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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Brickell Organic Men’s Products

Brickell Organic Mens Products 2 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsWhen speaking about organic beauty, we, girls, are lucky! There are hundreds of skincare, bodycare and haircare products to choose from that would have all the right ingredients, lovely scents to our noses and, of course, would work as nicely as it’s promised on the labels. Men, on the other hand, aren’t that lucky. Even the biggest organic beauty brands have only small lines formulated specially for men. Which is such a shame. Of course, men can use the same skincare or body products we do, but I think you’ll agree with me that sometimes it’s not enough for a product to work nicely, the scent is important as well. I don’t know many guys who would choose to use lavender-scented or rose-scented body lotions, even if their skin would be as dry as Atacama desert. Also, not all of these men lines even contain all the products men need like shaving creams or aftershave lotions.

That’s why I’m very happy to introduce you to Brickell Men’s Products. This is a relatively new US organic skincare brand, formulated specially for our men. Brickell products are not only made with the finest organic oils and extracts, but also come in lovely, sophisticated (and recyclable!) packaging. That makes it a perfect Christmas or Birthday gift for your boyfriend, husband, daddy or brother. You’re welcome! icon smile Brickell Organic Mens Products

Brickell Organic Mens Shave Cream 3 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsBrickell Shave Cream for Men/Travel Size ($12 for 60ml)
A thick, rich shave cream, with a very neutral, light scent. It’s packed with natural oils and butters like Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil to keep the skin nourished to ensure safe shaving and prevent cuts and nicks. It contains Lavender Distillate to keep skin calm and hydrated and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice for soothing. Also available in 236ml/8oz full size.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis* (Aloe Leaf Juice), Cocos Nucifera* (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii* (Shea), Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender Distillate), Vaccinium Myrtillus* (Bilberry Fruit Extract), Saccharum Officinarum* (Sugar Cane), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis* (Orange Peel Extract), Citrus Medica Limonum* (Lemon Peel Extract), Vaccinium Macrocarpon* (Cranberry Fruit Extract), Acer Saccharinum* (Sugar Maple Extract), Ananas Comosus* (Pineapple Fruit Extract), Carica Papaya* (Papaya Fruit Extract), Carica Papaya* (Papaya Leaf Extract), Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tartaric Acid, Olea Europea* (Olive Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis* (Organic Jojoba Seed Oil).  *Certified Organic.

Brickell Organic Mens After Shave 3 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsBrickell Men’s Aftershave/Travel Size ($6 for 30ml)
An extremely light, but well moisturizing alcohol-free After Shave Lotion with a neutral scent. It leaves the skin soft and calm after shaving. Contains goodies like Calendula Extract, Bilberry Fruit Extract, Lavender and Hyaluronic Acid. My husband is loving this one a lot and thinking of getting a full-size after he finishes the small bottle. Also available in 118ml/4oz full size.

Aloe Barbadensis* (Aloe Leaf Juice), Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula Extract), Vaccinium Myrtillus* (Bilberry Fruit Extract), Saccharum Officinarum* (Sugar Cane Extract), Cocos Nucifera* (Coconut Oil), Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender), Acer Saccharinum* (Sugar Maple), Citrus Auranium Dulcis* (Orange Peel Extract), Citrus Medica Limonum* (Lemon Peel Extract), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Vaccinium Macrocarpon* (Cranberry Fruit Extract), Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis* (Jojoba Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Glycolic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid.   *Certified Organic.

Brickell Organic Mens Peppermint Lip Balm 2 Brickell Organic Mens ProductsBrickell Men’s No Shine Lip Balm For Men ($8.5 for 4.5g)
A lip balm with organic Calendula, Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil to provide moisture for dry, chapped lips. It is SPF15! However, I wish the protection would come from mineral filters instead of chemical filters (minerals protect skin by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays while chemical filters protect by absorbing the sun’s rays). It also has Peppermint Scent that’s quite strong, but very pleasant. and the best part is that the balm has No Shine formula. Formulated for men indeed!

Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil*, Coconut Oil*, Beeswax*, Essential Oil Mint*, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract*, Calendula*.  SPF Active Ingredients: Octinoxate, Oxybenzone.  *Certified Organic.

Connect with Brickell Men’s Products: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Have you heard about Brickell Men’s Products?

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

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Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty

Blogging Tought Me Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About BeautyBecoming a blogger really changed the way I look at some things. It’s fair to say that it expanded my views and knowledge. Also, there were things I already knew in theory, but somehow couldn’t get myself to stick to them. I’m still learning, but here’s a short list of what blogging has already taught me:

1. to have a regular skincare routine: before I discovered the world of blogging, my skincare routine was non-existent. Of course, even then I already knew about essential skincare steps, like cleansing, toning, moisturizing and using treatments, but never actually bothered to stick to them. That changed when I started reading other beauty blogs and writing Organic Beauty Blogger. It sort of inspired me to follow these common rules and see what happens. I must say it worked out well, this regular skincare routine thing is probably what made the most positive change for my skin.

2. to always take off my makeup before bed: I’m sensing that I’m not alone in this, right, girls? icon smile Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty It’s a common sin, however, I was able to overcome it by reading blogs and articles and by understanding why it’s bad practice to leave your makeup (even if it has all the healthy ingredients in it) on your face through the night. I started to wash it off religiously every evening and have continued doing so to the present day.

3. how to contour and highlight: these techniques were probably my favorite thing to learn. They are just so powerful when you know how to do them properly.

4. to always use a sunscreen: for me, sunscreen was a summer thing, something you need to apply only in Summer. I was looking for some information about SPF for my blog and imagine my surprise when I stumbled on an article explaining why it’s important to use sunscreen (or creams with SPF) all year round, especially for my face.

5. invest in skincare rather than in make-up: it’s pretty obvious that the healthier your skin is, the less makeup you need and the better it looks on you. However, in the past, I’ve spent a lot of money on makeup to conceal my skin condition (I have rosacea, which is now, thankfully, under control) instead of actually taking care of it. A few years back I could only dream about using a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer, because my skin was so irritated and unhappy. I made the switch to natural/organic products way before I started to blog, however, blogging encouraged me to keep looking for more information and green beauty products that could help my skin. So happy I learned all these lessons icon smile Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty

 What blogging or reading blogs has taught you about beauty? Please let me know in comments! Or if you wrote about it on your blog, post a link, I’d love to read it icon smile Top 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Beauty

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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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*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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