Just another empties post!

My pile of empties creates a constant source of material for these posts. And I am always behind. But they are fun to make, and seemingly fun to read for many of you. So here goes another one!

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I got some doubles here, and then a bit of everything. Some good, some bad, some makeup, some hair care and some of my highly appreciated Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butters off course!

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Let’s start with the doubles!

#77 Dove Summer Revived Body Lotion With Self-Tanner: This was a mistake. I did not realize it was a gradual tanner. And I picked up 4 of them at once. To bad the actual tanner is horrid. If used several days in a row you build up a completely orange tan, that does not sit very well. So it is rubbed off partially on leaving me both orange and patchy. What a joy!

Luckily the tanner is very gradual so if used only once or twice a week it does not matter. Still, will not repurchase.

#78 Dove Summer Revived Body Lotion With Self-Tanner – With soft shimmer: This is the same as above, only worse because it is shimmery. Not buying again for sure.

#79 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lightweight Smooth Lotion Spray: This is a holy grail product that I use every day and I have been for years. Keeps the frizz away and makes my hair nice and smooth and shiny without making it feel heavy. This is just a staple in my everyday routine. Will repurchase this over and over again!

#80 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lightweight Smooth Lotion Spray: Still a favorite!

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#81 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Imp: My always much loved pumpkin butters! I will never stop using these either. They are and always will be highly treasured. This scent is very sweet and citrusy, almost like candy. It is a bit too much on the candy-like side. I do like it though, it is just not my favorite and Haus Of Gloi has such an incredible large range of scents that I only need to repurchase those I truly love and still have my bathroom shelves filled. I may pick up this scent in the future, but there is no rush. I have plenty I like a bit more.

#82 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Blood Orange Marshmellow: Sweet, heavy, delicious scent. To me this is perfect when  I crave something sweet in winter. I have backups of this already.

# 83 Adopt Eu De Perfume – Aquatique: This was in my project pan, and I had about 20 % left when I dropped it on the floor and broke it! It was a simple aqua scent. Very uncomplicated, and even though it was smellt good it was a bit too simple for my taste. Mote of a lightweight teenager scent I would say. I at least would have adored this as a teenager. It did not last very well on my skin either. A few hours and I could not smell it any more. I will not but it again.

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#84 – L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara: There is nothing mega about the volume this gives. On me they gave very natural lashes. Did not give much length or volume at all, and did not really separate the lashes. They quickly became like short spider legs if I tried to build it up. Worked best for me with just one of two light coats, but it completely lacked that wow factor. Will not but again.

#85 L’Oreal Brow Artist Xpert Brow Pencil: This one I quite like. It has one of those bigger square pencil shapes and filling in goes very fast. It is a bit unprecise so maybe not the best choice if you want something to make hairlike strokes with, but just for filling in the brows it works great.

Did you finish something fun lately?

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Rituals Body Scrubs Review!

Want to know about some delicious body scrubs that smells nice, does a wonderful job and does not break the bank? Then Rituals got you covered!

I have been using these body scrubs on a regular basis for around 3 years now and I figured it was about time I wrote a little something about them. It is always fun to share with you a review of products I use and love.

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Packaging is really nice and looks luxurious. The jars are pretty big and feels nice and heavy (not strange considered they are filled with oil and sugar). The jar is plastic ,and so is the lid but the metallic finish of it and the nice design of the jar makes it feel and look expensive even though it is plastic.

The price range is just in the middle I would say. 29$ is certainly not the cheapest scrub around, but for 375 g of product in a nice jar I think it is still pretty reasonable, especially considering they work pretty great.

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As you can telll, these are not new products, The Himalayan Sea Salt body scrub is almost out. It is so refreshing to use after a heavy exercise or a nice sauna.

I got three different scents here. The Himalaya Scrub is sugar grains in an oily base with a nice calming scent of roses. I love this as a winter scrub because the calming scent is very fitting when it is cold and dark outside.

The Himalaya Sea Salt Scrub smells like eucalyptus and is a proper pick-me-up. Nice to cool down with on warm days. The scrub is made of salt instead of sugar. It is slightly more grainy than the sugar based scrubs.

The Happy Buddah has the most wonderful sweet orange scent. It is quite intense but it is the kind of scent that makes you happy to sniff. I sometimes just open the jar to smell it to be honest! Scent-wise this is the big winner for me, and it makes me crave orange!

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Since they are salt and sugar in a nice oil base it means that they are super moisturizing. I can use these and not put on body lotion after a shower and the skin still feels soft and hydrated. The amount of scrubbing grains is also very generous and it gives you a real rub down compare to other similar prices scrubs (The Body Shop I am looking at you displeased).

So if you are into those oil based sugar and salt scrubs I would highly recommend the ones from Rituals. These are staples in my bathroom and I always keep a few of them at hand. Good stuff!

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My latest empties!

Do we need to introduce these posts still? You know the drill I guess, here are my latest empties and some mini reviews for each of them:

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Not so much variation in products this time I am afraid of. Mostly stuff for yous skin except a soap to make  you clean and a hair product to get your hair look decent.

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You all know I love these. I go through them all the time, and they’ve been my holy grail body cream for many many years (6 now I believe now that I think about them. I purchased my first when I was halfway through my Masters Degree, and it is five years now since I delivered….wow, I am getting old). Let’s just go  through them as usual with me talking about the scent. You all now the product is delicious anyway!

#49 Haus Of Gloi – Samhain II: This one smells so much like soil in the fall. The scent description on the jar says “Freshly turned earth, wet leaves, and a cool spectre ridden wind. The scent is very unique and unisex. I like it, but I have quite a few others I like more. I would not mind picking this up again though if it is released in a future release (It is not in their general catalogue).

#50 Haus of Gloi – Mood Dog: A more sweet and heavy scent. But being my third jar I obviously like it and will for sure repurchase.It smells like Cracked coconut, sandalwood, nutmeg and clove. Sweet, warm scent that lacks the artificial feel coconut scents often get, and I love that!

#51 Haus of Gloi – Apothecary: My second jar of this scent. This is so herbal, citrusy and fresh. The jar descriptions says “Old books, bubbling concoctions, herbs and creaking floor boards! A pure essential oil blend of: Lemongrass, rosemary, atlas cedarwood, sweet basil, lavender and the tiniest drop of vetiver.” Doesn’t that sound delicious?

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#52 Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream: Gives a decent amount of moisture but I was a bit indifferent about this to be honest. It was neither good or bad, but did the job with moisturizing my skin. Won’t repurchase though since I would rather try something else.

#53 L’Oreal Pure Clay Purifying Cleansing Gel: I think I may have been the wrong user for this. I don’t really suffer from impurities in the skin so it was hard for me to really tell if it did any difference. It did a good job with cleansing my skin without stripping it for moisture though. I may repurchase it because it work as a cleanser, but I will try out some other stuff first.

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#54 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lightweight Smoothing Lotion Spray: Another holy grail product. I always had one of these since I picked up my first one three years ago. I now use it every single day and I love how smooth and healthy it makes my hair look. My hair very quickly turns into a big ball of frizz if I don’t give it enough moisture, but this keeps my hair so soft without weighing it down. Love this, and I already have a new one opened in addition to a backup!

#55 LUSH Slammer Shower Gel: Even though I do find the LUSH shower gels to be a tad bit drying (it does not matter much because I ALWAYS moisturize after a shower, which you can probably tell by my amount of pumpkin butter empties) I do like them. This scent is so fresh ans zesty and perfect for after a exercise run in early  mornings. The scent is not available anymore, but I will pick it up if LUSH decide to re-release it again.

I now reached over 50 empties and I am excited to see if I manage to reach 200 by the end of the year (that’s what the counting stands for if you wondered). It may be a bit hard to reach 200 since I don’t count samples or one-time-use things like sheet masks. I also avoid essentials like toothpaste because it is so boring. Time will show I guess.

Did you empty something fun lately?

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Review: Bioaqua Golden Osmanthus Eye Mask

I love masks, especially sheet masks! I love to pamper my skin a bit in the evenings but I feel that my eye are needs a bit more attention than a normal sheet mask gives (they dont fit very snugly around my eyes as the rest of my face). So I use these small eye patches when I want to give my eye area some extra TLC.

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I picked up the Bioaqua Golden Ormanthus Eye Mask, which is a Korean eye mask. I have become quite a K-Beauty junkie over the past year, and I usually get awesome sheet masks from Korean brands, so my hopes where high for this one aswell.

As usual the brand claims that this will do world wonders on your face. It is supposed to be anti-ageing, de-puff, moisturize and reduce dark circles.

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One thing I really like about these patches are that they go all the way around the eyes and not just underneath like most eye patches do. I feel like I treat a bigger area this way, and I particularly like that it fits snugly around my outer corner, where is exactly where I want treatment for fine lines. I am 31 years, and even though I am not very bothered with fine lines, I am not 18 anymore for sure and I do appreciate some wrinkle-care in my routine.

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Once applied it feels very comfortable and soothing. Perfect after a long day when your eyes feel tired. The eye patch is soaked in serum, and even though the patch goes all the way around my eyes with only a small hole for my eyeball to peek through (jikes…..that sounds horrifying!) I don’t experience any of it running into my eye and irritating it.

I usually leave it on for 20 minutes or so while sipping on a cup of tea, scrolling through my Instagram or watching some YouTube videos to catch up on whats going on in the makeup-industry, but it is supposed to be enough with only 10-15 minutes. I figured a little extra does not hurt.

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I am not bothered with dark circles or puffy eyes, so I am not able to tell if these eye patches work well for that purpose or not, but I imagine it could be great for puffiness since it feels so cooling and soothing on the eyes.

It does however feel super moisturizing! I would not use these in the morning, because it leaves quite a tacky residue around the eyes that takes a long time to properly sink into the skin, but my eye-area feels so wonderfully moisturizing the day after.

I do think it helps with fine lines as well, as giving the skin a lot of moisture normally helps against that. I do believe that giving your skin plenty of moisture is key to preventing wrinkles and fine lines (to a reasonable extent off course), and I do think my eye area looks more hydrated and plump the day after using these.

I have become a big fan of these. Not just because pampering yourself with a soothing and cooling eye-patch in the evening feels great, but I do feel like I get the results I want with it.

If you are searching for a eye mask, this one is something I defiantly would recommend!

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Stuff that is ready for the bin – Makeup and beauty products I’ve finished!

Time to feed my trash bin with empty nips and bits from my bathroom shelves and makeup drawers.

Sometimes I feel like I am drowning in empties. Like now, because I quite recently made an empties post, I am doing one now, and I still have enough empties to fill the next post. While other times I am just wondering why the heck I don’t get any empties because I shower, do a full skincare and makeup routine every day and still there is nothing empty to talk about. Am I the only one with undisciplined empties like this?

Well, they are here now. I feel like mentioning the number thingy again, since I gained a few followers lately. I like to number each empty product I talk about so that I by the end of this year can see how many products I actually go through. Just my way of keeping track.

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And here they are. A bit of haircare, a bit of skincare and a bit of makeup. If you have been following me for a while you may wonder where my empty Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butters are. I can assure you, they exist. But they exist in my locker at work and they were not here for this photo session, so they will be joining us next time. I still go through them like crazy so nothings changed.

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#32. Rituals Ritual of Sakura Conditioner: Nourishing conditioner that smells like fresh cherry flowers. Gives my hair a lot of shine, but it also weigh it down a tiny bit. I love Rituals, and have several of their shampoos and conditioners, I just think my hair is a bit too fine for this.

#33. Rituals Ritual of Sakura Shampoo: Same thing as the conditioner. They are obviously made to match. Each other that means. Not me.

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#34. Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser: I actually posted a review of this a while back. Have a read here if you are curious about all the details. The short version is that I really like this and would happily repurchase. Just have to go through some other stuff first, but the brand intrigued me and I will be happy to have this back, and potentially try more from the brand.

#35. Bella Lucce Arabian Odyssey Massage Oil: Since no one is here to hand out back rubs this has been a body oil for me. Works well for that purpose, gives lot of moisture and smells divine (but quite heavy). Don’t know if I will buy the oil again, but I will definitely buy the body cream with the same scent. Less sticky you know, and since I don’t see any back rubs coming my way I might as well stick to the cream.

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#36. Secret Key Snail Repairing Toner: Honestly I don’t know what to think of this toner. I could not notice any difference. I guess I don’t need to be repaired then. Won’t buy again. Would rather pick up something else hoping it will work.

#37. The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Powder: Really like this powder, not only because I love The Balm Packaging, but also because this works really well as a mattifying setting powder. It works so well that I already have a new one.

#38. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Or not so great lash mascara? I remember when I was a teenager and EVERYONE had this! This was THE mascara to own. So I picked it up again after like 10+ years without trying it, and I was not impressed. Short spider-leg lashes was all it gave me. Like maybe 5-6 of them on each lash. It is a mystery where the rest of my lashes went. I am definitely not buying this again.

 

 

I got a few empties to share with you!

It is filling up in my empties bin again, so I will make a couple of these empties posts now ans distribute them as I see fit. I don’t want to drown you in my pile of empties, but after all, sharing empties is a great way of sharing reviews. Both good and bad!

I tend to write more positive reviews on my blog. Not because I don’t encounter products that don’t work for me. It’s just so much more fun to share the good stuff!

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I don’t really have bad stuff to share with you this time either. Sorry to get your hopes up. But it’s not only favorites I will repurchase either. Lets just get on with it!

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I am a bit LUSH fan, so I have some LUSH empties to chat about:

#25: American Cream Body Lotion: Similar scent as the conditioner and it lingers really well on the skin. No need for additional perfumes wearing this. It is not the most nourishing lotion, but sinks into the skin very fast and does not feel heavy. My boyfriend thinks I smell like grandma, I think I smell awesome. If you like the conditioner scent and have not Saharan-dry skin I think you will like this too. If they would only restock!

#26: BIG Sea Salt Shampoo: This is also a BIG favorite. I love the scent. I love how rubbing those chunky grains of salt in my hair feels (that came of creepy), and I love how much volume it gives my hair. It just feels so refreshing. I already have another tub in my bathroom ready to go.

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I know if you follow my blog you have seen these before. My holy grail body butter I have been using non-stop for 5 or 6 years now! These are two scents that were a part of their fall collection (I am sure it will be released again next fall too), so I will just describe the scents and what I think of them since it should be fairly obvious by now that I am a huge fan of the product (I have like 25 jars or so stashed)!

#27: Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Drift Wood: Sun bleached driftwood, dry black musk, warm sand, dune grasses and damp oceanic breeze.

Even though this scent is lovely it is not exactly my taste. It was a bit heavier than I expected, and a bit more masculine. I could have easily mistaken this scent as a mans perfume, which is not a bad thing, it’s just not what I want my body butter to smell. Could be great if you are into unisex fragrances.

#28: Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Narcosa: A thick haze of tonka and black vanilla, three jasmines, tuberose and ylang ylang.

Sweet, pretty, floral scent. I really like this. May pick it up in the next fall release, but there are so many big favorites released at that time so I may focus on those instead (like Grimore or Hex).

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#29: A’Pieu Aqua Nature Dewdrop Clouding Cream: Super light weight and hydrating cream. Works well for me in summer, but is a tad too light weight in winter. Does not have much “extra” benefits, but it is a nice, simple and very affordable cream if all you want is to hydrate your skin.

#30: The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Firming Seed Oil: Smells like sesame seeds! Nice hydration oil. Gives moisture but sinks into the skin quite quickly and does not feel tacky or heavy. Don’t know much about how firming it is.

#31: NYX Micro Brow Pencil – Taupe: I really liked this! Color is good for every day, the tip is very precise, and it is very firm so it is easier to apply without messing up and making it look too dark. I would not mind getting this one again!

And those were all I had for this post. I still have a little bunch of empties to go through, so there will be more empties coming shortly. I just like keeping them short and sweet so they are not boring to read (or time consuming to write).

Did you try any of these products? I would love to hear your opinion if you did!

XOXO

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February Beauty and Makeup Hauls!

I wanted to start a new blogpost series again here. I notice that a lot of the bloggers I follow frequently post haul posts, and I adore reading them. However, for my own blog I want to create content and not just share my purchases, so I didn’t want to clutter up my posts with haul posts too often.

So I figured that collecting all my hauls for one month on one post would be better. Then my blogs won’t (hopefully) be just boring and repetitive, but you can still have a look at what I picked up.

This is also your chance to shout out what you want reviews on. So if you see something you are really curious about just let me know! If I know I have a product people are eager to know about it will for sure pop high up on the priority list. After all, this blog is not much without you lovely readers, so let me know if something catch your fancy!

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Lets start out with some necessities I got! The Emma S treatment enzyme peel is a repurchase of an old friend, and it already got a well deserved mention in my February favorites post. The Eyelure lashglue I picked up because I needed a new and wanted to try something elsa than the Duo one. I was also running out of mascara and picked up L’Oreal Paradise Extatic and Maybelline Total Temptation. Both good drugstore mascaras. The NIP + FAB Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads I got because I was curious, and the L’Oreal Brow Artist Expert Pencil I got because I was completely out of my NYX Microbrow. The Maybelline Gigi Hadid lip kit “Lani”  was on sale. Need I say more?

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A little mini MakeupGeek haul from the MakeupGeek website. Three beautiful shades: Boo Berry, Pegasus and Dragonfly. In addition I picked up one more shade from their Plush Matte Liquid Lipstick  formula, because I really like it. This is the shade Goody-Two-Shoes but I did already own Marriage Material which is a favorite of mine.

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This Milani Hypnotic Lights Highlighter in  the shade 03 Luster Light was actually more of a January haul, but since I live in Norway getting things you ordered can easily take 2-4 weeks. It it a patience game!

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These guys I was really lucky to grab second hand. So I got 19 shadows including the customizable palettes for next to nothing. That was just perfect since I was planning on expanding my Inglot collection this year anyway! Very happy with the shades too since I love greens and blues, and I always know how to get some use out of more neutral shades like the one in the 10 pan palette.

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The KissMe Liquid Lipstick subscription has become a regular monthly thing now. In February I got a Nice gloss “Flirt”, in addition to two liquid lipsticks in the shades “Valentine” and “Secret Admirer”.

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Also a few Morphe brushes with the numbers R7, R14 and R39. I feel like I am constantly adding new brushes, but always have too few of them still. Especially eyebrushes are a problem, because if I got some extra time one evening and want to create several looks for my Instagram or blog I usually find that I have to quit because I run out of clean brushes rather than running out of time and creativity. So I hope to get enough brushes soon so that I will be able to use my time better and create more looks in a row, instead of waiting for my brushes to dry in between looks. I am living proof that you never have too many blending brushes, so adding one more to the collection felt good!

The other two I use for blush and powder.

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I also find that every month I run out of some sort of skincare item. I picked up the Scinic Snail Matrix Cream to replace the face moisturizer I have at work (I run to work every morning and have a shower there so I have some skincare and makeup stashed up there to get ready in the morning). It was about time because I ran out of my old moisturizer just a few days after getting this in the mail. The Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner was purchased to replace my evening toner, also this one I just managed to get before running out of my old. Perfect timing! Lastly I have become slightly addicted to sheet masks and eye patches so I picked up this Koelf Ruby Bulgarian Rose Eyepatches to try out.

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And off course, no month is complete without a Colourpop order. I do actually order a small parcel from Colourpop every month. It is just so cheap and generally good quality. I picked up two new Supernova Shadows in “Now or Never” and “Prelude”, and I could naturally not resist their new highlighter palette In-Nude-Endo either.

And that’s it for February. I feel like I did a good job. I picked up mainly things I needed to replace or stuck to affordable products, so I haven been splurging this month I think. I didn’t want to buy too much new stuff because I wanted to play with the stuff I already have. Since I started my project pan I have actually been thinking more through if I should pick up something or not. After all my goal is to finish some products and that will never happen if I drown in new things to test out and review. But on the other hand I need some new stuff to keep this blog interesting right? Overall, I think I did pretty decent this month with not buying a lot of unnecessary stuff.

Did you pick up something nice for yourself lately?

XOXO

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