Saturday, June 7, 2014

Weekend Reads 07-06-2014

Skins UK

   Hey everyone, summer is here and it's my favourite time of the year. Walking barefoot, balmy evenings, sundresses, all that. Sleeping with the windows open. Basically anything with the windows open.
  Also, I've been re-watching Skins. I love the third generation the best.

   News: I'm on Instagram! Follow me at @eternalvoyageur 

Now onto the links:

* Sarah Silverman gives what is probably the best life advice I've ever read.

* Dress Like A Parisian has tons of practical dressing advice, even if you don't want to actually dress like a Parisian.

* The Ultimate Summer Diet Guide is so funny.

* Just stop saying "I have a boyfriend".

* Tips for Japanese tourists visiting the US. I can't even.

* For everyone who loves Skins (the series), I totally recommend checking out SkinsLockin and the Rophy recaps. The latter are a tad spoilers, and best red after you have watched the whole season.

* A tad too exhibitionist for my taste, but... still kinda cute (slightly NSFW).

* Book of the week: As someone who is really bad at cooking yet wants to eat heltha, "It's All Good" by Gwyneth Paltrow has been a life saver. The recipes are easy, call for few ingredients (if I see a long list of ingredients, I go "that's never gonna happen"), and are surprisingly good. Evan though some of her recipes are unusable for me because they are not vegetarian or use ingredients not available in Germany, there are still plenty of gems left. And the books is pretty. And there are even ready weekly meal plans for the extremely lazy.

Watch and learn: 


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Makeup Favourite: Fibre Optic Blush Brush

   You know that I'm not one to throw the words "must-have" around lightly, so you can imagine that I really love this brush. It's a life saver for anyone who has trouble applying blush lightly and evenly and often looks like a clown. I can't get the hang of a proper blush brush -- it's ok if I'm using a bronzer or a very delicate blush colour, but anything else and I end up with two very uneven blobs on my cheeks. However with my fiber optic brush I can easily apply blush that looks very subtle and natural -- even if I am using vibrant fire-engine red!

    Fiber optic brushes (also called skunks -- though they are not made of skunk hair) are made differently than normal brushes: the black bristles are very shorter than the white ones, and their job is to separate the long white bristles. So, the only thing touching your skin is the very thin and flexible white bristles that are spaced pretty far apart. The brush picks up really teeny quantities of the blush, and applies it very lightly on the skin. The result -- soft, diffused colour with no streaks or harsh outlines. My brush is angled, which means that the colour is applied a bit more precisely than in a round one (where the colour would go all over the place). Fiber Optic brushes are also very soft, great for sensitive skins.

    Fiber optic brushes can also be used for blush, finishing powders, highlighters, bronzer, shimmers, etc. -- anywhere you want to use minimum quantities of product. They work with powder, stone as well as cream products. Obviously the size and shape of your brush can make it harder or easier to use it for all these purposes. Some brands also do fiber optic eye-shadow brushes or all-over brushes -- I haven't tried them yet but am very much tempted to do so!

     I apply blush with the Fiber Optic Angled Blush Brush in "stippling" or "dabbing" motions (lightly touching the cheeks several times). If the colour is not very vibrant, I do several layers. I usually contour my cheeks with a bronzer first (I apply bronzer to below the cheekbones to create slight hollows, because my cheeks are very round), and apply a light touch blush just above this. I never contour my cheeks with blush because it always looks very "makeup-y". I often add a very slight sweep of blush to the bridge of the nose, forehead and my chin -- it's almost invisible but makes the blush on the cheeks look more natural (because the colour of the blush is reflected in several parts of the face, and not concentrated just  on the cheeks).

   Fiber optic brushes won't work with very low-pigmented blushes in pale colours. (Low pigmented means that the pigment is thinned out with a lot of filler -- usually talcum powder, so that the blush never looks as saturated on your face as it looks in the palette). However it is perfect for more intensive colours, and mineral brushes (which are pure pigments).

     I recommend every make-up rookie to get a fiber optic blush brush -- it is an amazing trick to getting natural-looking blush, and will allow you to wear dark and vibrant blush colours with ease.

    I got my Fiber Optic Blush Brush from Lumiere cosmetics, however the company doesn't exist any more. Other good fiber optic brushes that I know of are the MAC 187, the one from Meow Cosmetics, and the one by Silk Naturals but such brushes are also made by many other brands. Do look up online reviews, as some brands have issues like shedding hair or bleeding colour. Also, not all fiber optic brushes are cruelty-free.
   Do you own a fiber optic brush? Or do you have another trick to apply blush lightly and evenly?

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Perfect Mineral Sunscreen: Kimberly Sayer Spf 30

   Remember my search for a mineral, nano-free, alcohol-free sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast? I have a winner! The Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer Spf30 is amazing: nano-free, purely mineral, mostly organic, and it doesn't leave a white cast! What is this witchcraft?
     The texture is light, like that of a very light moisturiser. I like to do 2-3 layers for proper protection, I wait till the first layer sinks in before applying another. The last layer is usually around the eyes (where the skin is dry and prone to ageing), and the upper lip (where I get discolouration).
   Like I already mentioned, the product sinks in quickly and doesn't leave a trace of whiteness. It would work even for dark skin tones. The Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light moisturises my combination skin quite well, thanks to the nice balance between the oils/butters and the humectants. However it might not be moisturising enough for dry skin, in that case you want to apply a richer moisturiser or a few drops of oil below (or use the version for dry skin, more on that below). The product never broke me out. I do dust a bit of powder over it to keep my T-zone matte.

   If you're thinking "oh, but it only has an spf of 30", you need to know that the numbers of SPF, well, they are complicated. Basically SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
   The scent is lemony, it smells like lemony lemony lemon cakes. A nice, non-obnoxious scent that comes from the lemon oil in the product. Lemon oil is controversial, according to some it might make the skin more prone to pigmentation.
     The product comes in an air-tight plastic bottle with a pump, convenient to use though not very ecological -- however it means that the product contains less conservants. Oh, and the bottle has an empty space at the bottom, to make it look bigger. Still, the 120ml does seem to last forever.
   There used to be an older version of 150ml of spf 25 for the same price, it is now discontinued.
   A similar product is the Kimberly Sayer Anti-Oxidant Daily Moisturising Cream SPF30. It is richer and meant for dryer skins, it has a lavender scent. It contains a couple of interesting anti-aging ingredients such as the amazing Tamanu oil, or Borrage extract. A problem is that the jar packaging doesn't provide as much sterility as the pump packaging, and some uses report the product going bad before they had the chance to use it all up.

   Obviously everyone wants to know how it compares with my old favourite, John Masters Organics spf 30. I'd say that John Masters is much heavier and leaves a very slight white cast, and it needs more powder to mattify. It is also pricier. However it is perfume-free, and the glass bottle is definitely more ecological (and aesthetic).
   I got my Kimberly Sayer spf30 at for £25.80 for 120ml. It's not exactly cheap, but I am willing to invest in this product as it is almost perfect, and sun protection is the most important thing you can do for your skin with a cosmetics.

Bottom line: An ultra-light and non-toxic sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast! I use it every day and it is definitely a staple on my shelf!

   Over to you: what sunscreen are you using right now? Has anybody tried either of the Kimberly Sayer's sunscreens?

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Heidi Klum's Bra Advice In Germany's Next Topmodel

       There I said it, I watch Germany's Next Topmodel. I have a love-hate relationship with the show, on one hand I realise it is a shallow and judgemental thing. On the other I enjoy watching the beautiful photo shoots and always get extremely excited about the episode about acting. I also like how Heidi Klum actually mentors the girls, like shopping with them at Whole Foods and teaching them to cook healthy stuff. She is often very candid, admitting she sucks in her belly in or "it was either bangs or botox, so I went for bangs".
      One episode every season always includes a Victoria's Secret-esqe show, with lingerie and (original VS) wings. This season the show was cut to include much more back-stage and behind-the-backstage material, which included the girls trying on lingerie for the show. I was very much expecting to cringe, and I did, when the girls wore bras that clearly didn't fit. Here you can see the clip I'm talking about.
  Now comes a critique of the fit, feel free to skip it and  move on to the surprising advice Heidi Klum gives.
   Fuller-busted Betty was put into cups much too small for her and were supported by her boobs. Jolina was wearing a cup size to small and too big band that rode up in the back -- the classic "badly fitted bra model" look. Nancy had very padded cups that made her breasts look optically too small. Steffie's underwires were on top of her boobs (the center gore didn't lie flat), and her band rode up like crazy. Interestingly, things looked a tad better on the runway than they did backstage, probably because a team of stylists worked hard to make the ill-fitting bras look less ill-fitting.

   Heidi brought an armful of lingerie with her, and the girls had to try on everything. They didn't get bras in their size, but that was what I expected: models usually have to fit into clothes and shoes in generic sizes. Many photo shoots are done with clothes clipped at the back or cut open. What surprised me however is nobody acknowledging that the bras weren't in the right size (unlike shoes, the candidates often complained about having to walk in shoes that were too big or too small).
   I was a bit suprised at Heidi telling Nathalie not to wear the bra too high, saying that it is better to wear the band tighter and let the straps looser, otherwise one becomes folds under the armpits. Generally I do agree with the statement that the band should be as tight as possible (without being uncomfortable). However folds and bulges under the armpits mean that the cups are too small (and the band too big).
   So how high the bra should be worn? You should grab each end of one underwire with each hand and pull the cup up until the underwire sits flush with the bottom of the breast. That is the correct height! If you don't have a feel for how high you need to pull the cup up, your best bet is to try it with an unpadded bra and in front of the mirror. Now, if the band is sung enough (and the cups big enough), the bra should stay in place at this perfect height. However if the band is too loose, chances are the cups will sag; to make up for this you will want to pull the straps higher. This looks weird and feels uncomfortable.
     When you wear a bra in the correct size at the correct height, you can still decide how tight you want the straps to be. I like loosening the straps all the way, and then tightening them a bit. However I know that many women like to tighten their straps more to get a bit more cleavage. Maybe that is what Heidi Klum was referring to?

Kinda exaggerated, but you get the idea. Actually, most push-up bras flatten even more than in my illustration.

   Another interesting scene was Heidi putting on a dress on top of a soft triangle bra. She said: "We don't really want mega push-up bras any more, we don't want them hoisted up here, it's old fashioned. They can sag slightly, when they're hoisted I think it's old school to hoist them that high."
   I think what she is referring to here is the demise of the push-up silhouette, where cleavage is created at the cost of flattening the breasts from below, or the mega-padded silhouette where the breasts are impossibly round. Breast shapes do go in and out of fashion. I wouldn't mourn the demise of the round-and-high shapes since these can be achieved only with very padded and moulded bras, which are not really kind to the breast tissue. A softer, more natural silhouette might mean that unpadded bras will be more popular -- and such bras are the best for keeping the breast tissue firm and in a nice shape.
    Funnily, the bras looked like they fit better on the runway than backstage: the wings pulled the band down, and I imagine that the stylists and assistants were re-arranging boob tissue and smoothing stuff to make it look good.

  So, anyone else watches Germany's Top Model? Who did you root for? Or anywhere else's Top Model?

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Weekend Reads 11-05-2015

Viens, France

      Hi everyone, how did your week go? I have finally settled down after coming back from France. I really loved the Provence, it is amazingly beautiful, the food is great, and the tiny villages are just drop-dead gorgeous and calm. Everything is so pretty, the houses, the streets, the clothes and accessories... seriously, my eyes hurt when I got back to Germany.
    I'd like to give a shout-out to an amazing language learning podcast: if you want to learn some French or any other major language, I really recommend the Coffee Break podcasts. They are slow paced but really easy to follow, and have this building-block method which is really nice. And they are free! I went through some Coffee Break French podcasts before my trip, and I was amazed how well I got around with what I learned (plus, the French were super-nice to me, they really like it if you make the effort). Right now I'm going through Coffee Break Spanish, since I can understand a lot of Spanish passively and would like to learn to string together a sentence.

* Style: I love Kleiderkreisel, it's my favourite place to buy, swap and sell clothe. I recently discovered the US equivalent Vinted! France has, for Poland, Votocvohoz for the Czech Republic, and Manodrabuziai for Italy.

* Life: Life is all about all those Kronos moments.

* Photography: DIY vs store-bought light tents

* Cute: Comics every introvert will understand

* Swim: how to securely fasten bikini strings

* Beauty: Cara Delavigne's brows are available to try on (scroll to the bottom of the post).

* Book of the week: The Erotic Mind is a really great book about the psychology of sex. It examines the causes of the human desires and turn-ons, exploring the idea that humans use eroticism to heal emotional wounds and find a way to accept themselves. Powerful stuff.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Three Makeup Brushes For Heavy Handed Makeup Rookies

   Do you tend to apply too much foundation, or maybe you have a hard time making your blush look subtle? Do you love barely-there make-up? Here are three tools that you will find really helpful.
  These are definitely not must-haves and you will not find them in lists of basic tools. However they are really nice brushes to have, especially if you are just starting out and are having trouble with blending.

Kabuki from Lumiere minerals

Kabuki brush

   For foundation. It applies a light layer of foundation, without hard edges. It also does a great job at blending. Different Kabukis may have bristles that are looser or more compact.
Downsides: doesn't reach creases around the nose and the eyes, so I use some kind of concealer brush for that.

Fiber Optic Blush brush

Fiber Optic Brush

    For blush. Can also be used for bronzer, loose powder, even foundation. Also for highlighter or concealer / corrector (if the brush is small).
   This brush has very few long white bristles that pick up the blush and apply it, and between them are short black bristles that separate the white bristles. With this brush you could apply even fire-engine red blush on your cheeks and it will look subtle. I own this blush brush, as well as a small concealer / foundation brush. Note: not every black-and-white "skunk" brush is a fiber-optic brush!
Downsides: This brush won't work on very subtle colours or very lightly pigmented products.

  As you can see from the comparison above, the blush applied with a fiber optic brush is nicely blended and diffused.

E.L.F. fan brush

Fan Brush

    For blush, highlighter, bronzer.
     If you are looking for a very very light touch of the above products, you'll like a fan brush. It applies a really light dusting of powder products, the look is very diffused. Even if you use a regular blush brush to apply your blush or bronzer, a dusting with the fan brush on your forehead, chin and nose makes the look more natural (in real life a colour is never restricted to just one spot on your face). I don't own a fan brush at the moment, but it's one of the top things on my beauty shopping list.
Downsides: the fan shape means you can't apply the product to a very small spot.

  These are my three brushes that make applying subtle makeup really easy. What would you add to this list?

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Is A Red Bra Really Invisible Under White Shirts?

   A while back I read this really crazy tip: that a red bra will not be visible when worn under white tops. I was extremely sceptical and was pretty surprised to see this statement repeated on many many places on the internet. So I decided to try it out. If this were true, I would finally have a reason to buy more red lingerie which I totally love!

   The test: the Weismann Roxana Balconette bra worn under a clingy top. The bra is lace and not smooth, so it is not the right thing to wear a clingy top, regardless of colours, but it would do for the test. The result: the bra was much less visible than expected, but not as invisible as a nude bra would be. I think that the red is closer to our skin tone than other colours like blue, green, purple, black or even white, so the actual red colour is not really apparent. However, it is still a bit of a contrast in terms of lightness/darkness (I mean that the actual red colour didn't show through, however it was clear that the bra was darker than my skin tone) A washed-out red would be invisible on my Caucasian skin (but I have yet to find a bra in that colour). However if you have a darker skin tone, you might find a red bra a great alternative to the hard to find browns.
  On that note, pink makes an excellent nude on paler skin tones!

  While researching on the net, I found this example; note how the red bra kinda looks subtler than the white bra. Also note that the mannequin is rather dark-skinned.

   Personally, I will continue to wear beige bras under my white stuff (unless I will want to make a statement and wear a black or colourful bra. Hasn't happened yet, but never say never.) However, I have realised that my red bras are more versatile than I though and will wear them more often under other stuff.

   Do you like red lingerie? Have you ever tried wearing it under white clothes? Do you know that in Poland red lingerie is supposed to bring luck, so girls often wear it for exams?

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Which Cosmetics To Buy In France? A List Of Affordable And Mostly Natural Products.

  I love shopping for cosmetics in other countries! Before my trip to France, I researched a lot and made a list of great, mostly natural and affordable cosmetics that everyone seemed to recommend. On the spot I found a couple more interesting products. Here is a list of stuff to look for on your trip to France, or ask a friend or family member to bring you:

You can find many interesting ones in France, for affordable prices. From example the Camomile Hydrolate from Sica Biotope (Biocoop). A guy in a Provençal market sold very interesting self-made hydrolates, unfortunately only in 1 litre bottles so I didn't buy any.
Agrile is the leading brand for clays. You can buy pure clays, clay masques, and all kind of other products with clays in them. Even natural clay kitty litter.
Aleppo soaps are great for cleansing the face. If you have oily skin with impurities, go for ones with 34-45% laurel oil, for other types of skin try ones with less. Soaps with white Argile clays are great for thorough but gentle cleansing. Savon Noir (black soap) from Morocco is also very interesting (cheers Johanna). Then you can get the traditional Savon De Marseille soaps in just about any scent you can imagine (and a couple you never imagined).
Drugstore products:
Effaclar K (with BHA) from La Roche-Posay.
Bioderma Sensibio Micellar cleanser.
Homeoplasmine (homeopathic skin ointment) of Goop fame. (cheap)
Avene Thermal Spring Water mist (a tad pricey, there is also a cheaper thermal water available at Monoprix, I can't remember the name).

Other brands and products:
Couleur Caramel (makeup).
Florame (especially the stick foundation and the under-eye concealer.
Une Beaute (especially the Sunscreen, cream blushes and Green Pride Mascara).
Cattier, especially their micellar solution (organic yet more affordable than any other micellar cleanser I know) and their clay scrubs.
Melvita is a nice organic brand, a tad pricier than Cattier.
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat milk (I found it at Monoprix, and it even comes in tiny travel size).
Hair gel biopha nature (cheap).
Brushes from Real Techniques.
Les Fleurs de Bach gommage.
Bust-firming creams -- the French really like those.
Sephora: Baguette de 3 pinceaux yeux brush -- practical brush for travelling.
Pschitt Magique cleanser with enzymes, a tad pricey (Sephora)
Kessa exfoliating glove -- in Moroccan or Algerian stores. Soft but really thorough exfoliation.
Oudh, the perfume of the middle east.

Where to buy: 
Organic stores carry many of the natural brands I mentioned above and more, along with good organic brands from Germany like Dr. Hauschka, Weleda, Logona or Lavera.
Stores with products from the Provence carry soaps and everything lavender. Moroccan / Algerian stores have interesting African products, including Kessa gloves, affordable Argan oil, Aleppo and black soaps and Oudh.
Marches (open-air markets) in villages in Provence carry soaps, and sometimes interesting herbs, cosmetics and hydrolates.
In Paris, check out Mademoiselle Bio, Naturalia, Biocoop.

   If in Marseilles, be sure to check out the Herboristerie Du Pere Blaize at the 4 and 6 Rue Meolan (near the old port). You can also check out their site, they ship worldwide. My host had some amazing oil mixes from them, like the bust-firming oil above (ingredients: carrot oil, rosemary, geranium, ylang-ylang, daisy oil, apricot seed oil). Unfortunately I didn't get the time to check the store out.
     The Cattier micellar solution and the clay scrub I bought in Germany but included here since they are actually French products. I will be reviewing in detail a couple of other things I bought.

   Let me know which French products you use, or which ones you'd love to try out!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The French Way Of Eating: How To Eat Well And Not Gain Crazy Weight

   French food is amazing. Coffee, French fries, croissants, chocolate, ice cream... everything was delicious and way better than in Germany. Even the sauce from a French fry cart was made and not from a bottle. I ate a lot, drank more wine than ever, and came back with slightly loose pants. What?!? One one hand the French elevate food to holiness and have long and satisfying meals. Yet I was struck by how slim everyone was, especially as a contrast to the people in Germany (it must be all that beer, the French told me). Most of the overweight people in France seem to be immigrants, whether due to different eating habits or different beauty standards I cannot say.

   Statistics show that less French are overweight than many other nations. And most of the overweight people seem to be immigrants, whether due to different eating habits or different beauty standards I cannot say.
   Now, I'm not going to glorify thinness or judge a woman's worth based on her BMI. Only, I was impressed to realise that the French slimness is not the effect of denying oneself or fighting with one's body, rather it is the result of really valuing and appreciating food.   The importance attached to food means people don't eat whatever whenever, they almost always eat something nutritious and healthy at regular intervals. I have family in France, and I drilled them with questions of how the French do it. How do they eat so much and not gain crazy weight?

   It's mostly about how the food is cooked, I was told. Fresh and unprocessed ingredients, often steamed, rarely fried (and even then with very little fat). They don't use cream which seems to be omnipresent in Germany and Poland. They use a lot of vegetables, and they are usually very simply cooked, and often Al dente. Although the bread is always white, it is only a small addition to the meal; if fact white starches (whether in the form of bread or pasta) is never the bulk of the meal. The food isn't salted so much as in Germany, nor is there sugar in everything. The French like to use quality ingredients, whether it is cheese or wine. I saw lots of small independent cheese stores and bakeries in France (these are dying out in Germany, replaced by chains with dubious practices -- I know someone who works in a big bakery chain and the stories I hear are disgusting).

    Then, it's the way things are eaten. Everyone eats at fixed times, they stop whatever they are doing and eat a proper meal, whether they are hungry or not. Absolutely no snacking between meals, and no soft drinks either. People cook a lot at home, and eat out only once in a while. And rarely eat on the go. There was very little street food, and not many people running around with sandwiches in their hand.

  Breakfasts are tiny, usually a croissant or tartine, a coffee and an orange juice. Lunch and dinner is usually made up of a couple of courses, which includes a cheese course, a salad, and a dessert (apart from the main course). Portions are small, I could easily down a three course meal, and still feel comfortable afterwards. In Germany I often have trouble finishing a single course meal in a restaurant. Taking time to eat means you will probably not overeat. The French rarely take second helpings of anything. Desserts seem to be a part of most meals, but they are small and often sugar-free, like cottage cheese

Obviously all this doesn't represent what every French person eats in all parts of France. If you want read more about how the French eat, I recommend this piece from Garnace Dore,
   So what am I going to take away from my two weeks of eating like a French girl? I don't believe in orange juice that is not fresh pressed, but I will be adding an orange or two into my morning smoothies. I also want to eat more regularly (although I have been trying to do this in the past couple of months), and I definitely want to stop snacking. I have also developed a espresso habit that I am not particularly proud of.

  I know a couple of you are French, I'd love to know how you eat! And those of you that are not French -- what do you think of French food?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY: Comfrey Infused Oil And Toner

Vintage apothecary glass from a flea market. The label is from Ikea.
   I will be travelling in the next two weeks, and I have just one post per week scheduled. However I will be posting beauty tips and glimpses of the french Provence on the Venusian*Glow facebook page. Even if you have already clicked on the "like", don't forget to click on "follow" so that you don't miss anything.

  Comfrey is one of my skin care staples since a few months, and my skin loves it. I have been using it in an oil and a toner since several months, and I love the results. The two extremely simple Comfrey recipes that I use to make my infused oil and my toner come from the amazing Alinarose. These recipes are very basic and can be adapted to many other herbs, in case you can't find comfrey in your country.

Comfrey is a medicinal plants which is extremely beneficial to the skin:
* It helps the skin to regenerate, helping wounds to heal faster.
* It calms the skin, is antibacterial, soothes inflammations.
* Is very helpful in the cases of atiopic dermatitis and acne.
* It evens out the skin tone, removing redness and discolouration.
* Used around the eyes, it helps with under-eye circles.
* It helps with dryness

  I find that comfrey calms my skin, making it looks smoother, brighter and more taut.

   You can buy comfrey from a shop with herbs, I went to a local store which sells herbs for teas, and found comfrey leaves which seem to work very similarly to the roots. You can also try online. Chances are comfrey grows in your garden. I planted some and hope to harvest it this summer.

  I would like to present the recipes of a comfrey toner and an infused oil.

Comfrey Infused Oil

  This is basically an oil that is permeated with a herb. The comfrey infusion can be used as a makeup-remover, for oil-cleansing or like a cream. This is the best oil that I have found so far for the oil-cleansing technique -- my skin loves it, and I never get blocked pores.

What you need: 
Comfrey roots or leaves, flax seed oil. (You can use any oil that your skin likes).
How to: 
  Put the comfrey roots into a container and pour the oil in till the roots are covered. After around three weeks the infusion should be ready. Pour the oil through a sieve, into a pretty container.
    If you use an oil that tolerates heating, you can make a bain-marie to quicken process faster (or use baby food warmer, or put the container on top of the heater).

Comfrey Toner

  To use, dab onto a cotton wool pad and wipe your face with it, alternatively use the pads as compresses for the eyes. It can also be mixed into clay masques.

What you need: Comfrey roots or leaves.
How to:
  Put a tablespoon of comfrey into a glass, pour boiling water over it. Let it steep for a few minutes, then pour through a sieve into a pretty container. It can be stored for a couple of days in the fridge, though you can add a conservant to make it last longer (for eg vitamin E).

   Don't forget to label your cosmetics, or like me you'll find mysterious containers of suspicious liquids every time you declutter your bathroom.

    Have you ever used comfrey? Would you like to try to make this toner or this oil infusion?

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