One week with the japanese beauty ritual of Tatcha

I was always enchanted by Japanese beauty rituals. There is some kind of magic surrounding the ancient wisdom about skin care and Japanese elegance. I was searching the net for Japanese skin care solutions (also because I really admire the beautiful skin of so many Japanese women) when I discovered TATCHA. I immediately liked their design and concept, the simple but very noble and elegant Japanese-style packaging and the fact that in their products there are no parabens, mineral oils and other unhealthy ingredients.

My skin is dry and sensitive, so I normally alway wish to test a skin care before buying a big supply. Not only once, I bought some expensive high quality cosmetics, only to find out after a day or two that my skin did not like them at all.

I was glad to discover travel-size “Starter Ritual” sets for all skin types at TATCHA. This “Starter Ritual” set should last about two weeks (enough for me to notice a difference).

I ordered the “Starter Ritual” for dry skin. They shipped very quickly. As it is sent from the U.S. I had to wait a little, but the package took less thank 10 days to arrive to Austria, which is not bad at all.

It was worth the wait. When you open the package you find a delightful box, nicely arranged, surrounded by (in my case) purple silk paper, and a handwritten, personalised note,  wishing joy with the products.

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In my “Starter Ritual” there are:

∘The “Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil”

∘The ” Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder”

∘”The Essence”

∘The “Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream”

Plus, 3 samples of other products I could choose with my order.

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∘STEP 1: The “Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil” is an amazing cleansing oil one has to apply on dry skin, massage in, and finally rinse with water. It purifies the skin also from make up and water-proof make up, too. The sensation after washing out the oil is very nice, already very clean and refreshed. The scent is very delicate.

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∘STEP 2: The next step ist this amazing “Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder”. It´s a luxurious powder that has to be mixed to a little water to create a creamy texture, that , applied to wet skin, exfoliates lightly the skin and purifies perfectly. After this step, my skin feels very clean, but not dry at all.

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∘STEP 3: “The Essence” is the next step. This fluid hydrates and softens the skin and makes the skincare work better. It has to be applied with the fingers, and it feels very refreshing and soothing.

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∘STEP 4: The “Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream” is a really amazing cream. It´s non-irritating and very, very protecting and soothing. On my skin it feels like a rich protection shield against dryness and environmental damages. Plus, my skin gets the kind of radiant glow that is described as a typical Japanese skincare property. For the whole day, my skin doesn’t get dry and feels very good.

After a week of testing, I am really impressed by the high quality of this “Beauty Ritual” by Tatcha. My skin did not break out, no redness, an improved skin quality and tone, and an healthy glow. For my very sensitive skin, this is more than very good, I am really happy with the results. I can really recommend these products!

For more informations, here the link to Tatcha 

 

As in all my posts, this is just my personal opinion, but I hope you like to read my experiences with the products I use and test.

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This week`s beauty product review: face masks by Lavera

Weather changes, an unhealthy diet, stress and much more factors can weaken your skin, as you know. So, as I am going through some busy time, last week I was looking for new face masks. My skin was quite dry and uneven. You know, changes of seasons are always a challenge for the skin, here we got from quite cold, to hot summer!

I did not have the time to go to my usual beauty store and get a full consulting, and I also wanted to try different masks without spending a fortune. You know, high priced products are not always so good for you, it depends a lot on your skin type and personal sensibilities. I have of course a favourite face cream I do not want to miss (more about it in a later post), but it´s an expensive brand, and they don`t sell singular masks, just a big pot for more that one application.

So, I opted for the drugstore (where I normally buy rather cleaners and paper towels than products for my skin). But today, fortunately, you can find very fine natural cosmetic at drugstores, too. So why not give them a try! The only important rule I try to follow, is to use products without silicone, parabens and other unhealthy ingredients.

After some disappointing experiences with other face masks from famous brands I will not name (my face looking completely dry or red after use), I gave Lavera a try. This natural cosmetic brand is completely made in Germany. As I could read on their website, their products are  100% certified natural cosmetic, free from harming ingredients and produced in a sustainable and environmental friendly manner, plus they are against animal testing. This sounds very good.

I bought each an exemplar of the 4 types of the sigle-application face masks. There are a purifying mask, a firming mask, a deep hydrating mask, and a Q10 mask – my favourite for sensitive skin!

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I like also the packaging, it´s pretty and does well in display in your bathroom or on your vanity table.

I am very impressed by the good quality of these products because of the low price (here in Austria you can buy them for less than 1.5€ each, and the portions are quite generous, so if you close them accurately you could have two applications). The price was the thing that made me sceptical in the first place. How could a quite cheap product be really good? But I had to change my mind!

I can recommend each of them, depending on your type of skin and your needs.

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The purifying mask (green one) is perfect for oily skin, but also if you need a deep cleansing of your skin, or, for example if it is really hot outside, this is going to refresh your face and make you feel clean.

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The Q10 mask (light blue one) is my favourite. I have very sensitive and dry skin, and this mask nourishes and evens my face without feeling oily or heavy. I can imagine this mask is also perfect if you had a too long sun exposure, or if you suffer allergies. The formula is very calming, as it contains also organic aloe vera and jojoba oil.

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The deep hydrating mask (pink one) is also perfect for dry and itchy skin, with nourishing ingredients like wild rose and avocados for a deep hydration. The scent is also lovely (and the packaging is pink, so…)

∘ The firming mask (purple one) has some very good anti-age ingredients like white tea, hyaluron, and pomegranate oil. I am lucky not having many wrinkles, so I could not compare the improving effects on my face, but this mask is very pleasing and nourishing on the skin. I can imagine that it might support the elasticity and texture for a quite fresh appearance.

Recapitulating, I can recommend all four masks, as I found the experience an the quality excellent. All masks have a creamy texture, which makes the application easy,  but they do not drop, so you can relax and do other things in the meantime.

Visit the Lavera page for more informations, and to find out where you can buy or order the products from where you live ( and please, don´t hesitate asking questions).

I hope you liked it!

Lavera international

Lavera Germany/Europe

*I would like to point out that this is my personal experience with these products, and I am not sponsored by this brand at all. My reviews are quite personal, but I like to share my experiences and good products with you, as you may be interested.

Victorian minimalism (unusual advices about our way of life)

These days there is a lot of talk about minimalism and simplifying life. It´s  quite a trend, and I really am very glad about it. People are generally waisting way too much things and resources, buying too much stuff they don´t even need, thinking that it´s going to make them happy.

I already read some books about this topic, from a zen guide to cleaning, to the world best seller books of my all-time favourite reorganising  guru, Marie Kondo. I learned a lot and experimented a lot for myself at home. I reorganised several times all my clothes, books and everything that didn´t have a own  place. I was, and am still looking for the best way to live and the best balance between minimalism and tasteful interior design.

In this process, some people throw nearly everything away, to feel free and follow the life they always wanted (like in a tiny mobile home or backpack traveling around the world). I admire such choices, I think that many people really could do the same and actually feel much better and, finally happy. The would quit the job they hate, sell everything and follow their dreams.

For a split of a second, I thought about that, saw me on a world tour, with just one bag…a Louis Vuitton bag…? I must admit, that living from the suitcase is a thing I really don´t like. Actually I don’t really enjoy traveling, to be honest. I like seeing museums, new places and meet new people, but traveling itself and living in places that don´t  fulfil  my aesthetic idea can´t make ME happy. I am really not thrilled about the idea of touring the world that way. Actually my ideal travelling would be by carriage, and  my belongings would be packed in luxurious trunks.

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But, under some aspects, I am minimalist or, better, I try to be one on my own terms. I like the way people valued things in the last centuries, actually until the generation of my grandmother. Everything was more expensive than today, but things were also better made, and people treasured them much more that today. Plus, they didn´t own so much as we do. Also the rich, who of course had more belongings, didn´t throw things away as we do today. Their collections would be, for example, of books (a library full of them-not a waste at all), expensive furniture with a real value (not our “build it yourself”kind of unstable items of furniture) or clothes of the finest fabrics (mostly hand made, of course). The main difference today, is that we normally own a lot of worthless stuff.. Cheap to buy, but nothing worth if you would like to sell it.

I love the aesthetic of the old homes and items. That is way real minimalism is not so right for me. I love rich fabrics, a library, antiques and opulent table settings. But this doesn’t mean, that it´s a waste, if you really value what you have. And a thing that is practical can also be beautiful! Like in the past times: a mirror was not only a mirror, it was also a piece of art, as a brush, a plate and nearly everything in an household. (If you can not imagine how people lived in the past, read a book that plays back then, or watch a good costume movie!)

How to change something and be happier 

The first step would be to reduce what we buy. Do we really need the 10th phone case? Or another cheap shirt (that will surely be ugly already after washing it twice). Let´s think about that, and try not to buy anything we don´t really need. Think also about where this things were made, and who made them!

When we realise how intoxicated we are with rubbish, it´s really eye-opening.

If we need something, or we want to buy something, we could think about buying things like in the, let´s say, victorian period. (Now I want to appoint, that of course not everybody has the financial possibilities to do this, so I address this to the people who would spend a lot of money on things, anyway.)

For clothes, try to choose brands that produce locally, or in the same country, choose natural fabrics that look expensive, a style that will not be out of fashion after a season,  and mind the fit. Surround yourself with high-quality items in general, and don´t let distract yourself by shiny advertise and fashions. Buy wisely!

If you start thinking like this, you will notice, that you will automatically start to pay more attention to what enters your home and enjoy more what you already have. Plus, you will notice how much money you could save without buying things spontaneously.

Sincerely, your M.

This will not be the last post about this topic, for more detailed advises stay tuned on this blog.

 

A perfect weekend

There are of course many options for a perfect weekend. For me, this Saturday was a really beautiful day, filled with simple, but wonderful things.

IMG_0853First of all, the sun was shining, and it was one of there wonderful spring days we waited a long for.  The perfect day for gardening. As we are finishing the renovation of our house, my husband and I decided to do some gardening (the garden had no flowers at all, because of all the renovations and construction work, it was really horrible). Our gardener came along with some wonderful plants like lilac and holly and planted them on the boundary of the garden. We also got some roses and peonies, can´t wait to see them grow and bloom.

The sun was shining and the birds were singing, it was warm, but not hot, and a a pleasant wind moved through the leaves.

In the afternoon, some friends came for tea, so it was the perfect opportunity to bake a cake. This time I made a “Rolade”, basically a very simple cake with apricot jam inside.

For my guests I used my old porcelain service for coffee and tea (it is more than hundred years old) that I found in Italy last year

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It was a nice and funny afternoon with good friends, good sweets and fresh flowers on the table. Just lovely.

The recipe book in the picture:

Alte Wiener Küche