DIY facial steam

I mixed some of my dried herbs and flowers for a facialsteam, including lavender, chamomile, rose petals, calendula and hibiscus flowers, just to name a few. I do steam before applying a face mask and use the sud as a hair rinse afterwards.

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Depotting Eye Shadows

Just depotted some eyeshadows. To get the glue melted I used a hot-or-cold compress. You can manage the right temperature quite good, and the compress fits all sizes of shadows. Easy to get them out!

In the picture you can see #drhauschka, #terranaturi, #alverde and #benecos #eyeshadows in #mauve, #taupe and #greige as well as #dustwhite and #lightrose. I made those names up so you get the point with those type of colours. I was not able to find an eyeshadow palette with such hues, do you know one?

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FOTD november 2016

In this photo I wear the Inika lipliner in “sugar plum” and lipstick in “orchid fields”, and a dab eyeshadow “copper crush” in the middle of the lower lip. I also wear the eyeshadow as an eyeliner.
Blush is Inika’s pot blush in “pink pinch” on mineralfoundation in “patience”. Both are very subtle on my skin and leave the focus on my lips.

The mascara is Marie W. in “rabenschwarz” (thanks to @herbsandflowers, it is an ongoing pleasure using this!), and I used the Dr. Hauschka pink eyeshadow on the complete lid to even out the skin tone before applying the liner.

The eyeshadow and mineralfoundation are PR-samples from @knospa, the rest is my own stuff which I won or paid for myself.

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Zeitgeist #6

What’s happened lately at green conscience? Here is my update.

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Empties

In the last weeks I tried to get rid of some sample sachets that pile up in my sample drawer. Yes, I admit it: I have a small drawer where I have to stock samples and trial sizes because there are soo much of them. I used up quite a lot and liked some of the products.

  • Yüli Halcyon Cleanser: I liked it so much that I bought a full size.
  • Dr. Alkaitis Organic Treatment Oil: This is part of the travel kit which I also bought.
  • Urtekram Blond Shampoo: When I think about it, I like Urtekram as a brand very much. I also used up a large bottle of shampoo and have stocked some other items. I am not blonde, but the shampoo was even nice for my hair. It is good to know for me that the formulation of their hair care products work for me!
  • Safeas Fig Hydro Active Moisturizing Cream: Although it contains glycerin – which I tend to avoid – my skin was happy with this sample. The consistency is lighter than most creams I use, so this could be a product for summer.

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I used up a lot more samples than these ones, and afterwards my skin showed me that I should get rid of my sample stash. Okay, you won. Continue reading “Zeitgeist #6”

Recently Loved: Patchouli, Incense and Sandalwood

I love the warmth and density of spicy scents. Patchouli smells kind of sweet and spicy, in combination with ylang-ylang it seems almost flowery itself. Incense remains more on the cool side of spicyness, for me it is not as complex as patchouli and smells maybe a little dull. Yet I like it much! Sandalwood, as the name suggests, smells woody. Together with citrusy scents it adds volume to every composition.

In music, for me …
… patchouli would be a bariton in “Ameno“.
… sandalwood would be the cello in “Tonight“.
… incense were background choir in “Ronja Rövardotter“.

But as in music, these scents don’t go solo. They take their part in an orchestra of ingredients and essential oils blended together to create some wonderful skincare.

Franincense Essential Oil and Hydrosol

Frankincense promotes healing, fades scars, helps against acne and evens the skin tone as well as lifts the skin. It reduces the appearance of large pores, combats wrinkles and fine lines and has a calming effect on the mind.

Patchouli helps with acne and skin irritation, it is cell regenerative, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-aging. It counteraffects inflammation and promotes healing.

Sandalwood is effective for acne and eczema and reduces large pores. It is good for very dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin.

You can add 5 drops of essential oil to 30ml carrier oil for a body treatment oil or 10 drops of essential oils to 100ml carrier oil to get a face oil. Also you can use incense, patchouli and sandalwood hydrosols as face or body mist.

(I gathered these informations from all the manufacturers websites that make these and more lovely products containing incense, sandalwood and patchouli.)

Akamuti Olive & Avocado Night Cream

Akamuti Olive Avocado Night Cream

This cream is one of my most pleasant discoveries of the last months. It helps keeping my skin hydrated by preventing moisture to evaporate. The scent is calming and helps me to relax at night.
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Eye of the Day green & blue

Today I’m gonna show you a simple but colorful eye makeup.

I used blue and green loose mineral powder eyeshadow from Chrimaluxe Minerals. I applied bright blue color onto the moving part of the lid and blended it into the crease with green color. At the lower lashes I added a little bit of color, too. With a white khol kajal I brightened the inner lower lash line an coated my upper lashes with black mascara.
The bright color brings out the brown of my eyes, yet behind my glasses the color isn’t too much.

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When the days are getting shorter and the colors in nature begin to mute, I feel like bringing bright ones into my makeup. As soon as the leaves turn yellow and red, daylight is no longer sharp and bright, and I tend to wear more makeup – as if the soft light muted the bright colors to just the right amount of dab of paint in my face.

 

Which colors do you like now, as summer has turned into autumn?

Zeitgeist #4

Zeitgeist 4

What happened the last weeks? I’ll give you a short catch-up to my beauty world!

Buys and Rebuys

I like the Lavera Pink Energy Shower Gel very much. It smells really refreshing and energizing in a fruity way, and it contains extracts of pink grapefruit and pink pepper. This was a limited edition and when I wanted to rebuy the shower gel, it was no longer available in most stores. When I finally found a shop that had it in stock, I bought two shower gels and a body lotion as backup. The shower gel lathers very well for a natural one, and mostly after biking to work I enjoyed using it. If you find a store that has some of those left, smell if you like the fragrance!
Lavera Pink Energy Shower Gel
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Eye of the Day: Lilac

Here is another very simple eye make-up for you. Everything you need is lilac and white eye shadow, a white kajal liner and some mascara.

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With the lilac eye shadow I cover the moving part of the lid. With the white one, I blend it up to the brow bone.

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Using a very fine wet eyeliner brush, I draw a lilac line at the upper lashes. With the same brush, I add a little color beneath the lower lash line. Then I apply white kajal liner on the lower water line.

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Some grey mascara, that’s it!

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Products I used:

  • Benecos Natural Kajal, white
  • Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow solo, 07 smoky violet
  • Alverde Eyeshadow, cream

This look is not impressive, but it is a nice detail. I like to wear lilac and violet tops, and a hint of those colors on my eyes makes the look somewhat complete.

NZ #4: Lake Tekapo [Jan 4th]

This was one of the most lovely views I got in New Zealand. Lake Tekapo is 700 metres above sea level and covers 83 square kilometres, so it is really impressive with the mountain view behind the lake. Like a giant’s bathing place!

Lake Tekapo with Mountain View
Lake Tekapo with Mountain View

Be sure to wear sunscreen when visiting one of the lakes, the water reflects so much of the UV rays that you almost immediately can get a sunburn. I forgot to reapply on my feet, so the pattern from my walking sandals stayed with me for almost half a year. Not so nice!

Me at Lake Tekapo
Me at Lake Tekapo
Chapel at Lake Tekapo
Chapel at Lake Tekapo

There is a chapel at Lake Tekapo, the Church of the Good Shepherd, where many couples get married. When you got to see the mountain view right behind the altar … you know why:

View through Chapel's Window
View through Chapel’s Window

From the astronomical observatory at Mount John hilltop you have a great view upon Lake Alexandrina which has dark blue water.

Lake Alexandrina, the dark blue Lake
Lake Alexandrina, the dark blue Lake

Looking from the other hilltop side you see Lake Tekapo with its stunnig turquoise blue water.

Lake Tekapo, the turquoise blue Lake
Lake Tekapo, the turquoise blue Lake

When you take the gravel road north, you get closer and closer to the Southern Alps. I promise you, when you are there, you will feel a little bit like in one of the Lord of the Rings movies, only better because you can explore everything all by yourself.

Mount Cook View
Mount Cook View

What we indeed got to see much of that day was the gravel road. 20 kilometres to the mountain view, 20 kilometres back, … the lupins cheer you up. Also you get to see so many birds, that’s amazing!

Endless Gravel Road
Endless Gravel Road

If you ever gonna be in New Zealand, make sure to have enough time to spend at Lake Tekapo. Grab some picnic stuff and make yourself comfortable at the shore. Rest, get some peace of mind.