Taking a winner to bed

One of the winners at the Daisy Beauty awards for the best products of 2018 was the overnight moisture mask from Reserol that won in the category best mask of the year. I have tried it a couple of nights before, and after feeling kind of tired (hungover?) post-gala I decided to take a winner to bed!
I’ve written about Reserol as a brand here and now I will give you my opinion on the winning mask.
Let’s start with what it is and what it’s supposed to do.

RESEROL OVERNIGHT MOISTURE MASK
WHAT IT IS
A night-time mask with hexapeptides, shea butter and vitamins that help preserve skin moisture *.
Provides a soft and smooth skin, reducing visible lines and protecting the skin from dehydration.
HOW TO USE IT
Apply mask to clean and dry skin in the evening twice a week. Spread a thin layer over the entire face and neck. Massage in for 5 seconds and allow the mask to sit overnight. No product should be used on top of the mask. Clean the face the following morning with a mild cleanser. The product is intended for external use only. Do not use together with exfoliating products or on irritated skin. Avoid contact with eyes.
KEY INGREDIENTS
DIFFUPORINE PEPTIDE
Diffuporin peptide’s (hexapeptide-37) level of aquaglyceroporin, responsible for water transport into the skin *. In vitro studies have shown that well-functioning transport leads to a strengthened skin barrier and increases the moisture content of the skin. Diffuporin peptide also stimulates cell renewal in the upper skin layer, which can make the skin healthier *.
SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter contains high levels of stearic acid and oleic acid which are naturally moisturizing and can improve skin elasticity.
VITAMIN E AND C
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) and Vitamin C are powerful antioxidants that together can protect against irradiation and thus protect the skin from premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
SQUALANE
Squalane is a natural, non-comodogenic, humectant with rapid skin penetration, which can also have antioxidant and mild antibacterial properties.

AND WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT IT?
Well, the really short review would be praise reserol. Or how about I get why it won? It is amazing and it really gives my complexion a boost of moisture over night and makes my face look and feel rested. It has a nice feel to it and a soft scent. It goes on smoothly and is absorbed quickly without any sticky residue, meaning ones face doesn’t stick to the pillow case. I do believe that the overnight moisture mask from Reserol will be a constant in my skincare routine. It fits perfectly into any routine one might be using at the moment for that extra little something something.
To get your own miracle sleep mask, head on over here (adlink) your skin will Thank you!

Skin plumping hyaluronic acid hydrogel sheet mask

So as you´ve probably learnt about me by now, I have an absolute hang up on sheet masks. I use them on myself and I use them in my profession. I love finding new ones I like, and this will be one of those.

Todays review is about the skin plumping hyaluronic acid hydrogel sheet mask from KICKS. Just the name makes me go hippety-hop and puts a smile on my face. Plumping and hyaluronic acid in a sheet mask? That’s music to my ears. 🤪


The mask is infused with a highly concentrated serum to improve radiance, elasticity and smoothness.

  • Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid for plumping
  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 for firming
  • Glycerin to replenish skin

See pictures below for description on how to use,

The hydrogel-material allows mask to contour face perfectly.

It might look a bit weird but I assure you it feels really nice! It has a cooling feeling, and since my skin this season is really dehydrated it tingled a bit in the first couple of minutes. But afterwards, my skin was smooth, felt really calm and most definately rehydrated!

And to my happy surprise, there was quite a lot of serum left in the package so I will be adding some ”leftovers” tonight!

The mask can be purchased at KICKS for the cost of 99SEK. They also have other sheet masks, so head on over here and find your perfect match!

INVISIBLE ILLUMINATION INSTANT GLOW FRESH TINT

THAT, might just be the looongest name a product has? But WHO cares! It does exactly what its name says it will. It gives your complexion a fresh glowy tint. Makes your skin look like skin, just with an additional healthy glow to it. Kind of dewy fresh, if you know what I mean? Oh, what it is?

It´s the new foundation/base product from LUMENE. It´s a moisture-packed skincare and makeup hybrid that hydrates AND perfects the complexion. It has a gel-like texture that instantly blends inte complexion for a dewy, youthful and second-skin look. It contains pure arctic spring water and nordic algae that deeply hydrate the skin for up to 24 hours!

The skincare infused makeup can be used as is, or as a base for other foundations if you prefer more coverage. I love using the instant glow fresh tint as a primer. So after I am done with my skincare routine, and after moisturizing I apply the new instant glow fresh tint to my entire face. It gives a healthy glow and gives a perfect base to my foundation (right now mixing 2 that will be up in a near future)

The instant glow fresh tint comes in three shades; light, medium and dark. I am (surprisingly) a medium.

It has really been a while since a foundation made me go ”ooooh”. I´ve had a couple of ”yeah, I like this”, but this is the first time in quite some time that I have been really, really positively surprised at how a product looks and feels on my skin. I love applying it and I love how it makes the rest of my base-products go on effortlessly on top. My dry skin absolutely thirsts for this, and it is the first base-product in a long time that doesn´t show off the dry patches of my face. On the contrary, it smooths the dry spots well and makes my skin look healthy and fresh – just as promised!

It was so difficult to get a pic that shows the effect, but can you see where the back of my hand kind of looks moist? That’s the skin tint! And I kid you not, my hand before application was like sandpaper.

Head on over to Lumene to have a closer look!

Gimme’ that glow, please

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Oh Please someone tell me that the days of sunlight are actually just around the corner? I’m so tired of this darkness. My skin is transparent, lackluster and drier than a snakes leftover used and worn out skin. PLEASE I plead, show me just an itsy bitsy bit of sunshine m’kay?

Oh wait, since I live in Sweden I have another three months at least of cold and darkness. Of skin like a desert with not even a hallucination of water in sight.

Lucky there are good tricks and products around to help a girl out 🤪 Like this new mask!

One of my favorite brands when it comes to sheet masks is ACASIA skincare. There are two sheetmasks available already; LIFT ME UP sheet mask and START ME UP sheetmask. This coming april, ACASIA skincare are adding a third sheet mask to their line of products;

BRIGHTENING sheet mask

The brightening sheet mask is a single-use mask that will give your skin a boost of lustre and moisture. It’s full of vitamins C & E together with hyaluronic acid to give skin lustre, elasticity and a more even skin tone. Your skin will be left with less visible fine lines and with an improved moisture-balance and skin-barrier. The mask also has a section that wraps under you chin. The sheet itself is face-shaped with holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. The mask is suitable for all skintypes.

My skin right after removing the sheet mask. Moist, plumped and glowy.

So did I like it? Hell yes! I’m not surprised at all, as I already love and use the other two sheet masks from ACASIA SKINCARE. The lift me up is always a given for brides and perfect any time you need that Cinderella-Quick fix.

Will I buy it again? Well, pardon my French, but do bears poop in the woods? The answer is obviously yes yes yes! This will be a new favorite and I congratulate ACASIA SKINCARE for doing it again!

Each sheet mask is drenched with 23ml active serum and they cost 125SEK each.

The ACASICIA SKINCARE brand also has a cleanser, a 24h moisturizer and a cream-mask that can be used as a sleep mask aswell.

If you live in Sweden you are in luck as you can head on over to for instance to here (adlink)

If you don’t live here, find someone to send you them! It will be worth it for sure!

Dermalogica intensive moisture cleanser, first impression

At the Daisy Beauty expo this past weekend (which I wrote about here) Dermalogica was one of the skincare brands there to do mini-facials and to show their new products. One of latest additions to the range of products is the new cleanser for dry skin (YAY), intensive moisture cleanser.

I’ve always had skin more to the dry side, and especially this season in our Swedish climate. Cold air outside, dry and warm air inside. The constant change of heat and cold makes skin confused and as a result skin can feel tight and dry, two telltale signs of dehydrated skin.

The new Intensive moisture cleanser is a light, creamy cleanser that removes both makeup and impurities at the same time as it nourishes dry skin. It’s enhanced with BioReplenish Complex™, a lipid-enriched formula that helps minimize the damage of proteins and lipids that are vital to defend against dryness. The complex is combined with phytoactives from Coconut and Murumuru Seed Butter that help protect barrier lipids and preserve the skin’s natural resilience resulting in a smoother feel after cleansing. To add an extra refreshing feeling to the skin, Dermalogica have added invigorating extracts of Citrus, Palmarosa and Jasmine. The cleanser rinses away easily, leaving skin cleaner, softer and more luminous.

This is one of the products I tried straight away, as I was actually on the lookout for a new cleanser. The instruction says to apply on dampened skin, but eager as I was I slapped it straight onto dry skin which worked just fine. It has a soft scent to it which makes me happy as I hate when products have that artificial over-the-top perfumed smell.

My favorite routine when it comes to oil-cleansers or as in this case cream, is to massage it onto dry skin until it feels like it’s almost absorbed and then add a bit of warm water and massage it again.

Granted, I’ve only used it a couple of times so far, but my first impression is that I really like it! My skin feels clean, but without that stretchy feeling if you know what I mean? You know when your skin feels so dry it’s like it shrunk a size. Of course, I still have to do my moisturizing routine immediately as usual, but I di feel that the intensive moisture cleanser doesn’t strip my skin of its natural moisture.

I also like the bottle itself, as it comes in a handy pump dispenser which allows for easy portioning of product.

In Sweden, the new cleanser will be available in store one time during March. A bottle of 150ml will cost 425SEK and a bottle of 295ml 635SEK.

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.