Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Toners And Mists Collection (And Wishlist too)



Hi Lovelies,



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Green Beauty mists and facial toners

Hope you are all well? The summer is finally gracing us, even in this part of the word, thanks goodness for that! The heatwave is most definitely over after three days, but it is still relatively warm. Hoping it to last more than a week this time round - because that's exact amount of time we had it last year. We have a inner joke here in Ireland - "Remember those two days of summer we had? No? Me neither." If you live here or in UK, you will understand.

Anyways, this post is not about non existent summer, but about facial mists and toners, my current collection and my thoughts on the products too. This post is inspired by Instagram posts where people show their stash of green beauty products in each category. I wanted to share my love for facial mists for a while now, so here it is! After ignoring facial mists (and toners) for the last one hundred years I dove deep into it, and before I knew it, I acquired quite a collection. I love all of them for different reasons, and I will be repurchasing all of them at some point. Just as it is a new thing to me, at first I have to run wild and see what else is available. Wait till you see my wishlist! Oh, the addictive nature of human beings.. No? Just me then? Oh well :)


In no particular order, I am sharing my products with you.


Jane Iredale D2O and Pommist Hydration Sprays


I am bundling those together because of the brand even though the products are quite different. They both work well for my sensitive skin, but I have to say D2O is my fave of the two, simply because of what it does to my skin. It smells quite unique because of ylang ylang in it, I have to tell you, so if you are not fond of "grandma's room" type of smells and if you are looking for a nice scent in your facial mist, then I would suggest going for Pommist one. Jane Iredale came of with more hydration sprays, and I am yet to look into them. If you want to try them, thankfully they do minis, so you can try those before you invest in a full size of it. I have a review of them and some other J.Iredale products here if you want to take a look? Find the ingredients in that post too. I should also add that the mister part on it is fabulous, it sprays finest mist, while with some other brands products you get that "garden hose" feeling when it sprays (squirts) too much product into one area of the face, where you are left soaking wet (and with possibly ruined make up) and have to distribute the liquid very quickly with your fingers in order of not getting it dripping onto your clothes. I am sure many of you know what I am talking about! Yeah, no such problems with Jane Iredale products, whoever designed the packaging, did a very good job and gets a thumbs up from me! I heard that Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator has the finest mist spraying nozzle too, and I am very curious to compare. More on it in a second. Back to JI mists. Because of that fine spraying nozzle, the products last for months too - when I received those I wasn't overly happy as I wanted other products instead (and I used to use only rose water as face mist/toner), so I was thinking, oh great, these will be wasted, why would I want to pay 30€ for those when I am happy with my rose water? So I reluctantly started to use them at the start of winter to see if they would help me with my skin going haywire with the seasonal changes, and I fell in love! Had to eat my words immediately and now I am a big fan. The D2O is gone for some time now (it lasted me whole winter, using only that product day in and day out multiple times a day - it worked great, and I was convinced those 30€ are actually money well spent as it will last you for months) and I kept the packaging to decant my other products into. It houses DermaBoost mist now. Pommist is on it's last leg too, and I am also keeping the packaging to decant my Pure Anada Marine Toner into.



Pure Anada Marine Minerals Hydrating Toner


This I got from Live In the Light UK webshop, and I love it! Correction, love the way it makes my skin feel and the ingredients, but the spray nozzle could do with improvement, and that is exactly why I decanted it. I am a big fan of Pure Anada, you can find my review on their mineral make up here, and I am currently trying their hand and body lotion too, as well as brow powder in Cinder. Most likely to review them, and if not, keep an eye on my IG page for mini reviews or something like that. Or they will end up in Favourites or Empties posts at some time in the future. Price £9.95 for 50ml, but it is available in bigger size too.

Ingredients:
*Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, *Ascophyllum Nodosum (Kelp) Extract, *Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae ( Blue Green Algae) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Salix nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Sodium Chloride (Dead Sea Salt), Citric Acid.


Morningstar Minerals Derma Boost Rejuvenating Spray Mist


This is a absolute bargain compared to most of the mists here, and I love the fact that it is only two ingredients! It is available from iHerb and it's only a little over 5€ for 59ml but you can get it in the bigger size too. Loving minimal ingredients too, it is only two of them, fulvic minerals and purified water! But make no mistake in thinking it is got nothing in it or that it doesn't do anything - it has a huge list of trace minerals in it, and my skin just looves this mist in the heat of the summer!



Isun Ormus Myst

I have to confess this product is now empty, but definitely on my "to repurchase" list, and I am very definitely getting it someday! I enjoyed it tremendously at the time that I had it, and I even did a insta story when it ran out, completed with crying emoji and all that. Gorgeous really natural ingredients (like all the products from ISUN Skincare UK) and I was definitely intrigued by these mystical Ormus spheres in the mist - it is one of the signature ISUN products because of it. And this mist goes far beyond your regular mist, it is infused with gemstone energy and the bottle houses a clear quartz crystal too, how about that for a special touch? You can find more thoughts in a review here.

Ingredients:
Aqua (spring water infused with gemstone energy); Rosa centifolia (rose) flower extract; Jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower extract; Boswellia sacra (frankincense) oil; Embedded clear quartz crystal.



Lotus Wei Infinite Love Aura Mist

This is not technically a face mist but an aura mist, but I am including here in the post, because it is a mist nonetheless and I do definitely enjoy it every day. I have an old review of Lotus Wei products here if you want to check it out? I have to say I fell in love with Lotus Wei products, and they were first flower remedies to work for me. I went on to purchase full size of Infinite Love anointing oil as well as the mist, and Joy Juice elixir. I forever want to have them, even though they are a stretch on my practically-non-existent play budget. (and they seem to shoot up in price since my last purchase. Gulp.)

Ingredients:
Essential oils of *Citrus deliciosa (Red Mandarin), *Pelargonium roseum (Rose Geranium), Monarda fistulosa (Monarda), Cymbopogon citrates (Lemongrass), Rosa damascena (Rose absolute), Rosa damascena (Rose Wax), and Apies millifera (Beeswax Absolute), and hand-collected flower essences of Bauhinia blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid), Epilobium augustifolium (Fireweed), Magnolia liliflora (Pink Magnolia), Hieracium aurantiacum (Hawkweed), Nelumbo nucifera (Lotus) and gem essence of Pink Tourmaline in pure water. *Certified Organic. Excellent for children.



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And now for my wishlist. Are You ready? Because of that addictive nature of a human being, I want not one, not two, but whole five six mists! No? Just me then? Oh, well, just trying :)





1. Madara Time Miracle Cellular Nutrients Toning Mist

This caught my eye when I was researching toners and mists on LoveLula website, and the draw for this particular product was that the base for this mist is birch juice (or birch water as it is called here). I thought that is so cool, and I definitely want to try it. And yes please to hyaluronic acid in everything! This retails at 20£ for 100ml.

Ingredients:
Betula Alba (birch) Juice Aloe Barbadensis Glycerin Trifolium Pratense Hippophae Rhamnoides Galium Verum Vaccinium Myrtillus Alchemilla Vulgaris Betaine Sodium PCA Benzyl Alcohol Aroma Sodium Benzoate Potassium Sorbate Citric Acid Equisetum Arvense Aesculus Hippocastanum Sodium Hyaluronate Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid Undaria Pinnatifida Extract.



2. DrAlkaitis Organic Soothing Gel


This I had no intention of buying because of the high price tag (56£ for 120ml, for me it is eye wateringly expensive), but I received a sample of it in the green beauty swap, and I fell head over heels in love with it! So amazing for less-than-perfect inflammed skin, it has done wonders! The week I tried it I was having a dermatitis breakout on my face due to accidentally glutening myself, and nothing was working, not even my beloved Mahalo Rare Indigo balm was helping much, so at my wits end I reached for it, and lo behold, my skin was back to normal in two days, no kidding! It has done wonders for the redness too, and the ingredients are amazing. So I need to convince myself to spend that much cash on it. The results I got were incredible, so I think I will go on to buy this before I will get any others from my wishlist.

Ingredients:
base of aloe vera gel*, witch hazelยบ and grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grapes) the following herbs are blended: greater nettle*, german chamomileยบ, myrrhยบ, european elder*, sweet weed*, french lavender*, curacao orange*, benzoinยบ, rosemary*, olibanumยบ, Italian fennelยบ, balm mint*, sea oakยบ, atlantic kelpยบ and red seaweedยบ. We also added natural vitamin B and C complexes and 100% pure essential oils. * certified grown ยบ ethically wild-crafted.


3. Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

At the time of this post going live, I caved in and finally purchased this mist, so techically it should be moved up to another section, but I haven't received it yet. I wanted it for so long, I am yet to come across a bad review on it, it seems to be a cult fave in the green beauty community and naturally I wanted a slice of it too. We shall see if it will live up to the claims? Fingers crossed I will love it, it has so many great ingredients in it. Admitedly I am a bit worried about aloe, as I tend to react to it sometimes. Fingers crossed.

Ingredients:
*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Jojoba Oil, †Marula Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Goji Berry, *Ashwaganda, *Calendula, *Black Cohosh, *Dandelion, *Fo Ti Root, *Alfalfa, *Bilberry, *Rosemary, *Turmeric, *Elderberry, *Raspberry Leaf, *Burdock, *Chamomile, *Rose Hips, *Eyebright, *Beetroot, *St. John’s Wort, * Hawthorne Berry, *Chickweed, *Licorice, *Coriander, *Horse Chestnut, *Lavender, *Red Clover, *Olive Leaf, *Sage, *Thyme, *Vitamin E, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, §XanthanGum, §PotassiumSorbate, *Vanilla Extract, †YlangYlang Essential Oil, †Rosemary Essential Oil, †Eucalyptus Essential Oil, †Bergamot Essential Oil, †Carrot Seed Essential Oil



4. Esse Probiotic Skincare Toner Plus

This is available from LoveLula and it is a rather damn pricy at £29.50 for 100ml, but I have to try a probiotic toner at least once, haven't I? 95% of organic ingredients don't hurt :) I will let you know of the results later on.

Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract*, Inulin*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Fruit Extract*, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil*, Sodium Citrate, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Glyceryl Caprylate, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Geraniol***, Citral***, Linalool***, Limonene***, Citronellol*** *ingredients from organic farming ***component of natural essential oils 99.9% of the total ingredients are from natural origin 99.9% of the vegetable ingredients are from Organic Farming 95% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming



5. Natural Wisdom Vitamin C Facial Toner with Hyaluronic Acid

Can we get hallelujah for the sound of this? Another part of the draw is the affordable price (15£ for 50ml) and it comes in Miron glass bottle, no less! Natural Wisdom is new company on my radar, so I need to do my research on them, to see who they are, ethos of the company and the purity level of the ingredients they use. I also want a ton on their solid perfumes - I added about 10 or 15 of them to my cart before emptying it, and I'll leave this for later times, for when I will run out of some of the products I currently own. I don't like having too many things open at once, it freaks me out.

Ingredients:
*(geranium) flower water, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract, *symphytum officinalis (comfrey) root extract), sodium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), *aloe vera leaf powder, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) powder, benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid, glycerine, sorbic acid. *certified organic ingredient.



6. Amly Digital Detox Facial Mist & Radiance Boost Facial Mist

Again, pooling those together because they are coming from the same brand. I am really interested in the fact that it has colloidal silver in it, and I have heard it takes them six weeks to make it, so it is comforting to know they are not taking water with some essential oils and some nice extracts and slapping a luxury price tag on it. (42£ for 50ml for each of them). One day this will be mine, I am not sure when that day will come though.

Ingredients: (slighthly different for both)
Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (***Sweet Orange) Flower Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Aloe Barbadensis (***Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Glycerin (Vegetable), Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St John’s Wort) Leaf Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus Berry) Flower Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Crataegus Monogyna (Hawthorn Berry) Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid, Bis (Tripeptide-1) Copper Acetate, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Peptide, *Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil, *Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto) Flower Oil, *Boswellia Carteri (Olibanum) Gum Oil, *Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Absolute Flower Oil, *Matricaria Chamomilla, Glucose, Benzyl Alcohol, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Silver Citrate, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, **Limonene, **Linalool, **Geraniol, **Citral, **Farnesol, **Citronellol, **Benzyl Benzoate
*Natural Pure Essential Oils **Potential Allergens ***Certified Organic Ingredients




I must admit that I have my eye on two toners that are not part of the wishlist too. Insert blushing emoji here. Both mists are from LoveLula, both from the same brand - Turbliss Bioactive Peat Toner and Turbliss Illuminating Peat Water With 24 Gold. I am drawn to the fact that it is a bioactive toner, but I have to think through the fact that it is derived from, umm, peat. And as I grew up near to peat excavating places, I am not quite comfortable with the idea of it. Where do I draw the line when it comes to green beauty? I don't know how comfortable I am with the source of these toners, but then again, we use mud and clays which also comes from the earth, and no one bats an eyelid about that. I have to think this through.




So there you have it, my mists and wishlists :) What are you using at the moment and how do you like it? Please share with me, I want to know!







Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY if you are from EU, and my international friends, stay tuned, because I *might* have an international giveaway soon! My lips are sealed for now :)





Tata for now!

Lots of love,

Renata.







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Thursday, June 22, 2017

AnnMarrie Skincare Mineral Foundation review (first impressions)



Hi Lovelies,


Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Live In The Light products

How are you all doing? The heatwave in Ireland is definitely gone, but I enjoyed every second it lasted, and I hope you did too :)


Today I am coming at you with a sort of first impressions review of really gorgeous mineral make up in a form of AnnMarrie Earth Minerals multi purpose foundation. And I am really excited to share this with you. And you know why? Because it is goooood!


AnnMarie Gianni (and her husband Kevin) is someone who I admire for a really long time, I watched all of their YouTube raw food related videos, (not stalking, promise) and I learned a lot. So when I heard they were releasing their own skincare line, needless to say I wanted to try it! I am not too sure which came first, their skin care line or mineral make up, but let's just talk about mineral make up line for now, and leave skincare for the next post, as not to make the post too long and confusing.

Imagine my delight when I found out it is all available in our shores too via Live In The Light, which I've written about before. I got a chance to try the products via the same shop, and I am delighted. I found one of the best mineral make up lines I have tried to date, and I've tried my fair share of them.

AnnMarie Skincare use only the best ingredients for their products, and Earth Minerals (their mineral make up line) are no exception - I trust I am getting the best from them. These are 100% mineral powders without any fillers or additives in them.

AnnMarie Skincare Earth Minerals, multi - purpose foundation
 
This is the foundation I have used for the last couple of weeks, and I fell in love. Hard. Definitely want a full size of it, and I don't even care that I planned to minimise my collection! It is good quality mineral foundation that really impressed me, but we will talk about it in just a minute.

The sampler kit came in a very sturdy cardboard box and it houses eight shades of their foundation samples (in glass, no less!) and a cute mini herbal facial oil sampler, that is supposed to act as a mixing medium should you fancy to make your own liquid foundation. 

As I already mentioned, the foundation samples come in teeny tiny cutest ever glass pots, containing 1/3rd gram of powder in each, and let me tell you, it is one gorgeous foundation! Full coverage from a teeniest amount, and even though I have used it a handful of times already, I am not done yet! Amazing or what? I imagine the full size would last you for absolutely ages. If you love sheer coverage, of course you can sheer it out by using large fluffy brush, but if you are a girl like me which have something to cover (dermatitis scars in my case) it is your best friend. And let me tell you it gives the most gorgeous coverage, it is described as matte on the website, but I would say it is demi matte, all while being non detectable on the skin. I mean you feel like you are wearing nothing on your skin. And that is the beauty with mineral make up, you can't feel it on your skin, you control the coverage, plus it has virtually no expiration date - perfect for a girl like me who does wear make up very infrequently. And so you just know, I also wore it as a under eye concealer too - it passed with flying colours! Much better than Alima Pure powder concealer in fact. So there you go, if that is not showing how much I love it, then I don't know what will? If you are anywhere near my skin tone, try Pearl and Sand, you might be one of those shades or the mixture of the two. At the time I got the kit, my match was Pearl, but now that my face has seen some sun, I am Sand. So I think Pearl would be my winter shade, while Sand would be perfect for summer. All the other shades that are too dark for me, I am keeping and I will use them up one way or another, they can be mixed together to create your perfect shade, or used as an eye shadow or as a contour. I am not that advanced in the make up when it comes to day to day make up, but I will surely will play around with them when a night out will be on the cards. Or something. 

Foundation mixed with facial oil is gorgeous too, I should mention that. My skin is dry, and I love using facial oils anyway, so mixing oil with powder foundation isn't new to me. If you are new to this idea, play around at first, adding little of the minerals if you love sheer coverage and more if you want it to cover more. Make sure you blend it into your skin, not just spread around like a liquid foundation. The finish will be more luminous than if you used minerals alone, but that's to be expected. And you guys know I love dewy finish.




AnnMarie Earth Minerals swatches


Pearl: Fair complexions with cool undertones
Sand: Light complexions with warm undertones
Honey: Light to medium complexions with warm undertones
Olive: Medium complexions with warm undertones
Nutmeg: Medium complexions with neutral undertones
Maple: Medium to dark complexions with neutral undertones
Mocha: Dark complexions with cool undertones
Clove: Dark complexions with warm undertones
Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin
Made With:

Titanium dioxide, iron oxide, mica, zinc oxide. (The order of ingredients varies with each blend.)

I should also mention that sampler kit also has a coupon code for money off your full size product, should you fancy getting it. I know i want full size of it, yes please :)

Oh, by the way, i will be adding the swatch photo to my Green Beauty Swatch Gallery I've created on my Facebook page here and Pinterest here. With time, I will upload swatches of everything I own, plus I will be adding new photos as I go along my green beauty journey. All of it can be found in my Instagram feed too, but i decided to collect it all in one place, and it's up to you which platform you want to choose. All in a bid to help you guys to choose the right shades when buying online. Hope you will find it helpful :)


That is all for now,
Lots of Love,
Renata.
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#This post contains products sent to me but zero affiliate links. If anything, I judge sent products even more harshly, and all the opinions are always my own. Always honest with you guys.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A little bit about ISUN Skincare and ISUN Emerald Sun Hydrosol review (and a giveaway!)

Hi Lovelies,


Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

 
ISUN Skincare Emerald Sun Hydrosol 

Today I am coming at you with a review of yet another gorgeous product from Isun Skincare. I already reviewed three products from this brand, you can find the review here and I am pleased to say that I love this product as much if not more so. Really glad this brand came to our shores and we can experience these gorgeous creations too.

There's an amazing story behind this brand that I should have included in my first review, but let's look at it right now, so we could understand the intentions and the ethos of this brand a bit better, shall we?

ISUN, the symbolic brand name was born from the intention to bring great awareness of all of our connections in Light. Throughout the history of mankind, the sun has been honoured as sustainer of life and was seen as Divine being of Source Light. The brand’s name, ISUN, carries a subtle message that the Light, that sustains light and exists in all life, not only exists in us, but in the deepest truth. ISUN, when thought or spoken as a word, may remind us in a subtle and often unconscious way that we are the Light. ISUN may be defined as “I Am A Sun” which sends subtle messages to our consciousness that “I Am Light”. For some, a brief glimpse of the origin and truth of their Being may be seen or sensed. For others, a smile might spread on their faces, or warm feeling may be felt in their heart. Indeed, Let's just stop for a second and repeat after me - “ISUN”! What are you getting? Doesn't that immediately make you think of the Sun? No matter of the response, the name and sound of ISUN invokes a subtle uplifting feeling.

ISUN holds a promise of merging the Joy of recognition of our inner beauty radiating outwards, and the Happiness one feels from receiving an outer expression of radiant beauty from the skin awakening and rejuvenating qualities of ISUN Skincare creations.

 In an endless stream of Love, ISUN is conceived and hand crafted in the pristine Shining Mountains of Colorado. It is made with the power of focused intention and collaborative creation with pure living sources from nature, whose Light we honour and share in deep connection.  

ISUN Alive and Ageless skincare is consciously created with Love and the intention to impart a quantum healing effect. The products hold a subtle energy of intention to help heal, uplift and bring harmony to body, mind and spirit as they transform the skin into rejuvenated radiance.

In essence, ISUN Skincare products are high performance alchemical creations that provide a vehicle to hold and transmit positive healing Light and consciousness awakening subtle energy, while giving unmistakable rejuvenating radiance to the skin.

The founder, visionary and formulator of ISUN Skincare, Bunnie Gullick, at a young age of sixty eight, is still inspired to harvest live spring water and wild plants for her products creations in the beautiful Colorado mountains she calls home.

Let’s take a closer look at the organic and wildcrafted raw ingredients of ISUN products, shall we? I know I and many my fellow green beauty lovers are really interested in that. Many of the ingredients for ISUN products are wildcrafted, they are harvested from their natural habitat where they grow freely, untouched by humankind. They are ideally supported by the compatible plants and eco systems in soil that is teeming with abundant life and nutrients to support their growth. This results in plant-life that is higher in nutrients than organically and commercially farmed plants and 100% free of additives.
Wildcrafted plants most often grow in pristine environments, such as forest regions or around bodies of water, where there is an unseen life force energy that can be sensed. This energy contributes in subtle ways to the dynamic properties found in wildcrafted plants. Edible wildcrafted plants are often called superfoods because of their higher nutritional and energy values.

ISUN first choice of ingredients are wildcrafted plants in the forms of herbs, oils and essential oils. Alive wildcrafted plants are the most harmonious with our bodies and offer optimal benefits for our skin and overall well-being due to their dynamic properties.

Higher in superconducting ions and biophotons than cultivated plants, they are easily absorbed by our skin and send positive message to our skin receptors to produce beta-endorphins, the happy hormones that awaken the natural radiance in our skin and promote feeling of well-being.

ISUN Skincare go beyond the usual and they maintain Golden Principles of:


  • Do No Harm
  • Altruism in Action
  • Eco-Conscious Ethics
  • Responsible Sustainability
  • Fair Trade Ingredients
  • Pure Vegetarian Ingredients
  • Cold-Process Manufacturing
  • Subtle Energy Manufacturing
  • Good Manufacturing Practices
  • No Damaging Chemicals
  • No Gluten
  • No Animal Ingredients
  • No Animal Testing
  • Integrity Glass Packaging
  • Education That Inspires
  • Living, Dynamic Products

Now, please don’t tell me all that doesn’t make your heart sing? Mine surely does!

Let’s see for the ISUN Emerald Sun Hydrosol, shall we?

It is beautiful a water-based serum, it is the perfect thing to apply after cleansing. Emerald Sun Hydrosol is an excellent deep-hydrating solution that energises skin cells for rapid cell renewal, accelerated collagen and connective tissue production, provides protection of cellular DNA and collagen fibres, and soothes the skin. The result is a brighter, revitalised and more hydrated complexion, reduced ageing effects and calm skin. I tend to agree with all of it, and let me tell you you need this in your life! You will see the results from it after the first use, I promise! Your skin will definitely be left happy, plump to the touch and so smooth that you wouldn't believe it. I know I couldn’t believe my eyes first time I used, and couldn’t stop touching my face all day. The next day I woke up and my face was still this best version of what it usually is, and needless to say I don’t want to run out of it! Amazing product if you ask me, and if I can recommend just one product from this beautiful life, it would be this. A great product to start your ISUN journey, I defy you not to fall in love with how it makes your face feel. I apply it to a cleansed face and neck, including my under eye area. This has hyaluronic acid in it, along some other amazing ingredients like beta glukan and blue algae peptides. I don’t know about you, but I do a happy dance when ingredients in products are that amazing! No alcohols or other unnecessary ingredients here, so I couldn't help myself to do a "Seven Skin" or "Seven Toner" method with this product, and my skin was a happy skin! I wouldn't necessary do seven layers of it, but three or four are just the thing my skin likes, so I tend to keep it that way. The product is intended for all skin types.

Ingredients:
Neroli distillate; Spring Water (high altitude source rich in Ormus); Beta Glucan (Oat); Duniela salina algae ext; *Aloe vera gel; Silica; *Buddleja ext; Edelweiss extract; Vegetable glycerin; Phytoplankton enzyme ext; *Rose distillate; Aspen bark extract; *Goji berry ext; Hyaluronic acid; Neroli oil.

You get 50ml of product and it housed in gorgeous Miron glass bottle.

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

And now for the fun part, the GIVEAWAY!!



I bursting with excitement to tell you that I am collaborating with ISUN Skincare UK for a giveaway, woohoo! Open to Europe residents (as per brand's wishes) from 17th June to 1st of July 2017 . You can win this gorgeous product on my Instagram page. See you there! The giveaway will run for two weeks to give everyone time to participate. The rules are super simple, so hop on and take part! Wish you all the best of luck ๐Ÿ’• and I might have an international giveaway coming soon too, but my lips are sealed for now :)


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Lots of Love,
Renata.
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* The product is a PR sample but that does not change the way I see, test or review it. If anything, I judge sent products more harshly and I am responsible for everything I say. I got you boo. 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gifts For My Mom




Hi Lovelies, 



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Green Beauty Gift Ideas



Today is the actual day of my Mom's birthday (and yesterday was the birthday of my blog - 8 years and counting! Yay!) Congratulations Mommy!!
As I was putting a few gifts for her, I thought it would make a great blog post too, so here I am, sharing what I am gifting my mom with the world. If you are one of my family members reading this, please don't spoil the surprise! (otherwise I think I am safe as my mom doesn't have the internet). I have never done a gift guide on my blog yet, because for me it's simple matter of buying more of what I love and giving it to people I love. 

Anyways. I am really excited about this and the possibility of seeing and hugging her soon (I guess I should explain that we live in different countries) as we don't see each other very much at all. I should also add that she is hard to please, she is always shooing me away if I try to give her this or that, or try to gift her too much stuff at once. Growing up I remember her having this one cold cream, one cake mascara and one lipstick that she would use on the lips and cheeks. Her perfume was always rose, and you can tell she used it three days later. That's how real perfume should be, and used to be - not what we have now - most of you know that most of the perfumes fade after 1hr and somehow that's accepted as the norm. I remember her telling me the perfume is natural, when I wanted to know about it aged six. I now think it must have been an attar, and shall ask about it. One of my childhood memories is of her always taking my black pencil from the brand new pencil box, and no matter how much I cried and pleaded she wouldn't give it back to me. She used it as an eyeliner. I am sure people who lived or grew up in former Soviet Union will remember those times when nothing was available in the shops and you had to make do. It was actually me who bought her first foundation aged eight (I saved up my weekly allowance money). 

So that partly explains her extreme minimalistic ways, when Lithuania was the first republic to claim the independence resulting in Soviet Union coming to an end, many things changed, but my mom stayed the same. Even though the "metal wall" (a reference she always used about Soviet Union, world outside of SU was shut out by what seemed a wall that you wouldn't break through, and as that was pre-internet days, people inside SU were isolated and really didn't have a clue to what's going on in the world, aka, outside the "metal wall") was lifted and we had a slew of imported products coming in, we still always had one of everything, one shampoo, one bar of soap and not much else. She is still very much the same to this day, and every make up or skincare item she has, most likely came from me. Every year I put together a care package, and when I visit, I always see stuff I gifted her a year or two ago. I always throw everything away and she gets mad at me, because she “didn't use it up yet”. Like once I asked if she finished the cream I’d sent her six months ago, expecting her to say it's gone or almost gone, and she goes “no, I still have plenty of it left, I use creams on Fridays”. I almost died. It resulted in a running joke that I should always warn her well in advance before coming, so she could hide all her expired make up. She would definitely go berserk if she saw my stash! 
So that's mothers and daughters for you, and besides our differences we love each other very much. 

Let’s see what I am getting her this year? I am trying to guess what would bring her joy, and I have a clue, but I don't always get it right still. So some of these things might find their way back to me, because if she once decided on something, there's nothing to make her change her mind. This gift you see in the photo doesn't seem like much to me, but I know for a fact she will think it is way too much and will tell me off for spending that much money on her. So I should be prepared for the battle of the wills :) 

So, without babbling much further, let's get down to business, shall we?


Walden A Different Drummer Perfume

I have this too, and I know for a fact she is going to love it. One of the very few things she ever asked for me was the perfume, and she also happens to love sexy sultry eastern slash men's slash unisex type of scents. And I will be happy knowing she has natural perfume. I have a whole blog post on it, if you are interested, you can find it here.

100%Pure Pretty Naked II Palette

I got this in the bundle deal the brand had back in March or April, and I knew straight away the palette is going to her. I too have one, and last year I left her my original Pretty Naked palette, which she seemed to enjoy. I gave her a make over with it, and it was funny because for starters she said she never had her make up done on her, and then she kept telling me to pile on the eye shadows, because she "can't see anything on". Pretty Naked II has bolder colours and stronger pigments, so I am assuming she will love it. I also have a review of it, if anyone wants to see it, it can be found here. I will have to throw away the first one because it will be expired by now, but I am dreading the battle already :)

Trilogy Everything Balm

One of the things she uses regularly is hand cream and lip balm, so I am hoping this will get a good use.

Madara Daily Defence Ultra Rich Balm

This came in latest Love Lula beauty box, and although I want to keep it to myself, I also have to face the fact I own too many products as it is, so it is better off to pass it to someone who will get good use out of it, rather than me having gazillion of half used opened bottles. This is rich cream consistency, and can be used of the face or body, and I am thinking she will use it as a hand cream, although it might come in handy in winter, because let me tell you, winters are brutal in Lithuania. -25 degrees Celcius, anyone?

Axiology Lipstick

Again, lipstick is one of the very few things she has ever asked from me, so I'll happily treat her to a natural one. She seemed to enjoyed this one particular shade from one toxic brand, and it was sort of dusty rose kind of nude shade. Axiology Noble seems like a good match in theory, but on me it pulls straight up brown for some weird reason. As we have different undertones, I am hoping it would work on her, and if not, I will try to get her another shade. The lipstick you see here is for visuals only, I will order her one once we will meet. Thanks goodness for online shopping!

So that's it for now, those are exactly the very few things I will be getting my mom, and fingers crossed it will go smoothly and she will accept everything.
What are you guys gifting your moms? Jewelry? Clothes? Anything from green beauty? Please share, I would love to know!


Tata for now,
Lots of Love,
Renata.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box June 2017



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Love Lula Beauty Box June 2107

This month's Love Lula beauty box just popped into my mail box, and I am so excited to dive into it! Let's see what's in in, shall we?

Bellapiere Kiss Proof Lip Crรจme

This is what I gravitated towards first when I opened the box! Worth more than the cost of the box alone, this is a deep brownish/purplish shade with a pink undetone and when I swatched it on my hand, I couldn't get it off! So I think it would definitely live up to it's "Kiss Proof" claims. It dries matte. However, it does have dimethicone and D&C dyes, which I tend to avoid. I can't pull this color off unfortunately, so I think I will be passing it on, although I will peek at the Love Lula website to see if they have more shades suited for my palate :) See it swatched on my hand below, and it will be a little while I will post a selfie with it on, because I've glutened myself and I need to heal my face first. (I think I should explain that gluten and dairy allergies come in a form of dermatitis).
Ingredients:
Isododecane, Beeswax, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol. May contain +/- {D&C Red No. 6 & 7, D&C Blue No. 1, Iron Oxides (CI 77491:2, CI 77491:9, CI 77492, CI 77499)}.

Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Creme in Antique Pink

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask & Cloth

Delighted with both of these, I wanted to buy these with my last order, and now I won't have to! Organic face cloths are always welcome in my house, and the sample pot of the mask is perfect size to try and see if it is for me. Beautiful simple (and 100% organic!) ingredients, I hope it will suit me. Fingers crossed!
Ingredients:
Oryza Sativa Powder, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Powder, Pelagonium Graveolens.

Balm Balm Organic Face Cloth and Hibiscus Mask


John Masters Soap

Lavender, Roe Geranium & Ylang Ylang scented soap. Again, something I wanted to buy, so looking forward to trying this. Will be coming up with John Masters Organic first impressions review soon, as I am trying their shampoo and detangler behind the scenes.
ingredients:
Made with 7 certified-organic ingredients Sodium palmate,** sodium cocoate,** aqua (water), glycerin,** olea europaea (olive) fruit oil,* sodium citrate, lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil,* linalool,† cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) flower oil,* theobroma grandiflorum (cupuacu) seed butter,* citral,† farnesol,† limonene†* Certified Organic ** Made from the saponification of certified organic palm & coconut oils † A natural component of essential oils.


Madara Ultra-Rich Balm

Another full sized product in the box. Balms are always very welcome in my house, and this is something I am putting to use straight away. I haven't tried Madara much, but I am eyeying their Time Miracle Cellular Repair Mist (I am on the face mists kick at the moment, having ignored them for the last century) and I have a peel mask still in the box. So, Madara won't know what hit them pretty soon! Review to follow :)
Ingredients:
Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Decyl Cocoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin***, Hydrogenated Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Behenyl Alcohol, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn) Fruit Extract*, Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Fruit oil Extract*, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Aroma, Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Fruit Extract, Stearic Acid, Palmitic acid, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Phytate, CI 77492 (Iron oxide)****, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral** * Ingredients from Organic Farming ** Natural essential oils *** Made using organic ingredients **** Pure mineral pigments 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin 20% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.


So, I am really happy to start my week playing with the new goodies. Err, testing, I mean testing! They ship worldwide, and the price is 13.95£ monthly recurring for UK and for us international gals there are two options of three months (52.50£) or a year (210£) including post and packaging. Green beauty boxes are a great way to discover new items you might have missed otherwise, and I love that anything coming from LoveLula is cruelty free and guaranteed not to have any toxic ingredients - they have very strict criteria for any product they accept, and that is taking the guesswork off your shoulders.

You can subscribe to Love Lula box here.

Or shop LoveLula website here.

What beauty boxes are you guys subscribed to? What is your favourite products discovered this way? Please share, I really want to know. Have a great week everybody!

Lots of Love,
Renata.
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