Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery

december 09, 2018

Hi lovelies! I'm back with another Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery by Beauty Heroes, this time with the Ranavat Botanics box which I quickly fall in love with. If you don't know what I'm talking about - Beauty Heroes curated three boxes or discoveries featuring three woman-owned indie beauty brands who give back to the community. They packaged them all neatly into these beautiful boxes all ready to be given as gifts. I have already reviewed the Wabi-Sabi Botanicals discovery (see here) and today is time for another one - the Ranavat Botanics.

In the Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery* you will find 5 products: Mighty Majesty Fortifying Hair + Skin Serum (50 ml), Jasmine Tonique (50 ml), Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum (7 ml), Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque & Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque (both come in single-use sachets). You can check out this discovery here.
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Jasmine Tonique, Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum, Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum, Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque, Eternal Reign Detoxiyfing Masque mask
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Jasmine Tonique, Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum, Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum, Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque, Eternal Reign Detoxiyfing Masque mask Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Jasmine Tonique, Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum, Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum, Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque, Eternal Reign Detoxiyfing Masque mask Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum, Jasmine Tonique
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Jasmine Tonique Facial Mist
 Ranavat Botanics is an Ayurvedic skincare line founded by Michelle Ranavat. Michelle was inspired by the traditional Ayurvedic treatments passed down to her, and over the years saw first-hand the potency and efficacy of traditional Indian botanicals. Her background in engineering inspired her to modernize these treatments and craft an Ayurvedic skin care line that was based on the principle of “ingredients first” – extracted purely to keep all vitamins, minerals and skin-enhancing properties as close to nature as possible. I have to say I really enjoyed scrolling through their website (check it out here) and the style of writing is so beautiful. They say that "Ranavat Botanics is: a way for you to connect with tradition, magical botanicals and your personal ritual. You are ROYALTY when you hold our treatments because of the history and incredible craftsmanship that goes into each and every drop." They want to make us feel special and they certainly exceeded my expectations. Michelle's products do make me feel special. As for the giving back part, Ranavat Botanics gives 2% of proceeds to Ignite Hope, a non-profit organization that contributes to Rescue Foundation in India: a registered, non-profit, grass root NGO involved in rescue, rehabilitation & repatriation of victims of human trafficking and subjected to Commercial sexual from India, Bangladesh, Nepal.

Jasmine Hydrating Tonique is a facial mist made with one ingredient: Organic Steam Distilled Jasmine Petals. The Jasmine used is grown in a garden on the west side of India - where each spray brings us close to the intoxicating scent of night blooming Jasmine. You guys! The scent of this mist is heavenly divine!! I have said it before but these products, this discovery is for those of us who love and adore the magical Jasmine. I love spraying it on my face morning and night, before I apply my serums and oils, and sometimes even after just because I love the scent. The spray mister could have been just a little better (but now I'm just nit-picking) - I just wish the mist was finer and a bit more delicate. But that's my only "complaint", otherwise it's a gorgeous product. You can get Ranavat Botanics Jasmine Tonique here.
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum
Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum was the first product I tried from them and OMG, it's stunning! Again, the scent is so bloody amazing and wonderful, I can't get enough of it. The ingredients are as with Tonique, very straightforward and minimalist. There are only three: Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jasmine Oil, Organic Amla Extract. Amla is rich in Vitamin C and is an ingredient long used in Ayurveda. Supposedly it reduces the appearance of discoloration and promotes a sense of strengthened hair follicles, diminishing signs of breakage. Am yes please. I love to use it as a pre-wash hair treatment: I generously applied it on the ends of my hair and I end up massaging it all over my hair, even and especially on my scalp. Aren't head massages the best thing ever? So yeah I'm definitely gonna apply the oil on my head as well and give myself a quick massage. And don't you think oils are not for you if you have oily scalp. If it weren't for dry shampoo I would need to wash my hair every two days and I don't see any problems at all with applying oils on my hair & scalp. It's the same with oils on oily skin, no need to be scared of them. Anyways, Mighty Majesty makes my hair softer and smoother and I sometimes also apply only a tiny little bit to the ends of my freshly washed hair so that they smell all nice. I don't use the product as a body serum, cause I honestly don't feel like using it too fast but I do use it sometimes as a perfume oil. LOVE. You can get Ranavat Botanics Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum here.
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum
Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum is a facial oil which I fall hard for. I'm so sad Beauty Heroes only featured a small, 7 ml bottle of it cause it's so beautiful! Ok I did start practising gua sha every day for the past week but still, I find that Radiant Rani really helped to reduce redness in my skin and I'm all about evening out my skin tone. There are some pretty interesting and unique ingredients in this oil, including my one true love Turmeric, which is super anti-inflammatory and brightening. In a blend of Sesame and Rice Bran Oils are Saffron, Nutgrass, Vetiver, Licorice Root, Himalayan Cherry, Indian Barberry and more ingredients unknown to me. There is this one ingredient called Flame of the Forest (Butea Menosperma) and I'm over here thinking to myself "what is this beauty and where can I get it??". Quick google search tells me that Flame of the Forest is a medium sized tree native to India which comes alive from January to March when it truly becomes a tree of flame, a riot of orange and vermilion flowers covering the entire crown. Well it does sound rather lovely. But what does the blend of these ingredients promises? With Radiant Runi you should unveil a bright, rejuvenated appearance, the oil promises to reduce the appearance of dark spots and visibly brighten the skin but still keep it moisturized at the same time. This oil is lightweight, it is quickly absorbed into the skin, it is indeed brightening and it evens out the skin tone. I really love using it, especially mixed with the Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal*. The combination of both has really been great for my skin. Oh and I should also mention that Radiant Rani has a beautiful scent of Rose with a hint spiciness. You can get Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum here.
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque, Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque
In this discovery are also two sachets of two Ranavat Botanics face mask. First is the Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque and this is the mask I tried first, since I'm always very intrigued by products that promise brighter, more radiant complexion. This powder mask contains Manuka Honey Powder, Wild Turmeric, Bakuchi, Licorice, Arrowroot, Saffron. It also contains two clays: Fuller's Earth Clay and Benotnite Clay.
Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Beauty Heroes Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque
The second mask is the Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque which also contains Manuka Honey Powder and Benotnite Clay, but also French Green Clay, Neem. gotu Kola, Moringa, Arrowroot and Vitamin C. I mixed both masks with some water, a couple of drops of Radian Rani and raw organic honey. They both felt great on the skin, I didn't experience any redness or irritation and I would love to have full sized jars of them. You can get Ranavat Botanics Flawless Veil here and Eternal Reign here.

I would highly recommend this Ranavat Botanics discovery to everyone but especially to those who love floral scents (perfect for jasmine lovers!!) and to those who would like to try some new brightening products. I'm very impressed and I look forward to trying out more products from Michelle. I haven't mentioned the packaging and design yet. No surprises there, I really like it!

You can get Ranavat Botanics Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery here.

You can also shop Ranavat Botanics at Beauty Heroes (check out their selection here). If you are a member you will save 15% (the same is for this discovery and every other - those who are subscribed to monthly Beauty Heroes boxes, can always save on limited edition discoveries).

Find the other two Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries here.

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links


december 06, 2018

What do you do when you're not feeling your best? When you're having a bad day? When you don't know what you're doing with your life? When you just don't feel right? When you don't feel like yourself? I've been feeling on and off all this & more for the last couple of weeks and it's not that fun. I love that my blog is a happy and positive place but as I'm writing this I'm just like meh & blah. I hope none of you are feeling this way but if you do (bless you) then here are some of my tips that may help you out.
 1. Surround yourself with your loved ones, with your family, friends, spend more time with your beloved animals, if you have any. Don't think you have to do this on your own, share your feelings and I'm sure that will make you feel better. Hopefully you will feel understood and perhaps someone else in your friend circle will know & understand what you're going through. I find that talking about things that are going on in my mind is really helpful. Problems don't seem that big anymore and once you speak out all or some scenarios you made up in your mind, you get perspective and see that maybe you're (slightly) overreacting. I'm so grateful for the support of my friends. I can talk about anything and everything and they don't judge me but rather understand me (as much as they can) and give me some excellent advice without pressuring me what to do or how to feel. I read this quote the other day that it's okay to take time to think and understand how you feel about something - if you need more time then give yourself more time to understand how you feel. No pressure. I find this really reassuring, especially since it's in my nature to always weigh pros and cons. It's hard for me to make a decision but I think I should start saying to myself that sometimes it's okay be a little selfish and to put myself first.

2. Go in nature. That will always be one of my favourite things to do, no matter if I'm feeling happy or sad. Forest bathing is definitely a thing and walks through the forest always make me feel better. Always! I'm less stressed out, less in my thoughts and I just feel like everything is going to be okay. Meditation is also great with all this, but to me walks and hikes are so much easier. I can easily take one hour and go outside but I can hardly find 10 minutes to mediate. Yes, I know I'm funny like that. And if you can't go out in the nature, then go for a walk in the city or in the gym.

3. Write down your feelings, problems, concerns. I'm that sort of person who doesn't always like to confront their problems and I'm too good at bottling down my feelings. That is never a good thing so if you don't feel like sharing your problems with others (which is perfectly fine too) you can always write them down on a paper or in a journal.

4. But above else, do the things that make YOU happy or happier. I highly encourage you to do what you love most and try to forget about your problems, only if for a little bit. Take a bath, read or listen to a good book (I'm still listening to Harry Potter, already on book 6), watch a good TV show but try not to do it all day long even though sometimes that's all you want to do, still try to be somewhat productive (that's why I'm writing this post, cause I would feel worse if I'd just lay on the couch and watch TV), eat some delicious and nutritious food (I'm dreaming of a good soup and pad thai rn), slap on a face mask and pamper yourself, listen and dance to music, exercise (but that's not usually the thing I like to do when I'm feeling down even though it would be beneficial because of all the endorphins) and the list goes on. 

Know that your problems will pass. You can do anything. You're brave, courageous, smart and beautiful. You are so loved.

More than for you I feel like I wrote this post for myself, but I hope you liked it too. 

Wishing you a lovely day.

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery

december 02, 2018

You may have already seen on my Instagram (see here) that Beauty Heroes recently came up with new Limited Edition Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries, and they are all about three indie beauty brands. Beauty Heroes is really stepping up their game and this year has truly been amazing for all of their discoveries, but especially their limited edition discoveries. Their newest LE discovery isn't actually the one I'm going to be talking about today but I'm still waiting for that one to arrive to me. Since it's selling out fast I still want to mention it quickly - Beauty Heroes launched Lifestyle Discovery featuring DINO Apparel (you can check it out here). I went with the Everywhere Pullover in Red Velvet and I'm so excited to receive it. Reviews thus far have been very positive, everyone is saying how very soft and comfortable these clothes are and I'm really looking forward to wear my pullover. Will definitely let you see how it looks on me when it comes, hopefully soon. For now that is all about the DINO Apparel Discovery so let's get back to the Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery.

There are three Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries but today I'm going to talk only about one, the Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Discovery*. In the box, which btw would be an amazing gift, are three products: The Offering Ageless Ritual Facial Mist, Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum and Valley of Light Illuminative Mask. You can check out this discovery here (and you can also check out the Ranavat Botanics and Beneath Your Mask discoveries).
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes The Offering Ageless Ritual Facial Mist, Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum, Valley of Light Illuminative Mask
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes The Offering Ageless Ritual Facial Mist, Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum, Valley of Light Illuminative Mask Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes The Offering Ageless Ritual Facial Mist
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes The Offering Ageless Ritual Facial Mist
Oh Wabi-Sabi Botanicals, I love thee. I mean what is not to love about this brand?? While reading their website and the philosophy of the brand I'm like yes, yes, YES! Wabi-Sabi Botanicals was founded by Elysse Crabtree, and she is just so adorable, sweet and friendly. And also knowledgeable.  Understanding what it’s like to have sensitive, acne-prone skin, Elysse has created a skincare line that is targeted, concentrated and effective. Their ingredients are purveyed from small-scale artisan producers, family-owned farms, and women-centered co-operatives around the world. In alignment with their mission, they place a special emphasis on co-operatives organized for empowering women by paying them fair, living wages for their work. They use carefully selected ingredients that meet their high standards: they use Organic or Organically Grown Wild-Harvested plants, they support Fair Trade practices by sourcing ingredients that are sustainable for producers, their communities, and the environments they live in. For this reason, their products are 100% Palm oil and Palm oil derivative-free. Yaas! Wabi-Sabi Botanicals products are also vegan and they also don't use a lot of essential oils, if any. The three products I'm going to mention today are free from essential oils. Find more information on the ingredients they use here.

The Offering Ageless Ritual Face Mist. I'm not quite sure when it happened, but Wabi-Sabi Botanicals recently went through a rebranding and they launched some gorgeous new products, this mist including. First of all I want to talk about the absolutely stunning packaging of Wabi-Sabi Botanicals products, especially this mist. The picture of hand, fruits and flowers is just so beyond stunning and I really adore it! The whole gold on white theme of the other two products is something that isn't widely used in skincare products and I love the uniqueness of them. I didn't take any photos but all these products came in black boxes with gold writings and they're equally beautiful. I established my love for the packaging, I think, now what about the products themselves? The Offering face mist was carefully crafted with a blend of black Omani and white Carterii Frankincense to make skin feel toned and tightened. Earthy aroma of Frankincense is mixed with floral notes of Lebanese Orange Blossom and Blood Orange. It's a lovely, grounding scent and I've been really enjoying using it. You know I prefer to use aloe vera based facial mists because I find them more hydrating than just pure hydrosols, but there's just something about this one that I really love. It's probably the fact that I find it so beautiful and the scent is just so nice and different to what I have. I'm really intrigued by other Wabi-Sabi Botanicals facials mists, they all just look and sound gorgeous. Besides The Offering, they also have Heart Rising, with White Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood and Agarwood (check it out here) and Still Waters with Lavender, Tulsi and Lemongrass (see here). Give them a try, I think they're worth it. You can get The Offering Ageless Ritual Face Mist here.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum
Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum is the second serum I've tried from them. The first one I just recently finished and that was the Age Gracefully from the Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box (see my review here). I loved that little serum so much and so when Jeannie (the founder of Beauty Heroes) said they will be featuring one of Wabi-Sabi Botanicals serums I was like yes please, I cannot wait to try more! Light Reveal is the answer to a rejuvenated, glowing appearance. This skin moisturizing serum is designed to restore a look of luster and health to tired, sallow skin. It contains only a number of ingredients: Andiroba & Buriti Oils visibly diminish the appearance of inflammation and redness, bringing out an even toned appearance, Guarana promotes a look of radiance, while Pequi is used to lend a nourishing feel to dry skin. Sea Buckthorn offers skin conditioning effects that promote a look of clarity, reduce the appearance of sun damage, and lend a restorative look to the complexion. This targeted treatment serum promises brighter, lighter, more brilliant looking skin. It has an amazing, vibrant orange colour which I love terribly and a stunning sweet and fruity scent of Pequi Fruit Oil, which is blowing my mind. There are no essential oils and I actually had to check the description to figure out what I was smelling. Mmm its fruity sweetness is making me happy. This serum has quite a thick consistency, meaning it's not as liquid as we're used to when it comes to facial oils. It's actually quite strange - the texture is almost balm-like but the oil is drier and not heavy at all. Of course the consistency slightly varies on the temperature. I was surprised to learn it's super lightweight and is instantly absorbed into the skin. Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Targeted Treatment Serums come in 10 ml bottles and they are designed to be used, as the name suggests, as targeted serums, as treatments. Of course they can be used on their own but what I like to do is combine them with other products, especially oils. In the mornings I have been loving it mixed with Maya Chia Supercritical Pure Chia Face Oil* (from Level Up Discovery with Sarah, which is still available and would also be a wonderful gift) and in the evening I either apply one drop on its own and use it where I have the most problems with redness and hyperpigmentation, or I mixed it with my beloved Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Facial Oil* by African Botanics from a Boxwalla Beauty Box (review here). Light Reveal isn't an instant solution and doesn't lighten my skin with just one use (which you know is rare) but with consistent use I noticed a slight reduction in appearance of my hyperpigmentation spots aka this random redness on my skin. It's very lovely indeed. You can get Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum here.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes Valley of Light Illuminative Mask
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes Valley of Light Illuminative Mask
Valley of Light Illuminative Mask is the third product of this limited edition beauty discovery. This is a powdered mask rich in antioxidants from pure Balinese Cacao and finely-ground Arabica Coffee that will leave your complexion looking soft and luminous. This botanical blend features Hibiscus, Red Ginger, Temulawak (Javanese Ginger) and Fermented Reishi Mushroom all working synergistically to create a radiant glow for every skin type. This mask promises a look of smooth, youthful skin, enhanced appearance of brightness and clarity and visible improvement in lines and discoloration. It's a beaut! It has a rich aroma of raw cacao with a hint of coffee. As this is a powder mask you can mix it with pretty much everything you like. I love mixing it with water and a little bit of honey, or you can mix it with The Offering and Light Reveal to give it that extra boost. What I highly recommend is mixing it with water and Maya Chia Supercritical Pure Chia Face Oil* which has a citrusy scent and I swear the mixture smells like chocolate and oranges, it's divine! I leave the mixture on my skin for about 20 minutes and I mist it with water so it doesn't dry up on my skin. I always do that with masks, I think they are more active and beneficial like this. After rinsing it off my skin is always left very soft and supple, really beautiful. Mask is also exfoliating and my skin also looks a bit brighter and more radiant after I use it. Some have called this product the Hero of this discovery and they may be right. I'm really impressed with it too. You can get the Valley of Light Illuminative Mask here.

I'm completely and utterly in love with this particular discovery and I highly recommend it. I love all three products and I find them suitable for most skin types. They don't contain any essential oils which is always a plus in my opinion, so even those with sensitive skin type can use them. I have to say that my first impression of this discovery was truly amazing. When I tried them all for the very first time (saved in my "beauty heroes" Highlights on Instagram) I thought to myself "OMG I love you already!". And I do.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery Limited Edition Beauty Heroes The Offering Ageless Ritual Facial Mist, Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum, Valley of Light Illuminative Mask
I would like to end this post saying that Wabi-Sabi Botanicals is one of those brand that gives back to the community. Every month, they set aside 10% of proceeds to invest into Kiva micro-loans for women, and every purchase directly supports a woman’s dream of starting or growing her business, getting an education, or serving her community. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva celebrates and supports people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Over 2.6 million people in 86 countries have received loans through Kiva. Find more info on this here.

Giving back to a cause of their choosing is something that all three indie brands (Wabi-Sabi Botanicals, Ranavat Botanics and Beneath Your Mask) from this limited edition Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries are doing and I love that. Over and above what each brand contributes to their cause, Beauty Heroes is donating $2 per discovery to their charity. So amazing!

This limited edition Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery is valued at $128 and you can get it for $69. You can get it here.

Don't forget to check out the other two, both woman-owned indie brands that give back - more info here.

Oh and I almost forgot to say happy December!! New month brought us the NEW monthly Beauty Discovery featuring the beautiful max and me. Check out the new discovery here.

I'm here for you if you have any question. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Lots of love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

A Cleanser with Green Clay & The Gorgeous Formula

november 29, 2018

Hello lovelies! How are you all doing today? Hope you're all having a great week. Mine has been alright, not the best if I'm honest. It's not always fun to have a libra brain when you're constantly weighing pros and cons. Ugh the joys of life. Anyways, today I want to introduce you to two products. They are very different but both have the same goal, to make sure the skin is looking healthy and happy. So first we have a skincare product and the second is actually a supplement. Let's start with the latter, shall we?
ZOYO Beauty Elixir The Gorgeous Formula Food Supplement Organic, By Sarah London Green Clay Cleansing Balm. Love Lula
ZOYO Beauty Elixir The Gorgeous Formula Food Supplement Organic, By Sarah London Green Clay Cleansing Balm. Love Lula ZOYO Beauty Elixir The Gorgeous Formula Food Supplement Organic Vegan. Love Lula
ZOYO Beauty Elixir The Gorgeous Formula Food Supplement Organic Vegan. Love Lula
ZOYO Beauty Elixir The Gorgeous Formula Food Supplement Organic Vegan. Love Lula
 ZOJO Beauty Elixir The Gorgeous Formula* (35g) is a supplement or a "powerful beauty elixir", made with natural revitalising ingredients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. ZOYO is a Polish brand, founded by a woman who shares the same name as my mom, Marta, and she based the brand on adaptogens and their unique natural strength. Adaptogens are plants and herbs that help to support the adrenal system, they help to balance hormones, they are said to help the body to resist stressors of all kinds. Adaptogens are healing plants: they help balance, restore and protect the body. The first plants that come to mind when I think of adaptogens are mushrooms like Chaga, Cordyceps, Reishi, but Ashwagandha, Holy Basil and Panax Ginseng are also adaptogens. ZOJO products contain some of these beneficial ingredients and every single ingredient they use in their elixirs is 100% organic. I was kindly gifted their Gorgeous Formula and have been experimenting with it for the last couple of weeks. This blend promises radiant skin, it fights the first signs of ageing and supports the immune system. The Gorgeous Formula is vegan, gluten, soy and yeast free, there's no additives, just organic plants of Barley Grass, Blackcurrant, Baobab, Ashwagandha, Mucuna Pruriens, Triphala and Matcha. Like it's always the case with superfoods and supplements, it's hard to tell results only after a few weeks (of inconsistent use) but nonetheless I like to incorporate this formula into my weekly routine. I'd say it has quite a strong flavour (I think I taste triphala), it's quite bitter and not really that tasty. I prefer to mix a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon with some water and drink it like a shot (while I'm pinching my nose haha). I wouldn't recommend mixing it in a smoothie cause it would probably change the taste and I don't think it would be that delicious. All in all I'm very interested in trying out more of their products and would definitely recommend ZOYO Beauty Elixirs if you're searching for some new supplements to try out. You can get The Gorgeous Formula here (they also have a bigger 150g packaging which you can get here).
By Sarah London Green Clay Cleansing Balm. Love Lula
By Sarah London Green Clay Cleansing Balm. Love Lula By Sarah London Green Clay Cleansing Balm. Love Lula
By Sarah London Green Clay Cleansing Balm* is a cleanser I've been using quite religiously for the past two or three weeks. By Sarah London was founded by two sisters, Sarah and Lauren, and is actually a fairly new brand, launched only a year ago. All of their skincare is hand-blended in London, they use only glass packaging and lots of their ingredients are organic - they're "committed to using only the finest natural and organic, ethically-sourced plant-based ingredients to create beautiful skin care suited to all skin types." Some of their products are vegan too, but this cleanser isn't because it contains Beeswax. This cleansing balm is very straightforward with the ingredient list: besides Beeswax there's also Apricot Kernel and Coconut Oils, and Green Clay. Four ingredients, that's it! It is suitable for men and women and all skin types, including oily and dry skin. I know that some skins react negatively to coconut oil, mine combination skin luckily doesn't or at least not that easily. I absolutely love the addition of Green Clay, which is an ingredient that detoxifies and helps to clear out the pores. I was half expecting that this balm wouldn't really be a "balm" because of the clay, but it has that buttery balmy consistency that balms typically have. It melts upon contact with skin and turns into an oil. It's soft and smooth and really lovely to use. I was also expecting some exfoliating particles (again because of the clay) but there's none of that. Seriously if I didn't know there's clay in it, I wouldn't even know. The balm gently but thoroughly removes all my makeup and impurities from the day and leaves my skin soft and slightly hydrated. I really like this cleansing balm, I love the minimal amount of ingredients and I will definitely try something else from By Sarah London. You can get the Green Clay Cleansing Balm here.

Have a great Thursday!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

How to Layer Your Skincare Products featuring Earthwise Beauty

november 22, 2018

Through the years of using and trying out Earthwise Beauty products I came to deeply appreciate and love pretty much all of the super potent and active blends Ava has created. Some are of course more in line with what my skin needs and this is where I really notice the differences and uniqueness of Earthwise Beauty products and how some work amazingly well on my skin, and others are more suited for my mom’s skin, which is normal to dry, mature skin. Just to give you a bit of an insight into my skin type, if I would describe it with one word I would say it’s combination. But as you may know skin is always changing and the skin type and the problems you might had five years ago are no longer there today. So to be more precise, my skin flows from being normal-ish to oily, it really depends on the time of year, my diet, hormones, stress. But for the most part it is combination. My main concern is hyperpigmentation and since I just recently turned 31, I’m very appreciative of products that support well aging and help my skin to stay plump and firm. To achieve radiant and healthy skin so many of us strive for, I’m going to share with you my tips and tricks on how you can layer Earthwise Beauty skincare products and get the most out of them.
Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist Aura Mist
Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser
Let’s start with the most important step in your skincare routine, cleansing. I went to bed with a full face of makeup only once. That was more than ten years ago and I did try to remove it with water. You can imagine that didn’t go down very well. From a young age of 14 or 15 it was ingrained in me to always remove makeup and cleanse my face before sleep. I think that properly cleansed skin is the best way to achieve clearer and healthier skin, and it also assures that all the serums and creams can penetrate deeper into the skin. Makeup and impurities can additionally clog pores and the result can be congested, dull skin. For my evening cleanse I’m the biggest fan of using cleansing oils & balms and removing them with a warm washcloth. There are many wonderful products on the market, I recommend using those that are full of organic ingredients. For the longest time I was using organic, extra virgin coconut oil as my first evening cleanser and that worked so well for my skin. It can be comedogenic and can clog pores so be careful of that. If you haven’t used an oil cleanser, it should be applied on dry skin (that is key!) and massaged all over the face, including eyes. Once the oils dissolve all the makeup, sunscreen and dirt on your skin, take a washcloth (I love organic cotton cloths but you can also use muslin) and rinse it with very warm to hot water. Lay it over your face and neck, gently press onto the skin and leave it just like that for about 30 seconds. Or at least 10. Not only that the heat will additionally help to clean out your pores but it will also have a beneficial effect on your lymphatic system. Then gently wipe off the makeup and cleansing oil/balm, rinse the washcloth and repeat with the clean side. Then it’s time for a second cleanse and for that I love the Marshmallow Face Cleanser* (my review here). This is a very concentrated, slightly foamy cleanser for all skin types, and can be used in the morning as well. A little goes a very long way with this cleanser and it lasts absolute ages. The herbal infusion of Marshmallow, Calendula and Chamomile is really special and I love that it is so very calming, soothing and hydrating.

Second step of the routine or the first step in layering products is to apply a toner or a mist. Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist* (review here) is so much more than you regular mist. It is filled with not only good ingredients but also good energy. Ever since Earthwise Beauty’s rebranding, I’ve been really drawn to this mist and I’ve been using it every single day, usually twice a day. I love that it contains Aloe Vera juice, which is a humectant - it helps to attract water to the surface of the skin, and also delivers hydration to the deeper layers. As the name suggests (Cistus and Moonlight), the main ingredient is Cistus (there is cistus hydrosol and its essential oil), which is recommended for reducing signs of aging, it is pore minimizing, naturally antibacterial, anti-acne, and nurturing, yet non-drying and extremely mild. In the mist are also flower & gem essences. I find this very unique and I really love it! In the mist are included essences of rainbow moonstone, clear quartz and Pacific Northwest pink pholx, just to name a few. This mist is non-comedogenic and not only that it can be used as a face toner, it can also be used as an aura mist, for emotional and spiritual benefits. Mists can be the most understated products but you can literally use them all day long. Yes, they should be used after cleansing but you can also layer them between other steps of your skincare routine, and after you apply your makeup and simply throughout the day when you feel like it.
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum
Next skincare product to layer on the skin is a serum, preferably an aloe vera based serum. If you would like to treat hyperpigmentation, redness, inflammation, if you want to brighten, revive and deeply hydrate your skin, then my number one recommendation would be the stunning Nap in the Meadow Face Serum (review here). This is my absolute favourite serum Earthwise Beauty has to offer and is actually one of the best serums I’ve tried (and I tried quite a few). It’s cooling, anti-inflammatory, soothing, brightening and so hydrating. I highly recommend it for all skin types, from teen, oily, acne-prone to dry and dehydrated skin. Daily use truly transform the skin and tremendously helps with hyperpigmentation spots and dryness. Another cooling product, which is more firming, rejuvenating and quite hydrating is Resiliency Face Serum* (review here), which you would also apply right after toning your skin. Apply the serum all over your face and neck, and don’t forget about the delicate skin around your eyes. Resiliency serum is so lovely to use as an eye serum, either on its own or layered with an oil or balm.

After a hydrating serum, I always recommend applying an eye serum next. You would want to apply Passion Eye Serum first, so the other oils and butters you might put on next won’t block the beneficial oils in the serum which are specifically there to nourish the delicate & thin skin around the eyes. Deposit most of the product on the outside of your eyes and with your ring fingers tap it under and around your eyes. Be gentle and don’t tug on your skin (I should mention that this goes for the cleansing step too, especially when you’re removing mascara). This serum is quite lightweight so in the evening I would recommend applying another oil or balm on top - Ferns and Moss Face Serum would be a wonderful choice.

Facial oils. There are many different ways to go about facial oils but make sure that you always apply them on damp skin because water helps oil to penetrate more deeply. You can mix a drop or two of oil with the serum of your choice and be done with it. This is great if you have oily skin or if you’re just getting used to facial oils. I also heard that if you have (perioral) dermatitis you shouldn’t apply pure oils on your skin but rather mix them with a serum or moisturizer. What I really want to emphasize is to not be afraid of oils, even and especially if you have acne-prone skin. They are amazing at softening the skin, reducing scars, they help to balance out the skin and of course they also nourish & improve the elasticity. They are just so good and I urge you to hop on the facial oil train. If you have oily, acne-prone skin I recommend Ruby Face Oil (my review here), which is lightweight, rich in antioxidants and non-comedogenic ingredients. Ruby is my favourite oil from Earthwise Beauty (and I’m definitely not the only one who thinks that). It is just so beautiful! Another non-comedogenic oil is Ferns and Moss Face Serum but this one is more rejuvenating and moisturizing, but also healing and repairing. If dryness and sensitive skin are your top concerns, then Magical Babassu Face Oil sounds like the one for you.

For the daytime use I highly recommend mixing your oil of choice with the amazing Farizad’s Veil Sun Reflector* (review here). This powder sunscreen contains only a few ingredients, including coral-reef safe & non-nano uncoated zinc oxide. I have been using this sunscreen for a couple of years and I can’t get enough of it! I love that it’s so customizable, it’s anti-inflammatory, doesn’t clog my pores but it actually helps to heal acne and of course also protects the skin from UV rays. In my opinion, applying an oil mixed with Farizad’s Veil should be the last step in the daytime routine. If you have dry, mature skin you can also apply some balm under the sunscreen, just so you get both - lots of nourishment and protection from the UV rays. Or you can simply mix the sunscreen powder with your favourite balm, like I do sometimes in the winter. I’m slightly crazy when it comes to SPF but I believe it is one of the best things you can do for your skin, especially in terms of premature skin aging. Not to mention that wearing sunscreen prevents pigmentation and if you ever have one of those pesky post-acne red scarring then don’t shy away from sunscreen. Sun rays darken the already existing pigmentation and the deeper the pigment is, the tougher it is to treat and the pigmentation just lingers and lingers on your skin for that much longer. If you are struggling with this particular skin problem (hyperpigmentation) then I highly recommend using Nap in the Meadow Face Serum and Farizad’s Veil mixed with Ruby Face Oil. Also look into the Sungod Face Mask* (review here), it brightens, revives and strengthens the skin.
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm. Featherlight, acne prone
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm. Featherlight, acne prone
Last but most certainly not least are balms, which I’m all about in the colder months. Balms are usually always used as the last step in your skincare routine, usually in the evening but in the colder months they can also be used in the morning. Earthwise Beauty has three balms and I’ve tried two of them. Tigress (review here) was my first and I was obsessed with it last year, and I still love it today. It’s so unbelievably beautiful! It is lightweight and full of non-comedogenic ingredients that support acne-prone, oily skin but it also works very well on dry and normal skin. Tigress heals acne and can be used as an all-over the face balm or as a spot treatment because it reduces inflammation. Even more lightweight than Tigress is Yasuni* (review here), which really is featherlight and is perfect if you have sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain any essential oils. It’s rich in antioxidants and also contains ingredients with enzymatic properties. If your skin is very dry and/or dehydrated then perhaps one of these two balms won’t be enough for your skin. If that is the case then I urge you to use the very hydrating Nap in the Meadow serum underneath it and perhaps also one of their oils, either Ruby Face Oil or Ferns and Moss for more combination and Magical Babassu for very dry skin. Earthwise Beauty has another balm called Green Leaves Face Balm, which is more suitable for dry and mature skin. It definitely wouldn’t be the first choice for oily skin because it contains coconut oil which can can clog pores. No matter which one you use, know that it will lock in all the goodness you already applied on your skin and additionally help to soften and nourish the skin.
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum and Yasuni Face Balm. December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Earthwise Beauty products
I know that I’ve bombarded you with a lot of information and even though it’s helpful and useful to layer products in a particular way, there are exception to the “rules”. I encourage you to listen and take a closer look at your skin. Some days you can do a full on routine & use all the products, and then other days you can use only a product or two, or even let the skin be as it is. I don’t want to complicate things even more but you can also experiment and use a serum over your oil and see how that works for you. If nothing else I would like for you to take one thing from my article - for healthy skin you need to properly wash it in the evening and apply a water or rather an aloe vera + oil based products. Skin needs both, hydration (water) and moisture (oil). So for example you can only use a mist and a oil, or a serum and an oil or balm, it all really depends on your skin type and its particular needs.

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Hope you enjoyed this post. Have a lovely end of the week!

So much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**I initially wrote this article for Earthwise Beauty's newsletter and it was sponsored but I decided to share it here on my blog as well. The links I used are affiliate links.

Weekly Favourites

november 18, 2018

Hope you're all doing really well and that you're enjoying your weekend. I'm coming at you today with weekly favourites since I'm really impressed with some of the products I just tried this week and thought it would be nice to share. Btw how is the weather like where you live? In the morning it lightly started to snow (luckily it stopped now) and I'm not impressed haha. I'm not a particular fan of snow and cold. Anyways, here are some beautiful products I want to bring to your attention.
KHUS + KHUS Rasa Restorative Potion, Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum
Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer Rose and Coriander
Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer Rose and Coriander
Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer*. You guys, this moisturizer is so amazing! I wrote about Flower and Spice before (see here) and I also mentioned this product here as well, but just to say it again - this beautiful skincare line was founded by a fellow Slovenian Karmen Novak, who now lives in the Netherlands. I have had a pleasure of trying out all of her three products and they are so SO nice. I think it was about two weeks ago when I started noticing my skin was looking all dull and patchy. I decided to revisit the Soothe and Repair Moisturizer which I previously used as a nighttime cream and omg this cream transformed my skin! This absolutely stunning moisturizer took care of my dry patches immediately and ever since then I've been using it every single day. This cream is formulated with Swiss Mountain Spring Water, Rose Water, oils of Apricot, Prickly Pear, Shea Butter, Oat Extract, Aloe Vera and more. It has this super lush and extremely creamy consistency which cocoons my skin and is so lovely to use. It beautifully sinks into the skin and deeply hydrates and nourishes it and it doesn't clog my pores which is an absolute dream. It actually has a perfect name because I do find it soothing and repairing.  I'm really blown away with this moisturizer and I highly recommend it, especially for this time of year. You can get Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer here.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery by Beauty Heroes
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum*. I have used many oils in the past and upon first application of this serum I was like omg I love you already! Well to be honest I was (and still am) feeling this way for the entire Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Indie Beauty Discovery* by Beauty Heroes, which features two more of their products: The Offering Ageless Ritual Facial Mist and Valley of Light Illuminative Mask. They are all so gorgeous! Light Reveal is this cute little oil (10 ml) which you use as a treatment oil, meaning that you mix it with your favourite facial oil or balm or cream. In the morning I have been using it with Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil* (from Level Up Discovery with Sarah* by Beauty Heroes) and in the evening with my favourite oil ever, the African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique from the August Boxwalla Beauty Box* (review here). But the first time I used a drop of Light Reveal on its own so that I could get the feeling what kind of an oil it is. I was so surprised!

First of all I had a bit of a hard time getting it out of the pump. This was due to the shipping and cold temperatures but also the oil itself is very thick, almost like a small amount of butter would be in it. I mean the pump works perfectly now, it was just that first time due to the cold. The oil has a thicker consistency but it is extremely lightweight, like really featherlight. It contains only a few ingredients: Andiroba Oil, Guarana infusion (Guarana is the highest known natural source of caffeine in the world), Pequi Fruit, Buriti and Sea Buckthorn Oils. It has the most gorgeous vibrant orange colour, which you can actually kinda see through the white glass packaging. Or is that just me? The colour is amazing! And what else is amazing? The scent! It is intoxicating. Sweet and fruity. The scent is making me want to eat this oil haha. Light Reveal doesn't contain any essential oils, the scent comes from aromatic Pequi Fruit Oil sourced in the Brazilian Savanna. The serum promises to reverse free radical damage (the #1 cause of hyper-pigmentation) and give your skin a luminous glow. I will never say no to a product that will brighten and lighten my skin. This oil is a beautiful addition to my current skincare routine and even though it's too soon to talk about a massive difference in my skin, I have very high hopes for it, especially after using their Age Gracefully* serum from the September Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* (review here). Elysse, the founder of Wabi-Sabi Botanicals truly knowns what she is doing (and is also the cutest!). You can either get Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum Serum here or you can find it in one of the newest limited edition discoveries by Beauty Heroes (see here).
KHUS + KHUS Rasa Restorative Potion. Reishi, chaga, cbd, cardamom, sandalwood, hemp, prickly pear body butter. Soft skin
KHUS + KHUS Rasa Restorative Potion. Reishi, chaga, cbd, cardamom, sandalwood, hemp, prickly pear body butter. Soft skin
KHUS + KHUS Rasa Restorative Potion*. I fell in love with KHUS + KHUS when they were featured in a Beauty Heroes box (I talked about their Bleu Body Wax here and Sans Age Face Serum here) and you better believe I was excited to try their new product Rasa Restorative Potion. In its essence this is a body butter but is SO much more than just a body butter. Rasa is formulated with ingredients that you just don't find in many products and that is what makes this product unique. The formula combines the immense power of adaptogenic herbs as well as well known Ayurvedic and Western nervine herbs to produce an overall balancing effect on the nervous system. There are Hemp Seed, Prickly Pear and Arnica Butters, Reishi and Chaga Mushrooms (did you know that we share half of our DNA with mushrooms?), California Poppy and CBD. I don't think I ever mentioned it but I love taking CBD oil (I have one from HempTouch*) for my back or hip pain (I have scoliosis so sadly it's quite normal for me to experience some daily aches) and CBD oil really helps with reducing pain (stretching and yoga too). I know that many love to take CBD oil to help with their sleep or anxiety and there is just loads of benefits of taking CBD oil. But back to Rasa. This super luxurious body butter has a really yummy scent of Cardamom, Yuzu and Sandalwood - it's a warming scent that you just want to apply all over your body asap. The consistency is amazing, very luscious and buttery and creamy, it's so good! And the best thing? It makes my skin so soft that I can't even express it! Lots of body products make my skin soft but Rasa is on a whole nother level. If you want the softest skin ever then Rasa is the way to go. As far as I can tell Rasa Restorative Potion isn't available at KHUS + KHUS' website (see here) but you can get it via Credo Beauty here.

Since I'm already talking about favourites, last week I started re-reading Harry Potter's books again and I love them so much still. Well actually this time is the first time I'm listening to the books and it's going great! I'm listening to the version read by Stephen Fry and I love it. I'm on the fourth book already and I'm obsessed. I haven't been listening to any of my usual podcasts, just the books. And I'm always looking for new things to clean or something to do haha just so I have an excuse to listen. Another thing from the popular culture I've been into this weekend is the new season of Narcos. Just watch it okay, it's very good!

Okay that's all from me today. What are some of your favourites from this week? As always if you have any questions let me know.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Vegan Cooking #8

november 16, 2018

I haven’t done a “Vegan Cooking” post in too long and initially I wanted to post this on my Instagram but decided I should do a quick post here instead. Sadly I only have photos of the end result (from two different times) and they don't do the dish justice but since it’s very good I’m posting the recipe anyways. So today’s dish is going to be my take on lentil “bolognese”. I used lentil pasta so this recipe is vegan and gluten free. It’s full of protein and very delicious.
Vegan Cooking Red Lentil Pasta with Red Lentil Sauce. Gluten free
Vegan Cooking Red Lentil Pasta with Red Lentil Sauce. Gluten free
 Lentil Pasta with Red Lentil Sauce

As always I don’t have specific measurements (sorry!) but you will need:
- red lentils (I used around 4 tablespoons for one person (soak them in water overnight or for at least a few hours),
- half an onion,
- 1-2 garlic,
- leeks,
- tomato sauce and/or fresh tomatoes,
- salt and black pepper to taste,
- a pinch of cumin, oregano, basil, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika.

How to:

1. Soak your lentils overnight or for at least a few hours. Then rinse them with water and leave them to the side.

2. Sauté onion, leeks and garlic.

3. Add lentils, water and tomato sauce. Lentils should be covered in liquid so that they can cook evenly, but don't overdo it. You can always add more liquid. I add more water and less tomato juice. Cook for about 15 minutes on low to medium heat.

4. Add seasonings and spices. Cook for about 5-10 minutes more, depends on the lentils. If you have too much liquid, remove the lid and amp up the heat. Taste and adjust.

5. While you’re waiting for the sauce to cook, boil water for pasta and cook by following instructions on the packaging.

5. Mix together and enjoy.

Let me know if you try this recipe & I hope you enjoyed it!

Much love,

Jana xx
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