These Products are Brightening & So Lovely

december 19, 2018

I'm always and forever interested in products that brighten and even out my skin tone cause you know, redness. Just recently I tried a few new products that quite effectively take care of redness and really work well at reducing it, and I'm using some old favourites as well, so I have to share them with you.
Natural, Organic, Vegan Brightening Products Isla Apothecary, African Botanics, Emanufaktur, Earthwise Beauty, Ranavat Botanics, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask, Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask
Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask
 First let me mention two face masks I've been really into lately. Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask* from Isla Apothecary is one of them. This mask is such a gem! It contains only three ingredients but three is plenty when a product delivers on its promises. There's organic Coconut Milk Powder, Red Sandalwood Powder and organic Turmeric Root Powder. Done. Drop the mic. Coconut milk is very softening and smoothing to the skin and each time I use this mask I'm like oh my, my skin is so soft! I love it so much. Red Sandalwood supposedly helps to soothe the skin and is great to achieve glowing skin. And then there's Turmeric, a wonderful anti-inflammatory ingredient with brightening benefits. If a product contains turmeric, then I have to have it. The mask is indeed brightening, but also very softening and hydrating because of the coconut milk. It's also gently exfoliating and I just adore it. I love mixing it with water and honey, and lately I've also been mixing it with another mask - Sungod Face Mask* by Earthwise Beauty. You can get Isla Apothecary Refine + Radiate Beautifying Mask here.
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask* is not a new product I'm mentioning on my blog and if you remember I also had a very fun giveaway on Instagram (see here) with the fellow EWB mask Catharsis. Sungod is not as instantly- and fast-working brightening mask as is Refine + Radiate. It works over time and when you use it regularly you really see it works beautifully. Sungod isn't even called a brightening mask but a "reparative mask for all skin types". It was designed to gradually yet significantly improve the skin over time. With regular use it helps to reduce signs of aging and heal scars, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. This mask helps to repair and strenghten the skin, and I find that so wonderful. But then it's also brightening and just on a whole it's a gorgeous treat for the skin. A real stunner. It contains Wildflower Pollen, Calendula, Aloe Vera, Shiitake and Maitake Mushrooms, Turmeric as well. There's also a small amount of Fuller's Earth Clay but I don't find it drying. I like that there's no essential oils. It is indeed beautiful and I highly recommend it. Read my full review here. You can get Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask here (my affiliate code "Loveliness" saves you 15% - one time use only).
African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil Boxwalla Beauty Box
African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil* is THE best oil I've ever tried. It literally transforms my skin through the night and makes it brighter & calmer and also really evens out my skin tone. It plumps up my skin, reduces inflamation and just overall balances it. I can't rave enough about it. This oil is super expensive so I'm saving it like a madwoman, using no more than two drops every night I use it. I was lucky enough to receive it in the August Boxwalla Beauty Box (see my review here) and I used it about half a bottle.  There is a bunch of amazing ingredients in it, including plant based Retinol, Kalahari Melon and Marula Seed Oils, Rosehip, Roobios, Honeybush and Jasmine, Rose, Immortelle and Microalgaea. The oil is lightweight and really takes cares of everything on my skin, especially redness and hyperpigmentation. LOVE. You can get African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil here.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum Beauty Heroes Indie Beauty
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum* (review here) was designed to brighten and lighten your skin. This serum has this amazing, vibrant orange colour and a sweet fruity scent of Pequi Fruit Oil and Guarana, it's so good! There's also Sea Buckthorn, Andiroba and Buriti oils. It's surprisingly lightweight and is instantly absorbed into the skin. This is not an overnight miracle but with regular use you can see a slight difference in reduction of redness and hyperpigmentation. As this is a concentrated formula I use it in combination with another oil serum and I just love the extra boost it gives to my skin. You can get Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Light Reveal Targeted Treatment Serum here or in one of the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries by Beauty Heroes (check it out here).
Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum Beauty Heroes Indie Beauty
Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum* is an oil that quickly impressed me and that doesn't happen that often with oils. If you missed my previous post, I just reviewed this oil actually (you can read the article here). Radiant Rani smells like Rose with a hint of spice and I really enjoy it. It contains Sesame and Rice Bran Oils, Turmeric, Saffron, Nutgrass, Vetiver, Licorice Root, Himalayan Cherry, Indian Barberry and more. Since I only have a small bottle of the oil, I'm using it like the Light Reveal from Wabi-Sabi Botanicals, more like a treatment. The two work beautifully together. I had a feeling I would like Ranavat Botanics but their products really impressed me more than I thought. Radiant Runi is brightening and makes my skin more radiant and glowing. I like. You can get Ranavat Botanics Radiant Rani Illuminating Serum here or in one of the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discoveries by Beauty Heroes (see here).
Emanufaktur Aman Skincare Serum Made in Italy Organic Vegan
Emanufaktur Aman Skincare Serum* is my newest facial oil and I simply have to mention it in this post because it also contains Turmeric, and I have a feeling it will help to reduce redness and brighten my skin. I have only used it a few times thus far but I really like it. When you check out the ingredients in Serum you can't help yourself but to say ooh and aah, cause the ingredient list is just wow. It's very long so I won't go into it too much, but to quickly name a few ingredients there are Papaya, Argan, Acai, Strawberry, Avocado, Tucuma & Capuacu Butter, Oats, Chamomile and more. This oil is actually a "liquid balm", meaning it's not as liquidy and oily as oil serums usually are. It's more thick (Light Reveal from Wabi-Sabi Botanicals is also more of a liquid balm) but then at the same time it's also lightweight and non-greasy. It's more of a dry oil so it doesn't feel heavy and is quickly absorbed into the skin. It's very lovely. The scent is quite strong, it's citron scent. I would prefer if it was a bit more delicate and non-invasive but I'm sure I'll get used to it. I will use it for weeks to come to really see if it works but so far I'm impressed. You can get Emanufaktur Aman Skincare Serum here.
Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool
Lastly I want to mention the product that probably helps the most with hyperpigmentation - Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool. If you haven't heard of gua sha then I'm sorry but where do you live?? It's been all the rave for the last few years and this year especially. Gua sha tools and jade rollers are the beauty tools every single blogger, youtuber, beauty obsessed person has and a regular use of them can make such a huge difference in my skin. I'm very lazy when it comes to using them but when I do use my rose quartz gua sha tool every day, I swear my skin looks better than it did in a long time. It's all thanks to lympatic drainage and massage that these tools provide and used with a good serum or balm, it doubles the benefits. My skin overall is more radiant, less inflammed, hyperpigmentation is greatly reduces, it is plumper and more supple and I could just go on and on. I actually got back into using it because I'm noticing more and more fine lines on my skin and I just feel that a little lift gua sha provides will do me some good. Who cares if I sound vain, that is how I feel. But besides immediate improvement in that, I always notice that my skin just overall looks better. So yeah, definitely try it out if you haven't already! I got my Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool on Etsy, but there are loads of places you can get it.

Have you tried any of these products? Are you always on the hunt for amazing brightening products too?

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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