Natural Mascara Collection & Review

Natural Mascara Review

Mascara has always been my favourite Makeup item, and while I sometimes stick to a particular one for a couple of months (more so before I started using natural makeup though), most of the time I am on the hunt for new ones. Especially in the green beauty world I have not found my holy-grail product though, although there are a few, which I really really like. Any suggestions for water-proof natural mascaras? I am dying to find one!!

Here are the links to the mascaras I talk about – please check out the video below for an in-depths review (I also show you the wands etc):

I hope you enjoy watching!

Joi xx

Lavera Foundation & Concealer Review (+life update)

Lavera Foundation & Concealer Review

I am back! I have missed this blog and creating content so much, but let me tell you this year has been an absolute whirlwind so far and has taken up all of my time (in a very positive way). It is not like things are going to quieten down anytime soon, so I figured I might as well jump back online now – in the midsts of all the craziness. 🙂 You can scroll down below to see more about the concealers and foundations as well the YouTube video, but if you are interested in why I have been so absent, I will share with you a few personal bits:

Well, it all really started last (New Zealand) summer, so about 10 months ago now, when I decided to change my life completely and had the most amazing summer of my life, which included lots of fun, time spent at the beach and in the water and most importantly meeting my now fiancé 🙂 From then on out things just went in a crazy speed – we moved into a brand-new flat in February, with absolutely no furniture, so that was a big project in itself. I then started a new job in March as well as my last semester of uni- writing my Master thesis. A few months later (during the busiest period of my thesis), I started a new job in the same company, we got engaged and most importantly, we found out that we were expecting identical twin boys. This year has without a doubt not only been the best of my life so far, but also the busiest and most fast-paced one, with so many changes to adapt to and things to learn about!

All along the way I have of course not stopped to love and use green beauty and lifestyle items as well as continue my journey towards a more mindful (and centred) life. And I have been missing it a lot not being able to share it and being involved with this amazing community, so I am crazy excited to get back to it! I have quite a few videos to put up, before I then hopefully get into a more routined schedule, so watch this space the next days/ weeks!

Oh, and If you would like to follow my twin pregnancy, check out my other blog Joiful Jelly Beans and YouTube channel!

But now, onto what this post is actually about – amazing foundations and concealers:

lavera-foundation-concealer-review

Lavera is a German natural cosmetics company, who also happen to be quite affordable. I had never tried their makeup before, so when I ran out of all my concealers and foundations one day (yes, I had no idea that could happen either…), I decided to do a bulk order to try some of their products – and I am so glad I did, because I love them!

For more information on the brand, you can, as always, check out the Brand Directory here.

I talk in depths about all the foundations and concealers in the video below, and show you how I apply them! So I hope you enjoy watching and thank you so much for stopping by Joiful!

 

Lily Lolo Blush Showdown: Pressed vs Mineral

Lily Lolo Pressed vs Powder Blush

I recently was in desperate need of a new blush, so I decided to try one out from one of my favourite natural companies: Lily Lolo. I love them for their design, their affordability, the clean ingredients they use and of course that they are cruelty free. You can read more about the brand here.

So i jumped onto their website and went back and forth between the loose mineral blush and the pressed blush and finally decided to just try them both. I generally like natural, slightly pink-ish blushes so I literally managed to pick up two in exactly the same colour (which I don’t mind at all). They will look slightly different in some of the following pictures but on my (currently still quite tanned) cheeks both colours look literally identically.

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Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

Lily Lolo Laid Bare PaletteI absolutely love eye shadow palettes, because I think they are just so convenient and easy- especially the ones with natural shades for an everyday quick eye look! I usually keep my eye makeup the same and pretty repetitive so I actually use up eye shadow palettes quite quickly (except for that odd shade that every palette has probably 😉 ). I have been searching for a natural one for a while because somehow palettes don’t seem to be too common in the green beauty world. Anyway, I was super happy to stumble across this Laid Bare Eye Palette from Lily Lolo- as the name suggests the shades are very neutral, perfect for an everyday look and also suiting my brown eyes!Read More

Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples

Pacifica

I am a big fan of multi-purpose products, as they save me a whole lot of time during applying makeup as well as space in my makeup bag. Both of which I am in desperate need of right now, as I am currently applying my makeup on the car ride to work…(don’t worry I am carpooling, not driving myself 😉 ). Plus I instantly fell in love with the colours and the packaging of this beautiful Pacifica Radiant Shimmers (yes I am a total marketing victim!).

The palette comes with three shimmery, creamy colours, that you can use as highlight, eyeshadow, on your lips or whatever other use you can think of, really 😉

Keep reading to see swatches and my uses of the shimmers…

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Lük Beautifood Lip Nourish

Lük Beautifood Lip NourishAs soon as I knew that I was going to move back to New Zealand (after living in Germany for the past 2.5 years), I started looking around the internet for green beauty companies and distributors (obviously…who needs a flat when you have makeup, right?). When you know you move across the world with only 2 suit cases you are kind of forced to stop buying makeup and beauty items and downsize to the bare minimum. However, if you already have someone you can ship new things to in the country you will move to (aka my parents), well then you might as well start doing that, right? 🙂 So that is how I found Lük Beautifood, a lovely Australian online shop, which distributes 100% Pure products (my favourite company, helloooo!!!) and also makes her own lip sticks! So imagine my excitement when I had these lovely new friends (please tell me I am not the only one who has a strong bonding with their makeup) waiting for me after a 3-day plane journey #treatyoself !

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EOS Lip Balms

EOS lip balm

I have already mentioned it in this post, but just in case you missed my confession: I am a lip balm addict. However, in my defense, my addiction is more or less accidental. Today, for example, I bring to you three lip balms, which were given to me as gifts for various occasions (christmas, my birthday) by different people. Okay, I admit, that kind of shows that if people know me well they buy me lip balms and then we are back to square one…but anyway, I am rambling…My point is: I LOVE these lip balms and, yes I use all three of these at the same time (they alternate between purses, drawers, my desk and various pockets 😉 ).

I am sure you have seen these before as well, because they are crazily hyped up and everyone and their dog owns an EOS lip balm. That stands for Evolutions of Smooth by the way, which I did not know – clever name though, right? So you can imagine my excitement when I first read their ingredients and realised that a natural, organic lip balm has reached such an it-product status! Wohhoooo, 1 point for natural beauty!

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Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation (Starter Collection in Medium)

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation Starter Set

Hi everyone, long time no talk! Life has gotten the better of me lately and unfortunately that meant not spending as much time on here as I would have liked to. Moving across the world and changing your life rather drastically is a scary process and the last two months were definitely challenging for me. However, I think what is important to remember when going through major changes in your life is to just take it one step at a time and not rush yourself into anything too soon. Taking time off to reflect, reevaluate and regroup are important (though sometimes painful) processes in our life, which often cannot be rushed. Also, if I have learned anything from this experience is to not put yourself under too much pressure and thus neglect the things that truly make you happy. For me, I really enjoy blogging, making videos, as well as testing and researching green beauty and fashion items. But instead of focusing on that, I focused on all the worries of my life, as I felt that they were more important. Yes, makeup and beauty is not the biggest necessity in our lives, but it makes me happy and if I am happy I am a lot more likely to look at things with a more positive mindset. So since we are on that topic…let’s get back into what you probably came here for…makeup! 🙂

First off, can we all appreciate that packaging…Isn’t it sooo pretty. Yay for natural makeup looking just as gorgeous as “mainstream” makeup! Second of all, how cool is the concept that you can buy a samples pack, with four different shades to try out the brand before purchasing the real deal! Talk about customer-friendly! The set was part of my recent natural products haul, so you can check it out live and in colour here! Since then I have tried and tested it (and actually almost finished all four of the little containers), so keep on reading if you are interested in a review (and pictures of my face with the makeup on ;-))
Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup Set in Medium

I got the starter set in the shade medium, as I figured that would suit my skin tone best. As you can see, it comes with four little containers of different shades, as well as a mini buki brush (too cute!).

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