18 January 2017

The beauty oil you need if you are 30+

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably know that Madara is one of my favorite brands. You can check my previous reviews about their fabulous Micellar water (see here), their super effective face masks (see here), or their highly soothing moisturising serum (see here).
Today, I am even more excited to review the Madara Superseed age recovery facial oil*, a beauty oil that is designed for mature/tired skins. Read below what I think!

My opinion

We are all dreaming of a super top beauty product that not only can smoothe the skin out but also prevent any sign of premature ageing. Well, I think I have found a true diamond and its name is Superseed Age recovery facial oil.

Yes, it is one of the best facial oils I have ever tried! You just need a couple of drops, apply it onto cleansed face and leave it overnight. You can also use it in the morning if you fancy it mixed with your moisturiser. It feels really silky on the skin and is super fast to absorb. The scent is really subtle and nice, so perfect if you nose is sort of sensitive to overpowering smells.
Since I have used this oil, my skin looks more radiant, fine lines are somehow attenuated and imperfections seem to be keeping at bay,

So what's inside really? This is an oil blend, made of the most exquisite organic fruit/berry oils, topped up with some brillant extracts. To name a few, we have:

  • the Strawberry seed oil, which is super emollient and helps to maintain skin elasticity.
  • the Cranberry seed oil, a beauty oil packed of Vitamin E and Anthocyanin that aims to regenerate the skin and restore its glow.
  • the Blackcurrant seed oil is another top skin loving oil that is beneficial for damaged and dry skins.
  • the famous Rosehip oil  which aims at reducing scars and helps troubled skins.
  • the Raspberry seed oil is rich in ellagic acid and carotenoids, which have some great anti-inflammatory properties.
  • the Carrot seed oil is rich in carotenoids, which rejuvenates and increases the skin tone.
You also find in the formula a cocktail of antioxidants and healing extracts (Tomato fruit, Sea Buckthorn, Rowan, St John Wort). Another ingredient caught my attention: the decyl cocoate coming in 2nd position in the ingredient list. This component derived from Coconut oil is emollient and helps to condition the skin.

I should not forget to mention how I love the packaging! The bottle comes in a dropper dispenser. You can store the beauty oil back in the pretty box that comes with the product: great to preserve the oil blend from light.

The Superseed Age recovery oil retails at €46.00 for 30ml, which sounds pricey. However, the beauty oil will last a really long time and given the high quality of this fabulous product, I think it is well worth the price. It is a complete product that targets all skin problems related to ageing. Use it regularly and you won't be disappointed.

...Top beauty oil to include in your beauty regime!

Get it HERE.

Composition: Rosa canina (Rosehip) seed oil, decyl cocoate, Solanum lycopersicum (Tomato) fruit extract, Fragaria ananassa (Strawberry) seed oil, Sorbus acuparia (Rowan) fruit extract, Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant) seed oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) fruit extract, Hypericum perforatum (St. John Wort) extract, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) seed oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) seed oil, tocopherol, aroma, Daucus carrot (Carrot) seed oil, citral, limonene, linalool, geraniol.

What do you think? which regenerative beauty oil do you use?

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11 January 2017

7 Winter beauty tips for an healthy skin

After a little break during Christmas holidays, I'm happy to be back with a first 2017 post focusing on little ways that help your skin to remain healthy and happy during the harsh Winter weather. Whether it is cold, windy or snowy, the skin suffers from all these environnemental changes. So what to do?
I have listed below a few beauty tips: have a look and see what could work best for your skin...

1- Swap your daily gel cleanser for a more creamy/soothing version that will also bring some moisturising ingredients.
For example Aurelia miracle cleanser or  Barefoot SOS nourishing cleansing cream).

2- Use a moisturising serum as a primer before your daily cream.
(For example Madara SOS hydra repair intensive serum).

3- Choose a rich(er) moisturiser that can soothe and really protect the skin well against the external factors.

4- Add 1 or 2 drops of Baobab oil to your moisturiser. It will bring extra nutrients to the skin.
(For example Ooh! Baobab oil).

5- Do not forget to wear a sunscreen or an SPF moisturising cream. Remember that UV radiations are the first causes of premature skin ageing- even in winter.
(For example Beauty By Earth facial sunscreen SPF20 or Kimberly Sayer facial moisturiser SPF30).

6- Keep your lips and hands repaired by applying everytime it is needed a regenerating lip balm and a protecting hand cream.
(For example Weleda skin food or Herbfarmacy lip conditioner).

7-Avoid long and hot showers which tend to dehydrate the skin.

What do you think? Any other beauty tips to add?

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24 December 2016

My Christmas little note

I just would like to wish you all an amazing Christmas with your loved ones. After a very intense year 2016 in the world, I hope  2017 will be synonym for Peace and Unity.

In the next coming weeks, I will have some great new things coming up for Mademoiselle Nature so stay tuned!

Also a big big thanks to everyone who follows me through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest.

Wishing the Best to all of you and thanks again for your amazing support.

21 December 2016

Beauty box LoveLula November edition: check it out!

It is never too late to introduce you the November edition green beauty box from LoveLula. After the amazing September (here) and October (here) edition, the November one is by no means less appealing! Worth more than £50.00, you only pay the amazing price of £12.50 and get all the products below!

Madara hydra mask (12.5ml sample) // I love this brand. It is not a secret anymore. The SOS range is designed to restore moisture and glow to the skin and this is truly accomplish by the mask. It smells really nice. It has a rich texture. This is a non-rinsing deep moisturising treatment  that is welcome anytime your skin needs it. A while ago, I have tried the serum SOS and loved it too (see review here)! 

Humble Natural beauty hand cream (full size) // This hand cream is great at reparing and soothing dry hands. The effects are almost immediate, so big thumb up for the performance. The only downside for me is the smell: the Rose and Frankincense scent is slightly too strong to my taste.

Ooh! Oils of heaven Argan oil (sample) // I have loved the Ooh! Baobab oil (see here) and the Cacay oil, so can't wait to try their Argan oil. Rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, Argan oil is meant to regenerate and soothe the skin. I love using it as a hair pre-beauty treat.

PHB skin brighten gel (full size) // This is quite an interesting product perhaps because of its gel texture. The transparent gel is quite watery as it uses healing and moisturising Aloe vera. It also contains some skin brightening ingredients such as Licorice extract. The Neroli scent is quite strong so if you don't like it, this one is not for you. It is meant to brighten and even skin tone, but can't comment on its long term performance yet.

MOA Green bath potion shot (10 ml product) // Can't wait to try this de-stress bath miracle potion packed of some of the best healing herbs: refreshing Peppermint, calming Yarrow, detoxifying Fennel and many more! The smell is completetely intoxicating. Will definitely come back to let you know if my excitement is justified.

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

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13 December 2016

Perhaps the perfect Christmas gift : bodhi&birch body oils mini Collection

Christmas is approaching fast! If you are lacking of inspiration when it comes to Christmas shopping,  then I recommend you to check all the awesome Christmas beauty gift guide published by some of my fellow green beauty bloggers (aka Ana, Tianna, Amber, LillyRebecca, the Peridot's websites).
There is not a lot I need to add to this impressive list, but I do want to point you to a little treasure from the lovely english eco-luxe bodhi&birch. You know that I am a big fan of this brand (see here why) and I was very privileged to test the Body oils mini Collection. Here's why this Body oils mini Collection could be the perfect Christmas gift for your friends or family.

1// The smell of each body oil is incredible- from the uplifting Rose Geranium aroma of Sicilian Rose to the sensual Ginger/ Hyacinth scent of Chinois Blue to the tonic Fennel/Spruce of Nordic White. I love them all !

2// Each body oil feels incredibly luxurious. They all provide an intense glow and nourishement to the skin while sealing the moisture in.

3// All the botanical oils used for each product's formulation are organic.

4// The price (£20.00 for 3x15ml) is great considering what you get.

5// The packaging is minimalist yet really chic.

6// The Body oils mini Collection enables your friends& family to "get a proper feel of the products". Nice way to introduce them bodi&birch if they don't know the brand yet.

Get it here.

Happy Christmas shopping, and remember, shop smart!

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09 December 2016

Fall comforting textures

December- as much as I love this month for all the festivities it brings, I have to say that my skin tends to struggle a bit more and become more sensitive than usual because of the low temperatures and the rougher weather conditions.
However, I have find a really nice green beauty trio that really helps my skin through this cold period. Have a look below!

Barefoot SOS Nourishing Cleansing Cream (£20.00 for 125ml) //  
This cleanser is the perfect cleanser for dry and sensitive skin. It was part of the Lovelula Beauty box (see here). It has a very onctuous texture, and looks more like a rich lotion than a cleanser. Having said that, it does its job really well at gently cleansing and keeping the skin hydrated and supple thanks to the Rosa Mosqueta oil and Calendula extract it contains. I use it as a 2nd cleanser after the Antipodes Juliet cleanser (see review here). Happy about the performance in general.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (£21.99 for 75ml) // 
This mask is just a pure goodness in a tube! It smells amazing, it works amazing, I am super enthousiastic about this Antipodes beauty hero! I have recently reviewed it in more details here, but really this is one of the best masks I have tried recently.

Organic Surge Gardeners Hand Cream (£7.99 for 75ml) // 
My hands tend to get dry and irritated very easily since I' am often the bike (hello Amsterdam!). The wind and cold temperatures are the culprits but hang on: I have found the solution to keep them super soft, moisturised. This hand cream from Organic Surge has been my little hand saviour over the past couple of weeks. A small amount is enough to soothe and repair any red/dry/chapped patches. In addition, it smells really nice: a lovely mixture of Lime, Basil and Rosemary aromas!

All these goodies are available at Lovelula.

What do you think? Have you tried them?

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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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