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December Favourites


Hope you’ve had amazing holidays, filled with peace and love! A couple of days after Christmas and a few days before we welcome the new year, here’s a list of beauty bits I’ve been loving in the month of December.

I recently did an updated winter skincare post and I mentioned that I’m trying to use less products and to make my routines a bit more simple. Unfortunately, I can’t use acids in the evening at the moment and I’ve been trying to find something milder that I can use in the morning. One of these products has been Pixi Peel & Polish and I have to say, like with many Pixi products, you need to use it a few weeks or months to see results. I haven’t noticed major difference in my skin but as it’s been already half a year with my skin problems, I can tell when something’s working and this product definitely is, at least for me. It contains Lactic Acid and fruit enzymes, ingredients that always help me when I’m trying to improve the condition of my skin. My face feels smoother and softer and the skin tone looks more even and healthy. The downside for me is the scent and the small particles that are supposed to give extra exfoliation.

My lips got really dry in the past few weeks, I came back to Norway and I guess, I’m still getting used to the winter here. One night I decided to try a drugstore lip balm that many girls have been raving about. It’s by Himalaya and it’s their Cocoa Butter Lip Balm. I’ve tried a few products by the brand, there is one that I absolutely love and there are several that didn’t impress me, at all, so I didn’t know what to expect. The lip balm doesn’t contain petroleum, artificial colourants and preservatives and is rich in Cocoa Butter and Sal Butter to soothe and nourish the lips and to prevent them from drying. The balm feels slightly thicker than what I’ve been using lately, it creates a film on top of the lips but looks matte and smells quite nice. When I woke up the morning after using it for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised because my lips felt incredibly soft, as if I’d just exfoliated them with my favourite Dior Lip Scrub. Since then, I’ve been using it every day and I haven’t had dry or chapped lips for weeks now.

In the past 6 months, I’ve been trying to give my skin and hair a break and to use only what I need to  use or what I (or a specialist) think could help me at a certain moment. So, the hair products I’ve been using are just a few but I’m noticing visible results with them. Like with this Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Crème* that protects and helps with styling the hair, as well. After I cut my hair much shorter, I started styling it a lot more than before. I like washing my hair late in the evening and I always use a hair dryer, so I apply the cream on damp hair, then I dry my hair and on the next morning I just quickly straighten it or add a few waves here and there. The good thing with this cream is that I don’t need to apply it again to get the heat protecting properties on the next day. I’m really happy that even now, when I’m styling my hair so often, I can still have shiny and healthy ends. The brand also has a lighter, lotion version in case you have fine hair.

Winter is the best time to talk about foot creams, isn’t it? Considering how much drier our face gets in the colder months, it’s only fair that the same would happen to our body and especially, to the feet. Honestly, I’m not the biggest lover of foot creams because they often feel heavy and greasy but I’m still trying to use them every night or every other night. Luckily, a few weeks ago, I remembered how much I liked Heel Genius from Soap & Glory and got a new mini of it. It’s a rich cream but the consistency is gel-like and not thick at all, it also has a really light scent, it’s not too minty or overpowering. The cream feels really refreshing once it’s applied and it’s very moisturising without leaving a greasy residue. I probably should have taken the full size but this one has lasted me a pretty long time and it’s very affordable, too.

And now we are making a fast turn to something very luxurious. But there’s a short story first. Back in November when me and my boyfriend went to Milan to celebrate his birthday, we visited a department store where they had a Jo Malone counter and I tried about 6-7 of their scents, there were a couple new for me but it was so chaotic in the store that I didn’t get the chance to remember their names. When we got back to the hotel, I could still feel one of them and I really loved it. Sadly, if I want to purchase something from Jo Malone in Norway, I have to travel to Oslo or to order it online which means I need to know the name of the scent. And because I didn’t know it, I just decided to wait for another day near a Jo Malone counter, so that I can smell it again. Fast forward to about 10 days ago when my boyfriend gave me a beautiful set of Jo Malone colognes for my birthday (there’s another story about how impossible it was for him to find it and you can read part of it under this Instagram photo) and I was really surprised to see the one I fell in love with among the others. Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne is actually one of the two new scents that the brand released this year and the contrast between the fruity and the woody notes is simply divine. At first it feels warmer and earthy, then the heart notes of rose make it really feminine and elegant but the rose isn’t that detectable. It’s also more woody than fruity. For me, it is a very cosy autumn/winter scent, it’s like dew over the autumn leaves at dawn, like damp branches of our big walnut tree…like home… I love this fragrance and I’m happy we met again. I tried pairing it with some of the other Jo Malone colognes and it’s always surprising but at the moment, I’m just enjoying it on its own.

I’m preparing a post with my 2017 beauty favourites that seem to be much less than the last year’s ones which is showing how much I’ve narrowed down the items I’ve been using. I hope you’ve had beautiful Christmas holidays with your loved ones and you’re looking forward to welcoming the new year.

*PR Sample

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Munich Beauty Haul | June 2016

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Last week, my boyfriend had a trip to Munich. He asked me if I needed anything and although I really didn’t, there were a few products that seemed interesting to me and that could be found only in Germany. Sadly, most of them were sold out, so he picked up things he thought I might like.

The Kaufmanns Cream was one of the items that I really wanted to stock up on (luckily he got 3!) because I love using it when my lips are really dry and there isn’t another place where they have it. There’s also a new tube of the amazing multi-purpose Weleda Skin Food which is great because it’s the 75 ml one and it turned out that it’s not so easy to find this bigger version. Another skincare items is the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil which I’ve been wanting for such a long time but always forget to get when I’m in Germany or home. My mum talks about it all the time, she loves it and I hope it will get along with my skin, as well.

I love the Ebelin Professional brushes, so I wanted another one of their most popular Blending Brush and also decided to try the Eyeshadow & Concealer Brush which seems a bit stiff and hard at the moment but I haven’t tried it more than a couple of times.

The mini hair masks from Swiss O’ Par aren’t something new for me, I like how portable they are, they have many scents to choose from and my boyfriend decided to pick up the Orange, Maracuja and Kiwi ones. On my list, I also had my beloved Balea Peach & Coconut Hair Milk, a fantastic leave-in conditioner from the drugstore. Plus, it smells of peaches rather than coconut, doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy and makes it shiny and soft.

I’ve shared before that L’Occitane and their products feel very sentimental to me, I always connect them to trips and stories, so my boyfriend picked up two items from them. They’re both from the Cherry Blossom range and they are Bath & Shower Gel and Solid Perfume. L’Occitane are famous for their amazing body washes, so I can’t wait to try this one but also, I’ve been so curious about their solid perfumes! They are adorable-looking, you can carry them around in your bag and top up your fragrance throughout the day and this scent is just perfect for the spring and summer, delicate, feminine and a bit sweet.
He also noticed some new shower foams from Bilou and picked up the Cherry Blossom and Splashy Melon scents. I haven’t tried them yet but I learnt they are pretty popular in Germany at the moment.
Balea always surprise with new scents and huge tubes of their body washes, so my better half added the Sweet Smoothie Shower Gel to his shopping basket. Another item from Balea is the new limited edition Body Gelée with Mint and Watermelon scent. I really wanted to try it because it sounded interesting and indeed, it is. I think it’s great for the warmer months because it sinks into the skin very quickly, leaving a fresh scent. It doesn’t feel sticky, at all and although, it doesn’t have the best moisturising properties, it’s still a great one to use after a morning shower, for example.

Unfortunately, it seems that Yves Rocher have discontinued their signature fruity fragrances. I’m not completely sure if that’s the case but it makes me very sad because they were perfect for the summer days. At the end, my boyfriend decided to pick up two of their deodorants in the Lotus Flower and Spanish Pomegranate scents.

Me and my mum (plus my boyfriend’s granny) have something like an obsession with soaps. There are so many beautiful ones with gorgeous scents that it’s hard to stay neutral to them. We’ve had a few of the Crabtree & Evelyn soaps before and we loved them, so my boyfriend decided to get the Pear & Pink Magnolia, Black Sea Mud & Seaweed and Almond Milk & Honey ones. On the way back, he saw a Jo Malone counter and picked up their Blackberry & Bay Bath Soap which is almost too beautiful to use and smells amazing.

I’ll be sharing more about some of the products once I’ve tried them for a few weeks but so far, I’m really enjoying the new additions and I’m quite happy to have a backup of some old favourites.