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Shopping my Mum’s Stash

DSC_1044postDSC_0002postDSC_0004postDSC_0006postMy life has changed a lot in the past couple of years and I don’t get to see my family as often as I would want to, so I love catching up with them and just spending time together.

After we’ve cried our eyes out, me and my mum proceed to much more fun activities…like browsing through each other’s beauty products. We have similar taste in make-up but our skin types are quite different. I really wanted to show you some of my mum’s favourite beauty bits because here on my blog, I’m talking mostly about products suitable for combination/oily skin but would be interesting to mention dry skin appropriate care, as well.

A significant part of mine and mum’s beauty products are gifts from my boyfriend because first, we’re lucky and he knows what is nice for us and has a great taste and second, he travels a lot and has access to amazing travel exclusives. Like this 100 ml bottle of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II. It never seemed to be good for my skin, I got bad breakouts while using it but it’s a miracle worker for mum’s dry skin. She feels her skin much more hydrated, it looks fresher, smoother and more radiant. It’s now mum’s favourite step of her evening skincare routine.

A facial oil that she’s been loving in the past few months is from Alverde, a drugstore brand that uses ingredients from certified organic agriculture, their products are without silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes. This particular Wild Rose Facial Oil is also vegan. The oil is suitable for dry skin and I’m quite sad the brand hasn’t released different ones for all skin types because I’d love to try a combination skin one. Mum is using this oil in the evening and on the next day, her skin looks more plump and healthy. It’s actually a great oil and I can’t believe how low the price is for such an amazing ingredients list and properties. I love the texture of this product and the subtle rose scent, once again, wish they had an oil for my skin type.

One of mum’s favourite day moisturisers is Clarins HydraQuench Cream. She fell in love with it after using a sample and now she’s always having at least one mini tube because she finds it more comfortable than the jar and she can carry it around with her. The cream is lightweight, it sinks into the skin really well but gives a great amount of hydration without leaving a greasy residue. My mum also says that it feels soothing on the skin and she loves using this cream in the winter.

She doesn’t use Sanctuary SPA Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser every day but she likes cleansing her face with it after a long day because she says it’s very relaxing. She usually takes off her make-up with some kind of make-up remover or micellar water and then she continues with this cleanser. The texture seems quite thick and balm-like and we both think it wouldn’t be appropriate for more oily skin types but she loves it on her dry skin. She feels her skin clean and soft after using this product and it definitely looks more radiant.

I’ve also featured a few make-up bits but we have so many similar make-up items that I decided to keep it short and sweet.
It seems me and my mum, both have a thing for Clinique mascaras at the moment and I can’t wait to share with you my favourite one right now. But mum is currently loving their Hight Impact Mascara and I have to mention that we like different type of wands. She loves bristle brushes while I prefer rubber ones and the only mascara that we both like is Benefit‘s Roller Lash.

When it comes to Soap & Glory and their Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in Hot Chocolate, we are on the same page. It’s one of our favourite brow pencils and this product is not available in both of the countries we live in, so it’s pretty frustrating. Not to mention that whenever I’m in London, our shade is always sold out and can’t even stock up on it. Big love for this brow pencil but pretty tough for us to get it.

Speaking of London, I was browsing through the nail polish displays at Superdrug once and saw this Rimmel Salon PRO Nail Polish in the shade Grape Sorbet and I immediately thought of mum. It looked so much like the shades that she was wearing when I was a child and was always thinking how sophisticated it seemed because it wasn’t too dark or too pink, it was just ‘her’ nail polish shade, a lovely muted cyclamen colour. And I knew that they have Rimmel here but surprise, they never have this shade, so it’s now one of her favourite ones.

I always have so much fun taking a look at mum’s beauty stash and I hope, it was interesting for you, too.

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Current Eyebrow Duo

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I’ve always been struggling with my eyebrow routine considering I have pretty thick and dark eyebrows that are too short. Even after so many years, I still can’t make my eyebrows look presentable. However, I keep trying…

There are two products helping me in the battle. An eyebrow pencil and a gel. The pencil is the Clarins Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 01 Dark Brown and it’s double-ended. On one side you have the colour and on the other there’s a brush. It was a random purchase but I’m very happy with this product. The texture is dry, it’s one of the harder pencils but it’s really easy to use. It has a powdery finish that lasts all day and I think the colour is a great match. The only downside is that it requires sharpening but for me personally, it isn’t a big problem as it doesn’t need to be sharpened very often.

After shaping and brushing my eyebrows with the pencil, I set the brow hairs in place with the GOSH Defining Brow Gel in Clear. I believe it has a new packaging now though. The brush isn’t very big but it’s not as small as those of more popular brow gels, I think it’s the perfect size. The gel itself doesn’t make my brow hairs crispy, they actually feel soft but somehow they stay in place.

These are the two eyebrow products that I’m currently using. They’re not mentioned often by beauty bloggers but they’re definitely worth to try.

The Weekend Brow Shaper

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It’s Sunday! Weekends (especially if you’re lucky to have proper spring and summer months) are for quickly getting ready and going out in the sun. Here, in Norway, if we see the sun, we immediately try to go out and take a walk, for example, because we never know how much it’s going to last…usually, it’s about 20 minutes. So, when trying to save some time but also to still look presentable, I got my first tinted brow gel. I was always a bit sceptical because I have thick eyebrows with some sparse areas but they’re quite short and I was afraid of being left with two even thicker short lines above my eyes. I struggle with my brows anyway and didn’t think a tinted brow gel would solve my problems.

When I first tried the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, the case was exactly the one I just mentioned and I was shocked. I was sure that it wasn’t a product for me and I almost didn’t give it another go. However, everybody was talking so much about it that I tried it again. And again…
At the end I finally figured out how to use it. The brow gel contains fibres to thicken the eyebrows, so it’s better to be applied with as light motions as possible. Now I just barely touch my brow hairs because the product’s tint is very strong. The brush is small and really comfortable to use. The gel sets in place the brow hairs and keeps them all day without making them too crispy.

It comes in Blonde, Dark Brunette and Transparent, mine is in Dark Brunette but I think the transparent one would be another good choice. The best thing about this product is that you can get it at the drugstore. It’s now my brow product for days when I don’t have time or just don’t feel like spending 15 minutes only on my brows.

So, if you’re a bit disappointed by this type of products like me at first, try to practice applying it lighter.

Do you have L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in your collection?

Simple and Easy V-Day Beauty

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Me and my boyfriend actually don’t celebrate Valentine’s day like most couples…we simply don’t celebrate our love just on this day. So, usually I bake cupcakes, he gives me a cute and funny card and then we watch football cause we’re both fans of the same team. I just like to feel comfortable and try to relax when I’m with him and even if we go out on a date night, I still want to feel comfortable and not put tons of make-up difficult to maintain.
If you’re like me, hopefully the next lines will be useful.

My Valentine’s day make-up is almost like my everyday make-up but with three additions: black eyeliner, eyeshadow and a bold lip.

First the base, I apply my favourite Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (review here) for a natural finish. To brighten up the under eye area I use Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer. Because I have combination skin, I powder my face with Bourjois Healthy balance powder (Review. I’ve already hit pan! I have to find a new one). To warm up my complexion, I use a darker shade of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, nothing too crazy, I’m not good at contouring, so I’m just giving a little bit life to my face. For the eyebrows, I use my Clarins  eyebrow pencil. I apply the KIKO eye primer on my lids and then use their eyeshadow in 130 as a base. After that I apply MAC eyeshadow in Patina all over the lids. To make it just a little bit more dramatic, I use the GOSH Kohl eyeliner in Black. On my lashes, I apply a layer of the Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Volum’ Express for separation and then Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara for more volume and drama.
For my lips, I use another Bourjois product and it’s their Rouge Edition Velvet in 01 Personne ne rouge (review here).
Putting the finishing touches with a favourite perfume and a nail polish like Essie Sand Tropez (review here).

I decided to keep it simple and the only thing that I might actually change is to replace the bold lipstick with a nude one because I can’t get used to the red shades on me.
Hope you’ll be having a nice Valentine’s Day!