Being the lazy human being that I can be at times, I sometimes don't do much with my hair. My go-to styles are usually a half up-do, straight hair or some loose curls.

As of late, I've found other ways to spice up my hair without having to do too many steps, which I will now share with you!

Curl it up

I recently bought a new hair curling set! I've had my previous set since 2013 and it's not even working most of the times anymore. I've been wanting the T3 Whirl Trio Set for a while now, and I've finally caved in and got my friend to get it for me while on a trip to London last weekend. First impression; I LOVE it. It's so lightweight and heats up super fast. The design also looks amazing. I'm so in love.

Anyways! I used the 1.25"-0.75" barrel to create these loose curls. Start off by dividing your hair into sections, then curl your way through it. No need for everything to be perfect, just curl in different directions and roughen up the curls along the way.

I finished with a spritz of Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray to give it an extra poof as well as giving it more texture. Run your hands roughly through the curls to loosen up the look.

1. Half up-do

After finishing curling your hair, take two strands from each side, twist it a little bit and bring it together at the back of your head. Then take two bobby pins and pin it in place in an X formation.

Pull a bit at the top of your head for volume. Feel free to pull out a couple strands at the front to frame your face as well.

2. Side braid

Push all your hair back and start doing a normal 3-strand-braid. Slowly braid down the side and tie it off with a small hair band.

To create more volume, hold the tail of the braid and pull slightly along the braid.

3. Twist it up

When you're finished with the braid, twist it up in a circular motion. Pin it in place with bobby pins along the way.

That's it! Hope this tutorial helped give you some ideas.

Have a lovely day!

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Valentine's Day is coming up and I thought I could share this warm-toned make up look that's perfect for the occasion! I've been wearing different variants of this look as of late and find it perfect for a night out with your loved one or gal pals.

Let's get started!

Step 1: prime & base

Start off with a moisturized face. Nothing is more important than a well-moisturised base before applying any makeup on.

To make sure that your makeup stays put, apply primer on your eyelids and face.

Shake up your foundation! I’m using NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint and a beauty blender to blend it out evenly on my face. This is a light-to-medium coverage foundation, so you can layer up as you wish, or just use a smaller amount for a light coverage instead.

Step 2.a: eyeshadow

In December, I finally bought this wonderful eye palette from Colour Pop Cosmetics and I gotta say, I’m in love with the colours! The pigmentation is amazing and the colour payoff is super high, so if you want a dupe for your high-end palettes, go for Colour Pop.

This palette is called "I Think I Love You", how fitting.

I first chose a base colour for my lid. Using this Belair colour, I applied it lightly all over my eyelids. Then, to deepen the depth a bit, I added a touch of Urban Decay's Buck.

Next, I went closer to my lash line with My Type, a reddish brown colour. Then, blended it out well before applying Howdy on the outer corner of my eyes. Again, I blended well before moving on.

Finally, to add some shimmer and pink hues to my look, I added a bit of Fancy Face on the middle part of my eyelids, before locking it in with Screw It on 1/3 of my eyelid, as well as the inner corners, to brighten up the whole look.

Step 2.b: brows

As always, I just brush my brows before filling it in a bit. Then to hold it all in place, I use Maybelline’s Brow Drama Mascara.

Step 2.c: eyeliner & mascara

To complete the eye look, I'm curling my lashes before applying a simple winged liner, using my forever favourite Stila All Day Waterproof Eye Liner. Then, I coat my lashes with Maybelline's for length and Falsies Push-Up Angel for volume.

Step 3: contour & highlights

I used Ipanema Sunset from the Becca Sunchaser palette under my cheekbones, a bit on the corners of my forehead as well as along the jawline to contour my face.

Next, I used this Maybelline MASTERchrome highlighter in Molten Gold, a good recommendation from my dearest @Gambitsky. Look at this glow. I’m obsessed!

Step 4: lips

After having them moisturised throughout the process with Vaseline, I touch up with a bit of Inglot’s AMC Lip Pencil Matte in the shade 09, so to keep the attention on the eyes.

All done!

xoxo, Ellen

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My mother used to have this tall cabinet filled with perfumes when I was a kid. I would always play around with them, trying to find one that I wanted to be "my scent". But I quickly found out I was picky. For me, it's really hard to find a perfume that I'm 100% happy with. And it wasn't until a year ago when I received Envy Me by Gucci from my Mom that I started to use perfume on the daily.

So here are my two favourite perfumes that I would recommend for the ones sensitive to smell like I am.

Envy Me is a very light blend of floral and fruity, smoothed out with soothing musk, white tea and warm woods. I'm not one to use heavy scented perfumes as I want it to compliment me without making me feel heavy-headed.

When I received this from my Mom, she said that this was one of the few scents I liked from her collection, and thought it was light enough for me to endure.

Last summer, while waiting to board a plane back to Oslo, I walked through the skin care aisles at Boots looking for something new to try. I stumbled upon the L'Oréal Paris Cleansing Toner from their Fine Flowers collection. The smell was so good that I bought it without hesitating for even a second.

Then two weeks ago, I went shopping with my Mom and while standing in a queue to pay at Zara, a bottle of perfume caught my eye and compelled me to test it. The smell was so good it made me buy two bottles, but I couldn't figure out where I'd smell that very same scent before– until I came home and realised it's the same exact scent as my toner. Orchid from Zara is now one of my favourite go-to's.

What about you? What's your favourite scent?

Love, Ellen

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