2017 Beauty Heroes Favourites

december 22, 2017

This year I decided to gather my thoughts and bring you my 2017 Beauty Heroes favourites. There has been so many amazing boxes this year and I struggled not to pick all of them. In the end I opted for 6 Beauty Heroes boxes (I'm a Libra alright, I can't decide) which I loved just a tad bit more than the others. And if you don't know what the heck Beauty Heroes even is, then you can read a whole lot in my introduction post to BH here. It's a monthly subscription discovery service. In each box you get a carefully selected full-size (not sample!) Hero Product and one or more Sidekicks + exclusive 15% ongoing discount as a BH member. You can subscribe here.

 The founder Jeannie Jarnot and her Beauty Heroes team are the best and I'm so grateful to be working with them. It really was a dream come true when Jeannie invited me to be one of their Brand Ambassadors. I utterly adore Jeannie and what she and her team are doing for beauty community. I also utterly love and adore their curations which are almost always a massive hit in my book. With that said here are my favourite from this year. Oh and before I start with them I want to say that if it weren't for Beauty Heroes I probably wouldn't try all these beautiful products and brands this year. Out of the six brands here I've only tried one before and that was also from a previous BH box. "A brand that was on my wishlist" & "I was so excited to try it out", these are the sentences I would use for every single box but I don't want to repeat myself haha. Blah blah, here they are now.
 January Beauty Heroes Discovery featured Maya Chia, a brand that is all about Chia Seed Oil, which has been clinically proven to increase skin hydration, improve skin barrier function and reduce transepidermal water loss. All my Slovenian ladies, if you're interested in trying out 100% Chia Seed Oil I saw it in Muller and Biotopic. The Hero product was The Super Couple*, a stunning facial oil with Chia Seed Oil, of course, and Astaxanthin from microalgae, with over 65 times the antioxidant levels of Vitamin C. There are also 12 other skin-supporting botanicals, like Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose and more. This serum is divine! It was everything I hoped for. And more. My skin looked so good when I was using it, I loved it. It helped with hyperpigmentation, my skin was glowing and it was just really lovely and healthy looking. The Super Couple is truly beautiful. Oh and the colour? Gorgeous! The Sidekick was the Limited Edition Waterless Wonder Balm* which I actually just mentioned in one of my previous posts here. It's equally beautiful and oh so hydrating. It really seals in the moisture + it has such a yummy scent. My first impressions here.

April Beauty Heroes Discovery featured Lilfox, a luscious and whimsical skincare line. The Hero was the Jungle Glow Enyzme Cleanser + Mask* which I loved so much I got myself another April box. Jungle Glow is based on one of my favourite ingredients - honey. More precisely Raw Rainforest Honey from Hawaii and that is pretty much all I need to know to fall in love with a product. Among the ingredients are also Maracuja Oil, Amazonian White Clay and Raw Cacao. I either use it as a morning cleanser/two minutes face mask or a full on face mask, which I leave on my face for at least 20 minutes, but preferably longer. It's hydrating, it's gently exfoliating, it's brightening, it makes my skin smooth and soft. It's dreamy. The Sidekick was Cleopatra Restorative Milk + Honey Beauty Mask*, with Coconut Milk, Rose Petals, French Rose Clay and more. This powdered mask is beautiful as well. My full review here.

June Beauty Heroes Discovery featured a Hawaiian brand Honua Skincare. The Hero was Aloha Youth Serum* which I loved dearly. Full of wonderful ingredients this hydrating and calming serum worked amazingly well on my skin. It keep it soft and plumped and I truly enjoyed this little gem. The Sidekick was Olena Turmeric Beauty Oil* and its scent wasn't a favourite of many. True, the scent wasn't my favourite either but the results on my skin sure were! This oil is divine. Anti-inflammatory and brightening this oil also helped reduced post-acne spots and sun damage on my skin. Oh it's so good. I really loved both of these products so much. When I was using them my skin was looking extra healthy and redness-free & I also had less naughty spots. Really beautiful. More here. Honua just came up with a new product which is a mask and I'm very excited to try it out.
September Beauty Heroes Discovery featured SkinOwl, which to me was so special because my first Beauty Heroes box ever featured Skin Owl. The Hero product were Beauty Drops PM, Maqui Berry*. This oil replaced Beauty Drops PM Mangosteen, because Mangosteen was no longer possible to sourced in an ethical and sustainable way. I have to say I like the new version even more. I find this oil hydrating and calming (maqui berries are anti-inflammatory) & I know lots of ladies with acne prone skin loves it. My friend also adores it and she has been using it non-stop! We are both on our lasts drops. The scent is also out of this world amazing! Sweet and fruity and just aah. The Sidekick was their new Beauty Whip Maqui Berry* which is Such a gorgeous product! It's a mask, it's a primer, it's a moisturizer, it's almost anything you wish. I LOVE using it when I'm having a bath or when my skin is in that confusing hormonal state when it can't decide between having spots or dry patches. It sorts both out and I love that. It's hydrating & balancing at the same time. It decreases or diminishes spots through the night. I also love the initial feeling I get from it - it's cooling, because I store it in the fridge. A bit more here.

November Beauty Heroes Discovery featured the amazing Spanish brand Ayuna, Less Is Beauty. Oh my word, this box was SO good. The Hero was Essence Cream-in-Oil Peel* which is one of the best and most fun-to-use exfoliator/product I've tried. In my experience, Ayuna products are magical. Essence is a whipped cream exfoliant with the most beautiful cloud-like fluffy texture that reveals skin's radiance in three phases. You apply it as a mask and then gently roll it off your skin with fingers. It's not a scrub with beads in it so it's not harsh. After removing it completely with a dry cloth you're left with a lightweight oil on the skin and that just blows my mind. From a mask, to exfoliator and then to an oil. What?? It's amazing and not only that it makes my skin softer and smoother, the whole experience is so lovely and my skin always looks amazing the next day. In this box there were two Sidekicks, Ayuna Nourishing Artisan Soap* and Rejuvenating Cream II*. Both gorgeous as well. I just can't with this brand, how can it be so good? I can easily use the soap on my face, no problems, no tightens just clean and fresh skin. I misjudged the Cream II at the beginning cause I thought it would be a bit much for my combination skin, but boy was I wrong! It's rich in ingredients that bring my skin to life, it's nourishing and hydrating but NOT at all heavy or thick. My skin drinks it up like nobody's business and then, even tho it's fully absorbed, it moisturizes my skin all day (or night). Review here.

December Beauty Discovery featured Khus + Khus, a unified, holistic line of hybrid philosophies, rooted in the fundamental belief that botanicals work within the body through the bloodstream and nervous system to deliver specific results, as well as broad benefits. The Hero was the Bleu Body Wax*, which is a stunning body balm/wax/goodness that brings peace and serenity. Not only with its ingredients and scent but also with its blue colour. The big jar of Bleu is so lush (and heavy!), the wax is very moisturizing and I love using it all over my body, as a hand cream, hair treatment, even an evening oil cleanser. Love. The Sidekick is the Sans Age Face Serum* (more here) which I love as well. It's very soothing and anti-inflammatory and it's just what I needed. Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, I love thee so much. Such a special brand. Review of Bleu Body Wax here.

Oh goodness, it wasn't my intention to write this much, and I already hold myself back as it is! When you love, you love and you just want to say a lot. I love and highly recommend all these products and brands. They are so special and each one is unique in its own way. Like I said, I'm so very grateful for Beauty Heroes and their amazing curations. LOVE

I wanted to end this post expressing my love for these cute little cards that I used for my photos. In each Beauty Heroes Discovery you will find a card with a stunning photo of products and an inspirational quote on the other side. They are always so thoughtful and I love reading them so much. I loved this month's quote: "Choosing to engage with conscious companies that value sustainability, health, and reasonable profits is an act of Love. What effect will these acts of Love have on our global human economy? Let's find out together." - Jeannie Jarnot. It really resonates with me and I think it will with many of you as well. Another one I love, and which is probably my favourite of this year is from the November box:

"How can you invite more Love into your life right now?" - Jeannie Jarnot. 

And on that I'm wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Makeup Look: Sparkly Eyes & Red Lips

december 20, 2017

Just in time for Christmas I'm sharing with you my current go-to look. The standouts are the gorgeous Gressa Aureo Eye Tint and RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in the shade Red.

 Gressa Aureo Eye Tint* is hands down the best cream eyeshadow I've used! It's a cream formulation but it actually almost feels like powder. It's velvety. Most eyeshadows (also powder) tend to crease on me, not to mention cream eyeshadow. This baby doesn't! It depends, sometimes it stays crease-free all day and sometimes half a day. It's really amazing. Not to mention the beautiful warm beige, champagne colour with gold shimmer. It's quite sparkly. I either apply it with my fingers or with Gressa's Eyeshadow Brush*. It really is like nothing I've tried before and I absolutely love it! You can get it here (Beauty Heroes members get 15% off).

RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in Red* is equally amazing as the Eye Tint. Mind you that it does contain some synthetic dyes but there's no Carmine or Lanolin. It does contain Beeswax, so not vegan. The colour Red is an orangey red and it's the perfect red lipstick for warm complexions. It's extremely pigmented, feels lovely on the lips and is very long lasting. I think it's one of the most long lasting lipsticks I've tried. Really impressed with it. Since it's so pigmented I like to first apply it straight from the bullet and then go in with Gressa's Precision Lip Brush* to make it all pretty around the edges. You can get the lipstick here.
 There is also a video on my Instagram where you can see how is the pigmentation and I think it's just nice to see how they apply. You can check it out here.

Wishing all of you the lovelies holiday season!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Not Really A Gift Guide

december 18, 2017

I don't think I ever wrote a post dedicated to Christmas gifts (not that it's anything wrong with them) and this year is no different. But I do want to mention a few things I've seen and liked. I know I'm super late with this kind of post but still, I want to link and write about a few things that have been on my mind.

It was actually the lovely Sarah who inspired me to do a post like this. Sarah is all about sustainability, using products that are made with people and the environment in mind. Using fairtrade & organic products in glass or aluminium, no plastic. She is all about simplicity and attainable products. Love everything she stands for. Plus she is a total sweetheart, always so kind and friendly. Definitely check out her beautiful blog here. So, Sarah wrote this article for Meow Meow Tweet's blog where she shared some wonderful gift ideas. I loved her thoughtful ideas and the fact that you don't need to spend huge amounts of money to give someone something special (an experience or a trip is also a gift!) and in the article you can also find one of my own DIY's. Read more here. And while you're at it, check out MMT's products as well. I have yet to try one of their deodorants, which are btw in biodegradable packaging. Yas! In Europe available at Reina Organics. The beautiful Rayna will donate 5% from every order this month to support children in need in Bulgaria. #giveback
Since I already mentioned giving back, there are so many ways you could do that.

December time is all about buying gifts for people we know and love but wouldn't also be nice to give something to someone you don't really know personally? I already mention one example above, where you can kill two birds with one stone: buying a gift for someone (you can't go wrong with Leahlani Skincare) and at the same time you would be also contributing to giving back for children in need. Or for example if you are buying Christmas cards you could go with the ones that support someone else. This year I bought two different cards: one are to support Botrstvo v Sloveniji (Sponsorship in Slovenia), which is a humanitarian project that concentrates on helping children and youth from socially disadvantaged families from all over Slovenia, and the other are to support Center slepih, slabovidnih in starejših (Centre for blind, visually impaired and seniors).

Or you could simply donate to a charity of your choosing. It doesn't have to be a lot, 5€ is better than nothing. Truth be told I was always a bit wary of donating and thinking is the money really going in the right hands but this year I decided to trust more and I donated to Sea Legacy. As you surely know oceans are not what they once were. There's tons of plastic, chemical pollutant and other shit, and by oceans I also mean seas and rivers and just water in general. Adriatic Sea is also full of plastic. Anyways, Sea Legacy is on a mission to create a world where our oceans will again be healthy and abundant. I urge you to check them out here and if you can donate or spread the word. Follow them on Instagram too @sealegacy. While you're at it you can also watch Blue Planet 2 and surely this will encourage you to do something. We have to keep reminding ourselves of this problem, otherwise we quickly forgot and ignore it. Ignorance is bliss but it's no way to live.

These are just a couple of things you can do for others this December, but there are also so, SO many more. Even though I might sound all high and mighty, none of us is perfect but we can all try and do better. You know even talking about it is good. You can even inspire someone to say no to a plastic bag in a grocery shop. Be mindful of your choices. Support local and/or ethical companies. Avoid plastic.

And please don't buy any more of those horrible paraffin based candles with synthetic fragrances. They're not good for you nor the planet. Choose quality over quantity and rather choose non-gmo Soy based or Beeswax candles (stay away from palm oil candles too!).

As you could see this post was a bit all over the place. From a gift guide to giving back and then to Blue Planet 2 and candles. Something not so "normal" and usual from me but I hope you liked it nonetheless.

With love,

Jana xx

Detox Your Body & Reveal Beautiful Skin

december 14, 2017

Let's continue with a very similar theme to my previous post and let's talk some more about how to get rid of dry skin. This time it's about skin on your body and while you're at it you can do some detoxifying as well. Even though I think that what you eat and drink is most important, I didn't plan on writing much about that. At the end of the day the whole healthy lifestyle isn't complicated, it may be hard but it's pretty straightforward. Everyone knows that vegetables are the best, fruit as well, lots of water, exercise, skip sugar, white flour and all that as much as you can. There are so many things you can eat to help your body, or rather your liver, to detoxify. Wait till January and everybody is going to talk about detox. Not that that's bad it's just how it is. Anywho, like I said I won't be talking about food but rather about a few practices you can do to help your body detoxify & also improve the texture and appearance of the skin.
 Before moving forward I want to say a few words about lymphatic system. I've touched on the importance of a good flowing lymph in this post, perhaps I should tell you a little more about it. I feel like lymphatic system is one of the most important systems in our bodies and is one that we often forget about. It pretty much touches every single part of your body. It is a part of the circulatory system and a very important part of the immune system, comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph. The lymphatic system’s main function is to cleanse out toxins and keeping your lymphatic system functioning properly is directly related to the overall health of the body.

BUT unlike blood, lymph does not have a pump that would help it flow and that's why our lymphatic system can easily become stagnant. Mine sure did last week and is probably like that every day, cause I spend all day every day sitting. And sitting is THE WORST. Luckily keeping the lymph moving doesn’t take much, otherwise we would be all sick constantly. But there's nothing wrong with prevention and I'm sure your lymphatic system could do with a little bit of help. Mine sure appreciates it.

One of the easiest things you can do is drink plenty of water. Lemon water in the morning is a great detoxifier so definitely try that. I'm slacking on this but I do make sure to drink plenty of water through the day. The next very easy thing you can do is go for a walk. Walks, especially power walks are great for your lymphatic system. I think that 20-30 minutes per day can do great things for your body. If you're not an outdoorsy person you can do some stretching and yoga. Some poses are especially beneficial, like inversions and twisting, but any yoga flow is very beneficial. Not only for your body but also for your mind. You can find some amazing detox yoga videos on YT, personally I would go with Yoga With Adriene. You could also simply place your legs up the wall, that one is surely the easiest pose to do. My cousin LOVES IT and she is doing it all the time.
Another thing I adore is dry body brushing. This is the best practice for not only keeping your lymph flowing but it's also amazing for the skin. If you do it regularly you will find that you really don't need any oils or lotion to keep your skin hydrated, even in winter time. It's quite magical really! I dedicated a whole post to dry body brushing years ago, check it out here (it's in Slovene). Dry body brushing or dry skin brushing is an Ayurvedic practice where you simply brush your dry skin with a brush. As with yoga, you can find some great videos on how to do it. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you always have to brush towards the heart to help with detoxification.


I like to start with my right leg, starting at my feet and then with long brush strokes moving up. I continue on my right butt cheek and I end the move towards the front of my body and towards the groin area. Then I do the same on my left leg. I follow with upward and clockwise movements on my stomach and upward strokes on my lower to mid back. Then right arm, again from the fingers to my shoulder and then gently towards the heart. Same on the left side. I brush down the sides of my neck. I brush the back of my neck down and towards the front, to the heart. I do the the same on my upper back. I finish with strokes down my armpits, first the right side and then left. From armpit, under my boob to the heart. Be more gentle on your decolletage, as you would be on your legs for example. In time you really get used to the feeling. This takes only a few minutes and then I hop in the shower. After dry skin brushing you will feel energized and woken up and that's why it's a wonderful practice to do in the mornings.
To follow dry skin brushing I picked a detoxifying wash, Linné's Activate Body Wash*. This product contains activated charcoal which is yet another great detoxifying ingredient. It has an invigorating scent, it doesn't lather, yet it does make your skin black to dark gray and yes, you do have to be careful to rinse it all off, otherwise it can stain your towel. It's not a permanent stain and it does wash off in the washing machine. I heard it helps with body acne so definitely a product to consider if you have that problem.
Last but most certainly not least is a new-to-me product and a new-to-me Ayurvedic practice. Meet the incredible KHUS + KHUS Bleu Body Wax*. This stuff is so freakin good! I got this baby in the December Beauty Heroes box and they describe it as "an innovative twist on a classic body butter, infused with traditional and decadent botanicals". It's not a balm but it is a balm, but it's more of a wax, but then it's not a wax. It's very unique. It has a hard consistency like coconut oil has, but way nicer and softer. Think of mixing coconut oil with some oils and a little bit of beeswax. I usually scoop it out with my finger and then it melts beautifully in contact with the skin. It's filled with calming, anti-inflammatory ingredients with a scent that brings peace and serenity. The whole product gives me those feels, the scent, the colour, the ingredients, everything just goes together so perfectly. You can get it here.

Bleu Body Wax has been formulated for daily Abhyanga self-massage, which is another beautiful Ayurvedic practice. Abhyanga simply translates to ´oil massage´ and is recommended to balance your dosha. This massage should be done before a shower: starting massaging your head and then the rest of your body. Traditionally you would use quite a lot of oil to really massage your body vigorously, to help release toxins from the tissue. As you may have gathered it by now, this massage is done in a way that helps your lymph to move, so it should always be done in the direction of the heart. Instead of doing it the traditional way, I prefer applying the body wax as you would think, after a shower. I start with my neck, shoulders, chest, then arms, stomach and back. I massage my legs, always with strokes towards the heart. Around the joints you can do some circular movements, but other than that you always massage in the direction towards the heart. Lastly you massage your feet, from ankle all the way to the toes. I pretty much do it the same way as Jeannie. Definitely check out her article about Abhyanga. She also shared a YT video about the massage. Read the post here. I don't do this every single day but it is such a beautiful practice. Loving your body is so important and this massage definitely helps with feeling good about your body. There is something very special about it and I find it most relaxing.

I don't do all these practices every day but I certainly do at least one of them, if not two.
What about you?

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Soothe Dry, Fussy Skin + A Few Updates

december 11, 2017

I wanted to talk about a few products that have been keeping me company last week, when I spent most of my days nicely tucked away in bed. Not sure about you but when I'm sick my skin can turn a bit dry and in need of more intense care. I’m sure we all know that when being sick the most important thing is hydration – lots of water, tea, lemon water with ginger, turmeric and black pepper, also smoothies, fruits. You know how it goes. Surprisingly this time my skin was doing quite well. It was hydrated, soft and strangely quite calm and without redness as well. It was a bit different around my nose because of my constant blowing but even that wasn’t as bad as some other times. As mentioned, I tried to drink as much as I could but some skincare products also immensely helped keeping my skin happy.
 Where should I start? Let’s go with skincare. I’ve been really into the new face balm Tigress* from Earthwise Beauty. This is such a special balm and it’s like no other balm I’ve tried before. As it’s always the case when it comes to EWB products, Tigress contains unique and interesting ingredients, like Kokum and Ucuuba Butters (say whaat?), Passion Fruit, Babassu and Sapote Oils, and many more. There's no Shea or Cocoa Butters which is wonderful for my skin because Cocoa Butter can clog my pores. No Beeswax as well, which makes this roaring balm vegan friendly. Tigress is very lightweight, especially if you think of balm textures. It melts upon touching the skin and it’s absorbed beautifully into the skin. It’s really not thick or greasy but truly really different. You know dry oils? Well this to me is a dry balm. A balm that was specifically created for acne prone and oily skin types, but I hear it also works for dry skin. It is a wonderful balm! It doesn’t cause any break out or clogged pores but it actually heals my skin. Plus it’s hydrating. Very, very lovely product. You can expect a full review in a few weeks when I will use it for longer but for now you can get it here. Use my affiliate code "Loveliness" to get 15% off.
Ok so I’ve been using Tigress balm in the evenings but through the day I’ve been loving the December Sidekick product, the KHUS + KHUS Sans Age Face Serum*. I’ve been so impressed with this month's Beauty Heroes Discovery, first with the Bleu Body Wax whish is just dreamy and lately also with the face serum. Sans Age Face Serum is formulated with ingredients to diminish signs of inflammation, and increase a look of vitality and youthfulness in skin. Ever heard of the term "inflamm-aging"? KHUS + KHUS understands the biochemical connection between systemic inflammation and visible signs of aging. Aka take care of inflamed and reveal youthful skin. Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, and a few more ingredients, this oil has been keeping my skin soothed and less inflamed. Always something I love in skincare products. You can get this beautiful face serum in the December Beauty Heroes box, check it out here.
Another impressive balm is the newest Kari Gran product, the Essential Balm*. This stunner was in the Beauty Heroes Holiday Discovery and it really is such a gorgeous balm. Like Tigress this one is also different to other balms because it doesn't contain any butters. Only beautiful organic oils and beeswax. These ingredients create a very smooth and soft consistency which I love. After all that lying in bed and rubbing my face in the pillow, this balm provide a wonderful hydrating pick me up in the middle of the day. Not to mention the gorgeous scent. Love. Read more about the Essential Balm in this post and get it here.
For the skin around my nose I highly recommend the Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm*. I have the Limited Edition scent which I so kindly received in a Beauty Heroes box (quick review here). I only have a tiny bit left and that was all I needed to soothed and take care of the very dry and flaky skin around my nose. In this article this is the third balm I'm mentioning and this one is also unique in its own way and different to the other two. Contains Shea Butter and a few oils. I find it most nourishing and I assume that's because shea butter creates almost a film on the skin and takes care ofit so well. Really impressed! I'm not sure if this beautiful sweet and floral scent is still available but you can get Traditional citrus scent. Check it out here.
Sometimes I used the Maya Chia balm on my lips as well but Hurraw! Vata Lip Balm* performed much, much better at keeping my lips soft and plumped. Nothing new here, I've been a fan of Hurraw lip balms for so many years now & I don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
Special mention has to go to the Aphrodite Facial Steam* from Earthwise Beauty. This herbal blend is filled with Calendula, Marshmallow Root, Linden Flowers, Cornflower Petals and more. Not only it is wonderful for the skin but it also helps to combat congestion and soothe coughing. Perhaps some other herbs would be even more beneficial but I've been using this one and loving it. It offered some relief and I could breathe more easily + it always makes my skin softer and more hydrated. Facial steaming is very good for the skin and I really should do it more often. You can get Aphrodite here. Also check out their newer facial steam called Selene. In Europe you can get EWB products at Eminessences.
Baths also help with congestion and they always make me feel better. The bath product I've been currently into is GLOW Bedtime Bath Salts* from Kiss The Moon. I love that this product contains Epsom Salts which are very benefical and help body to recover and detoxify. They also help to relaxe muscles and reduce swelling. I will say that these bath salts don't have the best scent but luckily it isn't too strong and I don't even smell it when the bath is full of water. I probably use too much but I wish the bag would last me a bit longer. I got less than 10 baths out of it.

I spent many hours in bed so I need to mention the series I watched and highly recommend. First is Dark, a German series that in the beginning gives the feels of Stranger Things but it is much more grown-up and like the name says, dark. You can watch it on Netflix. Another series I watched and loved is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which takes place in the 50s in New York where a housewife decides to become a stand-up comic. Season 2 of The Crown is also out, another series worth watching. Are you watching Blue Planet 2? You should!<3

Since I've been a bit MIA and because I adore the content of the different December beauty boxes I simply have to update you on them. I've already shared what's in the Beauty Heroes box. By subscribing you can get the KHUS + KHUS Beauty Discovery, featuring Bleu Body Wax and Sans Age Face Serum. Beauty Heroes members also have 15% off in their beauty store. Their current LOVE MORE promotion - purchase $125+ and you will receive the new Innersense Organic Beauty Hydrating Hair Masque (full size!). Also check out their Holiday Beauty Store.

Art of Organics' December Clean Beauty Box (valued at $163, get it for $39) is called MOONBEAM and the box features Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask, which I've tried once and it looks like my skin will love this mask, and Luna Nectar Moon Boost Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum. I've never used a lash & brow serum before so this product is very exciting to me. I heard some ladies are having amazing results so I can't wait to see how it will work for me. You can get this box by subscribing or as a one-time box for $49. Art of Organics members always have 15% off in their beauty store. At the moment they're also having a sale. Spend 50+ and get 20% off with the code GLITTER20, spend 100+ and get 25% off with the code SHINE25. Sale doesn't include subscriptions for December - only store items.

For those of you who missed the December Boxwalla Beauty Box you can still get it as a one time box here. Boxwalla boxes always deliver and this box contains three products, Dafna's Personal Skincare Eye Care, Lepaar 24K Precious Oil and Rebel and Mercury Candle Tin. More information about the products here.

Another long post from me. Hope you enjoyed it.

Hope you're all having a beautiful start of a new week!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links


december 08, 2017

Hi lovelies! How are you all? I've been sick in bed for the last few days so I'm coming at you today with a quick post sharing with you my interview that I did for the lovely Renata over at Green Life in Dublin. If you want to know what's the best advice I've been given, what I like & don't like about myself, what's my favourite affirmation, and a whole lot more, then head over to Renata's blog and read the interview here.
I was a little bit more personal than I'm used to in the interview and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Also check out Renata's Green Beauty Bloggers Wishlists where myself and some other bloggers shared a few products from our Christmas wishlist. You can check it out here.

Wishing you a lovely Friday!


Jana xx

Beauty Heroes Holiday Discovery ft. Kari Gran

november 30, 2017

To say I was excited to hear about the new Holiday Discovery box from Beauty Heroes is an understatement. What I'm talking about? Holiday Discovery is a limited edition box brought to us by the one and only Beauty Heroes. Last year's Holiday Discovery included the wonderful Rose Beldi Soap from Kahina Giving Beauty (review) + two sidekicks. This year's brand is Kari Gran and if you don't know, this is a beautiful brand! I fell in love with their products last July when they were featured in the July box. Read my review here.

 In the Holiday Discovery 2017* are Kari Gran's Essential Balm and a Lip Whip. You can choose from three different shades - Jolene, Jeannie and Suji Red. But first let's talk about the Hero.

Kari Gran is known for keeping it simple with the quantity of their products and they only create products that bring something to their collection. Consisting of 5 skincare formulas, Kari Gran is slow beauty that promotes simplicity rather than catering to marketing cycles

Essential Balm keeps things simple by doing "more with less", making this a top pick for the season. Part face balm, part eye cream, part primer. This waterless balm is packed with gorgeous organic ingredients. My fave ingredients are Camellia, Rosehip, Avocado, Calendula, Arnica and Sea Buckthorn. No Coconut Oil which I know some of you avoid in skincare cause it can react negatively on the skin (it can cause breakouts). The balm also contains Beeswax, just so you know if you prefer to avoid it. Essential Balm has such a lush, soft and extra smooth consistency. It feels lightweight and the balm isn't heavy or thick. I love it! And the scent? I love it as well! It's aromatic, sweet, floral but not too "girly & fresh floral" but more spicy floral, if ya know what I mean. Smells mostly of Ylang Ylang but the balm also contains Jasmine, Frankincense, Lavender and Rose.

I have yet to properly test it out as a face balm and use it for a few weeks every day. So far I've only used it twice and every time I woke up with soft skin. The balm also didn't break me out but actually kinda soothed my skin. I'm really excited to use it more regularly, especially in the upcoming winter weeks. I would recommend it for most skin types but if you're allergic to essential oils, especially flowers then it may not be for you. Also, since this balm is very concentrated a little goes a long way. I can easily imagine this balm will last me a long time also because it comes in a very generous 50 ml sized jar. The expiration date goes well with that as you have time to use it till September 2019. Another thing I want to mention is that as with any other multi-purpose balms, this one can also be used in different ways. My preferred way at the moment is using it as a nighttime hand cream. Makes my skin soft and hydrated which is precisely what I need at this time of year.

I'm thrilled to have Essential Balm in my life and I highly recommend getting it, or using some other skincare balm so your skin is well taken care of and protected from a cold environment. Check it out here.
A few more words about the Sidekick product, the Lip Whip by Kari Gran. As I said you can pick from three colours. I opted for Jeannie, which is a beautiful dark fuchsia to plum colour. In the pot it looks very pigmented and don't you just adore this shade? Once applied to the lips the shade is not as pigmented and opaque but gives my lips a beautiful glossy finish with a touch of colour. At first it feels tingly and smells of sweet peppermint. Lip Whip is a lovely hydrating lip balm and like Essential Balm, a little goes a long way. I like using it but as you must know for yourself, dipping your fingers into a jar isn't the most hygienic so I don't use it as much as I would like. I do love the glass packaging but sometimes it would be easier if it would be packaged in a "typical" lip balm tube. I still love it nonetheless. Check it out here.

This Beauty Heroes Holiday Discovery is valued at $119 but you can get it for $55. Less if you're a Beauty Heroes member. $2 from each sale will be donated to The Malala Fund on behalf of the Beauty Heroes community and Kari Gran Skincare. LOVE.

If you've been eyeing this discovery be quick about it, because Jeannie informed us that there are not many more left. If you're in need of a new face balm or simply wish to try Kari Gran products now is the time.

You can get this Beauty Heroes Holiday Discovery here.

Lots of love to you,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Some Old & Some New Makeup Bits

november 27, 2017

I had this idea in mind to publish a makeup look created exclusively with products you can find on Love Lula. I'm happy to say I almost succeeded & I say almost because the mascara I used can't be bought on Love Lula. Some products I used are my firm favourites and I have been using & loving them for months and others I've received about a month ago and been also using them on a daily basis. I wrote quick reviews of each product I used and I hope you find them useful.
Inika Certified Organic BB Cream Foundation* (review) in the shade Cream has been my absolute favourite foundation ever since I've received it. I haven't tried lots of BB creams before but I love this one. It's more opaque as some others I've tried are but it still gives that light wash of colour that you would expect from a BB cream. I love that the coverage is not that sheer so I can easily use it all over my face to even out my tone and then go in with some concealer to cover the parts of my skin that need it. This BB cream is very lightweight, it doesn't feel like you're wearing anything, it stays put all day, it doesn't break me out and it's also full of lovely ingredients. I really love this product and highly recommend it if you're looking for a foundation with light coverage. One tip I have for you is to apply it with your fingers, I find that gives the best finish. You can get it here.
RMS Beauty "un" cover-up* (review) in the shade 11 has been my very loyal companion for the longest time and it just keeps on going and going. I've been loving it as an under eye concealer. It has a light to medium coverage and I really like that it's not drying. Actually that is something I experience if an eye cream isn't very moisturizing. Sometimes if I use too much I do feel it looks almost cakey but a little bit of tapping fixes that instantly. I always apply it with my fingers but on rare occasions when I use it as a foundation I really love to use a dense makeup brush with it, such as the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques. It is safe to say that it will definitely be a repurchase in the future. Get the product here.
Inika Organic Mineral Mattifying Powder is a nice product but if you're looking for some mattifying effect then this is not the one for you. Upon application it does give that matte look but it quickly goes away. I do use this product quite regularly but it's not one that I would buy again. You can check it out here.

Inika Loose Mineral Bronzer* in the shade Sunlight is another product from the Australian brand. I really love the shade of it because it's not (too) orange or dark, so it suits my light-coloured skin well. I do love that sun kissed look so I've been using this one pretty much every time I apply my makeup. Even though it's a loose mineral bronzer it's not a deal breaker for me because it has a twist and lock sifter. I will say that sometimes it can look a bit powdery on the skin, but nothing that a little blending can't fix. Good for all over the face and for definition on the eye lids. Get it here.
PHB Pressed Mineral Brow Powder* in Ash Blonde has been one of my favourite Love Lula discoveries in the last few months. I didn't have any expectations about this product and it really pleasantly surprised me! The colours is light, ashy and not yellow, it stays put all day (without the use of a brow gel - which I never use) and I'm just really loving it. It says it's long lasting and that it never smudges - I can easily stand behind this. I also adore the eco-friendly packaging and that it has a magnet so it closes properly. Magnetic clicks are so satisfying, aren't they? Highly recommend! You can get it here.

RMS Beauty Swift Shadow in GR-13 Garden Rose* is a pressed eyeshadow in the most beautiful reddish brown shade topped with some shimmer particles. It's pigmented, soft, it blends very nicely and that colour is just so pretty. For this makeup look I first applied some bronzer and then this eyeshadow, both mostly on the outer corners of my eyes & crease. Get the eyeshadow here.
Neek Skin Organics lipstick in the shade Friday On My Mind* has one of the best names, doesn't it? Before applying the lipstick I first apply my love Hurraw Vata Lip Balm* so the lipstick doesn't dry out my lips. This vegan lipstick is a red lipstick with an undertone of plum and brown colours, and it contains a tiny bit of shimmer. I really like that this shade is versatile in its pigmentation - one coat is more sheer and light and with a few coats you can achieve great pigmentation and opaqueness. It's a lovely lipstick and I love that it's vegan & that it comes in a bamboo packaging. There are some more moisturizing lipsticks out there but I wouldn't mind having more Neek lipsticks. Get it here.
Lily Lolo Mascara (review) is the only product from this makeup look that can't be bought on Love Lula. I've been loving Lily Lolo's mascara for what seems to be ages! It's one of my favourite natural mascaras and if you're struggling with finding a good mascara then definitely give this one a go. The only thing that's bothering me is that I'm noticing is that the formula tends to dry out far quicker than it used to in the beginning. Which also means it can start to flake of the lashes much sooner than before. I know I'm not the only one experiencing this so I'm curious do you also have this problem? I do still love it but just be prepared for that if you end up getting it. I love supporting Nina so I get my Lily Lolo products here but do check out their official website to find out the closest shop to you that carries LL products.
The code FRIDAY still gets you 15% off on Love Lula if you fancy some of these products. More info in my previous post.

Wishing you a lovely start of the week!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Natural & Organic Beauty Deals

november 22, 2017

Hi lovelies! There are several amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals going on and I just quickly wanted to share some with you. Some are too good to miss but I also encourage you to be mindful and not go too crazy with them. I'm pretty sure I won't be buying anything cause I already feel like a horder sometimes haha.


* Clean Beauty Box: 15% off of ALL subscriptions - AOFAMILY (this applies to 1st box payment of a month to month subscription or entire payment of the 1st billing cycle for multi month subscriptions). Subscribers always have 15% off in the AO beauty shop.

Spend up to $50 get 15% off - GRATITUDE15
Spend $50+ get 20% off - GRATITUDE20
Spend $100+ get 25% off - GRATITUDE25

ART OF ORGANICS deals will run from Black Friday (11/24) through Wellness Wednesday (11/29). Discounts will become active at 12am PST 11/24 and remain active until 11:59pm PST 11/29.


* 15% off with the code CYBERMONDAY (for non members).

* members have 15% off + free shipping worldwide.

* as you know Jeannie and Beauty Hereos are all about Use Less, Love More and for the holiday season they opened up the Holiday Store with LOVE MORE selections. For example there's Love Your VITAMINS More, Love MOTHER EARTH More, Love MEDITATION More and so on. I love what they came up with! Find them here.

* On all order $125+ you'll receive a LOVE MORE gift of the Kahina Giving Beauty set at $30 value.


* 10% off with the code BLACK.

DIVINE GREEN BEAUTY's deal starts Thursday evening and will run until Friday 25 Nov midnight.

Shop at Divine Green Beauty here.


* 20% off entire order with a promo code BlackFriday.
EARTHWISE BEAUTY's deal starts today, on Wednesday 11/22 and ends on Tuesday 11/28.


* 15% off with code HAPPYBF15.

EMINESSENCES' deal will run on the 24th November.

Shop at Eminessences here.


* 10% off your entire order with the code BFR2017

IHERB offers this deal from Friday, November 24th to Thursday, November 30th at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Shop at iHerb here.


* 20% off all order over $50 with the code ALOHAMONDAY (except the Nalu Ritual Bowl and their collection items).

LEAHLANI's offer ends at midnight on Monday November 27th.

Shop Leahlani Skincare here.


* Get 15% off everything  with code FRIDAY.  (excludes the Beauty Box)

LOVE LULA's offer ends 12/2.


* 30% off with the code THANKINABOUTYOU.

LUXE BOTANICS'  ends 11/27.

Shop Luxe Botanics here.


* #givingbackisthenewblack

* 20% off across the store with the code GIVINGBACK17 (+ samples of their upcoming beauty balm and bath oil will also be included with all orders).

* for every purchase made, they will firstly plant a tree, and secondly donate £3.00 to 'Breakfast in a Bag' which will sponsor a breakfast for a homeless person. I LOVE THIS!

' deal will run from Friday 24th to Tuesday 28th Nov.

Shop Mono Naturoils here.


* 20% off site wide with a code BlackFriday17. Free gift with any order over $150. While supplies last. (Their free gift will include deluxe samples as well as a few full size products, including a full-size Axiology Lipstick.)

PURE BEAUTY's deal will run from Thursday 11/23 through Monday 11/27.


* This holiday season Reina Organics celebrates our beauty with a gift on orders above 75€ and they will donate 5% of every order to support children in need in Bulgaria. No code required.

Orders of €75 and above – one trial size deluxe sample and a €10 Reina Organics gift card.
Orders of €125 and above – two trial size deluxe samples and a €15 Reina Organics gift card.
Orders of €200 and above – three trial size deluxe samples and a €20 Reina Organics gift card.
Orders of €250 and above - three trial size deluxe samples and a €20 Reina Organics gift card and a 15 min Skype skin care consultation with Rayna.

REINA ORGANICS will donate 5% of every order placed between 19 November and 31 December 2017 to support children in need in Bulgaria. More info here.


* 25% off with code GLOWGETTER.

SKIN OWL's offer expires 11/25 at 11:59 PM PST.


* 20% off on Friday 24/11.

* 10% off from Saturday 25/11 to Monday 27/11.

Shop at So Natural Beauty here.


* 15% off with the code BFCM.

THE GREEN JUNGLE BEAUTY SHOP's offer expires on Monday 11/27 at midnight EST.

I will be updating this post with new codes so watch this space. As always you can find more codes on my "OFFERS" page on the top of my blog.

Wishing you all the best & much love,

Jana xx

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Three from Rayna

november 20, 2017

I wanted to share with you one of my favourite birthday gifts from this year. My birthday was way over a month ago and all this time I've been really enjoying this special gift. And all others as well! In the spirit of this gift I first have to say that I'm so grateful for every kind word & all the lovely gifts I received and that it's so hard for me to say I prefer one over the other. It's just that this one has been really on my mind each day, in the morning and before I fall asleep. I'm talking about a journal, The Five-minute Jornal that has been so kindly gifted to me by the lovely Rayna from Reina Organics. I'm also mentioning two more gorgeous products that Rayna offers in her shop. Her stunning shop filled with luscious green beauty products.

So what is The Five-minute Journal? It's "the simplest, most effective thing you can do every day to be happier". It's a journal for those of us who don't write journals. I tried writing down the things I'm grateful for before and I even have a designated notebook for it, but in time I stopped or I just don't do it consistently. But I absolutely love the structure this journal provides and I'm so proud of myself that I've been taking the time to write in it every day. Well I missed one day but that's ok. So the whole thing with this journal is that you take five minutes a day to reflect on the things you are grateful for, the things you wish to achieve that will make your day great and writing down your daily affirmation. You write these in the morning and in the evening you write three amazing things that happened and you reflect on the thing that could made your day even better. You simply answer all these questions and you're done. Practicing gratitude, living in the now, mindfulness, are one of the best things you can do in your life. Shifting your focus on the good and positive things can dramatically improve your happiness. It's not always easy to be grateful or positive but a journal like this can at least make you feel that way for a few minutes a day. In the last year or so I've been really into all these things and I really couldn't have been more happy with this gift. Thank you so much Rayna.<3 Get the journal here.
The next product I've been really into is a candle, the Woodlot candle in Cascadia*. You may or may not know that I love walking in the woods. Forests always calm me down and I just love being in them breathing all that fresh air, admiring all their beauty and just feeling so good. Well, this candle smells just like forest! A beautiful evergreen forest. Love. Straight from the jar the scent can be a bit too much but after lighting it up the rooms fill with the gorgeous aroma of Fir, Cedarwood, Pine, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood & Sweet Orange Essential Oils. The woodsy fresh scent is so good! The candle is of course petroleum free (here is a little bit about that), it contains Organic Coconut Wax and Soy Wax (non-gmo). I also adore the recyclable glass jar and the minimalist & chic design. Get it here.
Another product I've been swooning over is the Leahlani Skincare Citrus + Citrine Regenerating Toner aka CiCi (short review here). It's interesting how you can really see a difference in your skin when you stop using a product and that is exactly what happened when I started testing out some other toner. Which btw is good but certainly not as good as CiCi is. Like I said before, my skin responds so, So good to aloe vera based toners and this one is no exception! It has many more wonderful ingredients that really hydrate my skin + I find it subtly brightening. Also the scent, oh my the invigorating scent! It's filled with Neroli and other lovely citruses. AND each bottle houses a Citrine gemstone that has been purified in the Hawaiian sea and sun. Citrine emits a strong vibration of joy, prosperity, energy and abundance. Citrine also helps to clear negative energy. This toner is formulated for mature and oily skin and I highly recommend it. Find it on Reina Organics or directly from Leah at Leahlani Skincare.

Wishing you all a beautiful Monday!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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