Happy Skin with Prim Botanicals (+ GIVEAWAY!)

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How much do you need to feel pretty? What are the sources to give you that happily glowing and widely smiling reflection in the mirror? Personally, I don’t need much. I need something botanical, something pure, something extremely well-formulated. Something that will make me feel right in my own skin. In fact, today I am going to share my personal secret to not just “something”, but an extraordinary botanical skincare paradise. Nice to meet you, Prim Botanicals, you’re absolutely gorgeous!

Let me tell you just this : the skincare fairies behind Prim Botanicals definitely know their thing. These totally natural beauty solutions came a long way from testing, mixing and blending pure ingredients that eventually serve the best purpose to our skin. Oh yes, 100% natural. And eco-friendly : look at these beautiful eco-friendly glass bottles. What else? Great sense of humor. And perfectly narrowed selection of ultimate beauty products for you to not get distracted from the point – simplicity’s best! Let me guide you through the Prim Botanicals skincare collection now. And also to give you a chance to win one (yay!), giveaway in the end of the post!

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First things first, as always, this means only one thing – we’re taking facial products! The Face Oil, ladies! Sounds simple, which is the best sign ever for me. The super rich formula, however, works it’s magic : mix of some of the best natural oils (like evening primrose, tamanu, moringa, marula etc.) topped with an essential oil blend create a well-balanced facial oil that absorbs fast and nourishes deep. It also helps to heal, reduce inflammation and provide a wonderful moisture. Delicious herbal scent (with a note of Rosemary and Bergamot) and softly melting texture. I think those with dry skin will especially enjoy this oil, comforting as a warm blankie!

Among ingredients : Evening Primrose oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, High Lineolic Sunflower oil, Tamanu oil, Moringa oil, Marula oil, Blackseed oil, Sea Buckthorn oil ; blend of Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot and Rosemary.

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Let’s just say I have a thing for body oils! Prim Botanicals raised the game with their The Body Oil that has an extremely pleasant aroma of soft yet spicy bergamot, jasmine, black pepper, rose and rosemary. If I ever need to get my head and body relaxed – hot shower and a few drops of this body oil work all the time! Even better, if I have a chance for a hot bath – this can be used as a bath oil (just a bit to soften the water and create moisturizing soak). Besides the healing aromatherapy, other benefits contain skin toning and providing extra care for especially dry, rough zones and areas prone to stretch marks (the ingredients list is truly wonderful!). Plus, a little goes a long way!

Among ingredients : Hazelnut oil, Camellia oil, Almond oil, Andiroba oil, Pracaxi oil ; blend of Jasmine, Rose, Black Pepper, Bergamot and Rosemary.

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Absolutely stunning piece from the Prim Botanicals collection is The Hair Oil. Highly addictive product that basically teaches to embrace the hair love and find time for a good old oil hair treatment! And it’s not that difficult – 30 minutes of my precious relaxation time while watching the Young & Hungry (oh Netflix, what do you do to me…) can be much more beneficial when combined with a blissful beauty session. I’ve tried this only method so far : I’ve applied The Hair Oil for half an hour before shower, and when I washed my hair and let it air-dry, voila, it felt like the life is coming back to the dry ends and the general picture got so soft and manageable! Super good!

Among ingredients : Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Argan oil, Moringa oil, Evening Primrose oil, Tamanu oil, Marula oil, Blackseed oil ; blend of Lavender, Rosemary, Orange Bitter and Vanilla.

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Let’s talk Prim Botanicals beauty Potions now, those little additions that can help you target some specific problems with highly concentrated Nature’s best.

Potion No.1 beats the crap out of early signs of aging, uneven skin tone, dryness and acne situation. It is full with omega rich oils (only 3 ingredients, that simple!) and also provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, naturally. Think of this little buddy as a highly effective serum (1 drop will work just right), applied twice a day and combined with The Face Oil (or your another favorite oil-based moisturizer).

Among ingredients : Blackseed oil, Tamanu oil and Sea Buckthorn oil.

Potion No.2 is a natural SOS source for very dry skin, unpleasant situations like scars, rashes, burns, bites, etc. Exotic blend of oils is meant to be applied topically where effective healing is needed. Essential treatment for any signs of irritation, rough or inflamed skin. Besides, it’s great to have it in the ultimate beauty travel kit, as well as home apothecary drawer. To me personally, it’s an official declaration of war to stretch marks!

Among ingredients : Andiroba oil, Pracaxi oil, Marula oil.

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– TLV BIRDIE X PRIM BOTANICALS GIVEAWAY –

Finally, one lucky reader of TLV Birdie Blog can win this whole collection of Prim Botanicals skincare (because the power team behind the brand couldn’t be any more cool and generous!). Aaand, this time this giveaway is global (I’ve heard you, my dear European readers!).

The giveaway prize (value of $184 and priceless happy skin as a result!) is Prim Botanicals skincare collection of : The Face Oil, The Body Oil, The Hair Oil, Potion No.1 and Potion No.2.

This Giveaway is internationally open. Duration period : two weeks, from May 26 till June 9, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen on June 10 by the power of luck.

Follow these simple rules to enter:

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NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
*THIS POST WAS BROUGHT TO YOU IN COLLABORATION WITH PRIM BOTANICALS AND CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BY PRIM BOTANICALS.

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Kjaer Weis new makeup favorites

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I am in the mood of pure makeup love today! Yes, makeup, like nothing else, makes me feel good about myself lately. I believe the reason is not only that I feel pretty (hell yesss), but also that I’ve got my doors face open for some experiments! So I figured catching up with some of the new Kjaer Weis makeup favorites would be the way to go. Remember when I’ve introduced you to Kjaer Weis organic makeup in this post a few months ago? Well, my love and dedication to this brand only got stronger after a tet-a-tet meeting with the founder of Kjaer Weis, Kirsten, in the early April when she got to visit Los Angeles. We had a very nice makeup chat, I’ve received a sneak peek into Kjaer Weis summer makeup products release (that I obviously shared with you on my Instagram) and a personal color consultation that made me feel very curious and potentially happy about framing my face with a bit of color here and there.

So today, I am documenting that exact makeup curiosity for you, while talking about my current Kjaer Weis makeup favorites. From top to bottom.

1. Cream Blush. [square shapes] While nude-pink tone of “Embrace” remains my absolute to-go during the day time, I’ve found a new favorite that complements my fair skin and goes perfect with any drink / any dress / any occasion by adding some royal glow to my cheeks – “Abundance”. There’s something very lush, something very elegant about this shade blending with some fresh tan on the skin.

2. Eye Shadow. (round shapes) It’s the first time I am getting so close with Kjaer Weis eyeshadows, and I’ve started my long-term relationship with these two totally irresistible shades : “Wisdom” (taupe velvety shade that enhances the natural look) and “Pretty Purple” (luxurious purple tone to add some depth and mystery). Oh, it’s going to be a long adventure!

3. Lip Tint. {rectangle shapes} I’ve previously announced my deep feelings to Kjaer Weis “Dream State” lip tint shade in this post, and I’ve also tried the “Romance” before that I am usually pulling on for especially flirty days. My collection got on two berry shades bigger : newly added “Passionate” is a perfect color drop for a “no-makeup” look, like a light raspberry lip finish, whilst “Lover’s Choice” is for those days when red rosy lips are a state of mind and soul.

4. Foundation Makeup brush to finally take a full advantage of my Kjaer Weis “Paper Thin” foundation. I’ve been playing around with this duo for a while after Kirsten shared with me a few of her personal makeup tips, and I am loving the way the foundation works for me now! The most important tip to have in mind is to apply foundation on well moisturized skin, a few moments after applying a serum / face oil / your other regular sort of daily moisturizer. However I needed this brush to make the application easier and much more accurate!

Take a look at Kjaer Weis online-store,

if you’re in Los Angeles, make sure to stop by The Detox Market where you can meet all the Kjaer Weis organic makeup collection in person.

 *THIS POST CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BY KJAER WEIS.

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Unconditional Skin Love with One Love Organics

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This day has come, ladies (and gentlemen!). I’ve opened my beauty shelf to One Love Organics skincare and trusted my face (and body) to their glorious products. I am about to share with your a few of my One Love Organics favorites, but I feel like I have to make an important statement first. Without any intention to hurt anybody’s feelings. I am totally in love!

If you’re not familiar yet with One Love Organics, I’ll introduce you briefly to the world’s most lovable ECOCERT certified organic skincare brand of the highest quality, fine ethical standards (cruelty free) and powerful beauty formulas. Carrying their manifesto for clean, simple and full of love beauty products based on nature’s best sources, One Love Organics have created the most tempting range of skincare essentials, vitamins and natural anti-oxidants rich beauty elixirs, plus just recently released body + hair care line that you’d want to make a special room for on your beauty stand. Besides that, my personal admiration goes to their always perfectly curated, gorgeously designed and sweet aesthetics. My personal admiration in form of hand drawn illustration with a touch of hand embroidery. (you’ve probably noticed my recent affection to watercolor on my Instagram, didn’t you?)

Now let me guide you through my current One Love Organics beauty choices :

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Starting with my most favorite topic of all times, facial oil – Oh Mega. Oh yes, it’s definitely not your regular face serum, but a Calming potion based on organic chia, shea, aloe and lavender filled with a boost of natural antioxidants, Omega 3 complex and plant-based probiotics to nourish the most sensitive skin types (you know what direction I am pointing my finger right now!). To be honest, I am super amazed by this serum so I am probably not the best address to give an objective review on it. Ultra-soft, highly moisturizing and skin smoothing facial oil that spreads nothing less, but love. My face has never been so glowing.

Among ingredients : Chia seed extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Shea oil, Green tea seed oil, Sunflower seed oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, Lactobacillus, Lavender essential oil.

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Another facial treat from One Love Organics that my skin tends to love so far is Morning Glory, caffeinated firming serum that wakes up the skin even before you make your first sip of coffee. This serum feels more like a very light and cooling gel that absorbs extremely quick on the skin and disappears like a secret skin agent without leaving no marks (literally and figuratively). What it does leave is an effective complex of nature-derived vitamins, probiotics, green tea and gardenia plant cells to help to support firmness and prevent the appearance of fine lines. Wake up call has never been so pleasant for the skin!

Among ingredients : Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Peppermint leaf extract, Aqua, Lactobacillus, Camellia leaf extract, Punica Granatum extract, Acacia Senegal gum etc.

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To finish the day just as good as it started with the Morning Glory, One Love Organics created the Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation serum to protect, sooth and restore the skin during your beauty sleep. First of all, it smells divine – imagine green tea, watermelon and jasmine scent right now! Second, these three are only a small part of rich ingredients list behind this serum that work hard to provide deep moisture and boost skin’s tone level to prevent and help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Among ingredients : Camellia seed oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Watermelon seed oil, Date seed extract, Algae extract, Blue Seakale leaf extract, Barbary fig cell extract, Jasmine extract etc.

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Another One Love Organics number to talk about is Brand New Day, a “sweet escape” for your skin. Well, it actually is : it’s gentle properties to effective skin exfoliation come from organic sweet pea flour, pineapple enzymes and mineral rich kaolin clay that all together wipe away impurities, clarify the skin and leave a silky smooth result. As any other powder exfoliator, you can control the way you want this product to serve for you – as a quick face scrub (all you need is a bit of warm water and a gentle massage motions), or as a 15 mins facial masque that would involve water / greek yogurt for clarifying effect or raw honey for extra hydration. By saying sweet, mark my words, I am talking pina colada tropical sweetness!

Among ingredients : Corn starch, Pea flour, Kaolin, Pineapple fruit extract, etc.

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If you like multi-tasking skin products just as much as I do, this heavenly-scented (vanilla + citrus) Skin Savior wonder balm may become your next best friend! Ultimate cleanser and all-purpose moisturizer in one sweet little jar : anti-oxidant rich blench of organic coconut oil, mango butter, soy, jojoba and chia remove dirt, makeup and excess oil while providing thoughtful moisture and effective skin treatment. Lately, I’ve been incorporating oil cleansing method about 3-4 times a week in the evenings, and every single time I am waking up to healthy glowing, calm and nourished skin. So I’m just about to say it once again : in L-O-V-E.

Among ingredients : Virgin coconut oil, Sweet soy seed oil, Beeswax, Jojoba seed oil, Orange peel wax, Mango seed butter, Chia seed extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Oat kernel oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Vanilla extract etc.

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As I’ve mentioned in my brief introduction, One Love Organics have just released their Body + Hair Care line and I’ve got very lucky to put my hands (plus some other body parts) on Coconut + Salt Body lotion, and I must admit, there’s no way back! And I am afraid it’s personal : I am missing those times when I lived in Tel Aviv so badly, when the beach was about 10 mins walk from my place, when my skin had that permanent sea salt scent and my sandals – permanent sand stamp. Every time I pamper my body with this lotion now, I feel that sweet longing (and getting more and more serious about buying a ticket to TLV). Soft, sweet and refreshing skin, plus a real soul retreat.

Among ingredients : Aloe Barbandensis leaf juice, Coconut oil etc.

*THIS POST WAS BROUGHT TO YOU IN COLLABORATION WITH ONE LOVE ORGANICS AND CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BY ONE LOVE ORGANICS.

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Tzipora Loves : Madewell SS 2015 collection

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What a surprise! Tzipora is back! Her new look is coming from my recent affection to watercolor and it seems like I found a combination of materials and textures that inspires me to experiment with. Watercolor and hand embroidery. I’ve been waiting for this wave of inspiration for too long!

Playing with Tzipora is one the biggest pleasures of mine. Playing with clothes and picking favorite styles for imaginary closet of mine is another, guilty sort of pleasure. I usually explain these by “because a girl, and a bird, can dream”. I had this picture from the latest Madewell SS2015 shoot stuck in my head, so I thought to give Tzipora a try for this look. Needless to say, I love everything that Constance Jablonsky is wearing on this picture – midlenght A-line skirt in cream, simple tank, straw hat and slide sandals in camel. These 4 items perfectly define my summer style radar. However, I went a bit further and illustrated another 6 items that are my current Madewell favorites (6 is just the number my canvas could fit, which is way far from the number of items I genuinely love!).

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1. First of all, this embroidered tunic with tassels in Indigo. 2. I know that Madewell is all about their signature tote bags, but I got my eye on this new style – the Watertower Messenger bag in Desert Camel. 3. One perfectly neutral dress with the cutest back detail possible. 4. I’ve got the most tenderest feelings towards light (both in color and in texture) denim, and I need this Faded Indigo skirt in my life. 5. The Embroidered Siesta top is a quintessence of everything I love – embroidery, light denim and well, siesta. 6. Cherry on the top – Straw Messa Hat of a perfectly dark natural shade.

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What is on your summer style radar?

P.S. : make sure you’re following TLV Birdie on Instagram, down the road I’ll be sharing some Tzipora sketches and watercolor / hand embroidery illustrations exclusively for my Insta community.

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On my beauty shelf : Murad Skincare

Good things meant to be shared, and today I am so happy to introduce you to an innovative skincare line that is able to change your beauty regimen and raise the level of self-confidence up to the skies. Because we all know what we want – clean, smooth and healthy face smiling back to us from the mirror! Meet Murad – skincare brand founded by Dr.Murad that offers an impressive selection of scientifically proven skin solutions for any skin type or concern.  From acne relief, combination skin treatments to highly effective anti-aging line that all aim to help find balance of healthy and happily glowing skin. This personalized skincare test will guide you through Murad products that suits your skin condition the best. After trying quite a few products from different lines of Murad skincare and diving into the beautiful atmosphere of the recent Murad Spring Event that I’ve attended about two weeks ago, I am here to let you know what my favorites are!

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As you all know from my previous beauty reviews, my skin is always in a process of finding the right balance. That is why when it comes to trying a new brand, products for combination skin are always first on my skincare radar. I was super curious about the Pore Reform line (color code – pink!) that aims to bring harmony to the T-zone, minimize pores, prevent future blackheads and blemishes and to purify the whole picture. The secret of the line is great exfoliation of current problems and prevention process of future oil build-up. To clear the clogged pores and even dry and oily zones into a perfectly smooth face, the Pore Reform regimen is based on : Daily Cleansing Foam (to tone and tighten pores while washing away dirt and excess oil, 2-in-1), T-Zone Pore Refining Serum (to clear and balance the tricky area) and Balancing Moisturizer with SPF 15 (to hydrate and control shine). I like how light and effective these products are, especially the foamy cloud of cleanser! Light fruity scent and amazing toning effect.

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Another product that I especially love to complete the Pore Reform regimen with is the Skin Smoothing Polish to “hit the ground” 2-3 times a week. It gently exfoliates with the help of the tiniest micro-granulas and wipes away impurities like clogged pores and blackheads. It also significantly tightens the pores and balances oil control (Witch Hazel properties). And not to mention, it is pink!:) Even if your skin is normal and not heaving visible impurities, good yet soft exfoliation is the necessity to keep it that way. New favorite facial scrub of mine, that causes me no redness and leaves a very fresh, baby soft skin feeling.

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Speaking of impurities, another line of Murad skincare that I’ve got my hands on is the Acne Relief line (color code – blue). While I don’t have any acne to treat, this Clarifying Cleanser is not exactly for me. However it shows the ability to kill acne bacteria with it’s 1,5% Salicylic acid component and will be definitely helpful for some of you who are seeking a true acne relief. The product that I am really curious though is the Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel. It’s name speaks for itself and the active component stated is 2,0% Hydroquinone, the most effective skin lightening agent (I’ve done some research on this one, and it seems like the right concentration is the key to no harm, trusting Dr. Murad on this one!). It usually takes months for my skin to get rid of the spot caused by a blemish, so this is one of my major concerns. I like what I see from the short period of testing this gel, and really excited to continue using it!

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Let’s talk real game changer now – newly released Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield with SPF30. Invisible sun protection – checked. Smoothing skin treatment – checked. Amazing primer – checked. We had a long day shooting in a desert about a month ago, and I’ve decided to give this little guy all my trust. That was the day when it saved my face from the harsh sun and kept my makeup on till the late evening. That was the day when Invisiblur earned it’s privileged place on my beauty shelf. I also gave a little sample of it to my dear friend, and she fell in love with it immediately too (Lisa, say hi!).

That is why I told you in the beginning of this post that good things are meant to be shared! A perfect opportunity to mention two TLV Birdie Blog GIVEAWAYS that are still kicking where you can enter for a chance to win La Mav organic makeup set (ends in 3 days) and Jane Iredale Color Sample kit (ends in 4 days!). Good luck!:)

*THIS POST CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BY MURAD SKINCARE.

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED ANY MURAD SKINCARE PRODUCTS? WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT SKIN CONCERN?

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