Spring/Summer Green Beauty Swap 2017

Spring has been with us for a while now and although the sun has been a bit shy around my neck of the woods, I love this time of year for all the new leaves and blossoms popping up everywhere. It also marks the time for the spring/summer beauty swap! For those of you who are new here, the idea is to exchange gifts with other green/natural/organic beauty lovers across the world. It's a lot of fun getting to know new friends who share similar interests and, of course, giving gifts and receiving new products to discover. If you'd like to take part in this year's swap, just read through all the info below and email me with the following details to sign up...

  1. Send me an email at ria@naturiabeauty.com with the subject "S/S Green Beauty Swap 2017" to say you'd like to take part, along with:
    - Your name
    - Email
    - Blog URL (or social media handle)
    - Country of residence
    - If you'd prefer a swap within your own country or an international swap.

    (The last day to sign up is 27th May)

  2. You will be randomly paired up (using random.org) and I'll send out emails to introduce you to your partner on 28th May, after sign-up closes. From there, you'll agree on a budget and timescale for your swap and let each other know if you have any allergies and specific ingredients you prefer to avoid in your beauty products.

  3. Get shopping for green beauty gifts! Keep chatting with your swap partner and browse their blog/social media to find out their likes/dislikes so you can get them something they'll love! 

  4. Exchange shipping details and post your parcel to your swap partner. When you receive your swap parcel, open it up and enjoy! If you have a blog, feel free to write up a blog post about your swapping experience to share what you received and remember to use the hashtag #GreenBeautySwap on social media!
  • Send your parcel by recorded/tracked delivery if possible. This can avoid parcels going missing and your swap partner will be able to track the parcel. 
  • Make sure you package everything securely, especially if you're sending internationally! 
  • Also be sure to check what you can/can't send if posting abroad to avoid any customs issues. 

P.S. If you'd like to help get more people involved, feel free to share this post on social media using the hashtag #GreenBeautySwap :)

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NatuRia Beauty Turns Four! (Birthday Giveaway)

Time has been flying by and I can't believe that today marks 4 years since I sat down to create NatuRia Beauty! So much has changed both personally and within the green beauty world and it's lovely to always have this space to come back to for sharing the love of natural and organic beauty products! As ever, I'm celebrating another milestone with a special giveaway to thank you guys for reading this blog and being patient with me during the times when new reviews are less frequent!

For this giveaway I've decided to go for all-out luxury skincare with the prize being the cult beauty favourite Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum, worth £175. Although I haven't tried this product myself, it's said to be a "game changer" by many in the beauty industry for healthy, youthful looking skin. It contains 22 active botanical ingredients and essential oils (100% natural, 80% organic) specifically chosen with the purpose of balancing the skin, restoring texture and radiance.

To enter, all you have to do is make sure you're following this blog and submit your entries through the Rafflecopter widget below (remember to check the T&Cs). This giveaway is open internationally and closes on 23rd May at 23.59 (BST). Good luck!

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Little Ondine Nail Colours for Spring/Summer

Little Ondine are one of my favourite brands of nail polish and I've been using them almost exclusively for 2 years now. They're also all I've used on my nails during pregnancy as they're safe to use, water-based and free from the most toxic nasties found in standard nail polish. Not only that, but removal is so easy as you can simply peel off the colour and the formula is completely odourless - no more headaches! You can check out my original review of Little Ondine here.

Although most of the colours I own are on the darker side (which I'll happily wear all year round anyway), my idea of the perfect nail colours for spring and summer are nudes and orangey hues. There are three shades in my collection that fall into this category and I'm sure I'll be rotating these throughout the summer months.

A nude shade is always an essential in my opinion. "Marshmallow" is the perfect pale neutral for any time of year, particularly when you need to keep it professional without a distinct colour. I recommend using two coats of this one to get the most uniform effect. When a little more colour is acceptable, I love the shade "Afternoon Tea" which is a creamy pale pastel apricot. This one is quite sheer though, so you'll definitely want to layer up to 3 coats to achieve a fully opaque colour.

My final favourite "Sweet Peach" is a glossy coral (pinky-orange) which is ideal for summer weekends in the sun. Two coats gives the best coverage on the nails and I think this is a great pedicure colour. If you have trouble with Little Ondine's polishes lifting from the nails too quickly, always make sure you avoid getting any of the colour on your cuticles. I always use the base coat "Secret" as it really helps to make them last an extra couple of days on the nails and also keeping hands dry for about 2 hours after applying makes a huge difference to longevity. When I follow these steps I can easily get between 5-7 days wear out of Little Ondine shades!

Have you tried Little Ondine before? What are your favourite colours for spring/summer?

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New Additions #4 - Pregnancy, Makeup, Haircare

Long time no blog! If you follow me on social media, you'll know I have a pretty awesome reason for taking some time out - I'm growing a tiny human! If you've been pregnant before, you'll know how exhausting the first 3 months can be, but now that I'm halfway through I'm enjoying having more energy and hope to spend some time blogging again!

I've picked up a fair few new additions to my beauty stash over the past month or so and I've been glad to have some new products to test out. First up, I couldn't resist treating myself (with the help of a discount!) to the Pai Pomegranate & Pumpkin Seed Stretch Mark System. I think when you consider pregnancy skincare, one of the first products that comes to mind are those designed to help prevent and improve stretch marks. I don't have any stretch marks so far and of course it's possible I will later on, so I will wait for a full review once baby has arrived! So far I am particularly enjoying using the oil every night before bed and it leaves my bump feeling super soft by morning.

There's also a couple of other pregnancy products I haven't got around to using just yet - the Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil and Nom Nom Relax Oil*. I think these two will be lovely towards the later stages of my pregnancy when it's inevitable to get more uncomfortable and need a good massage to help soothe the aches!

I very rarely add new makeup products to my collection as I like to keep it minimal, but since I only owned one lipstick previously I figured another was well overdue! Inika's Organic Vegan Lipstick in the shade Flushed is a lovely pearlescent pink with a cool-toned slightly plum undertone - it's a nice one for occasions! I also finally got around to purchasing the much raved about Lily Lolo Natural Mascara. I've used it a good handful of times now and let's just say I can see why so many seem to love it!

The Acure Organics Dry Shampoo is my latest addition for haircare. The popular US brand is newly available here in the UK at Content Beauty and the launch tied in perfectly with me needing a replacement for the Yarok Dry Shampoo. It's slightly cheaper than Yarok so I'll be interested to see how it compares - I'll be sure to post a review once I've given it a good trial run.

Have you tried any of these products before?

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Christmas Green Beauty Gift Ideas Under £15/Stocking Fillers 2016

For the final part of this year's gift ideas, I've put together my top picks for the more budget friendly green beauty gifts, priced under £15. These could also work great as smaller stocking filler style gifts. I've used products from most of these brands before and I know I would personally love to receive any of these items since they're all on my personal wish list too!

True Organic All You Need is Me mini - £9.99
I've been meaning to try this intensive moisturising cream for ages now! It's an all natural multi-purpose cream which is said to be amazing for dry, irritated skin and a great alternative to the popular mainstream 'eight hour cream'. To add to the list of pros, the packaging is made from sugarcane instead of standard plastic and the ingredients are 95% organic.

LYONSLEAF 100% Natural Body & Face GIFT SET - £12.99
It's no secret that Lyonsleaf are one of my favourite brands and I think their gift sets make an amazing gift at a great price! This particular set features minis of the Beauty Balm (reviewed here) and Body Butter (reviewed here) along with a cotton flannel and muslin cloth. A little really goes a long way with these products and you'll be impressed with their quality and effectiveness!

Pai Instant Radiance Collection - £14.00
Pai are a fantastic brand for sensitive skincare. This collection contains minis of Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (in a rollerball tube) and Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator - ideal for giving skin that much needed glow we are often lacking throughout the winter months. At the time of writing, you can currently pick this up at Naturisimo for only £9!

JOIK White Chocolate Bath Truffles - £10.00
Many bath products you'll find on the high street are filled with less than desirable ingredients. These bath truffles are 100% natural and made with simple, moisturising ingredients. Cocoa butter gives this one the chocolate scent, but JOIK also make bath truffles in other variations such as lavender or citrus, so you're covered for various scent preferences.

Content Beauty & Wellbeing Gift Card - £10.00
We all know someone who is fussy or indecisive, so a gift card can be the perfect solution to give them the chance to browse online and choose exactly what they want! One of my favourite places to shop is Content Beauty & Wellbeing, where you can buy digital gift cards starting from £10, or another great choice is a voucher from Naturisimo.

Konjac Mini ChRistmas Rudolph Sponge - £6.99
How cute is this mini konjac sponge with Rudolph packaging?! Pretty darn cute I'd say! This particular sponge is made with red clay for dry and sensitive skin, or you can choose the Blitzen sponge which is made with bamboo charcoal for teen/oily skin prone to breakouts. The perfect Christmas stocking filler!

Looking for more Christmas inspiration? Check out my green beauty gift ideas for her and for him!

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