Monday, August 27, 2018

The Dutch Health Store Haul & First Impressions

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

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Dutch Health Store Haul

How are all of you, I hope You are all well? 
Today I want to share my first impressions haul from The Dutch Health Store, part of my personal order, part PR. You might already seen this photograph on my IG here, and let me tell you - I am so glad there are people like Wilma who go to great lengths to make sure we can enjoy all these wonderful and truly natural brands from overseas! Living Libations is one of the first brands I laid my eyes on at the start of my green beauty journey - and I am kind of mad at myself for only trying them now! I feel like I wasted time and money elsewhere, when I could have those gorgeous and truly natural and organic products from the start. Well, I didn't know they were available from within Europe, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it :) As soon as I learned about Dutch Health Store via Instagram a couple of years back, I immediately placed an order for Living Libations products for over 125€ (even if I wasn't working and had no income back then, as you can imagine, this was kind of a strain for one income family) and I wasn't familiar with their products, not even samples - luckily this gamble paid of beautifully, I loved every single product I ordered. A couple of more orders followed, and Dutch Health Store (which goes by the name wilmadutchhealthstore on IG) quickly became one of my favourite EU online shops. I will link all the related posts at the end of this blog post, so if you are interested in what else they carry and my two cents on it, please feel free to check them all out. I really recommend this store - my own experience as a customer has been only the best - and Wilma and her team really take care of their customers, I can vouch for that! What happened with my first order was someone on their end wrote my address incorrectly, omitting crucial info (the address made no sense without it) and I noticed that in the confirmation email too late, the order has left their facilities by then. Guess what? Wilma personally followed the journey of my package throughout Europe, sending 27 emails with updates. Yes, you read that right, 27 updates - and at that point she had no idea I am a blogger, she was helping Renata as a private person - how amazing is that?? Now you can see why I am recommending her shop? Plus, you might get a fabulous treat with your order, you never know :)
(when I order from a new to me online stores I always order as a private person giving no clues I am a blogger to see how they treat their customers)

In no particular order there are the goodies - most of them will be reviewed separately, because I love sharing the love, but only if the products work, you know what I mean? By the way, I also have two books by Nadine Artemis, the amazing woman behind Living Libations - Holistic Dental Care & Renegade Beauty - both of them are mind blowing and yet I am not sure I've featured any of them on my social media? Be sure to let me know if You want my review on them, and I would be happy to do it for you.

πŸ’• Living Libations Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever

This is what makes Living Libations famous - their collection of Best Skin Ever is very well know in the green beauty world and beyond it, and I am very happy to be testing it at the moment. I do have to admit I am a bit afraid, because of my facial dermatitis - dermatitis hates oils, and for the longest time ever I didn't want to admit this to myself - up until last year or so, I've been a die hard oil fan, and that was exactly what I was using as my facial moisturizer for years. I did see a dramatic improvement in my skin after I discontinued them, my dermatitis patch on my left cheek disappeared within days of doing so, so this oil product does scare me ever so slightly, even if it is for sensitive skin. We will see, but I do have high hopes for it! If this works out, I do have my eyes on Sandalwood and Chocolate Best Skin Evers :)

Organic Ingredients: Hippophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver), Citrus paradise (Grapefruit), and Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa).

πŸ’• Living Libations Everybody Loves Sunshine With Zinc - Beach Balm

Now, if you follow me for at least a couple of months, you might know I have ordered Coola Sports Stick SPF product which was a real disappointment in a way that it was impossible to apply and dragged skin. So as soon as I saw that this product was in the package I crossed my fingers it would not be like that - and I have to say I didn't need to worry in the slightest! It is a dream to apply, rubs in very easily and although you do see a bit of white-cast from zinc oxide initially, it rubs in really quick and is pretty much undetectable once on. I really like the handy stick applicator, it is so easy and quick to apply on the go, and as you can guess, the ingredients are nothing short of truly natural and organic. Guess which stick out of the two I am repurchasing? 
*Update - review here.

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cacao Butter), Hippophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn), Zinc Oxide, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry Seed), Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu), Schisandra chinensis (Schizandra), Myrica pubescens (Laurel Wax), Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle), Daucus carota (Carrot Seed), Rosa damascena (Rose Otto), Eriocephalus punctualatus (Cape Chamomile), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Santalum album (Sandalwood), Zingiber officinale (Ginger), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium), Thyme vulgaris linalool (Sweet Thyme), Curcuma longa (Turmeric), Calendula officinalis (Calendula), and Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa).

*A little side note: a SPF product with frankincense, sadalwood, turmeric, calendula and carrot seed oil? A you kidding me? I will be all over this, sunshine or no sunshine :)

πŸ’• Living Libations Rose Quartz Roller (+ bamboo bag)

I wanted a rose quartz for forever, and now my wish came true! I was a bit afraid of ordering online from unfamiliar brand for the fear of getting a fake stone (yes, there are all kind of fake things, even fake stones) - but guess what, knowing it comes from Living Libations I can rest in peace it is a real thing. As soon as I posted my haul on Instagram, I immediately got a question whether or not this works - and truth to be told it is a tad bit too early for me to tell - I imagine it will take a couple of weeks of continous use to see any results? Even if it gives me no visible results on the skin, knowing it moves the lymph around is enough motivator for me. If you didn't know, lymphatic system is how your body takes the trash (read toxins) out, so it is important to keep it moving - it does not have a heart like blood system to keep it moving. So let's give it a little helping hand, shall we?

πŸ’• Dew Dab

This is another product from Living Libations that is renowned worldwide. Now I get a chance to try it too - which really puts a smile on my face! See the ingredients and you will see why. It is un-diluted essential oil blend that is a powerhouse of healing stuff - and I hope it will work it's magic on my odd spots I am getting - I now have one in between of my eyebrows - perfect time to test the product, haha!
*Update - review here.

πŸ’• Delizioso Skincare Vanilla Sorbet Body Cream

This smelt dreamy and was a pure joy to use. Yes, I want a full size of it. As well as Coconut Mango Body Butter, I really love the sound of that!

Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Unrefined Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Unrefined Mangifera indica (Mango) Seed Butter, *Unrefined Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Shea Butter, *Prunus avium (Cherry) Kernel Oil, *Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil , *Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Natural Olive Oil Emulsifier), Tocopherol (Pure Vitamin E), *Kosher Certified Vanilla Flavor Oil (Naturally derived from plant/fruit material) and Natural Antioxidant Preservative (Antioxidant fruits, berries, and tea tree).

πŸ’• Delizioso Orange Blossom Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

This, on the other hand was the only thing that didn't work out for my fine hair, despite beautiful ingredients, so I won't be reviewing this separately. Maybe it would work for you if you have different type of hair? I think I need to try their Elderberry range as not to write off the brand too soon, and I have to say I am intrigued by their Orange Blossom Hair Elixir a lot.

Ingredients/ Shampoo:
*Aloe (Aloe) Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Rose (Centifolia) Hydrosol, Foodgrade Xanthan Gum, Saponified Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, *Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, *Bertholletia excelsa (Brazil) Nut Oil, *Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Seed Oil, *Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Mauritia flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, *Rosmarinus (Rosemary) Officinalis Leaf Extract, *Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis) Extract, *Calendula officinalis (Flower) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, *Citrus limonium (Lemon) Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, *Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract,, *Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) Exract, Tocopherol (Rice derived non GMO Vitamin E), Jojoba Proteins, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Santalum album (Sandalwood) Essential Oil, Artemisia pallens (Davana) Essential Oil, *Clementine Essential Oil and Natural Antioxidant Preservative (from berries, tea tree, and extracts).

Here comes the minis:

Meine Base mineral salts
At first I was not too sure what to do with this mini, as it seemed way too small for a bath and I don't really do foot baths, so I had to do a little digging on some other ways to use it, and I found out I could do inhalation baths and/or make a solution to use it as my mouthwash. Perfection, that's how I will use it up then :)

Aloha Essences by Corinna Kuhnert
Sprays for aura & senses with handmade Hawai’ian flower essences - why, yes please, I would love to have that in my life!

And here is a glimpse of my wishlist - all I have to say is - all those gorgeous and truly natural products, I am coming for you :)

Delizioso Skincare:

Vanilla Sorbet Body Butter
Bubble Gum Palm-Free Artisan Soap
Carrots & Buriti Facial Toner
Coconut Mango Body Cream
Coconut Mango or Strawberry Palm-Free Artisan Soap 

Shea & Manuka Lip Treatment or Mango & Coco one
Glamour or Gorgeous Lip & Cheek Shine
Camouflage mouse - not too sure of my colour?
Black Diamond Volumizing Mascara
Chocolate Almond Wooden Wick Soy Lotion Candle
Vanilla Sorbet Wooden Wick Soy Lotion Candle

Living Libations:

Cleansing Charcoal Soap
Frankincense Honey Mask
Open Sky Eye Serum
RoseGlow Face Creme
Moontime Majesty – Lunitidal Elixir
Neem Enamelizer ToothPaste
Chamomile Vanilla Lover Lips
Ballet Slipper Lip Shimmer
Copal Musk Underarm Charm Crème Deodorant
Copal Musk Poetic Pits

Breast Massage Oil
Bliss Tonic
Frankincense First Aid
Illume Hand Sanitiser
Immune Illume Breathing Balm
Throat Spray

Sacred Sage Smudge Chrism
And a myriad of essential oils (adding only those that I know, they have tons more!) - calendula, camomile, german blue camomile, cinnamon bark, clove, elderflower, frankincense, and I could go on for hours :)

If you want to, you can also check out my Dutch Health Store review post, where the co-owner Wilma talks more about herself, her wonderful store and how it came about; as well as my post on Natural & Holistic Dental Care post where I talk about several Living Libations products. I am also reviewing Wintergreen as well as Revitin toothpastes here.







So there you have it, my post for today. Have you bought anything from Dutch Health Store? What was your experience and what product do you like the most from them? Tell me below, so I could add them to my wishlist πŸ’• See more DHS related reviews in this FB album here

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Five Current Love Lula Favourites

Hi Lovelies,

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

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Hope You are all well?
Today I wanted to talk about my current five favourites from Love Lula, which is also my favourite - ever since I started shopping there in 2014, no less! Why favourites you ask? Well, I can spill a little secret here, I am about to judge in a few more green beauty awards, so my mind is going into overdrive categorizing everything - and it made me think of my own stash and current favourites from it - I am even thinking about my Yearly Favourites post, even though the end of the year is months and months away! U turn Renata, go back to Love Lula please!   You can rest assured everything you will pick is natural and cruelty free, with focus on organic ingredients where possible. All that, and the delivery is free worldwide for all orders above £15. Do I need to say anything more? I think not! One stop shop for all your needs with plenty of choice for everyone, whether you are someone on the budget or luxury beauty lover with infinite funds. Do you see why it is one of my Top Three Favourite Online Shops?
Granted, I am in their blogger family now, but I want to stress that I was a (happy) customer before - and they treated me no differently. So I wanted you to know it xo

πŸ’• Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser - SPF30 (approx €29.67 or £26.50 for 120ml)

Although I never reviewed this product on it's own, this is my staple and favourite product for the last three years. It is also one of the products I recommend on Love Lula Bloggers Recommend page here. A first facial SPF not to break me out, do not clog pores or make you sweat AND no dreaded whitecast either! I use the one in a pump bottle, even though it is not designed for my skin type (which is dry and sensitive) for a couple of reasons. First of all, I have tried a few samples worth of Kimberly Sayer Anti-Oxidant Daily Moisturising Cream SPF30, which is aimed at dry and sensitive skin, and I didn't see much difference between the two if I am honest. Second reason is a practical one - you get double the amount of the product and the bottle with a pump with Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser - SPF30 - and I chose it for sanitary reasons mainly. I don't know how about you, but I don't want germs and bacteria in my face products, especially having in mind that three of us are using the same product, including my now 6yr old princess - and we all know kids are notorious when it comes to germy fingers! (Do you want to know what products she uses? See here). The product lasts for absolutely ages, so you will get your money's worth for sure. As I mentioned, three of us are using it all summer long and we are only halfway through. Just please have in mind that I use it as a city SPF product, I would not rely on this alone if I were on a beach holidays. I am not much in the sun anyway, so I wouldn't be able to tell if the product holds up in the 40 degree heat, you know? I'd say do proceed with it, but apply common sense and caution, you know? If any questions, do not hesitate to contact the brand. 

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.

πŸ’• Saint Come Spray in Orange Palmarosa (approx €13.42 or £11.99 for 100ml)

Did you see these reports that indoor air in our homes is five times more polluted than outdoor air? Well, this is going to help that! Obviously opening a window helps too, but I don't do that much in winter, so having this product(s) really brings me joy and the peace of mind. I have four of them sent directly to me by the brand, and I love all of them! Love Lula also carry them but due to these damn postal regulations they can't send it to me, so I will have to figure out a way to get them once I run out - because I already know I will want them again and again! Did you know that natural essential oils are proven to kill airborne bacteria at only 0.02% concentration? Well, I can only guess how much these Aroma sprays will help us in Sickness Season, oh, pardon me, in upcoming Autumn and Winter, but I can already tell you I love them - these are so much more than fragrance sprays! If you do happen to own any synthetic "fragrance" sprays, plug ins, fragrance oils, candles and the like, do yourself a favour and bin them all immediately! - there are much better alternatives available and these are one of them.
All of the products are: 100% vegan & natural Contains only 100% pure premium grade essential oils botanical & chemotype defined. Without propellant gas or suspicious synthetic chemical phthalates type, benzene, or formaldehydes.
Contain NO parabens, silicones, or sulphates. Contains 70% vegetal- underated natural alcohol. Packaging is 100% recyclable bottle. Saint Come is widely known in France, in pharmacies, for its ArΓΆmspray ® products line. Airborne Aromatherapy diffusion allows easy use of essential oils to subtlety deodorize the home, car or office ambient air, naturally, while benefiting the inherent and psycho-censorial benefits of essential oils to the fullest.

Ingredients: (depends on the blend):
Ethanol (71% v/v), essential oils: sweet orange, palmarosa, shiu wood, geranium Contains: di-limonene, (racemic), linalool, geraniol, citronellol, geranyl acetate

πŸ’• Kathleen Natural Sensual Rose Body and Massage Oil (£34 or €38.06 approx for 100 ml)

New brand to Love Lula, and the one I knew I wanted to try asap - created in the beautiful town of Royal Leamington Spa in 2014, Kathleen Natural is dedicated to produce luxurious and high-performance skin care made with only the best natural and organic ingredients. The entire range is formulated using a blend of precious plants, marine extracts and essential oils, sourced from all corners of the world – from Europe to Africa, America to Asia – without the inclusion of any harmful artificial chemicals, e.g. SLSs, parabens. Kathleen Natural has never tested any of the ingredients or products on animals and never will - great or what?

I am a happy duck testing this beautiful rose body oil - all I have to say is I really enjoy it and I know I will want more when I will run out! This elevated simple bathing or showering into spa like procedure, and the smell is so lovely that you won't be able to stop smelling yourself! If you are a rose lover, this product is for you - and it smells like a real rose, not one of those in your face sickly sweet ones, and no powdery granny rose either - this is rose scent as it should be!
The texture of the oil is light and it sinks in in no time, which I really love.

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)***, Rose Damascena Flower Oil**, Citrus Sinensis Peel (Orange Sweet ) Oil**, Myristica Fragrans Kernel (Nutmeg) oil**, Linalool**, Limonene**, Citral**, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**. *certified organic by Soil Association **from essential oils ***natural plant origin

πŸ’• Alteya Organics Organic Chamomile Water (£7.20 or €8.06 for 100ml)

Alteya Organics come from the Rose Valley in Bulgaria - oh, how I wish I could visit one day! They are fast growing and a multiple international award-winning family-owned USDA and NaTrue certified organic beauty and skin care company with their own rose and lavender fields, distillery and a state-of-the art skin care manufacturing facility. They are famous for their rose products, and can you believe they still pick their roses by hand? I also happen to own their Rose Water, which came in Love Lula May '18 Beauty Box, tinted lip SPF15 balm and have Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate waiting to be opened. Back to the chamomile water, I have to say I really love it - as my day to day skincare has all the powerful ingredients it needs (I use Bella Aura if you are curious, review here), so I am happy to let my toners/ face mists to be one ingredient wonders - I don't want to sensitize or overwhelm my skin with too many actives. Whether your skin is sensitive or not, I recommend this product! I use it many different ways, to activate powder masks, on my scalp if it shows sights of irritation and so on - love a true multitaster! I wish it also came in 250ml bottle like the rose waters do.

Ingredients: (or should I say ingredient?)
Pure USDA Certified Organic Chamomile (Martricaria Chamomilla) flower distillate.

πŸ’• Kiss The Moon LOVE Night Cream for Hands  (28£ or €31.34 for 90ml)

I have never owned such a luxurious hand cream before - thank You Kiss The Moon & Love Lula! It comes in very hefty and luxe glass jar, has a rich consistency, yet sinks in very quickly which I like - I don't know how about you, but I hate greasy hand creams - some of them don't sink in for hours at the end, and I am not about that life - we want products that are natural, but they also have to work, you know? Happy to report that this delivers on both counts and I am very happily anti-aging my hands every night - it is designed for that. Smells lovely but not overpowering, really natural.

Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sorbitan Olivate, Rosa Moschata (Rose hip) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Tocopherol**, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Isoeugenol*, Limonene*, Linalool* *naturally occurring in essential oils ** natural vegetarian source

I have to say I am really super stoked will all the products mentioned here - and I hope you didn't mind this essay of a post, it is like five reviews in one! Truth to be told that I am forever short on time now - after five years of living in the slow lane, aka being stay at home mommy, I am back in the hustle with so many projects on the go (more on it later), that it tends to overwhelm me - I have to learn not to walk but to fly fast! Hence me loving these spa like products - you have to stop and take care of yourself, you know?

If You would like to see more Love Lula related posts, beauty boxes, reviews of products aplenty - please check out my Facebook Album here. I used to link all of them underneath the post, but at the moment I have more than 40 posts, so it is way easier to link to one album instead. Also, see my Natural Beauty interview with the CEO Sonia White here - I still can't believe she said yes!

 //insert emoji punching the air here//

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. 

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*this post features items bought with my own money as well as products sent to me - thank you Love Lula!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Natural Beauty Series - Meet Danielle Schleese

Hi Lovelies,

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

I am so happy to present You all with interview with this amazing green beauty sista that is Danielle Schleese! I don't know where to begin - she is a drop dead gorgeous cruelty free make up artist who does Youtube videos and so much more than that, she is building her own brand (more on that later), is a visual artist as well - is there no end of your talents Danielle? She is a wizard with her make up brushes too - and if you ever saw at least one of her social media posts or videos, you will know why - all the looks she does are AMAZEBALLS - seriously, one is better than the last one, you only have to look at thumbnails at her YouTube videos to know you want to watch all of her videos ASAP. I looove this girl and I am so sure you guys will too. All her talents aside, her personality is what you will fall for - she is so funny that you are guaranteed to leave in a better mood than you started with!  So, go on to have a Danielle day and you can thank me later! All of her social media will be linked at the end of this post.

Danielle Schleese

πŸ’• Please introduce Yourself?

Hi my name is Danielle, I’m a professional make up artist and visual artist as well. I am also the co-founder of Holistic Beauties and online skin care e-commerce store. I run a YouTube channel which hosts various makeup tutorials, challenges, and lifestyle of vlogs, I am super passionate about makeup, art, beauty, and animals. So I’ve chosen to use makeup as a main path of expression and combining art to help inspire and educate other women on the benefits of clean, cruelty-free beauty.
*Is there no end of your talents? - R.

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

Going natural and non-toxic in my beauty regimen has changed my overall health and beauty in the sense that I genuinely feel healthier when I do wear the right products and look bomb πŸ˜‰✨

πŸ’• Three things that make You happy?

Three things that make me happy are nature (warm weather), my man & friends/ family gatherings and animals.

πŸ’• Best piece of advice You have gotten?

Best advice: do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life..... and put 10% of every pay-check away into savings right away 🀣 (thanks dad!)

πŸ’• What people inspire You?

Who inspires me are activists who have created sanctuaries to save abandoned or hurt/sick animals. I’m also inspired by forward-thinkers in humanity and business-like Tesla, Tai Lopez, Tim Ferris, Jack Canfield, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio and so many others

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

Best beauty products:


Indie lee COQ-10 toner (from Detox Market)

Fitglow concealers

W3ll People bio Bronzer

Rms highlighter
Fitglow mascara

Pacifica brow gel gloss and set

πŸ’• What are you currently reading?

Currently reading: the subtle art of not giving a f*ck


πŸ’• Your proudest achievement?

Proudest achievement: being accepted into ocad university majoring in fine arts: drawing and painting with no former art training, graduating with a diploma in makeup artistry, and being accepted into the national ballet school of Canada in my first year of dancing.

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

What I like about myself is I’m very personable, what I dislike is I sometimes overthink - but that’s just a mental training malfunction πŸ˜‰


πŸ’• What is Your favourite food?

My favourite kind of food to eat is tacos, and ice cream. Everything vegan, of course. I also have an obsession with avocados. Oou, I also love lasagna, Shepard’s pie, sushi, Curry’s, Rotis, fresh salad bowls, chilies....Honestly, I love literally love everything...but vegan. Oh and fresh ripe fruits always.

πŸ’• If You were to formulate a natural skincare or beauty product, what it would be?

If I were to formulate a product what would it be? It would be a palette for sure.

πŸ’• Your guilty pleasure?

Guilty pleasure: filming lip sync videos

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

Top tips for health: exercise is 20% diet is 80%... watch educational documentaries, research and talk to a GREAT nutritionist, develop a plan and set goals. Also most importantly save lives (including yours) and the planet and try going vegan.

πŸ’•What scents excite You?

Scents excite me: almonds, coconut, sandalwood, oranges

πŸ’• What is Your mantra in life?

Mantra: is this serving me rn?

πŸ’• Your favourite affirmation, if you have one?

Affirmation: I am so blessed.

πŸ’• What is Your favourite beauty trend at the moment?

Beauty trend: glowy Gold bronze with self tanner

πŸ’• Three resources every girl needs?

3 resources girls need: an awesome loving, entertaining and educational community (@holisticbeauties )

Self love books

Great skincare

πŸ’• Once a week for your health...

Once a week for my health: I take a rest day and totally give myself an at home spa like treatment whether it’s only one thing like a mask to 4 hours of nails, shower, hair, shave etc.

πŸ’• Crazy health idea that actually works?

Crazy health idea: wearing the right makeup can actually reverse the effects of damaged skin while protecting it at the same time

πŸ’• What do You do to de-stress?

To de stress: Can’t say. Sorry to be blunt, but that’s how I roll πŸ’¨πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ’• Last thing You do at night?

Last thing I do at night: cuddle my dogs and tell Gabriel how much I love him.

πŸ’• Tell us a secret?

Secret: I’ve had my lips done ✅ well... not so much a secret I’m very open about it and value honesty, so I want to give it.

It’s something that shocks most people to know because they think I’m high and mighty to toxic free living. For me it’s more about the art of the makeup and beauty, I just happen to love the added benefits and the evolution of plant based products! I realize we can’t escape toxins anyway they’re everywhere and a part of life. For me, at the time it was a personal choice from an artist and balance standpoint.

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

A few words: thanks for reading a little bit more about me! Let’s connect and get to know each other better, so be sure to be following my YouTube channel and Instagram for mini, full, educational and entertaining vegan makeup videos!

                                            Danielle's Instagram

                                            Her YouTube channel

If you are interested in reading more Natural Beauty interviews, you are in for a treat! They are all linked in my FB album here. Seventeen of them to day - knock yourself out :)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Natural & Organic Summer '18 Favourites

Hi Lovelies,

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


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Pure Anada make up - Green Life In Dublin Approved

πŸ’• 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 herehere and here.

πŸ’• 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?

πŸ’•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

πŸ’• 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 πŸ’„ 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. More Green Beauty Swatches here


πŸ’• 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.

πŸ’• Sea

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

πŸ’• 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?

πŸ’• 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? 


πŸ’• 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 πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š 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

πŸ’• 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?

πŸ’• 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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