Vegane Lippen muss man küssen (können) – Vegane Lippenpflege und Lippenstifte, Review

Vegan-sein ist nicht schwer. Das ist mein Statement nach mehr als 6 veganen Jahren. *

Essen kochen, Essen gehen, Essen kaufen – alles kein Problem für mich. Ja, wir Menschen sind Gewohnheitstiere, und nach einem so langen Zeitraum muss ich dabei nicht zweimal nachdenken.

Wo ich aber manchmal mit mir hadere, stundenlang nach veganen Produkten suche und dann oft unzufrieden und frustriert aufgebe, das ist beim veganen Make-Up bzw. Beauty-Produkten.

Hier also ein absoluter Girlie-Post zu meiner odyssee-esken Suche nach veganen Lippenpflegestiften, die auch optisch was her machen.

Being vegan is not hard. This is my statement after more than 6 years of being vegan. *

Cooking food, eating out or buying groceries – not a problem at all for me. Us people are all about habits, and after such a long period of time I don’t ever have to think twice in these situations.

However, I do struggle with finding makeup and beauty-products in general that are vegan and and often find myself rather frustrated. 

Therefore, here’s an absolutely girlie-post on finding vegan lipsticks and lipcare-products that also look pretty.

*Wenn ihr zu diesem Thema lieber ein Video hättet, hinterlasst mir einen Kommentar!

*If you’d prefer a video on this topic, leave me a comment!

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Eigentlich hätte es ein schöner Shopping-Trip werden sollen: ich hatte zum Geburtstag Gutscheine für ein großes Einkaufszentrum bekommen und wollte mir einen schönen, getönten Lippenpflegestift kaufen. Also ab in den DM und losgestöbert!

Schön soll er sein, meine geschundenen, trockenen Lippen wieder weich zaubern und ja – vegan soll er auch sein. Nach einer Stunde habe ich aufgegeben. JEDER Lippenpflegestift im Geschäft, der einigermaßen was hermacht (auch die von Alverde und Lavera), enthielt Bienenwachs. Also nicht vegan. Schön blöd.

Kurz hab ich überlegt, ob ich die Zutat “Bienenwachs” nicht einfach ignoriere… aber nein, in meinem Kopf hat die kleine Stimme nicht aufgehört “Heuchlerin” zu flüstern. Leise, aber durchaus penetrant.

Sehr frustriert und grantig habe ich dann noch ein paar andere Geschäfte im Einkaufszentrum durchforstet, jedoch ohne Erfolg. Mein Freund hat sich bei meiner Heimkunft bestimmt über meine sonnige Laune gefreut! (Achtung, Sarkasmus!)

It was supposed to be a nice shopping-trip. I got vouchers for a shoppingmall and all was set to get a nice, toned lipbalm. So I started to storm our local DM and started looking!

It should look nice, make my extremely chapped lips smooth again and yes -it should be vegan! After about 1 hour I gave up. Every single lipbalm in the store, that looked remotely wearable, contained beeswax – so, not vegan. Even the ones from Alverde and Lavera. SO not cool.

For a minute I thought about ignoring the little ingredient “beeswax” and buy the non-vegan products anyway… but that little voice inside my head didn’t stop whispering “hypocrite” – low, but quite persistent.

Very much frustrated and annoyed I searched a couple of other stores in the mall for a vegan lipbalm, but no luck. I’m sure my boyfriend was so happy to have me come back in a sunny mood like the one I had when returning home (caution, sarcasm!).

Nach eine kurzen Cool-Off-Periode habe ich beschlossen, dass ich so sicher nicht aufgebe. Nicht mit mir, meine Lieben, ich finde einen hübschen veganen Lippenstift!

Mir blieb also nur eines: Online-Shopping. Ganz gefährlich, ich empfehle einen engen Kreditkartenrahmen.

After a short cool-off-period I decided not to give up like that. Not this girl, people, I will find that pretty, vegan lipbalm!

I was left with only one option: online-shopping. Verrrry dangerous business, I’m telling you. I recommend lowering your creditcard-limit. 

Im Online-Shop von Ecco Verde wurde ich schließlich fündig und habe drauf losbestellt. Die Ergebnisse meines Kaufrausches seht ihr nun hier.

I finally got lucky with the online shop Ecco Verde and started ordering like a crazy person. So, I now proudly present the results of my shopping-splurge.

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Mein Packerl von Ecco Verde

Packerl-Bekommen ist doch wie Weihnachten. Folgendes habe ich bestellt:

Getting packages always feels like christmas. Here’s what I got:

Außerdem, obwohl keine Lippenprodukte (die Onlinekaufsucht hat zugeschlagen!):

I also got a couple of non-lip-related products (blame the online shopping addiction!):

Um nun einen schönen, echten und ungeschminkten (pun intended) Review zu schreiben, bekommt ihr hier ein unbearbeitetes Bild meiner Lippen, einmal ohne alles:

To give you a real review I give you an unedited picture of my lips without product:

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Meine nackten, geschundenen Lippen

Ich glaube, nun ist klar, warum ich dringend eine Lippenpflege brauche, oder? 😉

Auch alle Fotos mit den neuen Pflegeprodukten sind unbearbeitet, damit dieser Review möglichst echt und hilfreich ist.

By now it’s gotta be pretty much clear that I’m in desperate need for some lip care, right? 😉

All other, following pictures are also unedited, so you get a review that’s as true and helpful as possible.

Lavera BEAUTY & CARE Nude Lippenbalsam

Nude wollte ich sowieso immer mal ausprobieren, das Ding war im Abverkauf und vollkommen vegan. Also los.

Always wanted to try the nude-thing, this one was on sale and 100 % vegan. So, go!

Kostenpunkt: 1,74 Euro im Abverkauf bei  Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Kann etwas seidig riechen? So würde ich es beschreiben.

Gefühl: Sehr “schminkig”. Man fühlt eindeutig, was auf den Lippen zu haben.

Price: 1,74 Euro on sale on Ecco Verde.

Smell: Can something smell silky? That’s how I’d describe it.

Feeling: Kind of make-up-y. You definitely feel that there’s something on your lips.

Fazit: Mir ist er fast zu Glitzer, ich hätte wohl auf das Wort “Matt” achten sollen. Trotzdem, wenn man wenig aufträgt, doch sehr alltagstauglich. Wäre vielleicht nicht meine erste Wahl, aber trotzdem nicht schlecht zu haben! 🙂

Overall: It’s almost too sparkly for my tastes, I probably should have looked for the word “matte”. Still, if you apply only a little bit it’s ok for a cute day-look. Not my first choice, probably, but still good to have around! 🙂

Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm

Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm
Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm

Kostenpunkt: 5,99 Euro bei Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Ich LIEBE Zimt. Also musste der einfach sein. Ich hatte vor ein paar Jahren aus der selben Serie den Stift namens “Chai Latte” (ich liebe auch Chai Latte), was mir aber auf den Lippen irgendwie zu penetrant und intensiv war. Dieser hier passt mir aber sehr gut, er ist viel dezenter und bereits alltagserprobt.

Gefühl: Super weich, leicht und unaufdringlich.

Price: 5,99 Euro on Ecco Verde.

SmellI worship cinnamon. I had to get this one. A couple of years ago I had another lip bald from this collection called “Chai Latte” (I also love Chai Latte), which was a little bit much for having it on my lips. But this one is really nice and subtle and I wore it on several occasions already.

Feeling: Really smooth, light and subtle.

Fazit: Glücksgriff, würde ich auf jeden Fall empfehlen. Sehr angenehm, wirklich pflegend und ein ganz leichter Rot-Anstrich ohne Glitzer.

Overall: I got lucky and would definitively recommend it. Really pleasant feeling, does smooth the lips and dips them a nice, subtle shade of red.

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm
Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Kostenpunkt: 5,99 Euro bei Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Ja, ich liebe auch Vanille. Vanille & Zimt – himmlisch! Der Geruch ist auch in dieser Variante schön dezent und angenehm für das Näschen.

Gefühl: Wie sein Bruder: Super weich, leicht und unaufdringlich.

Price: 5,99 Euro on Ecco Verde.

SmellYes, I also adore vanilla. Vanilla and cinnamon – a dream come true! The smell of this one is also really subtle and pleasant.

Feeling: Just like his brother: Really smooth, light and subtle.

Fazit: Auch diesen Kollegen kann ich empfehlen! Farblich noch dezenter als ‘Cinnamon’ und wieder ohne Schnickschnack. ❤

Overall: Also a clear recommendation! Color-wise its even more subtle than ‘Cinnamon’ and comes without any bling-bling. ❤

Everyday Minerals Tinted Lipbalm – Blissful (Soft Pink)

Everyday Minerals Blissful Tinted Lip Balm
Everyday Minerals Blissful Tinted Lip Balm

Kostenpunkt: 8,99 Euro bei Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Sehr fruchtig!

Gefühl: Samtig aber etwas “schminkiger” als die von Hurraw.

Price: 8,99 Euro on Ecco Verde.

Smell: Very fruity!

Feeling: Very velvety but more “make-up-y” than those from Hurraw.

Fazit: Wenn’s mal etwas mehr Glamour und trotzdem kein klassischer Lippenstift sein soll, immer her damit! Sehr schöner Farbton, fast schon metallisch.

Overall: Perfects for the occasions that require a little more glamour without being over the top. A very pretty shade, almost metallic. 

Soviel also zu meiner Ausbeute!

Habt ihr andere, tolle vegane Lippenprodukte, die ihr empfehlen könnt? Immer her damit und rein in die Kommentare!

Ich freu’ mich.

Bis zum nächsten Kaufrausch,

eure S.

That’s it with my lip-haul! 

Do you use any other, great vegan lip products, that you can recommend? Leave them in the comments! I’d love to get your opinion and your personal favourites.

So long,

yours, S.

*Alle Fotos wurden von mir mit der Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII aufgenommen. Dieser Beitrag wurde nicht gesponsert, er enthält lediglich meine eigene Meinung. All pictures captured with the Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII. This post was not sponsored, it displays solely my own opinion.

 

“Trust the timing of your life”

I guess that mantra leads to calmness and therefore a happy being. That mantra says it all. That mantra is so hard.

 

Or at least for me it is.

You know, even though I’m quite the creative girl I really do love having a plan. Creating a roadmap and sticking to it. Writing a list in pretty typo. Following through my clever steps one after another. Doing that tick gives me a kick, y’a know what I’m saying? 😉

All in all, I really like having a plan. Yes, as pathetic as it may be, it comforts me. I like feeling safe – does that make me weak? Does it make me un-fun? I truly don’t know. Does it make me unhappy? In the long run, paired with my natural stubbornness and ambition, it sure does. 

Up to this point of my life I had it all figured out. Yes, all in rough sketches, but I had that. But from december on there is a total blank. New land. Exciting! So why the heck am I most of the time only afraid? 

I have absolutely zero clue on what I’m gonna do for a living, where I’m gonna live and where the road will lead me. Man, I think what I’m most afraid of is if I can be sure that there even IS a road?!

 

My already prolonged internship will be over in december and my study-plans didn’t work out (yay waiting list!). My apartment-deal will probably be over and I simply don’t know what I’m gonna do with my life for the rest of my life (I know that sounds oh-so-dramatic, but I’m being honest here!)

I’m really trying to trust though. To trust that there is a path laid out for me, that opportunities will present themselves and that I won’t be too stupid to realise and take them. I’m trying to be less afraid that I’ll mess things up. I really fight to be fearless and just live by the breath. I want to live for the sake of living. I want to be able to earn enough to have a life where I can spend time with my people and not have to worry about the rent and food not being paid. I want a job where I don’t just do my duty but thrive. I want my work to be challenging and I want it to mean something.

 

But most of all I just wanna stop worrying so much and live right now. I want to trust the timing of my life. I want to appreciate what I have and who I know right now. I don’t wanna let it all pass me by while being anxious about the future. 

 

I have to trust that I am getting there. Not the “Wow, she really achieved something”-there, but that state of mind. I wanna stop defining myself by counting my failures against my scores. I want to just be. And I am! I think I am.

Btw, my anxiety/heartrace-attacks have completely stopped. I work fewer hours now and my work environment changed a bit – I actually like being at work and am happy there. I am completely different at work than I was a couple of months ago.

 

I started working out in a fitness-studio for real (couldn’t afford the yoga cuz of the fewer hours aka money) and am now training 3-4 times a week. I love realising how my strength and endurance is improving. I love the way it makes my head feel. I like feeling connected to my body, not only imprisoned by my own mind. 

 

So here’s to living. Here’s to finding where you need to be is exactly where you are. Here’s to trusting that you’ll never get lost. Here’s to giving yourself the benefit of the doubt. Here’s to trusting the timing of your life!

 

Namasté,

S.

 

…and summer is easy

 

 

good morning, dear blogosphere!

i just woke up to see that the weather has finally cooled down a little. I’ve never welcomed clouds & rain more I think.

this is gonna be a picture-heavy post, demonstrating the essence of most of my days right now!

cuz summer is easy, and so is this post.

 

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wakey wakey, workerbees! my mornings usually start with a vanilla-soy-latte and a mail-checking session outside. this kinda gets my head working & i make sure i set my goals and appointments for the day. mmh i want this latte right now!

 

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 after this, i’d probably get going with a short & intense workout session, preferably in the garden. i’m talking squats, push-ups, several crunch-variations, some ballet leg moves. but this depends on my mood!

after the workout i’d go take a nice, short shower and then reach for brekkie. usually, this is fresh, ripe fruit or, if i can afford it, a delicious smoothie/OJ like this. yup, i’d down this in about 4 minutes! 😉

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with this stuff in my tummy i’ then, at the moment, start one of these two things: a.) study for the next exams or b.) continue my internship-hunt! yes, i’m searching for a place to intern in. this means lots of researching, writing & updating CVs, composing cover letters and so on. oh, and praying for a nice place, of course!

 

so when this “productive work phase” is done what i do really depends on various factors. usually i do something like the following:

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have a skype date with my friend in Canada while holding my doggie-girl. harder than you think!

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go to a music festival or somewhere else, as long as it’s outside! this pic was a small, chilled festival in a large apple garden.

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…enjoy the sun, the company, the music…

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or, get to the city to buy supplies (for my tummy). wanted to show u my fruit-shirt!;)

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or spend some quality time /w the boyfriend. i just love these bracelets we got! be sure to visit etsy for stuff like these!

so then, when the evening has arrived, i’d probably go out with friends for some drinks or a movie. but if money’s short (like just now), i’d rather stay in. my fav staying in option is hanging at my boyfriend’s with my doggie:

 

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 chill! 🙂

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so, this is how a lot of my days currently look like.

now, i should get going with my workout and studying session! 🙂

wish you the best day!

 

xoxo, s.

metamorphosis

i think i have seriously abandoned this blog.

how long has it been?

i cannot really give reason to my absence from the blogosphere, really. I can only say that once you start to let go, due to stress or too many other things on your mind, you really start to let it slip away for good.

i can’t even remember the last time i posted something here! but:

let a new chapter begin today.

i can’t promise i will post regularly, in fact i can’t even tell you the exact direction this blog will be heading towards.

all i can say is that i’ve chosen to bring this baby back to life and to using it as a valve for my inner life. i can however tell you that the focus here will be shifted a little away from the foodie-world. of course, in case i come up with some seriously delicious recipe i will not keep it from you, but i generally plan on writing about more that tasty vegan food from now on!

same same but different?

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here’s a little recap on what has changed in my life:

well well. my fourth semester of Business Consultancy International has just ended and the summer break is on right now. the weather here however is veeeeery not summer-ish. yet. some days its freezing and i’m wearing my boots (!!!), the next day i’m melting in my shorts! heck.

my boyfriend & his family moved right next to my parents’ house! strange, you say? i thought so too. especially since I do NOT live there anymore!

but some time has passed now and I have to admit it’s quite convenient. i have the most important people right there living in the same street!

my mom adopted the cutest little miss doggy a few months ago. her name’s Mindy and she’s more than adorable! a little bundle of fluff, always excited and so much in love with her humans:)
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(right now, our haircolors are almost matching!)

Mindy is quite little and very affectionate! she will never miss a chance to hop onto my lap:

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about the band: we’ve been playing a good number of shows within the last year but right now we decided to cut back with live shows. we are focusing on recording our first album this summer and there is a lot to be done.

also, we shot our first music video some time ago. it’s currently in post-production cuz i’m gonna be doing stuff in a computer-created phantasy world! (yup, i’m excited. patience is not my strongest trait.)

we also have our own website now! i did some pencil & paper illustrations & hand-wrote the lyrics, so be sure to stop by and check it out here (click on “Lyrics” to see the drawings and words!).

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(screenshot from the upcoming music video!)

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(on-stage make-up)

oooh, and did you know about the tattoos I got?

here’s the two little ones, the picture was taken right after getting them done. the X is an ancient, african symbol for freedom, emancipation & independence.

the tiny “V” stands for vegan.

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this is the third tat i call my own. i had it done on my 20th birthday. it’s simply a leaf and i cannot tell you what it means exactly. the idea of a leaf simply came to my mind one day in class and so i started drawing. the tattoo artist really did an excellent job here and i still smile every time i see it on my arm!

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(real tattoo vs. my sketch)

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(strange pic, i know, but just so you see where exactly it is!)

so, that would be some of the news i can offer you.

i’m looking forward to spending more time here writing and excited about finding out about which direction this blog is headed to.

as said, from time to time i’ll just need to get some stuff off my mind and therefore will possibly write about it here.

 

right now, i just came home from a little get together with friends in honor of my best friend. she is leaving for one and a half months, so almost all of summer without her! 😦

she’ll be staying in Canada this time and i can tell you i will miss her a LOT. during regular university times we can’t spend much time together and i miss her a lot already when she’s in the country. so now i’ve been looking forward to spending time with her during the summer break…

she’ll have a blast in Canada, i’m sure of it, and therefore i’m happy for her, of course. but for selfish reasons i’m also sad she’s not with me. sometimes i’m just feeling like a three-year-old.

 

i think i should call it a day for this post, or should i just say “call it a post”? it’s almost 11 PM here and i have an Oh, I Taste The Queen show at 1 AM. yes, i said 1 AM.

this means i need to start making my hair look like a bird’s nest and have quite some face painting to do. these dots aren’t gonna draw themselves!

 

if you’re reading this it makes me happy. so thank you! ♥

i will update the about me page within the next days, too.

 

so long,

s.

sneak peak

 

hey!

 

what am i up next to?

there’s pretty much going on right now!

i’m writing time-tables, schedules & to do lists to manage everything i need/want to do, but you get some pics, directly addressed to your curiosity! 🙂

 

1.) savoury sandwich

 

 

 

2.) sweet sandwich!

 

 

 

 

 

 

oh, and 3.) working on an advanced version of these cuties:

here’s a hint: it’s all about the PROTEIN! 🙂

read me soon!

yours, s.

 


 

Mein erster Post!

Hallihallo LeserIn!

Ich werde genau hier ab und an posten:)         

Näheres über mich und diesen blog ist in den einzelnen kategorien, die auf dem horizontalen balken ganz oben zu sehen sind, zu finden.

Ich hoffe, der blog wird gerne gelesen und kann unterhalten, informieren, erklären, inspirieren oder sonst wie bereichern:)

Also dann, auf gehts!

 

xoxo

S.