New In from LoveLula

januar 15, 2019

Hello lovely people! How are you all doing on this fine day? Yesterday I got a new package from LoveLula so let me share with you some new things I got from them, including two products I already received in December.
Love Lula ZOJO Beauty Elixir The Young formula, Mono Naturoils Radiance Luxury Facial Mask, Isla Apothecary Relax + Recover Bath Salts, Organically Epic Bamboo Toothbrushes with activated charcoal
Mono Naturoils Radiance Luxury Facial Mask. Vegan, Organic. Love Lula
 I got most excited when I heard Mono Naturoils products are now available at LoveLula. I've already tried a few of their products, like their Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil* (review here), which is divine - very soothing and non-irritating, Sól Beauty Balm* which I loved so much, and their Elixir Facial Oil*, also beautiful. I had quite a hard time deciding which Mono product to try next and in the end I went with one of their masks. Radiance Luxury Facial Mask* is a beautiful mask suitable for all skin types. It promises to soften, hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin, while also delivering vital nutrients and antioxidants, leaving it healthy, and softly glowing. There are some gorgeous ingredients in this mask: Rose Petal Powder, Rose Clay, Rosehip, Marshmallow, Red Maca, Acai, Cacao, Ashwagandha. To make it a little bit that more special, Radiance mask is infused and amplified with the high vibrational energy of Ruby. I have to use it a few more times to really get to know it but so far I've been enjoying it very much - it does what it promises and really makes my skin soft and smooth. You can get Mono Naturoils Radiance Luxury Facial Mask here.
Isla Apothecary Relax + Recover Bath Salts. Love Lula
Isla Apothecary Relax + Recover Bath Salts. Love Lula
Next is Isla Apothecary Relax + Recover Bath Salts*. Isla Apothecary is another UK brand that I already know and my love for their products just keeps on growing. I utterly love their Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask* and I don't even need an excuse to find a way to include it in my posts (here is my latest example). I also love their Skin Purifying Mud Facial Mask + Exfoliant* and Neroli Body Oil* (review here). I'm back at living in a place that has a bath (oh yeah!) so I got myself these bath salts with Epsom Salt and essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Cedarwood and Rose Geranium. Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, which are both absorbed through the skin. This is great for sore and tired muscles, and to flush out toxins. I'm looking forward to using it. You can get Isla Apothecary Relax + Recover Bath Salts here.
ZOJO Beauty Elixir The Young Formula Food Supplement Set of ingredients protecting against oxidative damage. Vegan, organic. Love Lula
ZOJO Beauty Elixir The Young Formula* is the next product I want to mention in this post. I love me some supplements (even tho I'm terrible at taking them daily!) so after The Gorgeous Formula* (more info here), I had to order another one. The Young Formula contains organic ingredients that help to protect against oxidative damage aka there are lots of antioxidants in this supplements: Flaxseeds, Aronia, Rosehip, Shatavari, Baobab, Sea Buckthorn and Schisandra. Vegan, gluten & soy free, among other things. You can get ZOJO Beauty Elixir The Young Formula here.
Organically Epic 4 Pack Toothbrushes Activated Charcoal Bristles, Panda Friendly, Biodegradable. Use less plastic. Love Lula
Organically Epic 4 Pack Toothbrushes Activated Charcoal Bristles, Panda Friendly, Biodegradable. Use less plastic. Love Lula
Last but most certainly not least is a 4 Pack Bamboo Toothbrushes* from Organically Epic. I haven't used this particular brand before but I always have a bamboo toothbrush on hand. These are made from sustainably grown, ethically sourced bamboo (panda friendly). The handle is 100% biodegradable and we all know that plastic toothbrushes aren't biodegradable, even recyclable. So having a bamboo toothbrush is great to reduce your plastic waste. The bristles on this particular toothbrushes are made of Charcoal infused nylon and can be recycled. Activated charcoal is great for whitening your teeth so I'm curious if they will have any effect on the colour of my teeth. You can get Organically Epic 4 Pack Bamboo Toothbrushes here.

Did you try any of these products?

Have a wonderful day!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Introduction to January Beauty Discovery feat. Jane Scrivner

januar 11, 2019

Hi loves! How are you doing? Today I'm coming at you with my introduction post to the January Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. This is only going to be my first impression post but as far as I see, people are in love with this month's curation. So without any further ado, meet Jane Scrivner, a holistic massage therapist, facialist and international trainer, and the founder of Jane Scrivner skincare line. Based in England, this brand is all about 5-A-Day Facial Routine with which the founder challenges the idea that different skin types need different products. Her belief is that everyone's skin needs the same fundamental care that supports the barrier function and acid mantle. With that said Jane Scrivner's products should therefore work for all skin types and as far as I can tell, they work for combination skin. Jane Scrivner is not a new-to-me brand but this is the first time I'm trying her products. My friend uses their eye cream and she loves it.

In the January Beauty Discovery featuring Jane Scrivner* are: Cleansing Balm (full size), OO Cream (Full size), Two Fluffy Cleansing Mitts & Two Wooden Spatulas. You can check it out here.
January Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser, OO Cream
January Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser, OO Cream
January Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser
 Jane Scrivner Cleansing Balm + Two Fluffy Cleansing Mitts are the Hero of this discovery. This Cleansing Balm is based on Jojoba Seed Oil, which is actually a liquid wax. Jojoba is known for its ability to mimic the skin's natural sebum production, which provides optimum nutrient absorption deep into the skins matrix. Second ingredient is Beeswax and then we also have 9 essential oils, including Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Sweet Orange. The balm has a beautiful floral scent of Ylang Ylang, which is a sweet and happy scent, and I can also smell Sweet Orange. It's a lovely, delicate, not-too-much-in-your-face scent. This product has a gorgeous balmy consistency - soft and buttery, and it instantly melts and transforms into an oil upon contact with skin. It deeply cleanses my skin and removes everything, but at the same time doesn't leave my skin dry or stripped. I love a good cleansing balm so I'm thrilled to have this one in my life. I haven't tried the two fluffy mitts because I have to wash them first but I'm interested to use them because normally I just use a wash cloth. You can check out the Cleansing Balm here.
January Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes Jane Scrivner OO Cream
January Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes Jane Scrivner OO Cream
Jane Scrivner OO Cream is the sidekick of January Beauty Discovery but I believe that many would agree that this is a co-hero of this box. Look, I only tried it twice but I'm like OMG you're beautiful!! To quickly go through some ingredients, OO Cream contains Oat Flour, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Birch and more. One of the star ingredients is the amazing CO2 extracted Rosehip Fruit Oil from which the vibrant orange colour of the cream also comes from. Rosehip is rich in Vitamin A and abundant in Omega 6 & Omega 3 essential fatty acids. It is great for repairing scars, pigmentation + it beautifully supports well aging. This cream is so different to other moisturizers I've tried. As I first opened it I was floored by the texture, the colour, everything. I thought this is going to be a nourishing, heavy duty moisturizing cream but it's actually really lightweight, it's absorbed very quickly and it leaves more of a matte finish on the skin. Perfect for those who don't really like to use facial oils. This matte finish that the OO Cream gives is from the thin film of beta-glucans in the Colloidal Oatmeal. I love that it contains this very soothing ingredient and overall I'm so very pleased with it. As I said, the OO stands for "Over Oil" but it can also be applied without the oil underneath, like "on it's own". First impressions are really great and I completely understand why people are raving about it. You can check out the OO Cream here.

I was looking forward to trying out Jane Scrivner products because I've read some rave reviews before but I honestly didn't expect such positive first impressions. This brand is not really all that talked about but I'm so very pleased Jane and Jeannie collaborated on this discovery, and I can easily say that you won't be disappointed in these products. Unfortunately I can't share if they made a difference in my skin but I'm enjoying them immensely. Love.

You can get January Beauty Discovery with Jane Scrivner products here.

With love & light,

Jana xx

 *sample generously provided
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All the Makeup I have

januar 08, 2019

After posting my skincare faves/new discoveries from last year (see here) I got a request to share my other favourites as well. Since I just recently sorted out my makeup products I decided to just share everything I have, including some miscellaneous pieces I store in the same boxes as my makeup. I'm actually very proud of my current makeup collection since it's not that big, especially for a beauty blogger. I have a lot of my favourite products that I use regularly and some that I don't use that often but like I said in my previous post, a girl needs options! I don't want to go through every single makeup item so if you're interested in one I haven't mentioned, let me know.
Natural Organic Makeup RMS Beauty, Ere Perez, Modern Minerals, Gress, H is for Love, Fitglow, Aether, Plume, Earthwise Beauty, Pacific Northwest Essences, Maya Chia, Inika, Hurraw, Hiro
Natural Organic Makeup RMS Beauty, Ere Perez, Modern Minerals, Gress, H is for Love, Fitglow, Aether, Plume, Earthwise Beauty, Pacific Northwest Essences, Maya Chia, Inika, Hurraw, Hiro
Natural Organic Makeup RMS Beauty, Ere Perez, Modern Minerals, Gress, H is for Love, Fitglow, Aether, Plume, Earthwise Beauty, Pacific Northwest Essences, Maya Chia, Inika, Hurraw, Hiro
Natural Organic Makeup RMS Beauty, Ere Perez, Modern Minerals, Gress, H is for Love, Fitglow, Aether, Plume, Earthwise Beauty, Pacific Northwest Essences, Maya Chia, Inika, Hurraw, Hiro
Natural Organic Makeup Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Ere Perez, Sappho New Paradigm, W3LL People, Hiro, RMS Beauty
Starting with foundation and concealer. My go-to "foundation" in 2018 was Sappho New Paradigm CC Cream*. I have the shade Light and I received this beautiful foundation in a Beauty Heroes Limited Edition Makeup Discovery (my review with swatches here). I love this CC cream so much! It gives light to medium coverage, it's quite long lasting, the shade matches me perfectly. I really like it. If I'm not mistaken it contains coconut oil, so be careful if you're prone to breakouts using products with coconut oil. I got Sappho CC Cream at Beauty Heroes, where member save 15% (get it here). The Sappho Discovery is still available, for $39 and you can get it here. In Europe Sappho products are available at Naturisimo and Glow Organic.

I have a love hate relationship with Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation*. Well it's not really a love hate relationship, it's more "I like/dislike it". I can't rely on it so I only use it at some occasions when I don't mind if my foundation doesn't last that long. Other than that it feels great on the skin, it's lightweight and not greasy, and has a light coverage. I find that the bottle needs to be shaken before use and that is best to apply it with fingers. I terribly want it to work for me so I'm still keeping it and trying to love it. Do you have it? Have any tips for me? I have the shade Haze and I got it at Love Lula.

My favourite concealer is the famous and well loved "un" cover-up* from RMS Beauty (review here). I have the shade 11 and it matches me perfectly. This concealer lasts for absolute ages, it's quite pigmented, great to use under my eyes and on blemishes. Will definitely repurchase. You can get the "un" cover-up here. The other concealer I use for under my eyes is Concealer* from Sappho New Paradigm (my review with swatches here). I have the shade Light and this colour is super light and therefore on my skin only suitable to use under my eyes. It brightens up the area really well and covers it quite well. It's not a full coverage concealer which I like because I'm all about that natural makeup look. The same as Sappho CC Cream, I received this concealer in a Beauty Heroes box which is still available (see here). You can get Sappho Concealer here. Oh and the Hiro Out of Space Balm Conceal & Transform* concealer is great too but I have to use it more to really make up my mind about it. I have the shade #04 Nala and it's a good match for me. I got it here.

The powder I've been using and loving is the "un" powder* by RMS Beauty. It contains only two ingredients: Silica and Mica, and it does what you'd expect from a good powder - it minimizes shine and mattifies. It depends on the time of year but I always love to use it under my eyes and on the parts of my face where I used concealer. So for example, I spot conceal with concealer and then apply some powder on top and then if I need to, I apply more concealer and always finish with powder. That way the coverage lasts longer. I like this product very much and based on my sparing application I will have it for years haha. You can get the "un" powder here.
Natural Organic Makeup Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter, Au Naturale, Ere Perez, Maya Chia, Gressa, Lily Lolo, Modern Minerals
One of new discoveries from last year that I fell in love with is The Highlight of the Day* by Maya Chia. I have the shade Golden Hour and this highlighter is so beautiful! Instead of using it on top of my foundation I rather use it as a primer. I apply it on the tops of my cheeks and all the usual places where you'd put a highlighter, and then I go straight in with foundation (which I also apply with fingers). That gives such a beautiful, understated glow to the skin, that looks natural but also oh so beautiful. You know sometimes I feel like I have too much makeup on my face so tricks like this are all that I wish for. I want my makeup to look good but I don't want to look like I'm wearing a lot (even tho I probably am haha). I got this sparkling beauty in Sarah's LEVEL UP Discovery by Beauty Heroes. It comes with The Highlight of the Day of choice (you can pick from 4 different shades) and Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil which is lovely (check it out here). If you don't feel like getting the oil then you can get the highlighter here. The other highlighter I love is Modern Moonstone Cream Highlighter* by Modern Minerals (review with swatches here). Perfect everyday highlighter, not too shimmery but still very much out there. You can get it here.

Ere Perez Rice Powder Bronzer in Tulum* (review with swatches here) is one of my fave makeup products I discovered last year. It's so amazing and I absolutely love wearing it. It contains some teeny tiny shimmering particles but nothing glittery or sparkly. I think it has just the right amount of something something that makes my skin looking very nice. It gives it that dimension without the look of super matte skin. It's stunning and I love it so much. You can get Ere Perez Bronzer in Tulum here. The other fave which I haven't been reaching for that much last year is Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach. This bronzer is matte and it was my absolute fave before the Ere Perez bronzer (I used two of this bronzer already). I still really like it but I tend to reach more for Tulum because it's warmer. I got Lily Lolo bronzer here but you can also find it in a number of places, including Lily Lolo's website here.

I was completely and utterly in love with Au Naturale Powder Blush in Pink Champagne* for the longest time but then I tried Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots* (review with swatches here) and now I can't imagine living without these absolutely stunning blushes. Sometimes I love powder blushes and sometimes cream. For the last few months I've been all about cream blushes, the shade Harmony in particular (even though the red shade Happy is so beautiful too). Easy to use, very blendable, they last really well and they just look great on the skin. Harmony is the absolute winner in this category! You can get it here.
Natural Organic Makeup Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Lip Balm, Fitglow, Modern Minerals, Axiology, RMS Beauty, H is for Love, Kari Gran
Lip products from left to right. First we have two Lip Colour Serums by Fitglow Beauty - Gospel* and Nudie* (Nudie is in the Limited Edition Colour Discovery Day - see here). These lip glosses are very popular and with good reason. They are super moisturizing, creamy and they're also nicely pigmented. Really very beautiful. You can get them here. The other fave lip glosses of mine are from Modern Minerals - L'Amour* (which is actually pink in real life but sadly the colour looks completely different on the photo; available in Mercedes' LEVEL UP Discovery) and Garnet*. L'Amour is infused with Lotus Wei essence and has a beautiful floral scent and Garnet smells like mint. They have good pigmentation and feel more like lip gloss than Fitglow serums, with the exception that they are not sticky. Which I greatly appreciate. These feel great on the lips and I really love wearing them. Would definitely love to have more shades. Next is Axiology Lip Crayon in the shade Serene* (swatch here), which is this brownish lip colour that again, feels great on the lips. I feel like the colour isn't that flattering on me as is for example a brighter colour but I still like to wear it occasionally simply because I love the packaging and cause it just feels so nice - not drying but also not like it would slip of my lips. The red lipstick is from RMS Beauty and the shade is called Red*. I love this colour so much but since it's a proper red I don't wear it as often as I should. It's super pigmented (and carmine free), non drying, matte and it lasts well. The two other extremely comfortable lip products are Kari Gran Lip Whip in Jeannie* and H is for Love Lip Glacé in Root & Berry*. I love both so much! They're very moisturizing, like lip balms but they also give this beautiful shine and colour to them lips. I love the no-fuss aspect of them and I never have to think if they still look alright on my lips after a while which I can't say for a bold, pigmented lipstick. I really love these two.
Natural Organic Makeup Mascara Eyebrow Powder, Plume Science, Sappho New Paradigm, Inika, Lily Lolo
I discovered a new product for my eyebrows and I really love it. It's the Nourish & Define Pomade* by Plume Science. I have the shade Ashy Daybreak. I find that cream products like this give a bit more natural look to the brows and they also last longer than powder. I easily wear it a whole day and it still looks good in the evening. Thumbs up! You can get Plume Nourish & Define Pomade here.

I try not to have too many mascaras open at the same time and I usually only have one, but at this moment I have three. Sappho New Paradigm Vegan Mascara* is nothing special and I would definitely not repurchase it. Inika Long Lash Mascara* was the mascara I fell in love with last year but then I got the second tube of it and it just didn't work as it did before. It was very underwhelming, especially in comparison to the first tube, so I probably won't repurchase. Not sure if they changed their formulation or what, but I'm like boy bye. At the moment I'm really enjoying the newest Lily Lolo mascara called Big Lash Mascara. I have to say that I was not expecting the wand to be so extra but I quickly got used to it. It is easier to be more precise with mascara that has a smaller wand but since the end result looks good, I don't mind it at all. I haven't been using Big Lash Mascara for long but I'm already considering repurchasing it in the future. You can get it here or straight from Lily Lolo's official website here.
Natural, Organic Makeup Single Eyeshadow, Eye Pencil, Gressa, RMS Beauty, Au Naturale
Gressa Eye Tint in Áureo* is one of my fave single eyeshadows ever. It's sparkly and gold, it's long lasting, doesn't crease, it's great. See how it looks on me here. These RMS Beauty Swift Shadows* are great too but I don't really wear them that often (I should!). The upper colour is Garden Rose GR-13*, brown shade with red undertone, very beautiful for green and blue eyes, and Enchanted Moonlight EM-61*, a greyish purple.
Natural Organic Makeup Eyeshadow Palette Aether, Fitglow, Nude and Noir
As eyeshadow palettes go I love, love, love the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette* (swatches here). It's so very beautiful! The shades are stunning, pigmented, long lasting, buttery, they blend easily and I'm just so in love. I really appreciate that the palette is made to be more sustainable and easy to recycle - there's no mirror or magnets and when you remove the elastic band and eyeshadow pans, it's completely recyclable. You can get it here (code "Jana" saves you 10% - not affiliated). Fitglow Beauty Day Palette* is new in my collection. It's very neutral, perfect for daytime but so far I only used it once. Nude & Noir Multi-Use Face Palette in Bijou* is not something I would really recommend, because the shades crease and they're not long lasting. Such a shame because I love the colours.
Hurraw, Pacific Northwest Essences, Earthwise Beauty, Oneself
In the same two boxes that I have my makeup (I'm reusing Boxwalla's beauty boxes) I also store some random items like lip balms, perfumes and flower essences. I don't wear perfume often because I have a few very beautifully scented body oils and I just use those, but when I do apply it, I go for Oneself Organic Perfume Oil Hawaiian Flower Lei*. It's sweet, floral, tropical, very beautiful. I have more lip balms that are on the photo, especially Hurraw lip balms. My fave from them is their Moon Night Treatment*. I also have to mention Thelma Lip Treatment* by Earthwise Beauty, a moisturizing lip balm that is healing and repairing but also feels lightweight on the lips, and I really like that it doesn't look shiny. Lately I've been really into my Sun Infusion Essence Blend* from Pacific Northwest Essences (which is a company founded by Ava Zhan, the founder of Earthwise Beauty). Sun Infusion is said to help with winter blues, depression, stuff like that. You take in internally, a few drops 3-4 times a day. I feel much more content this winter, I kinda appreciate the cold weather more and I'm not that annoyed with it as I usually am. To shop Earthwise Beauty and Pacific Northwest Essences products you can use my affiliate code "Loveliness" for 15% off your order - one time use only.
Modern Minerals, Fitglow, Lily Lolo, Hynt Beauty, Ere Perez, Phb Ethical
Modern Minerals, Fitglow, Lily Lolo, Hynt Beauty, Ere Perez, Phb Ethical
In the same drawer I also have some other makeup bits that I don't wear that often, like for example Modern Minerals loose eyeshadows - Surya* and Hopeful*. The later was created in collaboration with Danielle (@crueltyfreeveganbeauty). The 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter is this moisturizing and super pigmented lip balm that I love to wear because it feels like a lip balm but it gives a great colour payout at the same time. Other lip products are: Hynt Beauty Aria Pure Lipstick in the shade Passion Plum* and Hynt Beauty Libre Lipgloss in Liquid Garnet*. On the left of the photo is Ere Perez Lipstick in Birthday* and next to it is Fitglow Beauty Lip Colour Cream in Beet*.

I may do a "get ready with me" on Instagram with my everyday makeup faves so if you'd like to see that, hit me up.

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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My 2018 Skincare Discoveries

januar 04, 2019

Hello lovelies! How are you all doing? It's already the 4th of January, but I think I can still wish you a very happy New Year! May it bring you an abundance of love, joy, health and wealth. I didn't really know what to put up as my first post in 2019 so I bite the bullet, listen to one of my wonderful followers on Instagram (hi Anna!) and gathered the products I fell in love with last year. I focused on skincare and really tried to narrow it down to just one product per category, but I completely failed haha. It's always good to have options when it comes to skincare, isn't it? I picked the products I currently have in my collection and those that I tried for the first time last year (with one or two exceptions).
New Discoveries, favourites from 2018. Earthwise Beauty, Ayuna, Lena Wild, Ranavat Botanics, Wabi Sabi Botanicals, Flower and Spice, alteya Organics, One Love Organics, Live Botanical, Isla Apothecary, Leahlani Skincare
Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser, Ayuna Artisan Nourishing Soap
  Let's start with cleansers, with cleansers I mainly use in the morning and sometines in the evening. Ayuna Nourishing Artisan Soap* (review) is hands down the best bar of soap I tried for my face. It's truly divine and I adore it. It lathers so well, it has this yummy sweet scent and ingredients that work for all skin types - it's both hydrating and detoxifying. I love using it when I need a little pick me up, a morning refreshment or when I want a super thorough second cleanser in the evening. I got this cute little Ayuna sopa in their AMMA Travel Set* (get it here) or you can get the full sized soap here. Both of these links are from Beauty Heroes where members can take advantage of 15% discount. Ayuna is a Spanish brand so if you live in Europe you can shop their products straight from their website here.

Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser* (review) is a concentrated foaming cleanser for all skin types. This beauty is very calming, soothing and also hydrating. It's perfect for winter mornings when all you want is a gentle cleanser that won't strip your skin. The ingredient list is beautiful and I'm all for all the soothing ingredients it contains, like Marshmallow, Calendula and Chamomile. This cleanser will last ages because you only really need a tiny little bit - two or three pumps are plenty. It has this gel to cream consistency and doesn't really lather all that much and I kinda like that. I feel that makes it even that more gentle and non-stripping. You can get Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser here (you can always use my affiliate code "Loveliness" for 15% off your order - one time use only). In Europe available at Reina Organics (see here) and Eminessences (see here).
Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil, Inlight Beauty Face Cleanser Beauty Heroes
For my evening cleanse I fell in love with Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil* (review). This cleanser is so beautiful! I know it's not everyone's cup of tea because it does contain a synthetic ingredient that makes this cleanser rinsable with water without the need to use a wash cloth, but personally I'm fine with it. So yeah, Pamplemousse is my go to cleansing oil when I need something quick to remove all my makeup or when I want my bathroom to smell heavenly (which honestly is like every day). It has a sweet citrusy scent of vanilla & grapefruit, which I love. The whole experience of using this cleanser is so nice and who doesn't love a fuss-free routine, especially late at night? Apply, massage, rinse with water, done. You can get Leahlani Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil here. In Europe available at Eminessences, Reina Organics, So Natural Beauty.

Second evening cleanser I fell in love with last year is the Face Cleanser* from Inlight Beauty. Inlight was a brand I wanted to try for literally ages and last year it was featured in November Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery (see here) and I can easily say that this is not the only Inlight product I love. This cleanser is your standard cleansing balm but also it's much more than just a "standard cleansing balm". It has a grounding scent, is very emollient and beautifully and effectively removes my makeup. To rinse it all off you have to use a warm wash cloth and honestly, that is the best part of my evening skincare routine. I do love a good rinsable cleanser like Pamplemousse but I will be forever in love with using balms and oils that you have to remove with cloths. The feeling of warmth when you put on a cloth is one of the best feelings in the world. It's little things like that that make me happy. This beautiful product is also 100% organic, the whole line is. Inlight is a UK brand and you can get it here or if you're a Beauty Heroes member get it here with your 15% discount.
Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist Wabi Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes The Offering Ageless Ritual Face Mist
Facial mist

Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist* (review) was the first toner/face mist that popped into my mind when thinking about last year's faves. This is not a new product but technically it did go through a slight reformulation and I have to say that it's better than ever. With Cistus Hydrosol, Aloe Vera, gem and flower essences, this is both a facial and an aura mist. Infused under moonlight, this unique mist is great for the skin (hydrating and great for all skin types) and your whole body, your soul, your surroundings. I did have to slightly get used to the scent but now that I did I think it's so beautiful. Indeed, I am impressed. You can get Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist here (use my code "Loveliness" for 15% off your order - one time use only).

Second mist is The Offering Ageless Ritual Face Mist* from Wabi-Sabi Botanicals (review). This one is also so special to me and that's saying a lot because this one contains only hydrosols and no aloe vera juice, which I always prefer to have in my facial mists because they're more hydrating that way. The Offering contains Frankincense and Orange Blossom hydrosols and is truly ever so beautiful. I have to say that the packaging, the stunning picture on the bottle really speaks to me. The scent is floral, citrusy, woody, warm, grounding. Love. I got it in one of the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries by Beauty Heroes which you can get here (my review of the box here).
Alteya Organics Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate Love Lula, Live Botanical AER Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Serum

2018 was the year of serums so it was terribly hard to choose my fave (here you can check out one of my posts I dedicated to serums). So the first serum discovery was AER Hyaluronic Acid Serum* from Live Botanical (review). This serum is great for all skin types, even very sensitive skin. With Aloe, Green Tea and Hyaluronic Acid, AER gives such a boost of hydration, doesn't have a scent and I love that it doesn't clash with other products. It's super lovely, the packaging is beautiful and it's also affordable. Yes, yes, yes. I got this Live Botanical AER Serum in April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box (see my review here). You can get it at Live Botanical here. In Europe available at Eminessences (see here).

Alteya Organics Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate* (review) is this rich-in-roses serum that I honestly didn't expect to love this much. It has a strong scent of roses, it's very hydrating, soothing, doesn't clog my pores and is just so beautiful. Oh goodness, how many times can I say beautiful in this post haha? This serum is designed as an "anti-aging" serum so I recommend it more to those who are over 30. You can get Alteya Organics Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate here.
Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser, One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream
Moisturizer

First half-ish of the year I was all about One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream* (review). I didn't really post about it as much as I loved it but know that I did and still do. This cream is super lightweight but also hydrating and just a wonderful creation. It quickly sinks into the skin and smells like coconut/coconut water. This is one of the products I wish I would use more cause it really is gorgeous. I got Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream in April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box, the same as the Live Botanical Serum (review here) and it's also available in Art of Organics store here.

The second moisturizer to mention is Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser* (review) from Flower and Spice. This is an absolute stunner! This is one of the best products I've tried last year and my love for it keeps on growing. Very moisturizing and hydrating, it's so creamy and luscious and I simply can't get enough of it. With Rose and Coriander this cream is a true gem and I love using it every single morning. I have combination skin and I didn't experience any clogged pores while using it, only super soft, hydrated, soothed skin. Love. You can get Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser here.
Lena Wild Harmony Bloom Oil, African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil Boxwalla, Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes
Facial oil

I had to choose three. First is African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil* (review) which is in my opinion the best oil ever! This oil contains plant based Retinol, Baobab, Marula, Kalahari Seed Oil and much more. It is honestly one of the most potent, active and effective facial oils I've tried. Not every single product works overnight, well this one does. It transforms my skin through the night, making it less inflamed, more calm and even. It does it all and I'm so so impressed. I got this beauty in August Boxwalla Beauty Box (see my review here) which sadly is no longer available but you can get Fleurs d'Afrique here.

Lena Wild Harmony Bloom Oil* (review) is the only facial oil I've tried, used and finished last year. What does that tell you? That I bloody love it! This oil is perfect if you have imbalanced, combination, oily, acne prone skin. It's balancing, doesn't clog the pores or cause breakouts, it actually helps to heal them faster. The oil is lightweight, it is fast absorbing and also has this lovely floral scent of Geranium. I think that this oil will forever be one that I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone but especially to those with problematic skin. You can get Lena Wild Harmony Bloom Oil here.

Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum* (review) is one of those rare facial oils that blew me away upon first application. Ranavat Botanics is a wonderful brand and based on my experience this is one of their hero products (as Jeannie at Beauty Heroes would say). It smells of Roses with a hint of spice, it's quite lightweight and brightening. I actually put it in my previous post where I talked about brightening products (you can check it out here). In general I'm very pleased with Ranavat Botanics products and I think they're a gorgeous brand. I got their Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum in one of the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries by Beauty Heroes here (read my review here).
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm
Face balm

Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm* (review) is the best facial balm I've tried last year. Oh my goodness, this is truly something else. Yasuni contains only potent plant butters and oils, no beeswax, no essential oils, so it's great even for sensitive skin. This balm is super lightweight, it's featherlight and doesn't really feel like a balm. It's very mildly exfoliating since it contains fruit oils with enzymatic properties that help to resurface the skin. It doesn't clog my pores, it's healing and it doesn't feel heavy or greasy. Really special, like all Earthwise Beauty products. You can get Yasuni Face Balm here ("Loveliness" saves you 15% - one time use only).
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Claming Exfoliator Lavender and Fennel
Exfoliator

I had to choose the stunning Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator* from Flower and Spice (review). This product has a beautiful scent of Fennel with a hint of Lavender that is making me want to use it more often than just once a week. But I don't do that cause really there's no need to. Instant Glow really gives you an instant glow and I love that it works so quickly. All you really need are a few minutes. First you massage it over your skin for a minute and then leave for a minute as a mask. Rinse off, done. It's very effective and sometimes it makes my skin a little red (but only if I don't follow the instructions and leave it on for more than just two minutes) but I always have more radiant and plump skin afterwards. I'm such a fan. You can get Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator here.
Ayuna Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Face Mask Beauty Heroes Level Up Discovery
Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask Love Lula
Face mask

I love, love, love a good face masks and I had more that I wanted to talk about but in the end I went with "just" two. Ayuna Balm - Volcanic Revitalizing Mask* (review) is like Fleurs d'Afrique facial oil from African Botanics, I don't use it every day but when I do I know that the next day my skin will be super happy and radiant. I use it about twice a month or so (I would definitely do it more often but this baby ain't cheap!) and every time I rinse it off I'm thinking to myself "thank you for being here for me" haha. Dramatic but it's true. Based on Activated Charcoal or Active Carbon this mask is not only purifying and detoxifying but also very calming - it always reduces inflammation. That's why I especially love it when my skin is either congested or when I squeezed all the blackheads I found on my skin. It just makes everything more even and oh so nice. What else can I say but that I'm already dreading the day when I run out of it. I got Ayuna Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask in Arjun's LEVEL UP Discovery by Beauty Heroes (check it out here).

From expensive to more affordable, here I have the Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask* from Isla Apothecary (review). With Coconut, Sandalwood and Turmeric, this mask is simple in its ingredients but very effective. It's very softening and hydrating because of the coconut powder but also brightening because of the amazing turmeric. This mask can also be used as a cleanser and exfoliator, but I would suggest applying it more in the evenings rather in the mornings, because it can give a slight yellow tint to the skin. Besides a few drops of water you can also add some raw honey and some other powder mask to dilute it a little bit and that way it's more than fine to use in the morning as well. There are a few brands that impressed me last year and Isla Apothecary is definitely one of them. You can get their Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask here.

There are so many other gorgeous products I had the pleasure of trying out last year and you better believe when I say that it wasn't easy to choose. I hope you enjoyed reading my faves/new discoveries from 2018. Spot any of your favourites??

Love you so much,

Jana xx

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These Products are Brightening & So Lovely

december 19, 2018

I'm always and forever interested in products that brighten and even out my skin tone cause you know, redness. Just recently I tried a few new products that quite effectively take care of redness and really work well at reducing it, and I'm using some old favourites as well, so I have to share them with you.
Natural, Organic, Vegan Brightening Products Isla Apothecary, African Botanics, Emanufaktur, Earthwise Beauty, Ranavat Botanics, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask, Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask
Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask
 First let me mention two face masks I've been really into lately. Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask* from Isla Apothecary is one of them. This mask is such a gem! It contains only three ingredients but three is plenty when a product delivers on its promises. There's organic Coconut Milk Powder, Red Sandalwood Powder and organic Turmeric Root Powder. Done. Drop the mic. Coconut milk is very softening and smoothing to the skin and each time I use this mask I'm like oh my, my skin is so soft! I love it so much. Red Sandalwood supposedly helps to soothe the skin and is great to achieve glowing skin. And then there's Turmeric, a wonderful anti-inflammatory ingredient with brightening benefits. If a product contains turmeric, then I have to have it. The mask is indeed brightening, but also very softening and hydrating because of the coconut milk. It's also gently exfoliating and I just adore it. I love mixing it with water and honey, and lately I've also been mixing it with another mask - Sungod Face Mask* by Earthwise Beauty. You can get Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask here.
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask* is not a new product I'm mentioning on my blog and if you remember I also had a very fun giveaway on Instagram (see here) with the fellow EWB mask Catharsis. Sungod is not as instantly- and fast-working brightening mask as is Refine + Radiate. It works over time and when you use it regularly you really see it works beautifully. Sungod isn't even called a brightening mask but a "reparative mask for all skin types". It was designed to gradually yet significantly improve the skin over time. With regular use it helps to reduce signs of aging and heal scars, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. This mask helps to repair and strenghten the skin, and I find that so wonderful. But then it's also brightening and just on a whole it's a gorgeous treat for the skin. A real stunner. It contains Wildflower Pollen, Calendula, Aloe Vera, Shiitake and Maitake Mushrooms, Turmeric as well. There's also a small amount of Fuller's Earth Clay but I don't find it drying. I like that there's no essential oils. It is indeed beautiful and I highly recommend it. Read my full review here. You can get Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask here (my affiliate code "Loveliness" saves you 15% - one time use only).
African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil Boxwalla Beauty Box
African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil* is THE best oil I've ever tried. It literally transforms my skin through the night and makes it brighter & calmer and also really evens out my skin tone. It plumps up my skin, reduces inflamation and just overall balances it. I can't rave enough about it. This oil is super expensive so I'm saving it like a madwoman, using no more than two drops every night I use it. I was lucky enough to receive it in the August Boxwalla Beauty Box (see my review here) and I used it about half a bottle.  There is a bunch of amazing ingredients in it, including plant based Retinol, Kalahari Melon and Marula Seed Oils, Rosehip, Roobios, Honeybush and Jasmine, Rose, Immortelle and Microalgaea. The oil is lightweight and really takes cares of everything on my skin, especially redness and hyperpigmentation. LOVE. You can get African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil here.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum Beauty Heroes Indie Beauty
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum* (review here) was designed to brighten and lighten your skin. This serum has this amazing, vibrant orange colour and a sweet fruity scent of Pequi Fruit Oil and Guarana, it's so good! There's also Sea Buckthorn, Andiroba and Buriti oils. It's surprisingly lightweight and is instantly absorbed into the skin. This is not an overnight miracle but with regular use you can see a slight difference in reduction of redness and hyperpigmentation. As this is a concentrated formula I use it in combination with another oil serum and I just love the extra boost it gives to my skin. You can get Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum here or in one of the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries by Beauty Heroes (check it out here).
Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum Beauty Heroes Indie Beauty
Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum* is an oil that quickly impressed me and that doesn't happen that often with oils. If you missed my previous post, I just reviewed this oil actually (you can read the article here). Radiant Rani smells like Rose with a hint of spice and I really enjoy it. It contains Sesame and Rice Bran Oils, Turmeric, Saffron, Nutgrass, Vetiver, Licorice Root, Himalayan Cherry, Indian Barberry and more. Since I only have a small bottle of the oil, I'm using it like the Light Reveal from Wabi-Sabi Botanicals, more like a treatment. The two work beautifully together. I had a feeling I would like Ranavat Botanics but their products really impressed me more than I thought. Radiant Runi is brightening and makes my skin more radiant and glowing. I like. You can get Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum here or in one of the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries by Beauty Heroes (see here).
Emanufaktur Aman Skincare Serum Made in Italy Organic Vegan
Emanufaktur Aman Skincare Serum* is my newest facial oil and I simply have to mention it in this post because it also contains Turmeric, and I have a feeling it will help to reduce redness and brighten my skin. I have only used it a few times thus far but I really like it. When you check out the ingredients in Serum you can't help yourself but to say ooh and aah, cause the ingredient list is just wow. It's very long so I won't go into it too much, but to quickly name a few ingredients there are Papaya, Argan, Acai, Strawberry, Avocado, Tucuma & Capuacu Butter, Oats, Chamomile and more. This oil is actually a "liquid balm", meaning it's not as liquidy and oily as oil serums usually are. It's more thick (Light Reveal from Wabi-Sabi Botanicals is also more of a liquid balm) but then at the same time it's also lightweight and non-greasy. It's more of a dry oil so it doesn't feel heavy and is quickly absorbed into the skin. It's very lovely. The scent is quite strong, it's citron scent. I would prefer if it was a bit more delicate and non-invasive but I'm sure I'll get used to it. I will use it for weeks to come to really see if it works but so far I'm impressed. You can get Emanufaktur Aman Skincare Serum here.
Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool
Lastly I want to mention the product that probably helps the most with hyperpigmentation - Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool. If you haven't heard of gua sha then I'm sorry but where do you live?? It's been all the rave for the last few years and this year especially. Gua sha tools and jade rollers are the beauty tools every single blogger, youtuber, beauty obsessed person has and a regular use of them can make such a huge difference in my skin. I'm very lazy when it comes to using them but when I do use my rose quartz gua sha tool every day, I swear my skin looks better than it did in a long time. It's all thanks to lympatic drainage and massage that these tools provide and used with a good serum or balm, it doubles the benefits. My skin overall is more radiant, less inflammed, hyperpigmentation is greatly reduces, it is plumper and more supple and I could just go on and on. I actually got back into using it because I'm noticing more and more fine lines on my skin and I just feel that a little lift gua sha provides will do me some good. Who cares if I sound vain, that is how I feel. But besides immediate improvement in that, I always notice that my skin just overall looks better. So yeah, definitely try it out if you haven't already! I got my Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool on Etsy, but there are loads of places you can get it.

Have you tried any of these products? Are you always on the hunt for amazing brightening products too?

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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