Trine Kjær shows us her bathroom!
Come visit Trine Kjær (28) from the blog Trine’s Wardrobe who started her own beauty brand at the age of 24. We talked to her about her best tips for nice hair and how to fresh up your cleansing product.
You were one of the first fashion bloggers in Denmark. How did you get the idea for Trine’s Wardrobe?
It all started eight years ago. I’d just finished high school and didn’t know what I wanted to do, all I knew was that it had to be about fashion. If you wanted to do something with fashion back then, you could either become a journalist or a designer and I didn’t really feel for any of those. While taking a sabbatical, I came across the blog of the Swedish blogger Elin Kling. No real fashion blogs existed in Denmark at that time and I was really impressed by the possibility off an ordinary girl expressing fashion on her own blog. That’s why I started up my own blog at blogspot.com and came up with the name Trine’s Wardrobe.
How did you get the idea to make your own beauty products?
I’ve always dreamt of being an entrepreneur and starting up my own business. Actually ever since I was young and opened my own flower shop in our garden, selling things and asking my father for prices of properties. I’ve always been very business-oriented. So it’s been a combination of me wanting to run a business. And always getting questions on my blog about my hair. As I wasn’t that much of a beauty nerd, I talked to someone good at creating products to discuss what I would like to do. I tested and tested and I also got my friends to test the different samples. And then, together with Matas I launched five products to start with and they sold really, really well. In 2012, I launched three new hair care products. And in 2013, I finally launched my skin care range.
What are your skin care and make-up routines?
In the morning, I cleanse my skin with a cotton pad and my own Micellar Water which I keep in the fridge to make it wonderfully cold. Then I use my own Face Cream on my face. And immediately after that, I use a tinted day cream from Laura Mercier and then finish off by covering a bit more with a Concealer Palette from Mac. The palette includes 6 shades to cover impurities, redness and also tired-looking eyes. I brush up my eyebrows and always apply a bit of blush on my cheeks. Some days, I dab on Strobe Cream from Mac on my cheekbones and nose bridge. The light, pearly cream makes my skin look more moisturised and glowing. If I have plans for which I want to look a bit fresher, I use mascara, but I don’t use it on daily basis. Compared to when I was younger, I’ve started using creamier make-up products. As I don’t think a reddish blush suits my skin, I use a bronzer from Mac or a delicate rosy one from Nars or Kjær Weis. When going out, I always wear mascara and either a black liquid eye liner, currently from Marc Jacobs, or I colour my lips. And I always carry Touche Éclat Blur Perfector in my handbag (a mattifying cream from YSL, ed.) It has the most delicate rosy packaging, and I love it because it’s transparent and has no colour in it. It’s a bit expensive but in return it’s durable and long-lasting.
What are your evening routines?
I always remove my make-up before going to bed, no matter how tired I am. I first use my own Micellar Water and afterwards my new Cleansing Foam. For the time being, I then apply serum on my face followed by a very moisturising cream from Caudalie or from Ling.
What are your hair care routines?
I wash my hair every other day and never blow-dry it. When air-dried, my hair flows more beautifully than if blow-dried. Once a week, I use my Deep-Cleansing Shampoo which thoroughly cleanses my hair. Occasionally, I also use a hair mask, but normally I only use shampoo and conditioner. For styling, I mostly use dry shampoo to give volume to my hair. I spray salt water spray on my dry hair to gather the hair and in the evening, I often apply a bit of oil to my ends. Once in a while if I’m going out, I use my Curl Lotion to give my hair more volume and make it wavy. I always get my hair cut by Daniella Dif at Palma. She understands how I like my hair.
Which perfumes do you use?
Normally I use perfume, but after becoming pregnant I’ve naturally lost a bit of interest. My favourite perfume is Santal 33 from Le Labo. It’s unisex and my boyfriend loves it too. Actually, he has slightly taken it over from me so I’ve just bought Le Labo The Noir 29 for him. I like green notes which a touch of iris in it. I don’t like perfumes that are too floral or sweet. Some of my other favourite perfumes with green notes are Prada’s Infusin d’Iris and Chanel’s Cristalle Eau Vert.
You travel a lot; do you have any good travel tips?
When flying, I always bring a lip balm and a Facial Mist. I’ve always felt a bit amused by people spraying themselves on an airplane. But it does make a huge difference. So now I’m one of those people. Besides that, I always bring a moisture mask, especially if I’m in the United States or in a warm country with a lot of air conditioning which dries out my skin. In summer, I always use sunscreen, as I know what a big difference protecting your skin from sunrays does on the long term.
Text & photography Liv Winther, Wash Your Face.