Monday, February 19, 2018

My Love Lula Must Haves

Hello Lovelies,

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

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my Love Lula must haves

How are all of you? I hope you are well? 
Today I am coming at you with the best products from Love Lula that I've tried to date. I can really recommend them - tried and tested by willing human bunny, aka me :) Most of them have separate reviews, but not all, so I will make sure to explain why I like them, and I will link the reviews back to this post once I will publish them. Shall we get started? In no particular order here are my best products from Love Lula:

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Rahua Voluminous Shampoo 

💕 Rahua Voluminous Shampoo

This was the first thing I chose when I joined LLABP blogger family, and I am so glad I did! You see, this shampoo and brand were on my radar for the longest time ever, but I was hesitant to try this due it's high price tag. Oh boy, how wrong I was - for the six months I had it (yes it lasts that long) I had a shiny bouncy hair, with zero flakiness or itching so many other shampoos give me. I am finally out of it, and went on to try some other shampoo that everybody in the green beauty community seems to love, but my scalp is having none of it - so Rahua it is for me! I have a full review on it here and I am looking forward to having Rahua back into my life. As long as I hide it from my family, I am good. What? It is parenting done right as far as I am concerned! I give them everything, can I have just one thing for myself? Besides, doesn't every household have that "Pricy Mom's Shampoo That You Can't Touch"? Yep, that's what I am talking about! Besides all four of us have different hair and there is no shampoo that would suit us all, so I don't feel too bad having it all to myself. Good hair days, here I come :)

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DrHauschka Rose Day Cream

💕 Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream

My skin absolutely adores this face cream! So much that I repurchased it five times in the last year alone, so let this be the testament of how much I love it. My skin is always happy, plump and supple when I use it, not to mention protected from harsh weather in the autumn and winter, due to the nourishing butters and oils in it. It takes quite a while to sink in, so it is not your average apply-n-go moisturizer, but I am putting up with it, because I know full well my skin will look and feel amazing afterwards. I have a review of it here, and I can highly recommend it to anyone with dry and dermatitis prone skin - I know my breakouts are far and in between when I use it. It makes me want to stick with this product forever and not to test any more products in the future. Coming from a blogger, that's huge, trust me :)

💕 Living Nature Manuka Honey Gel

After using only tea tree oil on all kinds of skin boo-boos, I finally upgraded to this wonderful product, which has manuka honey and tea tree oil in it. While tea tree oil is wonderfully antiseptic and antimicrobial too, it must not be applied on the skin around pimple, because it burns. This product is way better than tea tree oil alone, as manuka honey has a myriad of healing properties to it too, so it makes the perfect marriage between the two. And, before you ask, no, it is not sticky at all - it has sort of jelly texture, that dries down and protects the skin throughout the day. Pricy, so I treat it like gold and hide it from Mr. Green Life In Dublin, who uses stuff at blink-and-you-will-miss-it rate. What? We share everything, can I have just two products all for myself, please? (that would be this and Rahua shampoo).

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Dudu Osun African Black Soap

💕 Dudu Osun African Soap

This is really natural bar of soap that my whole family loves. Let me tell you why - it is made from sustainable ingredients (shea butter and ash from cocoa pods, anyone?), it works really well and does not dry out the skin; it lasts well, even when used by four people; and it is packaged in only cardboard box, which means it is a zero waste product. Fabulous or what? A re-purchase in my house over and over again, for sure. Review can be found here.

💕 Inika Highlighting Creme

I have to admit this wasn't a love at first sign. You see, despite the huge highlighting trend that's happening for a few years now, I didn't get into it until the last couple of years or so. So when I received it among some other Inika products for a review, it had to wait it's turn to get my attention. Boy, how I minced my words - it makes any make up look ten times more fabulous! Not too pink and not too golden in undertone, just the right balance between the two. Does not have chunky glitter in it, just a slight shimmer when you look at it straight from the tube, but, it looks beautiful on the skin. You look glowing, lit-from-within kind of glow. What I like the most about it, is that stays on all day on me - you have to blend fast, as it dries quite quickly, but when it does, it does not move all day, until you are ready to take it off at the end of the day. And did I mention you need the tiniest amount of it?

💕 Inika Long Lash Mascara

I am on my third tube, and that's what I used for the last six to nine months to date. It is amazing! Great ingredients, vegan, does not smudge or flake on me, which is big pet peeves in mascara for me; gives great length - what's not to like? I wish Inika would come out with volume mascara, but for now I am content with this and I don't plan to change a thing for a foreseeable future.

💕 Inika Mineral Bronzer in Sunkissed

Um, can you see how much I love Inika as a brand? I really ought to review it soon! I have quite a number of things, but for my Top Three Best I chose the ones you see here, including this bronzer, simply because that's what I use most frequently, not because other product's aren't good. Just like Inika's blushes, the bronzer is very pigmented, so you definitely need very little of it. This is my second favourite bronzer of all times, and I was so happy to score it for free when Love Lula had an amazing deal on Inika a while ago - you got a free full size bronzer with an Inika purchase over 25£. Sweet or what? I suggest you keep an eye for that, as they frequently have deals like that. And I love the fact that you can get everything you want from one stop shop, Love Lula. The only I wish they would carry again is Peachy Keen blush, which was one of my first ever green beauty buys from Love Lula back in 2014, but sadly it is not a part of the stock when Inika came back to Love Lula. It is a gorgeous natural Nars Orgasm dupe type of blush, and it is also probably my most favourite green beauty product ever! Seriously, it makes me smile every time I wear it :) Don't forget to check out my 20+ natural dupes for Nars Orgasm post (here).

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Walden A Different Drummer Natural Perfume

💕 Walden A Different Drummer Natural Perfume

Oh, what a happy day it was when the delivery guy handed me a box with this perfume. I didn't know it back then, but it was the day I discovered one of three my favourite natural perfumes! Made from only the finest natural absolutes, resins and essential oils Walden Perfumes are named after Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work Walden. The book - part meditation, part handbook for simple living in natural surroundings - has inspired countless readers and Walden Natural Perfumes are proud to walk in his footsteps. And I am really sure this A Different Drummer Perfume will be featured as my favourite for many years to come. With notes of sandalwood, tobacco, vanilla and black pepper, how can it not be? I will let you know into one little secret - I am one of that rare breed of females who loves wearing men's perfume, and often layer two different scents. A Different Drummer is perfect unisex scent, so you can safely gift is to any man in your life too. If you aren't too sure, Walden has a sampler set. And if you want to read more, here's my review on it.

💕 Hurraw Moon Lip Balm

All Hurraw lip balms are favourites in Green Life In Dublin Casa for the last six or seven years, and I have tried every single one except cherry, because that kind of tint wouldn't suit me. I chose Moon balm over any other of them, because that is the one balm I have to have every single night, no matter what season it is. It has a different texture than the rest of Hurraw balms, and also better staying power, and lovely vanilla scent to it. In winter this becomes my day lip balm, because I find it great at protecting my lips from harsh environment, while all the other Hurraw balms are on heavy rotation for the rest of the year. I also suggest you get their Sun Protection SPF15 Lip Balm too. So often we forget to put SPF product on our lips, when in fact that is one of the thinnest parts of your skin. Take care of it.

💕 Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser - SPF30

Despite no proper review on this product yet, this is a third tube of it I am getting. I find it works great, but please bear in mind we haven't got nice and hot summers for the last few years here in Ireland, so I haven't got a chance to test it's SPF claims properly, and that is the reason I haven't reviewed it yet. So here is a short version of it here - it is not a sunblock, it is a moisturizer with SPF in it, so I wouldn't rely on it for the beach holiday or when I would know I would be out in the sun all day. But I do find it great as "city SPF product" where it gives me enough protection for every day. Bear in mind I always wear a hat, no matter what. The reason I have repurchased it over and over again is because that is the only SPF product that does not leave dreaded whitecast nor breaks me out. A miracle product in that sense. Despite seemingly high price tag, it is also a good value for money, because you get a huge bottle of it that will easily last you a whole year. For those reasons it gets my seal of approval.

So, that are my top picks from Love Lula! All of the products were featured in my favourites posts multiple times, and all of them made it into my 2017 Best Products post. These are also the same products I recommend on Love Lula Bloggers Recommend page. It's good to be consistent, you know?

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Love Lula blogger recommendations - Green Life In Dublin

 What about you, what are your favourite tried and tested Love Lula products? Please share, I would love to know!

Shop this post (if you want to)

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Love Lula Blogger Recommendations

That is all for now, see you here again very shortly.

Ta ta!

Lots of Love,

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Pure Anada Review & Giveaway!

Hi Lovelies,

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

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

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

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

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

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Pure Anada foundation swatches. Plus lip gloss :)

Mineral foundation 

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

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

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

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

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

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Pure Anada Eye Shadow Swatches

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

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

Eyebrow Colour

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

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Pure Anada Lip Shine swatch

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

Lip Gloss

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

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

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Pure Anada look

The Pure Boutique

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

So, what is my verdict?

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

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

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Green Life In Dublin & Pure Anada Giveaway

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

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Green Life In Dublin & Pure Anada Giveaway

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

💕 Tag three friends in the comments on this IG post

That's it! Easy, isn't it? If you want to earn extra entries, you can so so by doing one of the following:

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

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

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

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

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

Here's what you will win:

💕 Garden Facial Mist - Neroli & Roses 60ml

💕 Smooth Priming Serum - Hyaluronic Serum & Chamomile 

💕 Forever Summer blush

💕 Blush brush

💕 Toasted Almond Eye Shadow

💕 Black Mascara

💕 Black Liquid Liner

💕 Mango Ice lip gloss

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

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

Pure Anada products
Pure Anada 

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Lots of Love,


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Disclaimer: You can't use my photos or other content without my permission. This post contains products a mix of products bought with my own money and items sent for my consideration, but remember you can win those too. The links are affiliate links, and I thank You for using them.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lift Your Spirits with ISUN Sacred Aroma Blend

Hi Lovelies,

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

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ISUN Skincare Sacred Aromablend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So yes, I really recommend it! 

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

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