Easy eye make-up with Hiro rock chique & go vertigo!
I mixed both colours together, than applied them with a wet brush. White eyeliner on the lower lash line and black eyeliner on the upper lash line give some more expression to the eyes, and black mascara is a must for this look. Instead of drawing a hard black line at the outer corner of the eye I softened out the eye make-up with the grey shadow.
I am tanned a little now, and the copper & brown colour matches beautifully with my brown eyes and the sun kissed skin. Applying mineral powder eye shadows with a wet brush is as easy as painting with watercolours, if you haven’t yet, you should give it a try!
In my Vivaness posting I promised to show you a really simple eye make-up. To give you an impression of versatility and manageability of the Zuii colours I choose the Zuii certified organic flora eye shadows in purple ice and black diamond ♦. Purple ice is a white colour with purple and blue halo effect, black diamond comes in a very pigmented true black with subtle reflections. As the eye shadows can be used wet and dry, I doubled the colour as eye liner. You can see where I put the wet brush onto the surface.
Apart from those two shadows you only need two blending brushes, a liner brush and a black mascara.
I applied the white colour in the crease and up to the brow bone. On the movable part of my eyelid I applied black. As you can see, the part between the black line and the black dotted line (which is how much skin disappears in my crease) is coloured with the white shadow.
With a blending brush I blended the black colour into the crease to get a grey tone. After that, with a fresh brush, I blended the grey with the white to soften the colour between crease and highlight under the brow. Then, with a wet liner brush, I painted a fine black line directly into the lash basis. With the residue on the brushes I added a little colour to the lower lash line as well. Finally I applied two coats of black mascara.
This is how incredibly well the colours blend! From highlighter below the brow bone, white eye shadow smudged to grey with the black one that is deepest as liner at the basis of the lashes:
If you are not into black and white, I would recommend the classic duo palette with bronze (dark brown) and mustard (natural beige). And if you are more into colour, try one of the eye quads. They come in several combinations of blue, green or rose to more classic ones like brown or grey.
Today I am going to show you my spring skincare routine. Most people have a two part beauty regimen (morning and evening), mine consists of three parts.
My morning routine begins with a cleanse. I tend to use non foaming cleansing agents as cleansing milks, at the moment it is the renew gentle cleansing milk. After that I like to apply a serum to my skin. My skin is very dry and does not tolerate glycerin and alcohol in larger amounts, so I chose a serum without both of them (bioearth bioprotettiva siero viso with hyaluronic acid). Third step is to apply a toner, and I prefer pure hydrosols. This one is from dabba ♦ and I have nearly finished it up, but I have some others from dabba, maienfelser and biopark as backup. I cannot be without hydrosols as they are my way to lock in moisture under my day cream. My moisturiser is the martina gebhardt summer time cream ♦ which I can highly recommend! It is a cold cream that sinks into my skin in no time. For those who do not like heavy creams, there is a summer time face and body lotion as well. The ingredients are to support the skin before and after sun exposure. Last step in the morning is to apply my mysalifree eye balm ♦: the lightweight lotion pampers my eye area with extra moisture without stinging in the eyes, after that I am well prepared for my mineral make up concealer.
In the evening I do double-cleanse my skin. First I remove my make-up, the best product I have used so far is the cattier micellar water. I soak a cotton round in the cleanser and gently press that onto my eyes, that removes mascara without rubbing. It’s just a little dabbing 🙂 . With the backside of the cotton round I take away foundation and lipstick. Second cleanse is a cleansing milk or a slightly foaming cleansing lotion, at the moment I prefer gentle products like the heliotrop cleansing milk ♦. They remove the rest of make-up and leave my skin hydrated and prepared for the next step. Which is – who could guess? – a hydrosol. After a bad cold episode in march my skin is still pretty unbalanced and I have a lot of brakeouts beneath the jar line. To manage that I use a toner that does contain alcohol as it disinfects the skin. Currently it is the farfalla immortelle (everlasting) hydrosol ♦. Onto the moist, prepared skin I apply a moisturiser, at the moment I am very pleased with the antipodes avocado pear nourishing night cream. I bought a travel size of this cream, and despite I’m not nearly half through the tube, I think about ordering a full size. If I like to, I also apply a tiny amount of the eye lotion in the evening.
I wrote about three steps in my routine, so here it is, the mysterious part that helps me getting my skin hydrated and soft
Immediately after waking up …
… I massage a nourishing oil into my skin. That is basically the first thing I do in the morning! It’s like a wake-up-call for my skin, it activates the cell functions and helps to loosen impurities and breakdown products. In the picture you can see the antipodes joyous protein-rich night replenish serum. This oil based serum was too much for my skin at night, but it performs well in the early morning as it does not sink into the skin and allows me the massage without dragging my skin. I love the scent! Nevertheless I am going to pass on this serum to a fellow blogger. Theresa is a fan of antipodes and I know she is going to love the serum more than I do now. Don’t worry, I have stocked up with several facial oils that I am curious to try!
After the massage I apply an eye gel (logona rose & aloe eye gel) to cool my eye area. As the gel dries, puffiness is reduced and I feel refreshed. Now I am ready for breakfast and the day can begin! Usually I tend to use cheaper products for this step as they will be washed off about half an hour later. Do you have a routine and which products do you use?
♦ = product sample
I went to the natural and organic beauty trade fairVivaness in February, and finally I can share some of my personal highlights.
Aromata Mirabilia – Lithuania
Aromata Mirabilia was one of my favourites! They have aromatherapy balms and candles, oils and oilblends, hydrosols, mazerates, soaps and so much more to discover. The prices are pretty low in comparison to other known brands. I like the simple style and layout of the containers and am in love with their strawberry lip scrub.
Florascent – Germany
Florascent provide a very wide range of all kind of perfume and aromatherapy sprays. I was overwhelmed with the variety of the products and have by now bought two aromatherapy sprays. You can spray them on your hands and inhale the scent – perfect for headache moments at work!
Martina Gebhardt – Germany
Martina Gebhardt‘s new Summer Time Line is made especially to provide moisture to the skin, to prevent and help heal sun damages. The cream is my absolute go-to-product, and despite it is a very heavy cream, it sinks into my skin and makes it as hydrated as possible. For me and my oily-dry-skin the best cream ever.
Mysalifree – Austria
Mysalifree addresses to people that are allergic against salicylic acid and have irritated skin. The products are composed to calm the skin and do not contain gluten, essential oils or perfume, dyes and other nasties. The eye balm is a gel-like lotion and sinks in pretty quickly:
Unique – Denmark
Unique work with organic whey which is a waste product in dairy production. The smell of the products is divine, and in future they will lance a new hair oil that is incredibly lightweight for an oil blend. I put about 5 drops of oil in the lengths of my hair and it was all soaked up and left my hair shiny and my natural waves a little defined but not greasy at all. Hopefully it will be in the shops this summer!
Zuii Organic – Australia
Zuii is my absolutely most-loved make-up brand. Instead of talc they use milled flowers as base of their powder products, and the organic amount in their formulations is pretty high! I am soon going to show a super easy eye make-up with only black and white eye shadow!
The packaging is sophisticated black, also the containers themselves, and you can see one of the eye shadows in my blog header 🙂 .
What would life be without the best co-bloggers? I got some really nice and special green beauty products:
Frau Wuselig gave me a Living Nature foundation that I use at least two times a week.
Nixenhaar had the darkest shade of Hauschka’s new foundation left over and it was way too dark for her – good for me, as the shade is nearly exactly my summer complexion.
Anita gave me a Ponyhütchen deodorant cream as present which I am curios to try.
Ahnungslose Wissende brought a Kivvi Body Marmalade with her to thank me for fetching her from the station the day she went to the fair.
I can recommend all four brands for further exploration!
Don’t be afraid to experiment with bright coloured mineral eye shadow! Sunnivah, one of my favourite beauty bloggers, did a tutorial about eye make-up with four colours for total beginners, and I instantly wanted to create an eye make-up for me.
Given fact: my eyelids are no longer tight and firm, the skin is dropping and hides the lid. Therefore I had to adapt the tutorial for my hooded eye. Also I do have a lot of very bright and colourful mineral eye shadows in my stash that I don’t use very often. But when blended, the colours get very, very soft! So here it is, my four-coloured eye of the day:
As a quick overview I took three flash photos for you, the first one shows the applied colours, the second one the blended colours with eye liner, and the third one the finished eye make-up with winged liner and mascara.
This is what I was going to do:
I applied lilac shimmer eye shadow on the lower lid with a wet brush.
With the same lilac colour I highlighted below the brow.
With a rose-and-golden shimmer eye shadow on a wet brush I covered the upper lid right up to the crease and slightly above. You can see two lines at the top of my eye: the upper line indicates how far up I have to apply eye shadow so it can be seen when I open my eyes. The dotted line just below the upper line indicates how much of the colour will be seen when I open my eyes. So quite a lot of the rose-and-golden eye shadow is nowhere to be seen because of my hooded eye.
I applied a burgundy-brown blue-shimmer eye shadow with a wet brush at the outer triangle of the lower eye lid.
I blended all colours to a smooth and soft eye make-up.
I applied dark grey eye liner.
I applied two coats of black mascara.
These are the colours when applied wet. They are very bright and can be placed really precisely.
My eye is only half open to give you an imagination of how much of the colour will be lost even though I applied a generous amount.
When blended, a lot of coverage is broken down to shimmery dust that blends with the other colours. What is left is a hint of lilac, a hint of rose, and a hint of burgundy. The rest stays in the blending brush. So don’t blend to much so all of the colour is lost!
Here you see the grey eye liner …
… I added a wing …
… and applied two coats of mascara.
How do you like the schematic draft of my eye make-up?
For body and facial care I like to use oils. My favourite oils are argan and sacha inchi oil, but also oilblends are in high rank for me. I always check the fatty acids of my oils and oilblends because oils high in linolenic and linoleic acids work best for me.
Maienfelser is a small company that provides lots of oils, hydrolates and essential oils as well as other natural cosmetics. Recently I placed an order for some oils:
tree body oil
youngster fine face oil
youngster super face oil
midlife face oil
The face oils are blends, and I like that the ingredients show themselves in the colour of the oils, so you really now that there is a difference! For the ingredients, please check my German blogpost via google translate *here*.
The face oil I like the most by now is the Youngster Super, and that is a blend of macadamia nut oil, sacha inchi oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, camellia oil (?), meadowfoam oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, castor oil, rosehip oil, essential essences of lime blossom, ylang-ylang, rosewood and tangerine. It sinks into my skin almost immediately and leaves my skin prepared for my moisturiser. I did never ever think that this could happen, as in the past there was no oil for me that worked with my skin. I started over with sacha inchi (recommendation of a beauty blog) which is great, but this face oil also smells really good.
The price is pretty affordable, for the 10 ml travel size you pay three to four €uro and for 50 ml about 15 to 20 €, and we are talking facial oil blends here. Maienfelser ship worldwide and have resellers in some countries.
In future, I think you will read lots of Maienfelser talk here, because I like them so much. I own several hydrolates, and I layer them under the facial oil, and that all together with a moisturiser makes my skin feel soft and hydrated.
I own herbal shampoo powders which do not contain any fluid. You mix them with water (on your head, in your palm, in a container) and use them like normal shampoo. Today there will be a beauty battle with the Khadi Herbal Hairwash Powder vs. Eliah Sahil Shampoo Natural Volume & Shine
Khadi herbal Hair wash is a unique combination of herbs, fruits and flowers. All of them contribute to keeping hair & scalp clean, promote hair growth & nourish hair roots. Khadi Herbal hair wash powder cleans the scalp without stripping hair and scalp of its natural oils. Regular use will give your hair tensile strength & prevent breakage.
It is extremely mild & beneficial for those who have sensitive skin. Free from any chemicals or preservatives it is especially for those who suffer allergies from chemicals which are present in soaps & shampoos. It can also be used as a mild baby shampoo for keeping scalp clean & free from infections.
Really good ingredients in this one, but I do not find any information if the herbs are from organic farming. BDIH certified and vegan.
The powder comes in a metal container and is sealed in an extra plastic bag inside. The packaging works perfectly with the powder. There is no trial size available for this product.
Marketing and Price (7/10)
Filling quantity: 150 g which cost 8,90€ (base price per 100 g = 5,93 €)
The marketing statements are not supported and I do not know if the advertising claims have been fulfilled on me, so: no. The price is okay.
When I first used the product, I liked it very much. It was the first powder shampoo I ever used, so I had nothing to compare it with. But after some time I just tried to use up the product even that I liked it: the powder is not finely ground, the application is messy, having it on my hair is messy, washing out the stuff is messy, the hair smells of the product which my husband doesn’t like. It was nice having it on my hair, but it took really long time to get my hair clean. For me, the Khadi powder is just not practical enough.
All in all: (30/40)
The Khadi Herbal Hairwash Powder has really good ingredients but is practically not usable for me. If the powder was really finely milled, that would improve the application so much.
The ingredients are great, but I do not find information if the ingredients are organic.
BDIH certified and vegan.
The powder comes in a metal jar; there is only a small hole in the top of the container, so you could use the powder directly on your hair.
I like the packaging in the metal jar. What I personally do not like is the small hole: when I use the product, I measure with a spoon. It is not convenient to do this with this packaging as I always spill some product. Yet when you use the powder directly on your hair, this could work very well to prevent overdosage.
Marketing and Price (6/10)
The marketing statements are not supported. The price is still okay. There is no travel size available at the internet shops I know, but I have seen some in unboxing blog posts.
I really, really like the products from Silvio Perpmer, the owner of Eliah Sahil and Planet Pure. When I use this powdered shampoo, I measure a sponge into a small container, fill it with water and shake gently. After that I use it absolutely the same way as I would use every other diluted shampoo. It feels nice on the scalp and gently foams in my hair, and it is very easy to wash it out. It smells softly like Indian herbs, but the scent does not stay in my hair in a bad way, more like an earthy, herbal background scent that works good with my perfume and other body products. The ingredients are good, and the price is totally okay for me. Silvio wants to create products that are both good for the environment and the consumer, and he hits the target with this powder shampoo. The only thing which I do not like is the opening in the container as mentioned before. It would be easy to refill the powder into another container, but I simply do not want to.
All in all: 31/40
Yeah. I like. Totally. All that marketing stuff is not that important for me, as I know, Silvio would never ever use something in his products that would harm anyone. The stuff cleans my hair, I have nothing at all to worry about!
So how went the battle? INCI: no winner. Both products have really good ingredients. Packaging: Khadi has one point in advantage. Both have environmentally friendly and reusable packaging, but I like the Khadi one more. Price: Eliah Sahil costs more than twice the price of Khadi. My personal experience: Eliah Sahil’s powder shampoo is a lot more convenient than Khadi’s.
My personal winner is the Eliah Sahil shampoo. I do not mind paying for it as it is a great product. In fact, I want to try more products from Eliah Sahil. They are by far underestimated in terms of ingredients and production conditions.
In my beauty stash I have some eyeshadows and lots of eyeshadow samples. But what I’m really looking out for is a green (organic) palette that fits my colour range. Here it is, my personal palette to start with, if someone would ask me!
I would start with a really nice white duochrome eyeshadow with violet-and-blue reflections. It is Purple Ice
from Zuii and works really well as a highlighter. But it can also be layered onto every other colour to give it a violet and not-so-matte finish. It is buildable from soft reflection to noticeable effect.
Next, there would be the ChriMaLuxe Minerals eyeshadow in Eggplant. The colour is purple with a hint of lavender and combines nicely with the purple-white highlighter. This is a matte one, but as I said, the Zuii white gives every shadow a soft light reflecting finish.
I really like duochrome eyeshadows combined with matte ones, so the third one would be a Zuii again. Mermaid is a bluish green (or greenish blue) duochrome colour that shifts to golden-yellow. Nice!
Dr. Hauschka has a palette with neutrals, and I picked the third colour, a matte, cold to neutral soft brown. It is almost taupe, especially when you only layer a thin coat on your lid. It helps to blend colours and gives a silky soft contour to your eye.
Not to forget a warmer brown tone, also matte, from Une natural beauty: S09. This colour is the only warm one in my palette as I do not like too much warmth in my make-up. It is very versatile, though, and makes a good start for a brown smokey eye.
The last colour would be a matte Black from ChriMaLuxe. It is the blackest black without shimmer or glitter, and it can be (carefully) mixed with all other dark or matte colours to darken them. It works great as eyeliner, too, you can apply it with a wet eyeliner brush.
Not to mention single use, what can you do with these six colours?
Eggplant as main colour, highlights with Purple Ice, Black eyeliner.
Mermaid with Hauschka (Mermaid in the inner corner, Hauschka in the outer corner of the eye) and eyeliner of Eggplant mixed with Black to a very dark Taupe.
Hauschka, Une and Black as smokey eye
Black and Une blended together on the movable eyelid and also smudged into the crease for a dramatic smokey eye, and on top of that a layer of the duochrome shadows Purple Ice and Mermaid (Mermaid onto Black, Purple Ice onto Une)
For the time being I wait for the Lily Lolo palettes to be available, and I laid my eyes on the Zuii Glamour palette. So who knows what future will bring?
Which are your favourite colours and what would your basic palette look like?
In September I got lots of new beauty things. Mostly travel sizes, but also some full size products.
Replacement: Cattier Perle d’eau, micellar water. This is my second bottle and I absolutely love it. Nothing removes my eye make-up as gentle as this remover.
Full sizes: Alterra Orange Soap and Sandalwood soap. Soap. I used these for my enzyme peeling soap bars. Alterra Eyeliner Flashing Star & Liquid Eyeliner. I am not that good at using eyeliner, and mostly I go without. But I want to learn how to use liquid eyeliner, and here I have one with a brush and one with a felt tip. Benecos Natural Mineral Powder in Golden Hazelnut(the darkest of the 4 colours). Hopefully this will mattify my skin. The colour is a little bit dark, so if it works for my, I think I will buy a lighter tone, too. Khadi Reetha Powder (soapnut powder). I use this mostly for washing my hair, but it is not as finely ground as I wished it was. I had the washing powder once, now I give the pure soapnut powder a chance.
Travel sizes: Farfalla Feel Beautiful Travelset. I am so curious about Farfalla. Most of their products are certified organic and vegan, so I will test them. I like the brand, they seem nice as they cover most my requirements that I have on beauty products. Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray. If I use hairspray twice a month, that is often for me. My conventional hairspray is nearly empty and I wanted to replace it with a greener version. Khadi Face- and body Oil White Lily Travel Size. This is going to be an experiment for a face oil blend. Less is More Lindengloss Finishing Spray. This should work together with the hair spray. Sensena Shower Peeling and Seasalt-Oil-Bath Walnut & Fig. The last salt scrub I bought is long gone, I usually do other peelings.
Trial Sizes and other Stuff: Ebelin Dupe to Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring: nice hair ribbon that stays in place. It is gentle to my hair and gives hold to my ponytail or bun. i+m Phyto Balance 24h Moisturizer Trial Size: My skin is super dry on some days, and I want to find a moisturizer that really helps on dry patches and makes my skin smooth and hydrated. Interdental Brushes to comb through my lashes after I applied mascara. Sanoll Hair End Moisturizing Cream Trial Size, with goats milk. My hair ends are very dry, I have to moisture them otherwise they will split or break. Ebelin Shampoo and Massage Brush, never tried a shampoo brush before, it should help to massage oily hair treatments into the roots.
On the photo above you see products that have been sent to me, too:
Indemne Gimme Clear! Travel Size: Dry oil to help with blemishes, whiteheads and acne discolouration. Indemne Gimme Smooth!: Dry oil to help with cellulite and orange skin. Maybritt Krewald MK organic pure aronia A (aroniajuice): Juice with high ORAC level to protect skin. Maybritt Krewald MK organic pure oil W (foodstuff oilblend): “Beauty begins inside” is Maybritt’s slogan, that means that you treat your skin with good oils from the inside. I take oil and juice stirred together as a shot every morning.
I have used up my Santaverde aloe vera cleansing milk and want to give you a full review of this cleanser. I liked to use it and am sad that I have finished it. First I will give you some facts, then I talk about my personal experience.
The aloe vera cleansing milk is vegan, cruelty free, certified by Natrue as organic (my package, however, is certified by BDIH), does not contain colourings and preservatives and the promoted ingredients are in the first spaces of the ingredients list. (8/10) requirements met
The cleanser comes in a plastic cosmetics tube with hinged lid in a cardboard box with ingredients and other information listed on it. You get what you see and read, there are no empty promises and no misleading labels. The cardboard box provides additional information, the plastic tube is user friendly. Sadly you cannot choose between several sizes, no trials or travel sizes are available. (8/10) requirements met
Marketing and Price
Filling quantity: 100 ml (base price per 100 ml = 18,90 €)
Actually, the marketing phrases for use are correct for most people, I think. However, my skin is not average and has a need for more oil residue after washing my face. It feels dry and tight after the use of most skin cleanse products. The product is not cheap, it will cost you about 14€ for three months of usage (I calculated that on my own consumption, used twice a day) and you have to pay about 19€ even to get the cleanser. (5/10) requirements met
I really like the product: the application feels good, the product does not sink in the skin too much so you can use less product, and it spreads very well on the skin. It does not sting and emulsifies grease and particles from air pollution and minor make-up well. (It is not made to get rid of a major full face make-up, so use a make-up remover before this cleanser if you like coats and coats of mascara, lots of eye liner and high coverage make-up.) You can easily wash the cleansing milk off, or you can use a cotton tissue to do that, both is okay. After I washed off the cleanser, my skin feels a little dry and tight, so I cannot do oil free night skin care after this – but very likely you could use it if you don’t have oily-dry skin like I do. But I feel very clean and do moisturise my skin afterwards, so no offence taken. The smell is very subtle and a little bit sour, like green apples and some flowers. About the ingredients I am a bit ambivalent: aloe vera and apple juice as main ingredients are great, but the INCI list is soo long, that I do not like very much. Less ingredients would fit my expectations better. Also the price is not even near low budget for a product that you use twice a day. If the ingredients list was a little shorter and there would not be aroma in the product, I think I would happily re-buy the aloe vera cleansing milk. I am simply not sure if I want another tube or if I want to look out for a better cleanser. You know, better ingredients might read good, but if the effect for my skin would be better is doubtful. So stick with it? (9/10) requirements met
All in all
Ingredients and packaging are okay, marketing and price could be better, nevertheless I liked to use the product very much. If you are looking for a vegan, cruelty free cleanser that is easy to use and do not wear (much) make-up, this cleanser is for you. (30/40) requirements met
What are your favourite cleansing milks and how do you like to use them, with cotton cloths, hot cloth method or just plain water?