Odylique By Essential Care | Superfruit Concentrate + Hand Smoothie Review

Odylique Organic Beauty Odylique By Essential Care | Superfruit Concentrate + Hand Smoothie ReviewIt’s always nice to see natural beauty brands grow and evolve! Remember Essential Care? They are now Odylique by Essential Care – same organic, cruelty-free brand with same good certified organic products, but with the new “face”. “Odyl” means a “power of nature”, so the new name makes sense and suits the brand perfectly. I’ve tried more than a few of their skincare products in the past (Rose Moisturiser, Avocado Day Cream, Coconut Cleanser, etc.) and many of them were great, so I’m very excited to review this lovely duo!

Odylique Superfruit Concentrate Serum Odylique By Essential Care | Superfruit Concentrate + Hand Smoothie ReviewOdylique by Essential Care Superfruit Concentrate (approx $50/£33 for 30ml)
An award winner right here! In 2009 this Superfruit Concentrate won The Green Beauty Bible Award as the best facial serum and a Silver medal for best skincare product in UK Beauty Awards.

Superfruit Concentrate is made with certified organic Avocado Oil (hydrating), Pomegranate Extract (protecting and repairing) and Rosehip Extract (skin renewing and anti-aging). It has a gentle pleasant scent, but I have no idea how else I could describe it. The serum looks very orange, the color I believe is from a Seabuckthorn Oil (which protects the skin). However, it doesn’t stain the skin, so it won’t be making you to look like a carrot, no worries icon smile Odylique By Essential Care | Superfruit Concentrate + Hand Smoothie Review
Because it’s quite thick, you only need 1-2 drops for the whole face + neck (it has a dropper, so it’s easy to dose). Also, I think it’s important to use it moderately, because not only that way the bottle will last longer, but also the serum won’t feel greasy and will get absorbed by the skin faster. I’ve been using it for almost 2 weeks and can say that I like the results a lot – it gives a nice glow, intense hydration and my dry skin patches are gone.

Its price is not over the top, however, it’s not the lowest one either. In my Top 5 Things That Blogging Has Taught Me post I explained why I think that skincare products are always a good investment. And while I hear many different opinions about whether serums are really worth their price or not, I can tell that my dry skin starts to sing with joy after I apply this Superfruit Concentrate.

Ingredients: Persea gratissima fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis seed oil*, Rosa canina fruit extract*, Punica granatum seed extract*, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*. Certified organic. Certified by Soil Association.

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie Odylique By Essential Care | Superfruit Concentrate + Hand Smoothie ReviewOdylique by Essential Care Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie (approx $18/£12 for 60ml)
This hand cream (or a hand smoothie, if you prefer this cute name better!) is one of the new additions to Odylique range after the design update. Since then, the Hand Smoothie has received so much attention and love from almost everyone who had the chance to try it. The lovely green beauty blogger Annie from Hello Purple Clouds is one of those who instantly fell in love with this product (read her review) and I absolutely see why.

Apart from its delicious fresh citrus scent (it’s weird, but citrus scents somehow manage to boost my mood), the Smoothie is also made with Cacao Seed Butter, Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera, so it’s rich, moisturizing and leaves my hands soft and silky smooth. A good choice for cold winter months.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos nucifera oil*, Theobroma cacao seed butter*, Persea gratissima oil*, Helianthus annuus seed oil*, Glycerine**, Cetearyl alcohol, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Cetearyl glucoside, Citrus limon peel oil*, Cymbopogon citratus oil*, Pelargonium graveolens oil*, Vanilla planifolia bean extract*, Lactic acid, Sodium anisate, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum, citral*, geraniol*, limonene* & linalool* (in the essential oils). *Certified organic. Certified by Soil Association.

Have you tried Odylique? Which product is your favorite?

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

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My Daughter Fragrances Joyful Natural Perfume

My Daughter Fragrances Joyful Natural Perfume My Daughter Fragrances Joyful Natural PerfumeOrange flower, lime blossom, rose, jasmine and sandalwood. Fresh and floral. Simple and sweet.

The full size of My Daughter Fragrances “Joyful” perfume is presented in a pretty 50ml bottle ($85/£53) As you can see, it doesn’t come cheap (but then again, many good things don’t), but it’s absolutely worth a try. You can get a 10ml spritzer or a sample before you purchase the full size (and you most likely will).

My Daughter Fragrances are made of essential oils, resins, absolutes and formulated without phthalates, colorants and parabens. Vegan and cruelty-free.

It’s just a good perfume that’s not overall sweet, but makes me feel feminine, clean and generally happy. It also stays very well. Even the top notes stay at least an hour. Then the scent settles into a gentle, almost fruity fragrance. So good!

Have you tried Joyful or Always Loved? Which one do you like better?

 

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Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara | Review

Lavera Butterfly Effect Natural Black Mascara Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara | ReviewI am pretty choosy when it comes to mascaras and many of them get negative scores for not giving enough volume, enough curl, enough anything… I know some lucky girls who have dark and dense eyelashes (and therefore like almost every mascara they try), but it’s not me, and I like big bold eyelashes, so I prefer good volumizing or lengthening ones.
I was hoping Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara (approx $14/£9) will be exactly what I’m looking for. It has a very promising title (volume, curvature and lash definition), which leads me to thinking that long, dense and fluttering eyelashes is only moments away. I open this simple, but pretty black tube and start putting the mascara on.. Well, even after 3 coats it doesn’t create much volume.

Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara Black Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara | ReviewThe wand of Butterfly Effect mascara is not a typical wand. Instead of ordinary bristles, it has 3 rows of short spiky bristles. This kind of wand doesn’t help with volume, but it sure helps to prevent clumps and “spider lashes”. The overall result was natural, accentuated eyelashes perfect for a simple, everyday look. The mascara stayed in place for solid 6 hours and then started to crumble a little towards the evening. Would I buy it again? No, I like mascaras that would give my lashes more volume. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you prefer natural looking lashes with a little bit of color.

Lavera Butterfly Effect Black Mascara Brush Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara | ReviewIngredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tricaprylin, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Pullulan, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Shellac, Silk (Serica), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Trehalose, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Silver (CI 77820), Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Benzyl Alcohol**, Citral**. * ingredients from certified organic agriculture, ** natural essential oils. BDIH Certified.

Lavera Butterfly Effect mascara:

Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara Swatch Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara | Review

Have you tried this mascara? What is your opinion about it?

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Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner | Review

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner | ReviewI’ve seen Yarok featured in a few blogs before, so it isn’t a mystery brand for me. It promises 100% vegan, gluten-free, natural haircare products that are not only good for you, but also good for the environment. Yarok donates 3% of its annual profits to The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit organization protecting rainforests in the Amazon.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner (travel size 59ml)
The Conditioner came with the Petit Vour September Beauty Box. I don’t know why I expected it to be a cream, maybe because the last few leave-in conditioners I used had such a consistency. However, this one is as watery and runny as it gets. It’s a combination of vitamin water, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, apricot oil and evening primrose oil. The Conditioner not only nourishes your hair, but also prevents the hair damage from heat styling. I use a blow-dryer and hair straightener often, so this is very important for me. The scent is very herbal, fresh and reminds me of citrus mixed with rosemary. Because this is a spray, it’s very easy to use, little goes a really long way with this conditioner. Also, it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t make my hair heavy. I think I’m definitely going to get a full size of this one!

Ingredients: vitamin water, jojoba oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, apricot oil, evening primrose oil, fatty acids, plant sourced xanthan gum/potassium sorbate, essential oils of rosemary, litsea cubeba.

Have you tried Yarok Leave-In Conditioner? Are there any other Yarok products you would recommend me to try?

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New In: Recent Beauty Purchases

New Organic Beauty Products October New In: Recent Beauty PurchasesHere are some beauty newbies that I purchased a while ago. These are actually October newcomers, but because I fell super ill last week (still recovering, but at least I don’t have to stay in bed sleeping all day), they had to wait a few extra days to be shared about.

1. John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Antioxidant Day Cream (approx $40/£25 for 30ml): this is a “light, yet potent” moisturizer for normal to dry skin types. It contains many extracts (rose, peach, apricot), flower oils (blue tansy, roman chamomile) and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, well known for its soothing and hydrating properties.

2. Avril beaute Mascara (review): this one’s a repurchase. Because they are so good and affordable, I’ve used up a decent number of these mascaras.

3. Alterra Pomegranate Hair Conditioner (travel size): I really like Alterra’s Hair Mask, so I was interested in trying out the conditioner as well. It’s from the same range, which contains pomegranate & aloe vera. Though, these two products have similar scent and consistency, they have a different effect to my hair. The conditioner feels a bit lighter and more slick than a hair mask, which is more nourishing.

4. Tange Teezer Compact Instant Detangling Hair Brush (approx $20/£12) (more colors here, here): so here’s a short story: when a good friend of mine took her Tangle Teezer (she has The Original Hair Brush) out of her purse and said that I NEED to get this, I nodded politely and asked her if she wanted some cookies. I’ve seen some other friends using this brush, but for me it seemed ridiculously expensive to pay such an amount of money for a brush, even if it looks stylish. So my friend gave me her brush to try for a few days (because that’s what friends do, they insist you do some things whether you want it or not icon biggrin New In: Recent Beauty Purchases ) and didn’t laugh at me after I went and bought the brush for myself the next day. It really makes hair way easier to comb, smoother and softer. I chose the compact version, because it’s smaller and fits better in my handbag.

Have you tried or would like to try any of these products?

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Alterra Shampoos + Hair Mask | Review

Alterra Naturkosmetik Shampoos Hair Mask Alterra Shampoos + Hair Mask | ReviewA few months ago, I wrote about a German beauty brand Alterra, I then purchased a quite large collection of their haircare and makeup products. Alterra is a certified organic beauty brand, which offers very affordable products, and, though, their mascaras didn’t wow me, their Cleansing Foam did. The reason why I’m sharing about these items only now is that it took me some time to (finally!) finish them all. So, here are some thoughts:
Alterra Volume Shampoo: made with organic papaya extract. I was really surprised by how nice my hair felt after using this shampoo. It didn’t give me much volume, but instead cleansed my hair well and left them looking shiny and feeling light and refreshed. It didn’t dry out them either like most of volume shampoos do. Regarding its price (approx 5EUR for 200ml) and performance, I’d say it’s really good.
Alterra Caffeine Shampoo: this is a stimulating and strengthening shampoo for weak and thin hair. It contains biotin, caffeine and guarana that are supposed to give vitality. To be frank, this is an ordinary shampoo, which can be a good choice for those who who want a simple everyday shampoo and don’t have any special requirements. Though, I don’t find this shampoo worthy of repurchasing.
Alterra Pomegranate & Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hair Mask: made with Aloe Vera and extracts of Pomegranate and Acacia Flowers, this moisturizing hair mask is a great product with a great price tag (5EUR for 150ml). It makes hair very smooth and it also smells fantastic. However, you have to stick to instructions when using this one. I often use hair masks as hair conditioners and in most cases they do a pretty good job, but not with this one. You have to keep it on the hair for at least 15-20 minutes (or even longer, if you have time) to see the good results.

Have you tried Alterra Naturkosmetik?

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Balm Balm Organic Mini Facial Skincare Kit

Balm Balm Organic Skincare Starter Kit Balm Balm Organic Mini Facial Skincare KitWith so many beauty brands existing in the market, we all tend to have a constantly growing wishlist of products we would like to try. Balm Balm, which is 100% natural organic and natural British skincare brand certified by Soil Association, was (and still is) one of those brands on my wishlist. Especially, their Rosehip Serum, which seemed so tempting. Balm Balm Organic Mini Facial Skincare Kit (approx. $21/£13.25) includes: Balm Balm Super Light Coconut Cleanser, Balm Balm Original Witch Hazel Toner, Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask, Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum and Organic Muslin Cloth. All these mini size items come in an organic cotton bag!

Balm Balm Organic Skin Care Starter Kit Balm Balm Organic Mini Facial Skincare KitBalm Balm Super Light Coconut Cleanser: this Cleanser contains only 1 ingredient and that is Caprylic/capric triglycerides (Coconut Oil). I know that you probably aren’t that careless like I am, but I have to warn you anyway – be careful when you first open the bottle and try to pour this cleanser out. I didn’t expect it to be so runny and ended up with a handful of it! I managed to get some back to the bottle, but some still got wasted. My bad! Other than that, I should say that if you have ever tried the Oil Cleansing Method, you’ll love this cleanser. If you haven’t tried this method, you might as well give it a try, because there are so many good responses about it. Don’t be afraid to use oils, even if your skin is oily. Also, because the cleanser is so simple and doesn’t have any additional ingredients like perfumes, it is most definitely suitable for sensitive skin.

Balm Balm Original Witch Hazel Toner: the Toner is made with 3 ingredients: Hamamelis Virginia Extract (Witch Hazel), Glycerol and Alcohol. It has a light scent of Witch Hazel. The Toner is quite intense, I could feel my skin tightening every time I applied it after cleansing my face. It didn’t dry out my skin though, but I definitely needed a face cream after using it.

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask: it’s a powder made from natural ingredients (Oryza Sativa Powder (Brown Rice), Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Powder (Hibiscus), Pelagonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium)) that you have to mix with water in order to make a mask. Which is actually very clever, because a) the shelf life is longer for dry products, so you can use it longer;  b) you can make the consistency you want. Nice! After you mix the powder with water, it turns into a light purple cream, which smells like roses (it’s actually hibiscus, but the scents are very similar). I think the Mask is perfect for dehydrated skin types, because it instantly makes your skin nourished and moisturized.

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum: my favorite from the bunch, I am honestly impressed with this one! It’s quite thick and rich, so I love how moisturizing it feels for my skin. It also adds so much glow it’s crazy. You can use it as an occasional intensive treatment (serum) or as an everyday moisturizer (like I do). It takes some time for it to sink in, but once it does, the skin feels soft and comfortable. The ingredients: Rosa Canina (Rosehip), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Borago Officinalis (Borage), Boswellia Neglecta (Frankincense), Pelagonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium), Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa), Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry), Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin).

Balm Balm Lavender And Daisy Mirror Balm Balm Organic Mini Facial Skincare KitBalm Balm also added a cute daisy pocket mirror and their Single Note Lavender perfume. The perfume (certified by Soil Association) smells so good!

Check out Balm Balm online store for more organic skincare goodies!

Have you tried Balm Balm products? Which ones are your favorites?

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

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Recent Organic Beauty Empties #6

Organic Beauty Empties October 6 Recent Organic Beauty Empties #6As you know, my beauty empties isn’t something I keep track of. I manage to collect a few items (mostly those that haven’t been featured in any reviews) from time to time, so here are products I’ve used up this Summer/Autumn:

1. Avril beaute Liquid Foundation in Clair (review): I wrote a review about this foundation a while ago and I still can say only good words about it. The reason why it took me so long to finish it was because I could only use it during summer months when my skin isn’t so crazy dry. It’s definitely not for dry skin types, but if your skin is normal/combination/oily and you haven’t tried this foundation before, please do. It gives coverage, glow and the price is just great.

2. Tautropfen Hyaluron Moisturising Day Cream: I’ve seen this brand online before, but it just never looked tempting to me that much. Until I tried some of Tautropfen products at some organic store in Germany! Now I’m in love with this brand and want to try more (I keep my eye on this Nourishing Sea Buckthorn Cream). The Hyaluron cream is just a perfect moisturizing cream. It’s quite rich, makes skin velvety soft and the scent is so good.

3. Inika Certified Organic Pure Primer: this is a sample-size product, which has a nice, thick consistency and a lovely scent. If you’re a user of primers, this might be something you’ll like – it has good ingredients, makes skin very soft and promises to improve the staying powers of makeup.

4. CMD Rose Nourishing Face Mask: it’s a 5ml sample and I’m glad that I didn’t purchase a full size of this mask. It’s very lovely to apply and it smells like real roses (if you like that kind of scent, you’ll be amazed), but it doesn’t give enough nourishment for dry skin.

Have you tried any of these beauty products?

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Queen Farina Busy Lips Natural Handmade Lip Balms

Queen Farina Busy Lips Natural Handmade Lip Balms Queen Farina Busy Lips Natural Handmade Lip BalmsMe and my man were laughing about some things yesterday, and one of these things was that I’m the reason he knows when the Fall season starts. According to him, it’s when I start using a significantly increased amount of lip balm icon smile Queen Farina Busy Lips Natural Handmade Lip Balms Well, that’s actually true! Don’t get me wrong, I use lip balms all year round, but during cold season I need much more protection and moisture. Otherwise, I just end up with painful, cracked lips. But don’t we all?
So speaking about lip balms, I’d like to introduce Queen Farina! You’ll love the story behind this brand: it’s a US-based family-run business by two lovely sisters. Everything from beekeeping to collecting honey to making their products to creating designs – these girls do it themselves! They are Certified Natural Growers, which means that they “follow guidelines that promote natural, healthy and safe beekeeping” and the honey is free from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilizers. Also, Queen Farina is a proud founder of The Bee’s Kneeds Campaign – a campaign to encourage the growth of bees by planting bee friendly flowers, scrapping the pesticides, and avoiding antibiotic resistance. Check out the Queen Farina shop to see goodies like raw honey, raw honey sticks, beeswax or Busy Lips lip balms.
Queen Farina Busy Lips Pistachio Gelato Natural Handmade Lip Balm Queen Farina Busy Lips Natural Handmade Lip BalmsQueen Farina Busy Lips lip balms contain 3 simple ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil and flavor. They are really pleasant to use, very moisturizing and the scents are amazing. There are 8 flavors to choose from: Almond Biscotti, Cappuccino, Italian Mint, Pistachio Gelato or Tea Time Tassie. Or some of their new Fall flavors: Pumpkin Roll, Kettle Corn or Apple Harvest. All these flavors can be ordered as a .15oz/4g tube or .3oz/8g tiny cute tin. Prices are $3 for a tube and $4.5 for a tin, such a bargain! My favorite scent is Pistachio Gelato, it smells awesome, like real ice-cream!

Have you tried Queen Farina lip balms?

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

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Petit Vour Beauty Box September 2014 Review + Luxury Box Giveaway

Petit Vour Vegan September 2014 Beauty Box Petit Vour Beauty Box September 2014 Review + Luxury Box GiveawayYesterday I posted about Petit Vour Luxury Limited Edition Fall/Winter 2014 Beauty Box and all the goodies it contains. Today I have one of Petit Vour monthly subscription beauty boxes – the September Beauty Box. Like every month, this box contains 4-6 products by vegan, cruelty-free and natural beauty brands. I really like the product selection a lot. Also, I googled some of their previous monthly boxes and saw that all of them were really good! You can subscribe to the Box here ($15/month with free US delivery). For us, international subscribers, the Box in total is $30/month because of the additional shipping (+$15). I wish it would be a little bit lower in price, but the delivery of the Box is super fast and safe, so that’s what you pay for.

September Beauty Box contains:
YAROK Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner (travel size 59ml) | $13.20
Packed with vitamins, minerals and essential oils that nourish hair. It’s not only a leave-in conditioner and hair detangler, but also a heat protector, so thumbs up for being so versatile. I’ve read a lot of good reviews about YAROK and can’t wait to try this one out.

ROOT SCIENCE RS Face Scrub (travel size 43g) |  full sizes $49-$59
Gentle weekly skincare exfoliator for all skin types with Cranberry Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn CO2 Fruit Extract and Blue Chamomile Essential Oil. It has a very pleasant mint scent and promises to tighten pores and even complexion.

Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Soul Sister (full size 2g) | $12
Lily Lolo is a British natural mineral make-up brand. They have a huge selection of eyeshadows, which also are highly pigmented and lovely to use. The color I found in the Box is Soul Sister – a demi-matte fawn brown with golden undertones.

ELLOVI Tinted Lip Butter (full size) | $5
Certified vegan and made with only 6 nourishing ingredients, this natural lip balm hydrates lips and gives them a slight tint.

Now it’s GIVEAWAY time! Petit Vour is giving away their Luxury Limited Edition Fall/Winter 2014 Beauty Box ($95 value) for one lucky Organic Beauty Blogger reader! Win luxurious vegan, cruelty free and organic products by KYPRIS, Rare El’ements, My Daughter Fragrances, Marie Natie, Tres Pure and Antonym! Check out my review or Petit Vour website for more information about this Luxury Beauty Box!

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

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Petit Vour Limited Edition Beauty Box F/W 2014

Petit Vour Luxury Beauty Box LE Fall Winter 2014 Petit Vour Limited Edition Beauty Box F/W 2014Petit Vour is a monthly vegan beauty box, which features cruelty-free natural and certified organic products. Despite its amazing regular Beauty Boxes, Petit Vour also has Limited Edition Luxury Boxes that are released each season. This season, a Luxury Box has been co-curated by vegan model Emily Nolan (creator of My Kind of Life), who is not only a stunningly beautiful woman, but also an ambassador of self-love. Also, she uses all these featured products daily! Here’s what you can find inside a Limited Edition Luxury Fall/Winter 2014 Beauty Box:

1. My Daughter Fragrances Joyful Spritzer (10ml) | $25
I actually clapped my hands when I saw this in the Box! My Daughter Fragrances “Joyful” doesn’t need a lot of introduction, because it’s currently a huge hype. But just in case you haven’t heard about this perfume, it’s made from natural essential oils and absolutes and is free from colorants, phthalates and parabens. The notes of this perfume are: Grapefruit, Orange Flower, Sandalwood, Rose Oil, Jasmine of Grasse, Spearmint, Bergamot and Lime Blossom. The scent really fits the description well, it’s “Vibrant, Clean, Fruity & Floral”!

2. Antonym Ecocert Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Noir | $18
A smooth and creamy eye pencil for a perfect Fall makeup look – smokey or precise.

3. Tres Pure Mini Face Cleanse | $10
A small cute bottle of a gentle water activated cleansing powder. It promises thoroughly removes impurities and make-up without damaging the skin’s protective lipid barrier.

Petit Vour Natural Luxury Beauty Box LE FW 2014 Petit Vour Limited Edition Beauty Box F/W 20144. Marie Natie Lip Gloss in Tickled | $18 (shown in photo on the right)
A soft pink all-natural lip gloss, which is hydrating and non-sticky. Such a pretty color!

5. and 6. KYPRIS Antioxidant Dew and KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I -1,000 Roses (each 3ml/0.1fl oz) | Full-sizes: $60 & $225
KYPRIS is a luxurious natural cruelty-free beauty brand with its products formulated with holistic principles in mind. Antioxidant Dew is a lightweight multi action moisturizer, offering deep hydration, restoring strength, vitality and radiance. Beauty Elixir 1 – 1,000 Roses is made with love and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses, created to deliver dewy, glowing and soft skin

7. Rare El’ements Luxury Hair Care Sample Set (4 sample sachets) – Pure Shampoo & Essential Lite Conditioner | Full-sizes, $34-44
A luxurious hair care brand made with organic ingredients like Marula Oil or Baobab Seed Oil. Suitable for normal, fine & colored hair.

Petit Vour Luxury Limited Edition F/W 2014 Box (worth $95+) is available for $40 here (FREE US shipping; +shipping for international subscribers)

Have you tried this box? Which beauty items are your favorites?

 

*This sample was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Moroccan Argan Oil | Review

Organic The Morrocan Argan Oil Moroccan Argan Oil | Review Argan Oil is probably the most raved about beauty oil of all times. It even has a name “Liquid Gold” describing how amazing it is. Being praised for its anti-aging, moisturizing, protecting, healing and softening benefits, this oil sounds like a true miracle.
And it is lovely indeed! This The Moroccan Argan Company Co 100% Pure Ecocert Certified Argan Oil (approx $24/£14.99 for 50ml) takes a solid 3rd place amongst my other two favorite oils – Coconut Oil and Grape Seed Oil. It comes in a dark glass bottle with a pump. You probably already know how much I like to point out my love for products with pumps, so I am just going to stop right here icon smile Moroccan Argan Oil | Review It’s also available in a bottle with a dropper (approx $22/£13.99 for 50ml).
The scent of this oil is very mild, I can detect a slight hint of nut. It’s very pleasant to apply, because it doesn’t come too thick or too runny. I use it as a treatment for my hair and it gives a lot of nourishment and hydration as well as shine for my dry hair ends. Despite having dry skin, I am not a big fan to regularly use oils for my face (even my favorite oil treatment Terre dOc Argan Oil Elixir), but I know a few people who do and say only good things about it.

Do you like using Argan Oil for your skin or hair?

*This sample was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & Aquabio

New In Organic Beauty 1 New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & AquabioI haven’t been shopping much lately, just because I’m saving up for my upcoming holidays. So these three beauty products are the only newcomers this month: Aquabio Phyto Intensive Skin Treatment, Lavera Grape Nourishing Hair Treatment and Desert Essence Coconut Hand & Body Lotion.

Lavera Grape Nourishing Treatment, see in the photo above (approx $2/£1 for 20ml): I’ve tried this hair treatment a couple of times before and can say only good things about it. The sachet contains 20 ml of the product, which I use up in 2 or 3 times (my hair is medium length). It smells like burnt grapes, something between a sweet and somehow woody scent. It’s silicone free and made with organic oils and grape fruit extract to nourish and strengthen the hair. It’s not a miracle worker, but I like how soft my hair feels after using it, so I keep repurchasing it once in a while.

Desert Essence Coconut Hand Body Lotion 1 New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & AquabioDesert Essence Organic Coconut Hand & Body Lotion (approx $9/£6 for 237ml): I am a big fan of Desert Essence shampoos, so naturally I was really interested to try more products from this brand. I bought this body lotion, because I was curious and because it was on sale. It turned out to be really lovely! It’s quite light in consistency, though absorbs very well and leaves my skin soft and hydrated. My only concern is its super sweet scent of coconut. I don’t mind it now, but I tend to get bored of sweet scents easily. However, I’m using it daily, so maybe I’ll finish it up until it happens (if it happens at all) icon smile New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & Aquabio

Aquabio Intensive Treatment 1 New In: Desert Essence, Lavera & AquabioAquabio Phyto Intensive Skin Treatment (sample size, 2ml): it’s a mild herbal beauty elixir created to combat first signs of aging. It has great organic anti-aging ingredients, like guava, green tea, hibiscus protein, hyaluronic acid and caffeine. I like to apply this in the evening, after washing my face. It does make my skin firmer and softer. And I absolutely love love love the smell of it!

Have you tried any of these products?

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Summer To Fall Makeup Transition

From Summer To Fall Organic Makeup Transition Summer To Fall Makeup TransitionWhen it comes to makeup, I don’t really believe in rules. I think you can wear any color or any product you like if it suits you and you feel good about it. However, different seasons require different skincare and therefore different makeup products not only for beauty, but for your skin’s protection. Here are some products I’ll be changing for a Fall makeup routine:

a switch from BB creams to foundations: BB creams are something between a moisturizer and a liquid foundation. However, with the cold weather it’s safer to protect your face with something more nourishing. Foundation doesn’t have to be heavy and full coverage, if you don’t want to. There are plenty of natural foundation that will give you a light coverage, but will be nourishing and protecting. I.e. Dr. Hauschka Translucent Make-Up Foundation.

a switch from bold & vibrant eyeshadows to more muted, matte shades: like I said before, this isn’t a rule. However, I catch myself admiring makeups with muted, earthy and matte colors. So beautiful! Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette is a good example of that.

a switch from lip glosses to creamy lipsticks: creamy, rich lipsticks will protect your lips from wind and harsh weather. Also, they usually tend to stay longer than lip glosses and don’t make your hair stick to your face with every blow of wind. Recently, I’ve been loving Au Naturale Lipstick in Innocence.

Have you changed your makeup for Fall season?

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