Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi Lovelies,

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

Sunshine Blogger Award

My day was definitely brightened when Ruth from Naturally Northern Beauty tagged me in Sunshine Blogger Award post

The aim of it is for bloggers to recognize other bloggers whose work they enjoy and admire, and for us all to get to know a little more about each other! It’s something a little bit different to my usual posts, but I hope you enjoy reading all the same!

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award, and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  • List the rules and the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Questions I was asked and my answers to them:

What motivates you to write your blog posts?

The thought of helping others to transition to the green side easier. That's my first and foremost goal of my blog - to be helpful to people. I didn't have it easy when I transitioned myself almost a decade ago - nothing natural was to be found locally, and we didn't have online shops back then either, they came on the scene around five years ago. Needless to say I really struggled at the start of my own green beauty/lifestyle journey. One day, fed up with yet another expensive product that did not work, I had a thought " I should blog about it so others wouldn't have to go through the same struggles as me" and that's how my blog was born. I even stopped wearing any make up for a good few years for that reason. Thankfully the green beauty scene exploded since, and not only we have affordable options, but abundance of products too, so now we have the opposite of the problems - sometimes it might feel there's too much choice! And here is where I come in too - people say they find all my reviews helpful, as I am always honest about things - I was told it is rare thing in the blogging word, so I wear it like a badge of honor! And if you follow me for any length of time, you know this is a passion product of mine - it was only last year I introduced affiliate links here and there (only to the products and brands/shops that have my heart) after working for free for 8+ years. I say working, because anyone who tried their hand at blogging would know how much of hard work goes into it. 

What’s your favourite social media platform to use alongside your blog?

That would be Instagram, even with those stupid algorithms and recent censoring (see me talk about it here) - purely because of easy access and the ability to instantly connect to people. And the beautiful images don't hurt either :) I am a sucker for beautiful flatlays!

Which other bloggers/influencers inspire you and why?

So many! All of the green beauty community influence me in some shape or form, whether by beautiful images, to being honest about everything to inspiring me to blog about one thing or another, and I can go on! When it comes to products, I try to not be influenced by what other people use/recommend, as I find the products someone else likes does not automatically translate as my favourite products too - my skin is way too sensitive for most of what green beauty have to offer.

What’s your “can’t-live-without” beauty product at the moment?

Hmm, let me see - if the question is about make up, then I would be pressed hard to choose between concealer and a good mascara, I can't live without those two. The ones I am currently using are Duet Perfecting Concealer by Hynt Beauty and Long Lash mascara by Inika.
Oftentimes when people ask about "beauty favourites" they have skincare in mind, and if that's the case, I would have to choose entire Bella Aura line, as well as Rare Indigo balm by Mahalo.

How do you keep up with trends that are relevant to your blog?

I don't! As someone who is on the wrong side of 30s (ahem ahem) I am way past caring what's trendy, especially when it comes to all things green beauty. Trendy products in skincare? No thanks, I would rather find products that work for my uber sensitive skin! Trends in make up? I would rather buy products that complement my skintone. Purple lipsticks and eye shadows? They can jog on. I know what suits me and have my own style when it comes to fashion as well. It does not mean I am stuck in a rut, far from it - I love fashion and constant evolving.

What are your other hobbies, alongside blogging?

Constantly educating myself by reading, Health & Wellness type of books are my favourites to read, and I started to review them very recently too, posts will be linked down below in the case you are interested. As well as other relevant posts.
Next would be creating things with my hands, be it jewelry making, knitting or crocheting. Unlike with blogging, I can't finish anyth        (get it?)
I also really enjoy traveling (wish I could do that more often), good food, meeting friends, as well as new people, and I could go on. Enjoying life, basically.

What’s your favourite film and why?

Anything based on real stories. Or a good comedy from time to time. 

What’s your favourite book and why?

I don't read much fiction novadays, but I am well into Health & Wellness type of books - give me any of them and I am happy bunny! Too many to list, so I will list my current favourite authors instead - step forward Nadine Artemis & Patrick Holford. Pick up any book of theirs and your life will be changed for the better.

What was the last foreign country you visited?  What did you love about it?

The last country I visited was Crete island, Greece about three years ago - I wish we could travel more often. The food was extraordinary, and I still dream about going back to famous pink beach in Elafonissi - the most beautiful beach I've ever seen.

What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

I like that I am a giving person who sees or tries to see the good in people. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't stress so much, you don't have to figure  everything out at once. Also, don't bottle emotions, talk to people about your feelings - especially if they are doing something that hurts you emotionally. You don't have to lower yourself for anyone, keep your heels and standards high.

Now, that were some good questions, were they? My turn to think of something equally as good! Let me see. As I see some of my blogger pals were tagged multiple times already, I will mostly take the tag over the pond. In no particular order I tag:

Shannon Marie - Rawdorable

Andrea from Organic Beauty Lover

Green Beauty Project Adriana

Andie from The Green Queen

Julie from Complete Natural Clarity

Cheryl from Free Range Diva

Vita from Vita Lives Free

 Jana from Small Bits of Loveliness

Angie from Whipped Green Girl

Lynda from Wonderlusting

Boriana from 1988 Bori

(find them all tagged in my IG post)

Here are my questions:

How and why did you start blogging/ making Youtube videos?

How do you choose your products? Do you seek the most pure products out there, do you research into a brand first, and so on?

What are the most rewarding aspects of blogging/ vlogging?

What aspects do you find the most challenging and how do you deal with it?

What are your thoughts on PR products?

What are your thoughts on green beauty as a "trend" that's been portrayed as? Where do you think it will go from here?

What bloggers/ Youtubers do you admire and why do you like them?

How do you deal with haters if you get any?

What makes you happy?

What's the best advice you were given?

What are your favourite products of the moment? (I can't help myself but ask this 😇)

So that's it for today, see you here shortly! Hope you enjoyed this post.

Related posts:

Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra & Kirmberly Snyder review - Book Corner

P.s. Please make my day and subscribe & share this or any of my blog posts on social media - it helps to get the green beauty word out and for that I Thank You!
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Lots of Love,

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Bella Aura Skincare Review

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

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Bella Aura Review

Let me present the review of something that really works for my sensitive skin - step forward Bella Aura products! I can't express my feelings about the whole line and how wonderful it is! I have started this review many times and every time it does not come out right, so I delete everything and start again. And again. It's just because there is so much I want to say and so much joy I want to express, the words are tumbling down faster than I can write them down. Let me put it in a nutshell - my sensitive skin found home! I am so amazed at this, as every single product in the line works amazingly well for my skin, and when used in conjunction I have clear and happy skin. And continuously so! I never had this with any other line or brand, and I never seen my skin changing so fast either. Needless to say I recommend this brand to just about anyone, because if it works for me, with uber sensitive skin, chances are it will work for you too. 
Let me tell you a little pre-story - the day I received Bella Aura, I was sporting rare dermatitis breakout on my face, as many of you might know, I have form of Celiac called Dermatitis Herpetiformis, where the only outwards symptoms you get are dermatitis rashes all over the body. Nothing to do with herpes, mind you. And in my case it is extremely frustrating and annoying - because it always starts on my face before it spreads to anywhere else on my body. I am lucky girl, I know! Soo, long story short, Bella Aura products cleared the outbreak in three days! Even though they aren't specifically designed for that purpose. Let's pause here for a second and let that sink in and be a testament for the brand. Yasmine, you did a wonderful job! I was so amazed and delighted, as so so relieved I decided to go for it - as you might understand, trying new products is a scary thing for me. So many hyped up products in the green beauty community didn't work for me - if I didn't get an initial reaction, then most likely they were not working well on my dermatitis patch, making it redder and angrier. None of that with Bella Aura! In fact, the opposite was true - my skin (and my dermatitis patch) were soothed, nourished, glowing and happy. Needless to say everything else I own went into the fridge for the time being. Upon inspecting the ingredients I was happy to find out my
skin receives a supercharged cocktail of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid,  coenzyme Q10 and more, delivered in a creamy white emulsion. During use, my skin was the clearest it has ever been—and I’m not exaggerating. Bella Aura is starting to collect awards, so don't just take my word for it - the line speaks for itself!

Bella Aura line came about when Yasmine Jones, the creator of the line, was suffering from deteriorating skin & acne scars after going through a traumatic experience with her mother’s battle against leukemia (You can read her full story on Bella Aura website, link at the end of this post). After spending thousands on skincare products and consulting with skincare specialists, she found nothing was working to improve her skin. It was during a trip to Morocco that she met a prominent chemist/herbalist who believed that his oils would help her skin and after months of trying them, she began to see her skin improving. Yasmine wanted to add active ingredients to these oils, and with the help of Swiss skincare technology, Bella Aura line was born. According to Yasmine, most skincare regimens incorporate both serums and creams in order to balance out the advantages and disadvantages of each. By combining them into an emulsion for Bella Aura’s blends, the best of both is fused into one.

There are only five products in the line so far (with Yasmine hinting at developing more) and they work amazingly well together - there's emphasis on less is more, and I have to agree in this case - these products are all my skin needs. For the most part, that's it, but let me explain that further on in this review.

Bella Aura products

The textures are that of thin lotion, but do not let that fool you - they are true powerhouses of amazing ingredients blended together into a powerful fusion. Yasmine describes it as a serum in a cream emulsion. As the products are light, they sink in very quickly, leaving no residue or heavy feeling you sometimes tend to get with oils. If it worked amazingly well for me, it will work for you too. Let's see some amazing ingredients in these products? All of the minerals and vitamins in Bella Aura products are derived from natural botanical fruit and vegetable extracts. Black oats, Nigela Sativa oil (also known as black cumin or black seed oil) and prickly pear (also known as fig de barbary or cactus oil) are the key ingredients in products.

Black Oats contain lipids and proteins which have humectant and emollient properties that help to moisturize the skin keeping it soft and supple.
They also contain antioxidant properties making them extremely anti-aging, and helps with inflammation as well.  Black Oats are known for helping with more sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. and they also contain saponins which make them a gentle cleanser for more sensitive skin. 

Nigella Sativa is a flowering plant that originates from Southwest Asia, India and North Africa. The flowers are usually white and pale blue. They belong to the plant family known as Ranunculacease (buttercup family). This miracle oil has been used in traditional medicine as a remarkable healing agent with powerful restorative properties since the beginning of civilization.  Originally, it was called Panacea, which means to cure all.  It is said that Cleopatra used Nigella Sativa oil in her beauty routine for hair and skin. It was also reported that the oil was found in the tomb of King Tut in Ancient Egypt. 
Bella Aura uses Nigella Sativa that farmed and processed in Morocco. They work in partnership with local farmers to produce 100% premium, natural, organic Nigella Sativa seeds, and never use any chemicals or pesticides during the planting, farming or production process. The virgin seeds are cold pressed, bottled in dark glass bottles and stored in a dark cool place to ensure that the chemical properties of the black seeds are retained.

Nigella Sativa, (also known as Black Cumin Seed or Fennel Seed) contains over 100 chemical compounds that are direct contributors to having beautiful skin. This is the most powerful oil in the world with a significant amount of protein and exceptionally high in antioxidants. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, calcium, selenium, magnesium, iron, beta-sitosterol, copper, zinc, potassium, paltimol, niacin, vitamins A-B-B2&B3-C-D&E in the seeds. Nigella also delivers the essential Omega3&6 fatty acids that are not produced naturally by the body. This extraordinary oil also has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. 

Nigella Sativa oil is renowned for keeping your skin looking flawless, young and radiant. This powerful oil helps prevent blemishes, fine lines, age spots, dry or oily skin. Some clinical studies suggest that it is beneficial for removing scars in the skin as well.

Fig de Barbary, also known as (Prickly Pear, Cactus Oil and Opuntia Ficus Indica) is one of the richest oils that fortify the skin with the essential vitamins A-B1&B2-C-D-E-F-K and Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. It also delivers a wide range of the vital minerals magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, thiamin, niacin, beta carotene, amino acids, selenium and many more. Fig de Barbary is miraculous oil that acts as a natural barrier against free radical damage, which is the major cause of premature aging.

This extraordinary oil has a powerful anti-oxidative activity and high moisturizing value to rejuvenate mature skin for a remarkable lifting effect. It reduces dark circles under the eyes, hydrates, smooths, firms and refines skin texture plus brightens the complexion. It is a true beauty elixir that is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves no greasy residue. This age-defying oil contains almost 150% more of the anti-aging antioxidant Tocopherol in comparison to any other oil in the beauty care industry, including Argan oil.

The Fig de Barbary oil is produced in Sidi Ifni that is located in southwest Morocco. It is one of the most expensive oils in the world to extract and requires the production of about 1 million seeds to acquire just one liter of this precious oil. Our Fig de Barbary plants are completely pure and organic with no chemicals or pesticides used during the farming process.

If we want to break down ingredients further to singular mineral and vitamins, here's what they do:

Omegas 3-6-9s play an important role in all skin conditions, such as combating wrinkles, lines, acne, eczema, psoriasis and even dry, flaking or very oily skins. These good fats are credited with helping your skin’s cell membranes stay healthy, which acts as a barrier to harmful exterior conditions. The cell membranes influence the cells ability to retain moister, thereby producing a softer, more subtle and more wrinkle-free skin. The anti-inflammatory compounds in 3-6-9s help to affect how healthy the skin looks and feels during the aging process.

Magnesium is a powerhouse mineral that is essential for keeping your skin performing at its best. It has anti-oxidant clout with enzymes that regulate DNA replication and repair to prevent the skin being subject to a host of wrinkle-producing malefactors, such as free radical damage and inflammation. Without the DNA repair from Magnesium, you will continue to be assaulted by free radicals and it's only a matter of time before fine lines and wrinkles begin showing up.

Zinc is beneficial for many acne sufferers who are deficient in zinc. Once they start obtaining zinc in their daily regimen, their acne often improves. It is a trace mineral essential to all forms of life, such as gene expression, cell growth and cell replication and especially important for clear skin.

Calcium includes cell renewal, lipid barrier function, and antioxidant protection from DNA damage. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and a deficiency can manifest itself in skin dryness, itching and premature wrinkling.

Potassium is a vital indicator of healthy looking skin because it is a key player in cell integrity by maintaining electrolyte balance and internal fluids, thus keeping cells hydrated and skin internally moisturized.

Beta Carotene is a carotenoid known for its antioxidant properties. Its ingredient in skin care products can include skin cleansers, facial moisturizers, foundation, sun products and anti-aging treatments. Beta-Carotene provides protection against sun damage and helps to even out skin tone and improve skin texture.

Amino Acids are the building blocks of beautiful skin. They help to produce collagen, elastin, and other proteins and fibers for strong, soft and desirable skin. Selenium has a number of positive attributes in skin care with the key role relating to its antioxidant properties and ability to tackle free radicals. Free radicals result in the disruption of living cells such as skin cells. Selenium helps to retard negative environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides, which can spawn free radicals.

Copper holds promise for prolonging youthful looking skin. It plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin because it helps to develop collagen and elastin, which maintain the strength of the skin for less sagging and fewer facial lines. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help prevent skin infections.

Sterols are natural compounds derived from plants, fruits and vegetables and essentially vegetable fats that enhance the human immune system. Phytosterols are extracted from different botanical sources. Phytosterols contribute to the structure of the cell membrane and have anti-inflammatory properties, which contributes to anti-aging properties. Phytosterols and polyphenols improve sun-damaged skin.

Carotenoids come from fruits and vegetable and help your skin’s complexion look healthy. They travel through and get stored in our bodies with the help of fats and enhance skin color and tone for a beautiful glow.

Ferulic Acid is found in the cell walls of plants and acts as an anti-oxidant that seeks and destroys several types of free radicals that cause skin damage. It act synergistically with other antioxidants such as Vitamin C & E and makes them more effective and powerful in preventing wrinkles.

Lemon Balm contains romarinic acid, which offers stronger antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E. This antioxidant-rich botanical helps to prevent free radical cell damage. 
Rutin is a type of bioflavonoid that has a very high anti-oxidative capacity and the ability to increase collagen production for reducing fine lines and plumping the skin. It also acts as a protectant from oxidative damage caused by sun exposure.

You may or may not know that I road test every new skincare product prior to writing a review on it, and this was no exception. Your skin renews itself at around 30 days period (40 if you are 40, yay or what?), so I need to make sure I test the product throughoutly before I speak about them. I see no point in doing first impressions reviews on skincare, but that's just me. Here's my skincare routine for the last two or three months:

AM: no cleanser, refreshing my skin with thermal water and konjac sponge or washcloth.
1 pump of Antioxidant Booster mixed with 2 pumps of Daily Repair Moisturizer applied all over the face
1 pump of Instant Lifting Eye Contour, applied on the under eye area, upped lid, eyebrows and around lips.

PM: skin cleansed with a few pumps of Gentle Purifying Cleanser, followed by
1 pump of Antioxidant Booster mixed with 2 pumps of Night Cellular Renewal all over the face, followed by 
1 pump of Instant lifting Eye Contour, applied like in the morning - on the under eye area, as well as on the upper lids and around the lips.

As I already mentioned, I shelved or rather refrigerated all the other facial products I used, so this is primarily what I used for the second half of winter. I think you already got the impression on how great my skin loved these products (see the gushing at the beginning of this post) but interestingly there were the times when my skin was craving more moisture, notably when the temperatures really dropped when we had the blizzard here - then I found myself reaching for my beloved DrHauschka Rose Day Cream or Mahalo Rare Indigo balm to seal in that moisture. Also worth noting is that when I tried to stop using the entire line and go back to my usual products only incorporating one or two Bella Aura product into the set up, that's when my redness and skin irritations came back. So that's why I wouldn't recommend getting just one of moisturizers if you are new to the brand, you might not see the full potential of the products, and/or it might not mesh well with whatever else you are using. I would recommend getting a sample set first, and using all the Bella Aura products together - in the sample set you will get 10ml of each of the product, and trust me, they will give you enough use for a couple of weeks - plenty of time to see if the products are for you or not. I can bet you will end up falling in love with the products in the first couple of days, just like I did. The day and the night creams are very similar in consistency, as well as how they feel on the skin, but upon inspecting the ingredients I realized they have different ingredients, thus you might not cut corners and use only one of them. The Antioxidant Booster is a true star in my book, makes everything so much better and my skin truly likes it. I wonder how it would perform boosting my other creams I own, but at the same time I don't want to try it, as I enjoy using Bella Aura exclusively too much. The eye cream works great, is light and sinks in quickly. I was a bit worried about it at first, as prior to this, I only used under eye oils for two years straight (Earthwise Beauty Passion Eye Serum and Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Budhi Eye Nectar - they might be called serums or nectars, but in reality they are oils). So I was a bit worried about not getting enough hydration in this delicate area, but my qualms were quickly squashed, it works great! It is also the first eye product to make a difference in darkness I have - not a stark night-and-day kind of difference, but I am impressed nonetheless. The cleanser I too found great, the same milky consistency like other products, but you get huge bottle of it, and must say it works great for my sensitive skin, it does not irritate it, which is super rare for me. It does not lather, but it cleans your face nonetheless. I find no need to double cleanse, and it takes all of my make up beautifully in one use. Even eye make up, but please take my advice and do not open your eyes when doing it. Rinse well first. Just saying.
Yasmine herself is the best advert for her brand - not only she looks drop dead gorgeous, but what drew me in was her gorgeous soul - so I am so glad green beauty community connected us! She not only supports several charities and works with the communities in her native Morocco, but I also witnessed her supporting her fellow green beauty sisters in a big way - she donated a portion of her profits to Lily's aka Genuine Glow hubby's cancer treatments, as well as more recent event when Taylor from My Lucite Dreams lost her home (and a dog) to a fire. Now, how amazing and thoughtful is that?! Be sure to check out the blog portion of her website and her Instagram too - you can find so many helpful tips over there, as well as facial massage videos - I think those are well worth checking out. 

My overall thoughts – I was deeply impressed by every single product in this line, and honestly, I can’t even begin to pick a favorite! This truly is a beautiful and thoughtful line that really does deliver on its claims. My skin is so temperamental and difficult to please most times and during the entire testing period (about 3 months now), my skin was calm, clear, hydrated and just healthy looking, which it hasn't been in a long while. I know it’s not the most wallet-friendly brand, but trust me, it is worth every single penny! I am not sure how I will come up with the funds when I will need to repurchase everything, but I guess I will have to figure out a way?
If you asked me to point out anything bad about the products, the only thing that comes to my mind is that the eye product could do with a different pump - the way it is now, I find it dispenses too much product, and I can't half-pump it. With the amount it gives, I can easily do under eyes, upper lids, eyebrows, around the lips, and oftentimes I find I still have some product left, which I use on my neck. But that's a good problem to have, isn't it?

You can get it from and EU distributor for it You can find the list of all other online shops on the website. 
(none of the links are affiliate links, just FYI, so we would be on the same page. They are purely for your convenience)

Have you tried Bella Aura products? What are your thoughts on them? Please share, I would love to know!

Psst, there is a giveaway happening for Bella Aura sample kit on my Instagram page here, so don't forget to jump over there for your chance to try the line for yourself xo

That's all for now! Ta-ta & I will see you here shortly.

Lots of Love,

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide from Love Lula

Hi Lovelies,

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

So, with Mother's day fast approaching, you might be wondering what to get that wonderful mom of yours? Let me help - I feel it's best if I chose all products from one stop shop to save you time, and what better shop than Love Lula? I will also keep this post short and sweet as not to take up too much of your time. I chose the products I love and believe would make a good presents. Most of them have reviews, and if they don't, they are on the way. Existing reviews will be linked down below in the case you would love to read more in depth about products.

Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream

My favourite cream ever of the moment, my dry skin just loves it! Repurchased at least five times in the last year alone, and believe me, coming from a blogger, that's rich :)

Walden Natural Perfumes

A very pleasant discovery from last year! I struggled with finding good all natural perfumes that would smell amazing also last. Well, no more - Walden's A Different Drummer shot straight into my Top 3 Favourite Perfumes ever, and will be a repurchase for life. It has this sexy sandalwood vibe and it is not sweet or floral, which I like - I feel it is great unisex fragrance that can be worn by men or women. You can always get a sample kit if you aren't sure which one you would like.

Inika Make Up

This is one line that continuously impressed me, and many products ended up in my Yearly Favourites 2017 and 2016. Review is yet to come, but my favourites are liquid and mineral powder foundations, blushes, bronzer, highlighting creme, and mascara. Long Lash mascara is the only mascara I used last year. If you happen to know her shade, one of the face kits would make a fabulous present!

Teatox Thermos Bottle  

I feel this would make a great gift - not only it looks super cool, with double walled glass and bamboo lid, but you can be sure this would be the present that would be used daily - I sure do! It can double up as a water bottle, a tea thermos, and you can use the stainless steel strainer as a fruit/veg infuser too. All in all, I think that's a fabulous present. There's a more traditional looking tea mug as well.

Teatox Matcha Ceremony Set

That would be the ultimate gift for all health conscious moms! Matcha has so much more health benefits and antioxidants due to it being powdered leaf - so you are consuming all of it, not just infused water like with regular green tea. Perfect if you are trying to give up coffee too - I myself had the hardest time giving it up, that's until the matcha came onto the scene. And I haven't looked back. It is so nice to take that bit of the time for myself out of a busy day, and i suggest you all do the same :)

Neal's Yard Remedies Products

I looove their products - despite having sparse reviews on them I am a loyal customer for around four years, ever since discovering them. I adore their Wild Rose Beauty Balm, Bee Lovely Body ButterBee Lovely Shower Gel (this is my fave, although all shower gels last for months!), Aromatic Foaming Bath, and their soothing range. For a fabulous Mom present you can go for Frankincense range, which has clinically proven results - try Frankincense Facial Serum, Frankincense Intense Concentrate and/or Frankincense Intense Cream.

And last but not least, natural scented candles and natural diffusers are a way to go, you can never go wrong with them!

Please note, Love Lula have special Mother's Day Gift box available, but sadly it is UK only

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Love Lula Beauty Box

And if you really want to go all out, you can get your Mom Love Lula Beauty Box subscription box. There are many different plans available, starting from 13.95£.

I hope this has been helpful and you got some ideas?

I would love to know what are you getting for your moms, please leave comments down below?

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Longevity by Cameron Diaz Review - The Book Corner

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

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Longevity by Cameron Diaz review

So, as you might know, I started new segment in my blog, the Book Corner, where I review Health, Wellness and Green Beauty type of books. One of the very few resolutions I made for 2018 was "less IG, more books" and I implemented it right away. I love reading! And I thought you might want to see what I read and what I think of the books too? See my first Book Corner segment post here, where I review Radical Beauty by Kimberly Snyder & Deepak Chopra.

So the last book I read was The Longevity by fabulous Cameron Diaz with a little help of Sandra Bark. This is a second book by Cameron, and I am yet to read her first. I flicked through it a few times in the book shops, and it didn't seem worth 20+ euros for it, so I left it until now. Last year I joined my local library after 14 years of not doing so - it seemed so small with so little books, that I decided not to. But ever since I learned I can request any book I want, I was all in! Currently have 12, the limit I can borrow, and a few online ones, so looks like I will have something to do for a while. 

So let's dive into Longevity, shall we? I was so excited when this book became available and I could get my paws on it! Cameron is one of my favourite actors, and I follow her since the Mask, which is her first ever movie. Her movie career aside, she looks amazing for her age, and quite frankly, who wouldn't want to look like her after 40? Understandably I dove into this book with much enthusiasm. Which quickly vanished, but let me explain that in just a second. 

The book is 257 pages, and after preface and introduction, Cameron talks about living in the age of longevity in the part 1, where she explains how we have come to live the longest as the human beeings now, when all the previous generations haven't been so lucky. She talks about how life got longer, the new science of getting old, how ageing is studied today, as well as how being a female affects your health and your healthcare.
In part two she goes on and on about the biology of cellular aging, the biological impact of genes, your life choices and attitudes; about how the female body changes throughout the time as well as investigating the mysteries of menopause transition. I have to say this part was depressing to read and I wanted to thrown the book aside many times (well, not literaly, but you know what I mean) - seeing how your body and different organs start to fail as the time goes by is quite depressing - I was mentally preparing myself to have the best time of my life in my 40s, not this!
Part three lays down the art and science of living longer, how you can improve you brick house, aka your body by building it stronger with the right food, fitness and the rest, how you can support your immune system by managing stress and how you can program your supercomputer, aka the brain. She also touches on celebrating love and the joys of connection, and you can find a chapter on women's depression too.

As I already mentioned, part two made for quite depressing read, while part one I found quite basic, every secondary school child could tell you exact same, maybe sans specific studies mentioned. The part three where the book is supposed to give you tools for your better life isn't advanced either, it is your average "eat your greens and exercise to build your muscle and bone mass" thing, where I didn't find anything that I didn't know already. I think we all know about the need to be connected to people around you, and how it affects your health and overall well being. I think we all know the importance of sleep not only for beauty, but for our overall wellbeing, as well as the importance of dimming the lights (especially the blue lights from our electronic devices) in the evening.
Admirably, Cameron is calling all middle aged women not to hide and not to fade into backgrounds, because life is to be celebrated not only when you are young and beautiful, but throughout your whole existence too. 
The only real take away from this book I had was the sentence that the best way to age healthfully is to live fully, and to have a good life - do more things that bring joy to you, eat good food, enjoy life and your friendships. 

So, what's my verdict? Do I recommend getting this book? In one word, no. If you really want to read it, get it from the library, as I don't think the book is worth it's salt. Still love Cameron though. 

So that's all for today, see you here shortly! I have two exciting reviews coming up, one will be Bella Aura review, the second is body oil by Inner Senses. Want a sneak preview? Both LOVE! I already repurchased the body oil from Lisa, and got two more from Love Lula, all in different scents, so fingers crossed I will love them as much. 

What are you guys currently reading? I really want to know, please share down below.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Winter 2018 Natural & Organic Favourites

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Green Life In Dublin Winter Favourites

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I am technically very late to post my winter favourites, as we are first days into spring already. But as we are into the thick of the snow storm here, aka The Beast From the East (after having no snow not only for this winter, but for the last five years), it seems apt to post this. It is only a week of it, but it I am already fed up with it - schools and most workplaces are closed, so all of us are at home - I am kind of happy about it, except one detail - our living room slash kitchen is facing east, so we had to abandon it due to the icy wind drafting trough the whole room, and we are camping in the bedroom for five days straight. I've seen cold winters, but never before in my life I had to cook the dinner for the family in the bloody COAT AND A HAT! It is max 5*C in the room, and that's with two heaters on! I had to move all my plants from the window to the center of the room, and we nicknamed going to the living room "Expedition to the Arctic". We also doubled & tripled the feed for the birds, because we feed wild birds from our balcony. God help homeless people and animals! I hope this is over soon and we will be able to laugh about it.

The reason I am so late with my favourites is because the winter is the most difficult season for me, I endure it, rather than live and enjoy it. Partly due to my SAD (aka winter depression), which always comes back every year, partly due to Sickness Season, which always knocks me for six, despite my best efforts to prepare for it. If you are interested, I will link my post where I list every natural remedy I stock up on in winters at the end of this post. 
By the way, this post will not be heavy on products, so if that's your thing, you can exit here, no hard feelings, promise!

At first I thought I will have no favourites at all, but when I looked around, I did find a few things that I enjoy indeed, so let's see what those are, shall we?


I always enjoyed reading, I think you will find this in all the Favourites posts I ever made, and I find myself reading less and less fiction, and more and more Health & Wellness type of books. You will laugh at me so hard, but my life was forever changed, when I joined my library after learning I can request any book I want. Why no one told me that before? I am onto 12 books loan, around 5 more borrowed online, and four more acquired on my own. Erm, I think I've bitten more than I could chew? So far I managed to finish Radical beauty by Deepak Chopra & Kimberly Snyder, Balance Your Hormones by Patrick Holford, Longevity by Cameron Diaz, The Middlepause by Marina Benjamin, Allergy Free Kids by Robin Nixon Pompa; and I just finished Medical Medium by Anthony William and I am currently reading Eat Dirt by Josh Axe, Renegade Beauty by Nadine Artemis, A Life In Healing by Jan De Vries, Good Gut Bugs by Kathryn Marsden, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Micheal Murray MD, How To Be Alive by Colin Beavan and Pretty Fun by Kate Hudson. Pretty crazy, I know! Is anyone else reading like five different books at the same time?

(and other natural winter wellness remedies)

My Holy Grail natural remedy for the last three or four years, and if you follow me for any length of time, I think you know that. Nature's antibiotic and anti-viral, plus anti-fungal remedy that I use in place of antibiotics. Works like a charm every single time and I never want to be without it. Thankfully this is available locally to me, for a change, and I make sure to stock up on it come winter, although I have to have it all year round. In those few years I witness information and articles about it disappearing from the internet fast. I blogged about it the same year when I discovered it, declaring it one of my Top Three Favourite Natural Things Ever (find post here) linking back to the articles where I learned about this from, and all of them were made inactive since then - and I had trouble finding any credible information on it. All that makes me fearful it is only a matter of time it will vanish and get outlawed, like so many wonderful natural remedies before it. Please tell me this won't be the case? 


That might sound vain and/or luxurious to some, but all that means in my case, that I made sure to surround myself with lovely smells that remind me of good times. As we know, smell has a power to trigger memories, good or bad. So I figured, if I already have some things at home, why not to use them on everyday basis? The thing is, for so many years I liked "having" beautiful thing rather than using them - this stems from a difficult childhood where treats were modest at the best of times, so I had to work on allowing myself to use "the good stuff" for everyday, rather than saving them for a special occasions.  So I went through scented candles like there's no tomorrow (all natural of course) and ran my Esta Aroma Diffuser when I felt like it, almost daily. I also used my Jo Browne Vanilla perfume every day as well as my beloved Walden A Different Drummer - the mixture of the two is intoxicating! Let's not forget the Sacred Aroma blend, which helps me stay grounded so much. All reviews linked below.

Dry Brushing

I think we all know what the dry brushing is, but if you don't, here is a short explanation of it - you brush your entire body starting with the soles of your feet in long upward strokes towards your heart with a natural fibers dense brush. Look up Youtube videos for it if you don't have a clue what I am talking about. Benefits include removing dead skin cells, boosting circulation and moving lymph system around, which is body's way of taking toxins out. It can only be a good thing. If only you can brave cold(ish) bathroom for a few minutes.

Abhiyanga (aka body oiling)

I have heard a bit about it here and there during the years, but it went into one ear and out the other if I am honest with you. That until Radical Beauty book fell into my hands - it made so much sense that I started practicing straight away. I also realized I have been doing it all wrong during the years - I only used coconut oil for body oil at all times, when in reality it has cooling properties to it - not ideal during the winter! Hey, that's why I love reading books so much - you learn all kinds of useful things! 
For winter, sesame oil is recommended, but I have to be honest I am yet to implement it in practice. The smell of organic and cold pressed sesame oil acquired in the supermarket makes me gag, and the one I have ordered via Love Lula didn't arrive. (unfortunately the order went missing for the first time in history of me being their customer since 2014. They replaced everything without any questions, but the sesame oil was out of stock at the time, meaning I got a replacement of something else). I have been using good quality olive oil with some essential oils pre-shower (you are supposed to step into the hot shower or go exercise to increase the body's temperature and thus make the oil absorb and work better) and Awakening Meditative oil by Inner Senses post shower. That one smells divine! Blog review will be published around the same time, so keep your eyes peeled for it. 
By the way, please let me know good quality cold pressed oils with warming properties to them in the comments. Organic and fair trade if possible?

Thermos bottle

Umm, is it lame to admit a thermos bottle is one of the best presents you ever got? Whatever, I never aimed to be KEWL, so let's just roll with it! I received it for Christmas last year and I am yet to stop using it daily. I use it as my water bottle first and foremost, but as it is so cold all the time, I drink hot-ish water from it. Along with implementing abhiyanga, I also introduced some changes in my daily routine, like stopping consuming cold water and foods, and it made so much difference in how I feel overall. Anyone who is familiar with Ayurveda will know about dosha balancing, but it's baby steps for me. Cold does not suit me at all, and warming my body in all the ways possible made an enormous difference in how I function and even feel. So it is fair to list a thermos bottle as a favourite, isn't it?

Indoor plants

Despite my mom being a florist and being quite good at landscaping too, I am the total opposite. Need your plant killed? I am the one for the job! Despite spending my teen years working part time alongside my mom, I wasted no time forgetting everything I was taught once I moved out. For so many years I could only grow cactuses, and even those were given away when my second baby arrived. Long story short, I am finding myself drawn to potted plants everywhere I go, and have nearly ten of them after having none for years. I am not as successful in growing them as I would like, but I am trying my best. Next time we speak, I might be living in an indoor jungle for all I know - I come back with a new plant even if I pop out for groceries, and if I find myself in TKMaxx, I get more joy in finding a beautiful plant pot than a top or shoes! I am now eyeing macrame plant hangings and brainstorming ways to realize them. Middle age crisis or something??

Herbal Teas

I made no secret of the fact that winter and I don't get along very well, so given half a chance, I would go on to Winter Sleep and only wake up in Spring - if only I could! Since I have some inconveniences in a way - like you know, kids and life responsibilities, the next best thing is blanket, hot tea and a book. Those moments are far in between as well, but thinking of things I enjoyed for the last three - four months, this was came to mind first, so I can't just leave it out, can I? After buying only the cheapest teas for years, I decided to invest more into this little life luxury, but at the same time I watch deals like a hawk, and make sure to stock up on them when the time is right. One of my staples is plain old camomile tea, then it's rooibos (drunk with ginger, lemon, turmeric and honey) - aka The Drink That Keeps Me Well In Winters, and I like Yogi and Heath & Heather Organic ones too that I get in my local health shops. As I am so sensitive to caffeine, most of my teas tend to be caffeine free. I can only drink green tea in the morning until around 2pm.

Matcha Latte

See above. Insert matcha latte as my a.m. drink of choice post school run. 

Hosting An Awesome Giveaway

Telling this not to brag, but to share my joy with you - I genuinely love hosting giveaways, as this gives you, my readers, the chance to try the products I genuinely love. I collaborated with Pure Anada for my latest giveaway (now closed) and it brought so much joy to my heart, because isn't it lovely when a brand you love and support for a good few years comes to you with a giveaway offer? I was like "Yes and thanks for making me a happy girl!" If you missed that post of mine, I will link it below, as well as favourites for the past two years, where Pure Anada products are featured along my other Holy Grails.

And one NOT Favourite

As you know me, I am the least bitchy person around, and it takes me a lot to say something - I only have one thing as Not Favourite so far - not much since 2009, no? So brace yourselves for my second ever Not Favourite Thing - please step forward Instagram! It used to be my favourite social media platform for years, but with all these new algorithms (don't get me started on those) came some other not pleasant changes too - as in censoring! Let me explain myself - I found myself censored twice in one week - I was going into great depth answering someone's query on how I healed my dermatitis - it's been two years and I get a lot of questions about it - and to my surprise my comment didn't post, I got "Review Your Content. We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community" type of message that simply dumbfounded me, and then this nasty surprise repeated itself when I was discussing natural beauty line with someone. Umm, I mean, Instagram - really? Thanks for protecting your community from me! I mean it is quite understandable, the people need to be protected from me talking that you can heal your own a-u-t-o i-m-m-u-n-e  d-i-s-e-a-s-e. I am whispering this really quietly, so no IG or Google would hear it, ok? I posted quite a few Instagram stories about it, and I was on the verge of leaving, as quite frankly I was fed up with it - not only all I see is ads and random people I didn't even followed in my feed, now I will be censored for talking about all things natural?? I got a ton of all kinds of messages from people and natural brands owners telling me similar stories they experienced. One blogger friend had her account suspended when she tried posting truth about her son's autism - and she didn't get to use her account at all until she deleted every single post related to her son. So I came to the conclusion to that IG now censors some kind of key words that are heath and natural remedies related. But what exactly are those key words? No one knows! That was what pissed me off most of all - they think it is ok to censor people without issuing any kind of statement or list of words or hashtags that are not allowed? So the users are kind of left to stumble in the dark here - and in danger of being ghosted, or worse, if they will use the banned word(s) without even knowing what they are! 
Guess what, IG - I won't take this lying down, and I am in the process of blogging about all-the-things I did or used to heal myself. And if you will try to silence me about it, I will only shout louder! Take that!

Related posts You might be interested in: 

my two cents on OreganolP73:

by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder 

Isun Sacred Aroma Blend Review

The Drink That Keeps Me Well In Winters

Dermatitis be gone!

Pure Anada Review 

2017 Best Natural & Organic Products

2016 Best Natural & Organic Products

So that's all for today, see you here very shortly. Let me know your favourites too, I would love to know!

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