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Budget Skincare Stars

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you some of my favourite affordable makeup products, you can see the blog post here. Then I thought it might be nice to talk about a few lovely budget skincare items. We all love to invest in face care but that doesn’t mean that drugstores don’t offer some beautiful choices.

Last year, Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Water finally came to Norway and it immediately turned into my favourite affordable cleansing water. It’s very gentle yet effective in removing makeup, feels refreshing, soothing and non-sticky. I always wash my face after removing makeup with micellar water but I like that this one contains Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) because it’s anti-inflammatory, improves the appearance of enlarged pores, works against dullness of the skin, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and redness.

The past couple of years have been quite successful when it comes to finding really good hydrating serums at the drugstore. However, my favourite one must be the Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum. It is a brilliant facial serum that contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy. The texture of the serum is quite light and runny but the bottle comes with a pump that is comfortable to use and also hygienic. It takes a few seconds to fully absorb but there is no residue left and my skin feels refreshed and soothed. I’ve already used up 3-4 bottles of it and I’ll keep repurchasing the serum. I have to say, I don’t think it would be enough if you have really dry skin but for me, it’s working very well. I also love the fresh scent.

Applying a facial oil is one of my favourite steps in my evening skincare routine, so when I learned about the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil more than a year ago from my mum who loves it, I got one for myself and I’ve already used up almost 3 bottles of it. It’s meant to be suitable for dry skin but I have to say, this oil never broke me out or made my skin greasy. It doesn’t feel heavy, it’s quite light and I’d still apply a night cream on top. The oil has a lovely subtle rose scent, it’s vegan and contains ingredients from certified organic agriculture like Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Peach Kernel Oil and Apple Seed Extract. The brand is also known for the fact that their products are free from silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Sheet masks are really popular at the moment but they can be very pricey. I was pleased to find a beautiful hydrating mask and also a purifying one that won’t break the bank. They both come from Balea, the moisturising one is from the same range as the face serum. First of all, I have to say that Balea sheet masks seem to be a bit smaller than the rest of the masks I’ve tried but they are somehow the only ones that manage to cover my huge nose. Balea Aqua Hydrating Sheet Mask contains Algae Extract, Almond Oil and Rosehip Oil, feels like a moisturising gel, it’s cooling and soothing. The mask doesn’t move around the face once it’s on and it’s quite comfortable to wear. I like using it when my skin is a bit dry and dehydrated, the first time I tried it, I was surprised how radiant and nourished my skin was on the following day, thanks to such an affordable sheet mask.

Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask is part of one of the newest ranges of the brand and I might need to find the rest of the products, too. The mask contains Salicylic Acid and Zinc which is great if you have blemish-prone and oily skin. It does heal spots quicker than usual and it doesn’t make my skin feeling dry or stripped. I really really like this sheet mask.

As a person with combination skin, I love using clay masks a couple of times a week. When the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks were released last year, I’ve been a fan of all three, now they’ve expanded the range adding more skincare products which I can’t wait to try. Here I’m showing only one of the face masks but you can read my review on all three here, in case you haven’t already. What I love about this Exfo Face Mask (Glow in the UK) is that it doubles up as an exfoliant, as well, it’s easy to wash off and makes my skin look smooth and glowy.

There are great drugstore options on the skincare shelves sometimes and I’d be really happy to know more about some of your finds.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil


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

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?

*PR Sample

Oils, Oils, Oils…

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I realised that oils have a huge part in my beauty routine. Face, body, hair oils, I’ve been loving them all and I didn’t even notice how much I’m actually using them. That’s why I decided to share with you some of my favourite oils at the moment.

The Cleansing Oil
AS.AP Cleansing Oil #5* is the most exquisite cleansing oil that I’ve tried, it’s suitable for all skin types, it removes all traces of make-up while the lovely formula nourishes and soothes your skin. I’ve done a full review on this cleansing oil, so if you’d like to have more detailed information, click here.

The Facial Oil
I’ve mentioned Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil so many times that it can only tell you how much I like it. This product has been part of my skincare routine for about a year now and there is a reason why. It balances my combination skin out, it makes it less angry, it soothes it and the herbal scent is very relaxing. You can see my review on it here but the difference now is that I use it every other evening after toning my face instead of just twice a week.
In the past months, I’ve had some dry patches appearing, probably it’s the cold weather in Norway, so I started using their Blue Orchid Oil as well but I’m going to share more about it in an upcoming post.

The Shower Oil
After using up another bottle of my favourite L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, I fell in love with one by Rituals. It was already in an Empties post but I had to mention it because it’s just wonderful. Rituals have amazing body products and their Fortune Oil isn’t any different from this. It’s really light on the skin but creates luxurious and nourishing lather. The scent is more than lovely, it’s zesty but also spicy and warm.

The Body Oil
I’ve tried many body oils and I don’t think I’ve had a disappointing one but none of them was as relaxing as the Mirins Copenhagen Aromatherapy Calming Body Oil*. I have to admit that I use it only on weekends when I can really take the time to treat myself. It’s just a special product that I don’t want to waste on a normal day and I prefer to fully enjoy it rather than just quickly slap it on after a post-workout morning shower. It has Argan Oil in it and a relaxing blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils.

The Hair Oil
Couple of months ago I picked up the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil for all hair types. I love the glass bottle although I can’t take it with me when I travel. The product has a blend of 6 flower oil extracts and smells wonderful. I’m a big fan of hair oils because I use them either as a mask before washing my hair or as a leave-in conditioner on a damp washed hair, or on the next day onto the ends of my hair if I want a little bit more shine to it. This is a very lightweight oil that makes my hair soft and easy to brush. My hair is pretty long but one pump of this oil is enough for me.

The Multi-Purpose Oil
Who doesn’t love a bit of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse? This product can be used on face, body and hair. I skip the face part because of my combination skin and because I’m pretty happy with my Clarins Lotus Oil but I love applying it on hair and body. It contains 6 plant oils and Vitamin E and some people even add it to their moisturisers or foundations for a dewy look and more hydrated skin. I love this mini bottle and I always refill it because it’s really handy to carry it around.

Do you have a favourite oil?

*PR Samples

July Favourites





Time must be really flying! I feel as if I posted my June favourites couple of days ago and here’s the day when I’m publishing the July ones.

We were pretty lucky here in Norway in July – sunny and warm (sometimes even hot!) weather all day long which means more walks and hours outside with your favourite person and ice cream, of course! I reached for my Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 by L’Occitane more often than ever. It’s a lightweight moisturiser, smells of herbs a bit which I love and gives me nourishing and protection perfect for the summer.

My fragrance choice brought me back to Lancome‘s La Vie est Belle because it’s delicate and pretty and most of all, it reminds me of the last time when me and my better half were in London.

I’m not showing that much skin usually (shy girl here!) but still, in the summer days we go for more revealing clothes which means that exfoliating is very important. My choice in July was the Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator from Clinique. Not only makes your skin feel refreshed and soft but also gives you a bit of a glow!

There is a skincare product that I absolutely adore! It’s the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil and you can read my review on it here. If you have combination or oily skin, you need this in your skincare routine, it works amazing!

Last but not least, the only makeup product featured in this month’s favourites is something that I received a couple of weeks ago but pretty quickly became one that I love. It’s the Bourjouis Volume 1 Seconde mascara and it makes my lashes well-separated with more volume and lift. Doesn’t irritate sensitive eyes and it’s super easy to remove.

What did you like most in the month of July?