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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo

Whenever I see a product that promises to keep my hair clean longer, I’m up for testing it out. I’ve always wanted to try something from Living Proof, so when I saw their Perfect Hair Day Shampoo a couple of months ago, I picked it up without hesitating.

This is a sulphate-free shampoo that claims to smooth, volumise, condition, strengthen and polish the hair. It also should make the hair feel cleaner for longer period of time, so that it gets washed less often. The brand says the shampoo is suitable for all hair types, as well as for colour-treated hair.

First of all, I like the way the bottle looks but I have to say, it’s not the most comfortable one to use. It’s somehow hard to dispense the amount of product I need. But on the plus side, it’s very sturdy and doesn’t leak. I like the way it smells although many people hate it, I don’t think the scent is too overpowering or unpleasant.

I always wash my hair twice, usually my hair is pretty long and I use up shampoos really quickly. I thought this shampoo wouldn’t last me a long time but I was surprised. I don’t need much to get a pretty rich for a sulphate-free shampoo lather that cleanses my scalp and hair but without leaving it stripped. It feels purifying but mild at the same time, it also has this light pearlescent texture and gives me volume and shine. My hair is quite thick and coarse and I noticed that this shampoo tames the frizz, as well and leaves my hair feeling a bit softer.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo does make my hair feel cleaner for a bit longer, just I have this habit of washing it every other day. I use dry shampoo occasionally but for me, nothing beats the feeling of freshly washed hair. I even used to wash my hair every single day, I just love washing my hair often and I’m not one of those “second day hair is best” girls. And now I feel like washing it even more often because I love how my hair feels and looks with this shampoo, it is now one of my favourites and I’m really happy it’s sulphate-free. It’s a bit pricey, especially knowing I use up shampoos quite quickly but I think it’s totally worth it.

If you’re looking for a purifying but caring sulphate-free shampoo, ask for a sample or get a mini maybe. I love how shiny, clean and volumised my hair looks with it and I just wish they would do something about the packaging in future, as it’s a bit hard to get the product out of it.

April Favourites

DSC_0110post DSC_0112postIt’s almost time to say goodbye to April and I have such mixed feelings for the last few weeks… April has been both, horrible and amazing and I hope May will be much sunnier, happier and brighter for all!

The only skincare item I’m featuring today is the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream*. I’ve been using this eye cream for two months and with each day, I like it more and more. It’s just really hydrating and refreshing, it feels light on the skin and it’s also a great base for my concealer. I’ve done a full review on this product here, in case you’d like to know more about it.

Another Clinique product that I’ve been absolutely in love with is their Cheek Pop in the shade 03 Berry Pop* from their Pop Artistry Spring 2016 Collection (at least that’s when they arrived in Norway). This blush is so beautiful and juicy-looking on the cheeks, it’s a powder but feels creamy and light, it’s long-lasting and very pigmented. You can read more about the collection here.

The second make-up product in this month’s favourites is the mini YSL Effet Faux Cills Mascara. I took it away with me to London and I remembered how gorgeous this mascara is. It gives me fluttery lashes, it’s super black, it doesn’t clump or flake and I might need a full size of it although I have so many mascaras in my drawer at the moment.

I already shared with you here how much I like the Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant which is my current purifying shampoo. I use it once a week to just get this really clean and voluminous hair that we all love. I love that it’s not stripping and it doesn’t dry out my scalp, it’s very gentle but still purifying.

With spring days slowly coming to Norway, I started wearing a bit lighter fragrances. My most-worn one for April has been Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink. If you are fan of fragrances like Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Versace Bright Crystal and Crystal Noir, you’re going to like this one, too. It has notes of Tangerine, Pear Blossom and Yuzu Whipped Cream, base of Bamboo, Musk and Black Saffron and heart notes of Pink Lotus and White Camellia. The scent is fresh, feminine and a bit sweet. A really nice fragrance for the spring days.

What have you been loving in the month of April?

*PR Samples

My Current Purifying Shampoo

DSC_1018postClarifying shampoos are something that I’m kind of crazy about. I use them once a week and I love how soft, shiny and clean my hair looks and feels after that.

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried a few Kérastase products before but I don’t remember which ones exactly. I was really looking forward to getting some of their Spécifique products which is a series that improves scalp concerns. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the shampoo for oily scalp and dry ends at the salon that day, so I got the one for oily scalp and hair. At first, I was a bit scared and wasn’t sure if it wouldn’t make my hair too dry and irritate my scalp but luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.

Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant contains Glycine and Salicylic Acid to purify the scalp and hair and Vitamin B6 that has nourishing properties. The consistency is clear and runny and the scent is very nice. I love how clean my hair gets with this shampoo but it doesn’t feel dry and my scalp isn’t irritated. Kérastase Spécifique Bain Clarifiant gives me a lot of volume and shine while I feel my hair soft and light. It’s a great choice if you want to have really clean hair but without the stripping feeling.

I like this shampoo a lot, it’s purifying but feels gentle and I’m looking forward to trying the Kérastase Spécifique Bain Divalent one, as well, to see which one works better on my hair. What’s your favourite product from Kérastase?

Army of Minis #3

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I’m just packing my suitcase because I’ll be flying to Munich tomorrow which makes me very excited. I haven’t been to the city before and I can’t wait to see their Christmas markets, all the decorations and food.

Here are some of the small-sized products that I added to my beauty bag:

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel – I tend to keep a sachet of this product in my travel bag because it’s really handy and the gel helps in case of unwanted spots appearing during my travels;
Purederm Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask – This will be the first time trying the face mask, I picked it up because I like some of the brand’s skincare items and it’s always good to have a clay mask for my combination skin;
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – I’m really happy I got many minis of this mascara as it’s one of my all-time favourites and never seems to fail me. I love having it in my travel make-up bag because it means I can always have curled lashes that are also voluminous and lengthened. You can read more of my thoughts on it here, as I’ve done a full review;
– Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Hair Repair Million Gloss Shampoo – They didn’t have much variety of mini shampoos at the drugstore, so I decided to get this one just because I’ve had a full size and it’s not a bad one, plus it really does give a nice shine to my hair;
– Balea Repair + Care 1 Minute Intensive Mask – It’s another product that I still haven’t tried but it would be a great opportunity to do it now, so I’ll report back;
Velnea Dry Shampoo – I like to have a mini dry shampoo when I travel but they still seem quite bulky to me, so I was surprised to see such a tiny one. I haven’t used it before but it promises to refresh the hair and to also add volume to it;
Golden Rose WOW! Nail Colour in 62 – This is one of the few times I’m taking a nail polish with me, I try to use a good base and top coat that can make my nail varnish last 5-6 days when I’m away from home. However, this tiny bottle has one of my favourite nail polish formulas I’ve come across. Plus, the shade is a gorgeous dark purple one that is perfect for the colder months;
L.A. Colours Nail Polish Remover in Peach – I thought such pads are pretty comfortable to throw in your travel make-up bag in case you need to remove your nail polish and you don’t want to carry bottles of nail polish remover;
Velnea Hand and Nail Balm – It was a random purchase because I needed a new hand cream for my handbag but it turned out to be a pretty good one. The tube is really small, the hand cream is hydrating but also absorbs super quickly and I can continue with my tasks without my hands feeling sticky;
Essence Repairing Nail Oil – I like applying this nail oil before going to bed, so that I can have nourished nails and cuticles on the next morning. It also smells really nice;
LUSH New Charity Pot – I’ve done a review on this product here and I really like having a small tin of it with me.

I’ll continue with the packing and hopefully Munich will give me a warm welcome!


Current Clarifying Shampoo

My hair is pretty thick and long, it’s very soft but falls down heavily. I can say that it’s actually a happy hair because I don’t torture it so much. I don’t use too many styling products and I try to stay away from straighteners and curling wands. However, I use hair dryer every time when I wash my hair but trust me, it’s not as bad as the other tools and I have no idea why people always say that it’s much worse, no, it’s not.

Anyway, water in Norway is pretty soft and I never feel my hair super clean and perfectly washed. That’s why I use a deep cleansing shampoo once a week.

The shampoo that I’m showing you today isn’t described as clarifying one but it works as such for me. It’s by All Nature and it’s their Thyme & Rosemary Volume and Vitality Shampoo. It’s based on natural extracts and oils and it’s free from silicones, parabens, paraffins, SLES and EO. The smell reminds me of old shampoos and probably many people wouldn’t like it but I don’t mind it. It’s a pretty purple gel that foams up and you don’t need very much product to wash your hair. Yes, it does make my hair feel squeaky clean but once a week, I just want my hair to be extremely clean, that’s how I prefer it. This shampoo does it and also makes my hair soft without flyaways and gives me lots of volume. It removes all the build-up while keeping the hair in good condition.

The frequency of using a clarifying shampoo is different for every person. Some do it once a month, others two times a month, it depends on the hair type and condition.

Which clarifying shampoo would you recommend?