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How to keep makeup on-summer edition

May 20, 2018

Not only is this an old school flatlay photo, it's also the old subject. I feel like I wrote about it more than once. Or maybe it was only once, but I can't remember. Anyways, I have some new products to mention and also some of the tips I've learned since the last similar post. I've also tried baking my makeup, but more about it later on. When it comes to face makeup, I don't really wear liquid foundation and one of the reasons is the melting effect (and feeling) you get in the heat. Recently I've tried some liquid foundations again just to see how it feels and it inspired me to do this post (and also to try baking I mentioned). If you are completely new to the makeup world, baking has nothing to do with cooking, I'll explain later. So what are the steps you can take to make your makeup heatproof?

1) Less is more

I think I always insist on this when I write about summer makeup, but even if you are like me and love wearing a lot of makeup, easing in on the foundation can only help you during warmer days. If you can't completely ''quit'' liquid foundation, try to find the lighter versions that suits your skin, or turn to BB creams instead. With that being said, I still think powder foundation is the best way to go. I love the Lily Lolo Mineral foundation, honestly one of the best mineral foundations (if not the best) I've ever used. Right now I use the shade Blondie, but I already got Candy Cane for when the actual summer comes and I get a bit of tan.

2) Set with powder

If you are wearing liquid foundation setting is a must. Especially for those with oily skin. I like to set my whole face, not just the ''T zone'' and I sometimes reapply during the day, but with these new foundation formulas you don't really have to because they tend to look dewy when you are oily. My all time favourite setting powder is Stay Matte from Rimmel. It's light and silky so it seems like it's not a heavy duty matifyer, but it actually is. I always get it in the shade 001 Transparent, but they do have a lot of colour options as well.

3) Bake

Sometimes setting is not enough and when you want to get that airbrushed finish or Instagram makeup look, baking comes to the rescue. If you don't know what baking is, essentially it's applying a larger amount of transparent setting powder and leaving it on your face to ''bake'' aka gets heat up by your own body's heat.  After the baking is done you brush off the excess powder. It seems both confusing and fun in the same time, but when you try it it's only just fun. I've put off trying baking for years and I finally did it a while ago and surprisingly I did like it. The overall effect is nice, definitely too much face makeup for my taste, still I'll probably use it again for special occasions of some sort. For this experiment I've used Smoothing & brightening powder from Sephora, I guess if you want to go by the book you'll need a loose powder for baking, but this one did the trick.

4) Set with a setting spray

Setting sprays used to be my obsessions, I had two at the time and I used them every single day. Now when my approach to makeup (and life) is a bit more minimalistic (just a bit though 😂) I don't use them every day, but if I'm going to blend my foundation with a beauty blender, bake, contour and do all the good stuff, I might as well fix everything in place. Setting sprays are great for heat waves, they apparently have the technology that lowers the temperature on your face. I don't know how they do this, but that's what they are supposed to do. So even if you are using compact of loose powder foundation, you can still fix your makeup with a setting spray. Right now I'm trying out De-Slic from Urban Decay, I like it, but my all time favourite is All nighter from the same brand.

Styling bodycon dresses

May 19, 2018

There are only a couple of items that remind me of early 2010s fashion as much as a bodycon dress. Although they are still going strong, there was a certain phase back then when everyone was wearing them. Even I still have a few I got at the time, but I was never 100% happy with them. First of all, I don't like tight clothes that much and there's also the fact that most of them look weird on, no matter how skinny of fit you are. That's just what they do. Before writing this I did a bit of googling to find some inspiration and I noticed I don't like the way most of the dresses fit. In most cases they weren't faltering at all, I think I liked only two of three of them. Like I said, it has nothing to do with they way your body looks, just the whole cut is mainly unfaltering. Considering all that, there are a couple of things you can do in order to pick the perfect bodycon dress. 

Jewelry to wear right now

May 14, 2018

I don't know about you, but I love wearing jewelry. There's just something special about jewelry taking even the simplest of outfits to a whole another level. Interesting jewelry pieces make every outfit more elaborate and interesting. Personally, I would say earrings are my favourite, sometimes I wear them more, sometimes less, but I definitely enjoy them the most out of all the jewelry. Rings are a second favourite for me, especially if I can find couple of rings that look good together. Right now jewelry is very popular and all over the place, so what are the pieces you should be wearing?

Matching vintage

May 11, 2018

If you spend a lot of time pinning on Pinterest, you'll know one of the most popular items is a classic retro inspired white shirt. It's slowly taking over Instagram as well, and I love it. Although I do have a modern version of it (it will be in future posts) the one I've been loving and wearing for years is this shirt that was once my Mom's, but she gave it to me when she saw how much I like it. I can't really date it to the year, but based on the cut I'll say it's from the mid 80s. I think my Mom changed the buttons as well, adding these golden square buttons (that's her thing, I swear she changes buttons on everything 😅).

Cami blouses and skirts

May 08, 2018

If you asked me to tell you how many H&M skirts I have, I honestly wouldn't know. 😅 I guess too many (if one can have too many skirts). Pants are fine and all, but when the weather is super hot, do you really want to wear thick jeans and trousers when you can be comfortable and (very) happy in a skirt? Long skirts in particular are my passion, you can wear them all day long and for every occasion. This one here is from H&M's Trend concept, same as my last H&M skirt (see it here) and I love this part in front that folds. Styling longer skirts with camis is not something I normally do, I prefer to pair camisoles with bodycon skirts and jeans, but I think it turned out pretty good in this outfit.

How to pick the perfect beauty products

May 06, 2018

These days there are so many beauty brands out there and even more different products so you can barely know them all, let alone test them all out. Even if you are really into beauty and work in this industry, you shouldn't try too many products at once. You can have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to skincare. Piling up product after product doesn't always give you the best results. I have to admit it is tempting to try new beauty bits all the time, still your skin needs a routine that lasts to get the best out of it. But how to tailor that perfect routine you'll use daily? Here are some tips on picking out the best beauty products I've learned through the years.

Vintage shirt/wide leg pants

May 05, 2018

Who ever said retro is the new modern was right, vintagy and retro styles are taking over right now. Honestly when I first heard this quote I wasn't sure vintage will pick up so fast , especialy while some other styles like sportswear craze were emerging. I love vintage pieces and retro clothing and wear them all the time no matter what the ''trends'' are. Actually, when you think at it, some form of retro inspired clothes is always present. In early 2000s fashion was chaneling a lot of prints and colour staples from the 60s, the famous 90s button down dress is a modified form of a dress form the 50s and 70s trends had their peak during the last couple of years. Right now 80s and 90s styles make the majority of retro inspired clothes and I love it. 

Here I'm not wearing one of those 90s inspired outfits, only the blouse that belongs to that time frame. Knitted blouses were huge back them and looked great paired with long skirts and mom jeans. This one is made from a nice thick thread so it really feels like you are wearing a proper vintage blouse. Also, this sleeve length is characteristic for that period and I have to say one of my favourite sleeve lengths. I paired the blouse with my old trusty wide leg pants, they have a long skirt vibe to them, mostly because you can't tell whether I'm wearing a skirt or pants at times. And of course, I'm wearing another 90s staple, Keds sneakers. I feel like they go well with anything, but they do look the best with skirts and dresses.

Snatch blouse
Asos pants
Keds sneakers
Furla bag
Ray Ban sunglasses
Accessorize head band
Skagen watch
Vintage and Ti Sento rings
Vintage and SimbyShop earrings