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Sleep yourself beautiful: A special Offer For You

Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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My latest discovery in beauty are pure silk pillow cases!
I have teamed up with The Goodnight Co for an exclusive offer FOR YOU! More details are at the end of this post.

Leading up to my wedding I have made one beauty rule, that I am sticking to no matter what: Getting my beauty sleep!
I have made a commitment to myself to allow myself to get enough sleep, each and every night in the month leading up to the wedding, no matter how busy things are getting.
My bedtime routine includes a meditation, calming herbal tea, soothing aromatherapy fragrance and sleeping in silk!

I really need my sleep to function properly, have good energy levels and glowing healthy skin.
I touched on the importance of beauty sleep previously here, if you are interested.
There are many holistic rituals that can help you to help establish a healthy and good sleep routine.

We all try to supercharge our beauty sleep by using night time serums & creams, but do you know about the latest anti aging sleep treatment?
The pure silk pillow case!
That’s right! A smooth pillow case made from 100% natural silk will keep your skin wrinkle free, your hair untangled and simply feels amazing to sleep on.
They are hypoallergenic and can really improve your skin when used nightly and kept clean.
Silk can help ease sensitive, flakey, dry or itchy skin. It is a great solution for eczema sufferers or those with generally sensitive or irritated skin or other medical conditions.
Silk contains a natural protein and essential amino acid, which makes it a far more natural and body-friendly material for bedding.
The type of silk used is less absorbent, so that your beautiful creams stay on your skin and won’t sink into your pillow instead.
Your hair won’t be as frizzy, knotty or static when sleeping on pure silk! Doesn’t this sound great?

I have treated myself to The Goodnight Co silk pillow case.
Dave calls it my princess pillow case :) I have to say, it does feel very luxurious to sleep on silk.
And a little word of warning upfront: I don’t think it’s easy to go revert back, after you have tried how good it feels. You might get hooked after the first sleep!
They come in three colours. I own the white one (although I now really want the Charcoal one as well, to swop over when the white one is in the laundry)
I love my new silk pillow case and waking up without creases across my face in the morning feels so good.

I also think it’s the most beautiful gift! Mine arrived in a pretty little gift box and I have a feeling I will be ordering some more for some lucky girlfriends.
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Check out The Good Night Co ‘s products, they sell a beautiful range of assorted crystals & gemstones, pure silk eye masks, as well as a toxin free & luxurious laundry liquid.
The Goodnight Co is the brainchild of two Brisbane mums who wanted find a way to help people take better care of themselves as well as the other important people in their lives.
Such a lovely idea. I am all about selfcare and think it is an essential ingredient leading to happiness and true beauty.

To share the love I have teamed up with The Goodnight Co ladies for an exclusive offer:
As a LIV Lundelius Blog reader you can get 15% off your purchase using the code Liv15.

Happy Beauty Sleep!

Sappho Cosmetics Organic Liquid Foundation Find

Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2016

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I first came across Sappho via Instagram and was impressed with their all natural ingredient list, once I looked them up online.
Months later I have finally gotten my hands on some of their beautiful foundation, brushes and colours.
Sappho is an organic high end makeup brand from Canada. It’s been developed by the professional makeup artist JoAnn Fowler.
These range has definitely professional use quality. All Sappho cosmetics are paraben, gluten, talc, mineral oil and dimethicone free.
Which is great news for those of you, who prefer to use silicone free products.
To find a great natural foundation is always the trickiest, so let me focus on this and tell you more about the Liquid Organic Foundation:

The Cute Packaging
The Liquid foundation comes in 8 shades covering most skin tones. The bottle is a 30ml pump bottle. It looks very luxurious almost like glass, yet it’s a lightweight plastic. This is a real plus for professional artists.
(You have no idea how heavy my makeup kit is, so I prefer lightweight packaging if possible!) On the note of packaging: All the Sappho packaging is quite quirky and different, somewhat alternative and artistic looking.
All boxes are kraft paper coloured cartons with a painting illustration on it.
It’s one of these products that is actually good for your skin.

Beauty comes from the inside
But looks aside, what is actually IN this foundation:
This is a mineral foundation (no talc!!!) in an organic aloe vera juice and organic jojoba oil base. If you have read my post on oils, you know that jojoba oil is non comedogenic and very good for all skin types including oily and acne prone skins. It also contains frankincense which is known for it’s ability to boost collagen production. This makes this a great anti-aging foundation.
This foundation is packed with natural antioxidants and contains essential oils including organic calendula, neem oil, rockrose oil, meadowfoam oil, carrot oil, rosemary extract, lavender, roman chamomile and cedarwood.

The feel & finish
This foundation feels exceptionally light! No film, no greasiness on the skin. Yet it has lovely light reflecting properties and gives the skin a glow, in a beautiful, non shiny way.
It blends very easily, especially considering that no silicones are used to improve the texture. I prefer buffing it into the skin with the Sappho Blush brush. A super soft and very beautiful vegan brush.
It’s important to shake it well before application!
The coverage is medium. If you have severe acne scarring or pigmentation you will need a concealer in addition to this foundation, smaller imperfections are covered really well.
Of course the purpose of any foundation should never be to cover up a persons skin, it should rather enhance it! This is where Sappho Liquid Foundations scores all the brownie points.
If you prefer a higher all over coverage this foundation can be applied in a second layer without problems.
It smells of natural essential oils, and while they evaporate quickly the smell is fairly prominent when you apply it.
I personally really like the smell, it’s fresh, herbal and natural. I am using shade “Kate” which a nice tan/olive shade, great for me in Summer.

I was really impressed with the liquid foundation. It leaves your skin looking beautiful and like skin.

The “Undo” concealer is also tooo good to not mention it here! It works best blended together with your foundation and it immediately colour corrects and brightens dark circles.
A tiny bit goes a very long way with this.

Bridal Beauty Prep: Sparkling White Teeth

Posted on: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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The countdown is on! Not long until our wedding day!
My overall beauty routine that I am sticking to in preparations for our wedding is based on all natural/organic products and holistic beauty therapies.
I do try my best to stay clear of all potentially harmful chemicals in my beauty products.
The one exemption to the rule was my teeth whitening treatment.
My teeth weren’t dark to start of with but I do enjoy my daily morning coffee and just wanted to find a simple way to brighten my teeth at home without fuzz.
While I use only organic toothpaste and mouthwash, I have never been able to find a natural whitening treatment. I prefer to stay away from any homemade DIY treatments when it comes to my teeth.
I simply don’t trust that these are safe. Many tips that I saw circulating online, just seem too abrasive or too acidic and I don’t recommend experimenting too much.

An easy way to lighten your teeth is probably something that many of you are looking for, so I thought I share my experience with Opalescense Go.
Opalescence Go is an at home whitening treatment available in different strengths. Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride).
Potassium nitrate has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce cavities and strengthen enamel. Together they help to improve the overall health of the teeth.
It’s not any more natural, organic or ethical than any other teeth whitening treatment but it is recommended by and available at dentists. Actually, it is only available at professional dentists!
I found it definitely very gentle and super easy to use. I didn’t have any sensitivities and the trays fit well on my teeth, so there was so leaking of the bleaching agent onto my gums. They also have very pleasant mint flavour.
The actual trays a are clear and very flexible, so they will mold around your teeth very easily. I popped mine in while sitting at the desk doing my emails and it was super convenient.

There is a video on YouTube that shows how to use the trays.
I thought I better safe you from looking at potentially gross close up pictures/selfies of my mouth! I happily post some simley photos of my wedding to show you the bright teeth in a less offensive way.
I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of ugly before and after pictures… I leave this to the real pro’s, so if you are keen on close up’s visit the Opalescence website.

I tried a package and saw a great difference after the treatment, I will now get another one to use just leading up to the wedding.

While this wasn’t an all natural alternative, I hope you enjoyed the post and I definitely recommend this to all brides to be.

Aromaflage – Fragrance & Mosquito Repellent

Posted on: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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The thought of spending my wedding and honeymoon covered in toxic, smelly deet mosquito repellent wasn’t really one that got me excited.
Yet with a Summer outdoor wedding and honeymoon in Bali (incl. dangers of Dengue fever etc.) I thought there was not much choice.
Mosquitos also REALLY love me, they smell me from far and I am in trouble.

If you are anything like me or you like traveling to South East Asia try Aromaflage.
I love the concept so much, it’s a beautifully designed fragrance in a luxurious bottle.
Actually there are two fragrances. Aromaflage and Aromaflage Wild.

They are all natural fragrance free of phtlates, parabens or any other nasties, yet they are as far as you can imagine from smelly citronella candles.
I would actually wear mine as fragrance even inside, it’s quite delicious.
Of course smell is very subjective and we all ike different fragrances, this one however is pleasant and not offensive in any way.
To repel mosquitos successfully you need to apply it liberally on arms and legs, which you won’t do with a regular fragrance, so you will go through this much quicker.
I also recommend trying a sample to make sure you don’t get an allergic reaction. Although it’s all natural it is yet very potent and concentrated and there is always the possibility to be sensitive.
This year there are also endless annoying flies in my area whenever I take my little Dog, Dalston, for a walk they are just everywhere.
I have been wearing just a little spritz of my aromaflage in the mornings and it also kept all the bugs away. And it does really work to repel mosquitoes!

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I am even more thrilled that the packaging is so beautiful and gold, (if you know me you know that I have a thing for all things white & gold)
After trying the small size, I will definitely get myself and the future Mr. a full size bottle.
This Summer I am prepared and I can smell nice on honeymoon too!

Natural Beauty Hangout & Talk

Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2015

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I lately had the chance to speak to the lovely Juliet from Lace N Ruffles, who interviewed me for her hangout series.
Sharing the same values and love for natural products this interview was so much fun.
It’s so great to connect with others in the blogsphere and the article is filled with kindness.
It really made my day when I read it and all the lovely words she had to say about me and my work.
As you might have noticed, I have been flat out with work, traveling and non stop working and while I have accumulated
many great ideas and products that I want to share, there has been a little radio silence on this blog.
You can always follow my adventures on Instagram if you like.

In case you missed it, see the whole post here at Lace N Ruffles and read on for a little preview.

My current skin care routine:
I am always testing and trying new discoveries to keep up to date.

With my own wedding around the corner I really need to stop and get into a set routine.

However here is what I currently actually use:

♣ Morning:

Face skincare: I wash my face in the shower with La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser, then tone with La Mav Purifying Toner (editor’s note: it’s won a place in our Top 30 Natural Skin Care Products under $30 list!). I use Tata Harper Eye Cream morning and night. Lately I have been using the Organic Spa range, which was recommended to me by a facialist. I love the results and that the products are toxin free, the smell I find personally not too great, but my skin really likes it. I use the day moisture as moisturizer and wrinkle defence serum.

♣ Night:

I remove my makeup with pure organic pumpkin seed oil and a microfibre cloth. If I feel like a deep cleanse I use the La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser afterwards. I follow with Organic Spa Day Moisture and include an exfoliating treatment into my routine from time to time. The Organicsceuticals Night Renewal Treatment works wonders.
I have yet to establish my favourite routine for the upcoming months.

♣ Body skincare:

Dry skin brushing, Shower and Hydrotherapy with cold water is how I start my day. I use coconut oil on the wet skin, which helps it to absorb and lock in the moisture, it doesn’t feel greasy this way. I use pure almond oil on my fingernails and cuticles and coconut oil on my hair.

I hope you enjoy this little insight in my current routine and the full interview.

Green Beauty Brand Profile: Jane Iredale

Posted on: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

If you follow my Instagram you may noticed that I frequently use Jane Iredale products on set in my professional makeup kit.
I have written about some products in the range and reviewed some here and there, but I thought I give you a bit more background info about this brand.
I am quite picky when it comes to the selection of my makeup kit. The products really need to perform, last and also be suitable for a variety of skin types while keeping the allergy risk to a minimum.
Therefore I select pure products that soothe and calm the skin and are less likely to cause irritation.

Ethical
Jane Iredale products do exactly that! They are also certified cruelty free, which is VERY important to me personally.
Free of parabens, synthetic fragrance and other nasties they are a good choice for my green makeup kit. These products are mineral based and contain organic and natural extracts.
Coverage, application and texture are incredible. The Vitamins and antioxidants in the formulas are pharmaceutical grade and certified organic where available.

Performance
The best thing about Jane Iredale makeup from a pro perspective is the longevity: Even in very humid conditions and on long days this makeup lasts and lasts and lasts…. All the pressed products are also unable to hold bacteria as they are inert. This makes sure everything stays nice and clean and no germs get into the makeup onto your skin. A real plus for a professional makeup kit and your skin.
Jane Iredale is still family owned business by the founder Jane Iredale herself. She only produces high quality products and has a high ethical standard.

The difference
I have tried mineral makeup before and to say that I did not like it would be an understatement.
I found most mineral makeup to have a bad and limited colour selection, messy application, a flat, chalky and uneven finish, looking aging on the skin, emphasizing pores and dryness…
to sum it up: A total mess that I would never use personally or professionally.
The other confusing thing about mineral makeup is that not all minerals are safe or clean at all. Minerals can be polluted with harmful heavy metals or contain drying or harmful minerals
such as Talc or Bismuth Oxychloride.
That’s why I stayed clear of mineral makeup for years. Until I discovered Jane Iredale. Finally a brand offered intensive testing of the minerals used, ensuring safety & purity and at last performance!!! This makeup looks and feels good on the skin.

Natural?
Jane Iredale chooses to use silicones in their products for performance and improved texture. The chosen ones are never contamined with potentially harmful substances and considered safe. As mentioned before this brand has very strict testing of all their products and ingredients used.
Jane Iredeale chooses to do these tests, they are not required by law to do this. That is the real difference in quality that you get with this makeup.
While most other brands in my kit are 100% organic or 100% natural, Jane Iredale is not. There are certain synthetic ingredients used, however only if they are truly considered safe and non toxic. So I am happy to confirm that all products in my kit are cruelty-free and toxin free! Most natural beauty lovers use and love Jane Iredale, while others find it not natural enough.
I think everyone has to do their own research. I have had the chance to attend some training with this brand and researched a lot to clear up any misconceptions. In my opinion it’s a fabulous brand, that is also very upfront about it’s certifications and ingredients. They certainly meet my personal and ethical standards.
It does not green wash or use any misleading terms, yet is a brand that seems to truly care about it’s products, the environment and it’s clients.

Every Brides Dream
And boy, does this makeup work for brides! So many of my clients have emailed me with raving reviews saying they didn’t need to touch up their makeup and when they were dancing wild at the reception everything was still in place. Of course there is more to long wearing makeup than products alone (e.g. pro application, skin prep etc). I think that Jane Iredale products play a BIG role in the longevity of wedding makeup.

My new ambassador role
As professional and independent artist I will always use a variety of brands in my kit and take advantage of the freedom to pick and choose the best products available.
I have chosen to be ambassador for Jane Iredale, this fabulous brand! In my pro kit I am using a huge percentage of these wonderful products!
I can proudly say that I love to support this brand. I really hope you love it too!

I will follow up with a few looks where and how I have used these fab products on my latest work and editorials.

Oil Cleansing The Right Way – Make-Up Be Gone!

Posted on: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Oil Cleansing is the most gentle and effective way to remove makeup and to clean your facial skin, without stripping it.
This way of cleansing melts down even waterproof eye makeup and dissolves all traces of makeup. Even if you don’t wear makeup at all, it’s amazing to cleanse your skin this way.
Many of you might be familiar with oil cleansing already, but I am always surprised how many people haven’t tried it yet.

Finding the right oil cleanser
It is important to find a high quality organic product or pure oil.
The oil or combination of oils should match your skin type. If you are congested and prone to breakouts it’s best to choose and oil that is non comedogenic.
(often hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil or jojoba oil work well for these skin types)
If you are in doubt google the comedogenic ranking of an oil, prior to buying it.
I have also previously written about how to find the right oil for your skin type.
There are many beautiful products out there for oil cleansing, like natural cleansing oils and balms.
Remember as usual check the label and look for certified organic, cruelty-free products.

A new very beautiful cleansing balm, perfect for normal to dry skins is the Trilogy Make-p Be Gone Cleansing Balm. With a blend of Mango seed butter, coconut oil, rosehip- and sunflower seed oil. It smells wonderfully of ylang-ylang, freesia and cedarwood. It also comes with a little organic cotton face cloth. A real treat before bed time.
But if you are on a budget or prefer single ingredient cleansing just buy yourself a high quality oil. I personally often cleanse with pumpkin seed oil and a microfibre cloth.
I store my pumpkin seed oil in the fridge and just decant a weeks worth into a small glass bottle with pump which I store in my bathroom.

Using the righ cloth
Microfibre cloths work wonders as they don’t hold bacteria and dry pretty quickly after use.
It’s best to wash them with a gentle hand or body wash after use, rinse, wring and hang to let dry completely.
After 3 or more uses I often give mine a gentle machine wash.
There are pretty sweet ones like the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt. It’s a pink mitt, super easy to use and from amazing quality.
This one has been designed to be used just with water. It actually works! If your skin is sensitive to everything, you can try using it on it’s own.
I prefer using microfibre cloths together with oil. If you just want a simple no frills option, you can find microfibre face cloths in most pharmacies or supermarkets.
If you prefer more exfoliation and a completely natural option you can also use an organic cotton cloth.
As it will take longer to dry and the natural fibres can hold on to bacteria, you will need to wash it more often.

Step by Step Guide

1.Always apply your product (balm or oil) onto the DRY skin first.
2.Massage the oil or balm in circular motions with your fingertips. This will help circulation but also dissolve any makeup or grime from the day.
If you are wearing eye makeup also gently massage the eye area and lashes.
3.Wring out your cloth in warm water and gently wipe away the oil and makeup. You might have to repeat this step a few times, until you feel clean.
4.Use a toner and moisturize your skin. Have a good nights beauty sleep. :)

Oil cleansing is definitely recommended for night time but some people prefer doing it morning and night.
Experiment with what works best for your skin.

Gressa – a revolution in skincare, makeup & love

Posted on: Friday, September 4, 2015

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You might have heard about Gressa already, I have mentioned it on Instagram before and also recently
included it in my list of favourite brands over here at Consume With Care.

Gressa is something else. Now I have heard of serum foundations and makeup that is good for the skin many times, yet Gressa actually lives up to this promise.
The formulas are squeaky clean and free of synthetic chemicals, yet so glamourous and luxurious.
It’s a brand that thinks outside the box. Certified organic using purest quality ingredients the formulas and textures are different to other brands, Gressa truly reinvents makeup.
Or should I say skincare? Most products are both. A real treatment for the skin delivering colour. And the actual skincare is so potent that again, you don’t even need much makeup anymore.
Founder and natural beauty Svetlana herself is the best proof that this line delivers healthy glowing skin.
She has a admirable minimalist approach to skincare, really showing that less is more, to keep your skin healthy.

I discovered the brand a little while ago and have been experimenting with it. It’s so gorgeous I really wanted to take time before reviewing it, although I was impressed right from the start.
Finally I have received the correct shade of Minimalist foundation for myself and have been wearing it everyday. And what can I say?
This foundation works different to all others I have used, everyday it seems I need to use less and less of it, as my skin heals and becomes more and more even and healthy. It’s a little bit amazing. I have been using the products on photo shoots and they work a treat in front of the camera, yet I feel they are perfect for everyday wear and your personal beauty regime at home.
Let me tell you in more detail about the products, before I get too carried away:

Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation:
The Minimalist foundation comes in a dark glass bottle with dropper! Say what? Yes that’s right.
The texture is truly that of an liquid skin serum. It says on the box that it is like a multivitamin for your skin. Checking out the ingredient list, this is absolutely true:
It’s a cocktail of organic botanical oils and extracts all chosen for their skin care benefits, no fillers here!
Minimalist foundation also contains a unique blend of herbal extracts helping the skin to heal.

Application:
Only 4 drops are enough to give a light even coverage all over the face.
This no fuss treatment can be applied with fingers, or buffed with a foundation brush. It’s important to shake the bottle beforehand!
When I started using it my skin had a few blemishes and scarring, so I used a little more products, applying with hands and then
blending it with a fluffy foundation brush to make it even.

Finish:
The finish is glowing but not oily/dewy, the liquid serum sets to a powder, yet the finish is not powdery or matte.
It’s just perfect. It looks like healthy skin! Reflecting the light and looking radiant without being shimmery yet giving the skin a velvety appearance.
Does this even make sense? The coverage is medium, it can be applied very lightly for a more sheer result and layers well for more coverage also.

Feel:
The foundation glides on very smoothly and has an extremely lightweight feel on the skin. It almost feels like the skin is bare after application.

Skintype:
This foundation great is for all skin types. If your skin is extremely dry or flaky, it might show off dry areas. (but hey, no foundation can really deal with very dry skin)
At the same time is remains radiant and my t-zone will show oil after a few hours. My skin is combination: Can be dry around cheeks and nose, oily in the t-zone.
It’s so lightweight that I think even oily skin would love it, and it is so smooth that I can also see it work on mature skin very well.

Colourmatch:
Gressa offers an online colour match based on a photo. The foundation currently comes in 11 shades, so most skin tones will find a perfect match.

Minimalist Contouring Serum Bronzer:
The bronzer comes in the same packaging and texture as the Minimalist Foundation. It’s only one shade, which a very rich, dark and olive colour.
This makes it perfect for contouring, as the colour is not orange or shimmery at all. Like the other liquid products in the Gressa range, this is very concentrated.
Start with a drop and will it go a long way.

Ilumminator:
The Minimalist Illuminating Serum can be mixed with your foundation or used as highlighter over the top.
It is very concentrated, so you only need a small amount of 1-2 drops. The colour is pinkish pearlized, making it perfect for fair to medium complexions.

Lip Boost:
Contained in a pretty little glass jar the Lip Boost is a highly pigmented tinted balm, leaving the lips with a beautiful stain.
I have tried Aux Rouge and Lavish and I might have to get the other shades too. Aux rouge seems like the perfect red for everyone.
You can wear these sheer or build the pigment up to a more opaque finish.

Purifying Mist:
The Purifying Mist is a toner that balances & soothes both your skin and mind. A pure rose mist, which was on stand by on my desk for as long as it lasted.
Love the refreshing smell of pure rose. And this is all it is: Pure certified organic rose water.
Gressa also has the best selling Neroli toner, I will have to try this one as well….

Purifying Oil:
Purifying Oil is a very lightweight oil suitable for all skin types. An excellent blend of organic natural oils featuring:
Immortelle, Rose Hip and Jojoba Oils among others.

There are many more products by Gressa which I haven’t tried yet check out the website to see the full product range.

The green beauty journey – Become A Green Queen

Posted on: Friday, August 28, 2015

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Do you want to live a greener life? Not sure how and where to start?
Do you feel overwhelmed and confused about certifications and green washing?
Maybe it’s just me, but that’s how I felt many times.
You can do it, and baby steps are the answer! Be kind and patient with yourself, while doing your own research and learning more.
I have listed some tips I found useful when I made the transition to green beauty, this will make it a breeze to change, trust me!

I feel living a green lifestyle is a journey. There are always ways to improve, learn more and change for the better. It’s important not to judge people for their choices and to just try and your best with the knowledge you have. I think it can be daunting at first and many feel it’s either all or nothing when it comes to sustainable lifestyles, personally I feel the opposite is true. Every little step makes a difference and if you can’t commit to changing everything up all at once and quitting everything cold turkey that’s absolutely fine. I have been vegetarian all my life and have been experimenting with a vegan diet on and off. I am now what is called Parisian Vegan. Sounds fancy, huh? It basically means that avoid animal products at home, yet when I am going out to a restaurant or with friends I do go for vegetarian options, which may contain dairy. It makes my life less stressful this way here in Sydney. When I was living in NYC I found it a lot easier to eat out and find delicious vegan options. In Sydney it can even be a challenge just being vegetarian, depending on where you go. So yes, I am not perfect. But finally my professional makeup kit and personal beauty routine is: clean, luxurious, cruelty-free and organic!

Today I wanted to share with you how to detox your beauty bag and find new holy grail products that are better for you and the environment.

Step By Step
Don’t feel like you have to throw away everything you own, just because you finally learned how to decode the ingredient list, of your favourite beauty products.
Replace products as you use them up. Replace products that you use daily and on wide areas of your face/body (bodylotion/moisturizer/foundation) first, while small products that you only use on special
occasion (bright lip colour, eyeliner etc.) can wait a little longer. This way you won’t break the bank either.

Samples are your best friend
In all my years as professional makeup artist I have learned one thing for sure:
Everyone’s skin is different. What works wonders for one, does not suit another.
You will always have to try products for yourself. Especially when it comes to changing your skincare and foundation, it’s a good idea to get samples before you buy.
Most companies are happy to provide samples either free or for a small fee.
You can save yourself a lot of $$$ and hassle by sampling.

Research Research Research
It can still be helpful to read reviews online (but keep in mind everyone is different, so even raving reviews don’t mean that you will love the product!)
You can get a general idea of the strengths and weaknesses of a product and also read through the ingredients.
Try to only research one product group at a time, to not get overwhelmed.
It can also help to shop at stores that have already done a lot of the leg work for you. If you buy your cosmetics in a health food store instead of a supermarket,
chances are you find toxin free beauty more easily. There also many great online stores that have selected products that are safe and truly natural.
I have listed a few Australian based ones in my sidebar, if you are interested. Many cities have exclusive green beauty stores as well.

Don’t give up
Just because you have tried a natural product and it has not worked for you, or you even got an allergic reaction or had any other bad experience:
DO NOT GIVE UP ON IT ALL TOGETHER. I am under no illusion that there are many natural beauty products out there, that are simply not great.
This is the same for conventional products. It sometimes takes time to find the perfect product that you love to the moon and back.
I had to try several natural deodorants and had many bad experience before I found “the one”. The same goes for foundation.
There are many incredible products out there and it’s worth looking for them!

Beware of Greenwashing
Last but not least:
There is also a lot of “greenwashing” going on. This means that many companies try to market their products to be natural or organic and use misleading terms to make you think, their products are natural when really they are not at all. There is a great list of companies using this practice over here at the Green Beauty Team Blog.

Share & Treat Your Feet
Besides all your effort you ended up with a new beautiful product that just isn’t right for you?
If you did buy a product that you did not like, do not throw it away!
Unless you have an allergic reaction you can still use most products for a different purpose.
I regularly use up face products on my body. If a face cream or oil is too rich for me, I use it on my hands/feet or hair.
A real treat! A shampoo or body wash that you don’t like might work well as hand wash or to clean your makeup brushes?
Have a think: Is there anyone else that would like it? My man keeps using up products that don’t work for me, as his skin is not as sensitive as mine. You might have a friend or relative that loves the product.

Spring Skin – Fresh and radiant

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2015

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I can’t tell you how excited I am for Spring! I have seen the first beautiful blossoms blooming, here in my street and they make me smile every time I walk past.
I already told you how I got my body glowing in time for Spring, now it’s time for the face!

The warmer temperatures will also have an affect on your skin. All dry skin sufferers will welcome the warm weather, while for those of you with oily skin the battle with shine and congestion will start once again. Everyone will benefit from exfoliation at this time of year.

My own skin already started showing a shiny t-zone throughout the days this week, along with a little congestion: Two signs reminding me to adjust my makeup and skincare routine!
I am switching over to a new cleanser, incorporate a cleansing mask twice a week and switch to a clarifying toner. Perfect timing to review the La Mav Purify and Clean range. My skin is combination and it does change with the seasons. I have also lately been prone to breakouts and congestion, so I feel the need to change my routine. (of course there are many reasons for this and nutrition, stress levels, sleep etc. play a big role in break outs!)

Spring Cleanse
If you have read my general advice, I am always preaching about very gentle cleansers and I love oil cleansing myself,
more about that soon!
Yet sometimes I feel the need for a no fuss cleanse! The La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser is just that and much more :) It has wonderful anti aging properties, which makes it perfect for adult acne,
or congested skin in your 30s and beyond. I really love how this cleanser doesn’t dry, yet really balances my skin. The smell is very mild and pleasant.
Bilberry extract along with Sugar Cane extract helps purify, cleanse and exfoliate the outer layer of the skin encouraging cell turnover and strengthening the surface of the skin as well as refines and unclogs pores.
My skin feels refreshed and supple afterwards. The cleanser has a liquid gel texture (which reminds me of Cetaphil for those of you who know it, yet Cetaphil is of course NOT natural and includes too many questionable ingredients for my liking!) La Mav of course is all organic and packed with beneficial toxin free ingredients! This cleanser also removes makeup with ease. It’s basically perfect!

Spring Tone
The Purifying Toner is another one that a fantastic anti aging product while balancing oil and preventing congestion!
La Mav knows their stuff and really developed a great range for oily skin, beyond teenage years.
This toner refines the pores and assists in maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. Basically: Making oily/combination super happy without drying.
Formulated with Melissa water and Bilberry extract to tighten and firm, this toner delivers clean, smooth skin. Yay!

Spring Detox
The Green Clay Detox Mask is recommended to be used every other day (I have been using it twice a week, to to a busy schedule!)
Yet I found the results great! The mask comes out very smooth and is easy to use unlike many other messy clay masks that I have tried.
Due to the green clay it has a light green colour, which looks very healthy to me. The combination of white and green clay helps to absorb impurities and control excess oil.
Fruit acids and extracts exfoliate to reveal plump skin and reduce the appearance of pore size, while Marula Oil hydrates and protects the skin.
It’s an award winning mask that does what it says.

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Spring recover
Did you read my introduction post on oils? There is a little miracle worker, I haven’t mentioned yet: Tamanu Oil!
It has very healing properties and is known as amazing treatment for acne scars and sunburns.
I have been using it on scars and am amazed about how powerful it is.
I even started using it on a scar on my foot, which stems from an accident 2 years ago and it has faded the darkness and softened
the skin immensely. Apart from it anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Tamanu oil promotes new tissue formation, accelerates wound healing and stimulates cell division (more new cells = healthier skin). You can use it as main ingredient in DIY face masks or as nightly restorative skin treatment I highly recommend having a bottle of this miracle elixir, especially if you wish to brighten and heal acne scars.

Ze Flamant Rose – The Eco Luxe Hair Salon

Posted on: Friday, August 21, 2015

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Ze Flamant Rose Eco Hairdresser Sydney Review

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Have you heard about Ze Flamant Rose? It’s an award winning French beauty salon & hairdresser in the heart of Surry Hills, which also prides itself of being eco friendly.

Why I Needed Professional Hair Help
As part of my green journey to a healthier, cleaner, more sustainable yet luxurious life, I have decided to grow out my bleach blonde block hair colour. I have been colouring my own hair at home for about 15years using cheap and nasty supermarket hair colour.
While the results have been fine, I was no longer comfortable with using these brands, filled with synthetic chemicals, testing on animals ruining my hair. My hair has started breaking in some areas, due to my home diy dyeing. So I said no more harsh fumes and colour drying my scalp. So far so good. I had been letting my roots grow out for a few months when I reached the point of really needing some professional help. Growing block colour out, does not look pretty. As my wedding is coming up in 6 months, I was a little worried to start experimenting with new colour, but my decision was made, I won’t go back to toxic DIY colour. My goal is to blend the colour every few months and ultimately having my natural colour back.

VIP Treatment
That’s when I found Ze Flamant Rose! An eco luxe hair salon in the midst of Surry Hills.
Run by a fantastic Team of owners and master stylists Emilie and Cyril, who are welcoming and truly give that VIP treatment.
I was offered a range of Organic Tea along side with a french macaroon. Yay.
All my doubts and worries about the new colour were blown away instantly when I realized how Emilie was paying close attention to everything I said. I felt that she understood what I was asking for, which really put me at easy. She is just a natural in her field. The salon is very well designed and spacious. My colour was done at a big table filled with books and magazines in a lovely quiet room with good music. Emilie created highlights and low lights with a eco friendly technique, without the use of foils or plastic waste. The colour did not touch my scalp and was also eco friendly.
(unfortunately there is not such thing as synthetic chemical free hair colour yet, but at least there are crueltyfree options with eco friendly packaging and salons that use green techniques)
We also had the most interesting conversations in the meantime, Emilie is very knowledgeable in natural health and holistic beauty. The highlight was the hair treatment with head massage. I highly recommend you book yourself in for this. Don’t be fooled by the playful and simple website, these guys offer the real professional luxury treatment!

The result
I left the salon super happy with shiny natural looking hair and that feeling that I wanted to go out and show off my new locks.
The result of the colour was better than I could have ever hoped for. Emilie also discussed with me the colour plan up to my wedding day and I am already looking forward to my next appointment. I am also very curious about the facials. Emilie gave me some beautiful samples of the Organic Spa product range to try and I was impressed, so I might book in a facial next time as well.
This is for sure an outstanding salon, I am so happy I discovered this treasure.

Winter Skin Good Bye with Eco Tan

Posted on: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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This Winter has been feeling extremely long. I am still sipping hot tea next to the heater while typing this, so I guess it’s safe to say that I have gotten used to the mild temperatures here in Australia. I am even getting a little bit pale.Naturally I am a medium skin tone, tanning very easily and I do get pretty dark during the Summer months. My skin is yellow toned and I feel it looks best sun kissed. I believe all skin tones are beautiful from the fairest milkiest white to the darkest chocolate brown, and of course we all suit our natural skin tone. As makeup artist I observe skin tones constantly as it’s important to find the right colour match when applying makeup. My yellow skin can get a little sallow in Winter so I do prefer a little bit of a tan glow.

I am quite low maintenance (for someone working in the industry) with my personal beauty routine and really like products that work and a beauty routine that I can do at home.
While spray tans are super popular here in Sydney (and thank goodness there are now certified organic self tan options available!) I prefer a quick DIY job in my own bathroom.

Self Tanning at home
So I was very intrigued when I heard about Winter Skin by Eco Tan. Winter Skin is a lotion in a pump bottle, which is a body moisturizer with a hint of buildable self tan. It’s THE solution to just warm up your skin, super easy to use. It has no stinky fake tan smell and keeps the skin hydrated. I simply exfoliate with the Extreme Exfoliating Glove in the shower and use the Winter skin as I would my usual body moisturizer and then wash my hands thoroughly. Done! If your knees, elbows and feet are dry make sure you exfoliate and hydrate them before using any self tan. This one is pretty foll proof though, as the colour is just a believable little hint of tan. No need for a tent or cleaning the bathroom afterwards, just a quick and easy thing to do. It can be used a few days in a row until you achieve the desired colour. Love it! It really helps as well to even out the skin and I feel ready to expose my legs now that Spring is around the corner.I might need a bottle for Summer to even out any tan lines before the wedding…(I will let you know if I do and if it works!) I think this is great for beginners, anyone with very fair skin, or
people like me that find it too stressful to go for beauty appointments. If you however want a deep professional spray tan, Eco tan actually has professionals that can do this for you.

Why Organic?
If you know me or have read this blog before you know how passionate I am about anything organic.
To me it’s the best lifestyle to ensure we can sustain this beautiful planet in the future.
Organic food and cosmetics protect the environment, the animals and also our own health as humans.
Of course I could go on and on why it is so important, but chances are you know this already.
Otherwise I might write up a separate blog post.

Of course I all for the quality certified organic ingredients throughout the whole Eco Tan range. It has been tested in Australia to be toxin free and it’s also vegan. I recommend this range to all my brides, if they are thinking about getting a fake tan for their wedding day. Of course always book yourself a trial appointment for a tan before the wedding day,so you can confirm the right colour and also make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions. Now we can all get a truly healthy glow!
In time for Spring…

A date with the bathtub- Weleda Time Machine

Posted on: Monday, August 17, 2015

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The nights are still pretty chilly over here and having worked some late nights lately as well as doing quite some intense yoga sessions, my muscles were in need of a soak and massage.

I haven’t even used our bath tub since we moved into our apartment almost a year ago.
When I lived in Berlin years ago the bathtub was the place to find me on days off and cold winter nights.
I almost forgot how good it feels to have a bath!
While the bathtub brings back memories I stepped even further down memory lane by using a beautiful
Weleda bath milk. Weleda is one of the brands my hippie parents used when I was little and that I have adored all my life.
It’s the go to green beauty brand for everyday essentials.
We lived in Germany and my Mum who is a Naturopath has always been into organic and green beauty products.
Weleda has just brought out a new Arnica Muscle Soak, that called my name.
It actually smells of an Swedish Sauna to me, which must be due to the birch, rosemary and lavender used.
Where I grew up in Northern Europe saunas are very popular and are part of our culture.
By the way:
Did you know we recently visited Northern Germany, Denmark & Sweden?
If you are interested in Scandinavia and our adventures check out our personal blog here.
It’s our personal project about happiness, photography and travel but mostly all the small things that make life so wonderful.

But back to my wonderful bath experience: I feel bathtime is one of these special pampering times that are so important for self care, just like meditation or exercise.
I think I will continue to have baths until Spring arrives! I soaked for a little while in the warm water before bed and had my bed already warmed up with hot water bottles.
I can’t even remember a thing, I passed out as soon as I snuggled up. Highly recommended!

Skin Food” is another hero product by Weleda a healing intensely moisturizing balm, soooooo good for feet, elbows or dry hands!
It’s one of these cult beauty products that has had no reason to change formula since 1926. It has a huge celebrity following as well and is a staple in many professional makeup kits, including my own, especially during the Winter months. Free from parabens, artificial preservatives, colours and fragrances. Skin Food is not tested on animals and is suitable for vegetarians. (this one is not vegan it does contain lanolin)

Weleda is one of the brands that takes green beauty to the next level, they grow most their ingredients in their own biodynamic organic gardens.
Exotic ingredients they usually buy from sustainable fair trade projects, ensuring there are no sprays or pesticides used.
This way they ensure that they are able to use only the highest quality ingredients while making sure they are sourced in a way that is ethically, socially and environmentally responsible.
Extra green smoothie points from me there ;)

How To Find The Right Oil For Your Skin Type

Posted on: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Why do some people swear by using pure oils on their skin, while others try to stay clear of oils completely after bad break out experience? Why are oils all the craze right now and how to know which one to use? If you are a beauty nerd and love to know more details read on. If you are just after a quick What-product-to-buy-guide, scroll down toward the end of this post :)

What’s in an oil?
It’s important to realize that all natural carrier oils have a different composition of fatty acids,
making them suitable for some skin types and purposes, yet not for others.
All oils contain a different percentage of Oleic Acid and Linoeic Acid.
Many skincare brands combine different pure oils to get the right balance and a variety of benefits.

Why oils are better than creams, lotions & co
Moisturizing your skin with certified organic plant oils is possibly the best thing you can do for your skin.
Pure plant oils provide moisture and nutrients to your skin without any fillers or aggressive preservatives. Water is usually the first ingredient on the list and therefore contained in the highest percentage in your moisturizer, due to the high water content moisturizers and creams will always require preservatives while pure oils don’t. You basically get more bang for your buck and higher quality as water is nothing more that cheap filler. Plant oils are very versatile and can help to balance oily skin with over active oil glands while moisturizing the very dry skin.

How to find the right oil for my skin?
Below is a guideline on which oils commonly work the best for the different skin types.
You might have to experiment to find the oil that works best for your skin.
If your skin absorbs the oily quickly and nicely, not leaving it shiny,
but rather supple, moisturized and healthy it’s right for you!
You want the oil to absorb, without leaving any residue behind.

Dry Skin
In a nutshell: Oils that are high in Oleic Acid are best for dry skin.
These oils very rich and nourishing and feel oily on the skin.
Some of the best oils for dry skin are:
Macadamia Oil
Avocado Oil
Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil
More balanced oils that can also work well for dry skin:
Jojoba Oil
Flaxseed Oil
Argan Oil
Coconut Oil (Unrefined)
Coconut Oil (Refined)

Combo/Oily Skin
Oils that are high in Linoleic Acid are best for oily/acne prone skin.
These oils are light and help to reduce clogged pores.
For example:
Safflower Oil
Black Cumin Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Evening Primrose Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Rosehip Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Soybean Oil
These are well balanced oils also good for oily/acne prone skin:
Jojoba Oil
Pomegranate Oil
Sesame Oil

Extremely Dry Skins
If you are very very dry or live in a very cold climate, your skin might ask
for something more. In this care try Coconut Oil or Plant Butters (e.g. Shea-, Cocoa- or Mangobutter), which are also amazing for the body.
These oils are high in Palmitic Acid and not recommended for acne prone skin.

Look For Quality & Keep it Cool
It’s important to look for certified organic oils of best quality.
If you use an oil that is high in Linoleic Acid, it’s best to keep it in the fridge,
as they tend to go off very quickly otherwise.

How To Apply
Usually only a few drops are needed and oils are best applied on damp skin. I love spraying my face with some hydrating mist before applying oil. The right can be used morning and night instead of moisturizer.

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Favourite Face Oils Products

I have put together a list of some of my favourite ready to wear luxury face oils.
If you don’t want to start mixing and blending yourself and you love a pretty bottle,
you might enjoy checking those beauties out.

Trilogy Roship Oil: Great for all skin types, including oily/combination skin. Many people have seen great results on acne prone skin. It’s high in Linoleic Acid and they also have a version that has been enriched with Antioxidants, which prolongs it’s shelf life and protect your skin.

N.E.O. Vanessa Megan: All skins including Acne Prone, it’s based on Argan Oil which is non comedogenic. Still a very rich oil.
Great for ageing skin, dry skin and adult acne.

Intelligent Nutrients Renewing Oil Serum: Based on Safflower and Argan Oil and Grapeseed Oil this one is very high in Linoleic Acid and therefore great for balancing oily skin, combination skin and also suitable for acne prone skin.

Trilogy Age-Proof CoQ10 Booster Oil: Great for mature skin, anti-ageing, normal to dry skin. Based on Macadamia Oil, this is a savior for dry skins. It is enriched with Anitoxidants and a unique “Glycablend” of oils to combat the ageing process in the skin, called glycation. It also contains Tamanu Oil, which is known to have very healing effect on the skin.

Gressa Purifying Oil: The name says it all, this blend of oils is suitable for oily and acne prone skins.
With it’s base of Jojoba and Rosehip oil it’s high in Linoleic Acid, Macadamia Oil adds moisture and balances all skin types.
It diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restores skin elasticity, soothes and balances troubled skin, and fades discolorations.
Ideal for all skin types.

La Mav Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar
According to La Mav great for dry, mature and sensitive skin. Based on Rosehip, Jojoba and Apricot Kernel Oil, it’s a well balanced oil that should work for all but oily skins.

Some other great Indie Brands that make high quality oils, according to skin type are BLOOM & Mi Skin Organics.


There is so much to know about oils and if you are interested, please research and read even more about them. I tried my best to really simplify all the facts into a compact useful post.

THE Luxury Lip Balm – Henné Organics

Posted on: Monday, August 10, 2015

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My possibly favourite lip balm ever is Henné Organics.

I have shared this picture already on Instragram before, but I thought
it’s certainly worth mentioning again.
The quality of this product is outstanding and this exactly what founder Laura Xiao is all about.
“If there’s one unifying thread that summarizes my current path in life, it is quality. I seek quality in friendships, quality in love and quality in material things.”
Well said and extremely well done.

This little miracle moisturizer is certified organic, non toxic and not tested on animals.
It feels smooth and nourishing and tastes absolutely delicious, thanks to all the wonderful
ingredients.
And it comes in a glass jar, which makes it perfect to use in my green makeup kit as organic makeup artist.
It’s an allrounder great for dry areas like cuticles, elbows and can even be used as highlighting gloss on the skin, if you are in a pinch.
Of course it’s safe to use on your little ones as well.

I have a feeling this one might receive cult status really quickly.

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