Baby feet

Thanks to the amazing luxury treatment I had last week, my feet are a softer than ever. Included was an additional foot and leg massage and of course a nice chat with foot therapist and beautician Bianca.
If you live in Stavanger or close, you should definitely book an appointment with her.
She does amazing work (including face treatments) at really good rates. Scroll down to view Bianca’s flyer and prices.

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Rituals

I think Rituals is the only brand whose packaging I like so much that I postpone using the products for as long as I can. Instead I like keeping them lined up in my bathroom and just enjoy looking at them.
But after about 5 weeks of decorating the room with the shower products, I finally decided to use these amazing Christmas gifts.

The orange range (called “Laughing Buddha ritual”) looks like wellness and it delivers just that. Even the smell of it makes you relax and the products make your skin so smooth and hydrated.

Have you tried Rituals yet? What is your favourite product?

Rituals

Rituals shower oil
Rituals Happy Buddha foaming shower gel sensation / Fortune Oil caring shower oil

Marina Miracle for men

Let’s be honest here – most guys are not too much into skincare. And my boyfriend is not any different. But when I told him he could test the Marina Miracle range for men, he was up for it right away. Probably because he had heard me rave about her products for weeks.
And guess what: Suddenly I saw him coming out of the bathroom with a big smile every day, proudly patting his face. And here is what he thought about the products. (Oh yes, Marina Miracle does work miracle for men as well!)

Marina Miracle
Marina Miracle for men

The Marina Miracle for men daytime 100% Natural Active Face Oil gives you a refreshing feeling for the day ahead and leaves you feeling energized. It keeps your skin moisturized all day without feeling oily as it soaks in very quickly.

The Marina Miracle for men night time 100% Natural Reload Night Serum has a soothing fragrance which will give you a good night’s sleep and it is just as mousturizing. It leaves the skin feeling really soft.

 

 

Marina Miracle

Marina Miracle
Marina Miracle Argan Night Serum / Marina Miracle Eyelash Serum

As many of you know already, I have been a big fan of Marina Miracle ever since I bought her face oil. After getting the opportunity to test her other products, I can assure you they are just as miraculous!

 

Marina Miracle Herbal Face Oil

So this is how it all started: The Herbal Face Oil made my skin glow after only two days of using it and I was hooked. It is (like all Marina Miracle products) 100% natural, suits all skintypes and has anti-aging features. I use it every morning and evening before applying my moisturizer and sometimes, when I’m in a hurry, even mix it with my moisturizer which works just as well. The skin doesn’t feel greasy after using it but simply soft. Especially in winter I find it tricky to find the right skincare for me as my skin tends to get dry but products that are too rich make me break out. So I was more than happy to see that Marina Miracle’s Face Oil is just the right amount of moisturizing and makes occasional spots fade even faster.

 

Marina Miracle Argan Night Serum

Now let’s take a look at my new products. The Argan Night Serum with AHA is exfoliating, moisturizes the skin and promises to tighten the skin. So I guess I’m too young to say anything about the tightening effect but I can definitely say that my skin looks more radiant and pores are less visible, probaly due to the fact that this serum removes dead skin cells and renews the skin. As recommended I used it about 3 nights a week on cleansed skin. I absolutely love it!

 

Marina Miracle Eyelash Serum

The Eyelash Serum is the product I was probably most curious about. We all know lash growth serums but an eyelash care that you apply directly to your lashes was completely new to me. After using it every night  for the last few weeks I wonder why I had never thought about eyelash care before. I use oil on my hair to make it stay shiny and grow longer, so why not do the same to your lashes? The serum promises to prevent lash loss and make lashes grow healthier and stronger with several vitamins and argan oil. A pleasent immediate effect of this serum is that lashes look more shiny and darker (which is particularly nice for us blondes). It seems that this effect lasts longer and longer now, not only right after applying it. My lashes actually appear a bit stronger and healthier and more visible even without mascara. When it comes to lash products, you usually have to wait for a few months to see the full effect as lashes stay on your eye for around 100 days before falling out and re-grow. So I will keep you updated!

Oh, and a little tip on the side: Marina also has a skin care range for men, just in case you are looking for a Christmas present for your boyfriend or husband.

New in: Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum

Although I have been a Kiehl’s fan for a while now and own many products, I have been neglecting eye creams for years.

But I definitely had to try this new Super Multi-Corrctive Eye Opening Serum. In fact it was on my Christmas wishlist but my parents were so nice to send it to me early!

I can’t review this product properly just yet as I have only been using it for a few days but my eye area definitely looks more refreshed.

Have you tried this serum yet? What’s your favourite eye product?

Kiehls eye cream

Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum

 

October favourites

October favourites

1 / Marina Miracle Herbal Face Oil: Ever since I ran out of my beloved Trilogy Rosehip Oil, I was looking for a good replacement available in Norway. Marina Miracle is a Stavanger based company that produces organic skincare with highly effective ingredients. I have been using the face oil for about two weeks now and my skin feels soft and looks even. Best face oil ever!

2 / Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: Smashbox primer really works! It smoothes out the skin texture and makes foundation last so much longer. I find it works best if you wait for ten minutes before putting your foundation on.

3 / Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation: This has been a life-saver on rainy days (and we had a lot of them recently) because this Bobbi Brown foundation is waterproof. It goes on smoothly and lasts all day. I don’t know what would happen if you jumped into a pool but in wet weather conditions it definitely stays put.

4 / Moroccanoil Treatment: I told you about this hair oil before and my opinion hasn’t changed. Although I think nothing can truly repair damaged hair, this treatment leaves your hair shinier than ever and prevents hair from splitting more. You can use it on dry or damp hair.

Top 5 beauty launches for fall 2014

 

 

 

5 top beauty launches fall 2014

 

Hey guys! I did some research and found the best new beauty products for this fall. I think they all sound quite exciting. Have you tried any of these yet?

 

1 / Tom Ford cream colour for eyes: An ultra-pigmented and highly reflective formula combined with antioxidant ingredients for a long-lasting and ultra-smooth finish. This is a limited edition and will be available soon for around 35 Euros.

2 / Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum: In case you have read my reviews on other products (here and here), you know that I am a big fan of Kiehl’s. So of course I am dying to try this new product which claims to have an eye-opening effect and gives you a more refined skin texture around the eyes. Available for around 45 Euros.

3 / Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux: Aurea = gold, lux = light? (Yes, I remember my Latin ;) ) You can guess what it’s supposed to do: It gives the skin a radiant appearance and includes the most advanced skin care technologies based on the Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex™ consisting of italian olive oil extract, gold silk sericin and vitamin B3. I have never tried skincare by D&G, so I don’t know if it actually does the job but it surely looks very luxurious and I found quite an impressive review here, but at a price of around 100 Euros for the cream I think I’ll have to pass on that.

4 / Estée Lauder Perfectionist Make-Up: This new foundation promises to instantly brighten and perfect the complexion due to the age-defying Perfectionist serum technology. It also works over time by making the skin look more youthful and hydrated. You can achieve medium to full-coverage with a satin finish and it has SPF 25, which is always a plus. You can get it in 21 shades for about 35 Euros.

5 / Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush: You use it with a cleanser to remove make-up, dirt and oil. It claims to purify the skin due to the sonic action when using it for one minute once or twice per day. I don’t know how it compares to the more famous Clarisonic but for those of you who are looking for a cheaper alternative (around 70 Euros), you might want to give it a try.

September Favourites

I know October has been around for three days already but some of my recent favourites I didn’t discover before late September and I wanted to test them long enough to actually give you guys a good review.

So… here they are :)

Real Techniques foundation brush, Gliss Kur 6 Wunder Öl-Essenz, Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick, ANNY nail hardener
Real Techniques foundation brush, Gliss Kur 6 Wunder Öl-Essenz by Schwarzkopf, Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick, ANNY nail hardener

 

Real Techniques foundation brush, make-up Pinsel
Real Techniques foundation brush. With this everything glides on smoothly and gives you an HD finish. For full review click here!

 

Gliss Kur 6 Wunder Öl-Essenz by Schwarzkopf
Gliss Kur 6 Wunder Öl-Essenz by Schwarzkopf. This is a German hair product but I think you can buy it in many different countries. You can use it before or after washing your hair or even use it as an overnight hair treatment. It doesn’t only leave your hair shiny, soft and easy to untangle but also protects against heat.

 

Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick
Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick in 07 Coral Cocktail. It has the consistency of a lipstick, the shine of a lipgloss and the nourishing features of a lip balm. It is long lasting and so caring that you don’t have to re-apply it too often. The colour fades out slowly and very evenly.

 

ANNY nail hardener
ANNY nail hardener. My nails have always been thin and brittle. But after applying this product for about a month about 3 times per week my nails actually grew longer than ever. It gives a nice shine, so you can wear it under nail polish or alone.

 

Treaclemoon body lotion

I think I haven’t been that obsessed with something pink since I was eight. The Treaclemoon bodylotions in “Iced Strawberry Dream” and “The Raspberry Kiss” smell just as sweet as they look like.

But don’t get fooled by the rather artificial looking colours. The scent is really natural and subtle on the skin. The products are vegan and not tested on animals which is another plus.

I absolutely love both of them but I wouldn’t recommend the bodylotions if you have very dry skin. For this season they are perfect for me but in dry winter air I will definitely need a little more intensive care for my skin.

Treaclemoon bodylotion
Treaclemoon bodylotion: Iced Strawberry Dream / The Raspberry Kiss

Kiehl’s samples (including the latest miracle product)

Being one of Kiehl’s best customers (haha) I get a lot of samples from them. The sachet samples last about two weeks, so even better when you get their luxury sized ones which come in a miniature version of the originals.

Kiehl's samples
Luxury size samples of Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehls

The Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is the newest addition to Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions range and I was lucky enough to try it out before it was available in the stores. It claims to fight tired looking skin, dull appearence and rough looking skin texture. Although I have quite good skin in general, this gave me the freshest look and softest skin ever after using it every morning for about a week. I will definitely get a full size serum after using this up.

 

Kiehls, Kiehl's

The iconic Kiehl’s product Ultra Facial Cream never fails to moisturize my skin, no matter what condition it is in. Since I have combination skin during the warmer season, this is a product I mainly use in winter or after sun-bathing on holiday when my skin is a bit more dry.

 

Kiehls, Kiehl's Samples

The Ultra Facial Toner claims to refine skin texture and gently removes surface debris. To be honest, I never really got the purpose of toners. Until I tried this one. It leaves my skin moisturized and silky soft.

August favourites

And another month is coming to an end. Can’t believe it’s almost September already. Here in Norway the light is changing a little now, the sun is lower in the sky and the air you inhale is slightly more crisp than a few weeks ago.

It’s not too bad after all – summer here has been amazingly hot and I spent quite a lot of time on the beach this year. And when I lost my sunglasses yesterday, I decided that it might be time to embrace fall now.

But not before showing you my favourite products of this month.

My August favourites
My August favourites
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IsaDora Face Sculptor

This Face Sculptor by Isadora includes a bronzer, blusher and highlighter. All you need for contouring and highlighting your face. As described on the back of this product, you apply the blusher on the apples of your cheeks, the bronzer on the outer parts of your forehead, sides of your nose, underneath your cheekbones, chin and (if needed) the jawline. You highlight your forehead, cheekbones, chin, cupid’s bow, back of your nose and brow bones (I think highlighter only makes sense underneath your eyes when it’s not shimmery, so I don’t use it there as advised in the picture). The highlighter photographs perfectly and gives you a nice glow when using flash.

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L’oreal Voluminous Mascara X5 in Carbon Black and Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N125

I used to use this mascara when I was a teenager and then for some reason neglected it for years. I recently re-discovered  this L’oreal classic and can tell you it’s amazing. The Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black doesn’t only give you voluminous but also very long lashes. That’s all you can ask of a mascara.

The Make Up For Ever HD Foundation I was given by a person who didn’t like it at all. I was very grateful because I had wanted to try it for years. I actually like it a lot but then again every skin is different. I think it blends in very well, is invisible and looks flawless in photos. The coverage is buildable and ranges from sheer to almost full coverage.

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Mavala nail polish in 185 Moscow and Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

There is nothing like a classic red on your nails. The Mavala nail polish in 185 Moscow is a timeless colour, it’s easy to apply, long-lasting and you only need one coat.

Organic Rosehip Oil is Miranda Kerr’s secret to glowing skin. I had wanted to try it for a while before I got it at John Lewis in Cambridge. They ship world wide though! The Trilogy version of this skin oil really works wonders on dry skin. But if you have oily to combination skin it doesn’t leave your skin greasy or shiny at all. I know what I’m talking about because I have dry skin in winter and rather oily skin in summer. I started using it again this month cause my skin was a bit flaky after sun bathing.

 

Hawaiian Tropic bodylotion

Have you ever heard about Hawaiian Tropic? I seriously don’t know how I could live without this stuff until now. They make sun protection and After Sun products. They smell amazing and leave your skin very soft.

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect sun lotion SPF 25 and After Sun with Coconut smell
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect sun lotion SPF 25 and After Sun Body Butter with Coconut smell

 

Kiehls Best Friends Club

Look what I found in my mail! As I told you already, I am a big Kiehls fan and have lots of their amazing products. Now they have provided me with an Aromatic Blends set and a personal Kiehls Best Friends Club card, which means you get exclusive offers or invitations to events. Can’t wait to find out more!

Any other Kiehls fans out there or do you have another skincare brand that you swear by? Have a nice Friday evening everyone!

Kiehls present including the Aromatic blends set and a personal Best Friends Club card
Kiehls present including the Aromatic blends set and a personal Best Friends Club card
Four perfume samples from the Aromatic Blends range
Four perfume samples from the Aromatic Blends range

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Kiehls Best Friends Club Card and letter
Kiehls Best Friends Club Card and letter

My secret to clear skin: Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active

Have you ever tried the Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active range? If not, you should! It’s the best skin care for skin imperfections and break-outs I’ve ever tried.

Garnier Skin Naturals range
Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active range (Most of the products were purchased in Germany where it’s called Hautklar)
Garnier Cleansing wipes. I The most important step in your skincare routine: Always remove your make-up before going to bed, no matter how late it is!
Garnier Cleansing wipes. The most important step in your skincare routine: Always remove your make-up before going to bed, no matter how late it is!
The Garnier toner leaves your skin matte and with refined pores.
The Garnier toner leaves your skin matte and with refined pores.
Oil-free moisturizer for skin imperfections
Oil-free moisturizer for skin imperfections
This mask gives you the smoothest skin ever and makes your pores invisible
This mask gives you the smoothest skin ever and makes your pores invisible (it comes in a double pack).
This is my favourite Garnier product: It fights spots within 5 hours. If you apply it a few times it really works wonders!
This is my favourite Garnier product: It fights spots within 5 hours. If you apply it repeatedly it really works!

Summer feet

No need to pay money for a salon pedicure when you can get it at home. I love these products for super soft summer feet: Pumice stone with nail brush and a loofah sponge.

My favourite nail polish is the Volume gloss by P2 in the colour 070 Funky Babe.

Nail polish / loofah sponge / pumice stone with nail brush
Nail polish / loofah sponge / pumice stone with nail brush
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Shoes: H&M / Nail polish: P2 in the colour Funky Babe

 

 

Treaclemoon One Ginger Morning bodylotion – The secret to soft skin

There are plenty of after sun products to buy in summer but I never found one that does the job for me: Soft skin, nice smell and not sticky is hard to find. In a previous post I reviewed Creme de Corps by Kiehls which is amazing but a little too expensive for everyday use.

Luckily I was given this amazing bodylotion by a friend: Treaclemoon One Ginger Morning has a nice ginger scent (obviously) and leaves your skin soft and nourished all day. I like applying this after my morning shower or after a day on the beach cause it makes me feel refreshed and awake.

What is your favourites bodylotion or after sun? Has anyone tried the other Treaclemoon products? What fragrance is the best one?

Traclemoon One Ginger Morning bodylotion
Traclemoon One Ginger Morning bodylotion
Hello soft skin!
Hello soft skin!

July Favourites – Skin care and light make-up

When summer comes around you don’t want to spend too much time on getting ready and doing your make-up. You just want to get out to enjoy the sun – and of course still look your best!

I found some products that are just perfect for this season.

BB Cream and Creme de Corps by Kiehls
BB Cream and Creme de Corps by Kiehls

I have been a Kiehls fan for quite a while now and these are my latest discoveries. The BB cream has just the right amount of coverage to let your skin tone shine through and still hide imperfections. I don’t like wearing heavy foundations in summer cause when you tan, your skin tone changes and you still want a good colour match for every day.

The Creme de Corps is perfect after sun bathing. It leaves your skin hydrated and soft and has a lovely scent.

 

Totally Inense Treatment Oil by Percy & Reed and Guerlain Le Top Coat Gel
Totally Inense Treatment Oil by Percy & Reed and Guerlain Le Top Coat Gel

 

Again two amazing products for beach days. I love the hair oil because it prevents my hair from splitting. You need that little bit of extra care when your hair is exposed to salt water and sun all the time. You only need 3 pumps and work it into your wet hair.

The gel like polish by Guerlain is a top coat that makes your nails a little stronger without looking to thick. You can wear it alone or as a top coat over your regular nail polish and gives your nails a shiny look. Goodbye brittle nails!

 

High Beam by Benefit and Baby Lips by Maybelline
High Beam by Benefit and Baby Lips by Maybelline

High Beam by Benefit is an amazing highlighter that reflects sunlight and adds a bit of a glow to your tanned skin. Lightly dab it onto your cheek bones and below the eyebrows for a shiny finish.

As I said before, heavy make-up is nothing for hot summer days. Maybelline Baby Lips is a lip balm with a hint of colour. I wear it in Cherry Me.

What are your summer favourites?