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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.

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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!

*PR Samples

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?

*PR Samples

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.

*PR Sample

Shake Shake Shake, Dab Dab Dab!

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When I first heard the news about Lancôme‘s new Juicy Shaker back in November 2015, I almost screamed with excitement and I couldn’t wait for the spring to arrive. This little gem is one of the most anticipated lip products for 2016, it’s unique, it’s different and when Lisa Eldridge is involved, you know it’s going to be amazing.

Lancôme Juicy Shaker is a mix between the original Cocktail Shaker Lipstick from 1945 and the famous Juicy Tubes from the 1990s. It’s a lip gloss with bi-phase formula combining nourishing lip oils and beautiful pigments for natural looking but glossy and plump lips. The oils contain Omega 3 and 6, Almond Oil, Peach Seed Oil, Muscat Rose Oil and Cranberry Oil for hydrated and soft lips.

The tiny shaker packaging comes with a cushion applicator that is very bouncy and comfortable on the lips, it has a really good shape that makes the application really easy. The formula of the gloss is incredibly moisturising and non-sticky and you can build up the pigment to the desired level by simply adding a few layers of the product. Give it a good shake before use, so that the oils and the pigment mix together. Then dab (don’t swipe) the product onto the lips to really press the pigment and get the colour you want.

Juicy Shaker comes in 14 amazing shades, one of them, 400 Mint to Be, is limited edition. Each shade has its own fragrance and you can mix together different colours and fragrances to create your own Juicy Shaker.
I’m really excited to show you swatches of 12 of the shades, as I’m missing 283 Berry in Love and 400 Mint to Be.
My favourite shades are 252 Vanilla Pop, 301 Meli Melon, 372 Berry Tale and 381 Mangoes Wild. Some shades have shimmer in them, some don’t but all are really pretty. As you can see, 300 Lemon Explosion and 313 Boomeringue look very sheer and that’s because they are quite light pink shades with a lot of shimmer in them but when they’re applied on the lips, they do give a nice tint to them.

The lasting power isn’t the best but these glosses are such a pleasure to re-apply that I really don’t mind it and if this means that I’ll have juicy and nourished lips, I’m up for it! They actually keep my lips soft and moisturised even hours after the oil has faded

If you want to see these beauties in action and to learn which are Lisa‘s favourite colours, check out this video. You can already find them in Norway for the price of 195 kr.

Lancôme Juicy Shakers are fun, moisturising, beautiful and delicious lip glosses and they don’t seem to leave my handbag at the moment. I think I might be addicted to them!
What’s your favourite shade?