Summer Skin Savers

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Sun-Stressed Skin

  • Revitalising Mask is cooling and detoxing, due to bentonite clay, it calms redness and soothes irritation. Your ‘go-to’ mask for its rejuvenating properties and your skin will look more even-toned and refined. Love your skin with this mask twice a week!
  • A 30 day treatment of Sensitive Care Conditioner ampoules which contain rhythmitised extracts of gemstones pearl (the oyster’s irritation, like treats like homeopathic guidelines) and malachite, and plant extract artemesia, which combine to strengthen red, irritated, sensitive and couperose prone skin and supports your skin’s renewal cycles.
  • After Sun soothing, cooling and deeply moisturising body lotion to calm redness, nourish and rehydrate a sun-stressed skin. We love this body lotion and wouldn’t be without it!

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Protect
From heat, dehydrating air conditioning, pollution and warm winds

Quince Day Cream is nourishing and protective, cooling and soothing, for a normal to dry skin. Quince wax protects your skin without being occlusive, just as it does such a remarkable job of protecting quince fruit. Quince seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture. Quince Day Cream is also recommended for ‘city-stressed’ skin.

Some of our customers who are Rose Day Cream lovers in the cooler months find Quince Day Cream more appropriate in the warmer months of the year.

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Matte Finish

If you have a combination skin, you may find with summer heat your oily T-zone is really playing up, then choose Melissa Day Cream, it helps control shine, mediates between dry, normal and oily areas, and has a matte finish.

For those using Rose Day Cream in the cooler months you may find the matte finish and lighter texture of Rose Day Cream Light a better choice for you at the moment.

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Hydrate & Refresh

Facial Toner is strengthening and invigorating to the skin. Unlike a conventional Toner, Dr. Hauschka Toners are hydrating, botanical active, treatment products, that aid absorption of the ingredients in your moisturiser while ensuring even and economical application of moisturiser.

However, Toner may also be used at any time during the day to hydrate and refresh your skin, even over make-up.

Toner TIPS

  • Keeping it cool – leave Toner in the fridge, even more refreshing in this heat.
  • We keep the limited edition 30ml size Facial Toner in our desk drawer at work.

Facial Toner gently stimulates your skin’s own regenerative powers and for a youthful, radiant complexion. Formulated with witch hazel and anthyllis (which guides all skin conditions to a balanced state), it activates the skin’s metabolism and leaves the skin feeling fresh. It also regulates and enhances the skin’s processes of moisturising and renewal.

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Revitalise & Energise

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil, Body Milk, Body Wash and Bath Essence for a zesty lust for life. With summer heat you need skin care that does more than moisturise, it needs to be energising and refreshing as well. Take a moment to breathe in the aromatic scent of summer.

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When you’re struggling to get out of bed, apply to skin still moist after showering to add a spring in your step. Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil spreads evenly and economically, absorbs rapidly and nourishes and moisturises your skin.

All moisturisers are a water and oil emulsion, this way you’re making the oil/water emulsion directly on your skin.

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Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil is also helps with cellulite. Regularly massage the toning Body Oil into the affected areas of skin to strengthen the connective tissue.

Clarity
Got a long day ahead of you? Remain focused and resilient. Apply the refreshing Body Oil to your arms and legs in the morning or at any other time. Lemon zest extracts refresh and centre you.

Body Oils are more aromatically intense than Body Milks or Body Creams.

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Absorb Moisture
Luxurious Silk Body Powder is a ‘must-have’ at this time of year. Use a sprinkle in your shoes to keep them fresh and on your feet as well to absorb moisture, use anywhere you’re likely to suffer from chaffing, and it may also be used as a dry shampoo. Silk Body Powder is made from real silk powder, rice starch, silica and diatomaceous earth, it’s talc free. Gentian and oak extracts cool and refresh while sage extract supports healthy skin and scalp. The aroma of Body Silk alone keeps me coming back for more.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Shea Butter

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about shea butter: where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Raw material profile

The shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii) is extremely rare. It is natively found in the Savannah regions of the Sudan and the source region of the Niger and the upper Nile. Its natural habitat spans a restricted, approximated 300 km wide region from Mali through Burkino Faso to Ghana, Togo and Benin. It is only here, and nowhere else in the world, that this tree flourishes.

The gnarled shea tree grows to a height of 10 to 15 metres and can easily cope with arid conditions. The lactiferous tree with its leathery leaves does not flower until it is 20 years old but then does so all year round. It reaches maximum productive capacity at the age of 50, then remains fully productive for more than 100 years.

It is the green plum-shaped fruits, which become brown when they ripen, that make the shea tree of interest to humans. From a botanical perspective, these are berries with a diameter of up to four centimetres. With a fat content of over 50 percent, the kernels, which we know as shea nuts, are a sought-after source of nutritional and skin care fat in their African homeland. The sweet fruit purée is also eaten. The shea butter obtained from the shea nuts now has its followers all over the world. This is rich in fats with long-chain saturated and simple unsaturated fatty acids as well as structure-giving unsaponifiables. These give the lipid a melting, buttery character. The vitamin E and provitamin A contained prevent shea butter from becoming rancid.

In Germany, shea butter products were first imported at the end of the 19th century. The first large-scale practical tests of its use in skin care were performed between 1930 and 1952. The chemists were very enthusiastic about the high fat content of the fruits as well as about their long shelf life without preservatives. In the mid-1960s, shea butter disappeared from the world markets and was supplanted by the cocoa butter promoted by the industrial countries. In recent years, the valuable raw material has regained significance as a structure-giving natural substance in high-quality cosmetics.

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Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil ingredients

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The ingredients in Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil have been carefully selected to envelop the skin with protective and fortifying effect. At the heart of the composition is a moor (peat) extract, produced using a proprietary rhythmic processing method. This helps people to protect themselves from within, withstand external influences and use their own strengths to form a new, protective layer. People who are sensitive to the weather and feel the cold easily regard this ability as a blessing. Olive oil additionally strengthens the skin’s barrier function. Shea butter soothes the skin and helps it retain moisture. Natural essential lavender oil unfurls a delicate fragrance, which offers the user a sense of calm and composure for the day and promotes a relaxing night’s sleep. The result: a calming body oil for those times when we yearn for a protective shell. As someone once put it so beautifully: power comes from tranquillity.

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Why is shea butter used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Shea butter leaves the skin feeling pleasantly soft and helps it to retain moisture. Through their moisture-binding properties, the unsaponifiables in shea butter, in particular, make the skin feel soft and smooth. Shea butter is furthermore well tolerated and particularly ideal for dry and allergy-prone skin.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The shea butter for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care comes from Burkino Faso. In 2001, we provided the stimulus for an organically certified project in the region around Diarabakoko in the south-west of the country. 2,200 women from 17 villages are today involved in the project and collect the shea nuts from several protected, organically certified collection areas. The collectors in the project village of Diarabakoko independently organise themselves in a producer association. This is a women-only association, as is common and natural in Africa. Shea butter has always been a women’s thing and only they are authorised to harvest the nuts. The women named their association ‘IKEUFA’ (Faire bien et meilleur de Diarabakoko), which can be roughly translated as: Do good and better things in Diarabakoko. Their earnings from the shea nut sales enable them to pay for their children’s school fees – so that all of them, rather than just the lucky few can go to school. They are also able to pay for basic essentials like food and medicines.

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After harvesting the nuts within the scope of the project, the women shell, dry and place them into interim storage in warehouses that are co-financed by WALA/Dr. Hauschka. The nearby organically certified company Agrifaso, with its head office in Bobo-Dioulasso, purchases the nuts and uses transporters to move them straight from the villages to its small processing unit. There, the shelled nuts are pressed under warm conditions and turned into shea butter. Agrifaso has 40 permanent employees, who ensure the continual production of the shea butter in consistently good quality. Finally, the raw shea butter is subjected to an organically certified refining process to reduce its highly characteristic natural odour.

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In the hot Sahara, she butter has a life preserving function: for centuries the people there have used it to protect their skin from the drying wind.

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In Africa, shea butter is used traditionally for skin care, for relief of rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, as well as for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks and baby care.

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The harvesting of the fruits is based on an ancient ritual called ‘Begu’. Harvest time begins with a festival of sacrifice. The women use the fat from the first nuts collected to make a dish of brown beans, which is eaten by the village community during the festival.

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The shea tree was given its name at the end of the 18th century by the Scottish explorer Mungo Park. He was presumably inspired by the African Bambara language in which ‘sii’ means sacred. In honour of Mungo Park the scientific name of the shea tree is Butyrospermum park (Latin: butyro = butter, spermum = seed).

A selection of Dr. Hauschka products that contain shea butter

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Christmas Sets 2016

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Dr. Hauschka Christmas Sets available Online and check in with your favourite Dr. Hauschka Stockist or Esthetician.

Share the magic with Dr. Hauschka Christmas Sets under the Christmas tree, or maybe you’re tempted to treat yourself! Lovingly selected combinations of natural and organic face care, hand and nail care in packaging to heighten the sense of Christmas anticipation and contents to pamper skin and the senses.
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Heartfelt Hands

RRP $49 – value $56

Contents: Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml, Glass Nail File keepsake, Rose Nurturing Body Cream mini 10ml

Surely a gift to be treasured by all. Deeply nourishing Hydrating Hand Cream that’s rapidly absorbed and doesn’t leave a greasy residue, limited edition Glass Nail File produced in the Czech Republic, which is known for high quality glass making and Rose Nurturing Body Cream, the loving gift of organic Damask Roses.

P.S. After filing your nails, run the glass nail file under the tap and place on a paper towel to dry, just like brand new again!

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Quintessential Quince

RRP $90 – value $108

Contents: Cleansing Cream 50ml, Soothing Cleansing Milk 30ml, Quince Day Cream 30ml

Morning and evening cleansing rituals with Cleansing Cream to begin the day with a deep cleanse, gentle and effective Soothing Cleansing Milk to remove make-up, eye make-up and cleanse your skin at the end of the day. Soothing and cooling Quince Day Cream for a normal to dry skin protects your skin from environmental factors such as air conditioning with non-occlusive quince wax and quince seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture.

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Radiant Rose

RRP $99 – value $119

Contents: Cleansing Cream 50ml, Facial Toner 30ml, Rose Day Cream 30ml

Your morning skin care ritual with deep cleansing Cleansing Cream, hydrating Facial Toner to provide a wake up call for your skin and the gift of 30 organic or biodynamic Damask Roses in iconic Rose Day Cream to balance, protect and nourish a dry, sensitive or mature skin.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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6 Seriously Good Morning Habits

Having this morning routine, sets you up for a productive day.

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1. Hydrate first thing

Drink a glass of warm water and lemon juice to hydrate, it also helps removal of toxins and aids a clear complexion. Even better, add a little organic apple cider vinegar.

2. Morning exercise ritual

Going for a walk or run out in the fresh morning air, or going to the gym, before work is essential. It clears your mind in readiness to take on the day and any challenges it might bring.

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3. Skin care ritual

This 3 step skin care ritual, encompassing cleansing, toning and moisturising, to nourish your skin with natural and organic ingredients, loaded with antioxidants and to protect your skin for the day ahead.

a) Deep cleanse after the night time elimination activity of your skin with almond based Cleansing Cream.
b) Close eyes and mist Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner and press into your skin with the palms of your hands. Dr. Hauschka Toners aid absorption and give even and economical absorption of your Moisturiser.
c) Warm a pea size of Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser between the palms of your hands to melt the protective waxes, then apply to skin that’s still moist from Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner.

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4. Eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast

You’re not going to be productive if you don’t have the fuel. For energy, focus and motivation you need a good breakfast to set you up for the day. Ensure you’re keeping hydrated during the day as well.  up water intake too.

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5. Clear your inbox

Clear your inbox as soon as you get to work, deal with anything urgent straight away.

6. Set your goals

Write down your priorities for the day, then focusing on one task at a time, to completion if possible, work your way through your list, ticking off as you go. By the day’s end you can look back with satisfaction at all you’ve accomplished.

Have a great day ahead!

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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The New Way, at the Dusk of the Corporate Age

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In nature, there is no part of the whole that is not important. All parts are equally necessary and valuable in order for balance and harmony to be achieved.

Products which nurture and support the ecosystem from which they were made and on which we all ultimately rely, then, it logically follows, are the only way to support a healthy continuation of life. And as much as our modern industrial system attempts to deny it, we do, every one of us, rely completely on the continuing health of the one big ecosystem which is our planet.

I always thought the definition of a modern corporation to be a little wacky, and Michael Moore in the eye-opening 2003 documentary ‘The Corporation’ states it perfectly:

“I believe the mistake that a lot of people make when they think about corporations, is they think you…

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In the Press – Beauty with Donna Duggan, Sunday papers

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Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream is featured “Herbal extracts and almond meal help clean skin without stripping it dry.”

Natural Beauty

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it, so here’s how to reduce your chemical load

I’m often asked what products I’d recommend if money were no object. While I do have an answer – Guerlain Abeille Royale Day Cream ($176, 1800 811 611); Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum ($195, 1800 354 663) and La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask ($365, 1800 649 849) – I find a more relevant question is, what products do I regularly spend my money on? My answer to this is “skincare with a low synthetic chemical load”.

The simple fact is that I value my health more than my appearance, and while natural products may not do as much for my wrinkles and pigmentation, they keep my skin clean and hydrated, my hair shiny and they save my liver some extra work. Grab any skincare, haircare or make-up product from your shelf and have a look at the ingredients. Chances are you won’t know what many of them are or do. Does that matter to you if the product works?

If a healthy diet is important to you, then your answer should be “yes” – and that means it’s time to extend your awareness of ingredients to your beauty products. “Topical skincare products can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream,” Irene Falcone, founder of natural product store Nourished Life, says. “The skin isn’t an impermeable shield – you just have to think about the way nicotine and other medical patches work to realise that what goes on, goes in.”

KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS

Not all ingredients are going to have a negative impact on your health, so it’s worth knowing which ones pose minimal risk and which are best to avoid if you want to reduce your chemical load. “Potential hormone disrupters like parabens, found in many beauty products, phthalates, which are the artificial fragrances found in perfumes and other personal care products, and triclosan, which is found in soaps and deodorants, are likely to build up over time, potentially causing health problems in the future,” Falcone says. While some ingredients may not cause internal damage, common ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances may cause uncomfortable skin irritations. Personally, I have to steer clear of shampoo with SLS or I end up with a flaky scalp, and many perfumes send me into a sneezing frenzy. “Irritation is terrible for skin,” Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice Skincare, says. “It causes collagen to break down, triggers oil production directly in the pores, increases free radical damage, and impedes skin’s ability to heal.”

There’s no regulation of what can be labelled “natural skincare” in Australia, which means it’s up to the consumer to check the ingredient list. Jose Kakebeeke, Australasian trainer for natural skincare brand Dr. Hauschka, suggests avoiding products with parabens, petrochemicals, polyethylene glycol (look for PEG), synthetic fragrances and dyes. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to recognise these on the label. Parabens are used as a preservative and found in the majority of beauty products (they’re usually the words ending in “ben”). If you’re worried about them, choose a paraben-free brand, or avoid products that cover a large area of the skin, such as body moisturiser, and replace with a body oil.

 

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Mascara Application Advice From Our Expert

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Dr. Hauschka’s International make-up artist Karim Sattar provides advice on the best way to apply Mascara.

Dr. Hauschka: Mascara applied in the mornings makes tired eyes look more awake. What should we think about when applying it?

Karim Sattar: I want to start by saying something about the choice of colour as this can already influence the entire impression given off by the made-up eye. Black has a powerful effect whereas brown is equally as colour-intensive but looks far softer. If mascara is pretty much the only make-up you want to apply or you’ve only just started experimenting with cosmetics, brown is the right choice. However, those who want to apply black mascara should, in all events, choose a softer colour such as brown for the lower lashes. This graduated colour immediately makes the face look far younger.

Rejuvenation through colour selection, that sounds exciting. So, I’ve chosen a colour, extracted the brush and start with my top lashes…

…and you can already optimise your technique. If you want to apply mascara to both your top and bottom lashes, you should always start with the bottom ones. By doing so, you avoid any loss of colour from the still wet mascara on your top lashes. If your eyes start to water while you’re applying mascara, remain calm. Don’t fan air into your eyes but instead gently close your eyes and swallow. The application process itself is most effective if you use a zig-zag movement. This is a special application technique in which we use the brush from the side, i.e. holding it at a diagonal to the lash growth direction, and move it back and forth. Finally, take the brush away to the side, not upwards.

And that has a visible effect on the lashes?

Oh yes, the effect is impressive: you get right to the upper edge of the lash line, making the lashes appear thicker. The eyelid area looks as though an extremely thin line has been drawn along it.

That sounds good! Are there ways of fixing this beautifully applied mascara?

Yes, of course. The best thing to use is powder. Use an eyeshadow brush to apply a little Translucent Face Powder or Body Silk to your lashes before applying the mascara.

You hear a great deal about special brush designs. Does the design really make a difference?

The design is extremely important in fact as it determines the effect. For example, when we were designing the new brush for our Volume Mascara, we ensured that it would paint even the finest of lashes. This created a product for women with both full and sparser lashes.

Sometimes my lashes clump together when I apply mascara. What can I do to prevent that from happening?

It can help to brush through the painted lashes with a clean brush. The lashes are then beautifully separated but still coated in colour. Lashes often clump together if you apply mascara several times. This is a good way of strengthening the colour’s effect but also quickly makes your lashes stand out too much for the wrong reasons. In such cases, less is more.

Do you have any further special application tips for mascara?

With Dr. Hauschka Mascara, your lashes remain so elasticated that you can accentuate the tips with a different colour without the individual lashes sticking together. This makes your eyes appear more open and friendly. It also creates a wonderful lightplay in the sunshine. It’s like revealing a little secret when a different colour suddenly appears.

Volume Mascara Black, Pearl Anthracite (charcoal) and Aubergine
Volume Mascara Black, Pearl Anthracite (charcoal) and Aubergine
Mascara Black, Blue and Brown
Mascara Black, Blue and Brown
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Karim Sattar, Dr. Hauschka’s International Make-up Artist

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