CHIADERM+ Chia Balm And Serum

ChiaDerm Anti Aging Serum And Balm CHIADERM+ Chia Balm And Serum

ChiaDerm Natural Anti Aging Serum and Balm CHIADERM+ Chia Balm And SerumThere’s a good reason why chia seeds are being called a super food. It’s the highest natural source of omega 3 and omega 6, has high antioxidant levels and is rich in minerals and vitamins. Also, it’s not unusual to see chia seed oil in beauty products, especially in anti-aging skin care. The oil promises a number of beneficial effects for the skin: to soothe, to regenerate and to prevent the sign of aging. That’s exactly what you can expect from CHIADERM+ Balm and CHIADERM+ Serum. CHIADERM + is a US brand that has a small range of skin care products made with chia seed oil. Here’s my opinion about them:

ChiaDerm Youth Activating Serum CHIADERM+ Chia Balm And SerumCHIADERM+ Youth-activated Serum (15ml for $30)
The serum comes in a pretty dark blue glass bottle with a dropper. It has a fish+nuts scent, which reminds me bit of a seaweed hydrosol, but not that bad. The scent actually winds up after a few minutes, so it’s all good. The CHIADERM+ serum contains a single ingredient – chia seed extract. The serum has a broad use and can be applied not only on your face, but also on your hair, hands and any dry, dehydrated and eczema-prone spots you’d like to soothe. Its consistency is a bit runny, which makes it easier to apply. Also, it’s non-sticky and my skin feels silky and comfortable.

Ingredients: Chia Seed Extract.

ChiaDerm anti Aging Natural Balm CHIADERM+ Chia Balm And SerumCHIADERM+ Age-defying Balm (50ml for $42, sample size available)
This balm is packed in a nice dark blue jar with a black lid. The balm itself is solid, so it needs a spatula to take it out (a spatula isn’t included). It melts quickly once rubbed between hands and becomes oil-consistency. I expected it to be super greasy, but my skin absorbed it pretty quick (I used it for my hands). However, I still feel it’s more suitable for mature, dry skin or as spot treatment. Because of its natural antibacterial properties, the balm promises to soothe skin and to reduce the appearance of redness and scarring.

Ingredients: Glycine Soy (Soybean) Oil, Beeswax, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Hydrogenated Soy Polyglycerides, C15-23 Alkane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Honey, Royal Jelly Extract, Propolis Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil.

Have you tried products with chia seed oil? What are your thoughts?

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

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John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Antioxidant Day Cream

John Masters Organics Rose Apricot Antioxidant Day Cream John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Antioxidant Day CreamJohn Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Antioxidant Day Cream (approx. $40/£25 for 30ml)
John Masters Organics is a natural luxury brand well known for its fantastic hair care products (especially, for its detanglers). However, its skin care range also has some products worth to give a try. If you have dry skin or normal skin with dry patches, but don’t like heavy, greasy creams, this Rose & Apricot Day Cream is what you probably are going to like. A lot! I’ve purchased this cream about three or four times during these last few years. Don’t get me wrong, I know at least a few other day creams from other brands that would be as good for winter as this one, but oh well, I miss its scent and how soft my skin feels after using it.

John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Day Cream comes in a pretty dark brown glass bottle with a pump. I think its scent is one of the softest and most pleasant scents I know. It smells like a mix of real roses & apricots – so delicious! And I don’t even like roses. The cream might seem quite thick, but it’s actually very light and sinks in immediately. It contains a variety of lovely ingredients from anti-inflammatory borage seed oil and soothing roman chamomile flower oil to hydrating sodium hyaluronate, anti-aging rose flower water and rose flower oil and softening apricot fruit extract.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice,* helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,* cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, glycerin,* butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter,* borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, sodium hyaluronate, rosa damascena (rose) flower water,* cetyl esters wax, prunus armeniaca (apricot) extract,* triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, calophyllum inophyllum (foraha) oil,* avena sativa (oat) kernel extract,* oryza sativa (rice) extract,* spirulina platensis extract,* prunus persica (peach) extract,* rosa damascena (rose) flower oil,* tanacetum annuum (blue tansy) flower oil, anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, xanthan gum, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract,* populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract. * NOP Certified Organic.

Have you tried this Rose & Apricot Day Cream?

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Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup Swatches

Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup SwatchesI have a lovely bunch of natural makeup from Plain Jane Beauty here. This is my first encounter with this brand, but I’m very happy to review their products. Plain Jane Beauty is all natural, vegan (some products), non-GMO and cruelty-free American beauty brand. It’s certified by Green America, a certification I haven’t heard about before, so I’m not going to discuss further about it. All products look pretty clean to me: only natural or organic oils, plant extracts and minerals can be found in the ingredient lists.

Plain Jane Beauty Organic Mineral Foundation Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup Swatches

Plain Jane Beauty Natural Mineral Foundation Swatches Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup SwatchesI don’t know why, but I have this obsession with natural foundations. Even before starting this blog, I used to hunt for samples or full sizes and try them out. Maybe it’s the fact that I couldn’t find the one that would be perfect for my skin. Most of them seemed too drying, too dark, not giving enough coverage.. I managed to find a few BB creams that I liked, so that was something.

Plain Jane Beauty Natural Mineral Foundation ($34.50 for 30ml): when Plain Jane Beauty Creme Mineral samples arrived, I was thrilled to try them. These babies are actually BB Creams (or so they are called by Plain Jane Beauty), however, they feels more like a liquid foundation to me. Formulated with 85% certified organic ingredients such as jojoba oil, aloe vera, calendula and green tea extract. There also are minerals such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, so even the foundation doesn’t mention that it has SPF, it will protect your skin.

It’s says in the title to be “suitable for all skin types (even oily)”. I usually don’t even look at products for all skin types and except the worst from them, however, this foundation surprised me. The application is very easy and I really like the fact that I can apply more than one layer for more coverage (gives sheer to medium buildable coverage) without my skin getting dry or cakey. Another thing that I really like is that after a few minutes it completely sinks in (and I mean completely – no stickiness), but still doesn’t feel drying. The finish is matte with a really subtle glow. It stayed on my face for 8 hours no problem, but there were some dry patches on my cheeks at the end of the day.

There are 16 shades (for different undertones: cool, neutral and warm) in the foundation range. I received 4 shades: #1 I Am Graceful (for very fair skin, cool undertones), #2 I Am Elegant (for light skin, warm undertones), #3 I Am Vibrant (for fair/light skin, neutral undertones) and #4 I Am Confident (for medium/dark skin, neutral undertones). The shades looked pretty dark and intense in the containers, but #2 and #3 matched my light neutral skin perfectly.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (organic Aloe) Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (organic Jojoba) Oil, Aspalathus Linearis (organic Rooibos) Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Calendula Officinalis (organic Calendula) Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Iron Oxide, Camellia Sinensis (organic Green Tea) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Isostearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Behenate, Behenic Acid, Mica, Zinc Oxide, Stearic Acid, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Extract), Azadirachta Indica (Neem), And Frankincense, Cistus, Lavender, Cedarwood, And Chamomile Essential Oils.

Plain Jane Beauty Green Tea Natural Color Corrector Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup SwatchesPlain Jane Beauty Color Corrector Stick in Green Tea ($9.95 for 3g): thumbs up to Plain Jane Beauty for making natural color correctors. There’s still not enough of these things in the green market. The Stick Corrector range consists of 6 colors:
#1 Sunflower/yellow (for dark under-eye circles or redness for medium/dark skin)
#2 Rose/pink (for brown discolorations).
#3 Apricot/orange (dark circles, especially for dark skin)
#4 Lavender/purple (for dull skin)
#5 Green Tea/green (for redness)
#6 Earth/neutral (as an eyelid primer)

Green Tea Color Correction Stick is made with various natural oils and beeswax (see ingredient list below). It’s very creamy and therefore very easy to blend in the skin. The corrector is suitable for all skin types and gives medium to full coverage. I like that it comes in a slim, small tube, great for carrying around. This stick has a twist-up mechanism, but it seems a bit broken – it comes from the tube fine, but in order to get it back, I have to push it in with my finger.

Ingredients: Prunis dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Palm Christi Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter, Iron Oxide, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Mica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Oenothers biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Butter, Zinc Oxide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Oil, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Allantoin, Boron.

Plain Jane Ready Red Moisturizing Natural Lip Color Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup SwatchesPlain Jane Beauty Moisturizing Lip Color in Ready Red ($9.95 for 3g): soothing, rejuvenating and anti-aging natural lipsticks made with natural evening primrose, avocado butter and carrot oils. This lipstick feels very creamy, moisturising and non-drying. It also stains lips (and your skin if you won’t be careful and won’t mind the lines), so I would recommend using a lip pencil with it. Even when the lipstick comes off, the lips still look slightly tinted.

The packaging is very compact and lovely, however, the problem with the tube mechanism remains the same.

There are 8 colors in the range: from a pale pink to this vamp red Ready Red – so pretty!

Ingredients: Prunis dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter, Iron Oxide, Mica, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Oenothers biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Persea americana (Avocado) Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Oil, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil.

Plain Jane Beauty Natural Lip Shine Copper Sunset Plain Jane Beauty Natural Makeup SwatchesPlain Jane Beauty Divine Lip Shine in Copper Sunset ($15.95 for 10ml): this is a very nourishing all natural lip gloss made with Castor Oil, Apricot Oil and Shea Butter. The color is a light copper with tiny sparkles, which is not my shade at all. However, there are 4 other colors in the Divine Lip Shine range and I’m eying the Crystal Shimmer. Lips look juicy and wet with this gloss. It’s a bit sticky, but not too much. The staying power of this gloss is about average – it stayed for about an hour and then I had to reapply.

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Euphorbia anisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Iron Oxide, Daucus carota (Carrot) Oil. Contains carmine.

Have you tried Plain Jane Beauty?

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

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Natural Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas

Natural Christmas Beauty Gifts Natural Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas
For Women: JOIK La Bohème LE Candle | Les Essences d’Amelie Jasmine Solid Perfume | NEOM Happiness Gift Set | John Masters Organics Luxury Hair Set | Tsi-La Organics Mini Perfume Set | Tata Harper Love Potion | Pai LE Nourishing Rosehip Gift Set | JOIK Herbal Bath Truffles | Malie Organics Pikake Roll-on Perfume | Odylique Gift Set | Trevarno Organic Handmade Soap Set |


Natural Christmas Beauty Stocking Fillers Natural Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas
Natural Christmas Stocking Fillers: Pacifica Solid Perfumes | The Handmade Soap Company, Grapefruit & May Chang Bubble Bath | NEOM Three Nights of Peace Bath Kit | Logona Winter Dream Shower Gel | Pukka Organic Rosewater Spray | Rooted Beauty Lip Butters | JOIK Energizing bath salt | Green & Spring Indulging Christmas Decoration |


Natural Christmas Gifts For Men 2014 Natural Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas
For Men: Green People Homme Gift Set | Pukka ManPlus Natural Supplements | Absolution Addiction L’Huile Visage Face Oil | John Masters Organics Hair Pomade | This Works Dream Team Duo | Florascent Du Soleil Perfume For Men | Trevarno Gift Set For Men | Sante Homme 365 EDT |

For more gift ideas see last year’s Natural Christmas Gifts For Women: Save, Spend or Splurge and Natural Christmas Gifts For Men: From Budget To Luxury.

Is there anything on your Christmas wishlist from these items?

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Beurre Natural Shea Butter Creams

Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream Lavender Beurre Natural Shea Butter CreamsWhen you live in a climate where almost 6 out of 12 months are mostly cold and unpredictable, you need something you can rely on all times. That’s what shea butter has always been to me – a rescuer. Currently my skin is normal/dry, however, I remember well when a few years ago it decided to protest against winter and became so dry it almost cracked (no kidding!). No creams or serums were helping, I mean, they did soften the skin for the moment, but the dryness kept returning. I guess, it had something to do with constant temperature changes + central heating + not drinking enough water + my skin was already dry. I don’t remember who advised me to buy shea butter, at the time I was a bit skeptical about putting oils on my face (none of the rich creams helped me, remember?). But I bought a patch of raw unrefined shea butter and started using it. You can imagine my surprise when my skin started to feel relieved, soothed, moisturized and comfortable after the first day. At the same time, my aunt started using shea butter to soothe my little cousin’s dermatitis and it worked once again.

Anyway, stories aside, I’d like to introduce Beurre, a natural and handmade skin care line made with 100% raw unrefined shea butter. There are three types of products in their range: shea butter body creams, shea butter face creams and shea butter lip balms. In each product there’s over 80% of shea butter and the other ingredients are cold pressed oils and essential oils. Apart from soothing dry skin, shea butter also prevents skin rashes (incl. eczema, dermatitis), helps bruises to heal, soothes sunburns, adds elasticity to the skin, helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes and acne, prevents stretch marks. etc. So as you can see it’s pretty multi-tasking.

Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream Samples Beurre Natural Shea Butter CreamsBeurre Shea Butter Body Creams ($15 for 4oz): what I like about Beurre body creams most is because shea butter is mixed with grapeseed oil and jojoba oil, even in their solid state they are soft and therefore easy to apply. They are still very rich and super moisturizing, but I’m glad I don’t have to warm the shea butter in my hand before using it.
You can choose from 5 scents:
*Lavender (my favorite, of course)
*Vanilla (very soft, subtle scent of vanilla)
*Lemongrass (soft, subtle citrus scent – my second favorite)
*Sage (kind of minty scent)
*Unscented (a natural scent of shea butter) – great choice for sensitive skins or babies.

Beurre Ultra Rich Face Cream ($12 for 20z): a mix of shea butter, monoi oil and a Tahitian coconut oil infused with Tahitian Gardenia flowers. The cream is lovely to apply and makes my face soft and comfortable. Yes, it’s greasy and takes time to sink in, however, if you need skin protectant or something to make those annoying dry patches disappear, you’ll like it.

Beurre Shea Butter Lip Balm ($3 for 0.5oz): made with soy wax, shea butter and jojoba oil, it has the most solid consistency from the whole bunch. I like its tin, which is handy and easy to carry around. Unfortunately, it’s unscented, which means it smells like pure shea butter (not sure if that’s even a downside). Makes a nice lip protectant and moisturizer, but I’m not in love with it.

Read more about Beurre and shop their products: Le Beurre Shop.

Do you use shea butter?

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

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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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