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Empties #13

It’s time for a new portion of empty products…
Skincare and Makeup Products

Rituals Mild Eye Makeup Remover – That is a gentle makeup remover that effectively takes off mascara and eye makeup without irritating my eyes and I’d repurchase it;
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – One of my favourite micellar waters, it’s mild, it’s good at removing the major part of my makeup and is suitable for sensitive skin, as well;
Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser – I already have a full size of this one because it’s a fantastic face wash that cleanses my skin but also leaves it hydrated;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Toner – That’s a brilliant toner that contains 2% Lactic Acid, I really need to get a new one because it’s great for combination skin. It’s oil-free but hydrating and exfolaiting at the same time;
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray – I always carry a mini of this one when I travel because it’s refreshing and hydrating, especially in the summer;
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum – My favourite budget moisturising serum, so lightweight yet delivers a good amount of hydration to the skin;
Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturiser – The whole Ibuki range is simply amazing, I wouldn’t say this is my favourite moisturiser but it’s lovely;
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF 15 – Another really nice face cream that also has SPF but it’s so pricey that I don’t think I’d repurchase, considering there are so many amazing moisturisers out there;
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel – This is a gel that really gives visible results but then again, it is too expensive and I had issues with the pump;
EOS Pomegranate Raspberry Lip Balm – I don’t find these balms to be the most moisturising ones but I enjoy using them;
L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Miel Mandarine Lip Balm – What an amazing scent, not too sweet or overpowering, simply divine, also, I love the brand’s lip balms;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant – I used this product almost every day on its own or before foundation, it’s brilliant because you get the skincare treatment but also tinted cream with pretty good coverage, will definitely repurchase;
Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer – There’s just a little bit left but it’s already dry, I think it was a beautiful affordable concealer duo that I used under my eyes and around the face and I didn’t need another concealer when I was travelling, this one was enough. Sadly, I think, they no longer have it on the shelves;
Bourjois Healthy Balance Face Powder – I don’t remember how many of these I’ve used up, it’s one of my favourite powders that mattifies the skin but still leaves it looking radiant;
Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum – Glosses aren’t my favourite lip products but using up one means I loved it. This gloss is actually quite unique, it’s has a milky finish that looks creamy and not too shiny and all the shades are really flattering. Plus, they feel hydrating and plumping. I have a full review on them here.


Body and Hair Products

Original Source Green Banana and Bamboo Milk Shower MilkOriginal Source have some wonderful body washes, their scents are always interesting and I really enjoyed using this shower milk;
L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel – I need a bigger size of this one, it’s so lovely, the scent is so relaxing and 100% natural. The body wash is made with essential oils and feels incredibly soothing;
Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion – For some reason Clarins body products and their scents always remind me of comfy hotel beds after a long day of walking around lesser known places, is that strange? Probably but what I mean is that this lotion gives me some kind of comfort and it’s soothing, it feels really hydrating and I sometimes used it as a hand cream, as well;
Moroccanoil Treatment – This cute mini is perfect for travelling, luckily, I have a couple more because I really like this oil, it’s lightweight, smells divine and makes my hair shiny;
Lilly Oil-Based Nail Polish Remover – The best nail polish remover, nourishing, takes off nail polish easily and the only negative is that you can’t find it in many countries.

Sachets

Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner – I’ve heard so many positive reviews on Kiehl’s toners that I feel like I want to try all of them but unfortunately, this one stings and burns my skin and makes it look red. It feels really soft after that, though but I don’t think it’s my type of toner. However, I’ll be trying out more;
Balea Aqua Sheet Mask and Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask – I already shared with you how much I love these sheet masks in my Budget Skincare Stars post;
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar – It has a nice subtle scent and feels hydrating but I think it broke me out which is a shame because I really liked the texture and the feel of the cream;
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser – Being a huge fan of Clinique moisturisers and the Pep-Start eye cream, I had high hopes for this one and even meant to get the full size straight away. Luckily, I got this sample first because to me, it feels like a silicone primer, doesn’t give me much hydration and I find it pretty hard to apply it evenly.

These are my recent beauty empties and I see that I really miss some of the products already.

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April Favourites


When you’ve been home enjoying the sunshine and suddenly you find yourself back in Norway where it’s properly snowing, it’s a bit confusing, to say the least. Is it spring, is it winter? May is almost here which means we’re one step closer to summer but Norwegian weather suggests otherwise.
But we’d better talk about beauty favourites.

My new favourite foundation is pretty similar to my previous favourite foundation but in a cushion form. Not only  Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35 is easy to travel with but it also has the most beautiful soft matte radiant finish and looks natural. I love how long-wearing it is and the more I have it on, the better it looks. In the past few weeks, a few people around me also tried it and they all loved it, even those with dry skin. I have a full review on the foundation here.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in the shade Bare Cream & Desert Rosehas been my favourite multi-tasking product in the past month. I use it on my cheeks, lips and even on my eyelids. It’s a real spring/summer staple for me that made me fall in love with cream blushes. I never thought I could wear them with my combination skin but the texture is so light, blends so well and looks so beautiful that I use this palette almost every day. The colours are simply stunning and I’m quite sad that this is a limited edition product.

When me and my boyfriend were in Germany months ago, we went into a Rituals store and after purchasing some body and home products, I noticed many minis by the cashier’s. I just had to pick up a few and one of them was the Rituals Mild Eye Makeup Remover. I’d never tried any skincare bits from the brand and I thought this one might be good for travelling. It’s a bi-phase makeup remover and is indeed very mild yet effective. It removes eye makeup well, doesn’t feel too oily and doesn’t sting my eyes. The formula contains Lotus Flower and Rice Bran Oil.

Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo* is part of the newest range of the brand, I’ll be soon preparing a whole blog post dedicated to the line, so stay tuned for that. I love all of the Kérastase shampoos I’ve tried over the years, so I expected to fall in love with this one, as well but there is something else that made me like it even more. With 96% ingredients of natural origin (including responsibly sourced Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil) this nourishing shampoo gently cleanses away impurities from the surface of the hair. The texture of the product looks and feels like a lightweight oil, but it transforms into a soft lather when in contact with water. It leaves my hair refreshed, really shiny, soft and less frizzy. This shampoo is free from silicones, sulphates and parabens, doesn’t strip or weigh down the hair and I actually didn’t expect it to last that long, considering I wash my hair almost every day.

The most unexpected product that I’m featuring in this monthly favourites post (at least for me) is Himalaya Herbals Baby Lotion. I’ve tried some of their body range items and for me there are hits and misses. I absolutely love their Multi-Purpose Cream and I should probably mention it more often. I don’t really remember how I got this mini baby lotion, I feel like it was part of a set and I somehow ignored it but one evening it was so hot that I didn’t feel like using my rich body moisturisers. So, I decided to try this one and I’ve been using it all the time since then. The texture is milky and really light, it absorbs almost instantly and leaves the skin soft and hydrated. The formula of the lotion contains Almond Oil and Olive Oil which means it’s full of Vitamin E, it’s also free from parabens, mineral oil and lanolin. I don’t know if it’s good for baby skin but I personally, find it very soothing, non-sticky, non-greasy and just lovely.

Now I’m excited to see what will be new to try in the month of May…

*PR Samples

December Favourites

20161217_121511postMerry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it today! Hope you’re having cosy time with your dear ones! I’m really happy to finally be home for Christmas after spending it away for 3 years in a row. Today I’m sharing my last monthly favourites for this year only to make space for the annual ones next week, are you excited for 2017 already?

I’ve been enjoying the cult classic Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water and I already told you how much I love the face wash from the same range (review here). You probably don’t need any explanation about this micellar water but I just want to say how well it takes off makeup and leaves my skin refreshed. Of course, I always cleanse my face afterwards but it’s really nice that the skin doesn’t feel sticky and dirty with the micellar water.

Can’t quite believe that I’ve never included La Roche-Posay Serozinc in a favourites post! It feels soothing and helps the healing process of blemishes without drying out the skin and I’m very happy to have a new bottle of it.

A newer purchase from La Roche-Posay but already a big love of mine is their Toleriane Ultra Fluide. I’ve been using it for only a couple of weeks but I’m already seeing a difference. My combination skin is much calmer thanks to the light and soothing formula but at the same time hydrated in an instant without being more oily.

You can see my full review on the Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream here but the reason why I love it so much is because it’s antibacterial and helps fight post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. All of these pharmacy products I’ve mentioned have a few key properties like being soothing, anti-inflammatory and non-drying to irritated skin and that’s what I’ve been looking for the past few months.

During the season when viruses are everywhere around us, I rely on my Rituals Hands Free Mandarin & Mint Antibacterial Gel. And I have to admit that one of the reasons I like it so much is the scent. Many hand sanitisers just smell of alcohol while this one is fresh and lovely. Also, the gel doesn’t feel so drying on the hands.

But when they do feel dry, here comes my handbag essential, the L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream that I got in their Christmas Advent Calendar. It’s no secret by now that I adore the brand’s hand creams because they have unique scents and they are light bu nourishing. Love the size of this one, so good to have it in my bag.

Last but not least, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I got this mini with a magazine, as I was pretty curious about it. It has a blend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile to calm body and mind. I’ve been dealing with sleep issues for the past few months and I’m aware of the reason but unfortunately, I can’t do anything about it at the moment. I can’t say the spray made me sleep like a baby again but it definitely helps me fall asleep faster and wake up less times in the night. I think I need a full size of it now.

Enjoy your holiday!

Empties #11

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This year’s finally coming to an end and what better time to get rid of all the empty bottles of beauty products than now?

Skincare and Makeup Products

Purederm Tea Tree Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes and Purederm Argan Oil Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes – I’ve mentioned many times that I’m not the biggest fan of wet wipes but I always have a packet when I travel. These took me a long time to use up but I have to say, they are probably my favourite wet wipes, so far. They are really gentle and remove makeup quite well, the Tea Tree ones feel very refreshing and I think I’d repurchase them;
Arminabio Organic Chamomile Water – It shouldn’t be a secret by now that I adore floral waters and this one was the first chamomile water I’ve ever tried. It removes the last traces of makeup after cleansing, it feels soft on the skin and I already have a second bottle of it. Not really keen on the packaging though, the spray isn’t working very well but I can live with that;
Sephora Lotus Face Mask – Whenever I have access to a Sephora boutique, I always take the chance to stock up on their sheet masks. Love most of them and this soothing and moisturising one is a favourite of mine;
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum – Another bottle of this one is already in use, it’s a brilliant budget moisturising serum, the pump is great and makes it easy to get every single drop of the product. A must-have for me in the colder months and really good addition to my skincare routine;
Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate – One more hydrating serum but a lot more expensive. It actually doubles up as a toner and a serum, it leaves the skin moisturised and soothed and has a lovely scent;
Alverde Q10 Eye Serum with Organic Goji Berry – This was a random purchase but it turned out to be quite successful. The eye serum has a nice scent and hydrates the delicate under eye area pretty well. The formula is rich in natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K (+) – I’ve had a full size of this one but the sachet reminded me how much I loved it, it makes my skin smoother and clearer and I should probably get a new tube;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. – I’ve always had minis of this product but I think it might be time to get a full size of it because it does a great job at healing the hyperpigmentation that’s left from spots and reduces the redness when there’s an active spot;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat – One more product I’ve had a full size of but I have to say, it’s not as good for my skin anymore as it used to be about 2 years ago;
Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse – Lovely brow gel that tames and fills in the brows, long-lasting and comfortable to wear.

Body and Hair Products

Bilou Creamy Mandarin Shower Foam – Shower foams are getting more and more popular (thanks to Rituals amazing shower foams) because they are easy to use and soft but rich on the skin. This one smells sweet without being too strong and I really enjoyed using it. Actually, I think I have two more scents from this brand that I found in Germany;
Naturé Moi Body Wash with Organic Fig Extract – I saw this brand randomly and purchased a couple of products because it’s not very common to see sulphate-free products at the drugstore. This body wash contains Salicylic Acid and is purifying but mild, it doesn’t have the most ‘clean’ ingredients list but I’m impressed considering it is so affordable;
Balea Professional Pure Volume Shampoo – One of my favourite drugstore shampoos, it has a light gel texture and gives my hair so much volume and shine, have repurchased a ton of times and will continue to repurchase;
Alverde Ultra Sensitive Shampoo – That was a nice everyday shampoo, it’s sulphate-free, gentle to the scalp and pretty affordable;
Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream – That will be my next Rituals body cream, it smells divine and hydrates the skin beautifully. I’m a big fan of the brand’s body creams, the Honey Touch is my favourite but this one is just as lovely;
L’Occitane Milk Concentrate with Almond Milk – One of the most hydrating body moisturisers. Smells exactly like the brand’s famous shower oil, has light texture but feels incredibly nourishing;
Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love White Cotton & Pink Lily Fragrance Mist – These are not something I would usually go for and I ended up giving the mist to mum because she liked the light scent. It’s not bad but doesn’t stay on the skin for a long time;
L’Occitane Jasmin & Bergamote EDT – Fresh and delicate scent that is quite pleasant but it doens’t last long on me;
Bvulgari Rose Goldea EDP – I love scents with rose notes, many perfumes at the moment have rose in their middle notes but when it’s one of the top notes, I always feel like it’s a bit too heavy and oriental for my taste. However, this is not the case with Rose Goldea. This fragrance is so beautiful and feminine that I could actually think of purchasing it.

These are my last empties for 2016 and I’m really excited for my favourite products of the year!

Army of Minis #5

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Me and my boyfriend are headed to his home country and then to my home country for some relaxing time and packing for this type of trips has always been a bit difficult. We use a car, a ship, planes and basically, I’m trying to be prepared with a few little bags with essentials for each vehicle. I won’t show you all that but here are a few mini products that are going to make my packing and travelling life a bit easier.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser – A couple of months ago, I got a set of mini Neal’s Yard Remedies products and I still haven’t tried many of them, so I though it would be the best time to do it now;
– Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist – I love floral and herbal face mists and this one can be kept even in your handbag;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment – Most of my travel eye creams are too small and I get 3 to 5 uses out of them, this one is actually half the full size which means I’ll be able to have hydrated under eye area for several weeks;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum – It’s quite difficult for me to find travel-friendly serums and I’m really happy that this time I have two. This one evens out the skin tone, gives radiance and leaves the skin firm and hydrated;
– Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate – That’s the second one and it’s actually more of a night cream but feels and smells very soothing and relaxing, it’s not greasy at all and the skin feels amazing on the next day;
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser SPF 20 – I haven’t tried this moisturiser but I like the idea of having a tiny pot of SPF, especially when I’m going to be exposed to sun and about 20 degrees higher temperature than what’s in Norway at the moment;
Essence Mini Lip Gloss – I love Essence glosses, I’ve used up a few of them and I’m very happy that my dear friend sent a set of minis to me, so that I can have this one in my handbag;
Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel – The brand has so many scents to choose from and it’s pretty hard to pick one, actually but this has such a fresh and uplifting smell that I had to take a mini of it;
Babor Revitalising Shampoo – I’ve tried a few products from them and I loved all but this shampoo is new to me, so I’m excited to see how it works on my hair;
Rituals Magic Touch Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Whipped Body Cream – So happy to have this sachet, Rituals have some of the most amazing body products and I might need to get a full size of this one;
L’Occitane Milk Concentrate – Another lovely body moisturiser! I used to hate body creams in sachets but they are actually so comfortable to travel with as they never spill or make a mess;
COLAB Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo – Haven’t tried the scent but I love their dry shampoos and I always need a mini when I travel…especially in the summer;
Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua EDT – How cute is this mini bottle?! The scent is very fresh and feminine, it’s perfect for the warmer months and having a 5 ml or 10 ml bottle of a fragrance even when you’re out in the city and not necessarily travelling, is the best thing. It’s portable and easy to carry around, it’s enough for much more than just a couple of spritzes and it won’t get lost in your bag because it’s not super tiny.

My minis and I are ready for this new adventure and I hope you’re having an amazing summer!