Monthly Archives: February 2013

Anti-stretch mark creams: Sebamed, Bepanthen, Phytomer, Bio-oil

Sebamed Anti-Stretch Mark Cream

Bodyshop Hemp Seed Body Butter, Bio - oil, Paula's Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA, Sebamed Anti-Stretch Mark Cream, Phytomer Seatonic Stretch mark reducing cream, Bepanthen Crème anti-vergetures triple action

One question that I get a lot these days is what beauty routines I had during my pregnancy. The truth is that I did all the things that I usually do without avoiding any particular products.

The one thing I did extra was to use a lot of anti-stretch mark creams. I was so worried that I would get some stretch marks somewhere on my body while being pregnant that I was rubbing these creams in night and day like a maniac! Needless to say, I went through many different kinds of anti-stretch mark creams and a lot of tubes of them.
I know it’s hardly possible to prevent the appearance of stretch marks with a cream, because it mostly depends on different hormonal factors, but for me it was more of a psychological thing. I needed to feel like I was doing something.

Here are some of the ones I used:

- Sebamed Anti-Stretch Mark Cream. The one I liked the most and went through 3 tubes of this one and really loved the smell, the consistency and its moisturising properties. Ok to use while nursing, too. Ordered from feelunique.

- Phytomer Seatonic Stretch mark reducing cream. This one was really expensive if I remember correctly. It contains some kind of algae and feels really rich and luxurious on the skin, and I’m using it for moisturising even now when the pregnancy is over!

- Bio-oil. This is supposed to be a miraculous product for every skin condition, including acne and stretch marks, but honestly, it contains the simplest and cheapest ingredients and smells weird.

- Bodyshop Hemp Seed Body Butter. Another weird smelling product, but this one is actually really good. I’m a fan of the hand cream from the same line, too. Hannes got this body butter for Christmas, but wasn’t interested in using it, so he gave it to me instead.

- Bepanthen Crème anti-vergetures triple action. Bought this one in Paris while buying the regular Bepanthen cream for the baby. It may be good, but the consistency is quite weird and makes it really hard to spread on the skin.

- Paula’s Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA. Last but not least, my favorite AHA product. I used this one for exfoliating, as usual.

Paula's Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA, Sebamed Anti-Stretch Mark Cream, Phytomer Seatonic Stretch mark reducing cream, Bepanthen Crème anti-vergetures triple action

Paula's Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA, Sebamed Anti-Stretch Mark Cream, Phytomer Seatonic Stretch mark reducing cream, Bepanthen Crème anti-vergetures triple action

And before you ask, this story has a happy ending. I didn’t get a single stretch mark anywhere on my body, but of course, we will never know if it was my frantic usage of anti-stretch mark creams that helped or not.

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Flower head vase

These days we get a lot of flower deliveries from friends, family and colleagues. The flowers are all really pretty, but every now and then some of the flower heads droop or start to wither.
Fortunately, I have a great way of taking care of these poor flower heads. I have this special vase, which consists of many small cavities in which I place the flower heads.
I don’t know of anyone else who has this kind of special vase, and I’ve never seen it in a regular store. However, sometimes they have them in thrift shops.

I’ve previously made a post about collecting flower heads by a flower shop, and this is what I do with those as well. It requires a bit of work, but the result is a very pretty centrepiece.

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Through Instagram

New Year's Eve!

I thought today we’d take a look at some of my recent Instagram photos!

Everyone were supposed to wear masks to the party:

My mask and my clutch:

The food at the New Year’s dinner. Can’t really remember what dish it was, I think some kind of fish:

Greger taking it easy and some of my belly:

Hannes and I in the local newspaper last week:

Late at night before going to bed yesterday (my favorite sleeping t-shirt!):

Dinner with Hannes’ mum last week, I had crustaceans:

Greger going by train:

Shopping for dresses (trying out):

Dinner with mum and stepdad:

Keeping my hairdo safe from the weather:

Lucia celebration at the university in December:

Hannes putting up some light in our new apartment, which was the first thing he did when we moved in:

Me in the elevator after work, 5 months pregnant here:

At the café at a second hand store with Mattias:

Bath bombs and a perfume I like by the Italian brand L’Erbolario:

Chillin’:

In the kitchen a couple of weeks ago:

I just got myself an Instagram account, but I think I’ll be updating a lot. I go under swedishloveaffair.

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Kiko Holidays 2012 – Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer in Cryptic Purple 414 swatch

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer in Cryptic Purple 414 swatch

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer in Cryptic Purple 414

Today I’m wearing one of my new favorite nail polishes. It’s called Cryptic Purple 414 by Kiko Milano. This nail polish comes from Kiko’s Holidays 2012 collection, from the Dashing Satin Nail Laquer Set.

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer in Cryptic Purple 414 swatch

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer in Cryptic Purple 414 swatch

Right now I’m very much into darker pinks and purples like this one.

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer in Cryptic Purple 414 swatch

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer in Cryptic Purple 414 swatch

It goes on great, too, like all the other Kiko nail polishes I’ve tried. This particular shade requires two coats for opacity.

Here’s the set itself:

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer Set

Kiko Holidays 2012 - Dashing Satin Nail Lacquer Set

I’ve shown you the shade Enigma Green 416 from this set before.

Swatch of Enigma Green 416 nail polish by Kiko Milano

Swatch of Enigma Green 416 nail polish by Kiko Milano

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Tilda rag doll inspired bunny

Tilda rag doll inspired bunny

Tilda rag doll inspired bunny

Here’s a Tilda doll inspired bunny I managed to sew last night. The body is made of pure white linen and the clothes are mostly cotton Tilda fabric. I think the hardest thing when sewing this kind of toys is actually stuffing them. It takes ages, and so much stuffing material!

Also, I don’t think I’ve shown you the finished version of the chubby Tilda doll I made this summer. Here she is:

I even made a pink peony for her hair:

Here are my creations together:

And the view from my kitchen window today,  just because:

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