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Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask från Murad var en av mina favoritmasker för ett par år sedan, men på grund av fånigt högt pris har jag inte haft den hemma på ett tag. Nu är den tillbaka i rutinen och den ger samma fantastiska resultat som förr, jag kunde inte vara gladare! Masken utlovar en plumpande effekt på huden som reducerar synbarheten av fina linjer och rynkor samt att den ska ge en fastare känsla. Jag är som tidigare nämnt 23 så “anti age” är inget jag jämrar mig över (om det ens är något att jämra sig över alls, ärligt talat?). Jag tror på att ge huden det den vill ha, och ge den de bästa förutsättningarna att hålla sig välmående länge.

Min hud behöver alltid hjälp på traven för att binda nog med fukt, och det syns omedelbart när jag sköljt av denna mask att den slurpat i sig massa gott. Huden är betydligt klarare, rodnader är dämpade och jag upplever även att den över tid lugnar eventuella finnar. Mycket är att tacka de många fuktgivande ingredienserna, t.ex. algen Macrocystis Pyrifera (som även är lugnande och antibakteriell) samt de två lerorna, rengörande bentonit och mineralrika montmorillonite. Full innehållsförteckning i slutet av inlägget för den nyfikne.

Finns att shoppa på t.ex. Eleven.se och Skin City.

 

Age-Diffusing Firming Mask from Murad was one of my favourite masks a few years ago, but because of the insane price I haven’t had a tube at home in a while. Now it’s back in my routine and it still gives the same amazing result as before, I couldn’t be happier! The mask promises a plumping effect of the skin that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles plus it should give a tightening effect. As mentioned before, I’m 23 so “anti age” isn’t something that I’m worrying about (if it’s worth worrying about at all, to be honest?). I just believe in giving the skin what it wants, and giving it the best conditions to stay healthy for a long time.

My skin has always needed extra help binding moisture, and it shows immediately when I rinse this mask off that it has absorbed a lot of goodness. My skin is much brighter, redness is reduced and I also find that it over time helps calm pimples. Much is to thank the many moisturizing ingredients, for example the algae Macrocystis Pyrifera (which also acts calming and antibacterial) and the two clays, cleansing bentonite and mineral rich montmorillonite. Full inci at the bottom of the post for the curious one.

murad age-diffusing firming mask

 

INCI: Water (Aqua), Bentonite, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Montmorillonite, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Spondias Mombin Pulp Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Pentylene

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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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Racked the newly opened Sephora – what did I get?

As mentioned earlier Sephora finally opened here in Gothenburg last week, I was far too anxious to be able to go there on the opening day but yesterday I popped my ear plugs in, smeared my brightest red lipstick on and did some mayhem shopping that was done in ten minutes tops. What did I get? Let’s take a look!

If there’s something you would like to see a closer review of just let me know!

make up for ever artisan brush 156 flat round blush brush, 144 precision highlighter brush

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes in 156 Flat Round Blush Brush and 144 Precision Highlighter Brush. Synthetic, fluffy and with a nice density. This line is super promising.

make up for ever artisan brush 144 precision highlighter brush, 156 flat round blush brush

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes in 144 Precision Highlighter Brush and 156 Flat Round Blush Brush

make up for ever artist plexi gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P. A peachy pink with gold shimmer.

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P

make up for ever artist plexi-gloss 203p

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 203P

benefit gimme brow medium/deep

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep. A tinted brow gel with a TIIINYYYY brush! Makes me all giggly.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken. It’s the most gorgeous lavender colour with a soft sheen.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken. Also the packaging is to die for.

marc jacobs shameless bold blush outspoken

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken

marc jacobs genius gel super-charge foundation 10 ivory light

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in 10 Ivory Light

sephora pomegranate & green tea eye mask

Sephora Pomegranate and Green Tea Eye Mask. Single-use sheet masks for your undereye area. Sounds amazing on tired eyes.

nars audacious lipstick michiyo, audrey

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo and Audrey. I have a few of these lipsticks already and love them to pieces, super creamy, long wearing and look gorgeous on. Michiyo is a bright blue toned pink and Audrey a muted red currant shade.

nars audacious lipstick michiyo, audrey

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo and Audrey

nars lip gloss orgasm

And a little bonus gift, a mini NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm. Classic peach shade with intense golden shimmer.

nars lip gloss orgasm

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm

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Tanned skin – close encounter of the third kind

Jag har varit helt inne på brun utan sol på sistone. Så himla udda grej ändå då jag cirka fyra gånger någonsin i mitt liv orkat tänka tanken, men nu bara YES, kul experiment! Min hud kan se fullständigt annorlunda ut!

Det eviga problemet: Ska en brun utan sol se naturlig ut på mig så behöver den vara väldigt ljus, annars blir den som ett flammigt orange spöke ovanpå min fortfarande gråvita hud. Ytterligare problem: Det luktar så inihilviide illa! Brun utan sol fungerar så att den reagerar med hudens egna aminosyror vilket skapar färg, och det är precis den processen som luktar illa. Tänk typ en kasse tvätt som stått halvfuktig i hallen och unknat. Så det är rätt oundvikligt problem om produkten inte bara ska vara ett brunt blaskvatten som försvinner i duschen.

 

I’ve been totally into self tanners lately. Such a weird thing for me as I’ve bothered about four times ever before, but now I’m like YES, fun experiment! My skin can look completely different!

The usual problem: For a self tanner to look natural on my skin it has to be very light, otherwise it will look like a splotchy orange ghost on my still greyish white skin. Second problem: It smells so frickin bad! Self tanners create lasting colour by reacting with the amino acids in the skin once they’re applied, and that’s the reaction that gives off the bad smell. Imagine the cloying scent of a bag of laundry left damp in the hallway for a few days. So that problem is unevitable unless the product is a simple brown splash of whatever that rinses off completely in the shower.

vita liberata

I don’t have a before and after picture as this self tanner idea started with pure curiosity, but all of you who are regular readers can clearly see that I’m up to something! Haha.

 

Nu har jag alltså stött på (nu och nu, de har ärligt talat legat i en låda sedan förra november..) brun utan sol-produkter från Vita Liberata! I en svag stund härom månaden fick jag för mig att dra på ett lager och se vad som händer. Hade potentiellt fått gå till jobbet i en vecka orange som en oompa loompa, men sjukt nog ser det, trots rätt rejäl färg, RIKTIGT BRA UT! Jag har till och med fått flera spontana komplimanger för färgen vilket känns helt bisarrt.

So now I’ve found (well “now”, they have been laying around in a box since last November..) the Vita Liberata self tanners! During a weak moment about a month ago I got the idea to apply a coat and see what would happen. I would potentially have to go to work bright orange for a week, but crazy enough it looks SO GOOD! And still it has quite a dark colour. I have even gotten compliments on the colour which feels totally insane.

vita liberata

The ultimate test – how it looks on my legs. The colour grabs on to the smoother surfaces like calves and thighs well, but still doesn’t make my ankles/knees bright orange. Such a great formula!

 

Jag är som tidigare nämnt rätt dålig på detta med brun utan sol så jag lyckas inte orientera mig igenom sortimentet och vad alla olika ord betyder men den jag har till kroppen heter Extra Rich 4-7 Day Tinted Self Tan Lotion Dark och den jag har till ansiktet är Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion Light. Båda har en silkig tunn känsla på huden och bara ett par pump räcker riktigt långt.

Jag börjar alltid med att exfoliera hela kroppen i duschen så att färgen kan sätta sig jämnt, extra fokus på områden med textur så t.ex. armbågar, knän och var än jag lätt får torrfläckar. Applicerar gör jag med Vita Liberatas egen appliceringshandske, den har spruckit i kanterna efter ett par användningar så jag dragit en radda kaststygn runt kanterna så den håller. Sådana kanske är tänkta att kasseras och köpas nya ofta? What do I know, den håller bra efter reparationen! Tvättas med tvål och vatten efter varje användning. 5-10 minuter efter applicering känns huden matt och det är ok att klä på sig, men undvik vita/riktigt ljusa kläder första dygnet innan du duschat eftersom guidefärgen (den som hjälper dig att se om du applicerat jämnt, supersmidigt) kan släppa lite om du blir varm.

 

As I mentioned earlier I’m so bad at self tanning so I haven’t managed to understand this line and what all the little words mean, but the one I have for my body is Extra Rich 4-7 Day Tinted Self Tan Lotion Dark and the one for my face is Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion Light. Both have a silky thin feeling and just a few pumps goes very very far.

I always start by exfoliating my entire body in the shower so that the colour will go on evenly, extra focus on areas with texture so elbows, knees and whereever I have dry spots. I apply with the Vita Liberata tanning mitt, the edges of it tore after a few uses so I stitched it up by hand and now it holds together well. Maybe those are meant to be replaced very often? What do I know, it holds up well after my little saving action! Wash it with soap and water after each use. 5-10 minutes after application the skin feels matte and it’s okay to get dressed, but stay away from white/very pale colours as the guide colour (the one that helps you see if you’ve applied the product evenly, so handy!) can smudge off if you get warm.

vita liberata extra rich tinted 4-7 day tinted self tan lotion dark & rich face tinted self tan lotion light

Vita Liberata Extra Rich 4-7 Day Tinted Self Tan Lotion Dark & Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion Light. 100% insane names that I just can’t decode. Haha.

 

Luktar gör den, det ska jag inte förneka, men inte nära på lika mycket som annat jag testat. Jag känner doften i små puffar första dygnet men den stör mig inte. Runt andra dygnet upplever jag att färgen är som starkast, då har den utvecklats klart men ännu inte hunnit börja nötas bort. 2-3 dagar senare applicerar jag nytt på ansiktet (eftersom jag har en ljusare färg där samt tvättar ansiktet mer regelbundet) och efter 4-5 dagar på kroppen. Alltid med en grundlig exfoliering innan.

It does smell, I can’t deny that fact, but not even close to as much as other stuff I’ve tried. I feel the smell in little puffs during the first day but it doesn’t bother me. Around the second day I find that the colour is at its strongest, that’s when it’s done developing but still hasn’t started wearing off. 2-3 days later I apply more on my face (because I’m wearing a lighter colour there plus I wash my face more regularly) and after 4-5 days on my body. Always after a thorough exfoliation.

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New in: The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser

Just nu håller jag på att testa Carrot Butter Cleanser från The Organic Pharmacy. Den är ett så kallat cleansing balm, mild tvålfri rengöring i smörkonsistens som smälter till en olja vid hudkontakt. Masseras på torrt ansikte, sveps av med varm urvriden tvättlapp. Mjukt och rent facé helt utan stressande av huden! Ska lugna och ge lyster, fungera på alla hudtyper. Än så länge har jag bara fina saker att säga, min hud känns varken flottig eller stram efter användning, jag har inte fått några reaktioner (jag reagerar på ALLA aktiva produkter just nu) och den supermilda örtiga doften är ljuvlig. Full innehållsförteckning finns i slutet på detta inlägg!

Jag använder cleansern tillsammans med Dermalogica Sponge Cloth som är gjort i något slags silkeslent skummigt dykardräktsmaterial, en variant jag blev rådd att testa av fantastisk personal på NKs hudvårdsavdelning när jag gnällt om att de vanliga bomullstvättlapparna, muslin cloths, svider sate i mitt ansikte. BÄSTA tipset jag fått, måste nu bara tipsa vidare.

Närmre utlåtande om denna kan komma att ges i framtiden! Jag vill inte säga för mycket innan jag kommit en bra bit ner i burken. Har ni testat, vad tycker ni?

 

Right now I’m trying Carrot Butter Cleanser from The Organic Pharmacy out! It’s a cleansing balm, a mild soap free cleanser with a buttery consistency that melts to a thin oil with the heat from the skin. Massage into dry skin, swipe off with a warm damp cleansing cloth. Soft and clean face without stressed skin! Should calm and give radiance, work on all skin types. This far I only have fantastic things to say, my skin doesn’t feel either greasy or tight after use, I haven’t had any reactions to it (I react to ALL active products right now) and the super mild herbal scent is divine. Full INCI at the bottom of the post!

I’m using the cleanser with Dermalogica Sponge Cloth which is made from some kind of smooth foamy scuba material, a product that I was recommended to try by a lovely lady at NK skincare when I whined about the regular muslin cloths (cotton) makes my face burn from the texture. The BEST tip I’ve gotten, I just have to pass it on.

Closer review might come up later! I don’t want to say too much until I’ve digged a good hole in the jar. Have you tried it, what do you think?

the organic pharmacy carrot butter cleanser

The cleanser is solid and comes in a plastic tub with screw top lid. Quite lightweight feels travel friendly!

INCI:  Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annus), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis)*, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)*, Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) Extract*, Carrot (Daucus Carrota) , Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europea)*, St Johns Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)*, Vitamin E (Tocopherol) , Rosemary (Rosamarium Officinale) , Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis), Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis), Essential Oils, Linalool, Limonene

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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!