Friday, August 18, 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box August 2017




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

Love Lula Beauty Box August 2017


So after a little break from blogging and social media, I am back with a smile on my face and ready to blog, blog, blog! It's what I love doing, and I hope you enjoy it too.


In today's post we will look what's in latest Love Lula beauty box, shall we? It feels like a treat each month, doesn't it? I know I always look forward to mine! And I love how much thought and effort Love Lula team are putting into it - the products tend to be one or more of these characteristics -cruelty-free, vegan, natural ingredients, organic, ethically sourced etc. Speaking of taking the guesswork off your shoulders!


Beauty Brews Bliss Tea

Talk about perfect timing! I was bored of all my usual teas and wanted to try something different, so I was chuffed to see this. Organic teas are always appreciated at my house, so thank you Love Lula! I never bought Beauty Brews tea before, so it is my first time trying the brand, and I have to say I love what's brand all about - natural teas sans fillers and bleached tea bags are up my alley, and from what I looked around, this brand is great - Beauty Brews is dedicated to sourcing the finest organic teas that combine tried and tested ingredients into delicious blends, each with a specific flavour combination to help you enjoy moments of harmony, peace and beauty that help bring mind, body and soul into natural balance. The health benefits of natural teas such as green tea and rooibos tea have been known throughout the ages. In addition to these healing properties, herbal teas can also improve mental and spiritual well-being and create the setting for mindfulness, meditation and wellbeing.

Very true! Almost all problems can be sorted with a good cuppa :) Everybody got different flavors, I got Bliss and I really love it. Want to try more teas from this brand now.



Balm Balm Camomile floral water

Another item I am really happy to see in this box as it was on my wishlist! Now I get to try a mini version of it, how cool. Fingers crossed it will good, and I have a feeling my dry and sensitive skin will love it. After all, camomile is one of the most soothing things for your skin, and my skin definitely needs soothing right now. Scent is a bit strong and not what I expected though.


PHB Eyeliner in brown

Love Lula, how did you know I am in the market for a great natural eyeliner? We got PHB mascara (which I love) in the last month's box, and now we get an eyeliner. I only ever wear black eyeliner, so I wasn't super keen on brown, but I will happily test the formula and staying power. I will try it on my brows too.


As I happen to live outside of UK, they couldn't send
Glossworks 3in1 top coat and nail polish unfortunately, so instead I got:


Love Lula Beauty Box

Glossworks cuticle oil

This came in a really nice hefty glass bottle with a luxe feel to it, and after using only once, I can tell you that first impressions are good, the oil is lightweight and sinks in quickly. Really natural and minimal ingredients too.


Ooh! - Oils of Heaven Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Face Oil Travel Size

That's a mouthful, isn't it? Anyway, this looks promising, the description says that it contains 50% more vitamin E and twice the amount of Linoleic Acid than Argan Oil as well as 3 times more Retinol than Rose Hip Oil, giving it powerful anti-aging power. It is a fast absorbing, odourless, dry oil that leaves no residue. I will keep you updated.




So, I am really happy to start playing with the new goodies. Err, testing, I mean testing! They ship worldwide, and at the price is 13.95£ is is one of the best value boxes around! I mean you constantly get two or more full size products each month, and the sample sizes are always deluxe samples, allowing you to get a good feel of the product. And let's not forget, you get 20% off of the brands featured each month too! 13.95£ is a monthly recurring price 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. Another thing they recently started doing, is selling off the remains of their previous boxes, and at a very good prices too, so keep your eyes peeled if you fancy buying one off boxes.


         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 weekend everybody!


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dudu Osun Black Soap Review




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Duru Osun Black African Soap

 Today I wanted to share one of my favourites natural products with you, the one that slips away when it comes to review it (no pun intended). This product is one of those products that I used for well over a year before reviewing it. A year is a sufficient time to test the product, would you agree?

I first heard about black african soap when I researched all truly natural products that wouldn't irritate my dermatitis affected skin, and after looking at all natural ingredients and watching a few YouTube videos where people praised it for clearing acne prone skin (even bad cases of it), I knew I wanted it and I wanted it now! 

Luckily this beauty is widely available via health shops and online, Love Lula carries it, so wherever you happen to live, it is available to you (yay for free shipping and vast array of natural products or what?)

Now, let's look into the product, shall we?
Dudu-Osun the Original Black Soap is still produced the old traditional way. Dudu-Osun (Black Soap) consists of naturally occurring skin care ingredients that African ancestors already knew about and used. Dudu-Osun cleanses, nourishes, protects and refreshes your skin. It contains no artificial dyes and is completely biodegradable. Natural Ingredients in the Black Soap include Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Pure Honey, Palm Kernel Oil, Camwood (African Sandalwood), Citrus Extract, Glycerine and Ashes from Cocoa Pods which give the soap its unique black colour.
This high quality natural soap is still produced in the traditional way - regional small farmers in Nigeria use palm kernel oil, which is boiled with ash (from burnt palm leaves and cocoa beans) - with modern technology to traditional recipes. The other ingredients are added after the saponification process, and thus retain their quality. The characteristic color receives the compressed natural soap by its ash content. The high-quality, cold-pressed Shea butter, which is traditionally made from the fruit seeds of the sacred applicable Shea tree (shea tree), gives black soap the nourishing and moisturizing properties.

Dudu Osun African Black Soap

 
I must say I really love that is is all natural with minimal ingredients, and the fact that it comes in cardboard box with no plastic wrapping around the soap is a winner with me, as it means it is a waste free product. I find it is non drying soap that suds up very nicely, easy to use and it lasts a long time too. Can be used for shaving too. I really love it and have repurchased it a few times in this year alone. As it is in a bar form, it means it is convenient for travels, and it is exactly what I take if we are going away somewhere. I don't want to lug shower gels (which my family love) when I travel, but after some initial murmurs they use it happily. Dark colour took some getting used to, I don't mind it personally, but my family did, at first. After seeing how good the soap actually is, no one bats an eyelid about it anymore. Some other natural soaps we had were too drying, did not lather or were gone in a matter of a couple of weeks if not days - Dudu Osun is none of those things. As it contains honey, I am afraid it is not for my vegan friends, but I happen to love honey in my products. (It is one of my favourite ingredients in fact). The fragrance free version comes in a white box, but you will still get a black soap inside. It definitely smells more natural than the classic perfumed one, but let me tell you this - I am uber sensitive to everything, and it gave me no trouble whatsoever. Both soaps have ph of 8. As you can see in the photo below, I am testing with ph strips, not a device. Let's look at the ingredients, shall we?

Dudu-Osun African Black Soap:

Palm Kernel Oil, Ashes of Burned Cocoa Bean Pods, Water, Natural Glycerine, Shea Butter, Perfume, Honey, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, African Sandalwood(Camwood), Whole Leaf Extract of Aloe Vera.


Dudu-Osun Fragrance Free Black Soap:

Palm Kernel Oil, Ashes of Burned Cocoa Bean Pods, Water, Natural Glycerine, Shea Butter, Honey, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, African Sandalwood(Camwood), Whole Leaf Extract of Aloe Vera.

African Black Soap


As you can see, it has minimal ingredients, all natural, apart questionable "perfume" in the regular soap. I have contacted the brand about it, as well as inquiring about their cruelty free status, and a couple of days later, they are yet to get back to me. I will update this blog post as soon as I will hear back from them.  Having in mind I see only plant based ingredients in products (apart from honey) I am assuming they are cruelty free, but I still want to confirm with them. *Update few days later - the brand didn't get back to me, but the EU distributors did, and their reply was that the perfume in the classic soap is Bio Certified.
If I were to find faults with this product, I would point out the palm oil in it, it is a huge global problem, but it is not an easy one to solve, as many and many families rely on it for their livelihood. So it is up to you to decide if you are ok with it or not? 

So, what are my final thoughts on it? I am not super happy about palm oil in it, not going to lie, but I am happy with it as far as the product's performance goes, it is really great. Plastic and thus waste free, made from all natural materials in a traditional way, it lathers well, can be used for the whole family,for all skin types too, especially for those prone to eczema and acne, lasts a long time, is travel friendly, can be used as a shaving agent too - what's not to love? I know I will be back for more.

Have you tried this black soap? What are your thoughts on it? Please share with me, I would love to know!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ISUN Skincare Soothing Relief Balm Review



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ISUN Skincare Soothing Relief Balm


Isun Skincare is a line I have become truly enamoured with. As I use it more and learn more, I am amazed. The mission of this company is a noble one close to my beliefs. Bunnie Gulick has founded a company with skincare that will truly change your routine, and I am really happy it is available on our shores too. Let's look at the Isun mission:

To create true, high performance products in harmony with nature and our bodies that do no harm. To produce the most advanced, highest integrity wildcrafted organic and natural skin care products teeming with life and energy, for the purpose of restoring, rejuvenating and giving pure vitality to one’s skin, senses, health and total well-being.


You may have read two reviews of ISUN Skincare products I have posted already, and what's more, I was very excited to partner with ISUN Skincare UK for a giveaway, which was happening on my Instagram page, so make sure to follow mine and the brand's pages as not to miss out. Psst, there are more to come, so stay tuned! Spoiler alert much? Might be so, but everyone loves giveaways, don't we?

ISUN Skincare was the only skincare line I took away with me when I went away for a month, and I am happy to say it worked great and my skin was happy and clear. Over time I will review all the products I own, which are Chlorella Algae Mask, Coco Cucumber Cleanser, Saphire facial oil, Peptide Eye Cream, Rhassoul Refining Exfoliant and you can see my thoughts on wonderful serum that is Emerald Sun Hydrosol here. I am so happy and blown away by the whole range, and needless to say I want to try everything!

Today we will look into Soothing Relief Balm more closely. It is intended for all skin types, especially beneficial for sensitive and hyper-sensitive skin (hello, me!) It has multiple uses for it and I will touch on it in just a second. Description says "A
soothing, calming and cooling balm that supports rapid and effective repair of inflamed and sensitive skin conditions while it moisturises and protects tissues. Gives a feeling of immediate relief from burns, bug bites, plant stings while it provides healing to irritated or damaged skin". I agree with all of it! To me it is worth it is weight in gold as it saved my skin (and my daughter's skin) multiple times. Even though most of us tend to associate and use balms in winter to protect our skin from harsh conditions, I think this is a great summer product too, as it heals, soothes and cools the skin. Great for burns, stings, seasonal allergies or as after sun product. You will get 50ml of product in dark Miron glass jar.

Shall we look into ingredients?

Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil; Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Chamomilla recutita (chamomile) flower extract, Symphytum officinale (comfrey) root extract, Lavandula intermedia (lavender) flower extract, Azadirachta indica (neem) leaf extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf extract, Centella asiatica (gotu kola) leaf extract, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Helichrysum arenarium (helichrysum) flower extract, Urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, Plantago major (plantain) leaf extract; Rosa damascena (rose) distillate; Beta-glucan (oat-derived); Glycerin; Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit water; Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf; Ozokerite (mineral wax); Helichrysum arenarium (helichrysum) flower extract; Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract; Tocopherols (vitamin E); Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside (vegetable wax); Xanthan gum; Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil; Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid concentrate); Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf (concentrate); Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract.

Let's look into some of the ingredient's effect on the skin, shall we?

Virgin Coconut Oil

Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial antioxidant with regenerating and moisturising properties.
Effect - calms, cools, repairs, moisturises, purifies and protects skin. Provides natural sun protection and has a natural coconut aroma.



Beta Glucan 

Stimulates fibroblast cells and collagen. Supports skin’s own immune system against bacteria, free radicals and UV rays.
Effect - firms, soothes and hydrates skin. Reduces sensitivity and promotes healthy, clear skin.
Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been used for a host of purposes since the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.” 
Effect - it acts as a moisturiser, treats sunburn, acne, fights aging, helps with skin inflammation and so much more. 

Cucumber Water
It is a well known remedy for sunburned skin, which is equally beneficial for eczema and reducing inflammation. 

As you can see, it is coconut based product, but it didn't cause me any breakouts or other trouble, while straight up coconut oil does. There is something magical in this formula, and it gives me confidence to try more coconut based face products, whereas in the past I used to avoid them like plague. As you can clearly see, the ingredients are all natural and gorgeous - from what I can tell, all ISUN Skincare products are truly natural and wonderful, and I came to trust this brand 100%. If they came out with a new product and gave it to me to test without disclosing it's ingredients, I would happily accept it, as I could guarantee it wouldn't have anything in it that would be harmful to the skin. This brand is a rare gem in today's market full of greenwashing products. Obviously check for any ingredients you might be allergic to.

This was the product I got the most use out of while away and I will tell you why exactly. It came in handy on multiple occasions and I took it away with me everywhere. Because of the climate change my skin went a bit haywire in the first couple of days, and the normal skincare wasn't working or helping much, and accidentally glutening myself on my first day didn't help either. So I reached for this balm and it worked like magic. All my angry red splotches were greatly diminished in just a couple of hours. My skin was almost back to normal the next day, when normally it takes nearly a week for it to calm down, so I was really chuffed I took this balm away with me. After that I made sure to avoid all the foods I should avoid and apply Soothing Relief Balm as a part of night skincare routine, and my skin was happy! You can use this balm post sun too, and all three of us, my mom, kid and myself made sure to do so after sun exposure.
Another area where the balm really came in handy was on my daughter's legs, she got bitten by bugs on her legs badly (and her constant scratching made it so much worse) so after applying some natural antiseptic I treated the skin with this wonderful soothing balm, and it provided fast relief. 
I must admit I forgot my hand cream, and I certainly didn't want to buy anything non natural, so I used this balm as a hand cream every night too, and my hands were so so soft. I think this balm is perfect all rounder and as you can use it so many different ways, it is worth every penny in price. Not to mention it's all natural gorgeous ingredients of course!


So that is my post for today. Have you tried this product or any other ISUN product? What are your thoughts on them? Please share, I really want to know.


Lot's of Love,
Renata.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Natural and Organic Summer 2017 Favourites



Hi Lovelies,




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




I am back from my home country (I went to take care of my mom who is mid-chemo, and took some time off from social media too) and I thought what's better post to come back than Summer Faves, isn't it? I have loads of ideas and reviews lined up, but as I as I managed to catch flu upon return, those will have to wait a bit. As I enjoy Faves posts and Youtube videos, I hope you will enjoy this post too? Shall we get started?





Quiet time with my family 

As this wasn't holiday per se, more supporting my mom during this difficult time, I shunned holiday and any unnecessary stuff too and just spent three weeks with my mom and my younger kid. As my mom has no computer and no internet, it was a digital detox for us too, which I quite enjoyed. I prefer real interactions anyway.



Reading

I really enjoy reading, and as I had free time on my hands, I finished about six book and re-read my school favourites, Native American Indian books. 

Living Libations Spirulina Shampoo

This is a recent addition to my stash, and that was the only haircare product I took with me. 200ml bottle lasted me for a month and I have a third of it left, which I took back. Really enjoyed this shampoo and I shall review it shortly. (photo on my IG page here)
 
 
Green Life In Dublin Summer 2017 Favourites



Inika Light Reflect Highlighting Creme

I'll be honest with you, I took loads of make up with me, and ended up using like three to five products max, and surprisingly to me, this was one of them. I am not big on highlighters at the best of times, you see. Inika is a great brand which I am yet to review, so please stay tuned. I have quite a few products from this brand and I got some more via LLABP on the way, so comprehensive review will be on your way in a couple of weeks. When it comes to this liquid highlight, it quickly became my fave, I love the fact that it lasts all day (you have to work it in quickly though) and it is the perfect balance of gold and silver, which would suit most of the skin tones.



Nude By Nature Touch Of Glow Highlight Stick In Bronze

Phew, that's a mouthful! In short, this is a really gorgeous highlight in a handy chubby stick, and I loved it! I am way too pale to use it as an actual highlight, so I used it as a bronzer. If you love glowy bronzers (no glitter though, just shimmery, but subtle enough for daytime), you would love this! I have a full review on this and a few more Nude by Nature products, and I will link it here. That reminds me to buy their mascara, which I thoroughly enjoyed earlier this year because of zero flaking reasons!  



Luk Beautifood Lipsticks

Just like I said earlier, I took loads of make up with me, including a good few brightly coloured 100%Pure lipsticks, and after wearing them maybe once, I quickly switched to these products, which are more like a tinted chapsticks in terms of colour intensity, but were much more closer to my comfort zone, and i wore them non stop. You don't even need a mirror! So moisturising too. 

 

Duru Osun Black African Soap

Really great natural soap that is definitely due for a review but for some strange reason it's forever in my 70+ drafts (yes, really) - I should pull it together soon! Only natural ingredients, works great, gives great lather, not too pricy, comes in cardboard box, so has no waste to it, lasts a great deal too. Definitely a fave of mine and I think I will make it a permanent purchase from Love Lula from now on. 

Green Life In Dublin Fashion Faves Summer 2017


 Rebecca Minkoff 5 Zips Bag

My one and only designer bag, and I go through phases of wanting to use it more and "saving it" (oh, the frugal side of me!) - and after not using it at all last summer, I consciously took it away with me. I planned to take it as my one and only handbag for holidays, but ended up throwing in one more across body bag in leopard print into the suitcase at the last minute. This bag looks great, but it is a tad heavy due to metal hardware. Still love it though. 

 

Small Square Leopard Print Bag

This is the other bag I mentioned earlier, and I am so glad I took it - I ended up using it more due to it being light and convenient. Love leopard print and have been for years - I consider it a neutral, but most often I use it as an accent "colour" as in a bag or a scarf maybe. It is easy to overdo it with leopard print, or get it wrong - pair it with gold and you are instantly in the "trashy" territory, so I err on the side of caution. But I love me some leopard print.



Thrifted Leopard Print Scarf

This was one of the very few thrifted purchases this year, and this has to be one of the fave pieces I have to say - love those giant square cotton scarves in general, and if they come in leopard print, so much better! I find a million uses for them beside hanging it on my neck - I have covered buggy with it, used it in the car to give shade to my child, clipped it onto beach umbrella, used it as a impromptu plane blanket - you name it, I have probably used it that way. Best 50 cents or 2 euro investment if you ask me :) 

Green Life In Dublin Fashion Fave Summer 2017


Blue Shirt

I happen to love shirts with jeans lately, and although I took a few of them, this happened to be my fave and I ended up using it most frequently. It is made of of tencel, aka the wood pulp, but what I really love about it is how beautifully it hangs on the body (good cut helps too) and I after getting tons of compliments on it, I think I will look into more clothing made of tencel. My hubby wants a man's version of this shirt too ;)



White runners

Call me daft, but I only now discovered that white Converse type of runners go with EVERYTHING in summer! Insert covering eyes emoji here. And I did wear them non stop indeed. Will have to invest in real Converses come next summer. 

 
Oreganol P73

This has got to be the best natural savior I've discovered to date, natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral agent all in one? Yes please! I talk more in depth in my Top Three Natural Products blog post here if you want to know more. I never travel without one now, and it did come handy once again, this time it was mostly used for bug bites on my little one's legs (followed by ISUN Soothing Balm) I have to tell you this particular bottle is not travel friendly though, it leaked twice on me before, and it happened again this time, so now all my carry on smells like oregano times thousand. Hmm. 

(and a funny story to go with it - the bottle of OreganolP73 I'd bough from Nourish as a gift for my mom (I got her hooked on it too) turned out to be EMPTY!!! I was shocked and dumbfounded to discover I bought an empty bottle for 30 quid, and what's more, it was a gift, not something for my personal use. It probably was a manufacturing error and came that way to the shop, but still, I was not a happy bunny about it. As one income family, 30 quid have to go far, and in this case we ended up paying twice for it, as I had to ask hubby to get another bottle of it. And no, it didn't leak in the transfer, because there was no smell in my carry on pouch or luggage whatsoever, and we all know this smells like oregano times thousand. I haven't gone to the shop to complain in person, as I was away for a month, so I assumed no one would believe me and would say I used it all up and want my money back a month later, but I sent email asking for a stricter inspection of the stock before handing it to unsuspecting customers. No reply yet, and it's been more than a week).


 
Ere Perez Arnica Concealer in Light

This was one of the very few things I used daily and I hit pan on it big time. Review here if you are interested, and I have to say I've come to love this concealer a lot. Yes it is thick and sticky, but it has great coverage, something I need, and on me it does not crease (I wear eye oil underneath).

Green Life In Dublin Fave Accessories of Summer 2017
  

Vivienne Westwood Necklace & Hematite Bracelets

Here's a thing about me - I am extremely picky about my jewelry. (Picky is not something I would use to describe myself though, but in this case I am). I don't like cheap high street merchandise, I don't want to look like every other woman I meet either, so I choose very minimal jewelry that has a story and meaning to me, and these items definitely do. No offense if high street is your thing, but I prefer to go off the beaten track. When I said "cheap" I meant "cheap looking" stuff, I don't discriminate against any price point jewelry, but it has to be styled in the right way. For example these three hematite and some natural stones bracelets were about a fiver, but I love them as much as my VW pendant, which came at a price, but I saved for it for years, and when it comes to the cost-per-wear, it definitely paid off by now. (Oh, how I laughed at this cost-per-wear concept when I read about it in magazines at first. Oh, how I get it now!) 






Favourite Souvenirs

I am getting more and more into crystals, so I couldn't resist picking up these cute brass elephants (which my family also collects) and when I found two cutest ever mini turtles carved out of natural stone at my mom's house, I I immediately fell in love with them! I went to my mom wanting to trade those for something, but to my surprise she said they aren't hers, they are mine that I'd left them at her house long time ago, so I can have them. So needless to say I did. Thanks for taking care of them mom!
 

Green Life In Dublin Fave Skincare of Summer 2017 - ISUN
  

ISUN Skincare  

A line of products I fell head over heels for, please see reviews here and here if interested, or scroll through my Instagram feed and read my thoughts on them. And stay tuned for more, there might be more giveaways coming soon! Spoiler alert, much?



Sorry to leave you on such a teasing note! What are you guys loving lately? Please share with me, I would really love to know!


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That is all for now,
Lots of Love,
Renata.










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Friday, August 11, 2017

What's In My Beauty Bag?



Hi Lovelies,



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

Green beauty blogger's make up bag :)

Upon me coming back to social media I was chuffed to find out I was featured in LukBeautifood blog, so half cheating I am quickly posting this with a link to their website - to read what's exactly in my beauty bag and my thoughts on the products, click here.
And have a lovely day guys 💕 


Take two: what's in green beauty blogger's beauty bag?

What is in your make up bag? Please share with me, I would love to know!


 That's it for now,
Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gone To Live A Little

Gone To Live A Little

Hi Lovelies,

 


Hey my beautiful readers! From tomorrow I am unplugging for about a month because I am flying over to take care of my mother, who is battling breast cancer. She is post operation and mid chemo, and has lots of side effects like dizziness, nausea, hair loss, you name it. I cried my eyes out about it because this and the following radiation will kill her more than a cancer itself, but that was not my decision to make, and while she went the traditional route, I dove deep into all natural cures. While I learned a lot, I want to know more, so if you are cancer survivor or know one and you are into natural treatments, please please please let me know what to do and how to help her? My email is green.life.in.dublin@gmail.com or please DM me on Instagram if you don't want to leave a public comment. I am interested in supplements, essential oils, teas, tinctures, you name it, I want to know about it. It would be especially helpful if you could give me exact details of what and when to take. Thankfully I persuaded her to give up sugar, meat, white flour, dairy and alcohol and she took it on board. She is practically a vegan now but is really struggling because she hates veggies and can't find replacements for anything. She lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and while they have an eco shop, they carry none of the dairy replacements and only one type of horrible nut milk, so it is not like she can go into Wholefoods or the like and choose whatever she fancies. I think I will be able to help her with the diet part, but I want to help more, and that is exactly why I am reaching out to you guys here. Any tips? Please, pretty please?
I am interested in solid tips on what to take, when, how many times a day, as in daily/weekly plans if you wish. Please don't say "watch The Truth About Cancer or Sacred Plan" because I've done it already; or anything vague like "she could use frankincense".
 
Thanks so much in advance! 
 
Kiss and hug your loved ones tightly today and say how much you love them! 

That is all for today, see you in a month.
Lots of Love,
Renata.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Couleur Caramel Make Up Review





Hi Lovelies,



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


Couleur Caramel cosmetics

How are you all doing? Are you seeing any real summer yet? Here in Ireland we are experiencing oddest summer to date, I have not seeing anything like this in my nearly forty years (gasp!). Let me explain - we did had three days of really nice weather that European heatwave brought us, but other than that it is raining nearly all the time! And on those days that are sunny, the wind is so cold that it goes through your bones - to me it resembles winter wind, and that is what exactly what puzzles me. It is not supposed to be this way, I have never experienced being hot and cold at the same time (not on the same day) - when the sun is shining, you are truly roasting, at the risk of getting sun stroke, but at the same time if the wind blows, you are left shivering! All at bloody once! Oddest thing ever. Even my husband had to pack away his principles and take out the jacket again, until then he was like "it is summer, I ain't wearing no jacket"! Yep. Please let me know what's the weather like where you live?

The weather ramble aside, let's get into today's post, shall we?

Couleur Caramel is the natural, mineral and certified organic make-up brand that has arrived to our shores a couple of years back, fresh from the world’s beauty capital, Paris. It is an ethical, responsible and respectful brand, providing high-quality, trendy and healing make-up.

This French cosmetics brand, unique for its professional quality, is stirring a revolution across Europe. It has been praised by make-up professionals in the motion pictures industry as “the most sought after by both female and male actors”. It has been used by the likes of Eva Longoria and was featured in Grazia and Hello magazines. It has also been used on Strictly Come Dancing France set, which I found very interesting, it make up can hold in the studio under the harsh lights and not melt, then surely it must be good?

Couleur Caramel’s first and most important value is respect. They respect customers’ health and beauty, as well as their time and money. Respect nature and the animal world. They embrace innovation while upholding tradition.

Couleur Caramel products are all-in-one natural, organic and mineral. They use mineral raw material from trusted sources and organically grown plant-based active ingredients. The plants in Couleur Caramel make-up are cultivated under strict control on lands free from chemical fertilizers, and are harvested with utmost care. The formulas are free from synthetic or petroleum-derived ingredients. They do not use parabens, artificial dyes or fragrances.

Couleur Caramel cosmetics are made to a professional standard, which means that they offer a large make-up range with bright, long-lasting colours. Furthermore, the process of micronisation (with particles several times thinner than in ordinary powders) provides an exceptionally smooth and homogeneous texture. The result is a user-friendly product of the highest quality: silky application, flawless finish, buildable coverage, perfect hold; all this without any need for extra materials or professional equipment. Brand's aim is beauty combined with comfort and ease.

Couleur Caramel gives great consideration to the environment and animal welfare. All products are tested on volunteers and never on animals. Couleur Caramel is a member of the OneVoice association internationally known for its defence of animal rights. They use recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials for our packaging and displays.

Couleur Caramel products hold the “Cosmebio” label by the certification body Ecocert, which develops standards for natural and organic cosmetics.The Cosmebio BIO label basically means that a minimum of 95% of the specific item is of natural origin and that 95% of the certifiable ingredients are in fact organic. Couleur Caramel products are suitable for all skin types, including post-treatment skin, and all lifestyles, including vegetarian. Many of Couleur Caramel’s products are suitable for strictly vegans. They use only trusted sources and support Fair Trade, whilst ensuring product quality and traceability.

So why Couleur Caramel?

  • Natural effect
  • Comfort
  • Easy application
  • Silky texture
  • Perfect hold
  • High concentration in pigments
  • Easy correction
  • Professional quality

I have two products from the line to review, but I will surely be back for more!



Couleur Caramel blush in Peach

Blush in Peach


Blush is my happy place when it comes to the cosmetics, so naturally I opted for this when given the chance to pick what I wanted from the brand. This was easy! And I have to say I really like it, really pigmented blush in true peach colour. You definitely need a light hand with this - and this comes from someone who looves blush! I can see this lasting for a really long time, so I think it is well worth the money. The finish is matte, so I often add a bit of highlighter on top, and it is up to you if you want to do that or not. I personally love my blushes to resemble Nars Orgasm one - as in peachy shade with a bit of golden sheen to it (I even dedicated a whole blog post finding and listing more than 20 natural alternatives to it, and I am about to update it with a couple of more options too. Yes, I work hard on my blog, and I like it that way! Find the post here). By the way, I ran a toxicity report on EWG and it came back with a very impressive score of 1! Sweet or what? I am definitely impressed.


Ingredients:
NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
 MICA; ZEA MAYS STARCH; ZINC STEARATE; SQUALANE; GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE; TOCOPHEROL; PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL; PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL; PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL; MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL; SILICA; BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER; CI 77491 (Red iron oxide); CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide); CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide); CI 77742 (Manganese violet); CI 77499 (Black iron oxide); CI 77007 (Ultramarine)

NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
My second pick was stick foundation, as I am always interested in them too, but this was a bit trickier as they were a bit apprehensive to send it to me unless I got a professional color match first, which proved a bit trickier than I anticipated, I sent messages to official couleur caramel and couleur caramel deutchland pages on IG (there are more, but those two seemed most active) asking for a colour match, so it turned out their German page is ran by the PR company and not the brand, and I didn't get any response from the official page. Couleur Caramel is thankfully available in Ireland, but the two places I visited in person either didn't have samples or the stick foundation itself, so I am yet to find out my match. I might be either 11 or 12 - girls at Nourish Liffey were really helpful, they dug out the actual products and opened them up so I could take a look, and this is where our opinions mismatched, I wanted to go for 12, as to me it seemed like somewhat perfect match, but the sales lady was keen to push 11 on me, while I thought it is too light and too yellow based for my liking. So I left without a foundation that day, but I really regret not getting the anti redness green concealer there and then. That particular shop had a few testers, so I swatched the eye liner, the stick foundation and the green concealer on my hand, and the green concealer was still there by the end of the day. All products seemed very pigmented, which I was really impressed about, and the shop staff had only good words about the products and the brand.
Couleur Caramel liquid eyeliner

Liquid Eyeliner in Black



I am really impressed by this! Previously I only tried Pure Anada liquid eyeliner when it comes to the green beauty ones, and let's just say this is million times better! As someone who uses liquid eyeliners so infrequently, I am more likely to find it dried out on me than truly finish it, even back in the day when I wasn't into green beauty. And I must admit I am really struggling when it comes to the liquid eyeliner, I suck at it, but I keep trying. Just like eyebrows, my flicked lines are more often friends, not sisters if you know what I mean, but I keep trying. This is one thing I am yet to master in make up. EWG report came up at 3 for this product, very impressive considering in mind this goes near eyes and this is exactly the product green beauty is struggling with, I hear lots of people, bloggers and youtubers saying they are yet to find a green beauty product that would work for their liking. Well, I like this product for sure, it is jet black, you only need one coat, not three like with some other brands products, it stays well, pretty much all day, for me it only crumbles away at the very end on the line, but in a minor way. The tip is very thin and flexible and if you are not a fan of those type of applicators, you can use a separate brush, I prefer small, stiff angled brush myself as I feel it gives me the most control. I am yet to see how long it will last me in the bottle, but I will update you guys either on Instagram or in my empties post here later on.


Let's look at the ingredients, shall we?
AQUA (WATER); ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER; GLYCERIN; ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE;  SUCROSE PALMITATE; XANTHAN GUM; BENZYL ALCOHOL; DEHYDROACETIC ACID; SODIUM BENZOATE; POTASSIUM SORBATE; CITRIC ACID; LACTIC ACID; SODIUM HYDROXIDE;  CI 77007 (Ultramarine); SILICA; CI 77499 (Black iron oxide)

Couleur Caramel swatches

So what are my thoughts and verdict? Impressed, in love, want more! How about that? I can really see why the brand is popular with the celebrities. I am in love with the cardboard packaging too (doesn't that blush packaging resemble cutest little handbag?) as it it the ultimate recyclable material, and we don't need any more plastic if you ask me. My products were sent to me by vclaire.ie team, who are distributors for Couleur Caramel and a few other natural brands here in Ireland. They have their in house beauty centre in Dublin 6, which I am yet to visit, but is frequented by local celebs. They are as passionate about educating consumers on benefits of using natural products as I am!

My wishlist:


💕 Green anti redness concealer in 16
💕 Correcting concealer in 08 (seems the closest to salmon colour, which works the best for me)
💕 Beauty Essential palette
💕 Perles sublimatrices - this product seems to be only on their official website, and if I ever order from them, I will make sure to include them in my order - those multi coloured pearls is one thing I miss from my pre-green beauty days. And I didn't see them anywhere else. Lust item for sure!
💕 Palette Eye Essentials nr1 - someday down the line. I really like the look of it, and if the eye shadows are as much pigmented as the blushes, I am sure I would enjoy it.
This palette seems like the close natural dupe to those Naked palettes from Urban Decay I never had. So if you have one of those and want to switch to a clean option, this is the ones to check out. Did you know that Urban Decay use teflon in their eye shadows? Yes, that one as in pans! Nice, isn't it? Doesn't that make you want to switch to natural beauty like immediately?


Ok, I am done now. Have you tried this brand and what is your favourite product?


Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Disclaimer. Because I have to. After some recent events I have to state that no one is allowed to use my photos (or my blog text for that matter) without my permission. Bloggers photos belong to the blogger and if you want to use them you have to ask me first and include a photo credit too. Not asking me before and not crediting the blogger for all the hard work = not cool. 

Disclaimer II. The products were sent to my for my consideration, but my thoughts are always my own. The link is not an affiliate link, nor I am paid to talk about this. Thanks for reading the small print.