What I’ve been up to?
- The beautiful, sunny and very hot weather – it was time to take a few weeks off. To see places, to do stuff and – to do nothing. Feeling and maybe even being busy is not the same as being productive, and when you’re tired and had already accomplished much of what you’ve set out to do, it’s easy to take the time off. And everyone needs to unplug, to drift away, relax.
- This past few weeks, I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading and painting, and embarking on some other creative endeavors. It’s good for the mind and it’s good for the soul. Writing, another technique of introspection, is also important for me, along with prayer and reading Bible.
- Working around my country house, has been reduced to a minimum, given hot hot it’s been. Gardening and such – that yes.
- Sitting in the middle of my beautiful forest, feeling the coolness and breeze as I read/write translates into my soul and heart having a party. If I were to count the km I’ve walked through the forest this month alone, it would be probably around 300. And I am grateful for each of them.
- Even though I am a forest person through and through, dipping into the sea nourishes as well, especially since I like swimming so much. As long as the place is not too populated with tourists though, hehe.
- The scent of freshly cut grass in the countryside. Home. Peace. Tranquility.
- As there haven’t been many posts in July on my blog, I am preparing to share my skincare and makeup routines with you again in August, as well as reviews and discount posts.
- Every now and again, during this hot Summer, there’s a storm. To cool everything off, to hydrate us all. Not all storms in life have this same purpose. Sometimes, it feels like they’ll never end. But they do. Sometimes, I wonder how I survived certain storms, sometimes I wonder how I’m going to survive the one I find myself in; the raging thunder and burning lightening of evil spirits. And I always find myself God carrying me through the storm. My faith sustains me, my heart knows no bounds of gratefulness.
Bible verse of the month
- “God will carry you through the storm.” Isaiah 43:2
Musical inspiration of the month
- Vivaldi: Summer
This month on the blog
- My first impressions of July Love Lula Beauty Box. When it comes to Beauty Boxes, Love Lula keeps pushing the envelope; this month they went beyond with products worth £101 (the yearly subscription cost for Love Lula Beauty Box is £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month! I thought this is a double Beauty Box, a summer Beauty Box for July and August together. The Beauty Box contains of a Dafna’s travel bag with 4 travel sized products, a perfect for hot Summer days cleansing lotion by Kathleen Naturals, a great Madara lip balm, which also moonlights as a lip gloss and a face elixir by Skin Alchemists Apothecary, which I’ve put on my wishlist immediately upon seeing it launch on Love Lula, but planned on getting it in Autumn. Oh, and in case it wasn’t insane enough to drop £101 worth of products into July’s Beauty Box, you can now get this month’s Beauty Box for FREE! Must be a heatwave over there at Love Lula’s.
What I’ve been testing lately
- Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster Serum. I think it was last year when Ere Perez launched this booster serum, and I wished to try to immediately – I’ve been enjoying many of the Ere Perez products, mainly makeup, so this booster serum really looked like a refreshing smoothie for the skin. I kept delaying ordering it, as I had so many other products I needed to use up before getting this one a few months ago. I started intensely using it when it’s gotten really hot, and kept wondering if the bottle is leaking – my skin’s has been slurping on this water-based serum! It seems I’ve gone through half of the bottle in less than a month! I’ve been using another water-based serum in the morning (equally running out of it fast!), and this one for my evening skincare routine (will post updates of my skincare routines soon!), and it’s a treat for the skin: so very hydrating and light – just perfect for this hot weather. A full review soon!
- Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Sunscreen SPF25. I was using Madara Antioxidant Sunscreen for a while, but eventually needed something that feels lighter on my face. Given how much I’ve been enjoying the Alteya Organics products, I opted to give their sunscreen a try. It’s still a bit on a thicker side, but in combination of a water-based serum it spreads easily and doesn’t feel all that heavy. I did experience a bit more oiliness, though it’s more on a glow side, but it’s quite normal for this hot weather. SPF protection is on point, and aside that, it’s a nourishing moisturizer as well. Generous amount of it as well for a very reasonable price. Another excellent product from this brand! Will post a full review soon!
- Madara Regene Volume Rebuilding Lifting Mask. Got this one in my May Love Lula Beauty Box, and have been using it regularly since – about once to twice a week tops. For that quick pick me up, plumper appearance, especially in the morning.
- Nature’s Kitchen Super Protein Skin Boosting Anti-Ageing Moisturiser. Got this one a few months back, but the heat-wave interrupted me using it on my face as well. It’s a quite rich and a bit thick moisturizer, which works great on its own but even better after a light serum. Very nourishing. I haven’t been using as a face moisturizer lately, but instead on my neck and décolletage, as it feeds my skin abundantly.
- Inika Loose Mineral Bronzer. Not a fan of over-bronzed look. With very minimal amount of products used during the day, when I apply only a tiny bit of concealer, I opt for a tiny bit of this bronzer; bronzers are those scary beauty products when blink and you miss it and you look like a framed orange. This bronzer has quite a staying power and can moonlight as an eye shadow as well. A very light hand and much less is much more is the way to approach bronzers. Will talk more about it in my next makeup routine installment.
- RMS Beauty Sensual Skin Trio Palette. Of course, the beautiful lip2cheek in Demure in a powder version, along with beauty luminizer in powder – of course I put it on my wishlist immediately. I was wondering whether RMS Beauty might launch a palette of their new luminizers in powder, so I thought it might be better to wait. Well, something similar happened, as they came up with this beautiful trio.
- Alteya Organics Rose Shampoo & Conditioner. I adore roses and I’ve been binging on Alteya Organics products for a while now. It’s difficult to come across a good rose shampoo and conditioner (my favorite so far has been Andalou Naturals Rose Shampoo and Rose Conditioner). I’ve put this duo on my wishlist immediately, and can’t wait to give it a try.
- Clockface Clay & Vetiver Face Mask. I’ve been using Clockface Charcoal Face Mask for a few months now, and since it works so well, I am curious to try other face masks from this brand as well, starting with their Vetiver Face Mask.
- Alteya Organics Iridescent Light Serum. Yes, another Alteya Organics product on my wishlist. This hot Summer I’ve been using two water-based serums, and going through them like I go through lip balms and hydrolates. My skin is really thirsty, so I looked around to see which light water-based serum to get next – and since I like this brand so much, it wasn’t difficult to choose this one.
- Interesting questions, regarding whether I have any tattoos or piercings and what I think of them, and what kind of a jewelry I like and wear. I only have my ears pierced and I wear pearl studs or some other type of small, elegant studs – or nothing at all. Likewise, I occasionally wear a pearl necklace. The piercings we see today – all over the face and what not – gross, non-feminine, aesthetically unpleasing. I do not have any tattoos and never will; I find them even worse, much worse, than piercings – they are permanent. Tattoos look so gross and cheap, they really cheapen the person wearing them; they look especially gross on women. It’s like the crazy label themselves this way (the look in their eyes corresponds with this) – there’s always some type of mental drama going on with them. They’ve got no personality, no uniqueness (though they fancy themselves as such, of course) to them – they need to be tattooed, because so many others are – again, they are one of many. How it will all look like when they get older – I don’t wanna even… The face tattoos, yeah, that’s another category; they are, indeed, prisoners of their own mentality and the need to follow, but fancy themselves as like no one else. Is there a prisoner, a prostitute, a drug addict, for example, with no tattoos? Hardly. Just look around, what type of people have them. The tattoos are also a prerequisite for those, with botched plastic surgery – a balloon instead of lips, tons of tattoos… Yeah, self-hatred at its best. Those who do not love themselves, cannot and do not love anyone else. I can not imagine myself ruining my body, my skin with tattoos.
- What do I think of influencers and do I consider myself as an influencer? Absolutely no, I do not consider myself as an influencer and do not operate my blog as such. The word, the term, the definition itself – to influence someone – has a dark, manipulative, dishonest connotation in my view. On my blog, I share my personal experience and knowledge re: green beauty, which I’ve gained (and am still gaining) for many many years. I do not praise every single product, most certainly not because it was gifted to me – for the purpose of an honest review, I present my objective view of the products I’ve tried, so that those, who may be unsure of the product, can easier decide whether the product is for them or not. I do not kiss behinds of brands, by praising every single product of theirs, and screeching how you must have those products. I am not here (nor in my private life) to influence anyone on anything; I am here to advise, share my knowledge and experience in the most honest, truthful and moral way possible. Influencers would sell themselves to the devil (mind you, I didn’t say they’d sell their soul, as the existence of the soul in such people is questionable in the first place) to gain popularity, free stuff – and they will claim every product they are being paid for to promote is the best and you need it. They have no qualms how they get there: paid followers and likes, lying about experience, stealing other people’s content, typical talking behind someone’s back (usually behind a back of a someone, who sees through them)… Somehow these crazies always find each other. And these are the ones who influence people. Scary, right? A perfect place for narcissists. They promote mindless consumerism, with every day having a new product that is the best they have ever tried (and they’ve tried it once), and so on and so forth. Usually, these are greedy people, who will grift for money and free stuff wherever and how ever they can (even shamelessly begging for money for an “illness” while vacationing), with a narcissistic grade of manipulation. People are bombarded with these marketing ploys, and have no discernment for what is real and what is not anymore. That’s why everyone buys the same, looks the same. If we take, for example, the most infamous family of influencers, and how butchering themselves has had an influence on young women to look the same – and nowadays – they do look all the same. Look closely what they do (even though with most, it’s obvious at the first glance) – do they claim to test a whole collection every few days, but claim how they’ve been testing for months now? Believe me, you’re not getting a genuine, honest and experienced review – you’re getting manipulation tactics from someone, who wants to be seen as an expert, someone, who is successful, so they can grift as many free products as possible. So no – no way no how am I an influencer, and every time I get emails from brands, addressing me as such, I either let them know I am not an influencer or just…meh.
- Next time, I’ll address your questions and thoughts on the “ambassador” thing, whether I’m a morning person, about my love for forests, and who knows what else!
Tip of the month
- You can use a lipstick as a blush, too. And you can mix various colors of lipsticks, not only to get a new color you wish for your lips, but as a blush as well. Also, you can use a mineral powder blush, or several of them to mix up your own color, and mix it with a lip balm or clear lip gloss (or this lip balm, which moonlights as a lip gloss as well) – and voila! you’ve got yourself a lipstick and blush – all in one.
Rant of the month
- When you buy followers and likes, and get 30 liked when you post, then the bots swarm with 1200 likes. When you post a video, and gets 30 likes and the number remains the same as the bots do not “view” your video posts. When 30 likes is the exact and true number.
- You crazy must be really glad you can steal everything from my blog, right? No wonder the crazy and the scary are so close.
- The company you keep is who you are. No matter how moral and ethical you try to sell yourself, your actions speak louder than your words. If you see someone doing something wrong, but look the other way – you’re doing the wrong with them. And when you agree with them and buy their stories – you’re a flying monkey. You cannot claim for yourself to be kind, honest, moral person, if you surround yourself and support those, who are not.
A few good deals from around the green beauty world
- Love Lula has:
– FREE July Beauty Box worth £101 (the insane edition one as I call it in my first impressions) when you spend £70 (code: JULYBOX)
– more free gifts with purchase
- Alyaka has:
– 20% off when you spend £450 (code: 20OFF450)
– 15%% off when you spend £250 (code: 15OFF250)
– 10% off your order (code: 10OFF)
– big discounts in their sale section
- Content Beauty has:
– free gifts with purchase
- iHerb has:
– 5% off your order (code: LBK652)
– 10% off your order for new customers (code: LBK652)
- Pharmaca has:
– 20% off your order (code: WELLNESS20)
- The Detox Market has:
– FREE gifts with purchase
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