Best of Tom Ford Beauty and a makeover by Tom Ford Specialist!

Tom Ford is one of my favorite luxury beauty brands, but I haven’t talked much about it on the blog as it was previously difficult to purchase to Finland. Now we have a gorgeous big Tom Ford counter at Helsinki Stockmann dept store and also available on the website. In today’s post I’m showing you my top Tom Ford beauty products and a makeover done by Noora, the Tom Ford Specialist at Stockmann!

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I was kindly invited to have a makeover the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter. I live quite near the Helsinki dept store and I haven’t had my makeup done many times professionally. Of course I said yes, Tom Ford being one of my favorite brands! Noora is very talented makeup artist and an expert in Tom Ford makeup and perfume. I was very happy to see her working with some of my old favorites as well as new products. That day I had two lipsticks with me for inspiration: Indian Rose (pinky nude) and Sonia (red). We chose Sonia as the lip color, keep eyes simple yet shimmery and glowing, perfected skin!

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List of the most important products we used:

Base: 02 PINK GLOW TONE UP and foundation new SOLEIL GLOW TONE UP FOUNDATION SPF 45 HYDRATING CUSHION COMPACT in the shade 2.0 BUFF. Usually I wear a lighter shade in Tom Ford foundations, but 2.0 BUFF did look good on my skin.

Cheeks: SHADE AND ILLUMINATE CHEEKS, shade SCINTILLATE topped with powder blush CHEEK COLOR, 01 FRANTIC PINK. Powder FACE ILLUMINATING POWDER in TRANSLUCENT and highlight with FACE SKIN ILLUMINATING POWDER in the shade 01 MOODLIGHT. Noora used both of the highlighter shades for giving me some bronzed, healthy glow on the cheeks. Loved her technique!

Eyes: Cream eyeshadow in SOLEIL CREAM AND POWDER EYE COLOR, 06 YOUNG ADONIS (both cream and the top coat glitter), EXTREME MASKARA in the shade RAVEN. FIBRE BROW Gel in the shade TAUPE.

Lips: LIPS AND GIRLS lipstick in the shade Sonja

Such a gorgeous makeup!! I asked a lot of questions from Noora and have been testing her techniques on myself this week. For example wearing the top coat glitter all over the eyes - beautiful. Previously I’ve been frugal with glitter, only using it on the outer corners of my eyes, but it looks simple yet stunning all over! I own the Shade and Illuminate in Moodlight, but have mostly just used the lighter shade. Now I’ve mixed the lighter and more tan highlighter shade, or used the darker color as a blush topper to warm up the look. I can still keep my “Snow White” look, but with just added warmth and healthy shine.

To get your makeup done by the Tom Ford Specialist, come to Stockmann Helsinki and shop for three products of choice! You can also ask for test application when you are choosing your shade etc.

Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Best of Tom Ford Ford Beauty Recommendations

According to Noora, the Tom Ford best-sellers are lipsticks, eyeshadow quads and foundations. I can see why, but today I’m sharing my personal favorites. Next I’ll list my personal top favorites or things that deserve a special mention. I try to keep this list short and sweet, so if I’m skipping a product it doesn’t mean I don’t love it.

Tom Ford TRACELESS FOUNDATION STICK

I wanted to try a foundation from Tom Ford and while the liquid foundation sample I tested was lovely, I felt I already had something similar. I opted for the stick foundation as it was a newer texture for me and unique in my makeup bag. It’s so quick and convenient to use, you can easily build more coverage where needed. Conceals redness and lasts for the whole day! I love to use this with my Sonia G Base One brush or other duo fibre stippling brush.

Cream Color For Eyes

I used to hate cream eyeshadows as my lids are hooded and everything tends to crease on me sooner or later - especially very emollient products. Please notice I do wear eyeshadow primer underneath everything. Tom Ford’s mousse-like eyeshadow creams apply effortlessly and set in place without feeling heavy or sticky. They don’t move around or gather in my crease. The cream shadows also set glitter top coats very nicely with little to no fallout and color selection is beautiful. My current favorites are Spice, Burnished Copper and Caviar.

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Cheek Color

Tom Ford has several blush options: “the baked gelee” formulas in the limited edition Soleil collection and traditional powder blushes. I love both, but I’ve noticed I gravitate more towards the baked formula as the colors layer beautifully and add a gorgeous sheen on the skin. The permanent powder blushes are mostly matte with an excellent shade selection that compliments both fair and dark skin tones. I rotate all of them! My favorite regular powder blush is Inhibition (nude).

Perfume

Bold, strong, elegant. Those are the first tree words that I would associate with Tom Ford’s perfumes. I wear them when I want to feel strong or romantic and don’t have the time to reapply perfume during the day. They last exceptionally well on my skin, you can catch a whiff on my clothes as well. His perfumes are on the heavier side but don’t feel suffocating in any way. My family also loves Tom Ford perfumes and body sprays, which are also very potent and long-lasting. My current favorite scent is Tobacco Vanille.

Have you tried Tom Ford beauty? What’s your favorite item? Thank you again for the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter for having me! x

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation Review + MOTD

Today in my Japanese foundation review series I have the new-ish SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid, which I would describe as a light-weight and moisturizing serum foundation. I was quite excited for this launch as anything dewy, skin-like and light is right up my alley! You’ll find more Japanese makeup reviews by clicking the link or the tag cloud on the right.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This serum texture foundation is meant to be extremely light and comfortable, creating a natural dewy finish. Has an SPF19. Available in 7 shades (light-medium to medium skin tones). Packaged in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a pipette dropper. 30ml retails for £46 / $60.77.

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APplying SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This foundation is very liquid, I imagine it has a mix of oil with the pigments as they seem to separate ever so slightly. I usually give the bottle a good shake just in case, but I haven’t had any problems if I forgot to do so. The coverage is sheer to light, not very buildable. While using this foundation you may need pinpoint concealing for any blemishes and under eye darkness.

The easiest application method for me has been dropping the foundation straight on my cheeks and forehead (you know, the “Instagram method”), then blend with a dense goat hair brush. I feel a paddle brush could be optimal for such a lightweight formula, but at this moment I don’t have the perfect brush at hand. If I’ve used a greasy SPF underneath I find the foundation moves a little bit and wants to settle into my fine lines; in this case I blot my SPF or use a Beauty Blender to press in the foundation after the brush step.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Wear

The finish of this foundation is very natural, light and silky. I haven’t noticed any color change or oxidization while wearing it. The look is luminous but non-greasy or tacky, I think normal to combo skins can wear this foundation without feeling “too dewy” as the day progress if you use a powder to set critical areas. For my dry skin I don’t feel the need to set the foundation as I don’t get an oily T-zone, but for added glow and easier powder blush application I like to gently swipe my face with a finishing powder by Hourglass. I don’t find the foundation transferring, which is sometimes an issue with oilier/dewier formulations.

I’ve noticed that some foundations break on me during the day. While some people might struggle with an oily T-zone, my dry skin wants to “eat up” the moisture out of a foundation, leaving it a patchy mess or gathers to the crevices of my nose. Luckily I haven’t find this an issue with SUQQU! SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid gets a bit more dewy during the day, but wears otherwise beautifully +8 hours. No significant problems.

Swatches

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog

I chose 101 as my shade online, usually the lightest shade of Japanese foundations are a good match for my NC15/NW13 skin. The Nude Wear Liquid in 101 pulls very yellow, but I can pretty much get away with it once I blend the product. Not a huge fan of the very yellow undertone, but at least it’s not grey or “zombie”-like on me. If you are fair with strong cool undertones this shade might look strange on you. You might give a try to 20X shades, but to me they looked darker. Every English shade description has the word ‘Ocher’, which puzzles me, so if you order online perhaps email or ring the counter for a good match?

Complete list of the concealers in second swatch:

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid in 101
THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum in 100
ADDICTION Skincare Foundation in Porcelain 001
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude in 1N2

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid MOTD | Laura Loukola beauty Blog

MOTD

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation 101
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque
MAC Prep+Rime Loose Powder*

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara
Viseart Structure eyebrow palette
SUQQU Eyebrow Gel in Khaki
SUQQU Eyeliner Liquid Pen Duo 01* (discontinued)
SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-36 Fuyusumire (discontinued)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-Lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow 097 Birdwing Beauteous*

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand 017 Vermeer*
SUQQU Pure Color Blush 06 Harusumire
SUQQU Illuminating Highlight Stick 101 (LE)
THREE Shimmering Lip Jam 15 Dreamers Awaken

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Overall thoughts

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid is a very lovely light foundation, especially for dry to normal skins. If you lean more combo you might get away by applying a mattifying primer, setting the foundation or just skip applying on the T-zone. If you have significant fine lines you may want to really press in the foundation and set with a powder. What annoys me is the very limited and strange shade range, which is very hard to figure out online and doesn’t cater to POC. If you find a matching shade and enjoy more “no makeup” makeup look with natural, sheer foundation I’m sure you’d love SUQQU.

Have you tried SUQQU Foundations? I’m kinda tempted by the newest Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation, but I’d like to get a sample before paying the high price.

PSA

I apologize for the lack of content, but if you happened to see my IG updates, my fur baby Kiko passed away last week. She often made an appearance on the blog, sniffing and checking beauty products or just laying on the top of my flatlays.. I miss her tremendously, but trying to focus on the good memories now. xx

*Products marked with an asterisk were kindly offered for consideration.

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?