The berry lips of autumn – and one nearly nude

The berry lips of autumn - and one nearly nude

The autumn has taken me to the forest to pick some berries. At least if you consider the beauty department a forest and these berry shaded lipsticks… well, berries. I think I’ll be leaving the actual picking of berries to someone else and focus on these lipsticks instead! I thought I would showcase my current favorite lipsticks – and one lipliner. I doubt that I’m the only one to go for berry shades when fall comes around, but I don’t recall ever being quite so excited about them as I am now. This whole thing started when I woke up one morning and desperately wanted to pair my silvery eye makeup with berry lips. I found Lumene’s Raspberry Miracle Lipstick in 04 Heather Day that I had bought last year and completely forgotten about. It had barely seen any use. I applied it and decided that I want more. So, as a pre-birthday present for myself, I went and got a couple more…

From left to right: Heather Day, Chilly Night, Iceberry & Pink Pashmina

From left to right: Heather Day, Chilly Night, Iceberry & Pink Pashmina

My lipsticks of choice are: Lumene’s Raspberry Miracle Lipstick in 04 Heather Day (oldie), Raspberry Miracle SHINE Lipstick in 109 Chilly Night and Wild Rose Lipstick in 17 Iceberry, Wild Rose Lipliner shade 4 (my new purchases) and IsaDora’s Perfect Moisture Lipstick in 132 Pink Pashmina (recently acquired). All of the products are cruelty free and Finnish / Swedish (IsaDora). In the picture, most of the shades look almost identical, but they do all look different on the lips.

Heather Day

Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lipstick in 04 Heather Day is a richly pigmented, creamy lipstick that applies almost matte. The finish is lively, slightly satin-like, but pretty much matte. The shade is a very intense purple pink/red hue, much like very dark heather. It’s pretty long lasting (can pretty much survive a cup of tea as well) and when it fades out, it fades very evenly, leaving a bit of a stain for a looooong time. Out of my lipsticks, this is by far the coldest hue and also one of the most intense lippies I own. Once I wore it, I instantly received comments on how well it suits my Snow White -like appearance… I simply cannot have dark hair without instantly getting the Snow White -comments. But that’s alright, she is a princess after all…

Chilly Night

Lumene Raspberry Miracle SHINE Lipstick in 109 Chilly Night is a bit like a more tame version of Heather Day. The color is a bit more pink, a hint less cold and definitely less intensely pigmented. Though it’s a SHINE -lipstick, it’s still far away from being a gloss. It’s a very sophisticated shine with a pretty rich pigment that also has a reasonable wear time and some staining left behind. The hue is a really pretty berry shade for everyday wear, not overwhelmingly strong, but enough to make a statement.

Iceberry

Lumene Wild Rose Lipstick in 17 Iceberry is my ultimate favorite right now. I would say it’s on the same line with IsaDora’s beautiful Pink Pashmina that I’ve loved so much, but thankfully, Iceberry is a totally different shade. Iceberry is warmer than the other two shades, but it’s neutral, not actually warm. The shade brings to mind lightly frosted lingonberries (or perhaps raspberries) and it’s quite beautiful. It looks very natural on me, just a bit darker than my natural lip color. This is definitely a shade I can see myself wearing a lot, all around the year! This too is pretty long wearing and offers a bit of a shine. Feels quite moisturizing too! As a bonus, it comes with SPF 15 and a lot of vitamins!

Pink Pashmina

IsaDora Perfect Moisture Lipstick in 132 Pink Pashmina doesn’t need much of an introduction anymore. It’s my perfect nearly nude. It’s such a great, pigmented pink-y nude shade that goes with everything. After purchasing it, I didn’t even touch another lipstick for two weeks, which for me is pretty spectacular! It may look kind of dark (especially in the late afternoon light on a cloudy day), but it works well as a nude for me, because my lips are naturally so dark. “Normal nudes” always look like concealer lips on me… I would actually recommend you give this a try, if you’ve been struggling with trying to find the perfect nude shade to wear with everything.

Swatches

Heather Day, Chilly Night, Iceberry, Pink Pashmina

Just looking at the swatches, both Iceberry and Pink Pashmina look pretty boring to me! When applied on the lips however, they both become quite magical! I’m super happy for the purchase.

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Lipliner as well

The lipliner goes especially well with Iceberry, but it can also easily be worn on its own. It’s a beautiful neutral red shade that can easily be worn with several of my existing lipsticks. The lipliner is surprisingly pleasant to apply (I’ve always hated lipliners and thought of them as rather scratchy) and it has a decent amount of weartime as well.

Do you go for the berry shades this fall? How did you like my picks?

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Cattier Paris Perle d’Eau Cleansing Micellar Solution – washing away

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As important as I think it is to remove your makeup well before bed, I’ve still always been on the look out for shortcuts to get it over with quicker. Ever since I tried micellar water for the first time a year or two ago, I fell in love with how quick and easy the makeup removal process was. The first brand I tried was a pharmacy brand, Vichy, but since then I’ve also used up 2 bottles of Nivea’s far less expensive version of micellar water. However, as I have been changing my cosmetics into eco-friendly and natural options, I couldn’t resist ordering my micellar water from certified natural cosmetics brand, Cattier Paris. My decision was further sped on by the fact that the bottle was a big, 300 ml one and not horribly pricey either!

Cattier Paris Perle d’Eau Cleansing Micellar Solution (300 ml / 15,50 €)

Packaging: Simple, pleasant, French/English, mostly two-tone plastic bottle.

Main active ingredients: Organic rose water and organic aloe vera.

Ingredients listed on the bottle: Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Water*, Rosa Damascena Water*, Sodium Coco-glucoside Tartrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Sweet Almond Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Limonene.

Scent: Very fresh, pleasant, barely there. The package says no fragrance, but there is a very subtle one, if you ask me.

Suitable skin types: All.

Product description: “A cleansing solution based on micellar technology and formulated without alcohol or perfume, Perle d’Eau allows perfect face, eye and lips makeup removal while gently liberating the skin from impurities. Its extremely gentle formula, rich in dermo-soothing and hydrating organic rose water and in softening, regenerating and protecting organic aloe vera, refreshes, soothes and purifies the skin. Its ultra-light texture combines the tonic freshness of water with micellar cleansing efficacy to leave the skin perfectly clean, soft and radiant.”

How does it work: As all micellar waters work, you pour some onto a cotton pad and wipe your face clean. You probably need to use more than 1 cotton pad if you’re removing your makeup. For my everyday, full face makeup removal, I tend to need 3 cotton pads. I use this stuff to remove my eye makeup too as this does a pretty good job at that too. I enjoy the fresh, cleansed feeling I get after using this micellar water. It doesn’t seem to dry up my skin, but it doesn’t leave on a film either – just great freshness!

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Who would I recommend this to: Anyone looking for an easy makeup removal option. I would take a bottle of micellar water with me on a trip anyday (which I have) over a package of wipes!

Would I repurchase: Yes, I would. Out of the micellar waters I’ve tried, this one is definitely my favorite and of course, it’s even better when it’s eco certified and cruelty free!

Have you tried micellar waters? Which one is your favorite?

Makeup Monday : Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer

Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer

I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to bronzer. The first time ever that I used bronzer was when my makeup was done for me a bit over a year ago by a professional who was showing me the Bare Minerals makeups. Up until then, I had thought bronzer was only for those who were already naturally equipped with a skintone that of J-Lo’s, not us pasty white Patsys like me! I had been terribly afraid of bronzers, convinced that they would make me look like I have dirt stripes on my face – or a really bad case of fake tan face paired with milky white neck. Yuk.

Though the professional makeup artist was able to bring my skin from pasty to healthy with the help of bronzer, I still couldn’t seem to replicate the same look at home. I always ended up with giant brown blotches on my cheeks even though I was sure I was going easy on the stuff. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that my bad experiences with bronzer were simply because I had not found the One for me.

When the last LivBox revealed a Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer amongst its beauty goods, I was positively giddy. The Lumene bronzer was something I had already been eyeing for a while, even nearly bought it once or twice, but I had still been doubtful to commit, due to my past experiences. A quick sampling of the bronzer instantly left me pleasantly surprised! The bronzer wasn’t very dark, but it wasn’t lacking in pigmentation either. It was quite matte and quite subtle and I had a really good feeling about it right then and there!

This bronzer is a perfect match for my light skin. It’s not too brown, it’s not too orange, it’s almost a bit peachy in hue. It gives me a really nice, just slightly sun-kissed look when applied with a large, fluffy brush. It has just the right amount of pigment to make sure I won’t end up overdoing it, but I also don’t have to cake it on. The packaging of the product is very simple, navy blue container with a see-through lid that has a golden rim. It doesn’t look all that expensive, but it’s certainly better than their old containers which were the navy blue, oddly-shaped boxes with plain clear lids and simple LUMENE text on top. It does do a good job displaying the beautiful wavy pattern on the bronzer though!

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Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer 1 Fresh Day (10g / 14,90 €) (Not necessarily available all around the world.)

Packaging: Simple, feels reasonably durable, doesn’t look expensive, but the bronzer’s lovely wavy pattern is shown well.

Scent: The product is unscented.

Pigment: Perfectly natural-looking, slightly peachy bronzer with a good amount of pigment (yet not so much that you can easily over do it).

How does it work: You don’t need to use a very heavy hand with this product as there’s loads of pigment and the texture is quite soft and easily blendable. Gives even my kind of a pale skin a nice sun-kissed look. The bronzed effect seems to last all day (8-10+ hours) for me without a need to reapply.

Who would I recommend to: Anyone who has a fairly pale to light-medium skin tone, most likely. Anyone looking for a peachy bronzer.

Would I repurchase: After now trying it, yes, I think I would repurchase! The price isn’t bad at all and I really feel like this is a high quality product.

Here I have used the bronzer (along with MUA’s blusher in Lolly) as a part of my last Saturday’s makeup look:

Konjac Sponge

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I love this giant, fluffy sponge so much – and I’m not alone. Several beauty bloggers have been singing praises to this sponge for months, so in a way, I was a bit late in getting mine! I ordered mine online and I’ve now been using it for about 3 weeks, give or take. I’ve really been able to use it for about 2 weeks, since during the move it just wasn’t very practical.

I have to share with you my experiences with this sponge, because for me, it may seriously be the beauty product of the year.

What is the Konjac Sponge?

The konjac plant, or the konjac potato (konnyaku) is an Asian plant, which is about 97% water. The plant itself is edible, rich in minerals and low in calories. The konjac’s pH is neutral, which balances out the skin when used as a sponge. The konjac plant has been used for over 1500 years as medicine, food, dieting aid and as a beauty product. Of course, the sponges are also free from chemicals, colouring, additives and irritants – and they are fully biodegradable.

My sponge is their 100% Pure Konjac Sponge, ideal for all skin types and all ages. The sponge is said to deeply cleanse, remove blackheads and gently exfoliate the skin.

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How does it work?

Before the first use, you place the sponge in a bowl of water for at least 5 minutes, allowing the hard little hemisphere to soak up the water so that it will become soft and pleasant to use. The sponge almost doubles in size during this process! To use the sponge, you drain it gently between your palms (don’t squeeze it very hard or wring it dry!) and use it in a circular motion on your face and neck (and decollete, if you wish – I do!). You can’t rub too hard with this sponge as it’s extremely soft and pleasant and doesn’t feel hard or irritating on the skin at all. After you are done using the sponge, rinse it well and hang it somewhere to dry – it comes with a handy little string.

What does it do?

I can only speak for myself, but I have been really loving this all natural sponge. I use it in the morning with some water alone to wake up my skin and get my face ready for the day. I used to often wash my face in the morning with a cleanser, after which I would use a toner – or some mornings I would just use the toner, but now… Now, I only use the sponge and water. It cleanses my skin really well without leaving it feeling either greasy (as I would normally feel after the sebum invasion of the night and simply washing with water) nor dry (as I would feel after a wash with products). It leaves my skin feeling absolutely perfect, soft and smooth, yet firm. I apply my eye gel and my light moisturizer and I’m ready for the makeup!

In the evening, I often use this to finish my cleansing routine, whatever that may be. The konjac sponge is said to be enough to remove light makeup, but I prefer to go over my face with a cleansing oil first and then finish the job with the sponge. Again, I’m left with wonderful skin!

I would say that I think this sponge has been a great help for my skin. The moving made my skin break out quite badly and it looked dull and lifeless with red spots here and there. Now, after a couple of weeks of the sponge, my skin looks really good. Perhaps better than it has in ages. I love the gentleness of the sponge and I love that I can use it so easily over my face, neck and decollete. I also love how it feels like it just glides over your skin, almost as if there was soap on it – yet it leaves no residue.

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How long is the lifespan of the sponge?

Approximately 3 months, is the estimate most often given. Of course, this also depends on how hard you handle your sponge, how you store it and probably, if you use chemicals with it. Once the sponge has reached the end of its lifespan, it starts to crumble, at which point you can throw it out among your bio trash (if you, like me, have a separate bin for organic garbage).

Will I be repurchasing?

I can’t think of a reason as to why I wouldn’t. Honestly, they make these for the body too and I’m quite tempted to get one! I imagine it would be pretty heavenly…

Who would I recommend it for?

Everyone. Even for washing up your baby, if you have one. These sponges are so soft and so gentle, they are perfect for anyone! The price in Finland is just under 10 euros (but of course, Finland is expensive), but I see it going for about £8 in the UK, for example. I think it’s more than worth the money. Here’s a link to their website.

Will you be trying the Konjac Sponge?

Summer Lovin’ Tag

I recently got tagged for the Summer Lovin’ Tag by M&M’s Meeting Point and thought perhaps I should do it before the summer is over (which in Finland can be any day now).

1. Summer lipstick you’re loving?

I haven’t been particularly faithful to any specific lipstick this summer, so it’s kind of hard to just choose one. Can I just choose all of these (below)? If I had to pick just one though, I would probably go for that seriously worn-out looking tube (3rd from left), which is Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick in Coral Cocktail. Maybe it’s a lip gloss then? Damn it.

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2. Summer nail polish you’re loving?

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At least all of these. Uhm but, again, if I have to pick… I don’t think I could choose between that turquoise Mavala’s Pacific Blue and the vibrant yellow Sorrento.

3. Bikini you’re loving this summer?

I don’t own a bikini. I never have and I probably never will. I don’t even own a swimsuit. I haven’t even been to a beach in like… ugh… 13-14 years? Wow. I should probably fix that.

4. Favorite summer frappucino from Starbucks?

Finland has 1 Starbucks and that’s at the airport in Helsinki, so I’m afraid I’ll have to skip this. A really nice and refreshing cool summer drink however has been the mix of ice, orange juice and icy strawberries – yum!

5. Favorite fake tan?

I don’t use fake tans. I´m so pale to begin with that to use one would probably end very poorly…

6. Favorite summer song?

This summer there have been several songs I’ve been loving, but especially:

Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)

7. Favorite summer accessory?

Accessories and summer don’t really go that well together for me, because I feel like everything extra just makes me extra hot. I would say my prescription Armani sunglasses though, because I would have a really hard time getting around without those, since my eyes are quite sensitive. (horrible picture below taken in the spring)

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8. Favorite summer fragrance/perfume?

This summer it’s been a toss between two The Body Shop Body Mists, the pink grapefruit and the shea butter. If I had to choose one, it would be the shea.

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter & Body Mist

9. Summer book you’re loving?

I’ve been into light, brainless reading this summer and so, I’ve been reading Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic -series.

10. What are you most excited to do this summer?

Summer is nearing its end as it is and all I really have planned is work. Which is what I’ve done pretty much all of the summer anyway. One of the fun things was visiting that retirement home for animals though! That was a great trip – with lots of cute animals to see and pet. I was also pretty excited about the move (as well as terrified!) and now it’s done and I’ve been settling in surprisingly well! (Below a couple of pictures of some of the animals at the retirement home.)

I would like to tag all of my readers who feel like doing this tag! If you do this, link your post in the comments – I’d love to check them out!

July Favorites

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Invisibobble

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!

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Summer lips

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Barely there or vibrant. I don’t seem to go for the middle ground when it comes to lips. Above you see my current favorite summer lipsticks / glosses that I find myself reaching for over and over. Unfortunately when swatched on my hand, you can barely see some of them! I do however have naturally very dark lips, so none of these look invisible on me.

In the top picture from the left: MUA Makeup Academy Power Pout in Rendezvous, Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick in Sherbet and next to it Coral Cocktail*, Isadora Multi Vitamin Gloss in Pomegranate, Maybelline Color Sensational in Shocking Coral*, Maybelline Color Sensational the Shine in Ice Tea, MUA Makeup Academy Lipstick in Shade 4.

*so not coral in the slightest.

Forgive me, if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t coral be some kind of even slightly orange-y shade? The Shocking Coral is a super vibrant deep pink on my lips and Coral Cocktail is a juicy coral-pink. Both are lovely, but not what I would instantly think of as coral.

Regardless, these are my go-to shades during the warm, sunny times! Rendezvous, Shocking Coral and Coral Cocktail are the shades I often wear as the main focus on my makeup as they all give a very strong, vibrant color on my lips (as they are so dark, it takes very little), but the rest I often pair with a look that has the focus point on the eyes. I feel that if I put a lot of color on both my eyes and my lips, I quickly look clownish.

Why do I like these shades?

Rendezvous I like because even though I bought it thinking it’s a nice nude shade and it turned out very pink on my lips, it’s a very beautiful shade that suits me well. The minty scent certainly also helps.

Sherbet I like because it’s so subtle and barely there. It suits both a natural look and a very glamorous eye makeup look.

Coral Cocktail is super juicy, glossy and beautiful pink-coral that I just adore. Oh, and it smells like vanilla, as does Sherbet.

Pomegranate feels good on the lips, perhaps because of these vitamins. It gives a great shine, but unlike most glosses that come in a similar packaging, this one isn’t sticky. The shade is also beautifully natural.

Shade 4 is my go-to light pink that can be paired with pretty much anything. It looks like a really candy pink shade in the tube, but comes out very sheer and just as a hint of pink.

Shocking Coral is shockingly not coral at all, but it’s a good thing vibrant pink suits me better anyway. It is definitely a warm pink on the lips, though it looks pretty cold when swatched on my hand. Very richly pigmented. I got this one from my mom – on whom it did look orange-y!

Ice Tea would probably be closest to nude I can go. It’s a warm, slightly peach-y beige hue, very sheer and one that goes with pretty much any look. I like it because it’s so neutral.

What’s your summer favorite lipstick or gloss?

My favorite summer bracelets

My taste in jewelry changes now and then and as much as I love jewelry, I’m rarely wearing much of it. During summer I wear even less jewelry, because somehow it makes me feel even more uncomfortable when weather is hot (I’m not a fan of hot days). In any case, I thought I would show a few bracelets that I find myself wearing over and over these days.

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The bracelet on the top left I wear all year round as it goes with everything. I got it as a Christmas gift from my mom a couple of years ago and I’ve really liked it since. It’s by Våga and it’s stretchy, so it’s easy to put on and take off, which I like. I really like the chunkiness of it, though I often wear quite delicate bracelets. It’s simple though!

The bracelet on the top right I bought from a summer sale a few years back when I was on a huge “must have all things blue”-kick. I think it only cost a couple of euros and I found it at a clothing store which had a small jewelry section. This bracelet just has summertime written all over it!

The bracelet with the turtle and the bird is called Tortuga and it’s from Kooky Gems, which I adore. I bought this during a campaign they had where a portion of the profits went to animal welfare. They often do campaigns like that and that’s usually when I strike! I already have a list of items I’d love to buy from Kooky Gems once I can! Last time we moved, I happened to be wearing the bracelet through the moving day by accident and all the sweating caused the silvery coating to wear down quite a bit, but I don’t care, it’s still one of my favorite bracelets all year!

The turquoise bracelet was a souvenier brought from Tenerife by my parents, if my memory serves me right. It’s delicate and lovely and high quality. I absolutely love it. It instantly makes me think of beaches and waves when I see it. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors so I often wear this throughout the year as well.

The bracelet in the bottom right corner is locally made, simple and pretty, stretchy, yet elegant. It was made by Siriuskoru (which unfortunately has no home page) and I found it from a sale when a nearby beauty salon was closing up for good. It only cost me 5 euros!

Does your taste in jewelry change throughout the year?

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:

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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!

May Favorites

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Due to the hassle, my May Favorites has been delayed quite a bit and due to the upcoming money sink (the move), I haven’t been purchasing that much either! I do have a few products that I really ended up liking during May – surprisingly (?) three of them are from The Body Shop!

Mavala Pacific Blue Nailpolish from Mavala’s Pacific Dream series. This is such an unusual color for me and an unusual pick for a favorite, but something about this color just really draws me in. Perhaps it’s because I just really wish I could escape to somewhere by the sea…

Lumene CC Nail Concealer this was a baffling product to me at first and I thought it to be completely useless when I received it as a part of a small goodie bag that was handed out at this blogger meet-up event that promoted the Finnish brand, Lumene. I’ve been wanting to do a review for this one, but I’m not sure if it’s available abroad? In any case, this has become a favorite of mine. At first I was really confused as to how exactly do you conceal your nails and why? Well, apparently this basically works a bit like a CC cream for your nails. It evens out the nail color making the nail look really beautiful in a natural way. Your nails, but slightly better! Really loving this stuff. It’s such a quick and easy way to give yourself beautiful natural nails that I have a hard time imagining being without it now… Ideal companion for the lazy lady who still likes to look put together – right down to her fingernails!

Avène Cleanance Sunscreen SPF 30 is perhaps a bit of a surprise pick. I hate sunscreens with passion. You always end up all icky and sticky and if you slap any of that stuff onto your face, you’re pretty much destined for breakouts. I had however read good reviews of this sunscreen so I decided to give it a go. It actually works pretty well even underneath makeup (tested with both mineral makeup and BB cream) and doesn’t give you an overwhelming, greasy shine like so many sunscreens do. I definitely need the SPF 30 (even in Finland, haha) because I’m as pale as a ghost… In any case, this feels more like a normal moisturizer than a sunscreen and has a pretty subtle scent as well. It’s pricey stuff though so I don’t generally use it for just any day sitting around at the office. I believe this 50 ml tube was about 30 euros. Convenient pump though!

The Body Shop Lip Butter Chocomania is a simple one. It’s a lip butter that smells like chocolate. How could I not love this? Thankfully it does not taste like chocolate so you don’t end up simply eating the damn jar… But ohmygosh the scent is soooo gooood. Also, quite nourishing!

The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine I recently reviewed. I’m so in love with this stuff that it almost scares me. I love everything about it. I love that it comes in a nice, cool metal tin. I love that it’s almost wax-like in the tin, but turns into this shiny, great-smelling goodness when you take some out and rub it in between your hands. I can’t see myself ever letting go of this one…

The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream I love more now as my skin has finally pretty much healed and I don’t need much of a coverage. This definitely evens out the skin tone somewhat and just gives a nice, natural finish. I love this on work day mornings when I’m in a rush to get ready and don’t have the time to do my mineral base. I need to apply powder a couple of times and give my face a bit of a patting, but in general, I’m quite happy with this one and I love the fact that it’s pale enough! I reviewed this one already too – you can view it here.

Have you tried out any of my May favorites?