Holiday Essentials

June 24, 2016

Hello beauties! How have you all been doing? I was away on holidays, which you already know if you follow me on Instagram. Me and my boyfriend went to Corfu, Greece and we had a great time. The island is so beautiful and green, the water is really clear and I have never eaten such juicy and delicious oranges. I rather won't show you how my desk in our room looked like (filled with all green beauty products and some other random bits), but I will show you some of my holiday essentials. Most of them are actually my everyday essentials so you can easily treat this post as my current favourite products post.

Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil SPF 30+ Powder* - one of the newest additions to the brand is this amazing SPF powder. Yes, it's in a powder form and is definitely not messy or unpractical like you might think. I've already raved about Earthwise Beauty here, let me just remind you it is a wonderful, wonderful brand indeed. Farizad's Veil is simple yet effective. It contains non-nano and uncoated zinc oxide, which is the healthiest, safest and most reliable sunscreen ingredient. Besides the UV protection it's also anti-inflammatory and anti-acne. Yes, please! It also contains powdered Aloe leaves and some flowers (Rose Absolute, Geranium and Frankincense Oil, to name almost all). But let's leave all that information for a whole post and review. Farizad's Veil has a lovely floral scents, it's light and breathable, non clogging and just a wonderful sun protector. Oh and I almost forgot. The way you use this product is to just mix it in the palm of your hand with a bit of a facial oil of your choice. I've been using Magical Babassu Facial Oil*, also from Earthwise Beauty. Together they work like a charm. It's a great product and it actually replaced my well loved Kimberly Sayer sunscreen (review here). I also have a discount code for you, if you would like to try it. Use "Loveliness" and get 10% off your order.
Luminance Skincare Facial Toner Rosewater* - a refreshing toner is always a must in the summer, might that be at the beach or in the city. Summer or winter, I always love a good toner in a spray bottle. Here we have a 100% Pure Cold Filtered Bulgarian Rosewater. Organic, vegan, no toxins, no synthetics. Yas. Smells beautiful, like roses do and has a great spray dispenser. Yes, it is a beautiful toner. I also want to mention a toner I just used all up before going on holidays,for which I thought it would keep me company on holidays. It's from an Australian brand Mukti, the Neroli Blossom Balancing Toner* for combination and oily skin. It had the best spray dispenser which gave a very fine mist and I thoroughly enjoyed using it. Smells like citrus and contains some gorgeous certified organic ingredients like Lavender, Aloe Vera Juice, Witch Hazel and more. There are also Kakadu Plum, Finger Lime Caviar, Aniseed Myrtle, ingredients I have never heard of before. It's gorgeous on the inside and outside. Mukti Organics is now also available in Europe, in a beautiful German store Savue Beauty. Love both toners. <3

Leahlani Skincare Pua Lei Organic Coco Infusion* - Keri said it well, this product is "vacation in a bottle" and I couldn't agree more! With a blend of pure unrefined Coconut, organic Macadamia, Kukui Nut and Sea Buckthorn Oils you can be certain the product is very moisturizing and makes my skin super smooth and soft. But the scent, oh my the scent! It is out of this world. Smells heavenly, deliciously floral and sweet, with notes of sweet tuberose and exotic puakenini flowers. I love using it in my hair and on my neck, decoletage and arms. Love. In Europe available at Reina Organics.<3

BioSolis Sun Milk SPF 30 - Ecocert certified sunscreen with mineral protection - contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Free from nano particles and coral reef safe. Yas!! For those of you who don't know - chemicals in sunscreens, like oxybenzone, is not only toxic for you but also for coral reefs. Ingredients like that contribute to the destruction of corals and they also exacerbate coral bleaching. We all have a choice as consumers and we have to be mindful of not only keeping our bodies safe but we also have to think about other living beings on our planet and how our choice affect them. Therefore I highly encourage you to use mineral based sunscreens, like the two I mentioned here in this post. Yeah sure you usually have to massage these sunscreens into your skin for a bit longer to avoid the white cast but who cares when you can at least know that you are doing something good for you and the Earth. I bought this cream in Sanolabor but you can also find it on Ecco Verde. It's not as heavy and thick as Badger or Eco Cosmetics sunscreens are, if you tried any of these. It's absorbed into the skin quite quickly and doesn't leave a white cast. It's actually quite easy to spread around, especially if you don't go overboard with it.

Hurraw! Sun Protection Balm SPF 15 - Hurraw has such a lovely selection of vegan lip balms and this one is the perfect choice for summer beach days. Now don't get me wrong, sun is amazing and we all need a good amount of vitamin D but sun protection is crucial for those long exposure times. This lip balm has the best scent of Tangerine, Vanilla and Chamomile. I say it's the best scent because it reminds me of relaxing days at the beach, where I always use it. It contains nourishing and moisturizing ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter, to name a few. Last but certainly not least let me mention the active ingredient - non nano uncoated zinc oxide. Natural, broad spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) mineral sunscreen. Lip balm can give your lips a white tint if you apply it too generously, but if you only apply a swipe or two then you'll be perfectly alright.

Lily Lolo Miami Beach Bronzer - I was never a massive bronzer person but then this product came to my life. Oh my goodness, this bronzer has been one of my favourite products of the last few months. First of all it's from Lily Lolo and you all know by now that I love the brand, second of all it's a pressed mineral based bronzer and third, it has a beautiful warm colour which is perfect for my light skin tone. It gives my complexion a beautiful sun kissed look without looking like an umpa lumpa. I apply it the way every tutorial "orders" you to do - to the areas of my face the sun would naturally hit. I apply it in a '3' shape on either side of my face (forehead, top of cheekbones and along the jawline). I also apply it on my chin and down my neck and across the bridge of my nose. Then I just swipe the brush all over my face to blend it all together. Voila.

Modern Minerals Modern Moonstone** - best highlighter ever. Period. I already praised it in my previous post. It's infused with Lotus Wei flower essences, it's ultra silky and smooth and gives an amazing glow. I have so much love for it and I can't stop wearing it. It's creamy and easy to apply, it lasts all day and it's just wonderful. Love.

How are you spending your summer? Have any special plans?

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**affiliate link

Modern Minerals x Lotus Wei Emotive Makeup Collection

June 06, 2016

Would you take a good look at the beautiful Beauty Heroes June's box*? I've been really loving this months selection, it is so pretty! Beauty Heroes has brought us The Emotive Makeup Collection by Modern Minerals, featuring four full sized products worth $96 (which you can get for $39 + shipping cost = Ah-mazing!). June's Beauty Heroes box with a theme Beauty Is As Beauty Feels, is their very first all makeup box and I have to say they have chosen a great brand and lovely products. Like I said, in the box are products from Modern Minerals, but not just any MM products. Three out of four are infused with Lotus Wei flower essences and a touch of rose to awaken positivity and minimize the effects of negative emotions. Yas! Gosh, green beauty products are so amazeballs I can't even handle!<3
Modern Minerals is a brand founded by Diane Read and when she met flower alchemist Katie Hess, founder of Lotus Wei, they together set out to take beauty to a deeper level. With a mutual understanding beauty is interconnected and that our emotions are reflected in our physical features, they created a ground-breaking collection of emotive makeup that evokes a celebration of whole beauty. This month’s theme, Beauty Is As Beauty Feels, is directly inspired by the inner alchemy of the emotions that reflects in our outer beauty.

I will be completely honest and say that when I opened the box I was like hmmm, lip glosses. Like many I'm also more into lipsticks and don't even wear lip glosses. But after a few wears I can easily say that these Modern Minerals lip glosses are really nice. They are very easy to wear, moisturizing, they don't dry out my lips and are not sticky. Well the hair can stick to my lips when the wind blows but when you press your lips together there's none of that yucky sticky feeling that has always annoy me and stop me from wearing lip glosses. My lips are soft and smooth, looking very lovely and juicy.
Citrine Invigorating Lip Gloss is inspired by the beautiful peach, orange Citrine gemstone, a gemstone that I've been wearing for a couple of months and it's safe to say that I've been really loving it. This peachy, nude gloss with a golden shimmer glow has just the right amount of shimmers that don't make you look all glittery and leave glitter all over your face. It gives my lips a beautiful glowy finish, a beautiful shine. It contains Menthol which gives it that tingly and plumping feel and it also tastes sweet, which is always nice in a lip product. Lip gloss Citrine is the only product from the box which is not infused with Lotus Wei flowers essences and I would have to say it's my least favourite product of the bunch. But keep in mind it has a tough competition.

Padparadscha Lotus Wei infused Lip Gloss is a coral red with gold shimmer. Like Citrine, the shimmer is not all over the place and even though I prefer semi-matte finish of my lipsticks, I have to say I don't really mind the shimmer. If you look closely it's noticeable on the lips but the colour itself is just too pretty to even care for some of those shiny golden particles. How could you not love it if its description goes something like this - pink camellia flowers + pink tourmaline are combined with a light floral fragrance naturally composed of lavender, chamomile, rose and neroli. Oh wow. I also have to mention the name of it - Padparadscha is the name given to the color of a rare, pink and orange sapphire, and is the stone in Jeannie's (Beauty Heroes founder) engagement ring. The word padparadscha translates to ‘the color of a lotus flower at sunset’. How fitting for the beautiful infusion of Lotus Wei camellia flower essence into Modern Minerals makeup. So yes, that's why this lip gloss is now known as Padparadscha. How sweet is that?!
Rose Quartz Eye Shadow is a delicate shimmery blend of warm pink and peach hues. The shade is so gorgeous and I think it's a very flattering and universal shade. Everyone can wear it, I think. Rose Quartz packs a real punch with its glitter particles and it looks especially beautiful as an inner corner highlighter. On the picture I'm wearing it all over the lid and oh my does it look pretty. It adds a little something to the eye, a little sparkle and I'm all about that. One thing I have to say is that this eye shadow creases on me. Unfortunately that isn't anything new, so maybe take my opinion with a grain of salt. Another thing. As this eye shadow comes in a loose powder form I would love if it would have a lock sifter so it would stop the powder from falling out.

Modern Moonstone Cream Highlighter is an absolutely stunning golden, warm highlighter with ultra-silky texture. It is my definite favourite of the bunch, it is just so perfect and wonderful. I don't even know how to explain it but it's making me all sorts of fuzzy and warm inside and I can't get enough of it. 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. Moonstone has been exclusively launched to Beauty Heroes members and I'm so happy it was. It's just so stunning, you feel me?
As beautiful and unique this box is, it is bound to be sell through as it was the May Beauty Heroes box.vSo be sure to hop on board as soon as you can. Join Beauty Heroes and get your June's Box here. I love it and I'm sure you will too.

Have a great week!

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

One Therapy Artisan Elixir

May 29, 2016

You know how I feel about multi-purpose products, right? Well, I absolutely love them and today I have just that kind of a product to show you. Let me introduce you to a small Ireland brand called One Therapy. The brand was created by Sinead, a former beauty journalist and PR person. As a product reviewer she was testing dozens of products for her columns each week and the combinations were really starting to take their toll on her skin so she set out to create something for herself that would be packed full of nutrients and work to balance her stressed out complexion. A lot of experimenting and different combinations later, One Therapy was born. After a lot of encouragement from friends, she decided to take the plunge and make things official so she shipped her blend off to a lab and had it bottled.
One Therapy Artisan Elixir* is a unique blend of precious essential oils that nourish the body, illuminate the mind and empower the soul this eco friendly vegan moisturizer works to harmonise, heal and hydrate skin and hair. There, that's all you need to know, really. This daily moisturizer, elixir or oil serum, as I would call it, consists of only four ingredients - four certified food grade organic oils.

Elixir is based on pure Jojoba oil, a liquid wax which supposedly has a texture almost identical to the oil produced by our own skin. Balancing, moisturizing and good for all skin types. Jojoba oil is a base for three beautiful essential oils, which provide the elixir its intoxicating scent. 

First one is Ylang Ylang, derived from the flowers of Cananga tree which grows in Indonesia, Malaysia and some other places. It has a very unique and prominent scent, a scent that you can easily sniff out in a product. It is an uplifting scent and an oil that has been used as a skin and hair treatment for centuries. Ylang ylang is one of the best at relaxing the body and mind and is used to relieve stress, depression, anxiety. It is also supposed to help with oil production and is therefore great as a hair care treatment. Cute fact alert - in Indonesia the petals of Ylang Ylang flowers are scattered over the bed of newlywed couples on their wedding night.

Onto the Sandalwood, a very precious, expensive oil and one of the oldest known perfume materials. It has been used in ancient times, probably more than 4.000 years ago - in Egypt they used it in embalming. Sandalwood is a tree indigenous to India. It has a rich, warm, sweet fragrance with delicate wood notes. It is a powerful skin hydrator and is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is considered beneficial for meditation and for calming and focusing the mind. Sandalwood oil is a very popular oil and is used extensively as a harmonizing agent but due to the value of it, the trees are being illegally cut, leading to the waste of this precious resource as trees that are too young are cut, or trees are cut but the roots are left to rot (the roots are the most valuable part of the tree from which to extract the oil). (source) Trees must also grow for at least 30 years to even become suitable for harvesting and therefore we need to look for ways to responsively use it. Sandalwood essential oil in the One Therapy Artisan Elixir is certified Organic by the Soil Association which means you can be sure that it has been produced to the highest ethical and environmental standards. Sustainable and ethical sandalwood for the win.

The last but certainly not least is Frankincense, a resin (dried sap) obtained from trees that are native to Somalia. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned them during religious ceremonies and that Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resins from the Phoenicians, using them in incense, insect repellent, perfume and salves for wounds and sores. They also charred and ground it into a powder to make the heavy kohl eyeliner Egyptian women famously wore. Frankincse has an uplifting and grounding scent, it has a rich aroma and because of it is a popular mediation oil and has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. I know some ladies are not a fan of it because it reminds them of going to church but I really like the scent. One of the products I love that contains it is the wonderful Indigo Wild Zum Rub Frankincense & Myrrh (affiliate link). I mentioned it in this post. Frankincense is a natural astringent, skin calmer and balancer for both dry and oily skin.
Now that you know a little bit about the ingredients this elixirs contains, let's move on the actual product itself. Like I said, this product is an oil, which I mostly use as a body oil. Sometimes I also use it as a hair treatment and I love it in both ways. It's easily absorbed into the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. Like the majority of natural and green body oils, this one also leaves a feel on the skin. Oily is not the right word, but silky definitely is. The skin is silky to the touch and that feels very nice. Very nice indeed. I like that this product is so versatile, you can use it on your body, hair, even on your face. Perfect for travel, I think. Especially when travelling to sunny, exotic places because the scent of ylang ylang would blend right into. I've been really loving this product and if you're a fan of ylang ylang you would too.

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

D is for Detox

May 22, 2016

We are way into spring already but that doesn't stop me for finally posting up a "detox your body this spring" kinda article. I wanted to post it up weeks ago but technically it is still spring so it's all good. There are lots of detoxifying foods and products you can incorporate into your daily routine. I picked the ones I love and have at home at the moment.
 Neem - a healing ingredient that has been used by Ayurveda for thousands of years. The neem plant is a long living tree, which also goes by the name Indian Lilac. It is a tree native to Burma, India. Neem has numerous amazing benefits and if you read any description of neem you will want to hop on the neem train asap. I bought neem a while back and had used it every now and then but not really regularly. Then something changed. Ava from Earthwise Beauty launched a new face mask Catharsis with neem. The description of neem under the product is so awesome that I immediately turned to my drawer of green goodies and started using it again and this time more often. It looks like I could write a whole article about neem but let's just say it's strongly antimicrobial, it heals acne, it's cooling nature is of great help with inflammatory conditions (apparent as redness on the face) such as rosacea. Neem regenerates healthy skin cells and evokes a healthy skin coloring. There is one thing I wanted to share after reading Catharsis mask description. Neem is a powerful plant that can send out a message when its healing has been accomplished and it is time to take a break from it: either you may start forgetting to use the cleanser, are no longer drawn to its powers, or, if you overlook the subtle messages and continue using neem religiously, you may even develop a mild rash or itching. If neem tells you that it is time to take a break, heed its advice and switch to a different cleanser or mask for a while. How interesting is that? A truly detoxifying ingredient that you need to try, if you haven't already. Search for pure, organic neem and mix it with water and honey, leave on your face for at least 10 minutes; or try the Earthwise Beauty mask. I had a sample and it's lovely! Use code "Loveliness" to get 10% off on all Earthwise Beauty orders.
Algea Chlorella* - this particular chlorella is from a Slovenian brand but you can easily find it in every health food store. In my country you can also find it every bigger supermarket and drugstore. Chlorella is an algae, chlorophyll rich, heavy metal and synthetic toxin removal, just to name a few benefits you can get from it. I like to incorporate something with detoxifying properties each spring and chlorella is exactly that. I totally missed it with this one but I usually go with organic chlorella so even though it is pure chlorella, I will next time pick some other brand.

Lani Tropical Cacao Detox Maks* - Tropical. Natural. Vegan. Three things that I love to hear. This mask smells straight like Cacao, especially when you mix it with liquid. Looks like it as well - just check this photo if you don't believe me. The mask contains nine ingredients. Let me just mention a few - Kaolin (Pink Australian Clay), Smectite (Beige Australian Clay), Cocoa Powder, Cocout Milk Powder and Water. The mask also contains Baking Soda and that's why the mask foams when you mix it with water. That really makes me smile. I like this mask.
Water and plants - I'm sure you all know about the amazing benefits of drinking lots of water and having some plants in the house. Water with some mint leaves and lemon or fruit makes is even tastier and good for you.

Asparagus - a delicious green veggie, that makes your pee stink like nobody's business (just being real with you hihi), which is totally normal. Asparagus has loads of benefits and amongst the two are that it contains glutathione, a potent antioxidant and inulin, a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in our gut.  It helps with the urinary tract infections and is also said it helps to reduce cellulite. Not sure about that but I know it taste really good and is the perfect spring food to enjoy.

How do you detox your body in spring?

Love you lots,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

True Botanicals Exfoliating Moisture Mask

May 15, 2016

Hello ladies! How are you all doing on this fine day? A while back Beauty Heroes shared an amazing news on their Instagram account. Any guesses? Well, they announced that I'm one of the Beauty Heroes Brand Ambassadors! We did a little Q&A so if you're interested in learning a little bit more about me, go and check it out here. Oh my goodness, I still can't believe it! Feel so lucky, excited, honoured and grateful. Love. You can read more about Beauty Heroes here. It's the best green beauty subscription box out there. Seriously! Each month you get a beautiful selection of a carefully selected full-size (not sample!) Hero Product that fits the season and delivers results, rotating between skin, body, sun, hair care and makeup products. You usually also get at least one extra product, and a mini Hero mask. Beauty Heroes selects one clean beauty company each month to bring us the freshest batch of their star performer.

I've been lucky enough to receive three Beauty Heroes boxes and so far my favourite has definitely been the April box with "Nature is Luxury" theme. May's box has been really, really successful and was actually sold out! Ah-mazing! Unfortunately you can't get it anymore but you can subscribe to get the next, the June box. But in the meantime hop to their Beauty Store where you can also get the product I want to talk about today.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, April's Beauty Box featured the stunning and most luxurious green brand - True Nature Botanicals or True Botanicals, as it's known now. The Hero product in the box was the Exfoliating Moisture Mask*. A skin revival mask formulated with replenishing moisture-loving lactic acid derived from beets, this mask actively exfoliates lifeless skin, awakens natural collagen product and boosts hyaluronic acid levels, transforming skin from dull to dewy in just a few minutes. And it's as awesome as it sounds!

The mask contains gorgeous ingredients like Green and White Tea, Mango and Avocado Butter, Potato Flour (love to drink and eat all these!), essential oils of Tuberose, Jasmine and Neroli, to name almost all of them. Based on the three flowers, I did though it would smell lovely but it doesn't. No biggie, it's not a perfume or body oil that it would need an amazing scent. But it does provide amazing results.

I massage it onto clean dry skin and leave on for 5 minutes. For sensitive skin apply only for 3 minutes. It was that one time that I left it on for more than the recommended time, for 10 minutes!, and after I washed it off my face, I could squeeze out every single spot I managed to find on my skin. I know, I know, you aren't supposed to squeeze and mess with your skin but sometimes it happens. #sorrynotsorry Mask tingles a bit, but doesn't burn or anything like that and surprisingly, I never experienced red or even slightly irritated skin after using it. After washing it off my skin looks brighter and the complexion is smoother and softer. The only thing you need to worry about is to only use it in the evenings and to always use a sunscreen in the morning to protect your skin.
I love a quick and effective mask and this one is definitely that. And it also gives your skin little extra antioxidants, which always do good for the skin. The mask is expensive ($90) but you can get a discount for 15% off if you subscribe to Beauty Heroes. That's way this non-toxic beauty discovery service is so good, because you get such luxurious products for $39 a month. As mentioned before, the May box featuring Mahalo is already sold out so unfortunately you can't get it anymore, but I'm most excited to share with you the June box featuring ... (can't tell you yet which brand is going to be :P ). I'm patiently waiting for it to arrive, but I have a feeling Beauty Heroes June box is going to be a pretty one. :)

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links (like every article from other BH brand ambassadors does)

Yoga. Food. Makeup.

May 11, 2016

Maybe in the mood for some reading? Or for some cooking, yoga nad makeup? Well if you don't know what these three things have in common, then you clearly don't read the articles on The Peridot Mag. I don't have much time to write a proper post so today I'm going to be a bit lazy and share three of my articles I wrote for the magazine.

First is for all the ladies who love to eat delicious food and quickly cooked meals. (I'm raising my hand up in the air right now!) Creamy Vegan Pasta takes as much time as you need to cook your pasta. Everyone can make it, it's so easy and you know what else? Not to sound like a total ass but I have gotten some compliments and lovely comments of some ladies who have tried and loved it. I never thought people are even trying my recipes, let alone liking them!
The second article will give you some makeup inspiration, if you even need it. I created a spring inspired makeup look A Flash of Pink. The colour on the lips is a pretty good indicator that I was inspired by gorgeous spring flowers.
Last but certainly not least is a wellness article Jana's Favourite Yoga Poses. The name says it all, doesn't it? I shared three of my well loved yoga poses and wrote a little bit about why they are so wonderful.
Hope you enjoy reading them.

Have a lovely day!

Love you lots,

Jana xx

ps. you can still enter my iHerb giveaway :)

Seven Products I Love

May 05, 2016

Have you entered my iHerb giveaway? Now that I got that shameless plug out of the way, I can move forward to other things. There have been some pretty amazing and really exciting things going on. If you follow me on Instagram then you know pretty much everything. But there is also one that I haven't yet posted on Instagram. I know some of you have already seen it, thank you for your sweet comments *I'm blushing* For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, I was featured on a Slovenian blog called BeautyFullBlog
When the lovely Nika, the author of the blog, reached out to me I was really happy and excited that she wanted to write an article about me and my blog. Wow! She is one sweet cookie and it was an absolute pleasure working with her. To make things more interesting Nika decided I should do some kind of a short post so I chose 7 green beauty products I can't live without. So if you're interested in those seven green beauty products, go ahead and check out Nika's article. Let me just throw a little spoiler or should I rather say sneak peak. Amongst 7 wonderful green beauty products you will find Honey, Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 and Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask. I love them all deeply. <3

Enjoy!

Much love,

Jana xx

ps. Sorry but Nika's post is in Slovene, but you can always translate it ;)
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