The eco beauty community has been buzzing about Max and Me for the past year and for a reason. They're a relatively new brand with a beautifully curated line, holistic approach to beauty and exquisite packaging. Can we take a moment and admire the illustrations? Today's product, the Enchanted face oil, won the title of the best beauty oil in the Indie Beauty Expo in 2016. Little by little, Max and Me products have been increasing in my cabinets as well..Read More
If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that my beloved cat recently passed away. She was my fur baby, my best friend and I miss her tremendously. I didn't intend to take time off blogging, but it naturally happened as I didn't feel like talking about beauty products. Due to recent events I've combined all the items in one post and keeping this review "short and sweet", but more image heavy instead. I'm letting the beauty of the products speak from themselves. Thank you for many comments and condolences on IG and I apologise for my late replies. The Spring is finally coming in Finland and little by little, things are getting easier.
The SUQQU UK team kindly and generously sent me a sneak peek of the UK Exclusive Summer collection designed by the talented Jorge Balzaretti. If you're not familiar with his work I highly recommend you check out his homepage and Instagram (get ready to be amazed)! Usually I like to review products individually, but due the high demand of SUQQU UK exclusive collections I'll share more compact reviews of all of the items, including a couple of make up looks.Read More
I think I'm forming a habit by starting the first paragraph by stating 'I love masking' or 'I love cleansing/eyeshadow/blush/etc'. But life is a joy when you love many things with passion? I've talked about some masks in my rotation before, but the evidence in my cupboards say I can't get enough of masking (thanks to Black Friday and other sales). Today I'm doing a chatty post about my thoughts on masking - the routine, ritual and efficiency. The idea for this post came when I started to re-evaluate my love for masking and how I haven't been super impressed by a wash off/overnight mask in a while. Sheet masks I'll discuss in a different post!Read More
The Spring is coming to the Northern Hemisphere, I'm so excited! The Sun is shining, but the weather is still chilly here in Finland. During the harsh and cold winter months I became obsessed with face balms. Think about this: a facial oil in the form of a creamy, melting texture that protects and moisturizes? Yes please! I've gotten more and more into green beauty lately and I was ecstatic when I got a chance to try this balm from Mahogany Naturals. My expectations were high, and fortunately the weren't let down at all.
Mahogany Naturals is an artisanal skin- and haircare brand created by hair stylist, aromatherapist and beauty therapist Tope Beesley in 2012 to address the needs of curly, textured and afro hair. The brand has expanded to spa quality natural skincare, bath and body products. I was very interested in the brand from a self-care perspective and I'm thinking of trying their cleansing oil and manuka mud mask (sounds delicious) in the future. All the products are made in the UK in Bletchley Milton in small batches to maximise freshness and potency. All the ingredients are 100% organic, cruelty free and vegetarian friendly.
The Blue Lover
The Blue Lover is a skin calming and moisturising beauty balm with a natural aroma to soothe anxiety and stress. Retails 70£/82€/$87 for 60ml, packed in a glass jar. It is an investment product, but you get a lot of product and little goes a long way. The price per ml/oz is much lower than many other eco balms, let's say, the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon for example. Mahogany Naturals ships their products internationally.
Using a facial balm
Face balms can be a hybrid between an oil and a moisturiser, sometimes even a pressed serum. Usually they are to seal in your other products, protect and keep your skin extra moisturised and supple. The balmy texture usually comes from ingredients that are solid in room temperature, such as shea butter. The consistency of the Blue Lover is a stiffer balm, quite solid instead of whipped or soft and oily.
I like using a spatula or a wooden knife to measure about 1/2 pea size amount for my face and neck. I rub my fingers together and let the heat of my hands to melt the balm into an oil, releasing its beautiful aroma. I bring my hands to my nose and inhale deep, letting the scent ease my mind and relax my senses. This is a beautiful spa moment for me. Then I spread and press the melted balm into my skin, like I was pressing a toner. I even dab it under my eyes, I have experienced no milia whatsoever. Sometimes when I feel agitated I take a knob of the balm and apply right under my nose to help me calm down and relax. Heavenly. The balm feels especially good if my skin is agitated or when I'm using a prescription tretinoid (read more about my current skincare routine).
(Oenothera fiennis ) Evening primrose, (Theobroma Cacao) cocoa butter, (Butyrospermun Parkii) shea butter, (Sclerocarya birrea) marula, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, ( Adansonia Digitata ) baobab, (tocopherol) vitamin e, camellia, (Rosa canina) rosehip, (Persea americana) avocado, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil, tea tree, (Anthemis Nobilis) camomile.
The bulk of the balm is evening primrose, then cocoa and shea butter that both moisturise and give the balm its solid texture. Evening primrose is a pretty yellow flower, rich in antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and gamma linoleic acid (GLA). On topical application evening primrose efficiently hydrates skin while treats inflammation, such as acne flare-up, atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and itching. Evening primrose increases skin's elasticity and helps to fight wrinkles without being comedogenic.
Cocoa and shea butters melt just above room temperature: perfect when you massage the balm between your fingers. They give the balm its solid nature and are wonderful for very dry skin. I've read differing opinions on should cocoa or shea butter be used for your face: shea should be safe and non-comedogenic, but cocoa butter may be heavy for oily acne prone skin. Personally I've been prone to acne but my skin is very dry and I haven't had any problems - unlike with coconut oil. I think it's also about the quality of the butters. If you're concerned I recommend you to patch test first or only use the balm on your very dry areas, such as cheeks or dry patches.
The Blue Lover also has a generous amount of Blue Tansy Oil, which has been a super star ingredient in the media for the past couple of years (an ingredient in Sunday Riley Luna oil, May Lindstrom the Blue Cocoon etc). Blue tansy's notable features are its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature. Genetically similar to camomile, it shares great skin and mind calming qualities. The Blue Tansy also gives the Blue Lover it's beautiful signature topaz color. After blue tansy there's moisturising baobab, Vitamin E, camellia, rosehip and avocado. Other skin and mind ingredients such include lavender and camomille. Tea tree is also clarifying and effective for breakouts and congestion.
The Blue Lover is accurately named. It has a seducing scent makes me weak at knees, the beautiful color captivates any soul. It nurtures and calms my senses while working like an anti-anxiety pill for my skin. I've found a new staple for my skincare and self-care routine. I can warmly recommend this balm if you've an eco beauty nerd or someone who has been interested in quality ingredients or face balms, but haven't dared to splurge before. I will definitely repurchase once I run out!
What's your favorite beauty balm?
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