The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter Review

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After using coconut oil as a cleansing balm to remove my makeup, I decided to try something new and picked up the The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm. I paid 14 Euros for 90 ml. The cleansing butter smells a bit herbal and sweet, but the scent is not very strong and does not irritate my skin. It starts out solid and when I rub it into my skin, it turns into an oil texture. I personally use cleansing butters to loosen up my makeup and then remove the residue with a cotton pad soaked with micellar water. I always follow up with a facial cleanser, so I cannot attest to any residue left on the skin.

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Left to Right-The Body Shop Balm and the Clinique Balm

The cleansing butter is very similar to the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (125 ml for approx. 33 Euro), but this one is cheaper, scented, and I personally find that it burns a little bit if I use it on my eyes. It is not extremely painful, but a bit uncomfortable.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm is vegan and not tested on animals. Overall, if you are on a budget, I would recommend the Body Shop’s Cleansing Balm, but if you would like something that is completely irritation free, grab the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. Both are great options though for someone with sensitive skin and it will take off all your makeup from the day!

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Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria Lipstick Review

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I recently saw some swatches for Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick Collection and as soon as I saw Very Victoria, I knew I had to try it! The color is described on the website as a “taupe nude” tone, but I find that it is more of a brown, reddish color that works perfectly for me as an every day nude lip color. The color is very similar to Mac’s Velvet Teddy, but I find that the Very Victoria shade is more sheer and not as drying.

Below are swatches of the shades side by side: (Mac on the left, CT on the right). The Mac shade is a lot more opaque and leans more orange.

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The Charlotte Tilbury lipstick lasts about 2 hours for me before I have to reapply, so I would not call it a long wearing lipstick, but it wears off nicely. The lipstick is paraben free and can be purchased for 30 Euro.

 

iHerb Haul

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A couple of weeks ago I ordered a couple of things from iHerb for the first time. The shipment time to Germany took only 2 weeks and I was excited to try everything out and write up some mini reviews!

Savannah Bee Company Royal Jelly Body Butter:

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I bought this while visiting a small shop in Georgia last year and really loved it! I reordered it this time and it was just as good as I remembered. The body butter smells a bit like berries and vanilla and is all natural. I use it on my entire body every morning after I get out of the shower and it makes my skin very soft and moisturized for the entire day. The texture is thick, but not so much so that you cannot use it in the summer. I highly recommend this product!

Acure Organics Marula Oil:

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This was the product that I was most excited about trying! After hearing so much about the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, I decided to try this cheaper alternative first. The marula oil is cold pressed and organic and has almost no scent. I apply it at night and I would say that it is almost like a dry oil and after about 20 minutes, it dries down to a satin finish on the skin. When I wake up the next morning, my skin is always soft and after using it for a week, it has not caused any breakouts and has reduced my redness. I would also really recommend this one if you are looking for a high quality facial oil.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Cleansing Foam:

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I have repurchased this facial cleanser several times and it does not disappoint! The scent smells like roses, it is all natural, and really deep cleans my face at the end of a long day, but does not dry my skin out. I can also use it with my Clarisonic and my skin looks clear, feels soft and it is gentle enough to use every day.

Lavera Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream Review

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Recently, I was looking for a new night cream that is moisturizing and good for sensitive skin. I decided to go on Ecco Verde, a natural cosmetics website that I regularly order from and check out what had great reviews and that is where I found the Lavera Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream. The cream is 50 ML and costs 9,99 Euro. The price and quantity were a great deal, so I decided to give it a try!

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The cream has a thick consistency with a light floral scent. Those sensitive to perfumes or scents should probably steer clear of this one. The cream is very hydrating and great as a night cream especially for the colder months. For summer, this one might be a bit too heavy though. The cream is best suited for those with dry or combination skin, who want a cream just for night time use.

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For my sensitive, combination skin though, it is a great moisturizer for the evening that leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed.

Artis Oval 8 Brush Review

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Today I am doing a review of the Artis Oval 8 brush, which I purchased about 3 weeks ago from Net-A-Porter.
For starters, the brush is unlike anything else I have ever felt before. It is soft and very densely packed, and the bristles are not stiff, but flexible. I had purchased a brush that was supposed to be similar to the Artis from a brand called Fantasia here in Germany and I found that brush was super stiff and not at all flexible like the Artis.

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The dimensions for the bristles are about 6 cm tall and 4.5 cm wide. It is the perfect size for applying foundation or powder to my entire face. I also have not had any streaking with the various foundations that I have tested it out with. Another benefit to the brush is that because it is larger than most foundation brushes, any quick drying foundation is already blended out before it even gets a chance to dry.

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The only con that I have found for the brush is that one bristle seems to be poking out of the brush now that I have washed it once. I am not sure yet what to make of this, but so far it has only been the one bristle and not several, so I take that as a good sign of the quality.

The purchasing process through Net-A-Porter was a bit hit or miss. The package arrived quickly and perfectly packed to me in Germany, but when I bought the Artis 7 as a gift for someone in the US, it took several days for them to ship it out and they provided me with no reasoning for the delay. On the website it states 3 day shipping, but this seems to not be very reliable. I will say though that the international delivery went really well, so maybe there are only issues within the US. I would just keep this in mind if you decide to order from Net-A-Porter.
Overall, I would highly recommend this brush as the perfect application tool for your everyday makeup. 🙂

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil Review

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Recently, I ran out of my Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil and while I have repurchased and enjoyed that oil for the last two years, I thought I would try something new this time. I have tried argan oils in the past, but I found that they broke my sensitive skin out and were too oily for me. Amazingy.com describes the Kahina Argan Oil as very light and non-greasy and that it leaves the skin with a soft glow, so I decided to give it a try!

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The oil is almost clear with a light yellow color and with only two drops, I find that it moisturizes my face and helps calm any redness or sensitivity. I can wear the oil both at night and during the day under makeup. It leaves a soft radiance on my skin and does not get oilier as the day wears on.

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The argan oil also comes with a dropper, so that not too much product comes out at once. The bottle is black, which helps to protect the quality of the oil from the light.

The Kahina Argan Oil costs 36 Euros for 30 ml, but I find that I only need a couple of drops for my entire face and overall, my redness had decreased and my skin feels softer and has less texture than before I started using it. It is a great product and I would definitely recommend it to all people with rosacea or sensitive skin. 🙂

 

How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Sponges

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Cleaning makeup brushes and sponges is so important to helping apply your makeup well and making sure that there is no bacteria that could be causing breakouts! A lot of people do not realize how important it is to clean their makeup utensils on a regular basis.

Last year, I even read an article about a woman who was paralyzed after she borrowed a dirty makeup brush from a friend! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/beauty-hair/news/a34762/this-woman-nearly-died-from-a-dirty-makeup-brush/

Needless to say, cleaning makeup brushes and sponges on a regular basis is really important.

Before cleaning my makeup brushes I always wash my hands and then get started with the next steps!

Brushes:

To clean my makeup brushes, I use Sodasan Bio Liquid Soap in Citrus Olive. This is the best soap I have found to clean my brushes and it is all natural, gentle and effective.

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I wet the brush first and then take one pump of the soap in the palm of my hand and swirl the brush in the soap.

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Next,  I massage it in to make sure that the makeup is loosened up and then rinse with warm water. I then leave the brush in my makeup jar to dry and after about 24 hours, most of my brushes are dry. The denser the brush though, the longer it will take to dry.

 

Sponges:

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In my past experience, I have found that sponges do not get thoroughly cleaned from liquid soap and the only thing I have found that works is bar soap. I personally use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap in Peppermint, but I think that almost any bar of soap would work for cleaning sponges.

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First, I take the sponge and wet it under warm water and then use the bar of soap to coat the outside of the sponge. Next, I massage the soap into the sponge and then rinse with warm water. In this case, it is important to rinse the sponge a lot because you do not want to have any soap left inside.

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After that, the sponge is good to go and ready for use!

 

Good luck and happy cleaning! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Hair Care for Fine Hair

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My hair type is fine and has the tendency to get oily pretty fast. I wash every other day and while I am still struggling to find a shampoo that I really like, I have found some styling products that really work at giving me volume and moisture.

The biggest struggle with finding natural or naturally based hair care for fine hair has been that most of the products are either too heavy with lots of oils or not moisturizing at all.

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The first product is from Josh Rosebook and it is called the LIFT Hair Texture & Volume and costs 22 USD for four ounces of product.

It makes my hair have incredible volume and does not weigh it down or leave it greasy. I just put three sprays in my hair after I get out of the shower and I then comb out my hair and blowdry it and then I am done! The volume stays for 2 days and it does not get greasy on the second day.

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The second product is a discovery that I made here in Germany at the drugstore DM. It is called the I AM PERFECT HAIR PERFECTOR SERUM from Udo Walz. This product only costs 7,95 Euro for 3,38 ounces and is a “do it all” type of product. It creates volume, moisturizes, and really helps to keep the frizz down. I put about half of a dime sized amount of product in my shoulder length hair, comb it out, blowdry, and then I am good to go!

 

If you would like to create more volume, then go for the LIFT spray, but if you want an overall polished hair look, I would recommend the Udo Walz serum. 🙂

 

 

Natural Body Moisturizer: Almond Oil

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Coconut oil had been my natural body moisturizer off and on for a couple of years now, but I was not completely sold on it. I didn’t like that in the colder months, the oil would come out in clumps when I used my fingers to get it out of the jar and the scent is pretty strong for first thing in the morning.

After reading an article about Adriana Lima using almond oil as a body moisturizer, I decided to give that try instead and I loved it! There is no scent to the almond oil and it makes me skin super soft and not greasy.

The one I am using is from the brand Primavera and is an organic and cold pressed oil. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new body moisturizer, especially for the coming winter months. It is great for rough elbows and feet, as well as for the entire body.

Article on Adriana Lima: http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/a21995/adriana-lima-dishes-on-her-four-role-models-divine-decadence/

Natural Beauty Essentials: Powder Foundation

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Lily Lolo Mineral Foundations

When I made the switch from conventional cosmetics to natural beauty products, one of the first things that I searched for was a foundation. In the past, I have not been a fan of powder foundations because the coverage was not there for me and I like a matte finish that lasts for hours without the need to touch-up.

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After trying several brands, I found the powder foundation from Lily Lolo. I have the shades Blondie and China Doll. China Doll is a fair, neutral colored shade and Blondie is still light, but leaning more toward a yellow tone, without being orange.

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China Doll is swatched on the left and Blondie on the right.

 

The foundations cost 19,99 Euro each and contain 10 grams of product. There are 18 shades in the collection, so there is something for everyone. Inside each foundation, there is also a sifter that you can open and close, making it ideal for traveling.

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The staying power and coverage are great and I can go about 5 hours without needing to touch up. The product also evens my skin tone and covers a fair bit of my redness. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a powder foundation to use on its own or to set a liquid foundation for even more coverage. 🙂