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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…


Fall Playlist: Candyland

Fall Playlist: Candyland

Our fall playlist is a little disproportionately rap, but what can we say? There’s been so many good rap releases recently, from our new favourite song “Alien” by Reykjavíkurdætur to our new favourite album ‘Vagg og Velta’ by Emmsjé Gauti. “Nelga” by XXX Rottweiler is still stuck in our heads, so we included that too. Also we must mention “Tala Um” by GKR. That song is A+. But of course, we need some variety, so be sure to check out “Candyland” by Sin Fang and Jónsi and our favourite Björk song ever, “New World”. There’s also some black metal for taste: “Þjáning Heillar Þjóðar” by Auðn. We hope this playlist keeps you cheerful and cozy as the nights get longer.


RFD At Regalo ehf Iceland

RFD At Regalo ehf Iceland

Last Monday, the girls of RFD took a tour around cosmetic whole-seller Regalo ehf Iceland‘s studio. Friða, owner of Regalo and all-around beauty-master, graciously showed us around and taught us about a ton of products from brands like Moroccanoil and Maria Nila. Our favourites? Maria Nila Colour Refresh: Ok, I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical that a colour refresh conditioner you leave in for 10 minutes could actually change your hair colour. What’s that saying—if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is? But Friða urged me to try this product and I’m happy I followed her advice. I used the purple tone, and I have very dark hair (you can check in the video below). Still, the Colour Refresh gave me a super nice plum colour that so far (it’s been about ~5 washes?) has stayed bright. I will definitely be buying another bottle. Check it out! Moroccanoil Hand Cream: I buy a lot of lotion but I’m rarely impressed by one. Not only does this hand cream smell amazing, but it also seriously works. I put some on yesterday morning and my hands are still soft as I’m writing this. I get really dry skin during winter, but with this hand cream, I’m pretty sure I’ll overcome it. Check it out! Maria Nila Soft Shampoo + Conditioner: My hair is SO damaged from bleaching, over-dying, and over-heat-styling. The ends are genuinely crinkly but I’m too attached to them to cut them off. Seeing this, Friða recommended the Soft Shampoo + Conditioner line and without exaggerating, it has genuinely made my hair 100% better. For the first time in a long time, I can wear my hair out without blow-drying, straightening, curling, or styling. It’s drying nice and soft and is way healthier. Highly recommended. Check it out! Moroccanoil Shimmering…


Closet Stop: Hippie-Goth-Hip-Hop Vigdís Howser Hardardóttir

Closet Stop: Hippie-Goth-Hip-Hop Vigdís Howser Hardardóttir

“Mostly what I wear are long shirts, like big shirts,” Vigdís Howser Hardardóttir, rapper extraordinaire, tells me as we stand in her bedroom. She points to a Bourbon Street Harley Davidson top and then a pastel one that says ‘High Life’. “Wow, yeah, I guess I have a lot.” She chatters on about the origins of each piece as she rifles through a haphazard stack of tie-dyes, finally resurfacing with one that features Yolandi of Die Antwoord on it. “This is my favourite though. At Secret Solstice, my boyfriend disappeared and came running back with it.” Vigdís is herself extremely talkative and energetic. She’s incredibly confident and comfortable with herself in a way that’s almost intimidating. But at the same time, she smiles constantly, moving from one rack to another as she shows me piece after piece that she likes. Her picks are always eclectic and unpredictable. From fringe to kaftans, I never know what’s coming next. Yet the minute I ask where she gets her inspiration, she shuts up. “Uh…” She pauses. “My friends? I don’t know. Are you looking for a star?” She shrugs. “I just stopped thinking about fashion some time ago, but I’m always getting like, ‘You’re so good—what are you wearing?’, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’” I narrow the question—how would Vigdís describe her own style? This, she answers easily: “Disco 60s-70s, hippie, goth, hip-hop—that vibe.” She nods. “I don’t like normcore. I don’t like 90s things. I don’t like to wear anything with a label—Adidas, Nike, etc.” This fact alone probably separates her from about 90% of hip-hop acts ever. She starts to show me individual pieces. First, a red plaid jacket—very Holden Caulfield. “This is the closest thing I have to being a fuckboy.” She says with a smirk. Then, some high-waisted wide-leg pants. “I’m obsessed with pants like…


CONTEST: So You Wanna Be A Model?

CONTEST: So You Wanna Be A Model?

The Contest Ever dreamed of being in a centerfold? Well here’s your chance. RFD is throwing a contest starting September 20th and the winner gets to be the model for our winter fashion spread in the next issue, coming out in November. This will be a full editorial—that means high fashion clothing, professional hair and makeup and a very good photographer. Boy? Girl? N/A? It doesn’t matter. We’re taking absolutely everyone and anyone, regardless of age, gender, disability or any other identity. In fact, we WANT people who aren’t Kate Moss. We want to show Icelanders and are purely interested in passion. We think everyone is beautiful and want to showcase that.  The only requirement is that you must live in Iceland and be ready to pose your heart out. The shoot includes professional makeup, hair, and styling, and also a goody bag of products courtesy of Regalo Island. So what do you have to lose? You might be the next Bella Hadid. Yes! How do I enter? Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/reykjavikfashion Follow us on Instagram: @reykjavikfashion Add us on Snapchat: rvkfashion Join our Email List: http://eepurl.com/cgm71P Then send us an email at rfd@rfd.is with your usernames for Insta, Snap, and FB! Pray that you win 🙂   So go enter ASAP! The contest ends October 4th, 2016.


Geysir's "Reykjavíkurnætur": An Icelandic Fairy-Tale

Geysir’s “Reykjavíkurnætur”: An Icelandic Fairy-Tale

In Iðnó last Friday night, Icelandic fashion heavyweights Geysir treated the creme of Reykajvík to their 2016 F/W collection, which was aptly titled “Reykjavíkurnætur” or “A Night in Reykjavík”. The collection, as Erna Einarsdóttir, the head designer of Geysir, describes, was inspired by, “…a modern woman who lives in Reykjavík. She is someone who I have created in my head and is a super cool but quirky person, feminine and fun with confidence in herself. The clothes also have a practical point of view, as in, they are warm, cozy and wearable, something that we need for a cold winter day.” While Geysir did title the collection “A Night in Reykjavík”, trust me, these clothes were not made for a late-night jaunt at Paloma or Húrra. No, these pieces were romantic—knitted, cozy, and wearable but still undeniably feminine. The whole ambiance of the event evoked that of a fairy tale. Poison-apple-red lips were paired with tousled hair as models walked a runway peppered with blooming plants and hanging flowers. This was clothing made for a stroll in a magical forest. But don’t get me wrong, there were no Cinderalla-blues or Sleeping Beauty-pinks to be found anywhere on this runway. No, rather the line was entirely composed of earth-tones and neutrals. With a sprinkling of metallics, what got me most about the collection was the texture. From thick wool blazers to slinky pleated wrap-dresses, Geysir’s collection seems like it was made to be touched. I immediately made a mental note to visit Skólavörðustígur so I could check everything out in greater detail. The structure and tailoring of each piece was also sublime, but that’s to be expected from Geysir, a brand whose quality is always impeccable. I’m currently dreaming about a light grey wool suit from the show. It was so perfectly modern—a powersuit that was at the same time both soft and confident….