Gaia Creams Pomegranate & Ylang Ylang Raw Face & Body Cream

August 29, 2014


Mislim, da je čas, da predstavim nov Gaia Creams izdelek. Saj veste kako gre, ne testirajo na živalih, izdelki so primerni za vegane, brez čebeljega voska, palmovega olja, brez sestavin, kot so sulfati, parabeni, mineralno olje, umetne dišave in barvila, in tako naprej. Ročno izdelana, najlepše zapakirana kozmetika s krasno embalažo in čudovito vsebino.Gaia Creams Pomegranate & Ylang Ylang Raw Face & Body Cream
Gaia Creams Raw Face & Body Cream
Gaia Creams Pomegranate & Ylang Ylang Raw Face & Body Cream* je primerna za vse tipe kože. Kot že samo ime pove, glavni učinkovini sta granatno jabolko in ylang ylang. Olje granatnega jabolka je izredno bogato s punično maščobno kislino, ki učinkovito obnavlja povrhnjico kože, jo tonizira ter izboljšuje njeno elastičnost in strukturo. Granatno jabolko vsebuje ogromno antioksidantov, ki delujejo proti prostim radikalom, gladijo gubice in ohranjajo kožo svežo, mladostno, gladko in napeto. Ylang ylang je tropsko drevo z velikimi, dišečimi rumenimi cvetovi. Ylang ylang pomeni "cvet cvetov" in ima sladek, cveten, eksotičen vonj. Aroma je znana tudi kot afrodiziak, ylang ylang spodbuja čute, vzbuja občutke sreče in zadovoljstva, pomirja in uravnava živčni sistem. Deluje protibakterijsko, antiseptično in pomaga uravnavati izločanje olj skozi kožo - mastna koža postane manj mastna, suha pa bolj vlažna. Krema vsebuje še karitejevo maslo ter olja, kot so kokosovo, jojobino, svetlinovo, šipkovo, in nekatera druga.
Gaia Creams Pomegranate & Ylang Ylang Raw Face & Body Cream
Kot ostale Gaia Creams kreme, je tudi ta zaradi vsebnosti olj oljnata in se ne vpije takoj v kožo. Odlične kreme za hladno vreme, jaz jih z navdušenjem uporabljam celo leto, tudi poleti. Ta krema kožo ščiti pred soncem in pomaga preprečevati kožnega raka, zato jo ob sončnem vremenu še raje uporabljam. Seveda preko nje nanesem tudi zaščitno kremo za sončenje. Poleg tega kožo globinsko vlaži, jo poživi, spodbuja proizvodnjo kolagena in elastina ter ima močne antioksidantne lastnosti - torej odlična za nego proti staranju kože. Kot sem omenila, ima protivnetne in protibakterijske lastnosti, kar pa na žalost pri uporabi kreme nisem opazila. Glede na to, da naj bi ylang ylang uravnaval izločanje olja na koži sem pričakovala bolj čisto kožo. Vseeno pa zaradi močnih antioksidantov kremo zelo rada uporabljam. Je tudi super vlažilna in še sladko diši. Priznam pa, da nisem tako obsedena z njo kot s Chia, Flax and Hemp Cream in Argan and Sea Buckthorn Cream, ki sta za mojo kožo več kot odlični!<3 Vseeno pa kremo priporočam! Mislim, da bi bila super za normalno, suho in zrelo kožo. In za tiste, ki iščete kremo za boj proti gubam. :)


** Za konec pa naj vas še razveselim z 20% popustom na 
vse Gaia Creams izdelke s kodo SBOL2014GC. :) **
 (Koda velja do 31. oktobra 2014.)


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I think it's time to introduce you to a new Gaia Creams product. You know how it goes, Gaia Creams is cruelty free, vegan, they don't use palm oil, beeswax or GMO. No parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, synthetic fillers, artificial colours and fragrances, and I could go on. 
Gaia Creams Pomegranate & Ylang Ylang Raw Face & Body Cream* is suitable for all skin types and as the name suggests, Pomegranate and Ylang Ylang are the two active ingredients in the cream. Pomegranate oil is packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals for healthy, glowing skin. It's extremly rich with punicic fatty acid (omega 5) which effectively improves skin elasticity and restores the skin's freshness and glow. Ylang Ylang is a tropical tree with large, fragrant yellow flowers. Ylang ylang actually means "flower of flowers" and it has a sweet, floral, exotic fragrance. Aroma is also known as an aphrodisiac, ylang ylang stimulates the senses and evokes a feeling of happiness and satisfaction but it also soothes and balances the nervous system. Ylang ylang has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and it helps regulate oil production in your skin. The cream also contains shea butter and oils like coconut, jojoba, evening primrose, rosehip oil.

Like other Gaia Creams raw moisturizers, it's based on oils and therefore it's oily and not immediately absorbed into the skin. If you go overborad, your face will look really shiny for a while. :) These beautiful creams are perfect for colder months but I love to use them all year-round, even in the summer! Actually, this cream protects the skin against sun damage, relieves sunbrun and helps prevent skin cancer. Of course I also apply a sunscreen on top, that's a must. The cream also deeply moisturises and revitalises the skin, it delivers a powerful anti-aging effect and promotes the production of collagen and elastin. Wonderful anti-aging product. As I've mentioned, the cream also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that unfortunately didn't really work on my skin. Given that ylang ylang regulates oil production in the skin, I expected a bit clearer skin. Nonetheless I still like using it. I love that it's packed with antioxidants, it's super moisturizing and it has a lovely, sweet scent. To be honest, I like it but I don't love it. I'm not as obsessed with it as I am with the Chia, Flax and Hemp Cream and Argan and Sea Buckthorn Cream. Those two work wonders on my skin!<3 Having said that, I still highly recommend the Pomegranate & Ylang Ylang Raw Cream, especially if you have normal, dry or mature skin. Or if you just want something to fight off the wrinkles. :)  


** I have a special surprise for all of you beautiful people, a discount code! So, the 20% discount code on all Gaia Creams products is SBOL2014GC. :) **
(No minimum spend, valid until: 31.10.2014 at midnight BST)


Love you all,
 Jana xx



*sample generously provided

Tiny Blue Flowers

August 27, 2014


 It wasn't intentional but everything I'm wearing is from H&M. Everything, even my underwear. :) 


Hope you're having a great week!

Lots of love,
Jana

Rip It Off!

August 23, 2014


Tole objavo sem želela napisati že pred poletjem, še spomladi, pa sem vedno pozabila na dokumentiranje postopka. A nikoli ni prepozno in tako danes predstavljam doma narejen vosek za depilacijo. Vosek je narejen iz sestavin, ki so nedvomno v vsakem domu, izdelava je preprosta, uporaba rahlo boleča a vredna. Nič problemov z vraščenimi dlakami, rdečimi pikami, dlake rastejo počasneje, so redkejše in tanjše.

Za sladkorni vosek za depilacijo potrebujete:
- 2 skodelici sladkorja (jaz uporabim kar bel sladkor, lahko pa uporabite tudi rjavega),
- 1/4 skodelice limoninega soka in
- 1/4 skodelice vode.

(To je osnovni recept, ki ga uporabljam kot vodilo že nekaj let. Uporabim 80 ml sladkorja, 10 ml limoninega soka in 10 ml vode, ker običajno vedno naredim svež vosek.)
Potrebujete še kozico ali ponev v kateri boste vosek skuhali in žlico za mešanje. Izmerite sestavine, dajte v posodo, postavite na štedilnik in naj se kuhanje prične. Glede na moje izkušnje je najbolje, da mešanice zavre in vre počasi. Če ne, se lahko sladkor zažge, in vosek bo popolnoma neuporaben in trd kot kamen. Torej, do vretja imam indukcijsko ploščo prižgano na 3 ali 4, nato pa vre na 2 ali 3. Sladkor je naprej prozorne barve, s kuhanjem pa se spremeni v zlato, zlato-rjavo, temno zlato-rjavo barvo in takrat je vosek skuhan. Sladkor barve ne sme spremeniti takoj, ker tako se je verjetno že zažgal. Čas kuhanja je 12 do 15 minut, dlje kot se kuha temnejša je barva. Le da ne postane pretemna, da ne bo zažgana. Ni tako zahtevno kot se morda sliši, želim le poudariti, da kuhajte na nizki temperaturi a ne predolgo, pa bo uspelo. :) Med kuhanjem včasih tudi malo premešajte, takrat se ustvari več mehurčkov kot pri samem vretju. Na prvi spodnji fotografiji sem pred slikanjem mešanico premešala, na drugi pa ne. Tako si lahko bolj predstavljate kako približno mora vreti, da se ne bo zažgalo. Prav tako lahko vidite spremembo v barvi, na prvi je vosek komaj zavrel, na drugi pa je že gotov.
Po kuhanju vosek odstavite, počakajte 3, 4 minute in ga prelijte v posodico za shranjevanje. Plastično, stekleno, kar želite. Lahko uporabite takšno, ki je primerna za segrevanje v mikrovalovni pečici. Če uporabite stekleno, ga lahko prelijete takoj. Vosek je po končanem kuhanju tekoč, ko se ohlaja pa postaja vedno bolj gost, lepljiv in trd. Če sem vam zgodi, da postane pretrd že v ponvi in ga ne morete več preliti, ga le ponovno segrejte pa bo šlo. Na spodnji fotografiji vosek izgleda temnejši kot v ponvi, a to le zato, ker je posodica manjša in je vosek gostejši. Pri tem je vosek še zelo vroč, pazite, da se ne opečete. Naslednji korak - počakajte, da se ohladi. Za depilacijo potrebujete topel vosek, lahko je le rahlo vroč a ne preveč!
Ko je vosek topel, ga zajemite s prsti (jaz sem ga uporabila pol). Vosek je lepljiv a ne se bati, lahko ga izboljšate. Seveda pa mora biti lepljiv, da se oprime dlak in jih odstrani. Pred nanosom na kožo, je vosek potrebno malo oblikovati, da je bolj učinkovit. Dodajte mu eno ali dve kapljici vode ter ga dobro pregnetite. S prsti ga vlečite narazen in skupaj, da se naredijo zračni mehurčki. Postal bo svetlejše barve in lažje obvladljiv, ker se ne bo več tako lepil. Lahko dodate še kakšno kapljico vode, a le postopoma. Če dodate preveč vode, se vosek kože na bo oprijel ampak bo kar spolzel z nje. Vsaj pri meni je tako. Sem pa gledala YouTube posnetek, kjer je ženska uporabila ogromno vode pa je bil vosek vseeno uspešen. No, pri meni to žal ne deluje in raje ne preizkušajte, mene je kar razjezilo, ko depilacija nato ni bila uspešna! Sicer pa svetujem, da si ogledate kakšen video, da vam bo bolj jasno.

Po gnetenju in dodajanju vode bo vosek izgledal nekako takole, lako tudi svetlejši, odvisno koliko časa gnetete. Zdaj pa je končno pripravljen na uporabo! :) Če vas slučajno zanima, jaz vosek uporabljam le za bikini predel oziroma za brazilsko depilacijo. Seveda pa ga lahko uporabite na nogah, rokah, celem telesu. Odlično je tudi, ker za odstranjevanje ne potrebujete nobenih trakov.
No, pa da opišem še postopek depilacije. Koža naj bo čista in suha, lahko dodate malo otroškega pudra v prahu, da vpije odvečno vlago. Topel vosek imejte na prstih, položite ga na kožo in povlecite v obratni smeri rasti dlak. Torej od spodaj navzgor, če depilirate noge. Tako se dlake dvignejo in oprimejo voska. Debelina voska naj bo nekaj milimetrov in za začetek nanesite le na majhen predel kože kože, kasneje lahko več. Nato lahko ponovno povlečete čez vosek, da se dlake res oprimejo in hitro! potegnite v smeri rasti dlak. To naredite z eno roko, z drugo pa napnite kožo blizu voska v drugo smer. S tem preprečimo modrice, vosek se lažje odstrani pa še manj boli. :) Vosek potegnite blizu kože, ne navpično navzgor ampak bolj vodoravno. Včasih s prvim potegom ne odstranimo vseh dlak in takrat postopek lahko ponovite. A ne pretiravajte, ker koža lahko postane rdeča in celo vneta. 
Kot morda veste, depilacija z voskom je bolj učinkovita, ko so dlake dolge nekaj milimetrov. Če so še kratke, raje malo počakajte in obratno, če so dolge, jih najprej malo pristrizite, da se vosek ne bo zapletel. Če se vam to slučajno zgodi, ali pa vas je strah potegniti, ne skrbite. Vosek lahko sperete z vodo! Če je nanos bolj debel, bo potrebno rahlo drgnjenje kože, sicer pa se ga odstrani enostavno. Enako je tudi s posodo v kateri ste kuhali. Najprej bo izgledalo kot, da vosek ne bo šel nikoli stran, v stiku z vodo se takoj strdi in postane kot kamen. Posodo le namočite in počakajte, da se sladkor stopi. Na koncu pa tekočino enostavno odlijte. Enako, če se vam del voska prilepi na tla. Položite čez mokro krpo, počakajte in nato rahlo zdrgnite pa bo izginilo. :)

Tako, verjetno bi lahko napisala še marsikaj, a že zdaj je objava čisto predolga! Če vas še kaj zanima, pa kar vprašajte. :)


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I've been meaning to write this post for so long now, I wanted this post to be up before summer but I always forgot to take pictures. So here it is now, the homemade sugar wax made out of three ingredients that you all have in your home. If you have problems with ingrown hairs or red bumps and pimples then you really need to try this. Each time you wax, hair growth is sparse, thinner and finer. Yay!

For a homemade sugar wax you'll need:
- 2 cups of sugar (I use white sugar for this, but you can also use brown sugar),
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice and
- 1/4 of water.

Mix together and add to a pot or saucepan. Now you need to cook it. I've been doing this wax for a few years now and the best thing to do is to cook it slowly. You don't want to burn the sugar because the wax will be hard as a rock and unusable. It has to come to a boil slowly and then cook on low heat. So once it starts to bubble you can set the timer for 12 minutes. The sugar will firstly look transparent but after some time it will start to change its colour. (As you can see on the photos above.) If it changes the colour in like three minutes then you probably burned it and you'll have to start over. Be patient and let it bubble for 12 to 15 minutes. When the wax is cooking, mix it with a spoon from time to time. Just don't use a plastic spoon because it will melt.

The wax is done when the colour is golden-brown, dark brownish. Then you need to pour it into a plastic or glass jar. (If you're wondering what's going on with the colour of my wax, the jar is smaller so the colour looks darker.) So, if you're using plastic like I did, wait for a few minutes because you don't want to melt it. But if you're using glass then just pour it in immediately. If you forgot to do this, the wax will stick to the pot and become hard. No need to worry, just put it back on the stove and heat it again. Next step - cool down your wax. Be careful not to burn yourself. When it becomes warm and sticky it's ready to use.

With your fingers scoop out some wax, I used half. Wax is sticky but we can make it a bit better. Add one or two drops of water and begin to knead it between your hands. It will become softer and brighter and if you look closely you can see some bubbles. You can add more water but be careful not to overdo it, otherwise wax will not stick to the skin but will just slide off. After kneading it, it's finally ready to use! If you're curious, I do a brazilian wax. I don't mind going to a beauty salon but it's so much more convenient to do it at home and way cheaper. I also know my ingredients and that way I never have any problems with allergic reaction. I also love it because you don't need any paper sheets to remove it.

Onto the waxing. Your skin has to be clean and dry. You can also use baby powder which will absorb excess moisture or sweat. Take your warm kneaded wax and spread it with your fingers onto the hairy skin. You have to rub apply it in the opposite direction of hair growth, that way the wax sticks onto the hair and you can easily rip it off. The thickness of the wax should be a few milimeters and if it's your first time, start with an inch or less, don't apply it all over your leg. All that's left to do now is to rip it off! Do it quick and do it good - near the skin and in the direction of hair growth. Now you can swear loudly and repeat. Oh and when you're ripping it off, stretch and tighten your skin with your other hand. This helps with bruises that can occur if you're not careful. It also makes the whole process easier and less painful. Sometimes we don't achieve smooth skin in one go, just try it again but don't exaggerate, you don't want red, irritated or even inflamed skin. Also, don't try waxing if you have short hair, you need to grow them out a bit so they can properly stick to the sugar wax. I recommend you also watch some videos before you try this.

One thing that is also amazing with this wax is, you can clean it off with warm water! I'm not gonna lie, sometimes wax can get way softer that you'd like and you just can't or really don't want to remove it! It becomes way stickier than it should be and that is usually a sign you need to change it and use a fresh one. Okay but what to do with the part of your body with a wax on? Rub it off with water and that is it! The same is with the saucepan. First it will look like the wax will stay there forever but all you need to do is pour some on water on top and leave it. Water will dissolve sugar. When I first started waxing with sugar wax it was totally normal that some of it also ended up on the bathroom floor and when that happens just place over a damp cloth, leave for a few minutes and then rub it off. :)

I think I wrote everything I wanted but if you have any questions just let me know. :)


Love,
Jana xx

Lily Lolo Natural Lipstick French Flirt

August 19, 2014


Vas zanima katera je moja trenutno najljubša šminka? Brez dvoma si ta naziv zasluži  Lily Lolo French Flirt*. Gre za prekrasen! rdeč odtenek s toplim podtonom, ki se odlično poda toplim tenom kože. Šminka je rdeča a ne kričeče rdeča, je srednje do temno rdeče barve in odlično pigmentirana. Z večimi nanosi lahko dosežemo izredno intenzivnost. Šminka je sijoča, ni mat in na moje veliko veselje ne vsebuje nobenih bleščic.
Lily Lolo Natural Lipstick
Lily Lolo French Flirt Natural Lipstick
Lily Lolo Lipstick French Flirt
Lily Lolo Natural Lipstick French Flirt swatch
Šminka je zelo mehka, kremna in super vlažilna, je ena izmed tistih čudovitih šmink, ki ne poudarijo suhih ustnic ter jih ne izsušijo. Je srednje obstojna - nekaj ur, enakomerno izgine in ne bledi na kožo okrog ustnic. Krasno, kajne?
Šminka sicer pušča sledi in pri jedi izgine, no, ne kar takoj, ampak pri večjem obroku pa zagotovo. A to je že popolnoma normalno. Kar pa me je pred kratkim izjemno presenetilo in navdušilo je, da čeprav je šminka pri pitju kave (tiste Simobilove na Prešernovem trgu. Kave niti ne pijem pogosto a ta je res dobra!) pustila sledi na pokrovčku, je še vedno ostala na ustnicah skoraj kot, da ne bi ničesar pila! Po kratkem sprehodu po mestu sem se nato hitro slikala (na žalost s telefonom) in lahko vidite, da ni nobenega robu in da je šminka še vedno enakomerno nanešena. Mislim, da bom potrebovala še kakšen odtenek. :) Zelo priporočam! Na voljo tukaj.
Aja in, če vas morda zanima, Lily Lolo je ustvarila BB kremo! Komaj čakam, da jo preizkusim, upam, da bo tako odlična kot mineralna podlaga.<3


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Meet my favourite lipstick, the Lily Lolo Natural Lipstick in French Flirt*. A gorgeous! mid- to deep-toned red shade that goes perfectly with my warm skin tone. If you have warm undertone you need this lipstick, trust me! (photos don't do it justice) French Flirt is a warm red, not a true bright red, it's such a pretty warm colour. Love it! It also doesn't contain any glitter or shimmer, it's not matte but has a nice shiny finish.
Lipstick is super pigmented, incredibly creamy, soft and very moisturizing. It's one of those lipsticks that doesn't cling on to dry patches and it doesn't dry out your lips. French Flirt has a good lasting power, it lasts a couple of hours, but the thing that really impressed me was that it doesn't bleed or feather and it disappears evenly which is another thing I love about it!
Although it leaves a stain and it wears off while eating (if you only snack it's okay, the lipstick stays put), I recently found out how long lasting it really is. I was drinking a coffee to-go and the lipstick did leave a stain all over the lid but at the same time my lips looked great! Wow! I was so impressed that I took a quick selfie to show you - it looks good, don't you think? I'm gonna need some more shades, I highly recommend it!
Oh and have you heard, there's a Lily Lolo BB Cream on the block, can't wait to try it! I hope I'll like it as much as their mineral foundation! :)


With all my love,
Jana

*sample generously provided

Stop! Porridge Time!

August 16, 2014


Amarant. Trenutno moja glavna in najljubša sestavina zajtrka. Dolgo, predolgo nisem vedela kaj naj počnem z njim. Preizkusila sem "kokice", ki niso nikoli uspele, v glavno jed ga nisem nikoli vključila, na sladke stvari pa se niti spomnila nisem. Dokler nisem odkrila, da ga lahko skuham na enak način kot ovsene kosmiče in tako sem navdušena nad njim, da sem že kupila novo vrečkico. Če mi sledite na Instagramu, potem ste jed že videli, odlična je in upam, da jo preizkusite.

Potrebujete:
- amarant,
- mleko,
- banano,
- brusnice (neobvezno) in
- cimet.
Vegan Amaranth Porridge with Fruit
Prvi korak v pripravi je, da večer prej namočite amarant. Zjutraj ga stresite v cedilo, sperite z vodo in dajte v posodo, kjer boste kuhali. Namakanje oreščkov, zrnja, semen in stročnic je zelo pomembno! Z namakanjem se nevtralizira velik del fitinske kisline, ki blokira absorpcijo mineralov. Poleg boljše absorpcije pa jih tako tudi lažje prebavimo.
 Namočenemu amarantu nato dodajte malo vode in mleka, razmerje med amarantom in tekočino je nekje 1:2 oziroma 1:1,5. Ali pa kar malo na približno, saj tekočino še vedno lahko prilijete. Namesto mleka lahko uporabite le vodo, meni je vedno boljši okus, če dodam še mleko. Kuhajte približno 10 do 15 minut, dodajte narezano banano in brusnice, premešajte in pustite 5 minut. Skupni čas kuhanja je približno 15 do 20 minut, odvisno od želene gostote.
Amaranth Porridge
Amarantovi kaši dodajte še cimet in jed je končana. Seveda pa na koncu lahko dodate še sadje, oreščke, kar želite. Jaz sem poleg cimeta dodala še maline in konopljina semena. Nom nom nom!
Vegan Amaranth Porridge with Banana, Cranberries, Raspberries and Hemp Seeds
Vegan Amaranth Porridge


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Yup, I'm gonna talk about porridge again! :) If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I tried Amaranth porridge for the first time this week! And let me tell you, this stuff is super delicious and I hope you try it! 
For a long, long time I didn't know what to do with amaranth. I tried "popcorn" but it never turned out good, it just didn't pop so I let that go. I've never tried amaranth risotto and things like that which is funny becase I love using different grains for risotto, not just rice. I also never even think of using it in sweet dishes like the one I'm gonna show you today. You can use these small seeds of amaranth just like you would oats, cook them and eat them. I'm so impressed with how the porridge turned out that I already bought a new pack. :) But enough of that and let's get cooking!
All you really need is Amaranth, Milk (I always use vegan milk, here I used Rice Milk), one Banana, Cranberries (optional) and Cinnamon. You don't need any sweeteners, I find banana is enough but you can add some honey or something similar. Okay so, the first thing you need to do is soak up your amaranth overnight. This is really important and you shouldn't skip this step! Soaking grains, nuts, seeds and legumes makes them easier to digest, it allows enzymes and bacteria to break down and reduce phytic acid which blocks the absorption of minerals. Soaking is super easy yet so effective. 
So, after you soak your amaranth overnight, rinse it off with fresh water and put in your saucepan. Add some water and milk, I usually use both but you can use just water or milk. Ratio between amaranth and liquid is somewhere between 1:2 or 1:1,5. I don't measure it so I don't know for sure. :) You can always add some more so don't go overboard. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes and then add a banana and cranberries. Cook some more, for about 5 minutes and that is it! Now you can also add some toppings. I always add cinammon and here I also mixed it some raspberries and hemp seeds. Nom nom nom!


Love, Jana

Green Mask

August 12, 2014


V tej objavi sem omenila mojo trenutno najljubšo masko za nego obraza, zeleno masko, ki je odlična predvsem za mastno ter mešano kožo, in zato jo bom bolj podrobno predstavila.
Green Mask, Green Clay, Neem Powder, Honey
  Zelena glina je bogata z minerali, kot so železo, silicij, magnezij, kalcij, cink in tako naprej. Glina vpija odvečno maščobo, odstranjuje nečistoče in toksine, oži pore, revitalizira kožo in spodbuja naravno obnovo celic. Glina kožo tonira, učvrsti in spodbudi cirkulacijo krvi. Trenutno za pripravke uporabljam glino, ki sem jo dobila iz Grčije, imam pa tudi Biopark zeleno glino, ki je prav tako odlična.

Neem ali indijska melija je zimzeleno drevo z belimi cvetovi in plodovi, ki so ga odkrili v Indiji pred več kot 2000 leti. Velja za "Sveto drevo" in je zaradi izjemnih zdravilnih lastnosti največkrat uporabljena sestavina v Ayurvedski medicini. Več o njegovih zdravilnih učinkih na telo si lahko preberete tukaj. Uporabni so vsi deli rastlini, moj neem prah oziroma Bioparkov Neem prah vsebuje zmlete liste drevesa. Deluje antiseptično, antibakterijsko in antioksidantno. Zelo primeren je za nego nečiste kože, kožo z izpuščaji, rdečico, srbečico, neem omili videz brazgotin in hiperpigmentacije, pomiri in navlaži suho in razpokano kožo. Odličen je za vse tipe kože, tudi za kožo z dermatitisom.

Med je najboljši izdelek za nego kože kar sem jih preizkusila. Več o njem si lahko preberete tukaj, naj le povem, da je več kot odličen za vse tipe kože, kožo izjemno navlaži in pomiri, obenem pa deluje tudi antiseptično in čudovito vpliva na zmanjšanje aken in drugih nepravilnosti na koži.
Green Clay, Neem Powder and Honey Mask
Za krasno očiščevalno in vlažilno masko zmešajte pol žličke zelene gline in pol žličke neem prahu z eno žličko medu, nanesite na sveže očiščen obraz in pustite učinkovati 10 do 15 minut. Če ste morda alergični na med, potem namesto medu uporabite vodo, čaj ali olje. Masko najraje uporabljam po parni kopeli, ko je koža mehka in pore odprte. Tako vse zdravilne učinkovine prodrejo globlje v kožo in končni rezultat maske je še boljši. Po uporabi je koža navlažena, mehka in globinsko očiščena. Koža je bolj sveža, pore pa zožane. Masko uporabljam enkrat na teden, včasih tudi dvakrat.
Green Mask with Green Clay, Neem Powder and Eucalyptus Honey


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In this post I mentioned my new favourite green mask and because I really love using it, I decided to write a post about it. It's a wonderful mask for which you only need three ingredients. If you have oily, acne-prone or combo skin, or if you just want a bit of a nice skin detox, then this mask will be perfect for you!
Green Clay is rich with minerals like iron, silicon, magnesium, calcium, zinc and so on. Clay absorbs and removes excess oil, draws out pollutants and gently tones for a deep down clean. It helps to shrink pores while also refreshing the skin. Perfect for oily and combination skin. At the moment I'm all about green clay I got from my friend who was in Greece, but I also have Green Clay from Biopark which is lovely as well.
Neem, also known as Nimtree and Indina Lilac is a tree with white flowers and fruits, discovered in India more than 2000 years ago. It's also known as "Sacred Tree" and due to its exceptional healing properties is one of the most common ingredients in Ayurvedic medicine. All parts of the plant can be used, my neem powder from Biopark contains ground leaves of the tree. Neem acts as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant. It's perfect for oily, acne-prone skin, it treats skin rashes, redness, itching, diminishes the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation, it soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Neem is great for all skin types, even for eczema.
Honey is the best ingredient for my skin. I absolutely adore it! You can read more about my love for honey here, it works wonders on all skin types, it's moisturizing and soothing, it has antiseptic properties and therefore also amazing for acne-prone skin.
So for my gorgeous green mask, green in color and in ingredients, you'll need, half a teaspoon of green clay and the same amount of neem, and one teaspoon of honey. Mix all together, apply on freshly washed face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are allergic to honey or you don't want to use it, you can use water, tea or oil. I love using this mask right after my facial steaming when my pores are softened and my skin is warm. That way all the gorgeous ingredients penetrate deeper into my skin and the end result is even better. Mask leaves my skin fresh, moisturized, soft, deeply cleansed and detoxified. I love using it once a week, sometimes even twice if my skin is not feeling to happy.


Much love,
Jana xx

Andalou Naturals Absolute Serum, 1000 Roses

August 08, 2014


Glede na to, da zadnje čase pogosto omenjam vrtnice, jih bom pa še danes. Predstavljam vam Andalou Naturals vrtnični serum za obraz primeren za občutljivo kožo.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses, Absolute Serum
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Absolute Serum Sensitive
Serum, ki ne vsebuje glutena ter je primeren za vegane, vsebuje same krasne sestavine. Na izdelku je serum opisan kot "flower power for beautiful skin" in glavna roža v izdelku je seveda vrtnica. Vsebuje tako imenovane Alpine Rose Stem Cells, ki prodirajo globoko v kožne celice ter jih nahranijo, obenem pa blagodejno vplivajo na občutljivo kožo in jo pomirjajo. Druga aktivna učinkovina je 1000 Roses Complex, rožna voda in eterično olje vrtnice, ki prav tako pomirjata in mehčata tanko, suho in občutljivo kožo. Ker je serum osnovan posebej za občutljivo kožo, ne smem pozabiti na Skin Soothing Complex, mešanico učinkovin, ki zagotavlja zaščitni sloj, ki kožo vlaži. Blagodejno vpliva tudi na vnetja. Med njimi so hialuronska kislina, lubje magnolije, tradicionalno kitajsko zdravilo, ki ga že stoletja uporabljajo v različnih zeliščnih pripravkih, ekstrakt bosvelije, starodavne indijske rastline, ki je del ayurvedske znanosti in odličen za suho, zrelo in občutljivo kožo. Preprečuje nastajanje gub in deluje obnovitveno. Zadnja sestavine v kompleksu je še ekstrakt datljevih listov. Serum vsebuje tudi sestavine z antioksidantnim delovanjem, kot so olje granatnega jabolka, vitamin C, beli čaj, roobios, najpomembnejši pa je zagotovo BioActive 8 Berry Complex, kompleks, ki vsebuje acai, goji jagode, robide in druge močne antioksidantne jagode.
Andalou Naturals Absolute Serum 1000 Roses ingredients
Serum ima prijeten cvetličen vonj in je bolj redke konsistence, kot je za serume tudi značilno. Uporabljam ga zjutraj in zvečer. Na očiščen obraz najprej nanesem Thayers vrtnični tonik in nato eno ali dve kapljici seruma. Nežno ga vtapkam na kožo in nato nanesem kremo. Glede na to, da je serum primeren za občutljivo kožo, se mi zdi, da res pomirja in blaži vnetja. Že trkam na les, a ob uporabi seruma sem opazila, da imam kožo bolj čisto in gladko. Ter navlaženo. Je pa nadvse nenavadno, da me včasih ob nanosu rahlo zapeče, a občutek takoj izgine. Sicer pa se takoj vpije, je lahek, ne maši por in nasploh super za uporabo. Edina stvar, ki me moti je embalaža. Kot lahko vidite na spodnji fotografiji navoj hitro postane umazan, saj se na njem posuši serum, ki pri uporabi steče po embalaži. Prav tako bi želela, da bi bilo steklo temno ali pa vsaj prozorno, ker roza barva se kruši. In čeprav so mi všeč embalaže na pipeto, bi bilo morda boljše, da bi imel doziranje na pumpico. Sploh zaradi bolj tekoče teksture seruma in tako tudi navoj ne bi bil (tako) umazan.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Absolute Serum consistency
Andalou Naturals Absolute Serum Roses
Ne glede na embalažo, gre za krasen serum, ki ga priporočam vsem tipom kože. Moja je mešana in serum se zelo dobro razume z njo. :) Obožujem ga! Kupila sem ga tukaj, 30 ml stane malo manj kot 15€.


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I guess I'm really obsessed with Roses because today's post also features a product containing them. :) Let me introduce the Andalou Naturals Absolute Serum for sensitive skin.
Gluten free and vegan rose serum contains some amazing ingredients. It's the "flower power for beautiful skin" and the main flower is Rose. Alpine Rose Stem Cells support skin's healthy vitality, resilience and youthful glow. It soothes, nourishes and transforms sensitive skin. Other active ingredient is 1000 Roses Complex - rosewater and rose essential oil which soothe and soften delicate, dry and sensitive skin. Serum is especially made for sensitive skin and the Skin Soothing Complex is all about that. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Bark, a traditional Chinese medicine used for centuries in various herbal concotions, Date Leaf Extracts and Boswellin extract from Boswellia, an ancient ayurveda Indian herbal medicine, often called as Indian Frankincense. Boswellia treats variety of skin irritations and it's great for dry, mature and sensitive skin. The complex provides a protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers to alleviate inflammation and inhibit skin reactivity. Serum also contains lots of ingredients with antioxidant properties, like Pomegranate Oil, Vitamin C, White Tea, Rooibos, but the most important has to be the BioActive 8 Berry Complex with Acai, Aronia, Goji and some other amazing berries.
Serum has a nice floral scent and a light consistency, typical for serums. I use it in the mornings and evenings. On my freshly cleansed face I first spray some Thayers Rose Petal Toner and then apply one or two drops of the serum. I gently tap it onto the skin and then apply a face cream. It really soothes my skin and calms inflammation. I'm knocking on wood like crazy but my skin has become nicer, it just looks fresher, smoother and moisturized. The strange thing I find is, that it sometimes stings a bit when I apply it but that goes away immediately. It's quickly absorbed into the skin, the serum is light, it doesn't clog my pores and it's just nice!
The only negative thing for me is the packaging. As you can see on the photo above, the thread of the bottle gets dirty in no time, you constantly have to clean it. The other thing is the glass, I wish it was dark or at least transparent because the pink color started to peel off. And although I like pipettes, I think in this case the pump would be better.
Mind the packaging, it's a great product and I recommend it for every skin type. On my combination skin it works wonderful. I love it! I bought it here.


Love,
Jana

Eco Cosmetics Sunscreen SPF 30

August 06, 2014


Skoraj smo že pri koncu poletju, na žalost, a danes bom vseeno pisala o kremi za sončenje. Že nekaj časa sem želela preizkusiti izdelke nemške znamke Eco Cosmetics, tako da sem bila zelo vesela, ko sem prejela njihovo Kremo za sončenje z zaščitnim faktorjem 30*. Izdelek ni testiran na živalih, je primeren za vegane, ne vsebuje sintetičnih barvil, dišav, konzervansov in parabenov.
Aktivna sestavina kreme je titanium dioxide, mineralni filter, ki ni v nano delcih, kar je super, ker tako ne prodira v kožo. Ta velika pozitivna lastnost kreme pa je zelo negativna pri nanosu, saj je težko mazljiva. Poleg tega je bele barve in tako včasih na koži pusti rahlo siv videz, sploh na obrazu. Krema sicer vsebuje nekaj krasnih olj, kot so olivno in svetlinovo olje, olje riževih otrobov, muškatne vrtnice, makadamije in rakitovca, in čeprav obožujem olja, je mešanica vseh sestavin zelo mastna in oljnata. Krema je zelo težka in za dnevno zaščito moje kože obraza ni primerna. Več kot tri dni zapored je nisem nikoli nanašala, ker mi je rahlo mašila pore. Za zaščitno mastne kože pred soncem je sploh ne priporočam in menim, da je boljša le za uporabo na telesu. Potrebno je le malo več potrpljenja, da se krema vpije v kožo in da izginejo bele sledi. Ne glede na vse, je krema zelo učinkovita in deluje. Ko bi jo le lahko uporabljala vsakodnevno!
 
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Sadly, we are almost at the end of the summer but that doesn't stop me from writing about a sunscreen. For a while now I wanted to try products from a German brand Eco Cosmetics and I was really happy when I got their Sunscreen in SPF 30*. It's cruelty free, vegan, without parabens, PEG, synthetic dyes, perfumes and preservatives.
The active ingredient is non-nano titanium dioxide, which is great because it doesn't penetrate into the skin but the big negative thing with non-nano mineral filters is, the sunscreen is difficult to apply. You really have to massage it in and it still can leave a whitish/grey residue, especially on the face. Sunscreen actually contains a few beautiful oils like olive, evening primrose, sea buckthorn, macadamia, rose and rice bran oil to name a few. And although I love oils, the mixture of this sunscreen is too heavy and oily for my face. My skin doesn't agree with it and on a daily basis I can't use it. I can only use it for about three days in a row because it slightly clogs my pores. Good for vacation, bad for everyday use. For oily skin I wouldn't recommend it and in general I think it's best to use it on the body. All in all, the sunscreen works, you just need to be a bit more patient when applying it. But I do wish it had a lighter consistency so I could use it everday.

Tell me, what is your favourite sunscreen? Have you tried anything from Eco Cosmetics?


Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Black

August 03, 2014


Kot morda veste, imam rada bolj naraven videz ličenja, oči imam običajno poudarjene le z maskaro in svetlejšim senčilom v notranjih kotičkih očes. No, pred kratkim pa sem po dolgem času kupila črn svinčnik, Alverde Kajal Eyeliner. Svinčnik je zelo pigmentiran in kremen, prvi vtisi so odlični. In saj veste kako je, ko imaš nekaj novega in moraš hitro preizkusiti. No, jaz sem tako ustvarila zame malce bolj močan videz in se zato tudi odločila, da ga delim z vami. Saj ni nič posebnega a vseeno upam, da vam je všeč! :)

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As you may already know, I love natural makeup. On my eyes I usually just use some mascara and light shimmery eyeshadow in the inner corners but last week I bought a new black eyeliner. I picked up the Alverde Kajal Eyeliner which is really pigmented, creamy and glides on so easily. And you know how it is when you have something new and you just wanna try it. So I did this makeup look and decided to share it with you. It's nothing special but I hope you like it! :)

Do you often use black eyeliner? Is it a part of your daily routine?


Love,
Jana

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner

August 01, 2014


Že dolgo sem zvesta le eni vrsti tonika, rožni vodi. Le-ta zmanjšuje rdečico in vnetja, poživlja in osvežuje, uravnana pH ravnovesje kože, prečudovito diši ter je primerna za vse tipe kože. Preprosto obožujem jo in nasploh sem vedno zelo zadovoljna z izdelki, ki vsebujejo vrtnične cvetove. Toniki sicer niso ravno najbolj priljubljeni izdelki za nego obraza, tudi sama dajem več poudarka na ostale izdelke, a ne glede na to, si ne predstavljam, da bi bila brez. Pravzaprav je tonik oziroma hidrolat prvi izdelek, ki ga nanesem na očiščen obraz in zadnji, ko se naličim. Bolj ko razmišljam, res ne morem brez in trenutno z največjim veseljem uporabljam rahlo izboljšano verzijo vrtnične vode, Thayersov tonik.
Thayers Alcohol-Free Toner Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera
 Vsebuje čudovito, ekološko pridelano aloe vero, ki je morda najbolj znana po svojih hladilnih in pomirjujočih učinkovinah. Super za zdravljenje opeklin, razdražene kože, pomaga pri hiperpigmentaciji in nasploh gre za krasno sestavino, ki z rednim uživanjem dela čudeže. Med drugim tonik vsebuje rastlinski glicerin, ki kožo vlaži in ekološki nepozebnik, ki deluje adstringentno, kar pomeni, da oža pore, veča napetost kože in zmanjšuje njeno mastnost. Kar pa je najbolj pomembno je, da ne vsebuje alkohola! In četudi imate mastno kožo, izbirajte izdelke brez alkohola, ker pri redni uporabi ne naredi nič dobrega.

Če tonik primerjam z navadno, čisto vrtnično vodo, moram povedati, da na koži nisem opazila večjih sprememb. Še vseeno pa jo raje uporabljam prav zaradi dodanih sestavin. :) Kot vidite ima Thayers "old school" dizajn, ki je meni kar všeč, embalaža je preprosta in funkcionalna. Ima zelo majhno luknjico za doziranje in tako ni nobene skrbi, da bi poleg vatke polili še sebe. Meni sicer takšna embalaža tonikov ni všeč, jaz potrebujem razpršilo. Ne maram uporabljati vate, včasih mi ven udari ekološka ozaveščenost in zato jo uporabljam le za odstranjevanje laka za nohte pa še to pazim, da porabim le eno blazinico. Na srečo sem imela še mojo prejšnjo vrtnično vodo od Argane, ki je mimogrede odlična, in tako vsake toliko časa malo prelivam. Rožno vodo uporabljam vsak dan po jutranjem in večernem čiščenju obraza, po ličenju obraza za daljšo obstojnost in lepši videz mineralne podlage. Zelo, zelo prav pa pride tudi ob vročih dneh, ko nujno potrebujem malo osvežitve.
Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Alcohol Free Toner, Argana Rose Water
Glede na ogromno količino izdelka, tonik svetujem tistim, ki imate radi vonj vrtnice, 355 ml je ogromno! Na voljo tukaj, stane okoli 6€.


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I've been a fan of rose water for a long time. I don't remember when I first started using it but I remember it was one from Melvita. They changed their formulation and added alcohol, a big no-no for me! And then the whole L'occitane and China market and animal testing happened and I was done with Melvita. Wow, okay, that's not the point of this post! Back to rose water. :) It reduces redness and inflammation, balances pH levels of the skin, it's so refreshing and invigorating, smells wonderful and it's suitable for all skin types. I simply adore it and always love products with rose petals. When it comes to skincare, toners aren't really my favourite products, I usually give more thought money to other bits but saying that I can't imagine being without a toner. It's actually the first thing I use on my freshly cleansed skin and the last when I'm done with my makeup. The more I think about it, the more I love it! 

At the moment I've been loving a bit of an improved version of rose water, the Thayers toner with the beautiful organic juice of aloe vera which is perhaps most known for its cooling and calming properties. It's great for damaged and burned skin, helps to reduce hyperpigmentation, all in all it's a fantastic plant. There is also vegetable glycerin, great for moisturizing and organic witch hazel, a natural astringent that minimizes pores, increases skin firmness and helps with oil balancing. And what is the most important thing for me is, the toner doesn't contain alcohol! Even though some of you might have oily skin it's best to choose products without alcohol because with regular use it doesn't do any good for the skin.

Ingredients aside I don't see any major difference on my skin when using simple, pure rose water. Nevertheless, I still love it just because of the added ingredients. :) As you can see, Thayers has that old school design which I quite like, the packaging is simple and effective. On the top it has a very small opening but I'm all about spray bottles. I don't like using cotton pads, every now and then my ecological awareness strikes out and because of that I only use them for removing nail polish and even then I usually use just one cotton pad. So fortunately for me I still had some Argana Rose water and when I finished it I just pour in some Thayers toner. Works perfectly. I always spray some on my face after my morning and evening face wash and after applying my makeup. But you know when I love it the most? When I'm hot and sweaty (TMI don't care), it's so refreshing and nice. :)

 Considering the big bottle, I recommend it to those of you who love roses. 355 ml is a lot when you don't like the scent. I bought it here.


Jana xx
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