My summer favorites

great primer for oily skin

great primer for oily skin

nyx perfect filter golden hour makeup

Oops, I kinda forgot to post monthly favorites on June and July. But that can happen at Summer, right? To make up for it, I collected my summer favorites on this post, including the best sunscreen for oily skin and a perfect neutral eye shadow palette (and more!).

Summer has gone by so quickly and I think it’s partly, because I’ve just waited for it, day after day. It never really began, you see? But even though the weather hasn’t been the best, there’s been lots of light and it’s green outside and I’ve got to wear my summer outfits. Living in Finland, you kinda learn to appreciate the “ok” weather. Kinda.

Anyway – it’s still Summer as long as it’s August and my birthday coming up – so here are my top picks.

my summer favorite products

Eucerin Sun Fluid mattifying SPF30
All of you combination or oily skinned beauties out there – you can stop looking for the perfect sunscreen for your faces. This is it! Super lightweight, actually mattifying sunscreen, that doesn’t clog your pores or make your skin explode. My man also likes to use this on his head (his bald).

NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter Palette, Golden Hour
This palette has been my go-to palette throughout the summer. I travelled with it and I even used it on one of the brides I did this summer! I love the colors, that are easily blendable, but still very pigmented. One of the best palettes I own. If you’re in need of a neutral everyday palette, that is pretty – yet affordable – you may want to try this!nyx perfect filter golden hour

nyx golden hour palette makeupUsing NYX Golden Hour Palette & Clarins Primer

Victoria’s Secret Body Mist, Coconut Passion
This probably doesn’t need any introductions, VS Body Sprays are classics. I love wearing lighter perfumes in summer, so I’ve been using a lot of body mists. This sweet coconut-vanilla scent is not only my favorite, but a lot of my friends use it too.

manna kadar lip stain review

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Lip Locked Primer & Lip Stain (Lucky)
The brand itself is pretty unknown to me, but I love this particular lip product, that I got from a surprise beauty box (Finnish Bette beauty box). The color reminds me of MAC Faux, which is one of my favorite nude colors. This one is more glossy and maybe a tiny bit darker than Faux. I love the beautiful packaging and the applicator makes it easy to apply.
(MAC Faux post & review)

manna kadar liplocked Lucky

Nurme Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
I got this too from the surprise box. I have one other product from this brand – a mango body lotion and needless to say I love it. I love products, that smell like fruits and berries. Yummy.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer
I got these cute small sized Clarins samples from one of the PR-events I attended last Spring. I have used the primer before – maybe two years ago, but had forgotten just how good it is. I mean, my makeup is on point the whole day with this! With oily skin a good primer just really makes a difference and this is one of those primers – it really smooths your pores and wrinkles and just makes a great base for foundation. I don’t know what I’m gonna do, when I run out of this cute little jar.

Clarins  Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
I’ve also loved this lip oil for those days, when I’m too lazy to wear lipstick, but want a little something on my lips. This one is a clear(ish) gloss, which isn’t sticky and makes your lips look plump (like glosses tend to do, duh).

(In this post I’m wearing nothing on my face except this gloss.)

clarins lip oil swatch

Herbina Lip Candy & Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil

Herbina Lip Candy lip balm
Herbina is one of the most popular affordable cosmetic brands in Finland. If you ever visit Finland, you may want to check out their products, that are sold in department stores, but also in grocery stores. The packaging is a bit childish, but I like this clear gloss, which has a sweet lemony scent. I have surprised myself lately with the addiction of lipglosses!

+ Glamour & Bench sunglasses
I rarely buy or read magazines, but when I do, I’m most likely to take off. I have a tradition of buying Glamour from the airport, whenever I’m heading out to a holiday. Or sometimes I buy it, when I want to pamper myself. That said Glamour is definitely my favorite magazine – it’s actually full of interesting articles and funny things such as “Hey, it’s okay..” -section.  Note to self: I should buy Glamour more often.

The sunglasses were actually free, when we shopped at Bench and spent enough money. I like their pink reflection and the funny round shape!

summer favorite cosmetics

How has your summer been? I’d love to hear about it!

The best product for puffy eyes

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Clarins Eye Care Review

how to get rid of puffy eyes

Did you know that the first signs of aging show around your eyes?

Well, I did, and it’s one of the things I feel very passionate about. First of all – you need an eye cream. Second – you need to read this post I wrote about skincare for eyes (it’s not a very long post, since taking care of your eyes is pretty simple).

But to get to the point of this post: I have noticed aging around my eyes. I don’t have any wrinkles, yet, but there’s one thing I’ve noticed that is pretty unfair. And the thing is that, when I wake up, my eyes don’t. Gone are the days when I just arose in the morning, splashed some cold water on my face and instantly looked fresh and awake. Long gone. Now my eyes are puffy, tired and in need of a holiday. They no longer recover from the lovely time I get to spend by the covers, by just, well, doing nothing.

Clarins Multi active Eye care review tutorial

But I have found something, that works for my tired eyes and actually helps the puffiness – a lot! A product, that is my eye cream, but also my lifesaver. And that is Clarins’ Multi-Active Eye cream. It’s an eye cream-gel, that has a metallic applicator tip, that you can use to massage the cream in. It’s also brightening with illuminating pigments in it. So if you’re not wearing any makeup, the eye cream reflects light and makes your eyes appear brighter. It’s a masterpiece, so to speak. The best thing about it is obviously the metallic applicator, which I use to massage the puffy out of my eyes. I also like the texture of this cream and it does a great job at moisturizing my skin.

Here is how I use this product. I don’t do this massage routine every single morning, but I do some of the moves or a quick version of it almost every single day.

The other eye product from Clarins seen in the photos is the Mission Perfection Yeux with an SPF 15 and a tint in it. So it hides dark under eye circles better, but for me the color was a bit too dark.

Eye massage for tired or puffy eyes using Clarins Multi-Active Eye cream

eye massage clarins multi active eye

  1. Apply tiny dots of the eye cream around the eyes, and blend with long swipes.
  2. Gently press on the point shown in the photo, keep it still for a few seconds and relax. For me, this is one of the places I feel headache and pressing it helps.
  3. Gently press and pump on the points shown in the photo. This is called ‘lymph massage’ and it helps the natural circulation and movement of toxins and fluids through the lymph ducts (it helps bloating, puffiness).
  4.  Gently stroke the eye area in the directions shown in the photo.
  5. Do small circles around the eye as shown in the photo.
  6. Finish the massage with long swipes around the eyes.

Do each of these steps 2-4 times.

I can guarantee you’ll see some results by doing this massage! Let me know if you end up trying it – or if an eye massage already belongs to your routine?

In these photos I’m not wearing any makeup, except Clarins’ lip oil (which I love!) and as what goes to my tan, I wrote about the products here.

*This product was sent to me as a pr-sample.

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P.S. Happy Midsummer! Let’s hope the weather is good. But if it’s horrible, then.. well, then it is. Let’s still enjoy ourselves! I’m gonna at least spend a ridiculous amount in a sauna, that we’re renting (gotta get your money’s worth!), eat soy sausages and have a glass of sparkling wine (okay, two).