If you’re not familiar with the first LoveLula post (here) that I did last month, this is a simply a recurring series where I share my favorites picks from LoveLula. The UK-based shop has such a large variety of brands that it may become a bit overwhelming for non-initiated green shoppers to know where to start. Therefore, I’m sharing my humble suggestions of products I enjoyed and would repurchase.
PHB Botanical BB Cream & pressed mineral foundation (shade Medium)
I’ll do a more in-depth review of the BB cream, but I had to include it already here. I’m quite nit-picky with foundation. With the exception of several powders (Lily Lolo, Zuii) and some liquid formulas (Gressa – full review and 14 cosmetics), I’m not too enthused about foundations or tinted creams in general. I feel like some exacerbate subcutaneous spots and fine lines, while others oxidize quickly and/or look cakey. I’d rather apply a bit of concealer here and here rather than sporting a full-on foundation face. This is where PHB botanical’s bb cream comes in really handy. It provides a sheer coverage (shade medium is a perfect match for me) just enough to even out the skin tone a bit but without overwhelming the skin. It stays put all day and does not break me out. It’s also not shiny (nor matte either), it really sinks into the skin seamlessly. It has SPF 15, and when I don’t wear sunscreen, I grab the bb cream to have a minimum sun protection. I also ordered the pressed mineral sample (also in shade Medium) that I add on top for days I want extra coverage.
Ingredients: Aqua, *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower Oil), *Vitis Vinifera (Organic Grape Seed Oil), *Ricinus Communis (Organic Castorbean Oil), *Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip Oil), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Silica, Boron Nitride, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499), Ultramarines (CI77007), Zinc Oxide, Sorbitol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.
Madara Micellar Water
This is my second bottle already. I love micellar waters, especially as morning cleansers. They are soap-free alternatives for people with sensitive skin. I personally would not use this one to remove makeup, especially heavy eye makeup or foundation as I feel it is not strong enough (unless you are cleansing with a balm afterward) Madara’s micellar water does not dry ou the skin (no tight feeling), refreshes instantly and preps for your morning face oil/serum. It has no particular scent and did not cause any reaction. Again, with the exception of the foam cleanser, Madara’s products have worked amazingly well for my oily skin.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis, Rosa Damascena, Hamamelis Virginiana, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid, Aroma, Sodium Hyaluronate, Paeonia Lactiflora (Peony) Root Extract, Caprylic/Capric Glucoside, Xylitylglucoside, Propanediol, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Phragmites Communis Extract, Poria, Cocos Extract, Rhamnose, Glucose, Glucuronic Acid.
Cornflower water – Laboratoire de Haut Ségala
One of Mama Green Spirit’s beauty French beauty secrets. Cornflower water soothes puffy and tired eyes. I like to soak some product into two cotton rounds and put them on my eyes for 10-15 minutes. You can also simply mist it on your face in the morning to provide a more “awake” look. On Twitter, Audrey from Mademoiselle Nature was wondering why Cornflower was not often found in eye creams/balms and I could not agree more. If anyone has an answer on that topic, please share.
Ingredients: CENTAUREA CYANUS FLORAL WATER*, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE. Cornflower hydrosol* obtained by indirect steam distillation of cornflowers.
Apple & Bears body silk with Bergamot and Green tea. (reviewed here)
I have used Apple & Bears for a few years now and I recommended it my mom, my dad, as well as some friends. Everyone loved how smooth, creamy and cooling the lotion feels. My dad (who has reactive skin) had dry skin on his ankles and feet, which caused him some painful itching and redness and this is all he used to soothe it. After a few days, his legs were back to normal. Pictures here is is their newly-released travel size bottle which makes it now travel-friendly. The Bergamot-Green tea body silk smells amazing, it’s my favorite fragrance out of them all. Pomegranate & aloe vera is a close second.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice *, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Myristyl Myristate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil *, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil Distilled, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil *, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Ferula Kokanika Resin Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Wood Oil, Myristica Fragrans Fruit Oil (Nutmeg), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Herb Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Flower Oil, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Alcohol, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
Have you tried any of these?
*I’m part of the LLABP program (see disclaimer), all opinions my own.
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Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I’m on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.