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June Favourites

Waking up in Rome on a special date for me and my family, feeling incredibly tired and excited at the same time, makes me wonder if some days are indeed real.
But when it comes to beauty, I can’t wait for Sephora, KIKO and all the charming little shops they have around here. I’m looking forward to trying new products in July, especially skincare because summer is the time to find items that keep the shine away from my T-zone but without drying out my skin.

However, it’s still June and this is what I’ve been loving the most in the past few weeks.
Last month, I shared with you how much I love spritzing the La Roche-Posay thermal water before applying Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I’ve used up the mini of the water I had and went back to an old favourite, Avène Thermal Spring Water. I have several at home and one in my handbag, it’s a must-have in the summer for me. It’s very gentle and feels incredibly soothing, I love how cooling it is after sun exposure and how hydrated my skin feels afterwards. The mist is so fine and a true pleasure to use. The thermal water can be used on irritations, rashes, sunburn and it’s great to have a bottle of it. I don’t use it as a toner but just to freshen up and hydrate the skin throughout the day or before applying facial oils so that they spread evenly and work their magic even better.

The Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate is not a new product for me and I’ve featured it several times in favourites posts. I’ve gone through so many bottles of it and I will keep repurchasing. If there is one product that can keep my combination skin blemish-free in the summer, leaving it hydrated, soft and luminous, it must be this lightweight milky serum. It absorbs almost instantly and you don’t really feel it but you start seeing results a few days later. I don’t hear people talking about it but it’s worth having a look at it if you have similar skin type.

The last few weeks have been time for trying to find a good face or face and body sunscreen in a spray form. But they’re just too oily for my face. Bioderma MAX SPF 50+ aerosol spray is supposed to be completely transparent and without the need to be applied with hands and patted onto the skin. First of all, the spray has visible yellow tint and second, you can’t just spray it on the skin and leave it there, you need to spread it evenly using hands. I don’t really think these are negatives, just the promises aren’t true to what the product is.
The spray can be used on face and body, I’m not so brave to apply it on my face because the product is very oily but my mum likes to top up her SPF when she is in the garden and applies Bioderma MAX SPF 50+ on her face and arms and her skin looks amazing with it. I use it mostly on my arms because I don’t sunbathe anyway but need the protection when I’m at home where we have proper summer and the yellow tint I mentioned makes my skin look so glowy and kind of tanned. I’m adding this product to my favourites because it’s easy to use throughout the day when you have to reapply your sunscreen, it makes the skin look very pretty and I have to say, mum’s skin looks better and better each day after using it. I still don’t think I’d try it on my face but the results on her make me consider doing it.

One of the most popular products from the drugstore brand Catrice is their Camouflage Cream Concealer in a pot. I’ve been meaning to try their Liquid Camouflage for so long but whenever I’m near a Catrice counter, it’s sold out. I have very dark circles under my eyes and I’m always on the hunt for the best concealer that can hide them. The Liquid Camouflage has great coverage, in fact, much better than many of the highend concealers, it stays on for hours, it’s creamy and dries to a matte finish.
The downside is definitely the shade range, I often find myself mixing the shades. Also, the applicator picks up a lot of product and in my opinion, it’s better to apply thin layers of this concealer, as it can look heavy, cakey and even dry.
But I haven’t used another concealer since I got this one and I really like it, I’d recommend it to anyone, not only if you’re on a budget, it’s just a great concealer and the secret is to find the best way for yourself to apply it.

Recently, I dear friend of mine sent to me amazing goodies that I’ve been using ever since. Lumene is one of the most popular Finnish brands and their Nordic Chic range is meant to have all the staples you’d need to put in your makeup bag. I love the classic look of this Moisturising Lipstick and the shade 3 Spring Beauty is the perfect everyday colour but with a twist. I’m not sure what the finish of the rest of the lipsticks is but this one has a slight metallic sheen to it, it’s not too out there, it’s definitely visible but not too metallic and looks quite interesting but still wearable at the same time. I really like it, I don’t have anything like this in my collection and I’ve been using it almost every day since I got it. The formula contains Argan Oil, so the lipstick feels moisturising indeed and smells almost like a MAC lipstick.
Another great beauty item that came from my lovely friend is this Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Sunset Blvd. This satin golden bronze beauty is fantastic for the summer months and as you probably already know, the texture is a dream to work with. Although I don’t wear eyeshadows on a daily basis, now I feel like I need all the Colourpop eyeshadows.

The fragrance I always seem to be repurchasing is definitely Lancôme La Vie Est Belle. It reminds me of a special trip with my better half and because of this memory, I keep getting the EDT version. But a few weeks ago, I decided to pick up the EDP and the scent took me back to wonderful days. This one is slightly more intense and longwearing on me and although I still prefer the EDT version a bit more, I’m simply in love with this sweet, feminine, powdery scent. It’s beautiful and lovely to use in the summer.

These are my favourite beauty bits for the month of June and I can’t wait for skincare and makeup shopping in July!

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100% Natural Lipsticks from Burt’s Bees


I’m really enjoying the spring weather right now and I actually don’t feel like spending a lot of time to get ready in the morning. The easy and quick makeup look is what I’ve been going for lately, I just want to look fresh and healthy without using too many products. There are two lipsticks I’ve been loving and wearing a lot in the past few weeks and they come from one of my favourite brands – Burt’s Bees.

I’ve confessed my love for Burt’s Bees lip balms (and not only) multiple times, so when they released their 100% natural lipsticks, I couldn’t wait to try them out.

Many people said the packaging looks cheap, I personally don’t mind it considering how affordable these lipsticks are for what they do and are, plus, it’s made from 60% recycled materials which is good for our nature. I guess the issue for them is that the plastic is quite lightweight but I think the honeycomb print matching the shade of each lipstick is a very nice touch.

The first surprise arrives with the shade range, there are 14 lipstick colours in total which is definitely a lot to choose from. The shades I have are 501 Blush Basin* (a pinky-peachy nude) and 530 Lily Lake* (mauve pink with purple undertones, for me it’s something between MAC Plumful and MAC Syrup). I didn’t expect the colours to be so opaque, they feel balmy but they are quite pigmented.
The texture is creamy and hydrating but doesn’t feel heavy, it’s very comfortable to wear. The lipsticks are formulated with Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils, Beeswax and Vitamin E to soften and condition the lips. I wouldn’t say they’re as moisturising as the lip balms but they definitely feel more hydrating than many of my lipsticks.
The lasting power is about 2 hours on me but the colour fades evenly and leaves a subtle stain that looks really pretty. The finish isn’t glossy but it isn’t matte either, it’s more of a satin one.

These two lipsticks are some of my most-worn ones in the past few weeks, they’re easy to apply and easy to wear. Also, they’re reasonably priced and the shades are really flattering. The colours are quite rich, so if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with more pigmentation than a tinted balm, I’d recommend checking the Burt’s Bees lipsticks out.

*PR Samples

February Favourites

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There were a few spring days in February which makes me quite happy because it means winter will be over soon. It’s been definitely a long and pretty cold one.

I finally have my own domain and I’m planning on doing more changes in future but I always prefer to do something first and then talk about it, so please keep your fingers crossed for me!

On to the beauty favourites now. I always like to try different micellar waters because it’s my preferred product for taking off makeup, so that I can cleanse properly afterwards. I’ve been using the Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water for the past few months and I really like it. It removes makeup pretty well while it feels gentle on the skin, it’s not sticky or drying and it’s budget-friendly.

The lipstick I’ve been loving in the month of February has been Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in the shade 410 Dynamic. If you’re wondering why the packaging looks different, it’s because I got it in a Christmas set. The formula is moisturising, creamy and easy to work with, the colour is opaque and lasts for about 3-4 hours on me. It browny pink and reminds me very much of my favourite Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 23 Blush Pop (you can see a swatch here) but this one is a bit warmer. The shade is beautiful and sophisticated-looking, I can’t wait for the new ones to be released soon.

I’m in love with my night hand cream. I use it at night because it smells just like This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, it’s so relaxing and calming. I got the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream with a magazine in London and I regret not getting more. The formula is enriched with Shea Butter and Lanolin, it feels soothing and hydrating. I really like that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy film, bonus is that the scent makes me fall asleep easier.

This giant bottle of the limited edition Jeremyville for Kiehl’s Crème de Corps has a great design, a handy pump and 500 ml of one of the best body moisturisers. I also use this product as a hand lotion after washing my hands (which is like a hundred times a day) and applying it is my favourite ritual before going to bed because it feels really soft on my winter skin. The texture is rich but not greasy or heavy, it does take a couple of minutes to absorb but it’s totally worth it. This is the only moisturiser that could transform my elbows completely in the most freezing winter ever, they are now baby soft and I’m not even exaggerating. If you haven’t tried it, pick up a sample.

Here we’ve come to the last but not least and certainly the hardest product to talk about today. And it’s not because it’s a fragrance and I’m not so good at describing fragrances but because it is Tom Ford Black Orchid. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it is either a hate or an endless love but if I have to use one word to describe it, it would be timeless. I don’t know if I should say more because no words would do justice to this masterpiece, so just go and give it a sniff, if you haven’t already. I fell in love with it by just opening the cap and that was it.

These are my most-loved beauty products during February. Now I’m ready for sunnier days…

October Favourites

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Not sure how in the last couple of years, the festive season begins in October but I feel like it’s almost December judging by the decorations everywhere. Luckily, we still have a lot of time to get ready for the holidays, so that we can simply enjoy autumn.

Although my skin isn’t happy about fall weather, at all, I’ve been trying to switch up a few products in my routine and hopefully soon there will be results. I’ve mentioned multiple times how much I love La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] but I just realised I’ve never done a full review on it. In the past few weeks, I discovered the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant in the shade Light which is basically the same product but a tinted version of it. I have to say I love it because it has the same properties as my beloved Duo [+] but has a slight coverage that evens out the complexion. Also, most products from this type look quite orange or pink on me but this one is a pretty good match. I’ll be preparing a full review on this new product very soon.

Another skin saviour for me has been the REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist* (review here). It just keeps my skin radiant-looking, hydrated and it’s also great before applying my evening facial oil. I love how I can spritz it whenever I want throughout the day, even on top of my make-up.

I can’t believe I never included the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lips in Nude*  in a monthly favourites. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been using it all the time and just consider it as one of my daily staples without paying much attention. I mix together a few shades for a custom lip look or just apply one of the middle ones on its own, the colours are flattering on many skin tones and I’m in love with this palette. You can read more about this and the red lip palette here.

Another lipstick favourite of mine has been the Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in the shade 02 Perfect Match and it shouldn’t be a secret by now that I love the brand’s lipsticks. It just doesn’t matter what kind of finish they have, they are always comfortable on the lips, there’s a really good variety of shades and they are super affordable. This particular lipstick has a gorgeous autumn colour, lasts for about 4 hours on me and doesn’t dry out my lips.

The two nail polishes I’ve been using the most (if not only) in October have been the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche à L’Huile Nail Varnishes in the shades 116 Café de Nuit and 224 Rose Ballet. If you want an opaque and shiny colour that goes on smoothly, look no further. These also have the same scent as the brand’s lipsticks and it lingers on for about a day on the nails. You can see how the nail polishes look on my nails here.

These are some of my favourite products this autumn season and it seems I’m still into my mauve shades rather than reaching for berry tones but it’s just how I feel at the moment. What have you been loving in the month of October?

*PR Samples

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita

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This lipstick brings back so many wonderful memories… I got it last summer in Italy, I had a list of several shades from the NARS Audacious Lipstick range but most of them were not available and after a lot of thinking and advising from the incredibly patient lady at the counter in Sephora, I picked up Anita and I’m really happy I did.

However, I did quite a bit of travelling in the second half of 2015, I left Anita in Norway and never seemed to even open the box. At the end of the year, I finally managed to start using it regularly and I knew this lipstick should have a separate post.

The packaging is luxurious and the magnetic lock is really convenient. I love vintage rose shades and Anita is the perfect muted medium pink with warm undertones. The texture is creamy and pigmented, these lipsticks are absolutely full coverage and there is no layering needed, it only takes a swipe and applies smoothly. For me, it’s neither hydrating nor drying but feels really comfortable on the lips. I’m really impressed by the lasting power, 3-4 hours later the lipstick still looks gorgeous even with drinking and eating.

I’d recommend exfoliating the lips before applying this shade and also, the rest of the more neutral colours from the range because the opaque finish of the lipstick can accentuate the dry and flaky areas.

For me, Anita is a wonderful everyday shade but it’s also a sophisticated one that is really flattering all year round. Beautiful colour, amazing texture and gorgeous packaging!