Posts Written On October 25, 2017

Lavera: 30 Years of Organic Beauty

Lavera fully controls its ingredients and owns all production facilities in Germany. The company only uses natural ingredients, most of them organically grown, which are naturally residue free. In addition to the 300 organic ingredients the company uses in its almost 300 products, it produces over 300 natural active ingredients. Everything from the product idea to development and design comes from a single source: Lavera, in the heart of Germany.

Lavera’s trusted line is also dermatologist tested for the most sensitive skin types and allergies and is cruelty free and certified by Natrue, the European Natural Beauty Certification Body.


Some of Our Favorites:

Mascara Volume Effect – This mascara is so good it won an award! Its natural, non-toxic ingredients are ideal for sensitive and allergy prone eyes as well as contact lens wearers. It’s been tested by dermatologists and ophthalmologists and received the Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s Best of Natural Review in 2012.

Hydro Effect Serum – Gives all skin types a protecting and hydrating base. This vegan formula with natural hyaluronic acid, organic aloe vera and moisturising biosaccharides replenishes moisture reservoirs, protects skin cells from environmental effects and prevents premature skin aging.

Ultra Hydration Cream  This 24-hour moisturizing cream containing organic wildrosehip seed oil and organic macadamia nut oil provides long-lasting moisture for dry skin and reduces fine lines for a soft and smooth result.

Makeup Fluid NUDE Effect – Brilliance boosting makeup with second skin effect. Comes in four shades. It’s ultra-light texture feels like you’re not wearing foundation and leaves your skin looking natural and flawless.

About Lavera: Since its founding in 1987, Lavera has grown to include nearly 300 natural and organic beauty products. Lavera health and beauty products are currently sold in more than 24,000 locations in 40 different countries globally. The natural skincare market leader in Europe, Lavera boasts a 27 percent market share in general health and beauty. Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, the North American Division was formed in 1998 and is selling Lavera products to Health and Beauty retailers in the US and Canada and online at .


Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell

I recently received a really cool design book! It is a book on symbols, graphic design, and hand-lettering for the designer in all of us that newly launched.

Designers are always working and thinking spatially and it is difficult to articulate their brilliant thought process. A new series of books on design from The Quarto Group help do exactly that.

Symbols, emojis, and hand lettering are becoming a big part of our daily lives. We use it in texting, emailing, and overall communication. For first-hand knowledge of this trend, reference Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell. A Designer’s Research Manual, an essential in any design library, has been completely revised, with all new case studies, photos and graphics, and updated technical information. Every day hand-lettering is gaining popularity, kids love to do it, adults try their hand, and we all have a unique spin on these elegant fonts. To get started try, Written by Hand, a guide for hand lettering your signs, posters, and activities.

Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell was the book that I received and I spent a very nice afternoon checking it out. Page after page, learning about how iconic logos came to be and the thought process behind the designer’s mind. Often you start with something complex that has so much meaning on every level. Then pairing it down to what is sleek, simple yet meaningful – that is the icon.

In Thinking in Icons, artist and designer Felix Sockwell takes readers through the process of creating an icon, covering many styles and visual approaches. Sockwell also offers examples of his collaborations with Stefan Sagmeister, Debbie Millman, and other high-profile designers, and features the work he has done with an impressive roster of blue-chip international brands, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Hasbro, Sony, The New York Times, and Yahoo.

From the most refined corporate visual systems to the ubiquitous emoji, icons have become an international language of symbols as well as a way to make a wholly unique statement. Without even realizing it, billions of people interpret the language of icons each day, this is the designer’s guide to creating the next great statement.

Discover many styles and visual approaches to this deceptively complex art. – Buy it here