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Empties #15


It feels quite strange to do a post with empty products for a second time this month. But here’s a tiny portion…most of them pretty useful if you’re travelling.

Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks – I have an entire blog post dedicated to these face masks, so here’s a link to it in case you’d want a bit more information on each of them but I love them all and I’ve already repurchased a few;
Sally’s Box Loverecipe Paprika Sheet Mask & Peach Sheet Mask – The paprika one is for smoother skin texture and the serum was more like a gel, while the peach mask is firming and looked quite creamy. I enjoyed using both of them because my skin felt refreshed and soft after using the masks. It was also a bit cooling which is great for the summer months;
Balea Vital Sheet Mask – This sheet mask is usually supposed to be good for mature skin but I was curious to try it because of the Hyaluronic Acid and Argan Oil in it. Balea have some lovely budget sheet masks and this was no exception;
Balea Soft & Clear Nose Strips – I know these are not so good to use but I just can’t stop trying different ones. They are formulated with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil and were recommended to me by a friend. So far, these are the best drugstore ones I’ve tried, sadly there are only 3 inside the packet but they’re very good;
Balea Clear-Up Strips – Love the Lotus Flower Extract range but these strips are not as good as the ones mentioned above;
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner – This is an alcohol-free, soothing and hydrating toner. I really like it and I’m thinking about purchasing a full size, it’s good for any skin type but especially for those with combination and blemish-prone skin;
L’Occitane Essential Water – I’ve heard many good things about this floral water and I love the brand but this product stings my eyes and broke me out. The scent is very strong and I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but it just doesn’t agree with this toner, sadly;
Balea Eye Cream with Lotus Extract – There was another empty tube of my favourite drugstore eye cream about 3 weeks ago but this is the one I had in my travel bag and there was just a tiny bit left. I’ve talked about it so many times, it’s fragrance-free, feels soothing and hydrating and I will keep repurchasing it;
La Roche-Posay SPF 50+ Anthelios XL – This mini was so good for travelling. It’s a relatively lightweight cream although all sunscreens are a bit heavy on me but it was quite nice underneath makeup. The formula is paraben-free and water-resistant;
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry – One of my favourite lip products! Can’t believe I’ve used it up and need to get a new one. When I first got it, I didn’t expect it to be so nice on the lips but also, so moisturising. I’ve even used it as an overnight treatment during travels and it just leaves my lips incredibly soft and nourished;
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve – I still don’t understand how people never talk about these blushers and especially this particular shade. The powder is finely-milled, it has a beautiful sheen, applies like a dream and this one is something between a bronzer and a blusher. Simply gorgeous;
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – A lovely brightening concealer with decent amount of coverage. I don’t talk about it a lot which is a shame because it’s a really nice product and I actually already have another tube of it;
Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara – This mini was great for my travel makeup bag. It doesn’t irritate my eyes and gives volume to the lashes, makes them look fluttery and the only downside is that it’s pretty tough to remove at the end of the day;
Lavera Deo Roll-On with Bio Aloe Vera & Bio Calendula – This is a vegan deodorant with subtle scent and lovely ingredients list. Most deodorants don’t really keep me sweat-free anyway, so I prefer to use such that are more “clean” and Lavera do really nice ones;
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub – I love the brand’s body scrubs but this mini wasn’t that exfolaiting and I’m not sure if it was a problem with the one I had. However, I really like the scent;
Alverde Leave-In Conditioner Spray Aloe Vera Hibiscus – I believe it now has a new packaging and they often reformulate it but it’s always a nice budget-friendly product. It makes my hair shiny and smooth.

As it seems, I’ve used up quite a few products in the past couple of weeks and I’m already thinking about project pan. I have a lot of products that are half-used and I’m not the biggest fan of throwing something in the bin because I forgot about it and it has expired.

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Empties #14


Usually this type of posts contain a lot of products but like I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to do them more often and with less products now, so that they don’t get too long and boring. Here it is everything I’ve used up recently.

Skincare Products

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water – One of my favourite micellar waters. I like taking my makeup off with such products before cleansing my skin and this one is very gentle yet effective, a cult classic that doesn’t need too many words;
Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel – This is the cleanser from the same range and I love it, I already have a second bottle of it because it doesn’t really foam, it feels very soothing on the skin and leaves it soft and clean;
Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask – A fantastic budget sheet mask that contains Salicylic Acid and Zinc which is great if you have blemish-prone and oily skin. I use it when I feel that I need it or once a week because of my combination skin;
Sephora Algae Face Mask – This is the purifying sheet mask from Sephora and I have to say, I enjoy using almost all of their sheet masks. This one makes my skin look a bit brighter but definitely not matte. I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite one and I’m not sure if I’d repurchase but I don’t think it’s a bad sheet mask;
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray – Thermal sprays, floral mists and toners are must-haves for me all year round but especially in the summer. I love the cooling and soothing effect of this thermal water, it makes my skin soft and radiant without looking shiny;
La Roche-Posay Serozinc 
– This Zinc Sulfate solution for oily, blemish-prone skin is a huge love of mine and sadly, not available anywhere around me. I’m really sad I’ve used up another bottle of this miracle worker and I hope it will be soon easier to find;
La Roche-Posay Tolerian Ultra Fluide – A soothing lightweight cream for face and eyes that calms my skin and leaves it moisturised without making it more oily;
Balea Eye Cream with Lotus – This is probably my 5th tube of my favourite drugstore eye cream. I love the texture, it’s so light yet hydrating, the formula is fragrance-free and contains  Vitamin E, Panthenol, Almond, Jojoba, Aloe and Lotus Oils and Caffeine and Vitamin C;
KICKS Age Defence Turn Back Time Sun Protection SPF 30 – This sunscreen has a lovely apple scent and doesn’t break me out which is one of the most important things for me when it comes to SPF. It can look a bit more shiny on my combination skin but I much prefer this cream to many of the popular ones that tend to leave white cast or look too greasy or too chalky;

Makeup Products

Essence Stay Natural Concealer – One of those concealers in a pen form that has a brush on the end. I’m not sure exactly why but I really love this type of concealers. They’re somehow easy to use and as if the formula is always lightweight but with very good coverage and brightening effect;
Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil – My favourite eyebrow pencil! It’s precise, the shade is great for me, it’s not too dry or too creamy, it’s just perfect;
Essence Make Me Brow Gel – I have 5-6 of these in my beauty stash because the darker shade always seems to be out of stock and I think it’s a really nice setting gel for brows. It doesn’t make my brow hairs too crispy, it leaves them natural-looking and the tiny wand doesn’t pick up too much product;
Catrice All Matt Powder – There’s still a little bit left in the pan but it’s getting harder and harder to use the product. This is a finely-milled powder that mattifies my skin but also gives it a bit of a glow, I feel like it’s impossible to overdo it and now I really want to try more of the brand’s powders;
Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother – This has been staying at the bottom of one of my bags for ages and I just wanted to say a few words about it because I got it thinking it might be similar to the Instant Light Lip Perfectors from Clarins. I don’t want to say it’s a horrible product but first of all, I don’t like the scent, it’s a sweet one but as if the product has expired and then it does make my lips look smooth and shiny without being too glossy but on the next day, they’re pretty dry. I used to keep it in my handbag trying to make myself use it during the day but it’s just not my favourite lip product;

Body Products

Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream – Incredibly moisturising and soothing hand cream enriched with Shea Butter and Lanolin. The scent is similar to This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray;
Himalaya Herbals Baby Lotion – The best thing about this lotion is that it absorbs almost instantly without leaving any residue which makes it perfect for summer. The formula contains Almond Oil and Olive Oil and I really liked using it;
The Body Shop Mango Body Mist – Body mists are great in the summer, they don’t last that long on the skin but feel refreshing and smell sweet. Unfortunately, the top of this one broke, so it’s been really hard to use it up but the scent is very nice and not too overpowering.

Hope you’re having a great start to the new month!

Budget Beauty Heroes

I realised that sometimes it may seem like I don’t reach for drugstore makeup very often but that’s not true. However, the reasons why it looks like this are mainly two. First one being the fact that there aren’t many drugstore brands on the Norwegian beauty market and second, the prices of drugstore and high-end makeup in the country can be very similar. That’s why I tend to go for the high-end option most of the time but I love browsing through the drugstore aisles whenever I travel. You can find amazing jems like my favourite blush, for example, or a really good eyebrow pencil.

One of the best affordable makeup products has to be the L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation. It’s very difficult for me to find a base that I really like (not only at the drugstore but in general) and I’m happy this product is another budget option because I’ve been using Bourjois 123 CC Cream for years now and nothing else came close to it. They are totally different products when it comes to consistency and finish but they both earned my love. L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation has a great coverage and hides my redness really well, it does last very long on me although I still need to blot during the day which means it doesn’t stay totally matte. Actually, I like that it doesn’t sit too flat and heavy, it’s quite comfortable to wear, it’s easy to apply, I use a makeup sponge but on weekends I tend to mix this foundation with my moisturiser and apply it with fingers.

I’ve mentioned Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade 10 Nude Mauve so many times that I even included it in my 2016 favourites. It’s the perfect blush for me, the whole range is brilliant but this shade in particular doubles up as a bronzer, gives a healthy glow thanks to the beautiful and subtle sheen (there’s no sparkle or glitter) and there is no way to overdo it even if you’re heavy-handed like me.

As you may see, I need a new pot of the Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. I’ve been using this powder for over 3 years now and this is probably my 6th one of it, I simply love how finely-milled it is and how it keeps me shine-free for hours but gives my face radiance at the same time. Years ago it was really hard to find a good drugstore powder, there are now much more budget face powders that are pretty good but this one remains the best one for me along with Rimmel Stay Matte.

The beauty product that I almost never change is definitely my eyebrow pencil. As if I stopped looking for brow pencils after I found the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil. It’s really precise and easy to work with, so you can form a defined brow or you can make it look natural and undone which, in my opinion, is very difficult to achieve with brow pencils.

There are a ton of amazing affordable lipsticks out there and it’s really hard for me to pick just one and say it’s the best drugstore choice. But there is one lipstick I wear so often that it somehow isn’t mentioned enough. Essence Longlasting Lipstick in the shade 05 Cool Nude (you can see a swatch in my Love for Nude Lipsticks post) may seem a bit boring in the bullet but once it’s applied on the lips it transforms into the most beautiful muted rosy shade that would suit many skin tones. It doesn’t last that long but it’s really comfortable to wear, I don’t even need a mirror to apply it, it’s not drying and the brand has such a wide range of lipstick shades and finishes that you would grab more than one.

These are some of my budget makeup stars and perhaps, it would be interesting to do a skincare version of this post. What do you think?

Current Everyday Makeup Menu | Spring 2017

When sunshine is so beautiful and birds are chirping, I just want to get ready as quick as possible in the morning and enjoy the spring outside.
The way I do my makeup has always been quite simple but the one I’m sharing with you today is even easier and takes only about 10 minutes. What I’m aiming for is a healthy look that makes me feel less tired and a bit more fresh.

There are a few new products I’ve been using lately and they fit perfectly into my current makeup routine. The base is one of them and it’s by Dior. If you want to see a full review on this Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Cushion SPF 35, click here. I love the coverage of this foundation and the fact that it doesn’t actually look like I’m wearing a lot of makeup. Also, it’s very easy to apply and the compact is perfect for travelling.
My dark circles make me look tired and even ill, so I always need to brighten up the undereye area. This budget Correct Me! Concealer from Aura is a real gem, has great pigmentation and hides the darkness really well. It’s very creamy and easy to apply, the shade range is quite good and I also use it on blemishes around my face.

I’ve mentioned several times that I don’t wear eyeshadow on a daily basis, I’d usually smudge a bit of brown eyeliner around the lash line for more definition. However, in the past few weeks I’ve been reaching for my good old Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude. It’s just easy to create a simple yet sophisticated look, the palette is affordable and the shadows are really nice.
Then I’d add a few coats of MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara* for a great separation and curl. For my brows, I keep it really simple by brushing them upwards with the Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel*. This adds texture to the brows and makes them a bit fuller but still leaves them natural-looking. Heavy and really defined brows can make me look a bit angry, so I tend to keep them more natural and even undone, I think it’s quite youthful and cool.

Next up is the product that actually makes the difference and turns this whole look into a romantic and fresh one. I’m not really wearing pinks very often but Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Bare Cream & Desert Rose* is such a beautiful illuminating duo. This particular shade is supposed to be suitable for medium skin tones but I think it looks good even on light skin like mine and I’m pretty sure it would look amazing on darker complexion, as well. This product is going to be such a staple for me not only during spring but also in the upcoming summer months, as it gives the most beautiful glow and flush of colour, it makes me look healthy in a natural way. It’s also versatile, I use the Bare Cream highlighter on top of my cheeks but I’d sometimes top up my eyeshadow with it for a luminous look, you can build up the intensity and really create a wet look with it. As for the Desert Rose blusher, it’s also a stunning lip colour that is incredibly flattering. Such an easy to use duo that enhances your natural features and can be used only with fingers or with a brush/beauty sponge.
I don’t tend to use cream products on my combination skin, often the texture can be too thick and heavy but this one is simply a dream item and I’m happy I have this particular shade.
If I don’t use the highlight shade from this palette, I reach for MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion, it gives a soft radiance that looks really pretty.
Soap & Glory‘s One Heck of a Blot has been the powder of choice for me lately because it doesn’t sit too heavy and matte but still keeps the shine at bay.

There are a few lip products I’ve been really into in the past month or so. The first one is my beloved Dior Addict Lip Glow in 006 Berry (review here), I always carry one of the shades in my bag, it’s easy to apply, it looks beautiful and feels nourishing. Another hydrating option comes from Burt’s Bees and their natural lipsticks (review here). I have two of the shades but I tend to reach for 530 Lily Lakemore often because it’s vibrant and makes me look healthy even when the colour fades during the day and I’m left with a lovely stain. On weekends I pretty much use only three makeup products – the Dior cushion foundation, MAC mascara and Bobbi Brown palette and then is the time when I use the blush shade from this palette on my lips. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating but it doesn’t dry out my lips and looks simply beautiful.

This is my quick and easy makeup menu for the spring days that we can finally enjoy. What makeup look are you going for at the moment?

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My Simple Festive Makeup Menu

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Christmas is only a week away, we’re getting closer and closer to New Year’s Eve, as well and I thought I’d share with you my very simple but elegant holiday makeup. Plus, it’s my birthday today, so I have one more occasion and reason to wear it.

I always start with cleansing and moisturising my face and then continue with my trustworthy Dior Forever Foundation. It’s long-lasting, it mattifies my skin without making it look flat, it’s radiant but not shiny and has medium to full coverage. For concealer, I’m going to be using this mini of the Lancôme Long-Lasting Softening Concealer SPF 30 because it’s creamy and pigmented, it’s easy to blend and can be used on blemishes around the face or under the eyes.

I love the combination between my old favourite Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil and the new Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel*. The pencil is really precise and the gel sets in place every tiny little hair without making it crispy, the formula is also really long-lasting.
On my eyes, I’m going to use this Dior Palette which I got as a gift with a purchase and sadly, isn’t sold separately but I just adore it. It’s really sophisticated and there are plenty of Dior shadows with the same quality and many shades to choose from. I’m going to be also using this Lancôme Khôl Hypnôse Waterproof Eye Pencil in the shade 04 Prune because it looks great with the shadows and the Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in 01 Noir to smudge it around the upper and lower lash line. Of course, it would be great with liquid eyeliner and some false lashes but I’ll just pop a bit of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I think I’ll be going for volumised and separated lashes but still natural-looking.

This Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve can be also used as a bronzer, so it will warm up my complexion a bit and it has a beautiful sheen to it. I love this new MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in Sweet Sweet Fantasy*. It looks a bit coral in the pan but on me, it’s more peachy and I could wear it with almost any lip colour because it just gives me a healthy and fresh appearance. It wouldn’t be festive makeup without some glow. I really like this MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion, it’s on the golden side but it’s not too yellow and I think it’s perfect for the holiday season.
Then, I’ll just powder my T-zone with the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder and will finish off with my lipstick of choice.

It’s not really typical for me to go for a bright lip but I love this MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick in So Good For You*. It’s bright, it’s red, it’s matte, it’s rich, it’s bold! I prefer applying it with a lip brush and it lasts for more than 4 hours on me which is a lot considering almost no lipstick stays on my lips for more than a couple of hours.

For nails, I’m really enjoying the No7 Winter Nudes Nail Collection at the moment. They are not super long-lasting but they can be removed really easily and we all know how difficult it can be to take off dark or glitter nail varnishes. The colours are beautiful and glossy, they go from beige to berry and there’s also a shimmering gold top coat that is stunning.

That’s my festive makeup menu this year and I sincerely wish you cosy and wonderful holidays!

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