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2014 Favourites

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It’s the last day of the year and what better time for writing a post about my favourite products in 2014? I could actually include even more but there are plenty already, so I had to stop myself. Many of the mentioned products were released in previous years but it’s simply what I’ve been loving during this one. I thought it would be better if I form several categories.


Lip products

I’ve been using the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils for just about a month but they had to make it to my annual favourites because the formula is great, the shades are lovely, they fit perfectly to the lip pencils trend at the moment and they are affordable (review here).
One of the autumn launches by Chanel was their Rouge Coco Shine in Confident – a stunning dusty rose shade with creamy texture (review here).
Even though I’m a not a huge lip gloss fan, there is one that everybody including me seems to love and it’s Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood Shimmer (review here) because it gives you a slight colour, it’s moisturising and it’s not sticky like most of the lip glosses.
Lip balms have a special place in my heart and Burt’s Bees know how to soothe and hydrate lips. Their Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter was my favourite in 2014 without a doubt.


Nail products

There are two nail polishes that I’ve been loving in 2014 – a nude and a vibrant purple one. The first is Essie Sand Tropez (review here) and the second is KIKO Nail Lacquer in 314 Cyclamen.
When it comes to treatment, the big surprise was OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails! I didn’t believe that it could be so amazing but this product made my nails healthier, stronger and there is no sign of the yellow coloured nails after using nail varnishes anymore. Highly recommend (review here).


Skincare products

I’m including the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water here because it’s my first step in my evening skincare routine, it removes eye makeup effectively, it’s gentle and affordable.
If I had to choose only one favourite for this year, it would have been without a doubt the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (review here) because this is the product that balances my combination skin, it has been the reason why my skin never looked better than in 2014 and I can’t say enough good words about it.
Still, at that time of the month, some spots may appear and there are two more products that save the day – a face mask and a spot treatment. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (review here) and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] are these products.


Hair and body products

The fragrance that I’ve been mostly using in 2014 is actually a purchase from the previous year but it’s a special one for me. Not only it is feminine and elegant with just a hint of sweetness to it but it always reminds me of a magical trip to London. That’s why I love Lancome‘s La Vie est Belle so much.
To protect my hands I relied on Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, it’s a wonderful product.
This body sorbet by Roger & Gallet (review here) has amazing scent, great hydrating qualities and has been my favourite body moisturiser in 2014.
When it comes to hair Björn Axén and their Strengthening Shampoo did a great job. It makes my hair soft and shiny, smells of apricots and although it’s for fine hair and mine is not, it didn’t make it look and feel bad. More on this shampoo here.


Makeup products

It’s interesting how the majority of my favourite makeup products are actually by Bourjois but I have to admit that they’ve had a pretty good year.
However, I’d like to start with the first makeup product that I apply and it actually has skincare qualities as well. It’s the L’Occitane Ultra Matte Fluid and it will keep you shine-free all day long if you have oily or combination skin. That’s the best primer or under primer product, it’s quite pricey and expires 6 months after opening the bottle but so far, I haven’t found anything that works better on my skin.
Next up is the duo Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream. They are light, you don’t feel them on the skin, look natural but at the same time have pretty good coverage. Review here.
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (review here) has a bit of coverage as well, doesn’t look like powder but keeps your face shine-free and healthy-looking.
The mascara is again by Bourjois partly because it’s a really good mascara, partly because I didn’t try so many different ones in 2014, I was sticking to just several mascaras and just kept repurchasing them during the year. Volume 1 Seconde Mascara does it all although I prefer to separate my lashes with another mascara before applying this one.

These are the products that I’ve been mostly using in 2014, I tried to combine some pricey and more affordable ones, so that everybody can find something for themselves and I hope you liked this post.
I sincerely wish you a great party night and a wonderful new year, may it be a happy one!


August Favourites




End of the month, end of summer (not that we feel the summer so much here in Norway but still…) so it’s time to get ready for September and check out the August favourites.

Starting with hair because I absolutely adore the Björn Axén Strengthening Shampoo for fine hair although mine is not fine at all. It’s fresh, smells of apricots, makes my hair soft and shiny. More about it here.

I love body products and if they’re travel size, I’m immediately interested. This Works Really Rich Firming Lotion is super hydrating, leaves your skin nourished and toned and smells of herbs. I got it last year when I was in London and somehow it remained in my bathroom without being opened, so when I finally started using it, I felt very sad when I learned that it has already been discontinued.

I have two favourite nail products this month. First of all, let’s take a moment to appreciate this wonderful nail treatment that OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails is. In my post I said that it changed my nails but that probably needed a bit more time to see the real difference and I was right. After more than a month of using it, I can share with you that my nails are completely transformed and as healthy as in the times was wearing no nail polish (years ago!).
Speaking of nail polish, Knickerbocker Glory from Ciaté London and their Beach House collection (review here) is adorable – fresh, bright and having a great formula, what more could you want?

A lipstick probably…
It took me about two months to really start liking MAC Pattiserie (review here). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it but when so many people are raving so much about a product, my expectations get really high. I still don’t think it’s the perfect nude for me and I still would’ve liked it more if it didn’t have so much shimmer but I’ve been wearing it a lot in August. It completes the natural look that I’m always going for.

Have a wonderful September!

Review: OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails




My nails grow very fast and they’re pretty strong but I do very much work at home, I cook every day, wash my hands hundreds of  times so my nails get dry and start to split. I needed a nice treatment and was suggested to try the OPI Nail Envy out.
You can wear it as a base coat but I decided first to make a two-week course with just the treatment and nothing else. After those two weeks, I’m now using it before applying my nail polish.

Nail Envy is available in several formulas, the original formula is the most popular one. However, I picked the moisturising one.

The instructions suggest to apply two coats and a new coat every other day without removing the previous one. On the 7th day, you remove all the coats and start reapplying. The reason I wanted to try it first on natural nails without applying nail polish was that I can never wear a colour for 7 days, I always remove it on the 3rd or 4th day and I wanted to see the real results.

After a bit more than two weeks of using the product, I can see that my nails are growing even faster, they are more flexible and looking more healthy. A couple of them are still peeling a lot but I guess it needs more time. Or maybe I have to try the Sensitive & Peeling Nail Envy but they didn’t have it in the store.

It’s quite pricey, I got mine for 260 kr which is about £25 but I think it will last pretty long time.

So far, I’m pleased with the results. It’s not something magical but I prefer to give it more time to work with my nails. They definitely look much healthier than they were before trying this product.

Have you used OPI Nail Envy for Dry & Brittle Nails?