How I Treat Dry Skin on My Hands

April 21, 2017

If you read my last post about the two Lilfox products that were featured in the April Beauty Heroes box, then you might have heard that we were having some work done on our central heating system. Which essentially means it was cold, obviously, but that also means quite a lot of cleaning had to be done. Gloves or no gloves, dry skin on my hands couldn't be avoided so I wanted to share some rich balms that I've been loving to soothe my dry skin. All these are more suitable for evening care or if you only apply them on top of your hands so you don't have greasy fingertips. Which can be really annoying while you're working on your computer, but I'm pretty sure you all know the feeling.
Let's start with a hand oil, since all other products in this post are balms. Herbfarmacy Nail & Cuticle Oil* with Horsetail & Calendula to strengthen and repair. Herbfarmacy is a brand I've already talked about here on my blog. I love their products but due to my reaction to phenoxyethanol I can't use every products from them, but this oil doesn't contain it. Yay for that! Ingredients are pretty straightforward and there are not a lot of them which I like. Jojoba Oil is followed by Sunflower Oil + Horsetail and Calendula + a blend of three essential oils (Lavender, Lemon Myrtle and Rosemary). The way I like to use this oil is to apply one drop on the back of my hand and then massage it well on my nails, and then do the same on the other hand. I can't say much about strengthening my nails and cuticles because I'm not as consistent as I should be, but oils do help with moisture which helps with overall health of nails. It's a great product and really affordable especially if you take in consideration that it's all organic, plus you really only need a small amount of it. I think I will have this for ages.
Onto the balms. The first is actually the Rose Geranium Face Balm* from Balm Balm, which I've received in a Love Lula Beauty Box. I personally wouldn't use it on my face because I find it really heavy and rich, but that only means it works really well on dry skin on my body. The little pink tube is super cute and this has been my hand cream of choice for a good while. The way I make my balms work even when I do work at the computer is to only apply it on the back of my hands. That way I get the nourishment and there are no greasy tips. Like the Herbfarmacy oil this one is also 100% organic but not vegan since it does contain beeswax. It's very rich and nourishing, and has a lovely floral scent of Rose Geranium. I really do enjoy this product very much. So much so that I almost used it up completely.
Now if we're already talking about 100% organic products, I can't forget about the beautiful Gaia Creams and their products. My love for their products is still going strong, even if I don't talk about them very often. But you can find reviews on my blog, just search gaia creams. Anyways, here I have their Super Seed & Ancient Grain Soft Hands and Healthy Nails Raw Cream* which I can't seem to find it on their website. In the blend of organic, vegan and ethical ingredients I want to mention Shea Butter, Black Cumin, Chia, Pomegranate Oils, Oat and Amaranth Extract. It's a beautiful balm, but what else would you expect from Gaia Creams? Gaia Creams has one of the best philosophies out there - organic, ethical, no palm oil, no plastic and so on. All the good stuff!
Not only that all three products I've mentioned contain 100% organic ingredients, they are also all made in the UK (well Gaia Creams is now based in Poland, but originates from the UK). Another UK brand is a beloved brand of mine - MuLondon. Boris was one of the first brand founders that worked with me so I obviously have some very fond memories and love for MuLondon products. The brand recently went through some exciting changes and is now also approved by the Soil Association, among other things. Let's talk about MuLondon's cult product, the amazing White Chocolate Truffle Moisturizer*. I cannot for the life of me understand how Boris created such a wonderful and mesmerizing scent! The smell is out of this world amazing. It smells like this rich white chocolate, it's strong and just oh so beautiful. It must be the Tahitian Vanilla and Cocoa Extract. So stunning. The texture is a bit different than your standard balm, it's not as soft and creamy but almost crumbly due to Shea and Coconut Butter, I believe. I do love it because it turns into this gorgeous softness that glides onto the skin. It's concentrated, very rich and nourishing, and therefore also works great on my dry feet. It's such a beautiful balm and I really do love it!

Next one is Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm**. This one was a limited edition balm brought to us via Beauty Heroes and their January's 2017 Beauty Discovery**. You can still get the full size while supplies last. This balm has a gorgeous floral scent. I adore it so much! It is scented with calming and grounding Lavender, Vetiver, Patchouli, Rose Geranium, Cardamom and Roman Chamomile. It truly is beautiful and I love using it. It's also a balm I really like using around my nose, which was especially lovely in the colder months.
Last but certainly not least is Rachel's Plan Bee Original Bee Cream. I already used up a little sample jar of it and loved it, so of course I had to get more. I will probably have this one for ages since a little goes a long way because it's so concentrated and effective. I adore Rachel's blends so, so much and this one is no exception. I love the sweet scent of Vanilla and Sweet Orange, it's dreamy and makes me feel like I'm floating on sweet, delicious candy. It's nourishing and just oh so very lovely. I will again say that Rachel is such a babe and I have so much love for her and her heavenly products. In Europe you can purchase it at the So Natural Beauty.

I love my balms and oils, what about you?

Have a lovely end of the week!

Love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**affiliate links

Lilfox Jungle Glow & Cleopatra

April 19, 2017

Before it's officially too late to order April's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery I want to review the two beautiful products featured in the box. This month is all about the gorgeous Miami based brand Lilfox. I wanted to try Lilfox's potions for quite a while, if I remember correctly ever since the beginning of the brand, or just shortly after they launched. Lilfox products sure look gorgeous + they have gorgeous ingredients so for me that's one big win and I'm most happy to share these products with you. Lilfox was founded by Alexis Rose, who was drawn to mystical world of plant alchemy ever since she was a young girl. Before I write more I have to say that I absolutely love the writings on the card that came with this month's box. It goes like this - "From homemade crystal infusions to magic spells and potions to call forth the rain, her childhood whimsy laid a fertile foundation for her life's work. After completing her study in aromatherapy and organic cosmetic formulation, Rose Launched Lilfox, a playful, soulful line of organic beauty rituals to enchant the senses."


In the April box you will find two products but at the end of this post you'll see there are actually three products hiding in it. First is the Hero product, the Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser + Mask*. This product is based on Honey and is there really anything more to add? You know how I feel about honey, I'm deeply and utterly in love with it and I always love products containing this magical sweet nectar. Rose uses a special type of honey in this product. She discovered a raw, multi-flower honey collected by a small tribe of loving beekeepers in the enchanted rainforests of Hawaii. It's always amazing to have one more Hawaiian ingredient or product in the house. If I'm not in Hawaii then I at least have some products from there. And you know what, right about now would be perfect to live or stay in a warm place like Hawaii since we are having some work done on our central heating system (it's day 2 today) which means it's damn cold in the house + it's also cold outside. So if there are any spelling mistakes in this post I apologize, it's hard to think when you're cold. But back to Jungle Glow! So the first ingredient is the Raw Rainforest Honey. You can read heaps more on honey and its superb benefits in my post, to sum it up, honey is anti-bacterial, hydrating, brightening and exfoliating. In this perfect base there are Maracuja Oil, Amazonian White Clay, Rosehip Seeds and Oil, and Raw Cacao, another favourite of mine.

As you probably figured it out already by its name, Jungle Glow can be used in three ways - as a cleanser, an exfoliator and a mask. I love me a good three-in-one product. I've been using it in all three ways and loving it. They say that Jungle Glow can be used as a primary or secondary cleanser but I can't see myself using it as a primary cleanser. I haven't tried it but I just can't believe it would remove my makeup so I only use it as a secondary cleanser or better yet, as a morning one. The way I use it is to apply some product on my skin and add water to easily and gently massage in onto my skin. If I can, I leave it on for a few minutes, hop in the shower and then rinse it off after I apply a body oil or lotion. It performs even better like that. I'm wary to only use it a couple of times per week since I don't like to over-exfoliate my skin. Besides being a beautiful morning cleanser, Jungle Glow also works well as a mask. I like to leave it on my skin for about half an hour or whatever time I have. Since it doesn't dry out on the skin I find it very comfortable to wear and doing whatever. With every use my skin becomes more soft and smooth, and also hydrated because of the honey. To end my review of Jungle Glow I have to mention the sweet & zingy, citrusy-floral scent. It's very aromatic and strong. It contains essential oil blend of Pink Grapefruit Oil, Neroli, Petitgrain (which I just explained in my last post), Bitter Orange, Mandarin, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Cacao Absolute.
The April's Sidekick, Lilfox Cleopatra Restorative Milk + Honey Beauty Mask* is equally beautiful if not more. Cleopatra is a powdered mask and therefore different than Jungle Glow which you apply straight from the jar. The mask is Rose's latest work of art and was actually an exclusive launch delivered to us, Beauty Heroes Tribe. The mask contains a number of gorgeous ingredients, from different Clays (White, Rose and Moroccan Lava), Dead Sea Salt, Coconut Milk and Honey Powder, resurfacing enzymes of Papaya and Pineapple that further boost cell turnover to superfruits Camu Camu and Baobab, which deliver the antioxidants. It sure is a beaut. I love mixing Cleopatra with a few drops of water and eucalyptus honey. You can check it out how it looks on ma face here, it's a good look for me wouldn't you agree? I leave the mask on for about 15 to 30 minutes. As I mix it with honey, Cleopatra doesn't dry out on my skin so it's as comfortable as the Jungle Glow. I find this mask to be fairly brightening, softening and it also evens out my skin tone. I do always love a good brightening mask so yeah, Cleopatra sure is a beautiful mask.
As for the third product goes I'm sure you've all guessed it by now. With mixing Jungle Glow and Cleopatra you get an additional face mask! So with a little imagination you actually get three masks and if you love masking as much as I do, then the April's BH box is the one for you. Since I started my review with a quote from the BH pamphlet, let me also end it with one - Lilfox's founder Alexis Rose sources primarily organic and wildcrafted exotic virgin oils, unrefined butters, rare earth clays and high vibration hydrosols from around the world to her studio, where she hand blends micro batches of luscious skincare recipes and infuses them with exotic oils, crystals and vibrant plant energies. Who wouldn't want to try her potions after reading this?! Simply beautiful.

You only have a day left to join Beauty Heroes to get these two three products for less than $40 (the box is valued $101). Subscribe here or shop Lilfox collection here.

Lots of love,

Jana

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Four Body Oils Down

April 17, 2017

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend whether you celebrate Easter or not. I had a very relaxing and chill weekend, and I really loved it. I was very productive doing one thing, watching TV shows haha and playing games. Jaka and I started watching this new-to-me series, Hap and Leonard, and I finally started the fifth season of Bates Motel. Talking about series, you should definitely watch 13 Reasons Why, it's all the rave at the moment and it sure is worth it. But my intention today wasn't to talk about TV series, I wanted to show you my latest empties which are all body oils. What can I say, I love a good body oil. I also just recently sorted out my beauty cupboards and tossed out a few products, and now I'm making sure to use up all of those half used products. Sometimes I don't want to use a beloved product every single day and that way it is even more special when I use it occasionally. In this post there is a product like this, a product I love deeply and a body oil that I applied all over my body or only on parts of the body where you would use a perfume oil.
 The described product is the one and only kimberlyloc x Rachel's Plan Bee Jasmine Body Oil*. I'm utterly in love with this body oil and I can't think of good enough words to describe this thing of beauty. Rachel's Plan Bee is a brand that had me at hello the minute I tried one of Rachel's products. I'm in immensely in love with her products, especially body products. And this Jasmine Body Oil has to be my favourite. I have mentioned it a few times on my blog but let me just mention my review. The oil is moisturizing, sinks quickly into the skin and has the best scent ever. The blend of Jasmine, Rose, Vanilla and Sweet Orange transports me into a magical place of sweetness and flowers. It's absolutely beautiful. Love.
I used up another Rachel's Plan Bee body oil, the Body Oil*. This is only a 30ml bottle since it's from The Mini Collection. It's yet another beautiful body oil that Rachel has created. This one has a sweet scent of Sweet Orange & Vanilla. It's yummy and smells like a dessert. Equally beautiful and moisturizing as the Jasmine version. Yes yes yes to Rachel's Plan Bee body oils. You can easily get Rachel's Plan Bee products in the States via Rachel's Plan Bee, in Canada at The Green Jungle Beauty Shop (use code "Jana" to get 10% off) or in Europe at the So Natural Beauty.
The last two body oils I've used up were both a part of Beauty Heroes discoveries. First is the Kahina Giving Beauty Body Serum Essaouira*, the sidekick product from the Kahina box. I've talked a lot about the full sized product aka the hero of this box, the Moroccan Rose Beldi Soap* (my review) but never about this body serum. This is a beautiful and luxurious body oil with a fresh, floral scent. It's a complex scent and I think it is quite versatile. There are Geranium, Sandalwood and Rose, but also Lavender and Petigrain. I heard of the last one before but it is a bit of a mystery to me. The World Wide Web says it's extracted from the leaves and green twigs of the Bitter Orange tree and has a light fruity refreshing smell. Petitgrain is actually one of the three essential oils obtained from the orange tree (the other two are Neroli from orange flowers and Orange from the rind of the fruit). These beautiful EO's are blended in a base of first-pressed organic Argan, Sunflower, Olive, Coconut and Watermelon Seed Oils. I really loved this oil and I am sad to see it gone.
Last but certainly not least is the Osmia Night Body Oil* from the February's Beauty Heroes Box. The name says it all, it's the perfect night body oil. The scent is beautiful - French Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Moroccan Atlas Cedarwood relax the nervous system and prepare the body to rest. Based on this post you could say my love for products is based on their scents, which is true to some extent and depends on the type of products. I sure love a good scent with my body products, especially if it lingers on my body. I enjoyed this body oil and if you want to know more, go ahead and read my review.

All four body oils are beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed using them. What now? I have one or two body oils to use up and just recently I've received the new body oil from Earthwise Beauty, the Pacific Northwest Body Oil*. This oil is quite the opposite in terms of the scent. Honestly, it's not my favourite. I was expecting it would transport me into forest with oils of Pinus Ponderosa Pine, White Pine, Atlantic Cedar + Roses and Cranberries, and a few more, but those give out a scent I can hardly detect. I mainly smell the strong Tamanu Oil and if you know how Tamanu smells, then you know it can't double up as a beautiful perfume. Not at all. Other than that it's a nice and hydrating body oil. Supposedly it helps with eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or stubborn dryness, so if you struggle with any of these conditions I would suggest checking it out.

As you can see I'm well ready for a new body oil. What are your favourites? 

Lots of love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Beauty Heroes x Small Bits of Loveliness

April 12, 2017

Today is the 12th of April and this day is special to me because exactly one year ago I posted my first ever article about the amazing and wonderful Beauty Heroes. I've been a Beauty Heroes brand ambassador for a whole year and it's been a dream! The whole process started way sooner than in April 2016 and I can't even explain how excited, honoured and humbled I felt when the beautiful Jeannie Jarnot, the founder, reached out to me and asked ME to join the Beauty Heroes tribe. I was like hell yeah, how soon can we make it happen?! The excitement was real and I kinda jumped up and down from joy. Being a BH brand ambassador is the best thing ever and I really couldn't be more grateful to be a part of such wonderful community.

I don't think it's necessary for me to write about what Beauty Heroes is, I'm sure you all know by now. It's one of the best, if not THE best beauty subscription boxes and each month you discover a luxury brand, find all about its founder(s), the philosophy and all the good stuff, and you get to try at least two products from the featured brand. You always receive a Hero product, which is a full size product and a Sidekick, usually a deluxe sample (or two). You get all that for less than $40 a month and let me tell you that their deal is so, so amazing because the value of each box is usually much higher, often times more than $100. If you're interested in learning more about Beauty Heroes do check out my post about it, or better yet head over to Beauty Heroes where you'll learn all about their wonderful philosophy and you can else check out the Circle of Trust where you will see other beautiful ambassadors.
I wasn't sure what kind of post should I do for my one year anniversary. After some thinking I decided I should just write about my favourite Beauty Heroes boxes and featured products. I have a few stand outs, products I still love and adore. Some wowed me immediately and some needed a few weeks for me to fall in love with. Now since I already reviewed them I will only say a few words about each product and link the reviews.
June Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery ft. Modern Minerals. My Hero from this box was the Modern Moonstone Cream Highlighter (review), the most beautiful highlighter I've ever used. It's an absolutely stunning golden, warm highlighter with ultra-silky texture. I love applying it on the tops of my cheeks and on the top of the brow bone. It makes my feature pop and oh my god you need it in your life! So flattering and perfect for summer. It's just so stunning. One other gorgeous product from this box is the Padparadscha Lotus Wei infused Lip Gloss (review), a coral red with gold shimmer. The colour is so pretty, it smells lovely and this gloss really was THE lip product of last summer. Beautiful.
July Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery ft. Kari Gran. The Hero was the Three Sixty Five SPF 28 (review). Finding a good sunscreen is quite hard, especially if you're pretty much obsessed with ingredients and at the same time also want something lightweight, without any white residue. I will say it's much easier to find a good sunscreen now than it was years ago but it's still amazing when you find such a beautiful product. Now that I'm older I'm noticing that having a good daily sunscreen really is crucial to battle the aging process. Just think of all the damage UV rays causes. I think everyone should use sunscreen on a daily basis, even if you're not out on the sun all day. When I heard that the sun increases the damage of those red post acne scars and makes them harder to disappear, I was like give me all the sunscreens in the world. But as you know not every product is good. Here comes Three Sixty Five, which sure as hell is really good. The product is packed with gorgeous ingredients, the kind of ingredients that you don't even need to apply a moisturizer because it can act as a cream + a sunscreen in one. I rarely used it like that because I prefer (and want!) to apply my normal skincare product under it. The sunscreen contains oils but I still use an oil of my face and I don't find it heavy. Mind you I only use a few drops of oils, not as much as I use in the evening. I don't mind if I have that dewy look for a few minutes and even when it absorbs into the skin, it's still a bit dewy and not matte. I love that. The sunscreen feels great on my skin, it doesn't clog my pores, doesn't dry out my skin (like some do) and it's just amazing. I really adore it and I actually love it even more than I did when I wrote the review last year. So if you're looking for a good sunscreen, I would definitely recommend trying this one.
September Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery ft. UMA Oils. The Hero was the Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil (review) and oh my word this was probably the first hair oil I didn't like. Yes, at the beginning I really wasn't fond of it. But after talking to Jeannie and UMA's founder Shrankhla, she recommended I use less. The thing was that the oil was too heavy for my hair and it didn't wash out properly. So I started using less and that's when everything changed. I felt completely in love with this oil and after receiving it, I tried some other hair oils but I always go back to the UMA one. Believe me when I say this is, it is the most stunning hair oil ever! It makes my hair ridiculously soft, smooth and shiny. And you only need a few drops of it to make all this happen. The oil also stood the ultimate test - on our vacation last September. As you know sea water always makes hair a bit dry and tangled, but not with this oil. My hair was soft no matter the sea salt and that's also one of the reasons why I adore it so freaking much. Now for the Sidekick, the Ultimate Brightening Face Mask (review). It is equally beautiful and effective. I love that it's so brightening and calming. It's yet another gorgeous product from UMA Oils.
November Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery ft. Josh Rosebrook. The Hero was the Cacao Antioxidant Face Mask (review). To be completely honest before trying out this mask I heard it's good, even amazing, but I was questioning if it's really as good as others were saying. I had my doubts but boy was I proven wrong! This mask is one of the most effective masks I've ever tried. No joke. It's so, so brightening, calming and tightening. I especially love my skin the morning after, it looks refreshed, healthier and my skin tone is more even. I'm obsessed. The mask has a magical blend of ingredients that would pretty much work on every skin. The star of it is the delicious and antioxidant rich Cacao which also gives the mask its dark, rich colour. This is truly a luxurious and decadent mask with a beautiful scent. It's a joy to use. 
These products were my absolute favourite from the Beauty Heroes boxes I've tried. I can't end this post without a few more products I loved and still do. The Laurel Whole Plant Organics Sun Damage Repair Serum (review) and Maya Chia The Super Couple (short review) are two amazing serums. Sadly I already used the Laurel's blend which really made my hyperpigmentation marks disappear sooner. I'm still going strong with The Super Couple. I've been using it ever since I got it in January. They are both such lovely facial serums and I recommend both of them. I'm also really loving the sidekick from February's box, the Osmia Lip Doctor (review). It's such a wonderful lip balm, very nourishing and rich. I adore it. Now that I'm thinking about BH boxes, another product came to mind, the wonderful Kahina Giving Beauty Moroccan Rose Beldi Soap and the accompanying Kessa Mitt (review). If you want the softest skin ever then look no further. No joke! Kessa mitt exfoliates my skin like nothing else and my skin is beyond smooth and soft. Wow!
I've been going on and on about past BH discoveries but what about this April's box? This month we were surprised with the gorgeous brand based in Miami, Lilfox. The hero of the box is the Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser + Mask, a beautiful mask made with raw rainforest Honey, raw Cacao, Amazonian White Clay and more. The sidekick is also a mask, the Cleopatra Restorative Milk + Honey Beauty Mask and this product is just stunning. I find it very brightening and toning. I adore face masks so this box couldn't have been better for me. The thing is that you not only get two masks but you actually get three, because you can mix Jungle Glow and Cleopatra to create a third mask. Love. Will do a full review soon. As always, you can get this box by joining Beauty Heroes here.

I wish I could express all the joy and excitement Beauty Heroes brings and being a Beauty Heroes brand ambassador is literally the best thing that happened on my blogging journey. I know I'm keep repeating myself but I really am so thankful and grateful. My heart is bursting with love.

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

**the products mentioned in this post were sent to me. The post contains affiliate links.

H is for Love x Boxwalla

April 09, 2017

Last post was about a product featured in the February's Boxwalla Box, the One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal, and today I'm writing about the other brand that was also featured in the box. H is for Love is Bee Ham's paen to the natural ingredients that she fell in love with. Prior to receiving the products in the Boxwalla box I have never heard of the brand H is for Love. I'm so, so pleased with the products I used from the brand. Very impressed. You know sometimes I find it so refreshing when a brand isn't hyped or at least not very hyped so I don't have any major expectations, only joy for testing a new-to-me brand. Not to say I don't like trying out hyped products. I don't think I have to explain myself I'm sure you know what I mean. H is for Love is about sharing nature’s most wonderful gifts. Their products are made with natural, unrefined ingredients. Cruelty-free and almost entirely organic and wild-sourced, only natural preservation methods are employed.  
Before going further with this post I wanted to mention that this review wasn't due to happen today. I already wrote almost a full review on another product, which contains beautiful ingredients but there is this one ingredient that I really don't care for and I didn't check it sooner. It was one of those ingredients that looks perfectly alright but then when you google it, a whole new world opens. I'm talking about emulsifying wax NF and this is the second emulsifier I found in my products that I don't feel comfortable using. It's not the most toxic and harmful ingredient (and I'm also far too lazy to be a purist, not that it's anything wrong with that!) but it is an ingredient I can avoid since there are so many products out there that don't contain it and are equally good, if not better. I only wanted to share this with you because after an experience like I had (I'm so annoyed I spent the time writing that post but I didn't want to post it when I don't stand completely after the product), I'm now here to post about products that contain ingredients I know and I don't have to do any research on them. Omg can I just stop with all this mumbling?!
So here come the H is for Love products.
First is the product that really swept me off my feet after the first try. Meet BARA BALM Facial Emollient*. BARA BALM is the answer to skin in need, it is formulated to take moisturizing to another level. Each ingredient has been chosen to soften skin, absorbing quickly, leaving your face with an ultra sheer layer of protection against environmental assault. The balm contains a gorgeous blend of ingredients like Jojoba, Apricot Kernel Oils, Shea Butter, Beeswax and some more special ones like Macadamia Nut, Pomegranate Seed, Tamanu & Sea Buckthorn Oils. All these provide a beautiful soft and silky consistency, and are a perfect base for the following ingredients that excite me the most - Marshmallow Root, Calendula and Chamomile. All three work wonders on my skin and are such wonderful companions if you have sensitive skin. I adore them. The balm is rich so a little goes a very long way. My favourite way of using it is in the evening and like I said in my previous post, it goes perfectly with the OLO Love Springs Eternal serum. The balm doesn't clog my pores but keeps my skin healthy and soft + I really do love that it contains those lovely ingredients for sensitive skin. As you can see the balm has a rich, dark yellow colour (probably because of the sea buckthorn) and such a yummy scent. The scent always cheers me up and makes me smile. BARA contains a blend of Essential Oils of Chinese Rose, Vanilla, Frankincense and Lavender. Now the thing with the scent is that it's hard for me to pinpoint any of these oils because in all honesty the balm smells like some sort of a dessert to me. All my Slovenians know what "potica" is but for those of you who don't, potica it's a rolled-up cake made with a very thin yeast dough, and filled with a sweet walnut filling. BARA BALM to me smells like that sweet walnut filling. Strange, I know but it smells so good. Yum. A beautiful balm indeed.
The second H is for Love product is Lip Glacé Root & Berry* which is a universally flattering rose-colored gloss. This product is coloured with berries, roots and flowers and completely void of mica, iron oxides or mineral pigments. Highly regenerative Sea buckthorn CO2 lends a touch of red clay color to the mix. Due to virgin, cold-pressed Coconut Oil the lip glacé looks matte in the pot, but once warmed by your lips it becomes glossy. I love that. Not only that it has a bunch of beautiful ingredients and looks lovely on the lips, it's also very hydrating. The colour in the pot looks very pigmented but it's not at all like that on them lips. It looks very natural with a hint of colour and the lips are very glossy. Glossy yet not sticky like it's often times with lip glosses. As they say, Lip Glacé wears deliciously and is just beautiful. Another thing I also love about it is the scent of Peppermint, so refreshing and slightly tingly. I will say that I would love it even more if it was in a different packaging so I wouldn't have to put my fingers in the pot. Talking about packaging, all of their products are packaged in dark glass and the balms, which tend to take longer to use up, are packaged in miron glass to further protect them from damaging UV rays. They also use local paper products and support small business. 

If you get a chance you should definitely try out H is for Love, it's a beautiful brand and I'm very happy with both products.

Lots of love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal

April 04, 2017

Recently I've shared the two facial oils I'm using in the morning and thoroughly enjoying them so today it's time to share an oil I've been using in the evening. I've been in love with this oil ever since I got it in the February's Boxwalla Beauty Box with a theme "Secret Garden", the One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum*. Here you can see all the products featured in the Secret Garden Beauty Box. Before I hop into the review, let me just quickly once again mention how much I love the Boxwalla subscription service. I've tried so many gorgeous products through their boxes, and I only tried three! My first box was such a success - they featured one of the most amazing brands I've tried, the amazing Siam Seas and let me tell, the bar was set super high. But then I got my second and third box and each time I was impressed. I have so much love for Boxwalla. Their selection is on point and the products featured in their boxes really agree with my skin.
 Now this facial serum couldn't have come at a better time - it has "spring" in the name so yeah, it is perfect for this time of year. One Love Organics was founded by Suzanne LeRoux and this serum right here is one of her personal favourites. This luxuriously lightweight oil bosts some of Mother Nature's most effective (and clinically proven) gifts like Blue Seakale, a marine plant to soothe and revitalize; and protein-rich sea algae, to deeply moisturize for improved skin tonicity and firmness. These ingredients and a few more are blended in the base of Green Tea, Meadowfoam and Watermelon Oils. All these ingredients are definitely not very common in my skincare products, as well as Date Seed Extract and Barbary Fig Cell Extract. It is said that both of them display strong youth preservation properties and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What an interesting blend of mostly organic ingredients. I'm in love with this potion. I didn't show it in my photos but the serum doesn't have a colour, it's transparent and has a beautiful scent of Jasmine. I'm sure you all know how I feel about Jasmine. I adore it!

As per instructions I use this baby at night but I don't see any reason why you wouldn't also use it through the day. The serum is lightweight and absorbs beautifully in my skin. Love Springs Eternal is such a lovely product and makes my skin radiant and healthy. As it's always the case with anti-aging products it's hard for me to say if it works or not but I sure as heck love me some anti-aging serums. I immediately fell in love with this product and have been using it for a few weeks now and I don't have any intentions of stopping. Oh and let me also mention that the oil doesn't break me out or cause any irritations. I honestly didn't expect I would love it this much but the word dreamy actually comes to mind when I'm thinking about it. Just to mention one more thing. This serum goes perfectly with the balm that was also in the Secret Garden Boxwalla Beauty Box, the gorgeous H is for Love Bara Balm Facial Emolient*. This one also has such a yummy scent and works well on my skin as well. What can I say, I'm super impressed. 
You can get more information on the Boxwalla Beauty Boxes in this post and on their website. This box is no longer available but you can get One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal here. Check out the April's box here or even better, follow @theboxwalla on Instagram so you won't miss the details on the next one. 

Have a beautiful spring!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

My Current Cleansers

March 29, 2017

I have to say that my current face cleansing routine is on point. I always loved removing my makeup in the evening, it is such a nice ritual to end the day. A beautiful cleanser definitely makes the whole ritual even nicer and I have to say I've been really enjoying the products I've been using lately. I will start with cleansers I'm using in the evenings.

 First product is a balm cleanser, the one and only Bless Beauty Balm by Leahlani Skincare. This is a delicate, silken moisture melt for your skin. A blend of organic and cold pressed oils and butters such as Shea and Cocoa Butter, Argan, Camellia, Maracuja Passionflower, Moringa and Marula Oils nurture and bless the skin. They create a beautiful soft and smooth as silk consistency that is just a dream to use. The scent is equally beautiful. At first it reminded me of lilies of the valley but at a close inspection I detected mostly Neroli. This sweet, grounding scent of orange blossom is infused with soft and tranquil Blue Tansy, which calms the mind and uplifts the spirit. And you know what else? As you can see, Bless is pastel pink! Oh how pretty. The balm wonderfully removes all my makeup and leaves my skin soft and nourished. I noticed I have to thoroughly remove all the balm from my skin with a warm wash cloth so it doesn't leave any residue. It is a slightly heavier balm so for some skin types I would recommend following with a second cleanse using some other cleanser. I will also say that if you have oily, acne prone skin do get a sample first because it contains Cocoa Butter which can clog pores. All in all it's a beautiful balm and I really do love it. The thought of using it in the evening excites me and that's when I know I love a product. Oh and it also feels soothing on my skin which is a big plus in my book!

I follow up with a second cleanser, the beautiful Mallow + White Soothe Cleansing Oil*. This oil is super lightweight, has such a lovely calming scent of cucumbers and does such a great job at removing the makeup. The product is great for all skin types, even and especially for sensitive skin. It's 100% natural and made with only 5 ingredients. It's a beautiful product and I highly recommend it. You can read my review if you want to take a closer look. Okay so that's that for my evening cleansing routine. The only thing left to mention is that I always use a clean, warm wash cloth (cotton or muslin), an essential thing to remove balm and oil cleansers. For my first cleanse I use one side of the cloth and for the second I use the other side. Therefore I always have a clean side to work with. You could just use one product and perhaps use it twice (or follow with a gel or cream cleanser), all you really have to do is to get that makeup off!
Now for the cleanser I'm using in the morning. I have another Leahlani Skincare product. What can I say, Leah's products are so magical, beautiful and effective. Kalima Coconut Cream Cleansing Powder (or should I rather say Dream instead of Cream?!). This has to be my favourite Leahlani product. Kalima is the Hawaiian word for cream and you better believe that your cleansing ritual will never be the same using this product. I've already proclaimed my love for it on my Instagram and every time I use it I fall more in love with it. Kalima contains a bunch of beautiful ingredients like silken Coconut Milk, soothing Oatmeal, vitamin and antioxidant rich tropical fruits, softening Clays, organic Vanilla Beans. Check out the whole ingredient list here. I love that it contains a powerhouse trio of organic Hibiscus Flower, wildcrafted Camu Camu fruit and water activated vitamin C. Vitamin C is brightening and really helps to fade post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. It evens out my skin tone and I couldn't be more pleased with it. But enough about these gorgeous ingredients. As Kalima is a powder, you have to mix it with water in the palm of your hand. Activated with water, the powder transforms into this lovely pink potion with a mousse texture that gently exfoliates and thoroughly cleanses my skin. It leaves my skin smooth and soft. It truly works wonderfully and the thing that makes Kalima even more magical is its scent. As mentioned, it contains Vanilla and Citrus notes (Tangerine & Mandarin) and I have to say my nose really agrees with it. The scent is so SO good and I adore it deeply. Kalima is an absolute stunner! Oh and it also doubles as a beautiful mask and do I dare say it's slightly better than the magnificent Mermaid Mask? I know it's hard to pick and choose products to try first if you're just starting on your green beauty journey, but Leahlani Skincare is definitely a brand you should try as soon as possible because it really is magical. I get my fix at Reina Organics so I don't have to pay any additional charges. Love.
Last but certainly not least is a brand I've been a fan of almost since the beginning of my blog. It's the lovely UK based brand MuLondon. The range is certified organic by The Soil Association, cruelty-free by The Leaping Bunny and registered vegan by The Vegan Society. MuLondon is a member of 1% For The Planet and is a Certified B Corporation. The brand was founded by Boris, who lives in the UK but is originally from Serbia. Boris is so kind and friendly and I always love chatting with him. Boris created one of the most delicious cream I have ever tried, the amazing White Chocolate Truffle Moisturizer. I can't even fathom how is it possible to create such a beautiful chocolate scent with only natural and organic ingredients. Mind blown! The product I wanted to quickly mention here is the Lavender Foaming Cleanser*. This cleanser contains less than 10 ingredients and smells exactly like Lavender. So beautiful. I'm not always a fan of lavender scents but when it smells like this than I'm all up for it. This cleanser is concentrated and you really don't need a lot. A pump or two is more than enough to wash your whole face. I really like using it when I'm in a rush, after a workout or just sometimes in the morning when I feel like lavender. I love that it comes out as foam, it's so fluffy and soft, and you really don't need to add it any water. While removing it you do get that squeaky clean feeling but you don't end up with super tight and dry skin. It doesn't leave any residue on the skin but your skin does feel happy when you apply a toner & moisturizer on top. I agree with their recommendation, I'd say it'd be a great cleanser for oily, young and problematic skin. I think it will be a great cleanser in the upcoming warmer months.
Now it's time for you to spill the beans. Which cleanser(s) are you using at the moment?

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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