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Empties #10

20161103_112150postAs I always end up collecting way too many empty products and writing a novel about them, this time I decided to make it quite simple. There are just a couple of make-up items and the rest is skincare and body products.

Make-up
Maybelline ColourSensational Shine Gloss in 610 Naked Star – Actually, I couldn’t finish this gloss and it has expired but I liked it because it wasn’t a sticky one and looked nice on its own or on top of lipsticks;
Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 04 Neutral Fair – One of my favourite concealers, it’s supposed to be brightening and it really does illuminate quite nicely but I also used it to cover up some imperfections around the face and it does great job at this, as well. I think I need the full size of it now;

Skincare
Balea Purifying Mask – That’s a great budget clay mask and I already got another sachet. It comes in a 2-pack and one sachet contains a lot of product, so I always end up using it twice (don’t ask how I close the sachet that is once opened) but it makes my skin soft and radiant;
KICKS Clearing Mud Mask – This is probably my favourite KICKS face mask, they released four a few months ago and this one is already used up. It doesn’t dry out my skin but it purifies and leaves it smooth and glowy;
Sephora Pearl Face Mask – I love Sephora sheet masks, they are so relaxing and heavenly-scented. This one is brightening and moisturising and it’s one of my most purchased ones from the brand;
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask – I used about three packs of this face mask because it’s so popular at the moment and I really wanted to like it. It smells amazing and feels cooling but it wasn’t really hydrating on my skin and I have combination skin. Also, it leaves my face quite wet and feels sticky even after massaging in what’s left from the serum;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum – This small tube didn’t last much, so I couldn’t see if it really firms and repairs the skin but it felt soothing and moisturising;
Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate – Another travel size serum that I tried. Feels like rich cream but at the same time it’s light when applied and doesn’t make my skin more oily than it is, it doesn’t break me out and I wake up to radiant and healthy skin;
Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist – I used this one before going to bed because the scent is really relaxing. It’s calming and moisturising although the way the spray works is quite heavy and that is probably the only thing I didn’t like about it;
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – Really missing this one. I used to spray it multiple times throughout the day. The mist is very fine, it hydrates the skin, it’s refreshing and also gives protection against the environmental aggressors. I’ve done a full review on it here;
Balea Almond Blossom Extract Toner – It’s suitable for dry and sensitive skin and although mine is combination, I quite liked this toner. It has a nice and light scent and it doesn’t strip my skin;
Ziaja Sensitive Micellar Water – This is my second bottle of this budget micellar water. It contains no parabens, alcohol and perfume, feels gentle on the skin and removes make-up quite well;
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + – I have a travel size of this moisturiser whenever I travel because it never lets me down. Clinique moisturisers are some of my favourite ones anyway but this one works perfect when I’m away because it gives me the right amount of hydration without breaking me out and without being too rich and heavy on the skin;

Body and Hair
Yves Rocher Lotus Flower Shower Gel – The brand has incredible scents and this body wash proves it one more time, it’s delicate and beautiful. Also, I love the lightweight packaging;
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Moisturising Perfumed Body Lotion – My summer body lotion. Feels very light on the skin but hydrates it really well and is also beautifully-scented;
Balea MED Sensitive Shampoo – During autumn, my scalp gets a bit irritated. This year is actually even worse, so I’ve been looking for a gentle shampoo. I’ve heard good things about the medical line from Balea and decided to give this one a go. It is supposed to be for sensitive scalp but it didn’t do much for my irritated skin, unfortunately;
COLAB Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo – I should have taken more minis when I was in London because I really like this dry shampoo, I’ve talked about it many times on the blog;
Balea Hand Cream for very dry skin – This was one of my handbag hand creams. It smells very nice, takes a couple of minutes to absorb but doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.

This is everything I’ve used up in the past few weeks and I’m quite happy I don’t have the huge pile I normally collect before sharing my experience with the products.

 

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October Favourites

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Not sure how in the last couple of years, the festive season begins in October but I feel like it’s almost December judging by the decorations everywhere. Luckily, we still have a lot of time to get ready for the holidays, so that we can simply enjoy autumn.

Although my skin isn’t happy about fall weather, at all, I’ve been trying to switch up a few products in my routine and hopefully soon there will be results. I’ve mentioned multiple times how much I love La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] but I just realised I’ve never done a full review on it. In the past few weeks, I discovered the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant in the shade Light which is basically the same product but a tinted version of it. I have to say I love it because it has the same properties as my beloved Duo [+] but has a slight coverage that evens out the complexion. Also, most products from this type look quite orange or pink on me but this one is a pretty good match. I’ll be preparing a full review on this new product very soon.

Another skin saviour for me has been the REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist* (review here). It just keeps my skin radiant-looking, hydrated and it’s also great before applying my evening facial oil. I love how I can spritz it whenever I want throughout the day, even on top of my make-up.

I can’t believe I never included the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lips in Nude*  in a monthly favourites. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been using it all the time and just consider it as one of my daily staples without paying much attention. I mix together a few shades for a custom lip look or just apply one of the middle ones on its own, the colours are flattering on many skin tones and I’m in love with this palette. You can read more about this and the red lip palette here.

Another lipstick favourite of mine has been the Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in the shade 02 Perfect Match and it shouldn’t be a secret by now that I love the brand’s lipsticks. It just doesn’t matter what kind of finish they have, they are always comfortable on the lips, there’s a really good variety of shades and they are super affordable. This particular lipstick has a gorgeous autumn colour, lasts for about 4 hours on me and doesn’t dry out my lips.

The two nail polishes I’ve been using the most (if not only) in October have been the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche à L’Huile Nail Varnishes in the shades 116 Café de Nuit and 224 Rose Ballet. If you want an opaque and shiny colour that goes on smoothly, look no further. These also have the same scent as the brand’s lipsticks and it lingers on for about a day on the nails. You can see how the nail polishes look on my nails here.

These are some of my favourite products this autumn season and it seems I’m still into my mauve shades rather than reaching for berry tones but it’s just how I feel at the moment. What have you been loving in the month of October?

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Facial Mists and My Love for Them

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My love affair with face mists has been really strong and long, it started back in my teenage years when I loved using pure rose water spray and I have to say, I still enjoy floral waters. That was the only skincare product I used at the time and my skin was amazing, I wish it looked like this now. Whether it is to refresh our faces in the summer and to make them look more dewy or to give our skin the needed drop of extra hydration in the winter (be careful not to spray it while you’re outside in the cold), nothing beats the beauty mists.

Nowadays, there are face mists for any concern and with a lot of powerful active ingredients to give us that healthy glow, calm complexion and fresh feeling. Facial mists are a genius way to keep our skin hydrated all day long because they can be applied before or after make-up, on top of make-up throughout the day and you don’t even have to touch your face.

Here are some of my favourite and most-used beauty mists at the moment:

Anti-pollution Face Mist
Lately I’ve been very much into this anti-pollution Korean trend and that’s why I have the REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist* in my handbag all the time. You can read my full review here. This isn’t just a refreshing and cooling face mist, it also protects against environmental aggressors with Zinc and Manganese Amino Acids to track down free radicals and protect skin from oxidative stress. Perfect for spritzing throughout the day.

Make-up Fixing Spray with Skincare Benefits
L’Occitane Peony Perfecting Mist is a great multi-tasker, it refreshes the skin, helps to set make-up and keeps the moisture locked in for a really long time. The more I use it, the better my skin texture gets, thanks to the Peony Extract. It smells divine and it comes in a handbag-friendly bottle. I have to say, this is my most-loved one at the moment.

Face Mist Toner for Oily/Combination and Blemish-Prone Skin
It’s quite frustrating I can’t find La Roche-Posay Serozinc in Norway but I’m really happy I finally got to try it. It’s basically a Zinc Sulphate solution, the mist is really fine, probably one of the best I’ve ever come across and it kind of mattifies my combination skin but without drying it out. It also heals blemishes much quicker than usual and feels very soothing. An absolute must-have for me.

Do-It-All Face Mist
The following face mist is my favourite post-workout one, my favourite long car ride one, favourite spritz before applying my facial oil, the one to have while I’m flying or to use in addition to other skincare products and enhance their effect…just my favourite do-it-all beauty mist. I’m talking about Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic Acai which is made with Norwegian thermal spa water and contain antioxidants. I’ve already used up two of the brand’s face mists that they kindly sent to me to try and this is a third bottle that I purchased myself because I adore it.

Bedside Face Spray
This isn’t necessarily a face mist supposed to be used before bed but Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist feels so relaxing that I keep this mini bottle on my bedside table. It contains antioxidants to refresh and hydrate the skin and the herbal scent is very calming. I’m now curious to try the rest of the brand’s toners.

These are my current favourite face mists, I’d be glad to hear your recommendations for anti-ageing or Vitamin C ones, for example. Please, do share them with me!

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Handbag Beauty Essentials | Summer 2016

DSC_0374postMy handbags and shoulders tend to carry a lot of stuff, so in the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to narrow down the content. Starting off with my beauty bag, I realised I keep many products that I don’t actually reach for when I’m out and about.

Here is the current situation of my (now) tiny beauty bag which is updated for the summer season, as I don’t really carry around a face mist in the winter, for example.
One of the most important things for me is a do-it-all concealer because I have really dark circles under my eyes but it’s also good to have something that can hide imperfections around the face, as well. Clinique Airbrush Concealer is supposed to be more of a brightening concealer but the shade I have does a great job at both, covering blemishes without drawing attention to them and making the under eye area a bit more fresh-looking. I wish I could find another mini of this concealer, it’s so handy!

It’s always good to have a tinted lip product that is also hydrating and looks good. It just makes it easy to use on the go, you don’t need a mirror and it gives life to the face while caring for the lips. I’m currently enjoying this Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Reviving Oil Lip Tint* (review here) from their new collection. It’s one of those products that go clear on the lips but then it enhances the natural shade of every woman’s lips to create a glowing rosy lip.

Blotting papers are a must-have for me because I have combination skin and I’m still trying to find and experiment with different ones but for now, I keep relying on my Essence All About Matt! Oil Control Papers.

Face mists are a huge love of mine, I use them all year round but I have them in my handbag only in the summer because cold air and damp skin is definitely a bad combination. The new REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist* (review here) is so fine and lovely that perhaps, the person next to you wouldn’t even feel it. However, I mist my face only when I’m alone and there’s nobody around me, as it can be disturbing and not very pleasant for the others. I won’t hide, I use the mist more than 5 times a day, before my make-up, after applying it, on top of it throughout the day, it’s refreshing, it has amazing ingredients and makes the skin radiant.

I used to have dozens of different face creams for every area in my handbag but now I think a good multi-purpose moisturiser is everything I need. The German Kaufmanns Haut-und-Kinder-Creme is perfect when you have dry lips or cuticles, I also use it on my hands if I don’t have a hand cream, my boyfriend uses it on his face because he has really dry skin, especially when it’s cold and actually, we have a tube at home, different ones in my bags, in his car…just everywhere.

Speaking of hand creams, I absolutely love this mini of the L’Occitane Shea Delightful Rose Hand Cream. I’ve already shared with you many times that L’Occitane hand creams are some of my favourites out there. I adore their unique scents, their moisturising properties and the fact that they don’t feel sticky.

Last but not least, another L’Occitane product that I’ve already mentioned a few times but it’s just one of my biggest loves at the moment. The Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume is perfect for the summer, it’s fresh and a bit sweet, it’s fragrance-free and when you apply it, it melts onto the skin to leave this beautiful scent. I’ve had the soap from the same series, the hand cream, the shower gel and now I might need the eau de toilette and the roll-on versions of it.

These are the beauty items I need on a daily basis in my handbag and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, considering how many I used to carry around. What are your handbag beauty essentials?

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REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist

DSC_0255postThis must be the year of the facial mists for me! I’ve always loved toners, floral waters and face mists but in the past few months, I’ve had the chance to try many new ones and to fall in love again with old favourites. Actually, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to gather around my current loves and share them with you.

But now let’s mention this new Korean trend and the pollution-proof beauty products. Nowadays, we live in concrete jungles and most of us lead a pretty stressful life. Of course, there are consequences on our skin, too. Anti-ageing and anti-pollution products are now the main focus in Asia but we can see the rise of the trend outside of it, as well.

I was really curious about the new REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist* because I love the brand’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Face Mask and I adore face mists.
This is a really fine mist that aims to instantly shield and protect the skin from the ageing effects of harmful free radicals and environmental pollution. It also helps to strengthen the skin’s natural defences against oxidative stress, boosting the skin’s own ability to care for itself. The desired outcome is for the skin to be naturally protected and by using the product regularly, to help reduce the premature ageing effect of environmental pollution.

The more I use the product, the better results I see, considering all the factors that can damage our skin. UV light and environmental pollutants like cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes and heavy metals, for example, generate free radicals on the surface of the skin. Free radicals induce oxidative damage that puts skin cells in a state of ”oxidative stress”, the skin loses its radiance and the complexion starts looking a bit grey.

I apply the REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist*  with my eyes closed, to my entire face and neck. It has natural fragrance that smells really nice and makes me feel relaxed. The mist can be used as a toner, over moisturiser or make-up and reapplied throughout the day. I love using it as a make-up setting spray because it just makes everything look better, it feels very hydrating but doesn’t make my skin more oily or shiny. The product is suitable for all skin types and comes in a lightweight bottle.

The brand says that the formula provides four lines of defence:
First line of defenceBiosaccharide Gum derived from sugar and yeast, forms a non-sticky invisible protective barrier that acts like a ‘second skin’, to shield skin from the major pollutants in the environment and free radical formation, reducing their damaging effect;
Second line of defenceZinc and Manganese Amino Acids track down free radicals and protect skin from oxidative stress;
Third line of defenceQuercetin boosts the antioxidant capacity of the cell, stimulating skin repair;
Fourth line of defenceAlfa-glucan helps to remove altered cell components and increases cell longevity.

The product is formulated without parabens, phthalates and sulfates, it’s also free from mineral oil, synthetic dyes and fragrances. It’s cruelty-free.

I love how my skin feels hydrated and soft with this mist. I’m very happy that it doesn’t make my combination skin more oily but it’s also suitable for dry skin like my mum’s, for example, she really enjoys a few spritzes of it, as well.
The REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist* is available in Norway for the price of 299 kr. It’s now one of my summer staples and it’s really nice that fits into my handbag.

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