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. 

Ingredients:
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!

Ingredients:
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:
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,
Lots of Love
Renata.

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 Disclaimer: The beauty box came as a part of LLABP programme and it features affiliate links. That is no additional cost to you, and I thank you for using them.



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Friday, December 15, 2017

Banish Dry Winter Skin with ISUN Herbal Shea Butter


Hi Lovelies,


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.

Ingredients:
 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,
Renata.

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source for the shea butter studies.

* this post contains non affiliate link and a product sent for my consideration.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

All My Green Beauty Reviews To Date. Links Galore



Hi Lovelies,


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

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Review Links Galore

You are probably aware that I created specific blog posts with links to all my reviews in each category - as I built quite a content over the years, I thought it would be a good idea to have it all categorized in specific posts, but all in one place. However, in reality it proved quite tedious task to go back and link all my new reviews in those specific blog posts. Let's just say blogger dashboard doesn't make it easy.

So this post is the summary of all links I have to date, all categories in one post. I am thinking of doing one for 2018 too. Unless I will move onto my own website, where I will be able to categorize to my hearts content. 

So without further ado, let's dive into those links, shall we?


Skincare Reviews & Related Posts
 

✔ 5 Natural & Organic Autumn Skincare Must Haves

✔ DrHauschka Rose Day Cream Review

✔ Isun Skincare Peptide Eye Cream Review

✔ ISUN Skincare UK Ormus Myst Review

✔ Neal's Yard Remedies Palmarosa Moisturiser Review

✔ Earthwise Beauty Review

✔ Mahalo Review

✔ I Love Balms (not a review post)

✔ ISUN Emerald Sun Hydrosol Review

✔ ISUN Soothing Balm Review

✔ ISUN Skincare Review


ISUN Skincare Peptide Eye Cream Review

How To Make Any Sheet Mask Last 3x Longer

✔ 100% Pure Organic Matcha Moisturiser Review

✔ 100% Pure Caffeine Sheet Masks Review

✔ Herbivore Brighten Mask Review

✔ Vintner's Daughter Review

✔ My Toners And Mists Collection

✔ Reviews I Never Posted
(check this if you are interested in my two cents on NYR White Tea Eye Gel, Lil Fox Miami Eye Butter, Zatik Organic Sea Buckthorn & Apricot Moisturiser, Naobay Soft Tolerance & Eye Contour Cream, Soley EyeGlo Face Cream)

✔ NYR Stash & Experience

✔ NYR Wild Rose Beauty Balm Review

✔ 2016 Best Products

✔ My Morning Routine featured on No More Dirty Looks 2016





                                                  Body Care Reviews



✔ Greenfrog Botanic Review

✔ Dudu Osun Black Soap Review

✔ Organii Review

✔ 2016 Best Products

✔ Flying Wild Balms Review

✔ Flying Wild Honey Body Butter Review

✔ Weleda Review

✔ Lotus Wei Review

✔  My Morning Routine featured on No More Dirty Looks 2016

✔ Neal's Yard Remedies Stash & Experience

✔ DIY Whipped Nourishing Body Butter

✔ Natural After Sun Care and a few DIYs


 

 Haircare Reviews


✔ Dermorganics Shampoo Review

✔ How To Have Healthy Hair Again (the natural way)

✔ Scalp Tonic Spray DIY




DIY



Here is a thing about me and DIY - as much as I love a good DIY, I will only do it if it is super easy to make, has minimal ingredients and works just as good as the shop bought version.
If some recipe has too many steps or requires too many ingredients, I am less likely to do it. Yes, I know I can make anything under the sun if I will put enough effort into it, but at the same time I don't want to purchase all those fabulous oils, butters, micas and extracts only to be sitting on my shelf and expiring slowly.. I am only one woman, and as I don't sell any of my creations, I want to have minimal stuff. And any products containing water, I am leaving to the professional formulators - as we all know, products containing water can get contaminated very quickly, so they have to be either consumed very quickly or to have preservatives added in.  
P.s. some of my DIYs were complete fails, so they never made into actual posts. Beetroot blush, anyone? :)

So here are my DIY links for those of you who are interested:

 
✔ DIY Deodorant Recipe (7+ years in use)

✔ How To Make Any Sheet Mask Last 3x Longer (sort of DIY)

✔ DIY Manuka Masks - over 12 recipes

✔ DIY Magnesium Oil

✔ DIY Liquid Eyeliner

✔ Make Up Brushes Sanitiser Spray

✔ Master Multitasker and Lip & Cheeks Multiple
(inspired by iconic Master Mixer by RMS Beauty)

✔ Poor Man's Z-palette & labels
(I was told to correct it to Smart Woman's Z-palette on IG, just loving it)

✔ Monsters Be Gone DIY Spray

✔ DIY Whipped Nourishing Body Butter

✔ Natural After Sun Care and a few DIYs


✔ DIY Deodorant, Lip Balm & Body Oil

✔ Solid Perfume DIY

✔ Scalp Tonic Spray

✔ Lemon Vinegar All Purpose House Cleaner

✔ Felted Soap

✔ A Few DIY Recipes (no pictures)


✔ How To Make Any Sheet Mask Last 3x Longer



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Natural Make Up Reviews

Natural Make Up Reviews   



✔ Luk Beautifood Lipsticks (and interview with the founder)

✔ Living Nature Thickening Mascara Review

✔ Zao Organic Make Up Review

✔  Red Apple Lipstick Review

✔  Jane Iredale Review

✔  Lily Lolo BB Cream Review

✔  Lily Lolo Mascara Review

✔  Living Nature Illuminating Foundation

✔  100%Pure Pretty Naked II Review

✔  100%Pure Luminous Primer Review

✔  100%Pure Gemmed Lip Glosses Review

✔  100%Pure Mascaras Round Up Review

✔  Purely You Minerals Review

✔  Pure Anada Mineral Makeup Review

✔  Maias Minerals Review (Maias Mineral Galaxy)

✔  Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer

✔  Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics Review

✔  My thoughts on Kjaer Weis Organic Foundation

✔  AnnMarie Skincare Mineral Foundation

✔  Couleur Caramel Make Up Review


✔  My Everyday Make Up or 5 Minutes Face

✔  DIY Master Multasker & Lip/Cheek Multiple

✔  Natural Nars Orgasm Dupes - Over 20 Alternatives!

✔  2016 Best Products

✔  English Mineral Make Up Review

✔ Zuii Organics

✔  My Morning Routine featured on No More Dirty Looks 2016



Don't forget to also check my Green Beauty Swatch Gallery on my Facebook page and Pinterest, and subscribe while you are there too! I appreciate that 💕

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Green Beauty Swatch Gallery - FB page
 
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Green Beauty Swatch Gallery



That is all for today, my lovelies! There will be no more review posts for this year, but I have loads planned for the 2018. I hope you will continue this green beauty journey with me, I appreciate every single one of you! Mwah!!!
Your feedback telling me I am helpful in you finding your best product or saving money with my DIY posts is the best feeling in the world and it makes it all worth it and makes me very happy.

P.s. Please make my day and subscribe & share this or any of my blog posts on social media - it helps to get the green beauty word out and for that I Thank You!
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That is all for today, Ta Ta for now! 




Lots of Love,
Renata.



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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My (not so) Minimal Black Friday Haul



Hello Lovelies,



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


DrHauschka Exquisite Rose set

Hello Lovelies, first of all I wanted to thank every single one of you who read my blog, I really appreciate all of you! So if you are here, huge bear hugs and kisses! Uff, I have to be honest and tell you upfront, in a week's time I will disconnect from social media, not only because of the Christmas period, but also because my mom is flying over for a holiday with us. As we live in a different countries, I see her next to nothing, so I shall cherish that time she will be here, right? 
So for those reasons I have to say that many of blog post I planned for December, will be published in January, as I am simply running out of time. Too much plans, too little time = super overwhelmed Renata, and that is only the blogging part of my life.
Anyway, let's have a look at what I bought in the Black Friday sales this year, shall we? After all, that is why you are all here. Err, before the BF sale started, I thought I will only get "essentials", and honest to God, I thought I did just that, but now that packages are nearly all here, I am thinking to myself "jeeez, woman, what have you done!!" Let me explain myself, and let me show you exactly what I did buy, in order that I bought them and then I can self bash myself later, as I will calculate my total with all of you together.. So far I applied head-in-the-sand method and didn't even added the totals yet. Insert sheepish grin here!

Sooo, my first purchase was a replacement of DrHauschka Rose Day Cream from Love Lula - as you might know, it is my Holy Grail Face Cream of the moment, and a constant repurchase. You can read my review here in the case you missed it. As you can see in the photo above, I chose a set called Exquisite Rose Gift Set, that is the same price as the cream, but it comes with two free sidekicks, both of them I am excited to try. It is still available in Love Lula Christmas shop.
I also included this set in my Love Lula gift guide here. Oh, and this set retails for £30.50, I saved 15% on it, which was the discount Love Lula had for the Black Friday.
Whoops, I totally forgot I added Living Nature Manuka Honey gel to my order at the last minute! Hehehe, finger slip! I am surely blaming finger slip if my husband asks! Shh, don't tell.

So the total for this order is £36.95, let's convert it to euros, and my total so far is 41.84€




Flying Wild Lip Balms - my Holy Grail for Winter

Flying Wild Frankincense & May Chang Honeybotter


Next I ordered a humongous tub of lovely body butter from one of my favourite Irish brands, Bees Flying Wild - it was my first body butter purchase this year, and I knew it will be amazing, as I liked all the products I tried from the brand so far - Arno uses only minimal and very natural ingredients, and it shows in the quality of products (see reviews here and here if you want to). Arno wasn't having any Black Friday sales, but I still wanted to order from him to support a local brand for Small Business Saturday. so that is exactly what I did. This giant tub of body butter (half a litre, no less!) was only 18.50€ and I got some of my favourite lip balms that actually stay on your lips, aka my winter saviours! No discounts as I mentioned previously, but I got two extra lip balms, so that is really appreciated!

Total for this order €29. Total so far 70.84€



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Inika Long Lash Mascara


Then the email from Inika popped into my inbox, and I simply couldn't resist their deal, so that's another 21£ or 23-24€ spent. Let me just say, watch this brand come next Friday, as they had amazing deals for four days where they were giving away full size stuff with the orders! The first day offer was free full size of their Long Lash mascara, and this is the more expensive one out of the two they carry. Inika mascara was the exact same thing I used since August, so technically I was due a new mascara, which was a catch for me. While I was mulling over should I get the mascara by itself or should I upgrade to one of their festive set with the mascara and the liquid liner for 25£, it sold out before my very own eyes, as did the cheaper mascara, so that simplified my choice (damn it though!) and I bought one mascara, and got one for free. Plus I got free shipping. Technically a score, but an impulse buy all the same.
Btw, I am due a Inika review, but it is one of those things I will carry over into the next year, as it will be one those huge blog posts, and it makes me tired already, even thinking about it, haha! I have like eight products to write about. 
By the way, Love Lula is doing an amazing deal on Inika now, where you get two free eye brushes for any order above 30£, so if you guys want to, you can get the mascara and liquid eyeliner set I mentioned above, plus something else (it might be a sample kit to bump you up to 30£ limit)

Total for this order 21£ or 23.77€ 
Total so far 94.61€

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Terra Nova Cordyceps


Then I started to get sick, and started thinking of the ways to boost my immune system fast, as we opened "sickness season" really early this year, and quite frankly, I am sick of feeling sick! Then I remembered one thing that really helped me to stay well while I was taking it, and that is cordyceps supplement. I have tried Terra Nova Cordyceps, Rhodiola and Ginseng from Love Lula before, and it really helped me. It was my first cordyceps product ever, but I felt it is one of those things that gives the effect immediately. But as that supplement was in powder, I went for capsules this time round (link here, but it seems to be out of stock for the time being, sorry), and I bought two bottles instead of one. The instructions say take 1 to 3 a day, so I didn't want to order another bottle really soon. My plan is to start with 3 capsules and then decrease it afterwards. If you are more advanced when it comes to cordyceps and other medicinal mushrooms than me, please tell me more about it, what brands are the best, how long do you take it, what other mushrooms are good for immune system, I want to know it all.

I already lost the receipt for it, so please let me do the math here, 19.75£ x2, with 15% off is 33.6£, let's convert it to euros and you will get 38.05€

Total so far is 132.66€




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Neals Yard Remedies order


If there was one thing I waited for on Black Friday, it was Neals Yard Remedies 20% off sale, but they did not have it until like the 8th of December or something. I wasn't keen on spending another hundred euros, and they never have free shipping, which bugs me to no end, but I needed to stock up on their amazing Organic Thyme Cough Syrup, which is like the only thing that works for coughs, I really love the fact that it is organic, and it is like only a couple of euros dearer than the nasty chemical stuff you get in pharmacies. I had three bottles of it from my previous order, thinking it will last me the whole winter, but as I mentioned earlier, we opened the sickeness season early this year. So I didn't mince my words this time, I got five, plus Elderberry and Propolis Throat Spray and some essential oils - eucalyptus, frankincense and myrrh, plus lemon for cleaning. Order happened to be delivered while I was working away on this blog post, so I was able to insert a photo, with some better pictures to follow for upcoming reviews :) They have an array or great skincare, bodycare and make up, plus their Christmas sets are second to none, but I didn't need any of those this time round, so I skipped it.
P.s. If you happen to live in UK, Ireland, Germany or France, you might shop or browse my NYR page?

Total for this order was 101.35€ 
Total spent 234.01€



So all in all, that is my Black Friday haul this year. I don't even know how much I saved, all I know I am a bit annoyed with myself for spending that much - it is not like someone threw a couple of hundred of euros in order for me to shop, isn't it?

What about you guys? What did you buy and are you happy with your purchases? Please let me know, I would love to see it all.


Lots of Love,
Penniless Renata. 


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 P.s. This blog posts features all the items I bought myself with my own money and affiliate links. They are at no extra cost to you, and I thank you so much if you use them xo