Vegan Cooking #8

november 16, 2018

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

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

How to:

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

2. Sauté onion, leeks and garlic.

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

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

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

5. Mix together and enjoy.

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

Much love,

Jana xx

Face Mists are So Beautiful

november 13, 2018

Hello lovelies! Hope you are having a great start of the new week. I have a question for you - do you love toners and facial mists? For the longest time I didn't really appreciate them in all their glory and always thought about them as an almost unnecessary product in my skincare routine. But now all is changed. I love facial mists so much and I can't get enough of them. I think I know why is that. I used to use toners, like proper toners which in my mind are those products that you have to apply with a cotton pad (I would recommend using washable organic cotton pads, cause you know environment). The ones I used were full of alcohol and conventional ingredients, and they just didn't do anything good for my skin or they even dried it out and irritated it. I then started using facial mists which in my opinion are products that come in spray bottles which you just simply mist on your face. Facial mists can either be flower hydrosols, like rose water hydrosol, which I used to use religiously but to be honest they don't really do much for my skin other than refresh it, or mists that contain different flower hydrosols, plant extracts, aloe vera, glycerin and such. The later are my absolute favourites and those are the mists I deeply fell in love with. Well I still love a good rose water hydrosol to set my makeup or refresh my face throughout the day. So without further ado, here are the face mists I currently have.
Organic natural face mists toners. Amly Botanicals, Sias Seas, Leahlani, Lilfox, Alteya Organics, Earthwise Beauty
Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist
Earthwise Beauty Cistus & Moonlight Face Mist* is described as pore-minimizing and hydrating toner for all skin types. A very special mist which I've really been drawn to it ever since its slight reformulation and EWB's rebranding. This isn't just your plain face mist but a very unique and beautiful mist - as is their sourcing of the main ingredient Cistus hydrosol. They tracked down an artisan distiller of wild cistus in Portugal whose samples were special. The hydrosol is floral, sweet, rich and full, honey-like, and somewhat resinous in a good way; clearly made with love and care. Cistus continuously receives more love & care when it arrives at the EWB's headquarters, because after they receive a new shipment of what they like to call "Portuguese beauty water", they wait for the next full moon to infuse it under the moon overnight. Oh so beautiful. Why Cistus hydrosol? Because it has many skin benefits: it is recommended for reducing signs of aging, from wrinkles to lack of skin firmness, and is pore minimizing, naturally antibacterial (also anti-viral and anti-fungal), anti-acne, and nurturing, yet non-drying and extremely mild. There's also Aloe Vera Juice and the mist is also enriched with a few gorgeous flower and gem essences, including Rainbow Moonstone, Clear Quartz, Pacific Northwest Pink Phlox. Vegan and handcrafted. I'm in love. This face mist smells like Cistus and this for me is a scent that I had to use a couple of times to get used to it but now I really like how grounded it makes me feel. It's hydrating, non-comedogenic and does help to slightly minimize pores. It's so nice and I can't get enough of it. You can get Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist here (code "Loveliness" saves you 15%).
Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep and Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mists
Amly Botanicals Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist* is my newest face mist and I'm obsessed with it to the point I almost used it up completely. I just talked about it in my previous post (see here). Digital Detox is a detoxifying face mist that combats the effects of environmental and digital pollution. Its name says it all - it is indispensable for urban commutes, air travel and when using computers and mobile devices. No wonder I almost used it up completely since I'm spending too much time at my computer and on my phone and so I reach for this mist quite often, not only in the morning and evening but also throughout the day. This mist has a long list of ingredients, which is very typical for Amly Botanicals products, especially their stunning face mists. There is Aloe Vera, Himalayan Pink Salt, Frankincense + Marine Actives, Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood. It has a very unique scent and like I said in my previous post, I can smell Ylang Ylang in the bottle but once I mist it over my face I don't. The scent is as special as is the mist itself. This is only a 30 ml bottle but now I want a full bottle! I got this beauty in the November Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box*, which you can still get here or you can also get the digital Detox straight from Amly Botanicals' website here.

Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Face Mist*. Since we're already talking about the British skincare line Amly, Beauty Sleep is another one of their precious face mists. I'm almost out of this one too and I just can't bring myself to use it up cause it's so lovely! I got it in the February Boxwalla Beauty Box* (read my review here) and I've been loving and savouring it ever since the end of winter. Beauty Sleep is a restorative face mist that was designed especially for use at night to support natural healing sleep. Beauty Sleep has a beautiful array of ingredients, including floral waters of Neroli, Lavender, Geranium, Valerian Root, and more that will soothe and repair the skin. The star ingredient is Snow Algae that grows on glaciers and snow. Studies have shown that the extract of Snow Algae when applied to living cells, extends their longevity & revitalize skin by boosting both the expression of a longevity gene (Klotho) as well as the cellular energy enzyme AMPK. It also strengthens the skin barrier & preserves collagen. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? It smells of Ylang Ylang and Cistus, and it's funny how in my review I said that I prefer this scent to the EWB Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist* (see here). After EWB's reformulation I'm completely fine, well more than fine with EWB's face mist so I'm not gonna do any comparison. I will only say that Amly's mist doesn't have such a strong scent of cistus because it contains a bunch of other ingredients as well, whereas EWB's only contains Cistus hydrosol. Anyways, I really love both. You can get Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Face Mist here. Btw their Radiance Boost Silver Rich Face Mist is amazing too (review here) & you can get it here.
Siam Seas YEN Heal and Hydrate Toner
Siam Seas Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner* is a mist I received in the March Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes (see my review here). This is hardly a toner or a mist, these two words don't make this product justice - it's a serum, an essence actually, packed in bottle with a spray mister. #TonerNotToner is perfect to describe this amazing product. Like all other mists I've mentioned so far, Yen also contains the soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera, and there are also 27 botanical extracts in this toner (many of them native to Asia). There are hydrosols of Cucumber, Geranium, Lavender and Chamomile and light oils of Raspberry, Cucumber Seed, Prickly Pear and Sacha Inchi. There are also some very interesting ingredients like Tamarind Extract, Terminalia Chebula, Kacip Fatimah. This toner is really something else and even though it has a spray nozzle it's best to apply by misting it in your hand and then tap it on your face. Settling may occur and the mist doesn't dispense the toner evenly so do yourself a favour and mist it in the palm of your hand rather than directly on your face. I use this serum toner when my skin needs hydration because it really beautifully hydrates my skin. Yen is also healing and it just really is an incredible product. More than perfect for this time of year. Love. You can get Siam Seas Yen Heal & Hydrate Toner here (Beauty Heroes members have 15% discount).
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator Moisturizing Facial Mist
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator* was one of the sidekicks in the September Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes (read my review here). This is my second bottle of it and the first time I liked it but now I really love it. Josh's products are well known & loved and I get why. This facial mist contains vitamin infused Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, a few oils like Jojoba, Marula, Hemp Seed, Almond, and other potent ingredients such as Ashwaganda, Turmeric, Calendula, Dandelion, Chamomile. It has a beautiful scent of Ylang Ylang and has the best spray mister with the finest mist. It's hydrating, radiance boosting and just oh so lovely. This smaller plastic bottle is more than perfect for travel but me being me I have to say that I would prefer glass packaging. Nonethelessit's a truly lovely products. You can get Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator here (Beauty Heroes member have a 15% discount).
Leahlani Citrus + Citrine Regenerating Toning Mist and Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist
Leahlani Citrus + Citrine Regenerating Toning Mist is your girl for a glowing, revitalized, and radiant complexion. This Aloe Vera based mist contains flower waters of Blood Orange, Neroli, Calendula, there's Witch Hazel and 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 Regenerating Toning Mist here. In Europe available at a few shops, I got mine at Reina Organics here.

Hannes Dóttir Mineral Mist* was in the June Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box (read my review here). I have to say that I really like this mist more than I imagined I would. I didn't really know the brand before it was featured in this AO box and honestly I wasn't really expecting much. Described as supremely calming, a multi-vitamin Icelandic Mineral Mist that tones your skin while infusing the complexion with vital nutrients, this mist is formulated with unique ingredients to balance moisture, calm redness and promote a healthy, luminescent glow. The ingredients are a bit different to the other mists I've mentioned - there are Glycerin, Silica, Choline, Iodine. I'm not really used to ingredients like this, mists usually contain different hydrosols and plant extracts. It's scented with Spearmint Oil and is therefore really refreshing. Like Yen from Siam Seas this one also doesn't work well as a makeup setting spray but is very lovely to apply in the morning to refresh the skin. You can get Hannes Dóttir Mineral Mist here.
Alteya Organics Pure Bulgarian Rose Water and LILFOX Mr. Fox Sandalo Sandalwood Toning Mist
LILFOX Sandalo Sandalwood Toning Mist* is from the first ever Men Discovery Mr. Fox from Beauty Heroes (see my review here) and yes, I kinda stole this product from Jaka. I recently mentioned this mist in a post dedicated to a skincare routine using mainly LILFOX products (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. Even though I prefer light floral scent I have to say I'm really enjoying this mist. The one thing I have noticed with this mist that I found very interesting is that it doesn't vibe well with Earthwise Beauty's Resiliency Face Serum* (which you can get in the December Boxwalla Beauty Box*). I'm not sure what it is but the combination of both make my skin flushed and red. Each on its own doesn't give me problems but together the simply don't work. If you have both do try the combination, I'm curious if you will get the same reaction. You can get LILFOX Sandalo Toning Mist here (Beauty Heroes members save 15%).

Alteya Organics 100% Pure Bulgarian Rose Water* is the only mist I have that contains only one ingredient - distilled Rose Water, made from fresh, organic Rosa Damascena blossoms - one of the most valuable and fragrant oil-bearing roses. As this is one Rose Water, without any humectants like aloe vera or glycerin, which helps to attract water to the surface of the skin, and also delivers hydration to the deeper layers, I don't use it as my first layering step in my skincare routine (before serums and oils). I use it as my makeup setting spray and it works absolutely beautiful like that. I believe that applying a face mist after you apply your makeup is quite crucial and I can't imagine not doing it! A mist blends all the powders and creams together with the skin and just makes look everything better + it helps makeup to last longer. Definitely try it if you haven't already. You can get Alteya Organics 100% Pure Bulgarian Rose Water here.

I really do enjoy facial mists so much and you know to be quite honest with you, I just got three new mists today! Very excited about that. :)

Love & light to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Detox + Protect with Art of Organics & Amly Botanicals

november 08, 2018

Amly Botanicals is a brand I've already talked about on my blog and today I'm happy to share with you that this UK brand is featured in the November Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box*. Thus far I have tried two of their Silver Rich Face Mists - the Radiance Boost* (review) and Beauty Sleep* (review), both thanks to Boxwalla. I wrote a little bit about the brand itself (see here) but let me mention that this British line is steeped in tradition while welcoming innovation backed by scientific research. Their formulas employ centuries-old, traditional methods to extract essential oils and hydrolates from plants and flowers combined with advanced bio-actives. Amly is the Old English name of their organic wildflower meadow in East Sussex; the source of the mineral-rich water found in their range of face mists. These were the first products they created and they are honestly so unbelievably beautiful. If I'm not mistaken it was a few months ago that they launched their new products, and one of them is being featured in this month's Art of Organics box.

In the November Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* are two Amly Botanicals products: City Screen Protective Face Serum and Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist. Check it out here.
November 2018 Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Amly Botanicals City Screen Protective Face Serum and Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist
November 2018 Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Amly Botanicals City Screen Protective Face Serum and Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist
 Because I have already tried Amly's face mists let me start with the Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist. This is a detoxifying face mist that combats the effects of environmental and digital pollution. Its name says it all - it is indispensable for urban commutes, air travel and when using computers and mobile devices. Amm yeah, perfect for me then! Amly is known for their long ingredient lists so let me just mention a few ingredients: Aloe Vera, Himalayan Pink Salt (detoxifies skin and purifies air), Frankincense + Marine Actives (aid concentration), Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood. I don't really remember how does the Radiance Boost Mist smell but when I spray Digital Detox on my face it reminds me of it. If I unscrew the top and smell it in the bottle I detect Ylang Ylang but I don't notice it when I mist it over my face. But it is so much more than just a "simple" Ylang Ylang-scented product. The blend of all essential oils is special and unique and I can't really describe it in all its complexity. First impressions are very good but I'm very partial to Amly's mists. They are just so beautiful! Check out Amly Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist here.

City Screen Protective Face Serum is the serum to use if you live in a city and wish to combat urban grim and pollution. Serum is packed with powerful antioxidants, collagen-boosting compounds and hydrating botanicals. The champion active ingredient is Echinacea which prolongs the youth of skin cells and heightens the skin's resilience to environmental pollution, detoxifying, balancing and strengthening as it goes. It has some of the same ingredients as the mist and since I've already mentioned Echinacea, let me share with you that its extract "boosts hyaluronic acid levels, promotes a plumped, youthful appearance and speeds skin repair after UVB damage. Research shows improvement in skin's defense after just 48 hours." That is something, isn't it?? In the serum are also Beetroot, Gotu Kola, Green Tea, Nettle, White Willow. This white-coloured serum has pretty much the same scent as the Digital Detox mist. It's lightweight and immediately sinks into the skin. I haven't used it for long but it feels very lovely on the skin and I haven't experienced any irritation or breakouts. It is suitable for all skin types, including blemish prone. You can get Amly Botanicals City Screen Protective Face Serum here.
November 2018 Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box Amly Botanicals City Screen Protective Face Serum and Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist
I was really happy to see Amly Botanicals in this Art of Organics box because it's such a gorgeous brand. I have a very soft spot for brands made in UK - there are so many good ones, Amly Botanicals included! As long as you're not allergic to flowers and essential oils, then I think you will really like this box.

The November Art of Organics box is valued at $128, get it for $41.95. Just a heads up - Art of Organics increased their box price for two dollars. As this is a subscription box you have to join for at least two months. You can subscribe here.

Get the November Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box here.

Have a lovely day!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Forest Bathing with Boxwalla & Earthwise Beauty

november 06, 2018

Hello lovelies! How you doing? I'm most excited to share with you the gorgeous December Boxwalla Beauty Box* with you! Why, you ask me? Well because it features one my absolute favourite brand, the stunning Earthwise Beauty. The love is so real! This box speaks to me in so many ways, not only with the products but also with the theme - 'Forest Bathing'. Y'all know I love walks in forests - it's one of my favourite things to do. I did mention forest bathing or 'Shinrin Yoku' before, this is the therapeutic Japanese practice of taking in the atmosphere of a living forest. There are so many benefits of this, from improving your mood, reducing stress, improving sleep to boosting immune system and reducing blood pressure. It's amazing and I highly recommend that you simply just go into a forest and enjoy your surroundings. As is written on the card that comes in this Boxwalla box, Earthwise Beauty's products feel like that, like diving into lush living forests, and that is very true. I just love that Boxwalla collaborated with Earthwise Beauty again and for those of you who missed their first colab, now is your second chance. The value of the box is incredible and you definitely won't be able to get the two EWB's products at this price any time soon.

In the December Boxwalla Beauty Box* are two full sized products from Earthwise Beauty: Resiliency Face Serum and Yasuni Face Balm. Check it out here.
December 2018 Boxwalla Beauty Box Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum & Yasuni Face Balm
December 2018 Boxwalla Beauty Box Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum & Yasuni Face Balm
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum, Yasuni Face Balm December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Resiliency Face Serum is the serum that was previously known as a Carrot-A-Day serum. I have used that one and wrote a review of it here, and I was also very kindly gifted it after EWB's rebranding. Btw I love their new packaging, it's so luxe and all grown-up. I've been using the new Resiliency serum for the last few weeks so I can thankfully give you more than just my first impression, like it's often the case with subscription beauty boxes. Resiliency is an Aloe Vera based serum that contains high amounts of Carrot Seed Essential Oil, which is rich in beta carotenes & very effective at regenerating skin tissue, with both sun damage preventing and corrective properties. In addition, this serum contains anti-inflammatory German Blue Chamomile and two types of Helichrysum. There's also Spearmint Oil, which I can detect in the scent. Serum has a thicker gel-like, jiggly texture. A fellow blogger mentioned that she thinks Carbomer helps to make it like that and we agreed that we wouldn't mind if it was without it and therefore had a more thin consistency. It beautifully sinks into the skin and gives an instant hydrated look to the skin. As I've said, I've been using it for the last few weeks, only in the morning. In the evening I'm using the product from the October Boxwalla Beauty Box*, the African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum. You can easily use Resiliency day and night, but I especially love it in the mornings because it feels so cooling. If you can, I highly recommend storing it in the fridge, not only because it will stay fresher longer but because it just feels so good when you apply it on slightly puffy skin in the morning. I love applying it all over my face and neck, around my eyes too. I found that it layers beautifully over EWB's Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist*, which is btw so nice! But for example it doesn't jive with LILFOX' Sandalo Toning Mist*. Not sure why the two don't work together but my skin always turns bright red for a few minutes after I apply them. I'm telling you this just so you're aware that it can happen and maybe you just need to change up a toner or some other product. Or simply wait a few minutes for the redness to subside. Resiliency is very interesting because it is very potent but then at the same time it also feels cooling and refreshing. But do patch test if you have sensitive skin. This face serum is suitable for all skin types, especially mature, wrinkled, acne, combination, and lacking firmness. Based on my experience after a few weeks of regular use I can describe this serum as depuffing, cooling, it helps to plump up the skin & reduce acne. Nap in the Meadow is still my fave (EWB) serum because it's more soothing and more suited for my skin but Resiliency is also very lovely and I'm so happy to have a new jar patiently waiting for me (in the fridge of course). You can get Resiliency Face Serum here.
Earthwise Beauty Yasuni Face Balm December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Yasuni Face Balm. Oh Yasuni. Think about face balms for a minute. About their textures, feel on the skin, their ingredients. Now toss these thoughts to the side and meet the most unique face balm ever! Yasuni Face Balm is indeed a balm but it is just so special and mind-blowingly amazing. I've already proclaimed my love to it on my Instagram (see here) and to say I was excited to see it in this box is a complete understatement. Yasuni is described as a "featherlight balm for sensitive skin", and was named after a rainforest in Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet that is now being threatened by oil drilling. Breaks my heart.. Yasuni balm contains responsibly sourced ingredients from the Amazon rainforest, ingredients that work similarly to a retinol on the skin, exfoliating and resurfacing it, but with none of the irritation, redness, or peeling often caused by actual retinol products. There are unrefined, cold-pressed Cupuaçu, Kokum, Bacuri and Tucuma Seed Butters. Oh you haven't heard of these butters? Don't worry, most are a mystery to me as well. After a quick google search let me mention Kokum, which is a plant in the mangosteen family and I do know Mangosteen. Kokum tree is actually also known as the wild mangosteen or red mangosteen tree. I do like mangosteen in my skincare so no wonder I like Yasuni. Kokum butter helps to minimize pores, speed healing of acne breakouts, and promote skin firmness. In this balm are also some very beautiful oils, like Acai, Cranberry, Raspberry, Green Coffee, Marula and Buriti. The ingredient list is so gorgeous! There are NO essential oils in this product (but the product does have an earthy scent) and that was Ava's intentional decision so that Yasuni can be used by everyone, even those with sensitive skin. It is also an ideal balm for healing acne and reducing blackheads and oil production. You know what I love about this balm? That it doesn't contain any waxes, so no beeswax or candelilla. Just butters and oils. Yasuni has this hard, solid texture that is unlike to any other balm I've tried before. It's completely solidified and to get it out I need to scrape it with the back of my nail (but I recommend you use a spatula). Well the consistency can differ slightly on the room temperature but it's definitely not soft, buttery and fluffy like some balms are. I warm the balm between my fingers and apply to my skin. The balm is very lightweight and the word featherlight perfectly describes it. You really can't feel it on your skin! It doesn't absorb quickly into the skin, especially if you use a lot so the skin is glowy but the balm truly doesn't feel heavy or that it's just sitting on your skin. Do you believe me when I say it's so bloody beautiful?! I have been using Yasuni on and off for a few weeks but I'm committed to use it every single night for the upcoming weeks so I will update you on how it goes (probably on Instagram) but thus far I can say that it helps to even out my tone, my skin is less red and it also helps to reduce blackheads. It's moisturizing but I can see it not being enough if you have dry skin. I would recommend using a hydrating serum and an oil under it. I do love to use a drop of Fleurs d'Afrique by African Botanics (review here) from the August Boxwalla Beauty Box* and Yasuni on top - it's a dreamy combination! And yes, Resurrection Recovery Cell Serum also layers really well with this balm. You can get Yasuni Face Balm here.
 Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum, Yasuni Face Balm December Boxwalla Beauty Box
December 2018 Boxwalla Beauty Box Earthwise Beauty Resiliency Face Serum & Yasuni Face Balm
I'm not sure how long will this box be available (until the end of November I think) but better order it sooner rather than later. You can subscribe to get the December Boxwalla Beauty Box here. Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription service but you can cancel your subscription at any time, and you don't need to commit to more boxes than just one. So if you join Boxwalla to receive this box you can either leave your subscription (it's auto-renewal) to receive the next, February box or you can cancel it.

This box is valued at $174 and you can get it for $49.95. Such an amazing deal!

Get the December Boxwalla Box feat. Earthwise Beauty here.

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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November Beauty Discovery: 100% Organic with Inlight Beauty

november 01, 2018

New month, new beauty boxes. I want to introduce you to the November Beauty Discovery* by Beauty Heroes with a UK brand Inlight Beauty. Founded by Dr. Mariano Spiezia and his wife Loredana, Inlight Beauty is rooted in knowledge, guided by alchemy and inspired by nature. Dr. Spiezia is a doctor of medicine trained in herbalism, homeopathy and clinical phytotherapy and has spent more than 30 years of his career experimenting with a myriad of plant combinations that reveal our skin's innate healing capabilities and optimal vitality. Inlight is a brand with 100% organic formulations (which means that every single ingredient is certified organic) and Inlight was actually the first product line to become 100% Cosmos certified by the Soil Association. It is cruelty free (like everything I share on my blog) but it's not vegan due to Beeswax. Inlight was a brand that I first discovered absolute ages ago, like ten years ago but I have never tried their products until now. This line was stocked in a natural shop OrCa and it was still in their old, blue packaging but at that time their products were too expensive for me and because of that I kinda forgot about them for a little while. I always loved the sound of their products so you better believe when I say that I was very excited to learn Inlight's products were going to be featured in a Beauty Heroes box.

November Beauty Discovery* by Beauty Heroes features two full sized products from Inlight Beauty: Line Softener Intensive and Super-Food Mask. Check out this discovery here.
 Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes November 2018 Inlight Beauty Line Softener Intensive and Super-Food Mask
Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes November 2018 Inlight Beauty Line Softener Intensive and Super-Food Mask
Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes November 2018 Inlight Beauty Line Softener Intensive consistency
Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes November 2018 Inlight Beauty Line Softener Intensive consistency
 As usual, let's start my introduction to this discovery with the November's Hero product, the Line Softener Intensive. This product is described as a "sumptuous anti-ageing balm to stimulate collagen production and soften facial lines." It contains oils of Jojoba, Macadamia, Olive, Argan, Evening Primrose, Coconut. There is Beeswax, Carrot Root, Calendula, Horsetail and more. The heart of all Inlight products is their signature and patented Bio-lipophilic Matrix®, an empowered blend of botanical oils fusing ancient alchemy and modern science, enhancing the vitality of every ingredient. It has a delicate floral scent of Geranium and Patchouli, a beautiful scent which I enjoy very much. Line Softener has that soft and buttery smooth consistency that many facial balms have. It's so yummy. It instantly! transforms into an oil and creates a truly beautiful experience on the skin. Balms are typically used as the last step in the skincare routine since they are the heaviest (you should apply your products from lightest like toners and water based serums to heaviest like oils and balms, to seal everything in). I have used it all over my face but this balm is designed to use it more as a spot treatment around your eyes and neck to improve elasticity and decrease the surface, length and depth of fine lines and wrinkles. This year I've noticed a more visible difference in my skin in terms of fine lines (I guess this is what 30s are all about) so I'm applying this balm on my forehead, between my brows, around my eyes and on my neck. Line Softener is clinically tested to soften and reduce the appearance of fine lines but it takes a few weeks of daily use for the results to show. We will see how it goes. If nothing else the balm softens and nourishes my skin and I really adore the complete organic ingredient list. You can't go better than this. I didn't notice any clogged pores (because of the Coconut Oil and Shea Butter which can sometimes clog my pores) but if you're very prone to congestion with either of these ingredients then know you've been warned. But then also know that it's recommend to use mainly around the eyes and neck and don't forget that a little goes a very long way with balms. Mature and dry skin will absolutely love this balm and my combination skin is also very pleased with it! Line Softener Intensive is a gorgeous product and I completely understand why Jeannie & the Beauty Heroes team decided on featuring it as the November Hero product. You can get the Line Softener Intensive here.
Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes November 2018 Inlight Beauty Super-Food Mask consistency
Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes November 2018 Inlight Beauty Super-Food Mask consistency
The Sidekick product is Inlight's Super-Food Mask, "a naturally exfoliating, chlorophyll-rich mask to rejuvenate skin of all ages." This mask is suitable for all skin types - it is ideal for skin in need of a radiant lift and a little extra love. This refreshing and nourishing botanical mask has a unique consistency for a mask - it is very balmy + it contains a minimal amout of grainy particles (which very gently exfoliate the skin). It is formulated with potent plant concentrates, including oils of Sesame, Coconut (minimal amount), Jojoba. Like Line Softener it also contains Beeswax, but also Potato & Corn Starches, Barley, Baobab, Spirulina. The mask has a rather strong scent of Frankincense, and rich, dark green colour courtesy of Spirulina Extract. Ingredients rich in chlorophyll, like Barley and Spirulina, promote healthy cell turnover and collagen production while protecting the skin against environmental stressors. I used this mask a couple of times so I haven't made up my mind about it completely but thus far I believe it is what it promises to be: nourishing, gently exfoliating, glow inducing. With regular use (once or twice a week) it should improve firmness and hydration. Based on my initial impression and the fact that it contains an array of ingredients packed with antioxidants and vitamins & is also so nourshing, I think that sounds very plausible. I have to mention that because this mask has a consistency of a balm, you won't be able to rinse it off with water. I remove it with a warm washcloth - the mask can stain it so don't use your favourite washcloth. Oh and I leave the mask on for either 15 to 30 minutes. Since it doesn't contain any clays and becuase it doesn't dry up on the skin, I feel you can easily leave in on your skin for longer. You can get Inlight's Super-Food Mask here.

Speaking of masks, I also have their Chocolate Mask*, which I have yet to try out but know that the scent of this mask is AMAZING! It has an irresistible chocolate and orange fragrance and I just want to eat it!! Check out their Chocolate Mask here.
Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes November 2018 Inlight Beauty
Before I finish this post let me mention another Inligh product, their Face Cleanser* (see my Instagram post here). It. Is. So. Beautiful. It's like buttah! It removes my makeup, it feels so dreamy and soft, it has a delicate foresty scent of Cypress and I just adore it. You can get Inlight's Face Cleanser here.

So, what do you think about this Beauty Discovery? Are you a fan of Inlight products? I'm very impressed with them, with their performance, textures, scents and the packaging is also very beautiful and luxurious. There is so much thought put into their formulation but also their packaging. Personally I adore all the details and if you look closely, each Inlight product has a unique symbol - each product is represented by an alchemic symbol. As is well known, all matter is surrounded by its own vibrational energy, so every Inlight alchemic symbol is the visual expression of the product’s unique, vibrational “dance”. Even though in my mind I don't care for their paper boxes (packaging waste is always on my mind), my heart loves the story behind their creations. They have worked closely with a local, Cornish artist (I wish they would mention their name) to develop a stunning watercolour that represents the light and beauty within Inlight. Inlight’s core blue/grey watercolour is the colour of abundance, wisdom and confidence, it’s the colour of the sky and the sea. The colour pink in their Face Collection is associated with giving and receiving care, compassion and love. They have chosen to overlay pink and yellow (Body Collection) on the darker blue colour to remind ourselves that there is always a brighter and lighter alternative in every one of life’s choices.

 Can you tell I like Inlight Beauty?

You can get the November Beauty Discovery featuring the two Inlight Beauty products here. The box is valued at $187, get it for $42.95. More information here.

Wishing you a beautiful November!

With so much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

LulaLula has some nice makeup bits

oktober 26, 2018

It's not the first time I want to talk about a few makeup products that are available on LoveLula. I'm not as good at showing you each and every makeup product I love so I decided to do very short reviews in one post. I used 8 products and I created pretty much my everyday makeup look. I don't do a whole lot but I do even out my skin tone a little bit, accentuate my eyes with some mascara, do my brows and of course add some colour to my cheeks and overall face. Love Lula Makeup Natural and organic, carmine free, vegan. Ere Perez, RMS Beauty, Inika, PHB. Selfie
Love Lula Makeup Natural and organic, carmine free, vegan. Ere Perez, RMS Beauty, Inika, PHB. Selfie
Love Lula Makeup Natural and organic, carmine free, vegan. Ere Perez, RMS Beauty, Inika, PHB
 Here I used the Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation* in the lightest shade Haze. I have a slight love/it's fine relationship with this foundation. At the beginning I didn't like it at all because it didn't really show up on my skin so I just stopped using it. I have seen some great reviews so I decided to give it another go. I think the key to this foundation is to shake it really well before using it. It feels like the natural separation can occur and the pigment can stay at the bottom so make sure to shake the bottle well. My preferred way of using it is to apply it with my fingers. It dries up very quickly so I make sure to apply it on my cheeks first, blend it all in and then add another drop and blend it on my forehead. I gently massage it around and end it up with lots of tapping movements. It has a light coverage so I usually go in with a second layer, but usually only on my cheeks. It can cling to dry patches and it's also not that long lasting but since it has a light coverage that sometimes even isn't that noticeable. You can check it out here but maybe rather go for their other foundation, the Oatmilk Foundation. I haven't tried it but I have read it's lovely. Get it here.

Next I used "Un" Cover-Up* concealer by RMS Beauty in the shade 11. I applied it under my eyes and wherever I felt like my skin needed it, mainly where I had some post-acne red scars. I've been using and loving this concealer for a long while and I will definitely repurchase it. You can get it here.

On my brows I used PHB Ethical Pressed Mineral Brow Powder* in the shade Ash Blonde. This beauty comes in a paper packaging so it's very eco-friendly. I used to use it a lot and I really like the shade of it. To be completely honest with you I haven't used it in a long while cause I'm so infatuated with a different kind of eyebrow product, with a pomade from Plume. But if you like powder brow products then you can get it here.

My current favourite mascara is Inika's Long Lash Mascara*. I'm on my second tube and I absolutely love it! It's really amazing and I highly recommend it. I have light, short(er) lashes and this mascara really gives me great lashes + it's also long lasting. Well okay sometimes it smudges but only just a little bit. Love it! Get it here.

For my face I used three products and I'm all over the place with them, meaning that I change the order of application very often and it really depends on how I feel. I prefer to use bronzer first, but since it's powder the logical next step would be cream blush. Well this time I used the "Un" Powder* by RMS Beauty first and I applied it everywhere but my cheeks. I love this powder! It makes my skin matte and it lasts really long. You can get it here.

I warmed up my face with my beloved Ere Perez Rice Powder Bronzer* in the shade Tulum. You can read all about it here, I still very much enjoy this product. Get it here.

Last but most certainly not least are two Carrot Colour Pots* by Ere Perez. On my cheeks I used Harmony, which is my absolute favourite and I can't stop wearing it! And on my lips I used Happy. I've reviewed these products already so you can go ahead and read more about them here. You can get them here.

I forgot to include it in the picture, but I always use a mist when I apply my makeup. For this I love using Alteya Organics 100% Bulgarian Rose Water*. You can get it here.
Love Lula Makeup Natural and organic, carmine free, vegan. Ere Perez, RMS Beauty, Inika, PHB. Selfie
I hope you liked this short and quick post.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Live Botanical Luna Rose + Honey Glowing Mask

oktober 24, 2018

I have a new honey based mask to share with you and if you know me just a little bit then you will know that I love me some honey. Pure, raw & organic honey is both anti-bacterial and hydrating, and just oh so softening and very healing. Perfect for all skin types. Honey can be used as a cleanser (second evening or better yet as a morning cleanser) or as a mask, and you can leave it on for a few minutes or an hour. I wrote reviews for many honey based masks through the years of blogging but I have found yet another gem that I have to share with you. Luna Glowing Mask* is from this absolutely beautiful (and affordable) American brand Live Botanical. So far I’ve tried three products from them and I truly love them all. The last Live Botanical product I mentioned is their Luna Renewing Concentrate* (review here) and my first product from them was the Aer Hyaluronic Acid Serm* (review here). All these amazing products were created by Live Botanical’s founder, Carolyn McRory, who studied herbalism. Live Botanical is a relatively new brand, it launched in 2016. Their formulas are rooted in creating balance and harmony, to enhance what makes you uniquely beautiful. Products are beautiful on the inside and also on the outside. Their design really speaks to me.
Live Botanical Luna Rose + Honey Glowing Mask
Live Botanical Luna Rose + Honey Glowing Mask
Live Botanical Luna Rose + Honey Glowing Mask consistency
Ok so on today’s agenda is Live Botanical’s Luna Glowing Mask Rose + Honey*, which was inspired by ancient beauty traditions of honey infusions and powdered herb massage. Described as a deeply hydrating and repairing cleansing mask made with whole herbs, botanical extracts and fruit enzymes blended with raw honey. The ingredient list is not complicated and is actually just right. Besides Raw Honey, this mask contains Glycerin, Papaya (contains fruit enzymes), Rosehip, Chia Seed Oil, Chamomile. There are also whole organic flowers of Rose, Calendula and Dandelion Root, that help tone and lessen scarring with astringent properties. Local herbs are freshly dried in-house to maintain potent plant compounds. They are powdered right before being added into the honey mixture. It’s honestly so beautiful. The scent is very yummy and I can either smell just honey or rose honey. It has the typical honey-based product consistency and is quite runny. It’s very soft actually, the herbs all have soft edges so there’s no abrasive particles. Very enjoyable to use.

Luna Glowing Mask helps to refine the skin while providing essential moisture leaving you with a bright and glowing complexion. It can be used as a mask (2 - 3 times a week) or as a daily (morning) cleanser. I have only been using it as a mask and if you follow the instructions it should be left on your skin for 15 - 30 minutes, but I’m a daredevil and I usually leave it on for longer (for like an hour). I recommend misting your face prior to applying the mask (or just use some water) so it applies easier. This mask is very gentle and because it only contains grounded herbs it really doesn’t feel harsh on the skin. It’s mildly exfoliating - honey is a natural exfoliant and the added papaya enzymes additionally exfoliate the skin. When I first used it, my skin felt terribly smooth and soft, which really pleasantly surprised me. Not only it is smoothing and softening, but it’s also hydrating and calming. I really do love it. 
Live Botanical Luna Rose + Honey Glowing Mask consistency
I was gifted this beautiful jar from a Belgium online shop Eminessences and if you live in Europe you can also get Live Botanical's products there. Get the Luna Glowing Mask here.

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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