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

The Six Week Bridal Beauty Prep PART ONE

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Real beauty comes from within. Your skin says everything about the kind of lifestyle you lead and most skin problems originate internally – the body is one whole integrated system so what’s going on inside our bodies will show up on our skin as well. That feeling of inner health shows up externally on our face and skin more than the best facial ever could.
All parts of your bridal beauty prep program from nutrition & exercising to meditation are therefore having a huge impact on your skin. Further here are some beauty, tips and tricks that will ensure your skin and hair will be in best condition and excelling natural radiance. Now read on and get that glow!

The earlier you start to create a holistic fitness, nutrition and beauty regime the better.
Besides the 6 week week beauty plan I will go through more general beauty prep, tools, products and techniques and expert Interviews.
I always try to stay on top of the latest products and ingredients and hope to share some insider tips with you, while I prepare myself for my own wedding day.

6 Weeks to go: Exfoliate & Detoxify

BODY BEAUTY PREP

Now it’s time to start your regular exfoliating regime. It’s super easy to get your body glowing.
Try daily Dry Brushing: All you need is a natural bristle brush and a body oil.
Why? I have listed some amazing facts below:

Benefits:
Removes dead layers of skin and other outer impurities.
Stimulates and increases blood circulation.
Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface.
Assists the eliminative capacity of your body’s organs.
Rejuvenates your cells.
Strengthens your immune system.
Increases muscle tone.
Improves skin texture.
Helps prevent premature ageing.

How? Read my Step-by-step guide to dry skin brushing:
1. It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. I do it after my morning run or yoga session. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
2. Use a natural bristled brush. Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
3. Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
4. Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
5. Next , brush your back (that’s why it’s good to get a long handle brush).
6. Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
7. Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
8. Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
9. Immediately apply natural body oil onto the wet skin afterwards. You can use a luxurious blend of Oils or simply use organic unrefined Coconut Oil. Read here how to choose the right one.

And last but not least just a few little precautions:
Avoid on sensitive skin, varicose veins, open wounds, inflamed skin or painful rashes, sunburnt areas, breasts and other sensitive areas.
Seek doctor’s advice before brushing if pregnant or if severely/chronically ill.
Stop brushing if an allergic reaction appears.

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If you want to really enhance that new glowing body, and your wedding dress is showing some skin, try a light shimmer lotion on your wedding day to highlight your collarbones and shoulders or legs.
I recently fell in love with the Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Body Tint, which I have used on beauty editorials.
It’s an all mineral and natural product, really fabulous!

Enjoy and keep it up! Keep posted for part 2, which will tell you all about exfoliating the face. :)

The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Prep Series: Coming Soon!

Posted on: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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As you might know, Liv&Dave are getting married! Yes, that’s us!
It’s been a lot of fun working out the wedding details, and also just enjoying this special time.
The wedding planning is in full swing and while I am swamped with work I am set on the idea to write and share a personal bridal beauty guide for you,
giving pro advice from my experience as bridal beauty expert (which I have been lately called a lot) as well as my personal experience in how I prepare my body & mind for the big day. Wish me luck ;)

I am personally quite low maintenance, which you might not expect from a makeup artist and beauty blogger, but don’t forget that in the end of the day we all only have 24 in a day
and I am working long irregular hours, so I prefer to keep my own routine as simple as possible.
Yet I do want my skin and hair to look their best and also be in an overall good shape for our wedding, like any other bride.

I am working on a series of posts about tips & tricks, favourite products and techniques, as well as holistic beauty approaches.
Expect regular updates, blog-posts and Instagram posts on these topics!
I am happy to hear from you about any comments and questions that you might have and would love this to become a dialogue,
if you are up for it! Otherwise just read & learn, I hope you enjoy.
And quite obviously this is not just for brides to be, but all Ladies that want to up their beauty game.

To start off here are my Top Five Tips For Glowing Wedding Makeup:

1. Good skin care and skin prep are key, it’s best to start a good regime months before your wedding day: Regular exfoliation, a gentle good quality cleanser and a nourishing & balancing moisturiser are a must.

2. Less is more, only use foundation and concealer where needed, be selective and keep it fresh and natural.

3. Secret technique for extra glow: Massage your face with your hands to enhance circulation and radiance and stimulate lymph flow prior to makeup application.

4. Apply a liquid highlighter onto your cheek bones prior to your foundation.

5. Use a soft buffing brush for the perfect invisible makeup application to work a small amount of foundation into the skin.

Photo credit:
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

Haute Boheme – New Collection by Moira Hughes

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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While it was storming we braved the crazy weather and went ahead with the campaign shoot for Moira Hughes Bridal Couture.
Moira is a little bit awesome and is the designer I choose to work with for my very own wedding dress.
It was so much fun doing the bespoke design together and I could not believe how good her fabrics feel on the skin.
I actually can’t wait to wear my dress on the day. As a former designer myself I was blown away by the technique and quality of fabrics,
it truly doesn’t get any better than this.
But own planning aside she just came up with this lovely collection of dresses and her campaign was just released a few days ago.
I love the feel.
I know that due to the lighting and editing of these moody images you can’t see much of the makeup that I have created,
but I still love the images a lot. It’s about the dresses after all, not about the beauty. Creating makeup for a campaign and working closely with the designers
is a very special part of my work that I love so much.
We worked with a great team of creatives on this photo shoot and I can’t wait for the next collection.
Photos by Jason Ierace
Makeup by Liv Lundelius
Hair The Bridal Hair Co

Australian For Beauty- new botanical beauty products

Posted on: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Today was a simply perfect day! After a Yoga session at home, I started my work day with a beautiful breakfast beauty launch held at Chiswick at the Gallery.
A fantastic new restaurant within the Art Gallery Of NSW.
The occasion was a very interesting product launch of Red Earth and Coast To Coast.
Red Earth is relaunch of an Australian makeup & skincare line, while Coast to Coast includes a bath&body range as well as skincare. Both are inspired by natural ingredients.
The presentation and packaging of the products appears premium in many ways and is minimal and chic.
While not being certified organic the ranges are not tested on animals and contain a high percentage of active natural and organic ingredients and no artificial colours or fragrances.
It’s certainly not an all natural line, if you are an eco-beauty junkie seeking 100% purity these lines are not for you.
If you are after affordable, effective skincare with lovely smells & textures you should give these a try.
The founders believe that good skincare does not have to be expensive, and therefore both ranges sell at a very affordable price point.
The focus is on very active botanicals many of which are sourced in Australia to create potent skin care and makeup products that deliver results.

Coast to Coast formulations include a host of exceptional native Australian ingredients.
Take Kakadu Plum; native to the northern tip of Australia, it provides the skin with six times the vitamin C of an Orange.
Tasmanian Sea Kelp, from Bass Strait, is a rich source of vitamins A, B, C & E, & contains
nourishing minerals & amino acids. Wild Rosella, Desert Quandong & Sea Parsley also add to the range
of scientifically proven actives chosen based on their merit, rather than aesthetic to visibly replenish & nourish the skin.

What I love about the Coast To Coast Products is the amazing smell of essential oils, which reminds me of a exclusive Spa.
A true saver on this hot day was the Coast To Coast Revitalizing Leg Balm with Pepperberry & Peppermint, I think I am addicted already!

Red Earth won me over with the colourful lipsticks in the range! Bright, smooth and with a yummy Vanilla Fragrance they are just the perfect add-on to any girls
lipstick collection. I adore Pinkberry (a bright raspberry hue) and Citrus Crush (a bright orange red). They have the amount of pigment that would usually only
expect from your pricey luxury brand lipsticks and are yet soooo creamy and nourishing. Save your dollars and give these babies a try.

I am looking forward to playing more with the different products in the line and will sure post an update in a little while to tell you my favourites.

Rise Editiorial Makeup & Hair for Zephyr Magazine

Posted on: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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A little while ago I teamed up with fashion photographer Levon Baird and stylist Susannah Best for an ethereal fashion Editorial
that just got published in the current issue of Zephyr Magazine.

I hope to work with these creative people again sometime.

Top 5 Summer Skin Favourites

Posted on: Friday, February 27, 2015

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As the hot days are in full swing and we have a few more weeks of Summer left over here in Australia, although, I am pretty optimistic.
Officially Summer will end this week. I am sure the warm weather will continue for a while though, and of course in Europe and many parts of the world,
you will be just preparing yourself for the warm season.
I wanted to share this seasons favourite products with you:

1. After a beach day or day where I have been working on fashion editorial makeup outdoors on location in the sun, nothing repairs and soothes my skin
like Zk’in Hydrating mist, I have even used it on light sunburns on the body. It feels amazing, cools the skin and targets UV-damage, it makes my skin glow instantly.

2. Malin & Goetz Eucalyptus Deodarant, my better half Dave actually got me on to this one, a true unisex product and I am impressed it works throughout the humid days,
without Aluminium, which I have been trying to avoid.

3. La Mav Organic BB Creme, yes I have mentioned this one before. See here for a full review. It’s just been my go-to everyday product.

5. Zk’in Rebalancing Lotion with it’s Matte Effect Active a true saviour on hot days underneath my makeup. Still hydrating enough to keep my skin supple,
it feels light and balancing. (P.S: If this was a top 6 I would totally nominate the Z’kin Brightening & Hydrating Mask an all-rounder mask, that works wonders.
It looks like chocolate and smells like licorice!)

One Fine Day Sydney Roundup- Favourite Vendors

Posted on: Tuesday, February 10, 2015


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One fun weekend this was! At the One Fine Day in Sydney.
While my inbox is overflowing and I am trying my best to get through the wonderful and overwhelming response of the last few days,
I wanted to share a few of my favourite vendors with you.
The One Fine Day girls where one of the very first people I got in touch with when I moved to Sydney and I have been part of the
magical fair right from the humble beginnings at Sun Studios. I can not thank the founders enough, I met so many wonderful people through
this event, even new friendships and of course a lot of business.
Now that we are getting married ourselves, we didn’t only exhibit but were also for the first time on the other side.
We were actually shopping around and locking in some vendors ourselves!

People often ask me which part of my work I enjoy more: wedding makeup or editorial makeup, but to be honest, I can’t quite decide.
I love both and I do both. That’s the short and sweet answer.
Of course all One Fine Day handpicked vendors are great in their own ways, but here are a few that I found are really worth mentioning and recommending to you,
if you are currently planning your own wedding as I had personally amazing experiences with them.

Hello May magazine! Be sure to check out their new “Real Wedding Special” a print book full of the most amazing real weddings.
All We Need Is Love -Celebrant Victoria Eustace is just super lovely all around.
Bridal trousseau – Luxurious Bridal Lingerie and also the most inspiring Instagram account
Natalija The Label – Lovely gowns to make getting ready even more fun!
Tillee Music -Ohhhh this voice. listen for yourself, these guys are amazing.
In An Instant photo booth – Incredibly Fun Polaroid Photobooth being silly in front of their camera was my highlight of the weekend
Bondi Lashes – The best experience in lash extensions
Moira Hughes Couture- bridal dresses exuding luxury and couture skill. If you can’t find the right style in her collection, Moira also creates bespoke pieces.
Grew & Co Some serious jewelry design by the loveliest and most creative husband & wife team based in Sydney.

Photographers:
Jo Bartholomew Jo recently shot our very own engagement photos- nuff said!
Milton Gan – Finely Crafted Wedding Photography I met these guys right at the very first OFD and am always impressed by their big smiles and positive nature paired with professionalism.
Anna Turner Very artistic Lady with a good sense of Humor and Style.

The Lane Makeup Artist Guide to Dewy Supernatural Makeup

Posted on: Monday, February 2, 2015

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Supernatural makeup by Liv Lundelius for White Magazine, photographed by Stephanie Alcaino

I just had the honor to share my tips and tricks for natural makeup and dewy radiant skin over at the
magical The Lane Style Guide.
I love the website and adore their editorials, it’s one of these websites you can spend hours browsing around and finding dreamy inspiration and ideas.
Since relocating to Australia I became part of their selected little group of artists and have contributed to several articles as beauty expert.
Check out my previous collaboration with The Lane:
Peachy Keen
Bright Whites
Check it out and get inspired!
Besides keeping my freelance work I have also signed with an agency and am now represented by Ignite Elite in Sydney for my editorial work.
This year started of very well for me and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Bali Makeup Artist, and some engagement shots of us

Posted on: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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My work as destination wedding makeup artist took me recently to Bali, I packed Dave into my suitcase and we stayed a for a few days after the wedding.
We were in luck when sydney wedding photographer extraordinaire Jo Bartholomew who also flew in from Australia was up to take some shots of us!
I love her work.
Not only did we have a blast on this shoot, we might have booked them to be our wedding photographers too…

Bali was nothing short of spectacular and I will share our personal travel photos on my personal blog here real soon!

Magical DIY Country Wedding

Posted on: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Catherine and David are in Love and it shows in every single image captured by Daniel Ferris.
Their magical wedding was featured over at Hello May today and I am not surprised.
The pure honesty and rawness of it had me fascinated immediately.
It really shows it’s NOT about all the little details, it’s really about the couple, LOVE, friends and family.
No fancy backdrop needed, flowers put together on the day by the groom and so many other irrelevant bits and pieces weren’t needed here.
This is the kind of wedding I love my job for this is what inspires me.
I love being a makeup artist in Australia every day. I love the places my work take me to and the wonderful people I get to meet.
There are days were I just feel incredibly lucky and grateful. Today is such a day.
And if you not already noticed how chilled and amazing this couple is, I will leave you with their wedding “theme”inspiration:
“Our inspiration was to throw the kind of party that we would want to go to – which particularly meant a natural outdoor setting (rain or shine – and we got both)” says Catherine.

One Fine Day Sydney 2015 Campaign Liv Lundelius Makeup

Posted on: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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And here is to more time by the pool!
I am really looking forward to the next One Fine Day, I have been attending the boutique fair since the very first year they started it all here in Sydney.
For the latest advertising campaign I created the makeup & hair designs.
The brief and inspiration for this season was “Palm Springs” I am a big fan of retro-mid century architecture as well as the resort summer colours
and swimming pool is my favourite word, so it’s no surprise that we had a lot of fun on this shoot.

All images produced by and for One Fine Day.
Makeup & Hair Liv Lundelius
Makeup Assistant Chrissy Davies

If you love wedding inspiration or are on the hunt for some excellent boutique vendors check out the next Sydney fair in February,
and get your tickets now over here.
Or try winning a double pass in my current Instagram competition.
I am looking forward to see you there!

Relaxed Organic Wedding Makeup for Once Wed

Posted on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Our lacey organic photo shoot captured by the amazing Jemma Keech was just featured over here
at Once Wed.
I love the liaht in the images as Jemma photographed everything on film.

Photography: Jemma Keech | Styling & Florals: Lavender & Poppyseed |
Model: Serena Coady | Makeup & Hair: Liv Lundelius | Wedding Gown: Inbal Dror// Helen Rodrigues | Lace Robes & Veil: Girl with a Serious Dream | Ceramics: Marie Helene Clauzon | Calligraphy: Signora e Mare | Ribbon: Silk + Willow

Best BB for Summer and natural goodies

Posted on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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BB Cremes are the latest thing in beauty, and while I am not really fussed about the names beauty companies come up with each season for foundations,
I am still always interested in the new product itself, no matter if it’s a tinted moisturizer, foundation, bb creme, or another fancy marketing word.
To me as a professional makeup artist and sensitive skin every day makeup wearer it’s all about the quality of a product that determines if it will
secure a spot in my private makeup bag or professional makeup kit.

Today I wanted to introduce another addition to my own skincare/makeup bag.
The BB Creme from La Mav, is my go to staple on days off, when walking the puppy and on holiday or to protect my own face on destination photo shoots and weddings.
It’s also good for early starts, as it’s super easy to apply, just a couple of pumps straight applied to my skin with fingers after my moisturizer takes way less than a minute.
The BB Creme is mattifying, has natural sunscreen, anti-ageing skincare benefits, provides long lasting moisturisation, evens my complexion and the colour adapts really well to my skin.
Flawless in 30 seconds, that deserves a special mention. Like all La Mav products it’s also certified organic, vegan, cruelty free, and certified toxin free, which makes it perfect
for personal every day use. This is a light coverage BB Creme, that evens out little imperfections.

It’s my go to for the no makeup makeup days, and when my skin is good.
For the easy healthy holiday makeup, it comes as a makeup set in a package with a pretty lip gloss which is a real lip treatment in “Berry” , a mineral bronzer in “Sunkissed” (a tad too dark for myself) and a kabuki makeup brush, perfect to buff mineral powders into the skin. If you are a mineral makeup wearer, this is worth checking out.

If you are having problematic skin and are looking for a full cover BB Creme, check out my previous post about the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Creme.

My Bali Boho Summer Makeup

Posted on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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I packed my own makeup bag for my upcoming Bali trip.
The natural mineral products by Ere Perez are especially good for humid weather and the natural mascara is waterproof so I can dip into the pool as well.
Here is my go to, beachy boho makeup look for hot summer days with Ere Perez makeup:

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Start by using a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer with sun protection as a base on freshly moisturised skin, see one of my favourites here.

Next I use Sun Halo it’s a versatile highlighting cream bronzer, (or should I say bronzing cream highlighter?) with the most delicious vanilla smell.
Apply on the high points of the face with fingers or stippling brush to get an instant glow and sunkissed touch.
Use it on the bridge of the nose, cupids bow on the cheek bone and brow bone. It looks great on the eye lid too.
On the cheeks I use Bondi Blush the perfect blush for sunkissed skin. (although it suits pretty much everyone)
Just a hint on the apple of the cheek applied with a blush brush or small powder brush.
A hydrating lipstick Moisturising Macadamia Lip Colour “Me” is the perfect natural lip colour in a caramel brown, which makes my teeth look very white. WIN!
If you have a fair complexion try the colour “YOU”. It also protects my lips from the harsh UV rays.
I use a hint of Sun Halo on the lid and apply volumising waterproof mascara in Black

Done! There you have it a super quick and easy summer holiday look. I hope you enjoyed it.

That golden glow & a smooth affair

Posted on: Thursday, November 13, 2014

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I have lately been thoroughly reviewing Jane Iredale‘s Glow Time Full Coverage BB Creme.

Due to moving house and other stressors my skin has not been at it’s best lately and I was in the market for more coverage in an every day foundation.
I found a good colour match for myself in the line, however there are limited colours available.
I wear BB7, a very yellow toned medium skin colour.

When I used it for the first time people commenting on how great my skin looks and if I was wearing anything and also asking what it was.
I was really surprised that people noticed. So I guess this has a really great finish.
Another big plus is that this product stays on all day, no matter how humid or long the day, it’s perfect for Summer and the beach due to it’s
sunprotection and water resistance.

The packaging is just amazing, a practical squuuueze tube in gold, with is great for travel and every day use while still locking beautiful.
When it comes to application be prepared to only use the smallest possible amount and follow the instruction: Place little dots in different areas of the face
before you warm and work the product with fingers into the skin from the center outwards. It takes some getting used to and if you use too much product it won’t work.
This product is VERY high coverage so you really only need a tiny amount, really great as one tube will last you a long long time.

I tried many different ways of using it and I found it was important to moisturize my skin well before and it works best with the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
(which smells delicious by the way), it makes my skin feel very smooth and supple yet it’s light and quickly absorbed, it also enhances the radiance.

Being a lover of a very dewy finish, I was a little scared how matte the BB Creme went on, how ever it sets very quickly on my skin and transforms into a radiant finish.
On days that I feel dehydrated I was setting it with Pommisst
Which seals it in and gives instantly more glow.

Glow Time covers my breakouts and scarring without the need of additional concealer and I have also worn it here and here, so you can see how it photographs in daylight.

I recommend this for:

Sensitive skin
Oily/Normal/Combination skin types
Summer
Beach
Everyday wear
Acne

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