5 Beautiful & Effective Powder Masks

avgust 17, 2018

About a week ago I did a poll on my Instagram stories asking you & my lovely IG followers, if they you use powder masks. Almost 90% of you said yes, which was both surprising and very exciting because firstly, I didn't expect you to love powder masks so much (some say it's too much work) and secondly, I'm going to host a contest with a brand that is very close to my heart and it's all going to be about their powder masks. I love masking and there is just something about powder masks that make the whole routine just that more special. It's an act of self-care and self-love and I'm pretty sure we all need more of that in our lives. Before I share with you 5 gorgeous and unique powder masks I just want to say that I pretty much always mix them with water & raw honey. Sometimes I also add a bit of an oil serum. I love adding honey because that way the mask doesn't dry too quickly and because honey is just amazing - antibacterial, hydrating and softening.
Leahlani Kokoleka, Wild Beauty Apothecay Harmony Rescue, Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate, H is for Love Propolis, Earthwise Beauty Sungod. Powder Face Mask. Vegan, Natural, Organic.
Leahlani Kokoleka, Wild Beauty Apothecay Harmony Rescue, Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate, H is for Love Propolis, Earthwise Beauty Sungod. Powder Face Mask. Vegan, Natural, Organic.
Leahlani Kokoleka, Wild Beauty Apothecay Harmony Rescue, Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate, H is for Love Propolis, Earthwise Beauty Sungod. Powder Face Mask. Vegan, Natural, Organic.
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask. Brightening, strenghtening
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask. Brightening, strenghtening
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask* is described as "a reparative mask for all skin types". The mask was created for those of us who "always crave sun rays, who worship the sun's power, and who, during dark winter months, dream about sun-washed beaches and cliffs". Me, me, me! I'm screaming over here that that's SO me! This mask was made for me. Have you ever read EWB's description of their products? I adore their stories behind the products and all the details about them. Sungod may be for times when we crave sun but I actually love using it in the warmer months. Why? Because it contains ingredients that are skin brightening and they simply make the skin more healthy and radiant. There's Wildflower Pollen, Calendula, Comfrey, Turmeric, Maitake & Shitake Mushrooms. I love the addition of mushrooms, I find that very unique. I find this mask to be very potent so sometimes some redness can occur, but know that it doesn't contain no essential oils so it's not irritating. It's like they say, Sungod is "designed to gradually yet significantly improve the skin over time". It's not a one-time miracle but when used regularly this mask really comes through and makes the skin thicker and overall improved. It's healing and nurturing. Gorgeous after-sun skin treat but also a mask that is so lovely to use all year round.

I have a standing code for you - use "Loveliness" at the checkout and you will get 15% off your Earthwise Beauty order. Get Sungod Face Mask here. In Europe available at Reina Organics and Eminessences.
H is for Love Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, detoxifying, brightening, reviving
H is for Love Propolis Regenerative Face Mask. Purifying, detoxifying, brightening, reviving
H is for Love Propolis Regenerative Face Mask* is described as "an absolute miracle; full of rare and precious ingredients that stimulate cell renewal and rid the skin of impurities, leaving your face smooth and radiant". And you know what? I agree with it being an absolute miracle. This mask is just so good! It's everything and more: purifying, stimulating, regenerating, brightening. It evens out my skin tone and it really is the mask to have in your beauty cupboard. Forget about the name Propolis, this mask is vegan and doesn't contain any Propolis. But there are other stunning ingredients in this beauty: Clays (French Green and Kaolin), Camu Camu, White Turmeric, Raw Cacao, Clove and a few more. Like Sungod, Propolis is also very potent so for me mixing it with some raw honey and oil is a must. Sometimes I experience some tingling sensation with this one, but nothing too crazy, you just know it's working. I have a full review of this beauty on my blog (see here) and if you read some other rave reviews know that everything is true. It is that good.

You can get Propolis Regenerative Face Mask here. In Europe available at So Natural Beauty.
Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask. Love Lula. Brightening, softening.Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask. Love Lula. Brightening, softening.
Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask* is a mask that will "soothe, restore moisture, and nurture even the most sensitive skin to greater resiliency". This mask is brightening, softening and moisturizing. It has a very minimal ingredient list but all three ingredients pack a punch and are there for a reason. There is Coconut, which is moisturizing, nourishing and softening, Sandalwood, which is balancing, healing and "provides relief to all skin irritations from acne to sunburn", and Turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and it also works wonders at reducing hyperpigmentation and redness. Gorgeous trio of ingredients, am I right?! A word of caution with this one: because of the Turmeric it can slightly tint the skin yellow so I recommend mixing it with honey and using it in the evening, rather than in the mornings.

You can get the Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask here.
Leahlani Skincare Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Facial Mask. Detoxifying, rich in antioxidants
Leahlani Skincare Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Facial Mask. Detoxifying, rich in antioxidants
Leahlani Skincare Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Facial Mask* is a "luxuriously detoxifying super-food ‘dessert mask’". We are all always talking about Leahlani's Mermaid Mask but you guys, we mustn't forget about the gorgeous Kokoleka! This mask is detoxifying & gently purifying, softening, reviving, rich in antioxidants. Kokoleka definitely needs to get more attention (from as well!) because it's so beautiful. It contains an array of stunning ingredients like Cacao, a few different Clays, Coconut Milk, Acai, Molokai Black Sea Salt, Activated Charcoal. It's as they say "delicious and nutrient-dense indulgence that your skin has ever experienced". And we also mustn't forget about the gorgeous scent of chocolate and orange, so yummy!

Get Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Face Mask here. In Europe available in a few different online shops, like Reina Organics, So Natural Beauty and Eminessences.
Wild Beauty Apothecary Harmony Rescue Mask. Gentle, detoxifying.
Wild Beauty Apothecary Harmony Rescue Mask. Gentle, detoxifying.
 Wild Beauty Apothecary Harmony Rescue Mask* is a "superpowered yet gentle treatment, that helps to detoxify and remineralise the skin". This mask is detoxifying, gentle, balancing and also slightly brightening. This beautiful mask contains Green and White Clays, Matcha, White Willow, Camu Camu, and a few more. I'm really impressed with Wild Beauty Apothecary's products and everything about them is just so lovely. The mask comes in glass packaging and in the paper box, which is actually made from 100% cotton, a byproduct from the fashion industry (which you can recycle as paper). Suitable for most skin types with a particular love for the imbalanced, oily, combination and spot-prone.

Get Harmony Rescue Mask here (they also have samples).
Leahlani Kokoleka, Wild Beauty Apothecay Harmony Rescue, Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate, H is for Love Propolis, Earthwise Beauty Sungod. Powder Face Mask. Vegan, Natural, Organic.
Now tell me, are you excited about powder masks? Or just masks in general?

Wishing you a beautiful Friday!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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SULTRY with Prim Botanicals

avgust 12, 2018

Prim Botanicals is a beautiful brand (quite literally!) raised in Philippines and based in New York, founded by Stefanie Walmsley. The brand is known for their fun, fresh vibe and plush, tropical ingredients and packaging. They are crafted in small batches which is always the way to go, so they are as fresh as possible. Also don't you just love their packaging and design?? Prim Botanicals is the brand that is featured in the August Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box*. I've said it before that August has been such a wonderful month for beauty boxes and Art of Organics is no exception.

In the August Art of Organics box you will find two products from Prim Botanicals: The Body Oil and The Hair Oil. Check it out here.
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals The Body Oil and The Hair Oil
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals vegan
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals The Body Oil
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals The Body Oil
 The Body Oil Tone and Glow (review) is from Prim's Botanicals Core Collection and is packed with nutrient-dense oils like Hazelnut, Camellia, Sweet Almond, and oils from Amazon like Andiroba and Pracaxi. The oils is very lightweight and you could say it's a dry oil. I love that it doesn't leave a greasy or oily residue but you still get all the goodness that body oils give - soft, smooth and nourished skin. It's a beaut and I can even use it in this hot weather. I am using it very sparingly though because I'm sweating and I'm sticky as it is haha. Prim Botanicals products have strong scents and more times than not I prefer milder scents. That being said this body oil has a very lovely scent of Jasmine, Rose, Bergamot and Black Pepper. Floral, sweet, strong, sultry, tropical. It's a unique scent and I'm not the only person who is using this body oil as a perfume. It's so nice! You know what? I think I have to go to another beach vacation this summer because this body oil would be a perfect after-beach, after-sun evening body oil/perfume. And the packaging? Oh I love it and I'm so pleased Art of Organics chose Prim Botanicals' print for their box sleeves. Check out The Body Oil here.
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals The Hair Oil
The Hair Oil (review) has the same beautiful packaging (with a pump), beautiful ingredient list and a unique scent. This beautiful creation for silky and soft hair contains Coconut Oil, Camellia, Argan, Moringa, Marula. So much goodness! This hair oil is very moisturizing and I love how it makes my hair feel. And look. Hair are definitely softer, smoother and shinier. You can use it in a few different ways and my favourite is definitely to use it as an overnight hair treatment. I concentrate the oil on the ends of my hair but I also use it everywhere else, even on my scalp. Because you know what? Healthy scalp is happy scalp and that means healthy hair. If you don't use hair oils (and I don't mean "hair oils" that contain one plant oil and the rest are silicons and stuff like that) you should definitely start using them because they really make a difference in the texture and the look of the hair. I haven't been using hair oils as religiously as I had when I was dying my hair blonde. I heard that you either can have long or blond hair and I was like naah, I will have both so I started using hair oils all the time and my hair were indeed long and blond, and also healthy. When I stopped dying them I didn't feel the need to really use hair oils that much because virgin hair are in fact so much healthier and softer. But even then a good hair oil makes such a difference.

The Hair Oil rinses off completely with my shampoo & conditioner solid bar from Natural Wisdom Spa (check it out here) and leaves my hair soft and shiny. I also love to use it as a final grooming step and apply just a tiny little amout of oil on dry hair to add shine and a bit of moisture. Oh and the scent? It's very warm, musky, spicy, kinda sexy and yes, also sultry (the theme of this box is so perfect!). It contains essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Bitter Orange and Vanilla but I also think that Tamanu and Black Cumin Seed Oil make the scent what it is. I prefer the scent of The Body Oil but I do find this one quite comforting and I like smelling it on my hair. Check out The Hair Oil here.
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals The Body Oil and The Hair Oil
Art of Organics August SULTRY Clean Beauty Box Prim Botanicals The Body Oil and The Hair Oil
Both Prim Botanicals products are gorgeous and if you are in need of some skin and hair nourishment then these are definitely the one for you. Or if you enjoy lovely, strong, unique scents, tropical ingredients and beautiful packaging. I'm pretty sure you would love them both. As I said, these two Prim Botanicals products are available in the August Art of Organics box. If you would like to get the box you have to subscribe to Art of Organics, two months minimum. See their subscription model here.

Get the August Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box feat. Prim Botanicals here.

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Mono Naturoils Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil

avgust 09, 2018

Last cleanser in my "let's review three cleanser in a row" is from a UK brand Mono Naturoils. I'm so in love with this brand and everything they stand for. I wish all brands were like Mono Naturoils, they really stand for so many amazing thing (read here) and they truly align with my philosophy. The brand was founded by a super friendly and warm Tracy & her husband Kevin. I find the most joy when I support small, family businesses. They use ingredients for their therapeutic properties, and working in synergy, these potent, nutrient-rich botanicals and raw ingredients deliver both noticeable results and a truly sensorial and pleasurable experience, helping you to create your own unique self-care rituals every day.

They source their ingredients from around the world with respect for our natural environment and its resources, from only the most trusted sources who share their ethics and values. They are 100% vegan and cruelty free, without any affiliation to brands or companies that engage in animal testing or buying ingredients from companies that do. Their products are handcrafted and made in small batches for optimum freshness and effectiveness. Mono Naturoils products are infused with crystals (yes!) and they only use packaging that is recyclable and often reusable. LOVE. They want their products to not only be skin and animal friendly, but also as earth friendly as possible. Read more about their philosophy on packaging here. Mono Naturoils products are also very unisex and they also give back, donating a portion of sales to projects and causes they feel passionate about. I mean what is not to love about Mono Naturoils?? And I didn't even mention their stunning packaging and beautiful formulations.
Mono Naturoils Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil. Ethical, vegan, organic, natural, infused with crystals, clear quartz
Mono Naturoils Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil. Ethical, vegan, organic, natural, infused with crystals, clear quartz
I mentioned Mono Naturoils a few times before on this blog of mine but this is the first time that I'm dedicating one of their products a standalone post and a full on review. Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil* is a cleanser that I've enjoyed ever since I received it and lately I've really been gravitating towards it. This cleansing oil contains less than 10 botanical oils, like Rice Bran Oil, which is rich in omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and is traditionally used in Japan to cleanse skin, Rose Blossom in Sweet Almond Oil and Pumpkin Seed Oil, which I really love to eat (rich in omega 6). There's also Perilla Seed Oil which boasts one of the highest amounts of Omega 3 in any plant oil, Papaya and Castor Seed Oils. Of course there's also Cucumber Seed Oil, which is soothing, refreshing and anti-inflammatory. The cleansing oil has this beautiful refreshing and clean scent of Cucumber with a hint of Roses. It's such a lovely and soothing scent, perfect after a stressful or relaxing day.
Mono Naturoils Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil colour
This oil is very lightweight and gentle but also effective. I love that it doesn't contain any essential oils so it doesn't irritate my eyes and I can easily use it to gently remove my mascara and other eye makeup. I apply it on dry skin, on top of my makeup and gently massage it all over my face. Since it contains only oils it has to be removed with washcloth which is in fact my prefered way of removing makeup and washing my face in the evenings. I place the warm washcloth on my face, wait for a few seconds for steam to do its thing and then gently rub the oil, makeup and dirt off my face. I then rinse the cloth and repeat with a clean side. I love that it contains Castor Oil so I really get that deep cleanse and the cleansing oil does nicely remove my makeup but sometimes it doesn't completly remove my mascara (which is very normal for me and cleansing oils) so I go in with another cleanser. Especially in the summer I really make sure to properly cleanse my skin in the evening and that's why I use two cleansers. I'm more sparingly in the mornings and sometimes only splash my face with water.

What I love about this oil is that it's so soothing and calming, both to my skin and to my senses, it's balancing and it also doesn't strip my skin. It's lightweight and doesn't leave a greasy residue but a fresh and clean skin. It's a beaut.
Mono Naturoils Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil. Ethical, vegan, organic, natural, infused with crystals, clear quartz
Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil is suitable for all skin types, even for sensitive skin because it doesn't contain any essential oils. The oil is infused and amplified with the high vibrational energy of Clear Quartz. This crystal is known as a "master healer" and draws off negative energy. I find it so beautiful and I just love it. The other crystal I used as a prop on the photos is the well known and loved Amethyst.

Another thing to mention with this cleansing oil is that it has won Bronze in The Green Parent Magazine Natural Beauty Awards 2018 Best Cleanser category. Well done! Mono Naturoils is such a beautiful brand and if you follow them on Instagram (you can do so here) you will be be able to see that they are coming up with some very exciting launches. I'm most looking forward to try their Superfood Blends (see here).

You can get Mono Naturoils Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil here.

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil

avgust 06, 2018

It's about time to properly review the amazing Pamplemousse from Leahlani, wouldn't you agree? This is the newest product created by Leah but it's been a few months since its launch so I'm sure you all have seen it by now. I also wrote about it two times before, both times in "current faves": see here and here. I think I should stop calling it my current fave and just say that it's one of my favourite oil cleansers. I don't throw around the word "fave" lightly and so far I have only named one product my fave and that is my beloved Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector* from Earthwise Beauty (review here). But Pamplemousse is definitely one of the top cleansers I have tried and that also says a lot.
Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil
Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil. Hawaiian skincare, natural, organic, vegan
Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil. Vegan, natural, organic
Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil* ticks all the boxes for me. It has a lovely ingredient list, gorgeous scent, it truly beautifully removes makeup and leaves skin slightly hydrated and not dry, plus it rinses clean with water. First I want to say that I still have my first impression of it in my highlight stories on Instagram (under "pamplemousse"). My cousin's two year old boy loves to watch my stories where I talk and just the other day we were actually watching them together. A bit cringy for me but they boy loves them. And you should hear him saying the word pamplemousse, it's the cutest thing ever!! Another quick story to share is when he opened up my Fitglow mascara and combed his blond hair with it haha. So I used some Pamplemousse and clean it all out. But enough about that, I'm pretty sure this is only interesting and cute to me.

Pamplemousse (grapefruit in French) contains Macadamia Seed Oil, which is a lightweight and silken smooth oil, and a close match to our own naturally occuring sebum, Sunflower Seed Oil, Pink Grapefruit Peel Oil, which helps to purify, brighten and revitalize the skin. There is Acai Oil, with its impressive amount of antioxidants and strong anti-inflammatory properties, Hibiscus, also known as the "Botox plant", because of its firming and lifting abilities and it also contains natural AHA, and there are also Pineapple & Papaya Enzymes, which help to reduce inflammation on the skin, firm and improve the skins texture. There is also di-ppg-2 myreth-10 adipate, an emulsifier that I've talked about before (see here). At the moment I'm fine with using products that contain this ingredient. The scent of Pamplemousse is divine and just oh so good. I mean Leahlani products ALWAYS smell gorgeous! The cleansing oil smells of Grapefruit and Vanilla, it's warm, inviting, also a bit citrusy. I'm in love.

Pamplemousse has this beautiful rich, orange colour and is packaged in a beautiful frosted glass bottle (+ a paper box). If you follow me on Instagram, then you might see that Leahlani just went through a little rebranding and their packaging now looks even better and more beautiful than it was before (see the photo bellow). Just look at all them colours! I really do love the way it looks now, so stunning. 

Pamplemousse is used as every other cleansing oil but it definitely doesn't feel like your typical cleansing oil. It feels velvety, lush and the scent just makes it even that much more pleasant and amazing. About three pumps make the trick for me when it comes to removing my makeup in the evening. It dissolves everything, from my concealer, blush and even mascara. There's no need for tugging the skin, just massage the oil gently onto the skin and it will lift everything, including SPF. After I massage my face for a bit, I love to add some water to my face and the oil turns from clear oil to this whiteish "creamy" cleanser. And then I just rinse it off with water. It's that simple! No need to use a washcloth, just splash your face with water and you're done. Whenever I wear makeup I always like to use another cleanser (like for example the Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser* - review here, or Ayuna Nourishing Artisan Soap* - review here) but in all honesty, you don't even need a second cleanse. The cleanser leaves my skin properly cleansed, fresh and also slightly hydrated (less than the Marshmallow Face Cleanser though - saying this only because I described it in the same way). Leahlani Skincare Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil. Natural, organic, vegan
Leahlani Skincare NEW look, summer 2018
This last photo is from Leahlani's website.

Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil is just another absolutely beautiful product created by the sweet Leah. Forever in love with Leahlani products. You can get Pamplemousse straight from Hawaii, already in their NEW packaging! - click here to shop. 

In Europe you can get it at a few online shops, like Reina Organics, Eminessences and So Natural Beauty.

Seriously recommend you to try this or any other Leahlani product, you will fall in love immediately. Shop here.

Have a great week!

with love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser

avgust 03, 2018

I have a few cleansers that I would like to review for you and at the moment it seems like that two upcoming posts will also be dedicated to them. So I hope you like washing your face or are in need of a new cleanser. First I want to talk about a cleanser that I've been really enjoying as a morning cleanser, and the other two I'm going to mention in upcoming posts are both oil cleanser, for removing makeup. Now let's have a chat about Earthwise Beauty and their Marshmallow Face Cleanser*.

 As you might know already, Earthwise Beauty went through a complete rebranding. They recently revealed their brand new packaging (see my post about it here) and since I got their products in the new packaing (see here), I love their new logo and miron violet glass packaging even more. It looks really grown up, so beautiful and chic. I love the new look and I think they did a very good job with it. They also retired some of their products (for example their Blackstrap Molasses and Frightening Green masks which I loved both so much!) but they also came up with some new product names and new products. They didn't make a big deal of their brand new launches so I will have to make a bit of a buzz when I review them. I've been really into their new Thelma Lip Treatment*, a nourishing and more of a matte lip balm which has been working really well as an overnight lip treatment. The other product is Yasuni Face Balm* which I'm kinda saving for autumn and winter. It doesn't contain any essential oils and was especially created for sensitive, oily, combination skin. I adore their Tigress Face Balm* (read my review here) and I'm sure I will love Yasuni as well. Will keep you posted.
Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser Mildly-foaming, Concentrated, Sensitive Skin
Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser Mildly-foaming, Concentrated, Sensitive Skin. Texture
Ok so the Marshmallow Face Cleanser is not a new EWB product but it did have a little re-formulation. I don't have the old bottle of it, only used a sample of that one actually, but as far as I know, the scent is not as strong as it was before. After trying that sample and smelling the product I wasn't really that interested in getting a full bottle of it. The scent really wasn't my fave. But with this new, reformulated bottle, I really don't mind the scent. It is lighter and softer, and not as overpowering as I feel it was before so it doesn't bother me at all. I love a beautiful scent as much as the next person but if a product works and is effective, then I really do get used to a scent quickly, even if I don't like it in the beginning. Anyway, the cleanser does contain a few nicely smelling oils like Chamomile, Blue Tansy, Lemon Balm, Violet Leaf but it smells more like Marshmallow. I think. Or is it the Galbanum oil? I'm not familiar with this "aromatic gum resin". As the EWB founder Ava said under Arjun's photo: "the scent was adjusted a little to make it greener. I added violet leaf and my beloved galbanum. Also the pumpkin oil adds a little to the scent, it is much more fragrant than the previously used apricot kernel oil, with nutty, spicy, and sweet notes." All that being said, I don't even notice the scent anymore because it really isn't strong and also the scent to me isn't the most important thing when it comes to skincare.

Marshmallow Face Cleanser (previously known as Marshmallow Suds Face Cleanser) is described as a "soothing unisex cleanser" and I couldn't agree with more. There are some gorgeous ingredients in this cleanser, like it's always the case with Earthwise Beauty products. There's a herbal infusion of Marshmallow Root, Calendula Flowers and Chamomile Buds, Coconut, Pumpkin Seed, Jojoba and Hemp Seed Oils. There's also Aloe Vera and Glycerin. I've mentioned Blue Tansy and German Blue Chamomile before and these two are super anti-inflammatory, calming, soothing, repairing. The cleanser is all that for sure. Even though they say it "will remove light to moderate makeup" I really haven't been using as my first evening cleanser. I always use an oil or balm cleanser to remove my makeup and then I often use it as a second cleanser. Sometimes I end up with a little mascara left after my first cleanse and this one beautifully removes the last few traces of it. I really like it as a second cleanser in the evenings but when it really shines is in the mornings. I don't always like to use a cleanser in the morning but there is just something about this one that I always gravitate to. Oh you Marshmallow cleanser, you sure are beautiful.
Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser Mildly-foaming, Concentrated, Sensitive Skin. Texture. With Calendula, Chamomile, Blue Tansy
Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser Mildly-foaming, Concentrated, Sensitive Skin. Texture
Cleanser feels very concentrated so I like to shake it up before using it. A little goes a long way so two or three pumps are plenty. It's always good to shake product emulsions like this (when there are water and oil components). The product comes out as a mix of oil and lotion and it has quite a unique texture which I would would probably describe as a gel. This cleanser feels very silky, it is mildly-foaming and unlike many gel cleansers, this one isn't drying or tightening on the skin. It actually feels a little bit hydrating & softening and I love that about it so much. It just feels very nice on the skin and I adore that it contains soothing and calming ingredients.

Marshmallow Face Cleanser is vegan, cruelty free and handcrafted. It's very gentle and is therefore recommended for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin. It doesn't clog pores and it also shouldn't aggravate acne. It can also be enjoyed as a body wash, which is especially recommended for people with sensitive or dry skin or skin prone to allergies or eczema.
Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Face Cleanser for all skin types, very sensitive skin. Code Loveliness 15% off
Marshmallow Face Cleanser is the only liquid cleanser Earthwise Beauty has and in my opinion they don't need another one because this one is stunning. It comes in this gorgeous 100 ml bottle which will really lasts you for ages (the same as Farizad's Veil SPF, read my review of it here). I fell quickly in love with it and I highly recommend it. Love.

You can get the Marshmallow Face Cleanser here, where you can also use my affiliate code "Loveliness" to get 15% off your order. In Europe you can get Earthwise Beauty products at Reina Organics and Eminessences.

At the moment Earthwise Beauty has a special promotion
July 30 through August 5th all orders $100 or more will include a box of their Goldenrod Tea

Lots of love to you all,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Beauty Heroes x Ayuna NO.2

avgust 01, 2018

There hasn't even been a year and we are lucky enough to get another Beauty Heroes box featuring the stunning Ayuna Less is Beauty products. Omg love! If you follow me on Instagram (you can do so here) you maybe saw me sharing Ayuna products a number of times. They are just SO very special I can't even describe them to you. It is a brand that I can always depend on. Truly. Whenever my skin looks dull, bleh and uninspiring (yes, let's describe skin as uninspiring) I'm like "right, it's time for the whole Ayuna routine". Next day my skin is all blissed out and extremely happy. I'm just talking as if every one of you already knows this brand so let me take a step back and tell you a few words about the brand.

 Ayuna is a Spanish brand that is known for their approach to skin - Ayuna is inspired by the principles of topical fasting, feeding skin only what it needs to stay balanced, thus ridding it of overstimulating aggressors and kickstarting its own self-repair mechanism. Founded by Begona Sunjan, master esthetician and expert product development, and Isabel Ramos, expert green chemist and formulator, the two bring more than 40 years of combined experience to Ayuna. As of last month, Ayuna now has 6 pure, effective, clean and safe products. And the 6th product is in the August Beauty Heroes box.

August Beauty Discovery* features two Ayuna productsCream - Natural Rejuvenating Treatment (Light) and Body Cream. Check it out here.
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light and Body Cream. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics and prebiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light and Body Cream. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics and prebiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light and Body Cream. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics and prebiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics in skincare
I was fortunate enough to try all Ayuna products but the Cream Light, so the addition of this product in this box is more than perfect. Cream - Natural Rejuvenating Treatment (Light) is described as a hydrating, nourishing and sealing formula that brings luxury and hydration in one product. The ingredient list isn't your typical "natural & organic list" but it's so much more. You really can't make this at home. Ayuna is known for infusing their products not only with beautiful plants but also with science and I would have to agree with the description "forward thinking green beauty". The Cream is vegan and preserved with natural probiotic. There is Pomegranate Seed, Carrot Root and Cotton Steam Cell Extracts, Shea Butter, Squalane, Turmeric, Gotu Kola. The formula goes perfectly with the name of the product - this cream is lightweight and beautifully absorbs into the skin. I love it as a nighttime moisturizer and it works wonderful for my combination skin, especially in the summer. So beautiful. It is light and I think that if you have dry or even normal skin you would probably need to layer with an oil. I sometimes apply two or three drops of a lightweight oil (like Fleurs D'Afrique* from African Botanics, read my review here) and then Cream on top, and my skin could hardly be any happier. The other Ayuna moisturizer, Cream II Rejuvenating Treatment - Rich is as the name suggest much richer in texture and with that one I don't need to layer it with any oil, or any other product. I don't have problems with clogged pores with any of the Creams, which is so wonderful because I sometimes get congested skin when I use products with Shea Butter. I haven't been using it every single day so I can't really give you my full review of it yet, but know that whenever I use it, my skin looks very nice the next day. It is just less inflamed and more balanced. You know what I really love about it and the brand in general? That you don't need to complicate with your skincare routine, just wash your face and apply the Cream, and your skin will be so happy. Ayuna's Creams are definitely not your standard moisturizers. They are everything you would want from a cream, and more. In the August Beauty Discovery you get a full size product (50 ml) with the value of $198. Check it out here.
Ayuna Less is Beauty Body Cream. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Prebiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Body Cream. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Prebiotics in skincare
Ayuna Less is Beauty Body Cream. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Prebiotics in skincare
The Sidekick from the box is Ayuna Body Cream which is a brand NEW Ayuna product, launching exclusively by Ayuna and Beauty Heroes. It is an extension of this month's luxurious Hero product and is formulated with prebiotics from Noni Stem Cells, Calendula, Jojoba, Peptides. Probiotics, prebiotics, and there are also postbiotics. So many -otics. We all know how these, especially the first two, are important for gut health and overall healthy bodies. Probiotics are those good bacterias that we all need and are found in fermented foods like jogurth, kombucha, kimchi, saurekrat and prebiotics are food or energy source for probiotics and can be found in garlic, onion, oats, bananas, to name a few. It feels like probiotics and now prebiotics as well are the latest trend in skincare and yes, I have considered applying some of my homemade kombucha on my skin but I wasn't too sure if it's too acidic or not. Probably depends on the batch. Anyways, this new Ayuna product contains Prebiotics from Noni Stem Cells. There is so many information and science behind this and I definitely don't know a lot but I do know that they inhibit growth of bad bacteria and maintain and protect beneficial bacteria. To say it more clearly, they balance out the skin and balanced skin is always beautiful and luminous. It's all very interesting but I won't bore you with details. I'm joining a call with Ayuna's founders and Jeannie (and other lovely BH ambassadors) today and I'm really looking forward to learn more about this topic.

Body Cream is not vegan because it contains an easter of beeswax fatty acids. In has a signature Ayuna scent: intoxicating and complex aroma of Gurjum Balsam, Holy Wood, Myrrh, Chamomile, Rosemary and Buchu. The scent is strong and sweet, candy like, but it's not sickly. All products have this same exact scent and I love it. The consistency is very soft, creamy and very pleasant and luxurious. In the summer I don't use a lot of moisturizing body products because I usually only use oils and balms and those are too much for hot weather. But my skin on my legs has been a bit dryer that usual so this cream has been perfect to use in the morning, pretty much only on my legs and arms, elbows especially. My skin is left soft and really moisturized. And my skin feels the same and possibly even nicer after a few hours. In the box you get a 100 ml bottle of the body cream valued at $59. Check out the Body Cream here.
Ayuna Less is Beauty Cream Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Light and Body Cream. August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes. Probiotics and prebiotics in skincare
I love the August box and like I said, I'm so pleased Beauty Heroes decided to feature Ayuna's products again.

August Beauty Discovery is valued at $257! First Boxwalla and now Beauty Heroes as well?! These values are insane and so good, all at the same time. So the value is as you see amazing but what really matters are effective products. By subscribing to Beauty Heroes you can get the two Ayuna products for $42.95. They did increase their subscription by a few dollars which is the first time they did that. You have to join for at least three months so you will also receive their September and October boxes. While you are a member you also have a 15% discount in the Beauty Store. Don't want to pressure you but if you can do go ahead and subscribe because you will love these products!

Get the August Beauty Discovery by Beauty Heroes here.

Wishing you a beautiful August!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Alteya Organics Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate

julij 29, 2018

It looks like this year it has been all about serums for me. In the winter I was thinking to myself that I need to get a nice, hydrating, preferably an aloe vera based serum and then it started happening on the serum front and I now have a considerable collection (see some of them here). If you have dehydrated skin, then using a serum is a must but all other skin types respond really well to a good serum as well. So I found another beautiful serum which I've been using for a few weeks and I really like it. It's from Alteya Organics, a brand that was born in 1999 but growing and caring for roses has been a family tradition for over a century, since the early 1900's. Their organic rose fields, shielded by the slopes of two majestic mountain ranges, are in the heart of the Bulgarian Rose Valley, the land of Thracian Kings and home to the world’s finest flower – the Bulgarian Rose.
Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate Serum Age Control Love Lula
Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate Age Control Love Lula
Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate Serum Age Control Love Lula
I already love and use their 100% pure Certified Organic Bulgarian Rose Water*. It's such a beautiful product to use after I finish applying my makeup (read my review here). I'm also intrigued by their Rose Otto Facial Toner which in addition to Rose Water also contains Gylcerin, and two other ingredients. It sounds hydrating because of the Glycerin and I will have to give it a try. But now let's rather talk about the serum, the Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate*. I was gifted this product and I'm so happy I was because I don't know if I would order it anytime soon. This serum is based on Distilled Thermal Water, Glycerin, Aloe Leaf Powder. The active ingredients in the product are Rose Otto, Mullein Flower, which protects skin from photo-oxidative stress and Marine Bio-Active Complex, which helps to fight wrinkles and sagging skin.

At Alteya they say that "this High-Performance Regenerating Serum deploys its youth-enhancing effectiveness, with visible results to the naked eyes, in less than 15 minutes after first use! It helps transform texture, reduce wrinkles and improve skin`s luminosity, day after day, reaching its optimum effectiveness in 30 days of use." It's so hard for me to say if this is true or not because I wasn't that attentive. I also didn't read their promises prior to using this product so I wasn't paying as much attention as I probably should. All in all I believe that products that support well-aging are best to use on a daily and for a few months to really see the difference. But after a few weeks of using it my skin indeed looks nice and properly hydrated. This product is very light, smells of Roses and is just really lovely.  The serum glides on the skin, it is quickly absorbed and feels lightweight and yet very hydrating. Skin is softer, more plump & radiant, which is very typical when it comes to hydrating products. The serum also layers really well - I apply it after my face toner/mist and before an oil and/or cream. 
Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate Age Control consistency
Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate Age Control Love Lula, serum consistency
Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate Age Control Love Lula
Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate is a beautiful product and I really like using it. It makes me very excited to try more Alteya Organics products and that's usually how you know you found a good brand.

You can get the Alteya Organics Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate here.

Have you tried it or any other products from Alteya Organics?

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

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