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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02 February 2017

Kimberly Sayer goodies: a big yes?

If there is a beauty brand that I want to try for a long time, it is definitely the one from Kimberly Sayer. I always heard/read quite good reviews about her products so I was quite happy to be able to test it. I was sent the Gentle Almond &Lavender face scrub and picked the ultra-light moisturiser SPF 30 thanks to the LoveLula Blogger program. Read my thoughts below!

Gentle Almond & Lavender face scrub (£21.60 for 60ml)
Sensitive (and less ensitive) skins, listen! If you have always been reluctant to using face scrubs, then you may be interested in discovering this one. It comes as a really rich cream which almost looks like a night cream with some little (Jojoba) grains inside. Very softening for the skin, you massage in circular motions all over the face. You can add a bit of water if you prefer the texture to be more fluid. Then you rinse with lukewarm water. Dead cells and grime are swept away while red areas/irritations, often generated by more agressive scrubs, are kept at bay. My skin adores it and is left super smooth and radiant. The formula contains lots of very calming and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Arnica, Oat, Comfrey extracts, Aloe vera. The scent is very subtle. almost not detectable.
One let- down that I need to mention is that the product composition is not properly displayed (with the full INCI list).

Composition: deionised water, Almond oil& meal, Safflower seed oil, Shea butter, Jojoba beads, vegetable glycerin, Lavander water, hydrolysed Almond Protein, Aloe vera gel, extracts of Arnica, Comfrey, Almond& Oat, milk aminoacids, Ylang Ylang & Orange essential oil, lecithin, vitamin C, A , E, vegetable gum, japanese honeysuckle extract.

Kimberly Sayer ultra light moisturiser SPF 30 (£26.50 for 120ml)
I often use Twitter to mention how important it is to protect your skin everyday with a good SPF cream - no matter in which season we are. The ultra light version of the moisturiser comes as the perfect beauty package for me: light (because it doesn't give any greasy residues on my face after application), easy to apply, well formulated (hello skin loving ingredients such as Safflower seed oil, glycerin, Aloe vera juice, glycerin), nicely scented with Lemon essential oil (quite uplifting but not overpowering), alcohol- free, and cast-free (won't leave any white trace on the face). I also want to mention that the contenance of the flacon is probably twice as big as what I would expect from a day cream, making it a really great value for money.
Another important thing to know is that the Lemon oil used in this moisturiser has been steam distilled which makes it safe to use under sun exposition.
Similarly to the scrub, I hope to see in the future the full INCI list displayed on the packaging.
As an overall, I have been completely convinced by the performance of this cream and can highly recommend it.

Composition: Deionised water, titanium dioxide (mineral sunblock), Sunflower seed oil, lecithin, Safflower seed oil, emulsifying wax (vegetal), glycerin, Coconut oil, Aloe vera leaf juice, Sea algae extract, Lemon oil, Shea butter, green tea, Jojoba seed oil, tocopheryl acetate (Vit E), Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, anthem gum, benzyl alcohol.

.....a definitive big yes for me!

You can get both items at Lovelula here.

Have you tried the scrub and the moisturiser or any other products from Kimberly Sayer?

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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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