The 5 things I most rely on at the moment for easy style

It’s definitely more difficult now with the baby to stay stylish and dress well. It definitely feels more like an effort.

My style at the moment certainly isn’t top of the game, but considering the circumstances it’d feel silly anyway. So I’d say that in between breastfeeding, changing diapers, carrying baby, desperately making up for lost sleep and somehow managing our household, I look decent. But more importantly, I feel good!

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My DIY brow stencil and other brow tips

So fun fact: Yesterday I freestyle DIYed my own make-shift brow stencil. And I’m pretty proud of it, because now I can recreate my ideal brow shape faster and also get it right every time.

DIY brow stencil

There’s a couple more helpful things I learned about plucking, shaping and filling in my brows over time. So here is a short list!

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Summer 2016 favorites: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products

Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products

Among the things I wish I had known when I was younger, it’s how much of a difference well groomed brows make. The reality, however, is that the first time I plucked them I was a ripe seventeen. By eighteen I already managed to hideously overpluck them. Fortunately I quickly grew out of that phase (get it?). But the first time I actually thought of filling them in I was 26!

And I wasn’t good at it either. Heck, I haven’t consistently mastered filling in my brows until today! All the while, I’ve accumulated a couple of different brow products over time: Brow pencils, notably the slanted and retractable Etude House Drawing Eye Brow pencil (love it for its convenience) and the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil (too soft and waxy, so I always burnt through these within weeks). Then brow powder, such as the Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set (really not bad!), and gel, like the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up or the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. But this year Douglas (= kind of the less cool German equivalent to Sephora) began stocking Anastasia Beverly Hills, and I had to try it!

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15 things you can throw away today!

A helpful list of things you can throw away today to get you right into the decluttering spirit!

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So what’s the deal with cotton pads?!

cotton pads

Life is all about the small things. Cotton pads, for example. Learn below what a difference the right cotton pads can do for your skin care routine.

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Korean style contouring

contouring in Korea

Chiseled features have become the standard template for contouring in the West, and if it works on you, that’s nice. But for anyone with a flat, round face like mine that whole thing will not fly. And this has nothing to do with a lack of contouring skills!

I once got my make up done professionally and she did that thing where you draw a dark shadow underneath the cheekbones. I know people on whom this works, but on me, this just made my face look not only wider, but weird and older too.

[At my own wedding party of all times! Click here to see a picture.]

Fortunately, there are other, better suited ways to put your natural features in the limelight.

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Review and swatches: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++

NARS Tinted Moisturizer

The reason I obsess over skin care as much as I do is that I don’t like to rely on make up. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fun of it, and don’t mind using it when I’m in the mood. But to need it, the way I needed it when my skin was so bad I didn’t feel confident without foundation on, is a different matter.

Luckily, I’m at a point where I feel comfortable in my own bare skin again. Although there’s no denying that it could always do a little better still.

It follows that I always have a few base products lying around for days where I want to look that little better. The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ in Finland is among them.

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