One of my last posts this year is the post I think all of you going to enjoy – mine and a few fellow green beauty blogger’s Christmas Wishlists! I did one last year (see here) so I am continuing it as a beautiful tradition 🙂
P.S. I will link to everyone’s Instagram pages, so please make sure to hop over there and give these wonderful ladies a follow! Sharing green beauty love all around, and it feels so good.
Sarya Couture make up vegan face brush (102 face curve)
I love vegan make up brushes and this looks perfect for base as the curved shape will allow me to get in to the contours of the face!
Annane Sensitive skin serum
This brand is a bit of a splurge, but having tried it before I know the quality of the formulations is worth it. My skin has a tendency towards redness and sensitivity and this serum looks like a perfect match for me.
Kjaer Weis Collectors kit
I am a big fan of both refillable make up and the Kjaer Weis formulas, which I have been using for years. The collectors kit is the ultimate tool for make up on the go that can be filled up with Kjaer Weis colours of your choice. Simply gorgeous.
ByBi Bakuchiol Booster
Bakuchiol is a new plant based ingredient that is getting a lot of attention due to its retinol like properties on the skin. This booster also features olive squalane, which my skin loves!
Lina Hanson Global Treasures
Balms a must for winter parched skin and Lina Hanson is a brand that has really impressed me with their ingredients and formulas. This balm looks beautiful and even has gold leaf on the top! Really luxurious.
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If you want to know what I got this Black Friday this year, you are in the right place. This year I didn’t do Black Friday sales round up for all the EU & UK online shops and brands post like I did last year, I decided I am against mindless consumerism. However, having said that, I did spend a lot of money myself – it was all on the good stuff that I know suits my super sensitive skin, bu the total is still eye wateringly high, and I don’t want to add up totals just yet. Head in the sand method works just fine for now, thanking you 🙂
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Hope You are all well and enjoying various exciting activities leading up to Christmas? Today I am coming at you with a review of three body oils by a wonderful UK brand Inner Senses. They captured my attention since the very start of the launch some years ago, and they are still one of my favourite products to this date – mark my words to see them in my upcoming 2018 Best Products post.
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How are all of you, I hope you are well? Are you ready to do some shopping for this upcoming Black Friday? If so, you are in the right place! And guess what, you can get everything you might want all under one (virtual) roof – step forward Love Lula! They ship worldwide, for free for all orders £15+ which is easily done. I have been a happy customer with them from the very start prior to being accepted into their blogger family, so I can speak from both of blogger and real customer standpoint – and I am happy to report they treat both with utmost care and respect. The best customer service all around, I am sure many will agree – and I never ever had any problems with my order being mixed up or items coming broken or missing. This online shop really has Green Life In Dublin Seal Of Approval!
I will do two parts to this post, first I will list all the products that made into Holy Grail Products after I thoroughly testing, and the second part will be my own Wishlist. Let me tell you, this is the best opportunity to stock on Christmas gifts – not only you will get great value getting money off those gorgeous gift sets, but they often have free items in them too, so double whammy if you ask me, and if I were you, I would definitely take advantage of this opportunity. All the related reviews will be listed a the end of this post, and please also make sure to see my
I’ve never had repurchased a cream more times! And I know for sure this is what I am definitely buying first as my BF treat to myself. Greasy looking, yes, but I never had a face cream suit my sensitive skin so well. Never any issues or major dermatitis outbreaks when I use this, in fact, the opposite it true – soothed, nourished skin anyone? I know for sure this is a repurchase for life – this was my Favourite Face Cream prior to discovering Bella Aura, and I still use it alongside Bella Aura when the Autumn and Winter rolls around. I freak out when I am halfway through, and order next one straight away, as I never want to be without it – it is that good when it comes to protecting your skin against elements. What’s better, this comes with two mini side kicks in Love Lula’s Christmas shop, so you are getting even more stuff for your money. See the set here. Review here.
My favourite shampoo for the last half a year, and I still have about 2 cm left which I assume will give me another 6 to 8 weeks out of it. I have known about this shampoo for years but I finally splurged on it, and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed having good hair days for a change, as so many other shampoos don’t work for me and give me all kinds of issues – dandruff, itchy scalp, tangly mess for the hair – this is none of those things. I didn’t realise until I was about to post the review that I hadn’t had any scalp issues for months! So now it is a good time to get it. Review here.
I should get my stuff together and post that Inika review! So many great products I am really enjoying this line lately. I have this for about 2yrs and I am far from done! You need a pin prick amount, and what I love the most about it, it’s that it lasts all day – it is there until you are ready to take it off. Great universally flattering shade too, not too pink, not too golden. Definitely getting it again, but at the moment it seems to be out of stock – whoopsie! Keep your eyes peeled – if you love Modern Minerals Moonstone highlighter, this is very similar, but better 🙂
Really enjoying this nude/ brown shade, that came in the November Love Lula Beauty Box. I am not someone who switches to dark or berry lips for autumn and winter, so I am sure I will get loads of wear out of it. You can see swatches and how it looks on in the picture.
This is really impressive mascara – it gives you length, volume (not too much though) and you can build it up nicely, all of which I like. It also doesn’t flake, and I have purchased it countless times. Definitely a contender for Best Green Beauty Mascara and I will talk more about it in the upcoming Inika review.
I am yet to review this despite using the product for over three or four years. This I use as my face SPF, but bear in mind it is not a specific sunblock product, it is a moisturiser with SPF. Good for city, but I wouldn’t rely on it for sun holidays.The only face SPF product not to break me out or have a white cast, and that’s why I continue to use it. I talk about it as one of my Love Lula faves here and you can find it in my Favourites posts for the last few years as well.
Another product I am using for well over five years without a fail and don’t have a review on! This is different in texture than regular Hurraw balms, I find it stays on better, and I love lovely vanilla scent too. Definitely recommend if you haven’t tried it. I use it all year round as my nightly lip balm, but when autumn and winter rolls around, I use it for day too – for the reason mentioned above, it stays in your lips when so many other lip balms fail.
This I recommend purely because it is one of my top three natural Perfumes – so deep and sensual with Tobacco, Amber, Vanilla and Sandalwood notes. Exactly how I like my Perfumes to be. I do realize Perfumes are highly personal, so I am suggesting you try a sample kit first? They now carry super cute roller ball format too, and I had to get it as soon as they came out with it. I’ve just reviewed them, you will find review linked at the end of this post. Highly recommend if you are like me and like more heavy and muskier, more masculine scent – if not, there’s plenty to choose from too. Review of A Different Drummer here.
I have had a few samples of this and I am finally ready to commit to a full size of it! Really amazing at healing all kinds of skin boo boos from scrapes to zits, and I really like the clean ingredients too. Just like with Rahua shampoo, I will probably have to hide it from my hubs, who uses stuff at a blink-and-you-will-miss-it rate. Shh, don’t tell.
Living Nature Manuka oil is amazeballs too – I am in the middle of my research all about it, so will post soon. Suitable for vegans too (yes really) it is now one of my Holy Grails when it comes to my Health & Wellness stash. Typing this up now I am laughing as I remembered how one MLM essential oil company claim it is only available via them and it is not possible to get it anywhere else – well, guess what, it is available, very high quality indeed, and Love Lula does send worldwide – for free. How’s that?
Can you tell I love Inika?? This is my ever lasting love and one of the first green beauty purchases from Love Lula. Not only is is so pigmented, but long lasting as well, in both senses, per day and per jar – you are guaranteed to get good mileage out of this product. Plus it is a dead on dupe to my previously loved Nars Orgasm – be sure to read my full post linked at the end of this post, I list more than twenty natural dupes! Inika’s Peachy Keen is definitely in the Top Three if not Nr1 – I never want to be without it. I even have a back up – and that comes from a girl who has no back ups of anything!
Just like the blushes, Inika’s eye shadows I find so pigmented and long lasting that they can easily rival any conventional eye shadows. This duo I find gorgeous, they are both in the nude family, so really wearable for everyday and can be smoked out for the night. If you are minimalist when it comes to eye shadows, this might be all you need.
I love love love this brand, their body oils are dreamy, smelling gorgeous and so well formulated. I have a full blog post on a few of them, and there will be more to follow. Review here, but please bear in mind mine is in the old packaging.
This mask has simple yet gorgeous ingredients of turmeric, coconut milk powder and I love it – it is not the mosk nourishing of the masks, so I mix it with honey and not with water, but I simply love how it works on my dermatitis patch and reducing redness and flakiness in overall. Definitely recommend. Plus you get loads of uses, it comes with whooping 120gr of product.
Definitely the most luxurious hand cream I’ve had to date and I talk about it in one of my favourites posts, see it linked at the end of this post. This brand focuses on quality sleep, and all the products are aimed at that. If you are a fan of lavender scent, you would be in heaven with this brand. I am eyeing their Kiss the Moon Gift Set– as well as a few full sized gorgeous products, it has a luxe silk sleep mask, and I really want that! Not sure if I am getting that now or later, when I’ll finish some of the stuff I already own, but someday, for sure. I talk about it in this post.
Chobs is a brand I am using for the last couple of months behind the scenes, and I am due a review very soon. Sheet masks are one of my favourites, and if you are after K-beauty, but a natural one, you are in the right place!
One of those expertly formulated hair oils that help a ton but leave no residue – plus it smells amazing! The scent is a nice surprise, I expected it to smell bitter because of the grapefruit in the title, but it is far from bitter – more like sweet and summery. I am definitely getting a full size for myself once I am done with the one I am testing for The Beauty Shortlist Awards at the moment. I talk about it in this post and I like it better.
They work like a charm, when so many others don’t! My fave, even though I am kind of drowning in a sea of natural deodorants – I was sent a bunch of them for judging in The CertClean Clean Beauty Awards, and I will post about them pretty soon. I talk about them here. They now also come in plastic free packaging, and please also know they contain baking soda. I have no issues using them daily, but some people can’t handle baking soda. Fear not though, Love Lula also carries a selection of baking soda free deodorants, like DrHauschka Rose Deodorant, Madara Herbal Deodorant (this one is Sonia’s White, the CEO of Love Lula favourite) and a few others – you can always go to deodorant section and peruse the ingredients to see if they do contain baking soda or not?
The bulk packs I’d bought a couple of months ago are all gone, and I need a replacements asap! The kids drank it daily like a lemonade replacement (something that’s never in my house, period) and I too noticed I don’t get sick as often when I take these on the regular basis. Each packet contains 1000mg of vitamin C – let me just tell you, don’t be scared to take these if you think 50mg is the recommended daily allowance. Let me tell you two things – your body does not store vitamin C, so if you are afraid to reach toxic levels, you won’t. Please do yourself a favour and do a research on recommended daily allowance versus optimal levels for vitamins and minerals, and your life will be changed forever. You can thank me later – I got you boo!
One of the very few brands of supplements I trust (let me know if you want to see a post on the vitamins and supplements I take, and I will gladly do that for you!) – I find them great, really love their holistic approach, zero fillers and all natural ingredients! they have lots of great selection, from cordyceps, which was pretty much the only thing that saved my little princess not to get sick like a million times, and I take it too. If you do get sick, you can take olive leaf extract. As I mentioned, high quality products – you do get what you pay for here.
(for the record, even though my wishlist is cray cray extensive, see it on Pinterest here, I had to double and triple think what I really need at this point in my life, and I went from there. As you can imagine, I have enough products, and not wanting an excess, I am scaling down to what I need and will know will get used. Your wishlist will probably will look different from mine, and now it is a good time to try something new as well – just maybe instead of going full size, try travel sizes or samples? Love Lula is so good at stocking them – although I noticed they come and go, so make sure to check back often. The way I see it, Black Friday is the time to stock up on all your favourites and adding a few new things as well,the ones you really really want)
As someone with face dermatitis I am naturally keen to try this product. The only thing that is stopping me is high price point, even though it has a myriad of glowing reviews. We shall see. I would love to hear your feedback if you have tried this product?
Trust me to be attracted to the natural things that are considered “weird” by society – and this is definitely calling my name! I have never tried anything like this before, nor have been to a spa or bath house where I could experience it, I am total novice to this kind of soap – I have heard they are far from your regular kind of soaps. The fact that it contains eucalyptus makes me think this would be good in winter to keep pesky bugs at bay? Please let me know if you have had used this, I really want to know!
I am due to replace a mascara anyway, and I want to try this. Ere Perez is a brand I love, I have a review on a few make up pieces I’d tried to date, I am really interested into skincare too, especially Blue Cypress Face Nectar & Papaya SOS Marmalade.
I don’t allow myself any new make up until I finish some product or the other, but hey, it is my Birthday month, so I will make an exception for this self imposed rule! I was debating between this and Healthyfor absolutely ages, until my blogger friend Jana from Small Bits of Loveliness settled the issue – Harmony looks so good on her, that I decided I want this and will cross my fingers it looks half as good on me. Plus it reminds me of Stila cream blush I used to use in my previous non natural life.
Now, who is excited for the Black Friday? I know I am 🙂 After completely ignoring it two years ago, I kind of went crazy last year (see here), so let’s if I can keep the fine balance this year.
What are you guys getting or thinking of getting? I hope those reviews below will help you navigate those products? Please share below or tag me in your social media posts, I would love to know 🙂
That’s all for now. Tata and see you here next Tuesday xo
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Are you guys ready for Christmas yet, shopping done and all? If you are, more power and respect for you! If you are like me, you still might have some bits and bobs to buy, so I thought I would give you some ideas for your Christmas shopping, would you like that? The main idea behind my blog is to be helpful to you guys, and what better way than recommending great natural products at all price points? Love Lula has great Christmas Shop here and here are my recommendations from it. I thought you might like the idea of getting all your presents in one shopping spree not leaving the house, and it is all delivered to your door? Me too! Oh, the joys of internet shopping! You can also rest assured everything you will pick is natural and cruelty free, with focus on organic ingredients where possible. All that, and the delivery is free worldwide for all orders above £15. Do I need to say anything more? I think not! One stop shop for all your needs. And no harming of bunnies or humans here. I will limit each category to five to seven items as not to overwhelm you, I hope that’s ok.
This lovely set includes their famous Rose Day Cream, which is easily my favourite face cream when it comes to products from Love Lula – as well as two deluxe travel sized side kicks, Soothing Cleansing Milk & Facial toner, both of which I adored too. All for the same price of the cream itself – how amazing is that? Find my review at the end of this post, and bear in mind it also comes in Light version too, which I also loved.
This is a perfect set for someone who loves facial oils, and for someone who is new to them as well. Comes with five minis, housed in the cutest little bottles – my favourite is definitely rosehip oil, but you also get cacay, argan, moringa and marula oils. They last for ages too, so you will definitely get the feel of whether these oils are for you before investing in the full size of one of them. Retails for 20£ or just below 23€ for a box of five samples.
Madara came out with a few different present sets this year, and they are packaged so cute, you will need no additional gift wrapping, promise! If you are into mud masks and facial oils, look no further than this set. If not, check out some of their other offerings 🙂
Walden is amazing natural perfume brand, and their A Different Drummer one shot straight into my Top Three Natural Perfumes of all times – and I loved it that much I bought it in a cute 10ml roller ball format too. If you aren’t sure which one you or your recipient would like, this gift set is a perfect present. There’s a roll on set of all the perfumes too.
Hmm, I have to come clean here, I am adding this set purely for selfish reasons – I want this for myself! Primarily for that luxe eye mask, but I would be excited to try all those cute 5ml samples of oils too. Having tried a few bits from the brand I know they use high quality ingredients, their Love hand cream is something that made into my recent favourites, and the bath salts are dreamy. Love the brand’s focus on good quality sleep – it is very important on so many levels – our bodies rejuvenate at a cellular level at night. If your budget is bigger, you might treat yourself to their full sized gift set, which includes the mask, the luxe hand cream, and bath salts I mentioned earlier, but also full size of aromatherapy soy candle and 5ml of face oil. If you love lavender scent, you will be in heaven!
This award winning range is taking green beauty world by storm and if you want to, a piece of it in a form of body serum can be yours for 49£. Choosing core performance oils and naturals to bring your skin back to fabulous condition. Oils for calming skin, oils for rejuvenating skin, creams for protecting skin, balms for cleansing skin, essential oils for performance and fragrance and much, much more. Formulated for great skincare results because there really is no other reason to apply. FIRM BELIEVER is a treatment oil for the body. The core oils blend to bring lustre, luminescence and glow back to your skin. The fragrant essential oils have a double effect. The blend including neroli, red mandarin and *bergamot is based on the original eau de cologne formulation derived from the French fragrance houses, but not only does this smell divine and is beautiful to wear, the therapeutic qualities of these essential oils are toning, skin softening and regenerative.
75£ for 50ml, but boy, let me tell you, I am enamored with this brand! Natural aromatherapeutic cream based on essential oils botanical extracts and the most advanced Biotechnology. The cream is designed to provide you with a unique feeling of relaxation, repair your skin cells and slow down skin’s aging process. The cream contains 21 active ingredients of the highest quality and revolutionary in skin care, making our cream highly effective and unique. Our active formula includes antioxidants such as Ginseng and Green Tea, probiotics like Propolis, and skin’s regenerators as Reishi and Rose Wood Bio essential oil. You will look and feel great! Won Beauty shortlist editor´s choice award on 2016 and a few other awards.
This palette features 18 pieces, and it’s got 8 Eye Shadows • 4 Lipsticks • 4 Blushers • 1 Bronzer • 1 Finishin Powder. • Shades that suit all skin tones • For all skin types • Great for sensitive and acne prone skin PHB Ethical Beauty is a family business – 20% of profit goes to charity. Key Benefits: • 100% Natural • Vegan • Cruelty Free • Halal Certified • Gluten Free • Paraben Free • No Nano Particles • No Talc or Fillers • No Mineral Oils • No GM Ingredients. 69.95£ for 90gr of product
Probiotic skincare is all the rage at the moment, and this serum is what I want myself, so that is why I picked for this gift guide. This is something you might be a bit hesitant to buy yourself, but would love to get as a present, right? The firming and lifting effects of this age-defying serum are enhanced with long-term use. Inactivated probiotic Lactobacillus cells are added to stimulate the skin’s production of β-defensins. These peptides shift the populations of microbes in the skin to favour beneficial species so that they can out compete pro-ageing species. Suma Root, Muira Puama Bark, and Madonna Lily extracts are used in combination to improve the strength of capillary walls and aid in tissue repair. Over time, skin firmness and youthfulness improve.
147£ for this magical potion, but it that is too pricy for you, Esse have many other products, starting from 14£, so you can pick and choose.
As I already mentioned, NYR as a brand holds a special place in my heart and I love everything about them – they do everything the way I like things to be done, all ingredients are not only sustainable and fair trade, but as organic as it possibly be. Frankincense as a skincare ingredient is a superstar when it comes to anti- aging, and reducing stress as well – fantastic on so many levels! Studies show that 84% of women agree inhaling the aroma of the Frankincense Intense™ Lift Serum helps them to feel more relaxed immediately†. 71% agree their eye area is visibly lifted after using the Eye Cream†. 75% agree their jawline feels firmer and cheeks more taut after using the Creamǂ. This set might seem like it is very pricy for a second – £175.00 or €199.16, but when you actually see that it contains Frankincense Intense™ Lift Serum 30ml Frankincense Intense™ Lift Cream 50g Frankincense Intense™ Lift Eye Cream 15g, it is actually a fair price. If your skin is ready for Frankincense, this is a fantastic gift that will last at least six months if not more with daily use. Plus NYR have Christmas gift packaging down to a T – the best around if you ask me. You definitely need no more packaging or wrapping materials, that’s for sure!
Let’s start from the most expensive things in descending order with these men’s gift sets shall we?
This Ermana gift set costs 45£ (or just above 50€) but it will give your man almost a year of use, I find facial oils and balms do last for ages! I picked this set because it is suitable even for most sensitive skins. All natural ingredients too.
Ceyx is brand aimed at men, they do natural grooming products enriched with petitgrain and patchouli oil. Ceyx is Vegetarian friendly / Cruelty free / Paraben and sulphate free brand. Ticks all the right box if you ask me. Mr Green Life In Dublin is testing this kit at the moment, but I find myself stealing products from it one by one – they are good and the smell of sandalwood is dreamy. Shh, don’t tell! Review to come soon.
Another bargain present for any man in your life that shaves already – designed to give close shave and packed with essential oils. The official blurb is too funny – it says it’s citrussy lather boosts moisture and ego in equal measures! Priced at 7.95£ or 9.04€ – great budget option.
Ermana is a range of skincare products made from a blend of botanicals and all things natural. Products are all preservative free and contain no parabens, sulphates, artificial fragrances or colourings. Ermana is nourishing and hydrating nutrition for your skin.
44£ set contains 50ml Soothe Mama body oil and 60ml Soothe Mama balm
This line of products created by aromatherapist Lissa Basso with 25 years of experience! I love love love their body oils (please see the review at the end of this post), so I imagine this pregnancy oil is equally impressive. Fantastic ingredients for sure! 26£
While candle seems like a good choice for a new mum, I would advise choosing a reed diffuser over a candle, for one simple reason. I don’t know how about you, but I certainly didn’t get enough sleep for the first couple of years when my kids were little, and I certainly didn’t light any candles until they were at least 1. With all the sleep deprivation I was afraid I would burn the house down. Insert blushing emoji here. 24.95£
Aviela is a brand who uses wonderful shea butter as a base for all their products, and shea is something all mums and babies need, it softens and soothes the skin like nothing else. 35£ set contains Pure Shea Butter – 100g Shea Foot Butter Mini – 35g African Black Soap – 120g Pure Shea Butter Mini – 15g
49.95£ and you get everything you need for the perfect complexion. You get 8 pieces in the set, some full size, some samples, plus a brush and a bag. Inika is a wonderful vegan make up brand that holds a special place in my heart. Their products are amazing. Foundation, mascara and the Peachy Keen blush are one of my favourite green beauty products ever! Well worth checking out.
For 33.99£ you get the palette that will give you multiple looks for every occasion! The Solar Complete Mineral Palette is a full set of eye shadows, blush, bronzer and coconut highlighters all in one beautiful, recyclable palette.
Now, if you fancy a gift not only for your other half, but for yourself too, as well as a bit of a sexy time, why don’t try this set of massage candles? You get tree candles in a cute box, all made with natural oils and without paraffin. The scents are musk, ginger and amber. Retails for 41.50£ or a bit over 47€
These are always handy, it is something I always appreciate as a gift. After all, the gift that you use every day is the best kind of gift in my opinion.Priced from 2£ for one from Lyons or you can get a Balm Balm set of 3 for £9.
Matcha is a superfood in my opinion, full of antioxidants that we all need – ten times per cup than a regular green tea would have. It is my little everyday luxury, and I would be chuffed to get it for a present! Pure Chimp has three different sizes, and a few flavours as well, starting from only £4.95 or around €5.63 for 20gr.
These are always handy in Holiday period, even for someone like me, who does not wear nail polish for the rest of the year – there’s something in the air that makes you want to get all dolled up for Christmas! 12£ each. Their cuticle oil is fantastic too.
NYR is a brand that is close to my heart and I am very impressed by everything about it, from company’s ethos, to the products and their ingredients I’ve tried to date. Wild Rose and the Bee Lovely are my two favourite lines, and I’ve gone through countless tubes of their hand creams in the last few years. Sinks in quickly, great ingredients. Recommend.
Alteya is the brand that captured my full attention as soon as they appeared on Love Lula – and I knew I was hooked from the first spritz of their Rose Facial Mist – see review below and keep your eyes peeled for more reviews coming! Try it for yourself too – you will know it is a real deal in an instant. If you are not a rose scent fan, I still recommend you try it, because Alteya’s products smell of authentic rose, the way it should be – not synthetic sickly sweet or that musty “grandma’s house” rose scent you might have sniffed in some shops. Other type of facial mists available as well.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
One more option I would suggest for a gift is a wonderful Love Lula Beauty Box – the recipient (or yourself) will get a beauty box full of natural and organic products each month -that’s the only beauty box I am getting and it feels like Christmas come early each time! The value is always more than 50£ and you are guaranteed to get at least 2-3 full sized products in the box. So it is well worth it, the value far exceeds what you pay for. And don’t you love the idea of a gift that keeps on giving for the whole year? To see what products came in the previous boxes please peruse my FB Love Lula album here.
*Update a few days later – I just noticed Love Lula Christmas Selection Boxpop up on the website too – almost 80£ value for only 55£. It has Walden, Ooh Oils of Heaven, Balm Balm and Hurraw products, all of which can be seen here -don’t you think you deserve that treat for yourself? You have been good all year, and didn’t just you compiled all this huge present list for everyone else? Think about it 🙂
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How are all of you? Hope you are well? Today I wanted to share my first impressions review of new and hotly anticipated Bella Aura’s Custom Care Collection! I don’t know how about You, but I certainly was at the edge of my seat for months, while Yasmine, the boss babe behind the Bella Aura brand, has been teasing us with spoilers via InstaStories. Yasmine herself is the best advert for her brand – you only have to look at her perfect glass skin to know you want to know what she’s having!
You probably know my love for Bella Aura products knows no bounds (see review here, but please get a tea and a snack first, it is almost 4k words long. What can I say, I work hard and I like it that way)
The Swiss laboratory that Bella Aura partnered with is an international family business based in Switzerland that has been operating for over 75 years. As an innovative technology company, they supply demanding industries with natural and organic raw materials. They combine high-quality products, in-depth expertise and comprehensive services to offer their customers tailor-made integrated solutions. They think long-term, respond quickly, take a cooperative approach and are prepared to enter into and stand by commitments. They assume social and cultural responsibility and trust in the ability and loyalty of their employees and business partners.
Bella Aura is proud to source the ingredients from ethical and fair trade farms and artisan producers. All products are certified cruelty free and have high percentages of organic ingredients. I always knew Bella Aura is a fabulous brand, and I am happily witnessing it collection various awards and certifications – don’t just take my word for it, check their social media! Natrue and Nagoya compliant, Halal certified and bear both Ecocert and Cosmos certifications, no less. Bella Aura bioactives are made with Swiss actives blended from ancient traditions, which are also certified Halal, Ecocert, Cosmos, Natrue, and Nagoya. Products are based on botanical extracts of plants, herbs, and trees and the protein content in their roots, leaves, flowers, fruits. They are 100% natural botanicals and biologically advanced ingredients essential to healthy skin.
So imagine my delight when these gorgeous products landed at my door on Halloween – all treats, no tricks, mind you! It’s safe to say I did a happy dance on the spot, and I am still happy dancing! Let me cut to the the chase and tell you upfront that the products are as gorgeous as you imagine them to be, and even though I am testing them for a couple of days only, I think the products will take firm spots in my Holy Grail Products gallery – I am happy to report no initial reactions or irritations – including the perioral dermatitis patch I have on my left cheek. I think we all know how uber sensitive and reactive my skin is, and if the products suit me, chances are they will suit anyone, although of course, sample patch test is always recommended. I will follow up with the separate reviews on all the the products later on, this is first impressions review. And the impressions are good!
Shall we take a look at the individual products?
Hydra Revive Treatment
This is essential oil-free serum that effectively hydrates, restores, calms and balances the skin.
This is the product I have tried first, and I was not disappointed! It has a similar consistency to other Bella Aura products, it is a thin emulsion that resembles a thin yogurt consistency, but do not let that fool you – the product is a powerhouse of wonderful natural ingredients and extracts like Icelandic moss and peat – say what? The ingredient list intrigues me to no end, and I am very curious to see what it will do to my skin in the long run. From the first impressions point of view I can say that my skin felt very smooth and soft the the touch, and once I followed up with Bella Aura day moisturiser, it felt good and moisturised for hours on end. The product description promises to revive dry and dull skin and rejuvenate 20 years of youthfulness within four weeks (in-vivo study). Polysaccharides in evergreen fern extracts will help the skin to retain moisture and provide intense hydration. Skin will look fresh and young with increased smoothness, elasticity and firmness. Eight benefits in one product, doesn’t that sound like a dream? This is aimed at dry and dehydrated skin, with loss of elasticity and uneven texture, dehydrated skin, eczema type conditions, dull skin, oxidized skin and fine lines.
Right? I feel this is the product that was made for me, and I will make sure to follow up with a detailed review in about four to six weeks – I always take that much time to really test skincare products. Oh, and you get 50ml or 1.7oz of this product.
This is lightweight yet powerful body contour serum that deeply hydrates, restores skin firmness, smoothes skin texture and stimulates collagen production for measurably firmer, smoother and rejuvenated skin. There’s that signature Bella Aura texture again, the serum takes no time to sink in into the skin, yet it leaves the skin deeply hydrated and super soft.
This multifunctional product is an intelligent collagen booster obtained from the leaf sap of the South African medical plant Bulbine frutescens. Smart skin collagen management is essential, because uncontrolled activation of collagen synthesis can lead to the induction of inflammatory processes and the development of low quality collagen. Thanks to the active substances knipholone and acetylated polymannose, BioActives recalibrates the equilibrium between the decomposition and reconstruction of dermal structures, thus providing the skin with an extra portion of high quality collagen. The active ingredient heralds a new era of natural high quality collagen boosters and paves the way for exciting cosmetic applications:
Reduction of stretch marks
138 % improvement of wrinkle appearance and 100 % more facial collagen density as compared to placebo.
53 % reduction of stretch marks volume and 212 % visible improvement of stretch marks appearance as compared to placebo.
I am really looking forward to using this, especially seeing the effects promised- and knowing I’ll be testing this in the cold months of the year, I’m interested to know how it will work on my skin. Yasmine told me it is supposed to work on cellulite too, so I am really curious! I am yet to find a product that works in this area, and if this does, I will make sure to shout about it from the rooftops.
Oh, and you get 100ml of this product.
Bulbine Frutescens (Stalked Bulbine), Amazonian White Clay, Olive Oil Extract, Safflower Oleosomes
Bella Aura Rapid Repair Clarifying Elixir
This is another product I was dying to try and for a good reason – it has a highly concentrated antioxidants from Norvegian Spruce extract, as well as other amazing ingredients of course, but hear this – ten drops contains the same concentration of Lignans as the following:
50 cups of green tea🍵
100 cups of tomatoes 🍅
510 cups of lettuce
1800 cups of apples 🍎
70 cups of oranges 🍊
30 cups of cauliflowers
150 cups of onions
40 cups of cherries 🍒
160 cups of cabbage
50 cups of strawberries 🍓
40 cups of kiwis 🥝
77 cups of oats
Powerful antioxidants 24x more than flaxseeds
Say what? Shall we look further into the ingredients? This beauty also has rosemary leaf extract, blackcurrant seed oil, sunflower oil and microsilver. Sounds good? I think so! Just like Hydra Revive Treatment, this is another 8 in 1 product meant for acne prone skin that might have inflammation and dehydration, as well as redness, congestion and hypersensitivity, oxidized skin and eczema type conditions.
This product is a bit different from the others in terms of colour and smell – as you can see from the photo, it has a slightly darker than white colour, almost grey, and the smell isn’t of neroli like the other products. I actually like the smell, it is slightly herbal and forest like, it is like you would take a walk in the pine forest in sunshine and absorb all the smells around you. The texture is the same as all the other products, might be ever so thicker, and of course, it sinks in within seconds, leaving no residue, no tight or uncomfortable feeling or anything of that sorts. It actually holds up alone if I use instead of moisturiser, and it carries me through the day beautifully on it’s own. Again, really interested to see what changes it will bring to my skin – and pinky swear to follow up with a review in a few weeks time!
So what are my final thoughts? I like the products so far, as I already mentioned, there were no initial reactions, which are more than likely if I test any kind of new product, so I am well chuffed. My happy and plump skin agrees! Let’s hope things will continue this way – and I will certainly make sure to follow up with the reviews of all of these products in the next following weeks.
If you are interested in trying any of these new launches (and we both know you want to), here are some more good news – you can save 15% off them with my ambassador code “renata15”, so make sure to use it at the checkout at BellaAura.com . They ship worldwide!
Wait, there’s more! Keep your eyes firmly on my IG page as there *might* be a giveaway coming soon! My lips are sealed for now 🙂
If you want to know my thoughts on the main Bella Aura Collection and why they are my Holy Grail products, click here. (my code is valid on them too)
That’s all for now, see you here again next Tuesday!
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How are all of You? I hope life is treating You well?
I myself am completely knackered, but since I love blogging so much, I still wanted to get a blog post out. Having just sent my kids back to school, I finally found a minute to actually sit down and work in peace for a little while. This is actually my second Weekly Musings post, and while I’d like to link to the first one, I can’t – I lost it together with my first website, and as a true professional, I haven’t saved it 🙂 In it I wrote a long and heartfelt post about my life, the actual reason I moved my blogging day to Tuesdays, to the blogger life not being so glitzy and glamorous as people imagine. Even if I tried to replicate it, I can’t, because I wrote it in a spur of the moment – and every time I sit down and try to re-write it again, it doesn’t come out right, it feels dry and forced instead of heart to heart post I intended it to be. I have to be in the right zone to blog, because when I catch the tail of inspiration, that’s when I am at my best creative self, the words flow faster than I can write them down, and when I proof read the post prior to publishing it, I am happy with it on the whole, whatever kind of post it might be. Whereas when I decide I need to work on the blog to get one post or the other, that’s when I hit the wall, the posts come out dry and not my best. Plus all hell breaks loose around me, I find myself pulled into a million different directions at the same time and getting irrationally angry at not being able to get the stuff done. This leads me to my next point, my new posting days – after working on the weekends only I found myself with too much on my plate on Mondays, from a cr*loads of housework post “Daddy’s Day” – we don’t have a nanny or anyone to help with child care, really, so it is down to us two. Long story short, daddy started minding kids while I went back to work a few months ago. My job is on the weekends only, but he thinks it’s my job to clean up after them when I come back to work. Obviously I am not happy with that at all – you would think I’d have this area of my life in balance after two thousand years of marriage? Not so much. I think like most women I’d done a huge disservice to myself holding three corners of the house while working full time in the past. Now trying to change it and get my family to pitch in, I am met with resistance, obviously. Because if they had it that good so so many years, why would they want to work for free, right? This reminds me of a meme I saw on Facebook ages ago – it reads something like this – ” It is so easy being a woman – you get up at 6am, you make breakfast, get up family, serve them breakfast, help kids get dressed, prepare lunches, walk them to school, go to work, pop to supermarket for groceries after work, come home, prepare dinner, serve dinner, wash up after the dinner, supervise your kids homework, play with the kids, walk the dog, put the bins out, bathe the kids, read them bed time stories and put them to bed, clean up the house, put on washing, sort out and iron previous washing, check & reply to email, pay the bills – and the rest of the time you are FREE to do what you want!!!” Well, something like that, I think I should put it into a meme actually 🙂 So, with all this in mind, and the pressure to do all the things right and on time, I made a decision to move my posting day to Tuesdays after doing it for so many years on Mondays. Being the responsible person I am, I realised I was stressing myself out for no reason – blogging is like a full time job, but I am not at that stage where it pays for itself, so I should take my mental health into consideration and drop the weight where it is appropriate. As my family pointed out, why work for free? And put pressure on myself to post on Mondays if I have the rest of the week that is mostly stress free?
Well, I hope I communicated this point right, I am not someone who leads this glamorous life, party hopping with a champagne in my hand – far from it. I am just a tired mommy who is trying to keep all her plates in the air, blogging included! Not-so-recent changes in IG algorithms did my nut in, the engagement level dropped dramatically, as well as my page became invisible to the people who didn’t know about me already, meaning I was concealed from the masses. Lots of smaller brands and bloggers were affected, not just me, but it was so disheartening that I thought of leaving it all together a couple of times. I also noticed a couple of bloggers finding a way around it by buying followers, something I would never ever do. What keeps me going is the desire to help people to switch to natural and organic beauty – that is the exact force driving me and my blog – not the fame and money, I think these things should come as a “side effect” of your hard work. And it is hard work, anyone who tried his/her hand at blogging, will know that. I decided bumps like that not to let to get to me – Your messages telling me I helped in some way or form to find your best natural products is the best music to my ears – even all these years, it doesn’t get old. It gives me wings to keep going!
Well, having said all that, I think it might be my seasonal depression talking, as it always rears it’s ugly head at this time of the year. But then again, I think it is important that everyone in the family would pitch in in equal measures, am I right? Us moms tend to do the lions share out of love for our families, but it is a fine line to balance – family members take it for granted all too soon. I was listening to one of On Air With Ella podcasts, where one lady submitted her question and Ella and some psychologist, who’s name escaping me, spend the good hour talking about all the ins and outs of the situation. Basically, one middle aged lady with a husband and two grown up male sons found herself with a health problem that prevented her doing all of the housework she always did, and she asked her family to help and pick up the slack. Do you think they did? She soon found herself branded a nag and a killjoy if she repeatedly asked them to do what had to be done in the first place – how is that fair? And where’s the happy middle ground here? Comment below with your thoughts on this?
Moving onto happier subjects! November is my birthday month, so I am actually on the lookout for a present for myself. After all, I’ve been really good this year, so I deserve to treat myself, right? I am looking at Ere Perez Colour Pot in Harmony, as I really like the way it looks on my blogger friend Jana from Small Bits of Loveliness (see the Natural Beauty post in my old blog here), as well as Ere Perez Almond Oil Mascara. I chose both products from the same brand as I really enjoyed what I have tried from them so far (see review here), even though I am a bit sad they discontinued one of my favourite blushes, called Bondi. You know I love my Nars Orgasm Natural Dupes 🙂 I am also looking at these duo lipsticks from Emani,Xanadu(described as peach and pink) and Shangri La (described as soft pink with hot pink) – not too sure which one to get, as the photos from online shops look different to swatch photos, I am a bit apprehensive and confused. Let me know if You have any of those and how do you find them? Any feedback would be appreciated, so please send me the link to reviews or your IG swatch photos, anything, really? By the way, do you want me to do a full blog post on what else I want for my Cake Day and plan on getting? Do let me know and I will be happy to do that post for you.
What else is happening? I am happily testing/ judging for The Beauty Shortlist Awards 2019 and just submitted my judging form for CertClean Clean Beauty Awards as well. The best jobs I ever had, and I am hoping to do lots more of them in the future! That’s a dream come true and proof that hard work pays off. I gets loads of questions about it, and yes, I will blog about it in my own good time, and yes, the opportunities came to me and not the other way round.
My favourite skincare company Bella Aura not only rebranded their packaging (and tweaked the formulas here and there) but came out not with one, not two but THREE new products! A whole Custom Care collection. You should see me happy dancing behind the scenes 🙂 I am playing with the new goodies for the last couple of days – and I am still happy dancing, mind you – the products are dreamy! I will post about them really soon, and keep your eyes firmly fixed on my IG page (and subscribe while you are there) – there *might* be a giveaway for the new products! My lips are sealed for now 🙂
What else is happening? It is not announced yet, but I am happy to tell you I am the new Ambassador for Inner Senses brand – over the moon about this, as I have been a fan for a couple of years now. I have actually reviewed the body oils last year, see the post here.
My love of books is well known, and I was really happy to learn that I can actually request any book I want at my local library – how come no one told me that before? I went on thinking I can only choose from what’s available in my local branch, which is tiny. I am on the maximum 12 book at any given time, but have to scale down, because that’s one of the areas I was stressing myself out for no reason. From now on I will try to be on two or three books at once – which is a very manageable number. Anyone else reading multiple books at once? My reading list can be seen in my Instagram a few posts back for those of you curious?
So imagine my delight when I learned I can also read magazines online, also via Dublin library – I felt like I won the lottery or something! There were times in my past where I actually had a disposable income, or play money (something that is next to nothing now) and I was buying loads of magazines every month, but losing a job put an abrupt stop to all that. Kids needs and bills come first, am I right? Happy to re-discover my old fave thing – the first day was spent drinking tea and reading all magazines I could squeeze into the few hours when the kids were in school. Pure bliss! This will definitely help lift my mood and feed my endless curiosity in the dreary upcoming Sickness Season, umm, excuse me, I meant Winter.
Umm, I am also on a few audio books – yes you guessed right, from the library! I imagine you rolling your eyes at me at this point, and yes, I can totally understand that, I probably sound like a broken record by now. But if You are like me and are committed to constantly better yourself, you will get me. Currently I am onto Jennifer Kries Waking Energy and loving it! The way I can actually fit it into my life is when I power clean in the morning post school run. I can’t remember where I heard this idea of power cleaning your house every day for 20 mins in the morning, but I found this idea perfect! I am a big fan of putting all the things we used that day at the end of the day, while my husband is errr, make-a-mess-all-week-leave-things-where-they-fell-and-then-spend-Saturday-cleaning-it-all-up-while-blaming-everyone-around-you kind of guy. So this technique was kind of like a saviour to me, and if I can feed my soul while doing mundane tasks, then it is thousand times better!
What else? I am hoping to manage to squeeze a date night with my hubby to go watch the new Queen movie! Have you seen it? Is it any good? I am hoping it is good, because Queen’s was actually a first album I ever bought, aged 13. I hope my idols won’t fall from the grace in my eyes, as there were a few places I skipped while reading Freddy’s biography.