Monday, February 12, 2018

Pure Anada Review & Giveaway!



Hi Lovelies,




Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕

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Pure Anada products
Hmm, I don't even know where to begin? I am bursting at the seams to let you know Pure Anada and I are partnering for a giveaway! Isn't it great when a brand you love and use for two years plus comes to you and offers amazing giveaway to your readers? I am certainly excited, and I hope you are too! Make sure to enter it, you will get a chance to win everything you see here in the photo above, eight items in total, a value of well over 100€! It will be run on Instagram, and I will have the rules at the end of this post. If you want to, you can scroll down to the very end of it to enter, but I suggest you hang out for a bit for a review. I think most of you know that their foundation trumped the likes like Alima Pure in my Yearly Favourites for two years straight (seriously, just check those posts) so needless to say I have a lot of love for this brand, and I will keep coming back till the dawn of time. I am sure you all would love the brand too, all the products are so pigmented, you only need a tiny bit. I can see them lasting for years! 

Let's see my two cents on products I have had a chance to try to date?



I am not sure how this Canadian brand came onto my radar, but I am so glad I placed that first order two years ago! Pure Anada have the actual store, but since it is in Canada and I am in Ireland (small matter of the pond between us, really) the only option I had was to order online, and that's exactly what I did. They have their online store called Pure Boutique and they also sell via etsy,  I used both of them, and I had a couple of products sent to me - they didn't ask for the review, it is all my doing.

Pure Anada products are really pure with no fillers, minimal beautiful ingredients, and they do work beautifully, so if you want a nutshell of a review, here it is - I am in love with the products and I will be back. And I need to purchase multiple backups of their mineral foundation as I never want to be without it! They do samples for only about a dollar of nearly all the products, and they are really generous samples, they will give you about two weeks of use I would say? And in that time you will definitely be able to make up your mind if the product is for you or not. My first order was full of samples, and I came back for full sizes for nearly everything, and I think you won't regret it too. They say if you are ordering only samples, you can use the code "samples" to bring your shipping cost to only 2$ - so see if it works for you. It didn't for me, but I am an international customer, plus the shipping is very affordable at round 7€ (that's 10 Canadian dollars for you), so I didn't mind too much.
I am not sure if all of their products are vegan, but they clearly state it in the description if they are. The company also does skincare and body care, as well as nail polish and adorable sets for little princesses.


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Pure Anada foundation swatches. Plus lip gloss :)


Mineral foundation 

This is what drew me to the brand like a month to the flame, and I knew it was first love on my first application. It is so pigmented, you only need one layer of foundation to get the full coverage!!! No more standing and buffing seven layers of minerals like I used to do with some other brands! I soon noticed that I am smiling in every single test photo and I since dubbed it the Smile Test, and that is how I go on about whether to invest in a full size product or not - I photograph myself trying out new product(s) and if I am smiling in the photo, it is much more likely that I will get the full size of it. 
This foundation offers full coverage and it lasts so well during the day that I don't need any touch ups at all, perfect for me, just paint your face on and go on about for the rest of the day! I have full size (and then some) of Atlantic Bisque, which is my winter shade, and Sunkissed Canadian, which is my summer shade, but I am most likely to mix the two together at about 4:1 rate, and that gives me the shade that is right for me for the rest of the time. You won’t find this on their Etsy shop, only their Pure Boutique, but they do offer a full size of 10gr of foundation and 10gr of a refill at only 35 Ca dollars, when the foundation itself retails for 25, so I thought that was awesome deal and the sole reason I ordered via their website versus Etsy shop the second time round. Owning 20 grams of foundation you are pretty much set for life, unless you are like me and simply NEED to get multiple back us for the fear or ever being without it! Suitable for even most sensitive skins (hello, that is meee!) and that can be said for all of their products.Just a little note, their shades run on the darker side, same for liquid ones - I would suggest going one shade lighter than you think you are, or order a bunch of samples, like I did at first.

Ingredients (loose mineral foundation): Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Boron Nitride, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines Note: Deeper, global foundation shades do not contain Titanium Dioxide.

I have had three shades (samples) of liquid foundation - Sunkissed Canadian, Pacific Tan and Beige in Bantiff (all turned out to be way to dark for me, oh the joys of internet matching yourself). Well, Sunkissed Canadian just about works for me, but only in summer, and even then it is erring on a semi too dark side of things). I found it really moisturizing and it lasted well too, as far as I can remember. Didn't cling to my dry patches nor moved around on my face. It is very easy to blend too, I used brushes, fingers and sponge, and all methods worked equally well. Nice oils in the formula make it moisturizing, and this is exactly what I need. Price is very affordable too, and we love it here in the Green Life In Dublin HQ.  It has coconut oil in it, but it didn't break me out. It is preserved with radish root ferment filtrate, which is nice natural preservative, so no dreaded phenoxyethanol here.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, (Derived from Coconut), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Organic Coconut Oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn), Cetyl Alcohol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Sorbitol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

They also have tinted moisturizer, primers, loose and pressed mineral foundation, cream concealer, finishing powders and correctors when it comes to the complexion products. I have my eyes on corrector(s) and I want to get their concealer to compare it to the one I have at the moment. All for for the sake of blogging of course :) Liquid foundation is on the list too, not for quite right now though as I am trying to keep my stash at the manageable level.



I have a full size of Fresh Mandarin from my order from about 1.5 years ago, and now the Forever Summer one, ge, which I am really happy about! The formula is good, very pigmented too  so you only need a small dab in it, and it lasts all day without a bother. If you can find your shade, I definitely recommend it! It comes in pressed and loose formats, and they are both equally gorgeous. It is just a matter of preference, go for whatever you feel comfortable with. If you a newbie to blushes, or they scare you, please use a very light hand with it, just very light dab. As I already told you, these are crazy pigmented. 
Oh, and just one little note, Pure Anada, please please bring back the Mango Ice blush (and Pink Orchard while you are at it) - pretty please please? Both were gorgeous colours, and I am still upset I didn't get the chance to get either. I still have a sample of each from my very first order from two years ago, and I am hanging onto them for dear life, bringing them out for a VERY special occasions. These have been discontinued before I got a chance to purchase them, so I am kind of beating myself up for not discovering the brand earlier.
Ingredients (pressed): Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499) Calcium Carbonate, Caprylic Triglyceride *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba seed oil) Ultramarines (CI 77007), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) * Certified Organic Ingredient
Ingredients (loose): Mica,  Silica, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Ultramarines (Cl 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77492)




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Pure Anada Eye Shadow Swatches




Again, they have loose and pressed variety, luminous and matte - all gorgeous and pigmented! Nice array of colours, even some fun blues and greens if that's what floats your boat. I went for neutrals, as usual - Toasted Almond and Mirage, and I love both of them! Pure Anada made me a happy girl by sending me Toasted Almond, and that's one of the products will be included in the giveaway! 
 Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499) Calcium Carbonate, Caprylic Triglyceride *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba seed oil) Ultramarines (CI 77007), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) * Certified Organic Ingredient




This is nice clean formula everyday mascara. It is great in a way that it is not expensive, it didn't smudge or flake on me at all, and the ingredients are really good, it is naturally gluten free, mercury free and paraben free. Has a curved wand and you can either wear it very natural looking with only one coat, or build it up a few times to get great length. I didn't see much volume with this formula, so here's hoping the brand will come out with one. At the moment there's only one formula mascara in two colour variations, black and brown. The one I had a couple of years ago lasted me about 6 weeks, let's see how it fares for the round two. The liquid liner is nice and pigmented, and you can draw a very precise lines with it, the tip is flexible and not stiff, the way I like it. Wears well throughout the day. I did notice transfer once or twice, but bear in mind my eyes are very hooded, so it is due to that and not a shortfall of the product. I will try to set it with a black shadow and see if it makes a difference and will come back to you on this. Comes in four shades, traditional black and some fun shades including gold.
 Ingredients (mascara): Aqua (Water), Oryza Sativa Wax (Rice Bran Wax), Olea Europea fruit oil (Olive Oil), Vegetable Source Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut), Coernica Cerifera (Carnauba Wax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Acacia Gum, Black Iron oxide (CI 77499),  Aminomethyl Popandiol (Ph Adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative).
Ingredients (liquid liner)Aqua, Mica (CI77019), Iron Oxide (CI77499), Hydrolized Corn Starch, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. 



Eyebrow Colour

These come in loose powder format, and are seven of them to choose from, plus two pressed eye shadows that could be used as eye brow powder too. I was overjoyed to see ash tones to choose from. You see, I need ashy product for my brows, almost grey, and yet so many of the companies offer warm tones only. I have mine in Cinder, which is medium ash, which works well for me, it is my exact shade match. But due to the sheer pigmentation of it, I have to remember to apply it lightly. I might acquire Flint (light ash) and samples of those pressed eye shadows too. You get 1gr of it, and remembering that you need so little of it, you are set for life! Well, not really, but you get what I mean. Retails for only 8$ Ca, which is about 6.50€ Not bad, huh?


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Pure Anada Lip Shine swatch



This product is vegan, and it is lovely apart from one teeny tiny thing, it has mint in it, but that is me just nit picking it, see, I don't like anything minty in my products. Apart from that it is gorgeous product and I really enjoy using it. I got it in the Coral Berry shade, which is nice, and I definitely would recommend it. The mintiness does not last long, so I am able to wear it, whereas when I got Modern Minerals lip gloss I had to wipe it away immediately and give away the gloss soon after. This retails for only 7€ (10$ Ca) so it is nice affordable option.
Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Organic Flavor, *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77491) *Certified Organic



Lip Gloss

I chose it in the Mango Ice, even though it comes in 15 shades. Hard to choose, I know! I feel like a broken record at this point, but I have to let you know it is very pigmented too, not sticky at all and does not leave marks on the cups either. Wears well, and I find it can be worn as a lip stain too, if you will apply a thin layer and pat it into your lips. Get this, Pure Anada sells samples of the glosses too, when so many brands don't, and I like that a lot. I think I already mentioned this, but they do samples of almost all the products. The swatch can be seen at the top of this post, together with the foundation swatches.
Ingredients: made of 100% natural, vegan and mineral ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Unrefined, Organic, Shea Butter), Ricinus Communis (Organic Castor Seed Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic, cold pressed, Jojoba Seed Oil), Limnanthes Alba (Organic Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Mica, Iron Oxides, Citrus Tangerina (Organic Tangerine Essential Oil).
May contain the minerals: Titanium Dioxide, and/or Zinc Oxide.


And here is a selfie of me wearing everything! Unedited in any way, because that's not how I roll - filters, photoshop and me don't go hand in hand.
(please excuse the hair, I am testing new shampoo that's not really working for me)

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Pure Anada look



The Pure Boutique

As I already mentioned in the beginning of the post, Pure Anada have a brick and mortar store (sooo on my bucket list) but there's an online store called The Pure Boutique for the rest of us. Not only does it carry their own brand make up and skincare, but they also have some other selected brands like everyone's favourite Orgaid sheet masks, Viva Organics (new to me), Dr.Brite (peroxide free tooth whitening), LaVigne Organic Skincare (I have bought and really recommend their Mayan Magic Balm for all kinds of skin issues, it helped tremendous amount with my dermatitis) and many more, around 30+ brands, and you can get all kinds of gorgeous natural goodies too - from gift sets and Princess gift packs (all natural nail polish, glitter and lip balm) to beeswax wraps for your produce to other home and house products to bio degradable toothbrushes and other dental hygiene products, sun protection, and the list goes on.
(don't forget to check out my trick on how you can make them work extra hard for you in this post, and no, I don't mean wearing the same mask over and over!)





So, what is my verdict?


I have found my holy grail mineral powder foundation and I couldn't be happier about it!!! And I am really happy with all the other products too! I need to purchase multiple back ups of their foundation, as I never want to be without it. I mean their powder foundation is way cheaper than Jane Iredale foundation for example, with much cleaner ingredients, and I think you are getting more grams of product too. I like is foundation better than everybody's favourite Alima Pure too, and this alone should be enough of the statement.  I would suggest you trying them out. I haven't tried much of their skincare - loved the Hydrating Marine Minerals Toner & Tahitian Gardenia Hand & Body Lotion I have had last year, and I am really excited to be trying Garden Neroli & Rose Facial Mist, as well as Smooth Priming Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Chamomile - the latter I am especially excited about. All of these products are affordable, and don't forget you can order a sample of everything, even the HA serum for only 1 Ca dollar. A reader from US just informed me that samples code worked for her, bringing the shipping down to 2$ for her, so I am assuming all my US readers will be able to enjoy the low cost shipping option too.





And now for the part you've all been waiting for,


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Green Life In Dublin & Pure Anada Giveaway

The giveaway will be run on Instagram for two weeks, from today 12th Feb to 26th Feb 2018. You can win everything you see in the photo below, eight items with valued at well over 100€! It is open internationally and the rules are simple, all you have to do is:

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Green Life In Dublin & Pure Anada Giveaway

💕 Follow me and Pure Anada on Instagram
(don't follow and unfollow, that's just mean and such accounts will be banned from my future giveaways)

💕 Tag three friends in the comments on this IG post
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That's it! Easy, isn't it? If you want to earn extra entries, you can so so by doing one of the following:

💕 Reposting the giveaway photo on your page for 10 extra entries

💕 Reposting the giveaway on your social media, 10 extra entries. Don't forget to let us know about it.

💕 Following me and the brand on other social media platforms - one entry for each platform. Mine are linked down below, you will find Pure Anada ones on their page. Don't forget to let us know! 

💕 Subscribing to my blog - 1 extra entry. Links in the sidebar. (only visible on the web version, sorry. If you are on the phone, please switch to web version and you should see it)

💕 Tagging more friends after the mandatory three. One extra friend tagged gives you extra entry. Don't forget you have to tag three of them first before going to town :) Each in separate line please.

Here's what you will win:


💕 Garden Facial Mist - Neroli & Roses 60ml

💕 Smooth Priming Serum - Hyaluronic Serum & Chamomile 

💕 Forever Summer blush

💕 Blush brush

💕 Toasted Almond Eye Shadow

💕 Black Mascara

💕 Black Liquid Liner

💕 Mango Ice lip gloss


Please bear in mind that possible incurring custom charges will not be brand's nor mine responsibility.



So that is all for today! Have you tried this brand and how do you like their products? If you want to, shop their products here:


Pure Anada products
Pure Anada 

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Lots of Love,

Renata.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Lift Your Spirits with ISUN Sacred Aroma Blend



Hi Lovelies,



Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕

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ISUN Skincare Sacred Aromablend



How are you all doing? Hope life is treating you well? Today I wanted to review something special from ISUN Skincare line, the line that quickly captured my heart and found it's way not only into my daily routine, but into Yearly Favourites as well, nothing less! I have reviewed a number of their products (you can find the links at the end of this post), and today I will share my thoughts on their natural Sacred Aroma Blend.


ISUN products have been consciously formulated to provide a ‘Quantum Healing Effect’ for total well-being – body, mind and spirit. This means, that beyond the obvious effects that support more youthful, balanced, radiant skin, ISUN skin care products also support overall physical and emotional health and well-being. There is a purpose in this. When we are better balanced physically, mentally and emotionally, our hearts are more open, we tend to feel better about ourselves and more loving with others. We are also more open to higher awareness which is often expressed in our thoughts, words and actions. In other words, it becomes easier to realise the Light that we truly are and to recognize the Light in others and all life. The core intention of providing a skin care product that can produce a positive healing effect for the overall body, mind & spirit, opens a pathway to fulfilling the ‘seed intention’ of ISUN as described above. A quantum healing effect that offers a sense of total well-being from a skincare product can only be fulfilled when the products meet the following criteria:

💕 They are created from inception with positive, clear intentions.
💕 They are made from pure, unadulterated, life and health-giving ingredients. 💕  They are made with living, high life-force ingredients.

To me, this is as good at it gets, I see ISUN products as ultimate organic products, even if the wildcrafted ingredients ISUN use, cannot be labeled as organic. Just think about it, wildcrafted ingredients are harvested from plants that grow freely in their natural habitat and have all the elements intact to fully flourish, as opposite to man grown plants, even if they are grown in organic soil. Think of the vibrations wild harvested plants have!
High vibrational ingredients will fill your skin and your whole being with beautiful energy, love and an exquisite harmony - aligning your cells, your tissues, your organs and your chakras with their perfectly balanced innate structure and rhythm. Even if you don't believe in energies, don't you feel better knowing you are getting the ultimately pure and concentrated ingredients in your products? I sure do and it makes my heart sing!

Now, let's look into Sacred Aromablend. When Tracey gave me free reign to choose products I would like to try, this product called my name, and upon hearing the ingredients you will soon understand why. Some of you may know I suffer from SAD and the last year was the hardest year of my life to date, so I really wanted to experience relaxing and mind elevating properties it promises. ISUN say their essential oils aroma blends stimulate the pineal gland (third eye) to support deep inner-mind relaxation and more easily flow into a meditative state. I must admit I am yet to master meditation (tried and failed many times, making my busy mind still proves to be a bigger challenge than I thought) so I simply used this aroma blend a few times a day to calm upcoming anxiety and center myself. You can apply it on pulse, energy or acupressure points including wrists, temples, ear lobes and other places. You can also diffuse it, something I am yet to do if I am honest. Shall we look into ingredients?


Santalum album (sandalwood) oil; Rosa centifolia (rose) flower extract; Boswellia sacra (frankincense) oil; Vetiveria zizanoides (vetiver) root oil; Opoponax (sweet myrrh) oil; Amyris balsamifera (amyris) bark oil; Eremophillia mitchellii (Buddha) wood oil 

Does it not make your heart sing? Knowing ISUN as a brand, I have no doubts all these ingredients are the best quality there is. It has calming and relaxing effect to it, like I expected it to. I have to say it is a great tool to help lift my mood and to dissolve anxiety - and I am so glad I have it in my life right now! Do I enjoy using it? Yes! Is it my favourite scent ever? No. If I were to use it as a perfume, I would want to add some sweet scent to it, vanilla maybe? Do I find it helps dissolve my anxiety and lifts my spirits? Absolutely! Smell is powerful and we shouldn't underestimate it. And on the verge of repeating myself like a broken record, let me just tell you that with ISUN you are getting the best quality product, every ingredient is their purest form. And I am so glad I am not breathing in chemicals, I am getting the purest essential oils, which work on a cellular level and help me to better balance myself  emotionally and spiritually. For those of you who meditate, this will help you to slip into the meditative phase more easily.

Let's look into some of the effects of those wonderful ingredients in this blend?

Sandalwood oil is widely utilized for its calming and relaxing effect It can be used for depression, daily stress and states of anxiety, fear or chronic illness. It has many uses in the skincare, as well as healthcare, but let's leave it for now. It aids in an increased  sense of calmness and greater mental clarity in your day to day life. Sandalwood essential oil can help you achieve more clarity and calmness due to its extensive therapeutic benefits. This special essential oil doesn’t just have an amazing scent, sandalwood can also have an effect on overall well-being and mental health, along with many other healing properties.
The 2006 study (source) found that although sandalwood was relaxing when smelled or rubbed on the skin, it did not promote drowsiness like lavender. Instead, it promoted what researchers referred to as a harmonious feeling, more of a present, clear, but calm awareness. It also boosts your concentration, as well as being all around tonic.

Rose centifolia flower extract (also known as a cabbage rose) is created through a simple process of steam distillation, has been used to treat health conditions and used in natural beauty treatments for thousands of years. Again, let's leave it health and skincare benefits aside for now (which are plentiful).

A perfect example of how beneficial Rose oil can be is seen in how it affects depression. As our ancestors battled situations where their mental status was dampened, or otherwise impaired, they would have been naturally drawn to the pleasant sights and smells of the flowers that surrounded them. I have never seen a person take a whiff of a powerful rose and not smile. And that's what we want! It also aids libido and hormone health. Acording to studies (source) it helps us relax. It is very important to tacle the stress as it comes I find, because left untreated it can cause an array of symptoms in the body (source) and that's the opposite of what we want. So it feels good to know that the effects of rose oil and extracts are science proven, and not just 'in our head'.

Frankincense (boswelia sacra) is a favourite of mine, and I can talk for hours about it!
This essential oil is regarded as a 'king of oils' for thousand of years, and used in aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity. Again, it has many and many benefits for skincare and healtchare, including helping to fight cancer,but let's leave it for now - I urge you to do your own research in this matter, I am a strong advocate in being an informed consumer.
I believe that frankincense oil is one of the top essential oils you can use for your health. It's known for its comforting properties, and is useful for visualizing, improving one's spiritual connection and helping overcome stress and despair. In aromatherapy, frankincense oil is either inhaled or diffused via a vaporizer — a sedative that has been known to help induce a feeling of mental peace, relaxation and satisfaction, and helps relieve anxiety, anger and stress. And that's only a small part there is to it! Again, please do your own research on it - you will be glad you did!

All those befits, and we looked into three ingredients of it! Doesn't all that sound amazing? I am in awe of the power of nature - and I am so glad we can harness all those benefits from natural subtances like essential oils - I feel everyone should know about essential oils and what they can do for you. I myself am not an expert, but the more I find out abou them, the more I want to shout out from the rooftops :)

So yes, I really recommend it! 



If you are interested, you can 

                               Shop ISUN Skincare UK here.
                                       /free shipping over £50 and points system. Just saying/



So that is it for now. Have you tried this aroma blend from them? Or any other ISUN product? How was the experience for you, please share, I would love to know!

You can check more reviews of ISUN products here here, here and here.

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Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Meadows Review - Irish Series




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Meadows review

Today I am coming at you with a review of a up-and-coming clean Irish brand, thus continuing my Irish Series. One of the compliments I get on my blog is that my content is different from "same old same old" and people are discovering something new from my posts - first of all, thank You! And second of all, I am so glad to be of service - this is exactly the driving force behind my blog! I want to be helpful for people starting out or struggling in their green beauty journey. I am very glad to show you new and exciting all natural stuff, products and brands! I have done a few reviews of Irish brands, and you will find them listed at the end of this post. This time we will look into new(ish) brand that's on the market, and it was started by lovely Claire Williams, who is the creator and maker of “Meadows”. Claire has a Bachelor of Science degree from N.U.I Maynooth and Diploma in Holistic Massage, Reflexology and Sports Injuries. Coming from this background she has learned to choose the best natural ingredients to create “Meadows” range of “Pure skin care fresh from the farm” which protects, nourishes and repairs the skin.

Claire is committed and passionate about making luxurious affordable 100% Natural Skin Care products that treat body, mind and soul. Her Skin Care collection is created and hand blended with love surrounded by nature on her family farm in Ireland. She uses only 100% natural ingredients, no parabens, chemicals, synthetic colours or fragrances.

Although the ingredients aren't fully listed on the website, Claire assured it is all natural and there are no harmful substances in her products. I ran an EWG report on her face cream to satisfy my curiosity, ad you will find the score in this post down below. She has provided me with the INCI lists at my request, and was so sweet and helpful, all my questions were answered promptly and without hesitation. She has even given me link to her supplier when I had inquired about Peg 100 Stearate, so I could do my homework on it. At the moment there's only ladies range (but many products can be used for the whole family) and there are plans to launch baby range next month and men's range sometime in 2018. As well as workshops teaching people how to detox their homes and beauty cabinets, as well as teaching how to make your own products. Now, that's a lady with a mission, you go girl!

So, as you can guess, I said yes to the review, and she has spoiled me with a bunch of goodies. Everything is housed in recycled packaging, all glass and aluminum (except for the lids of face cream and pumps), even the lip balm, a huge plus if you are trying to reduce your waste or simply avoid plastics - I know I do. All products are vegan friendly (with exception of lip balms which contain beeswax.)



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Meadows Revitalizing Face Serum

Revitalizing Face Serum (30ml retails for €20.00)

The combination of Argan, Macadamia and Rosehip oil creates an easily absorbed non-irritating face oil, which is called serum. These oils have anti-inflammatory properties and helps the skin restore
the skins barrier function and reduce water loss. They are also high in Vitamin E which gives the skin a natural boost. This serum is guaranteed to leave your skin feeling soft, supple and visibly have a natural glow.
The Essential Oils used in this serum (Frankincense, Palma Rosa, Rose and Benzoin) help reduce blemishes, appearance of large pores and prevent wrinkles.


I have to be honest, my skin is too sensitive to handle essential oils in products (with a very few exceptions), and I knew that prior to trying this facial oil so when I saw my dermatitis patch reddening, I discontinued use. Please bear in mind not everyone is super sensitive like me, everybody else should be fine with it. It looks like a beautiful oil, and if you are a lover of facial oils, I feel you would enjoy it. It just so happens I am blessed with uber sensitive skin AND dermatitis on top - thanks Mother Nature! I used this oil as a body oil, mixed in cheaper carrier oils. Hey, I have to give product some love one way or another!




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Meadows Rejuvenating Face Cream


Rejuvenating Face Cream (60ml, €19.95)

with Jasmine, Frankincense and Lemon Essential Oils.

It's suitable for all skin types, and it is true, I got on with it so much better than with face oil. Love the rosehip oil in it, as it is my favourite oil of them all, and frankincense is one of my favourite essential oil, it is so good on so many different levels! The cream is white and very light on application. It sinks in pretty fast and does not leave a greasy film on the skin either. It did not give me any irritations and left my skin soft. I used it in the daytime, until it got nabbed by my elder daughter who was looking for face moisturiser.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water) Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Vitamin E, Jasmine Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, glyceryl stearate, peg 100stearate, Cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin. 
P.s. I ran a Skin Deep EWG product report on it, because I was so curious, and it came back with a score of 2. Yes, I will take it then :)



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Meadows Cleansing Face Oil


Cleansing Face Oil (€17.95, 100ml)

The combination of jojoba, castor and evening primrose oils (
with lemon and peppermint essential oils) promises to gently unclog pores and cleanse the skin of any impurities without stripping the skin of its own natural oils, leaving skin feeling soft, supple and glowing.
While all of it is true, I had to discontinue this product purely because of my personal dislike of peppermint essential oil in products. We all are different and we do like or dislike certain stuff, and for me, it is lavender and peppermint essential oils in products. Can't handle the smell of the first and the tingling of the second. I gave it a few tries for the sake of reviewing it properly though. It works well at removing full face of make up and sunscreen, so if you are looking for a good natural face oil cleanser, this might be the one for you. You have to like peppermint though.



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Meadows products review by Green Life In Dublin


Nourishing Lip Balm (10ml, €4.95)

Handmade using pure Cocoa butter, Beeswax, Apricot Kernel and Lime Essential Oil, which has antiseptic, disinfectant properties which helps keep cold sores at bay.
Nice lip balm in the cutest aluminum tin, it came really handy this winter, and I am far from done. You get whopping 10ml instead of standard 4ml, so it is a good value for money. I think I will re-purpose the tin when I am done too.  



Nourishing Hand Balm (50ml, €8.95)

This product comes in a tin with a screw on lid, and it came just in time - I was about to finish my Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose hand cream I'd had previously. So I put this to use immediately, and I loved it! I think this is the hardest working item in my green beauty stash :) The texture is definitely on the balm-y side, and it takes a bit of time to sink in, but it softens the hands beautifully. I use it a few times per day, and at night too. It is not too greasy though, just the right balance. You get 50ml of it, and I can see it lasting a good while, as you need so little of it. Definitely a contender for repurchasing when I am done.
Oh, and it is made using pure shea butter, grapeseed oil, coconut Oil, apricot kernel oil and evening primrose oil.Loving the faint smell of may chang and sweet orange essential oils it has.



Uplifting Foot Balm (50ml, €8.95)
 

Another hit in Green Life In Dublin house, this product gave us mileage of usage already, and we are far from done yet. We use it almost every night just before bed, and we wake up with beautiful soft feet. Our poor feet tend to be the most neglected part of the body, so it is nice to have a special "treat" for them. Now, this product has both lavender and peppermint essential oils in it, but I don't mind them, because for one, the smell isn't right up my nose, and for two, peppermint is actually quite nice at refreshing poor tired feet at the end of the day. This also has tea tree oil in it, which we all know has antibacterial and antifungal properties to it, perfect addition in this product. The texture of it is almost if not exactly the same as hand balm, soft balm that is easy to rub in.
I enjoy having this product, and the scent is lovely too - I can't detect lavender in it, only the peppermint, with a slight tea tree oil undertone.




So all in all, I enjoyed most of the products, and if you are looking for a nice natural line of products that have almost no plastic packaging, this might be the one for you. Claire's products are sold in some selected shops and markets, as well as online, her website is Meadows.ie (not an affiliate link, purely for your convenience. Just fiy so we are on the same page). As you can see, the products have great price point, and there are also sample packs for only a few euros. There are also hampers and gift sets for a very reasonable price, and if you are buying it as a gift, there is an option to add a personalized message, which I thought was very sweet thing.




Claire, I wish you the best of luck in the business! 



 

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