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Waterfall & Flower Braid Combo




A waterfall and a flower braid combo, does it get prettier than that! I love this half up hairstyle. If you want to know how to create it I made a tutorial for it on more.com so click here to head over there to check it out!


Hydra




Beautiful Hydra! I love that island so much, it's a breathtakingly beautiful place. You can't walk far before you feel the need to take a picture to capture the moment or just admire the view. Last weekend I was there again, we stayed at the cutest hotel right in the harbour called Hotel Sophia and we couldn't be happier with it, great location, nice rooms, amazing view and the sweetest owners. We spent the weekend swimming, strolling around the island, shopping in the harbour and eating at some of the many great restaurants the island has to offer.



Bag & shoes




A backpack is great for many occassions but to be honest there are not so many that I like. When I was in Sweden a while ago I found this backpack from Weekday, it's simple and black and easy to store. Together with my Adidas Superstars they make a great combo!


September Sunsets




September and October are two amazing months in Greece, not too hot, the sea is warm and the sunsets are to die for. While I enjoy the last of summer I'm also working on some projects that are in the making this fall and some improvments of the blog!


French braids




French braids are perfect for an active lifestyle, it keeps the hair in place no matter what! These I made on Nora when she was going to a birthday laser tag party.


Hiding the elastic



 

Sometimes you don't want the elastic to show when you do a ponytail or a braid! There is an easy trick to hide the elastic with some hair and make it stay in place all day just by using a topsy tail! Click here for the full tutorial...


Evia




Beautiful Evia, the second largest island in Greece! A few weeks ago me, my husband, the kids and my parents went there for a vacation and had a wonderful time. It's such a nice place with amazing nature and well worth a visit!


Sunscreen & Bronzer







It´s summer and so important to protect the skin with a really good sunscreen! It might not seem important today but the damage to the skin will definitely show one day. For the body it was never a problem for me to find a good sunscreen but the face was another story! I had a problem finding one that didn't give me bad skin. 2-3 years ago I tried this one from Frezyderm and since then I never had a problem with bad skin due to sun protection, it has high SPF, goes on so smooth, feels great on the skin and is also perfect to use underneath makeup! I can highly recomend it! And to fix the tan I use some of my favourite procucts, my powder bronzer from Guerlain, my Kanebo Sensai bronzing gel and for some glow the Bronze shimmer brick from Bobbi Brown.


Life is a beach




I have been so bad at updating my blog lately!! We have family and friends coming to visit us all the time to enjoy the beautiful greek summer! A lot of time is spent on the beach and in the pool and I haven't had much time to spend working on my blog. But I will be better and soon there will be frequent updates again! XO Ulrika


New York Haul




When I was in New York I finally had the chance to check out some of the brands that are not sold in stores in the countries where I normally am. I've seen everything online but it's not the same as when you see it in real life and can actually swatch it. And other products I bought are just so much cheeper in the US. Knowing how long it would take I left my husband at the hotel and went makeup shopping :-), I think I spent 2 hours in Sephora and probably 2 in Ricky's! And I found so many great products!


1. I've been wanting to try the Gimme brow from Benefit for a long time so this was one of the products I picked up. The Roller Lash mascara also from Benefit is by far the prettiest packaging of a mascara I've seen. It's the first time I've tried it and I like it, it's not my favourite but I definitely like it.
2. I love, love, love this Glow kit from Anastasia! I planned on getting some highlighter from Becca but I as soon as i swatched these ones I knew that I had to get them!
3. NYX is such an affordable and good brand. The Jumbo pencil in white is great to use as a base on the eyelid to make the colour of the eyeshadow on top pop. And the grey one is a good base colour when creating a smokey eye. The glitter eyeliners in silver and gold are a nice for a a party makeup.
4. The lipglosses from NYX are really good and very affordable, there were so many nice colours to choose from. I've been wanting to try lip products from Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat von D for a very long time and finally I got my hands on some.
5. These are two different primers. The one from Smashbox is in spray form and I was really interested in trying it, so far so good, I like it. The one from Hourglass I've been wanting for a long time, it's expensive so I use it more when I'm making an effort with my makeup. I really like it on my skin, it's so smooth and the foundation goes on perfectly.
6. Two new concealers also came with me home from Sephora. Everyone raves about the Naked skin concealer from Urban Decay for under the eyes and I wasn't disappointed, it's so smooth and easy to apply and it doesn't crease at all, I love it. The other concealer is in powder form from Bare Minerals. I saw Shannon using it on her youtube channel Shanxxo and it looked really good. At Sephora I tried it and I love it! I don't use it immediately under the eyes but instead a bit further down where there sometimes can be a puffy area since it's reflecting the shadows away and help it to look smooth.
7. I love, love, love this palette from Kat von D! It's all very pigmented, matte eyeshadows that goes on super smooth.
8 & 9. These palettes from Morphe are extremely affordable and the colours are so beautiful. I've been seeing them all over Youtube and I really wanted to try them. Some of the eyeshadows are very good and pigmented and some not so much, just like you would expect for the price.


Cut outs



1. Mara Hoffman 2. Asos 3. H&M 4. Zara 5. Alexander Wang 6. Boohoo 7. Tess Giberson 8. Zara (US)

Clothes with cut out details are seen everywhere lately. If the cut out is subtle and done in a classy way I'm a big fan! I love my black, long sleeved top with cut out detail on the shoulders from H&M that I bought earlier this spring but now it´s getting too hot for it here in Greece so I want a white one with short sleeves and the one from H&M is looking pretty great! I also love love love the dress from Asos and the Mara Hoffman swimsuit but I'm not sure they'd suit me that well so I'll stick with the cut out details on the shoulders!


New York




New York! Amazing New York! Last week I finally got the opportunity to go there again. That city just gives me so much inspiration and energy and I was so happy to be back! Just to walk around the city, eat great food, visit our favourite places, watch some softball in Central Park, having breakfast in bed and of course do some shopping are all things I love to do when I'm there. I also finally got to try a blow out at one of the blow dry places! So nice to have someone else to do my hair for once! I will definitely go back as soon as I can again! In a later post I will show you some makeup and hair products I bought there so make sure to check back soon again!



Twisted ponytail




Trade your normal ponytail for this one! Simplicity at it's best! Click here for the tutorial.


Hair Tutorial




How cute is this twisted bohemian faux braid! It's perfect for summer since it's has that casual, laid back, boho feeling that is perfect for the season. Click here for the tutorial I did for DivineCaroline.com.


Hair Tutorial




Try this super pretty low ponytail with a hair bow! You can find the tutorial here... It's perfect for a summer party or for attending a wedding.


Adidas Superstar






Isn't little Lily's Adidas Superstar the cutest! Why is everything small so cute!! Well almost everything anyway. All three "girls" in the family have the same Adidas shoes, we're so matchy matchy! Nora has pink stripes and loving them and Lily & me are running around on the playgrounds in the black classic ones
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Dutch Braids




These dutch braids are seen everywhere lately! A big reason is that it's a favourite hairstyle of the Kardashian sisters. It's definitely not a new hairstyle but more of an oldie but goldie! Click here for the tutorial I did for DivineCaroline.com.


Easy Half Up Do




This is a cute and easy half up do perfect for a party or even as an every day hairstyle! Follow the steps below to achieve the look:

1. Make a small braid with some hair from just above the ear. Do the same on the other side.
2. Take the front hair and twist it backwards. Do the same on the other side.
3. Secure it in the back with a small elastic.
4. Twist the braid around the twisted hair.
5. Do the same on the other side.
6. Secure the braids with a small elastic just over the first small elastic.

For a more polished look take some hair and hide the elastic, secure with a bobby pin.



Long Lasting Curls




This week I share the secret to long lasting curls on DivineCaroline.com! So head over there to check out some tips & tricks to make the curls last all day and all night!



Valentine´s Day Hair




It's Valentine's Day tomorrow and I just wanted to share again this cute heart braid tutorial I did for DivineCaroline last year! It´s so pretty and easy and something you can wear for a Valentine´s Day dinner or party. The tutorial you can find here.


Instagram Videos




So I started to make Instagram videos! First I just wanted to try it and it turns out I really enjoy doing them. However 15 seconds is not a lot of time so it´s difficult to really make them understandable, but the general idea is there anyway! Nora is my little model in most of them so far but I will make more on myself also and maybe on some friends. Just to show different kinds of hairs! Click here to see the videos...


Split Fishtail Braid





Model: Josefine Ringblom Berg

The split fishtail braid isn´t that much harder to make than the regular fishtail braid but you get a completely different look and feeling! So instead of making your regular fishtail braid the next time try this one! Click here for the tutorial I did over at DivineCaroline.com!


New in: Makeup from H&M




I've heard good things about H&M's new and improved makeup so I went to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised! I liked the eyeshadows, blushes, lipglosses and there were sooo many nice nailpolish colours that it was difficult to choose which one to buy. And I really like the packaging too especially the nailpolish one and the outside paper packaging (maybe not so important but anyway, ha ha). The false eyelashes look really good but I have yet to try them, I have to get back to you with my opinion on them! All the rest above I really like! So if you are on a budget this is a great alternative! Personally I probably wouldn't buy the foundation, concealer or brushes from that range but there are many other nice products.

The colours above is:
Nailpolish: Red Carpet
Eyeshadow: Baci Di Dama
Blush: Rosy Brown
Lipgloss: Milk And Honey



New Year´s Eve Hair




Happy New Year!
I wish you all an amazing 2016! Here is some last minute hair inspiration! I haven´t decided yet what I will do with my hair but for Nora we bought some glitter spray that she is excited to use. We're going to a party here in Sweden at a friend's house celebrating the new year to come!

For tutorials look here:
1. Here 2. Here 3. Here 4. Here 5. Here 6. Here 7. Here 8. Here
and French Twist Here


4 Holiday Hairstyles




Happy Holidays everyone! My cousin came by and wanted me to do a braid on her and of course I went nuts and did four different ones to choose from. She has medium length hair and all of these are perfect for that lenght. She kept the milkmaid braid one and it looked great on her with her fringe framing the face.

We keep on celebrating the holidays in Sweden and are having a great time catching up with everyone. Today we´re going bowling with my brother's family and our parents. Game on!


Holiday Glam




Glam up the Holidays with some glitter and gold! Whether it´s a nailpolish or a headpiece make the holidays more glamorous with some sparkles!

Me and my family are in Sweden celebrating and we´re hoping for some snow! But of course most important is that we are together with our families and friends enjoying the holidays!

1. Glitter eyeliner, NYX. 2. High Voltage Lipstick, NYX. 3. Hypnose Stardust Golden Top Coat Mascara, Lancome. 4. Lustreglass, MAC. 5. Large size glitters, Make Up For Ever. 6. Avalon Star Hair Clip, Summerblossom. 7. Nailpolish, Butter London. 8. Eye Shadow Amber Times Nine, MAC. 9. Starlight Pouch, Deux Lux. 10. Skirt, Zara. 11. Nailpolish, Nails Inc. 12. Headband, Love Rocks.


Waterfall & Mermaid braid

 




This hairstyle is my newest hair tutorial on DivineCaroline.com. It´s a waterfall & mermaid braid combo that looks super cool, almost like a braid from Game of Thrones or something. Check it out here...


Ladder Braid Tutorial



Nora looks so adorable in this ladder braid! It´s such a cute hairstyle for girls. I made a tutorial for it on DivineCaroline.com, you can check it out here. It´s a bit tricky at first but hang in there and you shall succeed!



Three strand fishtail braid





This three strand fishtail braid is my current favourite braid! It´s so pretty and intricate looking but actually not very difficult at all to make. You need a lot of hair for it though so I´m using my hair extensions from Rapunzel of Sweden.


November sun



November has been an amazing month here in Greece with sunny and warm days! I spend my days with Lily who is now 13 months and we have the best time together really enjoying the warm weather. In the afternoons when my oldest daughter Nora comes home from school we often go to the parks to play or for a stroll and something to eat along the sea.

Waistcoat from Zara. Shoes from Adidas.


Chunky knit & Fishtail braid



Model: Josefine Ringblom Berg

It´s fall (even if some days still feels like summer here in Greece) so it´s time to get the chunky knitted sweaters out to keep warm! This one comes from Zara and paired with a cute fishtail braid this makes a great every day look!


Every Day Waves




This weeks post and hair tutorial on DivineCaroline.com is how I do my every day waves in less than 5 minutes so head over there to check it out! The key is to use a small size curling iron and big sections!



Athens Xclusive Designers Week



Bottom photo credit: Nikos Zoto

Last week I went to Athens Xclusive Designers Week, the greek fashion week, together with Samantha & Josie. In the pictures are Kathy Heyndels beautiful flowy dresses. The hair was undone textured hair with waves and the makeup a strong dark lip.



Stacked Pull Through Braid




Hair model: Josefine Ringblom Berg
Hair extensions: Rapunzel of Sweden


Try this super cute stacked pull through braid that I made a tutorial for on DivineCaroline.com! Click here for the full story and step by step instructions.


Crown Braid




Today I did this dutch fishtail crown braid on Nora. Her hair is perfect for this kind of hairstyle, medium length with some texture in it. She has a week of from school so we're having lazy mornings and days filled with fun activities.



Dutch Fishtail Braid




Hair model: Josefine Ringblom Berg
Hair & Photo: Ulrika Edler


How gorgeous is Josie in this dutch fishtail braid! To get extra length and volume I used hair extensions on her from Rapunzel of Sweden. It was so much fun when we were taking the pictures next to my pool, my cats just wouldn't leave us alone. They were playing with Josie's kimono and I was afraid they would destroy it so I tried to keep them away while taking the photos, not the easiest thing to do!


Rimming the waterline




Rimming the waterline is a great way to either give your eyes a more intense look or to open up the eye. Choose black to make your eyes stand out and appear more intense, one of my favourite eye pencils to use is Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Black Ice from MAC. Choose a light pencil to open up the eyes and to give the illusion of bigger eyes or if you like me have a baby or toddler that keeps you up at night it will help you to look less tired. My favourite is Eye-Iluminating Duo from Youngblood, one side has a matte finish and the other side has a shimmer finish. I like to wear the matte side for everyday and it´s also great to use as an eye shadow base. The shimmery side is nice when you have a matte neautral makeup and then some shimmer on the waterline or you can use it in the inner corner of the eye to brighten it up.



Double Fishtail Braid



Hair model: Josefine Ringblom Berg
Hair & Photo: Ulrika Edler


This double fishtail braid is not at all as complicated as it looks. It´s two fishtail braids that you pull on the outer edges to create volume and then bobby pin them together on the back of the braids to make them look like one braid. If your hair hasn´t the length or the volume you would like just use some clip on extension, the ones I´m using on Josefine are from Rapunzel of Sweden.


Double Lace Braid




This is a pretty, everyday hairstyle perfect to wear to work or school. Once you get the hang of it it won´t take you long to make. Click here for the full tutorial...


Milkmaid Braid




My friend Ada came over the other day and I always take the opportunity to braid her hair and update my Instagram. This hairstyle turned out so pretty so I decided to do a tutorial on it. It´s wearable even if you are a bit older because this version of the milkmaid braid is more subtle (even though I´m a firm believer that you should wear your hair however you want whithout letting your age hold you back!). Follow the steps below to achieve the look:

1. Make a dutch braid starting just above your ear. Braid it around your head in the back incorporating hair only from up (like a lace braid). Leave some hair underneath for the second braid. Incorporate hair until you reach the next ear then braid the rest of it and secure with an elastic. Pull on the braid for extra volume. I pulled quite a bit and you can always use some bobby pins to keep the braid in place if you need to pull a lot to create volume, just pin them underneath the braid so they don´t show.

2. Now start a loose dutch braid on the other side of the head going parallel with the other braid. Incorporate again hair from up. When you reach the other ear continue to braid the rest and secure with an elastic.

3. Take the braid and drape it over your head securing it in place with bobby pins.

4. Do the same on the other side. Hide the end under the opposite braid and do the same with the end of the first braid.


New in







This is my newest makeup additions perfect for fall! The MAC palette has 9 cool colours and is a very versatile palette with many gorgeous colours perfect to create a smokey eye with. You can see a more detailed picture here! I have been wanting makeup from Charlotte Tilbury for a very long time and finally I bought this beautiful palette called the The Rock Chic and I wasn´t disappointed! It´s four amazing colours that you easy can take from day to night. For a tutorial on how to use it check out the creator herself making one of her iconic looks here! The blush is from Kjær Weis and is an amazing blush that gives you a healthy glowing look perfect for fall when you need some life to your face. It´s definately on the priceyer side but it´s organic and good for the skin so I bought it as a little treat to myself. You can find it here.

My favourite look for fall is to use one of the palettes to create a smokey eye and then pair it with a stain from my favourite plum lipstick Rebel from MAC. To create the stain you take some lipstick on your finger and then dab it onto your lips, this gives a less dramatic and more natural pop of colour like you just came in from the cold.


Bobby pin guide




If you have problems making your updo stay in place this is the guide for you! Head over to DivineCaroline to read all about it! Click here for the guide...


Infinity braid



The infinity braid is really something! It looks intricate and pretty and is a great way to dress up a ponytail! Go to DivineCaroline to check out the full post and tutorial I made for them!

 

 

 
 
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