My Current Everyday Summer Essentials: Nomads & Kiss My Face

Ahhhh… summer! Such a beautiful time of the year. I hope you’re enjoying it a lot! Speaking about my beauty/skincare routine, because the weather where I live is nice and warm at the moment, I keep it as minimal as I can. However, I wanted to share my two favorite items that I’m currently in love with: Kiss My Face SPF40 Natural Mineral Sunscreen and Nomads floral tunic style dress.

Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF40Despite the fact that you should keep your sunscreen close to you at all times despite the season, summer is that time of the year when you need to be especially careful about applying and reapplying your sunscreen as often as necessary to protect your skin. For me, a good sunscreen must be made with mineral filters, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) and absorb well without making my skin covered in a ghostly white cream. Also, preferably, moisturizing! I chose Kiss My Face SPF40 Mineral Sunscreen (88ml for approx $17/£11) because it ticks all these boxes and even more!

First and most important, it contains mineral filters (as you know, mineral filters reflect sun rays instead of absorbing them like chemical filters do) – titanium dioxide (6%) and zinc oxide (10%). Now, most sunscreens with mineral filters are a real pain to apply evenly on the skin and also tend to make the skin whitish. Kiss My Face promised to “blend in clear” and kept the promise – despite being pretty thick, it’s easy to apply and blend in on dry skin. Also, it doesn’t flake or dry out the skin – so thumbs up for that. The scent is sweet, but not very intense. It stays on the skin, but is detectable only if you put your nose close to the skin. I also like the size of the tube (88 ml), because it’s below 100ml it’s also travel-friendly.

The sunscreen has a nice ingredient list containing cucumber extract and green tea extract along with vitamins D, E and C. The only thing I don’t like is Propylene Carbonate, which isn’t natural, but Deep Skin database rates it as safe, so I’m not too worried about it. Also, it contains Phenoxyethanol if you try to avoid it.

Like every sunscreen, you need to reapply it quite often, at least every 2 hours, and even more frequently if you have fair skin. It’s also labeled as water-resistant, which is great if you like swimming. It says to reapply it after every 40 minutes after swimming or sweating (if you don’t towel dry, if yes, then immediately), however, I personally would reapply it right after contact with water, just in case.

Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF40Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6%, Zinc Oxide 10%, Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Nomads Floral Ethical Summer DressI am more of a “jeans and t-shirt” kind of girl, however, in the summer my wardrobe habits change drastically and I start wearing dresses much more often. Here’s my second summer essential item – Nomads Floral Tunic Dress* (approx $78/£50).

If you aren’t familiar with Nomads – it’s an ethical fashion brand with a wide collection of beautiful organic, fair-trade clothing, including this gorgeous floral dress above. There’s a good story behind the brand and, also, I’m very impressed by its commitment to the environment and involvement in charity.

I’m so grateful to Nomads for sending this dress to me, I’ve fallen in love with it and don’t want to wear anything else. It’s very comfortable and pretty with all these cute little embroidered flowers. Now I want every single item from its collection! You can see all of Nomads dresses here. Let me know if you looked and which one you liked the most!

How’s summer treating you? What are your everyday summer essentials?

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Viridian Hyaluronic Acid Vegetarian Supplement

Viridian Hyaluronic Acid Vegetarian SupplementsHyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, beneficial for our body (bones and joints) and skin. It is associated with anti-aging and skin moisturizing abilities, so that’s why you often see this as one of the ingredients in skin care products. Still, because hyaluronic acid has pretty large molecules and this makes it harder to absorb when applied topically, it’s more common to see sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is a sodium salt of the hyaluronic acid and has much smaller molecules that are easier for skin to absorb and hold moisture much more effectively. However, we are not talking about sodium hyaluronate today, we are talking about hyaluronic acid – in particular, Viridian Hyaluronic Acid vegetarian supplement (30 caps for approx $22/£14.40, available in 90 caps) and what good it can do to us.

I have never tried a supplement like this, so I was very intrigued. It comes in a dark glass jar, so it’s great to store. I absolutely adore that small detail, a heart, on its black lid – makes it super cute. The capsules are 100% vegetarian, made from vegetarian cellulose. Hyaluronic acid is mixed in a base of spirulina, bilberry and alfalfa. It’s recommended to take one to three capsules daily with food and because I wanted fast and noticeable results and to finish the bottle faster, of course, I took three capsules per day. The capsules are medium-sized and easy to swallow.

I am actually hooked on natural vitamins at the moment (you can read about my recent choices) just because after I started taking them regularly, I have so much more energy, my anxiety is milder and my skin is less dry – what’s not to love? I was taking HUM Red Carpet at the same time as Viridian Hyaluronic Acid and, I must say, the mix worked really well. You know that it’s pretty hard to describe the results of any supplement because it isn’t always easy to tell whether the benefits you feel are from the supplement or related to anything else. I didn’t notice any changes regarding my wrinkles, but I believe these supplements played a big part in my overall health and that my skin is in a much better condition at the moment.

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

Let me know if you have tried Hyaluronic acid supplements or any other supplements from Vidirian! 

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Fighting Hair Loss and Thinning: So’Bio + Aubrey Organics

Organic Hair Care Duo Sobio AubreyAbout two months ago I noticed my hair getting thinner and flatter than usual. I don’t know what exactly caused it, but I thought it had something to do with me keeping my hair in a tight ponytail every single day. Though, it’s just a theory, I don’t know for sure. But what I knew for sure was that I needed to take some action and bring my hair some thickness and volume. I brought home So’Bio etic Niaouli & Guarana Shampoo and Aubrey Organics Biotin Repair Scalp Tonic with high hopes that they will help get my hair back.

SoBio Etic Niaouli Guarana Organic ShampooSo’bio Niaouli & Guarana shampoo (approx $5/£3 for 250ml) is suitable for all hair types and was created to cleanse and strengthen the hair. It contains guarana seed extract, which is well known for its hair-growth benefits. The shampoo has a strong herbal scent that resembles peppermint. It is pretty runny, so I needed a handful of shampoo for my medium length hair to make it clean. I had a very pleasant experience with other So’bio etic shampoos in the past (i.e. So’bio etic Lemon and Green Clay Clarifying Shampoo), but this one didn’t suit my hair at all. It failed to cleanse my hair, so it looked lifeless and flat, not the result I was expecting. I finished the bottle, but I won’t be repurchasing it.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin**, Xylitol, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Melaleuca Viridiflora Leaf Oil*, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Limonene, Linalool, Citric Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Benzoate. ECOCERT Certified.

Aubrey Organics Biotin Repair Scalp TonicI read many good reviews about Aubrey Organics Biotin Repair Scalp Tonic in Citrus Rain (approx $8/£5 for 177ml), so I was excited to try it myself. It’s a liquid spray made with an organic alcohol infused with various organic plant extracts and aloe vera juice. Because it contains alcohol, I was a little bit concerned about how my hair would react to a daily use of this scalp tonic, but it turned out just fine. The tonic didn’t make my hair greasy and flatter after using it. However, it didn’t give any volume either, though, I was expecting it. So if you’re looking for a volumizing spray, this is not it. After almost two months of using it, I can see plenty of new short hair growing and it’s probably the doing of this tonic.

Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat. (38B, Lavender), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower*, Niacin, Calendula Officinalis Flower*, Inositol , Polygonum Multiflorum (He Shou Wu) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower*, Fragrance‡‡, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf*, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Leaf*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf*, Biotin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Leaf/Stem Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Quercus Alba (White Oak) Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Saponaria Officinalis (Soapwort) Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Extract.

Have you tried any of these items? If you have any suggestions about what treatments would help to thicken the hair, please share in the comments!

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Carol’s Beauty Natural Sun Tanning Enhancers

Carols Beauty Natural Sun Tanning EnhancerSummer is approaching fast, bringing us sunny and warm weather, so many of us are getting ready to hit the beaches. As much as I love sea and beaches, I mostly spend my time under an umbrella or in a shadow. However, I know that not all of you are like me. I know that many girls don’t mind getting some vitamin D and a slightly tanned summer skin, so I thought these natural Sun Tanning Enhancers by Carol’s Beauty would be interesting to share about. These enhancers come in two forms – Sun Tanning Enhancer Oil and Sun Tanning Enhancer Lotion (approx $8/£5 for travel sizes, 30ml). They both have identical ingredient lists, containing natural sunflower, carrot and almond oils, except the lotion is also thickened with natural beeswax (both of these products contain carmine, if you’re trying to avoid it). These enhancers have a nice, sweet scent, which quickly disappears after application. I’ve tried applying each of these enhancers on my skin and they both feel very hydrating. I would prefer the lotion over the oil just because it’s easier to mix with my sunscreen lotion.

This is very important! How to use: mix any of the enhancers with a sunscreen of minimum SPF15 and apply it evenly on your body. Please do not use these enhancers without any additional SPF. You are supposed to use your sunscreen with mineral SPF at all times you’re being exposed to the sun anyway, so do not skip this, especially when sun tanning. Also, avoid sun bathing between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun is harshest. With or without a sunscreen it can be dangerous.

Lotion: Helianthus Annuus Seed oil (Sunflower oil), Cera Alba(Bees Wax), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Almond Oil), Dauscus Carota Oil (Carrot Oil), Benzyl Alchohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lawsonia Leaf Extract, (Henna Extract), Cananga Odorata (ylang Ylang Oil), Carmine.

Oil: Helianthus Annuus Seed oil (Sunflower oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Almond Oil), Dauscus Carota Oil (Carrot Oil), Benzyl Alchohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lawsonia Leaf Extract, (Henna Extract), Cananga Odorata (ylang Ylang Oil), Carmine.

 

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

 

Do you use sun tanning enhancers? What’s your opinion about products like this?

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Lavera Basis Sensitiv Organic Cleansing Gel

Lavera Basis Sensitiv Cleansing GelLavera Basis Sensitive range was created for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones. I have a reactive, sensitive skin with occurring redness, but also I like my skin to be cleansed thoroughly, which creates a conflict here. Most of gel or foam cleansers can be too drying or too harsh for skin like that, but Lavera Basis Sensitive Cleansing Gel ($10/£6.95) promised to be gentle, yet refreshing and revitalizing, so I decided to give it a go. One of the reasons why I didn’t hesitate too much is because it has a pretty decent price.

Lavera Organic Cleansing GelLike it says on the packaging, the product is a gel – a bit watery, but still thick enough to spread it evenly between your fingers. The cleanser has a sweet herbal scent, but I can’t describe exactly what it smells like. It reminds me of anise somehow, if you have ever used any products from this Basis Sensitive range, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The gel is indeed very gentle, but at the same time it leaves my face fresh and clean without irritating it. Overall, I like it a lot. I don’t know if I’d be using this in winter, just because my skin is crazy dry then, but it’s a perfect product for me at the moment. My only advice is that if you have a very dry skin I think you should be looking into Lavera Cleansing Milk from the same range, but for other skin types – this gel is absolutely worth a try. I saw that Lavera has cleansers from its other ranges, so I’ll be looking into them as well after I finish this one.

Lavera Basis Sensitiv Organic Cleansing GelIngredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Coco Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Betaine, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Sodium PCA, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Water*, Alcohol*, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Citral**. Vegan. NaTrue Certified.

Do you like using cleansing gels in your skincare routine? Have you tried this Basis Sensitiv Cleansing Gel from Lavera?

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Luxury Haul From Eve Organics

Skincare Haul From Eve OrganicsI love trying new beauty items, so when a package from Eve Organics popped in my mail, I was over the moon! The lovely Eve sent me 3 amazing products and I can’t thank her enough for each of them. I mean, Tata Harper’s luxury Be True Lip Treatment – it can’t get better than this! She also added two cute samples of the brands I’ve never tried before for me to get acquainted with – Fable Naturals and MOKOSH.

Fable Naturals Body Lotion Mokosh Light Face CreamFable Naturals Rosemary + Mint Body Lotion – travel size (approx $19/£12 for full size 250ml)
A body lotion that’s made from natural ingredients. It has a strong peppermint scent, which fades away quickly after applying the lotion to the skin. I don’t know why, but I thought that it would be hard to rub into my skin, but it’s really light and sinks in fast without much rubbing. I love that it feels nice and cooling, so it will be a perfect moisturizer for summer.

Ingredients: Purified water, Organic Sunflower Oil, Ecomulse, Fair Trade Certified Organic Cocoa Butter, Fairtrade Certified Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Glycerin, Gluconolcatone, Organic Spearmint Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Rosemary oil, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster). 100% Vegan. Gluten-Free.

MOKOSH Light Face Cream – travel size (approx $40/£ for full size 60 ml)
This travel size face cream from MOKOSH comes in a tiny 15 ml jar, which is very convenient to bring whenever you go. I like the simplicity of the cream – it’s made with shea butter, organic oils, vanilla essential oil and rosemary leaf extract. Also, it has a light scent that it’s pure shea butter. I don’t totally agree with its name because it’s actually quite moisturizing. However, because the skin absorbs it quickly without leaving any trace and skin still feels soft after using it, it’s suitable enough for all skin types.

Ingredients: Unrefined shea butter (Fair Trade), camellia oil, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil, marula oil, sea buckthorn oil, borage oil, vanilla essential oil, rosemary leaf extract. Certified organic ingredients.

Tata Harper Be True Lip TreatmentThe queen product from the whole bunch is, of course, Tata Harper Be True Lip Treatment (approx $23/£15). The packaging of this item is, like for all Tata Harper products, absolutely luxurious and beautiful. This is such a divine lip balm that promises to plump and nourish your lips. I didn’t notice any additional lip plumping, but it feels hydrating and pleasant on the lips. I imagine Be Adored would be even more amazing because it’s the same as Be True, but with a tint of color. I just can’t get enough of using this!

Ingredients: Olea europaea (Olive) oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Theobroma Cacao*, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Vegetable Oil*, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) fruit extract, Phoenix dactylifera (Date) seed extract, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Spiraea Ulmaria (meadowsweet) leaf Extract*,  Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) leaf Extract*, Calendula officinalis flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) leaf Extract*, Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aroma**. *Ingredients from Organic farming. **Natural and Organic flavors.

Tata Harper Be True Natural Lip Treatment

Eve Organics is this month’s advertiser on Organic Beauty Blogger. This online boutique carries brands like Tata Harper, Blissoma, Eco Tan, La Bella Figura, Raw Gaia, Suti, 100% Pure and the brands I’ve mentioned in this post – MOKOSH and Fable Naturals. Eve Organics is based in Australia but delivers worldwide.

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

Have you tried any of these products mentioned in the post?

REMINDER: NATURIGIN Organic Based Hair Color Giveaway is still open, enter for your 2 full-size boxes of safer permanent hair dyes!

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