Natural beauty and well-being

25 October 2016

Beauty Serum selection

Serums are my favorite beauty products. Concentrated. Potent. Must-have.

I have tried many of them and I thought I would make a little selection to help you to find the one your skin needs. Note that I have only listed water-based products and all beauty oils/oil blends are excluded. Dont worry, I will do a specific post for them.

Your skin is dehydrated// Choose the Madara SOS hydra repair serum (see review here).

Your skin is dull// Choose the S5 skincare Illuminate serum (see review here).

Your skin is devitalised// Choose the Andalou Naturals Fruit stem cells Revitalise serum (see review here).

Your skin is inflamed// Choose the Marie-Veronique Redness Relief serum (see review here).

Your skin is unbalanced// Choose the S5 skincare purity serum (see review here).

Your skin needs a boost// Choose the Northport Naturals mineral ocean serum (see review here).

Your skin is tired // Choose the Nuxe beautifying serum (no review yet).

A couple of other serums will be added to the list very soon.

Which serum is your favourite? tell me!

18 October 2016

Cocooning dry skin with Weleda

You all know that I have been a faithful lover and user of all the Weleda products (see my previous posts here and here) and today, there are 2 others products from this green beauty brand I would like to talk about.
If you follow me on Instagram, chances are that you already saw me talking about the Evening Primrose body wash and  about Skin food. I thought they would still diserve their own detailed review here on the blog.

Weleda revitalising shower gel (€7.95 for 200ml) is a lovely and creamy gel that I have been really really enjoying lately since the temperatures have litterally dropped and my skin tend to get dryer. It is one of the best shower gels that I have tested that is able to soothe and repair the skin. It is initially designed for mature skins but let me tell you, me and all my family have been using it. Featuring Sesame, Macadamia, Evening Primrose oils, my skin feels so nurtured after each use that it is often not necessary to apply any body lotion or body oil. This can be quite practical especially when you are a mummy and don't always have time to get body-pampered every morning. Definitely a shower wash I will be repurchasing throughout the Fall/Winter season.

Skin food (€5.50 for 50ml) is the "SOS" iconic cream from Weleda! It has been on the market for more than 90 years. What a lifetime! This rich cream has been particularly helpful when entering in the Fall season. Why? because it has a rich nurturing texture (thanks to plant oils and beeswax, because it cocoons (thanks to ingredients in the formula + the barrier it forms on the skin), because it heals (thanks to Chamomile and Calendula). And it works. It works on my rough and dry hands (made the mistakes to cycle outside without gloves, and when you do 5/6 km per day everyday...), it works on my feet which get instantly softened and it protects amazingly. All in all, it provides instant and deep nourishment. This is the perfect skin saviour at an amazing price!

Get it at Weleda or Naturissimo.

What do you think? What are your favorite cocooning products?

11 October 2016

The green beauty brand you absolutely need to try: Annmarie Gianni

I had the pleasure a few weeks ago to be send a few samples from a brand I have actually never heard before: Annmarie Gianni. I was surprised to find out that this green beauty brand is really popular across the pond. Although popularity is usually not a criteria for me to assess my love for a brand, I am still very curious about why this brand seems so loved.
After a  few weeks of testing, I am now able to tell you what I think. Read below!

Aloe Herb facial cleanser (£23.50 for 50ml) // This light and deliciously scented cleanser is one of my favourite products of the bunch. It features a collection of skin-loving ingredients such as Aloe vera juice, Aspen bark extract and herbs that lift aways impurities and leave the skin completeley radiant and smooth. Love. Love. Love. I will definitely buy the full-size product.

Ayurvedic facial scrub (£22.75 for 50ml) // Lots of love for this powerful green powder blend that contains Fenugreek seed powder, Lavender, Rhassoul clay, Neem leaf powder and much more. The smell is very herbal and nice. I usually mix a bit of scrub with water and apply/massage the paste into the face. I leave it for 5 min and rinse it out. The results are fabulous: supersoft and glowing skin. Definitely one I would buy too.

Neroli toning mist (£25.15 for 50ml) // Another super lovely product! I am a super fan of the Orange blossom Neroli scent, so soothing and calming. The base of this toner is actually Aloe vera which is one the best healing product you may find on the beauty market. I spray morning and evening onto cleansed face and waoh, I just love it very much and my skin too!

Herbal facial oil for normal & combination skins (£31.75 for 15ml) // This is the type of oil blend I love! It smells very nice and herbal, the texture is easy to massage and more importantly, the effects on the skin is really what I expect! I usually use it in the evening. The potent oil blend infused with flower and herb leaves and featuring some top extracts (Rosehip, Calendula) has an amazing texture and bring all the goodies to leave my skin glowing, uniform, smooth and completely healed. Superb results!

Rosemary Peppermint body wash (£29.75 for 200ml) // This is perhaps the product I like the least in the bunch. It comes as a light gel. I like the refreshing and invigorating smell of Peppermint. However it does not foam much and I find that you need a lot of in order to "wash" properly. Less fan of this one.

....One of the best green beauty discovery of this year! You must try it!

You can check/get the products and the whole line here if you are from Europe and here if you are from elsewhere.

What do you think? tempted?


04 October 2016

Ren body pampering session

There is nothing better than a nice and well deserved pampering session! Sunday eve is often the best time for me, after a busy weekend and before getting ready for another busy week.

My partner in crime for this exquisite session is the Moroccan Rose Otto body wash* and the Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar body polishfrom Ren skincare and available at LoveLula (I am part of their Beauty Blogger program which enables me to test the product of my choice. Really nice). Read below to discover how I use and mainly what I find about these products!

The first step of my pampering session starts with the Morrocan Rose Otto body wash (£19.00 for 200ml). This is a body gel that really helps me to unwind. I also use it after a workout.
It comes in a handy pump that delivers a clear gel that transforms instantly into an onctuous foam. It does an impeccable job at cleansing but also at softening the skin. 
The body wash feels really fresh and floral thanks to the Rose Otto flower oil. I would not even suspect that it also contains Lemongrass and Geranium essential oils which creates a nice balance. My skin is left delicately scented but nothing overpowering at all. Notice that you also find "perfume" in the ingredient list and it is specified that it comes from a natural origin.
All in all, the Ren body wash does a great job at thoroughly cleansing my skin while promoting a feeling of well-being thanks to the Rose aroma which I adore.

I continue this nice beauty ritual with the help of the Rose Otto sugar polish (£32.00 for 330ml). Housed in a very generously sized jar, the body polish appears to be very nourishing and nurturing  for the skin. A very nice smell of Rose emerges from the jar once opened thanks to the presence of the Rosa Damascena essential oil
I typically apply it to a dry skin for a maximum exfoliating effect, but if you want a more gentle way of application, just massage it on a damp skin. The polish melts into the water and transforms into a very silky milk. Meanwhile the sugar grains work at removing all dead cells and dry skin until they are completely dissolved.
Combined with Cane sugar is a blend of some of the best soothing oils, including Almond, Olive and Safflower to soften and deeply moisturise the skin. The scrub also features the caffeine-rich ingredients Kola nut extract and Paraguay Tea leaf extract. I am, however, not entirely convinced that it adds much in terms of toning effects.
Let me tell you that this polish gives an amazing silky skin- extremely nourished and soft! You do not  need any body lotions or oils at all. If you are looking for the perfect skin smoother, then it may definitely be this one.

Following this little "me-session" with the Ren Rose Otto duo, I feel completely relaxed, refreshed. I just feel VERY well.

Want to feel like me? Then get the Moroccan Rose bodywash HERE and the Rose Otto sugar polish HERE.

What do you think? Have you ever tried this duo?

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