Mademoiselle Nature

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07 March 2018

My Winter beauty picks for a smooth skin

Cold, rainy and windy, the Dutch winter is usually not kind to anyone's skin, including mine.
To combat the harsh wintery conditions, here are my top picks to maintain my skin soft and happy!

The Antipodes Grace gentle cream cleanser (£24.99 for 120ml)
This creamy and rich cleanser feels like heaven for environmentally-stressed skins. Its delicate formulation features some amazing ingredients for dry and sensitive skins- Avocado oil, Macadamia oil, and the anti-inflammatory super antioxidant Vinanza Oxifend. I usually use this cream cleanser as a 2nd cleanser. I massage a small pea onto the face insisting the forehead, cheeks, and chin.  The smell is lovely and feels like a mixture of Vanilla and flowers. This is not an everyday cleanser for me but it does a perfect job cleansing and nurturing the skin, and this is so needed in Winter!

The John Master Organics Calendula toning mask (£26.00 for 57g)
I have completely fallen in love with this mask. A total bliss for the skin which is left so smooth, hydrated and soft! The little pot contains one of the most effective formula I have come across in terms of results. Using Aloe vera as a base, this powerful treat softens and immediately repairs the skin. It is so perfect in Winter if your skin is dry, sensitive or irritated. I do recommend it to anyone of you who are looking for that powerful soothing weekly treatment.

The Madara total renewal night cream (£42.00 for 50ml)
I have raved about this cream before and I am not surprised to talk about it one more time. This is one of my favorite products from Madara: a light pastel green unctuous night cream packed with the most effective ingredients such as Birch water, cell repair bio complex and hyaluronic acid to work overnight to improve skin regeneration, soothe dry patches, stimulate cell's functions for a plumped and completely rested skin in the morning. This is a wonderful product that really delivers outstanding results. I use it every night and I love it!

The John Master Organics Lime&Ginger hand cream (£14.00 for 54ml)
It has perhaps not the richest texture but it does its job well: soothing and keeping my hands hydrated throughout the day thanks to the presence of Sunflower and Black spruce needle oils. I usually reapply it a couple of times, since my hands tend to be quite sensitive to cold weather (and I am outside quite often). The smell is lovely yet subtle. I would love to try the Orange & Rose scented version which also seems very appealing.

The Melvita l'Argan bio gentle shower (£13.86 for 250ml)
I am quite a fan of the Weleda body washes (see HERE) but this time, I thought that I would experiment a body product from the French brand Melvita. The Argan bio shower gel cleanses the skin without stripping the body natural oils. The presence of Argan oil emollients soothes and hydrates while the delicate scent envelops the skin and softens the senses. If you are looking for a gentle body wash that does exactly what it says, then go for it! I had a look on their website and got my eyes on some other body cleansers too- the  Rose Petal shower and the Extraordinary shower.

What do you think? How are you keeping your skin soft during cold weather?

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27 February 2018

LoveLula February green beauty box: interesting selection

Another month has passed and it has been a little while since I haven't shown you the monthly Lovelula green beauty box content. So here it is -the February edition*, worth more than £65.00! You only pay the amazing price of £12.50 in the UK and only £17.50 (3 months subscription) if you live outside the UK and you get all the products below!

And not to forget, you also get a 20% discount on all the brands included in the box. So If you really like a product and would like to purchase it, jump on the offer! Back to the content now.

Madara exfoliating oil-to-milk scrub (full size- £24.00 for 60ml)
This is actually the 2nd time that the Madara face exfoliant features in a Lovelula green beauty box. I like it as it really does what it says on the packaging. The unctuous gel rich in Apricot oil and in small wax microbeads transforms into a milky emulsion once you mix a bit of water. It is a perfect skin smoother and really help to unify the skin. If you have a sensitive skin, I would perhaps use only a really tiny amount as I find this exfoliant almost working "too well".

Urban Veda Radiance hydrating toner (full size- £9.74 for 150ml)
Featuring Tumeric and botanical infusion of Marigold, Patchouli, and Coriander, this toner has everything to make my skin happy. Designed to even the skin tone and revitalize the skin, I can see this one becoming a beauty staple very soon. However, I have seen that the formulation is not as clean as I would expect to be. It also contains alcohol. So again, if your skin is usually reactive, patch test before use.

Ooh! Organic avocado hydrating facial oil (full size- £19.00 for 30ml)
So glad to see the latest beauty oil of Ooh! featuring in this box! Avocado oil is a dreamy oil for dry skins as it soothes and deeply nourishes the epidermis. I do not have a dry skin but the cold weather conditions have made my skin more sensitive and a bit more flaky than usual. To combat these symptoms, I mix my favorite moisturizer (see HERE) with 1 or 2 drops of this beautiful rich oil to add some nourishment. I also massage my hands with a few drops and they literally drink them up!

The generous sample contains enough to cream to cover at least a couple weeks of application. I have yet to try this moisturizer but by the look and the scent of it, it looks really nice. It features a whole bunch of skin super active ingredients such as botanical oils and plant extracts to hydrate, protect and revitalize the skin. Stay tuned, I will give you a quick feedback on Instagram as soon I have tried it.

Another great box from Love Lula. Hurry up and sign up HERE!
Get 20% of the brands in the box HERE by using the code BBFEB18 (valid until 28/02/18).

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13 February 2018

Valentine's day top beauty tips

     Love is in the air...Valentine's day is tomorrow! Are you ready?  If not, don't worry. I've got you covered.
I am sharing with you my top 4 beauty tips to be and feel gorgeous for that unique occasion!

1- Exfoliate from top to toes
Get that smooth and unbelievably soft skin by buffing away dead cells and impurities. Opt for a gentle skincare exfoliant such as the Kimberly Sayer gentle Almond and Lavender exfoliant (see HERE) or the Madara Peel mask (see HERE) to simply reveal a more luminous complexion. For the body, I love the Ren Moroccan Rose Otto body polish (see HERE) for its incredible smoothing action on the skin.

2- Indulge your skin with body oil 
Embrace that satin-feel and shimmering skin after massaging the body with a luxurious oil after showering.You don't need a lot but a few drops will do miracles in hydrating the skin while enveloping it with a delicate scent your loved one will not forget! Best is to apply onto damp skin- without forgetting to apply a small amount onto the pulse points (wrists, inner elbow etc). I strongly recommend the Bodhi&Birch body oils (see HERE), the most aromatic body oils I know on the market!

3- Focus on the lips
Dare to try something new for that special evening especially when it comes to lipsticks and colors. At the end of the day, you don't need to have the "perfect "makeup look but a unified complexion and a nice red touch on the lip will be enough to give you that wow factor. RMS beauty offers a range of fabulous lip balms with really interesting shades- the Content shade is a lovely not too dark red shade worth to check!

4- Be yourself
You are the star of the evening, so no matter what, YOU make that evening special, neither your makeup, hairstyle or outfit. Enjoy that special moment, treasure kindness and be thankful to be with your special one.

Wishing everyone a lovely Valentine's day! What are your plans?

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05 February 2018

Green make-up reviews: RMS Beauty and Dr Haushka

Today's post is a little bit different: I will be talking about make-up, yes! I don't write often about make-up; the simple reason being is that I am quite picky and I have always been struggling with finding green make-up that really suits me. I know, I know. I generally find the textures too heavy or greasy and not matte enough. I may have to experiment a bit more...
The hunt for my "suitable " green make-up is still on the go. And today, I am happy to present a few items that I have picked at LoveLula*. Love or hate? Find out below!

The RMS Beauty "Un"cover-up  (£34.00)
The little concealer shot fame already a while ago amongst all the beauty bloggers and beauty users. I thought I really had to try it, although I remained at first skeptical about its texture but moreover its performance. The blend is mainly made of Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, beeswax and a blend of minerals that gives that light tinted coverage. I find the pot really cute but not really hygienic especially since you have to "work the concealer out" a bit to warm it up and get the right amount on your fingers. Having said that, it doesn't feel too greasy or heavy and really covers well any red marks or small blemishes.  I also use a tiny amount underneath the eyes to lighten and smooth out the areas. As an overall, will I call the magical touch? Not really. I like it but I am not wowed... not sure why.

The RMS Beauty Swift shadow garden Rose GR-19 (£19.00)
I owe this one a review for a long time. If you follow my blog, you have probably seen it being featured in my top 2017 beauty/make-up products! I am a big fan of pressed shadows as I don't have too much time to play around with loose mineral eyeshadows. I have green eyes, so I tend to go for pink/purple tones to highlight the color.
The Garden Rose eyeshadow clearly delivers an awesome result and I am very impressed! But what really impresses me the most is that the shadow applies really easily, by gliding over the lid and stays nicely all day long without even cringing. Made with soft and natural ingredients, the formula is really gentle making it really suitable for sensitive eyes. I will for sure repurchase this one and will be also trying other shades too! The RMS eyeshadow has quite a high price tag but is completely worth the purchase.

The Dr. Haushka eyeshadow Solo Lilac 7 (£13.50)
 I have been using this it a bit less regularly than the RMS eyeshadow but still occasionally reach it. Although the color may seem a bit summery, the Lilac shade looks beautiful no matter the seasons we are in. And more importantly, it combines very well green eyes too. As I said, the color is very pretty but appears slightly less "intense" on the eyes, which is totally fine. It has less shimmer than the RMS eyeshadow and provides a more matte finish on the eyelid. I often use the little brush that comes with it and find it quite practical. At the end of the day, the Dr. Hauskha eyeshadow is a pleasant surprise and considering the price, it is definitely a make-up item I would consider repurchasing.

What do you think? What are your favorite eyeshadows?

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26 January 2018

2 beauty products to rescue irritated & inflamed skin

Life is a rollercoaster. Sometimes the journey is calm and smooth and sometimes, the journey is rougher and more hectic. All these changes can really reflect on the skin if not handled correctly.
With the aim of nurturing, balancing, soothing my skin, I have reached out for 2 calming beauty skincare products that I have picked at Lovelula: the CV Skinlabs Rescue+Relief spray* and the Ren Evercalm ultra comforting mask*. Find out below what I think of them!

CV Skinlabs Rescue+Relief spray ($34.00 for 175ml)

 I was really interested in a high performant product that could ease right away any signs of itchiness, discomfort or stress and hoped this spray would become very soon a beauty staple in my routine. And the answer is yes: I might have found a little gem here!

The CV Skinlabs spray has been formulated as an "advance therapy for burned, wounded or irritated skin". My skin is neither burned or wounded. It also does not show any kind of distress at the moment apart from occasional redness. What has particularly attracted me in the Rescue+Relief spray is its awesome formulation.You can find a plethora of soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Aloe vera, water lily extract, Turmeric root extract, Ginger, Alpha-Bisabolol, Oat kernel extract- to heal and calm any flare-ups.

I mainly use this spray on the face and on the decollete in the evening instead of a toner. The emulsion is light and milky and feels like a nice breeze but I try to not overspray as it could make the skin a tad too sticky.

This is a product that I mainly reach to balance my skin and bring a moment of peace as the serum delivers the ultimate soothing ingredient cocktail.  If you have a sensitive, tired, stressed or troubled skin, I would really recommend this product as the ultimate SOS skin treat!

Ren Evercalm ultra comforting mask (£28.00 for 50ml)

I have been testing topical probiotics a couple months ago (see HERE), and since then, I have really been wanting to incorporate into my beauty routine more products using these new ingredients in their formulation. So I have picked the  Evercalm mask, a creamy and unctuous mask designed to strengthen the skin barrier. It contains a combination of probiotic- the Lactobacillus ferment, emollients- Alpha-glucan oligosaccharides, alongside other skin-loving components such as some nurturing botanical oils and algae extracts.

I wanted a mask that is able to calm my skin and to offer a moment of de-stress while restoring the skin's natural balance and stimulating its own repair mechanisms ... and it really seems working well!

The mask is housed in an airless flacon pump which is hygienic and delivers precisely the amount. needed. I generally leave it a good 20 min -even more- to maximize its effects. My skin is left luminous, soothed, and appears to be less reactive.

If your skin is easily irritated or stressed, this mask really helps to manage and tone down the skin sensitivity. Do no expect too much miracle overnight but this is a great beauty item to reach weekly for a more healthy complexion.

The only downside for me is the small countenance of the product for its price.

What do you think? Which products are your reaching when your skin is unsettled?

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11 January 2018

My top 4 favorite beauty/make-up products in 2017

After a nice little break from social media over the Christmas holidays and spending some time in France (eating lots of gourmet food and cherishing time with my family), I am finally back with my first post of the year 2018.
I thought It would be a good start to really narrow my love down to the top 4 beauty products I have enjoyed the most in 2017.

1-RMS beauty Swift Shadow Garden 19 (£19.00 unit)
With its unctuous yet powdery texture, the RMS pressed eyeshadow is really a big surprise to me. I am not a fan of greasy texture especially when it comes to makeup and I have to say that I was slightly afraid at first that this one would be too heavy. That was not the case. It is really smooth, applies really easily with a brush or finger (I use the latter) and just stays all day long without cringing. The color Garden 19 is a really nice pink with some shimmering in it. Lovely yet subtle, it gives a nice glow to the eyes. Definitely a good pick!

2- Andalou natural Coconut water firming cleanser (£11.00 for 160ml)    
This really good for value cleanser has really won my heart for its outstanding performance. It leaves the skin deliciously smooth, soft, and really glowing. For more details, read my complete review HERE. But in one word: go for it!

3- Kimberly Sayer Ultra-light Moisturiser SPF 30 (£26.50 for 120ml) 
I have already mentioned my love for this moisturizer a few times and I can already foresee that this moisturizer will also remain a firm favorite in 2018. Its lightweight and fast-absorbing texture provides enough moisture and its ability to protect the skin from the UV rays is a big plus for me. This is a very much loved and trusted item. I use it everyday and it just delivers exactly what I expect: hydration, protection, and last but not least, a lovely finish.

4- Esse Organic Toner Plus (£46 for 100ml)
Toners are an essential part of my skincare routine: they have so many benefits for the skin that I don't see myself skipping this step in a near future. My eyes got caught by the Toner plus from Esse. It is not just a toner, it features a plethora of incredible ingredients for the skin including probiotics, prebiotics, plant extracts and many more. You can read my detailed review HERE. I love this toner which almost looks like a "liquid" serum. It is expensive but completely worth its price!

What do you think? Any favorites to share with me?

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31 December 2017

That time of the year...

 I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with your loved ones! It is already time to begin a new year, starting new chapters, embracing new challenges, dealing with new ups and downs, creating new opportunities! Are you ready for it? I am!

I would like to thank all my amazing readers, all the lovely brands and shops I have been working with over the past few years. Let's continue the adventure together!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 everyone!

Stay tuned because I will do soon a recap of my favorite 2017 beauty products. Don't miss it!

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06 December 2017

4 beauty tips to prepare your skin for the festivities

 The party season will officially kick off in less than 3 weeks, how exciting! I have been lately really enjoying warm evenings cozying up under my favorite wool blanket (mine is from Flinkcheck their website, it is really nice). It is chilly out there so nothing is more comforting than just taking it very easy, isn't it?
Ok, back to beauty now. Since Christmas and NYE's celebrations are on their way, I thought I would do a special post to help you to preparing your skin for these glam occasions!
So I have compiled the top 4 beauty tips to help your skin to be at its best for the festivities.

1-  Make the scrub+mask session a priority
This result-driven session will restore skin glow by clarifying and brightening the skin. Once a week, just massage a gentle scrub onto cleansed skin to remove dead cells and improve the skin texture. I particularly love the Kimberly Sayer gentle scrub* (review HERE), suitable for sensitive skins. Follow-up with a brightening mask. The radiance mask from Kahina is rich and nurturing perfect for normal to dry skin while the Rossi intense rejuvenation Rose & Pink clay mask is the perfect match to combi/oily skins (review HERE).

2- Green your diet
Along with great skincare habits, a balanced diet is crucial in order to achieve skin radiance from the inside-out. This is even truer at this time of the year before the 2-week overindulgence coming up. Your goal: flushing the toxins and bringing on skin glow! Best is to invite lots of dark leafy veggies on your plate: they are loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants and are top to purify the body and skin. My favorite picks are Watercress, Spinach, and Chards (I struggle with Kale's taste, to be honest, but if you like it, go for it!).

3- Don't forget the eyes
Eyes are the mirrors of the soul ... isn't? Tired eyes can really make anyone look exhausted so make sure to use an eye cream that will address the first signs of aging but also brighten and lift the area. I have been using the Mad Hippie eye cream for months now and really like it. But if you want a targeted eye product specifically designed for tired eyes, then go for the Madara Smart anti-fatigue eye rescue cream that smoothes away dark circles and hydrates the eye contour.

4- Focus on the right products
Choose concentrated skincare products with potent anti-aging and healing ingredients, because ingredients matter. Go for vitamin A-rich Cacay oil  (review HERE) if your skin needs some serious regeneration boost. A vitamin C serum is also a good pick as Vitamin C is known to illuminate the skin and boost collagen production. I have tried the Mad Hippie Vit C serum (review HERE). I have my eyes on a couple of other potent skin loving serums such as the Soothing serum from Marie Veronique and the Aeos energizing conditioner. It is all about choosing effective products and achieving maximum results in minimum time!

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