Natural beauty and well-being

08 December 2018

4 beauty products I can't live without

I tend to be a skincare/makeup minimalist. I like to keep my beauty regimen simple. Although I love discovering new natural beauty products, I have been really faithful to a few products since a while now. The reason behind it is obvious: if my skin looks happy and healthy with the skincare items I use, why would I change or switch products?
Today, I would like to share with you the 4 awesome beauty products that have changed my skin and beauty routine into a better one. Read below!

The first product I always keep in my beauty cabinet is one that is simple, pure, amazingly scented, soothing, toning, rebalancing, calming. Have you guessed it? Yes? No? Well, I'm talking about organic Rose water.  I like to reach it after cleansing my face to rebalance the skin. It helps to readjust the skin's pH to a more acidic level. I use it twice a day after morning and evening cleansing routine. Rose hydrosol has great results with irritated and sensitive skin as it helps to gently decongestion and refreshes the skin. I am currently using Alteya Organics Rose water, and I love it.


Moving on to my 2nd top skincare products now. If you are following my blog, you are probably aware of my love relationship with the Kimberly Sayer Ultra-light organic facial moisturiser. Honestly, I can't get enough of this super light yet hydrating moisturiser. It is aimed at combination/oily skins, but will perfectly work if your skin is normal to dry. (Having said that, if you prefer a richer texture, you can always try their antioxidant cream which also contains an SPF). It is not heavy, quickly absorbed, and I can right away apply my makeup. I use it everyday without any fail. This is really a solid buy for me since it delivers great results and my skin looks really healthy.

The other skincare item I always have in my beauty cabinet is a bottle of organic Rosehip oil. Designed to all the sin types, Rosehip oil remains one of my favorite night treatments. My skin is always glowing and "reset" the morning after- definitely looking more unified. Small imperfections also seem to heal quicker when I use it. Since Rosehip oil is very sensitive to oxidation, I tend to choose beauty brands that sell Rosehip oil in a dark packaging rather than in a "pretty" packaging if that makes sense. Trilogy Skincare Rosehip oil and Alteya Organics cold pressed organic Rosehip seed oil are my top choices.

Last but not least on my list of can't-live-without products is the amazing Absolution face scrub. This scrub is more like a rich cream than a light emulsion. The tiny micro-granules and the AHA's gently buff away dead cells and impurities leaving the skin soft and super glowing. I find that la Creme gommante combines the effects of an extremely gentle peeling treatment with the restorative effects of a potent repairing cream. All in all, this is a winner for me and will remain so.



And there you have it! Have you spotted any favs? Tell me below!


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22 November 2018

Black friday deal + my top green beauty favourites

For those who have been waiting for these special days to stock up your favorite natural beauty products, here's come the Black Friday sales & deals!

 LoveLula (free worldwilde delivery) is offering 15% off across all the products (except for the beauty boxes, gift vouchers and sales category).

Just use FRIDAY at the check-out (valid till 05/12).

Whether you want to do some early Christmas shopping or just treat yourself, below is a little round-up of my top Fall/Winter/Chritmassy LoveLula beauty goodies.





1- Trilogy certified organic Rosehip oil- A super concentrated and easily absorbed beauty oil designed to heal, nourish, and soften the skin. Perfect to use as a powerful skin treatment (review HERE). This is really a green beauty classic!

2- John Masters organic Vitamin C anti-aging face serum- An all year beauty rounder essential to unify the skin and help preventing the premature signs of aging. Say hello to smooth skin and unified complexion.

3- Kimberly Sayer ultra light moisturizer SPF30- My all-time favorite moisturizer that hydrates and protects the skin (review HERE). If your skin type diserves a bit more nourishment, you can go for the  moisturizer richer version.

4- Madara Daily defence cream- A rich yet easily absorbed cream made with some of the best botanical oils and butters to fight against the environnmental damages (review HERE). I can't tell you how much I love this cream. It does a perfect job at protecting hands and cheeks against the cold wintery wind. A Winter must-have!

5- Hurraw Chai spice lip balm- A super nourishing lip balm to soothe and repair dry lips (review HERE). A firm winter must-have! I never go out without it in my hand bag.

6- Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose hand cream- Your hands will never be dry and uncomfortable thanks to the rich and deeply hydrating hand cream from the famous english beauty brand. The scent is lovely and not overpowering. This is definitely the perfect pick-me up to naturally protect your hands.

7- JOIK Candle Vanille et Noisette I'm usually not super into candles... except when we approach the Chritmas season: candles can really transform any cold ambiance into a lovely and cosy atmosphere with a nicely scent in bonus. Vanilla and Nuts are the perfect combo: warm and sweet. Love it!


Happy shopping :-)


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20 November 2018

The beauty face oils everyone should know

Who does not love a good face oil that concentrates all the plant goodness and promises to deliver hydration and much more? Well, all face oils/blends are not created equal. I have tested over the last few months some face oils: all have their unique history, compositions, and benefits. Here's my little round-up below. If you are an oil lover and thinking of updating your face oil collection, then, you are going to be thrilled!



Esse Organics Repair oil*(£36.00 for 30ml)
Esse organics is a South African natural beauty brand that I really cherish. All the products I have tried so far never failed my skin and I have always observed an improvement of my skin after a couple weeks of use. And the Repair oil is by no means an exception to the rule. With its unique texture, the repair oil has been my go-to oil to provide softness, nourishment, and restore "that" glow. Rich in Flax seed, Rosehip, Vitamin E and Kalahari melon oils, I can't rave enough how my skin looked unified and healed the morning after.


Laponie Skincare Facial oil *(€44,00 for 30ml)
Originally from Finland, Laponie skincare combines a lovely range of natural and vegan skincare products designed to treat and care for the skin while carefully maintaining its balance. The Laponie facial oil is a luxurious oil blend made from regenerating Argan oil, calming Oat kernel oil,  healing Rosehip oil and soothing Raspberry oil. While this oil feels incredibly moisturising, it offers other skin benefits: it helps to decrease inflammation and improve redness areas. Suitable for all types of skin including skin prone to blemishes and breakouts.


Living Nature Ultimate day oil* (for 30 ml)
Featuring Tangerine peel and Lavender essential oils, the Ultimate day oil combines a very citrusy and refreshing scent with a lovely composition to ensure the skin stays smooth and glowing. This daily treatment is rapidly absorbed, suitable for all type of skins, and ensure the skin stays moisturised and soft. If your skin is too sensitive for essential oils, then, this oil may not be for you. All in all, the Living Nature day oil is great at maintaining the skin healthy/ happy and improving its radiance. I love applying one or two drops in the neck and even behind the wrist as an alternative to perfumes.


Troos skincare Fine botanical facial oil* ($46.00 for 30ml)
The elegant packaging is the first thing that caught my eyes. Isn't it beautiful? The fine botanical oil features some very classical plant oils known for their moisturizing and fast-absorbing properties such as Grapeseed oil, Olive oil  and Rosehip oil. The smart scent of French Lavender is beautiful and calming. The lightweight oil delivers hydration for a more luminous skin. This oil is targeted towards those with normal skins but would also recommend it to those with sensitive/dry skins.


Ooh! Organic Hemp balancing face oil 19,00 for 30ml)
This is just 100% pure Hemp seed oil that offers a hell lots of benefits for the skin. In addition to be very moisturising and softening, Hemp oil is reknown for its anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp oil is suitable for all skin types especially the troubled skin as it provides moisture without aggravating existing skin issues and/or clogging the pores. Applied daily, Hemp oil helps to minimize fine lines and contributes to a clearer complexion. A firm favorite here!


What do you think? Which oil would you like to try?


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11 November 2018

How carotenoids can help your skin

Today, I am opening a NEW series on the blog. Every month, I will be talking about a very specific molecule or family of molecules and broadly explain their role for the skin in general. Today, I am super happy to kick off with my first "candidate": CAROTENOIDS.


What are carotenoids?
Carotenoids are fat-soluble plant pigments which can be found in veggies or fruits. They are part of a big family of molecules that comprises many members such as β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids, especially β-carotene, are considered to be major anti-oxidants that help to fight free radicals resulting from UV exposure. Carotenoids cannot be synthesized independently by the body and must be provided by food.


What can carotenoids do for the skin?

They can do a lot.
  • They protect the skin against damaging UV rays at a cellular level.
  • They help to reduce premature signs of aging.
  • they may help to improve the skin suppleness.
  • They indirectly improve skin glow and resistance.

What food are rich in carotenoids?

Food high in carotenoids include veggies and fruits with a strong and vibrant color such as peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, oranges, tomatoes, grapefruits but also carrots and sweet potatoes to name a few. Eggs are well-known to be rich in lutein.

What about carotenoids in skincare products?

Research studies have investigated the topical applications of carotenoids and all seem to lead to the same conclusion: carotenoids (especially lycopene and β-carotene) play an important role in skin health. Investigations have focused on the concentration of carotenoids stocked in the epidermis and their respective distribution following topical application and/or oral intake. Both topical application and carotenoid rich-food intake seem to result in an accumulation of carotenoids in the skin which is good news!

"So, it clearly sounds a good idea to incorporate in your beauty routine skincare products that contain carotenoids in their formulation."

There is a carotenoid that generates a lot of buzz in the skincare industry and I thought it clearly deserves a mention here. It is called Astaxanthin. According to research, Astaxanthin is a promising carotenoid which claims to be 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C, displays potent anti-inflammatory properties, is incredibly moisturising, and is able to scavenge free radicals generated by UV rays. Sounds good, isn't it?

A few beauty ranges have already included this fabulous compound in some of their range such Oskia city life range, Mahalo, Marie-veronique or Maya Chia.

The things you need to remember

Aging is natural. But if you want to help to decrease and minimize any signs of premature ageing, a healthy diet rich in carotenoids is one of the best strategies you could follow in addition to an effective skincare routine using actives- and vitamin-packed products

Always remember that once the skin is damaged by UV rays, even a change of liftestyle/high anti-oxidant diet won't be enough to repair 100% of the damages. 

So my golden rules are:
. use sunscreen (this ONE is my favorite)
. enrich your diet with a powerful anti-oxidant fruits&veggies
. invest in the right skincare products (see HERE)

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26 October 2018

How to update your beauty routine this Fall

Let's be honest: Autumn is finally here with its colder temperatures and shorter days. Apart from a few days of harsh wind, I have been pretty lucky here in Amsterdam as the temperatures were kind of mild until a few days ago. We definitely had a beautiful Indian summer!
As the weather is slowly but surely changing, I want to share with you my the top beauty tips in order to transition smoothly to the cooler season. Read below!



SKIN

As the temperatures drop, the lightweight moisturizer you diligently used to apply during the Summer is not heavy enough to bring a decent protection. The skin needs a bit more cocooning than usual. It is time to invest in a good moisturizer that not only can keep your skin moisture's in balance but also protect the skin barrier against environmental challenges.

Another important change to implement in Autumn is to get some health complements. Getting supplements is actually not needed if your diet is balanced and if you are in good health. But if you think you need that little kick, then, a daily vitamin C boost intake, for example, can have great results as it will help stimulating the defense mechanisms of the body while having positive effects on the skin.
     
Products recommendations //  Kimberly Sayer Anti-oxidant cream SPF30
                                                    Esse sensitive hydro-moisturiser

BODY

As the humidity escapes the air, the skin may become a tad itchier or drier- with red areas appearing in particular zones such as the knees or the elbows. I swear by a good and quickly absorbed body cream that deeply hydrates, protects, and restores my skin suppleness. I like to apply it on damp skin after the shower as it keeps the moisture levels up throughout the day. My preference goes to lotions that are not greasy. I usually reserve body oils for the weekend as I have more time to enjoy the application ritual.

 Product recommendations //  Weleda skin food
                                                    Weleda Calendula moisturising body cream


HAIR

Autumn is the perfect season to reassess your haircare routine and transition to a more caring and nurturing one. I have long and curly hair and I often get compliments on how my hair looks. I am quite "shy" on Instagram but I may post soon a picture of my hair so you can clearly see what they look like. I like using sulfate-free shampoos that are rich in conditioning and softening oils such as Coconut oil or Argan oil. Weekly deep conditioning is also an essential beauty step as it helps to detangle matted hair while preventing breakages or other damages. Coating my hair with a leave-in or rinse-out conditioner make them stronger, more manageable, and undeniably soft.

   Product recommendations //  Rahua Color full shampoo
                                                        Infuse my color Treat conditioner



What do you think? What are your top Fall beauty tips?

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05 October 2018

Beauty crush: discover Rosalena skincare

Before the summer, I came across a very cute british natural beauty brand via Instagram : Rosalena skincare. Rosalena skincare was founded in 2016 by Maya and Helena, 2 busy mama's turned beauty entrepreneurs.
They gently sent me a trial package to discover their skincare line....And today, I am super excited to tell you what I think of 3 of their products!



The Goodness and Tonic Face toning mist (£22.00 for 50ml)
The gorgeously scented face mist is a refreshing potion made with the addition of some the most aromatic essential oils such as Sweet Orange Peel Oil, Grapefruit oil and Bergamot oil. The scent is so gorgeous that I could mist my face all day long with it. The invigorating and vivifying effects are really noticeable and I just love how the ultra-fine toner quickly melts into my skin leaving a ultra-thin layer of moisture on the top of it. It is really lovely and refreshing and it is definitely a step I would not miss in my routine!


The Frank & Sense oil (£42.00 for 15 ml)
This could be the ultimate face oil to boost a pale looking skins, to decongest tired skins or repair devitalised skins. The unique combo between some top linoleic acid rich-botanical oils (Safflower oil, Pumpkin oil, Evening Primerose oil or Grapeseed oil) with calming ingredients such as Bisabolol and top hydrating & regenerating molecules such as Hyaluronic acid and Coenzyme Q10 makes this elixir a perfect all-year round evening treat. The texture of the oil blend is absolutely divine: the oil melts onto the skin letting its precious nutrients and goodness sink into it. The scent is lovely and the packaging is also maxi- cute! A few drops on this golden elixir each evening and my skin wakes up happy and rested the morning after. The price is quite steep but this luxurious oil is totally worth the purchase despite the small contenance. Love it!


The lip conditioning balm (£18.00 for 10g)
This is one of the cutest lip balms I have ever seen! With its waxy and nurturing texture, the  petroleum-free lip balm softens immediately the lips while leaving a refreshing and cooling effect due to the presence of Peppermint and Lime essential oils. I use it every evening before bedtime. It is nourishing and repairing and just so good! I love the stunning Pink packaging as well. This is a big big favourite! The balm is also not cheap but ... what a winner!


All in all, Rosalena skincare is certainly my 2018 beauty coup de coeur. If you are looking for that special and luxurious skincare natural beauty brand that delivers awesome results, there it is!

 Visit Rosalena website HERE.

Have you heard from this brand? Did you tried any products?

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28 September 2018

2 french natural beauty products everyone needs to know

I love discovering new products (who doesn't like!) especially when they come from my native country France. This summer,  I have spotted many new products or products that went under a redesign from brands I usually use such as Melvita, B com Bio or So' Bio Etic.
Today, I want to talk about 2 lovely bodycare products I have been reaching all summer and that really need to be discovered by all of you.


So' Bio Etic shower cream Argan & Neroli Blossom flowers (€ 4.00 for 250ml)
If you are looking for an affordable sulfate-free shower body wash that gently cleanses and nurtures the skin, do not look further, this is it. The delicate and milky Argan & Neroli Blossom flowers emulsion slathers really well and gently dissolves all impurities to leave to skin soft and hydrated. The highlight of this shower cream for me is definitely the scent- it is absolutely LOVELY -calming and flowery and this is by far my favorite scents of all the shower cream ranges. So'Bio Etic is an affordable brand so if you do not want to spend too much, this is a great choice!
If you are new to green beauty and want to introduce natural greener choices to the all family (including children), then I recommend you to check their whole range. You can also read a more detailed review HERE. I'm not too sure if all the products are available in the UK/US, but in case you take a trip to France, you will find them at any local supermarkets. Always nice to see that organic beauty can also be on budget!



BioSphere natural Delice Body milk* (€19.00 for 200ml)
Biosphere natural is a natural beauty company created in 2011 by Dana. You can read her story here.  I was sent the body lotion a while ago so I had basically all summer to use and abuse of the lotion. The packaging appeared at first a bit blend, but I did not let myself fool by it: the body milk is actually awesome- soothing, repairing, fast-absorbing, and non-greasy! I used it almost everyday just to nourish and it kept my skin supple after the long sunny days: it really did a fantastic job! Composition-wise, it features nourishing Cocoa butter and some softening botanical oils such as Sesame or Sunflower oils that bring vital lipids and nutrients to the skin. The scent is really subtle and pleasant, nothing too overpowering. All in all, I have been pleasantly surprised by the body milk Delice and really enjoyed using it. I would love to see a little packaging revamp in the future, I think it would had a bit of charm and strenght to the product.

Discover So'Bio Etic HERE and Biosphere Naturel HERE.

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16 September 2018

September: 3 beauty things to do for your skin

 If holidays already seem far away, the light sunkissed tan I still have reminds me of the relaxing (and not always relaxing- mummies will understand ;-)) time I had throughout the summer (aka school holidays). So, how do you care best for your skin after a whole summer of intense heat, swimming sessions and perhaps hectic diets?
Read below the simple and easy beauty tips to have a glowing skin in September!


1- Gently exfoliate
If you think exfoliation is too harsh or may remove your holiday tan, then you may think twice. In addition of smoothing the skin out by removing dead cells and impurities, exfoliation helps to uniformize the suntan while helping the skin to look fresh and glowing like a baby skin. Best is to use a gentle and non-abrasive scrub for the face and the body but make sure to not overuse it.


                             My picks    Absolution La Creme gommante 
                                                  Kimberly Sayer Gentle Almond & Lavender face scrub
                                                  Madara Peel mask
                                        Bodhi&Birch Himalayan Pink salt scrub
                                        Patyka Revitalising body scrub


2- Generously moisturise
Slather your skin (and any dry areas) with a body cream will not only keep it hydrated and smooth but it will also strench your tan survival time. You need a cream that locks the moisture in the skin while naturally replenishing rough areas. For your face, opt for a cream or an oil that is able to quench your skin while supporting its natural functions.

                            My picks     Biosphere naturel body lotion
                                       Ellovi body butter 
                                       Weleda sensitive skin lotion
                                       Madara Smart antioxidant cream


3- Daily protect
The sunny months of July and August may be gone, but that does not mean you need to forget suncare and UV sunscreens. September can still have his fair share of nice weather! Needless to say, the skin needs to remain healthy and protected against UV exposure and this is why you still need to use a suitable SPF cream.


                          My picks      Kimberly Sayer ultra-light moisturiser SPF30
                                                 Madara Plant stem cell sunscreen SPF30


Remember: be kind with your skin.

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08 September 2018

2 sunscreens tried and tested this summer

This summer was one of the hottest summers I have experienced in the Netherlands. Actually, all Europe was hit by "the" heatwave, isn't it?
Anyway. So, despite being sweaty and dreading being in the water all day long, the other important thing for me was to find great suncare products to protect my skin against the sun rays. I had the opportunity to test 2 sunscreens*-the Eco Cosmetics sunspray 30 and the Green People sun lotion SPF 30 and have thoroughly used and re-used them during the whole summer. Read below my thoughts about these 2 suncare products!


Eco Cosmetics SPF 30 sunspray sensitive* (£31.95 for 100ml)

Housed in a spray tube, this sunspray is a gentle emulsion that massages well on the skin. Not too heavy nor too light, it glides without leaving a strong white cast. Silicon derivatives- and alcohol- free, the formulation is specially designed to protect sensitive skins against UV rays thanks to the Titanium dioxide/Zinc oxide duo it contains.
What I really like about this product is that it is mess-free, broad-spectrum, super easy to apply, and leaves the skin hydrated without that heavy white cast. In addition to the mineral sunblocks, you can find Canola oil and Glycine Soja oil to nurture and soften the skin.
All in all, I have reached the Eco cosmetics cream many days during the summer and I have been left quite impressed by its performance. I will definitely repurchase it.

Green People Sun lotion SPF30 scent-free* (part of the starter kit retailing at £14.50)

Included in the suncare starter, the SPF 30 lotion is a scent-free emulsion designed to protect the skin against UV radiations. If your skin tends to be sensitive or reacts to strong fragrance, be reassured: this lotion is scent-free. The generous sample size (30ml) is ideal to get a great feel for the product and gives a pretty good idea of how the emulsion delivers in terms of results.
 If you look at the ingredient list, the formulation includes Titanium dioxide and Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate. Titanium dioxide is a mineral sunblock protecting against UVB and short UVA but can't be considered broad-sprectrum. Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate- also known as amiloxate is a chemical UVB absorber. Although the Green People blog has stipulated that the latter also blocks UVAs, I have yet to find scientific references/articles that support these claims. I have contacted Green People to comment about it and I am awaiting their answer.
Application-wise, the lotion is quite quick to absorb and non-greasy plus "water repellant" which is always a bonus in summer.
All things considered, the sun lotion is a great pick for anyone whose skin and nose are reluctant to strong scent yet provide an effective protection against UV rays.


Bottom line// While both suncare lotions did a effective job at keeping my skin protected and smooth, the trophy goes to the Eco Cosmetics sunspray for its great performance and its ease of application.
                                     

What do you think? Have you tried them? What is your favorite sunscreen?


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31 July 2018

LoveLula July Beauty box: do not miss it!

It is the end of the month and it is never too late to introduce you the July edition Lovelula green beauty box. I am very excited to talk about it because it is one of the best and probably one of my favorite boxes. Having said that, some of the previous editions (link here and here) were really not bad too!
Worth more than £52.00, you only pay the amazing amount of £13.95 and get all the products below.


Ooh! Oils of heaven organic Hemp oil (£19.00 for 30ml)
I'm really excited about this one. Hemp oil is a precious oil for combination and troubled skins as it helps to balance the sebum production while restoring the natural moisture level. This is due to the exceptional content of the oil which is naturally rich in Linoleic acid (Omega 6).
I love applying a couple of drops in the evening and gently massaging it into the skin as an overnight treat. The smell is quite nutty but I like it. The oil absorbs really well and leaves the skin incredibly soft. This is the perfect beauty oil if your skin tend to misbehave.

Chobs Aloe face sheet mask (£4.10)
Another lovely surprise- this time from the Korean natural beauty brand Chobs. I have to confess that I have never tried any sheet masks. Why? I find them quite expensive in general and I am not sure if they bring " more results" than any traditional masks. Anyway I can't wait to try this one. Stay tuned for the results, I will try to post it very soon!


My. Haircare Colour treat conditioner (£18.00 for 250ml)
I always like to use a good conditoner, especially in the summer to help soothing and providing additional moisture to my hair. I have long (and kind of curly) hair, so a good conditonner is for me a product that is able to repair while not weigthing down the locks too much. I will be putting this conditioner over the test in the next coming weeks as well. This is a new haircare brand and I am glad to discover it.

Balm Balm Tea tree organic face balm (£8.95 for 30ml)
I am probably going to keep this one until Fall arrives as I find the weather is too hot to use it on the face at the moment (I usually stay clear of heavy/ greasy textures during the Summer months) Featuring antiseptic Tea tree oil, Shea butter, and Calendula oil. I imagine this balm to be perfect to nourish the skin while keeping the sebum production in balance thanks to the Tea Tree essential oil it contains. I really like the tube countenance and the packaging is really handy to carry the balm in the handbag if needed.


Apple&Bears Bergamot & GreenTea hair & body wash (30ml)
This multitasking hair/ bodywash is ideal to gently wash hair while cleansing the body leaving its delicate, refreshing, and flowery scent all over. It is really nice to use despite the gel not being too foaming. I will definitely be happy to sample a bigger size!

D'alchemy age cancellation booster (sample)
I have yet to try this sample, so I cannot really comment about it. At first glance, it seems like a great skincare product designed to improve skin appearance while diminishing signs of inflammation at the same time.

John master organics Rosemary body milk (sample)
The generous sample was wonderful at deeply moisturise the body. It has a fresh Rosemary hint which is very pleasant. The texture is lovely as well. My skin was left really supple and nourished and is perfect if you have dry skin. I really liked it!


Another fantastic box from LoveLula! Hurry and sign up HERE.




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18 July 2018

Natural french beauty brands on the test: Patyka and Absolution

Hello Summer! Can you believe it is already mid-July? Honestly, I can't! Anyway, today I'm excited to talk about a couple of skincare and body care products from French brands I wanted to try for ages: Patyka and Absolution which are popular french high-end natural beauty brands. Thanks to the online boutique Jolie, I had the pleasure to test these few Made in France goodies while holidaying in Dubai and also here in Amsterdam. Read my thoughts below!

Patyka marine crystals revitalising body scrub* (€25.00 for 125ml)



I have reached for the Patyka body scrub mainly before my holidays to prepare my body for the oncoming beach sessions (and I'm currently finishing off the last bits this week). The gentle and revitalising body scrub looks like a creamy gel- very pleasant to use on the skin. With its very fresh scent, the formula is enriched in soft Poppy grains and marine crystals that lift away dead cells and impurities. The scrub produces a slight foam upon contact with water making the application very easy. I absolutely love how my skin is left smooth, firm, and feels like completely revitalised and glowing afterward. Bare in mind the presence of "parfum" in the formula if you are someone that rather want to stay away from it. As an overall, this is a really great body exfoliator from Patyka and I would be super keen to try the rest of their body range.

Absolution La creme gommante* (€31.90 for 100ml)

Absolution is a French beauty brand that has been on my radar for a while now so I am glad to be able to test the face scrub. La creme gommante is an Aloe vera juice based- rich cream displaying an interesting formulation combining nourishing botanicals oils, fruit extractsand flower waters. The exfoliating actions are due to the presence of fine particles of Diatomaceous earth and the AHA's found in the Blueberry, Lemon, and Sugar Cane extracts. You can also find Bentonite that brings clarifying properties to the scrub.
The texture is very unctuous and concentrated so I don't need much to reveal a much brighter and radiant skin. At the end, this is an absolutely lovely face scrub designed to illuminate, restore the skin glow, and softens at the same time. Suitable for all skin types (which is nice!).

Absolution Le serum anti-soif hydrating serum* (€38.00 for 100ml)



Housed in a very smart and hygenic pump dispenser, the serum Anti-soif is a wonderfully lightweight gel/creme that instantly melts into the skin when I apply it. Formulated with plant hydrosols, flower extracts, fruit extracts and botanical oils, the serum leaves the skin soft and moisturised. It also contains the top natural healer Aloe vera. Whereas Sage and Mint hydrosols bring some tonic and antiseptic properties while keeping the sebum production in balance, healing plant extracts (Elderberry flower, Wild Pensey) aim to improve the skin texture. It also features Fucocert, a plant polysaccharide praised for its highly calming and moisturising properties. This serum is really a superb skincare discovery. It really stands up to its claims. Forgot to mention that it can be used underneath your daily cream or makeup as it leaves no greasy residues. Worth the try!


Have you tried these brands? what are your thoughts?

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27 June 2018

Top summer beauty essentials: skincare + make-up

Summer is just here so I thought I will share with you my must-have beauty goodies for the hot season. The list below comprises skincare products light enough to use during warm days and a selection of some nice make-up items to complete and beautify your look especially when the sun is really shining!



 Pacifica Purify Coconut water cleansing wipes* (£4.99 for 30 wipes)
I rarely use wipes during the year except in the summer. Wipes can be really handy especially if I spend time outdoors or if I just want an easy and quick cleansing moment throughout the day.The  Pacifica wipes are refreshing and do their job quick and really well. Featuring Aloe vera Juice, Coconut water, Papaya extract, and gentle detergents, they quickly remove make-up and dirt  leaving the skin hydrated and happy.

Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose water*
My skin loves Rose water... especially during the Summer. With so many beauty properties (see HERE), Rose water perfects the cleansing, balances, refreshes and tones the skin. I'm also in love with the delightful floral scent. Alteya organics is a natural beauty brand that I trust and I often come back to when I want to purchase Rose-infused skincare products.


Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light facial moisturiser SPF 30 (£26.50 for 120ml)
 Light, non greasy, and easily absorbed, this moisturiser has been following me everywhere for many months already. I am a big fan, and is the perfect summer cream that can moisturise and protect the skin during the hot months. You can read my full review HERE.

Hurraw Green tea lip balm* (£4.99)
You get soft lips garanteed with this one! I love Hurraw and Green tea is by far my favorite scents of the ones I have tested. The unique composition enriched in Hemp, Almond, and Coconut oils makes this balm very nourishing for the lips. You can also find some anti-oxidants benefits thanks to the green tea powder. The scent is wonderful, delicate with a delicate hint of Jasmine. I won't go anywhere this summer without this one!


Ere Perez Chamomille eyeshadow palette* (£26.50)
This is the first makeup item I try from the Aussie natural cosmetics Ere Perez. The compact and stylish white palette comprises a range of 6 very harmonious shades including 3 mattes and 3 shinner ones. The colors are very neutral and quite easy to o wear for any skin types/eye colors. The composition is enriched with Chamomille essential oil to soothe and respect the delicate eye areas. The finish is subtle and very natural, perfect to wear during the day. For an evening look, I would go more for the RMS eye-shadows (review HERE) which are perhaps more pigmented.

PHB Ethical beauty pressed mineral blusher + SPF15* (£14.95)
Apply a touch of this pink blusher on the cheeks to naturally illuminate your tan and give that rosy glow you love! The Petunia shade blusher from the english brand PHB Ethical beauty is really lovely. It is mineral-based which I prefer over a creamy texture (especially during the summer). Free from talc and mineral oils, the blusher is enriched is Jojoba oil and nourishing minerals that soften the skin while restoring an healthy complexion! The SPF 15 is really convenient, the color is beautiful and customisable, and the matte result is great!

What do you think? Have you tried these?

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29 May 2018

Current beauty cleanser: Manuka cleanser Natural Being by Living Nature

You all know I love cleansers, so today, let me talk about the Manuka cleanser, a skincare item I have picked thanks to the LoveLula Blogger program.

If you don't know Natural Being, let me introduce you this beauty range developped by Living Nature, the well-known natural beauty company from New Zealand. The range of unique skincare products features their signature ingredient: Manuka Honey. Are you curious about this cleanser? Read my thoughts below!




The Manuka cleanser is a gentle cleanser designed to normal/dry type of skins and aiming to delicately cleanse the skin. It comes as a white and milky emulsion which is extremely gentle. It does not foam but massages very well on the skin.

The product features one of my favorite beauty ingredients- Manuka honey. Manuka honey is known for its exceptional healing and anti-bacterial properties thanks to the presence of a molecule called methyglyoxal. Due to its low pH and high viscosity, Manuka honey protects the skin, reduces inflammation, and draws moisture into the skin. The cleanser formula is also enriched with Manuka essential oil, oil used for centuries by Maori to combat irritation and infection. And did you know that Manuka oil is supposed way more potent than Tea tree oil?

The cleanser is housed in a tube: I would have preferred a pump flacon as I find pump flacon more practical and hygienic to deliver the right amount of product.

The texture is really fine and smooth, quite on the runny side though. The smell is really nice and delicate. I usually used it as first or 2nd cleansing, depending on the day or on the make-up I wear.

After the last rinse, my skin is left refreshed and as promised, soft and moisturized. I haven't experienced any signs of tightness or uncomfortable sensations.

Overall, I am really happy with this cleanser and apart from the packaging, I don't see any other low sides. Retailing at £14.99, I would say that this is a very nice mid-price range cleanser that cleanses well while respecting the skin's natural balance.

You can buy it HERE.


Composition: aqua, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) seed oil, Persea gratissima (Avocado) seed oil, glucose, sclerotium gum, decal glucoside, mel (Manuka honey),  potassium sorbate, parfum (fragrance), glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) oil, geraniol*, limonene*, linalool*.*from natural essential oils.

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19 April 2018

Spring skincare routine + current make-up favorites

I can't believe we are already in April and that we are having such a fabulous and sunny week!
With brighter and longer days ahead, I thought I would share with you a couple of beauty and make-up goodies that I have been reaching really regularly.



SKINCARE

The Zk'in softening cream cleanser *($29.95 for 100ml) // This cleanser is such a wonderful discovery. Formulated by the Australian brand, the fine non-foaming emulsion is a pure bath of hydration for the skin. It still cleanses the skin thoroughly while leaving the skin incredibly balanced and calmed. The scent is super nice as well. This is one of the best surprise of 2018 so far!

The Zk'in natural hydrating mist *($39.95 for 120ml) // I have been diligently using this toner and, wow, it is really lovely! It gently soothes and hydrates the skin. The scent is really subtle. Made with Aloe vera juice and some other great plant-based ingredients, I bet you will fall in love with this one as well!

The Antipodes Worship anti-oxidant serum *(£33.00 for 30ml) // With its amazing composition featuring New Zealand superfruits, this light red tinted oil-free serum has everything the skin needs to protect and fights against premature aging. This is the perfect addition to Springtime since days are sunnier. It absorbs really well and leaves the skin exceptionally smooth and radiant. I never skip it in my morning routine.

The Kimberly Sayer moisturiser (£26.50 for 120ml) // As you can see, I am still really faithful to my favourite moisturiser. I use it every single day. It is not greasy, moisturises really well and protect the skin against UV thanks to it SPF 30. All in all, I am so super keen on this one. You can read HERE the full review.




MAKE-UP

The RMS eye shadow Garden Rose-gr19 *(£19.00 unit)// I have already mentioned the RMS beauty eye shadow HERE. I have been reaching for this eye-shadow quite often: it has a very nice pink shade, slightly shimmery, but not too much. The shade goes extremely well with my green eyes and it just feels very springy!


The PHB Ethical Beauty 100% Pure liquid eyeliner Black *(£12.95 unit) // I love the slight edgy side that eye-liner gives to any eyes. It gives that little extra "kind of chic " if you see what I mean! The liner from PHB Ethical Beauty is really nice- it is easy to applied, the brush applicator is great and super fine, while the liner really behaves well all day long. I am really enthousiastic about it and would definitely buy another one.


What do your think? What are your Spring favorites?

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