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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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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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Empties #9

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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.

Empties #8

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

2015 Beauty Favourites

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At the end of the year, I won’t talk about New Year’s resolutions or big ideas and changes, I will keep that for myself. But I’d like to wish you and your loved ones an amazing, healthy and happy 2016!

It is pretty difficult for me to share all my beauty favourites for the year in just one post, there’s always the chance to miss something that you really loved and you’re still loving. I have a mix of affordable and more high-end products that I split into a few categories but I’m still struggling to find the best way of doing it.

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Skincare Products

Skincare got me into beauty and the first item I went really crazy about was lip balm. I simply love lip balms, I have way too many and I don’t think I will ever get tired of them. The L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Lip Balm is the newest addition to my lip balm collection but I’ve always loved the brand’s lip balms and the limited edition scent just makes it a bit more special. It feels very light on the lips and makes them really soft. Lightweight is also my second favourite lip balm. I saved just the tiny jar, I’m pretty sad that I’ve already used up the product because it’s not available in Norway and it’s a gorgeous, nourishing balm that melts in contact with your lips and has a delicate and sophisticated scent. It’s from A.S Apothecary and it’s their Lip Balm #7 Vanilla and Lavender*, I’m simply in love with this product.
Another A.S Apothecary skincare gem that I wanted to include in my favourites is their Cleansing Oil #5 Soothing & Restorative*. I’ve done a full review on it here but I just want to say that this is the best cleansing oil I’ve tried, it’s not heavy for my combination skin, it has great cleansing properties and an exquisite rose scent.
Pure Rose Water has been my favourite toner for years and I love this Rose Water Facial Mist* from Mirins Copenhagen, I just keep re-filling the pretty glass bottle.
I added two facial serums to my 2015 favourites because I use one in the morning and a different one at night. Looking at the bottle of this Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate makes me realise it’s time to get another one. I don’t know how many bottles of this milky serum I’ve gone through but it makes my skin soft and it’s great for combination skin because it keeps it blemish-free. It also has lactic acid which is a hydrating acid and I’ve included this product in a favourites post twice last year, a staple for me!
At night I’ve been mostly using the Mirins Copenhagen Facial Serum* which isn’t a traditional serum, it’s an oil and I loved taking it with me on trips, as it’s really moisturising but also calming and always keeps my skin in good condition.
Last but not least, my favourite face oil! In 2014, when I did my first annual beauty favourites, I included the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil and I still love it. However, this year I discovered the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (review here). I have combination skin that is often dehydrated, too and I thought it was pretty difficult to nourish and make the dry patches go away but to keep the oil at bay where it’s needed at the same time. These oils are one of the best things that has happened to my skin, they give me the needed care without breaking me out and I’d really recommend checking them out, one bottle lasts really long time!

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Make-up Products
I may go out without foundation on my face but concealer is an essential for me. I have pretty dark circles under my eyes, a bit of redness here and there and occasionally, a spot will appear thanks to my skin type. So, I’m always on the hunt for the best do-it-all concealer and I was pretty lucky in 2015. I have a drugstore and a high-end options for you and they both can be used all over the face. The Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer duo is my favourite travel bag concealer. It has a darker and a lighter shade that can be mixed for more coverage, it’s creamy but not heavy and doesn’t crease, it wears pretty well throughout the day. Another concealer that can be used under the eyes but also on imperfections around the face is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. This is such a pigmented and creamy concealer, has great coverage and doesn’t set into fine lines, feels light on the skin and you really don’t need much product. I’ve done a full review on it here.
Moving on to brows, without any doubt my favourite eyebrow pencil has been Soap&Glory‘s Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in Hot Chocolate. The texture is really nice, the pencil is very skinny, so it gives you really good control and would’ve been nice if this product was available in Norway.
I’m quite picky with my mascaras but two stood out for me this year. Benefit Roller Lash Super-Curling & Lifting Mascara (review here) is one of my all-time favourite mascaras with a great brush and formula. This mascara lifts, curls, separates, lengthens and thickens the lashes and makes them look simply gorgeous. I can’t say enough good words about this product.
A bit newer release is the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in 01 Jumbo Jet*  with another amazing brush. I really wanted to include a drugstore mascara but I just realised I haven’t tried any drugstore mascaras in 2015! I never seemed to use more expensive ones before… So, you have to know that this mascara gets better with the time and makes the lashes fluttery and voluminous. I love how it separates the lashes and makes them super black.
My favourite blush has been the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 20 Babydoll. This is such an affordable but an incredibly pigmented blush, it’s not powdery at all and has a minimal shimmer, it looks beautiful on the skin.
The highlighting pen I’ve been loving is without a doubt the YSL Touche Éclat and this limited Kiss & Love edition is simply stunning! I have it in the shade 2 Luminous Ivory* and you can read more about it here.
I have two lip pencils in my 2015 favourites and they’re both from the drugstore. The shades look pretty similar, it’s just what I like but the formulas are an example of how a good lip liner should feel. GOSH Velvet Touch Waterproof Lipliner in the shade 002 Antique Rose and Essence Lipliner in 06 Satin Mauve are soft and creamy, they stay for hours on the lips and I’m wearing them almost every day in the autumn/winter.
When I reached the lipsticks part for this post, I think I had more than 10 favourite ones but at the end, I picked up 5 because this long post would have been even longer! Starting with the drugstore finds, it has been a year full of Essence, as it seems. Their Longlasting Lipstick in the shade 07 Natural Beauty is the perfect everyday lipstick colour. Swatches here.
The Maybelline ColourSensational lipstick in 342 Mauve Mania gives life to my face like nothing else and I even dedicated a full post to it here. And the Alverde‘s Bube Dame König in 20 Pi(n)k-Mauve is the best nude shade for me. You can read more about it here.
One of the most exciting beauty releases this year must be the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks. They are pigmented, they are hydrating but also long-wearing and they have amazing range of colours. My current favourite is 21 Rebel Pop* because it’s a gorgeous dark burgundy shade perfect for this time of the year. The posts dedicated to these lipsticks are here and here.
Do I need to add something when I say MAC Plumful (review here)? This could easily be in all of my annual beauty favourites.
I’m not a big lip gloss fan but there have been some really good finds this year. Like the Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss in the shade 06 Soft Almond. Just adds a hint of colour, it’s comfortable to wear and it’s not sticky or too sweet.

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Nail Products
This was another tough category because I’ve purchased so many nail polishes in 2015 and I fell in love with so many of them that including less than 10 here seemed unrealistic. However, I’ve picked up three formulas instead of shades. Bourjois La Laque and this particular shade 7 Lycheers had to make it to the final selection. It’s creamy, pigmented and glossy! Full review here.
Golden Rose have so many different finishes and colours in their nail ranges that it was hard to choose just one but I went for their minis. The WOW! Nail Colour series has smooth formula, not too thick, not too runny, opaque colour and pretty good staying power for the price.
DM’s own brand trend IT UP really impressed me with their Double Volume & Shine line. Beautiful shades, shiny finish and intense colour payoff, the brush is lovely, as well.
I had to mention two Essence nail products because they add the final touches to my manicure. The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat extends the life of my nail varnish and adds an incredible shine while the Nail Art Express Dry Drops (review here) are perfect if you’re impatient like me.

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Body Products and Tools
Last but not least, the tiniest category. You’ve probably seen my post on the new Weleda Almond Sensitive Body Care where I shared my love for their Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion*. This lotion is very lightweight but incredibly nourishing and has the loveliest and gentle scent. I love the pump, I love how quickly it absorbs and the fact that is not sticky.
I think I’m going to share more about this YSL Black Opium EDP in a future post but I’m pretty sure you already have it or at least you’ve tested it, so you’ll know why I’m attracted by this mysterious and addicting fragrance.
I really wanted to feature the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler in my annual beauty favourites because it changed my eyelash game! You can see before and after photo here and what I’d like to say is please, don’t use cheap curlers, as they may be pretty dangerous, better invest in a good pair and you will see the difference!

That concludes my 2015 beauty favourites, thank you for reading my blog, hope to see you in 2016, as well! Have a fantastic new year!

*PR Samples