“Instagram is the virtual café I meet with Organic Beauty friends from all over the world.”
Most of my new beauty favorites I’ve discovered during the last few weeks. During my baby-break I wasn’t really interested into new beauty products, but I’m glad I have the time again and curiosity and passion returned. A lot of them, I found on Instagram. It’s really interesting how Instagram, after Youtube has become the strongest marketing channel for beauty. Now everyone can become his or her own beauty editor, without the pre-recording, cutting, editing and so on, it’s instant-beauty news. In my opinion, Instagram has become even stronger than Youtube. But maybe it just feels like that, because I personally no longer watch beauty videos on Youtube; or rarely. The greatest thing about Instagram is the direct contact with other users. One DM (direct message) and we’re both sitting in a virtual café, sharing the insides of our bathrooms and bags, talking about products, ingredients, treatments, the future as well as cultures and our countries. I find this truly beautiful and very pure. Just last week I learned something about Romania (Hey there, Oana!) and its women and some time ago I asked for recommendations for reusable cotton pads, which resulted in an incredible amount of tips. This shows me that the platform brings people together. We can share knowledge and inspire each other. I always imagine how skeptical my family would look at me when I asked such a question during dinner. I will probably always remain a mystery to them. But that’s fine. I use it as an highlighter.
My evening routine is always the same. First, I remove my make-up with the Eau Soir et Matin from Absolution and then I have 3-4 cleansers I all use and I choose one and wish I had more faces. Currently it’s the Gel + Oil Cleanser by Alex Carro, the Mellow Mallow Cleanser by Lovely Day Botanicals and the Oil Cleanser by Kahina Giving Beauty. Last one I like to use as a hybrid of cleanser and treatment. I massage the oil into the skin and leave it on for a few minutes. I brush my teeth or juggle diapers in the bathroom. If I am lucky, there is still a pile of dry laundry that wants to be put together and the bathtub is full of sand, so the oil can work longer, which then feels like hours. It has turmeric in it, which is supposed to be anti-inflammatory and I can really tell a noticeable effect after a few times of using. My inflammations, of which I have had many lately, have already gotten a little better.
I take it off with Lois Lee’s face towels. This is a new brand from the Netherlands which I discovered through Amazingy (which is very easy, because I work at Amazingy. Means, I just walk into the warehouse or our Berlin store, say ‘discovered’ and buy it). Lately muslin cloths felt really irritating, so I looked for a more gentle alternative and found these soft organic cotton towels at a fair price.
I just realized how many cleansers I own. More on this topic soon.
The Gressa Skin Lip Tint, I discovered through Niina Pechkovskaya. She mentioned it in her Clean Routine interview. It’s a sheer reddisch brown that smells like chocolate. I just sold it to you with the ‘chocolate’, right? Actually, I don’t even care that much about the colour as I do about the contrast it gives my lips. I apply (since years) Ilia in 99 Red Balloons in the morning and then use Regal for retouching lips. The stain the Ilia Crayon leaves is enough colour and Regal darkens the lip a bit, which gives the look more depth and contrast and works really well with the rest of my face. I need some colour on my lips. It looks healthier on me.
I was a Max Factor False Lash Effect girl from day one. And when I found my clean beauty swap, which was the Lily Lolo Mascara, I officially broke up with the False Lash here on Powder Paper. The Lily Lolo one gave me great volume, but at the end of the day the lashes always looked a bit used, which can be a nice look too if your name is Kate Moss. But I didn’t really know I missed something, until the Ilia Beauty Limitless Lash Mascara happened a few weeks ago. I saw @sarahravesabout, the Amazingy-PR, litteraly raving about it and she sold it to me in a single post. It gives you longer lashes, seperates them perfectly and if you don’t wait for too long, you can add some extra volume with a second layer, but the best thing about it, it holds the curl and really does stay on all day long. Breaking up with the Lily Lolo one happened with no additonal drama this time.
The Elsa’s Organics deodorant was a recommendation I got on Instagram. I used the Soapwalla Citrus one for years and basically Elsa’s in Dew (Bergamont and Lime) is the same thing as a stick. Maybe even a bit more concentrated. It’s just easier in the morning. I don’t need to pick up product and then work it into the skin under my armpits. With Elsa’s Deo that’s done in seconds. Also it stains my white shirts less. Thank you @greendaisy81!
My Clean Routine Update was supposed to end with the deo, but then a few days ago Fabian happened. And I really mean it when I say ‘happend’. Let’s even call it the Fabian-effect. Fabian Lliguin is the co-founder of Rahua Beauty and I met him last week to discover Rahua’s new Hydration Line. He’s one of these people who could sell you a camel if the wanted to and the passion for his products is omnipresent. Of course his energy drove me to wash my hair the next day, even if I’m actually trying to only wash it every five or seven days, which works comepletly fine for me. The bathroom instantly smelled sweet, warm and fruity (if you’re not into the classic Rahua fragrance, you’ll will probably have more fun with this line) which I thought was a
nice side effect and covered the smell of used diapers (diaper-smell is bigger then you. It’ll always find its way to your nose). Right after washing, while it still was wet, it felt softer. I didn’t even now I could have such a softness for my hair. After blow-drying, they were really shiny and I coulnd’t stop touching them. Together with the Ilia Beauty Mascara, this was the quickest product upgrade I’ve ever done. The line will be available in Germany by end of June.
I started with Microneedling again. This time, I’m using a dermaroller with a needle length of 0.5 mm. I want to treat my acne scars and after just the first session I can already tell an improvment of the redness. It really helps them fading much faster. I’m also reading a lot about the latest laser-technologies and iontophoresis devices for home use. These are microcurrent devices that help to transport active ingredients better into the skin, calm redness and to tighten. More on this topic soon, because there’s a devise already one on its way to me.