HAIRY

Last week I went to get my hair done by Sandra at Nooz in Malmö. It was the first time I was there and I was quite nervous because I always find it so scary to try a new a new salon. My hair is naturally curly and many hairdressers don’t know how to handle that. You need to be more careful and gentle on a curly hair since it’s naturally more dry and fragile so it’s important that the hairdresser has respect for that. The second I sat down in the chair and we started discussing what we could do with my hair, I knew I was in safe hands. I should also add that I hadn’t been to a hair salon in a year so Sandra had quite a project ahead of her. I wanted to cut off all the damaged, split ends and do blonde highlights that looked natural. She also included a treatment from Keune in the highlights called Bond Fusion, which is basically like the hyped Olaplex. It helps keep the hair healthy and strong and keep it from breaking from the bleach. She also used colors from Keune which are more gentle on both the hair and scalp than traditional hair colors. She did highlights in 3 different shades to get a more natural look and I was beyond happy with the result. Finally, I have found a hairdresser that I want to keep coming back to.

Most of the products I use to keep my hair healthy are from Kevin Murphy. I’ve used it for about a year and I don’t see myself switching anytime soon, they’re AMAZING. They have a lot of different lines so you can find something that fits your hair perfectly. Their products are cruelty-free and free of parabens and sulfates and they also have a lot of products that are vegan. Something I also love about Kevin Murphy’s products is that they have a travel-size in all their shampoos and conditioners so you can try it out before purchasing a full-size bottle. (Not sponsored, just a fangirl).

Below, I’ve put together a little guide of how I take care of my hair:

Step 1: I wash my hair 1-2 times a week. Once a week, before washing I smother my hair in organic, virgin coconut oil. I usually put it on in the morning and let it sit all day before washing my hair in the evening. I know coconut oil is the most hyped oil on the planet and people seem to be using it for absolutely everything. I never use it on my face or body because it’s highly comedogenic but for the hair, it works perfectly. Coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and it has small enough molecules to actually penetrate the hair follicles. Many oils have too large molecules to actually penetrate the hair strands that results in them only coating the hairs. Coconut oil is actually one of the best absorbing oils and it gets inside the hair follicles and really does the job.

Step 2: Most of the time I was my hair with Kevin Murphy Repair-me wash. About once a month I use the Kevin Murphy Maxi-wash Detox shampoo. This really gives your hair and scalp a deep-cleaning so you get rid of all gunk and product residue. I don’t recommend using a detox shampoo every wash or even every week because it would dry out the hair but as a monthly treatment, it’s great. I always shampoo twice to make sure my hair and scalp are clean. I only massage the shampoo into the scalp and not in the lengths because it will only dry out the hair and there really is no need because the hair will be cleansed when you rinse and the shampoo runs through the hair.

Step 3: After my hair is clean I pat it with a towel to get rid of excess water before applying my treatment or conditioner. The hair soaks up the products much better when it’s not soaking wet. The past weeks I’ve used the Kevin Murphy Repair-me Rinse but now that I’m blonde again I will alternate with Kevin Murphy Blonde-Angel Color enhancing treatment. I used this the last time I was blonde and It’s without a doubt THE BEST silver treatment I have ever used. You apply it from root to tip so that your whole hair gets covered and let it sit just a few minutes. It really gives the hair a cold blonde tone and gets rid of any yellowness. And after the hair is so soft and shiny and you literally smell like an angel.

Step 4: I gently pat away excess water from my hair and put it in a microfiber turban-towel. It’s more gentle on the hair and it stays put so you can get ready while your hair dries and not have several psychotic meltdowns because your towel keeps falling off. When I take the turban off my hair is still wet but it’s not dripping anymore. Then I brush my hair with a Tangle Teaser-brush. I know everyone says it’s a big no-no to brush the hair when it’s wet because that’s when it’s the most fragile and prone to break. BUT a curly girl’s gotta do what a curly girl’s gotta do. If you have curly hair you know exactly what I’m talking about. The tangle teaser also makes it possible to brush even wet hair in the most gentle way because the bristles are soft and bend with the hair instead of thugging and breaking the strands. Last, but FOR GODS SAKE not least, I apply hair oil. If you have blonde hair, make sure you don’t use a dark or yellow, hair oil as it will make the hair yellow. Instead, choose one that is light or transparent in color. The one I’m currently using is Wella SP LuxeOil. I really like it and it smells divine. I have tried many hair oils and this is definitely one of my favorites. I also like Maria Nila Soft Argan Oil.

Most hair oils, including the one I’m using now, contains cyclic silicones, which are a form of silicones that cosmetically improve the look of the hair by laying on top of the strands and coating it, making the hair appear very soft and shiny. Cyclic silicones are actually quite harmful to both our health and the environment and I would highly advise everyone to avoid this ingredient in skin products, especially those you apply to your whole body such as body lotions. Cyclic silicones are absorbed by our skin and when it gets into our bodies it can be toxic to our organs an have a negative effect on fertility.  However, almost all conventional hair oils contain cyclic silicones and the natural alternatives I’ve tried have only made my hair look greasy and not as smooth and shiny. So, for now, I’m still using hair oil with cyclic silicons in it but I would love to find one without. If you know any good ones, let me know in the comments.

If you wanna check your products for cyclic silicones, look for these in the ingredients list: Cyklometikon, Cyklotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane och Cyklohexasiloxane. They are all forms of cyclic silicones that we should stay away from for the sake of our health and our beautiful planet.

  1.  Virgin Coconut Oil HERE
  2.  Shampoo: Repair-me Wash, Kevin Murphy HERE
  3.  Detox Shampoo: Maxi-wash, Kevin Murphy HERE
  4.  Conditioner: Repair-me Rinse, Kevin Murphy HERE
  5.  Color Enhancing Treatment: Blonde Angel, Kevin Murphy HERE
  6.  Microfiber Turban-towel HERE
  7.  Hair oil: LuxeOil, Wella HERE

Lots of love,

Lisa Belinda

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My everyday makeup-look

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my makeup in these pictures so I thought I’d be a generous sister and share my tricks for how to create this look and which products I’ve used. To be honest I’m not very versatile and experimental when it comes to makeup. I love trying new products but I don’t switch up my look very often. Some days I wear less makeup, some days nothing at all and on more formal occasions I might step up my game further but for these pictures, I did my favorite everyday makeup look. Regardless of how little or much products I’m using, my goal is always to create a natural look with a healthy glow. I’m not a fan of foundation. It removes the natural shadows in the face, making it look very flat and dull. When using foundation you have to contour afterward to get your features back and on most days, ain’t nobody got time for that. I like to use makeup to enhance my features, not to cover up or change anything.

Most of the products that I use are quite expensive but in regards to makeup, I’m more for quality over quantity. I don’t need hundreds of different products since I don’t do different looks very often and I will honestly say that all my expensive cosmetics have lasted form 6-12 months even if I used them often. It’s important for me that the products I put on my skin are as natural and skin friendly as possible. For eyes and lips, I can be less picky since my skin on those areas isn’t as sensitive and reactive. I have put together a list of the product I used for this exact look and how I used them. You’re welcome.

1. Under Eye Brightening Corrector- Becca Cosmetics: I use this to cover any darkness under my eyes. It’s not a concealer, more like magic in a jar. It has a light pink shade that just erases every little hint of dark circles and a little goes a loooong way. I just lightly dab it under my eyes and watch all signs of sleep deprivation fade away. Get it HERE.

2. Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer- Sisley: I use this both under my eyes and wherever I need to cover something. I dab a tiny amount on the sides on my nose or over any uninvited zit etc. Instead of using foundation to cover the whole face, I cover only what needs to be covered and let the rest of my skin breathe. I really don’t have perfect skin but one thing I’ve learned is that manically cover up every little pore on your face won’t make it will look better, neither immediately nor long term. This one is made with natural and skin friendly ingredients. It is expensive as fuck but if there is one product you should invest in it’s the product you put on your skin and potential problem areas. Get it HERE.

3. Cream Blush, Blossoming– Kjær Weis: I am a total blush addict. A good blush really lifts the whole face and gives it some warmth and life. It’s important to find a shade that is ideal for your skin color. This one is a perfect shade for me, both in winter when I’m pale as a ghost and in summer when I have a tan. It’s organic and made with natural ingredients which is a big plus. It’s a cream blush but I apply it with a brush because I find that gives a more even and natural result. Get it HERE.

4. Creamy Touch Highlighter, #707– Nilens Jord: This product is my holy grail. I can’t even describe how amazing this highlighter is. I’m very picky when it comes to highlighters because I always want a natural glow and I can’t stand when it looks sparkly or metallic. This one is also organic and very gentle on the skin and it’s not pricey at all. I love that it’s in form of a stick because it’s so easy to use. I put it on my cheekbones, on the bridge of my nose, on the tip of my chin, under my eyebrows and on the cupid’s bow. Rule of thumb is to put highlighter on all the features you want to enhance. Get it HERE.

5. Eye Shadow, Wisdom- Kjær Weis: This is an earthy, natural brown with a hint of shimmer but not at all sparkly. It enhances the color of blue eyes and creates a nice dimension without stealing the show from my baby blues. This one is also organic and made with natural ingredients. I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush and apply it in the crease of the lid and fade it out over the whole eyelid. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Get it HERE.

6. Inliner, Sand– Idun Minerals: I apply this on the waterline of my eyes to make them pop. Most inliners are bright white and I think that looks too aggressive but this one has a nude beige tone which looks much more natural. It’s made with gentle ingredients and colored with minerals. Get it HERE.

7. Eye Brow Fibers, #02 Ash– Babor: I am a huge fan of eyebrow gel because you don’t need to be a pro to use it. I love this one because its colored and contains fibers so it puts the brows in place, gives them some color and makes them look fuller. It’s made with gentle ingredients and despite it being a tiny tube, it has lasted me a whole year. Get it HERE.

8. Vertige Longueur Mascara- Yves Rocher: This is the mascara I used for this look but I will honestly say it’s not very good. It’s difficult to apply without getting huge clumps and you have to scrape of basically all product from the brush before applying. I had heard so many praising reviews about it before purchasing but I’m gonna save you the trouble and advice you not to buy this one. If you want a really good mascara, check out THIS ONE from Fiberwig that I wrote about in a previous post. Another favorite of mine is Terrybly Mascara from By Terry in the shade Mocca Brown. I prefer to use a dark brown mascara for daytime since my look is very natural. I find it just looks more harmonious and not as harsh as a black mascara. I also always strive for length before volume, I honestly don’t care about voluminous lashes I just want them to be as long as possible.

9. Rouge Allure Ink, #140 Amoureux– Chanel: This is my guilty pleasure: Lip products from high-end brands. There is something so satisfying in applying luxury to your lips and just the sight of a beautiful packaging makes me excited about it. Lip products are actually something I’d like to experiment more with and I’d love to have a collection of colors to chose from. However, this is probably the only lip product that I have fallen so hard for that I will repurchase once it’s empty. It’s really the perfect color for my face. Just as with blush, it’s important to find a color that really fits you. It’s fun to experiment with new colors but personally, I like to wear a lip color that is just right and creates harmony in my face. I also love this one because it’s matte and the color stays put all day through breakfast, lunch and dinner, and makeout sessions in between. As all matte lip colors, it can make the lips a bit dry but not nearly as much as other similar products on the market do. I usually prep with some lip balm before applying. Get it HERE.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, I certainly enjoyed making it. Please leave a comment and let me know if you would like to read more post like this in the future. Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any favorites of your own?

Lots of love,

Lisa Belinda

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Shop my favourites

Hello my dear readers,

I have created my own store here on the blog. It’s a selection of all my favourite products, easily accessible for you.

You’ll find it under “SHOP” in the top right corner of the menu. I will add more and more products as I go along so be sure to check in every now and then to find more amazing products that I truly love. Simply the best of the best, collected in one place.

Enjoy!

 

xx

Lisa Belinda

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My all time beautyfaves

I recently wrote a post about my relationship to beauty and the link between beauty and mental wellbeing (read it here). I was happy to see it got a lot of hits and I thought it would be fun to continue this post on the same track. So I decided to share some of my absolute favorite beauty products with you.

I have tried so many different products and I’m very picky. I have very sensitive and dry skin so I always make sure the products I apply to my skin are gentle and won’t cause any irritation. For example, I can’t use foundation or skincare from the luxury fashion houses because they’re all stuffed with perfume and often very active ingredients that are just too abrasive for my skin. But I love to add some luxury to my makeup bag with lipsticks or perfume from the high-end brands. Although I love trying new products I still have some absolute favorites that I keep coming back to. Keep scrolling to see the list. YOU’RE WELCOME.

xx

Lisa Belinda

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Beauty- Vanity or sanity?

This is a post about my relationship to beauty.  I know beauty is a very broad subject and it can mean a lot of things but what I wanna write about today is the superficial kind of beauty like skincare and makeup. I say superficial but is it really that superficial?

We’ve all been raised with the stereotypes that cosmetics and skincare is something girls do. It’s vain, it’s materialistic. it’s superficial as fuck. I’d like to argue with that though. For me, beauty has never only been about vanity. I have to admit that is a huge part of it but it’s always been so much more than that. Beauty is intricately connected to my mental wellbeing. Giving myself time for this sacred ritual is so therapeutic and the ultimate act of self-love.

In times when I’ve felt really bad and dealing with depression and anxiety, I’ve become obsessed with finding little things that I can do to make me feel even slightly better. For those who never had to deal with mental illness, It can be hard to understand the importance of this. When I’ve been really low, it has felt as though I’m held hostage in my own mind. Like my thoughts and feelings want to hurt me and there is no escape because it is all happening inside my mind. It’s a terrifying sensation actually. I will talk more about this in another post but my point is: When you walk around every day with that bizarre claustrophobic feeling you’d give just about anything for a distraction or escape of some sort. Some reach for the drugs or go out and get wasted but those are really destructive behaviors that are only gonna make you feel worse and harm you in the long run. So what if your distraction could be this pampering ritual of self- love that you created for yourself. Massaging your face with heavenly scented products that for a moment could ease those destructive thoughts and let you focus on what you are doing at this moment. I’d suggest taking it a step further and maybe playing chill music and lighting some candles while doing it.

Most of you are probably fully aware of the phenomenon that is K-beauty A.K.A (Lil QT voice) Korean beauty. It’s basically (or not so basically) a skincare regimen taken to the next level. Instead of having 3 steps in your regimen you have up to 12 or more steps. Does this have any significant impact on your skin health? I really don’t know but for the sake of the mindfulness, it’s amazing. The magic is in the ritual and allowing yourself to pamper and treat yourself. If that comes with glowing skin, I’d say that’s an amazing bonus. Actually, it’s more than a bonus. You, feeling pretty could be just as beneficial as the ritual itself. The way we look has a hugemungous effect on the way we feel and that’s where makeup also comes into the picture. You’ve probably heard people say “if you look good, you feel good” and while it’s not always that simple when you’re battling mental illness, there is some truth to it. Our appearance really does affect our state of mind. Our brain may be a very complicated organ but it’s actually quite stupid sometimes. It remembers and associates different scenarios to certain feelings. For example, the thought of having a day off and spend the whole day at home in your pajamas probably sound like the coziest thing ever. But when that actually happens, you will most likely end up feeling kind of bad and confused at the end of the day. At least I do. My brain associates staying home in my pajamas with being sick and even if I’m healthy as a horse I have the same feeling in my mind as though I’d been sick all day. So If I’m working from home or for some reason, don’t leave the house all day, I still need to put myself together as though I was going to work. Have a shower, put on proper clothes, brush my hair and maybe even applying makeup. Trick your brain, fake it til you make it, etc. etc.

There are millions of things you can do to feel better and to distract yourself with. I focused this post on beauty because it’s a big interest of mine but you can, of course, take this approach with other hobbies as well. As long as it’s not crack I’d say YOU FUCKING GO (GLEN COCO).

xx

Lisa Belinda

               

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Pinterest lately

Hello dear friends!

Judging from my recent Pinterest activity, I’m in desperate need of spring. This awful Scandinavian January-March weather is so horrible. It’s like three months of depression you just have to get through every year. Am I the only one who feels like I completely lose my sense of style when it’s cold? I just can’t dress as I want to because it’s simply too cold. I can not wait for the days when you can just throw on a light jacket and you’re good to go.

As the Pinterest nerd that I am, I find there is no better way to cheer up than soaking up on inspirational sunny pictures. At least my mind gets to escape to warmer weather for a while. I hope it helps you too in the wait for sunnier days.

xx

Lisa Belinda

                      

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