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Three Beauty Essentials for Me This Winter


I hope you’re having a lovely start to 2018!
In my first post of the year, I’d like to share with you a few products I’ve been using lately. They have instantly made a difference for me and especially now that I’m struggling with my skin condition, it means a lot. Although this winter is quite mild, so far, all of us need something more on top of our regular routine in the colder months. So, here there are, three products that have had positive effects on me this winter.

My dear friend from Finland recently (as you can see by the small amount I’ve used up) got me the Lumene Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist which contains Vitamin C. My complexion gets quite dull in the winter and I always need something brightening. Since I started using Differin, I’m a bit more careful with the acids and I don’t use them at night anymore which is, in fact, the time when I prefer to use them. Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid have been great for restoring the radiance and moisture lately. Like I mentioned in my Winter Skincare Update, I’ve been also using the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and Vitamin C is becoming a must for me, especially in the winter.
The Lumene Facial Mist is part of the brand’s Valo range and valo means light in Finnish which is a really appropriate name for the entire line because the products in it contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Carotenoids (precursor of Vitamin A), omega fatty acids and antioxidants. They aim to boost skin’s natural radiance and the added Arctic spring water helps keeping the luminosity and hydration. The facial mist is 96% naturally derived, comes in a beautiful bottle and seems perfect for travelling. The mist is quite fine and I use it before my moisturiser and throughout the whole day no matter if I’m with or without makeup on. Once more, I’d like to remind you not to use face mists if you’re outside in the cold, as low temperatures would damage damp/wet skin even more. After using the face mist, my skin is instantly refreshed and replenished, it looks glowy but not greasy and I love the scent, as well. I actually need to try more products from the brand.

Not sure why I didn’t feature Lush Sleepy in my December favourites, considering how much I love this body moisturiser. Last time when I was in Milan, I went to a Lush store there and I wasn’t really looking for another body lotion but the girl who worked there, came to me and started applying Sleepy on my hands. The scent of it was so divine that I picked up a tub of it straight away. I can’t describe how it smells, it has Almond Oil, Lavender Water, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter and Tonka Absolute and I’m pretty sure the latter makes the scent not so lavender-y but a bit sweet and simply divine. They also gave me samples of the Twilight Shower Gel which has the same fragrance and makes the whole bathroom smell amazing. I think even people who don’t usually tolerate lavender scents, would like this one. I use the lotion on my hands and body before going to bed, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue, it makes my skin really soft and I’m quite relaxed after I apply it. A real evening time gem.

After styling my hair and before going out somewhere, I always like applying a few drops of oil to bring back the shine to my locks. Unfortunately, I’m not always good at controlling the amount I use and especially if I’m in a rush, I may end up with sticky and a bit greasy-looking hair. That is very unpleasant and looks quite bad, as well. So, I repurchased the Lernberger & Stafsing Gloss Spray and I remembered how much I liked it a couple of years ago. It’s formulated with organic Argan Oil and gives the hair UV-protection and a beautiful shine. It also controls the frizz and the fine mist isn’t heavy or too oily, it’s very easy to use and it’s practically impossible to overdo it. I’m very happy with this product at the moment and I’m curious to know if you have a favourite that is similar, as I’m always looking for alternatives.

These are three of my winter essentials this year, they are not so popular but I think they’re lovely and they deserve a bit of attention. What are your winter saviours?

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London Beauty Haul | Spring 2016

DSC_0088post DSC_0089post DSC_0094postWhen I’m lucky to go to London, I always have a list with beauty purchases that I’d like to make. It’s pretty easy to find high-end brands in Norway but there are so many high-street gems in the UK and only there that I have to admit, I feel jealous. Plus, they always have amazing offers and you end up getting a lot for half price or even for free. So, here’s what I found mainly in Boots and Superdrug.

Skincare
I really wanted to try the new Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser with Extract of Berry as I like a few products from the original series but they had a 3 for 2 going on, so I also picked up the matching Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash and the Body Scrub.
Superdrug also had some interesting-looking new skincare products and I stocked up on their famous Simply Pure Hydrating Serum for sensitive skin, the Clearly Youthful Triple Action Cleanser/Mask/Scrub with AHAs and BHAs and the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel with Plant Extracts. I just can’t wait to try these skincare products, everyone raves about them!
I’ve never tried the La Roche-Posay‘s Serozinc and I’ve heard so many positive reviews on it that I had to get a bottle of it. I love face mists and I hope this will be great on my combination skin. Speaking of mists, I was looking for the L’Occitane Perfecting Mist with Peony Extract for weeks and I’m really happy I finally found it. Another La Roche-Posay product that I wanted to try was the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser and although I wasn’t sure if I needed another cleanser at that moment, it had such a big discount that I couldn’t help myself.
A few of the LUSH stores attracted me with their colourful displays and I had to take some of their soaps, they just smell amazing! I also picked up the Mint Julips Lip Scrub because my lips were pretty dry after the flights and their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is a favourite of mine, so I decided to try this one.
On the way back, I noticed this cute little set from Neal’s Yard Remedies at the airport and since I’ve always been curious about the brand, I decided to take it. It contains a sachet of their Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser and minis of their White Tea Facial Mist, White Tea Enriching Facial Mask, Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Beauty Sleep Concentrate. Seems like a great skincare travel set.

Make-up
Skincare and body products are the ones I tend to get more of when I travel somewhere and once again, the make-up purchases aren’t that many but they’re still pretty exciting to me. I believe we now have the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes in Norway but I saw so many girls picking them up in London that I took one to try, I fell in love with it and came back for two more. The ones I have are in 15 Seductive Pink, 30 Gorgeous Berries and 10 Nude Mauve. If you haven’t tried them, you should, they are stunning and I regret not trying them before but better late than never.
When I went to London last year, the Collection Eyes Uncovered palettes were sold out everywhere. This time, I managed to find a couple of them but I still couldn’t get my hands on all I wanted. Still, I’m happy I saw them in Nude and Nude Rose but they should protect them somehow, considering how easy it is to open them. You could see fingerprints on most of the palettes although they were not testers which isn’t very pleasant.
Make-up fixing sprays were never something that I was drawn to but I’m always curious when a drugstore brand creates a product that is believed to be a high-end territory. And L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist is indeed a great product, I used it a few times and my make-up looked much better than usual at the end of the day.
Maybelline Lash Sensational was basically thrown into my basket by the lady working at Superdrug because of the offers they had and I thought it was finally time for me to try this hyped up mascara.
The purchase of Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush is standard for me, it’s my favourite eyebrow pencil, I can’t find it anywhere else, so I picked up a few of them because my mum loves it, as well.
My plans involved a lot of Rimmel purchases but at the end I found only two items I wanted. Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in 010 Santa Rose is a beautiful and natural-looking shade, I think it would be great for spring and summer. Plus, it’s so tiny and perfect for travelling.
I’ve always been a fan of Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder but I never had it in 001 Transparent, so this was the time to pick it up.

Body and Hair
Body washes are something I really love and have to have tons of because I use them up quite quickly. Original Source Limited Edition Wild Cherry and Nettle Body Wash and Imperial Leather Summer Days Nourishing Body Wash with Shea Butter & Honeysuckle are body washes that I haven’t seen and haven’t tried, they smelled amazing and I had to take them.
L’Occitane always have amazing and adorable sets and I picked up these hand cream miniatures Amande Delicious Hands with Almond Milk and Delightful Rose Hand Cream which are perfect to carry around in your bag.
Marie Claire had three different scents of Neal’s Yard Remedies hand creams in their May issue. I couldn’t track down the Garden Mint & Bergamot one but I got the Geranium & Orange Hand Cream and the Bee Lovely to Your Hands Hand Cream.
I really needed some hair treatments now that my hair is longer than ever, so I saw the new Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Serum with Honey Bee Propolis and because I like some of the products from the series, I decided to add it to my shopping basket. Also, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System Heat Activated Treatment has always been on my shopping list and I finally found it.
COLAB is now available in Norway and although it’s three times the price in the UK, it’s stil a bit easier to get it. However, there’s just a limited number of their products on the market here. I picked up a mini of the Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo, a full size Sheer + Invisible London Dry Shampoo and Extreme Volume Monaco Dry Shampoo and last but not least, the Luxe Shine Glossing Hair Fragrance which I’m incredibly curious about.

Nails
After picking up dozens of nail polishes last time, this time I limited myself to just one range and it had to be from Barry M. I got a couple of their new Coconut Infusion Nail Paint polishes the first day and then got back for two more and two more… The shades that I have are in Starfish, Sunkissed, Tiki Hut, Flamingo, Aloha, Surfboard and Bikini and I’m missing only two that complete the range.

Miscellaneous
Lottie London Soap Star Solid Brush Cleanser was in every girl’s shopping basket (sorry, girls, I’m always curious what is popular in the city) and it’s believed to be a dupe for the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser. Many said that it’s even better!
I also picked up the Real Techniques 2 pack Miracle Complexion Sponges and as you can see one of them is already in use, I love this sponge and I’m a bit sad I didn’t pick up more. They are now available in Norway but we don’t have the 2 pack one.
Now, I never wear falsies but these Eylure Fleur de Force Fleur Loves Eyelashes looked so beautiful that I justified my purchase with: ”I can only get them here!”.

London is amazing for beauty shopping (and not only) and I’m looking forward to trying all these products!

Empties #8

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I can’t believe that this is my first post with empty products for 2016! I’ve had so many new products to try, so many things to write about that somehow my empties kept growing without me realising it. So, let’s have a look at all of them…this might actually be a pretty long post.

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Face
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – I always go back to this powder, I love it, it keeps me matte but doesn’t look flat, it’s great, it’s from the drugstore and this was probably my 6th pot of it;
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus – Another favourite of mine, I actually got it in a darker shade, so that I could use it as a bronzer because it really looked natural and not too dark;
Max Factor Lipfinity – Liquid lipsticks really aren’t my thing. I love this shade which sadly, isn’t written on the tube and I forgot the name of it but it’s a gorgeous deep pink colour. However, the texture is quite heavy, it dries out my lips, it’s impossible to remove and at some point it just peels off. I admit that I’m throwing this away without actually using up the product;
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 201 Solstice – This on the other hand, oh my, I love this lip lacquer and I’m very sad it’s over because we don’t have Rimmel in Norway! The shade is beautiful, the texture isn’t of a liquid lipstick, isn’t of a lip gloss, it’s something in between, lacquer describes it really well, actually. It has a shine but it’s thicker than a gloss, it’s not drying like the liquid lipsticks are, it doesn’t last a really long time on the lips but feels comfortable, looks flattering and I’ll be definitely repurchasing;
Maybelline ColourSensational in 130 Peach Juice – I don’t know what I was thinking when I got this lipstick, maybe it just looked different in the store and their low lighting but it’s definitely not a peach shade, it’s bright pink and I could make it work pairing it with other lipsticks but I didn’t reach out for it often and it started smelling funny, so it’s time to say goodbye;
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Although this mascara has bristle brush, which I normally don’t go for, I really liked it especially because it made my lashes really black and separated without making them crispy;
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – Another bottle is gone and I already have a few new ones, this micellar water just gently removes the major part of my make-up before cleansing and toning my face;
LUSH Tea Tree Water – It was not a bad one but I can make my own tea tree toner really easy and that’s why I don’t think I’d repurchase;
Estelle & Thild Facial Toner Neroli – Love the brand, loved how gentle this toner was, sadly, it has been discontinued, I believe;
Balea Lotus Eye Cream – One of my favourite affordable eye creams. It’s hydrating but feels light, it’s not stingy and makes my under eye area really soft;
Simple Revitalising Eye Roll-On – Eye product for the warmer months that has a nice cooling effect and non-sticky gel formula;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate – That was the first time I tried this product from my favourite Eucerin range and I loved it. It’s basically a serum with lactic acid that kept me blemish-free but without drying out the face and made my skin incredibly soft;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K – This tube lasted me a really long time because I used the product only as an additional step when I had really bad breakouts to help the healing process and it was really nice. I think it has a new formula now and I’m curious to try it;
Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon – I love the way Biotherm products smell and this face cream gave me the needed moisture in the winter months but without making me oily and without being heavy on my combination skin. It feels quite rich and balmy but sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it hydrated. Really liked it as a make-up base, as well;
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser – At first, I was a bit scared of this cleanser because it felt heavy and too foamy but I quite enjoyed it after that. It wasn’t stripping but it was also good for the shine control. However, I’m trying to use another type of cleansers at the moment and I won’t be getting another tube of it;
Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator – Same applies for this exfoliant. I didn’t mind it when I was using it but now that it’s been so many months after I used it up, I think it might be a bit too harsh for my skin.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – A favourite! Already have a new tube of this amazing face mask and I don’t think I can be without it;
Biotherm Lip Balm – This was a random purchase, I got it from an airport because I needed a lip balm but I didn’t like it so much. Maybe it can be better as an overnight treatment though;
Eco Lips Berry Lip Balm SPF 15 – An organic balm that smells really nice and has amazing moisturising properties, I loved it;
Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask – I’m really sad that there are no Sephora stores in Norway, I adore their masks, they are so calming, refreshing and nourishing;
Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Nose Pore Strips – Ok, I know this isn’t the best thing for your skin but I have an addiction;
MaskerAide Detox Diva and Beauty Rest’ore Sheet Masks – I saw these masks at the drugstore a few weeks ago, they looked fun and they had a lot of promises on the packaging, so I picked out two of them. I have to say, I really liked them and I honestly can’t wait to try more, they were so relaxing, they left my skin soft and radiant. I’m also curious about the eye masks from the brand.

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Body
Ziaja Lime-Citrus Shower Gel – Ziaja have some amazing body washes and although I like their Orange Butter one more, this one felt really fresh and nice, too;
Dove Purely Pampering Almond Cream Body Wash – Looking at the empty bottle of this, I wonder why I haven’t purchased a new one yet. It has a lovely warm scent, soft and creamy texture and I really enjoyed using this body wash;
All Nature Angelica and Argan Oil Shower Gel – This one smelled a bit like candy but without being too sweet, it was nice and non-drying;
Sante Grenadine Spirit Shower Gel – My favourite winter body wash, reminds me of Christmas and I’d like to try more from the brand;
Balea Fresh Smoothie Shower Gel – To me this one smelled like green apples although the packaging said otherwise, I like Balea body washes because they just seem fun and they have tons of different scents;
Balea Buttermilk & Lemon Peeling – Another product with a nice scent, to me this smells like lemon drizzle cake but the exfoliating properties weren’t that great, unfortunately;
Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub – Same applies for this scrub, it just didn’t do anything but I loved the fragrance;
– Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion – Not the most moisturising body lotion but again, my favourite Sanctuary SPA scent;
Soap & Glory Scrub + Happiness Hand Scrub – I got this mini in a set and it lasted me a really long time, it does a great job at exfoliating the hands without being too harsh and smells like all Soap & Glory products, sweet and nice;
CD Pomegranate Deo – It turns out it’s really hard to find aluminum-free deodorants, so I was really happy to get this one, I liked the gentle scent and I’d definitely purchase another one;
Lancome La Vie Est Belle – I have so much love for this fragrance… It reminds me of London, brings back great memories, it’s feminine and elegant but a bit sweet, as well, it’s just lovely;
Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover – There isn’t any nail polish remover that can compete with my favourite Lilly one but this one wasn’t bad. It actually leaves a nice scent even after washing the hands, it feels soft and non-drying and I’d repurchase if I can’t find my favourite one;
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – This mini tin lasted me such a long time, I really like this product to soften my cuticles and also nourish my nails and the skin around them;
Origins Rejuvenating Hand Cream – An underrated hand cream that isn’t greasy but hydrates really well, I liked it a lot;
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Cream SPF 20 – I used to pair this hand cream with another one because it wasn’t the most moisturising one, I think it’s good for spring and autumn but for the colder months, I needed a second one. However, L’Occitane hand creams are some of my favourites;
Baby Foot Easy Pack – This is a very strange product for me although, many people use it a lot. First of all, it’s quite pricey for just one pair of plastic socks and that put me off at the beginning but then I had problems in the winter and decided to give it a go. It really made the skin of my feet incredibly soft and smooth but during the two weeks of waiting for all the dead skin to peel off… it was just looking and feeling very unpleasant. But I have to say, I’d do it again because the results were amazing.

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Hair
L’Oreal Ever Sleek No Sulphates Smoothing & Intensely Nourishing Shampoo – Loved this shampoo, it made my hair shiny, soft and smelling so nice;
Swiss O’ Par Tea Tree Oil Shampoo – This is my purifying shampoo that I use once a week and many people hate the smell of it. I don’t mind it and I love how clean my hair gets with it;
All Nature Thyme & Rosemary Shampoo – That was my previous clarifying shampoo which I liked, too. It just made my hair clean and shiny, with a lot of volume;
COLAB Tokyo Dry Shampoo – A dry shampoo that needs to be sprayed a few hours before you go out or the night before to actually notice a difference but it really refreshes the hair and gives it a bit of volume without leaving white residue or sticky feel. I’m really happy that the brand is now available in Norway but the price is 3 times higher than in the UK, sadly;
Dove Intensive Repair Hair Mask – I love Dove hair products and this was no exception, a nice nourishing mask;
Mark Hill Big Night Out Detox Gloss Treatment – This was a random purchase but I quite liked the product, it really made my hair shiny and beautiful and smelled amazing.

These are my first empties for 2016, hope you could find something helpful in the lines above!

Empties #6

DSC_0971post DSC_0977post DSC_0984postThis Empty Products post will be quite short in comparison to previous ones I’ve done but as I’ve been away from Norway, I didn’t have my beauty garbage box with me and wasn’t sure how many items I could collect. However, I’m trying to be a good blogger and wanted to share with you my experience with the following products.

I’ve used up so many body washes but I remembered to keep only two bottles. I’ve mentioned how much I liked Le Petit Marseillais White Peach & Nectarine body wash and I went through 2 or 3 bottles of it this summer but their Orange Blossom Shower Gel is another one that I liked. Their shower gels have natural ingredients and feel quite moisturising but at the same time have light texture. I simply love the way they smell because their scents are not too overpowering or sweet.

The Pomegranate Nectar Bath & Shower Gel from L’Angelica was nice, too. I didn’t experience a major difference in my shower routine with it but again, didn’t feel heavy on the skin and had a nice light scent to it.

Another body product is the limited edition Cabana Dream Body Lotion from Balea and I’m really missing this one because it smelled of peaches and maracuja. It’s summer in a tube and if you still don’t know, I have a thing for peach-scented body products. The moisturising properties weren’t bad, either, although the texture was quite milky and light. It was a really nice summer body lotion.

Another Balea product that I’ve used up is the Lemon Grass & Mint Shampoo which I quite enjoyed. It made my hair fresh and shiny, it didn’t weigh it down because it’s a clear gel that feels very light.

My LUSH New Charity Pot is empty again and I’m going to fill it in soon but you can read more about this product here.

I already have another backup of my beloved Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (review here), it’s the only base product I’ve been using for months on my face. I’m curious about different foundations and tinted moisturisers but I seem to always reach for this one as it’s quite light but gives a good amount of coverage without being heavy and cakey. The second and last make-up product is the GOSH Defining Clear Brow Gel that I’ve mentioned here. I like this brow gel because it doesn’t make my brows crispy and hard. At the moment, I’m having many brow gels to use up or try but in future, I will definitely re-purchase this one.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m not the biggest face wipes fan. However, I always carry a pack of face wipes when I travel because they remove make-up quite quickly. I always, always, always cleanse my skin after using face wipes because all we do with face wipes is moving around the dirt on our faces. The last face wipes that I’ve used up are from Comodynes and they are the Micellar Cleanser Sensitive Skin Face & Eyes wipes. It was a random purchase because back then, the rest of the wipes at the drugstore were not suggested to be used on eyes and these were the only ones. I actually liked them a lot because they were very gentle, yet they effectively removed even more stubborn mascara.

I’ve used up two Schaebens face masks. The first one is the most popular they have and it’s the Dead Sea Mud Mask and I love how purifying it is but at the same time quite soothing because of the Aloe Vera and Camomile in it. The Cleansing Mask seemed a bit unusual to me because it’s almost like a cream but gives a slight exfoliation, as well and also removes the impurities. I was really happy with these masks but the sachets and the quantity is a bit strange as it’s too much for 1-2 applications but not quite enough for more and it’s difficult to store it.

Several months ago, I was sent three miniatures of Indie Lee‘s Brightening Cleanser*COQ – 10 Toner* and Squalane Facial Oil*. I liked all the three but I have to say that my favourite was the facial oil and if I didn’t have so many oils at the moment, I would have already purchased the full size. It doesn’t break me out, it hydrates and makes the dry patches appearing sometimes, go away and nourishes the whole face without making my T-zone more oily.

Another mini is from Eucerin and you probably know by now how much I like their DermoPURIFYER range. I used the Adjunctive Hydrating Care in the summer because it has SPF 30 and it’s not heavy or greasy.

The last product is the Balea Water Spray for Face and Body which didn’t change my life and it’s nothing more than a water mist but it was really refreshing to use in the hot summer days…

Now I really miss summer, it was such a great one!

LUSH New Charity Pot

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It’s doesn’t happen very often to be in a LUSH store because I simply don’t have one around me but everytime when I have the chance to be inside, I see something new.

Most of you probably would know about the New Charity Pot but for me it was something that I had no idea of. Until one day in London when me and my boyfriend were about to take our purchases and a lady in the store asked us if we wanted a trial size of the Hand & Body Lotion. The cute little tin cost £1 and of course, we took it.

It’s a great lotion with amazing moisturising properties, it has new formula that contains a wonderful mix of oils, has floral scent with a sweet note to it and is self-preserving. It sinks into the skin pretty quickly and gives you a nice glow.

But there is something more important about this product that surprised me. The New Charity Pot contributes to a good cause with each purchase. 100% of the price (minus taxes) is donated to small, grassroots organisations that are in need of help to continue their work. It supports organisations that align with LUSH‘s ethics in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.

Next time you’re around a LUSH store, check this lotion out. Since I discovered it, it’s been my little moisturising pot whenever I travel and the money goes for a good cause.