Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spring 2017 Natural Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

Hi Lovelies,

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

With summer right around the corner, it is about time I posted my spring favourite things, don't you think? At first I didn't think I would have any favourites, because this year so far has been the most difficult in my life, and until very recently I was crying non stop - it was one bad thing after another, and I do hope to God that will be the end of my bad luck. But as I am slowly getting back to normal life as we know it, I noticed there are a few things I enjoy, so let's get into this post and see what they are, shall we? In no particular order:

💕 Crystals

I have to admit I don't know much about them or their powers, but I recently started collecting them, and here's my current collection:

A rather recent addition to my collection, but I can't put it down ever since. I don't know about you, but perfume is highly personal for me, and I am so picky when it comes to it, I can easily reject 95 out of 100. I don't like "girly" smells, anything floral, citrusy or powdery is a definite no from me, and this is none of those things, it has sandalwood, amber, and pepper with cedarwood. I have a review of it here if you want to see?

Walden natural perfume in A Different Drummer
💕 Lotus Wei Infinite Love mist and anointing oil and Joy Juice elixir

Lots to do with healing, I do enjoy using those little rituals, if I can remember them, that's it. You are supposed to use them five times a day, and I don't know about you, but I constantly forget about them. That probably means I don't experience their healing abilities to the full potential, but what I can do about it, set an alarm clock 5x daily? I do what I can with these. If you want to see my review on them, you can click here.

Lotus Wei Infinite Love

💕 Nude By Nature mascara

This mascara was a surprise favourite from the bunch of Nude by Nature goodies I got, and for one simple reason - it does not FLAKE!! A first for green beauty mascara for me. I am on a last leg of it, and will definitely repurchase, and once I do, I will probably do a separate post of it, as my tube somehow got a dent in it, and it wouldn't look good in the pictures. For the most part I don't wear mascara on my lower lashes, but for testing purposes I did, and I had no problems with flaking or smudging. Flaking is a big pet peeve of mine, and this one does not, it did not flake from the beginning, and it still does not do that now, 3-4months later. Admittedly it is drying up and getting a bit clumpy now, but still, no flaking! Impressed! (find review of Nude by Nature here).

Natural make up by Nude by Nature, Axiology and Eco Minerals

💕 Bolder and brighter lipsticks

If you know me for any length of time, you know I am not a lipstick person at all, but this spring I wanted a few bolder/ brighter lip products for some reason, and that's exactly what I got. I haven't shared it on my social media much if at all, I did a Insta Story, but they disappear quickly, and I think I forgot to post them anywhere else? Whoops! But here you go, my new fave lip products!

My new "fashion" sunglasses and pink & red lipsticks

💕 New "fashion" sunglasses

I don't know about you, but my new purchases are always my favourite purchases, and I tend to wear things to death once I get them, until the novelty wears off and they become "normal things". Mr Anti Social Media Green Life In Dublin dislikes them with passion, but hey, what do men know about fashion, right? Nothing like new things for a new look (I also cut off about half of my hair recently) to make woman feel a new woman.

💕 Fresh flowers

I always deemed fresh flowers an expensive habit, but you can get roses and gerberas for as little as 2€ and 4€ in Aldi, so I started having them on a weekly basis, and they do bring joy to my heart. Simple pleasures in life, you know?

💕 Teas

Speaking of simple pleasures, here's one more - I love having a few cups of tea a day! I choose green tea or matcha when I can afford it for the mornings, but as I am really sensitive to caffeine, I can't have any caffeinated beverages (I am talking about teas here, I gave up coffee a while ago, and "sports" drinks or sodas I waved goodbye to long time ago) past 2pm, so I started looking for my next favourite caffeine free tea - Pukka is one of my faves now, especially three tulsi one, and I still really enjoy red bush tea (post here) with ginger, lemon and honey, to which I started adding fresh turmeric now, it brings another depth of flavour, not to mention healing turmeric properties. Camomile tea is a firm fave for years, but I do get bored with it rather quickly, so I always rotate my teas. Mint tea is also something I really like (and it is good for digestion) but only from my mother's garden - if you ever had fresh mint tea, you will get me - it is next level tasty, and nothing found in the shops compares to it. I always ask my mom to grow and dry LOADS for me, and every year without fail she hands me two handfuls of mint. And always surprised expression when I ask for more next year. Err, thanks mum?

💕 Mists and toners

After ignoring them for the last hundred of years, I now have to have every single one there is in green beauty, and I am constantly on the lookout for more. I was pretty upset when Ormus Myst from ISUN Skincare ran out (review here btw) and Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator, I am coming for you!

💕 Wooden shelfie for my skincare 

I have a confession to make - I looove TKMaxx! Some people hate it, some love it - I happen to love it, as I love hunting for my treasures. I go in with an open (but a strict budget, mind you) and recently I find trading the clothes for homewares and the like. I found this awesome handmade two tiered shelf with metail details for mere 22€ and I couldn't be chuffed with it more. Skincare pots found home.

💕 Reading

 I always enjoyed reading, but leading a busy lifestyle (that's like all of us!) I am way past my 10 books per month I used to have, it is more like 1 per month these days, but I still want/need to read. I find myself reading more and more non fiction these days as I constantly want to educate myself on one topic or another. See my current reading list here, and I also added three more to the list too. Oh, and I am in the middle of Keith Richards autobiography too - for some reason bad boys of rock fascinate me. Some of them I find even more cool/alluring after reading their bios (step forward Slash) and some lose their idol crowns in my eyes (Anthony Kiedis). I want to read all rock and roll autobiographies there is, so if you have a copy you no longer want, send them my way! Just kidding! Not really :)

My current reading list

 💕 Marie from And The Color Green

Last but not least, it's this awesome fellow green beauty blogger and Youtuber, and I have to say I love her Youtube videos more and more! Her natural sense of humor shows through in every single videos of hers, and even though she talks serious stuff most of the time, I can guarantee I will be in better mood by the end of her video, and I have to love her for it. Don't get me wrong, I don't watch her videos for comedy value, far from it - she does green beauty videos, exact stuff that I like to watch, reviews, hauls, Mask It Mondays and more - I find a lot of value in her videos on specific ingredients, because it is clear she puts a lot of work into them - when was the last time you read a scientific study about ingredients? Yeah, I know! I will leave a link to her Instagram and Youtube below, and if you don't follow her already, you know what to do. 

Marie from And The Color Green

So that's it for today. What have you enjoyed recently? Please share, I would love to know!

Lots of Love,

green life in dublin


  1. Hi my lovely 😘 I really enjoyed reading your favorites and what makes you happy! I agree with flowers,you can buy them for cheap but the will be beautiful and will bring you a big smile every time you see them! I also love your new addiction to crystals! I'm starting being interested too! And you know me,if I have time to do it,a good face mask will always cheers me up! Very interesting that mascara... One last thing! I broke my no buy and ordered the hydrating accelerator! 😆 also the new Amly mist..I know I'm terrible... 😳 I will let you know my thoughts! 😘❤❤

    1. Thank you for reading and letting me know your thoughts! And don't fret, you needed those things, didn't you? I know I failed all my self imposed no - buys spectacularly :) It's something about telling yourself you can't do something, suddenly it is all you want to do, isn't it? And I will be looking forward to your thoughts on these products for sure, I am interested in both. Have a great day!

  2. I'm on a biography kick too at the mo. Someone's borrowing my Prince one but might send that your way when it's back! I read Scar Tissue too and just felt sorry for him at how far in the gutter he had fallen. Anyway onward and upwards hopefully the door on the less wonderful things for you has closed. x

    1. Aww, thnks so much dear Lynda, but I wouldn't dare to borrow your beloved Prince's bio book for the fear od it getting lost in a mail. Thanks for the offer though, I really appreciate it. xo Have a great day and let's enjoy the sunny weather while it is gracing us! sort of :)