A Few of my Recent Favourite Cleansers

julij 29, 2020

Hi everyone! How is everyone doing? I hope you're all having a great week and that your summer is going well. I love connecting with you lovely people so you can share more in the comments or message me on Instagram at @smallbitsofloveliness. I'm so grateful that I can say I've been doing well. We've been having a nice summer - obviously and unfortunately we're not taking as many short weekend getaways as we did last summer but still it feels like we are exploring many new places (or revisiting old ones), and that makes me happy. I'm thinking of getting a new bike, hopefully that will come to fruition soon, which will be so much fun and I cannot wait to explore & see more of beautiful places. I'm sure you're not here for reading these random facts so let's turn our gaze to the topic I wanted to talk to you about today - face cleansers.

Properly cleansing your face, especially in the evening, is so ridiculously important! Through the years of exploring skincare and using many products, and also hearing others talking about their experiences, having a proper and thorough cleansing regimen has been doing great things for the skin. I'm all for double cleansing in the evening, meaning that I first wash my face with a cleansing oil or balm, and then follow up with another cleanser, usually a milk, powder, gel cleanser, something that isn't stripping to the skin. A cleanser that you can remove with water, without the need of a washcloth. I do this always, no matter if I wear makeup or not. I always wear sunscreen (Farizad's Veil Sun Protector by Earthwise Beauty is my go-to, always! Affiliate code Loveliness saves 10%) and it's really important to remove all traces of sunscreen. A freshly washed face is also just the best thing ever so I really try to be very diligent with it (sometimes I'm too quick for my liking but some days you just gotta be quick, am I right?). I won't go into all the details what kind of cleanser to use but I encourage you to use something that isn't drying or stripping, and a cleansing oil/balm is an absolute must in my opinion. Anyways, here are a few face cleansers I've been enjoying and loving lately.
Odylique Silk Touch Cleanser, Alteya Organics Rose Otto Cleansing Milk. LoveLula.
Mar Galliti Skincare Restorative Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Balm, Dafna's Skincare Recovery Cleanser.
Natural Organic Face Cleansers. Cleansing Milk, Rinsable Cleansing Balm Odylique, Dafna's Skincare, Mar Galliti Skincare Alteya Organics.
Mar Galliti Skincare Restorative Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Balm
Mar Galliti Skincare Restorative Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Balm consistency
Mar Galliti Skincare Restorative Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Balm consistency
Mar Galliti Skincare Restorative Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Balm* deeply cleanses the skin by removing impurities and makeup. I've mentioned this cleansing balm before but this one really deserves all the love it has been getting on social media. And more. It is utterly divine! This is a cleansing balm true to its word - rich with 100% natural ingredients, like high quality Shea Butter, enhanced with special soothing oils, like Calendula, Sesame and Borage Oil. The balm gets its stunning colour from the Sea Buckthorn Extract. Like mentioned, it is free from any synthetic ingredients, there are only butters, oils and plant extracts, so know that this balm has to be removed with a washcloth. As I always say I don't mind that one bit and I actually love the whole routine. I always use a washcloth when removing the first cleanser in my double cleansing evening routine. The founder Zita created this cleansing balm to be very silky and smooth, it is a softer balm which instantly & very beautifully melts onto the skin. The experience of massaging it into the skin is so great and not only that I love its colour and the nourishing ingredients, I cannot forget about its scent. What can I say to truly express how I feel about it? Would "I love it!" work? Because I do, it's amazing. Zita says it's a "subtle feminine fragrance that invigorates your senses", and I would have to agree with her. It's a sweet, floral scent, a happy, vibrant, bright scent, it makes me happy and it uplifts my spirits. If I'm not mistaken they describe Ylang Ylang as such and yes, this is the main essential oil that I smell. But it's rounded very nicely with citrus (Sweet Orange and Bergamot), Vanilla and Rose. A gorgeous, gorgeous scent. If you haven't heard me talking about Mar Galliti Skincare, I urge you to check their website. This is a Hungarian skincare line and Zita, the founder, was inspired to create her brand by the humble yet so powerful Lavender. Sometimes I just immediately fell in love with a brand and feel a connection that I cannot explain, and Mar Galliti Skincare is absolutely one of those brands. You can get the Mar Galliti Skincare Restorative Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Balm here. If you wish so you can use my affiliate code Loveliness for 10% off.
Odylique Silk Touch Cleanser. LoveLula
Odylique Silk Touch Cleanser. LoveLula. Consistency.
Odylique Silk Touch Cleanser*. This unique double-action formula deeply cleanses and removes make-up whilst providing the ultimate in skin comfort and long-lasting rehydration. This is your true and proper rinsable cleansing balm - you absolutely don't need a washcloth to remove it, which let's face it is usually the case with rinsable cleansing oils and balms. So whenever I do use such a product I don't even bother removing it with water, I always rather go straight in with a washcloth so I don't end up with an oily skin. This cleanser has a very silky, almost a gel like balm consistency. It's actually very emollient and I could almost describe it as greasy, but I mean that in the best possible way. They describe it as an oil-gel texture and I would have to agree. I do use it to remove makeup but I actually prefer to use it on days when I don't wear makeup or as my second cleanser. As is with cleansing balms and oils, I apply it on dry skin and gently but thoroughly massage it all over my face. Then I add water and for me that's when the magic happens. The oiliness disappears and what's left is this milky cleanser that feels light, non greasy and almost slightly foamy but not. It is perfect. I so appreciate that it doesn't irritate my skin and in fact it is great for sensitive skin too. On their website the brand is described as "a haven for those seeking care for their sensitive skin" so definitely a brand worth checking out if your skin easily reacts to products & ingredients. This family-owned brand/company lies in the amidst the rolling fields of Suffolk and every single one of Odylique’s products is handmade there. Let me end by saying that I like the packaging but I do wish it was in glass. The cleanser has a very nice and subtle scent of Lavender and is made with 98% organic ingredients, including Sunflower Seed & Castor Oil, Glycerine, Ylang Ylang. You can get Odylique Silk Touch Cleanser at LoveLula here.
Dafna's Skincare. Recovery Cleanser. The Clean Beauty Box.
Dafna's Skincare. Recovery Cleanser. The Clean Beauty Box. Consistency
Dafna's Skincare. Recovery Cleanser. The Clean Beauty Box. Consistency
Dafna's Skincare Recovery Cleanser* is a rinsable cleansing balm but note that for me it doesn't rinse off completely. I have to use a washcloth which is fine but I just want to mention that. I received this cleanser in the April/May The Clean Beauty Box and I loved it then & still do. See this photo where I shared my initial thoughts. Like the Odylique cleanser it has this unique texture of a balm that feels like a gel-ish balm. Very silky and smooth. They say "luxurious, silky balm-to-milk cleanser that melts at contact". I love its silky consistency very much and I also love the fact that this cleanser can be used as a mask as well. To be more precise, as an overnight treatment mask. I've never used it as such but I did left it on my face for a few minutes and I have to say that it feels very lush. It has a fresh citrus scent thanks to Sweet Orange, Lavender & Rosemary. Among the ingredients are also Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Moringa Oil, Squalane (which locks in moisture and is one of the ingredients that helps to make it a lovely hydrating overnight mask), Calendula Extract and Salycilic Acid. As mentioned, I got Dafna's Skincare Recovery Cleanser from The Clean Beauty Box - you can shop here.
Alteya Organics Rose Otto Cleansing Milk. LoveLula
Alteya Organics Rose Otto Cleansing Milk. LoveLula. Consistency
Alteya Organics Rose Otto Cleansing Milk* is described as a gentle cleansing milk formulated to purify, bаlance and moisturize skin. I got this cleansing milk after I used up the amazing Cleansing Milk with Papaya Extract* from a Slovenian brand Mayarula. Such a beautiful and lightweight cleansing milk! I think I'll have to repurchase it. Ok but back to Alteya Organics and their Rose Otto Cleansing Milk. It comes in this huge, big ass glass bottle (200 ml!). I was in shock when I received it since I wasn't expecting a 200 ml bottle (not that I'm complaining). This is your typical cleansing milk meaning it has a gentle, soft milky consistency that doesn't foam. They say that it effectively removes makeup and penetrates deep down the pores to visibly reduce their appearance for a clearer looking skin. I never use cleansing milks as my first evening cleanser or makeup remover so I can't say anything about that but I do enjoy it as my second evening or morning cleanser. It consists of some beautiful ingredients such as Aloe Vera Juice, Kokum Seed Butter, Macadamia Oil, Plum Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Coapiba Oil and more. I do find it hydrating and I'm so glad it doesn't dry out my skin. It is gentle but I have to say that sometimes I feel almost a slight tingling sensation. That goes away as quickly as it came and there's no redness or irritation on my skin but perhaps that is something worth mentioning for those of you who have more sensitive skin. Although they do recommend it for sensitive skin so I would love to know your experience if you've tried it. For me that is just a minor remark because otherwise this cleansing milk is super lovely. The scent is also very beautiful and I can choose the same words for the scent as I can for the consistency and the whole experience with this cleanser - soft, gentle, delicate. It is a floral scent but nothing too overpowering or too much. The blend of Palmarosa, Rosewood and Geranium really agrees with my nose. It's a pretty scent, a very lovely one. You can find Alteya Organics Rose Otto Cleansing Milk at LoveLula here. I will say that thus far I've tried a few products from Alteya Organics and they are all really nice!
Natural Organic Face Cleansers. Cleansing Milk, Rinsable Cleansing Balm Odylique, Dafna's Skincare, Mar Galliti Skincare Alteya Organics.
Without a doubt I could mention more cleansers but I will stop at these four since I've been mostly drawn to these in the last couple of weeks. Let me know if you've tried them and what are your thoughts. Is there any cleanser you would like to recommend or you have it on your wishlist to try? I'm all ears. :)

Thank you so much for reading!

Have a great week,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Three from the Shower

maj 30, 2020

Hi lovelies! How are you doing? I want to talk about the three products that keep me company in my shower. There has been lots and lots of talk on soaps and without even thinking about it, my post will also be about soaps today. Without any further ado here are the ones I've been using and loving lately. 
Alteya Organics Liquid Soap Lavender Aloe, Poapoa Charcoal Tea Tree Shea Soap, Bathing Culture Refillable Mind Body Wash. Lovelula, Beauty Heroes.
Alteya Organics Liquid Soap Lavender Aloe, Poapoa Charcoal Tea Tree Shea Soap, Bathing Culture Refillable Mind Body Wash. Lovelula, Beauty Heroes.
Alteya Organics Liquid Soap Lavender and Aloe. Lovelula
Alteya Organics Liquid Soap Lavender & Aloe* - a super lovely soap that comes in plastic packaging (unfortunately!) with a pump. Very handy but I did think it is glass bottle based on the image online. This liquid soap has a very nice and relaxing scent of Lavender - I really enjoy it very much, and it feels hydrating on the skin. It contains Glycerin and Aloe, hence the hydrating benefits, and also Coconut, Sweet Almond and Olive Oils. This is a gentle soap, it gives some lather but not a whole lot, just enough to make the showering experience very nice indeed. Would definitely repurchase and try their other scents as well, but since they are packaged in plastic I will not. I wish they will change their packaging to glass or better yet, make soap bars. You can check out Alteya Organics Liquid Soap Lavender & Aloe here.
Poapoa Charcoal and Tea Tree Shea Soap. Lovelula
Poapoa Charcoal & Tea Tree Shea Soap* - as the name suggests, this is a soap containing Charcoal Powder, and Tea Tree, and both of these ingredients are great to use on your underarms for a little detox. Also a great thing to have if you struggle with body acne. Not sure about you, but I'm not one who just finds it super easy to use whatever natural deodorant and know that it will work. No, I can really struggle with that and finding a good deodorant was always something I had to deal with, even before when I used conventional deodorants. Because of this, every once in a while I love using soaps that contains Charcoal. This soap isn't as heavy duty and doesn't contain as much of this wonderful ingredient as some others do, but it is also nice. It has a very natural scent, I can't really describe it. It also doesn't lather a whole much. It's vegan friendly, hand-blended in Ghana and as always I love this kind of packaging - 100% recyclable. You can check out Poapoa Charcoal & Tea Tree Shea Soap here.
Bathing Culture Refillable Mind and Body Wash. Beauty Heroes
Bathing Culture Refillable Mind & Body Wash* - a very luxurious soap packaged in a refillable glass bottle. I got it in May Beauty Discovery* and I have to say that the box was super lovely (was also sold out really quickly which wasn't a surprise). Everything about this soap is so beautiful. I love the packaging - the glass bottle is extra heavy and lush, the design is sleek and chic, yet also vibrant and colourful. Love the rainbow! This soap came with a pump (you can also get it without), which I haven't attached yet. We are moving so I'm saving it for our new apartment. The times I did use it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The soap has a very good, delicate lather, feels amazing on the skin, kinda slippery but in the best kind of way! It's very smooth and soft, nicely creamy. Positively beautiful. It's also hydrating thanks to oils of Coconut, Olive and Sunflower, Natural Plant Glycerin, Aloe Vera and Shea Butter. Feels very concentrated. The scent is woodsy, earthy, it is a forest scent. I like it a lot. I'm not sure which essential oils are in it but at Bathing Culture they describe the scent as "a fresh, earthy aroma that evokes a Northern California seaside forest on a rainy day." I like it a lot! You can get Bathing Culture Refillable Mind & Body Wash here.

Have you tried any of these?

Have a lovely weekend and take care!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

April Boxwalla Beauty Box feat. Monastery Made

april 17, 2020

Hello! How are you doing? Hopefully you're well, staying healthy and sane. I want to share with you today the amazing April Boxwalla Beauty Box, it's so good!

In the April Boxwalla Beauty Box themed 'When the Muses Sing of Spring' you will find two full size products from Monastery Made: Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost and XX Rose Glycolic Gel. You can check out the box here.
April Boxwalla Beauty Box Monastery Made Aloe Hyluronic Moisture Boost, XX Rose Glycolic Gel
Monastery Made is a new-to-me brand and I think pretty much all of us only just discovered this brand through Boxwalla. Lavanya, the founder of Boxwalla, has such a talent for sharing all these amazing brands and products with us. Not sure where she finds them, but I'm most thrilled she does and I cannot tell you how lucky and grateful I am I'm one of Boxwalla's brand ambassadors. Okay so Monastery Made is a brand created by Athena Hewett, made in small batches in her studio in San Francisco. Athena has worked as an esthetician for 20 years, opening her, own skincare studio (where she still practices) in 2011. Monastery Made was inspired by her childhood summers in the Greek Cyclades, where her grandmother pressed oil from their own grove, mixing sage, chamomile, and rosemary into tonics. With this beautiful inspiration it's no wonder that the products themselves are so beautiful - I love the whole look and what's inside impressed me so much too.
April Boxwalla Beauty Box Monastery Made Aloe Hylauronic Moisture Boost
April Boxwalla Beauty Box Monastery Made Aloe Hylauronic Moisture Boost consistency
Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost is a lightweight gel serum that provides a serious boost of hydration. This serum contains two molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid - the larger sits on the skin, hydrating and softening it, while the smaller penetrates deeper, plumping the skin. It also contains Aloe Vera, which is yet another wonderful hydrating, and soothing ingredient. What I really like about both of these products are their short ingredient lists. I really appreciate that. Those ingredients that are in the products are effective and they work, so really there's no need to add anything more. As mentioned, this is a lightweight serum that is quite runny. Has a pale, off white colour and sinks into the skin quickly. Based on Instagram stories Athena shared, I like to tap my skin as soon as I apply it. I do two pumps and apply straight on my cleansed, dry skin. Smooth all over and then do these tapping movements with my fingers all over my face. Feels really nice and I appreciate a little boost of circulation. I also can't forget about its scent of Lavender elevated with Clary Sage and White Camphor. I really like it! After about three weeks of use I have to say I'm impressed. A really beautiful serum that I use AM & PM. It hydrates and plumps my skin, plus it's also soothing, and I didn't experience any irritation or redness while using it. It layers beautifully with other products - other serums, creams and oils. I'm so happy I got to try this product, I like it so much! You can check out Monastery Made Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost here.
April Boxwalla Beauty Box Monastery Made XX Rose Glycolic Gel
April Boxwalla Beauty Box Monastery Made XX Rose Glycolic Gel consistency
XX Rose Glycolic Gel is a gentle exfoliating gel serum with 10% Glycolic Acid (an AHA) in a soothing base of Rose Water. This AHA glycolic gel is made from the sugar acids of Cane, Beets and Pineapple. It is preserved with a natural fermentation process. It has a pH of 5, so it's mild yet very effective. For me this product wasn't an instant hit, as was Aloe. There are a few different ways on how to use it. The first one I tried was to use it as an overnight exfoliating serum. This can be done 1 - 2 times per week. Applying one to two pumps on cleansed, dry skin, and then following with Aloe and other products (I used a facial oil and/or a moisturizer). My skin always turned slightly red and I felt a tingling sensation for a little while, but that disappeared quite quickly. Based on these two signs I did expect my skin to be more exfoliated and smoother, but I didn't seem to notice any major results. I tried it like that a couple of times and it was fine, but then I tried it the second way they recommend - as a mask. Now that is more of my jam. I applied two pumps (again, on cleansed, dry skin) and left it on for a few minutes. There was that tingling sensation again but no redness. After about 3 or 5 minutes, I rinsed it off with water and my skin was definitely smoother but then in the morning I really noticed the skin looking brighter and it just looked better, and exfoliated. After that I've been using XX like a mask and I love it! It wasn't an instant hit but now I cannot wait to use it again as a mask. Which actually hasn't been that many times since I only use it once, possibly two times a week. Now I did say that it didn't perform as well as I hoped as an overnight serum but then a couple of days ago I did use it like that just because, and I enjoyed it too. I've been loving experimenting with this product and figuring it out what's the best way to use it for my skin. It's funny how at first I didn't seem to think it does anything to my skin, but then it proved me wrong and I'm so glad about that. A beautiful product! I actually can't decide which one is my fave of the box and that's when you know it's a bloody good selection of products. Thanks Lavanya for another amazing skincare discovery! You can check out Monastery Made XX Rose Glycolic Gel here.
April Boxwalla Beauty Box Monastery Made Aloe Hyluronic Moisture Boost, XX Rose Glycolic Gel
I'm in love and I highly recommend the April Boxwalla Beauty Box.

You can get it here.

Definitely check out Monastery Made products here.

Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely weekend!

Love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Nourish & Soothe Dry Skin with Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm

marec 23, 2020

Hi loves! How are you all doing?? I hope you're all well, healthy and staying safe inside your homes. Gosh, 2020 is no joke! It wasn't my intention to write about a product for your hands but alas it happened that way unintentionally. As we are all, hopefully, washing our hands all day every day (we're currently using Rachel's Plan Bee Arnaud Soap - Sweet Love) and as much as this bar of soap usually isn't drying out my hands, this excessive amount of washing is too much for my hands. I love to use moisturizing and hydrating hand creams (I'm currently using Alteya Age Defense Hair Cream* - review here, or Free + True Body Prophet* - review here) in the day time but when it comes evening & nighttime, then I especially like to apply a nourishing balm on top, to seal in all the moisture. And here is where today's product comes in. Meet Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm*.
Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm. Lovelula
Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm. Lovelula
Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm "softens and repairs dry or damaged skin from top to toe. Suitable for anyone, including those with sensitive skin and babies." As a true balm, this is a nourishing product that contains plant oils and Beeswax. There's not a lot of ingredients in this balm, so let me mention just a few. Babassu & Avocado Oils, Calendula Extract, which is know for its anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits, and among others it also helps to promote healing. Calendula is very beneficial as a tea or added to a soup because it helps to move the lymph. Another plant that's wonderful for the body and skin, that is in the balm is Marshmallow - an amazing emollient, which helps to repair and soften the driest, roughest, cracked or chapped skin. There are no essential oils in this balm which makes it perfect for sensitive skin and babies too.

The balm can be used all over your body and on your face as well - as a moisturizer or a balm cleanser. I haven't tried it on my face (yet) but I love to use it on my hands, elbows and feet. This winter my boyfriend and I went tour skiing quite a lot and one time I got these nasty blisters on my feet. When I healed them with straight up aloe vera (I cut a leaf from my plant and used it directly on my blisters - luckily I work from home so I could walk around barefoot and that sped the healing process), I then started applying this balm to soften the skin. They recommend using it on any dry, cracked, chapped, hard, rough or irritated skin, and that's exactly how I'm using, and loving it. For moms out there, it can also be used to soothe and improve sore nipples when nursing (without needing to wash off before feeding your baby).
Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm, texture. Lovelula
Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm, texture. Lovelula
So if you're in need of a heavy duty nourishing balm to either use on its own or in combination with a water based hand or body cream, then do check out Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm.

You can get Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm on LoveLula.

Thanks for reading!

Sending you much love & good vibes,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

March Beauty Discovery ft. Free + True

marec 08, 2020

Hi lovelies! Hope you're all doing well and enjoying your weekend (and not worry about the virus). Thanks to Beauty Heroes I discovered another amazing skincare line. Say hello to Free + True! Free + True harnesses the planet’s most potent botanicals and marries them with clean science to bring effortless and effective care. Created by a licensed esthetician and certified cosmetics formulator, Free + True was inspired by Tami’s active lifestyle to master simple, clean, and effective, each formulated in California using locally grown botanicals and boosted with high tech, clean ingredients.

In the March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery are two full size Free + True products: Body Prophet and Mama Pacha. You can check it out here.
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet, Mama Pacha
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet, Mama Pacha
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet, Mama Pacha
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet All Over Creamy Serum, Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion CreamMarch Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet All Over Creamy Serum
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet All Over Creamy Serum
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet All Over Creamy SerumMarch Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet All Over Creamy Serum consistency
 Free + True Body Prophet All Over Creamy Serum is this month's Hero product and it is absolutely beautiful! This body lotion is packed with soothing and nourishing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Sunflower Seed Oil infused with Calendula, German Chamomile, Comfrey, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Plantain, Rose and Yarrow. There's Olive Leaf Extract, Pumpkin Seed Oil and Seabuckthorn Berry Oil, hence the beautiful vibrant pastel yellow colour. It has a gentle sweet scent, really beautiful! I cannot tell you how amazing the bathroom smells after I use it - I for sure got a question "mmm what smells so good?" This sweet, almost candy like aroma also has a citrus undertone. I love it! The consistency is amazing too - it's light as lotions are, it quickly gets absorbed into the skin, leaving the skin softer and moisturized. I haven't tried that many natural & organic body lotions, especially when I think how many body oils I've tried, but I have to say that this one is one of the best I've used. It is just so lovely. I can't get over the scent, which also lasts a couple of hours (it's not as strong as it was upon application but I can still detect it) and the texture is beautiful too. I completely understand why Jeannie & her team chose Body Prophet as their March Hero. You can check out Free + True Body Prophet here.
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion Cream
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion Cream
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion Cream consistency
Free + True Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion Cream is an "all-weather moisturizer formulated with the same hardy Arctic Peptides that are known to thrive in marine environments, meaning they support skin resilience in harsh conditions, as well." I immediately fell in love with this cream! It feels so lush on the skin, it's a dream to use. Mama Pacha contains Aloe Vera, Mango Seed Butter, Squalane, Avocado Oil, Calendula, Gotu Kola, Nettle. Like Body Prophet, this cream also has a gorgeous scent! To me it has a more feminine scent because of Jasmine, and I can also smell Ylang Ylang. It has lightweight texture but don't let that fool you, because it's more nourishing that the texture looks. I like that it doesn't feel rich or heavy yet it's still properly moisturizing. I have combination skin and I don't have any problems with it being too much, too rich for my skin but I did see a comment somewhere on Instagram, that to them it feels a bit rich (I believe this person has oily skin). I have zero problems with it + it doesn't clog my pores. You could use it on its own but I like to layer it on top of last month's HeroBluh Alchemy Botanic-Retinol Skin Renewal Concentrate* (which btw I adore! Read my review here).

Can be used morning and evening. In the morning I use it with Ayuna The Facial Low* (not every day), Bluh Alchemy Botanic-Retinol*, a small amount of Mama Pacha and a blend of Heart of Gold Northern Lights Oilserum* (which is SO stunning!) & Earthwise Beauty Farizad's VeilSun Reflector (affiliate code Loveliness always saves you 15%). And in the evening my routine is very similar, with the exception that I apply the cream as a last product and I apply more of it than in the morning. You can also use Mama Pacha as a moisture mask, which I haven't tried yet but I bet you wake up with baby soft and smooth skin. You can check out Free + True Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion Cream here.
March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery Free + True Body Prophet, Mama Pacha
I have to say that I'm really impressed with this box & would love to try more Free + True products. Really beautiful, I highly recommend March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery.

You can check out Free + True products here.

Get the March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery here.

Thank you for reading and have a beautiful day!

Much love,

Jana xx

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

Earthwise Beauty Alchemy

februar 26, 2020

Hello everyone! Hope you're all doing well. Today I want to bring an attention to a post published on Earthwise Beauty Instagram page (check it out here). If you already follow them, then you may have seen they started sharing how some of us EWB fans combine their products to create our own concoctions. I was thrilled when they ask me to share mine and with that I also have a special discount code for you - code JanasEWBCombo saves 20% on four of Earthwise Beauty products, and I wanted to share a little bit of info on those beauties.
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm, Rosa Rosehip Oil, Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist, On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in a MistEarthwise Beauty Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil
Earthwise Beauty Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil
Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil* is the best rosehip oil I've tried, and I've tried a few. It has this amazing, vibrant orange colour (that slightly shows up on the skin, especially if you're a bit too generous). This is a lightweight oil that is fast absorbed into the skin and personally I love using it morning (with Farizad's Veil) and evening. Rosehip is known to help reduce hyperpigmentation and post-acne scars & it's such a perfect oil to have if you're dealing with scars. It really helps to soften the skin and makes the scars heal faster. If you have any problems with acne scarring I would highly recommend trying it. Also if you have sensitive skin since it doesn't contain any essential oils which can often irritate skin, depending on how sensitive it is. Rosehip oil also helps to reduce fine lines and overall it helps to make skin looking more radiant and smooth. I thoroughly enjoy this oil, on its own or mixed with other products like for example with Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm. You can check out Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil here.
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm
Yasuni Face Balm* is a super lightweight, a featherlight face balm that can be used on pretty much all skin types, including sensitive skin, dermatitis, acne-prone skin. Like Rosa it's free of essential oils and therefore a wonderful option if you would like to give your skin some break from essential oils. I sometimes really enjoy that & my skin as well. Yasuni is a special balm and I sometimes wouldn't even describe it as a balm. It has a very solid consistency and feels more like a dry balm (what an oxymoron - a dry balm) but it's true. It's not greasy or very oily and like I said, it feels so, SO lightweight on the skin that it's truly a dream to wear. Yasuni is also unique because it has some enzymatic benefits due to fruit oils alone. It very gently exfoliates the skin (nothing dramatic, I can easily use other exfoliating products as well). It just really nicely exfoliates and renews the skin, and can also help to reduce blackheads. I didn't experience that but perhaps I should use it every single day, twice a day for weeks and weeks. For more info you can check out my review here. You can find Yasuni Face Balm here.

So I love to combine the two products together: a small dollop of Yasuni with a drop or two of Rosa, and massage onto my skin. As a base there are two Earthwise Beauty products I've been really enjoying with: On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in a Mist and Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist. 
Earthwise Beauty On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in a Mist
On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in Mist* is another interesting product Ava has created. Described as a "youth-preserving serum in a mist" this is not a hydrating serum/mist and for sure not your typical face mist. This is a dry serum in a liquid format that "strives to deliver a very natural skin feel when you or someone else touches your face: the skin is matte, perfectly soft, well-conditioned, springy and alive, and dry - not oily, coated, or sticky from products." It's most interesting, this feeling of dry mist which I actually really enjoy because sometimes face mists can leave your skin feeling too wet. I cannot say for sure that it delivers on the promises - skin appears firmer, more robust, wrinkled areas appear tauter, but it's strange that I while reading the description to help me write this post I was like yes! when I read this: "there is an overall increased energy in the facial appearance". I can't explain it but I agree with it. On the other hand it does help to subdue inflammation. You know what it is, since it feels dry and so lightweight I think I almost have a feeling that it doesn't do much for my skin but in fact I almost run out of it and yes I did stop using it so I still have some left when a crisis hits haha. Swing's ingredient list doesn't disappoint. First ingredient being Turmeric Hydrosol and you don't need to tell me anything else, cause I love me some turmeric! Even tho it's not super hydrating it still contains some humectants - there's Aloe Vera and an ultra-low-molecular-weight Hyaluronic Acid. There's also Ceramide Complex (you can read Ava's post about Ceramids here) and the fragrant Myrrh & Frankincense. I like! You can check out On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in Mist here.
Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist
Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist* on the other hand is a hydrating face mist with Aloe Vera, Cistus (Rock Rose) Hydrosol and a few flower & gem essences. "Cistus hydrosol is recommended for reducing signs of aging, from wrinkles to lack of skin firmness, and is pore minimizing, naturally antibacterial (also anti-viral and anti-fungal), anti-acne, and nurturing, yet nondrying and extremely mild." Sign me up! It has this beautiful scent (that I wasn't a fan of initially, when I tried the mist in its previous packaging) but now I love it. It's comforting to me and I love using it before Rosa & Yasuni, after I apply my makeup or as an aura mist. Check out Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist here.

On all these 4 Earthwise Beauty products you can now and until Monday, March 2nd, enjoy 20% off using the code JanasEWBCombo. 

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Thank you so much for reading & for your support.

Much love to you all!

Jana xx

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One of my Favourite Hair Oils

januar 31, 2020

This is not the first time I'm mentioning this hair oil but I have to do it again because it is just so gorgeous! Tell me, have you already tried Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil? If you haven't, then you really should give it a go. I really love it. You can read my "The Gorgeous Tabitha James Kraan Trio" post about my first experience with this oil & the brand, and I also mentioned it in the "Loving at the Moment" post.
Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil
 Tabitha James Kraan is a British brand and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed pretty much all the products I've tried from them, some more than others. In the later category is definitely their Scented Organic Hair Oil*. This precious hair oil contains ingredients that are not only beautiful for the hair and scalp but would also work for the skin. This is not a basic hair oil, far from it. With oils of Safflower, Rosehip, Argan, Sea Buckthorn and Goji Extract, this product is almost too good for the hair, right?! I'm impressed with this blend & as I'm having long hair, I much appreciate a nourishing hair oil that takes care of dry ends in the winter. Not only that, the product smell amazing too! It's a very inviting, beautiful scent with flower oils such as Rose, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Benzoin Resin Extract and Cedar Bark Oil, that make the scent a bit more unisex. It is floral with a woodsy undertone, I love it. Oh and I mustn't forget about the added Amethyst crystal in the bottle. Oh. <3

I use this oil in two ways - as a pre wash hair treatment and as an everyday hair serum. As a pre wash treatment I use it before washing my hair, usually once a week. First I brush my hair and divide it in two sections. Then I warm up some oil in my hands and apply on my hair. I concentrate it on the ends but I apply it all over. Then I massage it on my scalp too. I apply it everywhere but I don't go crazy with it. Yes, my hair look greasy but they're not dripping with oil. I then again brush my hair and put them in a bun. Ideally I would leave it on overnight which I haven't done in ages. A few hours or at least half an hour works too. Then I wash my hair as usual - shampooing twice and I use a conditioner too. Makes my hair really soft, smooth and manageable. Once my hair is dry, I then use it as a hair serum. I use only a tiny amount, that is crucial. Less is more! Instead of using the pump, I unscrew the top of the product and use a drop of oil. Warm it in my hands and apply only on the hair. It depends, but I sometimes do this every day and sometimes only once a week. But I love doing it because it nourishes my hair, smoothes them, makes them less frizzy and more shiny.
Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil
This is my third or fourth bottle of the Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil, and is definitely not the last! Currently I don't have any other TJK products in my collection but like I said I tried most of them and I'm impressed. A wonderful haircare line, definitely give it a go if you haven't already. You can check them out at LoveLula.

You can get Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil here (free worldwide shipping).

Wishing you a great weekend!

Much love,

Jana xx

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