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October Favourites

Autumn has been amazing, so far this year! I’m lucky to be spending some weeks at home and each year the season gets more and more beautiful in my city.

However, I haven’t been that fortunate when it comes to my skin. If you’re not aware of my troubles, I’ve been suffering with a bad reaction after using a sunscreen in the summer, I’ve contacted several dermatologists but sadly, with no result. The latest thing I was prescribed was Differin Gel and if you’re familiar with this medication you probably know that the first couple of weeks are the hardest. Right now, my skin is peeling, it’s burning and feels painful even though I’m not applying the gel every night.

So, I’ve been trying to hydrate and calm the skin. The three products that are helping me the most at the moment are this Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water, the Zoya Organic Bulgarian Rosehip Oil and the Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturiser. And I use them in this exact order but on an evening when I apply the Differin, I’d use the medication first, then I’d wait around 30 minutes and continue with these three products. The thermal water spray feels very soothing, it’s infused with antioxidants, it calms my skin and the oil applies much easier while the face is still damp. The rosehip oil doesn’t give me a stinging sensation (at the moment many products feel irritating) and not only moisturises my skin but it’s almost like it’s healing it, as well. Since I’ve started using the rosehip oil, my skin feels much less stripped, dry and painful. At first, the Water Drop Hydrating Moisturiser wasn’t helping me much as it was burning a bit but now that my skin is a lot more soothed, I can enjoy the lightweight yet hydrating feeling of it. I need a tiny amount of the product, it looks like a gel but applies almost like water and smells quite nice. If you have dry skin, this wouldn’t be enough for you on its own in the winter but I think it’s lovely if you want to give your regular moisturiser a boost, for example. I have a mini of 30 ml but it’s lasting me a really long time.

I’ve been loving two mascara in the past couple of months. They’re totally different in terms of formulas and brushes but they both give me amazing results, they’re long-wearing and smudge-proof. Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara* was mentioned here when I reviewed the entire Monsieur Big collection from the brand and since then it’s been my go-to mascara for days when I want full and separated lashes. For me, it’s totally worth the hype and I can already see it as an annual favourite of mine.
This cool dual-chamber packaging of MAC Bold & Bad Lash* actually contains two brushes and two different formulas (full review here) in one tube. With this mascara I can create a really natural everyday-appropriate look or go for a bold effect if I want. The tiny wand for the lower lashes is very precise and even though I don’t usually wear mascara on my bottom lashes, this one made me change that.

The Tom Ford Lipstick in Indian Rose* looks brand new but that’s just because I use the other side of the bullet to apply this beautiful pinky rose shade. This is the perfect lipstick, the colour looks stunning no matter if I’m wearing it in the summer or winter. The texture is quite creamy and I would have never expected such a creamy lipstick to be that long-wearing but it really is. There’s a subtle shimmer running through but surprisingly for me, it makes the lipstick colour even more beautiful. In fact, the shimmer doesn’t show up on my lips, it just makes them look more plump and not flat. I simply adore this lipstick!

These are my favourite beauty items for the month of October and I already have a full box of different products to try in November which makes me really excited. Holiday season is just around the corner, as well, so I’m curious to see all the gift sets and other limited edition releases.

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August Favourites

This is probably my first monthly favourites post that includes only skincare products! Ok, one of them can be seen as both, skincare and makeup item but as I’m still trying to find a way to bring back my skin to its normal condition, I haven’t been using that much makeup lately.

When you’re not really sure what’s going on with your skin and feel like crying, the key word must be “calming”. I’ve mentioned in my previous blog posts that I had a bad reaction to sunscreen and in addition to that, the high temperatures caused me blocked pores, so I’m dealing with something like a rash/sun allergy and still can’t seem to be able to tackle that. Not even the topical antibiotics have helped, so far.

My skincare has been quite minimal these past few weeks. I don’t want my skin to get even more stressed out and as much as I’d like to use acids a few times a week, the only two I’ve been reaching for are Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid. To gently exfoliate my skin, I’ve been relying mostly on this budget-friendly Zdrave Acne Stop Enzyme Peeling Mask. Enzymes provide a bit softer and lighter exfoliation but still unclog pores, even out the complexion and remove dead skin cells.  Enzyme exfoliants have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable even for sensitive skin (not always, sadly but that needs a bit more time to be discussed). This mask contains Papaya and Pineapple Enzymes and soothing ingredients such as D-Panthenol and Vitamin PP. I use it a couple of times a week, it’s very easy, I cleanse my skin and then apply a thin layer of the mask all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area, leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and then simply wash it off with lukewarm water. My skin feels fresh, soft and smooth afterwards.

In this blog post I shared with you my current favourite soap-free cleansing gels which are both affordable, as well. I love the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel for Face and Body (this is a new bottle, I’ve used up a couple already) because it calms my skin, doesn’t leave it feeling tight and I love it as my morning cleanse. It contains Zinc Gluconate to calm the irritation and Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe my troubled skin. If you have oily/combination and blemish-prone skin, I’d highly recommend giving this one a go.

There a couple of mists that I’m using at the moment as toners but also as facial sprays during the day. The Serozinc from La Roche-Posay is an old favourite of mine, I use it to heal blemishes quicker and to mattify my skin without drying it out. It’s once again soothing and calming and I’m incredibly happy I can now find it in my home country. My love for floral waters is no secret by now but a couple of months ago, I tried the Damascena Juniper Water for the first time in my life. It has a delicate natural scent, it feels very soft on the skin and it tones oily skin, prone to imperfections. I love how refreshing, calming and still purifying it feels. The only downside is the actual spray but these waters seem to always have such harsh sprays, so most of the time, I’d saturate a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face.

I received this miniature Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry as a complimentary gift with a purchase, it’s a very popular product from the brand and I’ve been carrying it around with me all the time. The rosy colour brightens up my face without being too obvious, it’s sheer and has subtle sheen that looks very pretty. The formula is fragrance-free and contains Mango Butter and Shea Butter, it’s really nourishing and soft on the lips. I love Clinique and their lip products and skincare, this is a combination of both and it’s simply amazing.

Simple and soothing, these are the words to describe my August favourites and I’m hoping for better luck with my skin in September. Hope yours is doing muuch better than mine!

Weleda Almond Sensitive Body Care

DSC_0954postMore and more people share that their skin is sensitive. Sensitive skin can be red, itchy, dry, irritated and feeling tight. In the colder months our skin suffers a lot: low temperatures outside, dry air inside, heating at home. It’s very important to take good care of our face and body all year round but to give this extra drop of moisture to the skin in the autumn and winter.

Weleda are famous for their natural cosmetic products free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances and chemicals. They already have an Almond Soothing Care range with face products suitable for sensitive skin but now they’re adding body care to the line. I’m very happy I had the opportunity to try two of the new products because natural cosmetics have a significant part in my everyday care and Weleda‘s launches are always exciting.

As most of you probably know, Almond Oil‘s structure is very similar to the outer lipid layers of our skin, so the skin absorbs it really well. The oil contains Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and unsaturated fatty acids that protect from water loss.

Weleda Bulgaria kindly sent to me the new Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash* and the Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion* and both of the products have been part of my evening rituals in the past few weeks.

The Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash* has a soap-free formula with organic Almond Oil, it’s pH balanced and also vegan. It has a very light creamy texture, creates a milky lather rather than being foamy. It feels incredibly gentle and soothing on the skin while leaving it clean and nourished.

After drying my skin, I apply the Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion* which is very smooth and light but feels rich when applied. It’s really calming, absorbs very quickly but leaves a soft and hydrating touch. Hours later, my skin still feels and looks moisturised without being sticky. I love that it comes with a pump because you can dispense the exact amount that you need.

Both of the products have similar scent to them, it’s like almond paste but very natural, not too sweet, not too overpowering, it’s really pleasant.

Once again, Weleda didn’t disappoint and I’ll keep relying on these products to keep my skin calm and nourished in the colder days.
If you’re looking for great botanical products that are also sustainably sourced, I’d highly recommend checking these out. I’m now curious to try the hand cream from the same range.

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Empties #4

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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!
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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.

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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.
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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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