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How are all of you, I hope life is treating you well? I’ve been thinking about my favourite products lately and which ones are long standing ones, and I have came up with a blog post on the spot – let’s see my ride or die favourites from 2018 still used daily today?
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My ??? all day everyday ? @bellaauraskin See my review at: . www.greenlifeindublin.com/2018/11/bella-aura-skincare-review/ . If you follow me for some time you would know my love for #bellaauraskincare runs deep and I basically don't want to use anything else. If you are new here ? let me just tell you it took me three days to fall head over heels in love with this line – these emulsions are a powerhouses of natural ingredients (think #blackoats #nigellasativa #figdebarbaryoil #pricklypearseedoil #vitamincomplex and tons more natural amazingness). Get this – in less than a week my patch of #perioraldermatitis healed using nothing but #bellaauraproducts! When I struggled to heal it for years prior to that using product after product aimed at dermatitis affected skin. So is it any wonder that I want to use nothing but Bella Aura for the rest of my life? I had to put my skin through a marathon when testing/slash judging for #cleanbeautyawards a little while ago, and l couldn't wait to get back to my true love #bellaaura is. Now that we are reunited, my skin is happy and calm yet again. Thanks Yasmine, you created magical products ? Everyone who has a chance to experience Bella Aura falls in love too. Magic indeed. . PS. I said yes in a split second when l was asked if I want to be #bellaauraambassador – so I should mark this post as an [AD] but I want you to know everything I say comes purely from my heart. User experience is on another level and I am happy knowing that all my skincare needs are met using one line of products. Code "Renata15" saves you 15% purchased directly from www.bellaaura.com Or "Renata10" saves 10% purchasing from @beautywiseshop.be
Bella Aura Core Collection
My Holy Grail skincare line, see review here. My die hard products – I don’t want any new skincare, period! The best green beauty has to offer – hands down. Expertly formulated for any skin type, it not only suited to my uber sensitive skin to perfection, but are-you-sitting-down-for-this healed my dermatitis patch even though the products weren’t intended for that. So is it any wonder I don’t want or need anything else? Bella Aura has me covered on all the bases – do not let these creamy emulsions fool you, they are true powerhouses of healing ingredients. Everyone I have shared it with loved them and are now converts. That makes me smile.
Be sure to use "Renata15" to save 15% off any Bella Aura product buying it directly from the brand here or 10% off from BeautyWiseShop here (code "Renata10") (shop no longer exists)*Update on why I no longer stand by this brand, even though I still think their products are fantastic here, scroll down to the very end.
May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon
No separate review as such, but I talk about it as a part of my Favourites here. Pricy as hell, but here is a thing – it helps heal my dermatitis (on my face, no other! Yes I know I am a lucky gal) so to me, it is worth every penny. Previous to this I used to use Mahalo Rare Indigo balm (review) and I found them very similar when it comes to the user experience. Blue Cocoon might seem more expensive at first, but it also has 20gr more of the product, so price per gram works out about the same. Both of these products offer exceptional olfactory experience and truly assists in skin healing. Tried and tested over and over! Nowadays I see more balms with blue tansy appearing on the market, so I might move onto something new when I finish this, but I am sure I will never forget either of them!
Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream
Holy Grail prior discovering Bella Aura, but still a Hero in winters due to richness, when the temps really drop. See review here. Sometimes you need to dunk your face in this healing greasiness – if you have tried this, you know what I mean! Cult status for a reason 🙂
Moon Balm is replaced way before it has run out (that’s how much I love it) and all the other balms are in rotation – but I am never without one. Again, no review on it’s own, but I constantly talk about them in all of the favourites posts, social media, yearly faves, etc – you get the idea.
Alteya Certified Organic Rose Otto Cleansing Milk
I talked about this in my recent Spring Favourites post (see here) Basically I chose this when I ran out of Bella Aura cleanser and I was very pleased to find it non drying and very gentle. Comes in a glass bottle and you get a huge 200ml amount of product – it will last you months! Alteya Organics has lots of great products, stay tuned for a brand review and in the meantime you can check out my review of their Certified Organic Rose & Chamomile waters, aka face sprays here.
Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser SPF30 – 120ml
This dates back to three of four years ago – if I did 17 Faves from 2017 or 16 Faves from 2016, this would be included 🙂 Once again, a product without the review on it’s own, but I have talked about it plenty – that that Spring Faves post I linked above or hit my previous blog here (I have used a free Blogger platform for many years prior) and you will see it featured in many posts there. Perfect city moisturizer with SPF30 – a first to not break me out or make my skin greasy or ghost white. Remember, this is not a sun block.
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And the Day 17 of the #beautifulnewyear challenge hosted by @sarahapriceca and @christinaalycebeauty – most recent purchase. That would be two lovely goodies from @hyntbeauty from @eminessences. Sweet Emilie wanted to send me Hynt lipstick or lipgloss of my choice (thanks ??) , so I took the opportunity to buy Duet Perfecting Concealer as well. This time I got it in medium, after going back and forth a million times whether should I go for the light again, which is what I had a full size of in the past, and at times I felt it was too light. Medium seemed so much darker, hence my hesitation, but it seems to work for me just fine. Bear in mind I only used it once, and even if I will decide it is ever so slightly too dark for me now, when I am at all times winter palest (that would be all of us, except our Aussie sisters), I know I will get so much use out of it cone spring and summer (hurry up, please!). I have not one but two reviews of it, and I still regard this as the most awesome full coverage concealer, green beauty or no green beauty! Seriously, you need soooo little of it, like a pin prick amount. So have this in mind if you deem it too expensive – it is well worth the price, and you can use it as a foundation, I know I do. Having said that, I still think that Light and Medium shades need to have a love child, aka a shade in between, please take note Hynt Beauty ? The lipgloss is amazing, so pigmented, sweet smelling and I already know it will be featured in my Favourites Post sooner rather than later. This shade is called Satin Nude, and you can see it swatched in one of the slides. . What have you guys purchased recently? After taking stock of my green beauty stash, I quickly decided against subscribing to beauty boxes I have been thinking about, and I will keep my purchases to a bare minimum this year! As someone who is against wasting products (and thus money as well) I will apply one-in-one-out rule ? . Please see my #hyntbeauty #duetperfectingconcealer #reviews here: . https://greenlifeindublin.blogspot.ie/2016/05/hynt-beauty-duet-perfecting-concealer.html . https://greenlifeindublin.blogspot.ie/2015/06/natural-dupe-for-coverfx-custom-drops.html
This is even older fave than Kimberly Sayer SPF30 I think? Me and this concealer go way back to the times when it was called Christopher Drummond concealer and it was housed in a pump bottle. It underwent branding, packaging and other changes, but I have stayed loyal to this day – simply because I am yet to find a better concealer than this. It has full coverage that I desperately need and it lasts for absolutely ages – I have kept mine way before the recommended date (don’t do this at home kids) and it never changed in consistency, performance, smell, texture or otherwise. Well worth the money in my two cents, I never ever want to be without this concealer ever again! I have heard some people complaining of it creasing – I only ever found it to be a case if I tried to do two thick-ish layers. Trust me, you don’t need that much, one layer is usually enough. If you still insist on two and want to know my secret weapon or trick on how to stop any concealer from creasing, be sure to see this post. Oh, and I forgot to tell you I have not one but two reviews of it here & here. Hynt Beauty brand overview here.
Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods
They work, there’s no question about that! See me talking more about them here & get them from Love Lula here. I am happy I no longer reek, and we can all agree on how hard it is to find a clean beauty deodorant that works, especially sans baking soda. Enough said.
Inner Senses Body Oils
Rahua Volume Shampoo
Full review here but if you want my thoughts in the nutshell, here they are – amazing shampoo, well worth it’s price tag & trust me I don’t say this lightly, I had two bloody years of having bad hair days trying all the natural shampoos on the market. Nothing compares. I also have tried many after discovering it, same story, nothing compares for me. Some shampoos come close but I had to wash hair much more frequently than with this – Rahua will give you four days without washes with no problems at all. More than that, I find my hair still looked good, only the roots started to get oily. Anyways, let’s not go into too many details, find all of them in the review.
PURE ANADA Mineral Foundation
I should say blush too, but I tend to switch my blushes often while staying true to my tested foundations. Pure Anada is one of the companies that get a lot of love from me – and for a good reason. Pigmentation is out of this world! One layer of this truly natural foundation will give you the same coverage as seven layers of other mineral foundations and I am not even kidding you. See review post here and more thoughts & a make up look with their Lip & Cheek Rouge here.
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Little me wants to know – what is your favourite green beauty product ever? ? (be it skincare, bodycare or haircare). After thinking long and hard about it, I've come to conclusion it is this @inikaorganic Peachy Keen blush – perfect natural Nars Orgasm dupe, only more gorgeous! ? Don't get me wrong, I love skincare, I put it before make up for sure, but having uber sensitive and dermatitis prone skin it is so hard to find suitable products, plus my skin is so finicky that I am not guaranteed it will tolerate the same products after a few months. Hence my products change, I am very minimal with my bodycare and haircare, so this gorgeous blush is probably the only thing I used consistently for the last 8 years. All that, and it still makes me smile every time I put it on! That is a good indicator I love the product, no? (btw, I have a blog post listing more than 20 natural Nars Orgasm dupes if you are interested, just go to my blog and type in "Nars Orgasm dupes" into the search box). What is your favourite product? I really want to know what brings a smile to your face ?
Inika Peachy Keen Blush
Oh, Peachy Keen, how I love you!!! Insert all the heart eyed emojis you can imagine and even that wouldn’t be enough. You see, the thing is it is more gorgeous (and totally natural) dupe for my previously loved Nars Orgasm, the conventional item I clung onto the most and found it the hardest to replace. You see, my switch to the clean beauty happened a decade ago when no online shops existed and the mineral make up back then was truly 50 shades of beige with terracotta mixed in. Imagine my joy when I discovered it – it is a gorgeous peachy shade with gold sheen to it and it still makes me smile every time I wear it. I saw the green beauty scene exploding before my very own eyes and at this moment I know more than 20 natural and organic dupes for Nars Orgasm, see my post here – I worked hard on it! Inika review here.
Inika Long Lash Mascara
Another great favourite from the same great brand, shall I review it? I think I should! If you are after full lashes, this is the brand to try. I am yet to try their new mascaras, but knowing how good this one is, I am confident they are amazing too. I am after volume mascara next myself 🙂
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New #blogpost is live! As @100percentpure new Pretty Naked II has just been released for sale, l thought it would be pretty fitting to post a review on it. Hint hint, I am loving it so much! For my two cents on it, swatches and comparison photos to their original Pretty Naked palette, check out my post ? . . I have been working on it since 9am, but I was constantly interrupted by little people, with a requests and questions "why do we have a TV?" "Why do birds fly" and such every two seconds, so that's exactly why l am a bit late with my post. Now it's time for a well deserved cup of tea, would you say so? ???
100 Pure Pretty Naked II Palette
I will be really honest with you here, I fell head over heels in love with this brand when I first discovered them, bought loads of products (costing a fortune), made a lot of gushing reviews on my old website (here) and six months later I found myself with lots of spoiled products… Lesson learned? Use your natural products here and now and don’t put them up on the shelf for a “special occasions”. You are special and make every day special! So make the most of it! I myself have made a decision to drop their skincare but still proceed with their make up and hair care, as they work fantastically well for me. The palettes are worth their money, the blushes and the shadows are great & so are the lipsticks, but again, be sure to use them often to get your money’s worth it.
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How fabulous is #Pinkibelle by @hyntbeauty? I got a sample of it from @eminessences and I am lusting after the full size so hard! I was on the search for a 'your lips but better' kind of lipstick ? for forever now, and I think this is 'The One'. It certainly passed 'The Smile' test and the man of the house who notices Nothing has commented on how good I look when I wear this. Here's hoping he will volunteer to buy it for me ? This might make me a convert to lipsticks, as until now I was a lip gloss gal through and through! Would you guys like to see a post on my lip products? What's your favourite lipstick ? or lip gloss if you are a gloss person? . On the side note, you can check out my #GreenBeautySwatchGallery on FB and Pinterest too: FB: https://tinyurl.com/yaonqnun Pinterest: https://tinyurl.com/yczvdeat . #Ilovemyfollowers #haveaniceweekend #unpluggingfortheweekend
Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to my signature lipstick! That comes from a girl who didn’t even liked lipstick until 35 or so and spent the next four years looking for that perfect nude ever since then 🙂 This is my second ride or die product from Hynt Beauty – my standards are high, but theirs are even higher, I am blown away with their formulas. I have tried many natural lipsticks since, this is by far the best. Creamy, super pigmented, great staying power with no bleeding whatsoever. The packaging is super luxe with a mirror and a lip balm at the end of the lid, I get a lot of stares and comments when I take this out in public. Tempted to get it in all the colours even though I have too many other lipsticks right now 🙂
Walden Natural Perfumes
A Different Drummer came into my life and shot straight to my Top Three Favourites and have stayed there ever since, so so happy to have it in my life. See full review here. My collection expanded since my review, they came out with oil based roller balls & mini sets, so I am happy to have my little collection of them. In Marie Condo words, only keep things that bring you joy in your life – and these certainly do, so they are here to stay!
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Hi Lovelies ? After rainy and windy school run, the sun is out and I am so happy about it! After finishing my "Shopping My Stash #4" blog post I will go on to enjoy the sunshine in my balcony, even if it lasts for 5-10mins. Gotta get my vitamin D ☀️☀️☀️ Find my usual Monday's post at: . https://greenlifeindublin.blogspot.ie/2018/01/shopping-my-stash-4.html I am talking about @honuaskincare #beautywater and #alohayouthserum @dafnaskincare #velvetglow #facialmist @ulivskincare #ulivgoldenchaifacialsouffle @hyntbeauty #satinnude lip gloss and @inikaorganic #longlashmascara . Or click a link tree link in my bio ? . What are you guys using at the moment? . #Ilovemyfollowers #greenlifedublin #greenlifeindublin #newpost #bloggerover30 #shoppingmystash #dafna #dafnaskincare #hyntbeauty
As many of you might know, I have dermatitis, on my face, no less. And this magical healing potion takes care of it. Unfortunately this isn’t available in EU right now, but the brand owner told me she is working on it. Please come to EU Uliv, people need you here, I need you here!
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