Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Natural Beauty Series - Meet Angie from Whipped Green Girl

Hi Lovelies,

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

Angie from Whipped Green Girl
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 Speaking of Sunshines (check my last post), here is one more for you - step forward Angie from Whipped Green Girl. This gorgeous natural mama and I connected via Twitter, as she does not do IG, but nonetheless, like minded people find ways to cross paths I find. When I first checked her blog, I was in awe of abundance of fabulous DIY recipes Angie blogs about - and I was scribbling most of them down, not going to lie! A keen DIYer myself, but I will only whip up things that are super easy to do, and I must have all of the ingredients in my kitchen already. (my DIY round up post will be linked at the very end of this post, but it pales in comparison to Angie's, I will be honest here. Every time I visit her blog, I think to myself "I must step up my DIY game" 😄). You are going to love her blog, I promise you! She recently has started making Youtube videos as well, so please be sure to go and subscribe as well - I know I did. Supporting my fellow green beauty sisters is important to me. Angie is such a sweetheart and is smart and funny at the same time too - you will instantly want to be her best friend, I am telling you! And want to know all her secrets too, because her skin is amazing :) So let's sit back and enjoy the interview with this Canadian green beauty! She found her life changed since she switched to the green side more than 15 years ago, so let's see what she has to say?

💕 Please introduce yourself?

I’m WhippedGreenGirl – AKA Angie, a girl who loves granola and mixing her own lotions and potions.

💕  How has going natural and non-toxic in your beauty regime changed your overall health and beauty?

Where do I start, my health kick started over 15yrs ago. I was riddled with toxins from all the crap in my skin care… My hormones were totally out of whack- often causing me to be ill, in the hospital. After trying so many things. It wasn’t until, I cut-out all the synthetic fragrances in my skin care and life, that I was able to claim my health back. Parabens were destroying me, I sincerely believe. I even went on to take an aromatherapy course. Knowing essential oils, is solely the way I will “scent” my life… My green journey brought me to blogging, vlogging, now even doing interviews – no way lol 😉 

💕 Three things that make you happy?

I know it’s cheesy but truly my man and my little babes Ariel, they’re sincerely my happy place
Fresh, warm air – nothing feels better
Shopping- yup! Throw in a shoe store and I’m in heaven lol

💕 What’s the best advice you've been given?

“Think before you talk…” I still work on this one on a daily basis. I can still see my mother, waving her finger in my face “Angie, THINK BEFORE YOU TALK”… I kind of cut like a knife sometimes LOL

💕 What people inspire You?

Seeing goodness in others. Seeing others selflessly put themselves above others. There’s nothing better in life, than simple acts of kindness!

💕 What are your three (or five) can't-live-without-it green beauty products?

NEED my Leven Rose, rose water! Can’t live without it!
My body, toes to neck - needs my DIY Whipped Lotion every day!
Pumpkin Seed Oil Face Serum, or a serum of some kind.

💕 Your best DIY recipe?

Wow, where do I start! I’ve been making my own skincare for over 15yrs now! Right now I’m on a huge honey kick (manuka for acne + thyme for blemishes + buckwheat for dry skin)!
I love throwing honey and coconut oil, into a bowl. Whipping it to a fluffy texture with a hand mixer… Voila, an instant DIY, healthy face cleanser!
For any DIY skincare enthusiast out there, here’s all my latest skin recipes here.

(I highly recommend you check them out - and I think you will not want to leave until you have noted down all of the recipes! Renata)

Whipped Green Girl Body Lotion

💕 Your proudest achievement?

I’m just a proud person in general. What I got in life, I got on my own – blood, sweat and tears. I still remember when I drove my dream car (yea, “used car” - but still dream car) off the lot a few years ago. Me and my little Subaru Impreza, I cried I was so giddy!
There’s nothing quite like working for everything you have. It’s so rewarding.

💕 What are you currently reading?

Currently re-reading for the 100th time in my life… “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It’s a book I go back to on a consistent basis…
Also, just got Bif Naked’s Memoir – “I, Bificus”. She’s my favorite female artists. Such an inspiration to so many. She’s truly amazing.

(*noted! - Renata) 

💕  If you were to formulate a natural skincare or beauty product, what it would be? 

I’ve mastered making face lotions and face serums. Body butters is another thing I’m great at. So much so, my friends get me to make it for them, at cost… I consider myself so lucky to be able to whip-up, any high-end, organic lotion or potion in an instant, all by myself, in my own kitchen. You can do it too! Plus save loads of money in the process! But warning, DIY skincare is super fun and very addictive 😊 

💕 What scents excite You?

Loving May Chang essential oil right now! When used in a diffuser, the sweet citrus smell is beyond yummy! Also Saje Wellness has a blend called “TANTRA” – wow sold! Love it, put it in my DIY body lotion last week - amazing! 

💕 Crazy health idea that actually works?

I use honey as my face wash ONLY – solely. I mean, the stuff never rots! It has so much goodness in it. It’s cheap, easy to find, and works every time!  
Another weird thing I do. To keep my complexion clear… I drink bentonite clay in water (on an empty stomach) a few times a week, in the morning. Does wonders on my skin! 

💕 What do you do to de-stress?

Write, blog, vlog… I never stop. If I stop, I sit, think too much & stress ahaha – seriously. Keeping my mind busy means, I’m also happy! 

💕 Last thing you do at night?

Usually, tell my chihuahua - who’s now taken over my entire half of the bed, to move it or lose it LOL! Then I snuggle my little fur-buddy, his bad breath and wet kisses are always the last thing I get to enjoy before I crash… 

💕 Tell us a secret!

My real name isn’t Angie. But, my dad loved the Rolling Stones. So it stuck lol

💕 A few words to Green Life In Dublin readers?

Show Renata some love- she’s amazing and deserves several raised glasses 😊!!! Thanks for this opportunity. Long time fan of your blog and reviews. Proud to be amongst your pages xo

Aww, thanks Angie! That warms my heart so much xo Very happy to feature you too!

Whipped Green Girl

Angie's blog - Whipped Green Girl

Now, I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did? Now please go and check out and subscribe to Whipped Green Girl - and say hello from me while you are there :)

If you want to check out more Natural Beauties, you will find all the links in my latest post here. I hope you enjoy! My own DIY posts live here.

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Natural Beauty Series on Green Life In Dublin blog

That's it for this week, see you here next Monday!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi Lovelies,

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

Sunshine Blogger Award

My day was definitely brightened when Ruth from Naturally Northern Beauty tagged me in Sunshine Blogger Award post

The aim of it is for bloggers to recognize other bloggers whose work they enjoy and admire, and for us all to get to know a little more about each other! It’s something a little bit different to my usual posts, but I hope you enjoy reading all the same!

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award, and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  • List the rules and the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Questions I was asked and my answers to them:

What motivates you to write your blog posts?

The thought of helping others to transition to the green side easier. That's my first and foremost goal of my blog - to be helpful to people. I didn't have it easy when I transitioned myself almost a decade ago - nothing natural was to be found locally, and we didn't have online shops back then either, they came on the scene around five years ago. Needless to say I really struggled at the start of my own green beauty/lifestyle journey. One day, fed up with yet another expensive product that did not work, I had a thought " I should blog about it so others wouldn't have to go through the same struggles as me" and that's how my blog was born. I even stopped wearing any make up for a good few years for that reason. Thankfully the green beauty scene exploded since, and not only we have affordable options, but abundance of products too, so now we have the opposite of the problems - sometimes it might feel there's too much choice! And here is where I come in too - people say they find all my reviews helpful, as I am always honest about things - I was told it is rare thing in the blogging word, so I wear it like a badge of honor! And if you follow me for any length of time, you know this is a passion product of mine - it was only last year I introduced affiliate links here and there (only to the products and brands/shops that have my heart) after working for free for 8+ years. I say working, because anyone who tried their hand at blogging would know how much of hard work goes into it. 

What’s your favourite social media platform to use alongside your blog?

That would be Instagram, even with those stupid algorithms and recent censoring (see me talk about it here) - purely because of easy access and the ability to instantly connect to people. And the beautiful images don't hurt either :) I am a sucker for beautiful flatlays!

Which other bloggers/influencers inspire you and why?

So many! All of the green beauty community influence me in some shape or form, whether by beautiful images, to being honest about everything to inspiring me to blog about one thing or another, and I can go on! When it comes to products, I try to not be influenced by what other people use/recommend, as I find the products someone else likes does not automatically translate as my favourite products too - my skin is way too sensitive for most of what green beauty have to offer.

What’s your “can’t-live-without” beauty product at the moment?

Hmm, let me see - if the question is about make up, then I would be pressed hard to choose between concealer and a good mascara, I can't live without those two. The ones I am currently using are Duet Perfecting Concealer by Hynt Beauty and Long Lash mascara by Inika.
Oftentimes when people ask about "beauty favourites" they have skincare in mind, and if that's the case, I would have to choose entire Bella Aura line, as well as Rare Indigo balm by Mahalo.

How do you keep up with trends that are relevant to your blog?

I don't! As someone who is on the wrong side of 30s (ahem ahem) I am way past caring what's trendy, especially when it comes to all things green beauty. Trendy products in skincare? No thanks, I would rather find products that work for my uber sensitive skin! Trends in make up? I would rather buy products that complement my skintone. Purple lipsticks and eye shadows? They can jog on. I know what suits me and have my own style when it comes to fashion as well. It does not mean I am stuck in a rut, far from it - I love fashion and constant evolving.

What are your other hobbies, alongside blogging?

Constantly educating myself by reading, Health & Wellness type of books are my favourites to read, and I started to review them very recently too, posts will be linked down below in the case you are interested. As well as other relevant posts.
Next would be creating things with my hands, be it jewelry making, knitting or crocheting. Unlike with blogging, I can't finish anyth        (get it?)
I also really enjoy traveling (wish I could do that more often), good food, meeting friends, as well as new people, and I could go on. Enjoying life, basically.

What’s your favourite film and why?

Anything based on real stories. Or a good comedy from time to time. 

What’s your favourite book and why?

I don't read much fiction novadays, but I am well into Health & Wellness type of books - give me any of them and I am happy bunny! Too many to list, so I will list my current favourite authors instead - step forward Nadine Artemis & Patrick Holford. Pick up any book of theirs and your life will be changed for the better.

What was the last foreign country you visited?  What did you love about it?

The last country I visited was Crete island, Greece about three years ago - I wish we could travel more often. The food was extraordinary, and I still dream about going back to famous pink beach in Elafonissi - the most beautiful beach I've ever seen.

What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

I like that I am a giving person who sees or tries to see the good in people. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't stress so much, you don't have to figure  everything out at once. Also, don't bottle emotions, talk to people about your feelings - especially if they are doing something that hurts you emotionally. You don't have to lower yourself for anyone, keep your heels and standards high.

Now, that were some good questions, were they? My turn to think of something equally as good! Let me see. As I see some of my blogger pals were tagged multiple times already, I will mostly take the tag over the pond. In no particular order I tag:

Shannon Marie - Rawdorable

Andrea from Organic Beauty Lover

Green Beauty Project Adriana

Andie from The Green Queen

Julie from Complete Natural Clarity

Cheryl from Free Range Diva

Vita from Vita Lives Free

 Jana from Small Bits of Loveliness

Angie from Whipped Green Girl

Lynda from Wonderlusting

Boriana from 1988 Bori

(find them all tagged in my IG post)

Here are my questions:

How and why did you start blogging/ making Youtube videos?

How do you choose your products? Do you seek the most pure products out there, do you research into a brand first, and so on?

What are the most rewarding aspects of blogging/ vlogging?

What aspects do you find the most challenging and how do you deal with it?

What are your thoughts on PR products?

What are your thoughts on green beauty as a "trend" that's been portrayed as? Where do you think it will go from here?

What bloggers/ Youtubers do you admire and why do you like them?

How do you deal with haters if you get any?

What makes you happy?

What's the best advice you were given?

What are your favourite products of the moment? (I can't help myself but ask this 😇)

So that's it for today, see you here shortly! Hope you enjoyed this post.

Related posts:

Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra & Kirmberly Snyder review - Book Corner

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Bella Aura Skincare Review

Hi Lovelies,

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

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Bella Aura Review

Let me present the review of something that really works for my sensitive skin - step forward Bella Aura products! I can't express my feelings about the whole line and how wonderful it is! I have started this review many times and every time it does not come out right, so I delete everything and start again. And again. It's just because there is so much I want to say and so much joy I want to express, the words are tumbling down faster than I can write them down. Let me put it in a nutshell - my sensitive skin found home! I am so amazed at this, as every single product in the line works amazingly well for my skin, and when used in conjunction I have clear and happy skin. And continuously so! I never had this with any other line or brand, and I never seen my skin changing so fast either. Needless to say I recommend this brand to just about anyone, because if it works for me, with uber sensitive skin, chances are it will work for you too. 
Let me tell you a little pre-story - the day I received Bella Aura, I was sporting rare dermatitis breakout on my face, as many of you might know, I have form of Celiac called Dermatitis Herpetiformis, where the only outwards symptoms you get are dermatitis rashes all over the body. Nothing to do with herpes, mind you. And in my case it is extremely frustrating and annoying - because it always starts on my face before it spreads to anywhere else on my body. I am lucky girl, I know! Soo, long story short, Bella Aura products cleared the outbreak in three days! Even though they aren't specifically designed for that purpose. Let's pause here for a second and let that sink in and be a testament for the brand. Yasmine, you did a wonderful job! I was so amazed and delighted, as so so relieved I decided to go for it - as you might understand, trying new products is a scary thing for me. So many hyped up products in the green beauty community didn't work for me - if I didn't get an initial reaction, then most likely they were not working well on my dermatitis patch, making it redder and angrier. None of that with Bella Aura! In fact, the opposite was true - my skin (and my dermatitis patch) were soothed, nourished, glowing and happy. Needless to say everything else I own went into the fridge for the time being. Upon inspecting the ingredients I was happy to find out my
skin receives a supercharged cocktail of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid,  coenzyme Q10 and more, delivered in a creamy white emulsion. During use, my skin was the clearest it has ever been—and I’m not exaggerating. Bella Aura is starting to collect awards, so don't just take my word for it - the line speaks for itself!

Bella Aura line came about when Yasmine Jones, the creator of the line, was suffering from deteriorating skin & acne scars after going through a traumatic experience with her mother’s battle against leukemia (You can read her full story on Bella Aura website, link at the end of this post). After spending thousands on skincare products and consulting with skincare specialists, she found nothing was working to improve her skin. It was during a trip to Morocco that she met a prominent chemist/herbalist who believed that his oils would help her skin and after months of trying them, she began to see her skin improving. Yasmine wanted to add active ingredients to these oils, and with the help of Swiss skincare technology, Bella Aura line was born. According to Yasmine, most skincare regimens incorporate both serums and creams in order to balance out the advantages and disadvantages of each. By combining them into an emulsion for Bella Aura’s blends, the best of both is fused into one.

There are only five products in the line so far (with Yasmine hinting at developing more) and they work amazingly well together - there's emphasis on less is more, and I have to agree in this case - these products are all my skin needs. For the most part, that's it, but let me explain that further on in this review.

Bella Aura products

The textures are that of thin lotion, but do not let that fool you - they are true powerhouses of amazing ingredients blended together into a powerful fusion. Yasmine describes it as a serum in a cream emulsion. As the products are light, they sink in very quickly, leaving no residue or heavy feeling you sometimes tend to get with oils. If it worked amazingly well for me, it will work for you too. Let's see some amazing ingredients in these products? All of the minerals and vitamins in Bella Aura products are derived from natural botanical fruit and vegetable extracts. Black oats, Nigela Sativa oil (also known as black cumin or black seed oil) and prickly pear (also known as fig de barbary or cactus oil) are the key ingredients in products.

Black Oats contain lipids and proteins which have humectant and emollient properties that help to moisturize the skin keeping it soft and supple.
They also contain antioxidant properties making them extremely anti-aging, and helps with inflammation as well.  Black Oats are known for helping with more sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. and they also contain saponins which make them a gentle cleanser for more sensitive skin. 

Nigella Sativa is a flowering plant that originates from Southwest Asia, India and North Africa. The flowers are usually white and pale blue. They belong to the plant family known as Ranunculacease (buttercup family). This miracle oil has been used in traditional medicine as a remarkable healing agent with powerful restorative properties since the beginning of civilization.  Originally, it was called Panacea, which means to cure all.  It is said that Cleopatra used Nigella Sativa oil in her beauty routine for hair and skin. It was also reported that the oil was found in the tomb of King Tut in Ancient Egypt. 
Bella Aura uses Nigella Sativa that farmed and processed in Morocco. They work in partnership with local farmers to produce 100% premium, natural, organic Nigella Sativa seeds, and never use any chemicals or pesticides during the planting, farming or production process. The virgin seeds are cold pressed, bottled in dark glass bottles and stored in a dark cool place to ensure that the chemical properties of the black seeds are retained.

Nigella Sativa, (also known as Black Cumin Seed or Fennel Seed) contains over 100 chemical compounds that are direct contributors to having beautiful skin. This is the most powerful oil in the world with a significant amount of protein and exceptionally high in antioxidants. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, calcium, selenium, magnesium, iron, beta-sitosterol, copper, zinc, potassium, paltimol, niacin, vitamins A-B-B2&B3-C-D&E in the seeds. Nigella also delivers the essential Omega3&6 fatty acids that are not produced naturally by the body. This extraordinary oil also has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. 

Nigella Sativa oil is renowned for keeping your skin looking flawless, young and radiant. This powerful oil helps prevent blemishes, fine lines, age spots, dry or oily skin. Some clinical studies suggest that it is beneficial for removing scars in the skin as well.

Fig de Barbary, also known as (Prickly Pear, Cactus Oil and Opuntia Ficus Indica) is one of the richest oils that fortify the skin with the essential vitamins A-B1&B2-C-D-E-F-K and Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. It also delivers a wide range of the vital minerals magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, thiamin, niacin, beta carotene, amino acids, selenium and many more. Fig de Barbary is miraculous oil that acts as a natural barrier against free radical damage, which is the major cause of premature aging.

This extraordinary oil has a powerful anti-oxidative activity and high moisturizing value to rejuvenate mature skin for a remarkable lifting effect. It reduces dark circles under the eyes, hydrates, smooths, firms and refines skin texture plus brightens the complexion. It is a true beauty elixir that is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves no greasy residue. This age-defying oil contains almost 150% more of the anti-aging antioxidant Tocopherol in comparison to any other oil in the beauty care industry, including Argan oil.

The Fig de Barbary oil is produced in Sidi Ifni that is located in southwest Morocco. It is one of the most expensive oils in the world to extract and requires the production of about 1 million seeds to acquire just one liter of this precious oil. Our Fig de Barbary plants are completely pure and organic with no chemicals or pesticides used during the farming process.

If we want to break down ingredients further to singular mineral and vitamins, here's what they do:

Omegas 3-6-9s play an important role in all skin conditions, such as combating wrinkles, lines, acne, eczema, psoriasis and even dry, flaking or very oily skins. These good fats are credited with helping your skin’s cell membranes stay healthy, which acts as a barrier to harmful exterior conditions. The cell membranes influence the cells ability to retain moister, thereby producing a softer, more subtle and more wrinkle-free skin. The anti-inflammatory compounds in 3-6-9s help to affect how healthy the skin looks and feels during the aging process.

Magnesium is a powerhouse mineral that is essential for keeping your skin performing at its best. It has anti-oxidant clout with enzymes that regulate DNA replication and repair to prevent the skin being subject to a host of wrinkle-producing malefactors, such as free radical damage and inflammation. Without the DNA repair from Magnesium, you will continue to be assaulted by free radicals and it's only a matter of time before fine lines and wrinkles begin showing up.

Zinc is beneficial for many acne sufferers who are deficient in zinc. Once they start obtaining zinc in their daily regimen, their acne often improves. It is a trace mineral essential to all forms of life, such as gene expression, cell growth and cell replication and especially important for clear skin.

Calcium includes cell renewal, lipid barrier function, and antioxidant protection from DNA damage. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and a deficiency can manifest itself in skin dryness, itching and premature wrinkling.

Potassium is a vital indicator of healthy looking skin because it is a key player in cell integrity by maintaining electrolyte balance and internal fluids, thus keeping cells hydrated and skin internally moisturized.

Beta Carotene is a carotenoid known for its antioxidant properties. Its ingredient in skin care products can include skin cleansers, facial moisturizers, foundation, sun products and anti-aging treatments. Beta-Carotene provides protection against sun damage and helps to even out skin tone and improve skin texture.

Amino Acids are the building blocks of beautiful skin. They help to produce collagen, elastin, and other proteins and fibers for strong, soft and desirable skin. Selenium has a number of positive attributes in skin care with the key role relating to its antioxidant properties and ability to tackle free radicals. Free radicals result in the disruption of living cells such as skin cells. Selenium helps to retard negative environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides, which can spawn free radicals.

Copper holds promise for prolonging youthful looking skin. It plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin because it helps to develop collagen and elastin, which maintain the strength of the skin for less sagging and fewer facial lines. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help prevent skin infections.

Sterols are natural compounds derived from plants, fruits and vegetables and essentially vegetable fats that enhance the human immune system. Phytosterols are extracted from different botanical sources. Phytosterols contribute to the structure of the cell membrane and have anti-inflammatory properties, which contributes to anti-aging properties. Phytosterols and polyphenols improve sun-damaged skin.

Carotenoids come from fruits and vegetable and help your skin’s complexion look healthy. They travel through and get stored in our bodies with the help of fats and enhance skin color and tone for a beautiful glow.

Ferulic Acid is found in the cell walls of plants and acts as an anti-oxidant that seeks and destroys several types of free radicals that cause skin damage. It act synergistically with other antioxidants such as Vitamin C & E and makes them more effective and powerful in preventing wrinkles.

Lemon Balm contains romarinic acid, which offers stronger antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E. This antioxidant-rich botanical helps to prevent free radical cell damage. 
Rutin is a type of bioflavonoid that has a very high anti-oxidative capacity and the ability to increase collagen production for reducing fine lines and plumping the skin. It also acts as a protectant from oxidative damage caused by sun exposure.

You may or may not know that I road test every new skincare product prior to writing a review on it, and this was no exception. Your skin renews itself at around 30 days period (40 if you are 40, yay or what?), so I need to make sure I test the product throughoutly before I speak about them. I see no point in doing first impressions reviews on skincare, but that's just me. Here's my skincare routine for the last two or three months:

AM: no cleanser, refreshing my skin with thermal water and konjac sponge or washcloth.
1 pump of Antioxidant Booster mixed with 2 pumps of Daily Repair Moisturizer applied all over the face
1 pump of Instant Lifting Eye Contour, applied on the under eye area, upped lid, eyebrows and around lips.

PM: skin cleansed with a few pumps of Gentle Purifying Cleanser, followed by
1 pump of Antioxidant Booster mixed with 2 pumps of Night Cellular Renewal all over the face, followed by 
1 pump of Instant lifting Eye Contour, applied like in the morning - on the under eye area, as well as on the upper lids and around the lips.

As I already mentioned, I shelved or rather refrigerated all the other facial products I used, so this is primarily what I used for the second half of winter. I think you already got the impression on how great my skin loved these products (see the gushing at the beginning of this post) but interestingly there were the times when my skin was craving more moisture, notably when the temperatures really dropped when we had the blizzard here - then I found myself reaching for my beloved DrHauschka Rose Day Cream or Mahalo Rare Indigo balm to seal in that moisture. Also worth noting is that when I tried to stop using the entire line and go back to my usual products only incorporating one or two Bella Aura product into the set up, that's when my redness and skin irritations came back. So that's why I wouldn't recommend getting just one of moisturizers if you are new to the brand, you might not see the full potential of the products, and/or it might not mesh well with whatever else you are using. I would recommend getting a sample set first, and using all the Bella Aura products together - in the sample set you will get 10ml of each of the product, and trust me, they will give you enough use for a couple of weeks - plenty of time to see if the products are for you or not. I can bet you will end up falling in love with the products in the first couple of days, just like I did. The day and the night creams are very similar in consistency, as well as how they feel on the skin, but upon inspecting the ingredients I realized they have different ingredients, thus you might not cut corners and use only one of them. The Antioxidant Booster is a true star in my book, makes everything so much better and my skin truly likes it. I wonder how it would perform boosting my other creams I own, but at the same time I don't want to try it, as I enjoy using Bella Aura exclusively too much. The eye cream works great, is light and sinks in quickly. I was a bit worried about it at first, as prior to this, I only used under eye oils for two years straight (Earthwise Beauty Passion Eye Serum and Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Budhi Eye Nectar - they might be called serums or nectars, but in reality they are oils). So I was a bit worried about not getting enough hydration in this delicate area, but my qualms were quickly squashed, it works great! It is also the first eye product to make a difference in darkness I have - not a stark night-and-day kind of difference, but I am impressed nonetheless. The cleanser I too found great, the same milky consistency like other products, but you get huge bottle of it, and must say it works great for my sensitive skin, it does not irritate it, which is super rare for me. It does not lather, but it cleans your face nonetheless. I find no need to double cleanse, and it takes all of my make up beautifully in one use. Even eye make up, but please take my advice and do not open your eyes when doing it. Rinse well first. Just saying.
Yasmine herself is the best advert for her brand - not only she looks drop dead gorgeous, but what drew me in was her gorgeous soul - so I am so glad green beauty community connected us! She not only supports several charities and works with the communities in her native Morocco, but I also witnessed her supporting her fellow green beauty sisters in a big way - she donated a portion of her profits to Lily's aka Genuine Glow hubby's cancer treatments, as well as more recent event when Taylor from My Lucite Dreams lost her home (and a dog) to a fire. Now, how amazing and thoughtful is that?! Be sure to check out the blog portion of her website and her Instagram too - you can find so many helpful tips over there, as well as facial massage videos - I think those are well worth checking out. 

My overall thoughts – I was deeply impressed by every single product in this line, and honestly, I can’t even begin to pick a favorite! This truly is a beautiful and thoughtful line that really does deliver on its claims. My skin is so temperamental and difficult to please most times and during the entire testing period (about 3 months now), my skin was calm, clear, hydrated and just healthy looking, which it hasn't been in a long while. I know it’s not the most wallet-friendly brand, but trust me, it is worth every single penny! I am not sure how I will come up with the funds when I will need to repurchase everything, but I guess I will have to figure out a way?
If you asked me to point out anything bad about the products, the only thing that comes to my mind is that the eye product could do with a different pump - the way it is now, I find it dispenses too much product, and I can't half-pump it. With the amount it gives, I can easily do under eyes, upper lids, eyebrows, around the lips, and oftentimes I find I still have some product left, which I use on my neck. But that's a good problem to have, isn't it?

You can get it from BellaAura.com and EU distributor for it BeautyWiseShop.be. You can find the list of all other online shops on the website. 
(none of the links are affiliate links, just FYI, so we would be on the same page. They are purely for your convenience)

Have you tried Bella Aura products? What are your thoughts on them? Please share, I would love to know!

Psst, there is a giveaway happening for Bella Aura sample kit on my Instagram page here, so don't forget to jump over there for your chance to try the line for yourself xo

That's all for now! Ta-ta & I will see you here shortly.

Lots of Love,

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