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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.

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;

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.



Evening Skincare Routine | Summer 2016


On Wednesday I showed you my simple summer morning skincare routine and it’s only logical the evening one to follow.

I decided to feature a few more products that I use several times a week and not every day but they are still part of my skincare rituals and that’s why they’re here.

The first step is always taking my make-up off and I usually use micellar water to do this. The Ziaja Sensitive Skin Micellar Water is very gentle, feels delicate on the skin but takes off make-up really well. After this, I usually continue with an oil cleanser but I’ve been using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam* for the past month or so because it’s something between a cream and oil cleanser and I really like it. It’s very calming and leaves my skin clean, soft and hydrated. I’ve done a full review on this product, so you can take a look at it here. To tone my skin and to remove any last traces of impurities, I use Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Iris, it’s good even around the eyes, doesn’t strip my skin and feels refreshing.

At the moment, I’m using a drugstore serum and it’s the Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum which is a brilliant basic one for dehydrated and sensitive skin. It feels comforting, it makes my skin glowy and fresh-looking. I’ve been using it for just about a month and I’m waiting once it’s been at least 3 months to do a proper review on it but so far, I think it’s a great find.

Then I apply my eye cream and it’s still the same as the one in my morning skincare routine, I just love the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream*. Day or night, it’s the one to give me hydration, brightness and care in a fragrance-free formula.

I love applying facial oils and I simply adore them on slightly damp skin, that’s why I use the thermal spray from Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic Acai* and then apply the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. It spreads evenly, nourishes the skin and gives a wonderful glow.

For an extra drop of hydration, I finish off with Clinique Superdefense Night Recovery Moisturiser*. It’s radiance in a jar, containing Vitamin C and Vitamin E to maintain healthy and radiant skin, Ergothioneine which is an antioxidant amino acid that helps protect the skin from pollution and Rosemary Leaf Extract for strengthening the skin’s barrier from environmental aggressors, while stimulating natural collagen production. You can read my review on it here.

Before bed, I like to apply the Kaufmanns multi-purpose cream in a tube on my lips. I’ve talked about this one a lot, it’s just amazing for dry lips, it heals them with a couple of applications, it’s affordable and I always stock up on it when I’m in Germany.

Additional care
There are two exfoliating products I’ve been using the most in the past few months. Facial scrubs aren’t something that I reach for often but I’m really enjoying the Dior Instant Gentle Exfoliant with Pure Lily Extract because it’s gentle and creamy, it doesn’t dry out my skin and makes it look luminous. In case you’d like to read more about this product, I’ve done a full review on it here. I use it a couple of times a week, just like the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel from Superdrug (I always use them on different days). This tiny tube contains a clear gel that feels a bit sticky when you apply it but the feeling disappears quickly. I use it at night and then wash it off the next morning. My skin gets really soft and radiant with it which is a bit of a surprise as I got this product on a whim. I don’t think my face gets along with Glycolic Acid that well, I’ve had pretty bad experience with some skincare products containing the ingredient but this affordable peel really does a great job.

I have combination skin, so a blemish or two will appear from time to time. In this case, I use a few drops of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on a cotton bud and apply it directly onto the affected area after cleansing. This product is lovely, doesn’t dry out my skin and works really well but I have to say, pure Tea Tree Oil works just as good and it’s often cheaper.
At night I use the Dermalogica Clear Start Overnight Treatment on dry and cleansed skin and on the next day the redness and the size of the blemishes are reduced, my skin definitely looks a bit better without being dry.

Several times a week, I like to use face masks, purifying and nourishing, both types are in my routine and you can see my current face mask choices here.

This is my evening skincare routine this summer, of course, I add new products once in a while, so I hope this post was helpful and perhaps in future, there would be an updated one.

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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!

Products That Deserve Your Attention

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In a world full of beauty launches and recommendations, many products remain unnoticed. Products that are just as good as the hyped up ones, if not better. I realised that I’m using a lot of beauty items that you won’t see on many beauty blogs or magazines and I decided to share them with you because I simply love them. It turned out that there were more than I expected, so this might become a series and hopefully, it will help you to discover or re-discover amazing gems.

Last year, I found the perfect cleansing oil for me (review here) and unfortunately, this is just the empty bottle of the A.S Apothecary Cleansing Oil #5 but they now have a stockist in Sweden, so I really hope to see their products in Norway soon. It’s an exquisite cleansing oil, feels lovely on the skin, smells amazing and removes make-up incredibly well while taking care of your skin thanks to Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Borage Oil, Calendula Oil and Vitamin E. It doesn’t break my combination skin out and I really miss it in my evening skincare rituals.

Speaking of breakouts, around ‘that time of the month’, my skin can go really crazy and that’s what happened a few weeks ago. I realised I’ve ran out of all my La Roche-Posay Effaclar treatments, so I had to go to the nearest pharmacy and get more of them. However, there was a huge display of Dermalogica products and I’ve always been curious about the brand, so I decided to take a look at it again. I’ve never heard people mentioning their Clear Start Overnight Treatment but it sounded so miraculous to me that I brought it back home. I applied it in the evening after cleansing and toning my face and on the next morning I woke up to less angry blemishes, the redness was almost gone, my skin didn’t feel dry or irritated and I couldn’t believe how well this product actually worked on me. I continued using it and I can say that my opinion hasn’t changed after the first use, I love this product, I might even love it a bit more than Effaclar Duo +, so go get a sample and see for yourself.

It might be spring coming but here in Norway, it’s still snowy and pretty cold. This caused me cracked and bleeding lips which doesn’t happen often to me, as I’m always taking care of my lips but there were such freezing days with icy wind that nothing could help. So, I had to deal with the aftermath and luckily, I always have the Kaufmanns cream (the one in a squeeze tube) because it heals my lips with just a couple of applications. It’s a relatively thick white cream that smells really delicate because it should be suitable for children, after all. If you find yourself in Germany, be sure to check it out because unfortunately, it’s available only there. A great product from the drugstore.

Clinique is a popular brand but some of their products are really underrated. Just like this Airbrush Concealer that I have a mini of. It’s great for highlighting under the eyes, it’s lightweight but pigmented, sits natural on the skin and makes you look fresher. I love the simple packaging and the pen-form.

Another famous brand is Clarins but their Eyebrow Pencil isn’t mentioned often. I’m not sure how many of it I’ve gone through but I really like it because it has powdery finish and lasts all day. Also, it doesn’t require sharpening that often and has a brush on one end.

You may have noticed that I’m using a lot of Essence products, I just think most of them are really good quality at a drugstore price and they’re also cruelty-free. We’ve heard about their lip pencils but not much about their eyeliners. A liquid one really disappointed me but this Gel Eyeliner in the shade 06 Cocoa Bean is one of the best eyeliners I’ve tried. It’s dark brown that looks incredibly flattering, the texture is smooth and glides on easily, it’s waterproof, it’s very pigmented and doesn’t require sharpening.

Body and Hair
I’ve confessed my love for Kneipp body washes a million times but I wanted to mention them once again. They have so many different sizes, types (from creams to foams) and scents… I haven’t experienced a disappointment, so far, they feel amazing on the skin and you should definitely try them!

Ziaja is a Polish brand that I discovered last year. I love their sensitive micellar water but I’ve never mentioned their Cocoa Butter Hair Mask. Not only it smells nice but it also nourishes my hair and makes it feel soft and shiny.

These are some of my favourite products that aren’t talked about enough, I hope this post would be helpful for you to find new beauty loves.

January Favourites

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So, the first month of 2016 has come to an end! Hard to believe, I know… But the thought of time flying really quickly, makes me feel quite down, so I’d better start sharing with you my January favourites.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying two shower gels. My morning one has been the Ziaja Orange Butter Creamy Shower Soap which smells like freshly pressed orange juice and I love it! This body wash contains Orange Butter derived from orange peel and it actually feels pretty moisturising on the skin, it’s refreshing and awakening. If you have the Polish brand’s products near you, be sure to check this one out.
My favourite evening shower gel has been Sante Grenadine Spirit Shower Gel which is vegan and has Organic Pomegranate in it. For me, it doesn’t smell like pomegranate, I find it warm and sweet-smelling like panettone which makes me feel quite Christmassy. It’s very gentle on the skin, it’s free from silicones, synthetic colourants and preservatives. I love even the design of the tube and I can’t wait to try more of this brand’s products once I’m back to Germany.

I’ve included the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in the shade 01 Jumbo Jetin my November 2015 favourites and my annual favourites but I’d like to mention it one more time because together with the Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara, they make the perfect pair. They are both separating and volumising but together, they do something that just doesn’t happen when I’m using only one of them. First, I go with a coat of Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Mascara and then I finish off with a layer of the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. The result is long, fluttery, voluminous and gorgeous lashes!

I haven’t used many different nail polishes in the past few weeks, simply because WYCON Nail Lacquer in N. 222 has been on my nails for about three weeks in a row. I couldn’t stop re-applying this beautiful dusty lavender shade and you can read more about it here.

I’ve been keeping the Crabtree & Evelyn‘s Gardeners Hand Therapy by the bathroom sink because I find it very soothing. January has been incredibly cold here in Norway, we have a lot of snow and my hands tend to bleed in such weather. This hand cream is infused with Macadamia Nut OilShea Butter andVitamin E. It smells amazing, warm and not too overpowering, so my boyfriend loves it, as well. It’s not greasy and you can dispense the right amount of product thanks to the pump. It’s not cheap but it lasts a really long time, we also got it in a set and it can be used by both, men and women. Definitely, one of the best hand creams I’ve ever tried.

There are a few more products that I wanted to include in this post but as I’ve been using them for only a couple of weeks, I’ll wait until February because I’m sure I’ll keep loving them.
What are your January favourites?

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