You know those mornings when you've got 3 thoughts in your head at the same time? When you are feeling stressed, tired and overwhelmed? You can barely even make eye contact with yourself in the mirror? On those mornings, when I take a pump or two of this into my hands and go to pat it across my face, the second the scent hits me - all those thoughts just vanish. I only have one thought in my head; this smells heavenly! And then I have a minute of pure indulgence and peace and quiet as I apply this - and if for nothing else, that is what makes this worth every penny for me.
As I was writing my November Empties post I realised that while I had taken the pictures for this post, I'd never actually written it. So here it finally is, quite a rave about the second Oskia cleanser to make my favourites list this year.
This months empties is full of a lot of skincare favourites, perfume samples and quite a bit of makeup in terms of mascara. I've got one month left of the year and am focusing really hard on everything that has just a bit left to get some really good numbers for the year total. For now though, here are the products I finished in November.
For the month of November I've got a bit of a random line-up of favourites. I'm still just using the products I'm trying to use up, so I haven't been testing or re-discovering much, but I did still end up with two makeup favourites I'm excited to tell you about. I've also got a candle, skincare product and a perfume as always.
I did kind of just update this project, but I've made a decent amount of progress and finished some products so I figured it'd be fun to do an update. Also, most of the people that project pan on youtube do at least a monthly update, so I guess once a month one the blog isn't too crazy either. Especially these days as I've been super into using stuff up, and basically using nothing but these products and my palette in my pan that palette challenge. Anyway, let's get this post going!
I did my last update on this project at the end of September, so I figured now was a good time to do another update, especially as we're getting close to the end of the year. I've also got some very exciting progress to show you!
For some reason I always seem to take the longest to get around to reviewing my favourite products. I think this is partly due to me knowing full well I am absolutely going to re-purchase, so I don't have to rush to write a review, as I do with the products I don't think I'll necessary re-purchase. In the aforementioned favourites category is a Pai product; the much raved about, you have probably heard of it Rosehip Oil. And finally here is my review, another rave indeed.
In October I unfortunately only managed to finish one makeup item, but I did finish quite a bit of full-size skincare. I focused my attention on using up more perfume samples as I really want to start clearing those out as I've got quite a back-up. There's a whole drawer dedicated to different sized perfume samples that I'd like to use for storing something else. Otherwise I'm hoping I'll finish more makeup next month, and think I just might as there's a few things nearing it's end. But for now, onto my empties for October.
So the problem with focusing on using stuff up is when the time comes to write a favourites post. I've pretty much stuck to the same makeup and skincare for the entire month, and the same as I used last month. It's great, cause I'm really getting somewhere with using up my stash, but I don't have much new stuff to talk about. There's two products here that I did just talk about, but they were the two products that stood out the most this month, so it felt natural to include them anyway.
I've been using my Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation everyday for the past month or so, and figured it would be the perfect time to write a review. As some of you may know, Armani makes some of my favourite foundations, and my all-time favourite foundation; Lasting Silk UV Foundation. Since discovering that I've wanted to try all of the brands' foundations, including Designer Lift. All the great reviews it's received also didn't exactly hurt.
This is going to be one of the better updates of this. Not that I've ever done too shabby, to be honest, but this time around I've finished a whopping 6 products. This means I'll also be adding 6 new products at the end, which is a lot. I considered not adding them and just finishing the remaining products by the end of the year, and then being done with the project, but I don't want to do that. I'd rather keep cycling through ten and another ten and another ten products, no matter what year it is or was. Either way, let's get into showing the progress I've made on the products I am still working on, what I've finished and what's going in the bin.
I talked about this a little bit already in my September Favourites post, and figured as I've been using it everyday for the last two months, now was the perfect time to write a full review. Pai is a brand I've come to love and trust. As many of you know I love their Rosehip Oil, it's one of my favourite skincare finds ever, and it was also my introduction to the Pai Skincare brand. My first other serum from them was this; the Perfect Balance Blemish Serum.
This empties post is going to be a bit spoilerish in terms of my use it up project, unfortunately. I wanted to post an update in September, but with my new schedule and also being the lucky recipient of the flu virus, I just couldn't get around to even thinking about it. Other than the makeup items I didn't finish much this month, it's definitely a smaller post than some of my others. Having said that there are a lot of bigger items, stuff I've been working on for a long time, and actually quite a few makeup items, so it's quite exciting still.
September is always a weird in-between month where it's not still summer, but not quite fall yet, so it's hard to choose what clothes and what kind of makeup to wear. It was also my first month working so I really got to put some products to the test. I quickly fell into habits as I now need something I know works or know how to make work. So these are all a good selection of my go-to fool proof products that I've depended on the last 30 days.
First of all, yes this is really only the second update. I was so surprised when I realised I've only updated once before this year, but at least I'm getting around to it now. So without further ado, let's see how I've done since last time.
I wasn't sure if there was any point to writing a review on this as it's pretty much sold out everywhere, but decided to make a review of it anyway. Partly due to whisperings that this will indeed become a permanent part of the Tom Ford lineup (Nude Dip came back, so why not this?), partly because it is still available some places and most of all because I know that I still love to read wether limited edition items I missed out on were really worth it or if I can try to move on from my "skippers regret".
Toners are probably the skincare product most are divided on wether or not is necessary to use. You'll find just as knowledgeable professionals as the other either recommending them wholeheartedly, or telling you it's one to skip. Personally I love toner and could never skip the step. I've found some absolute favourites I've shared before and am always looking to try new ones. As a fan of quite a few of La Prairie's products it was just a matter of time before I picked up one of their beautifully packaged toners. I ended up with the Cellular Refining Lotion, or the blue one as I like to call it.
There's quite a few products for my August empties post! I've finally finished a few hair styling products which I'm very excited about. I've got way too many and they seem to take an absolute lifetime to finish. I've got a few skincare staples in here and unfortunately just a small amount of makeup items. I thought I'd have some more, but those products will be in my September empties instead! With just a few months left of the year I need to step up my game if I want to even come close to my final numbers for last year!
August was quite a month for me. My brother got married, I started looking for jobs and got one, and started it straight! I've let the blog on the side as I've gotten used to the new job, which I'm sure you all understand! My August favourites are a mix of favourites I've re-purchased for my brothers wedding and fool-proof ones to make sure I've got my best face on for interviews and eventually the first days at my new job. All absolutely great products that I'm excited to share with you all.
Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Cream has been consistently raved about for years and is something I've always wanted to try. When Megan and I did a swap around new years I knew this was the number one thing I wanted to request. I was super excited when it finally landed at my doorstep and I'm happy to say I haven't been the least bit disappointed.
After the very successful launch of the Dual Intensity eyeshadows Nars is now following up with the first limited edition versions as part of their Fall 2015 Collection called 'Private Screening'. The collection also consists of another Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in 'Telesto' which is a beautiful warm bronze brown. I've only picked up Pasipahae from the collection and that is what I'll be talking about today.
Rodin's Olio Lusso is one of those products I wanted to try for the longest time, but never did. Mostly as it's quite expensive and I've always got so much other skincare on rotation I never felt I could quite justify it. However, around new years my curiosity got the better of me and I bought it after all. It was all very exciting.
I had never heard of Pangea Organics either, until this year. Pangea takes organic to the next level, where it's also about sustainable production and using packaging that can be recycled. The products themselves are 100% plant-based, but the boxes the products come in is what I find amazing. The boxes incorporate organic seeds, so if you take the label off and soak the box in water you can actually plant it! I'm all for preserving the earth, so when I learned this I got really excited to try the brand and really wanted to like it.
I guess I kind of ended up taking a bit of an unplanned break from the blog, sorry guys! I had my brothers wedding and then I've felt a bit under the weather so this post has taken a while to finish. There's quite a lot of stuff here though, which I'm of course excited about. There's also a lot of good products so you'll probably get a mini review of at least something you've been curious about!
There hasn't been much of a summer here in Norway, but I've made sure to take advantage of the days when the sun and warmer temperatures did decide to peek through. Even without the typical summer weather I've still found myself gravitating towards lighter makeup and skincare as I usually do this time of year. Fall is just around the corner and even though I'm a bit sad I barely got to wear any dresses this year, I'm kind of excited as fall is my favourite time of the year! I've already started eyeing candles - but that's for next month! Now for my still-"summer"-july favourites!
Quite a while back I used and reviewed ( here ) the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer. I was very happy with it and always meant to re-purchase, but never did. My skin type has since changed from combination/oily, to dehydrated, so my wishlist changed from the Light version to the regular version. Still I wanted to finish my other primers before trying it again. Then imagine my joy when I received the Photo Finish Primer as a complete surprise present! And now here is my review!
Since trying and being blown away by LING's Hi-Vitamin C 12% Anti-Oxidant Brightening Solution I couldn't wait to try more from the brand. I've bought several serums since and figured it was high time I review one of them, especially as I'm about to finish this one. Summer is also high-season for not wanting to wear much makeup, so I thought writing about the skin-perfecting Oxygen Plasma Potion now would be perfect timing.
You all probably know my love for La Mer by now, and following finding my favourite night cream and lip balm from the brand, trying another everyday product from the brand seemed like a logical next step. I'm an SPF everyday kinda gal, and so I decided to try their SPF 50 on a bit of a whim, but I am so happy I did.
You all probably know about my love for cleansing balms by now, and even though I've found several I love I keep trying new ones. Oskia is a british brand that was created when the founder saw the benefits of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which is an ingredient in this cleansing balm as well. It's a natural brand that has received a lot of acclaim and blogger raves over the years and I always wanted to try the brand for myself. What better to start off with than their cleansing balm?
If I had to use everything from just one skincare brand I think I would go for May Lindstrom. Her products are all organic and 'home grown', made with care and purpose, and everything is so incredibly thought out I almost forget to even look at the ingredients or reviews as I've come to completely trust every product she makes. Not only are they amazing products that just simply deliver, they are also incredible for the mind and soul and helps you remember to take those few extra seconds to just enjoy the moment. This all sounds a bit 'out there' to most of you I'm sure, but there's just no other way to describe her line of products. Today I wanted to write about The Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist and if you couldn't tell - I absolutely love it.
Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in 'Boy' is one of my all-time favourite lip products. I'd say lipstick, but it's not really a lipstick - it's a sort of balm, gloss, sheer lipstick hybrid - but a spectacular one at that. There's been countless sheer lipstick formulas released the past few years and while a lot of them have their gems, I've still got Chanel's version as the best in my book.
Like I warned in my May Empties this month's was going to be quite a massive month! I've got quite a lot of products for you, in every category - so let's just jump right in!
We had quite a crappy summer there for a while, but finally the skies cleared, it stopped raining and I'm wearing shorts and my trusted havaianas. I finally started self-tanning and so has taken the opportunity to pull out my darker and more tan-friendly makeup colours to get some use out of them this year as well. I'm always focused on sun protection, but at this time I'm especially on top of my game and have some GREAT products to tell you about!
The Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette was released sometime last fall and I really wanted to get it. I don't have Becca available to me here in Norway, so when I was in Ireland I planned on picking it up. However, when I was there I was hit by a bit of a common-sense wave where I realised I really didn't need any more eyeshadows. This was the same state of mind that caused me to skip on Tom Ford's Nude Dip. Both decisions, while obviously very reasonable, both I ended up regretting terribly. Thankfully Nude Dip is now part of the permanent collection, and when Becca was re-released at cultbeauty with free shipping I ordered the Ombre nudes Eye Palette immediately.
Supergoop is a brand I find really exciting. It's completely focused on providing great sun protection in all kinds of different skincare products. As someone that uses SPF every single day it makes me happy to find a company so focused on making sun care skincare that both perform well in terms of protecting my skin from the sun, but also is and feels good for my skin.
Caudalie's Polyphenol C 15 range was released sometime last year if I remember correctly. It was quite a grand release and everyone was very excited, including myself. Caudalie has become one of my trusted go-to brands. I always have several products from the brand in both my skincare and body care routine. Caudalie makes some of my absolute favourite products and so naturally when they release a whole new range of products that I can use, it's a good day indeed.
Odacité is a really interesting and different brand. I've wanted to try something from the brand for a while, but as I've got way too many serums and oils going at the moment, and have been for a while I couldn't justify adding another serum/oil to the rotation. When I ran out of my eye serum however, I figured it was a perfect excuse to try Odacité's version.
As it's been almost three months since my last update I figured now would be a good time for another update on my use-it-up project! I've finished two products and have decided to get rid of three, so I'll be adding five new products to the project this time, which is always exciting!
As Summer is pretty much here, I thought now would be the perfect time to talk about one of my top summer must-have products; Urban Decay's De-Slick! When Urban Decay first released their 'All Nighter' spray I thought it was really cool, but I wasn't overly impressed. I think I only bought the one bottle and left it at that. Then I remember youtube exploding with good reviews on 'De-Slick' and once again I caved to the hype. I am so happy I did.
Since trying Aesop's products I've truly fallen in love with the brand. There's quite a few great offerings from the brand, both skincare and body care. A lot of my favourite products do come from Aesops famous 'Parsley Seed' range. The toner and mask are two of my absolute staples, and no different is the Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil.
About a week ago it seemed like I'd have the smallest empties post to date. I made sure to focus on a few things that were almost finished, so I've still got a few products to show you! There's a few products with the tiniest amount left that I really thought I'd have finished by this post, but I didn't, so those will show up in my June post instead I guess! There's still a few things in here that I've been working on for a while, and some jumbo sized products which is always fun as it clears up a lot of space.
First of all I have to say my most favourite thing from the past month is finishing my Bachelors degree! I'm equally excited and scared to be finished, but finishing the work I'm all happy about. I kept up with the blog pretty well I think, except for at the end of the month when I just couldn't find the time. Now though I'll have all the time in the world to blog which I'm super excited about! For my May Favourites I used makeup pretty much everyday this month so I've got a few items here that quickly became staples the past month.
I've always been interested in trying products from the Cowshed range, but as I don't have Cowshed available where I live I found it hard to go for a 300ml size of a shower gel I might not like the scent of. When this set of all, or at least most of, their shower gel varieties came out for christmas I thought it was the perfect way to try all of the scents and that way figure out which ones I liked. You can't buy this set anymore, but I figured this would be a neat way to review all of them in one go as well.
I've previously sung my praises for the Heal Gel 'Face' Moisturiser, and thought I should also write a post on the product that first got me into the brand! 'Intensive' isn't really described as any particular type of product, but I view it as more of a 'treatment'. You are meant to apply it locally to any problem areas and then it will magically make everything bad go away.
The famous Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial. So many bloggers and youtubers have raved about this, especially on my side of the pond. It's a treatment oil packed full of fancy ingredients meant to give you a healthy and radiant complexion come morning, no matter if you only went to bed a few hours before. That sounds a rather impossible task, but if true, well, I had to check it out.
April wasn't the most massive month I've done in terms of empties, but the products I finished were a lot that I've been working on for a while so it's quite exciting nonetheless. There's also quite a few full-size items, and some items I'm excited to tell you about that I never got around to do a full review on. So let's jump right in!
My favourites from April consists of some long-time favourites, as you can tell by major pan, but also some new loves. All of the products are really, really good and I'm so excited to share them with you guys! Surprisingly I've only reviewed one of these items already on the blog, so it's good I'm making a point to mention the others as these are all products you really need to check out!
When I bought this it was mostly for fun - to see how such an expensive cleanser, from what I find to often be quite a nice overall skincare brand, would compare to the now quite vast amount of other cleansers I've used. I didn't expect too much, a lot of cleansers are much of the same, but have to say I've been really impressed - this really is a great cleanser!
I'm about 3 months into this project, so I figured I'd do an update on how it's going. I haven't finished it, of course, but I dare say I've made some decent progress. I don't really notice as I see it almost everyday, but when I went to write this post and looked at the pictures of the palette in my first post, I realised I've made quite a bit of progress after all.
Jurlique is a brand I've seen mentioned many places, but never have tried or read too much about on blogs and the likes. I've been intrigued by many products by the brand, but never ended up actually trying anything. Finally this fall when I found myself out of toner I decided to take the plunge and order the Herbal Recovery Mist. It sounded too good from the description not to give a try!