Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator

oktober 19, 2018

Hello lovelies! Hope you had a great week. Today let me share with you a new skincare line (it was launched this June) that has been receiving quite a lot of love, and with good reason. I want to talk about a very special brand Flower and Spice Modern Apothecaryfounded by a beautiful woman & fellow Slovenian, Karmen Novak. Karmen moved to the Netherlands a few years ago and that is where she created her products (but they are made in Switzerland). Karmen studied organic skincare science at UK-based Formula Botanica, which is the leading accredited Organic Cosmetic Science School (Lena from Wild Beauty Apothecary, which will soon be known as Lena Wild, also studied there). Karmen's love and passion for natural skincare led her to start experimenting with different botanicals to develop truly natural products that not only transport the senses through scent and texture but powerfully nourish and care for the skin. Her love is shown in her products, which are just so beautiful and effective. I'm very impressed. There is just something so beautiful about them. I love the name of the brand, the products all have such amazing & divine scents and they are just so very lovely. I wanted to write a post dedicated to all three Flower and Spice products but that would take me a little while longer to put together so I opted to write about their exfoliator first.
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator Lavender and Fennel with AHA fruit acids
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator Lavender and Fennel with AHA fruit acids
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator Lavender and Fennel with AHA fruit acids. Creamy, grainy consistency
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator* is a very interesting and truly effective exfoliator. First I have to talk about the scent. Oh my, it is so stunning! It smells heavenly of Fennel & Lavender, and I simply can't get enough of it. While I'm writing this review, I'm constantly opening the jar and smelling it. You better believe I'm doing my oohs and aaahs. So beautiful. Fennel and Lavender Flower Waters are actually the first two ingredients in Instant Glow, and it is said that these two ingredients improve circulation and prevent water loss. Plus there are also Lavender and Fennel Fruit Oils. Using spices in products is very unique and I haven't really seen many brands doing that. I'm pretty sure this will become a trend in the upcoming years. I know fennel as a plant that aids and improves digestion but I didn't know that fennel seeds have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. That is amazing and so beneficial for acne-prone skin. Among the ingredients are also Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Blueberry Extract, and more. The main active ingredients that make this product an exfoliator are Bamboo Buds and AHA Fruit Acids.

Instant Glow is a two-in-one exfoliator, meaning that it works as a mechanical scrub and enyzmatic exfoliator/mask. That's also how you use it. It's really very easy & quick. You only need two minutes to achieve smooth, soft and glowing skin. Instant Glow has this gorgeous creamy but also grainy, and very luscious consistency that you apply on your skin with gentle circular movements. You will feel the small Bamboo buds and this is the first step to get radiant skin. You should do this for about a minute or so. If you have sensitive skin rather start with a shorter massage and see how your skin reacts to it. At Flower and Spice they recommend to avoid this first step, the manual exfoliation, if you have very sensitive skin with rosacea or atopic dermatitis. The second step in this process is leaving the exfoliator on your skin as a mask, for a minute, and here the AHA Fruit Acids will to their job and enzymatically exfoliate dead cells. I love using it once a week or every ten days, it depends on my routine and other products I'm using. The first time I used Instant Glow I filmed my first impression on my IG stories and I left it on for a bit longer and so after I rinsed it off, my skin was flushed and red in some places, especially around the eyes. But that only happened to me that first time, when I didn't follow the instructions to a T (because of course I had to film myself in the process). Also, increased circulation in the skin isn't bad so I'm not complaining. 
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator Lavender and Fennel with AHA fruit acids. Creamy, grainy consistency
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator Lavender and Fennel with AHA fruit acids. Creamy, grainy consistency
Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator Lavender and Fennel with AHA fruit acids. Creamy, grainy consistency This exfoliator truly works beautifully - it leaves my skin radiant (the name Instant Glow describes the product perfectly), smoother and softer. It's very effective and a lovely product indeed. I actually didn't expect I would love it this much but I do, and I think you would do. Suitable for all skin types. Get it here.

You can get Flower and Spice products on their website here. You can either get full sized products, Travel/Discovery Set or Sample Set (only €15.90 + free shipping worldwide). I love that they have this option so you can test them out first and see if you really like them. Flower and Spice products can be shipped worldwide and for my Slovenian readers I have to mention that they are packaged and shipped here, from Slovenia.

Get the Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator here, and you can also check out their beautiful & very luxurious Midnight Beauty Rich Revitalising Serum, which is Karmen's hero product (check it out here) and Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer (see here).

Have a wonderful Friday!

So much love to you all,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Yesterday's Evening Skincare Routine with LILFOX

oktober 15, 2018

On my Instagram stories I sometimes share the products I'm using for my skin at that particular moment and sometimes I use the majority or all of the products from the same brand. Yesterday I was inspired by the brand and products from the October Beauty Heroes Discovery feat. LILFOX (read my post here). I don't really share much information about the products in my stories because there are too many clips as it is (I really don't like when I have too many clips at a time on there). But here is the perfect space to share more about each and every individual product. Without any further ado here is my evening skincare routine using mostly LILFOX products. Oh and just so you know this isn't my everyday evening skincare routine.
Evening Skincare Routine LILFOX, Ayuna, African Botanics, Beauty Heroes, Boxwalla. Gua Sha Rose Quartz
Evening Skincare Routine LILFOX, Ayuna, African Botanics, Beauty Heroes, Boxwalla. Gua Sha Rose Quartz
LILFOX Cupu Cool Rainforest Moisture Jelly Balm from Mr. Fox Men's Discovery Collection by Beauty Heroes

Ayuna Less is Beauty Nourishing Artisan Soap from AMMA Travel Set. Beauty Heroes
First I cleansed my skin with LILFOX Cupu-Cool Rainforest Moisture Jelly Balm* from the one and only Mr. Fox Discovery by Beauty Heroes (see it here). I wrote about it a bit more in this post. This is a multitasking product that can be used as a cleanser, mask and balm. This product was created especially for men but LILFOX also has another balm cleanser called Amazon After Dark Cleansing Balm, which is so lovely too. Jaka isn't really using this product very much (not because he doesn't like it but because he's too lazy when it comes to skincare) so I kinda stole it. This balm contains some stunning ingredients like Cupuacu Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Murumuru Butter, Babassu and more. It has this smooth & soft buttery consistency and I just love using it as a cleanser. The scent is divine, of Holy basil and slightly of Mint. It is very refreshing. On the skin it feels slightly cooling and I really like that. I don't use it as a makeup remover but I rather use it on days when I don't wear makeup or in the mornings after a morning walk/hike/run when I want to remove my SPF. It's moisturizing and really such a gorgeous product. You can get Cupu-Cool Jelly Balm here.

Even though I didn't wear any makeup I went in with another cleanser. I pretty much always do that and I cannot stress enough how important it is to thoroughly and properly cleanse your skin. For my second cleanse I used the wonderful Nourishing Artisan Soap from Ayuna (my little soap is from their AMMA Travel Set*). This is such a good facial soap! The best one I've tried actually. I already wrote about it here when it was featured in the November 2017 Beauty Discovery. Ayuna is a very unique brand and I love their products sooo much! It contains oils of Olive, Borage and Coconut, but the main, visual and beneficial, ingredient for me is the Activated Charcoal. The soap is therefore detoxifying but it is not drying. Perfection for my combination skin. It lathers beautifully and I especially love using it when I feel my skin is congested and needs a deeper cleanse. Even though I often use just water to wash my face in the morning, the soap is a gorgeous morning cleanser. You can get Ayuna products directly via their website here or in the Beauty Store here (Beauty Heroes members always have a 15% discount).
LILFOX Cleopatra Restorative Milk & Honey Beauty Mask. Beauty Heroes
On freshly washed face I then applied LILFOX Cleopatra Restorative Milk + Honey Beauty Mask. This mask was featured in the April 2017 Beauty Discovery, along with the incredible Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser and Mask (review here). I loved that box so much that I ordered another one. Cleopatra is a powder mask and even though powder masks require a bit of work, they are my fave cause you can mix them with whatever you wish. In the mask are White, Rose and Moroccan Lava Clays, Dead Sea Salt, Coconut Milk and Honey Powder, resurfacing enzymes of Papaya and Pineapple that further boost cell turnover, and superfruits Camu Camu and Baobab, which deliver the antioxidants. The mask has this beautiful pink-ish colour and is nourishing, softening and detoxifying. Yesterday I mixed it with some water, raw organic honey and a couple drops of LILFOX Prickly Pear Beauty Nectar*. I left it on for about half an hour and in the meantime I mist my face it with some water to keep it active. I haven't used this mask for a little while and I have to remember to use it more often cause it's very lovely. You can get Cleopatra Beauty Mask here.
LILFOX Sandalo Sandalwood Toning Mist Smoky Quartz Infusion from Mr. Fox Men's Discovery Collection by Beauty Heroes
African botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum. October 2018 Boxwalla Beauty Box
After rinsing Cleopatra off my face, I toned my skin with LILFOX Sandalo Sandalwood Toning Mist*, which was also in the Mr. Fox Men Collection (see here). This mist contains four ingredients, including sustainably harvested Sandalwood infused with smoky quartz and Lactic Acid, which gently exfoliates the skin. I would say it has a very manly scent, it's earthy and aromatic. I actually really like it but it did take me a bit to get used to it. Jaka doesn't use it that often so of course I sometimes borrow it from him. I think I should do it more often because I really enjoy it. You can get Sandalo Toning Mist here.

Next I applied my newest serum, the African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum*, from the October Boxwalla Box. I just mentioned it in my previous post (see here) and so far I have used it only a few times but so far so good. This is a Water & Aloe Ferox based serum, it includes plant derived Peptides and Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Arnica, and more. It's a true serum, not an oil serum. It has a clear, quite thick gel consistency and it sinks into the skin very quickly. I like its ginger-y scent and so far my experience with it has been great. You can get Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum straight from their website here but what I would recommend is ordering Boxwalla's One-Time Box, where you can get it for $69.95 (serum is valued at $160). Check out the Boxwalla box here.
LILFOX Kalahari Peridot Infused Brightening Eye Serum. October 2018 Beauty Heroes
Next I applied the LILFOX Kalahari Peridot Infused Brightening Eye Serum*, from the October Beauty Discovery. See my review here. This baby comes with a roller ball which I love. It's so easy to apply, you just swipe it under and around your eyes and tap it in. The oils of Argan, Watermelon, Pomegranate, Rosehip, Prickly Pear and a few more, help to moisturize the skin and keep it happy. I'm usually using this serum in the mornings cause it's so lightweight but if you use more, it works beautiful as an evening eye serum too. I have yet to experience brightening effects but it's never bad when a product contains ingredients rich in Vitamin A and E, which help to tighten the skin. You can get the Kalahari Eye Serum here or in the October Beauty Discovery here.
LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar. October 2018 Beauty Heroes
Last but most certainly not least is the oh so gorgeous LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar*, the hero product from the October Beauty Discovery. See my review here. I've been really enjoying this oil serum and yes, sometimes I use it in the evening but this beauty is mostly used in the mornings, mixed with my beloved Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector* by Earthwise Beauty (review here). The serum contains oils of Prickly Pear, Passion Fruit, Hemp Seed, Pomegranate and more. It has this amazing scent of Jasmine, which I love terribly and it always makes me so good in the morning. It's also infused with the crystal Tourmaline, and I'm always so intrigued and drawn to products that have been infused with crystals. So for yesterday's evening skincare routine I applied a few drops on my face and my neck and followed up with my Gua Sha Rose Quartz tool (while I was watching The Haunting of Hill House which is so bloody good!). I love doing gua sha, I only wish I was more digilent with it and do it every day. You can get Prickly Pear Beauty Nectar here or in the current October Beauty Discovery here.

Today I woke up with calm skin, the tone was more even and it was less red. That inspired me to write this post and I hope you enjoyed it. If you're quick enough you can still see my IG stories I posted yesterday (check them out here). If you have any questions I'm here for you.

Have a wonderful Monday and a great start of the new week!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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The Intrepid Pattern of Plants: October Boxwalla Beauty Box

oktober 10, 2018

This post is going to be a bit different since the product I want to talk about is one that I just received today and didn't have a chance to try it out yet. It's the African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum which you can get in the October Boxwalla Beauty Box*. Since I fell madly in love with Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, from the August Boxwalla box* (review here), and since today is the last day you can get the box for $49.95, I simply have to write this short post. I feel the need to bring it to your attention because Fleurs is hands down the best oil I have ever tried (and I've tried a few!) and I think this serum is pretty special too. Fellow Boxwalla ambassadors already love it so I think I can't go wrong recommending it to you.

In October Boxwalla Beauty Box we continue our discovery of the incredible work of African Botanics (truly an amazing brand!). The box is themed 'The Intrepid Pattern of Plants' and it features African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum. Check it out here.
African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum October Boxwalla Beauty Box. Plant based retinol, peptides
African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum October Boxwalla Beauty Box. Plant based retinol, peptides
 Like I said in my previous review (see here), African Botanics' founders Julia and Craig Noik are from South Africa but have been living in Los Angeles since the 90s. African Botanics is a brand that screams luxury and is unlike any brand I've tried before. Well to be completely honest I've only tried one product from them but that one seriously knocked my socks off. The price of Fleurs is bonkers but so are the overnight results I get with it. I'm speechless. It is safe to say that I have high hopes for the serum. Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum is named after this amazing plant, Resurrection Plant, which is said to be one of the most miraculous African reviving plants. It grows under extremely dry conditions in the arid mountains in Sub-Saharan Africa and is known for its powerful skin regenerating, healing and medicinal benefits. The plant adapted to the dry conditions of its natural habitat by developing an amazing survival strategy called reviviscense. In the dry season, during the process of desiccation & apparent "death", the plant's cells produce a sugary substance known as 'Trehalose', which allows them to rehydrate and restart their activities. In the serum, the Resurrection plant prevents cell aging, thus helping to protect skin from visible harmful effects of stress.

This highly regenerating nightly treatment has a base of Water and African Aloe Ferox also known as bitter aloe indigenous to southern Africa, which is not only hydrating but also prevents the degradation of collagen connective tissues. The serum includes plant based Peptides, Retinol Liposome and Resveratrol, that help smooth lines and wrinkles. There is also Hyaluronic Acid, Gotu Kola, Arnica, Cucumber, and more. Not only is this serum said to be hydrating, firming and plumping but it is also brightening. Suitable for all skin types. It has a milder scent than Fleurs and it kinda smells ginger-y. It has quite a thick gel consistency and it sink into the skin very quickly. More to follow in a few weeks. Check out the Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum here.
African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum October Boxwalla Beauty Box. Plant based retinol, peptides
The October Boxwalla Beauty Box is valued at $160. Subscribe to Boxwalla to get it for $49.95 (you can do so here). I love that you only have to pay for one box at a time and you can easily cancel your subscription whenever you want (they recommend doing so before the 20th of the preceding month). You also always know what you will receive, the brand and the product(s), so there are no surprises and you can make sure to curate your own collection of products featured in Boxwalla to your taste.

Get the October Boxwalla Beauty Box here.

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Introduction to the October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box

oktober 08, 2018

October has been off to such a great start. It's usually like that for me since I'm excited for my birthday on the 5th, but this year especially it has been so nice. I just feel so good, it's like I'm in sync with the universe and it feels great. I can't explain it but lately more often than not I'm feeling like I'm doing good and I'm not in that "what I'm even doing with my life" mood. I'm writing this while it's raining and I'm also listening to slow, even sad music but I'm not mad about it and I'm actually very excited for this week. I feel inspired and that is always an amazing feeling to have. I don't really share my personal life, my feelings and thoughts about life in general so it's kinda strange writing about it but I'm actually fine with it. Quite a long winded intro to what I really wanted to talk about today haha. So let's shift it back to beauty and amazing products and let's talk about the October Art of Organics box.

October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* is themed RESET and in it you will find two full sized products from two truly beautiful brands: Live Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate and Honua Skincare 'Aina Mask. You can check it out here.October Art of Organics RESET Live Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate and Honua Skincare Aina Mask For the Land LoversLive Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Reset
Live Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Reset
Live Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Reset
Live Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate is this stunning balm that I fell in love with it right after I opened it. And then once again when I applied it for the first time. And the second time. And when I used it with my gua sha tool. Oh it's so beautiful. Luna Renewing Concentrate is a highly concentrated balm that focuses on moisture and nourishment. It firms, repairs and protects while increasing skin health and vitality. Its vegan formulation consists of Chia Seed Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Jojoba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Babassu Oil. It also contains herbal infusion of Rose, Chamomile and Lavender. It has this delicious and utterly beautiful floral scent which I'm obsessed with! As I have said on my Instagram (see here), this is a balm-ish type of product - it is a balm but it almost feels more like a very nourishing facial oil. It's so silky and not heavy at all. But still very moisturizing. You guys, I'm just so in love with it. I adore applying it in the evenings, always as a last step in my evening skincare routine. I apply it all over my face, including eye are and I also apply it on my neck. For the last few days I've been using it with my beloved African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil* (from the August Boxwalla Beauty Box* - review here) and the combination has been a dream. The balm also works beautifully with my gua sha tool. Skin is left soft, nourished and soothed. It's only been a few days but I'm happy to report that so far I haven't experienced any problems with clogged pores. You could easily use this product in the daytime too, especially if you have dry skin. As I'm thinking what else should I say about it, I open and smell it again, and I'm just again blown away by its beautiful scent. Live Botanical is such a beautiful brand and their packaging really speaks to me. Do ask me if you have any questions about this product cause all I can think of is that I adore it and highly, highly recommend it. You won't be sorry. Check out Live Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate here.
Honua Skincare Aina Face Mask For the Land Lovers October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Reset
Honua Skincare Aina Face Mask For the Land Lovers October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Reset
Honua Skincare 'Aina Mask - For the Land Lovers. Honua is a Hawaiian brand that offers really gorgeous and effective products. I've tried almost every single product from them and they are so beautiful. 'Aina is one of the two masks they have and I was lucky enough to try their other mask called Moana - For the Ocean Lovers* too (read my review here). My first impression of 'Aina is that I prefer it to Moana (and I'm usually an ocean person!). A revitalizing and glow-inducing Hawaiian beauty mask, Honua's 'Aina mask is formulated with skin-loving ingredients chosen from the land. Based in raw Hawaiian Honey, this mask contains Kalo Powder, Awapuhi (Hawaiian ginger), Coconut Charcoal, Kokoleka (Cacao), Hibiscus, Olena (Turmeric). It also contains Ni'oi, which is a Hawaiian Chili Pepper. This ingredient createas a slight tingling sensation on the skin, which you get when you first apply it. After a few seconds this sensation disappears and the mask actually dries quite quickly. All other honey based masks I've tried stay wet on the skin. Honua masks, both of them, also have this very unique consistency. I would never know they contain honey cause the texture is more gel-ish like. You only need a little, a dime size amount of the mask and you leave it on for about 15 minutes. This mask gently purifies the skin and calms it at the same time. And it's not drying. It's so lovely! You can check out Honua 'Aina Mask here.
October Art of Organics RESET Live Botanical Luna Renewing Concentrate and Honua Skincare Aina Mask For the Land Lovers
I'm seriously so impressed and in love with this Art of Organics box! LOVE. 

To get the October Clean Beauty Box you have to subscribe to Art of Organics for a minimum of two months (see here). As an Art of Organics subscriber you will also have a 15% discount to shop at their online store (check it out here).

Get the October Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box here.

Wishing you a magical week!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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October Beauty Box: Beauty Heroes x LILFOX

oktober 03, 2018

I don't think you know but I really like LILFOX products. When I first tried them I knew they were special and so I was really excited to get my hands on the new October Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Of all the LILFOX products I've tried my favourite has to be Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser + Mask (review here) and I also really like Cupu-Cool Rainforest Moisture Jelly Balm* (review here). Oh and I loved the body oil that was featured in the Art or Organics box, the Flowerball Body Nectar* (review here). LILFOX is a beautiful brand, both on the inside and outside. It was created by Alexis Rose aka Madame Fox. Alexis hand blends her precious skincare formulas in micro-batches. She uses lots of organic and wildcrafted exotic virgin oils, unrefined butters, rare earth clays and high vibration hydrosols. She infuses her luxurious products with essential oils, crystals and vibrant plant energies.

In the October Beauty Discovery* are two LILFOX products: Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar and Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum. You can check it out here.
October Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar and Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum
October Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar and Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum vegan
October Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar and Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum
October Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar
October Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar
Let's start my introduction to this box and these two products with the Hero, the Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar. At Beauty Heroes they intentionally didn't include many facial oils in their curations in the past few months so I was happy to see this beauty. This oil contains 12 ingredients, such as Prickly Pear, Passionfruit, Grapeseed, Hemp Seed, Pomegranate, Raspberry, and more. The star ingredient is of course organic certified Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which has a high amount of vitamin E and is rich in anti-inflammatory linoleic acid which balances oil production and discourages blemishes. They source their prickly pear seed oil from an eco-cert organic farm in Morocco and the oil used for this Beauty Discovery was pressed fresh in July! How amazing it is to have such freshly made products?! That's just one of many reasons why I love natural & organic beauty products. Although the prickly pear seeds are very small (it takes a massive 8 tons of prickly pear fruits to produce just 1 liter of oil) and is the most expensive fatty oil in the world, the prickly pear cactus is an incredibly sustainable crop. In the Beauty Nectar is also Prickly Pear Fruit Extract (mixed in Sunflower Seed Oil), which makes the facial serum that more potent.

I love the scent of this oil, it smells like Jasmine and I'm all about that. Mmm it's so dreamy & calming, and I really do love it. There is also Bergamot, Sandalwood and Frankincense. The oil is infused with Tourmaline crystal, which is said to align our energies with the earth, and it energizes and balances chakras. The Illuminating Beauty Nectar is quite lightweight and is said to be great for all skin types, especially dull, dry, mature, oily and congested. I have combination skin and it really feels lovely on my skin. The oil promises to brighten, even skin tone and deliver the perfect amount of moisture. I have only used it a couple of times but I can say that it doesn't clog my pores, it does help to even skin tone and is moisturizing. I've only been using it in the evenings and whenever I use it my skin always feels and looks lovely the next morning. It does give a subtle glow to my skin but I'm also very curious if everyday use will help to brighten my skin. I will continue using it to see if it truly delivers on its promises. Initial impression is that my skin really likes it and I think it's a very lovely oil. You can check out Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar here.
October Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes LILFOX Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum
Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum is the Sidekick of the LILFOX Beauty Discovery. This little gem's base oil is Argan Oil, followed by Watermelon, Pomegranate, Rosehip, Passionfruit, Meadowfoam and Prickly Pear Seed Oil. It has a very subtle scent of Sandalwood and Rose, I can hardly smell it. I love that actually. I much prefer products, especially eye care products that have a gentle, non-invasive scent, if any scent at all. Kalahari is infused with Peridot crystal, which is this beautiful green gem. This eye serum has a very convenient roller ball application and I find that one or two swipes are perfect. I swipe it on and then gently tap the serum into the skin under and around my eyes. The oil is very lightweight so I can easily use in the morning, under makeup. In the evening I like to apply both, the eye serum and facial serum around my eyes, because I feel like I need a bit more moisture. I have been using it two times a day for about a week but I think that from now on I will only use it exclusively in the mornings (I really do love its lightweight consistency) and use something a bit heavier in the evenings. You can check out Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum here.
October Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar and Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum
You can get these two LILFOX products in the October Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. This is a subscription box so you will need to buy at least three boxes at a time. The value of this discovery is $144, by subscribing to Beauty Heroes you can get it for $42.95 (see here). When you become a member you also have a 15% discount in The Beauty Store. They have some new brands and products in the store, including Wabi-Sabi Botanicals, Ranavat Botanics, Golde.

Get the October Beauty Discovery featuring LILFOX here.

You can still get the LEVEL UP Ambassador Discoveries here (blog post here).

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Best Shampoo Ever?? Plastic Free, Vegan and Natural, feat. Natural Wisdom Spa

september 30, 2018

Hi my lovelies! How are you all feeling about shampoo bars? Ever tried them? What are you using to wash your hair? Gone are the days when natural and organic shampoos wouldn't lather and wash the hair really and truly properly. We now have so many wonderful shampoos made with beautiful ingredients but for me it was still something missing. And that was a perfect solid shampoo bar. You guys, it looks like I finally found it!

 I dabbled into the world of natural solid shampoo bars a few years ago but my experience with them wasn't that great. My hair were left greasy, heavy, with lots of shampoo residue, no matter how much I rinsed it off. They were never good enough to repurchase them and I usually end up using them as body wash. For a while I was going back and forth, from liquid shampoo to shampoo bars. I liked some of them but was never really 100% sold on them. And then I tried Natural Wisdom Spa Shampoo & Body Wash. Oh my word, I love thee so! I have seen this brand prior to buying from them on Instagram. Some of my fellow bloggers and friends talked about this brand and their products, always raving about them. In spring I met with the lovely Mirna from @green_aboveandbeyond and she was yet again talking about this brand. It's safe to say she is in love. She was talking about their Vitamin C Antioxidant Treatment Gel and Vitamin C Facial Moisturizer with such passion and ever since then I have these two products on my WL. But what really intrigued me were their shampoo & conditioner bars. She has just washed her hair with them and she was like "touch my hair, they are so soft!" That I did and she was right! I ordered the bar quickly after and the rest is as they say , history. I'm so dramatic haha but when you're on a mission to find that perfect shampoo with natural ingredients that isn't in plastic packaging, you would be extatic too.
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass, Solid Conditioner & Shaving Bar. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Natural Wisdom Spa is a UK brand founded by Maeve Smith, a Homeopath and natural health mentor since 2005. Maeve has also studied Pathology and Disease, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine as well as bio-chemistry and natural skincare formulation. Natural Wisdom Spa is described as "an artisan skincare brand that dares to be different." Their products are handcrafted in small batches, they are raw, alcohol & gluten free. They use potent, vibrant, active ingredients, premium certified organic ingredients are always a priority and they also use CO2 extracted raw seed oils, herbal and botanical extracts. I love all that but what really makes a brand truly special to me is their care for animals and the environment. Natural Wisdom Spa is vegan & cruelty free and they intentionally chose Miron violet glass bottles and jars, not only because they better protect the potency and freshness of their products than clear or brown glass, but also because glass is easily recyclable and reusable. They use a minimal amount of plastic and I truly appreciate that. Thank you for caring, Maeve.

Natural Wisdom Shampoo & Body Washes are made from 100% natural, vegan, Ecocert & COSMOS accredited ingredients that are readily biodegradable. Quick google search tells me that "readily biodegradable" ingredients are those that have "the natural ability to biodegrade to their natural state, when subjected to sunlight, water and microbial activity, from 60-100% in 28 days". You can check out the complete ingredient list here but among other things they contain Spirulina, Apple Cider Vinegar, Shea Butter. They are scented with Grapefruit and Lemongrass. I quite like the citrus scent. When I first tried this Shampoo Bar it actually came together with the Conditioner - it was a two in one type of product, but now it is only available separately. You can pick between a smaller 50 g bar or a regular 100 g one. See all the options here.
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural, biodegradable
Why is this shampoo so good?

First off it lathers like crazy! It gives a gorgeous silky lather, and cleanses my hair very thoroughly yet it is not stripping or drying at all. If you have ever used a solid shampoo bar on long hair then you may be aware that the feeling of dry hair after rinsing is normal, but normal doesn't mean it's good. The other problem I had with shampoo bars in general was the feeling of waxy hair. I hated my hair when they were freshly washed and they looked fine but they felt horrible. It was like the shampoo was still in my hair, and it didn't matter if I quickly rinsed my hair or took my time and really thoroughly rinsed them. The feeling was pretty much always there. But with this shampoo it's completely different. My hair are truly and properly clean, they are smooth and lovely. Well I do always use the matching conditioner as well, which I really love too, and that helps with the smoothness and softness of my hair. I adore this shampoo and I highly recommend it. You can get it here. And their Solid Conditoner and Shaving Bar too.

How I use it?

I use it on wet hair and you could rub it between your hands and create lather that way but I usually take the easy route and I simply rub it directly onto the hair. You do use a bit more that way but I actually don't care because I just prefer to use it that way. I especially love doing this when I use an oil hair treatment before washing. Currently I'm using the gorgeous Prim Botanicals The Hair Oil** from a previous Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box** (review here). The shampoo gently but very effectively removes everything and that makes me so happy. It just works!
Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar Grapefruit & Lemongrass. Vegan, plastic free, natural
The Natural Wisdom Spa Solid Shampoo & Body Wash Bar is vegan, handmade, natural and what really drawn me in is the fact that it is completely plastic free. Yes, yes, yes! I'm obsessed and I urge you to try it out too.

You can either get it at their website (see here) or via their Etsy shop here.

With love,

Jana xx

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Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash

september 25, 2018

There is a number of products I'm using weekly if not daily but I always manage to write about them when I either finish them already or when they are on their last stretch. That's the case with the products I'm going to review today. I actually had to stop using them haha just so I'm not showing empties (not that you can tell). Ok so the products that deserve a place on this blog of mine are from the one and only Rachel's Plan Bee. I proclaimed my love for Rachel and her beautiful products a few times before but since it's been a hot, HOT minute since I talked about this pretty little brand I just wanted to do it one more time. Rachel is an absolute sweetheart and I love all of her products. I love seeing Rachel's growth and her care for the environment - Rachel started using more glass packaging and you know I'm all about that. A while ago she came out with a new product, Hand & Body Wash and I have been testing them for a few months and I truly love them so much. My boyfriend loves them even more than me and the fact that he told me a numerous time that these soaps are really good (he usually doesn't say anything), says A LOT. Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Coconut Beach, Original, Lavender Spirit
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Coconut Beach, Original, Lavender Spirit
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Original
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash* is a liquid soap stored in glass packaging. I already talked about it here. Honestly, it's the next best thing to solid bar soaps, if you think of the low/zero waste lifestyle and our very precious environment. It contains moisturizing ingredients such as Coconut, Olive, Sunflower and Jojoba Oils, Shea Butter. I think that all of these ingredients are saponified, using Potassium Hydroxide which is essential ingredient to make soaps and after saponification of oils none of it remains. There is also Water in the formulation, of course, and Glycerin & Aloe Vera, and essential oils. If you have ever tried Rachel's Plan Bee products then you are probably like me, in love with her scents. Ah they are just so lovely! Hand & Body Wash comes in three scents: Original, Coconut Beach and Lavender Spirit. 

Original is an uplifting blend of sweet Citrus and comforting Vanilla that is reminiscent of a creamsicle. I love this scent so much and after years of using products with it, I find it so comforting.

Coconut Beach is a tropical blend of Coconut extract and Citrus fruit that will remind you of happy days at the beach. This scent is only available during summer.

Lavender Spirit - soothing Lavender & Chamomile and a touch of Citrus & Vanilla make this blend perfect for an evening shower and days you want to destress.
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Coconut Beach Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Lavender Spirit
Hand & Body Wash gives a very velvety, silky and smooth lather. It's actually softening to the skin and I really, really like using these soaps. I have tried using them as shampoo as well, and they work great but I wouldn't use them exclusively on my hair. But on Jaka's very short hair the soap works perfectly and he is just like obsessed. Big thumbs up for these hand and body washes. I highly recommend them.

You can get Hand & Body Washes in four different sizes/packaging - from mini sample version to a refill pouch. I do have to say that I hope Rachel comes out with solid bars of soaps since bars truly are my favourite but one of her Hand & Body Washes in glass packaging is like I said, the next best thing. Definitely put them on your wishlist and all of her other products as well. Soon she will again start selling her incredible Cocoa Cream and I can't wait to get it (check it out here). 

You can get Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash straight from their website (click here). If you live in Europe then you can shop Rachel's products at So Natural Beauty (click here).

Have a lovely week!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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