Peek into the June Art of Organics box

junij 22, 2018

This month my Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box came later than usual so I'm only just now writing my first impression of both products featured in the box. June's theme is LAGOON and the looks of the print is just making me go to the beach and dive into the sea. I'm really liking the beautiful mermaids drawn by @crystal_walen. It is giving me all the summer vibes and I love it!

June Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* comes with two products: Ursa Major Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask and Hannes Dóttir Mineral Mist. Check out the box here.
June 2018 Art Of Organics Clean Beauty Box LAGOON. Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist and Ursa Major 3-Minute Flash Mask
June 2018 Art Of Organics Clean Beauty Box LAGOON. Hannes Dottir and Ursa Major
Ursa Major 3-Minute Flash Mask Bright & Easy. Art of Organics June 2018
Ursa Major 3-Minute Flash Mask Bright & Easy consistency. Art of Organics June 2018
Ursa Major Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask is a gentle but oh-so-effective "flash" enzyme face treatment that quickly exfoliates dead surface skin while accelerating turnover to enhance the appearance of skin's tone, elasticity, luminosity and firmness. All without the irritation associated with harsh scrubs or chemical peels. This mask contains Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Hibiscus (which is also known as a botox plant and is a natural source of AHA), Pineapple and Pomegranate Enzymes (exfoliating) and Alfalfa (works as a retinol-like active that promotes elasticity and firmness). Wherever possible, the ingredients in this mask are sourced from family-owned, sustainable growers. The mask has this beautiful blueish, turquoise colour and a very lovely and fresh scent. The texture is like jelly and it applies as a gel, sort of like an aloe vera gel but not sticky.

First impression:
I applied it on cleansed, dry skin and left it on for about 5 minutes. I felt it working almost immediately. Nothing uncomfortable but I did feel a slight tingle but then it also felt a bit cooling. It was interesting and I liked it. It rinses off very easily. My skin was left softer and I believe that with regular use it will also look brighter. So far I used it only once and I really liked it. Very good first impression. You can get it here.
Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist Art of Organics June 2018
Hannes Dóttir Mineral Mist is described as supremely calming, a multi-vitamin Icelandic Mineral Mist that tones your skin while infusing the complexion with vital nutrients. Formulated with unique ingredients to balance moisture, calm redness and promote a healthy, luminescent glow. I have never tried Haness Dóttir products and I also wasn't really familiar with the brand since I only saw it once before. I like the clean look of the brand, isn't the bottle really pretty? The mist contains Glycerin, Choline, which is a B vitamin, protects cells from free-radicals to help prevent sun-damage. There is also Spearmint Oil and the product does have a minty scent.
   
First impression:
The first time I tried it was over makeup, as a setting spray, and I felt my skin tingling for a few minutes. I was just slightly worried that it would feel that way when I'd apply it directly onto my clean skin, BUT fortunately there was no tingling sensation or negative reaction on my skin. It feels refreshing, as a face mist does and also because of the minty scent, which I find is perfect for summer. This mist & a glass of mojito and I'm good. Get it here.
June 2018 Art Of Organics Clean Beauty Box LAGOON. Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist and Ursa Major 3-Minute Flash Mask
June Clean Beauty Box by Art of Organics is still available. As this is a subscription box you have to join for at least two months - so if you subscribe now you will get the June and July boxes. And let me tell you something, July box is amazing!! You can join here.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Face Mists: Perfect for Summer

junij 17, 2018

I always love using face mists and toners but at this time of year they are such a necessity in my skincare routine. Funny thing, a few years ago I didn't really care about toners all that much. I was completely happy with flower hydrosols but after trying out a few beautiful aloe vera based toners and toners that contain glycerin, I realised that although flower hydrosols feel great on the skin when you first apply them, they really aren't (that) hydrating. Sometimes it's quite the opposite - you think you will hydrate your skin but you end up drying it out even more. Well not always and it depends on the skin type, but this is my experience. I already shared with you my current serum collection (see here) and today I gathered all my current face mists. Spot any favourites?
Natural & organic Face Mists, toners. Hydrating, balancing.
Natural and organic face mists
Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Face Mist, Boxwalla beauty box
Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Face Mist* (review) is a second Amly Botanicals products I've tried thanks to the always amazing Boxwalla. How Lavanya does it to impress us every two months I will never know. Amly Botanicals is a UK brand that started on their journey with face mists enriched with silver rich water and lots of gorgeous ingredients. I tried Radiance Boost (review here) which was an instant love for me but today is reserved for the Beauty Sleep, "a restorative face mist laden with rejuvenating botanicals to support natural healing sleep." Besides the silver rich water the mist contains a few flower waters like Neroli and Geranium, and ingredients like Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile. I love that it contains Aloe Vera and Glycerin which make the mist hydrating. You could say that it contains the "usual" ingredients but in all honesty this is not your standard face mist that you can find in any health shop. Star ingredient, Snow Algae activates overnight collagen production and cellular repair to ward off signs of ageing, while extracts of Passionflower and Valerian Root help relieve tension, and essential oils of Clary Sage and Linden quiet the mind and soothe away the day’s stress. Rose Quartz and Rock Rose imbue warmth and provide comfort. The face mist smells like Cistus which tok me some time to get used to but luckily it's not as strong as is the Earthwise Beauty Cistus & Moonlight Face Mist. Eventually the scent grew on me and I'm actually starting to feel sad that I will soon finish the bottle. Beauty Sleep is hydrating, packed with stunning ingredients, I love their design and Amly Botanicals mists have the best & and the finest spray mister. I'm obsessed with the fine mist this beauty gives. So good! I do love to use it in the evenings but I also use it in the morning. Amly Botanicals just recently came up with a few new products and I'm really intrigued by them. You can get Beauty Sleep face mist straight from their website here.
Leahlani Skincare Citrus & Citrine Regenerating Toner
Leahlani Skincare Citrus & Citrine Regenerating Face Mist is your girl for a glowing, revitalized, and radiant complexion. Do I even need to talk about Leahlani and their absolutely stunning products?! I've been highly recommending them for years and I know that you my ladies love them as much as I do. Citrus & Citrine is an Aloe Vera based product and that is all I want in a face mist. Next are flower waters of Blood Orange, Neroli, Calendula. There is Witch Hazel, Turmeric and each bottle also houses little Citrine gemstones, that were purified in the Hawaiian sea and sun. Citrine emits a strong vibration of joy, prosperity, energy, and abundance. It's one of my favourite crystals. The mist is hydrating, energizing, has a lovely scent and is simply beautiful, like every other product created by Leah. Get Citrus & Citrine here. In Europe available at a few shops, I got mine at Reina Organics here.
Alteya Organics 100% Bulgarian Rose Water and White Rose Water
Alteya Organics Organic Bulgarian White Rose Water* and 100% Pure Bulgarian Rose Water* The first rose water, the White Rose Toner I decanted into my empty Akar bottle because unfortunately it arrived in a plastic bottle and I mistakenly assumed that it's a clear glass bottle. That's why I don't have the original packaging anymore. In my opinion these two rose waters don't really differ all that much. I believe that the Bulgarian Rose Water has a stronger scent of roses and obviously I much prefer and love the violet glass packaging. Both rose waters contain only one ingredient - 100% natural steam-distilled (white) rose water. I do love the simplicity and I also always do well with rose toners + the scent is just so lovely. Since none of these mists contain Aloe Vera or Glycerin I don't use them as a toner but as a makeup setting sprays and they work like a charm like that. They very nicely refresh my makeup and make my skin radiant which I really like. Instead of using them directly on the skin I think they would work better if you'd put a few drops of oil into the palm of your hand and spray some rose water on top and then press into the skin. Super refreshing and perfect pick me up in the afternoons. Check out Alteya Organics products here.
Siam Seas Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner. Beauty Heroes
Siam Seas Yen Heal & Hydrate Toner* is the most special toner I have ever used. You could hardly describe it as a toner because it is SO much more than "just" a toner. If it would be packaged in a different bottle (with a pipette or something) it would most definitely pass as a very lightweight serum or perhaps an essence. Yen was featured in the March Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes (review here) and the box was one of my fave from this year. This mist contains 27 botanical extracts which are entwined in the synergistic foundation to infuse skin cells with healing actives and powerful antioxidants. I love the ingredient list and the fact that it contains whole plant Aloe Vera, as well as hydrosols of Cucumber, Geranium, Lavender and Chamomile. If you look closely there are many ingredients that I have never heard of and are native to Asia. Yen is so hydrating, balancing and also healing and protecting. Since the texture is a bit heavier your typical toner, the spray mister doesn't dispense a fine mist so I first spray it into the palm of my hand and then gently press into my skin. I adore Yen and highly recommend it. If you're a Beauty Heroes member then I suggest you order from them because you will get it with the 15% discount. Shop here.

I'm content with my current collection of facial mists and I have one more on the way in the June Art of Organics box* but if you have any good recommendations then do hit me up!

Have a lovely Sunday!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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NEW at Earthwise Beauty

junij 13, 2018

Just a quick post from me today sharing with you something very exciting! My beloved Earthwise Beauty has a new packaging & design and I love it!! I will miss their previous whimsical look but their new design looks even better, very modern and clean, which I always love. It looks like Earthwise Beauty is all grown up and I cannot wait to have some of these beautiful miron violet glass bottles and jars in my beauty cupboard. I'm so proud of Ava and the whole Earthwise Beauty team, you guys did a wonderful job!!
Earthwise Beauty New Packaging & Logo
 If you need some recommendation on their products do let me know, I'm happy to help. For the picture I chose some of my fave EWB products, including my favourite SPF ever: Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector. A powder with minimal amount of ingredients, with non-nano Zinc Oxide as the main, active ingredient that is not only coral reef safe but also great for oily, acne-prone skin, and of course a wonderful sunscreen. This powder is ideally mixed with an oil or an oil-based serum but sometimes I also use it with another SPF to make my skin even that more protected, especially at this time of year. I highly, highly recommend this sunscreen! I mentioned it on my blog numerous times before, read my review here. You can get it here.

Nap in the Meadow Face Serum is one of the loveliest serums I've tried and if I was making "my top 5 serums" I would most definitely include this beaut. First of the name is my favourite, and in general EWB's products have the best names. This serum is anti-inflammatory, soothing, cooling and brightening. If your skin is similar to mine, which is fairly sensitive combination skin, then you will adore it. The serum it's also very hydrating and a perfect skin treat all year around, but especially at this time. My review here. You can get Nap in the Meadow here.

Tigress Face Balm is a light face balm for acne-prone skin and without a doubt it is the best balm I've ever tried!! It's lightweight, it reduces inflammation and it is just so perfect for oily, combination skin, but it also works very well on other skin types. Love. This is the first face balm from Earthwise Beauty and it's not the last - Yasuni Face Balm without essential oils will be out within days! You can read my review of Tigress here. Get this amazing product here.

Ruby Face Oil is my favourite facial oil from EWB. It's the perfect summer oil! It's lightweight, it contains ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and have sun-protective & sun-damage-correcting properties. It doesn't clog my pores one bit and it is just so amazing! Review here. Get Ruby here.

Sungod Face Mask is a reparative mask for all skin types. If I'm honest this isn't my favourite mask from Earthwise Beauty but since Blackstrap Molasses mask is no longer available, Sungod will have to do. Well that sounds a bit rude because Sungod is actually a very lovely mask! This mask is not an overnight miracle but with regular use it builds up the skin and makes it healthier. It's very potent and active so do patch test before using it all over your face and don't leave it on for too long. Get Sungod here.

As always you can use my code "Loveliness" to get 15% off your order. This code is only available at the Earthwise Beauty shop. In Europe you can get their products here.

What do you think about their new packaging?

Much love,

Jana xx

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Glowing Skin & Juicy Lips

junij 10, 2018

Hey lovelies! Hope you're all enjoying your Sunday. Yesterday I posted this photo on my Instagram and since it's my daily makeup look I wanted to share with you the products I've been using & loving lately.
Natural and Organic Makeup. Inika, FitGlow, Au Naturale, Ere Perez, Plume, RMS Beauty. Lip gloss. Pink
Inika BB Cream, RMS Beauty
Face

For base I used Inika Organic BB Cream Foundation* in the shade Cream, which is my favourite BB cream/foundation. It's lightweight, it has light to medium coverage, the shade matches my skin perfectly and it also lasts really well on my skin. Under my eyes and on spots/redness I used RMS Beauty "un" cover-up* concealer in the shade 11. I love this concealer so much and I will definitely repurchase it once I finish up this pot. It lasts absolute ages, it's creamy and feels great on the skin. Often I also use it as a foundation. Pretty much all over my face I used my new bronzer, the Ere Perez Rice Powder Bronzer* in the shade Tulum. I'm so in love with this bronzer! You can see how it looks and applies on my Instagram (see this photo). I also saved my stories where I used it - look at the highlight "makeup" and you will see how it performs. It gives a beautiful sun-kissed look and I love that it reflects light. It contains tiny shimmer particles, nothing major but know that it's not matte. I dislike shimmery products on my cheeks but this one just gives a beautiful glow to the skin which I love so much. Last product I used on my face is my beloved Pink Champagne Powder Blush from Au Naturale*, from the Au Naturale Beauty Discovery from Beauty Heroes, which you can get still get, for $35 (see here). This blush also contains tiny shimmer particles that give a gorgeous glow to the skin, without any glitter bits.

Eyes

For my eyelashes I used FitGlow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara & Serum* from a Beauty Heroes Box. On my brows I'm wearing Plume Nourish & Define Pomade* in the shade Ashy Daybreak.

Lips

FitGlow Beauty Lip Colour Serum* in the shade Gospel. A stunning lip gloss that is moisturizing, feels very smooth on the lips and has a beautiful colour. At the moment there is a WKND promotion going on at Beauty Heroes created in collaboration with the amazing Suzi from Gurl Gone Green. This weekend only, when you spend $75 on any FitGlow products in the Beauty Store, you’ll receive Gospel or Go Lip Serum for FREE, a $42 value! Enter promo code GOSPEL or GOGIFT at checkout to make your selection. Offer is still valid and through Monday June 11th, while supplies last. See more here. If you want a recommendation, I highly recommend FitGlow's Redness Rescue Cream, which is perfect for calming redness and inflammation.

Finishing touch

I applied this makeup in the afternoon, without any primer so my skin was looking a bit flat. When that happens I always apply a mist on top and lately I've been loving Rose Otto Facial Toner* by Alteya Organics for that. That's why my skin also looks glowy and radiant. 
Inika BB Cream, RMS Beauty
That's pretty much my everyday makeup look and some of these products I've been using for months and I'm still so in love with them. If you're interested and want to learn more about a specific product, or have any other questions, do let me know, I'm happy to help.

Wishing you all the best & much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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June Beauty Discovery feat. Honua

junij 07, 2018

I'm so excited to show you lovely ladies the June Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes*. This month we are going back to the beautiful islands of Hawaii with the brand that truly impressed me last year - Honua Skincare. Who remembers last year's Honua discovery? I loved the two products that were featured so much and they are still on the back of my mind. I definitely want to repurchase them in the future because they worked so well for my combination skin and I recommend them to you still. See my review here.

 Honua was created by Kapua Browning, a beautiful woman who was raised on Hawaii, on the traditions of the local farmers, of which few remain. Kapua immersed herself in the study of botanical skincare, becoming a licensed esthetician and instructor. She and her husband Brandon, a Hawaiian Traditional Medicine practitioner, began crafting customized oils and tinctures for their clients using native Hawaiian botanicals. And in 2016, Honua, meaning 'earth', was born.

In the June Beauty Discovery are once again two full sized products from Honua: Malu Protecting Day Cream + SPF 30 and Moana Mask. And the special addition to this box is the new Beauty Heroes Glas Straw. Check it out here.
Beauty Heroes June Beauty Discovery 2018 Honua Skincare Malu Protecting Day Cream SPF 30, Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lover, Beauty Heroes Glass Straw.
Beauty Heroes June Beauty Discovery 2018 Honua Skincare Malu Protecting Day Cream SPF 30, Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lover, Beauty Heroes Glass Straw.
Honua Skincare Malu Protective Day Cream SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, coral reef safe. June Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes. Aloha. Hawaii.
Honua Skincare Malu Protective Day Cream SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, coral reef safe. June Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes.
There is a new natural and coral-reef safe sunscreen on the block and it's mighty fine. Meet Malu Protecting Day Cream + SPF 30, one of the newest Honua creations. I will continue mentioning it: many ingredients still used in sunscreens may cause a bleaching effect to the coral reefs. Which essentially means that the corals are dying and that causes a massive disruptance in ecosystem. With 14,000 tons of sunscreen running off into the ocean each year, it’s estimated that less than half of the world’s coral reefs are considered healthy today. Thankfully people are already doing something about it and Hawaii banned sunscreens containing two chemicals that are known to cause coral bleaching so I urge to check your sunscreen for Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. And I'm sorry but saying things like "I'm only going to be at the sea for one week" isn't good enough. Every day when you wash off the sunscreen of your skin it goes somewhere, right? It goes down the drain and into the water. And that water eventually ends up in the ocean. So do something about it and try to be a more conscious consumer. Not only that chemical UV filters aren't good for the planet, some may even burn your skin and cause unwanted reaction. Go for sunscreens that use non-nano Zinc Oxide (combination with Titanium Dioxide is fine too, but Zinc Oxide is better). And know that green beauty brands are now making sunscreens that are NO longer heavy, super greasy, pore clogging and super white. Some still are but I'm so pleased that there are more and more lightweight sunscreens full of amazing ingredients that don't leave a gleaming white residue on the skin. And that is how Malu is!

Malu, which means shade, shelter, protection and peace, marries traditional Hawaiian ingredients, hydrating Aloe, detoxifying Laukahi and repairing Noni into a silky, residue free and reef-safe SPF. It uses non-nano Zinc Oxide as a UV filter (see more about coral bleaching and Zinc Oxide here). It contains a few Coconut Oil derived ingredients so I would say if your skin easily reacts to Coconut Oil then do think twice if this is the sunscreen for you. I have combination skin and thankfully in the three weeks I've been using it I haven't experienced any massive problems with clogging. Malu has a beautiful scent, I mainly smell Jasmine (contains Jasmine Oil and Jasmine Flower Extract). As much as I love it, it is very nice that it isn't too strong or overpowering and that it doesn't linger on the skin. Malu feels so good on the skin: it is lightweight, moisturizing and radiance boosting. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy but at the same time it isn't quickly absorbed into the skin. But since it feels so light on the skin I really don't mind that. To me it's much lighter than for example Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 but definitely not as lightweight as de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. I guess it's most similar to Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 by Josh Rosebrook but that one sometimes causes red patches on my skin. I love that it's moisturizing and not drying which some sunscreens can be. Sometimes I use it on its own and sometimes I use a toner and serum first and then apply Malu on top. I apply 2 pumps or more because not always does a whole pump of product comes out the packaging. Honestly you also can't beat the price ($42) - which is very affordable comparing to some other sunscreens that I really like. I have a dedicated story highlight "sunscreens" on my Instagram (see here) where I have saved all my stories about sunscreens and there are also a few clips of me applying Malu on my face so you can really see how it works. All in all, I'm very impressed with this sunscreen! It's lightweight, moisturizing, has a gorgeous scent, contains reef-safe ingredients and doesn't leave a white residue. A beaut! You can check it out here.

What I also love is that a portion of the sale of each bottle of Malu is given to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i, an organization advocating for healthy oceans, reefs and wildlife along the shores of Hawaiian Islands. Yes! Get Malu here.
Honua Skincare Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lovers. June 2018 Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Gel like texture.
Honua Skincare Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lovers. June 2018 Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Gel like texture.
Honua Skincare Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lovers. June 2018 Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Gel like texture.
Honua Skincare Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lovers. June 2018 Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Gel like texture.
The Sidekick of the June box or should I rather say the co-hero product is the Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lovers. Which I most definitely am! This is also a newer Honua product, as well as the Aina Mask - For the Land Lovers, which I'm very intrigued by as well. Check it out here. When I say Moana I'm pretty sure that most of you will think of the animated movie, which is lovely, but did you know that Moana actually means "a body of open water, in particular the sea"? I love and adore the ocean and I'm looking forward to the day when I'll be living next to it. Moana mask is described as a balancing, replenishing treatment mask. Moana is based on Hawaiian Honey and contains clays (French Green, Kaolin and Bentonite), Spirulina, Turmeric, Aloe Vera. Extracts of Laukahi, a species of plantain used in traditional Hawaiian healing, is combined with Comfrey and Tamanu to promote detoxification and skin regeneration. Precious, sustainably harvested Hawaiian Sandalwood, Neroli and Bulgarian Rose Hydrosols offer deeply hydrating benefits and a grounding aroma. A touch of Jasmine boosts skin immunity and leaves a trace of delicate floral lingering in the air. The mask has a very unique consistency for a mask, it is like a gel. It has a light green colour which hardly shows on the skin. Because of the gel texture, I almost expect it to feel cooling on the skin but after I first apply it I feel a bit of tingling for half a minute or so. Moana feels slightly tightening on the skin, but nothing like a powder clay mask mixed with water. The mask can be used as a quick mask in the morning, almost as a cleanser. Leave it on for 5 minutes and your skin is ready for toner & Malu. It's a nice morning mask but I prefer to leave it on my skin for longer, like for half an hour or so. The mask rinses off quite easily and I also have to mention that even though it contains Honey, the mask is not sticky. My skin is left hydrated and soft. I love that it's gently detoxifying and with regular use I believe it's also balancing. This mask feels potent and active so I would suggest a skin patch test if you have sensitive skin. You can check out Moana here.
Beauty Heroes Glass Straw. June 2018 Beauty Discovery. Say no to plastic.
Last but MOST certainly not least is the most exciting product in the June Beauty Discovery: Beauty Heroes Glass Straw. Ever since I saw Jeannie Jarnot using her BH glass straw I was like please tell me when can I buy this?! And now I have it and you can get it too - each June box contains it! Why a glass straw? Well if you didn't know, a few months ago Beauty Heroes started working with 5Gyres, a non-profit organization that focuses on reducing plastic pollution. I'm sure you already know how I feel about plastic (I'm rolling my eyes over here so much I can't even tell you!). Plastic doesn't just go away when you toss it in the bin or gets recycled but it pollutes the world around us. Quite literally! Plastic breaks down into microplastic which pollutes the water and our beautiful Mother Earth. It is literally everywhere, even in water that we drink. Not to mention all the plastic in the oceans. Poor, poor animals. Ugh this stuff makes me cry. Thankfully there has been more talk about plastic and people are becoming more and more aware to use less plastic. But everywhere I go and order for example a lemonade, that comes with a straw. And here comes in handy a glass (or stainless steel) straw. Carry your straw with you and just say no to the disposable and not recyclable plastic straws and just use your own. To be honest, I'm not used to carrying my own straw with me because I just say no and don't use a straw at all but if you like drinking with a straw then here is your solution. I do think I should just start carrying my own glass straw with me just so others can see how easy it is and start a conversation. I'm sure I can inspire someone else to start saying no to plastic straws. Hopefully! Are you doing this already? It's these little things that count. I don't think I can go zero waste, at least not at this time but things like refusing plastic straws, bags, and stuff like these, are so easy and everyone can do them. Let's just talk more about plastic and its damaging effect on our planet and our bodies okay? You can get the BH glass straw here.
 
One other thing I have to mention is that Beauty Heroes now also carries these cute reusable Utensils Kits (see here), alongside their new Glass Straws and Straw Sleeves (see here).

For the end of this post I want to leave you with this video here, where you can see the beach clean-up organized by Beauty Heroes and Honua. This beach clean-up happened in Hawaii and I loved seeing all the people doing this amazing job of cleaning the place of mainly plastic. It's a very inspiring video so do check it out. See it here.
Beauty Heroes June Beauty Discovery 2018 Honua Skincare Malu Protecting Day Cream SPF 30, Moana Mask - For the Ocean Lover, Beauty Heroes Glass Straw.
June Beauty Discovery is available until June 20th but it can sell out sooner so don't wait too long. You can get the Honua box here

Have you tried Honua products before? Let me know if you got the box already and what you feel about the box.

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Lovin' on Serums

junij 04, 2018

The last couple of months I've been very interested in facial serums. I don't mean oil serums, which I still love dearly, but in those "true" serums that are lightweight, quickly absorbing, with high concentrations of active ingredients and that are usually used after toning and before the application of an oil/moisturizer. Mainly thanks to my beloved subscription boxes I currently have a selection of five serums and I really do like them all a lot. Each of them is unique in its own way and I will try to really showcase those difference.
Natural and Organic Serums. Live Botanical, de Mamiel, Twelve Beauty, Moss Skincare, Dafna's Personal Skincare
Natural and Organic Serums. Live Botanical, de Mamiel, Twelve Beauty, Moss Skincare, Dafna's Personal Skincare
Live Botanical AER Aloe + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Art of Organics
 Let's start with Live Botanical AER Hyaluronic Acid Serum*. This serum was in the April Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box, alongside with Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream by One Love Organics. Read my review here. I love both products so much! This box was definitely my favourite Art of Organics box. Both products work amazingly well on my combination skin and my skin looked the best in those weeks when I was using them religiously. AER serum is very lightweight and runny. It is clear and doesn't really have a scent. What I love about it is that it's so fuss free and simple, containing only four ingredients - Aloe Vera Juice, Green Tea, Sodium Hyaluronate and Lactobacillus Ferment. I mean I like both: products that are packed full with many gorgeous ingredients or simple, less than 5 ingredients products. As long as they are effective, I get along with them. I find it very satisfying when a product doesn't contain a lot and it's still so good. That is precisely what AER is. Simple yet so good and effective. It's hydrating and at the same time also plumping and I really couldn't believe how this water-like serum could give my skin so much hydration. This serum is also free of any essential oils and is therefore just perfect for very sensitive and reactive skin. This is the serum you can't go wrong with, no matter what your skin type is. I would also recommend it for sensitive, reactive skin and acne-prone, oily, combination skin. It's the most affordable of the five serums I'm going to mention here, and the design is speaking to me so much. Love ferns! Unfortunately Live Botanical isn't available in Europe (yet - fingers crossed!) but if you're an Art of Organics member you can get it with your 15% discount - at the moment it is not available but I'm sure it will be soon. And if your country isn't on the shipping list, do write them an email if they would ship to your country. You can also order straight from their website here.
de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir Serum. Beauty Heroes.
Another serum I got in an April box is the de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir*. This gorgeousness was in the April Beauty Heroes box and oh my word this one is amazing. This serum contains a bunch of ingredients, it's full of antioxidants (like full full) and is especially formulated to combat pollution, environmental and emotional stress. De Mamiel is a very special brand from the UK and I can't help but to fall in love with each and every product I try from them. The serum has a subtle floral scent, milky white colour and thicker consistency than these other serums. It almost seems a bit goopy, but I mean that in the best way possible. It's soothing on the skin and it layers really beautifully. I will say that it is not the most hydrating but it pairs so perfectly with the AER serum. I think it would be beneficial to all skin types and especially those who live in cities where there is lots of pollution. If you want a good boost of antioxidants for your skin then this is the one for you. My skin is fairly sensitive and I didn't experience any problems with it, on the contrary it calmed my skin. If you have very sensitive skin do still check the ingredients and make sure your skin isn't reactive to the essential oils that are in this product. If you live in Europe you can get it straight from their website here and in the States get it at the Beauty Heroes' Beauty Store where members have 15% off. Check it out here. You can also read my review here.
Twelve Beauty Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum. Boxwalla Beauty Box.
Twelve Beauty Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum* is another serum that was in an April box, this time it was the April Boxwalla Beauty Box. Twelve Beauty is a Spanish brand and the founder and master formulator Pedro doesn't joke around. Not that other formulators do haha. This serum has a milky white colour and a subtle scent. This serum is very hydrating, to the point where my skin was over-hydrated and I experienced some bumps on the skin. So you definitely don't need to layer other products with this one! I was very much looking forward to trying out this serum because it sounds ideal for my biggest skin concern - hyperpigmentation. I pretty much always have some redness in my skin, some scaring (post-acne redness) and even though I use sunscreen on a daily I'm sure there is still some sun damage so bring on all the brightening powers. It is said that the results can be seen in 10-14 days but my skin needed a bit longer to really show that the serum is brightening and corrective. I think if it wasn't for the layering with other products I would see the results sooner. Know that this is not a one-time miracle worker, at least it wasn't for me. Regular use and applying it twice a day does the job. Hyperpigmentation is something that needs to be addressed every day if you want to get rid of it and having a lightweight yet very hydrating serum that has brightening properties is the way to go. I think that everyone can use this serum, even those with sensitive skin. If you have combination and oily skin types I would only apply a toner and one to two pumps of the serum. Done. That's in the evening and for the morning routine I love mixing it with Farizad's Veil sunscreen from Earthwise Beauty. That's a powder sunscreen so you get the sun protective benefits and no additional oils or moisture. Read more about about it here. You can get it here.
Moss Skincare Vitaminc C Perfecting Treatment Intensif. Boxwalla Beauty Box.
Next is MOSS Illumina Vitamin C Perfecting Treatment Intensif*. This serum is in the June Boxwalla Beauty Box which is still available to purchase! See here. Illumina is a serum but it's more of a treatment because I don't use it every day, and most definitely not twice a day. If you check out the description of this serum, it pretty much does it all (or at least everything I want in a product): "This Vitamin C plus exfoliating serum offers revitalized cellular renewal. It decongests acne-prone skins and smooths wrinkles and discoloration for mature skins." Well do sign me up! Ever heard of retinols? Well this serum is a safe retinol alternative, without causing any redness, dryness or harshness to the skin. Illumina is a vitamin C and exfoliating serum. More on the ingredients in my review here. This product does everything it is stated on the bottle and my mind is just like blown away. This is definitely not your standard serum! I apply it every three days or so and Illumina visibly improves appearance of my skin overnight. Skin is brighter, texture of the skin is more even and refined, hyperpigmentation and inflammation are both reduced. I'm not joking around when I say that this serum is magical. Pure magic. I would say that everyone can use it but be careful if you have sensitive skin and perhaps mix it with something like AER serum from Live Botanical to water it down a bit. This serum isn't affordable so I highly recommend getting it in the June Boxwalla Beauty Box here (available until June 5th). I'm not sure where it is available in Europe but I did find this UK store called Alyaka that carries a few products from Moss, sadly not Illumina (see here). I also recommend buying from The Green Jungle Beauty Shop here, where you can use my code Jana for 10% off your order (code is not affiliated).
Dafna's Personal Skincare Serum Anti-aging & Glow
The last serum is one I got just recently, Dafna's Personal Skincare Serum Anti Aging & Glow*. I already shared my first impression with this serum in my previous post here so I don't want to go into too much details. As the name suggest this serum contains ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and they say that the "Serum offers one of the most advanced solutions to combat skin aging processes". Like all other serums mentioned here, this one is also lightweight, it's quite hydrating and I'm looking forward to see how it works in the long run. So far I've been enjoying it. It didn't break me out or caused redness which is great. "With our Serum you will see and feel how your skin texture changes, fine lines are smoothed, and your skin is firmer and radiant." - bring it on! I got it from Love Lula here (free shipping worldwide).

Have you tried any of these serums? Do you even use serums?

Lots of love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Some New Products I've Been Testing

maj 30, 2018

Hiya loves! How are you all doing on this fine day? I hope it's a fine day for you. I have some beautiful new products to share with you, products that I've been really enjoying testing out.
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash, LILFOX Cupu-Cool Rainforest Moisture Jelly, Dafna's Personal Skincare Serum Anti aging & Glow
Dafna's Personal Skincare Serum Anti Aging & Glow. Love Lula.
Dafna's Personal Skincare Beyond Skin Deep Serum* is an "exclusive serum formula formed from the best natural active ingredients and advanced Biotechnology of extraction and effective usage of these actives." Dafna's Personal Skincare is a Spanish brand that I've tried before thanks to Lavanya and Boxwalla Beauty Box. I have their Eye Care serum which is a very lightweight eye care product. I like it and have been using it in the evenings. My friend loves the eye serum SO much that she repurchased it! We both saw positive dramatic change in her skin under her eyes and I love that she found such a wonderful product for her. I haven't experienced that of a dramatic change (yet) but hopefully I will. Anywho, the Beyond Skin Deep Serum is a brand new serum in my arsenal of serums and so far I've only used it a few times. It's lightweight, not as hydrating as is the Twelve Beauty Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum (which is really hydrating - review here) but feels lovely nonetheless. I have to say that my first impression of the serum is good - it is absorbed quickly into the skin, doesn't clog my pores and feels nice. It's a lovely serum to put on ma face after a face mist and before an oil or sunscreen. So far so good. This serum is actually designed to combat skin aging processes and I'm all for well aging. To lightly touch on the ingredient list - I wish it would contain Aloe Vera instead of Water but I do like that it contains actives such as Rosehip oil, Chicory Root oligosaccharides that increase collagen production and synthesis and Hyaluronic Acid. The serum is vegan and I think it's suitable for all skin types. You can get it at Love Lula here (free shipping worldwide).
LILFOX Mr. Fox Cupu-Cool Rainforest Moisture Jelly Balm Beauty Heroes Men's Discovery Handsome Heroes
LILFOX Mr. Fox Cupu-Cool Rainforest Moisture Jelly Balm Beauty Heroes Men's Discovery Handsome Heroes consistency
LILFOX Cupu-Cool Rainforest Moisture Jelly Balm* is a new LILFOX product that was featured in the new Beauty Hereos Men's Discovery. I was so excited for Jaka to get this box and try the new LILFOX products made especially for men. I mean we all know we can all use and love products we want but sometimes men don't enjoy floral scents as much as women do (or the other way around!) so I love that Alexis Rose (the founder of LILFOX) created these products. You can check out the box here (there are three products and all are great). This is a limited edition box so don't wait too long to get it if you fancy the sound of it. The product from the box that I stole from Jaka is this beautiful Cupu-Cool balm. Now to be honest, Jaka is too lazy to use the products every day so he wouldn't even know if I was using his products if I wouldn't tell him. Cupu-Cool is a true multi-tasker, perfect for men actually. It's a cleanser, a mask and a moisturizer. It contains gorgeous ingredients, as is always the case with LILFOX. There is Cupuacu Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Murumuru Butter, Babassu, Camellia and the list goes on. The scent isn't Jaka's favourite (that's why he doesn't mind me using it haha) - it smells like Basil. Cupu-Cool contains Holy and Sweet Basils and it actually reminds me of a Province Apothecary product. The scent it also a bit minty, especially when you start massaging it into the skin. It's a fresh scent and the product also feels refreshing on the skin, especially when I leave it on as a mask in the shower. It actually works perfectly with the scent of Undaria Body Polish* (review here) - they leave the bathroom smelling super fresh and lovely. Perfect post-run skin treat. Cupu-Cool is a balm, it glides on the skin beautifully and I love it as a cleanser and a five minute mask. It rinses off with water but not as quickly as for example Leahlani's Pamplemousse* or Moss Beurre Céleste* (from the June Boxwalla Beauty Box). It does need a few more splashes of water but in the end water does remove it. I always just rinse it off with water but you could also use a wash cloth. The first time I used it I was really blown away with how my skin looked after I rinsed it off! Skin was left very soft and smooth, hydrated too. It's a gorgeous product and everyone can use it, no matter the gender. You can get it at Beauty Heroes here. You can either buy just this product here or get it in their Men's Discovery box here.
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Original
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash* is a newer product created by the lovely Rachel and I've been loving it! I haven't talked about Rachel's Plan Bee for too long but know that I still love the brand dearly. Rachel is such a sweetheart and she always strive to do better for us and the environment. She cares and I love that about her. She kindly gifted me two scents of her Hand & Body Wash and I've been using the Original scent for about two weeks. It smells like oranges and vanilla and I've always loved the scent of it. It's so lovely! This wash gives a nice lather, it's very velvety and smooth. This product contains Water, a few oils like Coconut, Olive & Jojoba, Shea Butter and a few more. The ingredient that makes this wash a soap is Potassium Hydroxide which is usually used in liquid soaps (for bar soaps I use Sodium Hydroxide or lye). Both ingredient sound harmful and they are (when making a soap you have to wear protective glasses and all that) but after the chemical reaction called saponification, lye and oil molecules combine and chemically change into soap. So know that there is no Potassium Hydroxide in this product after saponification of oils. I love this product and Jaka does as well. I'm obsessed with the packaging - glass bottle with a pump. Hand & Body Wash is just another beautiful Rachel's Plan Bee product. You can get it on their website here and in Europe at So Natural Beauty here.

Lots of love to you all,
Jana xx
*samples generously provided
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