Natural beauty and well-being

28 October 2015

Glowing touch: the Madara Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid

I have not reviewed much green make-up so far (but check this post if you want to discover a lovely green make-up brand) but I am really planning to change that and today. I would like to talk about the Madara Moonflower Rose Beige*. This natural certified tinting cream is aimed to correct all our little skin worries. It is meant to unify, moistury and illuminate the skin. Well. Too good to be true? Let's see.


Product name: Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid
For: all skin types
Certified: yes (Ecocert)
Texture: light cream
Price: €10.00 for 15ml

My opinion

Madara is a Latvian green beauty brand that I have had my eyes on for many years. Their skincare/bodycare line appears just very "fresh" and enriched with wild herb extracts that you can find nowhere else than in the Baltic countries. I love the nature of Nordic countries: the setting and environnement is a heaven to grow and nurture organic plants!

Perhaps later than anybody, but I was really surprised to discover that Madara had a few green make-up products. The Moonflower Rose Beige is really what I would call a great make-up product to start with if you are new to Organic beauty and make-up.
Why is that? The texture is superb, one of the best textures I have ever encountered for a face make-up product: it is light but covers very well and it gives a lovely and hypernatural glow. And, in addition to this, another important feature (at least to me!): it does not need much time to work in into the skin. Some people love blending brushes or sponges, but as a mum of two, let me tell you that there is no way I can spend 15 min blending and contouring my face every morning. I am so happy this product is enough on its own to give me that glowing complexion with a minimum of effort.

Let's now take a closer look at the simple yet formula. Featuring some skin humectant glycerin and some fabulous skin soothing plant oils (Sunflower and Jojoba), the Moonflower tinting fluid provides moisture and softness to the skin. It also contains a collection of calming extracts such as Calendula and Chamomille. I am super pleased to see Plantain Leaf extract, a considered "sacred plant" with real skin healing properties. I feared that my skin would feel dry because it features some alcohol, but luckily, no skin drama occured so I would definitely recommend the Moonflower Rose Beige tinting fluid for all skin types. And finally, I would not forget to add that I love the fact that you can choose between the 2 formats (15ml or 60ml)- makes it really convenient if you want to test the product before purchasing the full size!
Madara, you have really pleasantly suprised me on this one! Cannot wait to try more products now!

... a fantastic way to give your face a super natural glow!

My overal rating: 9/10

Get it here.

Composition: Aqua, alcohol, glycerin***, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower water, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, Rosa canina (Rosehip) extract, Calendula officials (Calendula) flower extract, Chamomilla recutita (Chamomille), Plantago major (Plantain) leaf extract, algae extract, stearic acid, palmitic acid, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, xanthan gum, sodium phytate, aroma** (+/-(may contain), CI 77019 (mica), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides))****
**may contain essential oils
***made using organic ingredients
****pure mineral pigments

Have you tried it? do you use any light foundation?
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19 October 2015

Not exactly what I thought: Acure Hair mask moisturising root repair

At the begining of the year 2015, I have written up my various beauty resolutions (see here) and one of them was to really find a good hair conditioning mask. We are now in October and I am happy to report back about the Acure mask moisturising root repair Argan stem cell + Mint Deep conditioning. I have bought this little gem in the US but if you are based in the Europe, Acure Organics is now available in Whole Food Market.


Product name: Acure hair mask moisturising repair
Certified: no
Texture: light cream
For: all types of hair
Price:$13.00

My opinion

This is the third haircare product from Acure that I have tried this year after these ones. The mask moisturising root repair is designed to regenerate and moisture very dry, colored and limp hair which needs more than a regular conditionner application.

First let me tell you what my expectations of an hair mask are: it needs to have a rich consistency that melts in when applying. It needs to envelop the hair length with its nourishing ingredients leaving the hair really nourished and softened. Acure mask comes close to that, but not entirely. It is perhaps lighter that I imagined or wanted and although very moisturising, I am missing the very cocooning feeling I have experienced with their triple moisture repairing conditionner for example.

In line with the traditionnal and bright packaging of the whole line, the mask is housed in a plastic tube - handy to carry out if you go travelling. The contenance is rather on the small side: I have mid-length hair and I do need to use quite a bit of product to cover it all.

Apart from these couple of points, I don't see why I should be unhappy with it: hair gets really pampered and nicely scented with a hint of fresh Mint which I really love. The Rosemary essential oil brings antispectic and refreshing properties to the shampoo. The presence of L-Arginine is supposed to boost hair growth whereas Argan oil helps to protect hair. I also like the fact that Acure uses a juice based blend that includes organic Acai, organic Blackberry, organic Roshehip, organic Pomegranate, organic Rooibos; as the base for the mask.

As an overall, although the improvements are not spectaculair, my hair does feel healthier and smoother after each mask. However, I will be frank and say that performance-wise I prefer the conditionner.

....a tad disappointed on that one!

Overal rating: 6.5/10

Composition: Euterpe oloeracea (Acai) berry, organic Rubus frutocosus (Blackberry), organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), fairtrade certifiedTM organic Rooibos, cetearyl alcohol, stearylkonium chloride, vegetable glycerin, isoamyl laurate, glyceryl stearate (vegetable derived), gluconodeltalactone (fermented sugar), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) oil, Mentha peperita (Peppermint) oil, organic Argan spinosa (Argan) oil, L-Argnine (aminoacid), fairtrade certified TM organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) butter, methylcellulose (plant derived), ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) stem cell culture, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (natural Vitamin E).

You can purchase it here.

Have you tried it? What do you think?
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12 October 2015

5 beauty things I love to do in Autumn

I just cannot believe Autumn has arrived. Loving the yet early but beautiful leave colors and definitely enjoying the last warm days of indian summer here in Amsterdam.
So today, I got very inspired by this beautiful season and thought it was a good excuse for a little post.


If I had to list my top 5 Autumn beauty rituals I love doing, I would say:

1. Enjoying a yummy and vitamins-packed Pumpkin DIY mask on a Sunday evening: yogurt mixed with honey and mashed pumpkin. Top for the skin!

2. Extensively searching for what will become my beauty must-haves when skin is in trouble during the upcoming cold weather.

3. Adapting my beauty routine according to my skin needs: e.g. starting to reincorporate more botanical plant oils or conforting day/night creams.

4. Reaching for more spiced-scented body products: cinnamon, ginger, and orange are just perfect in giving that warmth and sweet aroma I am looking for.

5. Shopping in some various boutiques in Amsterdam rather than buying online. It is the time of the year where I really value and appreciate shopping in a nice environment.

What do you think? what are the beauty things you love doing in October/November?
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05 October 2015

My latest skincare routine

Today, I though it would be interesting to share the beauty products I am currently using. I will not go into details as this only a sneak peek, but that would still give you a pretty good idea.

I like simple beauty routine- at least, that what works for my skin.


Morning

Cleanser - bodhi&birch Rosa Rosa Clarifying cleanser* (everything you want to know about this cleanser is here).
Toner - Fine Lavander flower water (read here why I am a big fan of this one).
Moisturiser -  Supermood Perfect Day cream* (review to come very soon).
SPF cream - Mychelle Dermaceuticals (for more details about this cream, click here).

Evening

Cleansers - 1rst cleanse with Akane Purifying Organic make-up removal oil
                                        or Rosa Rosa Clarifying cleanser.
                    2nd cleanse with Rosa Rosa Clarifying cleanser.
Toner - Fine Lavander flower water.
Facial oil - Marie Veronique oil de jour* (Yes, I used it in the evening. Review soon).

Once or twice a week

Masks- Kahina anti-oxidant mask* (check here why you will love this mask too).
             or DIY mask (greek style yoghurt + organic orange flower honey).

I am not :
- using any beauty tools at the moment but I am planning to re-purchase very soon the Konjac sponge (read here why I love it).
- using many products at the same time. I like to keep my beauty routine easy and simple. No need to overdo, overspend and overwaste.
- planning to switch my moisturiser for the moment since temperatures are still quite mild and the SuperMood Perfect day cream has been a true performer (moisturising enough but still very light).

However, I will be :
- starting next week a NEW water-based serum (stay tuned, may post a sneak peek on my Instagram).
- testing a couple of other face masks (since besides serums, masks are the beauty products I love to have). Voila. Thoughts?
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