Archive for June, 2011

The cutest thing EVA’

There is this blog that I’m following, Grosgrain, written by an amazingly talented (self-thought!) seamstress Kathleen. I always get inspired when I visit her blog. Right now she has 30 Days of free patterns, and I found one that I HAVE to try for Klara! Isn’t it adorable?!

This particular pattern was designed by Kelly at Sewing in No Man’s Land, for the 30 days of free patterns at Grosgrain. The pattern comes with step-by-step instructions, so I think even I should be able to make it! :) Let’s take a look at another one!

Such cuteness!! I can barely take it!

There are lots more on her blog, they are up to pattern 24 now. Stuff for grown-ups too :)

June 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Makeup Tuesday – Nancy Oh!

This week I wanted to share a look from one of my favorite beauty bloggers! Super talented Arienne at GlitterGeek.ca used Nancy Oh for a simple, but stunning, smoky eye.

This is Nancy Oh

And this is the result:

Pop on over to GlitterGeek to see the step-by-step :)

June 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm 12 comments

Makeup Monday ~ A Beauty in Green

Our Swedish blogging friend Isabelle showed us a how pretty green is. She used Barren, a muted olive green with little specks of gold, and Tuckamore, a green with golden highlights.

Barren ~  Tuckamore

Tuckamore & Barren

She applied Barren all over the eyelid and up to the eyebrow, then she applied to layers of Tuckamore on the eyelid and the inner corner of her eye. Finish of with liquid black eyeliner and a little bit of black (such as Coal Shute) along the lower lash line. Add some mascara and you’re done!

June 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

Eczema on eyelids

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Clare posted a question the other day about how to set up a skincare regimen when you have problems with eczema flaring up on your eyelids.

First off, I would recommend that you use our Cleansing Milk as your cleanser. It is very mild, and you can use it to remove your mascara. Just apply it with cotton ball, that you gently wipe over your eyes.
Keep the rest of your skincare regime simple. Apply cleansing milk and wipe off, with wash cloth or cotton pads. Follow up with the Cucumber Aloe Toner and Light & Airy or Rich & Dreamy, depending on your skintype.
I don’t recommend that you use any products on your eyelids, like the Buddha Eye Cream since you never know how the ingredients will affect your eczema. But there is one exception… the ingredients in Golden Olive Serum is supposed to be very good for eczema, so you could try patting in a drop around your eyes and ever so gently on your eyelids too! This would most likely also protect your sensitive skin on the eyelids from harsh weather, such as extreme cold.

Also, if you want to use eyeshadows, make sure you use mineral eyeshadows! The ingredients in our eyeshadows are basically ground up rock, so it is very inert and will not aggravate any skin conditions.
Good luck Clare! I will send you a coupon code you can use for 15% off skincare products throughout this month as a thank you for posting your question! :)

June 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm Leave a comment

Facial Skincare without preservatives

Janice asked a question on Facebook that I think more people are interested in, so I will bring it up here in the blog too! :)

She wondered if we had any cleansers and moisturizers without preservatives. And while we always use minimal amounts of preservatives (and can do so, since the time between a product being made and put on the shelf is VERY short compared to a lot of big companies), I know that some of you want to cut them out completely. All products that have water in them has to have a preservative, so the clue is to look for products without water!

As a cleanser I would recommend either our Deep Cleansing Oil. We have added an emulsifier to the oils, so while it is oily when you massage it in it will rinse off clean with luke warm to warm water. If you want a little exfoliation you can use a wash cloth with it as well. It works on the system that “like dissolves like”, so it is really good at removing oils and dirt from your skin! Check it out, and read the reviews on our website!

Another product that would work well as a cleanser is our Cucumber & Chamomille powdered face mask. You can blend it with a little bit of water, green tea, milk or yogurt. To use it as a cleanser, massage it into skin and then rinse off. If you want to use it as a mask, apply a thicker layer over skin and leave on for about 10 minutes. The cucumber acts astringent and cooling while the chamomille is soothing and anti-inflammatory. I really like this mask!

As a moisturizer, all you probably ever need is our Golden Olive Serum. It has only has three ingredients, but what ingredients they are! Olive squalane, sea buckthorn oil and geranium essential oil. It will give your skin nutrients, it will hydrate and it will help your skin get balanced and healthy. If you need a little more protection from harsh weather elements, like in winter, you can use our Organic Whipped Shea Soufflés on any dry areas. It is also preservative free, and will give a nice protective layer to your skin.

June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Makeup Monday – on a Wednesday

This week we used the two shades from our latest Smink collection: Come By Chance (a pale dusty lavender) and Bon Echo (periwinkle with diamond shimmer).

Come By Chance  ~  Bon Echo

This look was achieved by sweeping Come By Chance all over the lid and under the eye, and Bon Echo along the outer corner, and then blending everything together.

You can find these eyeshadows, and matching products for lips and cheeks  –>HERE<–

June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

Skincare Month – Laying a good foundation

I got a great question from Caitlyn on our FB page last week. She wrote:

Yay! Skincare Month!
I’m in my mid 20’s and I’m wondering what us youngin’s can start doing for our skin NOW, so that in the next 10, 20 years we can have that enviable skin we all dream about? Most women I know my age are in that awkward ” I still get breakouts in the T-zone, rough cheeks in winter time- and I’m pretty sure those are laugh line wrinkles” phase…What would you suggest to get us on the right path for a lifetime of beautiful skin?

I am a firm believer in TWO things when it comes to skincare. “Less is more” and “Slow and steady wins the race”. Don’t overdo it, and don’t compensate a lackadaisical skincare with spurts of very intense cleaning and scrubbing.  Our skin is amazing in its abilities to regenerate, heal itself and protect us. We should just help it, not work against it.

So, first off! Choose a cleanser you like. We have three different types, and they all work for most skin types (except I wouldn’t use the Foaming Cleansing Gel on very dry skin). If you like something creamy and mild, choose our Cleansing Milk with Geranium. If you want to have a “spa” feeling every night, do what is very popular in Asia and try the Deep Cleansing Oil (it dissolves dirt and oil and rinses off clean). Or if you like the feel of soap and water on your skin, try the Foaming Cleansing Gel.

Follow up with a toner. This step is not necessary, but it’s nice and it is beneficial for your skin. The most popular toner, and great for keeping breakouts and bay, is our Raspberry Exfoliating Toner. The alpha hydroxy acids remove dead skin cells and the salicylic acid exfoliates inside the pores to prevent breakouts.

Now a basic moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple, without clogging any pores and causing breakouts. I would suggest Light & Airy. It is completely unscented, and it’s made with jojoba oil, rosehip oil, a little bit of shea butter and some sweet almond oil. Rose hip oil is extremely rich in vitamin C, as well as linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), giving it remarkable restorative properties. Jojoba oil is very similar to the natural sebum in our skin, and it is exceptional in restoring elasticity and smoothness. Good stuff to put in your skin in other words!

The secret weapon in your skincare kit should be our Golden Olive Serum. I know I keep repeating myself, but it really is that good. A couple of drops is all you need, so a bottle will last you forever. And the way it builds up your skin to make it healthier and more “robust” it is a product that you want to start using now and never stop :)

Another thing that is very important is sunscreen! We don’t have a cream with sunscreen yet (look out for “An Apple a Day”, coming soon to a TVAL shop close to you :), but our mineral foundation works great as a sunscreen too! It contains lots of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both of them are trusted physical sun blockers. I was out in the sun earlier this spring and burnt my neck pretty bad, but my face was not a bit red thanks to the foundation! I should have taken a picture! It looked ridiculous!

I hope this tips helped you Caitlyn! Please let me know if you have any other questions! We’d love to hear how you are doing with it! And as a thank you for sending in your question, and a help to get the products you need, I will send you a message with a code you can use to get 15% off any skincare purchases during the month of June!

June 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm 1 comment

Skincare Regimen – Mixed Skin

A common skincare problem is mixed skin. Usually the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oilier and the cheeks are drier, but that is not always the case. Therese posted a question on our facebook page the other day:

I have an oily skin on and around my nose and I get frequent breakouts there. However my forehead and cheeks are dry and rough. If I treat one issue, irritate the other. What do you recommend for my multiple personality skin? :)

The good news is that you don’t have to use to separate sets of products to take care of your skin. My suggestion is that you use mild products all over your face, and then target the nose area with products that will help unclog your pores and prevent breakouts.

For cleansing I would suggest either the Cleansing Milk with Geranium, a very mild creamy cleanser, or Deep Cleansing Oil with Mandarin & Cedar. Both are good for all skin types, and they will not dry out your forehead and cheeks. The Deep Cleansing Oil rinses off clean, so you are not left with an oily residue that could aggravate breakouts on your nose. Try both and see which one you prefer, or alternate to keep it interesting :) Follow up with the Raspberry Exfoliating Toner, but only on and around your nose. It *could* be beneficial for your cheeks and forehead too, since it would remove dead skin cells and make it easier for the moisturizer to penetrate, but it could also be a bit too harsh. You can try it if you want to, but listen to your skin. It will tell you if it’s too much.

I always recommend the Golden Olive Serum, but it’s because it’s so good for ALL skin types! It will deeply hydrate, but it will also balance your skin so oily skin becomes less oily and dry skin becomes less dry. It will give your skin strength to protect itself from the elements and its anti-bacterial properties helps prevent breakouts. I got an email regarding the Golden Olive Serum the other day from Melissa, and she said:

With summer coming and your current focus on skincare I think the Golden Olive Oil needs to receive some props. I have been using the small size bottle since this time last year and I’m in love with it. I wandered into the shop last June in search of a moisturizer that would be light, airy, and non-greasy for the summer.  One of the wonderful staff pointed out the Golden Olive Oil and said that it was by far the best product for summer moisture without the creamy feel of some of the other products. At first, I was pretty skeptical about this oil going on my face. I have combination skin and so I was fearful that the oil would make the oily parts more noticeable. Alas, I am still using this product today and no oily leftovers. It’s great under a light mineral foundation which TVAL Skincare also makes.  I want to tell you that Golden Olive Oil goes with me whenever I travel and I find it’s skincare benefits are amazing.  It keeps my pores protected, my skin soft, and my complexion clear. I especially like that the Golden Olive Oil evens out my skin tone. Like all good things, it cures what ails ya!

So Golden Olive for you Therese, and then follow up with Rich & Dreamy on your cheeks and forehead.

A couple of times a week you can use Sweet Cheeks Face Mask or Cucumber Chamomille Face Mask on your nose, to absorb excess oil and clear out your pores.

To summarize, for you I recommend:

Same routine in morning and night
Cleansing Milk w. Geranium
or Deep Cleansing Oil. Massage in and rinse of with a soft wash cloth.
Raspberry Exfoliating Toner on and around your nose.
A couple of drops of Golden Olive Serum spread evenly over skin
Rich & Dreamy on cheeks and forehead
Lip Balm

Weekly treats
Sweet Cheeks or Cucumber Chamomille Face Mask on and around nose twice a week.

 

Therese, please let me know if you have any other questions! We’d love to hear how you are doing with it! And as a thank you for sending in your question, and a help to get the products you need, I will send you a message with a code you can use to get 15% off any skincare purchases during the month of June!

June 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm 1 comment

Skincare Regimen – Hitting the 40s

We continue on the quest for perfect skin, and today we got a question from Missy. She wrote:

I’m soon gonna’ be horrible 40 and I’m starting to show my age as well. My skin seems to be getting thinner, and though I don’t suffer much from lines and wrinkles I am getting all blotchy and red! Ack. Any suggestions?

Missy, I think the most important thing for you is to use mild products! You want to give your skin more resilience an`1d calm it down so it doesn’t get red. I don’t know if the redness is just your skin reacting to outer stimuli and getting red, like a rash, or if it is tiny little broken blood vessels. The latter can happen when we are getting older, and even though you can’t make them go away (short of getting laser treatment) you can prevent new ones from forming by treating your skin mildly and protect your skin if you are out in the blistering cold.

The mildest cleanser we have is the Cleansing Milk with geranium. Massage it in and rinse off. If you use a wash cloth (good for gentle exfoliation), use a baby wash cloth. Follow up with the Cucumber & Aloe Toner. This toner is made with calming rose water, soothing aloe vera and cooling cucumber extract. It also has glycerine which will hydrate your skin. It is really lovely, and perfect for skin that is sensitive.

The most important product for you would be Golden Olive Serum. It is such a good product for increasing your skins ability to protect and regulate itself. It is made with Olive Squalane, a fatty acid derived from Olive Oil, and Sea Buckthorn Oil. Olive squalane enhances the skins ability to naturally regenerate, as it helps to nourish, hydrate and oxygenate your skin. Its skin hydrating properties make it effective in softening skin and helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Sea buckthorn is a natural high source of Vitamins A, C & E, carotenes, flavonoids, essential fatty acids and phytosterols, which are all important for the maintenance of healthy skin. It is also a rich source of Vitamins B1, B2, K and P as well as in more that two dozen microelements. Use a couple of drops every morning and night. I like to apply it while my skin is still slightly damp from the toner. It spreads easier on the skin and sinks in faster.

For a moisturizer I would use Rich & Dreamy. It is unscented and deeply moisturizing without being too thick and oily. It is made with jojoba oil and rosehip oil, among other things. Both very good for keeping skin healthy and happy.

As a day cream, I would suggest that you use something with sunscreen and we happen to have one in the works! We have tried it out on ourselves for the past 6 months and we love it. It is a physical sunscreen, made with zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is also great for soothing skin as you may know (it is used in creams for diaper rash for instance). Keep an eye out for it! It will be called “An Apple a Day” (it is made with green apple extract). But for now, have you tried our Mineral Foundation? It contains both zinc oxide and titanium oxide, so your skin will be protected from UV rays, and the foundation will cover any redness you may have.

So to summarize, this is the regimen I recommend for you:

Morning routine
Splash your face with luke warm water
Cucumber Aloe Toner
A couple of drops of Golden Olive Serum
Rich & Dream Face Cream
Buddha Eye Cream (if you want to treat the skin around your eyes a little extra, but it is not a necessary product)
Lip Balm

Night Routine
The same as above, but start with massaging in Cleansing Milk and gently wipe off with a damp baby wash cloth.

Weekly Treats
For you, I wouldn’t recommend any face masks or scrubs. Especially not scrubs! Your skin is thin and sensitive, so you just need mild products that will give its strength and suppleness back. :)

Missy, please let me know if you have any other questions! We’d love to hear how you are doing with it! And as a thank you for sending in your question, and a help to get the products you need, I will send you a message with a code you can use to get 15% off any skincare purchases during the month of June!

June 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Join us in the month of Kicking up our Skincare!

I thought it would be fun to have a full month of tips, tricks, contests, challenges and other fun things about facial skincare! That subject is what we get most questions about, so my idea was to share everything we have learned so far and collect it all in one spot (here)  for everyone to go back to for future reference!

I asked our Facebook fans to post any questions they may have regarding skincare, and the ones that require longer answers I will answer here on the blog. The shorter questions will be answered on Facebook, so make sure you pop in every now and then and read on our wall for some tips that may be useful for you too!

The first question we got was from Shelley. She wrote: I am turning the big 50 this year so needless to say my face is starting to show it’s age. Creases around my mouth and fine lines around my eyes. Yet I still suffer from blackheads and bumps along my jaw line,  and lots of oil on my forehead that I usually have to mop off a couple of times a day. What do you recommend for a skin regime.

My suggestion would be to use very gentle cleansing, to not dry out your skin. This is important for two reasons: the lines around your eyes and mouth can get more visible if your skin is dry, and drying out your skin also increases oil production (your skin tries to compensate) and that could be why your forehead gets oily. Gentle but thorough cleansing keep your skin clean, but it doesn’t disrupt the delicate balance of dry vs. oily. The products I would recommend are Cleansing Milk with Geranium, a creamy and super mild cleanser, and Raspberry Exfoliating Toner. The toner will help remove dead skin cells and that helps both the problem with blackheads and aging skin. Cell turnover slows down when we get older and the dead cells on the surface of our skin stays around for longer, which gives the skin a slightly dull and dry appearance. Exfoliation will speed up the removal of dead skin cells and the new plumper skin cells comes up to the surface instead.

For the problem with blackheads around the jaw line I would recommend, in addition to the Raspberry Exfoliating Toner, to use Sweet Cheeks Face Mask once or twice a week. The clay and salicylic acid will draw out impurities and help prevent future bumps. Another thing I thought of when you mentioned the jaw line was: Are you often resting your chin on your hand? Or perhaps leaning your jaw against the receiver when you’re on the phone? Both these things can aggrevate breakouts believe it or not! Try to be conscious of what you are doing throughout a regular day, and see if keeping this in mind helps!

For the aging part of your skincare problems I would suggest: Golden Olive Serum. It is a fantastic product that consists of only three ingredients, but it is the potency of these ingredients that make it so good! Most often less is more! :)

Here is how we describe Golden Olive Serum on our website: Naturally extracted from Olive Oil, Squalane enhances the skins ability to naturally regenerate as it helps to nourish, hydrate and oxygenate your skin. It is also a natural anti-bacterial agent and its skin hydrating properties make it effective in softening skin and helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Sea buckthorn is a natural high source of Vitamins A, C & E, carotenes, flavonoids, essential fatty acids and phytosterols, which are all important for the maintenance of healthy skin. It is also a rich source of Vitamins B1, B2, K and P as well as in more that two dozen microelements. Geranium essential oil acts balancing on both skin and mind.

Another product that would work well for you would be Buddha Eye Cream, as it will help soften the lines around your eyes and keep that delicate area well moisturized.

So to summarize, and give you a full skincare program to follow. This is what I suggest:

Morning routine:
Raspeberry Exfoliating Toner on a cotton pad, swipe of skin (pay particular attention to forehead and jaw line)
A couple of drops of Golden Olive Serum
Rich & Dream OR Light & Airy face cream (depending on season and how your skin feels. They are basically the same cream, but R&D are thicker)
Buddha Eye Cream around the eyes
Lip Balm

Night routine:
Cleansing Milk w. Geranium. Massage in and rinse of with a soft wash cloth.
Raspberry Exfoliating Toner
A couple of drops of Golden Olive Serum
R&D or L&A
Buddha Eye Cream
Lip Balm

Weekly Treats:
Sweet Cheeks Face Mask (once or twice a week)
Resurface (once a week, or once every other week. Listen to your skin)

Please let me know if you have any other questions! We’d love to hear how you are doing with it! And as a thank you for sending in your question, and a help to get the products you need, I will send you a message with a code you can use to get 15% off any skincare purchases during the month of June!

June 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm 3 comments


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