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

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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

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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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