As I'm nearing the end of some of my Macadamia products I wanted to write a review on the line. I haven't tried everything from them, but I have tried and used the products above, which are quite a few products still. They are the shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, treatment oil with pump and the spray version.
Another month with plenty of empties. I keep thinking next month there won't be as much, but every time I keep having loads. I guess I just use a lot of products for a lot of different things and that's why. Still I'm noticing my "collection" of products, especially body care is getting smaller and that gets me very excited. It's all a lot less overwhelming now and I feel I can appreciate more the things I have without feeling like I need to finish stuff up fast before everything gets too old.
My favourites for the month of November are all a rather luxe roundup, but an absolute 5 star one. November was a month filled with exams and papers being due and it was nice to not only have amazing products to rely on, but to indulge a bit extra due to the circumstances. I whole-heartedly recommend all of these products to everyone - they are some of my all-time faves!
No this isn't an error, it's just a very late October empties. I decided to delay my empties post for October until after my exams as my empties posts are incredibly time-consuming and I just didn't have a whole 6-7 hours (yes, really) to dedicate to a post when I needed to focus on exams. Here it finally is though, as promised! With my November Favourites and Empties to follow shortly! I have finished my exams for the semester, and quite early, so I'm feeling incredibly lucky getting to really enjoy christmas this year. I hope you are all enjoying December as well!
I've always absolutely loved the Chanel 'Ombres Perlées de Chanel' palette that came out with their pearl centred collection a few years ago, Black Pearl Vernis is another favourite from that one. Unfortunately as the palette is so shiny it's not one I get as much use out of as I want and not one I can really use on it's own. I've looked with a keen eye on the Ombres Matalassees Chanel has released since, but none of them have been something I really wanted. Enter 'Charming'. The second I read the release regarding this fantastic mostly matte natural shades palette I knew I had to have it. Decision made, deal done.
As part of their Holiday 2013 Collection 'Nuit Infinie de Chanel' Chanel released a limited edition Joues Contraste called 'Accent'. I wasn't intending on getting it, nor was I even interested at looking at it really. Even with swatches and great reviews online my interest didn't really peak. That was until I saw it in real life. It was so gorgeous I knew instantly I had to have it after all.
Where do I even begin with this one? On first glance this might seem like "just another red" and in all fairness and logic; it is. However, this is the perfect red. Coming from a red nail polish lover like me, that is not an easily made statement.
Chanel's holiday collection; Nuit Infinie de Chanel is stunning as always. I ended up getting three pieces plus a new powder from their permanent lineup. This post will be a general overview and first impressions on the products. I will be posting more in-depth reviews of them all individually later
Apologies are in order for the lack of posts lately as well as October Favourites being incredibly late. I have been ill for almost 4 weeks now and just haven't been able to find the energy. I've decided to push back October Empties until the end of this month as I want to get up posts about the Chanel Holiday collection, the items I purchased at least, so that those of you wanting my opinion on those products can get it while the collection is still available. My exams are coming up which I'm of course nervous but also kind of excited about. Excited because I'm really looking forward to them being over and really enjoying christmas! I'm going to London in the middle of December after exams are done and I am so excited! Sending good luck wishes to everyone else currently rushing to meet deadlines and remembering thousands of pages.
I've never really been too interested in Aesop products. Not un-interested, but they never really sparked that "need to try!". No idea why. I'm just as puzzled therefore as to where the sudden urge to try everything Aesop came from, but it did the past month or two and so I've hauled quite a few bits from the brand. One of the first products I picked up was the Purifying Cream Cleanser.
The second peeling mask I ever tried was blogger favourite Elemis' Papaya Enzyme Peel. I had only used the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant before this, another cult favourite, and was excited to compare the two.
Dermalogica's Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque is something I picked up when my skin was being extra "turbulent". It was recommended to me by a rep at Dermalogica, but unfortunately at the time it didn't help my main problem - breakouts - at all. I put it away for a while only to come back to it this past year and found I now absolutely love it. Having hyper pigmentation being more a core concern at the moment this one proved to be a bit of a miracle worker after all.
REN's Radiance Perfection Serum is from their orange Radiance line of skincare with the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask being the star product. The Radiance Perfection Serum is a Vitamin C based serum ment to help even out skin tone, whilst keeping it healthy, moisturised and radiant.
Another month flew by and I continue to finish a lot of products. I do buy a bit as well, but not as much as I'm clearing out. This means I've noticed having more and more space in drawers and wherever I keep my products. This month has therefore been filled with re-organising everything and I'm in love with how much more streamlined everything is. I'm hoping that by next summer I'll have a really slimmed down "collection" of things. Not too many makeup products this month (a few though), but next month is looking very promising!
University certainly doesn't get easier year by year. Not that I was expecting that, that would be silly. But I wasn't expecting to be this stressed this early on. But I am and so beauty this month has been heavy on quick, easy and sticking to a routine. The latter especially when it comes to makeup - I really don't feel like experimenting when I know there won't be time to rectify a mistake. I've also been focusing on a lot of products I want to finish and I'm finally feeling like I'm getting somewhere with those. But this post is about the products I've enjoyed the most through the month of September.
Clarins' famed Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, or "Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel" if your in the US, has received quite the hype this past year. I bought my first bottle in the spring and *spoiler alert* - just re-purchased and so I thought now would be the perfect time to share my thoughts.
After much back and forth I did end up ordering the Nails Inc mini nail polish set from Feelunique last december. It came with 15 mini polishes in all different colours, finishes plus some glitters! Here I am reviewing Baker Street - their famous bright blue!
I've always heard people go on and on about how amazing the Armani foundations are. Therefore I always wanted to give them a try, but never got around to it. I have no idea why. After a bit of an unfortunate face mask try in New York (GlamGlow - do be warned!) I really needed a foundation for at least a few days instead of just the Nars Tinted Moisturiser that I had brought, and figured it was finally time to try an Armani foundation.
I always think that next month I'm not going to have that many empties, but somehow these posts keep being surprisingly long and full of products. I'm not using as many samples as before so it has shrunk a little, but still. Unfortunately - and somewhat eye opening - finished makeup products rarely, if ever, make an appearance in these posts. And that's even with me trying my hardest for the last 6 months to finish up a few products! But I digress - here are the products I did finish this month!
Finally we're heading into fall - my favourite time of year! The weather has still been all about summer here in Norway, but I've been slowly transitioning my clothes, nail polish and makeup into more fall appropriate colours and formulas. Still no dark lipstick and cozy sweaters but hopefully soon! I can't wait for it to get a bit colder so I can wear layers and cute fall jackets. I'm also looking forward to cloudy crisp fall days so that I can properly concentrate on studying for uni - am I the only one finding it hard to focus with the sun beaming in through the windows?
Like I've said in the past; who am I to resist a Chanel red?! It almost can't be done, especially when limited edition. It took me about one second from seeing Rouge Moire for the first time until I grabbed one and headed for the cashier.
Following my recent review of Gri-Gri, this time it's all about Hasard. Hasard is the other eyeshadow single released as part of Chanel's Superstition Collection for Fall 2013. It's a beautiful matte lavender shade that I knew I had to have the second I read the press release. I have been looking for a matte colour like this for ages!
Gri-Gri has somewhat unexpectedly ended up being the star item of Chanel's Fall lineup. I say unexpectedly because Chanel's eyeshadow offerings aren't usually their most popular items. The things we usually remember from Chanel collections are nail polishes, lip products and beautiful limited edition highlighters. But this time, it looks like it's going to be Gri-Gri.
I originally thought I was just going to get Hasard from the Chanel fall collections, and all the fall collections across the brands actually, but as I should have learned by now; I ended up buying a few other things as well. There's just something about Chanel I find impossible to resist...
As a long-time fan and user of Estee Lauder's famed Advanced Night Repair Serum I was excited, to say the least, when I heard news of them releasing a version specially formulated for the eye area. I was given the product to try by Estee Lauder a few months before it got released, but haven't written about it until now as I wanted to test it properly first. As my first bottle is all gone I figured it was about time to do one now.
I've loved Molton Brown shower gels for a long time and Relaxing Yuan Zhi has been featured in more than one favourites post. There's not many reviews on these in the blogosphere and I know their "just shower gels", but that shower first thing in the morning, or after a really long day, can sometimes make all the difference. The difference to how you start your day, or go to bed feeling ready for the next.
Omorovicza is a brand I've wanted to try for the longest time. The only reason I haven't is because it's not available in Norway and I like to see products in person before I buy, especially at this price. And Omorovicza really is a luxury brand, but one with a great philosophy behind it.
I finished quite a few things this month, even some makeup! I've also started clearing out stuff that is old, dried up or that I never use. Little by little I'm clearing out more and more stuff that is causing clutter and have been noticing that I am getting more room to organise my products in a much nicer way.
We've had quite the fabulous summer here in Norway with mostly sunny days and warm temperatures throughout July! I've enjoyed wearing little makeup and spending shorter time getting ready as I want to hurry getting ready to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather! These have been my go-to products this month when I've been wanting stuff I know works well without much effort.
Another day another toner review! Lancome's Tonique Douceur is one of those products alot of people has used at one time or another. It's been a staple in Lancome's skincare lineup for many years, and rightly so.
I've finally gotten 'round to writing a review on the Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion. And you thought the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm had a long name?!
I used to use this a lot when I was in my teens - and I absolutely loved it. As I grew older I wanted to experiment with different products so I drifted away from this gem and tried other things. Back in the fall I grew tired of experimenting and I was also curious to see how my old favourites would measure up now that I had other things to compare it too. Was it as great as I thought it was back then?
After the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel really impressed me I wanted to try their similar Daily Energizer Lotion with SPF 15 for summer. Even though SPF 15 isn't enough to ditch a separate SPF, everything helps in my mind and it's enough if your just popping over to buy some groceries. I also wanted to make sure I wrote a review on this one as I never got around to it in the midst of exam stress for the Daily Energizer Cream-Gel and I have to say I really liked that one, so this one had to be good as well, right?
It was love at first use when I tried this for the first time in New York this summer. The weather was really hot and the wind was even warmer and I felt like I had too many layers on my skin. I was sick of applying so many things in the morning, but knew skipping sunscreen wasn't an option. So, I decided to go for a primer and sunscreen in one product. I considered the Chantecaille version, but ended up deciding on the Kate Somerville, partly because I can get Chantecaille in Europe at a later date, but not Kate Somerville.
A bit late with this one, but better late than never! Even though we're almost halfway through July I've seperated my empties from June from the ones I've finished in July. I finally have a bit less as I was away on holiday for over half of June and didn't take my empties back home with me. Still there's a few products, and one I'm very sad about that unfortunately smashed. Next month's empties is looking like it will have quite a few "throwaways" as I'm getting sick of having so much stuff around that I don't even like. But more on that next month!
I finally finished exams and went straight to New York for a little over two weeks in the middle of july. I had so many things I had wanted for quite a while that isn't available back in Norway so bought a lot of things, but well researched things, so I've been thrilled with almost all of it! Naturally then I have quite a few favourites this month, I even had to cut out a few things to not make the post too long.
Seeing as I'm quite obsessed with skincare and have been for a while, I figured a post about my skincare routines would be fitting. I've split them into two parts; morning and evening.
First a little bit about my skin; It's fairly normal, but is somewhat dehydrated and can lean oily at times, mostly during the summer months, but only in the t-zone. I'm your bog standard combination skin. My skin has been quite the independent soul, doing whatever it pleased in the past, but I've got it under control now and have had it that way for almost the last two years. Please take my skincare advice with a pinch of salt as I'm not a dermatologist or in any way a skincare specialist. I am only sharing what I do in the hopes that it might give someone an idea of what to try if they are looking to improve their skin.
Quite a few products this time as well, however; a lot of products are not finished, but going to friends, family or in the bin. I've reached a point where I've just had enough of trying to finish products I don't like, that don't do anything nice for my skin and makes me uncomfortable. What's the point? There will be a few more next month as well, but I didn't want to chuck too much in one go. In case others are also coming to the realisation that their keeping a lot of stuff around that their never going to use anyway, I urge you to start with a few things and chuck it in the bin, it feels really good!
You're probably pretty sick of me saying I'm in the midst of exams, but I am and so the past month I've been quite stressed and have looked to beauty products to try and relax from time to time. There's been a lot of heroes and there was many products I wanted to feature, but I narrowed it down to the ones you see here.
I wasn't going to buy any more polishes for a while, with the exception of Chanel. I really tried to not even look at OPI's Euro Centrale collection, but the blue leaning lilac "You're such a Budapest" had my heart from the start. Looking through my collection I realised it was actually lacking light, pastel summer colours, so with that in mind I justified it, and I'm really happy I did! I really didn't have anything like this!
After falling in love with Guerlain's limited edition Sunless self-tanner from their Terracotta line I wanted to try some more of their summer skincare products. I bought the Sun Scrub and the Jambes De Gazelle which is an instant tan. This post is about the scrub.
I've wanted a shiny blue polish for quite a while now. Essie's 'Aruba Blue' really caught my eye a few months back but I restricted myself. When I saw Chanel was releasing the similar Bel-Argus I took it as a sign and knew I just had to have it.
There's not as much as the last few months this time, but still a substantial amount. If your wondering why there's almost no posts these days, like I said in my favourites post I'm in the middle of exams so my priorities are to study. When I am finished with exams I go straight on holiday, but I will be back in the beginning of July and I am already looking forward to really getting back into blogging a lot more! Good luck to everyone else in the midst of their exams and to the rest of you - please realise how lucky you are not to be having exams! I am looking at picnics in the park outside my window while studying and have to say it is quite depressing. But it will all be over soon! Onto my empties!
April being over is definitely not a good thing in my book. I have exams all through May, which I am not all that excited about. This is also the reason I've not been posting lately, and probably won't too much until July. I'm quite active on Instagram though, so I'd love it if you added me on there. Still, April's actually been quite an exciting month for makeup for me. With the warmer weather I've felt more like "bothering" again so I've had a lot of fun discovering and re-discovering new products.
I bought the Dr. Andrew Weil's Mega-Bright Serum around christmas time and have used it for about three months now. Having been a huge fan of every Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins product I've used so far, I was really excited for this to (hopefully) finally help clear some of my post-blemish marks. With the serum now nearing it's end I figured it was time for a review.
Most of you have probably read about a hundred reviews on this already, so I wasn't sure if I should bother writing one or not. Still, for those of you that do appreciate my opinion on products and are still curious or on the fence about this product I figured another review could always be helpful.
I seem to be going through products quite quickly these days. Not that I'm using excessive amounts, but after I decided to really try and focus on finishing products, the half-empty ones especially and sticking to one in every category at a time, I've been reducing the amount of products I have to the point of noticing my drawers getting much neater and more easily organised. I'm also starting to reach the point where I am throwing out things I just don't want anymore, which I find quite the relief.
Oddly I feel this past month went by slowly instead of too fast, which is usually the case. I think it might be because exams are slowly getting closer and closer and I, personally, would just like them to get here so I can be done with them already. March is one of those in-between months and so my makeup and skincare needs have been a bit back and forth and will probably be a bit for April as well. Here are the favourite products I used in March.
As exams and the time leading up to them is what's mostly filling my calendar for the next two months, my trip to New York right after that is what I'm mostly looking forward to at the moment. A trip to New York means I will finally have access to a lot of brands I don't normally, and so I've made this wishlist of some things I really want. I'm not saying I'll necessarily buy all of them, and I don't know if Reiss really is anywhere outside the UK, but I sure wouldn't be too surprised if I come back with most of these things in July. I've done quite a lot of research and feel these are all amazing products that I will love using. I've been good with my spending lately, I think, and I am managing to finish up a few products so feel a few of these purchases could be justified! Far from all though, but oh well. I'm really set on eventually having a much more downsized collection with only luxury products that I really love.