HOW TO GET THAT SUMMER GLOW

summer glow inspo tutorial

Radiant, glowing and sunkissed skin, don’t we all want it when the weather gets warmer and days sunnier.
The key details to pay attention to getting that glowing look for summer is a combination of what you eat/drink, what products you use and how you use them. So instead of writing a long essay (like I sometimes do lol!!) I’m going to shorten it down in a list.

LIFESTYLEHydrate
In the summer its curucial to step up your water intake. The recommended daily dose is 2 liter of water, however do not exceed 3 liters of fluid per day since this can thin out the blood and having other awful side effects!
Don’t overdose on caffeine
No more than 2 cups of coffee per day, instead opt to cool down with an ice latte or ice tea instead of going in on lattes.
Cut down on sugar
To be honest, speaking from a recovring sugar addict, life is better without lots of candy, sweets, cakes and dessert every day and your skin will thank you as well. It is proven that eating less sugar is better for your skin, it will prevent wrinkles and if you already have wrinkles cutting down on sugar can help minimize then!
Become a vegetarian or at least try and eat more plant based foods
Eating a lot of veggies and fruits is so good for both your body, skin and mind! So try and eat as much plant based options as you can, these days vegetarian food does not have to be boring :))
Use oils
As I’ve dived deeper into the world of cosmetics and their ingredients I’ve realised how much harmful stuff is actually in the majority of them. So if you want to nourish your skin, get that radiant glow for summer and still treat your skin to only safe products, oils and serums is the way to go!

productsTo get the glowing looks above you will need;
- A light moisturizer or facial oil (or both!)
- Facial self tanning lotion (if you are pale like me)
- Light bb cream or tinted moisturizer
- Two beauty blenders, one for the base and one for the highlighter
- Cream based highlighter
- Brow pen with spooler on one side to brush the brows
- Neutral colored shimmer eye shadows. Opt for cream based eyeshadow if you want that extra dewy, glowing look.
- Eyelash curler and a very natural mascara (no clumpy or big lashes for this look)
- Bronzing cream with light shimmer or dark contouring cream for bronzing effect (avoid loose powder ones it can look too heavy)
- Nude lip liner + nude/pink shimmering sheer lipgloss

how to applyPrep your skin weekly with a gentle scrub, facial mask and use facial oils regularly. I love using Dr Organic Facial Argan oil on my entire face and neck. Apply face self tan at least once a week if you are pale like me but want to avoid the sun!

The best thing about facial oils is even if you don’t want to use it over your entire face before make up, try applying it over the areas where you tend to get extra dry and fine lines may appear. This will prevent the bb cream from drying out your skin during a sunny day.

Moving on to the make up application, start with prepping the skin with moisturize and/or facial oil.
Let it dry for just a few minutes and move on to bb cream. I would recommend a light and airy bb cream that is not sticky, matte or high coverage. Apply a little bit at a time dabbing in the product with a wet beauty blender, you want a very light finish hence it’s better to not smear on all the product at once.
Avoid brushes since bb cream and tinted moisturizers tend to look streaky if applied with a brush!

When the base is finish apply the cream eyeshadow with your fingers or a small beauty blender for a flawless finish. If you are using a regular pressed or baked eyeshadow stick to just three tones, one for the eye lid, one for the area above the eye lid and in the corners and a third color that is bright and extra shimmering underneath your brows and in the inner corner of the eyes. Make sure you use a big and fluffy eye shadow brush to get a perfect blended finish!
I also like to do the brows when I’m done with my eye make up. I prefer to clean up the brows by gently using a wet q-tip along the brows to remove any excess eye shadow that might have been dusted onto the brows while applying the eye make up. Then when I’m done with that I move onto filling in the brows.
By the time you are done with your eye make up the base will have set so it’s time for the bronzing bit.
Apply a creamy bronzer or contouring cream just as your would apply a bronzing powder. Do not go overboard with the contouring here, just apply a bit along the jawline, underneath the cheekbones and on the sides of your forehead, think bronzing not contouring! Apply the lip products and then the last step is to apply the creamy highlighter in all areas where the sun would naturally hit your face. On top of your lips, along the middle part of your nose, above your eyebrows, cheekbones etc etc.

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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!

facial oils
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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MAKE UP TRENDS FOR SPRING

products for taupe lips

Okay let’s talk about taupe lips, my current obsession! First there were the nude lip, now it got some fierce competition of the slightly darker beige/nude color, taupe!
I love taupe because it gives the same statement look as red lips but far more flattering (regardless of your skin tone or hair color) and it looks more natural.
I personally do not like red lips on anybody, I think it looks so harsh and unnatural. I would say nude and pink lips are the only OK lip colors to wear. I do believe every single woman looks better with a sheer nude och pink lip than red.
Bold statement, I know, but I 100% stand by it. I would stretch so far as light coral with a nude undertone with lots of shimmer for the summer when you are really tanned, but a part from that pink and nude is the way to go!

I love the L’oréal nude palette, the top color that’s light beige is gorgeous but the color that’s most taupe is the second up from the bottom. Btw, the lighest nude color in the palette is a dupe of this Kylie Cosmetics lipgloss, check out my post here to read more.
how to get taupe lips smashbox maybelline

L’oréal lip palette nude, Smashbox legendary lipstick in Chai, Maybelline Color Drama Nude Perfection, Max Factor lip liner 

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MY BEAUTY EMPTIES

my beauty empties shu uemura color lustre
A fairly new concept in the blog world is listing your “Beauty Empties” meaning products you have used up and would buy again. I would say it’s is just another and perhaps creative way in listing what products you like and would invest in time and time again.
For me I love classic things like argan and coconut oil, Bodyshops hemp lip balm, a lip balm from La Roche-Posey and Sephora lip liner among a few products I buy over and over again.

However back to my beauty empties, I started trying out the color lustre series from Shu Uemura a few months ago and loved it!
It literally makes your hair look like the girls in a Hollywood romantic comedy movie. You know the girls with perfectly voluminous and trimmed hair that just glows as the winds blows through their hair. I’m sure you all have a scene from a Jennifer Lopez or perhaps even legally blonde movie in your mind hehe (if you don’t then that’s what I’m referring to lol!).

I didn’t take me very long until I had used up both the conditioner and mask on my long hair and I’m in love with these products. Now I’m really curious to try out the other series from Shu Uemura.

To get the full effect out of these products I would recommend that you try both the shampoo, conditioner and most importantly the hair mask. If you could only buy one or two of the products I would say go for the conditioner and hair mask and skip the shampoo.
Not that the shampoo is not good but it is really the conditioner and hair masks that do the real magic when it comes to hair care!

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L’oréal Cushion Foundation glam bronze

loreal Lumi Cushion Foundation bronze review swatchL’Oréal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil

Okay so I got this cushion foundation/bronzer product earlier this summer and I fell MADLY in love with it. I can without a doubt say it is the best bronzer I have tried in my ENTIRE life.
It literally gives the most natural, dewy look, glowing skin you can imagine, but it does not look greasy at all.

You just moisturizer your skin before applying it, then dab on concealer on choose areas (for me it is underneath the eyes) and then after about 1-2 apply this product gently all over the face with moist beauty blender and you will get the perfect “No Make up”- make up look.
It is so easy to apply and this is a foolproof product for you dolls that are new to make up or just not that into make up generally, because it is so easy to blend and get a perfect finish.
It also works amazing to apply as a regular bronzer over foundation but it only works with cream products, do not combine this with bronzing powder or powder foundation.
Now my make up heart is completely shattered in pieces because I was going to do a big make up tutorial with this product to show you the look step by step and my bronzer had run out.
Basically this product is a cushion with product on/in it, and you have a little plastic seal over it so it does not dry out, but I literally used up every last drop in the cushion lol!

So I went to Åhlens (a department store in Sweden, it’s just like John Lewis) and they said they didnt have it no more, so in total I went for 5 stores and NON of the stories had it.
Apparently this was a summer special and I have no idea so I did not “stock up” on it like I normally do with limited edition favoruiees.
Now I’m so sad because I wanted to wear it this week!
But I just found it here at ASOS so might just well try ordering it from there and wait a while until I get it!
If you ladies can get your hands on this before it’s sold out in your store or at ASOS, do it, because it is so worth the money! Xx Louise
loreal Lumi Cushion Foundation bronze review swatch loreal Lumi Cushion Foundation bronze review swatch

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