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

NŪDUS Lip Euphoria

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Are your lips ready for the ultimate treat?
NŪDUS is the clever lipstick range that I have been waiting for.
Creamy, luxurious, rich pigments beautifully packaged and certified organic.
This range of high-end lipsticks was over two years in the making and contains a superior blend of 27 active naturals.
A specially designed tasteful formula incorporating super foods, antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, essential fatty acids and high-end anti-aging ingredients to keep your lips soft and help protect them from environmental stress. WOW! You can tell that the beautiful founder Diana Saltoun Goltsman has done her researched and developed a wonderful range for intelligent, forward thinking women, like herself.

If you are a bit of a beauty nerd like I am, read on for even more amazing information about this unique luxury range:
All NŪDUS lipsticks are handcrafted. What this means for you is that they are carefully made in small batches in a certified organic environment in Sydney Australia.
The colours are very different from anything else on the market: NŪDUS pigments are a special mix of ancient Ayurvedic pure bioactive colour extracts from flowers, fruits, herbs and minerals. Each colour extract has a dual purpose of bioactivity and therapeutic function. These color extracts have been chosen on the basis of their properties promoting preventative healthcare. The extracts not only provide longer lasting colours, but safer active moisturising properties, based on the technology of an ancient progressively vibrant traditional medicinal system.

Ayurveda means ‘ life-wisdom’. Pronounced (aa-yer-vay-da) it is believed to be one the oldest healing systems originating from India over 5,000 years ago.
Ayurveda revels the wisdom of life ‘ the whole of life’, by unveiling secrets of nature that helps keep a person healthy and in harmony with their soul.

All the colours apply true to the colour they show as stick, and I can’t even decide which one my favourite is.
I have tried 6 shades and they are all great. (which rarely ever happens!)
I am in LOVE.

Tips for beautifully lasting bridal lips

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

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One: It’s important to prep your lips and make sure they are smooth and hydrated. Besides drinking enough water in the lead up of your wedding, it’s a good idea to exfoliate your lips with a special lip scrub or with a soft toothbrush and some lip balm.

Two: Apply a generous layer of lip balm while you get your makeup done.

Three: When you are ready for lipstick, blot off excess balm and use a creamy lip liner in your lip colour or the colour of your choice to apply all over the lips. This will improve the staying power of your lipstick immensely.

Four: Stay with your natural lip shape and don’t draw outside of your lip line. If your lips are uneven you can balance them with lip liner to make them appear more symmetric. Once the colour fades it disappears evenly and you won’t be left with a scary outline of lip liner, which is never a good look.

Five: If you choose to wear a bright or deep lipstick shade keep in mind that it will transfer and stain your future husband. When kissing, many brides wear a lighter more neutral lip colour for the ceremony and a more colourful one for the reception.

Six: If you choose to wear red or bold lips, blot the lips with a tissue and apply another layer, you can repeat this step to achieve more staying power and a deeper colour.

Seven: Apply your lipstick with a lip brush for a professional finish, you will be much more precise.

Eight: Have your lipstick with you for touch-up’s after drinks, food and kisses.

Nine: Have fun and get married!

Ten: Live Happily Ever After.

Smart Beauty By Intelligent Nutrients

Posted on: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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“Everything be put on our bodies should be nutritious and safe.”
This was the inspiration and mission statement of Horst Rachelbacher the founder of Intelligent Nutrients.
He stayed true to his vision and today the brand has created a beautiful wide range of cosmetics for body, hair and also
a fabulous skincare & fragrance range.

I am very impressed with their Aromatics; a range of natural fragrance that can be used all over the body and hair.
With Aromatherapy benefits these fragrance can help your emotions and wellbeing throughout a day.
On the hunt for a wedding fragrance for myself I am currently wearing 2 Seductive Spirit Essence.
This scent really grew on me. While it’s very spicy at first and I am not a fan of the clove oil which is very prominent at first, it quickly settles into a very warm skin like spicy fragrance with a beautiful complex heart and after a little wear the fruity notes really come through. Such a unique fragrance combining spices and fruit scents, but it really works. I also find it very long wearing, which is a plus.
Although it has strong spicy notes, it’s in no way offensive, it smells very smooth overall.
Designed to create balance between mind and body, this elegant mist uses no petrochemically derived ingredients – just the plants themselves.
Right now in the colder months Seductive is perfect, I am not sure if I would like it in Summer, so I might try another aromatic for the warmer months.

I have already mentioned the beautiful skin care Renewing Oil Serum here, and have been using it as serum whenever my skin feels dehydrated. Truly a light oil, this glides over skin and immediately sinks in for the kind of results promised by more aggressive regimens. Super certified organic antioxidant Intellimune help cells live longer, healthier lives while restoring skin’s collagen and elastin production.
I also think it’s perfect for plane travel, (if you decant it into a smaller container) and the smell is just heavenly.
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Last but not least I am a huge fan of their Antioxidant Lip Delivery lip gloss. It’s actually packed with healthy natural antioxidants, protecting and a powerful anti aging treatment for your lips.
And then it has just enough of the prettiest pop of colour. I have the Pink Hibiscus always in my handbag.

Of course all their products are cruelty free and certified organic!

5 Tips For Healthy Shiny HAIR The Six Week Bridal Beauty Prep

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Photo by Luisa Brimble of Liv Lundelius

Do you want shiny locks and healthy hair for your wedding day (or just in general?) ?
Here are my top tips on how to keep your scalp and hair naturally beautiful, enhance hair growth and prevent damage.

1. Deep Condition
Once a week apply a deep hair conditioning treatment. You can use pure Coconut Oil if you are a purist or on a budget or you can use a luxurious store bought hair treatment.
Always go for a toxin free hair product range!
If you use coconut oil do this on a day off and sit in the sun, which will activate and heat up the oil.
Protect your gorgeous skin in the sun though (with a natural zinc sunscreen) and be careful not to get burned before your wedding day.
The trick with washing out oil treatments is to apply shampoo before wetting your hair then rinsing with water and then using a 2nd shampoo. Lather and rinse well.
The use your regular conditioner.

2. Nourish from the inside
Hair is protein discharge, and adding good quality protein to your diet will help encourage growth.
Consuming enough healthy fat can aid in improving overall shine and texture. Eating more kale (vitamin C and Silica) berries (more C), onions, leeks, garlic or scallions (sulfur), mushrooms (zinc), almonds, brown rice (vitamin E), sunflower seeds (pantothenic acid – B5), and shitake mushrooms (copper) and a wide variety of antioxidant herbs like ginger, rosemary, and turmeric root, could benefit hair growth and make hair even more gorgeous!
Eat WHOLE eggs (ALWAYS ORGANIC & FREE RANGE) . They contain biotin, folate, silica, and B-5, which are all universally known for helping promote lustrous hair.

3. Keep it natural
Certain products can clog the hair shaft, and that will impede new growth. Many products contain alcohol, which will strip your hair.
Choose natural, green products instead. I am a big fan of the John Masters Organics line because he uses a lot of essential oils and plant-based ingredients.
I also love the Yarok Styling Products. If you are after a real super luxurious treat you can’t go past Rahua products.

4. Be Gentle
Many people break their hair when it is wet and most delicate by brushing to hard. Buy a high-quality professional hair dryer and use it at the medium setting, or don’t blow dry your hair at all.
Use a wide comb or detangling brush and slowly work your way up, start at the ends.
When using heating tools like a dryer, flat iron, curling iron, or hot rollers, be sure to use natural products for heat protection. Stay away from damaging heat tools if you can.

5. Protect!
Braid your hair loosely or tie with soft ties to avoid any breakage,
especially if you have dry or chemically treated hair.
If you color your hair it’s a good idea to wear a hat in the sun.
It will protect your hair colour from fading or changing colour.

Liv’s Holiday Edit & Inflight Beauty Essentials

Posted on: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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When you read this I am holidays!
We are on a three week Europe trip, on the hunt for the latest in design, organic luxury makeup & skin care we are in Copenhagen & Stockholm
to discover the beauty secrets of Scandinavia while enjoying plenty of fikas (the swedish culture of coffee breaks throughout the day!)
And also to catch up with family and to spend precious time together.

Here are some of the items I packed in my personal beauty bag for the holidays:
Intelligent Nutrients Lip Care – Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss in Pink Hibiscus so yummy, healthy, hydrating and just enough colour.
Eco Minerals Coco Eyeshadow – the perfect brown shade to be used as eyeliner, brow powder or eyeshadow.
LiliLolo Eyeshadow Palette– a beautiful palette of neutrals in a very travel friendly small compact
Carol’s Beauty Tanning Oil – An all organic oil for a beautiful natural tan, the sunny days in Europe are far and few between, so I can do with a little help.
Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, very hydrating but also pretty, it contains a little bit of Mica for a healthy sheen, very lovely for the legs.
W3ll People Narcissist Foundation Stick
concealer & foundation in one in a stick, perfect for travel!
Ere Perez Almond Oil Mascara in black- My go to Mascara.
Zuii Organics Eyebrow pencil – This one is new for me, it has a great shade and is precise to apply, without the need of a sharpener.

the list goes on…. I am not the best in traveling light, ooooops!

Long flights are pretty though on the skin, mine gets very dehydrated, red and dry, sometimes even flakey.
It’s important to drink enough water when flying, and to stay away from alcohol and caffeine if possible.
In addition have established an in flight beauty routine a few years ago.
While the products I use change the ritual stays the same. Look out for products designed for dry and deydrated skin,
night cremes, oils and hydrating masks. Collect samples or see if your favourite brands sells travel size products.
Many brands to offer little sample sizes which are perfect for your inflight beauty routine.
Otherwise you can always get small plastic containers and fill up your own.
I just did a MUJI run and stocked up on some more. Of course please make sure all your products are under 100ml each and will not exceed
1liter in total, so they fit into a clear plastic bag.

After Take Off
1. Tie your hair back, apply a little natural oil into the ends to lock in moisture. I use Miskin Organics Silk Oil.
2. Remove any traces of makeup with gentle cleansing water with cotton buds.
3. Spritzing with a hydrating face mist I use La Mav Rose Hydrating Mist, spray into hands and pat into the skin.
4. Applying a layer of night time moisturizer or a clear hydrating creme mask & eye cream and let it sink in. Use a second layer and let it dry.
You can leave this on during the whole duration of the flight. May Lindstrom’s famous The Blue Cocoon is perfect
5. Apply hand balm (the Z’kin One has saved my hands many many times!) & lip-balm and enjoy your flight!

If you are on a very long flight, feel free to repeat the procedure, when you wake up.

One hour before landing:
1.Refresh the skin with a gentle wipe of cleansing water again. You can do this in the bathroom.
2. Use hydrating face mist as above. Apply day cream of choice.
3. Use a concealer where needed. I use W3LL people concealer stick.
4. Apply a tinted lipbalm or gloss and you are ready to roll.

The Truth In Anti Aging: My Top Natural Miracle Workers

Posted on: Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Changing Skin: We all want to look our best at any age and are dreaming of healthy happy skin, it’s all about ageing gracefully and feeling comfortable in your skin.
Our skin changes with age in many ways, it becomes thinner, we loose voloume and and lines&wrinkles will start to show up.
It’s important to support and love your skin, so it can look it’s best and stay young.
Our body is quite a miracle worker. Every organ has multiple functions and if you are in good health they will all work together.
It’s a perfect yet delicate system. I think it’s most important to love the skin you are in.
It sounds like a cliche that confident happy women are always the most beautiful, I however believe this.
There is nothing more stunning and captivating as someone living their purpose, laughing from the heart and radiating that glow from within.
Don’t we all know someone like that?

Detox To Retox: It’s easy to get carried away with anti-aging treatments and procedures as well as cosmetics. The myth is that all this will make your
skin look young forever while natural products don’t work. The truth is quite the opposite.
This can easily backfire. Regular chemical peels or invasive aggressive procedure will actually cause to age the skin pre-maturely.
Just as too much sun does. No one really knows the long term effects of injectible cosmetics yet, so proceed with caution.
Take it this way: If you stress your skin out and are constantly attacking it with harsh products, it will actually get upset with you.
Not the right way to get that youthful glow you were after in the first place! It’s time to detox your beauty bag and retox it with truly valuable
powerful and healthy that beauty products.

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Skin Support: So how do you support your 30+ skin to keep it youthful? The answer is to work with your body and not against it.
One key ingredient are anti oxidants, they protect your skin from all sorts of stress so that it can function properly and won’t age prematurely.
It’s important to include super-foods which are high in antioxidants in your diet, but they are also a very powerful and natural anti-aging skin care ingredient.

And stay clear of refined sugar! Consuming sugary foods will damage the collagen in your skin, causing it to age prematurely.
Your skin will look it’s best when your body is healthy, that is a fact. Yet we always try and cheat our way around it with new technologies and synthetics.
The other important idea to keep in mind is to stay clear of ingredients that are harmful or potentially harmful to your body. Quick fixes won’t cut it for your skin long term.
Start with makeing better choices and establish a simple routine to get that youthful glow.
I could write a book about this (note to self: maybe I should?) but won’t bore you with more facts for now.
Instead I picked some favourite non toxic anti ageing products for you:

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Natural Non-Toxic Miracle Workers For Youthful Skin:
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème hands down THE eyecream of luxurious eye creams.
Just the right texture it absorbs quickly and it does what it says on the bottle: This 360° eye treatment fights the eye area’s five most common signs of aging in one complete daily crème!
It Minimizes expression lines and deep wrinkles, helps to firm appearance of the eyelid, and reduces signs of fatigue and stress. You can’t ask for more.

Intelligent Nutrients Renewing Oil Serum, a beautiful oil containing a unique Intellimune Super Seed Oil Complex that smells delicious and renews the skin and helps cells live longer, healthier lives while restoring skin’s collagen and elastin production.
It can be used as serum underneath your moisturiser am/pm or both and it’s great for all skin types.

Z’kin Line Smoothing Serum I know I keep mentioning this one, but it’s just a great product.
Lightweight, potent, it travels well and it is an eye cream as well as anti-ageing serum. No Botox required!

Z’kin Rejuvenating Moisturizer, just as great as the serum, just as a moisturizer. Best suited to normal to dry skins, this
is a nourishing anti-ageing moisturizer based on the latest research. Natural and high performance. This is great for all skin types and it absorbs quickly.

La Mav Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar
Visibly smooths fine lines, wrinkles and improves uneven skin tone with a magical cocktail of natural ingredients. As the name suggests: This is a night time treatment which is nourishing and it delivers fast results.
La Mav Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Crème. One great night time moisturiser for dry skin, if your skin is very dry and combine it with the Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar and your skin will be soft and supple in no time.
La Mav Bio VA5 Wrinkle Smoothing Day Crème: A crème that delivers a long-lasting moisture barrier, leaving skin soft and radiant. Great for daily use to help prevent the visible signs of aging. It also contains Hibiscus esculentus extract which is a natural peptide that has a BOTOX® like effect that gently relaxes skin to smooth expression lines and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It tones, firms and rest facial muscles.

The Foundation Hunt: A dewy finish with Inika Liquid Foundation

Posted on: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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When I received my Inika products I was beyond impressed with how beautiful and luxurious they looked.
The Truly Organic Liquid Foundation impressed me that much, I have used it straight away on a beauty editorial for White Magazine here. Amazing finish right? This foundation has been winning beauty awards for years so I was excited to finally give it a go.
It is very lightweight and sheer and feels softening to the skin. It is not oily at all, nor does it sit on the skin.
It feels more as if it becomes one with the skin and is undetectable. It’s truly an HD finish in my opinion.
The most impressive fact for me was that it achieves all these results without the use of silicone.

The coverage is light to medium when built up, so it won’t cover blemishes etc. but that’s what a concealer is for anyways!
It can be mixed with the liquid highlighter Light Reflect for a super dewy finish, but I used it on it’s own and the highlighter only on cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow.
It works well with fingers or any foundation brush. The smell is beautiful, sublte maybe a little floral, but there is no synthetic fragrance in this, the scent simply stems from all the high quality natural ingredients.
If you are hypersensitve to essential oils I suggest trying out a sample first, just in case.
The super chic bottle comes with a hygienic pump.
The colour range is unfortunately limited to only 4 colours at the moment, I can only cross all my fingers they will expand the range, as I would happily include this into my pro kit. The existing colours do seem to adjust very well to a variety of skin tones, due to the sheer finish.

This is a great foundation for all skin types, (maybe not for very oily due to the radiant finish)
And as I mentioned before: It is sheer, so if you are after a full coverage product this is not for you.
I have been wearing this a lot lately and really enjoy it!
My skin felt calm and clear after removing it at night, as it is packed with skin care benefits.
Inika says on their website this product blurs the lines between moisturiser and foundation- well put!
I couldn’t agree more.

This foundation is certified Organic, not tested on animals and vegan.

Expert Advice: Best Beauty Foods For Healthy Skin

Posted on: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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I am very excited to have health food expert, nutritionist and food blogger Monique Cormack, sharing er expertise.
I met Monique a little over a year ago when she booked me as makeup artist for her wedding.
Her knowledge blew my mind, so I feel grateful that she took my invitation to write a guest post for my blog.

Having radiant, clear skin makes you feel great and is really a beauty feature in itself.  While I take care of my skin externally by using simple, natural skin care products, I also make sure to nourish my skin from within by eating an abundance of foods that support skin health and regeneration.

So, what foods are good for healthy skin? A fun and helpful way to look at this answer is to think of the qualities we would like in our skin, and see them reflected in what we choose to consume.

Clear. This one is a bit of a no-brainer; I am talking about water! It is so important to stay hydrated, this will keep your skin looking brighter and fuller. Dehydration will be reflected in sallow, dry skin and tired-looking eyes. You can help to hydrate with liquids such as water, coconut water, herbal tea and vegetable juices. Also try to consume water-rich, hydrating whole fruits and vegetables e.g. watermelon, grapefruit, oranges, berries, cucumber, tomatoes, celery and lettuce varieties.

Clean.  It’s a bit of an overused term at the moment, but by eating “clean” I simply mean to cut back on processed foods and focus on eating as many foods as close to nature as possible. Fresh produce, lean meat, fish, eggs, raw nuts and seeds, smart carbs like sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat can be flavoured with herbs, spices, homemade sauces and dips without any chemical additives.  By removing processed foods you will also eliminate a lot of excess sugar from your diet, which can be a key trigger for bad skin.

Fresh. Making sure that the majority of the food you eat is actually fresh food, as opposed to pre-packaged convenience food, will help you on your way to having great skin.  Add a handful of fresh spinach to your scrambled eggs or breakfast smoothie.  Enjoy an orange or an apple together with a handful of raw nuts for afternoon tea.  Make sure that your lunch and dinner includes your favourite veggies, trying to include 2-3 different varieties (aim for 2 cups of veg) for a colourful plate; by eating the rainbow, you canvass a larger number of nutrients.

Vibrant.  Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables contain various micro nutrients which help to support healthy skin. Citrus, kiwi and berries are rich in Vitamin C, essential for collagen production (collagen is a major structural protein of the skin). Dark leafy greens are packed with fibre, minerals and antioxidant compounds which will improve digestion and help eliminate toxins from the body. Orange foods like carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, an antioxidant which is also essential for skin health.

Glowing.  What helps you glisten and glow? Healthy, shiny FATS. I cannot stress enough the importance of including good quality fats if you want great skin. A number of nutrients needed for skin health, including Vitamins A, E and K, are all “fat-soluble”. This means that our digestive system absorbs them via a molecule of fat.  Include quality fats such as a few tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and/or organic butter. Chia seeds, raw nuts and seeds, oily fish, whole eggs, avocado and tahini are also excellent healthy-fat items to regularly include in your meals.

Toned. Protein! This is used in the construction of every tissue in your body. Skin cells are constantly regenerating, so we need to make sure we regularly consume adequate protein. This might be 2 whole eggs or approximately a 150 gram serve of meat or fish; plant-based sources include nuts and seeds, legumes and protein-rich “grains” such as quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth.  If you wish to use a protein powder, choose an additive-free one (I like Sunwarrior for a vegan protein, and the Bare Blends range is also very good).

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Nourish Everyday Recipe: Skin Food Smoothie Bowl

This meal is so easy to throw together very quickly and makes a great breakfast, lunch or even a light dinner if you get home late and want to eat something that’s not too heavy before you go to sleep. I have chosen to blend together a selection of ingredients that are especially great for skin health. Avocado and chia seeds for essential healthy fats and a little protein boost.  Hydrating cucumber.  Cleansing, antioxidant-rich spinach for some essential leafy greens.  Pear for sweetness and an excellent fibre hit.  Top it with berries for your Vitamin C and also a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, which are rich in zinc (great for skin and nails) and also magnesium (great for stress management – brides-to-be this is an important mineral for you!)

You need:
1 small pear (ripe or even overripe will work best)
¾ cup cucumber chunks
1 big handful baby spinach
½ avocado
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla protein (I use Sunwarrior Vanilla in this)
½ cup almond/rice/coconut/oat milk
½ cup coconut water or water
½ cup berries (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

What to do:
Core and chop the pear up into chunks. Place the pear chunks and all the other ingredients, except the berries and pumpkin seeds, into your blender and process until nice and smooth. You can thin it out with a little more liquid if you prefer. Top with berries and pumpkin seeds.  (For a more indulgent smoothie you can also add some coconut flakes and cacao nibs as shown in the picture!)

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Bye Bye Dry Hair: Natural Hair Styling with Yarok

Posted on: Monday, June 1, 2015

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I am always trying to use the most cutting edge, luxurious and quality products from around the world in my kit to create effortless & natural hairstyling.
My latest discovery is Yarok from NYC. Developed by editorial stylist Mordechai Alvow, this line really works.
A completely natural, green hair care and styling line developed for health- and fitness minding New Yorkers that were after professional results in the founders high-end salon in NYC’s Chelsea.
Since it has been used backstage at several fashion shows on New York Fashion Week’s catwalks. While the range is fairly small, I was able to create all looks that I imagined with the few Yarok products I tried.
I quickly learned that you only require a very small amount for these products to work, as they are packed with quality ingredients and rich botanical oils.
Most mainstream hair products can damage the hair with frequent use and many models have extremely damaged hair due to the frequent styling. I know hair stylists that
have dermatitis and skin other problems due to the exposure of harsh ingredients in hair styling products, so Yarok is a product range many have been waiting for.

Yarok is super gentle on hair and scalp and every product nourishes and protects the hair.
My hair is very long and can get pretty dry at the ends, so I really loved how moisturizing the products are.
All the packaging is sleek and minimal and the all the products have fun names, which describe what they do for your hair.
I am already quite a fan of their FEED YOUR ENDS leave in conditioner, which doubles as heat protection.
The FEED YOUR ROOTS mousse which gives an instant root lift is perfect to create volume for fine hair. The FEED YOUR HOLD hair spray creates natural hold and is perfect for setting any look.
And then there is FEED YOUR DO a styling whip, perfect for short hair cuts or to texturize and enhance strands in longer hair.
All products have a very beautiful uplifting smell, which is subtle enough not to be overpowering or to interfere with other products.
I find these products perfect for personal and everyday use and also as hair stylist for all normal hair types.
Especially for sensitive scalps and dry hair this is revolutionary.
I have not yet tried them on challenging hair types, high humidity locations etc. and I will keep you up to date on how they perform under extreme conditions.
I am also excited to try out the treatments and masques and other hair care products in this line soon.
Read here how to create the Wild Braids look, that I have created for White Magazine.
Yarok is available in Australia via one of my favourite luxury organic beauty stores: I Am Natural Store

Hot Lips with ILIA Lipsticks

Posted on: Monday, June 1, 2015

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ILIA lipsticks are a new staple in my pro makeup kit.
As I am revamping my kit after extensive research I am so excited about each new addition to my healthy & luxurious product selection.
The ILIA range of lispticks is simply mind blowing, filled with modern and versatile shades. I have been on the hunt for a goregeous peachy nude like
Funnel Of Love” for a little while now, “Neon Angel” is a true magenta colour which is just perfect for that bold bright lip and works so well as a pink stain, when softly dabbed on with a finger and then there is “Strike It Up” a classic true red which is SO…striking!
The beautiful high-end packaging that doesn’t break when traveling in my kit is another advantage and makes them super chic for your own handbag too.
The Lipstick colours are highly pigmented which means, that they work really well as as stain as well, and will last beautifully.
I am beyond impressed with them and think most pro makeup artist would agree, that they are a dream to work with. I actually have a hard time taking my hands off them
and have lately used them in every photo-shoot. Here in Australia a selection of their products is available via Mecca.
Peeking on their US website, I just saw they came out with a concealer and tinted moisturizer range and I can’t wait to try them as well.
For now I have tried their Lipsticks, Lip Crayons and Multisticks , which can be used on cheeks, lips and eyes. Have you tried ILIA yet? Feel free to share your experience.

ILIA uses only the highest quality non-toxic ingredients, is certified organic and cruelty free.

The Foundation Hunt: A flawless finish with Adorn Creme Foundation

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Always on the hunt for a good natural foundation I recently tried and worked with Adorn Cosmetics Hydrating Creme Foundation.

The Foundation:

It’s a mineral foundation with organic ingredients that comes in a convenient little compact.
I was very impressed by the coverage, possibly the highest coverage I have seen in a natural foundation and it blends like a dream.
I really liked the finish, it certainly has enough coverage for to conceal redness and light scarring.
It does have a glow without being oily or shiny. It’s not dewy but it’s also not matte.
It is completely unscented, which is great for sensitive skins and noses and I prefer products to not be scented, which gives this foundation extra points.
The colour range is limited to 5 colours, I found a good match for myself, but I am not sure if it would cover all skin tones for professional use.
The product is very high quality and easy to use. The only downside was the packaging:
It comes in a round plastic compact with mirror, which is good for travel, however the quality of the packaging could be a little sturdier for my liking.
I would love to see Adorn improving the packaging a little, but that’s just me being picky.


The Brush:

I used the super soft Vegan Kabuki Foundation Brush to buff the foundation into the skin, which worked extremely well.
As makeup artist, to work on others I would use a brush with a longer handle. This is certainly a high quality brush that would recommend,
it feels very luxurious.

The Primer:

As recommend to be used with the foundation I used the Hydration Plus Plumping Primer underneath.
The primer feels very smoothing and lightweight on the skin, everything I want from a good primer, plus this one is silicone free,
which I personally prefer. Another amazing quality product that comes in a travel friendly bottle.

The Iluminiser:
For some extra dew and radiance I used the Loose Illuminiser which gave a golden
sheen to the cheekbones. It’s a great colour with a bit of a tan, as it has a yellow golden tone to it. Although I usually prefer liquid or creme highlighters, this is a very good
product. Only the tiniest amount is needed, which makes it great for professional use as well. I have a feeling the little jar will last me a long time.

My final Foundation thoughts:
Perfect for:
Nighttime: It has great coverage and no SPF,
Photo shoots: It photographs beautifully and evenly, making skin look virtually flawless
Weddings: It does last and last and last at least on my skin. It was still perfectly in place after many hours of wear and without touchup’s.
It’s also water resistant, so perfect for humid days.
Daytime: For problematic skin that requires good coverage, with additional mineral powder for SPF
Travel: Easy to carry and perfect for travel as it comes in a compact.
An amazing high Quality foundation with high-end finish.
All Adorn Products are crueltyfree, vegan and Australian made. The are free of parabens, talc, Bismuth Oxychloride and other nasties.

Holistic Bridal Beauty Prep: Hack For Happiness & Radiance

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Don’t we all want to be the best version of ourselves on our wedding day?

Besides getting fit, looking after your skin, getting healthy shiny hair and beautiful nails there is one more element to my bridal beauty prep.
And this is possibly the most important for me: MEDITATION and self care.
I want to feel happy and relaxed on the day, I want to be patient with my family and my partner.
I want to feel comfortable in my skin, I want to be healthy and filled with energy.
Marriage is a new exciting chapter in life and I want to feel ready for it.

In my job I have seen many brides that have burnt themselves out in the lead up to the wedding.
Which so upsetting to see. Brides with severe breakouts, flu, colds, anxiety, stomach issues or anger and emotion overload,
deprived of sleep and feeling anything but beautiful.

Just as important as our beauty routines are our thoughts and beliefs.
We all know that stress can cause breakouts and other problematic skin conditions, therefore it is super important to take time out for little self love rituals along the way.
Take a deep breath and take my advice: You can not afford NOT to do this.
Meditation will change your life for the better. Taking only a few minutes a day it’s the quick fix you have been waiting for.
The benefits are even scientifically proven,just in case you are skeptic.

Benefits for the physical body:

Lowers high blood pressure
Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
Improves the immune system
Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

Meditation is probably the easiest and most amazing way to prevent stress from manifesting in your body.
If you have trouble quieting your mind it can be a good idea to exercise prior to meditation.
This is a great way to release tension first so that you can really relax during your quiet time.
Another perfect time is first thing in the morning when you get out of bed.
Meditation truly improves your stress related skin issues and overall helps to find your true and positive self image.

Mental Benefits of Meditation

Anxiety decreases
Emotional stability improves
Creativity increases
Happiness increases
Intuition develops
Gain clarity and peace of mind
Problems become smaller
Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

In my freelance schedule it can be tough to take time out for myself, so believe me, I know it is a big commitment when you are busy, but it will serve you and save time
in the long term. I found out that I just simply can’t sign up for any regular classes, as my schedule changes often with very little notice.
I signed up for an online yoga channel, which is genius. I can practice whenever I want, right here in my living room,
which works extremely well for me. They also have great meditations and overall info on their website.
I am sure there are many great similar sites, this is the one we are using: My Yoga.
Yes, my man uses it too. :)

If you are happier to join a live class, do a little search in your local area and ask around for recommendations.
There are also some great guided meditations online for free or you can buy some audios by teachers that speak to you.
You can also simply sit in stillness by yourself without any guidance, but most beginners find that a little tricky to start of with.
Have you tried meditation yet? Feel free to share your experience.

Unique, Artisian & Holistic: Miskin Organics

Posted on: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Sometimes you stumble across an indie skincare label and everything about it feels right.
This recently happened to me with the lovely line of Miskin Organics, an Australian made
organic skincare line with a holistic approach.
The minimal apothecary bottles, pretty photography and inspiring quotes on their website
show the love for detail that goes into the products. Everything is very chic and minimalistic.
But before I keep rambling on I better tell you about the actual products and my experience with them:

The Smooth Cleanser is a real winner, I have already mentioned and recommended it here.
Suitable for all skin types it melts onto the skin and emulsifies into a milk on contact with water.
It removed all makeup with ease and leaves my skin very soft and hydrated. I am a fan of cleansing balms and love the ritual of using a cloth or my Magic Mitt by Jane Iredale, it feels so good at the end of a long day.

I also tried the Detox Face Mask, which was a very intensely purifying treatment,
I recommend this to everyone struggling with breakouts or congested skin.
You have to mix it with water into a paste first, which is not the most convenient
ready to use application, but I found it was well worth it.
It’s a really amazing natural alternative for problematic skin.

Do you have a sweet tooth? Then you can’t go past the lip balm with chocolate and honey.
Safe and edible and ultra moisturizing.

Last but not least to my absolute favourite in the line: The Silk Body Oil
it doubles as an all natural fragrance with it’s beautiful exotic scent of the Monoi de Tahiti oil.
To me it smells of Summer and holiday and it makes me very happy.
Beside that I personally LOVE the smell, it was one of the best textures in body oil that I have tried, it absorbed beautifully leaving
the skin silky smooth with a lovely sheen.
I used it as perfume, body moisturizer and hair treatment and will certainly get myself the larger bottle next time.
I am currently on the hunt for all natural perfumes and this is so far my favourite.

Of course Miskin Organics does not test on animals and all products are filled with only the highest quality ingredients.

How to get the Look – Luminous Beauty for White Magazine

Posted on: Friday, May 22, 2015

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I just received the latest issue of White Magazine and as usual it’s packed with beautiful inspiration, and honest articles on love, relationships
and marriage. For this issue I was asked to create a series of bridal beauty looks and hair trends for brides.
Here on the blog I share with you a little How-to on how I actually achieved these looks, together with
the products used and recommended products.

Luminous Blushing Bride
This look focuses on soft, radiant blush balanced with a subtle eye and lip.The only colour I used here is a radiant soft pink on the lips and cheeks.
Skin: Apply Inika Truly Organic Liquid Foundation with a soft kabuki brush.
It’s a great product but a very limited colour range.
It won’t mask the skin or lovely freckles while still evening out the skin.
Use a high coverage concealer only to cover redness or blemishes for an invisible flawless finish.
I applied Inika Light Reflect on top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow.
Use ILIA translucent powder only through the t-zone to keep excess shine at bay at the very end.
Eyes: Start with evening out the eyelid with a hint of a tinted eye-primer or foundation.
Apply a dab of Inika Creme Eyeshadow in Pink Cloud to highlight in the inner corners and apply a Jane Iredale Peach Sherbet Eyeshadow.
Draw a thin line with Jane Iredale Jelly Gel Eyeliner in Brown along the upper lash line.
Enhance your eyelashes by curling them and coating them with Longest Lash Mascara.
Apply the mascara right on the roots of the lashes to give that framing effect and a luscious thick lash line.
Brows: Fill in eyebrows softly with Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit and hold in place with Pure Brow Fix gel.
Cheeks: ILIA Multistick in “All Of Me” to the apple of the cheek and warm into the skin using fingers
Lips: Ilia Karma Chameleon Lip Crayon adds the perfect pop of colour leaving the lips looking moisturized.

Wild Braids
Prep the hair with a heat protecting texturizing product and blow dry your hair to get a great shine and voloume.
I used Yarok Feed Your Roots Mousse and my H2D Hair dryer.
Part your hair in the center and just behind the ear.
Start braiding one large section from the front and secure the ends with an elastic.
Wrap the section across your forehead where you wish to place it and secure with Bobbi Bins.
Repeat on the other side and place just above your first braid.
Braid the last 2 sections and pin in place so the head is evenly covered.
Now start messing the braids up! Gently pull sections in the braids to create more texture and an uneven modern look.
Spray with hair spray to enhance shine and hold style in place.
A great natural spray is Yarok Feed Your Hold Spray

All looks are created with 100% luxurious, toxin free and/or organic beauty products that create professional results,
while being good for you. I feel these looks are so versatile that they easily go beyond bridal and could of course be worn by anyone.
I hope you enjoyed and I stay tuned for the next looks!

Create a Beauty Ritual

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2015

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Do you have a beauty ritual?
Do you look forward to your daily skincare routine? Do you absolutely love how your products smell and feel on your skin?
If you do you are much more likely to keep up and you get to relax and have fun in the process.
I believe that the pleasure of using products and to create a little self-care ritual around your routine is actually very beneficial to your skin
and most importantly to the way you feel.
I am so grateful I have recently connected with a fellow skincare lover and expert, the lovely Misty who is the inspiring woman behind the skincare line BLOOM.
We send long long emails back and and forth chatting away about skin & health, I feel we connected in such a great way that I just made a new friend on the other side of the world.
Created by a holistic nutritionist with a deep understanding of whole body health, this line truly felt different to all other natural skincare lines I have ever used.
You can tell that it’s not just another skincare line but rather one carefully researched and crafted with a holistic approach.
Can you tell, that I am a bit of a fan?
Within one week of using the products exclusively morning and night and having so much fun with the ritual in the meantime, my skin has transformed.
The few blemishes I had healed quickly without leaving scarring or redness, my skin is smooth and even toned and very well hydrated.
It glows, so that I even completely skipped wearing any foundation for a few days.
I received my products after one really long and exhausting day a few weeks ago and I fell in love immediately, from the moment I received the products which came in the prettiest colourful wrapping.

I am of course a little picky when it comes to skincare, as I receive so many samples and constantly get to work with new
and different products in my job, and I have to say: These products are different to anything I had ever tried before.

I took the skin type test on the website as all three steps in this skincare routine are uniquely created for a specific skin type.
The test decided that I would fit best into the Combination Skin Type.
I think the combination skin choice was spot on, as my skin is taking really well to the new routine.
The smell of my Nourish Serum is very relaxing and grounding and I can feel all the muscles in my face relax immediately.

Step 1: GLOW and POLISH

Glow is a wonderful botanical oil blend, that you can use as eye-makeup remover. Within the beauty ritual you then mix it with Polish to create a wonderful deeply purifying facial cleanser.
Polish is a powdery consistency, it buffes away impurities but isn’t not harsh like other scrubs. It also contains natural lactic acid to brighten and soften, from organic whole milk powder.
You can use turn your cleanse into a weekly face mask by leaving it on for 10 minutes before rinsing. And it feels incredibly nice!
Step 2: HYDRATE and NOURISH
Spritz your face liberally with HYDRATE and you will want to use it all day long! It’s a lovely hydrating spritz packed with essential nutrients that will allow your next step to really lock in that extra moisture.
Then you follow with a few drops of Nourish. I really love massaging the Nourish serum into my skin and personally love the smell so much that I inhale a few times to get the most out of the aromatherapy effects.
If you are feeling dry, apply NOURISH directly to your skin after using POLISH.
Step 3: RESTORE
Apply a small amount of RESTORE to the area around the eyes and elsewhere on the face, as needed. The area between the eye brows and the “laugh lines” next to the mouth are especially nice.
It’s a very concentrated potent little balm that my skin loves.

All products are 100% Natural, Crueltyfree, All BLOOM formulas are vegetarian or vegan, gluten free and preservative + toxin free and only contain with the freshest, safest, most luxurious ingredients for your skin type. The line does not use any fillers (including water) and as such a little goes a very long way.

I am hooked on my luxurious beauty ritual!
Please check out the BLOOM website which now offers a generous $20.00 shipping flat rate to Australia.

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