08 August 2016

Sunny break

I know we are already at the beginning of August but I just wanted to wish all of you a fantastic summer and happy holidays!

I am taking a little break from blogging but will be back in a couple of weeks time with some great new posts.

Meanwhile, I will still be active on TwitterInstagram and Facebook for some more "special summer" beauty tips; product and brand recommendations and much don't forget to follow me there.

A tres bientot!

12 July 2016

Top clay mask : the pink one from Rossi uvema skincare

If you don't know the really nice english green beauty shop Sujet de Vert yet, then it is time for you to discover it. Founded by a green beauty blogger, this online boutique is based in London and retails some really interesting brands - one of them being: Rossi uvema skincare.
I was asked to test a product of the line and my eyes were immediately caught by the rejuvenating mask. Worth it? Read below!

Product: intense rejuvenation Rose & Pink Clay face mask
Certified: no
For: dry, sensitive or mature skins
Texture: creamy
Price: £15.25 for 70 gr

My opinion

If you are like me and don't always have time to DIY beauty, then the Pink clay mask is an excellent choice. Ready made and fuss-free, really easy to use, this skin saviour mask will do an amazing job at keeping your face purified and ultra-glowing.

One of the best key features of the mask is that despite containing Pink clay, it doesn't lead to the dry feeling that some skin types get while the mask dries out. No tight or itchy skin... isn't it nice?
I love the fact that the texture is really creamy and onctuous and application really easy. The smell is really pleasant and subtle, kind of flowery but not too much. So great for any sensitive noses!
The selection of ingredients is really clever: combining the absorbing and the remineralising effects of Pink clay with some soothing and very emolliating nut oils (Sweet Almond and Plum kernel) help the clear out without any drying factors. It also contains Cocoa butter, a lovely and rich butter that protects and nourishes the skin. Another favourite ingredient of mine is Aspen Bark extract. Also present in this other wonderful mask (see review here), Aspen Bark extract is known for its exceptionnel antiseptic properties so I am not surprised to find it here.

I use the intense rejuvenation Pink clay mask once (occasionnaly twice) a week in the evening after exfoliating with the Graine de Pastel exfoliant (see review here) and I just find this rythm being very beneficial for my skin. (As you all may know, I tend to not use/rotate too many products at the same time and like to keep a really well balanced skincare regime -when I can of course). I follow up by spraying my face with the Peppermint floral water (see review here) and gently massage my skin with the lovely healing beauty oil from Be. Loved (see review here). Et voila.

As an overall, the Pink clay mask is a winner: great perfomance and not to forget - a great price too!

.....Really recommend this multi-fonction beauty mask!

+ price
- none

My overall grade: 8.5/10

Would like to purchase the mask? get it here.

Composition: natural pure sundried Pink clay, aqua (purified water), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Prunus domestica (Plum kernel) oil, emulsifying wax, glycerin, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, Populus tremoloides (Aspen bark) extract, tocopherol, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, glycerin, Rosa damascena (Roso otto) oil.

What do you think? do you use any clay mask?

14 June 2016

My french cute little face scrub from Graine de Pastel

Bonjour a tous. OK I will stop here for the french. Let's go straight to topic and let me present you the lastest french product I have been using lately. It is called exfoliating face scrub from Graine de Pastel, a green beauty company based near Toulouse. Read below what I think!

Name: organic exfoliation face cream
Texture: creamy
Certified: no
For: any skin types
Price: €19.50 for 50ml

My opinion

I noticed this french company quite some time ago, but it is only during my last trip to france that I finally started to experiment their exfoliating scrub. It was actually a perfect timing since I was running out of the face scrub I was using at the time (the lovely Madara peel mask which I will surely purchase again). Exfoliating is one of the key beauty steps I never like to skip (although I make sure to not exceed once or twice a week).

First, take a look at the pic: don't you think this little Aluminium tube is looking really cute? I do!

Aside from the lovely packaging, I was immediately conquered by the product itself too.
The first thing I really like is that you don't need to use a lot of scrub. So despite the size of the tube, the exfoliant will last you quite a while. The other thing I really like is the texture. The scrub is creamy yet extremely easy to massage. You can feel some grains but because they are very tiny, any types of skins can use this exfoliating paste, even the sensitive ones. The key ingredient of the range is extracted from Pastel, a plant used for centuries in France thanks to its medecinal properties. That is also where the name of the company originated from. Another big plus is the combination of clarifying ingredients (Kaolin), moisturising oils (Pastel and Sunflower) and anti-irritant components (Daisy flower extract).
Bare in mind that the scent is not entirely natural since a "parfum" has been added to the formula. A bit pity...

If you dream of a very silky baby-like skin after each exfoliating session, then, you know what you have to do now. My skin feels like renewed and glowing after each application!

 I can't dream of a better preparation for the (super) serum that just comes after (review here)...!

++ formula and results
- presence of fragrance

Overal grade: 8/10

Composition: Aqua (water), Anthemis nobilis flower extract, Kaolin, caprylic/capric trigliceride, glyceril stearate, glycerin, hydrated silica, parfum (fragance), cera alba, cetearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, Isatis tintoria seed oil, sodium stearoyl, Prunus domestica seed power, Helianthis anuus seed oil, tocopherol, beta-sitosterol, squalene, quartz, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, citric acid, citral, benzyl salicylate, linalool, limonene.

You can get it here.

What do you think? Have you got a favorite face scrub? would you try this one?

24 May 2016

BIG love for Northport Naturals

I have wanted to write this review since a while now, but as you notice, time flies and since weather is nice, I tend to spend more time outside than in front of my computer. Having said that, I am still keen to make you discover a very nice american green beauty brand that I learnt about only recently myself: Northport Naturals.
I had the opportunity to test 2 of their products. Read until the end, because you may be as happy as me in trying this brand.

Foaming facial cleanser ($12.00 for 120ml)

When I received this product, my first impression was: oh, what a small contenance! I am usually used to bigger flacons when it comes to cleansers. After a short spell of disappointment, I became soon very enthousiastic. Why?...there are various reasons, however the main one is that it leaves my skin super cleansed and really soft! I was not expecting the soft and velvety foam acting so nicely! Really practical with its pump, the cleanser delivers the right amount of product. The principal characteristics of the foaming cleanser is that it is made from plant-based saponified oils such as Coconut, Olive and Jojoba. Thanks to the Rosemary extract, skin is bright and purified. I have been loving using this cleanser morning and evening: perfect to wake-up skin in the morning and absolutely perfect to deep cleanse before going to sleep.The scent is bursting of refreshing citrussy (Lemongrass and Lemon) aroms, which is really uplifting, but nothing overpowering at all.  Well, as an overall, I can't recommend this cleanser enough!

Conposition: organic saponified Coconut oil, organic saponified Olive oil, organic Sunflower oil, organic Aloe vera, Rosemary extract, organic Shea butter, Tea tree essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Lemon essential oil, citric acid.

Mineral ocean serum ($34.00 for 120ml)

With its gelified texture, this serum is a little different to the serums I have used so far. Transparent and really quickly absorbed, it is perfect to unify, calm and moisturise the skin. I usually use it every evening and find it perfect for the time being (during Spring/ Summer, I am on the hunt of really light texture which doesn't leave anything, not even a film on my skin). This one melts into the skin and leaves it silky smooth. It particularly helps to boost the skin healing processes since it contains Aloe vera leaf juice and restorative herbs but also to the presence of the ocean mineral complex. Its impressive anti-inflammatory and antispectic properties are due to the addition of organic Tumeric, Witch Hazel and Yarrow.The serum also contains irish Moss, a seaweed used as a natural thickener and acts as a softening component. Another really interesting ingredient is MSM which is a known organic form of sulfur. Naturally found in some plants and food that we eat, it plays a great role in improving the general condition of the skin. Every morning, my skin is unified and glowing and is just really well balanced. In short, I am very happy with the results I get with the mineral serum!

Composition: organic herbal infusion, organic Aloe vera leaf juice, Witch Hazel, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), hydroxyethyl cellulose, carrageenan gum, ocean mineral complex, organic jojobal oil, spiralline, irish Moss, organic Tumeric, wildcraft Yarrow, tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl, glycerin.

Absolutely loving this powerful duo, working really well together and bringing the skin to its best!

Want to have a look at their website/purchase? just click here.

What do you think? do you know this brand?

28 April 2016

Join me on Instagram

You all know that I am very active on Twitter. In addition to that, a little while ago I also joined the big family of Instagram!

If you want to see sneak peeks of my beauty products, beauty favs, travel pics and much more, then just find me here.

You are also welcome to send me your Instagram name if I don't follow you there yet.
Let's connect :-). Happy Thursday.

20 April 2016

Be.Loved- a special green beauty brand

If you are a fan of nordic green beauty brand just like me, then today you are going to be happy: I am introducing you to Be.Loved, a stunning green brand originated from Latvia. Kinga, who is one of the lovely co-founders, contacted me to see if I was keen to try some of their line. I browsed their website and got very excited by what they have to offer. I picked the 2 goodies below. Read whether my initial excitement about the line proved to be right.

Aloe vera soothing gel (€15.00 for 30 ml)

The sleek black packaging houses one of my favorite ingredients for many years: Aloe vera.
While living in Los Angeles, I used to cut fresh Aloe vera leaves and pure gel would come out. Obviously the Amsterdam's weather is not suitable for Aloe vera growth, so I am happy to spray my skin with the Be.Loved soothing gel. Aloe Vera is also an amazing medicinal plant that shows an array of phamaceutical properties due to the presence of aminoacids, Vitamin B and sugars. It is healing, hydrating, anti-oxidant and antibacterial.
The Be.Loved gel is actually quite liquid, the fibers and pulp have been removed to just leave a thin and water-like pure Aloe Vera Juice. I love the simplicity of this product. I use it all the time after cleansing ritual. My skin becomes soft like a baby skin. You can use it as a refresher during the day, as a make-up fixer or, as suggested on the Be. Loved website, as an excellent base for dry powder masks.
Along with the Peppermint floral water (see here),  I currently reach for the Aloe vera soothing gel when I want to give an immediate moment of calm to my skin. Totally worth it.

It's a new day facial serum (for €15.00 for 10 ml)

You may say another serum? Well...let me tell you first how this one stands out: the formula is superb, since the botanicals oils selected are some of the most effective ones for troubled skins: Safflower, Grapeseed, Hemp, Tamanu. This powerful cocktail has been boosted with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and an amazing blend of antiseptic and aromatic essential oils such as Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon Peel or Tangerine. I am a lover of citrussy/refreshing scents, so it almost feels this beauty serum has been tailored to my taste and my skin. Despite the name, I only use it in the evening on cleansed skin that has been previously hydrated with the Aloe vera gel. The serum has a very lovely texture that really melts on the skin. It immediately comforts and soothes the skin while it helps to restore the balance and promote a more unified complexion. A superb creation from Be.Loved!

....A gorgeous skincare line with a beautiful packaging along with some visible results!

Be.Loved offers worldwilde delivery. If you want to browse or purchase anything, you can do it here.

What do you think? would you be tempted by this skincare duo?

12 April 2016

Peppermint/Mint beauty crush

Mint is a plant that I saw growing in my parent's garden during my childhood. The very unique scent combined with powerful bioactives make Mint a very interesting beauty ingredient.
It refreshes, gives some tonic vibes and just helps me to rewind quickly. It is one of my favorite scents!

I am have been in a real minty mood lately. Let me tell you how.

First thing I do in the morning is to jump in the shower and waking up freshly thanks the Organic Surge Citrus Mint shower gel. I am totally loving this bodywash; powerful and invigorating!
I can't wait to order it again (see here), along with their refreshing face wash, but I guess I will wait for a super promotion discount code from Naturissimo.

In the morning and evening, I can't do without my organic Peppermint water that I bought in the Provence (see here). It is one of my favorite plant waters of the bunch I have purchased and it is just fabulous at toning and clarifying the skin in a very subtle manner of course. Since I am not too much of a fan of skincare beauty products that are powerfully scented with essential oils,  I find that hydrosol is a good alternative. Why? One of the advantages of organic waters is that they contain only a very very small pecentage of essential oils. It means that you get the benefits of them without the "negative effects" of being overdosed. So any sensitive skins, get reassured, the risks of irritation are minimised....and the scent remains very subtle.

Another really nice beauty goodie I am using at the moment is the Beauty by Earth lip balm. It is nicely scented with Peppermint and delivers a great hint of cool when you apply it to the lips. On the top of that, it is deeply nourishing and has the amazing rich and onctuous texture that "covers" your lips without disappearing after a few minutes...if you are not familiar with Beauty by Earth, I strongly advice you to read my latest post about this brand that I love.

What do you think? Which scent are you crazy about at the moment?

29 March 2016

Taking care of my skin with Beauty by Earth skincare line

Beauty by Earth is a US beauty company that contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I was interested in discovering some of their products. They offered me to pick two of their products.
You all know my love for the cleansing Konjac sponge (see here), so I obvsiouly picked their Konjac sponge. The second item I choose is their facial sunscreen SPF 20. Protecting my skin against UV rays is really important and despite loving the SPF moisturiser from Mychelle Dermaceuticals (see here), I was tempted to test this one. Read below what I think!

Konjac sponge ($14.00 for 2)
Konjac sponges have a really spectacular effect on my skin. I already mentionned not long ago that I use the Beauty by Earth Konjac sponge in my evening cleansing routine (see here). Soft yet effective, the Konjac sponge helps to cleanse without being too abrasive. And the latter is the key point: cleansing your face without irritating it or overexfoliating is crucial. This Konjac Sponge really helps to balance my skin and restore radiance. Easy to use, I only have to damp in a bit of water and it will drink up until it reaches a very nice round shape. I then massage. I usually used the sponge as a 2nd cleanse, with water only.

Composition: 100% Konjac glucomannan for the white sponge/ 99% Konjac glucomannan.

Facial sunscreen SPF 20* ($19.00 for 60ml)
The first thing I notice is the packaging: the sunscreen is housed in a dark flacon - there is nothing better to protect the delicate ingredients it contains! Unfortunately, the pump that delivers the cream has a little problem and does not work, which is a bit annoying and makes the application not really practical. Aside from this technical issue, I am happy to confess that this white and onctuous cream has been my skin's best friend for many weeks now. In addition to its great sun proctection, the cream has a very calming and antiseptic effect due to the presence of  Zinc oxideIt contains some really nice soothing ingredients such as Aloe veraSunflower oil and glycerin plus a few skin loving extracts such as Cucumber and Gingko Biloba extracts. I find the formula quite clean and I am really impressed by the end result. The general look of my skin seems improved.
Application-wise, the cream requires a few minutes to be properly absorbed so I always wait an additional 2/3 min before applying make-up.
 The only thing I could easily criticize is that the SPF is "only" 20. Although the protection difference between SPF 20 and SPF 30 is only a few percentage (SPF 20 blocks around 93% UVB and SPF 30 blocks 97%), my preference always goes for the higher number. 

Composition: organic Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice, fractionated coconut oil, sorbitan sesquiolate, vegetable glycerin, glyceryl stearate SE, organic Helianthus anuus (Sunflower) oil, organic Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil, organic Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, magnesium sulphate, ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C), xanthan gum, organic Argania spinosa kernel (Argan) oil, organic Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) fruit extract, organic Gingko biloba extract, radish root ferment filtrate, essential oil.

As an overall, I am really happy with Beauty by Earth sunscreen. Not cheap and not crazy luxurious either, it is definitely a product I could see myself regularly purchasing. 

Wanting more information, check their website here. Their pure Aloe vera gel is next on my shopping list by the way!
PS: and I forgot to write about their lip balm which is absolutely fantastic for the lips!

What do you think? have your tried Beauty by Earth?