My New Haircut: From Bob to Pixie! + MOTD

In my mid-twenties I settled to a classic short bob cut, which I've been rocking for years. I love a good bob cut - it's for me it's feminine yet playful, artsy and rebellious. In today's post I'm showing you my 'drastic' change and the inspirations behind it! Enjoy!

 Natalie Portman in Leon The Professional

Natalie Portman in Leon The Professional

 Mia Farrow (source: Time)

Mia Farrow (source: Time)

Background & Inspirations

When I was younger I always had long, thick hair, but I fancied a shorter style. When I entered high school I was fed up with people telling me "never cut your hair" as if they had anything to say how to live my life.  So I chopped my hair and started dying it (mostly black) and cut it to odd short forms, inspired by Japanese J-rockers. Looking back, those looks were awful, but it was my way to express myself haha. I've always loved bangs and finally tried a short and sleek bob, which became my signature look.

After I moved back from Japan I was obsessed with Japanese actress/model Kiko Mizuhara. Not only she's fun and gorgeous, but rocked the most perfect long bob - so I decided to stop dying my hair and grow out my bangs. I've had bangs most of my adult life so it didn't take me long to cut them back, which I haven't regretted. 

When it comes to hair, I have a couple of style icons that haven't changed in years. Many have described my hair is like Audrey Tautou's in Amélie, but honestly my inspiration has always been young Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional (one of my favorite movies to date). Short bob cut with super short bangs, sometimes nape of the neck shaved to an angle. My other style idol is 60s model Twiggy, but her hair style wouldn't suit me in my opinion. After late-night reference photo browsing on Pinterest, I found a lovely image of young Mia Farrow, which made my jaw drop.

I've seen Rosemary's Baby when I was young, but had completely "forgotten" about her short pixie look. Soon I found other actresses and models with a similar cut and became obsessed with the look (and I use the word 'obsessed' very carefully). Over 70% on my Instagram poll voted for the pixie cut, so here we are.. From the dirty post-summer cottage, post-swimming bob cut to a much shorter style:

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What do you think? I got comments that my hair looks darker after the sun-bleached ends were cut off. I kinda like it. It took me a couple of days to recognize myself in the mirror and I'm positive the hair will look more natural in a week or two once the bangs won't be as even and the back of my head won't point in every direction. I have new hair styling skills to master! I had just learned how to do curls with a straightener, now I need to practise styling with round brush and blow-dryer.

MOTD:

Eyeshadow: Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow base*, matte brown SURRATT singles (Truffle etc)
Eyeliner: SUQQU liquid eyeliner duo* (discontinued)
Brows: Viseart 'Structure' palette
Base: SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid in 101 (review coming soon!)
Cheeks: JLo for Inglot (J139 Cocoa5*) for contour, Rouge Bunny Rouge Habanera blush
Highlight: Burberry Fresh Glow in White
Powders: Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous (review here) and Laura Mercier Translucent loose powder
Lips: ADDICTION by Ayako matte lip crayon in 'Paprika'

*items PR gifted for consideration

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I can't wait to wear lots of lipstick and feminine dresses to balance this look! 'Mickey' t-shirt is byy R/H (a lovely Finnish brand) and skull&bones earrings Vivienne Westwood (lol I'm not a style blogger, but if you were curious).

Which hair style do you prefer on me?Have you ever done a pixie cut or a "drastic" change?

Supermodel Glow with Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer (Review)

I'm constantly asked about eco makeup products, so I'm happy to review you the beautiful highlighter** by supermodel Miranda Kerr's brand, Kora organics! Btw: I'm sorry I haven't been posting as constantly lately - I just dealt with almost 3-week-long flu/cold, but now I'm back with a lot of new and fun upcoming posts! Enjoy!

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About Kora Organics

Kora Organics is a brand created by Australian model, Victoria's Secret Angel (lingerie giant's model) and self-help author Miranda Kerr. I used to be obsessed with models, fashion magazines and candid photos in my youth, but for the past few years I haven't paid any attention. I don't have a TV to follow Victoria's Secret shows - I highly doubt they even sell the brand in Finland. I still highly admire women who have made a business out of their modelling career as fashion isn't an easy business. Same goes with beauty. It "makes sense" a model would create their own clothing or beauty line, but to my understanding Miranda is also very passionate about sustainability, natural ingredients and organic life. The highlight ingredient of Kora organics is a fruit called noni, which is a "super fruit" that can be taken internally and externally. I learned Miranda has drank the juice of noni fruit since she was a child. 

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Rose Quartz Luminizer

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Highlighter is a cream pot highlighter with rose hued luminous glow. Can be used on the high points of the face with  be used with fingers or a small brush. The ingredients are mostly organic and 98.8% of natural origin.  6g/0.21 oz of product for 28.90€/$28 (Stockmann.fi and Sephora.com).

Using the Rose Quartz Luminizer

Don't you hate the expression when someone (especially a beauty blogger) is obsessed with something? Well, I am with this highlighter. It gives the most natural sheen without being too subtle or undetected. The luminizer makes the high points of your face to stand out and glow without looking like you've applied highlighter. Perfect for the "glowing from within", seamless finish.

I'm especially happy that the luminizer is easy to blend with fingers. I very lightly dip my index finger into the cream, do two to three taps on my cheek bone and use my middle finger to blend. If you need some inspiration or tips how to highlight your face, read my highlighter tips post. My mind does a little scream every time I dip my fingers into a cream product, but that's life. I think you could use a concealer brush, a small goat hair or synthetic brush to blend and buff this product, but honestly I think softer cream products are the easiest to apply and blend with fingers. I leave my brushes for harder cream products, such as the THREE Duo Highlighter (review here).

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Here's some highlighter applied on my cheekbones and cupid's bow. It blends into my foundation very seamlessly, it was pretty hard to capture on camera - congratulations if you notice anything, but take my word: it looks beautiful in real life!!

Ingredients

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Mica (and) CI 77891, Hydrogenated Palm Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Quartz

I usually don't dig the ingredients of makeup products, but as this is almost 100% natural and organic ingredients, I thought I would paste them for you. I was hesitant to use a makeup product high in coconut oil on my face, but luckily I've had zero congestion from using this highlight. I've also had no reaction from RMS beauty products, so if they worked for you so might Kora. If you're sensitive to shea butter or coconut oil proceed with caution or ask a sample. I don't own Tata Harper or RMS highlighters, but compared to my RMS Buriti Bronzer the Kora is much more softer in texture and doesn't feel as dry.

Notice: Coconut Oil etc natural butters should be kept under 30°C / 86F to avoid melting. Finland is now having a heatwave and my highlighter is a bit soft in the middle.

Swatches

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review
 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review and Swatches

The color of Rose Quartz Luminizer is icy pale pink. In these pictures it looks almost lilac, but don't worry - this isn't an "unicorn highlighter" but has just a strong white undertone. I have nothing like it, but I swatched two of my pinky highlighters and the paler side of TF's Paradise lust and THREE Shimmering Glow Duo 01 (review here).

 Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review

Overall thoughts

This highlighter is a clear winner for me! I hope Kora Organics brings out more complexion products - if so, I'll be first in the line! (Please, Miranda, bring out a BB cream! Right now I'm testing Kora's skincare items, I hope to report back soon, but so far... I'm impressed. What's your favorite eco makeup item? Do you love cream products for the Summer?

**Kindly PR gifted for consideration. Images and thoughts are my honest and my own!