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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.

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Review: Alverde Lipstick in Pi(n)k-Mauve

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Featuring a limited edition product can sometimes seem a bit unfair but don’t we all want to share what we like? Also, the product that I’m showing you today, can still be found in some DM drugstores (not in Germany though), so if you have one in the near, check if they still have the collection. Or contact them like I did, they were really friendly and told me the nearest drugstore that had these products.

The limited edition that I’m talking about is called Bube Dame König or Jack Queen King in English and it’s from DM’s own brand Alverde. As some of you probably know, Alverde creates natural cosmetics, their products are free from synthetic fragrances, colours and preservatives. They’re also really affordable. I like some of their skincare items but I’m not a big fan of their make-up line. However, there are some hits, as well.

Like this limited edition lipstick in the shade 20 Pi(n)k-Mauve. I have to say big thanks to Merry from Berry’s Place for the heads-up because she said how much she loved this lipstick in this particular shade.

I have to admit that the packaging is not my favourite but their regular packaging isn’t great either, so let’s move on to the actual product. This has to be the perfect nude shade, it’s a dusty rose colour with brown undertones and what’s interesting is that sometimes it looks a bit more brown on me but other times it seems more mauvy. Honestly, the swatches don’t do justice to this beauty. It’s suitable for any occasion because it’s delicate but without washing you out, it looks sophisticated and quite natural.
The formula is very creamy, it’s enriched with Jojoba Oil and feels balmy on the lips. It has a light scent that I can’t describe but once the lipstick is applied, I don’t feel the smell anymore. The lasting power isn’t bad either, it stays about 2-3 hours on my lips and for such a buttery lipstick, it’s quite good.
This product is also vegan. The only downside is that it’s not part of the permanent collection of the brand.

Have you tried any make-up products from Alverde?

Brand Focus: Mirins Copenhagen

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I learned about Mirins Copenhagen through a Scandinavian magazine based in Copenhagen. When I saw the pictures of the charming little shop, I wanted to go inside and just stay there all day and hear about the products. It seems so peaceful and…herbal.

When Jane Pawiroredjo realised she had an allergy to synthetic fragrance, she started trying to find products that she could use and she actually started making them herself. Mirins Copenhagen was launched in 2012 creating face, bath and body products with only natural fragrance and organic ingredients. The products are preservative-, synthetic additive- and artificial fragrance-free. They’re developed based on Herbalism and Aromatherapy in which Jane is certified. Each item is handcrafted to ensure the highest quality. They also have amazing gift boxes which are packaged in 100% recycled materials.

Jane was really kind to send me a great package with her products to try. Unfortunately, the posts were not so kind and despite the well-packed parcel, there was a destroyed bottle and a bit damaged ones as you can see above.

I’ve mentioned most of the products in different posts because I’ve been using them for several months but I really wanted to focus on the brand and share how passionate Jane is in what she does.

Of course, the first thing that you notice is the packaging. I’m a huge fan of glass jars and bottles although they’re not travel friendly. They just look and feel solid and well made. The rest are metal containers which is great, as well since they really preserve the product inside. They can also be taken with you on a daily basis or on a trip. Examples are the Aromatherapy Calming Body Oil*, I have the smaller size but it contains a pretty good amount of product and the Tea Tree & Lavender Hand Balm* which is my saviour, you can’t believe how dry my hands can get in Norway.
I have two Aromatherapy Perfume Rollers* and they are perfect for when you feel a bit congested or stressed or you just need to perk up.
If you’d like to read more about these products, check out my Spring Vibes, April Favourites or my recent Oils, oils, oils… posts.

At Mirins they also make face products and I’m in love with the Facial Clay Mask for Normal Skin* because as I said in the full review here, it’s the perfect combination of purifying and hydrating properties.
Their Facial Serum* was in my March Favourites because it keeps my skin in good condition especially when I travel, it absorbs quickly and the scent is really relaxing.
Last but not least, my all-time favourite skincare product…the queen…rose water. It’s pure rose water but I love the heavy glass spray bottle of Rose Water* by Mirins. The product is perfect for all skin types, it gently cleanses, tones, soothes, refreshes the skin, no doubt, my favourite face toner.

Unfortunately, there are no Norwegian retailers at the moment but it’s possible to purchase Mirins Copenhagen products online at mirins.dk.

Have you tried any products from this Danish brand?

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Empties #4

I’ve accumulated too much beauty trash again! I really don’t like keeping so many empty bottles and I always think that the post turns into an essay and everybody’s bored at the end. Hopefully, there are a product or two that you’re interested in and you’d like to hear an opinion on them. Let’s get started then!

Hair products
Batiste Dry Shampoo Original – I’m a fan of the Batiste dry shampoos but this has to be my least favourite of the bunch, it wasn’t bad but to me, personally, it seemed that the other versions are a bit lighter while doing more work and smelling better.
Björn Axén The Legacy Strengthening Shampoo for fine hair – I loved this shampoo although I don’t have fine hair. It made my hair soft in a good way, it smells of apricots and a little goes a long way.
Gliss Kur Million Gloss Shampoo – It made my hair shiny but not super glossy, my hair felt really clean without being squeaky clean, I liked the shampoo but of course, it doesn’t give you the 10 days gloss that promises.
Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner* – The combination of these two products made my hair look and feel like years ago when I was a child and I didn’t use any products except shampoo on my hair. They just made my hair soft, more alive and just lovely! Plus, the scent makes you think of summer.
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Conditioning Spray – I love leave-in conditioners and this one isn’t an exception. The bottle lasted me more than half a year, I used the product on damp hair and it made it smooth and the combing was much easier.
REN Oat and Bay Conditioning Shampoo – I didn’t use it more than a couple of times because of the size but I liked it although it made my hair feeling squeaky clean. Probably, it wouldn’t be a shampoo for every day though.
REN  Pro-Vitamin Hair Conditioner – It’s a lovely conditioner, light but nourishing and detangling. Smells amazing.

Body products
REN Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash – The scent won’t be appealing to everybody but the texture is very light and refreshing. I enjoyed using it.
CD Winter Body Wash in Vanilla – Luckily, it doesn’t really smell of vanilla, it’s just a nice Christmas scent with warmth to it, the texture is creamy and it really reminds me of the winter holidays, it’s very nice.
Rituals Fortune Oil – I love Rituals body products and this oil is one of them. It’s fresh but luxurious, light but nourishing on the skin. If you like body washes in the form of oils, be sure to check this one out.
Rituals Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel – This one is my favourite! The product comes liquid-y out of the pump but transforms into the lightest and luxurious foam. It’s gentle, it smells gorgeous – citrus-y but a bit spicy too, I can’t explain it well but I’ll be looking for the full size of it.
Naturelle Shower&Oil Almond Care – The dupe for L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil! The scent is a bit different but still wonderful, the texture is of runny honey, a bit thicker than the L’Occitane one but they felt very similar on the skin. I’d repurchase.
Kneipp Shower Foam – I think I’m starting to fall in love with shower foams. This is the only product from Kneipp that I’ve tried and I really enjoyed it. Wonderful light texture of the foam, a bit thicker than the Rituals one though and fresh floral scent.
Versace Bright Crystal Perfumed Body lotion and Shower gel – Lovely texture of them both, divine scent of the Bright Crystal Perfume, a real treat.
Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator – I miss the mint-y feel on my skin after using this product. It has good exfoliating properties and makes your skin look brighter and smoother.
KräuterhoF Body Peeling with Cocoa and Shea Butter – I love this product, it smells delicious, removes the dead skin cells and nourishes your skin thanks to the cocoa and shea butter. You have to know that this isn’t the best scrub if you have some small cuts (like scratches from kitties for example) because it will sting.
Eucerin In-Shower Body Lotion – This one was perfect for the cold mornings after a workout when I just wanted to take a hot shower and quickly apply moisturiser on my body. Got it long time ago when I was in Germany but luckily, it’s now available in Norway, too.
I love…Strawberries and Cream Body Butter – Not the best moisturising properties but absorbs quickly and smells so sweet and nice that you’d almost think it’s a dessert.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Lotion – I always have a mini of this one when I travel. It’s one of the most moisturising body lotions that I’ve used and it’s perfect for trips when your skin suffers a bit more than usual.
L’Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream – It was a limited edition and I liked it so much that I wanted to keep it forever. Unfortunately, I realised that it was about to expire in some months, so I had to use it up. Great moisturising properties and amazing scent, wish it was in their permanent collection.
IMG_2792postFace products
Estelle&Thild Fragrance Free Cleansing Gel (discontinued) – I really enjoyed using this cleansing gel. It’s really light, it’s not foamy, cleanses my skin well and leaves it soft. Maybe the smell isn’t for everyone but I think it’s normal for a natural product.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Cream – I said before that this is the first foaming cream that I really like because they tend to be too heavy on my combination skin. This one was gentle on my face, my skin didn’t feel stripped, it didn’t make my T-zone more oily and it didn’t break me out.
LUSH Mask of Magnaminty – Such a fresh and minty mask. At first, it terribly broke me out but after this it was actually helping me avoid blemishes. Not my number one face mask but I think I’d repurchase.
Faith in Nature Face Wipes* – Although I’m not a fan of face wipes, these came really handy when I travelled to London. They’re gentle, yet effective and also toning and moisturising. My favourite face wipes so far.
EOS Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm – I think we can all agree that these are not the most hydrating lip balms but because they have natural ingredients and smell amazing, I like them for the day. I use a more moisturising lip balm at night and everything is ok.
Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye – This is just a sample, so I can’t have a detailed opinion but it made my under eye area soft and smooth.
Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore – I know many people suggest not to use such stripes because they actually can make the situation worse but I wanted to try them out and honestly, I miss them. I’m trying to resist not buying them again and for the moment I’m replacing them with deep cleansing clay masks.
The Body Shop Ionic Clay Mask – Speaking of clay masks, here’s one. I used the sachet twice, the product was too much for only one application and I liked the results although it was a bit too warm on my face, maybe I just have to get used to it.
Nivea Eye Make-up Remover – I couldn’t wait for this product to end! It’s the old packaging as you can see, I’ve been having it for half a year, it was too hard to work with it. The two phases never seemed to stay together for more than a second, they were always splitting and I couldn’t remove any make-up with this product.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream – This concealer is very nice, I loved using it with the matching CC cream for the rest of the face, it’s a just a bit brightening, has a decent coverage, doesn’t crease and I’d repurchase if there was a Bourjois counter in Norway.

Have you tried some of these products?

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AS.AP Cleansing Oil #5 Soothing & Restorative

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AS.AP is a small batch distillery and stands for Amanda Saurin Apothecary. Amanda Saurin is the founder, plant grower and gatherer, distiller and maker at AS.AP. They’re based at Ashurst Organic Farm in Sussex. I love how they say ”We have chosen to be small in scale but huge in benefits.”
They use only plants that are fresh and in season. Nothing is automated, every part of the process is hand made. Every harvest is recorded and available on their website, so that everybody can go and see. It’s worthy to see their story as well, it’s fascinating. Every product is made from the finest of ingredients, there is nothing artificial, nothing is tested on animals and all products are EU Certified by an Independent Chemist.

It’s not the first time that I’m featuring an organic and natural product on my blog because although I’m not using only products with organic ingredients, I love face and body care made of plants. I even made my boyfriend fall in love with such products and when he’s having a skin burn or insect bite, he always asks where our calendula cream was, for example. I love herbal tea, I love spritzing our bed sheets with a calming oil blend. Maybe it’s because my mom loves her garden and I got it from her, maybe it’s because I come from the land of roses, maybe it’s both, I just love it.

I never thought I’d have a cleansing oil included in my skincare routine. I haven’t tried many because the ones that I did try were too heavy or greasy on my combination skin, or if they didn’t make me more oily, they didn’t remove any make-up. In fact, I gave up searching for the right cleansing oil because I always double cleanse anyway. Until the day I got the chance to try AS.AP Amanda Saurin Apothecary Cleansing Oil* and I’m going to be forever grateful for that.
I love the simple yet stylish packaging which comes with a pipette and you only need just a few drops to cleanse the whole face.

When you open the bottle, you’re welcomed by the most exquisite rose scent and a gorgeous consistency, it’s oil but it’s not greasy, it’s simply gorgeous. The oil contains Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Borage Oil, Calendula Oil, Vitamin E and essential oils such as Rose, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Benzoin. You can see even by the ingredients that the cleansing oil is going to be very soothing and it’s also antiseptic.
I use micellar water to remove most of the make-up in the evening and then comes the oil time which is so relaxing and uplifting. For the purposes of this post, of course, I used only the cleansing oil to remove my make-up and it did a great job. I tried to have on more than what I usually wear and it removed everything – eyeliner, mascara, absolutely everything and it didn’t irritate my eyes.

I was lucky to get their gorgeous Cleansing Cloth #1* as well. It’s 100% cotton and handmade. It’s really soft but at the same time gently exfoliates the skin. After taking off the cleansing oil with the cloth, there is no oily residue left. Just a glowy and plump skin.

There’s only one thing I’m sad about and it’s the idea of not having the possibility to get AS.AP products here in Norway. So, if you have the chance to try some of them, do not hesitate, you and your skin would be very happy.

This beautiful oil turns my evening cleanse into a relaxing ritual while leaving my skin clean, soft and radiant. Easily my favourite part of my skincare routine in the past month…and the months ahead.

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