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The Moisturiser I Always Go Back To

Some of my favourite day and night creams are from Clinique, I have a favourite for each season but there is one I always go back to no matter what the temperatures outside are. This is my third or fourth pot of the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and I just realised I’ve never done a review on it.

I love the whole Moisture Surge range and I can’t wait to try the new Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate which would probably be perfect to use on a summer holiday.
When seasons change, my skin’s needs change, as well and it can be a bit difficult, considering I’m dealing with combination dehydrated skin that occasionally gets blemishes. At the beginning of the spring, I decided to start using very light moisturisers which were lovely but the level of moisture they provided just wasn’t enough for me. Then I remembered that I’d purchased a new pot of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief a few months back, so it was time to start using it again.

The texture is of a cream-gel and as with all Clinique moisturisers, I need just a tiny bit to cover my whole face. It doesn’t feel heavy and absorbs quickly although it makes my skin look a bit more dewy than I’d prefer but once I apply my foundation, it somehow sits better than usual and I even think my makeup lasts a bit longer when I use this moisturiser as a base. It feels very nourishing and in a matter of days, the dry patches around my face are gone.
I also use the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief as a multipurpose moisturiser when I travel. The little 30 ml pot is really handy to have in the bag and apply the cream on any dry areas that may appear while travelling.

Just like all Clinique products, this one is fragrance-free and I love that it doesn’t break me out which sometimes happens with more hydrating creams. My skin feels soft and smooth after using the moisturiser, it also looks radiant and fresh and I can use this cream in so many ways – as a multipurpose moisturiser, as a 5-minute mask to just bring back the glow, on top of my regular moisturiser for a boost of hydration in the winter… Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief feels soothing and refreshing and I seem to always go back to it.

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Drugstore Skincare Update | Autumn 2016

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When seasons change, my skin isn’t the happiest. When autumn comes, my skin is always in its most terrible condition. Not sure exactly why and how but even my trustworthy skincare products never help.
That’s why I try to switch up the items I use sometimes but step by step and not all by once because it could be even worse for the skin.

I believe that we can find really good products at the drugstore, so whenever I have access to brands I don’t see in Norway, the hunt begins. I’ve been incorporating these products one by one into my skincare routine in the past few weeks and I’m pleased to say that I’m already seeing results and my skin is getting a bit better.

When it comes to facial serums that are affordable, I’m looking for hydrating ones because let’s be honest, the ‘magical’ ingredients are a lot more expensive and they’re difficult to find on the high street. I have combination skin that is also dehydrated and all the issues get even more problematic in the autumn, the oily zones get even oilier, the lack of water shows up even more, as well.
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum 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 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 also got the sheet mask from the same range and I think they’re both good for people with oily or combination skin that is also dehydrated. 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.

Oils were something I never thought I’d use on a daily basis and now I just can’t go a day without applying facial oil to my skin. I learned about the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil from my mum who loves it and I got a bottle of it back in June but never used it. I left it in Norway, so when my skin started feeling really thirsty, I ran and got a second bottle to finally try it. I was a bit worried because it’s designed for dry skin and some of the oils in it aren’t particularly good on my skin but I’ve been loving it, so far. It didn’t break me out and I love the subtle rose scent and the texture of the oil. 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.

Last but not least, I picked up a new moisturiser. About a year ago, I tried a few products from the French pharmacy brand Mixa and their Anti-Imperfection series that I really liked. So, when I saw that they have a new moisturiser from the same range, I had to have it. Mixa 2 in 1 Anti-Imperfection Moisturising Cream with Mattifying Silicate S and Purifying Zinc is suitable for sensitive and blemish-prone skin. It’s supposed to moisturise the skin while reducing spots and tightening the pores. The formula is paraben-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. The cream feels light but still nourishing and I haven’t used it for that long to say more about the effect on pores and pigmentation but it makes my skin soft and somehow smoother. It doesn’t keep it mattified for more than a couple of hours but no moisturiser does it for me anyway. The cream is great under make-up and I don’t even need a primer after applying it.

I recently added one more skincare item to my autumn routine but I’ll be preparing a separate post on it, as I’m really falling in love with it although it’s a bit too early to form an opinion.

Do you switch up your skincare regimen when seasons change and what’s your favourite product this autumn?

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry

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Last time when I was in London, I picked up two items from the then new Boots range, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry. The Tea Tree & Witch Hazel one is already famous for working great on blemish-prone and oily skin, so as a person with combination skin, I was curious how these new products would perform. I got the face wash and the moisturiser, I believe there’s also a face scrub in the series.

I have to say, there is a hit and a miss for me and I’m pretty sad about that because what I was most excited about was the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Moisturiser. Unfortunately, it disappointed me. First of all, it claims to keep you shine-free for up to 12 hours and the truth is, it doesn’t make my skin look matte, at all. I like the hygienic press pump that it comes with because it doesn’t let air inside but it dispenses too much and the scent of the moisturiser is pretty unpleasant once it’s applied on the skin. Also, it contains silicone which makes the skin feel smoother but I’m not the biggest fan of silicone in my moisturisers. There are parabens, too. I don’t think it hydrates my skin very well, either but what disappointed me the most was the fact that I got so many blackheads on my face that I couldn’t believe my eyes. And they were even on areas where they normally never appear and I’m still fighting with some of them. Sadly, this moisturiser is something that I regret purchasing and it just didn’t work out well on me.

On the other hand, I’m pretty pleased with the  Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash. It’s my morning cleanser, I wouldn’t use it as an evening one and I wouldn’t even think about removing make-up with it. It feels quite refreshing, it’s not stripping or drying and smells much better than the moisturiser. I like that it doesn’t foam up too much and leaves my skin purified but not squeaky clean. It’s affordable but also, a little goes a long way and I feel like it’s going to last me for more than half a year.

I’m really curious to know if any of you tried these products and what your experience is because I didn’t get along with the moisturiser but I enjoy using the face wash.

New to my Skincare Routine

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As I’ve been on a long holiday here and there, my skincare routine has drastically changed. The products are totally different from what I normally use, they’re less, I’m skipping some steps because of the hot weather but somehow I managed to keep my skin in good condition.

A few of the newly incorporated into my daily regime skincare products are a moisturiser, an eye cream and a facial oil. I want to mention that I’ve been using these products for weeks and not for just a couple of days as I always want to give an honest opinion which takes longer time to be formed when it comes to skincare.

I love using eye gels in the summer because they feel quite cooling and refreshing but I noticed that my eye area got a bit dry in the past few weeks That’s the reason why I switched to a more hydrating eye cream. The Balea Eye Cream with Lotus has a lovely texture, feels light but nourishing, it’s not sticky and it sinks into the skin pretty quickly. I believe it has a new formula as it doesn’t contain perfume (the previous version had pefume in the ingredients), so it should be suitable even for more sensitive eyes and for contact lens wearers like me. The formula contains Vitamin E, Panthenol, Almond, Jojoba, Aloe and Lotus Oils and Caffeine and Vitamin C which are supposed to help against dark circles but as we all know, there isn’t a product that can erase dark circles. It hydrates my eye area really well and the concealer performs better, as well. I’m quite pleased with this affordable product.

Another budget-friendly skincare item is the Alverde Lime & Apple Mattifying Day Cream. At first, the consistency seemed strange to me because it’s runny but feels thick. When I’m applying it on my skin, it feels a bit greasy but then it absorbs fast and looks matte. It doesn’t stay matte all day but it feels pretty light and I think it’s a good product for the summer, I wouldn’t use it in the winter as it won’t be hydrating enough. It has a gentle fruity scent and contains Organic Lime Extract, Organic Apple Water and Shea Butter. I wasn’t sure about the Shea Butter as this ingredient normally breaks me out but so far, I haven’t had any problems with this face cream and the Shea Butter in it. It’s suitable for normal and combination skin and the product is vegan.

Last but not least, a facial oil. It’s a miniature of the Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil* and I use it only in the night although it’s suggested to use it both, day and night. It’s the only nighttime product that I’m currently using and it makes a huge difference even without a moisturiser. I was a bit sceptical at first because it says it’s suitable for any skin type and usually, it’s never suitable for any skin type. Then I realised it’s the most oily oil I’ve ever used and I thought I’d wake up to breakouts but that wasn’t the case. Even weeks later, I still have product left in the mini bottle, my skin is radiant and soft. I had dry patches appearing because of the burning sun but this sorts it out in just a couple of nights. It’s a pricey product but I need just 2-3 drops to cover my whole face and neck.

These are some of my essential summer skincare items this year, have you tried any of them?

*PR Sample

London Beauty Haul: High-End Products

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I’m finally starting my London haul series and because the high-end products post will be the easiest and tiniest one, I decided to make it first. It has just a few products because there are many luxurious brands available in Norway and the ones that aren’t available here and I was looking for in London, always had their best products sold out. It was quite sad but oh well, I guess I have to keep waiting for NARS and Charlotte Tilbury *sigh*
Something similar actually happened at Boots too! Even the drugstore products that I wanted were always sold out.

I really didn’t need another moisturiser but I have a soft spot for Clarins and I always want to try more products from them. I got their Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream-Gel. To me cream-gel sounded really suitable for my combination skin and I have to start thinking about preventing the first wrinkles already so hopefully this will help.

I love L’Occitane and I get really excited when I see a store because here we have only small counters with their products. I’m a huge fan of their sets, so I was hoping to get some in London but unfortunately there were no new ones or ones that I haven’t tried. At the end I decided to pick a hand cream because L’Occitane hand creams are some of the best. I haven’t tried the Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream and the scent was amazing, so this was my choice.

Me and my boyfriend decided to go to Liberty’s and get a present for his parents because they love taking baths, so we picked the Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection. It has 10 oils which are: Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil, Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil, De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil, De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil, Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil, Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil, Support Equilibrium Bath & Shower Oil, Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Oil, Support Breathe Bath & Shower Oil. I really hope they will like this collection.

And last but not least, again from Liberty’s I got something that I’ve been wanting for such a long time. It’s the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and the reason why I wanted it so bad is because I’ve never used an eyelash curler simply because of fear. Yes, I was always too scared to buy a drugstore curler and twist my eyelashes not knowing what would happen to them. It is a pricey tool but I’m sure it will serve me a long time, I already tried working with it and there is a huge difference. My lashes look prettier even without mascara. I’d still recommend not using curlers instead of risking your eyes with cheap ones.

Have you used any of these products?