• photography Mattias Edwall
    fashion Jahwanna Berglund
    makeup Johanna Norlander
    hair Khaddy Gassama / Swedish Hair Mafia

     

    total look Chanel
    earrings Cartier

    Hedda Stiernstedt

    Written by Valeria Bartocci by Sandra Myhrberg

    Hedda Stiernstedt is more than an actor, she is a star! She acts from the heart and that is something we as watchers can strongly feel. With her successful tv show ”Vår tid är nu '' Hedda is in a place she fantasied about many days of her early career.

    Hedda has since she can remember wanted to be an actor but not always did she know if acting wanted her. It took her time, travel, and courage to see that her dream could be real. When she and acting finally found each other she knew she had found her heart and soul perfectly matching, finally, she was home.

    Who is your big inspiration in life?
    My biggest source of inspiration comes from actors who I believe feel some kind of ”total freedom” towards their profession. Harriet Andersson is someone I watch to gain that inspiration to find dedication to my life, both mentally and physically for my profession.

    Who is your favorite actor?
    I have a few that I have loved over the years, one of them is Harriet Anderson who is an old Swedish actress. She has that total freedom that I am inspired by. Ben Mendelsohn is also an actor I have adored for many years. Lately, I have become attached to Florence Pugh due to her soft obedience, she has an incredibly genuine feeling that I am drawn to.
    Another new favorite is Eliza Scanlen who has been in Sharp Objects and Babyteeth. I loved her acting in Babyteeth, I found it almost a little strange. Her charisma of being able to follow the emotions and convey them in the raw freeway as she does in the movie.

    During the panademic what has motivated you to keep moving forward?
    I have found it difficult to stay motivated, but I have tried not to be too hard on myself. To allow oneself the small pleasures one can get, such as being able to play video games if I have felt like it. This time has been burdensome and punishing, but one thing I have found inspiration in is that people have been helping each other out and being more caring for others. It has made me realize that we as a “community” must stick together through this time.
    I also indulge in writing, I have been trying to find desire in my profession and life. This is the first time I have been able to ask myself the question “what do I want to do” as it is common in acting that I ask “what job would you want to give me” and then I have to adapt.
    I feel that I want to take a stand on what I can offer in a role and not what the role can offer me.
    Now I am deciding which is my next step forward from where I stand.

    When did you realize that what you're calling was to shine in front of the camera?
    The first time I tested acting seriously. I had been given the role and I found myself in the world I had been drawn to for a long time. I felt like for the first time I was the right person in the right place.
    I had never felt that I was right with what I was doing, everything was temporary. I looked in the wrong places and was always scared to invest in my passion for acting.
    But finally, we found each other and it felt more right than ever.

    How do you practice your dialogues?
    I read what the scene is about, but I have to say that I am bad at rehearsing lines. For me, it's about the feeling that I want to express in that scene. I do not come from the theater where the lines are everything, but  for me, the feeling is more important than knowing the exact words.
    Now, however, I have worked with a series where the language is made up. In such situations, I usually rehearse by recording the lines and walking while I repeat out loud to myself.

    Do you ever get nervous in front of the camera, how do you handle it?
    I'm nervous about every scene I play, but I like that feeling.
    It gives me something to not be one hundred percent comfortable as I listen more to my partner in the scene. For me, it's about taking in the feeling from the opponent and being caught in the feeling we have together.

    What is your trick for unwinding from a busy day of filming?
    I love to do puzzles. I have always found it difficult to unwind and find a way to occupy my whole brain. Puzzles give me the relaxation that reaches all of me.
    Otherwise, it could be playing Candy Crush and watching movies at the same time.


    What's the funniest character you've ever played?
    I have had the most fun playing Doris in the Jönsson league. I loved the humor that embraced the whole time we were shooting and the comedy within the character.
    I found it incredibly fun to be a part of that experience as it was my first humor film and character I played.

    That feeling has been most difficult for you to portray in front of the camera?
    Playing angry is the feeling that I find most difficult as I find that feeling farthest from developing at a certain time. Anger for me is only instinct and reaction, it does not exist as a raven's memory. I practice at home on how to quickly find anger and be able to quickly express it in the act.
    It is also rare that I am angry at my opponent, in some cases I can force them to make me angry just to capture the feeling.

    Which person have you been most “starstruck” by meeting?
    When I met Håkan Hällström in Cannes at the Swedish Film Institute's 50th anniversary party.


     

    5 quick:

    Hidden talents?
    I played the accordion for 4 years.

    Favorite garment?
    I love my track suit from H20 Fagerholt which I currently live in.
    But one of my all-time favorites is my jacket from Viktoria Chan that I can have for any occasion.

    What are you most grateful for right now?
    I feel incredibly grateful that I have a job right now considering what the world looks like.

    What makes you happy?
    I consider my job to be number one on the list. Then comes things like good food and people I love. Combining these two also makes me extra happy.

    What is your favorite music to dance to?
    When I am in need of little extra love, then I have Britney Spears.

    top Ganni
    trousers BLK DNM
    bracelet Cartier
    coat Moncler
    earrings Cartier
    total look Versace / Nordiska Kompaniet
    earrings Maria Nilsdotter
    dress Versace
    earrings Charlott Vasberg
    total look Chanel
    total look Chanel
    earrings Cartier
  • photography Marcus Askelöf / Acne photography
    fashion Eilidh Greig
    jacket Blank Atelier
    choker Ebon Li
    earrings Avidue

    Nyarol

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Today, the 28th of MAY, 2021 R&B singer, songwriter and producer NYAROL is breaking the silence after years off the grid and outside of the industry. She is independently releasing her debut single ‘MMM’. NYAROL has been a songwriter for many years and has been active in her home country Sweden, but also overseas in the United States.

    ’I’ve always called my music nostalgic, classic RnB. But now I aim to kind of experiment with the format that is a song, ambiance and also just try to rebuild and reshape the classic idea I have around songwriting. But most of all I just can’t stay away from making music, it’s just too big of a part of me.’’

    When did you realize that music was for you and how did it happen?
    I was around 5 when my mom put me in a choir at church and I think I realized then that I could sing and express myself through melodies and song that way. As I got older, I would write songs in my room and eventually go off to study music in school. Once I graduated I’ve worked on my process, creating and spent most of my time exploring what’s true to me and who I am in this moment. 

    What is your strength as a woman in the industry you work in and how do you handle the macho culture that comes with the genre?  
    I’m still working on how I fit in and what I want to share with the world but I’ve come to trust myself and my decisions more over time and the space I hold with my voice as a black woman in this business. I more or less see the outside world as secondary to whatever Im doing and I keep incredible people around me who are like minded that have amazing ideas that do it for the love of music. 

    What was your inspiration for the new music that you are releasing?
    It's written from a place of missing someone and being in a long-distance relationship, I’ve had my fair share of it. This past year and a half forced me, and the rest of the world to spend time away from our loved ones and I wanted to make a song about what this weird time has been like. 

    Which singer would you dream to collaborate with, dead or alive?
    New Edition.

    What is your dream project?
    I am still working on it <3.

    shirt Adnym Atelier
    suit Adnym Atelier
    jewellery Avidue
    top Marni
    leather trousers Adnym Atelier
    jewellery Avidue
    top & pants Hope
    jewellery Avidue
    jacket & pants Blank Atelier
    choker Ebon Li
    earrings Avidue
    jacket BLK DNM
    trousers Blank Atelier
    sandals ATP
    rings Avidue
    leather coat Stand Studio
    t-shirt Calvin Klein Jeans
    trousers Arket
    jewellery Avidue
    photography Marcus Askelöf / Acne Photography
    fashion Eilidh Greig
    makeup Elva Ahlbin
    hair Khaddy Gassama / Swedish Hair Mafia
    talent Nyarol
    post production Moa Liverstam
    dress BITE Studios
    shoes Vagabond
  • Focus: Hyaluronic Acid

    Written by Yasmine Mubarak by Elva Ahlbin

    In the Odalisque digital series ‘’Focus’’’, we will highlight some of the ingredients that we love and appreciate.

    First out is hyaluronic acid (HA), which helps hydrate our skin and protect the skin barrier. An acid we have naturally in our body. For those of you that have oily and combination skin - don’t stop reading! HA works for you too. An interesting fact is that talking about dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different things. For example, you can have an oily skin type but have dehydrated skin - that’s one of the reasons why hyaluronic acid can be used by all skin types.

    What is hyaluronic acid?
    Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural polymer molecule, more recognizable by the name sugar molecule. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our bodies, mainly in our skin formed by our skin cells.

    What does hyaluronic acid do for the skin?
    The effect of hyaluronic acid is because it’s water-binding. Hyaluronic acid is like a magnet attracting water to the skin, it can bind between 1,000 and 10,000 times its weight in water. Since it’s a humectant, it can pull moisture from the atmosphere rather than layering it on top of the skin and provides intense hydration without a heavy feel. A great thing to know is that HA is not exfoliating, so for sensitive skin it’s a good ingredient which you can use day and night. A recommendation for oily skin is to not use HA during the day since the HA can make the skin feel more oily. But it works perfectly during the night, for more hydration.

    However, some research (see reference below) has shown that an overuse of hyaluronic acid can result in redness and inflammation. It can even have the opposite effect,  by drawing water from your skin instead of the atmosphere and product - making your skin dry. With this said, it’s important to always apply HA on damped skin. In a writing from Eucerin they state that, all skin types benefit from skincare products that contain an effective Hyaluronic Acid formula, but they are especially effective on skin that is naturally dry and from the mid-20s when the skin starts to show the first signs of aging.

    So why do we need hydration for our skin? It’s simply to give our skin nourishment, smooth and limit dryness that can become irritated and limit the protection of our skin barrier.

    What are the different types of Hyaluronic Acid?
    Hyaluronic acid has different molecular weights (also known as sizes) that pass through the skin in different layers - and therefore have different effects. There are high, middle, and low molecular weights. The high molecular weight of 1000-1400 kDa, is actually unable to pass through the skin, while a low molecular weight HA of 20-300 kDa can pass the outermost layer of the skin. This means that it becomes almost impossible for HA to pass into the deeper layers of the dermis. However, the low molecules are up to 40 times smaller than the others and for this reason, can penetrate further into the epidermal layers of the skin’s own production of Hyaluronic acid. While the high molecular remains on the skin's surface and works to improve hydration in the outermost layer of the skin. Medium molecular works almost similar to the high molecular.

    What else can I do to keep my skin hydrated?
    To keep our skin hydrated, choosing to live a healthy lifestyle can be key. For example, sweating through exercise, using steam or being in a sauna. Not to mention, eating a balanced diet, limited alcohol consumption, giving up smoking, and getting your hours of sleep. Furthermore, sunscreens containing HA  may contribute to protecting it against the harmful effects of ultraviolet irradiation, due to the possible free radical scavenging properties of HA. French brand La Roche-Posay for example has a HA serum with SPF 30 called Hyalu B5 UV Serum SPF 30 serum.

    To get more expertise on additional ways to keep your skin hydrated, we asked dermatologist Sofia Ericson at Eriksbergskliniken in Stockholm, Sweden. We asked what hyaluronic acid can additionally be used for professionally: ‘’To give your skin the extra hydration boost it needs, it is beneficial to do professional facials or chemical peels at a salon or clinic. Ericson tells us that for example ‘’Microneedling is a great way to intensify the uptake of nutrition and hydration in the skin. The needles help the topical HA-serum to penetrate deeper into the skin as you cause microchannels. This also has a great anti-aging effect. A really good combination is micro-needling and skin booster, which is a HA injection. This gives you really deep hydration through all skin layers.’’


    To help you include hyaluronic acid in your skincare regime. We have gathered products rich in the ingredient we love:


    Dr. Dennis Gross Modeling Mask
    This modeling mask is a true hydration boost. It has mainly been used by professionals as a treatment throughout the years, but has become available to take home as a premium product. Dr. Dennis Gross, is a dermatology-approved brand and has a profound range of HA products in high quality. Another boost is the ‘’Hydration boost serum’’ packed with HA, a high-concentrated serum in a water consistency that you can blend with your serum, eye cream, or apply directly to your damped face. It’s definitely a new favorite.

    Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
    Cosrx is one of the biggest Korean beauty brands, and their Hyaluronic Acid essence is a great extra step in your routine.  It gives a simple plump effect and of course hydrates lightly. Essence is an extra and prior step to serum in the classic 10-step beauty routine. So you can easily apply this essence which is lighter th-0-an your average serum.

    Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Serum
    Peter Thomas Roth has an immense range of Hyaluronic acid called ‘’Water Drench’’, and the star of the line is the 75% HA serum, a gentle serum that hydrates your skin right away. Talking about Peter Thomas Roth, I need to shine a light on the ‘Water Drench’’ Cloud Cleanser, which is a gentle perfume free cleanser with HA and Cloud Cream Moisturizer - that gently moisturizes your skin up to 72 hours. Not to mention, it has an incredible light gel formula that makes it easy to apply, so you don’t stretch your skin while applying your cream, it just smooths over. Not to mention the cream has three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid.

    Eucerin Hyaluron Moisture Booster
    A great pharmacy alternative is the Moisture Booster that gives your skin an immediate moisture boost. The light gel formula refreshes your skin routine and gives you immediate hydration. The booster has only 11 ingredients and goes straight into your skin - leaving your skin soft and smooth. Eucerin, generally, is a good option for those with very sensitive skin.


    Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid
    This air-whip moisturizer is high in hyaluronic acid and formulated with a superfood blend of kale, spinach, and green tea to replenish and strengthen the skin barrier. It works for both dry, combination, and oily skin and gives you a nice natural hydration boost at the end of your skincare routine. Not to mention, it’s sustainably produced. Regarding moisturizers overall, it’s always important to use a moisturizer as the last step of your skincare routine - to help lock in the hydration in your skin.

    Continu Hyaluronic Acid Recovery Masque
    It didn’t come to my notice that HA could be good for your hair, but I guess it can. This recovery masque is packed with apple oil, flax seed extract, and coconut oil to give your hair that extra shine - and of course HA. It's produced to continuously release hydration to your hair during the day without making it heavy. Apply it in wet hair for around 5 minutes and rinse. The masque is also 100% vegan and produced in Sweden.

    If you want to read more of the science research regarding HA, read them below

    Efficacy of a New Topical Nano-hyaluronic Acid in Humans S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD,a Valentina Zabolotniaia, MD,b and Stephan Bielfeldt
     

    Utveckling av mineralpuder med hyaluronsyra Med undersökning av pudrets effekt på fukthalt och elasticitet i huden av Nadia Kragenskjöld
     

    Hyaluronic Acid in the Third Millennium Arianna Fallacara, Erika Baldini, Stefano Manfredini,* and Silvia Vertuani
     

    Selected brand information on Hyaluronic Acid-

    Eucerin 

    Peter Thomas Roth 

    Youth to the People 

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