Under-eye bags are not fun. Sometimes when I wake up, they’re just there like small, annoying, fluffy pillows. It’s not always clear why they’ve decided to pay me a visit, but it can be anything from lack of sleep (or actually too much sleep), dehydration or the wrong kind of food. I have also understood that my bags are genetic (thanks, dad!) and that I just have to come to terms with the fact that they will pay me a visit from time to time. Nevertheless, even if you may not be able to fully get rid of the under-eye bags, there are a few tricks that reduce their visibility. These are my favourites:
An old housewife trick is to keep two bags of chamomile tea in your refrigerator. Place the cold tea bags under your eyes and let sit for 5-10 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea is said to have a contracting effect on the blood vessels and to counteract puffiness.
Get some fresh air! Go outside for a 30 minute power walk or run. This usually gets the circulation going and lessens the puffiness under your eyes.
If I have indulged a little too much in the wrong kind of food or drinks, the only way to go is to start fresh. Drink a lot of water, eat clean food and avoid alcohol and salt.
If you come home late and you know you won’t be able to get enough sleep, make sure you drink two tall glasses of water before going to It will help you prevent tired eyes in the morning.
Extra help for tired eyes:
Ultimate eye cream– includes the ingredient Eyeliss which prevents puffiness and reduces dark circles under the eyes by strengthening the capillaries in the thin area around the eyes.
Ageless eye cream – includes the ingredient Adipoless which reduces dark circles under the eyes
Moisturising eye gel – includes cooling Caffeine which has a light tightening effect that reduces puffiness. Store in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect.
“If I only got to use one makeup product for the rest of my life it would be a really good foundation. A good foundation creates a smooth and healthy complexion, erase flaws and magically gives your skin a new glow. The trick is to is to find the right foundation for your skin type. And don’t forget to prime with a great day cream well-suited for your skin to create the perfect base.”
”I have friends who have suffered from breast cancer, so I know how important it is to detect cancer at an early stage in order to defeat it” – Emma
In October it is yet again time for the Swedish Cancer Society’s Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer. We at Emma S. want to draw attention to this important matter. By regularly checking your breasts, for example when you shower, you increase your chances to detect the disease at an early stage. Use your body wash for something important!
Use a firm, smooth touch, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.
Begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast and have covered the entire breast from your armpit to your cleavage.
Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts.
Here’s what you should look for: Are the breasts in their usual size, shape, and color? Does something stand out as different from the rest? Has anything changed since the last time you checked? Make a note about how your breasts look and feel and save it to your next self-exam.
If you have any questions or suspect something that may be a symptom of cancer, turn to your closest hospital or your gynecologist.
Yesterday was the Swedish Beauty & Cosmetics Awards gala! The theme was white diamond and we were all dressed in a healthy amount of rhinestone and glitter. Our Sensitive Day Cream was nominated in the category “Best skincare of the year”. We didn’t win this time but we are just as happy being nominated!
Do a deep cleansing. After you have removed all your makeup, use an enzyme peel that contains Salicylic acid to do a deep cleansing, neutralize bacteria and remove dead skin cells. Your skin will regain its former glow, and you’ll prevent future breakouts.
Chapped lips, be gone! Cold nights, lipstick, champagne and New Year’s kisses is a sure recipe for dry and chapped lips. Create a homemade lip exfoliator by mixing a tablespoon of honey with white sugar and gently massage onto your lips. Wash off and apply a thick layer of lip balm.
Give your eyes some extra attention. A soothing and rehydrating eye gel is perfect if you tend to feel a little bit puffy around your eyes the day after. Be prepared and store your eye gel in your fridge for an extra cooling sensation.
Boost with oil. Use a softening facial oil and gently massage your skin with circular motions for a couple of minutes. Your blood circulation will get going again and your skin will get some well-needed colour and glow.
Is there a better look to go for on New Year’s Eve than the classic Smokey Eye? The Smokey Eye is a flattering look that suits most people, but it can be a bit tricky to get it right. These easy steps will help you to create a dramatic look by using only four products:
Start by applying a light eye shadow all-over your eyelid and crease. Use a natural colour to open up your eyes and to neutralize red or blue skin tones. Look for shadows with names like “Biscue”, “Beige” or “Sand”.
Use a soft black or dark brown eye pencil to draw a line along your lower waterline. Use the same pen to draw a line alongside both your upper and lower lash line. The line does not have to be perfect, but try to reach in between your lashes. A good trick to reach in between your eye lashes is to tilt your head slightly backwards as you draw the line.
Continue with a dark grey/brown eye shadow, preferably with a bit of shimmer. Use a soft brush, and make sure to shake of any excess color before using to avoid spill. Use the brush to smudge your pen marks upwards using circular motions. Gently use the same brush to smudge the lower line as well.
Finish off with a layer of carbon black mascara on both your upper and lower lashes.
Don’t forget to use a good eye cream to rehydrate your skin before you put on your makeup to get the best results.