NZ #2: Christchurch [Jan 2nd]

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island on New Zealand. I did not go to the city centre, instead I wandered around in my accommodation’s neighbourhood. There is a lot of graffiti and street art, several houses are painted with 3-D-pictures.

Christchurch Street-Art
Christchurch Street-Art

After several earthquakes lots of Christchurch’s buildings collapsed. So between newbuilt buildings, old houses and street art locations there are collapsed buildings and demolished sites. Everywhere are containers, they preserve walls from collapsing onto pedestrians.

Christchurch: Cinema after Earthquake
Christchurch: Cinema after Earthquake

Now, home again, I am sorry that I did not have more time to spend in Christchurch. With the delayed arrival and the jetlag I was merely getting a thought of this town. If I ever come back to NZ, I will stay longer in Christchurch and its surrounding area.

Mineral Eye Shadow: Eye of the Day

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:
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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.

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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.

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These are the colours when applied wet. They are very bright and can be placed really precisely.
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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.
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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!
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Here you see the grey eye liner …
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… I added a wing …
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… and applied two coats of mascara.
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How do you like the schematic draft of my eye make-up?
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With Knowledge comes Responsibility

When you use natural cosmetics and regularly read ingredients lists, your knowledge about the ingredients will rise as you might look up things that you don’t know.

With knowledge comes responsibility!

Let’s take gluten. When you know that you don’t tolerate gluten, you won’t eat it, right? Because you know the bad consequences. But what about palm oil? When you know about the consequences when you use products that contain (non-sustainable or ‘green’) palm oil, you should not re-buy those products. And in fact, if you do not know if there are palm oil derivatives in your products, you should look up the ingredients list and get knowledge about that fact.

On the other hand you should support companies that use ‘green’ palm oil (and its derivatives), because that makes the point. There is no world without palm oil, so let’s keep track that the palm oil we use does not harm the environment or those who work with it in agriculture.

There are more things than palm oil, maybe your gluten is harsh detergents or colourings or perfume. When you educated yourself in something, make a point, and spend your money for better alternatives.

Give-away #6: Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palette

On the occasion of my blogging anniversary I have some give-aways, this is the sixth and last draw:

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It includes the Lily Lolo Eyeshadow Palette Laid Bare. If you want to have a look, I posted more photos here.

How can you take part?
Be a regular reader and comment, why you’d like to get the palette and/or if you have similar things in use. Write how you follow my blog. Readers of my German blog are welcome!

Goody: Everyone who took part in a past drawing receives one extra lot for this one when taking part.

The comments are open for 48 hours (until Friday, October 31st, 11:59). When you comment you have to fill in the field for email, otherwise I cannot contact you and your comment can’t be included. I will contact the winner after the drawing, but I will not send the things until all drawings are finished (this will be at the end of the month). Every regular reader (old and new ones!) at the age of 18 or more can participate, the winner will be picked randomly, there is no right of appeal. Comments of not-regular readers are excluded.

 
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Congratulations, Gloria Viktoria!

Give-away #4: Leonhardy Brushes

On the occasion of my blogging anniversary I have some give-aways, this is the fourth draw:

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It includes 7 brushes, made by Leonhardy. The brushes are both make-up and art brushes, and have vegan or natural bristles. I bought them in industrial selling and am happy to have them as give-aways.

How can you take part?
Be a regular reader and comment, why you’d like to get the things and/or if you have similar things in use. Write how you follow my blog.

Goody: Everyone who in the past has commented on one of my blogs gets an extra lot for the drawing.

Goody 2: Everyone who takes part in a drawing receives one extra lot for the future drawing of the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palette.

The comments are open for 72 hours (until Monday, October 27th, 11:59). When you comment you have to fill in the field for email, otherwise I cannot contact you and your comment can’t be included. I will contact the winner after the drawing, but I will not send the things until all drawings are finished (this will be at the end of the month). Every regular reader (old and new ones!) at the age of 18 or more can participate, the winner will be picked randomly, there is no right of appeal. Comments of not-regular readers are excluded.

 

Congratulations, Cloudlyy!
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Give-away #2: Alterra Make-Up

On the occasion of my blogging anniversary I have some give-aways, this is the second draw:

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It includes these products:

  • Alterra Lipliner in Classic Red
  • Alterra Lipliner in Rosewood
  • Alterry Exebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
  • Alterra Khol Kajal in Blue Glitter
  • Alterra Kajal Eyeliner in Jade Green
  • Alterra Eyeshadow Duo Smokey Grey
  • Alterra Long & Defined Lashes Mascara
  • Alterra Bronzing Powder Sun Kissed
  • Alterra Smokey Eyes Brush
  • Ebelin Blending Brush

All the make-up is vegan (Vegan Society) and certified through BDIH or Natrue, and the brushes are vegan, too.

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How can you take part?
Be a regular reader and comment, why you’d like to get the things and/or if you have similar things in use. Write how you follow my blog.

Goody: Everyone who in the past has commented on one of my blogs gets an extra lot for the drawing.

Goody 2: Everyone who takes part in a drawing receives one extra lot for the future drawing of the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palette.

The comments are open for 72 hours (until Wednesday, October 22nd, 11:59). When you comment you have to fill in the field for email, otherwise I cannot contact you and your comment can’t be included. I will contact the winner after the drawing, but I will not send the things until all drawings are finished (this will be at the end of the month). Every regular reader (old and new ones!) at the age of 18 or more can participate, the winner will be picked randomly, there is no right of appeal. Comments of not-regular readers are excluded.

 

Congratulations, Alex!

1 Year Blogging Anniversary

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A year ago I posted my first blogpost on Kosmetik natürlich. I was very nervous: would anyone read my blog? Was anyone interested in what I have to say? Today I know that the answer is yes. Sometimes my articles are mainstream, but I have also specials like my oily-dry-skin blogposts that are read by lots of people that do not follow my blog.

My writing style changed, the way I take photos changed – bless god! – and I change, too: I take loads of photos now, I write in English, and I learn a lot about the internet and life. In the beginning no one commented on my blog. Maybe the readers did not know what to think of my blog or they did not want to sign in an account to be able to comment. But after a while I had commenting readers: Thank you!

Then the server which hosted my blog crashed. Everything but the plain text was gone and I was scared: would I ever get my photos and layout back into my articles? That’s when I first thought about getting my own domain and web space. So here I am, like Phönix from the ashes, with my two domains (GreenConscience.de and GreenConscience.org) that together are my blog!

By now I have written about 100 blogposts and have about 70 followers on both my English and German blog. A blog is nothing without it’s readers, so again Thank you! In the last time I bought give-aways for you, and now at my anniversary, I want to share with you some beauty and wellness products:

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The give-aways are posted in separate blog posts both on my German blog and here, so If you have a German shipping address you can take part there, too. Three of the six parcels ship international, though, and will be posted here.