Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Natural & Organic Summer '18 Favourites



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Pure Anada make up - Green Life In Dublin Approved


💕 Pure Anada mineral make up

That's all I used for the last few weeks when I had to wear make up for work, and I have only good things to say - if you are after full coverage mineral make up, this is it! My firm favourites are mineral foundation, which holds a firm spot in my Holy Grail Products for a few years already (I am Sunkissed Canadian in Summer, and Atlantic Bisque in Winter) and pressed blush in Forever Summer, which is a recent favourite. This is uber pigmented too, you only need a very light dip with brush, mind you! I have tried a good few things for the brand, and while some others change or are on rotation, some remain firm favourites for years!

 I have a review of it here and here.


 
💕 Mahana perfume by Leahlani

This has been a firm favourite since the day I got it in March or April - I have placed an order from SoNaturalBeauty back then and have missed their 10% Mother's Day discount advertised only on IG, so Letizia was kind enough to include it as a gift for me. And I have been loving it ever since! This smells sweet and coconut-y, and although it is won't be my one and only favourite perfume, it is nice to have it to add to my usual suspects of more masculine and muskier perfumes, I looove layering my perfumes and creating something no one else would have. I see this lasting for ages, I have been using it almost daily for a couple of months now, and a few times per day as well (you have to re-apply it, it does not last all day) and I am only one or two millimeters down. I deemed them pricy at 25€ per 10ml bottle before, but now I have changed my mind and see it as a good value. Needless to say I now want to try the rest of them too,  I wish IG or online shops would have scratch and sniff feature so I could smell them before I buy. I am super curious about the Bless essence and the rest of Leahlani products too. I have been wanting them for forever, but in order to not to have too many products I keep postponing (and postponing) getting them. The thing is, my stash does not seem to be getting any smaller even though I am doing regular clear outs, so I have been asking myself when the time will be right? Blogger problems, much?


 
💕Having clear space & decluttering
 
Not so easy to do in a small apartment with four people, but I have been trying my hardest. I find clean space gives me clear mind.


 
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Hynt Beauty Pinkibelle Lipstick - modeled by Green Life In Dublin


💕 Pinkibelle by Hynt Beauty 

Another favourite since the day I got it, and second Holy Grail product from the same brand. I can already tell you that this will be a repurchase for life, or at least until Hynt Beauty is making it - and I really hope to God they will never discontinue it! My perfect nude 'your lips but better' and my new signature lipstick 💄 I have never had a signature lipstick in my young 30 something years of life, so let me have this little joy, ok? See it here and me modeling it here.


 

💕 Time with Mom
 

Like a true superhero, my Mother flew over to mind my kids temporarily when I had to move into full time at work - I have been at that crucial step at the end of the training, moving into now-prove-yourself phase, and it has been super stressful, high pressure of make it or break it time at work, coupled with unsupportive family members. Even if it didn't work out for the majority of time, I am forever in her favour - we have had lots of great moments too, and for that I will be forever grateful.
 


💕 Sea

Sea is forever my happy place and that's enough said. I hope I can live next to it one day.
 
💕 Japanese food

Can we get 'yum'? My latest discovery is Yamamori Japanese restaurant in Dublin, and I can't get enough and so does my elder family members. Unfortunately that cannot be said for my 5yr old princess, as she is one of those fussy eaters and Yamamori is one of those restaurants that don't have a specific kids chicken-nuggets-and-chips kind of menu. I kind of respect them for that, but it also means my 6 yr old goes hungry. Stubborn much?


 
💕 Vanilla & Orange Joy blend

This is more like a Spring favourite that continues into Summer - I have been diffusing essential oils like a crazy person, and one of my favourite blends is vanilla and orange essential oils together - a blend that I nicknamed Joy, because who cannot be happy when there's orange and vanilla aroma in the air? 




 

💕 Sharing the Love game

Another favourite thing of the last month or so has been a little IG game that I took part in, I asked people to comment with three hearts 💚💚💚 on specific IG post of mine (here) if they wanted me to feature my favourite picture from their profile on my InstaStories. So I was busy for a good few days scrolling everyone's feeds and snapping screenshots, and I had great fun doing it! At first I thought I will be featuring the best flatlays of products or something similar, but I quickly found myself posting pictures of people themselves, as I really wanted to show my appreciation for them. I saved everything into a special collection on my IG profile, and you can check it out if you want to. It is called 'Fun & Games' - and if you want to, you can still participate - just find that post of mine and comment with three hearts in the comments. I am all about supporting fellow bloggers and like minded sisters (and brothers) - it is kind of a priority for me!

 

 
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Elsa's Organic Skin Foods deodeorants


💕 Elsa's Organic Skinfood Deodorants

These were just meant to be in my life - as soon as they appeared in Love Lula, I knew I wanted to try them, and soon my wish was granted, not only once, but twice - I got their Ocean deodorant in Love Lula box but I passed it on as I couldn't handle the peppermint in it. And I was spoiled some more by the brand themselves (with a little help of PR fairy) when they sent me the rest of their range - and I am happy to report they are now my favourite natural deodorants! I haven't had much luck with the natural deodorants until these little beauties came onto the scene, and I don't want anything else for the time being. My favourite scent is Dew, which is refreshing citrus notes. Love is also very interesting, with rose and ylang ylang, but more of the latter, which is why I am leaving it for fall, where I tend to gravitate to more heavy and earthy scents. Sensitive one does not smell of anything (it does not have any essential oils added) but guess what, you won't smell of BO either - these beauties went through vigorous testing - stressful work in the 30'C heatwave, no less! Nice to know I can count on Elsa's. What's more, the company is doing good deeds too, and I always respect when brands look furthermore that their own profits - they launched plastic free packaging and donating 1£ for every tin sold to Ocean Pollution UK - amazing, or what?





💕 Danielle Shleese 

I have no words to describe how much I love this girl - she is a natural and cruelty free make up artist, and how she does not have every follower ever is beyond me. She is so amazing with make up, but what I love much more than that is her amazing funny personality - watch any of her Youtube videos and you are guaranteed to leave in better mood than you started, I guarantee you! Not only that, but she can sell any product to me - did I tell you she is amazing with make up?? See it for yourself on her IG page here, and I think you will want to run out and buy everything she uses too. But I am not her, I can't create anything even half as beautiful as her, sob. So I came up with a plan - I am going to ask for Danielle for Christmas! Does Santa operate in humans as personal make up artists? Pretty please? I've been such a good girl for forever, pleaase?


So there you have it, my favourite Things and Not Things (I also loooved participating in a couple of awesome giveaways I collaborated on this summer - if You follow me on Instagram, you might know about awesome Bella Aura Coffret and Best Face Friend from Holistic Beauties giveaways? See, it pays to be friends with me all over social media, haha!)


 Now it is Your turn, tell me Yours, I really want to know :)



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Lots of Love,
Renata.  


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Love Lula Beauty Box August 2018



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Love Lula Beauty Box August 2018


Today I wanted to share the contents of Love Lula Beauty Box for this month, and I hope this will inspire You to either switch to more natural products or subscribe to this box for yourself maybe? I love getting this box and am looking forward to it each month - I am not one of those people who have patience to wait for it to discover contents - I am one of those people who prowl the internet looking for clues and maybe spoiler pictures as soon as I hear "your box has been shipped"! Umm, yeah, I need to know goddammit :)


So without further ado, let's see what's in this month's box, shall we? As always, the value far exceeds what you pay for - this month's value is 55£, so your money will go further three times if not more - sweet or what? I am getting this box for about a year now and I have to say they are doing a really good job at curating it, you get a well rounded selection of products - face creams, body creams, shampoos, conditioners, face serums, make up - you name it, we got it in this box. More often than not it has three or more full sized products and the value is always so much higher than you pay for, ranging from 50£ to around 70£. So yeah, I love it and recommend it wholeheartedly - if you are into natural beauty and/or making a switch now, this box is for you. If you love surprises, this box is for you. If you want your money to go so much further, this box is for you! Do I need to go on?



Madara Peel Brightening AHA Peel Mask


I have to say I am a bit scared of AHA peel off masks, as my skin is oftentimes way to sensitive for them, but I think I will be brave and try this! Madara is the brand that is featured heavily in Love Lula Beauty Boxes, so if you love Madara brand, this box is for you :)

Ingredients:
Aqua, Lactic Acid, Glycerin***, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Floral Water*, Galactoarabinan, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Mica (CI 77019)****, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Fruit Extract*, Aroma, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)****, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCL, Xantan Gum, Limonene**. * ingredients from organic farming ** natural essential oils *** made using organic ingredients ****pure mineral pigments



Bowe Lash Oil

Interesting product indeed, and I am hoping I will stick it through to see results :) Looking at the ingredients I think this should work, it's only I am not confident I won't forget to do it - as a true Sag I can't finish anyth... (gettit?)

Joking aside, I am looking forward to trying this, and I have to say my only bugbear with is is the dropper packaging - I wish it came in the mascara tube with a wand, it would be so much easier to use. I have tried similar products in the past, and appying eye lash oil with fingers is a bit of a pain, so I quit sooner than I see results - that's why I said I am hoping I will stick to it this time. Oh, and a little piece of advise from me - don't apply this just before the bed time, do it much earlier - you don't want to get oils in your eyes, trust me!

Ingredients:
Rosa Canina Seed Oil* (Rosehip), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil* (Castor), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil* (Jojoba), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) *certified organic ingredients



Pure & Light Organic Skincare Revitalising Facial Exfoliation

Pure & Light Organic Skincare are calling my name, and I am hoping to try more from the brand sometime. At first I mistook this for an exfoliator or scrub kind of thingy, but no, this is a dual action cleansing cream with 23 active ingredients (this explains the long list of ingredients) and all I can say is - bring on the evening so I could try it :)

Ingredients:
Aqua (Spring water), Sesamum indicum (Sesame seed)*, Butyrospernum parkii (Shea butter)*, Cetearyl olivate/sorbitan olivate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot kernel)*, Olea europea (olive)*, Cetyl alcohol, Prunus amygdalus (Sweet almond)*, Cera alba (Honey)*, Alpha tocopherol (Vitamin-E), Persea gratissima (Avocado)*, distillates of Cistus ladaniferus (Rock rose)*, Citrus aurentium fleur (Neroli)*, Rosa damascene (Rose otto)*, Essential oils of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree)* and Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)*, Avena sativa (Arctic oat) extract*, Althea officinalis (Chickweed) extract*, Rubus fructicosus (Blackberry seed)*, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry seed)*, Argania spinosa (Argan)*, distillates of Pelargonium asperum (Geranium)*and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)*, Cymbopogon martini (Palmorosa)*, Cananga odorata extra (Ylang-ylang)*, Aniba roseodora (Rosewood)*, Ribues nigrum (Blackcurrant) extract*, Sodium hyaluronate acid*, Helychrisum italicum (Immortelle)*, Lavandula stoechas (Wild lavender)*, Commpiphora molmol (Myrrh)*, Rosa damascena (Rose otto)*, Acidum siliccium, Calcium fluoratum *certified organic ingredient



Galinee Creme Visage Hydrating Face Cream

Galinee is the brand I will be reviewing very soon, as I am testing their Body Milk and Face Mask & Scrub behind the scenes, so these cute little minis from this beauty box will be included as well. Prebiotics & probiotics in skincare intrigue me to no end, so I can't wait to get stuck in!

Ingredients:
WATER GLYCERIN CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE HYDROGENATED COCONUT OIL ISOPROPYL PALMITATE SUCROSE STEARATE DICAPRYLYL ETHER ALPHA-GLUCAN OLIGOSACCHARIDE GLYCERYL STEARATE GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE INULIN LACTIC ACID POLYMNIA SONCHIFOLIA ROOT JUICE LACTOBACILLUS MALTODEXTRIN MYRTUS COMMUNIS LEAF EXTRACT ARGININE CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE (AVOBENZONE) ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE (OCTISALATE) CARBOMER TOCOPHERYL ACETATE UNDECYLENOYL GLYCINE TOCOPHEROL ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER TETRASODIUM GLUTAMATE DIACETATE XANTHAN GUM SODIUM HYDROXIDE SODIUM BENZOATE.



Galinee Creme Mains Hand Cream

This was what came onto my skin as soon as I opened the box, and first impressions are great - it sinks into the skin fast and seems moisturising. It has a sort of herbal scent that lingers, so I want to point that out in the case you are sensitive to scents? As with all these products, I will come back to you on them in some way, either in blog reviews, IG mentions or tweets, so please make sure to follow me everywhere - let's be friends all over social media :)

Ingredients:
WATER CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE CETEARYL ALCOHOL ALPHA-GLUCAN OLIGOSACCHARIDE GLYCERIN LACTIC ACID AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER CETYL ALCOHOL CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE INULIN PERFUME (FRAGRANCE) POLYMNIA SONCHIFOLIA ROOT JUICE TOCOPHERYL ACETATE BELLIS PERENNIS (DAISY) FLOWER EXTRACT LACTOBACILLUS ARGININE MALTODEXTRIN MELISSA OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE (AVOBENZONE) ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE (OCTISALATE) XANTHAN GUM PHENETHYL ALCOHOL ALCOHOL SODIUM HYDROXIDE SODIUM PHOSPHATE BENZYL ALCOHOL DEHYDROACETIC ACID LIMONENE.



Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser - SPF30 (sachet sample)

I will be upfront, I can recommend this product to all of you - this is what I use for my facial SPF for the last three years, and so far so good! This is intended for combination & oily skin and yet I, dry skin girl, use it with no problems too - I just make sure I apply it over my regular skincare, and I am good to go. Please bear in mind I haven't used in the scorching heat in the midday or at the beach where I'd be out in the sun all day long - to me, this is a fabulous city SPF product! It comes in a humongous 120ml pump tube, which takes ages to finish, so it is very cost effective and I don't intend to look for more/better face SPF product - this is the first to not break me out or have that dreaded whitecast! Love.

Ingredients:

water/aqua/eau, zinc oxide & titanium dioxide (mineral sunblockers), tinctorius (safflower) seed oil*, Citrus limonum (Lemon) oil*, wax, glycerin, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan), Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, xanthan gum, dehydroacetic acid, behenyl alcohol, citric acid.



Love Lula 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 (and brands) they accept, and that is taking the guesswork off your shoulders.Great or what? You don't have to do endless hours of research all by yourself and get more time to do what you actually enjoy, be it spending time with your family, running in the park or shopping, whatever it might be.

Also, one tip if you don't want to commit to subscribing - keep an eye out for previous month's boxes, as Love Lula started selling the remaining ones at a very good price.






                               You can subscribe to Love Lula box here.


                                 Or shop LoveLula website here.




Are You subscribed to Love Lula Beauty Box too? What is your favourite product from Love Lula? Please share with me, I would love to know!

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That is all for today. Prepare for the onslaught of posts and reviews in the near future - the blogger in me is bursting at the seams, the only issue is finding the time to do it. Am I the only one finding it a bit difficult juggling all these life/ work/ kids/ life balance balls with kids at home in summer?



Lots of Love,
Renata.








Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Love Lula Wishlist



Hello Lovelies,


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

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My Love Lula green beauty wishlist


Today I wanted to share my wishlist from Love Lula, which is probably my favourite online store. And I don't say this because I am a part of their blogger family - I have been a happy customer for years and years before that - in fact, I still remember my first purchases back in 2014, so we go way back! All in all I am really happy with everything about them - from the amazing product selection to top marks customer service - in all of these years I never had any problems with items missing or wrong items in my order, nothing ever leaked in transfer, and the one and only time my order got lost in the post it was replaced without a bother - that is saying something, isn't it? I have no wonder why they keep getting award after award year in and year out, and I am very happy for them! CEO Sonia White is a permanent figure in Who's Who In Natural Beauty list, and I still can't believe she said yes to my Natural Beauty interview, which you can find here.

Ever since joining the Love Lula blogger family I have been hard at work reviewing everything they carry - I used to link all the related blog posts at the end of each new post I had, but as I now have more than forty posts, the list was getting as long as the post itself (well, not really, you know I love long posts) so I now link to my "All Things Love Lula" Facebook album, where you will find something you are interested in. If you want to see what new products I get and my first impressions of them, then head to my Instagram, where I frequently do InstaStories unboxing products - as well as giving my first impressions a couple of days on. Reviewing products takes time, and I pride myself on testing products thoroughly for weeks before I review them on my blog. Let's not get off topic too much, you know how I work, and if you want to see this never ending work in progression or what's happening behind Green Life In Dublin Casa behind the scenes, you are in the right place :) Just keep on reading.
At first I will reveal my wishlist, not in all it's glory, but toned down version of it, and even the way it is here, some people will think I am cray cray. You see, blogger's kitchen often has a rotation of products, with new products coming out all the time, so it is very hard to go back to the products you just finished - I am only one person with one face, so as soon as I finish one thing, I am most likely to have a small army of same type of products waiting to be tested and reviewed. It does not mean the products I reviewed but not repurchased are bad in any way - far from it, let's just say that honesty is my best policy and if the product ended up with a review on my blog, it is impressive! There are some products I keep meaning to repurchase, but haven't done so because I don't want to have too many of the same type of products - after all, let's collect experiences, not things? All of those who didn't live up to my expectations, end up in my Reviews I Never Posted post, or worse, Disappointing Products posts.



 My Love Lula Wishlist


I feel like I should explain my choosing criteria first - as you might or might not know, I have perioral dermatitis - on my face, no less! and uber sensitive skin - I am a lucky girl, I know. So, after reacting to dozens and dozens of green beauty products and finally finding my Holy Grail in Bella Aura line (I wish Love Lula carried it) I made a decision of not testing any more facial skincare products apart from masks and toners/mists. So although I am aware that Love Lula carries many beautiful natural lines like Neal's Yard Remedies, Pure & Light Organic Skincare, Earth Mother Soul Sister and many more, I am putting a halt on trying them all. People with sensitive skin do really benefit from using minimal skincare and minimal products too - so I've been doing exactly that. This leaves me with make up, body and haircare, plus my new favourite thing, aromatherapy - and I will be honest, I want it all!

First off it would be a crazy lot of Natura Siberica products - the company is on my radar for a couple of years now - I am really interested in the as they use extracts of wild harvested berries and herbs. They were quite hard to get hold of, which is why I am so happy to see them appearing in Love Lula - free shipping (on all orders above 15£, easily done) and delivery straight to my door always gets me :) This brand is not for a die hard purists, but it has affordable price point. I won't list all of the products I am planning to get from them, because I am afraid you will leave nothing for me, haha! Joking aside, I see quite a number of products I bookmarked are already sold out, so it is not me alone who's excited about it.


Natura Siberica Little Siberica Soothing Oil 
I am crazy for the body oils at the moment, and the ones I currently use or used are on the more pricy side, meaning I either have to savour them or find some cheaper alternatives for daily use. Hoping this might be it? 


Natura Siberica Vitamins For The Skin Shower Gel & Tonic Shower Gel
Curious to see if it might end up as our favourite cheap-but-oh-so-effective-and-natural product?
The official blurb says that this vitamin-enriched shower gel promises to invigorate you with it's rich aroma resulting in a lasting feeling of freshness. There is nothing better than fragrant shower gel filled with vitamins and minerals. This berry cocktail with notes of Siberian herbs will give your skin a feeling of tenderness and care. Silky textured gel perfectly nourishes and moisturises, and the pleasant aroma gives a harmonious charge of freshness.



Natura Siberica Oblelpikha Hair Straightening Gel
Getting this for Mr Green Life In Dublin, who, despite my best efforts for the last 5 years or so, still uses this conventional gel - and irritates the crap out of me! Hoping this will measure up and I will be one step closer to winning the war? Of course I will be using it too - all for testing purposes of course :)


Natura Siberica Volumising & Moisturising Shampoo
This I have high hopes for! I have tried one of their shampoos before, called "Natura Siberica Loves Lithuania" - how could I not pick it up while on holidays in Lithuania?? It worked well and the whole family loved it, apart from one fact - it contained SLS, and I noticed none of the shampoos in Love Lula do - this piqued my curiosity to no end and calls for investigation - does the brand do different formulations for different countries or did they remove SLS and improved their products recently? Let me get back to you on this!


Indemne Scented skincare oil Baba Cool Vanille Coco
Now, how could a body oil with Vanilla and Coconut NOT call my name??


The Handmade Soap Company 
I know I am kind of crazy to think of preparing for winter, but all the natural scented candles and the reed diffusers, come this way please!


1001 Remedies Pur Air
Natural spray with essential oils to purify the air and kill airborne bacteria? Yes please! And can I have an infinite supply of it for a lifetime too?

(I have to say I want to try similar products by Saint Come too, but frustratingly I can't order those due to these postal regulations, so I am hoping to come across them in Dublin somewhere somehow)


Planted 100% Natural Oil Cleanser with Black Cumin and Raw Honey + Muslin Cloth
Although I am very happy with my Bella Aura cleanser, I still want to try this too, due to black cumin and raw honey in the ingredients list!


CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture
I have wanted this for absolutely ages, but stumbling because it is so damn expensive.. Why do all natural products targeted towards dermatitis/rosacea etc are so pricy? This better be good! At the moment I have three or four similar products opened, so it will be a little while.


Inika Certified Organic Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Can someone come over and kick me in the you-know-what so I would finally start doing that Inika review I've been promising for ages? I have a bit less than 10 items and that's going to be a colossal post, which is why I am tired just thinking of it.. Love loads of Inika products and have been using them for the last five years or so - and if you asked me to name a few, I am in love with their highlighting creme (in a squeezy tube), long lash mascara (phenomenal, one of the best in green beauty), bronzer in Sunkissed, and their blushes are out of this world pigmented! My favourite is Peachy Keen, and sadly Love Lula carries anything but that. They did carry it years ago, and it was exactly my first beauty purchase back in 2014, but when Inika made a comeback to Love Lula, this was dropped without plans to stock it again - I know, I enquired. All of their other blushes are beautiful too, but Peachy Keen is absolutely gorgeous, because it is almost exact Nars Orgasm dupe, item I clung onto the most and found the beast to replace. have you seen my Natural Nars Orgasm Dupes post? I list more than 20 and I worked had on it! 


Herbfarmacy Rose & Echinacea Toner Spray
Keen to try more from this brand, they seem awesome! I have only tried their bitters for digestion, and want to venture into beauty, starting from this toner spray. 


Earth Mother Soul Sister Chamomile & Calendula Facial Wash
Rememeber I mentioned wanting to try this brand earlier? I think I will start with this awesome sounding face wash - it comes in kind of huge (for face wash anyway) 200ml packaging and it has sandalwood in the ingredients too!


Green People
I have tried only their sunscreen and toothpaste I think? I want to try their shampoo, conditioner, facial spray and I hope Love Lula will decide to carry their make up range someday.


Esse Sensitive Cleanser, Eye Make Up Remover & Toner Plus 
Probiotics in skincare fascinate me to no end, and I want to try everything for Esse. I am currently testing some of their products and I plan a review really soon. So keep your eyes peeled.


What else? Alteya Organics captured my attention with their amazing rose products - and although Love Lula does not carry their rose essential oil, I have to get it somehow - I remember my mom using rose essential oil as a perfume in my childhood, and it lasted three days people! Of course I can't remember the brand she used, nor I believe it would still be available to this day, but I have Alteya Organics Rose Water, and it smells exactly like it! Isn't it amazing how scent can trigger a memory from years and years ago? Hence me now wanting/needing their essential oil. I have perused their website and Bulgarian Rose Drops Rejuvenate 3800XR With Rose Oil and Acai Oil is calling my name too!

This is true for this moment, some beautiful products might get pushed down the list because some new and exciting products came onto my radar. But let me tell you one thing - all of those beautiful products Love Lula carries, I am coming for ya :)


What is your favourite product from Love Lula? Please share with me, I would love to know! What else I should know about and add to my wishlist?

(you can see mine here by the way 😊)


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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That is all for today. Prepare for the onslaught of posts and reviews in the near future - the blogger in me is bursting at the seams, the only issue is finding the time to do it. Am I the only one finding it a bit difficult juggling all these life/work/kids/balance balls with kids at home in summer?


Lots of Love,
Renata.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Love Lula Beauty Box July 2018



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Love Lula Beauty Box July 2018

How are all of you, I hope you are well?
Today I wanted to share the contents of the latest Love Lula beauty box - and it is exciting one! I really wanted to try Chobs sheet mask and the Infuse My Colour range, and I already know I love Balm Balm and Ooh! products - the latter released their new Hemp face oil in this beauty box, so I am super stoked to try it. But let's not get ahead of the game and let's talk about the products individually, shall we?


My Haircare Infuse My Colour Treat Conditioner (Silicone Free) 18£

I must confess at first I thought this is one of their shampoos - I am eyeing them for a little while now. I am not big on conditioners, but of course I will try this and will get back to you. I really hope this won't weigh down my fine hair like most conditioners tend to do. The ingredients sound good, apart from the phenoxyethanol and parfum, so I am excited!
What's more, it is cruelty free (like all products from Love Lula) and gluten free - can we get a hallelujah??
This is a first of three four full sized products in this box.

Ingredients:
AQUA/WATER/EAU, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OLEOSOMES, GLYCERIN, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM (NEROLI) OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL,CITRUS TANGERINA (TANGERINE) PEEL OIL, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, SODIUM PHYTATE, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE


Balm Balm Organic Tea Tree Face Balm £8.95 for 30ml 

Second full sized product in this box, and I was quite happy to see this is tea tree oil version instead of a plain one for a change - I seem to have accumulated quite a collection of balms and I am quite slow at going through them - insert shy face emoji here! I am a big fan of tea tree essential oil - I talk about it as one of my Top Three Natural Products in one of my old posts here, and i still stand by it - so any product containing it is welcome by me! I currently am experiencing an unwelcome perioral dermatitis outbreak due to accidentally glutenining myself - so my neck and the top of my back are itching like crazy. I tried this balm immediately and it did seem to offer relief. Fingers crossed!

Ingredients (the list is short and sweet):
Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), Cera alba (beeswax), Calendula officinalis (calendula oil), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Tea tree essential oil. Limonene* (naturally occurring component of tea tree oil)


Ooh Organic Balancing Hemp Oil


I love love love hemp oil, and I have been known to buy food grade hemp oil to use as my face and body moisturiser in my (broke) past - and getting this oil triggered those memories immediately. The oil is very good for your skin, mind you! I am not sure if I want to open this immediately and test or leave it unopened for when the autumn rolls around? You see, I have been die hard oil lover and user - that was all I used for my facial moisturizer for the last five years prior to getting my dermatitis, and I soon learned that facial dermatitis hates oils - I didn't want to listen or admit this fact to myself, but it is true my dears, and I had to give them up as a sole thing to take care of my face - with a very heavy heart, mind you! Now all I use are Bella Aura products (review with 15% discount code here) and I will allow only selected face oils in winter, when my face needs that extra step to face the elements. I might give this to someone who would appreciate it more than I do or add this to the body lotions, not sure yet. I love pampering routines, but I also love sharing the green beauty love with people around me, you know?
This is a third full sized product in the box, and theres no need to list the ingredients - there's only one, organic Cannabis Sativa oil.


Chobs Aloe Sheet Face mask

When Chobs appeared in Love Lula, they captured my attention immediately! I have purchased a few of their sheet masks and Healing Hello Barumi Soothing Essence roll on thingy (I talk about it in "Products For My Five Year Old Princess// And Yours" post here) and although I am yet to try the Aloe mask, I have tried their Collagen mask, which I really loved, so I am excited to try more of them. Company's customer service deserves another top notch mention - when I got my sheet masks I was kind of confused at the stamped date on them, one said December 2017, and the rest January 2018. Not too sure whether that's the date they have been made or use-by date, I contacted the brand via DM on Instagram and they have responded within two minutes, despite it being midnight in their country!! How's that for an excellent customer service?  (they are from South Korea, and I didn't even think of the time difference, sorry! Now I begin to understand my own DMs at 2am asking for a cleanser or whatnot recommendations).
Chobs is a brand I will review in a few coming weeks, I have been lucky enough to get generous PR package from them, so needless to say I am hard at work testing everything behind the scenes. By the way, if you want to know what new products I get/buy, I always do Instastories on what's coming through my door, so make sure to follow me to see them. Let's look at the ingredients, shall we? Oh, by the way, they claim to put generous 25ml of essence in every packet of sheet masks, so I think you might benefit from reading my post "How To Make Any Sheet Mask Last Longer" here - in it I reveal my tricks on how I make the masks work harder, and no, I am not suggesting you use the same mask over and over again :)

Ingredients:
Aqua, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Limonene, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, *Citrus Limon Peel Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, *Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Angelica Gigas Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract, Linalool, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita Flower Water, *Rose Extract, Citronellol, *Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Geraniol, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Citral * : Organic Ingredients / ** : Made using organic ingredients, 100% natural origin of total (by COSMOS-standard)

And now for a few sample sizes the box contains:

🗹 Apples & Bears Bergamot & Green Tea Hair & Body Wash (deluxe sample)
Apples & Bears are on my list to try, and I was thinking of purchasing a few minis, so this is appreciated and I will be trying it in the shower later tonight. What's a bit funny, the package says "hair & body wash" but when I looked on the website I could only find body washes, so not too sure if they are rebranding existing products or is this a preview of some new products to come?

🗹 D’Alchemy Age-Cancellation Booster
Not too sure if I want to try this sachet on my very sensitive skin - I find they are never enough to get the real feel of the product, and my skin really rebels if I try too many things. This looks like it is aimed for oily skin anyway, so I might pass this on, especially as the product was never on my radar anyway. Sorry Love Lula! As much as I love discovering new things, I want to keep my skin happy too. Especially now, with active dermatitis outbreak :/

🗹 John Masters Organics Rosemary & Arnica Body Wash
I have to be honest, I stopped supporting this brand when they sold out and changed the formulations for the worse without telling their customers soon after - they lost all my respect then and I have to say it is very hard to go back from that. I am not a big fan of paying big bucks for a body wash, so I am not getting a full size of it. Skincare with active ingredients suitable for my skin, yes, I am happy to part with my hard earned cash. Body wash? No, I am happy to go budget here - and we all know there are budget brands who do fabulous products with clean ingredients for way less. Sorry, if you think otherwise - it's just my honest thoughts and we can agree to disagree.  

If you want to see many other posts on Love Lula beauty boxes as well as product reviews, they all live in this Green Life In Dublin Facebook page album here. I used to list them down at the end of each post, but I soon found the list is nearly as long as the post itself, so this is way easier. Nearing forty posts people :) And have you seen my Natural Beauty interview with Love Lula CEO Sonia White? I still can't believed she said yes to it :)

So, all in all I am happy with this month's box - this provided us with four full size products, so you are more than tripling your money here - this box is worth whopping 53£ and it is often more than that, up to 70£ value! Even if I can't use one of the products myself here and there, I'll take that - it is so fun discovering new green beauty products I would have missed otherwise. Let's not forget there is always 20% off coupon for the brands featured that month, so that gives you substantial additional savings too. 

I think this is a great way to switch your products to clean products without spending a fortune if you are only starting out your green beauty journey. I know I still love getting new products, nearly ten years in into my green beauty journey I still get excited getting boxes in the mail. What about you?   


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That is all for today. Prepare for the onslaught of posts and reviews in the near future - the blogger in me is bursting at the seams, the only issue is finding the time to do it. Am I the only one finding it a bit difficult juggling all these life/work/kids/balance balls with kids at home in summer?


Lots of Love,
Renata.

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*the box is part of LLABP - I am very thankful to be a part of their blogger family xo