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Empties #16

I’ve used up some beauty products again and I thought I’d share with you a bit more on them.

Skincare and Makeup Products

L’Oréal Micellar Water for Sensitive and Dry Skin – I got a big bottle of this one, hoping it would be very good, especially considering it’s meant to be suitable even for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, it stings my eyes, it’s tough to remove mascara (although I try not to use micellar water around my eyes) and it leaves some residue on the skin. I always wash my face after taking my makeup off but it’s just not a pleasant feeling;
Clarins Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk – This, on the other hand, is really mild yet effective and simply lovely to use. It has a beautiful and delicate scent, it doesn’t irritate my eyes, feels soft on the skin and the mini was great for travelling;
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel – One of my favourite cleansing gels at the moment. It’s soap-free, it’s suitable for blemish-prone skin, it can be used on both, face and body and you can read more details on my experience with the product here;
Avène Thermal Spring Water – This summer has been so hot and I really like it but it’s been a bit too much for my skin. This thermal water is not only cooling but also soothing and refreshing. I’ve used up more than 4 bottles of it in the past few months and now I’m halfway through a huge one that would probably be the last one for the season. I just don’t seem to reach for thermal water sprays in the colder months or at least not so often;
La Roche-Posay Serozinc – Another mist but this time specially designed to help healing blemishes and mattifying the skin. I’ve mentioned so many times that I love this product, it’s been featured on my blog multiple times and I will keep repurchasing it;
Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask – This is my favourite affordable sheet mask for days when I need ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Zinc. It’s lovely to use, it helps reducing the redness caused by blemishes, it also heals them a lot quicker and I always try to have a few of this sheet mask in my skincare stash;
Origins Flower Fusion Raspberry Sheet Mask – The Flower Fusion Sheet Masks are still not mentioned much in the community but in case you’re curious about them, I shared my opinion and experience here. The Raspberry one is probably my favourite of all because it’s perfect for my combination skin, it’s really refreshing and contains vitamins and antioxidants;
Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum – This is one of my favourite budget-friendly hydrating serums although there’s another one I like just a little bit more. This is my second bottle of it, I think I purchased about 5 when I was in London simply because I can find it only in the UK. My skin is hydrated, plump and radiant when I’m using this little gem;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Day Cream – I haven’t talked about this cream in a long time but it still must be the one that holds the record for being in Empties posts the most. I can use it in the summer or winter and it will still be effective. It’s soothing, hydrating without being greasy, absorbs quickly, regulates sebum production and I’d recommend checking it out if you have oily/combination and blemish-prone skin;
Estée Lauder Revitalising Supreme + – This is just a beautiful product. The mini of 15 ml is great for travelling but it actually lasts a really long time. The cream visibly makes the skin look smoother, more radiant and firm. Sometimes it can be a bit too rich for my skin but mum has dry skin and she absolutely loves it;
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra Comforting Night Cream – Another product that is actually mum’s but I occasionally steal and use when my skin is very dry and dehydrated. The texture is rich, so I don’t use a lot on my combination skin but it’s still enough to make me look more fresh on the next day. It feels nourishing and leaves the skin plump and soft, I also love the scent because it’s nice but not too overpowering;
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Resurfacing Active Foundation 16HR and Fluid Corrective Foundation 16HR – Both of these are great for covering acne or scarring, redness, blemishes. I’m happy I had the chance to try both although the first one is too thick for me, it’s just heavy and difficult to work with on my skin, it feels more like a mousse and the shades look a bit too dark. The fluid one is a foundation I’m thinking about getting full size of because it’s really easy to use, it has great coverage although I don’t usually wear such high coverage bases and it just hides everything I would want to hide when I have bad skin days;
Dior Forever Cushion – I love Dior Forever range, the Forever fluid foundation is my all-time favourite foundation, it’s brilliant and I can talk about it for days. Its cushion for came in handy during my travels, it has different texture but it’s still long-lasting. You can read more here but the only thing I didn’t like is the fact that it didn’t last very long. It’s quite pricey and I like that you can purchase a refill but I wish it lasted longer;
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I think this is a second tube of this mascara I’ve used up although it’s not my favourite one. And that is simply because the formula is too wet for my taste. I don’t hate it, I quite like it because it makes my lashes fluttery but there’s just something missing;
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Ultra BlackBourjois have amazing mascaras and this is great one, it gives me volume, separation, length and it’s super black;

Body Products

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Shower Gel and Body Lotion Travel Duo – I love the fragrance, I have several of its variations and this mini duo was part of a set along with the perfume. The whole bathroom remained fragranced with this beautiful scent every time I used the two products and I really enjoyed the experience;
KICKS Lemongrass Sugar Scrub with Argan Oil – One of my favourite body scrubs. In case you want to read more about it, take a look at this blog post;
Yves Rocher Cranberry and Almond Body Lotion – This body lotion was part of the brand’s Christmas collection last year and it took me a long time to use it up because I always seemed to find myself applying other body moisturisers. Not that I didn’t like this one but it can be a bit too light sometimes when my skin is more dry and dehydrated;
Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 – This is my second bottle of this sunscreen, I loved using it every summer morning when I had to go out in the garden and take care of the kitties we adopt. Most of them have health issues and summer is the best time to enjoy some outdoor activities with the little cuties. This sunscreen is physical, so I don’t need to wait for it to work after 20 or more minutes. I just apply it and I’m good to go. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it stains my clothes a bit;
Alverde Calendula Hand Cream – I picked up this hand cream randomly one day because my hands felt really dry and I was passing by a drugstore. It ended up being pretty nice, I love calendula products because they are very soothing and also antiseptic. The tube is quite small, so it’s also great for the handbag;
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream – Another miniature hand cream. I love L’Occitane hand creams and Peony scent is my favourite along with their Cherry Blossom one because they are delicate and feminine. The texture of their creams is lightweight but nourishing and absorbs quickly while the fragrance lingers around the whole room around you.

These are my recent empties and I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday!

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January Favourites

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Seems like it’s time to take a look at the first beauty favourites for 2017…

I’m starting off with two skincare products that help my winter skin look brighter and fresher. Herbina is a Finnish brand and I love trying products from Scandinavian brands because I always expect them to know how to deal with dull skin and often the ingredients are a bit more natural. Luckily, I have a wonderful friend who always sends me different products from Finland to try. The Herbina Energy Boost Energising Peeling Cream contains Orange Flower Water, Sweet Almond Oil, lots of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. I like using it a couple of times a week in the morning because it feels refreshing, doesn’t strip my skin and leaves it radiant and really soft. The formula is plant-based, the granules in the cream are very gentle and biodegradable.
I talked about the Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water in my Skincare Update post here and I just want to say one more time that it is a good one to use in the winter when the skin is lackluster and dehydrated. It’s very easy to use and rinse, it feels refreshing and calming, the pot is travel-friendly, so I might be taking it along with me when I travel and need to bring back the radiance to my skin.

My love for Eucerin has been confessed so many times on the blog but I haven’t mentioned any of their products in a long time simply because they are now a permanent and just normal part of my routine. However, it looks like there is only one product from their DermoPURIFYER range that I haven’t tried before. I have no idea how I’ve missed their DermoPURIFYER Toner, considering how much I love the whole range. The toner is formulated with Lactic Acid which is without a doubt the best acid for my skin, it unclogs the pores without drying my face, it’s so gentle and yet, so effective. I’ve been using the toner for about three weeks and the difference was visible almost immediately.

One of the most affordable and at the same time, lovely serums I’ve ever tried has to be this Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum. I’m still frustrated I have only one bottle of it because it’s another product with Lactic Acid that does wonders for me. My skin looks clearer and brighter but also, hydrated and this serum is one of the reasons for that.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks are seriously good. I often struggle with dry under eye area but in the winter it can get really bad. These patches have a cooling effect but also brightening, de-puff, plumping and hydrating properties, thanks to the Arnica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Dragon’s Blood. I was surprised by how smooth and soft the gentle skin under my eyes got after removing these. There is a lot of serum left in the pack after using the eye masks, so I tend to decant it into a small pot and use it before applying my regular eye cream. It lasts ages and it doesn’t ruin the rest of my skincare and makeup. I love the moisturiser from the same range, the eye masks are quite pricey, considering you get 8 sachets and one of mine (so far) came with only one patch inside instead of two but I got it with a pretty big discount and I really like the effect.

Another essential for me during the cold winter days has been the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. I’m not sure what took me so long to get it and fall in love with it, considering I adore the Lip Perfectors but here I am with my half-empty bottle of it. I was passing by my local beauty store, went inside to purchase something, the lady told me they had a good offer on the lip oils and I started wondering if I should take the Honey or the Red Berry one. At the end, I picked up the Raspberry shade because it just smelled so good. The oils are plant-based and simply gorgeous. They come with a big and soft applicator, the texture is like honey, the scents are divine, the moisturising properties are what surprised me the most. My lips feel soothed, nourished, smooth and soft after just one application, thanks to the organic Jojoba, Mirabelle Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Raspberry Oil (this one is only for the shade I got). It doesn’t really look red on my lips, it’s more of a sheer pink tint and I just can’t say enough good words about it.

This MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in Sweet Sweet Fantasy*  may look appropriate for spring rather than winter days but it makes me look a bit more healthy and fresh with its peachy tones and that’s exactly what I need at the moment.

If you’re looking for a budget highlighter that looks natural and beautiful, try the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion. It delivers a soft radiance that isn’t too out there for the office, for example and blends like a dream.

My favourite fragrance for this month has to be La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense from Guerlain. You can read my full review on it here, it’s more on the sweet side but still remains elegant and chic.

These are the beauty products I’ve been loving and using the most lately and it’s hard to believe that February is just around the corner.

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Skincare Update | January 2017

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Now that winter is in full swing (it’s -18°C at the moment!), my skincare routine needs a bit of a boost. I actually added these products to my regimen a few weeks ago but I wanted to wait a bit before talking about them.

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum was a random purchase and a totally unknown product for me that turned out to be a huge love! The serum comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pipette applicator but I think it would have been better to have a pump. However, this gem is cruelty-free, 100% vegan and I believe it was less than £5. It’s meant to be anti-blemish and youth-boosting solution that contains spot-fighting Salicylic Acid, anti-shine Cimicifuga and anti-ageing complex of Lactic Acid, Phytoprotein and Polyglycan. I use it 3-4 times a week just because I don’t want to use it up really quickly (I wish I’d taken 5 more bottles!) and I have to say, it does make a difference to my skin. It definitely looks more plump and healthy, it’s clearer and my hyperpigmentation is visibly minimised. I’m really impressed by Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum and I can’t wait to stock up on it next time I have the chance.
Active ingredients list:
Salicylic Acid – BHA that decongests and eliminates spot-causing bacteria;
Lactic Acid – AHA that helps skin cell renewal;
Phytoprotein – Helps nourish and moisturise the skin;
Cimicifuga – Helps regulate sebum production and tighten pores;
Polyglycan – Delivers an anti-ageing, skin restructuring and moisturising effect;
Glycolic Acid – AHA which helps to retexturise skin’s surface;
Bioactive Tetrapeptide – Boosts collagen;
Red Algae Extract – Has anti-pigmenting properties to even out the skin tone.

The moisturiser I’ve been using lately is by Rodial and it’s their Dragon’s Blood SPF 15 Hyaluronic Moisturiser. I’d like to quickly mention that here they use an airless technology to keep the product fresh and sometimes it needs a really good shake to dispense the cream.
Dragon’s blood complex is a unique and powerful tree sap extract that comforts the skin. It’s meant to rejuvenate the skin, boost hydration and improve tonicity.
This cream is supposed to be good for people with dry skin but I have combination skin and I don’t find it greasy or heavy. It gives me the right amount of hydration without breaking me out or making me look shiny. My skin looks brighter and fresher, the moisturiser smells really nice and it’s great for the winter time.

Nuxe is a brand I really like, so when I finally had the chance to take a look at their Bio-Beauté by Nuxe brand (95% minimum ingredients of natural origin), my eye got caught by several products. Unfortunately, the peach lip balm was sold out and I still can’t find it but I saw a tester of their Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water and the scent was zesty and just divine. I purchased it and used it the same evening. Since then I’ve been using it twice a week and I can’t wait to try more products from the brand. I really don’t like when beauty products have “detox” in their names but if we set this aside, the mask itself is brilliant because it’s purifying but hydrating at the same time. The texture is light and gel-like and when you put it on the skin, it feels refreshing. Then I leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then I start massaging it in my skin which turns the gel into an oil and feels really relaxing. Then I wash it off with warm water, it is really easy because it’s no longer an oil but a milky emulsion. My skin gets incredibly soft, radiant and hydrated. I wouldn’t say it’s the most purifying face mask for my combination skin but it’s great for the winter days when I don’t want to use a clay mask more than once a week.

Last but not least, a product that the whole family would love.  La Roche-Posay Lipikar Fluide is a moisturiser that also soothes and protects the skin. Some of you may know I’ve been dealing with irritated skin because of different medicines and I needed something for my body, especially my shoulders and back. There are tons of body moisturisers for very dry skin but they just didn’t fit into my idea when it comes to soothing and protecting the skin. The rest of the products that seemed decent were in smaller sizes (meant to be used on face and not body), so I was very happy to see La Roche-Posay Lipikar Fluide and its promises. The formula is fragrance- and paraben-free, the bottle has a pump which is another big plus for me, the texture is so light and absorbs so quickly that the first night I used it, I almost thought it wouldn’t be enough to give me the hydration I needed. However, on the next day I woke up to the softest and most comfortable-feeling skin ever and I’m not even exaggerating. I’ve never had such soft and hydrated skin on my upper body. Now I’m on the hunt for the 400 ml bottle because I got the last 200 ml one at the pharmacy and I can’t recommend this mosituriser enough to those of you who need something with soothing properties. It can also be used on the face but I’ve tried applying it only on my body.

I would be curious to know if you’ve tried any of these products and what’s your experience with them.

Favourite Lip Care Products

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Lip balms are what got me into beauty, I’ve always been crazy about them, I’ve tried and keep trying many different ones and I simply can’t get tired of them. After I started spending more time in Norway, I saw the need of lip balms in my life even more. That’s why I decided to share some of my favourite lip care products with you, tried and tested in Scandinavian weather conditions.

Favourite lip balm in a stick form
Burt’s Bees and I have a long love connection, their products are some of my favourites and their lip balms are like no others. I’ve tried almost all of them but my favourite always remains their Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter. They all have great fruity flavours, they are incredibly moisturising, travel-friendly, transparent and not too shiny, so they can be used by both, men and women and they are 100% natural.

Favourite lip balm in a pot
If you want to see how the A.S Apothecary Lip Balm #7 Smooth & Calm looks, check out this blog post because the one here is just the tiny empty jar left but it’s such a big love of mine that I wanted to say a few words about it. This lip balm contains Almond Oil, Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Unrefined Avocado Oil and Organic Honey, all amazing ingredients. It’s incredibly hydrating and lightweight at the same time, it feels soothing on the lips and has a lovely scent, delicate and sophisticated. One of the best lip balms I’ve ever tried!

Favourite lip balm in a squeeze tube
This isn’t exactly a lip balm, it’s more of a multi-purpose cream but it works wonders on my lips during the cold months. Kaufmanns Cream is a relatively thick cream that looks pretty white once it’s applied, so I try to use it when I’m at home. Actually, it needs just a couple of applications to do its job, it has a gentle scent and can be used by the whole family. The downside is that it’s not so easy to find it (it’s available only in Germany and it’s sold out most of the time) but it’s quite affordable and one tube lasts a long time

Favourite overnight lip treatment
NUXE Rêve de Miel is a cult classic and I tend to use it at night because I don’t really like it on the day, it’s just a bit too thick and grainy but I love it as a ”lip mask”. It has a lovely scent and heals my lips really well overnight. I got a few of their anniversary pots a couple of years ago and I still have some that are completely new, they just last a really long time.

Favourite lip balm with sun protection
I don’t have that many lip care products with sun protection but I love the Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15. It has a delicate rose scent, it looks pink but goes clear on the lips and stays for hours. Even after eating and drinking, there’s still the silky feel from the lip balm and I love it. It’s not sticky or greasy and I often use it underneath my lip pencils, for example.

Favourite tinted lip oil
You can see how much I love my Lancôme Juicy Shakers and especially the one in the shade 252 Vanilla Pop, I’ve almost used it all up. I’ve talked about them here but they are basically a combination between nourishing lip oils and gorgeous pigments, they are fun to use, they are hydrating, non-sticky and they all smell different and amazing. My other favourites are 283 Berry in Love and 301 Meli Melon.

Favourite limited edition lip treatment
When it comes to limited edition lip balms, there is one brand that always makes me fall in love with theirs. A few times a year L’Occitane release special editions of their lip balms. I love their original one and I always want to get the new balms when they’re out because they have unique scents and designs with the same nourishing and lovely formula. I can’t say which one is my favourite because I’ve tried so many of them and I adore them all!

These are some of my favourite lip care products, I’m really curious to know what lip balms you love most!

Oils, Oils, Oils…

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I realised that oils have a huge part in my beauty routine. Face, body, hair oils, I’ve been loving them all and I didn’t even notice how much I’m actually using them. That’s why I decided to share with you some of my favourite oils at the moment.

The Cleansing Oil
AS.AP Cleansing Oil #5* is the most exquisite cleansing oil that I’ve tried, it’s suitable for all skin types, it removes all traces of make-up while the lovely formula nourishes and soothes your skin. I’ve done a full review on this cleansing oil, so if you’d like to have more detailed information, click here.

The Facial Oil
I’ve mentioned Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil so many times that it can only tell you how much I like it. This product has been part of my skincare routine for about a year now and there is a reason why. It balances my combination skin out, it makes it less angry, it soothes it and the herbal scent is very relaxing. You can see my review on it here but the difference now is that I use it every other evening after toning my face instead of just twice a week.
In the past months, I’ve had some dry patches appearing, probably it’s the cold weather in Norway, so I started using their Blue Orchid Oil as well but I’m going to share more about it in an upcoming post.

The Shower Oil
After using up another bottle of my favourite L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, I fell in love with one by Rituals. It was already in an Empties post but I had to mention it because it’s just wonderful. Rituals have amazing body products and their Fortune Oil isn’t any different from this. It’s really light on the skin but creates luxurious and nourishing lather. The scent is more than lovely, it’s zesty but also spicy and warm.

The Body Oil
I’ve tried many body oils and I don’t think I’ve had a disappointing one but none of them was as relaxing as the Mirins Copenhagen Aromatherapy Calming Body Oil*. I have to admit that I use it only on weekends when I can really take the time to treat myself. It’s just a special product that I don’t want to waste on a normal day and I prefer to fully enjoy it rather than just quickly slap it on after a post-workout morning shower. It has Argan Oil in it and a relaxing blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils.

The Hair Oil
Couple of months ago I picked up the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil for all hair types. I love the glass bottle although I can’t take it with me when I travel. The product has a blend of 6 flower oil extracts and smells wonderful. I’m a big fan of hair oils because I use them either as a mask before washing my hair or as a leave-in conditioner on a damp washed hair, or on the next day onto the ends of my hair if I want a little bit more shine to it. This is a very lightweight oil that makes my hair soft and easy to brush. My hair is pretty long but one pump of this oil is enough for me.

The Multi-Purpose Oil
Who doesn’t love a bit of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse? This product can be used on face, body and hair. I skip the face part because of my combination skin and because I’m pretty happy with my Clarins Lotus Oil but I love applying it on hair and body. It contains 6 plant oils and Vitamin E and some people even add it to their moisturisers or foundations for a dewy look and more hydrated skin. I love this mini bottle and I always refill it because it’s really handy to carry it around.

Do you have a favourite oil?

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