Secrets from the Swamp: Meera Reed

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We don’t know a whole lot about Meera Reed and her people, but there must be something in the water (um, swamp?) where she’s from because she always looks refreshingly pretty for a girl who’s used to catching amphibians in bogs! Meera is a skilled huntress and loyal friend to Bran of House Stark, and travels by his side in search of the three-eyed raven. She might not have prophetic dreams like her brother, but she can teach us a thing or two about green beauty!

Face

Looking for an all-natural, organic and versatile product to cleanse your face with? Móa The Green Balm is a great product to incorporate in your beauty routine. This concoction is full of yarrow, beeswax, tea tree, coconut & almond oils to nourish and soften your skin, while leaving it free of makeup and dirt. Melt some balm between your fingers so it liquefies into an oil, massage it all over your face, and remove it with a warm washcloth, steaming away impurities while sealing in the organic goodness. Finish with cold water to close your pores and there you have it: clean, healthy skin without chemicals, alcohol and perfumes. Bonus: you can use The Green Balm for dozens of other things, like a hair serum, soothing sunburn and healing chapped lips. Convenient on your travels beyond the Wall for sure!

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Not everyone’s all that excited at the prospect of putting an oily balm on their face, so if that’s you and have acne-prone skin,Lush Herbalism is a better option to calm and cleanse your face. The kaolin clay & rice bran (geddit?) get rid of excess oil and a blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile leave your face feeling clean and soothed. The added green stuff is chlorophyllin, which helps balance your skin’s oil production. Mix a little blob of Herbalism with water until it forms a paste, then gently rub in circular motions on the face, wash with lukewarm water and voila: better skin.

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Tea tree is amazing for blemish-prone skin, and I still use it every now and then when I feel like my hormones are out of whack and causing breakouts. The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner is really nice and not only cleanses your pores, it also mattifies shiny skin. You can use it on a cotton ball or pad, but I prefer transferring it to a spray bottle and misting it over my face after cleansing (Lush does a version of this too but it’s almost twice as expensive). If you have dry skin I don’t recommend this step as it’s a better choice for oily skin types.

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Since Meera’s people are considered swamp-dwellers and mud-men, it comes as no surprise that mud is an essential step in her beauty regimen. GlamGlow makes a pretty awesome mask that has been raking in beauty awards since its launch, and although I despise the product’s obnoxious “sexy, innovative, fun” catchphrase, I will say that this is one of the best purifying masks I have ever tried. Steam your face to open your pores before use, and say farewell to blackheads and other undesirables. A little goes a long way so the  €50 price tag is (sort of) justifiable. Alternatively, you can pick up a similar mud mask from your local health food store (I like Dr. van der Hoog’s ‘Magical Mud’ mask) for a wallet-friendly option.

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Makeup

Meera is a pretty low-maintenance girl, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun with makeup every now and then. Try NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Earth Angel, which featured a bronze taupe (especially pretty for green eyes) and a muted olive powder for a subtle but multi-dimensional look. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, Blade Runner has a shimmering forest green & mahogany combination perfect for a swamp-dweller.

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Hair

If you have curls like Meera’s curly mop, accentuate them with a styling cream. Aveda’s Be Curly Curl Enhancer reduces frizz, intensifies curl and boosts shine. Aveda is a company known for its botanically-based ingredients and  mission to care for the world we live in, which is something that resonates with the crannog(wo)men in The Neck.

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For a textured look like you’ve just been hunting, try Bleach London’s Swamp Spritz (you can win one here)!

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Fragrance

If you’re familiar with Demeter Fragrance, you know there are some odd ones in their fragrance library (Clean Windows, Funeral Home, Dust, to name a few…), but even the weirdos have a purpose. Can’t make it to a forest? Maybe Dirt or Earthworm will reflect your inner crannogwoman. Or, if you don’t really fancy smelling like you’ve been rolling in the dirt, perhaps Black Phoenix’s Bayou [Wanderlust] is a more sophisticated choice: “A lazy, warm deep green scent with a thick aquatic undertone: Spanish moss, evergreen and cypress with watery blue-green notes and an eddy of hothouse flowers and swamp blooms.”

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