Recent Empty Products

julij 24, 2017

Hi lovelies! Hope you're all well. After a short break from my blog I'm coming back at you with a post about products that I've recently used up. For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, let me just quickly share with you that I haven't been feeling my best for the last couple of weeks. Fortunately I'm almost all better now. I had some serious back pain due to my scoliosis and let me tell you that it wasn't fun. After a few days of complaining and an amazing one hour back massage, I started doing yoga again, which I've been so bad at it lately. I've only done it once a week or every two weeks! I'm on my day 9 today and it feels good. Very good! This was luckily the first time I've experienced such pain in my back, like all over back pain. In my lower and upper back, and in between. I've noticed that my back muscles were and still are very tense and my yoga moves look very differently then they looked before. My flexibility went out the door but every day it is better and for that I'm so grateful. Anywho, I didn't mean to write about my health problems but about some empties, so here we go.

Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil* (review) was the Hero of the May Beauty Heroes box and I absolutely loved this oil! It is a beautiful, Beautiful body oil. Max and Me is an Austrian brand and to me it is one of the most special and magical brands on the market. It's highly vibrant & full of loving and positive energy. This really comes across with the scent of this body oil. It's calming, protecting and simply beautiful. Circle of Protection couldn't have a better name. It is everything that it says it is - "it tenderly embraces you and ensures the protection of your skin and your subtle body. You feel safe. You feel strong. You feel beautiful." I think this is what the most beautiful dreams are made of. LOVE.

Skin & Tonic Rose Mist* (review) is a lovely facial mist made with just 4 ingredients. I have to say I've been terribly impressed with Skin & Tonic products. The brand is British, organic and sustainable, and they pride themselves on simplicity, meaning that their products are made with a small number of ingredients. I like that. I also like that the mist contains Aloe Vera which really suits my skin. Honestly it's not the most hydrating face mist I've tried but I would still buy it again.

Rachel's Plan Bee Coconut Beach Body Oil* (review) is one of those (rare) products that really make me smile. I love & adore its delicious scent! It's like summer, beach, yummy sweet fruits and everything else you can think of of your best summer holidays in one place. It's the best summer holiday memories in a bottle. It's sweet with a touch of citrus zing and I'm just obsessed with it. As I'm writing this and trying to describe the scent, I simply cannot stop sniffing it! The scent is also long lasting and the body oil moisturizes my skin all day. I'm sure you are all sick of me writing about Rachel's Plan Bee products but I am not, so you better try Rachel's products asap so you'll finally understand why I love them so much.
Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum* (review) is yet another gorgeous products from this bunch of empty products. I miss this serum so much! It's full of beautiful Hawaiian ingredients like Turmeric, Hibiscus, Tamanu, Chia Oils and more. The serum works like magic on my skin, it's balancing, brightening, redness-reducing and hydrating. The scent of Ylang Ylang doesn't hurt as well. LOVE. I'm almost out of the Olena Face Oil as well, which is yet another stunning product from Honua.

Amly Botanicals Silver Rich Face Mist Radiance Boost* (review) is hands down one of the best facial mists I've used! I love everything about it - the scent, the performance, the bottle, everything. The scent gives me all the feels of a spa. It doesn't smell like spa but every time I used it I felt like I'm in a spa. Not that I've ever truly was in one and indulging in all the massages and stuff haha. The mist was a dream to use. The calming and relaxing scent is gorgeous and the hydrating benefits are only a cherry on top. LOVE.

Twelve Beauty Ideal Moisture Level Serum* (review) is a very lightweight serum that actually looks and has a consistency of water. This serum and the Amly face mist were a part of the April Boxwalla Beauty Box and I loved them both deeply. The serum packs a punch of hydration, it's instantly absorbed into the skin and is non-clogging. I loved it, it's a beautiful serum.
Earthwise Beauty Ruby Facial Oil* (review) is probably one of my favourite discoveries of this summer. The name really suits it since it definitely is a true gem. Ruby is lightweight, packed with gorgeous ingredients, it's beautifully absorbed into the skin, it's not heavy or greasy, but hydrating and works lovely at evening out the skin tone. I hear it's also plumping. I love that it contains oils that also have some sun-protecting ingredients and sun-damage-correcting, like I said, perfect for summer. I have another Ruby oil in my fridge since I've received it in the June Boxwalla Beauty Box. All I can say is yaay!

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo* (review) is a gorgeous shampoo that promises body and bounce. I didn't experience any of that but I still loved this shampoo. It foams up so well, it cleansed my hair like a charm, it's not stripping but leaves the hair shiny, smooth and soft. I also really liked the non-invasive, herbal scent. I loved it!

Lilfox Jungle Glow* (review) is an absolutely beautiful Hawaiian honey based enzyme cleanser + mask, and an exfoliator. I adore this product so much! Works perfect as a morning cleanser or a quick 5 minute morning or 1 hour evening mask. It is softening, smoothing, hydrating and also balancing and a bit brightening. Just recently Beauty Heroes had a few of their 2017 beauty boxes on offer and I just had to get another Lilfox box. The love is real. If you want to start the day with some serious pamper, or end it, and if you love honey, then you should definitely give Jungle Glow a go. 

So to quickly sum up this post, I really loved pretty much every single product that I mentioned and I highly recommend them. If you have any questions about them, let me know.

Have a lovely week!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Boxwalla x Earthwise Beauty

julij 10, 2017

What better way to start this week than with the June Boxwalla Beauty Box*? Get excited because the brand featured in it is the one and only Earthwise Beauty. How amazing is that? If you've been a reader of mine for a while you know I love Ava's products. I've been fortunate enough to try all three products that are featured in the June's Boxwalla beauty box before so not only I can give you short descriptions of the products, I can also link my reviews where you can read more about the products.

 If you don't know already, Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription service. Every two months they have a few different boxes, from beauty & food to book and film boxes, so everyone can find something for themselves. I only have experiences with their beauty boxes and I can honestly say that I'm impressed with the selection of brands and products every time. I've seen some comments like this before from other ladies but I have to say it as well - it seems like Lavanya knows what my skin needs and she always delivers. I can't even imagine the pressure to pick just the right products for the boxes, especially since they are bi-monthly, but man does she excels at that. You can actually check out a little bit about this process in this post. Onto the June box aka Wandering Wood Nymph's Sun-Kissed Alchemy. Ava Zhan founded Earthwise Beauty nearly 13 years ago (wow!), to create unique, nutrient dense products for the modern woman (or man) and in the box there are three of her beautiful creations.
Nap in the Meadow (review) is a facial serum packed with anti-inflammatory, brightening and very hydrating ingredients. It's a very lightweight aloe based serum with a gorgeous teal colour which comes from the powerhouse anti-inflammatory duo of Yarrow Oil & German Blue Chamomile Oil, mixed with the sunny yellow Turmeric Supercritical CO2 Extract. I had and used two bottles of it and loved it deeply. Read my review about it here and if you scroll down below to the end of the post you'll see that I wrote two updates, both in regards to one particular ingredient. I have said it already that even tho I am a beautician that doesn't mean I know everything, especially not about every ingredient. Sometimes I do miss things and it the Nap I've missed one ingredient that kept me away from the Nap for a while. I'm talking about polysorbate 20 which is used as an emulsifier. It's not the most harmful ingredient out there but since it's made with ethoxylation I wanted to stay away from it. Of course I couldn't keep my mouth shut and I emailed Ava about it. After our chat she decided to start testing some other ingredients and I'm happy to report that the tests have been successful and Nap in the Meadow is now free from polysorbate 20. Hooray! I haven't yet tried the reformulated version but I bet it's as amazing as it was, if not more. I missed this product so I'm thrilled and thankful that it's back in my life.
Next is the Ruby Facial Oil which is one of the most beautiful everyday face oil and just the perfect summer oil. I already used a bottle of this oil and I'm thrilled to have another one. It's packed with a range of antioxidant rich oils, many of which carry their own sun-protecting and sun damage correcting qualities, like Pequi Fruit, Buriti Oil, Rosehip, Raspberry and more. Ruby is super lightweight, it absorbs beautifully in the skin and helps to hydrate, protect and keep the skin in check. I've tried a few Earthwise Beauty facial oils before but let me tell you that Ruby is by far my favourite. Read my review about it here.
Last but certainly not least is the Farizad's Veil Powder SPF 30+ Powder. This is a very interesting and unique sunscreen powder, made with uncoated, non nano Zinc Oxide. This means you have to mix it with another product, either a serum, moisturizer or a facial oil. I love that you can customize it and use whatever product you want to. Ruby goes perfectly with it but ever since I used a bottle of it, I have been using it with Leahlani's Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir* and I have been really loving the two together. I'm still using the old version of the sunscreen that came in a plastic jar and even though the glass jar version doesn't have a sifter, I much prefer that than the plastic one. #saynotoplastic am I right? It's a bit hard to describe how much I use, I just go by feeling but the description on the Boxwalla card states to mix 1/32-1/16 tsp of Farizad's Veil with 1/2 dropper of Ruby (around 8 drops). You can also mix in some of the serum to make an ultra light, moisturizing lotion. As you can see, all the three product go perfectly together and I couldn't have been more pleased about that. Review here.
What can I say? Another wonderful beauty box from Boxwalla. They keep on impressing me with their curation. Sadly this box is no longer available but you should definitely check out the content of the August beauty box and join the Boxwalla till the July 20th to receive it. You can buy one box or join their subscription to receive the boxes every two months. Boxwalla ships worldwide. You can read more about them in this post or on their website. You can get Earthwise Beauty products here (you can use my code "Loveliness" to get 15% off) or if you live in Europe you can get them via this beauty shop.

Have a lovely week!

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided 
**this post contains affiliate links

The Best Natural Deodorants #NoBakingSoda

julij 04, 2017

**UPDATE 16. December 2017: I NO longer support Schmidt's Naturals because they sell out and were bought by Unilever. Essentially this means they are no longer cruelty free. We all know that money makes the world go round so I don't even know why I'm surprised by this. I'm so, SO disappointed in them!!! You can see here I'm definitely NOT the only one.**

A lot of time has passed since I last talked about deodorants. I think that deodorants are one of those products you should really switch to a natural version. The amount of shit that is in conventional deodorants is just disgusting and it's not doing anything good for your body. Make a change, even if you're not into green beauty. It's actually been almost a year since I've reviewed my beloved Schmidt's deodorant for sensitive skin in the scent Geranium (now Geranium Flower). You can check it out here. I'm such a fan of this deodorant, even a bigger one than I was when I was writing the review. I've repurchased it numerous times and I think that speaks for itself. It's just so darn good! Honestly, I'm so beyond grateful to this brand for creating these deodorants because I was always one who really struggled with deodorants. Conventional or natural, it didn't matter. Either I had to change them up after a few months of use or they just didn't work like they should have. I do sweat quite a lot and that was always my insecurity. But as years go on, it's been easier and easier and I just accepted that. As long as I have an effective and affordable natural deodorant I'm all good. And now I have even more option that I had ever before!
 I do really like Schmidt's Deodorant in Geranium Flower but I'm not gonna lie that I did hope for some new scents, especially floral. They are always creating new scents but usually they all contain baking soda which sadly, I'm allergic to. I get red rashes under my arms and I just can't use deodorants with soda. But a few weeks ago my wishes came true and I couldn't be happier! They came up with three new scents (+ new packaging design) and I was lucky enough to be sent all three of them. Meet Jasmine Tea*, Coconut Pineapple* and Lavender Tips*. All three have the same base of ingredients as the Geranium has. First is Magnesium Hydroxide, then Coconut Oil and Arrowroot Powder. All three ingredients can be found in some DIY deodorant recipes. I knew about the coconut oil and arrowroot powder but for magnesium hydroxide I was quite surprised. I did find some recipes using magnesium oil tho, especially in baking soda free recipes. No Aluminium or Artificial Fragrance. Talking of fragrances, Jasmine Tea and Coconut Pineapple both contain Natural Fragrance, and Geranium and Lavender Tips contain one essential oil each (either Lavender or Geranium). Certified vegan, cruelty and gluten free.
After trying them out I have a new favourite and it's the beautiful Jasmine Tea. I'm such a fan of jasmine as it is, so it's no surprise it's my favourite out of all four of them. So. In. Love. When I use up all of them this will be a definite repurchase. Love love love! The deodorant I used on vacation was the Coconut Pineapple. I mean it's the perfect deodorant for your beach bag. It's not as coconuty as I though it would be and I actually prefer that the scent is kinda half and half coconut and pineapple. As for the Lavender Tips go, I gave that one to my mum because there is something with me and lavender scented deodorant. I just can't use them. I love lavender, I'm just really not a fan of lavender under my arms.

They last all day, even on hot summer days and when exercising but if I go somewhere in the afternoon I do reapply it because I'm a bit crazy like that. I know it's not necessary but I can't help myself. In my review of the Geranium deodorant I said that I experienced some irritation and redness due to magnesium hydroxide. The solution to that was super simple! After showering I started applying some body lotion or oil and that helped immensely and I got rid of the rash. I think my skin eventually also got used to the ingredients because after a year of everyday use I don't have this problem anymore, even if I don't apply any lotion prior to the deodorant. It is stated on the packaging that you should discontinue use if rash or irritation develops but if it's not that bad you can try my tip before tossing it. These deodorants can leave some residue on clothes but nothing a washing machine can't sort out.
I highly, Highly recommend Schmidt's Deodorants! I've been using them for more than three years (my first post on them) and as the years go by, I love them more and more. Next thing I'm hoping for is that they make a masculine scent in this sensitive line so that my boyfriend, who is also sensitive to baking soda, can use them as well. And no, he is not a fan of Tea Tree, which is the fifth deodorant from this line, and doesn't feel like using other baking soda-free scents that they have. I'm also hoping they will start packaging them in glass jars or some other more sustainable and eco-friendly packaging.

Schmidt's deodorants are sold at numerous places. I don't know if they are sold in shops (maybe in the US) but I order them online via Specia. At the moment the three new scents aren't yet available but I hope they will be soon.

Ps. Now that I'm searching for links I found out they also have two more scents for sensitive skin. First is Fragrance-Free and the other one is a completely new scent named Waves.

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

June Favourites

julij 02, 2017

I'm not sure when was the last time I wrote a post about my favourites, especially monthly favourites. I was watching Lily's new video yesterday and was really inspired to write one when she said she was trying to think of her favourite products and that it was quite difficult to think of some but after writing them down there have been a few things she's been loving. I was like I should write a post about my favourite products too and when I started thinking of products I loved in June there were so many that I actually had to rethink and only picked my absolute favourite.

 June started on a very high for me since Jaka and I went on our summer vacation on Mali Lošinj. We've been there once before and we both love it! The sea is so clear, the air is so fresh and the nature is just so beautiful. You should definitely visit if you can. I did a short video of our time there and it can be found on my Facebook.
The first product I want to talk about is the Lilfox Jungle Glow*. Now I've been a fan of this one ever since I've received it in the April's Beauty Heroes box but in June I fell in love with it even more. Jungle Glow is an enzyme cleanser + mask so it's a 3-in-1 product - cleanser, exfoliator and mask. At the time of my review I haven't been using it regularly but in June I started using it almost every day in the mornings and oh my word this stuff is so good! It contains beautiful ingredients, all nicely blended in a stunning raw rainforest honey from Hawaii. Honey is a wonderful ingredient for the skin because it's so healing, anti-bacterial and hydrating. I absolutely adore this product as a cleanser/exfoliator and I love it even more as a facial mask. Beyond beautiful. So thankful to Beauty Heroes for introducing it to me. Obsessed. More info in this post.
After a skin cleanse it's time for a toner. Meet Radiance Boost Silver Rich Face Mist* from a UK brand Amly Botanicals. This is one of the most luxurious and gorgeous facial mist I've had a pleasure of trying out. It's absolutely beautiful. The scent is intoxicating, the ingredients are beautiful & it's super hydrating. Plus the bottle is so chic. I can easily describe this product as divine. I got this mist in the April Boxwalla box and the other product in there is amazing as well. Review of both here.
It just so happened that I can give you almost a complete skincare routine with my favourites since I will continue with a serum. Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum* is another product from Beauty Heroes beauty discoveries. Honua Skincare was featured last month and both products from the box are so beautiful and so right for my skin. Aloha Youth Serum is a water, Coconut Water and Organic Aloe Vera Gel based serum with a number of Hawaiian-grown ingredients, like Turmeric, Noni, Hibiscus, Tamanu and full of Aloha. I've been using this serum religiously every morning and every night and it's bringing me so much joy every time I slather it on my face. I need all the youth-enhancing benefits as I can, thank you very much. The serum is hydrating, brightening, cell renewing and has a lovely floral scent of Ylang Ylang. Full review of Aloha and Olena in this post.
Now it's time for some makeup. Sorry not sorry but I have another product that was featured in a Beauty Hereos box. I swear that this post was not sponsored by them! I really do love what Jeannie and the BH team are doing. Love! So I wanna quickly talk about their last makeup discovery featuring Au Naturale. The box came with four makeup items and among them I almost instantly fell in love with the Powder Blush in the shade Pink Champagne*. The colour of this blush is everything! I hear it's a dupe for the famous Orgasm from Nars. I wouldn't know but Pink Champagne sure is stunning. It contains a bit of shimmer and I thought it would look like I'm wearing highlighter on my cheeks but it's so not like that. Which I love! It looks natural, my face brightens up when I apply it, it lasts all day and even tho I was a bit sceptical about the packaging, I ended up loving that as well. If I tell you that I haven't used any other blush since I received it would you believe me that the love is real? On all my recent selfies on Instagram I'm wearing this blush if you want to see some more pictures how it looks on me.
The next suprisingly amazing product comes from a newer brand Nui Cosmetics and it's their black Natural Mascara*. Why surprising? Well I tried quite a lot of natural mascara until I found the one I really liked from Lily Lolo. Since then I bought it numerous times and was never really interested in getting a different one. A few weeks ago I received a parcel from this Berlin based brand Nui and my first look at the mascara was like meh. I was never a fan of this kind of brush, it never did anything for my lashes and I wasn't expecting anything good from it. Boy was I wrong! The mascara gives my lashes so much life, it's super black, coats my lashes really well and gives them volume. I will write a post about Nui makeup but for now let me just say I'm impressed. The mascara is made with 85% organic ingredients, it's vegan and gluten free.
My two random favourites won't be very surprising I think, especially if you follow me on Instagram. Both have been my favourites for a few months and more. First I want to say a few words about kombucha. If you've never heard about it, kombucha is a fermented tea drink made from black tea and sugar, with a help of a special little thing named scoby, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Scoby is something you can't just make and I was fortunate enough that I got it from a friend. And since then I've been making my kombucha and growing new scobies like a crazy kombucha lady. I will eventually write a post dedicated to kombucha, but you will have to wait a bit longer. Kombucha is amazing for the gut and it improves digestion, and if you google, it supposedly has all kinds of positive benefits. I think it really helped with my skin, which hasn't looked this nice in a while. On the photo above is a new scoby that hasn't been used in a brewing batch yet so it looks so white and to me it's actually beautiful. Here is another photo of kombucha.
Last but most certainly not least are my beloved succulents, which have been all the rave for a while now. You could easily describe them as the most hip plants of the moment. I'm not sure how long I've been having them but this month I was especially into them and have been learning quite a lot of new things. Google sure knows a lot. Succulents are desert plants so they don't need a lot of water. Well they do need to be watered quite regularly but they don't like to sit in water or they can start to rot. That's why it's highly recommended using pots with drainage holes. One thing that amazes me with succulents is that you can propagate them from leaves and cuttings. Just yesterday I tried repotting some of my cuttings and hopefully they will start growing new roots. Here is a photo of them. I really like the look of succulents so I'm hoping they turn out ok. Fingers crossed!

What have you been loving in June?

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links
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