Christmas Green Beauty Gift Ideas for Her 2016



It's unusual for me to start feeling festive before December, but this year it's hit me much sooner! Each year I like to put together some green beauty Christmas gift inspiration for those of you on the lookout for ideas. As always, I'll be splitting things up into a three-part series, starting with my favourite selection of luxury gifts for her (followed by gift ideas for him and lastly budget friendly gifts/stocking fillers). With natural and organic beauty becoming ever more popular, the selection available is definitely growing so it's been tough narrowing it down to my top gift ideas!

The Nature of Beauty by Imelda Burke - £19.99
So this first item isn't technically a beauty product, but I just had to include it! Written by the founder of one of my favourite stores Content Beauty & Wellbeing, The Nature of Beauty is set to be the definitive guide to the modern world of natural beauty, organic skincare and clean cosmetics. The book is available from December 1st (I already have my copy pre-ordered!) and I think it would make a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in natural and organic beauty, and it would be particularly helpful for those who are just starting to think about making the switch.

Yarok Party Hair Selection - £59.00
Yarok are easily up there amongst my most loved haircare brands. Their products have never failed to impress me and their ingredients are fantastic (their entire line is vegan too). This selection featuring Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner (reviewed here), Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo and Feed Your Shine Serum comes gift wrapped in a gloss box with gold ribbons from abeautifulworld and would make the ideal gift for someone who loves to take good care of their hair!

Little Ondine Discovery Collection - £42.50
If I had to choose just one nail polish brand to use exclusively, Little Ondine would be it! If you haven't heard of Little Ondine, they're unlike any conventional nail polish you've tried before. Their formula is water-based, completely odourless and simply peels off your nails to remove. These polishes have revolutionised the process of painting my nails - you can read more in my previous review here. This discovery collection contains 3 full sized colours, a Twin mini which combines a luxury polish made with pure silver and base/top coat, along with a dotting tool for creating nail art.

Alima Pure smoky Eye Set - £50.00
The special occasions over the festive period are always the perfect excuse for a dark smoky eye look! This set from Alima Pure contains four products inside a reusable clear makeup bag, including their Natural Definition Black Mascara, Natural Definition "Ink" Eye Pencil, Pearluster "Cypress" Eyeshadow and Luminous Shimmer "After Hours" Eyeshadow. This would make a great gift for makeup lovers!

Balm Balm Organic Facial Collection - £45.00
This Christmas gift set features all the items you need for a full facial skincare routine. It includes Balm Balm Super Light Coconut Cleanser, Witch Hazel Toner, Hibiscus Face Mask, Little Miracle Rosehip Serum and an organic cotton muslin cloth. If you're looking for a truly clean and natural brand, you really can't get much more pure than Balm Balm's 100% organic range!

ILIA Beauty Mini Lip Trio - £40.00
Anything mini when it comes to makeup always has me instantly interested, even if only for the cute factor alone! I've only tried one product from ILIA Beauty myself, but I always hear great things from other bloggers about their lip products in particular. This limited edition trio comes in a copper pouch with two Tinted Lip Conditioners in the best-selling shades Bang Bang (red) and Nobody's Baby (nude) and Femme Fatale Lipstick.

Look out for natural/organic gift ideas for the men in your life, coming soon! 

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Christmas Green Beauty Swap 2016



Around mid-November with the colder weather and shorter days is when it starts to feel like the end of the year is fast approaching, which also means it's about time to organise the 4th annual Christmas Green 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 and receiving gifts to open on Christmas Day too! If you'd like to take part in this year's Christmas swap, just read through all the info below and email me with the following details to sign up...

HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Send me an email at ria@naturiabeauty.com with the subject "Christmas Green Beauty Swap 2016" to say you'd like to take part, along with:
    - Your name
    - Email
    - Blog URL (or social media handle if you don't have a blog)
    - Country of residence
    - If you'd prefer a swap within your own country or an international swap.

    (The last day to sign up is 20th November)

  2. You will be randomly paired up (using random.org) and I'll send out emails to introduce you to your partner on 21st November, 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 or 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 - make sure you send it with enough time to arrive before Christmas. When you receive your swap parcel, put it under the tree ready to open and enjoy on Christmas Day! 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!
GUIDELINES:
  • Send your parcel by recorded/tracked delivery if possible. That way it can avoid parcels going missing and your swap partner will be able to track the parcel. Also, send your package before the last recommended xmas postal times to make sure your gift arrives in time for Christmas Day!
  • 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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abeautifulbox A/W Sampler 2016



Twice a year, abeautifulworld release a beauty box containing their selection of high performance organic and natural products. You might know that I've never missed a box since they first started three years ago, so of course this A/W sampler released yesterday was no exception! I always enjoy trying out their product picks, but before opening it up this morning I couldn't resist snapping a quick photo of the smiling bag as it has become a much requested tradition!

The pink boxes are reusable which I love to use for giving gifts, and I also have an old one that I keep my nail polish collection in. As always, you get more than your money's worth with the contents. The sample products included in my box: Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner and Squalane Facial Oil (reviewed here), S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask, Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Creme and Feed Your Moisture Shampoo, GM Reverie MILK Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment, BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Sculpting Firming Cream Complex, Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream, The Body Deli Melon Peptide Creme Gel and a Birch & Brook "Library" Scented Travel Candle.

The box itself was £20, and the candle alone is worth £18 - it's not usually what you'd expect to see in a beauty box and although I would have prefered a different scent (this one is not for me as it's very woody), it won't go to waste as I think it will make a lovely gift for a friend or relative this Christmas! The full sizes from Josh Rosebrook, BRAD and The Body Deli have pretty hefty price tags (definitely outside my budget!) but it'll be interesting to sample some high-end luxury products to see how they perform. I'm most excited to try the S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask which I've been meaning to pick up for ages, as well as the Yarok and Indie Lee samples - two brands I already love.

As these boxes are limited edition, they've already sold out unfortunately, but you can follow @abw_uk on Twitter, @abeautifulworlduk on Instagram, or join the waitlist for news of future beauty boxes.

Did you manage to grab abeautifulbox before they sold out? What do you think of the contents?

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Recent Empties #9



Long time no blog! You might have noticed this little space has been quieter this year - what started as an unintended short break from making new content for NatuRia Beauty turned into a much needed longer time away. Three years is a long time to dedicate to a blog, or any hobby in general (props to anyone who has been at it even longer!) and after some time it had reached a point where I wasn't getting the same enjoyment out of it, mostly as I was putting too much pressure on myself and spending so much time on all the admin/social media/photography/editing and things that go on behind the scenes that I was actually missing out on any personal downtime. I wasn't sure at first if this break would be indefinite, but my love of natural, plant-based, organic, ethical beauty and lifestyle still stands more than ever and this has always been the outlet for me to share those interests. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to see how I've been doing, it's been lovely to know I had you guys waiting for me! I can't promise when to expect new posts from me going forward, but I hope you can forgive me for the radio silence and still enjoy reading about the products I've been using!

I seem to have finished off quite a few products all at once over the past week or so! It always feels like a momentous occasion when I finish off a shampoo as I only wash my hair every few days. The Josh Rosebrook Balance Shampoo (reviewed here) lasted me about 9 months in total, using it like a pre-wash and following up with a different shampoo as it always left my roots on the oily side when used on its own. I didn't think I would see a difference not having this in my haircare routine, but I've actually noticed more hair loss without it, although this could be coincidental and maybe to do with the shift in the seasons. I think I'll be on the lookout for another balancing shampoo to replace it with.

Another haircare product I've finished off is the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray (reviewed here). This is one of my favourite leave-in conditioners and I've already gone through a couple of bottles. I absolutely love the scent and it just gives that extra bit of moisture my dry hair needs after washing. It will definitely be making a reappearance in my stash soon.

I rarely have many makeup empties, but mascara is one thing that needs to be switched more often to avoid the risk of eye infections. The latest one I replaced was the Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara* (reviewed here). It's an ideal mascara for anyone who likes more subtle defined lashes. I really liked this as a bottom lash mascara as it never smudged, but I do prefer a heavier mascara for the top lashes.

The Kadalys Radiance Dry Oil (reviewed here) is easily one of my favourite products to use during the summer months after sun exposure. I love the unique scent and it makes your skin look and feel amazing. The clear glass pump bottle adds a luxury feel too. I don't think they have a UK stockist currently, but you can find Kadalys in various stores across France if you're ever visiting!

Lastly, there are a few facial skincare products that I've used up recently. Balance Me Moisture Rich Face Cream makes a perfect base for makeup, giving a good amount of moisture without leaving any oily feeling. A little goes a long way, so this travel size actually lasted me a decent amount of time and I enjoyed using it, so I don't think it will be long until I pick up another one! I won't go into too much detail about the final two products as I've reviewed them before and this blog post is getting a little lengthy! I mostly ended up using the Mallow + White Soothe Facial Oil* (reviewed here) as a hydrating mixer for powdered face masks, and the Lulu & Boo Chocolate Orange Cleansing Oil* (reviewed here) was an effective makeup remover which was much loved by me! I'm currently using a cream cleanser for now, but oil and balms will always be my favourite!

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abeautifulbox S/S Sampler 2016



Earlier this week, one of my favourite eco-luxe beauty boxes from abeautifulworld was released so (of course) I had to set my alarm early to order one! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I always love these limited edition boxes! They're only released twice a year and sell out quickly, containing a selection of their best performing organic and natural beauty products.

The box is white this time instead of the usual pink and it's perfect to re-use for storage. I'm so pleased with the contents - they're all items I haven't tried before and would have happily picked for myself! The sample products included in my box: Skinnamon Renew Body Scrub, Coola Mineral Face Matte-Tint Unscented SPF30, Skin & Tonic Steam Clean and Naked Lip Balm, Youth To The People Age Prevention Cream, Yarok Feed Your Style Dry ShampooJosh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator and, as an added bonus, a gorgeous little notebook from Esmie.

I'm really looking forward to trying all of these products but, since I already love Yarok, I think I'm most excited to try their dry shampoo (which is one of the cutest little samples ever by the way)! I also can't wait to finally try Skin & Tonic as I've been meaning to test out their products ever since they first launched. The value of the box as a whole is great and there's a 10% off discount code included too. As these boxes are limited edition, they have already sold out so unfortunately you won't be able to get your hands on one now, but make sure you follow abw on Twitter or join their waitlist for the next A/W box which will be available in October.

Did you manage to grab abeautifulbox before they sold out? What do you think of the contents?

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