Dinner Outfit

Good evening my loves!

Today is Henrik’s birthday, and we went out to dinner with his parents to celebrate. It was a lovely dinner with delicious Mexican food, which is both our favorite.

I LOVE to dress up and of course take advantage of any opportunity I have to do so. Therefore, I decided to wear this white dress with lace detailing, because it was very appropriate for summer, and I’ve never worn it before, so I thought it was about time. The shoes, even though they look cute, they are terrible to walk in! Not only are they very tall,they are so “flimsy” and unstable that I feel like they might break any second. IMG_0666// Dress – Nelly / Shoes – Nelly / Bag – Mango / Blazer -Gift //IMG_0645IMG_0607IMG_0562IMG_0558IMG_0596The makeup look of the night! I was in a rush after work to get ready for dinner, so I didn’t have time to redo my makeup, just freshen it up and add some more. I hate doing that, because I feel like my face need to be cleansed after so many hours of work, but surprisingly my makeup still looked very good at the end of the day.

I unfortunately didn’t take the camera with my to dinner, so I have no photos from that, which is a shame. I’d use the camera on my phone, but that one is broken, so yeah. I need to get a new one soon!

That’s  it for now guys, I’ll se you again soon with some exciting posts!

Love,

IK

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Outfit & makeup of the day

Hi my loves!

I know I’ve been gone for a little while, but I’ve honestly been lacking some motivation, and finding it really hard to be inspired to blog. I will not just blog, jst for the sake of it, I want to publish content that I’m excited about and that I truely want to share. I’m really gonna make an effort and get back into the swing of things, because I really do love blogging! There will probably be a lot of makeup, beauty and fashion post coming your way soon!

So lately, I’ve been really getting into wearing a little more makeup than I have for the past months, and I’m really loving it! I love playing with makeup, and because I’ve kept it really natural for a while, it was a nice change to play a little more with my eyeshadows. I’ll make a favorite post soon, I promise!

Also, the weather here in Bergen have been AH-MA-ZING lately, and I’ve finally been able to use my summer clothes! I’ve been loving wearing more skirts and dresses, and if I’m completely honest, I’ve kind of failed the whole Project 333… I love fashion waaay too much.

IMG_0410I did a subtle look using the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, and added some natural falsies to really bring out my eyes. I find it really difficult showing my makeup on camera, it always looks so subtle on the photos compared to in real life. I need to play a little round with the settings of the camera to see if I can make it look more accurate.

And I’ve been playing with the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, and I know I’m not really that good at it yet. I really need to play with it more to get the hang of it.

IMG_0414IMG_0515Not the best photo, but it was so bright, it was difficult to get a good one. I word this really pretty summer dress with flower prints on it and a cut out in the back. it’s really comfortable to wear, and is perfect for summer. I paired it with a pair of black sandal heels, that was a little bit difficult to walk in. Of well, what don’t we do for fashion, right?

Tomorrow is Henrik’s birthday and we are therefore going out to dinner with his parents. Hopefully I’ll be able to take some outfit and makeup photos, and if I’m really good, I’ll get some photos from the dinner as well.

Have a lovely evening!

Love,

IK

Night pampering routine

IMG_0183Happy Sunday!

So once in a while I feel like I need to give both my skin and hair some extra love, which means a nice pampering night with both face and hair masks! I have to admit that it’s been a while since I’ve given my hair or skin any extra treatment, so it was about time.

In addition to it being a long time since the last face/hair mask has been done, me and Henrik cleaned the entire apartment today and put on fresh sheets. This put me to the idea that no other time will be more appropriate for a pampering night. I love the feeling of getting fresh out of the shower and into clean, fresh sheets. What a great way to end the day.

So moving on to the pampering routine. First thing I do is to coat my hair in coconut oil. Yes, normal, extra virgin coconut oil. It preforms great as a hair mask because it makes the hair so soft and shiny!  Of course, apply the coconut oil a while before going into the shower, so it will have some time to sit in the hair. You don’t want to apply it in the shower, after shampoo, like you normal would use a hair mask. this is oil you’re putting in you hair, so you’ll want to wash it out. Good. Or ease your hair and scalp might look way, way too shiny.

On to the skin care. I remove any makeup with my oil cleanser, and then remove this oil cleanser with my Andalou Naturals Mayor Lemon Creamy Cleanser – this is what I do every night. After that I use my Acure Brightening Scrub to remove any dead skin cells and get a fresh and clean layer on the skin. I make sure to work it in very well on places I tend to get dry patches, like around my nose, on my nose and on my forehead. I find that when I use this scrub on a regular basis my skin looks a lot brighter and makeup applies so much better and even.

Lastly, on the skin care, I use the Now Solutions European Green Clay Powder, mixed with water to make a thick paste, and apply this as an all over face mask. This draw out dirt from the skin, like makeup, pollution or any other dirt that get into the pores. This is a clay mask, which dries after a while. I like to use this to keep my skin clean and clear. I wash this off when it has dried completely and finishes off my skincare routine as I usually do: with toner, eye cream and moisturizer.

After all of these steps are done, I hop into the shower to was the coconut oil out off my hair. I might wash my hair twice with shampoo to make sure that there is no oily residue in the hair. Lastly, after I get out of the shower, I use more coconut oil to moisturize my entire body. And viola! Fresh and clean, ready for bed! What a lovely feeling!

Good night world!

-IK

 

My go-to makeup look

Good evening beautiful people!

I love makeup, I always have. I think it’s incredible what makeup can do, how much confidence it can give. I love makeup so much I went to makeup school and became a certified makeup artist. But even though I love playing with makeup, I actually don’t wear very much of it for everyday. I guess the number of products I use might be higher than average, but the looks I go for is very natural. My goal is to have that no-makeup makeup-look. You know that one? The one where we kind of want people to believe we woke up like this, even though we used over 10 products to archive the final result. IMG_0034

Well, obviously you can tell I’m wearing makeup, but I strive for as natural as possible. Usually no eye shadow.

EYES: My lashes are a quite okay length, so I dye them blue-black at the salon, that way I only have to curl them in the morning. That way I look awake, without the hardness of wearing an actual mascara. I actually like the look of this quite a lot, but whenever I want some more definition I use a brown mascara. I don’t like to use a black one because it looks very harsh with my small eyes and light skin and hair.

BASE: For base I like to use a tinted moisturizer/bb cream, it gives me light coverage and evens out the skin enough for my taste. For the time being I’m using Andolou Naturals 1000 Roses CC cream. I’ve really grown to love this,it gives my skin a beautiful glow, even outs my tone and has SPF of 30. I am sad to see that I am running low on this, and hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a new one soon. This has a very light coverage though, and it probably won’t be enough if you like using a foundation for everyday. However, I personally don’t fancy using heavy coverage products everyday anyways, so this is right up my ally.

  • If it’s anything more I want to conceal, I use a concealer (duh, genius). I always conceal under the eyes to brighten and make me look more awake, down the bridge of my nose, top of my cheekbones, cupids bow, around my nose and on my chin. I love using the Pacifica Transcendent concealer in “Light”, it brightens beautifully and does the job of concealing rather well. This product is not very heavy-duty coverage neither, but it works very well for me.

POWDER: My skin can be a little dry, but a little shiny on the t-zone at the same time (especially the nose) so I don’t always wear a lot of powder. I honestly feel like if I powder too much my skin will start to both feel and look very dry throughout the day, but if I don’t powder anything at all, my nose will literally be reflective. I am currently using Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder in “Supernatural”, which is a very mattifying powder. I’ll use this on the eras where i tend to get a little shine, whilst on areas where I get more dry, I’ll use Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder in “Midnight Reflection”.

BRONZER, BLUSH: I always use some kind of bronzer to add some definition to my case, as well as a blush to add some youthful glow. I am currently using a bronzer from Emani, which iHerb no longer carries on their website. The blush I usually wear is 100% Pure’s blush in Mimosa.

BROWS: I love bold brows, so filling them in is a must. I don’t like those very drawn on, brows-on-fleek type of brows, I want mine to look naturally full. I am not very happy with the brow pencil I am currently using, it’s one a bought at a local health food store. I’ll defiantly need to look out for something better.

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Wow, that turned out to be a lot longer than I thought! Anyways, long story short, I like a minimal, natural makeup look that enhances my features. 

-IK

 

Outfit of the day: Boyfriend jeans

Hello world!

I am here today to share today’s outfit with you all! It’s been another beautiful day here in Bergen, but it was a little bit chilly in the morning which is why I decided on these very ripped boyfriend jeans. They are cooler than normal jeans because of all the rips, but warmer than shorts. Perfect for today’s morning weather.

So far it’s been a lovely day, both me and Henrik have the day off, so we had a lovely morning eating breakfast together, which is rear on weekdays, but I love it when it does happen. Later we trained some cardio on the running track close to our apartment and played tennis afterwards. I actually really enjoy playing tennis, something that’s a little bit surprising. I am quite bad at it though, but we are improving a little bit each time we play. It’s also so much fun doing something together.

IMG_9562IMG_9541// Top – Bik Bok / Boyfriend jeans – Gina Tricot / Purse – Mango / Shoes – don’t remember // 

Here’s the outfit! I really liked how the top is rather cute, while the jeans are more edgy. I find that it gives some balance to the outfit and makes it a little interesting. I paired it with my gladiator sandals which I had to dig out from hiding inside the closet all through winter. I love that I can dress more lightly now, and don’t have to put on layers on layers to stay warm. Let’s keep our fingers crosses the weather will stay this way.IMG_9547.JPGIMG_9582My favorite arm candy at the moment, quite minimal. Love this Michael Kors watch I got from Henrik, it’s the most gorgeous watch ever. The bracelet I’ve actually made myself. Not very impressive, but I like that it’s simple, yet has a sparkle to it.

So tell me how was your day?

Namaste!

-IK

 

My skincare secret!

Hi my loves!

Skincare is something I’ve  always been very interested about, and I’ve tried so many different skincare brands, but high-end and low-end. Today I’m sharing with my skincare “secret”.  Oils. Yes, Oils.

Ok, I know this may sound crazy to some, putting oil on the face? Isn’t that what we all want to avoid? That’s what we’re all been taught right, that oil-free products are better. When I first was drawn into the world of skin care oils, I was horrified that anyone would want t put oil on their face. My skin used to be combination/oily, so putting oil on my face was the absolute last thing I wanted to do. However, I am now completely converted and oils are a big part of my sincere routine. I am here to let you know how you can incorporate oils into you own skincare.

A very important thing you need to know, is that not all oils work for everyone. Which oils that works for you is very individual, and because of this there is defiantly a trial and error you have go through to find the right oils for you. Be patience, it’ll be worth it. I would not recommend olive and coconut oil on the face though, because these oils have a bigger chance of clogging your pores and make the skin break out. 

The Oil cleansing method: This is basically using oil to cleanse the face. When I first heard about this I was really confused. How could that possibly work? The logic behind this is that like attract like, which means the oil you use to cleanse will attract and bring out the oils in your skin, and this way you’ll cleanse the skin. This is something I use every night to remove my makeup, usually I’ll use this first then use my normal cleanser. Some nights though, I use the oil cleansing method alone and it feels lovely on the skin. I’ll make a more in debt post about the oil cleansing method later as it’s rather comprehensive.

I like making my own oil cleanser, here’s the mix I’m currently using:

  • 1 part Castor oil
  • 1 part Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Part Grapeseed oil
  • Tea Tree oil (any essential oil of choice will do, be careful with these though)

 

Oil as moisturizer: I also love using oils as a moisturizer. Currently I am mixing Acure’s Marula oil with my other moisturizer at night-time to give my skin an extra boost of moisture. This has worked lovely for my skin, often I feel like using only an oil as a moisturizer actually is not moisturizing enough for my skin, as well as I sometimes get tiny bumps on my skin if I use only the oil as a moisturizer for a longer period of time. I really recommend Acure’s Marula Oil and Firming Oil, they are both great oils I’ve used and loved! I also really like using rose hip seed oil, which is a lighter oil that absorbs rather quickly into the skin. If you’re not used to using oils, this one would probably a very good one to begin with because it absorbs so quickly,

Essential oils:

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oilsethereal oilsaetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived

Essential oils are I love using essential oils, but one thing to keep in mind is to be careful with these! They are very potent and should always be diluted in a carrier oil (such as jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil ect.) My favorite essential oil is without a doubt tea tree oil, this one is incredibly effective on pimples! I use it as a spot treatment whenever I get pimple, and it gets rid of it really quickly, Another essential oil I love is peppermint, which I rub (diluted off) on my forehead, tempos and underneath my nose whenever I feel a headache coming.

Do you use any oils in your skincare or beauty routine?

Namaste!

-IK

 

 

Outfit of the day – A day late..

IMG_9338IMG_9378IMG_9400// Pants – Second hand / Shoes – Vagabond / Tee – Bik Bok / Blouse – Second hand //

Happy Saturday!

So I’m here today with yesterday’s outfit! I had quite a busy day yesterday,which is why the post is one day late.

This outfit actually is made from two second-hand items, the pants and the blouse. The pants, which I love, is a hand-down from my mother, and I’ve been using these for quite some time. I just love the comfort, and how unique it is. The blouse I thrifted earlier this week, as well as the camel dress pants I showed you yesterday. and I really like the fabric. It is so soft and luxurious, and even though it’s slightly too big, I can make it work if I roll up the sleeves.

My boyfriend and I actually went to some second-hand stores today, however I wasn’t able to find what I was looking for. I’ve come to the conclusion that the thrift store closest to me has a pretty good selection, and I’ll be favoring this one for the time being. I have to admit though, finding what I’m looking for second hand, is not that easy. I defiantly see that it will take some dedication, but I am very motivated. It’ll be fun to see how it goes.

Have a nice Saturday folks!

Namaste!

-IK