Beauty Heroes turned 5! This is their Amazing September Beauty Discovery

september 13, 2019

You guys, I'm sure a lot of you have already heard that the wonderful Beauty Heroes turned 5 years this September! I cannot believe it's been already five years, time flew by!! I'm so excited for them and so very honoured and grateful to be a part of their close community - like I said many times before, I'm so humbled and thankful to be one of their brand ambassadors. Thank you so much for having me, love you lots.<3

 Of course five years doesn't just happen overnight so Jeannie & her team came up with a gorgeous September Beauty Discovery* to celebrate their birthday with a bang (not to mention her new store in Novato!). In this box are five products, some are full size and others deluxe sizes. You can check out this discovery here.
September Beauty Discovery Five for Five Beauty Heroes, Laurel Skin, Josh Rosebrook, Honua Skincare, Ayuna, LILFOX
September Beauty Discovery Five for Five Beauty Heroes, Laurel Skin, Josh Rosebrook, Honua Skincare, Ayuna, LILFOX
Laurel Skin Sun Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Laurel Skin Sun Serum (10 ml) - this product was a Hero product of August 2016 Beauty Discovery and here is my review of it. This serum is loaded with plant based ingredients that make skin look repaired and youthful with a bright appearance. I love all Laurel's products I've used and I really want to try more of her products because they are so amazing. They are made by hand in small batches (ultra-small batches) and they feature concentrated, luxurious and gorgeous raw, organic, locally sourced ingredients. What I love most is that Laurel Skin products are so effective and they truly make a difference in my skin. Sun Serum includes oils of Rosehip, Red Clover, Bilberry, Cranberry, Red Raspberry, and Laurel’s own biodynamic 'house blend'. Like I said in my review - this oil works amazingly well at reducing acne scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation. It is brightening and repairing. I love that it beautifully sinks into the skin and that it hydrates it all day. I'm thrilled to have it back in my life and if I wouldn't have as many facial oils as I currently have, I would definitely splurge on the full sized bottle. You can check out Laurel Skin Sun Serum here.
Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask (45 ml) - this was the Hero product of December 2019 Beauty Discovery and I dedicated this mask a special review with my friend Nic (check it out here). This mask works like a charm every. single. time. IT IS SO AMAZING, I cannot even put it into words. It is packed full of stunning ingredients like Cacao, Turmeric, Calendula and so many more, all of which create this magical concoction that makes my skin so, SO happy. I haven't used this mask in a little while and I used it a few days ago and you better believe my skin looked amazing all day long, and the next day too. It's so brightening and it actually makes my skin glow. LOVE. You need to get this mask asap, you will love it, I'm so sure of it. You can check out Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask here.
Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum (30 ml) - this was the Hero product of June 2017 Beauty Discovery and you can read my review of this serum here. What can I say, another gorgeous product from the September Beauty Discovery. They really came through with this discovery! Have you tried Honua products yet? I am such a fan! Aloha Youth Serum is a lightweight, hydrating and quickly absorbing serum that calms inflammation, calms & brightens the skin. Kapua made a wonderful job with this serum and I love that I have it back in my collection. You can check out Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum here.
Ayuna Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II Less is Beauty September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Ayuna Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II Less is Beauty September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Ayuna Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II (15 ml) - this was the Sidekick product of the November 2017 Beauty Discovery and you can read my review here. I am utterly obsessed and deeply in love with Ayuna's products. Omg they are so stunning and unlike anything I have ever used. So effective and like they've been made for my skin. Cream II has a scientifically advanced, botanical formula that boasts an array of high-performance natural ingredients. Phyto-peptides and plasmas, rich in botanical cell factors from Green Carrot, Arabian Cotton, Pomegranate and phyto-peptidic fractions from Turmeric Root and Centella, help skin maintain a feeling of regeneration. Now I have to say that I slightly prefer the Cream I, which is a bit more light and a bit more suitable for my combination skin. I actually love using their creams with The Facial* (Low or High) - so the acid toner first and then the cream, and that's that, nothing else. My skin glows each time I use the combination, and if I use their Essence and the Balm too, then good skin days are guaranteed. But anyways, Cream II is luxurious, rich but not thick, it's very moisturizing and leaves my skin revitalized and soft. It's one of those cream that you don't need a serum or oil on top because there really is no need for that. You can check out Ayuna Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II here.
LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum (10 ml) - this was the Hero product of October 2018 Beauty Discovery and you can check out review here. I like this eye serum a lot. Its star ingredient is Kalahari Oil, cold-pressed from African watermelon seeds that are rich in omega-6 and -9 and boosted with a host of skin-supporting seed oils of Cucumber, Passion Fruit, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Pomegranate, Rosehip and more. It is a lightweight oil, it quickly sinks into the skin and hydrates my skin. You can check out LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum here.

September Beauty Discovery is truly so amazing and I highly recommend it!!<3
You can get it here.

With all my love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot seed Renewing Oil Cleanser

avgust 23, 2019

I have been testing a couple of new-to-me cleansers and one of them is this lovely oil cleanser by a UK brand Inner Senses. I have mentioned the brand before on my blog and I have to say that I always really enjoy their products. The one that impressed me lately is their GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot seed Renewing Oil Cleanser*. I believe this is one of their newer products but don't quote me on that.
Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot Seed Renewing Oil Cleanser
Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot Seed Renewing Oil Cleanser
As its name would suggest the two main ingredients in this cleansing oil are:

Carrot infused Jojoba Oil + Carrot Seed CO2 Extract - rich in antioxidants, they support well aging. They are rejuvenating and also help to even out skin tone.

Tomato Seed Oil + Tomato Leaf Absolute - deeply moisturizing, they improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out the skin tone.

There's also Camellia & Papaya Seed Oils, Safflower, Castor and Avocado Oils.

This oil cleanser has a non-greasy, lightweight consistency and it beautifully removes all my makeup. It's gentle yet effective and I always love that when it comes to skincare products. I use it just like any other cleansing oil or balm: apply on dry skin, massage it all in until it thoroughly dissolves makeup and then remove everything with a warm washcloth. The scent goes hand in hand with its name - it has a fresh, earthy aroma, just like greenhouse. If I close my eyes, I can actually smell tomato plants. 
Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot Seed Renewing Oil Cleanser consistency and colour
93% organic and 100% natural this product is recommended for dry, sensitive, combination, irritated and dull skin.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Inika, Khadi & Organically Epic

junij 23, 2019

Hiya loves. How are you all doing? I want to share with you my latest LoveLula haul, a very successful haul might I add. I got something to nourish my hair, make up my lashes and scrape my tongue haha. Since the later is the least exciting but also really good for you let me start with it.
Khadi Balsam Hair Oil, Inika Bold Lash Mascara, Organically Epic Tongue Cleaner. LoveLula
Organically Epic Stainless Steel Tongue Cleanser Scraper, No plastic. LoveLula
Organically Epic Tongue Cleaner* is a stainless steel tongue cleaner that will remove debris from the tongue fighting bad breath as well as enhancing taste buds. I was searching for something like this for a while and ended up ordering one on Etsy. It was fine but it didn't last me too long so I was really excited to find this one at LoveLula. In our shops here in Slovenia you can only find plastic tongue scrapers and I rather use nothing than plastic, especially since I know there are other options. The Organically Epic scraper has thick blunt edges to avoid abrasions which I really enjoy because my previous was rather slim and I could damage my tongue a little bit. If you haven't tried anything like this before you place it on the back of your tongue after you're done brushing your teeth and gently scrape it a few times. That's it. Really simple but beneficial. You can get Organically Epic Tongue Cleaner here.
Khadi Balsam Ayurvedic Hair Oil. Controls Dandruff, itchy, oily scalp. LoveLula
Khadi Balsam Ayurvedic Hair Oil. Controls Dandruff, itchy, oily scalp. LoveLula
Khadi Balsam Hair Oil* effectively improve the condition of the scalp and hair. This hair oil is antifungal, antibacterial, it regulates sebum production and prevents itching. I have oily hair which is very unfortunate so obviously I was intrigued by it. It contains Fenugreek, Mustard and Neem which help to clear the scalp and prevent flaking, Lemon and Tea Tree EO's help to clear sebum build up. Balsam Hair Oil has a very warming and strong scent. I love the packaging - I can just use the pipette straight on my scalp and then message it all in. I only use this oil as a pre-wash scalp and hair treatment, so I use it all over and leave it on for an hour, but preferably overnight. Thus far I haven't seen any drastic changes regarding my oily scalp which I didn't really expect but my hair do feel very soft and less frizzy since I've been using it. I like it. You can get Khadi Balsam Hair Oil here.
Inika Bold Lash Vegan Mascara. LoveLulaInika Bold Lash Vegan Mascara. LoveLula
Inika Bold Lash Mascara* is one of the new Inika mascaras and I quite like this one. From their new mascaras I also tried the Curvy Lash* which really isn't my cup of tea. My fave is still their Long Lash Mascara*, one of my fave natural mascaras but this Bold Lash is pretty great too. I've been using it this week and I actually really like the more subtle look it gives me. Curvy Lash Mascara doesn't do anything for my lashes and Long Lash really makes my lashes pop but this one, the Bold Lash is just right - it doesn't look too heavy but just right. I did think it would make my lashes more bold (because of the name) but it's not as dramatic as I thought it would be. I find that Inika's mascaras perform better once they've been open for a few weeks so take my review more as a first impression. I may get them dramatic lashes that they describe you'd get with this mascara. Talking about the description - " Lashes appear thicker-than-ever and dramatic in a single swipe." - well I definitely don't get a dramatic look in a single swipe, I apply three or four coats. Mascaras are so personal and what works for some may not work for others but know that I like this one and I personally get on with it well. You can get Inika Bold Lash Mascara here.

You can get all these products at LoveLula.

Have a great Sunday!


Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Weekly Faves with 5Yina, Blüh Alchemy, Earthwise Beauty & Agent Nateur

junij 09, 2019

Hi loves! Doing well? I'm loving this summer weather, it's been so sunny and hot here and what it felt like months of rain, this June weather really feels good. After a good week I'm coming at you with my weekly favourite products. I haven't done this kind of post in a long while so here are the products I've been really loving lately, especially this past week.
Weekly Favourites with Agent Nateur, Beauty Heroes, 5Yina, Boxwalla, Farizad's Veil SPF Earthwise Beauty, Bluh Alchemy
Agent Nateur Holi (Skin) Body Serum* is the Hero of June's Beauty Discovery, which you can check out here and I also mentioned the box on my Instagram here. I saw some discussions about this product regarding its name and just wanted to say that don't be fooled by the word serum, this is a body oil. A beautiful lightweight oil that quickly sinks into the skin and moisturizes my skin all day long. This is the first reason why I love it and the second is its scent. It has a divine aroma of Roses, which is warming and comforting yet not too overpowering and in your face, which I enjoy very much. I prefer more subtle scents and this one is like that. The one thing I don't like about it is the plastic packaging, I really wish it was glass. You can get Agent Nateur Holi (Skin) Body Serum here but for the time being you can get it in the June Beauty Discovery (you can subscribe here) where you'll also get their Holi (Oil) Refining Ageless Face Serum.

Blüh Alchemy Cleansing Oil* is a facial cleanser with multiple benefits designed to fit most skin types. This is one gorgeous cleansing oil with oils of Safflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Kakadu Plum and Black Cumin. It has a super refreshing scent of Lemons which I love, especially for this time of year. So nice! This oil cleanser effectively yet gently removes all my makeup, it isn't drying and yeah, it's just really good. Because of Black Cumin Seed Oil I think it's especially beneficial for oily and combination skin like my own - it can be clarifying and in the summer that's really good for the skin because of all the sweat and sunscreen. Highly recommend. You can get Blüh Alchemy Cleansing Oil here.

Blüh Alchemy Exfoliating Cleanser* is an exfoliator with Evaporated Cane Juice, Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Jojoba, Aloe. There's French Green Clay, Kakadu Plum, Moringa Leaf Powder and other amazing ingredients. Like the Cleansing Oil, this too has a citrus scent - it smells like Oranges, so yum! It contains Cold Pressed Grapefruit, Lemon and Orange Peel Oils. Before applying on the face you have to mix it with a few drops of water. I do this in the palm of my hand. It slightly transforms its colour and texture, and then I gently massage it all over my face, leave on my skin for a few minutes and then rinse off with water. My skin is SO soft and moisturized, not to mention the smoothness! Stunning products. I've been utterly impressed with Blüh Alchemy products. You can get Blüh Alchemy Exfoliating Cleanser here.

Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector (review) is my absolute favourite facial sunscreen EVER! I said this numerous times before and I will continue to do so because it's so freaking amazing!! This is a powder spf with Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide (94%, sourced from Canada), Aloe Vera Leaf Powder and a few EO's. I mostly smell Rose Geranium and Rose (if you don't like the scent you can easily leave the jar open for a few hours or a day and the scent will become more subtle). Personally I love it. Farizad's Veil can be mixed with literally any facial oil you use and that for me is the best thing ever. It can also be mixed with a serum or a moisturizer (that contain oils). So it can be as lightweight as your oil of choice is, and what is not to love about that? I use Farizad's Veil every single day, no matter the weather or time of year and it lasts absolute ages! Some also mix it with other sunscreens for that additional boost of spf protection. Love, love, love. You can get Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector here (my affiliate code Loveliness saves 15%).

5Yina LUCENT Summer Hydrosol* (review) is one of the products from June Boxwalla Box (get it here) and sadly I just used up this facial mist today. I loved it! I used it in the morning before applying my skincare and then on top of my makeup, and then also in the evenings. Contains the hydrating and soothing Aloe Vera and Distillates of Cucumber, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Honeysuckle and Witch Hazel. Great for blemish prone, combination, oily skin. It's soothing, clarifying and balancing. You can get 5Yina LUCENT Summer Hydrosol here and for the time being also in the June Boxwalla Box here.

5Yina LUCENT Summer Beauty Oil* (review) is the second product in the June Boxwalla Box and the same as the hydrosol, I love this oil with a passion. It's really lightweight and ideal for those with normal to oily/combination skin. It has a herbaceous scent, a really lovely scent. It's supercharged with extracts from Chinese medicinal plants, vitamins, antioxidants, and active phytonutrients to help minimize appearance of pores, re-balance sebum production, reduce inflammation, and prevent breakouts. There's Camellia, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Schisandra, Licorice Root and more. It's balancing, light, moisturizing and non-comedogenic. A gorgeous facial oil. You can get 5Yina LUCENT Summer Beauty Oil here or in the June Boxwalla Beauty Box here.

Spot any faves?

With love & light,

Jana xxx

*samples generously provided
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June Boxwalla Beauty Box w/ 5YINA

junij 01, 2019

Hi lovelies! How are you doing? I don't want to be one of those people who glorify the word busy but I've been so busy lately that I didn't find much time to write here on my beloved blog. So let me keep this short, I want to introduce you to the June Boxwalla Beauty Box today. Spoiler alert: it's so gorgeous!

In the June Boxwalla Beauty Box* themed 'A Summer in Hangzhou' you will find two products from 5YINA: LUCENT Summer Hydrolat and LUCENT Summer Beauty Oil. Check it out here.

5YINA was founded by Angela Chau & Ervina Wu at the end of 2015. This is my first time trying out the brand and I have to say that I like them a lot. Both founders are trained practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and they formulate their luxurious products to integrate the wisdom of Chinese medicine with modern science. The products are also formulated keeping in mind the different seasons and how our skin's needs changes with each season. Of course Lavanya of Boxwalla chose 5YINA's LUCENT Summer Beauty Ritual, that was inspired by summer spent in Hangzhou, China.
June Boxwalla Beauty Box 5YINA A Summer in Hangzhou LUCENT Summer Hydrolat and Beauty Oil
June Boxwalla Beauty Box 5YINA A Summer in Hangzhou LUCENT Summer Hydrolat
LUCENT Summer Hydrolat is a beautiful Aloe Vera based hydrolat. This is a hydrating facial mist with distilates of Cucumber, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Honeysuckle and Witch Hazel. To these are added in-house extracts from Chinese medicinal plants like Green Tea, Snow Mushroom, Ginseng, Licorice Root, and more. These products are easy for me to describe their scents but in this hydrolat I can smell Neroli. I find this mist to be hydrating and really nice. I've been using it before I apply my serum and oil, after I apply my makeup and sometimes I also like to use it throughout the day, when I feel like I need a little pick me up. It's beautiful and I would for sure like to try their other hydrolats as well. You can check out the LUCENT Summer Hydrolat here.
June Boxwalla Beauty Box 5YINA A Summer in Hangzhou LUCENT Summer Beauty Oil
LUCENT Summer Beauty Oil is a lightweight facial oil that I've been using daily, am and pm. It is made in a base of Camellia Seed Oil, along with Sacred Lotus, Perilla seed, Schisandra Berries, Snow Mushroom, and there are also Sea Buckthorn and Rosehip Seed Oil. The oil has a gorgeous orange colour and a scent that I can't describe for the life of me. There's Jasmine, Petitgrain, Patchoulli, Vetiver - I have no idea what I'm smelling but I like its herbaceous aroma. It's described as clarifying, purifying and balancing and I will have to say that I do find it balancing & great for my combination skin. I adore its lightweight consistency so much, really a joy to use. You can check out LUCENT Summer Beauty Oil here.

Let me just share how I like to use these two products.

In the morning I use the hydrolat, Earthwise Beauty Nap in the Meadow*, Bluh Alchemy Eye Oil Serum* and then a blend of Summer Beauty Oil + Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector.

In the evening I first apply some fresh aloe vera (straight from the plant), FYINA'a hydrolat on top, following up with Bluh Alchemy Eye Oil Serum* and 5YINA's oil.

Today is the last day to subscribe to June's Boxwalla Beauty Box to get it for $49.95 (the box is valued at $180). You can do so here. As you may know, Boxwalla is a bi-monthly subscription box and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

Get your June Boxwalla Beauty Box here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Hits & Misses

maj 21, 2019

Hi lovelies! I've been slightly slacking on my blog lately so let me share with you a few products I got from LoveLula. This is more of a first impression/my initial thoughts/introduction rather than product reviews.
 Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Hydrating Facial Toner, Rahua Cream Wax, Isla Apothecary Lemongrass Rosemary Renew Fott Scrub, Inika Curvy Lash Mascara. LoveLula
Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Hydrating Facial Toner
 Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Hydrating Facial Toner* is a toner I've used before and I still really like it. Therapi has three product lines and each line is geared to a specific skin type. Orange Blossom line is most suitable for normal skin type. Described as "an instantly hydrating facial tonic", this toner has a base of Witch Hazel and Rose Waters. There's Glycerin, Calendula Extract and citrus oils like Bergamot and Neroli. You can tell by these ingredients that it smells of citrus. It's refreshing, hydrating and also balancing. A lovely toner to use before other skincare product and after you do your makeup. Would definitely order again, and other Therapi toners too. You can get Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Hydrating Facial Toner here.
Rahua Cream Wax hair styling product
Rahua Cream Wax hair styling product
Rahua Cream Wax* is a "versatile hair styler for medium hold". This hair styling product is made of plant-based ingredients like Green Tea, Rosemary, Carnauba Wax, Castor oil, Rahua Oil. It smells of Palo Santo and Coconut and has a creamy consistency. It can be used in a few different ways, either on wet hair for moldability and sculpting or on dry hair for lift and definition. It offers "low-key shine and pliable hold, is effective at fighting frizz and adds height, texture & definition to short hair". To be honest, I don't really know what to do with this product. I've used it a couple of times and as someone who doesn't really enjoy the feeling of having something in my hair I don't find this product to be the one for me. I prefer for my hair to feel soft to the touch rather that they look all polished and perfect. The wax does give some hold to my hair but I can also feel it on my hair and because of that I haven't really been using it all that much. If you've tried it, I'm more than open to your suggestions and recommendations on how you use it. You can check out Rahua Cream Wax here.
Inika Curvy Lash Mascara LoveLula
Inika Curvy Lash Mascara LoveLula brush wand
Inika Curvy Lash Mascara* is one of the three new mascaras from Inika. I love their Long Lash Mascara (which you can get here) and I already had two tubes of it. So I tried the new Curvy Lash Mascara only once so I'm a little too quick to judge but I really didn't like it. The formula is too wet, it definitely didn't curl my lashes and actually didn't do anything spectacular for my lashes other than coloured them black. I didn't get any volume and only a little length. I'm hoping it will get better in time once the formula dries up a bit but as of now I'm not impressed. Will keep you posted on Instagram if there's any change. You can check out the Inika Curvy Lash Mascara here.
Isla Apothecary Lemongrass + Rosemary Renew Foot Scrub LoveLulaIsla Apothecary Lemongrass + Rosemary Renew Foot Scrub LoveLula
Isla Apothecary Lemongrass + Rosemary Renew Foot Scrub* is an Epsom Salt based foot scrub & bath to sort out the dry and chapped skin you may have, especially now before summer. My feet are not in the best shape currently and it's all thanks to the (glorious) rainy and cold weather we've been having for much too long. Besides Epsom Salt, ground Pumice also serves as exfoliating ingredient to help clear away dead skin, paving the way for Sweet Almond and Baobab oils to feed the skin and make it softer and moisturized. I love the invigorating scent of Lemongrass and Rosemary, really perfect for tired and often not enough loved feet. As I mentioned, you can use this product as a bath, a foot bath and I much prefer to use this product as such because it's not enough scruby for me. I add a small scoop to a bowl and have a nice foot bath. Skin is left softer, smoother and moisturized. You can get Isla Apothecary Lemongrass + Rosemary Renew Foot Scrub here.

Let me know if you've tried any of these products & what do you think about them.

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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A Few Products from Mālayā Organics

maj 12, 2019

Hi babes! I've talked about Mālayā Organics and their products before, mainly about their amazing Advanced Repair Mask* (review here) but today I wanted to share with you a few more products from them that I've been loving lately. Mālayā Organics was founded by Katya Slepak and the brand is committed to bringing us a 100% natural beauty line using only the highest quality, organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and ethically sourced ingredients. Their products are packed with active botanicals naturally rich in vital nutrients, known for their extraordinary benefits in achieving youthfully radiant skin and hair. Their name, like their products, is a blend of different elements from around the world. In Sanskrit Mālayā has two meanings, a sandalwood forest and a garland of flowers used as a ceremonial wreath. Malaya is a sacred garden in the Shambala tradition. In Tagalog, it is the word for freedom. And in Russian, Malaya is the gentle diminutive form of little or young.
Malaya Organics Hydrating Mist Refresh and renew, Cleansing oil and makeup remover Nourish and Soothe, Firming Eye Serum Stem Cell and Peptide Complex
Malaya Organics Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover Nourish and Soothe
Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover - Nourish & Soothe* is a rinsable cleansing oil with Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond and Safflower oils, Lavender, Chamomile and Bulgarian Rose. The scent is floral and rosey. This is a lightweight cleansing oil that you use on dry skin and then add water to emulsify it and rinse off either by splashing water directly on your face or with a washcloth. I usually do both. First I rinse it off with water and then go in with a warm washcloth. That way I make sure everything is off my face. I'm really enjoying this cleansing oil. It's effective, non-irritating or drying, skin is left properly clean and soft. You can get it here.
Malaya Organics Hydrating Mist Refresh and Renew
Malaya Organics Hydrating Mist Refresh and Renew
Hydrating Mist - Refresh & Renew* is this beautiful purple coloured face mist that helps to replenish and invigorate the skin, keeping it perfectly hydrated and glowing all day. This mist is so nice! Contains a number of gorgeous and also interesting ingredients. For example there is Propolis and Beeswax in this mist, which I don't think I ever saw in a mist. The cleansing oil may seem almost basic (for the lack of a better word because in reality it is definitely not basic and I love it) but this mist has a more complex ingredient list. There are different hydrolates like Rose, Jasmine, Neroli, and extracts like Gotu Kola, Green Tea, Nettle. This mist is hydrating thanks to a few ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Vera and Vegetable Glycerin. The purple hue of the mist comes from a blue flower native to Asia, Butterfly Pea Flower, a highly antioxidant rich flower with unique anti-glycation properties. It has a lovely floral scent of Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and Geranium. The spray mister is wonderful and yeah, this is a great facial mist. You can get it here.
Malaya Organics Firming Eye Serum Stem Cell and Peptide Complex roll on
Malaya Organics Firming Eye Serum Stem Cell and Peptide Complex roll on
Firming Eye Serum - Stem Cell & Peptide Complex* is "a restorative, fast absorbing formula designed to visibly smooth delicate skin around the eyes." A gorgeous, lightweight oil serum with a number of amazing ingredients such as Argan, Prickly Pear, Acai, Buriti, Green Coffee oils and Olive Squalane. It contains collagen stimulating botanical Stem Cells, and skin firming Pea Peptides, which work harmoniously to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines. I like the formulation a lot. I'm mostly smelling Rose and Helichrysum, but in the blend are also Sandalwood and Fennel oils. Like I said, this eye serum is lightweight, it quickly gets absorbed into the skin leaving it softer, moisturized and hydrated. You can get it here.

I have an affiliate code that you can use to shop their products: MALAYAJANA saves you 15%.

You can get Mālayā Organics products here.

So much love & light,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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May Beauty Discovery w/ Ayuna

maj 05, 2019

Hello lovelies! How are you all doing? No surprises here - Beauty Heroes did it again and they brought us another amazing monthly discovery, feat. Ayuna. My immediate reaction was omg yes! I adore Ayuna's products so SO much. I have a lot to say about this discovery so without any further ado here are my first impressions/review of May Beauty Discovery.

In the May Beauty Discovery* are two full size products from Ayuna: Velo 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection and The Facial (Low). Check it out here.
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes Velo 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection, The Facial Low
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes Velo 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection, The Facial Low
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes Velo 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes Velo 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection
 VELO 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection is the Hero of this discovery and was the product I was super excited to try out. I always am when I see there's a new product from Ayuna. I'm obsessed with this Spanish brand, their products are so mind-blowingly amazing! VELO, which means veil in Spanish, is a living, breathing veil of protection that guards the skin from the exposome (daily environmental aggressors, including pollution, oxidation, dehydration, light, dryness and the proliferation of bad bacteria). It guards the suprastratum, a lessor known superficial layer that plays a very important role in the appearance and health of the skin. Like all Ayuna products, VELO also contains gorgeous ingredients that work so well for my combination skin. If you look closely at the ingredient list you will see that this product includes mineral-based SPF protection and contains ocean-friendly zinc/titanium component that provides a layer of protection against "UVA, UVB, blue (HEV) light, IR, and ultraviolet-B- induced CPD's (primary induced DNA lesions)." While VELO does not currently have an FDA SPF rating (which means it can't be called an SPF in the U.S. but based on the regulations requirements, the product is able to make an SPF claim in Europe), AYUNA is currently in the process of obtaining an official SPF designation.

So let's talk about my first impressions. They weren't great. Not at all! The first time I tried it, it was just ok but I felt SO underwhelmed by it + there was some pilling. On the second day I applied my makeup on top of VELO and honestly, my foundation, my whole face never looked worse! It was so patchy and streaky and there were orange marks. Omg no! If I wasn't in such a rush I would wash it all off and start my makeup again. Third day was no better either. In all this time I experimented with different skincare products and what would work best with VELO. I also emailed Jeannie about it saying that sadly I think that this product is not for me. But saying that I also wasn't ready to just give in and you guys, I cracked it, I found out what is the best way to use VELO.

I have so much to say. First let me say that the secret lies in the Ayuna's instruction folder. What a shocker right haha. I rarely read the "how to apply", especially when it comes to creams. But after a few days of disliking VELO it had to be done and oh goodness, I would be spared if I would just read it before use. In line with the whole Ayuna philosophy of skin fasting and using less products it was so obvious how to apply this product: "Use after applying Cream by Ayuna for drier skins and on clean skin for combination/oily skins." That is it, so simple! I am not a minimalist when it comes to skincare, or just anything in life, although I do try not to horde things. I like to layer products so how did I incorporate VELO into my existing skincare routine? I had to change it up a little bit. First I apply a toner, then a couple of drops of oil (less is more!), a moisturizer and as my last step VELO. This works perfect. What I found is that VELO doesn't mix well with oil, so I don't recommend applying VELO right after you'd apply an oil, there needs to be a cream between them. Cream I (Light)* from Ayuna is so perfect to use but VELO also works great in combination with Jane Scrivner OO Cream*.
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes Velo 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes Velo 6-in-1 Suprastratum Protection tinted
VELO feels very lightweight and I love that so much. It doesn't feel greasy or heavy and doesn't leave any white residue whatsoever. This is a tinted product and if you apply more than just one layer it looks like you have on a foundation with light coverage. It was strange that at the beginning I found this tint to be very orange on me but once I changed up my products I now don't notice that. I'm so thankful about that because it would really be such a shame if this product wouldn't work for me. I will say that I have to brush out my eyebrows after I apply it because it looks like I didn't properly blended in my foundation.

Uf I think I said all that I wanted to say. Know that less is more, less is beauty when it comes to VELO. Learn from my mistakes, don't overcomplicate your routine and you will immediately love this product. Check out VELO here.
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes The Facial Low Acid Toner
Ayuna May Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes The Facial Low Acid Toner consistency
The Facial in Low is the Sidekick aka co-hero of this discovery and this stuff is amazing! I have tried it before, also thanks to Beauty Heroes and their Limited Edition discovery back in December, where we received The Facial in Low and High (I shared it on my Instagram here). The Facial is described as a lotion-to-powder formula. It's more substantial than a toner and more fluid than a serum. This is actually an acid toner with a combo of alpha amino acids - Glutamic from fermented Sugarcane and Yucca; Succinic from fermented Corn; and Raspberry Cider Vinegar. The Facial is a very interesting product - it's a water based product with a collodial suspension of time-released acid complex that immediately mattifies skin with a soft, powdery feel. Because of this suspension you have to shake the bottle before use and then apply on your face either by pouring it onto the palm of your hand or on a cotton pad (I recommend reusable organic makeup pads - Beauty Heroes offers these). I apply The Facial with my hands and that works great for me.

This product dries up really quickly on the skin and leaves a matte, almost tight feeling. You definitely need to follow up with another product to get rid of that feeling. Because this was my first experience with an acid toner, I have some things to share on how I layer it. At first I only used The Facial, Cream I and sometimes a drop or two of oil. Then I started to experiment with other products and honestly I didn't have any problems. Now I mainly use it only in the evening because I found that it doesn't work well for me in combination with VELO. So in the evening I first cleanse my skin (obviously) and the on clean, dry face apply The Facial, leave it to dry and then I either apply a toner or go straight in with a serum. Then I follow up with either an oil, a balm or a cream, or a mix of them, depends on how my skin is looking. The main thing is that you apply it straight on clean, dry skin and leave it to dry before applying anything else. I use it daily, or almost every day and it works so great for my skin. When I first started using it in December or January I completely feel in love with it. It immediately felt like a product I was missing in my skincare routine. The Facial is exfoliating and balancing aka it helps to reduce bumps and uneven texture on the skin and balances out the microbiome, which means your skin will look healthier and more radiant. I have to mention that in the beginning The Facial can cause some dry skin, patches of dry skin but that goes away in a few days. A beautiful and effective product, and that it something I always expect from Ayuna. Check out The Facial here.

I honestly love all Ayuna prodcts and even though I don't talk about them often I use them weekly, some even daily. Love, love love!

May Beauty Discovery feat. Ayuna is valued at $252 (!!) and by subscribing to Beauty Heroes you can get it for around $40. You can subscribe here.

Have a great day!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

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Rachel's Plan Bee, I love you so

april 30, 2019

Hi lovelies! I was thinking what kind of post I should write today and noticed a few products just now in the room, all from Rachel's Plan Bee. There's Cocoa Cream on the bed cause I used it yesterday evening on my feet, Lip Balm is always next to me, on my desk, there's a new Hand & Body Wash on my desk cause I just finished a bottle yesterday and I also just used the Facial Cleansing Bar as my morning face cleanser. So yeah, it's definitely safe to say that I love the brand! The founder Rachel is the best, so kind & friendly and I've been so lucky to have met her via Instagram all those years ago and try out so many of her beautiful products. I'm not quite sure when was the first time I got my hands on Rachel's products but the brand was founded in 2012 and I have been loving her creations almost since the beginning. And love just keeps on growing. I've tried most of the products so let me quickly go through some of those that I currently have in my collection.
Rachel's Plan Bee Cocoa Cream, Hand & Body Wash, Facial Cleansing Oil, Facial Cleansing Bar, Carrot and Calendula Soap
Rachel's Plan Bee Cocoa Cream, Hand & Body Wash, Facial Cleansing Oil, Facial Cleansing Bar, Carrot and Calendula Soap
Rachel's Plan Bee Cocoa Cream
Rachel's Plan Bee Cocoa Cream texture
Cocoa Cream* is a super nourishing, rich buttery goodness that smells like chocolate. Handcrafted with Cocoa & Shea Butter plus a tiny hint of Vanilla & Cocoa Absolute this cream really has a heavenly aroma. I love it so much! It also contains some oils and Beeswax so it's quite occlusive and locks in moisture revealing soft and moisturized skin. I love to use it all over my body, but only in the evening because it's rich and it can be a little oily. It's especially wonderful on my feet, elbows and other dry parts of the body. I can't imagine spending a winter without it. Cocoa Cream is only available during colder months but you can still get it in stock at The Green Jungle Beauty Shop here, where you can use my affiliate code Jana for 10% off your order.
Rachel's Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash Original
Hand & Body Wash Original* (review) is probably one of my fave body washes I've used. This is a liquid soap with very velvety and creamy lather. Such a joy to use. It's scented with uplifting Citrus & a touch of comforting Vanilla, gorgeous scent! It contains moisturizing ingredients such as Coconut, Olive, Sunflower and Jojoba Oils, Shea Butter. These ingredients are saponified, using Potassium Hydroxide which is essential ingredient to make soaps and after saponification of oils none of it remains. There is also Water in the formulation, of course, Glycerin & Aloe Vera, and essential oils. So good!
Rachel's Plan Bee Facial Cleansing Oil
Facial Cleansing Oil* is a rinsable cleansing oil with Apricot Kernel, Crambe and Sunflower oils, Squalane, and a few more ingredients. This is a lovely first step cleanser as it beautifully removes makeup and can be rinsed off with water (but I always go in with a wash cloth too just to be sure I removed every trace of it). It has a light delicate scent of fresh citrus blossoms and is suitable for all skin types.
Rachel's Plan Bee Facial Cleansing Bar
Rachel's Plan Bee Facial Cleansing Bar, Carrot & Calendula Soap Bar
Facial Cleansing Bar* is a really good soap bar for the face. I love using it as my second cleanser or as a morning cleanser. It gives a velvety lather, isn't drying and is just very lovely! It's infused with Aloe, Pumpkin and Moroccan Lava Clay, which as someone with combination skin I really appreciate. A gentle daily detox always sounds good. There are also Meadowfoam Oil, Mango and Kokum Butter. No Coconut or Palm Oil. Love.

Carrot & Calendula Soap* is an unscented soap bar, specially formulated for sensitive skin. Infused with organic Carrot juice and Calendula, the gentle creamy lather will leave behind clean, soft & happy skin. It doesn't lather that much but the lather is very soft and moisturizing. I love that Rachel started creating soap bars - they feel so good on the skin, they aren't drying and even tho the lather isn't super foamy these soaps are still such a pleasure to use.

You can get Rachel's Plan Bee products on their website here. In Europe available at So Natural Beauty here and you can also get them at The Green Jungle Beauty Shop here (my affiliate code Jana saves 10%).

Do you love Rachel's Plan Bee products too?

Love & light,

Jana xx

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