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?

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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