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SUMMER HAIR CARE ROUTINE

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Oh summer! Sunny days at the beach, toes in the sand, bikinis, mermaid hair… so idyllic!

As you change out your wardrobe and swap chunky sweaters to summer dresses, you need to take a look at your hair care routine aswell. It might be time to add a few products to your regimen in order to cope with summer conditions. Salty seawater, chlorinated pools, humidity & heat damage from the sun are just a few of the reasons why you need to rethink your hair care.

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My hair is color-treated, dry and damaged, so it was a no-brainer for me to start using L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary Oil hair care. This line is very nourishing and meant for dry to extra dry hair. I think it’s been roughly over 15 years since the last time I was using L’Oreal hair care products. To be honest I don’t think they were that good back then and so many other brands were flooding the market, so I kind of just went with the trends.

But now as I’ve been using this particular line for almost 2 months, I’m impressed! They have come such a long way. The level of improvement is insane! This line works so well with my hair. No joke!

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One of the biggest issues that I have during the summertime (and also during tropical vacations!) is having frizzy hair due to the humidity. Using products like L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary Oil shampoo & conditioner, which are infused with nourishing oils, help me to deal with that problem. I usually follow with L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary oil to tame away any remaining frizz!

PS! Extraordinary Oil comes in a small bottle aswell which is great for travelling! …and it’s made of plastic, so it doesn’t break in a suitcase!

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During the summertime I try to use hair mask more often just to keep the hair soft and healthy. L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary Oil mask is definitely my favorite product from the whole line! It smells divine + it actually works with my dry and damaged hair. Yes Yes Yes!

I usually wash my hair twice a week. I feel that’s enough for me. In-between washes I use L’Oreal Magic shampoo (which is a dry shampoo/texturizer). I swear dry shampoo is like an espresso to the hair! 

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On very sunny days (or at the beach) I try to wear a hat or a scarf around my head – they look really cute + they make any summer outfit more put-together. You avoid getting a sunstroke & you protect your hair from the exposure!

I try to use hot tools as little as possible. Therefore airdrying instead of blowdrying. Just letting the nature work its magic.

Because summer is all about embracing your natural hair!

Love,

Maarja

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SUNKISSED SKIN 101

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Summer has finally arrived and it makes me so happy! As the weather this week promised to be ridiculously hot, I decided to come to Pärnu & spend the week here (for my international readers: Pärnu is the so-called “summer capital” of Estonia). 

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So, I grabbed my puppy & my laptop and here we are! 

To be honest, I’m currently sitting in the shade because I got sunburnt. I was a little sloppy applying sunscreen and totally forgot how strong the sun can be at the beginning of summer. So no better time than right now to talk about the importance of a sunscreen!  

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Variety of EVY Technology sunscreens (HERE)

 

Here are some very common thoughts:

– You can’t get a tan while wearing a sunscreen. Not true. Ofcourse you will get a tan while wearing a sunscreen! The SPF number is just a measure of how long your skin can be in direct sunlight without beginning to get red or sunburnt.

– All sunscreens are the same. Not true. I’m not talking about the SPF number on the bottle but the ingredients which block the sun in different ways. When choosing sunscreen make sure you pick the one that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, while UVB rays cause sunburn. EVY Sunscreen mousse (HERE) and EVY Daily UV Face Mousse (HERE) are both marked with UVA/UVB symbols + they are made especially for sensitive skin. It means that you can use them even around your eyes and on your lips. Score!

– Makeup is enough to protect the face. Not true. It is true that makeup provides some protection from the sun. However it’s not much and it’s not a replacement for a good sunscreen. Makeup should be seen as an additional layer of protection, not the only layer.

– People with dark skin do not need sunscreen. Not true. While people with darker skin might be more protected from the sun, they should still use sunscreen to avoid premature aging and wrinkles.

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As I mentioned before I can be sloppy when (and if!) applying sunscreen but there are still certain guidelines that I follow…

For example, I hate it when my nose gets all red and sunburnt. To avoid it, I use facial sunscreen SPF 30 or a sunscreen stick to apply just on my nose. It does the job.

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At the beach I usually use EVY Sunscreen Mousse SPF 30 (HERE) but for boat days I just neeeeed to have SPF 50 (HERE). Once in Australia we went for a 3-day boat trip. Even though Australians were telling me to use at least SPF 50, I was like “Dude, I used to live in Dubai. I know my skin and how it reacts to the sun. SPF 15 is enough for me.” I ended up having such bad sunburn and sunstroke that I don’t even want to recall. So, SPF 50 on boat trips is a must!

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Applying EVY After Sun Mousse (HERE) is the best part of sunbathing/sunny days. It contains aloe vera and melon which are both so soothing. The right kind of hydration is actually how you maintain the tan!

When I was younger it was all about using baby oil while frying that skin until it’s dark, very dark. It sounds bad but this is how it was. Nowadays I prefer having just a healthy-looking golden tan. PS! The pictures in this post have a strong filter on + heavy contrast. I’m not actually that tanned. Just wanted to point that out. Otherwise I might sound a bit hypocrite.. 👀

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What I wanted to say with this blog post is that choosing the right kind of sunscreen is everything when it comes to sunbathing. Get tanned but not burned! 😉

xoxo,

Maarja

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BEAUTY PRODUCT THAT IS ACTUALLY WORTH INVESTING IN

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I’m not going to lie – when Philips reached out to me asking if I was interested in trying out their new Sonicare Diamondclean Smart toothbrush, I said yes immediately! 

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Why? My boyfriend has been using it for a year now. Our dentist swore by it, so he had to get it and he’s been lovvvving it to say the least. I also know that these toothbrushes in general are very popular but for some reason I never even thought about changing out my OG toothbrush. It was working for me. Kinda.

So, I knew that my new toothbrush was on its way and I started noticing that everyone I know uses electric toothbrushes. What? Everyone I visited, every friend I talked to – they were all hooked and they told me that once I try it, I will never go back to my regular one. I was so excited and couldn’t wait for my package to arrive!

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…and they were right! I didn’t even know how much easier and effective that whole process can be. Even though I brush my teeth quite carefully, I don’t always follow the 2-Minute Rule. But this toothbrush does it for me! It stops after 2 mins to let you know that your brushing session is done!

I think for me the biggest difference between a regular toothbrush and Philips Sonicare Diamondwhite Smart is the end result. You can actually feel how clean your teeth are! So polished and shiny!

Another great thing about this particular model is the whole connect-it-to-your-smartphone part & keep track on your brushing habits. Sonicare App shows you which areas to focus on; reminds you to brush, rinse, clean your tongue & use mouthwater; tells you when to change your brush head + gives you a lot of helpful information about oral hygiene in general!

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If you’re a rookie like I was, here are couple of tips for you:

  • Turn on your toothbrush once it’s already in your mouth. Otherwise toothpaste will fly everywhere before you can even start brushing.
  • If you are trying it out for the first time, make sure to use it on “Low.” Otherwise the intensity can be too strong. I’ve always been a fan of soft toothbrushes, so “Low” will always be my preferance.
  • Don’t use “Whitening” mode everyday. It can make your teeth sensitive. 2 times a week will work just fine.

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I’ve been blessed with a good set of teeth and I plan to give them the best care I can. I know that some people might think that this toothbrush is bit of a splurge but I see it more as an investment to a healthier set of teeth and a great smile. Totally worth the money!

 

Maarja

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Review: LÖWENGRIP

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There are so many awesome products out there that finding the right ones can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why brand/product reviews are so useful. I rarely buy beauty treats without a proper research. This way I don’t waste money on things that aren’t worth it.

When I write reviews I ALWAYS give you guys my honest opinion. Even with paid collaborations – if I don’t like the product, I will write that aswell. Just a little disclaimer. Anyways, if you’re interested to know my thoughts on 6 different Löwengrip products then keep on reading! Read More»

Löwengrip is a Swedish brand, created by blogger and entrepreneur Isabella Löwengrip. The brand offers top quality products that are suitable for even the most sensitive skin and scalp. Practical but beautiful, with instant and sustainable results – all developed by leading chemists and produced in Sweden using environmentally friendly production methods.They test only on humans to guarantee an honest product that is 100% cruelty-free.

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Löwengrip Dry Shampoo: Talking for my people (the ones who use dry shampoo daily) I must say this product is approved! It gives me so much volume and texture! When using, make sure to brush your hair properly. You don’t want to have dusty greyish result. I think this product is better for blondes because it does leave a white cast. For me it’s a good thing though. My roots are quite dark when they’re outgrown, so that kind of dry shampoo helps me lighten them a bit. 😉

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Löwengrip Deodorant: I found my ride or die stick over 9 years ago and haven’t used anything else ever since. With heavy heart (haha) I decided to try out Löwengrip “Count On Me” deodorant and it turned out to be a very pleasant experience – at first sticky (which made me regret trying it out) but very soon it dried and I completely forgot about it. Worked very well for my 17h busy day + I loved the scent!

Löwengrip Facial Cleanser: I’ve tried one other facial cleanser from Löwengrip aswell and honestly both of them worked very well with my sensitive skin. After washing my face, I always use micellar water afterwards. This way it’s easy to spot how well the cleanser actually works. Löwengrip Cell Renewal Facial Cleanser removed my makeup very decently. I also enjoyed the gel-like texture and the pleasant scent. Definitely thumbs up!

Löwengrip Silver Shampoo & Löwengrip Silver Conditioner: First of all, I was a bit skeptical because both of these products have deep purple colour. In my haircare routine I usually use either silver shampoo or silver conditioner. Not both. Trust me, I’ve learned my lesson. Back in the days my bestie & I were using those cheap silver shampoos from Russia and we always used too much & left it on for too long. We just wanted to have that perfect cold blonde. Reality: we over did it & had light blue hair instead. 😄 Löwengrip Silver shampoo & conditioner were such a pleasent surprise though! They worked so-so well even on dry & bleached stack of hay leaving me with soft, voluminous & cold toned hair. I highly recommend!

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Löwengrip Hand Balm: One of those products that’s 100% worth buying! Obviously the most important is the product inside the tube but I must say the packaging was the first thing that caught my eye – it looks very luxurious! Hand cream itself is thick & moisturizing with a divine scent!

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These products are all available at Apotheka Beauty online store (HERE) and also in their recently opened store in T1 which is definitely one of the prettiest ones in Tallinn! I really like the concept where pharmacy isn’t immidiately associated with diseases & medication but rather with beauty & health. When buying products from a pharmacy for some reason I blindly trust what they have – carefully picked brands which are good for all skin types. Even for the most capricious one!

I wish you guys “Merry Everything & Happy Always!”

xxx

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Review: THE SKINHOUSE

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For several years now Korean skincare has been very popular among Europeans. As you can read from the title I decided to finally jump on the band wagon aswell and try out the famous “Korean Skincare routine.” If you’re interested to know how it worked out for me then keep on reading!

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Basically it’s a beauty routine based on layering as each step has its own particular function. When you layer products in thin amounts, from light to heavy textures, it makes them more effective overall.

To be honest I’m very cautious about skincare brands & products. I read quite many reviews before I made up my mind because there are lots of brands out there with similar products promising the same result. Luckily, I made a good choice. I went with The Skinhouse.

I tried out The Skinhouse “Marine Active” line just because I’m all about hydrated & glowy skin! I’ve been using these products on and off for 6 months and I think I can finally give you guys a proper review! 

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Products that I ordered:

The Skinhouse Rice Active cleansing water 

The Skinhouse Marine Active toner

The Skinhouse Marine Active serum

The Skinhouse Marine Active emulsion

The Skinhouse Marine Active cream

The Skinhouse Marine Active sleeping mask


During the hot summer we had I felt that using so many products on top of each other was unnecessary for my skin. So, I used toner-emulsion in the morning and serum-cream in the evening. These two combos worked well but then again it was summer and my skin was good anyways, so I couldn’t really tell how much these products helped me or not.

Transitioning from Summer to Autumn has always been tough on my skin as it gets superdry and flakey. At one point (I think it was the at beginning of November) it was so dry that I had to: moisturize, wait 15 min, moisturize again, wait another 15 min & finally I was able to apply makeup. So, I decided to give The Skinhouse products another go. 

At first I was just using the moisturizer. The colder it got, the more I started doing the layering part of the routine. Right now with -10 degrees outside, I honestly don’t know what I would do without these products because the ones I was using last winter don’t work for me anymore. 

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My favorites are Marine Active toner, Marine Active serumMarine Active emulsion & Marine Active cream. Their textures are very lightweight but layering them on top of each other works and makes my skin just so plump & hydrated. Love them so much! My mom tried out the toner aswell and she said it made her 40+ skin so beautifully radient & youthful!

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Marine Bounce sleeping mask worked well for me also but I don’t think it’s something I would repurchase. It made my skin very soft & glowy but I don’t like to go to bed with a sticky face.

Rice Active cleansing water – at first I really-really liked this product. It’s very gentle and works well with sensitive skin. But lately I haven’t been the biggest fan of it. I feel like it leaves my skin oily & I don’t like it this way.

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In general I’m so-so happy to have come across these products! Marine Active toner, serum, emulsion & cream are and will be my winter saviours! If you’re struggling with dry skin, I highly recommend you to try them out!

Talk to you soon!

Maarja

xx