De Tuinen – Apricot Scrub

There are some things which I really need. One of them is body scrub. I don’t have a certain brand of body scrub that I use the most. This time I decided to try one from De Tuinen, the Apricot scrub from their own brand.

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This is it, a simple tube with apricot coloured decorations. Nothing special, also not too expensive when in sale. (Normal price, 6,99.)

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The ingredients are nothing special, the most interesting things are the real apricot seeds as scrub. Further than that it is interesting that they say that it has no perfume but it contains Rosewood oil and Citus oil. Apparently that does not count as perfume. People with a sensitive skin might skip it because it contains linalool and limonene which are can irritate the skin.

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The scrub seemed a nice, creamy substance with enough scrubbing particles. But in the end, when using it, I discovered I need a lot more than I thought as the particles are far too less. That results in using a lot of scrub every time and I don’t like that. My previous scrub lasted for at least half an year but I feel that I won’t make that with this one.

My conclusions?
It is a nice scrub when you just like the idea of scrubbing slightly. For a rigorous scrub I need to use too much for my taste. I don’t think I will buy this again because it does not fulfil my wishes.

Love,
C

Nonique

A long time ago, I read a review on Miss Lipgloss about Nonique. A brand she is selling in her shop which uses a lot of organic ingredients. My skin is, as I told you in a personal update, quite sensitive and I have noticed that I react best to plant-based lotions and to very mild formulas.
I was ordering some things from her shop anyway and I decided to try the Nonique bodylotion. After a bit of research I decided to take the anti-aging formula because the ingredients of that lotion seemed the most appealing to me.

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This is it, a simple white plastic tube with the brand name and pink details because the anti-ageing line is pink-colored. Also nice about Nonique is that they are 100% vegan, don’t test on animals, don’t use synthetic perfume or colouring agents. Furthermore they don’t use silicons and parabens and so called PEG-groups (they improve skin penetration). They also don’t use palm oil which has a huge negative environmental influence.

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But what do they use? This is a list of ingredients:

AQUA, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BOTER*, COCOS NUCIFERA OLIE*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS ZAAD OLIE*, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, OENOTHERA BIENNIS OLIE*, PUNICA GRANATUM ZAAD OLIE*, ALCOHOL, PERFUME**, XANTHANE GUM, LACTIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE***, SODIUM BENZOATE***, SQUALANE, TOCOFEROL, EUTERPE OLERACEA FRUIT EXTRACT*, MORINDA CITRIFOLIA FRUIT EXTRACT*, LINALOOL**, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER*, GERANIOL**, LIMONEEN**, BENZYL BENZOATE**.
*biologically cultivated
**from natural essential oils
***preservatives

Looks quite good, though I did not really like the perfume even though it is made from a natural source. But other than that, the ingredients look really good.

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This is how the body lotion looks, it is a creamy white substance but not as thick as a body butter. Smeared out it just leaves a smooth hydrated spot of skin, at least on my hand. Before this I used the Dermolin body butter (review will be coming in a month or so) and that kept my skin hydrated for days. The Nonique body lotion does not do that. I need to apply it every single day and even then I find it not hydrating enough for the dry spots.

My conclusion?
It is a very appealing body lotion. I really like the ingredients except for the perfume. But it does not work for me. It is not hydrating enough for my dry skin. I think that it is a great body lotion for a normal to slightly dry skin.

My Diet Bible

All Dutch people, and probably all Belgian folks as well, probably know it. It is incredibly hyped, even has an own cookbook, and it is believed to be amazing.
Of course I am talking about De Voedselzandloper. I really hope that there is an English equivalent of this book because the hype is justified. It is an amazing book about nutrition and the long term effects of your food intake.

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I think it is comparable to the paleo hype though it is even healthier than that. What is wrong with paleo is that it is impossible to really verify how people lived back then. And, the paleo diet is based on a lot of meat, but too much meat is far from healthy. Meat consists of proteins (and ‘bad’ fat), too much proteins are very hard for your kidneys to process. In the long run the intake of large quantities of protein can lead to kidney damage, something you only start noticing when it is already too late. The human kidneys are able to fulfil their duties even when only 5-10% of the original kidney is still functioning.

But back to my favourite non-fiction book at the moment! What is inside this miraculous book? Chris, the author, gives his vision on diseases and nutrition and the link between. I find it very pleasant that he supports his statements with literature of real research. The downside is that I don’t always agree with his conclusions. There is a lot research done with other organisms than humans, which is not always comparable to humans. Also, a lot of data has been thrown together in a so-called ‘meta-investigation’ and the problem with those kind of investigations is that the data you throw together is never obtained in the exact same way. Also, the selection of data can lead to bias and therefore generate false conclusions.
Of course, the book is written for everyone, not just for people like me. And for the average person, it is all well. But I am trained in judging scientific research and therefore it is sometimes to general written for my taste.

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The way you should eat concerning Chris’ opinion. Basically it consists of less milk, yoghurt, conserved fruit juices, less bread, potatoes etcetera, less fast food and red meat, less sweets, less bad fats and hopefully less medication (though always ask your doctor first!). More water, green tea, fresh juices, more fruit and vegetables, more fish, white meat, more healthy snacks like dark chocolate, nuts, more good fats. Click here for the coloured version of this hourglass.

On the bright side, I think Chris his thoughts about ageing and related diseases are right. Nutrition and lifestyle are huge influencers on ageing and the development of diseases. The problem is the industry, unhealthy food is a billion-dollar business and when everyone would start eating healthy, that industry would die. Causing a lot of problems like unemployment and probably another economic crisis.

My conclusion after reading this book was that I want to adjust my diet a bit. I wanted to eat less sugar and more vegetables or fruit, less carb rich food like bread and pasta. So far so good to plan, but harder to really change. Still, I think it is a book which explains wonderfully why we all get sick when getting old. And it tells us how to prevent that.

What do you think about this book? Or about Paleo?

Love,
C

La Palpitante – Chanel

Today something I wanted for a long time. Well, not exactly this particular lipstick but still, I wanted something like this for a long time. Last year I bought the beautiful Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in number 34 La Raffinée. That is an astonishing matte lipstick in a sweet pink/purple shade. Soon after using that particular lipstick for the first time, I decided I wanted another Chanel lipstick. And thus I bought one after a long search.

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I love the luxe packaging, the gold with black and the white letters. I love the sleek, black, shell with the ‘click’-mechanism to open it. And then, when you have taken the lipstick out of its shell you have a beautiful lipstick in a golden cover. The lipstick itself has “Chanel” imprinted and has no sharp edges. Pure luxury, lovely.

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Somehow it was very hard to capture the real colour, it looks the most like on the right. It is a blueish, pinkish shade of red. A very cool shade, suitable for my skin. Down below you can see the ingredients and carton cover, both nothing special. Simple and functional, that’s it.

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This are the swatches on my skin:
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It seems to be a normal shade of red but when you look carefully, you can see the blue undertone. This swatch has been made with multiple applications of lipstick to my arm. The coverage on my arm was therefore not very good but I also tried it on my lips and there it covered a lot better.

Overall, it is a nice lipstick, I think I like my Rouge Allure Velvet more but this seems to be a perfect (or the?) lipstick for me. And I can’t wait to wear this one more often. But on the other hand it is nothing special, I have better covering lipsticks which were only 89 cents. But still, this is Chanel! It’s a piece of affordable luxury and for me, once in a while, that is definitely worth it!

Love,
C

 

The Body Shop – Hand Crème

Hi everyone!

There are some products I am using on a daily basis. I might show you my other products in another article some day. But one of my essentials is hand crème.
My internship requires very good hygiene and as a consequence I need to wash my hands with soap about 4 to 10 times a day. The soap is one of those die-hard detergents which almost dissolves your skin and therefore it is no big surprise that I have very dry hands.

I hate having dry hands and thus I use my hand crème frequently. I used to buy just a crème, but The Body Shop had a sale and I bought two of their hand crèmes. I needed it so urgently that I didn’t make foto’s of one of them. But here they are!

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As  you can see, I stated with the almond crème. I did not try the hemp crème yet but I will as soon as the almond is finished. Both crèmes are in nice, solid metal packagings. I have to apologize, I forgot to make pictures of the ingredients. But luckily The Body Shop has the ingredients lists online!

Almond: Aqua (water), Glycerin (glycerine), Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (zoete amandelolie), Butyrospermum Parkii (sheaboter), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja Oil (soja-olie), Ethylhexyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mel (honing), Panthenol, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (paranotenolie), Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Caprylyl Glycol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool, Squalane, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Coumarin, Citric Acid (citroenzuur), kleurstof: CI 15985.

Hemp: Aqua (water), Glycerin (glycerine), Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (hennepolie), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (wonderolie), Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera Alba (bijenwas), Panthenol, Methyl Soyate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Allantoin, Citric Acid (citroenzuur), Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Castor Oil (gehydrogeneerde wonderolie), Retinyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (carnaubawas), Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol (vitamine E), Talc (talkpoeder), kleurstoffen: CI 77288, CI 77492, CI 77491 en CI 77499.

Quite decent lists though I am not very happy with the perfume and phenoxyethanol, and with the coloring additives (really, why add colour?) but for my hands I am less picky than for my face. My hands do not react that often on cosmetics. For the rest, based on the lists I thought that both crèmes would be a fatty, slightly thick substance as I liked it for hand crèmes. But I was wrong. Below you can see the swatches of the crèmes. On the left, the greenish one, is the hemp and on the right you can see the almond crème.

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The almond is very watery, not that watery that it runs from your hand after applying but it is not the thick crème I expected. The hemp on the other hand seems to be how I like it. Sadly enough I started with the almond and therefore I will need to finish that one first.
For my dry hands the almond is not enough, I often need to apply it twice to make the feeling of dried out hands disappear. I only used the hemp once (for this review) but it seems to be better.

My conclusion? I won’t buy the almond hand crème again. I might re-buy the hemp but I can’t tell that yet as I haven’t used it on a regular basis.

What is your favourite hand crème?

Love,
C

Jetske Ultee

Hi girls! And guys!

In one of my next Something Personals I will tell you about my history of skin problems. For now I want to keep it by a post about my favourite skin-specialis: Jetske Ultee.

When I started to follow lifestyle and beautyblogs, I stumbled across an article about her on LiveLifeGorgeous. I got curious and clicked to Jetske’s blog: JetskeUltee.nl and I never left. I still check it for background information and reviews, for good articles with scientific reasoning about skincare.
It is blogging the way I like it: with facts in stead of rumours. With arguments backed up with scientific research. Jetske Ultee is the Dutch Paula Begoun. Ironically, Paula was mentioned in the same blog as Jetske Ultee but somehow I never started following her.

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I also bought Jetske’s Skin book. And I like it though it is kind of an summary of her blog. Currently, I am thinking about buying Paula Begouns Beauty Bible as well but I need to think a bit more about that. And I need to start looking on her blog more.

That’s all I want to say about Jetske for today! In short, she is amazing, blogs like I love it and she has amazing tips for difficult skin.

Who is your favourite skin-person?

Love,
C

La Nouvelle Vague

Hi guys! And girls!

I have another review for you! I am a bit late with this one because it has been available in store for about 1,5 months now. But I wasn’t sure whether I should buy it or not. I have tried similar stuff before and it never went well. But all the bloggers reviewing this new collection where so enthusiastic and I decided that I want to try it. And here it is.

La Nouvelle Vague (851) from L’Oréal Paris. A pale, pastel-like lavender colour.

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It is a cooler shade of lavender though in certain light it also seems to be warm. I think the colour is most likely like the left photo here down below. And like the nail-swatches.

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I applied two layers on my nails (and basecoat and a topcoat). It is opaque with one thick layer or two thinner layers. I would prefer the two thin layers as one thick layer can create bubbles. It applies quite easy and dries very quick which is pleasant. I am wearing it for 2 days now and I am starting to get tip wear but that is normal for me. I wash my hands about 10 times a day because of my internship and I do a lot with my hands which speeds up tip wear. Two days under those conditions and with my nails are actually pretty good!

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Overall, I am not sure whether I like it or not. It is a beautiful sophisticated colour but it is not something I usually wear. I don’t wear light colours, I wear fuchsia, cobalt blue, black, warm brown, green, red.. I wear anything which screams colour! But I think I could get used to this one. Also the formula is nice, it applies easy, dries quickly and stays well on my nails.

If you are in to pastels or almost-white colours, you’d probably love this one. The collection also has a light yellow, light green, light blue and light pink if I remember it correctly. But this was the only shade which I liked.

What is your favourite nailpolish?

Love,
C