Macadamia Oil & Lip Balm

Macadamia skin careAbout a hour north of Auckland is the beautiful town of Matakana, which has an amazing farmer’s market every weekend! If you are somewhere in the area or are planning a trip to New Zealand, I can highly recommend to check it out! Despite the delicious food, I was happily surprised to find some natural skincare items as well, which I obviously had to try out!

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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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Akamuti Green Clay Face Mask & Tea Tree Lavender Cream

Akamuti Face Mask & CreamHappy first of October! While the northern hemisphere is moving into fall and colder days, here in New Zealand it is finally getting warmer and the days are getting longer. Not long before I can hopefully jump into the ocean and enjoy my weekends at the beach. My skin however is not really in spring-fever yet. The contrary, actually! It has been playing up quite a lot lately and is even more breakout-prone. Wearing foundation to work everyday is not exactly helping either, so I am happy when I can give my skin a little break, pamper it and at the same time use products that help my skin heal quickly. My favourite products lately have been the Akamuti Green Clay Face Mask in combination with the Te Tree & Lavender Cream. The products are super clean and so simple but really effective! (Oh and I still use their Shea Butter everyday- cannot live without it)

[Spoiler alert: Keep Reading if you want to see my funny, green mask-face 🙂 ].

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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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100% Pure Samples

100% Pure SamplesSo this is going to be a very quick and admittedly probably a bit of a boring post. But I just found these 4 little samples in the bottom of a makeup bag (which I may or may not have forgotten to unpack when I moved across the world about 2 months ago haha). AND of course, when you find something from your favourite company it kind of feels like christmas, so I just had to jump into the shower, use both shampoos (obviously!), nourish my skin afterwards with the yummy honey almond body cream and lastly, put on the coffee bean eye cream. What a pamper night! 🙂 I can only recommend it!

Now, the winner in this four-pack for me is definitely the eye cream! I cannot believe I have not mentioned this little wonder thing yet! This was actually the first product I ever tried from 100%Pure and one year later I still use it pretty much daily, as it makes my eye area super smooth at night and depuffs it in the morning! Oh, and my favourite thing? It smells of sweet popcorn (not kidding!).

The shampoos were very nice and refreshing too – I can definitely recommend them. Although I do have very low maintenance hair so I might not be the best person to talk hair care.

The body cream was okay. It smelled super yummy, but was a bit too runny for my taste. I guess I am just way too used to using coconut oil and might have forgotten what actual body lotions feels like 😀

Anyone else as obsessed with amazing samples as I am? 🙂

Love, Joi

Ethical Fashion Talk & H&M Conscious Haul

Hi everyone,

I just quickly wanted to share with you guys that I have a new video up on my channel. As you can see from the title, I talk about ethical and sustainable fashion as well as show you some items I picked up from the H&M Conscious Collection recently. Check out the info box below the video for links!

As I mention in the video, I am still just starting out (after changing my eating and makeup habits), to look into a more conscious way of fashion. I think the key to success and long-lasting change are baby steps. The thought of not being able to buy at all the popular stores anymore was very overwhelming for me at first, but the more research I do, the more I realise how much fun ethical shopping can be. Also, I really like the idea of supporting little local boutiques or shops on Etsy, which sell handmade clothes. Overall however, it is important to remember that the items you buy still need to fit to your lifestyle. For me, for example, it has been quite hard to find business clothes (which I need for my job), that are made ethically. So H&M Conscious is a great option right now, on my way to becoming a more conscious fashion consumer.

Oh and also, I show you my 31 Bits jewellery, which I am still crazy in love with, in this video too ! Lastly, I compiled a bit of my research on Pinterest, which is a really fun and easy way to get outfit inspirations etc. from – so check out this board if you like to (and this one, where I will keep adding cute stuff I find on Easy 🙂 )

Thank you for watching my video, guys! It means a lot!

Love, Joi

 

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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