the BUDGIE collective

”Budgie is a collective for hair, style and individuality. We care for brunette, blonde, curly, straight, short, long, dry, dull and frizzy hair and are excited to create innovative, smart and fun things together with you. Come join our hairstyling universe and let´s make budgies!”

Why Budgie?

Budgies come in so many alterations. They come in yellow, blue, white, green, small, big, long feathered and short feathered. Just like us. We come yellow, we come glowing, we come happy, we come smart, we come individual.

Also, budgies come in pairs and love to socialize and interact, just like humans. That is why we think of them as the ideal representation of the community we want to create.

Why yellow?

We chose the most alluring color! Yellow is a symbol of happiness, energy, freshness and inclusiveness. On top, it is the new millennial pink and main color of our budgies!

By connecting and staying in touch with consumers a.k.a budgies the brand shares ideas, information, inspiration and in return gets crucial feedback to keep improving and evolving the assortment and the brand.

The products

Budgie presents hairstyling and hair care products to cater your daily hair routine with caring, cleansing and styling essentials featuring natural oils and sulphate-free shampoos. The products are scented with green, fruity notes blended by a fragrance house in Grasse, France. The products are vegan and made in Sweden.


More about the products I will be trying

the power volume dry shampoo for hair high on life – a dry shampoo that also boosts volume and texture, is resfreshing and oil absorbent

the all-inclusive finishing spray for usual business – a finishing hairspray that amps up the shine and gives weightless hold and frizz-control

the dry shampoo foam for a bouncy restart – a dry shampoo foam for soft volume and body, with a refreshing unique formula

the sea salt mist for breezy beach waves – a saltwater spray with texturizing atlantic sea salt for a tousled and wavy finish

a sparkling shimmer mist for dazzling nights – a shimmer mist with nourishing rice oil that gives hair an ice crystal shimmer


The above products are just a few of the full assortment. The budgie collective also has shampoos, conditioners, curl cream, wax and much much more.

The budgie collective is exclusively sold at KICKS and will be available in every store starting tomorrow 😍

New in my kit from bareMinerals

The GEN NUDE blush has already been a fave for a while, as I have three of the hues in my kit already.

The COMPLEXION RESCUE DEFENSE became a new favorite instantly as it goes on smoothly and gives skin an almost airbrushed look and a perfect base for makeup application.

The new eyeshadow palettes look absolutely gorge and I am sure I will have to add them all to my professional kit after just swatching this one in copper

The new liquid highlighter barepro glow looks amazing, I mean come on? 😍

As you might know, (if not before you know now) I have loved bareMinerals for almost 15 years, and I used to work as the education manager and makeup artist for bareMinerals in Sweden for several years. A job I absolutely loved just as much as I love the brand, but after 5 years I decided to quit and go back to freelancing (now 3 years ago)

That doesn’t mean I stopped loving the brand! I still use something bareMinerals EVERY day, and my freelance kit is full of it. I think what makes me love it so much, perhaps since I am also a skin therapist, is that every product is more than just makeup. Every product has at least one skincare benefit and it really is makeup good for your skin.

You can expect to read more about the brand and reviews of all the above within the neareat feature 😊🥰

WELEDA – since 1921

Have you ever heard of the brand WELEDA?

Up until I became a momma (4.5 years ago) I had only just heard of the brand but never tried anything from it. Then I had a friend gift me a baby-product and I think that was the first time I realized I had been missing out on some fabulous products.

The CALENDULA shampoo and body wash for babies has been a favorite to use on my son ever since. It has a really soft and warm scent to it, and apart from Calendula (which is known for its repairing and soothing properties) it also contains almond oil to help prevent dryness.


There are more products in the Calendula series, among others a weather protection cream, that is for delicate skin made to protect skin against harsh weather. Unfortunately, my son doesn’t like this at all as he thinks it stinks.. I on the other hand like that fatty feeling and hearb-like smell so suits me fine.


There are plenty of products for both body and face, and I recently received some cream from the SKIN FOOD range. New addition to the line is the SKIN FOOD light. There is a rich and intensive cream for very dry and rough skin which has been around and popular since 1926(!), and now there is also a lighter version for ”just” dry skin. What I like about them both is that they are made to suit both face and body. I love to use the light version during the day, especially during winter, as my complexion gets so dry it’s hard to make foundation look good. But this cream brings immediate comfort to dry skin. It’s a silky lotion that combines organic sunflower oil with natural extracts of calendula, pansy and chamomile. It provides immediate moisture and also helps to support regeneration of the skins protective barrier, well needed this time of year! I use it on top of my daytime serums as a moisturizer before applying a primer. It absorbs fast and leaves skin feeling soft and with a smooth surface perfect for application of makeup.


The richer version has been an absolute skin-saver for me this season, as my hands tend to get so extremely dry they crack and sometimes even bleed. My profession has me washing and de-sanitizing hands more frequently than normal, combined with always forgetting my gloves thus leaving hands in a poor state. Not always to hot as hands are also in peoples face all the time! I love applying a thick layer of this rich cream on my hands before hitting the sack at night and just letting it work its magic as I sleep.


I am currently also using a 7 day treatment with a smoothing facial oil based on wild rose, but my review of that will come later on in January so stay tuned for more on that 😜

Murumuru?

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Have you ever heard of or tried any products from physicians formula?

I hadn’t, but I recently had the opportunity to try a couple of products and I’ve found myself a new favorite bronzer. It has the funniest name. It’s called murumuru butter butter bronzer.

Below is the information and description of the product from the brands HomePage;

    What It Is:

    Ultra-luxurious bronzer, infused with Murumuru Butter, delivers a radiant Brazilian goddess glow! Incredibly creamy and soft texture combines the best features of a powder and cream bronzer, to deliver a lit-from-within tropical glow unlike any other.

    Why It’s Good For You:

    Packed with essential fatty acids and pro-vitamins that soften, condition and moisturize skin, leaving it silky soft. Ultra-rich bronzer formula instantly melts into skin, sealing-in moisture to deliver instant and lasting hydration. Features ultra-refined pearl and soft-focus pigments that smooth skin texture, brighten skin tone and deliver a gorgeous bronze finish.

    Key Ingredients:

    Infused with a powerful blend of Murumuru Butter, Cupuacu Butter and Tucuma Butter, from the lush and nutrient-rich Amazon.

Apart from the funny name and the cute packaging, I have to take a moment to talk about the scent. Aaah, yes! It has a scent! And let me tell you, it’s the scent of sun-drenched white beaches where the coconut-venders serve you fresh coconut-cocktails with a hint of chocolate and it makes me want to lick my own face. It’s how I imagine paradise smells. It’s the fabulous smell of dreams, sunshine, glowing bronzed complexions and hot hot hotness. I mean, holy macarony!

The cost of paradise beaches and sunkissed skin, is around 189SEK and you can get it a.s.a.p right here (adlink)


Redefine time – reserol

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RESEROL is produced with the vision to improve peoples health and beauty, for real. Through the combination of innovative technology and the latest in science, they have created products with the purpose to revolutionize the way we can affect beauty and health. To maximize the result, their products target skin in two ways; from within and from the outside.

The key igredient in RESEROL is the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, mainly known as natures own anti-aging molecule. It is a plant- polyfenol, naturally occuuring in nature, that works as a potent defense against everything such as UV-rays, heat and cold, bacterial- and viral infections. RESEROL have found a way to combine resveratrol with an innovative film, Functional film technology, that allows body to absorb resveratrol through oral mucosa. Resveratrol is transported into your body where it can activate your cells and allow beauty from within, for real.

There are four products to date, and you will be able to read more about them here shortly, as I am currently trying out three out of four.

So first out, the RESEROL redefine time RETREAT SHEET MASK

A bio-cellulose sheet mask that provides deep hydration through a replenishing complex.

The mask is soaked in serum of hyaluronic acid, botanical extracts and anti-oxidants for a smoother and more radiant skin. The sheet is made of ultra-fine fibers of cellulose for a second skin feeling.

Benefits of main ingredients;

HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic acid, a bodily substance with a high capacity to bind water. It acts as an invisible barrier and can bind up to 1000 times its own weight in water. HA therefore plays an important role in keeping the skin’s moisture level in balance, thus maintaining a rich, smooth and healthy skin.
RESISTRESS
Resistress, an extract made from Sophora Japonica Flowers and enriched with the plant polynucleol Quercetin. In vitro studies have shown that Resistress activates the skin’s own defense against oxidative stress by increasing both epidermal and dermal resistance. It also stimulates a faster regeneration of the cells in the epidermis.
GLYCERIN
Glycerin, naturally occurring in the skin, has softening and strengthening properties. The formulation has a soothing, protective and moisturizing effect on stressed skin.
So what did I think?
Well, it’s no big secret that I love sheet masks and I’m quite picky when it comes to how it fits, stays on and the effect and feel it has to my skin. Thus, making it to the list of sheet masks I will re-purchase is not that simple. It takes a LOT to wow me with a sheet mask, but this is a real big wow for me!
The mask felt nice and cool on my skin while on, it had just the right amount of serum (I hate to have serum dripping down my throat). The bio-cellulose sheet was easy to fit on and it stayed in place the entire 15mins. After removal, my skin felt smooth, drenched with moisture and had an amazing glow to it. I did the mask in the evening after removing my makeup, and I didn’t need to apply any moisturizer ontop. All I did was massage the rest of the serum onto my skin. This morning my skin felt really nice and soft when I woke, and it looked really smooth.
So would I recommend it? Yes!
Will I buy it? (This was a PR-sample) Yes!
The mask is sold in a pack of four, and costs 695SEK. To buy the mask or to read more about the brand, head on over here (adlink)

Hangover 3-in-1 setting spray

HANGOVER 3-in-1 SETTING SPRAY is a weightless 3-in-1 Coconut water-infused mist that primes, sets and refreshes makeup while keeping skin hydrated.

To be used after moisturizing face as a primer, for a smooth easy to apply surface for your makeup. Once you’ve put on a full face, it can also be used as a setting-spray. The third way of using it (hence 3-in-1) is to rehydrate face throughout the day.

So does it work? Yup! In fact, it has become one of my favorites in my work-kit, as it not only does the trick three timmes around, it also saves weight from having to haul three bottles instead of just the one. It feels nice on the skin and helps prime for an even application of makeup.

Will I buy it again? Yes, I am positive that I will!

Too Faced is sold exclusively at SEPHORA here in Sweden, and a bottle of 120ml is around 250SEK.

High hair with Idun minerals

IDUN minerals might be known to most for their good for your skin mineral-makeup, and perhaps you’ve seen that they also launched their own skincare-line a year or two ago?

Their skincare has also been updated with more products but I will write more about them in a separate post.

Today I want to focus on the next big launch from IDUN minerals, HAIRCARE! Yup, you read me right!

There’s this saying that ”lots wants more”, and many brands ride the wave of popularity if they’re great in one area. It’s not always a success going into two areas, and even more difficult to master three. But IDUN, they’ve DONE IT!

So for a couple of weeks I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner from the volume&care line, and this is how the products are described on their web-page.

Volume & Care Shampoo

IDUN Minerals Volume & Care Shampoo is a volume shampoo for fine thin hair that softens and moisturizes without weighing it down. A volume shampoo that contains vitamins and minerals which add richness, shine and new vitality while strengthening the hair structure. The shampoo provides a gentle hair and scalp cleansing with a creamy and rich foam and is mildly perfumed with hypoallergenic perfume, with scent of sea and summer breeze.

Key ingredients:

  • Gentle cleansing and caring surfactants
  • Moisturizing and caring malic acid, a component naturally found in apples
  • Apple stem cell extracts, rich in minerals and life-giving substances, prevent hair follicle aging and gives vitality
  • Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, a vegan alternative to animal proteins, contains essential amino acids that bind into the hair and provide volume and moisture for softer and manageable hair.
  • Provitamin B5 (panthenol), protects and strengthens hair and improves shine
  • Hypoallergenic fragrance, suitable for sensitive skins

Properties: 

  • 100% vegan
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic fragrance, suitable for sensitive skin
  • Unisex
  • Developed for extra fine hair

250 ml

Volume & Care Conditioner

IDUN Minerals Volume & Care Conditioner is a detangling conditioner for fine thin hair that softens and moisturizes without weighing it down.

A volume conditioner that gives the hair volume and makes it soft, smooth and shiny. The conditioner is enriched with vitamins and minerals that protect and strengthen and provide vitality to the hair. Volume & Care Conditioner is mildly perfumed with hypoallergenic perfume, with a scent of sea and summer breeze.

Key ingredients

  • Moisturizing and caring malic acid, a component naturally found in apples
  • Apple stem cell extracts, rich in minerals and life-giving substances, prevent hair follicle aging and gives vitality
  • Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, a vegan alternative to animal proteins, contains essential amino acids that bind into the hair and provide volume and moisture for softer and manageable hair.
  • Provitamin B5 (panthenol) and Vitamin E protect and strengthen hair and improves shine

Properties: 

  • 100% vegan
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic fragrance, suitable for sensitive skin
  • Unisex
  • Developed for extra fine hair

250 ml

How good or bad a schampoo and conditioner works for your hair is, of course, very individual depending on what kind of hair one has and what shape it’s in. But for MY hair (lots of it but they’re thin and tangle and break easy) IDUN minerals volume & care shampoo and conditioner is among the best shampoo and conditioner I’ve used on my hair. It keeps my hair in place and gives it body without weighing it down.

So will I buy it again? Yes

Do I recommend it? Yes

Apart from the volume&care range there are also other haircare-products so head on over to IDUN if you want to learn more.


Whoop whoop, new in or coming up!

Eftersom jag är lite på stående fot och på språng så blir detta inlägg främst bilder, från startskottet på höstens upplaga av pressveckan.

Jag spenderade några mysiga timmar hos PRESSKONTAKTERNA i förmiddags för att klämma och känna på nyheter.

Since I’m in a bit of a rush and kind of on my way, this post will be mostly pictures. I spent a couple of hours at PRESSKONTAKTERNA looking at all the new products.


Och här är alla härligheter jag fick med mig hem för att prova 😍 😊

And all the goodies I got to take home to try out!

September, best of

Känns som en blinkning, så fort har september passerat. Med det sagt är det dags för mitt första ”best of”-inlägg här på nya sidan 😊

Best of kommer kort och gott vara månadens 5 godingar. Det kommer vara en av mina återkommande inlägg där jag listar de 5 produkter som stuckit ut lite extra mycket under månaden som gått.

Så, här kommer…

In the blink of an eye, that’s how fast September passed. With that said, it’s time for my first ”best of” here on my new page.

Best of, will in short be the 5 goodies of the month. It will be one of My returning posts, where I will list the 5 products that stood out a little bit extra in the past month.

So here it comes..

Best of September

(Yes I am aware it´s not a good pic, but scheizze, next time I’ll put some more effort into the pic)

  • it cosmetics
  • Kicks blush-palette
  • Yves roscher detoxifying flash mask
  • DEPEND eyebrow duo styler wax & concealer pencil
  • NOXI-DOXI eye gel

it cosmetics

Det hypade märket som snart lanseras i Sverige! Med storsäljare som till exempel bye bye under eye – concealern som är en av de bäst säljande, som vunnit priser, är vattenfast och som effektivt ger en hög täckningsgrad utan att lägga sig i varken linjer eller rynkor. Den finns i hela 48 (!) nyanser och döljer både mörka ringar, rodnad i huden, hyperpigmentering. En heltäckande concealer som dessutom är vårdande på huden! I november lanseras märket äntligen i Sverige! Rik och krämig konsistens som täcker otroligt bra, utan att kännas torr eller kakig.

The hyped brand that is soon to be launched in Sweden. With big sellers like bye bye under eye – the award-winning concealer that is waterproof and highly pigmented to cover up and concealer without creasing or svettnigar in fine lines or wrinkles. It comes in 48 (!) shades and covers dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation. A full coverage concealer with skincare benefits! Launching in Sweden in November. Rich and creamy with incredible coverage, without feeling caky or dry.


KICKS rouge palette

En rougepalette med fyra nyanser i både varma och kalla toner. Dessa puderrouge är sammetslena och krämiga i formuleringen och har väldigt bra pigment. Jag älskar denna! Den väger knappt nånting eftersom att själva förpackningen är lätt, och dessutom är priset lika ljuvligt för plånboken som rosigheten på kinden. Fyra färger för 199kronor.

A blush-palette with four colors in both warm and cold hues. These powder-blushes are silky smooth with a creamy formula and really good color pay off. I love this! It weighs close to nothing as the packaging itself is very lightweight, and the price is as lovely for your wallet as the peachiness in brings to your cheeks. Four colors for 199SEK.


Yves Rocher detoxifying flash mask

En svalkande ansiktsmask i gelformula som är full av antioxidanter för att skydda huden mot föroreningar, stress, trötthet och andra miljörelaterade skador. Den här är ljuvlig att lägga när man vaknar tidigt en morgon och behöver en snabb beautyflash-mask. Kostar runt 290 kronor.

A cooling face-mask in a gel formula that´s full of antioxidants to protect skin from impurities, stress, fatigue and other environmental stress factors. This mask is delightful to put on when one wakes up early in the morning and one needs a quick beauty-flash mask. Price is around 290 SEK.


DEPEND eyebrow duo styler – wax & concealer pencil

Den här har jag haft hemma ett tag men det har bara inte blivit av att jag använt den. Nu är jag så glad att jag äntligen provade! Denna duopenna har två sidor, den ena med ett vax som man enkelt stryker på för att hålla bångstyriga strån på plats, och den andra sidan med en ljus penna som kan användas för att ge ett extra lyft för brynen genom att måla nära brynets underkant på brynbenet. Perfekt också för on-the-go snabbfix om man plötsligt får en röd prick eller dylikt. Kostnad; 59kr

I´ve had this pencil at home for a while but I just haven’t gotten around to use it until now, and I´m so happy I finally did! This duo-ended pencil has a wax-pencil on one side to keep those unruly hairs in place. On the other side there’s a light pencil that can be used to give that extra definition and lift by applying it on your browbone right below your brow. It’s also perfect to keep in your purse for on-the-go cover ups incase you need to cover up a pimple or so. Cost; 59SEK


Noxidoxi revolution eye gel

Det här är en ögonmask som appliceras i två steg. Två geléer som läggs ovanpå varandra och som efter en liten stund förvandlas till en film som du sedan drar av. Det här har blivit en favorit de dagar jag börjar jobba klockan 04. De två geléerna är uppiggande på så sätt att de svalkar huden och ger mycket fukt. Ska motverka både svullnad och mörka ringar med ingredienser som till exempel aloe Vera och portlak (välkänd inom framförallt kinesisk örtmedicin för sin anti-age effekt)

Jag tycker definitivt att det både ger en skön känsla men också synbart resultat på framförallt att dämpa svullnad när en går upp sådär mitt i natten och knappt är vaken. Produkten kommer i en förpackning med två pumpar, tydligt märkta med 1 och 2. Ett pump av nr 1 stryks ut och sedan ett pump av nr 2. En pumpflaska innehållande 2x15ml ligger runt 350kronor.

This is an eye-mask that is applied in two steps. Two gels that are applied on top of one and other and that after a few minutes transform into this jelly-like film. This has become a favorite for those mornings I start work at 4am. The two gels are soothing, cooling and moisturizing. They are supposed to prevent dark circles and puffiness under the eye with ingredients usch as aloe Vera and purslane (well known ingredient in Chinese herbal medicine, mest commonly used for its anti-aging benifits)

I definately think the mask gives both a nice feeling to the skin but also visible results on puffiness when one gets up in the middle of the night and one is barely even awake.

The product comes in on bottle with two dispensers, marken with 1 and 2. One pump of number 1 is applied under both eyes, then followed with one pump of gel number 2. A bottle containing 2x15ml is around 350SEK.

I WANT BODY – ELEVEN Australia

ELEVEN Australia är ett relativt ungt märke som grundades 2011 med Miracle hair treatment. Idag har märket 27 produkter i sin portfölj och samtliga produkter är dessutom icke djurtestade och veganska.

Bakom märket står den fyrfaldige ”årets frisör” (i Australien) Joey Scandizzo och den australiensiske ”årets fotograf” Andrew O´Toole.

Under sina yrkesår både i salong och på plåtningar, modevisningar med mera, så kände Joey behovet av lättanvända och lättförståeliga produkter som kunde användas både av professionellt arbetande i branschen men som också skulle tilltala konsumenten. Med mottot; ”Haircare doesn´t need to be complicated, it just needs to work” (Joey), så föddes ELEVEN Australia.

För effektiva produkter krävs effektiva ingredienser, och några av ingredienserna som används i ELEVEN Australia är

  • Avokadoolja
  • Organiskt odlad gurka
  • Hydroliserat veteprotein
  • Hydroliserat sojaprotein
  • Papayaextrakt
  • Australiensisk macadamianötolja
  • Silkesaminosyror
  • Kokosnötsolja
  • Sheasmör
  • Arganolja

ELEVEN Australia is the fresh approach to hair care, and was co-created by creative directors and icons in the industry – four-time Australian hairdresser of the year Joey Scandizzo, and Australian photographer of the year, Andrew O´Toole.

Joey´s motto is; ”hair care doesn´t need to be complicated, it just needs to work”.

Effective products come from effective ingredients. That´s why ELEVEN Australia´s range contains;

  • Avocado oil
  • Organic cucumber
  • Hydrolysed som protein
  • Hydrolysed wheat protein
  • Papaya extract
  • Australian macadamia nut oil
  • Silk amino acids
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • Argan oil

Products are PETA approved, packaging recyclable and formula paraben free. What´s not to love?

Jag har redan hittat två favoriter från märket och de är i serien för volym.

I WANT BODY VOLUME FOAM är ett lättviktigt skum för att ge håret fyllighet, kontroll och textur. Beroende på hårets längd, så tar man 2-4 pump och fördelar ut jämnt i fuktigt hår. Föna sedan håret torrt. Produkten är både vegansk och glutenfri, och en flaska på 200ml kostar 200kr. Jag älskar den här då den får mitt annars så tunna och flygigt hår att kännas fylligt utan att det blir fett eller tungt.

This is a light-weight mousse that adds volume, texture and control to hair. Depending on lenght of hair, apply 2-4 pumps of product to damp hair. Blow dry. The product is both vegan and gluten free and a bottle of 200ml is 200SEK. I love this mousse, as it makes my otherwise thin and unruly hair feel fuller but without weighing it down or making it feel greasy.

I WANT BODY VOLUME POWDER är en multifunktionell produkt som kan användas för att ge volym både i rötterna och längderna, men också för att ge lite strävhet och textur. Det magiska med detta volympulver är att det istället för att komma i en burk med hål i ”saltkars”-format, så är det en pumpflaska som ”puffar” ut ett moln av pulver. På så sätt blir det jämnt fördelat, det öser inte ur för mycket och det är väldigt lätthanterligt. Man pumpar ut ett moln i torrt hår där man önskar volym och masserar sedan in pulvret med fingertopparna. Jag älskar den här typen av produkt i såväl utsläppt hår som i uppsättningar. Kommer helt klart bli en favorit till bruduppsättning! Pulvret är såklart också veganskt och glutenfritt. En pumpflaska (9g) kostar 219kr.

A multi-functional product that can be used to achieve volume bott at roots and lenght of hair, and also to give hair some texture. The magical thing about this product is that instead of the classical ”salt shaker” dispenser, it comes in a pump-spray that blows powder out in a cloud. This making it easier to spread evenly. It gives each application just the right amount of product. Apply it to dry hair where you wish to give your hair some added volume and extra oumph, and carefully massage into hair. This product is one of my favorites both in loose hair as in a fancy up-do. It gives you that added coarseness to the hair that really helps keep a hair-do in place. Oh, and of course it´s both vegan and gluten free. A bottle of 9grams is 219 SEK.

Har du provat något från ELEVEN Australia?

Have you tried any products from ELEVEN Australia?