Spring Summer Trends 2016

With March halfway over, we are finally moving into Spring territory, and I for one am all excited about it.

As much as I love my purples and my brown smokey eyes, with the days finally getting longer and the trees showing some fresh green, it was time to dust off other colors and see what will be big in the upcoming seasons.

Green graphic liner
Green graphic liner (Source:)


Some trends have been around for quite some time now, some  are new additions, but the variety is big and I am sure that there will be something for everyone.

So let´s dive straight into it, shall we?

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Falling leaves and a season changing – Makeup Trends Fall/Winter 2015/16

I tend to hold on to summer as long as I can.
Long evenings sitting outside, wearing flowy dresses and nibbling watermelon are just my idea of a good time, so I get nostalgic whenever fall comes around.

Lasts years favorite lipsticks

But with the morning chills, the turning leaves and my beach holiday over, even I adjusted to the thought that fall is truly here and started focussing on all the good things that come with it.
One of them being new makeup trends.

So if you are curious to know what next season will bring, keep reading.

1. Vampy lips
Now let´s get the obvious out of the way first. Dark lips have always been a fall/winter signature look and this season isn´t any different. Except that the lips are very, very dark this time, at least if you try to incorporate the full-on runway look.
Apart from the dark berry, red lips are here to see us through the grey and darkness.

Vampy lips (Source)

My take on it:
I do love my berry lips, but I will probably stick to a more toned down version of this trend, just like I did last year.
As far as red lips go, it will come to no surprise that I will gladly keep on wearing them.

My darkest berry lipstick, MAC „Dark Deed“ (LE)

2. Graphic black liner
Taking on from the graphic and smudged liners that were on trend throughout summer nothing much has changed here. Again, if you ant to wear this trend full-on, you have to be quite brave and hopefully not working in a very conservative work place…

Statement liner (Source)

Smudged liner (Source)

My take on it:
Black liner, preferably winged out, is something that I love wearing, but I think I will stick to the clean line I love so much and shy away from the statement looks.

Recreating a Dior add

3. Flushed cheeks
Looking like you just returned from a long walk in the crisp air is all the rage this season, probably intertwining with „Strobing“ which seems to be here to stay.
Cream blushes are the easiest way to achieve this gorgeous flush of color.
Flushed Cheeks (Source)
My take on it:
Other than Strobing this is a look that I love, so my cream blushes will stay out of the drawer and be kept in rotation for the time to come.
Wearing MaxFactor „Soft Cardinal“ on eyes, cheeks and lips
4. Metal on your lids
Again a trend that can be done either very wearable or very out of this world, so pick according to your personal preference.
On the runway flecks of gold or copper all over the lid could be seen as well as a bronze smokey eye, making it very versatile.
Metal on the eyelids (Source)

And the wearable version: A bronze smokey eye. (Source)
My take on it:
I am all for a bronze smokey eye, but I will most likely (read: at all costs) stay away from glueing metal pieces to my face!
A picture is coming in my next post, if you are curious to see how I interpret it.
Overall I love the combination of natural beauty (mainly base) paired with bolder versions of fall classics. Fall/Winter Makeup 2015/16 is strong and edgy, but very feminine at the same time, a combination I can wholeheartedly agree on.

Which trend are you most excited about?
And do you tend to change your makeup according to season or keep the same stuff all year long?

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Updating my wardrobe with the help of FashionID

If you have followed „Linda, Libra, Loca“ for a while now, you may have noticed I rarely talk about fashion, let alone share what I have been wearing.
Now there are many reasons, but the main one is I usually grab a jeans and a top and run out.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying I have absolutely no sense of fashion, but… it isn’t my strongest feature.

My uniform. Not a lot of variety here…

18 month of either being pregnant or trying to get back in shape haven’t put me in the mood to update my wardrobe, but I figured that it was time to get back on track and get a little more fashionable.

So as a first step I cleared out my wardrobe and turned to Pinterest and magazines to get some inspiration.
Now this may again just be me, but I have a hard time to actually transfer the look I see on the runway into an actual outfit.

I´ll read about a trend, decide I want to incorporate it, head out to the stores and…
am absolutely clueless what to buy.

Let me give you an example:
„Heavy knits“.
There is no secret to buying a woolen cardigan.
But the struggle is to decide which one is right for my body shape.
You know, the stuff that takes „I was freezing and now look like I am going to an arctic expedition“ to the „Lets light a fire and look longingly into each others eyes while my cardi slips off my shoulder in a subtle yet sexy way“.

Bloggers Looks Inspiration (Image Source: Fashion ID)

Of course, these days the Internet offers help.
That may be buying from an Instagram picture or have online stylists send you ready made outfits to consider, links where to buy included.

Or, my latest obsession, the „FashionID“ Online-Shop.
Not only do they have quite a selection of brands (Armani till yaya, along with more affordable ones thrown in the mix), but they have some awesome features like „Shop the trend“ or telling you whether the clothes run true to size, large or small.

An example again:
I am sitting on my couch, cold drink in hand, browsing the „Inspiration“ site for summer outfits, be they „Streetstyle“, „Editors Picks“ or, my favorite, „Bloggers Look of the Day“.
Something grabs my attention (See original site here):

Orange Flavor, (Image Source: FashionID)

Instead of running out to the shops, looking for similar stuff and discovering back home that the colors don’t work together at all, I just click „Shop the look“ and everything is listed neatly, ready for me to buy.
All it takes now is choose the right size (made easy by recommendations based on my measurements) and hit „Buy“.

What you need to create the look (Image Source Fashion ID)

I personally wouldn’t get the clutch or the pumps and pair everything with black (maybe less fashionable, but way more practical when you have a toddler running around)

Of course they offer free shipping, free returns (much needed when it comes to Online Shopping, at least in my case) and 60 days return time.
But as these things seem pretty standard in high-class online shops, it is the other features that keep me coming back.

Have you tried „Fashion ID“ before?
And do you think I actually ended up buying the Orange Flavor Look?
Let me know in the comments below!

This post was kindly supported by Fashion ID.

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BISC Vol. 13 – Popular makeup trends in different countries. Do you follow them?

BISC Vol.13
What are popular makeup trends in your country and do you follow them?

KRISTEN | USA | Glambunctious
“Strobing” seems to be very popular right now, though I don’t think the trend is unique to the United States.  Strobing is basically using only highlighter with no contouring.  Since I have oily skin and the weather where I live is very hot and humid right now, I end up strobing by default at the end of the day.  No highlighter needed! 😉
TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
I am aware of trends due to reading blogs, articles on the internet, YouTube and beauty magazines however if I don’t think they are conducive to my daily routine I will not incorporate them.  For example I jumped on the contouring bandwagon (which really never worked out for me) but when strobing, baking, and cooking came along I didn’t pay it much attention.  Right now it’s all about natural, no makeup makeup which is what I’ve always practiced so I guess I’m inadvertently following them.
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
To be honest, I am not good at following trends.
With the change of seasons I will try and get an overview on what is hot right now, but for the blog more than for personal reasons. (Read the latest edition here) The one big thing around here at the moment seems to be “Strobing”, and as I will always be a powder girl at heart, I really cant say I am following this trend.
RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Canada is still working on carving out its own little niche in the beauty world, so our makeup trends are pretty much the same as the ones in the US. Right now, I feel like the major trends are (of course) highlighting and contouring, and while I do do both on a daily basis, I’m doing them the same way I always have — subtly and in very cool tones, which, for some reason, is inexplicably a very not on-trend thing to be doing! 😉
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I have not been back to Thailand long enough to know for sure but from my observation, makeup styles that make you look “doll-like” seem to be preferred by Thai women. Circle lens (to make your eyes appear bigger), fluttery lashes, big brows (and tattooed brows) are pretty common. Another thing a lot of Thai women aspire to have is a pale (or white) complexion as I literally see hundreds of skin-whitening products being sold at pretty much every beauty store. I rarely wear circle lens but I do wear falsies and big brows occasionally. Skin whitening is not my priority but I do use some to lighten my acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
How about you?
Trends we missed and you are religiously following?

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Now that the snow has finally melted – Spring/Summer 2015 in Makeup

I know, Spring officially started about a month ago.
But to be honest, I didn’t feel it.
The first day of spring, I woke up to snowflakes. Well, two or three snowflakes, but that isn’t the point.
The point is: I was still feeling my heavy knits, my deep brown smokey eyes and berry lips, and going for pastels and floral skirts wasn’t exactly on the menu.

Sorting out the Makeup bag for spring

With the warmer weather slowly creeping in and green and flowers showing outdoors, that changed. And so I spend the last fortnight clicking away through ads and articles, trying to get the feeling of Spring/Summer 2015, makeup wise.
And if you, like me, expected pastels and sweet innocence, you are in for a surprise.

As always, these things are meant to be inspiration. There are no rules in makeup.

1. The Base:
Complexion should be natural looking and dewy. If you feel comfortable, going bare-faced is absolutely on trend. If, like most women out there, you want a little help, the sheerer finishes are your friend. Use Concealer to pin-point-conceal, skip powder whenever you can, and embrace your freckles.
Talking about freckles: If you don’t have them, paint them in using a brown lip pencil.
Your blush should be more of a natural flush, so soft pinks, nudes and a hint of peach are big on trend, and cream blushes have their moment.

Freckles painted on (MAC Trend Forecast SS ´15, Source)

How do I feel about it?
I like a medium coverage to cover my acne scars and I don not have the patience to pin-point conceal every morning. One thing that worked for me is covering the „problem area“ (on the centre of my cheeks mostly) with concealer and going over the top with a lighter coverage.
Also, I prefer a matte base, but have softly started adding highlighter for a more dewy finish.
A subtle blush is right up my street, and I own a variety of nude shades, so this one is easy for me.

Wearing Laura Mercier Oil-free Tinted Moisturizer in „Nude“

2. The eyes:
To my surprise, purples make a strong appearance, in eyeliner as well as eyeshadow. Usually going strong during fall and winter, this season they are here to stay.
If purple isn’t your color, blue is the way to go. From bright blue smokey eyes to teal liners, a variety of looks made me think of the late eighties. Only better.
Of course, no summer is complete without a bronze-brown smokey eye. This year with heavy, messed up liner or smoked out using charcoal, to achieve the „I partied all night“-look.
Liner in particular is smudged rather than crisp, and not necessarily stays at the lash line.

Liner is allowed everywhere. (MAC Trend Forecast S/S ´15, Source)

How do I feel about it?
I much prefer purple to blue, as I think it goes better with my eye color and complexion. And even though I have a soft spot for the lived in, smudged liner looks, they are something I would only wear on a night out, but never to work.

Purple eyeshadow (and a slightly startled look…)

3. Lips:
Setting the obvious nude paired with the smokey eyes aside, lips are bold. Red lipstick, preferably matte (or even just lipliner) are seen everywhere, but just like the purples, the berry lips are here to stay.
To set the look aside from winter berry lips, there is no lipliner used, but the edges are feathered out with your finger, giving a softer feel and an effortless vibe.

Dolce & Gabbana SS 15 (Source)

How do I feel about it?
To be honest, I am fed up with berry lips at the moment. I have had my fair share during the lasts months and crave other colors.
A matte red lip on the other hand sounds good and maybe inspires me to make more use of my gigantic collection of red shades.

How about you:
Which one of these trends are you loving?
Or will you stick to pastels?