Umm, a little confession here – despite being so happy with the latest Love Lula beauty box (not one but two make up products, you people!) I am sort of late posting about it.. Insert blushing emoji here. Love Lula is the only subscription box I am getting, and I am really happy with it. I’ve been getting it close to two years now, and I have to say they do a very good job at including a good variety of products that are a delight to discover. Continue reading “Love Lula Beauty Box March 2019”
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Today I am coming at you with a short post on what you can find in the beauty section in your local TK Maxx, or TJ Maxx for my US green beauty sisters. This has been my secret weapon for years, and I I hope more of you will discover this great place to shop and save a bit of money too. This is especially great for people like me, when you have no Wholefoods or Detox Market or any place indeed where you can get anything your heart desires under one roof in your city. A good few stores are now jumping on the natural beauty bandwagon, but when you actually look into the selection, it is oftentimes very expensive or just plain greenwashing brands and products. So what’s a gal to do? Apart from going online, check out TK Maxx! Continue reading “Natural Products in TK Maxx”
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So, with Mother’s day fast approaching, you might be wondering what to get that wonderful mom of yours? Let me help – I feel it’s best if I chose all products from one stop shop to save you time, and what better shop than Love Lula? I will also keep this post short and sweet as not to take up too much of your time. I chose the products I love and believe would make a good presents. Most of them have reviews, and if they don’t, they are on the way. Existing reviews will be linked down below in the case you would love to read more in depth about products. Continue reading “Natural Mother’s Day Gifts – All From Love Lula”
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A quick post for today, a collection of my green beauty make up swatches (and links to the reviews where apt) I have had over a course of few years. Be prepared for way for swatches coming your way on my IG, Facebook, & Pinterest too – after spring cleaning my stash I collected all the samples I own, and instead of just throwing them away, why not be of service for all of us and post a series of natural products swatches? I myself find them crucial, because vast majority of my make up comes from online – from LoveLula, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, GlowOrganic Brighton, PureAnada, Amazon and a few other retailers.
Hope you are all well! Today my post is more aimed at my US and Canadian readers, which makes a big portion of my followers – THANKS GUYS!! . The main reason for my post is to let you know that TheDetoxMarket.com & TheDetoxMarket.ca are both giving away awesome Bliss Bundle, valued at more than 240$ (300$ CA) that will be added to all orders 200$ US (260$ CA respectively) – no code needed. (One bundle per customer while stocks last, and some exclusions are applied, make sure to read the small print) Of course The Detox Market ship nearly worldwide, but bear in mind the postage ain’t cheap, so it is up to you to weigh your options
Let’s see what’s in the amazing bundle first and I will talk about my favourite products as a suggestions to what you might choose to get to that 200$ US/ 260$ CA order, ok?
INNERSENSE HYDRATING MASK – 4oz 30$ Value (full size)
PA + G FACIAL SERUM CONCENTRATE – FULL SIZE 39$ VALUE
SLEEP MASK BY PLUME 25$ VALUE
OULI’S OINTMENT, ALL PURPOSE – FULL SIZE 20$ VALUE
HYNT BEAUTY SKIN PREP BIOACTIVE MARINE COMPLEX – FULL SIZE 44$ VALUE
PURSOMA DIGITAL DETOX BATH – FULL SIZE, 34$ VALUE
VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY MESMERIZE EYELINER IN INK – FULL SIZE, 20$ VALUE
SOAPWALLA SENSITIVE SKIN LAVENDER MINT DEODORANT CREAM – TRAVEL SIZE, 8% VALUE
And now for my recommendations in form of my own favourite products. I’ll list them all with the links to the reviews or links to posts where I talk more about them in great detail where apt. You just pick and choose whatever you want to get, ok?
RAHUA VOLUMINOUS SHAMPOO
My Holy Grail of all green beauty shampoos, and I never want to be without it ever again. Sounds quite dramatic, but hear me out – I have suffered two years of bad hair days trying to switch my shampoo to a clean version, and after two friggin years I wasn’t sure whether to cry and go back to the conventional shampoos or tear my hair out (or rather bird nest at that stage) and keep persevering with natural shampoos that never worked for me. Until RAHUA happened. See full review here and you will know that even though this is quite pricy for a shampoo, to me, it is worth every penny. Last for six months and never gives me any scalp issues 99% of the shampoos did. My Holy Grail if You will.
Rare Indigo is a miraculous product for my dermatitis prone skin. Get this, one sample pot of it was enough to impress me so much that I included it into my Yearly Favourites in 2016, the year I discovered it. I went on to purchase a few full sized versions of it since. I have also had The Bean mask and the The Vitality Elixir Facial Serum, both of them are dreamy. See full review here. The ingredients in each product are outstanding – and I dream of the day I will come into money and will be able to treat myself to the whole Mahalo collection without giving any thought to budgeting.
MAY LINDSTROM THE BLUE COCOON
Another version of the balm with the ultra healing blue tansy in it (hence the blue colour). After a few samples I splurged on a full size this year, and I am in love!
DR.ALKAITIS ORGANIC SOOTHING GEL
W3LL PEOPLE MAKE UP
W3LL People is a brand that has my heart, even though they left EU a while ago. Their Bio Tint Multi-action Moisturizer with SPF30 quickly took over as my favourite facial SPF product, and mascara is amazeballs too. Dreading the day I will run out of both. I am about to reviews them soon, but in the meantime check my thoughts in a bit more detail here and see me using a few products in this post titled Natural Make Up Look Using Natural & Organic Products – sans filters, no less!
Ps. W3LL People, if you are reading this – you need to come back to the EU ASAP! I’ll start a campaign if it needs to be! Yes, I am that serious.
Those Caffeine sheet masks are so great – they make your skin red carpet ready, no less. Whenever my skin is seriously misbehaving – red, blotchy, irritated, dry in places – I always reach for it and it never disappoints. See full review and my tips on how to make them work 3x longer here.
Another Holy Grail and a firm favorite – I am never without one for the last five year. I love all of them, but Moon Balm is my nr1 – it has different texture than the rest of them and it is perfect for nights and winter time.
Two things are absolute standouts for me – their Duet Perfecting Concealer and Pinkibelle, one of their Aria lipsticks. All of the line seems really nice and pure, samples I’ve had never disappointed me and I plan to pick up more products in the near future. Now let’s talk about the products I absolutely love – the concealer is the most full coverage concealer green beauty has to offer. It is one of the hardest working products in my stash – used daily for the last five years, or more, I can’t really remember when I discovered it. I tried numerous clean concealers since, but I always go back to it. A true Holy Grail indeed! See reviews on it here and here. Pinkibelle is more recent discovery and a favourite for very subjecting reason – it is my perfect nude I’ve been looking for for so many years! See me modeling it here.
Living Libations products are one of a kind when it comes to quality, once you will try, soon you will want everything! Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever, Dew Dab, shampoos, Zest The Best, Everybody Loves Sunshine with Zinc and dental products are what I’ve tried to date, and I am in love with all of them. Can I have a lifetime subscription to all of them please? And every product I haven’t tried, please?
RMS Beauty Mod Palette
Cult classic in the green beauty, this brand needs no introduction. See me working their Mod palette here.
Another great natural make up brand I’ve used and never reviewed – oops! Love their foundation, primer and multiples.
Any of their supplements is great, and now that are on sale, even better!
Ah, Lotus Wei – you had my heart since the first spritz and swipe… Not only these flower essences work on a cellular level, bu they also contain essential oils and smell ahmaaazing (flower essences don’t smell of anything interestingly enough) and I want to own every single one of them! Review here for those of you interested.
Amazing line for troubled skin like mine. The cleanser is really gentle and their Bio Regenerating Rosehip Oil is stuff of the legends – seriously, it has been on every editor’s “best products” list. For a good reason I’d add, it is seriously the best. It contains oil not from the rosehip seeds, but from the fruit itself too, making it superior to other rosehip oils on the market. One bottle lasts over a year, and if you are looking for natural alternative for retinols, look no further!
HONUA BEAUTY WATER
I was a lucky duck to win this via Instagram competition, and I have to say I love it a lot. Does not irritate my sensitive skin at all. This is one of the products that you can FEEL working on your skin – enzyme exfoliant will reveal new skin underneath in no time. A repurchase for sure!
And if you still will have some space left over, you can get either gua sha or jade roller – you know you want to 🙂
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I had my eye on Sarya Couture MakeUp as soon as the brand appeared in Love Lula – it is a couture cosmetics line created with the finest natural and organic ingredients, so naturally it called my name. Imagine my delight when Love Lula asked me if I’d like to try some of the products – are you guys kidding me, yes please! After a little while of testing the products, here I am with my first impressions review and a make up look. Want to know more? You are in the right place!
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How are all of you? Now that the weather is getting warmer day by day, I was in the mood for new make up goodies – all natural of course! So imagine my delight when Lavera came forward wanting to send me a few make up goodies from their newly launched Spring 2019 collection – that was a sign, no less 🙂 Yes please!
Oh, please excuse me, but I have to add this disclaimer before we start:
As per new rules for bloggers, all the products sent to us for our consideration are now classified as an [AD] – nonsense if you ask me, but who’s asking me. If you have been following me for some time you know I always disclose what products were sent to me, but this does not make it an [AD] – an AD is advertisement post where you would actually be paid to talk about those products, am I right?
So we would be on the same page – this post features products both sent to me (marked with *) as well as bought with my own moolah. I am not paid to do this post, this is all my own doing, and the opinions are mine and mine alone.
Let’s just start with introducing Lavera as a brand for those of you who might have not heard of them – it is a brand widely known here in the Europe, but not so much in the US, I find? I have so much respect for the brand founder Thomas Haase, who made it his mission to make organic and natural cosmetics accessible for everyone everywhere – and that was more than 20 years ago! One of the true green beauty pioneers, no less.
Defying all his critics, Thomas started developing effective cosmetics with a 100% natural basis, founding the company Laverana and the brand lavera on November 23, 1987. The company name Laverana already reveals that the brand and company are inextricably connected, as “lavera” stands for “true” and “na” for “natural cosmetics”. In a time when everything revolved around chemicals, Thomas discovered his lifelong dream and dedicated his life to a vision of “organic and natural beauty care for all”. Since 1988, he has been developing the natural personal care market and leading Laverana as its founder and executive partner. The driving force behind Laverana since its foundation remains its goals of democratization, differentiation, and internationalization. Mr. Haase isn’t interested in only being a short chapter in a book: he wants to make history, as well as a lasting impact on the world of personal care products. Does all this make your heart sing? It sure does for me!
Lavera promises 100% Natrue certified natural cosmetics – free of synthetic preservatives and fragrances. 100% of their products are tested for skin compatibility and are dermatologically approved. Never tested on animals though, Lavera is against animal testing. Every product is researched, developed and produced in Germany. All ingredients are fully declared on packaging, INCI card or website. I suggest you go over those, as Lavera is fully transparent with what’s important for consumers, they clearly state if the product is vegan, gluten free, suitable for pregnant ladies use, etc.
I am very excited to let you know that Lavera added 59 colour cosmetic product to the range of existing ones. You can expect new formulations, new design and completely new products! 22 new face products, 21 eye product, plus 16 new lip products – exciting, huh?
Now, let’s get into the post and my first impressions of the product – I have had about a week to play with the new goodies, but the good news is, make up isn’t like skincare where you would have to test it for 4-6 weeks to see results and make your opinion on it. Shall we get started? I thought you’d never ask 🙂
First thing first, foundation – I applied this new Lavera Soft Liquid Foundation (in Ivory Light)* which has this Green Anti-Pollution Complex, promising to protect skin cells from air pollution and counteracts the effects of free radicals with natural anti-oxidants and organic algae, which should lead to a fresh, radiant skin. I agree, the skin definitely looks radiant. The consistency is similar to a light runny lotion, but please have in mind you will have to work rather quickly blending it in – it sets fast. The shade is ever so slightly too dark for me right now, but I reckon it should be a pretty good colour match for me in the summer. For now I just make sure I blend it down my neck too. You might need to set it to avoid it settling in your pores, and I should also add there’s fragrance in this foundation too, which is kind of strong at first, but fades away eventually. Please keep that in mind if you are avoiding fragrance. It is suitable for vegans, contains no carmine or lanolin, no gluten either. Suitable during pregnancy. Staying power is pretty good. I will list all the ingredients of all the products, as well as swatches at the end of this post if that’s OK with you. Next I moved on to the eyes and did a super simple, one-shadow-all-over look. I applied Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow in Light Sand* – perfect for a daytime if you ask me! Next I applied Soft Eyeliner in Blackand Natural Definition Mascara– it has an interesting brush, something I have never seen before. It has twice shorter wand with spiky bristles, see the photo down below. The description promises definition, volume and separation, and while I love the look it gives me (long and definitely separated lashes), I don’t see much volume if I am honest. That’s totally fine, I will go on to get a different mascara next time, probably Intense Volumising Mascara or Butterfly Effect Mascara? With my eyes done, I applied Soft Lipliner in Pink 02 to outline my lips, and the last thing I do is apply a Beautiful Lips Colour Intense Lipstick in Coral Flamingoboth on my lips and cheeks, sort of like a multiple. I didn’t have any Lavera blushes on hand, and this is one easy way to have a pulled together look in no time. The lipstick is nicely pigmented, creamy and easy to work with, but for some reason it pulls brown on me, not coral. I added a bit of the eye shadow as a highlight too. I will admit, this a bit out of my comfort zone with this look, especially having in mind that these photo are untouched. You guys know I don’t do Photoshop or even filters, what you see is what you get with me. I do it for you, see how much I love you guys? Not the easiest thing to do for a woman on the (very) wrong side of 30s with dermatitis prone skin! See how much I love you guys? Do you like this look?
Have you tried Lavera natural cosmetics? What is your favourite product? Please tell me so I could check them out! One little side note, their So Fresh Mineral Rouge Powder in Columbine Pink is close dupe to Nars Orgasm – see this blog post to see 20 more natural versions of it. With swatches and everything! I worked hard on that post 🙂
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Today is the day I will spill one of my beauty secrets – I will reveal how you can stop your concealer from creasing. It is a common complaint I hear in the green beauty world – as natural concealers lack the silicones that are in conventional products – and the silicones are exactly the thing that makes the conventional concealers glide so smoothly and also fill in all the crevices, aka fine lines, to give the appearance of smooth perfect skin (but remember, it is only that – an appearance, while it hurts your skin in the long run!)
We won’t go into all those nasty ingredients that are lurking in the conventional concealers and foundations, that’s another post in it’s own, for another time. Since the natural counterparts don’t have those silicones I’d just mentioned, they perform a bit differently, and this is one of those learning curves you will have to get used to it once you will go au naturale 🙂
Don’t worry, the switch is so worth the extra effort – natural concealers are full of natural ingredients that are good for the skin, like coconut oil, aloe, nurturing oils and butters, depending on the formulation. So you will get not only pigment, but skin care benefits from them as well, as I don’t know how about you, but I can rest at night knowing I am doing my skin no harm, only goodness. Having said all that, oftentimes the complaint is that they are creasing – and this is where I am coming to help!
Before you ask, my favourite two concealers are Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer &Ere Perez Arnica one. I have reviewed both on my old blog, you will find reviews linked at the end of this post if you want to see more information on them. In my concealer I am looking for the full coverage first and foremost – I don’t get the point of sheer coverage concealers, if I apply the product and can still see my capillaries and dark circles, what’s the point of it, right? I have been a fan of Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting concealer (available from Safe&Chic in the US & Glow Organic Brighton in UK) for a good number of years now, ever since it went through branding change and several packaging changes. Remember Christopher Drummond liquid concealer in a pump bottle? Yes, that’s what I am talking about. Nowadays is it not creamy liquid but rather balmy, and it comes in a glass pot that you swirl your finger in to apply. Still great coverage, and I still regard it as my nr1 – as you can imagine, I have tried a few in my days, but I always go back to this no matter what. Is wasn’t when I first started using it. Anyways, my shade is somewhere in between of light and medium, and as medium is getting too dark by the day (l am getting paler by the day) I need to get another pot in light very soon. Hynt Beauty is an amazing brand with wonderful ethos – and I keep meaning to get more of their products to try and review for you guys. Everything is really natural, and intentionally so, because Meryl, the founder of the brand is a breast cancer survivor – and that’s how the brand was born. Whoops, getting a bit sidetracked here. Can you tell I love to talk? Especially when it comes to all things green beauty?
My second favourite concealer is Ere Perez Arnica Concealer, another great full coverage concealer that stays on put. My shade is Latte and you can get it via Love Lula (UK) and Safe & Chic in the US.
Side note – please let me know your favourite natural full coverage concealers, so I could check them out!
Now, let’ s get to my actual trick of trade, shall we? There are three steps to it, and it is all really simple, I promise you that! You know I am all about simple and effective, right?
Moisturise your under eye area really well.
This stop is not negotiable for me, as a lady on the wrong side of 30s, this is something I never ever forget. At the moment I am using Bella Aura Instant Lift Eye Contour (review) but there are many great products on the market. It is best if you gave it a few minutes to sink in, especially if you are using under eye oils or balms. I recommend this step even if you are gorgeous peachy skinned twenty something. (if you are gorgeous twenty something and reading this, more power to you, the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better).
Don’t over apply! Another major mistake most people make, and I too have been guilty of it in the past. Yes, it is tempting to blob it on, especially if you have a lot to cover – and trust me, I get it, I too have been guilty of burning my candle from both ends or not drinking enough water (drink enough water and trust me, you will see the difference!). I have extremely dark circles that are hereditary, and no amount of green smoothies/ exercise /sleep or products can cure, and I have acres of it, real estate! Yes, I know I am a lucky gal. So a concealer is a must for me – seriously, if you saw me sans any make up on, the first thing you would ask if I am sick or tired. No, and no, just my life story. So, yeah, less is more when it comes to the concealer – apply a very thin layer and step back to see yourself in a mirror, it really helps to see yourself a step back and not in one of those zoomed in mirrors. More often than not, you will find that one layer is enough. If you can’t see any concealer, go ahead and bin that product, green beauty world has better products, I promise you! If you really need that second layer, promise me you will be VERY light handed with it. You can set or bake your concealer or not, your choice.
OK, now we are mid day, you are working or running around and you catch yourself in a mirror, and shock horror, you notice that concealer is all creased, the under eye are looks all dry and all this is making ten years older than you are. Fear not, I have just a tip for you – and you can thank me later. I would suggest that you carry a miniature eye cream or oil with you. All you need to do is to gently pat a teeny tiny drop of oil or eye cream over the concealer and TA DA, you are looking perfect again! I carry either my beloved Bella Aura eye cream, which is wonderful and sinks in in seconds, not disturbing my make up; or some lightweight face oil (serum) decanted into teeny tiny cutesy 2ml roller bottle you see in the photo. That all there is to it, told you it will be simple! Not only you will fix your make up mishap, but you will give your skin a hydration boost, which it will appreciate. (and thank you if it could talk). By the way, I have found that using face mists doesn’t work in this case, while it might work for the whole face, I found it either moves my concealer or makes my mascara run, which is so not a good luck! So be a pro and cover your eyes when misting.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading!
If you want to read more of my tricks, see here. If you want to see Bella Aura Skincare review (and don’t forget to use my code to get 15% off). For Ere Perez concealer review see this post, for Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer review, see here.
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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”