My favorite highlighters

Hi my loves! I hope you all are great. Today I wanna talk about my absolute favorite step when doing my makeup. It’s the step that makes all the difference. That little extra that gives us that healthy looking fresh glow that we all want. Yes, it’s highlighter! Of course, nothing can ever compare to the healthy glow you get through a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet, enough sleep etc. But it’s something I just love about the finish when using a highlighter, it’s like putting the final cherry on the cake, haha!

I always put my highlights on the high points of my face where the sun would naturally hit.

  • Cheekbones. I use to put it above the apple of my cheeks, a little bit above the area I apply the blush.  I also like to apply it upward toward my temples, that gives you a really nice glowy effect.
  • Center of my nose. A little goes a long way here. You don’t want to overdo it! I normally use my little finger to apply here, because I feel I have more control then.
  • Brown-bones. A little bit of highlighter under your brown-bones really do gives you a more open or lifted look if you like.
  • Center of your chin. This is also a perfect place to apply highlighter to bring some extra light to you face.
  • Cupids bow. Yes to more plumped looking lips. This is the are right above the center of your upper lip. It really gives a nice effect with some extra shine here.

Under you’ll find my current favorite highlighters, and some of them have been following me for some years now.

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From left: Charlotte Tilbury, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, MAC & Benefits

Let’s start with the one I’m sure many of you have heard of or even tried yourself, Mac’s “soft and gentle”. This is a multi-mineral complex with a little peachy bronze to it I would say. It’s easy to apply and it doesn’t scream to loud if you know what I mean. It’s a nice everyday highlighter. Or if you want a more beaming glow for an evening look, you can spray your brush with a setting spray before applying it to your face.

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Soft and gentle by MAC 

Another highlighter I have been using a lot the last two years is “watt’s up” from Benefit. This is a stick that makes it easier to apply, especially on your cheekbones. It has a very nice champagne glow that I absolutely love! It gives your a soft and delicate finish.

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Watt’s up by Benefit

Then over to a more new product of mine that’s called “Hollywood beauty light wand” by Charlotte Tilbery. This is a beautiful rose gold highlighter that gives you a soft finished. What I like is that it doesn’t have visible glitter, that makes the highlight look more natural. It’s also comes in a tube form that makes it very nice and easy to apply.

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Hollywood beauty light wand by Charlotte Tilbury 

Then over to a more warm and goldish highlighter that I absolutely adore! It’s “Amerzy” by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is a limited edition product, but as far as I know it will be back on the marked in not too long (I think). This is a very smooth and buttery highlighter that I find blends very easy. It has a very good pigmentation! I really adore this product!

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Amerzy by Anastasia Beverly Hills 

Then last highlighter I wanna mention is Beccas’s “Champagne pop”. As you can tell I love champagne toned highlighters. This does have a little gold in it as well I would say. Is just so beautiful! It’s also  buttery and soft with great pigmentation. A little goes a long way. Becca cosmetics really have some awesome highlighters, you should check them out!

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Champagne pop by Becca

I love makeup! I do feel very comfortable in my own skin and I don’t have any problem to walk out of my house with no makeup at all. It is important to feel good in your naturally skin I think. But makeup is a very fun and creative way to express yourself, your mood or just having a lot of fun creating a look! So go and get your glam on and shine!

xoxo

Welcome November

Hi guys! I hope you all are doing fine and enjoying life. Wow, I can’t believe we are already in November now, times flies by so fast! Today I want to share with you my goals for this month. I love making weekly and monthly goals. For me it’s a great way to reflect over things in my life; what I appreciate, what I wanna work on, and discover some new goals I wanna achieve. My goals always change. They all depends on were I find myself mentally and physically, and what energy level I have. It’s a good way to get to know yourself better and listening to your body.

1:  Getting back on track with my healthy eating habits 

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During the time here in Barcelona, I have been eating out a lot. It has been more wine and a little more unhealthy food than what I usually eat. Indulging every now and then is okay, but I do like to have a balance that makes me feel good. Also, the kitchen in this apartment makes cooking very limited. We don’t have a stove or much kitchen equipment. I miss my kitchen so much! But, no excuse right?

2: Reading books

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I am not a person that just finish one book after another, I have to admit. But I do like to read, and especially this time of the year when it’s cold outside (yes, it gets cold in Barcelona too, haha). The next book I wanna read is by Dr. Nigma Talib, a naturopathic skin care and health expert. I have read it before, but it’s so good, I just love all about it!

3: Listening to more podcats 

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Recently I started to listen to some podcasts. Why haven’t I done that before? I love it! I’m sure you can find podcast about everything, so whatever matches your interests. These days I’m listening to a woman named Kimberly Snyder, who also is a health and wellness expert. I do have two of her books and I love her philosophy about health and wellness, so inspiring! What I love about podcast is that you can listen anytime; when going for a walk, training, cooking, while doing your makeup etc. You should try it!

4: Freshening up my makeup bag

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Yes, the Holiday season is right around the corner, which means a lot of events and parties! What I love about Christmas season is that you really can play around with glitter and more heavy makeup looks than the other seasons. I do have a list of makeup products I wanna try out, so I will definitely make reviews on that later on.

5: Spending time with my family and my love

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Yes, I’m actually going home in the end of November for a long weekend. It’s a reason I have to go back home, I might tell you guys later. But, I do get a few days to enjoy with my family and boyfriend. At that time it will be 7 weeks since last time I saw him, and I’m missing him like crazy already… Just thinking of him surrounding me with a hug makes me all jiggly inside! It’s crazy how much impact another person can have on your feelings, don’t you think?

That is my top 5 goals this month. I hope this might gave you some inspiration to makes some new goals and achievements.

xoxo

Pampering myself

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My interest for beauty products started when I was a little girl. I always loved to smell all the products I came across when I went with my parents to the grocery store. I clearly remember one shampoo that I just loved so much! It was a yellow bottle, a special shampoo for kids, do you know the one? hehe. And let me tell you, the interest for beauty products kept growing, I guess you can call me a beauty junkie today! Since I was 16 years old I have tried to make a home spa once a week. Normally Sundays is the perfect day for that. Under I’m giving you my tips of how to make a real pamper yourself kind of day step by step.

Create the right atmosphere

For me it is so important that the space around me is clean and organized so that I can be able to relax and enjoy my pampering time. That’s why I normally clean the house before the weekend, so that it’s ready for my spa. To get in the relaxing mood I like to put on some chill background music and light up some candles. Sometimes I like to put on some instrumental music, it’s so relaxing, try it!

The little extra in the shower

On my spa day I’m using a hair mask between the shampoo and the conditioner. For the moment I love the hair masks from Moroccanoil! while my hair mask is doing it’s job, I like to shave and then scrub my whole body. For my face I love the Kora organics exfoliating cream and for my body I change between Frank body coffee scrub and my own homemade one. To make a homemade scrub, just mix brown sugar with extra virgin coconut oil (smells delicious). I promise you, after this your body will feel soft like a baby!

Time for creams and facials 

For my everyday body lotion I love any of the Niva’s. But for my pampering day I like to make it a little extra. Honestly, I love to try out new products, so I don’t have one special that I always use. I do love many of the body butters from The body shop, like Hawaiian Kuki cream. I always wanted to try one of the body sufflè creams from Laura Mercier, but they do cost and are more on the luxurious side.

Well, you’r now done with the body and your face is fresh and clean. Let’s have some fun, it’s mask time! I love face masks. On my spa day’s I normally do two different masks, one that deep cleans my face and one that hydrating my face. My skin type is dry. I don’t have a acne prone skin or oily skin, but my skin can get super dry!

My favorite clay mask is Exuviance purifying clay masque. This mask feels like it has an detoxifying effect at the same time that it doesn’t dry my skin out. It contains Kaolin to absorb surface oils and Pro-Vitamins A, C and E for antioxidant protection and conditioning benefits.

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When it comes to a good hydrating mask, I have been trying a few, but one I have used several times and that I love is the multivitamin power recovery masque by Dermalogica. This mask has a powerful bled of concentrated vitamin A, C, E and F. It’s the perfect mask for dehydrated and dry skin. I sometimes use it as a sleeping mask over night. And my skin really feels softer after.

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The power of now

When I’m having a me time, I try to do the best I can to de-stress and just let my body and mind relax. I prefer to put away my phone, just listening to instrumental music, meditate and enjoy a warm cup of calming tea. Try to be present, focus one breathing and relaxing.

I hope this post inspired you to paper your self and giving yourself some time off.

xoxo

Hair talk

Is it anything worse than waking up with a bad hair day? I’m sure it is, haha, but we all know how frustrating it is! For the last 3 months my hair have been very dry and damaged. I think it’s because of a higher stress level. Finally I have decided to step up my game to get my shine back on it.

Shiny hair comes from how you treat yourself internally and externally. So these days I’m trying to be extra healthy to be sure that I get all the essential vitamins. I also make sure I get enough proteins during the day. The right nutrition will help me to grow back a strong, shiny and healthy hair.

To maximize the process I make sure to use good quality hair products. For me that includes the right shampoo and conditioner, a hydrating mask once a week and a oil that I put on my ends every night before bed. I also try not to wash my hair too often and try to reduce the use of heat.

My favorite oil is for sure the Moroccan oil, it’s just amazing, it truly helps my hair to stay soft.

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I have been using the Moroccanoil hair masks for many years now. At this period when my hair need some extra hydration I’m currently using their smoothing mask. This is a highly concentrated argan butter hair mask with hydrating ingredients like argan butter, argan oil and coconut-derived fatty acids. I use it once a week for 30 minutes.

If you also suffer from dry hair like me, I’m sure you would love this mask and their oil too!

If you have any tips, let me know in the comment below.

xoxo