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Osmo Giveaway!

It’s time for my very first giveaway! I’ve been meaning to do it for a long time now but the flu got in the way. Now I’m ready and very excited to present it!

Like I’ve said before, I’ve done a few hauls from Nicehair.dk and quite a lot of it was Osmo products. I really like their stuff so of course I figured my first giveaway would consist of two of my favorite Osmo products!

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The winner will get Osmo Essence Berber Oil and Osmo Blowdry Potion for a total value of 208 kr.

I’ve mentioned the Blowdry Potion before a few times and I think it’s an excellent product that not only functions as heat-protection but it also makes the hair anti-static. That, and it has a very nice smell which, to me, is a deal-breaker.

The Osmo Essence Berber Oil is one of the best products I own. My hair used to split a lot and it’s usually very static so when I found this oil, I was ecstatic – it promises to fix split ends, tame your hair-frizz and and moisturize it while giving you super smooth and soft hair. And it delivers! My absolute favorite part is that it smells like candy!

If you want to participate in the giveaway, here’s how to do it:
– Follow me on Bloglovin
– Follow the blogs Facebook page
– Leave a comment and include your e-mail in case you win (:

If your comment doesn’t show, don’t worry, I just need to approve it first.

I will find a winner on February 28th. Good luck!

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Everything in this post is bought be me and I am in no way sponsored by any of the brands and web shops mentioned. These products are chosen because I happen to really like them 😉

Etsy favs – Fox edition!

My fiance loves foxes and I happen to agree that they’re extremely cute and adorable. Our boy has a fox wallsticker in his room but I’d love to have some more fox related things in the apartment (and me).

As always, Etsy delivers – even my wallet doesn’t 😉

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Mr. Fox Traveler Mug/Glass Wrap, 56 kr / Sleeping Fox Puch, 84 kr / Fox Bracelet, 185 kr
Felt Fox Pillow, 213 kr / Organic Baby Quilt, 607 kr /City Animal Notebook, 34 kr

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Fox Organizer, 54 kr / Valentine’s Day Card, 25 kr / Personalized Fox Mug, 78 kr
Fox Clutch, 308 kr / Fox & Rabbit Mug, 157 kr / Fox Mint Tin, 23 kr

I’d love to have all these things but it’ll stay a dream for now. Some of them are really expensive and the import is crazy. However, if I really were to buy some of the things, I’d definitely go with the mug warmer, the fox organizer and of course the Valentine’s card – just because I know my boyfriend would love it!

What do you think about these things? Which one would you most like to have?

Review – Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop

The second-last Body Shop review for now – we’ve almost reached the end!

This time it’s all about the Coconut Body Butter!

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I haven’t had time to take a picture so you’ll have to settle with this one.

The Body Shop’s body butters are a favorite for many people and for good reason; they have a nice consistency, they smell nice and they actually make your skin feel moist and soft. Like with everything else, I’m in love with the coconut smell and I use the body butter after showering and through the day as a hand cream. It actually smells like sweet coconut and not just “coconut scented” – i.e. artificial, fake smell that nobody likes. As a bonus, the smell last for a good, long time.

It’s a half-way thick consistency so it absorbs faster if you use it on damp skin (like after the shower) but it doesn’t take more than half a minute for it to absorb into dry skin. I guess it depends on how dry and damaged your skin is.

My absolute favorite thing beside the smell is that it makes the redness and itchiness I get after shaving left (I have very sensitive skin) go completely away!

I’m not making a “pros and cons” this time since there are simply no cons!

You can get it at The Body Shop in different sizes; the standard sized 200 ml for 165 kr and the XL sized 300 ml for 200 kr (now on sale for 100 kr)

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I bought these products myself, nothing is sponsored and I get nothing for reviewing them (:

My top 6 favorite Etsy stores!

Sadly, I’m still very sick so it’s going to be a very short post today as well.

What you’ll get  is a few links to my favorite Etsy shops, in no particular order:

1. mooredesign13wonderful jewelry you won’t find anywhere else
2. ShabbyScrap – really awesome and different wedding books
3. InAGlaze – exceptionally cool and handpainted mugs, bowls, etc.
4. LittleSidekick – very cute and very adorable handmade baby stuff
5. CheekeMonkeez – personalized fabric letters for both kids and adults
6. bestlove2u – creative throw pillows, as many as you could ever imagine

There should be something for everyone (:

But I’m saving my ultimate favorites for when I get better so I can do a proper review. And as soon as I stop being sick, I’ll kick off the promised giveaway.

 

Hair Care Tips If You Want Healthy Hair

We’d all love to have healthy, shiny and strong hair, wouldn’t we? But somehow, no matter what products we use and how many times we wash our hair, it still has a tendency to look flat and dull. In my “young days” when I was around 14-15 would dye my hair a lot or even bleach it. It would blow-dry it every single day after washing my hair, after using a towel to dry off the worst by rubbing vigorously. All very wrong things to do!

I stopped dying my hair over two years ago. After I became a mother and found out that my hair care routine needed to be quick and effective, I really went all-in in order to have healthy hair. And it works!

If you’re up for a long read, here are my tips for you on how to make your hair feel and be healthy and strong:

1) Don’t dye and bleach your hair!

This is the obvious one. If you completely stop doing it, your hair will improve tremendously. If you had to pick one things to do from this list, this would be it.
It damages your hair and no amount of product can make it healthy again. When it’s dead, it’s dead, and the best thing you can do is improve the look a little if you’re lucky.

But if you really feel the need to dye your hair, do it at the hairdresser. Yes, it’s more expensive but they know what they are doing and most of them use much better products than what you can buy and use at home. This is especially true if you want to bleach it. And if your hairdresser recommends you not to bleach it because of the state of your hair – don’t!

2) Don’t brush while wet!

I’ve always found it so easy to brush my hair while it’s wet because as soon as it’s dry, it tangles and it hurts. But if you brush your hair while it’s still wet or damp, you’re actually doing the worst kind of damage to it. You’re breaking your hair this way and it’s just not good. Instead, brush it through before the shower to de-tangle the worst of it, and wait to brush it until it’s dry again.

3) But my hair gets tangled if I don’t brush it!

Yes, I know, I know. And it feels like your ripping all your hairs out from your skull. Trust me, I understand. But the reason it feels this way it because it’s damaged and brushing it wet only damages it more.

What I like to do is use a leave-in conditioner/treatment. I’m a huge fan of the Id Hair Most Wanted Duo Shot Multi Leave-In. You towel dry your hair until it’s damp and then you simply just spray this in. The first time I tried I thought it would probably just make my hair sticky and not work but holy mother of everything, does it work! I can brush my hair without a single tangled strand anywhere and it leave my hair so nice and soft. Plus, it smells great.

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The price is 125 kr pr. bottle but right now you can get it for 29,- pr bottle over at NiceHair.dk. I just bought 4!

But whatever products you want to use are perfectly fine, as long as you find something that fits your hair and wallet.

4) How do I towel-dry my hair properly?

Speaking of towel-drying your hair, the best way to do it is to actually gently – gently – squeeze out the excess water from your hair and then use the towel to pat your hair dry. That way you won’t damage it by rubbing like a crazy person, since it’s almost as bad as brushing it wet.

5) But what if I blow-dry or straighten my hair?

I can’t remember the last time I used my blow-drier. I just let it air dry as much as possible, especially during the summer when it takes 20 minutes instead of the usual 4 hours. Still, sometimes you just have to blow-dry it because you’re in a hurry or you want to do your hair. Whatever reason, it’s super important to use a heat protective when you use any kind of heat on your hair. No matter if your just gonna blow-dry quickly or spend 20 minutes straightening your hair, you have to use it. I can’t stress that enough!

I never used it before but used to blow-dry my hair every time I’d washed it, so I ended up with a dry and damaged hay stack on my head. Flattering? No.

Personally I like to use OSMO Essence Blowdry Potion when I do blowdry or straighten my hair, even though it’s not very often. If you’re interested in trying it, it can be bought at Nicehair.dk for 149 kr. Buuut as we all know it’s January, it’s on sale for 19 kr!

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6) Wash hair no more than every 3rd day

Ew, you’re so disgusting! I bet that’s what you’re thinking but actually, no. And I’ll tell you why. If your hair is oily and you wash it, you strip it of the natural oils. Then your hair produces even more oil, which you then wash away again. So the more you wash your hair, the more greasy it will become. As a bonus, no matter what kind of shampoo you use (whether it be the 10 kr one from the supermarked or a 250 kr one from the hairdresser) it will damage your hair. No matter how eco or expensive it is, it damages your hair the more you use it.

The best thing to do is to only wash it twice a week with shampoo. I’m not telling you not to shower – please do! – but only shampoo your hair twice a week. In the beginning it will look very greasy because your hair needs to get used to the lack of over-shampooing but soon it will regulate itself and only produce the oil needed for your hair.
For a start, try washing it every other day and then make it every 3rd day. Dry shampoo is your friend (:

My hair used to be extremely greasy no matter how much I washed it, but after I stopped washing it all the time, I can easily go 3 days without shampooing it and it still looks like I just stepped out of the shower. Great!

7) What about conditioner and hair masks?

Only ever use conditioner in your strands. Never ever use it in the hair roots, especially if you have very fine and thin hair. Your hair will splash together and look like you haven’t showered for a week the next day. It’s important to find one that fits your hair. I use Syoss (both shampoo and conditioner) because I have allergies and preferences and this is the best one for me. You can get it in Matas for 59.95 kr and there are different ones to choose from, depending on your hair.

Hair masks shouldn’t be used every day. I would say one a week, again depending on your hair. I’m currently testing out OSMO Essence Intensive Deep Repair Mask since I like OSMO products and it’s on sale for 29,- at Nicehair.dk. RP at 69 kr.

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For this particular one, you have to towel dry your hair until damp and then put the product in. Read on your product’s packaging what to do. Then, no matter which hair mask you use, take a towel and wrap it around your head. Maybe a plastic bag if it fits. Now leave it for minimum 30 minuts, preferably at least an hour or two. After you rinse it out you’ll have the softest, shiniest hair ever. And it smells of sweet, sweet bubblegum!

8) What other products could I use?

I’m not a big fan of using 300 different products on your hair (or anywhere else for that matter) at the same time. Pick a few and stick with them. Of course it’s perfectly fine to change them out from time to time, but overloading your hair with 38 conditioners, treatments, oils and potions after every single wash really won’t make it look better.

I use shampoo and conditioner, of course, but besides that I use very few products for my “everyday” routine. Besides the leave-in treatment I mentioned, I use hair oil.
I first learned about this from my aunt when I was 14 and though it sounded so stupid putting oil in hair that already had a tendency to grease up quickly. But it’s excellent when it comes to split ends and to avoid split ends. I only use mine in my ends and it keeps them from splitting too much and making my hair look frizzy.

I also use anti-frizz spray from time to time since my hair finds it funny to make me look like a haystack when it’s humid outside. It just doesn’t do well with humidity.

I do own other hair products as well but I don’t use them all the time or I change some of these out and use the other ones 😉

9) After all this, how do I know if my hair is healthy or damaged?

It’s not always easy to judge by yourself if your hair is damaged or not. Here are some very easy tests to try.

a) Tie a knot with your hair and put it on your hand. If it loosens itself, congratulations! Your hair is healthy. If not, it probably too dry.

b) Take two strands of hair and put them in a bowl of water, or fill up the sink. If they float, your hair is sufficiently moist. If it sinks, it’s too dry.

Also, look at how fast it curls up. If it doesn’t take any time at all, it’s healthy. If it takes a long time or doesn’t curl up at all, it’s very damaged.

c) Grab your hair and tug lightly, but firmly. If you end up with none or very few hairs in your hand, it’s fine. If you pull out a lot of hair (and trust me, you’ll know when it’s a lot) it’s really not in a good condition.

10) This is getting really long. Are you finished soon?

Yes. I only have a few more things to add and they’re the most important ones.

No matter which products or methods you use, if you don’t eat well, sleep well, if you stress to much and don’t drink enough water, you hair won’t get healthy. Just like your nails and your skin, your hair reflect how you feel and how your body feels.

What do you think of my tips? Do you already do some of these things? What’s your hair care routine? What are your favorite hair products?

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I would just like to point out that none of this is sponsored – everything is bought by me and the products and stores I mention are suggestions and recommendations for you based on what I like (: