Ursa Major Skincare Review + Giveaway

Ursa Major Natural SkincareHave you heard about Ursa Major? No, not the constellation – a natural skincare brand! I was introduced to this brand recently and, yes, ingredients are nice, packaging is simple and pretty, but what I like the most about it that it’s a unisex brand. So boys will enjoy their products as much as girls. Also, all the products are vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.

Fantastic Face Wash (travel size, $10)
A clear gel cleanser packed with a great deal of plant extracts and natural essential oils: white and green tea leaf, apple and citrus (orange, lemon) extracts, cedar wood, vetiver root and spearmint oils and many other great ingredients! It has a pretty strong scent, which to me smells like a mix of cedar and spearmint oils. The cleanser is good at washing off all makeup and impurities without drying skin out. The skin feels fresh and revitalized after. The one downside I could find is that if the cleanser gets into my eyes, it stings. However, my eyes are not irritated after I wash it off. I had same experience with a few other cleansers, so it’s not so uncommon and I just need to be more careful when using it near my eyes.

Ingredients: Aloe vera leaf juice (Aloe barbadensis)*, Lauryl glucoside, Coco-glucoside, Sodium cocoyl glutamate, Sodium lauroamphoacetate, Inulin, Glyceryl laurate, Sodium lauroyl glutamate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxlitol, Xylitol, Rice seed extract (oryza sativa)*, Sugar Cane extract (saccharum officinarum), White tea leaf extract (camellia sinensis)*, Lemon extract (citrus medica limonum), Orange fruit extract (citrus aurantium dulcis), Apple fruit extract (pyrus malus), Green tea leaf extract (camellia sinensis), Black spruce needle oil (picea mariana), Fir needle oil (pseudotsuga menziesii), Rosemary leaf/flower water (rosmarinus officinalis), Lavender flower water (lavandula angustifolia), Pink grapefruit peel oil (citrus paradisi), Lime peel oil (citrus aurantifolia), Owyhee leaf oil (artemisia ludoviciana), Cedar wood oil (juniperus virginiana), Tanacetum anuum flower oil (tanacetum anuum)*, Spikenard root (nardostachys chinensis), Vetivert root oil (vetiveria zizanioiedes), Speramint leaf oil (mentha spicata), Sodium phytate, PCA glyceryl oleate, Citric acid, Gluconolactone, Sodium benzoate. *organic. 99.5% natural, 51% organic.

Essential Face Wipes ($24, 20 pack)
these natural face wipes made from bamboo fiber and infused with witch hazel leaf water, willow bark extract, rosemary water, hyaluronic acid, citrus extracts and other various skin benefiting ingredients. The wipes are supposed to be used as a facial toner, which I find very interesting. It’s actually a nice solution for traveling or if you just doesn’t want to use a liquid face toner.

Ingredients: Aloe vera leaf juice (Aloe barbadensis)*, Water/aqua/eau, Witch hazel leaf water (hamamelis virginiana), Willow bark extract (salix nigra), Rosemary leaf/flower water (rosmarinus officinalis), Leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, Sodium hyaluronate, Glycerin*, Sugar cane extract (saccharum officinarum), Lemon extract (citrus medica limonum), Orange fruit extract (citrus aurantium dulcis), Apple fruit extract (pyrus malus), Green tea leaf extract (camellia sinensis), Rice seed extract (oryza sativa)*, Birch sap (betula alba), Lactobacillus, Bamboo ferment filtrate (arundinaria gigantea), Caprylyl/capryl wheat bran/straw glycosides, Fusel wheat bran/straw glycosides, Polyglyceryl-5 oleate, Sodium cocoyl glutamate, Glyceryl caprylate, Olive leaf extract (olea europaea), Fir needle oil (pseudotsuga menziesii), Lavender flower oil (lavandula angustifolia)*, Rosemary leaf oil (rosmarinus offinalis), Geranium leaf/flower oil (pelargonium graveolens)*, Frankincense resin extract (boswellia carterii), Alcohol denatured*. * organic. Wipe Substrate: 100% bamboo fiber. 99.9% natural, 53% organic.

Ursa Major Natural Face BalmFortifying Face Balm (travel size, $12)
this face balm is super lightweight – it comes out of the bottle as a light (almost watery) gel. The balm has a much milder scent than the face wash, the scent is herbal with some minty notes. Because it contains witch hazel extract, lavender extract and carrot seed oil, it is soothing, hydrating and very refreshing. It sinks in within seconds leaving skin completely matte. It might not give you enough moisture if your skin is dry, but I think it’s a perfect choice for normal, combination and oily skin types.

Ingredients: Aloe vera leaf juice (Aloe barbadensis)* Glycerin, Hydrolyzed myrtus communis leaf extract*, Sunflower seed oil (helianthus annuus)*, Leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, Caprylic/captric triglyceride, Witch hazel leaf water (hamamelis virginiana), Willow bark extract (salix nigra), Kendi seed oil (aleurites moluccana), Opuntia fuscus-indica stem extract, Carrot seed oil (daucus carota), Hydrogenated lecithin, Birch sap (betula alba), Olive leaf extract (olea europaea), Sclerotium gum, Lavender flower oil (lavandula angustifolia)*, Lime peel oil (citrus aurantifolia), Niaouli leaf oil (melaleuca quinquenervia)*, Frankincense resin extract (boswellia carterii), Bisabolol wood oil (vanillosmopsis erythropappa), Spearmint leaf oil (mentha spicata), Carrageenan (chondrus crispus), Rosemary leaf extract (rosmarinus offinalis)*, Maltodextrin, Spearmint leaf extract (mentha spicata), Xantham gum, P-anisic acid. *organic. 100% natural, 82% organic.

GIVEAWAY!

I’m having another giveaway on the blog (so exciting!) and this time it’s with Ursa Major! Would you like to try something from their natural skin care range? You can! See full range here, pick 1 full-size product you’d like to try and enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! Open to US and Canada. The giveaway starts on 20th of April and ends on 26th of April (Sunday).

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Giveaway rules: NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GIVEAWAY. The Giveaway winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Giveaway Promotion Period. The Winners will be contacted by email within 24 hours after the Giveaway ends and required to provide a full name and postal address. Winners have 48 hours to respond to their notification email to claim their prize. If they do not respond, another winner will be chosen at random. All prizes will be awarded. The prize will be sent out by Ursa Major.

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Take Your Vitamins

Natural Vegan SupplementsHaven’t we all heard this growing up? I still hear it from my grandma, she’s constantly concerned with my (and the rest of my family’s) well-being. I’m so grateful for that! This stash may seem like a lot at first sight, but some of these supplements I only take occasionally when needed. I was not a regular vitamin taker in the past, but since I started eating more healthy and taking supplements, I noticed a big change in my anxiety – it became rare and less intense. I always go for natural (organic, if possible) and vegan kind of supplements, because I believe that natural sources are as effective or even more effective and beneficial for your health than mainstream vitamins.

Nature’s Plus Just Vitamins, 60 tablets, Vegetarian ($36/£24.04)*
this is a multi-vitamin supplement for general well-being that contains a super wide range of vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2, B12 and more. I think it’s important to take supplements like this now and then, especially if you’re feeling fatigued, down and need to increase your energy levels. I believe that even if we try to eat balanced diet, it’s not always enough and a good natural supplement can be helpful in maintaining our health.
If you have any allergies: free of gluten, soy, milk, wheat and yeast.

Natrol Mood+ Tangerine, 30 tablets ($12/£8)
this supplement promises to promote “positive mood, relaxation and mental focus”. I’m usually in a good mood, so I won’t comment on that, however, it contains good amounts of plant sourced 5-HTP (from an African bush Griffonia Simplicifolia), Amla extract and L-thenine as well as vitamins B-6 and B-12. These ingredients are key for softening anxiety symptoms, calming your mind and staying focused and relaxed. I had a good experience with Viridian L-theanine supplement, so after finishing it I decided to try this Natrol supplement and was a bit disappointed. Not by its benefits, but it tastes terrible. You have to dissolve a tablet in your mouth, so you can’t really avoid that. Maybe I should try a different flavor next time.
If you have any allergies: free of yeast, milk, egg and soy.

NatraBio Insomnia Relief, 60 tablets (approx $7/£5)
this is one of the supplements that I take only occasionally when I have trouble sleeping. It contains natural herbs like Chamomile, Valerian Root, Passion Flower and other. The problem is – it just doesn’t work for me. I follow the instructions, but if I have insomnia, it makes no difference if I take the supplement or not.

Sanatur BIO Spirulina, 100 tablets, Vegan (approx $12/£8)
I bought this BIO Spirulina supplement some time ago, but I was taking other supplement at the time, so I just recently gave this a try. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is a great source of protein and GLA (a natural anti-inflammatory agent). Also, it has immune boosting and detoxifying benefits. I have yet to try it in smoothies!

What supplements do you take daily?

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Organic Glow Getters For Spring

Organic Glow Getter For SpringAhhh.. glowing skin! We all want that, don’t we? Glowing skin looks healthy, beautiful and there’s no need to apply that much make-up for your face to look fresh. I’d like to share my current favorite glow-getters. I have already reviewed most of these products, so you can check out their full reviews for more detailed opinion:
Au Naturale Highlighting Stick: this is my top favorite everyday highlighter. No matter how many other highlighters I try and like, this is the one I always come back to. I’ve used up almost half of it and definitely going to repurchase it in the future.
ILIA Highlighter in Polka Dots and Moonbeams: I love using ILIA for evening make-up looks. It has a subtle glow and looks divine on tanned skin.
Delizioso Cream Blush in Outrageous: a berry pink glowing organic cream blush. I like how versatile this product is: you can use it as a blush or as a lip gloss, or both.
HUM Nutrition Red Carpet*: natural vegetarian supplement for glowing skin and shining hair. It contains two key ingredients: black currant seed oil and vitamin E from sunflower seed oil. I don’t see black currant seed oil used in supplements very often and that’s a real shame, because this seed oil not only is known to slow down aging, but also is beneficial for your health – it’s a strong immune booster.

Also featured on: TVL Birdie It’s All About Makeup Link Party!

What are your favorite glow-getters?

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Kvoss NYC Handmade Body Products + Giveaway

Kvoss NYC Handmade Natural body care

Kvoss NYC Handmade Body ProductsThis is going to be a very delicious post! I just can’t hide my excitement about these new lovely, handmade products from KVOSS NYC. Just look at them, this is exactly what natural means! KVOSS NYC has a range of skin care, body care and lip products and they all look like you could eat them up. Here’s what I’ve tried:

Kvoss NYC Natural Handmade Body ScrubCranberry Body Scrub ($16 for 4 ounces)
Such a fantastic looking body scrub made with cranberry seeds. The one in the photo above looks a bit different then it looks in the retail photo just because mine is a bit melted from the warmer room temperature. The scrub has a very soft cranberry scent. It promises to “restore moisture and softness to the skin”, which is exactly what it does. The cranberry seeds are not too harsh for the skin, however, I try not to rub them too hard to avoid any irritations. Overall, it’s a nice scrub.

Ingredients: Demerra Sugar, Cranberry Seeds, Honey Crystals, Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E.

Kvoss NYC Handmade Body LotionUltimate Hydrator Body Lotion ($28 for 4 ounces)
As much as I love the scrub, this body lotion is a miracle in my eyes. I can not explain how soft my skin feels after applying it. I don’t think I could compare it to any other body lotion I’ve tried. Super impressed!

Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Beeswax, Distilled Water.

Giveaway! Two (2) lucky readers will have a chance to win one (1) of KVOSS NYC Spring Skin gift box each, containing:
* Face Potion
* 4oz Body Scrub
* 4oz Body Lotion
$78 total value!

Would you like to lay your hands on these goodies? You can join the giveaway by entering the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway starts on 13th of April (Monday) and will end on 19th of April. Open to US and Canada residents. The prize will be shipper out by Kvoss NYC.

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Herbfarmacy Organic Skincare

Herbfarmacy Certified Organic Skincare Herbfarmacy is a British skincare brand committed to creating only fresh, certified organic and cruelty-free products. But it’s not the certificate that makes this brand stand out from many other organic brands, it’s the fact that Herbfarmacy staff handpicks many ingredients at local fields to ensure the products are always made with quality herbs and flowers. I’ve been testing these products for over 3 weeks and I’m happy to share my opinion with you!

Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm And Exfoliating CleanserMallow Beauty Balm ($21/£14.50 for 30ml, samples available)
the winner in various green beauty awards, this beauty balm is  made with 100% organic oils and herbal extracts. Thanks to jojoba sed oil and shea butter, this cream is a strong moisturizer. Marshmallow root and Mullein extracts prevent aging and make face lines smoother. Being rich and thick, it’s very suitable for dry, dull and aging skin types instantly making them revitalized and smooth.

Ingredients: *Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, *Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, *Cera flava (Beeswax), *Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), *Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) root extract, *Calendula officinalis flower extract, *Verbascum thapsus (Mullein) extract, *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract, *Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) leaf oil, *Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel oil, *Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) flower oil, *linalool, *limonene, *geraniol, *eugenol (Essential oil ingredients)*. *Organic. Certified by SoilAssociation.

Exfoliating Cleanser ($22/£15 for 50ml, samples available)
this cleanser was a finalist at Soil Association organic beauty awards and I can see why it was nominated. It’s a lovely scented cream cleanser made with gentle white clay and jojoba beads. It’s recommended to use once a week for normal to dry skin types and every other day for oily and combination skin types. I have tried using it as a mask/cleanser once a week by applying it on my face, keeping it for 15 minutes and then gently washing off with warm water. The results are great! My skin was noticeably cleaner and brighter after every use. Also, I didn’t notice any irritation, so I’ll definitely keep continuing using it with pleasure.

Ingredients: Aqua, kaolin (white clay), *Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil , +glycerin (glycerine), *Helianthus annuus hybrid (high-oleic Sunflower) oil, *Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba oil (Jojoba beads), sodium stearoyl lactylate (plant-based emulsifier), cetearyl alcohol (plant-based emulsifier), +glyceryl stearate (Organic plant-based emulsifier), tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder (Aloe vera), *Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) root extract, *Calendula officinalis flower extract(Calendula),  *Cananga odorata flower (Ylang ylang essential) oil, *Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender essential) oil, *Citrus grandis peel (Grapefruit essential) oil, *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, lactic acid (from sugars), phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate (Mild preservative system). * = Organic + = Organic origin. Certified by SoilAssociation. Suitable for vegans.

Herbfarmacy Organic Wash Off Cleansing MousseWash Off Cleansing Mousse ($23/£15.50 for 95g, samples available)
This herbal scented cleanser isn’t really a mousse, but more like a cream cleanser. Surprisingly, I don’t like it any less! It doesn’t foam, but washes off my make-up (including mascara) well and leaves my skin feeling comfortable – not too dry, not greasy. In my opinion, this gentle cleanser will be loved by anyone with normal, dry and reactive/sensitive skin type.

Ingredients: Aqua, *Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera), *Prunus armeniaca (Apricot kernel) oil, *Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil, *Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) hybrid oil, sodium stearoyl lactylate (vegetable emulsifier), *Cera flava (beeswax), cocoamidopropyl betaine (mild vegetable surfactant), *glyceryl stearate, *glycerine, cetearyl alcohol (vegetable emulsifier), tocopherol (vitamin E oil), *Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) extract, *Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) root extract, *Calendula officinalis flower extract, *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, *Pelargonium graveolens (Rose geranium) oil, *Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) oil,  lactic acid (from sugar), phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate (Mild preservative system), *citonellol, *geraniol, *limonene, *linalool, *eugenol (Last 5 essential oils ingredients). * = organic. Certified by SoilAssociation.

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

Have you tried any skincare products from Herbfarmacy?

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5 Things That Keep Me Motivated To Workout

Fitness Organic Beauty BloggerI love exercising, I do. Once I start to workout, no matter how much I’m worn out, I just want to keep going and give my all. However, to find time and motivation to start that exercise isn’t always so simple for me. My favorite exercises are working out at home or running, but there are these excuses what I could do better instead putting my training shoes on. I try my best and here are 5 things that help me to start and enjoy the workout routine:

1. Hard, but motivating workout videos: there are tons of fitness videos available for purchase and even to watch free on Youtube. With so many options, it takes time to find your favorite coaches and workout programs. I think it’s important to choose a coach that has experience, you could trust and would keep you wanting to finish that workout no matter what. My all time favorite is Jillian Michaels. That girl is tough! But she also knows how to motivate me to actually give all I’ve got, even if I’m not able to walk, but have to crawl to the shower at the end of it.

2. Music: with Spring approaching, I have already started planning my running routes and creating music playlists to keep me entertained and energetic during runs.

3. Inspiration: because I often end up to be a couch potato instead of a fierce runner, inspiration is very important to me. My usual inspiration form is looking at photos with perfect woman bodies with beautiful six-packs (there are hundreds of them on Instagram and all over the internet), but I don’t always find it so inspiring. Many of these girls look underweight and not healthy at all. Also, results take time so it’s easy to cross that line and start shaming yourself for not pushing harder. I feel it’s better to seek inspiration from real athletes, because they are the ones with the right attitude for health and wellness. I like Athlete Mindset Workbook*, a step by step sports psychology guide by Terry Orlick, Leslie Lewis and Fatima Leite Kusch. Or better yet – trying to be my own inspiration (see step 4). After all, the point of exercising isn’t to be perfect, it’s to keep yourself healthy (that six-pack comes as a bonus for the hard work).

4. Tracking and celebrating your achievements: and I’m not talking only about kilos and centimeters here. It’s important to acknowledge how much work you put into your workouts and to celebrate every milestone (even if it’s a tiny one) – not with a bowl of potato chips, of course.

5. Company: having a workout buddy helps as well. I usually do my workouts alone, but I love running with my husband, he always pushes me to go that extra mile.

What keeps you motivated to workout?

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Lavera Soft Glowing Highlighter in Shining Pearl

Lavera Soft Glowing Organic Highlighter Shining PearlUsing a highlighter became such a big part in my everyday make-up routine that I don’t know how I did it before. This Lavera Soft Glowing Highlighter was tempting me for quite sometime and despite the fact that I already have a few highlighters, it still seemed like something worth to give a try.

Lavera Soft Glowing Highlighter (approx $14/£9) is a cream highlighter made with organic moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients such as argan oil, cacao seed butter and cabbage rose flower extract. It comes in 2 colors: Shining Pearl and Golden Shine. The color I have is Shining Pearl – a beautiful pale pearl pink. It does have some tiny glitters, but it looks more pearly and glowing than sparkly.

Lavera Soft Glowing Cream Highlighter Shining PearlThe Soft Glowing Highlighter is pretty thick and you only need a small amount to see the result. Like most cream highlighters, I find it best to apply with fingers for a natural and radiant glow, otherwise, I’m risking to apply too much of it. I like using it for my cheeks over the blush or in the corners of my eyes to make my face look more fresh and awake. It doesn’t smudge and looks lovely all day.

Having its price and the effect in mind, I think it’s a real bargain! I still wish there would be zero glitters, but since the glitters are not so obvious, I don’t mind them that much.

Lavera Organic Highlighter Shining PearlIngredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dodecane, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Silica, Lecithin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol, Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Alcohol*, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Alcohol**, Benzyl Benzoate**. * Ingredients from certified organic agriculture. ** Natural essential oils. Natrue Certified.

Have you tried Lavera Soft Glowing Highlighters?

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Spring Giveaway With Zaya Oils – 3 Winners

Zaya Organic Beauty Oils Giveaway-1I’ve been meaning to do a giveaway for some time now and since it’s Spring time, there’s probably no better way to celebrate the end of the cold season than with beautiful, colorful, certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free Zaya Oils! The packaging is what really makes these products to stand out. However, not only they are gorgeous, but also will do an outstanding job by taking care of your body and hair. You can read my review about Zaya Hair Oil and Nail Oil here.

Three (3) lucky readers will have a chance to win one (1) of these three luxurious organic beauty oils (at random):
* Nail and Hand Oil ($46.90) with Lemon & Ylang-Ylang – for your gentle and soft hands, nails and cuticles.
* Body Oil ($43.90) with Grapefruit & Rosemary – hydrating and balancing body oil formulated to tone and smooth your skin.
* Hair Oil ($53.90) with Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli & Lavender – a nurturing hair oil blend for shine and balance.

Treat yourself with these lovely beauty oils or get them as a present for someone you love!
To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter widget below (please read T&C). This giveaway starts on 24th of March 2015 (Monday) and will end on 30th of March 2015 (Monday). It’s open to US and Canada residents.

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Good luck!

Use code: ZAYAGREEN to get 20% OFF these beauty oils! Offer is valid until 9th of April, 2015.

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Green People SPF15 DD Tinted Moisturizer | Swatches

Green People Age Defy DD Tinted Moisturizer

Green People Age Defy SPF15 DD Tinted Cream LightWhen it comes to BB, CC and other double-letter creams, I always find interesting to see what they would bring for my skin. I’ve used a few organic BB creams that could simply be called tinted moisturizers. However, with DD (stands for Daily Defense) creams, it’s pretty clear that their job is to care for the skin on a daily basis and, at the same time, to offer some coverage. Green People Age Defy+ DD Tinted SPF15 Moisturizer* (approx $50/£34.95 for 30ml) fulfills these two tasks by smoothing, correcting, hydrating and protecting the skin with natural mineral filters.

This tinted moisturizer comes in a classy white bottle with a pump dispenser. Dosing is very easy, because the dispenser allows you to squeeze out the amount you want. Only a pea size drop of this product is needed to cover the whole face, so this 30 ml bottle will last me (and you!) a long time. I love its texture, it’s creamy, but not too thick and, therefore, very easy to blend. It offers a nice and even coverage, and leaves skin feeling hydrated and smooth – just great for simple, everyday spring/summer look! Because this tinted moisturizer is created to make your skin look natural and almost makeup-free, it won’t hide any major imperfections (this can easily be fixed by applying some concealer), but I still find it providing more coverage than most tinted moisturizer I’ve tried in the past.

Green People DD Tinted Moisturizer SPF15Green People DD Tinted Moisturizer is available in two colors: Light (for fair skin tones) and Medium (for medium to olive skin tones). I wish there would be more colors to choose from, however, I also noticed that the moisturizer tends to adjust to the skin a little. I have the color Light and because my skin is very fair at the moment, it’s a bit too dark, however, I can see that it’s going to be perfect for summer when my skin goes from very fair to light skin tone. If you’re unsure about the color you should opt for, there are samples available at Naturisimo and Green People.

Green People Age Defy DD Tinted Moisturizer Light Medium SwatchesIngredients: Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Isoamyl Laurate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil)*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Lauryl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sucrose Stearate, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch*, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xantan Gum, Aroma [Natural], Tocopherol, Glycerul Caprylate, Squalane, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Crithum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Callus Culture Filtrate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Galactoarabinan, Sodium Phytate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, LActic Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. May contain +/- CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77492 (Iron Oxides), CI77491 (Iron Oxides), CI77499 (Iron Oxides). * Certified Organic.

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Have you tried this Green People Tinted Moisturizer? What’s your opinion about it?

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Skin Essence Organics Nourish Facial Moisturizer

Skin Essence Organics Nourish Facial MoisturizerThis lovely small bottle has been sitting on a shelf for far too long (since Christmas Green Beauty Swap), so with the seasons changing I decided to change my skincare routine a little and include this baby in it.

Skin Essence Organics Nourish Facial Moisturizer (10 ml) for combination skin has a soft, herbal/citrusy scent. The moisturizer is 100% natural and organic, made with moisturizing and anti-aging rosehip seed oil, carrot oil and evening primrose oil as well as with protective and soothing kukui nut oil and silk. Like it states on the bottle, it’s suitable for combination skin and from what I have experienced from using this moisturizer – it would be a real gem for such skin types. Moreover, if you have oily skin and want to try this moisturizer, go for it. It’s super light and absorbs instantly without leaving any greasy trace. It also leaves skin soft and almost matte. As for someone with dry skin – I love using it in the evenings, however, I still add a tad of Kypris Antioxidant serum on top for some extra hydration.

Ingredients (from the bottle): Apricot Kernel Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*, Macadamia Nut Oil*, Hazelnut*, Jojoba Seed Oil*, Carrot Tissue Oil*, Sweet Orange Extract*, Mandarin*, Kukui*, Neroli*, Meadowfoam Seed*, Tocopherol (Vitamin-E)*, Jasmine oil*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Allantoin, Silk, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano). *Certified Organic.

Have you heard about Skin Essence Organics?

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New Beauty Releases For Spring/Summer 2015

Spring Summer 2015 New Green Beauty Releases1. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bigger! Better! Lashes Mascara ($9.95) with 2-in-1 multi-tasking brush that gives volume, definition and separation for the lashes. I mentioned the brush, because I have straight lashes and its shape looks like it will be great for separating and curling.

2. LURK beauty 100% Pure Perfume Oils ($55). LURK already has a lovely collection of perfume oils, but they are expanding the line with 3 new perfumes that will be available from April. The new perfumes will include notes like tobacco, ambrette seed, pink lotus and neroli!

3. Zoya 5-Free Delight Collection for Spring 2015 ($9 each). Zoya is one of the best nail polish brands I know and it has surprised me again with this beautiful Spring collection of bright, pastel and colorful nail polishes: Eden, Leslie, Rayne, Lillian, Tiana and Daisy. I especially love Tiana, such a stunning color!

4. Green People Tinted Moisturizer/DD Cream with SPF15 ($50): tinted moisturizer is a perfect choice for Spring/Summer when you want that my skin, but better makeup look. Green People has a great reputation as a green beauty brand, so I think this DD Cream is worth a try. I also like the fact that it contains only natural mineral filters for UVA/UVB protection. Comes in two shades: light and medium.

Have you already tried any of these products? Any of them on your wishlist?

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Marmozel Organic Beauty

Marmozel Organic Beauty-1I’m very excited about this review because I’m going to share about a lovely Lithuanian brand (this is where I’m from!) – Marmozel. It is one of the popular natural beauty brands here. Marmozel uses only natural ingredients and creates products in small batches, depending on a season or an order, so you’ll always get a fresh product, no matter what. The brand is currently expanding and offering an international shipping. Marmozel beauty products already have many great reviews from Lithuanian and international bloggers, and these reviews are well deserved.

Marmozel Hair Conditioner for dry, damaged, colored hair (100ml for 14)
After using leave-in detanglers for a while, I got a little bit lazy with my hair care routine. It so easy to just put the conditioner after washing your hair and let it do its work. So that’s why I was so interested in Marmozel Hair Conditioner, which can be used as a regular conditioner, as a leave-in or as a hair mask – it all depends on your preference.
The conditioner has a nice watery consistency, I actually expected it to be thicker, but it’s still lovely and easy to use. Made with lavender, chamomile and rosemary water, it has a pleasant herbal mixed with citrus scent, which might seem strong at first, but disappears once the hair gets dry. It also contains rosemary extract, which is really good for hair growth, so if you’re suffering from hair loss or would like to strengthen your hair, I suppose using the conditioner as a hair mask would be very beneficial. I’ve tried using this conditioner various ways and leave-in is my favorite option. It doesn’t make my hair greasy, but I avoid putting it anything near my roots.

Ingredients: lavandula, matricaria chamomilla, rosmarinus water, simmondsia oil, coffee arabica seed oil, panthenol, xanthan gum, rosmarinus extract, eco-preservative (benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, water), ylang – ylang essential oil.

Marmozel Organic Skincare Beauty-1Marmozel Moisturizing – Nourishing Face Cream (30 ml for 14€)
Another lovely product from Marmozel is their Moisturizing/Nourishing Face Cream with almond oil, geranium water and rosemary water. It has a very interesting consistency – more like mousse than cream. Though, in my personal opinion, it’s more suitable for dry/normal, combination/dry or dehydrated skin types. The cream promises to firm the skin, to smooth small wrinkles and, on top of that, to give natural UV protection. I like how fast it absorbs in to my skin and leaves it very soft, but not shiny at all.

Ingredients: prunus amygdalus, prunus armeniaca, sunflower seed, persea gratissima oils, pelargonium, rosmarinus water, cetearyl glucoside, pelargonium, cymbopogon martini, daucus carota seed e.o., rosmarinus extract, vit. E.

Marmozel Seabuckthorn Body Oil (small size)
If you like using organic oils for your body, then this baby will leave you happy. Sea buckthorn oil is famous for its healing, protective and nourishing benefits. This body oil is suitable for all skin types, even for the most sensitive ones.

Ingredients: sunflower, sesamum indicum, cocos nucifera, hippophae rhamnoides oils, pelargonium graveolens, daucus carrota seed, cananga odorata essential oils.

Marmozel Moisturizing Face Mask (25 g for 7€)
I actually don’t know anyone who doesn’t like clay masks. They are fast, effective and, mostly, reasonably priced. That’s what I can say about this moisturizing face mask. Made with gentle white and ghassoul clays, algae and aloe powder, I like how very toning and refreshing it is to my skin – a real delight to use.

Ingredients: White and Ghassoul Clay, Lithothaminium, Rubus Idaeus, Aloe Powder.

Marmozel Natural Mild Soap For Body And Hair (50 g for 2€)
This is actually the only product I haven’t tried yet. I am not very excited about the palm oil it contains, but otherwise, it seems like a great versatile product.

Ingredients: cocos nucifera, palm, olive, sunflower oils, butyrospermum parkii butter, calendula flower leafs, lavandula angustifolia, citrus reticulata e.o.

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

Have you heard about Marmozel? Which product looks tempting to you the most?

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Natural Deodorants: Alterra vs Schmidt’s

Organic Non Toxic DeodorantsWhat was your biggest challenge when switching all your beauty products to natural/organic? For me it was finding a good natural deodorant that WORKS. If you didn’t have this headache, then you can consider yourself lucky! Before even starting this blog, I was able to try quite a few natural/organic deodorants, but it was one disappointment after another. There was only one deodorant that I was satisfied with, Aubrey Organics Deodorant for men, but it had a super strong pine scent, which is great, but, as most strong scents, quickly became boring. And then I started blogging, and soon after that I found out about PiperWai Natural Deodorant, which seemed like a miracle to me. It was better than any natural deodorant I’ve tried before. After all this time, I still think it’s great, however, I found another great deodorant. Can you guess, which one is it? Here are the reviews:

Alterra Natural Deodorant with lemon balm ($3 for 50 ml)
I feel very bad throwing another stone in Alterra’s garden, because some of their products are absolutely fantastic. But this Alterra’s Natural Deodorant is the worst deodorant I’ve tried. Ever. Not only it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to, but I feel like its scent itself makes me a bit stinky. It is, though, certified organic and made without aluminum and all other nasty ingredients. I also love the bottle design, so I’m really bummed that I dislike the product so much. Please share in the comments if you had any good experience with it, maybe it’s just not for me.

Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol*, Cellulose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Zinc Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Oxide, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, Melissa Officinalis (Distillate)*, Salvia Officinalis (Water)*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Distillate)*, Equisetum Arvense (Leaf Extract)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Oil)*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Parfum**, Citral**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Limonene**, Linalool**. Organic. BDIH certified.

Schmidts Bergamot Lime Natural DeodorantSchmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant ($9 for 56 g)
Schmidt’s deodorants are loved by many green beauty bloggers and I can say there’s a good reason for that. This jar has proven to be one to trust in stressful situations and on days when I am very active. I would put myself beyond the average on a sweating chart (if there would be one!), so this Schmidt’s deodorant lasts about 7-8 hours, which is awesome for me! I think it would last longer if I would reapply it. The Schmidt’s deodorants come in five scents: Ylang-ylang + Calendula, Cedarwood + Juniper, Bergamot + Lime, Lavender + Sage and Unscented. The scent I have is Bergamot and Lime. I’m actually very surprised with myself that I didn’t get the one with lavender, but I also love this scent a lot,  because it’s so refreshing.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract.

Have you tried any of these deodorants? What is your must-have natural deodorant?

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Yogi’s Lustings

Current Yoga WishlistLotus Wei Inner Peace Spray Mist: I read a lot of good words about this relaxing mist of Lotus Wei, so I’m very intrigued. Inner Peace combines lavender and hibiscus, which sounds like a nice, calming scent. I think it would be a great addition to my yoga routine.

Yogi Breathe Deep Herbal Tea: for someone with anxiety outbreaks, the words “breathe deep” mean a lot. I absolutely love the calming message that Yogi teas send (there also are more teas like Stress Relief or Bedtime). It also promises to support clear breathing and to calm your body and mind. I’m definitely going to try it out.

Just Breath Pullover: simply love the color and the fit. Gorgeous!

Raw Aquamarine Ring: despite the fact that I found out about aquamarine being the gemstone of Aquarius only recently, I have to admit that I have always felt a weird connection to it. I love how beautiful it looks raw! Would love to have this ring on my finger.

‘Shhh…. there’s wine in here’ mug: yep, probably would be, sorry! :D

What are your current yoga or beauty lustings?

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