2015 Natural Beauty Favorites + Teas, Books, YouTubers, and Movie

2015 Natural Beauty Favorites + Teas, Books, YouTubers, and Movie | VitaLivesFree.com

2015 was possibly the hardest year of my life, but it was also a year of amazing discoveries. I’m so excited to share with you the 20 things that made the biggest difference to my beauty routine, health, and mind: from makeup, skincare, and haircare to favorite teas, supplements, books, YouTubers, and one movie that will stay in my heart forever.

Things that truly changed my life in 2015 (in other words, made it bearable despite the fact that we lived without electricity throughout the whole year):

  1. Hurraw! Lip Balm in Tinted Cinnamon and in Vata. Hands down the best-tasting and smelling lip balms on Earth. I’m obsessed with the brand. You know I’m a sucker for anything to do with Ayurveda, so when I saw lip balms geared towards the three Ayurvedic constitutions, I knew I had to get the one for Vata. It’s full of warming oil and spices. Love it! The Tinted Cinnamon one tastes just like cinnamon (obviously) and it has a beautiful red tint. It’s very subtle, barely there, but it’s great for every day when all you want is soft lips and a hint of colour.
  2. 100% Pure Lip Butter in Cranberry – love this one so much! It has quite a lot of colour pay off and it looks gorgeous. I’m wearing it in the video below, so you can see what it looks like.
  3. 100% Pure Pot Rouge in Peachy – I loved it so much that I convinced my mom to get it, too. We both adore it. The ingredients are amazing, it looks very natural, and it blends so easily. Definitely my favorite blush of all times.
  4. Lily Lolo Lash Alert Natural Mascara – I’ve been using this mascara for 3 years. It’s still my favorite. It’s even better than all of the high street and designer mascaras I used to use in the old days. It lengthens and thickens my lashes at the same time. If you want to see it in action, check my one and only everyday makeup tutorial where I used this mascara.
  5. Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Popcorn – I’ve been using this mineral foundation for 3 years. It doesn’t have bismuth oxychloride like so many conventional mineral makeup brands. It’s not shimmery. it’s not too matte. The colour range is really good. You need the tiniest amount, and I’ve been using the same pot for 3 years. I haven’t even used half of it, so it really lasts forever. I apply it with my trusted Bare Minerals kabuki brush, which I’ve also been using for years.
  6. 100% Pure Burdock & Neem Healthy Scalp Shampoo – when I found this shampoo, I knew my search for a perfect organic shampoo was over. It was love at first sight. It’s better than anything I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t make my scalp itch and flake like so many other natural shampoos do. It doesn’t leave my hair dry, coarse or frizzy. It smells lovely. It lasts a long time because I use very little each time. I’ll be buying it until the end of time, seriously.
  7. Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Lotion – This is certainly not the “cleanest” product in my collection, but it’s still reasonably natural. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Ayurveda Be Curly line, especially this lotion, and I used it for years when I lived in London. Then I moved away and thought it was too expensive, then I starting playing around with DIY shampoos. I never found anything that made my hair look as good as the Curl Enhancing Lotion though. No matter how hard I searched, I kept thinking, “If I tried it again, would I still like it? Would it still make my hair look good?” Finally, I succumbed, purchased it, used it for the first time, and remembered why I loved it so much for all those years. It smells really good, doesn’t weigh my hair down, holds my curls, and protects them from dry weather and wind. I highly recommend it if you have curly hair like mine.
  8. Rosehip oil – I use two brands: Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil and Esential’aroms Lycorose Virgin Rosehip Oil. The latter is a lot better than the Trilogy one, but it’s very difficult to find. Esential’aroms is a Belgian brand that I found in my local health shop, but I couldn’t find it online anywhere. If you ever see it anywhere, snatch it up because it’s much more concentrated than the Trilogy one, it works better and you need less of it. However, Trilogy rosehip oil still is a very, very good alternative oil and it’s not too expensive either. Rosehip oil is great if you have acne scars, uneven skin tone, aging, and even for acne-prone skin. It’s a real multi-tasker that I use every single morning.
  9. Organic Vitamin E Oil – this oil is like spa in a bottle. It was actually the first product ever sent to me for a review and I was pleased when I received it because I’ve been wanting to try vitamin E for ages, plus it smelled amazing (it has lavender and palmarosa essential oils). I use a drop or two of this oil every single evening and it’s like a super restorative serum that makes my skin flawless by the time the morning comes and the wonderful smell helps me sleep better. It’s only 15ml, but I’ve been using it every single evening for 4 months and I still have a lot left, so it’s a worthy investment. Would I purchase it with my own money? Absolutely, and I will as soon as I run out. I think it’s amazing.
  10. Yogi Tea – my favorites at the moment are Green Chai and Clear Voice. I’ve tried most of them and they are all amazing. Each tea bag has a wise quote written on the tag and it’s different every time. It’s amazing how each day, whatever the quote I find, it’s going to be so relevant to that day’s events, emotions, or thoughts. How can a teabag read my mind?
  11. Organic India Tulsi/Brahmi Loose Leaf Tea – Tulsi and Brahmi are two traditional Ayurvedic herbs. Not only does this tea taste amazing, but it’s also energizing (in a good way), rejuvenating, it balances cortisol, balances histamine levels, and it’s just a perfect part of my morning routine.
  12. Organic Ashwagandha Powder – whenever I have the above tulsi and brahmi tea, I always add in 1/4 tsp. of organic ashwagandha powder. It is quite bitter, but mixed with tulsi and brahmi, it’s actually very nice. Ashwagandha is great for those with low thyroid, depression, fatigue or inability to concentrate. It also happens to be one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs in the West.
  13. Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate – most of us are magnesium deficient. Our soils are depleted and it’s pretty much impossible to get enough from food. My family and I have always had to supplement with magnesium for some weird reason or else we get leg cramps. I take either magnesium citrate powder or make magnesium oil from magnesium chloride flakes and apply it on my skin in the mornings (I’ll be sharing the recipe for homemade magnesium oil soon – it’s amazing!).
  14. “The Gifts of Imperfections” by Brene Brown – as strange as it may sound, I first heard about this book from… Surprise, surprise! Essena O’neill. 🙂 I followed her journey because I felt that something was terribly wrong and I wanted to see where it was all going to lead (I don’t know if you’re familiar with the whole scam story – shocking!). I got the book and enjoyed it more than any book I’ve ever read. I have a huge issue with trying to be perfect and wanting to please everyone. I struggle to be myself, the real me without any mask, and it often feels like I behave in a certain way with certain people just because I know that’s what they would like. I guess a lot of us are like that, and I am getting much better at it, especially after reading this book. As I am getting older, I have no time for the nonsense people-pleasing behaviour. If there is anything that can inspire me to be the weird me, I will grab it, and this book is definitely one of those things.
  15. “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo – I read this book when my home desperately needed an overhaul. My cupboards were overflowing, there were things everywhere, and I felt like I was losing control of my home (and my life). As soon as I read this book, I threw away bags and bags of clothes and things that just didn’t give me joy anymore or that never even gave me joy at all, but I held on to them because they were gifts, because I paid a lot of money for them, etc.  I’m much more pleased with my home now. It’s still work in progress, but it’s so much easier to keep tidy, and every single thing I own now brings me joy. Such a wonderful book.
  16. “The Magnesium Miracle” by Md Nd Carolyn Dean – I’ve always had magnesium deficiency, and my mom and sister as well, so it was extremely eye-opening to read about all of the reasons why magnesium is vital for a healthy body. It was definitely the most life-changing health-related book of 2015.
  17. Annie Jaffrey – Annie was my favorite YouTube personality of 2015. She’s a vegan and I’m not, yet I love watching her What I Ate Today videos for colorful food inspiration, healthy lifestyle tips, makeup tutorials, fashion, etc. I like her positive energy, I love her voice, and I think she’s incredibly beautiful. Definitely look her up!
  18. Mimi Ikonn and Alex Ikonn – these two guys are a YouTube power couple. Not only do they have great, super inspiring channels, but they are also the creators behind The 5 Minute Journal. Watching their vlogs always makes me motivated, positive, and very hopeful for the future. Their food is also so inspiring and healthy.
  19. Sarah Therese’s channel – I found Sarah Therese quite recently and I loved her face, amazing eyes, soothing voice, and fun videos. She’s currently pregnant, due to give birth quite soon, and I can’t believe how mature she is for her age. Such an inspirational young girl! She does lovely makeup tutorials, pregnancy related videos, healthy food inspiration, etc.
  20. In The Land of Blood and Honey (click here to watch the trailer) –  it’s definitely the most heart grabbing movie of 2015. I saw so many movies during the year because we didn’t have electricity at home, so the evenings were long and dark. We charged the laptop elsewhere during the day and then watched one movie most nights. It was difficult to choose just one movie because we saw so many great ones, but this one was simply different. It was directed by Angelina Jolie (I love everything that woman touches) and it depicts beautifully the complexity of war: both horrible things and beautiful things exist at the same time, and often people aren’t just good or bad. In fact, there is no black or white, just lot of grey tones. War often makes people forget who they really are. It’s a truly beautiful movie. If you aren’t a big fan of Hollywood movies, you’re going to love this piece of art.

So here we go, these are my 2015 favorites. Wow, what a year! Now it’s your turn to share something with me. 🙂 What were your top 3 favorites from 2015? 

Lots of love,

Vita xx

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this list! I have been looking for an organic shampoo I love and I can’t wait to try the 100% Pure Burdock & Neem Shampoo. 🙂 Love all your tips on non toxic beauty products.

    And it’s nice to have you back and blogging again! 😉

  2. I was looking for a natural shampoo for ages and I did use 100% Pure for a bit and it is awesome, just like all other products by the company, but it’s just too expensive:( I found another one with super amazing natural ingredients by Carina Organics that’s got way more reasonable prices. I love it so much; I use the daily shampoo and conditioner without apple cider vinegar (too drying for my skin). If you are up for trying something new, give it a try.
    I do still love and use other 100% stuff.
    I also recently discovered I have thyroid issues. It would be nice if you posted regular updates on how well those supplements work for you. Btw do you supplement with iodine, like in a form of seaweed? I’ve read that kelp from Iceland is pretty good. Also for people with thyroid problems, it’s important to get really good water filters (distiller or reverse osmosis) since the chlorine and fluoride from tap water expel iodine from your body.

    • Hi Anna, I agree, the 100% Pure prices are really high. However, I was my hair more or less every 5 days and i use so little of the shampoo. I reckon one bottle lasts me about 6 months, so it’s not so bad price-wise. I’ll look into that shampoo you’ve recommended. Thank you! I don’t supplement with iodine or kelp. I did try it at the beginning of my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis with both high dose iodine and then low dose kelp. I had horrible issues from both. I agree with the doctors and scientists who say that iodine is detrimental for those with autoimmune thyroid issues. Plus, I live on an island in the middle of the ocean. I eat mostly seafood. All the vegetables and fruit are grown locally and the soil is full of iodine, so I get plenty of it. The tap water over here isn’t drinkable, so we always buy bottled spring water. xx

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