The Fallen Back In Love With

April 16, 2014 -
A little over a year ago I picked up the much hyped Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins after hearing rave after rave. And though I tried to like, tried damn hard in fact, I ended up concluding this wasn't for me. At the time I also had a sneaking suspicion that it was breaking me out. So, like the hoarder I am, I didn't toss it out, but rather put in a basket never to be seen again, until I dug it up recently.

I had encountered a slight problem you see. My regular go to moisturiser, my much beloved Nourish Argan Skin Renew, that I've written ode to here, had run out and I had foolishly forgotten to restock. So in desperate need I dug up this little brown pot to give my skin some much needed nightly nourishment. Aren't I the daredevil? Yes, it was with great trepidation that I smeared it onto my face and I half expected to wake up with some sort of hellish pimple ridden face the next day. But no, nothing of the sort happend. So I've been using this again almost every night for a month now, and my face is looking nice. I'm actually having a great skin period, though I'm not sure as to why. 

The moral of this tale? There is non I guess, just that for me, giving this another go has converted me. How very strange...
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Oribe in Norway

April 15, 2014 -
Here's another one for my Norwegian readers: ladies and gentlemen, we can now get our hands on Oribe in Norway. Let's have a cheer, ey? No kidding, I was one happy lady when I discovered I could finally, finally, get my hands on Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray here on our own shores. Due to postal restrictions pressurised cans can't be shipped and in that effect making it bloody difficult to get your hands on the stuff.... But now it's here!

Can you tell I'm excited? Well, as you can probably tell I picked up the mini bottle of the Dry Texturizing Spray because I wanted to try it, and because the large bottle is rather expensive. Mind numbingly so... 

But what's the verdict on the little buddy? As it happens I've only tried it once as of yet, so it might be a little early for a full depth review, but as far as I can tell, this is some amazing shit. It gives my straight mess of a hair something that resembles volume and texture, both without feeling like I have something in it. I hate the feeling of hair "stuff" in my hair... Remember those volume powders? Yeah, I hate those. But this just feels like nothing, yet makes my hair look almost amazing. It might just be love, and while my bank account will weep, I think I actually have to pick up a large bottle of the stuff...
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Best Beauty Spots in Oslo #1

April 14, 2014 -
I'm not going to lie, Norway isn't the best place for some beauty retail therapy. The prices are generally quite high and selection low. So if you're planing a trip to Norway for some beauty shopping I would say don't. But if you're a Norwegian looking for the best beauty shops in Oslo, this post is for you. This is going to be a little series of sorts and first out is Gimle Parfymeri.

Gimle Parfymeri - Bygdøy allé 39, Oslo

Gimle Parfymeri is one of those shops with their fair share of history. It was actually founded in 1939 and is still, to this day, run by the same family. The staff are super friendly and helpful creating a wonderful shopping experience. But one of the greatest things is the fact that they offer several brands that are really hard to come by other places in Norway. Gimle Parfymeri is made up of two shops, located side by side. One is focused on the exclusive and the high end, whereas the other is focused on ecological and more "natural" products. Some brands they carry are: Sisley, Laura Mercier, Oribe, Kure Bazaar, Neom, Byredo and Omorovicza. 

If you're a beauty addict I would really recommend a visit. I would also recommend dropping by if you're in Oslo for a visit or live there for that matter. But there's no need to fret if you can't make the trip in person, because Gimle Parfymeri also has a online store that ships to anywhere in the country.

Now, I should end this by pointing out that I've in no way or form been asked or paid to write this post. I just love Gimle Parfymeri because they have history and because they are good at what they do.
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First Chanel Lipstick

April 13, 2014 -
On my way home to my parents for the Easter holiday I ended up in the Travel Value store at the airport, which again resulted in a spot of shopping. I might even have gone slightly overboard. But let me introduce you to one of those purchases, my very first Chanel lipstick. As you can see I didn't go for the safe nude, but rather an all out bold.

As I mentioned in my 'The Hunt for The Perfect Orange Lip', I have been looking for that perfect orange lipstick,  and when I spotted Chanel Rouge Allure 'Incandescente' I just couldn't resist. Yes it's pricey and way out of my budget, but it's also the perfect mix between red and orange and it just gets it right. So I've told myself this is a gift to myself for *feel free to fill in the blank with anything*. Yeah, self control is not something I have a lot of. 

Now, as you might be able to tell, I haven't touched it yet. Somehow I'm feeling like it needs to be saved for a special occasion. So, until that occasion comes along I will be sitting here, admiring it. Is that weird?
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The Week #15

April 12, 2014 -
I'm going to be preemptive and wish everyone a happy Easter Holiday. I made my way home to my parents yesterday and all that got my was a slightly emptier bank account and a blister. Does anyone else get blisters on their heels really easily? I've always have and it's annoying as hell. But, let's get on with something far more enjoyable, my weekly favourites.

- The Marche bag by Nina Ricci. I spotted this on Park&Cube's instagram and it was instant bag love. It's waaaaaay out of my budget, but perhaps Zara has the good will to come out with something similar?

-H&M Jewellery. I've been obsessed with the rings and earrings spotted in Hello Octobers H&M Haul video which I've awkwardly screencapped above. Unfortunately I've had no luck tracking these down online or in store. I will keep on hunting and hopefully I'll find them.

-This article in Novelle Daily about Konjac Sponges had me curious about the things and I will not deny that a little one may have made it's way into my shopping basket. I have yet to try it, but I will probably give it a go sometime this week and report back in my own cynical voice.

- VDM Weekly Vlogs: Anna from VDM has started doing weekly vlogs and I am hooked. Only two have come out so far, but I am truly loving them.
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Minty Fresh Nails

April 11, 2014 -
Even though the weather can't make up it's mind about the season, and it snowed the other day, I'm still adamant about calling it spring. It's April, it has to be spring, right? And with spring so comes the pastels and the nudes, especially on the nails. One thing I love for spring is mint nails. I actually have a bit of a weakness for them and seem to have collected quite a few. So, let's look at my favourite minty fresh nail lacquers shall we?

On the darker end of the scale there's Bourjois 'Blues No Blues', Essie 'Where's my chauffeur' and Rimmel Salon Pro 'Peppermint'. I also have two more true mint shades in Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' and Maybelline SuperStay 'Mint For Life'. On the greener side of my collection there's Topshop 'Gone Fishing' and Bourjois 'Amande Defile'. 

Unfortunatly it's hard to to tell the difference in the pic above, but there you have it, my mint polishes. A girl has to have options, right?

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Lazy Student's Risotto

April 10, 2014 -
I have my head in the world of assignment writing right now, meaning I really don't think about beauty all that much. Shocking I know. So, scraping the barrel here, I thought I would throw up my "lazy student's risotto". I'm a student and I'm lazy when it comes to cooking. I don't bother spending time phaffing with dinner, and I lurve risotto.

What you need:
1 bouillon cube
2 dl risotto rice
Any vegetables and meats you feel like
1 litre water
Frying pan
Sauce pan

What to do:
Bouillon cube + water + heat = broth
While you wait for the broth to boil, fry onions and your rice in the frying pan. You want the rice to become shiny. Plopp it into the boiling water, feel free to lower the heat, and put whatever else you might feel like. Fry what needs to be fried or just throw in some frozen peas. Put the lid on and set the timer to 20 minutes. It's good to stir once in a while so it wont burn. After 20 minutes you have yourself the lazy student's risotto. Voila!

Apologies for the silly recipie. I'll probably, hopefully, be back to beauty tomorrow.
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Toner Talk

April 09, 2014 -
Me and toners really didn't see eye to eye before.  I honestly didn't get the point of toners. And thinking about the toners that I used as a teenager, it's not strange that the word didn't evoke fond memories. But gone are the days of drying, alcohol based toners. Now a whole new toner era has begun.

Today toning is one of my favourite steps in my cleansing routine. There's still the misconception that toners are there simply to remove the last trace of cleanser, or the last scrap of makeup or dirt. But if you're face is still dirty after you've cleansed it, your cleanser really isn't working. 

Your toner is not a part of the cleansing step per say, but rather a prep for the skin. Toners help regulate the skins pH balance back to it's normal acidic self, as your skin tends to get a little alkaline after cleansing. Your skin does this naturally, but toners help the skin do this a little faster.  Toners also aid  the skins uptake of any serums or moisturisers you put on top. In other words, toners help the stuff you put on top to work better.

Generally you can divide toners into two categories, exfoliating and hydrating. I'm completely ignoring the alcohol filled and drying toners, because these should just be thrown out, never to be seen again. Exfoliating toners contains a mix of acids that gently eat away at the top layer of skin, helping cell turnover. If you have any problems with constant breakouts or acne, this is the type of toner for you. By helping cell turnover you're also avoiding that pores get clogged by old cells, which can cause blemished.

The other kind is hydrating toners that usually contain glycerin, hyaluronic acid or aloe vera. These simply boost the hydration in the skin. I'm also a fan of hydrating toners that have antibacterial abilities as I personally feel these help keep the pimples at bay.

In the picture on top there's all the toners I use on rotation. I don't use all of these everyday, and trust me, you don't need as many as these. One or two is plenty. For exfoliating toners I have Biologique Recherche P50, the strongest in the bunch, but also the most effective, Pixi Glow Tonic, which is just lovely and Michael Todd True Organics Organic Lemon Toner, a good and cheap alternative.

As for hydrating toners I own the Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Toner, which I love and have written about before here. Another favourite and antibacterial toner is La Roche-Posay Serozinc, which is almost impossible to get a hold of outside of France, but worth the hassle if you can get a hold of it.

And there you have it, my collection of toners. It's pretty clear I'm obsessed, right?
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Dry Shampoo Debacle

April 08, 2014 -
I've never been much of a dry shampoo person. I tend to try and wash my hair quite regularly so that there is no need. But just sometimes your hair needs something extra, and that's where I found use for a dry shampoo. Now, finding a good dry shampoo is hard. I want one that does mattify, but doesn't leave a horrid white cast, making it look like I have grey hair. The two that I found was more than enough thank you very much. I also want one that gives a bit of volume and is not too expensive. I think I found all that in Björn Axén Styling Powder.

It's a little satisfying that this little bottle works nicely as a dry shampoo and gives a bit of volume and texture. I'm not sure how well it will work if your hair is super greasy, but for slightly greasy roots it works great. I also love that it comes in two sizes, one large and one in the perfect handbag size. And though I'm never going to be the type of girl who fixes her makeup midday, I still like the idea of carrying this around in my bag. So there.

I'm not sure you can buy Björn Axén outside of Scandinavia, but then again, you have your fair share of alternatives that we cant get here.

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April 07, 2014 -

Be aware of some shameless self promoting about to take place, right about now. Did you know I'm on instagram? Yes, I have, and though I'm all about the beauty, my instagram is more about food and nature and stuff like that. If you're looking for selfies and duckfaces this probably isn't the place for you. The only duckfaces you'll see here is on actual ducks. It's in the total lack of time and inspiration that I'm writing this post, though I hope you won't hold that against me. I hope to return to normal right about tomorrow.

So, please, check me out on instagram @finurligheter_ and follow if you want. It isn't a demand, though it would make me happy. 
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