Update – Third week – Testing a skincare brand – The ordinary

It has officially been three weeks since I started to use the ordinary.

My skin feels softer. And my dry spots it starting to go away, finally

My undereye area is still kind of red, but I definitly see a difference from the first day.

I do feel like my undereyes look more red in real life, but maybe that is just me.

Pic 1: Before using The ordinary Pic 2: First week using The ordinary

Pic 1: second week using The ordinary Pic 2: Third week using The ordinary

Click here to see the first update

click here to see the second update

click here to see the products I got.

I have dry skin, so these product may not work for you if you have a different skin type.

What is your holy grail skincare product. I would love to know

Much Love
Maria

Update – Second week – Testing a skincare brand – The ordinary

Time for an update

some days I am really tired so I don’t feel like doing my skincare routine, but I am still doing it. yay me 🙂

I do feel like it is working and making my skin more radiant, but I still have my dry spots .

My bags under my eyes is slowly going away, but it is definitely working, I was skeptical at first. I love when I can see some results.

I haven’t changed or added anything since last time

Click here to see the one week update

Click here to see my haul and what brand

pic 1: before using the ordinary pic 2: first week. pic 3: second week

it can be a little difficult to see progress but these pictures are non edited and in natural lighting.
The bags doesn’t look as brown/orange anymore.

Much Love
Maria

Update – First week – Testing a skincare brand – The ordinary

Time for an update!

I have been using the products for a whole week.

In the morning
I am using the marine Marine Hyaluronics and the natural moisturizing factors + HA in my morning routine. I have also been applying a sunscreen everyday. I really want to get better at applying sunscreen, because we need to protect our skin from the sun.

In the evening
First I apply the squalane cleanser, the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, the Marine Hyaluronics, the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (only under the eyes), the 100% Plant-Derived Squalane and the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA.
Some days I have been applying weleda skinfood – makes the skin really greasy, but is super hydrating.

On one of the days I applied AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for only 2 minutes at night. It did sting a little bit, but I think first I have never used a peeler before, and my dry spots doesn’t like something with a lot of acid.
Remember if you use it, don’t let it sit more than 10 minutes and apply sunscreen when going out in the sun, because you skin can be more sensitive to the sun after using it. I only used it for 2 minutes because I have never tried it before on my whole face. Next time I am going to try for 3 minutes.

My skin definitely feels softer, and when I compare the 2 pictures I can definitely see a difference in my under eyes.
my skin still has some dry spots but I think I have some eczema (no fun)

Taken on the 7th of april
Comparing the 2 photos
Taken on the 7th of april Taken on the 1st of april

I haven’t noticed any irritation using this product.

If you want to read the original post where there is pictures of the products – click here

Much love
Maria

Testing a skincare brand – The Ordinary – Haul

I want to start using The ordinary line. I have heard many good things about the brand. And if any Danes follow you can get on many danes sites like cocopanda and matas.

It is really an affordable brand compared to other brands.
I want to try the the brand out for a good month. On the 1. of april is where I will start using it.

I want to document the process, therefor I want to take pictures and tell you about my experience. I will post once a week on how my skin is feeling.

Before I got these product I did do my research about the brand. They specifically have some for dry skin and that is exactly what I need. They also some for acne prone skin. I don’t have a lot of acne or other things. therefor I got these products because I think they will fit my skin pretty good.
I have also watched a lot of youtube videos and reviews.

They do have an example of a skincare regime on there website.

I just wanted to put a picture up, so you can see how my skin is looking, ofcourse you can get better view in real life. But I can tell you that my skin has dry patches, and no matter how much water I drink, how much moisturising cream I put on my skin they just won’t go away. I have always dealt with dry skin.
The other thing is I have these little bumps on my skin, not pimples but more of an irritated skin.
When I got in my teenage years I got really bad dark under eyes, and I always want to wear concealer because I think I look a little sick.

Products I got:

Glycolic acid 7% toning solution

A glycolic acid 7% toning solution
This claims to improve skin radiance and improves skin texture.

100% plant derived squalane

100% plant derived squaline.
This claims to hydrate the skin.

Caffeine solution 5% + EGCG

Caffeine solution 5% + EGCG
This is for my undereyes. It claims to reduce the looks of puffiness and dark circles .

AHA 30% – BHA 2% peeling solution

AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution
This is an acid – and you are only allowed to apply it 1-2 times a week for a maximum of 10 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, then this is maybe not a product for you.
Using it for the first time it is recommended to start with 2 minutes, the next time you apply it for 3 minutes and so on. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. the formula is supposed to improve skin texture.

Marine Hyaluronics

Marine hyalorurnics
I originally wanted to get the hyaluronic acid 2% + B5.
This marine hyaluronics is a gentler version, but it also has hyaluronic acid which gives the skin a moisture boost . hyaluronic acid can hold a thousand times its weight in water

Squalane cleanser

Squalane cleanser
A cleanser to take of makeup or just to use as a face cleanser.
When you warm it up between your fingers it turns into and oil. I have experienced foam cleaners and they just doesn’t work for me.

Natural moisturizing factors + HA

Natural moisturizing factors + HA
A moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid.
Got this because it claims to moisturize.

Always do a patch test
Before using these or any other new skincare product, you should do a patch test on a small area, to see if your skin reacts to any of the ingredients in the formula. One time i bought a product claiming to be for sensitive skin and perfume free, and my skin reacted with getting super red and getting really hot, so always do a patch test on a small areal on your forearm or behind your ear.

Disclaimer!
I am not a esthetician or have any other education about skin/skincare. So you should really do your research before trying out new skincare. Just because something works for me, doesn’t necessarily means it will work for you.

The ordinarys website – https://theordinary.deciem.com/

Thanks for coming coming on this journey with me, can’t wait to update you.

Much Love
Maria

Get to know me – 25 questions

GET TO KNOW ME

1. Where are you from
Denmark
2. Share you favorite subject in high school.

English or danish
3. What is your favorite drink?
probilly mojito or strawberry daiquiri. not a huge drinker
4. What is your favorite song at the moment?

I see you (Theme from Avatar) by Leona Lewis discovered it a couple of days ago – love the voice!
5. What would you (or have you) name your children?

Boy – Matthew
Girl – Isabella
6. Have you participated in any sports?

i did take tennis lessons when I was younger.
7. What is your favorite book?

I don’t read a lot. but a book I have read a lot when I was younger was nightshade. I have never finished the series. (that’s how bad I am with keeping up with book reading)
8. What is your favorite color?

Blue.
9. What is your favorite animal?

I love all kind of animals, but a cat – I know maybe a bit boring.
10. What is your favorite perfume?

A cheap one I bought in december called Tendenza for her – van Gils
11. What is your favorite holiday?

Anything thats has a warm weather – hate the cold.
12. On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood.

I would say a 7.
13. Have you been out of the country?

Yes I use to go on vacation with my family a lot when I was younger
I have been to
Greece
poland
germany
Sweden
Bulgaria. i would love to see more of the world
14. Do you speak any different languages?

My native language is danish. Then I speak English. I speak a little german, spanish(still learning it). I also understand a little norwegian.
15. Do you have any siblings?

Yes I have 4 brothers. 2 younger brothers and 2 olders brothers.
16. What is your favorite store?

We have store in denmark called NORMAL. It kind of is like a drugstore except they don’t sell groceries.
17. What is your favorite restaurant?

anything with sushi
18. Did you like school?

Yes and no. I was a shy kid when I was younger and that kind of stopped myself into doing a lot of thing
19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

Itsjudyslife – watching some of their old vlogs
Stephanie Soo – a mugbanger and her vlogchannel Missmangobutt
RemLife – lifestyle vlogger
Heather Robertson for home workouts
20. What is your favorite movie?

Alita – battle angel. It changes all the time.
21. What are some of your favorite tv shows?

FRIENDS
Outlander
Riverdale
Click here to see my favorite tv shows right now on netflix
22. PC or mac?

Mac – Love my macbook pro
23. What phone do you have?

Oneplus 6T.
24. How tall are you?

165 cm.
25. Do you have any pets?

No but I would love to.

That was a little about me

Much Love
Maria

TV Shows I am loving on netflix right now

Are you in quarantine because if the Covid-19 or are you just looking to binge on a new show?

I will share with you series i am loving right now.
I live in denmark so some of the series may not be on your netflix.

Riverdale
I have been watching this show from the beginning. It is one of those show that is interesting but still a bit weird, you can’t stop watching.
This has it ups and down, but still wanting to see how this show develops.
If you love a good teenage drama with a twist of murder and gangs this is the show for you.

Once a witch
This is a spanish series. I don’t speak spanish but I really want to learn it. This gives me a chance for me to learn and understand the language. The second season has just come out so definitely binging on that 😀
It is about a witch who comes from the past into the future. seems kinda weird but it is actually pretty funny and interesting.

Outlander
I love this series. It got history, love stories, drama.
I love the acting it really gets hooked. the plot is really convincing.

Sex education
This show is about a kind of awkward a teenage kid who teaches kid about love/sex. It is really funny.

The witcher
My boyfriend wanted to watch this with me, and I was like sure why not, but I was pleasantly surprised of the acting and the fight scenes. I did not expect to love this but Henry Cavill is the perfect actor for the main character (plus he is good looking :D). I know it has been out for a while, but just go watch if you won’t be disappointed.

YOU
Season 1 and 2
This show always has you on the edge of your seat. Sometimes you think oh I know what is going to happen, but then you get shocked.
The is just a good show, it is a about a stalker joe and that’s is all I am going to say, because I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t watched it.

Are there any show you would recommend that is an absolutely must to see on netflix. Please let me know.

Much love
Maria

Favorite skincare right now

What I use in the morning

In the morning I have been using Garnier Lavindin anti wrinkle cream. I bought this when it first came out because I wanted to try it, but it has become my everyday staple face cream. it doesn’t irritate my skin, and I have almost ran out of it, that is how much I love it

What I use in the evenings

My skin is so dry, and I have a tendency to get these dry patches so I have to use a thick cream at night so my skin have time to really soak it in.

To take my makeup of I use the Garnier bio lemon grass gel wash I don’t use this around my eyes, but manly on my face. If I have mascara or eyeshadow I will use coconut oil. I love the chamomile cleanser from the body shop, but it is just kind if expensive to me so I and I feel just like coconut oil so therefor I would rather just use coconut oil, plus I always have it on hand because I use it in cooking too. 😀
I don’t use any toner because I feel like it dry out my skin. but then I apply my lotion. in a couple of months I have used the overnight mask from pure and care the honey sleep mask. I love this stuff, even though it is an overnight mask, it does soke in rather quickly (depending on how much you use) an it just leaves my skin feeling soft

I don’t have a long list of products I use, I like to keep it simple

Are there any products you have tried that is really good for dry skin. I would love to know

Much Love
Maria

A little Haul – My protein

I love buying new workout clothes. Clothes that I feel comfortable to train in.

Therefore I took advantages of My protein back to school sale where I got 38% off. I love a good sale 🙂

The pro Tech reversible Bomber – Dark blue
The white marble leggings
The Inspire seamless leggings – Sulphur leggings

My opinion about the three items:
All of them are in the size Medium

  • The pro Tech reversible Bomber – Dark blue
    Love this jacket feels quite thick, definitely a jacket for the colder months.
    It can be reversible, so you have more shiny puffy side and on the other side you get a more matte side. It has pockets on both side.
  • The white marble leggings
    Love the print on these. Feels like they are double layered so it not so sheer. There is a part right before the elastic, where it is sheer, but other than that they are squat proof. If you are Medium sometimes large I would definitely size up, I didn’t size up and i regret it a bit, because they are kind of hard to put on. luckily they are stretchy, but I don’t like spending 2 minutes to put them on. And if you are a size small, sometimes a medium, I would take the medium.
    The fabric is more silky than a cotton feel. kind of like a swimsuit. they feel very comfortable
  • The Inspire seamless leggings – Sulphur leggings in grey
    I bought these because they remind me of the gymshark leggings(I don’t know the name of them)
    I have these leggings in blue, I believe hey have the same design, but I am not sure.
    These leggings I got in a size Medium, the blue one I also have is in small.
    I would say that these grey ones are less stretchy that the blue ones.
    And I would not use them for a leg day, because they are see through. I have only tried them with a thong. There is a bit of fabric where there are small holes and you can definitely see the underwear through.

Have you bought anything from my protein and if so how do you like the clothes.

I feel like they always have a sale going on, so that is a plus.
And they have a lot of of clothes to choose from.

Use the link below to get 20% off your first order. this will give me 100kr
If you buy for over 399kr you get 20% off on your order
Anyone who have bought on my protein can get this unique code/link and refer anybody.
I just want to help you get cheaper gym clothes.
I am not sure how this link will work outside of Denmark.

https://www.myprotein.dk/referrals.list?applyCode=MARIA-RFZV

Much Love
Maria

Testing Garnier Bio skincare

I love skincare, I really try to take care of my skin, because my skin gets very dry.
I really deal with a lot of acne when it is summer, because I sweat more, and if I don’t clean my skin it will get worse. So it is important to take of it. in the summer i get acne and in the winter it gets dry and patchy.


Sometimes I have to be really careful of the skincare I choose, because my skin will instantly react to it. I have a very weird skin.

When I saw this collection I new I had to get it. the design is so pretty, and it smells so good.
Some of the scents is maybe for someone who is a bit older, but I would still use it, and I’m 23 years old. So If you like the scents, then you go girl! 😀

I have bought 4 of their products:


– Bio lemongrass Gel wash
This is so moisturizing, and it can take some of your makeup off, that’s what I have used it for anyway. I also use it after my workout when I have been sweating a lot . And you only need like 1 1/2 pump.


– Bio Lavender day care cream
I love the smell of lavender, but maybe someone can feel like it is a bit overwhelming. this is again really moisturizing. I use this before i put makeup on.


– Bio Cornflower micellar water
This just remove ekstra makeup and dirt from your skin, it feels really good on my skin. I don’t feel like it is drying on my skin.


– Bio argan rescue Balm
This is a bit thicker than a day cream, but I just wouldn’t call it a balm. A balm for me is more oily and thicker. A balm for me is more like the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. And I use this at night so it really can soak in to the skin when I sleep peacefully. But for me it is a thick day cream.

Have you tried the new line?
I really want to get my hands on the other products in the line. i really think this is my favorite line from them.

Much Love
Maria

Sourcedbox – October 2018

Wuhuu!!! it has never been easier to eat healthier snacks. they come right to your door.

Time for this months sourcedbox. feel free to scroll down

 

 

 

Sweet chilli black eyed pea puffs – Bepps
Puffed black eyed peas. crunchy with a good flavour

Banana crisps – Pinkfinch
This could be 1 of your 5 a day. How good is that?

Easy cheesy pretzel bites – Indie bay
Spelt pretzels with a coating of delicious vegan cheese.

Sour cherry & strawberry bites – Instinct bites
Freeze dried fruit. This could also be 1 of your 5 a day.

Mylk + pink himalayan salt – Raw halo
With a natural coconut sugar, cashew nut butter and a hint of himalayan salt.

Rasberry & elderflower natural energy drink – Sunsoul
Elderflower drink with raspberry.

carrot cake bar – Creative nature
perfect snack. I love carrot cake, so this is going to be delicious.

Baobab & almond brownie – GB chew
Brownie bar with a cacao crunch and the unique caramel flavour of the baobab powder.

Berry bite bar – Aduna
With delicious berries and creamy cashews.

Coconut cashew bar – Squirrel sisters
with coconut and creamy cashews and protein packed sunflower seeds.
I have heard this brand is very good, so I am very excited

 

Want to see what was in the other boxes? 

Click here to see the September 2018 box

Click here to see the August 2018 box

Click here to see the June 2018 box

Click here to see the May 2018 box

Click here to see the april 2018 box

Click here to see March 2018 box

Click here to see the february 2018 box

Click here to see the January 2018 box

Click here to see the December 2017 box

Click here to see the September 2016 box

Click here to see the August 2016 box

Click here to see the July 2016 box

Click here to see the June 2016 box

Click here to se the May 2016 box

Click here to see the April 2016 box

Do you want to order you own box? click here

If you subscribe to Sourcedbox through the link above you will receive 15% off your first MONTHLY box. Just to make you aware, that this helps me get a discount on my next box.
I’m am not the only person that can do this. You can even do it! When you subscribe to your Monthly Sourcedbox you get a referral code. This code can you put anywhere. I wanted to share this with you, in case you wanted to help out yourself, a friend or even a family member to get a cheaper box.

Have you tried this months box? If yes what did you think of it? Comment your favorite snack from the box, in the comment section, I would love to know.

Much Love
Maria