These past few months I have taken (not by choice really) a very long make up break. During this time I have been trying out different oils to use instead of moisturizer. To be honest there is no better beauty product out there to prevent and get rid of fine lines and dry wrinkles than using natural oils. It just gives your skin that natural glow you just can’t get with regular creams and moisturizers.
I want to dedicated each oil I have tried and will try it’s own blog posts, so let’s start with the most famous one, coconut oil!
I first fell in love with coconut oil when it worked amazing to treat my second degree burn I got on my wrist this past fall. The burn was very, very bad and almost a 3d degree burn and I thought I would be left with the worst scar possible on an area that was 3×3 cm big. However after the first few days I started applying coconut oil on the wound as soon as a thin surface had been formed. I dabbed on the oil to prevent it from rubbing off the thin layer of new skin that had started to grow back.
Every day I used the oil after reading a medical study on how coconut oil can help treat burns. This healed my wound so well and the surface became completely flat. No bumps or edges of the burn at all!!!
Coconut oil is both a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oil and that’s why I think it worked so amazing for my burn wound.
Today a few months after it is still slightly red pigmentation but I’m just so happy it did not result in a bumpy and uneven scar. So this is a big if you ever burn yourself, forget about the aloe vera and instead apply coconut oil. Just make sure you use a brand new jar of oil and use plastic gloves when applying to minimize the risk of infections and don’t put the oil on until the first new layer of skin have started to grow back!
However when I used coconut oil on my face it was quite a bumpy ride…
The first two weeks of using coconut on my face had me shook. I was thinking to myself wow why had I not been using this oil on my face sooner and my dark circles (genetics unfortunately) started to look a lot better. Not completely gone but the area looked more glowing and I looked less tired. Then after a few weeks the nasty after effect hit me, under skin/cystic acne hit my skin in many different places. It was not the white pimples but instead red bumps that took a long time to heal…
I read up on coconut oil after this and read that it seems like a tricky oil to use in the face.
Due to the fact that for some people it can clog up the skin and for others it actually clears up acne prone skin!
The only way to find out is to get a leap of faith and give it a try. I do think I might have gone overboard using coconut oil pretty much every day in my face and that’s why my skin had a break out. Also since my health is not the best I think my body is a bit stressed out at the moment so that could also be another reason. I do however love the results of using it underneath my eye area and I noticed my lashes seemed to become fuller after using the oil all over my face. I will continue to use as a eye primer before concealer underneath the eyes.
So I do not want to discourage anyone from trying coconut as a facial oil, just make sure you take a few precautionary steps I have listed pros and cons as well as what to think of before using the oil below.
Hope you like it!
So since my last post was about oils I thought lets continue with the same theme but this time with body oils! A couple of years ago I use to use body make up and bronzing powder on my legs and arms during the summer before going out. It looked sooo amazing however it was quite tricky to apply and also I ruined a whole lot of clothes that required dry cleaning afterwards. But I looked very glam that’s for sure. I defiantly still love to apply bronzing powders and shimmering body oils over the decolletage and legs, but I’m going to save the body foundation for those special occasion when I wanna look superglam wearing a summer dress for a night out.
Side note, it is well known that the VS models and other supermodels get body foundation applied all over their bodies before walking out on the runway hence their flawless look. Body foundation disguises veins and even cellulite! So do not fret if you see a model with flawless legs, it’s probably just body foundation ;))
MAC have a famous foundation for both face and body that is very popular among models.
The oil of the left is a shimmer body oil from Clarins that I have not tried yet, when I do I promise a review on it! On the right we have a limited edition body oil (without any shimmer) from Carita. I’m not sure if it is still available as I believe it was a part of some anniversary collection. But I guess the formula must be quite similar to Caritas standard body oil, valuable both with and without shimmer. This oil is quite fast absorbing and can be applied even underneath clothes as a regular moisturizer. It however got a quite strong scent so it might clash with ones perfume. I find this being the struggle with most scented body products, anyone else feeling the same way?
It is kinda annoying to wear so many smells at once. I do have a solution to this problem that’s been my go to trick since I was 16 years old and discovered self tanning.
The best way to moisturize your skin and/or prep your skin before self tanning is before jumping into the shower, apply a pure oil (of choice, I prefer Almond or neutral non smelling coconut oil) all over your body, and then I mean aaalll over your body.
Wait for a few minutes to let the oil absorb into the skin and then shower. Just make sure not to use any hair or body products in the shower as it is a well known fact that if you use shampoo or body wash over oil it will get STUCK in the oil onto your skin. And this might cause your skin to rash or develop an allergic reaction since body wash and hair care products are not suppose to stay on your skin since they are “wash off”-products.
So if you plan on washing your hair skip this body oil trick and save it for when you are just planning on taking a shower.
This will leave your skin so moisturizer and soft that there is no need for body lotion and you can use your perfume without any risk of having several scents at once! It is also the perfect way to prep your skin before applying your self tanning lotions. I wrote quite a famous self tanning guide a few years ago that is still one of my most visited links from google, I’m going to translate it to English and republish so stay tuned for the ultimate and foolproof guide that will get your skin glow ready for the spring and summer!
Xo xo Louise
Smashbox step-by-step contour sticks. Three chunky make up pencils that makes contouring very easy and most of all, very quick! It comes in a sleek black packaging for the price of 415SEK/34USD.
There are two brown shades for contouring and bronzing and one lighter color for highlighting.
TEXTURE & APPLICATION
These pencils are so smooth and creamy, they literally slide over the skin without leaving any harsh lines in the foundation underneath or mess up the rest of the base products. However the texture is thick enough to stay in it’s place while blending, we all know it’s a fine line between those contouring products that are just way too creamy so it smears all over the face or those that are to harsh like powder (ugh no fan of contour powders!) that leave dark lines over the face.
I really like the fact that that these pens (or sticks as Smashbox calls it) are so easy to work with! It literally takes a few seconds to contour and highlight the face as you can see on the photo above.
The blending parts of course takes a bit more time, but the application is great! These pens are also great to do contouring of the nose and I love to use the lighter shade over my top lip before using lip liners to give it a fuller look. I will show photos of how I contour and highlight my lips with before and after photos in a separate blog posts later!
Can be a little bit tricky to sharpen these without too much products disappearing “into” the pencil sharpener. Guess that’s the price you have to pay to get a smooth product in pencil form :))
WORTH TO BUY?
I definitely think this is a great contouring product and worth a buy! Especially if you are looking for a product that is easy to work with and won’t be to tricky to apply. You really just need these and a beauty blender.
It might not be the most wallet-friendly contouring product out there so I will add it’s worth a buy if you can afford it :)) Also if you want to do more advanced contouring with like 5 different colors then these pens probably won’t be enough. However unless you are a professional make up artist that needs a large selection of colors to choose from due to the variation of skin tones then that wouldn’t be a concern.
Have you ever had an eyeshadow palette with metallic or shimmer shadows that looks soooo amazing, but once you apply them (even with primer underneath) they just look so DULL!?
You start to question if you even put on any eyeshadow to begin with and you just end up with shimmery dust all over your face, cursing out that you spent good money on a useless eyeshadow palette that only looked pretty on inspo photos on Instagram…
Well well well, you can sit back, relax and rely on the beautyblogging-guru (Hahaha yas I’m talking about myself and yes I’m kidding) to give your the best tricks to solve this problem. Just look at the swatches I have done on these photos, looks pretty amazing huh?
No need for paying for pricey primers, all you need to do is soak your eyeshadow or highlighter brush into some cold water, dab off the excessive water and gently stroke the wet brush into the shadow or highlighter.
And BOOM, you got yourself the most popping pigmented eyeshadow ever!!!
This work on pretty much all eye shadows or highlighters that contain either lots of shimmer or glitter.
I tried it with maybe 5 different brands now and I’m shook on how great it works. It works even on products that are not suppose to be used as a “wet or dry”- eyeshadow. This will be so good for the summer when you want to highlight your decolletage as well.
However do not try these with matte shadows, I got no solutions more than avoid mattes. At least that’s I do :))
And also apply the eye make up using a wet brush as the first step of your make up routine, wait with both the mascara and base products until you’re finish with the eyeshadow. Don’t want any wet eyeshadow on top of a gorgeous base or on newly painted mascara :))
Let me know how this works for you dolls if you try it ♥
The first part of my dupes special is finally here, the birth of a new category is here and it’s going to be fun to share with you all the dupes I stumble upon here and there! I promised this post months ago, I know I know, but sadly other things have gotten in the way, more about that some other time. Also I hope my Swedish readers don’t mind my English, I’m still working on getting the same feeling as I did when I wrote in Swedish and I think I am well on my way of getting there. Anyway time for the reviews and as you all know I hate reading short reviews.
If I wanted to read a short review I would read the description on the package lol!
Kylie Cosmetics Lipgloss in color So Cute vs L’oréal La Palette Nudes in the lightest shade
Pigmentation / Color – The colors are extremely similar, the So Cute color just got a little touch more of white/cool undertone than the L’oréal Palette.
Texture & Application
The Palette is a creamy texture that warms up to a glossy texture as soon as it touches the lips and gets heated up by the body heat, so it looks much more glossy once applied to the lips (or on the skin as the photo above) while it looks more matte in the package.
The So Cute gloss is very liquid and gives a lot of coverage but it’s harder to get it even since it easily gets very streaky. So you need to apply several layers and really “work” the product to get it smooth, while the L’oréal formula is more smooth, creamy and easier to work with.
I love the L’oréal type of palette packaging because it’s so much more hygienic than a tube. If you for example got a cold you just swab some product up with a q-tip (tops) on the back of your hand and apply with a lip brush, which you can clean with antibacterial spray afterwards.
While a tube is kinda ruined if you got a cold. It actually happened to me so many times I can’t count it, because once you used a make up product when you have a cold always toss it away since you can otherwise reinfect yourself.
I prefer the L’oréal one because it’s most subtle while Kylie Cosmetics glosses smells like those lipsticks you worn when you were like 13, smells like vanilla candy in other words.
Longevity – How long it lasts
Both products are pretty equal when it comes to this. In other words if you can drink everything with a straw and not touch your lips both product will last a few hours. However if you drink from a glass or a cup you will see a lot of product residue on the glass. I did noticed that the L’oréal creamy texture left a little bit more tint left on the lips after drinking from a glass so it lasted a bit better.
The L’oréal – 229 SEK or 19.99 USD
Kylie Cosmetics – 15USD
However, there is another shade in this L’oréal palette that is absolutely identical to Kylie Cosmetics other gloss (will show that in a different post. Meaning that if you buy the L’oréal palette you get two dupes for the price of one product, instead of buying KylieCosmetics lipglosses from the U.S and having the pay extra charges in customs (unless you are living in the U.S ofc).
DESCRIPTION ACCORDING TO BRAND
“Designed to combat breaks, splits, tangles and frizzes, the products contain the unique Renovoil Complex which smoothes and nourishes the cuticle. This powerful complex has a dual-action that not only makes hair look instantly healthier, and feel easier to manage, but also, over time, helps protect it, leaving it less prone to damage.
This luxurious masque has been formulated to help you grow your hair to its maximum potential length. Scientifically proven to reduce hair breakage by up to 92%*, the masque reinforces hair and repairs the appearance of damage. Its nourishing formula also protects against styling harm, helping to prevent hair loss caused by breakage.
*Laboratory studies against styling damage on bleached hair. 62% average breakage reduction.”
I love the elegant packaging even though it comes at such a affordable price (at least in the UK pricing).
This is definitely not one of those products you need to hide in your bathroom cabinets, it’s chic enough to leave out on the shelves or in the shower as a “bathroom accessory”. Yeah yeah I know, only a beauty junkie deluxe would call beauty products accessories for the bathroom lol!
SCENT & FIRST IMPRESSION
When I opened the jar and applied the mask I was brought back to the first time I lived in London, I probably used a few products from Charles Worthington back then. It is scary but fascinating how much memories we are connected through scents. Anyway I loved the smell back then and still love it, so for me this product smells like London which might sound pretty strange (haha!), so in other words it smells lovely!
I did notice it made my hair a bit glossier especially towards the ends. I’m always very careful never to use any hair masks or treatments in the scalp thought as it can lead to bot greasy hair and clogged pores.
Only use mask/treatments on the lengths and ends of the hair (very important)!
I haven’t used it long enough to notice if it helps battle broken and split ends so time will tell.
PROS & CONS
It contains silicone which is not really an ideal ingredients when trying to get long, healthy hair. It coats the hair but it does not penetrated the hair, meaning no moisture can actually reach the hair fibre and boost the hair as many commercials claim. Instead it just coat the hair with a glossy surface.
Some studies means this can “glue” together split ends or avoid them from breaking, I can agree with this to some degree and that’s why I only recommend to use this type of products on the ends and not in the roots. As it is silicone that can cause the pores in the hair to clog up. So never use schampos or conditioners with silicone in the roots, that’s the key to long and healthy hair.
In Sweden it cost approx 130 SEK but in the UK it only cost 6£.
WORTH TO BUY?
Yes! Perfect for those on a tight budget or if you just enjoy trying different products.