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Beauty, Hairstyle, Interview

Flatter your face with a new haircut. I did!

My hair has been in need of a haircut for months. My ends are split and dry, my roots are flat and there is no shape or volume to my hair, which makes my whole face dragged down.

In early December 2016, a new Pepe Åhman hair salon opened in Lauttasaari and I decided to book an appointment to give my hair a new life, since I was planning to attend the opening of Lauttis Shopping Center. I was paired with the beautiful, talented and sporty Kristiina Kangasniemi, a 26-year old hairdresser and fitness enthusiast from Nurmijärvi.

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Beauty, Hairstyle, Make up, Travel, Weddings, Wellness

Destination wedding in paradise!

Destination weddings allow couples to live their dream wedding ceremony in a stunning location and celebrate surrounded by their closest friends and family members creating long-lasting memories for both the couple and their guests.

If you’re looking for a unique way to say ‘I do’ , a destination wedding in a romantic paradise that affords dramatic and unique locations for photography is ideal. For this purpose, I recommend Halkidiki in Northern Greece! Halkidiki’s three fjord-like bays with emerald beaches and coves, imposing mountains, gorgeous sunsets, delicious cuisine and high-quality level of hospitality makes this blessed place an ideal location for your dream destination wedding! I am personally considering Halkidiki as a place to host my own wedding, so this year I did a little bit of scouting of my own with my fiancé.

When spending our holidays with my fiancé at Pomegranate Wellness Spa Hotel in breathtaking Halkidiki in Greece this year, we were privileged to witness a symbolic wedding of a Russian couple during sunset. The symbolic or blessing wedding ceremony is becoming more and more popular every year. Compared to a  legal ceremony (civil), the symbolic ceremony is not legally binding apart from the love and commitment between the couple. Many couples may have already taken a registry office legal wedding prior to a symbolic ceremony.

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Beauty, Hairstyle, Make up, Travel, Weddings, Wellness

Destination wedding in Paradise!

Destination weddings allow couples to live their dream wedding ceremony in a stunning location and celebrate surrounded by their closest friends and family members creating long-lasting memories for both the couple and their guests.

If you’re looking for a unique way to say ‘I do’ , a destination wedding in a romantic paradise that affords dramatic and unique locations for photography is ideal. For this purpose, I recommend Halkidiki in Northern Greece! Halkidiki’s three fjord-like bays with emerald beaches and coves, imposing mountains, gorgeous sunsets, delicious cuisine and high-quality level of hospitality makes this blessed place an ideal location for your dream destination wedding! I am personally considering Halkidiki as a place to host my own wedding, so this year I did a little bit of scouting of my own with my fiancé.

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Beauty, Health, Travel, Wellness

Afrodita Roa Spa: A heavenly divine spa in Halkidiki, Greece!

Greece is a top summer destination for Finns and Scandinavians as well as many international travellers. In travellers’ minds Greece is associated with white and blue houses, crystal-blue sea, delicious Greek food and sunny beaches. Many international travellers especially from the Nordic countries visit the islands of Kos, Rhodes and Crete in South Aegean region to experience Greek summer and recharge their batteries. However, in Northern Greece there is a hidden paradise like no other place in Greece that only a few know and it’s worth discovering. Ready to discover a hidden gem? Halkidiki -birthplace of Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle- is a dream destination balancing a combination of nature, gastronomy, wellness, culture and tradition.

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Beauty, Make up

Beauty Olympics for eternal youth!

If there would be Beauty Olympics, Yves Rocher products will rank on the first places! I discovered Yves Rocher botanical beauty products a couple of years ago and I swear by their name!

I have turned 30 this year, the big 3-0! Not having a 2- in front of my age. It is the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, though.

So, in my own Beauty Olympics here are the frontrunners for eternal youth:

1) Elixir 7.9 (Gold Medal)   

The result of 12 years of research and the combination of 7 plants and 9 patents is now available for your every day skin care.

Botanicals are the greatest source of energy in the living world and Yves Rocher has developed the Elixir 7.9 Complex, a combination of 7 plants with anti-aging power recognized by 9 patents captured in cute jars. Check out the impressive properties the 7 plant extracts can offer to your skin.

“This unique complex boosts skin’s energy reserves and re-activates its youth*,” explains Xavier Ormancey, Director, Research and Development, Yves Rocher.

*In vitro test

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My favourite: Youth Energy Roll-on Eye Care

I apply the gel in the evening around the eye area gently massaging with the roll-on applicator balls that offers a wonderfully cooling sensation to tired eyes. The gel gradually lowers eye bags and fine lines as well as dark circles under the eyes. Try it every night and wake up to a more youthful complexion!

Olympic-Medals (2)2) Sebo végétal (Silver Medal)

Baikal skullcap is a plant, whose root was used to make medicine in Ancient China.

Yves Rocher researchers have developed Baikal has a cleansing powder, which evens out the skin mixed to oily skin and gives it a perfect matte finish. Baikal’s cleansing and purifying properties have been known for a long time. Yves Rocher’s baikal powder is made from all-natural methods, it is derived from supervised plantations and production, which is fully traceable.

My favourite: Purity Mask 

Cleansing facial mask for oily freshens and mixed skin in an instant. The mask contains clay that effectively absorbs excess sebum and makes the skin able to breathe again.  My skin looks fresh and beautiful all day long plus it smells really nice. My fiance said to me when I came to bed the other day, “you smell nice!”

Olympic-Medals (4)3) Un matin au jardin – Cherry Bloom fragnance (Bronze Medal)

After lemon blossom, lily of the valley, fresh roses and spring lilac, a cherry blossom fragnance is created by Yves Rocher to glorify spring that is coming. A season is characterised by the awakening of the nature. The new Yves Rocher Cerisier en Fleurs is inspired by Japan, where cherry blossoms symbolise the arrival of spring.

My favourite:  Shower Gel

The perfume Yves Rocher Cerisier en Fleur is accompanied by perfumed body care products—Body Lotion and Shower Gel of 200 ml each. I love the Shower Gel! Plus I got inspired to have a Japan-inspired photo-shoot with cherry blossoms in the background!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51), Yves Rocher media center

Make up, Women's fashion

Nailed it!

Last week I went to Hiusfashion at Forum’s Kukontori and got myself a natural-looking French manicure ideal for the office. A fresh manicure helps you look clean and put-together.

Pinja Pellonpää is the ‘new’ Nail and Eyelash Extension Technician and Stylist of Hiusfashion in Forum. She has moved from the Ruoholahti Hiusfashion store to the one in Forum since the beginning of August.

We decided to go with a french manicure on my own nails.

Hygiene is very important. “I always sanitize the tools immediately after using them,” says Pinja.

Every nail technician has their own style and techniques. Pinja has strong attention to detail, she likes fancy glitter and elegant results for her new and loyal customers. Of course, you can also choose different nail stickers to add colour to your nail design!

In less than an hour, the final result was amazing! Check how stylish and elegant my nails look like!

Pinja did an amazing job fixing my nails with attention to detail and the necessary hygiene as well as friendly and warm service.

Get your nails done at Hiusfashion, book your appointment now at: www.hiusfashion.com.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photo: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Make up, Travel

Summer memories!

I returned to Finland last week after a long summer holiday in Greece. First, I visited my parents at my hometown and, then, head off to the island of Paros for one week with my brother. Paros island is a picturesque island situated in the heart of the Aegean sea, 4 hours away from the port of Piraeus.

Houses are white with blue windows and the streets are narrow with lots of colorful flowers and cats chilling on the pavements!

Before leaving on holidays I visited FORUM’s Yves Rocher store to equip myself with all necessary cosmetics for my trip.

I bought After Sun Care products. In particular, I loved the 3-in-1 After-Sun Lotion that soothes and moisturizes my skin after long exposure in the sun and prolongs my tan!

Paros has many beautiful restaurants and nightclubs that you can enjoy the music and a juicy cocktail. For glamorous night looks, I always have my favourite Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Volume Gloss in my purse.

For my toe nails, I chose a variety of nail lacquers in radiant and fruity colors. Red is always an all-time classic along with fuchsia, pink and coral shades.

Hope you all had a relaxing summer and feel ready for the upcoming autumn and winter!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Vassilis Skodras & Yves Rocher Suomi

Jag återvände till Finland förra veckan efter en lång sommar semester i Grekland. Först besökte jag mina föräldrar i min hemstad, och sedan åkte jag iväg till ön Paros för en vecka med min bror. Paros är en pittoresk ö som ligger i hjärtat av det Egeiska havet, 4 timmar från hamnen i Piraeus.

Husen är vita med blåa fönster och gatorna är smala med massor av färgglada blommor. Du kan också se katter som går fritt på trottoaren!

Innan jag reste iväg så besökte jag Yves Rocher i Forum för att utrusta mig med all nödvändig kosmetik för min resa. Jag valde After Sun Care-produkter. Framför allt älskar jag 3-i-1 After Sun Lotion som lugnar och återfuktar huden efter lång tid i solen och som förlänger min solbränna!

Paros har många vackra restauranger och nattklubbar där du kan njuta av musiken och njuta av en cocktail. För en glamorös kväll ser jag till att jag alltid har min egen favorit Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp läppglans i min handväska.

For mina tånaglar, valde jag en mängd nagellack i strålande färger. Rött är alltid en klassiker tillsammans med  fuschia, rosa och korall nyanserna.

Hoppas ni alla hade en avkopplande sommar och känner er redo för den kommande hösten och vintern!

Text (in English): Chryssa Skodra

Translation (in Swedish): Kim Ekman

Photos: Vassilis Skodras & Yves Rocher Suomi

Campaigns, Make up

Yves Rocher Spring News

On April 20 I was invited to the Yves Rocher Spring News event that took place in Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary. During the 2-hour event beauty editors and bloggers enjoyed a healthy breakfast and got introduced to the new Yves Rocher products for Spring 2012.

Liisa Sippola, Communications Manager of Yves Rocher Finland, mentions that Xavier Ormancey, Yves Rocher’s head of Research and Development, believes that at any age, the key to beautiful skin is intense hydration. This May a new range of innovative products called ‘Hydra Vegetal’ is released by Yves Rocher that hydrate the skin deeply while toning up fine lines and dry areas. Xavier Ormancey might be visiting Finland in the coming months, explains Liisa.

During the Yves Rocher Spring News event, a cosmetologist explained the importance of the 3-step facial skincare routine which involves cleansing, toning and moisturizing that is necessary in order to achieve the ultimate skincare results. I admit that often I skip the ‘toning’ step of the process and this is a key point in achieving a “glowing effect”.

On May 10th during the Ihana Helsinki! festival the Yves Rocher store in FORUM Shopping Centre will be open until midnight and customers will have the opportunity to receive a quick make-up session and the chance to participate to a 100€ worth of Yves Rocher products lottery! In addition, all customers will be given a 10% discount to all products.

Text & photos: Chryssa Skodra

On April 20 I was invited to the Yves Rocher Spring News event that took place in Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary. During the 2-hour event beauty editors and bloggers enjoyed a healthy breakfast and got introduced to the new Yves Rocher products for Spring 2012.

Liisa Sippola, Communications Manager of Yves Rocher Finland, mentions that Xavier Ormancey, Yves Rocher’s head of Research and Development, believes that at any age, the key to beautiful skin is intense hydration. This May a new range of innovative products called ‘Hydra Vegetal’ is released by Yves Rocher that hydrate the skin deeply while toning up fine lines and dry areas. Xavier Ormancey might be visiting Finland in the coming months, explains Liisa.

During the Yves Rocher Spring News event, a cosmetologist explained the importance of the 3-step facial skincare routine which involves cleansing, toning and moisturizing that is necessary in order to achieve the ultimate skincare results. I admit that often I skip the ‘toning’ step of the process and this is a key point in achieving a “glowing effect”.

On May 10th during the Ihana Helsinki! festival the Yves Rocher store in FORUM Shopping Centre will be open until midnight and customers will have the opportunity to receive a quick make-up session and the chance to participate to a 100€ worth of Yves Rocher products lottery! In addition, all customers will be given a 10% discount to all products.

Text & photos: Chryssa Skodra

Make up

Yves Rocher Top 5 products!

Here is my top 5 of Yves Rocher products for February!

1. Creamy kolh pencil- Deep Black Color

This creamy charcoal black pencil containing organic almond oil provides a dense line that enables me to create a stunning and intense look in my eyes. It comes in an interesting and authentic format for better application!

2. Loose Pearls-Intense illuminating effect

Yves Rocher’s loose pearls in 3 shades help me create a luminous and intense look in my eyes. I often use the loose mineral pearls with the kohl pencil that underlines the eye contour and deepens my look.

3. Beauté des mains 2 in 1 beautifying hand and nail cream

This is a cream I have consumed a lot during this winter. As a matter of fact is next to my laptop when I write those lines.. It leaves my hands smooth, beautiful and nourished. It provides intensive care for my dry hands without leaving them oily as the cream gets fully absorbed.


This cream smells amazingly and has a rich texture that leaves my skin smooth and comfortable. I apply it after shower before going to bed. In the morning my skin still feels deeply moisturised!
This is an eye makeup remover that treats the sensitive area around my skin gently. It also removes my heavy smokey eyes makeup really quickly and efficiently.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photo 1: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Photos: yrmediacenter.fi

Here is my top 5 of Yves Rocher products for February!

1. Creamy kolh pencil- Deep Black Color

This creamy charcoal black pencil containing organic almond oil provides a dense line that enables me to create a stunning and intense look in my eyes. It comes in an interesting and authentic format for better application!

2. Loose Pearls-Intense illuminating effect

Yves Rocher’s loose pearls in 3 shades help me create a luminous and intense look in my eyes. I often use the loose mineral pearls with the kohl pencil that underlines the eye contour and deepens my look.

3. Beauté des mains 2 in 1 beautifying hand and nail cream

This is a cream I have consumed a lot during this winter. As a matter of fact is next to my laptop when I write those lines.. It leaves my hands smooth, beautiful and nourished. It provides intensive care for my dry hands without leaving them oily as the cream gets fully absorbed.


This cream smells amazingly and has a rich texture that leaves my skin smooth and comfortable. I apply it after shower before going to bed. In the morning my skin still feels deeply moisturised!
This is an eye makeup remover that treats the sensitive area around my skin gently. It also removes my heavy smokey eyes makeup really quickly and efficiently.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photo 1: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Photos: yrmediacenter.fi

Make up, Watches

All that glitters..

Last week I posted about Glitter’s upcoming Member club event taking place in Glitter Forum. The first 100 lucky customers were given goody bags filled with amazing gifts! Take a look below, chocolate, make-up, hairproducts, Glitter jewellery, discount coupons and a giftcard for a cruise to Stockholm! Jealous? Wish you were there?!

No worries. Glitter is organising regular exclusive nights for its customers. All you have to do is to join the Club Glitter and receive the newsletter, styling tips, special offers and invitations to upcoming events! You can join here: http://glitter.eu/club-glitter/

‘Small details, big difference’ is the the slogan of Glitter one of the biggest chains of accessories in Nothern Europe. I spoke with Taija Purhonen, store manager of Glitter Forum about the store she rans. “In 2011 Glitter Forum was selected as the store with the ‘Best Service’ of all Glitter stores! Internally in Glitter stores there are mystery shoppers who research and evaluate our service. This is to  guarantee that everyone receives high quality of servise,” explains Taija. “Our salespeople have their own personality, we don’t put words in people’s mouths,” she adds.

I know Taija a bit to know that she has a passion for motorcycles. I can’t help but asking “How come a biker girl look so stylish?” “My friends also say that at times I’m such a tomboy and at other times so lady-like!” Taija says smiling.

“Of course, I have to wear the newest and the latest of Glitter collections! The colours and the nice environment of Glitter draws you in!”, Taija comments enthusiastically.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Last week I posted about Glitter’s upcoming Member club event taking place in Glitter Forum. The first 100 lucky customers were given goody bags filled with amazing gifts! Take a look below, chocolate, make-up, hairproducts, Glitter jewellery, discount coupons and a giftcard for a cruise to Stockholm! Jealous? Wish you were there?!

No worries. Glitter is organising regular exclusive nights for its customers. All you have to do is to join the Club Glitter and receive the newsletter, styling tips, special offers and invitations to upcoming events! You can join here: http://glitter.eu/club-glitter/

‘Small details, big difference’ is the the slogan of Glitter one of the biggest chains of accessories in Nothern Europe. I spoke with Taija Purhonen, store manager of Glitter Forum about the store she rans. “In 2011 Glitter Forum was selected as the store with the ‘Best Service’ of all Glitter stores! Internally in Glitter stores there are mystery shoppers who research and evaluate our service. This is to guarantee that everyone receives high quality of servise,” explains Taija. “Our salespeople have their own personality, we don’t put words in people’s mouths,” she adds.

I know Taija a bit to know that she has a passion for motorcycles. I can’t help but asking “How come a biker girl look so stylish?” “My friends also say that at times I’m such a tomboy and at other times so lady-like!” Taija says smiling.

“Of course, I have to wear the newest and the latest of Glitter collections! The colours and the nice environment of Glitter draws you in!”, Taija comments enthusiastically.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)