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Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT


When I first see or hear Shiseido, I can’t help but relate them to skincare. I’ve been loving their Ibuki range in the past few months but somehow their fragrances have always been neglected by me. And now I realise that it’s been a mistake. Because Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT is now my go-to spring scent.

The stunning glass bottle is in the original shape but this time in frosted pink and white and captures the Shiseido vision of inner beauty, delicacy and femininity.

I don’t usually go for powdery floral scents but this one is so much more than that. It’s fresh, clean, a bit fruity and has this subtle elegance that makes it graceful but still everyday appropriate and youthful.

Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT is composed of two accords: Radiance and Presence. The radiance accord, the outer circle, is luminous and bright with notes of Cyclamen, Peony and Osmanthus. The presence accord, the inner circle, is tender, addictive and sophisticate, formed of Orange Blossom Absolute, Gardenia and White Musk. Together they create a radiant and pure white floral fragrance.

For me the EDP and EDT versions of the fragrance are quite different and I much prefer this one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last too long on my skin but I still think it’s a divine scent.

If you like soft floral scents and even if you don’t like delicate sweet and powdery ones, go give Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT a sniff. It’s beautiful, elegant, clean and can be worn by ladies at any age.

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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Intense EDP

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A few months ago, Guerlain expanded their La Petite Robe Noire range with one more fragrance. I have to admit, I’ve been staying away from it for a long time simply because the word “intense” made me think it would be a lot stronger than the original perfume. La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche is one of my favourite scents but the original one always seemed a bit too heavy for my taste and this put me off when I saw the newest member of the family. But I was wrong…

The fragrance comes in the typical for the range bottle but in beautiful deep blue colours with the drawing of a little black dress. La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense has notes of Cotton Candy, Fresh Bergamot and Blueberries in the top of the composition. You can still find Bulgarian Rose in the heart of the perfume and a base of Patchouli, White Musk, Sandalwood and Vanilla.

It starts off sweet but not sickly sweet, the cotton candy is the first one to be noticed but it’s not sharp and heavy, it’s grown-up, creamy and lovely. The blueberry scent is not fresh, it is warm and reminds me of the times when I make homemade blueberry sauce. For me, the Bulgarian rose is the balancing note, you can’t really smell it but it makes everything elegant and simply perfect. The drydown is beautiful with the combination of the sweet vanilla, the woody sandalwood and the soft white musk. This perfume has amazing longevity on me and I’m in love with it.

La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense is irresistibly chic, charming, sophisticated. It’s definitely the sweetest of all fragrances from the range but I love how it is youthful yet elegant at the same time.

Handbag Beauty Essentials | Summer 2016

DSC_0374postMy handbags and shoulders tend to carry a lot of stuff, so in the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to narrow down the content. Starting off with my beauty bag, I realised I keep many products that I don’t actually reach for when I’m out and about.

Here is the current situation of my (now) tiny beauty bag which is updated for the summer season, as I don’t really carry around a face mist in the winter, for example.
One of the most important things for me is a do-it-all concealer because I have really dark circles under my eyes but it’s also good to have something that can hide imperfections around the face, as well. Clinique Airbrush Concealer is supposed to be more of a brightening concealer but the shade I have does a great job at both, covering blemishes without drawing attention to them and making the under eye area a bit more fresh-looking. I wish I could find another mini of this concealer, it’s so handy!

It’s always good to have a tinted lip product that is also hydrating and looks good. It just makes it easy to use on the go, you don’t need a mirror and it gives life to the face while caring for the lips. I’m currently enjoying this Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint* (review here) from their new collection. It’s one of those products that go clear on the lips but then it enhances the natural shade of every woman’s lips to create a glowing rosy lip.

Blotting papers are a must-have for me because I have combination skin and I’m still trying to find and experiment with different ones but for now, I keep relying on my Essence All About Matt! Oil Control Papers.

Face mists are a huge love of mine, I use them all year round but I have them in my handbag only in the summer because cold air and damp skin is definitely a bad combination. The new REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist* (review here) is so fine and lovely that perhaps, the person next to you wouldn’t even feel it. However, I mist my face only when I’m alone and there’s nobody around me, as it can be disturbing and not very pleasant for the others. I won’t hide, I use the mist more than 5 times a day, before my make-up, after applying it, on top of it throughout the day, it’s refreshing, it has amazing ingredients and makes the skin radiant.

I used to have dozens of different face creams for every area in my handbag but now I think a good multi-purpose moisturiser is everything I need. The German Kaufmanns Haut-und-Kinder-Creme is perfect when you have dry lips or cuticles, I also use it on my hands if I don’t have a hand cream, my boyfriend uses it on his face because he has really dry skin, especially when it’s cold and actually, we have a tube at home, different ones in my bags, in his car…just everywhere.

Speaking of hand creams, I absolutely love this mini of the L’Occitane Shea Delightful Rose Hand Cream. I’ve already shared with you many times that L’Occitane hand creams are some of my favourites out there. I adore their unique scents, their moisturising properties and the fact that they don’t feel sticky.

Last but not least, another L’Occitane product that I’ve already mentioned a few times but it’s just one of my biggest loves at the moment. The Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume is perfect for the summer, it’s fresh and a bit sweet, it’s fragrance-free and when you apply it, it melts onto the skin to leave this beautiful scent. I’ve had the soap from the same series, the hand cream, the shower gel and now I might need the eau de toilette and the roll-on versions of it.

These are the beauty items I need on a daily basis in my handbag and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, considering how many I used to carry around. What are your handbag beauty essentials?

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June Favourites

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Summer has officially arrived, July is almost here and I hope it’s going to be a great one! I’ve been really into fresh, minimal make-up in the past few weeks, the reasons are many, some of them not so positive and won’t go into details but my June beauty favourites are here and they will stay with me for the rest of the summer.

I’ve been keeping my base really sheer and lightweight and I’ve already used up quite a bit of the Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector SPF 20*. If you want to know more about it, you can check out my blog post here but essentially, this product is a multi-tasking cream that combines skincare benefits and sheer foundation coverage. It just makes my skin look smoother and better, in general but without being heavy or sitting like a mask.

As you can see I have two blushes in my favourites this month, one is an individual and the second one is in a palette. I just think blush makes everyone look a bit more healthy and youthful but these two shades, especially, are amazing for spring and summer. Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in 010 Santa Rose gives a subtle pop of peachy pink with a lovely sheen to the cheeks and I’m absolutely in love with it. It’s actually really long-lasting, doesn’t fade easily and the packaging is really portable, although you have to be careful because it’s not very durable.
I adore the whole Estée Lauder Summer Glow Multi-Palette* and the fine and soft texture of all the three products in it. I use them on my eyes, I use them on my cheeks and it just gives me that glowy and sunkissed look without looking overdone. If I want to look healthy (and I’ve been really needing this in the past weeks) but still natural, this is my go-to palette. If you want to see swatches, have a look here.

There are a few fragrances that really get me into the summer mood but the one I’ve been reaching for most of the time has been Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia. I’ve said here that this was a surprise love for me because I don’t normally like floral fragrances but it’s not a proper floral fragrance, I think. I find it a bit more sweet and fresh but still elegant and I just love wearing it at the moment although it doesn’t last that long on me, sadly.

Last but not least, a really handy little product that a dear friend sent to me. It’s the Essence Studio Nails Nail Care Pen and I knew I’d love it from the beginning because I already have the Cuticle Remover Pen and the Repairing Nail Oil from the brand and that’s something in between. I use the nail oil at night because it’s a bit more oily but with this pen, I can apply the caring oil right where I need it and not turn everything into a mess, it’s so easy to use and I can continue with the rest of my work! The pen dispenses a small amount of oil that smells wonderful and nourishes my nails ans cuticles really well.

These are the products I’ve been enjoying in the past few weeks and even months, what are yours?

April Favourites

DSC_0110post DSC_0112postIt’s almost time to say goodbye to April and I have such mixed feelings for the last few weeks… April has been both, horrible and amazing and I hope May will be much sunnier, happier and brighter for all!

The only skincare item I’m featuring today is the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream*. I’ve been using this eye cream for two months and with each day, I like it more and more. It’s just really hydrating and refreshing, it feels light on the skin and it’s also a great base for my concealer. I’ve done a full review on this product here, in case you’d like to know more about it.

Another Clinique product that I’ve been absolutely in love with is their Cheek Pop in the shade 03 Berry Pop* from their Pop Artistry Spring 2016 Collection (at least that’s when they arrived in Norway). This blush is so beautiful and juicy-looking on the cheeks, it’s a powder but feels creamy and light, it’s long-lasting and very pigmented. You can read more about the collection here.

The second make-up product in this month’s favourites is the mini YSL Effet Faux Cills Mascara. I took it away with me to London and I remembered how gorgeous this mascara is. It gives me fluttery lashes, it’s super black, it doesn’t clump or flake and I might need a full size of it although I have so many mascaras in my drawer at the moment.

I already shared with you here how much I like the Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant which is my current purifying shampoo. I use it once a week to just get this really clean and voluminous hair that we all love. I love that it’s not stripping and it doesn’t dry out my scalp, it’s very gentle but still purifying.

With spring days slowly coming to Norway, I started wearing a bit lighter fragrances. My most-worn one for April has been Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink. If you are fan of fragrances like Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Versace Bright Crystal and Crystal Noir, you’re going to like this one, too. It has notes of Tangerine, Pear Blossom and Yuzu Whipped Cream, base of Bamboo, Musk and Black Saffron and heart notes of Pink Lotus and White Camellia. The scent is fresh, feminine and a bit sweet. A really nice fragrance for the spring days.

What have you been loving in the month of April?

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