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We Have Moved! New blog site is up!

Posted on: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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This blog has moved, you can find it now over here:

http://www.livlifemag.com/livwell/

I have been working on a new blog site Liv Life Mag.
It’s combining this beauty blog with my personal blog all together on one brand new site.
Of course, you can keep following along just this blog or read across both, that’s up to you.
The new site Liv Life Mag is about creativity, beauty & love and simply living life.
Overall I hope that my voice will shine through a little more on the new site and the beauty blog will be more holistic.
You will still find your trusted product reviews, but I hope to mix it up a little more with an overall healthy&happy approach to beauty and wellbeing.

This URL that you are reading right now is now outdated and will no longer be updated.
If you wish to follow along, please click over to the new site here!

I can’t wait to see you there! Please let me know your thoughts in the comments over there.

Liv xo

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.

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.

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 ;)

Holistic Bridal Beauty Prep: Hack For Happiness & Radiance

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Don’t we all want to be the best version of ourselves on our wedding day?

Besides getting fit, looking after your skin, getting healthy shiny hair and beautiful nails there is one more element to my bridal beauty prep.
And this is possibly the most important for me: MEDITATION and self care.
I want to feel happy and relaxed on the day, I want to be patient with my family and my partner.
I want to feel comfortable in my skin, I want to be healthy and filled with energy.
Marriage is a new exciting chapter in life and I want to feel ready for it.

In my job I have seen many brides that have burnt themselves out in the lead up to the wedding.
Which so upsetting to see. Brides with severe breakouts, flu, colds, anxiety, stomach issues or anger and emotion overload,
deprived of sleep and feeling anything but beautiful.

Just as important as our beauty routines are our thoughts and beliefs.
We all know that stress can cause breakouts and other problematic skin conditions, therefore it is super important to take time out for little self love rituals along the way.
Take a deep breath and take my advice: You can not afford NOT to do this.
Meditation will change your life for the better. Taking only a few minutes a day it’s the quick fix you have been waiting for.
The benefits are even scientifically proven,just in case you are skeptic.

Benefits for the physical body:

Lowers high blood pressure
Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
Improves the immune system
Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

Meditation is probably the easiest and most amazing way to prevent stress from manifesting in your body.
If you have trouble quieting your mind it can be a good idea to exercise prior to meditation.
This is a great way to release tension first so that you can really relax during your quiet time.
Another perfect time is first thing in the morning when you get out of bed.
Meditation truly improves your stress related skin issues and overall helps to find your true and positive self image.

Mental Benefits of Meditation

Anxiety decreases
Emotional stability improves
Creativity increases
Happiness increases
Intuition develops
Gain clarity and peace of mind
Problems become smaller
Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

In my freelance schedule it can be tough to take time out for myself, so believe me, I know it is a big commitment when you are busy, but it will serve you and save time
in the long term. I found out that I just simply can’t sign up for any regular classes, as my schedule changes often with very little notice.
I signed up for an online yoga channel, which is genius. I can practice whenever I want, right here in my living room,
which works extremely well for me. They also have great meditations and overall info on their website.
I am sure there are many great similar sites, this is the one we are using: Gaia.
Yes, my man uses it too. :)

If you are happier to join a live class, do a little search in your local area and ask around for recommendations.
There are also some great guided meditations online for free or you can buy some audios by teachers that speak to you.
You can also simply sit in stillness by yourself without any guidance, but most beginners find that a little tricky to start of with.
Have you tried meditation yet? Feel free to share your experience.

Create a Beauty Ritual

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2015

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Do you have a beauty ritual?
Do you look forward to your daily skincare routine? Do you absolutely love how your products smell and feel on your skin?
If you do you are much more likely to keep up and you get to relax and have fun in the process.
I believe that the pleasure of using products and to create a little self-care ritual around your routine is actually very beneficial to your skin
and most importantly to the way you feel.
I am so grateful I have recently connected with a fellow skincare lover and expert, the lovely Misty who is the inspiring woman behind the skincare line BLOOM.
We send long long emails back and and forth chatting away about skin & health, I feel we connected in such a great way that I just made a new friend on the other side of the world.
Created by a holistic nutritionist with a deep understanding of whole body health, this line truly felt different to all other natural skincare lines I have ever used.
You can tell that it’s not just another skincare line but rather one carefully researched and crafted with a holistic approach.
Can you tell, that I am a bit of a fan?
Within one week of using the products exclusively morning and night and having so much fun with the ritual in the meantime, my skin has transformed.
The few blemishes I had healed quickly without leaving scarring or redness, my skin is smooth and even toned and very well hydrated.
It glows, so that I even completely skipped wearing any foundation for a few days.
I received my products after one really long and exhausting day a few weeks ago and I fell in love immediately, from the moment I received the products which came in the prettiest colourful wrapping.

I am of course a little picky when it comes to skincare, as I receive so many samples and constantly get to work with new
and different products in my job, and I have to say: These products are different to anything I had ever tried before.

I took the skin type test on the website as all three steps in this skincare routine are uniquely created for a specific skin type.
The test decided that I would fit best into the Combination Skin Type.
I think the combination skin choice was spot on, as my skin is taking really well to the new routine.
The smell of my Nourish Serum is very relaxing and grounding and I can feel all the muscles in my face relax immediately.

Step 1: GLOW and POLISH

Glow is a wonderful botanical oil blend, that you can use as eye-makeup remover. Within the beauty ritual you then mix it with Polish to create a wonderful deeply purifying facial cleanser.
Polish is a powdery consistency, it buffes away impurities but isn’t not harsh like other scrubs. It also contains natural lactic acid to brighten and soften, from organic whole milk powder.
You can use turn your cleanse into a weekly face mask by leaving it on for 10 minutes before rinsing. And it feels incredibly nice!
Step 2: HYDRATE and NOURISH
Spritz your face liberally with HYDRATE and you will want to use it all day long! It’s a lovely hydrating spritz packed with essential nutrients that will allow your next step to really lock in that extra moisture.
Then you follow with a few drops of Nourish. I really love massaging the Nourish serum into my skin and personally love the smell so much that I inhale a few times to get the most out of the aromatherapy effects.
If you are feeling dry, apply NOURISH directly to your skin after using POLISH.
Step 3: RESTORE
Apply a small amount of RESTORE to the area around the eyes and elsewhere on the face, as needed. The area between the eye brows and the “laugh lines” next to the mouth are especially nice.
It’s a very concentrated potent little balm that my skin loves.

All products are 100% Natural, Crueltyfree, All BLOOM formulas are vegetarian or vegan, gluten free and preservative + toxin free and only contain with the freshest, safest, most luxurious ingredients for your skin type. The line does not use any fillers (including water) and as such a little goes a very long way.

I am hooked on my luxurious beauty ritual!
Please check out the BLOOM website which now offers a generous $20.00 shipping flat rate to Australia.

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