Morning/Evening skincare routine

Saturday, June 11, 2016
My body is my temple

As important as it is to look after what you eat and keep a balanced diet, it is important to take care of your skin and develop a skincare routine you can and enjoy following. And even though I must admit that I am still struggling with the first one, the skincare routine I currently follow, is pretty simple and effective.

I hope you enjoy this post and find something to add to your daily ‘me time’. 🙂

Morning

Foreo Origins Mask
Foreo Play & Origins charcoal mask

My morning routine starts as expected – a good splash of water on the face and brushing my teeth. Recently I picked up an electronic toothbrush and am giving it a go. So far so good and the timer that shows you when to wash which part of the mouth and when to stop, helps a lot.

I know some like to shower in the morning, but I actually prefer to give myself a good evening shower before it’s time to get in bed.

After brushing my teeth it mostly depends on the mood and what my skin is asking for. A lot of times I will reach for the Foreo Luna Play (it is so adorable) and give my skin a good cleanse. It feels like a nice morning facial procedure and cleans up pores. Sometimes I will go for the Origins Charcoal face mask to really deep-clean and take my word for it – this mask is the best one I have ever tried and I can’t see myself changing it for anything else. It really makes your skin clean, refreshed and cleans the pores better than any other mask I’ve tried.

If I’m having a hard time with my skin (I’m an occasional pimple kind of girl) this mask usually helps with that and the next day the pimple is almost gone. I keep it on for as long as I can’t move my face almost at all. When washing it off I like to splash my face with water and use simple make-up removal wipes to clean off the mask. I find it much faster and easier than washing it off with hands since it becomes a little slippery. 🙂

After that I put my new favourite golden skin eye gel from Etre Belle with caviar and use the Systane Ultra eye drops. If you’re a contact lens user as I am – you know the drill. 😉

The Body Shop Vitamin E

The next thing I would use in the morning is a spritz of The Body Shop Vitamin E. At first I bought this product to use on my beauty blender after making it wet and before using it, but I have found this product to work in so many different ways.

First of all, it smells amazing and when sprayed on face feels super refreshing. Secondly, you can use it as a make-up setting spray which I always do. Since I don’t feel the need to deep moisturise my skin in the morning, I will sometimes give it a spray of this Vitamin E and I am ready to get on with the day.

By the way, when the weather is so nice as right now (yay for summer!) I love to use this spray couple of times a day just because it feels so refreshing. 🙂

I have a lot of days in the week when I don’t wear make-up at all. That might be the reason why I am so lucky with my skin, but when I do have to give a quick run to the store or similar, I like to throw on some mascara (Maybelline Lash Sensational), tinted eye brow gel (Gosh – it is the best!) and sometimes a little bit of transparent powder (Rimmel).

The Body Shop Vitamin E

Evening

Pien Dairy spa milk whey
Pien-Spa Milk Whey Intimate soap and Shower gel

Evening is my favourite part of the day. I love to spend mine preparing blog posts, reading other blogs or just grabbing a cup of tea and enjoying a good movie.

When it’s time to hop in the shower I really enjoy my new discoveries – Pien-Spa Intimate soap and shower gel. What is important is that this brand is natural and is the only brand using natural milk whey for their products which means balanced pH and soothing scent. At first I was sceptical about the scent (it does smell a little like milk) but it is so settle and I grew to love it.

Lately I have found myself reaching for as natural products as possible. I’m not so keen on scented products and try to exclude those from my bathroom. The one scent that is hard for me to let go of is lavender and you’ll see more of that in this post, but what I wanted to mention is a shaving gel. We all know that summer comes along with shaving more frequently to keep our legs smooth and glowy and using a shaving cream or gel is super important to not irritate the skin. In the worst case scenario – use soap, but I really recommend the Gillette Satin Care shave gel with lavender. It is amazing and makes shaving quick and enjoyable.

Maria Nila Luminous Colour Masque

As per hair washing, I try to wash mine every second day which so far has worked well. For shampoos and conditioners, it really depends on what I have at that moment. I tend to go for simple drugstore shampoos, but what’s really important to me is the hair mask I use afterwards. I feel like that really makes a difference on how my hair will look and feel.

Thanks to Goodiebox I have discovered the amazing vegan brand Maria Nila (read the post here) and their mask that I currently use is made in heaven. It makes my hair so smooth, soft and healthy looking. I’m head over heels about this mask and will definitely keep purchasing it till something better comes along.

I like to squeeze some excess water out of my just washed hair and spread the mask all over my hair. Leave in for 5-10 min and wash it out. Washing it out is the best part because it feels sooo silky and smooth. I love it.

My hair is naturally ash toned brown and I don’t really like my natural colour so I usually use the Loreal Casting Creme Gloss in Dark Brown which holds up to 28 washes. Quick and easy solution to get the colour you want.

Maria Nila hair mask
Aveeno lotion oil
Aveeno Oil & Moisturising Lotion

Lately I have noticed my skin getting quite dry and patchy on my legs so I knew it was time to start taking more care of my skin and based on the outstanding reviews I decided to pick up these two Aveeno products. The shower oil I am not so excited about just because I don’t like how much of it you have to use to actually get it all over your body. Just like other shower oils it comes out of the bottle transparent and the turns a little foamy in contact with water. On the other hand, the body lotion is absolutely amazing. I can’t express how great my skin feels after using this product.

First of all the packaging is perfect – it has a pump so it makes it super easy and quick to use. It is fragrance free and doesn’t leave any grease. I just freaking love it.

Usually I will put it on my legs and when necessary – all over my body. The best part is that it actually does what it says on the bottle – moisturises for 24 hours. I have never experienced anything like this before but when I put it on before heading to bed, I wake up in the morning and can feel how soft and moisturised my legs feel.

For the first time I tried to put this on my feet because they felt a little rough and exhausted from all the errands I had run haha. Let me tell you – my feet feel so, so soft.

Please, if you get a chance – get this product. It really is amazing and I can’t wait to give a try to their whole collection.

Jorg Obe White Tea cream & Bio2You Omega 3-6 serum

After I have done all the overall prep I will put on either the Jorg Obe White Tea balancing cream or the Bio2You Skin Antidepressant to prepare myself for heading to sleep.

The Jorg Obe cream restores skins natural moisture and gives the skin balance which is great for use either in the morning or evening (what I will mostly do). White tea is a great ingredient for skincare since it strengthens skin and protects it from premature ageing. P.S. It won the Danish Beauty Award 2016! Read more about this cream in this post.

The Bio2You Omega 3-6 skin antidepressant serum is my latest discovery oil wise and I absolutely love it. I can only use it before heading to bed because I really don’t enjoy the feeling of oils on my skin, but this is totally worth it.

Sometimes I tend to get a dry patch here and there on my face and then this baby comes to the rescue. I literally put it on in the evening all over my face and the next morning it is soft and the dry patches are if not gone then almost there.

For those struggling with eczema prone skin this might be the saviour – it reduces redness and itchiness and relieves the skin. The sea buckthorn oil enhances microcirculation. It really is an awesome product if this is what you’re looking for. It is alcohol, colour free and is 100% natural + all the reviews on this product are outstanding. Give it a try. I can’t imagine my routine without it.

Jorg Obe White tea Bio2you oil
This Works lavender spray
This Works lavender pillow spray

Now that I would be all done with the skincare and ready to head to bed it would be time to give my pillow a spray of lavender.

I love this product but it depends on the day I have had if I will use it or not. Sometimes I find it a little too much and won’t spray it at all, but if the day has been really stressful or I can’t fall asleep – I will reach for this.

This Works has a lot of products in their range but I find the pillow spray the most suitable for what it does. You just give a little spritz on your pillow (sometimes I will spray it on the blanket) and get to bed. Lavender naturally gets you in the mood of sleeping and I find this product to be a very clever idea.

If you sometimes struggle with finding it hard to fall asleep, I would recommend giving this a try. But only if you like the scent of lavender otherwise this will be more of a torture than a pleasant experience. 😉

I hope you enjoyed this post and found something you would like to include in your daily skincare. Let me know what else I could give a try and you like to use. 🙂

Dolce & Gabbana pump – Botanical Blooms

Monday, May 30, 2016

Daytime Glam

All White

In collaboration with the well-known online boutique FarFetch, I have put together two simple, but chic outfits I would wear featuring the gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana floral pumps. Of course, you know me, the monochrome runs all through these looks with the pop of floral colour.

As the weather gets warmer and warmer and the world is blooming, the floral print of these shoes is just right to take a stroll in the city or go on a date with your friends.

Hence the daytime glam look for the girl who is not afraid to rock all-white and experiment with the latest trends.

I am currently really into the tie-tops and ruffled details which give the perfect balance between romantic and edgy. Crop tops are also perfect for pairing with high-waisted bottoms and are my preferred choice when the weather is fitting.

All though white pants always look glamorous, they definitely need more attention than your usual dark jeans. So keep in mind to take care of yours to not look the opposite of fabulous.

The Best of Both Worlds

This look is definitely my favourite. I love the balance between monochrome and colours. The revealing crop top with a tie at the back and the dark, midi skirt. It really is the best of both worlds and when the sun goes down, a good blazer to trow on top is just what this outfit was missing.

If you would like to recreate this look, there are so many opportunities where this would be the look to go for. Evening date, night out with girls, corporative event. 

What really caught my eye is the little, beautiful embellishment on the shoe. That is what makes this the true evening luxe look.

The reason why I picked these items is not only because they make a rockin’ outfit, but they are so versatile that mixing these up with what you already have in your wardrobe will bring unlimited options for new looks. 

Evening Luxe

Dolce Gabbana Pump

Review on Sleek Solstice, The Balm & Morphe

Sunday, May 22, 2016
House of stars review

In case you missed, check out the previous post where I talk about my newest discovery in the world of beauty – House of Stars.

“Home is where your make-up stash is”

Lately I have found myself more and more interested in make-up and beauty, with developing my skills to the state where I can be happy with the way my make-up looks.. With this interest comes a lot of research and try-outs to find the products that I absolutely love and can review and share with you guys.

Sleek Contour Kit in Light

Unlike other posts, I will start this one with my least favourite product. I didn’t expect my emotions towards this being so meh, but I really didn’t enjoy it. All though it is a so called Anastasia Contour Kit dupe, I have a hope that the Anastasia one is better. This product seems too thick for me and leaves my face looking cakey and stuffed with product. Indeed I did follow the instructions to see the full effect, but it just didn’t work for me. The highlighter must be the one I dislike the most. Didn’t really highlight anything and all in all, didn’t look good. I still consider the possibility that it might be just me, but I tried applying this product with fingers, Beautyblender, brushes and nothing worked. For now, I will stick to my powder contour kits.

However, if you do want to give this a try, the price is $16.49 which is really great for 6 products that you get in this palette.. if they looked as good as expected.

Sleek cream contour kit review
Sleek Makeup Solstice review
Sleek gold highlighter review

Sleek Solstice Highlight Palette

This is one of the most beautiful highlighter palettes that I have seen and honestly, what was in the palette didn’t even matter at the first glance, because it is just so pretty.

The best part thought is that it actually is beautiful inside and out. With four products – 1 creamy, 1 silky powder and 2 baked highlighters it is completely worth the price ($14.99) if the colours are what you’re looking for.

These can be used for face and body to give a beautiful glow and I just love the pigmentation and the way these look on the inner corner of eyes. Beau-ti-ful!

Worth mentioning is that the palette comes with a little brush, but I just don’t find the quality of it topping my other brushes so this one stays unused.

Sleek Solstice review

Mary-Lou Manizer

Another highlighter, yes, I know. My obsession is real, but I just couldn’t pass this one up, especially after the social coverage this product has. And the hype is real – this one is my to-go highlighter and mainly because of its gorgeous, settle pigment. It is not too little or too much (but is build-able) and looks freakin’ amazing when the sunshine hits my face.

I believe this is the one highlighter every girl has to at least try and all though the price tag ($24.00) might seem too much for a single product, you get so much highlight that it will last you a lifetime (almost).

One thing to keep in mind is that the pigmentation really is superb so go slowly when applying the product unless your intention is being seen from outer space. ?

Honestly, I feel like all the products from The Balm are so appealing and I must give them the appreciation for the clever branding. The packaging and product names are just so cool, clever and unique. Love it!

Mary Louminizer highlighter review
Morphe brushes review
Morphe white brushes review

6 Piece Deluxe Contour Set by Morphe

With stepping up my contour and highlight game comes making sure I have the right tools and after eyeballing all the options Morphe has, I decided to go the easy road and get a set of these 6 beautiful, white-handled brushes.

In the set you get one of each – angled buffer (my favourite for contouring), round buffer (for creamy consistency product), pointed contour buffer, mini angled buffer, mini round buffer and mini pointed contour.

For me, the angled buffer works as a charm for applying my powder contour and makes the application much easier without leaving any strokes of the product. All of these brushes are extremely soft as well. The mini pointed contour brush is my second most used brush from this set as I apply concealer with it. The pointed tip makes it easy to apply the product in harder to reach places and dot it wherever its needed.

All in all, with the price of $19.99 I must say that this is a great addition to my collection and I love everything about them – starting from the design to the pretty good quality (once in a while some bristles fall out, but that’s a minor problem and for the price – easy to ignore).