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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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April Favourites


When you’ve been home enjoying the sunshine and suddenly you find yourself back in Norway where it’s properly snowing, it’s a bit confusing, to say the least. Is it spring, is it winter? May is almost here which means we’re one step closer to summer but Norwegian weather suggests otherwise.
But we’d better talk about beauty favourites.

My new favourite foundation is pretty similar to my previous favourite foundation but in a cushion form. Not only  Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35 is easy to travel with but it also has the most beautiful soft matte radiant finish and looks natural. I love how long-wearing it is and the more I have it on, the better it looks. In the past few weeks, a few people around me also tried it and they all loved it, even those with dry skin. I have a full review on the foundation here.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in the shade Bare Cream & Desert Rosehas been my favourite multi-tasking product in the past month. I use it on my cheeks, lips and even on my eyelids. It’s a real spring/summer staple for me that made me fall in love with cream blushes. I never thought I could wear them with my combination skin but the texture is so light, blends so well and looks so beautiful that I use this palette almost every day. The colours are simply stunning and I’m quite sad that this is a limited edition product.

When me and my boyfriend were in Germany months ago, we went into a Rituals store and after purchasing some body and home products, I noticed many minis by the cashier’s. I just had to pick up a few and one of them was the Rituals Mild Eye Makeup Remover. I’d never tried any skincare bits from the brand and I thought this one might be good for travelling. It’s a bi-phase makeup remover and is indeed very mild yet effective. It removes eye makeup well, doesn’t feel too oily and doesn’t sting my eyes. The formula contains Lotus Flower and Rice Bran Oil.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo* is part of the newest range of the brand, I’ll be soon preparing a whole blog post dedicated to the line, so stay tuned for that. I love all of the Kérastase shampoos I’ve tried over the years, so I expected to fall in love with this one, as well but there is something else that made me like it even more. With 96% ingredients of natural origin (including responsibly sourced Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil) this nourishing shampoo gently cleanses away impurities from the surface of the hair. The texture of the product looks and feels like a lightweight oil, but it transforms into a soft lather when in contact with water. It leaves my hair refreshed, really shiny, soft and less frizzy. This shampoo is free from silicones, sulphates and parabens, doesn’t strip or weigh down the hair and I actually didn’t expect it to last that long, considering I wash my hair almost every day.

The most unexpected product that I’m featuring in this monthly favourites post (at least for me) is Himalaya Herbals Baby Lotion. I’ve tried some of their body range items and for me there are hits and misses. I absolutely love their Multi-Purpose Cream and I should probably mention it more often. I don’t really remember how I got this mini baby lotion, I feel like it was part of a set and I somehow ignored it but one evening it was so hot that I didn’t feel like using my rich body moisturisers. So, I decided to try this one and I’ve been using it all the time since then. The texture is milky and really light, it absorbs almost instantly and leaves the skin soft and hydrated. The formula of the lotion contains Almond Oil and Olive Oil which means it’s full of Vitamin E, it’s also free from parabens, mineral oil and lanolin. I don’t know if it’s good for baby skin but I personally, find it very soothing, non-sticky, non-greasy and just lovely.

Now I’m excited to see what will be new to try in the month of May…

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Empties #9

DSC_0387postcollageemptiesLooks like I never know when to stop adding used up products to my box of empties and at the end there are tons of bottles and jars waiting for me to write a blog post on them. That might be a long one…

Face products
– Alverde 3 in 1 Cleansing Foam with Lime & Apple – This one was a very gentle morning cleanser for me, it didn’t strip my skin, it didn’t dry it out and I’d like to try more skincare items from the brand;
– Clarins Toning Alcohol-Free Lotion with Iris – I enjoyed using this toner but I don’t think I’d repurchase it because I didn’t see a significant difference with it and at the moment, I rely on my trustworthy floral waters;
– Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic White Tea and Organic Acai – These two were amazing, the thermal water is always very soothing and calming but also hydrating. I loved using it before or after make-up, as a quick boost of hydration throughout the day, on irritated skin around my body…it’s just a great multi-purpose skin saviour;
– Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores – My favourite clay mask of all time, I will definitely repurchase once I use up the rest of my face masks because I always end up applying this one even if I have a hundred more that I like;
– Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream – Probably the best eye cream I’ve ever tried, will get a new tube of it because it makes my dark under eye area a bit more radiant and fresh-looking, it doesn’t erase my circles but it makes me look more awake and healthy;
– Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil – Another huge favourite of mine, I’m currently using the Blue Orchid one and I love them both in the different seasons. This one is amazing on my combination skin because it gives me all the benefits of a facial oil but without breaking me out or making my skin more oily;
– Eucerin Active Night Care – There are so many night creams that I’ve been using in the past year that this one was left behind a bit but it’s still a favourite especially in the winter and I should get a new tube of it;
– Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick – It took me a really long time to use this stick up because it wasn’t the best one, I got it when I was in London a couple of years ago along with other products from the range and this was my least favourite, I think. It just didn’t do much to heal my blemishes;
– L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper – At first, I didn’t like this product but then I found the right way to use it and it was my weekend brow shaper, it’s just very quick and easy to use and doesn’t look too heavy;
– Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara – One of my favourite mascaras this year, I love the brush and the effect that it gives, the only downside is that it’s really difficult to remove it but I could live with that;
– Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara – Another great mascara that gives serious volume to the lashes;
– Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara – This one reminds me a bit of the Benefit Roller Lash which is a huge love of mine, I’m usually quite picky when it comes to mascaras but there have been amazing launches this year;
– Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Vanilla Pop – I’ve used up one of these! I love them so much and I use them every day, apparently that’s the shade I’ve had on my lips most of the time, they are moisturising, they smell amazing, they aren’t super pigmented but the shades are very pretty;

Body and Hair products
– Alverde Nettle & Melisse Shampoo – Many years ago I used to use nettle shampoos because they made my hair very shiny, this one did the same and I enjoyed using it;
– Balea Everyday Shampoo Cool Blossom – It was just a normal everyday shampoo that smelled really nice and fresh, I love having budget shampoos because I wash my hair very often and I go through them quite quickly. Also, my hair gets used to a certain shampoo and I try to rotate them;
– Kérastase Bains Clarifant – My favourite purifying shampoo, now I’m curious to try more. It gave me volume and shine while keeping my hair soft and light;
– Dove Hair Therapy Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo – This is one of the best dry shampoos I’ve tried, I’m quite sad I can’t find it in many countries because it refreshes the hair without leaving a white residue and making it too sticky;
– Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo – It was something like a texturising spray and a dry shampoo in one and I actually quite liked it;
– Kneipp Shower Cream Almond Milk & Almond OilKneipp have some of my favourite body washes, I’ve had a mini of this one and this was a full size just because the creamy texture feels nice on the skin and I love using it in the winter;
– Kneipp Watermelon & Mint Shower Gel – That was a summer pick, it was incredibly fresh and great for those morning showers;
– Imperial Leather Summer Days Nourishing Body Wash – It really felt nourishing, not so much to skip my body lotion step, of course, but I liked this one and I may try more from the brand;
– Original Source Limited Edition Wild Cherry & Nettle Shower Gel – If you want a huge variety of body wash scents, look no further. I always spend a lot of time in front of Original Source shower gels because they have so many types and I always seem to like them, this one was no exception;
– Ziaja Orange Butter Creamy Shower Soap – This is the best morning body wash for me, without a doubt, it smells of freshly squeezed orange juice and I absolutely adore it, already have a second bottle;
– L’Occitane Peach Shower Gel – I already said how much I love peach-scented body products and this one is heavenly-fragranced, L’Occitane never disappoint with their body care;
– Lancôme Bocage Foaming Shower Gel – Speaking of scents, this one smells of tulip garden and also contains AHAs. Now that I’m not using it anymore, I really see what difference it made;
– I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Exfoliating Shower Smoothie – Gorgeous scent but not the best scrub, I would rather try to find the body wash;
– Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil – My whole family are huge fans of the original Eight Hour Cream, so it’s not a surprise that I loved the oil, as well. It’s a multi-purpose product but I love using it on my body rather than anywhere else;
– Lilly Oil-Based Nail Polish Remover – Seasons are changing but the best nail polish remover remains the same, I’ve never tried anything better, it effectively removes nail varnish while hydrating the nails and cuticles;
– Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops – I really miss this product, I might like it more than Seche Vite, it somehow works quicker in drying my nail polish;

Sachets and Samples
– Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion – I’m not very good at the fake tanning but I loved the smell of figs and the glowy finish that this one gave me;
– IROHA Peach Intensive Hands Repair – A Korean hand mask that was peach-scented…a winner! It did a great job at softening my hands when we were coming out of the winter;
– Lernberger & Stafsing Leave-in Treatment BB Cream – I’m thinking about getting a full size of this one because I adore leave-in conditioners and although I used it just a few times, I think my hair looked very good with it;
– Biotherm Wonder Mud Skin-Best Face Mask with Algae Extract – I can’t give a full review on this one because I used it a couple of times only but my skin felt really smooth and soft;
– Guerlain Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care – I took this one away with me because I didn’t want to carry many products on a weekend trip and I have to say, I loved the luxurious feeling. The cream is so rich and hydrating that I don’t need months to use it to know it’s great;
– Dior Star Foundation – This one was a bit heavy and shiny for my combination skin, plus, I already found my favourite foundation;
– Dior Hydra Life Water BB Tinted Aqua Gel SPF 30 – Too orange, heavy and oily, really oily-looking on me;
Dior Forever Everlasting Wear Foundation – The best! I have a full size from it, I’ve done a review and I can’t explain how much I love this foundation. It’s great if you have combination skin but even my mum loves it on her dry skin;
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup – With this one my skin looks smooth, it has high coverage but natural finish…however, it’s very dark, it has thick consistency and I have this shiny face 30 minutes after applying it.

These are all the products I’ve used up in the past few months. Writing this post made me realise how much I miss some of them already and I should update my wishlist.

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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My Current Purifying Shampoo

DSC_1018postClarifying shampoos are something that I’m kind of crazy about. I use them once a week and I love how soft, shiny and clean my hair looks and feels after that.

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried a few Kérastase products before but I don’t remember which ones exactly. I was really looking forward to getting some of their Spécifique products which is a series that improves scalp concerns. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the shampoo for oily scalp and dry ends at the salon that day, so I got the one for oily scalp and hair. At first, I was a bit scared and wasn’t sure if it wouldn’t make my hair too dry and irritate my scalp but luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.

Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant contains Glycine and Salicylic Acid to purify the scalp and hair and Vitamin B6 that has nourishing properties. The consistency is clear and runny and the scent is very nice. I love how clean my hair gets with this shampoo but it doesn’t feel dry and my scalp isn’t irritated. Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant gives me a lot of volume and shine while I feel my hair soft and light. It’s a great choice if you want to have really clean hair but without the stripping feeling.

I like this shampoo a lot, it’s purifying but feels gentle and I’m looking forward to trying the Kérastase Spécifique Bain Divalent one, as well, to see which one works better on my hair. What’s your favourite product from Kérastase?