Sulina – Ayurvedic herbs in skin & body care products

I received these cosmetics for my honest review from Sulina shop. Sulina is the brand with a story. Founded by three sisters who after moving to the U.S. from Fiji were missing the natural cosmetics made by their mom. For that reason, they came up with their own, holistic line of beauty products featuring Ayurvedic herbs, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables.

I got 4 products to test, 3 full size and one sample: Charcoal Creme Masque, Sweet Pea Sugar Scrub (sample), Aloe Vera Shampoo and Lavender & Frankincense Nourishing Lip Balm. All products are 100% Vegan and cruelty free.

Charcoal Mask

I was very excited to try this mask knowing of detoxifying charcoal properties. I was surprised with the texture since it is more watery than other charcoal masks I’ve tried before. I did not like the application process. I prefer thicker textures since I like when mask simply stays on my face while I can keep doing something else, let’s say put body balm on. Unfortunately this one did not let me do it and came off a bit when I was bending (oops). Also, I was not sure about the scent, I thought I could smell some alcohol in it. And surprisingly yes – DMAE is an ingredient from alcohol functional group. It is suppose to work anti-aging, and yes it makes your skin smooth, however to me this is not what I would expect from detoxifying mask. Other than that, ingredients seem pretty good.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Extract, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Activated Charcoal, Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, (May containsodium bicarbonate and/or citric acid as pH adjusters).

Lip Balm

This lip balm is very nicely scented, moisturizing product. I like the oil blend here.
Ingredients: Organic Olive Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Rosehip Fruit Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosemary Leaf Extract, Organic Neem Seed Oil, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil.

Aloe Shampoo

It has certified organic aloe, wheat protein and coconut which all together are suppose to soften hair and improve their manageability. It lathers very well, has no color and a little goes long way! Since I have long and very smooth hair, I am very careful with moisturizing shampoos, because some tend to weight my hair down. I’ve noticed that with this one, so I use it only once a week. I would recommend this shampoo if you have dry, thicker, maybe higher porosity hair.
Ingredients: Demineralized water, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, cocamidopropyl betaina, alpha olefin sulfonate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, laurdimonium hydroxypropyl, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sodium cocoyl glutamate, aloe extract, natural preservative of OLG, ascorbic acid

Body Scrub

I love sugar body scrubs in general, but this one is amazing! Actually was, since I got a sample size and I finished it! It makes every shower even better thank to its great, refreshing scent (which stays on after showering <3). Also, skin feels very smooth and moisturized because of great oils blend. Definitely my favorite product and great ingredients! I only wish I got a bigger jar 😀
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Sugar Scrub & Charcoal Masque
Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Sugar | Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil | Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil | Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil | Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil | Sweet Pea Fragrent Oil | Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Have you tried any Sulina products? What would you like to try?

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Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation Review

Finding a perfect, foundation isn’t easy even with conventional brands. Often times foundations don’t look natural, or oxidize and you end up with too dark shade, or they look cakey, or show dry skin patches, or make your skin looking greasy… or all at once! Sounds familiar? Recently I tried Ere Perez Oat Foundation in shade latte and I think it is close to perfection.

Vegan friendly

This 100% vegan foundation is creamy, but not greasy. Latte – very light porcelain shade matches my light skin with neutral undertones perfectly. It actually looked so light when I put it on my hand, that I was afraid for a moment that it will be too light for me. However, as soon as I put it on my skin it looked perfect. Although I think it may be too light for most of the people, especially in the summer. It comes in 6 shades:
LATTE – light, porcelain skin
HONEY – light skin
CHAI – light to medium skin
CARAMEL – golden, warm skin
BREW – medium to deep skin
MOCHA – deep skin
The problem here is with undertones, I haven’t found any descriptions on the web. I had to reach out to Ere Perez brand to ask specifically if latte will work for neutral undertone skin.f52728bc-966f-46ad-bad0-8da38b977fa8_0.jpeg

Buildable 

This product gives a very natural, dewy finish, providing medium coverage, but you can build it up to full (I haven’t tried it though, I don’t need full coverage). If you prefer more matte finish, you can set it with any translucent setting powder. I didn’t, since I love the glowing skin effect.

Effective

Very small amount is enough for my whole face. Foundation is hydrating and long lasting – all day with no touch ups, however I could matte my T-zone a little bit. I have dry combination skin. What is also a great thing, it doesn’t clog the pores at all! I was surprised, because that usually happens to me with any foundation, even clean, and I needed to use face scrub every night to get rid off excess of sebum. Ere perez oat foundation definitely doesn’t clog pores, so it is safe to say it will work for acne prone skins.

Verdict

I love everything about this foundation: from minimalistic packaging to the product quality and performance. I think it is a very luxurious product in a simple, modern packaging and with affordable price tag. The only down side I see is the fact that there are only 2 light shades and one is for neutral/cool complexion and the other seems to work better for warm, which means if the lightest shade is gonna be too light for me (let’s say in the summer) I have no option to find a perfect match, since honey shade will be too warm. Also, it would be perfect if it had UV protection. All in all, I’d give it 5 of 5 stars for the performance and beautiful, natural and dewy finish. Now I’m super curious about their other products, can’t wait to try more!
Have you tried Ere Perez brand?

My favorite clean beauty gift sets 2018

I can feel it in the air – holidays approaching. Regardless of weather you celebrate holidays or not, gifts are something everybody loves. Isn’t it pleasant to give someone present and receive a big smile in exchange? I love it even with no special occasion. I love to share organic cosmetics with my friends and family. If they like it they may switch to cleaner self care routine, wouldn’t that be great? My favorite clean beauty gift ideas below.

Honeybeegardens

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This amazing and truly natural brand offers really amazing gift sets. One of my favorite is this one with eye liner, mascara, lipstick and powder foundation. For a very reasonable price 49.99$ you can try all of theirs bestsellers. I personally am addicted of their lipsticks, they are creamy and available in beautiful shades and eye liners that are easy to apply and super long lasting. Now, if you use code CLEAN10 you will get anything 10% off. Enjoy!

ZOYA

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Zoya is one of my favorite nail polish brands. Their color range is huge and just amazing, Nail polish does not chip and looks beautiful for even 2 weeks. Most importantly, company removed from the products toxic ingredients. Here you can get some full sized nail polishes as a gift set, in a better price than regular (10$ per one).

Zuzu Luxe

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Zuzu Luxe is one of the Gabriel’s (founder and CEO) natural brands: Gabriel cosmetics, Zuzu Luxe, Clean Kids Naturally. I love their products, my favorite is oil free foundation, and right now they offer a bunch of amazing gift sets, everything from skincare to makeup, for men and women. Check out these amazing products!

Zion Health

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Choosing makeup as a gift for someone might be risky – some people prefer to buy makeup on their own since they know their best color shades (like for example me…;)). Zion Health – natural brand from California, offers not only great deodorants with no aluminum, but also skincare gift sets that I love! Check out their Happiness SPA Kit (love face mask there!) and Relaxation Gift Set. Who would not like to get some more relax?

Let me know what are your favorite holiday organic deals in the comments below.

 

Beautiful smile? No problem! CariPro ultrasonic electric toothbrush review

‘A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear’ – I can’t agree more with this. I’ve always been aware how important the oral care is, in fact as a little girl I never skipped dentist visits and I brushed my teeth regularly. Later on as an adult I even bought myself an electric toothbrush, however my gums were too sensitive – they started bleeding and I had to go back to the traditional brushing routine, using soft bristles toothbrush.
After few years, I’ve invested in Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Brush and this really changed my idea of clean teeth. They became visibly cleaner, smoother and my gums weren’t bleeding! Unfortunately, this was not a cheap thing (over 200$ for toothbrush!) and also, replacement heads are not very durable – they last 1-2 months and they are pretty expensive (26$ for 2).

Smile Brilliant CariPro – first impressions

When I got CariPro in my hands, I thought it looked very similar to Sonicare Diamond Clean from Philips. But there are some differences.

How to use ultrasonic toothbrush?

Ultrasonic brushes are very different from traditional brushes. An ultrasonic toothbrush usesa very high frequency of vibration, which is referred to as ultrasound to remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth. In fact, you do not need to use so much physical motion as you do with traditional brush. How do I know it? Well, I’ve used Sonicare Diamond Clean, but I had to youtube how, because they did not attach the proper explanation. CariPro explains everything very well and provides pictures how to use their toothbrush.

Too long or too short?

There is a common opinion that you should brush teeth from 2 to 3 minutes. But how do you do that, do you set timer? I don’t think so. CariPro has a great built in system with brief pauses between each 30 second burst. That way, you know exactly when to move to a different quadrant of the mouth. Isn’t it great? I haven’t had it in any toothbrush before.

1 brush 5 options

Yes! You’ve read it right. CariPro toothbrush has five different option of brushing your teeth, from simply cleaning, to whitening, massage, gum care and sensitive mode. I think all of them are useful, I particularly like whitening and gum care mode ❤IMG_20181105_165047_114

Which brush is mine?

When you buy something new, people in your household also want to try it. In my case it is my husband. And that’s great, but… here is the thing – Philips Sonicare heads look totally the same and it makes it super easy to me to use his brush by accident (oops, sorry hun). Which maybe is not a tragedy if it happens once, but still, I would like to use only mine toothbrush, don’t you? And here we go: CariPro comes with 2 different electric toothbrush heads colors (bottom part) blue and grey, which makes life easier! It may seem like little thing, but in my opinion it is very convenient. Also, CariPro has added tongue scraper which really is the game changer.

Heavy duty

It is obvious the ultrasonic toothbrush has to fit the battery in it. Even though both Philips and CariPro charge easily (CariPro is suppose to last up to 30 days without charging, I used it for 2 weeks and it still works so far), Philips feels much heavier in hand. It happened to me that brush slide out of my hand… so I appreciate lightweight CariPro with matte, waterproof finish, because it is not slippery at all.

Price(less)

There is one more thing worth noticing: the prices. Sonicare Diamond Clean with 5 modes, one case and one head costs 199.99$. And you can buy more replacement heads for 2 for 26$. CariPro with 5 modes, 2 heads costs 119$, and replacement heads you can get for 13$ for 2. You can do the math…
To sum up, I love both toothbrushes: Philips Sonicare Diamond clean cleans teeth very well, also it has modern, very pretty designs and colors as well as plenty of convenient add ons as case or glass charger, however prices are also higher. I think it depends on what you really need, but CariPro as a cheaper version of Diamond Clean does really good job and it… kind of stole my smile! 😉

Want to give it a try?

I have a great news for you. You can win your own CariPro here.
If you do not want to wait, I have a 20% discount for you now. Go to smilebrilliant.com and use cleanbeauty20 at the checkout 🙂
Hope you’ll like your new purchase, let me know in the comments! Remember that there is nothing better to wear than a beautiful smile.IMG_20180225_193451_139

 

CariPro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush, that I was able to test for this review purposes thank to Smile Brilliant.

Introducing Evolve Organic Beauty: Luxurious Skincare Products

Evolve Beauty is a range of handmade, award winning beauty products that are vegan, cruelty free and eco friendly. All cosmetics are made from the most effective, natural and organic food based ingredients. If you think that sounds good, read the whole review to find out more about this amazing brand originally from England.

Evolve sent me three products to try:

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Hyaluronic Serum 200 (40$)

Pure, clear serum for normal to dry skin that contains 200mg hyaluronic acid. It hydrates skin from within and plump up fine lines and wrinkles. It also has organic pomegranate extract in it, that softens and protects skin. Serum is very delicately fragranced with organic rosewater, however I cannot smell anything, which is a good thing since I do not like scented facial serums.
Ingredients – 98-100% organic
aqua (water), rosa damascena (rose) water*, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract*, glycerin, amorphophallus konjac root powder, sodium hyaluronate, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, sodium dehydroacetate. *ingredients from organic farming
Even though it is hyaluronic acid, this serum feels really lightweight after applying. One pump is enough for face and neck! I am surprised with the consistency which feels more like gel than water – which is great because it is easier to apply the product without loosing part of it in your sink or the floor… which used to happen to me with more watery serums. I love to use this serum every night after I was my face with gentle cleansing melt, about which you can read bellow.

Gentle cleansing melt (26$)

Very luxurious cleansing balm that contains one of the most expensive and effective, nourishing organic baobab oil. Baobab oil soothes and hydrates while cleansing your skin from impurities and makeup.
Ingredients
(sweet almond) seed oil*, sucrose laurate, adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit water*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract*, rosa damascena flower oil*, tocopherol. *ingredients from organic farming
This melt feels just unbelievable. I mean, usually when I wash my face, I feel like it is dry or dehydrated right away. What is magical about this product – combined with water it turns from gel/oil to creamy cleansing texture, because it has natural sugar extracts in it. It leaves skin clean and very hydrated!

Daily Renew Face Cream (32$)

Moisturizer for normal to dry skin with a blend of pure organic oils. It has argan oil and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
Ingredients
butter)*, coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin*, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, glyceryl stearate, parfum (natural fragrance), punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, cetearyl glucoside, sodium stearoyl lactylate, tocopherol, lactic acid, dehydroacetic acid, xanthan gum, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate.  *ingredients from organic farming
I am very peaky when it comes to moisturizers and creams, since my skin is acne prone, it is mostly hot in Texas, and I tend to have my pores clogged and face shiny if I use to heavy formulated cream. When I read that it has organ oil, I was a little worries it may be too heavy for me. How little did I know! This cream is probably the best cream I’ve ever tried. Not saying this, because I got paid (I did not), but truly, if you have blemishes prone complexion, you’ll love this product. It hydrates without pore clogging, it does not leave thick film on skin, and… it smells so delicate yet amazing (vanilla & coconut natural fragrance). I highly recommend this cream.
To sum up, all Evolve Organic Beauty products I have tried are great. Their are pretty pricey, but definitely worth the price for such high quality. If you wish to try some, go to credo beauty and treat yourself, you won’t regret it.

TRANSDERMA – organic vitamin skin care serums invented in Sweden, now available in the U.S.

I am excited to introduce skincare products that are all natural and effective. Transderma is using the most potent ingredients available on the market. They care about quality & performance while making safe cosmetics.  The product range is deliberately very limited – this is because the brand focuses on exceptionally pure, scientifically advanced vitamin skin care serums for women and men.

What is serum?

In general, serums are considered as more effective since they contain a high concentration of active ingredients, which distinct them from creams and lotions. They also feel more lightweight, offer you more targeted results as well as customization options. The last one is my recent favorite – Transderma serums mix great together!

5 serums – 5 different skin needs

The offer of the brand is limited – but it has its purpose. Transderma focuses on safe, pure formulations that help your skin to look amazing almost right away!

PRODUCTS

1.  Transderma C
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  • Revolutionary system for improved absorption of natural vitamin C
  • Helps boost collagen and elastin regeneration to give skin a firmer, smoother appearance
  • Protects against free radical and UV damage
  • Helps repair sun damaged skin

2. Transderma A
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  • Regenerative retinol and vitamin E night serum formulated for superior absorption
  • Helps stimulate skin cell renewal and exfoliation
  • Helps maintain the integrity of the skin
  • Reduces appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars

3. Transderma R
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  • Reduces pigmentation for even-toned, spotless skin
  • Has a soothing effect on the skin
  • Revolutionary vitamin C base formulated for improved stability and absorption protects against free radical and UV damage while helping boost collagen and elastin generation

4. Transderma M
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  • Restores moisture balance to dry, stressed, or mature skin
  • Repairs the skin’s protective lipid barrier
  • Improves skin’s smoothness and softness
  • Rejuvenates and soothes dull, rough, tired skin
  • Reduces the appearance of dryness and fine lines

5. Transderma O
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  • Energizes and helps regulate skin renewal and moisture balancing
  • Helps to normalizes the production and turnover of epidermal tissue
  • Promotes cellular longevity and vitality
  • Revitalizes, smooths, and firms skin
As  you can see, everyone will find product that suits their skin concern. My personal favorites so far are Transderma C – it makes my skin look smoother and protects it from UV. I use this one for the day under my makeup – which makes its application even easier. For the night I choose something more intense like Transderma M which restores my dry skin while I sleep. It feels a bit heavier/richer when applying, but my skin absorbs it after 30 seconds (yes, it is really dry), and I do not feel product heaviness anymore.

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Mix & Match 

What I love doing is mixing my serums together to achieve the best possible result. For example: during the day, when sun is strong I mix 1 drop of transderma R to even skin tone with 1 drop of energizing transderma O for moisture balance. It is really up to you and your skin needs, but isn’t it great that you can customize your own serum?
If that sounds good to you you should try Transderma Travel Size Set. This set will allow you to test each of the mini serums (3ml) and decide which ones you love the most. This is what I did before I started to use my full size products. What’s you favorite, natural serum? Would you give this one a try? Let me know in the comments section below.
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Disclaimer: Products have been provided by Transderma, I am not affiliated with the brand in any way – opinion about serums is my own, honest opinion.

TOP Black Friday Organic Beauty Deals

Like in the title, I’d love to share with you my favorite organic beauty deals for black Friday/cyber Monday. Enjoy!

W3LL PEOPLE

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, enjoy 25 percent off of full-size, full-price products for both online and in-store purchases. (Available starting November 24)

ILIA beauty

On November 23 through Cyber Monday: 30% off Ilia brushes. (Available starting November 23)

ZOYA non-toxic nail polish

From November 24 take 50% !!! OFF and free shipping sitewide.

CREDO BEUTY

Use code EVERYTHINGNICE to receive a free 7-piece gift with purchase. Valid from Wednesday to Monday.

AU NATURALE

25% off sitewide! I love their Eternity Lipsticks 🙂

FITGLOW BEAUTY

Black Friday:
Code BF15 for 15% off
Code BF20 for 20% off orders over 200$
Code BF30 for 30% off orders over 300$

HYNT BEAUTY

Black Friday code: Black2017 for 30% off

RMS BEAUTY

20% off sitewide!

ZOE ORGANICS

25% off from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th

ANDALOU Naturals

30% off for chosen products with code HOLIDAY.

Dermstore.com

Up to 25% off with code GIVE for chosen brands (including some organic! like W3ll people!)

KOSMATOLOGY

Kosmatology organic skin care will be 30% off Thursday through Monday with code CLEAN30. Be sure to check out the holiday hand soaps!

SHEA MOISTURE 10$

This brand makes amazing shampoos but they also have great other products. For instance 100% coconut body wash and lotion. You can get SheaMoisture Virgin Coconut Oil Body Wash & Lotion Holiday Gift Set for only 10$

BURT’S BEES 15$

Get Burt’s Bees Face Essentials Holiday Gift Set – 4pc for 15$
Hope you’ll enjoy shopping. If you know about more good deals – comment bellow!