Love Lula Beauty Box December 2018

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Love Lula Beauty Box December 2018

I do realize I am way late with this post, I assure you I had my best intentions to post it on time last December, but time got away from me juggling all the normal work-family-life-blogging duties coupled with intense testing slash judging for The Beauty Shortlist Awards 2019 and Holiday preparations. So I posted this post on my IG page here and promised You to come back a month later, not only with my first impressions, but with a more well rounded review. Here I am, ready to give my two cents on all the products and the box in overall. Ready to get started? I am so ready.

Firstly, let me just say that Love Lula is the only subscription box I am getting, and I am really happy with it. I’ve been getting it for around a year and a half maybe, and I have to say they do a very good job at including a good variety of products, apart of a few tiny missteps of too many scrubs or face oils in a row, other products were a delight to discover. I have to say I am looking forward to each new month in anticipation of what’s to come – Christmas or Birthday present for yourself each month, anyone? They ship worldwide, and the price is 14.95£ monthly recurring for UK customers, and for us international gals there are two options of three months (52.50£) or a year (21£) including post and packaging. There is also an option to try one box, both for UK and international customers. Green beauty boxes are a great way to discover new items you might have missed otherwise, and I love that anything coming from LoveLula is cruelty free and guaranteed not to have any toxic ingredients – they have very strict criteria for any product they accept, and that is taking the guesswork off your shoulders. Here’s what we got in the last box of 2018.

Oh, just a little note before we get started – this in an international version of the box, the UK version had two Glossworks nail polishes and Hairy Jane hair perfume – very jel I couldn’t get my paws on them, as the polishes would have come so handy during the Christmas time, and I’ve been dying to try that Hairy Jane hair perfume – sooo curious about the smell everyone keeps raving about. Can someone invent a scratch and sniff feature for blogs and social media please?

Not to worry though, as the replacements we got are equally fabulous if not more so – I am well chuffed with mine! I mean natural perfumes in those cutest teeny tiny roller bottles, do I need to say more?

The products that everyone got:

Kathleen Natural Sensual Rose Bubble Bath and Shower Gel (18£ or 20€ for 150ml)

I was delighted to see another product by Kathleen Natural, as I really enjoyed what I have tried from them so far – so much that a few products ended up in my 2018 Best Products list. I was impressed with this bubble bath and shower gel thingy too – it works wonderfully both ways, and the natural scents of roses and oranges does give you an instant feeling of joy!

It cleanses, hydrates, and balances the skin without dry it out.

Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skins. 100% Natural. Vegan-friendly.

AROMA Top Note: Orange Essential Oil Uplifting orange oil has a sweet, fruity scent and is expressed from the rind of sun-ripened oranges. Naturally revitalizing and uplifting, sweet orange is a staple aromatherapy oil for creating a bright, uplifting, and invigorating ambience.

Heart Note: Rose Essential Oil Rose has astringent properties that make it perfect for toning and lifting the skin. It can also enhance libido and inspire romance. It helps alleviate feelings of shock and is believed to stimulate the hormone secretions that trigger menstruation and ease post-menopausal symptoms. Rose is often used to enhance feelings of wellbeing and to induce those feelings of positivity, joy, and hope.

Base Note: Nutmeg Essential Oil Nutmeg has antibacterial properties that work against 25 different bacteria. Nutmeg oil is useful for treating muscular and joint pain and relieving menstrual cramps. This earthy aroma comforts the body, improves blood circulation, and helps reduce mood swings and depression.

  • a little note – did you notice this product alone exceeds the value you pay for the box? Yup, you ALWAYS get at least triple the value, guaranteed in every box. Also, you are guaranteed to get at least two full size items, but they often have three or more. Sample sizes are almost always deluxe samples comparable to travel sizes, those teeny sachets are far and few in between.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Sodium Coco-sulfate*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin*, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Decyl Glucoside*, Rose Damascena Flower Oil**, Citrus Sinensis Peel (Orange Sweet ) Oil**, Myristica Fragrans Kernel (Nutmeg) oil**, Citric Acid*, Levulinic Acid*, Lauryl Glucoside*, Coco Glucoside*, Glyceryl Oleate*, Sodium Levulinate*, Sodium Phytate*, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool**, Limonene**, Citral**, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**. **from essential oils *natural plant origin

 

Seascape Island Apothecary Refresh Hand & Nail Cream (10£ or 11.11€ for 75ml)

Umm, I’ll be honest with you here – I must have been suffering with blogger’s fatigue when I received this, because after trying it once and not being overly impressed by it, I gifted it to my friend at work after spotting Primark 1.50€ hand cream at her desk. I know, shock horror right? I immediately set it upon myself to fix that situation 🙂  I was thinking along those lines of “yes, we all need a good hand cream in winter, but I already have a firm favourite, so I don’t need this” I was also in the thick of testing for The Beauty Shortlist as I already mentioned, and I remember feeling overwhelmed by the amount of products – and I certainly thought I will not miss it. Until one day I was chatting with said friend and she started singing praises to this hand cream, saying it is the best hand cream she has ever used in her life! When I asked her to elaborate, she said that in a space of three days or so, her skin became soft as a velvet and she can’t stop touching her hands since and is finally looking forward to putting on a hand cream, a first in her life. So I was like “huh?” immediately and now I am asking myself have I written off a good product too soon? This got my curiosity piqued indeed, as well as giving me an idea for blog post “Love at a second sight” – all about the products that left me with lukewarm first impressions but ended up as my favourites after all.  If you have this cream, I would love to know your thoughts about it?

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride (an emollient derived from Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol (an emollient / emulsifier derived from Palm Oil), Ceteareth-6 Olivate (a skin conditioner sourced from Olive Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Olea Europaea (Olive) Husk Oil, Phenoxyethanol (a synthetic preservative), Cetearyl Glucoside (am emulsifier from vegetable oils and sugar), Limonene (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Disodium EDTA (a chelating or preservative ingredient, salt in nature, sourced via a chemical synthesis) Ethylhexylglycerin (a skin conditioner sourced from a glycerin derivative), Linalool (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Citral (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Geraniol (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Citric Acid (a ph adjuster sourced from citrus fruits), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil

Oh, and before you ask, my favourite hand cream for the moment is Kiss The Moon Love Night Cream For Hands – I have already touched on it as one of my faves here, and will talk about it in my upcoming Winter Favourites very soon too. It made it into my 2018 Best Products list too.

Now let’s see what products came in the International Beauty Box?

 

Walden Natural Perfumes Rollerball Sample Set 6x2ml (15£ or 16.6€ for a set)

I squealed with a delight when I saw these – you see, Walden’s A Different Drummer perfume shot straight to my Top Three Natural Perfumes since the day I got it! See the review of it here. Needless to say I am thrilled to get not only that but all of their fragrances in these mini roll ons, which not only look way cute, but are so handy to take with you anywhere, for travels or day to day bag.

INGREDIENTS: vary from scent to scent, but here are A Different Drummer ingredients - Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil, Piper Nigrum Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil, Nicotiana Tabacum Leaf Oil, Dipteryx Odorata Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, *d-Limonene, *Linalol, *Eugenol

 

Bali Balm – Cinnamon & Burnt Orange Vegan Lip Balm (20£ or 22.22€ for 15ml)

This is another product I was well chuffed to get – I added them to my wishlist as soon as they appeared in Love Lula, but soon noticed they contain peppermint oil in the ingredients. So with that my enthusiasm soon faded, as I am someone who can’t handle any peppermint on my body/ face/ scalp/ lips. That was a couple of months ago, and I soon forgot about that peppermint, so I added the  lip balm on my lips, as you do, and guess what? Lo behold, it is not as noticeable as I thought it would be. Yes, there’s some tingling (and maybe plumping action) for a couple of minutes, but all I can feel is cinnamon, not peppermint, so I am very happy I can actually use this product. Now, all the peppermintiness aside, here are my thoughts about the product – I love everything about it, from the clean and short ingredients list, to the performance to even actual box it came in. You see, it came in such a luxe and sturdy cardboard box, that I even kept it, something I never do. It my seem pricy at first glance, but you are actually getting triple the product than standard, 15ml instead of usual 5. It actually lasts longer than most of the lip balms I have tried, which is one of the reasons I love it. I wouldn’t hesitate to give it as a small present, really – it’s got a Green Life In Dublin Seal Of Approval.

INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Kukui Nut Oil, Sugarcane Extract, Orange Peel Oil, Cinnamon Cassia Oil, Peppermint Leaf Oil, Rosemary Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, Vanilla Fruit Extract.

 

So, as you can see, all in all it has really impressed me – all of the items are put to good use, well done Love Lula, you can pat yourselves on the back!  I actually forgot the value of the box, but quick calculation, ok ok, quick mock order from Love Lula gave me the value of 63£, which works out at around 70€, which is very impressive given the price you pay for it. You are guaranteed to get at least two full sized items in each box, although Love Lula go far and beyond, including three or more more other than not. Those teeny sachets are far in between, I only remember a couple of them in around eighteen months, so very impressed with that. Sample sizes are almost always deluxe sample sizes, comparable to the travel ones – you are guaranteed to get a good feel of the product and decide whether it is for you or not. Are you interested yet? Check out here.

 

Love Lula Beauty Box

So yes, here are my thoughts on the box. Let me tell you one secret thought – now you can get November Beauty Box for free if you spend 60£ on their website – fabulous or what? Let me also tell you they are now selling selection of their previous boxes for a very good prices (see here), but it is not on a constant basis, so make sure to check back often.

If you want to, shop away at  Love Lula, one of my favourite online shops! I’ve written over 50+ blog posts related to products found in this online shop, as well as their wonderful Beauty Box,  that I love so much. In the case you missed it, find my Natural Beauty interview with a CEO Sonia White here and all the other posts in this Facebook album here. Too many blog posts to link up individually, let me tell you this much 🙂 See my top recommendations on “Bloggers Recommend” Love Lula page here and if you want to know my rather extensive wishlist, you can check out my Pinterest board here – I’ve been working on it for the last few days, and I am far from finished! Follow me there for all the updates – and let’s be friends all over social media, shall we?

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Last Love Lula Post - Natural Make Up Look Using All Natural Cream Products

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Renata.

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Natural Make Up Look Using Cream Products – Natural & Organic Beauty

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It’s been a hot minute (or two years, whoops! see here) since I posted about my daily make up routine, so today is the day  showing my all natural make up look of late, using only green beauty products of course. They are all cream products, as you can see from the title. This is my favourite look of late, appropriate for all occasions. If you want to take it from day to night, you only have to add some dark eyeliner and shadow into the outer v of the eye lid. I will link the products and the blog post or reviews where apt. The photos are a real deal, I never retouch or filter them. Putting yourself out there is always scary, and even more so when more so when you are on the wrong side of 30’s, so why do I do it? All for you guys! Shall we get started? Continue reading “Natural Make Up Look Using Cream Products – Natural & Organic Beauty”

The Tea That Keeps Me Well In Winters

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Today I wanted to share another well kept Winter Wellness secret of mine, the secret I’ve been shouting about from the rooftops for the last few months years, haha! Seriously, this post is a result of the multiple Instagram conversations about the things I do in order to stay healthy, where I found myself writing the same recipe to many many people all over again – I figured it would make it easier to blog about it, than share it another forty times, haha!  It gathered so much interest that I thought it might as well do a special blog post about 🙂 So here we go, let’s see what is the fuss all about it? Continue reading “The Tea That Keeps Me Well In Winters”

Anti-flu bomb with turmeric, garlic and ginger

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Anti Flu Turmeric Ginger And Garlic Bomb

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My Best Love Lula 2018 Products

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Love Lula Best Natural & Organic Products

How are all of You? I hope 2019 is treating You well so far?

Idea for today’s post came via Love Lula Natural Beauty Club post, 5 Best Natural Beauty Products of 2018 of Live Naturally N (see her post here) and that got me thinking – how many of my Holy Grail Products of 2018 actually came from Love Lula? You can see my blogger recommendations here, but as life doesn’t stand still, my Holy Grail product change over time too, due to many different reasons – the brands sell out, products change in formulations, stop working or are no longer stocked by Love Lula. If You want to know my Love Lula Loves too, You are in the right place 🙂 Continue reading “My Best Love Lula 2018 Products”

2018 Favourite Products – Natural & Organic

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2018 Best Natural & Organic Products

So it is that time of the year, wonderful time of the year, my favourite time of the year – Green Beauty Yearly Favourites time of the year. If Green Life In Dublin Green Beauty Awards existed, these would be it! So let’s get started, shall we? We all know I love to talk and to review good products, so majority of them will have reviews either on their own, or as part of Favourites posts – so be sure to hit that search box either here or in my previous blog with 400+ posts here. Just a reminder, my skin is dry, uber sensitive and dermatitis prone. Hair is thin, but lots of it, with a sensitive scalp to boot. Lucky girl, I know 🙂

 

(Full disclosure, some, but not all, of the links are affiliate links, and I  thank You for using them - they are at no extra cost to you as a consumer. All products mentioned here are tested thoroughly by me, and truly my Holy Grail products - I would never recommend anything that isn't my true favourite. Some of the products date back for years and haven't left my Yearly Favourites for well, years! I also want to point out that Google collects data while you browse my blog, but I think we all know that at this point.

MOISTURISER

My Holy Grail skincare line, see review here.

Holy Grail prior discovering Bella Aura, but still a Hero in winters due to richness, when the temps really drop. See review here.

FACIAL OIL

All amazing for different reasons, but I LOVE them equally. Mahalo has a review here, all others are still waiting their turn. After being a face oil fiend for years and years, I had to give them up due to developing dermatitis (which hates oils) but I still add them for winter, when my skin isn’t coping very well on it’s own in the harsh elements.

WATER/ ALOE BASED SERUM

Bella Aura is what floats my boat the most, see first impression review here. The other two are good in their own ways too, choose according to your needs.

OIL BASED SERUM

  • see facial oils

Healing BALM

Please let me explain why I chose these balms that are both uber expensive – it is purely because I need all the healing help I can get with my dermatitis, which sometimes flares up for no apparent reason, and blue tansy, which is present in both products, seems to be the magic that heals my skin. It is my face after all! While Mahalo Rare Indigo is a firm fave for the last three years (just check my 2017 & 2016 Favourites posts), I wanted to change things up a bit this year and purchased Blue Cocoon, which seems to be equally impressive. Pricy as they are, both jars last a year, which makes me justify the price point for them. I see more blue balms popping here and there, so I intend to try more of them out.

LIP BALM

ACNE TREATMENT

DERMATITIS TREATMENT

All seriously the best from what I have tried.

FACE CLEANSER (GEL /CREAM/ LIQUID)

BALM CLEANSER

OIL CLEANSER

face SPF product

Kimberly Sayer is what I used for the last four years or so, but it might be overthrown by the next two, which are newer discoveries, but oh-so-impressive. I’ll talk about them soon. W3LL People, if you are reading this, come back to EU! I’ll campaign to make it happen if I’ll need to!

BALM WITH SPF (BEACH BALM & LIP BALM)

FACE EXFOLIANT 

MAKE UP REMOVER

EYE MAKE UP REMOVER

UNDER EYE CREAM

Seriously the best. No crows feet at five minutes to forty, that’s all I can say about it!

FACE MASK

TONER/ MIST

FACE /NECK TOOLS

 

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Green Life In Dublin Best Bodycare Products

 

BODY SCRUB

BODY WASH

Hand cream

Nyr cream is a good all rounder, but Kiss The Moon is a must in winter!

DEODORANT

BODY OIL

BODY SPF PRODUCT

 

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Green Life In Dublin Best Haircare

 

SHAMPOO

CONDITIONER

HAIR AND SCALP OIL

DRY SHAMPOO

 

FOUNDATION 

All of them are long standing favourites!

 

BB CREAM

CREAM CONCEALER

POWDER CONCEALER

Setting Powder

BLUSH

BRONZER

Multiple

MASCARA

HIGHLIGHT

EYEBROW PRODUCT(S)

EYE PENCIL

LIQUID EYELINER

SINGLE/ DUO EYE SHADOW

EYE SHADOW PALETTE

LIPSTICK

LIP GLOSS

LIP BALMS

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Green Life In Dublin Favourite Products

 

NATURAL PERFUME

NATURAL(ISH) NAIL POLISHES

DENTAL CARE

TOOTHPASTE

TOOTH OIL

GUM HEALTH

MOUTHWASH

TEETH WHITENING

TONGUE CLEANER

WELLNESS:

I hope this was in any way interesting and/or helpful to you, and if it leads to at least one person finding a good product, then my work is done. Please be on the lookout for the reviews of many of these products, and let me know your favourites as well, so I could check them out!

If anyone’s interested you can check my 2017 Yearly Favourites here and 2016 ones here.

Lots of Love,

Renata.

 

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My 2018 Posts Round Up – Natural & Organic Beauty

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Today I thought to share all posts from 2018, all 70 of them in one place – purely for your convenience! Some of you might now I blog for years, some of you won’t, so I thought to round up all the reviews in one convenient place – shall we get started?

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Green Beauty Blogger’s Christmas Wishlist

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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.

LIZ FROM SMELLS LIKE A GREEN SPIRIT

Skincare: De Mamiel skin recovery Pressed Serum & Maya Chia Optimist Hydrating Spray

Bodycare: Osea Gigantona therapy bath

Eco fashion: JannJune sweater velvet toulon bordeaux

Books: Perfect skin by Alexandra Several and Truth in beauty Mukti Organics

Wellness: Mauli Rituals strength & spirit, brain and beauty alchemy & tension release massage dome

 

ana from ana goes green

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.

 

ADRIANA FROM GREEN BEAUTY PROJECT

Bella Aura Skincare Antioxidant Booster

Indie Lee CoQ10 Toner

Aila 3 in 1 Nail Colour Remover

Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation

Clove + Hallow Lip Velvets

 

LUAN FROM A LIFE OF LOVELY

Kimberly Sayer Tangerine & Calendula Healing Light Organic Night Cream

Inika Vegan Mascara

RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick – Temptation

 

and finally, lil’ ol’ me

Berkeley filter

Vitamix

Boho Tiffin stackable lunch boxes

Bioptron

Thermomix

 

And that’s is a wrap my friends! Hope we have been good enough this year and Santa will grand everyone’s wishes 🙂 Wishing the same for you my dear readers 🙂

P.S If you still need any ideas for last minute Xmas presents, check here. If you would vote for me in the #UKBA19 Awards here, then you’d have my gratitude forever! Guaranteed 🙂

Lots of love,

Renata.

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What I Got In Black Friday Sales 2018

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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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Inner Senses Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Body Oils Review

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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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