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Two Organic Body Scrubs I’ve Been Loving



Sugar body scrubs can be lovely, they usually smell amazing and peel away dead skin cells to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. But often they have a couple of disadvantages, they either feel too harsh or sugar dissolves in water too quickly and you can’t really exfoliate the skin.

But I’ve been using two brands for about a year now and they have brilliant body scrubs that are also certified organic.

I’ve had bad experience with KICKS body exfoliants from their previous line but since then, they’ve revamped the existing ranges and also released an organic one. When this happened a bit more than a year ago, the brand contacted me asking if I wanted to try some of their organic body range. I still like most of the products I tried but the one I keep repurchasing is this Lemongrass Sugar Scrub with Argan Oil. The tub is simple and pretty, the actual exfoliant has a subtle cirtusy scent and the texture is quite unique. In fact, that makes it hard for me to explain what it really looks like. The grains are not too rough but they remain on your body until you wash the product off, they don’t dissolve immediately and leave time to exfoliate while the Argan Oil hydrates the skin.  It’s easy to get the amount of the scrub you need without seeing half of it running through your fingers, it’s a bit like thick glue that somehow keeps the sugar grains where they should be. It’s a beautiful body scrub and it’s quite affordable, as well.
Sadly, this is a product you can get only in the Nordics (mum always asks me to bring her some when I come from Norway), so I have another body scrub that is just as lovely.

This Organic Shop Raspberry Cream Body Scrub is very similar to the KICKS one, actually, but the texture of it is a bit more fluid. You shouldn’t worry about that because it is still easy to use and you don’t end up wasting the product.
I’ve used several of the brand’s exfoliants, I purchased this one a few weeks ago and it might be my favourite from them. It’s very gentle and effective at the same time, thanks to the Shea Butter and Raspberry Fruit Extract in it. It smells divine and feels nourishing but the downside for me is the packaging. It doesn’t seem stable and it’s quite difficult to open and close the lid. Apart from this, they’ve created a beautiful body exfoliant that I really love.

Hope you can find the time to pamper yourself this Sunday!

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Empties #10

20161103_112150postAs I always end up collecting way too many empty products and writing a novel about them, this time I decided to make it quite simple. There are just a couple of make-up items and the rest is skincare and body products.

Make-up
Maybelline ColourSensational Shine Gloss in 610 Naked Star – Actually, I couldn’t finish this gloss and it has expired but I liked it because it wasn’t a sticky one and looked nice on its own or on top of lipsticks;
Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 04 Neutral Fair – One of my favourite concealers, it’s supposed to be brightening and it really does illuminate quite nicely but I also used it to cover up some imperfections around the face and it does great job at this, as well. I think I need the full size of it now;

Skincare
Balea Purifying Mask – That’s a great budget clay mask and I already got another sachet. It comes in a 2-pack and one sachet contains a lot of product, so I always end up using it twice (don’t ask how I close the sachet that is once opened) but it makes my skin soft and radiant;
KICKS Clearing Mud Mask – This is probably my favourite KICKS face mask, they released four a few months ago and this one is already used up. It doesn’t dry out my skin but it purifies and leaves it smooth and glowy;
Sephora Pearl Face Mask – I love Sephora sheet masks, they are so relaxing and heavenly-scented. This one is brightening and moisturising and it’s one of my most purchased ones from the brand;
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask – I used about three packs of this face mask because it’s so popular at the moment and I really wanted to like it. It smells amazing and feels cooling but it wasn’t really hydrating on my skin and I have combination skin. Also, it leaves my face quite wet and feels sticky even after massaging in what’s left from the serum;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum – This small tube didn’t last much, so I couldn’t see if it really firms and repairs the skin but it felt soothing and moisturising;
Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate – Another travel size serum that I tried. Feels like rich cream but at the same time it’s light when applied and doesn’t make my skin more oily than it is, it doesn’t break me out and I wake up to radiant and healthy skin;
Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist – I used this one before going to bed because the scent is really relaxing. It’s calming and moisturising although the way the spray works is quite heavy and that is probably the only thing I didn’t like about it;
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – Really missing this one. I used to spray it multiple times throughout the day. The mist is very fine, it hydrates the skin, it’s refreshing and also gives protection against the environmental aggressors. I’ve done a full review on it here;
Balea Almond Blossom Extract Toner – It’s suitable for dry and sensitive skin and although mine is combination, I quite liked this toner. It has a nice and light scent and it doesn’t strip my skin;
Ziaja Sensitive Micellar Water – This is my second bottle of this budget micellar water. It contains no parabens, alcohol and perfume, feels gentle on the skin and removes make-up quite well;
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + – I have a travel size of this moisturiser whenever I travel because it never lets me down. Clinique moisturisers are some of my favourite ones anyway but this one works perfect when I’m away because it gives me the right amount of hydration without breaking me out and without being too rich and heavy on the skin;

Body and Hair
Yves Rocher Lotus Flower Shower Gel – The brand has incredible scents and this body wash proves it one more time, it’s delicate and beautiful. Also, I love the lightweight packaging;
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Moisturising Perfumed Body Lotion – My summer body lotion. Feels very light on the skin but hydrates it really well and is also beautifully-scented;
Balea MED Sensitive Shampoo – During autumn, my scalp gets a bit irritated. This year is actually even worse, so I’ve been looking for a gentle shampoo. I’ve heard good things about the medical line from Balea and decided to give this one a go. It is supposed to be for sensitive scalp but it didn’t do much for my irritated skin, unfortunately;
COLAB Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo – I should have taken more minis when I was in London because I really like this dry shampoo, I’ve talked about it many times on the blog;
Balea Hand Cream for very dry skin – This was one of my handbag hand creams. It smells very nice, takes a couple of minutes to absorb but doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.

This is everything I’ve used up in the past few weeks and I’m quite happy I don’t have the huge pile I normally collect before sharing my experience with the products.

 

Get Glossy!

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I never thought I would wear lip gloss on a regular basis but something changed a couple of years ago. For me, glosses have always been a bit too sticky, never moisturising and way too glittery, so even if there were new launches, I just didn’t even want to hear about them.

However, make-up nowadays gets better and better and I realised there are actually brilliant lip glosses out there. I wasn’t sure whether to mention my favourite Lancôme Juicy Shakers here but for me, they are more of a lip oil rather than a gloss, so I’ll stick to the proper lip glosses.

The product that converted me to a lip gloss fan was Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and I always have one in my handbag since I discovered them. My favourite shades are 06 Rosewood Shimmer (browny nude), 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer (dusky rose) and 08 Plum Shimmer (muted berry). These glosses are moisturising, thanks to the Shea Butter, Vitamin E and A added, they don’t feel sticky and they are candy-flavoured.

KICKS Lip Fusion in the shade Delicious* has a similar idea but it’s half the price and the difference comes from the fact that it’s much less pigmented and there are only two shades for now. The formula is still quite nourishing, as it contains Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, it’s a handbag-friendly product and I really like it.

My most recent discovery and love must be Dior Addict Milky Tint in the shade 286 Milky Plum (you can see swatches of all 6 shades here). It’s really different from the others because it has a milky finish, it’s not a typical lip gloss, it’s incredibly moisturising and gives a smooth and plump look to the lips. Also, this shade is a beautiful lilac one that looks quite fresh but it’s not necessarily a spring/summer colour.

More budget-friendly options are the lip glosses from Essence and Golden Rose. Essence have some of my favourite glosses and they were the first drugstore ones to catch my eye in a long time. I’ve used up a few of them and then a dear friend of mine sent to me this trio of minis that I always travel with. Along with Golden Rose Colour Sensation LipGloss in the shade 103, these are just lovely, sweet-smelling but not too overpowering, non-sticky glosses that I enjoy just as much as my high-end ones.

Now I know that comfortable and beautiful lip glosses exist and these are some of my absolute favourite ones. Do you have any other recommendations for me? I’d love to try more, considering I’m not so sceptical when it comes to glosses anymore.

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August Favourites

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It’s the last day of the last summer month for this year which makes me a bit sad but also excited for sweater weather, berry shades and autumn make-up collections.

Here are my most-used products for the month of August that remind me summer isn’t over yet and we’re still going to enjoy the sunshine.
The first one is an absolute random purchase that became a huge favourite of mine. I didn’t expect to like the Balea Peach and Coconut Hair Milk so much. First of all, I don’t really like coconut-scented products and second, it’s super affordable, so I was expecting it to be a bit sticky. The truth is that it doesn’t smell like coconut at all, in fact, the scent is amazing, light and fresh. The milk is basically a leave-in conditioner and I fell in love with a similar product years ago but it got discontinued and I was pretty sad. I use 3-4 pumps of the product and apply it on damp hair only around the ends of it where it tends to be more dry. The conditioner is not sticky or greasy and it doesn’t make my hair look dirty as some other products do. Once I dry my hair, I’m left with shiny and moisturised locks, it’s really easy to comb and style the hair and it also smells amazing.

My favourite face moisturiser for the warmer days has been Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care (full review here). It has a serum-like texture that feels very light on the skin, it’s a bit cooling and soothing but it also gives me the right amount of hydration in the summer. My skin has been much more radiant and fresh-looking in the past couple of months, thanks to this product. I think I’ll still keep using it in the autumn and winter but paired with a bit more rich cream on top.

As I’ve mentioned before, I rarely fall in love with foundations. However, KICKS Flawless Wear Foundation SPF 20 in 02 Lightsurprised me with its coverage and longevity while looking natural and fresh. It’s been about two months since I first started using it and my opinion is still the same, I’m absolutely in love with this base. If you want to see more of the KICKS summer bits, check out this blog post.

One product that has been in my handbag every single day in July and August, is definitely the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint*. It’s a nourishing tinted lip gloss that comes in a universal sheer shade which enhances the natural lip colour of every woman. The packaging is sophisticated and luxurious, the lip tint is gorgeous and gives a plump look to the lips while moisturising them. I’ve done a full review on the product here.

There’s this organic shop in Norway that I love going to because they have amazing selection of products and brands. They also have their own brand, I’ve tried a few items from them and I really liked them. That’s why I got their Life Aloe Vera Gel a few weeks ago. I know there are many Aloe Vera gels out there but this one contains pure, organic Aloe Vera (not from concentrate), has no mineral oils and parabens in it and it’s also cruelty-free. It’s very good against minor skin irritations like redness, light sun damage or shaving. I don’t really sunbathe and I don’t burn easily but I like the soothing feeling of this gel at the end of the hot days. There’s also a spray version of it that I’m now curious about.

These are my favourite beauty products for the month of August, what have you been loving in the summer?

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KICKS Face Masks

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A couple of weeks ago, I showed you the new KICKS products (here) for this summer and the only ones I didn’t talk much about were the face masks. I needed a bit more time, as they’re skincare items and I always like to test skincare products a bit longer.

There are four face masks in total that are suitable for all skin types but I do think you’d find a favourite one, depending on your skin type. There’s also a spatula which is really good when applying product on the cheeks or forehead, for example, but it’s quite difficult to get an even layer around the nose and I always end up using my fingers.

The face masks have nice fruity scents that aren’t too overpowering. All four of them should be left on for only 10 minutes which is amazing if you’re in a rush but you still want to give your skin a special treatment.
The KICKS Clearing Mud Mask* has a lovely raspberry scent. It’s a deep-cleansing mud mask that eliminates impurities and absorbs excess sebum. It makes the skin clear and fresh. The active ingredient is Salycilic Acid which makes the product really good for people with oily/combination and blemish-prone skin. In comparison to other mud masks I’ve tried, this one washes off pretty easily which is another plus.

I use the KICKS Instant Moisture Mask* as a night cream sometimes and I really enjoy it. It has a delicate watermelon fragrance and it’s an intensive moisturising mask that revitalises and nourishes dry skin. It doesn’t break me out and my skin is hydrated without being more oily. The face mask contains biosaccharides and effective moisture concentrates that get to work deep and provide long-lasting hydration. I use it once or twice a week as a face mask, applying a thin layer to clean dry skin, avoiding the eyes, then I wait for about 10 minutes and wipe off the excess. On the next day my skin is nourished, soft and radiant. This one reminds me a lot of a favourite of mine, the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.

The third mask is called KICKS Anti-Stress Mask* and smells of melons. It feels very cooling and soothing but it’s also a nourishing face mask for stressed skin. It gives long-lasting hydration and brings the glow back to the skin. I leave it for 10 minutes on cleansed skin and then I rinse it off. It requires a bit of an effort and you’d probably need a wash cloth to take it off. It contains Shea Butter and I’m surprised that it doesn’t break me out, considering how my skin reacts to this ingredient.

I was very surprised to see a face mask that is similar to the popular Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask from REN. KICKS Exfoliating and Tingling Mask* smells of oranges, too and gives the skin glow and vitality. It exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and gives a clearer complexion. There’s definitely a slight tingling sensation while using the mask, I use once or twice a week and I have to say, I love it. You should know that you may experience sensitivity to the sun after using the mask, so a higher factor sunscreen will be needed. As you probably have guessed already, this product contains Glycolic Acid and I love how radiant my skin looks after using it.

I’m really happy with these face masks, my top picks must be the Exfoliating and Tingling Mask* and the Instant Moisture Mask*. All of them contain 40 ml of product and can be found in Norway at the price of 49 kr each. They are travel-friendly and really affordable, so you don’t pay more for less product.
Have you tried any of these face masks?

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