Mar 312020
 

Random Thoughts #8

 

What I’ve been up to?

  • This year really didn’t start off right. Maybe, January, but then with February, it all became a blur, and a strange one at that. There’s something really strange going on, and my body is having an equally strange reaction to it with my muscles being too tense and even painful. Magnesium is what helps and luckily I have the Kiki Health Magnesium Oil, which I’ve been using the whole month and promptly ordered another bottle. But it’s not just the tension and all of that, I just haven’t been feeling well and myself these past two months; the energy and the whole situation in this world must have certain effect. It seems like I just can’t collect myself into one whole working mass… or something like that. And all the many plans and goals I’ve set to be achieved by now, have been postponed, prolonged, and what not. Including the many things I’ve had in plans for my blog – I just can’t seem to get around it.
  • The virus, then there was an earthquake, then snow and this cold weather. I just can’t follow, I just can’t comprehend what is going on, what’s happening. Strange. Everything feels and seems so strange – the whole world around me, it feels strange. I’ve never experienced this type of strangeness, this type of a strange feeling as I’ve been since this virus situation had happened.
  • I don’t know what’s real and what’s not, I don’t know what to believe and what not. Not many things make much, if any, sense. I just know we’re all following, something, or someone.
  • There are many things which will be put in a different perspective in the near future. This globalism – it’s not really working, is it? We’re suppose to be such a rich society, this planet Earth, every country, even if all completely in debt (to whom, does anyone ever wonder, and where does that “it” get all this money), while working more than ever, paying more taxes than ever, and yet – there’s no money and there’s no basic and most needed necessities, anywhere in Europe, such as masks. And we depend on a country which exported the virus as well – a communist country, which is now selling us limited amounts of medical materials and even that – faulty. I’ve always had a strong aversion to China (and name the scary narcissists thieves as such for a reason) and what it stands for; their cruelty to animals is incomprehensible to (normal) human beings. How could anyone believe or trust anything that comes from China is beyond me.
  • Everything is based on an illusion. Let me re-phrase this: this world is based on an illusion. We’re going after what does not matter, and do not have what matters the most.
  • Plastic. Can anyone imagine being without plastic in such moments as these? Self-righteous ones, preaching against plastic straws, while living in mega cities (while waiting for a plane, a truck to deliver the latest uber-expensive face serum to their door – make that 20 serums a month!) and producing 20 sponsored twits per hour about that new face serum, so they can get what they can never get enough – money – while wearing a “Feel the Bern” badge?
  • We’ve put aside, just for a little bit (though some autistic child could not deal with lack of attention, thus needed to proclaim having the virus, too), that global warming (I have my heat on, as I type this) thing, haven’t we? And we’re now all in a panic mode where the next toilet paper roll will come from right? Yeah, we’re gonna cut some more trees, and use some more electricity and water, and gas so that the truck will deliver it to the nearest store for you. It’s easy to type away about the global warming, somewhere in the middle of New York City or Sweden, when there’s no shortage of toilet paper, no need for plastic gloves and a highly contagious virus marching the streets, right? Eco warriors, eh?
  • While there are many completely natural things that can and do boost our immune system, the hard core medicine, fighting such things as this virus will have to come from a lab.
  • Borders and boundaries exist due to narcissists who think they can cross any border and any boundary; and what type of people scold you and threaten you with all sorts of “anti-this” and “anti-that” if and when you want to exercise your human right, your God-given right to defend your border, your boundary, is also clear. While the police, doctors, nurses etc are risking their all and giving it all for us, the European borders are suppose to be opened for non-Europeans and all their diseases? The European economy is and will suffer, and yet we’re suppose to feed non-Europeans who forcefully cross our borders and have no respect for anything or anyone European? I don’t know what will be born out of this crisis, but I do know one thing: if there’s no strong, independent Europe and her borders, protecting Europeans, then there’s no more Europe. Everything that’s anti-European, is being exposed now.
  • I feel gratitude to everyone working tirelessly for us – doctors, nurses, truck drivers, those working in stores, farmers producing food, those searching for a cure. Basically, no Instagram influencers, selling you the idea you need the latest purse and eye shadow palette. And none of those who have PhD in sociology, political science, etc.
  • I feel for elderly, especially the golden generation (85+), who are alone, in their apartments, in homes; some, who do not understand what is going on and why they’re not allowed to have any physical contact… May God comfort them!
  • It’s not that I don’t know, that I’m not aware and thankful – every single moment – but I am so grateful for having my beloved country house and so much land out in the country, surrounded by forest! Just a thought of being stuck somewhere in a big city in an apartment building… makes my skin crawl!
  • There may have been some anxiety, stress and fear over this virus, but as always, I turn to God. I do miss going to church, but there’s no shortage of prayer and connection to God in my life.

Bible verse of the month

  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10

Musical inspiration of the month

This month on the blog

Random Thoughts #8

  • Love Lula Beauty Box March 2020: My First Impressions. 4 full sized products and one travel-sized one and I like pretty much all of them. The lovely smelling rose body oil is a special treat and the shampoo and conditioner bars intriguing, making me wanna try more such bars in the future.

What I’ve been testing lately

Random Thoughts #8

  • Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection. As you know, I’m a big fan of Alteya Organics, starting with but far from limited to – their hydrolates. The Rose & Mullein collection looked good to me, so I slowly started adding new products from this collection, starting with Gentle Brightening Cleanser I’ve been using for quite some time now – either as a morning cleanser or for a double cleansing in the evening. Thin creamy cleaner, lovely scent. Then I got the Hydrating Flower Toner, which is like a thin watery milk toner – almost like a serum to be used before applying other face products. And then there’s the Iridescent Light Serum, another thin milky texture here, a bit sticky and great as a primer as well. Will post a full and detailed reviews of these Alteya organics goodies soon.

My wishlist

Random Thoughts #8

  • The newly launched Hurraw! Aura Balms look beautiful and delicious. I am a bit taken aback with the cost, but I do wish to try a few of these beauties, don’t you?

Readers Questions

  • Coffee or tea? Heh. Both, in fact. And there doesn’t have to be either/or. I drink at least 6 cups of tea every day, various teas (along with at least 1 liter of lemonade a day and that’s only during non-Summer days – in Summer, I drink even more + water). And coffee (cappuccino, latte) two times a day, sometimes 3 times. So yeah, I drink a lot. I, however, do not drink alcohol – at all.

Rant of the Month

  • I think there’s a few of rants at the beginning of the post…

Tip of the month

  • What to use if you currently don’t have a toner/hydrolate. Gotta admit, being without a hydrolate – that’s a tough one. I’d suggest: tea. Any herbal tea would do, but I’d suggest chamomile tea. Make it more concentrated than usually, put it in a fridge and then use it instead of a toner/hydrolate.

A few good deals from around the green beauty world

→  Love Lula has:

Love Lula Spring Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– 15% off  your order when you spend £30 (code: SPRING). Valid till 1.4.2020

New Inika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– newly launched Inika Primers
– newly launched Inika Concealers
– newly launched Hurraw Aura Balms
– 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:

– FREE Goody Bag (worth £135) when you spend £110
– Advent Calendar – limited and exclusive – only €145 €123(worth over €300!)
– big discounts (up to 50% off) in their mid season sale section

→  Content Beauty has:
–  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:

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

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Mar 302020
 

Has there ever been a turn of a month as strange as this one? So much of our lives has been put on hold, turned upside down… On a bright side, this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box has brought a sense of familiarity, a sense of excitement – as it does every month. The contents of this month’s Beauty Box cover basically all the needs – including hair care, body care and face care with 4 full sized products and one travel-sized product and I like all of them. The value of this month’s Beauty Box is £75, but you can get it for a fraction of that with a subscription.

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

Love Lula Beauty Box March 2020

Kathleen Natural Sensual Rose Body and Massage Oil (100ml/£34,00). With Spring officially arriving, and having such warm and sunny weather I’m walking around in short sleeves and thinking of putting on flip flops, a body oil seems like it’s missed its target for a a month or two… and then a few days later, on the top of everything that’s going on in the world – at the end of March, snow appears! *sigh* So, a body oil all of the sudden, on a brink of April, makes sense, in the times when nothing does. Back in October 2018 (this seems, especially now, so far away, doesn’t it, like a different world), I received the lavender version of Kathleen Natural’s body oil, and a few months later, the same-scented Rose bath shower gel, which I really liked – the scent was right after my heart, and so is this body oil: a gentle, flowery scent, which lasts in accordance to its scent source – natural essential oils one. The massage body oil absorbs quite fast, but not fast enough to be used after a morning shower when you’re in a hurry. But for the evening pampering of the skin and senses, this Rose body oil is a luxurious treat. The one complaint that I have is the same as I did with the Lavender body oil as well as the shower gel – its price. With £34 for 100ml, despite Rosa damascena being one of the ingredients, is too steep of a and unreasonable price.

Love Lula Beauty Box March 2020

Madara Purifying Foam (150ml/£18,50). This foaming cleanser has been around for quite some time. While I prefer as non-foaming cleansers as possible, I have to say this one is not as harsh for my skin as I thought it would be – from a foaming ingredients stand point of view only. The foam feels light and gentle on the skin, the cleansing process is quite thorough – as a morning cleanse or an evening one if you didn’t wear (much) makeup. There’s one ingredient (and it’s present in many Madara products) to which my skin does not and did not react positively and that is alcohol. It dries my skin and makes it irritated and tight. From what I can tell so far, little goes a long way with this foaming cleanser – that is when you don’t have too much you need your skin to be cleansed of. The price falls somewhere in between.

Love Lula Beauty Box March 2020

FOM London Anti-Pollution Glow Serum Travel Size (30ml/£52,00 for full size). As I’ve been using the quite watery Fom London Hydra Serum for quite some time now, especially during last Summer, I have, of course, noticed the glow serum as well. This serum is also an interesting one – its texture similar to another Fom London’s serum – the hydra night bright complex one (we’ve got in March 2018 Love Lula Beauty Box) but with a twist of a subtle glow. As it absorbs quickly, I will leave this one for the morning skincare routine – more precisely – as a (minimal) makeup primer. The full size is quite pricey, but I might be tempted to get the full size of this serum as well.

Love Lula Beauty Box March 2020

 Biovene Barcelona Shampoo & Conditioner Bar (40g/£5,99). In last month’s Beauty Box, we received a shampoo bar and it made me curious to try more shampoo and conditioner bars – and Love Lula has quite a few available. In this month’s Beauty Box, Love Lula offered another shampoo bar accompanied with a conditioner bar. This couple of bars is from a Spanish brand called Biovene – until now, I haven’t tried anything from them. Given I adore flowery scents (as opposed to citrus ones) the chances of me trying this particular scent of a shampoo and conditioner bar would be on a lower side – luckily for me Love Lula included them in my Beauty Box. Why luckily? Because both the shampoo and conditioner smell really lovely. In fact, the first (and lasting) association I got when I first smelled these two bars is something from my childhood, I just can’t recall what exactly. The shampoo lathers quite richly and cleanses the hair; the scent of the shampoo lasts less than I wish it did. I had more difficulties with applying the conditioner – mostly, and that goes for both the shampoo and conditioner, due to their shapes (in comparison, the shampoo bar we got in last month’s Love Lula Beauty Box was more flat and oval – in short – more handy), so this is something, I hope, Biovene looks into. The conditioner makes the hair easily manageable and soft, but it takes a long time to apply both, especially the conditioner, as you have to wet the bars over and over. And on this note, there’s another thing I have to point out; while wetting the bars, the option of running the water while doing it is not an attractive one, for the obvious reasons. So my advice is to have a bowl full of water into which you continue dipping the bars in order to achieve the foam. Yeah, it’s not as handy as liquid shampoo and conditioner, no doubt about it, and it takes more time than I wish it did. I am not certain whether the price of these two bars is appropriate or not, as I am not sure how long these two will last, but I will most certainly keep an eye on this and get a few more solid bars of shampoo and conditioner available at Love Lula and write a detailed post on them.

Love Lula Beauty Box March 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 nicely scented Beauty Box, covering nearly all the needs, from body, face and hair care. I like all the products featured in this month’s Beauty Box, with the Rose body oil being my favorite even if very over-priced. The Madara foaming cleanser is a gentle one, but the alcohol as one of the ingredients is making a cleanser which I wouldn’t have picked otherwise. The solid bar shampoo and conditioner, along with having a lovely scent on one hand and not being handy on the other, will go into my collection of solid bar hair products for the more detailed post on such products. The Fom London Glow Serum is a light, fast absorbing one and I think it will work nicely as a makeup primer during hotter days.

And all these products have a total value of £75,00 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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