Soften Your Skin with Boxwalla Beauty Box

September 21, 2017

I want to quickly talk to you about the August Boxwalla Beauty Box* featuring two gorgeous brands Odacité and Henné Organics. I haven't been using the products for long so this is definitely going to be a first impression post. The August box comes with a theme "Summer Comes Softly", showcasing three products that soften in three different ways.
 Odacité Oleosomer Time Release Delivery Crème* contains safflower oleosomes (found naturally in seeds) that are spheres of oil & vitamin E surrounded by a phospholipid membrane and protein. Say what? It is said that the oleosomes melt when they come into contact with the skin and steadily release their nutrients throughout the day, leading to lasting hydration and softness. Okay this all sounds super fancy, doesn't it? We could also say that the crème works double time by delivering a steady dose of actives and hydration both instantly and via delayed release. I only started using this crème yesterday and since it says you can customize it, I mixed it with a couple of drops of my evening facial oil, the Skin Owl's Maqui Berry Beauty Drops*. My skin immediately received a boost of hydration and seeing that made me very excited for the results to come. I have a feeling this crème will be my best friend during the colder months. You know hydration is key to healthy skin and if you have dehydrated skin you should definitely look into water or rather aloe vera based serums and moisturizers. This one sounds particularly good. It's based on Aloe Vera, there's Calendula, Green Tea and more. I'm bummed that there are also two palm oil derivatives. I know that the Palm Stearic Acid used in their Deep Hydration Masque is made from certified sustainable palm oil, produced in socially and environmentally responsible ways, but I'm not sure if these two ingredient are created from the same source. Hope so! I am waiting for them to get back to me and I will update this post when I'll know more. Read more about Palm Oil in this post. Other than that my first impression of this product is great. My skin was still moisturized and more plumped in the morning, and it almost felt like the product was still on my skin. I'm really looking forward to using it daily.
Odacité Pa + G, Papaya Geranium Facial Serum Concentrate* is a multi-active rejuvenating serum that helps to reduce the appearance of age spots while visibly slowing signs of aging. It's specifically targeted to treat hyperpigmentation and is the perfect oil to use after summer. Spending the days in the sun is the best thing ever but skin gets tired of the sun quickly and starts to show it. Enter products that tackle sun-damaged and scarred skin. The active ingredient in the serum is cold-pressed certified virgin Equadorian Papaya Oil, which is not only filled with vitamins but also with the resurfacing enyzme Papain, which dissolves excess melanin pigments and dead sin, making skin even-toned and glowing. Odacite's serum Concentrate are made with a particular skin problem in mind and are super potent. This one is no exeption! I've been using it for a week or two, mixing it with my beloved Leahlani Aloha Ambrosia* (sadly all gone now) and it worked great. It's a bit too soon to say that I've noticed major difference in my skin tone but I do think it's working at reducing hyperpigmentation spots. Will see how it goes, but so far my absolute favourite Serum Concentrate has been their Camelina and Chamomile, for sensitive skin. I also have a few more of them and I have to bring them back into my routine.

I don't write about Odacité products often but I really do enjoy their skincare line. I've already reviewed their Synergie[4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque* (review) and Mint + Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist* (review). One product from them that really deserves its own spot on the blog is their Deep Hydrating Masque. It is such a beautiful product.
The third product from the August Boxwalla box is the Henné Organics Nordic Berries Lip Exfoliator*. This baby is so freaking delicious!! I've tried a couple of Henné Organics products in the past, including their Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator*, which was nice but I couldn't get around that scent. I wasn't feeling the rose scent on my lips. But with this one it's different. The scent is so yummy and it's always making me go uuuuh and ahhh. It's berries galore and I can't get over it! The scrubbing ingredient is Sugar, which works so well at removing dead skin cells and making your lips super soft. The beautiful colour is courtesy of Raspberry and Bluberry Powders. I actually rarely use a lip scrub or any kind of other exfoliator for my lips because I just don't feel the need to. Saying that it's been such a nice treat scrubbing this beauty onto my lips and licking off rinsing with warm water. Of course I'm a sucker for the pretty packaging which makes the product even more luxurious and chic.

I'm thrilled to say that this box is still available as a one time box! Retail value of these three products is $131 but you can get them for $54.95. You can get it here.

Now if you follow me on Instagram, then you know I posted about the Boxwalla October Beauty Box: Wild Honey featuring three stunning products from H is for Love. I won't go into much details but the three products you get in this box are Rapha Harmonizing Cleanser, which is an oil cleanser filled with ingredients like Chamomile, Calendula and Turmeric, Propolis Regenerative Mask, with skin brightening ingredients, and a full sized Kinu Glowing Body Balm, which is described as comforting and evocative, this nutrient-dense indulgence is creamy, dreamy perfection for fall and winter skin. Yas!
Photo by @beautybyparita.

You can usually join Boxwalla to get your own box until the 20th of the month but this time the sweet Lavanya, co-founder of Boxwalla, extended the date till the 29th of September. So if you're still eyeing the gorgeous H is for Love products, now is the time! I can't wait to receive this box because I've been really impressed with the previous Boxwalla box containing H is for Love products. Such a beautiful line, inside and out. Very excited! Like I said, subscribe to Boxwalla Beauty Box until the 29th of September and you'll also receive three H is for Love products valued at $122 for $49.95. You can get it here.

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Time for Another Empties Post

September 18, 2017

Happy Monday lovelies! Hope you're all doing well. I've accumulated a few empty products so let's kick of a new week with another empties post. Like always, these products are natural and organic, and cruelty free & if I'm not mistaken they are vegan as well.
Lilfox Mystic Awakening Rosemary Toning Mist* contains only certified organic Rosemary Distillate and a couple of small Amethyst Crystals. Yes, this mist is infused with the beautiful purple amethyst crystals for balance and clarity, which gives me life. Rosemary has antimicrobial and therapeutic properties, it purifies the skin and awaken the senses. The mist is very invigorating and feels lovely on the skin but I have to be honest and say that I didn't love the scent that much. After a while I got used to it but as much as I love this brand and the addition of the crystals, I won't be buying a new bottle this mist.

I finished another face mist, the John Masters Organics Bearberry Skin Balancing & Toning Mist* (review). It's interesting how Lilfox's mist contains only one ingredient, but this one contains a whole bunch of them. I love that it's based on Aloe Vera since my skin tends to always love facial mists with this calming ingredient. It's a lovely face mist but I wasn't as impressed with it to buy a new bottle.

Mel Millis Phytonutri Daily Cleansing Oil* (review). I adored and loved this product so much! The scent of it is out of this world and it was such a beautiful treat to prepare my skin for nightime. It beautifully removes makeup and impurities and leaves skin fresh and cleansed, and not tight or dry. It's a gorgeous product suitable for all skin types and I highly recommend it.
Earthwise Beauty Nap in the Meadow* (review) is one of the cult products created by the forest fairy Ava, the Earthwise Beauty founder. For a hot minute there this product was banned from my beauty cupboard because of one particular ingredient, but thankfully Ava re-formulated it and I couldn't be happier. Nap in the Meadow is a stunning hydrating serum with anti-inflammatory and skin brightening benefits. With regular use this baby works like a charm and based on my experience I highly recommend it. I will definitely have to get a new bottle for the upcoming months. Love.
OOH! Organic Baboab Rejuvenating Face Oil* is an oil rich in omega 3, 6 and 9, making it ideal as a rejuvenating oil for maintaining healthy skin. Baobab oil isn't pore clogging and is said to help relieve skin prone to eczema and psoriasis. I liked this oil but I wasn't able to use up the whole bottle cause it went bad and therefore it's hard for me to really share my proper thoughts on it. I will say that I really liked the Cacay Anti-Aging Face Oil which contains 50% more vitamin E and twice the amount of Linoleic Acid than Argan Oil as well as 3 times more Retinol than Rose Hip Oil.
Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil* is a lovely hair oil packed with gorgeous ingredients that aren't found in just any old hair oil. It has Safflower, Rosehip, Argan, Sea Buckthorn, Coconut and more + a blend of essential oils that make this hair oil a floral-citrusy scent, a very lovely scent! This oil is also infused with Amethyst crystal which you know I love. I mainly used it as an overnight hair treatment, as a mask and it made my hair softer and healthier.
Leahlani Skincare Kalima Coconut Cream Cleansing Powder (short review) is one of my absolute favourite morning cleansers I've used. I love it so much and I already bought a new bottle of it. I was sure I already wrote a review of this magical concotion made by the beautiful Leah but I guess I'm still due to write one asap. Kalima is a three in one product and can be used as a cleanser, an exfoliatior and a mask. I love using it in all three ways and I simply can't get enough of it. It has an intoxicating and just gorgeous scent and a number of stunning ingredients that help to fade away hyperpigmentation and make my skin really happy and healthy. It's hard to say that it's my favourite Leahlani product because this brand is just pure Hawaiian magic and every single product I've tried, I love so let's rather say it's in my top three. Highly recommend!

Leahlani Skincare Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir* (review) is a beautiful daytime facial oil that I've been using for the last few months and I deeply feel in love with it. It's just so good and it really worked amazingly well on my skin this summer. I still have a tiny bit left, for two days I think and it continued to work well this September when temperatures dropped and autumn arrived. It gives a boost of moisture to my skin and keeps it hydrated all day. Like all Leahlani products, Aloha Ambrosia has a divine scent. A dreamy oil that I highly recommend to you all.

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Make Your Own Smudge Stick

September 14, 2017

Smudge sticks are something that really peaked my interest lately. By definition, a smudge stick is a tightly bound bundle of dried herbs that is slowly burned to cleanse and purify the air. As far as I know, this smoke-purification ritual known as smudging was done by Native Americans. In their tradition it is seen as a bridge to the higher realms, a way to bring in good spirits and dispel the negative or stagnant ones. If you think about it, similar rituals are founded in different religions, for example Catholics burn Frankincense and Myrrh. At one time both were considered to be more valuable than gold. Aromatic smoke produced by burning dried plants began with the discovery of fire and people would burn wood, herbs and resins over a fire to release fragrance. Working in a museum, I was actually once asked by a very curious seven year old something about perfume and how people discovered it (can't remember the actual question) but yeah, the first "perfumes" were like these, created by burning herbs over a fire. The aromatic substance was actually called "per fumus", meaning by or through smoke. I read somewhere about this transformation of the herbs and barks - from their physical form (of this world), they are changed by the element of fire into smoke (spirit world form). Smudging is a way of connecting the material plane to the realm of the spirits. So as you can see this thing, this practice or ritual may sound very new-agey but is in fact an ancient practice.

So why would you do this? All living beings and everything in this world has its own energy. You know when you just feel a person and don't vibe with him/her and you're not feeling their energy? Well that is something that you don't want that in your live and smudging can help clear that out of your life. It allows to wash away negativity or stagnant energy from your body and life. Either if you believe it or not, even if it is a placebo effect, at the end of the day this makes me feel better, lifts my energy instantly and calms me at the same time. It brings peace. I don't have everything figured out in my life but I'm not complaining either. Clear your space, your mind, body and soul, clear your aura, your crystals, invite peace into your life. It's a lovely ritual and one that I really enjoy doing.

I will say I'm pretty much (still) a noob when it comes to smudging and my ritual isn't as it "should" be and I'm fine with that. I saw that lots of people use an Abalone Shell to place the smudge stick in but I just use a small ceramic bowl which works perfectly well too. I've been using a pre-made smudge stick or a bundle that I got in my Goddess Provision Box and just recently I made my own using herbs from the garden (scroll down bellow to see the herbs I used). I just want to quickly share what I do with my smudging bundle. Before I light it up I like to calm my mind first. Ideally I do this after a meditation, which I've been trying to do regularly, but I still haven't managed to make it a part of my daily routine. Usually you should fan out the smoke (using your hand or a feather, not your breath) but honestly, I haven't been doing that. Well only a little bit with my hand because I don't like that there's a whole lot of smoke. I think it's just the fact that I'm not used to it. I first got into this for cleansing my crystals and clearing them of their energy. I've shared this video on my Instagram. I love how the smoke embraces my clear quartz, makes me so happy! Supposedly the smoke moves differently as it touches certain things. So I tend to start by cleansing myself with the smoke first (from top to bottom) and then move on to the room or crystals. When doing this it is said that you should do a prayer of sort, aloud is best. I feel funny doing that so I keep my thoughts in my mind and I try to only focus on smudging, being grateful and usually I'm also thinking something like "I'm releasing negative energy". So yeah, that's my personal ritual. Clear my mind, light my smudge stick, cleanse myself first (my aura) and then move on other things, and always trying to be present and grateful. When doing this hold the "handle" of the smudge stick over a smaller bowl. When you're finished you can just wait for it to stop or crush the smouldering end until it goes out. Don't use water because it can ruin the smudge stick. I think my routine will change in the future when I will learn more, but having all information at once can be too overwhelming and possibly also "too out there" to handle haha.

Before I move onto my DIY smudge stick I just wanted to say that there are some studies that a longer period of smudging (especially sage) can actually treat bacteria growth in a room. It brings me much satisfaction when I purify air in a room this way, there is just something about it that brings me joy. And like I said it also helps when feeling angry and negative. The combination of groundning myself and smudging just washes away those feeling away. Ok before I go on and on (I swear I meant to do this post short!) let's focus on the herbs used in my homemade smudging bundle. You can use a variety of herbs, you can use just one or combine a few together. Sage is the most widely used and no wonder since it's nature's antibiotics. It works amazingly well if you have problems with throat, mouth infection, angina. Definitely a herb to have in your garden. So I used Sage, Lavender (used in mummification as well), Thyme and Rosemary. I found these four in the garden, but there are a few more that can be used, like Sweet grass, Frankincense, Cedar, Juniper, Mugwort, and more. There's not a lot to say about the whole process of creating your own smudge stick. Pick your herbs, combine them and then simply tie them together with a string. I used a thread but I would suggest something stronger. Wrap your herbs quite tightly because they shrink in size when they dry up. When you're finished, you can trim the edges and then hang it to dry. It needs good air circulation so hanging it somewhere is best, preferably somewhere where it's dark and dry. The herbs will dry in a week or so but before using the bundle make sure it's completely dry.

All that's left for me to say is happy smudging! :)

Much love,

Jana xx

Going Places: Lovran

September 10, 2017

Hello my lovely readers! I'm coming at you today with another "Going Places" post, this time from a coastal city in Croatia, Lovran. As I did with my first post of this kind about Kamniška Bistrica, I'm just going to share a few photos of the place. As you will see, the sea in Lovran is very clear and beautiful and I absolutely loved the famous coastal promenade that stretches from Volosko to Lovran. You guys, this promenade is more than 100 years old and was officially named the Franz Joseph I Promenade, but it is still best known as the Lungomare. It's such a lovely place to go for a walk! Beaches here aren't really big but there are a lot of little bays surrounded by rocks and stones, and that has a charm of its own. There are not a lot of pebble or sand beaches. The weather wasn't the best but we definitely managed to go for a few swims which is all I wanted. I will always have a special memory from Lovran since I finally met with one of my online friends, the beautiful Mirna and her cute dog Edel. She is as sweet and friendly in real life as she is online, if not even more and I'm so happy we could find the time to meet. We had such a lovely time that we completely forgot to take a selfie together so I guess we will have to meet again. :) So this was a very good moment of our vacation but unfortunately there was also a bad one. Jaka dislocated his shoulder! Luckily it was towards the end of our stay and he did manage to put it back in place by himself (!!) but still, very annoying and painful. Poor thing!! He is getting better and better each day. I also have to mention that this vacation I was living in my Fil Blanc Celesto Hammam Towel*. I absolutely love it! It's so lightweight, very absorbent, dries really fast and it's just so comfy.
Have you been in Lovran? Hope you've had a lovely first week of September too!

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Art of Organics x Laurel Whole Plant Organics

September 06, 2017

Hi lovelies! How is your September going? Hopefully good! We're currently back in Croatia, enjoying our last summer holidays so September started out great for me. Today I wanted to share with you a new subscription box. Well it's not new but I've never talked about it on my blog so it may be new to you. I'm talking about the beautiful Art of Organics with its gorgeous selection of brands and products, and the ever stunning prints that embrace each box. The creation of Art of Organics has been a long-time personal project for Claire Molyneaux, who's always been drawn to beautiful packaging and claims of efficacy. After suffering from allergies, skin sensitivity and an autoimmune disorder for years, Claire started to research the ingredients in the beauty products she was using and was shocked by her discoveries. That's why she created The Clean Beauty Box by Art of Organics, a monthly, luxury subscription box filled with organic, natural, non-toxic and cruelty-free products, carefully chosen with the intent to create a meaningful experience with every luxe detail. And boy is it luxe! Clare manages to find really exciting and gorgeous products to share in her boxes and those beautiful prints are killing me with their prettiness every time! The lovely floral print on this month's box was created by Jess Bruggink.

The Clean Beauty Box is one that I wanted to try since the beginning and it really is such a privilege and an honour to be able to try this particular one. I don't think I could have received a better one since September box* features the ever amazing Laurel Whole Plant Organics, in my opinion one of the most beautiful brands out there. It's a flower and herb based facial care line using 100% organic, raw, unrefined whole plants, sourced directly from bio-dynamic farms. Completely in love! I also adore their Instagram account where Laurel and her team are showing us snippets behind the brand. It's so nice to see all the flowers and potent ingredients cared for with such love and integrity.
Art of Organics boxes always have a theme and this month's theme is Bright. Being someone who has struggled with spots and hyperpigmentation since like forever, I always love trying out new products that promise to brighten my skin. Enter Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Mask, a repairing, firming + brightening mask, which is the IT product in this month's box. This is a powdered facial mask literally filled to the brim. I almost spilled some out when I opened the jar for the first time! This special mask works to noticeably brighten, repair and firm tired skin. Organic and sustainably farmed Camu Camu, Acerola Berry and Rosehip Fruit are known for their high amounts of high vitamims A, C and E, and these vitamins are recognized and used in many skincare products. Camu Camu is a superfruit rich in Vitamin C, which is shown to repair damaged DNA and sun damage, and can reduce hyprepigmentation over time, restore collagen and increase firmness. Therefore the mask is perfect for mature, sun damaged and scarred skin. Perfect for any kind of hyperpigmentation, also for those post-acne red spots, the one that are quite a regular occurrence on my skin.

Before I move onto my thoughts and experience using this mask, I have to share other Laurel goodies that are in this Clean Beauty Box. Since this month is all about the Brighten Challenge using this Brighten mask, the addition of the Handcrafted Mask Bowl and The Brush couldn't have been nicer! I've been on a hunt for this kind of a ceramic bowl for a while and this one is just perfect. And the brush, oh it is just stunning! Fan treatment brushes are specifically crafted to make application of the delicate, powdered mask even easier. It's vegan, of course, and the unique handle is made from dark walnut from reforested land. Love all these little things that the founder Laruel is so passionate about.

As I said, the theme of this box is Bright and that comes with its own challenge - The Brighten Challenge. You can use this mask in a few different ways and I'm all about developing customize rituals that work best for me and my skin. There are some suggestions on the card that comes in the box but in the end it all comes down to your skin type and the time that you have for masking. After I first tried the mask and didn't have any bad reaction to it (only good), I decided to use it every other night for about 15 minutes. Well I tried to be consistent and even tho I wasn't, the results were really noticeable in a matter of days. I took a few photos of before and then after six days and let me tell you that my red spots were noticeably reduced. I would share the photos with you but they don't make the mask justice + they are not as crisps as I would like them to be.

How to use the mask? Mix about half a teaspoon of the mask with water. No fancy stuff, just water. Preferably a fairly hot water and simply trickle the water with fingers and mix together with the brush. I love that it's a fan brush so you don't really waste any mask by absorbing it into the bristles, like it can happen sometimes with brushes that have denser bristles. I also add a few drops of facial oil and then you let the mask sit for a few minutes. As Laurel says, you let it steep like you would a tea. Which is very logical if you think about it. Then apply on full face, neck and decolletage. I don't do decolletage because it's not that convenient, but it is recommended. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and keep the mask active by keeping your mask hydrated. How do you do that? It's super easy! You don't need to be fancy and use up your fave facial mist. You simply mist your face & mask with water. I'm misting away like there's no tomorrow haha. After 15 minutes simply wash the mask off and apply your evening skincare products. I have to share with you that when I have the mask on, I feel a slight tingly sensation. I wouldn't say it's itchy but I do feel like there's something going on. I get the feeling that this mask is really potent and effective. I don't experience any redness after I wash it off, just clean, brighter and happier skin. I'm not sure if it would be too potent for sensitive skin so perhaps start with 5 minutes and see how it goes. For more tips and tricks, watch Laurel's "how to" video here. I loved it and it's definitely worth a watch.

From the minute I started using this mask I completely feel in love with it and I highly recommend it, especially if you have scarred, sun damaged skin, skin with hyperpigmenation spots (like post-acne redness). As I said, I really noticed a huge difference in my skin and in reducing the redness in my skin, which went away in a few days. It works so well at reducing post-acne marks but I think it works best if you are consistent and use it on a regular. It's not like an instant eraser, so don't expect that, but in my experience it ticks all the boxes and I really recommend it.

What is there left to say? If you love masking, then you will love this box! The box is valued at $116 but you can get all these products for $39! You can subscribe here. Members also receive 15% off of all store purchases. Oh and you can also check out some of their previous boxes that are on sale. If you have any questions, do let me know. 

Happy masking!

With love,


*sample generously provided
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A Quick Introduction to September's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery

September 01, 2017

Oh my goodness where has the time gone, it's already the first of September! Whaat?! It's such a bittersweet month for me. Summer is coming to an end and autumn winter is coming. Get it? ;) Well it was even more bitter when I was in school. But for the last few years September has been sunny and warm, even a hot month (not today tho) so I will not complain. One other thing I will not complain about is the brand new Beauty Heroes Box featuring Skin Owl. The brand makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside because it was featured in my first ever Beauty Heroes box that I so kindly received from the beautiful Jeannie. You can check it out here + there is a lot of information about Beauty Heroes if you wish to learn more about them.
Skin Owl was founded by Annie Tevelin, who struggled with acne and skin imbalances until a vacation in Vietnam led her to discover the remarkable benefits of mangosteen fruit. That was the hero ingredient of the Mangosteen Beauty Drops pm, that was in the March 2016 BH box. That oil smelled sooo delicious! Sweet and fruity and just gorgeous. Some described the scent as "sweet candy" and "face candy", and I couldn't agree more. BUT. Last year Annie found out that the specific strain of mangosteen she had been sourcing was becoming unsustainable to her Southeast Asian partners. Rather then discontinuing the product she went on a mission for an ingredient that would met the high standard of her prized mangosteen and replace it. And she found it. She discovered the tiny and mighty purple maqui berry which is now the new star ingredient in the Maqui Berry Beauty Drops pm*. Maqui Berry is said to have calming, clearing, protecting and brightening benefits. It is formulated in the base of Baobab Oil, with addition of proprietary blend of Tangerine and Vanilla Essential Oils. This one has a gorgeous scent as well! The oil promises clearer, balanced and healthy skin, visible improvements in evenness in tone and overnight improvement in smoothness and softness. I've only been using it once a day for about a week so I can't say much other that in does make my skin smooth and soft. It doesn't clog my pores but makes my skin healthy looking and lovely. Hoping for all those other things as well. If it will meet my expectations, I will definitely write an update. You can read more about this product here.

Since Annie was really impressed with the results of Maqui Berry she was inspired to create another product with it and that is the Sidekick of the Septemeber Beauty Heroes Box, the Skin Owl's Beauty Whip*. A balancing & buttery face mask that you can use as an overnight treatment or primer as well. It promises a boost of moisture, even texture and tone, and a visibly brighter complexion. I have to use it a few more times before I share with you my thoughts but it kinda looks like it really delivers all that. It feels lovely on the skin and every time I used it, and then followed with the oil, my skin tone always looked more even in the morning. I'm bit wary of the Organic Alcohol that it contains and I have yet to try it as an overnight treatment or a primer. It also contains some emulsifying waxes (which can be ethoxylated) but as verified directly from SkinOwl’s lab, this particular emulsifier is not ethoxylated. Oh and this product separates so you have to shake it up to mix all the ingredients back together. More about the product here.

The Septemeber's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery ft. Skin Owl is valued at $113 but you can get both of these products for less than $40. This Beauty Heroes box will be available till the 20th of September. You can get it here.

I would like to end this post by sharing with you the video that Jeannie and Annie did about the change from Mangosteen to Maqui Berry. It's such a lovely video and it will really gets you excited about these two Skin Owl products. Check it our here.

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Short & Sweet: Two From Last Week

August 29, 2017

I'm not ready to write a post about my favourite products from August so I'll rather talk about two products that I fall in love with last week. One was forgotten in my bag and I found it in the beginning of the week and the other I've been using for about two weeks, and I've really been enjoying both.
 Ever since I've started working with Love Lula I've not only been having lots of fun picking products from their shop but also trying out some very lovely new-to-me products and brands. One of them being John Masters Organics, a brand that has been around for a long while but it's not that talked about in the green beauty community. Well their haircare products are quite popular but skincare isn't. Not sure why but perhaps that needs to change. I've already mentioned their Firming Eye Gel* in this post but today I wanted to share their Bearberry Skin Balancing & Toning Mist* for oily and combination skin. First of all I really like that this mist is based on Aloe Vera. My skin always seems to prefer mists and toners that have a base of Aloe, rather than water. I find them more hydrating and calming. It contains quite a bunch of ingredients, 91% of them are certified organic. Willow, Rosemary, Lavender, these are all ingredients that can be beneficial for oily skin. The mist is described as a purifying and balancing. It may be, I don't know that yet but I do know that it is a very lovely mist with a very good misting spray nozzle. And it's not pore clogging. But it does contain Coconut Oil so if you're sensitive to it, maybe skip this one. One thing I would like to change with this product is the packaging. Looks like dark glass but it's not, it's plastic. Interesting, since the eye gel and the other skincare product I have are both in glass bottles.
The other product I want to mention in this post is Hurraw Vata Lip Balm*. Hurraw lip balms have been one of my favourites for a few years now. They have cool packaging, they're vegan, contain organic, raw (cold pressed), wildcrafted, no gmo ingredients. This scent is one of their "newer" ones (it's been out for quite a while now). Vata is one of the doshas in Ayurveda, which is the traditional medicine of India. There are three basic types of energy, universal principles known as the doshas - vata, pitta and kapha. And Hurraw transformed the three into scents. The word vata means to blow or move like the wind. I'm not quite sure which of the doshas is the most prominent in me so I just picked the balm based on the scent (I smelled them a while back in OrCa). To me it has that typical oriental, rich scent of Cardamom and Rose. It transports me somewhere else, I can't pinpoint where but it's beautiful. Yet another lovely lip balm from Hurraw, they never disappoint.  

You can find both of these products on Love Lula

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Leahlani Skincare Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir

August 25, 2017

Ah Leahlani. One of my absolute favourite brands which I've been loving for years. I really don't know when was the first time I tried one of Leah's magical concoctions but I sure know the first Leahlani product I tried. It was the one and only Mermaid Mask. You know what? I finished a jar of it a few weeks ago and been patiently waiting for it to be back in stock at my girl Rayna and her beautiful online boutique Reina Organics (which now is and is already on route to me!), and I have to say I've been really missing it. It really is a true green gem. Well, if I quickly search my email I can see an Etsy purchase of the mask way back in 2014. Told you I was a fan. Do you remember the old packaging? It sure was cute. Leahlani came a very long way and evolved into this gorgeous skincare line and everyone wants to have at least one piece of the Hawaiian goodness in their home. At least I think it's like that in the green beauty community. I sure as heck need at least! one product at a time from the beautiful Leah in my home. Back in May I was so lucky to receive a beautiful parcel straight from Hawaii full of Leahlani products and I've been testing them ever since. Yes, I can take quite a lot of time to properly test out new products and I will never understand girls who try a product once or maybe they use it for a week and then they are all ready to write a review. First impressions yes, but a whole review? I ain't like that. But this intro is already too long as it is so let's talk about the product you came here to read about. Meet the absolutely beautiful Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir*.
 The elixir is described as an exotic, superfood feast for your skin and I couldn't agree more. Actually the whole description of the Aloha Ambrosia is something that you would want to have immediately - her feather-light consistency and silken texture absorbs beautifully into the skin, infusing each cell with the essential nutrients it needs throughout the day- leaving your skin well fed, perfectly moisturized and wholly nourished. Doesn't it sound like a dream? Should I go on? Aloha Ambrosia is lavishly overflowing with youth enhancing antioxidants and vitamins derived from organic oils. And not just any organic oils but beautiful fruit oils such as Acerola Cherry, Mangosteen, Goji Berry, Passionfruit, Kiwi and Guava. Amm stunning?! These fruits are mostly known for their antioxidant benefits and they help to firm and tighten the skin, reduce inflammation and stimulate circulation. These beauties are lovingly blended into a base of Squalane, which is mostly known as a very good moisturizer but is so much more, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera. Simply beautiful. 

Aloha Ambrosia is quite a lightweight product and I find it to really be ideal for daytime use. On me it doesn't absorb that fast but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin either, so I see no problem in that. It gives my skin an instant glow, the aloha glow and I love that dewy look. Does it moisturize to perfection, as they promise? It most definitely does! I'm so impressed I can't even think of good enough words to describe all the moisturizing benefits it provides. Even if I use it with the powdered sunscreen Farizad's Veil from Earthwise Beauty (which can be a bit drying with some facial oils), my skin is still looking completely and utterly happy and moisturized. I've been using the two together and they are such a perfect match. Not only that Aloha Ambrosia packs a massive, massive punch of moisture but my skin also feel so soft and plump. I don't even need a moisturizer with it, but I do use a toner and an aloe vera based serum because I can't be a minimalist when it comes to skincare. I really have so much love for this product.
One last thing I have to mention is the scent. There is no surprise there, the elixir has a beautiful scent, like all Leahlani products do. When I first sniffed it, I did find it too strong but once I applied it on my face, the scent was just right *insert the smiling emoji with a drop of sweat on one side of the face*. The sweet-floral scent comes from a proprietary blend of essential oils, their signature blend of Jasmine essential oils. I adore the scent, it gives me all the feels and I don't think there ever was a product containing Jasmine that I didn't like. It's not your typical scent of Jasmine but still oh so very beautiful. A very lovely way to start the day. Why? Because the delicate scent of jasmine is heavenly and connects with the heart, awakening romantic and poetic feelings while evoking a happy state of being. Jasmine stimulates the release of serotonin, which results in an uplifted mood and a burst of creative energy - the perfect way to start the day for your skin and spirit.
Aloha Ambrosia is suited for all skin types. I have combination skin and I didn't have any problems with pore clogging. It's very moisturizing, it makes my skin soft and supple. LOVE. Leahlani, you can take all my money. :)

You can get it at Leahlani Skincare shop or at Reina Organics (if you live in Europe).


Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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