Jan 122018

Hello greenies! Hope you had a nice, restful and joyous Christmas! Aside from a few occasions, where I was a bit all over the place, I had taken my time off. Whatever it was that needed to be done like a day before already, I said – it can wait. The Holidays were bittersweet – reminiscing of how it used to be and how it never will be, ever again, but at the same time, I know things will get better. After quite some time, I embarked on a mission to bake the walnut cake. Last year, it was too soon and too emotional. Baking this cake has had this long tradition in my family, and no one, in the whole world, could have made it better than she did. But I was her student, every time she’d bake it, until, when I was old enough, I was baking it myself, under her tutelage, of course. Now I don’t have her near me, to guide me, crack jokes about silly mistakes I had made. Nonetheless, I braved the situation and baked it myself this Christmas.

Another tradition in our family for the Christmas Holidays is watching, with obligatory walnut cake and tea, the New Year’s Vienna Philharmonic Concert. Last January the first was the first time in my life when I did not watch it; again, too emotional. The concert itself has always been an emotional experience for me and to compound it with her not being with me, watching it with me – I just couldn’t… But this year, this January the first, I was ready – with my walnut cake and tea, in my pajamas, under the blanket – letting the maestros take me away with their beautiful music: I was clapping, I was laughing, I was crying…

The whole Holidays were about classical and swing music, writing, painting – another thing, which has taken a backseat in the past two years or so. Slowly but surely, taking it one day at the time, I am getting back and moving forward – yet, the pain is still here; there are moments, when I don’t know whether I’ll make it or not, and then I muster all the strength and soldier on. If nothing else, I escape to my beloved forest, to get inspired and invigorated, knowing I am moving closer to where I’ve been planning for a long time.

As I mentioned in my last post for 2017, the plans for my little blog are plentiful for the year 2018! I’ve been working on y new design of my blog, scheduling the reviews – and there will be plenty – starting next week, you can expect a reviews of a facial oil/elixir and shampoo and conditioner. Many more various articles – I never run out of ideas! I’ve been receiving a lot of emails, asking me about my skincare and makeup routines – I’ll start posting about them this year – just don’t expect beauty routines seen on Instagram – daily mindless posts about 50 products, shuffled. I’ll post a few skincare/makeup routines every month, to share with you what I’m using and why.

Hopefully this year will be different for green beauty community – less mindless consumption and show-off of it and more mindful and green; less frauds, where dishonest and ingenuine “green” beauty bloggers dominate over experienced, honest green beauty bloggers. I’m seeing a lot of uproar in a non-green beauty community over these frauds, so it’s only a matter of time before Instagram puts a stop to this. Hopefully, some green beauty brands and stores will start treating green beauty bloggers with respect and realize that just because certain bloggers are willing to work for exposure, others are not. And hopefully, those, who are unable to come up with a single creative, innovative, original idea of their own, will stop stealing from everyone left and right.

The green beauty industry is evolving, there are so many great brands and great products being born every day – while some, admittedly, are only in it for a quick profit and would prefer to work any type of blogger, provided they have a large following (read the rant above about the frauds) as opposed to genuine green bloggers, and subsequently offer over-priced products, there are many genuine brands, which put a lot of thought into what they are doing and – why.

I’m looking forward to embracing what 2018 will bring. I started with a selection of best green beauty products of 2017 this week, and continue with my annual weekly discounts and free organic beauty gifts post – there’s a lot of post-Holiday sales going on and Love Lula has a free Beauty Box – again! All the details below!

Weekly Discounts and Free Organic Beauty Gifts #101


Love Lula has:

Love Lula Free Gifts











FREE December Beauty Box (worth £58) when you spend £60 (code. FREEBOX). Read my review.
FREE Glossworks Nail Polish when you spend £20 on Glossworks (code: GLOSS)
FREE Walden Natural Perfumes Castles in the Air Perfume (5ml) when you spend £20 on Walden (code: CASTLES).
FREE Balm Balm Geranium Rose Face Balm when you spend £20 on Balm Balm (code: FACEBALM). Read my review.
FREE Inika Mineral Blush when you spend £25 on Inika (code: INIKA)
FREE John Masters Organics Lavender Hydrating Mist when you buy John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Oil
FREE Oils of Heaven Tamanu Oil when you spend £20 on Oils of Heaven (code: TAMANU)
FREE Antipodes Hand and Body Cream when you buy any 2 Antipodes products (code: JOYFUL)
FREE Bellapierre lipstick when you spend £30 on Bellapierre (code: ENVY)
FREE Apple & Bears Mini Body Wash when you spend £10 on Apple & Bears (code: APPLE)
– newly added Selection Boxes to pick your favorite Beauty Box
– Newly launched Ere Perez Eye Shadow Palettes
– New makeup from Dr Hauschka
– New items from RMS Beauty
– big discounts in their sale section

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Alyaka has:

– newly launched RMS Beauty lipsticks
– big discounts in their sale section

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Content Beauty has:

– 10% off when you buy 2 or more products from the BFFS Collection (code: NATURALBFFS)
– newly launched RMS Beauty lipsticks
– great savings in their sale section
free gifts with purchase:

Content Beauty FREE Gifts














FREE The Gentle Label Organic Healing Balm when you buy 3 home products from The Gentle Label
FREE Twelve Skincare Rapid Eye Treatment when you spend £89 on Twelve Skincare
FREE MV Skincare Energizing Mask Pack when you spend £75 on MV Skincare
FREE Idil Botanicals Hydrating Essence Atomiser (8ml) with any Idil Botanicals cleanser
FREE Antipodes Grace Cleanser when you buy any 2 Antipodes products
FREE Kypris Trio Serum Deluxe Sample when you spend £100 on Kypris Beauty Elixirs
FREE Acure organics Hair and Skin Duo when you spend £30 on Acure Organics
FREE Dafna cleansing kit when you spend £100 on Dafna
FREE Trilogy body oil when you buy any 2 Trilogy products
FREE Hiram Green Arbole Arbole 10ml Atomiser (worth £34) with every 50ml Hiram Green Perfume

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iHerb has:

– 5% off your order (code: LBK652)
Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balms Variety Pack (8 lip balms) for €1,71
Sierra Bees Creme Brulee 8 pack for €2,14
Sierra Bees tinted lip balms pack of 4 for 2.95€ (read my review)
– more discounts in the daily and weekly specials section

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FeelUnique has:

FeelUnique Winter Sale











– up to 60% off in their Winter Sale Section
FREE gifts with purchase

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Natuurlijke Cosmetica Winkel has:

– up to 25% off in their sale section

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Green People has:

FREE gifts with purchase
– discounts in their special offers section

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Onlynaturals has:

– big discounts in their sale section
FREE gifts with purchase:
FREE Green People Quinoa shampoo when you spend £30 on Green People (code: QUINOA)
FREE Madara Time miracle sample set when you buy any Madara product (code: TIMEMIRACLE)
FREE Oskia Renaissance mask when you buy 2 Oskia products (code: OSKIAMASK)
FREE Trilogy body oil when you buy any 2 Trilogy products (code: TRBODYOIL)
FREE Weleda Skin food (10ml) when you spend £25 on Weleda (code: SKINFOOD)

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Integrity Botanicals has:

FREE GIFTS with purchase
– discounts in their sale section

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Pharmaca has:

20% off your order (code: JAN20).
– 25% off on Avalon Organics
– 20% off on Schmidt’s Deodorant
– 20% off on Andalou Naturals
– 15% off on 100% Pure
free gifts with purchase

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The Detox Market has:

The Detox Market The Best of Green Beauty Box










The Best of Green Beauty Box (worth $310) for $149
– Newly launched Beauty Box
FREE Kahina 10th Anniversary Gift with any $70 purchase (code: KAHINA)

* in order for discount codes being properly applied, you have to click the offered links

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The Choosy Chick has:

The Choosy Chick Green and Glam Beauty Box














Green and Glam Beauty Box (worth $160) for $98

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Happy Weekend!

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