KUU Konjac Sponge [Bamboo Charcoal]

KUU Konjac spongeHappy December, everyone! Are you guys in the festive spirit yet? Have you got all your presents? My christmas season this year is VERY different than last year or any christmases I had so far actually. First of all, I am spending it in New Zealand with my parents, which has not been the case for over 5 years, so I am really excited for that! Second of all, I don’t really have my own space to decorate, which has made it kind of hard to get into the spirit. Also, where are the christmas markets and the Glühwein? On the other hand though, I am really enjoying the warmer temperatures and also looking around for ethical, conscious christmas presents, which is another first for this year. The last months that I have spent in New Zealand I have done a ton of research and tried a few really amazing local (either NZ or Australian) companies, ranging from beauty to makeup or fashion items. So I figured during the next weeks leading up to Christmas, I will share as many of these products here on the blog as I can. Hopefully it will give you either an idea of what to buy for your loved-ones or introduce you to a new company or you might even find something that you really want to try out yourself! 😉 Shopping small and supporting local businesses can be so much fun and I believe that it will be the future of economy, in order to make an effort to save our planet as well as create equal rights for all of us on earth (a girl can dream big, right? 😉 )

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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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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

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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