Which Companies and Brands Still Allow Testing on Animals?

 
In Sweden we celebrate Cinnamon Bun Day today, and in some parts it’s Taco Day from my understanding... But I wanted to shed light on a much more important day that occurs today: World Animal Day
It kind of gets forgotten behind all those buns and taco, if not of course your buns are vegan and so is your taco “meat”.
No one’s perfect, and we all make mistakes, and they are often forgiven when ignorance is involved.
I for instance feed my cat Iams, not even considering that a company that makes food for pets may conduct in animal testing and cruelty of some sort. I feel terribly sorry for that and all I can do is to do more research and make a better cat food choice next time. I've already found several kinder options even if cruelty-free cat food is scarce :)

So in dedication to World Animal Day I wanted to highlight popular beauty brands and companies that we’re faced with in the store that still perform animal testing or choose to sell in parts of Asia where animal testing is considered law.
 
I hope we can all use up that Maybelline mascara and go for a better cruelty-free option next time, or even better yet: write to the company about your disappointment and why you won’t be buying their products anymore.
If you want a bigger list of companies to avoid and a green list of companies that truly are cruelty-free and work for it, I highly recommend checking out Suzi’s blog Cruelty Free Kitten. She has a lot of good information and has taken contact with a few companies to get to know their true nature on the subject.
 
Let's end this with a tweetable:
When you know better, you should choose better.
 
 
And in the comments below, tell me if there's any beauty product you will stop buying because of their involvent in animal testing?
 
 
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Original Source & Biały Jeleń Shower Gels

 
Three soaps and three shower gels, guess my cousins from Poland must think I'm pretty dirt or what? The last of what I got from my cousins where shower gels from Original Source and Biały Jeleń (White Deer). Not completely something I would recommend ingredient wise, but one did pull me over.
(Read pt 1 here)
 

Original Source

"And try not to lick your lips because it smells so good, you’ll want to eat yourself!"
 
Brits are probably more familiar with this brand, but this is the first time I've ever heard of it. My mom got a coconut scented one, but I really do like the vanilla raspberry better. If only internet would let me send you a smellogram, because this gel smells edible. I've caught my tongue reaching for the syrup-like fluid a few times, and if you could smell this thing you wouldn't be judging. I know it says raspberry, but think more like strawberry ice cream. Exactly like strawberry ice cream. It seems to be their thing, "packed with natural fragrance" it says. Although it's not a totally green product (contains SLS) it kind of wins me over with that amazing smell. I don't eat processed sweets but I don't mind smelling like one. 
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, C11-15 Pareth-40, C11-15 Pareth-7, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, CI 14700, CI 42090  
 

Biały Jeleń

Their products are made for people with sensitivities and allergies and says to be dermatology tested. A bit weird that both then contains perfume? When a product says it's been dermatology tested I'm not the one to be wined over that easily. The black one is for men and has a common manly scent to it and B5 added to it, while the green is more neutral. I'm seriously not that fond of the INCI and are considering stocking them up for emergencies only when we're out on shower gels. I don't have so much more to say about these, it's not like I want to eat them...
Ingredients GREEN: Aqua, SLS, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Parfume.
Ingredients BLACK: Aqua, SLS, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, Parfume, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Panthenol Betula Alba Juice, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
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Alterra Naturkosmetik

 
My cousins from Poland was on a visit to Stockholm this summer and they brought me some natural skincare brands that’s not found in Sweden, like the German brand Alterra Naturkosmetik. Phenomé is also a huge brand there but considering that it’s available in Sweden I opted to test brands I’ve never heard of.
I was very interested in trying some Alva Naturkosmetik, especially form their make up line, and also Eostre and Speick that had okay ingredients. But being that my cousins comes from a small town, those brands were hard to find.
Either way I’m pretty happy with the selection, some things I personally would not have picked up, but I will be using them anyway.
From what I know Alterra is a budget brand (think Yes To or Nonique) and sells everything from skincare to even make up.
 
 
Shower Peeling with Papaya & Organic Coconut
 
Somehow I missed the word in big font “Dusch-Peeling" and thought that the Papaya & Coconut was a body lotion. I squeezed some and out came to my surprise a transparent fluid with coconut flakes. Very cool product indeed.
It has a spearmint-y smell to it and there’s tiny little beads, from papaya I guess. I would say it’s a very mild scrub that works great around the décolletage, but for legs I would prefer something more coarse like a sugar scrub. 
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Alcohol*, Plant Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera Fruit*, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Oleate, Silica, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Parfume**, Limonene**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Alcohol, Citric Acid
* Certified Organic, ** From Natural Essential Oils
 
 
Facial Oil with Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil
 
I also received some Raspberry Seed Oil, but that one I’m saving for its own special post. Pomegranate Seed Oil is also high in antioxidants and said to protect the skin from UV lighting. I’ve read it’s a favorite among acne sufferers, and helps with hormone-related acne and also helpful in repairing wounds without leaving scars behind. Pomegranate seed oil somewhat balanced with a slight higher level of linoleic acid, but not much. It feels much heavier than my other oils, but haven’t broken me out or anything yet. And it seems to do a great job in calming down any redness and keeping the skin plump. This has made me become very interested in buying pure pomegranate seed oil and testing it out. Alterra’s is blended with almond oil and sunflower oil both high in oleic acid. It also contains fragrance which is always suspect and I could’ve lived without.
I wished the packaging felt a bit more luxurious something that tells a story of the potent ingredients that’s inside. Other than that I think it seems like a great product for winter and price worthy. I’ll be definitely checking out some pure pomegranate oil too! 
INGREDIENTS: Glycine Soja Oil *, Punica granatum Seed Oil *, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil *, dodekanerna, tokoferol, Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Parfum **, Linalool **, Limonene **, Geraniol **, Citral **, Citronellol **, Farnesol **
* Certified organic, ** from naturral essential oils 
 
Lip Care with Organic Chamomile
 
I didn’t actually look look at the ingredients until now and realize it has castor oil as base. Usually I try to avoid natural lip products with castor oil, which is hard, because it kind of creates an addiction to use more chap stick. But from the two weeks I’ve been using this one I have to say it’s the very first lip balm with a castor oil base that has not affected my lips negatively! It’s got some chamomile and carrot root extract in it, which sounds cool and calming. It does not have a scent so great for sensitive types. 
INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Cocos nucifera Oil, Cera Alba, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera, palmitinsyra, stearinsyra, Butyrospermum Parkii, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil *, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Chamomilla recutita Oil *, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Beta-karoten, tokoferol
* Certified Organic
 
 
Soaps
 
These are as fragrant as a soap can be. I’m really into the orange scented one and it also got some orange peel oil and extract in it. I have not used the bar soaps other than for some aromatherapy-smelling, the pump on the other hand I’ve got some experience with. With extracts from Lavender and Mallow, and fragrance from natural essential oils, this soap gently cleanses your hands without drying them out. It just happens to be so that my Dr Bronner’s Shikakai soap just came to an end so I’m happy with the abundance of soaps to use in the near future. 
PUMP SOAP: Aqua, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sucrose* Sodium Chloride, Malva Sylvestris Leaf Extract*, Citric Acid, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin Oleate, Sodium Sulfate. P-Anisic Acid, Sodium Hydoxide, Alcohol, Parfume**, Linalool**, Limonene**
* Certified Organic, ** From Natural Essential Oils
SOAP ORANGE: Natrium palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Citrus aurantium Dulcis Peel Olja, Citrus aurantium Dulcis fruktextrakt, natriumklorid, Tetrasodium Glutamate diacetat, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, CI77491, CI77482, CI77891
SOAP LAVENDER: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Lavendula Hybrida Grasso Herb Oil, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Linalool, Limonnene, CI77007, CI77891

There’s a few more things but I thought I’d divide the post into two parts leaving the Raspberry Seed Oil alone for something else.
So stay tuned!
 
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Acne Progress Update

Hey lovelies, I thought I’d give you a follow up on my acne progression!
(Read the last one if you've missed it)
As you might know, summer is a fearful season when it comes to my skin; I usually will get hundred little bumps all over my face that keeps on getting worse and won’t go away until spring and then the whole cycle repeats itself. Last year the summer treated me horribly and I felt like I I’ve tried literally e v e r y t h i n g.

Well, this year I didn’t change much neither in diet or protection, except for going 100% sunscreen-free and focusing more on cooling myself with either a hat or being inside or under the water. It was one of the hottest summers since 2010 so naturally I could only expect disaster. But do you know what? My skin kept on healing!

I did get some small eruptions, which shows, but compared to the usual pimple that will hurt and bug me for over a month until it suddenly erupts without giving me the slightest warning, these came and went quite quickly although leaving a spot behind. Oh lucky me huh?
 
 
Should You Go Without Sunscreen?
I’m not an authority, so going sunscreen-less isn’t anything I promote or condemn when suffering from acne, it’s really about personal matter. I just realized that no matter if it’s chemical or natural zinc oxide, when it comes to summer, I can’t have anything heavy on my face or it will talk back in a nasty way.
NOTE: I did use my special day potion with Carrot Seed Oil and Lily Lolo’s concealer (which contains Zinc Oxide) under my eye and solely on deep red spots (like those eruptions). But when trying to use mineral foundation my skin was giving me the evil pimple eye… if you know what I mean.

So, without further ado, this is the change in my skin since just before the summer until today.
 
 
If I look glossy it's because I've oiled myself up so to speak. I usually try doing these pictures in the mornings on "good days". I know I know, but some decency feels good on the blog.
 
I also want to mention that since the last two weeks, when it's been cloudy, I’ve gone back to using the Snail Serum at night to get rid of any remaining “summer bumps”, which it gladly takes care of.
I'm also writing this update because I'm adding something new to the regime! Exciting what?!
 
 
Acne Scar Solution?
A new natural serum popped in the mail yesterday, which is probably the most expensive skincare I’ve bought counting the price/ml! But hey, I’m an oil junkie and would happily pay like 55€ for 5ml of Essential Oil if I believed it was potent and of great quality. La Mer has nothing when it comes to natures essential oils!
It’s my first Living Libations product and it’s their little Dew Dab that’s a go-to spot treatment, or from the reviews I’ve read it seems miraculously good for everything! One even claimed it to heal deep scars that she was considering doing laser treatment for! I’ve been contemplating laser treatment for whatever remaining scars that will be left when my skin has completely healed. But I’m hoping to find something natural and powerful to not have to go through any expensive procedures.
I never did get my hands on their Everybody Loves The Sunshine-moisturizer before the summer ended, and even though the ingredients in there seemed just what my scars needed to fade, after learning about fatty acids I felt like a spot treatment/serum would do much better together with my new daily oils.
So enter solution: the Dew Dab. It’s got a powerful scent and a bluish hue to it like Blue Apatite. Blue has been my guide for a few months now so I’m definitely feeling that I'm on the right track, if you believe in signs and all of that.
I’ll be back with a 12 week-review! You'll probaly forget about it until then, lucky I'll be reminding you!
 
In the meantime, why don't you share your #1 natural product for acne scars or similar effect?
Leave your tip in the comments below :)
 
 
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iHerb Haul

 
It’s time again for another iHerb Haul! (Check out my other ones).
Another small batch with two reorders and two new things!

Earth Circle Organics - Raw & Organic Goji Berries
Okay, not a reorder exactly. We usually go for Navitas Natural’s Organic Goji Berries, but after a closer look we saw that the price had gone up, and that these were cheaper. Goji berry as Goji Berries, no? Not really. I have to admit, these remind me a lot of Buywholefood’s organic mulberries (which you have to try if you like mulberries!), they are bigger, juicier and sweeter in constancy and taste. These are the best goji berries that I’ve tried! They feel almost fresh and sweeter than regular that you’d almost believe they were covered with sugar. So I’m very happy with our switch of brands!
 

Coconut Secret - Raw Coconut Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce
After someone telling me that Tamari isn’t healthy and has tons of salt in it I kind of wanted to look for other options.
But let me explain a bit further:
1) Well duuhh, of course it contains salt! That’s why I use it! Who here thinks it's salt-free? 
2) I have never thought of Tamari as being a “health product”
3) I don’t use it daily. If I use it in a salad dressing I will at most get 1/4 of a teaspoon in me; counting that I use a little every day in over a week.
+) I did my own research and I could only find better and better things about Tamari (estimating it is made in traditional ways). Like did you know that Tamari is the oldest soy recipe, it’s been used for over a century? And that it is made in the process of making miso? And that the only way to digest soy products properly is to have the beans fermented at least 2 years?

Anyway, I knew there was something called Coconut Aminos that could be used as a soy substitute. Kimberly Snyder uses it, but I actually found it while searching for Coconut Nectar of the same brand. So no, she’s not allowed to get any credit for this find.
We still have to bear in our minds that it does contain salt. In fact, the thing is liquified salt. The only up-side is that it has an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins and a nearly neutral pH. Also contains 2-14 times more amino acids than natural soy.
2-14 seems a bit misleading, but in context it just sounds much better than actual soy or Tamari.
But I’m happy to receive any opinions on this.
I haven’t used the Coconut Aminos yet, just sniffed it a couple of times. It smells a bit different, and from what I’ve read also tastes a bit different. Nonetheless I will come back with a review or recipe, well you choose which medium.
NOTE: I just want to give kudos to iHerbs great packaging! The soy had leaked and been shaken on it’s way to me, luckily it was in a bag that was in another plastic bag so nothing else got ruined! *kisses*
 
  
Nubian Heritage - Raw Shea Butter Infused with Frankincense & Myrrh
This thing is addictive! Not only did it save me and my boyfriend from getting sunburned this summer, but it managed to heal my boyfriends dry spot that he’s got on his hand. I tried everything on it, from Coconut Oil to Neem, nothing made it vanish as quickly as this Shea Butter! I even went and bought plain Raw Shea Butter from Akoma, but it wasn’t even close to as affective and smooth as this one.
I use it wherever I’m dry, it sinks in without leaving an oily residue so it’s perfect as a hand cream too. I just love this stuff and had to repurchase!  
 
 
Acure Organics - Ultra-Hydrating Body Lotion Unscented
My very first Acure product. I thought with winter coming soon I’d drop some body lotion into the basket. And because I’ve been having an eye on Acure since like 2012, I thought that body lotion would be a great product to get a feel on the brand.
So far I’m a bit disappointed, it says “Ultra-Hydrating” but sinks in faster than I can blink. The consistency is like body butter but when applied I melt in like body milk. To be fair, it does feel hydrating, but because it vanishes so fast you have to use more of the product, which I don’t like doing. In that case I have to say that I like Dessert Essence much better, but this one has a great ingredient list and is unscented!
 
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iHerb Haul - Repurchases

 
So, we bought another batch of Organic Goji Berries, despite the warning. We figured that their high nutrient content and our clean diet compensates the harsh and polluted climate they grow in. Also, we found them to be a great source of Selenium, which we run short on. I know about brazil nuts, but I never really have the urge to eat one just because.

We’ve tried Bee Pollen from other various brands but made the conclusion that these were of the highest quality by their greenish color and intense taste. Eating them straight is like taking a teaspoon of cinnamon! This did not come through with other brands. They aren’t as good tasting, but just that makes them so much more raw to me.

No matter how much I like a beauty product I will usually try something new. But Tamanu oil has become such a favorite that I see it as a staple. I thought about trying another brand, but couldn’t really find one that said ”organic” on it and I really like the dispenser on this one for future uses.
I love it with a few drops of roman chamomile to keep my skin calm as we now go into summer where my face starts to break out more (too much Pitta eh?). Of all the oils I’ve tried, it’s my favorite, by consistency and properties. The history use of Tamanu oil has been to protect the skin from the sun and sunburns, high humidity and ocean wind.
 
 
And lastly, some Raw Shea Butter. Not a repurchase. 
I’ve stopped wearing sunscreens and started looking at ancient remedies. Shea butter is high on that list, and people in Africa still uses it as protection and nourishment.
It may have and SPF of only 6, but considering eating a watermelon will give you an SPF 3, seems like big numbers aren’t what it’s all about.
This one is also infused with Frankincense and Myrrh which both has very healing properties and used for centuries, nonetheless they’ve been used as mosquito repellents.
Myrrh also has an SPF15-20, it is said that Myrrh was the secret that kept ancient Egyptian skin so lovely and tanned. They would carry a cone on their heads made of hippo fat and essential oil of myrrh that would then melt down on to their bodies, protecting them from the mosquitos and getting sunburned. It has been used to maintain healthy skin, prevent skin aging and sooth chapped or cracked skin.

The smell surprised me, and I can’t say other than that I completely love it! I don’t know why I bother describing the scent, but here we go: ”fresh cacao" and almost ”masculine” would be my opinion. Still, I like it a lot and haven’t been bitten or sunburned yet, just a lovely even tan.
For me it's been a matter of keeping my skin hydrated. Dry skin will burn, just as dry wood. Oiling yourself up creates a protective and lubricated layer that not only protects you but also nourishes you and still makes your body able to absorb some sunrays to create precious and life forming Vitamin D.
For my face I use an oil blend (with the tamanu) with some carrot seed oil for my face.
 

I’m interested to know what you use to protect yourself from getting burned?
Tell me in the comments below!
 
 
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NaturalBox Review

 
I remember when I was a pre-teen, there were all these book club-subscriptions. Anyone remembering Funtasie (which I didn't really know how to pronounce or what it meant at the time) and Sisters? Well, I remembered the joy of getting a secret package every month through the mailbox. I didn't think that years later there would be a grown-up version of this, but of course I had to test some of them out!
 
Last year I had a 12 month subscription of Glossybox given to me by my boyfriend at Christmas after some begging..
You may recall me posting some of the boxes but then stopping. Well, the more I grew into simplistic and natural beauty and health, the less impressed I got of the things in the box. You can guess right that I was a bit sad and torn when someone else had spent their money on a gift I actually begged for and to then not really take value in it! I felt so ashamed.
Well, I did the best of what I could with the not-so-clean products. Sometimes you would be lucky to get something from like Balance Me and Zoya. Oh the happiness when that happened! But most products weren't on my clean list to say.
 
So for this Christmas Peter and I decided to have a joint gift and bought us a 6 months subscription at Naturalbox which focuses on natural beauty and healthy snacks. I thought it would suit our new lifestyle better and be less disappointed and actually take use in the products.
 

So why haven't I showed you any pictures or even mentioned my subscription?

The simple answer is: We used it up before I could even tell you!
We would usually get our box every Friday which we would pick up on our way to Sundsvall. The snacks would then vanish before we even got there, and well then it would just not be a complete picture haha
To say the least, it was fun to have a box that we both could enjoy!
 
The subscription is a bit pricier than Glossybox but I l do agree here that you get more value for your money and most of the beauty products are full size.
Another difference is that you kind of can know what will be presented in the next box. There is a mystery box available, but you can always try to just avoid checking their page out and it will be a surprise!
 

Did I love it all?

I don't like to find faults, but here's my less positive experience: 
  • You could get a sample twice or more from the same product. It's actually not a big deal, if you bought the product you could always give the sample away to someone.

  • The snacks weren't always "clean". I mean, no matter what candy, candy will always be processed, refined and unhealthy. The same for the bars, where I prefer my own low fat ones for energy.

  • Too much focus on same brands. During these six months I've only gotten to try Phenomé, Mádara, Nonique and Inecto Pure Coconut. The last one not being "clean" in my eyes, but I tried it. In six months I would have loved to try more products. But except for Inecto Pure Coconut, I loved the products I've gotten and use them everyday!

  • There was a problem with the February box, which I know wasn't their fault, but I sure would've loved to been informed via email than finding it out on Facebook. Even when I emailed I didn't get the real cause of the delay. So my tip for them would to always stay in touch with their subscribers via mail and always tell what's going on.
 
Nonetheless I'm very happy with my subscription, and the last months has been delivered without problem. Both Peter and I are considering continue our subscription, but there's more vegan snack boxes that have popped up that we may also would like to try out: Vegansk Snackbox and Veganlådan. And to add, Naturalbox is also coming out with a Veganbox!
 
I enjoyed getting teas and lipbalms - can never have too much of those you know! Anything from Go For Life and drinks were always appreciated.
It was really the right step from Glossybox and I never felt disappointed in that I couldn't use a product.
My favorite box was the last one (May), even though it had less products than the boxes before I totally loved the Limited Edition "Nothern Herbarium" from Mádara Cosmetics.
Other things I enjoyed getting was: Humble Brush, Organic Toothpaste, Organic Vanilla, Organic Dried Pineapple, Coconut and Birch water.
 
It absolutely gets the "Frivolous Girl Approval"-stamp! (remind me to make one!)
 
Have you tried NaturalBox, what's your thought?
Do you have any other vegan/natural beauty related box subscriptions?
 
 
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Review: Lily Lolo Concealer + Brushes

 
I got the lovely suggestion to test Lily Lolo's concealer by my follower Jenny.
I haven't tried a thing from the brand yet but been planning to buy a few makeup samples for my next natural makeup brand to try out.
 
Lily Lolo recently did a rebranding of their design and I must give it to them, it looks so exclusive and elegant than the past that I was actually willing to give them a try. - I ashamedly judge books by their cover!
With their new design they also came out with a new set of sleek looking brushes.
 
Lily Lolo only offers samples on their bigger products and after having some bad luck with past concealers, I was a bit on the fence ordering a full size.
After going through their Shade Guide and looking for the complementary concealer to the foundation shades I would've gone with, it was really no doubt about Caramel. I'm sure Nude would suit as well, but I really didn't need another concealer being slightly too light on me and with summer on its way there's really no stress of it being too dark.
With that I also decided to invest in a proper concealer and eyeshadow brush that I've been missing.
 

Lily Lolo Powder Concealer in Caramel

£7.99
★★★★
 
THE DIFFERENCE
It contains Kaolin.
Which you usually use in mud masks for healing and detoxing properties and hair products to absorb and control excess oil. My eyelids being very moist and on the oily side I hoped this would fix my problem with eyeshadows not sticking.
Also, what I missed with the Tikei concealer was Zink Oxide, even though powder SPF isn't something to lean on, I feel safer knowing that there's something around my eyes with full spectrum, reflecting and preventing aging around that delicate area.
 
THE FIT
The color Caramel was such a successful match to my light to slightly more medium complexion that I could even use it to fade down any dark spots that stands out! It won't however cover them completely.
You get a great amount and a natural look for the price!
 
+ -
I'm so content with this product that I actually don't have much bad to say about it!
Some pointer would be to say that it can be a bit hard to wash off completely without using a moist pad and some oil. But in general, long lasting is considered a plus.
Unfortunetly, my lids are just too oily, but after one stroke, wipe and another it usually stays in place.
I haven't experienced much creasing in fine lines, but would still recommend someone more mature to look for liquid concealers.
 

Lily Lolo Concealer Brush

£6.49
★★★★
I once bought a concealer brush but it was for liquids and didn't work as well as my finger.
The Lily Lolo concealer brush is vegan friendly, teddy-soft and should work with both powder and liquid concealers.
I believe that no matter what product you use, without the right brush it won't give the best result.
 
THE RESULT
After getting used to using Tikei's fluffy shading brush for applying concealer, we can just say it took a few uses until I completely and utterly fell in love with this flat tapered brush!
It blends the powder concealer into your skin just like a liquid, giving you a flawless second-skin-look.
I haven't used it with a liquid yet, but wouldn't be surprised if it left the same result.
It works well with other concealers too like the one from Alima Pure. 
 
THE QUALITY
I've only had it and used it for two months and I can say that the quality is impeccable. I've not experienced any shedding with it, nor any looseness of the holder, or decline of the softness.
 
I know I have no real preference to other concealer brushes, but for the decent price, quality and result of the brush, this is the Brush to have for concealers!
 

Lily Lolo Eyeshadow Brush

£5.99
★★★★☆
I feel like the odd one who's never had a proper eyeshadow brush... When I got the eyeshadow samples from Tikei I panicked because I didn't really have a brush that suited for loose eyeshadows. All my life it's been pressed and finger friendly.
 
THE RESULT
It's definitely easier to work with the loose eyeshadows now, creating a finish all over-lid.
The brush is supposed to work with both pressed and loose, and I can confirm it.
 
THE QUALITY
This brush contains the same excellent quality as the concealer brush: no shedding, soft and easy to work with.
 
There's still just something with the brush that doesn't make me want to brag about it. Can an eyeshadow brush impress one?
However, my experience with brushes like these isn't that wide to begin with.
For the price and quality, it works.
 
 
You can buy Lily Lolo and samples at their offical store which have an offer for this weekend:
10% Off all orders over £15 with code: HOLIDAY14
 
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May Wishlist

 

Living Libations - Everybody Loves The Sunshine

”Sunburns are easier for our DNA to process than the cell damage of being in the sun with sunscreen”
~Nadine Artemis

I’ve gotten the great recommendation from you guys to try Seabuckthorn Oil, which I much appreciate! And my precious Tamanu Oil is also getting to its last drops. I thought I would kill two birds with one stone here, when I decided to plunge for Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn (which also includes Tamanu oil!), but just when I looked at their website for one hundred time I came across another oil blend called Everybody Loves The Sunshine.

I looked at the ingredient list and it is similar to the Best Skin Ever, but like, even better! It has several oils that I’m looking for to add to my collection in building my own natural sunscreen, but to get it all and make my own would cost me quite much to start.
I love exploring, and this one sounds just like the thing I’m looking for! ELTS also comes in a Zinc Oxide-version (20%), but I’d love to have something to use both day and night - and buying both is just too expensive right now. 
I’m planning to have it join me in July for the ultimate test.

I recommend you watch this video of Nadine Artemis giving a lecture on sunscreens and their affect on us.

Lily Lolo - Eyebrow Duo

I’m still using and have much left of TiKei’s eyeshadow in Cacao to fill in my brows. It’s come to that point where I don’t feel complete without it, and I don’t even have thin or light eyebrows!
What I really missed in the natural mineral makeup world was an eyebrow product with both color and wax.
I even glanced at the popular brands like Anastasia and Smashbox for good brow duos, but both of these don’t have clean ingredient lists and are quite expensive. So I was very pleased, thankful and creeped out (did they read my mind?!) when Lily Lolo came out with an Eyebrow Duo just a few weeks ago! Great price too!

Kure Bazaar in Melrose

I used to buy a new O.P.I nail polish every month or so. I used to always have painted nails.
Lately I’ve been au natural for quite some time. I don’t know if I got unconsciously put off by the chemicals I’ve been exposing myself too. For example, I did everything else right, but would repaint my nails every two weeks. I don’t wear jewels, so you could say nail polish was kind of my accessory and way of expression.

I’m thinking of giving away my toxic collection and replace it with less toxic polishes. I like the look of Kure Bazaar and wouldn’t mind owning every single shade. Melrose, which is one of their newer shade, caught my eye. Every summer I usually paint my nails and toes in O.P.I’s Strawberry Margarita (bright pink), and Melrose reminds me much of it but being softer and ”spring”-like.

Infinity Strap

My second course of Ashtanga Yoga ended just a week ago. I’m on the fence if I truly want to continue with my practice, namely Ashtanga series. And as much as I like having a teacher correcting me and helping me go deeper, I feel like I’ve hit a plateau.
I know this is perfectly normal, and that it is now that I should keep practicing strong. But sometimes it feels better to just accept what is and focus on other things that needs improvement. Skipping class you paid for and thinking ”when is this over” will not make you a better Yogi.

So I’m thinking of taking some time off from class (maybe leaving room for drop-ins) and do home practice for a while.
To get deeper in positions by oneself I felt the need for a yoga strap. I came across the Infinity Strap, which also come in a stretch-version. They give you perfect reasons on why it is better than the original strap and I love the innovative thinking! 

More info on the Infinity Strap here.

Juil Shoes

Earthing or Grounding as it is called is having the spotlight. It’s no science, being barefoot stimulates us in a sense of feeling connected to the earth and everything around. I always feel like I have such better understanding of my surrounding when I have both of my soles on the ground. Unfortunately, concrete isn’t that nice to walk on, and selfish people makes it hard to not get hurt while trying to walk barefoot, so shoes are a must.

Whether these shoes has the ability to ground me through copper connectors beneath each toe or not, I think Juil’s collection of sandals are very pretty overall. They are not cheap but the price don’t differ much from another pair I’ve had my eyes on, except that one will ground me to the earth and the others will not.

I’ve only found one place that ships these overseas, you find their stock here.
More info on Juil Shoes here.
 
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Alima Pure Samples

 If you missed my TiKei Samples review check it out here.
 
Next in line I ordered Alima Pure after finding out that if you stay in the range of $12 you get the cheaper shipping option at $9, which results in the whole package costing me just around 150SEK which is the normal price range for most sample packages and is what I payed for the TiKei’s.
 
I feel like Alima Pure is the BareMinerals of the more pure mineral foundations. Bare Minerals being a bit controversial with it’s bismuth and being commercial.
I’ve been wanting to try them out, and been staring them out at Spirit Beauty Lounge that has a bit cheaper shipping cost for international orders.
 
 FOUNDATIONS
 
At their site you can easily find out what shades suits you by doing their Foundation Selector. I came out matching Beige 2&3 and Warm 2&3. But being a bit over my head that my skin tone is very yellow, I went ahead and chose to order Golden 2 instead of the Beige range. Afterwards I feel like I should’ve gone with a Beige sample, or even Warm 4 to see if it suits me as a summer shade.
Luckily, Warm 3 is like a second skin on my weirdly bronzed winter complexion! It just melts, evens out any redness, it barely looks like I have anything on! What’s even better is that Warm 3 is also Coriander on SBL, so it will be easy to order without paying the high shipping cost through Alima Pure’s webshop.
I still can wear Warm 2, it oxidizes quite well, and depending on which lighting Golden 2 suits okay. But with these I felt that they don't oxidize as much as the TiKei. I don't know why, when they almost have the same formula. Comparing these two I didn't really see a difference in texture, other than Warm 3 was a much better match than the TiKei opposite.
Often times when it comes to foundations, it's all about the match, and you will be loyal to whomever provides you with that.
 
 BLUSH
 
This could have nearly been all a blush order, because they are all are just freaking gorgeous!
One YouTuber reviewed their Luminous Shimmer Blush in Leigh, and it just looked so pretty on her and in picture that I had to see if it would look just as great on me.
Satin Matte Blush in Desert Rose makes me start hearing the melodies of Sting’s song, and I have somewhat a fetich for anything called ”Desert Rose”. Whether it would suit me or not, I had to have it; sometimes a good name just sells itself.
 
Leigh is just as gorgeous as on picture with pink shimmers and would suit most complexions.
As usual, I find shimmer blushes to be more blendable and buildable than the mattes, and there wasn't any exception here.
Desert Rose is very pigmented, so little goes a long way. I do believe though that, if I only had the right blush brush I would be able to blend it out nicely to suit me for now. I’m in the process of updating my brush collection, but if I don’t manage to get a new blush brush by the summer I will have to come back to it at the end of it when I have a more bronzed skin. It isn’t so much for light skin, but probably could blend out nicely.
 
I want to order some more blush samples, because I have this feeling that I shouldn’t be wearing pinks - which is usually what my eyes wonder on to first! Shimmery blushes like Freja & Sahara looks gorgeous and are just what may suit me more. From their mattes, Apricot, Melon & Carnation are good candidates. I'm not a person who blushes, if not for my acne scars, my skin is pretty even and never tends to go pink. Therefore I feel like pinks and some coral blushes can be "too much" on me because that's never my natural state - yes, not even after a run! I've never played with peachy and apricot shades, so I'm hoping they will give me that natural glow and "health".
 
CONCEALER
 
I feel like I’m having some bad luck with concealers even though I listen to the instructions.
Well, according to Alima Pure, Concealer in Sand is supposed to match Warm 2-3, and these were the main Foundations I ordered. I couldn’t know better, and that’s what samples are for!
But yet again, the concealer was a bit too light for me, and I ended having slightly raccoon-eye-opposite haha. The thing is, I sometimes liked it, and somedays I would feel like a clown - a hate-love relationship in other words.
Looking at their site, Amber is the next best thing, suiting Warm 3-4, but in picture it looks way too dark for me. I’m thinking more beige in line, but I will just have to order a few samples to truly know. It’s all about preference, how light you want to go under the eyes.
Comparing formula and application, I did not see much difference between this one and Tikei. But I’m really liking how powder concealers looks and feels, and I don’t know if I will ever go back to liquids!
 
BRONZER
 
In retrospect, I should’ve gone with Belize that has a little bit of shimmer in it, but I won’t lie Mauna Loa has grown to my likings and I do think I like it more than TiKei’s Golden Bronzer. It’s more neutral in tone than Tikei’s that goes more for red.
I’ve tried to research which tone of bronzer is the best and what’s best for my complexion, but the information seems to be a bit complex. I’m very into sculpting after face shape and stumbled upon that I would suit best in a shimmery bronzer for matte can be a bit harsh on me. So next bronzer-sample will be one with a subtle shimmer to compare if it’s true. Otherwise Mauna Loa is a very beautiful bronze that would suit most light-medium skin tones. And from the ones I’ve tested so far (including conventional brands) it’s my favorite.
Alima Pure has also reintroduced a sculpting powder that was in one of their limited edition collections, Me Encanta. I don’t really know what’s the difference between a bronzer and an actual sculpting powder, but I would like to know. The only thing I’m a bit sceptic about is that Sombra, the sculpting powder, comes only in one shade?
 
 
With every Alima Pure order you always get two other samples that you will know about when you open the package!
(Usually it will be something they will soon have on sale)
 
PEARLUSTER EYESHADOW
ATLANTIS
 
When I got this I was like, ”Oh Green… with a pretty name.”
But I do realize I need to come out of my comfort zone a little from all the earthy tones. Oh My God, like I was the girl who would wear red eyeshadow to school!
But I have to say, that when it got on sale later I was close to nab it!
I wouldn’t say it stays on the lid for too long, not this color though (I really need to find a good eye primer!), but it is very pretty! It just was a perfect subtle shade for spring also, being a bit of a ”baby/pastel green” if there’s such a thing.
The shimmers comes out better on their website.
If it weren’t for the huge shipping rate (because hey, seems a bit weird only ordering one thing?), I would indeed have bought it and other gorgeous pearluster eyeshadows... Like, I wouldn't mind owning them all!
 
 
SATIN MATTE EYELINER
DENALI
 
I was actually looking at this one, for when it comes to eyeliners I like to use earthy tones like different shades of brown and then even green.
But I have to say that I got a little disappointed by this one, it just personally didn’t suit me. It can be my fault also, not having exactly the right tool and not at all used to powder eyeliners. I admit, it was a bit tricky. I thought then about using it as a smudgy eyeshadow, but it was just too darn dark and pigmented.
At their site the picture of it makes it look lighter, but it's much much darker than that, that I almost mistook it for being black!
I still would love to try out Espresso or one of their Luminous Shimmer Eyeliners.
 
WHAT I WOULD REPURCHASE
Warm 3
Leigh
Mauna Loa
Atlantis
 
I have to say that all samples lasts a long time. Surely I don't wear make up everyday, but I've had them for two months now. Somedays I only wear the bronzer and some blush. I blended Warm 2&3 together to make a bigger batch, that I poured into an old Laura Mercier container when I finished up TiKei.
Because I had to hold in a $12 budget I couldn't get a sample of everything, but here's what I want to order next, together with some of the mentioned above.
 
WHAT I WANT TO TRY NEXT TIME
Radient Finishing Powder
Balancing Primer Powder
Color Balancing Powder in Buttercup and/or Pistachio
Contour Powder
Highlighter in Luna
 
 
Have You tested Alima Pure, what's your favorite products from the brand?
Or do you have some of their products on your wishlist?
Let me know in the comments below!
 
 
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Travel Essentials

 
I’m in Stockholm visiting my mom during Easter. My mom isn't going green anytime soon, hard convincing, so I mostly have to rely on not forgetting to bring my own stuff. I usually keep it simple with a few products, but when traveling I keep it even more simplistic. I could’ve even done without one product if I would’ve blended out the Tamanu oil that is on the verge of reordering. But I somehow have such a love for the Tamanu that I don’t want to dilute it with other oils. I did though infuse it with a few drops of Roman Chamomile that I couldn’t keep my wallet from spending a few bucks on.
I will definitely reuse the bootle for my private practices!
 
I’m a lip balm-aholic, and it doesn’t really matter which brand, as long as it’s 100% natural and not made of beeswax or castor oil as the main ingredient, because it dries out my lips, I’m all good. Right now I’m loving Coconuts in all its forms.
I then packed my DIY moisturizer and cleansing oil that I whipped up on the whim. I’m sorry to not share the recipe, but I feel it’s not fair for the ingredients changes between every new refill. It all depends on what I’m in the mood for, season, skin type and what new oils I got. But I will share the main EO’s, which are often Lavender Tea Tree Oil, Patchouli & Ylang Ylang. I usually have the tea tree on the side so I can multitask and also use the blend as a moisturizer.
 
Oh and bananas are great as beauty food on the go!
Too much banans? I do love melons more, but they are too heavy to bring...
 
Now, tell me what 5 beauty products you would pack when traveling?

Review: Urtekram Toothpaste

via zoya bg
 
 
My boyfriend managed to use the last of this product and throw it away before I had a chance to take a picture.
When I finished my foam-free toothpaste from Auromere, I was on the look out for something new and closer to home to try; I don't call ordering toothpaste online ideal. I searched in every local grossery store for a natural toothpaste without flour and SLS, and I found one by Urtekram at ICA Maxi.
 
URTEKRAM ALOE VERA
75ml ~39SEK
 ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
 
I want to try to be objective, because some really like this toothpaste, but I'm just going to tell you my experience...
As I've told you before, I have some weird sensitive teeth, and every time I change toothpaste there's an adjusting-period where I experience some pain until it's settled.
With Auromere I didn't even have this problem, but with Urtekram it never stopped! It got so bad at the end that I couldn't even brush my teeth!
My boyfriend on the other hand didn't experience as huge of a problem.
I tried to research what it could be that I was reacting to and the only thing I suspected was the first ingredient Calcium Carbonate or the Citrus Oil. The problem is that when you research Calcium Carbonate it says that it is supposed to be effective for sensitive teeth - this made me very confused!
When looking back on the toothpastes that I'm okay with, none of them contains CaCo3, so I'm almost left to no chice but to suspect it.
Later I've read of other people having a bad experience with this toothpaste, like getting more holes and problems with the gums.
 
How do I know it's the toothpaste?
When I couldn't brush my teeth, I went back to ICA Maxi and found another Flour- & SLS-free toothpaste without CaCo3, and just over a day or two the pain went away!
 
PROS & CONS
+ The taste is okay.
- Leaves white sludge in the corner of mouth. Not for sensitive teeth.
 
INGREDIENTS:
Calcium carbonate, Aqua, Glycerin*, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract*, Xanthan gum, Citrus reticulata peel oil* (aroma*), Commiphora myrrha oil, Limonene, Linalool. 

New In: Soap and Hemp Oil

 
I first got introduced to test out Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap in a Glossybox, since then I’m equally impressed as anyone else. You really need the tiniest amount!
In October I placed an order for their Shikakai Soap in Lemongrass, which I found out to be much different than the original. I feel as if though, both are necessary.
If you feel like the original can be a bit too drying, if you use it as a hand/body wash, Shikakai is your man! But don’t try to wash your hair with it though!
For the sake of my readers I went on a little experiment that lasted about 5 weeks before I would admit my defeat.
When I used up my Jason Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner I tried washing my hair with the Shikakai Soap, about 1-2/week. It ended in a huge build up of dirt and oil that I had no choice than to turn to my detox shampoo to get it clean! So no, it will never come near my hair again!
I tested then tested the original formula, and it is much better in cleaning the hair, but because I’ve heard of many saying it can be drying, I don’t use it for every wash.
 
 
I fell in love with Raw Gaia’s Hemp Heaven and thought I’d go straight to the source and make my own blend of it. So far so good; used alone it doesn’t seem to want to sink in, blended with jojoba, avocado and macadamia, it seems to melt just right in!
I will maybe try taking it internally, for I've heard great benefits, but we'll see.
 
 
Do you use Dr Bronner’s? How do you use it?
 
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snail serum

After the summer my skin got pretty bad again, even though I was more or less 100% raw and was on this diet that made me feel amazing, it didn’t turn my skin as amazing as I wanted it too.
I wasn’t alone in this, other’s of what I know has suffered of the same kind of ”detox” pimples (many and little white heads all over the face). It actually looked even worse than when I had cysts (which at least was only on concentrated places), suddenly I had it on my forehead and it was spreading down my neck!
I’ve sorted this out though, and I will tell you the main reason and how I fixed my acne soon, but for know I will share you one of the things that helped my skin get more even, less grainy, and prevent knew pimples from forming.
 
It was initially my mom that made me try this stuff. I don’t know if I would’ve bought it on my own to be honest. But since turning green my mom has had a hard time understanding and adjusting to me. She gets sad whenever I turn down almost all of her ideas for help. So when she at least tried to find something more natural, I thought I’d give mommy a break and test to see if it works.
 
Not did I know snail serums was on the up and coming. It just sounded too weird for people to actually give it a shot. It’s at most a beauty fly, just like: sperm, venom and caviar creams. But hey, I’m up for anything nowadays!
 
SERUM NUTRITIVO - EXTRACTO DE CARACOL
50ml 298SEK (Free Shipping)
★★★★
 
It doesn’t say how much of the snail extract that is in it, but at least it’s the first ingredient on the list if you don’t count water. Because the boutique I got it from doesn’t share theingredient list I’m writing it out for you at the bottom of this post.
Another ingredient that I was a bit skeptical about was the second ingredient, which is alcohol. I’ve tried staying away from it, especially when it’s so high up in the list. Luckily, in this case I didn’t react to it.
Besides the Snail Extract it has these other active ingredients:
Allantoin - Stimulates cell multiplication and tissue renewal, and provides a soothing, therapeutic action.
Glycolic Acid - Exfoliates and replenishes the dermis. Accelerate collagen synthesis and hydrates and stimulates cell metabolism.
Collagen, Vitamin E & Elastin - Eliminates wrinkles and tones up the skin.
Vitamin B & C - Improve pigmentation, while toning up and softening the skin.
Vitamin A - Accelerates epidermal cell regenerate and revitalizes enzymatic activity. Prevents premature aging of the skin, keeping it supple.
 
The big question is if not all the other ingredients are actually doing all the work?
Putting in snail extract could just be an act of making the gel sound cooler.
It is important to lay off the scrub somewhat and use sun screen while using it, because of all the active exfoliating and regenerating ingredients. I was lucky to be using it during the dark period of the winter months, we had about one day of sun per week - yes, very depressing!
 
USAGE
I started off with twice per day, morning & evening. The product says as many times you desire. But it felt a bit too drying, so I settled for only night use, under my usual oils after waiting it to dry. They blended well in, without being flaky which I’ve had problems with other gels.
 
RESULT
After about a month I started seeing results. Scars was healing faster and probably thanks to the Glycolic Acid new pimples were mostly prevented, and no more flakiness around pimples. My skin got so much more even both in skin tone and texture, leaving the summer bumps behind. I also feel more ”radiant”.
 
 
RECOMMENDATION/VERDICT
I have pretty sensitive skin, and it worked just fine for me.
I don’t use it strictly nowadays, and after four months there’s still about 1/3 or less left.
You should preferably use it during autumn and winter months to restore what the summer may have done to your skin. Summer is never nice to my skin, and I was really happy that this gel sorted out the awful bumps!
It does what it promises, and for that I don’t have anything bad to say. Packaging could be more special… but you know what, for the price and effect I will not be the one to point out any faults.
 
WHERE TO BUY
Olivkällan
 
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Helix Aspersa, Alcohol Denat (Ethyl Alcohol), Propilene Glycol, Sodium Chondrotin Sulfate, Allantoin, Collagen, Glycolic Acid, Carbomer, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Calcium, Antiproteases, Cytokines, Retinol (Vitamin A), Thiamnie HCL (Vitamin B6), Cyano Cobalamin (Vitamin B12), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyetahanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, D-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.
 

Wanted to mention if any of my readers had missed, Mitte at Beauty Comes Clean wrote an article about the Snail Extract trend not so long ago. Check it out and the rest of her interesting topics!
 
Have you tried something as crazy as Snail Serum?
Or anything like it?
Leave a comment telling me your experience :)
 
 
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TiKei Samples

The first brand in my Makeup Detox-series is the Swedish affordable TiKei. I ordered the 10-sample pack with Brush from them and this is what I got:
 
SHADER BRUSH
I kind of panicked when I did the order because I realized I don’t have any brush to apply loose powder eyeshadows with and not to mention powder concealers! You couldn’t pick their concealer brush so I just went with what looked like it could be used for many things.
Maybe a Blender brush would work fine too but the Shader brush did just great as a multitask-brush and saved me some trouble! I like that their brushes are vegan and the bristles are soft and works great around the eye area.
 
L: Warm 3; R: Neutral 3
 FOUNDATION
- Warm 3
- Neutral 3
 
They have quite a good selection of shades and it’s almost impossible to not find your match.
Because I got a little overboard with selecting four eyeshadows I didn’t really leave room for much foundation shades to be tested. I followed the instructions and while I’m a pretty good match maker for myself, this time wasn’t really a true match. Or well… As you can tell a difference in the picture between the two shades, it seems like both oxidize and turn into the same color. Nobody I asked could tell if one side looked more yellow than the other.
Originally I was thinking Neutral for winter and Warm for the summer, but I ended blending these two together. (Oh and if you wonder where I got the pot? I just recycled my Laura Mercier containers!)
The formula feels maybe on the heavy side for some reason. Most of TiKei’s products uses Boron Nitride, which they explain why on their site. It sounds a bit suspicious and some blogs say it’s bad, but I came across this article. So until I read some proper information on why it would harm my skin in any way, I’m okay with using it.
 
CONCEALER
- Warm
- Yellow Corrector
 
Somehow I can’t seem to find a concealer that match when I follow the guidelines. It’s often too bright than its counter foundation-partner. So Warm felt a bit too bright for my yellow complexion, even when oxidized.
As I said I suffer more or less from permanent dark circles so I thought I would give the Yellow Corrector Concealer a go. Turns out it worked even better than the other one and could be even used alone on my yellow-tinted complexion! I ended up blending these two together though for a better and more powerful match.
 
Sunrise Blush
 
BLUSH & BRONZER
- Sunrise
- Golden
 
Even though I don’t feel that ready, I thought I’d give blush and bronzer another try for the sake of science…
There weren’t many blush shades that pulled my attention, so I went safe with a coral-shaded blush and their lightest bronzer.
At first I didn’t like the blush, but as the scars fade the more the color grew on me. I’ve always had pinkish-colored blushes and even though I get most attracted to them I feel like they don’t really suit me always. Sunrise makes me think of Lily Lolo’s blush Clementine that I've had my eyes on, to have something to compare with.
 
After some excessive research on how to sculpt after face shape I couldn’t be more excited to play with bronzers! Golden is a more of a red toned bronzer, and works great for light-medium skin tones and for winter - leaving just the hint of definition and warmth without being too much.
 
Now, what I wish both of these would have is shimmer! But none of the TiKei blushes and bronzers offer this. I’ve always seen myself as a matte person, but I’ve come to realize that matte is a bit hard to control, while a little bit of shimmer blush is easier to blend and build - it also lightens the complexion and gives you that glow!
 
Golden Bronzer 
 EYESHADOW
- Cashmere
- Cacao
- Desire
- Embrace
 
I’m not mad about loose powder eyeshadows but it seems to be ok working with them. The only problem I have is that they crease.
I have quite oily eyelids, and I’ve tried almost everything, but the shadow keeps on creasing within a few minutes, so if any of you my readers has any tips on a good natural eyelid primer (not for glittery eyeshadows!) I would be so so thankful! (I’m wondering if Lily Lolo’s concealer that has Kaolin would work?)
 
R: Cashmere; L: Cacao
I will start with the one I didn’t like, and that’s Embrace, a shimmery light brown. It looks truly beautiful on picture, but just looked too ashy on my complexion.
Cashmere is my favorite and is a matte beige. The perfect base in my opinion and gives a little bit of warmth. I usually dust it on over my whole lid and brow bone for an au natural look.
Cocoa is a basic matte brown, but maybe too pigmented. I thought I could use it as a crease shadow and eyeliner. While it works good as an eyeliner, it’s just too pigmented to use as a regular shadow. I actually ended up using it to fill in my browns even though it’s a tiny bit too dark - but hey there’s nothing wrong with bringing Pocahontas-brows back!
Then we have Desire which is the most beautiful of the bunch. A shimmery copper brown, just gorgeous and no picture can do it justice! A special-occacion eyeshadow I’d like to call it. I used it as an eyeliner on my birthday but it works great all over lid.
 
L: Embrace; R: Desire
WHAT I WOULD REPURCHASE
Yellow Corrector
Sunrise Blush
Golden Bronzer
Cashmere
Desire
 
Have You tested TiKei, what's your favorite products?
Love to hear your thoughts!
 

Wednesday Wishlist

 
Fresh Face Tamanu Oil
 I'm seriously in l o v e with my Tamanu Oil that I got from iHerb, and I see it being a staple oil in my beauty routine. And so I found this moisturizer from Hedd Wyn Essentials that has all of my favorite ingredients! Fresh Face contains: Water, Tamanu oil, MSM, Sunflower oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Plant trace minerals, Chamomile Extract, Vitamins A D E, Organic plant acids, and essentials oils of Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass.
 
YÜLI Cello Perfecto PM
With being very into DIY skincare lately (like I could easily make my own Fresh Face) the appeal for commercial brands hasn't been that strong. But then I hear about this brand called Yüli - Jade at Nephriticus can't stop blogging about them - that uses quite extraordinary ingredients, each product has something that has never been on the market before; like Black Garlic Bio-ferment in their Liquid Courage (followers at insta knows I've started cooking with it!).
The price isn't that off putting when you read about the science and purity of each product. For example, they use Miron Ultraviolet glass which is specially formulated to preserve ingredient integrity and helps prolong their potency.
So if there is a brand I'm actually willing to pay and believe in, it's Yüli. And right now I'm all in for any serum that promises to lighten acne scars! It's a pretty new brand on the market, and for now you can only buy Yüli at Amazingy if you live in EU.
I also recommend reading this interview with one of the founders at Beauty Palette Blog.
 
EDIT: You can now buy YÜLI at Spirit Beauty Lounge!
 
 DailyGreatness Journal
I recently bought a note book by EcoJot (go check out their amazing cause!) to scribble down any feelings, goals, ideas, thanks, thoughts, to-do’s, you name it! All that stuff that floats around your head that should be nibbled down on a piece of paper! I came across the DailyGreatness Journal when shopping for a yoga bag to my oh-so-heavy-3.2-kilo-(!)-eko-mat and loved the layout of it. I love books that are like questionnaires/fill-in-the-blanks type of thing. I don’t really have a clear yoga routine and the original daily journal maybe could help me structure my days better.
 
Alima Pure Lip Tint in Lotus
I'm feeling pretty spring-y, and because I've found out that the lip products I use aren't that body-friendly I'm after new favorites to use. Only heard great things about Alima Pure and their lip products. I'm also in love with their limited edition pearluster eyeshadow in Orchid! 'Cause you have heard that this years Pantone color is Radient Orchid?
 
 
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makeup detox pt two - essentials

  In the first part I revealed my toxic makeup that I've had for many years, but don't necessarily slather it on daily or even occasionally. If you missed that click here.
 
And so to my daily makeup that I reach for when I want to feel extra pretty of some sort.
As I mentioned before, I've been mostly foundation-free since December when my bareMinerals Matte Foundation (bismuth-free) came to its end. So after that the only alternative to looking decent has been these two: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 in Alaska (yes, imported by my lovely friend) and L'Occitane Sublime BB Cream SPF30 in Medium (won at a Glossybox FB contest).
Both of these don't have the best ingredient list I can tell you. While some of the good (flower extracts and oils) are at least in the middle in L'Occitane's BB cream, Nars has put theirs (Algae Extract and Turmeric) last. Before that there's just very weird words that would make me look like a fool for trying to pronounce!
Whether I'm more into powders or liquids is hard to say, because I feel at my best without any color on my face. I rather show the world my aggravated pimples than to try to hide it, honestly.
 
Then to my real addiction: Concealers.
I was born with very very thin skin under my eyes. Which in turn, if I ever showed up to school wearing no makeup friends and guys would come up to me asking if I'm okay.
I've tested them all, high-end to drugstore, they do make me presentable but none has really made the difference I'm looking for.
Until now actually. It's not a huge difference, but since starting to eat cleaner, which in turn fixed my insomnia and other issues, my dark under eye circles has in fact become somewhat lighter. I still though, feel the need to always use concealer if I'm going out. Hell, I'll even wear it if I'm just sitting at home doing nothing! Because if I cross a mirror I want to look awake for me.
But with them being a hue lighter I feel like any concealer will do nowadays - and this is huge!
 
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 25 was bought in the rush when my current concealer at the time got used to its last pump and I couldn't stand walking around without one. It was cheap and a match. But yeah, I wished I would have at least looked at the Une counter haha 'cause this one isn't clean at all, has parabens and other things to avoid. The only good thing is Chamomile extract, but I'm happy I don't use it anywhere else than to brighten my eyes.
 
- I stopped using concealers on pimples because I got so many of them that I was practically using concealer as a foundation. It just felt heavy and not breathable in the end.
 
Nowadays I only use two products daily: concealer and lip liners.
The funny thing with lips is that I got into lipsticks at an very early age. While other girls were into their glittery lip glosses and so on I was coming to school in color, sometimes even in bright firetruck red! (Oh and I still got that lipstick somewhere) You can kind of say that I skipped the lip gloss-period all together. People thought I was a bit different, but I couldn't see the deal with sticky lips that the hair would always get caught in haha so freaking annoying.
 
Now I've evolved and use only lip liners that I paint all over the lips. And my guilty pleasures are: Make Up Store in The Perfect Pink and Russian.
I'm not as experimental as I was in my teens so TPP is the one I wear almost daily, sometimes I blend with Russian to make it a deeper pink. Unfortunately, these wands are not the cleanest things either, having some of the more nastier things than the above I think.
There will probably always be one thing that will be the last thing to be parted with, and in my case it will be to find a perfect dupe to TPP. It is really The Perfect Pink.
But with so many natural lipsticks and colors out there I'm not in any way anxious that I will not find a perfect match.
 
I do also use a lipstick which I'm not just going to throw away, because I bought like four of them. Yes, f o u r - you read that right. It's not pictured, but it is the MAC Limited Edition Viva Glam of Cindi Lauper. When it came out I was like, "This is my color!" It sold out pretty quickly, so I bought a bulk so I'll forever have this color.
Again, not the best ingredient list, but better than the lip liners I've gone to.
 
- I do use various of lip balms, but all of these I've switched to clean versions.
 
Because concealer is my one and only staple when it comes to makeup it will be on top of my priorities that I will try to detox first. I was very sceptic at first, but I've played around with some samples already and actually liking the result - Stay tuned!
 
You may ask, how about blush?
I stopped wearing blush a year ago, I kind of gave it up.
When you have acne and red scarring all over your cheeks it just adds to it you know. So I came to my senses and just quit it.
Now my face is looking overall better so I'm happy to be exploring the natural ways of blush and sculpt!
If you are interested in what blushes I use/ed I did a post on it two years ago, you find it here.
 
Mascara?
I haven't actually bought mascara for years. Knowing someone who works at a department store I've been living on mascara samples from various brands.
But I'm planning to walk down to ℅ Lena of ℅ Naturkosmetik and pick up her new natural mascara and maybe get some samples of her makeup too! 
 
 
What was the hardest for you to give up?
Is there still something that you won't give up?

makeup detox

 As of this year I will focus more on natural makeup!
Since early winter 2012 I went through a skincare detox in a mission to find something that actually works for acne. Oh yes, I seriously believed acne could be cured or at least be handled with the right kind of skincare products, but of course I found this to not be the case.
I wouldn't say I regret all of my testing, but it sure didn't make my skin happy being introduced to a new face wash every other month, no matter how gentle it's supposed to be.
But now after a year of trying out different oils and products I've settled down for the few methods that relates to my simplicity and mantra that less is more. Both ingredient- and price-wise. Yes, I'm utterly sure I will look fourty when I'm sixty, and all thanks to some cheap products nature gave us.
 
But back to why I have a bunch of makeup lying on my table! (Phoeb's wondering too apparently)
You see, I put all of my focus into skincare that I forgot to detox my makeup bag.
I've been foundation-free since December 2013 - or three months iow, sounds so fancy when you say it in years - when my bareMinerals Matte came to its last grains of sand, but this doesn't mean I have some healthy alternatives when I feel like painting!
 
So I put every powdery thing I have and researched them, and unfortunately even the best of them, like my beloved Mineral Eyeshadow quad with neutrals from MAC (use it pretty daily), was listed as a "Throw Away and Never Look Back"-item. It still hurts.
Most of these things I've had for years, counting back to eight!
And honestly, I haven't used them that much. Well, that explain why they've lasted me so long!
Why do we sometimes hold on to make up? In my case it's mostly been, "When I get a pretty face I will be able to wear it..." Sounds familiar? Maybe in the sentence, "When I weigh x kilos I will be able to wear..."
Bronzers and Highlighters goes into this category.
Then there's things that I've gotten and things I think is just frekking pretty but won't wear it daily, this includes: Mac Eyeshadows Honey Lust (Golden) and Humid (Green); gifted and discontinued Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows in Raisin (Shimmery Plum) and Bone (Nudes); and yes I bought it pricey, Smashbox Eyeshadow in Torch.
 
Then there is a lot of Laura Mercier taking space at the table. When I was young I got told that mineral foundation would be good for someone with troubled skin. At the time there wasn't many labels playing with minerals and the word on the street was that LM was the Best. The only place you could get your hands on some LM was at NK in Stockholm, but I practically begged my mom's friend who lives in the US to buy me some for little less money. - Same friend who gave me the Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows.
I've used up the foundation but still have a little left of the finishing powder which has come in handy when using liquids; half left of their highlighter in Candlelight which I've mostly used as an eyeshadow or brow bone highlighter, it is actually a very beautiful glittery pink beige color; their bronzer in Warm Bronze both travel and sample size, very beautiful glittery bronze that I've also used as eyeshadow for I've never really seen the point or learned how to sculpt; gifted ugly eyeshadow in Steel Shining, should have thrown it away a long time ago.
 
Well all of these and more should be put in the trash for it either contains Bismuth, Silica, Parabens, Silicones, and more that I try to avoid.
I write should because some things I can't see myself be parted with until I find similar or perfect dupes.
I'm still on the fence of LM products, 'cause they do contain some seductive ingredients like: Pearl Powder, Diamond Powder, Emerald, Nephrite Powder, Ruby Powder, Moonstone Powder, Quartz, Topaz - Highlighter;
Pearl Powder, Avena Sative (Oat) Kernal Flour, Silver, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Copper - Finishing Powder.

Ah, you tell me what to think, thow or hold?

#tiptuesday

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But it' not Tuesday, it's not even Thursday, it's Friday! But I have plans for a theme of blog posts next week so this will only disturb my idea.
I've come across an awesome UK webshop that focuses on natural beauty. But what makes LoveLula different from the other webbshops we know of is that they not only have a beauty box subscription, but they also offer monthly beauty boxes without subscription! (Read: beauty boxes)
It's an awesome way to test new brands and things, and is just the kind of idea I've been thinking about that stores should do more often!
And it's Free WWD!
 
(click on one of the boxes for more info)
 
What do you think about beauty boxes like these?
Have you shopped at LoveLula before, your experience?
 
*This may sound like it I'm getting paid to post this, but haha I'm not that lucky... YET!

iHerb Haul

 
It hasn't really been a while since I ordered something from iHerb, it's just that I've had some issues. I wouldn't blame iHerb, they've been really sweet and refunded me for my lost package (including shipping and rewards) even though they shouldn't have to! The issue has been DHL (which has yet, months after, not answered my letter!). I ordered a package late October that never got delivered. Of course I had taken the cheaper shipping charge without any tracking or refund for that matter. At the same time I had read about another blogger getting her package but with three items missing and one destroyed. I'd actually like that much better than get my package missing and my money used for nothing. My conclusions are that DHL got it so destroyed to the point they couldn't deliver or it got stolen. Because there's at least records of it leaving iHerb to the hands of DHL.
I just think it's sad that delivering companies can't even at least admit and send apologies.
This whole took very long, because you have to wait 6 weeks before you can contact about a missing package, then the holidays came, and so on and so on.
But now I've reordered, this time with express shipping for 8$ just to be sure. Unfortunately I had to pay customs this time, which I've never had to do before when using the cheaper shipping even though I ordered under 300kr. I don't know how I will do in the future, 'cause I don't think iHerb will be as nice to me for a second lost package... and I really don't like to lose money! But anyway, after months of waiting I finally got me some iHerb stuff!
 
 I made some changes when I reordered, but it may  be fun to know what would have originally arrived:
Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Powder
Wisdom Natural SweetLeaf Stevia Concentrate
Eden Foods Organic Dulse Flakes
Great Eastern Sun Wakame
Indigo Wild ZumBar Goats Milk Soap Patchouli & Orange
 
I managed to buy some raw cacao powder else where. And then I swapped the natural Stevia for three flavors because it was a bit cheaper. I didn't get the wakame because I just changed my mind about them. The ZumBar I got really upset that most of the good scents where sold out when I wanted to order. I found a cheaper one though (Alaffia Shea & Rooibos Antioxidant Goat's Milk Soap), which seemed with even better ingredients, but because I wanted to stay below 300kr I had to set it aside.
 
 
Auromere, Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste, Foam-Free, Cardamom-Fennel Flavor
 
I'm starting to look into natural tooth care. Not that I feel that my teeths are starting to rotten from all the fruits I eat haha, but I've always felt that the tooth is a living thing that can repair itself. I hate doctors and dentists, and hope to never need to go to one. I'm planing on making a "natural tooth care"-post, so stay tuned!
This toothpaste isn't really what I was ideally after because it still contains glycerin. I'm not fond of Fennel flavor, but this was the only Foam-Free so to speak, and I want it to be as natural as possible. Other than that it seems to contain everything I look for in a natural toothpaste. Review will be up when I finish it!
 
- Of course I was thinking about buying EarthPaste, but to me it didn't have the oils and extracts that are good for overall gum and teeth health.
 
Wisdom Natural, SweetLeaf, Sweet Drops Vanilla Crème Engligh Toffee & Chocolate
 
I got a sample of Vanilla Creme just like these from HälsoKraft which lasted me - what felt like - ages. I didn't like it at first, I could really taste the bitterness in it, but the more I used it the more I got used to it. I still would want the natural taste bottle, but it's fun testing out other flavors too.
 
 
Eden Foods, Organic, Dulse Flakes
 
One thing I knew I had to reorder was the Dulse Flakes. Kimberly Snyder talks about them a lot, to throw into salads for when you want some salty taste. They smell and looks exactly like fish food but does definitely give that salty taste I'm after. I will probably use this quite frequently!
According to Kimberly, using Dulse is like adding pure hair mineralizer! Contains vitamins B6, B12, E and A, and is rich in iron, but also contains beauty minerals like: zinc, calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as iodine.
Cool thing to add into your daily diet in other words!
 
Aura Cacia, Organic, Tamanu Oil
 
Okay, I'm crazy about oils and you should see my growing oil collection!
Tamanu oil I've been eyeing on ever since PinksoFoxy introduced me to it in one of her videos. Somehow it got lost in the thoughts, just like Neem Oil, but now I'm finally trying it out!
Tamanu oil works a lot like Neem, it's good for people who battles with skin issues, but doesn't smell as bad.
Right now my skin is really seeing better days and I'm trying everything on earth to lighten and repair those nasty scars and red marks it has left me. Skin update soon - stay tuned!
 
 
 
Having good teeth often times starts with a healthy tongue!
I first looked at my local drugstores but all they were selling was plastic one-size, and for some reason plastic doesn't seem right. Dr Tung's were the most recommended one, so I bought two, one for me and one for Peter.
 I really like these, they are adjustable and made of steel, will probably last me years. I've just started with some oil pulling, but to do it right you should scrape your tongue afterwards, and now I can do that.
 
Well that's it for this time.
 
Have you tried any of these things I bought or are curious about some, your thoughts?
Tell me in the comments below!
 
And if you're thinking about shopping at iHerb and it's your first time I recommend you use this code: HWT271
It will give you $10 more to shop for on orders over $40 and up, or $5 off on smaller orders!
- If you live in Sweden I recommend staying below $45 (~300kr) to get away with customs!

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