May 292020
 

I keep on focusing on an old normal, bypassing, aside from wearing a mask in public closed spaces, nearly any thought of what is being thrown around as the new normal. The weather is, aside from April-like showers, getting warmer and warmer, I am enjoying the work around my country house, long walks in the forest and receiving my lovely and always generous Love Lula Beauty Box – it has been such a glue to old normal and I appreciate it so much, even more than ever before. This month’s Love Lula Beauty Box contains 3 full sized products  and 1 travel-sized product – checking all the categories: makeup in a form of lip crayon, body care in a form of soap bar, hair care in a form of shampoo and face care in a form of face cleanser, with a total value of £50, 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 May 2020

Inika Lip Crayon (3g/£19,50). Ah, I remember when Inika new lip crayons came out and I put them on my wishlist, but haven’t had a chance to get around to getting at least one! Until Love Lula included one of them in my Beauty Box. The color (deep plum) is rich in its color: plum, yes, with a splash of a copper mauve and brownish tone under it all – this is how I see this color. The texture is that of a high quality nourishing and softening lip product: so creamy, so soft and the color pigmented with a long staying power. Easily applying in a combination with lips as a blush as well – paint the lip crayon on your hands and then apply it with your finger on your cheeks. Deliciously looking! This is a rich and overpowering color; I’d suggest a very minimal makeup when wearing this one: bright look around the eyes, very little to no mascara. Hmm… wish a sharpener would be included.

Love Lula Beauty Box May 2020

Madara Soap Bar (150g/£6,50). No matter how often Madara is featured in Love Lula Beauty Boxes and no matter how many Madara products I order, I never seem to “just there” where I feel I am running along with having as many Madara products as there are on my wishlist or as they’ve launched (case in point, they’ve just launched Anti collection and I am eyeing more or less of them). This heavy soap is is a creamy and soft treat for the hands (can be used as a body soap as well). It smells of a lemon, dipped in melissa and lost in a pine wood – there could easily be a scent of tea tree hidden somewhere, even though it does not contain it. Its refreshing scent is suitable for both women as well a men.

Love Lula Beauty Box May 2020

Ayumi Hibiscus & Turmeric Shampoo (250ml/£6,99). I am a bit floating in the middle when it comes to this one. The shampoo smells nice – and the scent lasts for a good day. The texture is of a thicker gel, it spreads evenly on the hair, and creates a rich creamy lather, cleansing the hair thoroughly – and that probably due to quite a heavy working detergent Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, of which I can’t say I am all that fond of – my scalp has not reacted (so far), but skin on my forehead did with a few bumps.

Love Lula Beauty Box May 2020

Skin Alchemists Humble Warrior Cleansing Oil (30ml/£15,00). Can you believe I’ve managed to control my curiosity and kept this oil unopened and thus not having it tested yet? Well, if I tell you I did the same to Skin Alchemists Facial Elixir which I got in one of my previous Love Lula Beauty Boxes, then you’ll believe it. I will dedicate a time to test these two and post a review, I promise. I need to thoroughly test and enjoy these pricey products and with so many other products using and testing, I am just not able to delve into these two the way I think they (and you, my readers) deserve. It is quite pricey, this cleanser…

Love Lula Beauty Box May 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 “taking care of you from head to toe” with products covering all the cares – face, body, hair and makeup. I like all the products I’ve tried (for now, I’ve skipped the pricey oil cleanser), sans that one ingredient in the shampoo.

Love Lula Beauty Box May 2020

And all these products have a total value of £50,00 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 for 20% 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.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

May 282020
 

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection boasts of affordable yet effective face care treats in a form of face cleanser, toner and serum – all containing Alteya’s signature rose oil, and accompanied with a gentle and lovely scent.

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

The first thing that comes to mind when hearing about Alteya Organics is rose oil – their rose oil of the highest quality. And their high quality floral waters/hydrolates, which I’ve been using for quite some time now and my skin feels delighted. But Alteya Organics are evolving and developing new products on a regular basis and so far, all the products I’ve tried from this brand, I’ve enjoyed them a great deal and have many, if not most of their products on my wish list – and how lucky are we that Love Lula is keeping all of our cosmetic shelves stocked up with this brand, right? In case you missed it, I reviewed their delicious lip balms, rose hydrolate and glow-making face sunscreen – with many more reviews of this brand coming soon.

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Not too long ago, Alteya Organics launched their new Rose & Mullein collection, and I was, of course, intrigued and curious to try all the products from this collection, with a serum being on the top of my list – as you know I am a huge fan of face serums.

All three featured products are of a creamy consistency – with toner and serum, of course, being runnier than a cleanser. Their scent is pretty much the same – quite rosey. One of the two main ingredients, along with a rose, of this collection is Verbascum Thapsus Flower – aka Mullein, which, outside of beauty, it’s been used (my great grandmas and grandma used it) as a medicine for headaches, coughing etc. In beauty, Mullein has brightening properties.

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Gentle Brightening Cleanser

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Alteya Organics Gentle Cleanser comes in a 200ml plastic bottle with a pump. Its texture is of a more on the runny side creamy cleanser – a milk cleanser, in fact, easily spread on the skin: I first splash my face with a bit of water and then, using only one pump of cleanser, massage it all over my face. The cleanser is gentle to the skin yet removes makeup as well as any impurities on the skin. Even though the cleanser contains a few mild foaming agents, there’s basically no foaming; the cleansing performance of this cleanser falls onto cleansing ingredients massaged onto the skin as opposed to foaming. The skin is left cleaned, soft and hydrated and there’s no tight feeling. As mentioned, this cleanser is a great option for a cleaning in the evening routine, but I’ve been mostly using it in the morning, as it’s so gentle. The cleanser consists of quite a lot of ingredients, including jojoba, castor seed, camelina seed oil and – a rosa damascena extract.

The lovely scent of roses, ylang ylang and sandalwood makes for an added bonus of aromatherapy.

Price? Affordable £15,00 for a 200ml bottle – an one, at most, pump, covers all the cleansing needs, making it this gentle, softening and nicely smelling cleanser an affordable and long lasting choice of a cleanser.

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Ingredients: Distilled Thermal Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Glycerin*, Aqua, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Camelina Sativa (Camelina) Seed oil*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Trigonella Foenum Groecum Seed Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Dalbergia Sissoo (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Eugenol***, Geraniol***, Citronellol***, Linalool***. *Certified Organic Ingredients **Fragrance derived from natural sources ***Naturally occurring in essential oil

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Hydrating Flower Toner

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Alteya Organics Hydrating Toner is a bit of a mystery and a bit of a conundrum of a toner. Is it really just a toner? Or does it moonlight as a very runny cleanser as well? Should I spray it on my face and leave it there or use a cotton ball to spread it or… Should I rinse it off? I know, many questions to be asked of a toner, right?

This toner comes in a 120ml glass spray bottle. Its texture is of a very runny cream/milk. There’s a tiny bit of a foaming action going on as well (due to Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate), very unusual for a toner, right? Upon spraying it, at first it feels a bit sticky, but then, when it absorbs into the skin, it just leaves an invisible feeling of smoothness and softness on the skin. I could even argue it’s almost like a very runny, diluted serum, upon which you can layer other products, while on the other hand, you can even use it a mild cleanser?

One aspect of this toner (and the same issue repeats itself with the serum as well) that I’ve found negative is the ingredients called Phenethyl Alcohol, a preservative and fragrance ingredient. It made my face feel, at first, warm and then redness set on my face – a very clear irritation, as it’s not unusual for this ingredient.

Price? £13,00 for a 120ml bottle, which falls under a very reasonably and affordably priced toner.

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aqua, Glycerin*, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower*, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Linalool**. *Certified Organic Ingredients **Naturally occurring in essential oils

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Iridescent Light Serum

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Being a huge fan of face serums and Alteya Organics, a combination of the two makes for a great choice. The Alteya Organics Light Serum comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a pipette. The texture is a very light and runny and creamy – serum. Just a few dots on the face are enough, as the serum spreads nicely, and absorbs fast. Similarity to the toner, at first, it seems like it left a bit of a sticky trace, but then it quickly disappears and all that is left is a smooth, soft, matte and so lovely smelling and hydrating serum – which can be used alone or for layering other treatments, and given how smooth, matte and basically invisible it is, it really works well with other products – whether it’s a face oil or foundation – both will just glide on. The serum itself isn’t alone feeling light on the skin, the hydration also makes for a very light feeling on the skin, yet so very prominent as far as effectiveness.

The ingredients list, along with the performance of this serum, is equally impressive, with such skin-beneficial ingredients as hazelnut oil, mullein flower, sodium hyaluronate, rosa damascena flower oil and extract…

Unfortunately, just as it’s the case with the toner, the serum also contains the irritating Phenethyl Alcohol, and while clearly in less concentration than in the toner, my skin still reacts to it, even if not as strongly, with redness, feeling of warmth and over all irritation.

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Ingredients: Distilled Thermal Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Polyglyceryl-6-Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Coco-Caprylate/ Caprate, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil*, Glycerin*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-6-Behenate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Lecithin*, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower*, Citric Acid, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Dalbergia Sissoo (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol*, Mallow Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaves*, Tocopherol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Copaifera Officinalis Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil*, Aqua, Phenethyl Alcohol, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Linalool**. *Certified Organic Ingredients **Naturally occurring in essential oils

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My final word?

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

Alteya Organics is known for their effective yet affordable products and all these three face care products from their Rose & Mullein Collection are no different – formulations, while on one hand simple, are at the same time unique and Alteya is not shy when it comes to including the rose oil and rose extract in their products – something I, a huge fan of rose oil, appreciates immensely.

These three products (there’s also a face cream available from this collection) on their own work just as nicely as they do in cooperation with each other – and any other face care product you can imagine – whether it’s hydrolates, face oils, face creams, foundations… They fulfill their promises, whether it’s thorough but gentle cleansing, hydration and softness of the skin,… With one issue, and that is an ingredient, which, quite honestly, is not worth the Alteya Organics products and that’s the irritating and redness inducing preservative Phenethyl Alcohol.

Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection Review: Cleanser, Toner and Serum

All these products should be well shaken before use. There’s quite a generous amount of each of these products, and you really don’t have to use a lot to achieve a goal, making them reasonably priced and affordable – priced way below what many other brands would charge for.

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Are you familiar with Alteya Organics products? Have you had a chance to try any of the products from their Rose & Mullein Collection? How did you like them? Let me know!

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Alteya Organics Cleanser, Toner and Serum gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

May 252020
 

These past months have surely been strange; so many things that used to be a part of some continuous schedule have, by some weird reasons, fallen aside… including reporting on my current skincare routines. I thought it’s time to slowly get back on track with all the things which are, one way or the other, important to me.

My current morning skincare routine is somewhere in between seasons, with a Summer season becoming more and more overpowering: hydrolates are, of course, still present, the mask are quick pick me ups, serums are more on a creamy-side based, at least one face oil is a must, in this edition of my morning skincare routine it’s the lovely raspberry oil…

The links for all the products are the end of this post.

My Morning Skincare Routine #6

My Morning Skincare Routine: Cleansing

My Morning Skincare Routine #6

Alteya Organics Cleanser, a gentle cream cleanser, is my go-to cleanser in the morning, when I need a quick, gentle cleanser, as I didn’t layer too many products the previous night. After I received Nature’s Kitchen Berry Beautiful Skin Polish in one of my Love Lula Beauty Boxes, I’ve been using it as a quick morning cleanser which is also a gentle mechanical and chemical peel all in one. Alternatively, I’ve been using another goodie from Love Lula Beauty Box, and that is Ayumi Turmeric Face Scrub – gentle face peeling, great for being a part of a morning skincare routine, as it doesn’t leave any redness but prepares the skin for other products to be absorbed better.

My Morning Skincare Routine: Masking

My Morning Skincare Routine #6

There have been two face masks that I’ve been using most often in the morning – the Madara Re-Gene Lifting Mask and Kathleen Natural Bright Mask /from my January Love Lula Beauty Box) – even though it’s taken me quite a while to get fluent in the usage of this mask, as it dries and clumps up in the jar, making it nearly impossible to spread, so now I make sure I spray my face with a hydrolate before and while applying this mask. Will post a review of the two of the Kathleen Natural Masks I’ve been using soon.

My Morning Skincare Routine: Toning

Two of the Alteya Organics products have found themselves in this category for the current morning skincare routine: their recently launched Centifolia Rose Water and a very interesting formulation of a facial toner – the Hydrating Flower Toner, which acts almost as a very light and runny serum as well.

My Morning Skincare Routine: Moisturizing 

My Morning Skincare Routine #6

My current sources of nourishment and hydration are two creamy serums, two light fast absorbing creams and one carrier oil – mostly for mixing with a foundation. I am switching between Alteya Organics Iridescent Light Serum – a quickly absorbing serum over which a foundation just glides on. The other serum I’ve been using is the affordable Mossa Vlift Youth Power Booster, which is an even lighter serum, perfect as a primer and with a great skin-beneficial ingredients formulation. The two creams I’ve been using for a while now are the basically perfect primer in a form of Ere Perez Moringa All-Beauty Creme and the one I am running out of and will receive a full review soon – the matte, light and very hydrating Jane Scrivner OO Cream. On its own, a bit here or there or mixed with a foundation – the Oils of Heaven Raspberry Oil (got it in my February Love Lula Beauty Box) is an appropriate choice regardless. For my eye area, my go to cream is still the light Madara Deep Moisture Eye Contour Cream (full review here).

My Morning Skincare Routine In Short:

My Morning Skincare Routine #6

As always, keep in mind that I do not use all these products at once or every day – it’s about a various combinations of the products mentioned. Depending on my previous evening skincare routine, I adjust my morning skincare accordingly: when I use richer and oilier textures, along with masks, and layered, I opt for a lighter morning skincare routine.

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For some of the products I’ve already posted a full review and some will be reviewed soon, so make sure you check back.

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How does your morning skincare routine look like this month? Let me know!

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For more information on the brands, mentioned in this post, please visit their dedicated brand pages:

– Madara

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Products mentioned in this post have been gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

May 012020
 

Random Thoughts #9

 

What I’ve been up to?

  • I am not quite certain, but I’ve been feeling quite lethargic these past few months. Not as energetic as usually. And have been dealing with aches I haven’t previously. In short, I haven’t been feeling well on its own, combined with the world wide situation of this virus, I can’t report feeling all too good lately. I needed to save my energy and deal with only the most necessary things lately, therefore my blog has been less updated than I would have wished, but I can’t force it. I am not too worried, as I have more ideas than I can keep up with, so once I am back on track, so will be the many posts on my blog as well.
  • It’s been 4 years since that happened. And I still haven’t touched upon certain aspects. I still haven’t removed something. It’s still there. And the fact I haven’t been able to remove it is purely due to psychological barrier. It’s still there as an imaginary comfort to what and how it used to be. It’s another thing I will not force and let it solve naturally, when the time comes. When it feels easier, appropriate. In line of all this, I dread the upcoming days and weeks, but not as much as I used to. The pain is slightly less. Slightly. The faith – strong as ever.
  • The strangeness the virus brought to the world is something else. And it’s mostly psychological, and the effects can be hard to reach, difficult to define. I just keep continue reaching to God, finding a refugee in His reassurance.

Bible verse of the month

  • “For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Musical inspiration of the month

This month on the blog

Love Lula Beauty Box April 2020

  • Love Lula Beauty Box April 2020. Familiarity: It makes for receiving the Love Lula Beauty Box even more exciting as before. This month’s Love Lula Beauty Box contains 4 full sized products and one sample: Madara’s collage boosting ampoules, John Masters Organics lip balm, Nature’s Kitchen mechanical and chemical face peeling all in one, Ayumi tea tree body wash and Inika sample from their new skincare line.

What I’ve been testing lately

Mossa Booster

  • Mossa Youth Booster. A small but powerful and very affordable bottle of a velvety texture, boosting the skin with a myriad of skin-beneficial ingredients. Can’t wait to share my full review with you. Have I mentioned how affordable it is?

My wishlist

Hurraw Balm Too

  • Not just their Aura Balms, which I have mentioned in my last month’s Random Thoughts; I have Hurraw! Balm Too Balms on my wishlish – quite a few of them, in fact. I’ve been using their lip balms for so long now, and just ordered one of the Aura Balms this month (can’t wait to try it!), it’s natural I am so very curious about these new(er) balms as well – mostly the rose one, of course.

Readers Questions

  • Thank you to all who complimented my photos. It’s a journey, I am learning daily, it’s a way to express myself, and I try to find unique ways of taking photos, presenting what’s in the photos. A few of you mentioned how I often take a photo of sunlight, coming from the trees. Yes, I am much drawn to this motif, as it represents turning your back to the darkness, going to the light and God being the light.

Rant of the Month

  • So much to rent about, yet so little energy or will to do so. Heh.

Tip of the month

A few good deals from around the green beauty world

→  Love Lula has:

FREE Love Lula Selection Box

 

– FREE Selection Box (worth 65)  when you spend £60 (code: FREEBOX).

New Inika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– newly launched Alteya Organics Hand Cleanser 
–  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

FREE Love Lula Gifts

 

FREE Selection Box (worth 65)  when you spend £60 (code: FREEBOX).
FREE Odylique Cleanser when you spend £35 on Odylique (code: SILK)
FREE Hiro Eyeliner when you spend £40 on Hiro (code: HIRO)
FREE Nature’s Kitchen Chocolate Mask when you spend £20 on Nature’s Kitchen (code: CHOC)
FREE D’Alchemy Skin Repair Oil (5ml) when you purchase any full size D’Alchemy (code: REPAIR)
FREE Skin Alchemists Facial Elixir (10ml) when you spend £35 on Skin Alchemists (code: ALCHEMY)
FREE Oils of Heaven Rosehip Oil when you spend £15 on Oils of Heaven (code: ROSEHIP)
– FREE Joik Tinted Lip Balm when you spend £20 on Joik (code: JOIK).
– 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:

Detox Market Best Of Green beauty

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

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