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My new discovery: Suti skincare

Suti skincare

It seems that spring has brought me a lot of new green discoveries 🙂 Recently, I’ve been trying a few high-quality European organic brands, among which is the quite young British brand Suti. Suzannah (aka Su – ‘the nose’) and Tina Steadman (aka Ti – ‘the eyes’) are the power force behind Suti – a luxurius organic skincare with the most carefully selected ingredients that are simply just desserts for the skin. About their philosophy I love the most the fact that their knowledge is also based on energy, which is for me crucial, because you can sense when something has a good vibration or not = made with Love. Suzannah told me: “I loved the idea allows the plant to absorb energy for life, everything I do is based on energy.” You can discover more in depth the brand on their website.

When I have seen Suti package for the first time, I was very surprised about their simple, modern and very chic product and graphic design. Not to mention the bottles – they are so beautiful! Honestly, I admit that I adore to feed my soul and eyes even when I have in my hands a beautiful glass bottle with an elixir inside such as Suti products are. Their collection consists of 7 products and a muslin cloth for your facial cleansing, which is quite minimalist. But the products are so rich and nourishing with ingredients, that this will be more than enough and most of all a great investment for your skin. Especially for those who are organic oils lovers like me 🙂 Suti has an interesting philosophy based on aromatherapy and holistic approach (that I like so much!) which supports the use of organic oils blends for your skin instead of moisturizers. Here is a short note about this:

Facial Oil vs. Traditional Moisturiser

“Suti’s hero facial oils are cleverly formulated to intensively feed the skin without clogging the pores. A 100% natural blend of pure and potent certified organic plant extracts, Suti’s facial oils are light and silky and sink seamlessly into the skin, delivering a quenching dose of nourishing, vitamin-rich goodness without leaving a slick, greasy, filmy residue. 
Suti’s facial oils go above and beyond moisturising, feeding, balancing and healing the skin – be it parched and damaged or oily and blemished – to leave a complexion that simply radiates with health.”

And here I take the opportunity to answer many of you that have asked me about the difference between mineral and organic vegetable oils: Organic vegetable oils are pure elixirs for your beauty. There is a saying that “for every disease there grows a plant”… While mineral oil is just a CHEAP alternative, a light mixture of alkanes in the C15 to C40 range from a non-vegetable (mineral) source, particularly a distillate of petroleum. In short, I’d say that your choice defines the love for yourself and your skin!

I will continue with one of the best face oils I’ve ever tried! I was very curious about both Suti oils: for day and night. I decided to give a try to night oil since this is very uncommon for an organic brand to recommend oil for night. But my curiosity has led me to try it and ask more about this concept Suzzanah, the creator of this gorgeous oil that explained her insight: “The Nourish Night Oil was originally made for a lady in her 60s who had very dry skin who wanted me to make her an oil that would feed and nourish her skin at night. In addition to this she was experiencing sleeping difficulties and wanted me to include essential oils that would help to calm and induce a good nights sleep. All of our products have been made and formulated as a result of my being in practice and are all based on aromatherapy, homeopathy, flower and crystal essences, all of these energies come together to create a synergy of potent healing energy, all of the products have been made for a specific client in mind when requested to do so.”

 

Suti Nourish Face Oil for Night review

My skin is prone to dry so it’s needless to say that loves oils, even though I don’t use them during night all the time (nor moisturizers). When I opened Suti’s bottle I was totally captured by the amazing therapeutical scent of this oil, where you can smell jasmine, patchouli and geranium the most. When the oil is applied on the skin, even though is very nourishing, it does not leave the skin greasy or thick. It absorbs quite quick. It is packed in a luxurious 30ml glass bottle with a dropper. 2-4 drops of oil are enough for your face and neck, especially if you refresh you face before with one of their face waters. I find the best to massage the oil gently into the skin and stimulate the blood circulation and acupressure points on the face. The best is that this oil is not just great to treat your skin, but also your senses: it really relaxes the spirit and calms you before sleep. You will also notice that the colour of the oil is almost green. The list of ingredients is a holy grail among organic brands and the ingredients are of high quality selection with a plethora of benefits. According to Susannah, she has chosen the following ingredients when creating Nourish face oil for night that I want to share with you. Take notes 🙂

Avocado oil – mild and nourishing, used for dry skin with a high fat content, it gives lustre to tired and dry skin, also containing chlorophyll which gives it its green colour and is possible one of the best anti-oxidants, energising and purifying and quite critical in it’s cell regenerating properties.

Macadamia oil – one of the most important oils for mature skin, a good oil to use on the face at night when make-up is not required.  It has a high level of palmitoleic acid which occurs naturally in our skin to assist the maintenance of moisture levels.

Argan oil – known as the ‘Miracle oil’ from the Tree of Life and contains many vitamins, minerals and fatty acids essential for the building blocks of our skin, it is excellent for skin regeneration, helping to keep it elastic, soft and supple.

Apricot Kernel oil – an oil that is well tolerated in most skin types, highly nutritious and wondefully nourishing, helping to lock in moisture whilst allowing the skin to breath.

Sesame oil – a very softening and nourishing oil, high in omega 6, a fatty acid important for the regeneration of our skin, it is absorbed quite slowly and so therefore offers wonderful moisturizing and is very good to apply at night time.

Jasmine essential oil – known as the ‘king of flowers’, it comes out at night and is its most potent at this time, it is said to have an amazing affect on our emotions and calms the nervous system to aid a good nights sleep, it has cell regenerating properties and is known to treat dry skin.

Patchouli essential oil – is said to help keep us grounded, helping to relieve us of anxiety, inducing calm and serenity and a good nights sleep.  It has spectacular cell regenerating properties, it can assist the healing of scarring, rough and dry skin.

Orange essential oil – conveys warmth and happiness – I call it a happy oil, bright and of radiant sunshine, assisting people to relax and unwind it brings peace so we can sit stable, strong and silent so that we can remain calm and concentrated, it is a balm for any hurts, it helps to soothe dry skin.

Geranium essential oil – a balancing effect on our nervous systems, helping to lift the spirits and calm and soothe, aiding a good nights rest.  It balances sebum production, in dry skin it will help our oil glands to produce more oil and in oily skin it will help to reduce this action.  A wonderful essential oil regulating all our hormonal activity.

Bergamot essential oil – calming properties but uplifting to our spirits and helps to work on our sympathetic nervous system, a wonderfully calming oil to the skin helping to soothe irritations, it again assists in the regulation of of our skins natural oil levels.

Since you all know that I’m a lover of cold-pressed oils (and essential oils as well), I really wanted to share with you all amazing facts about these precious gifts of nature! Today we’ve had a short aromatherapy lesson 🙂 I also encourage you to discover and try the beautiful world of Suti – luxurious elixirs for your beauty 🙂

How to: Achieve the sun-kissed summer look with bronzer

Summer make-up

When hot summer days are approaching, most women feel the need to switch to lighter makeup and using less cosmetic products. However, one of the essential summer make-up products is the bronzer. In this post I will show you how to apply correctly the bronzer, using just green make-up products.

I have attached a picture from one of my works, where I wanted to emphasize the model’s face (Natasa@Immortalmodels) just by using the bronzer, the highlighter, the lip balm and a touch of color on the eyes to achieve the summer sun-kissed look. Natasha’s face was naturally a bit tanned, in perfect condition and with a lot of lovely freckles, so “less is more” is the key philosophy when you want to bring out your natural beauty, especially in summer.

 

 

Which color of bronzer is appropriate for my skin?

When you are choosing the right color of your bronzer, it’s important to take in consideration your skin tone. If your skin is pale, don’t use a deep and dark bronzer. You will end up looking like your face is dirty. The key is to choose a bronzer that is 1-2 tones darker of your current skin color. If your skin is already tanned, the rule is the same. Avoid using bronzers that are too orangey or too pearly, cause you will look artificial. A matte or slightly satin finish is the best choice.

 

Which brush should I use for applying bronzer and how to apply it?

I like using a full, large and dense brush like the bronzer brush from EcoTools, that enables you to blend well. You can also use all sorts of kabuki brushes. When applying the bronzer, pick a small amount of product. Shake off the excess powder and then apply the bronzer on the face with light and circular motions. Blend well, cause you want to achieve a soft natural look and not hard edges that look like dirt.

Bronzer application

 

I made a sketch from my picture, to show you the areas where the bronzer should be applied. The arrows show the direction and areas where your bronzer goes: on the the temples, cheekbones, outer jaw, forehead, bridge of the nose, tip of the chin and neck. If you have an open dress even on decollete and shoulders.

Remember to blend well, cause the bronzer should look like the sun has just kissed your face. I like to sweep the brush also on the brow bone. You can choose between powder or creamy version of bronzers.

Green makeup tip When doing a sun-kissed look, just the bronzer is not enough. First make sure to prepare your skin with a sun protective moisturizer. If there are any imperfections on the skin, cover them with a concealer. Then start to apply the bronzer. Sometimes I prefer to sweep on the face just a light layer of finishing translucent mineral powder before the bronzer. This way, the bronzer doesn’t move on face, because of sweat or oily skin.

Some of my favorite green makeup bronzers: Nvey Eco (on the picture), Alima Pure, Everyday minerals, Physicians formula Organic wear

In this post I wanted to focus just on the bronzer. I will write more about summer makeup looks and sun creams in my next posts. Questions and comments appreciated!

Wish you a sunny and joyful summer 🙂

Achieve a trendy holiday makeup with green products – part 1

As the holidays are approaching quickly, I would like to share with you some of my favorite makeup looks from this season runways. My goal is to give you some ideas and directions about colors and techniques, so doing your holiday makeup will be a lot of fun. The most important thing here is that I’m gonna show you how to achieve these looks with green products. I named this first part Sophisticated lady, because both looks are very feminine and sophisticated.

 

Delicate beauty from Louis Vuitton F/W 2010 runway

This look is all about achieving a perfect looking skin and sculpting the face with shades in delicate tonalities. I’d suggest this look to women with a pale skin tone and light colors.

– Clean your face with organic skin care products. If you have a little time, exfoliate skin with a gentle sugar based peeling or try The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleanser and Exfoliating Mask and proceed with a hydrating organic mask. Try The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask, it will immediately enhance and refresh your face before applying your make-up.

– I suggest a primer to even your skin tone and prepare it for the foundation. My favorite here is Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector in 902 that is slightly pink and goes great with a light skin with pink undertones.

– Add a touch of luminosity to the face with a concealer. I really like concealers in pencil that are easy and precise to use. Apply the concealer to the under-eye area, at the outer corner of the eyes, around the nose and lips for a highlighting and lifting effect. Jane Iredale Active light concealer is the perfect choice. Pay attention to get the right shade, slightly lighter than your skin tone.

– Start applying the foundation or a tinted moisturizer, if your skin tone is perfect. You want to achieve a radiant and fresh skin. So gently tap your foundation into the skin with a foundation brush. Remember that the foundation should match exactly your skin tone and blend perfectly all the edges. Don’t forget the neck and decolletage if you wear an open dress. Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation is a great choice for this look. Next, powder gently the face with a small amount of face powder to set the makeup. Satin Finishing PowderAlima Pure will give you a perfect finish without looking heavy.

– Sculpt the eyelids with a light shade along the lash line towards the crease. Use the Alima Pure pearluster eyeshadow Prosecco, a soft beige with a hint of pink. Then, apply a matte taupe eyeshadow, starting from the outer to the inner corner of the eye and blend well upwards, to get a sophisticated and sculpted lid. Try Everyday minerals matte eyeshadow Wild flowers. Proceed with the same color also on the lower lash line. You don’t want hard edges, so use a tapered blending brush to smudge well.

– Curl the eyelashes with an eyelash curler and apply a brown Nvey eco mascara.

– Brush the eyebrows in a nice shape and fill in gently the spaces with a light brown shade. Do this with a small angled brush; you will get a precise and soft shape. When finished, brush again the eyebrows in a perfect shape. This angled Alima pure brush n.33 will work nice.

– Choose a creamy blush in a light pink like Vapour Aura multi-use blush radiant in 208. Sculpt the cheeks along the cheekbones with a brush or use you fingers. Blend well!

– Apply a touch of luminizer on top of the cheekbones, on the bridge of the nose and on the temples. RMS Living luminizer is an excellent choice.

– Finish the look with a natural lip conditioner, just to enhance your natural lip color. The finish here is natural and just a bit glossy, to keep the soft and balanced overall look. Try the RMS lip&skin balm.

holiday makeup

The vamp from Karl Lagerfeld F/W 2010 runway

The opposite of the previous look is this 50’s inspired look, where the red lipstick is its signature. It suits well the brunettes and blondes as well, especially if the eyes are blue.

– The skin here is quite matte, but not too much, so we want a clean and perfectly looking skin as possible. After your skin care routine, start with a great foundation that covers any imperfections and even out skin tone. Try the Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Base SPF 20 that provides a sheer and semi-matte finish, but at the same time covers any imperfections. Its light diffusing properties make your skin look fresh and smooth. It’s also a great all in one product, especially, if you have no time to do the makeup.

– Give a three-dimensional effect with sculpting the face with a light bronzer. Use just a slightly darker shade than your foundation, cause you don’t want to achieve a sun-kissed face. I like the Everyday minerals bronzers. Choose the shade that suits your skin tone.

– Next step are the eyes. With the Pure pressed Jane Iredale eyeshadow in walnut shade contour both lash lines and smudge really well, to create a soft shadow around the eyes. Give just a touch of matte rosy color in the crease of the eye and on the brow bone and blend well. You can use the same color from the blush that you will apply on the cheeks.

– Curl your lashes and apply The organic pharmacy black mascara. Don’ forget to shape and brush the eyebrows.

– On the apple of the cheeks apply the Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Blush in Barely rose. Pay attention to apply the blush precisely and blend well the edges. If you don’t apply the blush exactly on both sides of the face, the face looks asymmetric.

– The last and most important touch: With a lip brush apply the Nvey eco bright red lipstick n.369 on your lips. Contour the lips precisely and smudge well, cause the red lips must be done perfectly. You can finish with a coat of clear lip gloss (with no glitter effect) like Jane Iredale Pure Gloss for Lips in shade Just gloss.

 

Green makeup tip: Before applying the lipstick make sure your lips are not chapped, they must be perfectly smooth. Otherwise, the red lipstick looks a disaster. Make a peeling before or brush your lips with a toothbrush to remove any dead cells.

 

Hope I gave you some nice ideas. What is most important experiment, research and ENJOY!

Soon it comes the second part with totally different looks!

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