Hello beauties! How have you all been doing? I was away on holidays, which you already know if you follow me on Instagram. Me and my boyfriend went to Corfu, Greece and we had a great time. The island is so beautiful and green, the water is really clear and I have never eaten such juicy and delicious oranges. I rather won't show you how my desk in our room looked like (filled with all green beauty products and some other random bits), but I will show you some of my holiday essentials. Most of them are actually my everyday essentials so you can easily treat this post as my current favourite products post.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil SPF 30+ Powder* - one of the newest additions to the brand is this amazing SPF powder. Yes, it's in a powder form and is definitely not messy or unpractical like you might think. I've already raved about Earthwise Beauty here, let me just remind you it is a wonderful, wonderful brand indeed. Farizad's Veil is simple yet effective. It contains non-nano and uncoated zinc oxide, which is the healthiest, safest and most reliable sunscreen ingredient. Besides the UV protection it's also anti-inflammatory and anti-acne. Yes, please! It also contains powdered Aloe leaves and some flowers (Rose Absolute, Geranium and Frankincense Oil, to name almost all). But let's leave all that information for a whole post and review. Farizad's Veil has a lovely floral scents, it's light and breathable, non clogging and just a wonderful sun protector. Oh and I almost forgot. The way you use this product is to just mix it in the palm of your hand with a bit of a facial oil of your choice. I've been using Magical Babassu Facial Oil*, also from Earthwise Beauty. Together they work like a charm. It's a great product and it actually replaced my well loved Kimberly Sayer sunscreen (review here). I also have a discount code for you, if you would like to try it. Use "Loveliness" and get 10% off your order.
Luminance Skincare Facial Toner Rosewater* - a refreshing toner is always a must in the summer, might that be at the beach or in the city. Summer or winter, I always love a good toner in a spray bottle. Here we have a 100% Pure Cold Filtered Bulgarian Rosewater. Organic, vegan, no toxins, no synthetics. Yas. Smells beautiful, like roses do and has a great spray dispenser. Yes, it is a beautiful toner. I also want to mention a toner I just used all up before going on holidays,for which I thought it would keep me company on holidays. It's from an Australian brand Mukti, the Neroli Blossom Balancing Toner* for combination and oily skin. It had the best spray dispenser which gave a very fine mist and I thoroughly enjoyed using it. Smells like citrus and contains some gorgeous certified organic ingredients like Lavender, Aloe Vera Juice, Witch Hazel and more. There are also Kakadu Plum, Finger Lime Caviar, Aniseed Myrtle, ingredients I have never heard of before. It's gorgeous on the inside and outside. Mukti Organics is now also available in Europe, in a beautiful German store Savue Beauty. Love both toners. <3
Leahlani Skincare Pua Lei Organic Coco Infusion* - Keri said it well, this product is "vacation in a bottle" and I couldn't agree more! With a blend of pure unrefined Coconut, organic Macadamia, Kukui Nut and Sea Buckthorn Oils you can be certain the product is very moisturizing and makes my skin super smooth and soft. But the scent, oh my the scent! It is out of this world. Smells heavenly, deliciously floral and sweet, with notes of sweet tuberose and exotic puakenini flowers. I love using it in my hair and on my neck, decoletage and arms. Love. In Europe available at Reina Organics.<3
BioSolis Sun Milk SPF 30 - Ecocert certified sunscreen with mineral protection - contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Free from nano particles and coral reef safe. Yas!! For those of you who don't know - chemicals in sunscreens, like oxybenzone, is not only toxic for you but also for coral reefs. Ingredients like that contribute to the destruction of corals and they also exacerbate coral bleaching. We all have a choice as consumers and we have to be mindful of not only keeping our bodies safe but we also have to think about other living beings on our planet and how our choice affect them. Therefore I highly encourage you to use mineral based sunscreens, like the two I mentioned here in this post. Yeah sure you usually have to massage these sunscreens into your skin for a bit longer to avoid the white cast but who cares when you can at least know that you are doing something good for you and the Earth. I bought this cream in Sanolabor but you can also find it on Ecco Verde. It's not as heavy and thick as Badger or Eco Cosmetics sunscreens are, if you tried any of these. It's absorbed into the skin quite quickly and doesn't leave a white cast. It's actually quite easy to spread around, especially if you don't go overboard with it.
Hurraw! Sun Protection Balm SPF 15 - Hurraw has such a lovely selection of vegan lip balms and this one is the perfect choice for summer beach days. Now don't get me wrong, sun is amazing and we all need a good amount of vitamin D but sun protection is crucial for those long exposure times. This lip balm has the best scent of Tangerine, Vanilla and Chamomile. I say it's the best scent because it reminds me of relaxing days at the beach, where I always use it. It contains nourishing and moisturizing ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter, to name a few. Last but certainly not least let me mention the active ingredient - non nano uncoated zinc oxide. Natural, broad spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) mineral sunscreen. Lip balm can give your lips a white tint if you apply it too generously, but if you only apply a swipe or two then you'll be perfectly alright.
Lily Lolo Miami Beach Bronzer - I was never a massive bronzer person but then this product came to my life. Oh my goodness, this bronzer has been one of my favourite products of the last few months. First of all it's from Lily Lolo and you all know by now that I love the brand, second of all it's a pressed mineral based bronzer and third, it has a beautiful warm colour which is perfect for my light skin tone. It gives my complexion a beautiful sun kissed look without looking like an umpa lumpa. I apply it the way every tutorial "orders" you to do - to the areas of my face the sun would naturally hit. I apply it in a '3' shape on either side of my face (forehead, top of cheekbones and along the jawline). I also apply it on my chin and down my neck and across the bridge of my nose. Then I just swipe the brush all over my face to blend it all together. Voila.
Modern Minerals Modern Moonstone** - best highlighter ever. Period. I already praised it in my previous post. It's infused with Lotus Wei flower essences, it's ultra silky and smooth and gives an amazing glow. I have so much love for it and I can't stop wearing it. It's creamy and easy to apply, it lasts all day and it's just wonderful. Love.
How are you spending your summer? Have any special plans?
How are you spending your summer? Have any special plans?
*sample generously provided