Meet KORA

KORA organics is quite a young brand on the market, founded by model Miranda Kerr. Here’s the story behind it,

THE STORY

”At KORA Organics, we believe that healthy skin is the most beautiful skin.

Our skin is our largest organ and it supports the life of all our other body parts. It plays a vital role in maintaining our immune system and works 24/7 to take care of us, protect us and keep us healthy. It makes sense to look after our skin with products that replenish it and fill it with the nutrients it needs to function at its best.

As an international model, mother and someone who is passionate about nutrition, health and wellbeing, having healthy skin has been important to Miranda from a young age. In 2006 she started the development of KORA Organics – a company she founded on the values of making a transformative difference to people’s skin, their confidence, and offering them a healthier alternative to other brands on the market. They use certified organic and natural products for one simple reason – because what you put on your skin soaks in.

Along with a team of researchers and consultants in microbiology, aromatherapy and organic chemistry who specialise in organic and natural formulations, they identified key ingredients based on their natural healing and protective powers, such as Noni Extract, Rosehip Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Green Tea.

KORA Organics launched in 2009 exclusively through Australia’s leading department store, David Jones. Since then, KORA Organics has expanded to over 200 retailers across Australia, including Sephora, in addition to selling worldwide through KORAOrganics.com and luxury global e-retailer Net-A-Porter.com. In 2017, KORA Organics launched exclusively in the U.S.A in over 300 Sephora stores and Sephora.com and by the end of 2018, KORA Organics will be stocked across 25 countries and in more than 2,500 stores.

We have created an award-winning range of certified organic and certified natural products that detoxify, nourish and revitalise your skin. KORA Organics products are highly concentrated and active, delivering visible results while restoring your skin to its optimal health. We love what we have created and we’re excited for you to experience our products.”


The brand has a wide range of products, and I will be trying out a couple of them so you can expect to read about products from KORA more than once 🙂

First out is the TURMERIC BRIGHTENING & EXFOLIATING MASK

Here’s how the product is described by the brand;

”An invigorating 2-in-1 organic facial exfoliating mask formulated to revitalise, brighten and promote skin cell renewal. Certified Organic Turmeric, Papaya Enzymes, Aspen Bark, Peppermint and Rosehip Seeds deeply detox pores and refine tone and texture—leaving your skin glowing and healthy.

  • This turmeric exfoliating mask addresses congested pores, sebum buildup, uneven skin texture and dullness
  • This brightening face mask polishes and resurfaces skin to promote healthy cell renewal
  • Turmeric Benefits for Skin: Helps soften the appearance of discoloration, pigmentation and sun damage
  • Our Turmeric Mask works to remove the effects of environmental elements, pollution and UV stress
  • The NEW Turmeric face mask is a safe alternative to acid based Glycols or AHA’s

THANKS TO ingredients such as turmeric, Aspen bark, rosehip seeds, peppermint and quartz.


WHAT DID I THINK?

Honestly, it took me a couple of uses to fall for it. I think perhaps my expectations were a bit high the first time I used it at I didn’t get as much as a ”wow” as I was expecting right after – but I did notice my skin felt really nice the morning after. My complexion is reeeeeally dry this time of year, and one of my main issues is keeping my nose clear of blackheads. As a professional skin therapist, I know that one way to measure the effectiveness of a product is the effect it has on my blackheads. Let me explain; The drier my skin is, the harder my blackheads are to remove. An effective product makes sebum softer and this, blackheads easier to remove. So my pores aren’t really congested, I just have blackheads. And as everyone else this season, kind of lackluster and dull.

So after my first use, my skin felt refreshed, but I didn’t have the big wow I was hoping for. As I said, the morning after my skin felt nice. A nice mask. Nice feel on the skin, a slight tingling sensation and an ok scent. But in all honesty, is it fair to expect a miracle after just one application?

Knowing my skin isn’t exactly in the main target group for the mask, I decided to give it another go three nights later. And this is where I had the wow I wanted. After the second use, I did see a better glow to my skin and as mentioned, my blackheads were softer and came out easier! NOTE! I don’t recommend squeezing blackheads yourself unless you’re a professional, as it is easy to damage skin surface if you aren’t careful.

DO I RECOMMEND IT AND WILL I BUY IT AGAIN?

I now use the TURMERIC BRIGHTENING & EXFOLIATING MASK as part of my routine, and sometimes apply it only on my nose to give those blackheads a go. Even though I’m not the exact target group, I still see myself buying the mask again. I like the way it feels on my skin, I like having an option to my acid-favorites and I most definately DO RECOMMEND it for anyone with congested skin that is looking for a product that is based on natural ingredients but still gives results!

looking forward to trying more from KORA and if you have any favorites from the brand please share.

Do you use a brow-knife?

So you’ve probably seen I write a lot abound Depend? It is a brand I do some work for, but it is first of all a brand I really love. Known to most for their nailpolishes and lashes, but did you know they also carry a wide range of products for brows? From tweezers, to brow-scissors, different pencils and a pomada (in 6 shades) and my ”can’t live without” brow-knife.

I use this personally and I have one in my kit. For easy clean up on brows, uni-brow, upper lip or even to quickly trim a hair-line or beard-line. On toes if needed i.e. on a photoshoot with bare feet and fingers if shooting close-ups etc.

The browknife comes in a pack of 3, and retails for about 70SEK. Read more about the range and shop the products here [adlink]

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)