Sunday, 19 July 2015

Review: Kjær Weis Blush in Lovely..

When I first started switching out my conventional products with more natural ones, I knew I had to find a brand, which produced not only great natural products, but great natural products with luxurious packaging. This might sound weird, but for me the packaging is a huge part of a product and how much I want to use it. I guess you can say, I like to surround myself with pretty things. 

ABOUT KJÆR WEIS

Kjær Weis is hands down the most luxurious brand ever. Forget about Chanel, Dior and YSL - KW packaging beats them all. The woman behind Kjær Weis is the Danish Kirsten Kjær Weis, who is a New York-based makeup artist. Kirsten created the brand because: 

"[..] Kirsten noticed something about every woman that sat in her makeup chair: they all had at least a few "conventional" makeup products they found irritating to the skin. "It made me think, if these products are causing short term effects like breakouts and rashes, then what would the long term effects look like? There had to be another choice"" - Kirsten Weis (Source: kjaerweis.com)

I like that philosophy, because it was the exact same thoughts I had, when I first started getting curious to what was actually in my products. The packaging is some of the most gorgeous I have ever seen and the best part is; they're all refillable, making them friendly towards the environment. 


“Ultimately what I wanted to achieve was an alternative that fused beautiful color, texture and design with organic non-harmful formulas. I think it’s the way forward.”

So, if you have been experimenting with organic or "natural" makeup, you will know it's an absolute jungle and it's really hard to find great products. This is something Kirsten Kjær Weis have recognized and strives to create high quality products. 



WHY I BOUGHT THE PRODUCT

I like to have a natural flush to my cheeks and I have seen a lot of bloggers, who have ventured into the "natural" beauty realm rave about the brand and so I was curious to try their blush. I prefer cream blushes over powder blushes, as I have dry skin and therefore cream blushes often sits nicer on my skin. I chose the colour Lovely as it is described as: "Lovely gives a pretty, flushed look that is long-lasting." (source: kjaerweis.com). The description sounded right up my street and therefore a perfect fit for me. 

INGREDIENTS & SPECIFICATIONS

"Castor Seed Oil, Caprylic, Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Copernicia Cerifera, Zea Mays Starch, Shea Butter, Cera Alba, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Glycerrhizate, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract & Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract" 

May Contain: "Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide & Carmine"

There are no artificial ingredients in the products, which means there's no petroleum, no artificial coloring and fragrance, no petrochemical and emulsifiers. The shelf life of the product is 12 months after it has been opened. The product is not vegan. It's gluten free. It hasn't been tested on animals. It's produced in Italy.


THE VERDICT

I have been using this product for about two months now. I apply to the apples of my cheeks and with a  Real Techniques stippling brush and the result is amazing. This is a fool proof blush, which will give you the perfect blush to your cheeks every single day. I love the colour, as it suits my fair skin very nicely and gives the perfect "just been on a walk in the snow"-glow. The finish is very natural and you can't tell there's makeup sitting on your skin, which is a plus in my book. The more natural the makeup look on me, the better. 

I have to re-apply this every 4-5 hours and even though that might be a deal breaker to some, I have come to terms it's something, which is quite common with "natural" products. I'd rather apply a product a couple of times a day on my face, which in the longer run won't have an effect on my skin and overall health, than have a blush which stays all day, but isn't great for my health. Actually, it's not even something I personally would consider a deal breaker. 

I haven't broken out from it and it doesn't have any fragrance in it to irritate my skin, so overall this is an amazing product. I would say it's the best blush I have ever owned and even if you're a conventional product lover, this is definitely a brand to look into, as the quality is just amazing. And yes, it is worth throwing some extra money after. 


So this was a product, which definitely won me over and I'm very excited to try more of Kjær Weis products. I'd just like to say, I'm not sponsored by any one and I don't get paid to make these reviews, so you can always count on my 100% honest opinion on these products.

I hope you guys have had a wonderful day!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Week of Empties Part Six..

We have finally come to an end of the Week of Empties installment and although I like to write about products I have used up; I sort of miss writing about products, I'm really excited about - you know, that excitement you get when you just receive a product and look forward to use every morning? However, one of my favourite type of youtube videos or blog posts are empties, as you'll get a more nuanced view on a product. 


1. Maybelline Define-A-Lash

This mascara was in brown and I actually really like brown mascara, as it makes my blue eyes stand out. The mascara was absolutely fine, but not amazing (For reference: My favourite mascara is L'oreal Telescopic). It gave volume and separation, but a huge downside to it, was the fact it would crumble and so little brown pieces of mascara would be around my eyes from an hour after I applied it, which is not an attractive look on anybody. I wouldn't repurchase this even if I was still using conventional products. 

2. Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara 

I have a love-hate relationship with this mascara, as I really, really, really want to love it, but I just can't. It gives so much volume and it gives a similar result to the L'oreal Telescopic mascara. It doesn't irritate my eyes, however it is so wet. It will smudge on my skin, as it just stays wet all day long. Also usually it's a great thing when mascara can come off easily, as you don't have to tear the skin under your eyes to be able to get it off, however this comes off too easily. A little bit of humidity, rain, sweat or if you cry a little, this will dissolve and you will enter panda-city. Therefore, this is not ideal for me. I'm so active and I ride my bike in any type of weather and therefore I can't have mascara which will run down my face. I have found a replacement for this one, which stays on all day, but doesn't give just as an amazing look as this one. 

3. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

It pains me that I have to say goodbye to this concealer, as it's a great one considering its price. I like this for under the eyes and I use it whenever I have really horrible bags under my eyes or if I'm going out. The consistency is quite thick and so it doesn't work that well on dry patches. It does its job amazingly and I would repurchase if I was still using conventional produced products, but for now I will wave goodbye to this one. 

This was the last installment of my empties and it has been really fun to go through some of the products I have used. Please let me know what you think and if there's any posts you would like to view in the future. 

Friday, 10 July 2015

Week of Empties Part Five..

Once again, I'm back with some empties. This is the second last post in the Week of Empties and so I hope you have enjoyed this installment. Today I'm going to be talking about some skincare. One conventional produced and one natural. Skincare is so important to me, as I have always had problems with my skin - I have eczema and have had it since I was a child. So, sometimes it's difficult to find products, which my eczema doesn't react to.


1. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Now, Origins is one of those brands who have branded themselves as being a natural brand, however I still think they use some ingredients, which wouldn't be considered to be natural. I love this mask as I have so dehydrated skin. Every time I have been out all night long and drinking, I would use this. The skin gets really hydrated when you drink alcohol and so this is a great way to avoid tight skin, when you wake up the next day. This will sometimes give me eczema, which I think is due to the fact that the mask lays a film over the skin and therefore my skin can't breathe, which will result in eczema. So although I have been using this for hydrating my skin, it does provoke my skin to break out in eczema. I won't be repurchasing this, as obviously it's not a great sign, when your skin breaks out and also due to the fact it's not a natural product. I will however be looking for a natural product to replace this one, as I will still need a little extra moisture to fix my dehydrated skin. 

2. Bio Select Anti-Aging-Firming Serum

I bought this as my first natural serum and I have to tell you - it's amazing. I love most of Bio Selects products, as they just give me extremely soft skin and they're made with natural ingredients. It's a Greek brand and as you would expect; the products do have a slight scent of olive oil, so if you're not into that kind of scent, then you should stay clear of this. I personally love olive oil and in general Greek skincare, so to me it's a complete win. I didn't choose this serum due to the fact it's anti-aging, but just because my skin reacted well to a sample, I was given. It has a very runny formula and absorbs quickly into the skin. It has a pump, which is a bonus as it's quite hygienic. I use this under a moisturizer morning and evening and it just makes my skin look really smooth and even. I would most definitely repurchase this serum, as it's just an amazing gem. 



And there you have; to very well-loved skincare products from my skincare collection. I have tried other serums since I used the last drops of my Bio Select and I can tell you; nothing compares to this one. Tomorrow will be the last post in the Week of Empties installment, so make sure you check it out. 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day. 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Week of Empties Part Four..

It's time for part four of my week of empties. Today there's only conventional products mentioned.  Some of them are holy grail and others are some I wouldn't use again due to their harsh ingredients.  


1. Yves Rocher Nail Polish Remover

It's not very often I wear nail polish, mostly because I don't have time or energy to apply and remove it. My mum gave me this, as she is just like me. Long story short, it removes the nail polish, but the harsh ingredients make your skin really dry and it will make any room smell like poison for a couple of hours. Would I recommend it? No. 

2. Matas Waterproof Eyemakeup Remover

This actually removes waterproof makeup and it's better and cheaper than The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. Now, I have to say I think The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil is terrible for waterproof makeup and it takes a lot of rubbing to get your makeup off. This is a completely other story, as waterproof makeup is removed easily and without rubbing and so I'm a big fan. It's cheap and without any perfume. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you're not fuzzed about the fact it's a conventional product. 

3. Decubal Hand Cream For Dry and Sensitive Skin

I have already praised Decubal earlier this week and this is another favourite product. I have probably had 6 of these hand creams the past two years. There's no perfume, no colorants and no parabens in it. When I break out in eczema it's either the face or my hands and my skin doctor told me to use this for my hands and it's absolutely brilliant. If you suffer from eczema and often times get it on your hands, you should most definitely get this hand cream. 


And there we go; another three products have been reviewed. Have you tried any of these products?

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Week of Empties Part Three..

Hi guys! It's time for part three of my empties and today's post is going to focus on three different face creams I have used. Now, I'm very picky when it comes to face creams, because when I break out with eczema 99.99% of the time, it's on my face. So, I have to be quite careful what I use on my skin or else it will make my skin itchy, sore and irritated. 

My skin can tolerate perfume, without breaking out, however I can tell that a reddish undertone will appear, if I use face creams with perfume, which means my skin is irritated. So, most of the time I steer away from perfume. Alcohol will dry out my skin like nothing else and it is a guaranteed way to get eczema on my face. So I don't use products with alcohol in at all. I often choose moisturizes which are targeted at dry skin types, so my skin will stay hydrated. 


1. Decubal Face Vital Cream

Decubal is one of those skincare brands I always underestimate, mostly because it doesn't have elaborate advertisement or any sort of appeal to my age group. You know how you buy or desire to buy things, because you see commercials with Jessica Alba in them and such? Yeah, Decubal is having none of that and I sort of appreciate that, because the products actually works. All of Decubal products work exactly how they're meant to. I bought this because the winter cold was ruining my skin and I needed something to moisturize and soothe my skin and so I opted for the brand that has saved me in every skin-emergency. It really helped with soothing the redness in my skin and moisturized yet my skin was able to breathe. It can be bought at most apothecaries. I would definitely recommend this and whenever in an emergency; always use Decubal. 

2. Korres Watercress Extra Moisturising Cream

I feel like there has been a Korres product in all of my empties posts so far, so there's no need for me to tell you one more time that I'm a huge fan. I bought this cream when I was on holiday in Greece and if you're going to Greece, you have to stock up on their Korres products (the selection of products is amazing and they're much cheaper over there). I chose this as it's extra moisturizing hence should be suitable for my skin type. I'm not really a big fan of the fact that the cream is in a pot, as that's basically bacteria-central. The scent is really nice and soothing, however I would prefer no scent. The cream itself is quite amazing, as it sinks into your skin so fast. You can feel the skin absorbing the cream whilst you're applying it, leaving it perfect to apply makeup over. The skin feels so hydrated throughout the day and it does exactly what it should. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would repurchase this, if I could get a hold of it. 


3. Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream 

Now, this is a completely different story than from the two creams above. This broke me out like a biotch. I bought this based on the fact that my mum loves this product (Or she loved the product, she no longer uses this product). The thing is; there's alcohol in it and that makes my skin break out horribly. That's all there is to it. My mum said that her skin would absorb the cream so fast that she would re-apply so many times, because she felt like her skin wouldn't stay hydrated. That maybe have something to do with the fact that there's alcohol in it and so she would re-apply to hydrate her skin, when in fact this cream would do absolutely nothing. I wouldn't repurchase and if you have had any bad reactions to alcohol before, stay away from this one. 


Aaaaand that was today's installment of Week of Empties. I try as far as possible not to focus on products I really don't like, but since I posted a haul including the Dr. Hauschka saying that I was enjoying the cream, I felt I had to update you on the fact that using it over a decent amount of time led to a break-out. 

I hope you guys are having a great day & I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Week of Empties Part Two..

This is the second installment of my week of empties post. I just love using a product up, as it just feels so gratifying knowing, you didn't waste your money. I hate throwing things away and I will always use up a product even though I hate it - If I have spent my hard earned money on it, I will use all of it, despite the fact the product is rubbish. 

Today, we have three more natural-ish products and I'm sort of surprised that there isn't more conventional products in my empties. This must mean either:

A. I have used most of the conventional products up already and only have my natural ones, or
B. I'm neglecting the conventional ones. 



1. Korres Shower Gel Japanese Rose

I bought this one when I was in Greece amongst every other Korres product. I love Korres, it's a great brand and they know what they're doing. Korres make my favourite shower gels as they lather up really nicely, they remove all nasty odors and their scents are amazing. Japanese Rose is one of my favourite Korres scents - it just smells like luxury and holiday. The pricing is decent, considering the fact that one bottle will last you a long time. The bottle looks so nice in the shower and I think it's aesthetically pleasant. I can definitely recommend this, if you're looking for a shower gel. 

2. Bio-Oil Purcellin Oil

Firstly, I have to say; you will never smell anything more comforting than the scent of Bio-Oil. I don't know what it is, but it makes me feel very sentimental and makes me feel really relaxed. This is an oil which fixes everything and can be used for anything. I love putting this on my body after a hot shower, or if I have had a long day I like to massage the temples on my face with it. It leaves my skin really soft and it doesn't make me break out. Do I recommend it? I already opened a new bottle, so yes!

3. Jergens Naturals Aloe Soothing Body Moisturiser with Cucumber

This is my favourite body moisturizer. The scent is very discrete and it sinks into the skin really quickly. It leaves my skin really hydrated and that's the most important thing. Unfortunately, Jergens is really difficult to get a hold of in Denmark and I bought this one online from a British website, which no longer stocks Jergens #sadface. This does everything a moisturizer should do. It's not sticky in any way and this could easily be used before taking your clothes on in the morning. 


I hope you guys are liking these kind of posts and I can't wait to post part three of Week of Empties.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day! 

Monday, 6 July 2015

Week of Empties Part One..

I have been talking about making an empties post for such a long time, but I managed to save so many empty bottles up, it would basically be an information overload if I made one post. So, I have decided to make a week filled with posts about my empties (Let me know, what you think about it?). 

Also a lot of these products are from before I decided to only use natural products and so it'll give you an insight to which mainstream products I like and which I definitely don't. I'm very particular about what products I like and I always do loads of research before throwing my money after an item. 

Today's post will focus on three natural products, which I have managed to use up. So let's get this cracking. 


1. Korres Mild Cleansing Gel for Sensitive Skin - for Face and Body

This is my all time favourite cleanser. It makes my skin clear and removes all signs of makeup, without you have to tear away at your skin and that's all I'm asking for. It doesn't dry out my skin, nor does it make me break out. The scent of this is mind-blowingly amazing. People have asked me why I smell so great and it's basically because of this. The price is quite decent and a bottle will last you ages. I'm already using a new bottle of this and of course I have one in-stock for when that's used up. The first sign of a product being holy grail is when you buy back-ups of it. 

2. Änglamark Baby Shampoo 

Instead of using an expensive cleanser for cleaning my makeup brushes; I use baby shampoo. It's without perfume and without colour and will cleanse your makeup brushes just as well as an expensive cleanser. I think it's such a great tip, if you're trying to save money, as not everyone can afford a cleanser, however you should cleanse your brushes and this is a great alternative. I clean my brushes once a week. 


3. Sanotint Hair Dye in 09 Natural Blonde 

This is probably as natural as a hair dye can get and during the Winter I felt like my blonde hair was a little too much and so I chose to dye it a chocolate brown. During the Spring and Summer I don't dye my hair as the sun always leaves me really blond and so there's no point. This was such a nice product and it gave me a really natural look. Even though it's one tone, it didn't looked dyed, which is basically what you want when you're dyeing your hair on your own. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to dye their hair with a little bit more natural product. 


So this was the first installment of my empties week, I can't wait to show you some of the other empties I have got.

I hope you guys are doing well!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Review: Escentric Molecules - Molecule 01..

Hello ladies,

So today I'm going to focus on a very talked about perfume in the beauty world; Escentric Molecules - Molecule 01. It's sort of weird reviewing a perfume, since scents are so individual to each person, but I thought I would write my thoughts down on it, since it is a very expensive perfume. 

Personally, I like masculine scents and my favourite ones are unisex. This is marketed as a unisex perfume, so from the beginning, I thought this would be right up my alley. 


Molecule 01 contains the aroma-molecule Iso E Super, as the only aroma-molecule, hence the name. It comes in a square glass bottle with a very minimalistic design. I really like minimalism when it comes to design, so this fits right into my kind of aesthetics. 

Geza Schoen, the creator of the perfume, describes the perfume being more of an effect rather than a aroma. This basically refers to the fact that the perfume reacts to your body heat and from that a scent is created. Therefore the perfume will smell differently on every person. On their website the perfume is described as a subtle velvety-woody note, which will vanish, then re-surface after some time and it also claims that it will have an impact on other people (I don't know about that). Now, the perfume only works if it is in contact with your skin, which is something I will get into.


The scent is very woody and it doesn't smell as synthetic, as certain perfumes can. I don't know if I like it on my skin, as I'm not sure if I smell the same scent as other people. No one has mentioned my new perfume and so I don't think it has as big an impact on other people, as Geza Schoen would like to think. I asked my mum to smell me, when I have worn it and she says, it has a very clean scent on me. 

The one problem I have with this perfume is: it breaks me out. I haven't broken out in years from perfume and I was sort of shocked that this would make me break out the way it did. At first I didn't feel anything, but after a month of wear I would start to get itchy skin, where I had worn it and I would wake up in the night from scratching my neck. I couldn't believe what was happening, as I had heard this was really suited for people, who have allergies and my mum even told me that her colleague, who is allergic to perfume can wear this without breaking out. 
After a bad break out I stopped wearing it and even four days after I had sprayed it on my neck, it would still itch. I was determined to make it work, but the fact it has to be sprayed on the skin is probably the reason why I can't wear it. I thought maybe it was something else I had broken out from, so after a break from the perfume, I tried again and unfortunately I broke out again. 

Bottomline is; I won't be purchasing this again, as I'm clearly allergic to it. I really wish I had tried it out before deciding to purchase it, as this purchase definitely hurt my pocket. I would recommend you to try it out to A) see if you like the scent on you and B) see if you have any skin reactions to it. 


So, unfortunately this was a thumbs down from me. Without having to sound like a mum, I have to say: It's so important to take skin reactions from perfume serious, as perfume allergy really can develop. So while it might be a little rash now, it can end up with you not being able to wear any products containing perfume, as that will make you break out. Don't believe me? One of my classmates has become so allergic to perfume, her skin will react if there's a person, in the same room as her, wearing perfume. 

I hope you guys are having a great day.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Review: Benecos Natural Mineral Powder..

I think a perfect base is the most important thing in a makeup routine. I feel like if your skin looks flawless, you're naturally going to look fresh and polished. Now, the most important things to healthy looking skin is drinking lots of water, eating the right foods and get a decent amount of sleep. However,  a little help from a powder, foundation, concealer etc. have never hurt any body. 

I decided to try Benecos' Natural Mineral Powder, as it has gotten a lot of rave reviews and it's quite affordable. I find it's really difficult to find natural makeup, which is also affordable, as the ingredients are often more expensive, than the ones the conventional drugstore brands contain. 


It is organic certified by BDIH, which is always a good indicator. I couldn't find the complete ingredient list of it, but it states it contains crushed minerals, rice powder and Karolin. It also states it doesn't contain: Talc, parabens, mineral oils, silicone, PEG, synthetic colouring, scent and conservatives. On the Benecos website they state:

"Everything we put on our skin is absorbed by our body. For many substances used in conventional cosmetics, this may even be harmful to our health. That is why we should use cosmetics in which only ingredients are used that do not harm our body. We think this is only possible with substances that are just like the human body: natural." - Benecos' website. 

Therefore I am assuming the ingredients should be harmless. Benecos also doesn't test on animals and has been added to PETA's list of "Companies That Don't Test On Animals". 

It comes in a plastic container with a little powder sponge. In Denmark there are four shades available, which isn't the greatest selection. The powder comes out of the little holes in the container and overall the packaging is very similar to the expensive mineral powders there's available on the market. 


The colour selection, as I previously mentioned, isn't the best and that's one of my (few) problems with this powder. I got the lightest shade: "Light Sand", and it's too dark for my skin. As you can probably tell from the pictures; this powder will look a little orange on pale skin. Now, since it's not a perfect colour match, as it makes me look very orange, I will probably either use this as a setting powder for eyeshadow or very lightly on the t-zone. 

The powder is buttery soft and feels very high quality, however the disposal of the powder into the container could be better. Often will these types of containers dispose very little product at a time, so you can build the coverage and not get too much product on your brush. The Benecos one dispose way too much product, so it's almost impossible to get a light coverage (See pictures below and above and picture putting a brush into that - a hot mess waiting to happen). 

I really wish there was a lighter colour, as it doesn't clog my pores and I haven't broken out from it. The longevity on the skin is decent and it works well over a moisturizer. I prefer to apply these kinds of powders with a kabuki brush and the disposer makes it a little hard, as even the lightest touch to the powder and theres too much product on it. 

My final verdict is; I would not repurchase the powder, only because the colour match isn't great at all. If there was a lighter shade, I would most definitely buy it, as it's really high quality, doesn't contain a lot of bad ingredients, doesn't make me break out and the price is really great. 


And there you have it; a review on the Benecos Natural Mineral Powder. It's an amazing powder and if you can find a shade that matches you perfectly, I would definitely say go for it. 

I really like the philosophy behind the brand and I would definitely consider trying more products from their makeup line. Natural makeup is such a jungle and it can be really hard to find great products, which you don't break out from. The most important thing for me is to just try the products and try to figure out, which ingredients my skin reacts to and which it doesn't. 

Do you have any makeup suggestions?

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Meal Inspiration: Steak w. Homemade Fries..

If there's one thing I love; it's a good old steak. There's just something so simple about this meal, yet it hits the spot every single time. 

I'm not someone, who eats a lot of meat and so I like to treat myself once in a while and make a big dinner and yes you can easily make this for one person, without wasting a lot of food. I feel like one of the disadvantages of living alone is often, that I don't make huge meals, as a lot goes to waste and I don't like food to go to waste.


Ingredients:

  • Steak of your choice (you can perhaps buy a packet and freeze the rest)
  • 5 organic potatoes
  • Coconut oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • Dip of your choice (I like salsa, as it's really versatile)


First of all, peel the potatoes and cut them into wedges. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil onto a pan and cook the potatoes on medium heat for 15 minutes, when the 15 minutes are done then put the heat on high and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Take the fries off and and put a pinch of salt onto them. Cook the steak on low-medium heat approximately 2 minutes on each side.

Put some salsa in a bowl and serve immediately.


This is definitely not the most healthy meal and so I save it for special occasions or whenever I want to treat myself. I serve it with a huge glass of sparkling water with lemon in it, as a substitute for a sugary drink.

What is your favourite meal?