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05 December 2016

Aura Manuka Honey mask from Antipodes- generously healing

A moisturising mask is the beauty essential I reach when the weather is cold/windy and my skin wants some comfort. I decided to test the Aura Manuka honey Mask from Antipodes thanks to the LoveLula Blogger program. Not only have I heard brilliant things about this mask, but it also seems it is really the product my skin needs at the moment. Check what I think below!


My opinion

There is no need to introduce the brillant green beauty brand coming all the way from New Zealand: Antipodes. In addition to a beautiful packaging, the brand uses Manuka honey as its star ingredient in their premium line including the popular Aura Manuka honey mask.

Just before talking in more details about the Aura mask, I thought it is necessary to explain a bit why Manuka honey is so special. Manuka honey, which originates from Manuka tree flowers, is reknown for its amazing and unique antibacterial properties thanks to the presence of a molecule called methylglyoxal. Due to its low pH and high viscosity, Manuka honey protects the skin but also boosts its healing processes. It reduces inflammation and draws moisture into the skin.
Be aware that not all Manuka honeys are equal in terms of quality, but the one sourced and used by Antipodes comes from "special hives located in very isolated areas" and derived from "the nectar of the white and pink flowers of wild-grown native Manuka shrubs".

Back to the Aura mask now! I would describe the mask as a very delicate medium thick cream that smells amazing - a very delightful sweet scent with a Vanilla and Mandarin hint. It smells wonderfully good, but it is great for the skin too! Let me explain. Twice a week, I apply onto cleansed skin after using the Juliet brigthening cleanser (see review here). I make sure I use quite a thick layer to maximise effects and I leave it for a good 30 min.
I rinse off with lukewarm water and here is what I observe: my skin is extra soft, calmed, nurtured, healed, lifted. I've been really impressed by the immediate results. My skin is not so much prone to breakouts so I can't really comment on that, but I would really think the Aura mask can really help to reduce any skin inflammation symptoms.

The Aura mask is the beauty solution to a lot of skin problems and I have been really delighted by the overall effect it gives to my skin. It retails at £21.99 for 75ml, not cheap but completely worth it.... Deeply in love it!

Available at LoveLula.

Have you tried it? what do you think?

Composition: aqua (water), Leptospermum scorparium mel (Manuka) Honey Active 20+, Persia gratissima (Avocado) oil, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerol stearate, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate, Vittis vinifera (Vinanza grape grape seed) extract, Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) oil, Metrosideros excelsa (Pohutukawa flower) extract, tocopherol (Vitamin E), essential oil fragrances of Vanilla & Mandarin. Contains Coumarin, d-limonene, linalool.


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29 November 2016

Baobab oil: its beauty secrets

After talking about Rosehip (see here), Argan (see here), Cacay (see here) oils, today I am very happy to share some great beauty facts about Adansonia digitata oil or commonly named Baobab oilBaobab oil is a very interesting oil that is very popular in Africa but perhaps a bit less elsewhere. So let's discover together its beauty secrets!


Its look and texture / 
Baobab oil is extracted from the fruit seeds of the Baobab. This unrefined and rich oil has a very intense golden yellow color. Lightweight oil, it massages with ease with a very soft touch.

Its smell /
It is quite nutty and very pleasant.

What's inside /
Looking closely at its composition, Baobab oil is rich in fatty acids- acid oleic,  Omega 9, Palmitic acid and stearic acid to name a few.

Good for the skin /
If you suffer from dry skin, then this oil is your little skin saviour. Due to its moisturising, emollient and regenerative properties, Baobab oil repairs and heals little damages. It helps to prevent premature ageing and can even be used on the body to attenuate scars.

Good for the hair / 
Say bye bye to dry ends! The restorative Baobab oil conditions and repairs hair. It protects the hair and keeps it shiny.

The one I am using /
You may have seen it on my Instagram feed: I have been using the Ooh! Baobab oil *(£19.00 for 30ml) since a few weeks now. It was part of the September edition Beauty box from LoveLula (see here). I massage 2 or 3 drops of the precious oil every evening on the areas more prone to dryness, such as cheeks. My skin feels nourished, protected and softened. I have also applied it occasionally before shampoo as a pre-treat on my hair lenght to restore shine and suppleness.

Final thoughts /
Baobab oil is a lovely multi-purpose beauty oil designed to regenerate dry skin and repair dry hair. Perfect to use during Fall/Winter season or anytime when your skin feels a bit on the dry side.


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22 November 2016

Instagram love: my favorite accounts

You may see me quite active on Twitter, but there is another social media site that I really like using: Instagram. You can find me HERE.
Today I want to share with you some of my favorite Instagram accounts. Some focus on green beauty only, other more on green lifestyle and some are just very inspiring or very pretty. Well, I love them  all and thought I will give them a little shout out!


The Peridot - Run by the lovely Liz and Tamara, this is the lovely account of the amazing online green beauty/lifestyle magazine. I am a big fan.

Oceanearthandhair - This is the Instagram account of Kym (former owner of Flight skincare) who nicely shares snapshots of her amazing liftestyle and family based in Australia. Very dreamy.

Homeadore - I love this account. It really inspires me when it comes to home decoration, interior design, color association, material or anything related to the house. Love the luxurious feeling!

Howyouglow- From beauty products to green milshakes to sandy beaches, this account really helps me to "glow" and brings me "bonne humeur" throughout the day. Worth checking it.

Amsterdamming -  Andra, thank you for showing us some beautiful pictures of Amsterdam!  I am glad you are able to capture everything that makes this city so vibrant and cosy. Check it out!

Sarahapriceca - It is all about green beauty with Sarah. Loving the minimalistic look of her pictures and big fan of her blog too.


What are your favorite Instagram accounts? tell me!


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15 November 2016

Why you need to try the latest Superfood for the skin: Cacay oil

If you follow the beauty media/social media closely, you may have noticed the increase focus on a newly beauty oil called Cacay oil. It is supposed to be the latest top anti-ageing oil and since I wanted to figure out whether it is worth or not, I did a bit of research and, of course, tested one- the Cacay oil* from Cacay Naturals.


What is it?
The precious Cacay oil is extracted from the very nurtritive nuts from the Amazon tree Cacay. It has a light nutty smell (which I love!) and a beautiful light gold color.

What's so special about it?
The organic cold pressed Cacay oil is very rich in vitamin E, linoleic acid and retinol. Great. But what makes it unique is that it contains 50% more vitamin E than Argan oil. The proportion of linoleic acid is much higher than in Rosehip, Argan or Tamanu. The retinol amount is 3x higher than in Rosehip oil.

Which benefits for the skin?
It nourishes and softens the skin.
It heals and repairs.
It reduces redness.
It reduces fine lines and blemishes.
It reduces hyperpigmentation and illuminates.

Which skin types can use it?
All type of skins can use this precious oil, whether you have a dry or oily skin, suffering from breakouts or having a sensitive skin.

My conclusion
I have tried many beauty oils to date, but I have to say that the Cacay oil from Cacay Naturals really stands out. In addition to a fabulous content, the Cacay oil also perfoms super well. At least for me. I only use it in the evening and after a few weeks of trial, I can say that my skin looks more even, brighter, just more uniform than before. I was not expecting it but this is a really great oil if you want to boost the skin healing functions, fight those little fine lines that appear with age or just restore skin's balance.
I love the fact that this oil comes in a tinted glass bottle which really helps to preserve the integrity of the oil.
Retailing at £32.75 for 30ml, it is not cheap but it is somehow quite well-priced if you consider the performance and the tiny amount you need per day.

This is definitely a beauty winner for me and would definitely encourage anyone to try it!

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What do you think? convinced?

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11 November 2016

Love Lula October green beauty box, superb deal!

So happy to present you the Beauty box from LoveLula, October edition. A bit later than usual but that's ok. Remember the fantastic items in the September edition (see here)? Well the October edition is equally better or even better. Worth more than £40.00, you only pay the amazing price of £12.50 and get all the products below.
And not to forget, you also get a 20% discount on all the brands included in the box. So If you really like a product and would like to purchase it, jump on the offer! Back to the content now.


Barefoot SOS nourishing cleansing cream (full size) // This is an amazing full size cleanser that retails on its own at £20.00! I love creamy cleanser that not only cleanses properly the skin but also nurtures and soothes the skin. The weather is colder and I am sure my skin will love having its daily "routine" with this one. It contains Rosa Mosqueta and Grapeseed oils plus nourishing Cocoa butter. It comes in a handy pump that makes it very hygienic to use.

Ren Flash Hydro-Boost (10 ml sample) // Moisturisers are beauty essentials. So, really pleased to be able to test the latest product from Ren (remember how I love the Moroccan Rose Otto body wash and sugar polish here) which is plumpling and recharges the skin within a few minutes thanks to Hyaluronic acid, ceramides and xylitol. Can't wait to tell you more about this one so make sure you follow my Instagram too. But can already say that a one-off application left my skin incredibly smooth!

John Masters Lip calm (full size) // Soothing and repairing lip balm that also smells really citrussy, that how I could summarize the lip calm from John Masters organic. Certified USDA organic, the lip balm is a really nice coocon for dry and dehydrated lips. I have used it a couple of time already and it  works wonderfully.

PHB natural soap // I have to admit that I am not the greatest soap user. However, I am very tempted to try this one from pHB which has been made by hand in small batches. It is also scented with Lavender which is one of my favorite scent and reminds me my holidays in Provence.

Bon pure tissue oil (sample) // I am very curious about this sample which is an enriched-vitamin E oil blend (with Rosehip, Grapeseed, Avocado) meant to help with scarring and stretch marks. I will probably use it on the body as a body oil and looking forward to see any results. Will keep you posted.

Another great beauty box from LoveLula! Hurry up and sign up here.


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08 November 2016

Introducing the english beauty brand Greenfrog Botanic

Greenfrog Botanic is an english beauty company that specializes in bodycare beauty products. The entire range features a very interesting ingredient reknowm in India for its cleansing property: the soapberry extract. This extract is really rich in saponins- molecules that act as natural detergents. I have never came across beauty products containing these magical berries, so I am quite curious to compare it to other cleansing body products I have used before.
Greenfrog Botanic sent me a couple of products to test. Read about my thoughts below!


Botanical handwash Rose & Neroli (£7.80 for 300ml)
I am someone who tend to wash my hands quite often during the day, so I really need a very gentle handwash that definitely does not overdry the skin. The one from Greenfrog Botanic comes in a handy pump and houses a creamy gold hand cleanser. One pump is enough to throroughly cleanse hands and leaves them delicately scented with Rose and Neroli mixed with some nice Bitter Orange and Lavender aromas. I am quite a fan of the scent and find that my hands are really soft after use. Bare in mind that this handwash is less foaming than traditionnal green handwashes. Last but not least, the volume of the bottle is very generous so happy to give a thumb up to this affordable green product.

Botanical bodywash Geranium & Peppermint (£8.80 for 300ml)
The bodywash is a SLS-free body cream cleanser that looks somehow fairly similar to the handwash in terms of texture but in an even less foaming version. This kind of bothers me a little since I like to have a bit of foam when it comes to showers. Apart from that, I really like the fact that it cleanses well and that my skin feels refreshed and hydrated. Although I am a superfan of Peppermint, I don't get along with the scent. I can't really picture the reasons for that, but it is just not what I expected.  So I am a tad disappointed about this bodywash (I made my husband try it and he loved it: texture, scent, results... so maybe it is just me. But still). Notice again that the price is really good considering the volume. I would be really keen to try the other scents of the range to see whether I have more chances with them.

... let's explore more from Greenfrog Botanic!

Want to have more info or purchase? it's HERE.

Have you tried this brand? what do you think?


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01 November 2016

Clean and illuminate your face with the Antipodes Juliet skin-brightening gel cleanser

Antipodes is an award-winning green beauty brand from New Zealand that offers a range of certified skincare, bodycare and makeup products.
Although Antipodes is very popular in the green beauty market, I have never tried anything from them.
Thanks to Lovelula and their blogger program, I have been able to test over the past few weeks the Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening cleanser. Read below what I think of it!


My opinion

The Juliet skin-brightening cleanser (£24.99 for 200ml)* is a nice brown gel that transforms into a foaming emulsion with the addition of a bit of water. The consistency of the gel is quite interesting and really reminds me more of a creamy chocolate pudding than just a clear gel.

The cleanser is designed to blemish-prone and oily skins. Formula wise, it contains a few ingredients aiming at clarifying the skin. But it also contains other ingredients that will nurture the skin.
To mention a few, you can find:
-Vinanza Performance Plus which comprises exfoliating Kiwifruit skin and antioxidant Grapeseed extract which is suppsed to be anti-ageing, moisturising, calming and illuminating.
- Manuka honey, a low pH and rich in sugar honey that is super healing and repairing.
- Avocado oil, an extremely oleic-rich oil that brings moisture and softeness to the skin.
- Hibiscus flower extract  which is rich in alpha-hydroxy-acids and anthoncyanides and helps to exfoliate and brighten the skin.

 The foaming properties are due to the combination of a couple of a mild detergent (the sodium cocoyl glutamate and sodium lauroamphoacetate) which are generally very well tolerated by sensitive skins.

The scent of the cleanser is very fresh and fruity, and perhaps less floral compared to other cleansers I have tried (such as this one or this one), but still a very pleasant aroma to my taste!

I use the Juliet cleanser morning and evening as first cleanser. I sometimes leave it a couple minutes on the skin, and rinse it out with lukewarm water. My skin feels revived after use, very clear and illuminated. Make-up and impurities are all gone. The cleanser is not drying at all and doesn't sting - I think it would also be suitable to normal/combination skin types. Retailing at almost £25.00, it is not cheap but it is one of those complete and well rounded cleansers that I would definitely purchase.

....more than just a cleanser!

Rate: 8.5/10

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Have you used it? what do you think?

Composition: aqua, Vitis vinifera & Actindia chinensis (grapeseed and kiwifruit skin) extracts, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, wheat germamidopropyldimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolysed wheat protein), sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil, Simondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Leptospermum scoparium mel (Manuka) honey, Hibiscus sabdafirra (Hibiscus flower) extract, sodium benzoate, gluconolactone, calcium gluconate, fragance of green Apple and Cardamon (benzyl alcohol, cinamal, citral, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, linalool)



25 October 2016

Beauty Serum selection

Serums are my favorite beauty products. Concentrated. Potent. Must-have.

I have tried many of them and I thought I would make a little selection to help you to find the one your skin needs. Note that I have only listed water-based products and all beauty oils/oil blends are excluded. Dont worry, I will do a specific post for them.



Your skin is dehydrated// Choose the Madara SOS hydra repair serum (see review here).

Your skin is dull// Choose the S5 skincare Illuminate serum (see review here).

Your skin is devitalised// Choose the Andalou Naturals Fruit stem cells Revitalise serum (see review here).

Your skin is inflamed// Choose the Marie-Veronique Redness Relief serum (see review here).

Your skin is unbalanced// Choose the S5 skincare purity serum (see review here).

Your skin needs a boost// Choose the Northport Naturals mineral ocean serum (see review here).

Your skin is tired // Choose the Nuxe beautifying serum (no review yet).


A couple of other serums will be added to the list very soon.

Which serum is your favourite? tell me!