the Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate which she applies after cleansing her face in the morning. She raves about it all the time, she loves it almost as much as her beloved Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II. The product is formulated without parabens, phthalates and sulfates and gives a lot of moisture to the skin. It’s also designed to enhance the benefits of the following skincare products in the routine. Mum says that it’s a fantastic make-up base, as well and feels very nice on her dehydrated skin.

The night cream that she’s using at the moment is the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream and it was a gift from me because I’ve seen many good reviews on this cream, she needed a new moisturiser and that’s how she got it. Now she’s loving it and I can’t wait to get a jar for myself. The cream smells amazing, it feels very rich but without being heavy and makes the skin look brighter and plumper.

Mum is a big fan of tinted moisturisers and their skincare benefits. In the past few months she’s been using a lot the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream for the under eye area and the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream Anti-Ageing Skin Transforming Care SPF 20 for the whole face. The eye cream is enriched with Vitamin C and Caffeine and helps to conceal dark circles, it also makes you look more awake and fresh. Mum is still using a concealer on top but she says the cream provides a good base and the skin looks better with each use. I’m pretty sad that the Garnier tinted moisturiser looks too pink and dark on me, it looks much better on my mum, plus, her skin seems so luminous when she’s wearing it and I always ask what her foundation is when she has this product on. It just evens out her skin tone but still looks natural and pretty.

When I was going through her lipstick drawer, I was surprised by how the most-worn one by her was a really affordable one. But then I saw the shade and remembered that we got the same last year when we were together and I’m using it a lot, as well. The Essence Longlasting Lipstick in 05 Cool Nude is a beautiful muted rosy shade with beige undertones and it looks really nice on many skin tones. You can see it swatched in my Love for Nude Lipsticks post here.

I had to feature a product loved by the whole family, including my dad and it’s the Elizabeth Arden Fragrance Free Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. This award-winning multi-purpose moisturiser doesn’t really need an introduction because everybody knows how it protectes, soothes, moisturises and saves the skin. And we all love it!

I always enjoy taking a peek in mum’s beauty stash and I already have a few new products on my wishlist!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil

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Cleansing oils, face oils, hair oils, body oils…I love them all! If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you’d know that oils are an essential part of my body- and skincare routine and I’ve dedicated many blog posts to them.

Elizabeth Arden is a brand famous for their multi-purpose Eight Hour Cream and now they are adding a new family member to the cult classic. It’s the Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil* that has a new oil formulation for use on face, body and hair. I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden‘s body lotions and body creams for years after my mum fell in love with them, so I was really curious about this new product.

The moisturising ingredients feature Tsubaki Oil that is rich in Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids to nourish, soothe and protect the skin, Grape Seed Oil, Ginger Root Extract to improve the skin’s texture, Boswellia Resin which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Vitamin E, Olive, Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils, plus Rosemary Extract.

When I first received the oil to try it, the weather in Norway was still pretty cold and snowy, so I didn’t waste any minute and immediately applied it. It felt very calming and nourishing while the fresh and light scent was really uplifting. The oil sinks into the skin quickly, leaves it soft and gives a healthy glow to it.

I have combination skin, so I try to avoid using multi-purpose products on my face but I did apply it on my neck and it felt really hydrating and smooth without being too oily. It needs just a couple of minutes to fully absorb and doesn’t leave any unpleasant or sticky feel.

As to my hair, I prefer to use the oil when it’s still damp after washing and to apply a really small amount of the product because if it’s a bit too much, the hair might stick together and look a bit greasy. Usually, I use a spritz of the product and warm it between the palms of my hands. Then I gently apply the oil onto the ends of my hair which makes it shiny and soft.

If you’ve seen my Instagram page, you’d know that this bottle doesn’t look so full anymore. I use it all the time, after morning or evening shower, I can just get dressed right after applying it and I’m good to go. There’s no sticky feeling, or any stains, while my skin is nourished and soothed.

Love taking the Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil* away with me when I travel because I can basically use only one moisturising product for my hair and body. The bottle is travel-friendly, it’s light and doesn’t get oily around the top, so you won’t end up spilling half of the product in your bag.

This oil would be a great moisturiser not only in the winter but throughout all the seasons because it feels light and at the same time incredibly nourishing. It gives a healthy glow to the skin and soothes it if it’s irritated.

Have you tried Elizabeth Arden‘s Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil* and what’s your experience?

*PR Sample

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

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In the past few months, I’ve been trying many new mascaras and although I’m still in love with the way the duo Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara and Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara makes my lashes look, I was really curious about Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara. Mainly because of the brush which reminds me a bit of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara that I adore and just in general, I prefer plastic brushes.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black* is the first make-up product that I own from the brand. I have body- and skincare products that I really like but I’ve never had experience with their make-up.

I’ve been using this mascara for about 2-3 weeks now and I liked it from the first application but I think I’m going to enjoy it even more when it dries a bit. I notice that it gets better with the time but it doesn’t dry out so quickly which is good considering it’s not a drugstore mascara and the price is higher.

From the brand are promising triple-action performance by the new mascara: volume, length and curl without smudging, clumping or flaking. The formula contains vitamins to condition, treat and protect the lashes.
The brush is curved and has three rows of different shaped bristles and a quite interesting tip that lifts and curls the lashes for a false-lash effect.

When I first used the mascara, I applied it like any other mascara and the result was amazing but then, I noticed that Elizabeth Arden suggest a 3-step brush application: 1) Cradle to volumise by using the curved side of the brush ”cradling” lashes. Start at the base and swipe in an upward motion 3 times to create volume. 2) Flip to lift by rotating the brush and apply mascara to lashes in 3-5 strokes to create lift. 3) Push up to lengthen by using the straight side of the brush to apply mascara in 3 to 4 strokes to separate and lengthen. Use the brush tip to push up and define lashes.
For the lower lashes, it’s recommended to use the straight side of the brush at the base of the lashes.
I have to say that it’s much more simple than it may sound and it really works! I always struggle to make a good photo when it comes to mascara, so you have to know that my lashes look much better in real life than in the picture above.

I like that my lashes remain soft and that the mascara doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, as I’m a contact lens wearer. The bristles are slightly flexible, so they don’t feel scratchy at all. They separate the lashes really well and give lots of length. It volumises, as well but I wouldn’t say it’s the most volumising one. The mascara holds the curl for hours and doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day. Unlike the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, this one is pretty easy to remove with micellar water or cleansing oil.

I really like this mascara, in fact, I love it and I will keep using it. Another great thing about it is the bold and bright packaging while it still has an elegant look, it’s really easy to notice it among the others in my mascara drawer.

Have you tried the new Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara?

*PR Sample