Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lavera Hydro Effect Serum Review



Hi Lovelies,


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

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Lavera Hydro Effect Serum review


How are all of You? I hope You are well and I sure hope spring has graced You with it's presence yet, wherever part of the world You live?
Here in Ireland we are experiencing dramatic weather changes, from cold to warm almost overnight - I am talking like 18*C, which is almost like summer weather here. But the wind is really cold, so every time I leave the house I am not too sure what to put on - my trusty winter coat? Utility jacket? Rain coat? 
I am also observing nature, and yet again I am coming to the conclusion it is smarter than us tenfold - while we are scratching our heads at what's happening and why is the weather so weird, the trees are practically all still naked here. I used to marvel at pink blooms of cherry trees since the beginning of March - and guess what? Out of 15 trees in our neigbourhood, only one is blooming - and within a week it is shedding the blooms already, when they used to stay on for at least a month! Not a good sight if You ask me? 

Anyways, let's take a look at the Lavera Hydro Effect Serum review, as I know that's why You are all here :)

The official blurb:
The organic serum is intensely hydrating and has a unique anti-pollution complex consisting of highly effective antioxidants, organic algae and white horehound extract from the mint family. The anti-pollution complex is unique to the Lavera Organic Hydro Effect Serum and helps protect skin form environmental pollution, free radicals and premature skin ageing.
 
An intensely hydrating highly concentrated facial serum.
Features a lightweight fast-absorbing texture.
Contains natural hyaluronic acid & organic aloe vera to replenish skin's hydration levels.
Infused with an Anti-Pollution Complex comprising natural antioxidants & organic algae.
Protects skin cells from adverse environmental effects.
Combats the effects of free radicals & prevents premature skin aging.
Reveals a fresher hydrated & more radiant complexion.
Perfect for all skin types. 


Lavera are well-known for their natural and organic skin care products, and affordable price point, so I was super excited to try their Hydro Effect Serum. Mine came from NaturalSkincare.ie and I've been using it for at least six weeks, since that's what I always do with skincare.
Featuring an anti-pollution complex, the serum has been specifically designed to protect the skin from harmful environmental factors, such as fine particles and exhaust emissions, which attack skin cells and affect the skin’s natural protection.

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Lavera Hydro Effect Serum
 

On a first glance, I was really impressed to see that the product is certified by the Vegan Society and NATRUE – so the product is 100 percent natural and organic, and suitable for vegans. It’s also packed with a variety of nourishing, high-quality organic plant extracts – ingredients include aloe vera, mango, peach, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil and rapeseed sterols.
The main active ingredients are organic algae and natural hyaluronic acid. The algae protects skin cells, counters the effects of free radicals and prevents premature skin ageing. The hyaluronic acid assists in the synthesis of collagen, therefore helping skin fight the effects of ageing, and helps the skin retain moisture.
The serum has a lighter, runnier consistency, but it was easy to apply and glided across my skin like silk. It has alcohol as one of the first ingredients, but honestly, you wouldn't know it, as it does not feel drying at all, and You guys know I have pretty sensitive skin. It does have a citrusy, fruit scent, which is due to containing mango, peach and lemon; it is refreshing and a great way to wake up in the morning.
 
Lavera recommends gently massaging the serum into cleansed skin as the first step of your daily skincare routine. Makes sense for a serum, no?
It’s reasonably priced compared to other similar products on the market. It has to be highlighted that one pump goes really far too and is enough to cover the entire face, so the 30ml bottle will last you a long time.

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Squalane, Isoamyl Laurate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium PCA, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract*, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract*, Marrubium Vulgare Extract, Fucus Serratus Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Dodecane, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Limonene**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Linalool**, Citral**, Geraniol** * Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture ** Natural Essential Oils *** Fair Trade 

What are my final thoughts on it? I really enjoyed using it while it lasted (you will see it in April Empties post soon) and I liked that it had tightening effect to it. Due to this factor, I soon stopped using it twice daily, and only used it in the morning on my face, neck, chest and the back of my hands. Seriously, don't save your green beauty products, they are meant to be used, and I used it generously. As I already mentioned, it has runnier texture and sank into the skin quickly, leaving no residue. As I have dry skin, I needed to follow up with the moisturiser.
At this point I am not too sure if I will repurchase it, as I have an array of serums to be tested and reviewed - at this point the blogger's overwhelm is getting very real, not going to lie. If you are looking for affordable hydrating serum that would shield your skin from pollution and would have a tightening effect to it, this might be your perfect product?

As I already mentioned, mine came from NaturalSkincare.ie, and I've already reviewed one of  their Ireland's first natural & organic beauty subscription boxes - see it here. I have received great feedback not only on the box (which regularly sells out!)  but on the team behind it all - and that put a huge smile on my face! That's what we want, don't we? Accessibility to natural products here in Ireland (sans huge custom fees)  and a helpful team with smiles on their faces! The website sells a lot more than only natural cosmetics, you will find natural remedies, healthcare, fragrance and personal care - browsing the website I found a lot of little know gems like citridal, colloidal silver, olive leaf extract and so on. Fabulous, good to know!

Hmmm, I am not too sure what's happening, but I seem to be wanting ALL THE THINGS lately, so here's my current wishlist from this website :)

Khadi Shampoos and oils

Hydra-Vital Hyaluronan Facial Spray


Selection of A. Vogel natural remedies

Seavite face serum and haircare

Carraig Fhada Atlantic Seaweed Bath


Kinvara Hyaluronic Youth Boost 15ml 

And anything by Irish brand, really, I am keen to support local businesses and expand my Irish Series section on my blog!

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Ps. Natural Skincare sent me Lavera's roll on deodorant to try as well, and although I enjoy using it, I find it does not always last me throughout the day, especially if I am more active or stressed. As it didn't make it into the Holy Grail category, I will skip reviewing it. It does not mean it is a bad product, I might be the person who needs something stronger than this. 

Let me know what your favourite natural deodorant is? That's a tough nut to crack, so let's help each other out, shall we?


Tata for now!

Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Let Me Introduce You To Jolie Online Shop



Hi Lovelies,


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

 
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Absolution Sorbet Lipstick in 05 Dusky Rose, Warpaint, Absolution Addiction Face Serum



How are all of You, I hope You are well? Today I wanted to draw your attention to the new(ish) green beauty online shop that might become your go to destination. Jolie in French means pretty, nice, charming, wonderful, beautiful, and other synonyms describing all the different nuances of beauty, so I am loving the name from the start - let me talk a bit about it and there *might* be a discount code for You at the end, you never know πŸ˜‰


The story behind Jolie:

The company was founded by four friends in 2012, and it quickly became a natural cosmetics sensation in Finland. Jolie was born of the need and desire to cherish and inspire a better, healthier, ethical, ecological and more beautiful lifestyle. Jolie wanted to provide selective, 100% pure and effective natural cosmetics in one place.
Currently Jolie is the largest natural cosmetics house in Finland, a pioneer in beauty and well-being that is known for its exceptionally good and uncompromising genuine natural cosmetics. Jolie team values quality and luxury – with a hint of Parisian elegance, and they take care of customers very well - I can attest to that myself. They are happy to listen to your needs, ask a few questions and help you find your perfect products.

The brands they carry are selected through a very strict and sincere selection process. Our test groups have picked only the brands that have proven to be the very best that are 100% pure and safe without any contaminants or harmful ingredients. Our criteria include an official organic cosmetics certification as well as – in true Scandinavian style – the functionality of the products in everyday use: they demand absolute quality, comfort and convenience. 

The selection includes modern, up-to-date natural cosmetics innovations, the best brands and outstanding examples of meticulous and ambitious product development. The products come second to none of the synthetic cosmetics. Instead, they are the best that the field of cosmetics has ever seen: true luxury without harmful effects.

All that sounds like a music to my ears, and I can confirm the team behind Jolie are very nice and customer friendly. Prior to sending me their six best sellers to try, they asked me if I have some specific needs or allergies or other restrictions. So they selected the products suited specifically for my sensitive skin needs, as well sending me Absolution lipstick in Dusky Rose 05 when they heard of my eternal quest in finding "your lips but better" nude lipstick.  So let's see for the individual products, shall we?

Please bear in mind these are first impressions reviews only, if you want me to review any of those products in depth, let me know. And give me six weeks for proper testing - that's what I always do when posting any skincare review. All of the brands and the products are new to me.

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Absolution Le Serum Anti- Soif, Patyka Marine Crystals Body Scrub, Patyka Sacred Lotus Face Cream
 
Patyka Sacred Lotus Face Cream

The description says it is ideal for both daytime and night-time, it soothes feelings of heat and discomfort while illuminating the complexion. This light, alcohol-free emulsion restores radiance and vitality to the skin. Sacred lotus extract, rich in phenols, offers antioxidant properties that soothe and restore radiance to the skin. The Sensidefence Vegetal Complex (Balloon Vine-Sunflower-Blackcurrant seeds) prevents skin’s redness and heating sensations and reinforces the skin barrier. Aloe Vera extract, rich in glycoproteins and minerals, softens and brings essential vitamins for the vitality of the skin. Sweet almond oil and shea butter nourish, soften and fortifies the skin and protects it against dehydration. Gentle formula contains no essential oils, it is ideal especially for delicate and sensitive skin.


Ingredients:
Aqua, Glycerin, Propanediol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Myristyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Octyldecanol, Apricot Kernel Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Water*, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Parfum (Fragrance), Jojoba Esters, Sodium Levulinate, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Tapioca Starch*, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Anisate, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Gluconolactone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract*, Clyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Benzoate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Calcium Gluconate
*From Organic Farming



Warpaint 100% Natural Teeth Whitener

Warpaint takes a holistic approach to oral health without any chemicals or additives. With carefully selected 100% natural ingredients, Warpaint whitens and polishes teeth, strengthens enamel and detoxifies mouth. Mineral-rich edible calcium bentonite clay remineralises and strengthens teeth. Non-abrasive, very fine activated coconut charcoal helps remove discolouration, stains (coffee, tobacco, tea, etc.) and debris and leave the surface area of the teeth clean. The appearance will be whiter. Organic sweet orange peel (does not contain citric acid) removes stains and strengthens sensitive teeth. Organic lemon myrtle (does not contain citric acid) is a powerful microbial and anti-fungal agent which also contains calmative properties to soothe and relax. Organic peppermint reduces infections and inflammation. Plus, it'll keep you smelling fresh and zesty!

This was an instant favourite! The first pleasant surprise was the deep black colour when I opened the jar, and when I went on to use it, it was a pleasure to use too - just one small dip in the powder provided enough powder to clean my teeth properly, and compared to Holland & Barret own brand teeth whitening powder, which I also happened to own, this didn't stick to my teeth in the slightest and my teeth were proper black! After just two uses my husband asked what I have done to my teeth and told me I look like I have a Hollywood smile, which was a delight to hear! My teeth aren't so white naturally, so I want to move this product in my Holy Grail category in an instant! I know it costs more, but seeing how well it works and how little you need, I am a convert. And this will definitely last you for ages! My other tooth powder will not be repurchased.

Ingredients:
Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal, Calcium Bentonite Clay, Organic Sweet Orange Peel*, Organic Peppermint*, Organic Lemon Myrtle*
*From organic farming



Patyka Marine Crystals Body Scrub

The Marine Crystals Revitalising Body Scrub is an amazing at-home spa experience resulting in a sublimated skin. Its fragrance with mineral and woody notes awakes the body and mind. Its fine sea salt texture gently removes dead cells for a soft and smooth skin. Cleansed of impurities, the skin is radiant. Aloe Vera Sap hydrates the skin and soothes irritations, it stimulates the microcirculation and tones the skin. 100% natural marine crystals and poppy seeds deeply exfoliate, stimulate the cell renewal and reactivate the blood circulation. Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:
 Aqua (Water), Sodium Chloride, Silica, Propanediol, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Papaver Somniferum Seed*, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Linalool, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Benzoic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Limonene, Citronellol, Glucose, Geraniol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide
*From Organic Farming



Absolution Addiction Facial Oil Serum

Addiction, the Absolution Face Oil well deserves its name! This exclusive beneficial blend of 27 oils and natural or organic flower extracts treats your skin gently by providing all the necessary nutrients in balance and beauty. Dryness, irritation, discomfort or dull complexion, this universal care can be used is in all seasons, day and night, according to your desires and needs. Its non-greasy texture, delicious fragrance and its many virtues will make it your "can't do without it" product very fast. Plum oil, rich in vitamin E, is known for its nutritional moisturizing and softening properties. Evening primrose oil supports the regeneration of skin cells and slows skin aging. Rich in essential fatty acids, argan oil neutralises free radicals, dynamises your skin and reduces fine lines by activating the vital functions of the skin cells. Rosehip oil invigorates the skin and promotes the cohesion of skin cells together. Prickly pear oil protects the skin against free radicals proves to be an excellent skin softening and healing. White lily extract prevents the appearance of brown spots, soothes and calms redness and irritation. The extract of arnica flowers, highly concentrated in azulene, reduces inflammatory reactions and softens the skin. Daisies flowers extract is renowned for its firming, toning and decongesting properties. It restores elasticity and firmness to dull skins. Suitable for all skin types. 

Ingredients:
Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil *, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil *, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil *, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil *, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil *, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil *, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil *, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil *, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil *, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon Martini Oil *, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil *, Arnica Montana Flower Extract *, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract *, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil *, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract *, Opuntia Tuna Flower/Stem Extract *, Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil *, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Oil *, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil *, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil , Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil *, Cistus Ladaniferus Oil , Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Benzyl Benzoate , Citronellol, Farnesol**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Citral**, Limonene**, Eugenol**,Benzyl Alcohol **
*From Organic Farming
**Produced From Ingredients Of Organic Farming
100% Of Ingredients Are From Natural Origin
94.65% Of Ingredients Are From Organic Farming


Absolution Le Serum Anti Soif Serum

Le SΓ©rum Anti-Soif is a moisturizing & antioxidant serum, which offers to your skin 8 hours of continuous hydration. With Le SΓ©rum Anti-Soif your skin will regain its softness and elasticity while remaining perfectly matte. Its moisturizing power comes from Aloe, a natural wonder that has been used throughout the ages for its properties and that containes no less than 80 nutriments: vitamins, minerals, amino-acid, enzymes, as well as mono & poly saccharides. Elderberry flower extract has emollient, calming and softening properties, rich in flavonoid, it stimulates skin superficial microcirculation and protects capillaries for an even skin tone. The combination of Tepescohuite, Wild Pensey extract, Blueberry, Sage hydrosol and Minth protects your skin from imperfections, tightens the pores and controls the production of sebum. Suitable for all skin types, ideal also for men. 

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Mentha Viridis Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Water*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Alcohol**, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Lippia Citriodora Flower Water*, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil*, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil*, Sclerotium Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Levulinic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract*, Citrus Limon Peel Oil*, Magnesium Pca, Zinc Pca, Saccharum Officinarium (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Thymus Zygis Flower Oil*, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Viola Tricolor Extract*, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Anisate, Citric Acid, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Piper Nigrum Fruit Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Mica, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide.
*From Organic Farming
**Produced From Ingredients Of Organic Farming
99.41% Of Ingredients Are From Natural Origin
49.47% Of Ingredients Are From Organic Farming


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Absolution Sorbet Lipstick in Dusky Rose 05 swatch

Absolution Sorbet Lipstick in Dusky Rose 05

Part-silky and part-gel texture, the Sorbet lipsticks are subtly coloured, with a finish that is both soft and brilliant. They offer advanced resistance, exceptional for such texture, they condition the lips and refuse to dry out. The formula combines natural and organic ingredients, vegetable oils - Ricin, Jojoba, Argan and Sunflower for their soothing, moisturising and nourishing properties, Bees-, Candelilla- and Carnauba waxes for their ability to create a protective film for the lips, and nourishing, nurturing shea butter. Dusky Rose is a sheer, natural rosy red color. 

Ingredients:  
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera (Candelilla Wax), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, C10-18 Triglycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnaubawax), Ci 19140 (FD&C Yellow NΓ’°5 Allake), Ci 45410 (D&C Red NΓ’°27Allake), Ci 45410 (D&C Red NΓ’°28 Al Lake), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Parfum, Tocopherol, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Linalool**
*From organic farming
**Ingredient of essential oil


All in all, I can say I really enjoyed all of of the products I've got. None of them made my skin react in an adverse way, and you guys know my skin is pretty temperamental at the best of times. Warpaint and the Absolution Addiction Face Serum oil were my instant loves at the first use, but I enjoyed all of the products throughoutly! Jolie team clearly know what they are doing, and I think You should check them out. Website is gorgeous and easy to navigate I should add. Gorgeous array of products and brands like Amala Beauty, May Lindstrom, Estelle & Thild, Kjaer Weiss, Alima Pure, In Fiore, HonorΓ© des PrΓ©s, Kypris, Pai Skincare, Madara, Neal's Yard Remedies, a couple of brands I didn't know, like Mia HΓΆytΓΆ Cosmetics and SA.AL&CO - and then there's Hurraw holding the court for affordable options. 


It wouldn't be a webshop review if I didn't list my wishlist, lol! One of my favourite pastimes is browsing all these gorgeous online shops and adding all of the products I desire to my cart. I won't list all of my wishlist, as we would literally be here all day, just some of them, and my reasons behind the choices.


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My Jolie discount code & wishlist - Siam Seas, Blue Cooccon, Evolve Daily Defence Moisture Mist, Kypris SPF


May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon

I really want to compare it to the Mahalo Rare Indigo I own. 


Evolve Daily Defence Moisture Mist

After ignoring the face mists and toners for the last two thousands of years, I am on the quest to try all of them green beauty has to offer and find my perfect one! This one has good ingredients, hyaluronic acid among them, and it promises to shield you from the environment, so needless to say I want one.


Siam seas 

I couldn't even choose one product, all of them, come this way please! 😍


Abel Eau De Parfum Red Santal 

This instantly called my name! Natural perfume are notoriously hard to buy online, but I think I would love the scent of this based on it's description.

Antonym Small Angled Brush 

I have this old no-name small angled brush that I've had for years and years, that's perfect for both eyebrows and winged eye liner, that I am desperate to find a replacement of. Nothing comes close to it, every other small angled brush I've purchased in the recent years don't compare - they are either too big/flimsy/not stiff enough, etc! This seems promising.
And every eye blending brush please!


Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic Sunscreen & Primer SPF30

Kypris is one of those lines that are way out of my budget, but I would love to try their primer, which has SPF30 and is a primer too.




So, are you ready to shop yet? 

The links will take you to their Jolie.co.uk website, and if you are outside UK, fear not - use their Joliebeauty.com website, they ship worldwide.


Code  "GREENLIFEINDUBLIN" will save you 15%

of the whole normally priced selection. Discount code doesn't apply to brands Kjaer Weis, May Lindstrom Skin, Kypris, In Fiore, NUORI or Josh Rosebrook. Valid until the end of April 2018. Code valid for both websites. 


I hope this post helped you to discover a new green beauty destination - happy shopping!

 If you have shopped from them before, let me know about your experience! And what you got, of course :)

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Tata for now,
Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Natural Beauty Series - Meet Fiona from The Beauty Shortlist




Hi Lovelies,


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

Natural Beauty Series - meet Fiona Klonarides

How are all of You? I hope You are well? Continuing my Natural Beauty Series I am so excited to present my interview with fabulous beauty journalist Fiona Klonarides, who has years of experience in this business under her belt, and she hosts the The Beauty Shortlist Awards and The Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards - I am sure You all know about them and I don't need to explain any further. If You've been living under a rock (for the lack of the better expression), her website with all the info on the awards (green beauty ones, no less!) and a fabulous blog portion as well, is linked here. So without further ado, let's get down to business?


πŸ’• I know exactly who You are, and I am a big fan, but would You mind introducing Yourself to those who might not know you? 

Firstly, thanks for inviting me, Renata! The Beauty Shortlist kicked off in 2009, purely as a way for me to recommend genuinely good products to friends – everyone – and after our first Beauty Shortlist Awards in 2012, things got really busy and it grew pretty fast, simply and organically. We now do Baby Awards, as well, as you know! My background is music (industry) and communications (beauty). I'm very pro-green – life, beauty, food, everything. We live on a delicate planet, it’s our job to look after ourselves - and it.


πŸ’• How has going natural and non toxic in your beauty regimen changed your overall health and beauty? 

I never “went” natural, I’ve always been into organics, it wasn’t a decision. We eat our lipsticks and drink our skincare – I gave up meat when I was 13. It’s just healthier.


πŸ’• Three things that make You happy?

 Dogs – and dog-sitting when I get more time to write in beautiful homes with big organic gardens! – then travel keeps you interested, interesting and young, I think. Every day we wake up is a gift, so I’m grateful for that. And music.


πŸ’• What is the best advice You've been given?

 “It’ll be grand”, even if it isn’t sometimes. And my mum always says “just keep going”. I had a terrible year last year, personally, a lot of bad news, and I just kept going, it’s the only thing to do.


πŸ’• What people inspire You? 

Beauty: Jane Seymour and Susan Sarandon have the “ageing” thing nailed. People who I can learn from, who are wise, non-judgemental, who are immensely kind. 


πŸ’• What are Your three (or five) can't-live-without-it green beauty products?  

This is an impossible question for someone who runs Awards!! Brands I particularly love are Neal’s Yard Remedies, Dr Hauschka, Weleda, Omorovicza, and MV Skincare (Australia) and ISUN (USA).


πŸ’• Your best DIY recipe?

I don’t do DIY much but if you have nothing else around, a messy avocado mask or the ultimate multi-tasker, virgin coconut oil.


πŸ’• What do You like and dislike about yourself?

Where do you start?!! Like: my honesty. I find it very hard to lie. I’m open, generous and very empathetic (which is a poisoned chalice!) Dislike: I absorb people’s energy all the time and it can be tiring, likewise I find big cities draining. I dread the arrival of 5G, it’s not good news for us. I’m terrible at admin.


πŸ’• Your proudest achievement? 

Travelling. Travel is the best education. More than my university degree, more than the fact that I speak a few languages. Getting out of a corporate, do-as-we-say office. That’s probably the second proudest. It took a while but it’s worth it.


πŸ’• What are You currently reading? 

I read about 4 books at the same time, dipping in and out – Super Brain by Deepak Chopra and Dr Rudi Tanzi is a must-read, and I’m re-reading The Olive Route by Carol Drinkwater. I’m loving Yogi Cameron’s The Yogi Code.  

   
πŸ’• What food do You like to cook/eat? 

Huge Californian style salads with everything in them and a fantastic salad dressing…or grilled marinated fish with delicious baby veg on the side. Greek, Indian, Spanish, Chinese and Thai. I’m a Mediterranean diet eater, really. 


πŸ’• Tell us a secret! 

“It’ll be grand” It’s a life-changer.


πŸ’• Your guilty pleasure? 

Popping bubble wrap with my feet when nobody’s around.


πŸ’• Your top tips for being healthy and happy? 

Have a passion. Keep learning, stay interested. Do what your GPS tells you to. Follow your heart with a bit of steering from your head. Eat well, sleep well, walk a lot and take in the greenery and colours of the flowers around you.


πŸ’• What scents excite You? 

I’m a citrus addict – all the grapefruits, mandarins, bergamots then on the other end of the scale, the deep velvety rose/oud blends, woody, grounding scents.


πŸ’• What is Your mantra in life? 

The Beauty Shortlist’s mantra is READ THE LABEL. I don’t really have an official mantra but it’s helpful to remember that even when things are s…t, life never stays the same and often the bad stuff is leading you to a better way of being. Keep going!!


πŸ’• Favorite affirmation if You have one? 

This is going to be ringing in my head by the time we’re done: It’ll be grand! (I love how the Irish say “grand”, it’s one of my favourite words).


πŸ’• What's Your favorite beauty trend at the moment? 

Hemp and CBD oil. Watch that space. Nobody’s really done much since The Body Shop launched the Hemp range about 20 years ago (products were seized by French police from one of their south of France stores, back then!) I like the “rebel/alternative” attitude of this trend.


πŸ’• 3 resources every girl needs.. 

Genuine friend(s), an illuminating foundation or tinted moisturiser and unwavering belief in yourself. Everything else will follow…


πŸ’• Once a week for my health... 

I don’t do this – but I’m starting this weekend! – a water fast.


πŸ’• Crazy health idea that actually works? 

Apple Cider Vinegar is one of my mainstays, it’s almost a cure-all. Coconut-pulling is brilliant. It removes bacteria and whitens teeth.


πŸ’• What do You do to de-stress? 

Take magnesium and meditate. I love Jason Stephenson’s guided sleep meditations, he’s brilliant for hotel rooms when the pillow’s too high or the neighbours are too loud.


πŸ’• Last thing you do at night? 

As above!



πŸ’• A few words to Green Life In Dublin readers? 

If you’re reading this in Dublin, I love your city! Some of my happiest days were spent in Co. Dublin…Ireland’s hogged a big chunk of my heart. 


The Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards 2018

I have been keeping a little secret from You guys, even though my heart was bursting with gratitude and I wanted to shout about it from the rooftops - Fiona has asked me to join the Mama & Baby judging panel this year! Needless to say I haven't stopped happy dancing since 😊 Thank You for making one of my dreams come true, Fiona! 

See the announcement of it here 

So that is it for the day, I hope You enjoyed it as much as I did?

Then please make my day and 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's all for today. See you here very shortly!

Lots of Love,

Renata.

Green Life In Dublin
P.s. The two things, my interview with Fiona, and the Mama & Baby awards are totally unrelated, I have asked her for interview way before, and I had no idea I'd be selected to join her team at that time. Just thought I'd include this clarification.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Natural Beauty Series - Meet Yasmine from Bella Aura



Hi Lovelies,


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


Yasmine Jones, the founder of Bella Aura

Today I am so happy to present You with an interview with the founder of my beloved skincare products - step forward lovely Yasmine of Bella Aura! She is just a sweet yet powerful woman who is creating waves in the green beauty community. I have so much respect for her and any boss babe who refuse to be knocked down by hard situations in life and make something wonderful out if it! Yasmine is a living proof of it, and if you want to read me oohing and aaghing over her wonderful line, please check out my review of it here.

And let's proceed to the interview, shall we?


πŸ’• I know exactly who You are, and I am a big fan, but would you mind introducing Yourself to those who might not know you?

My name is Yasmine Jones and I am the founder of Bella Aura a luxurious and award-winning Skincare brand that blends modern science with ancient spiritual knowledge drawn from Berber, Chinese, and Mediterranean herbal medicine traditions. Supercharged with high-performing Swiss bio-actives and vibrational healing energy. 
I had many dreams, but Skincare wasn't one of them. I was just a consumer like everyone else, bombarded and confused with multiple brands and intense marketing messages that make claims promising perfection. I had a few pimples that transformed into nightmares due to mixing and matching various organic skincare products with fancy chemicals and other high end brands that skin experts and influencers brag about. At the time I wasn't thinking clearly, I was vulnerable, naive and extremely sad because I just had lost my mother. I took this situation to personal, so I was convinced to create something that didn't exist. I traveled all over the world - searching for the best ancient healing energy that integrates mind, body and spirit. I discovered and teamed up with a leading laboratory in Switzerland that speaks the language of cosmetic science and works with doctors, chemists, scientists, naturopaths, herbalists and doctors of Chinese medicine. It took me two years to convince my chemist in Canada who is the most respected human being in the industry and have over 30 years of experience. He works only with stablished and well known brands around the world, I had to convince him to collaborate with me.. I knew deep inside he was the only one that could create my collection.. It took me 5 years to develop my 5 products.. believe me it wasn't an easy journey but I did it πŸ˜„


πŸ’• How has going natural and non toxic in your beauty regimen changed your overall health and beauty?

I've always used nontoxic products since I was a little girl growing up in Morocco, that's all we had available – natural and organic ingredients, such as argan, rhassoul, henna, and black soap... A simple routine – my skin didn't need much. I've always had a great skin until 6 years ago when things changed. 

It's not the toxic and natural ingredients that changed my overall health and beauty, it's something deeper than that.. more in the spiritual level. All the ancient botanicals have a unique vibrational energy pattern, and we can use this energy to help ourselves to heal : The connection between my spirit and the ancient wisdom that is now rooted in my inner self. Spirituality is the science of living in harmony using ancient healing energy that integrates mind, body and spirit. A holistic system of health management that originated from old traditions more than 7,000 years ago. Everything in the universe is interconnected as per Energy, therefore we cannot separate our energetic balance from that of our environment. Contrary to popular belief, spirituality it has nothing to do with religion. In fact it's about how you feel inside – it's about connection not perfection.


πŸ’• Three things that make You happy?

Family, Nature and Food.


πŸ’• What is the best advice You've been given?

When life changes to be harder, change yourself to be stronger.


πŸ’• What people inspire You? 

My mother. She was the most beautiful and generous person I've known. She saw beauty in everything, very kind, humble, wise, loving and optimistic. She would take her shoes off and give it to a homeless person just like that.. She didn't have the money to be generous, but being generous has nothing to do with what's in your pocket, and a lot more to do with what's in your heart.


πŸ’• Your best DIY recipe? Other than your beautiful products

Oil based Bug Spray for the Body
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
20 drops peppermint 1.
In glass measuring pitcher, mix the sesame oil and jojoba oil together add the peppermint and stir until combined, shake well and transfer the mixture to a spray glass bottle. Do not refrigerate, keep it away from heat and direct sun light. The bug spray should last you 3 months.


πŸ’• What are Your three (or five) can't-live-without-it green beauty products? Picture please?

Bella Aura Instant Lifting Eye Contour, Night Cellular Renewal, Daily Repair Moisturizer, Antioxidant Booster and the Gentle Purifying Cleanser.


Bella Aura products
 (I like what you did there πŸ˜‰ - R.)


πŸ’• What do You like and dislike about yourself?

I love that I don't give up, no matter how difficult the situation can be. I dislike the fact that I tend to do multiple things at once and get distracted easily. Of course it's something I am working on!


πŸ’• Your proudest achievement?

Creating Bella Aura when everyone was trying to put me down during the process.


πŸ’• What are You currently reading?

Plant Spirit Medicine.

(I am very intrigued - R.)


πŸ’• What food do You like to cook/eat?

Moroccan, Indian, French, Italian, Persian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese.....


πŸ’• Tell us a secret! 

If I reveal my secret, it wouldn't be a secret. Would it?

(Your secret will be safe with me. And my readers πŸ˜„)


πŸ’• Your guilty pleasure?

Staying in my pajamas all day.


πŸ’• Your top tips for being healthy and happy?

Surround yourself with positive, spiritual and loving people who bring you joy and success in all areas of your life. Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect, but rather it means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. You create your happiness with your attitude, behavior and actions. Generosity is the key to happiness. There is a Chinese saying that goes: ''If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody''. For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others.


πŸ’• What scents excite You?

Oud, Neroli, Rose, and chocolate.


πŸ’• What is Your mantra in life?

When you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself.


πŸ’• Favorite affirmation if You have one?

I believe in me.


πŸ’• What's Your favorite beauty trend at the moment?

Water based Skincare products in 2018, the focus will be more fully on hydration. In other words, products will utilise water-based ingredients and jelly textures to provide ultra-light, breathable finishes. After all, the more hydrated your skin is, the plumper, firmer and more radiant it looks. We also start to see a little movement for simplification and multifunctional skincare products, which is one aspect of the Bella Aura skincare range.


πŸ’• Once an week for my health...

I train my skin to keep producing its own moisture. I do skin fasting once or twice a week: no skincare products and no makeup. By skin fasting, your skin will feel healthy, hydrated and radiant.


πŸ’• Crazy health idea that actually works?

I've heard that urine is great for your skin because of the powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and proteins it contains.


πŸ’• What do You do to de-stress?

I meditate.


πŸ’• Last thing you do at night?

I read a book to help me wind down the day.


πŸ’• A few words to Green Life In Dublin readers? 

The skincare market is saturated with products that can get very overwhelming and confusing, so you rather have a few products that work, than lots of products that don't. The most common mistake I notice is that people get into the habit of applying literally everything to their skin and think that the more products they use, the better results they will get. In actuality, this leads to confusion and skin reacting negatively. Who has time for 14 step Skincare regime? Also your skin will become lazy and will stop producing its own moisture. I believe in simplicity, purity, and less is more. My advice to everyone is to listen to your skin. Just because a product works wonder for someone else, it doesn't mean it's going to do the same for you. Everyone's skin is different! 


Wow, wasn't that a wonderful interview? Let me re-phrase that, weren't the answers fabulous? I told you Yasmine is wonderful person, it is rare that you meet a person with so much goodness inside them, so much spirituality and kindness. I am in awe. And I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I did!



Then please make my day and 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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You can check out thirteen more Natural Beauty interviews with the green beauty movers and shakers in my Facebook album here. Feels so good to share the love πŸ’•

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That's all for today. See you here very shortly!

Lots of Love,
Renata.

P.s I have been asked to become Bella Aura ambassador, and of course I said Yes Please instantly


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