15 December 2014

DIY CHRISTMAS CARD IDEAS

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One thing I love about holidays is making cards! There's something so cute about receiving a custom card that someone took the time for to make. Or maybe I'm just used to getting drawings from the kids at my summer job. Either way, what's not to love about having some DIY fun!

Christmas is coming up and I made an agreement with myself to try and make my own cards. The autumn semester in Finnish universities is ending, which leaves me with free time to be - somewhat - crafty before I return to Belgium. Here are some cool ideas I found on Pinterest:

The tree theme
The most obvious Christmas card is of course the one with the Christmas tree. I really like these ideas I found because they are more special than the average card. The 'ombre' effect is something I really want to try. Looks so easy to make too! 
Image source: herehere and pinterest.com

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Use patterns

Now these are more difficult´to make, but I like a challenge! I am thinking about using textile if I can't find paper with patterns. All you have to do to get this result is cut out the round shape - you can use a glass for this - draw the grey bit on top of the Christmas ball and a personal message, and glue the pattern in the back. These might be fun as gift tags too.

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Just draw!
Finally, something that a lot of people seem to forget, but which is often the most fun: drawing! I don't think there is anything more personalized than a hand-drawn card. I promise you, anyone you give a drawn Christmas card to will love it. So pull out your best drawing skills!
Image source: buzzfeed.com, pinterest.com

Do you like making your own cards for Christmas, birthdays or other occasions?

2 December 2014

FIRST VIDEO / A WEEKEND IN TALLINN

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There's just a small chance you will have noticed, but a few days ago I uploaded my first YouTube video! This is something I wanted to do for a long time, but since I'm kind of a perfectionist I never finished any of my previously filmed videos... Turns out talking to a camera is difficult! When I went to Tallinn in November, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to gather some fragments from our trip and put them together in a video!

I only filmed half of the places we visited in Tallinn, but I suppose this is more than enough to show you how cozy and beautiful the old city centre is! (Although you might have loved a shot of the delicious pancakes I had... twice.) I am pretty proud of how this first video turned out, and I can't wait to post more from now on and get better at this filming/editing thing!

It would mean a lot to me if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel *here* if you follow my blog as well. I am just starting out, but that way you can stay updated. Also, please let me know what you think of my first video! Any feedback is welcome. I am doing this for fun, but also to learn new things.

30 November 2014

SPOTLIGHT: GO-TO MAKEUP DUO FOR GLOWING SKIN

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When I sat down to write this blog post, I promised myself I wasn't going to use that silly phrase and say I'm 'all about that base', but I can no longer deny it: I really am all about the base. The part of my makeup I like to take plenty of time for, is without a doubt applying foundation, concealing blemishes and dark circles and hoping my 10 minutes of hard work stays put all day with some help of a setting spray. I briefly told you about my makeup routine before, but today I'd like to give the two star products in my foundation routine their moment in the spotlights.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat is the foundation I've been using almost exclusively since August. At first I didn't get along with it; the product wouldn't set properly and started to look patchy on my chin in no time. Luckily, as the temperatures dropped after a hot July, it would last on my skin all day with a thin layer of powder and a setting spray on top. Le Teint Touche Eclat is a light to medium coverage foundation with a dewy finish. I like to apply one layer and cover up any blemishes with concealer, but you could easily build up the foundation if you wanted to. The main reason why I adore this product is because it instantly makes my skin look glowy and healthier. Didn't get enough sleep? Pow. Le Teint Touche Eclat makes sure my skin doesn't look dull. This has made it as my number one foundation for autumn and winter.


My current favourite finishing powder to use on top of the YSL foundation is the Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass in the shade 'Diffused Light'. I wouldn't say this is thé best powder I've ever had, but I do really like the subtle effect it adds to my makeup. Diffused Light is a white pressed powder with yellow undertones, which would reduce redness. When I visited the Hourglass counter I wasn't sure if I should buy this or a pink-toned powder, but when I tried both - Diffused on one half of my face, a different one on the other - it was clear that Diffused Light would be a better match for my skin tone. The powder is lightweight, isn't visible on the skin and sets foundation well. It can add a bit of a powdery feeling if I've applied a lot of concealer on blemishes so I make sure to use a light hand. The Ambient Lighting Powder adds a soft focus to my makeup. Combined with the base I've applied before, blemishes and unevenness on the skin are less noticeable while my skin looks more luminous.

These are my top products for when I want my skin to look nice and glowy. Depending on the look I'm going for, I will also contour and/or add blush and a highlighter.

20 November 2014

"THE SURVIVAL KIT" EXPERIMENT

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Imagine this scenario: You've planned a trip to a small town far, far away to wind down for a few weeks. The place where you're staying has everything you need, like electricity, running water, central heating, internet. It has kitchen appliances and basic bathroom supplies. However, on the morning of your departure you oversleep, which leaves you only 15 minutes to pack - yes, even food - before catching your flight! This is highly unrealistic, I know, but let's just roll with it this one time ;) You try to pack as much as possible, but you can never take all the things you want, so you decide to put together a survival kit with a few of your personal favourites.

The survival kit has five categories: beauty, skincare, fashion, food, and the miscellaneous group. You can pick 5 things for each. These are fixed, so for example if you pick 4 for one category, then you cannot put 6 in another. Sorry!

Here's what my survival kit would look like, with my favourites/musthaves for each category, in random order.

Beauty (makeup, nail polish, hair styling products, perfumes, etc.)
1- YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation
2- Maybelline The Falsies mascara
3- Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray
4- MAC Pro Longwear concealer
5- Essie Sand Tropez

Skincare
1- Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
2- Antipodes Reincarnation exfoliator
3- Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey face mask
4- Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
5- The Body Shop Body Butter in 'Honeymania'

Fashion
1- Black skinny jeans
2- Plaid shirt from H&M
3- Grey striped jumper
4- Nike Air Max 1
5- Grey Zara City Bag

Food
1- Pizza
2- Clipper chamomile tea
3- Pomegranate
4- 'Huggy bears' cookies from Aldi
5- Toblerone chocolate bars

Misc: Pick 5 of anything.
1- Laptop
2- Nail care kit
3- Cacti (it would be unrealistic to bring those in my suitcase, but oh well)
4- Sunglasses
5- An extra pillow, because I love a good sleep!

What musthaves would you include in your survival kit?
Feel free to copy this 'game' on your own blog! If you do, please send me a link to the blog post, I would love to read it! You can tweet me @lysclr.

I thought this might be a fun, more original way to talk about my current and/or long-time favourites, both beauty and non-beauty related. I hope you like it!