Love Lula Picks – Kae, Emani – March 2019 [AD]

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Love Lula picks March 2019

As I explained in my last month’s post, Love Lula wants us, lucky ducks also known as Love Lula bloggers, to post about the products we pick in the same month, so therefore I am changing the way I blog about them too. I used to collect a few products over time and only then post my reviews, but from now on, I have decided to talk about the products I pick in the given month on a first impressions basis, and give more detailed feedback about my last month’s picks at the end of the post. I think this will work out pretty well for all of us, don’t you think? I will do the same for the Love Lula Beauty Box posts too.

So without further ado, let’s see what took my fancy this month? Well, it might be a bit of an odd choice, but I picked Kai Hamman style soap with a matching glove… and a lipstick. Insert blushing emoji here 🙂 Let me explain! Due to a bit of surplus of skincare past The Beauty Shortlist Awards, I had a good talk with myself asking what I actually needed at the moment, so I settled on the products mentioned. Trust me to be attracted to all the things weird and a bit off norm – step forward gloopy exfoliating soaps (Kai) and products with flower and crystal essences!  (Nature’s Wish, talked about in my last month’s post) I wanted to try this sauna type soap for forever, not even sure why, I have been to an actual sauna just a couple of times in my life! I actually wanted it for the start of the winter due to eucalyptus, I figured out it must be a good thing to use in winter to stay healthy. It seemed to be sold out every time I looked for it, so now is a good time as any, so I am very excited to be trying it. I also made sure to get a kessa glove after reading a lot of reviews, I knew it is crucial step to get the most out of the experience. Shall we look in the ingredients of the products? The list is impressively short and truly natural – some cheaper hammam soaps I’ve looked into (not on Love Lula, mind you!) had sneaky fillers in form of mineral oil and other nasties, so here’s a little takeaway for you – make sure to always, always check the ingredients prior to buying anything!

Kae Traditional Hammam Soap & Kessa Glove

KAE TRADITIONAL BLACK HAMMAM SOAP WITH EUCALYPTUS*

Ingredients: AQUA, OLEA EUROPEA, POTASSIUM HYDROXYDE, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS, CITRUS PARADISII EXTRACT
Kae Traditional Hammam Glove (Kessa Glove)

KAE TRADITIONAL HAMMAM GLOVE (KESSA GLOVE)*

(I did not find what’s it made from either on Love Lula or the brand’s website)

Like the soaps traditionally used in the oriental hammam (steam room), Savon Noir Black Soap is a 100% vegetable paste made of olive oil, eucalyptus essential oil and salt. It cleanses and removes dead skin cells while hydrating and firming skin . It is rich in vitamin E and is suitable for all skin types.

Kae Traditional Hammam Soap

How to use Kae Traditional Black Hammam Soap with Eucalyptus:
In the shower : massage in the black soap on your wet skin, rinse then scrub vigorously with the Kaé “kessa” glove. Rinse with cool water keeping on scrubbing in order to eliminate dead cells. Black soap can replace your common soap or shower gel. Result : a remarkably soft skin.

In the bath : apply on body with your hand then scrub vigorously with the Kaé “kessa” glove (for the face, use your hands).This will take off dead cells for a suppler, well hydrated skin and a firming effect in the long run.

Both the soap and the glove have five star reviews on the website, so I am expecting good things from it. We shall see. So far I used it twice or trice, and first impressions are really good! The soap has a nice texture and uplifting eucalyptus scent, which might be not to everyone’s liking, but let me tell you it is so good to experience those additional aromatherapy benefits, and it is so good at clearing your sinuses. I already can tell you for a fact I will be purchasing another jar at the start of every winter to come. The kessa glove looks like it is a good quality product, it shrunk a bit on the first use, but that’s not a problem at all as it fits my hand very comfortably now, whereas it was too big when I purchased. Its is the best exfoliating glove I’ve had to date, so so good at removing those pesky dead skin layers. Up until now I wasn’t the one to invest in the proper shower glove, preferring to buy any cheapie instead, but this blows them all out of water. Rally enjoying the soap itself too, it really does what it say on the box (err, plastic jar) – cleanses, removes dead skin cells, is not drying in the slightest, which I love. The brand also says it should firm the skin with continuous use. I am yet to see that, but would be very happy to see the firming action going on – at a (very) wrong end of 30s, I want all the firming action I can get, haha! I will definitely update you on this next month. So far, so good, I am very happy with my choice.

 

Emani Vegan Cosmetics Duo Lipstick in Xanadu

EMANI VEGAN COSMETICS DUO LIPSTICK IN XANADU*

Another product that caught my eye was a duo lipstick from Emani. I don’t know about you, but I was like a little kid when I spotted them on the website – the thought of having different colours on my top and bottom lips excites me! Like a mini rebellion in an office environment or something 🙂 After mulling over which one to choose, I went for Xanadu, which is described as peach and pink, but looks rather dark on the website. From the experience I know what you expect and what you will actually get might be two very different things, so I poked around online and IG for the reviews and swatches, and I settled for Xanadu, but Shangri La (hot pink and soft pink) also called my name – maybe that’s my next purchase, who knows? Here you can see it swatched, both sides, but no picture of me modelling it yet, truth to be told I am sporting not only a juicy cold sore but also a dermatitis outbreak at the moment, so no can do, sorry, but there’s always next month, right? Plus I am also including it in the Green Beauty Swatch Gallery post right here.

Emani Vegan Cosmetics Duo Lipstick in Xanadu swatch
Ingredients: Ricinus Comunis Seed Oil, Jojoba Ester, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera, Copernica Cerifera Cera, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides Ci 77947, Ci 77489, Ci 77491 May Contain Ci 15850/ Red 6, Ci15850/ Red 7, Ci91490/ Yellow 5

 

So here are my choices for this month, happy enough with everything. Let’s see my thoughts about the products from last month, shall we? I thought you will never ask!

 

Love Lula products – Weleda Hair Tonic, Tabitha James Kraan Dry Shampoo, Nature’s Wish Joy

TABITHA JAMES KRAAN ORGANIC DRY SHAMPOO FOR DARK HAIR*

If you are still using conventional Batiste type of stuff, you should know this is very different from that and might take some adjusting. Not a spray can by any means, this is shake and apply kind of mechanism. For the product itself, imagine the cleanest ingredients possible, with nice extracts and powdered herbs like nettle. I don’t know if this is my do all and end all natural dry shampoo, it is nice and I like it, but I’ll probably get something else when  I will run out. Purely because this is only my second bottle of brand shampoo – up until now I’ve been DIYing it. So I will probably want to see what else is out there, you know? At rate I am using it, I am good for a year or something – you need only a little.

Weleda Revitalising Rosemary Hair Tonic*

Umm, let me be clear with you, I didn’t use it enough to form a final opinion on it yet. The instructions say to use it twice a day, basically soak the scalp with it and rub it in. The morning soak didn’t happen – my mornings are too rushed and stressful, and besides I don’t want to leave  the house with a wet head. From what I remembered to use in the evenings, I didn’t see any difference if I am honest. I am half a bottle down and I am debating with myself whether to continue or give it to my husband who has mild scalp psoriasis and weird acne that was never there before. We will see. I was expecting big things from it and I was pretty underwhelmed. Sorry, just being honest.

Nature’s Wish Joy Roller Ball*

I spotted this brand as soon as they appeared in Love Lula – and almost immediately all of the products went into my Pinterest Wishlist. Well, not only I enjoy using this product, I am also collaborating with a brand for a separate review and there *might* be a mini giveaway involved too 🙂 So please keep your eyes peeled and keep checking back often 🙂

 

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Love Lula Blogger Picks February 2019 – Weleda, Tabitha James Kraan, Nature’s Wish [AD]

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Love Lula products – Weleda Hair Tonic, Tabitha James Kraan Dry Shampoo, Nature’s Wish Joy

How are all of you, I hope you are well? Now that the weather is getting warmer by day, I hope everybody feels alright? If you follow me for some time, you might know I am one lucky duck also known as a part of Love Lula Accredited Bloggers, and each month we have an opportunity to choose products we want to review. Up until now I was working in a manner where I was taking my time testing the products thoroughly before posting reviews, and maybe taking my time to collect them one by one in a couple of months if that happened to be more pricy products. Which means my reviews didn’t always match what I picked that particular month. From now on Love Lula wants us to post about our picks in the same month, which means I have to chance the way I blog, but by no means the reviews will cease or be any less throughout. I simply love the feedback from you guys where I am often told my reviews are the best in a way that I touch on every aspect possible and no one does more detailed reviews than me. Why, thank you, this is music to my ears and exact driving force for my blog. Thanks for making my day guys!

I had a good talk with myself on the ways I will make this work, and I came up with the solution – I will do a blog post on the products I picked each month , the reasons I picked said products & my first impressions of them, and  I will update you with more detailed feedback at the end of the next month’s post. Let me be more clear – for this month I picked up A B & C products, so I will talk about them in first impressions style post today, and I will give you my feedback in more detail in next month, right after I will talk about next month’s picks D, E & F.

So, without further ado, let’s see what I picked for this month, ok? I know that’s why you are here after all! Apparently I was in need of a good hair days and joy in my life when I was picking up products 🙂

 

Tabitha James Kraan Dry Shampoo

TABITHA JAMES KRAAN ORGANIC DRY SHAMPOO FOR DARK HAIR*

Tabitha is the talk of the town at the moment because her products are featured in one of the most popular beauty boxes, so you will hear about them all over the media really soon. I have two other products of hers and I will review the brand in great detail very soon. This dry shampoo is something I really wanted to try out for quite some time, so I told myself the time is now and went for the full size. I was not sure which size to go for, as the brand does a 15gr size, but as that one retails for 19£ and the full size of 75gr is 29£ – I figured it is the better value, so I went in – let’s hope it turns out to be amazing!

INGREDIENTS:

tapioca starch (flour) (o), oryza sativa (rice) powder (o), arthrospira platensis (spirulina) powder (o), sodium bicarbonate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed powder (o), citrus limon (lemon) peel (o), solanum tuberosum (potato) starch (o), cicer arietinum (chick pea) seed powder (o), castanea sativa (chestnut) fruit powder (o), arctium lappa (burdock) root (o), anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower (o), symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf powder (o), urtica dioica (nettle) leaf powder (o), euterpe oleracea (açaí berry) fruit powder (o) nigella sativa (fennel) seed (o), cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) leaf oil (o), pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil (o), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil (o), styrax benzoin (benzoin) resin extract, litsea cubeba (may chang) fruit oil (o). (citral, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, citronellol, farnesol, limonene, linalool - naturally occurring components of essential oils) (o) = denotes certified organic ingredient

As you can see, this has lots of nice organic ingredients like nettle leaf powder and acai fruit powder, so I am excited to see if that will work better than my simple DIY dry shampoos I have done in the past.

 

Weleda Revitalising Rosemary Hair Tonic

Weleda Revitalising Rosemary Hair Tonic*

The push for getting this product was a positive review of another equally honest blogger, who loved it for helping eczema on her scalp. Up until then the product has been on my radar, but I have had concerns on alcohol being second ingredient in the ingredients list, as well as fragrance. Surely that would dry the scalp massively? Well, I guess I won’t know unless I try, so that’s why I decided to go for it. Fun trivia fact about it – did you know that is is actually Weleda’s oldest product and remains unchanged since 1921? I also love the fact that it is not an oil, therefore does not require hair to be washed after using it. It is more like rub-in-and-go product. Sounds perfect for me? Please let me know your experience if you use this product?

INGREDIENTS:

Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish) Extract, Sedum Acre Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Potassium Carbonate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*. *from natural essential oils.

 

Nature’s Wish Joy Roller Ball

Nature’s Wish Joy Roller Ball*

I spotted this brand as soon as they appeared in Love Lula – and almost immediately all of the products went into my Pinterest Wishlist  You see, this brand uses gem and flower essences in their products – any brand who does that, has my instant attention. I debated which smell I should go for first, and I chose Joy in a rollerball format – it has  FLOWER ESSENCES: The Joy blend of Angel’s Trumpet, Willow and Sweet Pea. CRYSTAL ESSENCES: Rose Quartz. ESSENTIAL OILS: Bergamot, Lemon, Rose Geranium, Roman Chamomile and Ylang Ylang. This is the first but not the last time you hear me talking about the brand – I want to try EVERYTHING! I am so so curious about the rest of the products and fragrances – can someone invent “scratch ‘n’ sniff” for blogs and social media? All natural, pretty please?

INGREDIENTS:

Bergamot Lemon Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Rose Geranium Castor Oil Grapeseed Oil Angel's Trumpet flower essence in olive oil Rose Quartz crystal essence in olive oil Sweet Pea flower essence in olive oil Willow flower essence in olive oil

So there they are, my picks for this month. As I already mentioned, I was probably in need of a good hair days and joy in my life 🙂

Now, your turn! What did you guys picked up at Love Lula recently? Please let me know, I always want to know what other people are getting 🙂 If you want to get something, here’s a little something that might be of interest for you – you get a FREE selection box worth 40£ when you spend 50£+ at Love Lula! Amazing or what?

Love Lula selection box – free February

 

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