A Little About Me

Well, hello there! And welcome to Alksne!
I'm Laura and I'm happy to see you here in this online corner of mine. I'm a self-proclaimed and self-taught makeup junkie. My weaknesses include very creamy, good coverage concealers and big, bold, colorful, metallic (preferably) eye shadow palettes. I believe that no highlight is too strong or unwearable and smokey eyes are not only for the evening hours. I have rocky relationships with eyeliners and false eyelashes. My style is always evolving, but the only thing that stays the same is my love for black. Black jeans, a long top, Converse and a fedora hat is my go to uniform, but because it would be too boring to post the same outfit every single time, once in a while I take out those heels and add a splash of color to my usually monochrome looks.

I've been very committed to my Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium ever since I started using it, a little bit over than a year ago. Not only because I love it oh so dearly, but also because finding fragrances that don't give me headaches is not an easy task. I don't know if it's just me, or this happens to a lot of people, but I very easily get major headaches from them. Even if I like the scent. It's like my head decides it for me which fragrance will be in my collection, and which one I have to pass up. So whenever there is a new launch and I get to try out a new scent I am very hesitant. 
So you can imagine my relief after trying the new Dior's J’adore Eau Lumiere. No headache was luring on me and I really love the scent! As describing fragrances is one of the hardest things ever I would put it this way - it's floral, sweet, but fresh. Perfect for the upcoming summer! The best description I found was on Fragrantica: "The cheerful top notes explode with essence of blood orange. The fragrance unfolds with intense and fresh Neroli from Vallauris. The sweet character of vanilla, blended with flowers of magnolia and fresh lemon, meets with lively notes of Damascus rose. Sensual sandalwood provides a sense of comfort, allowing the aroma to unfold even brighter." Sounds good right? If you fancy a new fragrance and this sounds like something that you would like, give this one a sniff when you get the chance. 
Top notes:  
Blood Orange & Lemon 

Middle notes:
Magnolia, Damascena Rose & Neroli from Vallauris  

Base notes:
Vanilla & Sandalwood 


So around two weeks ago Urban Decay surprised me with this little purple box, filled with all kinds of awesome products to try. Honestly, they all have settled in very comfortably in my everyday makeup regime and I already have some favorites. Last week I went to Tallinn to the first Urban Decay opening launch in Kaubamaja, but more about that, you will have to wait tomorrow's post! I'm so excited for UD to soon launch in Riga!!  
P.S. - You can find a selection of Urban Decay products already on page ;)
Do you have any favorites from Urban Decay?

Hello & welcome to my new crib! 
Even though this online corner of mine had an update 7 months ago (what I like to call Alksne 2.0) I've been thinking about a new look for it for quite some time. I strongly believe that if you want something, you have to work very hard to get it. No one is going to give it to you on a silver platter. We have to evolve and aim for bigger things. After failing that challenge I put myself up to, I felt like I needed a restart, a somewhat clean slate. So I took some time off, cleared my head and decided that the first thing on my to-do list will be redesigning this space. Tidy space, tidy mind. I wanted something new, something fresh and a lot sleeker. And here is the result. Finally I have a space that I am really happy about. I have a lot of new ideas regarding this blog, but I won't promise you anything because I've learned that it's not wise to put myself under such pressure. 
Big thank you goes to Mina from Underline Designs for being so awesome and patient with me and my million emails. 
Photo by Līva Bambale