Natural cosmetics haul

Hyvinvoinnin Tavaratalo

Last Friday I made a pretty large order of natural cosmetics from a large Finnish online “mall”, as it were, even though I was only looking for a new, moisturizing night cream and a hair dye. Somehow, I ended up clicking all sorts of things into my cart (damn you, online shopping!). I have been dyeing my hair with Sante‘s semi-permanent dyes for a few times now, but they are unable to conquer my blonde roots (I’m Finnish, alright) so I decided to take it up a notch and get the Sante’s permanent hair dye in Chestnut Brown. I absolutely love the semi-permanent Sante dyes because they come in a nice tube and are actually very easy to apply. No mixing required either – I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to brighten up their color, natural or not. But, as said, it doesn’t really seem to do much for the roots, so it’s perhaps not the best for that. In order to get the most out of the natural dyes, you should always use a deep cleansing clay mask on clean, freshly washed hair, before coloring – so for that purpose, I bought Logona‘s deep cleansing clay mask for hair.

I don’t know if this is TMI, but I am a shaver. It’s annoying but it’s something I can do while I’m in the shower anyway, so I do it. I have never tried waxing, imagining it would suck, except that on my eyebrows it was alright, the one time it was done. When in USA I sometimes used creams and even this weird, sand-paper like thing you “buffed” your legs with (which was actually kind of nice), but at home, I’ve been sticking to shaving. Now, I’m going to try this natural cream for hair removal purposes (it’s by Acorelle). I’m honestly quite curious about it and how it may or may not work.

For that night cream I was looking for, I chose one by Marilou Bio – purely because I thought the packaging was cute and it wasn’t super expensive. I was looking for something a bit more moisturizing and nourishing than the product I have on daily use, which is the refreshing, minty emulsion by Lavera. In addition to these, I ordered two soaps, one liquid shower gel by Bio Seasons and a bar soap by Finnish brand Flow. The Bio Seasons shower gel is a shea butter one, since I’ve been so into the Body Shop’s Shea Butter line… At a quick sniff, the scent wasn’t the same (not surprisingly), but nice none the less. The himalayan salt & geranium soap bar by Flow is all natural, organic and handmade – said to relieve stress and soothe the mind.

I’m quite happy with my purchases and excited to get to try them all. I already did try the night cream (mmmm…soft…) and the Flow soap (so fresh, so clean), but more on those (and the other products) later!

Do you use natural cosmetics? If so, where do you buy them from?


July Favorites


We are already nine (9) days into August, but hey, July’s favorites have been rounded up and photographed at last! Amazingly, I managed to finally do a month without The Body Shop products, probably because I didn’t get any new TBS products in July (how did that even happen?). I did however get heavily into organic and natural cosmetics again, as you can see…


The Konjac Sponge

This fluffy hemisphere of a sponge has somewhat changed my life, to be honest. Judging by several reviews online (mine is yet to be added to that collection) I’m not the only one who loves this sponge. This thing right here has changed my mornings. Getting ready is so much easier when you just pop the sponge into a bowl of water for a few minutes, get it out, gently squeeze excess water out of it and then run it over your face and neck and enjoy. The sponge glides on the skin as if soaped, but no residue is left behind. It refreshes and renews the skin and leaves it feeling ready for the day. Ah! What’s not to love?

Herbina Salt Spray

My favorite hair product this summer has to be the Herbina Salt Spray I got from a blog collaboration with LivBox. I wanted to try it, even though salt sprays had not worked on my hair before. I’m so glad I got the chance to try this because there’s a very good chance that this will become a permanent product in my hair styling collection – which honestly could almost be taken over by this single bottle. I haven’t needed anything else since I got this thing! It gives such a nice amount of volume and just the right amount of texture to make my normally seriously slippery hair do as I want for a change. Works well for getting a nice beach wave going on too, if you braid your hair for the night or put it on a bun. Also speeds up the drying time!


Lumene Arctic Aqua Deep Moisture Eye Gel

This has been my go-to eye product for a while now. I enjoy how simple and refreshing it is, especially on those tired eyes in the morning. Basically unscented and definitely suited for sensitive eyes, this gel is an excellent summertime product!

Cattier Paris Pink Clay Mask for Sensitive Skin

I reviewed this one recently and I use it religiously. A very nice mask with a lovely scent – I’m having a hard time restricting the use to 1-2 times a week instead of every night… I could still use a bit more moisture, but it’s still pretty great none the less! Of course, it’s even better that it’s natural, eco-friendly and cruelty free.


Lavera Pore Refining Moisturizing Fluid

Refreshingly scented, light-weight moisturizer is definitely a summer time product, but I could imagine using this throughout the year. This moisturizer contains things like jojoba seed oil, rice, rosemary leaf extract, peppermint leaf extract and willow bark extract to help provide a nice, matte surface for makeup. The scent somehow takes me back to summers at our old summer house – refreshing, minty, woodsy and wonderful, all at once!



Last, but not least, the little hair accessory that was a great help during our moving days. On my hair, I wouldn’t go as far as calling these things traceless, but they do offer a great grip in even the most rigorous of activities! I currently have these in a deep, dark brown, white and clear and I tend to carry a couple around on me at all times!


Cattier Paris Clay Mask For Sensitive Skin


Cattier amongst the stone cats. I couldn’t resist. The cats were originally a gift to my mom from one of her clients, but I asked for them some years ago because I thought they were just way too adorable somehow. Enough about the cats though, let’s look at the Cattier Paris Clay Mask For Sensitive Skin!


Cattier Paris Clay Mask For Sensitive Skin (100 ml / 8,50 €)

The Cattier Pink Clay Facial Mask is a gentle treatment for sensitive and reactive skins, allowing these to enjoy the guarantee of a “healthy looking complexion”. Enriched with Shea Butter, known for its restorative, anti-drying and protective properties, and with Peppermint, for its refreshing and stimulating action, it softens and nourishes the epidermis and clarifying the skin. Due to the high content of micro-nutrients present in the clay, it provides the minerals and oligo elements needed for a beauty, glowing complexion. (Cattier Paris website)

Main active ingredients: Pink clay, Organic shea butter, Organic peppermint extract, Lactic acid (vegetable), Aloe vera.


Packaging: Simple, clean, white, green and pink 100 ml tube. Nothing too fancy.

Scent: Mostly roses. I don’t normally like rose-scented cosmetics (and I must be alone in this), but I quite like the very natural scent of this product.

Texture: Thick, paste-like.

How does it work: Apply the Pink Clay Mask in a thick coat over the face and neck, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Leave on for approximately 10 minutes without allowing the mask to dry on the skin. Rinse off with tepid water and dry the skin with a cotton towel. Complete the treatment by applying the moisturising cream Secret Botanique. (Cattier Paris website)

I personally struggle with keeping the mask from drying as it seems to want to dry up in just a couple of minutes. My skin doesn’t seem to mind it drying though as afterwards it still feels very clean and delightfully soft. I feel as if the clay mask would be able to somewhat repair my skin and balance it out. Certainly doesn’t seem irritating to the skin!


To sum it up: Despite the problem I have with the mask drying up on my face, I do quite like this product. I was hoping for it to be more moisturizing though, as it is, it feels rather purifying and balancing, but not that moisturizing. A good mask to use when your skin just needs a little “pick-me-up” – or when you just want to relax and smell the roses… I feel the product is also reasonably priced and the 100 ml feels like it will go a long a way. A very nice, cleansing and balancing treatment for the sensitive skin!

Would I buy again: Yes, though I might wish to try the other clay masks (by Cattier) as well. I feel that the product is of good quality and well priced and as such, I’m a fan!

Who would I recommend it to: Though the product is meant for sensitive skin, I would recommend it for everyone who would like a lovely, rose-scented cleansing mask that balances out your skin a bit.

Mineral base mini series – Part 2 – Using a mineral makeup base

Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup

Different mineral foundations and powders

As I mentioned in my previous post, different mineral makeup manufacturers offer products with different finishes. Most brands have a basic makeup base and then different types of finishing powders that offer various different looks. For instance, the BareMinerals’ Bare Escentuals line offers, in addition to the basic base, a matte base and a few different finishing powders, such as the moisturizing finishing powder and the illuminating finishing powder. Bare Escentuals does also offer a mineral base in a liquid form as well as in a compact form. Lily Lolo on the other hand only does one kind of a base and three different finishing powders – Flawless Matte (oil absorbing), Translucent Silk (illuminating, translucent), Flawless Silk (illuminating, tinted). Some other brands, like Jane Iredale, also do other mineral bases, such as BB creams, tinted moisturizers or even sun screens.

When choosing your makeup, you should pay attention to the promised finish and it’s compatibility with your skin. And again, I do recommend shopping around a bit before settling down and investing on a potentially expensive base!

Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup

How to apply your mineral makeup base (powder):

  1. Cleanse and moisturize your skin really well.
  2. If you want to / require to use a primer, apply it on the areas you want.
  3. Pour the makeup powder onto the lid of the package, but remember to start with only a small amount. You can add more as you go and layer it up.
  4. Take the brush of your choice (kabuki works best) and lightly twirl it in the minerals before knocking off the excess by tapping the brush onto the edge of the lid – this is how you prevent the “flour face effect” that you might get if you get a bit too giddy with your powder product. Often, a small amount goes a long way anyway!
  5. Apply the base onto your face with circular movements and a soft hand. You don’t want to rub too hard! The circular movements help the powder to really become one with your skin, leaving a natural, polished finish. I’ve also noticed that applying the powder in a circular motion covers up the pores better than simply stroking the powder on or if I apply it by pressing it on.
  6. If you want more coverage, apply another layer of the base.
  7. If you have something to cover up, you can either use the base to cover up the imperfections (use a concealer brush for this) or you can use a specific mineral concealer, if you need heavy duty coverage.
  8. Apply your finishing powder of choice (optional). Finishing powders are a good way to set the base and prolong the wear time of your base. The finishing powders can also offer a bit of illumination to an otherwise matte and one dimensional base.
  9. If your skin is left looking a bit dry, or you would simply like your look to be a bit more dewy, lightly spray spring water or moisturizing face mist on – and let it air dry.

Attention! Not all mineral bases can be layered equally. I’ve noticed that for instance, the original Bare Escentuals base layers much better than the slightly dryer Lily Lolo base. For instance, Lily Lolo works well for me to cover up slightly darker under eye areas, but it’s not enough to fully cover up a really red pimple. If you have a lot of redness or spots to cover up, you might want to invest in a separate concealer.

Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup

Pay in mind that the finish matters. For a long time, I was using the Lily Lolo Translucent Silk Finishing Powder, hoping to achieve that wonderful, dewy glow. Right after applying my makeup, my face looked pretty nice, but even then, I had to add a bit of regular powder on my nose to make sure it would be matte. Though I found the mineral base to be long wearing, I did often find myself pretty shiny within 3-4 hours from applying my makeup – until I switched to Flawless Matte Finishing Powder. The Flawless Matte can be made to look dewy as well, with a light misting of thermal spring water – or with the help of highlighting powder. Again, remember, it’s always easier to add a bit of shimmer and shine than it is to take it away and still look fresh.

Finally, remember, that even though powdery mineral makeup lasts a long time, it’s still best to store it somewhere else than your often hot and humid bathroom. The humidity will only cause the product to get clumpy and it becomes more difficult to get out of the packaging. The humidity will also shorten the amount of time the product remains in pristine condition.

Also, remember to keep your brushes clean! A good cleaning once a week with Marseille soap should do it! Clean brushes provide a clean and smooth makeup application.

Have you tried mineral foundations?

Mineral base mini series – Part 1 – Choosing your base

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation & Flawless Matte Finishing Powder

First of all, I doubt that anyone is surprised anymore when I say that my personal mineral base of choice is the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 in Porcelain, I have spoken of it many times before! I have been using minerals for about 1,5 years now, though a bit on and off perhaps, because now and then I’ve still wanted to experiment with liquid foundations. Honestly, not all like the mineral foundation and there are those who don’t even want to give it a chance. I believe there is a suitable mineral base for pretty much anyone out there, with the exception of perhaps those with a whole lot to cover up. Minerals of certain brands can be built up for quite a lot of coverage though. Mineral foundation can also be a real help for those suffering from breakouts or even acne, because they are, at their best, very pure.

Lily Lolo Minerals

If you have decided that you would like to try mineral makeup, I suggest looking around a bit as there are quite a few brands who offer mineral makeup – at least, if you’re not the palest of the pale like I am. Not all ranges offer as wide of a variety as some of the bigger ones, like BareMinerals or Lily Lolo, for example. Most brands also offer you sample sizes of their products so that you can get the feel of the thing as well as figure out what shade is right for you. The samples are usually very inexpensive, but there tends to be enough product to get more than just one try out of them! You might also want to take a look at the ingredients (and INCI) of the product to see if it is actually all minerals, because companies can technically market a product as mineral makeup as long as it contains some minerals. Some brands offer 100% natural mineral makeup, where as some brands also put synthetic ingredients into their minerals to improve them one way or another. The most natural of the mineral bases can contain well under 10 ingredients where as certain brands market their products as mineral makeup – yet have an ingredient list as tall as a house. Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 for example contains only mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and iron oxides, which indicates that it’s made 100% out of minerals. These all natural mineral bases are actually so pure that you could basically sleep in them without having to worry about the condition of your skin. (Though I still recommend removing your makeup in the evening!)

Lily Lolo Mineral

Not all mineral bases suit everyone, which is, again, a good reason to shop around a bit and see which one works for you. If you have a very sensitive skin or skin with a lot of problems, I would recommend to avoid a mineral base that has bismuth oxychloride in it, because it can often irritate sensitive skin. Of course, not all people get a reaction from it – and it’s also used in some lipsticks and nail polishes. By shopping around a bit, you can also find out which base gives you the kind of a look you want to achieve. A common misconception is that mineral bases are very chalky and you can’t, for instance, achieve a dewy look with them. You can actually get a nice, naturally glowing dewy look with minerals, if you know how (more on that in another chapter). For those with a combination skin or oily skin, I would recommend not choosing dewy finishes, because it’s always easier to add a bit of that glow afterwards with the help of a good highlighter rather than trying to take away all the added shine the dewy finish gives you. For those with dry skin, I recommend moisturizing really well and even choosing a day cream that’s perhaps a bit richer even than what you might use underneath a liquid foundation. In general, a mineral base always requires a well moisturized skin in order to look lovely and natural.

When you have found the brand you love (possibly through samples), see if they offer some kind of a starter kit – they often come with the right brush(es) and the basic products to get you started easily! The starter kits often offer a good deal as well, so you can also end up saving a bit!

To sum it up, when you are choosing your mineral base…

  • Consider the condition of your skin; is it normal, oily, dry or combination?
  • Consider the finish you want; matte or dewy – or somewhere in the middle?
  • Shop around and try out different samples by different brands.
  • Try to choose the shortest INCI you can find – if you are looking for the most natural product.
  • Make sure you get your money’s worth – the most expensive brand is not necessarily the best one (for you).
  • Buy the proper tools for applying the product! (A kabuki brush works best, either with a short grip or a long one.)

terre d’Oc Argan Butter

terre d'Oc Argan Butter

I got this terre d’Oc Argan Butter from my last LivBox as a thank you for being a long-term subscriber. I fell in love with the colorful tin immediately – and the scent was pleasant as well! I ended up struggling with getting the tin open, until I eventually twisted one of the “flaps” out a bit to get a grip. I didn’t notice any opening instructions anywhere, so I improvised. It was only later (and after taking these pictures) that I found out you can actually very simply open the tin by pressing the top of it down… Oops. Thankfully I have been able to twist the “flap” back down pretty well.

terre d’Oc Argan Butter (20g / 11,00 €)

Packaging: As mentioned, I do love the packaging. I’m crazy about little tins and even more so when they come so full of colors! The funny thing is, that the tin is only 20g and this is advertized as a body butter. Not much for a body butter, huh? However, a little seems to go a long way.

Scent: According to one site that sells this, the scent is that of orange blossoms, but since I’ve never sniffed an orange blossom, I can’t say if that assessment is accurate or not. Regardless of that, the scent is quite mild and pleasant. Somehow creamy and flowery all at once. Soft.

Consistency: This surprised me! I was expecting the same kind of texture as The Body Shop’s body butters, but this was more like the texture of coconut oil prior to being warmed up by your skin. As I applied the product onto my skin, it started to resemble dry oil. It gives a certain kind of shine to the skin, but it doesn’t feel greasy. The butter starts absorbing reasonably quickly when I try it on my hands and cuticles. It’s more of a dry oil than a body butter, if you ask me!

How does it work: I’ve been using this to treat my extremely dry cuticles at work. Sometimes I also rub a bit on my hands (not palms though) and let it work its magic while I work. It feels like it nourishes my cuticles very well and softens my skin. I could imagine this working wonders on dry elbows and such as well!

Summary: Works well on moisturizing small, dry areas of skin, such as the cuticles. It feels like it nourishes and even repairs the skin. I would love to take this little tin with me everywhere, but unfortunately the product contains sesame seed oil, which my husband is terribly allergic to, so I have to limit the use of this to work, mostly. I don’t want to accidentally cause him to break out in hives! I’m certain that once I have used this up (though it looks like it will be a looooong while!), I will find another use for the pretty thing – perhaps as a place to store my medicine on the go. It’s also worth noting that terre d’Oc products are eco-certified natural cosmetics – which really makes me appreciate the product even more.

Would I buy again: Well, I didn’t buy this one to begin with and unfortunately, due to the sesame seeds, I won’t be buying this in the future. I do still really like the product though and I wish I could buy it, because it does work really well on my cuticles!

Who I would recommend this to: Generally anyone who has problems with dry skin, really.

The konjac sponge & other eco goods


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I have been on a bit of a health (& beauty) kick as of late and my latest purchases in that field should be arriving for me soon. My quest for finding eco & animal friendly alternatives to everyday products sometimes feels like a real chore, because it feels like I learn more and more every day and realize I have to find yet another product that fits the bill of ethical consuming. I have been increasing the amount of fruit, vegetables and berries in my diet and I have been replacing some meals/snacks with smoothies and salads. Not just because of the obvious health benefits, but also because on a hot day smoothie feels like the perfect choice!

In addition to trying to clean up my diet a bit I’ve also been looking into new, eco & animal friendly beauty products, such as the Konjac sponge, which has seen some hype from beauty bloggers (at least in Finland) for quite some time. Asian readers probably know the konjac plant from food industry, where it is commonly used in dishes such as oden, in Japan. The plant itself contains no calories, but it has a lot of fiber, which is why it’s also a popular ingredient in weight loss supplements. I, however, planning on rubbing the roots of the plant on my face! The konjac sponge can be used on its own to remove light makeup – all you need is your sponge and water. For heavier makeup or very intense eye makeup, you can use the sponge with your favorite cleaning product. I’m personally looking forward to using this to wake up my face in the morning and to give it a very light exfoliation in the process. I have ordered the Konjac Pure sponge, intended for normal, balanced skin. Even though my skin is more of a mixed skin than completely normal, I was worried that the sponge intended for mixed to oily skin would be too harsh. I am expecting my order of the konjac sponge to be delivered early next week along with a few other eco-friendly beauty products, such as a clay mask by Cattier Paris and a minty day cream / emulsion by Lavera. I’m also going to be trying out a new herbal toothpaste, the Urtekram Mint & Green Tea. I’m pretty excited to get to try them all!

By the way, it has only been about a month since I purchased The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet face cream and I’ve almost run out already! Though I have used it day and night, I still feel like you end up going through a lot of product rather quickly, which is a bit disappointing, because it wasn’t, in my opinion, a cheap product. I have absolutely loved it though and I think I will still repurchase, but I may end up using it together with the Lavera’s emulsion (hopefully it’s good!) to make it last a bit longer.

In other news, I’m going to give everyone a heads up already that it’s very likely that between 25th and 31st of this month it may be rather quiet here in the blog as we are moving apartments! Since I am working fully until the 29th, it’s likely that I won’t have as much time for my blog as I would like since my spare time will be spent packing our stuff. I am both terrified and excited about the move – and a bit sad to leave our current home behind because it has been such a lovely one. Our location has been superb, our neighbors have been very friendly and there are a lot of dogs (and a dog park) nearby, which has been very nice as well. I will certainly miss it all and I will probably also miss living on the convinient 1st floor, but then again, I’m trying to think of the fact that we shall soon be on the top (5th) floor with nobody rummaging above us and with a better view to boot. We are going to have an open livingroom – kitchen combo going on, which feels a bit weird since I’ve never really had one and my desk will be in that space as well. Then again, we will also have our own sauna again and I get to indulge myself with different sauna products again… mmmm…

The Body Shop: Divide & Multiply Mascara

The Body Shop Divide & Multiply Mascara

The Body Shop’s Divide & Multiply Mascara. It caught my eye at the Body Shop’s sale a while ago, though I wasn’t even needing a mascara as I had been quite happily using my Isadora All Day Long Lash mascara – 2nd tube in a row, which indicates that it must be pretty good. I hadn’t tried a TBS mascara in ages (like 12 years?) and thought I’d give one of them a go, since I was curious. The Divide & Multiply Mascara was on sale for 10 euros, which, by Finland’s stardards is practically a bargain for a mascara, so it was an easy choice. I noticed that this mascara had one of those rubbery wands I’ve grown to love and I figured it must be good! I’ve now had a couple of weeks to play with it so I’ve been able to form a pretty good opinion on it. So let’s get to it!

The Body Shop Divide & Multiply Mascara  (10 ml)

Promise: “A multiplying genius. Separates, defines and gives ultra-glossy lashes without clumping or flaking.”

Packaging: A khaki-colored plastic tube with a silvery applicator end. Simple and neat, nothing spectacular, but I like it.

Applicator: Quite thin, plastic wand with short plastic bristles that are close together. Comes out of the tube quite clean. You may want to take care applying the mascara as if you brush it on the skin and then go about fixing it with a cotton swab, you easily end up clumping your lashes together in the process!

The Body Shop: Divide & Multiply Mascara

Effect: Indeed does a fine job separating and defining the lashes. The lashes end up feeling quite soft and natural, but the due to the softness, the mascara can’t provide much in terms of curling the lashes. For a very wide-awake look (or for those with very straight lashes) I would recommend curlers. Applying a second coat also helps a bit. I haven’t managed to get any clumps out of this though, so also for that part it does what it promises. I’m not really seeing that much of a multiplying effect, but I would say the mascara gives that “your lashes, but slightly better” kind of look that I personally quite like on days when I’m not doing a very full makeup anyway.

Durability: Some reviews I’ve read had said that the mascara tends to flake out during the day, but so far I haven’t noticed any flaking. Then again, I only normally use one layer of mascara, which might affect the results somewhat. I wear my mascara starting around 7 am and often washing it off around 10 pm, but I expect my mascara to at least get me through my work day, so approximately until 4:30 or 5 pm. On very hot and humid days I’ve noticed some smudging under the eye come afternoon, but no flaking.

Removability: Well, plain water only gives you horrifying panda eyes. Oil-based makeup remover (my TBS Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil) + shower leaves me with somewhat of panda eyes. Eye makeup remover is the way to go with this one. Mine is designed for waterproof makeup and it has no trouble removing this one. No rubbing required there!

The Body Shop: Divide & Multiply Mascara

Overall: Does pretty much what it promises to do, but could still do a bit better with wearability. Great for those looking to get natural-looking lashes – and who don’t need their mascara to survive sweating, swimming or intense humidity. I also wouldn’t recommend this for those seeking for a mascara that gives you a good amount of volume, because this doesn’t really offer you much in terms of that. It does offer some extra lenght for your lashes though, without making them look “spidery”. I have to also say that it works better on the days when I wear mineral foundation – on the days when I’ve worn the BB cream it has definitely smudged more and quicker. Some other reviews had complained about the smell of the product, but at least mine doesn’t smell in any way foul… I never find mascaras to be particularly good-smelling and as such, I don’t smell anything odd about this one either. Bottom line is that this is a reasonable mascara for those seeking for definition and a bit more of a natural look – but if you are expecting volume, don’t bother.

I would rank it 8 / 10.

The Body Shop: Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop: Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

I’m not the first person to review this product and I doubt I will be the last. I have however had my eye on this oil since early spring when I started to read about it for the first time. It seems to have been well loved by most people, but not all. I’ve now been using it for a week and here’s what I think!

The Body Shop: Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (price in Finland 18,50 €)

Packaging:  I like the packaging. I find the pump to be genius – then again, I haven’t tried traveling with this thing yet (though the pump does lock). The size of the package is 200 ml and I find that two pumps are better than one when cleaning my face, but then again, maybe I just like a lot of product? The package is see-through plastic, simple and clean-looking, just the way I like it.

Scent: Very mild and pleasant. I’d say a bit honey-like. Honey and flowers. Subtle, I doubt this would irritate anyone.

Consistency: Well, it is an oil. It looks like it and feels like it. Be careful with how forcefully you pump it!

Promise: Removes makeup quickly and effectively leaving the skin feeling clean, refreshed and free of impurities. Ultimate time-saver. Removes even waterproof mascara. Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.

Does it deliver: Yes and no. It does clean up your face nicely and easily – surprisingly well, in fact. I usually follow up with a toner now that I got into the habit of using one, but I think you could do without. All the makeup is gone as you wash off the oil – except for your mascara. Eye shadows seem to come off pretty well, but mascara will just get everywhere and will not budge. I haven’t even been using water proof mascara nor my Isadora one that comes off with warm water. I’ve used The Body Shop’s Divide & Multiply Mascara all week to keep testing both the mascara and the oil. The mascara isn’t water proof, yet it will not come off with this oil. I’ve had to use a separate eye makeup remover all week. So, that’s a bummer, but otherwise the oil does remove makeup well and it feels very pleasant. Doesn’t seem to leave the skin oily in the slightest.

Would I repurchase: Despite the lack of removing my eye makeup, I think I would still repurchase, because I’ve otherwise found this to be a really nice way to clean my face. Compared to coconut oil, which is effective, this is far less of a pain if it accidentally gets into my eyes. Doesn’t feel unpleasant and doesn’t leave my eyes cloudy for an hour… I think I would purchase the eye makeup remover from the same range and just accept having “an extra step” in my cleansing routine. Honestly, I already do as until very recently, I only used one foaming cleanser and that was it. However, my skin has been feeling and looking a lot better now that I’m not trying to dry out the oiliness anymore!

To sum it up: Good product for my mixed skin, doesn’t add to the oiliness of my skin and definitely doesn’t dry anything out. Nice, clean feeling afterwards, pleasant scent and clever packaging. If you are looking for a sensitive cleaning product for your face and don’t mind using a separate eye makeup remover, this might well be the choice for you!

June Favorites

Happy July all! (I can’t believe it is July already…)

It would seem that my favorites lists are becoming more and more The Body Shop -oriented. As I was thinking of which products I’d have to mention as my favorites for June, I realized that about half of them are by TBS. Clearly, I’m going back to my teenage years, when TBS was IT. Regardless, here are my favorites for June:


The Body Shop Shea Body Butter and Shea Body Mist which is my most recent June purchase – and an instant falling in love. It’s funny, how you can’t really fall in love with a person at first sight (at least I can’t), but you can definitely fall in love with a scent at first sniff. In my case, these love affairs rarely last very long, but I’ve noticed that the more natural and pure the scent is, the longer I will love it – if not forever. I do also love TBS Brazil Nut products, but my husband is allergic to those, so I have to avoid them as well. In any case, the shea butter range has swept me off my feet and I feel fairly confident that they will remain a staple in my bathroom necessities. What’s not to love with this nutty goodness?

Herbina Chocolate & Oat Shower Gel is probably not sold outside Finland (it is of Finnish make and cruelty free) but I had to include it anyway. I actually bought it in the winter, but somehow ended up not using it and I have no idea why, because, I admit, these days I go take a shower just to get to use this. You can probably guess why. It’s shower gel that smells like a delicious chocolate porridge (which may also be a thing only Finns will understand). It smells so good that I both love it but also hate it for it makes me want to have chocolate porridge. All the time. Duh!

Four Reasons Volume Booster is designed to give the roots of your hair a bit of a lift as well as make them dry a bit quicker after a shower. I’ve found this product to work surprisingly well on my normally rather heavy and flat hair. Doesn’t leave any kind of an icky sensation to my hair (or scalp) either. Really loving this product! And what’s more, the Four Reasons range is designed, made and manufactured right here in Finland and is completely free of animal testing. They also use a lot of natural ingredients in their products, which makes me quite happy! I also recently bought a shampoo & conditioner from the same range and I’ll be reviewing them soon! If you’re interested in the range, Penneys (click here) seems to offer world wide delivery for the products.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet I reviewed a little while ago and I’ve quite adored this moisturizer since I first applied it (and got over the strong scent). It does a fine job keeping my skin matte – especially under mineral makeup. It also offers a good deal of moisture, allowing me to use this as both day and night cream, which is always a plus, especially when traveling. A very good moisturizer and I’m very happy with it!

The Body Shop Baked Eye Colour in Moonstone is an eye shadow favorite of mine at the moment. I’m just disappointed that when I went to the Body Shop on Sunday, they had none on sale and on a handful of colors left in general – and for the normal price. I have a feeling they may be discontinuing these, which would make me quite sad! I also reviewed this product a while ago. It has been my go-to on a daily basis lately. Nice, subtle, long-lasting color.

Lumene Sensitive Touch Automatic Eyeliner is by far my favorite eyeliner ever. I purchased this some time in May, but really got to using it in June and I’ve used it every day since. I like to use this for tightlining (lining the upper lid waterline) and it works for that quite well. It also gives me a really intense black eyeliner on the upper lid, which I really like. I love the fact that it sharpens itself. Very handy! For a non-liquid/non-gel liner this provides a pretty intense black finish!

As a bonus, I added my new striped cardigan into the pictures – instant love & June favorite as well!

PS. All of my June favorites are also cruelty free!