Rachel's Plan Bee Coconut Beach Body Oil

June 30, 2017

I'm sure you all know by now about my obsession with Rachel's Plan Bee products. Their products are so full of joy and happiness, they always make me smile and I really have so much love for Rachel and her beautiful products. There are a few reviews of Rachel's products on my blog already so I'm thinking this post will be more of a short and sweet one.
 Coconut Beach Body Oil* is a new addition to Rachel's Plan Bee body oils collection. I do feel like I'm just repeating myself every time I'm writing about her products but I just can't help myself to share my ever-growing love. This body oil has a sweet, summery scent - it is described as a "light coconut scent with fruity notes that will totally remind you of a fun vacation at the beach". And it does! I absolutely love the scent. It reminds me of warm magical summer nights with cocktails and dancing. LOVE. I used the shimmering version on our vacation and now that I'm back home the scent even more reminds me of those fun times when we were in Croatia. The sweet scent lingers on the skin pretty much all day and like I said, it brings joy and reminders of fun times at the seaside.

The body oil contains 10 ingredients, some are certified organic and some are not. There are Apricot Kernel Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Coconut Extract, Vanilla, Sweet Orange and Roman Chamomile, to name almost all. The blend creates a lovely oil which luckily isn't too heavy and can be sparingly applied also in the summer. I don't use a lot of body oils or lotions in the summer time, especially if it's scorching hot outside but a little bit on my legs, decolletage, even some on my arms is a very nice treat for my skin indeed.
The Coconut Beach body oil isn't the only new product Rachel added to her line. She also created Shimmering Body Oils in three scents. At this moment I only have the matching version of the oil, the Coconut Beach Shimmering Oil*. It contains the same ingredients + Mica, Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. I like that the oil gives a very subtle shine to the skin without looking super shimmery and like a disco ball. If you look closely you see them but otherwise they give a skin a lovely natural glow.

You can get Rachel's Plan Bee products here or if you live in Europe check out this shop.

Have a lovely Friday!

Love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

Skin & Tonic Steam Clean

June 23, 2017

Skin & Tonic is a brand I've already wrote on this blog of mine. I've reviewed their Rose Mist, a lovely rose toner, and today I'm going to talk about Skin & Tonic's cult product, the Steam Clean. I'm saying cult product because I've seen it on quite a number of blogs and the reviews are always positive. I was really excited to try out this product but my first impression wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. But things quickly changed for the better.
 Skin & Tonic is a brand made in the UK and they are all about simplicity and organic ingredients. I can just finish here because this definitely makes my heart sing. The founder Sarah truly believes in less is more and creates certified organic, sustainable skincare with no more than 7 ingredients. They support, wherever possible, small and local British & French producers/ farmers, they source from Fair Trade women’s co-operatives in Ghana & Sri Lanka, they've partnered with Charity Water and donate 10% of profits to them, providing essential, clean water and sanitation to those in the world who need it the most. They also strive to be as carbon neutral a company as possible and have already started planting trees in the Suffolk countryside to offset our carbon footprint. I mean how could you not love and adore such philosophy?

Steam Clean is described as a "simple but effective cleansing balm". It contains Grape, Thistle and Borage Seed Oils, and Beeswax. These ingredients create a very lovely consistency of the balm. I'm struggling to describe it, it's very smooth and the word slick actually comes to my mind. It's not grainy which many cleansing balms are due to Shea Butter. It's quite lightweight and I really think it would work great on oily skin types. I don't know how the texture changes in winter but I really enjoyed using it in the warmer months. I was surprised to be so into it, I don't normally go on and on about the consistency. I mean the empty jar speaks for itself, I loved it. Steam Clean turns into oil in seconds and it's such a wonderful product to remove your makeup with. It just glides on the skin and just a little bit of massaging breaks everything down and effectively removes all traces of makeup. It really works like a charm and I can say it's definitely one of my fave cleansing balms I've used. 

The only thing that slightly bothered me was the scent of Eucalyptus and Spearmint. I wasn't too keen of it. I consider myself lucky that I can quite quickly get used to smelly-to-me scents and in the end I kinda even enjoy them. In all honesty this unisex scent doesn't smell bad but I would definitely prefer something else. On the other hand Eucalyptus is a very beneficial plant, especially for acne-prone and oily skin. It's anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and has healing properties. Spearmint has some of the same skin benefits. To think about it now my skin did look healthy and nice when I was using this balm. 
As said I used the Steam Clean in the evenings to remove my makeup and all the grime from the day. I massaged a small amount of balm straight onto my face and removed it with a warm washcloth. I always double cleanse so this was my first cleanser and then I went in with a little bit of this or some other balm/oil, and repeat the whole process. After removing my makeup my skin was always very soft and smooth, properly cleansed but never dry or uncomfortable. 

Handmade, cruelty free and packaged in 100% recyclable glass container, this product is suitable for normal to oily skin. It excites me to also mention that Skin & Tonic will soon be providing refills to save on packaging. I got it from Love Lula** but you can also get it straight from the Skin & Tonic website.

Happy Friday!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**affiliate link

Beauty Heroes x Honua Skincare

June 19, 2017

It's almost the 20th of June, where has the time gone? The 20th is the last date on which you can snatch the current month's Beauty Heroes beauty discovery. So it's about time I share my thoughts on the June's discovery featuring the beautiful Hawaiian brand Honua Skincare. Since I need a bit of time to properly test out the products this will be more of a review in quotation marks. I have been using the products for about 4-6 weeks but I know that my skin needs more time to really show me all the pros and benefits. I've actually never been one to test a bunch of products at the same time and each skincare item I'm testing out I use every day for at least! 3-4 weeks and then give out any thoughts. But I rather use them even longer, and my skin prefers that as well. I usually only change up one skincare product at a time because you know how it is using two new products at a time, you can hardly tell which one is working better for your skin. Or is that just me? But this month I have been using two new products at the same time and my skin has been very happy. So what is in the June's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery?
For less than $40 you will receive two full sized Honua Skincare products worth $106. I'm always amazed and thrilled that you can get expensive products for half of their actual prices. I mean who doesn't like a good deal? I sure do! If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already seen a couple of posts dedicated to this month's discovery. Honua Skincare is a newer brand on the market and I was drawn to it ever since I found out about it. There is just something there that really sparked my interest. Maybe it is the beautiful founder Kapua Browning, who was actually born with two names and I love the meaning behind both. One means ˝exotic flower˝ and the other translates to the ˝woman in charge of bringing peace˝. What I really like about Kapua is that not only is she a super friendly, passionate and humbled person, at least that's the feeling I got from her, she is also a licensed esthetician and instructor. Who better to create a skincare line than an esthetician who's been working on her clients for 10 years, have been making her own products for clients and knows different skin types? Yaas! 
At the moment Honua, which means ˝earth˝ in Hawaiian, has 4 products in their line, and two of them are available through the June's Beauty Heroes box*. The Hero is the Aloha Youth Serum, a beautiful lightweight yet really hydrating serum that works so well on my skin. The serum is loaded with planet's most potent healing botanicals, phytonutrients and minerals, from Coconut Water, Rose Hydrosol and Aloe Vera to cell renewing Hibiscus, anti aging and brightening Noni and Turmeric, and skin loving Tamanu & Chia Oils. Lots of these ingredients are from farms based on different Hawaii islands and I absolutely love that. Kapua's family is known for protecting the land, water and farmlands of Hawaii and Kapua is passionate to protect the farming rituals of Hawaii by donating a portion of her profits to three organizations in her homeland.

The Aloha Youth Serum has the consistency of a ˝typical˝ serum, meaning lightweight, quickly absorbing and hydrating. It has an off white to light yellow colour and a scent of Ylang Ylang. It promises firming and plumping effect, cool, calm relief from inflammation and healthy, sustained brightening and hydration for all day glow. I would pretty much agree with everything here. The effects for me weren't instant but with regular use, every morning and night, my skin is looking calmer, brighter and healthier. It's hard to speak about anti-aging benefits but I do believe in the product so I'm just gonna keep on using it. I didn't experience any reaction to it but almost every time I apply it (on my cleansed face after toner), I get a slightly tingly feeling that goes away in seconds. I'm glad to say I fell in love with this serum and that it brings me joy every time I use it. It definitely has the right name - Aloha, which is a way of life, a gift from the Hawaiian people to the world. Kapua describes aloha with a few words, like kindness, humility, patience, perseverance. *insert heart emoji*
The Sidekick of June's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery is Honua Skincare ʻŌlena Beauty Oil. This is a product I've been most excited to try out even before I knew it was going to be featured in the box. ʻŌlena is Hawaiian turmeric and I'm all about the amazing and beneficial turmeric. This wonderful yellow ingredient is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse known to treat skin conditions like sun damage, eczema and acne. Aloha serum contains quite a number of ingredients, ʻŌlena on the other hand contains less than 10. ʻŌlena contains an organic & wildcrafted herbal oil infusion of Turmeric, Noni, Cacao and Chia, and a few more. The oil has a yellowish to light green colour and quite a strong scent. I have no idea what I'm smelling but it kinda smells like curry leaves. I don't hate the scent and I've already got used to it but it's safe to say it's not my favourite. ʻŌlena promises hydration, super soft skin and improved elasticity. Since it contains Turmeric I was expecting some serious brightening and skin tone evening benefits. The effects don't happen overnight, which is exactly why I don't review products after a week or two. But as I'm looking at my skin, it does feel more even and just healthier. Maybe I'd get even better results if I'd use it morning and night like it's recommended but I prefer to only use it at night. It's not that heavy but I have more lightweight oils to use in the mornings, like this one for example.
The last thing I also want to mention is their packaging. LOVE. I love the bottles, I love the 100% recyclable and compostable paper packaging, I love the writings & the drawings inscribed with vegetable ink, everything. So beautiful. I'm very impressed with this month's Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery and I'm so grateful to have these two beauties in my beauty cupboard. As I said, this is the last call to get this box so you better hurry if you want to try Honua. You can subscribe here.

I almost forgot to mention that each box comes with this beautiful flower Plumeria. To Kapua, the flower is a symbol of beauty and peace that brings a smile to those around her. Love that. I've shared it in this picture. I think that's all I wanted to say. :)

Have a lovely week. Aloha.

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Teatox Matcha Starter Set

June 16, 2017

Hi beauties! Hope you're all doing well. We're back from our holidays in Croatia so it's time for a new blog post. I was super lazy on our vacation and for a minute there I did think I should write something like "products I took with me" post but I very quickly changed my mind and just enjoyed my time there. You can see some pictures on my Instagram from the beautiful Mali Lošinj and see how beautiful the sea is there, and there is also a short video of the holidays on my Facebook page if you want to have a look.  

 Instead of products I took with me or some other holiday inspired post I kinda feel more like talking about matcha tea today. You may be thinking what is wrong with me talking about tea in this hot weather. Well like most, if not all teas, matcha is one of those teas that can be drink as a cold drink. You may have heard of iced matcha tea lattes. I haven't tried that yet since I don't mind drinking a warm tea even in the summer, but I just wanted to mention this option. But what matcha even is and why has been getting all the rave?

Matcha is a special type of powdered green tea and has a long tradition in Japanese culture. The green tea leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth, increasing the chlorophyll content and creating a gorgeous green color. Then, the leaves are carefully ground with stone grinding wheels to produce a fine powder. It is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its gorgeous green color and antioxidant properties. And the later is the main reason why I started drinking it. I've been a fan of green tea for ever and since matcha has a much bigger content of antioxidants it was an obvious next step. Not only it is an antioxidant powerhouse, one of the benefits that I notice is that it gives a boost of energy. But the effect is different than that energy boost you get with coffee. It lasts longer and there are no spikes and crashes. I read somewhere that it just comes on gently and leaves just as gently and I agree with that. Works great! Talking about matcha & coffee there is something else definitely worth mentioning. There is none of that coffee breath and supposedly it also doesn't stain your teeth. Oh yeah! The taste of both is different tho. Jaka doesn't like matcha because to him it tastes like broccoli. Haha to me it doesn't but since matcha is full of chlorophyll he might be onto something. But like I said, to me it doesn't taste bad or vegetable-like, it's like a mild green tea and I really like it.
There are some other health benefits of matcha. It boosts memory, burn calories and detoxifies the body, to name a few. Unlike other types of teas, the green tea powder is not strained out before consuming, so you are consuming the entire leaf, making Matcha more potent than other tea varieties. There is also this whole ceremony surrounding the making of matcha tea. I'm no expert but I did wanted to try the traditionally used bamboo whisked, called chasen. That was one of the main reason I picked up this Teatox Matcha Starter Set* on LoveLula. As you can see the set comes with the whisk and Japanese Organic Matcha Tea Poweder (30 g). These two provide a perfect duo for your own personal tea ceremony. I've been really enjoying them and a while back I also made a video where I shared how I mix my own matcha tea. Well technically it's matcha tea latte since I blend the green tea with mylk (oat or rice) and a teaspoon of coconut sugar. You'll see in the video. I also want to mention that I like to avoid regular teaspoons when I'm making matcha, I only use wooden utensils. I don't know if there is an actual point in doing this, some avoid them and some don't. I also don't like using stainless steel straws for my smoothies because I feel it reacts to the nutrients. Didn't google it, it's just the feeling I'm receiving. Anywho, I've been really enjoying using this Teatox Matcha Starter Set and if you're new to this whole matcha madness then I highly suggest trying it out.
You can get it here.

Have you tried Matcha? What are your thoughts about it?

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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