Projection LA Inspired

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Today’s post is not about countless words. It is about countless pictures of Projection LA art project by Vincent Lamouroux. Also about what I love to wear (and drink) these days. But also about how Projection LA inspired me to break the whole neutral theme of TLV Birdie Blog and bring on some fresh air. It is probably one of a kind moment, so I even documented it in my hand embroidery sketch of those g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s white palms. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind to live in a whole city painted white. Digg in.

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Urban Outfitters oversized cream top || H&M blush pink crochet shorts || Forever21 espadrilles (also seen here) || handmade crochet purse || ZeroUV oversized nude sunglasses*


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Gardening session, R.L. Linden skincare collection and slow living atmosphere

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Taking it slow is a key. You start to realize what is important, what works best for you, what you should focus on in your life. Slow living leads to a harmony – with your inner self, outside world, other human beings and yes, your reflection in a mirror. I strongly believe in this and trying to keep up with this mantra. And I am over the moon that so many of you join me on this life-long travel, so many of you leave your sincere comments and share your stories. I couldn’t be more grateful for the fact that my words, my discoveries and personal opinions find reflection in all of you!

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All of this, for sure, inspires me to continue finding the best of the best natural, green and clean beauty brands and introducing them to you right here, on TLV Birdie Blog. Latest skincare discovery of mine inspires me a lot – R.L.Linden & Co. This Denver, CO based company of two amazing women live and create their eco-beauty skin potions up to the highest standards. You’ll meet only raw, organic and plant-based ingredients in their skincare products, you’ll see them packaged in eco-friendly protective glass bottles, you’ll know that most of their products are vegan-friendly and all of them are never tested on animals. Besides an extremely well coordinated skincare line, R.L.Linden also offer beauty tea blends. That’s another story though, now let’s take it slowly into R.L. Linden skincare introduction!

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Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist is a hydrating facial toner based on Colorado spring water with an infusion of gorgeous ingredients like Neroli, Jojoba, Rose. It also includes Calendula, that is natural antiseptic and calming skin source. Perfect go-to toner, two spritzes are enough to cover the whole face. The most fascinating thing about this toner is it’s mind blowing floral scent that is able to raise up your mood in seconds. Works as great on the anti-anxiety purposes as a thousand roses bouquet, but the choice is yours! Just a hint, this would serve longer and will directly affect your skin condition in the most positive way.

Among ingredients: Colorado Spring Water, Hydrosols of Neroli, Honeysuckle and Rose, Organic Extracts of Rose and Calendula, Organic Jojoba Oil, A Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils (including Neroli and Jasmine), Natural Preservative Derived from Aspen Tree Bark and A Proprietary Blend of Flower Essences (including Pretty Face and Morning Glory).

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Talking about roses, this La Balma Rosa is a healing balm based on organic and natural oils with extra moisturizing effect (Coconut, Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Avocado). It has a wonderful rose scent and even more beautiful peach rose color. First time I’ve opened the jar, it was a love at first sight. Then, I’ve tried it on my lips, and fell in love with it again. It has such a gentle, non-sticky texture that adds both moisture, lovely shine and truly feminine feeling once applied on the lips. Oh yes, it is meant to be on the lips, but you can discover another purposes as well (like with any natural balm!), for example dry cuticles, elbows or other patches that need extra care. I am saving this beauty for the lips though!

Among ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Cold Pressed Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil (infused with wildcrafted Alkanet Root), Cold Pressed Avocado Oil and a Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils (including Bulgarian Rose).

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Calling it a day is also a crucial skin care step that lots of us tend to hurry up with and sometimes it catches us back in the most unpleasant skin punishments. You know what I mean, we’ve all been there. It’s not that hard to learn how to make it right, remove all the makeup and go to bed with a clean, pure face. Oils can help a lot! Your Eyes Only is a very gentle makeup remover that performs nicely as a part of oil cleansing process (you’ll only need warm water and a cotton cloth). It can be used on the whole face and followed by your favorite cleanser, however it contains coconut oil and some of us (like yours truly) are sensitive to it. But! I’ve found a way that works for me with this makeup remover and it’s pretty obvious – I use it for my eyes only! Nothing tricky. Applied on a cotton pad (one spritz is enough) it thoughtfully removes eye makeup and leaves the lashes where they suppose to be. Natural simplicity!

Among ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil and Essential Oil of Bourbon Vanilla.

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This is my total favorite – The Bee Charmer. I love honey, good chocolate dessert and skin rituals! This is a 3 in 1 for me – refining cacao honey cleanser. Less calories, same pleasure:) This little darling works as a mild natural exfoliant, antioxidants supplier and purifying agent. The smell is simply divine! To make a pleasure last longer, it is also possible to use this cleanser as a treatment mask. Just leave it for about 10-15 mins, massage and rinse with lukewarm water. Perfect for dry and combination skin owners!

Among ingredients: Raw Honey, Ritual Chocolate (Organic Cacao, Organic Cane Sugar), White Kaolin Clay, Organic Cacao Extract, Poppy Seeds, A Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils (Including Bourbon Vanilla and Bulgarian Rose) and Flower Essences (Including Arnica and Buttercup).





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Physicians Formula makeup overview

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So as you all know, the whole makeup thing got me really curious. And the more natural-oriented – the better. However, my cosmetics bag is not limited to green beauty products only and I tend to give a chance to some well known and mass market makeup brands as well. With that being said, out of curiosity (and out of face powder options!) I’ve picked some Physicians Formula makeup items from my local drugstore to test out and to form my opinion on those. Let’s see what we got here!

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I’ve picked two tones of Powder Palette Multi-colored Face Powder to try – “Buff” (on the left) and “Beige” (on the right). It took me quite an effort to stop on these two, as the choice of powder variations and different shades is really impressive! “Buff” perfectly fits my current skin tone, and “Beige” will wait a bit for the summer. This powder gives me a light decent coverage. It comes with a nice little puff, but I prefer to apply it with my kabuki brush. I like it’s ability to blend and even out the skin tone without adding an extra pound feeling to my face. It claims to be hypoallergenic, oil-free and non-comedogenic. I must say, I haven’t noticed any bad skin behavior so far, so I definitely considering to re-purchase the Buff tone once it’s done. Perfect over BB-cream.

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The same hard choice moment happened to me over Physicians Formula mascaras section, they have more than 10 different mascaras to offer and they all seem quite interesting to try! I’ve got Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara, the packaging won. I am from that lucky gals category who relate to sensitive eyes concerns, constant contact lenses wearers and in addition to all of that, thin lashes owners. 3 in 1, huh. Finding a right mascara for me is a process, and I’ve found quite a few that work great for me, like my recent discovery – Antonym Cosmetics Lola Lashes mascara (love love love it!). But as you know, all the good things come to an end and it’s nice to have a backup. This one from Physicians Formula made me very glad, and my eyes too. It defines the lashes beautifully and adds significant volume and length. No notable clumps were noticed so far. I want to try their CC Curl + Cure mascara next!

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Somehow these Concealer Twins jumped into my shopping basket too. Well, they’ve probably had a well planned scheme with my under-eye dark circles, little bastards. It’s all for my best, I assume, so we shaked hands on that. Yellow color targets the under-eye circles and other bluish spots (if you mysteriously happen to have those), green one aims to take care of blemishes, scars and post-acne spots. This concealer has a nice liquid (not too sick!) texture, but it can be easy to over-do with. When using it, make sure you apply the tiniest amount of the product – it will be enough, the coverage is pretty solid! Fits the fair to light skin tone just right.



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Natural Makeup Guide 101 – Antonym Cosmetics

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It took me some time to put all this beauty together, but in the light of “It’s all about MAKEUP” current link party that is happening over my little Green Beauty Bloggers Community, I am so glad to introduce you today to Antonym Natural Makeup Guide. I’ve been in a full swoon over the absolutely stunning earthy packaging for a while, but believe me, the EcoCert certified natural makeup goodies that are hiding inside are beyond any comparison! To be completely honest, I never thought I would have this kind of relationship with makeup… And here I am now, writing this love letter to Antonym cosmetics that completely stole a part of my heart.

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Antonym got 2 different variations of their beautiful Quattro eyeshadowNoisette (warm brown shades) and Croisette (essential colors including pinkish salmon and dark charcoal). I got lucky enough to test Noisette which I find as a brilliant day-to-day color palette of 4 complementing each other tones – Pale Gold (light, warm shimmer), Copper (really gorgeous dark gold shine), Pearl Brown and Matte Brown. Double-sided tiny vegan brush is also included in the set. I love creating the combined look of Pale Gold as a highlighter in the inner corner, Copper on the eye lid and contouring with Matte Brown. Separately, they work pretty cool too! Wet application of Matte Brown, by the way, can create a real statement! Suitable for sensitive skin, as it’s formula is 99,6% natural.

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I love playing with this 100% natural Lipstick Pencil by Antonym, I have it in “Pinkish” shade that is a little bit shimmery and more like dark pink – coral. It looks very gentle on the lips, definitely adds a feminine touch, lasts fairly long and, most important for me, doesn’t make my lips feel dry. Moisturizing formula contains Sunflower oil, Shea butter and a potion of vitamins C and E. With that being said, it glides very smoothly and makes application quick, easy and accurate. Currently eyeing the “Naturelle” shade as well, that is more brownish and a little less girly.

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I am a huge fan of baked textures and I was really happy to discover that Antonym has their Baked Powder Foundation in 4 shades. I went with “Medium Beige”, that is my absolute go-to these days. It makes me look like I am actually living in Los Angeles and having time to go to the beach. Which is a total lie, as sometimes I don’t even notice that I sat the whole day in my studio and hadn’t got a chance to go outside. Freelance life, that’s what it is. And I am happy I got little helpers that make me look fresh no matter what! I am applying this foundation real quick on the top of my BB cream (it seems like I’ve found the one and I am going to cover it in one of my next posts) using my kabuki brush so it lays down very gently for a light yet steady coverage and adapts to my skin tone. It is 99% natural, and 100% outstanding!

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Another baked color touch for the cheeks comes from Antonym Baked Blush that I tried in “Copper”. I am really amazed by how easily it blends on the skin and adds just the right amount of warm, sun-kissed glow. I can already see how perfect it will look in summer on slightly tanned, bare face! True masterpiece – just look at this gorgeous blush, looking like a Baked Earth, sitting in it’s precious wooden container with a little mirror inside. I use Antonym Blush Brush (on the right) to apply the blush, it’s soft bristles spread the product smoothly and one light touch is enough to add some radiance to the cheeks.

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Speaking of brushes, Antonym got a full collection of 20 vegan makeup brushes that I guess every makeup artist (not to mention makeup amateurs like me!) would love to own! Those wooden handles are so beautiful, and as you may understand, totally my cup of tea! I’ve been using Blush Brush #2, Large Eye Shader Brush #6 and Lip Brush #15 (that as you can see I already took advantage of quite a few times!). I find these as great essential brushes for a makeup kit, but definitely looking forward to expand my Antonym Brushes collection!

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Last thing I want to let you know about Antonym natural makeup line is Lola Lash Mascara. If you ask my opinion, I am SO not going back to drugstore mascaras. 100% positive. I definitely lean towards natural mascaras that make really good impression, but are friendly to my sensitive eyes with contact lenses. What I especially love about Lola Lash is it’s ability to define the lashes very quickly, you don’t have to go back and forth several times. It adds some significant length and looks very natural. I usually don’t use a lash curler, so I was quite surprised to see the natural curl that this Antonym mascara added to my lashes. Zero clumps. No flakes or dark circles throughout the day. Natural formula and notable appearance, totally in love!





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White & Elm natural skin care + Earth Day Giveaway

Here, on TLV Birdie Blog, every single day is dedicated to Earth! To the beauty of nature, sustainability and creative eco-friendly atmosphere. As a special tribute to the Earth Day, today I am going to introduce you all to one very special small batch handcrafted natural skin care brand – White & Elm. At the end of the post you’ll also find a very generous giveaway – your chance to win everything I am reviewing in this green beauty story! Let’s talk about what’s important in the skin care regimen and why less is more when it comes to ingredients.

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White&Elm is Colorado based natural skin care line that unconditionally stands for the clean attitude in every little thing involved : minimalistic ingredients approach, thoughtfully chosen organic elements, eco-friendly glass packaging and high ethical standards. With that being said, no animal testing and no nasty chemicals attached. Only simple yet highly effective formulas that target the most popular skin concerns and treat them naturally. White&Elm shows how easily detoxification, exfoliating, moisturizing, balancing and clarifying process can be done with these 5 ultimate natural skin care products.

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First things first – cleanse! Sunflower Deep Pore Cleansing Oil (8 ingredients only!)- herbal cleanser for true natural lovers. I adore it’s “simple green” scent and ability to make all the stress along with the daily excess oil, dirt and makeup go away. Seriously, oil cleansing ritual is special and “ritual” is a keyword here. Giving a tribute to the skin is important, and the evening cleansing routine can only get better when used with cleansing oil, warm cloth and some skin-restoring steam, don’t you think? Avocado oil acts as an antioxidant potion, Hemp Seed feeds the skin with a natural nutrients without clogging the pores and Sunflower oil helps to treat acne. Very fresh, renewed skin feeling and zero dry patches.

Among ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, Castor seed oil, Avocado Oil, Hemp seed oil, Neroli essential oil, Chamomile essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Vitamin E oil non-GMO.

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To make things work properly, exfoliation part is crucial. But it can also be done gently, effectively and naturally. Oat & Calendula Exfoliating Micrograins are just about that – very mild blend of organic elements to help the daily renovation process of the skin. That’s right, daily. This exfoliator can be used on a every day basis, it is that soft! It will help to smooth the overall picture but also helps for the better absorption of the serum that you’re going to finish your facial ritual with. Repairing Calendula, brightening Azuki beans and stimulating Oats do the perfect job! I personally adore the scent, so soothing and wildly herbal!

Among ingredients: Oat powder, Rice powder, Almond powder, Adzuki bean powder, Dead Sea salt, Calendula flower powder.

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Next highly important step – toning! With the help of Chamomile Balancing Facial Toner skin gets back to it’s healthy complexion – reduced pores and balanced skin’s PH along with fresh and clean skin feeling. It has a very refreshing scent (somehow reminded me of Dolce Gabbana Light Blue perfume, but has nothing to do with artificial scents!), that wakes up the skin right away. It looks like 6 organic components and a cotton ball, that’s all you need for a skin harmony.

Among ingredients: Chamomile hydrosol, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera leaf juice,Witch Hazel extract, Clary Sage essential oil, Sandalwood essential oil.

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Don’t you dare forget of special zones – Pomegranate Renewing Eye Serum is easy to apply and to never forget about! Super food for the eye area with a warm floral scent. It’s highly nutritive components take care of the delicate area – sooth, hydrate, soften and provide with Earth derived vitamins and antioxidants. A little goes a long way – drop by drop this roller applicator gives just the right amount of serum each time you use it. By the way, it is always best to use on a slightly dump skin. Absorbs quickly and creates a silky skin finish.

Among ingredients: Apricot kernel oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Argan oil, Rosehip seed oil, Avocado oil, Sea Buckhorn oil, Vitamin E non-GMO.

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Finishing the facial ritual on a nutritive note with Rose & Argan Antioxidant serum. I’ve switched to oil serums about 4 months ago (basically, that’s one of the reasons why I started to blog about organic skincare intensively) and there’s no way back. I like to rotate different serums for current skin purposes, but I always stick to ones that provide my skin with the vitamins and detox rich potion. White&Elm facial serum is extremely softening, first of all! I also love it for it’s hardly noticeable scent and warming appearance. It absorbs pretty fast too – gently melts, I would say. Perfect as a night treatment, but also works great as a first step before applying makeup (your foundation would lay just excellent now!). 9 outstanding ingredients to treat the skin with Nature’s best.

Among ingredients: Jojoba seed oil, Grapeseed oil, Rosehip seed oil, Avocado Oil, Evening Primrose oil, Argan oil, Sweet Orange essential oil, Lavender essential oil.

– TLV Birdie x White & Elm Giveaway –

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I’ve joined forces with White&Elm to make one of my readers very happy with a White&Elm skincare collection of 5 products that I’ve reviewed in this post! The fact that one of you, lucky ladies, is going to change the skin care routine for 360º degrees towards natural, conscious and eco-friendly day-to-day ritual, makes my heart really warm!

The giveaway prize (value of over $120 and priceless skin pleasure!) contains : Sunflower Deep Pore cleansing oil, Oat&Calendula exfoliating micrograins, Chamomile Balancing facial toner, Pomegranate Renewing eye serum, Rose & Argan antioxidant serum.

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