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February 10, 2016


Today's article is inspired by Valentine's Day. I was never much into it, my boyfriend and I don't celebrate it, but I have no problems with it whatsoever. You do you! I picked some pretty red and pink products (and a few others) that may inspire a lust or a purchase for the upcoming love day. Or just any other day in the year. :)
Yanumi Raw Organic Shea Butter with Almond Oil* - well isn't this just the cutest little packaging?! This heart shaped tin is packed with vegan and organic Shea Butter from Ghana and Almond Oil from Spain. I adore Shea Butter, it's such a magical ingredient for softening and hydrating the skin. It makes it extremely smooth and it can be also used as a face product. It's not comedogenic which means it doesn't clog the pores and cause breakouts. At least in my experience. I've only had this lovely product for a few days but I feel in love with it right way. Mainly I've been using it for my dry cuticles and lips, but there are numerous ways of using it - on your hair, face, hands, body, wherever you like.

100% Pure Pretty Naked Palette - this gorgeous fruit pigmented palette is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and beautiful colors from pigments of fruits, seeds, flowers and vegetables. Comes with one of the most beautiful blush shades I've ever tried! It's called like the palette, Pretty Naked, and you can see it more up-close in this post. Besides the blush it also contains three eye shadows and a highlighter called Luminizer, which I don't really care for because it's too pink for me to wear on my cheeks. But it works quite nice as an eye shadow. If you like natural shades that this is the palette for you. You can find swatches of all five shades here.
Nudus Lipstick in Revenge*- of course I had to include a red lipstick. Blue toned red lipstick to be exact. I talked more about these lipsticks in the past (click), but by no means have I forgot about them. They are highly, highly pigmented. So much so that you most definitely need a mirror, especially with this shade, and possibly a lip brush as well when applying it. Nudus is now also available in Europe, yay! You can get them at the gorgeous Reina Organics e-boutique.
Alima Pure Lipstick in Louise* - if you're not a fan of red lips, then Louise is the way to go. If you're familiar with 27 Kisses from Nudus, then think about Louise as 27 Kisses's little sister. Louise is a bit paler and slightly less mauve. Absolutely stunning I'd say. It's a beautiful creamy nude lipstick with semi-matte formula. It's also very pigmented, moisturizing and it disappears evenly from the lips.
Inika Mineral Blush Puff Pot in Pink Pinch - I don't usually get along with loose mineral products, if you overlook my well loved Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, but other than that, it's too messy for my liking. Not with this blush though. As you can see it has a puff, a puff pot applicator which makes the application a whole lot easier. Well, it's not really the most hygienic way of using a product (maybe I'll press it one day), but for now I'm using it as it is. Pink Pinch is a beautiful pink shade with tiny shimmer particles. I don't normally enjoy shimmer in blushers, but this one gives a nice dewy and healthy look to the skin. If you just dab it onto your skin it can look a bit shimmery, but if you gently blend it in then the shimmer will immediately disappear.

Balm Balm Relax All Over Balm* (ENG) - another product for keeping my skin extra soft and nourished. 100% organic with relaxing and soothing essential oils like Rose Geranium, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang and Lavender. Smells beautiful and it is a lovely product to use. More about it here.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter - not fully committed to bold red lips, but would still like some color on them? Then this is the one for you. Hands down one of the most enjoyable and wearable "red lipsticks" out there. It is essentially a lip butter full of nourishing and moisturizing ingredients, like Avocado and Rosehip Oil, Shea and Cocoa Butter and pigments from Strawberry, Cherry and Plum, to name most of them. It's a very beautiful product but a classic lip balm tube would work even better.

Leahlani Skincare Perfume Oils in Pikake and Lychee* - unfortunately these two don't look as pretty as they did, but what is inside is more important. They both smell hella good! Sweet, exotic and just wonderful. Pikake is the Hawaiian Jasmine flower and the perfume itself is described as an exotic floral with earthy notes, reminiscent of the jasmine bushes blooming at night in the middle of a warm, tropical rainstorm. Lychee perfume is described as exotic sweet lychee with hints of rombuton, papaya and freesia flowers. Fun, fresh, young, sweet and cheery! I don't see this one on their website anymore, but I do hope it will return.
Lily Lolo Lipstick in Romantic Rose* (ENG) - a stunning rich, rose pink with a super creamy consistency and with just the perfect name for a romantic Valentine's Day. It's moisturizing and really wearable. One of my favourite pink lipsticks. You should definitely give it a go.
Rawr Organic Chocolate with Goji Berries and Vanilla* (60g)  - last but certainly not least is a product that inspired this post, chocolate of course. I mean just look at it. Isn't it so precious? Besides the spot on, 100% recyclable packaging (which includes 10% of cocoa husks), Rawr also did a nice job creating the chocolate. I don't really taste the vanilla, but it is a nice dark chocolate. It's 100% organic, vegan, contains cocoa solids 72% minimum and is fairtraded. Fairtrade is a certification you should all look for when buying a bar of chocolate. It ensures decent working conditions, fair wages and no forced labour or child labour. Buying Fairtrade chocolate makes a huge difference to the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Have you tried any of these products?

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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