Schmidt’s Deodorant | Unboxing Ecco Verde

Usually I make my deodorant myself. That is easy, you basically mix bakingsoda with shea butter and add some drops essential oil. But sometimes I don’t want to use my DIY stuff – this is when I begin to surf blogs and onlineshops after THE ONE product I want to try instead. In the past few weeks this has been deodorant, as I used my DIY version almost a year now. The result is an order I placed at Ecco Verde. I am always curious to see how online shops pack their things, therefore I will show you some unboxing pictures.

My order came in a cardbox with biodegradable packing material (the stuff that glues together when moist), everything was in fine order.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | package
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | package

I ordered some mineral makeup samples, they were placed in a small plastic bag to avoid spilling and falling around in the box.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package

The deodorant itself was rolled up in bubble wrap and the eyelash curler in a separate plastic bag.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | products inside the package

The Avril Eyelash Curler (£1.19 | €1,49 | $2) seems quite good for the price. The silikon pad is rounded and super soft, and there is a spring that helps getting a better feeling for the pressure. An extra silikon pad is delivered with the curler, it is placed at one of the handles.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Avril Eyelash Curler
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Avril Eyelash Curler

I ordered sample sizes of some mineral makeup. Inika offers a vegan, cruelty free foundation based on aloe vera juice and organic oils, I tried shade honey (Inika Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation Mini Size, Honey, 6ml: £2.49 | €2,99 | $4). Lily Lolo sells powdered Mineral Foundation (LSF 15 Mini-Size, 0,75g: £3.29 | € 3,99 | $5,50) in cute little srew-top jars, I ordered Butterscotch and Saffron. They are also vegan, cruelty free and without nasty ingredients. Also I decided to get samples of Everyday Minerals which I have never used before, just like the Lily Lolo and Inika mineral makeup: Everyday Minerals Cheeks Blush Sample Peony Petal (0,14g: £1.10 | €1,49 | $1,80) and Everyday Minerals Foundation Matte Base Sample Size 5W Golden Tan (0,14g: £1.10 | €1,49 | $1,80).

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | mineral makeup trial sizes
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | mineral makeup trial sizes

The best part is the Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant (56,7g: £8.99 | €10,99 | $14,70) which I am soo curious to try! The ingredients read fantastic simple: shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, cocoa seed butter, bergamot essential oil, lime essential oil, vitamin E, hop extract. It is certified vegan & cruelty-free.

Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Schmidt's Bergamot + Lime Deodorant
Ecco Verde order september 2014 | Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant

Ecco Verde offers free delivery to the United Kingdom from £39.95, to Germany from €25, and ships throughout Europe.

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New Beauty July & August 2014

In July and August I bought new products which I haven’t used before. Most things are from online shops as the brands are not available locally.

New Beauty July & August 2014
New Beauty July & August 2014

Make-up Products:

Alba Botanica: Mineral Terra Tints SPF 15, Blaze
I like having a tinted lipbalm in my handbag. The colour is a brownish rose tone and suits my lips.

Alima Pure: Satin Matte Blush, Honey Rose
This blush fits the colour of my natural blushing but adds some freshness. Powder blush for every day use.

Dizao Organics: Protective Lip Color Balm 207 Oleander
The ingredients of Dizao’s products are really good and I wanted to try another colour. This is, as the Alba Botanica one, a tinted lipbalm. This one is more pigmented, has some shimmer and comes in a natural fresh pink.

Zuii: Mermaid eyeshadow
This duochrome eyeshadow is likely to become one of my favourites. The main colour is a blueish green, the shimmer is a yellowish green. Zuii uses petal powders as base for the powdery products as eye shadows, powder foundations and blushes.

New Beauty July & August 2014 | make-up
New Beauty July & August 2014 | make-up

Skincare and Fragrance:

Farfalla: Nuvola
After using up some trial sizes I purchased the full size of this powdery fragrance. Absolutely love it!

Joik: Alcohol Free Facial Toner with Sea Buckthorn Oil and Aloe
Funny two-phase-product which you have to shake before use. The sea buckthorn oil will disperse in the transparent fluid and then float up again. I own so many serious products that, from time to time, I have to get some not-so-serious stuff. The ingredients are not so bad, though.

Urtekram: Nordic Birch Hand Soap
Usually I use solid soap bars. When I got this in my Blogger BIOty Box I was happy to try something totally new.

New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare and body products
New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare and body products

Dr. Bronner’s: Peppermint Soap
Travel size of the liquid soap. Didn’t have any Dr. Bronner soaps by now and wanted to try something.

Go & Home: Conditioner
New brand from Austria. They invented products with double function, this conditioner is also a shaving cream. Sounded interesting and I needed a conditioner for the weekend out so I bought this travel size.

Kivvi: Bergamotte & Litsea Body Marmalade
Travel size body butter that smells like summer. Great ingredients, love the design.

Less is more: Tangerine Curl Balm
I wanted to try some of the less is more haircare products and started with the curl balm. Smells nice, feels good.

Living Nature: Deep Cleansing Mask
This single unit trial size cost me 4€ so it’d better be good.

Pai: single use samples of Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream for Dry Sensitive Skin, Echium & Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream for Age-Prone Sensitive Skin, Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for all Skin Types, Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator
I hope I like them!

Marie W.: Powder Bowl
Tiny powder bowl for mineral makeup. The size is small but fitted for kabuki brushes.

New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare travel sizes
New Beauty July & August 2014 | skincare travel sizes

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Empties July & August 2014

August is over and so seems the summer. In the last two months I have used up some products, and today I will show you some of them.

Empties July & August 2014

Farfalla: Aloe Vera Gel Classic
One of my favourite summer products for beach days is now empty. I loved to use it on my face, arms and shoulders for some extra moisture. Swimming in the sea and numerous showers dry the skin, the gel helped to minimize that effect. In the evenings I spread some aloe gel over my back and sprayed hydrolate over it. That cooled my body somewhat and made it easier falling asleep in the hot climate.
Repurchase? Yes, next year right before summer.
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RMS swatches: buriti bronzer, living luminizer, lip2cheek modest

Everyone seems to love the make-up products from RMS Beauty. Most bloggers own at least a concealer, blush, highlighter or bronzer – or would like to. The big hype surrounding those products didn’t leave me unaffected so I began to browse the net. Personally, I like to use mineral make-up. But the easy application of those products made me curious, so finally I changed my mind and placed a sample order.RMS and Living Nature

Amazingy offers the great option to order a sample pack. Samples are available from almost all of their products. One can choose 5 products and will get product swatches for around 8 €uro, shipping included. I choose some SPF cream from Kimberly sayer and some products from Hiro and RMS. Amazingy generously delivered 7 samples instead of 5.

The products I purchased were

  • RMS Living Luminizer
  • RMS Buriti Bronzer
  • RMS lip2cheek modest

To compare the Luminizer I choose a shimmer foundation which I bought earlier this summer, the Living Nature Soft Lights Illuminating Tint Dawn Glow.

RMS samples in daylight RMS samples in sunlightThe pictures of the swatches I made have been taken in indirect daylight and direct sunlight. Clockwise, you see lip2cheek in colour modest, Buriti Bronzer, Living Luminizer and Living Nature Dawn Glow.

The lip and cheek product comes in a nice coral red colour. The texture feels – in my opinion – a little bit greasy and has a powdery yet creamy finish. Applied to my cheeks the colour appears fine, but it doesn’t work that well with the rest of my mineral make-up. I think I can work on that as I am not used to cream blush textures. On my lips, though, the lip2cheek clings to dry patches and settles in all fine lines.

The second product I tried is the Buriti Bronzer. I could apply the bronzer easily on my face, but I did not like the shimmer it provided. My skin gets oily very fast, in combination with that fact the bronzer would not work well for me.

My personal highlight of the RMS trio is the Living Luminizer. The consistency and shimmer of the luminizer corresponds to the bronzer. However, the shimmer here seems more subtle. Or I had to use less product to get the right amount of highlighting. The pearl white colour looks really nice on the top of my cheekbones, the inside corner of my eyes and the cupids bow.

I nearly was going to purchase the Living Luminizer as I liked the easy application and the subtle glow it gave to my face. But as I already own the Illuminating Tint I did a quick comparison between them. You can see the results on the pictures above. The shimmer foundation comes in a slightly warmer tone than the luminizer and can easily be applied as a highlighter. The texture is less oily and dries to a state where I can set all my make-up with a powder without loosing the highlighting effect.

Mixed with body lotion, the foundation can be used as a slightly shimmery summer-lotion on legs and chest. Blended with moisturiser it provides a slight glow on the face. Although I do not use the Living Nature Soft Lights Illuminating Tint as foundation (which it is made for to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines), the effect when used as a highlighter looks comparable to the Living Luminizer’s.

The highlighting is quite enough for me, so in nearer future I will not buy the RMS Living Luminizer. Next summer, when the shelf life of the shimmer foundation is exceeded, I might order another sample and give it a second try.

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