The Clean Routine – Aniko Legner
Fashion Student and Social Media at Lovely Day Botanicals
“To me, everything’s a multi-stick.”
I’m a fashion student of the University of Applied Sciences Berlin while also working as Lovely Day Botanical’s Social Media Manager on the side. After my studies I definitely see myself sticking around fashion and beauty – but not as a designer. I try to see my design course as sort of a foundation to all my future creative endeavours and don’t look at it strictly within the confinements of the fashion industry in the traditional sense.
I am in charge of most of the social media photography at Lovely Day Botanicals and am always creating visual content for all our Social Media channels as well as the in-house magazine. At work I am constantly surrounded by our amazing green beauty products and thus there’s always the looming temptation to try something new. I’ve been using organic skincare basically all my life – my mother’s eco-consciousness and interest in healthy living definitely rubbed off on me! It’s great that she’s just as into beauty as I am ’cause we can literally chat about our routines for hours on end. Nowadays my skin regime is almost entirely vegan – without me even trying! It just kind of happened and goes along well with my predominantly plant-based diet.
I start off my mornings with a pea sized amount of Gressa’s Purifying Cleanser to clean my face in the shower. In addition to that I am currently using John Masters’ Colour Enhancing Conditioner for brown hair, though I do switch up my hair routine quite regularly and am not too particular about it. While the conditioner definitely does leave my hair feeling soft and nourished I cannot vouch for any additional effects on my coloured hair yet – I guess time will tell. I also love theZink & Sage Shampoo by John Masters, it smells absolutely divine even though I couldn’t tell you what of. As I go through shampoo bottles like candy bars I tend to opt for cheaper options. Maybe I’ll splurge on John Masters’ shampoo range or other more indulgent treats such as the Vintner’s Daughter Serum (which is just as indulgently priced) after finishing uni.
At the moment my skin is quite irritated and prone to blemishes, which is why I stick to tried and true products that I know won’t aggravate it even more. I’ve been getting on well with Pai’s Perfect Balance range. I use their Rice Plant & Rosemary Bioaffinity Tonic after cleansing and the Geranium & Thistle Day Cream to moisturize in the mornings.
I found my ‘Holy Grail’ foundation when I first discovered Gressa Skin a couple years back – that was before any European retailers carried it and I had to order it from the US. This almost water-y liquid foundation goes on super smooth and light while providing a good amount of coverage. Its broccoli oil base acts the same way that silicone would in a conventional product, making the texture feel velvety and super blendable. It’s called a serum foundation for a reason and also boasts a number of skincare benefits! For concealer I’m using Kjaer Weis’ Foundation at the moment. It blends in perfectly with my foundation applied either with a damp beauty blender or just dabbed on with fingertips. My current makeup routine is quite pared-back as I do not want to draw extra attention to my less-than-perfect skin. I dust some rms Beauty Un Powder onto my T-zone and concealer to set everything, then apply a nude or pink lipstick to my lips and cheeks. When my skin is in better shape I also do some light contouring using the Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo. My lashes are naturally quite dark and long so I’m not very fussy about my mascara – I just use one from German drugstore brand Alverde. I do always curl my lashes though. I feel it makes a huge difference in helping you look more awake and opening up the eyes.
One thing I always always do is my eyebrows. I’m using Alverde’s eyebrow pencil to fill them in and then set them with some gel. I had high hopes for Glossier’s Boy Brow (I use it in Brown) which a friend kindly got me from the US. While it did not wow me as much as I anticipated it does still do a pretty good job at keeping my brows in shape. I think I’ve just been perfecting my brow game for too long by now to be swept off my feet by a single product. Not as much of a game-changer as I hoped.
I barely own any eyeshadow and usually just use some lipstick or cream blush on my eyes. To me, everything’s a multi-stick. I find that the shade In My Room by ILIA works great applied to lips, cheeks and eyelids alike. I generally go for rosy nudes and muted pinks when it comes to colour. ILIA’s These days and Bite Beauty’s Verbena are go-to’s of mine that I tend to reach for for an easy everyday lip. In summer I also play with corals and peachy tones like rms’ Smile more. My favourite red has got to be Pomegranate by Bite Beauty. Its staying power is impressive and it survives even a three course christmas dinner! I hope the brand somehow finds its way to Europe soon.
My evening routine isn’t much different from my daytime look. I rarely use eyeliner or eyeshadow and mostly just do little touch-ups if I go out. Some powder to keep that combination-skin shine at bay or a bolder lip will do for me. You can also never go wrong with a little more glow using rms’ Living Luminizer. It’s an oldie but goodie! Lately I’ve also been experimenting with powder highlighter, like Lily Lolo’s from their contour palette. I’m generally undogmatic when it comes to makeup – I don’t believe in keeping powder and cream products seperate and will just dab some cream highlighter over a powder. Whatever works! Just make sure to blend everything in with your fingertips.
In the evenings I remove my makeup with a damp cotton pad and follow up with whatever cleanser I am currently using. Thanks to my job at Lovely Day Botanicals I am constantly trying out new products and there’s a heavy rotation going on in my bathroom! At the moment I am using Pai’s cleanser, though I must admit I don’t follow their instruction to remove it with a muslin cloth. I simply rinse it off with water because I honestly can’t be bothered to wash the cloths after every use. Works just as well! For nighttime hydration I mix some pure Aloe Vera Gel with Kahina Giving Beauty’s Argan oil.
For treatments I really like Kimberly Sayer’s Deep Cleansing French Clay Mask, which works great as an intense cleansing ritual once in a while. Soon it’ll be time for another round of Dr. Hauschka’s Renewing Night Conditioner. Whenever my skin acts up, this intensive treatment really works wonders to help clear up my complexion. I recommend using it twice a year and find that it’s especially suited for summertime when you tend to reach for lighter textures anyway. It’s really helped me a lot when I had a terrible skin phase living in London for the first time and having a bad reaction to the water there.
During summertime I love using Prtty Peaushun in dark for a lovely subtly shimmering tan on my legs and arms. I’ve also found a way to work it into my winter routine by massaging a small amount into my damp hair for some extra glow and a lightly texturized finish. I recently went from blonde to brown hair and love how the lotion gives some extra depth to my hair colour. If you’re searching for a good dye job in Berlin I can highly recommend my longtime colorist at HaarWerk in Friedrichshain. I’ve had my hair dyed the most beautiful natural blonde and brown shades there and always gotten compliments on it. For colour-treated hair I find that coconut oil is an absolute life saver. Try warming up a generous amount of raw virgin coconut oil in your palms and working it into your hair. Let sit for a couple hours or overnight and wash your hair afterwards. Voila – softest your hair has ever been! (Also makes you smell really good)