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

My holygrail hair tools

Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2014

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Working in the fashion and beauty industry I am always on the lookout for the best and latest as additions to my professional makeup- and hair kit.
My hair tools need to be fast, reliable and easy to pack, reduce damage on my clients and models hair and super easy to use.
I am excited to let you know I found the one!

I usually really like to mix and match when it comes to cosmetics and hair styling products, and I carry a variety of different brand hair tools. The latest luxury addition to my kit are H2Dhair styling tools.
I think I will not look back anytime soon. Designed with the professional in mind these beauties come with dual voltage use, for us busy international artists, professional length swivel cords, and sleek professional design.
It was love at first sight! Opening the boxes of my new babies was already a great experience.
You know, some brands just get it right, the whole packaging experience.
During the first use I was super impressed how fast these tools would heat up, they are ready to use almost instantly
(20sec), and also the professional very high temperatures, which will ensure the hair takes to the styling properly and that the look will last and last and last and… you get the idea!
Let me tell you a bit more about the actual products I have:

Linear II Professional One Pass Iron in glossy black.

This is a straightening iron/styler which can be used to curl the hair as well.
It’s amazing! Heats up to 230C within 20 seconds. The flexible high quality floating plates are coated with ceramic and infused with tourmaline, which makes the hair smoother, silkier and static free.
It uses Far Infrared Technology and Ionic Technology which is the latest and most advanced thing in hair styling.
Although I always love the look of matte black tools, I have to admit that they are hard to keep clean. They get a lot of product build up over time, while the glossy tools are so much easier to wipe down.

IR professional hair dryer in black
Another hit in the range! It’s everything I could want from a hair dryer, fast, gentle with state-of-the-art technology;
The Ionic Generator which seal cuticles, infuse moisture, eliminate frizz and provides a silky feel.
The Infrared heaters allow to cut the drying time dramatically.
It has 4 Speed and heat settings and a cold shot button. If you are in the market for a new hair dryer get one of the few in world that use both, true ionic and infrared technology, you can thank me later, your hair will thank you straight away.
You’re welcome!

H2D X5 Professional Curling Wand
And now the most amazing tool of all: This is the ultimate essential tool for all session stylists. You get one curling wand with five interchangeable barrels, for all shapes and sizes of curls that you could ever want.
Do you remember the revolutionary technology of the other H2D tools, I was talking about?
Yes you guessed right. This is the first true ceramic and tourmaline infused curling wand, using Far infrared technology and ion field technology seals in natural oils for great conditioning.
It comes with a heat protection glove which I recommend using, as
Even more: Micro-porous technology looks in moisture to avoid split ends.
To sum it up: It’s very gentle on the hair, super duper fast, and your hair will be shiny beyond belief.

And now, excuse me, please. I have to go and play with my new toys.

The latest in natural high performance zk’in care

Posted on: Sunday, October 12, 2014

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I have a new favourite skin care line!
You can get very excited if you have been looking for an high performance skincare range, that delivers proven results and is yet
absolutely safe, certified organic to the highest international standard and has an incredible honest marketing approach.
It’s called Zk’in (pronounced simply “skin”)

A effective line of 12 products, offers enough selection for different skin concerns and ages.
I have been using the line for a couple of weeks now and was initially planning on writing about my favorite products.
This quickly become impossible as every single product was such a pleasure to use and just kept all the promises it made on the box.
Seriously, this is something I hadn’t experienced with other skincare.

I was lucky enough to meet the very inspiring founder of the line, Grace Culhaci in person and I was blown away; by her knowledge, her passion about the brand but most of all
her honesty. There are so many unique facts about this line, I don’t even know where to start…

If you are not obsessed with beauty and skincare, I recommend to just head out and start using the line, you won’t regret it and I won’t want to bore you with all the details.
All you need to know is: It’s working, it’s clean and it’s honest. All products feel and smell amazing too, some have natural coffee and cacoa extracts and excel gourmet aromas, while
the line overall has very neutral smells that aren’t overpowering. All textures are very fast absorbing, leaving a clean, hydrating and fresh feel to the skin. Wonderful!

In case you are more like me, VERY interested in beauty, please read on and be impressed by the details about this wonderful skin care products:

The products are created to the highest sustainability standards. While the package is well designed, looking all pretty and simple, its’ also completely recyclable.
It’s also food grade packaging, ensuring no toxins will be able to get into your gorgeous skincare through the use of toxic plastics (think BPA)
Zk’in products are not tested on animals and are vegan, CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS. This is very important to me personally as I am a lifelong vegetarian and ANIMAL LOVER.

What impressed me as makeup artist was that Zk’in campaign images are stunning without the use of unrealistic photo-shopping, the model is shown as she really looks, with beautiful fine lines and natural flaws.
Showing real beauty and realistic images of women is another idea I love and would personally like to see more of. Extra brownie points earned here.
The line feels overall very well developed it seems that extensive research has been done to ensure that each product is absolutely safe to use and suitable for genuinely sensitive skin.
Often I hear people say that that they have sensitive skin and therefore stay clear of organic products, as they won’t usually react to conventional chemically loaded skincare,
the reason might be that a lot of the smaller organic ranges don’t invest in research, allergy testing and sensitive skin suitability to the extend that the big name brands too, which I always
thought is a real shame.

When I do pick products to be used in my professional makeup kit the main criteria is always the sensitive skin tolerance, as I don’t want to carry products that a high percentage of people will react too.
The Zk’in line is definitely suitable for professional use in a makeup kit in my personal opinion.
The hygienic pump packaging is another real plus and the most of the products are travel friendly.

Personal miracle experience:
I have lately developed a rash on my fingers, some form of eczema due to the frequent hand washing and sanitizing required in my work as professional makeup artist.
My sensitive skin suffered and started to look terrible. With the help of the Soothing Hand Cream by Zk’in and the relief moisturizer my skin has gone back to normal within a week
and healed completely! No need for any medication or cortisone treatment! If you have problematic skin that is dry, sensitive or even flaking, try this cream!

I will from time to time introduce a single product of the line and will review single products. As the line is too amazing to tell you all about it in one short blog post.
Oh and by the way, it’s affordable too. Moisturizers are about AUD $45.00, cleansers under AUD $30.00, so this won’t break your bank either and is worth every penny.

Summary: Incredible high performance skin care line that is suitable for sensitive skin and 100% ethical and organic! Suitable products for all skin concerns are included in the line,
from anti-ageing to acne or dry skin, the range covers it all!

Copycat

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Did you ever have anyone in your life that seemed to copy everything you did?
We all know one or two of those I bet, and it’s important to see it as a compliment.

Inspired by all the copycats out there my recent fashion Editorial for Tantalum Magazine has just been published.
I hope you enjoy! ;)

For more of my published work see my makeup artist portfolio here.

Credits of the fab Team:

Levon Baird (Photographer):
Website: http://www.levonbaird.com/
Instagram: @levonbaird

Blake Sutherland (Stylist):
Website: http://www.blakesutherland.com/
Instagram: @blakeislively

Liv Lundelius (Hair and Makeup):
Website: http://makeup.livlundelius.com/
Instagram: @liv_lundelius
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LivLundeliusMakeup

Eugen Tim (Model):
Agency Website: http://www.viviensmodels.com.au
Agency Instagram: @viviensmodelmgmt
Personal Instagram: @eugenzeugen

Charli Hayes (Model):
Agency Website: http://www.viviensmodels.com.au
Agency Instagram: @viviensmodelmgmt
Personal Instagram: @charlihayes

Kiaya Daniels (Designer):
Website: http://www.kiayadaniels.com/
Instagram:@kiayadaniels

Tantalum Magazine (Publication):
Instagram: @tantalummag

Giveaway: Say thank you in style with pen and paper

Posted on: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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The last week was just the best week ever.
All my clients and brides were bombarding me with sweet thank you letters, cards and emails, the sun was shining all week
and we got back into a great fitness routine to keep healthy and balanced when at the end of the week my wonderful man proposed to me.
Read the whole story here.
But back to the topic, receiving that handwritten card in the post, totally made my day! It’s such a sweet thing to do.

I just realized what a great gesture it is to say thank you in style and write a personal thank you note.
In the digital age it truly makes all difference.

Inspired by my wonderful clients, I took pen and paper and wrote my Grandma a lovely card.
And stocked up my desk with quite a few cute designs, so I am prepared to write more.

Really there is nothing like a handwritten note.
If you really want to thank someone, go and get a card now.
To make it really easy for you I am hosting a little giveaway from the lovely 3D Cards!
They are very well made pretty little cards in lovely designs.

GIVEAWAY:
Prize: A lovely package with a selection of beautifully designed pop up cards by 3D Cards will be sent to the lucky winner!
To Enter: Simply comment below before the 30th of October 2014, telling me who you want to thank, or what you are grateful for today.
The winner will be chosen at random on the 30th of October 2014, and announced here on the blog.
Good Luck!

Artifact Editorial for Elegant Magazine

Posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014

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Photo by Levon Baird Hair & Makeup by Liv Lundelius, Styling by Elise Tansley

Recently I had the chance to work with an especially inspiring model for an fashion editorial shoot.
It just got published in Elegant Magazine, so I can finally share the images.
Have a look at my professional makeup artist website here.
I love the rich jewel tones, so autumn/winter! So I better share this before spring arrives ; )

Mental Springclean & The Busy Trap

Posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014

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I can’t wait for spring and sunshine which really puts me in the mood for a good spring clean.
I started with a good apartment clean, followed by sorting through files and getting on top of organizing everything
and getting ready for the next season.
But also I started picking up my own meditation and Yoga practice and am in the process of getting back into a good
exercise routine and more fresh and detoxifying food.
I also limited my coffee intake to one a day.

I will cleanse my skin from the inside out. Personally I can always see when stress and busy times take over, how my skin reflects this immediately.
With the change of season I am doing an internal Spring clean, keeping clear of any negative thoughts, let the god vibes roll and
get my radiant skin back.
As I am a bit of a workaholic I really need to remind myself to keep a healthy balance.

Time for self care is so very important, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, regular exercise and quiet time…
It seems like the most simple changes have the biggest impact.
Today I had a day to myself (as we speak) time for Yoga, meditation, and pampering while getting normal house stuff done.
All the things that I haven’t gotten around to in toooo long.
The little things make all the difference. Today I am just happy and grateful for everything I have got.
A mental spring clean.

Do you ever fall into the busy trap?

Sydney Makeup Workshop

Posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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…and here it is the awesome work of Carla at Pebble Coast Films!
I am so happy and grateful for the wonderful team that helped me to make it all happen.

Makeup Workshop

Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Saturday was a big day, my first makeup workshop in Australia! It was held at Create Or Die studio in Marrickville.
It was so much fun and I am so grateful to for the wonderful team of supporters and partners that came on board to make it all happen.
I can safely say the long days and short nights leading up to the day were SO worth it.
The day went by so quickly so I was extra excited about the photos and I can’t wait to see the video, once it’s edited as well.

All guests were so lovely and curious. I was blown away by their enthusiasm and passion for makeup.
I really hope everyone took home new tips & tricks and is encouraged to try new products and techniques.
I could have not hoped for a better crowd!
Every time I mentioned a new topic one million more techniques and pieces of advice would come to into my head.
Questions were asked and new solutions demonstrated.

I could have made this workshop last for a whole week and still would have had more to share…
However I think everyone got a good taste and some insider tips during the day.

The workshop was a mix of tutorials shown on our pretty model Jessica and hands-on times, were everyone would have the time to experiment and try new techniques
on their own faces. Of course there was Champagne, drinks and nibbles as well.

I love a good challenge and bringing together an event like this was definitely a good one.
Thank you for all the wonderful people who contacted me already and asked for further workshops and invited me to come to their cities.
As international makeup artist, I love to travel and the Sydney Makeup Workshop was a great start.
I will get onto planning and we will make it happen, eventually!

A huge thanks to our supporters Jane Iredale Australia, Atelier Lumira
,People for Plants, Bionade Australia , West Elm,
De Lorenzo Haircare, Hello May, BloomboxCo, Ihana

The fab Team: Jaclyn from Blog Society, Nat from Eat Read Love, Julianna from twoguineapigs, Carla from Pebble Coast Films, Jessica Ruscoe our model and my man Dave and puppy Dalston who were there for me all along.

Make Up
Liv Lundelius
Hosted by
Blog Society / Eat Read Love
Venue
Create or Die
Decor
West Elm / Hello May / BloomboxCo / Atelier Lumira
Hair & Beauty
Jane Iredale / People For Plants / Cruelty Free Beauty / Ihana / Delorenzo
Photos and Video
Pebble Coast Films / twoguineapigs
Food and Beverage
Bionade / Bourke Street Bakery Marrickville
Model
Jessica Ruscoe

Mascara for sensitive eyes

Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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I had to share my most recent discovery for sensitive eyes & sensitive skin: Ere Perez!
The beautiful, healthy and all natural products are suitable for the most sensitive skins and eyes.
And I am absolutely in LOVE with the mascara, which does not make my eyes itchy after a long day, it’s beautifully BLACK and it strengthens the lashes as well.
Quite something. Their sleek white packaging makes it even more fun to use the products.
Staples in my won makeup bag currently are:

Natural Almond Oil Mascara
Pure Rice Powder Bondi Blush has the most amazing flattering peach tone & amazing longevity
Real Rosehip Lipbar in NUDE, the most amazing nourishing nothing colour! So pretty and always in my handbag.

I can’t wait to try more of these gorgeous products!
Below some of my recent favourites: Clearisonic Brush, Eau Duelle by Diptyque and the pretty minimalistic Ere Perez products.

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Repairing Winter Hair & Dreaming About Spring

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Repairing my dry winter locks with these luxurious natural products makes me dream of Spring, the subtle cherry blossom scent of the Essential Treatments line adds to this as well.
It was my first time using De Lorenzo products, but I have been curious about them for a little while.

When it’s busy and I still need my hair to be in good shape I started trying the De Lorenzo products, which are packed with natural botanical power ingredients to smooth away frizz and restore my dry ends instantly.
Not as messy and time consuming than my home made coconut oil treatment, the products are still natural, vegan and cruelty free.
My new winter hair repair routine is the Equilibrium mask, once a week, the infinite detangler after every wash and the protein complex whenever I find time.
Infused with rich plant based oils including organic rosehip, pure botanical extracts, and antioxidant vitamins and minerals to replenish moisture lost through wind, sun and chemical processes this range was exactly what my hair has been waiting for.

And voila, my hair is shiny and soft again and so much easier to brush through as well.
I am ready for Spring!

Sparkle is always an option…

Posted on: Thursday, July 24, 2014

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I thought I feature a few more images from our recent Ophelia Editorial.
Originally for Hooray Magazine, some more before unpublished shots were now
featured at the gorgeous wedding blog Burnett’s Boards.

And as sparkle is always an option and I love anything golden, here some more
sequin goodness and flower veil imagery.

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
- See more at: http://blushless.com/blog/#.U9D_Jqj-iwU

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

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