Seeing as we are right in the middle of the "party season" I thought it was an excellent time to write about this glittery little number. These were released quite a few years back, but I didn't pick one up until the sometime last year. Since buying 'Space Cowboy', it has become quite the handbag staple for me - now let me tell you why.
November has been a really good month in terms of using stuff up! I've got a few products I've been using for ages that I all like and enjoy, but since I have ended up throwing away a whole lot of expired products in the past, I am excited to be getting into a pattern of basically not risking that. Beyond that I've finished a lot of makeup products this month which is really, really exciting as that really is what takes the absolute longest.
So, here we are at the second-to-last, or perhaps last, favourites post of the year! Usually I skip the December favourites for my yearly favourites post. All the products featured this month are really, really good, and ones I've been using for quite a while. It's all really good stuff, and I'm excited to share them with you. I've talked about some before, but since I've been using them for a while, I felt they deserved a follow-up.
This post is a bit late, as I wanted to post it before the new month. Unfortunately I've been basically living at the office for the past week, so I found no time to write it before now. As I've finished quite a few products, I wanted to get this up before my empties post as otherwise that would be a bit spoilerish. I took these pictures last weekend, and in the week since I actually finished another product, which means I've finished 4 of the products still in this project.
I can't believe it's almost christmas! We are fast approaching my favourite time of the year - and I've already started planning and buying presents! I haven't decorated - yet, but by the time I'm writing my November empties post, I definitely will have. For my October empties I've finished quite a few products I've been using for a long time. A lot of them came as a surprise, as I wasn't expecting to finish them already, and some was a long time coming. Either way, a really great empties post this time, and I'm especially excited as I finally get to rotate in some new skincare products.
October has been a bit of an in-between month for me, in terms of beauty products. I've finished up a lot of products that I've been using for a while (which you'll see in my empties). I've talked about almost all of them before, and because they've lasted until the very end of the month, I haven't really put anything new to the test. With all the products I have though, I figured this would be a good opportunity to talk about some long-standing favourites, though there's at least one product I haven't talked about before.
So, the first update to this project comes a bit sooner than I was expecting to make one! I did say I would update you approximatively every two weeks, and I guess I am sticking to that, but I thought for sure my next update would be at least a few days into November. Either way, I'm updating early for a good reason; I've already used up two items! Yay!
I love RMS beauty. Let me just say that right off the bat. I love the products I have, both current and that I’ve used up, and I really love the brands philosophy. RMS is basically an all-natural brand, and while I’m not entirely on the natural makeup train (I just can’t help it, all the non-natural stuff is so amazing), I kind of wish I was. That’s why I’m always excited when natural brands release new natural options, and am always keen to try it out. Which is why I was excited to try RMS’ “un” cover-up, which is a concealer and foundation in one.
The Verso brand has received a great deal of hype the last few years, famous for their Retinol 8 ingredient, featured in all of their products. While trying their face products have been on my to-try list for a while, and still are, it’s their Eye Serum that first got me to cave and try the brand. Retinol aren’t typically featured in eye products, and certainly not serums, so it’s quite a unique product.
After a lot of back and forth I've decided to do another project pan. I haven't done one in a while as I got a little burnt out doing them, and also I didn't feel I really had many products I felt like panning. To be honest, the reason why I'm mostly doing this now is I realised there's quite a few things I'd love to focus on using up, and while doing that, why not do some posts and share it on the blog?
Long-time readers will remember me raving about and going through tube after tube of Indeed Labs Hydraluron Serum. I still love it, there’s no reason I’m not still using it other than other things needs to be used up, and I have a tendency to be a bit unfaithful with sticking to my serums. Either way, Indeed Labs are still providing some hyaluronic acid to my life, but in the form of their Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. A product that on first glance seem very similar to the serum, but is definitely a different product.
Not only is this empties post late, it's also not as crammed full as usual. I put that down to travelling to Cannes for five days, as I did finish up a few samples there that I didn't bring back with me. While it's not an insane amount of stuff, I've finished products in every category that is the most difficult, so that I am pretty happy about, those categories being makeup, nail polish and hair products.
First of all I would just like to say sorry for being really vacant on the blog the past month, but my job has just simply required of me to be there and not here. As much as I love blogging, it's a luxury and the first thing that needs to go if I am pressed on time. Besides that, I've also travelled this month, which also didn't help in terms of having extra time. I went to Cannes for 5 days and it was absolutely fantastic! Long-time readers will know I go there quite frequently, and also used to live in Nice, so it's a place I know well. For my favourites this month I'll be sharing some absolute workhorses. The makeup especially, I've pretty much done the same look everyday all month, and I'm still not sick of it! Some of those products are featured this month, a long with just one skincare item and a perfume.
These aren't really all that new and exciting anymore, but as I've been using them a lot recently, and have been considering adding more to my "collection", I thought I'd write another "post-hype" review. I like to do these sometimes as it's very easy to get swept up in all the raves and hypes on blogs and youtube, but then it's really after that's all passed you find out how you really feel about a product.
The empties I have to show for the month of August are quite impressive, if I can say so myself! There's quite a lot of products I've been trying to use up, or simply have been using, for a long time. I've also used up quite a few makeup items, which is always the most exciting of all!
After having almost the whole of July off work, August meant going back to work for me, and you'll notice a theme through this post of focusing on office-friendly items. The weather has been still nice here, but we had a week with all rain, giving a nice preview of what's to come. I personally love the fall and colder weather, so I quite loved getting my candles back out and making big pots of tea. Makeup-wise I haven't quite started wearing the darker fall colours yet. I am still doing the whole summery light and natural thing, but I am excited to get the vampy lip colours out soon. For now, here are my August favourites with a nice mix of summer and fall-esque things!
I’ve read and seen raves about the Armani Eye Tints since they were released a few years back, but for some unknown reason never ended up actually trying any of them. After reading another wave of great reviews for these lately, with the release of the new matte eye tints, I decided it was finally time to see what all the fuss was about.
After trying my first ever eye serum - Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Eye, I was instantly hooked. The difference was amazing and I re-purchased it for years. It was only after finishing my latest bottle I decided I wanted to try something else, if nothing else just to have something to compare the Estée Lauder one to.
I've always wanted to try some Kat Von D makeup, especially with all the constant raves about her products. The brand has not previously been available in Europe, so imagine my excitement when I spotted it in Sephora in Barcelona this summer! I've heard it's about to release in the UK soon as well, so fingers crossed it'll be readily available all over Europe soon enough. For now I've bought two of her infamous liquid lipsticks and cult-favourite Shade & Light Eyeshadow Palette. This time I'll be talking about the liquid lipsticks.
Longtime readers of the blog will know my love for the LING serums. I'm currently on three I can't live without and keep re-purchasing. I've already written full reviews of two of them - the Hi-Vitamin C 12% Anti-Oxidant Brighetning Solution ( here ) and the Oxygen Plasma Potion ( here ). Both have also been featured in several favourites posts, as has the one I will be writing about today; the Hydra Squalane Advanced Nourishment Solution. I thought now was the perfect time to write about it especially, as we are all gearing up for colder months and I know a lot of you will be looking for more hydrating products soon.
I bought this foundation around the time it was released and absolutely loved it since first use. I'm about to finish my first bottle, and, spoiler alert, have already re-purchased a second bottle, so I figured now was a good time to finally write a full review.
I've finished quite a few skincare and makeup items this month, which is always exciting. I'm also downsizing some makeup. There's a lot of samples and smaller option products in here as well, as I did go to Barcelona this month and these are things I brought with me. There will be more of those next month as I still haven't finished all of them. It's amazing how long some samples last. I could probably go months without buying certain items if need be. Either way, here are my empties for July.
July was almost entirely a holiday month for me and while I'm sad it's over, part of me is actually quite happy to get back into my routines and feel a bit productive again. I went to Barcelona for my main holiday this year, and I absolutely loved it. I am definitely going back and if you haven't been yet, I absolutely recommend it, it's an amazing city! For my favourites for the past month there's some new products, some I've talked about in the past, and some I've just written reviews on. Keeping with the summer theme - these are all either bronzy warm shades of makeup, something with SPF, or of course just a light wonderful summery perfume.
Keeping with the SPF trend, I have another SPF containing product to talk about today, a sunscreen to be exact, and this one is by now famous and easily available, french pharmacy brand Bioderma.
It is summer so naturally I've been focusing a lot on using products containing SPF, and the higher the SPF the better in my opinion! One of those products is the Protection Naturelle Powder by Chantecaille with a whopping SPF 46! It has become a go-to for me this summer, now let me tell you why.
There's not that much exciting stuff this month. I actually didn't finish a lot of stuff. For me, at least. I did finish some makeup items, body care and some hair care, the latter being a very welcome edition to my empties as they take ages to finish. No full size skincare this month, which I think is a first. I didn't focus on using stuff up this past month, and wanted more to just use whatever I gravitated towards, which was nice, but I ended up with fewer empties. Lots of things are so close to being finished though, so they will be in next months' empties instead.
So I went on a bit of an unplanned and unexpected break from the blog. There was just a lot of changes happening in June, and I was really short on time, and the blog just had to be one of the things to be put on hold. I am now officially on my summer holiday though, and can't wait to have time to get back into everything. I hope you are all enjoying your holidays, or if it's not just yet for you, that you will when the time comes.
May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon was something I wanted to try for a long time, before finally deciding to take the plunge about this time last year. I initially hesitated mostly as it was complicated to get shipped here, but when I discovered it on a Norwegian online retailer, and on sale on top of that, I just couldn't pass it up. May Lindstrom's products are all organic, natural, free of most typical things you don't really want, and really high quality. I've previously used and reviewed The Jasimine Garden Botanical Mist ( here ), which I loved. The Blue Cocoon I think I may actually love even more.
May was quite a fun month. We had the national day here in Norway, the weather was great so I've spent a lot of time enjoying the beautiful outdoors and I went for a little weekend trip to Vilnius. Due to the trip I have a few samples I didn't quite finish over there, but took back with me to finish here. Otherwise there's a lot of regulars, and some things I've been working on for a while. There's also a few makeup items and some nail polish which is super exciting!
Summer finally hit Norway by the second half of May and has come full-blown since. The sun is out everyday and it's warm and nice and green. I don't have much skincare this month as I've been sticking to using the same stuff as I've been for a while, but there's quite a bit of makeup this time.
A long while back I was given a sample of the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment. It was amazing and I really wanted to buy the full size. When I went to Aesop I noticed there was a Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum, which contained 100ml of product (compared to just 15ml in the other one), and the Serum cost just approximatively 10pounds/dollars more. I decided to try the Serum instead. After all, how different could they be, right?
I've been really interested in getting one of all the bronzer, blush and highlighting palettes that's been released lately as it would be super convenient for travel. Imagine then how excited I was when I saw that this was getting released with not only those three products, but also eyeshadows included!
Here we go again with another months worth of empties! I finished quite a few makeup items this month, and decided to get rid of one or two things. Otherwise I've gotten through a few sachet samples, which I am happy about, and then it's the usual round of body products.
April was a long month. Initially we got some nice weather with promises of spring and sun and all the good stuff, then the weather changed it's mind and we got cold, darkness and even a bit of snow! Other than that I had a fairly quiet month with no travelling, but we did paint the apartment which has been really exciting. In the product department I still didn't buy any new makeup, so those products are re-discoveries, but I do have three brand new skincare items (to me) to talk about. Let's get to it!
I guess April has turned into "serum-month" as I'm about to review my third one! Though it's technically already May, which is crazy! I would've tried to write about a different type of product, but this suddenly ran out, so I kind of have to do it now.
I've used several bottles of the original Advanced Night Repair and wrote a full review of that on the blog that you can read here. I went on to purchase the new version after finishing my last bottle of the old version, and as I'm nearing the end of this one I thought it was time to compare the two.
Omorovicza is a brand I've really come to love over the past few years. The love affair started in New York when a really lovely sales assistant convinced me of trying the Queen of Hungary Mist and the Thermal Cleansing Balm, along with a few nice samples. I absolutely loved both products, and they are both products I've re-purchased since. After reading all the raves about their Complexion Perfector I knew I had to try it, here are my thoughts.
With all the nude palettes and nude matte palettes that have been released by now, I thought I'd talk about an "old classic", the ultimate-nude-mattes, staple-in-your-collection palette, in my opinion; Tom Ford's Cocoa Mirage.
As I've mentioned before Maple Holistics very generously sent me a few of their products this fall. I've loved everything so far. I've gone through about half of the Vitamin C serum and feel I've used it long enough to give my opinion, so here comes my review.
Another month passing means another empties post! I don't have quite as much stuff as I usually do, because I travelled for a few days during easter and took samples that I left there. Still, there's quite a few things. A lot of full-size items, mostly skincare and body, but I've finally finished some more hair products!
Wow how time flies! I know that's a really annoying way to start a favourites post, as everybody says it, but I can't help it. All the snow has disappeared here and I think friday might officially have been the last time I wore my winter coat this year. I am so excited for summer! I don't know why, but I can't remember last time I was this excited for the warm weather to come around. I'm definitely also in a spring cleaning kind of mood, which in relation to makeup means decluttering. More on that in my empties post, now for some products I've been loving the past month.
I received a sample of this somehow, it must've been while travelling as nowhere that's usually available to me sells Nude skincare. Either way, it was love at first use. I'm now on my second or third bottle that I'm about to finish, and I've got a back up ready to go. Since the first time I used this I simply will not be without it, now let me tell you why.
As most of you know I'm pretty religious about applying my daily SPF. I apply it every morning after my moisturiser. The extra step doesn't bother me due to all the benefits, but when I heard that Armani was releasing a primer with SPF 50 I knew I had to try it. Who doesn't love a multitasker product?
I received the first Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum as a press sample before it was even released, and have re-purchased it since. The new version, Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum II was released some time after, and I went straight onto trying the new version. I've reviewed the first one, and thought I might as well review the new updated version as well.
Now it's time for another monthly empties post! February was just 29 days, but I've managed to finish off quite a bit. A lot of full-size items, some samples and some makeup as well, which I am especially excited about.
It always amazes me how much shorter February seems, even with just a few days less. It felt shorter this year as well, even with an extra day. My month has been nice overall. We had a bit of nice weather, before winter came back with a vengeance. The days are much sunnier, and I get to see some sunlight on my way to and from work so that is a really nice change. I've worn makeup leaning towards pink or purple tones, and I can feel I am definitely ready for spring to come for real.
As most of you will know, I've been on a downsize and declutter mission for a few years now. As I'm finally making decent progress in the concealer category, I thought now would be a good time to write a concealer-themed post about all my different types of concealers, how I use them, which I love, which I don't and so forth. Partly because I've now gotten around to really using everything I have, and also because I won't have so many variations around at some point, as my goal is to have just two or three. But enough about downsizing for now, this post is all about concealers!
So, Aesop and their Parsley Seed does it again. I don't know why I haven't just gone and bought the whole Parsley Seed range already, though to be fair, there's not many products left in it that I haven't tried. Those I've tried I've all loved, this moisturiser included.
Even though this has been talked about to death already, I thought I'd do another one of my post-hype reviews on the Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette. This was also my first time trying Too Faced eyeshadows. Actually it's my first Too Faced product at all besides their eyeshadow primer and, spoiler alert; it's definitely not going to be my last.
I always wondered how one could cleanse with clay as it's usually a thicker consistency I didn't feel would be too nice to start rubbing across the skin. For this reason, as well as all the raves, I was always quite curious to try this to see how it works.