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Tips for beautifully lasting bridal lips

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Photo by Luisa Brimble Hair & Makeup by Liv Lundelius
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!

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 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.

Hot Lips with ILIA Lipsticks

Posted on: Monday, June 1, 2015

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Makeup by Liv Lundelius using ILIA Strike It Up Lipstick for White Magazine/ Photo by Scarlet&Sage

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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Photo by Scarlet & Sage, Hair&Makeup by Liv Lundelius using Adorn Foundation for White Magazine

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.

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!

The Six Week Bridal Beauty Prep: Get your Beauty Sleep

Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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I am thrilled to have beauty sleep expert and designer Natalija over at the blog today!
She is the creative mind behind the stunning sleepwear label NATALIJA the label.
The latest collection is awesome and I was lucky to see the designs prior to the launch, when
I was working closely with founder Natalija to create the hair & makeup looks for the latest campaign.
She is sharing some tips and info about Beauty Sleep with us and we also had a little chat about her
collection.

Why is sleep so important for our skin and overall wellbeing?

Sleeping Beauty was onto something! I recently read a study that showed for the first time that poor quality sleep can accelerate signs of skin ageing

like wrinkles, age spots and inflammation. Lack of sleep can also weaken the skin’s ability to

repair itself at night from a variety of environmental stresses such as sun exposure. And it

may prevent adequate secretion of melatonin levels, which is a natural antioxidant that is

important in helping regulate the internal body clock’s cycle of sleep.

What can women do to improve their sleep? Are any rituals that you would like to share?

It is important to continue a well-balanced routine into the night to ensure you have a great

sleep and wake up feeling revitalised for the day ahead. Here are 3 simple solutions that

take minimal effort but will help prepare your body and mind for a restful night’s sleep (and

stay asleep!).

1. Stick to routine – set a reasonable bedtime for yourself and make sleep a priority.

Try to be in bed at the same time every night, this will reinforce your body’s sleep-

wake cycle and can help you fall asleep better.

2. Wind down before bed – spend about an hour unwinding with some relaxing

activities at the end of your day. This could include reading a book, listening to

soothing music, soaking in a warm bath or taking a shower.

3. Sip a cup of Sleep Tea – Chamomile is a small white petal flower, reminiscent of a

daisy. Commonly known as the sleep tea, it is usually dried and steeped into tea to

help soothe and relax the body, and help to promote a healthy sleep cycle and

overall wellbeing.

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Your sleepwear labels designs are truly inspiring, I saw they are all made from natural fibre

like pure silk or cotton, can you tell us more about this?

Choosing what to wear to bed can directly affect the quality of your sleep. My focus when

designing is on luxury and comfort, so I carefully selected fabrics that make women feel

beautiful, ensuring they have a great sleep and wake up feeling revitalised for the day

ahead!

Silk is considered to be one of best fabrics to sleep in. It is comfortable, soft to touch,

naturally hypoallergenic, breathable, and makes you feel AMAZING. Silk is also capable of

keeping you warm during winter, and cool in the hot summer months.

What inspired you to create a sleepwear line?

I first found inspiration in 2012. Newly engaged, I went in search for feminine and affordable

nightwear options to purchase for my bridesmaids and myself, to wear while getting ready

on the wedding morning. I felt my choices were limited as the options were either femme

fatale, dowdy or slightly immature. It was during this time I noticed a gap in the sleep and

loungewear market for elegant and affordable options; so it was out of frustration and my

love of health and wellness, that my entrepreneurial spirit launched NATALIJA.

The brand celebrates and embraces women’s femininity. It is an invitation for women to be

inspired, choose colours and prints that speak to them, and combine pieces to form their

own unique individual style.

Do you have a personal favourite that you wear to bed?

My favourite piece from my new collection ‘Azulejos’ is the Thira silk pant for its fantastic

paisley print and beautiful blues (but again, it changes every week!).

Tell us about the idea and trend of Pj’s All Day.

I have detached all furry animals, hearts and grey marl to recreate the traditional sleep and

loungewear; carefully creating garments so beautiful and comfortable that women will feel

inspired to wear them all the time.

Channeling the ‘pyjamas all day’ look, the silky garments have the power to transcend from

the home to the outdoors, fusing together comfort and style. The luxe designs would look as

at home relaxed on a Sunday afternoon with a book and tea, as they would at night paired

with heels ordering your favourite drink. My most recent campaign Sleep to Street brings

to life this idea, inspiring women to have fun, be playful and feel beautiful!

As entrepreneur and business women, how do you make sure you get enough sleep?

The evening time is my time and I have a ritual to ensure I am relaxed, rested and ready to

have the best sleep so that I can wake up lively. My favourite is to use an oil burner and fill

my home with a soothing fragrance like lavender. I find it’s a great way to balance my inner

self before bed! I also get so excited when its bedtime as I get to slide into one my garments.

They feel amazing, and I feel beautiful wearing them. That’s the only way women should be

feeling when they go to sleep at night.

What is your biggest dream for the future?

To inspire women to have fun with fashion, be confident to express themselves and feel

beautiful. Create loungewear pieces that empower women to take their garments from

sleep to street, day to night. Evolving NATALIJA into a lifestyle brand, introducing more

versatile pieces, and then also linen, cushions and candles, all with the same sophisticated

and fashion forward approach.

How to hydrate and replenish sensitive dry Winter Skin

Posted on: Monday, May 11, 2015

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As the seasons change our skin has develops different needs as well and most of us have to adjust our skin care.
My own skin has become dry in areas as the temperatures dropped recently and I also had some redness and sensitivity.
I have just received an email from one of my lovely clients asking me about a good skin care routine,
product tips and facial recommendations for her dry/sensitive and dehydrated skin that also shows redness on the cheeks.
She works in an air conditioned office and prefers natural skincare.
In the lead up to her wedding day she wants her skin to be best. Don’t we all?
I got a little carried away with my response, spending about one hour to write recommendations and tips for her, so I thought I might as well share this with all of you, as we can all do with a little TLC for our Winter skins.

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The Gentle Cleanse
If you are still using a foaming cleanser now is the time to ditch it, it most likely will strip the skin of it’s moisture and natural oils that it needs to stay healthy and hydrated.
Go for a super gentle cream-, balm-, or milk cleanser and use it to double cleanse. You can use these with your Clearisonic as well. The Calming Cream Cleanser by Z’kin is excellent for sensitive Skin. La Mav Hydra Calm Cleansing Crème formulated with Bio-Flavonoids, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter to moisturize and cleanse the skin which will reveal a clear, bright, smooth feeling skin. I also love the SMOOTH Cleanser from Miskinorganics and another current favourite is Bloom Glow&Polish a unique cleansing paste that you freshly mix prior to application all these are replenishing the skin while removing makeup and cleansing away impurities.

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The Key: Moisturize!
Find a nourishing moisturizer that protects the skin from further moisture loss.
Use 2x a day or use a different day and night cream if you prefer.
If my skin is red, reactive and very sensitive it’s in need for instant calming action my go to products are Zk’in Relief Moisturizer and Triology Very Gentle Calming Serum, the names say it all! For dry skin I recommend a very rich balmy moisturizer at night, and even apply it as mask in a thick layer when watching a movie or reading at home. Air conditioning and dry air from heaters is really bad for already dry skin, so please make sure you apply a lovely rich moisturizer and/or foundation as barrier to protect the skin. Trilogy Rosapene™ Night Cream works a treat as replenishing mask. Loaded with Antioxidants in a unique oil blend, manuka honey and Goji this will restore your skin quickly.
You can also try incooperate pure organic Oils like Rosehip oil into your routine: Try nutrient rich oils like Rosehip. The trick to using oils effectively is to mix them with water. They absorb so much better this way. Mix equal parts oil and water in your hands, and rub together vigorously before massaging the mixture onto your face. I like to spritz my face with a hydtrating spray before applying oils. Use alone, or layered under your usual moisturizer.
Everyone is talking about Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, believe the hype! It’s pure skincare at it’s best.

Hydration: The Spritz!
Hydrating sprays can be very beneficial to have handy on your desk, together with some handcream & lipbalm, especially if you are working in an air conditioned office. Jane Iredale makes my favourite ones, certified organic filled with lovely armomatherapy oils they are the ultimate luxury and the bottles are super pretty too.

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Keep Young!
To target and prevent fine lines it’s a good idea to have a powerful anti ageing eyecream as part of your regime.
My favourites are; Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream, Z’kin Line Smoothing Serum, La Mav Bio A7 Firming Eye Lotion

Shake it off!
Keep exfoliating. You can find my guide on exfoliation here.
Incoporate healthy fats in your diet like avocado and flaxseed oil, coconut oil and nuts and of course make sure you drink enough water.
If you are feeling less thirsty in the colder season try herbal teas and spicy chais (without black tea) which will warm you up, increase circulation and help you to stay hydrated.
I hope this helps! Feel free to post any questions or your personal tips and experience in the comments below. :)

The Six Week Bridal Beauty Prep PART TWO Cleansing & Exfoliating

Posted on: Monday, April 27, 2015

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You have still six weeks to go and I hope you enjoyed part one, on how to get your Body glowing.
Let’s focus on the delicate skin of your face next.
Without question, everyone can benefit from regular exfoliation by using products with AHA (alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic and lactic acids) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid).
Each provides multiple benefits, including fighting signs of aging and breakouts! Stick to products free of unneccessary synthetic fragrance and always ready the label!

GET THAT GLOW! Yay for AHA & BHA

Exfoliate once a week with a gentle AHA and/or BHA peel. This is my personal routine, some people prefer to use a mild exfoliation daily or every other day, everyone is different. My skin looks best when I exfoliate 1-2 times a week.
There are pads, gels, masks and cremes containing fruit enzymes, glycolic, lactic or mandelic acids, some products use a combination of different AHA’ s.
AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content.
If you are prone to break outs use a BHA product that contains Salicylic Acid.
BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that’s clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the misshapen pore that contributes to acne.BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin.
Both AHA and BHA work to reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen, and firm the skin.
There is no need to to physically rub and scrub and your skin when using these products, they work by gently loosing up the “glue” in between the dead skin cells, so that the old skin can come off without any damage to your skin. You will be left with a radiant glow. One of my favourite ever exfoliating masks is by Tata Harper, it gives instant radiance and is very gentle. It smells heavenly and the jelly texture is so fun.
I had the chance to meet the wonderful Tata in person in London and have been a fan of her products since. The resurfacing mask is available in Australia via Lulu&Lipstick, an awesome selection of beauty products from around the world that are hard to get in Australia.

NAY to scrubs
Many scrubs have a rough and uneven texture that can cause skin damage by tearing into the skin, causing tiny tears that damage the skin’s barrier. Scrubs often cause more problems than they could possibly solve.
If you do want to use a manual scrub, you can simply use a gentle washcloth with your daily cleanser, which works just as well to exfoliate the surface of skin as any cosmetic scrub you can buy. As a bonus, washcloths are softer (thus gentler) and of course they don’t contain pore-clogging ingredients that oily, acne-prone skin doesn’t need. With all types of exfoliation comes sun sensitivity, mainly because there are fewer layers of cells as protection so be mindful of using your sunscreen and staying out of the sun while it’s at its strongest.
For daily cleansing I recommend a very gentle cleansing milk, oil or balm that doesn’t strip the skin.
If you are a fan of natural cosmetics or got very sensitive skin, try using pure organic coconut oil as makeup remover.
Another gentle and fabulous option to clean your skin is the Clearisonic.
Use the sensitive skin brush heads, they are the best choice from my experience.
I have the “Mia” which is a travel friendly version and I looooove it.
If you prefer a foaming wash for your face make sure you will buy one without any harsh detergents like SLS or synthetic fragrances.
For makeup junkies and daily foundation wearers I recommend a double cleanse:
Step 1: Removing Makeup with an oil based cleanser. Step 2: Cleanser appropriate for your skin type

Do you need professional help?
Trust your own judgement. Does your skin respond well to your home treatments and is clear and soft most of the time?
Well then keep doing whatever you are doing and invest in good products for your home routine.
Once you turn 30, it is wise to get a professional peel or microdermabrasion (if your skin is not sensitive and thick) treatment every other month to encourage cell turnover and keep your complexion clean, bright and youthful.
With all acids, my recommendation is to make sure you stay under a 25% concentration.
Over the counter products will always be 10% or lower, however if you get a professional facial, request a percentage that is no higher than 25%.
This way you are ensuring a good result without too much irritation.
Stay away from strong, medical peels that reach the dermis, which is the living part of your skin underneath the epidermis.
In my opinion, those types of treatments are too invasive and do more bad than good by causing intense edema [inflammation] of the dermis, which ultimately ages your skin.

Other things to do 6 weeks out:
If you haven’t already done it, this is a good time frame for your hair & makeup trial with your makeup artist and hairstylist for the wedding day.
Schedule in other beauty appointments like your regular cut & color, eyebrow appointments etc.
Get your beauty sleep, eat well, worry less, move more. Be Happy :)

Happy Earth Day! The best fragrance free mineral primers

Posted on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Happy Earth Day, everyone!
Isn’t this planet truly amazing? I love watching nature & animal documentaries to unwind or simply go for a walk by the beach or in the bush.
I always find this very humbling, and grounding. As if they remind me that I am just a tiny little
being in this huge universe. And sometimes that is very important to remember.
I wish to see a lot more of this wonderful planet and really hope that we will preserve nature
for generations to come.
Living in Sydney, I feel I am surrounded by so much wildlife, the ocean and amazing exotic landscapes everywhere.
Sometimes I just need to step outside and take it all in. In real life.

I think all women with half a brain know that today beauty products don’t have to cost the earth to be effective.
And if you don’t believe me, do your own research :) I personally feel they will long term always give the better results.
I aspire to be a green makeup artist using only the best luxury and natural products.
I am always out discover the latest and best beauty products from around the world and share my experiences with you.
Please note that the below primers all DO contain silcone and are therefore not entirely clean or 100% natural.

I want to sing the praises of some great primers in the natural/green/organic category.
All of these are free of synthetic fragrance, crueltyfree, vegan, and paraben free as well as packed with essential nutrients and the most luxurious botanical ingredients.
I hope you enjoy and give these goodies a go!

Youngblood Mineral Primer
The overall best makeup primer I have ever used. This one is suitable for all skin types.
It’s does everything I could ever ask for.
Minimizes the appearance of pores, smooths fine lines, controls that oily t-zone while still being nourishing and
really helps any foundation to stay in place for longer!
Pro tip: It works as magical makeup eraser when you apply one drop to a cotton bud:
You can correct eyeliner shapes or error without disturbing the makeup! Magic!
It’s also filled with vitamins and natural goodness, and leaves out synthetic fragrances and nasty ingredients.
Win win!

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair

A luxurious makeup base, great for dehydrated or dry or mature skins.
It gives that extra glow and smells divine. I use it underneath my Glow Time BB Creme,
whenever I feel I need a little extra moisture. Perfect for Glow during Summer!

Hourglass No28 Primer Serum
This one is quite different to any other primer I have used.
It is extremely rich and oily. So please don’t try to use this in tropical summer weather or on very oily skin.
This can still be a good product for oily skins, but I guess you are better of with a mattifying product.
It is perfect for extremely and I repeat extremely dry skin, as well for harsh Winter months, when the skin
can’t keep up it’s natural oil production. It’s also great for dry mature skin as it’s made from a cocktail
of potent anti ageing ingredients and therefore really deserves the last name Serum.
My pro tip: You can also use it on cheeks and brows for an glossy, dewy look as seen on current fashion weeks.

Hourglass Veil Primer:
Quite the opposite of the above, this primer is perfect for humid hot days and/or oily skin.
It makes any foundation that is used on top of this water resistant. Perfect for teary brides!
As it has a milky white appearance, it can make very tanned or dark skins appear ashy.
This can be counter acted with the correct makeup, but if you are after a bronzed look or have naturally
dark skin, you might want to try out a sample before you purchase.
While it completely absorbs really nicely and is super lightweight it only works for fair to medium skin tones.
Which is clearly a bummer. I still find it a remarkable product, even if my very own skin get’s to dark in Summer
to use this. It’s also perfect for anyone with redness that wants to even out their skin tone.

While Hourglass products are free of synthetic fragrances, cruelty free and free of many nasty ingredients,
they do not claim to be a 100% natural, green or organic brand, please see ingredients for yourself and
decide if these products are for you.

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 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 fan seeking 100% purity and toxin free products these lines are not for you.
There are still plenty of ingredients in this line which are potentially harmful and that I would personally avoid.
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 deliverresults.

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.

While I love the presentation of the brand I am afraid that the mentioning of natural ingredients might mislead consumers to think
this is a toxin free line that is certified organic. Therefore I have to make this clear: Read labels and don’t get fooled by Greenwashing.

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!)

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