3 cute hairstyles with a bow & a ponytail
Nora has been sick for a few days, yesterday she was better but stayed home from school just to be sure. Anyway, that meant that she had time to help me by being my little hair model. I did 3 hairstyles that end up with a low ponytail and a bow. She looks super cute in all of the styles but my favourite is the fivestrand braid to the lower left. The upper right is a simple twist were you take hair from each sides and twist around each other, then pick up more hair and twist around each other again. The lower right looks even better on thick hair. It´s a knotted updo, you make a knot like you do when you tie a shoe, add hair from the sides and make a new knot continuing down. The fivestrand braid is as the name says a braid with five strands instead of three. Which one is your favourite?
Favourite MAC Lipstick Shades
One of my favourite brands for makeup is MAC and one of their best products are in my opinion the lipsticks. So many different shades and textures to choose from! Everyone can for sure find a lipstick that suits them! I´ve tried many different ones over the years and by now I have some clear favourites that I like to keep in my makeup bag and makeup kit.
The Red: There are so many gorgeous red colours to choose from but my favourite is Russian Red. It´s a bluish-red shade in a matte texture. The blue in the red also makes the teeth look whiter which is a nice bonus.
The Nude: Nude colours that suit you are not the easiest to choose and it´s important to try them on before buying since they have a tendency of making you look washed out if you choose the wrong shade.
I like Myth which is a light neutral nude in a Satin finish. A tip when you wear Myth is to have a light pink lipgloss on top to give a bit of colour to the lips.
The Bright: A pop of colour is nice to wear sometimes especially in the summer. Girl About Town is a really nice bright blue fuchsia in Amplified Creme texture.
The Drama: Rebel has been a favourite of mine for a long time! I just love the colour. To make it more wearable I make a stain instead of wearing it with full impact. Use a finger to dot it onto your lips. Rebel is a
cream plum in Satin finish.
The Pink: Angel is a really beautiful pink shade and one of MAC:s bestsellers. It suits fair to medium skintones. It´s a soft pink in Frost texture. A great everyday colour.
The Coral: Shy Girl is a soft nude coral shade in Cremesheen and very wearable.
Vanessa Hudgens inspired updo
This Vanessa Hudgens inspired updo is cute and messy, and a great way to wear your hair for any occasion. For example, this hairstyle looks great at a formal event with a beautiful dress. A loose hairstyle is a good way to dress down a formal gown. Or wear it as an everyday hairstyle with jeans and a T-shirt. It works on medium and long hair. Go to DivineCaroline for the tutorial and don´t forget to pin it for future inspiration!
The waterfall braid is really one of my favorite braids! It looks very intricate but at the same time cute and casual. You can do it on any texture of hair you want, and it will look beautiful. I prefer it with curls or waves since it gives a softer look. Click here for the tutorial...
Beautiful little Lily
Finally our second princess is here! Our beautiful little Lily! We´re so happy and Nora is super excited especially since she has been wanting a baby sister or brother for a long time. Lily looks so much like Nora when she was newly born and with the same full head of hair! We´re all so in love with her and enjoying every moment!
How to style a shirt
When you wear a shirt it´s sometimes nice to not just let it hang but to create a shape and to tuck it in. And not only when wearing a shirt, if you wear a knitted sweater for example I really like to do the front tuck to get a waist. And with a t-shirt to do the full tuck in a maxi skirt to get a waist and nice proportions. But back to the shirt! There are 3 nice ways to tuck it in: the front tuck, the half tuck and the full tuck. They front tuck and the full tuck gives you a waist and they also help making your legs appear longer and your upper part shorter. The side tuck is just a cool way to style your shirt when feeling like doing something different. These tucks is also a great way to style a shirt when you´ve borrowed your boyfriend/husband´s slightly too big shirt! Then it´s also nice to fold up your sleeves like in the pictures. Thank you to my lovely model Josefine
Jessica Alba inspired updo
Jessica Alba first wore this updo at the 2008 Academy Awards, and it has become an Internet favorite for women looking for a beautiful formal updo. Wear it with a nice dress and you´ll look stunning! This style requires medium to long length hair but will work with hair of any texture. Click here for the tutorial...
Retro inspired side ponytail
A few days ago I did this photoshoot together with my friend Josefine for her blog. A photographer friend of hers was supposed to take the pictures and me as usual to do the hair and makeup but her friend got stuck in crazy traffic in Athens going out to the seaside were we live. So instead I took the photos, I know the camera a bit bettter now and I actually really like to take pictures so next project is to become a better photographer! For the first pictures I had curled her hair and later I braided it into a five strand braid. For the makeup I did a smokey eye in grey and bronze. The sunset was amazing like always! We truly live in one of the most beautiful places!
Sometimes it´s fun to do a little nail design instead of wearing just one colour on the nails. Buy a dotting tool and try some new designs, this dotting tool is just a cheap one from H&M. You can also take something you have at home like a bobby pin or a pin needle. I love the combination of white and gold but you can do it with other colours if you prefer that. Paint all the nails with two coats of white nailpolish. When it´s dry paint the ring finger with gold (actually you don´t have to paint it white first and then gold, you can just paint it gold straight away, I just happened to do it that way). Take out your dotting tool and dip it in the golden nailpolish, make sure you don´t have too much of it on and start to create your dots. Finish it off with a top coat to last longer and you are finished!
I love this bohemian looking style! It looks so casual, relaxed and cute. A flowy dress worn with boots and a cute hairstyle is all you need. I have a tutorial on this hairstyle here... At the end I just added some small braids and twisted also them around the headband. (Dress and boots are from here)
Aren´t these the cutest bags for kids! I went to Zara the other day and their collection for kids this fall is adorable! I think I will buy bag nr1 for my daughter because I always end up carrying it anyway and why not do it with style! The bags and collection you can find here...
Yesterday me and my sweet friend Josefine
was shooting for our blogs! For my blog I used Josefine as a model to shoot a styling post that will come up on the blog next week. I´m a trained fashion stylist also and I want to do more styling posts on my blog in the future. Keep an eye out next week for the post! I did a fast and easy makeup and hairstyle on her and I really like this messy, twisted ponytail. To create it spray some dry shampoo on all of the hair for texture. Then take the hair from around the temple and down and twist it backwards, then do the same on the other side. I didn´t temporarily secure one side when I did the other because I can do the twisting with one hand and keep the other side with the other but if you find it difficult secure the one side yóu start with with a crocodile clip or sómething and then do the other side. When you´ve finished both sides gather them into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Then take a piece of hair and hide the elastic, secure it with one or two bobby pins. Create some extra messiness to the ponytail either with some light backcombing and a touch of light hair spray or with some more dry shampoo. The makeup I kept simple but I contoured under the cheek bones to get extra shape to the face and I enhanced the eyes by using a grey eye pencil to line them.
September: life and instagram
September in Greece is one of my absolute favorite months, it´s not as hot as in august, the sea has been heating up all summer which means you can stay in the water for hours, the evenings are warm with a little breeze, you still wear just a dress and everywhere is people out enjoying themselves. The first picture is of one of our evening swims, I love to go to the beach to enjoy the warm water and the beautiful sunset, it´s truly amazing. The second picture is me very pregnant now shooting a hair tutorial! The baby is due in beginning of November and we´re so happy and looking forward to finally meet our newest member of the family. Picture number 3 is my beautiful friend Josefine who has been so nice and lending me her hair to do hair tutorials on! Her blonde hair is a nice change from my darker and I enjoy doing hairstyles on other people. We have more tutorials in the making! The last picture is of my Nora going to a pirate birthday party since September also means a lot of birthday parties because everybody is back from their vaccations on the islands and villages that they go on in August. Follow me on instagram for more pictures like this!
Mermaid into fishtail braid
I love the look of this mermaid braid that evolves into a fishtail braid! I find it very intricate and beautiful. And on my friend Josefine´s hair it looks amazing! Braids always turn up so well on blonde hair and you can really see the structure and details in them. I did this tutorial for DivineCaroline
so click here for the full story...
Twisted Crown Braid
Sometimes I find it a bit hard to do the crown braids on myself but this twisted crown braid is so easy to do on yourself and it doesn´t take long at all. And it´s a hairstyle that actually looks bettter during the day when it gets a more lived in look! Click here for the tutorial...
Faux Fishtail Braid
This super cute bohemian looking hairstyle is so easy so create! You don´t even have to know how to braid! It looks kind of like a fishtail braid and therefor the name faux fishtail braid! I´d wear this hairstyle with a loose flowy dress or with denim shorts or jeans and a kimono. You can choose to pull on the twist to get a fuller look or keep them more separate for a more detailed look. The fuller look looks more like a fishtail braid so if you don´t pull so much you can see the twists more, it´s up to you. I pulled on mine for more volume and a fuller looking "braid". Follow these easy steps to create the hairstyle:
1. Take a piece of hair from the front and twist it towards the back.
2. Do the same on the other side and secure the hair together in the back with a small, clear elastic.
3. Flip the hair inwards around itself one time.
4. Take a piece of hair from each side just under the first "flip" and secure once again with an elastic.
5. Flip the hair inwards around itself again just like you did on the first one.
6. Continue the same way down the remaining of the hair as many times as you can or want.
7. Pull on the hair to add volume and to hide the elastics.
8. Finish it of with an elastic or like me with a leather string to add to the bohemian feeling.
3 cute ways to add accent braids
Accent braids add a cute and casual feeling to so many hairstyles. Here are three of my favorite ways to add a braid to a bun, a ponytail or to when your hair is down. If you want to know how to create them click here...
Hair Chalk Hairstyles
Here are some cute hairstyles if you prefer the hair up when you are wearing hair chalk in your hair! There are so many hairstyles that look nice wearing hair chalk but this is some examples of my favorite ways to wear it. From easy to make: the ponytail to medium: the bun to more advanced: the dutch fishtail braid! The dutch fishtail braid you can just change to a regular dutch braid to make it easier for you. Or any kind of braid, I love hair chalk with braids!
Hair Chalk How To
Hair chalk can be fun to play with and since it doesn´t last more than until your first wash just go for it! It dries out the hair a bit though so don´t do it too often! Hair chalk can create cute and interesting effects both with your hair let loose or in a hairstyle. I used it on my daughter and this is the way I found to be the best:
1. Protect your clothes while applying the hair chalk, it will drop down and also transfer to other materials. A good tip is to wear dark clothes when you are wearing hair chalk in your hair.
2. If you have blonde hair don’t wet the hair. But if you have brown or dark hair wet the strand of hair before applying the hair chalk, this helps it to grab on to the hair better and for the color to show up more. Also twist the strand of hair before applying the chalk.
3. Apply the hair chalk. Do it in a downward motion and redo it until you are satisfied. There are many different "patterns" to choose from, you can apply it like highlights in your hair or as an ombré effect just at the ends of the hair. Get creative!
4. After your hair is dry lock in the hair chalk with a flat iron, this really helps it to stay in place. Finish with light hairspray as a last step to lock in the color.
Now style your hair! Wear it loose or if you are concerned with the color transferring to your clothes wear your hair in a braid or an updo , the hair chalk creates a really cool effect to your hairstyle.
Later this week I will post three different hairstyles I did on my daughter when she was wearing hair chalk!
This low bun is stylish, chic, and easy to create. You can wear it to any formal event and look like you spent a lot of time on your hair when the truth is, it didn't take you long at all! I created this hairtutorial for DivineCaroline so click here to check out the full story...
3 cute ways to accessorize your hair
Get the look
This is a look that I think is very wearable even if you´re not use to wearing a lot of makeup! It´s a soft smokey eye, some soft contouring and a nude lip. It´s especially flattering for blue eyes. The bun is simply a loose bun with some volume on the crown.
Foundation: Face and Body from Mac, Concealer: Pro conceal and correct pallette/medium from Mac, Setting powder: Prep + Prime transparent finishing powder used only in the T-zone.
Eyebrows: I shaped and filled in the eye brows with a powder called Tri Brow from Make Up Store and then for some texture I used an eyebrow pencil from Mac called Lingering.
Prep the lid with a grey eye kohl, I used Smoke from Make up store. First apply it close to the lashline and then smoke it uppwards on all the eyelid with a blending brush. Most of the product should be close to the lashline.
After that I
took my favorite bronzer called Terracotta 4 seasons in 01 Blondes from Guerlain and applied on all of the lid, the crease and blending it up towards the browbone going quite high up.
Then I took a black eye pencil Le crayon khol 01 Noir from Lancome and applied it in between the lashes
and at the lashline to define the eye even more. I blended the edges softly. Under the eye I took some of the bronzer close to the lower lashline, then the black eye pencil on the inside rim and also close to the lower lashline but only one third of the way from the outer corner smoking it inwards.
I contoured softly to define the cheekbones using Step by step contour kit from Smashbox.
Then a touch of blush using Posey from Mac.
Lips: For a natural nude lip I used one of my favorite products, a lipgloss called Striptease from Nars.
Create some volume on the crown by backcombing the hair gently and spray with a light hairspray
for hold. Smooth out the hair without loosing the volume and gather all the hair in the neck without pulling the crown too much. Secure the hair in a ponytail then twist the hair softly around the base of the ponytail and secure with bobby pins.
Blogger beauty favourites
It´s a jungle of beauty products out there and it´s so difficult to know what to choose! I asked some of my blogger friends to take a picture of their beauty bags and show us what their favourites are! Check out their blogs for more inspiration!
My beautiful friend Ida is blogging for a swedish magazine called Chic. Her blog is very inspiring, especially when it comes to fashion! Check it out here... She lives in Sweden now but last year she lived here in Greece where I used her as my hair model sometimes! This is her favourite beauty products at the moment!
Blanche from Byredo is a light, fresh parfume that everybody likes. It´s a scent you never get tired of!
Exuviance Ultra Restorative Creme. A lifesaver when your skin is tired, damaged or worn ut after a stressful day at work or after a day with to much sun. Use it as a mask during the night and you´ll wake up with calm, glowing skin.
Eos lipbalm is an ecological lipbalm made by natural products. Celebrity favourite nr 1 and always in my bag.
Nutraluxe Lash MD is a lash enhance product and I use it to get more distinct eyebrows, it frames your face and is perfect if you have thinner brows.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse OR is the perfect body oil for summer or for an evening out. You get a golden glow that lasts all evening!
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highligter makes the skin glow when applied on the right places. A gentle stroke on the cheekbones, collarbones or cleavage makes you look healthy and fresh.
My sweet Josefine is swedish like me but lives in Greece and has a successful blog about her life as a fotballer´s (soccer) wife. Her blog is filled with fashion, beauty and her life as a mum. We often do projects together and we have many more ideas we´re going to work on this fall. Check out her blog here... Her favourites are:
Skin care: Skincode/Switzerland Skin refiner
Primer: Dior/Glow Maximizer
Parfume: Narciso Rodriguez/L´eau perfume
Sunscreen: Freesyderm/Sunscreen Velvet finish
For moisture: Mac/ Moisture mist
Tinted moisturizer: Laura Mercier/Tinted Moisturizer - illuminating broad spectrum(white) & tinted moisturizer oil free (brown)
Pressed powder: Make Up Forever
Powder foundation: Chanel/Double Perfection Lumiere
Conceler/ Cover stick: ACO
One of my best friends is Nora, if you´ve noticed my daughter is also called Nora and it´s after her I named her! She is norweigan, also used to live in Greece :-) but now she lives in Berlin, Germany! She works for celebrity hair stylis Shan Rahimkhan there at the marketing department. Her blog you can find here...
Face cream: Hada Labo antiage cream
Body cream:The Body Shop - body butter "Fijian Water Lotus"
Lip product: Elisabeth Arden - (for lips and gloss) Eight Hour Cream
Lipstick: MAC "satin"
Parfume: Narciso Rodriguez "for her"
Mascara: Sublime De Chanel mascara 10 svart
Eyeshadow: Dior eyeshadow palette 030 incognito
Foundation: MAC Face and Body foundation
Blush/Bronzer: Dior - nude tan rouge 002
Concealer: Bobbi Brown - creamy concealer natural
Hair products: ALL my hair-products from Shan Rahimkhan
This braided hairstyle
is perfect for a day when you want your hair to look casual and cute. Wear it with a nice long summer dress and some sandals for a relaxed bohemian look, or pull on an oversize knitted sweater over the dress and pair with some low boots for
a casual, cool look this fall. You can wear this braid with straight or curly hair
, but I prefer it with curls or waves. If you need to add some texture to your hair, check out my no-heat sock curls
tutorial. Click here to check out the tutorial for this braid...
4 strand braid
4 strand braid with one strand smaller than the other is my new favorite braid! It looks more advanced than it really is and with just a little bit of training everone can do it! I love to learn a new braid, in the beginning it can be frustrating but than finally your fingers do what you want them to do and you have created a beautiful braid. In the picture up is my daughter Nora with the beautiful swedish fields in the background and in the picture down my friend Erica with her long, blond, amazing hair. I´m thinking to make a tutorial for this braid since it´s so cute!
Twisted half updo
I did this cute hairstyle on my friend Erica a few days ago, it´s an easy twisted half updo secured with bobby pins! First curl your hair. Then take two pieces of hair from the front, twist them lightly in the same direction and then twist them around each other the opposite direction. Pull on the lower part to create volume. Secure the one side temporarily with a clip or a bobby pin and do the same on the other side. Connect them in the back and secure them in place with bobby pins. Try to hide the bobby pins under the twisted hair!
Simple summer knot
This weeks tutorial on DivineCaroline.com is this knotted half updo. I like the casual, effortless feeling this cute hairstyle evokes. Wear it for an everyday look, or wear it to dress down an outfit. The hairstyle would pair perfectly with a party dress and heels or with jeans
and a cute T-shirt
. Check out the tutorial here...
Romantic fishtail braid
This bohemian-looking fishtail braid is one of my favorite hairstyles. I also love it as a bridal hairstyle because it has a romantic, feminine and loose feeling to it. The hairstyle works best on long hair with texture, like curls or waves in it because it gives more volume to the braid. If you don't have long hair and would like to wear your hair this way, you can always use clip in extensions; the hairstyle works very well with extensions. And add some flowers for an even more romantic feeling to the hairstyle. Click here for the tutorial...
Easy twisted bun
This is a nice and easy twisted bun for those days when you want your hair to look chic but don´t have a lot of time to spend on it! Follow these steps to achieve the look:
1. Make a side part
2. Section of your hair on the side with the most hair from ear and up. Secure it out of the way.
3. Make a low side ponytail.
4. Twist the hair around itself.
5. Then twist it around the base of the ponytail to create a bun.
6. Secure with bobby pins.
7. Now take the front hair and twist it.
8. Secure the front hair around the bun with bobby pins. Make sure you hide the ends.
Finished! Now you have a cute twisted bun!
Rose pink makeup look
For a fresh makeup look during the summer I like the rose pink look! There are so many nice products for the lips, cheeks and nails but these are some of my favorites. For daytime I´ve switched my foundation to a CC cream from Clinique with SPS 30 and I put it on very lightly only where I need it. Then I use a cream blush like the one above called Posey from Mac. On my lips I wear a pinkish lipgloss for a fresh daytime look. If you want your makeup to last in the heat don´t forget to wear a primer under the foundation and use a transparent powder after the foundation and cream blush and apply a powder blush in a similar color on top. On the lips use a lipstick that you applied with a brush and on top the lipgloss. With this I only wear mascara and if I´m not too lazy I lightly fill in my eyebrows.
Nailpolish: Ming from Chanel
Creme blush: Posey from Mac
Powder blush: Fresh from Make up store
Lipstick: Faux from Mac
Lipgloss: Partial to pink from Mac
So today it´s time for the third and final tutorial for middle length hair! The lacebraided updo! Braids are always cute for summer so this is a great hairstyle for those hot summer days or warm summer evenings we have in front of us! My model for these hairstyles is my friend Ida who blogs for the swedish magazine Chic. Check out her blog here... To try this hairstyle follow these steps:
1. Make a lace braid by only picking up hair from one side when you are braiding. Don´t braid tight to the head but instead almost next to the head.
2. Do the same on the other side.
3. Take one of the braids and pin it up horizontally with bobby pins.
4. Do the same with the other one.
Now you have a cute braided updo! Wear it with a cute summer dress and sandals and you are ready to go!
Now to the second of the tutorials on my beautiful friend Ida for middle length hair! This hairstyle is so adorable and one of my favorites. It works just fine on longer hair too but there is more to tuck away and still make it look nice. This hairstyle is so perfect for a summer party or when you are attending a wedding. Follow these steps to get the look:
1. Put on the headband. Try to find one that is not too tight on your head since it will then slip up easier. Don´t worry if it slips up a bit now, you will fix that later.
2. Take all of the hair (or if you want to leave a few shorter pieces in the front do that) and roll it around the headband. Arrange it nicely and tuck down the hair some more where needed.
3. Secure with bobbypins, especially if you are a bit flat headed like me. This is for extra security so the headband will stay put.
So it´s time for the first of the hairstyles for medium length hair, the easy chignon! I find this one easier to make really nice and much less hassle on medium length hair than long hair. You can of course make it on long hair too and I do make it on mine but when I did it on my friend Ida´s hair I did it so fast and easy making it the perfect every day hairstyle for days when you don´t have a lot of time to spend on your hair. Follow these easy steps to create it:
1. Make a low ponytail. If you want to you can already now twist the hair a bit in the ponytail for added effect later.
2. Make an inside out ponytail. You do this by creating a little hole just above the elastic of the ponytail then you take the ponytail and you flip it through from the outside to the inside.
3. Now take the ponytail and roll it up and secure with bobbypins.
4. Arrange it to look neat and nice!
I borrowed my lovely friend Ida´s
hair to do hairstyles on middle length hair instead of my longer hair. Many updos are actually easier and looks better on middle length hair than long hair in my opinion. I did three easy updos that work really well on this length. I´m working on putting together the tutorials for them so check back for them during the week!
I love braids and they always make a hairstyle so casual and relaxed. This cute 3 braids into 1 is a perfect every day hairstyle and it takes 5 minutes or less to make! I think it´s so nice to wear now during spring and even better later when it´s summer with a cute summer dress. Follow these easy steps to create it:
1. Make a side ponytail.
2. Divide the ponytail in three parts and braid them normally.
3. Pull on each of the braids to create volume, this is especially important if you have hair on the thinner side like me.
4. Create one big braid of the three
5. Pull on the braid to create volume.
Finished! Super easy!
This is a cool, fun boho hairstyle that will be perfect for the upcoming music festivals or concerts! Check out the tutorial I did on DivineCaroline...