How to get perfect lips

Lipstick is by far the most iconic beauty product in my beauty case. Only perfumes can win lipsticks on the nostagia front. I still remember my first Christian Dior lipstick that my mom bought me when I was 14. It was a playful peachy coral with a subtle sheen to it. It came in a luxurious navy, cobalt and gold packaging that for me defined The Look of the 90’s. Following that universally flattering shade came the dark grungy statement shades of plum and Bordeaux, that evolved into glittery Lancome’s Juicy Tube marks on a 20 something’s glass of plonk, followed by balmy Clinique’s Chubby Sticks hastily applied without a mirror by a busy career girl in a full morning metro 51. The girl became a mum who got hooked on Carmex, she turned 40 and, inspired by Victoria Beckham, eventually found her long lost love to wearing lip liner and decided to make her lips a statement accessory once again, but this time in a more sophisticated understated way.

A couple of weeks ago I on Image visited independent Mary Kay beauty consultant Marika Malin in Pinjacker and got the best tips to achieve those perfect lips that add that extra personal touch to your image. Dry patches, colour fading or changing and colour bleeding outside your lips are the most common lipstick problems that I wanted to tackle. Marika of course had the solution for each problem and a few additional tricks in her sleeve.

The most common lipstick problems and how to fix them:
  1. Dry patches sadly show even more when you are wearing lipstick so the first thing you need to do is to scrub and nourish your lips before even thinking about adding any colour to them. Marika recommended a pampering Satin Lips® Set that consist of a shea sugar scrub and a shea butter balm. You can apply this 2-step treatment before bedtime but it works well on a hasty morning too as the routine takes only a few minutes.
  2.  A lip primer is the only fail proof way to help the colour stay true and not fade away before lunch time. TimeWise® Age-Fighting Lip Primer locks the colour on your lips and helps you look fabulous for longer.
  3. Multi-functional TimeWise® Age-Fighting Lip Primer actually makes my beloved lip liner obsolete. It helps to keep the colour anchored steady on your lips which is a must for achieving professional appearance. This product is ideal for people who want less fuss in their lives and/or lack a steady hand for applying lip liner. My own lips would still profit from the added definition of using a lip liner so Marika recommended me a chic everyday shade of Mary Kay Lip Liner, Light Nude.
After learning about the miracles of prep work it was time to add some colour on my lips. Marika showed me two wearable looks that I applied myself: One classic nude and one sexy matte pink. Which one you like better?

I lined my lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Light Nude. Then I painted them with Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Shell. For added dimension I dabbed a bit of Mary Kay NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Fancy Nancy in the middle of my lips. This look works for every single day and pretty much every single outfit.



Here I am wearing Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Powerful Pink. This is a fun-loving look that is still not too severe for the office. I can see this working really well for going out too.


You can shop the products featured in this blog here or visit Marika on Facebook

Here’s to your perfect lips!


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All I want for Christmas… Makeup Edition

In the end of November I had the pleasure to visit Mineralissima showroom and factory in Hoofddorp. I was welcomed by the founder of the company Finnish Kati van Riet who showed me around and told me her story as a beauty entrepreneur. She fell in love with mineral makeup in the US after noticing how well it suited her extremely sensitive skin. Returning from US she realized there was nothing similar available in The Netherlands and so she decided to start her own mineral makeup line Mineralissima in 2008. The business was first operating in her living room and eventually grew to cover wholesale along her popular web shop. She also has a few employees who make the products and ship the orders. The products are sold all over the Europe and her Facebook page Friends of Mineralissima has almost 7000 likes. Today all Mineralissima products are vegan and all ingredients are sourced from certified EU sources. All ingredients are also certified for not being tested on animals.

Kati showed me proudly her newly launched pressed mineral makeup products: foundations, blushes and eye shadows. I was very excited to get to try the next addition to her mineral makeup family: 2 shades of eye liner pencils, 4 shades of lip liners  and 3 shades of brow pencils. The pencils will be launched before Christmas and being tiny they of course make fantastic stocking fillers.

These were the products I tested. Clockwise from left: Pressed mineral blush in Beautifully Bare, pressed mineral foundation in Nellie, pressed mineral eye shadow in Vanilla Latte, mineral eye liner (coming soon!) and mineral lip liner (coming soon!)


1.Pressed mineral blush in Beautifully Bare
This blusher has an amazing amount of pigment so don’t be fooled by this paler than pale looking shade. I first mixed it up with one of the foundations. I love a pale a blusher as I tend to apply it always too generously and end up looking like an extra from Moulin Rouge the movie. This one gave my cheeks my desired fresh looking flush without being too obvious. A big plus for it not having any glitter in it as I can’t stand any glitz in my daytime blusher. All in all a beautiful everyday basic for pale blondes. Brunettes will look amazing in the darker shades.
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2. Pressed mineral foundation in Nellie
Finding a foundation that stays put all day long is a real challenge for me and I am a little obsessed about this topic. I loved Mineralissima loose mineral foundation (shade 2.0 for the winter and shade 2.75 for the summer) but the pressed version is thicker and stays on for longer. Go easy on the first layer to avoid looking cakey. You can then add another layer or two on areas that need more coverage. I also applied it gently under my eyes to cover the obvious signs of fatique. After the test I decided that maybe shade Nellie is a bit too dark for my pale December face so I onboarded a lighter shade Amelie. In the spring I will start mixing the two of them together until I have a bit of colour again. I always advice buying two shades of your favorite foundation and mix your own customized shade with the brush.
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3. Pressed mineral eye shadow in Vanilla Latte
This eye shadow has a beautiful rich texture and an elegant subtle sheen to it. A shade like this is a great everyday basic that combines well with the darker shades of the series. It has an incredible amount of pigment and competes in the same series with way more expensive products. A must-have in every beauty bag for all eye colours.
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4. Mineral eye liner in black
This is a wonderfully soft and creamy eye liner pencil that glides on easily for a defined gaze. It stayed neat for the whole day when used together with pressed mineral eye shadow mentioned above and pressed mineral foundation mentioned above as a base. I like multipurpose items and was delighted to hear that this pencil can also be used on the inner rims of your eyes for a sexy holiday party look. If you really want to make your eyes pop then also rim the upper inner rims of your eyes. It’s tricky but worth the effort. Makeup artists swear by this trick and no professional smoky eye is made without this addition. Get practicing your steady hand now.
Coming soon!

5. Mineral lip liner
This lip liner pencil has the same beautiful soft and creamy texture as the eye liner pencil above. I had forgotten this 90’s beauty essential for years and only started wearing a lip liner again after this summer inspired by Victoria Beckham who apparently swears by it. I bought recently many that were either too dry or too hard. I want my lip liner to be so soft that you could also colour the rest of your lips with it for amazing staying power. This definitely gets my vote and I am looking forward to get to wear the rest of the shades as well.
Coming soon!


At the moment Kati is dreaming about a scrumptious mineral lipstick collection. She has been browsing for a lipstick press to be able to add this beauty essential in her collection that will be launched in 2017. I can’t wait to get to try them on! I am also looking forward to see the brand new Mineralissima showroom opening in 2017. In the meantime you can get to the festive spirit at Mineralissima’s online Shopping Night on Friday 9th December 19:00-21:00 when you get 15% off all the products. They also do gift vouchers that are always a hit among makeup lovers. Tip your secret Santa off by sharing this article or leaving it casually in plain sight.

Life just suddenly got more beautiful!

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GUEST POST: Why should I use oil on my skin?

I on Image is delighted to welcome back our lovely guest beauty blogger Vivienne McAlister-Geertz, owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin who tells us about the benefits of using oil on your skin.

I get asked all the time by customers why they should use oil on their skin. Many customers are afraid that oil may cause blocked pores which could lead to pimples and acne while others believe oils should be avoided, like some fats in our diet, as they are bad for us. I want to highlight the importance of using oils on your skin by listing a few of their benefits. – Vivienne McAlister-Geertz

Photo credits Jeffrey Betts on

Photo credits Jeffrey Betts on

1. Oil reduces the amount of water and hydration lost through your skin

 Your skin will become dry and vulnerable when it loses both water and naturally-produced oils. If your skin isn’t kept hydrated with the use of oils, your body’s water will begin to escape more easily. As this water escapes the soaps and cleansers that you use will be more easily absorbed into your skin and will begin to strip out your skin’s naturally-produced oils. Gradually your skin will become more and more dry.  In the case of hands, they may begin to chap.  And in the case of other parts of your body, you will develop more and more wrinkles.

2. Oils cleanse your skin

 When it comes to oil “like dissolves like”. Especially in relation to oily skin-types, you can use oil which is rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients to dissolve oils that are produced by your body but which are clogging your pores and, in cases, causing acne. Most products designed for use on oily skin work on the premise that dirt and oil should be removed from clogged pores.  But by removing the oil, this can cause a negative spiral effect. However, the principle of “like dissolves like” or “oil dissolves oil” (known as the Dissolution Theory) can be used to dissolve oil and dirt which is lying deep inside the skin’s pores and clogging them, withdraw and remove dead skin cells, help remove bacteria from the skin, effectively remove makeup and sunscreen, and deliver anti-oxidants and nutrients to enhance the health of the skin

3. Oils have attributes which are beneficial to healthy skin

  • Base oils that are highly emollient soothe and soften your skin while others have regenerative properties which means they aid the daily renewal of the surface of the skin and, so, slow down the aging process. Others can be rich in essential fatty acids which maintain moisture, softness and elasticity in the skin which is particularly important for aging skin where essential fatty acids, naturally produced by the body, begin to decline. Others still can be high in anti-oxidants which protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals which can damage skin cells.  They can calm inflammation, improve skin health and rejuvenate its appearance, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by plumping up the skin.
  • Exotic oils are expensive as the methods of extraction are usually very labour intensive and it takes a lot of source product to create a small amount of oil. In particular, oils which are extracted using the CO2 extraction method are the purest and gentlest botanical extracts used in skincare.  Exotic oils are usually packed full of many of the beneficial properties already mentioned above in relation to base oils…and much, much more.
  • Essential oils are highly concentrated botanical extracts which carry many therapeutic properties such as antiseptic properties which can help in the treatment of skin disorders, stimulating properties which can help circulation; they can help suppress muscle spasms, aid skin regeneration, fight infections, act as natural deodorants, promote healing and encourage either stimulating or relaxing feelings.

About the author

Photo credits Dave Pelham Photography

Photo credits Dave Pelham Photography

My name is Vivienne McAlister-Geertz and I’m the owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin, a handmade skincare company. I believe that the size of your jeans doesn’t determine how beautiful you are; it’s the size of your heart, the strength of your determination, and the gentleness of your love. So, through Simply Skin, I take you on a personal adventure that will inspire you to step into a world of beautiful dreams and fantasies. I bring to the forefront, the honest unapologetic you. My dream is to encourage and guide you to love the woman you really are, with sincerity and authenticity. No more hiding and blending in with society’s expectations and norms. Celebrate, with pride, your individuality, your uniqueness and your natural beauty, for all women are truly beautiful.




GUEST POST: Delicious DIY Face Masks

Inspired by the very first rays of spring sunshine (and slightly shocked by the effects of one’s wine and chocolate egg diet on one’s face…) I on Image welcomes our second guest beauty blogger Nirit Yogev, owner of Pure Natural Cosmetics. With Nirit’s gentle guidance we make our own face masks with ingredients from our own kitchen cupboards. Bye bye puffy Easter face, welcome radiant healthy spring skin!


Cranberries are naturally rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and plenty of other antioxidants, which will keep your skin looking healthy. This power-packed berry also acts as a natural toner, and when combined with moisture-rich honey and yogurt, it creates a soothing mask.


  • 6-7 crushed cranberries (fresh, not canned!)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt


Combine all of the ingredients. Apply to a clean face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off gently with warm water.


This mask will detox your skin and really make sure that it is not puffy at all. This mask also helps replenish a lot of the lost moisture that your skin sustains. So, if you want to plump up your skin and make it look healthy, hydrated and oh-so-beautiful, this is the mask for you!



  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream


Blend all of the ingredients together, spread evenly over skin, and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. When you rinse it off, massage your face gently to exfoliate as well. If there’s any mask left over after you wash your face with it, add a bit of water to it and use it as a scrub for the backs of your arms and any other body part that could do with some smoothing.


This reduce redness face mask will help pull out the red in your face and leave it looking oh-so-pretty and fresh. All you need is some green tea, some yogurt, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar and finally some honey. Did you know that apple cider vinegar is amazing for you skin? It really helps to stabilize the pH in your skin.



  • 1.5 tablespoons dry instant oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Strong-brewed green tea


Blend the first 4 ingredients in a bowl, and add 3 tablespoons hot, strong green tea to the mixture. Stir regularly for a few minutes, adding tea as needed until you’ve created a thick paste. Apply it to your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe clean gently with a damp cloth. Rinse with cool-to-warm water, but do not use soap, and pat dry gently. Repeat twice a week for best results.

All photo credits Pure Natural Cosmetics

About the author:

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Welcome to the wonderful world of herbs, flowers and nature’s treasure that all combine in our hand made products. I would like to invite you to share my passion about healthy and aware life style! As the skin is the largest organ in your body and about 60% of what you put on it dissolve into your blood and organs, you should be able to trust the products you use . For that reason, we are committed to using only premium, responsible sourced natural ingredients. Hand made with the most pure and natural ingredients and without any chemicals or parabens. All the products can be custom made according to special allergies or requests. Made with love without harming animals or the environment.

GUEST POST: Healthy Winter Skin

On this crisp wintery Wednesday I on Image welcomes our first ever guest beauty blogger Vivienne McAlister-Geertz, owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin

When winter arrives we all want to keep the chill outside and the warmth inside. But that means we crank up our heat and this inevitably leads to dry skin. Whether you heat your home with oil, gas or electricity, the effect is the same. So how do you reduce the effects of winter and central heating on your skin? Read our guide below so you can enjoy healthy, happy skin throughout the cold winter days. –Vivienne McAlister-Geertz

Photo credits John Price at

Photo credits John Price at

So what does the cold winter weather do to your skin?

The winter weather strips your skin of its moisture and then sucks away the naturally-produced sebum (or oil) that your skin creates to keep your skin moisturised. Then when you turn on your central heating, it will begin to pull the moisture out of the air in your home, making it drier and this, in turn, pulls the moisture out of your skin. So it’s a double-whammy – both the winter weather outside and the central heating inside both draw moisture out of your skin. As your skin loses moisture, it becomes more and more dry and can begin to feel tight and itchy. To avoid your skin becoming damaged and prematurely aging you really need to turn the heat up on your skincare routine.

Adjust your cleansing and moisturising routine

Did you know that whilst a hot shower or bath may feel good when it’s cold outside, the hot water actually strips the oil away from your skin much more than lukewarm water? I recommend you turn down the heat a bit when you’re in the bathroom, especially when you’re washing your face and hands as they are exposed to the cold weather the most, and the skin on your face and hands is thinner than the skin elsewhere on your body.

Because your skin dries out more in winter you really need to up your game when it comes to moisturising and you may find that the moisturiser you use in spring and summer just won’t kick it in winter. I recommend using oil-based products such as body serum and facial serum to replenish the oil that is being stripped from your body. I also recommend using a body butter which is heavier than a moisturiser. When out shopping for a body butter, try to find one that does not contain water (you’ll see “Aqua” listed on the ingredients label if it contains water) as a true body butter should only consist of butters and oils. Always have an oil-based product like a body serum or facial serum close by when you cleanse your skin, for example near the bath, shower or at the sink, so you can apply it immediately after you wash.  Applying a moisturising product to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin.

And don’t forget about your feet. During winter your feet also need extra strong treatment so the lotion you use during summer just make not kick it. I recommend upgrading to a heavier moisturiser, like a foot butter, which is full of butters and oils. Remember to choose your moisturiser carefully. Avoid moisturisers which contain petroleum-based ingredients such as mineral oil or paraffin wax as these ingredients tend to dry out your skin even more.

Photo credits George Yanakiev at

Photo credits George Yanakiev at

Protect your skin

When you’re out and about, protect your skin from the winter elements by covering up and wearing gloves and scarves. By adding this extra layer of protection you reduce the amount of moisture being sucked from your skin. Apply sunscreen. Yes – sunscreen isn’t just for summer.  The winter sun, especially in combination with the reflection and glare from snow, can still damage your skin. I recommend you apply sunscreen to your face and other exposed areas such as your hands (if you don’t have gloves) approximately 30 minutes before going out and re-applying if you are staying out for long.

Avoid wearing socks and gloves that are damp or wet as this can irritate your skin or cause cracking and itching. And if you suffer from eczema, wet gloves and socks could cause a flare-up. If your facial skin is dry, avoid using harsh peels and masks that contain alcohol or are clay-based as these will strip the oil from your skin. Rather choose masks which are deeply hydrating and use them only occasionally.

Exfoliate, hydrate and sleep on it

Although regular weekly exfoliation should be part of our skincare routine, because we cover up more in winter and our skin isn’t on show so much, we tend to forget the importance of exfoliating our skin – out of sight, out of mind. We need to remember the reason for weekly exfoliation and that’s to help remove dead cells from the skin. If there are too many dead cells caught on the skin your winter moisturiser simply cannot penetrate through to do its job. Whilst it’s important to exfoliate your body each week, I recommend you pay particular attention to exposed areas of skin such as your face, hand and lips. I recommend using an exfoliating product which contains butters and oils meaning your product will exfoliate and moisturise. Immediately after exfoliating, don’t forget to generously slap on your winter moisturiser.

How many times have you heard someone tell you that you need to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and looking younger for longer? Well…. just because you drink plenty of water doesn’t mean you won’t have dry skin. According to dermatologist, Kenneth Bielinski, whilst the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from drinking fluids, the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water they consume. I recommend drinking plenty of water for your health, not just your skin. In winter we tend to not drink as much water as we turn more towards hot drinks like cocoa. Why not try some warm water with lemon juice in it for a lift?

As you already know, you need to crank up the amount of moisturiser you use in winter. But why not also let your moisturiser work for you while you sleep? On those areas that need that extra boost of moisturiser during winter, such as hands and feet, why not slap on some body butter on your hands and foot butter on your feet last thing at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

If you follow the tips in this guide and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy throughout the winter months, you’ll have less work to do to prepare your skin for the warmer spring weather. –Vivienne McAlister-Geertz


About the author

Vivienne McAlister-Geertz

Photo credits Dave Pelham Photography

My name is Vivienne McAlister-Geertz and I’m the owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin, a handmade skincare company. I believe that the size of your jeans doesn’t determine how beautiful you are; it’s the size of your heart, the strength of your determination, and the gentleness of your love. So, through Simply Skin, I take you on a personal adventure that will inspire you to step into a world of beautiful dreams and fantasies. I bring to the forefront, the honest unapologetic you. My dream is to encourage and guide you to love the woman you really are, with sincerity and authenticity. No more hiding and blending in with society’s expectations and norms. Celebrate, with pride, your individuality, your uniqueness and your natural beauty, for all women are truly beautiful.

Mobile Beautician making my mornings faster

I am an image consultant and a big boss lady at my own image consulting company I on Image. I coach people to represent their brightest side every single day so they can reach stellar career success. I teach them to communicate the right way, I help them to select a killer working wardrobe and advise them to carry it with grace, not to mention the numerous tips I give to people on how to enhance their professional image in general.

I am also a mother of two under school age children. Everyone who has been in the same position knows that the time you have for yourself in the morning is only a few minutes, if less. But I still want to look polished and ready to take over the world rather than being a hurried mess covered in toothpaste stains. Being a hot mess is cute and fun on TV but being one never gives a good first impression in the business world. If you don’t play the part, there is always someone who will.

Good grooming is one of the biggest time saving tricks one can ever invest in. When my second child was born I realized that for me finding the time to go to a salon would be a struggle so I was delighted to find Mobile Beautician Giedre Pankaite who comes to your home or to your office. After my first appointment with her I was posting photos of my gorgeous nails on Facebook and wondered where had she been all my life. Since then I have booked her regularly, and whenever I notice spending too much time worrying about my looks, I know it’s time for her to come over and swipe those worries away. Her signature look is always natural and healthy, in other words: perfect for a busy professional!

Pedicure by Mobile Beautician in process at my home. I am actually going through my emails as this is happening!

Pedicure by Mobile Beautician in process at my home. I am actually going through my emails as this is happening!

Nails are the one thing about you everyone will instantly notice so chewing them or showing up with a chipped polish is a big no-no. Normal nail polish can never keep up with my energetic family life so I have started to pay a little extra for a Shellac manicure. Giedre does absolutely the best Shellac in town! Mine has always stayed on for the promised two weeks, which 14 days of impeccable nails. Last time I asked her if nails always need to be polished and to my surprise she said no. “Bare nails are always in style, they just need to be shaped nicely or kept short, and buffed regularly.” She gave me an orange wood cuticle stick and advised to gently push the cuticles back on a regular basis. A good hand cream is also a must. Giedre uses cold creams from ALIVE Cosmetics. I love the romantic scent of the Three Roses one. No wonder manicures in general are her most asked service along massages!

My beautiful nude Shellac manicure by Mobile Beautician

My beautiful nude Shellac manicure by Mobile Beautician goes with every outfit and is suitable for most work related situations.

Despite the sandal season being officially over I also like to invest in an occasional pedicure because it always makes me feel great about myself. For people attending conferences, trade shows or otherwise always being on their feet, having a pedicure is a great way to say thank you to the feet that took you so far.

Shades of berry and wine are huge this season and experimenting with a bold colour on your toe nails is less intimidating than having it on the nails of your hands.

Shades of berry and wine are huge this season and experimenting with a bold colour on your toe nails is less intimidating than having it on the nails of your hands.

My brows and lashes are naturally very fair so I like to dye them. Giedre has a great talent for shaping my brows to a smart yet super natural arch and using just the right shade of greyish brown so that nobody actually knows I have had them done. Well, there goes my secret, but I find that shaped brows make you look instantly more refined and put together. I would never leave a house without a little bit of makeup and this grooming step saves me a nice amount of time in the morning.

My perfectly shaped brows by Mobile Beautician.

My perfectly shaped brows by Mobile Beautician.

When I was 14 my friend’s mum arranged a beauty evening for our lively girl gang at her friend’s beauty salon. The idea was great but many of her make up tips were too grown up and high maintenance for a school girl who loved grunge and literature. However, I was reminded about one of her best tips by Giedre when she mentioned face massages. According to Giedre face massages have a great impact on the blood circulation of the face and they can postpone, or even replace, the need for a cosmetic procedure. Now that is a promise I am very intrigued by!

Beauty bookings:

Have a great weekend!

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I on Image meets ALIVE Cosmetics

I know my special power is making lasting first impressions and armoring my clients with a smashing working wardrobe is a huge part of that skill. Lately I have been getting queries about beauty products so I thought I should make space for some beauty tips on my website. I am starting with care products because they are the foundation of your looks.

Words RAW and FRESH are huge in the food world right now and the trend has made me question a lot of my eating habits: How processing kills a lot of the good nutrients and how we can benefit from enjoying raw and fresh ingredients. If I want it from my food, why not live the same mantra with my cosmetics?

I had the pleasure to talk with Daiva Luksyte about her business and her fabulous raw cosmetics at ALIVE Cosmetics on a hot August day. Daiva has created a beautiful rustic atmosphere in her studio that is located just a few blocks away from Weesperplein in Amsterdam. Along her shop and webshop, her studio has treatment rooms for facials and massages. To my delight, Daiva told me that you can also book my long-time favorite beautician, Mobile Beautician Giedre Pankaite to treat you at ALIVE Cosmetics studio!


ALIVE Cosmetics is a platform for manufacturers of natural handmade cosmetics that are made from unrefined raw botanical materials. All products are handmade from the best bioactive ingredients in small exclusive batches. They contain no chemicals and therefore they can be used to address various skin problems, like acne or eczema. Just like all raw products, these too come with a shorter shelf life. So it’s good to buy something you really need and love so much that you want to use it every day! I was very lucky that I could test some fabulous ALIVE Cosmetics products. They were refreshingly different and lovely to use. I literally felt the almost magical artisanal expertise sink into my skin and felt through and through rejuvenated! These are my best picks for you.



Clockwise from top: 8. Elixir JASMINE, 2. Face wash JUNDA, 7. Raw mascara and 6. Exfoliator SAULÄ–


  1. Face cleanser BRĖKŠTA – I love the luxurious creamy, yet light, texture of this product. Unfortunately it was too rich for my combination skin but I could imagine it’s fabulous for dry skin types or for me during the winter when my skincare needs to work overtime. Big plus for doubling as eye makeup remover.
  2. Face wash JUNDA – This is an amazing product! My combination skin has never felt this deeply clean with a gentle home product. All makeup was gone and my skin felt soft and nourished. It went straight on my shopping list!
  3. Chamomile water for sensitive skin – I am known for praising face mists, I know, I am frivolous like that. I just love the refreshing mist landing on my tired face when I steal myself a little break on a busy day. This is an ideal product to keep it in your handbag and apply whenever you need a little refreshment. The chamomile scent is lovely and mild. Now I am curious to try the other flower waters too. Some people swear by spraying their pillow with lavendel water for sweetest dreams.
  4. Firming face cream for dry skin ŽEMYNA – Brilliant product! I could actually see my fatiqued face come back to life after I massaged this in. The scent is very different from classic firming face creams but I found it very pleasant. Daiva said she is crazy about the scent too. My pushing 40, sleep deprived, combination skin looked radiant and healthy after just one use.
  5. Hydrating body cream INDRAJA – This body cream has a very luxurious feel to it. It has a lovely light texture that feels super nourishing. It’s non-sticky and has a mild natural scent. You can just jump in your favorite dress right after applying without fearing the stains.
  6. Exfoliator SAULÄ– – This does a brilliant job scrubbing away the dead skin cells that make me look dull and tired. My face felt baby soft after just one use and the massage improved the appearance of my skin tone immediately. Great combo with Firming face cream for dry skin Ĺ˝EMYNA. This went on my shopping list right away!
  7. Raw mascara –This product promises “No Clumping, No Flaking, No Smudging” and to a hardcore mascara fan like me it’s an intriguing promise! It has a nice deep black shade and a decent medium size brush. Applying it requires a bit steady hand and I end up making a little mess in a hurry. But just as promised, it does not clump and glides nicely on the lashes. I need 2-3 layers to get a desired look but once it’s on, it stays neat the whole day without flaking or smudging. This finds a place in my makeup bag!
  8. Elixir JASMINE – Using this is pure luxury. I massage a few drops on my face in the evening for sweet and beautiful dreams. I love the scent of jasmines and even more the idea of using something that makes you feel like a queen.

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Enjoy your new beautiful week!

I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail