forecast for spring

Beauty,Fashion,9 February 2018

Spring is in the horizon and for the first time in a long time I feel excitement towards what we have infant of us, trend-wise. Here is my fashion forecast:

Curls. Super curly perms are back! Who would have ever guessed it would look so refreshing, playful and simply just Good after a decade of trying to achieve those perfect Victoria’s secret waves? I’m thrilled, but will contain myself from booking an appointment for myself.

Scarves. Scarves tied around the neck, head, ponytail or worn as a belt is for sure one of the biggest trends right now. This is super easy and doesn’t cost a thing. Go feel market or second-hand shopping or go for splurge on a timeless luxurious scarf from your favorite brand.

White boots. Teenage year flashbacks! I had a pair of white pointy toed boots in snakeskin imitation that I wore during my first legal years in nightclubs. I found them a couple of years ago and swore I’d never return to that style again… Just ordered this pair above from Top Shop.

Slip dresses. Love love love slinky slip dresses. I wear mine with sweatshirts, hoodies, cozy knits or over a turtle necktie or button up. This is a classic piece and my number one pick this spring/summer.

Headbands. Thankful for everything that gives my hair a pick-me-up, but honestly, I suck at wearing anything decorative in my hair. Maybe you’re better? Go for fun and big headbands with beads and pearls and wear it in untouched hair for a casual and cool look.

Scrunchies. The best! It’s like letting your poor hair change into sweats after a long day in tight jeans. I’m still a bit shy towards this trend, but went for the subtle black ones from KappAhl and absolutely love wearing them.

Hoodies and sweatshirts. I lived in hoodies worn with matching jersey headbands during my years in elementary school. This time I’m going to pair it with a slip dress and heels for a more grown up feeling.

Hoops. Totally up my alley! I have always loved hoops, but I want them to be not too big and definitely not too small. Gold is my pick per usual.

Beige beige everything beige. Beige is back and the more the merrier.

The no makeup look. One may think it’s always been more or less ideal, but now it’s a much more imperfect and raw version. Good skin is always in, but that’s easier said than done, therefore I suggest going for good natural brows, good base products that enhances glow (!) and skip on the Kardashian style contouring and smoky eyes.

Sets. Wearing a complete set looks put together and is super trendy right now. Pajama and kimono inspired sets, suites worn casually and also denim with denim. Anything works. Party tip for anyone who feels uncomfortable in a dress and heels!

Lilac. A color that has been more or less bullied by every other color is now hotter than ever. I kind of like it as long as it’s dirty/ smoky lilac, but I think I’ll try to stay away from clean pastels as long as I can.

Step by step beauty favorites

Beauty,31 January 2018

So, now when I’m officially thirty I thought I’d share all my best fast fixes to stay fabulous looking. Age doesn’t make us less fabulous, but I notice that smart choices and a little bit more effort is needed compared to my teenage years and life before children and sleep deprivation.

Greens, fresh air, hydration and a positive mind takes you a long way, but let’s be honest, sometimes we need fast fixes to take us through a special event or work week even when none of those mentioned above are present. Don’t worry, I have products that will give you the perfect glow!

All of these products are products I love and keep returning too. Let’s call them my most loyal vanity friends.

Like today, when there is two more days to go before I get to sit down at the hair salon and my hair is looking a bit orange, I turn to this silver mousse by Goldwell. I let it sit for approximately 10 minutes before I rinse thoroughly. I apply it in towel dried hair in-between the shampoo and conditioner.

Dermologica pre-cleanse balm and massaging silicone glove is perfect for traveling, before a photo shoot or after a rough night. I apply the balm and work it into my skin using circular movements. The glove enhances blood circulation, de-puff’s my face after a flight or bad night and gives me the best natural glow-instantly. This is a must have!

My everyday skin care routine has come down to these favorites used in this order: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist, Olivia and Klein Vitamin Spray Toner, Dermalogica Ultra Calming Eye Serum, Dermalogica Ultra Calming Serum, La Mer Moisturizing Cream and Lierac Liftissime Gel- Cream for neck and décolleté. These products are products I like to use and keep my skin looking it’s best. Well moisturized, fresh and glowy. I highly recommend trying mists if those aren’t familiar to you. They are perfect to use along the day and personally I prefer mists over classic toners.

Self-tanning lotions and bronzers are great before slipping into that part dress. However, I need to be extra careful since I’m naturally so light. My favorites are ACO self-tanning lotion and gradually tanning body lotion as well as Saint Tropez self-tanning mousse. ACO is easy to apply and leaves a smooth and even golden Finnish. Saint Tropez is perfect for the legs and has the most beautiful and natural shade. Extra bonus for drying super quickly! The instant tan gloss is not a self-tanning lotion, but perfect to massage into pale and dry limbs right before and event. It’s super glossy and leaves a photo shopped like finish! Whenever I use tanning products, I apply the product in the morning on clean and dry skin. Before the event I shower again and follow my regular skin care and makeup routine.

When it comes to hair I find it important to have a good base to work with. I create texture and volume with these great products that have become must haves: Balmain Leave in Conditioning Spray, Keune Volume and Heat Protector Spray and Schwarzkopf Extreme Hold Mousse. I use all of these before I blow dry. After that I always use my Babyliss straightening iron to create soft and messy waves to make my hair appear fuller. Then, I carefully dust on Schwarzkopf Dust It Powder for even more texture. This product is perfect for messy and care free ponytails and up-do’s.

Here is a list of all the makeup products I use. Some of these I have used as long as I can remember and some are new loves:

Max Factor Pan Stick color true beige 12. I apply it under my eyes, eye lids, nose wings and wherever there is redness.

Smashbox Contour Palette. Highlight the highest parts and create contours with a mix of the darker shades.

Nars The Multiple Stick Shade Orgasm. Gives amazingly perky and fresh cheeks and glow.

Nars the Multiple Stick Shade Copacabana. Highlighter I use to enhance brow bones.

Lumene Brow Gel. Irreplaceable product I’ve used forever. I want my brows bushy and wild!

Estelle& Thild eyeshadows Bare or walnut depending on the mood. In these pictures, I’m wearing the pearly Bare shade.

Tweezerman lash curler. I’ve only curled my lashes for a couple of weeks, but I think it’s a great way to open up my eyes.

Max Factor 1000 Calorie Mascara in black. It’s not in the picture, but it’s my favorite mascara of all times. I love the brush and the volume it gives.

Never forget a well-polished manicure. Whenever I know I’ll be in front of the camera I prefer to have nude and glossy nails. It gives an illusion of long and beautiful fingers and doesn’t steal attention from the outfit. My favorite shade is Essie’s Lady Like. However, I always match red lips with red nails.

Right before I leave the hose I tap on some lipstick and as you probably know by now this YSL Rouge Pur Couture 70 is my go to in any situation.

Last but not least nothing puts me in the mood as much as my Maison Margiel Replika scent called Lipstick. My can’t- live- without scent.

Dress True Decadence Zalando // shoes Christian Louboutin // Bag and earrings Chanel

Pictures by Juuli Rönkä