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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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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.

Zuii Organic Eye Makeup Fun

Posted on: Friday, August 7, 2015

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I have recently had some fun with the Zuii Organic Range.

My fav’s were the Eye Brow Definer, Maxi Lash Mascara and funky Flora Eye Shadows.
The eye makeup products are lovely and also great for editorial makeup use.
This range is filled with colour and certified Organic.
I have been using the mascara with great success on my sensitive eyes, and experiencend no watering or itching.
It is not water proof, yet it holds up throughout my work day really well.

If you are in the market for a silicone free primer, this one is really worth trying.
It absorbs quickly and is suitable for all skin types and creates a lovely smooth base for your foundation.
As I am very yellow tones I didn’t find a good colour match in their foundations, this primer however is a good find.

Zuii is powered by flowers and every product uses beautiful botanical oils and flower extracts.
I find the range perfect for teens and young women who love colour, they even do vegan colourful mascara.

Strobing – A tutorial And Best Products

Posted on: Monday, August 3, 2015

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Strobing seems to be the latest craze. The reality is far from it:
Pro Makeup Artists have been using this technique forever!
Just without anyone knowing. With the abundance of beauty youtubers, bloggers & instagrammers everyone seems to be in the know,
trying out and experimenting with professional makeup techniques.

What is Strobing?
It is a highlighting technique that can be used together with contouring or on it’s own.
It’s way more foolproof than contouring and the effect is also very suitable for day time makeup looks.
Strobing can be done quickly and is an easy technique, which is probably another reason why it’s so popular.

How does it work?
You simply need to apply highlighting products to the highest points of your cheek bones and along the nose,
as well as in the corner of the eyes and on the cupids bow of your lips.
Highlight only what you really want to emphasize, because you will draw attention and light to the highlighted areas.
Cream and liquid highlighters usually work best and are most popular. However if you want more longevity or have
naturally oily skin you can also try to use powder highlight.

Mistakes To Avoid
You need to find a highlighter that works with your skin tone.
Avoid icy pink shades if your skin is medium or tan in colour or if you want to do for a bronzed look.
The cool and frosted shades work best on fair and light complexions.
Golden highlighters looks best on yellow toned skin with a light tan.
You want the shimmer to look believable.
Use a matte bronzer and blush to make sure you don’t sparkle all over.
The effect only works if there is a difference between the highlighted and not highlighted areas.

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Which products work best?

The RMS Living Luminizer is a professional makeup artist favourite.
This one is not too sparkly and leaves the skin slightly glossy, like all rms products, it comes as cream in a glass jar
It has a very soft champagne tone it is subtle and sheer and adapts to most skin tones.

A great one that comes with a little bit of colour and is suited for medium to tan yellow tones
is Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter
It has a warm peach colour that works best as blush highlight combo for the cheeks or warmer skin tones.

A gorgeous golden and strong highlight is the Au Naturale Organic Creme Highlighter which comes in a stick.

A powerful powder highlight is Adore Loose Illuminiser that comes as a loose powder.
This one looks especially great on fair skins.

Gressa Skin has a wonderful liquid highlighter, the Minimalist Illuminating Face Serum which works great on all skin types, including oily skin or skin prone to breakouts, as it contains unique botanical oils and are balancing to the skin.

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Photo by Stephanie Alcaino for White Magazine

Step By Step Guide:
Find a well lit mirror. Duh! ;)
Prep:
1.Exfoliate your skin, any bumps will stand out even more on highlighted skin, so make sure you prep your skin well.
2.Hydration is a must for any makeup look, especially for dewy and radiant looks.
3.You can also use a hydrating primer if you like. This will help to smooth open pores and make your skin look more flawless.
I like Smooth Affair Primer by Jane Iredale.
Conceal:
Apply your base, be it just a light tinted moisturizer or a full cover foundation according to your needs.
(Caution: If you use powder foundation a powder highlight might sit better on top than a liquid product.)
Use concealer to hide any blemishes or redness.(you can also apply your blush and contour now if you wish)
While in dewy editorial looks a radiant dewy base can be combined with strong highlighting, I recommend keeping the balance
for everyday wear, wearing a more natural looking not too dewy base and a subtle highlight, to avoid looking too shiny,oily or sparkly like a discoball.
For more mature skin you can achieve strobing with satin finish products that provide a sheen, rather then sparkles.
Highlight:
Apply your highlighter of choice: On top of the cheekbones using fingers or blending brush, along the bridge of the nose and on the cupids bow of your lip.
A little highlight in the inner corners of the eye also looks lovely, and will open the eyes, making them appear to me wider set.
Avoid highlighting areas with blemishes or areas that you don’t want to draw too much attention to.

Ready For Spring: Jane Iredale ‘s Latest

Posted on: Friday, July 31, 2015

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The temperatures in Sydney have been rising and with so many sunny days over 20 degrees lately,
I am beyond excited about Spring. The nights and mornings are still very crisp and I am sitting next to my heater,
sipping on herbal tea as I type this.

There are more good news: Jane Iredale is launching some beautiful new products in August and I was lucky enough to have a little play and preview!

PoreAway Technology in Smooth Affair
With the warmer weather around the corner, our skins will get often more oily and the humid weather will melt makeup off our skins much faster.
You know I am a bit of a fan of the Smooth Affair Primer already, which is excellent for dehydrated, dry and mature skins.
Now it has a little Sister: Smooth Affair For Oily Skin ! It’s just as lightweight and hydrating as the original formular,
yet it smooths out open pores and makes your makeup stay on longer even on oily skin.
They have even named and registered the Pore Away Technology. I like how the formula absorbs quickly and feels like nothing is on the skin! Many primers that claim to do the same thing leave that typical silicone primer residue behind, yet this one is undetectable. The last thing you want on an already oily skin, is another heavy layer on top.
It creates a soft focus effect due to minerals which colour adjust to your skin. The product looks milky translucent and goes on clear. The pretty golden tube is travel friendly and perfect for my kit. The finish is smooth and matte and keeps shine away.

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PlayOn Lip Crayons!
I am a bit of a fan of these already and have recently used them behind the scenes on some photo shoots, with amazing results.
They glide on so easily, are very moisturizing, yet the finish is not too glossy, rather satin.
And the colours? O M G . Just perfection. Really on trend and including the prettiest neutrals that look somewhat hip and fun
and never boring or old fashioned. I have also been blending different lip colours together to customize them.
I don’t even have a favourite as all seven shades are all so pretty. That’s why I gave you some swatches on paper…
Yet on the lips they are way more vibrant and lucious. I liked them so much that I actually got worried they might be a limited edtion…
I immediately asked the Jane Iredale team if the PlayOn Lip Crayons are here to stay.
Thankfully they did confirm quickly that these amazing crayons will become part of their permanent range!
Phew. I am relieved. And I can play on :) These beauties will launch real soon here, keep your eyes peeled!
For absolute makeup minimalists: You would like the Lip Drinks in Buff (nude) and Crush (berry) they are lovely sheer tinted lip balms.

Pure Lash – Lashes Lashes Lashes
Lashes (along with brows) are possibly the biggest ongoing beauty trend of the last few years, with women using growth serums, permanent eyelash extensions and falsies have become a staple for evening makeup.
Personally I love my mascara and wear it daily. I like long, full lashes, yet I like them to look natural and I have used organic or natural mascaras for some time.
It’s important to keep in mind how important your eye sight is and sensitive eyes are not to be messed with in my opinion.
Jane Iredale has released another great mascara, free of nasty preservatives or petroleum based ingredients.
Pure Lash Lengthening Mascara, actually conditions and protects your lashes with Panthenol and Wheat Protein.
I like the effect and texture it gives, not too gluggy, it manages to separate the lashes very well.
As will all mascaras I always find the application is most important.

Pure Pressed Eye Shadows
These are not new but rather a staple within the eye makeup range.
I like them in my pro kit because they are so gentle and safe for sensitive eyes.
They can also be used wet or dry and are super versatile. Due to the pure pigment
they can be used on brows, cheeks or lips, depending on the shade.
These are the shades being promoted for the new season:
There is “Forest” which is the most wearable, richest shade of a deep matte green. I have recently used it to create a dramatic smokey eye on dark hazel eyes.
“Iris” is a rich matte purple, great for stronger looks or to be used as eyeliner to make green eyes pop.
“Steamy” is a warm peachy soft red, pretty on blue eyes and also on cheeks. “Mermaid” is a soft shimmery pearly green, good as a highlighter with very little colour pay off. They all come as individual compacts which is perfect for a personal beauty bag,
however it is a little more tricky to use in my pro kit. As most artists would agree: We love palettes, as they are easier and quicker to set up.
I hope Jane Iredale will eventually design a system to create custom palettes for these great quality shadows.

All these products will launch on the 10th of August 2015

All Jane Iredale products are certified cruelty free, free of Paraben and Phenoxyethanol preservatives and all minerals are purest quality and tested for
purity and never contaminated with heavy metals, all products are suitable for sensitive skin and have been tested to be Hypo Allergenic.

Holistic Bridal Beauty Prep : Beauty Boosting Nutrition

Posted on: Monday, July 27, 2015

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Everyone that knows me how much I love healthy food and nutrition,
I might sometimes annoy my friends with my words of wisdom and also always healthy food choices.
So why would I take supplements?

Why Supplements?
I believe that if you work in a demanding job or go through periods of stress or high workloads,
sometimes your food intake just can’t offer enough nutrients. There are so many different situations
in life, where your body can do with a little help including for us women pregnancy, conceiving and menopause.
Just to maintain a healthy regular cycle and balanced hormones it’s important to look after your nutrition.
Our skin, hair and nails also shows us pretty quickly if we are lacking something. Pay attention and listen to your body.
Even though I am overall healthy and free of any serious illness, I take little warning signs of my body very seriously.
If my digestion is not as usual, if I get breakouts and pimples, dry skin, mood swings or simply feel tired, I know it’s time
to change something.
It’s a great idea to give the body a little boost and help it out with some supplements and I have always seen great results.
Sleep, good nutrition, enough fresh water and regular exercise are all important and supplements can only work as part of a healthy lifestyle.
There is no shortcut to good health!
I recommend seeing a Nutritionist or seeking advice in your local health food store, they can often be very knowledgeable.

My Beauty Boosters:
Right now I am doing a detox with HUM Daily Cleanse & HUM Runway Ready.
It is a four week course and I will make sure to continue until I run out.
HUM actually offers an online consultation and a professional Nutritionist will contact you to recommend products.
I thought the consultation was pretty fun and the Daily Cleanse sounded like something that could do me good.
All their products are sustainably sourced, premium quality, non GMO, pure and also clinically proven to work!

Isle Ready
The Runway Ready is a fun beauty supplement for everyone, it will help with healthy nails, shiny hair and glowing skin
and is also vegetarian and vegan. Which is great as many supplements contain animal products, and are not suitable for everyone.
It comes in a pretty dispenser box with daily packs which contain 3 capsules. Super easy peasy! The whole box is a one month course.
I just throw one sachet into my handbag in the morning and then take them with my lunch.
Each sachet contains 2 “Red Carpet” Pills and 1 “Killer Nails” Pill. They contain Black Currant Seed Oil: Perfect Source of ALA & GLA
Sunflower Seed Oil: Great Source of Vitamin E and Vegan Biotin which Strengthens the nails.
I thought this could be an excellent idea to get ready for the wedding.

Skin Cleanse
Within a week of the Daily Cleanse I saw my skin being more clear and I also felt I had great energy throughout the day.
I take 2 capsules per day without food, it’s super quick and easy even if my schedule is packed.
These are meant to cleanse your skin, liver, bowel, kidneys and lungs with Organic Algae, Cleansing Minerals and a unique blend of 15 Detox Herbs.
I will complete the course and possibly do a second one closer to the wedding.

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Glow
I have also been trying The Beauty Chef Inner Glow Powder, which is from a different brand.
Inner Glow has really helped my skin and digestion. It’s a delicious natural berry flavoured powder to be taken with water and it’s basically made from fermented super foods.
They help making your gut happy by providing pre- and probiotics, but it’s also naturally packed with vitamins, minerals and vegetable proteins.
Did I mention, it tastes delicious? I first thought it’s a little pricey but it seems to last a while, as you only need to take a teaspoon per day.
I am planning on keep on going with this one until the big day.

Before I started the Hum Daily Cleanse I just started taking a Magnesium Supplement for better sleep and less stress as well as a Super Green Powder, which is very powerful and was recommended
to my by a independent Nutritionist. I loved both and will probably use it again if needed.
As always do your research and ask a professional before buying supplements.
It’s important to make sure your supplements are free from cheap fillers or nasty ingredients, there are big differences in quality, many of the cheap vitamins from the supermarket won’t cut it!

Have you tried supplements? What are your experiences? Feel free to share.

Thoughts On Wedding Planning for White Magazine

Posted on: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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For the latest issue of White Magazine I got asked to share my thoughts on wedding planning,
as an insider in the wedding world. It was really fun sitting down, pondering about it all and writing down my thoughts. You can read my final article below: And don’t forget to buy the issue
with many more amazing articles and beautiful imgages, as always completely honest and inspiring!

How did we handle the flood of over-inspiration that blogs, pinterest & co deliver?

Planning a wedding in the age of Pinterest & CO

Have you set a date yet? What is your dress going to look like? What sort of flowers were you thinking of getting? – Immediately after getting engaged well meaning friends and family bombarded us with questions, even before we had a chance to decide if we wanted a wedding or simply elope.
We just wanted to be married and live happily ever after, we hadn’t thought about a wedding.It seemed like everyone around us had pretty high expectations of what our wedding day would look like, maybe because we are both working in creative jobs and are surrounded by wonderful vendors all the time.
We dived right into the abundance of inspiration, hoping to feel the same excitement about this event than everyone around us. Looking at beautiful blogs, magazines and of course Instagram and
Pinterest, there was all this deliciousness from amazing fellow vendors, beautifully photographed.Lost in a picture perfect Pinterest wedding world filled with DIY projects, services and products we felt that most of it was meaningless and irrelevant to us personally. Were we over-inspired? Was all the goodness just too much to take and overwhelming? Ok, back to the drawing board…we took a deep breath, pen and paper and made notes about the
things that really mattered to us. We focused on why we wanted a wedding in the first place and who we really wanted to share this special day with. We made a must-have and nice-to-have list to
keep us on track and stick to our own ideas. The outcome was a clear feeling and a blurry vision of a small, intimate wedding, with our nearest and dearest including our puppy Dalston, a “on-holiday-
feel” with lot’s of fun, eating and dancing. We wanted it to be low key and high fun. We strongly felt less is more. No need for a theme or a colour scheme. What we DID need was a place that made us and our guests feel welcome, plenty of food, good music, drinks and some simple off-the-rack outfits. Easier said than done… Many of the “alternative” venues we contacted seemed to be colder than expected and replied with way too many rules, regulations and restrictions than my free spirited self could digest. Our must have list quickly ruled out pretty much any venue within NSW and it seemed like the only option left was camping- no wait, even the campsite did not allow dogs. (Besides that my lovely future mother in law would possibly be mad at me forever if I make her camp on our wedding.) While we really stuck to our guns with the venue and overall feel, we gave in at other points of planning. The “don’t-care-ready-to-wear” dress idea turned into a custom design couture gown (whoops…). As my former fashion designer self took over and I rediscovered how much fun the process of creating it from scratch would be, there was no turning back from the quality fabrics and great craftsmanship.
Turned out that overall trying to keeping it simple and real is sometimes harder than just going with a more traditional option. Letting the magic of wedding planning take over from time to time actually feels good. Now we can’t wait.

… if you are planning a wedding too: Grab yourself an issue of White Magazine!

Vapour Organic: Luxury Makeup

Posted on: Monday, July 20, 2015

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You might have noticed a few raving reviews on here lately!
As I like to feature brands that I personally like to use, I usually feature only my very fav’s up here on the blog.
Just in case you were wondering… it’s not that I am not critical enough!
It’s rather that every product that makes it on here, has already been carefully selected :)
I like to keep things positive and all the products or brands featured are the ones that I really like and that stand out to me.
As Organic Makeup Artist I am so passionate about companies that get it all right.

I have recently already talked a little about Vapour over here and named a few faves.
This brand has previously already received tremendous love from Vogue beauty editors, so I am certainly not the first to discover this
outstanding organic luxury makeup brand.
Well deserved. The textures and finishes are simply beautiful and up to the highest luxury makeup standards and yet they manage to stay clear from harmful toxins.
If you didn’t believe that organic makeup works until now (which is of course sooooo wrong!!!) this brand will instantly change your mind:
Trust me! Besides that they just got the whole sustainable thing right, the products are produced with windpower and of course they are certified crueltyfree. These guys just got it all.
Okay, before I keep raving I better give you some more details about the products:

And now a little more detail about the products:
Atmosphere Luminous Foundation
If you like dewy skin you will love Atmosphere Luminous Foundation.
It comes in a stick, which is a little different, especially if you are used to liquid foundations.
It super handy though, doesn’t take up much space in your cosmetic bag and it travels so well, without the danger of spilling and leaking.
The packaging is beautiful and the twist mechanism is properly worked out and easy to use.
I warm the end of the stick on the back of my hand, before apply a few streaks across my face. Paying the most attention to areas with redness.
Next I use my fingers to blend the product. It moves very smoothly on the skin.
The scent is fresh and barely noticeable. The finish is what it promises: Luminous!
You won’t need much product: If used correctly, your skin will glow, but not shine; if there is shine, you have over-applied.
Try to use concealer where you are seeking extra coverage, rather than overusing the foundation of problem areas.
Of course if you are after a matte finish, have oily skin or want and all day lasting finish: This is not the foundation for you!
About the colour and shades: They got the shades spot on with a variety of natural and yellow toned foundations from very fair skin to very dark skin,
with 12 shades to choose from Vapour covers a way larger range than most other organic ranges, which is fabulous.
On normal to dry skin, this wears beautifully and it’s very silky. My skin still feels moisturized after the end of a long day in this Winter weather.
The current Sydney Winter feels pretty cold and endless to me and my skin has become a lot drier. My summer go-to foundations
simply don’t do the trick in this weather and with all the heating. Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation keeps my skin hydrated and doesn’t show up dry areas unlike most other foundations.
It’s a dry skin saviour! I also combine it with Stratus for some extra glow and smooth the skin.

I have heard only the best about the liquid sister Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation , which is supposed to be better suited for combination skin.
I can’t wait to order myself this one as well, so far I have not yet used it professionally.

Stratus Instant Skin Perfector
Again this product comes in stick form or as liquid, depending on skin type.
The stick is best to be used with the stick foundation on drier skin, the liquid goes with the liquid foundation on combination to oilier skin types.
I used the stick and again think that’s so practical and easy to use.
It’s a colour correcting makeup primer with the same silky texture as found in the foundation.
It comes in 3 different shades to balance different skin tones, but the product itself has no colour.
I warm the stick on the back of my hand and then apply were extra glow is desired and on areas that need smoothing, due to larger pores or fine lines.
This magical stick perfects the skin and can be used on it’s own, if you are after a very natural look and if you have already even beautiful skin.
It’s very moisturizing and has light reflecting properties which help to blur any imperfections.

Mesmerize Eye Colours
Smolder & Embrace make the perfect soft smokey eye on the go, super fast blended with fingers, the Mesmerize Cream Eye Colours are very beautiful.
Best suited for people with dry eyelids or can also be used as base with your favourite mineral eye shadow powder over the top for extra longevity.
On myself they won’t last on their own due to my oily eyelids, but I still like to use a light colour to highlight the inner corners of my eyes.

Aura Multi Use Blush
The Aura Multi Use Blush is an easy to blend blush stick,
that can also be used on eyes and lips. I love it the most as blush. My eyelids can be to oily for the product to stay put, on my cheeks however it lasts and lasts and lasts…
On shoots it’s brilliant and very pretty on eyes.
The perfect bridal blush or every day work day blush! No brushes needed, it transforms into a silky texture that goes on easily with fingers.
I love the colour “Spark” which is a very healthy warm tone. Of course you can blend it with a brush as well. Hooked!

I am currently using Vapour on set a lot, so I will also update you with some professional photos of makeup looks I have created with these products.

The Lane Makeup Artist Natural Wedding Makeup

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2015

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All wedding photos by : A Bear A Dear And A Fox Beauty Photo by Stephanie Alcaino for White Magazine

Yesterday I received an email letting me know that one of the wonderful weddings I created the natural bridal hair & makeup for has been featured over at The Lane.
The bride Jenna was one of the most fun ones I have ever worked with and check out all her beyond talented friends creating beautiful details for her wedding.
She is also founder of the boutique natural soap business Maple Soaps, which are the most gorgeous handcrafted vegan soaps, which smell delicous and are free
of any synthetic fragrance.

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I was also interviewed and asked about my tips on how to create my signature natural makeup look, as seen above.
I thought I share it here with you, along with with best products to achieve this look:

One of our enduringly favourite looks for bridal beauty is this supernatural face you created…how did you do it?
The right prep and base is key for this minimally beautiful look. Spritz you face with a hydrating mist, I currently love Gressa Purifying Mist. Then apply a high quality skin serum oil, for example Gressa Purifying Oil for radiant, well prepped skin. A cream highlighter applied to cheekbones enhances the bone structure. A sheer foundation like Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation or tinted moisturizer buffed into the skin with a soft foundation brush evens out skin without masking it. For extra radiance & colour corrections try using Stratus another great product by luxury organic brand Vapour. Use a high coverage concealer like Au Naturale Creme Concealer only to cover redness or blemishes for an invisible flawless finish. Use a completely translucent powder only through the t-zone to keep excess shine at bay.

And the eyes, they’re ‘enhanced’ but not heavily made up…whats the secret to achieving that?
Start with hydrating the eye area. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème is a real winner. Evening out the eyelid with a hint of a tinted eye-primer or foundation. Apply a dab of clear gloss as highlight in the inner corners or alternatively a shimmery light eyeshadow like Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow. A nude eyeliner on the inner rim creates an open eyed fresh look. Enhance your eyelashes by curling them and coating them with a natural effect Mascara like 100% Pure Black Tea Mascara. It’s important to make sure you apply the mascara right on the roots of the lashes to give that framing effect and a luscious thick lash line.

What about colour, what should brides keep in mind for a natural look but drawing on hints of colour like this?
The only colour I used on this look focusses on the lips and cheeks. This is very soft matte peach tone, which will enhance the skin tone. To create the soft focus hint of colour, I recommend using the same product for lips & cheeks. RMS lip2cheek in demure is a great sublte colour. Dabbing it on with fingers will create that subtle effortless chic. It’s best to carry the colour with you for touch-up’s of the lips on your wedding day.

And any final, expert tips?
Create a beauty ritual that you and your skin love as far out from the wedding as possible. I recommend keeping a routine that works for you and to avoid skincare changes closer to the day. Always choose quality products over quantity. I also believe that the actual beauty ritual is important: Take time to massage your skin daily or fit in the occasional professional spa facial massage, both will increase circulation and nutrition for the skin, delivering that glow from within and relax your facial muscles as well. Get used to keeping an hydrating spray on your desk and a multi tasking skin balm in your handbag to hydrate lips, cuticles and any dry areas in your face. This way your skin will be at it’s best in time for your wedding or any occasion you might have coming up.

Intense Creme Eye Shadows By Au Naturale

Posted on: Monday, July 13, 2015

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What could be a better start to the week than dipping my brushes into some beautiful new makeup products by Au Naturale?
They seem to be the expert when it comes to natural creme makeup products.

I had an extensive play and have been wearing their organic creme eye shadows and creme concealer quite a few times now, so it’s about time
to tell you how great they are. Intense pigments and beautiful colours make these a perfect addition to my green luxury makeup kit.
They blend very easily, you can also mix different tones together to create unique shades.
Another plus is that they multitask: the matte shades double as eyebrow colour or you can use any shade as eyeliner, used with an angle brush.

The creme concealer is a little miracle worker, hiding imperfections before you can count to three…
And super easy to apply! I love it for redness and blemishes, some people do however successfully use for the under-eye area as well.
It surely is creamy and has full coverage.
The little pots with window are great to use in my kit, as I can easily see the colour, without having to open each and every one.

Although I mainly use pressed eye shadows in my kit, the little loose pigment shadows of Au Naturale apply with ease: wet or dry and come in rich shades.
Really great for editorial makeup artists that are looking for some colour and also for sensitive eyes, these vegan eyeshadows are free of any nasty byproducts.
Simply 100% quality pigment. I played with the Glam Eye Palette, which also included two eye brushes. With their simple and sleek design, durable quality and super soft cruelty free bristles, these brushes are very nice to use and blend those creme products to a real seamless airbrushed finish.

The lip gloss in a very humble packaging really surprised me: The colour was intense and almost opague, very long wearing (for a gloss!) and without any annoying smell or taste. Formulated without bee’s wax, preservatives, parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride and nano-particles these suit the most sensitive flowers.
Lip gloss is such a simple product, yet I find that many brands don’t get it right. Most are too goopy, with strange flavours that remind me of kindergarten (not in a good way)
These glosses however are pro quality. A powerful gloss in simple sturdy packaging.

All Au naturale products are professional grade, made in USA by the very inspiring founder Ashley Prange.
All products are made fresh and without preservative. It’s amazing to yet discover yet another 100% natural, green and toxin-free brand that really delivers professional results.

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