Monthly Archives: October 2016


GIVEAWAY: Iðunn Box

GIVEAWAY: Iðunn Box

We’re all a little indecisive about our makeup and skincare products because hey, one wrong move and you’ve entered breakout/dryout city. At the same time, products in Iceland are quite expensive, especially if you have to import them. Therefore it can be arduous, costly, and inconvenient to try out new products to figure out what routine works best for you—and trust me, figuring out your ideal skincare routine is all about trial and error. Thankfully there’s the Iðunn Box, a monthly subscription box with a mixture of trial-sized and full-sized products containing everything from masks to makeup. I was lucky enough to get the September box, which I reviewed on the RFD snapchat (rvkfashion) and have been avidly using since. I was incredibly impressed with the selection of the box—from the Anatomicals Puffy The Eyebag Slayer Eye Mask (which I now sleep with) to the Essie Sand Tropez nail polish, everything was super timely and great. My highlights? Paula’s Choice Daily Smoothing 5% AHA: If you have acne or discoloration, this stuff is probably the best thing you can do for your skin. Yes, you’ll have a few weeks of purging, but after that, your skin will be smooth and dewy and sexy and perfect. I’m not even kidding, I started using this stuff last year and I have had no problems with acne since then (and my skin used to be disgusting.) Therefore I was so jazzed when I saw it in the Iðunn box because I want everyone to try it. AHAs are so much better than physical exfoliation and BHAs if you have acne, but they’re pretty hard to find. Paula’s Choice though, is the holy grail of AHAs. Still not convinced? Just read the reviews on the Paula’s Choice website. Seriously, this stuff is like the caviar of skincare…


A Cozy Night At Matarkjallarinn

A Cozy Night At Matarkjallarinn

The word ‘Matarkjallarinn’ translates to ‘Food Cellar’ and though the restaurant is located on the bottom floor, the word ‘cellar’ pitifully fails to describe how charming and cozy this ‘cellar’ is. With warm lighting and a ‘Please don’t feed the chefs’ sign on the wall, the restaurant invites and welcomes. It’s fine dining, no doubt, but still relaxed enough to laugh loudly with a glass of wine. No need to act haughty here. I arrive a little bit early for my reservation, but my table is already set. I sit down and wait for my companion but my plate isn’t empty for long as my waiter immediately hands me a house cocktail. How did he know I’m a cocktail-lover? This one is a bubbly tequila-based drink with what I think is ginger ale and yellow lemon zest—I could be wrong though. Overall, the cocktail is really refreshing but not overwhelming—my palate feels clean when my first plate appears in front of me. Our first course consists of panfried scallops and cauliflower. Surrounding a delicate splattering of seafood on the plate are pieces of burnt bread and poured on top of this at our table is a cauliflower juice. The scallops are soft but substantial—cooked perfectly—but the standout for me here is the burnt bread and cauliflower sauce. The burnt bread is incredibly flavorful. Genuinely, you could put these trinkets on anything and I would eat it. The sauce is also lovely—a warm broth that I would also put on everything. The dish is very well thought-out: the pieces of burnt bread beautifully soak up the sauces flavour so that a forkful of scallop, cauliflower and bread together is perfection. As a whole, the dish is light, delicious, and unusual—a perfect starter. Next, as is necessary in any Icelandic restaurant, we are given the Fisherman’s Fish Soup. Now I consider…


A History Of Harpa

A History Of Harpa

Reykjavík has few “landmarks” per say—Hallgrímskirkja, Perlan, Kaffibarinn—but perhaps the most recognizable is Harpa, Reykjavík’s glass house on the old harbour. The building is massive, containing multiple concert halls, two restaurants, a gift-shop, and a cocktail bar. While Harpa itself is beautiful in any weather, it’s particularly spectacular in summer when the glass exterior reflects the light of the sun and the water. Very picturesque—definitely a fixture in every tourists photo album. The location of Harpa was originally supposed to be developed into a building called the World Trade Center Reykjavík. This super-hall included a 400 room hotel, luxury apartments, a mall and restaurants. I know what you’re thinking—what is this, Dubai? Well in 2008, after the financial crisis, construction was halted on this luxury complex and the building stood unfinished in plain view of all of Reykjavík. As you can imagine, this was kind of a depressing sight for Icelanders—a visual reminder of their failed economy. But in March 2009, the government decided to fully fund the rest of the building and construction restarted. Actually, for a few years after that, Harpa was the only construction project going on in Iceland. Today the massive emerald/black/blue glass house towers over the rest of downtown Reykjavík. The facade was designed by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson’s exterior contains multiple hexagonal glass tubes with coloured and mirrored panes. The glass is bright, glittery, and reflective. It’s, as some have called it, “a little bit disco” as crystals reflect, filter, play with and fragment light making it feel almost alive. The building is almost mobile—the light constantly moves across it, giving it depth and activeness. In a 2011 interview with The Reykjavík Grapevine, Olafur described his though process: I looked a lot into the difference between the colour palette of the north and south sides of the façade. The coloured…


Our Winning Model: Presenting Kata

Our Winning Model: Presenting Kata

RFD got an almost-overwhelming number of entries for our “So You Wanna Be A Model” contest. Our emails were absolutely full with hopefuls and trust us, every applicant was amazing. Seriously, you can’t imagine how incredibly unique and charismatic and beautiful Icelanders are—especially the ones who read RFD! We spent the last two weeks legitimately stalking everyone who entered—ogling Instagrams, scrolling through Facebooks and always being wow-ed. We were so impressed that we decided to extend the competition and make this a regular thing. Therefore if you entered and didn’t win, don’t fret! We might be contacting you at a later date for a shoot or Snapchat/Instagram take-over. Your entries are safe with us. But our winner? Our ‘So You Wanna Be A Model’ model? Meet Katrín Lena Þrastardóttir or Kata: We talked to Kata a lil bit to get some info: What’s her life? What’s her style? My name is Katrín Lena but most people call me Kata. I’m 22 and grew up in Mosfellsbær and Kópavogur, but now I live in downtown Reykjavík. Right now I work at a sambýli—I don’t know the word in english—but next summer I hope to be a stewardess. About my style and how I would describe it—hmm, that’s a hard one! My friends sometimes joke around and call me ‘goth barbie’ or ‘goth spice’, but I guess the names fit because I own a lot of black clothes. But at the same time, I’m also a girly girl. My hair is blonde and I love baby colours like light pink for example. Otherwise, I’m really into oversized coats and chunky boots and I’m totally in love with 90s fashion right now. I like to keep things simple and not have too much going on at once, like a typical fall outfit would be black chunky shoes,…


Getting Pretty With Erna Jensína From Deisy Makeup

Getting Pretty With Erna Jensína From Deisy Makeup

Last week, I hung out with Erna Jensína (@ernajensinamua), make-up artist queen and recent graduate of Reykjavík Makeup School, at Deisy Makeup in 105. She did a fall look on me while together we geeked out over our love of contouring, strong brows, and Kylie lip kits. You may have seen the tutorial on our snapchat (rvkfashion — follow us!) but Erna also gave me some tips and product-reccs that have kept me looking pretty long after I left Deisy. Seriously—this girl knows makeup! Erna’s Makeup Secrets:  For Perfect Eyebrows: First do the brow with a pomade—I like Anastasia’s Dipbrow. Then take a good concealer and put it under the eyebrow line and then also above it. This makes the brow much more defined—it’ll look way better. For Long-Lasting Makeup: A good primer is so important. It makes your makeup last way longer. A good eyelid primer is also a must if you want good shadow. Mac Paint Pot is amazing for this. For A+ Noses: Nose contouring is the best! It’ll make your nose look smaller and more even. If you haven’t tried it, grab the Deisy Makeup Contour palette and watch some Youtube tutorials. Trust me, you’ll be addicted. Erna’s Must Have Products:  1. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade  3. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder 4. Deisy Makeup Contour Palette 5. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits 6. Deisy Makeup liquid lipsticks Our fall look featured a beautiful bronze smoky eye with strong contouring and rosy lips. I haven’t felt so pretty ever (genuinely!)—the whole day, my friends were complimenting the look. It was great because I didn’t have to change anything for when I went out. I just put on another coat of gloss and the smokey eye and strong lashes easily transitioned to the dance floor of Paloma. And better yet—I swear it held up…