Kuukausi: syyskuu 2017

Lookfantastic Beauty Box

There are many different beauty boxes on the markets these days and because it is not a new thing, I am not going into how it works in general. I just want to share my view on Lookfantastic Beauty box. I have never been subscribed to a beauty box before, but I find the concept wonderful. I was shopping at lookfantastic.com when I saw that they have these boxes too, so I went through some of their old boxes and I was quite impressed! And when I read that they deliver to Finland for free, I subscribed.

I subscribed for three months. The subscription will renew automatically, so if you don’t cancel the auto-renew in your account settings, you’ll subscribe automatically for another similar period. In my case, I thought it just keeps coming one box at a time, and when I finally canceled, the boxes kept coming because it had already subscribed for another 3 months. Yes, I am currently unsubbed from the monthly boxes starting from December. Which will probably be an amazing month bc it is holiday season. But I can subscribe again. You can get 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions. The longer your subscription is, the lower the price is per box. This is the usual case u know. You can’t cancel the subscription midst the subscription period.

Okay. At first, with two first boxes, I wasn’t very impressed. I am sensitive to some scents, and some of the products felt too strong to my nose. There is a but though. Now, after summer, I tried those same products Omorovicza cleanser and a Caudalíe moisturiser, they didn’t feel too strongly scented anymore. My mucous membranes must have been very dry in my nose since it was still winter here. And now after summer the scents were totally tolerable. Some products I had thrown away.

So, I had his hopes for the third box that was May’s box. I sure was not disappointed when I got the box! The cardboard box itself had also changed to a bigger one and did I say already that I LOVE THE BOXES? I love them. They’re different every month, with very beautiful graphics and a message. I love to display them in my bookshelf. The June and July were also great. August wasn’t a favourite but decent and September was very nice too! There hasn’t been any too strongly fragranced ones after last spring, but if you’re or your family member is very sensitive to fragrances, this box is not for you.

I think there’s been a moisturiser of some kind in every box; I have loved to try them out. I’ve got to try great hair products; LuxeOil and Moroccan Oil, James Read face tan mist, now I have EveLom cleanser. I have got a lot of stuff, and the hair and skincare have been a bomb.

The boxes are so beautiful! // Laatikot ovat tosi kauniita ja tukevia.

 

I love the Moroccan Oil hair cream and The Glov gets rid of all makeup just with water and gives a nice scrub too // Ihana Moroccan Oil hiusvoide ja pieni Glov, jolla saa meikit pois pelkällä vedellä ja samalla kuorittua ihon pehmeäksi.

There’s always a makeup product in the box too. I have not been very impressed with them. We got a small size Laura Geller Baked Balance n Brighten foundation which worked nicely as a powder when I wanted to add some warmth to my complexion or on it’s own in the summer. The rest of the makeup products have been quite comme ci comme ça to me. Model co. lip gloss was bad in my opinion, even though it looked so pretty at first, the formula was this gooey, stringy slime. Hot makeup bronzer I gave straight to my mom, she’s not as picky. I have used the brow pencil from Lord&Berry but it is too red for me. Pür cosmetics concealer is a no no for under eyes – the area that most of us want to cover. I’ve seen they had Benefit brow product in some of their earlier boxes! Now Modelco., Hot makeup? Come on. The Hikari eyeshadow palette we got in this month’s box is nice, but I think I am giving it away. There wasn’t a lot of pigment in it and you can get so much better eyeshadows from the drugstore. I would’ve rather had one amazing single eyeshadow instead of four meh’s. We actually did have a nice baked eyeshadow from Mellow cosmetics. It’s a fairly good one.

These are so good, fragrance-free and good for sensitive skin too // Nää on ihan parhaita, tuoksuttomia ja sopivat myös herkälle iholle

I really hope they up their game with the makeup in the box. I wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t a makeup product in every box if they put one amazing full size makeup product in the box every once in a while! Otherwise, this monthly box is amazing, I quenches my thirst of wanting to try all the cool stuff I see in the social media, gives great travel size stuff (that still aren’t ridiculous). I have had only one toothpaste, which was excellent. It’s always beautifully packed and comes with an Elle magazine and a leaflet that tells about the products of the month and stuff I never read. But it’s a nice extra touch! Out of five stars I give them four. I do think this subscription has been worth the money!

What are your thoughts? Are you intrigued? (scroll down for more pics)

Beautiful details in every box!

Suomeksi

Kauneusboksit eivät ole mikään uusi juttu, mutta en ollut koskaan ollut tilaaja. Kun sain tietää, että brittiläinen kauneuden verkkokauppa Lookfantastic.com postittaa omaa kauneusboksiaan ilmaiseksi myös Suomeen, oli pakko tutkia sitä vähän tarkemmin. Aiempien boksien sisältö teki minun vaikutuksen, ja halusin kokeilla. Tein kolmen kuukauden tilauksen. Boksi peritään tililtä kuukausittain, ja tarvitset tilaamiseen kansainvälisen pankkikortin (nykyään kaikki kortit taitaa olla sellaisia?). Mikäli et omilta sivuiltasi estä tilauksen automaattista uusimista, tilaus tulee uudelleen voimaan ja sitoudut uudelleen saman pituiselle tilausjaksolle. Itse olen nyt kolmannella 3 kuukauden tilausjaksollani. Maksan yhdestä boksista vähän enemmän kuin pidempien pätkien tilaajat, mutta ero ei ole niin suuri että jaksaisin välittää. Boksini maksaa 18 euroa kuukaudessa. Kiva kun pystyy vähän kontrolloimaan milloin lopettaa tilauksen tai aloittaa uudelleen.

July’s box / Heinäkuun boksi

Pari ensimmäistä lootaa olivat kevyitä pettymyksiä. Ne haisivat. Minulla on joillekkin hajusteille todella herkkä nenä, ja tietyistä tuoksuista tulee huono olo. Osasyynä taisi olla kylmästä ilmasta johtuva limakalvojen kuivuus nenässä (pakko täsmentää), jonka vuoksi hajut tuntuivat erityisen pahoilta. Epäilen tätä sen vuoksi, että kun nyt kesän jälkeen nuuhkin muutamaa tuotetta jotka tuolloin haisivat, mutta jotka olin säästänyt, niin ne eivät enää tuntuneetkaan yhtään pahoilta ja olen käyttänyt niitä ongelmitta (Omoroviczan putsari ja Caudalíen kosteusvoide).

Kolmas kerta toden sanoi; toukokuun boksi oli aivan mahtava sisältä ja ulkoa! Pahvilaatikot, joissa tavarat tulevat, ovat aivan ihania. Säilytän niissä kosmetiikkaa ja ne ovat esillä kirjahyllyssäni. Kesän ja alkusyksyn aikana sain boksista ihania tuotteita hiuksille; Moroccan Oil hiusvoiteen, LuxeOil (Wella System Professional) pullon, shampoota. Kasvoille on muistaakseni kaikissa bokseissa ollut jokin kosteuttava tuote, putsareita, kasvovesiäkin pari kappaletta, James Readin itseruskettavan kasvoille ja tämän kuun putsari oli EveLomin erikoinen tuote musliiniliinan kera. Olen aivan super tyytyväinen ollut boksin hius- ja ihonhoitotuotteisiin!

May’s box // Toukokuun boksi

 

I have loved these three! James Read self-tan for face, LuxeOil for hair (both from May box) and Madara moisturizer (April). // Nämä kolme ovat suuria suosikkejani!

Joka kuukausi mukana on myös joku meikkituote. Odotukset olivat paljon korkeammalla niiden suhteen, sillä jossain aiemmassa boksissa oli ollut Benefitin kulmakarvatuote. Tämä tietenkin jäi mieleeni, joten on ollut pettymys, kun meikit ovat olleet sellaista joopajoo-kamaa. Ihan hyväksi koin Laura Gellerin Baked Balance n Brighten puuterimaisen pohjameikkituotteen. Olen käyttänyt sitä aurinkopuuterin tapaan tai kesällä hyvin kevyeen kasvojen ehostukseen. Mutta me muut; Model co. huulikiilto oli nätti huulilla ja ihanan tuoksuinen, mutta koostumus oli inhottavan venyvää ja puhuessa huulten välille tuli sellaisia limarihmoja yäk. Pür cosmeticsin peitevoide ei sovi silmänalusille, enkä paljoa muualle peitevoidetta tarvitse. Lord&Berryn kulmakynä on minulle liian punainen. Olisivatpa laittaneet kaikille sopivan harmaanruskean sävyn Myös tämän kuun boksissa ollut Hikarin (uusi merkki minulle) luomiväripaletti oli hyvin peruslaatuinen, nätti, mutta ei kovin pigmenttinen, joten se lähtee varmaan jollekin lahjoituksena. Kesällä sain Hot makeupin aurinkopuuterin, jonka annoin äidille. Vaikuttaa siis että boksiin pääsee vain jotain halppismeikkejä. Mieluummin olisin ottanut yhden pienen napin jotain superhyvää luomiväriä neljän keskinkertaisen sijaan.

Been also loving these a lot! Mimitika is actually empty. // Näitä olen käyttänyt myös paljon. Mimitika on tyhjä. Kasvosuihketta on hyvä käyttää myös talvella kuivan sisäilman vuoksi <3

Toivon siis kovasti että he saisivat boksiin myös laadukkaita meikkejä joista innostua. Minun mielestäni boksissa ei tarvitsisi olla meikkiä joka laatikossa, vaan vaikka 3 kk välein olisi joku parempi normaalikokoinen meikkituote. Joka kuussa olisi normikokoinen joko meikki-, hius- tai ihonhoitotuote. Tai jotenkin näin. Kunhan noi meikit ei vain ois tuommosta halpaa täytettä. Ai niin, joka boksissa tulee vielä sellainen boksiin mahtuva kuukauden britti Elle-lehti ja pieni lehtinen jossa kerrotaan boksin tuotteista ja muista kosmetiikkatrendeistä (luulisin. en lue sitä). Kiva ekstra siis, satun nimittäin tykkäämään lehden mainoksista, nehän on upeaa taidetta monesti. Annan boksille neljä tähteä viidestä ja vaikka yksi tähti uupuukin tuon meikkiasian vuoksi, niin koen saaneeni rahoilleni vastinetta 🙂

Tuleeko sulle joku boksi tai haluaisitko tilata? Mikä/minkä?

September box // Syyskuun loota

 

New products I’ve been excited about! Tried all of them and first impressions were positive! // Olen kokeillut näitä uusia kerran, ja vaikuttivat tosi hyviltä! Decléor kosteusvoide saasteita vastaan <3

 

I tried to find as many products I could, all of them are from LF Beauty Box since March // Yritin löytää mahdollisimman monta, kaikki siis tulleet boksista maaliskuusta lähtien. Tässä ei ole edes kaikki.

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Autoimmune hepatitis (in English)

Hi guys! It’s been a really long time since my last post. I was very tired because of school last spring and had to prioritize. Ever since I started my blog, I meant to write this post. But since it’s such a long story I postponed it and felt I can’t find the right words.

I have been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis a few years ago. Back then, one of the first things I did was to google it and trying to find information and others who have it and their experiences. There was very little to be found back then. Also, because it is a rare disease, I’d like to raise awareness of it. Autoimmune hepatitis is not contagious, it is just like other autoimmune diseases. But in this one, the damage happens in the liver.

What happened?

First time I got symptoms was in 2008, six months after gave birth to my first child. I suffered from PPD, and had started working out quite hard and didn’t eat well, I had had thyroid problems (I didn’t understand that back then though!). I was suddenly incredibly tired; I could hardly get up from the sofa, change diapers, walk the dog. I was in a thick fog all the time. I went to check my hemoglobin, which was ok. Then my pee went all dark yellow, so did my eyes. Then my baby’s aunt told me my skin is all yellow too. I went to the hospital.

They took more tests, and my liver test results were bad. They said I’d have to stay there, but since I was still breastfeeding, they let me go home for the night. I came back in the morning to see the doctor. She said my condition was serious and I should be medicated with cortisone. She didn’t want to hesitate and start the medication immediately, because it is difficult to get rid of cortisone. Instead, she said I should sleep and rest all the time, stop breastfeeding (I barely had any milk left anyway and my daughter already ate solids), I should drink lots of water too, and take care that my digestion started working. I came back every morning for blood tests and to meet the doctor. The liver tests quickly showed improvement, and in a month they were very close to normal. Without any medication, I was healed. I was completely healthy the next four years.

Please notice that this is a story of my personal experiences. Everyone is different and our bodies are unique and react in their unique ways. Do not stop taking your medication based on this story.

In 2011 I gave birth to my son. Few months later I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and a couple months later I got old autoimmune hepatitis symptoms and got into hospital. This time around, doctor ordered heavy cortisone medication and I had to stay in hospital for about 10 days. I was away from my children for three weeks. My son was only 8 months and my daughter 4,5 years. The hepatitis situation didn’t get better as fast as in 2008. Prednisone made me bloat all around, I was very moody and and didn’t feel like myself physically or mentally.

Cortisone and side effects

I have been a kid of a difficult patient since my body responds slowly to medication, or the drugs just cause so severe side effects that they can’t be used. Prednisone in bigger doses (over 20mg) caused me bad mental symptoms. It had to be replaced with Entocort (budesonide), which at first didn’t give me side effects. Prednisone tames the inflammation, but side effects are very common. I got all of them; bloating (all over my body), moon face, acne, increased hair growth around the body but the hair on your head falls off, fatigue, insomnia, moodiness (from euphoria to rage), sweating, strong sense of hunger, problems with digestion, joint pain, losing muscular strength, decreased eyesight, lowered voice.. I am not sure if this was all. And my body became dependent of cortisone. I felt like I had lost myself. I understand why my doctor took the risk and didn’t start the medication in 2008.

A couple years after I got sick, I got a job. At that time my condition had gone worse after a good period. I had recently lost 8 kg (~16lbs), started exercising and felt good with lower doses. But now I was back with heavy doses of Prednisone and time at home with my son was over. It was cool, exciting, emotional and very stressful. It didn’t go well. I was a mess because of the medication, and it was scary to tell about it to my boss. The spring 2014 is probably the worst time of my life; I struggled through the days at work, came home and poured everything on my kids and my man. I waited for Friday and I was so angry and tired, yelled at my kids and was very mean to my man. Then I cried on Sundays because I didn’t think I could go through another week. It was maybe in April when I talked in phone with my doctor and finally told him I thought I am losing my mind. They immediately said it might be the Prednisone and I asked for psychiatric help.

I got to see a psychiatrist and she was just wonderful taking the weight from my shoulders telling me it is the medication that doesn’t suit me and I should have come earlier, when I got sick in the first place. She wrote me a sick leave. I got regular appointments -though this wonderful doctor left to work in another place after that summer – but I saw a psychiatric nurse every week. My medication got changed to much pricier one, but at least I didn’t feel batshit crazy anymore. I met her for a year and a half, and after my therapy ended, they said I can come back later if my condition gets worse.

2017

My current medication has kept the remission on for about 6 months, so we can’t talk about long-term results yet with these doses. I don’t stress as much as I did before, but I am very sensitive to the all the signs of my body, that could be symptoms of hepatitis. So it is quite hard psychically. Also sometimes I feel like a loser or a difficult person for having AIH, tired of having to explain why I don’t drink alcohol or can’t stay in the sunlight (side effects of one med is skin being sensitive to UV rays and increased risk of melanoma), I catch cold easily and my skin has thinned a lot and I bruise very easily. So I don’t feel that good about wearing skirts or shorts either..

BUT I do feel very good at the moment! Being able to do something I love every day (art school), makes me feel so happy and that my days are filled with meaning. I’m going to see my doctor in a couple weeks, it is always very exciting. My liver is still 100% undamaged, so the medication is what’s affected my body the most. I think having AIH has made me appreciate life more, and made me realise nothing can be taken for granted.

Things and advice I heard/wish I had heard when I got diagnosed

– It’s possible that you can live a very normal life even though you have autoimmune hepatitis. There are as many experiences as there are patients. I don’t think it’s wrong to believe it all goes well.
– If you get mental side effects from cortisone, tell your doctor! Don’t try to cope on your own, ask help.
– Learn to listen to your body, you pretty certainly need more rest and stressless life than a healthy person. Make sure you have a chance to go somewhere quiet and calm (preferably nature) whenever you need to.
– Cortisone makes you bloat and your joints stiff and muscles feel weak. Take walks, stretch, do yoga. Even though it feels hard, keep moving your body.
– Avoid sugar and wheat, they make you bloat much more than salt.
– Cortisone makes you want to eat everything. Buy fruit and veggies so you won’t be eating just bread and shit. Eat real food.
– Mind your posture and learn to breathe deep. You got this.
– You are not alone.

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