Around the world via beauty products: Sante Naturkosmetik from Germany !

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another installment of Around the world via beauty products! Today we travel to Germany and the brand transporting us there is Sante Naturkosmetik. The brand and its mother brand (Logona) are often mentioned by green beauty bloggers since they are committed to using natural organic raw materials like essential oils and botanical extracts in all their products. After testing out some products from them, I have to say I am impressed and might go back to check out their other offerings!

Sante Naturkosmetik

Sante Naturkosmetik

I tried out a face powder and lipstick from the brand. I also got the mascara to try out but currently I have too many open tubes of mascara around the house so I thought I’d wait till I am done with a few of them before cracking this one open. A detailed review on the mascara is coming your way soon! With that being said, lets take a look at the face powder and lipstick shall we? 🙂

Pressed powder light sand 02

Their pressed powder is available in 4 shades so I am not sure if the fairest of the fair and deepest of the deep of skintones can find a match. The shade light sand 02 works very well for my NC25-30 skintone. I was a bit concerned if the powder would work for me initially, since it looked like it had  pink undertones in the pan, however on the face this powder gives you a translucent soft focus finish which is nice! The powder is meant to be more of a finishing powder than foundation, but it was still able to even out my skintone when used alone. yay!

Pressed powder shade 02

Sante Naturkosmetik Pressed powder shade 02

The powder comes packaged in a sturdy white case which has a nice big mirror too. I like the overall presentation of the product including the name embossing on the powder (which is beginning to fade with use boohoo!). Coming back to functionality, this powder does a decent job at keeping oil at bay. I have dry skin and so I don’t get too oily anyway to begin with, so I guess this will work for dry and combo skin. The powder is not a flat out matte one, it contains some really tiny specks of shimmer which is not captured on camera nor is it detectable on the face. I think this is why it can give that soft focus yet natural look on the face 🙂

The only thing I don’t like about this powder is the smell. It has a strong Chamomile smell which fades away almost immediately after application but you do get an ample whiff of it when you first apply it on your face. As you can see from the ingredient list, there are quite a few interesting oils and extracts in addition to the standard mineral makeup ingredients in this powder. Usually I am weary of face products with too many essential oils and botanical extracts because they can irritate the skin but I am happy to report that this powder did not irritate or dry out my skin 🙂

Lipstick in Poppy Red (No 23)

I really like this lipstick! Its a lovely raspberry red shade! Their lipsticks are formulated with no synthetic colors, fragrances and preservatives..cool right!? The lipstick glides on really smoothly and has a shine after application. It looks creamy matte after the initial shine wears off and is non drying.

Sante Naturkosmetik Lipstick in no 23

Sante Naturkosmetik Lipstick in no 23

The wear time for this lipstick is average..I would say maybe 5 hours with light eating and drinking. Overall, I like the lipstick since it does not bleed, is comfortable on the lips, has no smell and has a decent lasting power.

As promised at the beginning of this post, I will review the mascara once I try it out 🙂 I like the products I tried out and in case your wondering if they are sold in the US…yup they are! Check out their website http://www.logocos.us/sante/index.aspx to see what else they have to offer.

Hope you guys are having a great day and until next time…ciao!!

 

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Looks featuring the LORAC PRO 2 Palette

Hello folks!

As promised, here are some simple looks you can do with the LORAC PRO 2 Palette 🙂  Here I have featured 3 looks, however the palette with its 16 shadows is quite versatile and there are endless combinations you can come up with!

Look 1 

Look 1

Look 1

Everyone is doing the gold and plum look this fall, but guess what silver and plum make a great combination too! Here I have applied silver all over the lid, used a bit of cool grey in my crease and Plum in the outer corner. I used the matte shade Nectar as my brow bone highlight.

Look 2

Look 2

Look 2

So this particular look uses only 3 shades with 2 of them being my favorite shades from this palette. I used the lovely rose champagne shade called Rose all over my lid and used the cobalt blue shade Navy on the outer corner. The soft shimmery shade Beige was used as a brow bone highlight.

Look 3

Look 3

Look 3

This last look here is a day time smokey look in my opinion. It is smokey enough to be called smokey and not so smokey that you can’t wear it during the day 😀 I took this snap almost 8 hours after applying the eyeshadow so its not as fresh looking as the other 2 looks. I love the shade chrome and its the perfect all over the lid shade in my opinion! Here we have Chrome all over the lid, charcoal in the crease and black in the outer corner. I used the shimmery white shade Snow as a brow bone highlight.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have a great weekend!!

Until next time ciao!!

The LORAC PRO 2 Palette

Hey everyone!

I got the Lorac Pro 2 palette a while back and have been playing around with it for 2 months now…aaaand I am finally ready to review it 🙂 I was on the verge of getting the Pro 1 palette when this was released and when I  got a chance to compared them both in store I was drawn more to the Pro 2 palette since it contained shades I did not have in my collection. The Pro 1 looked really basic to me and I might get that at some point when I run out of basic shades (I have a feeling the wait will be really long for that to happen!).

The LORAC PRO 2 Palette

The LORAC PRO 2 Palette

This is my first LORAC palette and I have to say I am blown away with the texture of these shadows! I know a lot of people don’t like the soft buttery texture which can crumble and get powdery if you man handle them with your brush, but to me they are perfect! Just make sure you don’t jab your brush into them! As you might be aware, the palette can be divided into the top row of mattes and the bottom row of shimmers/satin finishes. In terms of texture, all of these are excellent in my opinion. The mattes don’t feel chalky and the shimmers have little to no fall out since they don’t contain chunky glitter.

I have heard people complaining about the shadows getting muddy when blending. I personally don’t do many complicated looks (I use 3 shadows max at one time) on a daily basis, so I did not have any issues with blending. In fact , I thought these shadows blended quite seamlessly for daily wear looks!

I know you guys must have seen umpteen swatches of this palette online, one more set of swatches won’t hurt 😉 I do apologize for the not so great swatches though, since lighting has become an issue these days (I rely heavily on sunlight  and where I am we don’t get much of it right now) !

LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 1

LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 1

The palette can also be divided into the slightly neutral side and the smokey side. These swatches are just a slight touch of my finger to my arm, and despite that they come through with their color. These shades above are very versatile and can be used for really basic looks. My favorites are the shimmer/satin shades! Rose is a lovely rose champagne color and Mocha is quite the stellar all over lid shade too!

LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 2

LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 2

Navy was one of the shades that drew me to this palette! It is probably the only blue eye shadow I have which doesn’t apply like black on the lid. Plum is another really pretty matte shade, though it isn’t the best plum shade I own. I really love Chrome! Its a lovely satin taupe shade which would look great on anyone! The only true dud shade for me in this palette was Jade. It  swatches pretty but on the lid I don’t see any of that pretty green color I see in the pan. I also found charcoal to be a bit on the chalkier side but it is still workable.

The packaging is sleek and storage friendly. However I am not sure if its sturdy enough to be popped into a bag with other random items and taken on the go especially since the shadows themselves are quite delicate.

When this palette came out everyone classified this as a cool toned palette. I however, feel at best this is more of a neutral leaning palette compared to the very warm LORAC PRO 1. I have yellow undertones and this palette was neither warm toned nor cool toned for my coloring (MAC NC 25-30). I am not sure how well some of these shades will perform on really dark skin tones but for the most part I think this palette can be used by a wide range of skin tones.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post if your looking forward to seeing this palette in action! I will be exclusively using this palette to create 4 easy to do looks 🙂

Until next time…ciao!!!

Around the world via beauty products: ‘Fragrances of Ireland’ from Ireland !

Hello everyone!!

If you’ve been following this series on my blog you might already know how exciting this series is for me and hopefully your enjoying it as much as I am ! 🙂 Today is the 3rd installment of the around the world via beauty products series and if you would like to check out the past brands and places featured do check out the category around the world via beauty on the side bar of the blog. Today we are travelling to lovely Ireland! The company Fragrances of Ireland is an independent perfume house whose products are inspired by the beauty and nature of Ireland.One of their core fragrances is called Inis which means island in Irish and it is inspired by the western coast of Ireland. Lets take a look at this collection shall we? 😀

Inis, the energy of the sea

Inis, the energy of the sea

I like the simple clean packaging which is very representative of what the Inis line stands for..the sea, the beach, coolness and clear water. In this post I will be sharing my views on 3 products from this line 🙂

Inis, the energy of the sea cologne spray

This is the core product of this line and it is described as being unisex. I like the clean scent of Inis however I like the smell of this more on my husband than on myself 😀 This is the type of scent he usually gravitates to.. clean fresh smelling scents which are not too woody or musky. The cologne comes with a little booklet which explains the scent really well. Here is the description for those of you who are perfume connoisseurs:

Top Notes: Sparkling, diffusive citrus notes of Sicilian lemon, Bergamont, Neroli and traces of marine notes

Middle notes: Muguet (lilly of the valley) and Geranium

Bottom notes: Enriching and deepening spice notes of cloves and nutmeg combined with sandalwood,oakmoss and musk

The top notes I detect the most is the smell of Neroli and bergamont. The top notes as you might have noticed are all clean and light smelling. You can very distinctively detect the lilly of the valley middle notes after a point of time. I am no expert in perfumery, but I do know that the way the different notes play out depends on your body core temperature and hence you can detect subtle differences in how it smells on various people.

Inis, the energy of the sea cologne spray

Inis, the energy of the sea cologne spray

The cologne spray comes in a frosty bottle and the name Inis is etched on to the bottle. I am not a fan of the cap of this bottle, which is hard to pull out sometimes!  Overall, I like this cologne on my husband! It does not disappear at the end of the day and it is subtle enough to wear to work. Does this remind me of the sea? …it does in some ways..the coolness of the scent, the calming and the feel good feeling you get after sniffing it do remind you of a day at the beach or on a boat at sea.

Inis, the energy of the sea body lotion

This is the body lotion with the same scent as the cologne. However, I feel that the middle notes are more prominent when you apply the body lotion on your skin. The body lotion primarily comprises of triglycerides, glycerin and shea butter to do the job of moisturizing. The other non prominent but good for the skin ingredients present include fucus vesiculosus extract and laminaria digitata extract (seaweed extracts).

Inis, the energy of the sea body lotion

Inis, the energy of the sea body lotion

The body lotion is not very heavy or greasy feeling on the skin so it is perfect for the summer months or if your looking for a fast absorbing body lotion.

Inis, the energy of the sea nourishing hand cream

This is a 20% shea butter hand cream and I absolutely love this! It is nice, creamy and has just the right hint of the fragrance making it an ideal hand cream. No ones likes an over powering scent to their hand cream. The mild classic scent of Inis makes this quite the refreshing hand cream too!

Inis, the energy of the sea nourishing hand cream

Inis, the energy of the sea nourishing hand cream

This is a fast absorbing but deep conditioning hand cream with no greasy after feel like most other hand creams which have a high proportion of shea butter in them. What makes this extra special is of course the light subtle clean scent 🙂

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Frangrances of Ireland has several other collections which are all inspired by Ireland so if your in the mood to experience Ireland from the comfort of your home do check out what else they have to offer; www.fragrancesofireland.com

Until next time, ciao!!

 

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