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Alorée Sweet Purifying Cleansing Milk

J’Adore: The Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk by Alorée

May 28, 2013

Is it possible to become addicted to your cleanser? Because I would say that I’m addicted to my cleanser. Like crazy.

I’ve gone through a lot of cleansers before. So when I say that Alorée’s Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk is by far my favorite, I am not exaggerating. After that horrible experience I had with the Alorée CC Cream Second Life, I’m so happy to shed a positive light on a different Alorée product.

This cleansing milk proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Alorée truly is a top notch skincare brand.

Alorée Sweet Purifying Cleansing Milk

Alorée, Le Safe Spirit

Alorée is a young and promising organic french skincare brand.

The brand launched in 2011 during the Beyond Beauty Expo in Paris. That year, Alorée won the Beauty Organic Award for its innovative use of chlorophyll as an active ingredient in its products.

The main active ingredients in Alorée products are in fact a complex of anti-oxidants, which includes chlorophyll, polyphenols, oligo-elements and omega-3. These ingredients work to slow down signs of aging by reducing the level of intracellular oxidation induced by UVB rays. In short, the anti-oxidant complex of ingredients help to boost cellular metabolism and oxygenation in the skin.

Abiding by “Le Safe Spirit”, Alorée products are made with a high content of natural ingredients. They are free of preservatives and synthetic perfumes and are therefore suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types.

Alorée, Le Safe Spirit

The Sweetest Cleanser, Ever

The Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk by Alorée gently removes makeup and impurities from the skin’s surface. At the same time, the main active ingredients work to oxygenate and detoxify the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for normal to dry skin.

How To Use It: You can apply this directly on your face or with a cotton pad, then rinse with water. It’s gentle enough to use for both mornings and evenings.

Aloree Cleansing Milk Closeup

Aloree Cleansing Milk Closeup

My Experience:

Let me tell you! I have been using this cleanser for a month. And oh my goodness, I am positively addicted to it!

I think it’s mainly the scent that I’m addicted to. To me, the scent is so sweet to the point that it’s intoxicating. It’s a very natural scent actually, like green apples. And whenever I catch a whiff of it, I want to run to the bathroom and wash my face!

I also really love the soft, milky texture of this cleanser. When I apply it to my face, it feels incredibly soothing. I don’t hesitate to use this over my eyes, as it never stings. This cleanser also works well with my Clarisonic.

But what I really love to do is to give my face a massage with this cleanser. I swear I was lost in the bathroom for what seemed like hours, just enjoying the scent and the feel of this cleanser while massaging my face!! Okay, granted, this was while I was in Amsterdam and I may have been under the influence of a few things…

Really though. This cleanser always makes me want to take my time and give my face a therapeutic cleansing massage.

By the way, if you don’t know about the benefits of massaging your face or you don’t know how to go about giving your face a massage, I highly recommend watching this DIY Face Massage video by Kristen, an esthetician and founder of Holistic Vanity skincare.

The Results: Clean, soft and pampered skin. Howerver, this is not the most powerful of cleansers. So whenever I wear makeup, the only way I feel like my skin is sufficiently clean is if I use a l’Eau Micellaire beforehand.

What I like about Alorée’s Sweet Purifier Cleansing Milk:
– The sweet, intoxicating scent!
– The gentle, milky texture
– Feels very soft and soothing on my skin
– Does not sting, gentle enough to use on my eyes
– Effective at removing light makeup
– Natural and organic ingredients
– Oxygenating properties of chlorophyll

What I don’t like about it:
– I can’t rely on this cleanser alone. I usually have to use it with a l’Eau Micellaire beforehand. Or in conjunction with my Clarisonic brush.

How Much: €16 for 125 ml at Mademoiselle Bio

Would I Buy It Again: Yes, yes, yes! A thousand times YES!!! I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get back to the U.S. and will no longer be able to find this cleanser (T_T)

Ingredients:

HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) SEED WATER*, AQUA (WATER), SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLYCERIN, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM LEVULINATE, HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT*, SODIUM ANISATE, CITRIC ACID, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) LEAF EXTRACT*, CI 75810 (CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX).
*Ingredients sourced from organic agriculture
Certified organic by ECOCERT
100% of total ingredients are from natural sources
59.6% of total ingredients are from organic agriculture

Alorée Sweet Purifying Cleansing Milk

Concluding Thoughts

For such a gentle cleanser, I’m rather surprised at how well the Alorée Cleansing Milk works at removing makeup. But if you tend to wear heavy stubborn makeup everyday, it’s best to use this cleanser with another makeup remover.

I would highly recommend Alorée’s Cleansing Milk if your skin tends to become inflamed and irritated. This cleanser will gently clean your skin while giving you a sweet and soothing experience!

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum & Eye Cream

Flower Power Skincare! Review Of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum And Eye Cream

May 24, 2013

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum & Eye Cream

I was instinctively drawn to the skincare brand Mad Hippie because I myself am a mad hippie!

But as I am also a serious skincare fanatic, products need more than just a clever name to capture my interest.

I like my skincare products to be highly natural. And full of top notch quality ingredients. And I want them to work!

So when I read the ingredients in Mad Hippie skincare products and saw that they were loaded with super star ingredients from natural sources, I was very eager to try them and see just how well they work.

A quick word about the brand…  Mad Hippie is a small, new-ish American cosmetics brand from Austin, Texas. Their products are made with a high content of natural ingredients.

Though they do not carry the organic label, it does not necessarily mean that they are cutting corners. I’ve found some cosmetics brands before who refuse to put the organic label on their products because they do not agree with how low the standards are in order for a company to be labelled organic.

Maybe Mad Hippie is one of them? I promise I will look further into this matter of why they do not have the organic label on their products.

In any case, on to my review of the two Mad Hippie products that I’ve been using for the past six weeks… the Vitamin C Serum and the Eye Cream!

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

MAD HIPPIE VITAMIN C SERUM

This serum is packed with eight active ingredients, including Vitamin C and E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ferulic Acid.

Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant in skincare. It fights against free radical damage and slows down aging. It has been shown to regenerate collagen and improve the appearance of wrinkles. In addition, Vitamin C lightens pigmentation and helps to brighten your overall complexion.

I was originally looking at Skinceutical’s C E Ferulic treatment, which costs a whopping $153.00! But then I saw that Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C serum also contains Vitamin E and ferulic acid, for less than a fourth of the price. Obviously, I went with Mad Hippie.

Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid are also anti-oxidants that can prevent the signs of aging and protect against environmental pollutants as well as against the damaging effects of UV rays.

Mad HIppie Vitamin C Serum Closeup

How To Use: The serum comes in a glass bottle with a glass dropper. This actually makes it really easy to apply. You can use the serum either in the morning or the evening. And then follow it up with your regular moisturizer.

My experience: I only use this serum once every third night. If you’re curious as to what my skincare routine is like, you can read about it here. When I do use this serum, I tend to be very generous with it. I put a drop on my forehead, each cheek, my chin and my nose. I then lightly massage it onto my skin with my fingertips.

The serum comes out as a clear liquid, with a sticky gel-like consistency. The scent is light and pleasant, with sweet floral overtones.

Once the serum is absorbed, I noticed that my skin feels taut immediately afterwards and takes on a bright sheen.

The Results: …are amazing! However, they became only apparent to me after one month of use.

And what did I notice? The lines that were forming around my mouth and on my forehead have been visibly reduced. My skin feels smoother and firmer. The dark blemishes on my check have lightened. And my complexion has overall become brighter.

What I Like About Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum:

– The results!
– Reduced lines
– Smooth, firm skin
– Lightened blemishes
– Brighter complexion
– The price is really good for what it does
– Easy to use with the dropper
– Loaded with great ingredients
– Flower Power packaging!

What I Don’t Like About It:
– It could be a little more hydrating

How Much: $27.19 for 30 ml / 1.02 fl oz on iherb.com

Would I Buy It Again: Definitely!

Ingredients: 

Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

MAD HIPPE EYE CREAM

This eye cream is loaded with 16 Active Ingredients. Jeeze Louise, right?

The featured active ingredients are peptides, ceramides, pomegranate and white tea. But what caught my attention in the first place were the Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. 

Vitamin K is an ingredient to look for if you suffer from dark under eye circles. The eye cream also contains titanium dioxide, which has sun-protective properties and helps to prevent further darkening of the skin.

So, I specifically chose this cream with the hope that it would help to banish my dark under eye circles.

How To Use: The cream comes in an air-tight plastic bottle with a pump. You gently massage the cream onto the skin beside & below the eyes. And you’re supposed to use this twice daily.

My experience: So I actually use this cream once a day, as I still have another cream that I’m trying to finish. The texture of the cream is light and absorbs easily. The scent subtly hints of berries.

The cream feels soothing and is excellent at hydrating the skin around my eyes! It also works well under makeup.

Results: The cream is very good at hydrating the delicate skin around my eyes. It feels soothing and helps reduce puffiness.

The ingredients are supposed to help protect my skin against external aggressors and thus, slow down the formation of wrinkles and sagging. But the result of such preventive measures are hard to assess.

As far as reducing the appearance of dark circles under my eyes however… I can’t say that it’s helped too much.

What I Like About Mad Hippie’s Eye Cream:

– Hydrating
– Soothing
– Reduces puffiness
– Loaded with great ingredients
– Helps to protect the skin against external aggressors
– Helps to strengthen the skin and reinforce collagen production
– Works well under makeup
– The price isn’t too bad for what it does
– Flower Power packaging!

What I Don’t Like About It:

– Not that effective at banishing my dark circles

How Much: $19.99 for 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz on iherb.com

Would I Buy It Again: I wouldn’t say it’s high on my re-purchase list.

Ingredients: 

Water, Niacinamide, Regu-Age, Eyeliss, Haloxyl, Matrixyl 3000, Glycerin, Vitamin K ( Phytonadione ), Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Squalene, Cholecalciferol, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Argan Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Vitamin E Acetate, Ceramide 3, Buckwheat Wax, White Tea (Camellia Sinensis Extract), Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Sorbic Acid

Concluding Thoughts

I was very pleased with Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C serum!

But I was rather disappointed with the Eye Cream. Too bad! Keep in mind that I was looking for very specific results. So the eye cream might work quite well for you.

Also, Mad Hippie offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you are unhappy with a product and you return the unused portion within 60 days.

So I’d say, it’s well worth the risk of giving Mad Hippie a try!

Would you give Mad Hippie a try? Also, if you’ve had great results from an eye cream–especially at reducing dark under-eye circles, I’d love to know about it!

Product Review: Andalou Naturals Facial Lotion & Eye Serum

October 12, 2012

Today, we are going to have a quick glance at two skin care products by Andalou Naturals:

1) Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18 (80 mL / 2.7 fl oz)
2) Luminous Eye Serum (19 mL / .6 fl oz)

It’s almost a year now that I’ve been using these two products. I picked up the Facial Lotion first because of its regenerating fruit stem cells and UVA/UVB protection combo. I liked it so much that I bought it again and I picked up the Luminous Eye Serum. And I also bought the same products for my mum.

Now I am about to finish my third tube of the Facial Lotion. As you can see from the crinkly state of the tubes, I have been desperately trying to squeeze out every last drop of cream since living overseas means it’ll be harder for me to restock on these products.

Andalou Naturals is a natural and organic cosmetics company from California, whose fruit stem cells infused products are made with natural and fair-trade ingredients, with a minimum 70% certified organic content and are animal/cruelty-free. The Fruit Stem Cells help our own skin’s stem cells defend against environmental aggressors while stimulating, repairing and regenerating at the cellular level in order to slow down the aging process. Their BioActive 8 Berry Complex include: Açai Berry, Arronia Berry, Bearberry, Bilberry, Black Elderberry, Goji Berry, Rosehips Berry and Sea Buckthorn Berry. It is an impressive portfolio of super antioxidants that combat environmental stressors, support cell turnover, increase collagen and elsatin, and strengthen dermal immunity.

 

Using the Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18

Andalou Naturals is my go-to day cream with full UV protection and cell-renewal properties. Both the smell and the texture are quite  pleasant. The scent has overtones of a sweet citrus flower while the cream feels rich, cool and soothing making this cream great for those who have sensitive skin. I would prefer that my day cream contain a higher level SPF (somewhere around SPF 30), so I tend to wear this only on days when I know I won’t be out in the sun for extended periods of time. Another drawback is that as the day progresses, my face looks a little shinier than usual. But it’s nothing that a little oil-blotting paper can’t fix up.

The Key Ingredients: 

  • Resveratrol Q10: Super antioxidant complex protects and provides energy to cells
  • SPF (sun protection factor): Provides optimum sunscreen protection from the damaging effects of exposure with active ingredients coming from Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 3.0%
  • Rosehip Oil: Essential fatty acids hydrate and nourish to support healthy cells
  • Kelp Extract: Mineral rich and nourishing helps skin retain moisture

Using the Luminous Eye Serum

I’m not as big of a fan of the Luminous Eye Serum as I am of the Facial Lotion. It’s hydrating, but I am not getting the luminous/brightening part. If you are just looking an eye cream that is merely hydrating and soothing, this cream will do the job. But if you are looking for something to help with your dark under eye circles (like me) I would suggest looking elsewhere.

The Key Ingredients: 

  • Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate): Increases healthy circulation and defends against free radicals for a balanced complexion
  • Goji Glycopeptide: Combines firming and lifting strengthen of proteins and polysaccharides creating immediate lifting results
  • Caffeine (green coffee): Stimulates to firm and tighten tired and aging skin

Other thoughts:

I really like that the products come in these simple, clean and easy to use recyclable tubes. Especially now that I’m trying to squeeze out every last drop, I appreciate the packaging even more (as opposed to the pump bottle/plastic containers where you can see that there’s a lot of cream left but you just can’t get to it). Also, I’d like to mention that the size of the tubes and the amount of cream inside is much more generous than other products of the same quality and price.

Where to Find Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18 and Luminous Eye Serum: At your nearby Whole Foods or visit the Andalou Naturals website to find a store that carries it (actually, I first found it in a health foods store when I was in the Philippines, but I’ve forgotten what it’s called).

How Much?
Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18: $14.95
Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum: $19.95

 

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