måndag 21 december 2015

Favourite products from: Silk Naturals

Silk Naturals is one of the first 'green' brands I ever bought makeup from, and it is still one of my absolute favourites.

Limelight HD Highlighter.
The eagle-eyed among you might recognise this from my Project Pan that I started back in April. I thought I wanted to use it up to be able to get rid of this palette, but I actually realised that I really like this highlighter, and have no desire to use it up quickly at all. So for now, it has a safe place in my collection.

Brow Cream.
Okay, so this is the first cream brow product I've tried so I don't have much to compare it with, but I like it so much and the price is so good that I really don't see myself straying from this anytime soon, if nothing else because it's gonna last me forever!

Lipstick in Card Shark.
This is a bit darker than it looks in the picture, and it's one of the lipsticks I put on most often. It's a bit battered because it's been carried around in bags with me everywhere. I've tried a few of their other lipsticks and they're all amazing. If you're looking for a really good, moisturising and pigmented lipstick, you have to check out Silk Naturals!

Blush in Maybe Baby.
Silk Naturals make my favourite loose powder blushes, because they're sheer at first but easy to build opacity with. Which is good for me, since I otherwise tend to walk around with a patchy blush. This is in Maybe Baby, a matte shade that is just beautiful. This is a sample, but I think I'll get the full size once this is out.

Honourable mentions:
Eye shadows! All of them, and there are many! So far, I've never been disappointed in a Silk Naturals eyeshadow, and I thing I have over 30 of them by now.

This post contains no PR samples.

söndag 6 december 2015

Favourite products from: Bloom Remedies

I thought I'd start sharing some of my favourite brands and the products I like best from them. First: Bloom Remedies!

First is my absolute favourite and a definite constant repurchase for me: the Serenity Slumber Pillow Mist. The scent of this is just dreamy. This smells of ylang ylang, geranium and lavender. It has become a natural part of my evening (or to be honest, late late night) ritual. I relate this scent so much with going to bed now that I feel instantly calm and relaxed whenever I smell it.

I raved about this on twitter a while ago and said I wanted to be able to smell it all the time, so Bloom Remedies were sweet enough to send me a Serenity Slumber Pulse Point* roll-on with my next order. I now carry that around in my bag everywhere I go.

The Shea Butter Body Lotion and the Body Butter are both scented with orange, cardamom and geranium and both smell heavenly (can you tell I'm crazy about the scents?). I basically use whichever of these I feel like at the moment, and I ususally pair the body butter with some aloe vera. 

The body lotion smells even more wonderful if you've used Bodhi and Birch's Pep Noir Bath & Shower Therapy just before. If you've got them both, you should give it a try!

Lastly, the Daily Balance Cream moisturiser. I bought this when I was running out of the Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa, and looking for a cheaper alternative. You all know how much I loved that moisturiser, and I acutally think this performs quite similarly. Again, this of course has a lovely scent and it just feels so light and fresh.

Honourable mention: The Beard Oil which I bought my dad for Christmas last year. He really liked it and has asked me for a new one this Christmas!

* Indicates PR sample


söndag 1 november 2015

Dept. of Speculation | Book Review

Last weekend, I was in a bookshop when this book caught my eye. I knew nothing about it and had never heard of it before, but I liked the title and the cover so I bought it. Yesterday, I read it in basically one sitting.

The novel had me hooked from the opening paragraph. The prose was so smooth, so perfect, and continued in the same way all through to the last page.

In it, we follow a woman who is never named, which none of the other characters are either. We are told the story of her from before and during her marriage, with its ups and downs. As a plot, it might not seem very interesting, but it is so extremely well executed I couldn't help but be completely absorbed by it.

The main character reflects a lot upon herself, how others percieve her, how she percieves others and things she has experienced. It's all done with such a heartwrenching underlying sadness that I just absolutely adore when it's well done, such as in this novel.

The narration skips between first and third person points of view, but it's done in such a way that there is never any confusion.

I don't think anything I can say could do this novel justice, so I will just say that this is one of the greatest reading experiences I've ever had, and I am now on the hunt for Offill's other writing.

(If you don't want any spoilers for the plot whatsoever, don't read the quote in the last picture.)


söndag 11 oktober 2015

Things that make me happy

  • When my parents send me pictures of my cat over Facebook. I miss her so much!
  • Rugby! Okay okay, I've only had two practices and I hardly know the rules and I've never actually seen a match, but it's so much fun!
  • My best friend offering to hire an assassin to get rid of people I don't like. (Not for real, chill.)
  • Chocolate Oranges! When we went home from Italy this summer, we saw someone who had a suitcase full of green apples. I expect to do the same with Chocolate Oranges.
  • Living on campus. Not having to spend at least an hour on getting to uni is such a huge change for me, and a very welcome one!

  • New stationery. There is a Hay shop here in Bath that I made the mistake of walking in to yesterday. My goodness, they have some beautiful things in there.
  • Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast or RHLSTP (rhlstp). I've listened to so many episodes of this while going for long walks recently.
  • Being in Bath. Just, you know, being here. I love it.


måndag 5 oktober 2015

The Rose Tree body oil and cleansing butter reviews

The Rose Tree is one of the brands I had a chance to get acquaintad with during Gorgeously Green Gathering. There I also won a full size of their Cedarwood, Patchouli & Ylang Ylang Body Oil* in a raffle and bought their Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter. We already had a small sample of it in our goody bags, but I had a feeling it would be awesome (Spoiler: I was totally right, it was).

The Cedarwood, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang body oil* is not something I would have chosen for myself, as I am not very keen on the cedarwood scent, However, this is really starting to grow on me. (Hah, see what I did there? Cedar, grow... Oh well, moving on.)

The scent is just subtle enough for me to like it, and it smells really warm and clean. As you can tell I'm not good at describing scents, so these are just words that come in to my mind when I smell it.

The oils used are quite dry, and so it sinks in to my skin quite quickly and just leaves it feeling very soft and moisturised.

This is priced at £26 for 100 ml.

The Carrot & Mango cleansing butter is exceptional, and at £27 for 50 grams I don't think it's a bad deal at all. It smells really nice, removes makeup like a dream and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean without it feeling dehydrated.

I really have only good things to say about it, and it has even made me look forward to taking my makeup off in the evening.

Now, The Rose Tree is a luxury brand, as their slogan reveals, and is priced thereafter. It is not the most expensive things out there, and I actually think that mainly the cleansing butter is very reasonably priced. We all have our different budgets and wether you want to pay that much or not is for you to decide, but I say that if it is within your budget and these are the kind of products that you tend to like, go for it!


onsdag 30 september 2015

On compartmentalising myself

There are some stuff regarding my blog and my Youtube channel that I have been trying to work through for some time.

I've been blogging on and off since 2008. The blog I started then is now closed down, because it didn't mean anything to me anymore. Thinking about it now I don't ever think what I wrote then was something I was very passionate about.

The reason why that blog didn't work for me was that I was trying too hard to put myself and my blog into a category. I tried everything from writing about my daily life to posting only photographs without any text whatsoever.

I wanted to be niche, but it just was not working for me.

When I started my Youtube channel I just sort of happened to make my first video a small makeup haul, started talking to other people who made similar videos and kept on making videos about green beauty.

After a while though, and this always happens, my focus shifted to some other of my interests, which made it difficult for me to continue making videos about beauty. I tried, but it made me lose my passion for making videos.

When I started this blog, it was with the object of making it a sort of companion to my channel, hence it was also supposed to be about beauty. That hasn't really worked out either, as you might have noticed.

However, I have stopped seeing this as a failure on my part, because the only way I can keep myself from not shutting down my channel or my blog from frustration over not liking what I create, is not not set up any rules for myself.

Green beauty. Photography. My cat. Books. Tv shows. Weird introspective texts like this one. These are all part of who I am, and I don't seem to be able to take either of those parts away without losing touch with why I'm doing this.

I am not just one thing. So neither will my channel or my blog be.

onsdag 16 september 2015

Whole Foods haul

Yesterday Rachel and I went to Whole Foods in Cheltenham. It was my first visit to a Whole Foods, so I was super excited, mainly by the makeup and skincare. You don't often get to go in a physical shop and test things when you're into green beauty, so we went a little bit crazy at those shelves.

Honestly, I quite like browsing the groceries in new shops as well, and had a good look around. I really wish I had a Whole Foods in my area all  the time!

I picked up some stuff, even though I had pretty much promised myself not to. What can I say, I couldn't help myself!

You can watch my video haul here.


måndag 14 september 2015

Gorgeously Green Gathering

Yesterday, around 30 people gathered in a conference room at a hotel in Swindon. They were bloggers, brand representatives and other enthusiasts. Their common denominator was their shared  passion for green beauty. 

We all had the best time. It was wonderful to be able to spend the day with so many kind, passionate and knowledgeable people. I learned a lot during all the talks, most of which were held by incredibly inspiring people.

Talks were given by Rachael from Myroo, Elijah from Bodhi & Birch, Olga from The Rose Tree, Caroline from Weleda and Kim from Botanical Brands.

You probably know from before that I love Bodhi & Birch's Rosa Rosa series. Well, this time I got to try some of the other scents and I have to say I fell head over heels in love with the Pep Noir shower therapy.

I was so happy to get to know the brands Myroo and The Rose Tree, both of which I am afraid to say were new to me before this event. I was seriously impressed and inspired by both Rachael and Olga.

Kim from Botanical Brands presented the brands Lippy Girl and Living Nature, and the founders of those brands had both recorded a little video greeting for us, which I thought was really very sweet of them.

Weleda was the brand I felt I knew most about before, but it was nice to get some more background information about them. I did not, for example, know that they had been around since the 1920's.

To sum up, the entire event was fantastic and I think that Rachel, Jen and Sarah deserve all the praise in the world for bringing everyone together!

To watch my video from the day, click here.


söndag 9 augusti 2015

Things I've eaten lately

I've started posting pictures of food I eat under the hashtag #malineats. Check it out if you're interested! I'm not very detailed in the captions however, so I'd thought we'd have a look at the food I've eaten and what it actually is.

Fresh pasta with mascarpone, spnach and artichoke hearts. This was soo freaking good, and the leftover held up nicely for lunch at work the next day, which is always a big plus. I loosely followed this recipe, and added in the artichokes myself because I've recently discovered how good they are.

Toast. Mayonaisse. Eggs. Avocado. Salt. Dill. So simple, so good.

Polenta rounds with wilted spinach and sautéd mushrooms that had been marinated in soy sauce and garlic. Found the recipe here, but improvised with the mushrooms because I was too hungry to let them roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Very tasty, but I'd add a bit more parmesan than the recipe says for a better flavour (look at me sounding all Paul Hollywood-y).

Now, these I didn't make myself. Me and my friend went to Öland and had these, which are called kroppkakor and are a local specialty. They're basically potato dumplings with a pork filling, served with lingonberry jam, cream and butter. Not healthy, but very very delicious.

I had dinner with my mum a few nights ago and we had these mini burgers. Mine had fresh cheese, pickled cucumber and jalapeño chutney. I have to go back and get another one because yum.

There we have it! Hope you enjoyed this little look into what I ate. I know I could talk about food for hours, so expect another post just like this one in the future!


fredag 31 juli 2015

Too idyllic

After I got home from work today I decided to go see if the blueberries were ripe yet, so I took my bike out into the forest.

They were! I picked until the mosquitos were getting too obnoxious, which wasn't very long, so I'll have to go back for more some other time. I found lingonberries as well, but they won't be done for a while yet.

I went down to the lake and made myself a little nest on the little pier and stayed there until it got too cold. With the sun and the light wind and the quiet it was so idyllic I could puke. So beautiful. Overall a very good Friday night.

måndag 27 juli 2015

Home inspiration: gray.

Generally speaking, I completely love my flat. If I'm going to be picky, though, I'm not too happy about the wallpaper in my living room. I got to choose it from a catalogue when I moved in, but as the selection was quite limited it ended up being the lesser of two evils, really. It's completely fine, and it looks good, but the colour and the pattern is really not my style at all.

Right now, I'm really itching to just slap some paint all over the walls. It won't be for another few months at least, but that's not stopping me from spending hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration.

You might get the idea that I like gray. Well, you're right. I freaking love it. I think it feels warm and safe and cosy, and I think it's what my living room needs to really feel my own.

You can find links to all pictures here.


lördag 25 juli 2015

Life's too short not to watch bad movies

There's an episode of Friends, in which Monica's credit card details are stolen, but when she finds the woman to confront her, she becomes mesmerised by her energy and lust for life and ends up befriending her instead.

The woman (Fake Monica) claims she changed when she saw Dead Poets' Society, which she hated so much she thought she had completely wasted those two hours of her life. She realised she had to try everything she wanted to do before she died, because life was just too short not to.

It seems life is full of similar statements and motivational speeches. "Life's too short to work a job you hate." "Want to learn how to sing? Start now! Life's too short." "Life's too short, don't put things off." "Life's too short."

While all things above are true, you won't learn to sing if you put it off forever, being constantly reminded of all the things I would like to do, and how hurried I am supposed to be to achieve them, stresses me out beyond reason. Just typing this, my pulse is raising. Being told how short life is does not help me in any way. I've actually found myself much more helped by the fact that:

I have time.

I'm 22 years old. I'm probably gonna have at least another 58 years left (knock on wood). I have time.

Yes, sure, I might die considerably earlier than that. I might also live well beyond 80. I don't know. One thing I do know, however, is that being constantly worried that I might not have enough time and wanting to get everything done NOW does not make me happier during the time I have.

I'd rather slow things down and be able to both enjoy the time I have right now as well as look forward to things I am going to do in the future.

Beacuse I'm pretty sure I am going to do most of the things I want to do in life. Just not right now, because now is not the time for most of them. Right now, I simply have enough on my plate as it is. Then again, I might not be able to do everything, but I'm sort of fine with that, as long as it means I get to sit down, relax and watch a bad movie from time to time.

Life's just too short not to.


tisdag 21 juli 2015

Kalmar Castle

After work on Sunday i dragged my somewhat reluctant sister along with me to the castle in Kalmar. I hadn't been inside the castle since middle school, so I thought it was time for another visit. I really like the castle. If nothing else, then to brush up on my history knowledge (I had forgotten what the war between Sweden and Denmark was about even though it seems that was all we talked about in history class in school).

Before we went in we ate in the café. There is actually a caesar salad underneath the parmesan.

Replica of Gustav Vasa's cape. Apparantely they still have the original somewhere.

A map of Middle Ea... sorry, Scandinavia in the 16th century.

I would really like to know where all these tiny doors lead to.

They had an exhibition of photos from National Geographic. It was fantastic.

There was also an exhibition with Inngrid Vang Nyman's illustrations. Here are some originals for the Pippi Longstocking books.

We ended up really enjoying ourselves. Yay to being tourists where you live!

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