Happy Favourites of December 2018

Christmas – The time I got to take to just be. The end of December was very busy and a bit stressful, so I took a complete hiatus from social media, blog and work. Instead, I’ve spent time with loved ones, played games, watched a lot of tv, eating great food and too much chocolate, and given my brain a rest.

Seeing My Grandmother – Just before Christmas, I visited Finland to see my Grandmother who is staying for a bit with my mother. It was lovely seeing her after over 10 years and after a day of fumbling with how to behave in each others company we spend a lovely time together.

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Time To Read – My preferred time to read is the morning before I start working or when I am travelling somewhere, but if I am stressed I rarely have the concentration for reading books. Now with the holidays, I spent every day several hours reading books and how I enjoyed it! I managed to finish 7 books in 7 days and therefore finished the year with 36 books read in 2019, which was my goal for the year.

Organising – I finally managed to purchase a storage shelving unit into our walking wardrobe. I’ve been planning it for several months in hopes that it will help us keep the little storage space we have in order. Until now that space has had a clothes rail and a small bookshelf left by the previous tenant, so all our stuff is piled on top of each other and it was a nightmare to get anything out of there. Now thankfully it looks a lot tidier, more organised and we can actually see what we have in the storage space. Hurray!

Forbidden Island – I received this new board game as a Christmas present and have really enjoyed playing it. It is based on co-operative playing where all the players are trying to survive without sinking with the island. It’s either all win or all lose and although it is stressful it is fun as well!

Recycled Wool Blanket – I’ve wanted one for ages as our flat gets pretty cold in the winter in spite of heating, but I couldn’t find one anywhere until I finally found Future Kept before Christmas! The blanket is so warm and cosy, I absolutely love it!

Illustrated Best News of 2018 – This is an awesome idea and so I wanted the post. Although there is a lot we should know about climate change and the affairs of the world, it is also important to see the progress!

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Watch

Material Girl – Why I Choose Organic – This video by Kate Arnell (I am a bit late on this as it was published in 2017) is like a short documentary on organic fabrics and other items and why it is better to use them. It is informative, entertaining and just excellent. I really recommend watching it!

Read

Trevor Noah – Born A Crime – I actually listened to it on an audiobook which was narrated by the author himself which I think everybody should ‘read’ the book. Trevor brings depth to his book by narrating it and I felt like I was watching a movie or a documentary. The book is great for explaining what life was like for a mixed race boy in South Africa during and after apartheid. And although it doesn’t sound like the book would be pleasant when it is based at such a time, Trevor discusses his experiences with the naivety of a child with some comments but lacking any judgement. The book is fairly humorous when it explains the differences in culture and race. I can truly say I enjoyed this book a lot!

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – This excellent book took me a bit longer to read, but it is so informative not only about race but about our culture in general and what we don’t see or realise is happening. It’s a book that everybody should read!

Girl In The Tower – A second book in the Winternight trilogy which surprisingly I enjoyed even more than the first book (Bear and the Nightingale). The book is still based in Russia and entangles Christianity and old beliefs with magic to create a wonderful adventure which is both gripping and exciting. I didn’t want to put the book down!

Mister Pip – A beautiful and sat book by Lloyd Jones tells about a story about the magic of stories and how they can transfer your anguish and fright to make people and especially children resilient in time and place which is filled with horrible events. It is set on an island which is in the midst of civil war and where the civilians are facing all the struggles of the war.

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Support

Labour Behind the Label For UK Garment Workers – UK is getting more and more garment workers each year. This helps many small and ethical brands to manufacture locally, however, it also means that fast fashion brands are able to create sought-after clothing faster but with consequences to the labour. Even in the UK, there are problems with companies that are not paying their employees the national minimum wage. The labour is afraid to report about this or might not know that this is not the norm and the companies take advantage of the situation. They might be paid as little as £3.50 an hour. I have a first-hand experience of this, although, at the time I didn’t realise what was happening. I was asked to work as a freelancer, over the busy Christmas time, for a brand in their factory that is claiming to be ethical and sustainable, however, because they wanted to employ me as a freelancer they paid me by the item and not by the hour. I was naive and agreed to it. After a week of working for them, I realised I had been only paid less than £5 an hour, whilst I also travelled to their factory every day.  They asked me to come back to work for them after Christmas, but when I asked to be paid the same amount as the rest of the factory labour I didn’t hear back from them. Only later did I realise that they took advantage of me being naive and young. I would’ve felt different about that pay if I could’ve worked from home, or if they paid for my travel, but they didn’t. Now, as I see that their company is considered very ethical and sustainable I feel sick and I wonder if any other person has experienced with them what I went through. Now you can help by supporting Labour Behind the Label with their initiative!

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What were your favourites in December?

With love,

Lii

6 Articles To Help You Be More Sustainable

How To Eat Sustainably (Without Going Vegan) – We’ve heard it all over that veganism is supposed to be the most sustainable diet and healthy for you as well. But let’s face it, everybody in the world will not become vegan no matter how much people keep talking about its benefits. For some people veganism just isn’t the best option. Not eating meat is a big step for being sustainable, especially when you leave out cow-meat, however, it is not the only consideration you should take when thinking about what you eat; how much water it takes to grow the food you eat, how many miles has it travelled etc. This article discusses other options which you can do to eat more sustainably whether you are vegan or not!

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Conscious Consumerism Is A Lir. Here/s A Better Way To Help Save The World – We often think that just by buying better options, striving to recycle and reducing waste will sort out the climate change problem. However, even though our decisions can make a mark on more sustainable consumption habits, it doesn’t change the problem that is at its root. This article excellently points out what are the problems that we really should be tackling!

The Unexpected Way Your Fast Fashion Wardrobe Is Sabotaging Your Career – This post by Alden Wicker explained a lot to me! It explains how we have decision fatigue whilst providing a new point of view why our wardrobes should be more conscious!

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Making Your Period More Ethical, Eustainable and Better For You –  A post by Quirky Queer explaining why we shouldn’t be using the supermarket hygiene products and what are the other options that are more sustainable and healthier for us. A great resource for any woman!

Eating Sustainably: What I Eat In A Day and Why I’m Not A Vegetarian – A post by world threads traveller about her eating habits. She brought a new point of why different diets are good and there is no one diet suitable for everybody, with a hint of history into her life, which brought a smile to my face!

Sustainable Pet Ownership: Ways To Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Pets – Because your pets, like you, are part of the nature and if they could decide, I am sure they would like to be a positive force on the planet… well except my Ninja, who loves a warm spot so much she has an angry look on when the heating is not on…

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Let me know your additional tips in the comment box below!

With love

Lii

Sustainable News Of The Month – September 2017

What’s The Annual Value of Trees? $500 Million Per Megacity, Study Says – Research conducted by international researchers in 10 of the biggest cities in the world, where 7.5 billion people on the planet live, found that trees bring big value to people and the cities they live. It is not a surprise, but now there is research to back it up.

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How 139 Countries Could Be Powered By 100 Percent Wind, Water, and Solar Energy By 2050 – A resent most comprehensive research into energy services and clean energy tells how it is possible and what are the benefits of it.

More ‘Human’ Companies Outperform Business-As-Usual Competitors – More research has emerged showing that customer’s respond to purpose rather than profit. Which could potentially be good news for small independent brands that do things differently.

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Organic On The Agenda in Parliament – Taking an example from what Denmark is doing, organic produce a topic in the UK parliament. I hope they make a good decision!

New Climate Risk Classification Created To Account For Potential ‘Existential’ Threats – Researchers identified that potentially dangerous threats could hit our planet no later than 2015 due to climate change.

 

If you have read any other interesting news about sustainability I would love to hear about them!

With love,

Lii

Georganix Natural Toothpaste Review

What first attracted me to natural toothpaste was the small ingredient lists and the absence of extra chemicals in them. Mouth and our teeth is one of the vital elements for our health, so why would I want to add any more chemicals to wash that area? I don’t! But then again I want to make sure that I will find the natural toothpaste that works effectively at keeping the health of my mouth and teeth healthy and out of the dentist appointments. It took me a long time to find one that I would like to try, but georganix fit most of my requirements; it is locally produced in the UK, it is a small company, it has good feedback for the product and the seller, it is reasonably priced and it had enough information on the product.

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Georganix

Georganix is a small brand who manufactures natural and organic oral care products from toothpaste and mouthwashes to toothbrushes and nutritional supplements. Their ethos is to produce oral care without chemicals and preservatives, but rather with natural ingredients which will naturally remineralise the teeth. The company is very open with ingredients they use for each of their products and like to post on their blog about oral health care to assist their clients with it. Sounds great right! Their product prices range from £3.90 for their bamboo toothbrushes to £6.90 for a 60ml jar of toothpaste or 100ml bottle of mouthwash.

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Georganics Remineralizing Natural Organic Coconut Oil Whitening Toothpaste – Spearmint

The toothpaste I tried was the spearmint flavoured one. I read that the flavour and texture are so different from the generic one so I was hoping with the spearmint flavour it would at least remind me of the product that I am so used to. The smell definitely did remind me of toothpaste and I liked it so much I couldn’t wait to use it. Until I tried it the first time and almost felt sick. The paste is made out of clay and coconut oil mostly and although the essential oils to provide it with some scent, the flavour and texture are much closer to clay.

It took me a couple of days to be okay with putting the paste into my mouth and a couple of weeks to get used to it. The aftertaste or feel is not the refreshed one, like when using the generic toothpaste, and I generally do feel the need for mouthwash or oil pulling, but then again I have no problem eating or drinking right afterwards either. However, since I started using it I haven’t had any problems with my teeth. I really feel healthy in my mouth and it is quite amazing to find a toothpaste that leaves me feeling like that! I think we are so used to the generic, chemical full, products that are on the market now, that we feel weird with anything that feels different, but it is all about getting our body and taste buds used to the natural ingredients.

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What I wished in addition

All of this sounds really great, doesn’t it! Well, although I find that they are really trying to make their customers feel comfortable with their products, I didn’t find much of anything to support any sustainable practices other than the toothbrushes being made from bamboo and their products being in glass jars. A bit more transparency on this side would really make the difference with me being completely happy with using this brand and recommending it to everybody.

To check them out Georganix website, Etsy store and Instagram.

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Have you tried Georganix products or any other natural toothpaste brands? What do you think?

With love,

Lii

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!

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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

 

 

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

 

Finnish Beauty by Lumene

When I last visited Finland I was really eager to buy myself products from Lumene. We were supposed to visit their factory store, however, run out of time so I just picked a couple of items from the airport.

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Lumene is a Finnish beauty brand, which when I was a child we considered a bit cheap. Now, however, the brand has really upped their game with natural and cruelty-free make up and skincare ranges, which are beautiful and with a reasonable price point. Items range from as small as £8 to some more luxurious items at £40.

I’ve used Lumene mascaras for a while now and can say that they some of the best I have tried. I would also really love to try the ‘Touch of Radiance highlighter’ and their ‘VALO’ (means light) range. Their products seem so natural and fresh, who wouldn’t like to try them? Check their full range here.

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Unfortunately, they are rare in the UK, as they mostly sell in Scandinavia and Russia. There are some great items sold in the Beauty Spin, but otherwise, you might need to wait for a visit to Finland, Scandinavia or Russia to purchase them. For my sake, I hope they start selling more of their items in the UK and elsewhere in Europe as well!

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Have you heard of Lumene before?

With love,

Lii