The Creme That Saves My Skin Every Winter

Winter in Norway is harsh. Especially for your skin (and mental health – winter depression is a real thing, folks). But when you fight it off with the right products, the dry winter air doesn’t stand a chance.A-CremeI can’t tell you how many times this creme has saved the day by preventing redness and dry skin. I don’t struggle as much with redness as I used to (thank God and knock on wood!) but this is still a staple in my winter skincare regime. Not only is it super moisturizing but it also seems to have healing properties in it. I use this on any area of my body that needs some TLC. It can be used on anything from dry skin to sunburns and rashes. It’s such a do-it-all creme and it’s probably the only thing in my skincare routine that can never be replaced. This is is a swedish product that can be found in Scandinavia. So if you’re ever visiting Sweden, Norway or Denmark, pick up a few of these and thank me later.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Review

When I last ran out of my Emma Hardie cleanser I had the crazy thought to try out a new cleanser. I had heard good things about the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and it was quite a lot cheaper than the Emma Hardie one so I clicked it home. Now that I’ve been using it for about a month I feel it’s time to give it a quick and to-the-point review (I don’t know about you but I tend to feel very discouraged when I see a blog post about the length of a book, so I like to keep it short and sweet). The very important question here is will it be good enough to replace my beloved Emma Hardie cleanser? Keep reading to find out.Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel ReviewWhat is it and what does it do? This is a gel-to-oil cleanser that claims to remove makeup and impurities while illuminating and nourishing the skin.
Who is it suitable for? Fit for any skintype. Helps with dull skin, pigmentation, acne scars and blemished skin.
Does it work? Yes! Although, I would recommend using a makeup remover prior to make sure you get it all off. When it comes to its ability to remove makeup it sadly doesn’t compare to Emma Hardie’s balm cleanser, which sucks for lazy girls like myself. But it does leave my skin feeling quite soft and nourished.

Pros:

  • The packaging looks nice with a minimal design. It feels sturdy and the quality is good. I like that it has a pump as well.
  • It does in fact nourish the skin and leaves it feeling fresh, soft and nicely cleansed.
  • The price. This gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
  • It works. So… that’s cool. And sort of the most important thing.

Cons:

  • The scent. I can imagine most people will like this smell. I don’t. Don’t ask why, I don’t know.
  • Doesn’t remove every trace of makeup.

Would I repurchase? Probably. I much prefer the cleansing balm from Emma Hardie though (how many times can I mention Emma Hardie’s cleansing balm in a post about a different cleanser? It’s just that good, sorry).

If you think that this cleanser could be a good fit for you and you’d like to get your hands on it, it’s available at websites like Oskia, Space NK, Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay for around £24-£28.

The Matte Hand Cream

You’re probably wondering what the hell a matte hand cream is. Well, it is the replenishing hand cream from Molton Brown. But, how is it matte? It’s not. But that is the only way I can think of to describe it._MG_2804What sold me on this was the small size and the cute colors. I’m sucker for packaging. If it’s pretty, I want it. But when I tried this I quickly understood that this is not your typical hand cream. First of all, it has a slight cooling effect when you first apply it, which I love. Secondly, it doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy, in fact, it does quite the opposite. The only way I can think of to describe it is to compare it to matte foundations. It moisturizes your hands but it kind of dries matte. Because of this and the small size, it makes for a perfect hand bag hand cream. Definitely one to try out. It comes in different scents and this one, Pink Pepperpod, smells rather nice. However, it does linger on your skin so for those of you who’s not big on heavily scented products, maybe skip this one.

(PS. My camera’s battery is dead and the charger is currently in Spain. So it might get a bit quiet here until I get it back!)

The Body Shop Haul

I went in, shopping list at the ready, hunting for only a few things but walked out with a few more.
_MG_2818_MG_2827THE BODY: I got these three products for free when paying over 500kr (ca. 84$/50£), yay! The first thing is a miniature Chocomania Shower Cream and what a shock — it smells like chocolate. Not my usual scent of choice but I certainly wasn’t about to say no to some free products. It will be a nice change from my usual fruity, fresh scents. To match it I also got a full size Chocomania Body Butter. I love TBS’ body butters so I’m excited to have gotten this. The last thing in the bag was the Spa Wisdom Japan Adzuki Bean & Rice Washing Grains. I had to look this up as I would have no idea how to use this. It says it is inspired by Japanese Bathing Rituals. Interesting. If I get on with this nicely, I’ll be sure to let you guys know. 

THE FACE: Initally I went in there to get three things; the cleansing oil, the serum and the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser. Sadly they were sold out of the cleanser, but I did manage to get my hands on the other two. After seeing my favorite beauty bloggers/vloggers continuously talking about the Camoile Silky Cleansing Oil I just had to get it. I had no choice in the matter, really. I have also heard good things about the Vitamin E Moisture Serum and after trying Hydraluron without much luck (pretty damn sure it broke me out — something that never happens), I was in need of a new serum. Then lastly I got the Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream mainly because I needed to buy one more thing to be eligible for the free gift but also because my Estée Lauder moisturizer is running low.

Those were the results of my rather spontaneous trip to The Body Shop. What’s on your wishlist to try from there? Let me know, so I can put it on mine too ;-)

Collective Haul feat. Benefit, GlamGlow And More

Like previously mentioned, I did some damage whilst in Oviedo a few weeks back. I’ve also bought a few bits and pieces here in Ribadeo and I thought I’d show you what I got._MG_2428They had a Sephora in Oviedo and as always when I see that store, I let out a shriek of joy. I got even more excited when I saw they had Benefit, one of the many brands we can’t get in Norway. So I picked up a few backups of my favorite mascara, They’re Real. I’ve written about it here if you want to know more about it. I also put the Porefessional Primer in my basket, as I’ve heard amazing things about it. I’ve had a chance to try it out and oh my goodness, what is this kind of magic? The last Benefit product I picked up was their blush in Coralista. It’s slightly reminiscent of Nars Orgasm, only more pink. It’s absolutely gorgeous, as is the smell! Honestly, the scent alone is reason enough to add this one to your collection._MG_2409I finally caved and bought the GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. I received a sample of this that I tried right before going to Spain. The results were instant and quite exquisite. So therefore it just had to come home with me. Who am I to say no to that very inviting packaging with an even more inviting product inside?_MG_2434Next I went to a Spanish department store called El Corte Inglés and from Bourjois I picked up two lip products I’ve had on my makeup shopping list (yes, that’s a thing, and, yes, it’s way too freakin’ long) for quite some time. Color Boost Glossy Finish Stick in the colors Orange Punch and Plum Russian. Gorgeous colors, but I find that when I apply them straight onto my lips they tend to go on a little patchy and are slightly drying so be warned. They’re perfectly fine when paired with lip balm though, so well worth it.
I was also delighted to see the Maybelline Baby Lips. I picked up Hydrate and Cherry Me, one transparent with a scent that I can’t quite explain but trust me when I say it’s heavenly, and the other a very sheer cherry pink with a scent to match the name._MG_2430They sell perfume, makeup and nailpolish at even the smallest of grocery stores here, something that’s very new to me. But it sure makes grocery shopping all the more fun! So, 3/4 items pictured above were purchased at grocery stores. Firstly, L’oréal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Hourglass Beige. It has glitter in it which I don’t usually go for, but it’s so finely milled that it’s not one of those that end up all over your face and just looks chunky. This eyeshadow is stunning. Next, two nailpolishes from Essence in the colors Off To Miami! and Purple Sugar. The formula of these are awesome, it makes the application such an easy process and it dries quickly. The very last thing I’ve picked up so far is the Maybelline The Rocket Mascara. At least I think that’s the name… As you can see, the packaging is in Spanish.

Time for some swatches:jfdjerfhrfh_Fotor_MG_2559Here you can see the blush, the eyeshadow, the baby lips in Cherry Me and the primer in action.

That’s it for my beauty haul! For now, anyway. Have a great day!

My Current Skincare Routine

Up until recently, my skincare routine consisted of makeup wipes to remove what little makeup I had on and then possibly moisturizer if I felt it was necessary. Absolutely horrendous, I know! It was only about two years ago that I actually started using proper skin care products. Now, I’ve found products that work for me and am really happy with my current skincare routine. Surely it could be better, I still have a lot of experimenting to do but some of these products I’m about to show you are definitely here to stay.

A little information before we start, I have mainly dry skin with a mildly shiny T-zone, I have never had acne but have an issue with redness on my cheeks, my skin is pretty sensitive but not to an extreme.

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  1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo – This promises to “reduce the appearance of imperfections and unclog pores”. I bought this with the intention of only using it when I had a blemish or two but I now use this religiously every single night on any areas I feel necessary. It works wonders for me! Now, it’s true I don’t get many blemishes (knock on wood!), but when I do, this takes care of it in no time!
    How I use it: I squeeze a small amount on to my finger and apply it to any areas where I tend to get blemishes or clogged pores, which is mostly on my nose, forehead and chin. I also apply a little onto my cheeks. I use it every night.

  2. Alpha-H Liquid Gold – Supposed to “revitalise and assist in firming the skin”. I probably don’t use this nearly as often as I should but when I do, it works okay. I wouldn’t say it makes a tremendous difference in my skin but I have noticed that my skin looks more glowing and feels really smooth. Seeing as I’m young and don’t really have any wrinkles, sun damage or premature aging I wasn’t expecting my skin to be completely renewed after using this but I do like it as a chemical peel every now and then.
    How I use it: Using a cotton pad, I apply it to my face, neck and décolletage once a week, if that. I tend to forget I own this so I don’t use it as much.

  3. Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner – I love this stuff. Whatever traces may be left of makeup and general dirt on my face that my cleanser didn’t remove, which happens less frequently now that I use a proper cleanser, this takes care of it. It doesn’t dry out my skin and it also helps prevent acne or in my case, the odd blemish.
    How I use it: I apply it using a cotton pad all over my face, neck and décolletage every morning and evening.

  4. Weleda Skin Food – This is a very new addition to my skincare routine. It is a super moisturizing creme that is meant for dry and rough skin. It leaves my skin pretty oily so I don’t use this if I’m going somewhere. I mostly use it overnight if I feel my skin needs a moisture boost. It can be used anywhere on your body, I like using it on my face, hands and feet or any areas that might be feeling particularly dry.

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  1. Estée Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme – This is my nightly moisturizer. I bought it in hopes of it giving my skin the hydration it so sorely needs in the winter, but I’m not sure if I like it. It’s an okay moisturizer but I don’t think I will be repurchasing this when it runs out.
    How I use it: I apply it with my fingers, from the center of my face and in a straight line outwards. By applying it like this, it prevents overstimulating the skin (I read somewhere that it helps but don’t know if it actually has any truth to it). I use it every night.

  2. Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm – I’m sure everybody has heard of this by now as it’s loved by many. After reading blog post after blog post that raved about this I decided I needed to try it. And, well, I don’t see myself ever replacing this. I love it so much. It smells divine, it melts perfectly  in between your fingers and turns into a milky consistency, it gets off all the makeup and dirt that has accumulated throughout the day and, my favorite part, it leaves your skin feeling moisturized and silky smooth. Something I once saw as a chore is now something I really enjoy and find relaxing. It’s simply the best (well, that I’ve tried anyway).
    How I use it: I take a good amount of the waxy balm, and mix it with a few drops of hot water in the palm of my hand. I then apply it all over my face, massage it in for a 2-3 minutes, eyes included, and finally remove it using a face cloth soaked in hot water.

One product that I failed to include in the pictures is the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, which is the moisturizer I use in the morning because it’s a great base for makeup. Many makeup artists call this their secret weapon.

I’m still perfecting my skincare routine but I am pretty pleased with most of the products I’m curently using. I am, however, in need of an eye cream. Any recommendations?