Acure Cell stimulating facial Mask

Bursting with healthy goodness (ideally!), a face mask is the treat that my skin cannot live without. Effective, targeted yet gentle, a 15 min facial mask can restore luminosity and radiance while sealing moisture or purifying skin depending on your skin type.
While I believe that a consistant skincare routine and healthy diet can result in a beautiful skin, I also believe that masks are the once/week skin savior treatment that really bring quick results.
I have been using the Acure Cell stimulating facial mask for a few months now. I love Acure Argan oil and in this post, I would like to let you know what I think of their mask. Check below!

Product description: cell stimulating facial mask
Certified: no
For: normal skin type
Texture: cream/paste
Price: $16 for 30ml

My opinion

Nicely contained in a stylish glass pot (re-packaged recently in a tube), the stricking green cream/paste is quite intriguing to me. Fresh- raw- herbal - clay- organic: these words come to my mind if I want to describe Acure cell stimulating facial mask.
Combining the purifying benefits of green french clay and skin revitalising/antioxidant rich-CuroxidantTM blend (Acai berry, pomegranate, blackberry, rooibos) and argan oil, the Cell stimulating facial mask aims at detoxifying/toning skin and at freshening-up dull and tired skins. It also contains CoQ 10, which is a skin friendly ingredient, although I am still not sure about its real effects on the skin. I also notice the presence of chlorophyll (which may give the green color to the mask alongside the green clay) which is often used in skincare for its antiseptic and anti-oxidants properties. In addition, this mask features a very interesting coumpound called Chorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is extracted from the cell singled algae Chorella. The description on the Acure website about CFG was rather confusing. When I wrote to the Acure team, they kindly sent me specific studies and results from clinical trials about CGF. The CGF factor is supposed to strongly support the natural regeneration process of the skin.
(The misuse of some terms by beauty compagnies/PR/ bloggers reinforce my idea to write in a very near future a post about DNA, proteins, RNA...).

I use Acure Cell stimulating mask once or twice a week depending on my skin needs during my evening beauty routine. Once the face is gently washed with JooMo cleanser, I apply a thin layer of the green paste. I leave it for 10 min, which is the perfect time for the mask to treat before it becomes dry and too tight on the skin. The scent is really lovely, sort of herbal with a touch of mint and earthy aroma. I am a big fan! Once the time is over and have peacefully enjoyed my home facial, I use lukewarm water to carefully rinse all the left-over from the mask. I do not use a muslin cloth, because I think there is no need to give an extra "exfoliating" step to my face. I pat dry with a warm towel. The skin is feeling really smooth and toned, like renewed. I follow then by my hydrating toner, which really soothes skin and correct the slighlty tight sensation that I experiment sometimes (but not always) after using the mask. So If you have dry/sensitive skin, I would recommend to patch test it before use.

Fancy trying Acure range? visit their website here.

++ loving the mask ingredients
could be more moisturising

My overall rating: 8/10

Composition: Organic Curoxidant blend (organic Euterpe oleracea (acai) berry, organic Rubus fruticosus (blackberry), organic Rosa canina (rosehip), orgaic Punica granatum (pomegranate),  fair trade organic Aspalathus linearis (rooibos), organic Aloe barbadensis vera leaf, french green clay, vegetable glycerin, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (from coconut+ amino acids), vegetable cellulose gum, sodium cocoyl isethionate (from coconut), chlorophyll, organic Chorella pyrenoidosa extract (Chorella growth factor), glucono delta lactone (sugar enzyme), fair trade organic Theobroma cacoa (cocoa) butter, carageenan (algae), Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea bucktorn) seed oil, ubiquinone (coQ10), Argania spinosa (argan) stem cell, potassium sorbate (food grade preservative), Argania spinosa (argan) oil, and sage and spearmint essential oil blend.

Have you tried Acure Cell stimulating mask? are masks a regular step in your beauty routine?


Hifas Da Terra Argan and red clay Mico-Soap

A little while ago, I have introduced the lovely spanish brand Hifas Da Terra. If you have missed the post, check here.
Today I am really excited to talk about my experience with Mico Soap, an exclusive handmade soap enriched with organically grown mushrooms.

My opinion

MicoSalud Mico-Soap (150g for 6€) is the kind of artisan soaps that I particularly fancy. Unique. Simple. Raw. I am not a frequent soap user, because I always thought that soap is too drying for the skin. Well, has my mind changed?

Handcrafted in Spain, Mico-Soap offers 3 varieties tailored to the different skin type/issue. The soap I have been testing is the Reishi Argan oil Red clay mico-soap. Designed to heal sores, psioriasis or excessive sweating, it is particularly more adapted to oily skins. Anti-oxidant Reishi (mushrooms) and regenerating Argan oil have been blended with remineralizing red clay to heal skin and regulate the oily content. Reishi are also known to activate blood circulation. With a coconut base, Mico-Soap is free from phtalates, sulfates and essential oils.

Using a bit of water, I massage the body with regular movements using the soap's featuring chunks of mushrooms on the top. The creamy lather is really soft yet purifying. I love the raw/earthy yet subtle smell - mainly because of the red clay (and the parfum). There is a very strong feeling of "detox" that emerges using this soap and although I am not suffering from any of the earlier mentioned skin conditions, I find this bar healing and treating. And I like that. I used it a couple of times on the face but unfortunately, my skin was left with a slightly tight sensation. I think the main reason is that the soap is not moisturising enough for my combination type skin. Fair enough (It is aimed at skins that are apparently oiler than mine). I have been trying the Calendula Mico-Soap version and I guess this one is more suitable to my skin type (review soon!).
At the end, I enjoy Mico-soap Reishi Argan oil Red Clay as an occasional detox treat for the body, but I wouldn't use it on a daily basis.

++ ingredients and price
- not soothing enough

My overall rating: 7/10

Composition: sodium cocoate, aqua, glycerin, parfum, bentonita, Ganoderma lucidum, Argania spinosa oil, tocopherol, coumarin.

What do you think? do you often use soaps in your beauty regime?


Healing plants for blemish-prone skins - Part 1

If you are suffering from regular breakouts or just the occasional odd ones and want to find natural solutions to treat it, then this post is for you!

If you wish to have a clearer skin and a more glowy complexion, medicinal plants and herbs can be really powerful when it comes to help treating inflammated/overreactive skins.

(I can't stress enough that an healthy skin is the result of a proteins/fatty acids/fibers-rich diet 
combined with plenty of water a day and a very thorough yet enjoyable skincare routine. Having said that, genetic/age/environnement/hormonal factors do play an important role in achieving skin balance.)

Here is a little selection of plants that are proven to purify the organism. Really good at giving a little spring body clean by flushing toxins out, these plants will help you to get a clearer complexion.

Burdock (Artium lappa) - The roots and the leaves mainly used to treat are super depurative and diuretic. Not only burdock helps in detoxifying liver and blood, but it helps clarifying the skin and re-balance it.

Nettle (Urtica Dioica) - Found in most of the gardens and wild areas, this herb is rich is minerals and vitamins and by no means really diuretic. Excellent to calm inflammated skin. If you have never tried nettle soup (super easy to do), have a go! Tasty and really purifying.

Wild pansy (Viola tricolor) -This beautiful violet flower is well known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of acid acetylsalicylic and tanins. Used internally or externally to improve skin suffering from acne or eczema.

Thyme (Thymus  vulgaris) - This medicinal plant which has a lovely aromatic scent is highly antiseptic and anti-bacterial. It is also rich in flavonoides which help soothing irritation. Thyme boosts skin regeneration processes and tonifies skin.

All of these plants can be taken as a warm infusion (some may also be available as supplements). 
So, get ready for a nice "me-time". Pour a cup of boiling water over a big spoon of fresh or dried plants. Leave it to infuse for 15 min.  Add a slice of lemon and a small tea spoon of organic raw honey. And relax.....

I also recommend to look out for these herbs in beauty creams, balms, face toners or cleansers as they all have a proven relieving effect on irritated/blemish prone skins.

Have you ever tested these plants? what do you think of phytotherapy?


Weleda Wild rose creamy body wash

You all know my love for Bodhi shower therapy and their heavenly aromatic scents (check here and here for reviews). I used them as a pure treat on weekends or for special occasions. On a daily basis, I rather have a slightly "less luxurious" shower gels or body soaps. Weleda bodycare line comprises a nice range of creamy body washes and I was delighted to receive the Wild Rose version as I am a very big fan of the rose fragance.

Product description: Weleda creamy body wash
Certified: yes (Natrue)
For: all skin types
Presentation: tube
Texture: cream
Price: 8£ for 200ml

My opinion

The Weleda Wild rose creamy body wash is a rich blend of delicate botanical oils and gentle detergents according to the Weleda "savoir-faire". Mixed with a bit of water, this creamy body wash transforms from a delicate white cream to a super onctuous thin layer of caring foamy emulsion (let's be honest, I am just a tiny disappointed that the body wash does not foam as much as I wished- I am one of those who L I K E foam :-)). Once rinsed, skin is left cleansed, nourished and really supple thanks to Sesame and Rosehip organic oils. It also contains squalene, a olive-derived lipid present in human sebum which boosts cell regeneration and helps skin rejuvenation. This body wash is extremely gentle and is really suitable for dry and sensitive skin. The soothing and calming Rose aroma is perfect to unwind from busy days and really helps bringing serenity.
If you are looking to switch to natural products without spending too much, the SLS-free Weleda shower cream is a very good choice. It is a lovely product at a very reasonnable price. I am really curious now to discover the other scents of the range (such as the Pomegranate or the Citrus body washes).

++ price and results
- foaming

My overall rating: 8/10

Composition: water, Sesamum indicum (sesame) oil, coco-glucoside, squalene, disodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, Rosa moschata (rosehip) seed oil, Rosa damascena (rose) extract, xanthan gum, lactic acid, fragance (parfum)*, limonene*, linalool*, citronellol*, geraniol*, citral*, eugenol*.
*from natural essential oils

Have you used Weleda body washes? what do you think?


Liebster Award

A big merci to Annie from Hello Purple Clouds who nominated me for the Liebster award. I love reading Annie's blog: nice reviews with a few touch of DIY (awesome) recipes: I try not to miss her any of her posts!

Liebster award aims to raise awareness of up and coming blogs with fewer that 200 followers (on Bloglovin for me). It is also a very nice way to discover new blogs and meets new bloggers. I am delighted to be part of it and I really thank Annie.

The rules are the following:

Aknowledge and link back the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions posed by the nominator.
Nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less that 200 followers.
Create your own questions for the nominees.
Let you nominees know that you've chosen them by leaving a blog or Twitter message.

Let's answer Annie's questions now. I thought I would keep it simple and short.

1- If you could change places with anyone, who would it be? I have really no idea. Blank.
2- Cat or dog? Both cute but do not fancy to have pets at home.
3- Name a great book your have read recently. "The winner stands alone" from Paolo Coelho.
4- Do you think there is extra-terrestrial life? It depends what you mean about "life". Cells /bacteria or more humanoids type of things :-)?
5- Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, I believe in it.
6- Your favorite perfume or scent? Feminine from D&G ("non natural" unfortunately).
7- If you could only choose one beauty product, what would it be? Acure argan oil reviewed here. Beauty multitasker. Effective. Highly repairing.

I would like to nominate 6 super green beauty bloggers. Ladies, you may have already be nominated but nevermind: you are still going to be my picks! The main reason I choose your blogs is that I am an avid blog reader of yours!

Gemma from Buff Beauty
Liz from Smell like a green spirit
Chesca from Fern and Moss
Stephanie from Green Juice
Katie from What Katie rates
Bailey Rose from Bailey Blush

Here are my questions now for you:

1- At what age did you start blogging?
2- Besides beauty and blogging, what are your other interests (travel, sport...)?
3- Shy or extrovert?
4- Your star beauty product?
5- Origin of your blog name?
6- Best holidays: where did you spend it?
7- Best make-up tip?

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