Natural beauty and well-being

29 April 2013

Beauty collections from Carrefour France

If some of you are living/or used to travel to France, you must know the big supermarket chain Carrefour. I quite like it! Why?
... because it really offers a great variety of products including food, clothes, baby stuff, beauty...and prices are quite competitive!

Super famous in France, the retailer is also present in other countries (I always try to go when I am abroad, so I went to one in China, in Dubai, Sicily...)

During a recent trip to France, I was even suprised to discover in Carrefour a whole area specially dedicated to organic food and products.

Carrefour have also just relaunched their entire beauty range under the name of: "les cosmetiques design Paris". It includes toiletries, skincare, haircare and is divided into 5 different categories that are listed below:

Nectars of Nature- offers a complete collection for face, body and hair. Certified by Ecocert and specially formulated with pure plant extracts, the products are good if you want to switch to natural beauty but not spend too much. I will be more than happy to test some of them during my next trip to France.

Essentials- basic beauty products for the face, body and hair. It includes all kinds of products from shower gels to shampoos to moisturising face cream, to nail remover....

Science- designed for all type of skins. Not sure if the name really means something for me (who has a scientific background). I often think claims as such appear more as marketing tool than anything else. Again, the range offers anti-ageing skincare, body and hair products.

Ultimate- designed for mature skins and aims at defying the time effect on skin. The range comprises body massage oils and creams, sun tanning lotion, and antiageing serums.

Pro's- advertised as easy make-up. This "couture" sub-category aims at providing a more sophisticated look.

Bare in mind that  Nectars of Nature is the only natural beauty range within the 5 ranges.

For more information, check the website: Les cosmetiques design Paris

Maybe Carrefour wants to become the new "affordable" Sephora :-)...

Do you know  "les cosmetiques design Paris" and/or have you tried any of the products?


22 April 2013

Maison d'Anu glow enzyme mask

You probably enjoy the experience and after-effect of a nice facial treatment. Occasionally I love to go to a beauty centre to be pampered this way. But you can also treat your face yourself in the comfort of your own home! Here is an idea to pamper your skin. It is easy, relaxing and very nice.

Once a week I treat myself on a complete face cleansing, followed by an exfoliation and mask. It gives a truly glowing complexion; well, as long as you use the right products of course!

One of my favourite products, that I use often, is the Glow enzyme Mask from Maison d'Anu.
I discovered this British company on Twitter while I was still living in London. They kindly sent me their bestseller to review. So here it is.

Product description: glow enzyme mask
Certified: no
For: all types of skin except sensitive
Presentation: pot
Texture: gel cream
Price: £28 for 100ml

My opinion

First of all, I am really impressed by the design of the packaging. I am a fan a clean cut yet stylish look and I think this one has it all.

I use this mask once a week (and actually do not exfoliate my skin prior to it). I am almost addicted to it...
The texture of the mask is really enjoyable: not too heavy and very nice. I avoid the sensitive eye area but do not mind putting a more generous layer on the T area of the face (forehead, nose, and chin).

After 10 minutes I give it a good rinse and my face is truly glowing and lifted. The skin is left pleasantly smooth, unified and more plumped. It makes a true difference and you keep this feeling for quite a while! I perfectly understand why this mask is a bestseller!

The mask is a light silky blend of jojoba, sesame seeds, and rosehip oils with some papaya/pineapple enzymes.Those enzymes act as exfoliation agents. In addition, aloe vera gel has been added and delivers soothing nutrients to the skin.
Not only the regeneration process of the skin is enhanced, but the hydration level is also increased.

I also love the smell; it is fresh and invigorating.

This mask is suitable for premature ageing/mature skin or simply tired/dull looking skins which need a little booster once in a while. If you have a sensitive skin, I would perhaps avoid using this product or, at least, do a patch test before use. of my favorite masks all time !

Overall rating: 9/10

You can get more information about Maison d'Anu on their website:

What are your thoughts? what is your favorite mask?


14 April 2013

Why Rose flower water is wonderful for the skin

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I often tweet about the skin benefits of Rose flower water.
I personally love it and in this post, I just want to elaborate a bit more on the amazing properties of this wonderfully scented ingredient.

Rose flower water is a by-product of the production of rose essential oil. It is used to flavor food, has medical applications and is also a beauty product.  

The rose itself has always played a prominent role in the perfume industry, due to its natural and wonderful scent. It is no wonder that it has become such an icon in the beauty industry! Having a gentle and delicate scent and being a symbol of feminity, the rose is regarded as the true beauty queen.

Key benefits
Rose flower water (also simply called Rose water or Rose distillate) is one of my favorite skincare products! I have tried many facial mists, but (organic) rose flower distillate is by far the one that I prefer most. My skin is always left incredibly smooth and hydrated. It is a key part of my personal skincare routine (see also my post My skincare routine).

Amongst those benefits are:
- Aromatic: wonderfully fresh, light, and "douce".
- Moisturising: for many centuries it is used to hydrate (facial) skin... and rightly so!
- Soothing and calming: rose flower water soothes any skin type from delicate to mature.
- Anti-aging: its rejuvenating properties make it the perfect complementary care for aging skin.
- Gently tonic and astringent: rose flower water tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
- Suitable for sensitive skin: rose flower water is the perfect cleanser complement - skin is left really soft without any hint of irritation.

Try it!
So, if rose flower water is not yet part of your facial beauty routine, please try it and you might love it as much as I do!
There are a few brands I can recommend: Melvita, Raw Gaia, Balm Balm, Sanoflore.

Do you use any other flower distillate in your skincare routine? Please let me know which one you use!

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