Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!





I have so many exciting reviews and posts including a great giveaway coming up in the New Year but for now I have decided to enjoy the festive period and have a little break!
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Current loves: Kari Gran starter kit and lip whip


 I have a US brand for you today that has stolen my heart with it's simplicity, pure ingredients and beautiful formulas. Say hello to Kari Gran who's tagline is "The little black dress of Eco-friendly skincare" don't you just love them already.
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Gift idea: Melvita L'Or Bio Fragrance


I have another sparkling offering from Melvita to show you today this time in the form of perfume. This scent is new to the brand and comes the closest in terms of performance to a more conventional perfume of any of the natural offerings I have tried before without giving me any of the nasty headaches I can get from some scents.
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Gift idea: Green people Lemongrass and ginger giftset


 
    I have found another gorgeous gift set set to tempt you with and it comes from one of the nicest and most ethical green beauty brands I know Green People.
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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Gift idea: Nourish Argan beauty collection



Continuing on with the Christmas gift (or treat for yourself!) theme today's gift set is from Nourish one of my favourite brands. The Argan Beauty collection* (£25) contains three of the best selling products from the Argan range which are infused with Frankincense and Myrhh, I don't think you can get much more Christmassy or luxe than that really!
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gift idea: Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Giftset


There is a whole load of Pai going on in my house at the moment, not only could I not resist their amazing Black Friday deal, if you missed it where have you been? But I also treated myself to one of their gift sets as a little pre-Christmas pick me up.
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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Heaven scent: Sacred self perfume oils




I am obsessed with scent, I think I always have been, I love it's evocative nature and the way it can transport us to a powerful memory in seconds.
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Giveaway: ASAP Artisan apothecary cleansing oil and cloth

    
    This week the lovely Amanda Sourin from AS.AP Amanda Sourin Apothecary was kind enough to send me a surprise parcel with a lovely gift for you, one of my readers to win.
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Jurlique Rose moisture plus range


Despite eyeing their products for years I had never tried this Australian brand until a few months ago, Jurlique is what I like to call a fusion brand, not sure if that is a thing in skincare but I am stealing the word from cooking because I really like it!
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Green beauty news and releases #13



This is the last Green Beauty news now before Christmas, most brands will take a break from new releases ect... anyway and I will bring you a Green Beauty news in the New Year dedicated to Sale bargains ect... These have been such fun to write and thank so much to everyone who has read and commented on them, it's the interaction that makes blogging what it is. 
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Monday, 1 December 2014

Party nails with Priti NYC and reader offer!


 At this time of year everyone has Christmas parties and events to go to, I will admit that I don't paint my nails all that often throughout the year but at Christmas I love to experiment with colour.
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Sunday, 30 November 2014

For Him: Green People for men



With the expansion of the natural and organic market there is an increasing amount of companies offering unisex options or options aimed at men. During November Green People were asking for bloggers to hand over their blogs to the men in their lives and so today I bring to you a review from my other half.
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Winter Warmers: Pure Light Botanics Clementine and cardamom candle


I love my candles and I adore winter scents, my latest discovery is this Limited edition Mandarin and Cardamom candle from Pure Light Botanics. Created especially for Christmas this candle has just the right amount of Citrus and Spice.
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Current loves: Moon Valley organics review


Before starting this review I warn you this is a bit of a rave, I rarely feature companies that aren't stocked in the UK but after taking a closer look at Moon Valley organics the company ethics, ingredients and adorable logo had me sold.
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Skincare Hero: Botanicals Face Balm with Rose and Camellia


This product from Botanicals has been a favourite of mine for a couple of winters now, I received a small sample previously and so last year I purchased the full size.
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Gift Idea: Amphora Aromatics Organic originals set


For my second gift idea post I have chosen to share this super gift box from Amphora Aromatics, this is a lovely substantial gift which I really like, all too often gift boxes can be a little deflating once you realise that they are mostly packaging, but not so the case with this.
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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Current loves: Powder cleansers, exfoliators and masks



There is a theme with a lot of the new additions to my routine recently, I am really enjoying powder cleansers, exfoliants and masks. Just like many of my favourite products these products have no water and therefore don't require a conventional preservative and you add water only when you are going to use them meaning they keep fresher for longer.
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Countdown to Christmas: Bee good gift set


 I have left the gift idea posts for as long as possible, purely because I don't like to start too early, however I am getting in to the Christmas spirit and wanted to share some great little gift ideas, starting with this gorgeous gift set from Bee Good.
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Monday, 17 November 2014

Great British Beauty: Mel Millis Phytonutri Qi range


We have some great British brands that truly deserve to be celebrated and Mel Millis is one such brand that is taking the beauty world by storm.
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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Luxury gift idea: M&J Ethical Luxury Andulusian Romance candle


Photo credit: M&J Ethical luxury


M&J Ethical luxury is a brand I reviewed before after I fell in love with their English Summer candle, they make beautiful scented candles, founded by Jennifer McNabb the candles are inspired by travels around the world and are designed to evoke memories of wonderful places and memories shared.
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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Luxury beauty: Therapie Cherish body serum


I adore body oils for so many reasons, their moisturising properties, the ritual of applying them as I get out of the shower, their healing and regenerating properties and how beautiful my skin looks after I have applied them. T
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Artisan skincare with AS.AP Apothecary



  This week AS.AP which stands for Amanda Sourin Apothecary launched at Content Beauty and I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce this gorgeous line on my blog. I have featured Amanda's previous brand Wellgreen Lewes a few times before and it was a firm favourite but with AS.AP Amanda has created a line that is truly exquisite and altogether more refined compared to anything I have used before.
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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Human and kind All in one wash off cleanser review


 
I do love a creamy cleanser and today's offering is from the brightly packaged brand Human and Kind, there is no doubt in my mind that the simple formulas and fun styling of this brand will appeal to many and I myself couldn't help but be drawn in.
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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Blue Labelle Marula and Amaranth facial oil


I can only apologise that it has taken me this long to feature the gorgeous Blue Labelle but it is one of those brands that has been on my radar for some time.
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Monday, 3 November 2014

The Green Beauty news and releases #12

    These green beauty news posts have become some of my favourites to write even if they are a little labour intensive so I hope that people are still enjoying them. There are lot's of great releases and a couple of new brands that popped up on my radar so I am going to get stuck right in!

Odylique by Essential care have a shiny new website and some shiny new products! The delicious sounding Lemon Butter hand smoothie and Tropical bliss body silk, I would definitely recommend you pair these with the gorgeous Coconut candy scrub for a blissful pamper session! Both products are packed full of great ingredients and are Soil Association certified organic, perfect additions to the Xmas wish list! 




 Green People's age defy + range goes from strength to strength and they have added the Purify and hydrate cleanser to the line up with Hibiscus and a blend of essential oils to give glow such as pomegranate which is a star skincare ingredient and cranberry to fight free radical damage. Through November orders over £20 receive a mystery free gift too!




Tata Harper has released not one but two cleansers and made their already successful beautifying face oil available in a larger 30 ml size with a dropper bottle. Anyone else lust after these green bottles.. I can't be the only one!




Another favourite here is Herbfarmacy and they have launched a new Hydration Serum which I am testing out and is providing much need moisture to my parched winter skin, the new serum retails for £24.50 and has one of the signature herbs from the range which is marshmallow. If you purchase now you get some free organic tea from herbs grown on their very own farm which is a lovely treat. 




Inner Soul organics nordic berry bliss salve launches Tuesday the 4th of November on Love Lula and retails for £25.50, I have a small sample and it is a sumptuous thick cream bordering on a balmy texture with the fantastic fresh nordic scent that is also in the rest of the range which I reviewed here, very festive and perfect for this winter season. 




British brand Lyonsleaf is a firm favourite here at Ana goes green and they have some gorgeous gift sets available as well as the new Goats milk, manuka honey and calendula soap I mentioned in my previous post. I am coveting the complete skincare gift set pictured below which is a steal at only £27.49 and until November the 21st there is a discount code which will get you 20% off any orders over £50, perfect for stocking up on early presents or simply treating yourself! Enter code: GIFT20 at checkout. 



A brand that is just two months old but has already won two awards, incredible but true SkinLix has joined the green beauty world with some lovely organic argan oil based products, I loved the Orange and Lemon body scrub and argan oil and I am looking forward to seeing how the company progresses! My readers can get 10% off purchases with the code BLOG at checkout, enjoy! 





Another new brand to pop up in October is The Naked Skincare company with a capsule collection of products with simple ingredients lists, some gorgeous sounding balms and an oil cleanser at prices that won't break the bank, one to watch I think. 




Green Beauty heavyweight Ilia have released two new face products a concealer and tinted moisturiser and two new lipsticks. I was disappointed to see the tinted moisturiser includes dimethicone but can't grumble at the rest of the formula, it didn't seem to stop the hype around these being huge either, I am reserving final judgement until I have tried a sample but good on Ilia for having shades that cater to a wider variety of skin tones than just beige for a change! I didn't think I needed the new lipstick releases and then I saw how gorgeous Strike it up is, hello party season lip! The new products are widely available from most Ilia stockists. 



I am loving the look of these Sewlomax make up bags which are hand stitched and can be personalised, they are designed by Emma Lomax in London and there are plenty of styles and sizes to choose from, perfect for make up lovers everywhere and for storing your gorgeous green make up purchases!




Combining two of my favourite things Aromatherapy and chocolate is skincare brand JustBe Botanicals, I love founder Gail's skincare and the chocolate combinations sound divine and would be a fun and different stocking filler or Christmas gift too. You can find the full range here.




Ana x 

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Skincare: The soothing and calming edit



The clocks have gone back, the evenings are much darker and there is a chill in the air, whilst there are many things I adore about autumn I can't deny it mostly just makes me want to curl up and snooze on the sofa. For the past couple of weeks I have been reaching for products that are soothing, calming and fuss free to hydrate autumn skin and keep redness at bay. 
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

New to the UK: Indie Lee Body oils




    One of the many things I love about A Beautiful World is that they love to interact with their customers to find out what products they want to see on the site, in fact you can send them a message to let them know what brands or products you would be interested in and they will look in to stocking them. People asked and A Beautiful world listened bringing on board some gorgeous new products from Indie Lee, I am a big big fan of Indie Lee's range, this American brand is exclusively found on A Beautiful World in the UK and every product I have tried I have been impressed with so far.

    I have been trying out the Vanilla Citrus body oil* (£24 for 4oz) which is lovely light multi-purpose oil suitable for the hair, face and body. Unlike some of my other body oils this has a very light scent, more Vanilla but with a slight twist of citrus, it's incredibly easy to use on an everyday basis and I have managed to make a significant dent in this already because I have been reaching for it a lot. The oil comes in a nice glass pump bottle, I do find the pump on mine slightly temperamental but not enough to prevent me from using the oil properly, I think I was just unlucky with it! The combination of ingredients is simple, in fact the same can be said for a lot of Indie's products but don't be fooled by the simplicity, there is an art to taking simple, good quality ingredients and making them in to something this gorgeous to use and Indie certainly seems to have that art! Jojoba and apricot oils give this body oil silky finish on the skin that is easily absorbed leaving it velvety smooth. If you don't usually like body oils because you find them heavy then this is one I would recommend you try.

    I also pop some of this on my hair and leave for 30 minutes before I wash it out, it hydrates dry ends and doesn't weigh the hair down. I love an oil that is versatile and I think this one ticks that box beautifully. If Vanilla Citrus doesn't appeal you can also choose from Lavender and Chamomile or Patchouli Sandlewood and you can currently get 10% off with the code INDIEOILS10.

Ana x

*Sample generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Luxury beauty: Kimia Facial Rejuvenating system review


 If there was one beauty product that has become an absolute essential in my routine it's a good facial oil, I love using different combinations of ingredients depending on how my skin is feeling. I think if you are looking for a product that is healing, nurturing and will leave your skin look it's best, a good quality oil will do all that and more.
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Monday, 27 October 2014

DGJ organics Haircare review



A couple of months ago I was sent a parcel from Daniel Galvin Junior organics with some of their haircare and children's products to test out. What appealed to me about the brand is that they are readily available in stores such as Waitrose and John Lewis and that they have an affordable price point as I know I like to finder budget friendly alternatives where possible. 
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Erase imperfections with the Studio 78 concealer



When it comes to natural and organic make up options things have come a long way in the last few years. When it comes to more full coverage and shade options I still think there is a way to go however with sheerer formulas much more easily found in cream formulas.
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Heaven scent: a touch of the exotic


It's no secret I am obsessed with scents, they have a powerful effect on my mood and I will often choose my body care based on which scent combination I am I going for that day.
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Winter skincare: Nuxe Bio-beaute hand cream with cold cream



I have been bringing you plenty of different options for parched winter skin including your hands but today's offering is from a brand new to this blog. The brand is the offshoot of the hugely successful French pharmacy brand Nuxe, the Nuxe Bio Beaute line. Whilst Nuxe itself is readily available this sister line isn't but I have to say it should be because the quality of the products is really very good. I have been using the Nuxe Bio-beaute hand cream* (£8.69 for 75 mls) and it's one of those no nonsense products that really get's on with the job at hand which is to sooth and comfort dry skin. This cream is the ideal solution for those of you who want something rich with lovely slip but need a hand cream with no residue left behind. 

I apply a small amount frequently during the day, this hand cream hangs about for long enough so that you can massage it in well, by long enough I mean no more than 30 seconds but leaves behind only soft skin that breathes a sigh of relief from the cold and irritation. The ingredients list is as you would expect from a certified organic product full of plenty of plant based ingredients including some of my favourite Coconut oil, Argan oil and Shea butter, fragrance is listed with no reference to it's origins either natural or synthetic but the scent to me smells sweet and subtle, which although can be a little sickly if you use too much, in small doses makes a very nice change from other scents. 

I think this is a nice little product and brand, I like that some of the French companies are diversifying and adding organic ranges to their already well established profile.

Ana x 

*Sample generously provided, all opinions, thoughts and beauty musings my own.


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wildwood Groves Rescue eye serum with Barbary fig seed oil



Image courtesy of Wildwood groves

 A couple of years ago Argan oil exploded on to the beauty scene and since then it's not shown signs of becoming any less popular. Joining Argan in the spotlight are are several other oils with incredible skin benefits, Sea Buckthorn, carrot oil are two that are popping up increasingly in formulations, it seems that now people have found out the benefits using oils is here to stay and I for one am very happy about that.
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Ruth Romano soaps





If you don't yet use bar soap then I urge you to give it a try, I have talked before on the blog about how bar soap is excellent value for money and if you are buying the from the right companies it will have a minimal of ingredients all of which are good for you.
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Friday, 17 October 2014

Lily Lolo Review: Lip gloss and mineral blush



I do believe Lily Lolo were one of the first (if not THE first!) make up brands that I explored when I first started to stray away from the high street. Since then their products have been a constant for me, I adore their blushes (See here) and their affordable price point and good ingredients means that I keep coming back again and again.
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Introducing: The Rose Tree luxury organics



 A while ago I ordered some sample sizes from The Rose Tree it's easy to see why I was enticed by this brand, it looks so perfect! When I actually received my samples I was completely overwhelmed and grateful to find the founder Olga had included some beautiful full sized products for me to try, I try and shop anonymously and I don't use my blog email, but it would seem this time my cover was indeed blown.
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Budget beauty: Faith in Nature chocolate haircare

 


Faith in Nature is a brand that I have used before a few times, I like that the brand is quite readily available and I can get hold of the products on my local high street in the well stocked health food shop we have. I have had a few hits and a miss with their products I love the bath and shower foams but wasn't such a fan of the face cream, having said that it has in no way put me off trying more from the brand and when I was offered a chance to review their haircare I was more than happy to do so.
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