Evolve Organic Beauty Review

I introduced you to Evolve Organic Beauty a couple weeks ago and now I’ve finally had time to test it and give you my opinion. First of all, I absolutely loved the packaging it came in. It is very simple and minimalistic, and the little pouch they came in is very handy to store them in. I appreciate how they explain how the ingredients work for your skin and what ingredients are involved in the products. I only tried 4 products out of their collection, but would really love to try the other ones as well, especially the hair products!

Evolve Organic Beauty review - byLiiL

Radiant Glow Mask

It has this chocolaty scent and slight grain to it, which makes it act as a mask and a scrub at the same time. This mask didn’t sting or itch like some other masks but felt moisturising on the skin and I felt great afterwards! The only thing I would change about this product is the scent. Although I love chocolate, I prefer my beauty products to be scented with something fresher and not as rich. Nevertheless, the scent was nice!

Hyaluronic Serum

A very easy to use serum, which absorbs quickly and hydrates the skin. I understand why it has been chosen as the winner for a couple of awards. It is so hydrating and I can use it for night or day. Also, you don’t need a lot of this product so it lasts a long time! I mean, I had only this small bottle and been using it for over two weeks and I’ve barely used any of it! The scent is neutral and the application is smooth. Excellent value for the price!

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Miracle Facial Oil

This is the first time that I use facial oils to moisturise my skin, but especially for the night time, I am sure it won’t be the last time. This oil feels so nourishing and combined with the serum it’s just the best hydrating combo to make me feel good the next morning! The application though is not the easiest with the small pipet. I accidently pushed the bottle and lost third of the product with that. However, this is still good value product for the price and I will be buying more!

Daily Renew Facial Cream

This was the only product that I was not so keen on, although I think it might work wonders for other. It was a very moisturising cream, but compared to other moisturisers that I have, I didn’t feel it nourishing my skin quite in the same way. Also, although I like coconut, I thought this product smelled too much of coconut. I still think it is a great moisturiser to try, especially as you can buy the smaller containers to try out, as it can be a wonderful product for somebody else!

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Overall, I love what I have tried for now and I know I will be buying more Evolve Beauty products! Check their website here.

Have you tried Evolve Beauty products?

With love,

Lii

 

 

A Mall for Repaired and Recycled Goods

It is quite unbelievable that I am only learning about this amazing mall, in Sweden Eskilstuna, now, when it has been open since the year 2015! As the title says there is a mall that solely sells repaired and recycled goods, in addition, they actually recycle and repair the items in the mall. How cool is that?!

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The mall takes household item donations, which they then sort into workshops to be recycled or repaired and then sold in their boutiques or if there is no use to the donations they send them to the recycling centres. They have 9 running stores and 3 small pop-up stores that sell anything from furniture, computers, clothes, building materials, toys, you name it. In addition, they have the organically focused cafe and a restaurant to feed the hungry shoppers and educational centre, conference hall and a meeting room.

The team behind the mall is aiming to “make it the best town to handle waste-management” and hope the customers will bring in their unwanted items and stay to look for what they would like from the stores available to them. This sounds so exciting I wish there would be one in every town! It creates jobs and reduces the waste burden on the local governments. This is a great effort to make a whole town more sustainable!

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I wonder whether this kind of a mall would be successful in a town where people are not as sustainably conscious and happy to buy second hand? Would you like to visit a mall like this?

You can read more about the mall from here1 and here2 and visit their (unfortunately it is all in Swedish) website, picture from here.

With love,

Lii

Introducing Primrose and Pixie

“We are here to sprinkle pixie dust into your underwear drawer”

This is what it says on the Primrose and Pixie’s website, a new lingerie and sleepwear brand from the UK created by Sarah Louise Richards. And browsing through the website and their Instagram account it is exactly the impression that you get, as well as fantasy, magical and cute. Beautiful, romantic and ethereal pieces. The brand does not follow trends but rather takes inspiration from other-worldly, dreamy and gothic.

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The brand is locally designed and produced in their UK studio. All of their items are vegan-friendly and they favour organic fabrics that have a Confidence in Textiles certificate. Each item is made-to-measure making it more sustainable, definitely.

It is obvious that the brand is new and the offering is quite limited but absolutely beautiful. There are few pieces of sleepwear and lingerie with lovely and cute prints, although still keeping it sexy. I absolutely love their shorts, which I would love to wear at home and I would definitely feel sexy, but still decent.

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The only thing I hope they will improve upon is their sizing. When ordering any garment you can choose from XS to XL, however, when they are offering made-to-measure there would be a chance to fit the garments more, especially with the bra. On the other hand, they have great size chart from where you can choose which size would fit you and could feel comfortable ordering from them!

 

Check out their website and Instagram, where all the pictures are from.

How do you like the cute lingerie and sleepwear brand?

With love,

Lii

Evolve Organic Beauty

I found a new beauty brand, which really sounded intriguing to me, so I wanted to share it with you as well. On their website, they say they created the brand “To make it easy to be healthy and green in everyday life”. And it shows. The products are vegan, cruelty-free and organic, made out of natural and organic oils, butters and superfoods. Evolve organic beauty is as it says organic beauty brand hand-crafting natural products for skin, body and hair.

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“Evolve is an artisanal range of handmade organic beauty products for skin, body and hair”. They make their products in small batches keeping their products fresh and their production sustainable. With each product, they explain why they use certain ingredients and how they work for you. I am absolutely in love with everything I read about them!

Evolve has a studio in Hetfordshire where they craft their beauty products and they are already stocked in many natural beauty stores e.g. mypure, where I first bumped into this brand. If you are concerned whether you like their products you can try them first by ordering samples of them. This is what I did and I will definitely be writing my review on the products soon!

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The only thing that I would make me even more in love with the brand is if they were more transparent about where they get their ingredients from. Other than that, I can’t wait to write to you about how I like their products!

Check more on their website, twitter and Instagram! And do check out their blog on their website with great tips, competitions and even beauty recipes.

 

Have you tried Evolve beauty products before?

With love,

Lii

 

MOSSA Micellar Water Review

I recently finished a bottle of micellar water, which I learned that was not a cruelty-free brand and went through a process of finding a new one that would be better, natural and cruelty-free. I decided to test the Mossa micellar water first. The price point off £10 for 200ml is higher than similar products on the high street, but it is much less than the luxury products.

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This micellar water is made with raspberries and hyaluronic acid. It sounds very scientific and I was a bit scared to try it out, mainly because of the word ‘acid’ on it. My skin can be sensitive and although it hasn’t reacted badly to other, exfoliating acids, I am still always cautious with them. Using the product made me learn that hyaluronic acid is not actually an exfoliating ingredient, but rather a hydrating one whilst still being natural.

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Since I started using this micellar water my skin hasn’t been dry and feels soft. It makes me want to use it all the time! I apply a little bit of the product on a muslin cloth and wipe my face with it thoroughly. It doesn’t get rid of my eye make-up completely, so I do need to use other products in addition to this one. On the other hand, when I don’t have make-up on this micellar water makes me feel fresh. I wish there was more of the product, as I am afraid it will finish way too quickly!

I definitely recommend the Mossa micellar water for any kind of skin type, but especially if your skin needs more hydration!

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Let me know if you have tried this product and how you liked it!

With love,

Lii

Anek. – Sustainable and Instagrammable

I stumbled upon Anek. (Anekdot) by scrolling through Instagram and started following instantly ones I learned it’s sustainability merits. Not only are the pictures beautiful and inspiring, the brand has some excellent sustainability credentials.

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The feeling you first get from the Instagram account is easy, lazy summer days, beautiful and a little bit sneak peak. I could easily like every single photo I see! Already in their Instagram bio they assert to fight the mass-production and it’s mediocrity in craftsmanship. Great, right! Well, a closer look at their website got me even more excited. It is a brand created by a Swedish-born Sofia, who studied in Italy and got her experience in London. She maintains the brand from Berlin, where she handcrafts every single piece sold. The materials used in every piece are cleverly sourced from production leftovers, end of lines, off-cuts, deadstock and vintage trimmings. This means the collections are designed based on what is available and therefore many items are very unique.

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I loved the look of the lingerie but was quickly disappointed by the sizing of S-XL, which is not often suitable for a woman with a bigger bust. I hope at some point, as they are making each garment for the customer, that they would also make it to the measurements and more colour! I would definitely be first in line to try that!

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I got really excited about their bikini line, especially with the Versatile bikini, which could be worn in many different ways and is made out of quality performance fabric!

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And the reason I wanted to write about this brand is their transparency. There are so many sustainable brands, who are not quite as honest about how they source their materials. With Anek. they tell with each of the garments how they sourced the materials and from where, even if it is not sustainable, which is absolutely fantastic! It definitely makes me trust the brand much more and I feel stay tuned to what they get up to in the future! Find the brand website here.

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Have you heard of Anek. before?

With love,

Lii

Valentine’s Day or Friends Day?

I consider Valentine’s Day as a very commercialised day (although which special day isn’t?), so I prefer to make it as little about presents. Here, in the UK Valentine’s day is the day for the lovers, but Finland, where I come from it is a day for friends. We used to send lovely notes to our friends on Valentine’s day and not only boys, and the whole day was wrapped around amazing friendships. Then, when I watched TV-shows about Valentine’s day I always dreamed of getting my own Valentine’s day card from a boy, but now that I see how I would like to spend a lovely relaxing day with my boyfriend and have a rejuvenating day with my friends as well.

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For somebody who’s friends are far away, celebrating Valentine’s day with them can be hard. I don’t really want to send them cards, but a nice and long letter can put a smile on their face. A letter can be written on a recycled paper or through email or other messaging apps with a picture of the two of you having a fun time. I personally love getting letters and messages from my friends, makes me smile every time!

 

However, if you want to send a card, try to choose one made from recycled cards. Block Forest cards are some of my favourites with their lovely quirky little animals and they have cards suitable for lovers as well as friends. Their cards are eco-friendly and even the display sleeve is biodegradable. How great is that!

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Pictures are from the BlockForest shop.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s day or Friend’s day?

With love,

Lii