Green Beauty Story : La Mav Organic Skin care (+Giveaway!)

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This gorgeous box knocked my door a few weeks ago. Besides the fact it is extremely pretty, it has also invited me to the organic skin care world of La Mav. Today I am going to share my thoughts and observations on a few products from La Mav organic skin care line. In fact, I am also going to share with you all a chance to meet La Mav in person – yes yes, new giveaway time! Get comfortable and patient, it is going to be a long story with a dessert at the end!

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La Mav is 100% vegan, certified cruelty free and natural beauty awards winning brand from Australia that offers women effective, natural science driven solutions for skincare, makeup and body care. All of the products are plant-based and free from harsh chemicals, parabens, fillers, talc, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances. La Mav has a verity of skin care series that aim to meet different skin concerns, types and conditions with an individual approach. These series are color coded, that is always a huge plus for a new customer navigation (speaking from my own experience, obviously). I am going to introduce you to three different skincare series of La Mav today – oily skin, skin brightening series and mature skin (anti-aging) line. These all make a perfect care package for Oily/Combination skin that basically meets all these mentioned issues at some level.

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Green color coded line of La Mav is meant to help oily  / combination skin type find it’s harmony and balance in this environmentally challenged life. It offers a complex of 4 plant-based products for a full skin regimen, where “purify and clean” are the keywords. To start with, here are two essential products to stick to – cleanser and toner.

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Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser is a soap free cleanser with some amazing ingredients in it’s list, like Ginseng, Sugar Cane and Papaya extract that gently exfoliate, purify and support the renewal of imbalanced skin. It has a gel consistency that quickly turns into bubbly foam and wipes away excess oil, makeup and impurities. Very nice, refreshing scent and a comfortable feeling after each use. If you are still using drugstore cleansers for oily skin that dry out every skin cell of your poor face, you can easily put an end to that sad story with this cleanser. I am not having oily skin any longer (basically, since I stopped harassing my face with those just mentioned drugstore cleansers), more of a normal/ combination / a tiny bit capricious skin, but I am really enjoying this cleanser as some mild exfoliation on a daily basis never killed nobody.

Among ingredients: Aloe Vera leaf juice, Goji Berry extract, Sugar Cane extract, Calendula oil, Witch Hazel oil, Kakadu Plum extract, Green Tee extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Orange extract, Lemon extract, Vitamin A, Pro-Vitamin B5, essential oils of Orange Sweet, Palmarosa, Grapefruit + more.

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Purifying toner with this type of ingredients list is definitely something worth a try if you skin needs a good lesson of behavior! Formulated with White Tea, Grape seed extract and Bilberry extract (not to mention Aloe Vera, Grapefruit and Lavender), it acts effectively to keep the natural skin’s PH balance under control and refine the pores structure. Light floral scent and a very pleasant cooling feeling! Keeps the skin hydrated, clean and glowing naturally. Good stuff indeed! For a better effect, keep in a cool place.

Among ingredients: Aloe Vera leaf juice, Lavender flower water, Bilberry fruit extract, Orange oil, Sugar Cane extract, Grapefruit peel oil, Grape seed extract, Lemon fruit extract, Lavender oil etc.

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Pink color coded line of La Mav organic skincare series is filled with vitamins, anti-oxidants and naturally-derived active ingredients that mature skin can only benefit from. Sweet talk to fine lines and age defense services provided.

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Wrinkle Defence & Skin Brightening Day Fluid is formulated with Licorice (controls sebum), Melissa extract (toning effect), famous Hyaluronic acid (extra moisture) with a bunch of other pure ingredients that act as a super food for imbalanced skin. It has a great mattifying result and would work great for oily / combination / mature skin types and on un-even skin tone. On a long run, I believe it will make some nice work on pigmentation and wrinkles (that ingredients list is really promising!). Absorbs really fast and leaves such a smooth, matte-looking skin!

Among ingredients: Rose flower water, Willow Bark extract, Aloe Vera leaf juice, Hyaluronic acid, Peppermint leaf extract, Ylang Ylang flower oil, Goji fruit extract, Licorice root extract etc.

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Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme – to take good care of the dehydrated skin during the beauty sleep time. So they say, it is the best time to start looking into anti-aging products in the middle 20’s. I think I am exactly at this stage of my life when all the emotions I ever felt start to appear on my face (you can tell I smile a lot!). So, to help prevent early aging symptoms (my soul is old, it’s pretty obvious, but I’d want to keep my face young though!), I’ve started being more curious about age defense skin products. Even though I don’t feel that my skin is dry, I know it’s a matter of important elements and necessary vitamins. This cream contains Raspberry seed oil and Chlorella Vulgaris extract that support skin’s natural barrier and help skin look smoother. Comforting texture says “good night” to the face, neck and décolleté area.

Among ingredients: Jojoba seed oil, Aloe Vera leaf juice, Rose flower water, Marula seed oil, Raspberry seed oil, Avocado oil, Cocoa seed butter, Lavender oil, Grapefruit peel oil, Matricaria flower extract etc.

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Yellow color coded series are formulated especially for the skin that needs some brightening action. Any condition of skin with age spots and uneven, tired, mature, stressed, pigmented skin. La Mav treats these concerns in the most natural way.

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Vitamin C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar is another special night treatment that is kind of more down my alley. I am a big fan of oil serums, and my skin loves them too! This nectar (the exact word to describe it’s gorgeous melting texture) has a light citrus scent and ability provide skin with the anti-aging benefits and skin lightening actions supported by Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil. It leaves a silky layer on the skin and helps it to recover during the night. Perfect as a treatment for sun-damaged skin, uneven skin tone, pigmentation issues and visible fine lines.

Among ingredients: Jojoba seed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Apricor Kernel oil, Acai fruit oil, Borage seed oil, Lemongrass oil, Murrh oil, Tamanu seed oil, Rosehip seed oil, Camellia seed oil etc.

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Anti Dark Circle & Ultra Firm Eye Gel performs as an essential part of skin care routine where eye area plays an important role and should never ever be forgotten. If you can relate to dark circles, puffiness or fine lines concerns, this is your turn to show some support to your skin! This is a light gel with a cooling effect (better to keep it in a cold place!) that absorbs pretty fast and leaves only a protective layer on the skin. Aims to reduce puffiness and appearance of dark circles with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid in it’s formula, as well as brightening Rosehip oil. Would make a great Mom’s day gift for sure!

Among ingredients: Rose distillate, Aloe Vera leaf juice, Melissa leaf extract, Vitamin C, Tamanu nut oil, Sea Buckthorn seed oil, Vitamin E, Peppermint leaf extract, Rosehip oil, vegetable Glycerin etc.

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As I’ve told you in the very beginning of this post (you’re my hero if you’ve made it till this point!), La Mav has not only skincare line, but an organic makeup series as well. This little number – Organic BB Creme – is my total favorite! I wasn’t really sure if I liked it at the very beginning as it’s consistency was unfamiliar to me, but I found the way to make friends with it. Best friends, actually. So the point is, it’s not very liquid-ish. With that being said, it’s better to apply it when your moisturizer / oil serum is not fully absorbed on the face, then it lays down just right! 100% vegan, talc (!!) and other chemicals free, infused with Vitamin C and natural sunscreen. It has a long moisturizing effect and matte finish, proper coverage and anti-aging properties. My daily go-to without a doubt.

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What can ever beat a light sun-kissed look?! Rhetorical. La Mav has a blissful mineral makeup experience to offer in order to achieve that desired sun glow – Sunkissed Bronzer + Vegan Kabuki Brush. This duo performs great together, emphasizing the cheekbones, nose and chin with naturally-looking bronze shimmer. The bronzer shade is not too intense for my relatively-light skin tone, which is definitely a plus.

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What I like the most about natural tinted lip glosses is a) amount of hydration and b) soft, slightly colored finish. La Mav Tinted Lip Treatment is a great example of this! I’ve tried it in “Berry” and loved it’s tempting dark pink shade. It is also available in “Nude” and “Sheer Pink”. Created with Castor seed oil, Shea butter, Jojoba seed oil and other natural moisturizing sources.


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I’ve teamed up with La Mav who generously offered one of my enthusiastic readers a chance to win this whole set of organic mineral makeup. Could I be more happier to host this gorgeous giveaway and have a privilege to give on of you, gorgeous ladies, a ticket to a new, clean and green, makeup routine?!

The giveaway prize (value of $119 and priceless healthy glowing face as a result!) is Be Beautiful” Makeup Collection and it contains : organic BB cream, Sunkissed Bronzer, Vegan Kabuki Brush and Tinted Lip Treatment.

This Giveaway is open for US, Australia and New Zealand only. Duration period : two weeks, from May 5 till May 19, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen on May 20 by the power of luck.

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Projection LA Inspired

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Today’s post is not about countless words. It is about countless pictures of Projection LA art project by Vincent Lamouroux. Also about what I love to wear (and drink) these days. But also about how Projection LA inspired me to break the whole neutral theme of TLV Birdie Blog and bring on some fresh air. It is probably one of a kind moment, so I even documented it in my hand embroidery sketch of those g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s white palms. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind to live in a whole city painted white. Digg in.

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Urban Outfitters oversized cream top || H&M blush pink crochet shorts || Forever21 espadrilles (also seen here) || handmade crochet purse || ZeroUV oversized nude sunglasses*


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Gardening session, R.L. Linden skincare collection and slow living atmosphere

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Taking it slow is a key. You start to realize what is important, what works best for you, what you should focus on in your life. Slow living leads to a harmony – with your inner self, outside world, other human beings and yes, your reflection in a mirror. I strongly believe in this and trying to keep up with this mantra. And I am over the moon that so many of you join me on this life-long travel, so many of you leave your sincere comments and share your stories. I couldn’t be more grateful for the fact that my words, my discoveries and personal opinions find reflection in all of you!

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All of this, for sure, inspires me to continue finding the best of the best natural, green and clean beauty brands and introducing them to you right here, on TLV Birdie Blog. Latest skincare discovery of mine inspires me a lot – R.L.Linden & Co. This Denver, CO based company of two amazing women live and create their eco-beauty skin potions up to the highest standards. You’ll meet only raw, organic and plant-based ingredients in their skincare products, you’ll see them packaged in eco-friendly protective glass bottles, you’ll know that most of their products are vegan-friendly and all of them are never tested on animals. Besides an extremely well coordinated skincare line, R.L.Linden also offer beauty tea blends. That’s another story though, now let’s take it slowly into R.L. Linden skincare introduction!

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Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist is a hydrating facial toner based on Colorado spring water with an infusion of gorgeous ingredients like Neroli, Jojoba, Rose. It also includes Calendula, that is natural antiseptic and calming skin source. Perfect go-to toner, two spritzes are enough to cover the whole face. The most fascinating thing about this toner is it’s mind blowing floral scent that is able to raise up your mood in seconds. Works as great on the anti-anxiety purposes as a thousand roses bouquet, but the choice is yours! Just a hint, this would serve longer and will directly affect your skin condition in the most positive way.

Among ingredients: Colorado Spring Water, Hydrosols of Neroli, Honeysuckle and Rose, Organic Extracts of Rose and Calendula, Organic Jojoba Oil, A Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils (including Neroli and Jasmine), Natural Preservative Derived from Aspen Tree Bark and A Proprietary Blend of Flower Essences (including Pretty Face and Morning Glory).

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Talking about roses, this La Balma Rosa is a healing balm based on organic and natural oils with extra moisturizing effect (Coconut, Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Avocado). It has a wonderful rose scent and even more beautiful peach rose color. First time I’ve opened the jar, it was a love at first sight. Then, I’ve tried it on my lips, and fell in love with it again. It has such a gentle, non-sticky texture that adds both moisture, lovely shine and truly feminine feeling once applied on the lips. Oh yes, it is meant to be on the lips, but you can discover another purposes as well (like with any natural balm!), for example dry cuticles, elbows or other patches that need extra care. I am saving this beauty for the lips though!

Among ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Cold Pressed Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil (infused with wildcrafted Alkanet Root), Cold Pressed Avocado Oil and a Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils (including Bulgarian Rose).

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Calling it a day is also a crucial skin care step that lots of us tend to hurry up with and sometimes it catches us back in the most unpleasant skin punishments. You know what I mean, we’ve all been there. It’s not that hard to learn how to make it right, remove all the makeup and go to bed with a clean, pure face. Oils can help a lot! Your Eyes Only is a very gentle makeup remover that performs nicely as a part of oil cleansing process (you’ll only need warm water and a cotton cloth). It can be used on the whole face and followed by your favorite cleanser, however it contains coconut oil and some of us (like yours truly) are sensitive to it. But! I’ve found a way that works for me with this makeup remover and it’s pretty obvious – I use it for my eyes only! Nothing tricky. Applied on a cotton pad (one spritz is enough) it thoughtfully removes eye makeup and leaves the lashes where they suppose to be. Natural simplicity!

Among ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil and Essential Oil of Bourbon Vanilla.

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This is my total favorite – The Bee Charmer. I love honey, good chocolate dessert and skin rituals! This is a 3 in 1 for me – refining cacao honey cleanser. Less calories, same pleasure:) This little darling works as a mild natural exfoliant, antioxidants supplier and purifying agent. The smell is simply divine! To make a pleasure last longer, it is also possible to use this cleanser as a treatment mask. Just leave it for about 10-15 mins, massage and rinse with lukewarm water. Perfect for dry and combination skin owners!

Among ingredients: Raw Honey, Ritual Chocolate (Organic Cacao, Organic Cane Sugar), White Kaolin Clay, Organic Cacao Extract, Poppy Seeds, A Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils (Including Bourbon Vanilla and Bulgarian Rose) and Flower Essences (Including Arnica and Buttercup).





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Physicians Formula makeup overview

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So as you all know, the whole makeup thing got me really curious. And the more natural-oriented – the better. However, my cosmetics bag is not limited to green beauty products only and I tend to give a chance to some well known and mass market makeup brands as well. With that being said, out of curiosity (and out of face powder options!) I’ve picked some Physicians Formula makeup items from my local drugstore to test out and to form my opinion on those. Let’s see what we got here!

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I’ve picked two tones of Powder Palette Multi-colored Face Powder to try – “Buff” (on the left) and “Beige” (on the right). It took me quite an effort to stop on these two, as the choice of powder variations and different shades is really impressive! “Buff” perfectly fits my current skin tone, and “Beige” will wait a bit for the summer. This powder gives me a light decent coverage. It comes with a nice little puff, but I prefer to apply it with my kabuki brush. I like it’s ability to blend and even out the skin tone without adding an extra pound feeling to my face. It claims to be hypoallergenic, oil-free and non-comedogenic. I must say, I haven’t noticed any bad skin behavior so far, so I definitely considering to re-purchase the Buff tone once it’s done. Perfect over BB-cream.

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The same hard choice moment happened to me over Physicians Formula mascaras section, they have more than 10 different mascaras to offer and they all seem quite interesting to try! I’ve got Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara, the packaging won. I am from that lucky gals category who relate to sensitive eyes concerns, constant contact lenses wearers and in addition to all of that, thin lashes owners. 3 in 1, huh. Finding a right mascara for me is a process, and I’ve found quite a few that work great for me, like my recent discovery – Antonym Cosmetics Lola Lashes mascara (love love love it!). But as you know, all the good things come to an end and it’s nice to have a backup. This one from Physicians Formula made me very glad, and my eyes too. It defines the lashes beautifully and adds significant volume and length. No notable clumps were noticed so far. I want to try their CC Curl + Cure mascara next!

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Somehow these Concealer Twins jumped into my shopping basket too. Well, they’ve probably had a well planned scheme with my under-eye dark circles, little bastards. It’s all for my best, I assume, so we shaked hands on that. Yellow color targets the under-eye circles and other bluish spots (if you mysteriously happen to have those), green one aims to take care of blemishes, scars and post-acne spots. This concealer has a nice liquid (not too sick!) texture, but it can be easy to over-do with. When using it, make sure you apply the tiniest amount of the product – it will be enough, the coverage is pretty solid! Fits the fair to light skin tone just right.



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Natural Makeup Guide 101 – Antonym Cosmetics

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It took me some time to put all this beauty together, but in the light of “It’s all about MAKEUP” current link party that is happening over my little Green Beauty Bloggers Community, I am so glad to introduce you today to Antonym Natural Makeup Guide. I’ve been in a full swoon over the absolutely stunning earthy packaging for a while, but believe me, the EcoCert certified natural makeup goodies that are hiding inside are beyond any comparison! To be completely honest, I never thought I would have this kind of relationship with makeup… And here I am now, writing this love letter to Antonym cosmetics that completely stole a part of my heart.

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Antonym got 2 different variations of their beautiful Quattro eyeshadowNoisette (warm brown shades) and Croisette (essential colors including pinkish salmon and dark charcoal). I got lucky enough to test Noisette which I find as a brilliant day-to-day color palette of 4 complementing each other tones – Pale Gold (light, warm shimmer), Copper (really gorgeous dark gold shine), Pearl Brown and Matte Brown. Double-sided tiny vegan brush is also included in the set. I love creating the combined look of Pale Gold as a highlighter in the inner corner, Copper on the eye lid and contouring with Matte Brown. Separately, they work pretty cool too! Wet application of Matte Brown, by the way, can create a real statement! Suitable for sensitive skin, as it’s formula is 99,6% natural.

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I love playing with this 100% natural Lipstick Pencil by Antonym, I have it in “Pinkish” shade that is a little bit shimmery and more like dark pink – coral. It looks very gentle on the lips, definitely adds a feminine touch, lasts fairly long and, most important for me, doesn’t make my lips feel dry. Moisturizing formula contains Sunflower oil, Shea butter and a potion of vitamins C and E. With that being said, it glides very smoothly and makes application quick, easy and accurate. Currently eyeing the “Naturelle” shade as well, that is more brownish and a little less girly.

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I am a huge fan of baked textures and I was really happy to discover that Antonym has their Baked Powder Foundation in 4 shades. I went with “Medium Beige”, that is my absolute go-to these days. It makes me look like I am actually living in Los Angeles and having time to go to the beach. Which is a total lie, as sometimes I don’t even notice that I sat the whole day in my studio and hadn’t got a chance to go outside. Freelance life, that’s what it is. And I am happy I got little helpers that make me look fresh no matter what! I am applying this foundation real quick on the top of my BB cream (it seems like I’ve found the one and I am going to cover it in one of my next posts) using my kabuki brush so it lays down very gently for a light yet steady coverage and adapts to my skin tone. It is 99% natural, and 100% outstanding!

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Another baked color touch for the cheeks comes from Antonym Baked Blush that I tried in “Copper”. I am really amazed by how easily it blends on the skin and adds just the right amount of warm, sun-kissed glow. I can already see how perfect it will look in summer on slightly tanned, bare face! True masterpiece – just look at this gorgeous blush, looking like a Baked Earth, sitting in it’s precious wooden container with a little mirror inside. I use Antonym Blush Brush (on the right) to apply the blush, it’s soft bristles spread the product smoothly and one light touch is enough to add some radiance to the cheeks.

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Speaking of brushes, Antonym got a full collection of 20 vegan makeup brushes that I guess every makeup artist (not to mention makeup amateurs like me!) would love to own! Those wooden handles are so beautiful, and as you may understand, totally my cup of tea! I’ve been using Blush Brush #2, Large Eye Shader Brush #6 and Lip Brush #15 (that as you can see I already took advantage of quite a few times!). I find these as great essential brushes for a makeup kit, but definitely looking forward to expand my Antonym Brushes collection!

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Last thing I want to let you know about Antonym natural makeup line is Lola Lash Mascara. If you ask my opinion, I am SO not going back to drugstore mascaras. 100% positive. I definitely lean towards natural mascaras that make really good impression, but are friendly to my sensitive eyes with contact lenses. What I especially love about Lola Lash is it’s ability to define the lashes very quickly, you don’t have to go back and forth several times. It adds some significant length and looks very natural. I usually don’t use a lash curler, so I was quite surprised to see the natural curl that this Antonym mascara added to my lashes. Zero clumps. No flakes or dark circles throughout the day. Natural formula and notable appearance, totally in love!





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