Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nectar of Nature cleansing products

A few months ago this new range of skincare products caught my eye at the Carrefour supermarket. I am generally pretty sceptical about products that are marketed as being natural and biological, but I stopped to take a look nevertheless because I loved the packaging so much.

To my surprise, both the eye-make up remover and the cleansing milk had aloe vera juice as the second ingredient in the list, the first being water. I love aloe vera, so I had to give these a try! I am not a big tonic fan, but I bought this rosewater tonic too just to be able to try all 3 products together.

My favorite product is the Delicate Eye Make-up Remover! Not only my skin is ridiculously sensitive, my eyes are just as bad. I rarely repurchase an eye make-up remover because I'm never satisfied with them. Most irritate my eyes or make the skin around my eyes turn red and itchy until I wash the product off with water. I'm happy to say that this one did the complete opposite! It gently removes eyeshadow and mascara, and doesn't do anything to upset my skin. This is definitely a keeper.

Another product I've been using a lot is the Delicate Cleansing Milk with aloe vera and argan oil.
I have been experimenting with the oil cleansing method, but I dislike using a steamy cloth for removing the oil. Having switched to mineral foundation and bb cream, I really needed a good cleanser. This cleansing milk contains aloe vera and argan oil and has a very neutral non-irritating effect on my skin. It has a very thick creamy consistency, and I just massage this into my skin.
They advise to remove it with a cotton pad soaked in toner, but I prefer just to wipe with a clean cotton pad or simply wash with water afterwards.

The toner would make a great addition to these cleansers for people with a normal or oily skintype. There is less alcohol in it than most toners, but still more than my sensitive skin can handle on a daily bases. It works great if you don't like to wash with water after removing your make-up, but I can't stand the idea of not having washed my face. I usually shower in the evening instead of morning anyway.

So the toner was not for me, but I really love the other products and I am already close to finishing my bottles. More on my favorite skincare products soon, but next up some swatches and perfume reviews!

Have you tried any of these? What are your favorite cleansing products?


Monday, January 14, 2013

Skincare update

Because of a few disastrous breakouts last winter and spring, I took a few months off from reviewing skincare products. My skin really needed some peace, and I needed some time to read up on skincare ingredients before making any new purchases. I'm happy to say that my skin is doing a lot better and I gradually started trying new products again. :)  I am planning some skincare reviews on products I've thoroughly tested, but first I'd like to do an update about my current skincare routine!

During the colder months I have used the oil cleansing method (3/4 sunflower oil + 1/4 olive oil).
It really prevented my skin from getting too dry, so this is a keeper. I am going to look into other oil blends that are better suited for my skintype. Because I have minor couperose I can't use a steamy cloth to remove the oil, so I use a tiny bit of mild soap instead. My skin hasn't been as dry this winter so I have only been using this weekly or evem bi-weekly.

I stopped using products containing high levels of Sodium Laureth Sulphate on my face, and have noticeably better skin. It's still rather dry, but leaning towards normal now.

I stopped using scrubs. I now use my favorite soap and a scrubbing glove for my body, and gently use a washing cloth on my face. One of the reasons for this is that I was frustrated with the ingredients of scrubs either being too harsh, or the scrub particles being made of plastic. It's just ridiculously pollutive since there are plenty or environmentally friendly alternatives.

I stopped using shower gels and only use mild bar soaps now, because they tend to contain less junk that my skin doesn't need. More on bar soaps here.

I never skip sunscreen anymore. It took me a while to find a nice moisturizer with reasonable spf. Before this, I would use a moisturizer and seperate sunscreen. Now I have a moisturizer with spf, and the make-up I use generally has an additional sunscreen. I am still looking for a product with a higher spf for summer though.

I avoid waterproof make-up. Last year I wore waterproof mascara because I rode my bike to work. I mainly walk now, so I can use an umbrella to keep my make-up from smudging. This means I barely have to rub my eyes for removing my make-up, which would otherwise cause wrinkles.

I only apply a spot treatment locally where needed, instead of putting it all over my face, torturing my sensitive skin.

I use facemasks about 2-3 times a month. Both simple DIY facemasks as storebought ones. Every now and then I get some fresh aloe vera from my mom's plant, which is great for sensitive skin.

A lot of changes! And most importantly how they have affected my skin:

I have less clogged pores and my t-zone is less oily. The dry parts of my skin are a lot less dry than before. I have couperose and perhaps rosacea too (haven't seen a dermatologist about it yet), but there's much less redness in my skin compared to last year. I had some minor breakouts, but they were mostly triggered by my hormones and healed up quickly.

So far all of this has been paying off so I think it's safe to introduce my favorite skincare products to you... soon! :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Happy new year! I hope everyone had a good time celebrating and I hope 2013 will bring you all the best!

I'm about to bore you guys with another look full of Shiro cosmetics... Due to the bad lighting in winter I'm limited to posting older looks and I have been giving these colors a lot of loving :) 

Epona is a medium toned brown with a slightly pearly finish and it's perfect for neutral looks. Hence why this color hasn't left my bathroom shelve in months! Since those looks are pretty hard to capture I decided to wear it as a crease color paired with some bolder colors instead.