As my title reveals, this post will be on a little mix of products that I’m currently loving and that are also great when traveling, being it far or simply over the weekend. I am currently in the countryside, about an hour away from Stockholm so I thought I would take the opportunity to photo my chosen products in more natural surroundings and I thought they came out quite nicely! Especially considering I’ve taken them with my iPhone! Today is also Midsummer’s Eve, quite an important day in the Swedish calendar and together with Christmas and New Year’s, it’s one of those days where literally everything shuts down! The tradition is to have a big lunch with herring, fresh potatoes, salmon, eggs and whatever else you fancy, and plenty of schnapps accompanied by lots of singing (we have specific songs that we only sing on Midsummer’s Eve!), dancing around a Midsummer pole and heads adorned with beautiful Midsummer crowns made with handpicked flowers. Will I be doing any of this this year? Probably not although I am tempted to go for a walk and pick some flowers for a crown…we’ll see. My boyfriend and I are quite happy to have a chill day for ourselves with no obligations! For now I am more into getting this post up as it’s been a while since my last one.
So without further ado, a product I have been loving for a while now and that is RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer. Hello glowy skin! And how did I get so far without having this in my life earlier?? There’s been quite a bit of hype around this product for a while now, especially when it was revealed that this is what J. Crew uses on their models to get that effortless natural glow. Which is fantastic news for us mere mortals as now we too can get our hands on it- I have been a firm believer that glowy skin was only doled out to models at birth and I definitely didn’t get the memo about that so it’s nice to know they also need a little loving help from Rose-Marie Swift, the creator of the beautiful brand. I won’t go into any details here as there’s a lot of information on their website about the brand and their philosophy; what I am here to say is that UNLESS you wake up with glowy dewy skin every day (lucky you!) then this little delightful pot of happiness is exactly what you need for an instant glow. I apply it on my cheekbones for the most part otherwise it becomes a bit too much and I could probably lead a search party with just my face (not quite the effect I’m looking for). Read; a little goes a long way! Not sure I will even finish mine within a year which is when it’s advised to be used up and I use it every day! The pictures below is me only wearing this stellar product on my cheekbones; very subtle and natural. Precisely the look I tend to go for on a daily basis. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I wear very little make up but this, mascara and cream blush is what I use most often.
What’s in this little gem of a product? Only ingredients your skin will love and thank you for, perfect for those wanting to green their make up: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract. May Contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019]. *Organic. How’s that for a short INCI list! Don’t mind the gap with the photos above…still figuring it out! Almost forgot to mention where I bought it but I think it was Beauty Bay but it can also be found on the RMS Beauty website (strange if that wasn’t the case!) and also on Content Beauty, another great web shop that offers free shipping and a big selection of natural brands.
The second product that I’m reaching for a lot recently is from one of my favourite brands, Bodhi & Birch. As most of you in the green beauty community may already know Bodhi recently rebranded to Bodhi & Birch, and if you didn’t know now you do! I was very kindly sent the Mint Thé Temple Balm* from the very inspiring and charismatic Elijah Choo, the founder of the brand. I’ve had the great fortune of meeting him in person when Alice & White (yes, you all know by now how much I love them too!) hosted an event with Bodhi & Birch to introduce the Swedish press to their Artisan series. After that I have kept in touch with Elijah through Twitter and the more you get to know him the more inspirational and interesting he gets. Not to forget his immense knowledge of his chosen craft and it was during a conversation about my dry elbow patches and the like that he so very generously offered to send me some raw shea butter and some Bodhi & Birch products (still Bodhi at the time). He asked if there was anything I had been wanting to try and the Mint Thé Temple Balm had long been on my wish list. That and the Desert Rose face oil (review to come!). This balm is just simply amazing. It soothes and cools the skin and works just like your tiger balm but with far better ingredients. I’ve used it at night before I go to sleep on my temples, on itchy insect bites (really helps soothe and take away redness and swelling) and on my boyfriend’s sore legs after he got back from a two-day techno cruise (hardstyle if we’re going to get technical but it all sounds the same to me!) where all he did was dance and jump up and down for 48 hours (nutter). It worked! Or it really helped alleviate his soreness. It’s such a multi-tasker and a product that goes where I go. If you love mint then you will obviously love this. The texture is gorgeous and melts upon contact with the skin enveloping you in a beautiful fresh scent and almost instantly soothing you no matter where you apply it. Babassu Nut Oil is who we have to thank for as it penetrates the skin quickly leaving a cooling sensation behind without any greasiness (also numero two in the INCI list meaning it’s one of the main ingredients). Eucalyptus aids in treating those pesky insect bites through its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties; Nic – insects 1-0! Curious about the ingredients? Voilà! Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Nut) Butter**, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Nut Oil, Menthol, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaputi (Cajeput) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (White Camphor) Bark Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Origanum Majorana (Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (White Thyme) Oil, Citral*, Eugenol*, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool* *natural constituents of essential oils ** organic ingredient
Last but by no means least is a product that I received in my blogger swap with Tamara from Rainbow Feet blog. She very generously sent me some extra things to try out that were outside of our agreed budget and thanks to her I have been introduced to a new brand called Bulles Et Molecules, a small brand that can be found on Etsy (how we love Etsy!) that makes natural soaps and bath products. I was also sent their Melon Lip Balm which is absolutely divine and is the lip balm I reach for these days. I think we can all recognise ourselves when I say that most of us have more than a few lip balms lying around the house, in various rooms and handbags! The product I’m reviewing is their Oats & Honey Soap Leaves*. Soap leaves? Yep, you read it right. Soap leaves. I was equally confused at first but now I’m like, why don’t more brands do this? It’s such a great idea! Basically, it’s what it says it is, small thin leaves of soap for one time use which is very practical if you’re going away for the weekend and you don’t want to take your big bottle or even big bar of soap with you. There are 16 leaves in each tin so you’re all set for the weekend at least! The package itself is small and handy to put in your dopkit and since you use up one “leaf” each time you don’t need to worry about it getting all soapy in your bag, or worse forgetting your full-sized product at a hotel or something. I received the Oats & Honey scent but there are other ones to choose from like Coffee Chocolate & Orange, Green Tea & Silk and Coffee & Black Pepper to name a few. Don’t they all sound lovely? I will definitely be repurchasing and maybe even go for one of their soap bars at the same time. As for how good the soap is in terms of performance is a bit hard to say when I only have leaves to go by but in my opinion, this product is more for practical purposes as it’s not something I use everyday. The brand does make a full-size version of the leaves for those who would like to try those out. All in all, a fun product that makes being green easy as you can take your soap with you in a little tin! No more using “dirty” products that are usually supplied at hotels and the like. Big thank you to Tamara for sending this and I will be doing a proper blog post about my swap soon.
So that concludes Nic’s Pic’n’Mix for this time! I reckon there will be more posts in the future in this category. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend green beauty bunnies! Have any of you tried the products in this post? What’s your favourite product right now? Let me know in the comments! Happy Midsummer!
*Indicates gift. All views stated are personal and have not been endorsed by anyone or anything. It’s merely my own outpouring of love and appreciation for these products!