Natural beauty and well-being

23 June 2014

Beauty samples that did not convince me

I rarely review beauty samples (except here). What I mean by beauty samples are the creams/serums you get in those tiny 2 or 3 ml sachets. Samples can be quite useful if you want to explore the texture, the scent and to get a first sense of the efficacy of a product. It is great to give a "first impression" and can really help in making your decision to purchase the full-size product or not. But, obviously, whether the products really work for you in the longer run remain to be seen...

Today, I am going to chat about samples that didn't do the trick - well not for me personally at least. Voila...

Pai Comfrey & Calendula calming body cream
I really love the brand Pai. They have a great company ethos and their ingredient choice is often very appealing. However, I was disappointed when I first massaged a bit of the Comfrey & Calendula calming body cream onto my arm. Thumb up for the really creamy and fast-absorbing lotion, but I did not like the scent at all. It really smelt strange - not fresh and far from what I expect from a body cream. A real shame.

Egyptian Magic cream
I was intrigued for a little while by the really "sort of famous" white and blue pot containing the all-natural cream. Managed to get a sample. What I like about this cream is the simplistic formula (it doesn't contain an almost overwhelming list of ingredients). And those ingredients are real skins goodies (propolis extract, honey...). However, I wished this cream was a bit less heavy and would sink in a little bit quicker. And, again, the scent was not too appealing for me - it just smells like olive oil. I was looking for something a bit more exotic, I guess.

Naturalmente Shampoo Rosemary and Lavender (PR sample)
Another big disappointement here. The shampoo aims at purifying/balancing the scalp/hair, thanks to Rosemary and Lavender essential oils. I had a good sizes sample (15 ml) and could try it a couple of times. I was really hopeful, but unfortunately my hair felt heavier two days after shampooing - certainly compared to my currently favorite shampoo (review soon!). It almost felt like the shampoo did not rinse properly. That is pity.

Do those samples/products work better for you? Did you have disappointing samples recently? Let me know!

15 June 2014

All the way from Australia: Flight Skincare

I can't remember how I discovered Flight Skincare. Was it through other beauty bloggers (I think!) or perhaps via google (could be!)? Anyway, I am glad to have found this little Australian beauty treasure and I thought I should spread the word and introduce it to you!

"Flight embraces everything we believe in and is the connection to living a healthier more balanced lifestyle. K. Jakovitch.

Kym Jakovich, the founder of Flight Skincare, generoulsy sent me a few samples a little while ago (merci!). Although I rarely do reviews on small samples, I thought I should share my first impressions about this special line with you.

Sheer Luxury milk cleanser 
This light and delicate milky cleanser features some of the best ingredients (goat's milk, honey and Camellia oil) and really feels incredibly soothing and calming on the skin. Best suited as a 2nd cleanser (and morning cleanser) in my opinion, the white emulsion is great at removing impurities and light make-up. With a fruity citrussy scent that is absolutely lovely, this cleanser is especially a great option if you have a sensitive skin. It contains an exotic botanical extract, that I actually did not know: Quandong seed extract. It is renowned for its high level in Vit C and is perfect to brighten up complexion.

Silk Protein hydrating day cream
As the name indicates, this very light cream feels like a layer of delicate organic cotton on the skin: super soft and extremely protective at the same time. My skin has been drinking this little emulsion with pleasure...and not to forget, the scent is absolutely divine. So subtle. Just how I like a day cream to be. One of my favorite Flight Skincare products- well amongst those 4 samples I have tested. Papaya, Siberian ginseng, Rapsberry seed oils are all part of the silky concoction alongside silk proteins from which the name of the moisturiser derives.

Acai Firming plant mask
This is a handcrafted blend of organic Acai berry, cacao and coconut along with french clay, bentonite clay and chorella. The green pure superfood packed powders transform in a rich and effective paste when you add a bit of water. It promises to restore skin's radiance while serioulsy kicking its firming functions. I really love this mask: cleansing, unifying, restructuring. The scent appears quite earthy but the hints of ginger and cacao really sort of soften the brut aroma.

Pure Nourishing night cream
A very good night cream can boost repairing skin's function overnight - super plumped and relaxed skin in the morning assured. That is exactly what this cream does to tired, dry looking skins. The ingredients include a blend of the most nutritive ingredients (pure botanical oils, honey...) and some quite seriously effective actives (rooisbos, squalene..). I think this night cream is particulary great for really dry and dehydrated skins, because it is fairly rich.

As an overall, this line looks really lovely. The design is chic and I would be more than happy to explore more of it.
I hope so much that Flight Skincare will soon find some retailers in Europe. The product prices range from around 20 euros for the cleanser to 36 euros for the others products. I have really my eye on the Soft white gentle polish now...
Don't hesitate to contact Kym via her website if you have questions or want to have more infos.

Have you tried some Flight Skincare products? what do you think?

04 June 2014

My top beauty tips for combination/oily skins in humid weather

Here in the Netherlands we have been enjoying summery days in the past month. It is absolutely lovely to see those gorgeous vibrant coquelicots flourish everywhere, birds singing even louder than before and baby ducks enjoying swimming with their mummies. Days have been particularly gorgeous in Amsterdam....however the atmosphere could already felt quite heavy sometimes.

Humid weather can be a struggle for combination/oily skins, which start to shine after 2/3 hours post- morning cleanse...not always nice!
So what do you do to K E E P a clear/flawless skin/complexion in that situation?

- Right cleansing. Make it an evening routine to cleanse your face thoroughly using a special deep cleansing product that, ideally, contains some great natural purifying ingredients. Look out for Willow bark, green clay, lactic acid, Manuka honey, probiotics in the product formula. You want your skin to be purified, cleared of dirt/excess of sebum without being overwhelmed and feeling tight. Use a refreshing cleanser in the morning.

2 - Switch to lightweight formulas. A gel-based organic moisturiser will keep your face hydrated without feeling too heavy, greasy or adding additionnal stickiness. It is definitely a great choice when air is humid.

3 - Protect your skin from UVA/UVB with mineral sunblock. Organic sunscreens generally contain zinc oxide that not only acts as a great defense against UV rays, but also improves the skin healing process.

4 - Have a soft hand with heavy make-up/foundations. And if you can't resist a little make-up session, choose a texture that is light, weightless or even powdery. The rule? Do not overdo! Mineral make-up is the one to go for as it generally contains pure skin-friendly minerals that do not overpower your skin tone.

-  Use blotting papers to beat that extra shine. Simply apply the sheet on the needed area and it will immediately absorb any excess of oil.

6 - Clay masks are the best to balance your skin without being drying. Once or twice a week, an homemade clay face mask is perfect  if you want to gently purify skin. Sensitive skin? Opt for pink clay, which is very soothing too! Adding some raw honey to your DIY formula will make your skin even smoother and moisturised.

Have you tried those tips? Do you have other advices to share?

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