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Magic Potion: Probiotic Skin Refiner by The Beauty Chef

Posted on: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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WHAT
It does feel magical when you find a potion that really stands out from the crowd and delivers instant and long term results.
My new love is the Probiotic Skin Refiner.
It is an exfoliator, skin hydrator and collagen booster all in one!
r. Rich in probiotics and lactic acid it helps to improve cellular turnover as it refines the skin and reveals an improved texture. Lactic acid naturally moisturises the skin and stimulates collagen production, promoting a more hydrated, moisturised and plump complexion. The gentle exfoliation keeps my skin glowing and prevents any congestion or breakouts for me.
As my skin is sensitive I personally stay away from scrubs. You can read my whole guide/post about exfoliation here.

HOW TO
I use it twice a day after cleansing my face. I just need to pour a few drops onto a cotton pad and apply the solution all over my face. I follow with moisturizer and voila: Done and glowing!
It doesn’t have any particular scent or smell to it and is completely liquid, like water.
As all The Beauty Chef’s products this little miracle worker gains it’s magical powers from the unique fermentation process that founder Carla Oates developed.
She is a very inspirational woman that knows a thing or two about natural beauty.

Have you tried the A-mazing supplements by The Beauty Chef yet? I am a little addicted. I used them as part of my pre-wedding beauty regime and have just kept using them.
My Mum got hooked too and I just had to send her a whole box over to Germany.

AS FEATURED IN
I have recently been asked by THE LANE what my magic potions recommendations are.
Check out the whole post for even more luxury clean beauty tips.
(Of course you will find my beloved Probiotic Skin Refiner in there as well!)

Uni Organics Review or Sleeping Beauty & the Good Day

Posted on: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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I just had the chance to try out the beautiful anti ageing range by Uni Organics.
It’s the latest certified organic skin care brand here in Australia.
There is something very different about this range, that I noticed immediately: The textures and scents!
They seem very familiar as you would expect from any conventional high end luxury beauty brand.
Very pleasant and not too aromatic. Most natural organic brands have an essential oil smell to them,
or smell simply herbal (not that this is a bad thing!). The Uni Organics range however has sophisticated textures and a really pleasant soft creamy smell.
I think it’s the perfect introduction range, if you are changing from conventional to organic beauty products.
The packaging is travel friendly, hygienic and neat.

The ingredient list is cutting edge and on trend with the latest potent super foods for your skin.
For example: Kakadu Plum! I have seen it pop up everywhere recently, so I was really curious to learn more about it.
It’s a Australian native plant, which is extremely high in Vitamin C full packed with antioxidants.
Kakadu Plums also have anti-carcinogenic, anti fungal, antiviral and anti inflammatory properties.
This miracle worker is great for all skin types.

The Uni Organics Range focuses on anti aging with a straight forward compact range.
There is a cleanser “Perfectly Clean”, day cream “Good Day Face”, night cream “Sleeping Beauty”, a serum “Restore” and an oil “Repair” that I have tried.
I liked all of them!
(There are a also few additional products that I haven’t yet tried: A face mask, an eye cream and a face scrub.)
All of them are meant to be suitable for all skin types, with exception of the night cream which is not suitable for oily skin types.
In my experience the range is perfect for normal to dry skin, as most products are very hydrating and rather rich.
My skin loves it as it’s a little more on the dry side naturally, I am a combination skin type now that I live in Australia.
(besides random flare ups of oiliness and breakouts, when I am out of balance)

I like how the range is inspired by Aboriginal Australian Bush medicine and uses many local indigenous ingredients.
They have a lovely little explanation of the extracts they use and their effects on their website here.

Clean Skin , Clean Home Envirocare Review

Posted on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Over here at the Liv headquarters it seems things are finally getting sorted and back to “normal”, after our wedding and trying to catch up on everything it’s been a hectic (!!!) few months.
This last weekend Dave and I had some time together to sort out our home and did a full spring clean, and home cleanse.
We got rid of unwanted clothes and did multiple trips to donate them, we threw away boxes and boxes of useless stuff that had just accumulated and we also cleaned our apartment in depth.
It feels SO good! I can move around again in my office and breathe! There is nothing like a good tidy up.

You know that I am trying my best to avoid any unnecessary toxins in my life. At home we do our best to only use green cleaning products. I love buying from companies that care about the environment and source and make their products in a sustainable way. We lately got sent the EnviroCare Earth range over here and really liked them. EnviroCare Earth products have never ever been tested on animals. They are safe to use without polluting our home with nasty chemicals.
Dishwashing Liquid, laundry detergent, Hand Wash and also they Body & Hair Cleanser (which I used as travel size on our honeymoon, and loved it!)
They are fantastic unisex products for the whole family including the dog. Not even kidding, they have a lovely natural pet grooming range, approved by always white and fluffy Dalston.
Most products also come in generous sizes, reducing packaging and landfill. I really love how they thought about everything.

All their body products are extremely gentle and have the most pleasant barely there scent. I would highly recommend them for sensitive skin and sensitive noses that aren’t a fan of strongly perfumed products.

The cleaning products are really powerful and work a treat! I love how they don’t leave a strong scent either, they simply work and have no nonsense added to them.
I think it’s especially important if you have pets or babies in your home as they are much more sensitive to toxic ingredients and often are the first ones to develop allergies or skin problems.
Do you use green cleaning products in your home? Do you know that conventional cleaning products often contain allergens and toxic ingredients that can seriously effect your long term health?

Skin Is In – New Jane Iredale Collection

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Makeup By Liv Lundelius using Jane Iredale, for Bride La Boheme, Photography by Lana Ivanova

Jane Iredeale got it right! The new collection is all about the No Makeup Look, which I LOVE.
There is a new PureGloss colour called “White Tea” which is a sheer nude browny/beige colour, I love it, especially on medium to darker skin tones or summer bronzed skin.
“Flawless” colour blush, which has a very lovely neutral shade, just enough colour to give your cheeks that healthy flush without looking like you are wearing blush.
It’s also a matte colour, so it’s undetactable, no shimmer, no sheen. Quite a nice change after all the gloss and shimmer we have seen for years now.
(nothing wrong with it if you like shimmer and dewyness, I love it too and you can always add highlight!)
The Eyebrow Kit has had a revamp and is now called GreatShape and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, it’s my favourite brow product which I use on myself every day and it’s the staple product in my pro makeup kit as well.
The Limited Edition Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Kit, is a real winner, with 5 (!) neutral and very wearable shades all completely matte. Jane Iredales matte shdows are never chalky though, they are richly pigmented and glide on very beautifully. It comes as a mirrored compact, which is very nice and flat, so perfect for carrying in your makeup bag.

It’s your no nonsense, quality basics kinda collection. Think Capsule Wardrobe for Makeup.
Good quality basics that you can actually wear day to day and that go with everything.
Well done Jane Iredale!

For the look above I have used:
Smooth Affair Primer, Dreamtint Tinted Moisturizer with Pure Pressed Powder, Great Shape Eyebrow Kit, Longest Lash Mascara, Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Kit, Brown Jelly Jar Eyeliner, Yummy Play On Lip Crayon, Moonglow highlighter (the lightest shade)

Spot Treatment Revolution

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016

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A question I get asked a lot is what to do when you get a spot/breakout/massive pimple before an important event, or just in general.
We all know the usual advice it to keep our dirty little fingers away from it and don’t pop it, to reduce the risk of infecting it and leaving a scar behind.
The best thing to do, if it’s a red hot inflamed and painfully swollen spot is to ice it, to take away pain and inflammation.
That’s as far as I would recommend to self medicate. Of course there also many useful topical spot treatments.
The best ones usually have Salicylic Acid in it and work pretty well.

I just got to try out Dream Dots. They are little stick on dots, completely clear and almost invisible that will heal of a spot in record time.
You use them overnight and trust me it’s super easy. The great thing is as well, that once you covered the spot you won’t be tempted to pick at it.
Of course I was trying to investigate the ingredients of the product and also if it was tested on animals.
As the product is certified as a medical device, there is no ingredient list , like it would be the case for a cosmetic product.
So I have no idea what actually is in the patented gel formula, and can vouch for it’s safety, but I know it works and if it’s used as a treatment only, I decided to use it.
Dream Dots claims the formular to be drug free, paraben free, latex free and containing no harsh ingredients.
The company was able to insure me however that the product has not been tested on animals, that’s why I decided to review it.

I found the little dots worked really well and to my surprise they don’t dry out the skin either. They just take any redness and swelling down and when you remove them the spot is barely there. YOur skin won’t be damaged. It is really clever. The clear gel swells up a little and turns white overnight. You will then remove the dot in the morning. The spot will heal in half time and you won’t damage your skin.
Quite impressive! I do highly recommend this. I will keep these dots handy in my bathroom cabinet now.

Do you have any tips or tricks on handling blemishes? Have you tried Dream Dots yet?

A DIY Bridal Manicure

Posted on: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Our wedding turned out to be a big DIY fest. Not that we set out to have it that way, it just seem to happen that we are surrounded by uber talented and creative friends that wanted to contribute to our wedding and so many things we did just seemed natural to do ourselves.
And yes, I did my own makeup on the day as well. I will share more about that soon!

As my hands were still busy working in the lead up to the wedding and I am a little bit particular about what I put on my body, I decide to do my own mani and pedi.
That way I could do it nice and fresh the night before the wedding and also pick my favourite nail products.

For the colour I chose Sienna Byron Bay, a toxin free, high quality polish brand.
I use them in my pro kit and they totally live up to my quality standards. Sienna Byron Bay produces their products as eco-friendly as possible. All their Australian made nail polish is produced using a professional, reduced toxin formula that is as clean as you can get. They also only use Cruelty-free, Vegan components.

I fell hard for the colour “Aura” which I used on finger and toe nails for the wedding. It’s a beautiful sheer pearly white.
(On honeymoon I used “Utopia” a stunning pastel mint green colour, that Dave was really over the moon about, good to have a designer husband!)

To prep my nails properly I used the brand new Weleda Nail Care Pen and Cuticle Softener Pen.
Both contain organic pomegranate seed oil, which is extremely high in antioxidants and promotes cell regenaration. The nail care pen is a staple in my bag now, also for days when I am not wearing any polish. It smells delicious, but not overpowering.
The Pomegranate Regenarating Hand Cream is another winner in the range. It absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave the hands greasy at all. It’s a really great anti aging hand treatment as the antioxidant-rich, organic pomegranate seed oil helps to protect your hands from environmental influences that can cause the appearance of age spots.
The Cuticle Softener Pen, really made my manicure look professional and super neat.
How genius is Weleda ? I haven’t seen any natural or organic manicure products like these on the market.
They were a dream to use, toxin free and really worked a treat. They will be repurchased for my makeup kit as well.

We are married, forever!

Posted on: Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Photo by Jo Bartholomew (just a sneak, we haven’t gotten our pics back yet!)

Most of you would have seen and heard the news by now:
We just got married. And we have been on honeymoon!
If you followed the #livplusdaveequals on Instagram you might have seen some sneaky pics from peoples mobiles.

It will be a little while until we get our professional pictures…we can’t wait though.

I will share more detail & thoughts then. For now I can let you know that is was the most magical wedding weekend and so much fun.
I think we are still in the bliss bubble, although we are knee deep in work right now.
It’s like the best thing we have ever done! I will promise to share more actual thoughts and feelings on this matter.

The best news is:
Once I am back from some studying/training/further education this month there are many exciting things lined up for this little blog!

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

trilogy cleansing balm review liv lundelius natural beauty expert sydney green makeup artist

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

Gressa Minimalist Foundation Liv Lundelius Natural Beauty Expert
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.

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