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Hair & Body Bits | Summer 2017

We often talk about skincare and makeup products we use during the summer but it seems that body and hair ones can be a bit neglected sometimes. Summer’s still here and my intentions are to keep enjoying it before the lack of sun comes upon us. The products I’m featuring today are great for the hot days because they combine the joy of pampering yourself and the care we need in the summer. Of course, I use some of them in the rest of the months, as well but I really love them for the season now.

Starting off with a face mist that I’m actually using on my body. Sun protection is very important all year round and especially in the summer. I’ve been away from Norway this year and I’ve been lucky to have a proper summer with over 38°C which can be very dangerous, too. Pixi Sun Mist SPF 30 is actually meant to be used on the face. It’s a very lightweight milky mist that I tried to use once on my face but it just sits a bit too shiny on my combination skin. Instead, I’ve been loving topping up the sunscreen on my arms when I’m out and about in the city. I don’t usually expose myself in the sun much but I love having this spray bottle in my handbag to be able to reapply the mist a few times a day. It’s only 80 ml, so it’s great for travelling, as well, it lasts a really long time, it’s very easy to apply and doesn’t feel sticky or unpleasant. The sun mist is formulated with Chamomile and Bamboo Extracts, has a lovely subtle scent and I love that it doesn’t leave streaks even on my black clothes.

And while we’re on the mists topic, I’d like to mention the Avène Thermal Spring Water. I have all sizes of it in every room and handbag, I use it on my face and body all the time. It’s very soothing and cooling, I also love spritzing it before applying my facial and body oils so that they can spread more evenly.
One of these oils is the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil which I shared with you last month in this post. It’s a special gift from my better half while we were on holiday and it’s a great way to moisturise your body even if you don’t like doing it in the summer. This body oil is a treat and it’s a great pleasure to use, the texture is beautiful, the scent is warm and sultry, it’s simply divine.

I’ve been trying many new hair products in the past few months but there are a couple that are my absolute favourites. I’m thinking about preapring a separate blog post on this Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo because there’s a lot I can say about it. I didn’t know I could find Living Proof products around me but one day I went into a lovely store, noticed the brand and picked up this shampoo, they also had the cutest Living Proof minis. This shampoo gives my hair amazing shine and body, tames the frizz and my scalp loves it. It’s really gentle because it’s sulphate-free but lathers up quite well, so you don’t end up feeling like you haven’t washed your hair. It actually cleanses my hair thoroughly but without stripping it. I noticed that many people hate the smell, I really like it, it reminds me of Aura Botanica by Kérastase but it’s a personal preference, so go give it a sniff first in case you’re interested.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I coloured my hair for the first time this year and I was lucky to be able to test out a product that is now one of my favourite ones out there. Kérastase Soleil Aqua Seal* is a fluid cream for sun-exposed, sensitised, colour-treated hair. It comes with a pump which makes it really easy to dispense the right amount of product, it’s very lighweight and doesn’t leave my hair sticky, it also smells incredible. I use the CC Cream from the range, as well but I’d like to think that Aqua Seal* is my hair serum because it makes my hair very strong, shiny, soft, smooth and nourished. In the summer my hair tends to get ginger/red tones because of the sun but this year, it looks totally different and I wish I knew about this product before.

I love all of these products and I feel like I’ve found the perfect summer bits this year. I’m curious to know more about your summer body and hair essentials.

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Favourite Haircare Range | Kérastase Aura Botanica


A few months ago, I got the chance to try the full Kérastase Aura Botanica range and I’ve been meaning to write a blog post on it after weeks of using it. But then I decided to colour my hair for the first time in my life and to wait and see if the products would work the same way on coloured hair as they did on my natural hair. I also wanted to try other shampoos in between to be able to witness the real effect and I was amazed. Since then, I’ve repurchased some of the Aura Botanica products myself but I’m marking all with an * to be completely honest with you that initially I got sent all of them. So, this took quite a bit of time but here it is my honest opinion on this haircare range.

First of all, I’d like to say that the state of my hair depends very much on the place I’m at and mainly on how hard the water there is. My natural hair is soft but really heavy and thick at the same time, sadly it gets greasy quite easily and I need to wash it every other day which can lead to drier ends. I’ve been using Kérastase products for years because they are some of the few that turn the water factor into a less significant one and I adore their purifying shampoos. So, I was really happy and curious to see the newest Aura Botanica range that contains 96% natural origin ingredients, handpicked Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil and is also silicone-, sulphate- and paraben-free. It also comes in the most beautiful packaging and two of the products are in glass bottles which may not be practical for travelling but it’s better for the state of the ingredients inside and it feels even more luxurious.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel Hair Oil* (470 kr)
If you want to get just one product from the range, this is the one! A real treat for your hair that makes a difference after the first use. And it’s actually a multi-use product but my favourite way of applying it is either 15-30 minutes before washing my hair or as an overnight hair treatment. A small amount of the oil on washed, wet or dry hair can be great for controling the frizz but the formula can also be used as an intensive treatment on dry patches around the body.
It’s made of a beautiful 99% natural blend that combines omega-rich Avocado Oil with Jojoba Oil and Rosemary extract to soften, enhance shine and revitalise. It also contains one of my favourite ingredients in beauty, Rosa Damascena. It smells incredible thanks to Sweet Orange Essential Oil and looks like a regular serum but it’s somehow so much lighter that even fine hair won’t be weighed down. This oil leaves my hair incredibly shiny, nourished and soft without being fluffy.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo* (280 kr)
After waiting at least 15 minutes for the hair oil to do its magic, I’d wash my hair with the shampoo. It contains 96% ingredients of natural origin (including the mentioned above responsibly sourced Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil) and this nourishing yet purifying shampoo gently cleanses away dirt and impurities from the hair. The texture looks and feels like a lightweight oil but it transforms into a soft lather when in contact with water and leaves the hair feeling refreshed. I wash my hair twice with the shampoo and the first time the lather is almost non-existing because of the sulphate-free formula but the second time it lathers beautifully without being too foamy. Like I’ve mentioned, it’s free from silicones, sulphates and parabens, this is a great alternative to many shampoos that can leave the hair stripped, especially if it’s colour-treated.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner* (340 kr)
For me, this is something between a conditioner and a hair mask because the texture is rich but lightweight at the same time. This deeply moisturising 97% naturally derived conditioner delivers intense nourishment and frizz-fighting benefits, thanks to the Coconut, Argan and Sweet Orange Oils added to the formula. Out of all four products, this is the one that really detangles my hair to leave it feeling smooth and easy to brush. Even people around me notice the difference in the texture and shine of my hair when I use the conditioner, so it’s definitely worth not skipping this step.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat* (370 kr)
The leave-in conditioner in the range or as you already might know, one of my favourite hair products in general. I love hair mists just as much as face ones. Formulated with 99% natural origin ingredients and free from silicone, this incredibly lightweight bi-phase mist formula combines four nutritious oils: Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut and Argan with an aqueous solution (and we know that usually oil and water don’t mix). The two layers work in synergy to infuse hair with nutrition and moisture while fighting frizz. It can be used as a styling product before blow-drying the hair or as a finishing mist to enhance softness and shine, I’m a bit addicted to this mist, so I use it both ways. On day two I’d spritz it on dry hair to revitalise it after using dry shampoo, for example, it’s a great finishing touch.

The scent of all four products in the Aura Botanica range is simply divine, it’s subtle and spa like, has a hint of citrus notes and feels very uplifting.
The products do an excellent job on either my natural hair or after colouring it, so I’m really happy to have nourished and glossy locks.

It’s great to see a brand such as Kérastase investing in a more natural approach to haircare. And when the final result is beautiful, shiny and tangle-free hair with a lovely scent to it, then there’s nothing more we could possibly want.

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Empties #5

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Balea Professional Pure Volume Shampoo – Can’t wait to get more tubes of this shampoo, I love how light the gel texture of it is, it gives me lots of volume and makes my hair shiny. Really good and affordable product;
Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo – The cherry fragrance isn’t my favourite from the Batiste range but in terms of refreshing my hair, it’s doing the job very well;
Elseve Total Repair Shampoo – This was a bit too heavy for my hair, I think it would be better for someone with more dry or damaged hair.
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Body:
Dr Greve Sensitive Shower Cream with Almond Oil and Oats – I’ve mentioned that this product feels like combination of a body milk and a shower cream, it’s really nourishing, I like it a lot and I can find it at the drugstore;
Sanctuary SPA Cleansing Burst Body Wash – It has a very interesting scent and texture with small particles that burst in contact with water and skin, I really enjoyed using it but I have a new favourite Sanctuary SPA range, so I think I’d be sticking to it for the moment;
Roger & Gallet Revitalising Sorbet with Apricot Oil and Aloe Vera – One of my favourite body moisturisers for any time of the year. It’s light but moisturising, it smells amazing and the scent can linger for days on your clothes, it’s such a lovely product;
Palmolive Thermal SPA Shower Gel – Nothing too special but I love the big bottle as I go through body washes like water. Feels fresh, not the first time I’m using it and probably won’t be the last either;
Rituals Fortune Scrub with Organic Mandarin and Yuzu and Rituals Touch of Happiness Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood Body Cream – My boyfriend got these for me in a gift box and I can’t explain how much I liked it. I think Rituals isn’t mentioned enough in the beauty world although they have some great body products. These two products have different but kind of similar scents, they’re fresh but warm at the same time and they are really good. In fact, the whole box was amazing and I think they have some great sets, so that you can try the products and see what you like. Perfect to travel with and gives you the chance to decide what you’d like to purchase in full size;
Kneipp Lemon Shower Cream – You can’t go wrong with Kneipp’s shower creams, they’re gentle to the skin, they nourish it while leaving it clean, I love trying new scents and I’ll keep purchasing them;
Kneipp Figs Milk and Argan Oil Shower Cream – This one was even better than the one above, the way it smells and feels on the skin is amazing;
Soap & Glory Hand Food – I have several scents from the range and I love them all, it’s such a popular and loved product and there is a reason for this. It has great moisturising properties, smells sweet and this big tube lasts a really long time;
Burt’s Bees Hand Salve – Another hand saviour. I’m in love with this product, it’s my winter hand moisturiser in the nights because it feels quite heavy and oily when it melts but it gives such a soothing feeling and hydrates the skin really well.
Faith in Nature Roll-On Crystal Deodorant* – This may not smell very strong but it’s very fresh, doesn’t contain nasty ingredients and it’s suitable for men and women.

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Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Micellar Water – I don’t know how many bottles of this I’ve gone through. It’s probably the first micellar water that I’ve tried, it can be used as a toner, as well, it’s suitable even for sensitive skin and I have to get a new one;
ACO Daily Purifying Toner – It’s an affordable exfoliating toner that I was using a couple of times in the week. It didn’t dry out my skin but I have so many similar products at the moment that I don’t think I’d be repurchasing for now;
Clinique Clarifying Lotion for Oily/Combination Skin – A more expensive exfoliating toner that was a little bit more harsh on my skin but if you use it just 2-3 days of the week, it shouldn’t be a problem. I personally prefer this one to the one above because I really saw a difference in my skin condition with it;
BioKarite Anti-Age Eye Cream – As I said before, I didn’t see that this cream was suitable for older skins but this wasn’t a problem for me. It’s very gentle for the eye area, it’s really hydrating and I would definitely re-purchase it. Plus, it’s from the drugstore;
Decleor Hydra Floral Moisturising Cream – A cream for dry skin which I used on my cheeks and neck in the winter and I was really happy with it. Smells amazing and has a thick texture that sinks into the skin without making it greasy;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Day Cream – I don’t know how many times I’ve been talking about this product. It’s my favourite moisturiser, it works great on my skin and this was probably my 5th bottle of it;
Garnier Skin Renew Overnight Regenerating Cream (discontinued) – This cream seemed to never sink into the skin, always stayed on the surface without actually doing anything for my face;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar DUO + – Everybody knows this product, it works well on me when my skin is a bit problematic but I’m trying not to use it too often as my skin can get used to it and the effect isn’t so visible after that;
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment – I did a review on this mask here. I love the product because it makes my skin look very good, removes all the impurities and tightens the pores. However, I wouldn’t re-purchase because it dried out really quickly although I always closed the jar well. The quantity is small and although the product is amazing, it’s just not worth the price tag;
Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer 002 – I’ve mentioned before that I have mixed feelings towards this product mainly because it promises to mattify the skin but it just doesn’t do it for me;
Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme! Mascara – Not a bad mascara but definitely not my favourite. I can’t wear it all day as I get fallout 3-4 hours after application. Has a big brush and I usually prefer smaller ones, so it wasn’t very comfortable to work with;
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara – Much better than the one before although the brush isn’t my favourite, once again. However, it gives a lot of volume, it lengthens the lashes and lasts a long time;
OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails – I did a review on this product here. I’m trying to replace it with something else at the moment but it seems to be irreplaceable. Such a good nail care product, it’s pricey, especially in Norway but it keeps my nails in great conditione when I use it.
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Samples and Sachets:
Biotherm Liquid Glow Reviving Oil – Didn’t have very much time to use this, so I can’t say if it’s nice for my skin but it didn’t irritate it and it smelled amazing;
Biotherm Blue Therapy Night Serum-in-Oil – I can say the same about this one too, the amount was just not enough for noticing major difference in my skin condition but my face got very soft with this serum-in-oil. Again, it smelled wonderful;
Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-boosting Moisturiser – I enjoyed using this one although it was a bit orange on me, I could make it work but I don’t think I’d purchase the full size;
Guerlain Baby Glow – It gives you baby glow indeed but for me it was a bit too glowy and even shiny because of my combination skin, so I had to powder more often. That’s the only thing that stops me from purchasing the full size product for now. I loved how it gives a sheer coverage but enough to make you look healthy and fresh, I didn’t even feel it on my skin, it was so lightweight and nice;
Dior Nude Air – The shade that I was given was way too dark for me and the texture was too liquid, so it’s not the easiest foundation to work with. The finish is beautiful but the product doesn’t stay very long on my shiny T-zone and it just disappears in the middle of the day;
Dermica Honey Peel-Off Mask – Looks and smells like honey, this mask made my skin softer and more nourished.

Do you have experience with any of these products?

Empties #4

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I’ve accumulated too much beauty trash again! I really don’t like keeping so many empty bottles and I always think that the post turns into an essay and everybody’s bored at the end. Hopefully, there are a product or two that you’re interested in and you’d like to hear an opinion on them. Let’s get started then!
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Hair products
Batiste Dry Shampoo Original – I’m a fan of the Batiste dry shampoos but this has to be my least favourite of the bunch, it wasn’t bad but to me, personally, it seemed that the other versions are a bit lighter while doing more work and smelling better.
Björn Axén The Legacy Strengthening Shampoo for fine hair – I loved this shampoo although I don’t have fine hair. It made my hair soft in a good way, it smells of apricots and a little goes a long way.
Gliss Kur Million Gloss Shampoo – It made my hair shiny but not super glossy, my hair felt really clean without being squeaky clean, I liked the shampoo but of course, it doesn’t give you the 10 days gloss that promises.
Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner* – The combination of these two products made my hair look and feel like years ago when I was a child and I didn’t use any products except shampoo on my hair. They just made my hair soft, more alive and just lovely! Plus, the scent makes you think of summer.
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Conditioning Spray – I love leave-in conditioners and this one isn’t an exception. The bottle lasted me more than half a year, I used the product on damp hair and it made it smooth and the combing was much easier.
REN Oat and Bay Conditioning Shampoo – I didn’t use it more than a couple of times because of the size but I liked it although it made my hair feeling squeaky clean. Probably, it wouldn’t be a shampoo for every day though.
REN  Pro-Vitamin Hair Conditioner – It’s a lovely conditioner, light but nourishing and detangling. Smells amazing.

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Body products
REN Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash – The scent won’t be appealing to everybody but the texture is very light and refreshing. I enjoyed using it.
CD Winter Body Wash in Vanilla – Luckily, it doesn’t really smell of vanilla, it’s just a nice Christmas scent with warmth to it, the texture is creamy and it really reminds me of the winter holidays, it’s very nice.
Rituals Fortune Oil – I love Rituals body products and this oil is one of them. It’s fresh but luxurious, light but nourishing on the skin. If you like body washes in the form of oils, be sure to check this one out.
Rituals Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel – This one is my favourite! The product comes liquid-y out of the pump but transforms into the lightest and luxurious foam. It’s gentle, it smells gorgeous – citrus-y but a bit spicy too, I can’t explain it well but I’ll be looking for the full size of it.
Naturelle Shower&Oil Almond Care – The dupe for L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil! The scent is a bit different but still wonderful, the texture is of runny honey, a bit thicker than the L’Occitane one but they felt very similar on the skin. I’d repurchase.
Kneipp Shower Foam – I think I’m starting to fall in love with shower foams. This is the only product from Kneipp that I’ve tried and I really enjoyed it. Wonderful light texture of the foam, a bit thicker than the Rituals one though and fresh floral scent.
Versace Bright Crystal Perfumed Body lotion and Shower gel – Lovely texture of them both, divine scent of the Bright Crystal Perfume, a real treat.
Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator – I miss the mint-y feel on my skin after using this product. It has good exfoliating properties and makes your skin look brighter and smoother.
KräuterhoF Body Peeling with Cocoa and Shea Butter – I love this product, it smells delicious, removes the dead skin cells and nourishes your skin thanks to the cocoa and shea butter. You have to know that this isn’t the best scrub if you have some small cuts (like scratches from kitties for example) because it will sting.
Eucerin In-Shower Body Lotion – This one was perfect for the cold mornings after a workout when I just wanted to take a hot shower and quickly apply moisturiser on my body. Got it long time ago when I was in Germany but luckily, it’s now available in Norway, too.
I love…Strawberries and Cream Body Butter – Not the best moisturising properties but absorbs quickly and smells so sweet and nice that you’d almost think it’s a dessert.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Lotion – I always have a mini of this one when I travel. It’s one of the most moisturising body lotions that I’ve used and it’s perfect for trips when your skin suffers a bit more than usual.
L’Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream – It was a limited edition and I liked it so much that I wanted to keep it forever. Unfortunately, I realised that it was about to expire in some months, so I had to use it up. Great moisturising properties and amazing scent, wish it was in their permanent collection.
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Estelle&Thild Fragrance Free Cleansing Gel (discontinued) – I really enjoyed using this cleansing gel. It’s really light, it’s not foamy, cleanses my skin well and leaves it soft. Maybe the smell isn’t for everyone but I think it’s normal for a natural product.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Cream – I said before that this is the first foaming cream that I really like because they tend to be too heavy on my combination skin. This one was gentle on my face, my skin didn’t feel stripped, it didn’t make my T-zone more oily and it didn’t break me out.
LUSH Mask of Magnaminty – Such a fresh and minty mask. At first, it terribly broke me out but after this it was actually helping me avoid blemishes. Not my number one face mask but I think I’d repurchase.
Faith in Nature Face Wipes* – Although I’m not a fan of face wipes, these came really handy when I travelled to London. They’re gentle, yet effective and also toning and moisturising. My favourite face wipes so far.
EOS Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm – I think we can all agree that these are not the most hydrating lip balms but because they have natural ingredients and smell amazing, I like them for the day. I use a more moisturising lip balm at night and everything is ok.
Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye – This is just a sample, so I can’t have a detailed opinion but it made my under eye area soft and smooth.
Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore – I know many people suggest not to use such stripes because they actually can make the situation worse but I wanted to try them out and honestly, I miss them. I’m trying to resist not buying them again and for the moment I’m replacing them with deep cleansing clay masks.
The Body Shop Ionic Clay Mask – Speaking of clay masks, here’s one. I used the sachet twice, the product was too much for only one application and I liked the results although it was a bit too warm on my face, maybe I just have to get used to it.
Nivea Eye Make-up Remover – I couldn’t wait for this product to end! It’s the old packaging as you can see, I’ve been having it for half a year, it was too hard to work with it. The two phases never seemed to stay together for more than a second, they were always splitting and I couldn’t remove any make-up with this product.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream – This concealer is very nice, I loved using it with the matching CC cream for the rest of the face, it’s a just a bit brightening, has a decent coverage, doesn’t crease and I’d repurchase if there was a Bourjois counter in Norway.

Have you tried some of these products?

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Summer in the Winter: Faith in Nature Coconut Haircare

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I’ve seen Faith in Nature in my local bio store but didn’t know much about the brand.

When I was sent a generous package by their Norwegian representatives LaColle with some of their products to try, I got really excited. I’ve been testing them out for more than a month and soon I’ll be writing a post on my favourite items but at the moment I’m in love with their Coconut shampoo and conditioner.

Faith in Nature doesn’t use any synthetic fragrances or colouring, SLS, SLES and parabens. There are no animal ingredients and no ingredients are tested on animals.

Now to the Natural Organic Coconut Shampoo* which as you can tell contains organic coconut. I have to say that it smells of real coconuts, it’s not like the usual artificial coconut scent added to beauty products. It’s really nice, feels like you’re on a summer holiday. The product has pearly and a little bit runny consistency. It’s pretty foamy, you need the tiniest amount of product. The shampoo is also very gentle but cleanses your hair and scalp very good and leaves my hair almost squeaky clean, shiny and soft. By soft, I mean baby soft hair that has never had any heavy products on it or experienced blow dry, air conditioner or winter air.

The Coconut Conditioner* has more watery consistency, it’s a light conditioner but it does nourish your hair and in combination with the shampoo, the results are honestly better than I expected.
The hair is shiny and manageable, smells lovely and if you have sensitive scalp, these are a shampoo and conditioner to try.

Both of these products have exceeded my expectations and I would love to try more of the haircare range.

Have you tried any Faith in Nature‘s products?

 

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