Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Favourite Products from Oriflame Cosmetics

I've been a Oriflame Cosmetics dealer for about 7 years now. Over these years, I've tried many of their products; treasured some of them and stumbled upon some not-so-good ones. Also traded lots of feedback with my clients, which was always a great experience!

However, as I have stated a couple of weeks ago, I am now moving towards a more natural approach when it comes to cosmetics... and Oriflame does not have a place in that approach. Although this brand offers many decent and lovely products and while these products aren't animal tested, they do contain many chemicals I personally came to dread, especially parabens. Thus, after I publish this post, I will cancel my Oriflame account permanently. We could refer to this blog post as my last task as a dealer-- to quickly summarize my experience with Oriflame and give my last reviews and suggestions. With no further delay here are my all-time Oriflame faves!
1. Oriflame Happy Relaxing Orange Scented Hand Cream (discontinued). This was actually a birthday gift from Oriflame Portugal themselves- and what a lovely one. My hands always get very dry during the winter and, until today, this has been the only cream that really helped me! It was quite rich, yet easily spread and quickly absorbed. A little always went a long way for me and the (very) small bottle actually took an entire winter to run out, even though I made use of it at least twice a day. Plus, the citrus smell was amazing! Refreshing and sweet, not sickening at all. I was sad this product was discontinued shortly after I received my bottle because it was such a good cream for very dehydrated hands.

2. Oriflame Optimals White 'Seeing is Believing' Multi Benefits Eye Cream. Thanks to my course and late night social networking, I came to develop dark circles and of course I wasn't surprised at all. While I cannot say this cream was miraculous, it does work, although at a quite slow pace. After a couple of weeks of regular use, my dark circles and puffiness did reduce a little bit, although we all know that daily sleep and good rest is the best medicine in this situation. :) The only bad thing I'd point out (besides the chemical ingredients of course) would be the glass pot that, although very cute, is a little unconvenient to use and unhygienic.

3. Oriflame Lip Spa Therapy Lip Balm. Like my hands, my lips also suffer a lot through the winter (if not the entire year) and this lip balm, although very limited in quantity, did an awesome job at keeping them soft and healthy looking. It's super hydrating, very lightweight on the lips and convenient to use as it comes in a stick. I like my lip balms that way. 

4. Oriflame HairX Summer Care Leave-in Conditioner. One of my current summer essentials. I use it most summer days and always carry it to the beach with me to hydrate and detangle my hair after going for a swim. I still have a bottle of this one, but I'm now looking towards a more natural alternative. Any ideas?

5. Oriflame Secret Garden Eau de Parfum. This was a blind buy but I instantly fell in love with this perfume! The fragrance is very delicate and feminine with floral notes being the most noticeable, although there are also some subtle green and milky notes. Overall, it's a very nice, unique and comforting scent. And while some people complain that it doesn't last throughout the day, this has not been my experience. Some of the notes do last the entire day, if not more. Even D., who is not much into perfumes, used to point out how lovely I smelled hours after I applied it.

6. Oriflame Beauty Smooth Definer. You guys should have been thinking by now, why the heck there is no make up in this list? Truth is, I rarely wear any make up. Yes, I'm lazy like that! It's been literally years since I've worn foundation, blush or concealer, but I do love a good mascara and black eye pencil on special occasions. And this pencil is probably one of the best I've ever tried in my life. I love the fact that it's retractable so no need for any sharping and wastage. The texture itself is very smooth and gentle on the skin. Plus, this pencil is waterproof and stays intact for hours!

7. Oriflame Feet Up Cozy Moments Cinnamon Foot Cream (discontinued). While this was a limited edition product, I'm so glad I put my hands on it. This cream has a lovely and comforting cinnamon scent which is awesome for after a long winter day. The texture is rich and it does take a while to absorb, but it leaves my skin super soft and well hydrated.

8. Oriflame Nature Pink Grapefruit & Ginkgo Body Cream (discontinued). One of the first Oriflame products I ever tried, this body cream had a great, light texture (more of like a lotion, but not too runny either) and a very refreshing effect on the skin. The scent was lovely and fresh and the cream itself absorbed quite quickly, which is always important when it comes to body creams, as noone wants to sit around for minutes before getting their clothes on. The price was also amazing considering how generous the amount in the jar was.

9. Oriflame Pure Nature Blueberry & Lavender Face Toner. Of course, I left the very best for last. This toner was my very first Oriflame product and my very favourite since then. The scent is so wonderful and soothing it actually made me sigh of happiness! The toner itself has a calming effect on the skin and really prevents eruptions. After all these years it is still available for purchase from Oriflame Portugal (not sure about other countries) and I truly reccomend it if you don't dread parabens like I do.

It's been a long ride with Oriflame but it now time to move on for me. New approaches and experiences await me, and I can't wait to share them when the time comes!
How well do you know Oriflame products? Have you tried any of these? And what are your favourite Oriflame products overall? Feel free to share it all down below!
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

10 Things to do on a Lazy Sunday

Photo source: Bonnie Barton @ Flashes of Style

Ah, sunday. Another week has gone by and for most of us, this is the perfect day for all the snoozing we've been craving for. While generally I love to make my days productive (the more the better), I can barely deny those occasional, relaxing sunday vibes when they strike me. Since we're now getting close to the end of the weekend, just thought I'd share a little list of comforting ways to make the most of your lazy sundays. Here are my suggestions:

1. Read a good book while having a cup of tea or coffee.
2. Catch up on your favourite TV series (or start watching that new one everybody in your class/office keeps talking about). If Netflix isn't available in your country (like mine), I recommend Popcorn Time.
3. Clean out your closet and decide what to keep and what to donate.
4. Do some yoga. It's very relaxing, yet energizing.
5. Cleanse your home by lighting up some incense or sage.
6. Take care of yourself. Have a bubble bath, apply a facial mask, give yourself a manicure...
7. Catch up on your favourite blogs. Bloglovin' is a great way to keep track of your faves and find new awesome ones according to your interests- feel free to follow Terra + Luna if you have an account!
8. Play a video game. I know video games are far from being the most productive thing in the world but they're fun and entertaining, especially when played along with a friend or two (or more).
9. Search for inspiration. Pinterest and Tumblr are my favourite platforms.
10. Cook yourself a good meal. Lazy sundays don't need to mean pizza and cake. Search for quick and healthy recipes and try a new one!

How do you like this list? Feel free to add your favourite sunday activity in the comments below!
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday: Romeu Cork Forest, Bragança, Portugal

Happy Earth Day! I found this little treasure the other day and, although these shots were taken with my old camera three years ago, I could not resist to share them! In reality, these were from an academic field trip to Romeu (Bragança) and the local cork oak forest-- perhaps the most important and largest one in northern Portugal. Cork forests have a very important role for nature and are actually protected by law. They are also a great example of the balance between environment conservation and sustainable development. In Portugal, the cork oak has been considered the national tree for centuries!

This forest in particular comprises a Natura 2000 Site of Community Importance. The cork is extracted from the trees every 9-10 years and then processed into its various uses and/or exported. The trunks are marked with a number to indicate the date when the cork was lastly removed (that '9' in one of the last pictures refers to 2009, which means the same tree will be ready for extraction by 2018-19). This nature-economy equilibrium is truly fascinating and a great example of how we humans should thrive. Plus, this forest is just too beautiful and full of little surprises! If you ever get the chance to visit northern Portugal, make sure to plan a little visit. Personally, I'd love to come back here someday.

(Please do forgive the quality of these shots, as they were taken on a cloudy winter day.)

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Moon Wishes #8

Hey everyone, and welcome to New Moon Wishes, a series where I share some of my intentions for the following four weeks. Every New Moon eve I'll sit down, meditate on my priorities, and share some of them here the next couple of days. These can be challenges or simply things that I wanna do of my life. I encourage you to do the same and push yourself to enjoy more of your life!

Now, today I'm not going to talk about my previous New Moon wishes as I usually do. This is because the last few weeks haven't properly been my happiest, and I believe it's time to just put everything on my back and keep going. To be persevere. Spring has arrived a long time ago already, and with it, the promise of good things to come. So I promised myself I'd hold myself onto that promise. That I'd believe in myself--and whatever the Universe has to give me in my near future.

With no further delay, here are this month's


1.  Show this blog a lot more love. I love blogging and it's also a great way to promote Terra + Luna by giving sneak peeks into who is behind it and that person's life (aka my life). My goal this month is to give this place a small graphic revamp and post at least twice a week. I have many post ideas and can't wait to work on them.

2. Improve my Etsy photography. This won't be an easy task. I live in a dark, north-oriented apartment, which makes my camera - and me, grrrr - struggle a lot with lighting and exposure on photos. Also, I need more live action shots. It's been almost an year since the making of Terra + Luna's (by that time Terra Mystique) first and only lookbook. I wish I had the budget for a new one because I really loved the experience and the final result.

3. Eat more fruit. Because of all my late blues, I've been struggling to keep the healthy habits I had promised myself to adopt. Tssk, tssk

4. Cancel my Oriflame Cosmetics dealer account. Have you checked my yesterday's post about adopting an all-natural beauty routine? It's been a very long time I've ordered and sold Oriflame products since I don't feel the need for them anymore.

5. Give hair henna a try! If you read yesterday's post you may have noticed that pretty red box in the pictures. I bought this henna powder box a couple of months ago and have been waiting for my previous, temporary, hair dye to fade in order to try it out. It's taking a little longer than expected, but finally my hair is almost ready. Can't wait! I'll make sure to make a review post later on!

April is almost gone and boy, what a strange ride this year has been to me. Sadly, I've gone through more downs than ups. Probably another thing to talk about when if I get comfortable with it.
What are your goals and plans for the upcoming weeks? Feel free to share them down below!
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Why I'm going all natural & minimalist with beauty products

Starting from the top and going clockwise: Dr. Organics Vitamin E Deodorant; Henné Color Paris Henna Powder (Acajou); Dr. Organics Pomegranate Lip Balm; Ancient Wisdom Peppermint Essential Oil; organic rosemary leaves from D.'s grandparents' yard; Próvida Natural Green Clay Powder (from a local herb shop).

"The average person slathers, lathers, rubs and sprays, 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day--and since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier, we absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to. Cosmetics companies and the FDA maintain that these chemicals are safe, and many of them are--in small doses at least. But consider that the average woman wears makeup every day, and you begin to understand how a little dab here a quick spray there begins to add up. The fact is, no one really knows how certain chemicals affect us over time, or how they react in our bodies in combination. Other chemicals have known dangers: Phthalates, for example, which are often found in artificial fragrances, are a class of hormone disruptor which can be linked to birth defects, sperm damage, infertility, and the feminization of baby boys, for instance."
- from
I love beauty products. Well, which woman doesn't? A couple of years ago, you'd find a clutter of all kinds of traditional, chemical-filled cosmetics in my beauty cabinet; creams, lotions and scrubs for all body parts - face, feet, hands, you name it. Make up and make up removers, hair mousse, firming and toning creams. As an Oriflame Cosmetics dealer (who now hasn't placed an order for over an year), I'd go through the monthly catalogs in my mailbox and, when I found something I could make use of at a lower price than usual, I'd buy it. Don't take me wrong- I would never buy more than what I actually needed but sometimes my orders would also bring a gift, so there would be two different hand creams or two different face masks in my cabinet at times.
All of this may sound like heaven for any beauty and wellcare passionate. But the fact is, over the last couple of years, I've come to explore the world of natural, minimalist beauty and now I don't want anything else. So, this year, I began making the switch.

Why, exactly?, you must be wondering. While indeed no person has dropped dead after putting some conventional mascara or body butter on (although there have been cases of severe allergic reactions, for example, to hair dyes), it's important to be aware that our skin absorbs pretty much every chemical present in our everyday products. While most of these chemicals have been shown not to be harmful in small doses, some of them do have known dangers in the long-term. There have been significant correlations between, for instance, aluminum in conventional antiperspirants/deodorants and breast cancer, or parabens and hormonal disruption. These studies may not be entirelly conclusive but, as I said, I believe it's of utter importance to be aware of your own body and listen to what it's trying to tell you in your everyday life.

For example, about a month ago, my mother offered me a bottle of 'rose water' as a cheap alternative for me to use as a face toner. Sweet, I thought. After all, rose water is a nice adstringent, smells nice, and it's natural. Or, not always. I have to say that I've been blessed with clear skin since my late teenage years. I really took good care of my skin when I was a teen and, nowadays, it's really, really rare for me to get a pimple on my face. But a week after I started using that rose water twice a day, I was surprised to look at myself in the mirror and notice this huge breakout. Blemishes everywhere, some of them painful pimples. I checked the ingredients list on the bottle and this is what I found:
Aqua, Aroma, PEG Hidrogenated Castor Oil, Methcloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronellol, Geraniol and CI 16255.
In other words, I found lots of stuff, but no actual roses.

I immediately stopped using that rose water and around 10 days after, my skin was back to normal. Then I wondered, was the breakout due to my moontime? Something I ate? So I gave the 'rose water' another try. Another week later, I had acne again. So nope. Not touching that thing again. Kill it with fire.

Lately, on the other hand, I've also been giving some natural products a try. Although I am aware that some of them may not be as 'natural' as they claim, they are at least free of chemicals that have been shown to be harmful, like parabens, triclosan and others. Overall, I've been loving it. I can already see that making the switch from conventional to natural is a very long, arduous process. It requires a lot of research and a lot of experimenting - because, after all, our bodies are not the same - not to mention that most natural alternatives are more expensive comparing to popular traditional products. It's important to take one step at a time and, again, listen to your body. I am still using most of my conventional products and slowly, as they finish, I'll purchase and try a more natural alternative- IF it's something I really need. My main goal is to have an all-natural and eco-friendly beauty cabinet, as well as simplify it all, adopting the concept of "less is more". Not only my body will thank me, but also both my wallet and D. will. :)

To give you an idea, the products featured in these pictures are things I have been putting together over the last 6 months. Yes, months. As I said, I still have a relatively well stuffed cabinet and my budget is pretty tight until I finally get a job (or Terra + Luna miraculously grows exponentially). Also, I believe that this change should be gradual, so I can allow my body to get used to the changes and adapt. Anyway, I am faithful that I'll have many more things to say about the world of natural beauty & wellcare by the end of the year.

What are your thoughts on natural beauty products? Do you love them, or do you prefer the conventional products for their accessibility? If you're an apologist of this kind of products as well, I would love to hear some advice from you!
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

New in the Shop: Boho Stretch Bracelets!

Have you been to my Etsy shop lately? These 6 beautiful stretch bracelets have just been added in the last few days! All made of natural, great quality rosewood and gemstone beads of different kinds and shapes, such as turquoise, howlite, jasper, amazonite and moonstone. Get your arms ready for summer with these beauties! Pick your favorite from the list (same order as the pictures above):

1. Moonstone tassel bracelet
2. Rosewood, turquoise & white howlite bracelet
3. Rosewood & amazonite tassel bracelet
4. Moonstone & turquoise bracelet
5. Dalmatian jasper & upcycled wood tassel bracelet
6. Rosewood & white howlite bracelet

More news soon,
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