Ole Henriksen African Red Tea See the Difference Serum

Oh, I wish it was easier to write than to say it, and it seems like this everyday blogging challenge might not be my cup of tea. On the other hand, I think it might be related due to eight hours  spent at work talking , and when I get home, I just want some silence. That might sound weird to you, but when I write, I speak to myself and you guys in my mind, and it’s not always something I am up to when I get home after a hard day. However, after the popular saying, don’t write if you can not write, but I can’t, so I will try to write as often as I can, maybe at the very least every second or third day.

So my last review was about the cheap and wonderful mask, this one will be about expensive, but amazing serum. I am not sure how many of you have heard about Ole Henriksen brand, I have been introduced to it while in Denmark, or though my student budget didn’t really let me get any of their products, I still used every opportunity to at least get a sample. I am trying to do project pan:sample edition* to use up my makeup pouch full of samples, and I have pulled an Ole Henriksen See the difference serum. On one hand, I’m so glad I did, on the other, I kind of wish I hadn’t, since I’ve became obsessed with it, and I want to get a full size, but not only we don’t have it here, it also costs quite a lot if it needs to be ordered over the internet. So if any of you ever see it on discount on any of homepage, would you please be so kind and yell aloud :)?

If you are a regular reader of mine – hopefully more regular than me as a blogger – you should know I find it hard to write a post without a long introduction, but let me try to get to the description of the product :).

The first thing you notice when using the product, is the smell. Its amazing, if you are just as much lemon scent lover as I am. It smells amazing, it has very refreshing scent, and its great for both waking you up and helping you to get ready for the night.

Secondly, I love the consistency of this serum. I dont know about you, but I am not a fan of those very liquidy clear serums, mostly just because, being as clumsy as I am, I manage to get it all over place, and they leave sticky consistency on my face. This serum, however, has more of the creamy fluid consistence, which I really like, it makes it very easy to massage it all over my face and it doesn’t leave my face sticky.

Thirdly, -I know every second blogger says this, but I don’t know how not to –  a little bit goes a long way, and I’ve been using a tiny little sample for four days now, day and night, and I still have some left. So I guess you would use the full size package forever, and in the end you will end up actually saving money.

And for the impact on my skin, I am also excitedly impressed. Long hours in front of computer makes my skin look dull and tired, but I can honestly tell this serum have refreshed it and made much more brighter. Also, I know its’ primary function isn’t to correct dark under eyes, but it must be a vitamin c in the product, which have brightened my under eye area and I could even say tightened it a little bit.

And last, but not least, did I mention that my skin is baby soft ever since I’ve been using this product? 🙂 Overall, I think I have run out of words which describes how awesome this product is, but I’m very very impressed. Tell me, did you ever tried any of Ole Henriksen products? Did you like them?

I hope you all have a wonderfull weekend!

*project pan is when you choose a said amount of products which have been occupying space in your vanity for too long, and set your mind on using them up 🙂
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Face Mask “Teebaum” review

Moving from ecological, quite extraordinary products to the ones affordable to anyone, I would like to talk about the face mask, called “Teebaum”. My overseas friends, I apologize one more time, you probably don’t have this either, but its good I am doing swaps with some of you, huh? Or though I love myself some luxury in my skincare routines, in no way do I look down on cheap products, especially if they have raves all over the internet. One of Lithuanian biggest forums have pushed me into making the decision to pick this mask up, and I am glad, I did.

It is a deep cleaning clay mask, with the Russian origins, I believe. It does have a minty scent – have you noticed my obsession with mint yet? :), a pale green color – so if you have a second half, or sensitive family members, aim to apply it while alone to avoid giving someone a heart atack.

In my eyes this mask has just a perfect consistency, which is not too stiff, not too runny, and just perfect to apply straight of the tube.  I think I have already mentioned somewhere, but I have to feel my mask on my face, let it be heating, tingling, or tightening on my face, or otherwise in my head, its being put on “it doesn’t work” shelf. This give me a slight sensation of tingling and tightening my face, and after I have used it, my pores looks tiny bit smaller. Moreover, my skin feels a tiny bit brighter and cleaner after just one use. I won’t say it does miracles overnight, but it does clean your skin. If you are not commitment phoebe, and can use the same mask several times in a row a week, I strongly recommend you pick this up. However, if you have more drier skin, you might want to skip it, because I found it slightly drying on my combination skin. But, besides its  availability, and a tiny bit difficulty washing it off, its the only con I can think off :). Tell me, have you tried it? Do you have it in your country?

Have a nice evening and see you tomorrow 🙂

Lumene Touch of Radiance Serum Foundation

Disclaimer: my camera is broken, and no-one knows where the cable of my phone is, so I will have to borrow pictures from the broad internet for a while

Hi there,

I am wondering if I am alone facing this problem every time, but I can’t pick out the right shade/type of foundation no matter how hard I try. It is either too dark, too pink, too yellow, and what not.. My dad’s birthday was few weeks ago, and it is only natural that his only daughter wants to look perfect on that day, right? So I stepped in drugstore the other day, and decided to drop choosing it on my own and asked consultant for help. Now, in Lithuania it is quite rare to meet a consultant who actually is confident and knowledgeable and can give you an advice without reading the labels of the product. Luckily, the girl was really helpful and competent, and willing to help. I think we literally tried every foundation which was at store, except for L’oreal, and with some discussions, we chose a Lumene one. I have never tried any of their products before and i was intrigued, to say at least. I don’t know, if my requirements are low, but already the packaging reminds me more of high-end product than a drugstore one. also, I have to say, it is in the mid-range price wise.

photo courtesy of lumene.com

So, as you can see, the first pro is packaging. It is simple, but doesn’t look cheap, and you can proudly display it on the shelf in your bathroom/makeup vanity.

Secondly, I really like the texture, it is liquidy, but not too much, so it is very easy to put in on your face, and get an even coverage. I wouldn’t say it has a full coverage, more likely the medium one, so if you have some spots/scars you might want to use concealer first. However, it gives you a nice dewy finish, and your skin looks fresh. On the other hand, if you have an oily skin, it might not be your preferred choice, but the matt compact powder can solve this problem.

As for staying power, it is quite impressive as well, and, what is most important for me, it stays put and doesn’t smudge/transfer to phone/pillow and other things :).

I think this compares to Gosh BB cream, which is my Holy Grail, so it is really worth a try. Have a peaceful Sunday afternoon 🙂

Macadamia oil haircare

Hi guys, I hope you all having an amazing week. You know, your are not feeling too well, when it takes a month to write a blog post – yeah, this particular one…But I won’t bother editing it too much, and will leave it as it is in progress, so it is not just another dry review – no pun intended.

I have been having non-stop headaches every second day, and today it seems to turn into those annoying migraine ones..But it looks like my inspiration is coming back to me slowly, and creeping up my spine, whispering all those ideas to my ears. I believe the fact, that I have gone through my makeup/skincare collection in case to sort it out, and make some photos, might have helped as well. I am considering uploading my collection, so you can ask questions, and impressions on products, and suggest me, which broad reviews you would like to see in the near future.

Couple of months ago, I have been in the ShoppingBazaar event, where they had crazy deals on clothes, cosmetics and such. On a total wimp, I have picked up Macadamia series oil, which I instantly felt in love with. So much so, actually, that I got back another day, and picked up the leave-in conditioner, and had rather funny experience grabbing a de-tangler, apparently  it was so new, that no-one knew the price. The funny story is, that apparently, it was just gotten that day in the store, and someone have accidentally grabbed it to the show room. The friend sales assistant form a Danish cheapest shop on hair care, BEAUTYCOS,  wasn’t even able to find a price on their inner server, web-page, or, even, in any English sites. I can’t remember  how much exactly I paid, but I think it was around 60 something kroner. I have promised to pay back for writing about the products, so, here I am. Let’s start by the oil: I really would love to write a long ode to praise, however, with that stubborn headache, none of suitable words come to my mind, except for, that the smell of it is divine – light vanilla  somehow reminding me of Sunday mornings, when my mom used to bake some pancakes and spoil us with breakfast in bed. The effect on hair, is also amazing, it helps for dry ends, and gives a tiny bit of glow. Even though, bottle is not the biggest, but it is very economical and would last me a while. Next, the leave-in conditioning cream. If used sparingly, it does do wonders on your hair, it smooths them, somehow, my hair always feel thicker after I have used it, and it smells divine. Couple weeks ago I met my friend I haven’t seen for a while, her first words were “you smell stunning” and she kept smelling me all evening long. I think that speaks for itself, and I would say, that is definitely one of those products, which is better to be tried when read about. Are you running down to the store already? 🙂 If not, just finish reading this post about de-tangler… Do you also have extremely dry, but prone to oily hair, which gets into impossible to brush mess with every move? I do, and, oh, man, do I know how annoying it is. I don’t even count the times when I had to ask someone to brush my hair out, either because of constant pain in my back, or due to the fact, that it was so painful, i barely could handle hurting myself! I have tried so many detanglers, but so far, this one is the best for my liking, or though it does have most faint scent compared to the conditioner and the oil. Next in my plans is their mask, flawless cleansing conditioner, and a comb. Have you ever tried the products? Which is your favorite? How do you take care of your hair?

Wish you all a perfect weekend!

A perfect Christmas gift, part 1

Hi girls, please tell me I am not the only one already thinking about Christmas and New Year, starting by listening to Christmas songs, watching gifts, and ending by Christmas dishes, outfits, and nails of the day, listening to Christmas songs, and watching Christmas movies (Elf at the background atm). That might of course be resulted due to my health issues and desperate attempts to try to find something positive in my life – I tell you, it is rather hard through a constant headaches. However, the christmasy mood of course comes with an unavoidable consideration of Christmas gift. At the same time this is also Thursday stars post. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an amazing artisan perfume sampler set from a perfume house in San Fransisco, called Ineke.

And guess what, I immediately felt in love, with almost every and each of the perfumes, especially for the one, designed for men, *cough cough*.  However, the creator firmly believes that all perfumes should be unisex and it should be up to the man or woman to choose the favorite one, without being limited by gender. And you know what, I agree!

You might ask why would it make a perfect Christmas gift? Well, to start with I am sure all of us was there, when we tried to gift a perfume, which according us, would fit that person perfectly, just to find out that we were so far from the truth… The sampler set eliminate us from the hard choosing process, since the giftee can decide for themselves which scent they prefer. Secondly, the packaging is so amazing, that you almost don’t need to wrap it, or if you are like me and swear by wrapping, something as simple as one coloured paper and ribbon would do the trick. Thirdly, no matter how picky you are with your scents (hi, mom) you will most likely like at least couple of the scents in the collection, if not all. There is simply something so magic about it. And getting to the magic, whoever writes the names of their scents, they are geniuses. My favorite titles are Balmy days and Sundays and Chemical bonding, and the last scent also talks most to me. Are you convinced yet? If not, just imagine Christmas morning, or afternoon – depending on when you unpacking your gifts, where you unpack your sampler set, and try to guess which notes the perfume has. The set comes with the brochure, so you have the answers right there. I don’t know about you, but for me, that sounds as a ‘ren hygge” – danish expression describing coziness. And even though you can read notes either on their webpage here, or in the brochure, I will still try to describe it in my own words, because blog posts supposed to be personal, right?

A: After my own heart: in my humble opinion, that is the most ordinary scent in the sampler collection, it is floraly – dominating lilly smell, but not overpowering, a little bit sweet, and just a tad woody. Just a scent which would be perfect for everyday, maybe even a rainy day, where no matter how dark outside it is, you still feel romantic. It is a very universal scent which would be good to anyone, despite their age.

B: Balmy days and Sundays: that is a very different scent from the first one, it is very fresh, leafy and grassy – is that even a word? When I first smelt it, I thought I was going crazy, because I immediately could smell the freshly cut grass. And honey. I am probably crazy, or it is just a fact that I read that there was honeysuckle in the notes, which made me smell honey in the perfume, but as I said, the way individuals looks at the perfumes is very different, and I am sure different people would be able to distinct different notes.

C: Chemical bonding: That is the second of my favorites, after the Derring-do. Can anyone of you who have been following my blog long  enough guess the top note? Elementary, Vatson. Citruses! and tea. That’s a little bit stronger smell, I would be wearing it for an evening out, maybe even to top up the little black dress, or maybe to a job interview, where I would feel that I need a little bit self confidence and invisible inspiration..

D: Derring-do: as i told you, that is my favorite of the collection, this smells like citruses in the rain. When I sniffed it the first time, I honestly starting mumbling – that is how I sound when I try to sing – singing in the rain. I don’t know why, but I immediately thought of that movie. It also smells a little of cedarwood and musk – I guess that is where the musculine scent comes from. For me it is one of those scents, where I know I love it, but have no idea why.

E: Evening edged in gold: that is also a little bit stronger scent, the one which would probably be perfect on the night out – hence the name, I guess. It doesn’t have a distinct smell the normal me can define, however, it does remind me a little bit of hospital and some kind of medical substance, so I suppose it is rather herbal. The official description says: “topnotes: gold osmanthus, plum; middle: “angel’s trumpet, saffron, cinnamon; base: midnight candy, leather, woods”. And you know what, while I write this, the strong smell kind of faded, and I can confirm that I do smell cinnamon.

F: Field notes from Paris: I just love the title of this perfume. However, the scent itself is a little bit too overpowering and reminds me too much of the manly perfume. So, sadly it kind of let me down since I have imagined something completely different from a title. And once again here comes a crazy me, who can smell wood, fireplace, and almost fire in this perfume. At least, I kept sniffing and thinking ‘what on earth is burning’ until I realized that it indeed was  my hand smelling of fire! In a nice way, but however it wouldn’t be my number one choice.

G: Gilded lilly: *ehm ehm*, my mom stole this from me before I managed to smell it properly, so I am gonna cheat, and just copy what the brochure says. But in our smelling competion we all agreed that it was aimed to a little bit more mature women, but in no way this smell is for grannies. They say “sparkling fruits and cypriot woods. Top notes: pineapple, rhubarb, grapefruit. Middle: goldband lily of Japan. Base: Patchouli, oakmoss, labdanum.” As much as I can remmember, I can say, that it was my least favorite scent, and my first thought was: that’s something my mom would enjoy.

H: Hothouse Flower: hmm, that is a very interesting scent, I can honestly smell mint. The bf wasn’t much help when I wanted to confirm my probably crazy thoughts – ‘it smells of nivea’, honestly every second product I make him smell, I hear that phraze, guess who is getting a huge can of NIVEA cream for Christmas? 😀 Okay, according to the brochure – yeah, I cheated once again – it smells of Earl Grey Tea, so probably that is the ‘mint’ I am smelling. However, that is my third favorite, or maybe the one in the second second place. I really really like it..And know when I know it, it does smell like a cup of good sweet Early Grey tea, i wonder if we have any in our tea drawer..

Don’t you just love the alphabeth in the titles? I do hope that means they are coming up with more volumes of the collection! I hope you are convinced by this post, and will be trying to get your hands on the set. I am a little in doubt as where you can get it, but I will try to find it and update the post. And please forgive my illiteracy what comes to describing scents – I tried so hard – but try for yourself, and tell me what you think!

Have a wonderfull weekend and I will be back very soon with some exiting news.

Thank you, Charlotte

You might think that I am out of my mind, some of you might even think: hmmm, does this have something to do with the beauty? Well, believe it or not, it does. It is a book about beauty, or, as the author would say, ‘everyday’s glamour’. Never have I thought that I would read a beauty book in just couple of hours, but well, I did, and proudly be placing it on my shelf where everyone could see it. I am not sure I will be borrowing it, though, it is too good to be lost.

I am not the one for writing book reviews, and opinion might be very subjective – I can’t check if it makes me break out, or what it does to my skin, but I do know it did put smile on my lips. So, forgive me the ones coming here for a beauty product reviews, this post is dedicated to thank Charlotte for so many things. So, thank you for:

  • being inspirational: after I have closed the last page – yeah, I read the distributors list from A to Z – I have booked time for facial, appointment at the motion club, and a SPA evening;
  • making me laugh in the room full of people – now I know why counting sheep never works for me, appearently, I need to count beauty products;
  • for making me nod in acknowledgment in some situations – such as being awkward in Spa’s, or not able to get rid of pushy shop assistants;
  • for awakening an extreme need in me to search for the perfect lipstick – no, Chanel lipgloss doesn’t cut it;
  • for making me knowledge hungry, and interested in the biographies of the famous fashion icons, Coco Chanel, Estee Lauder, and others;
  • for inspiring me to explore, and to go behind the story of each product;
  • for helping to solve Christmas gift problem for couple of family members – yeah, you will be lucky ones getting the book;
  •  for showing me the way for the deeper beauty universe;
  • and for writing the first book in Danish I was able to read cover to cover with no trouble.

I highly recommend all of you who are or understand Danish to grab the book, and preferably reading it while treating yourself in a bathtub. Moreover, Charlotte was kind enough to agree to be interviewed by me, so that will be coming in couple of weeks, and hopefully I will be able to introduce my English speaking friends to such an inspirational and motivational person.

Have a fantastic week and don’t forget to come back for more reviews!

Starbox, September 2012

Hi there,

Have I ever told you how much I love the concept of subscription boxes? I think it is the best way to try and get to know new products, interesting brands, and  without having to spend too much money. Even though I enjoy living in Denmark, I do feel jealous for those out in USA or UK, there they have a wider choice. However, there are couple of them which do deliver internationally, and one of them is by the company Starlooks, called Starbox. It is quite an extraordinary concept, since as oppose to deluxe samples, you get three to four full size products and all of them is by Starlooks. Let’s take a look at the September months box firstly, and discuss all the perks and benefits you get as a subscriber afterwards, shall we?

This month Starbox have been very generous, and have filled box with the monographic eyeshadow pallette, the eyeshadow primer, eye jewelry, and a crystal which comes with every box as make-up holder filler. To be honest, at my first sight on the pallette, I thought, really?? the pigmentation is awful, and there is no color payoff. Silly me, judging the book from its cover. I have decided to give it a try anyway, and guess what? The eyeshadows are very nice, it gives a pretty shine, and would really help to create amazing looks, especially layered over simple colors. I have always wanted to try an eyeshadow primer, but never got to buying one, so thanks to Starlooks, I had the opportunity to do so this month. The texture is similar to the balm, it slides on easily, and it does really help eyeshadows to stay on place. I haven’t tried the eye jewelrely yet, but I think I will look around and save it for creating a gorgeous New Year’s Eve look.

The Starbox is not just a subscription service sending a box out every month, it is an unique concept, which has much more cons than any others I have heard about so far. To start with, couple weeks before sending the box, they release a themed look book, which you can use as a hint trying to guess what products will be in your box, and after you have gotten the box you can use it as an inspiration creating gorgeous looks. Last time was my personal favorite, “running with wolfes”, just take a look here. Secondly, Starlooks asks for your birthday date, and includes a birthday surprise in the box on your birth month. The most common fear for the subscription services, I suppose, is uncustomized box, and getting the colors you can’t use. Not to worry, Starlooks take care of that as well, for example this month they have been asking for your skin color, so I suppose you will be getting either a foundation or concealer, or something similar to that. Moreover, they have various programs for loyal subscribers, I specifically included promotion card in the picture, and as you can see there, if you recommend at least one friend – and I am sure that is what you would like to do as soon as you open your box, you can get a free box. And all that is just for 15$ for month. International readers, however, needs to contact Starlooks customer service before subscription, but don’t be afraid – they are really friendly, and respond promptly. Tell me, what you think, and stay tuned for the swatches and looks later on. And if you do decide to subscribe, please tell them I sent you, would you? Have a very nice week!

p.s. they are cruelty free as well!

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