Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Overview

Hi Lovelies,

Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕

2017 Overview

So, as the year is nearing the end, I, like all of us, tend to reflect on the year on the whole and weigh in the good and the bad things that have happened.

Let's look at my 2017 blogging year in the retrospective, shall we?

First of all, thank YOU so much for reading, supporting, commenting and liking my posts, without you my lovely readers I would be nothing! I care about every single one of you and the connection we build is priceless to me 💖 So huge thank you from the bottom of my heart! I just love serving the world by sharing ways to green and eco your life by being super honest about what works and what doesn't. I share my point from sensitive skin point of view.

Most Proud Moments

So so happy to join LLABP blogger family!
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Love Lula Blogger Recommendations

That would have to be me being accepted as LLABP or Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program blogger, I am really proud to join lovely Love Lula blogger family, and me guest blogging for ISUN Skincare UK, as well as Dutch Health Store. I was also featured in Luk Beautifood website twice this year. Not too shabby, right? Gratitude mode: ON!!

Very happy to say my followers are nearing 14k combined (and counting) this year, never in a million years I thought I'd reach more than a couple of dozens of people!

My posts on ISUN Skincare UK blog

Most viewed posts

That would be the following :

Hynt Beauty Duo Perfecting concealer review

(older review here), the funny thing is, my 1st review for this called Natural Dupe for CoverFX Drops received three times more views versus the one called straight up "Hynt Beauty Concealer Review". It goes to show that people want natural alternatives to the conventional make up stuff, and maybe I should focus more on these types of posts?

Love Lula Black Friday Picks

I did a Black Friday green beauty sales round up happening in the EU and UK this year, as well as my picks from Love Lula, and they both were very popular posts, so that makes me think that BF is here to stay for good, and I shall do the same next year, minus so much spending on my part - I still blush when I think how much money I've spent this year! Whoops! Also, #sorrynotsorry 😎

Dermatitis Be Gone

You can see the post here, and as I said, I will make the follow up post as it gathers interest a lot and I get countless messages about it on social media. I am more or less 2 years dermatitis free, I am not out of the woods yet as I did have three breakouts where I accidentally glutened myself, but my day to day life is symptoms and itch free. Also antibiotics and steroids free. Stay tuned for this :)

Nars Orgasm Dupes post

This was the item I clung onto the most when I made a switch eight years ago as it was the hardest to replace, there were nothing even remotely similar to it in the green beauty world. Thankfully the green beauty scene really exploded since, and I am proud to present not one, not two, but over TWENTY natural dupes for it! Clearly, I worked really hard on this :) And if my blog post is still in the most popular ones one year on, it means I am onto something here, I guess many people like it too but want more natural options?

Love Lula Beauty Boxes posts:

As part of Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program, I started getting Love Lula Beauty boxes, and I have to say I really started looking forward to them - it feels like getting a present each month! As I live in Ireland, I am often one of the last people to get them - it takes 7 to 10 days to get here, but what's funny, I always seem to get it on the same day with my blogger order, even though the boxes are shipped a week apart. Post moves in mysterious ways, isn't it? See my posts on December, November, October, September, August, June and May boxes.

Jo Browne Natural Perfumes Review

I have started Irish Series blog posts this year and this post is by far the most favourite with public. I was one of the first people to publish review on them as soon as they came out, and let me just say they are starting collecting awards for it. I can totally see why, many months on they are still one of my favourite natural perfumes - they last and they don't lose their scent after a couple of weeks.

Note to myself: I really should work more on Irish Series in 2018!

Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics Review

Let me just say that their concealer quickly found it's way into my top favourites (full coverage, people!) and they have a dupe for Nars Orgasm in a form of Bondi blush! Do I need to say more? I really want to try the rest of the range, and if I will, I will keep you posted. I love doing reviews like this.

ISUN Skincare UK posts

This is one of the best discoveries from last year and continuous love affair in 2017. Truly natural and luxurious line and I am yet to come across the product I don't like from them, so I am so glad you guys like it too. I was very happy to partner up with them for a giveaway twice, so I say - watch this space! If you want to read my reviews I'd done so far, they can be found here, here, here, here and here.

Natural Beauties Series

I really enjoy doing these Natural Beauty Series posts, where I interview the movers and shakers in the green beauty world. I have to say that I am very happy with this addition, as it gives you the chance to discover more green beauties if you don't follow them already, and it gives me the opportunity to be nosy :) Needless to say I am continuing these series in the new year too, and for now, you can check out my interviews with the lovely Jana from Small Bits of Loveliness, Modesta from Grozio Gurmane, Andrea from Organic Beauty Lover, Linda from Lindalu19 as well as last year's posts: Sasha from Balanced Beauty Bristol, Vita from Vita Lives Free, Michele from BVGAN and Andie from Andie the Green Queen.

Overall experience

My personal life has been tainted with sadness, two of my closest women getting cancer, and loss (again, twice), our house nearly burning down - I had to find a lot of strength within just to carry on. But this blog isn't about my personal life, so let's move on - my blog is going from strength to strength this year, and I am so glad and thankful to each and everyone of you who read my posts, liked and commented on any of my social media outlet and to the green beauty community who welcomed me with open arms! So glad to be a part of something bigger than me! In Ireland I am a still a lone soldier in a field when it comes to the all stuff natural. I mean there are a few shops that sell natural products, I don't know any other green beauty bloggers, and there are no expos that would be open to the public! So yeah, I don't have it easy here. I mean we don't even have Wholefoods or even Sephora. Thanks goodness for online shopping! Custom charges are whole lotta of other story, but let's not get into it here. I also wanted to thank Love Lula who welcomed me into their blogger family - I plan to be in the long haul with you!, ISUN Skincare UK and Dutch Health Store for having me, as well as all the brands who worked with me this year, and if your review is not out yet, fear not, it will be out very soon in 2018. I have to say I discovered some amazing products this year, and I am hoping for more amazingness next year! 

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Green Life In Dublin best nine, thanks for over 30k of likes you guys!

Goals and resolutions for next year

My previous sentence pretty much sums it up! More amazingness to come please! This was fun, let's keep it up, I mean I hope you found my blog posts helpful and informative. Your messages asking for help in making the switch to the green beauty or help with dermatitis/eczema and/or thank you messages for what I do is the best feeling ever! In my mind it confirms I am on the right track! I had a long and hard thought what drives me to continue blogging, as it is loads of hard work for (nearly always) free, and it is not the money, not the thought of getting awesome PR samples or latest launches in the green beauty world - it is me wanting to be helpful to you guys to switch to the green side - I literally do a happy dance when I get messages telling me I helped people in some form or another. That is what drives me! Blogging is my passion and I really enjoy doing it, and it's been the first year I made small tangible gains from it, after eight years of doing it for free. I clearly run on passion! I think I need to educate myself on this blogging business - I mean it was only last year I heard about SEO and I realized I never asked you guys to like and share my posts! /Insert hand on the eyes and shaking head emoji here/ So my goals for next year are to attend the bloggers conference, meet some fellow bloggers in person - if you are a natural beauty/lifestyle blogger visiting Dublin, drop me a line! Also I want to look into monetisation in non annoying ways. I see many bloggers who make their entire blog and IG feed shoppable, and while I can't blame them for wanting to cash in on their hard work (because it IS hard work, everything from testing the products to writing/photographing takes a lot time and effort, not to mention when blogger platform has a mind on it's own and you end up re-doing all your work all over) but at the same time I do not want to become a giant add myself, cash is not my goal, I want it to be a rather by-product of blogging and it is clearly not what I am in for! You know that honesty is what I am all about, and I've been told this is exactly what sets me apart from other bloggers time and time again. I take it as a massive compliment and I intend to keep it that way. So if you will see an affiliate link, it will be to only brands or online shops I believe in. I won't be attaching my name to anything that comes my way, much in the same way that I reject 90% of products offered for review. I also want to continue to host giveaways, I love when I get to share the products I love with you guys! I also plan to expand my content a bit, and introduce more varied topics, you can expect easy, healthy and quick to do recipes, maybe some fashion in a form of outfits of the day and a bit of shopping here and there, book reviews and who knows, maybe 2018 will be the year I will start my YouTube channel? It is something I want to do, but because of my own insecurities I always take one step forward and two backwards about it.

*After having a long and hard thinking session about this, I decided to aim high and reveal my wildest dreams too, after all, life has a funny tendency to give you exactly what you want! So I wanted to add my Big Dreams to this - I would like to be featured in a magazine, or have my own rubric in a magazine talking all things green beauty and answering readers questions. And eventually being asked to judge in Green Beauty Awards in some shape or form, because I know I would do a great job at it! And then maybe a blogging award would appear on the horizon :)

There, I said it :) Now let's see what Universe will bring my way in 2018. Make it good :)

So there you have it, my thoughts on the blogging business and the goals for the next year. What are your goals, please share with me?

With this I want to let you know I will be taking the rest of the year off, makes sense for the Holiday period, no? Try not miss me too much, and if you will, re-read any old post of mine, I wrote 100 (give or take) posts this year, and that makes it more than 300 posts in total, so you won't be short of topics! 2017 Best Products or my All My Green Beauty Reviews To Date is a good way to start 😉

Wishing you all the best this Christmas and see you all here in 2018. I raise my glass of bubbly to you!

Lots of Love and Gratitude for you, my readers!


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Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 Best Natural and Organic Products

Hi Lovelies,

Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕

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2017 Best Green Beauty Products

Just like I did last year, I am presenting you my Top Products of 2017 in each category. I did try a ton of new stuff this year, even to the point of being overwhelmed, but even so, some of the products haven't changed, and they are moved into "Firm Classics" or "Holy Grail" category by now. I will make sure to point those out. Or you can always go and read my 2016 Top Products post, which I will link at the bottom of my post. If I have a separate review on product, I will link it, so I think it will turn into links galore, like it did last year, so you can always go check my thoughts on products you are interested in, because I always go in as much details as I possibly can in my reviews, as well as listing the ingredients of everything. P.s. the links will be to either blog reviews or to my own IG posts to show what the product looks like, not affiliate links, don't worry.

If you will have any questions, please feel free to ask them down below, and if you won't find some categories, like retinol product or peels or hair dye, then it means I don't use them.

Ok, drum roll please, let's see what products get Green Life In Dublin Seal of Approval! So, let's go grab a coffee and a snack, and shall we start?

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2017 Best Make Up Products ¦ Green Beauty

Mineral powder foundation 

Pure Anada followed closely by English Mineral Make up. Both non movers from last year.

Liquid foundation


Inika's Peachy Keen  plus all these other Nars Orgasm Dupes.

BB cream 

Inika and Living Nature.

Cream concealer 

Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer followed closely by Ere Perez cream concealer  duo in light.
Powder concealer 

Pure Anada mineral foundation, more pigmented than many powder concealers. I bought Alima Pure powder concealer and was really disappointed with it, does not even come close!


Studio78. Inika is a close second, but it is more warm in undertone.


I have tried a few new ones this year, and I really like Inika, Nude by Nature and PHB ones. All of them give great length, volume and do not flake - which is really important for me, flaking is a big pet peeve of mine.

Pencil eye liner 

100%Pure black eyeliner. This is not perfect nor it is long lasting, but it is creamy, black and easy to apply. All the others seem not pigmented and scratchy in comparison.

Liquid eyeliner 

Couleur Caramel


not a fan of that "creamy" feel on the lips, so I skip it most of the time. Luk Beautifood were the ones I reached for the most, even though they are more like coloured lip balm sort of product, but they were much more in my comfort zone than a few bright lipsticks I bought this year.

Lip gloss 

Can you believe I didn't try new lipgloss this year?! Me neither! I am still reminiscent of 100%Pure Gemmed Lip Gloss in Peacock Ore even though I will no longer purchase from 100%Pure due to the increase in shipping fees, where postage alone exceed tax free limit in EU. Could some EU web shops take note and start selling them please? These lip glosses are perfect dupe for my previously loved Juicy Tubes, and this is why I am so sad to find and lose it so soon again!


Inika Highlighting Creme. Non mover for the last year - this highlight might seem pricy, but as you only need pin prick amount each time, it will last you a really long time, I had mine over a year for sure. Perfect balance in between of gold and pink, suits everybody, can be as subtle or as POW-in-your-face as you want it to, and it is the only highlighter that lasts all day on me.

Palette - Couleur Caramel one.

Eye shadow single/duo 
Inika Golden Oyster. 

Cruelty free make up brushes 

Real Techniques and Ecotools.

Eye brow stuff 

Alverde or Pure Anada Cinder. Both products give perfect ashy tones to my brows. Most of the stuff on the market is way too warm toned for me. I need ashy, almost grey, and I hope more companies will take note.

Lip balm 
Hurraw and Bees Flying Wild. Both have the best staying power.


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2017 Best Skincare Products ¦ Green Beauty Edition


Dr.Haushka Rose Day Cream in Light. Repurchased at least five times this year, so let this be a testament. I received a few gorgeous face creams recently, so this might change soon.

Facial oil 

would you believe that this die hard lover of facial oils discontinued using them? After some digging I decided to stop using them for a while due to my dermatitis (dermatitis hates oils, and I refused to believe it, even though my skin protested wildly?) and see how my skin feels without them - and you know what, I spent majority of the year without them, using moisturisers and facial toners/mists only (7 skin method, anyone?). I introduced oils back when autumn came, and despite having a nice collection of ISUN Saphire, Wasi Sabi Botanicals Akaliko, Skin & Tonic Naked Beauty Oil, Corpaflora Antidote 1 & 2 (these are just a few of them), they are used very sparingly.

Serum (water or aloe based)
Earthwise Beauty Nap In The Meadow


Mahalo Rare Indigo. Non mover from the last year, and thankfully I own a full size of it now. Amaaaazing for dermatitis or inflamed or blemish prone skin. Search for Mahalo review if you are interested?

Acne treatment 

tea tree oil straight onto the pimple. Nothing works better or quicker. Just be careful to put it onto the pimple ONLY, and not the skin around it - tea tree oil burns are real, and I don't want you to experience it. Manuka & tea tree oil gel by Living Nature is nice too.

Liquid/Gel facial wash/cleanser 

ISUN Skincare UK Coco Cucumber.

Balm/Oil facial cleanser 

Balm Balm

Moisturiser with SPF 

Kimberley Sayer

Face exfoliant 

Physical - Isun Skincare UK Rhasoul 
AHA/BHA - Honua Skincare Hawaiian Beauty Water

Make up remover 

Isun Skincare UK Coco Cucumber cleanser + konjac sponge. I don't do wipes, ever.

Eye make up remover

water and oil on a cotton round. I don't waste time and money looking for perfect eye make up remover when this combo is gentle, costs next to nothing, removes all make up, even water proof one AND moisturises delicate skin around the eyes. Win win situation if you ask me? Isun Coco Cucumber Cleanser works for eyes too, no irritations.

Under eye cream

Isun Peptide Eye Cream

Under eye oil
Wasi Sabi Botanicals Buddhi Nectar

Face mask

DIY masks with manuka honey. Over 12 recipes. I own a good few shop bought masks too, look out for masking post in the early 2018.


ISUN Skincare UK Ormus Myst. I need this beauty back into my life.

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2017 Best Bodycare Products ¦ Green Beauty Edition

Body scrub

I diy it a lot of the time.

Body wash

NYR shower gels. Last for months. Also black African soap. Both non movers from last year.

Eczema/dermatitis treatment

pure shea butter and the Mahalo Rare Indigo Balm.


my DIY. I've been using it for years, and why buy when it costs 20 cents to make for 6 months worth? This contains baking soda though, so it is not for everyone.

Shaving cream/foam

I use hair conditioners to shave my legs with, but if you want a "proper" product, Logona is nice one. 

Body lotion

Alaffia Coconut Strawberry body and hair lotion.

Body butter
Budget option - Flying Wild Honey Body Butter
Luxe option - ISUN Herbal Shea Butter

Body Oil
Inner Senses Organics  

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2017 Best Haircare Products ¦ Green Beauty


Rahua Voluminous Shampoo followed closely by Spirulina Shampoo by Living Libations

Hair and scalp oil 


I am really minimal with my haircare, I use no styling products at all, nor heat in any form. If my hair has flyways I will use a small amount of Zatik or plain argain oil to smooth it out and that's pretty much it.

2017 Best Natural & Organic Products

Natural Perfume

Liquid - Walden A Different Drummer
Solid - Jo Browne Ireland

So there you have it, my best products of 2017! What's yours? I really want to see what everybody else deems the best, please share with me?

See my 2016 Top Product here.
See ALL the reviews I'd done to date here.

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That is all for now,
Lots of Love,

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box December 2017

Hello Lovelies,

Welcome back! And welcome, if you are new here 💕💕💕

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Love Lula Beauty Box December 2017

How are all of you? I hope you are calm and collected with all your shopping done, and other preparations well on their way too? Me, I am a total opposite, a total stressball, with a never-ending-to-do-list in one hand and phone in another to constantly check the time, as I find I have too little time for everything. 
Hmm, maybe some wine (hey, we are all adults here) and some pampering is in order?
Luckily Love Lula Beauty Box came in today and I was delighted to see something I could use for pampering night! 
Let's see what we got in December 2017 box? Let's dive in! Ok, this doesn't contain any tea or natural candles I imagined it would have for Christmas, but it contains three full sized items and a few samples, well worth the price you pay for the box! Any box containing natural make up is a favourite of mine, and in this box we get two, so big yay! Oh, by the way, the total value of this box is 58£ - woohoo or what? -and I believe this time round UK and international boxes were the same. Also, each box contains the code for 20% off for all the brands featured in the box, for this month it's Madara, PHB, Mossa, Urban Veda and DrHauschka. 
So let's see the individual products and my first impressions on them?

Madara SOS Instant Moisture + Radiance Hydra Mask 

This is the first of three full sized products. Worth 35£, this is almost the triple the price of the box alone. Right on time too, as I think all of us could do with some masking and soothing our skin. Full of all kinds of nourishing and soothing ingredients, I am excited to dive into this! It is a vegan product, I thought it is worth noting. 

Aqua Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Alcohol Rosa Damascena (Rosa) Flower Water Cetearyl Alcohol Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Dicaprylyl Carbonate Arachidyl Alcohol Behenyl Alcohol Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit Butter Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn) Fruit Extract Sodium PCA Glycerin Stearic Acid Palmitic acid Aroma Arachidyl Glucoside Betaine Linum Usitatissimum (Flax/Linseed) Seed Extract Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract Paeonia Lactiflora (Peonia) Root Extract Coco Glucoside Xanthan Gum Sodium Hyaluronate Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid Hydrolysed Glycosaminoglycans Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Tocopherol Xylitol Iron oxide CI77492 Citronellol Geraniol Benzyl Salicylate Eugenol

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PHB natural & organic lip crayon in peach

PHB Natural & Organic Lip Crayon in Peach

Another full sized product, this retails for £8.95 for 4ml of product. Unfortunately I already own this, bought it before summer. I didn't particularly liked the way it looked on my lips, it was more orange than I imagined, so it is just sitting in my make up stash, unused and unloved. Perhaps it is time I dug it out and tried again, to see if it looks better in winter?
The new one from the box will either go into the stocking for my mother or I will set this aside for giveaway with Love Lula's permission. On the side note, have you seen my Love Lula Christmas Gift Guide? I have recommendations for everyone, from men to vegans in your life, as well as tea lovers and recs for someone who has everything. I've got you covered for those last minute gifts!

Octydodecyl Srearoyl Stearate,C10-18 Triglycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Olus Oil, Candelilla Cera, Mica, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglycceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 77891, C.I. 77491

PHB Ethical Beauty Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Yet another full size product that retails for 12.95£ - and I am excited to try it! At the moment I have other green beauty brand's liquid eyeliner, so it would be interesting to compare the two. I am the "perfect test bunny" as in my eyes are hooded, and the corners of my eyes go down, so if an eyeliner holds up on my eye, that means it's a good one.  First impressions are good, it is easy to use and dries down quick. I touched my eyes on purpose and very little of it came off. Not super black though, I needed a couple of layers of it. Now let's see how it will wears throughout the day. I will keep you posted on this.
PHB were super generous with their make up in the Love Lula boxes in the last half a year, we got their mascara, eye shadow and blending brush, and now a lip liner and liquid eye liner. 

Ingredients: Aqua, *Hydrolyzed Zee Mays (Organic Corn Starch), Sorbitan Olivate, Iron oxides (CI 77499 CI77491), Mica, Leuconostoc /Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.

Next we have a few of the sachet samples, and out of five of them, I am excited to try only two, and those are Dr.Hauschka Hydrating Cream Mask and Mossa Skin Perfector, a BB cream from a brand that's new to Love Lula.  Mossa caught my eye straight after they launched in Love Lula, all of the products seems to have an affordable price point, and I might try a couple of their products soon.
As for Dr.Hauschka, I am only venturing into this brand, but their Rose Day Cream is my Holy Grail face cream at the moment that is surely be featured in my Best Products of 2017 post (coming very soon) and repurchased at least five times by now.

Next are some samples from Urban Veda, their Purifying Protecting Night Cream, Reviving Facial Oil and Reviving Day Cream, but I am sad to report I won't be trying these and will be passing those on - I have had at least four full sized products from this brand and they haven't worked out for my sensitive skin, even their soothing range aimed at my skin type. Then again, not everyone is as sensitive as me, so, everybody else, be my guest.

So, all in all, I am happy with this box, masks and make up, two of my favourite things! And I am glad that these are the full size products. So I will leave you here and I am off to play with the products :) Err, test the products, the correct term is testing :)

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Love Lula Beauty Box

I have to say I have been very happy to be receiving these Love Lula Beauty Boxes as part of LLABP program for the last half a year, and it quickly became one of my favourite things! I soon started looking forward receiving them, it feels like a Christmas coming soon each month, I am telling you. There are a few different options when it comes to your budget, slightly different for UK and international customers, and Love Lula is still running a promotion on them, up to 20% off. So it is a perfect time to get this as a present for yourself or for your loved one (gentlemen, are you listening?) - it is the gift that keeps on giving! And it is truly worth the price you are paying, as boxes come with a value of more than 50£ more often than not. I am yet to come across the box I would be disappointed in. I know I want to receive them as long as Love Lula makes them!

(39.76£ instead of 41.85£, 5% savings)

(75.33£ instead of 83.70£, a 10% saving)

(133.92£ instead of 168.40£, 20% savings)

(49.88£ instead of 52.50£, saving you 5%)

(168£ instead of 210£, whopping 20% savings)

So that is it for today. I will have two more blog posts for this year, a Yearly Overview and my Best Products for 2017, so please keep your eyes peeled for those. After that I will see you in 2018, and I will have a LOT of reviews coming your way then. I hope we will continue our green beauty journey together! I truly and deeply appreciate all of you who read my blog posts and take time to leave comments. Big hugs and kisses all round!

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Ta ta for now,
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Banish Dry Winter Skin with ISUN Herbal Shea Butter

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Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕

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ISUN Skincare Herbal Shea Butter Review

Today I wanted to talk with you about some wonderful product from the ISUN Skincare UK, the Herbal Shea Butter. I am truly enamored with this brand to no end, and this herbal shea butter will be your best friend this winter! I suggest you make it a part of your winter routine too, and you can thank me later :)

But let's start from the beginning, shall we? ISUN is amazing brand with a core intention to produce a skincare range that generates a positive influence on our mind, body and spirit. ISUN was created with the intent that every product has the potential of offering a ‘quantum healing effect’. Through the powerful quality of the products, the sensory receptors of our skin, our organs, tissues and cells that make up our bodies and ultimately our total being, can potentially be impacted through the regular use of ISUN Skincare.

This can only be fulfilled when their products meet rigorous criteria:

They are created from inception with positive, clear intentions. ISUN basic principles have been kept in perspective from the start. They have a clear eco-consciousness, giving back to the earth, for us, is a way of life. The foundation of all products is living plants, unrefined plant oils and essential oils. The brand avoids using harsh chemicals that may upset the balance in our soil or in our environment and strictly no animal testing is conducted.

Products are made from pure, unadulterated, life and health giving ingredients. Sourced via the most ethical and sustainablepracticesISUN skincare range is made with the purest, natural, wildcrafted ingredients. Untouched by humankind,wildcrafted produce is the most natural form of plant, with all the natural healing properties for your skin, body and mind. So therefore these ingredients work in harmony with our skin to effectively repair, regenerate, balance and protect.

All ISUN products are made with living, high life-force ingredients. Living plants are bursting with powerful energy; they contain regenerating nutrients and life-force energy from the sun as they transform light into life. The light emitted by living cells in our body and in plant life is called biophotonsBiophotons are key to communication between plant cells and our body. Our natural ingredients will not only benefit your skin, but they will also leave you feeling rejuvenated due to theiraromatherapeutic benefits. Their calming effects will relieve stress, awaken and inspire your senses and help to eliminate andneutralise released toxins in your body with their holistic properties. These are the ultimate high vibrational products people!

All this is certainly true when it comes to this wonderful Herbal Shea Butter - you can really tell it's quality is second to none, and I can honestly say this is the most luxurious shea butter I've used in my life. The ingredients certainly made my heart sing, so let's look closely at some of them, shall we? Later on I will also list all the ways I use this shea butter, because if you know me, you know I love making my products work harder and am constantly coming up with a new ways to use them. This body butter is raw, vegan, organic and wildcrafted, and it is intended for dry, normal and sensitive skin, but I can honestly say anybody with any skin type can use it, and not only for the body, but on the face too, as I've done numerous times to protect my skin from these Arctic type of winds we have here lately.

 Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter; Caprylic/Capric triglyceride (MCT coconut oil), Lavandula intermedia (lavender) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Helichrysum arenarium (helichrysum) flower extract; Butyrospermumparkii (shea) oil; Cera alba (beeswax); Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil; Tocopherols (vitamin E); Rosmarinus officinalis(rosemary) extract.

As you can see, the ingredients are minimal, that's what I like about them! I am doing the happy dance when the product has ingredients list that you can understand without a chemist degree, and this is your ultimate natural product. Plus you know everything is the best quality there can be, as it is always a case with every ISUN product. Shea butter and coconut oil are two of my favourite ingredients ever, and if they are infused with all these wonderful flowers, so much better! Coconut oil is a wonderful addition, that actually facilitates the better absorption of the butter. Not that you have to worry about it, it melts on your skin upon contact. As I already mentioned, this is the most luxurious body butter I've had to date, and I simply love that it not only protects my skin from harsh elements, but also turns simple showering routine into spa like experience. I am now looking forward to my showers actually, simply so I could use this wonderful product. It is so pure that it is safe for pregnant women, infants and babies. Shea butter is a wonderful all rounder for the skin, with a numerous benefits:

Shea Butter Benefits

Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.

Reduces inflammation: a study has found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.

Skin smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleicstearicpalmitic and linolenicacids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.

Coconut Oil Benefits 

As we all know, coconut oil is wonderful for us humans, and there are so man reasons why. Let's leave the benefits of taking it internally for another time and another post, and let's look at the benefits of applying it externally for this time. It is rich in medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides. When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil also retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on the skin. Capric /Caprylic/Lauric acid - these three fatty acids have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. As a result, when applied to the skin, coconut oil protects from microbial infections.
Like coconuts themselves, coconut oil is rich in many proteins. These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally. Proteins also contribute to the cellular health and tissue repair, along with a wide range of other essential activities within the body.
Coconut oil is wonderful as a face cleanser, moisturizer and low SPF sun screen, but also it can treat many skin disorders. The fatty acids (caprylic and lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize, making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions. It protects the skin and has many antioxidants that make it ideal for healing the skin. In addition, the antimicrobial properties balance out the candida or fungal sources that can cause many skin conditions. There’s so much unrefined coconut oil can do for skin.

Now for the ways this herbal shea butter can be used:
  • as a body butter
  • instead of the face balm to protect you from harsh elements
  • as a hand cream and cuticle cream too
  • as a lip balm or a mask (slather it on and leave overnight)
  • for babies bottoms to treat rashes
  • to soothe irritated skin (I have dermatitis and I can attest to that)
  • for pregnant ladies to avoid stretch marks
  • as a foot cream
  • rub a bit on your palms and smooth flyways and frizzy hair (use small amount though) and on the ends of your hair
  • after sun exposure to calm and soothe the skin (that's right, I use shea body butters in the summer too, it is not only for winter)
  • on sore/raw noses during flu
  • this is unusual, but I use it as an eye shadow primer - it is wonderful to make the shadows stick!
  • on scars to make them heal quicker
  • it also makes a great hair mask and scalp mask

So, all in all, I am in love with the product and can't recommend it highly enough. Really luxurious, gives you that ultimate I've just been to a spa" feeling. Melts upon contact and sinks into the skin without any greasy residue, what's not to love?The ingredients are so pure that it is safe for babies and pregnant women, no less.  It also gives me a peace of mind, as I know my skin is protected from harsh elements. Not only that, it helps heal the skin too, and as someone with dry skin and occasional dermatitis breakouts, I can attest to that. I wish I had an endless supply of it!
It retails for 48£ for 100ml, and comes in a luxurious Miron glass jar. Get it here.

And now, if you will excuse moi, I have to take a shower. Aka any excuse to use this product, haha!

Have a great day and upcoming Christmas!

Lots of Love,

Green Life In Dublin
source for the shea butter studies.

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