Feb 282020

Random Thoughts #7

What I’ve been up to?

  • Winter so far has been warm and the number of sunny days has been very generous. The best laid plans mean little to nothing when a sickness hits you, and boy has the common cold hit me this month. Given this is the second time in about 24 years that I’ve been sick – at least when it comes to colds and things of that nature – maybe I am overreacting to it, but I’ve been knocked out for nearly three weeks now. While I haven’t had a fever, everything else with what a common cold hits you has – indeed – hit me and keep on hitting me. Tired, exhausted, irritated, sleepy and frustrated – because of the way I’ve been feeling and due to all of the things that should have been done but are not. But then I’ve stepped back and started calming myself down, telling me that things can and will wait – I’ll get around to them when I can. This, I think, is what’s missing in so many occasions with too many people – feeling frustrated when you can’t do something you think you should and it all makes you feel ever worse. So now that I look around and see all the things that I didn’t do or haven’t done yet, I think to myself that I’ll do them when I can and that’s pretty much it.
  • As you can imagine, if so many things outside my blog have been put on hold, then it’s only expected that my blog was not tented to for basically the whole month of February, so even this edition of Random Thoughts is going to be shorter – I am still not feeling well enough to do anything for too long.
  • Whatever plans I may have, it’s God’s plan that will prevail and I surrender myself to God and His plans.

Bible verse of the month

  • “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Musical inspiration of the month

This month on the blog

This month on the blog

  • Love Lula Beauty Box February 2020: My First Impressions. The theme of this month’s Beauty Box is a mixture of hair care in a shape of a shampoo bar and face care with a face cleanser, a face scrub, a face mask and a high quality carrier oil, which is a great choice for oily and acne prone skin – the newly launched raspberry seed oil.

What I’ve been testing lately

Ive Been Testing

  • Two masks from Nature’s Kitchen. One, the Chocolate face mask, which I’ve received in my Love Lula Beauty Box and the other, the Enzyme Rich Face Mask – unfortunately, both are currently sold out. I’ll post a full review soon.

My wishlist

My Wishlist

Readers Questions

  • I’m sure you’ll understand that this month I’ll skip the many questions you’ve been sending my way – and for which I am thankful. I hope I’ll be able to pick up where I left and include as many of your questions as possible in the next installment of Random Thoughts.

A few good deals from around the green beauty world

→  Love Lula has:

Love Lula Weekend Sale









– 15% off  your order (code: FEB). Valid till 5.3.2020
25% off on Gallinée
– newly launched Esse Probiotic Skincare Hyaluronic Serum
– newly launched limited edition Inika makeup and makeup gift sets 
– newly launched RMS Beauty Hiden Desire Palette and RMS Beauty Foundation
– newly launched Madara Makeup

Love Lula FREE Gifts







– FREE Walden Perfumes “Live the Life” roll-on perfume oil when you spend £35 on Walden Perfumes (code: LIFE). Read my first impressions of this marvelous scent.
– FREE Joik Tinted Lip Balm when you spend £20 on Joik (code: JOIK). Read my first impressions of this beautiful and nourishing tinted lip balm, perfect for a natural makeup look.
– FREE Madara Daily Defence Ultra Rich Balm when you spend £30 on Madara (code: DEFENCE).
– FREE PHB Beauty Mascara when you spend £40 on PHB Beauty (code: PHB). Read my full review of an affordable yet surprisingly high quality mascara I’ve been using for a while now.
– FREE INIKA Lip & Cheek Cream Limited Edition when you spend £35 on INIKA (code: INIKA). Where did this beauty come from?!
– more free gifts with purchase

→  Alyaka has:

– 15% off your order (code: FLASH15). Valid till 1.3.2010 only!
– Advent Calendar – limited and exclusive – only €145 €123(worth over €300!)
– big discounts (up to 50% off) in their sale section
– FREE gifts with purchase:

Alyaka FREE Gifts












→  Content Beauty has:

FREE Content Box












– FREE Content Collection Box (worth £145) when you spend £150 (code: FEBBOX).
–  free gifts with purchase
– great savings in their sale section

→  Pharmaca has:

– 20% off your order (code: WELLNESS20)

→  Onlynaturals has:
– big discounts in their SALE section
– FREE gifts with purchase

→  FeelUnique has:

FREE FeelUnique Beauty Bag









– FREE Treat Yourself Beauty Bag worth €120 when you spend €120 (code: LOVEBAG)
– up to 30% off on Gift Sets
– FeelUnique 12 Day Beauty Advent Calendar (worth £120!) for only £45 £31,50
– up to 60% off in their Outlet section
– FREE gifts with purchase

→  The Detox Market has:

Detox Market Best Of Green beauty

– Best of Green Beauty Beauty Box (worth $249!) for $159

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Feb 272020

Oh, this month has flown by and it has flown by in a blur-like fashion. A common cold has gotten ahold of me for the better part of the month, and once I started recovering, there were so many things put on hold for the duration of sickness that needed to be done… Phew! But the Winter has been – aside from yesterday, when there were some snow – warm and sunny, which most certainly helps when you’re feeling all tired and up to nothing… And then there’s the Love Lula Beauty Box, which cheers you up even if you’re battling a cold, right? The February Beauty Box is a mixture of skin care and hair products – 3 full sized products and 2 travel sized products. Total value of this month’s Beauty Box is £44,00, but you can get it for a fraction of a cost – all the info at the end of this post.

So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?

Love Lula Beauty Box February 2020

Oils of Heaven Raspberry Seed Oil (30ml/£19,00). About 12 years ago, I had a period of time – about a year or so – when Raspberry Seed Oil was a face oil I was binging on – it was one of those carrier oils/facial oils that worked great with my skin, which was still suffering with occasional acne – because the raspberry seed oil is a great choice for oily and acne prone skin, given its anti-inflammatory properties. Since then, I’ve been incorporating the raspberry seed oil into my skincare routine occasionally, and when I saw that Love Lula’s own brand – the Oils of Heaven added another carrier oil to their already rich selection of carrier oils, I’ve placed it on my wishlist – but I didn’t have to wait for it for too long, as it’s landed on my cosmetic shelf already. I’ve been using this oil as a primer under my makeup (or minimal makeup look), as it acts almost like a dry oil, meaning it absorbs pretty fast and doesn’t leave a greasy look, while at the same time you get a natural dewy look and hydrated skin. There’s a reason why the Raspberry seed oil has been one of my favorite carrier oils for so long.

Love Lula Beauty Box February 2020

Laidbare For Richer For Porer Mask (50ml/£7,99). This mask is another great discovery from my Love Lula Beauty Box – I received the first Laidbare mask a few years ago, and soon after got another one – it’s a great mask for oily skin, and comes with a low price. The results are exactly what the mask promises – impurities are sucked out of the skin, if there are some spots, they are dried up. This detox mask, which also moonlights as a mild exfoliator, leaves the skin calm and smooth, and within weeks of using the Laidbare For Richer For Porer Facial Mask, the results are visible. Given the ingredients, it also moisturizes the skin. Read my full review here.

Love Lula Beauty Box February 2020

Laidbare DIY! Cleanser & Toner (30ml travel size; 125ml/£6,99). Another product I’ve already received in one of my previous Love Lula Beauty Boxes and have already written a full review, which you can read here.

Ayumi Tumeric Face Scrub (20ml travel size; 125ml//£6,99). This is a very gentle face scrub – it’s like a face cream, mixed with bamboo powder, making it a finely milled, so to speak, gentle exfoliator. With massaging the scrub for a few minutes and after rinsing with warm water, the result is a smooth but not irritated skin. Given how gentle this face scrub is, I think it would suit those, who may have issues with painful acne. The full size also comes with a very low cost, though there’s, maybe, a bit too much of the face scrub in a full sized tube, given it takes quite a long time to use up a 125ml tube of a face scrub.

Love Lula Beauty Box February 2020

My.Haircare Shampoo Bar (80g/£13,95). A shampoo bar – I’ve been tempted to try one of these for a while, but I always find myself being too skeptical. A shampoo is a beauty product that’s of a great importance to me, and finding a great shampoo with also a reasonable price is not always easy. I am a bit on the fence regarding this shampoo bar. Positive? Yeah, it lathers quickly and creates quite a good amount of creamy foam, which is easily spread on the hair; but if you have long hair, you’ll need to repeat this process quite a few times, which can be time consuming. Once enough of the product is applied on the hair, it works like liquid shampoo. It cleanses the hair nicely, though a conditioner has to follow. The scent of the shampoo is also very nice, but very – artificial; in fact there are quite a few ingredients (well, the whole ingredients list is that of non-natural ingredients) which are artificial fragrance/perfume and fall under toxic ingredients. There’s a bit too many ingredients which are questionable in this shampoo bar for me to give it a thumbs up.

Love Lula Beauty Box February 2020

So this concludes my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box. The theme of this month’s Beauty Box is a mixture of hair care in a shape of a shampoo bar and face care with a face cleanser, a face scrub, a face mask and a high quality carrier oil, which is a great choice for oily and acne prone skin – the newly launched raspberry seed oil.

And all these products have a total value of £44,00 whereas the actual cost of the yearly Love Lula Beauty Box subscription is £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month (yep, even less than it was before). You also get a discount on all the brands featured in a current Beauty Box and even this discount got even better – now you can get all the brands featured in a Beauty Box for 25% off!

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How did you like this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box? Got any products you’ve had on your wishlist? Found any new brands or new favorite products? Let me know!

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Love Lula Beauty Box gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

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