It’s been exactly 11 months since I last visited my hairdresser, and so my hair was screaming for a haircut. Because of the Corona virus I was a bit hesitant to go into the city center to visit my hairdresser, so this time I decided to give it a go myself. And so I did. To be honest I am actually beyond surprised that I managed to cut and dye my hair at home and get this result. I was prepared to look like crap for a while, but figured it doesn’t really matter since I am working from home and self-isolating.
But low and behold, I am so happy with the result! I cut about 10-15 cm off and then used a cool toned blonde shade on my entire hair. The before picture is too horrible to see the daylight of the internet, so you will just have to believe me when I say it was long overdue! My hair was down to my waist and extremely dry. I also had some old highlights that definitely had passed their expiration date. You fellow blondes probably know what I’m talking about. Even the best of silver shampoos can’t control the yellow tones forever!
I know I’m not the only one who’s in the mood of a hair renewal now that spring is here, and based on social media the DIY haircuts have completely exploded during the past few weeks. There’s no doubt you can save a lot of money on cutting and dyeing your hair at home, but it’s also important to realise the limitations. I wouldn’t even consider going from dark brown to platinum blonde. Neither would I cut a really advanced haircut with bangs and different levels. Luckily my hairstyle is easily maintained and my colour only really needs a refresh and not a total transformation. No matter what, remember to always use products that are kind to the environment and to your hair, and to follow the instructions to avoid damaging your hair!
Do you ever cut or dye your hair at home?
Feel free to share your best advice for a successful result!
One week ago I made the drastic decision to completely stop using all of my skin care products and replace them with one single product – this organic cold pressed jojoba oil from Organic Makers. I have extremely dry skin that needs constant care from lotions, serums and other products to prevent it from completely falling apart. My previous skin care routine kept it in check, but since nothing actually seemed to improve the situation, I decided to try something completely new and rely solely on a natural oil to balance my skin. I am only one week in but I can already see massive improvements in how my skin is feeling and looking.
I can’t wait to see how this will work in the long run!
Dry shampoo might be a miracle worker when you don’t have time to wash your hair, but one look at the ingredients list is enough to understand how bad it really is for your hair and scalp. Most of them are packed full with drying alcohol, flammable and allergenic substances. Not something you would naturally apply to your skin in other words. Also, many haircare brands are still using animal testing to this day which is a great shame.
Luckily it’s very easy to make your own DIY dry shampoo! All you need is two simple ingredients:
Organic rice starch or corn starch
An essential oil of your choice
Mix the starch with one or two drops of an essential oil of your choice and store in an airtight jar of some sort. A great tip is to use a salt shaker like the one below. And you are done! Simple as that! This works for both dark and light hair as well. Just be careful with the amount when you apply the powder, and brush through your hair carefully when you are done!
The organic products from Estelle & Thild have been a constant part of my skin care routine for years and years now. I have tried almost everything in their range, so I think it’s safe to say I’m definitely a big fan. Recently my BioCalm Night Cream ran out and I decided to try something new from their product range. Eventually I decided to go for the Super BioActive Recovery Night Cream which is a more intensively nourishing night cream than the one I was using before. It’s perfect in combination with my old favourite the BioCalm Optimal Comfort Rescue Oil.
I’ve been using this combination for a few weeks now and I really like it. I appreciate the fact that both the night cream and the oil is close to fragrance free. It doesn’t hurt either that they are organic, and that the bottles are really pretty! Have you tried anything from Estelle & Thild? If not, I can definitely recommend trying out their products if you value good organic ingredients, sustainable products without parabens and similar stuff, no animal testing and last but not least very nice packaging!
I’ve always had a thing for skincare, and can’t even count the numerous different brands that I’ve used over the years. Even though I enjoy trying out new products I am glad to say that I have found the perfect routine for me using products from the Swedish brand Estelle & Thild. It’s a make up and skincare brand certified by EcoCert, which means both ingredients, finished products as well as packaging are being scrutinised by the independent organisation EcoCert. All of the products from Estelle & Thild are organic, free from pesticides and many are unscented as well. They do not use animal testing and neither do they sell to the Chinese market.
I really am a big fan of this brand and all of the products I have tried so far have become new favourites. I find myself repurchasing the same products over and over again when they have been used up, which is a good sign for someone who likes to try out different brands. My daily routine consists of cleansing milk, facial toner and day/night cream. About once a week I use the detox mask, and to give the night cream some extra power I use a facial oil a few times a week. This is the perfect routine for me! Below you will find a short presentation of the products that I’m using:
Biocleanse Cleansing Milk | 199 SEK | A mild cleanser for dry skin that removes make up and moisturises the skin. Contains aloe vera and elderflower extract which reduces signs of irritation. I use this every morning and night. It removes makeup gently without stinging my eyes or drying out my skin.
Biocleanse Multi-Action Toner | 189 SEK | A toner without alcohol that cleanses the skin and and balances the moisture. Contains aloe vera and elderflower extract. I use this every morning and night after cleansing and before day or night cream. Love this one! It smells good, last forever and makes my skin feel fresh and moisturised.
Biocalm Soothing Moisture Daycream | 259 SEK
Biocalm Extra Nourishing Night Cream | 279 SEK
Day cream and night cream for sensitive skin. Without perfume. The day cream contains apricot seed oil and the night cream which is a bit more moisturising contains aloe vera and almond oil. They are both very light on the skin and are quickly absorbed in the skin.
Detox Mask Lily | 299 SEK | The Detox Mask is a mud mask that cleanses the pores, minimises oily complexion and creates a smooth skin. It contains bees wax and rose water. I use this about once a week when I feel like some extra care is needed. It dries quickly on the skin without feeling stiff and is easily removed.
Lumene is one of my favourite brands for both skincare and makeup, mainly because of the great work they do within sustainability, but also because they have a great range of products suitable for fair skin like mine. This CC cream and pressed powder from their Color Correcting range caught my interest when I was looking for a light base to wear during spring & summer. I haven’t tried any of these products before but I’m a big fan of the Lumene Blur Foundation.
Now I’m really looking forward to giving these ones a go. Fingers crossed they are equally great! Lumene is of course cruelty free and the CC range is 100% vegan!
Approximately one month ago I ventured into the exciting world of shampoo bars when I bought this one from Lush, and now I thought it was about time to get back to you with a mini review. Unfortunately I didn’t really have much of a choice but to end my testing, since the bar that’s supposed to last 60-80 washes ran out after less than four weeks. This means about 15 washes for my hair, quite far from what’s promised. Another downside for me was the soft formula that crumbled into small pieces and left traces everywhere in the shower. Not a pretty sight. This might also have affected the fact that it ran out so quickly, since small pieces disappeared here and there.
Except for these two negative aspects, I really like this product! It made my haIr soft and smooth and it smells lovely. A big plus as well is that it lathers very pleasantly, which is good if you’ve got long hair like me. If only it would have lasted a bit longer, I would have given it a 10/10. But the fact that it only lasted for less than a month means I won’t buy this product again. However, I am still eager to try some of the other shampoo products from Lush!
THIS IS LUSH
- Their products are 100% vegetarian. Some are also vegan.
- Since the start in 1995, they have never tested their products on animals.
- Most products are sold without packaging, which is great for the environment!
- All products are made by hand.
- Lush highly prioritizes their ethical buying process where they consider the environment, animal rights, distribution and of course worker’s rights.
A new favourite in my make up bag is without a doubt this mineral powder foundation from Idun Minerals. Idun is a Swedish brand that sells mineral make up. They do not use animal testing and a lot of their products are even vegan, for example this mineral foundation. This product is also the only make up item on the Swedish market that has been approved by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation in Sweden. This foundation can be found in 18 different shades, from the lightest one called Jorunn to the darker Daga. It’s made from 100% minerals and does not contain perfume or preservatives.
I really like this product first of all because of the shade range. I have the lightest shade and it’s almost too light, which has practically never happened to me before. It matches perfectly with my neck though, because it’s as pale as can be, haha. It also blends into the skin effortlessly and gives a really pretty glow without being sparkly. You can’t feel it on your skin, which is a big pro for me. It also stays put all day long. Definitely a new make up favourite! If you want to try it out you can find it at Lyko, Eleven or at your local pharmacy.
Have your tried any of the products from Idun Minerals, or do you have any other mineral make up favourites?