12 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

So coconut oil is the glue to (beauty) life and we all know it by now! If you don’t, welcome to the club! Your life will be different now (sort of). Anyways, I thought it’d be about time to declare the coconut oil-love once and for all with 12 ways to use coconut oil.  Because we love ‘em lists! 

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12 ways to use coconut oil

  1. Moisturizer – Coconut oil is one of the best options for a natural moisturizer. It works equally as good for the face as the rest of the body. If you’ve showered, or just washed your face or are suffering from winter skin – go for the coconut oil! Some people experience though that coconut oil clogs the pores, so see what works for you!
  2. Highlighter – I’ve talked about it here, but coconut oil as a highlighter is genius. It gives a natural, subtle, glow and makes your skin looks radiant without the use of makeup. Apply some on the cheekbones, nose tip and upper lip!
  3. Makeup Remover – If you’re also having a hard time getting all the makeup removed the first time, coconut oil might be the solution for you. Just put some on a cotton pad and rub it gently on the areas you have makeup. I personally think it works best for removing eye makeup and also lips!
  4. In tea/coffee – I’m not a nutritionist so I’m not gonna say anything about the health beneficial facts that might or might not come of it, but a teaspoon of coconut oil in the tea adds a nice taste! I love it in my raspberry tea!
  5. Shaving Balm – If you remove body hair, you might want to consider using coconut oil next time. The oil works perfectly as a shaving balm and has moisturizing qualities at the same time too. Just be sure to remove the excessive oil with an old towel and then shower again. 
  6. DIY Scrub – Take some coconut oil and mix it with something with a good texture (coffee, sugar, sea salt). Add some honey and scrub your skin! Natural, cheap and easy! 
  7. Eyebrows/Lashes – Apply coconut oil daily on your lashes/brows! I did a long post on it here. Worked for me and hopefully works for you too! I think about it this way: we give our hair enormous with love but often forgets the brows/lashes when it comes to some extra care! Lashes/eyebrows are hair too and definitely deserves the love.
  8. DIY Mask – If you’re not one for scrubs, try a DIY mask with coconut oil. For instance, check these ones!
  9. Sooth anything – Whenever I get a paper cut, or other wounds that stings,  I apply coconut oil. It gives a soothing feeling and makes the paper cut less annoying for the moment at least!
  10. Hair oil – Oil and hair in combination is a match that’s been for centuries. Coconut oil is no exception to this and gives nutrition to the hair and is also moisturizing.
  11. Lip Balm – If I’m out of lip balm I always use coconut oil. Not only does it taste yummy (haha) but it’s also helps with chapped lips!
  12. Cuticle Care – Lastly, coconut oil is great for cuticle care. Apply the coconut oil and rub it in. They’ll feel and look better!

Folks! What are your best tips on using coconut oil? Drop a comment as usual!

5 Beauty Habits For 2017

Folks! I talked about 5 Fashion Habits For 2017 here, so why not do a follow-up with 5 beauty habits for 2017 today? We all know that the way to change is to make something a natural part of your life. One way to do it is by creating habits for your life. Routines that will include your goals, but in a natural and unforced way. Here are ideas about 5 beauty habits to include!

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Skincare Routine

Skincare comes in many different versions and is highly dependent on what your skin needs. So, the habit I propose is to have some sort of routine for your skin, regardless of what it is (almost). Keeping it clean, leaving it alone and moisturize are three cornerstones that will pretty much take you a long way. It’s easiest to schedule the routine of washing and moisturizing to the bathroom and preferably when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning or evening. You can easily scale this one down to 1 or 2 minutes once you’ve find a process that works for you!

5:2 Hairdo

This is my own goal, to try new hairdos weekly. It’s not realistic to try new hairdos every day, so that’s why I thought of having the hair normal 5 days a week, and try something fun 2 days of the week. That makes it a 5:2 hairdo, which is pretty genius if you ask me. The hairdos I’m thinking about embracing are not particularly advanced, but breaks off the regular appearance with braids, a bun and different styles of it. There are tons of hairdo tutorials out there that are done within the minutes. Let Google be your friend on this one!

Have a statement makeup look

I know, I’m terrible when it comes to experimenting with my makeup. I think the majority of us have a go-to makeup look we always can rely on and so do I. But I love to push things to their limit, so for 2017 I’m gonna find a signature statement look. I already have a signature makeup look, I just got to throw the statement in their too. So I will at least have two different makeup looks to switch between, and choose between for occasion. Perhaps I’ll try one of these looks. All I know is that I want to add some color to my makeup life!

Do the nails weekly

Okey, so no, nails might not be the single most important thing that I’m specific about (but I do care), but I know that I always feel good about having my nails painted. So for 2017 I’m making it a habit to paint my nails weekly, whether it is re-applying or changing shade. Looking down and see a pop of color or a shade that matches the outfit always makes one feel a bit better. It’s basically just to put on an episode of a series or a Youtube clip and paint them meanwhile!  I wrote more about it here, btw.

Practice the makeup look

So this one is related to having a statement look, but this is also the main issue of why I’m only capable of having a signature look. Everytime I want to try a new makeup look, I do it the same time I’m about to go somewhere. As if I magically think that I’ll be able to get a makeup look right the first time. So practicing the makeup look is a must. I mean, I rarely get my outfits on point the first time I try them on – so why should I get it perfect every time with makeup. It’s okey not to create a perfect smokey eye look the first time, and not the second or third either. Let good things take time. And practice. Practice, practice, practice!

 

Folks, drop some of your beauty habits you’ll embrace in 2017! Xx

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All you need to know about the trends Spring 2017

Folks! I planned on doing a major trend report on fashion and beauty trends Spring 2017. But as I began writing I realized that I’ve already summed up the Spring trends one, two and three times. So in case you’ve missed, here is a round up on the trends Spring 2017 and links to previous posts!

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Trends Spring 2017

Another year and another set of trends. 2016 wasn’t only the year the world and humanity  seemed more divided than before. Last year also saw a change within fashion and beauty. Where style preferences and influencers seemed to drift further apart. The decreasing eclecticity  in 2016 is continuing into the new year and the trends we’ll embrace in the months ahead.

As society keeps moving forward to new technology and innovations, fashion keeps looking back at old decades and past trends. The recycling of fashion, as well as beauty, in 2017 will be centered to the 1980s with influences of rock, denim and bigger is better. The idea of recycling is also reflected in the color company Pantone’s choice of color for 2017; greenery. Greenery as in green in general and pea green in specific. The motivation behind is centered to the idea of green as a color of nature but also a shade for tranquility and new beginnings!

Fashion Trends

  • Stripes are more classic than trendy, but if staying classic can be trendy – that’s the melody for Spring. Stripes in any shape are accepted, but favorably in colors and more as in color blocking than identical. Doing stripes with anything denim and a bold lip is pretty much the one look you need to care about Spring 2017 if you ask me.
  • 1980s life is on! It’s been a gradual process and embracement from designers, but the rock decade is here to stay for a few months at least. You’re free to choose from whatever genre you like. From leather (rock), denim (functional) or oversized (office wear). Don’t forget to add awkward colors as in neon or intense pastels!
  • Flower power as in literal flower power of the late 1960s and early 1970s is back. By literal I mean that the flowers should be in a retro shape and touch. The 1970s are becoming more popular so it’s only logical that the flower prints get their fair share too. See Chloé’s collection here if you’re uncertain.
  • Tees with prints/text are back (have they ever been out of fashion though?). Make a statement this Spring by a text/quote you stand by. A graphic tee is a fun way of mixing things up but also a great way of declaring what you feel without needing to waste time on it. I have a crop top sweater with the words “why?” and I love to use it whenever I’m moody. (As in, why are you even talking to me right now?)

Catch full post on Fashion Trends Spring 2017 here!

Beauty

  • Smokey eyes? No smudgy eyes are the way this year. The eyes should look a bit messy and you can create this look by one shadow and an eyeliner. The smudgy eyes comes with a touch of the 1980s and doing the look in black or dark brown is a hit!
  • Make life pop with pops of colors. The no makeup makeup look is paired with color this year. Do the face as natural as possible and add a pop of color wherever you prefer. May it be a colorful eyeshadow, lipstick or cheeks. The touch of color should be intense and statement making. Red and pink are extra favorable, but touches of orange are trendy too.
  • The 1980s leaves it marks on the beauty side of life too. Neon is embraced in makeup, where your ordinary eyeshadow should be changed to a touch of neon color. If you want to keep it safe, do your regular black eyeliner in a neon color, where pink is a favorite to do. You can also do it as Fendi, and create a color blocking pattern on the eyelids. Lips in statement colors as in mint blue and yellow can also work with a neon touch.
  • Braids are more of style than trends this year as braids in any shape works. You can take braids bohemian by making them loose or you can go full on business preppy and make them tight and defined. Braids in buns are highlighted and so are french braids. Add a braid to make sure that you’re on the trendy beauty side 2017.

Catch the full Beauty Trends Spring 2017 here!

The Fashion Weeks

Collections

Here are 5 different collections from the fashion weeks to get you all the nerdy detail life of the upcoming trends!

Well, hope you feel inspired/excited/whatever you want about the trends spring 2017! Remember though that it’s about style, not trends in specific! Question is, what will you embrace/neglect this Spring?

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27 Fashion And Beauty Ideas To Try 2017

Continuing from yesterday’s post, I thought it would be fun to give some concrete examples on what one can try this year, fashion and beauty wise. Some points might be everyday life to some of you, but others will hopefully be fun and challenging! Here are 27 fashion and beauty ideas: 

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    1. Mix more than two prints together! Try stripes and floral, or why not dots and zebra print? Read this guide if you’re unsure.
    2. Invest in a statement scarf. A statement scarf can add life to any outfit. May it be by color, fabric flow or print.
    3. Do your nails in a fun pattern. For instance, try the dotted nails and step out of your mani comfort zone.
    4. Balance three different colors in one outfit. Pick three contrasting or complementing colors and make it work by working with bottom, top and accessories.
    5. Wear sunnies even in the winter/fall. If you want to get that fashionable diva look on point you know that the answer is to work sunnies with a faux fur or so. Go statement and pick one in a fun shape.
    6. Do a natural face with a bold lipstick. As suggested here, keep your makeup natural and let the lips be the pop of the makeup look.
    7. French manicure but in bold colors. Do the regular french manicure set but choose other colors. I’d go for basic on the nail and a bold color on the tip. With basic I mean a faded grey base and a neon pink tip, or dove blue base and a gold tip! Whatever you prefer. 
    8. Buy a piece you love but are afraid to wear. You know that piece that’s out of your comfort zone? You should buy it this year, regardless of how scared you are to pull it off. Get some motivation here!
    9. Use more coconut oil, like to everything. Coconut oil is forever the savior of natural skincare and it works to almost anything. Like, eyebrows.
    1. Wear more braids. Braids are the perfect hairdo for keeping the hair in place during windy winter days but will also give you some nice waves for the day after.
    2. Black and white stripes with anything colorful. BW stripes are the basics of prints which makes them a perfect match for bold colors, think the 1960s. Go orange, pink, yellow or mint blue.
    3. A winged eyeliner in a different color. I know, we love our eyes dark and heavy, but with the 1980s makeup trends going strong – try the eyeliner in a different shade. What about Klein blue-ish or gold?
    4. If you don’t already own it, let this be the year when you invest in the perfect LBD. A LBD is a piece that will have your back at any time and regardless of how many times you wear it, will always look different and chic with new accessories and details.
    5. Go at least one week without makeup. This one might feel hard to do for some, but it’s an easy one to choose. The skin/face needs to rest from products and makeup!
    6. Wear high waisted pants with a tucked in tee. It’s chic, it’s simple and it’s casual. A tucked in tee gives the perfect vibe of looking fierce without trying.
    7. Match your outfit with your makeup to enhance the colors. Read this post if you’re uncertain, but matching makeup and outfit is a chic way of the fashion life. It’s all about the details, as always.
    8. Make it a habit to do a face mask at least once a week. Put one on before you shower, end the shower with washing the face. Productivity at its finest!
    9. Be creative regarding the hair, for instance, try one of these hairdos. A chic hairdo will work as a great accessory to the outfit!
  1. Embrace the 1980s and wear a neon color, regardless of yellow, pink, orange or green. Might as well go full 1980s while we’re at it. Check this post  for more fashion trends 2017.
  2. Try a fun makeup look from the runway as a change from the regular makeup go-to. The makeup magic often happens on the runway, and these three looks are no exception.
  3. Mix different textures in one outfit. Like faux leather and faux fur or faux suede and neoprene. Different textures are a chic statement but still not craycray! In fact, you’ll look on fleek without even trying.
  4. Keep on trying different mascaras in the quest on the perfect one for you. It’s out there (*I whisper desperately to myself*)
  5. Wear bright denim jeans and a striped top with red lips, at least once. It’s a contemporary version of french style, but ever so classic and ever so flattering. Works for anyone, regardless of style.
  6. Do a high ponytail if you want to feel more energized and empower. The force is real folks!
  7. Try any of these trends for 2017. Not only will the 1980s be big this year, but other trends like romantic bohemian and rock!
  8. Plan your outfits in advance. That way you can get more nuanced and creative outfits. Also skip the stressful hour in the morning. Read more ideas here!
  9. Instead of smokey eye, do a smudgy eye. I do think that a smudgy eye in a metallic shade is quite genius.

Folks, that were some fashion and beauty ideas 2017. What do you want to try this year?! Xx

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Festive Hairdos That Are Easy

So I’ve pinned down fashion and makeup, but it’s time that the hair gets it fair share of attention too. I’m quite lazy when it comes to hairdos, but if it’s one time I like to give my hair some extra love, it’s around the holidays. So here are some festive hairdos for lazy people! Pssst, don’t miss post 1, post 2 and post 3 from Christmas week!

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Braided bun

One of my go-to hairdos is the braided bun. It’s a fun twist to the regular bun and I find that it’s easier to hold a braided bun in its place rather than a regular one. I also think that a braided bun is fun to do both for a low bun but also a high. Decided where you want the braid, do a ponytail there. Braid the ponytail tightly and wrap it around the root of the ponytail. Secure it with bobby pins or another hair-tie!

Twisted Fringe

Remember when Lauren Conrad was the it-girl in fashion (more or less) and gave us trends like black nails, high midi skirts and also the twisted fringe? Well 8 years later and I still do them all to be honest (hey, they’re classics!). The twisted fringe in specific is genius when one hasn’t had the time to wash the hair (at least my fringe is my weak spot aka where you can spot the current state of my hair). I take the fringe and separate it in two equal parts. I twirl one part away from the face and then I secure it with bobby pins. And  then I do the same for the other part. Easy and chic!

One braided side

To work one braided side is also a chic and festive statement. Just take a part of the hair, do a french braid and finish with a hair-tie. To make it more bohemian, pull the sections of the braid apart! If you want to make it more advanced, braid all the way and then make a bun like below!

Decorate 

Many of you seemed to love the idea of doing a red ribbon in the hair for Christmas. I love it too, in fact, I love it so much that I’ll do it in different colors. Like a grey ribbon, green or why not a golden one? Make a cute bow folks!

Braid and a bun

This is not a braided bun but a braid that ends in a bun! I used to do this one all the time before but haven’t in awhile, even though I still adore it! Tilt the head forward and do a braid of the underlying hair, (do a french braid). When you’ve reached the top of your head, do a ponytail that includes the braid. Twist the hair around the hair-tie and secure with bobby pins! Or why not do several braids?

Folks! What festive hairdos do you do?! Xx