Mademoiselle Nature

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16 September 2018

September: 3 beauty things to do for your skin

 If holidays seem already far away, the light sunkissed tan I still have reminds me of the relaxing (and not always relaxing- mummies will understand ;-)) time I had throughout the summer (aka school holidays). So, how do you care best for your skin after a whole summer of intense heat, swimming sessions and perhaps hectic diets?
Read below the simple and easy beauty tips to have a glowing skin in September!


1- Gently exfoliate
If you think exfoliation is too harsh or may remove your holiday tan, then you may think twice. In addition of smoothing the skin out by removing dead cells and impurities, exfoliation helps to uniformize the suntan while helping the skin to look fresh and glowing like a baby skin. Best is to use a gentle and non-abrasive scrub for the face and the body but make sure to not overuse it.


                             My picks    Absolution La Creme gommante 
                                                  Kimberly Sayer Gentle Almond & Lavender face scrub
                                                  Madara Peel mask
                                        Bodhi&Birch Himalayan Pink salt scrub
                                        Patyka Revitalising body scrub


2- Generously moisturise
Slather your skin (and any dry areas) with a body cream will not only keep it hydrated and smooth but it will also strench your tan survival time. You need a cream that locks the moisture in the skin while naturally replenishing rough areas. For your face, opt for a cream or an oil that is able to quench your skin while supporting its natural functions.

                            My picks     Biosphere naturel body lotion
                                       Ellovi body butter 
                                       Weleda sensitive skin lotion
                                       Madara Smart antioxidant cream


3- Daily protect
The sunny months of July and August may be gone, but that does not mean you need to forget suncare and UV sunscreens. September can still have his fair share of nice weather! Needless to say, the skin needs to remain healthy and protected against UV exposure and this is why you still need to use a suitable SPF cream.


                          My picks      Kimberly Sayer ultra-light moisturiser SPF30
                                                 Madara Plant stem cell sunscreen SPF30


Remember: be kind with your skin.

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08 September 2018

2 sunscreens tried and tested this summer

This summer was one of the hottest summers I have experienced in the Netherlands. Actually, all Europe was hit by "the" heatwave, isn't it?
Anyway. So, despite being sweaty and dreading being in the water all day long, the other important thing for me was to find great suncare products to protect my skin against the sun rays. I had the opportunity to test 2 sunscreens*-the Eco Cosmetics sunspray 30 and the Green People sun lotion SPF 30 and have thoroughly used and re-used them during the whole summer. Read below my thoughts about these 2 suncare products!


Eco Cosmetics SPF 30 sunspray sensitive* (£31.95 for 100ml)

Housed in a spray tube, this sunspray is a gentle emulsion that massages well on the skin. Not too heavy nor too light, it glides without leaving a strong white cast. Silicon derivatives- and alcohol- free, the formulation is specially designed to protect sensitive skins against UV rays thanks to the Titanium dioxide/Zinc oxide duo it contains.
What I really like about this product is that it is mess-free, broad-spectrum, super easy to apply, and leaves the skin hydrated without that heavy white cast. In addition to the mineral sunblocks, you can find Canola oil and Glycine Soja oil to nurture and soften the skin.
All in all, I have reached the Eco cosmetics cream many days during the summer and I have been left quite impressed by its performance. I will definitely repurchase it.

Green People Sun lotion SPF30 scent-free* (part of the starter kit retailing at £14.50)

Included in the suncare starter, the SPF 30 lotion is a scent-free emulsion designed to protect the skin against UV radiations. If your skin tends to be sensitive or reacts to strong fragrance, be reassured: this lotion is scent-free. The generous sample size (30ml) is ideal to get a great feel for the product and gives a pretty good idea of how the emulsion delivers in terms of results.
 If you look at the ingredient list, the formulation includes Titanium dioxide and Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate. Titanium dioxide is a mineral sunblock protecting against UVB and short UVA but can't be considered broad-sprectrum. Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate- also known as amiloxate is a chemical UVB absorber. Although the Green People blog has stipulated that the latter also blocks UVAs, I have yet to find scientific references/articles that support these claims. I have contacted Green People to comment about it and I am awaiting their answer.
Application-wise, the lotion is quite quick to absorb and non-greasy plus "water repellant" which is always a bonus in summer.
All things considered, the sun lotion is a great pick for anyone whose skin and nose are reluctant to strong scent yet provide an effective protection against UV rays.


Bottom line// While both suncare lotions did a effective job at keeping my skin protected and smooth, the trophy goes to the Eco Cosmetics sunspray for its great performance and its ease of application.
                                     

What do you think? Have you tried them? What is your favorite sunscreen?


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31 July 2018

LoveLula July Beauty box: do not miss it!

It is the end of the month and it is never too late to introduce you the July edition Lovelula green beauty box. I am very excited to talk about it because it is one of the best and probably one of my favorite boxes. Having said that, some of the previous editions (link here and here) were really not bad too!
Worth more than £52.00, you only pay the amazing amount of £13.95 and get all the products below.


Ooh! Oils of heaven organic Hemp oil (£19.00 for 30ml)
I'm really excited about this one. Hemp oil is a precious oil for combination and troubled skins as it helps to balance the sebum production while restoring the natural moisture level. This is due to the exceptional content of the oil which is naturally rich in Linoleic acid (Omega 6).
I love applying a couple of drops in the evening and gently massaging it into the skin as an overnight treat. The smell is quite nutty but I like it. The oil absorbs really well and leaves the skin incredibly soft. This is the perfect beauty oil if your skin tend to misbehave.

Chobs Aloe face sheet mask (£4.10)
Another lovely surprise- this time from the Korean natural beauty brand Chobs. I have to confess that I have never tried any sheet masks. Why? I find them quite expensive in general and I am not sure if they bring " more results" than any traditional masks. Anyway I can't wait to try this one. Stay tuned for the results, I will try to post it very soon!


My. Haircare Colour treat conditioner (£18.00 for 250ml)
I always like to use a good conditoner, especially in the summer to help soothing and providing additional moisture to my hair. I have long (and kind of curly) hair, so a good conditonner is for me a product that is able to repair while not weigthing down the locks too much. I will be putting this conditioner over the test in the next coming weeks as well. This is a new haircare brand and I am glad to discover it.

Balm Balm Tea tree organic face balm (£8.95 for 30ml)
I am probably going to keep this one until Fall arrives as I find the weather is too hot to use it on the face at the moment (I usually stay clear of heavy/ greasy textures during the Summer months) Featuring antiseptic Tea tree oil, Shea butter, and Calendula oil. I imagine this balm to be perfect to nourish the skin while keeping the sebum production in balance thanks to the Tea Tree essential oil it contains. I really like the tube countenance and the packaging is really handy to carry the balm in the handbag if needed.


Apple&Bears Bergamot & GreenTea hair & body wash (30ml)
This multitasking hair/ bodywash is ideal to gently wash hair while cleansing the body leaving its delicate, refreshing, and flowery scent all over. It is really nice to use despite the gel not being too foaming. I will definitely be happy to sample a bigger size!

D'alchemy age cancellation booster (sample)
I have yet to try this sample, so I cannot really comment about it. At first glance, it seems like a great skincare product designed to improve skin appearance while diminishing signs of inflammation at the same time.

John master organics Rosemary body milk (sample)
The generous sample was wonderful at deeply moisturise the body. It has a fresh Rosemary hint which is very pleasant. The texture is lovely as well. My skin was left really supple and nourished and is perfect if you have dry skin. I really liked it!


Another fantastic box from LoveLula! Hurry and sign up HERE.




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18 July 2018

Natural french beauty brands on the test: Patyka and Absolution

Hello Summer! Can you believe it is already mid-July? Honestly, I can't! Anyway, today I'm excited to talk about a couple of skincare and body care products from French brands I wanted to try for ages: Patyka and Absolution which are popular french high-end natural beauty brands. Thanks to the online boutique Jolie, I had the pleasure to test these few Made in France goodies while holidaying in Dubai and also here in Amsterdam. Read my thoughts below!

Patyka marine crystals revitalising body scrub* (€25.00 for 125ml)



I have reached for the Patyka body scrub mainly before my holidays to prepare my body for the oncoming beach sessions (and I'm currently finishing off the last bits this week). The gentle and revitalising body scrub looks like a creamy gel- very pleasant to use on the skin. With its very fresh scent, the formula is enriched in soft Poppy grains and marine crystals that lift away dead cells and impurities. The scrub produces a slight foam upon contact with water making the application very easy. I absolutely love how my skin is left smooth, firm, and feels like completely revitalised and glowing afterward. Bare in mind the presence of "parfum" in the formula if you are someone that rather want to stay away from it. As an overall, this is a really great body exfoliator from Patyka and I would be super keen to try the rest of their body range.

Absolution La creme gommante* (€31.90 for 100ml)

Absolution is a French beauty brand that has been on my radar for a while now so I am glad to be able to test the face scrub. La creme gommante is an Aloe vera juice based- rich cream displaying an interesting formulation combining nourishing botanicals oils, fruit extractsand flower waters. The exfoliating actions are due to the presence of fine particles of Diatomaceous earth and the AHA's found in the Blueberry, Lemon, and Sugar Cane extracts. You can also find Bentonite that brings clarifying properties to the scrub.
The texture is very unctuous and concentrated so I don't need much to reveal a much brighter and radiant skin. At the end, this is an absolutely lovely face scrub designed to illuminate, restore the skin glow, and softens at the same time. Suitable for all skin types (which is nice!).

Absolution Le serum anti-soif hydrating serum* (€38.00 for 100ml)



Housed in a very smart and hygenic pump dispenser, the serum Anti-soif is a wonderfully lightweight gel/creme that instantly melts into the skin when I apply it. Formulated with plant hydrosols, flower extracts, fruit extracts and botanical oils, the serum leaves the skin soft and moisturised. It also contains the top natural healer Aloe vera. Whereas Sage and Mint hydrosols bring some tonic and antiseptic properties while keeping the sebum production in balance, healing plant extracts (Elderberry flower, Wild Pensey) aim to improve the skin texture. It also features Fucocert, a plant polysaccharide praised for its highly calming and moisturising properties. This serum is really a superb skincare discovery. It really stands up to its claims. Forgot to mention that it can be used underneath your daily cream or makeup as it leaves no greasy residues. Worth the try!


Have you tried these brands? what are your thoughts?

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27 June 2018

Top summer beauty essentials: skincare + make-up

Summer is just here so I thought I will share with you my must-have beauty goodies for the hot season. The list below comprises skincare products light enough to use during warm days and a selection of some nice make-up items to complete and beautify your look especially when the sun is really shining!



 Pacifica Purify Coconut water cleansing wipes* (£4.99 for 30 wipes)
I rarely use wipes during the year except in the summer. Wipes can be really handy especially if I spend time outdoors or if I just want an easy and quick cleansing moment throughout the day.The  Pacifica wipes are refreshing and do their job quick and really well. Featuring Aloe vera Juice, Coconut water, Papaya extract, and gentle detergents, they quickly remove make-up and dirt  leaving the skin hydrated and happy.

Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose water*
My skin loves Rose water... especially during the Summer. With so many beauty properties (see HERE), Rose water perfects the cleansing, balances, refreshes and tones the skin. I'm also in love with the delightful floral scent. Alteya organics is a natural beauty brand that I trust and I often come back to when I want to purchase Rose-infused skincare products.


Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light facial moisturiser SPF 30 (£26.50 for 120ml)
 Light, non greasy, and easily absorbed, this moisturiser has been following me everywhere for many months already. I am a big fan, and is the perfect summer cream that can moisturise and protect the skin during the hot months. You can read my full review HERE.

Hurraw Green tea lip balm* (£4.99)
You get soft lips garanteed with this one! I love Hurraw and Green tea is by far my favorite scents of the ones I have tested. The unique composition enriched in Hemp, Almond, and Coconut oils makes this balm very nourishing for the lips. You can also find some anti-oxidants benefits thanks to the green tea powder. The scent is wonderful, delicate with a delicate hint of Jasmine. I won't go anywhere this summer without this one!


Ere Perez Chamomille eyeshadow palette* (£26.50)
This is the first makeup item I try from the Aussie natural cosmetics Ere Perez. The compact and stylish white palette comprises a range of 6 very harmonious shades including 3 mattes and 3 shinner ones. The colors are very neutral and quite easy to o wear for any skin types/eye colors. The composition is enriched with Chamomille essential oil to soothe and respect the delicate eye areas. The finish is subtle and very natural, perfect to wear during the day. For an evening look, I would go more for the RMS eye-shadows (review HERE) which are perhaps more pigmented.

PHB Ethical beauty pressed mineral blusher + SPF15* (£14.95)
Apply a touch of this pink blusher on the cheeks to naturally illuminate your tan and give that rosy glow you love! The Petunia shade blusher from the english brand PHB Ethical beauty is really lovely. It is mineral-based which I prefer over a creamy texture (especially during the summer). Free from talc and mineral oils, the blusher is enriched is Jojoba oil and nourishing minerals that soften the skin while restoring an healthy complexion! The SPF 15 is really convenient, the color is beautiful and customisable, and the matte result is great!

What do you think? Have you tried these?

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29 May 2018

Current beauty cleanser: Manuka cleanser by Natural Being

You all know I love cleansers, so today, let me talk about the Manuka cleanser, a skincare item I have picked thanks to the LoveLula Blogger program.

If you don't know Natural Being, let's me introduce you this beauty brand from New Zealand. They offer a range of unique skincare products featuring their signature ingredient: Manuka Honey.  Are you curious about this cleanser? Read my thoughts below!




The Manuka cleanser is a gentle cleanser designed to normal/dry type of skins and aiming to delicately cleanse the skin. It comes as a white and milky emulsion which is extremely gentle. It does not foam but massages very well on the skin.

The product features one of my favorite beauty ingredients- Manuka honey. Manuka honey is known for its exceptional healing and anti-bacterial properties thanks to the presence of a molecule called methyglyoxal. Due to its low pH and high viscosity, Manuka honey protects the skin, reduces inflammation, and draws moisture into the skin. The cleanser formula is also enriched with Manuka essential oil, oil used for centuries by Maori to combat irritation and infection. And did you know that Manuka oil is supposed way more potent than Tea tree oil?

The cleanser is housed in a tube: I would have preferred a pump flacon as I find pump flacon more practical and hygienic to deliver the right amount of product.

The texture is really fine and smooth, quite on the runny side though. The smell is really nice and delicate. I usually used it as first or 2nd cleansing, depending on the day or on the make-up I wear.

After the last rinse, my skin is left refreshed and as promised, soft and moisturized. I haven't experienced any signs of tightness or uncomfortable sensations.

Overall, I am really happy with this cleanser and apart from the packaging, I don't see any other low sides. Retailing at £14.99, I would say that this is a very nice mid-price range cleanser that cleanses well while respecting the skin's natural balance.

You can buy it HERE.


Composition: aqua, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) seed oil, Persea gratissima (Avocado) seed oil, glucose, sclerotium gum, decal glucoside, mel (Manuka honey),  potassium sorbate, parfum (fragrance), glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) oil, geraniol*, limonene*, linalool*.*from natural essential oils.

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19 April 2018

Spring skincare routine + current make-up favorites

I can't believe we are already in April and that we are having such a fabulous and sunny week!
With brighter and longer days ahead, I thought I would share with you a couple of beauty and make-up goodies that I have been reaching really regularly.



SKINCARE

The Zk'in softening cream cleanser *($29.95 for 100ml) // This cleanser is such a wonderful discovery. Formulated by the Australian brand, the fine non-foaming emulsion is a pure bath of hydration for the skin. It still cleanses the skin thoroughly while leaving the skin incredibly balanced and calmed. The scent is super nice as well. This is one of the best surprise of 2018 so far!

The Zk'in natural hydrating mist *($39.95 for 120ml) // I have been diligently using this toner and, wow, it is really lovely! It gently soothes and hydrates the skin. The scent is really subtle. Made with Aloe vera juice and some other great plant-based ingredients, I bet you will fall in love with this one as well!

The Antipodes Worship anti-oxidant serum *(£33.00 for 30ml) // With its amazing composition featuring New Zealand superfruits, this light red tinted oil-free serum has everything the skin needs to protect and fights against premature aging. This is the perfect addition to Springtime since days are sunnier. It absorbs really well and leaves the skin exceptionally smooth and radiant. I never skip it in my morning routine.

The Kimberly Sayer moisturiser (£26.50 for 120ml) // As you can see, I am still really faithful to my favourite moisturiser. I use it every single day. It is not greasy, moisturises really well and protect the skin against UV thanks to it SPF 30. All in all, I am so super keen on this one. You can read HERE the full review.




MAKE-UP

The RMS eye shadow Garden Rose-gr19 *(£19.00 unit)// I have already mentioned the RMS beauty eye shadow HERE. I have been reaching for this eye-shadow quite often: it has a very nice pink shade, slightly shimmery, but not too much. The shade goes extremely well with my green eyes and it just feels very springy!


The PHB Ethical Beauty 100% Pure liquid eyeliner Black *(£12.95 unit) // I love the slight edgy side that eye-liner gives to any eyes. It gives that little extra "kind of chic " if you see what I mean! The liner from PHB Ethical Beauty is really nice- it is easy to applied, the brush applicator is great and super fine, while the liner really behaves well all day long. I am really enthousiastic about it and would definitely buy another one.


What do your think? What are your Spring favorites?

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05 April 2018

Vertue box (green beauty + superfood) review

Today I have the pleasure to introduce you the Vertue box, a green superfood healthy box carefully curated by Laila and delivered to your door every 2 months. Before I talk a bit in more detailed about its content*, let me tell you that the box only retails at  £34.00, amazing price isn't it?
Let's discover the content now.



Health-boosting supplements

One Earth Organics Shine bright Superfood blend (full size)
Made with 5 top beauty powders - Acai Berry, Baobab, Goji berry, Moringa, Matcha-, this blend is packed of anti-oxidants and minerals and promises to deliver a shot of vital nutrients to help to support your health system and to promote at the same time this amazing glow on your face. Nourish your skin from within: this is key for an healthy skin!

Kiki Health Nature's living superfood/alkaline infusion (full size)
This is a potent alkalinizing herbal blend designed to cleanse and boost the body internal system. It features an array of top green herbs, algae, enzymes, and bacterial cultures. More specifically, you can find Dandelion leaf, Nettle, Wheatgrass, Spirulina, bromelain to name a few. I am super excited to start a little cure with this one and this is by far my favorite products of the Vertue box.

We are tea Cleanse tea (sample)
I am not necessarly a tea drinker as I prefer cold drinks however I'm still happy to test occasionnaly some new tea-  and this is even truer when the tea is praised for it detoxifying and purifying properties. The "Cleanse inner support" is a smart mix of rejuvenating plants such as Nettle, Dandelion, LiquoriceMilk Thistle and Lemon peel. The taste is absolutely lovely, nothing too strong or too bitter. I really want to give this special tea another go!

Creative Nature superfoods Chia seeds (full size)
These so tiny black Chia seeds are actually packed with Omega-3, proteins, and other nutrients that aim to boost your energy throughout the day. Really easy to use and quite versatile (you can eat them raw or baked or soaked), I  actually like to add them to yogurt. Almost tasteless, they are just a great addition to my daily eating routine.




Skin beauty goodies

Weleda Skin food (full size)
The cult beauty balm for Weleda is a beauty must-have that helps to nourish and smoothe dry and rough skins thanks to the Chamomille and Calendula. Face or body, the thick balm can be applied anywhere and anytime when your skin really needs some nourishement and cuddles! I love using it on my hands or cheeks especially prior cycling! My children also tend to have a dry skin and this rich balm never fail to transform their red and flaky cheeks into very soft ones!

Luna Kloris (sample)
It is always nice to discover a new beauty brand and Luna Kloris is one of them! This english company has recently launched this beautiful natural luxural oil designed to restore the skin radiance. Handcrafted and featuring a blend of anti-oxidant packed oils, the Luna Kloris oil smells really amazing. I have only tested it once so can't tell much about it but the blend really absorbs well leaving the skin wonderfully smooth.

Optiat Hungover coffee scrub (full size)
I was not expecting much from this body scrub to be honest: I have a tendency to stay away from messy scrubs especially those containing coffee ground as they can turn my clean shower/bath into a really messy one. BUT this scrub really took me by surprise: it works amazingly well and gives my body such a nice invigorating and refreshing feeling thanks the the Peppermint it contains. My skin is left polished, smooth, and really nurtured. So apart from the tiny mess it leaves, I really love this product and would be eager to try the other scents!

Nini Organics Natura miracle mask (generous sample)
I love a good mask so I was pretty excited to try this one. Housed in a cute little container, this powder mask is a powerful blend of healing clays and herbs garanteed to revive and clarifying any type of skins especially the troubled ones. You can mix  it with a bit of water but I prefer using honey or yogurt instead. I apply the paste, leave it for less than 10 min, gently massage the paste, and rinse out. The effects on my skin are really noticeable: my skin looks brighter, calmer, and purified.

Siskyn Lemon & Sea Buckthorn night treatment oil (generous sample)
Designed to brighten the skin, the Siskyn night oil is a lovely blend of some really precious oils: Borage, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Carrot, Evening Primrose to name a few. I love the idea of the roll-on, just perfect to deliver the right amount of oil while gently giving a little massage. The scent is really citrussy obviously, and this is just right up to my taste!


"All in all, I have been really impressed by the Vertue box: excellent content for a really good price! I forgot to mention that the box packaging is meticulously done and that all the information regarding the products can be found inside. Well, I am now very impatient to discover the content of the next box!"

You can sign up to the Vertue Box HERE and enjoy a discount for all these amazing products!

What do you think? Have you already tried the Vertue box?


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