Friday, 29 December 2017

Top 10 posts of 2017

Hi loves! Its end of the year again and this means its time to share my most read posts in 2017. I did it last year as well and you can see that post here. Lets see what post where most read this year :)

The most read post is Vestige Verdant Bioactive Organic Mask (200ml, 49 EUR, review) and it was viewed 986 times.

On the 2nd place is Avril Le Crayon Yeux in shade Bronze Culvré (3 EUR, review) with 805 views.

On 3rd is on  Ingli Pai Firming and Moisturizing Toner (150ml, 3.70 EUR, review) with 796 views.

On 4th place is Ontic Minerals Eco-Glitter Powdera in shade Silver Twinkle, Strawberry Splash, Elf's Treat, Starburst, Pixie Dust, Raspberry Charm and Mermaids Dream (5g, 9.95 EUR, review) with 761 views.

On 5th place is Natura Siberica Exfoliating Face Scrub (150ml, €6.99, review) with 754 views.

On 6th place is Top 5 Favorite Aïcha Products (link) with 687 views.

On 7th place is Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter in shade Pure Guava (4g, $24, review) with 658 views.

On 8th place is Vestige Verdant Rare Oil Blend (50ml, 49 EUR, review) with 656 views.

on 9th place is Domina Elegans Golden Beauty Mask (7ml, review) with 502 views.

on 10th place is Joik Refreshing and Clarifying Green Tea & Peppermint Facial Mask (50g, 10.90€, review) with 500 views.

This is it for this post! I hope you guys have fantastic end of the year and even better new year. I'll see you all next year! <3

Thank you for reading! xo's


Friday, 22 December 2017

Review: Bellapierre Cheek & Lip Stain | Pink

Hi loves! I love cream blushes, because how fuss free its to use and I find cream blushes last longer on me. I have been using lately Bellapierre Cheek & Lip Stain in shade Pink ($20.00, 5g). Its also available in shade Coral.

This comes in a little plastic jar and the formula of it is oil free. It blends out super easily. I like to apply a bit of it on the my cheeks and blend out with more tense blending brush. It blends out evenly and I can build it up, if I want stronger looking blush. It might seem bit too pink, but on  pale skin tone it looks very flattering. Down below you can see a swatch of it and also the blended out version (on the right).

Once I set it with translucent powder, all the other powders apply on it as usually and there is no blotchiness, everything looks as it should. I'm really impresses with it and I feel I can use it with any eye look. Its so flattering tone of pink. 

I haven't used it on lips, so I can't comment on the staying power on there, but on cheeks it lasted on me all day with out fading or turning it blotchy mess. Also it hasn't broken me out or caused any irritation. Down below you can see all the ingredient list.

There is no scent to it and their products are not tested on animals. They also winner of Natural & Organic Awards Europe 2017. 

IngredientsOctyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cetyl Dimethicone Petrolatum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Nylon-12, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera (Candelilla Wax), Propylene Glycol Laurate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba Wax), Silica, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: +/- [Mica (CI 77091), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499) FD&C (CI 42090:2,CI 19140, CI1580:1, CI15850:2)].

All the info on the ingredients is from EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low hazard,medium hazardhigh hazard). If I haven't colored an ingredient it means I didn't find it in the database. 

So far I have been really happy with everything I have tried from the brand. This is such a nice item to add into my mineral makeup collection. If you are interested in this, you can check it out here.

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for reading! xo's


Monday, 18 December 2017

Review: Aïcha Cream Milk Cleanser & Salt Face Scrub

Hi loves! I have been testing out 2 new Aïcha products. I have been using 2 weeks their Cream Milk Cleanser and Salt Face Scrub (100ml, 24.95 EUR/23.50EUR). I love their new white and blue packaging, its beautiful 💙

They make natural, organic products and these are vegan. Both products come is squeeze tube packaging and its easy to get the product out. The formula is with out parabens, chemical and sulphate free. Both products are with Seaweed Extract, Blue Green Algae and Marine Collagen. Marine collagen soothes the skin and seaweed and kelp extract calms and heals the skin. Blue green algae revitalizes and nourishes the skin. Both products fit all skin types and are gentle to the skin.

I have used their Cream Milk Cleanser every morning to cleans my skin. I put some of it on my hands and apply it to dry skin and gently massage. After that I wash it off with warm water. The formula of it is hydrating and exactly what my skin need this time of the year, because of the colder weather. I also used it when I was in Philippines where its hot (30C) and my skin loved it. It just gives the right amount of hydration to my skin and doesn't make it feel stripped. It also makes my skin feel clean and all the dirt is off, not that there is much and I do like to do double cleans in the evenings. This also has the best scent to it, which reminds me of beach and vacation. It does contain fragrance, so it means it might not be the best fit for sensitive skin type.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Prunus Armeniaca Oil*, Vitis Vinifera oil*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Persea Gratissima Oil*, Marine Collagen Extract, Seaweed Extract, Spirulina*, Sea Kelp Extract, Potassium Oleate, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Citrate, (palm free vegetable) Glycerin, Palm Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Palm Kernel, Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfume 

All the info on the ingredients is from EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low hazard, medium hazard, high hazard). If I haven't colored an ingredient it means I didn't find it in the database.
*Organic ingredients

Their Salt Face Scrub is super gentle and I also like to use it on my face when its dry (works much better). I feel this is like milk cleanser + the scrub, like hybrid. I use it after removing my makeup with a cleansing oil. This gentle removes all the dirt off my skin and whatever makeup was left behind from the cleansing oil. After I wash it off with water my skin feels smoother, thoroughly cleansed and so soft. I like it cleanses and gives hydration boost to my skin as well. so many scrubs strip the skin and make it feel uncomfortable, but not this one. I'm so in love it the unique formula.

ingredientsAquaCetearyl AlcoholPolysorbate 60Prunus Armeniaca Oil*, Vitis Vinifera oil*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Persea Gratissima Oil*, (palm free vegetable) Glycerin, Coco Glucoside, Bambusa Vulgaris ExtractPalm Stearic AcidMarine Collagen Extract, Dead Sea Mineral SaltSeaweed ExtractSpirulina*, Sea Kelp Extract, Potassium OleatePotassium CocoatePalm KernelPotassium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Juglans RegiaPotassium Palm Kernelate, Ascorbic AcidCalophyllum Inophyllum Oil, PhenoxyethanolEthylhexylglycerinParfume 

All the info on the ingredients is from EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low hazardmedium hazardhigh hazard). If I haven't colored an ingredient it means I didn't find it in the database.
*Organic ingredients

I'm so impressed with both of the products. Both are gentle to my skin and haven't caused me to brake out or irritated my skin in any way. These have been keeping my skin in good condition and I just love both of these products. And I love the scent of both (the scent on the scrub is lighter, not as noticeable).

These should be available on their page (link) soon (in January). I do like their other skincare products as well and you can find all the reviews on them on my blog.

Thanks for reading! xo's

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Wishlist: Pillerkaar | Luuv, Le'Maagi, Amii, Joik

Hi loves! I'm going to Estonia for the holiday's and every time I'm there I visit Pillerkaar, so I put together a little wishlist what I would like to get from there when I visit. They carry only natural beauty products and all are made in Estonia.

The first thing I have in my list is Le'Maagi Highlighters (link) in shade Beach Girl and Champagne Club (16.99 EUR). These look beautiful for my skin tone and I have tried one of their eyeshadows before, which was fab (review), so I have high hopes for these ones as well.

I have also few picks from brand Luuv, which is a new brand for me. I want to try their Shimmering Dry Oil (link), which is with carrot. It contains vitamin A and E, which are both good for the skin and I like the look this type of product can give me. Its also plus it claims to be hydrating.

Another product from them I wanna try is Self Tanning Dry Oil (19.90 EUR). I have heard great things about this tanning oil and it applies evenly on skin, no streaks. Thats what one of the girls told me who works there and uses it herself.

I do have 2 candles in my wishlist and the these have Christmas vibe to them. The first is Amii (which is new brand to me) Scented Gingerbread (7.99 EUR, 110g, link) candle and its a soya wax candle. I love gingerbread cookies this time of the year and I can already imagine how yummy this will smell.

The last item in this wish list is Joik Oh Christmas Tree Soya wax candle (link, 8.35 EUR). This is another holiday themed candle and I already know I like their scented candles. This will make my home smell wonderful. 

Have you tried anything from this list?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Friday, 1 December 2017

Review: Blessix Silk & Shine Eye Gel

Hi loves! I have dry under eye area and I have been testing Blessix Silk & Shine Eye Gel (15ml, €24.90).

It comes golden bronze metal jar and has the brands logon the cap. The formula of the eye gel feels light weight. It has light apricot shade to it and also it has bit of shimmer to it, which is really fine. It contains silk proteins, organic oils, aloe vera, fluorescent pigments and antioxidants. It fits all skin types. It reduces look of fatigue and provides hydration to deeper layers of epidermis.   
One of the first things I noticed when I started using this eye gel is how fast it sinks into the skin. It instantly brightens up the under eye area and makes me look rested. It also provides hydration and make the under eye area look less dry. It did soften the look of fine lines under my eye, but it didn't take them away completely. It might work for me better when the summer comes, because this time of the year my under eye area is extra dry.

I do like the eye gel, because of the formula. I love how fast it sinks into my skin, it doesn't irritate my eyes and I do have sensitive eyes. Also like the brightening effect it gives me. I can make it work for me this time of the year, if I also use more eye masks, which I do every year, because just eye gel/cream is not enough for me. If you are interested in it you can check it out here.

Have you tried anything from the brand before?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Monday, 27 November 2017

Review: Naobay HydraPlus Cleansing Milk

Hi loves! This weekend I was in Amsterdam, thats why this post wasn't up on the weekend. My skin has been more to the dry side, because of the cold weather and I have switched out my cleanser and use Naobay HydraPlus Cleansing Milk (200ml, 16.00 EUR). The ingredients are 99.47% natural origins and 15.65% from all the ingredients are from organic farming.

The cleanser comes in a plastic bottle and I need to squeeze the product out, which I find is not the best packaging for this type of product. Maybe it would work better if there is a pump. 

This is for dry skin type. It contains aloe vera, apple, marshmallow extract and sweet almond oil. It also contains oil from coconut palm tree, which provides great cleansing and exfoliating action. The formula of the cleaning milk is more to the thicker side and I apply it on dry skin. I massage the skin gently with it and then wash it off with water. It removes all the dirt the makeup remover didn't and doesn't make my skin dry or tight.

After I started using this cleanser my skin feels and looks brighter and plumper. It doesn't strip the skin, but cleanses it throughly without being too much. I left it home this weekend when I was in Amsterdam and my skin right away felt drier and didn't look its usual self. I feel it provides the hydration to my skin needs, which it lasts all night and also the next day. I'm so impressed with it.

If you are interested checking it out and you are in Belgium, I'll leave the link here. Rest of the world can see it here.

Do you change your skincare routine in fall/winter?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Review: Joik Rejuvenating & Tightening Chocolate Facial Mask

Hi loves! I love chocolate and I adore it in my skincare/makeup. Today's post is on Joik Rejuvenating & Tightening  Chocolate Facial Mask (50g, 10.90€) and it smells like chocolate and also looks like melted chocolate on skin :)

The mask comes in a plastic jar and the mask is in powder form. The mask is for tiered and stressed skin, which I feel like I get this time of the year. This is also 100% natural product (all their products are natural).

Key ingredients:
  • Rhassoul Clay - helps to absorb oils and impurities. Also tones and rejuvenates the skin.
  • Milk Powder - softens and smooths the skin.
  • Honey - soothes and moisturize the skin.
  • Cocoa Powder - is full of vitamins and antioxidants. It helps to tone, rejuvenate, lift and hydrate the skin

How to use:
Mix one tea spoon of mask with same amount of water (you can also use milk or herbal tea) together. I apply it on dry cleansed skin and keep it on 10-15 minutes. Its recommended to use once a week and fits all skin types. After 10 minutes I remove the mask with warm water. I also massage my face gently when removing it and it works as a gentle exfoliater, removing all the dead skin cells. 

My skin feels after the mask lifted, smooth and brighter. You can see the results for yourself on the before and after picture down below. I feel like this mask makes my pores look smaller and also cleaner.

I love this mask as a once a week treatment. It would be otherwise too drying for my oily skin. I feel it deeply cleanse my skin and gets all the dirt out and leaves me brighter and smoother skin. Also it smells good enough to eat ;) If you wanna check it out for yourself you can do so here.

Do you like masks you need to mix yourself?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Monday, 13 November 2017

Review: Bellapierre Volume Lash Waterproof Mascara

Hi loves! I have been more into mineral makeup and have been testing out Bellapierre Volume Lash Waterproof Mascara (9ml, $20.00). They make all mineral makeup and its not tested on animals.

This mascara gives tons of volume and the formula of it is waterproof, so it doesn't smudge or flake on me. It comes with a rubber brush, which I usually don't like, but with this formula I love it. It separates my lashes and gives all my lashes even coat of product. The formula contains vitamin E and castor oil, which help to strengthen the lashes and keeps them in good condition. 

I was worried the waterproof formula will be hard to remove, but its not the case. It comes easily off with oil cleanser and also with regular makeup remover. I was really happy about that, because stubborn mascaras make me loose lashes and that makes me unhappy. No worries with this one and it also didn't irritate my sensitive eyes.

If you are wondering how it looks on my lashes, you can see it on the demo video down below. Just to let you know I naturally have already long and full lashes and in this video or in real life I never curl my lashes. 

I'm so happy with this mascara and it gives me the false lash effect and it never clumps on me :) Couldn't be more happy with the mascara. If you are interested in this mascara you can check it out here.

Whats your favorite mascara at the moment?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Monday, 6 November 2017

Review: Ontic Minerals Mineral Eyeshadow | Sunrise in Tartu, I Think I'm Pink, Give me the Starts

Hi loves! I picked up few months ago 3 new to me Ontic Minerals Mineral Eyeshadows and the shades are Sunrise in Tartu, I Think I'm Pink and Give me the Starts (9.95 EUR, 2g). You can see my last post on the brand here. If you don't know its brand, its from Estonia and they make natural mineral makeup, which is not tested on animals and is vegan.

Their shadows comes in a little jars and I like that between the shifter and the cap there is no empty space, so the product doesn't come out and its not a mess to use it. I wish more mineral makeup brands would come out with this type of packaging. I love I can take these with me to go.

They use 100% pure minerals in their shadows and these can be used dry or wet. The formula also contains vitamin E and jojoba oil. All 3 shade I have are gorgeous! These are pigmented, long lasting and easy to blend out. I have been using these with other powder shadows and these all work well together. 

Down below you can see swatches and I did use primer under the shadows (NYX glitter primer), because this is how I use them myself and its a loose shadow. That way its much better and easier to apply.

  • I think I'm Pink - is the lightest pink I own. It does look more white here, but its actually light pink with soft shimmer in it.
  • Sunrise in Tartu - is a light burned orange with hint of peach to it, which looks gorgeous in the crease. It does have bit of glow to it, but its not too much that I would feel uncomfortable applying it in the crease. I'm the weird one who does not apply shimmer in the crease. It looks just wrong to me.
  • Give me the Stars - is a orange brown shade with golden glitter in it, which is very fine and not noticeable at all. I also have been using it in the crease to darken things up and it goes well with the previous shadow I mentioned.

I haven't had any issue with these shadows from Ontic Minerals. These didn't crease on me or fade through out the day. Also these didn't irritate my sensitive eyes. 

If you are interested checking out their mineral shadows (they also have pressed shadows) you can do so here. I personally really them and I have a discount code for you and you get 20% off your order with laura20 (its not an affiliate  code). it lasts till 2 of December.

Do you like mineral makeup? Which is your favorite brand?

Thanks for reading! xo's

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Review: Blessix Hair Silk + Vitamins

Hi loves! Last time I was in Estonia I picked up  Blessix Hair Silk + Vitamins (200ml, €14.90), you can see the haul post here. Its a new to me Estonian beauty brand, which makes natural skincare, hair and body care products. I have 2 more items from them to test out, so keep an eye on the blog for upcoming posts, but now lets continue with this review.

This is perfect for dry, weak and damaged hair. I have color treated hair, which already is dry, so I definetly need this. It contains silk, panthenol, calcium panthotenate and vitamins A, E, B8 and H. These all give hair beautiful shine, makes it smooth and hydrates. It also protects the hair from hot and could (perfect for winter). 

How to use: Before using it gently shake to bottle. On the package it says to spray into wet or slightly damp hair. It fill protect the hair from heat, if you wanna use hairdryer. 

I have used it on dry hair as well and it makes it soft and give it shine. It provides instant hydration to my hair and makes it look healthier. Also it makes my hair smell so good :)

I also have noticed with this spray, that my hair is easy to comb through whenever I use it.  Another thing to keep in mind is that it lasts only 18 months from production date. 

I'm so happy I got this product. It has been wonderful and I have noticed chances in my hair from the first use. This is perfect for dry hair type, if you are interested I'll link it here. Its at the moment out of stock, but it should be back first of November.

You can get -20% off on Estonian mineral makeup brand Ontic with code laura20!

Thanks for reading! xo's

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Review: Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser

Hi loves! Today I wanna share a moisturizer I have been using in the mornings. First of all its not 100% natural product and I'm posting the review here because I reviewed their toner here (review), so I figured why not to to review the moisturizer here as well. Its the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser (50ml, 23.40 EUR) for normal/combination skin type. My skin type is oily, so it has worked out for me quite well.

This cream is light weight and I have been using it through out the summer. It comes in a squeeze tube packaging, but its also available in a jar, if you prefer this kind of packaging.. I feel my skin is not as oily when using this cream and it sinks into the skin fast and leaves it hydrated and soft. Its just what my oily skin needs for day time.

Naturally Active Ingredients:

Wheatgerm oil  - contains a lot of vitamin E, which is know powerful antioxidant.
Glycerin - is vegetable derived, it draws water into the skin and helps to hydrate it.
Beta-carotene - has antioxidant properties.
Borage oil - is one of the richest source of fatty acids, which helps lock moisture into the skin.
Hops extract - It has astringent and toning properties.
Echinacea extract - is used in herbal preparations for anything ranging from colds and flu to skin conditions.
Avocado oil - is very nutritious and a good source for vitamin E, magnesium and linoleic acid. Its essential fatty acid and leave the skin smooth and soft. 
D-panthenol - is also known as pro-vitamin B5. This vitamin B is necessary for skin's normal functioning and has moisturizing effect. Also helps simulate cell renewal.
Vitamin E -  is antioxidant, which helps to protect the skin against free radical damage, which is caused by pollution and the sun’s radiation. 

Down below you can find the full list of ingredients and their hazard levels. I also link Liz Earle ingredient philosophy here

IngredientsAqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cetyl alcohol, Glycerin, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Sorbitan stearate, Borago officinalis seed oil, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl esters, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Echinacea purpurea extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Beta-carotene, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium lactate, Panthenol, Parfum (fragrance), Benzoic acid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Tocopheryl acetate, Dehydroacetic acid, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Limonene, Lactic acid, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Ascorbyl palmitate.

I got all the info about the ingredient hazard levels from EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (link). (Low hazardmoderate hazardhigh hazard).

This cream does have some high hazard level ingredients in it, so I would say its not for beauties with sensitive skin. It hasn't irritated my skin or caused any uncomfortable feelings or broke me out.

I'm really happy with this cream and its perfect for me on spring and summer, when the weather is warmer. In autumn and winter I do want something more richer, because I'm already in my 30s. If you have oily or combination skin you can check this cream out here.

You can get -20% off on Estonian mineral makeup brand Ontic with code laura20!

Thanks for reading! xo's