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!

18 October 2016

Cocooning dry skin with Weleda

You all know that I have been a faithful lover and user of all the Weleda products (see my previous posts here and here) and today, there are 2 others products from this green beauty brand I would like to talk about.
If you follow me on Instagram, chances are that you already saw me talking about the Evening Primrose body wash and  about Skin food. I thought they would still diserve their own detailed review here on the blog.

Weleda revitalising shower gel (€7.95 for 200ml) is a lovely and creamy gel that I have been really really enjoying lately since the temperatures have litterally dropped and my skin tend to get dryer. It is one of the best shower gels that I have tested that is able to soothe and repair the skin. It is initially designed for mature skins but let me tell you, me and all my family have been using it. Featuring Sesame, Macadamia, Evening Primrose oils, my skin feels so nurtured after each use that it is often not necessary to apply any body lotion or body oil. This can be quite practical especially when you are a mummy and don't always have time to get body-pampered every morning. Definitely a shower wash I will be repurchasing throughout the Fall/Winter season.

Skin food (€5.50 for 50ml) is the "SOS" iconic cream from Weleda! It has been on the market for more than 90 years. What a lifetime! This rich cream has been particularly helpful when entering in the Fall season. Why? because it has a rich nurturing texture (thanks to plant oils and beeswax, because it cocoons (thanks to ingredients in the formula + the barrier it forms on the skin), because it heals (thanks to Chamomile and Calendula). And it works. It works on my rough and dry hands (made the mistakes to cycle outside without gloves, and when you do 5/6 km per day everyday...), it works on my feet which get instantly softened and it protects amazingly. All in all, it provides instant and deep nourishment. This is the perfect skin saviour at an amazing price!

Get it at Weleda or Naturissimo.

What do you think? What are your favorite cocooning products?

11 October 2016

The green beauty brand you absolutely need to try: Annmarie Gianni

I had the pleasure a few weeks ago to be send a few samples from a brand I have actually never heard before: Annmarie Gianni. I was surprised to find out that this green beauty brand is really popular across the pond. Although popularity is usually not a criteria for me to assess my love for a brand, I am still very curious about why this brand seems so loved.
After a  few weeks of testing, I am now able to tell you what I think. Read below!

Aloe Herb facial cleanser (£23.50 for 50ml) // This light and deliciously scented cleanser is one of my favourite products of the bunch. It features a collection of skin-loving ingredients such as Aloe vera juice, Aspen bark extract and herbs that lift aways impurities and leave the skin completeley radiant and smooth. Love. Love. Love. I will definitely buy the full-size product.

Ayurvedic facial scrub (£22.75 for 50ml) // Lots of love for this powerful green powder blend that contains Fenugreek seed powder, Lavender, Rhassoul clay, Neem leaf powder and much more. The smell is very herbal and nice. I usually mix a bit of scrub with water and apply/massage the paste into the face. I leave it for 5 min and rinse it out. The results are fabulous: supersoft and glowing skin. Definitely one I would buy too.

Neroli toning mist (£25.15 for 50ml) // Another super lovely product! I am a super fan of the Orange blossom Neroli scent, so soothing and calming. The base of this toner is actually Aloe vera which is one the best healing product you may find on the beauty market. I spray morning and evening onto cleansed face and waoh, I just love it very much and my skin too!

Herbal facial oil for normal & combination skins (£31.75 for 15ml) // This is the type of oil blend I love! It smells very nice and herbal, the texture is easy to massage and more importantly, the effects on the skin is really what I expect! I usually use it in the evening. The potent oil blend infused with flower and herb leaves and featuring some top extracts (Rosehip, Calendula) has an amazing texture and bring all the goodies to leave my skin glowing, uniform, smooth and completely healed. Superb results!

Rosemary Peppermint body wash (£29.75 for 200ml) // This is perhaps the product I like the least in the bunch. It comes as a light gel. I like the refreshing and invigorating smell of Peppermint. However it does not foam much and I find that you need a lot of in order to "wash" properly. Less fan of this one.

....One of the best green beauty discovery of this year! You must try it!

You can check/get the products and the whole line here if you are from Europe and here if you are from elsewhere.

What do you think? tempted?

04 October 2016

Ren body pampering session

There is nothing better than a nice and well deserved pampering session! Sunday eve is often the best time for me, after a busy weekend and before getting ready for another busy week.

My partner in crime for this exquisite session is the Moroccan Rose Otto body wash* and the Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar body polishfrom Ren skincare and available at LoveLula (I am part of their Beauty Blogger program which enables me to test the product of my choice. Really nice). Read below to discover how I use and mainly what I find about these products!

The first step of my pampering session starts with the Morrocan Rose Otto body wash (£19.00 for 200ml). This is a body gel that really helps me to unwind. I also use it after a workout.
It comes in a handy pump that delivers a clear gel that transforms instantly into an onctuous foam. It does an impeccable job at cleansing but also at softening the skin. 
The body wash feels really fresh and floral thanks to the Rose Otto flower oil. I would not even suspect that it also contains Lemongrass and Geranium essential oils which creates a nice balance. My skin is left delicately scented but nothing overpowering at all. Notice that you also find "perfume" in the ingredient list and it is specified that it comes from a natural origin.
All in all, the Ren body wash does a great job at thoroughly cleansing my skin while promoting a feeling of well-being thanks to the Rose aroma which I adore.

I continue this nice beauty ritual with the help of the Rose Otto sugar polish (£32.00 for 330ml). Housed in a very generously sized jar, the body polish appears to be very nourishing and nurturing  for the skin. A very nice smell of Rose emerges from the jar once opened thanks to the presence of the Rosa Damascena essential oil
I typically apply it to a dry skin for a maximum exfoliating effect, but if you want a more gentle way of application, just massage it on a damp skin. The polish melts into the water and transforms into a very silky milk. Meanwhile the sugar grains work at removing all dead cells and dry skin until they are completely dissolved.
Combined with Cane sugar is a blend of some of the best soothing oils, including Almond, Olive and Safflower to soften and deeply moisturise the skin. The scrub also features the caffeine-rich ingredients Kola nut extract and Paraguay Tea leaf extract. I am, however, not entirely convinced that it adds much in terms of toning effects.
Let me tell you that this polish gives an amazing silky skin- extremely nourished and soft! You do not  need any body lotions or oils at all. If you are looking for the perfect skin smoother, then it may definitely be this one.

Following this little "me-session" with the Ren Rose Otto duo, I feel completely relaxed, refreshed. I just feel VERY well.

Want to feel like me? Then get the Moroccan Rose bodywash HERE and the Rose Otto sugar polish HERE.

What do you think? Have you ever tried this duo?

27 September 2016

Moisturising booster: the Madara SOS hydra repair intensive serum

A good moisturiser is indispensable for me - I always need to have one. I can use it every day, or occasionally on days when my skin feels a bit more tired and dull.
If you are like me and love a one-off product that can deliver a great amounts of hydration and acts instantly, then you may be interested in the Madara moisturising booster, which is also called the SOS hydra repair intensive serum.

Product name: SOS hydra repair intensive serum
For: all skin types
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: light cream
Price: € 35.00 for 30 ml

My opinion

I really love serums. Concentrated and straight to the point. My skin doesn't tend to be dehydrated, although cold weather can really have a bad impact on its general appearance.
Well, we are approaching the end of the summer (end of September and still feels really nice here in Amsterdam) and over the past few weeks, I have occasionally reached out to the SOS hydra repair serum when my skin needed to feel replumped or recharged after the longs days in the french countryside or on windy Amsterdam beaches (yes, there are beaches!).

The SOS hydra repair serum is a lovely and light pale pink cream, bursting with some top moisturising ingredients such as glycerin, sodium PCA, and hyaluronic acid. It also contains Peony extract which is supposed to be anti-inflammatory and healing. You can also find a blend of wonderful botanical oils including Sea Bucktorn, Nettle and Linseed oils.

The serum feels really velvety on the skin, as the texture is light and really easy to massage evenly. You don't need a lot of product to provide an instant hydration and soothing effect. I like to use it in the evening but I sometimes use 1 or 2  drops in the morning, just to give a nice glow to my skin. Bare in mind that despite the pink color, the serum does not provide any coverage.
I can't seem to find any faults with this serum. It may sound a little bit pricy but you only need to apply a tiny bit eveytime, so, I would say, still decent value for money!

If you are a follower of Mademoiselle Nature, you already know that I have been impressed by some Madara beauty products (see here and here). I really believe Madara is a brand that diserves credit for their result-driven products and without doubt, the SOS repair serum is one of them.

....another winner from Madara!

++ excellent texture

My overal rating: 9/10

Get it here.

Composition: Aqua, Helianthus annus (Sunflower) oil, glycerin, Rosa damascena, dicaprylyl carbonate, diheptyl succinate, sodium PCA, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) oil, cetearyl glucoside, xanthan gum, aroma, benzyl alcohol, stearic acid, palmitic acid, Urtica dioica (Nettle) oil, Linum usitassimum (linseed) oil, sodium hyaluronate, Paeonia lactiflora (Peony) root extract, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, potassium sorbate,  Mica (C177), titanium dioxide (C1777891), hydrolysed hyaluronic acid, capryloyl, glycerin/sebacic acid polymer, Iron oxide red (C177491), Iron oxide (C177492), citronellol, geraniol, benzyl salicylate, eugenol.

What do you think? what is your favorite serum?

19 September 2016

Love Lula September green beauty box: worth it!

Green beauty box is a great way to discover natural beauty goodies at a very reduced price.
Let me present you the fantastic September edition Beauty Box* from Love Lula 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 over £45.00!

So, let's look at the amazing content below. You can find:

The Balm Balm Rose floral water hydrosol- Rose Rose Rose, I love you! You can read here why I love Rose water so much - really calming and comforting. I also like very much the small format of this balm spray, which makes it easy to carry it in my handbag for an instant refresher.

The Madara AHA brightening peel mask- Loving this mask. Have already reviewed it here. The one to go for if you want to achieve a really smooth and renewed skin!

The Fom London hydra plump serum- This serum is really intriguing and after checking the (awesome) composition, featuring glycerin, niaciamide, sodium hyaluronate and Fig extract, I am really eager to test it.

The Ooh! Oils of Heaven Baobab oil- Another lovely choice here. Baobab oil is an all year round beauty treat that is known to be healing and soothing. Great if you suffer from an irritated and dry skin. Apparently great as well to help with stretch marks too.

Two mini-samples are included in addition to all the products above- the Madara micellar water which I have already reviewed and adored (here) and the Kimberly Sayer healing night cream.

Don't wait and sign up to the beauty box HERE !
For all the Beauty Box subscribers, you can purchase all the brands of the box at 20% off HERE by using the code BBSEP16 (Valid until 30/09/2016).

12 September 2016

3 body treats to get your skin glowing

Summer has almost come to an end. Let's be honest: you would love to keep the lovely sunkissed glow you got in July/August for many more weeks? Although this is almost mission impossible, since skin has to renew naturally, here are 3 products that may help you to achieve a really nice and smooth skin.

Ellovi body butter ($26.00 for 50g) 
This body butter is a pure joy to use: creamy, melting without effort and smelling like paradise! Check my detailed review (here) to know more about this little treasure. I can guarantee you that you will not want to live without it after your first use! Skin is left really nourished and glowing.

Weleda refreshing citrus oil (€13.95 for 100ml)
So refreshing and really "Weleda", I love how smooth and hydrated my skin is after applying this oil after the shower. If you are a citrus fan, this is the body oil you need to get! Affordable and effective, this body oil combines simplicity with lovely results.

Herbfarmacy enriching body oil (£12.50 for 45ml)
Last but not least, let me introducing you this fabulous dark golden color body oil. It is rich in Apricot oil and vitamine E to combat dryness and stimulate skin regeneration. Great to prolong sunkissed glow too! I personnaly use it in the morning after showering, but also in the evening. It is wonderfully scented with Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang. Lovely!

Have you tried any of those? What do you think?

05 September 2016

Toning with the Herbfarmacy Rose and Echinacea toner

Herbfarmacy is an english green beauty brand. A while ago, I tested their hand beauty treatment (see here) and I loved it - it transformed my tired hands into elegants ones. So I was more than happy to explore their range further.
Having recently gone through a rebranding, I am happy to introduce you today the Rose and Echinacea toner* in its new look! Read below my detailed thoughts of this toner!

Name: Rose and Echinacea toner
Certified: no
For: All skin types
Texture: liquid
Price: £17.50 for 95ml

My opinion

Well done Herbfarmacy, I love your new packaging and I especially love the dark green glass that gives your range a very natural and earthy look.

Now, let's focus on the toner itself. It comes in a handy spray which delivers evenly tiny drops. Good point to start with!
I mentionned many times in this blog why I love Rose floral water (see here for exemple). I have already tried a few brands, including the lovely Alteya Organic White Rose flower water (see here). But what I like about the alcohol-free toner from Herbfarmacy is the fact that organic Rose flower water is mixed with Echinacea water, which enhances the beauty properties of the toner. Often used as a natural plant in winter to prevent cold and boost the immune system, Echinacea seems also very useful in the skincare/beauty industry. The Echinacea leave/flower water have anti-inflammatory properties and helps balancing the skin. It also supports the skin repairing system. So good ingredient choice here.

If you look at the formula, you will notice that The Rose & Echinacea toner is conserved using phenoxyethanol in association with benzyl alcohol and potassium sorbate. It seems quite a strong and less "green" way of preserving the product compared to other toners I know but the preservation of the toner against bacteria growth must be assured and for now (and despite any controversy over these preservatives) that is what matters to me.

Performance-wise, this toner helps to:
  • soothe my skin after cleansing.
  • hydrate.
  • refresh.
  • improve my skin's tone.
I usually use it morning and evening onto cleansed skin followed by my SPF cream (see here) or by my evening beauty oil (not reviewed yet).

With its really nice scent, the Rose and Echinacea toner has gained a real place in my skincare routine. Suitable for all skin types even the delicate ones.

It is available at Lovelula.

Composition: Rose Damascena (Damask Rose) flower water, Echinacea purpurea flower/stem/leaf stem flower water, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, lactic acid

Have you tried it? what is your favorite toner?