Recent Organic Summer Skincare Routine

Organic Summer Skincare Routine 2015I talk about skincare routine quite a lot on the blog, but it’s basically because I noticed huge improvements in my skin condition after I started using products more consistently. Of course, being a beauty blogger means that temptation to try new products is always there, so it takes time to learn how to switch things up or to incorporate one or two new products gradually instead of using a bunch of products one day and the whole different bunch the other.

For most of us, summer skincare routine is a lot different than in other, especially colder, seasons. Due to summer weather, heat, the sun and other factors our skin requires lighter, yet hydrating beauty products.

Organic Summer Skincare Routine 2015-1Lavera Basis Sensitive Cleansing Gel – this tube is almost finished, so I’m planning to get a replacement. First three words that come to my mind is clean, clarifying and refreshing. It makes my skin feel good and doesn’t break the bank. You can read a more detailed review here.

Dr. Hauschka Revitalizing Day Cream (review) – like I mentioned many times before, this is my all-time favorite day cream for warmer seasons. I have used up an uncountable amount of bottles of this day cream and have no plans to stop. I wish I could use it all year round, but, unfortunately, my skin gets too dry to use it for colder seasons. I can’t think of any downsides of this… And, seriously, I need to stop praising this product, like, right now (it’s really good, though…)!

Green People Brightening Day Cream (sample size) – I have just added this brightening cream to my skincare routine, but I like it a lot. It’s great for days when your skin for whatever reason requires more hydration or looks dull. The cream instantly freshens it up and makes it feel soft and lovely.

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Night Serum With Retinol* (sample size) – I’ve been using this serum instead of a cream before bedtime and it does wonders to my skin. It’s thick, yet feels very light and leaves my skin smooth.

Dr. Hauschka Night Serum (sample size) – I’m all about Dr. Hauschka’s holistic skincare approach, except one thing – saying no to night creams. I’ve tried, but it was a torture for my dry skin and seemed to dehydrate it even more. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one having these feelings, because Dr. Hauschka has recently introduced their new product – Night Serum. It’s a light, oil-free and nicely scented gel serum, which allows your skin to breathe at night and, at the same time, doesn’t block its rejuvenation processes. I bought this sample out of curiosity because there are many good reviews about it, however, this is not a product for me. I feel it on my face even after it sinks in and it makes my skin feel tight and uncomfortable. However, it would benefit those with oilier skin types and looking for a balancing serum.

Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask (sample size) – I am trying to choose facial masks in smaller packagings rather than big packagings because I tend to forget to use them regularly and they go bad, which is a total waste of a product. That’s why I like Dr. Hauschka sample-size masks – one tiny tube lasts up to 3 uses. This soothing mask calms, moistures and evens out skin tone, I can’t recommend it enough for sensitive skins.

Pure Daily Essentials Ageless Eyes Eye Cream* – rich and creamy with an herbal scent. It’s a great eye treatment, but unless you have plenty of time in the morning to allow it to sink in properly, I would only recommend it using only before bedtime. I usually don’t have problems like puffy eyes or dark circles, so I can not comment on that, but if you’re looking for a simple 100% natural eye cream for aging prevention it’s a nice product to give a try.

Tata Harper Be True Lip Treatment* – it’s a real treat for dry lips, so this baby goes everywhere with me these days. As I mentioned before in this review, I don’t notice any plumping, but it’s one of the most hydrating lip products I’ve even tried.

So that’s what I’ve been using lately. If you have recently shared your summer skincare routines, let me know in the comments, I’d love to see them!

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Green Beauty Swap S/S’15 With What Katie Rates

Green Beauty Swap Spring Summer 2015-1I’m so excited to share this post with you! Kate from What Katie Rates and I did a spring/summer green beauty swap, which was organized by the lovely Ria from NatuRia Beauty. If you haven’t already participated in a beauty swap, I highly recommend you to do so – it’s so much fun! I enjoyed shopping for Kate a lot and hoped that she would like what I got her. Kate sent me a parcel filled with all these goodies above and a cute floral card. She also wrapped all the gifts separately and added a few sachets of organic tea (so sweet!):

Akin Lavender & Anthyliss Leave-In Hair Conditioner
Made with herbal extracts and nourishing oils, this leave-in conditioner promises moisture, strength and protection from heat styling and environmental damage. I especially love the leave-in part, because sometimes I’m too lazy to use a regular wash-off conditioner. I haven’t tried this yet, but I hope for good results.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
This organic rosehip oil from Trilogy is probably the most raved product from their whole range. Being pure and certified, this rosehip oil is such a multi-tasker and can be used for face (to combat wrinkles) and for body (to prevent stretch marks and hydrate skin).

Green People 24-Hour Brightening Cream
I’ve already started using this day cream and like it. I actually expected it to be lighter in consistency, but although it’s pretty creamy, it’s absorbed to the skin easily. My skin feels smoother, calmer and brighter after applying this cream. I would definitely consider purchasing a full-size of this cream.

alani Headache Eraser
This aromatherapy rollerball is a blend of lavender, peppermint and pine essential oils and suitable for easing headaches and relaxing your mind.

Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Liquid Soap
Another amazing multi-tasker – Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap that can be used for almost anything: as a soap, a shampoo, a shower gel, a cleanser for makeup brushes… the list is endless. This one is unscented, so you can add your own essential oils.

Herbfarmacy Lip Conditioner With Marshmallow and Vanilla
I’ve tried this lip conditioner before and like it a lot for its moisturising benefits.

I want to say a big thank you to Katie for sending me these products! If you haven’t already checked out her lovely blog, you can do so here: What Katie Rates.

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any favorites of yours?

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My Current Everyday Summer Essentials: Nomads & Kiss My Face

Ahhhh… summer! Such a beautiful time of the year. I hope you’re enjoying it a lot! Speaking about my beauty/skincare routine, because the weather where I live is nice and warm at the moment, I keep it as minimal as I can. However, I wanted to share my two favorite items that I’m currently in love with: Kiss My Face SPF40 Natural Mineral Sunscreen and Nomads floral tunic style dress.

Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF40Despite the fact that you should keep your sunscreen close to you at all times despite the season, summer is that time of the year when you need to be especially careful about applying and reapplying your sunscreen as often as necessary to protect your skin. For me, a good sunscreen must be made with mineral filters, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) and absorb well without making my skin covered in a ghostly white cream. Also, preferably, moisturizing! I chose Kiss My Face SPF40 Mineral Sunscreen (88ml for approx $17/£11) because it ticks all these boxes and even more!

First and most important, it contains mineral filters (as you know, mineral filters reflect sun rays instead of absorbing them like chemical filters do) – titanium dioxide (6%) and zinc oxide (10%). Now, most sunscreens with mineral filters are a real pain to apply evenly on the skin and also tend to make the skin whitish. Kiss My Face promised to “blend in clear” and kept the promise – despite being pretty thick, it’s easy to apply and blend in on dry skin. Also, it doesn’t flake or dry out the skin – so thumbs up for that. The scent is sweet, but not very intense. It stays on the skin, but is detectable only if you put your nose close to the skin. I also like the size of the tube (88 ml), because it’s below 100ml it’s also travel-friendly.

The sunscreen has a nice ingredient list containing cucumber extract and green tea extract along with vitamins D, E and C. The only thing I don’t like is Propylene Carbonate, which isn’t natural, but Deep Skin database rates it as safe, so I’m not too worried about it. Also, it contains Phenoxyethanol if you try to avoid it.

Like every sunscreen, you need to reapply it quite often, at least every 2 hours, and even more frequently if you have fair skin. It’s also labeled as water-resistant, which is great if you like swimming. It says to reapply it after every 40 minutes after swimming or sweating (if you don’t towel dry, if yes, then immediately), however, I personally would reapply it right after contact with water, just in case.

Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF40Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6%, Zinc Oxide 10%, Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Nomads Floral Ethical Summer DressI am more of a “jeans and t-shirt” kind of girl, however, in the summer my wardrobe habits change drastically and I start wearing dresses much more often. Here’s my second summer essential item – Nomads Floral Tunic Dress* (approx $78/£50).

If you aren’t familiar with Nomads – it’s an ethical fashion brand with a wide collection of beautiful organic, fair-trade clothing, including this gorgeous floral dress above. There’s a good story behind the brand and, also, I’m very impressed by its commitment to the environment and involvement in charity.

I’m so grateful to Nomads for sending this dress to me, I’ve fallen in love with it and don’t want to wear anything else. It’s very comfortable and pretty with all these cute little embroidered flowers. Now I want every single item from its collection! You can see all of Nomads dresses here. Let me know if you looked and which one you liked the most!

How’s summer treating you? What are your everyday summer essentials?

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Viridian Hyaluronic Acid Vegetarian Supplement

Viridian Hyaluronic Acid Vegetarian SupplementsHyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, beneficial for our body (bones and joints) and skin. It is associated with anti-aging and skin moisturizing abilities, so that’s why you often see this as one of the ingredients in skin care products. Still, because hyaluronic acid has pretty large molecules and this makes it harder to absorb when applied topically, it’s more common to see sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is a sodium salt of the hyaluronic acid and has much smaller molecules that are easier for skin to absorb and hold moisture much more effectively. However, we are not talking about sodium hyaluronate today, we are talking about hyaluronic acid – in particular, Viridian Hyaluronic Acid vegetarian supplement (30 caps for approx $22/£14.40, available in 90 caps) and what good it can do to us.

I have never tried a supplement like this, so I was very intrigued. It comes in a dark glass jar, so it’s great to store. I absolutely adore that small detail, a heart, on its black lid – makes it super cute. The capsules are 100% vegetarian, made from vegetarian cellulose. Hyaluronic acid is mixed in a base of spirulina, bilberry and alfalfa. It’s recommended to take one to three capsules daily with food and because I wanted fast and noticeable results and to finish the bottle faster, of course, I took three capsules per day. The capsules are medium-sized and easy to swallow.

I am actually hooked on natural vitamins at the moment (you can read about my recent choices) just because after I started taking them regularly, I have so much more energy, my anxiety is milder and my skin is less dry – what’s not to love? I was taking HUM Red Carpet at the same time as Viridian Hyaluronic Acid and, I must say, the mix worked really well. You know that it’s pretty hard to describe the results of any supplement because it isn’t always easy to tell whether the benefits you feel are from the supplement or related to anything else. I didn’t notice any changes regarding my wrinkles, but I believe these supplements played a big part in my overall health and that my skin is in a much better condition at the moment.

*PR Sample. All opinions are honest and my own.

Let me know if you have tried Hyaluronic acid supplements or any other supplements from Vidirian! 

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Fighting Hair Loss and Thinning: So’Bio + Aubrey Organics

Organic Hair Care Duo Sobio AubreyAbout two months ago I noticed my hair getting thinner and flatter than usual. I don’t know what exactly caused it, but I thought it had something to do with me keeping my hair in a tight ponytail every single day. Though, it’s just a theory, I don’t know for sure. But what I knew for sure was that I needed to take some action and bring my hair some thickness and volume. I brought home So’Bio etic Niaouli & Guarana Shampoo and Aubrey Organics Biotin Repair Scalp Tonic with high hopes that they will help get my hair back.

SoBio Etic Niaouli Guarana Organic ShampooSo’bio Niaouli & Guarana shampoo (approx $5/£3 for 250ml) is suitable for all hair types and was created to cleanse and strengthen the hair. It contains guarana seed extract, which is well known for its hair-growth benefits. The shampoo has a strong herbal scent that resembles peppermint. It is pretty runny, so I needed a handful of shampoo for my medium length hair to make it clean. I had a very pleasant experience with other So’bio etic shampoos in the past (i.e. So’bio etic Lemon and Green Clay Clarifying Shampoo), but this one didn’t suit my hair at all. It failed to cleanse my hair, so it looked lifeless and flat, not the result I was expecting. I finished the bottle, but I won’t be repurchasing it.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin**, Xylitol, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Melaleuca Viridiflora Leaf Oil*, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Limonene, Linalool, Citric Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Benzoate. ECOCERT Certified.

Aubrey Organics Biotin Repair Scalp TonicI read many good reviews about Aubrey Organics Biotin Repair Scalp Tonic in Citrus Rain (approx $8/£5 for 177ml), so I was excited to try it myself. It’s a liquid spray made with an organic alcohol infused with various organic plant extracts and aloe vera juice. Because it contains alcohol, I was a little bit concerned about how my hair would react to a daily use of this scalp tonic, but it turned out just fine. The tonic didn’t make my hair greasy and flatter after using it. However, it didn’t give any volume either, though, I was expecting it. So if you’re looking for a volumizing spray, this is not it. After almost two months of using it, I can see plenty of new short hair growing and it’s probably the doing of this tonic.

Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat. (38B, Lavender), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower*, Niacin, Calendula Officinalis Flower*, Inositol , Polygonum Multiflorum (He Shou Wu) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower*, Fragrance‡‡, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf*, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Leaf*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf*, Biotin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Leaf/Stem Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Quercus Alba (White Oak) Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Saponaria Officinalis (Soapwort) Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Extract.

Have you tried any of these items? If you have any suggestions about what treatments would help to thicken the hair, please share in the comments!

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Carol’s Beauty Natural Sun Tanning Enhancers

Carols Beauty Natural Sun Tanning EnhancerSummer is approaching fast, bringing us sunny and warm weather, so many of us are getting ready to hit the beaches. As much as I love sea and beaches, I mostly spend my time under an umbrella or in a shadow. However, I know that not all of you are like me. I know that many girls don’t mind getting some vitamin D and a slightly tanned summer skin, so I thought these natural Sun Tanning Enhancers by Carol’s Beauty would be interesting to share about. These enhancers come in two forms – Sun Tanning Enhancer Oil and Sun Tanning Enhancer Lotion (approx $8/£5 for travel sizes, 30ml). They both have identical ingredient lists, containing natural sunflower, carrot and almond oils, except the lotion is also thickened with natural beeswax (both of these products contain carmine, if you’re trying to avoid it). These enhancers have a nice, sweet scent, which quickly disappears after application. I’ve tried applying each of these enhancers on my skin and they both feel very hydrating. I would prefer the lotion over the oil just because it’s easier to mix with my sunscreen lotion.

This is very important! How to use: mix any of the enhancers with a sunscreen of minimum SPF15 and apply it evenly on your body. Please do not use these enhancers without any additional SPF. You are supposed to use your sunscreen with mineral SPF at all times you’re being exposed to the sun anyway, so do not skip this, especially when sun tanning. Also, avoid sun bathing between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun is harshest. With or without a sunscreen it can be dangerous.

Lotion: Helianthus Annuus Seed oil (Sunflower oil), Cera Alba(Bees Wax), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Almond Oil), Dauscus Carota Oil (Carrot Oil), Benzyl Alchohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lawsonia Leaf Extract, (Henna Extract), Cananga Odorata (ylang Ylang Oil), Carmine.

Oil: Helianthus Annuus Seed oil (Sunflower oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Almond Oil), Dauscus Carota Oil (Carrot Oil), Benzyl Alchohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lawsonia Leaf Extract, (Henna Extract), Cananga Odorata (ylang Ylang Oil), Carmine.

 

*PR Sample. All opinions are honest and my own.

 

Do you use sun tanning enhancers? What’s your opinion about products like this?

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