PERFECT PINK NAILS

pale pink nails manicure nail inspo

I think the classiest and most gorgeous manicure is by my opinion a light shade of pink or beige. Pink sometimes appearing a bit more feminine but so very versatile. I’m def not one for crazy manicures or darker colours as it’s not as flattering as lighter shades.

One of my favorite pale pink nail polishes is Rose Shell from Mavala. It gives just enough coverage, not too much shimmer but not matte at all (hate matte nail polish!), it got a great price but the best part is that it does not contain any of the most harmful ingredients.

In the last 2-3 years it’s been revealed that the biggest nail polish brands like OPI contain an hormone disruptive ingredient called Triphenyl phosphate or TPH. You can read more details about this here and here.
Why is hormone disruptive ingredients so dangerous?
To have a normal level of hormones in the body is important for organ functions and not triggering any diseases relating to an imbalance in the hormone levels. There are many scary diseases and conditions one can get for not having a good balance of hormones. And just imagine what happens if you also use this if you are pregnant or already have health issues…

It is so awful that this is not regulated more by the European Union and that they still let cosmetics companies produce and manufacture harmful products. It is reported that 8 out of 10 nail polished contain this ingredients.
One of the most dangerous nail polishes out there is by a brand called Sache Vita.
It even have warnings on it for pregnant women which is a huge warning sign to look out regardless if you are pregnant or not.

For example did you dolls know that only 11 ingredients are banned by the FDA (food and drug administration in the US) but the EU have banned close to 1000 ingredients! However if a brand have their factory in the US they are allowed to ship in the products containing the banned ingredients, meaning products from the US are not always safe.
Recently I discovered that one of Swedens biggest pharmacy, Apotek hjärtat, are selling products containing (confirmed) cancer causing ingredients. I was so shocked when I discovered this and it deserves a own blog post. If I have the energy I will do one about it this weekend. Xx Louise

 mavala rose shell pink nail polish
A safe option, Rose Shell by Mavala

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SHU UEMURA HAIR MASK REVIEW

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Hair masks, the holy grail of hair care, the options of hair masks today are endless. There seems to be one for every type of hair, color and need. So how do you filter out the good ones from the bad? It’s quite tricky to be honest, and all the reviews coming in from all different types of direction isn’t really helping anymore. There is talks about the sulfates, the silicone and all the other bad stuff beauty brands like to put in their hair care products.
I do prefer natural hair care products and argan oil over using regular hair masks, however once in a while it’s nice to give your hair an extra boost so it looks really shiny and healthy.
For those times I really love Shu Uemuras hair treatments.

I started trying out Shu Uemuras products since my hairdresser offer all of Shu Uemuras products and masks to her customers. I noticed how soft and silky my hair was after my hair dresser Sofia had applied one of their masks and wanted to give the products a proper trial at home.
So what to expect from this mask?
It makes your hair feels super soft and silky (even after just one application), extra shiny, as well as feeling that the hair is less frizzy and stronger.

The perfect luxurious hair treatment for dyed/bleached/frizzy hair and also a good mask to use during the summer months. A note of caution, this product is quite pricey so if you are on a tight budget a bottle of pure argan oil (around 200SEK) will do just as much for your hair as this mask ♥

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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Biologique Recherche

Beauté Pacifique
Biologique Recherche
is a french brand that has been around for a long time, specialized in skin care treatments at their salon in Paris and offering high end products to bring home that salon feeling.
However for me this brand was a new discovery, I never heard of it before even though I’ve been a beauty blogger for soon 12 (!!!) years and I never tried their products. But when I saw the products I got that wow feeling, the packaging looks so cool and unique, like old medicine bottles, I just had to take some photos and add my editing filters onto it.
I got help picking out some products as a trial start to see if they work with my skin and if so I might deep further into this brand and try some more products. My skin is so sensitive these days that I have to give my skin a gentle start to any new products.

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So moving on to Biologique Recherche salong, all I can say is omg… I wanna spa there, eat there, sleep there, heck it I even wanna move in!!!
It looks like heaven on earth, the interior is flawless and so chic. I can’t imagine a more perfect place to check in for a beauty make up. Which I in fact really need after not feeling well for quite some time. But back to the tones, the golden, neutral interior is created by a french interior designer called Joanne de Lepinay.

I will update you dolls on how I like the products and if any of you have tried the products, let me know what you think in the comments! Xx Louise

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THROWBACK GLAM LOOK

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Hi dolls! Since I have not been feeling well I have not been able to do any make up tutorials :'( I’m really sad about this and I miss posting make up looks here on the blog. So I thought why not repost this old throwback post! It is quite old but I still love this look so much so love to share it again ♥ I have attached the original text below with some added notes and tips as well!

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I would probably say this is one of my all time favorites make up looks.
I have not seen this look anywhere else, instead I just came up with it a few years ago while messing around swatching different shadows trying to be creative (lol!).
The ombre effect is when you use a darker eye shadow in the outer corner of your eyes and using a much lighter shadow in the inner corner. Just make sure to use plenty of eye shadow primer first so the shadows really attaches onto the skin for the final blending. I like to first use a bright shadow all over my eye lids and underneath my eyebrows, then I dab on a little bit of primer on top of that and then go onto applying the two different tones.
The final touch is using a colors that is somewhere in between the two other tones used, for this look I used a golden color. You gently apply the third color in the middle of the eye lids and blending up and down, not side to side as many make up artists do. You do not want to blend to much so you literally blend out the contrast.
You might think to yourself now like “whoa hold up that’s waaaay to much for me”, but trust me when I say anyone can learn how to do this, just practice!

You could probably do this with any colours but I love the bronze/green/beige colors for this. You can try and create this look with any golden shimmery eye shadow, a light beige eye shadow, a bronze eye shadow (preferably with green undertone) and a dark brown bronze shadow. But I must say the “Magic Touch” by BareMinerals is just peeerfect!

This ombre application technique really makes your eyes stand out and sparkle a bit extra, without going to dark with the colours so it looks intimidating. I have even received compliments from guys on this look, one told me “wow your eye shadow is so perfect” haha!! And that coming from a guy with no make up interest, is def a big thumbs up.
I have listed all the products I used below and done the break down of my tricks and tips.

EYESvalentines day make up tutorial glam ombre eyes

Eye shadow primer Lily Lolo
Eye shadows
BareMinerals “The Magic Touch”, Maybelline Color 24 hour tattoo (cream eyeshadow) in “05 Eternal Gold” and an old palette from Lancome called “baby nu” (unfortunately discontinued)
Lashes Victoria Secret Volume Mascara + Eylure Individual lashes (Do not like these anymore because they fall apart, the changed something with the production of these lashes *sad face*)
Eyeliner Rituals Perfect hold eyeliner “black”
Brows Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz in Taupe

LIPSvalentines day make up tutorial glam ombre eyes

I  start off mostiruzing my lips thoroughly with the Hemp Lip Conditioner from Body shop. Using a lot of lipliners makes the lips dry out superquickly, so make sure to moisturize a lot before doing this look!
I use three different shades of lip liner all over my lips. I use a darker nude shade (1C by MakeupForever) in the corners of my lips and on the sides, a light shade of nude (02 Pink Petal by MaxFactor) over the cupids bow and a brighter shade (1 Nude by Viva la diva) in the middle of my lips. Giving them an illusion of looking fuller and more plump! I finished off the look with some totally clear lip gloss from L’oréal.

BASEvalentines day make up tutorial glam ombre eyes

Primer No7 Instant Illusion wrinkle filler
Foundation
Sensai Cellular Anti Age Performance in “Almond beige” (I do not like this one anymore, it’s too heavy for young skin and made my skin break out in rashes…)
Concealer Mac Pro Long wear concealer in “NC15 and NC20″ (Also do not like this underneath my eyes anymore since it creases too much)
Concealer stick Maybelline CC “Colour Corrector for redness” in green for colour correction. It covers up blemishes and birthmarks insanely well (!)
Highlighter L’oréal shimmer powder in “Rose Insolence 03″
For contour I used a heavy cream foundation but I didnt like the product at all so I won’t be writing about it.

Also I used a beauty blender to work with the base products.

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