Herbal Legend French Natural Skin Care

Herbal Legend Natural Skin Care 1 Herbal Legend French Natural Skin CareHerbal Legend is 100% natural French skin care brand. All of Herbal Legend products are made only with natural ingredients, also they are paraben free, silicone free, coloring free, PEG & phenoxyethanol free. I noticed that HL products do not contain water and have quite short ingredient lists. Regenerating Face Cream and Hand & Body Lotion have the same intense Asian Jasmin scent, while Gentle Face Mask has a more sweeter, lighter scent. According to Herbal Legend, all fragrances used in the products are natural and proved to be without any allergens.

Herbal Legend Regenerative Face Cream 1 Herbal Legend French Natural Skin CarePowerful Regenerative Face Cream “Beneficial Dew” (34.80EUR for 50 ml): is a very simple day cream made with Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil and Olive Oil. It has a rich consistency, so it feels very moisturizing and protective. It’s great for normal/dry skin, especially now with the harsh, cold weather just around the corner. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which lets you dose easier and avoid dipping your fingers into the cream.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Olive Oil, Glyceryl Stereate, Aroma, Latic Acid, Oxygen.

Herbal Legend Gentle Face Firming Mask 1 Herbal Legend French Natural Skin CareGentle Face Mask “Springtime Sparkle” (31EUR for 50ml): it’s a firming and purifying face mask for all skin types. It also comes in a glass bottle with a pump. Made with Chamomile Extract, White Clay and Red Illite Clay, it made my skin firm and clear after using it. I’d say it’s probably my most favorite product from the trio.

Ingredients: Chamomile Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Red Illite, Kaolin, Glyceryl Stereate, Aroma, Latic Acid, Oxygen.

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Anti-aging Hands & Body Milk “Philtre of Bellis” (24EUR for 177ml): I’ve got the sample bottle of this Body Milk, so that’s why it has no labels (see 1 photo) on it. It’s a light body moisturizer with a very intense Jasmin scent. Because it’s so light, it sinks into the skin without leaving any trace. My skin is dry, so it requires more hydration, but if you’re looking for a simple, light, Jasmin-scented 100% natural body moisturizer, you’ll love this one.

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Have you heard about Herbal Legend?

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

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Autumn Organic Makeup Wishlist 2014

Autumn Makeup Wishlist Autumn Organic Makeup Wishlist 2014

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea | Nvey Eco Eyeshadow Palette (Set 3) | Fresh Therapies Eden Natural Nail Varnish Remover | Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation | Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Venice | Zoya 5-Free Nail Polish in Sansa

I haven’t fully switched to an Autumn mood, which means no hot cacao evening drinks are taking place in my everyday life routine. I’m just not ready to say goodbye to summer yet. However, I noticed that I am more into deeper, darker make-up colors than usual – like Zoya Nail Polish in Sansa (which is from the new Zoya Autumn 2014 Ignite Collection), Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Venice and this Nvey Eco Eyeshadow Palette. Also, I spotted a new nail polish remover from Fresh Therapies, which seems really tempting. And don’t get me started on 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara and Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation.. I guess, I should just get them already!

Are any of your lustings in this wislist?

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The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + Giveaway

The Konjac Sponge Company Sponges 1 The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + GiveawayThe Konjac Sponge Co. vegetable fiber sponges have been a huge hype among beauty bloggers. I’ve been wanting one for ages, but since I had Clarisonic Mia and Dr. Hauschka Sponge in my skin care routine, I kept delaying the purchase.
In case you don’t know what a konjac sponge is: it’s a sponge made from a plant fiber of Konjac. Pure Konjac sponges are great for a deep skin cleansing and a gentle exfoliation. Because they become so soft when wet, these sponges are suitable even for a sensitive skin or a delicate eye area. Konjac sponges are often infused with additional ingredients like clays or charcoal to boost their benefits. Also, they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pink The Konjac Sponge Company Tired Devitalized Skin The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + GiveawayNew Konjac Heart Pink Clay Sponge for tired and devitalized skin (approx $14/£8.99): it’s a heart-shaped lightweight 100% natural vegetable fibre face sponge with nourishing mineral rich French pink clay. Pink clay is great for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin (see my Cattier Pink Clay Mask review). When the sponge is dry, it has a hard texture, but it quickly becomes very soft and lovely when gets some water on it. It has a short loop, so after using it you can leave the sponge on the sink to dry out. Unless you, like me, have a curious cat, then you probably want a safer place for it. You can use these sponges with or without your cleanser. It removes my make-up perfectly well without a cleanser, however, I still put some cleanser in the evenings, because I feel that way it removes my mascara quicker (or maybe I should start using an eye make-up remover instead). I think I’m going to use this sponge for 4-6 weeks and then I’m definitely going to repurchase this or The Konjac Sponge Co. Red Clay sponge for sensitive skin.

The Konjac Sponge Company All Skin Types The Konjac Sponge Co Vegetable Sponges + GiveawayNew 100% Pure Konjac Mouse Face Sponge (approx $14/£8.99) – this new sponge is made from 100% pure Konjac fibres and has a new, fun design. I think you have already noticed that it looks like a computer mouse! It’s suitable for all skin types and you also can use it with or without a cleanser. It’s a deeply cleansing, pores refining and pH balancing sponge, which will leave any skin, despite its type, feeling clean and healthy.

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

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Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur

Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur 1 Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With SulfurMy skin has never been bad with acne, I guess I was lucky that way. However, there was and still are a few spots occurring then and there, so I thought I’ll try this Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment to see if it really works. What it claims to do is to clear even the most stubborn blemishes, pimples and breakouts, to reduce irritation and to promote on-spot healing. Sounds like a dream, right? The product does not contain phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, artificial colors or fragrances. Also, I asked my husband to try some on his problematic areas. You can probably imagine how hard it was to convince a man to put some strange smelling cream on his face daily for a week.. Yes, very hard! icon biggrin Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur

Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment (approx $14.99/£9 for 27 g) is made with sulfur. Sulfur is a naturally occurring element found in areas of natural volcanic activity, hot springs, etc. It has been used for skin treatment purposes for acne, dermatitis or rosacea for Centuries. Like you probably imagined, being made with pure sulfur, the treatment smells like matches. The smell was not annoying for me, but it’s definitely there. Despite its great benefits, sulfur is a powerful ingredient, so it’s important to use it in moderation, especially if you have a sensitive skin. Earth’s Care formulated this treatment with 10% sulfur, which is only advised to put on small skin areas and keep for 10 minutes. Because of my sensitive skin, I kept it for 5 minutes (like I do with all intensive treatments to avoid skin irritation) and my skin felt very comfortable after washing it off. My hubby kept it for 5 to 10 minutes. His skin is not sensitive, so it was also fine. There’s an Acne Treatment Mask with 5% sulfur if you think you would like a gentle version for your skin.

Earths Care Natural Acne Spot Treatment With Sulfur 1 Earths Care Acne Spot Treatment With SulfurNeither me, nor my husband didn’t see any changes after the first use. We kept using the cream daily (it says you can even apply it two or three times a day, but we sticked to just one) and after a few days the results started to show. It didn’t do that much for my skin, but my hubby’s skin seemed somehow more calm and the spots were healing much faster. I have to warn you that this treatment can dry out your skin pretty quickly, that’s why it’s topical and needs to be used on spots only.

Overall, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about this treatment before trying it out (I guess marketing doesn’t affect me that much anymore), but it proved to be a pretty good natural fighter against acne and blemishes.

Ingredients: Active: 10% sulfur. Inactive: Avena sativa (oat) kernel colloidal oatmeal, bentonite, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cetearyl glucoside, citric acid, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hydrogenated castor oil, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, purified water, sodium stearoyl glutamate, xanthan gum. Cruelty-free. A member of 1% For The Planet movement.

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If you have tried Earth’s Care Acne Treatments with sulfur, please share about your experience!

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

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Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara

Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara 1 Alterra Max Lash Booster MascaraAfter my disappointment with Alterra Extreme Volume Mascara, I still had high hopes for this Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara. Its packaging looks similar to the Extreme Volume mascara, except it’s black with shiny silver font. It’s also the same price as Extreme Volume, which is approx 4EUR for 9 ml (super affordable). I translated the description from German and found out that the mascara promises “maximum length and volume”.

Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara 2 Alterra Max Lash Booster MascaraLike I mentioned before, I am all about long and dense lashes. A little bit of curl is more than welcome too. The brush of Max Lash Booster just screams – big lashes. It’s quite large, round and very dense itself. However, I get even more natural look with this mascara than I managed to get with Extreme Volume mascara. I tried applying more coats, but then it starts clumping, so I wouldn’t recommend that.

Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara 3 Alterra Max Lash Booster MascaraHere’s how my lashes look after 2-3 coats of Max Lash Booster (photo below). It stays a bit longer than Extreme Volume mascara (6 hours or so), but still it’s not great. Overall, I recommend it to anyone who wants a very affordable beauty product and likes a very natural makeup look. However, I still think there are better organic mascaras out there that won’t cost you a fortune.

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I was unable to find a full ingredient list, but it’s 100% vegan and Natrue Certified, so I’m pretty confident it contains nothing but all natural ingredients.

Have you tried Alterra mascaras?

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Dr. Hauschka Neem Oil Nail Pen

Dr Hauschka Neem Oil Nail Pen Dr. Hauschka Neem Oil Nail PenI haven’t bought anything from Dr. Hauschka in a while and I’m starting to realize how much I miss its’ Revitalizing Day Cream in my daily routine! However, I noticed that I have something I haven’t reviewed yet – Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen (approx $20/£16 for 4 ml). This Nail Pen has a mix of various natural oils and extracts like Peanut Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Chamomile Flower Extract. It promises to protect and fortify nails and to soften cuticles. Also, it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

The packaging is very handy to take everywhere with you. That’s why I prefer it over Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil in a bottle. Both of these products have the same ingredient list and, of course, you get much more product by purchasing the bottle (30 ml instead of 4 ml). But! It’s not travel-friendly or purse-friendly at all. Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Pen has a felt tip applicator (+3 extra tips, in case you need to change them from time to time), which is very soft and nice to use. It takes a bit time to get the oil to the tip when you start using it, but once it does reach it, it’s easy to apply on your nails/cuticles. I haven’t noticed any visible changes in the condition of my nails, but my cuticles tend to get dry and crack a lot, so the regular use of this Pen makes them less dry and less problematic.

Ingredients: Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool*, Limonene*. *Component of natural essential oils. Natrue Certified.

Have you tried Dr. Hauschka Neem Pen?

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Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub | Review

Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub 1 Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub | ReviewBecause my skin is very sensitive, it usually doesn’t need any particular trigger to act crazy from time to time. So knowing that, I’m very cautious about using skin exfoliators and scrubs. Especially the ones with a word “enzyme” on the label. An enzyme is a protein (the most common enzymes you’ll find in natural scrubs are probably the fruit enzymes) that causes a chemical reaction and dissolves dead skin cells. This sounds a lot scarier than it actually is: fruit enzymes affect only the outermost layer of the epidermis, so such an exfoliation makes the skin look healthier and feel smoother without damaging it. However, fruit enzymes can be very intense and irritate the skin if not used properly, so always follow directions.

Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub (approx $13/£8) promises a brighter, glowing skin by removing “flaky, rough, dead surface cells to uncover skin that is soft, smooth and vibrant”. I’m using this scrub since July, but didn’t want to hurry with this review, because a facial scrub is not something I personally use everyday. It has quite a lot small walnut shell powder beads, which are a bit on the sharper side, but since I always use Dr. Hauschka exfoliating technique (gently pressing a scrub instead of rubbing it on your face) with all facial scrubs I use, it doesn’t irritate my skin one bit. It has a lovely lavender scent, which is intense, but relaxing.

It indeed leaves my skin brighter and smooth, and because I need only a pea-size amount of the scrub for my whole face, the 113 ml tube will last me forever! I even started using it as a body scrub and it is great for that too!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Ingredient), Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root (Certified Organic Ingredient), Lavandula Intermedia Leaf/Flower/Stem Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment (Certified Organic Ingredient, from Kombucha), Citric Acid, Bromelain, Maltodextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Pumice, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol (Certified Organic Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin.

Have you tried this Avalon Organics Lavender Enzyme Scrub?

P.S. Thank you, Amber, for gifting me with this scrub!

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Girl Talk: TOTM

TOTM Feminine Hygiene Review 1 Girl Talk: TOTMAfter my switch to a healthier lifestyle, which included using natural cosmetics and eating balanced healthy diet (or, at least, trying my hardest!), I was looking for a safe and natural replacement for my feminine hygiene products. I was then and I am now (about 4 years later) surprised how hard it actually is to find organic products of that sort. Where I live, organic sanitary products are mostly available in organic boutiques and, believe me, there’s not too much to choose from. I did some research online and found out that it seems to be a common problem not only in my country, but in many other countries in Europe or around the world. Which means this is a problem for many of us, girls.

First of all, I’d like to shortly state why it’s important to choose organic over conventional feminine hygiene products:
* they are safer for you – most of mainstream sanitary products are bleached by using chlorine dioxide, which is potentially toxic. Here’s a great article about dioxins on Naturally Savvy blog.
* they are safer for the environment – conventional hygiene products are made from plastic – “the equivalent of 4 plastic bags per pad” (TOTM).
* and one from my personal experience – organic pads are much softer to use, breathable and don’t cause rashes.

TOTM Time Of The Month Organic Cotton Pads 1 Girl Talk: TOTMI already have my favorite feminine hygiene brand, however, I am always very excited to hear about other wonderful green companies and see what they have to offer. This time I’d like to introduce TOTM: That Time Of Month with a premium range of certified 100% organic cotton sanitary products. TOTM offers products like tampons (applicator and non-applicator), ultra-thin pads and pantyliners. All of their products are certified and safe. I’m also very happy about the prices that vary from £2-£3 ($3-$5).

See the full range of TOTM products here and sign-up to get your free trial box. You’ll be subscribing to the monthly service (you can choose the dates and products you’d like to receive), but you can cancel and renew your subscriptions anytime. TOTM delivers worldwide and free, if you order 2 or more of their products.

Connect with TOTM: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Have you tried TOTM products?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 4 Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxAre you a conscious vegan beauty addict or a vegan foodie? Maybe both? Vegan Cuts offers two monthly subscription boxes depending on your preferences: Vegan Snack Box with delicious 7-10 vegan goodies each month and Vegan Beauty Box with 4-7 vegan, cruelty-free and, in most cases, made with only natural ingredients beauty products. As you already noticed from the photos in this post, I have Vegan Cuts Beauty Box for today’s review.

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 3 Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxSo, here’s what I found in Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box:
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1. Pacifica Multi-tasking BB Cream (10 ml) – described as all-in-one weightless, hydrating tint (see the swatch & quick review below)
2. Zabana Essentials Detoxifying French Green Clay Facial Cleansing Bar – a 100% natural detoxifying, toning and revitalizing handcrafted soap bar.
3. Enfusia Essential Oil-Infused SPA Salt Muscle Soak – A 100% natural mix of Pacific Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt,  Hawaiian Lava Salt, Crushed Rose Petals and French Lavender buds.
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4. Balanced Guru Energy Spray Mist Understanding (8 ml) – a 100% natural mix of certified Frankincense, Cypress, Cedarwood, Ginger and Pine essential oils for balancing your body, mind & spirit.
5. Emani Vegan Cosmetics Hybrid Creme (4 g) – a handcrafted multi-tasking cream, which creates sheer or intense metallic look for eyes, cheeks and lips .

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Ingredients (from Emani website): Mica (C177019), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Iron Oxide (C177491, C177492, C177499), Titanium Dioxide (C177891), Boron Nitride, Squalene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera Extract.

I’m also very glad that I had the chance to try this Pacifica Multi-tasking BB Cream. It’s exactly as described – light, hydrating and makes my skin look and feel fresh and healthy. No wonder why it’s one of Jen’s (from My Beauty Bunny) favorite beauty product. You can see in the swatch how luminous the cream looks. It comes from the tube like a medium brown color, but it completely adjusts to my light skin tone (it might be a tad too dark for me in winter, though). The BB Cream doesn’t offer any coverage, but evens out the skin tone. It also has a light, parfumy scent, which is very pleasant for my nose, however, I can’t recall what it smells like. However, I must to point out that this BB Cream has one major downside: it contains dimethicone (a silicone-based polymer, which although rates a score 3 in EWG, is not natural).

Ingredients (from Pacifica website): water, gylcerin, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, dimethicone, sorbitan sesquioleate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) esters, iris pallida (sweet iris) leaf cell extract, rosa damascena (damascus rose) leaf cell extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, laminaria hyperborea (kelp extract blend), hyaluronic acid, oat beta glucan, potassium cetyl phosphate, hydroxyethylcellulose, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, iron oxide black, mica, potassium sorbate, sodium dehydroacetate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, white tea extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fragrance (all natural).

Pacifica Alight Multi mineral BB Cream 1 Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxYou can subscribe to Vegan Cuts Snack Box or Beauty Box here for $19.99 per month (with free US shipping). Worldwide delivery is also available!

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What do you think about this Vegan Beauty Box?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Primavera Revitalizing Starter Kit | Review

Primavera Revitalizing Travel Set 2 Primavera Revitalizing Starter Kit | ReviewI took this kit with me when I went on holiday to Germany, so it wasn’t only a starter kit, but more like a travel kit. Many of us know how traveling can mess with our skin. It happens to me all the time, no matter if I travel by plane or by car, the results are the same – dry, patchy, redness prone skin. This kit promised to help restore the skin’s moisture and to enhance its’ radiance. Naturally, of course! All the products in this kit contain organic rose oil, which has huge skin cell renewal benefits and organic pomegranate seed oil – another anti-aging ingredient, which helps fight free radicals.

Primavera Revitalizing Starter Kit (approx $26/£15) includes 3 travel-size products:
Revitalizing Rose Pomegranate Cream Cleanser (28 ml) – has a soft rose scent, so if you like that kind of scent, you’ll be left very pleased! It’s a very mild and creamy cleanser made with nourishing oils like Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Shea Butter and Grape Seed oil. Because it’s so nourishing, it left my skin soft, but also removed my makeup well. However, as much as I like this Cream Cleanser, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it, just because I’m a little bit more into foam cleansers like my new favorite Alterra Cleansing Foam. I just like that extra “squeaky clean” feeling foam cleansers give to the skin.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Alcohol*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Punica Granatum Seed Oil*, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Stearic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil*, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Lactic Acid, Silver Sulfate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool. *certified organic. **blend of pure Essential Oils. NaTrue Certified.

Revitalizing Rose Pomegranate Toner (28 ml) – pore-minimizing toner made with skin refreshing flower waters like Rose, Bitter Orange, Geranium and extracts like Sandalwood and Camellia. I like its’ refreshing scent! Also, once sprayed, it dries out immediately, leaving skin feeling firm and tight. It’s a balancing toner that’s most likely suitable for all skin types, except dry skin.

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Alcohol*, Pelargonium Graveolens Water*, Cistus Ladaniferus Leaf/Stem Wate*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Punica Granatum Extract* , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract* , Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract* , Limonene, Linalool. *certified organic. **blend of pure Essential Oils. NaTrue Certified.

Revitalizing Rose Pomegranate Nourishing Cream (8 ml) – despite nourishing oils like Sweet Almond, Shea and Cacao Butters and Olive oil, this is a relatively light day cream, which, like Cream Cleanser, has a scent of roses. I like how dewy and soft my skin feels without that greasy feeling that some nourishing creams leave after applying them. I’ll definitely think about repurchasing it next summer.

Ingredients: Water, Sweet Almond Oil*, Stearic acid, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Grape Seed Oil*, Shea Butter*, Olive Oil*, Plantago, Cetraria islandica, Salix alba, Alcohol*, Avocado Oil, Sodium stearoyl lactylate, Wheat Germ Oil, Cacao Butter, Parfum**, Jojoba Oil*, natural Vitamin E, Sallow Thorn Oil*, Lactic acid, Rose Hip Seed Oil*, Rose Wax, Bees Wax. *certified organic **blend of pure Essential Oils. NaTrue Certified.

 Have you tried Primavera skin care products? Any favorites?

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Au Naturale Cosmetics | Review

Au Naturale Vegan Organic Cosmetics Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewWhen it comes to organic make-up offerings from Au Naturale Cosmetics, there’s no shortage of them in its’ range. Beauty products for face, eyes, lips and cheeks, as well as makeup tools, like cruelty-free and vegan brushes, can be found on their website. Au Naturale has been featured in many top beauty blogs and online magazines. Also, the brand recently has collaborated with the beautiful Supermodel and Sports Illustrated Icon Julie Henderson to create her own amazing Beach Bombshell Collection. All Au Naturale products come in classy and sophisticated black and white packagings. And most importantly, all products are natural, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free and non-nano. Non-nano simply means that Au Naturale mineral make-up does not contain nanoparticles, which are possibly toxic when inhaled or absorbed into the body (you can read more about it here).

Au Naturale Cruelty Free Natural Makeup Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewOrganic Creme Highlighter Stick ($32)
It is a rosy peach creme highlighter stick, which leaves the skin looking luminous and slightly glimmer. The highlighter stick comes in only shade, suitable for all skin tones from very fair to very dark. Use it to make your face features pop: under the eyebrows to make your eyes look brighter and more awake, on your cupid’s bow and on the chin to make your lips look fuller, on your cheekbones to define them, etc.

Ingredients: Organic Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Tapioca Starch, Iron Oxides, Kaolin.

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Au Naturale Creme Highlighter Stick 2 Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewAu Naturale Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit ($15)
A deep pink lip gloss with tiny golden glitters. It feels pleasant on the lips and gives them a beautiful metal shine. I like that it’s not too sticky, but sticky enough to make it stay in its place a while. The scent and flavor are very soft, almost non existent. You need to occasionally shake and stir the tube before using the lip gloss (all Au Naturale lip glosses, for that matter), because it tends to separate. Well Beauty Blog explains that it happens because Au Naturale doesn’t use any fillers, just moisturizing oils for their glosses.

Ingredients: Olive Oil (Oleic) monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rhus Succedanea (Sumac) Fruit Wax, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Camelina (Camelina Sativa) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia(Lime Oil),natural Flavor; May Contain Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide.

Au Naturale Vegan Lipgloss Passion Fruit Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewAu Naturale Lipstick in Innocence ($22)
A classic pink nude color, which gives that “your lips, but better” look. This is Au Naturale’s top selling lipstick and I can see why. It is a perfect neutral color for an everyday wear, also it feels very creamy and moisturizing on the lips. Simply perfect!

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Organic Theobrama Caco (Coca) Seed Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil; Hydorgenated Castor Oil, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Butter, Organic Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Kaolin

Au Naturale Vegan Lipstick Innocence Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewAu Naturale Creme Eyeshadow in Coffee ($20) and Au Naturale Creme Concealer in Ecru ($24)
Cream eyeshadow in Coffee is described as a lustrous metallic light brown with hints of bronze. Because it’s a cream eyeshadow, it’s very easy to use. It bends out very well, so you can make the color softer or more intense. Whatever you like icon smile Au Naturale Cosmetics | Review It also can be used as an eyeliner (with Angle Liner Brush).

Ingredients: Organic Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Tapioca Starch, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Kaolin

Creme Concealer in Ecru is a cream concealer for fair/light skin. It seems like a neutral shade with slightly pink undertones. This concealer gives medium to full coverage. I have a few unwanted red spots on my face and although it obviously doesn’t make them disappear, it reduces the redness. Also, because the concealer sticks to the skin very well, it’s better to use it sparingly and blend it into the skin well. Suitable for all skin types (even those with dry skin), however, if you have oily skin, powder concealers might be a better match for you.

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Iron Oxides, Kaolin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Organic Maranta Arledinacea.

Au Naturale Concealer Ecru Cream Eyeshadow Coffee Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewSwatches (left to right): Cream eyeshadow in Coffee, Creme Concealer in Ecru, Organic Creme Highlighter Stick, Lipstick in Innocence, Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit:

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Get 30% off EVERYTHING at Au Naturale online shop with code OB30 (enter at the checkout, valid until November 1st, 2014)!

Have you tried Au Naturale beauty products? Which ones would you like to try out?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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7 Ways To Get Through A Tough Week

tough week 7 Ways To Get Through A Tough WeekWe all have these moments when stress takes over and makes your day (or even your whole week) hard. If you are feeling emotionally exhausted and drained, then it might be time to call it a day and have some “you time”.
7 Ways to reboot yourself and get back on track:
1. Read a book – this is my number 1 stress reliever. Choose something that requires little concentration, easy to read, positive and inspirational.
2. Have a cup of chamomile tea – chamomile tea plays a role in changing your mood and helping you feel less depressed, so it is a nice way to calm and rest your mind.
3. Sniff your favorite flowers – our sense of smell is directly linked to the emotional part of our brain, so it is a powerful tool, which brings back the pleasant memories making us feel better and happier.
4. Exercise – it might seem like a crazy idea to go for a run after you just literally dragged your feet home after a long day. However, exercising releases endorphins to our brain, making us feel more awake and alert and simply happy and excited. Another less intense option is walking or yoga.
5. Have a home SPA day – treat yourself with a nice relaxing bath, a soothing face mask and a mani-pedi. Don’t have the whole day? An hour will do, just make sure you turn off your phone. If you feel like having a company, invite your closest friend/friends. Nothing lifts the mood like surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good.
6. Talk to a friend – knowing that someone cares is very comforting. Don’t want to share your feelings? Talk about other things like weather or shopping, whatever will take your mind of stressful day.
7. Remind yourself that it’s OK to have bad days – no matter how cliché it sounds, there are good days and bad ones. That’s life! It will get better, no matter what.

How do you deal with hard days?

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Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | Review

Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup 1 Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewIf you are a fan of mineral cosmetics, chances are that you have already heard about Elemental Beauty before. However, if not, then here you go – cute feminine jars with roses and beautiful quality colors is what this brand is about. It’s also vegan and safe to use, because Elemental Beauty formulates its’ beauty products without Talc or Bismuth Oxychloride. The bunch I am about to review contains neutral shades, perfectly suitable for a soft, everyday make-up look!

Elemental Beauty Flawless Mineral Foundation Barley 1 Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewElemental Beauty Flawless Mineral Foundation in Barley (approx $18/£10.99) – Barley is a neutral matte shade for fair skin. It was the exact match for my skin. I usually don’t use mineral foundations for my whole face, but rather just do some touch ups during the day, otherwise my skin feels tight and uncomfortable. However, I have dry skin, so I don’t blame products for making it feel that way. It wasn’t different with Flawless Mineral Foundation either, but if you have normal, combination or oily skin this might be your new favorite foundation. It gives a matte finish and makes the skin feel soft and silky. It also gives a good medium coverage, which is pretty buildable. Another nice thing about this foundation is that it contains Allantoin (from plants), which stimulates the skin renewal process and soothes the skin.

Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Sericite Mica, Zinc Oxide, Silica Microspheres, Kaolin, Allantoin, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine, Chromium Green.

Elemental Beauty Mineral Blush Antique Rose 1 Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewElemental Beauty Natural Mineral Blush in Antique Rose (approx $8/£4.99) – is a dusty pink shade with a slight shimmer, which looks more like glow than sparkles (see a swatch below). A wonderful choice for everyone with cool/neutral skin tone. I really recommend this one, because it’s nicely pigmented and the color is just gorgeous.

Ingredients: Sericite Mica, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, CI 77891, CI 77007, CI 778161.

Elemental Beauty Mineral Eyeshadows Petal Sculptress 1 Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewElemental Beauty Mineral Eyeshadows in Petal (left) and Sculptress (right) (approx $8/£4.99) – two lovely neutral shades! Petal is a light shimmery pink, which is perfect for brightening the inner corner of the eye. Sculptress is a neutral medium matte brown, which can be used for the crease of the eye or for the eyebrows – such a multitasker!

Ingredients: Sericite Mica, CI 77891, Rice Powder, Iron Oxides.

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Elemental Beauty swatches (left to right): Mineral Eyeshadow in Sculptress, Mineral Eyeshadow in Petal, Flawless Foundation in Barley and Mineral Blush in Antique Rose

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Have you tried Elemental Beauty mineral make-up?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Cattier Yellow Clay Mask For Dry Skin | Review

Cattier Yellow Clay Mask 1 Cattier Yellow Clay Mask For Dry Skin | ReviewI already reviewed Cattier Pink Clay Mask for sensitive skin in my previous posts. You can read about it here to find out why I loved it and what impact it had on my dry/sensitive skin. I was about to repurchase it, but after reading a few positive reviews about this Cattier Yellow Clay Mask for dry skin,(approx £4/$7 for 100ml) I thought it’s really worth a try. I got it during my trip to Germany (along other goodies) and because I finished up the Pink Clay Mask, I started using this one right after I got back home. Cattier has recently changed their packaging and now it looks more modern, however, I got the old packaging, which is ok, because the ingredient lists stayed the same anyway.

I though it will be difficult to compare these two products, because their ingredient lists are quite similar and it’s not easy to notice the difference between products like that. However, even after the first use, it was obvious – the Yellow Clay Mask was more moisturizing and made my skin feel not only clean and refreshed, but also smooth as a peach. Another difference was that the Yellow Clay Mask made my skin tingle a little, which wasn’t the case with the Pink Clay Mask. I guess the fact that the Yellow Clay Mask contains more peppermint extract and also witch hazel water, might have played the role. However, it didn’t irritate my skin much, it was still clean, smooth and happy after washing the clay off. But if you have a super sensitive skin and don’t want to risk it, the Pink Clay Mask would be a better choice for you.

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Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Illite, Mentha Piperita Extract*, Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate*, Buxus  Chinensis Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil*,  Mentha Piperita Oil*, Lactic Acid, Citronellol.

Overall, the Pink Clay Mask is something I really enjoyed using a lot, however, I think I’ll stick with the Yellow Clay Mask just because I feel it’s more intense and provides more visible results.

Have you tried Cattier Clay Masks? Which one is your favorite?

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