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Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Silken | Review

Monday, October 26, 2015


Kjaer Weis (pronounced Kē-yar Wīs) is a brand that has been on my lust-list ever since I first discovered the more diverse, glamorous side of green beauty. From the heavenly packaging and clean ingredients to the rave reviews, this brand had me hooked.

The foundation was supposedly the queen of all green beauty foundations, with a price tag to match.
So, when I finally bit the bullet and ordered the Kjaer Weis Foundation, did it live up to the hype?

Shop Kjaer Weis  
Australia / I Am Natural Store
Canada / Eco Diva Beauty


I was colour-matched to the shade Silken. I wear #11 in RMS Uncover Up and my skin tone is fair - medium with neutral undertones.

Silken is compared to Paper Thin with the same lightness, but with a yellow undertone - I actually didn't think Silken would be a good match for me as my skin tone is neutral, however, it does work!

For those unsure of their colour, you can order samples from I Am Natural Store (Australia), Citrine Beauty and Spirit Beauty Lounge in the US or Eco Diva Beauty in Canada also offer samples.

Packaging

Kjaer Weis is the winner in this department; the heavy metal compacts designed by Marc Atlan are pure luxury. Created as a refillable system, the compacts and pans are also recyclable to reduce waste. The little red boxes are also simply gorgeous - tip: keep the red boxes to store/protect the compacts when travelling.

The reverse side of the compact lid (the moving mechanism) is also mirrored - making it not only perfect, but beautiful for touch-ups on the go.



Ingredients

The Kjaer Weis Foundation is CCPB Certified Organic & Cruelty Free.
Due to the beeswax component the foundation is not vegan.

Kjaer Weis says:

"Our products are made in Italy, a country that’s been a leading producer of the luxury goods for hundreds of years. Almost all of our makeup has been approved as “Certified Organic” or “Certified Natural” by the country’s organic inspection body, CCPB (Controllo e Certificazione Prodotti Biologici). “Certified Organic” products are 95% [of what materials can be deemed organic] certified organic in its formulation. “Certified Natural” products contain higher levels of materials that, while still natural, cannot be certified organic because they occur in non-agricultural environments. For example bamboo silica comes from bamboo grown in the wild. While there was no use of fertilizer, pesticides, etc, it grows in a non-supervised area. Such ingredients are identified as “wild crafted” or “natural”."

Ingredients List:

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil•, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil•, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch•, Cera Alba•, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax•, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil•, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Mica, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499

• organically grown


Performance, Coverage & Application

The thing I love best about the Kjaer Weis Foundation is the ability to give sheer to full coverage - depending on the desired coverage. This foundation is SO build-able and gives such a beautiful finish that you can use as little or as much as you like.

The cream-to-powder formula gives a beautiful natural satin finish, and a little goes a long way.
As always, I prep my skin prior to application - this is a must.

I apply using the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush,or if you prefer a larger brush for faster application, you can also use the Kjaer Weis Blush Brush, or any other flat, cream foundation brush you have.

The foundation brush gives the most flawless coverage and seamlessly blends the foundation - this foundation is so blend-able and build-able that you can use it as a concealer only where you need coverage, or blend with another foundation (such as the RMS Uncover Up).

You can also apply it more heavily in the areas that need a little extra help, without it becoming heavy or cakey, and sheerly everywhere else and you won't be able to see the difference!

I set with RMS Tinted Un-powder (0-1) and the Kjaer Weis Foundation lasts all day.




Price

As the Kjaer Weis brand has been created as a refillable system, the initial investment of the Foundation (with compact) is expensive ($94AUD or $68USD), however, the refills are priced at around $57AUD or $40USD - putting it in the price range of most other high-performing green beauty foundations.

Overall

This foundation would have to be the best I have ever used - green beauty or otherwise.

The coverage, performance and ingredients make this a must-have item that I will not be without - I will definitely be repurchasing. If you haven't used this foundation yet and are on the hunt for a full-coverage (but flexible) option, I highly recommend getting your hands on some samples!


Shop Kjaer Weis 
Australia / I Am Natural Store
Canada / Eco Diva Beauty




Kelsey xx
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Ere Perez Make-Up

Friday, October 23, 2015


For those of you that aren't familiar, Ere Perez is an Australian brand with a focus on natural, skin-nourishing make-up.


Free of nasties, the ingredients are clean and natural, the packaging simple, and compact - making it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups and travel.


Until recently my Ere Perez collection consisted (solely) of the Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara. In love with it, I was so excited to get my hands on the rest of the collection.


The products I added to my collection are the Natural Almond Oil Mascara (black), Versatile Vanilla Highlighter (Falling Star), Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm (Holy), Pure Rice Powder Blush (My Blush), Beautiful Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint (Joy) and the Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder.



Clever Carrot Lip & Cheek Balm, Mascara, Pure Rice Powder Blush
Pure Rice Powder Blush

On first impressions, the Pure Rice Powder Blush looked far more bronze/natural than it actually applied. The two colours can be applied together (swirl brush over both tones and sweep across cheeks), or in layers - I applied the darker colour just below my cheek, and the lighter colour just above that, blending the two together.


I was pleasantly surprised when the lighter tone of blush applied as a lovely sort of golden pink - quite a natural flush of colour that was not at all washed-out. You could also sweep the darker tone across the eyelids, forehead, bridge of nose and chin for a soft bronzed look.


The powder is very light and is packaged in a lightweight mirrored compact.

The colour is long-lasting and never appeared heavy or cakey. If you are on the hunt for a multi-tasking powder blush, this would have to be one of the best.

Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm


The compact looks small, until you realise how concentrated and pigmented this little lip and cheek colour is. The colour Holy is a gorgeous, wearable plum. The colour can be applied sheer or layered for a more intense affect. This is one of those brilliant colours that would suit almost any complexion.

I'm not usually one for darker colours - I prefer rose pinks, but this colour is so versatile I think it will be finding a permanent home in my makeup bag.

A light touch is required - lightly pat your finger a few times in the colour and dab across the apples of your cheeks just above the powder blush. I then blended out with the Alima Pure Blush Brush to create a lovely rosy colour. 


The texture is creamy and slightly sticky in the compact (the stickiness doesn't transfer to your skin). 

As a lip colour, it will stain your lips for a long-lasting colour - you can pop the compact in your purse for touch-ups, or pair with a lip gloss or balm.

Natural Almond Oil Mascara


I mentioned above that I already own the Waterproof Volumising Mascara by Ere Perez (review coming soon). It is great for when I want a more dramatic look, however, I had a space for a more natural effect mascara for day-time wear. 


The Ere Perez Mascara applied smoothly and evenly, separating the lashes without clumping or smudging. The formula isn't too wet as I have found some natural mascaras to be, holding a curl all day for long, natural lashes. I also didn't suffer from raccoon eyes (that irritating problem of smudging under your eyes or around the lash line!) or flaking. Not. Once. 


My lashes also stayed soft, even with two coats, as some mascaras can be prone to once dry. 

It didn't move so much so that I did need a little oil and a makeup wipe to fully remove it after cleansing.

Out of the natural mascaras I have tried, this would have to be my new favourite for everyday wear.



Wearing: Kjaer Weis Foundation in Silken, RMS Uncover Up #11, W3LL People Capitalist Brow Powder in #911, Pure Rice Powder Blush in My Blush, Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy, Ere Perez Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder, Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter in Falling Star, Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara in Black


Ere Perez Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder, Versatile Vanilla Highlighter & Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm
Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder

The powder again comes packaged in a simple, chic white mirrored compact that is light-weight and perfectly suited for touch-ups or travel. The Perfecting Powder also comes with a little cotton puff for touch-ups. 


Ere Perez recommend applying with a Kabuki Brush (My favourite is this one by W3LL People).

I tried it with the cotton puff included in the compact and found it far too heavy - for a translucent finishing/perfecting powder it provides excellent coverage. 

Using it with a kabuki brush, this powder really does perfect. Use a light hand if you are wearing a full coverage foundation such as Kjaer Weis - a little does go a very long way.

The colour is only lightly tinted, and it doesn't feel heavy or look caked onto your skin.

I have also used this following the RMS Uncover Up #11 all over as a light - medium foundation, to set the cream and provide that additional coverage, for a dewy finish.


I also applied this in place of an eye shadow all over my lid, and set under the eyes (this also helps prevent mascara smudging, especially when using cream products). 


Compared to the RMS Tinted Unpowder (full review coming soon), the Ere Perez Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder is more travel-friendly, and the coverage is heavier than the RMS. 

I almost would describe this as between a finishing powder and a light powder foundation. 

For liquid foundations, or if you have an oily skin type, I can see this being an excellent choice. 

Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint, Natural Almond Oil Mascara & Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm

Versatile Vanilla Highlighter


This highlighter is a light, creamy beige in colour. The texture is creamy and light - again a little goes a very long way. The highlighter is shimmery, without being glittery - providing a gorgeous, natural glow across the cheek bones, cupids bow, brow bone and bridge of nose. You can apply simply with your fingertips and blend out.
You can apply this lightly, for a more subtle, natural glow, or layer it on for a glamorous evening look.
The cream formula makes this fool-proof for highlighting newbies - if you over do it, simply pat it out with your fingertips until it is blended to the right amount.
The neutral colour will suit all skin tones, and for those with more bronzed complexions (or simply after a more bronzed look!), the Versatile Vanilla comes in Sun Halo.

What is your favorite product from Ere Perez? (or on your wishlist!) Let me know your thoughts below, and if you have any questions please ask away!



Kelsey xx
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How to Prep Your Skin

Saturday, October 17, 2015


I must admit that I didn't always bother to prepare my skin prior to applying my make-up; I would simply slap my foundation on to my skin, no matter what state it was in. Preparing the skin prior to applying your make-up ensures you have the best base possible to achieve the most flawless finish. 

As someone who likes to keep her routine simple and fuss free, my skin preparation is equally as simple. All you need is a facial oil, and warm water!

Starting with clean skin, press a warm/hot wash cloth to your skin - focus on each area for a few seconds before moving to the next. I start with my forehead, then cheeks and temples, and then nose and chin. You want your skin to feel damp - the way it does fresh out of a shower. Damp skin absorbs oil more quickly and it sinks deeper into the skin, hydrating it more effectively. 

Then, lightly pat skin dry (it doesn't have to be completely dry - remember we want it damp).
Apply 3-5 drops of your favourite facial oil; I use pure organic rosehip oil, as it hydrates skin, leaving it soft and plump. It is also high in Vitamin C and antioxidants - which helps combat blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles!

I also love the RMS Beauty Beauty Oil - a beautiful blend of skin-loving oils such a Jojoba, Rosehip, Buriti and many more. You only need 3-4 drops and it will give you a gorgeous glow. This bottle will last you months!


Massage into your skin (adjust amount for your skin type) remembering to take it down the décolletage. If you have any particularly dry patches, concentrate on those. 
Allow to sink in for a few minutes.

Your skin should feel soft and plump - if it still feels dry add another drop of oil, and if it feels at all oily you may be using too much. 

You could also use another pure oil blend, such as this one by Antipodes, which includes Avocado, Jojoba and again, Rosehip oils to really help boost your skin. Pure Argan Oil also does wonders for the skin and makes for a beautiful canvas (plus you can use it on your hair!) I like to alternate between this and the rosehip oil. 

My favourite part about pure oils is that they are beneficial for all skin types - yes, even oily or blemish-prone. Oily or blemish-prone types want to reach for oils high in Linoleic acid - think rosehip seed oil, hempseed oil (more than 55%) & argan oil (Argan Oil is high in both Linoleic and Oleic acid, making it a fairly balanced oil). 

Remember when choosing an oil quality matters. Choose an oil that is pure, certified organic, or cold-pressed (cold extracted or raw).

There! Your skin is now prepared and ready for the make-up application. 
This routine takes under 2mins and it makes the world of difference to your foundation finish. 

If you have any questions about facial oils, which types to choose or any tips about skin prep you'd like to share, please leave a comment below! 

Kelsey xx



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Delicious Homemade Granola

Friday, October 16, 2015


Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day, and whether it is or not, it is certainly the sleepiest. I like to have something small and light with my first cup of tea; I can't face a big meal right on waking but I need something to sustain my energy for the mornings' tasks.


It is usually fruit or something cold from the night before, but my favourite is this delicious granola. It is light, quick and easy to put together a bowl whilst my tea brews and kick-starts my appetite for the day until I have something more substantial later in the morning. 

This yummy granola is extra delicious topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries or raspberries - the soft, juicy sweetness of the berries goes well with the crunchy, nutty, honey-coconut mix. 

You can also sprinkle the granola on top of plain greek yogurt, drizzle with honey and top with extra coconut.

Makes about 8-10 cups
all measurements are metric

You will need:

Wet Ingredients
1/3 cup of raw honey
1/4 cup of maple syrup or rice malt syrup
1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of water

Dry Ingredients
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of celtic sea salt
3-4 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of pepita seeds
3/4 cup of nuts, chopped (pecan, walnut, cashew, almond of other of your choice)
1 - 1/2 cups of shredded coconut

Dried Fruit
1/2 cup of currants
1/4 cup of sultanas
1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of sour cherries
1/4 cup of chopped apricots (sun dried, sulphur free)

Method
Preheat the oven to 150°C.
Measure and combine the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Add 3 cups of the rolled oats and dry ingredients to the wet mixture and combine - a small spatula works excellently.

For the seeds, you can also add or substitute sesame, chia, or any other seed of your choice.
Only add the extra cup of rolled oats or more coconut if the mixture is too wet.
It should be crumbly, sticky, but well combined.

Spread the mixture onto a large baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake for approx 30 mins until golden brown, stirring every 10mins to ensure even baking.

Once baking is complete, add the dried fruit and combine.
Leave on the tray to cool.

The granola will keep in the refrigerator for approx 2-3wks.

Top with your fruit of choice and serve with milk.

Notes
You can also substitute the sugars for one or the other (ie all rice malt syrup or honey).
Most of the ingredients can be switched for anything from your pantry and you can adjust the rolled oat to coconut ratio to your taste. Sometimes I will do 2-3 cups of coconut, and only 2 cups of the oats.

If you have any questions about the recipe, or you try your own variation, leave a comment below, or head over to instagram to share your thoughts!

Kelsey xx



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Why Green Beauty Matters


Hello, welcome to Megsy-Jane's brand new website, and to a new chapter for MJ!


Those that are already friends know that Megsy-Jane is a hand-crafted accessories label - specialising in Flower Crowns for weddings, parties and events.

This new side to the brand focuses on something that I also have a great love for - beauty and health.

Here I will be writing about everything and anything related to natural, organic, non-toxic, green skincare and beauty, offering you alternatives to the mainstream brands, and showing you that green beauty works, and it is just as glamorous!

This is something that has become so second-nature to me - brands I am well familiar with, most people haven't even heard of and they can't be found in department stores.

I can hear you asking now - what is green beauty, and why does it matter?

Green Beauty is the all-encompassing term used to define make-up, skincare and body products that are natural, certified organic, eco-friendly, vegan, non-toxic, or any combination of those.

Green Beauty is not something that merely has 'natural', 'organic' or 'eco-friendly' slapped on the front of the label. Whilst it may be the pretty part, it really isn't the important one. The terms natural, organic and eco-friendly are thrown around so loosely these day that it can be difficult to determine what is and isn't truly natural/organic/non-toxic.

If you turn that bottle around, and look at the back label, you'll find an ingredient list that no doubt, you'll struggle to pronounce, let alone recognise, a single word on.

Green Beauty matters because all of those unrecognisable ingredients on that label are usually toxic synthetic chemicals - linked to hormone and endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, reproductive failure, infertility, neurological disorders and even cancer.

At the least, most of these products are leading to poor skin health (many products we use on our skin simply smother it, clogging pores and making any breakouts or problems worse), premature ageing (if the skin is not healthy, it will age at a faster rate), and messing with our hormones.

If you'd like to get started, head to the Resources and Websites We Love pages for further reading, or try the About if you'd like to know more about me & why I started.

So, join me, as I share with you wonderful new brands, recipes and everything that is beautiful.

If you're new to Megsy-Jane, green beauty, or even if you're an old friend, I'd love for you to share your thoughts below!


Kelsey xx



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