A Few Supplements

marec 27, 2018

I've always been interested in different superfoods and supplements so I wanted to share some new & repurchased supplements I've been incorporating into my daily routine. I tried to eat as many vegetables (which are superfoods in itself) and other healthy foods as I can, but eating supplements actually makes me happy so why not? I know that not everyone is interested in them or believes they work but when you choose carefully you can get many benefits from them. I tend to go for naturally derived, organic and vegan supplements. I have quite a selection but today I want to share only three.
Nutrex Hawaii Pure Hawaiian Spirulina, Terra Nova Vibrant Synergy, Pure Planet Organic Amla Plus. Superfood, supplements, iHerb, Love Lula.
Nutrex Hawaii Pure Hawaiian Spirulina, Terra Nova Vibrant Synergy, Pure Planet Organic Amla Plus. Superfood, supplements, iHerb, Love Lula.
Terra Nova Vibrant Synergy. Vegan. Chlorella, Spirulina, Reishi, Cordyceps. Love Lula.
Terra Nova Vibrant Synergy* is my newest addition and so far so good. Terra Nova is a new-to-me brand and as their first product I went with this one because I liked the ingredient list. At Terra Nova they utilize whole, unadulterated phytonutrient-rich foods and botanicals, many of which are fresh freeze dried (which is a very good thing!). Vibrant Synergy is recommended for maintaining high energy levels and aiding weight loss. Let me just quickly say that a supplement can only do so much when it comes to weight loss and specifically for that reason I don't recommend or support getting any supplement. Don't get me started on those detox teas full of s*it. Just don't buy products only because it says it will help you lose weight. Anywho, let's quickly go through some ingredients in the Vibrant Synergy. As it says in their description there is an extraordinarily high content of chlorophyll, due to Chlorela. There's also Cordyceps, which is an adaptogenic mushroom that may support endurance, healthy energy metabolism, exercise tolerance and oxygen utilisation. Fyi cordyceps might not always be vegan because they can be grown on caterpillars. In the blend there is also Spirulina, Wheat Grass Juice (so not gluten free), Reishi, Ashwagandha Root, and a few more. No fillers, binders, corn, soy, yeast, dairy, animal ingredients, and the list continues. I can't really say if they work because I've only been eating them for one or two weeks but it's always great to incorporate some of these lovely ingredients into my diet. It may be better to get these ingredients separately so you can really check their source but sometimes these kind of supplements are just the thing you may need/want. Get it here.
Pure Planet Organic Amla Plus. Antioxidants, Vitamin C.
Pure Planet Organic Amla Plus. Amla is the 7th herb on the ORAC value list which means Amla is high in antioxidants. It is a whole food source of true vitamin C and tannins. I've eaten Amla before, not on it's own but in Triphala. Triphala is a mix of three fruits and it's antioxidant value is way higer than just Amla. I really have to buy a new bottle of Triphala! Amla or Indian Gooseberry is an Ayurvedic herb that is often times find in Ayurveda inspired haircare treatments. I bought it because I read that it's a great herb for helping with acid reflux. It do find that a bit strange because Amla is rich in Vitamin C which is acidic. Highly acidic food like citrus fruit and tomatoes are best to avoid if you have acid reflux but I have absolutely no problems with Amla. If you're struggling with acid reflux (or not!) you might like this herb so do check it out. I got it here.
Nutrex Hawaii Pure Hawaiian Spirulina. Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free.
Nutrex Hawaii Pure Hawaiian Spirulina is by some described as the best Spirulina out there. It is certified gluten-free, vegan, kosher, halal, and Non-GMO Project Verified. Spirulina easily absorbs heavy metals from the body but also from its environment where it's growing. Hawaiian Spirulina is the only spirulina cultivated in a Biosecure Zone, certified free of pesticides, herbicides and industrial pollutants in Kona, Hawaii. I haven't done a whole research on it but I like the sound of this Spirulina so I decided to give it a go. Spirulina is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, it's a complete protein, it strengthens the immune system, supports cardiovascular health, and boosts energy levels. You can get it here.
Nutrex Hawaii Pure Hawaiian Spirulina, Terra Nova Vibrant Synergy, Pure Planet Organic Amla Plus. Superfood, supplements, iHerb, Love Lula.
Here you have it, my three current green supplements all packaged nicely in dark glass bottles. Yes! 

Do you also take any supplements and superfoods? How do you feel about them?

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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My Current Morning Skincare Routine

marec 21, 2018

Happy Spring my loves! Following the video I posted the other day on my Instagram (check it out here) I wanted to tell you more about the products I've been using and loving for the last couple of weeks, some even longer. My skin is combination, fairly sensitive and I'm quite prone to clogged pores. I don't have perfect skin (my latest skin crush is the beautiful Kate Bosworth. Oh gosh! And have you seen her lashes?!), and that's actually been the reason I got into skincare products all those years ago. Thankfully my skin has been doing quite good at the moment. I don't get any major acne or pimples any more but I often times have more tiny bumps and blackheads that I would like. And a few blemishes that are not really spots but they look more like irritated skin. I also have redness in my skin, pretty much all is there because I pick spots. I'm winning at something though - my skin is hydrated and I very rarely have dry skin patches (sometimes but only because I picked a spot).
Morning Skincare Routine using natural and organic products. Siam Seas, Fitglow, Maya Chia, Mono Naturoils, Earthwise Beauty.
Siam Seas YEN Heal and Hydrate Toner. Beauty Heroes March 2018.
It depends on my mood but at least three times a week I wash my face with lukewarm to cold water. I properly remove all my makeup and wash my face in the evening so I don't feel like there's need to use another cleanser in the morning. Sometimes I feel like I'm already overdoing it with all the products and constant testing and trying out new things so just pure, wonderful water does the job beautifully.

Next is the best toner ever, the Siam Seas Yen Heal & Hydrate Toner*, from the March Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery. This stuff is so amazing I can't even! It's a toner but it's SO much more than just a toner. Someone described it as an essence (you know those Korean essences?) which I agree with. I also said that if it were in a different packaging we would be calling it a serum. A lightweight and runny serum but a serum nonetheless. Yen combines Aloe Vera, a few different Hydrosols, light oils and many (other) ingredients sourced from South East Asia. This toner is very hydrating, it really is a hydration booster and I also find it balancing. It's a stunning product and I completely understand why it was the Hero product in the Beauty Heroes box and why it was the first ever toner featured as a Hero. Because of its consistency, its density, I apply it to the palm of my hands and press into my skin. It's pure joy. Read my review here. If you are a Beauty Heroes member you can get it in their store with the 15% discount - get it here.
Fitglow Redness Rescue Cream. Beauty Heroes February 2018.
My go-to serum/lightweight cream has been the Redness Rescue Cream by Fitglow*. This product was in the February Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery. Fitglow founder Anna Buss spent decades dealing with sunburnt, rosacea and weather-beat skin so she took it to herself to formulate a product that would help with all that. Her secret is the proprietary C3 plant blend, featuring Comfrey, Calendula and Chamomile. This cream visibly reduces redness. Not really the post-acne redness but redness caused by irritation and such. I didn't find it reduces redness instantly but it does work fairly quick. It's working so well on my skin and I'm so pleased this cream was introduced to me by Beauty Heroes. The cream is lightweight, it's easily absorbed into the skin leaving it not only less red but also hydrated. It's so lovely! And it also doesn't clog my pores. Get it here.
Maya Chia The Eye Achiever. Beauty Heroes January 2018.
Maya Chia The Eye Achiever* is another product from a Beauty Heroes box, this one was featured in their January Beauty Discovery. I swear this post isn't sponsored by them, I just love them dearly and their selection of products is so on point. The Eye Achiever is a "multi-correctional eye serum", a beautiful oil that nourishes and softens the delicate skin around the eyes. Nourishment & hydration is so important when it comes to taking care of your skin and that definitely helps with the appearance (or the lack) of fine lines. The ingredients in this serum are stunning. The stars are of course the supercritical Chia Seed Oil and Astaxanthin, which I love dearly ever since I've tried Maya Chia's The Super Couple. What an amazing oil that is. Naturally there are more antioxidant rich ingredients such as Raspberry, Rooibos Tea, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Sea Lavender and more. All blended beautifully and packaged in a roll-on bottle which I love using. Since it is an oil I don't think everyone would enjoy it in the mornings and under makeup but I see no problem at all. I apply a little and that works great! Get it here.
Mono Naturoils Sensitive Facial Oil.
As my last step I mix two products to create a sun protective & nutrient rich concoction: Mono Naturoils Sensitive Facial Oil* and Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protection Powder*. First it's the oil. You guys, I fell in love with Mono Naturoils! I've had a pleasure of trying out a few of their products and they are all so good! Sensitive Facial Oil is a potent amber nectar that nourishes, protects and rejuvenates on a cellular level. It's formulated without essential oils which I love. There are Prickly Pear, Buriti, Argan, Blackcurrant, Poppy Seed Oil and more. This oil is nourishing and anti-inflammatory. Skin is soothed and radiant. This serum is a beaut! Oh and it's infused and amplified with the gentle vibrational energy of Aventurine. Love. Get it here.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder. SPF. Sunscreen. Boxwalla Beauty Box 2017.
Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Protective Powder* is my absolute favourite sunscreen! Based on non-nano uncoated Zinc Oxide this powder sunscreen provides a wonderful UV protection and it's also anti-acne and anti-inflammatory. It's THE perfect sunscreen if you have oily, acne-prone, combination skin but it can definitely be used on all skin types. Since it is a powder you can mix it with literally any product you like, either a serum, moisturizer or an oil. I love mixing it with an oil. It's mattifying which is almost unheard of when it comes to sunscreen, at least natural SPF products. If you use a lot of powder and a little bit of oil it can give the skin a slight white cast but nothing too obvious. It actually works almost as a skin filter and I'm so not mad about that. It's truly amazing and I love it so much. I highly recommend! EWB is in the process of changing their packaging and I'm really looking forward to see it. So if you like the current packaging definitely order asap or wait for the new launch. Either way you can get it in their store here and by using my code "Loveliness" you can get 15% off your order. In Europe it is available at the Eminessences shop.

Do you use any of these products? How does your morning skincare routine look like?

With love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains affiliate links

Three from Love Lula

marec 16, 2018

Hello lovelies and welcome back! Or welcome, if you're new here. How are you all doing? It's a rainy Friday morning here in Slovenia. Hopefully it's sunny where you are. Today I have a few lovely products to share with you which I found on Love Lula (they have free worldwide shipping).
Elsa's Natural Deodorant Love Roses and Patchouli, Hurraw Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm, Kiss the Moon Love Night Cream for Hands
Hurraw Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm. Raw, Organic, Vegan.
 Hurraw! Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm*. Is there ever a time when you can go wrong with a Hurraw lip balm? I don't think so! This right here is a new addition to my lip balm and Hurraw collection. I love everything about it. It has gorgeous ingredients, great scent, it's moisturizing and has the cutest design. This lip balm is based on Papaya Seed Oil (organic and cold pressed) and Coconut Oil (also organic and cold pressed). It doesn't have a lot of ingredients, there's also Candelilla Wax, Cocoa Seed Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Natural flavours (Pineapple) and Vitamin E. It has a lovely tropical scent, smells like pineapple and I love that. Makes my lips soft and smooth. Organic, vegan, beautiful. If you haven't tried Hurraw's lip balms then you are missing out. Find it here.
Elsa's Natural Deodorant Vegan LOVE Roses and Patchouli. No baking soda.
Elsa's Natural Deodorant Vegan LOVE Roses and Patchouli. No baking soda.
Elsa's Organic Skinfoods, Natural Deodorant Stick in Love*. After the whole thing with Schmidts (they are now owned by Uniliever which to many of us means they are no longer cruelty free) I was on a search for a new deodorant. And you guys, I think I already found it. I'm still testing it out and I'm not ready to write a full review of it just yet, but so far it's been working great. Even better than Schmidt's deodorants, which I thought wasn't possible. Elsa's Organic Skinfoods is a UK brand and they make deodorants free from baking soda. Yes! The scent I have, Love, smells of Patchouli and Roses, and I'm still not quite used to the scent of Patchouli under my arms but other than that it works. It's almost strange but yet so amazing that I can still smell the scent in the evening, without reapplying it. Sadly it can transfer to clothes (quite a lot actually but it also depends on how much you apply) but that's a price I'm willing to pay since I've never had good luck with deodorants, no matter if it was conventional or natural. Plus it washes out when doing laundry. I'm giving this deodorant a big thumbs up and hopefully will do a glowing review soon. I hope they will come up with more scents, more floral scents. Check it out here.
Kiss the Moon LOVE Night Cream for Hands. Love Lula.
Kiss the Moon LOVE Night Cream for Hands. Love Lula.
Kiss The Moon Love Night Cream for Hands* is a 100% natural overnight anti-ageing cream to rejuvenate and heal your hands while you are sleeping. I'm so so good at taking care of my face but when it comes to hands, I always forget to use a cream. I'm always on my computer so I don't like to make everything greasy and messy so I tend to not use a lot of creams. Sadly that is already shown on my hands. My skin can sometimes be very dry and not looking its best. The one time I do try to be consistent with applying hand creams is in the evening, before going to sleep. So naturally this product got my attention. You know that I will say that having a "night cream for your hands" is a bit gimmicky to me but the cream is lovely nonetheless and can easily be used in the daytime too. It's based on Water and contains ingredients like Shea Butter, Glycerin, Coconut, Rosehip, Almond Oils and more. It has a light floral and quite calming & lovely scent. I really like that it's not a strong scent which would probably annoy me. Lately I've been really noticing I'm becoming more and more sensitive to strong scents so I really appreciate when a product smells lovely but not overpowering and heavy to the point when it almost gives me a headache. This cream is rich but not heavy or greasy, which I really like. It is absorbed beautifully into the skin. It's perfectly enough to use as it but on days when I want just a touch more nourishment I add a drop or two of an oil and that makes it even that more beautiful. In the morning my skin is nourished and happy. I really like this cream and if you're on a hunt for a new hand cream, definitely give this one a go. You can get it here.

Have a lovely end of the week!


Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask

marec 13, 2018

Third post about a mask in a row. If you love masks then I'm sure you're enjoying these articles, but if not know vthat I will post about something else next time. So far I've tried three products from Kahina Giving Beauty, so the brand is not new to me. I've reviewed their Serum here and their Facial Cleanser here. I loved every product I've tried from them and the Moisture Mask in no exception.

Founded by Katharine L’Heureux, Kahina Giving Beauty (Kahina is the name for a Berber queen and prophetess who reigned in Morocco circa 700 CE) sources rare, essential ingredients from women's cooperatives around the world and a percentage of all profits are donated to support the women working there. The brand is certified organic, fair trade, mindful when it comes to sustainability and environmentally friendly - their outer packaging is created from 100% post-consumer waste and their bottles are made from high quality recyclable violet glass, which acts as a powerful preservative by blocking out damaging UV rays. And you know how I feel about this kind of packaging. Read more about it here.Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask. Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box December 2017
Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask. Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box December 2017
Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask. Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box.
 Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask* is one of the loveliest and most effective moisturizing & hydrating masks I've tried. It is just so lovely! The mask is based on Aloe Vera juice, Sunflower and Argan Oils. It contains ingredients rich in vitamins and antioxidants like Prickly Pear Seed Oil, ingredients that soothe the skin, reduce redness and are anti-inflammatory, like Mushroom & Aspen Bark Extracts, and ingredients that draw moisture deeply into the skin like Sodium Hyaluronate, which has a smaller molecular size than Hyaluronic Acid, and is able to hold more water than any other natural substance. It has a light floral scent of Rose, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Blue Tansy, and Sandalwood. The Sandalwood used is the santalum spicata wood oil (yay!), if you remember me talking about Sandalwood here.

I love a product that does everything it promises and this mask ticks all the boxes.
Deeply hydrates and plumps the skin - check.
Reduces redness - check.
Refines skin tone and texture - check.
Increases skin’s water reserves and improves skin barrier function - check.
Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask.
Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask. Moisturizing, hydrating, reduces redness.
This mask can be used as a mask or as a moisturizer. I love to apply quite a thick layer and let that sink in. To my surprise the mask is quickly absorbed into the skin leaving sort of like a slight tightening film, but nothing uncomfortable really. After the mask is all absorbed, I don't wash it off but I rather massage it into my skin and leave it on overnight. Not that I would need to but I also apply two drops of oil on top. I've been using the Mono Naturoils Sensitive Facial Oil* and I find this oils really lovely. My skin is so well moisturized and hydrated and when that's the case the skin always looks better and is healthier. The next morning my skin is clear, less red and properly moisturized. This mask really is wonderful and I highly recommend it.
Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask. Art of Organics.
I got it in the December Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box* but you can get it in their store here. Art of Organics subscribers have 15% off their order.

Talking about Art of Organics, have you seen their March box? It features a brand that has been talked about quite a lot lately - Luxe Botanics. This box is all about cleansing and washing that beautiful face of yours, featuring two cleansers: Marula Hydrating Pre-cleanser and Camu Brightening Cleanser. You can sign up here if you would like to try them out.

Have you tried Kahina Giving Beauty products? Are you a fan of Argan Oil?

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Love and light,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Ayuna Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask

marec 09, 2018

Should we just continue with another post and a new mask? This time I want to review a mask that you don't have to mix with anything. Simply open it and apply to cleansed face. I want to dedicate this post to Balm, Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask*, from the gorgeous Spanish brand Ayuna. I've already raved about Ayuna's products when I received them in the November Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery. Check out my review here. I completely fell in love with the brand and their products, as many others who've tried Ayuna's stunning products. If it wasn't for Beauty Heroes I don't think I would try them any time soon because they are expensive. I may seem like a crazy woman but I actually think they are worth it. Ayuna is such a unique and innovative brand and I'm absolutely thrilled to have their products in my life.
Ayuna Less Is Beauty Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask.
Ayuna Less Is Beauty Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask.
Ayuna Less Is Beauty Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask.
At a first glance, this mask has a funny name - Balm. When I first heard of it I of course thought it was your typical balm, containing butters and oils. To my surprise I learned it was actually a mask. Happy me! Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask is something else. It's nothing I've tried before and if you know me then you know I've tried quite a few. Ayuna is very well known for their simplicity - they only have five products for the perfect skincare routine - but their use of ingredients and science behind them is anything but simple. In this mask there are Lemon Fruit Water, Olive Oil, a blend of essential oils that creates this beautiful scent that Ayuna's products all have. I adore the scent! It's sweet, strong, empowering, whimsical, candy-like. There is also Pullulan, a natural sugar which creates a hydrating and tightening film and enhances the skin's natural ability to protect itself, and I can't forget about the Volcanic Glass and Active Carbon, which make this mask detoxifying.
Ayuna Less Is Beauty Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask. Texture
Ayuna Less Is Beauty Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask. Swatch.
The very interesting thing about this mask is the consistency. They describe it as a "highly gentle balm". It almost has a pudding-like texture. It kinda has like a gel texture, a very rich gel and for a detoxifying mask I find that so interesting. It doesn't look like it will dry out in the jar, which I like. It goes on smoothly and evenly. The mask should be left on your face for only a short time, for 5 to 10 minutes. It's the perfect mask to use when you don't have a lot of time or when you simply don't want to leave your mask on for half an hour. I love using it in the morning and I couldn't believe it but this mask really works. And it works fast. 

Ayuna promises more refined and lifted skin, an infinitely radiant skin and healthy glow, diminishes signs of aging due to fatigue and stress and it also detoxifies and tightens pores. What do I say? It's as good as it sounds. After I rinse this mask off my face (it dries up and rinsing it off takes a bit of patience), my skin is visibly refined, my pores are tighter and my skin just overall looks nicer. I love applying it under the eyes as well, it works lovely. Even though the mask dries up on the face, it's not drying. The Balm leaves a slight hydrating film on the skin and I'm not mad about that. I would describe it as the perfect detoxifying skin for normal and dry skin but I love it on my combination skin as well. I would recommend it to everyone. Just very recently (two days ago) I noticed that it works amazing at calming redness and inflammation too! Not sure if you've seen my Instagram stories but first I applied the Essence. After I rolled it all off, which is btw so satisfying, I squeezed out two spots, one on my chin and the other on my cheek. You know how it is after you pop a pimple - the skin goes all red and slightly bumpy. Well I then applied this mask because I wanted to try it again for this review and after I washed it off I was amazed by the results! My skin was looking so good and there was hardly any redness left. I have yet to try it as a spot treatment but after seeing how well it work in just ten minutes I think I will like it.
Ayuna Less Is Beauty Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask. Beauty Heroes.
Ayuna Less Is Beauty Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask.
 Personally I think the Balm is such a gorgeous mask and I highly recommend it. It's lush, smells beautiful and it works. So far I've tried all Ayuna products but the Cream Rejuvenating Treatment Light and I simply adore this brand. You can get the Balm Volcanic Revitalizing Mask here. Check out the whole Ayuna collection here. Beauty Heroes members always have 15% off in their store.


A fellow Beauty Heroes Brand Ambassador Mercedes of L’Amour et la Musique collaborated with Beauty Heroes to bring us this amazing promotion featuring her weekend essentials. More here.

 Buy either of Ayuna Essence or Ayuna Cream I or Ayuna Cream IIand receive a FREE Balm, valued at $130.

Offer valid from March 9-12th, while supplies last and does not qualify for Beauty Heroes LOVE MORE gift with purchase.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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My Latest Mask Obsession

marec 07, 2018

Do you love face masking? I'm obsessed! I have three or four posts in mind to write in the upcoming weeks about masks and I actually already started writing about another mask but then yesterday I really felt the urge to post about my latest obsession. If you love masking and if you love skin brightening products, then this will be the one for you. For this ultimate brightening mask I use three different products and ingredients.

The base of the mask is the Anima Mundi Mangosteen Hibiscus Beauty Superfood. I add a bit of Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask and a pinch of Organic Turmeric. All these three are known for their brightening benefits and with regular use, this stuff really helps.
Mangosteen Hibiscus Anima Mundi, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask, Organic Turmeric. Brightening mask, post-acne redness, hyperpigmentation.
Mangosteen Hibiscus Anima Mundi, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask, Organic Turmeric. Brightening mask, post-acne redness, hyperpigmentation.
Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask
I've reviewed the stunning Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask* here and it's hands down THE best mask I've tried for reducing post-acne redness and hyperpigmentation. It really and truly works. I received it in the September Art of Organics Clean Beauty Box and I only have a tiny bit left, which makes me so sad. That's why I've been mixing it with other ingredients, so it will last me just a little bit longer. This precious mask contains a bunch of ingredients with high content of vitamin C, that helps to brighten and firm the skin. There is Camu Camu, Rosehip Fruit, Acerola Berry, Gotu Kola, Calendula, Comfrey, Orange Peel and an essential oil blend. 100% whole plant organic. Do try it out if you haven't already. It's so gorgeous and I can't recommend it enough. Get it here.
Anima Mundi Mangosteen Hibiscus Beauty Tonic Wellness Discovery Beauty Heroes.
The second star product of this "DIY" mask is the Anima Mundi Mangosteen Hibiscus Beauty Superfood*. This product was a part of the first ever Wellness Discovery by Beauty Heroes featuring four Anima Mundi products. Check out my review of the box here. The Mangosteen Hibiscus Beauty Superfood is actually a beauty supplement meant for drinking. I have to say that I don't particularly enjoy the taste so I rather put it on my face. I've already talked about using Hibiscus as a face mask (in this post). Hibiscus is also known as a "botox plant", which means that it's firming and therefore also a wonderful ingredient for mature skin. Hibiscus also contains AHAs so it's naturally exfoliating and brightening. Mangosteen is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C so it's also brightening and it can also reduce acne because it has anti-inflammatory properties. As you can see this tonic is very beneficial to drink every day because taking care of your skin internally is always the best thing you can do. I suck it up and drink it occasionally but I much prefer to use it topically. You can get it here.
Organic Turmeric. Antioxidants, brightening, anti-inflammatory
Last but certainly not least is the magnificent Turmeric. Are you already eating turmeric? Do it! Turmeric is rich in antioxidants, it's anti-inflammatory and yes, I will use the same word as I did for the other products, it's brightening. I've been loving it for years and the love just keeps growing and growing. It can turn your skin a bit yellow so don't use a lot and rather use this mask in the evening. You can pretty much get it in every bigger store and health food stores.
Mangosteen Hibiscus Anima Mundi, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask, Organic Turmeric. Brightening Mask.
 Mangosteen Hibiscus Anima Mundi, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask, Organic Turmeric. Brightening Mask mixed with water and oil.
 Mangosteen Hibiscus Anima Mundi, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask, Organic Turmeric. Brightening Mask.
Mangosteen Hibiscus Anima Mundi, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Facial Mask, Organic Turmeric. Brightening Mask.
I mix and use this mask in the same way as I do the Brighten Face Mask from Laurel Whole Plant Organics. I mix it with a few drops of warm water and add a couple of drops of oil. Here I used the Sensitive Facial Oil by Mono Naturoils. I mix that all together and let it steep for a minute or two and then apply on my face. For this kind of masks I always use my beloved masking bowl & masking brush by Laurel WPO, which were also in the September Art of Organics box. After I apply the mask on my face, I make sure that I have a spray bottle on hand and every now and then I spray some water on my face to keep the mask from drying out. I can easily leave this mask on for half an hour but since it contains a lot of active ingredients I would recommend using it only for 10 minutes at the beginning, even less if your skin is sensitive. Try mixing a little bit of raw honey in it if your skin is more reactive. You may experience some redness but that will go away in no time. With brightening products it's important to use them consistently, so I would recommend using this mask at least once a week. Twice or even three times a week if your skin is fine with it, is even better. Just don't overdo it with other exfoliators, since this mask is also exfoliating. I also highly recommend you use a sunscreen in the morning, especially if you have acne and post-acne red spots. Even in winter and on cloudy days. My fave sunscreen is the Farizad's Veil from Earthwise Beauty (use my affiliate code "Loveliness" for 15% off your order).

What else can I say but happy masking!

Love you lots,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
**this post contains some affiliate links

Beauty Heroes March 2018 Beauty Discovery feat. Siam SEAS

marec 02, 2018

Hi babes! I've been seeing some pretty good traffic from people searching "siam seas review" so I better be quick about posting my review of the new Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery featuring Siam SEAS*. Looks like it will be another good month for BH, which mean subscribe asap if you fancy the sound of Siam SEAS products. Which I'm sure you do or you will be. I have already talked about the brand and their stunning products in this post. Before moving forward I have to say I'm still dreaming of Siam SEAS' Twilight BeCalm Skin Serum and Elena from Consumerista says that now it's even better than before. Check out her thoughts on it here. It has been reformulated and supposedly it's amazing. But today let's talk about another Siam SEAS "serum". And a cleanser.

Siam SEAS was founded by Supadra Geronimo, who started having problems with her skin when she moved from Thailand to the United States. Her soothing rituals learned from her mother and grandmother were edged out by a busier life and career. As a result, her skin became very sensitive, problematic and acne-prone. After trying out loads of products she found her inspiration on her honeymoon to Kauai in 2009. That reignited her passion for mixing her own skincare formulas using unique, potent ingredients sent from family in Thailand - ingredients not available anywhere else. And she saw immediate improvement in both her skin and her confidence, and that’s when Siam SEAS was born.

Siam SEAS Beauty Heroes March 2018 Subscription Box. Yen Heal and Hydrate and Morning Delight Cleanser.
Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner is anything but your standard toner. It's almost hard to describe it as a toner and if it were in a different packaging I'm sure we would be calling it a serum. I like how Beauty Heroes described it on the card that comes in the box: "After one spray of this exotic and complex formula, you'll agree that this description is a misnomer of the best kind. Neither hydrosol nor serum..."  Hashtag "TonerNotToner" is giving me life! Perhaps we should take a look at the ingredient list so you can understand me it better. It starts with Organic Aloe Vera and in my book that is the perfect base for a gorgeous toner. There are 27 botanical extracts in this toner: entwined in the synergistic foundation to infuse skin cells with healing actives and powerful antioxidants. There are hydrosols like Cucumber, Geranium, Lavender and Chamomile and there are light oils of Raspberry, Cucumber Seed, Prickly Pear and Sacha Inchi. There are some interesting ones (I beg you not to ask me what they are): Tamarind Extract, Terminalia Chebula, Kacip Fatimah. The ingredient list can be overwhelming but it's also so lovely to see all these gorgeous ingredients that make Yen what it is. This stuff is really potent and as the same says - hydrating. And yes I do think it's healing as well. I don't have a serum at the moment so I use this toner as a toner and a serum, like a two in one product. The spray mister doesn't spray the product out like a toner does. Beauty Heroes are aware of this and they did write on the card that due to density of the formula of Yen, settling may occur. I always shake the bottle before each application and rather than spraying it directly onto my face, I spray it to the palm of my hand and gently press into my skin. I use three or four pumps or spritz and that's more than enough for my whole face. Sometimes I wait for it to sink in and layer some more Yen on top. Because of the dispenser or rather because of the formula I don't use it as a makeup setting spray or a pick-me up toner but I don't mind that. I have other toners I can use for that and Yen almost feels too good to apply on top of my makeup and not directly onto cleansed skin. I don't think my review can do it justice. Yen really is a stunning product. It's so far from being "just" a toner. It really is an understatement to call it like that. I really do understand why is it a Hero product. Oh and I love the scent as well! Peony, Frankincense, Champaca (Magnolia family), Ginger Lily, Vanilla, Rose Geranium. It's impossible for me to describe it AND do it justice. It's lightly sweet, floral, rich, deep, transportive, bewitching. It's as unique as is the whole Yen formula. Just try it okay? Check it out here.
Beauty Heroes March 2018 Beauty Discovery Siam SEAS. Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner. Morning Delight Cleanser.
 The Sidekick is the Siam SEAS' new product, the Morning Delight All-in-one Morning Cleanser. What can I say but that it's equally beautiful as Yen? It sounds like it can only be used as a morning cleanser but you can easily use it as a second cleanser in the evening as well, even as a first since it does remove makeup. It's "an all-day affair". Supadra created Morning Delight as a simple AM cleansing ritual to awaken the skin and senses, and to bless each new day. Ah bless. To me this cleanser doesn't have the same enchanting scent as Yen has but I have a feeling it's that kind of scent that grows on you. I mean it was the same with Yen. I love that scent more and more every day. Morning Delight feels like an oil at the beginning but when you splash some water on top it transforms into this gentle non-oily, very pale milk coloured cleanser that completely rinses off with water. There is no need for a wash cloth which I find strange after years of removing my makeup with oil and balm cleansers. I love that it contains Papaya Enzymes which work to resurface and exfoliate the skin. There's also Castor Oil, Mangosteen, Gotu Kola. Find the full list of ingredients here. There is one ingredient that I was a bit wary of, the Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate. After a quick google search I found out that the creation of this ingredient involves ethoxylation. I don't want to go into too much details but a possible by product of ethoxylation can be 1,4 Dioxane, a possible human carcinogen. Yikes! I talked to Jeannie (the Beauty Heroes founder) and she reassured me that this ingredient was tested (by a 3rd party) for 1,4 Dioxane and that it is free from it. She believes that this ingredient is safe. This ingredient is a surfactant and I understand that without it Morning Delight wouldn't be the same. I'm no chemist so I don't know a whole lot about ingredients (at least not in the chemist kinda way) but I would prefer something else to be honest. Saying all this I do use and love Morning Delight. You can get it here.

You can get these two stunning Siam SEAS products via the March Beauty Heroes box. It is a subscription based model and you have to commit for more than just one month at a time - you have to prepay for at least 3 months. Check it out here. One box is valued at less than $40 and each box has a value of at least $90 so you know they are very luxurious. The Siam SEAS toner alone is valued at $90 so you really can't get it at a more affordable price. BH members also have 15% off in their Beauty Store. You can read more about Beauty Heroes in this post.

Subscribe to get the March Beauty Discovery here. Shop Siam SEAS products here or directly in the Siam SEAS shop here.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Jana xx

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Self-Care Practices

marec 01, 2018

Let's start this March on a high note with a little self-care post. Originally it was meant to be featured on the Art of Organics blog but I ended up writing about self-love. You can read my article Musings on Self Love here. Comment if you like and let me know how you feel and think about self-love. And about self-care as well.
Kamniska Bistrica. Slovenia. Peaceful, relaxing, zen. Nature.
I wasn't really sure how to start this article and in all honesty I'm still not sure as I'm writing this. Self-care is something that I feel is quite talked about in the green beauty community but other than that it seems that it doesn't always have a positive ring to it. I experienced that sometimes it is frowned upon to take care of yourself and I'm like why? Why would someone take so much care for the people around them (which is of course amazing and wonderful!) but then be against taking care of themselves? Why is it so commendable not to take care of yourself? I know that we are all different but no one should feel guilty about practising self-care. Or making someone feel guilty. Taking care of yourself shouldn't be viewed as something bad, egoistic and self centered. We already have too busy and stressful lives as is and feeling guilty and ashamed while doing something good for our body and mind is just completely unnecessary. We should all show and share more love, not only to others but also towards ourselves.

I don't know what's the “right” way to go about self-care but I see it as a practice, as something you should do regularly. And with love. When I think about the term “self-care” I do think about the physical body (yoga fan over here AND you can never go wrong with a walk through a forest) but the first thought that actually pops into my mind is to take care of the mind, the spiritual and emotional body. Lately I've been finding it hard to really focus on my mind and emotions but when I do take time to practice self-care I always feel better about myself and my life. Some associate self-care with crystals and magic and unicorns, and while you can make it all that, it's also really very simple and easy to do. I have a few beautiful self-care practices and for me crystals do make them more special, but there are no rules when it comes to taking care of yourself.

After a stressful, hard, cold, unmotivated day (I will not say lazy!) the best thing I can do for myself is to have a bath. There is just nothing like it! Bath salts or bubble bath, a book or a TV show, music or silence, water or wine, crystals or flower petals, there is nothing like the luxury of being able to have a bath. They in fact are a luxury and I'm being mindful of the water I use so I keep it to one or two baths a week. I'm going to move to a place with no bath tub in the near future so I'm cherishing my baths even more.

Never say never, but I will never stop masking. I can't say it's the ultimate self-care practice but if you're this in love with skincare products as I am, it's a pretty big one. It's true that I don't make masking that special, since in real life I usually just slap a mask on my face and do whatever while masking. But for me it's the whole ritual that counts. From removing my makeup and washing my face to either mixing my own concoction or using a mask that's all ready to use straight from the jar. I find this whole process really relaxing and calming, and isn't that the whole point of self-care?

Speaking of relaxing, I also try to calm my monkey mind. I read that an average person has about fifty thousands thoughts each day and isn't that just insane? It can be very hard but I try to notice my thoughts and change negatives into positives. As pretty much everyone else I also complain but when I realise that I try and think about things I'm grateful for. Sounds so random but it really works. Writing a gratitude journal is one of the best things I've started doing last year. Being mindful and in the moment is also something that's worth learning and incorporating into your life. And of course meditation. Probably the hardest but also the most rewarding self-care practice. I still don't meditate every single day, which would be ideal but I'm hopeful I'm going to make more time for it this year.

Can you tell I find this topic very intriguing? There are so many wonderful acts and practices of self-care one can do but at this moment the ultimate ritual for me would be masking while meditating while bathing. Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

What is your ultimate self-care ritual or practice?

Love and light,

Jana xx
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