Mademoiselle Nature

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13 February 2018

Valentine's day top beauty tips

     Love is in the air...Valentine's day is tomorrow! Are you ready?  If not, don't worry. I've got you covered.
I am sharing with you my top 4 beauty tips to be and feel gorgeous for that unique occasion!



1- Exfoliate from top to toes
Get that smooth and unbelievably soft skin by buffing away dead cells and impurities. Opt for a gentle skincare exfoliant such as the Kimberly Sayer gentle Almond and Lavender exfoliant (see HERE) or the Madara Peel mask (see HERE) to simply reveal a more luminous complexion. For the body, I love the Ren Moroccan Rose Otto body polish (see HERE) for its incredible smoothing action on the skin.

2- Indulge your skin with body oil 
Embrace that satin-feel and shimmering skin after massaging the body with a luxurious oil after showering.You don't need a lot but a few drops will do miracles in hydrating the skin while enveloping it with a delicate scent your loved one will not forget! Best is to apply onto damp skin- without forgetting to apply a small amount onto the pulse points (wrists, inner elbow etc). I strongly recommend the Bodhi&Birch body oils (see HERE), the most aromatic body oils I know on the market!

3- Focus on the lips
Dare to try something new for that special evening especially when it comes to lipsticks and colors. At the end of the day, you don't need to have the "perfect "makeup look but a unified complexion and a nice red touch on the lip will be enough to give you that wow factor. RMS beauty offers a range of fabulous lip balms with really interesting shades- the Content shade is a lovely not too dark red shade worth to check!

4- Be yourself
You are the star of the evening, so no matter what, YOU make that evening special, neither your makeup, hairstyle or outfit. Enjoy that special moment, treasure kindness and be thankful to be with your special one.


Wishing everyone a lovely Valentine's day! What are your plans?

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05 February 2018

Green make-up reviews: RMS Beauty and Dr Haushka

Today's post is a little bit different: I will be talking about make-up, yes! I don't write often about make-up; the simple reason being is that I am quite picky and I have always been struggling with finding green make-up that really suits me. I know, I know. I generally find the textures too heavy or greasy and not matte enough. I may have to experiment a bit more...
The hunt for my "suitable " green make-up is still on the go. And today, I am happy to present a few items that I have picked at LoveLula*. Love or hate? Find out below!


The RMS Beauty "Un"cover-up  (£34.00)
The little concealer shot fame already a while ago amongst all the beauty bloggers and beauty users. I thought I really had to try it, although I remained at first skeptical about its texture but moreover its performance. The blend is mainly made of Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, beeswax and a blend of minerals that gives that light tinted coverage. I find the pot really cute but not really hygienic especially since you have to "work the concealer out" a bit to warm it up and get the right amount on your fingers. Having said that, it doesn't feel too greasy or heavy and really covers well any red marks or small blemishes.  I also use a tiny amount underneath the eyes to lighten and smooth out the areas. As an overall, will I call the magical touch? Not really. I like it but I am not wowed... not sure why.



The RMS Beauty Swift shadow garden Rose GR-19 (£19.00)
I owe this one a review for a long time. If you follow my blog, you have probably seen it being featured in my top 2017 beauty/make-up products! I am a big fan of pressed shadows as I don't have too much time to play around with loose mineral eyeshadows. I have green eyes, so I tend to go for pink/purple tones to highlight the color.
The Garden Rose eyeshadow clearly delivers an awesome result and I am very impressed! But what really impresses me the most is that the shadow applies really easily, by gliding over the lid and stays nicely all day long without even cringing. Made with soft and natural ingredients, the formula is really gentle making it really suitable for sensitive eyes. I will for sure repurchase this one and will be also trying other shades too! The RMS eyeshadow has quite a high price tag but is completely worth the purchase.

The Dr. Haushka eyeshadow Solo Lilac 7 (£13.50)
 I have been using this it a bit less regularly than the RMS eyeshadow but still occasionally reach it. Although the color may seem a bit summery, the Lilac shade looks beautiful no matter the seasons we are in. And more importantly, it combines very well green eyes too. As I said, the color is very pretty but appears slightly less "intense" on the eyes, which is totally fine. It has less shimmer than the RMS eyeshadow and provides a more matte finish on the eyelid. I often use the little brush that comes with it and find it quite practical. At the end of the day, the Dr. Hauskha eyeshadow is a pleasant surprise and considering the price, it is definitely a make-up item I would consider repurchasing.


What do you think? What are your favorite eyeshadows?


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26 January 2018

2 beauty products to rescue irritated & inflamed skin

Life is a rollercoaster. Sometimes the journey is calm and smooth and sometimes, the journey is rougher and more hectic. All these changes can really reflect on the skin if not handled correctly.
With the aim of nurturing, balancing, soothing my skin, I have reached out for 2 calming beauty skincare products that I have picked at Lovelula: the CV Skinlabs Rescue+Relief spray* and the Ren Evercalm ultra comforting mask*. Find out below what I think of them!


CV Skinlabs Rescue+Relief spray ($34.00 for 175ml)

 I was really interested in a high performant product that could ease right away any signs of itchiness, discomfort or stress and hoped this spray would become very soon a beauty staple in my routine. And the answer is yes: I might have found a little gem here!

The CV Skinlabs spray has been formulated as an "advance therapy for burned, wounded or irritated skin". My skin is neither burned or wounded. It also does not show any kind of distress at the moment apart from occasional redness. What has particularly attracted me in the Rescue+Relief spray is its awesome formulation.You can find a plethora of soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Aloe vera, water lily extract, Turmeric root extract, Ginger, Alpha-Bisabolol, Oat kernel extract- to heal and calm any flare-ups.

I mainly use this spray on the face and on the decollete in the evening instead of a toner. The emulsion is light and milky and feels like a nice breeze but I try to not overspray as it could make the skin a tad too sticky.

This is a product that I mainly reach to balance my skin and bring a moment of peace as the serum delivers the ultimate soothing ingredient cocktail.  If you have a sensitive, tired, stressed or troubled skin, I would really recommend this product as the ultimate SOS skin treat!

Ren Evercalm ultra comforting mask (£28.00 for 50ml)

I have been testing topical probiotics a couple months ago (see HERE), and since then, I have really been wanting to incorporate into my beauty routine more products using these new ingredients in their formulation. So I have picked the  Evercalm mask, a creamy and unctuous mask designed to strengthen the skin barrier. It contains a combination of probiotic- the Lactobacillus ferment, emollients- Alpha-glucan oligosaccharides, alongside other skin-loving components such as some nurturing botanical oils and algae extracts.

I wanted a mask that is able to calm my skin and to offer a moment of de-stress while restoring the skin's natural balance and stimulating its own repair mechanisms ... and it really seems working well!

The mask is housed in an airless flacon pump which is hygienic and delivers precisely the amount. needed. I generally leave it a good 20 min -even more- to maximize its effects. My skin is left luminous, soothed, and appears to be less reactive.

If your skin is easily irritated or stressed, this mask really helps to manage and tone down the skin sensitivity. Do no expect too much miracle overnight but this is a great beauty item to reach weekly for a more healthy complexion.

The only downside for me is the small countenance of the product for its price.


What do you think? Which products are your reaching when your skin is unsettled?


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11 January 2018

My top 4 favorite beauty/make-up products in 2017

After a nice little break from social media over the Christmas holidays and spending some time in France (eating lots of gourmet food and cherishing time with my family), I am finally back with my first post of the year 2018.
I thought It would be a good start to really narrow my love down to the top 4 beauty products I have enjoyed the most in 2017.


1-RMS beauty Swift Shadow Garden 19 (£19.00 unit)
With its unctuous yet powdery texture, the RMS pressed eyeshadow is really a big surprise to me. I am not a fan of greasy texture especially when it comes to makeup and I have to say that I was slightly afraid at first that this one would be too heavy. That was not the case. It is really smooth, applies really easily with a brush or finger (I use the latter) and just stays all day long without cringing. The color Garden 19 is a really nice pink with some shimmering in it. Lovely yet subtle, it gives a nice glow to the eyes. Definitely a good pick!

2- Andalou natural Coconut water firming cleanser (£11.00 for 160ml)    
This really good for value cleanser has really won my heart for its outstanding performance. It leaves the skin deliciously smooth, soft, and really glowing. For more details, read my complete review HERE. But in one word: go for it!

3- Kimberly Sayer Ultra-light Moisturiser SPF 30 (£26.50 for 120ml) 
I have already mentioned my love for this moisturizer a few times and I can already foresee that this moisturizer will also remain a firm favorite in 2018. Its lightweight and fast-absorbing texture provides enough moisture and its ability to protect the skin from the UV rays is a big plus for me. This is a very much loved and trusted item. I use it everyday and it just delivers exactly what I expect: hydration, protection, and last but not least, a lovely finish.

4- Esse Organic Toner Plus (£46 for 100ml)
Toners are an essential part of my skincare routine: they have so many benefits for the skin that I don't see myself skipping this step in a near future. My eyes got caught by the Toner plus from Esse. It is not just a toner, it features a plethora of incredible ingredients for the skin including probiotics, prebiotics, plant extracts and many more. You can read my detailed review HERE. I love this toner which almost looks like a "liquid" serum. It is expensive but completely worth its price!


What do you think? Any favorites to share with me?

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31 December 2017

That time of the year...

 I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with your loved ones! It is already time to begin a new year, starting new chapters, embracing new challenges, dealing with new ups and downs, creating new opportunities! Are you ready for it? I am!

I would like to thank all my amazing readers, all the lovely brands and shops I have been working with over the past few years. Let's continue the adventure together!




HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 everyone!


Stay tuned because I will do soon a recap of my favorite 2017 beauty products. Don't miss it!

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06 December 2017

4 beauty tips to prepare your skin for the festivities

 The party season will officially kick off in less than 3 weeks, how exciting! I have been lately really enjoying warm evenings cozying up under my favorite wool blanket (mine is from Flinkcheck their website, it is really nice). It is chilly out there so nothing is more comforting than just taking it very easy, isn't it?
Ok, back to beauty now. Since Christmas and NYE's celebrations are on their way, I thought I would do a special post to help you to preparing your skin for these glam occasions!
So I have compiled the top 4 beauty tips to help your skin to be at its best for the festivities.



1-  Make the scrub+mask session a priority
This result-driven session will restore skin glow by clarifying and brightening the skin. Once a week, just massage a gentle scrub onto cleansed skin to remove dead cells and improve the skin texture. I particularly love the Kimberly Sayer gentle scrub* (review HERE), suitable for sensitive skins. Follow-up with a brightening mask. The radiance mask from Kahina is rich and nurturing perfect for normal to dry skin while the Rossi intense rejuvenation Rose & Pink clay mask is the perfect match to combi/oily skins (review HERE).

2- Green your diet
Along with great skincare habits, a balanced diet is crucial in order to achieve skin radiance from the inside-out. This is even truer at this time of the year before the 2-week overindulgence coming up. Your goal: flushing the toxins and bringing on skin glow! Best is to invite lots of dark leafy veggies on your plate: they are loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants and are top to purify the body and skin. My favorite picks are Watercress, Spinach, and Chards (I struggle with Kale's taste, to be honest, but if you like it, go for it!).

3- Don't forget the eyes
Eyes are the mirrors of the soul ... isn't? Tired eyes can really make anyone look exhausted so make sure to use an eye cream that will address the first signs of aging but also brighten and lift the area. I have been using the Mad Hippie eye cream for months now and really like it. But if you want a targeted eye product specifically designed for tired eyes, then go for the Madara Smart anti-fatigue eye rescue cream that smoothes away dark circles and hydrates the eye contour.

4- Focus on the right products
Choose concentrated skincare products with potent anti-aging and healing ingredients, because ingredients matter. Go for vitamin A-rich Cacay oil  (review HERE) if your skin needs some serious regeneration boost. A vitamin C serum is also a good pick as Vitamin C is known to illuminate the skin and boost collagen production. I have tried the Mad Hippie Vit C serum (review HERE). I have my eyes on a couple of other potent skin loving serums such as the Soothing serum from Marie Veronique and the Aeos energizing conditioner. It is all about choosing effective products and achieving maximum results in minimum time!



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16 November 2017

Black Friday deal with LoveLula: my favourite picks

Great news everybody: Black Friday is almost here and from today onwards LoveLula is offering 15% off across all the products (except the beauty box)!

Just use FRIDAY at the check-out. The offer is valid until the 2nd of December so don't miss out!

Whether you want to do some early Christmas shopping or just treat yourself, below is a little round-up of my top LoveLula beauty goodies.


1- Esse Organic toner Plus*- Highly formulated toner featuring probiotics and prebiotics to rebalance the skin (review HERE).

2- Alchemy Amla hair remedy*- A fantastic hair stimulating oil that performs really well (review HERE).

3- Kimberly Sayer ultra light moisturizer SPF30*- My all-time favorite moisturizer that hydrates and protects the skin (review HERE).

4- Madara Age Superseed Age recovery facial oil*- A potent cocktail of some of the best botanical oils to fight against the signs of premature aging (review HERE).

5- Hurraw lip balm*- A range of super nourishing lip balms to soothe and repair dry lips (review HERE). A firm winter must-have!

Happy shopping :-)


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08 November 2017

5 beauty ingredients your skin needs in November

November is already here with the cold winds, grey sky and scattered rains and these weather conditions are usually not tender with the skin!
Here is a little round-up of the top 5 beauty ingredients your skin needs to remain happy and hydrated during the Fall!



Hyaluronic acid
Known for its ability to retain water, hyaluronic acid is one of the best moisturizing ingredients on the market. Acting as a humectant, he can retain an impressive number of water molecules.
In addition to being hydrating, hyaluronic acid and its salt-sodium hyaluronate- can plump and illuminate the skin. More about this fabulous ingredient in the Bloom Avenue Magazine.

Shea butter
Praised for its ultra-moisturizing and protective properties, shea butter is a classic in the green world. Rich is oleic acid and stearic acid, shea butter also contains a small percentage of unsaponifiables such as phytosterols and vitamin A. Whether you want to cocoon your skin or nourish your hair, Shea butter does it all! It is a great ingredient if your skin is normal/mature leaning to sensitive/dry.
If you go for raw shea butter, best is to purchase fairtrade and organic.

Probiotics
These live organisms have demonstrated interesting benefits when applied topically. Although many studies still need to be done, probiotics seem to play an important role in maintaining skin hydration and reducing inflammation.
If you are looking for a brand using probiotics, I strongly recommend Esse Probiotics. I have loved their toner (review HERE). I have sampled a few other products from their range and can tell with the same level of enthusiasm that they were awesome too.

Rosehip oil
The golden orange precious oil have gained many fans over the years, and this is not surprising.This exquisite oil is bursting with vitamins and nutrients that heals, repairs, calm and soothes the skin. For more details, read my post over this truly unique oil HERE.

Love
Even though "love" sounds a bit cliche, it is actually really important to care, love and take the time to treat your skin properly. A rushed beauty routine or using the wrong products can lead to undesired results. Instead, make some time for your skin especially in the evening. Your beauty routine does not need to be complicated, it just needs to be adapted to your skin type.


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