Skincare: Tromborg Deluxe Face Cream Day & Night Moisturizer

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Tromborg Deluxe Face Cream Day & Night Moisturizer

I’ve had quite the skincare journey the last few years. As my budget grew, so did the price of my skincare repertoire. I still remember using my Matas skin tonic, mattifying moisturiser, and prescription acne cream back when I was 13. My skin has changed from being very oily and very acne-prone to a more combination/oily and less acne-prone. I finally feel like I can experiment more with my skincare, and buy more expensive products without the constant paranoia of how my acne would react to it.

After I’d finished my Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, the need for a new year-round moisturiser rose again. I’m much more inclined to use whatever moisturiser I want any time of the year instead of season-specific products. I just don’t have the money for that. However, a blessing descended upon me in the form of a gift card from my in-laws, so I was able to not be as price picky as I normally would.

Danish skincare brands have gained quite the following recently. You see them everywhere on social media: Tromborg, Karmameju, Rudolph Care, Nuori etc. And no, REN is not Danish or Scandinavian which I always believed for some reason (REN does mean ‘clean’ in Danish/Swedish/Norwegian, don’t blame me). A thought came to me: shouldn’t we support local brands a little more? That’s how I got my hands on the Tromborg Deluxe Face Cream Day & Night Moisturizer.

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The first thing I was told when I asked for this in the store was how popular it is. Tromborg is seen as something luxurious and mostly associated with anti-age, so I felt quite like the sophisticated 20-year old. It’s packed to the brim with vitamins, oils, collagen, amino acids, and plant extracts. Reading the ingredients list was an experience on its own. The cream is supposed to be anti-septic and prevents hypersensitivity while keeping the moisture balance on the skin. Sounds like a dream to me! As the name suggests, the cream is meant to be used as a day and night cream. The website says that it is suitable for all skin types, ages, and gender (duh!)

The cream itself has a glossy look to it, and when applied to the skin it feels as something between a buttery and oil-ish texture. A little goes a long way. I use a little spoon to get the cream out of the jar (gotta watch that hygiene!) and 1 little spoon is enough for the whole face. After a few seconds, the cream begins to get incredibly sticky and it scared me to no end as I am a very vocal anti-stickiness advocate. Give it a few minutes and the stickiness turns into a soft, powdery texture. I’ve only been using this as a night cream, as I’m trying to finish my other moisturiser. I can tell you, after the Tromborg cream has been sitting for the whole night I wake up with the softest skin I’ve had in ages.
It does not separate with my face oil as some creams might do. I haven’t experienced any pilling with this and I imagine you would have to apply a huge amount for that to happen.

In conclusion, for a person with oily/combination skin, this is a great face cream. The powdery finish is the winning point for me. A cream that makes me regret putting it on after only an hour will quickly be moved to my night routine. As I previously mentioned, I’m only using it at night for now as I’m trying to finish another cream at the moment. With the incredible softness that it provides my skin with when I wake up in the morning, I can only say that I can’t wait to use it day AND night. My acne hasn’t made a major change in any way, but I figure that the anti-septic properties doesn’t aggravate it and helps with the redness. That is only a plus for me. I’ll say that it is worth the money. If you want a face cream that kind of does-it-all with the right ingredients and the right finish, then this will absolutely be for you.

The Tromborg Deluxe Face Cream Day & Night Moisturizer comes in a 50ml jar for roughly £52.

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Perfume: Zarko Perfume ‘e’L’

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Zarko Perfume ‘e’L’

“This perfume is composed for the self-conscious, luxurious woman, who find herself in the hustle and bustle of every day life.
A perfume that develops from Green Tea Absolute and Pomegranate. Not being a heavy perfume, the fragrance still retains deep sensual notes.
The scent is Nordic – discrete and fresh.”

Notes

Top Notes: Pomegranate, Soft White Florals
Heart Notes: Greens, Green Tea India, Ozones
Base Notes: White Sweet Musk, Blond Woods

 

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I discovered Zarko Perfume somewhere between 1-2 years ago. The brand was beginning to explode in popularity and I happened to visit Magasin at the time. I was drawn to the minimalist and elegant look of the flacon. I decided to test them at my local design store Design By Kalle and I fell in love with the ‘e’L’ variant. The price tag didn’t agree with my wallet or my budget, so I promptly added it to my birthday wishlist. Guess who was lucky…?

I’ve had a few perfume in the 2 decades that I’ve lived. I can admit that the first ones were only bought because I wanted a perfume, not because of other factors like the actual smell. The only perfumes that were carefully tested and bought are this one and the Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (which is as mainstream as it gets. Doesn’t mean that it’s bad though). My boyfriend loves the Eau Tendre and I wear it all the time, so I’m already on the second bottle. I match perfumes to outfits so It’s nice to have a few to switch between sometimes, so I become too accustomed to a scent.

Now, I’m no expert or perfume connoisseur: this is even my first perfume review, but I’ll give a review to the best of my abilities. If I have to describe ‘e’L’ in a few words I’ll say: “the smell of minimalist IG aesthetic”. It sounds so silly but that’s what I thought of. The base notes consist of sweet white musk and blond woods. Musk gives the perfume a hint of smooth cleanliness which matches well with the cashmere feel from blond woods. The heart notes are the ones that interest me the most. Greens and green tea India adds a fresh scent to the perfume, while ozones (after a little research) imitates the smell of rain. Tart and sensual pomegranate is softened with white flowers in the top notes.
I hope my small analysis of the notes is of any help with describing the scent.

‘e’L’ reminds me of soft cashmere, monochrome outfits, white wine with your friends, that one luxurious body lotion you bought once, a cleanliness that persists, the smell of rain.
It is perfect as an everyday perfume with its elegant and luxurious scent. Strong and persistent without being too overwhelming. I think I’ve just found another favourite.

Zarko Perfume ‘e’L’ and other scents are available many places in Europe and is roughly £86 a bottle.

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Current Favourite Reads

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My exams are finally over (for now). Ignoring my education, for now, I will indulge in the guilty pleasure that is books.

The best thing about studying English at a university level is that you get to read lots. Two of my courses this semester contained lots of excellent reading. In my American Literature course, we only got to read excerpts but English Literature consists of whole works. Just this semester I’ve had the chance to read Persuasion by Jane Austen, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles.

The things I might buy for myself are usually skincare, clothing, and books. As is I didn’t read enough for school. As the books I read for Uni are limited to certain themes, I can explore anything else in my spare time. Having six full wishlists to choose from, it’s just about picking something.

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The Coveteur

This book is from my “Trés Chic” wishlist, because where else could it possibly belong? The title of the books says it all: The Coveteur, made by the people running the website of the same name. Their gig is: they visit the homes of designers, models, entrepreneurs, and influencers etc. They are interviewed and then their closets are raided. Pictures are taken for all of us to see. There are many people featured in this book, and many personal favourites. It’s also great to explore new areas outside of my day-to-day interests and see the fashionable elite within those areas.

It’s amazing how differently people can decorate and personalise their living spaces. It really shows how a person thinks how they get their inspiration in their daily lives. The interviews, or rather descriptions, are only one small page per person, so you get a lot more pictures than text if that’s what you’re hoping for.

This book was really a winner for me. It’s one of those books that I would display in my room rather than hide it in my bookshelf. As a fairly decent reader, I was done reading in a couple of hours.  However, this book is one you can look through over and over again to get inspired on your own.

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At The Existentialist Cafe

I am still currently reading this because I’ve never had the chance to read the last couple of weeks. This is quite different from what I would usually read. It’s my first book on a specific kind of philosophy. I must say that I’ve never been fanatically interested in existentialism before (although I can relate to the angst, who can’t?).

What really dragged me in was the mention of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. They were both excellent writers in their time and also lovers. They lived their lives on their own accord and loved freely, even when they were in a relationship. We also follow the likes of Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger and his family, Edmund Husserl, Richard Wright, and many more. The book even has a list of characters in the back.

 

Bakewell covers many aspects of existentialism. We get to learn about Phenomenology which was the predecessor to existentialism. We delve into the great minds of those who began to see life in a new way, and those who shaped the philosophy to suit their own brand of self. The book explores the beginning of the 1930s and moves into the Second World War with all of its unspeakable horrors and how it affected Jewish existentialists (and even those who became Nazis, like Heidegger).

At this point in my reading, I have come to love the way that Bakewell presents existentialism. She does not skip the fact that the philosophy is a soft science, always changing and different to each individual. Everyone perceives themselves and the world differently and there is definitely a version of existentialism for each person. With this book, I have come to understand the philosophy and its roots as a whole, and even being able to find where I belong in that philosophy.

In short, I really like these books. I hope I maybe inspired someone to check these out as that was how I discovered these in the first place.

You can buy The Coveteur here and At The Existentialist Cafe here.

I hope everyone else is reading a good book at the moment. What are you currently reading?

-Rikke

New Lipsticks + Swatches!

Hey everyone!

I normally only buy lipsticks from a small selection of brands, mostly MAC, as I have always had a good experience with their products. However, for a student budget like mine, it can be a little tight to buy every colour that I find to be pretty. I’ve been looking for a few alternatives lately. NYX have great lipglosses and liquid lipsticks, but I’m not a fan of their regular lipstick. Other drugstore brands like Rimmel, MAX Factor, Maybelline have not interested me as of late until…

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I saw in my local beauty shop a new display for L’óreal. They’re the Color Riche Matte. Matte colours in a black and gold tube. I swatched them in-store and swore to buy them the next month. On a trip to Sephora, they had a 2-for-3 offer, but I only liked two of the colours. My sister was lucky to get a free lipstick that day 😉

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The top colour is 633: Moka Chic and the bottom is 634: Greige Perfecto. I actually don’t have a perfect nude and an actual brown colour in my lipstick collection. They have a matte look but the finish is almost satin like. I love this about them as I hate drying lipstick with a burning passion. They only have six colours in Denmark at the moment, but I think I saw more colours on Twitter or Instagram. Someone, please confirm this.
I’ve worn the nude one almost every time I go out. It’s such a lovely everyday colour. The brown is used when I feel a little grunge or chic, as I’m still too scared to use the dark plum Ariana Grande Viva Glam lipstick (I’m such a softie!)

I’m really in love with these lipsticks and I hope that they release more colours ❤

-Rikke

Mini Skincare Haul

Hello again everybody!

My skincare wishlist has been growing, and I’ve had the want to spoil myself lately. To quench this shopaholic addiction, I decided to go out and buy some more products. One is a (semi) old favourite while the other is a product that I’ve always wanted to try! Like, what else am I supposed to use my money on? Let’s look at them 🙂

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On my little shopping trip, I bought the Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water and the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré.

The Sensibio H2O from Bioderma was an instant favourite when I tried the small travel size that I won in a contest a while back. Later I bought the 250ml version, and when I finished that I decided to buy the GIANT 500ml version. I almost need both of my hands to lift this baby, but the satisfaction of finally owning it kind of weights it out 😀
I’ve shown in an older post how effective it is, and how easily it removes liquid lipstick, mascara, concealer etc. This is my go-to cleanser, as I only use foam cleansers and scrubs in the bath. I’m lucky enough if I have time to apply face cream and makeup in the morning. Now I don’t have to worry about running out of this anytime soon.

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(Excuse the giant pictures of my hands)

The Embryolisse cream is the one I have been wanting the most. I finished my Bioderma Sensibio Soothing Cream and needed something to replace it. I’ve been browsing various websites and blogs in search of a good French pharmacy brand face cream, and everyone is talking about this. It’s not only a face cream but can also be used on other parts on the body and for various other purposes. It’s a holy grail item for many makeup artists which is a plus for me as I want my moisturiser to function as a primer. The cream contains many types of natural ingredients and is paraben free. It contains perfume, and the scent is like delicate french soap or a grandma’s vanity. Very vintage.

As can be seen in the pictures, the cream is very thin and you don’t need a lot for your whole face. It glides a lot so you shouldn’t be worried about unnecessary rubbing on your face. A little goes a long way, and the cream goes from milky white to transparent instantly. As it contains a lot of hydrating ingredients, your face will stay dewy for the whole day. For me (and my combination skin) it means a lot of touch-ups in the t-zone with blotting powder. If you’re not into the dewy look, you can use it as an amazing nightly moisturiser. I also use this as an eye cream if I don’t have any at hand.

That was quite a post for such few items. I just get really excited over skincare, I can’t really help myself ❤

-Rikke

I Made A Mood Board!

Hello everyone!

I’ve been doing a little fashion homework for the last few days and one of my exercises was to create a mood board that I felt captured my overall vibe. You might be a little surprised, as my blog is very white and minimalistic, but I really like pastel pink and aesthetic style <3My style of clothing is really similar to this mood board. I follow a lot of aesthetic and Korean Instagrams, though I prefer when people take their own pictures (no hate! Just a preference!). I spend a lot of time editing pictures on my phone before publishing them anywhere on the web, so I love when people have put a lot of thought into an outfit, the lighting, and style.

My style of clothing is really similar to this mood board. I follow a lot of aesthetic and Korean Instagrams, though I prefer when people take their own pictures (no hate! Just a preference!). I spend a lot of time editing pictures on my phone before publishing them anywhere on the web, so I love when people have put a lot of thought into an outfit, the lighting, and style.

My overall fashion themes are feminist, pastel, grunge, minimalist, french. Can all of those really be mixed and matched? According to Anuschka Rees, they can (and don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot wear. You should always be comfortable with yourself). My favourite store is Monki, so I kind of understand where all this love comes from 😀

This mood board is free to use, as long as you credit my blog or my Instagram ❤

Free to use, as long as you credit my blog or my instagram!
-Rikke

Product Empty: Bioderma Sensibio Rich Soothing Cream

Hey, everyone!

University sure has kept me busy. Starting university at 19 is a lot harder than I anticipated. I was never really one of those straight A student, as I’m more of a survivalist (haha). I’ve been doing a lot since the last time I updated the blog, and that means that I’ve tried a lot of new products! I want to review some of my product empties, as I personally think that reviews made after finishing a product are more reliable than those made after a few tries. So here we go!

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My recent skincare empty is the Bioderma Sensibio Rich Soothing Cream. I got this in a Christmas gift from my mom. Both my mom and my boyfriend spoiled me with lots of Bioderma, and I’ve already found favourites (*cough* the Sensibio H2O *cough*).

This cream is from the Sensibio range which means that it was made for sensitive skin. I’ve been using more products made for sensitive skin, as products made for acne-prone skin are too harsh on my face. I want to get rid of my spots in a more gentle and hydrating way. I also have a problem with redness on my face as I scratch myself way too much. The dewy-skin-and-makeup trend is so going on now, I can’t ignore it!

The cream is thick and almost camphor-like in consistency, as it contains paraffin. Its fragrance and paraben free, while also being hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic which is a huge plus for me. The cream quickly spreads and sinks into the skin, leaving a protective shield on the skin. I really like this sensation it gives. After 20-30 minutes the worst of my redness has disappeared, and it stays away with continued use. If you have combination-oily skin like me, then I recommend some blotting powder in the t-zone. Besides that, it doesn’t make my oiliness that much worse. This works great as a primer before makeup. Just be careful of how much you use as it pills easily if you use too much.

This cream has been my daily to-go-to the last few months. It helps with my redness and doesn’t ruin my makeup if I am careful with the dosage. It’s great for creating the dewy look that is so popular as of late. I don’t know if I am going to re-purchase this, as the cream is a little too thick for my overall liking. I bet it’s great for people with sensitive and dry skin, but I just wanted to tell that I can use it on my combination skin.

That’s my review for this time being. I already have a bunch of new products to try. When I finish them, I’ll be sure to let you know 😉

-Rikke

Little French Wonders

Trying out a famous French pharmacy brand!

I recently won a contest at the Danish Instagram for a beloved French brand. Brands sold at French pharmacies have gained a huge following the last couple of months. They are said to contain the secret of French beauty, and a natural one at that. Many French Women believe that skincare is just as important as makeup. Pharmacies specialize in selling products based on lots of scientific research, so the quality should be top notch.

The products I am trying out are from, you probably guessed it, Bioderma! Everyone and their mother has probably heard of Bioderma. They did invent the miscellar water after all, which is one of the products I will look at today.

As I said, I won an advent contest on their Danish Instagram, and I was out of my skin in excitement. Many of their products are on my wishlist, so I can already cross out two.

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As you can see, they send me the Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire and the Sensibio Soothing Mask. The bottle of miscellar water is a 100ml size, which is a perfect size for your bag. You can also refill it when you run out. I’ll definitely keep this when its empty.

Both products belong to the Sensibio series, which is developed for sensitive skin. My skin is actually normal/combination, but it dries out in the winter. It also becomes easily irritated and I have quite a lot of red areas on my face. Therefore, I thought that using the Sensibio series at night before bed would be perfect.

I can already say from the start that the Sensibio H2O is a fantastic cleanser. It removes makeup wonderfully. It is also fragrance-, paraben- and alcohol free. Despite this, it has a pleasant smell. My other miscellar waters have a ‘soapy’ formula and makes my skin incredibly tight and dry, even though they are not meant to be washed off. The H2O water is nothing like that. It feels very gentle on the skin, while being very effective with removing makeup. I don’t feel the need to use a hydrating toner afterwards, and there is no itching and redness afterwards. I haven’t tried the Sebium H2O Water, but I feel like this one is the best for me at the moment.

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I was really excited to try this mask. I have been using The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Sleeping Mask for a while, and the two are very different. The Bioderma mask is specifically made for tight and inflamed skin. That is perfect for my skin type at the moment, so I ripped it out of the box when it arrived.

I have been using this mask 2-3 times a week for two weeks, and I can already see some results. The mask is a thin cream, almost gel-like in consistency. It melts like butter when distributed on your face, without feeling too greasy. The mask is free of fragrance, parabens and surfactants while being hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. After the first two uses I began to notice the effects. The red areas on my face has faded and almost disappeared with consistent use (2 times a week). However, this isn’t very effective on the hydrating front, so I would recommend using a moisturizer, especially during these drying winter months.

I really liked these products, and I’m totally going to try some more products from their Sensibio and Sebium lines. Do you have a favorite line?

See you next time!

-Rikke

Light and Simple

Last week I went to town to use some of my gift cards.

Hello again! How have you all been?

The few of you who doesn’t follow my Instagram might not know, but a month ago I graduated high school! It’s so surreal and my head is still fuzzy from all the parties, and the few tears there were shed.

To celebrate, I had a party for my family. I received a lot of gift cards. Some time later, my mom and I decided to go to Strøget to get me some things. Here are the things I bought:

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We went to a lot of different shops, and this is all I’ve got. This picture better shows the t-shirt.

The first item is a face mask from Montagne Jeunesse/7th Heaven. I love their clay masks so much. This one was a 2-part treatment. First, you applied the clay mask and after washing it off, you apply a serum that matches. This mask was with raspberry and blueberry. I was really tempted to have taste, but decided against it. It smelled absolutely great.

The second item was a NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick. I love NYX’s products and I am trying to collect more of their lippies. I already own 3 of their soft matte lip creams. This one is in the color Baby Doll. It appears dark on my (very) pale skin, but it’s very light when I apply it on my lips. What a conundrum.

The third item is an elastic folder from Søstrene Grene. It has a very lovely pattern with pears on, and with a nice watercolor effect. I feel calm just looking at it. I’m probably going to use it when I start college (if I get in!).

The last item is a t-shirt from FB Sister, which I bought in Newyorker. I really loved the pattern. I’m invited to my cousin’s son’s baptism. I’m going to wear this with black pants and shiny leather shoes. It’s going to be a blast.

That was all folks! I didn’t get much today but that doesn’t matter. I got a nice trip with my mom out of it, and that’s what really matters.

See you~

-Rikke

Lago Maggiore

Two weeks ago I went to Northern Italy. Where the heat is so thick, that you can cut it with a knife.

Hello everyone! How are you all?

Summer has really come around, hasn’t it? The weather has been the delightful mix of sun and rain as always. However, the heat has been unbearable when the sun actually shined. Northern Europe has really faced a heat wave lately. I heard that England, Germany and others have experienced this too. Others may be laughing, but my body can’t handle a temperature above 25C  (haha).

To escape this horrid weather, my parents booked a vacation to the lakes in Northern Italy. It sounds weird, but heat seems to much more gentle and not-so-sharp when going south? Or maybe I’m just weird.

If you haven’t figured out yet from the title, my family and I went to Lago Maggiore. It’s one of the biggest lakes in Northern Italy, with only Lago di Garda being bigger. We rented a nice apartment in Barbé in Oggebbio.

We saw a lot of things, and I took as many pictures as I could, so here they are!

We went on many walks to the nearest mini market. It was located in a small town with many pretty apartment complexes. A thing I absolutely love about the south is that the houses and apartments are so close to each other. It must create some kind of nice mini society with all your neighbors.

Many houses had murals painted on them. Imagine having a house with such a piece of art on it! I’m in love~

Sometimes, after dinner when the temperature was perfect, we went on walks around the neighborhood. The lake’s climate is perfect for exotic greenery. Nature and civilization hand in hands. They dominated, but tolerated each other. I want to live here!

We went to some of the bigger cities. The first picture is from Stresa, a lovely city with many shops, restaurants and cafes. The second is from Milan. The cathedral was the only big thing we got to see, since we could only be there for e few hours. Damn you, train lines!

Last but not least. The most important thing of them all: The view.
This is the big winner in Lago Maggiore. The view is one of the best I’ve ever had. As you can see, the picture on the left depicts a cloudy day. The pic on the right is on a shiny day with lots of sun, and a blue sky.

The picture in the middle is my personal favorite, and the best shot I got all week. There had just been a thunderstorm. Believe me, that place has the craziest thunderstorms. After what seemed like hours of rain, the sun suddenly began shining through the carpet of grey. My picture doesn’t really give it any justice. You really should have been there.

Being back in Denmark is nice, but I still miss taking a lovely evening walk in Lago Maggiore. I’ll definitely visit again, maybe next year. The heat and the shining sun will stay with me forever.

Do you have a favorite place to spend you vacation?

See you later!

-Rikke