Alima Pure Samples

2014-04-21 @ 08:54:54

 
 If you missed my TiKei Samples review check it out here.
 
Next in line I ordered Alima Pure after finding out that if you stay in the range of $12 you get the cheaper shipping option at $9, which results in the whole package costing me just around 150SEK which is the normal price range for most sample packages and is what I payed for the TiKei’s.
 
I feel like Alima Pure is the BareMinerals of the more pure mineral foundations. Bare Minerals being a bit controversial with it’s bismuth and being commercial.
I’ve been wanting to try them out, and been staring them out at Spirit Beauty Lounge that has a bit cheaper shipping cost for international orders.
 
 FOUNDATIONS
 
At their site you can easily find out what shades suits you by doing their Foundation Selector. I came out matching Beige 2&3 and Warm 2&3. But being a bit over my head that my skin tone is very yellow, I went ahead and chose to order Golden 2 instead of the Beige range. Afterwards I feel like I should’ve gone with a Beige sample, or even Warm 4 to see if it suits me as a summer shade.
Luckily, Warm 3 is like a second skin on my weirdly bronzed winter complexion! It just melts, evens out any redness, it barely looks like I have anything on! What’s even better is that Warm 3 is also Coriander on SBL, so it will be easy to order without paying the high shipping cost through Alima Pure’s webshop.
I still can wear Warm 2, it oxidizes quite well, and depending on which lighting Golden 2 suits okay. But with these I felt that they don't oxidize as much as the TiKei. I don't know why, when they almost have the same formula. Comparing these two I didn't really see a difference in texture, other than Warm 3 was a much better match than the TiKei opposite.
Often times when it comes to foundations, it's all about the match, and you will be loyal to whomever provides you with that.
 
 BLUSH
 
This could have nearly been all a blush order, because they are all are just freaking gorgeous!
One YouTuber reviewed their Luminous Shimmer Blush in Leigh, and it just looked so pretty on her and in picture that I had to see if it would look just as great on me.
Satin Matte Blush in Desert Rose makes me start hearing the melodies of Sting’s song, and I have somewhat a fetich for anything called ”Desert Rose”. Whether it would suit me or not, I had to have it; sometimes a good name just sells itself.
 
Leigh is just as gorgeous as on picture with pink shimmers and would suit most complexions.
As usual, I find shimmer blushes to be more blendable and buildable than the mattes, and there wasn't any exception here.
Desert Rose is very pigmented, so little goes a long way. I do believe though that, if I only had the right blush brush I would be able to blend it out nicely to suit me for now. I’m in the process of updating my make up collection, but if I don’t manage to get a new one by the summer I will have to come back to it at the end of summer to see how it looks on a more bronzed skin. It isn’t so much for light skin, but probably could blend out nicely.
 
I want to order some more blush samples, because I have this feeling that I shouldn’t be wearing pinks - which is usually what my eyes wonder on to first! Shimmery blushes like Freja & Sahara looks gorgeous and are just what may suit me more. From their mattes, Apricot, Melon & Carnation are good candidates. I'm not a person who blushes, if not for my acne scars, my skin is pretty even and never tends to go pink. Therefore I feel like pinks and some coral blushes can be "too much" on me because that's never my natural state - yes, not even after a run! I've never played with peachy and apricot shades, so I'm hoping they will give me that natural glow and "health".
 
CONCEALER
 
I feel like I’m having some bad luck with concealers even though I listen to the instructions.
Well, according to Alima Pure, Concealer in Sand is supposed to match Warm 2-3, and these were the main Foundations I ordered. I couldn’t know better, and that’s what samples are for!
But yet again, the concealer was a bit too light for me, and I ended having slightly raccoon-eye-opposite haha. The thing is, I sometimes liked it, and somedays I would feel like a clown - a hate-love relationship in other words.
Looking at their site, Amber is the next best thing, suiting Warm 3-4, but in picture it looks way too dark for me. I’m thinking more beige in line, but I will just have to order a few samples to truly know. It’s all about preference, how light you want to go under the eyes.
Comparing formula and application, I did not see much difference between this one and Tikei. But I’m really liking how powder concealers looks and feels, and I don’t know if I will ever go back to liquids!
 
BRONZER
 
In retrospect, I should’ve gone with Belize that has a little bit of shimmer in it, but I won’t lie Mauna Loa has grown to my likings and I do think I like it more than TiKei’s Golden Bronzer. It’s more neutral in tone than Tikei’s that goes more for red.
I’ve tried to research which tone of bronzer is the best and what’s best for my complexion, but the information seems to be a bit complex. I’m very into sculpting after face shape and stumbled upon that I would suit best in a shimmery bronzer for matte can be a bit harsh on me. So next bronzer-sample will be one with a subtle shimmer to compare if it’s true. Otherwise Mauna Loa is a very beautiful bronze that would suit most light-medium skin tones. And from the ones I’ve tested so far (including conventional brands) it’s my favorite.
Alima Pure has also reintroduced a sculpting powder that was in one of their limited edition collections, Me Encanta. I don’t really know what’s the difference between a bronzer and an actual sculpting powder, but I would like to know. The only thing I’m a bit sceptic about is that Sombra, the sculpting powder, comes only in one shade?
 
 
With every Alima Pure order you always get two other samples that you will know about when you open the package!
(Usually it will be something they will soon have on sale)
 
PEARLUSTER EYESHADOW
ATLANTIS
 
When I got this I was like, ”Oh Green… with a pretty name.”
But I do realize I need to come out of my comfort zone a little from all the earthy tones. Oh My God, like I was the girl who would wear red eyeshadow to school!
But I have to say, that when it got on sale later I was close to nab it!
I wouldn’t say it stays on the lid for too long, not this color though (I really need to find a good eye primer!), but it is very pretty! It just was a perfect subtle shade for spring also, being a bit of a ”baby/pastel green” if there’s such a thing.
The shimmers comes out better on their website.
If it weren’t for the huge shipping rate (because hey, seems a bit weird only ordering one thing?), I would indeed have bought it and other gorgeous pearluster eyeshadows... Like, I wouldn't mind owning them all!
 
 
SATIN MATTE EYELINER
DENALI
 
I was actually looking at this one, for when it comes to eyeliners I like to use earthy tones like different shades of brown and then even green.
But I have to say that I got a little disappointed by this one, it just personally didn’t suit me. It can be my fault also, not having exactly the right tool and not at all used to powder eyeliners. I admit, it was a bit tricky. I thought then about using it as a smudgy eyeshadow, but it was just too darn dark and pigmented.
At their site the picture of it makes it look lighter, but it's much much darker than that, that I almost mistook it for being black!
I still would love to try out Espresso or one of their Luminous Shimmer Eyeliners.
 
WHAT I WOULD REPURCHASE
Warm 3
Leigh
Mauna Loa
Atlantis
 
I have to say that all samples lasts a long time. Surely I don't wear make up everyday, but I've had them for two months now. Somedays I only wear the bronzer and some blush. I blended Warm 2&3 together to make a bigger batch, that I poured into an old Laura Mercier container when I finished up TiKei.
Because I had to hold in a $12 budget I couldn't get a sample of everything, but here's what I want to order next, together with some of the mentioned above.
 
WHAT I WANT TO TRY NEXT TIME
Radient Finishing Powder
Balancing Primer Powder
Color Balancing Powder in Buttercup and/or Pistachio
Contour Powder
Highlighter in Luna
 
 
Have You tested Alima Pure, what's your favorite products from the brand?
Or do you have some of their products on your wishlist?
I would love to hear!
 

Travel Essentials

2014-04-15 @ 17:34:00

 
I’m in Stockholm visiting my mom during Easter. My mom isn't going green anytime soon, hard convincing, so I mostly have to rely on not forgetting to bring my own stuff. I usually keep it simple with a few products, but when traveling I keep it even more simplistic. I could’ve even done without one product if I would’ve blended out the Tamanu oil that is on the verge of reordering. But I somehow have such a love for the Tamanu that I don’t want to dilute it with other oils. I did though infuse it with a few drops of Roman Chamomile that I couldn’t keep my wallet from spending a few bucks on.
I will definitely reuse the bootle for my private practices!
 
I’m a lip balm-aholic, and it doesn’t really matter which brand, as long as it’s 100% natural and not made of beeswax or castor oil as the main ingredient, because it dries out my lips, I’m all good. Right now I’m loving Coconuts in all its forms.
I then packed my DIY moisturizer and cleansing oil that I whipped up on the whim. I’m sorry to not share the recipe, but I feel it’s not fair for the ingredients changes between every new refill. It all depends on what I’m in the mood for, season, skin type and what new oils I got. But I will share the main EO’s, which are often Lavender Tea Tree Oil, Patchouli & Ylang Ylang. I usually have the tea tree on the side so I can multitask and also use the blend as a moisturizer.
 
Oh and bananas are great as beauty food on the go!
Too much banans? I do love melons more, but they are too heavy to bring...
 
Now, tell me what 5 beauty products you would pack when traveling?

Review: Urtekram Toothpaste

2014-04-14 @ 10:40:00

via zoya bg
 
 
My boyfriend managed to use the last of this product and throw it away before I had a chance to take a picture.
When I finished my foam-free toothpaste from Auromere, I was on the look out for something new and closer to home to try; I don't call ordering toothpaste online ideal. I searched in every local grossery store for a natural toothpaste without flour and SLS, and I found one by Urtekram at ICA Maxi.
 
URTEKRAM ALOE VERA
75ml ~39SEK
 ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
 
I want to try to be objective, because some really like this toothpaste, but I'm just going to tell you my experience...
As I've told you before, I have some weird sensitive teeth, and every time I change toothpaste there's an adjusting-period where I experience some pain until it's settled.
With Auromere I didn't even have this problem, but with Urtekram it never stopped! It got so bad at the end that I couldn't even brush my teeth!
My boyfriend on the other hand didn't experience as huge of a problem.
I tried to research what it could be that I was reacting to and the only thing I suspected was the first ingredient Calcium Carbonate or the Citrus Oil. The problem is that when you research Calcium Carbonate it says that it is supposed to be effective for sensitive teeth - this made me very confused!
When looking back on the toothpastes that I'm okay with, none of them contains CaCo3, so I'm almost left to no chice but to suspect it.
Later I've read of other people having a bad experience with this toothpaste, like getting more holes and problems with the gums.
 
How do I know it's the toothpaste?
When I couldn't brush my teeth, I went back to ICA Maxi and found another Flour- & SLS-free toothpaste without CaCo3, and just over a day or two the pain went away!
 
PROS & CONS
+ The taste is okay.
- Leaves white sludge in the corner of mouth. Not for sensitive teeth.
 
INGREDIENTS:
Calcium carbonate, Aqua, Glycerin*, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract*, Xanthan gum, Citrus reticulata peel oil* (aroma*), Commiphora myrrha oil, Limonene, Linalool. 

New In: Soap and Hemp Oil

2014-04-08 @ 16:47:00

 
I first got introduced to test out Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap in a Glossybox, since then I’m equally impressed as anyone else. You really need the tiniest amount!
In October I placed an order for their Shikakai Soap in Lemongrass, which I found out to be much different than the original. I feel as if though, both are necessary.
If you feel like the original can be a bit too drying, if you use it as a hand/body wash, Shikakai is your man! But don’t try to wash your hair with it though!
For the sake of my readers I went on a little experiment that lasted about 5 weeks before I would admit my defeat.
When I used up my Jason Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner I tried washing my hair with the Shikakai Soap, about 1-2/week. It ended in a huge build up of dirt and oil that I had no choice than to turn to my detox shampoo to get it clean! So no, it will never come near my hair again!
I tested then tested the original formula, and it is much better in cleaning the hair, but because I’ve heard of many saying it can be drying, I don’t use it for every wash.
 
 
I fell in love with Raw Gaia’s Hemp Heaven and thought I’d go straight to the source and make my own blend of it. So far so good; used alone it doesn’t seem to want to sink in, blended with jojoba, avocado and macadamia, it seems to melt just right in!
I will maybe try taking it internally, for I've heard great benefits, but we'll see.
 
 
Do you use Dr Bronner’s? How do you use it?
 
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snail serum

2014-04-03 @ 09:07:00

After the summer my skin got pretty bad again, even though I was more or less 100% raw and was on this diet that made me feel amazing, it didn’t turn my skin as amazing as I wanted it too.
I wasn’t alone in this, other’s of what I know has suffered of the same kind of ”detox” pimples (many and little white heads all over the face). It actually looked even worse than when I had cysts (which at least was only on concentrated places), suddenly I had it on my forehead and it was spreading down my neck!
I’ve sorted this out though, and I will tell you the main reason and how I fixed my acne soon, but for know I will share you one of the things that helped my skin get more even, less grainy, and prevent knew pimples from forming.
 
It was initially my mom that made me try this stuff. I don’t know if I would’ve bought it on my own to be honest. But since turning green my mom has had a hard time understanding and adjusting to me. She gets sad whenever I turn down almost all of her ideas for help. So when she at least tried to find something more natural, I thought I’d give mommy a break and test to see if it works.
 
Not did I know snail serums was on the up and coming. It just sounded too weird for people to actually give it a shot. It’s at most a beauty fly, just like: sperm, venom and caviar creams. But hey, I’m up for anything nowadays!
 
SERUM NUTRITIVO - EXTRACTO DE CARACOL
50ml 298SEK (Free Shipping)
★★★★
 
It doesn’t say how much of the snail extract that is in it, but at least it’s the first ingredient on the list if you don’t count water. Because the boutique I got it from doesn’t share theingredient list I’m writing it out for you at the bottom of this post.
Another ingredient that I was a bit skeptical about was the second ingredient, which is alcohol. I’ve tried staying away from it, especially when it’s so high up in the list. Luckily, in this case I didn’t react to it.
Besides the Snail Extract it has these other active ingredients:
Allantoin - Stimulates cell multiplication and tissue renewal, and provides a soothing, therapeutic action.
Glycolic Acid - Exfoliates and replenishes the dermis. Accelerate collagen synthesis and hydrates and stimulates cell metabolism.
Collagen, Vitamin E & Elastin - Eliminates wrinkles and tones up the skin.
Vitamin B & C - Improve pigmentation, while toning up and softening the skin.
Vitamin A - Accelerates epidermal cell regenerate and revitalizes enzymatic activity. Prevents premature aging of the skin, keeping it supple.
 
The big question is if not all the other ingredients are actually doing all the work?
Putting in snail extract could just be an act of making the gel sound cooler.
It is important to lay off the scrub somewhat and use sun screen while using it, because of all the active exfoliating and regenerating ingredients. I was lucky to be using it during the dark period of the winter months, we had about one day of sun per week - yes, very depressing!
 
USAGE
I started off with twice per day, morning & evening. The product says as many times you desire. But it felt a bit too drying, so I settled for only night use, under my usual oils after waiting it to dry. They blended well in, without being flaky which I’ve had problems with other gels.
 
RESULT
After about a month I started seeing results. Scars was healing faster and probably thanks to the Glycolic Acid new pimples were mostly prevented, and no more flakiness around pimples. My skin got so much more even both in skin tone and texture, leaving the summer bumps behind. I also feel more ”radiant”.
 
 
RECOMMENDATION/VERDICT
I have pretty sensitive skin, and it worked just fine for me.
I don’t use it strictly nowadays, and after four months there’s still about 1/3 or less left.
You should preferably use it during autumn and winter months to restore what the summer may have done to your skin. Summer is never nice to my skin, and I was really happy that this gel sorted out the awful bumps!
It does what it promises, and for that I don’t have anything bad to say. Packaging could be more special… but you know what, for the price and effect I will not be the one to point out any faults.
 
WHERE TO BUY
Olivkällan
 
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Helix Aspersa, Alcohol Denat (Ethyl Alcohol), Propilene Glycol, Sodium Chondrotin Sulfate, Allantoin, Collagen, Glycolic Acid, Carbomer, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Calcium, Antiproteases, Cytokines, Retinol (Vitamin A), Thiamnie HCL (Vitamin B6), Cyano Cobalamin (Vitamin B12), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyetahanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, D-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.
 

Wanted to mention if any of my readers had missed, Mitte at Beauty Comes Clean wrote an article about the Snail Extract trend not so long ago. Check it out and the rest of her interesting topics!
 
Have you tried something as crazy as Snail Serum?
Or anything like it?
Leave a comment telling me your experience!

Kitchen Renovation - Before

2014-04-01 @ 09:38:00

Before pictures: #1 - From the hallway when you come in, #2 - From our bedroom/livingroom by the fridge. 
 
As you might know if you follow me on other platforms, my kitchen is in full transformation mode!
We moved into this apartment about four years ago, and was supposed to be like a renovation project, because it had a decent kitchen and bathroom that just needed updating, in contrast to the other onesie Peter was living in when we met.
It didn’t really a have kitchen, and the fridge had a mini freezer in it that was swallowed by a huge piece of ice (the freezer was literally a huge pice of ice!) that Peter never minded to defrost… men...
 
We started off with putting a beautiful terra-cotta floor in the kitchen hall, with floor heating, which you can go see here before and afters. We also bought a designer lamp to frame our oriel window. But then it all kind of stopped from there. Maybe for the good?
 
The trouble of living in a small town is that business is also small. We came in contact with four kitchen firms, two went bankrupt, one didn’t want to work so far away, and because we have special ceiling by the cabinets, we couldn’t just buy from IKEA. We needed special measurements.
 
So in the end there was only one firm left that could do our special needs. (We don’t like this because then it means only one price to go with - no competitive market doesn’t leave much choice)
 
The original kitchen didn’t really have much space to work on, and there was a lot of things going on on the floor to say the least. We had a table put in to the little space in-between, when we made our own dinner table of an old sewing machine. But it mostly became over flooded of machines and other stuff we didn’t know where else to put.
 
So our mission was to create more space and simplicity. It may only be a onesie, and probably not created for two to live in.
But for many, kitchen is where the heart is. And if you have a kitchen big enough to cook in, the chances are high you will use it.
We lost some closet space in the making, but there’s so much clothing we don’t actually wear. Hopefully a ”bloppis” (blogg flea market) will take place soon!
 
The main inspiration is this spanish minimalistic apartment that always makes my heart race.
 
 
What would you love to see?
Do you want to see daily updates of the renovations or do you rather wait for the after pictures and go through the transformation in one post?

iHerb Haul - Foods Edition

2014-03-28 @ 19:29:00

 
 This time Peter did the ordering, so it feelt a bit wrong to make him pay for some of my beauty treats that mostly I’ll be using haha Therefore this time it's only food related!
We’ve been following/incorporating Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Solution into our 801010 lifestyle since January, so it explains a lot what’s behind our buys.
 
 
NAVITAS NATURALS - ORGANIC GOJI BERRIES
 
 
First time I tasted Goji Berries I didn’t seem to get what’s the fuss about them. I still think they are a bit sour to the taste eaten alone. But lately we’ve been stuck in smoothie mode for the last couple of weeks and been consuming quite a lot of these guys actually. So yeah, for now we’ll stock up on this nutritious treasure.
Also, we only found one brand (ICA) at our local supermarket that carries Goji Berries without sulfur dioxide. Luckily it's the cheapest out there, but it's not organic.
 
Y.S. ECO BEE FARMS - BEE POLLEN
 
 
Another thing I thought I should try out.
You know, Miranda Kerr has her Noni Juice, and I thought I could have Bee Pollen as my secret beauty intensifier of some sort…
Bee Pollen is considered to be one of nature's most completely nourishing foods and very alkalizing. But what spoke to me the most was it’s ability and benefit of balancing out hormones and aid digestion = clearing up acne & happy tummy!
So I bought a small bag from Go For Life to just taste it, ’cause I didn’t really know what to expect. Both of us liked the taste so much that we kind of fell in love with it without caring too much about the benefits overall. We just like it in our smoothie bowls. And it was way cheaper buying these off at iHerb, which are also organic in contrast to Go For Life’s that is questionable - I should email them though.
 
Read about the amazingness of Bee Pollen here.
Check Out Go For Life's range of products here.
 
ENER-G FOODS - EGG REPLACER
 
 
I still use eggs in cooking occasionally. It’s just, I haven’t really been happy with the consistency in cooking/baking without it, and I haven’t found a good replacement.
I also don’t have much against eggs, the industry though on the other hand… Like, I would love to have my own chickens, especially in the summer, we have so much land at our summer cottage it could roam free in. And having cousins who own a farm in Poland, I’m kind of raised with chickens, ducks and cows (e.g. I’ve been lucky enough to have tasted raw milk - tastes salty in my opinion).
Anyway, at the same time I feel like you can live without eggs in your diet without any bigger problems.
 
One thing Kimberly Snyder uses in her recipes instead of eggs is Ener-g. I’ve tried doing her recipes without it, and tried other things to substitute, but of course they’ve all failed. So I got really happy to find Ener-g at iHerb! I haven’t used it yet, but I will make sure to come back with a review for you guys!
 
FUNNY - Same day as I get this package two videos from my favorites were posted:
5 Reasons to STOP eating eggs TODAY [Warning graphic]
How To Raise The Happiest Chickens Ever
 
 
SHOP THIS CART
 
Have you tried any of these products I bought or are curious about some, your thoughts?
Love to hear your views!
 
Is it your first time shopping at iHerb?
I recommend using this code: HWT271
It will give you $10 more to shop for on orders over $40 and up, or $5 off on smaller orders!
- If you live in Sweden I recommend staying below $45 (~300kr) to get away with customs!

Treat Hay Fever Naturally

2014-03-27 @ 16:50:00

 
It is FINALLY spring time!
But unfortunately, it is not a fun time for everyone… My boyfriend is allergic to pollen and cats (luckily not to Phoebe!). Every year it would get so bad that he would have to take one day off from work because he felt so sick from the sneezing.
And I must say that I got bothered by it too. It’s not easy being with someone who sneezes all the time and sounds like he’s not getting any air at night! I would literally wake up at night to check to see if he’s alive. It was either that he couldn’t breathe or the lack of sleep that would kill him I feared! So it’s not just a horrible time for the sick ones, but for everyone else around. Even for Phoebe, ’cause she has this thing she does whenever someone’s about to sneeze…
 
Now, some of Peter’s colleagues has already reported feeling the allergy for the past week.  - And I’m confused ’cause nothing has really flowered yet?! But yeah, it seems like pollen is back in town and as usual causing people to suffer.
 
I always think that a healthy body cannot get sick.
And because I've never suffered from bad allergies, except for an upset stomach, I've always been quite fascinated of why and how people get them? It’s hard to think mother nature would put such a thing upon us. And so I do believe it can be avoided.
 
This is actually the second year my boyfriend is feeling nothing. Literally NOTHING. Not a sneeze… Well, maybe from our dusty apartment that needs a little spring cleaning… But otherwise he is not bothered and so am I. *happy girlfriend dance*
 
I waited a whole year to write this post because I wanted to be sure that it wasn’t just a ”good year” last time. As always, if you want to be cured, you will need to take the decision on what matters most in your life, is it your health or your diet?
Because you don’t have to live with a runny nose, and the best part is that it works just like that *snaps fingers*
Well, it did for my hubby at least.
So let’s dig in to see how you can feel wonderful and energized this Spring, just as you deserve to be!
 
How do we stop the symptoms?
’Cause we all know there’s no ”cure” for anything. If you got it, you have it. What we can do is to ease the symptoms that will make it look and feel like you don’t have anything at all. There’s actually tons of people out there in the world living with allergies, but because they are healthy, they don’t know about it.
 
So if you suffer from any type of allergy this is what you should avoid overall:
All sugar and sugar products (NOT FRUITS - Sorry, I know my readers are really smart, but for anyone else who’s confused or wondering, it’s okay); starches from wheat and wheat byproducts (gluten); soft drinks; commercially processed and/or fried foods; all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives; alcohol; coffee and other caffeine products; eggs; milk and dairy products; processed meats.
It's actually a general list for anyone looking to be healthy; in short: avoid shit.
 
There’s also reports where people, just by avoiding citric acid additive (the chemical kind) in foods stopped having symptoms!
 
While doing some research for this post I came by some saying citrus fruits and bananas aren’t good for people with hay fever.
Well, Peter and I proved them wrong, because just at the beginning of our transition to plant based (which was during pollen season), we ate a lot of oranges and bananas of course. ¡No problemos!
And while we’re talking citrus, the number one treatment for hay fever is antihistamine which is a type of vitamin C!
The sources contradict one and other don’t they?
 
So what should you do if you want to quit hay fever?
Well for starters, avoid or lower your intake of some of the foods in the list I just rambled! Dairy and wheat are known to be mucus forming and inflamatory, so they are best avoided completely during this period.
I’m not sure if you need to go vegan like we did, but cutting down your meat intake doesn’t hurt during this short period (call it ”meat-free season” instead of ”pollen season”), it’s inflammatory and you don’t want to cause more of that in your system. It’s actually simple, increase your plant intake! Eat as much fruits and veggies you want and save the heavier meals for dinner!
It has also come to my attention, and I would say, that most people who suffers from hay fever are actually vitamin C deficient and eats mostly a high cooked diet, therefore it’s actually very important that you eat as much raw foods as possible (this goes for people who get sick very often). So go get some raw cabbage in every meal - cheap and really freaking good for you!
 
But let’s say that you’re already affected and you want something fast, like NOW! (Even though I would say changing diet would help you in a heartbeat!)
Here are some use of that juicer you probably got for Christmas:
 
FOR RUNNY NOSES
 
 LOOSEN UP #1
 
A thumb of fresh Horseradish
½ Lemon Juice
 
Juice the horseradish, save some of the pulp and blend it with its juice and the lemon juice. It should equal a puré.
Put it in a shot glass and fire away!
 
 LOOSEN UP #2
 
2 small Carrots
10 Radishes with tops and leaves (100g)
A small thumb of Ginger
+ Lemon for taste
 
Juice the carrots, radishes and the ginger. Pour over some ice and drink about 1 hour after Loosen Up #1.
 
 
FIGHTING FOR AIR - JUICE FOR PERSISTENT CAUGHING AND RESPIRATORY DISTRESS
 
 CHILLI QUEEN
 
2 Carrots
½ Chilli without the seeds or 1/4 teaspoon chillipowder
½ Pineapple (225g)
½ Lime Juice
1 tbsp Chopped fresh Coriander
 
Put the carrots, chili and pineapple through your juicer. Pour it over a high glass of ice. Press the lime juice over, then stir in the chopped coriander and serve.
 
One that the Jason ”Juice Master” Vale swears by!
 
THE GINGER SHOT
 
1 thumb of ginger
½ Apple
 
Watch Jason Vale make this one:
 
 
All juice recipes except for the ginger shot comes from this book:
 
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Don't Give Up

2014-03-20 @ 22:31:00

 
Just a thing that got shared at B-School that I felt I connected with.
I feel many times that the work I do is just trying to be good, and is nowhere near the kind of greatness I always have in mind. It's not really about perfectionism, it's more that ideas in the making don't come out as the ideas in the head. But we all know that with a lot of practice comes perfection.
 
My favorite quote and motto in life is and will always be:
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." ~Samuel Beckett

TiKei Samples

2014-03-19 @ 15:48:00

The first brand in my Makeup Detox-series is the Swedish affordable TiKei. I ordered the 10-sample pack with Brush from them and this is what I got:
 
SHADER BRUSH
I kind of panicked when I did the order because I realized I don’t have any brush to apply loose powder eyeshadows with and not to mention powder concealers! You couldn’t pick their concealer brush so I just went with what looked like it could be used for many things.
Maybe a Blender brush would work fine too but the Shader brush did just great as a multitask-brush and saved me some trouble! I like that their brushes are vegan and the bristles are soft and works great around the eye area.
 
L: Warm 3; R: Neutral 3
 FOUNDATION
- Warm 3
- Neutral 3
 
They have quite a good selection of shades and it’s almost impossible to not find your match.
Because I got a little overboard with selecting four eyeshadows I didn’t really leave room for much foundation shades to be tested. I followed the instructions and while I’m a pretty good match maker for myself, this time wasn’t really a true match. Or well… As you can tell a difference in the picture between the two shades, it seems like both oxidize and turn into the same color. Nobody I asked could tell if one side looked more yellow than the other.
Originally I was thinking Neutral for winter and Warm for the summer, but I ended blending these two together. (Oh and if you wonder where I got the pot? I just recycled my Laura Mercier containers!)
The formula feels maybe on the heavy side for some reason. Most of TiKei’s products uses Boron Nitride, which they explain why on their site. It sounds a bit suspicious and some blogs say it’s bad, but I came across this article. So until I read some proper information on why it would harm my skin in any way, I’m okay with using it.
 
CONCEALER
- Warm
- Yellow Corrector
 
Somehow I can’t seem to find a concealer that match when I follow the guidelines. It’s often too bright than its counter foundation-partner. So Warm felt a bit too bright for my yellow complexion, even when oxidized.
As I said I suffer more or less from permanent dark circles so I thought I would give the Yellow Corrector Concealer a go. Turns out it worked even better than the other one and could be even used alone on my yellow-tinted complexion! I ended up blending these two together though for a better and more powerful match.
 
Sunrise Blush
 
BLUSH & BRONZER
- Sunrise
- Golden
 
Even though I don’t feel that ready, I thought I’d give blush and bronzer another try for the sake of science…
There weren’t many blush shades that pulled my attention, so I went safe with a coral-shaded blush and their lightest bronzer.
At first I didn’t like the blush, but as the scars fade the more the color grew on me. I’ve always had pinkish-colored blushes and even though I get most attracted to them I feel like they don’t really suit me always. Sunrise makes me think of Lily Lolo’s blush Clementine that I've had my eyes on, to have something to compare with.
 
After some excessive research on how to sculpt after face shape I couldn’t be more excited to play with bronzers! Golden is a more of a red toned bronzer, and works great for light-medium skin tones and for winter - leaving just the hint of definition and warmth without being too much.
 
Now, what I wish both of these would have is shimmer! But none of the TiKei blushes and bronzers offer this. I’ve always seen myself as a matte person, but I’ve come to realize that matte is a bit hard to control, while a little bit of shimmer blush is easier to blend and build - it also lightens the complexion and gives you that glow!
 
Golden Bronzer 
 EYESHADOW
- Cashmere
- Cacao
- Desire
- Embrace
 
I’m not mad about loose powder eyeshadows but it seems to be ok working with them. The only problem I have is that they crease.
I have quite oily eyelids, and I’ve tried almost everything, but the shadow keeps on creasing within a few minutes, so if any of you my readers has any tips on a good natural eyelid primer (not for glittery eyeshadows!) I would be so so thankful! (I’m wondering if Lily Lolo’s concealer that has Kaolin would work?)
 
R: Cashmere; L: Cacao
I will start with the one I didn’t like, and that’s Embrace, a shimmery light brown. It looks truly beautiful on picture, but just looked too ashy on my complexion.
Cashmere is my favorite and is a matte beige. The perfect base in my opinion and gives a little bit of warmth. I usually dust it on over my whole lid and brow bone for an au natural look.
Cocoa is a basic matte brown, but maybe too pigmented. I thought I could use it as a crease shadow and eyeliner. While it works good as an eyeliner, it’s just too pigmented to use as a regular shadow. I actually ended up using it to fill in my browns even though it’s a tiny bit too dark - but hey there’s nothing wrong with bringing Pocahontas-brows back!
Then we have Desire which is the most beautiful of the bunch. A shimmery copper brown, just gorgeous and no picture can do it justice! A special-occacion eyeshadow I’d like to call it. I used it as an eyeliner on my birthday but it works great all over lid.
 
L: Embrace; R: Desire
WHAT I WOULD REPURCHASE
Yellow Corrector
Sunrise Blush
Golden Bronzer
Cashmere
Desire
 
Have You tested TiKei, what's your favorite products?
Love to hear your thoughts!
 

Ayurveda Diet Update

2014-03-13 @ 12:01:00

 
Maybe you remember back in November, I mentioned I was dwelling into the world of Doshas? Maybe you wonder how it all went?
Well, I learned a thing or two from it and I will begin with the things that Ayurveda has helped me with and which lessons I've taken with me from the journey.
 
(OBS: Put in mind that my opinions are only based on a ~2 months experience. Personally I believe you should stick to a diet longer than that for true results.)
 
1. Listen to Your Body - No brainer, but the whole idea of Doshas and how your superior Dosha differs from seasons to age, and even the time of the day is a lesson learned in feeling out yourself and your body. So when you follow this simple step you will understand why your body thrives on juicy, sweet and cooling foods in the summer, and why it may like the warm and heavier foods in the winter. This brings you closer to yourself and the Universe in general.
 
2. Letting Yourself Feel What You Feel - I noticed pretty quickly the fire I had in yoga during the summer and early fall developed into something more slower and deeper during winter.
I've mostly stopped my immense training that I used to do, to only doing Yin yoga and a lot of meditation. And it's been okay if not even great going inwards. It's the season, it's my body, the fire will come back, I trust myself enough to take this break, gain some weight and focus on the inside for while. It all has just taught me how to be more grounded.
 
3. The Power of Herbs & Neem - I'm not a big fan of supplements, especially not commercial ones or lifetime-takers. But I do think that if you're feeling unbalanced during a period in your life, it's better to turn to some natural remedies of dried herbs in pellet-form. These will not disturb your body by putting foreign objects like the chemical stuff you buy at the drugstore - Book to read: The Healing Code.
My problem seems to have something to do with the digestive track and/or being hormonal. Because diet didn't seem to cut it I figured I'd take help from some Ayurvedic herbal remedies. Together with Triphala I used Guduchi & Neem for regulate the liver and eliminate toxins - excess hormones are taken care of by the liver. Later I switch to Neem & Sarsparilla which helps for healthy skin and the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
There was a significant change in my skin after a month that also lasted off the pill. I still believe Guduchi & Neem was the most powerful one, that gave me detox symptoms in the form of headache and lethargy.
 
And now to the things that I felt did not do it for me...
 
1. The Dosha Diet (subjective) - I tried eating after Pitta for about 2 months very strictly, but it just didn't work for me.
My troubles didn't seem to pass by avoiding carrots, beets and my staple the banana. I actually felt much better when incorporating them back into my diet! But as said before, following the dosha diet objective, looking at the whole picture, goes along fine. I just don't think too much bananas was the devil of my problems. But this could also be because a Pitta-diet is mostly made for the summer.
Now I did agree upon less spice the better for my tummy. And even though arugula is no match for spinach, I did find it making my skin glow somehow more.
 
2. Ghee - It was kind of my way of showing how deep I was ready to try Ayurveda. I didn't cook or eat any other dairy products except for eggs occasionally. In the beginning I thought I saw some benefits, but in the end I don't believe I will make another batch of this. I still think it's just as a good cooking fat as Coconut oil, it's one of the more stable ones so if you're okay with dairy this one should be used. But I have always been pretty much against all kinds of dairy since I was a child (but I'll admit that cheese in my eyes is another artifact...). Just because it's "clarified" doesn't make it Not from another animals breast - iow: not for humans to consume. So in the end, I wasn't that impressed by it.
 
3. Wrong Food Combining - This is not a strike to Ayurveda itself but the book I was following. I think I mentioned this when posting one of the breakfast recipes in the book. Ayurveda in general educate in proper food combining, which is actually an important part of a healthy Ayurvedic diet. So I was a bit sad that they didn't put emphasis on this in the book, because I believe this is one of the things that would help Swedes make better food choices.
If you don't want to change your diet, change the way you eat it.
 
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END NOTES
Short review of the book: It's one of the few books that I have that actually delivers good recipes. Me and my hubby loved all the curry dishes! I also was very pleased to see simple DIY spice mixes and find a few raw food recipes even though they were high fat. I do think this book teaches you the basics of how to incorporate Ayurveda in Sweden, and doing things from the ground.
 
+ I also wanted to add that I got very into Ayurvedic skincare after ones dosha. And maybe this was the most profound thing that helped my skin. By identifying myself as Pitta I learned that my skin is very sensitive and so is my body and mind. If I get upset it will upset my stomach and will then show off on my face. Same thing happens when I upset my stomach with the wrong types of foods. We often times don't see stress in the form of food or what we apply on our bodies. But this lesson taught me to lean towards more gentle and milky cleansers, and also indulge in cooling and moisturizing oils; keeping it simple as possible. Just doing this alone has helped my skin be less irritated and less acne-prone. But what I did feel at the end was that this isn't just something "Pitta's" should do. We all have different grades of sensitivity, but we all should treat ourselves, our bodies, our skin with kindness. Like the gentle glass vase we are. 
 
Do you eat or have you ever tested eating according to Ayurveda?
Any similar or right opposite thoughts on my opinions?
I'd be thankful if you shared!

Wednesday Wishlist

2014-03-12 @ 16:16:00

 
Fresh Face Tamanu Oil
 I'm seriously in l o v e with my Tamanu Oil that I got from iHerb, and I see it being a staple oil in my beauty routine. And so I found this moisturizer from Hedd Wyn Essentials that has all of my favorite ingredients! Fresh Face contains: Water, Tamanu oil, MSM, Sunflower oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Plant trace minerals, Chamomile Extract, Vitamins A D E, Organic plant acids, and essentials oils of Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass.
 
YÜLI Cello Perfecto PM
With being very into DIY skincare lately (like I could easily make my own Fresh Face) the appeal for commercial brands hasn't been that strong. But then I hear about this brand called Yüli - Jade at Nephriticus can't stop blogging about them - that uses quite extraordinary ingredients, each product has something that has never been on the market before; like Black Garlic Bio-ferment in their Liquid Courage (followers at insta knows I've started cooking with it!).
The price isn't that off putting when you read about the science and purity of each product. For example, they use Miron Ultraviolet glass which is specially formulated to preserve ingredient integrity and helps prolong their potency.
So if there is a brand I'm actually willing to pay and believe in, it's Yüli. And right now I'm all in for any serum that promises to lighten acne scars! It's a pretty new brand on the market, and for now you can only buy Yüli at Amazingy if you live in EU.
I also recommend reading this interview with one of the founders at Beauty Palette Blog.
 
EDIT: You can now buy YÜLI at Spirit Beauty Lounge!
 
 DailyGreatness Journal
I recently bought a note book by EcoJot (go check out their amazing cause!) to scribble down any feelings, goals, ideas, thanks, thoughts, to-do’s, you name it! All that stuff that floats around your head that should be nibbled down on a piece of paper! I came across the DailyGreatness Journal when shopping for a yoga bag to my oh-so-heavy-3.2-kilo-(!)-eko-mat and loved the layout of it. I love books that are like questionnaires/fill-in-the-blanks type of thing. I don’t really have a clear yoga routine and the original daily journal maybe could help me structure my days better.
 
Alima Pure Lip Tint in Lotus
I'm feeling pretty spring-y, and because I've found out that the lip products I use aren't that body-friendly I'm after new favorites to use. Only heard great things about Alima Pure and their lip products. I'm also in love with their limited edition pearluster eyeshadow in Orchid! 'Cause you have heard that this years Pantone color is Radient Orchid?

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