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February Favourites

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There were a few spring days in February which makes me quite happy because it means winter will be over soon. It’s been definitely a long and pretty cold one.

I finally have my own domain and I’m planning on doing more changes in future but I always prefer to do something first and then talk about it, so please keep your fingers crossed for me!

On to the beauty favourites now. I always like to try different micellar waters because it’s my preferred product for taking off makeup, so that I can cleanse properly afterwards. I’ve been using the Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water for the past few months and I really like it. It removes makeup pretty well while it feels gentle on the skin, it’s not sticky or drying and it’s budget-friendly.

The lipstick I’ve been loving in the month of February has been Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in the shade 410 Dynamic. If you’re wondering why the packaging looks different, it’s because I got it in a Christmas set. The formula is moisturising, creamy and easy to work with, the colour is opaque and lasts for about 3-4 hours on me. It browny pink and reminds me very much of my favourite Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 23 Blush Pop (you can see a swatch here) but this one is a bit warmer. The shade is beautiful and sophisticated-looking, I can’t wait for the new ones to be released soon.

I’m in love with my night hand cream. I use it at night because it smells just like This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, it’s so relaxing and calming. I got the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream with a magazine in London and I regret not getting more. The formula is enriched with Shea Butter and Lanolin, it feels soothing and hydrating. I really like that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy film, bonus is that the scent makes me fall asleep easier.

This giant bottle of the limited edition Jeremyville for Kiehl’s Crème de Corps has a great design, a handy pump and 500 ml of one of the best body moisturisers. I also use this product as a hand lotion after washing my hands (which is like a hundred times a day) and applying it is my favourite ritual before going to bed because it feels really soft on my winter skin. The texture is rich but not greasy or heavy, it does take a couple of minutes to absorb but it’s totally worth it. This is the only moisturiser that could transform my elbows completely in the most freezing winter ever, they are now baby soft and I’m not even exaggerating. If you haven’t tried it, pick up a sample.

Here we’ve come to the last but not least and certainly the hardest product to talk about today. And it’s not because it’s a fragrance and I’m not so good at describing fragrances but because it is Tom Ford Black Orchid. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it is either a hate or an endless love but if I have to use one word to describe it, it would be timeless. I don’t know if I should say more because no words would do justice to this masterpiece, so just go and give it a sniff, if you haven’t already. I fell in love with it by just opening the cap and that was it.

These are my most-loved beauty products during February. Now I’m ready for sunnier days…

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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Three Hand Creams to Try This Winter

DSC_0395post DSC_0396post DSC_0399postHand creams are an essential for me in the colder months and I’m sure we can all agree that we’d like to have nourished hands without the sticky feel that many hand creams have.
That’s why I decided to show you my favourite handbag-friendly hand creams this winter. They are moisturising, non-greasy and heavenly-scented.

It’s no secret that L’Occitane create some of my favourite hand moisturisers, the formula is gorgeous, the scents are like no others and they feel incredibly comfortable on the skin. I guess that’s the reason why I’m currently using two of their gems.

Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream is made of extracts of Rose from Grasse, Sweet Violet and Saffron from Provence and has a subtle floral fragrance that lingers wherever you go. It’s beautiful and mysterious, delicate but surprising.

Jasmin-Immortelle-Neroli is part of their recent Pierre Hermé Paris collaboration and reveals a soft scent of white flowers bouquet. It contains Shea Butter, Jasmine Flower Absolute, Neroli Essence, Corsican Immortelle Essential Oil. Another floral and feminine scent with sensual musky notes, soft, sunny, elegant and a bit sweet.
I know that I’m not describing a perfume but if you try any L’Occitane hand cream, you’ll know what special part the scent is having here.

Another non-greasy and lightweight hand cream that I fell in love with in the past couple of months is The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream. It has a fruity-floral scent with notes of Plum, Peony and Magnolia. Contains Plum Extract from Turkey and Community Fair Trade Soya Oil.
I like picking up my hand creams around Christmas time, so that they can remind me of the holidays whenever I’m using them and this one brings me back to Munich and the Christmas markets…good times.

I’m in love with these hand creams because they don’t leave a sticky residue, they keep my hands feeling incredibly soft throughout the day, they all have gorgeous scents that are not too overpowering, they are lightweight and get absorbed instantly.

Hope you like these treats in a tube, they are a wonderful gift to yourself or a lady you appreciate for soft hands with divine fragrance!

January Favourites

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So, the first month of 2016 has come to an end! Hard to believe, I know… But the thought of time flying really quickly, makes me feel quite down, so I’d better start sharing with you my January favourites.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying two shower gels. My morning one has been the Ziaja Orange Butter Creamy Shower Soap which smells like freshly pressed orange juice and I love it! This body wash contains Orange Butter derived from orange peel and it actually feels pretty moisturising on the skin, it’s refreshing and awakening. If you have the Polish brand’s products near you, be sure to check this one out.
My favourite evening shower gel has been Sante Grenadine Spirit Shower Gel which is vegan and has Organic Pomegranate in it. For me, it doesn’t smell like pomegranate, I find it warm and sweet-smelling like panettone which makes me feel quite Christmassy. It’s very gentle on the skin, it’s free from silicones, synthetic colourants and preservatives. I love even the design of the tube and I can’t wait to try more of this brand’s products once I’m back to Germany.

I’ve included the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in the shade 01 Jumbo Jetin my November 2015 favourites and my annual favourites but I’d like to mention it one more time because together with the Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara, they make the perfect pair. They are both separating and volumising but together, they do something that just doesn’t happen when I’m using only one of them. First, I go with a coat of Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara and then I finish off with a layer of the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. The result is long, fluttery, voluminous and gorgeous lashes!

I haven’t used many different nail polishes in the past few weeks, simply because WYCON Nail Lacquer in N. 222 has been on my nails for about three weeks in a row. I couldn’t stop re-applying this beautiful dusty lavender shade and you can read more about it here.

I’ve been keeping the Crabtree & Evelyn‘s Gardeners Hand Therapy by the bathroom sink because I find it very soothing. January has been incredibly cold here in Norway, we have a lot of snow and my hands tend to bleed in such weather. This hand cream is infused with Macadamia Nut OilShea Butter andVitamin E. It smells amazing, warm and not too overpowering, so my boyfriend loves it, as well. It’s not greasy and you can dispense the right amount of product thanks to the pump. It’s not cheap but it lasts a really long time, we also got it in a set and it can be used by both, men and women. Definitely, one of the best hand creams I’ve ever tried.

There are a few more products that I wanted to include in this post but as I’ve been using them for only a couple of weeks, I’ll wait until February because I’m sure I’ll keep loving them.
What are your January favourites?

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December Favourites

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Hope you’ve had an amazing Christmas with your loved ones and now you’re ready for last month’s of 2015 favourites!

I did quite a bit of travelling in December and my skin always suffers when I’m away. So, I had to be sure that I have skincare helpers in my beauty bag.
The combination of two products really made the difference and these two products are Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic Acai* and Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon*.
I love facial mists and this is the first facial mist with Norwegian thermal spa water that I’ve tried. It gives an instant boost of hydration and when you apply an oil and/or moisturiser on top, it just locks the moisture. This mini size bottle contains Vitamin A, C and E, Zinc, Iron and the fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9 which really provide amazing care for the skin in the winter.
At first, I wasn’t sure if the moisturiser would be good for my combination skin as it’s more appropriate for dry skin. However, the unique balm-in-gel formula is really hydrating without making my face oily. It can be used day and night but I think it’s a great make-up base, as it really smooths out the skin and the foundation applies very well after that.

To keep my hands soft, I’ve been relying on the new Frosted Plum Hand Cream from The Body Shop. My hands tend to bleed in the cold months and this is a very lightweight but really nourishing cream that doesn’t leave a sticky residue and smells gorgeous!

I also have a couple of make-up favourites. Like this affordable but extremely good eye pencil from Essence. The shade is 06 Cocoa Bean and it’s really pigmented while the dark brown looks quite flattering and not so harsh as black, for example. The formula is waterproof and you have some seconds to smudge the liner if you want, after that it sets and doesn’t move during the whole day. Plus, the pencil doesn’t require sharpening because it’s a retractable one.

My favourite lipstick has been one I picked up in Munich at the beginning of the month. It’s from p2 and and their Full Shine Lipstick range. The shade is 080 Tell me a Tale which is a wearable vintage pink one that looks simply gorgeous, the formula is creamy and feels pretty luxurious on the lips. Pity that it’s not available outside Germany.

What have you been loving in the last month of the year?

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