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?

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.

Eye of the Day: Copper

Easy eye make-up with Hiro rock chique & go vertigo!

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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.

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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!

 

Which is your favourite mineral cosmetics brand?

Black & White super simple eye make-up

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.
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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.
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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:
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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.

Transparency: ♦ is a gifted sample

 

What are your favourite eye shadow colours?

Vivaness Highlights

I went to the natural and organic beauty trade fair Vivaness in February, and finally I can share some of my personal highlights.

Aromata Mirabilia – Lithuania

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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

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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

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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

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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:
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Unique – Denmark

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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

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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!

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The packaging is sophisticated black, also the containers themselves, and you can see one of the eye shadows in my blog header 🙂 .

Friends

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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!

 

What are your recent beauty highlights?

My personal eyeshadow palette

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!

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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!

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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.

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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?

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.

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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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