Flying Wild Lip Balm

February 12, 2016

Flying Wild is a brand based on a small local beekeeping business operating 60 beehives from a village in Ireland. (Oh Ireland, you have a special place in my heart. <3 So beautiful and green and I hope I will visit it again.) The founder Arno, who is btw very friendly and nice to talk to, is a beekeeper and he started creating handmade organic beeswax based skincare products. First let's quickly mention that the brand isn't vegan but a thing I would like to point out is that Arno doesn't feed his bees with sugar, which is quite a common thing when it comes to honey and beekeeping. At least I think so. Here I have to mention a video that Danielle did, where she talks about ethically sustainable bee farms and how we should look for those and support them. Bees are important and we need them to survive. Check out her video here. And don't blame me if you'll want the Mahalo Gift Set after watching it. :) Now back to Flying Wild.
First and for now the only product from the line is a handmade Organic Beeswax Lip Balm with Raw Irish Honey and Rosemary*. The balm comes in your standard twist-up tube with fully recyclable packaging. Like I've already talked with Arno, the design of the packaging is old school and the colour really isn't my favourite, but it will change and I can't wait to see it. I'm a sucker for a beautiful design but the thing that is the most important are ingredients, of course. 

Lip balm contains Organic Grapeseed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Raw Irish Honey, Organic Oil of Rosemary and Vitamin E. At the moment the ingredients are not yet certified, but the brand is working with Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association for the organic certification. Lip balm smells of Rosemary, which isn't my favourite scent ever and at the beginning I wasn't very fond of it. But I quickly got used to it and now I quite like it. I find this lip balm very moisturizing and I keep reaching for it. 
 It's described as soothing, healing and reviving, and I agree with all three. My lips are nourished, very soft and smooth. How could they not be, if they contain the ever amazing honey?! <3 Here I also have to mention that my boyfriend doesn't find it as nourishing as some other balms. He has this test, where he puts the lip balm on his lips before sleep and if the balm is still there in the morning, then it's great. If not, he will still use it but won't repurchase. I don't know, I still find it nourishing and I recommend it. If you have problems with chapped and dry lips, then do give it a go.

The lip balm is for sale on their website and some other places, like UK Amazon and in a number of Pharmacies and health food stores in Ireland. 

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

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February 10, 2016

Today's article is inspired by Valentine's Day. I was never much into it, my boyfriend and I don't celebrate it, but I have no problems with it whatsoever. You do you! I picked some pretty red and pink products (and a few others) that may inspire a lust or a purchase for the upcoming love day. Or just any other day in the year. :)
Yanumi Raw Organic Shea Butter with Almond Oil* - well isn't this just the cutest little packaging?! This heart shaped tin is packed with vegan and organic Shea Butter from Ghana and Almond Oil from Spain. I adore Shea Butter, it's such a magical ingredient for softening and hydrating the skin. It makes it extremely smooth and it can be also used as a face product. It's not comedogenic which means it doesn't clog the pores and cause breakouts. At least in my experience. I've only had this lovely product for a few days but I feel in love with it right way. Mainly I've been using it for my dry cuticles and lips, but there are numerous ways of using it - on your hair, face, hands, body, wherever you like.

100% Pure Pretty Naked Palette - this gorgeous fruit pigmented palette is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and beautiful colors from pigments of fruits, seeds, flowers and vegetables. Comes with one of the most beautiful blush shades I've ever tried! It's called like the palette, Pretty Naked, and you can see it more up-close in this post. Besides the blush it also contains three eye shadows and a highlighter called Luminizer, which I don't really care for because it's too pink for me to wear on my cheeks. But it works quite nice as an eye shadow. If you like natural shades that this is the palette for you. You can find swatches of all five shades here.
Nudus Lipstick in Revenge*- of course I had to include a red lipstick. Blue toned red lipstick to be exact. I talked more about these lipsticks in the past (click), but by no means have I forgot about them. They are highly, highly pigmented. So much so that you most definitely need a mirror, especially with this shade, and possibly a lip brush as well when applying it. Nudus is now also available in Europe, yay! You can get them at the gorgeous Reina Organics e-boutique.
Alima Pure Lipstick in Louise* - if you're not a fan of red lips, then Louise is the way to go. If you're familiar with 27 Kisses from Nudus, then think about Louise as 27 Kisses's little sister. Louise is a bit paler and slightly less mauve. Absolutely stunning I'd say. It's a beautiful creamy nude lipstick with semi-matte formula. It's also very pigmented, moisturizing and it disappears evenly from the lips.
Inika Mineral Blush Puff Pot in Pink Pinch - I don't usually get along with loose mineral products, if you overlook my well loved Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, but other than that, it's too messy for my liking. Not with this blush though. As you can see it has a puff, a puff pot applicator which makes the application a whole lot easier. Well, it's not really the most hygienic way of using a product (maybe I'll press it one day), but for now I'm using it as it is. Pink Pinch is a beautiful pink shade with tiny shimmer particles. I don't normally enjoy shimmer in blushers, but this one gives a nice dewy and healthy look to the skin. If you just dab it onto your skin it can look a bit shimmery, but if you gently blend it in then the shimmer will immediately disappear.

Balm Balm Relax All Over Balm* (ENG) - another product for keeping my skin extra soft and nourished. 100% organic with relaxing and soothing essential oils like Rose Geranium, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang and Lavender. Smells beautiful and it is a lovely product to use. More about it here.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter - not fully committed to bold red lips, but would still like some color on them? Then this is the one for you. Hands down one of the most enjoyable and wearable "red lipsticks" out there. It is essentially a lip butter full of nourishing and moisturizing ingredients, like Avocado and Rosehip Oil, Shea and Cocoa Butter and pigments from Strawberry, Cherry and Plum, to name most of them. It's a very beautiful product but a classic lip balm tube would work even better.

Leahlani Skincare Perfume Oils in Pikake and Lychee* - unfortunately these two don't look as pretty as they did, but what is inside is more important. They both smell hella good! Sweet, exotic and just wonderful. Pikake is the Hawaiian Jasmine flower and the perfume itself is described as an exotic floral with earthy notes, reminiscent of the jasmine bushes blooming at night in the middle of a warm, tropical rainstorm. Lychee perfume is described as exotic sweet lychee with hints of rombuton, papaya and freesia flowers. Fun, fresh, young, sweet and cheery! I don't see this one on their website anymore, but I do hope it will return.
Lily Lolo Lipstick in Romantic Rose* (ENG) - a stunning rich, rose pink with a super creamy consistency and with just the perfect name for a romantic Valentine's Day. It's moisturizing and really wearable. One of my favourite pink lipsticks. You should definitely give it a go.
Rawr Organic Chocolate with Goji Berries and Vanilla* (60g)  - last but certainly not least is a product that inspired this post, chocolate of course. I mean just look at it. Isn't it so precious? Besides the spot on, 100% recyclable packaging (which includes 10% of cocoa husks), Rawr also did a nice job creating the chocolate. I don't really taste the vanilla, but it is a nice dark chocolate. It's 100% organic, vegan, contains cocoa solids 72% minimum and is fairtraded. Fairtrade is a certification you should all look for when buying a bar of chocolate. It ensures decent working conditions, fair wages and no forced labour or child labour. Buying Fairtrade chocolate makes a huge difference to the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Have you tried any of these products?

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

mysalifree body lotion

February 07, 2016

Hi lovelies! Today's post is in Slovene, but do scroll to the bottom of the post where is a translated version. :)

Mysalifree je avstrijska linija certificirano ekološke kozmetike, ki se izogiba potencialno alergenim in zdravju škodljivim snovem. Torej je še posebej primerna za vse ljudi, ki imajo občutljivo kožo in kožo nagnjeno k alergijam. Izdelki mysalifree niso testirani na živalih ter ne vsebujejo sintetičnih barvil, dišav in sestavin, kot so parafini, parabeni, sulfati, silikoni, PEG in tako naprej. Izdelki med drugim ne vsebujejo tudi salicilatov (to so soli salicilne kisline in se nahajajo v listih, cvetovih in koreninah različnih rastlin), saj vsebujejo alergijski potencial. Zaradi tega v izdelkih tudi ne uporabljajo eteričnih olj, ki lahko dražijo kožo. Velik del sestavin je pridobljen s CO2 ekstrakcijo. To je relativno drag in zamuden, vendar tudi nežen postopek, tako za okolje kot tudi za predmet ekstrakcije. Rezultat je zelo čisto in kakovostno olje oziroma ekstrakt, ki je najbolj podoben sveži rastlini. Eno izmed takšnih ekstraktov je visokokakovostno olje riževih otrobov iz ekološke pridelave.
Znamka je vzbudila moje zanimanje že lani, ko sem obiskala sejem Narava-zdravje. Izdelki namenjeni občutljivi koži po mojih izkušnjah delujejo neverjetno dobro, tako da sem se z veseljem odzvala povabilu k testiranju njihovih izdelkov. Danes vam bom predstavila Losjon za telo z dragocenim ekološkim oljem riževih otrobov*. Celoten spisek sestavin lahko najdete tukaj, naj omenim, da vsebuje olje in ekstrakt riževih otrobov, ki se na Japonskem že desetletja tradicionalno uporablja v lepotne namene in je s svojimi protivnetnimi učinki še posebej primerno za občutljivo in poškodovano kožo. Olje je bogato z vitaminom E in ima vrsto pozitivnih in blagodejnih učinkov na kožo - kožo vlaži in jo nahrani z vitamini in minerali, pomaga pri zmanjševanju in nastanku gub, izboljšuje elastičnost kože itd. Poleg dveh konzervansov, ki sta potrebna, saj vsebuje vodo, glicerina in nekaterih drugih sestavin, ki vam jih ne bom naštevala, vsebuje tudi ekološko pridelano arabsko kavo, po kateri ima losjon tudi nežen vonj. Meni sicer ni najljubši in vonj losjona ne naredi najbolj razkošnega, a če vam eterična olja povzročajo težave in glavobole, potem vam ga priporočam. Losjon za telo je veganski in naj vas ne zavede vsebnost mlečne kisline, tako kot je mene. Uporabljena mlečna kislina namreč nastane s fermentacijo rastlinskih snovi zato je veganska. Deluje kot regulator vlage in pH stabilizator. Mlečna kislina je tudi sestavni del naravnega kislega zaščitnega plašča kože in kontrolira bakterijsko poseljenost kože ter izboljša videz suhe in luskaste kože.
Pri losjonu me je najbolj presenetila sama tekstura, ki je zelo lahka, da ne rečem skoraj vodena. Kar pomeni, da se izjemno hitre vpije v kožo in ne pušča nobenih mastnih sledi. Losjon je tako nadvse primeren za jutranjo uporabo in takojšen nanos oblačil. Je prijeten za uporabo, saj se dobro razmaže, všeč pa mi je tudi priročna embalaža. Moj prvi vtis je bil super, priznam pa, da sem bila kar malo skeptična, če mi bo kožo sploh dobro navlažil. Po nekaj dnevih me je prijetno presenetil in moram povedati, da je z redno uporabo moja koža mehka, gladka in navlažena cel dan.
Priporočam vsem, ki imate občutljivo, razdraženo kožo, kožo nagnjenim k alergijam, ki se lahko pojavijo tudi ob uporabi eteričnih olj, ali pa preprosto iščete nov vlažilen in hitro vpojen losjon za telo. Na voljo tukaj, kjer lahko s kodo "JANA" uveljavljate 10% popust na nakup vseh izdelkov od 7. februarja pa vse do 7. marca 2016.

Today's product review is from an Austrian brand Mysalifree, which as far as I know is not available worldwide so I decided to write a review in Slovene and a short recap in English. Mysalifree uses certified organic ingredients and is especially suitable for people with sensitive, irritated skin, skin prone to allergies. Their products are cruelty-free and don't contain synthetic fragrances, artificial pigments and ingredients, like paraffins, parabens, sulphates, silicones, PEG's and so on. They also don't contain salicylates, which are the salts and esters of salicylic acid, and they can cause irritations. The same is with essential oils, which they also don't use because they can cause allergic reaction. Some ingredients that they do use are sourced with CO2 extraction, a relatively expensive and time-consuming, but also gentle procedure. The end result is highly pure and high quality oil or extract, that is similar to a fresh plant. One of those oils in their products is organic Rice Bran Oil.

I first saw this brand last year and anything that is meant for sensitive skin rocks my boat. Now let's get into today's review. I'm happy to introduce you the Mysalifree Body Lotion with Rice Bran Oil*. You can check out the whole ingredient list here, but let me just mention that it contains Rice Bran Oil and Extract. This ingredient is a well kept beauty secret of many Asian and especially Japanese ladies. This oil is rich in vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Amongst other amazing properties it's also inflammatory, which is wonderful for sensitive skin. Besides two preservatives, glycerin and some other ingredients, it also contains certified organic Arabic Coffee. Lotion has a mild scent of coffee, which isn't my favourite, but if essential oils give you any problems or a headache, then this one is a great choice for you.

The thing that surprised me the most with this vegan friendly lotion was its consistency. It has a very lightweight texture, which I could almost describe as watery. It quickly sinks into the skin and doesn't leave any greasy residue. That's why it's most suitable for morning use and when you immediately want to put on your clothes. It's a lovely product to use and I love the practical bottle with a pump as well. My first impression was great, but I was a bit sceptical if it will properly hydrate my skin. After a few days of use I can honestly say that with regular use, my skin became soft, smooth and moisturized all day.

I really like this body lotion and would highly recommend it to everyone dealing with sensitive, irritated skin, skin allergic to essential oils, and to everyone looking for a new, lightweight and fast absorbing body lotion.

I got mine from a Slovenian online store but do check Mysalifree's official site to learn more about the brand and its availability, if you're interested.

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Vegan Cooking #4

February 05, 2016

I love, love a good soup! I've been seeing on Instagram that February is the month of love (I guess because of the Valentine's Day), so why not share something I love? I decided on one of my favourite heart warming and delicious soups. This one has lots of extra yummy veggies and spices. More than perfect for colder, rainy, winter days. Or just any other day. :)

Like usual, the recipe is not the most accurate one because I always make it up as I a go. I cooked the following ingredients in a 3 litre pot and I used about 2 liters of water (something like that).

Warming Winter Soup

- 1 onion,
-  few cloves of garlic,
- 3 potatoes,
- 1 carrot,
- 1/2 bell pepper,
- 2 tbsp of peas,
- a handful of cauliflower,
- a handful of broccoli and
- a can of beans (I used white beans here, but red beans work great as well).

You'll also need:
- 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil,
- salt and black pepper to taste,
- 1-2 tsp homemade vegetable bouillon,
- 1 tsp tomato paste,
- 3 tbsp tomato sauce,
- 1 tsp sweet paprika,
- 1/2 tsp turmeric,
- sprinkle of cayenne pepper and chili,
- 1/2 tsp cumin and
- 2-3 bay leaves.

1. Chop up all the vegetables and thoroughly rinse the beans so they don't give you digestive problems.

2. Add coconut oil to a cooking pot and sauté your onions. Add chopped garlic, potatoes, carrot, bell pepper and peas. Stir them for a few minutes and then add water and bay leaves. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes.

3. After 20 minutes add the seasonings, beans, cauliflower and broccoli. Cook for another 10 minutes on low heat. After that check if the potatoes are cooked and if they are, your soup is finished. Bon appétit!

*there is no right or wrong when it comes to this soup, you can mix and match the vegetables you like, you can skip the beans, add pasta, more spices, what your little heart desires :)

Happy cooking!

Much love,

Jana xx

Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser

February 01, 2016

Kahina Giving Beauty is a brand I've already talked about on this blog. I've shared a little bit of the story behind the brand and its philosophy here. It's an interesting read, so you should definitely check their website to learn even more. Just to sum it up, Kahina Giving Beauty (Kahina is the name for a Berber queen and prophetess who reigned in Morocco circa 700 CE) sources rare, essential ingredients from women's cooperatives around the world and a percentage of all profits are donated to support the women working there. The brand is certified organic by Ecocert, fair trade, mindful when it comes to sustainability and environmental friendly - their outer packaging is created from 100% post-consumer waste and their bottles are made from high quality recyclable violet glass, which acts as a powerful preservative by blocking out damaging light rays. But like I said, more here.

My first experience with the brand was with their Serum, which is lovely but today's review is reserved for the Facial Cleanser*. It is said that it removes impurities while gently exfoliating, toning and brightening skin. I really agree with this description and let me just say it here already, I love using this cleanser. It has a wonderful milky consistency that I always use straight from the bottle, no water needed. It doesn't foam but that is to be expected with cleansing milks. I like to take time with this one. Even though it removes the majority of eye makeup, I normally use it after removing my makeup with an oil based cleanser and warm cloth. Five or six pumps is what you need. I rub my hands together to spread the product and then apply onto my face. I love massaging it with circular movements for around thirty seconds, I'd say. Then I simply wash it off with lukewarm water and dry with clean towel.

Ingredients like Papaya Fruit Extract and Willow Bark Extract gently exfoliate the skin, while certified Organic Argan Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil help to cleanse the skin without drying or stripping the skin of its natural oils. This Aloe Vera based facial cleanser has a mild scent which I think goes perfectly with the consistency and feel of the product. Mild and gentle scent for a gentle, non irritating nor drying cleanser. Scented with bright, sweet and flowery notes of Neroli. Two ingredients to also mention is Chamomile and we all know how calming and wonderful it is, and Blue Tansy Flower Oil, which is very popular at the moment and is actually genetically very similar to Chamomile. At its core, Blue Tansy is very poisonous, but when rendered right, it's got great medicinal range - it's anti-inflammatory and soothing, to say the least.
So far as my experience goes, I highly recommend Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser. It does what it says. It gently cleanses, exfoliates and brightens my skin. I use it in the mornings and evenings and I'm impressed. Not to mention the whole look with its luxurious and divinely gorgeous packaging. Violet glass bottles are amazing and the package design is actually based on signatures of the Berber women, which Katherine (the founder) collected during visits to a cooperative. Love it.

Facial Cleanser comes in a huge, 200 ml bottle with a pump and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. You can get it at Corpo Natura.

Have you tried this cleanser? What is your favourite cleanser at the moment? :)

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Cheeky Combo

January 29, 2016

I've always loved a good blush. I think it brings that healthy, fresh look, which is something I strive for. Blush ties the whole look together and I always look more put together when I'm flushing blushing. But only with the help of a blush and not when I'm actually blushing haha. Not sure what kind of a beauty blogger I am, but currently I own "only" five blushes. For the last few weeks I've been completely obsessed with 100% Pure Pretty Naked Blush. I haven't worn anything else but this blush. <3 Another product that completely swoon me over is the most gorgeous highlighter ever, the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer*. I've seen this baby everywhere. Green and clean beauties rave about it and bloggers that aren't into clean, organic beauty are in love with it as well. Trust me, it's worth the hype.

100% Pure Pretty Naked Blush - this blush is a part of the Pretty Naked palette (it's also sold on its own), a beautiful soft and natural palette. I've already mention the palette (click) and then I wasn't really all that kin of this blush. But I gave it a second chance and boy I'm glad I did that! First of all, this blush, and other 100% Pure makeup, is colored with the antioxidant and vitamin rich fruit pigments instead of minerals or synthetic dyes. Yaaas! It contains the likes of Rosehip Seed Oil, Avocado Butter, Plum, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Rose Petal, Cherry and so on. Beautiful! Maybe you'd think it's oily because of the oil and butters, but it's so not. It's just like "any other" blush. The texture is super soft and silky, the pigmentation is amazing and it also blends great. It gives a beautiful satin finish and a natural flushed look. The shade is just the perfect neutral color and goes with almost every lipstick, especially if they're from the brown, orange or red color family. It also goes with berry shades and some pinks. This blush is everything.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer* - this coconut oil based product is my favourite highlighters I have ever tried. Nothing compares in magically highlighting the skin, wouldn't you say? It almost looks a too white and pearly when it's just swatched on the hand, but oh my does it look amazing when applied on the cheekbones. It's not sparkly, pearly or glittery, not one bit! It's an ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish. It gives my skin glowing and super youthful look, without being sticky or greasy. Living Luminizer blends seamlessly into my skin and it looks just stunning. It is one of the most natural looking highlighters and I love it immensely.
What is your go-to cheek combo at the moment?

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Terre Verdi Argan Shea Multitasking Cream

January 26, 2016

Like I said on my Instagram "In a wonderful world of many beautiful balms in colours of the rainbow (we have yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue), we can't forget about the pure, snow white ones. They are gorgeous too!" This caption describes the wonderful Terre Verdi ArganShea Multitasking Cream*. I've already featured their luxurious FranChouliPom Body Oil* in this post, and I can say that this cream is gorgeous as well.
Terre Verdi is a UK brand committed to bringing you ethically-sourced products, lovingly crafted from organic ingredients. They say that their products reflect "the respect and care for our own families, our concern for the environment, and the integrity with which we aim to treat our customers and business partners alike. We use organic ingredients because we believe that nature should be respected and not tampered with. We want to make products that heal your skin and soothe your soul and hope you will enjoy using them as much as we enjoy sharing them with you."

The brand recently relaunched and their products look absolutely divine. So chic and luxe. Check out their logo, it represent founder's Alessandra's family crest (she was born in Sicily, which was also a huge inspiration for creating the brand), and embodies Alessandra’s commitment to bring to you her closely cherished family values of love and respect for nature, integrity and a desire to share the best that her region can offer with the rest of the world.
Brand sure as heck sounds lovely and the products match everything that you just read. At least the two I've tried. An award winning ArganShea Multitasking Cream has 99% certified organic ingredients containing the likes of Shea Butter, with its amazing nourishing properties, and is combined with the many and formidable powers of Argan Oil, and rounded off by healing and most wonderful Calendula Oil. The cream is properly soothing and has such a lovely effect on my skin - it calms it and works well at reducing redness as well. Besides the Vitamin E, these three heavenly ingredients are rounded up with three divinely smelling essential oils, Neroli, Geranium and Sweet Orange. It has a beautiful and strong floral scent with a hint of citrus. I adore it and I actually find it relaxing and uplifting at the same time. It really is lovely.

At first sight it looks like it has your typical balm consistency and it almost feels like that as well. There is a slightly different feel to it, it is more emollient and almost not as oily as other butter and oil based balms. If you've tried pure, raw Shea Butter, then imagine a texture like that, but with a touch of oil to it. Instead of instantly turning into an oil, it takes a second or two more than your "usual balm", but the end result is the same. It gives my skin an instant boost of hydration and it keeps it moisturized and nourished all day long. It doesn't really sink into the skin easily, so I'd say it's more for an evening use but I like using it in the mornings too. If you were wondering, yes, a little goes a long way. Can't forget about the thing that impressed me the most, its soothing and calming abilities. Yas! Not to mention the softness of the skin. 
I love it and highly recommend it. My prefered way of using it is on my face and neck  - it goes beautifully on after a toner and/or aloe vera based serum. You can also use it on any dry area of your skin, such as hands, elbows, heels, and knees. It works amazing on cuticles too. I can only say from my experience, but I would say it's suitable for all skin types. My combination skin (acne prone at the moment) is very much enjoying it. Get it here.

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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