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”

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!
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Spring Skincare Routine

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.

Morning

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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.

Evening

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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 …

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… 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?
Transparency:
♦ = product sample

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?

Vivaness 2015 #1

I’ve been busy the last four days taking part in Biofach and Vivaness, world’s leading trade fair for organic food and the international trade fair for natural personal care. I spent almost all time at Vivaness and have met several other bloggers, networking was really great. In some time when I have gone through all material I will tell you about my personal highlights of Vivaness.

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.