H IS FOR LOVE Giveaway

April 24, 2018

Remember this post and how much love I have for H IS FOR LOVE products? Well I wanted to share the love so I've teamed up with So Natural Beauty to bring one of you a chance to win both, the RAPHA Harmonizing Oil Cleanser & PROPOLIS Regenerative Face Mask. I'm hosting the giveaway over on my Instragam so if you're on there make sure to enter. I'm sorry to all my international ladies but this one is open to Europe only. See you over on Instagram (you can enter here) and good luck!!
H IS FOR LOVE So Natural Beauty RAPHA Harmonizing Oil Cleanser and PROPOLIS Regenerative Face Mask giveaway
With love and light,

Jana xx

*this giveaway is sponsored by So Natural Beauty

Earth Day

April 22, 2018

It's Earth Day today! But Earth Day is like Valentine's Day - you don't celebrate love and appreciate your loved ones only on V Day but all year round and the same goes for our Mother Earth. Shower her with love all year round and make mindful choices keeping her in mind. Always. I love nature so much, it is truly amazing and I'm so very grateful to live in a place surrounded by all this beauty.

LOVE.
Celebrate Earth Day every day!

Lots of love,

Jana xxx

Introducing Vapour Limited Edition Makeup Discovery

April 21, 2018

There is a new Beauty Heroes Limited Edition Makeup Discovery in town and it's all about Vapour Organic Beauty. I just received this box and have been using these products for a few days so as the title of this post suggest - this is only an introduction to the products, not a full on review. Well I did use one of the products before and really liked it but the other two are completely new to me.

This Limited Edition Makeup Discovery* features three Vapour Organic Beauty products: Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer (option of three shades), AER Next-level Deodorant (option of three scents) and LUX Organic Lip Conditioner. This box is valued at $94 and it is available for $55 (if you're a Beauty Heroes member you have 15% off). Check it out here.
Vapour Organic Beauty April 2018 Limited Edition Makeup Discovery Beauty Heroes. Stratus Soft Skin Focus Primer, AER Next-Level Deodorant Natural, Ginger Grapefruit, LUX Organic Lip ConditionerVapour Organic Beauty April 2018 Limited Edition Makeup Discovery Beauty Heroes. Stratus Soft Skin Focus Primer, AER Next-Level Deodorant Natural, Ginger Grapefruit, LUX Organic Lip ConditionerVapour Organic Beauty April 2018 Limited Edition Makeup Discovery Beauty Heroes Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer
Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer is a product that has been featured in the first (I think) Makeup Discovery and I'm happy to see it again because it is a beautiful product. Stratus now comes in a new packaging and it is glass which I L O V E. This primer was created to make the skin a refined and radiant appearance - it instantly lends a look of balance and smoothness, and softens the appearance of lines. Stratus contains some beautiful botanicals like Camellia, Elderberry, Pumpkin, Papaya and more. It also contains Mica which gives the primer that subtle yet noticeable shimmer which especially looks gorgeous on high points of the face (cheeks, brow bone and so on). The primer also contains Beeswax and therefore it is not vegan. The primer has this beautiful soft pink colour and goes on clear (with the expection of the shimmer). These tiny particles reflect lovely on the skin, making it look a bit more radiant, plump and dewy. It gives a beautiful subtle radiant finish to the skin and what is not to like about that?

There are a few way of using this product: as a moisturizer, as an all over primer or on the usual places of the face where you would apply highlighter. Later is my prefered way of using it. I said it before (see here) that because I use facial oil and/or moisturizer + sunscreen in the morning, I sometimes don't feel like applying yet another product on top because it can feel too heavy. The primer does sink into the skin but when you're wearing other skincare products it can take quite a while to really absorb properly into the skin. That's why I absolutely love to apply it more strategically - on the tops of my cheeks, temples, brow bone, bridge of my nose, a little bit on the centre of my forehead and my chin. As always, less is more and two light layers are better than one full-on, heavy layer. Lately I've been only wearing concealer, bronzer and blush and this primer fits perfectly into my face makeup routine because it just gives my skin that little bit of oomph.

UPDATE: All this being said about this primer, I found out that this pink primer, the shade S904 actually contains Carmine! I was completely unaware of this - I mistakenly checked the ingredient list of the S902 which is in fact carmine-free! So even though I love this primer I will gift it to my friend who will love it too, I'm sure.
Vapour Organic Beauty April 2018 Limited Edition Makeup Discovery Beauty Heroes Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer
Anywho, you can pick Stratus in three different shades:
S902: Fair to medium skin, neutral or pink undertones, diminishes the look of redness/rosacea (the only that is carmine free but still contains Beeswax),
S903: Light-medium tan skin tones with yellow or olive undertones and dark skin,
S904: Provides a perfected look to light to medium skin tones with neutral or olive undertones.

More about this primer here.
Vapour organic Beauty  April 2018 Limited Edition Makeup Discovery Beauty Heroes AER Next Level Deodorant, Ginger Grapefruit
Next is AER Next-Level Deodorant which is a lightweight gel-to-powder deodorant that is armed with a potent blend of Arrowroot, Tulsi, Myrrh, Oregano and a pinch of Baking Soda, a revolutionary blend that powerfully confronts odor-causing bacteria. You can choose from three different scents, I chose the refreshing Ginger Grapefruit. I like the scent - it's citrusy and gingery, a great refreshing scent for the weeks to come. This deodorant is different from any other natural deodorant I've tried. It really is like they say: it transform from a gel to powder consistency. This deodorant doesn't feel heavy and chalky (which is annoying but those deodorants usually work on me) but it really feels lightweight and lovely. I also have to say that even though it contains Baking Soda I haven't experienced any irritation or redness (so far), which I get if deodorant contains a lot of it. Thumbs up for that! The same as the soft gel texture, the packaging is also different to the way natural deodorants are packaged. It looks like a conventional deodorant, doesn't it? The product comes out through small holes on top and you only need a small amount for it to work. There is a very convenient graphic on the back that illustrates the right amount of product and how much is too much. At Vapour they say that more isn't going to be more effective. The packaging is designed in a way that fits nicely into the palm of the hand and you can also clearly see how much deodorant is left. Note that this product is designed to last for 8 weeks with one time a day application so it actually looks like you're getting a half empty stick. This all is intentional. I do have to say that using this deodorant feels so good on the skin - the packaging is smooth and gentle and it really feels so good. I know that they chose this kind of packaging for a reason but if you know me then you will know that I wish it wasn't made from plastic. But there are a few awesome things that Vapour is doing and I will mention them down below, at the end of this review.
Vapour organic Beauty  April 2018 Limited Edition Makeup Discovery Beauty Heroes AER Next Level Deodorant, Ginger Grapefruit
I've only used it a few times and I do have to say that I had to reapply it in late afternoon. I had a few days where I needed a natural deodorant that I know works for me so I haven't been wearing it every day since I've received it (I didn't want to be surprised by my smelly self you know) but I will continue using it this week and see how it goes. I know that lots of ladies love this deodorant and its long-lasting staying power. Another big plus to mention is that it doesn't stain my clothes.

This GMO- and gluten-free deodorant made with 70% organic ingredients comes in three different scents and for this Limited Edition Makeup Discovery you can choose between:
- Lavender Myrrh,
- Ginger Grapefruit,
- Palo Santo Blood Orange.
Vapour organic Beauty  April 2018 Limited Edition Makeup Discovery Beauty Heroes LUX Organic Lip Conditioner
Last but most certainly not least is Vapour's LUX Organic Lip Conditioner - a heavenly blend of Coconut and Jojoba infused with Calendula, Helichrysum and Lemon Balm to name a few. This long-lasting cult favorite is an all-day go-to that works as a balm, primer, eyebrow tamer and evening hydrator. This is one gorgeous lip balm! It's very moisturizing and has this yummy candy-like scent of Plump, Figs and Apricots. So yum! Lux is an instant people pleaser and you will love it, I'm sure of that.

All three products contain Beeswax, just so you know. In light of Earth Day tomorrow and just because I'm always interested in more eco-friendly solutions and options I also want to share a few things Vapour is doing for the environment: their entire  production process occurs under the same roof in Taos, New Mexico. They use passive-solar and wind power in their office, warehouse and lab. Their stick applicators are made with aluminium (most recyclable material available) and their lab uses a flood-fill system to reduce waste. Vapour's product boxes are made from post-consumer recycled paper printed with soy ink. Yes!

As I said, this Makeup Discovery is available for a Limited Time only. If you fancy the look of it I suggest you order quick! For $55 you will receive three products worth $94 (members have 15% off their box). Choose between three shades of Stratus (see here) and three scents of AER deodorant (see here) + you will also get their wonderful lip balm (check it out here). 

You can order this Beauty Heroes box here.

UPDATE: Some of the options are already sold out!! So if you want this box, order asap!

Have a beautiful weekend.

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

EcoTools Face Makeup Brushes

April 17, 2018

Back in January I've received some new EcoTools makeup brushes from Love Lula so I'm more than ready to review them. I immediately incorporated them into my everyday routine so I kinda forgot that they are new and that I haven't mentioned them on here. I wanted to upgrade from brushes with plastic handles to more eco-friendly version so I went with bamboo handles instead. I ordered three brushes, all for applying face makeup.
EcoTools Bamboo Sher Powder, Blending & Bronzing, Precision Blush Makeup Brushes. Vegan, cruelty free.
EcoTools Bamboo Sheer Powder Brush. Recycled Aluminium. Vegan, cruelty free bristles. Love Lula.
First is the EcoTools Bamboo Sheer Powder Brush* made from cruelty free taklon bristles, bamboo and recycled aluminium. I know that taklon isn't a natural ingredient but I don't support aka don't want to use brushes made with bristles that come from animals. The bristles on this brush are extremely soft and the brush is so wonderful to use. "The Sheer Powder Brush is best used with loose and finishing powders for lightweight application, creating a great base for your look." It is ideal for applying and setting your face makeup, delivering an even, all-over dusting of powder. I love to use it with my Lily Lolo Flawless Silk Finishing Powder and INIKA Mineral Mattifying Powder* (which fyi actually isn't that mattifying). I like it a lot! You can get it here.
EcoTools Bamboo Blending & Bronzing Brush. Recycled Aluminium. Vegan, cruelty free bristles. Love Lula.
Next is the EcoTools Bamboo Blending & Bronzing Brush* which I thought would be my favourite when I first ordered them. It is nice but I would prefer the bristles wouldn't be packed so tightly together. You know what it is, even though it is made with duo-fiber bristles I think it would be better if there were less of them. There's quite a lot and you have to get used to it to make it truly work. It can pack on quite a lot of product so you have to be careful with that but once you get used to it, it's lovely! I like to start with a tiny amount of bronzer (my fave is still Miami Beach Pressed Bronzer from Lily Lolo) and then go back in with some more if I want to. I love to tap it on my skin first and then gently swipe it on with circular movements. It does blend the product nicely and even though I would prefer less densely packed bristles, I still enjoy using this brush. You can get it here.
EcoTools Bamboo Precision Blush Brush. Vegan, cruelty free bristles. Love Lula.
The third brush I got is the EcoTools Bamboo Precision Blush Brush*. I was slightly confused when I received this brush because I thought it would be a bit bigger. This brush also has super soft bristles which are densely packed together and the first time I used it I didn't like it at all. I was used to a brush that was bigger and with bristles that weren't so densely packed together. As you can see and as the name says - this brush is very precise, which can be a good or a bad thing when it comes to applying blush. At first I ended up with a blotch of blush on a part of my cheek but after a quick blending action my blush was blended very nicely. I learned that this brush works best if I use it like the Blending & Bronzing Brush: first apply the blush with tapping movements and place it where you want it to be and then swirl the brush around with circular movements. As it is densely packed I also much prefer using less than more. I never did like to go in with a whole lot of product so that really isn't a new thing to me but I think it's good to mention it for all of you. You can get this brush here.

This review doesn't read like my previous review of the two H IS FOR LOVE products (see here) but nevertheless I still very much enjoy these three brushes. They look nice, especially the ones with recycled aluminium, they are very soft and they work lovely (when you get used to the density of the bristles haha - mind you that the brushes I used prior to these weren't as dense as the two brushes are).

Have you tried EcoTools brushes? What do you think about them?

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

H IS FOR LOVE Rapha & Propolis

April 13, 2018

Hi beauties! Hope you're having a lovely weekend. Today I'm coming at you with another rave review. Let's chat some more about the two stunning products from H IS FOR LOVE, an American brand founded by Bee Simonds. The name H IS FOR LOVE stems from Bee's lifelong connection to the number three. Composed of three lines, H is a symbol. Nature has a deep affinity for this number: three dimensions of space, three laws of motion, three types of galaxies; from the tiniest atom to the heavens, the number three represents balance in design and perfection in nature. H IS FOR LOVE is a nod to the divine as it reveals itself through the natural world.

I first fell in love with the brand when it was featured in a Boxwalla beauty box (see here) and then my love for them grew even deeper with another feature in another Boxwalla box (see here). As you can see I already wrote short reviews of both products but since I got them in full sized packaging + because they are so gorgeous, I simply have to write about them again. H IS FOR LOVE Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser and Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Vegan, organic. So Natural Beauty.
H IS FOR LOVE Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser and Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Vegan, organic. So Natural Beauty.
First is RAPHA Harmonizing Oil Cleanser*. I just mentioned it in my previous post where I shared my evening skincare routine for spring (check it out here). RAPHA is a dreamy oil cleanser and one that you really have to order or put on your wishlist. The name of it comes from RAH-FAH which is Hebrew for 'healer'. And a healer it truly is! This gorgeous facial oil cleanser is full of plant magic and contains in-house infusions of Chamomile and Calendula, sourced locally and directly from the farmers who grow them. Both plants are known for their healing, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. These two are the heroes of this oil but we can't forget about the rest, which are equally beautiful and effective.

There are essential oils of Roman Chamomile, Lemon, German Chamomile CO2, Frankincense, Rosemary Antioxidant CO2, Turmeric CO2 and Lavender. If you know me then you know I love the addition of Turmeric, one of the most anti-inflammatory spices I know.

All these wonderful ingredients are blended into a base of Olive, Hemp Seed, Pumpkin Seed and Castor Been Oils.
H IS FOR LOVE Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser. Chamomile, Calendula, Turmeric. Organic, vegan. Calming, soothing.
H IS FOR LOVE description of RAPHA goes like this: Heal your skin with the purifying effects of RAPHA Harmonizing Oil Cleanser. Your skin is soothed and moisturized as RAPHA removes makeup, dissolves impurities and helps maintain the skin’s natural oils for optimal cleansing without depleting the skin of its moisture.

Cleansing is such an important step in your skincare routine, especially in the evening and having an oil cleanser that works beautifully and smells amazing is all you need. Like they promise, RAPHA very gently but effectively removes all my makeup, impurities and sunscreen from the day and leaves my skin soothed and soft. I love that it's not drying and that it doesn't cause any redness on my skin. It's actually quite the opposite - skin looks refreshed and calm. Like I said here, I love massaging this oil onto my skin and I always take a little bit more time with it than with some other cleansers. Why? Because it feels so good and because it smells incredible! It has a soothing and calming scent of Chamomile (and Lavender in there also helps to calm me) and I simply adore all the feelings that it gives me. Pure perfection.

You could use it as your morning and evening cleanser but I only use oil cleansers in the evening (except Morning Delight All-in-one Cleanser** from SIAM SEAS which turns from oil to emulsion when mixed with water - see my review here). I apply a few pumps of RAPHA on my dry skin and thoroughly massage my skin. Then I apply a warm wash cloth and leave it on my face for a few seconds, and then gently wipe away the remaining oil.

This cleansing oil is really incredible and I highly recommend it! It work wonders on my skin, it's beautiful inside and out, it smells divine and it's aaah-mazing. I am a sucker for products that soothe and calm my skin so I really can't fault this oil cleanser. LOVE.

If you live in Europe you can get it here, otherwise do check out H IS FOR LOVE's stocklist here.
H IS FOR LOVE Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, stimulating, brightening. So Natural Beauty.
As you could read RAPHA is wonderful but is the PROPOLIS as well? PROPOLIS Regenerative Face Mask* is "an absolute miracle; full of rare and precious ingredients that stimulate cell renewal and rid the skin of impurities, leaving your face smooth and radiant."

This mask contains some potent ingredients but none of those are propolis. The mask is actually vegan and doesn't contains propolis, but as Bee said it has been whimsically named for the function it performs, specifically in its role in collagen production. As Bee said "Propolis is used by bees to fill in empty space in the honeycomb. The mask is high in Vitamin C and since Vitamin C is the building block in collagen production, I thought it clever to liken cells to honeycomb." The active ingredient that is full of Vitamin C is Camu Camu, a berry native to the Amazonian rainforest that I love to incorporate into my weekly supplement routine. It has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries by Amazonian natives and is reported to contain more than 30 times the Vitamin C contained in oranges. It is a wonderful antioxidant and rich in vitamins & minerals.

Not only that PROPOLIS is rich in Vitamin C which is vital for the production of collagen, it also contains a mix of purifying French Green Clay and gentle Kaolin Clay. This potent magical mask also contains a rare, skin-brightening White Turmeric, antioxidant rich Raw Cacao, Vanilla Bean, Sweet Cinnamon, Clove, Red Alaea Salt, Orange Peel and Frankincense Essential Oil.
H IS FOR LOVE Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, stimulating, brightening mask. So Natural Beauty. Vegan, organic.
H IS FOR LOVE Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, stimulating, brightening mask. So Natural Beauty. Vegan, organic.
Oh my word, this mask is so amazing! It's regenerative, purifying, stimulating, radiance boosting, it brightens and evens out my skin tone. It is just stunning. It really is very potent, so much so that when I first used it (mixed only with water) I felt a tingling sensation and I could really feel the mask doing its job. Because I didn't particularly enjoy the tingling sensation I started mixing it with a few drops of RAPHA (or some other oil) and raw Honey. I love that blend so much! Because of the honey and the oil, my skin is not only left clear, fresh and brighter but it's also moisturized. I leave this mask on for about 20-30 minutes and I like to keep it from drying with a few spritzes of water. Keeping my masks from drying (I cannot say the word moist haha) with water has been the best discovery in my masking game. I always thought I should use a fancy mist but there really is no need for that, water works perfectly well and you also don't feel bad or like you're wasting a product when you're spritzing water on your masking face.
H IS FOR LOVE Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, stimulating, brightening mask. So Natural Beauty. Vegan, organic. Mixed with Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser and raw honey.
H IS FOR LOVE Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, stimulating, brightening mask. So Natural Beauty. Vegan, organic. Mixed with Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser and raw honey.
H IS FOR LOVE Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, stimulating, brightening mask. So Natural Beauty. Vegan, organic. Mixed with Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser and raw honey using Laurel Whole Plant Organics masking brush.
H IS FOR LOVE Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, stimulating, brightening mask. So Natural Beauty. Vegan, organic. Mixed with Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser and raw honey. Masking.
I'm obsessed with this mask and how well it works on my skin. LOVE. It is magic! PROPOLIS can be also used an an exfoliating cleanser which would work amazing I'm sure, but I have only been using it as a once-a-week mask. I got it from So Natural Beauty here.

H IS FOR LOVE products are so mind-blowingly amazing and I can't praise them enough. Do try them out if you can, you will not be sorry.

For all my European babes, H IS FOR LOVE products are now available at the So Natural Beauty store. You can get RAPHA Harmonizing Oil Cleanser here and PROPOLIS Regenerative Face Mask here. You can also order straight from their website or check their stocklist here.

H IS FOR LOVE, my combination skin and I love you!

Much love to you all and have a beautiful Sunday!

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**affiliate link

Evening Skincare Routine for Spring

April 12, 2018

It's not long since I've shared my current morning skincare routine (see here), which I actually already changed a little bit after receiving all the April subscription boxes. I still love the products I mentioned in that post and use a few of them still (especially my love, the Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder) but since I usually use pretty much the same products in my morning & evening routine I thought I should mix it up a little and share my evening skincare routine with you today. I haven't been using some of the products I'm going to mention for long but I saw such dramatic difference in my skin when I started using them that I just can't keep them to myself!
Evening Skincare Routine Natural & Organic Products. Live Botanical, H is for Love, de Mamiel, Maya Chia, One Love Organics.
H is for Love Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser. So Natural Beauty. Evening Skincare Routine, Natural and Organic Products.
I start with cleansing my face and removing my makeup (if I have any on since I don't wear makeup every day). I went back to the precious and the most beautiful oil cleanser, Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser* from H is for Love. There are some products that just blow me away immediately and this cleanser is definitely one of those! Rapha has the most calming and soothing scent of Chamomile which is just perfection to use in the evenings. It has an array of wonderful ingredients, including Olive, Hemp and Pumpkin Seed Oils. I love that it also contains Castor Oil which really draws out impurities from pores. I love massaging this oil on my skin for a while which doesn't happen with every oil. There is just something so beautiful about the scent that I really don't want to stop. A longer massage is also more beneficial to the skin since you warm it up and all the makep and impurities melt away more effectively. I remove everything with a warm wash cloth and my skin is left soft, properly cleansed and calmed. I've already talked about this oil here but I will also do a rave review because this product really deserves is. It depends if I'm wearing makeup or not but I either leave it at that or I repeat the first step, or go in with another cleanser (Siam Seas Morning Delight* or Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Cleanser*). You can get it straight from their website or if you live in Europe you can get Rapha here.
Live Botanical AER Aloe + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum Art of Organics April Clean Beauty Box 2018. Skincare Routine.

More times than not I don't use a toner as my next step (I use Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Mist* if I do use it) but I rather use AER Aloe + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum* from Live Botanical (review here). This serum is so lovely! It has only four ingredients, it is very lightweight but it packs a punch of hydration and is just the perfect toner/serum product to use after cleansing. I really am impressed with this serum and I recommend it for all skin types. You can get it in the April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* here or on Live Botanical website here. de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir. Skincare Routine. April Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery box 2018.
Next is another serum, this one is packed with antioxidants and since it's not the most hydrating serum it really layers well with AER. I'm talking about the Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir* from de Mamiel. These two serums really work together SO beautifully and if you are subscribed to both boxes (BH & AO), then I highly recommend you try them together. This elixir has a complex list of ingredients, including different kinds of antioxidants that work at a different stage of oxidations and I find that so interesting. I won't go into too much details but trust me it is a beaut! You can find more information about it in my review/first impressions here. Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir was the Hero product of the April Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery but the box quickly sold out (not surprised) but you can get it in their store here (members have 15% off their order).
Maya Chia The Eye Achiever Multi Correctional Serum Beauty Heroes. Eye Care, Skincare Routine.
Next step is an eye serum and this will not come as a surprise if you saw My Current Morning Skincare Routine here, I'm still loving Maya Chia's The Eye Achiever*. It's not a wrinkle eraser but it does keep the skin around my eyes nicely moisturized and hydrated and I'm all about that. It's filled with ingredients that are rich in antioxidants, like Chia Seed Oil and Astaxanthin. It comes in this very practical roll-on ball packaging which is a joy to use. One or two swipes are plenty and I just tap the serum into my skin and that's that. You can get it here.
Mun Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. February Boxwalla Beauty Box 2018. Skincare routine.
I then follow up with another oil serum, this time for the rest of my face and neck. Of course I can't forget about the neck - all the products I apply on my face I also apply on my neck. So the oil I started using is the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum* from Mun Skincare and I really love this little uncomplicated baby. I say uncomplicated because it only has three mighty ingredients: Prickly Pear Seed & Argan Oil and Bulgarian Rose. The scent of roses is divine, the serum is light and is quickly absorbed into my skin. I got this oil in a Boxwalla Beauty Box (review here). You can get Aknari here or at the Beauty Heroes store here.
One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream, hydrating cream. April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box 2018.
Last but most certainly not least is the product that truly swept me of my feet upon first application - the incredible Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream* from One Love Organics. This cream is something else! I can't express how much I love it and how quickly I fell in love with it. Oh it is just dreamy! It's very lightweight and airy but at the same time it's also very hydrating and skin softening. It smells like coconut water, so nothing strong or overpowering which I always love. It's the perfect cream to end up my evening skincare routine. This is a cream that you simply have to try, no matter your skin type! I've recevied Skin Dew in the April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box (see my review here) and the box is still available so you better subscribe asap. I really do highly recommend this box and this cream so don't wait up for it to be sold out. You can get the April box here or click here if you only want the cream. 

As you can see my current skincare is a bit full on but I simply adore the combination of all the products! It's all about hydration and that makes my combo skin so happy and healthy. If you have any questions do let me know, I'm happy to help. 

Love & light,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains some affiliate links

Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder

April 09, 2018

Sun is out and so is our interest in sunscreens. At least that is the spiel with my readers and since I got some questions about my favourite sunscreens it was only time to properly review the one and only Farizad's Veil* from Earthwise Beauty. I've tried a number of sunscreens and I do like others as well but there is just something so special about this one that I simply can't stop using it. I'm on my second jar and I think it's safe to say that Farizad's Veil is my favourite sunscreen!

Like other products from Earthwise Beauty, Farizad's Veil also has a story behind it. Farizad's Veil is Ava's take on a sun shield formula for the contemporary woman: luxurious, non-pore-clogging, light, breathable, flexible, and with a beautiful, sophisticated natural scent. The fragrance, product name, and label design were inspired by Farizad, a heroine from Arabian Nights. Determined, a believer in destiny and in her intuition's voice, Farizad had the smile of the rose and cried real pearls!
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30. Vegan, organic, natural, non-nano and uncoated Zinc Oxide.Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30. Blooming cactus
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30. Vegan, organic, natural, non-nano and uncoated Zinc Oxide.
 Ingredients

Farizad's Veil is definitely NOT your typical sunscreen since it is a powder. Isn't that so unique and special? The first ingredient is highest-grade, minimally processed non-nano and uncoated Zinc Oxide, which is the healthiest, safest, and most reliable sunscreen ingredient available today (the only other non-toxic option is titanium dioxide, another mineral sunscreen, but it does not offer full-spectrum UV protection; all other sunscreen options are chemical compounds). You may already know that Zinc Oxide (non-nano and uncoated) is my absolute fave sun protective ingredient (see here) and is highly used in green beauty products and some conventional sunscreens as well (but many of them are in nano particles and I rather stay away from those). I've said it many times before and will continue to say it that physical UV filters like Zinc Oxide offer better sun protection than chemical filters, not to mention that chemical filters can irritate and burn your skin AND they are NOT good for the environment, for coral reefs. At the end of the day they are just unnecessary chemicals. Zinc Oxide is safe for coral reefs and other marine life, is biodegradable and not only that it is an amazing sun shield, it's also beneficial to the skin. It's anti-inflammatory, it can heal acne, it has protective and soothing properties. 

The second ingredient are pure powdered Aloe Leaves, and we all know that aloe vera is soothing, repairing, cooling. And how cool is it that there is a powdered aloe vera in this sunscreen?! Just one of the many reasons why I love Farizad's Veil so much. Like Lavanya from Boxwalla said: "it's skincare, not just sunscreen!"

Other ingredients are scent related - there are Moroccan Roses, rare pink Indian Champaca Flower, Rose Geranium, Madagascar Geranium leaves and Frankincense from Oman. The scent is actually quite strong (floral, powerful, confident) but when I apply it on my face I don't even notice it. It's actually funny that I forgot the scent of it because I really don't stick my nose in the jar like I did for this review and when mixed with an oil I don't really detect it. I could even say it doesn't have a scent when you apply it on your face, but only because you need a small amount and because you mix it with another product that has a scent of its own. So what I'm trying to say is that Farizad's Veil has a strong scent but when you apply it on your skin it's not overpowering and strong at all. I would even say that even though you don't like the scent of roses you will love this product. But if for any reason you would rather have an unscented sunscreen, leave the jar open for a few days, just lightly covered with fabric or a paper towel to protect the product from dust. 

How I use Farizad's Veil?

My first impression when I saw this sunscreen was "oh I love the sound of it, it this looks very interesting and unique but it also looks confusing and that it takes a lot of time mixing it and nobody has time for that." Well I was certainly proven wrong on that last thing! Once you get used to it it's the easiest thing ever and it really doesn't take that much time!

So the thing with this sunscreen is that you have to mix with another product to make your own customized sunscreen. That's the number one reason why I love it so much!! Since it doesn't contains a lot of ingredients it never clashes with other products and I can use whatever I want without worrying that my skin would look and feel greasy because of all the layers. My preferred way of mixing Farizad's Veil is with an oil serum. I've tried it with a number of oils and they all worked great with the powder. It depends on the oil and its consistency but I use about 3 to 5 drops of oil and sprinkle some Farizad's Veil on top. You can use a drop more if you end up with a paste-like consistency - it should be more like a lotion. Also know that powder soaks in quite a lot of oil so one drop more than usual isn't the worst idea. You can mix it in a bowl but in reality you will be much quicker if you just mix it in the palm of your hand. I recommend that you unscrew the oil and the Farizad's Veil first, then add the drops of oil into your palm and very gently tap on the jar to dispense a little bit of the powder. You could also use a spatula but I find that tapping works just fine.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 mixed with oil. Mun Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 mixed with oil. Mun Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 mixed with oil. Mun Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. Vegan, organic, cruelty free.
It's hard for me to say how much I use since I just eyeball it but Earthwise Beauty recommends using 1/32 to 1/16 teaspoon of the product. I never measure it so I don't even know how much I use but if your skin is barely whitened by the concoction then you will get an SPF of 20-25, skin whitened by one shade will give an SPF of 30–35, and slightly more whitened skin will provide an SPF of 50. These numbers are approximate, since it all depends how much powder you use and how sensitive your skin is to the sun's rays, and something as variable as whether you wore a large-brim hat and made an effort to stay in the shade when possible.

How much I use really depends on the weather, of the time of year (I do wear it all year round), if I'm out on the sun all day, it all just really depends from day to day. Usually I apply a layer that would give me an SPF of 20, so my skin is just ever so slightly whitened but nothing crazy. You must know that the sunscreen isn't heavy or thick and so greasy that your skin can't breathe. It actually feels superbly lightweight, it doesn't clog my pores but like I said it actually helps with acne and redness. It depends on the product you are using it with but it is also fast-absorbing and just amazing! It's such a joy using Farizad's Veil that I can't even put it into words. Don't be scared of experimenting with this sunscreen and don't think that if your face isn't completely white the sunscreen won't work. Trust me it does! And if you apply too little you can always go back with another thin layer. Believe me that you get used to the mixing quickly and it really isn't as complicated as it might sound like.

I want to address the white cast once again because I don't want that to scare you away from getting this product. If you will add a lot of powder, the texture of the mixture will be thick and like a paste (which isn't the most enjoyable thing in the world) and your skin will have a white cast but in my experience you really don't need to exaggerate for the sunscreen to work. I highly urge you to try it with different oils and find what works best for you. If you're worried that you applied too little, rather apply two thin layers, than one thick. You also have to apply a few pumps of other sunscreens for them to match the SPF written on the packaging so that really isn't all that different. But the end result will be much nicer and it will feel more lightweight than it can with some other natural sunscreens.

I loved mixing it with Earthwise Beauty Ruby Facial Oil* (my review here), Leahlani Skincare Aloha Ambrosia* (review here) - perfect if your skin needs lots of moisture, Mono Naturoils Sensitive Facial Oil(short review here), and more. At the moment I'm mixing Farizad's Veil with Mun's Aknari Brightening Youth Serum* which I got in the February Boxwalla Beauty Box* (review here). Well actually this jar of Farizad's Veil is also from a previous Boxwalla box (see my review here). I recommend using an oil that your skin already loves or an oil that is suitable for your skin type. If you use a lot of Farizad's Veil and a very lightweight and dry oil it can even be a bit drying, so make sure to try and test it out to best suit your skin. I also tried mixing the powder with One Love Organics' Coconut Water Cream* from the April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box*, which I adore (review here) and I find that if I use only a small amount it works well but if I use a lot they don't work together that well. Farizad's Veil is best to use in combination with oils or products that contains oils, but not with gels or gel-creams. You may also try mixing it with your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. Zinc Oxide offers nice coverage and mattifying properties, so you may find you don't even need to use a foundation with Farizad's Veil.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30. Non nano and uncoated Zinc Oxide, vegan, cruelty free, organic, coral reef safe.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder Sunscreen SPF 30. Non nano and uncoated Zinc Oxide, vegan, cruelty free, organic, coral reef safe.
Why do I love it so much?

Farizad's Veil is lightweight, doesn't clog my pores, it's breathable, it's mattifying and can almost work as a slight instagram filter on the skin. It's anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, anti-redness, it's soothing, it doesn't irritate my skin, it contains only a few ingredients which is great for sensitive skin. It's coral reef safe, it comes in a glass jar with aluminium lid and it just works wonderfully!

It is suitable for all skin types, including acne, combination, sensitive, and mature. Certified cruelty free, vegan, cold process, all natural, handcrafted, fair trade.

LOVE.

As you have gathered from this lengthy post, I freaking love this sunscreen and I highly recommend it. I love that Earthwise Beauty offers samples so if you're unsure you can easily get a sample first and then see if this sunscreen is worth my hype. Fingers crossed you will also be blown away with it!

You can find Farizad's Veil here, where you can always use my code "Loveliness" to get 15% off your order. If you live in Europe you can also get it here. 

Have you tried Farizad's Veil? Have any questions about it?

With love,

Jana xx

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