Spring is finally here and I've been focusing on fresher scents, lighter colours and tempting a tad more of a bronzed and glowy face. I have quite a few goodies in this favourites post. Most of them are brand new, some just new to me - but they are all absolutely fantastic!
Helena Rubinstein isn't a brand much talked about on the beauty blogs and youtube channels, but it is a fantastic brand none-the-less and one started by a rather inspirational lady. The line has some fantastic skin care offerings plus a very nice selection of gorgeous makeup. It's a high-quality brand across the board and it always strikes me as odd that I never hear anyone talking about any of the products. I guess I'll be taking the lead!
Cire Trudon is one of the most luxurious candle creators there is. The French company was established as early as 1643 and is the oldest candle company in the world. They have a rich history, being the candle makers of many french royals such as Marie Antoinette and also emperor Napoleon. When Cire Trudon was finally available where I live I knew I had to try one of their famed candles for myself. After a bit of research and thorough sniffing I decided to try 'Abd El Kader' a few months ago and it completely changed my attitude towards scented candles - and I had a pretty favourable one already!
Clarins is known for their self tanning products. Across the board their whole self-tanning line is high quality giving a natural, long lasting and evenly fading tan. It's a brand myself, and many others, have grown to trust to give that much desired healthy glow. Upon hearing the news of them releasing a new product into their little tanning "family" I knew it was something I had to try.
Being an Aesop fan I will be the first to admit that part of the attraction comes from the beautiful aesthetics of the products and the stores. Whilst being continually impressed with the products I try, is the biggest encouragement to try even more, I'll be honest and say that the thought of having my bathroom decked out in countless Aesop "apothecary" bottles is also quite appealing. Therefore I decided to venture on and try their eye make-up remover as well.
Following my success with Caudalie's now cult Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum I was excited to try some nicely sized samples of other products in the Vinosource range when I bought the Serum as part of a gift set a few months back. One of the items was the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet.
If I had to pick one favourite find of all of 2013 it would have to be Rosehip Oil. I discovered it's wonders at the beginning of last year and never looked back. After seeing the wonders it did for my face I scoured down a version to use on my body; the Fushi Organic Rosehip Oil. I've since been through countless bottles.
It's time for an update on how I'm doing with my 14 products I want to finish this year! I've actually gotten through 4 products already so I figured that was a nice mark for another post. I'm doing this throughout the whole year so as I've finished four products, I'll be adding four new ones in!
I have a weakness for highlighters. I'm obsessed already with healthy glowing skin, and so highlighters are often my best friend. When I first saw pictures of the beautiful Belladonna Highlighting Palette Armani was set to release as part of their 'Effeto Nudo Collection for Spring 2014' I knew I had to have it. My love for highlighters paired with my ongoing love affair with Armani makeup made this my "ultimate makeup product".
February has flown by! I've been giving away and throwing away a lot of products, both skincare and makeup. Doing so has left me feeling less guilty about using only my favourite things and in so I've stuck to most of the products you see here. The February weather got very mild very quickly and it looks like winter is over in Norway for this year. The snow has certainly disappeared and it doesn't look like it's coming back. I'm already in a spring mood and ready for the temperature to rise even more! Now if only we would get some sunshine...