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Budget Skincare Stars

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you some of my favourite affordable makeup products, you can see the blog post here. Then I thought it might be nice to talk about a few lovely budget skincare items. We all love to invest in face care but that doesn’t mean that drugstores don’t offer some beautiful choices.

Last year, Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Water finally came to Norway and it immediately turned into my favourite affordable cleansing water. It’s very gentle yet effective in removing makeup, feels refreshing, soothing and non-sticky. I always wash my face after removing makeup with micellar water but I like that this one contains Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) because it’s anti-inflammatory, improves the appearance of enlarged pores, works against dullness of the skin, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and redness.

The past couple of years have been quite successful when it comes to finding really good hydrating serums at the drugstore. However, my favourite one must be the Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum. It is a brilliant facial serum that contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy. The texture of the serum is quite light and runny but the bottle comes with a pump that is comfortable to use and also hygienic. It takes a few seconds to fully absorb but there is no residue left and my skin feels refreshed and soothed. I’ve already used up 3-4 bottles of it and I’ll keep repurchasing the serum. I have to say, I don’t think it would be enough if you have really dry skin but for me, it’s working very well. I also love the fresh scent.

Applying a facial oil is one of my favourite steps in my evening skincare routine, so when I learned about the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil more than a year ago from my mum who loves it, I got one for myself and I’ve already used up almost 3 bottles of it. It’s meant to be suitable for dry skin but I have to say, this oil never broke me out or made my skin greasy. It doesn’t feel heavy, it’s quite light and I’d still apply a night cream on top. The oil has a lovely subtle rose scent, it’s vegan and contains ingredients from certified organic agriculture like Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Peach Kernel Oil and Apple Seed Extract. The brand is also known for the fact that their products are free from silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Sheet masks are really popular at the moment but they can be very pricey. I was pleased to find a beautiful hydrating mask and also a purifying one that won’t break the bank. They both come from Balea, the moisturising one is from the same range as the face serum. First of all, I have to say that Balea sheet masks seem to be a bit smaller than the rest of the masks I’ve tried but they are somehow the only ones that manage to cover my huge nose. Balea Aqua Hydrating Sheet Mask contains Algae Extract, Almond Oil and Rosehip Oil, feels like a moisturising gel, it’s cooling and soothing. The mask doesn’t move around the face once it’s on and it’s quite comfortable to wear. I like using it when my skin is a bit dry and dehydrated, the first time I tried it, I was surprised how radiant and nourished my skin was on the following day, thanks to such an affordable sheet mask.

Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask is part of one of the newest ranges of the brand and I might need to find the rest of the products, too. The mask contains Salicylic Acid and Zinc which is great if you have blemish-prone and oily skin. It does heal spots quicker than usual and it doesn’t make my skin feeling dry or stripped. I really really like this sheet mask.

As a person with combination skin, I love using clay masks a couple of times a week. When the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks were released last year, I’ve been a fan of all three, now they’ve expanded the range adding more skincare products which I can’t wait to try. Here I’m showing only one of the face masks but you can read my review on all three here, in case you haven’t already. What I love about this Exfo Face Mask (Glow in the UK) is that it doubles up as an exfoliant, as well, it’s easy to wash off and makes my skin look smooth and glowy.

There are great drugstore options on the skincare shelves sometimes and I’d be really happy to know more about some of your finds.


February Favourites


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…

December Favourites

20161217_121511postMerry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it today! Hope you’re having cosy time with your dear ones! I’m really happy to finally be home for Christmas after spending it away for 3 years in a row. Today I’m sharing my last monthly favourites for this year only to make space for the annual ones next week, are you excited for 2017 already?

I’ve been enjoying the cult classic Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water and I already told you how much I love the face wash from the same range (review here). You probably don’t need any explanation about this micellar water but I just want to say how well it takes off makeup and leaves my skin refreshed. Of course, I always cleanse my face afterwards but it’s really nice that the skin doesn’t feel sticky and dirty with the micellar water.

Can’t quite believe that I’ve never included La Roche-Posay Serozinc in a favourites post! It feels soothing and helps the healing process of blemishes without drying out the skin and I’m very happy to have a new bottle of it.

A newer purchase from La Roche-Posay but already a big love of mine is their Toleriane Ultra Fluide. I’ve been using it for only a couple of weeks but I’m already seeing a difference. My combination skin is much calmer thanks to the light and soothing formula but at the same time hydrated in an instant without being more oily.

You can see my full review on the Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream here but the reason why I love it so much is because it’s antibacterial and helps fight post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. All of these pharmacy products I’ve mentioned have a few key properties like being soothing, anti-inflammatory and non-drying to irritated skin and that’s what I’ve been looking for the past few months.

During the season when viruses are everywhere around us, I rely on my Rituals Hands Free Mandarin & Mint Antibacterial Gel. And I have to admit that one of the reasons I like it so much is the scent. Many hand sanitisers just smell of alcohol while this one is fresh and lovely. Also, the gel doesn’t feel so drying on the hands.

But when they do feel dry, here comes my handbag essential, the L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream that I got in their Christmas Advent Calendar. It’s no secret by now that I adore the brand’s hand creams because they have unique scents and they are light bu nourishing. Love the size of this one, so good to have it in my bag.

Last but not least, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I got this mini with a magazine, as I was pretty curious about it. It has a blend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile to calm body and mind. I’ve been dealing with sleep issues for the past few months and I’m aware of the reason but unfortunately, I can’t do anything about it at the moment. I can’t say the spray made me sleep like a baby again but it definitely helps me fall asleep faster and wake up less times in the night. I think I need a full size of it now.

Enjoy your holiday!

Always Having a Backup

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Are you stocking up on your favourite products? Or at least having an extra bottle or tube of an important beauty item?

There are just a few things that I simply can’t have only one of. I’m a little bit scared that I can run out of them and see myself helplessly trying to find a replacement for the moment. As you can see, they are mostly skincare items.

I’ve mentioned too many times that my favourite moisturiser is the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating Care because it’s perfect for my combination skin and even if I’m trying another day cream, I always like to have this one around me. It wouldn’t have been a mistake if I included the night cream from the same range in this post. The night moisturiser can’t be found in Norway at all which is even more problematic for me.

Micellar waters have a steady place in our routines nowadays. They remove makeup quickly and can be a really good help in the first step of our skincare rituals. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is an affordable product, comes in a big bottle of 400 ml and does a great job in removing even more stubborn lipstick or mascara. Another one of my favourite micellar waters is the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid which can be used as a facial cleanser, eye makeup remover and toner. Usually I take off my makeup, wash my face with a face wash, then use this cleansing fluid to remove what’s left and continue with a second toner. It’s a really gentle cleansing water, it’s perfume-free and it’s suitable for contact lenses wearers like me.

La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo[+] is famous enough but in a few words it’s a great little thing to help unclog pores, fight against marks and reduce imperfections on oily/combination skin. It’s one of my skincare staples and I try to have an extra tube of it all the time.

If you’ve seen this post, you already know how much I love the Lilly Oil-based nail polish remover. It’s probably one of the best nail polish removers out there but it’s unfortunately available in only one drugstore in just several countries. I can’t recommend this product enough, if you have the chance to try it, don’t hesitate!

Last but not least is a product that years ago I haven’t thought I’d use. I just never seemed to know the benefits of applying something like this. Now, I love it so much and I’m trying to always have another tin of it although a little goes a long way. It’s the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and I apply it on bare or polished nails, day or night. It’s not only good for your cuticles but for your nails as well. If you haven’t tried it, please correct this and get this little gem, you won’t be disappointed!

Which products you usually stock up on?