tisdag 25 november 2014

New makeup collection video

If you're like me you love watching makeup collection videos. I don't know what it is about them, but I can spend hours watching how others have stored and organised their makeup. It's an absolute delight. A few days ago I filmed my second collection video. The first one I made when I was just starting out with YouTube at the beginning of the year. My interest in makeup has only grown since then and with that my collection has expanded. You can watch both videos below.


torsdag 20 november 2014

Bodhi and Birch Rosa Rosa review

I have been using two of the products from the Bodhi and Birch Rosa Rosa skincare set for a few weeks now, and I just couldn't hold off any longer, I have to tell you how much I love them!

I was given these two products at the Green Beaty Meetup in Reading back in October. You can watch my video review of them here, or continue reading below:

The cleanser:
This cleanser is absolutely amazing for my dry skin. Most other cleansers I have tried have either stripped my face of moisture or not cleaned it thoroughly. This, however, manages to be deeply cleansing without leaving the skin on my face feeling dry and tight.

The moisturiser:
I have nothing but good things to say about this moisturiser. A little goes a long way and I only need to use a little less than a full pump for each application. I really do not know how to describe this other than to say that it is simply perfect. Provides so much moisture without being too heavy. In the dry climate here i Sweden I do feel the need to apply an oil or serum on top of it to my dry patches, but there was no need for that while I was still in England.

The negatives (for both):
Firstly, the scent. Both of these products are quite heavily scented and it might not be to everyones taste. It took some getting used to to me. It smells kind of how a baroque still life painting looks, at least to me. However, the scent does not linger, so you don't have to worry about being overwhelmed with the smell of it for any longer periods of time.

Secondly, the price. These products are both quite expensive to me, as I am living on student loans. The cleanser is £32 and the moisturiser is £35. If you are able to stretch your budget to buy these though, I definitely think they are worth it, especially if you have been struggling to find products to suit your dry skin. There is a trial size kit for sale at the Bodhi and Birch website.

Overall, these products are aboslutely amazing, and I definitely see myself repurchasing them. (Even if I have to eat ramen noodles for a week).

You can get Bodhi and Birch products at (among others) their own website. There is also a Swedish distributor called Alice and White.

These products were given to me, I did not pay for them myself. However, I receive no compensation for this review, monetary or otherwise. All opinions are my own, and alwasy 100 percent honest.

torsdag 13 november 2014

A taste of power

I recently got my first real taste of consumer power. I really liked it.

Maria Åkerberg is a Swedish brand och skincare and makeup that I was eyeing for a long time before I found them on an online shop (the're almost exclusively sold at skincare salons). I have written about their mascara before, and I will make a more extendes review of it now that I've used it a bit more. I also have a few samples of some of their skincare products that I'm trying out at the moment, so expect a review of those in the future too.

Anyway, one of my favourite Swedish green beauty bloggers recently posted a picture of two of their lipsticks on instagram, and the craving hit me. It hit me bad. I immediately went on to their website to check the ingredients, and was severely disappointed when one of the listed ingredients was carmine. It was especially disappointing as the info page on their site said that the only animal derived ingredient they use is beeswax, which I would be okay with since I'm not vegan.

Some of my green beauty pals advised me to email them my critique, which I did. Today they got back to me, thanking me for my input and letting me know that the ingredient list on their website was actually wrong and that they did not have carmine in any of their products. Yay! The ingredient lists on the website have now been corrected.

I feel a strange sense of pride that I actually helped clear that up. Sometimes it pays off being really picky with ingredients lists.

PS. I also emailed another Swedish cosmetics company that lists carmine as one of their ingredients, questioning their choice to use it when they are otherwise cruelty-free. I will get back to you if they respond.
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