BEAUTY WEEK

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Hi dolls!
This week it has been Stockholm Beauty week, it was fun to meet people in the beauty industry and lots of different make up and skin care brands. I was pretty tired after full days so I didnt go on the third day, it was lots of different blog events/mingles.
At the beauty week I found a new favorite, a brand called PuroBIO. It’s a eco brand with the most insane pigment ever, it really gives that Kim K glow! I was swatching products and this one really stood out from all the other ones!
What I loved about it is that it was not necessary to use a lot of product to get that glow (see photo below), I’ve tried so many big and famous brands expensive palettes and they literally deliver nothing, useless pigment and no glow. So this was a nice change!
IMG_3254(3)purobio cosmetics swatchespurobio cosmetics swatches my jewelry boxOne of my favorite items, this mirror jewelry box from Zara Home! It looks so luxurious yet it is not that expensive at all. I even picked up another one when they were on sale so now I got two, hopefully will be able to place them in a nice way. If I lived bigger I would love to have a bedside table on each side of the bed with one of these and matching lamps hehe!

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KKW KYLIE COSMETICS COLLECTION

kylie cosmetics kkw kim kardashianOh my gosh dolls!!! KylieCosmetics are doing a collection with Kim, which was of course very expected and a natural choice for a collabs. And the packaging is so beautiful and I’m really excited for this one.
The collection drops next week and the price is so far unknown. The collection is four creme lipsticks and I really hope they are not as dry and matte as the regular lip kits. I literally hate matte lipsticks ugh…
I have ordered a few times in the past for Kylie Cosmetics and I have to say the customers service OK but not amazing, the customs charges are a huge joke. Last time I ordered I had to pay as much in custom charges and shipping as the cost of the actual products I got…..
So if you are planning to order to Europe, be prepared for a ugly surprise when you get your package delivery note. Another interesting detail is that they have not said anywhere that this will be a limited edition collection. With the Koko K collection they said it was limited edition and then brought it back again lol!
So I’m guessing the same goes for this collection, so let’s not pull out our hair or scream in panic if the products are sold out before we get them, obs last part written with a dash of irony ;))

kkw kylie cosmetics collection KKW KYLIECOSMETICS COLLECTION creme lipsticksKim kardashian kyliecosmetics collection kyliejennerKim Kardashians make up is done by MakeupByMario and Kylies make up is by MakeupByAriel

kim kardashian collection kylie cosmetics creme lipsticksSuch a cute and glam pastel packaging

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HOW TO FEEL CONFIDENT WITHOUT MAKE UP

natalie portman natural make up
I love the fresh feeling of not wearing any make up, especially when it is spring/summer and the weather is warm and sunny. Just add a touch of lip gloss and moisturizer, throw on a pair of sunglasses and go out and enjoy the day.

I know many women all over the world do not feel as confident or comfortable doing this. But I love to share my own beauty hacks on how to be comfortable in your own skin.

The number one rule before anything else is to stop caring what everybody else thinks about you.
Okay I totally get that many women around the world still wants to look cute in front of their BFs/husbands but now I’m talking about the rest of the world, the strangers you meet in the street or in the grocery store!
You will most likely never see these people again and they don’t even know that you look any different because they have never seen you with make up, so why bother about what these people might think!!
I can honestly go without make up both downtown in London and Stockholm, hit up all the stores in my work out clothes and no make up. That’s how little I care about what others think.
I love fashion and  beauty, does that mean I always need to apply make up? The answer is no.

So now, moving on to some of my favorite beauty hacks of feeling fresh without make up. The next step besides learning how to stop caring what people think, is to take excellent care of your skin while putting in minimal efforts. Does that sounds impossible? I can promise you it isn’t, you just have to treat your skin and body with outmost respect and care, nourish it, feed it, care for the skin you are in ♥
Let’s get down to my fave tips and steps to follow!

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1. Facial oils

Using a great facial oil to minimize any fine/dry lines and make the skin look more glowing. If you have ever seen an older woman with glowing skin and with far less wrinkles that other women her age, she will probably responds with saying she just uses oils her entire life instead of moirtuizer. Using the right type of facial oils (like Argan oil) will not only moisturizer you skin but it will protect your skin from pollution and dirt in the air, it will serve as a protective layer on top of your skin while still letting your skin breath. Since it is natural the skin will easier adsorb it than a classic lab produced moisturizer.

2. Self tanning
A self tanner for the face is the perfect way to instantly look more groomed and transform your skin from gloomy to glowing. I love this self tanner from Bare Minerals so much. It looks a bit green when you first apply it, it is because the bronzer in the cream (meaning the cream is coloured so you see where you have applied it) has a green undertone. But you can’t really tell once you have applied it carefully all over you face, neck and don’t forget to add a bit on your ears. I like to apply the self tanner during the day so it looks like I am wearing a tinted moisturizer.

natural make up tutorial
3. Treat your skin
Make sure you invest in skin care that suits your skin, a moisturizer, toner, cleanser and masks does not need to be from the same series or even brand to be the best for your skin. If you really want to pamper your skin, visit a dermatologist at a skin care clinic and find our your exacty skin type. It is even possible to have different skin types in different areas, for example one area as the T zone can be oily and the rest of the face can be dry. You then need to have one moisturizer for the T-zone and another moisturizer for the rest of your face and neck. In recent days I’ve discovered the importance of a good toner (without alcohol), it really works wonders on the skin!

4. Do a eye lash and eye brow tint
Go to the saloon or do it yourself at home. Here is a guide I wrote before on home to do it at home. This really makes you eyes “pop” and gives your brows that defined and clean look. This is also great for when you want to use less brow product and you will be surprised how  much blonde hair you have on you face especially around the eye area that you can tint and all the sudden you have fuller brows!

 

lip gloss swatches

5. Nude lip gloss
Find the perfect nude colored lip liner and lip gloss matching your skin tone. I wrote a guide about that here as well. This will instantly make you look more radiant and glowing, yet very natural.
natural make up tutorial

6. Try and minimize stress in your life
Going through stress or trauma can feel like it ages you a year or two in just a few months. Try and spend one hour every day by yourself and just focus on yourself and getting some quality time with yourself, talk a walk, listening to some relaxing music, watch your favorite TV show, anything to just wind down for a bit. And also get rid of all the toxic people in your life, if a boyfriend or friend is causing you grief and stress they do not deserve to be in your life. It may be so tough to break up with some because they give you a sense of stability and you are use to spending time with them, but once the dust settles, the sad-period after a break up will end and you will feel like a heaviest weight is lifted off your shoulders. Trust me when I say (with experience) you will start to glow again from within and out.

SMOOTHIE detox

7. The obvious steps – Good organic foods, water and plenty of sleep
Take good care of your skin, never sleep with make up on (I have done this twice in my entire life…), eat a lot of green veggies and fruits, make fresh ginger tea with raw turmeric powder a few times per week, invest in a blender or juicer and make amazing vitamin boosting smoothies, sleep at least 8 hours every night and plenty of water drink water (1.5 liters per day is ideal). Don’t  smoke and cut down on alcohol, avoid sodas and too much junk food and white sugar. If you like sweetener in your tea or coffee, switch to agave syrup. Try eat a tablespoon of raw Manuka honey each day. Also getting a daily dose of extra B and D vitamins is crucial, it is not possible to get enough of vitamins through these days since most of us eat cooked foods and most of vitamins and antioxidant disappear while heating up the food.

no make up look tutorial  Anastasia DurasovaPhotos taken by Anastasia Durasova

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HAIR COLOR INSPO

hair color inspo natalia volodonia

Lately I’ve been thinking if I should change my hair color. I’m naturally dark blonde and after almost 7 years as a light blonde I’m getting so annoyed that I need to highlight my hair so often in order for it to look perfect, even though I don’t even have dark roots it annoys me when my natural hair color (which is about 1-2 shades darker) grows out. I love the light blonde look but the past few weeks when I let my natural hair grow out a few cm I started thinking maybe I should make my hair dark blonde/light brown instead and with blonde highlights, it might look really nice and I wouldn’t have to worry about any darker roots. But I’m also a bit afraid of the change because I know it’s literally the worst to bleach a long hair back to blonde in case I change my mind. I love the color on the left but maybe one needs to be tanned to pull of that look.
What do you dolls think of the hair colors above? Xoxo Louise

SPRING INSPO

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Hi dolls!
Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend so far ♥
You know what I realized these last few weeks, being home and thinking a lot, is that some people never grow. They just stay at the same mental mind state and focus in life for years and years, and then they treat others like they are the same. It’s like these people are stuck in the past and don’t realize other people develop, mature and grow.

When I look back on my own development I can say I’m nowhere near the same person I was 8-10 years ago, not because I was a bad person back then at all, not at all, but because my mindset and personal developtment has been huge. Things that also changed is how I spend my time and the things I enjoy doing, also my life is totally different. So I knew someone 2-3 years ago I can say they don’t know me now. I don’t share much about myself here in my blog, it’s mainly about beauty/glam,/inspo after all, but when I read blogs which are written by people I use to socialize with or that I personally met, I realize their blogs are exactly the same as they were 5-10 years ago and they seem to be exactly the same. When I moved back from London I got this shock feeling of that time had stood still. I had been away for years, I had matured and develop in so many ways, yet everything here felt the same.
How I really know I have changed is that things that use to bother me in the past, don’t even cross my mind today.
To give an example on of the areas in which I’ve changed, first off is partying. I use to love to party and go out for drinks with me friends, I still do think this could be fun but nowadays I might visit a nightclub once or twice a year, 5-8 years ago it use to be more like 1-2 a week.
The next thing is that I’m extremely interested in health, how to heal yourself from within with the right foods and how to keep your body calm, get the body to the optimal Ph level (around 7.3) and detox from all toxics. The power in what we eat and live is bigger than one could ever imagine. The past 2 years I spent so much time trying to learn more about this to be more aware of how one can heal. I’m planning on writing much more about health and tips and trick from now on :))

On another note, I was so excited for spring (like the rest of Sweden) as I mentioned in my other post, and then last night it started snowing haha! I guess I had to put my spring outfits on hold for another week or two…
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SUMMER FLASHBACKS

 Louise Friday outfit 1Throwback outfit July 2015 London
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French Connection  Belt Mulberry  Loafers Marzio  Bag Balenciaga Sunglasses Ray Ban  Bracelets CCSkye & Tory Burch

Hi babes! I’ve been feeling a bit down lately because my health is not as it use to be and it’s been difficult to get use to. I was looking through old blog posts and just felt how much I miss London. These pictures were taken almost two years ago July 2015. Just before I took these pics I had gone to viewing for a few different flats and found one that I was going to rent.
I still haven’t really gotten use to living in Stockholm again. There is just a feeling I have that I don’t belong here and I miss all my friends in London so much ♥
You know the feeling when you’re taking a walk through your neighborhood on a sunny day, grabbing a take away coffee, listening to your favorite playlist in your headphones and are on your way to meet up your friends. And a certain feeling just hits you – a feeling that you belong there and that living there really makes you happy and at peace.
Well I never had that feeling in Stockholm but once I moved to London I felt truly at home.
I love getting to know new people and I loved that my friends were literally from every corner of the world.
Some people might say now “well you should move back and why don’t you live there” etc etc, but due to certain circumstances I can’t so I will try to make the best out of the situation. In hindsight I wish I would have blogged more when I lived in London, about my life and all the amazing places, and made some vlogs, but I guess I was too busy living :))
And I do not even want to bring up the awful and tragic event that occurred in Stockholm this past Friday. But let’s just say that makes me want to live here even less…

On a more positive note, I can’t wait for summer. Normally I’m more of fall/winter time of person but this year it’s totally changed for me. I’ve officially become one of those summer craving people that just want warm weather and sunny days, who would have thought… ;))

summer blondeLouise Friday outfit 1 Louise Friday outfit 1louise friday outfit 4louise friday outfit 5

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