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18 April 2017

5 scientifically tested beauty ingredients for sensitive skins

If your skin is sensitive, you may want to keep your skincare regime quite simple and privilege beauty products that won't leave your skin even more prone to irritation but instead calm and heal.

Below are the top natural beauty ingredients to look for in a skincare product that can definitely help delicate/stressed out skins.


Colloidal oatmeal - This fine powder derived from oat grains made of starch, proteins, lipids, fibres and betaglucans is particularly effective in downregulating skin inflammatory reactions. Moisturising, anti-itchy, and even anti-oxidant, it relieves skin discomfort and dryness. A very interesting beauty ingredient that soothes and heals stressed skins.

Chamomille extract - Whether you have oily, dry or mature skins, Chamomille is an all-time skin soother that can help healing irritations/small wounds. Its amazing anti-inflammatory properties are partly due to two constituants called alpha-Bisabolol and chamazulene. A couple of studies even pointed out its skin brightening effects.

Aloe vera gel - One of my all time favorite ingredients because it gives an instant calming effect when applied. Its light and refreshing texture coupled with a stunning composition (mucilages, minerals, vitamins, enzymes) make it a super healing and anti-itchiness compound for all the skin types especially the very sensitive ones. Not forgetting its amazing hydrating properties thanks to the presence of sugars.

Calendula extract - Also called Marigold, Calendula can be considered as one of the best SOS plants. Its (flower) extract rich in flavonoids such as quercetin has been proved to have potent anti-oxidant in addition to strong anti-inflammatory properties. If your skin is irritated, feels itchy and is craving for a quick healing fix, then look for Calendula extract in product formulations.

Honey - The sweet flower nectar transformed by the bees is one powerful skin healer. Its effects on the skin has been reported in many scientific studies highlighting the strong moisturising and anti-bacterial properties. With its viscous texture, low pH and its composition rich in sugars, vitamins, aminoacids and minerals, honey moisturises, smoothes and repairs. One of my favorite DIY ingredients too.


Sensitive skins: treat your skin with love.


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06 April 2017

Body washes under 10 euros

Today, let's talk about body wash. I am always on the hunt for some nice and affordable ones that are sulfate-free, non drying for the skin and that cleanse well. Too much to ask? Well let's see.
 I have picked the Organic Surge Awakening Body Wash and the Human+Kind Shampoo+Bodywash Apples & Herbs at Lovelula thanks to the blogger program. My thoughts are below!


Organic Surge Awakening Body Wash (£6.99 for 250ml)

This body wash has met all my expectations: uplifting, fresh, perfect to wake up in the morning and cleanses the skin vert nicely. The scent is really limy/citrussy but not too strong - perfect for my taste.
I love using the Super fresh body wash in the morning or just after a workout. It is like a big breeze of zesty aromas, ideal to energise the mind! It also displays a nice foam that gently cleanses the skin while leaving it soft and fresh. It contains some Aloe vera juice that softens and moisturises.
I was already a massive fan of the the Citrus Mint body wash (see here), so I can confidently recommend their range of body washes to anyone who wants to integrate a bit of green in their daily body routine at an afforable price!

Composition: aqua (water), Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice*, ammonium lauryl sulfate, cocamidopropylbetaine, coco-glucoside, sodium caporal/lauroyl lactylate, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, sodium benzoate, Maris sal (sea salt). patassium sorbet, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Litsea Cubeba fruit oil, benzoic acid, citric acid, Cymbopognon Flexuosus oil, sodium phytate, Achillea millefolium oil, Citrus lemon (lemon) peel oil, Citrus nobles (Mandarin Orange) peel oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), leaf oil, alcohol, citral limonene, linalool. *ingredient from organic farming. Naturally occuring in essential oils.

Human+kind Shampoo+Bodywash Apples & herbs (£7.50 for 250ml)

With their very nice packaging, Human + kind offers simple/affordable green beauty skincare/bodycare products. I have tried one of their moisturisers a couple of years ago (see here). Not long ago, their entire collection only included 5 or 6 products, but I am really glad to see that they have expanded their range in a very nice and complementary way.
Since my "me-time" is always very limited (hello all the mummies out there!), I thought trying a 2 in 1 (body& hair) product could be a wise pick.
The 2 in 1 shampoo+bodywash Apples & herbs is designed for sensitive skins so this is a good start. The scent is really soft and fresh, completely my cup of tea. The product foams easily when you massage it onto the skin, but not as well when you shampoo the hair. Although I find that my skin becomes nicely cleansed and soft, my hair needs a conditionner for some extra softening/caring.
So all in all, this product works well as body wash, but I am less keen to use it for my hair on a regular basis.

Composition: aqua (water), Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice*, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoamphoacetate, glycerin, sodium chlorate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, citric acid, parfum (fragance), coco glucoside, glycol distearate, glycreyl oleate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, Althea officinialis root extract, isopropyl alcohol, tocopherol, glyceryl stearate, lactic acid, benzoic acid, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate.


Have you tried them? what is your favorite everyday body wash?

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28 March 2017

LoveLula March beauty box: love it

Spring has officially started since a few days and....wow, that feels really nice!
Let me now introduce you the March edition beauty box from LoveLula*-a superb dealWorth more that £40.00, you only pay £12.50 and get 4 full size products + one sample. And not to forget that you also get a 20% discount on all the brands included in the box.
So what does the box contain?



Seascape Unwind body wash (full size) // A brand that I definitely wanted to try for a long time! I am completely in love with the packaging as well...really zen and relaxing. All what I neeed.

Laidbare For richer For pore (full size) // A thick and rich clay mask designed for oily/combo  skin types. You can also use it as a scrub since it contains little exfoliating grains. Used it once and let me tell you, it is powerful.

PHB Brigthening hand cream (full size) // Apply just a small amount of this cream and your hands will not only smell wonderfully but will also be super soft. Another great product from PHB.

Hurraw! Papaya & pineapple lip balm (full size) // I so loved the Vanilla version (see here) so can't wait to try a more exotic flavour.

Kimberly Sayer Ultra-light moisturiser SPF 30 (sample) // I have reviewed this moisturiser a little while ago (see here), and I love(d) it. A firm Spring must-have. You will probably fall in love with it as well! Excellent product.

Want to sign up to the beauty box? do it HERE.
There is a super offer this month: you can get the box for FREE if you order for £60 at Lovelula. Do it HERE and use the code: FREEBOX
You can also get 20% off the brands in the box HERE by using the code: BBMAR17 (valid until 31/03/2017)


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21 March 2017

The korean green beauty products I want to TRY

Korean beauty is becoming more and more popular in Europe. High-end formulas and innovative textures seem to explain this increase in demand. I won't dig too much into the korean skincare steps today (I may do another time if you are interested), but I just want to present you the green korean beauty goodies that caught my eyes and that I am really eager to try.



Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner (£28.25 for 120ml) // Sounds completely dreamy for the skin. With an incredible list of botanical actives - Broccoli extract and fermented Indian Lotus filtrate to name a few, this high-end concentrated toner seems to really deliver the ultimate toning experience: toning, slightly exfoliating, moisturising, and anti-inflammatory. I want this one soon.

O'Sum Jejuorga Brocolli Atoless cream  ($24.00 for 100ml) // this is considered as a SOS balm that relieves dry skin, calms irritated skin and that is deelpy moisturising. It contains an amazing amount of Broccoli extract (17.5 %), a bit of squalane, Jojoba oil. Probably perfect to be used during the cold/windy season. Having said that, it is always handy to have a rescue cream anytime!

Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power essence ($38.00 for 40ml) // A powerful lightweight serum that is designed to smooth skin out, restore skin glow, unify, hydrate, tighten. Well, it sounds like a really nice product, well formulated too since it contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid and silica. There is however a tiny thing that bothers me: it contains the skin moisturiser squalene but I am not sure whether its origin is plant-based or not.

Soyedodam Organic Ginseng hydrogel sheet mask (1 unit, $9.00) // Can't wait to experiment a bit more sheet masks. I remember buying and testing a couple when I went to Hong Kong but that's about it. The one from Soyedodam is packed with korean Red Ginseng, Aloe vera and Manuka honey plus a few veggie/fruits extracts to pump and revitalise the skin. It comes as a gel mask that you leave for 20 min onto cleansed skin. Sounds really straightforward and handy.

Aromatica Peppermint vitalising massage & body oil mild ($24.00 for 120ml) // A rather simple beauty oil only composed of a few base oils (Canola oil, Almond oil) aromatised with essential oils (PeppermintEucalyptusGinger). But its sounds so invigorating and refreshing that I am super tempted to try it!


Are you keen on Korean green beauty? Have you spotted any favorites? let me know!

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13 March 2017

Trilogy Age proof CoQ10 eye recovery concentrate: THE eye cream

Eye cream is the one beauty product that I most often ended up skipping in my daily beauty routine, driven by a lack of time or because I wanted to keep it simple.
However I have recently changed this 'bad' habit, and promised myself to include an eye cream treatment to my face skincare regime. Since eye areas (including mine!) are really prone to ageing, I picked at Lovelula the Trilogy CoQ10 eye recovery concentrate*, which is more targeted to mature skins.



My opinion

Whether you look for a decongestionning eye cream or one that targets the fine lines, I may have found the complete product for you: the Age proof CoQ10 eye recovery concentrate from the popular New Zealand green beauty brand Trilogy.
First, I have to say that I am lucky not to have any 'bags' under the eyes, nor suffer from dark circles. The thing that may bothering me the most now is fine lines. I don't believe in miracle products but I still hoping to find a product that may help or prevent further "damages".

The Age Proof coQ10 eye recovery concentrate is a roll on that delivers a light gold emulsion containing a few actives in an Aloe vera base:
  • Coenzyme Q10 / cellular energy booster and anti-oxidant
  • Licorice root extract /skin brigthening effect
  • Green Coffee extract  / anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin toning effect  
  • Hyaluronic acid / moisturiser

Application // I have been using the eye concentrate very faithfully morning and evening for a good month now. The emulsion massages very well, is not greasy and leaves the skin supple and moisturised. What I also like is that you can apply make-up right away, no problem at all.
The packaging stated that this is a fragrance -free product. Indeed, there is not much smell and it is perfectly fine with me.

Results // Well, I haven't noticed any dramatic changes in terms of tonicity or texture of the skin. However, I do find than my eye areas appear more radiant, illuminated. There is a slight smoothing/tighening effect that occurs after application.  I don't have dark circles underneath the eyes so can't really tell about it but I definitely want to assess the anti-ageing potency of the serum during a longer period of use. So far, I would say that I am quite happy with the product.

Repurchase or not// The eye recovery concentrate retails at £26.50 for 7.5ml, which makes it quite a pricey beauty product. Having said that, you don't use a lot of product on the daily basis, so I guess that it is ok. It is very handy to use, tiny enough to bring when traveling and more importantly, targeting well the eye areas problems, so yes, I will repurchase it.

Get it HERE.

What do you think? what is your favorite eye cream?

Composition: aqua, Aloe vera (Aloe Barbadensis) leaf juice, Salvia hispanica (Chia) seed oil, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate, Prunus Amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond oil), Jojoba esters ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q 10), Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root extract, Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse chestnut) extract, Coffea arabica (green coffee) seed extract, Cucumis sativa (Concumber) fruit extract, Camomilla recutita matricaria (Chamomille flower) extract, Vaccinium angustifolia (Blueberry) seed oil, Punita granatum (Pomegranate) seed oil, Fragaria vesta (strawberry) seed oil, Olea europa (Olive) oil, Oenothera biennis (Evening primose) seed oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosmary) leaf extract,glycerin, xanthan gum, phenoxtethanol, ethylhexylglycerin.


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27 February 2017

The Alpine pure oil: a special oil

Who does not need a good beauty oil? Lately I have reviewed some oustanding ones here on my blog (here and here are my current favourites) and today I want to introduce you to the one from TellurideGlow called Alpine pure oil*.
I love the name and I think this beauty oil is quite promising. Why? Read below.


Product name: Alpine pure oil
For: normal/dry skins
Certified: no
Texture: oil
Price: $45.00 for 60ml

My opinion

I have already mentioned a few times in this blog that I don't necessarily fall for a beauty product just because it is "developed" and "owned" by a famous beauty brand. No, that is not the way I work (or more exactly the way my skin works). Small artisan brands can create some fabulous products (remember this one here) and I think the Alpine pure oil is one of the them.

What's in there // This is a lovely light orange/gold colored oil blend of some of the best organic plant/seeds oils you can find for the skin - to name a few: Jojoba oil, Rosehip oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Baobab oil, Evening Primerose oil, Cranberry seed oil, Watermelon seed oil and many more.
To boost the regenerative and moisturising properties, the oil has been enriched with Vitamin E which also acts as an anti-oxidant and preservative and a nice cocktail of 7 essential oils which gives a really warm and dynamic fragance to the blend.

Suitable for // It is written on the packaging that you can use this oil for the face, hands, body and soul. I personally do not use it on the face every day, since I find it quite powerful/aromatic and the scent is a tad too intense for me. However, occasionally or as a special treat is what works for me- I  have used it as a pampering body oil after shower and it is divinely invigorating.
For people with sensitive skin I would recommend to do a patch test, because it contains a lot of botanical actives. Having said that, I have found that my normal/sensitive skin reacts really well to it and have encountered no problems at all.

What I like //   . the unique mega concentrated formulation.
                         . the moisturisation and protection it provides.
                         . the texture of the oil, non greasy (as long as you don't use too much).
                         . the tinted dark glass bottle which preserves from the light.
                         . the therapeutic effects on the body and mood.

Bottom line // Go for it if you are a fan of beauty oils. It is a very nice product and can only recommend it.


Get it HERE.

Composition: Virgin Coconut oil*, golden jojoba oil*, Rosehip seed oil*, Argan nut oil*, Evening primrose oil*, Baobab oil*, Geranium essential oil*, Lavender essential oil*, alpha tocopherol natural Vitamin E oil, Pomegranate seed oil*, Watermelon seed oil*, Pumpkin seed oil*, Cranberry seed oil, Plum seed oil, Maraca oil, Moringa seed oil, Ylang Ylang complete essential oil*, Sea buckthorn berry oil*, Tamanu nut oil*, Neroli-Orange blossom essential oil*, Frankincense essential oil*, Roman Chamomille essential oil*, Sweet Orange essential oil*, mica.

What do you think? have you tried it?



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16 February 2017

Because you will like it: the Love Lula January box

If you are not aware yet, LoveLula offers a really interesting monthly green beauty box. I have already reviewed a few of them here and here and have always been really enthusiastic, so it is with no less enthousiasm that I want to present you the January box retailing only at  £12.50 in the UK and only at £17.50 (3 months subscription) for my international readers. The total value of the box is  £37.00.



Balm Balm Face balm (full size 30ml)- A lovely balm that can be used on any dry areas- face and even body. I really like the gentle Rose scent which reminds me their lovely Rose toner (see here). Certified organic by the Soil Association and using tried&tested natural ingredients.

Ren skincare Evercalm day cream (sample 15ml)- An onctuous cream designed for sensitive and irritated skins. It moisturises, calms, protects and reduces small inflammation. Its appears to soothe and restores the skin's natural balance. Top for the winter weather. I have used it a couple of times only and like the texture and the smell too. 

Laidbare Pack your bags (full size 30ml)- Another great product in the January box. I have been really into eye creams lately and this one from the british compagny would seem to satisfy any tired/ageing eye areas. A small amount of the cream helps to soften and smooth away fine lines. Plus non greasy at all. Love it!

John Masters Organics Evening primrose shampoo (travel size 60ml)- I have high expectations for this shampoo. I have not tried it yet so I will give you a feedback very soon. 

Apples & Bears Bergamot and Green tea body silk (travel size 50ml)- The body lotion from the english natural beauty brand Apples & Bears smells really nice and is so easy to massage in after shower. It leaves the skin really soft and silky and more importantly delicately scented. I have only good things to say about this one.


Hurry up and sign up to the beauty box HERE .


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09 February 2017

Birch water - the truth

A while ago, while shopping at a little organic supermarket in Amsterdam, my eyes were caught by a cute little botttle. Not only the design was really appealing, but the contenant seemed even more intriguing: Birch water.
Of course I heard about Birch water, especially on the timeline of my Twitter :-). However, I had not clue what this drink was all about. So, I bought the bottle from the dutch company Birch Wtr and to tried it out...


What is birch water -
Birch water is naturally extracted from Birch trees at the end of Winter/beginning of Spring.

What is special about it -
Birch water is a low sugar drink, almost calorie free (it has 80% less sugar than Coconut water.). It is  packed with minerals and aminoacids, which makes it naturally hydrating and cleansing. It is also gently diuretic due to the presence of 2 heterosides called belutoside and monotropitoside.

What it tastes like -
The Birch water I tested is infused with Rosehip, so that probably impacts the taste of this one quite a bit. The Birch sap is much less sugary than Coconut water, which makes the overall drinking experience less "pleasant" but still invigorating. The sap is really fluid and refreshing. It left a slight sort of residu-ish on the tongue.

The one from Birch Wtr-
It retails at €2,50 the bottle. Certified organic. Nice bottle. Comes in 3 categories: pure, Rosehip- and Nettle- infused.

Yay of Nay-
I would defintely be keen to try the other versions of Birch Wtr as well (Nettle and pure) but, although very healthy and hydrating, the taste of the Rosehip flavoured version did not blow me away. So not sure if I will be a loyal consumer, but who knows....

Have you tried it? what do you think?


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