Makeup Therapy or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Routine

There are days when you will feel like like shit. Trust me, I’ve had a few of those recently. You may feel uncomfortable in your body, lack of energy and passion, pandas would envy your dark circles and perhaps there is a new zit or two (or three..) on your face. Today I’ll share you some peer support as well as tips how to deal with those days when you’d prefer to not get out of the bed.

Makeup Therapy Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Acknowledge your feelings

It’s okay to feel like shit sometimes. Some of us are more prone to stress, changes in our skin and body or mood swings. Don’t hate or put yourself down because of these feelings, acknowledging is the first baby step towards dealing. Once you let go off the unnecessary guilt of feeling bad, you may tackle the reasons or even do damage control.

“Today I want to cover myself in a sack.” That’s okay. “Today everything is going wrong and it pisses me off” It’s fine. “Today my zits are the centre of attention” It’ll pass. “..But everything is wrong and I deserve it!” Stop, it’s not your fault.

Use Humour As Your Weapon

You had lipstick on your teeth and poured coffee on yourself during a meeting? Maybe instead of getting embarrassed or angry, try brushing it off by saying “Sorry, oops, it’s one of those days”. You will most likely make other people more comfortable around you when you laugh at the situation vs throwing a tantrum. You will appear more grown up, handling the situation with your shit together. You can later let it all out, perhaps during a physical activity.

Bloating, Zits, Bags Under the Eyes..

They’re all temporary. Make sure to stay hydrated during the day, don’t poke or squeeze your face (it’ll make things just worse). Use cold towel, cold spoons or eye masks to make your face and eye area feel more cool and relaxed - it also reduces puffiness. Consider light exercise to get your fluids moving.

Dealing with people who drain you

Constant complainers, overly critical, dramatic, constantly negative and demanding people.. Some are always like that, but perhaps your friend, relative or colleague is also having a crap day - either way, don’t get pulled in. You can be kind and emphatic while protecting yourself. If you can, be open about it: “This situation/mood is affecting me, please lets change the subject” or “I hear you, but these are my boundaries”. If these methods don’t help; politely limit your contact and disengage.

Makeup Therapy Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

My Makeup Therapy Routine

First: take a shower and wash away your worries. If you feel very anxious, try a cold shower for a couple of minutes. When needing to relax a bit, use warm water or take a bath. It’s much nicer and easier to continue to next steps when you’re fresh and clean. If you can, wash your hair as well.

Second: Music, video or a podcast and a beverage. For me it’s always coffee, usually Youtube playing on the background with something inspiring that uplifts. Gather your tools and brushes. Eliminate negative thoughts and self-critique at this point, you’re trying to make yourself feel better and not worse. When looking at yourself in the mirror, don’t focus on “flaws” or start picking at your face; today your skin is what it is.

Third is prepping your skin. When I’m feel grimy or down I like to start with an exfoliating toner, followed by hyaluronic acid serum, moisturizer and SPF. Something simple, quick, that leaves my skin both feeling fresh and hydrated. If you’ve been crying or sleeping badly, I urge you to try a cold jade roller, refridgerated eye patches or spoons around your eyes. There isn’t a magic ingredient for puffiness except caffeine and lymphatic drainage with massage, I often prefer the latter. Little self-care and pamper makes me feel good mentally.

Finally is any makeup you enjoy using. Maybe there’s something you have been saving for a special occasion? Grab it now. Go on, do it. The routine doesn’t need to be long and elaborate in technique unless you want to. I often get energized when I do a nicely even base with foundation and full coverage concealer, lots of luminous blush and either glittery eyes or power lip with red, bright orange or maroon. Let the music or video play on the background, sip your drink and take a couple of deep breathes.

Some Youtube inspiration for you:

Matt D’Avella (minimalism, creativity)
Carly Rowena (positivity, fitness)
Michele Wang (luxury beauty)
Mel Thompson (luxury beauty)
Justine Leconte (fashion design)

Makeup Therapy Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

From Chores to (Enjoyable) Routines

I love healthy routines. When the brain doesn’t need to focus on planing the next step you can concentrate on being mindful in the moment or perhaps get inspired for future things. I try to think about my beauty routine as something positive and creative I can do each morning - plus taking some time for myself.

I avoid any negative associations like “I’m so busy, but I can’t go out looking like this”. Yes, you can. If you don’t have the time, just leave it. Makeup is always optional. Try building the confidence to go either makeup free or perhaps trying something new in your routine. When done in good lighting using clean tools, the application feels much more pleasant.

I hope you enjoyed this type of post! What beauty related self-care routines do you have? I just had a month long hiatus from blogging because of personal reasons, but I’m happy to be back and inspired to create new content! x

Summer Ready Body Routine

I haven’t talked too much about body care here, have I? Maybe just Max and Me body oil rave here or there, but in general I’ve neglected this topic. No worries, it’s gonna change! Today I’m talking how to get your skin in shape, looking and feeling good! I hope you enjoy this post!

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Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Getting Your Body Summer Ready

Have a body. It’s Summer (soon). The end!

No, seriously, I don’t think you have to do anything extra to be “Summer ready” skin, body, health-wise or anything. It’s just the title. But for me, I guess it’s paying more attention to body care - for fun and self-care purposes. Most of the year Finland is rainy, cold, and I all I wanna do is being wrapped in a blanket from head to toe. When it’s warm enough to ditch wool socks, giving some TLC to your body skin is well appreciated - not required, if you get what I mean. Take and use these tips as you like.

Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

The Best Exfoliating Routine

This TLC boils down to main things: exfoliation and moisturization.

I’d like to be one of those people who enjoyed dry brushing. Every time I take out my body brush I swear I’ll make it a habit and slowly transform into Gwyneth Paltrow (..no). I rarely have the patience to rub my skin more than 2 minutes and after doing it once, maybe twice, I give up. But dry brushing can be an efficient and cost-effective way to exfoliate your body skin, boost circulation and help with swelling. If you haven’t given it a try, I do recommend it! You can use a body brush or even mittens, brush yourself for 5 minutes in a circular motions towards your heart. Rinse in the shower and moisturize thoroughly.

Since dry brushing isn’t my thing, I have opted for scrub products. My favorites are from Skin Treat (exclusive to KICKS) and Flow Cosmetics. Skin Treat has two great shower scrubs: the mud-style Healthy Radiance Warming Body Scrub* heats a little while the gentle Clear & Pure Enzyme & AHA Peeling* acid exfoliator is good if you have congested skin. The pH isn’t low enough for strong exfoliation, but it’s boosted with manual scrub particles. If you want a more intense scrub, go for the Warming Body Scrub or Flow Cosmetics Peppermint Scrub*. Its ingredients include a blend of Himalayan salt, shea tree butter, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. The oils make it glide on the skin while the salt gives your dry legs and arms a good scrub. I love the invigorating peppermint smell in the shower and thanks to the oils my skin doesn’t feel too dry or itchy afterwards.

Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Body Moisturizers for Summer

As I do only mild scrubbing in the shower I’ve started using Skin Treat Bright Renewal AHA & PHA Exfoliating Treatment*, which is comes in a handy foam pump bottle. I wear pantyhose 99% of my days and suffer from pimples on my tights and bum area. I’ve noticed this Skin Treat foam helps the existing pimples to calm down faster, I’m still testing if long-term use will clear out my skin completely.

I also like their Instant Firming Body Serum* for my arms and décolleté as it sinks in quickly and makes my skin feel silky. I doubt it will actually firm my skin, but I don’t need to wait for the body lotion to dry before dressing. For proper moisturization I reach for my Max and Me body oils.

Last but not least: feet. In the past I’ve enjoyed the CCS foot cream, which has appeared in my empties once or twice, but lately I’ve been liking the Flow cosmetics Peppermint Foot Butter*. Again, I feel peppermint is very invigorating for the feet, but this foot butter doesn’t leave my hands feeling slimy or a slippery film on the feet. The solid balm is also easy to spread and massage without cream or oil dripping everywhere.

Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

How do you take of your body skin right now? Have you tried dry brushing?

I Am So Fat and Ugly So What’s The Point?

I’ve wanted to keep my blog strictly about beauty, but self-esteem and self-care are topics that I keep popping to my mind.. and I guess they’re related enough? Today’s post was intended to be a mascara review, but things changed when I scribbled the title phrase in my diary. I’ve done it multiple times, especially when anxious, jealous, depressed, stressed or plain tired, monsters from my past raise their heads.

 
Self-Worth post | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
 

Me, My Muffin Top and Road To Achieve Self-Worth

When I was in my late teens-early twenties I had the worst self-esteem. I had good social relations, family, I was good in my studies and things usually went the way I wanted. On the outside I had no reasons to be unhappy. But we don’t always get to bloom without growing pains and for several years I strongly believed that my looks were equivalent of my self-worth. Instead of focusing on self-acceptance or discovering what I really wanted to do, I decided to focus on getting as skinny as possible. Eventually things turned out that I became double times heavier than I was at my skinniest. My life was the worst. Even with help and support it took me years to heal and grow from my destructive beliefs and behaviours. 

There isn’t a day I’m uncomfortable with my body. My muffin top, big face double chin, enormous boobs and flabby arms. My BMI says I’m overweight and that should be enough reason to loose the extra kilos; for my health, my climbing performance, my looks. But what I’ve come to realise that despite its flaws I have a working body and that alone should give it some respect. For example, I don’t have any chronic pain, which makes me very, very appreciative of my (healthy) body. In the end, my body is my tool to move and live - not the mirror of my self-worth.

You Do You, But There’s A Catch

Let’s get real: Many of today’s beauty standards or ideals are plain unrealistic. We probably all acknowledge that on some level. But can one change the whole society? No. What you can do (eventually) is to change your own perception of beauty and above all - how you view yourself. If you want to be a beach babe, have botox, dye your hair, not shave your armpits and dye them green, get tattooed or maybe – not give a damn about your looks, go ahead. I cannot stand behind any body or appearance related shaming. Your beauty ideals shouldn’t concern anyone, only the reasons why you pursue them. 

My point is, you can “fix” things in your appearance, but you cannot fix yourself with your appearance. Trying to please others or control your insecurities or dysmorphia is a slippery slope with no happy ending. Your looks won’t fix your shitty job, toxic relationship or low self-esteem. Don’t be afraid of askin help when you struggle. If your goals, ideals, tastes have a healthy background such as self-expression, fun or getting healthier, then by all means - go ahead.

Challenges or food for thought: 

  • Think what you appreciate in your body (appearance doesn’t count)

  • If you want a change, what are the realistic motives behind it?

Self-Esteem Post | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Afterword

How did you like today’s post? Feel free to agree or disagree with me, but I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Due to the sensitivity of this subject, I decided to publish this right away after typing without .. otherwise it might never see the sunlight, as most of my more unconventional topics. Take care! x

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