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DIY vanilla body oil

Varje dag smörjer jag in mig med mandelolja, en olja med små molekyler som snabbt och enkelt tränger ner i hud och naglar. Den känns inte flottig på huden utan är lyxigt sammetslen, perfekt när huden bråkar (hola eksemklubben!) och produkter med för mycket processat innehåll och onödiga tillsatser inte känns lägligt. Eller bara för att mata naglarna med när jag nöter tv-serier hela kvällarna.

Så, vad händer om jag drar ur dropperpluggen på min flaska och stuvar ner ett par högkvalitativa vaniljstänger med oljan? Som jag formulerade mig på Instagram om detta: Inte min sämsta idé hittills. Efter ett par dagar har en mjuk, rund doft av bourbonvanilj utvecklats, varken för söt eller överväldigande, plus den ser ungefär en miljon gånger finare ut i flaskan. Fröna flyter runt i flaskan när den skakas men sjunker ganska snabbt ner till botten igen, jag skakar den emellanåt för jag inbillar mig att doften utvecklas bättre då, och väntar då ett par minuter innan jag häller ut någon olja för att slippa få med fröna ut.

Oljan jag har denna gång är från Life och märket Aroma (av misstag ej ekologisk, brukar välja kallpressad ekologisk), och den ekologiska KRAV-märkta vaniljstången från Khoisan Tea går att hitta på Hemköp.

 

Every day I use almond oil on my skin, an oil with small molecules that quickly and easily absorbs into skin an nails. It feels silky smooth on the skin and not greasy, perfect for when the skin is acting up (hola eczema club!) and products with a lot of processed ingredients and unnecessary additives don’t feel like the best choice. Or as nail food when I’m binge watching tv series.

So, what happens if I remove the dropper plug from my bottle and stuff a couple of high quality vanilla beans in with the oil? As I put it on Instagram: Not my worst idea yet. After a few days a rich creamy scent of bourbon vanilla has developed, not too sweet or heady, plus it looks a million times prettier in the bottle. The seeds will float around when you shake the bottle but sinks to the bottom quite quickly after, I shake it now and then imagining that the scent develops better that way, and then wait a few minutes before pouring the oil out so that I won’t pour the seeds out.

The oil is from the brand Aroma this time (by mistake not eco, I always choose eco and cold pressed), and the eco + KRAV labelled (well known Swedish eco labelling) vanilla beans are from Khoisan Tea.

diy vanilla body oil

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My skincare routine

Nu är det äntligen dags för ett blogginlägg jag länge tänkt skriva, men aldrig riktigt vetat hur jag ska lägga upp så det känns förståeligt. Min hudvårdsrutin är rätt regelbunden, jag vågar sällan testa nya produkter eftersom min hud är så petig, men jag växlar fram och tillbaka mellan ett fåtal produkter beroende på dagsläge. Det slutade upp med att jag bröt ner inlägget i fyra steg, och i varje steg inkluderade en handfull produkter med indikation om när eller varför jag använder den. Känns förståeligt va?

Min hud är alltså känslig, torr och acnebenägen. Allt på samma gång. En produkt mot orenheter kan till exempel inte vara för aktiv utan att jag blir torr/får eksem/får mer finnar av den, och en mjukgörande produkt måste vara närande men ändå “smart” och inte klogga igen huden. AHA-syra (fruktsyra, exfolierar och hjälper huden ta emot fukt) är en av mina stora varningsklockor då min hud nästan alltid reagerar illa på det, då fungerar BHA-syra (salicylsyra, exfolierar, jobbar mer antiinflammatoriskt) bättre men ändå helst bara som “topping” enstaka gånger i veckan.

Så överlag är min hudvårdsrutin parfymfri, lugnande, fuktbindande, balanserande och antioxidantrik. Låter det som något du behöver? Se om du fåt några tips nedan!

 

Now it’s finally time for a blog post that I’ve thought about writing for a long time, but never really known how to formulate for it to feel understandable. My skincare routine is quite consistent, I barely dare to try new products as my skin is so picky, but I go back and forth between a few different products depending on what my skin needs that day. I ended up breaking it down to four steps, and in each step I included a handful of products with an indication on how often or why I use it. Feels understandable, right?

So, my skin is sensitive, dry and acne prone. All at once. A deep cleaning product can’t for example be too active without me getting dry/excema or even more pimples, and a moisturizing one has to be rich yet “smart” and not clog my pores. AHA acids (fruit acids, exfoliates and helps the skin absorb moisture) is one of my big red flags as my skin almost always reacts badly, then BHA acids (salicylic acids, exfoliate, works more antiinflammatory) work better but still best as a “topping” a few times a week.

Overall my skincare routine is perfume free, calming, moisture binding, balancing and rich in antioxidants. Does that sound like what you need? Read this and see if you find something new to try!

cleansing

Cleansing

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel

A barely foaming (and therefore not great at dissolving makeup) gel cleanser made for sensitive skin, doesn’t dry my skin out at all. Contains beta glucan which is a calming inflammatory antixodiant, prebiotic oligosaccharides which help the natural protection of the skin by adding good bacteria and calming chamomile.

CAILYN Cosmetics Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm

A solid cleansing balm that dissolves ALL makeup when massaged on, then turns into a milk when water is added. Rinses off 100% clean with no oily residue at all. Contains calming and moisturizing aloe vera and calendula flower extract.

Gilda Organic Micellar Cleansing Water

A cleansing water that I like to use after the Cailyn cleansing balm, especially around the hairline and jawline, just to make sure I got all the makeup off. Contains organic plant extracts Propanediol och Bisabolol which cleanses, refreshes and calms the skin.

Foreo Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin

A cleansing device that you massage your cleanser onto the face with, then you can turn it over, lower the vibration and use the “anti aging side” on wrinkle prone areas. This little thing REVOLUTIONIZED my cleansing! Even very mild cleansers can do a thorough job because of the vibrating knobby bristles, plus the device itself which is waterproof and made of silicone doesn’t gather bacteria. Costs a shitload of money but if mine broke I would get a new one in a heartbeat.

 

treatments

Treatments, the “use when needed” stuff

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

A smooth powder which you add water to and massage over the skin for a minute. It contains papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes which have a micro exfoliating effect instead of being a classic scratchy scrub. Great for sensitive skin, BHA based which helps calm irritations in the skin and still smoothen it out effectively. Holy grail product!

LUSH Cosmetics Grease Lightning Spot Treatment

A pin point gel to dab on pimples. Contains soothing aloe vera and antibacterial tea tree. Super simple product but it is soo goooood! Plus it’s named after the car in Grease.

Bioline Primaluce Exforadiance Brightening Illuminating Mask

A face mask that is good for skin with acne, wrinkles, scars and/or hyperpigmentation. The only AHA product that my skin still really likes! AHA acids for exfoliation and cell renewal, zinc oxide to calm the skin and decrease redness, mandelic (almond) acid which is antibacterial and great against acne aswell as rosacea as it works against inflammations and redness. It also contains hyaluronic acid (which is a sugar molecule, not an acid!) which binds water, great for dehydrated skin! Another holy grail product that I’ve gone through many tubes of.

 

serums

Serums

REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil

A skim plumping serum oil to apply before moisturizer that optimises the effect of the skincare you put on top. It’s thin and absorbs into the skin very easily, not greasy at all! Contains Omega 3 from brown algae and inca inchi (nut oil) which firms the skin and are rich in fatty acids, Omega 6 and 9 from brown algae calms and soothes irritation, vitamin A from rose hip seed oil stimulates cell renewal, vitamin E from rice germ oil works as an antioxidant.

REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot

A hyaluronic gel serum that absorbs into the skin and gives instant effect, leaving the skin SO plump and soft, even looking brighter right away. Contains hyaluronic acid from yeast biofermentation, one kind that instantly firms and plumps and one that works in the long run. It also contains phycocolloids, a seaweed gelling ingredient, which together with the hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin. This is a MOISTURE BOMB.

 

moisturizers

Moisturizers

Evologie Stay Clear cream

A lightweight oil free cream with salicylic acid that helps keep the skin clear without drying it out or irritating it. Contains calming beta glucan and chamomile which helps the skin feel soothed and hydrated instead of stressing it to produce excess oil. A great one for sensitive acne prone skin!

M Picaut Calming Cocoon Cream

A thick balmy cream that nourishes, calms and gives firmness to dry, sensitive and/or mature skin. The main ingredient is avocado oil which contains loads of Omega 9 which binds moisture to the skin, repairs and calms redness, and also contains loads of vitamins and minerals that helps fight free radicals. Contains a bio complex (organic avocado, coconut, wild yams and natural antiinflammatory phytosteroles) that helps balance the skin and add moisture deep into the skin. This is one of my skin besties, it helped me through last winter and it even works during the summer for me. Don’t be afraid of the oily consistency, use it at night and you’ll wake up with the most amazing skin ever!

REN Keep Young And Beautiful Firm and Lift Eye Cream

A lifting and firming eye cream which I use for its excellent consistency, it’s right inbetween a gel and a cream which makes it feel refreshing and still moisturizing. I’m not too picky with anti aging ingredients as I’m only 23 but this one has a bunch of them. Hexapeptide-11 from yeast fermentation that firms and reduces wrinkles, wheat peptides which work as a wrinkle filler, plumping amino acids, alpha-linoleic acid from arctic lingonberry seed oil that brightens and adds moisture, safflower ceramides that binds water and a yeast collagen that increases moisture level.

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Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eyeshadow Stick in Honey Bunny

The Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eyeshadow Stick is a gel-like eyeshadow stick that glides on with a cooling sensation and dries down to a smudge proof long wearing eyeshadow. This is in the colour Honey Bunny, a sparkly champagne shade with an almost transparent base, it’s like the eyeshadow version of a clear nail polish with glitter if you’re with me? It has that fancy sparkle that only expensive products seem to have (I hate to admit it, cheaper glitter/shimmer DOES have a flatter look) so this little pearl will totally steal the show without being a crazy in your face colour. Great for fancy everyday wear!

The simple fact that this little gem is 100% glam yet 100% effortless makes it worth its weight in gold. Just glide it over the lid and pop some mascara on (if even that) and you’re done!

marc jacobs twinkle pop eyeshadow stick honey bunny

Face:

  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation – 2 Cream Ivory
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder Evanescence – Aura
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer
  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Brows:

  • Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep

Eyes:

  • Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eyeshadow Stick – Honey Bunny

Lips:

  • Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss – 100P

marc jacobs twinkle pop eyeshadow stick honey bunny

marc jacobs twinkle pop eyeshadow stick honey bunny swatch

It may not show fully in pictures, but the sheen of this eyeshadow is like triple anything else I own. Aaagghghghlglhl I love it so much!

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A peek at the IsaDora fall 2015 collection – Rock & Romance

IsaDora are ON FIRE this fall! With Xenia Deli as their new face they are delivering three looks in total. Dark Romance with smokey ashy greens and dark bourdeaux, Rocker Edge with smokey bluish greys and shades of wine, and at last Bohemian with soft beige/browns and rose pink. These three looks are wrapped up under the name Rock & Romance.

In all it’s an incredible collection with both neutral and bold offerings (and the perfect inbetweeners, just LOOK at that green eyeshadow quad!), definitely the best that they’ve released in a long time. In stores this week.

isadora rock & romance

These are all the new products launching, there are a few repromotions like a brown smokey eye palette and two eye pencils in grey and brown that aren’t featured here.

isadora rock & romance perfect moisture lipstick dark romance, bohemian rose, cool cashmere

Perfect Moisture Lipstick in Dark Romance, Bohemian Rose and Cool Cashmere

isadora rock & romance wonder nail dark romance, bohemian rose, urban green

Wonder Nail in Dark Romance, Bohemian Rose and Urban Green.

isadora rock & romance perfect matt lipstick nude pink

Perfect Matt Lipstick in Nude Pink

isadora rock & romance eye shadow quartet moon rock, urban green

Eye Shadow Quartet in Moon Rock and Urban Green

isadora rock & romance smoky eye liner dark green, perfect brow kit brown duo

Smoky Eye Liner in Dark Green, Perfect Brow Kit in Brown Duo

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Bdellium Tools 731

Denna lilla borste är en riktig skatt! Det perfekta verktyget för att definiera fransraderna. Jag applicerar min mascara med den vanliga mascaraborsten på övre fransarna för maxad längd, täcker Bdellium Tools 731 med mascara och wigglar in den i fransrötterna underifrån, det definierar och mörkar ner rötterna så de ser tjockare ut. Jättebra trix att använda när man vill få bort den ljusa randen som lätt uppstår i fransrötterna vid sotningar eller mörka eyeliners.

För undre fransraden så tar jag mer produkt på penseln, swishar den genom längderna och trycker sen in produkt i rötterna. Beroende på hur hårt du trycker får du olika effekt, här körde jag bara på och svärtade ner rötterna totalt. Det ser fortfarande mycket mjukare ut än med en skugga eller penna!

 

This brush is such a treasure! The perfect tool for defining lashlines. I just apply my top lash mascara with the regular wand go get maximum length, coat the Bdellium Tools 731 with mascara and wiggle it at the base of the lashes from underneath, defining and darkening the base to make it look thicker. A great way to eliminate that pale stripe at the base of the lashes that you easily get when doing smokey eyes or dark eyeliners.

For the bottom lashes I get some more product on the brush, swish it through to the tips and then push product into the roots. Depending on how hard you push you get different looks, here I went all in and made the roots solid black. It still look a lot softer than an eyeshadow or eye pencil!

bdellium tools 731

bdellium tools 731

Left: Mascara applied only with the wand. Right: The same mascara applied with Bdellium Tools 731 like described above. Two completely different looks only using mascara!

bdellium tools 731

Face:

  • Sleek MakeUp Bare Skin Foundation – Barley
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Manasi Makeup Lyster Cream Bronzer

Brows:

  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

Eyes:

  • IsaDora Flashing Volume Mascara

Lips:

  • By Terry Baume De Rose
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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for beauty with brains. Beauty blogger and MUA from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!