Makeup Monday: Iines

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Makeup Monday continues! In this series I have chosen some interesting people to sit in my makeup chair and fulfilled my vision for their makeup. Here is the third beauty I had the pleasure to work with: Iines.

Makeup Monday: Iines

Iines is another one of those people I like to think of as super women. She is a professional blogger (actually, she was among the first to create a popular blog in Finland!), she works with social media and she is a toddler mom. It was so nice to meet her and talk about blogging and life. Another fun fact about Iines is that she is also very into DIY-projects and work. I have actually bought a hand-knit top from her, which I showed you in this post.

For her makeup, I had a vision of a soft smokey eye paired with fresh skin and lips. I think a dramatic eye works so well with her freckles and warm tones. Iines has big beautiful blue eyes, which I emphasized with warm browns.

I couldn’t help, but use the same *Madara City CC Cream, that I have now used on every makeup I’ve done so far. It just goes to show how great that product is and how it suits so many skin types. I mixed some bounce foundation into that though, to make the color match to Iines’ tan. I set the face lightly with my favorite powder, added a bronzer, a peachy blush and a golden highlight.

As for the soft smokey eye, I used a palette I had kind of forgotten about. It’s *Morphe’s 3205 palette, which has a nice selection of warm neutrals. The pigment is good and it’s an easy palette to work with. The nude lipstick is one of my go-to nude colors, *IsaDora Twist-Up Gloss Stick in Boho Beige.

Don’t forget to check out Iines’ blog and her Instagram, where she by the way shares some amazing travel photos.


*Madara City CC, Medium Beige
the beautyblender Bounce Foundation 3.30 (just a drop to make the CC cream darker)
*Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder
*NARS Soft Matte Concealer, Custard  (Shop in *UK, *EU)
*Zuii Organic Sun bronzer
Kiko Milano Desert Dunes Baked Blush, Gypsy Pink
*MAC Soft & Gentle Highlight

mad4eyebrow Natural Brow Filler, Blond
*BBB London Ultra Slim Brow Definer Indian Chocolate (Shop in *EU)
*Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden
MORPHE 3502 Eyeshadow Palette (Shop in *UK, *EU)
*Alima Pure Ink Kajal

*IsaDora Twist-Up Gloss Stick, Boho Beige

Some makeup products I’ve received as pr-samples.

What do you think of this look? 

My favorite natural sunscreens – and why they’re the best

Last year my mind was blown by Madara’s launch of the new sunscreen products. As we all know, natural sunscreens are a bit tricky. It’s hard not to compare them to chemical sunscreens, which can feel so light on the skin. But the lightweight feeling is not necessarily the best choice here.

I have found that natural physical sunscreens give me the best protection. And these products also give me the prettiest glow! I personally don’t have to reapply these products and not once have I burned wearing them. So if you really think about it – physical sunscreens are quite practical.

And have you noticed that sunscreens meant for children usually contain a physical sunscreen? Why is that, I wonder. Why not protect yourself as well as you do your children?

Products were gifted to me. *Adlink

MADARA Sunscreens for face

The best thing about Madara’s face sunscreen products is that they also function as makeup. The SPF 30 face cream has a bit of tint in it and it gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin. The City CC SPF 15 is a great choice when you want a bit more coverage to the skin (and glow, obviously).

These are my go-to products for spring and summer. I feel like they even out my skin tone nicely and they are the perfect summer “foundation”. I just apply concealer where I need it and my skin looks beautiful. I wrote full reviews on these products here, so make sure to read that!

Madara City Cc Cream Light Beige Medium Beige Swatches

madara city cc cream
Wearing Madara City CC Cream in the shade Light Beige.
Madara City CC Medium Beige Before After On Face
Before & after Madara City CC in the shade Medium Beige.

MADARA CITY-CC Light Beige & Medium Beige

This year I got the darker color option for the City CC cream and I have to say that it works better for me. The Light Beige color is more red-toned and light whereas the Medium Beige is more yellow and slightly darker. They are still both quite sheer, so you don’t need an exact match to your skin. As you can see in the photos, I can get away with wearing both.




Madara sun 14 shimmering bb cream swatch

madara sun shimmering bb body spf 15
On my body: Madara Sun 15 Shimmering Beach Body BB

MADARA SUN15 Beach BB Shimmering Sunscreen SPF 15 – Body & Hands

This year Madara also came out with *BB-cream for the body, which has some light shimmer and tint to it. Since I love the Face SPF 30 so much, I’m so excited for this tinted body version. It’s a clever way to hide the white color, which all the physical sunscreens have.  And who doesn’t like to glow while being protected of the sun?

The consistency in the body BB is creamy, but not too thick. It’s easy to blend to the skin and it doesn’t feel sticky. The shimmer in it is quite fine and doesn’t look too glittery. In warm indoor lighting I could see some glitters, but that just made me happy. (And in direct sun, when you look closer. It’s like gorgeous little glitters on your skin.)

This product has a sweet foresty scent to it, which I actually love.

I have a strong feeling I will be wearing this most of the days. And for any parties! It doubles as body makeup and I’m all for that.

*MADARA SUN 15 Beach BB Shimmering Sunscreen SPF15


Madara sun 20 weightless sun milk swatch review

MADARA  SUN20 Weightless Sun Milk SPF 20 – Body, hands & face

Madara’s SUN 20 Weightless Sun Mik is a hassle free easy option for those, who don’t want any tint to their sunscreens or who feel like even the face SPF 30 is too dark. It’s colorless, it feels comfortable on the skin and you can use it all over your body, face and hands.

Well, obviously the cream is first white, but once you blend it to your skin it looks invisible. Besides, this way it’s easy to see where you’ve applied it (though the tinted versions work for that as well).

The body milk is Aloe Vera based and it contains natural oils and waxes. The sun can dry out the skin and I feel like that’s the case in my skin, so I like to wear sunscreens that are also moisturizing. That way my tan looks better as well.

This product has a foresty scent to it, but I don’t find it too strong.

I don’t have kids, but if I did, I would choose this one for my little ones.

*MADARA SUN20 Weightless Sun Milk SPF20

Madara natural sunscreens review

So, these products get A+ from me and I warmly recommend them to anyone who wants to switch to natural sunscreens, who wants a long-lasting sun protection or for those wanting a nice glow to their skin. If you do end up ordering and trying them, I would also recommend checking out Madara’s masks (here’s my post of them) and their hydrating SOS-serum.

*Shop MADARA SUN products

best natural sunscreens

I also recently tried out a BB-cream that acts both as a full-coverage foundation and a sunscreen. I know some like to wear makeup and foundation throughout the summer, so that would be a nice option for those, who still want to have that sun protection. Stay tuned, I will be reviewing it soon!


What is your favorite sunscreen brand and is it natural?




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