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Face Masks on Rotation

What better day to pamper your skin than Sunday?

I noticed that two of my face mask favourites never change but there are always some new ones that I’m trying, so I decided to share with you the five face masks I’ve been using the most in the past few months.

My two heroes are definitely the hydrating Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (review here) and the purifying Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (here). I absolutely adore Origins face masks, the first one gives me the exact amount of moisture I need without making my combination skin greasy and the charcoal one is amazing for the T-zone. Sometimes I’d use the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and then apply the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, wait 5 minutes, tissue off the excess and on the next day my skin is soft, smooth, hydrated and radiant.

I believe Sanctuary SPA 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask has a new look now but the product inside is the same. This face mask is for the days when I need something quick because it takes only 5 minutes for it to do its job and it’s much easier to wash off than the Origins charcoal one. It’s a self-heating mask, so there’s a warm feel to it during the application to open the pores and draw out impurities but it goes cooler a few seconds later. It’s quite a nice feeling, actually and then my skin is somehow soothed and purified at the same time.

Freeman face masks have been on my wishlist for such a long time and when I finally saw them and thought I was going to get the ones I wanted, they were sold out. So, at the end I took their Facial Purifying Acai Clay Mask and I have to say, it’s not bad but it’s not my favourite one. It goes on really smoothly, washes off easily, brightens my skin but for some reason, it makes my eyes watery and irritated although I don’t apply it near my eyes, at all. Also, the tube cracked a bit, so I want to use it up as quickly as possible because it’s a pretty big one and I like the effect but probably wouldn’t repurchase it.

I’ve been using the JorgObé Peel Off Mask for about half a year now, it’s a very popular product in the Nordic countries, it’s basically an intense black peel off mask. I apply a thin layer only on my T-zone (you have to be careful not to put it around the eyes or on any areas with hair) and leave it on for about 25-30 minutes, then I gently peel it off and wash off the excess bits of the product. My pores look smaller, the skin feels tighter and fresh, I love the result. I always follow with a moisturiser and the rest of my skincare routine. The mask contains no colours, parabens, mineral oil or silicone, it has ingredients like Black Kaolin Clay, Witch Hazel and Echinacea to cleanse and reduce pores and to prevent the spread of infections and bacteria.

These are the face masks I’ve been using a lot in the past few months, have you tried any of them?


Empties #8


I can’t believe that this is my first post with empty products for 2016! I’ve had so many new products to try, so many things to write about that somehow my empties kept growing without me realising it. So, let’s have a look at all of them…this might actually be a pretty long post.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – I always go back to this powder, I love it, it keeps me matte but doesn’t look flat, it’s great, it’s from the drugstore and this was probably my 6th pot of it;
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus – Another favourite of mine, I actually got it in a darker shade, so that I could use it as a bronzer because it really looked natural and not too dark;
Max Factor Lipfinity – Liquid lipsticks really aren’t my thing. I love this shade which sadly, isn’t written on the tube and I forgot the name of it but it’s a gorgeous deep pink colour. However, the texture is quite heavy, it dries out my lips, it’s impossible to remove and at some point it just peels off. I admit that I’m throwing this away without actually using up the product;
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 201 Solstice – This on the other hand, oh my, I love this lip lacquer and I’m very sad it’s over because we don’t have Rimmel in Norway! The shade is beautiful, the texture isn’t of a liquid lipstick, isn’t of a lip gloss, it’s something in between, lacquer describes it really well, actually. It has a shine but it’s thicker than a gloss, it’s not drying like the liquid lipsticks are, it doesn’t last a really long time on the lips but feels comfortable, looks flattering and I’ll be definitely repurchasing;
Maybelline ColourSensational in 130 Peach Juice – I don’t know what I was thinking when I got this lipstick, maybe it just looked different in the store and their low lighting but it’s definitely not a peach shade, it’s bright pink and I could make it work pairing it with other lipsticks but I didn’t reach out for it often and it started smelling funny, so it’s time to say goodbye;
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Although this mascara has bristle brush, which I normally don’t go for, I really liked it especially because it made my lashes really black and separated without making them crispy;
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – Another bottle is gone and I already have a few new ones, this micellar water just gently removes the major part of my make-up before cleansing and toning my face;
LUSH Tea Tree Water – It was not a bad one but I can make my own tea tree toner really easy and that’s why I don’t think I’d repurchase;
Estelle & Thild Facial Toner Neroli – Love the brand, loved how gentle this toner was, sadly, it has been discontinued, I believe;
Balea Lotus Eye Cream – One of my favourite affordable eye creams. It’s hydrating but feels light, it’s not stingy and makes my under eye area really soft;
Simple Revitalising Eye Roll-On – Eye product for the warmer months that has a nice cooling effect and non-sticky gel formula;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate – That was the first time I tried this product from my favourite Eucerin range and I loved it. It’s basically a serum with lactic acid that kept me blemish-free but without drying out the face and made my skin incredibly soft;
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K – This tube lasted me a really long time because I used the product only as an additional step when I had really bad breakouts to help the healing process and it was really nice. I think it has a new formula now and I’m curious to try it;
Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon – I love the way Biotherm products smell and this face cream gave me the needed moisture in the winter months but without making me oily and without being heavy on my combination skin. It feels quite rich and balmy but sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it hydrated. Really liked it as a make-up base, as well;
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser – At first, I was a bit scared of this cleanser because it felt heavy and too foamy but I quite enjoyed it after that. It wasn’t stripping but it was also good for the shine control. However, I’m trying to use another type of cleansers at the moment and I won’t be getting another tube of it;
Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator – Same applies for this exfoliant. I didn’t mind it when I was using it but now that it’s been so many months after I used it up, I think it might be a bit too harsh for my skin.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – A favourite! Already have a new tube of this amazing face mask and I don’t think I can be without it;
Biotherm Lip Balm – This was a random purchase, I got it from an airport because I needed a lip balm but I didn’t like it so much. Maybe it can be better as an overnight treatment though;
Eco Lips Berry Lip Balm SPF 15 – An organic balm that smells really nice and has amazing moisturising properties, I loved it;
Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask – I’m really sad that there are no Sephora stores in Norway, I adore their masks, they are so calming, refreshing and nourishing;
Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Nose Pore Strips – Ok, I know this isn’t the best thing for your skin but I have an addiction;
MaskerAide Detox Diva and Beauty Rest’ore Sheet Masks – I saw these masks at the drugstore a few weeks ago, they looked fun and they had a lot of promises on the packaging, so I picked out two of them. I have to say, I really liked them and I honestly can’t wait to try more, they were so relaxing, they left my skin soft and radiant. I’m also curious about the eye masks from the brand.

Ziaja Lime-Citrus Shower Gel – Ziaja have some amazing body washes and although I like their Orange Butter one more, this one felt really fresh and nice, too;
Dove Purely Pampering Almond Cream Body Wash – Looking at the empty bottle of this, I wonder why I haven’t purchased a new one yet. It has a lovely warm scent, soft and creamy texture and I really enjoyed using this body wash;
All Nature Angelica and Argan Oil Shower Gel – This one smelled a bit like candy but without being too sweet, it was nice and non-drying;
Sante Grenadine Spirit Shower Gel – My favourite winter body wash, reminds me of Christmas and I’d like to try more from the brand;
Balea Fresh Smoothie Shower Gel – To me this one smelled like green apples although the packaging said otherwise, I like Balea body washes because they just seem fun and they have tons of different scents;
Balea Buttermilk & Lemon Peeling – Another product with a nice scent, to me this smells like lemon drizzle cake but the exfoliating properties weren’t that great, unfortunately;
Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub – Same applies for this scrub, it just didn’t do anything but I loved the fragrance;
– Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion – Not the most moisturising body lotion but again, my favourite Sanctuary SPA scent;
Soap & Glory Scrub + Happiness Hand Scrub – I got this mini in a set and it lasted me a really long time, it does a great job at exfoliating the hands without being too harsh and smells like all Soap & Glory products, sweet and nice;
CD Pomegranate Deo – It turns out it’s really hard to find aluminum-free deodorants, so I was really happy to get this one, I liked the gentle scent and I’d definitely purchase another one;
Lancome La Vie Est Belle – I have so much love for this fragrance… It reminds me of London, brings back great memories, it’s feminine and elegant but a bit sweet, as well, it’s just lovely;
Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover – There isn’t any nail polish remover that can compete with my favourite Lilly one but this one wasn’t bad. It actually leaves a nice scent even after washing the hands, it feels soft and non-drying and I’d repurchase if I can’t find my favourite one;
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – This mini tin lasted me such a long time, I really like this product to soften my cuticles and also nourish my nails and the skin around them;
Origins Rejuvenating Hand Cream – An underrated hand cream that isn’t greasy but hydrates really well, I liked it a lot;
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Cream SPF 20 – I used to pair this hand cream with another one because it wasn’t the most moisturising one, I think it’s good for spring and autumn but for the colder months, I needed a second one. However, L’Occitane hand creams are some of my favourites;
Baby Foot Easy Pack – This is a very strange product for me although, many people use it a lot. First of all, it’s quite pricey for just one pair of plastic socks and that put me off at the beginning but then I had problems in the winter and decided to give it a go. It really made the skin of my feet incredibly soft and smooth but during the two weeks of waiting for all the dead skin to peel off… it was just looking and feeling very unpleasant. But I have to say, I’d do it again because the results were amazing.

L’Oreal Ever Sleek No Sulphates Smoothing & Intensely Nourishing Shampoo – Loved this shampoo, it made my hair shiny, soft and smelling so nice;
Swiss O’ Par Tea Tree Oil Shampoo – This is my purifying shampoo that I use once a week and many people hate the smell of it. I don’t mind it and I love how clean my hair gets with it;
All Nature Thyme & Rosemary Shampoo – That was my previous clarifying shampoo which I liked, too. It just made my hair clean and shiny, with a lot of volume;
COLAB Tokyo Dry Shampoo – A dry shampoo that needs to be sprayed a few hours before you go out or the night before to actually notice a difference but it really refreshes the hair and gives it a bit of volume without leaving white residue or sticky feel. I’m really happy that the brand is now available in Norway but the price is 3 times higher than in the UK, sadly;
Dove Intensive Repair Hair Mask – I love Dove hair products and this was no exception, a nice nourishing mask;
Mark Hill Big Night Out Detox Gloss Treatment – This was a random purchase but I quite liked the product, it really made my hair shiny and beautiful and smelled amazing.

These are my first empties for 2016, hope you could find something helpful in the lines above!

Shopping my Mum’s Stash

DSC_1044postDSC_0002postDSC_0004postDSC_0006postMy life has changed a lot in the past couple of years and I don’t get to see my family as often as I would want to, so I love catching up with them and just spending time together.

After we’ve cried our eyes out, me and my mum proceed to much more fun activities…like browsing through each other’s beauty products. We have similar taste in make-up but our skin types are quite different. I really wanted to show you some of my mum’s favourite beauty bits because here on my blog, I’m talking mostly about products suitable for combination/oily skin but would be interesting to mention dry skin appropriate care, as well.

A significant part of mine and mum’s beauty products are gifts from my boyfriend because first, we’re lucky and he knows what is nice for us and has a great taste and second, he travels a lot and has access to amazing travel exclusives. Like this 100 ml bottle of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II. It never seemed to be good for my skin, I got bad breakouts while using it but it’s a miracle worker for mum’s dry skin. She feels her skin much more hydrated, it looks fresher, smoother and more radiant. It’s now mum’s favourite step of her evening skincare routine.

A facial oil that she’s been loving in the past few months is from Alverde, a drugstore brand that uses ingredients from certified organic agriculture, their products are without silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes. This particular Wild Rose Facial Oil is also vegan. The oil is suitable for dry skin and I’m quite sad the brand hasn’t released different ones for all skin types because I’d love to try a combination skin one. Mum is using this oil in the evening and on the next day, her skin looks more plump and healthy. It’s actually a great oil and I can’t believe how low the price is for such an amazing ingredients list and properties. I love the texture of this product and the subtle rose scent, once again, wish they had an oil for my skin type.

One of mum’s favourite day moisturisers is Clarins HydraQuench Cream. She fell in love with it after using a sample and now she’s always having at least one mini tube because she finds it more comfortable than the jar and she can carry it around with her. The cream is lightweight, it sinks into the skin really well but gives a great amount of hydration without leaving a greasy residue. My mum also says that it feels soothing on the skin and she loves using this cream in the winter.

She doesn’t use Sanctuary SPA Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser every day but she likes cleansing her face with it after a long day because she says it’s very relaxing. She usually takes off her make-up with some kind of make-up remover or micellar water and then she continues with this cleanser. The texture seems quite thick and balm-like and we both think it wouldn’t be appropriate for more oily skin types but she loves it on her dry skin. She feels her skin clean and soft after using this product and it definitely looks more radiant.

I’ve also featured a few make-up bits but we have so many similar make-up items that I decided to keep it short and sweet.
It seems me and my mum, both have a thing for Clinique mascaras at the moment and I can’t wait to share with you my favourite one right now. But mum is currently loving their Hight Impact Mascara and I have to mention that we like different type of wands. She loves bristle brushes while I prefer rubber ones and the only mascara that we both like is Benefit‘s Roller Lash.

When it comes to Soap & Glory and their Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in Hot Chocolate, we are on the same page. It’s one of our favourite brow pencils and this product is not available in both of the countries we live in, so it’s pretty frustrating. Not to mention that whenever I’m in London, our shade is always sold out and can’t even stock up on it. Big love for this brow pencil but pretty tough for us to get it.

Speaking of London, I was browsing through the nail polish displays at Superdrug once and saw this Rimmel Salon PRO Nail Polish in the shade Grape Sorbet and I immediately thought of mum. It looked so much like the shades that she was wearing when I was a child and was always thinking how sophisticated it seemed because it wasn’t too dark or too pink, it was just ‘her’ nail polish shade, a lovely muted cyclamen colour. And I knew that they have Rimmel here but surprise, they never have this shade, so it’s now one of her favourite ones.

I always have so much fun taking a look at mum’s beauty stash and I hope, it was interesting for you, too.

Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose

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Whenever I travel to the UK, I always take a look at the Sanctuary SPA shelves in Boots. There is just something so relaxing about their body products and in the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to find my favourite range from them. And I did find it.

At the beginning of the year, Sanctuary SPA launched in Norway which made me really excited. However, the variety is still quite poor and the prices are much higher than the ones in London, for example. The set that I’m showing you today, isn’t available in Norway, unfortunately, but if you find yourself in the UK, be sure to check it out.

Sanctuary SPA White Lily & Damask Rose is a range that has some of the best-smelling body products I’ve ever tried. The scent is feminine, delicate, slightly floral but very subtle and not too overpowering. It’s almost like a light perfume.

I’d like to start with the first product that I tried from the range which turned out to be my least favourite. I fell in love with the scent of the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub but I really don’t like the beads in it, they just don’t do anything for my skin.

The White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash is amazing, light but moisturising thanks to the bursting moisture particles with Jojoba Oil. My skin feels clean, soft and wonderful-smelling.

Although, I’ve tried much more moisturising body lotions, the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion isn’t greasy or heavy and still has decent hydrating properties thanks to the Shea Butter and Rose Extracts. The scent is incredibly calming and uplifting at the same time. My skin is left feeling nourished and smooth.

I’m in love with this delicately scented Sanctuary SPA range, the aroma is divine!
Do you have a favourite body care series from the brand?

April Favourites

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April is almost over and I’ve been really hoping that by now winter would be gone too but I’m still wearing warm sweaters and scarves. That’s why this month’s favourites are a bit of what my skin still needs but also adding a pop of spring colour.

The colour actually comes from a lipstick and it’s the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty. I’ve been really enjoying this muted dusty rose shade that actually goes quite opaque. The formula is creamy and feels moisturising although it doesn’t replace lip balm. It doesn’t last all day, of course, but 3-4 hours is pretty good for me. It’s really affordable but the quality of the product is very good. Many people say that this shade is a dupe for MAC Syrup but I can’t compare them since I don’t have Syrup around me. I prefer natural and fresh look for spring, so this shade has been often on my lips in April.

I never thought that investing in a good pair of eyelash curlers would make such a difference to my eye look. Each day, I feel more and more convinced that I made a good choice by picking up Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. I don’t think my eyelashes are bad but they just grow straight, so I need a bit of help on the curling front. The curlers really open up the eye and mascaras perform better as well.

Lately, the wind outside has been fierce and my hands are terribly flaking and bleeding again. Many of the hand creams I own aren’t suggested for use when you have scratches or wounds, so it can be even more painful to apply hand cream than not using one. One product stood out in the month of April and it’s the Mirins Copenhagen Tea Tree & Lavender Hand Balm*. The texture reminds me of my favourite Hand Salve from Burt’s Bees. It’s a solid balm that melts into an oil on your skin, has herbal scent and rich texture which I love. Feels very soothing on my irritated hands, the Tea Tree Oil is also antiseptic and I use this balm as a night hand moisturiser. On the next morning, I see a significant change in my hands condition. This hand balm also contains Apricot Kernel Oil, Shea Butter and Beeswax.

Sanctuary SPA recently arrived at the Norwegian drugstores with several of their products. I was curious to try some of them and because I use up my body washes extremely quickly, I decided to pick their Cleansing Burst Body Wash. After that I got some more products from London because they looked amazing but unfortunately, I haven’t noticed them here yet. The body wash is infused with essential oils and bursting with moisturising capsules of sesame oil and jojoba which burst on the skin to help the skin feel soft and smooth. It creates a gentle lather, leaves your skin soft and clean and gives your bathroom a spa smell indeed, the smell lingers on the skin as well. It’s really relaxing to take a shower with this body wash and I feel my skin nourished after that. Can’t wait to try the rest of their products.

The big surprise for me comes from the drugstore and it’s a shampoo. I have a long, thick but soft hair and every single hairdresser tells me how they see something like this for the first time in their lives, how my hair is thick but at the same time so soft and falls down heavily and it’s impossible to style it…or at least the hair style doesn’t last more than 30 minutes. Apart from the fact that if I want to look presentable, I have to wash my hair every single day, it sometimes lacks volume because of the ‘falls down heavily’ feature. So, when I saw this post by the lovely Lora (yes, I know, she’s perfect), I knew I had to try the Balea Professional Pure Volume Shampoo. I like that it comes in a squeezy tube and is a clear gel rather than creamy formula that usually weighs down my hair. Smells amazing and the smell lingers on my hair for at least a day. However, what impressed me the most was that it actually does give me volume and makes my hair look shiny and pretty. I love this shampoo and I regret not telling my boyfriend to get more of it when he was in Germany.

What are you loving in the month of April?