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    Welcome to Love the Look

    Hi, I'm Mikkel Hyldebrandt. Welcome to my blog Love the Look - a beauty blog for him and her about products, favorites, trends, background and much more.

  • Photo: Ralph Lauren, L'Oréal Luxury PR

  • Photo: YSL, L'Oréal Luxury PR

LOVE THE LOOK

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Truly Gifted!

A couple of weeks ago partner and lawfully wedded husband went on a short trip to New York City. While in NYC he texted and asked if I wanted him to bring anything back, and I jokingly replied "Tom Ford!" knowing that he had a tight schedule with no time to go shopping - and because we normally don't fuss about bringing each other back presents when away.

So imagine my surprise when he comes home late at night and places a dark brown bag on my nightstand so the first thing I see is a Tom Ford bag! Apparently, he had jumped in a cab, driven across Manhattan to the Tom Ford boutique, made his purchase and then gone straight to the airport. Now, if that isn't amore...

So, what was in the bag, you ask?  Well, let me tell you! For years I had talked about how much I missed my Tobacco Vanille fragrance from the Tom Ford Private Collection, when lo and behold there was a bottle of eau de parfum in there! It's deep and dark scent notes are so intense, but never overpowering, because the amazing combo of tobacco and vanilla makes it incredibly smooth on the skin. It is truly perfume art, and I'm happily reunited with one of my favorite fragrances EVER.

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And obviously he'd paid close attention to my going on about how badly I wanted to try the face wash from the new Tom Ford For Men skin care line, because that was in there too. The lightly scented gel becomes a gentle foam that cleanses the skin while not stripping it from valuable natural oils - and it's very durable too because you really only need a dab to create a pleasant lather for your face. Oh, and it looks really good too...

So, thank you, my love! It's the best gift, you're the best and I'm truly gifted with you in my life!

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How To Look Good Nude

Do you look good naked? Not in the not-wearing-a-thread kind of way, but out of your makeup? Celebrities are eager to post makeup-free selfies of themselves boasting flawless skin and perfect glow without a hint of makeup. Of course, their skin must be perfect because they have an army of facialists and skincare gurus who keep their skin looking (selfie) picture perfect at all times.

Or do they? Because there are actually quite a few makeup products out there that seamlessly and invisibly can improve anyone's skin in seconds without it looking like you even thought about makeup that day. In tune with with the nude makeup trend cosmetics manufacturers have developed products that will simply blend with your own skin tone thus creating a more coherent and even look of your skin. The trick is to let your own skin tone shine through at all times and just let the products do what they do best: improve what is already there! So get out your cameras and get ready to snap a selfie, because these will make you look great nude...

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Chanel Les Beiges is a collection of skin-toned makeup products that will bestow a flawless finish and subtle glow to any skin - without covering up the skin. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color/Photo: PR

 

 

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Your lips will actually look gorgeous in a great skin-toned nuance. Like this Maybelline Color Senations The Buffs/Photo: PR

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This product is liquid so it can be applied really sheer and give the skin a beautiful matte but glowing finish. L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder/Photo: PR

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This is an instant perfector that you simply smooth over skin for a more even skin-tone and texture. Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector/Photo: PR

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For that extra glow, try a subtle hint of highlighter where your skin should really shine: upper cheekbones, temples and chin. Nars Copacabana Illuminator/Photo: PR

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If you do decide to aplly more eye makeup a palette like this one will keep it in the natural skin tone family. Urban Decay Naked Eye Palette/Photo: PR

What’s On My Shelf Part III

Fragrance has always been something special to me. As a kid I couldn't wait to get permission to wear it, and today I never leave home without it.

For many years I wished that I would find that one and only fragrance that would be mine forever, but even though I've come close to finding it, my desire for novelty and new inspirations is just too great- I just can't help getting new stuff! That being said fragrance has the ability to grow dull on the skin - like using the same shampoo will eventually do nothing for your hair. Because each scent note will react to your skin suddenly your favorite scent will smell odd or different simply because we have bodies that are in constant change. So, if you want to smell good, you need to change up your scent game too!

Besides, I am all for having several fragrances to choose between - like a little scent wardrobe - that can be adapted to what I'm wearing and which mood I'm in. So, here are are few long-time favorites of mine along with one new discovery from the shelf in my bathroom.

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Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 - Since discovering this in 2006, I've kept coming back to it time and time again. It consists of a single scent molecule - iso e super - which is used in many fragrances as a booster for individual scent notes. On it's own it's almost not a fragrance because often you won't even be able to smell it yourself, but the reaction from others is astounding. It is by far the fragrance that I've received the most compliments for - and it's unisex so it's good on everyone too! To experience, you really have to try it.

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb - Don't let the name deter you, because this is actually a smooth operator. Yes, it does belong in the heavier category, but the scent notes of bergamot, leather and tobacco are surprisingly un-heavy and creamy. Perfect for evenings and whenever you dress up a little.

Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycomore - The Exclusifs are only available in Chanel stores or few high-end department stores and is a collection of 14 scents created from the rich history of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel. Sycomore was actually launched in 1930 by Gabrielle and perfumer Jacques Polge drew inspiration from the name to create this woody and noble scent. The gorgeous bottle alone is almost worth spending the smaller fortune it is to buy this fragrance, but of course it's content is what is worth every penny. Simply stunning.

Mens Dept Perfume - About two years ago Mens Dept. was launched as a new haircare range for men. It's wonderful, no-nonsense products that just work wonders for your hair.  And now the scent of the products has been bottled. I tested the fragrance on a whim at a hair salon waiting to get my hair cut and was blown away by the wonderfully clean and crisp scent that almost had a hint of flowers to it - but only almost! To my surprise it developed nicely on my skin to reveal more woody and mineral notes. As an added bonus it was fairly inexpensive too.

Kiehl's Original Musk - This is probably the best rendition of the musk scent there is. Kiehl's formulated this fragrance in 1963 and it's been on the market ever since still going strong! The scent is warm, sensual, oriental but clean at the same time. One of the strongest originals out there - and it's also great for women!

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So What Do You Use Part II

Last week I revealed what skincare products are on the shelf in my bathroom - and now it's time to show what favorite products I use for my hair. And keep in mind that even though I have shorter hair these products are just as good for women as they are for men.

And as always: what works for me may not work for you, because hair does come in many different types and styles :-)

Myshelf2Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish: This spray is like a light shine wax in spray form, which is brilliant! It smoothes fly-away hairs and gives it a little bit of hold without compromising movement.

John Frieda Frizz Ease: This inexpensive silicone product is a necessity when the weather turns hot and humid. You need to work it in with a blowdryer, but it will keep your hair in check when the humidity in the air is turned up.

Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil: Like your skin will benefit from oil so will your hair. A couple of drops worked into the hair will strengthen your hair and deep-condition it. The oil is so light that you will not walk around with an oily mess - but if you're afraid of looking greasy, use it at night instead.

TIGI Rebuilding Wax: This wax gives you great hold without completely fixating your do! And hair-caring ingredients will condition your hair while you wear it. Brilliant!

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So What Do You Use?

I'm often asked for recommendations for skincare and hair care products, and I gladly give advice to anyone who asks me to the extent that I can. But often my suggestions are met with a 'but-what-do-you-use?' - as if that in itself is the best possible recommendation. 

So, without stating that these products work wonders for everybody, and that skin types and needs vary from person to person, here is a look at what I use right now (from left to right).

 

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Origins Drink Up-Intensive Overnight Mask: Now that summer is really here and the sun is out, it is nice to replenish your skin with lots of moisture overnight. And this mask really does the trick.

Essence 27 Bio-Vitalizing Cell Hydrating Fluid: With its 27 skin-caring ingredients this serum may smell a little funny, but it is incredibly effective. It's easily absorbed into the skin, which is left mattified but plumped.

No7 Hydrating Mineral Water Spray: Face mists are here to here as they are an excellent way to lock in extra moisture in the skin. This one is really nice as well as inexpensive. Use it on clean skin the seconds before a serum is applied to the skin.

No7 Protect & Perfect Serum: This serum from the British pharmacy chain Boots was heralded as one of the most effective and skin-renewing serums when it came out years ago - and that at a fraction of the price compared to high-end serums. It will nourish your skin and even calm down a razor burn.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30: Sunscreen is must in this hot and humid Atlanta climate and this one is perfect for day to day sun protection. And yes, I am in love with all things Kiehl's...

Kiehl's Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+: This sunscreen fluid is perfect if you are going to be in direct sunlight. Applied as the last step of your skin care regimen this one will glide on easily and is even easier to touch up with during the day.

Stay tuned for more recommendations from the shelves of my bathroom for hair and fragrance!

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Are You Body Beach Ready?

You know how it is: Spring is here, summer ensues and all of a sudden you are going to a pool or a beach, and it dawns upon you that you have to strip down to your bathing suit and reveal that body that's been covered up for months!

Apart from the dieting and the extra hours at the gym (yeah, right!), you can do your part to prepare your skin for the 'big reveal'. A good body scrub (two of my favorites depicted here) will gently rid the skin of those dull skin cells and it will boost the blood circulation in the skin to make it look fresher. And if you're into tanning the skin will actually be more receptive to the sun's rays (so don't forget that sunscreen!).

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Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub
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A body scrub can also help get your hands and feet ready for the beach. For softer hands use it as a hand wash and make sure you get between the fingers and those places where hardened skin can build up. Use it on the soles of your feet to soften and buff away hardened skin so you can actually wear flip-flops or sandals without horrendous looking feet.

As always when you strip away the very outer layer of (dead) skin cells, you need to replenish the skin with a moisturizer, which seal the skin again. And never scrub to hard or too long as a scrub is merely a superficial treatment - excessive scrubbing can result in broken skin or rashes, which is not a good look for any occasion.

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Kiehl's Gently Exfoliating Coriander Body Scrub
Photo: PR

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For The Love Of Beards

I've worn my beard for plus ten years now, and when I recently shaved it all off, I simply couldn't recognize myself without. So after  weekend of complete shock, I did my best to grow it back as quickly as possible.

Rumor has it that the beard trend is slowly fading - at least the ample hipster variety - but I also think that a lot of guys have realized that they actually look really good in a beard so no matter what: Facial hair is here to stay.

Of course, you need to take good care of your beard as it has the potential to become coarse, crass and basically look like a haystack. As basics goes, you need to wash and condition your beard like you would your hair. Additionally, a good brush (preferably a brush with real bristles) and a good beard wax work wonders for your stubbly chin.

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Three really good options are pictured above: Badrick's Da Balm is great for both beard and the skin beneath as it has anti-bacterial properties along with softening ingredients. The Honest Amish Beard Wax is a great beard wax - especially for fuller beards that need taming. A little goes a really long way so be careful not to overdose! And of course there is the Beard Wax from Beard & Stache, which has quickly become a favorite of mine - it smells awesome and citrusy and it's just so easy to use because it's in stick-form!

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Vamp(ire) Lips On The Red Carpet

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The Met Gala is probably the biggest and most important New York social event of the year benefitting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. And since it's all about about costumes, this is where celebrities dress up in the wildest and boldest fashions out there that often border costume more than couture.

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Apart form the wild and amazing fashion statements, beauty fans got their fix as well. One of the things that stood out most this year was the color of the ladies' lips, which were predominantly red or simply nude. But model Joan Smalls and Queen B Beyoncé both pushed the envelope on lip color. Joan Smalls wore a purplish plum shade on her gorgeous kisser and Beyoncé went for a deep burgundy shade. Both looks stirred the waters - Smalls more than Beyoncé - but I think they looked great with the unusual nuances. It was a little more vampire than vamp, but with absolutely no goth in sight - they both looked elegant and chic.

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If you want to try vamp(ire) up your lips, try these two shades: YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Deep Raspberry and Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Vibrant Orchid.

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The Scent Of Jazz

Next after a smokey library of a gentleman's club the ambiance of a traditional jazz club must be one if the most masculine scents out there.  And that's exactly the smell that Maison Martin Margiela tries to replicate with Jazz Club from their Replica series.

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Each of the four Replica fragrances are meant to serve as an olfactory memory where you can close your eyes and through the sense of smell experience exactly what the fragrance is called. Jazz Club is the first male fragrance in the series and it combines notes of pink pepper, musk, vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver, and tobacco leaves to give you the balmy, confident and masculine sensual impression of a visit to a Brooklyn jazz club.

On the label it says 'heady cocktails and cigars' under fragrance description, which can both be easily envisioned when breathing in the notes of the smooth fragrance. As goes for the bottle, it has the staple Margiela minimalism, which is inconspicuous, but speaks volumes. Like 'Untitled' from the house of Margiela this one is bound to become another fragrance favorite.

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Lupita And Maison Lancôme

Just days ago it was revealed that the next spokesperson for French luxury cosmetics company Lancôme will be actress and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. Personally, I am thrilled about the choice first and foremost, because Lupita has won over the hearts of millions not only because of her stunning performance in 12 Years A Slave, but also because she is already considered a major style icon and the epitome of beauty. She has simply taken the world by storm.

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And it is such a strong statement for Lancôme to choose a spokesperson with Kenyan roots and Mexican heritage even though Lancôme was among the other major cosmetics companies to introduce 'global skincare', which was created from the unifying notion that women all over the world - no matter ethnicity - share the same skin concerns. This also meant that Lancôme (along with Estee Lauder) was among the first to introduce marketing material featuring models of different ethnic backgrounds in the same ads.

"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself,” Lupita said in the official press release.

Lupita Nyong'o will join Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz and the recently appointed young actress Lily Collins in the Lancôme line-up of beautiful women, and her campaign for the cosmetics and fragrance giant will be out in late summer.

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