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June Favourites

The end of June has been so amazing that I really don’t want to go back to reality. Me and my boyfriend had a lovely sunny week in Spain and we’re now on a mini road trip in order to keep that holiday feeling for as long as we can.

I’ve been keeping my beauty routine quite minimal lately. Even before we went away, I just didn’t feel like using that many skincare and makeup products on my face and then, when the temperatures hit 38 degrees in the sun for a couple of days, I knew that it would have been a mistake to pile on multiple layers of moisturisers, foundation, highlighter…
In the morning, I’d just apply sunscreen, a bit of mascara and a lip product and then reapply SPF quite a few times during the day. I’ve had bad experience with wearing makeup (it wasn’t even that much) in hot summer days, so I set aside all the base products. As a matter of fact, unpleasant events have occurred, thanks to sunscreens that were not right for my skin, as well, so it was a real test for my skin condition. Lately, I’ve been relying on the Kiss My Face Sensitive Side 3 in 1 Sunscreen SPF 30 and I have to say, it is a bit shiny but doesn’t feel heavy and what’s most important, doesn’t clog my pores. The formula is paraben- and fragrance-free and it doesn’t contain Oxybenzone. It feels hydrating and soothing, so I tend to use it on its own and don’t actually apply a moisturiser beforehand. It takes a bit of time to rub it in because at first, it’s very white but then it melts into the skin and leaves a dewy finish. I’m really happy that it doesn’t break me out, I sometimes use it on my arms, as well and although, it’s still not perfect (I haven’t found the perfect face sunscreen yet!), it’s one of the best I’ve tried, so far.
And while we’re on the SPF topic, I wanted to mention that it’s quite complicated to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, I can’t see myself slapping cream without washing my face first but at the same time, I want my skin to be protected. Although we don’t sunbathe and just need product for the city environment, I was worried about my boyfriend’s skin because he burns quite easily. At the end of our trip, he had a small red patch on his forehead because apparently, I didn’t reapply the sunscreen that well but the rest of his face, neck and arms looked good. I was a bit unsure when he brought home the Garnier Sensitive Face Mist SPF 50 before we started packing. I wanted to get the La Roche-Posay mattifying mist but it was sold out everywhere. I thought the Garnier mist would break me out and would feel unpleasant. In fact, the mist is really fine and feels light on the skin. This product is part of a range, created for people with very fair, sun-intolerant and sensitive skin. I like the cooling feeling when you spray it on and the fact that it doesn’t leave greasy residue. I’m now convinced that it’s a lovely budget option for both, people with dry and combination skin, me and my boyfriend love it and we now have a second bottle of it.

I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews on the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask but somehow the brand doesn’t ship outside the US or so it tells me every time I try to purchase something from them on any of the websites that stock Fresh. But a few weeks ago, Sephora released one of their Sephora Favorites sets and this mini was part of it. It allowed me to add the set to the basket and to proceed with my order (normally, I can never order a set that contains a product from a brand that doesn’t ship outside the US) and here it is. This is now my post-travel face mask because it instantly brightens and smooths out my complexion. It has a tingling and cooling feeling, a delicate fresh scent and it only needs a thin layer for a healthier-looking skin to be revealed. The mask has a whipped texture that melts into the skin and contains a complex of kombucha, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract and lychee seed extract that work together against free radicals. The formula is also enriched with polysaccharides that help to smooth the skin. This face mask is a real treat for my skin and I’m glad I could get the mini of it.

Another impressive mini has been the Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner which I also got in a set, as I’ve been curious about the brand for a long time, luckily, it is now available in Europe, too. I’m an acid toner user and sometimes I’d switch it up and apply a more hydrating one afterwards or I’d skip a day and instead of the acid one, I’d go for a lighter toner. Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner from Belif is formulated with bergamot and sage to balance normal to combination skin and to leave it feeling hydrated and soothed after cleansing. The brand has several types of toners, I happened to try this one and I really like it. I find its texture quite interesting, as it’s not so runny but it feels a bit like an essence or a serum, it’s like a very liquid gel, if that makes sense and I think that this unique texture makes it feel even more moisturising. It’s great on a hot day or evening, it’s refreshing and calming and that’s a second product from the brand that I fall in love with.

The lip product that I can’t stop wearing at the moment comes from Marimekko for Clinique and it’s the Pop Splash in 03 Sorbet Pop. I love Clinique skincare, I love their makeup range, as well and lip products are probably my favourite out of their colour line. They just seem to know how to do the formulation right. It’s always fragrance-free and non-irritating, it feels smooth, non-sticky and hydrating. And when you combine the perfect formula with the iconic, colourful patterns of Finnish design house Marimekko, you get a limited edition collection that makes it hard for you to choose what to pick, they just all look so beautiful. I’m a big fan of the Clinique Pop family and I think the Pop Splash was the only member I was missing. It’s essentially a lip gloss but even those who don’t like lip glosses might actually love this one. I certainly do. My shade Sorbet Pop is quite opaque (there are some that are more sheer and there’s something for everyone, from nude tones to berries and reds) and it’s a warm shimmery caramel nude that doesn’t sit glittery on the lips. It just makes them look a bit more plump. I’m quite surprised that it stays longer on my lips than I thought a gloss would and the colour doesn’t fade away that quickly. The best part is that it feels moisturising, thanks to the watermelon, lentil and apple fruit extracts. For me, that’s the best summer lip product and the packaging is stunning, as well, retro and modern at the same time.

A mix of travel-friendly and sun protection products, these are my beauty favourites for the month of June. What have you been loving in the past few weeks?

 

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ColourPop Lip Bundle Phase 2

Thanks to a dear friend of mine, I finally got the chance to try some ColourPop products. It was quite interesting for me to see their lip products, considering they are some of the brand’s most popular items.

They’ve released several lip bundles for spring 2017 and in this Phase 2 – Lip Bundle we have three different finishes, all in the pink range of colours. I have fair skin but when I saw the swatches on the website, I realised the shades look much brighter on me than what was shown there, so have that in mind.

Curtsy is the Ultra Glossy Lip in this collection. The formula is creamy and comfortable to wear, it is not sticky and makes the lips look smooth and full. I was surprised by the colour because it’s a very bright pink on me (neon pink even) and it looks more like a soft pink in the packaging. Also, if you expect a lip gloss-like pigmentation, then you’d be amazed by how opaque for a glossy lip this one is.

Before moving forward, I’d like to say that I really really don’t like liquid lipsticks, I don’t like how they look, I don’t like how they feel and I do my best to stay away from them. However, I love trying different products and I think it’s great how we’d never get something for ourselves but we find it interesting when someone else thinks we’d love trying it. Does it make sense?
The Ultra Matte Lip is in the shade Fresh Cut and it is described as a true blue pink but on me it is a dark mauve. It’s a very deep shade and it’s my favourite of all three, I think it would be a great lipstick for the autumn and winter. It’s a bit streaky when you first apply it, so I need to layer it but it doesn’t start crumbling like many liquid lipsticks do. It’s pretty long-wearing, I like that my lips don’t feel tight or painful but the lipstick is drying and I wasn’t surprised by this, it’s a liquid lipstick, after all.

Chandelier is the Ultra Satin Lip shade and it’s described as a true salmon pink but it’s straight up bright coral on me. I’m not sure why they call it a satin lipstick because the finish is exactly the same as the liquid lipstick one but it feels a bit more moisturising. Although it is too bright for me, it’s a fantastic shade for the summer.

All three lip shades look a lot more neutral and nude than they are which doesn’t mean the colours are not pretty, they are beautiful. I just wanted to give you a heads up because I saw many people saying how they thought this was a nude collection or how the shades didn’t suit them.
I’m extremely grateful for the possibility to finally try something from ColourPop and I’m excited for products like the Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils or the highlighters. I’m already in love with an eyeshadow from them and I’m not even an eyeshadow girl.

November Favourites

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Can’t be the only one that is already fascinated by all the Christmas beauty sets, the lights and the hot drinks, the atmosphere… But before we really start getting into the holiday spirit, I wanted to share with you my favourite products for the month of November.

This time it will be a bit skincare-heavy, thanks to the temperatures below 0. There have been a couple of weeks when I had to go to the doctor’s every morning. It was a big challenge for me and my skin but that is how I found out which skincare bits work really well for me.

The mornings usually start with the new Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant which I’ve been using for about three weeks now and will be preparing a blog post on it. The texture of this face wash really reminds me of the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, it is so gentle on the skin and leaves it clean but somehow soft and hydrated. I can’t say if it removes make-up well because it’s my morning cleanser but I love how it’s not really foamy and doesn’t strip my skin. Great for all year round but especially during the colder months.

I’ve mentioned this Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum before but the day I ran out of it, I realised how amazing it was. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E , makes my skin smooth and hydrates it really well, preparing it for the rest of my skincare routine. Actually, I’ve used it as a serum, moisturiser and make-up base many times in the past few weeks which has helped me get ready in a few minutes but without sacrificing my skin’s hydration.

Then I’d apply the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Eye Balm*. It just works great as a base for my concealer. I have really dark circles and this product smoothes out the delicate skin under my eyes, gives me a bit of brightness and hydration and makes me look a bit more awake.

My evening rituals often involve applying a face mask because it’s relaxing and also great for the skin. I’ve done a full review on all three L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks here but the one that I’m using the most is the Glow Mask*. It’s a purifying face mask but also makes my skin incredibly radiant and healthy-looking. Plus, it’s suggested that you can get 10 uses from the pot but I’ve already used it more than 10 times and it’s still half full.

I love Dior glosses because they’re moisturising and not too shiny and sticky on the lips. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is a very popular product that I didn’t think I needed until I saw mum using it all the time. Her lips looked naturally smoother and a bit fuller (sadly, none of us has the fullest lips) but she didn’t even notice. She just enjoys using it on its own or before applying lipstick because it has a delicate vanilla-mint scent and a sheer pink tint. I love that it has cooling effect and feels comfortable on the lips.

Yves Rocher never fail to suprise me with their holiday ranges because the scents they create are still winter-appropriate but they’re not the typical Christmas fragrances we all know. I picked up a few of the new products but what I use the most is their Pear & Cocoa Hand Cream, it has a warm and sweet scent, the texture of the cream is very light yet moisturising and doesn’t leave my hands sticky. The whole family enjoys using the Cranberry & Almond Hand Wash, it smells lovely and doesn’t dry out the hands. I might be going back for their holiday body sprays.

These are my most-loved beauty bits this month, I’m already excited for December!

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KICKS Beauty | Summer 2016

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with beauty in Scandinavia, KICKS is a chain of beauty boutiques where you can find mainly high-end brands (in Norway we don’t have Sephora, for example), they also have an online shop and their own range of products. I’ve tried some of their products before, I love their blushes and a few brushes from them, they also have fantastic body products that smell divine. Actually, me and my boyfriend shop there all the time, so I was really excited when they sent over their summer collection for me to test.

I’ve been using the products for a few weeks now but I’ll still wait a bit longer for some of the skincare reviews and will update you on them later. The collection consists of face masks, moisturiser with SPF, primer, foundation, illuminator, contour kit and lip glosses.

All of these products are part of their S.H.A.R.E. initiative where 1 krone from each KICKS product sold goes to Mental Helse Ungdom, an organisation working for better mental health of young people. You can read more about S.H.A.R.E. here.

One of the first products I tried was the Age Defence Turn Back Time Sun Protection SPF 30* that comes in 50 ml tube and costs 169 kr. It has a lovely apple scent to it and feels really hydrating and smoothing. It looks a bit more shiny on my combination skin at first but sits quite nicely underneath make-up. I sometimes use it on top of my regular moisturiser that doesn’t have sun protection and it still works well. It doesn’t leave any white residue and doesn’t feel heavy. I have to say I really enjoy using this cream at the moment, it’s very hot here and I get the protection against sun damage and premature ageing but my skin is nourished, too. Also, a little goes a long way, so you really get a lot at a good price.
Then I’ll apply the KICKS Pore Refining Primer* (30 ml, 159 kr). I can say it keeps the skin matte for a couple of hours and minimises pores but I’m still looking for the best primer out there. The product I’m a huge fan of and I can’t wait to tell you about is the KICKS Flawless Wear Foundation SPF 20 in 02 Light* (28 ml, 229 kr) and that’s also the biggest surprise for me, considering I rarely fall in love with foundations. This product has sheer to medium coverage, it conceals the redness on my cheeks, it’s long-wearing and looks beautiful on the skin. It’s soft and fresh, it’s natural-looking and has a lovely radiant finish without being too shiny even on my oily T-zone. I’m completely in love with this foundation! It doesn’t break me out, the shade is great for me and I’d highly recommend checking it out.
The KICKS Illuminator in Hot Sand* (30 ml, 139 kr) is quite an interesting product, it can be used all over the skin, mixed with foundation or applied just to the high points of the face. However, my favourite way of using this product is by mixing it with my body moisturiser and applying it on my legs or shoulders, for example. It gives a soft glow, feels lightweight and has good lasting power.
The new Lip Fusion glosses feel really moisturising thanks to the Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E in the formula. I have them in my handbags quite often and I just wish they were a bit more pigmented, they look great in the tube but the colour doesn’t really show up on my lips. There are two shades, Candy* and Deliciousand they can be found at the price of 99 kr each.
I’m sad to say that the Contour Kit* (279 kr) must be my least favourite product here but first of all, I’m not the biggest fan of contouring and second, my combination skin doesn’t really get along with cream products. I have to say that there’s a nice mirror inside though. There are 4 shades in this kit, dark shades for shading and defining and lighter shades to sculpt and enhance features. The lightest shade is meant to conceal any flaws and highlight the area under the eyes and that’s the one I can actually use and like, the blush shade looks fresh and pretty but the cream texture just makes the rest of my make-up underneath move a lot and doesn’t look good on me. The two contour shades are a bit too warm for defining, they feel very slippy and I just can’t seem to be able to work with such products.

I’ll be preparing a separate blog post on the face masks* because I’m really impressed with them, so far but I think I need a bit more time to form an informative opinion. The four face masks are suitable for all skin types, there is a mud mask, a moisturising mask, a soothing one and an exfoliating face mask. Keep an eye on the blog because you might find amazing dupes for popular face masks that you love. Plus, all of these masks are travel-friendly, they need only 10 minutes to work and they are really affordable.

Looks like KICKS are having new body products, as well, so I should check them out once I’m back from my holiday but I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised and impressed by most of the products here. Have you tried some of them already?

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Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint

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On Friday, Estée Lauder released their new Genuine Glow Collection exclusively at KICKS Norway. I’ve never been so crazy about glow as I am at the moment, so I felt really excited when I was first introduced to the new Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint*. It’s no secret that I adore tinted lip oils, they are pretty, they are nourishing and you can apply them on-the-go without any mirror needed!

The new collection consists of oil-free moisture balms and sheer colour washes which sounds perfect for the summer. It’s basically a hybrid between skincare and make-up infused with antioxidants to achieve healthy-looking skin that gets even better as you use the series. The inspiration for the products comes from the K-beauty glow trends to give you this natural glow that shows when you’re happy and you’re enjoying life.

The pale pink metallic packaging of the collection makes the experience even more special, it’s pretty but not too girly and still sophisticated. I’m in love!

Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint* comes in a universal sheer shade that goes on clear at first but then it enhances the natural shade of your lips creating a unique just-kissed, glowing rosy lip. The consistency of the product is very interesting, it’s not of an oil, it’s more of a gloss that is a bit thicker but not heavy on the lips. This lip tint feels really luxurious and light, has a fresh minty feel and can be worn alone or on top of lipstick or lip pencil for a more plump look. It hydrates really well, makes the lips look smooth, juicy and shiny. It’s not sticky and it’s incredibly comfortable to wear. Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint* comes in a pen form and should be twisted a few times until the lip tint comes up. I think it’s a product worth checking out and I’ll be surely having it in my handbag in the summer.

As part of the Genuine Glow Collection, there are also products like Priming Moisture Balm, Priming Moisture Eye Balm, Blushing Creme for Lips & Cheeks (available in 2 shades) and Eyelighting Creme for Eyes & FaceEstée Lauder Genuine Glow Collection is now available in selected KICKS boutiques in Norway and I can’t wait to go and see the rest of the collection.

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