"A Journal About Liv(-ing), Loving & Lipsticks. A Collection of Beauty, Brides & Blogging, A Life Inbetween Potions & Lotions " by Liv Lundelius

eva & violet ~ cruelty free beauty

Posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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I recently had the chance to meet the amazing Lady behind cruelty free beauty online shop
Eva & Violet Cruelty Free Beauty. Both animal lovers we had a lot to chat about, including our fluffy pooches and our favourite products.
I love her selection of highest quality luxury cosmetics that are all cruelty free.
Toni herself spend a good time testing all this amazing products on herself and handpicked a selection
of her favourites which are now for sale on her website.

I just had the chance to try the incredible O&M hair products, which were just what my dried out winter hair needed.
As well as a wonderful firming eye cream by La Mav.
I just say: Long gone are the times were natural, organic and animal friendly products were the 2nd best option.
These product work, have fantastic textures and smell divine.
Have you tried O&M products yet? My nose and hair are impressed. And La Mav Skincare is a new favourite of mine, with highly potent plant complexes, the products feel good and keep my skin young looking and glowing.
And they even look super pretty in the bathroom.
Win-win-win-win-win-win situation.

The perfect Eyebrows

Posted on: Monday, July 14, 2014

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Marli Stretton has spent over ten years in some of the world’s most prestigious salons, looking after thousands of clients’ brows and eyelashes. Two years ago she returned to her hometown-Beautiful Sydney and launched HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio.
Located in the happening Inner West suburb of Rozelle, just ten minutes from the CBD, HoneyTusk offers our clients the perfect solution to their eyebrow woes.
HoneyTusk understands that true beauty does not end with your brows, so they also provide a carefully selected menu of additional services, from eyelash extensions to selected waxing.
I had the pleasure to meet Marli in person and the chance to create her makeup and hair for her wedding day.
She is my go to brow artist in Sydney and on top of my referral list for my brides.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love that each day i can help change the way someone feels about themselves. When i hear my clients say they feel like they are a whole new person just from having their brows transformed that’s when i know that i have made a difference in how they will feel about themselves for the rest of the day, week or month.

How far in advance do you recommend for a bride to come and consult you before her wedding day?

We normally recommend 6 months before your wedding to start booking in a monthly visit to your eyebrow artist. If you are wanting to change your brow shape 6 months allows us enough time for the brows to grow out and for us to know what we are working with. For the best brows before your wedding is all about consistency, this means attending regular appointments with the same artist to achieve the same results each visit.


You recently got married yourself, what is your biggest piece of beauty advice and how did you prepare yourself for the big day?

Besides your eyebrows (of course), I think starting a regular facial routine would have to be one of the most important parts of having the best look on the big day. Having great skin can set the foundation for having great make up and having great brows. I started a intense facial routine about 3 months before my wedding and this meant that on the day i had no breakouts, no irritation and my skin felt flawless.

Why is it so important to get your eyebrows in good shape?

Brows do really frame the whole face. Having your brows done correctly frames the eye area, which is the most focused facial feature we have. When your brows are done correctly, you can enhance or hide of so many aspects of your face- you can make your nose appear smaller, make your eyes appear bigger or it can help balance out the different proportions on your face.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a day off?

When i get a day off i love taking my dog and going for a walk or run around some of Sydney best walking tracks. Whether it be down on the Bay Run in Balmain or the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. Anything where im out exercising in the fresh air.

Your favourite spot in Sydney?

My favorite spot at the moment in Sydney would have to be down at Blackwattle Bay. There is an amazing dog friendly park and a really cute cafe where you can sit by the water, in the sun and watch the world go by.

Makeup Workshop with Liv

Posted on: Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Liv Lundelius Make-up Workshop, 9 August, Sydney

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Sometimes it’s nice to remember that we all have a unique character, a particular style that helps express who we are as individuals.
I am excited to team up with Blog Society & Eat Read Love to host an intimate workshop on the 9th of August 2014.

I am really looking forward to having the chance to share my knowledge tips&tricks with you.
Let’s see beyond trends and let me show you how to create effortless makeup that makes you feel good.
I feel extremely lucky to have met such a wonderful team of creatives to support me with the vision of my workshop,
and couldn’t be happier to have all this great people and brands on board.

Spaces are extremely limited and tickets are finally available via http://www.blogsociety.com.au/events/

A huge thanks to our supporters Jane Iredale Australia, Atelier Lumira
,People for Plants, Bionade Australia
All images were taking by the fabulous Julianna at twoguineapigs

Ophelia Editorial for Hooray!

Posted on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Sometimes you just get lucky to work with an incredible team of creatives!

Photography: Lara Hotz Photography
Stylist: Stefanie Ingram
Floral Styling: Jardine Botanic Floral Styling
Hair and Make up: Liv Lundelius Makeup Artist
Model: The Agency Models

Behind the scenes video documented by Light Noise Films
Styling + Floral Assistant: Alex Carlyle + Gina Lasker

HOORAY! Magazine Editorial~ Ophelia

Posted on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Thank you team. And special thanks to Light Noise Films for creating this behind the scenes video!
The editorial is now published in Hooray Magazine in newsagents today!

Photography: Lara Hotz Photography
Stylist: Stefanie Ingram
Floral Styling: Jardine Botanic Floral Styling
Hair and Make up: Liv Lundelius Makeup Artist
Model: The Agency Models

Behind the scenes video documented by Light Noise Films
Styling + Floral Assistant: Alex Carlyle + Gina Lasker

Bespoque Beauty

Posted on: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Sometimes it seems that although there is an overwhelmingly large number of cosmetics on the market already,
there is nothing that really works for your skin.
I am sure we have all been there.
Moments where we might need to seek professional help of a dermatologist or try to customize our routine with the help from all sorts of different brands of
cleansers, serums, oils, day- and night creams etc.

I always tell everyone I work with that everyone’s skin is different.
Each persons skin agrees with different ingredients and textures.
While grouping the skin into skin types helps, it can only be a very rough guide of what your skin needs on an individual basis.

That’s why I have such a huge variety of products in my makeup kit and constantly lug two very heavy suitcases with potions, lotions and makeup around.
You never know what you will need prior to working with a new private client, bride or model on a photo shoot.

I working with such a variety of people, that I really learned to understand each persons different needs, when it comes to skincare.
That’s why I got very curious about a new product that just launched on the Australian market.
A truly bespoke moisturizer that is available at the Chemist for an affordable price.
Bespoque skincare is an Australian brand, with a unique concept.
About half a million combinations can be created by the customers themselves using a simple touch screen interface to design their personal cream.

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Now that sounds fun right? I immediately made an appointment with the brand to try this out for myself, and I am really impressed.
Already in love with the idea, the actual process was quick and easy, the packaging is sleek and luxurious and the label colours can be customized as well.
You can even name your product and it will have the name printed on the label, very cute!
Entering all my skin concerns, and personal details like age group choosing the texture and skin concerns as well as a choice of different fragrances (I opted for no fragrance!), I quickly realized I am a bit of a high maintenance customer.
My “day dream” moisturizer that I created contained the maximum level of active ingredients. Sounds like my skin needs some help ;)
If you are unsure about the final product ingredients will be explained and you are able to review the final ingredients before sending your order off.
While you wait your personal moisturizer will be mixed together in the pharmacy and you can take it home straight away.

The level and choice of active ingredients, was impressive and I am sure this moisturizer was created with real results in mind.
I would put the product in the same category then other high-tech skincare brands, while providing really good value.
It’s not an all natural nor organic product, but rather one built on extensive research and proven results.

My day dream cream should be pretty close to a miracle, given that I chose all the complexes that my skin needs.
It feels luxurious and has a very lovely texture that also sits well underneath makeup.
This moisturizer has a mineral oil base just like the well known luxury skin care line Creme De La Mer or to the cult pro makeup artist favourite Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè,
great for sensitive skins, and with the same luxurious texture.
The active ingredients are highest quality and the texture is wonderful. I am definitely happy with my product.

Would you design your own Bespoque Moisturizer?

Makeup Workshop Save The Date

Posted on: Monday, July 7, 2014

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I am super excited to announce an upcoming collaboration & makeup workshop with
Blog Society and Eat Read Love details to follow real soon for now:
Save the Date! 9th of August 2014.
I will keep you up to date! It’s been something I wanted to realize for some time.
I always get asked so many questions from brides, friends, other creatives I get to meet…
time has come to answer them.
And show all of you some tricks, techniques & tools of my trade.
We are busy in getting everything organized to make sure everyone
will have the best time and hopefully will get to learn a lot about makeup!
If that sounds like it’s right up your alley, save that date.

Talking all things Bridal with Hello May

Posted on: Monday, July 7, 2014

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The wonderful magazine Hello May, just invited me to talk all things bridal & makeup over at their blog and also a little column in their current print Issue.
Thank you for having me!

“Today, here we are again, introducing you to the seriously lovely Liv Lundelius, a go-to favourite in the Sydney wedding industry when it comes to hair and make up.
Tell us a little about your background? I have lived in Berlin, New York and London before deciding to move to Australia, my background was in fashion design first, though my love has always been makeup.

How did you get into the hair and makeup game? I always wanted to do it, however after school I felt I really wanted to go down the more academic route, so I went to art school studying fashion design. I really enjoyed design, however after a little while, I felt a strong desire to come back to my first love. I have always done it, but I felt I wanted the time to gain professional skills, and time to practice and learn from others in the industry to get better and better. The decision was made in London, I told everyone that I wanted to retrain and then a friend of a friend sent me a link to a talent competition in which you could get a scholarship to one of London’s best makeup schools at the time. I knew this really was a one off chance, so I put everything into it…and won! A very good start for my new career. Since then I haven’t looked back. I love what I do.

Talk us through a typical day in the Liv Lundelius studio? Every day is fun and creative in its own way, yet no two days are the same as a freelance makeup artist. Rising up early, having a nice big coffee, walking the puppy, exercising or meditating and then my work day actually starts…

If I am not on a photo shoot or traveling to a wedding I will sort through my emails and reply to my clients and brides first thing. I will update my Instagram/Facebook with the latest work or inspiration and write a blog-post or beauty related article.

If I have time I do a little bit of research, I study the latest fashion advertising campaigns and editorials for makeup trend updates and browse through some of my favourite blogs and websites. Days in the studio are usually booked with consultations and makeup applications, where brides will come over to meet and we create their wedding makeup look. I will have magazines ready for inspiration and look through their ideas, we talk about the whole feel of her wedding, about skin and skin care and last about the actual makeup look that we want to create. After this I will clean my tools and makeup and prep for the next day.

Where do you find your inspiration? I find inspiration in life, real women and the stories behind people. Every makeup job is as individual and unique as the person it is applied to or the client it is created for. Anything can inspire me from a structure, texture or colour in nature to even more abstract inspirations such as character and mood.

Favourite look for the 2014/2015 season? Fresh radiant skin, softly blended defined eyes and a lip colour that brightens the skin. Simple and flawless with effortless hair!

If you weren’t a hair and makeup artist what would you be? An architect, an inventor, a car designer, a photographer, a fashion editor, a publisher, a traveler, a puppy trainer, a nutritionist, a yoga teacher, an ice cream maker, a writer or a unicorn!

All time fave beauty product? Only one? That’s tough, it would need to be an all rounder…like Avene Thermal Spring Water. Or pure organic coconut oil. Makeup wise my hero products are Nars Lipsticks, Chanel Foundations and By Terry Concealers. Fail. I can’t name only one…

Dream wedding destination? Outdoors, anywhere with sunshine. I do really love Croatia.

Favourite ceremony/reception venue? In Sydney my favourite is The Grounds of Alexandria.

Where can we see more of your work? Follow my Facebook page and check out my website.

Liv did the hair and makeup for our ‘Pedal to the Metal’ shoot that features in issue five of Hello May (which you can order online here with FREE postage) and we have included a few, never seen before, sneaky out takes of her handy work below with photos by the wonderful Lara Hotz and a rad behind the scenes video from Light Noise Films you can view here. Big thanks to Luisa Brimble for the beautiful portrait photo of Liv.”

The reason I moved to Australia…

Posted on: Friday, June 13, 2014

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Approximately three times a week I get asked why I relocated to Australia.
I don’t know if there can ever be one simple clear answer to such a complex big decision.
To sum it up, because it felt right, because I had a dream, a vision an inner voice that told me to come here.
But then I hear myself say: Because of the coffee, the weather & the beach.
And that is also true.
While being big on health food and nutrition I do love one controversial drink: Coffee.
I really enjoy it, it agrees with my body and makes me work well.
I know there are many health benefits while others claim the risks.
Everyone will know best for themselves it agrees with your body or not.

So to cut a long story short:
When I heard about The Humble Bean comparing my favourite skincare ingredient Coconut Oil, with my favourite drink
to create an all natural heavenly smelling and skin transforming body scrub, I couldn’t wait to try it.
Please check out here why I love Coconut Oil so much!
And let me tell you…it reason enough to move across the globe or simply order it online, where ever you are!
Fun Fact: Research has shown that just smelling coffee makes you less stressed.
It’s seriously good. I know how I will start my days from now on, morning showers have just gotten even better.

Hello May Issue Five rocks!

Posted on: Friday, June 13, 2014

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They say that if you love what you do for a living you will never have to work a single day in your life ever again.

I love what I do and I am grateful everyday that I am living my dream.
What this quote doesn’t tell you is that you will still need time for yourself, holidays and quiet time to rest, which is too easy to forget,
when just being so happy about being busy and all the wonderful opportunities.
Being a professional makeup artist, I sometimes have to poke myself, that this is all real.
So many amazing have happened and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to travel to Bali as destination wedding makeup artist and can’t wait to work again in Europe and the USA.
It’s always important to remember how far you have come rather on how far there still is to go.
As beauty expert and beauty editor, I have had the chance to work with exciting brands lately and I have many more ideas.
Of course there are always new challenges, dreams & goals to achieve, but in the meantime I am very happy to be well on my way.
I am trying my best to find the balance, as I think I am a little bit of a workaholic, but heh, back to the topic:

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Photo shoots like the recent Hello May Editorial in Issue Five (go and grab your copy now!!!) are just a dream to work on
with an incredible team of creatives and just simply amazing, inspiring, funny and lovable people the final images of a
shoot like this will always mean a lot to me. The hairstyling & makeup for this was more out there then the usual clean fresh bridal look, and it was exciting to create this wild & powerful look.
Also this is one of my favourite and in my opinion the best wedding & lifestyle magazine there is.
To see my work in print is a very special moment and makes me warm & fuzzy inside.
And then after all that excitement, the behind the scenes video got released and reminded me once more of how much fun we had working on this.

Check out all those amazing people who made this possible:
Creative direction: hellomay.com.au
Photography: larahotz.com
Hair & Make-up: www.livlundelius.com
Videography: lightnoisefilms.com.au

Saveing Skin- The natural way!

Posted on: Thursday, June 12, 2014

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As the seasons change Skin always does too.
Be it more sensitive while adjusting to the change in , more dehydrated, dry, patchy or congested.
A gentle natural support is often the best.

My current fav organic and all natural choice is People For Plants, a local Australian brand, which is really great value for quality ingredients.
I have just discovered the range and pretty impressed. I love discovering new skin care & beauty ranges, and especially if they are reasonably priced too.
The hydrating Mist Toner is super powerful for dehydrated skin, great for inflight too.
My pro tip is to soak a tissue mask in the solution, which instantly plumps and soothes the skin.
You will see the difference in 5 min, it’s a little amazing.
At night time I sleep in the Face Oil a highly potent cocktail of antioxidants which really replenishes the skin, while during the day I have protecting my skin with the Sensitive Moisture.

That’s the hydrating all sorted.
My biggest ever recommendation for cleansing your face is the Clearisonic, it is worth every cent! If you don’t have one already and you want to improve your skin:
Order one right now!
Any gentle foaming cleanser works well with this, I am currently using the Foaming Cleansing Gel from People For Plants which is very lovely and sulphate free, but you can use any gentle cleanser with it
that works for you.

And now keep up your good nutrition and your skin will thank you and glow!

Going For Gold

Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Sparkly, metallic, shimmery or matte… I am in love with gold tones for makeup.
Blame it on the abundance of gorgeous autumn leaves behind my house…but I can’t get enough of this look.
So I thought I share my pro beauty tips on how to achieve this look:

From a sweep of golden shimmer to flashes of bold gold applied to the inner corners the eyes for an enhancing effect, this trend is the epitome of romantic and translates beautifully for an ethereal bride!
A good quality shimmer can also be mixed in with your lotion, to enhance collarbones or shoulders. It’s best to be applied with a good quality dome shaped makeup brush.

In the evening cheekbones, cupids-bow & bridge of the nose can be highlighted the same way sweeping the smallest amount along those areas with a dome shaped or contouring brush.
It’s important to keep glitter as an accent and to avoid too much all over use, to keep it elegant and timeless.
Golden shimmer suits all complexions, although I recommend warmer deep gold and coppers for dark skin tones and light soft honey golds for fair skin, rose gold can also work wonders on fair skin too. It’s good to test a little swatch of colour on your cheek to see which hue works best with your skin tone.
Please refer to the inspiration images for ideas of how to have a play with the new gold makeup products.
I love soft washes all over the lid, as well as more graphic statements.

A full lash line compliments the eye and the softness of this style perfectly, using several coats of a voloumizing and lengthening mascara, carefully brushed out to achieve a natural looking fullness and separation. For your wedding day I recommend using a water resistant formula.
The eyes will best be finished of with a very soft and natural brow, only filled in with a light powder, were necessary. A good helper to hold them in place is stroke of clear brow-gel.
The lips can be left nude or soft pink for a soft look or add a deep red lip for more drama and evening looks.

I love how this looks is catchy and captivating, yet subtle enough to work for brides too.
It perfectly translates from day to evening, which makes it super wearable too.

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Jane Iredale “24- Karat Gold Dust” in “Gold” a luxurious multi purpose shimmer with 24 karat gold content.

Jane Iredale “Double Dazzle” Dual-ended soft crayon pencil ideal for use as an eye liner or highlighter.
Two tones, deep gold and coppery red gold, to achieve brighten, lighten, and lifted look.

Jane Iredale “Dome” Makeup Brush (amazing quality ultra soft professional makeup brush)

All Jane Iredale products are suitable for a sensitve skin are cruelty free and have skincare benefits! As a professional makeup artist, I like to mix and match different brands.
Over the years I had the chance to work with all sorts of different brands and I carefully select those that deliver the best results and are consistent in their quality.
My professional makeup kit includes for example Chanel, Nars, Hourglass, Chantecaille, Make Up Forever, Laura Mercier, Stila, Shu Uemura, Mac… I only work with the most sought after international luxury and professional brands.

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Magic….

Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Alice & Jeremy’s wedding was just beyond magical.
With photos by the incredible James Day, a horse a bunch of monks form Tibet and a a custom made couture gown there was a lot of magical detail envolved.
I was happy to create the hair & makeup for the bride and her beautiful friends & family.
This is just one little preview shot I got to see along with a thank you note.

I love my job!

Super Happy Southern Highlands Wedding

Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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…I have been flat out with beautiful work lately and am feeling incredibly blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people.
If you want to keep up to date with my latest work and up to scratch news, please follow me on Instagram & like my professional Makeup Artist Facebook page.

Just lately Em & Steve’s super cute Southern Highlands wedding, got featured over here at Hello May.
Please check it out over there for full credits and links!

CREDITS Photos Anna Turner // Bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses Fleur Wood // Shoes Zimmerman // Rings Diamond Emporium and Laresen Jewellery // Groom and groomsmen suits, shirts and shoes Country Road // Ties Marcello Neckwear via Etsy and Asos // Ceremony St Francis Xavier Church, New South Wales // Reception Summerlees Estate // Catering PB Catering // Stationary Simplethings Press // Hair Sensoria // Makeup by Liv Lundelius

Bright Whites, Wedding Makeup Trends feature for The Lane

Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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“Enchanting, ethereal and evocative, we are in love with the angelic and serene makeup trend that is bright white eyes!
From a sweep of white liner to flashes of bright white applied to the inner corners the eyes for an enhancing effect, this trend is the epitome of fresh and youthful and translates beautifully for an ethereal bride! (…)”

Read the whole beauty feature and interview with me over at The Lane.
I hope you enjoy!

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