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

*samples generously provided
**this post contains an affiliate code and affiliate links

DEW by Art of Organics. April Clean Beauty Box

April 06, 2018

It may not sound like it, but I usually don't want to hype products too much because I know how it is when you have super high expectations. Hardly ever a product really meets them. Well today is not going to be that kind of a review. I'm going to hype the s*it out of the new April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* and you are going to like it! Hopefully haha.

DEW box features two products from two stunning brands: One Love Organics and Live Botanical, and this box is one of my favourite AO box I've ever tried! It is just so good! I can't decide if it's better than the September box featuring Laurel Whole Plant Organics (my review here) or not. If I would have to choose I would say that these two are my absolute fave!
April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box 2018 DEW. One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream, Live Botanical AER Aloe + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Live Botanical AER Aloe + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Live Botanical AER Aloe + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum is as beautiful as is the packaging. I ADORE ferns. Not only because of their looks but also because I once believed that they are magical. When I was a child my mama told me this story that if a fern's seed would fall into my shoe on this particular evening/night I would be able to understand animals. And I was all about that! I remember walking through ferns (no matter the time of day!) and just wishing & hoping that a seed would find a way into my shoe and that I would understand what animals are saying. I would actually dreamt about it at night. I think it's safe to say I was obsessed haha. But this story has nothing to do with skincare oops. I clearly like the design and the whole packaging of AER and the brand in general. Just look at them here! Aren't they so gorgeous? Live Botanical is a brand that was on my (skincare) radar and I was thrilled to see it in this box. At the heart of Live Botanical is the intense desire to connect with Mother Nature. The founder and formulator, Carolyn McRory, believes the path to a more sustainable society is to encourage ideas of conservation through compassion.
Live Botanical AER Aloe + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Lightweight, hydrating.
The full name of AER says it all - in the serum are 4 ingredients, 3 of them are Aloe Vera Juice, Green Tea Hydrosol and Sodium Hyaluronate. The fourth ingredient is Lactobacillus Ferment. The idea behind this serum was to create an effective and versatile method to hydrate, tone and calm the most sensitive skin types. One of my Insta friends has extremely sensitive skin and she is allergic to more ingredients that I can remember from the top of my head and she loves this product! AER is soothing and very hydrating. It makes my skin smooth and soft. It has a very lightweight consistency (almost like water) but it feels nothing like water. Well I'm exaggerating a bit but water isn't hydrating when applied on the skin and this serum definitely is. I love the almost non-existing scent - another thumbs up for sensitive skin types and for those of us who prefer more subtle scents. I use it two times a day, as a two-in-one product: a toner and a serum, and that works great on my skin. I want to try more Live Botanical products. Love. You can check out AER here.
April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box 2018 One Love Organics Coconut Water Cream
April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box 2018 One Love Organics Coconut Water Cream. Lightweight, hydrating.
One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream. Oh my what a beaut this cream is! "Lovely" is the perfect word to describe this amazing moisturizer. LOVE. One Love Organics was founded by Suzanne LeRoux, a believer in alternative healing - so much that she decided to formally study aromatherapy, integrative herbology, holistic nutrition and cosmetic chemistry while practicing law full time. Talk about dedication and commitment! I have tried one OLO product before, it was an oil and even though I liked it very much, I didn't fell in love with it that quickly and as deeply as I did with Skin Dew. This multi-award winning cream helps to combat dehydration and promote balanced, moisture-rich, healthy-looking skin. Crafted with over 50% of pure, mineral rich Coconut Water, Cupuacu Butter, a complex of Acacia, Jojoba and Sunflower oil that form a protective, breathable film to help lock-in hydration and defend skin against environmental aggressors, Skin Dew is both lightweight and hydrating. I don't understand how it can be so lightweight and airy and then also so hydrating and balancing! So grateful that Suzanne quit law! Those of you thinking "oh no it contains coconut and that clogs my pores" shouldn't be worried about it because I don't think it would create problems. I assume but I think I'm right that chemical compositions of coconut water and coconut oil are different so there's no need to worry. You should really give this cream a chance, no matter your skin type (it is beneficial to all skin types).

What I love about this cream? I mean is there anything I don't like?! It's lightweight, airy, it absorbs quickly, it has a subtle scent of coconut water, it feels lovely on the skin, it's very hydrating and keeps my skin moisturized all day (and night) AND it's in a glass jar. You can check out Skin Dew here.
April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box 2018 One Love Organics Coconut Water Cream
April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box 2018 One Love Organics Coconut Water Cream consistency
You guys, do yourself a favour and order this box asap! Art of Organics boxes have a tendency to sell out quickly, just so you know. Hydration is crucial for healthy and happy skin and the boost of hydration these two products give has been so wonderful for my skin. It's almost like I drank liters upon liters of water but in reality I just applied these two. Look, my skin is not perfect and definitely doesn't look like Karamo's but maybe regular use of AER & Skin Dew could bring me closer to it? Fingers crossed!

Both products work amazingly well together and I love that they layer nicely with other products. They actually pair beautifully with the Hero product from the April's Beauty Heroes box, de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir* (review here). Sadly the April BH box is already sold out. They are making my skin visibly healthier, there is less redness and less tiny bumps in my skin.

DEW box, I love you!

The value of this box is $88 but it's worth so much more. You can get it for $39, by subscribing to at least two AO boxes at a time (see their options here). Sign up for the April Art of Organics box here. Art of Organics members also have 15% off in their store

Hope you also fall head over heels with these products!

Floral print was created by @chloehallillustration.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

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Boxwalla's "Moonlight & Silver Sleep" February Beauty Box

April 04, 2018

This week is shaping out to be all about my favourite beauty subscription boxes. I've already shared the April Beauty Heroes box here and I'm going to post an article for the April Art of Organics box, but today it's all about the February Boxwalla Beauty Box. Before I move forward this box is sadly no longer available but the April Boxwalla box sure is (if you don't know Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription service). Will leave all the links at the end of this post but know that the last day to subscribe is tomorrow, the 5th of April. Anywho, let's move to the box filled with "Moonlight & Silver Sleep".
February Boxwalla Beauty Box Moonlight & Silver Sleep. Mun Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Facial Mist.
February Boxwalla Beauty Box Moonlight & Silver Sleep. Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Facial Mist
 February Boxwalla Beauty Box* featured two gorgeous products that will help you slip into sweet nights of soothing bliss.

First is the newly released Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver-Rich Facial Mist. I was first introduced to the brand by a previous Boxwalla box, where they featured Amly Botanicals' Radiance Boost Silver Rich Face Mist (review here) and oh my word that mist is so amazing! I really loved it so I was really looking forward to trying out another Amly product. In my review of Radiance Boost I've already talked more about the brand but just to quickly sum up, Amly Botanicals is a UK brand founded by Lisa & Kerry, who were inspired to create healing face mists when Lisa discovered an artesian spring water rich in silver, flowing below her family's wildflower meadow (called Amly). Silver is a powerful antioxidants that helps fight free radical damage & regulates skin flora. This restorative face mist was designed especially for use at night to support natural healing sleep. Beauty Sleep has a beautiful array of ingredients, including floral waters of Neroli, Lavender, Geranium, Valerian Root, and more that will soothe and repair the skin. The star ingredient is Snow Algae that grows on glaciers and snow. Studies have shown that the extract of Snow Algae when applied to living cells, extends their longevity & revitalize skin by boosting both the expression of a longevity gene (Klotho) as well as the cellular energy enzyme AMPK. It also strengthens the skin barrier & preserves collagen. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? The mist has the loveliest spray nozzle that disperses very fine mist and I adore that. I'm not quite sure what does the mist smell like but I'm pretty sure I'm smelling Cistus. Honestly I don't really love the scent but it is kinda growing on me. I much prefer the scent of this toner than the Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist from Earthwise Beauty. Beauty Sleep is one hell of a lovely face mist and I really like it. Amly Botanicals can do no wrong in my book. You can get it here.
February Boxwalla Beauty Box Moonlight & Silver Sleep. MUN Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum
The second product from this Boxwalla box is the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, from a well known brand in the green beauty community, MUN Skincare. MUN was founded by international celebrity makeup artist Munemi Imai & her Moroccan business partner Anas Saidi, to harness Moroccan beauty secrets with a Japanese aesthetic & minimalism (a nod to Munemi's Japanese heritage). It all began when Munemi fell in love with the star ingredient of Aknari serum, Prickly Pear Seed Oil. Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Prickly Pear Seed Oil is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines, it helps to prevent premature wrinkle formation, broken capillaries, calms redness, brightens and evens complexion. There is also Argan Oil and Bulgarian Rose which adds a heavenly scent of Roses. If you like the scent of roses then you will LOVE the smell of Aknari. It's just so beautiful and mesmerizing, meaning that I can't stop smelling it as I'm writing this. I haven't been using this serum for long but in combination with some other products it's been really keeping my skin looking healthy and radiant. I do think it helps brighten my skin a bit, which you know I'm all about. The oil is lightweight, it's moisturizing and makes my skin glow. I have to say that I've been really enjoying this precious serum. You can find Aknari here or in the Beauty Heroes Store here with the 15% discount (only if you are a BH member).
February Boxwalla Beauty Box Moonlight & Silver Sleep. Mun Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Facial Mist.
February's Boxwalla Beauty Box was yet another successful box for me. I really don't exaggerate saying that their curations are always SO on point and I highly recommend trying at least one of their boxes. Perhaps start with the April box with two stunning products from Twelve Beauty. This box blows my mind. No joke. The value of the box is insane! For $49 you get two products worth $182! I just got the box yesterday so I can't speak about their claims but I do believe I will like, if not love them. I'm so grateful that subscription boxes feature such amazing brands and being an ambassador for such wonderful subscription boxes is literally the best thing ever (if you love skincare of course haha). LOVE.
Boxwalla Beauty Box April 2018. Twelve Beauty London Mask and Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum.
Like I said, sadly the two products I've just reviewed are not longer available at Boxwalla but I did link both products so you can either check them out or make an order. I highly recommend subscribing to the April Boxwalla box. The box will cost you $49.95 and you don't have to subscribe to more than ONE bi-monthly box at a time. You can subscribe here and be quick about it, because it's only available till tomorrow, the 5th of April.

Have a lovely day!

With love,

Jana xx


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Introduction to the April Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery ft. de Mamiel

April 02, 2018

Hi lovelies! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. For a change I'm already posting the content of the new April Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery*. Say hello to the gorgeous and luxurious UK brand de Mamiel. The brand was founded by Annee de Mamiel, an acupuncturist, aromatherapist, esthetician. de Mamiel is the solution for stressed skin. As you all now stress is the worst thing ever and not only it can have an effect on our emotional and physical body but it can also negatively effect the skin. The brand addresses everyday emotional stress with the Botaniques range and environmental stress with Atmospheriques range. The products featured in the April Beauty Heroes box are from the latter, the Atmospheriques range. So what's in the box?
de Mamiel Beauty Heroes April 2018.de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir Beauty Heroes 2018
de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir Beauty Heroes 2018
de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir Beauty Heroes 2018. Serum. Consistency.
 The Hero is de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir which is a serum. A true serum, a super lightweight emulsion and not an oil aka oil serum. This feather-light, free radical fighting emulsion is the ultimate renewal serum for pollution-proof skin. It's a water based serum (wish it was aloe vera juice to be honest) but there is Glycerin which is also a humectant. Most of other ingredients are much more exciting and the ingredient list itself is very complex (see it in full here). The serum is packed full of antioxidants and here it gets very interesting. In Nurture are 1st and 2nd generation antioxidants. Say whaaat? Do not think I truly understand what that means but Jeannie kindly explained it that the different antioxidants in this serum basically interact at different phases of oxidation. She also shared that in Nurture the 1st generation antioxidants are Ferulic Acid (from rice bran) and Superoxide Dismutase (a by-product of biofermentation). And a 2nd generation antioxidant is Malachite Extract and Quercetin (also a by product of biofermentation), which are known to extract impurities and repair damaged skin. There is Sodium Hyaluronate, which is more hydrating than Hyaluronic Acid, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which is in two of my current fave products (Sensitive Facial Oil* by Mono Naturoils and Aknari Brightening Youth Serum* by Mun Skincare). In this serum are also Ylang Ylang, Geranium and many more, like Japanese Pogoda, Wintergreen & Grandmother's Pine. I also have to mention that it contains Fractionated Coconut Oil, so if your skin reacts badly to Coconut Oil I would suggest a patch test, and one palm oil derivate which is marked as Certified Organic and Ecocert Certified, which essentially means it's derived from a sustainable palm oil. This serum has a subtle floral-ish fragrance and very lightweight texture that is almost sticky on the skin when you first apply it. It's absorbed instantly into the skin, leaving it smooth and radiant. After a week of use I really can't speak about the antioxidant power and also know that Annee doesn’t formulate products to necessarily have an immediate effect. She really expects products to work to address underlying imbalances over time. I will say that I find that some other product are a bit more hydrating BUT this serum isn't described as a hydrating serum. My first impressions of this serum are very good and I'm really looking forward to using it for weeks to come. I love the consistency and you know I'm all about them antioxidants. I'm impressed. Read more about de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir here.
de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir Beauty Heroes 2018. Serum. de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir Beauty Heroes 2018. Texture. Serum.
de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. Beauty Heroes April 2018.
Onto the April Sidekick, the de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar, a lovely daytime moisturizer. It's actually a lightweight tinted sunscreen that is like Nurture based on Water and Fractionated Coconut Oil. The active ingredients with sun protecting properties are non-nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. The same as with Nurture the ingredient list is complex and the end result is so lovely. It's lightweight which is especially wonderful for a sunscreen. The tinted formula is sheer and it doesn't show on the skin. You won't have any problems with white cast with this one! It's not heavy or pore-clogging. First impressions are wonderful and it's actually making me sad that it's only 5ml. Definitely consider Nectar if you're on a hunt for a new sunscreen because it is a good one! Read more about this product here.
de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. Beauty Heroes April 2018. Tinted Sheer Sunscreen.
de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. Beauty Heroes April 2018. Tinted sheer sunscreen.
Before I end this post I would like to finish on a quick note about sunscreens. I have already proclaimed my love to mineral sunscreens using non-nano ingredients (and other beautiful natural and organic ingredients). Many mineral sunscreens are no longer what they used to be, meaning heavy, thick and white. They came a long way and now they are sheer and lightweight and so lovely to use + they have a wonderful sun protective properties which are in fact better than chemical UV filters & they are coral reef safe and much more environmentally friendly than chemical sunscreens. More about that here. And like Nerida Joy, skincare enthusiast and esthetician with 40 years of experience says: "sunscreens are very important but you have to be careful with sunscreens, because sunscreens can burn your skin. The chemicals in them are not so great." She goes on saying "I very much believe in sunscreens, I just don't believe in the majority of the commercial ones that are on the market. They can create problems, they can burn the skin, they can cause irritation and lots of bumps. ... I'm a huge believer in mineral sunscreen." You can watch/listen to the whole interview Jordan Samuel did with Nerida here.
Beauty Heroes April 2018 de Mamiel
I'm very impressed with these two de Mamiel products and I recommend them both. de Mamiel products are of course available in Europe (I say of course, cause it's a UK brand) but you will not get a better deal than subscribing to Beauty Heroes for at least three months to get these two products.

The April Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery is valued at $147 and you can get it for $39. Get the box here.

Have you tried de Mamiel products? 

Wishing you a beautiful week!

With love & light,

Jana xx

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