Flora Mare Skin Energizer – Fleur de Sel

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Ah, France! The land of fromage, vin rouge and apparently best projection screen for skincare fantasies.

Don´t you agree? French skincare is as much a myth as French food, and while I am a fan of both (a cheese plate is life!), I´d advise you to take the things said about them with a grain of salt.

Probably a grain of Fleur de Sel de Camargue, to stay on topic.

 

Flora Mare Skin Energizer
Flora Mare Skin Energizer

 

So what if I tell you that the Flora Mare Skin Energizer not only contains marine extracts, but that these extracts are actually harvested in France, at the beautiful Atlantic Coast? Add some peptides and platinum to the mix and you have the modern version of a skincare fairy tale.

I at least was immediately eager to slather myself in the green goodness the Flora Mare Skin Energizer provides. Preferably with a side of Bûcheron.

But French phantasies aside, did the product convince?

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The Ordinary Serum Foundation – Habits

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I know many a blogger out there started their blog to justify a spending habit that is borderline hoarding. And I am no exception! „I want to write about it!“ is a common excuse when yet another red lipstick makes its way into my basket. (But then again, who blogs about a single lipstick anymore? I´ll buy the whole line!)

Mr. Loca has long learned not to question the sheer amount of parcels appearing on our doorstep.

 

The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum Foundation in the shade 1.2

 

And while I am very good at actually finishing stuff (proof are my empties videos) and my shopping is much more mindful, I am not immune to buying stuff I actually did know in the first place I wouldn´t really use.

Latest one? The Ordinary Serum Foundation. I prefer my base to be matte, long lasting and at least medium coverage, none of which it claims to be.

But of course I put it to the test anyway!

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Creativity – Revisiting my New Years Goals 2018

Half of the year is gone by now, and while I don´t want to join the chorus of those that express their surprise about how time is flying (it isn´t, at least not always, but I will come to that another time), I do want to take the opportunity to reflect on how far I have come with what I wanted to achieve.

And to address upcoming changes, which I, ironically, also did six months ago, in my first blog post after my Christmas break. I promise it is not a series!

 

Revisiting my New Years Goals 2018
Sunset on the lake – southern part of Sweden

 

To get up to speed, I recommend you read the blogpost first (click) and then join me in dissecting how things have evolved since.

Back in January, after thinking long and hard about it, because thinking long and hard is what you do between Christmas and New Year Eve, as long as you are not feasting and getting drunk, which for me, with two little kids, rarely happens, so after thinking long and hard about it I decided I wanted to set up a strategy. For my blog. And for You Tube. A plan for me to decide which social media to focus on, where to invest my time, everything needed to work towards the goal of making money from blogging.

Which, complete honesty here, I still don’t do.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – Not an INCI blog

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I am NOT a skincare guru.

It is incredibly flattering when my blogging buddies call me that, and I am happy and grateful for everyone reading here and trusting my reviews, but I would never (ever!) claim that title for myself.

You see: This is NOT an INCI blog. I am not a chemist, nor do I have any experience working in the industry.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

I am a doctor, and even though I have read a ton of scientific publications and dermatological textbooks, I would be lost if I had to come up with my own formula.

While I do think that I know more about skincare than the average person (even more than the average beauty blogger), I am still not an expert in this field, as blogs like Lab Muffin tend to teach me.

There is still so much to learn, and until I know everything, being called a skincare guru simply feels wrong.

So keep that in mind while reading my review on the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

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My quick and easy travel makeup tutorial

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Welcome back! To me, after a two week holiday spend in Norway and Sweden.

And to you, dear reader, after a two week blogging hiatus.

Surprisingly, the world didn’t stop turning when I stopped blogging, and it was very refreshing to not worry for once about internet connection.

 

Quick and easy travel makeup
Quick and easy travel makeup

 

Which can, you might have guessed it, be a little hard to come by in the more remote corners of Norway.

Of course, me stopping to blog did not mean I stopped to wear makeup. I just feel more comfortable with my face made up a little. But as space was an issue (I mean, I had to share the space for my makeup with stuffed animals), I packed very lightly.

Little makeup packed, little time to get ready – here is my quick and easy travel makeup tutorial!

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Life Update: Why I am taking a break – LLL Vlogs 52

When I uploaded this vlog to You Tube, I did of course add tags. I mean, even if this is just a rambly video of me looking pretty worn because it was the end of a long day and I desperately needed to wash my hair, even then I want it to rank in You Tube search.

Actually, I have been reading a lot about SEO and ranking and videography lately, but I´ll get to that a little later.

 

Taking a break
Taking a break (picture taken by my mother)

 

So when I used the tag: „Taking a break“, I instantly got a ton of suggested tags along the lines of: „Life Update: Getting a divorce“ or „Life update: Why we broke up“. Which, I assure you guys, is totally NOT what has been going on lately.

I mean, we are not even „on a break“ in a Friends kind of way. We are perfectly fine.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrating Brightening Essence – Valkyries

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I know I am (once again) completely off trend here, but I just don´t understand the need to make everything “Asian beauty”

Not that I think the Asian Beauty community isn´t noteworthy, or that I would deny incorporating a few bits into my routine as well.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

 

It is just that I firmly believe that people adapt to their surroundings and way of living, and that this influences their needs.

Not the most basic ones, obviously, I mean there are toilets all around the world – but you get what I am saying here.

Just look at me:

I am 1,72 m, have a strong frame, blonde hair, curves and love dairy.

I am by all means more Valkyrie than Geisha.

And that is perfectly fine. It just gets awkward if I forcefully try to adapt to a Geisha way of life.

Strictly speaking skincare here. I would look as weird trying to blow the steerhorn as I would trying to play the shamisen.

So at first I was a little surprised that Caudalie, obviously a French skincare brand, would claim to be inspired by Asian beauty when they released the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. But Mathilde Thomas did live in Asia for quite a bit, so I guess it is only natural that she got inspired there. So let´s see if this inspiration lead to Asian beauty fit for a Valkyrie.

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New In Beauty June 2018 – 10 years Cult Beauty

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Do you like premade pick and mix bags? We had that at a fair recently, when you could choose your bag, but not what was inside.

My daughter was all over it, while I was a little more hesitant. I mean, what is the point in pick and mix when you don´t get to pick?

 

New In Beauty June 2018
New In Beauty June 2018

 

She loved the thrill though, carefully going through her purchase, eating her favorites and offering the ones that didn´t appeal to her to her little brother. Who, admittedly, would eat just about anything.

Side note: I of course supervised and stopped him from eating the licorice. Mr. Loca was very happy to step in and take one for the team here.

It kind of reminded me about how I feel when I receive a Gift with Purchase, excitedly dividing things to keep from things to give away. And, among all that, discovering makeup items I hadn´t even heard about before.

This time it was the Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet Liquid Lipstick.

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DIY Face Mask Maker – LLL Vlogs 51

Turning into my mother was never a thought that scared me.

It might sound mushy-gushy, but she always was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up. Not exactly, of course, but in terms of values and standing up for herself, in terms of being independent and creative, caring and curious… I could go on.

 

DIY Face Mask Maker
DIY Face Mask Maker

 

Which I won´t, because I know that she is reading this blog post and will probably text me “Kitsch” right this very second.

She is also my number one fan, from the very first blog post published she has been there. Not only because she is my mother, but also because we share an obsession for skincare.

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May Lindstrom Honey Mud – Victorian literature

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Do you read the Brontë sisters? I admit I have a weakness for Victorian literature, ever since I first started Jane Eyre on a rainy autumnal afternoon.

Of course I wouldn’t want to actually live in this epoche, but books tend to skim over things like Womens Rights, health care and poverty and instead focus on haunted mansions, horses and unfulfilled, but fiery love.

 

may lindstrom honey mud
May Lindstrom Honey Mud – a sample size

 

 

And, especially with the Brontë sisters, on nature. Roses, the endless moor and storm clouds rolling in – everything just seems to be a little more when compared to how it feels today.

Why I was reminded of their writing? Well, read the claims on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud and see for yourself!

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