Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Product review: Alverde Naturkosmetik- Two-phase makeup remover

Today I want to introduce a German brand, called Alverde Naturkosmetik which is a natural skin care/cosmetic brand by DM (Drogerie Markt) in Europe. DM is a drug store. And they carry this natural skin care line and also another natural line Weleda. Alverde even has the Natrue logo on their products.

This product has no synthetic fragrances and colors, no petroleum derived products (parafines, PEG, -propyl-, -alkyl-, etc.), no silicone oils, no genetically modified ingredients, no irradiaton of end product and botanical ingredients and the product is not tested on animals.

Alverde Naturkosmetik- Two-phase makeup remover

It's an oil based make-up remover. When you use it it's a little bit foamy and left a sticky feeling, so I have to wash my face after using it. But it's not a big deal, cause if I wear makeup, I always wash my face anyways. I like this green look which caused by CI 75810. (It is a copper derivative of botanically derived color obtained from green plants.) And this 2 greens are so cool in the bottle. The darker green is the lighter consistency, this is why it's sitting on the top and the ligh colored green is heavier. You can see the line where they meet. So you have to shake it before you use it, thus those 2 liquid agents will confluent.

Negative things about the product

I don't like the smell tho. I don't even know how to describe it. And it has another bad thing: it stings the eyes, so you have to be careful with it.

But the product works great! You don't have to rub your eyes, it takes off your makeup very smoothly. I really like it. Overall is a very good makeup remover and I recommend it.


Aqua, Glycine Soja (Oil)*, Glycerin, Alcohol*, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Lactate, Aloe Barbadensis (Extract), Simmondsia Chinensis (Oil)*, Persea Gratissima (Extract)*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Extract)*, Actinidia Chinensis (Fruit Extract)*, CI 75810, Olea Europaea (Oil)*, Helianthus Annuus (Seed Oil), Sodium Coco Sulfate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Parfum**, Limonene**, Linalool **

*Ingredients from certified organic agriculture

**Natural essential oils

You can buy it in all European DM drugstore. Alverde website: Alverde

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Product review - Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Here is another great, natural product from Burt's Bees. And you know what's funny? I have no idea how I got it:) Did I get it from someone as a gift or I purchased it? Good question and I think I will never get the answer, but I'm just glad that I have it.

The firts thing that made me fall in love with this balm is the fresh lemon scent. I just love it. It's pretty strong, but not sickening. You don't even have to put close to your nose and you can smell it.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fluoride in toothpaste

I was brushing my daughter's teeth with a strawberry flavoured toothpaste, especially for children, when I decided to take a look at the ingredients. The box says it contains Sodium Fluoride "which is in our (Canadian Dental Associtation) opinion, am effective decay preventive agent..." But when I looked at the bottom it also says that prevent swallowing. Well...I'm using this toothpaste for a kid in her mouth, so it obviously could happen. Why is it a problem if the kid swallows the toothpaste by accident? And why every dentist and dental association likes fluoride that much? And what's the reality?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

5 makeup brush set from Ecotools

Bamboo 5 piece brush set

I think these 5 brushes are the most important makeup brushes in a makeup kit. Brushes feature bamboo handles, recycled aluminum ferrules and soft, cruelty-free bristles. And it's just 10$.

Set Includes:

  • Mineral Powder Brush
  • Concealer Brush
  • Eye Shading Brush
  • Baby Kabuki
  • Hemp & Cotton Zip Cosmetic Case

You can purchase it here

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dina's Daily Beauty Tip: Deep Conditioner

Deep Conditioner

Apply 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your hair. (Avoid the scalp.) Massage in and then cover your hair with shower cap. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it and then shampoo as usual.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Top 12 Skin Rejuvenating Food

Don't spend on money always creams and moisturizers, but pay attention to your diet. Vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids play a major role in making the skin regenerate every day.

Each of the following food has an anti-aging effect.

1. Pomegranate

Pomegranates contains antioxidants such as ellagic acid, polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins, can therefore lower a person's risk of cancer, Alzheimer's and premature aging.

2. Almond

Almond contains vitamin E, vitamin B which contributes to healthy skin and several other vitamin B and also contains antioxidants.

3. Bluberries

Blueberries are rich in fiber as well as vitamins A, C and antioxidants. Eat half a cup every day.

4. Pumpkin

Pumpkins contains lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to reduce the signs of aging.

5. Eggs

(Just from organic farms!) Eggs are a good source of high-quality protein which gives you amino acids needed for tissue repair. It also contains vitamin A which prevents acne breakouts and has an influence on cellular reproduction.

6. Avocado

Avocados contain good amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins (vitamin E, C), phytonutrients and minerals. You can also use it topically. Eat half of an avocado daily.

7. Wild Salmon

(Not farm-raised) Wild Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids -which acts as an antioxidant-, selenium and minerals.

8. Acerola

Acerola, a cherry-like fruit with high antioxidant activity. It is considered to be excellent sources of vitamin C, exceeding the vitamin C concentration of oranges. It is also a good source of other nutrients including B vitamins, calcium, iron, bioflavonoids, phosphorus, malic acid, pantothenic acid, potassium, and magnesium. Eat 1 acerola per day.

9. Tomtoes

Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. But for some reason it is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed.

10. Walnuts

Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Eat a handful a day.

11. Kiwi

Kiwi has lots of vitamin C and antioxidants which keep skin firm and help prevent wrinkles.

12. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes contain beta-carotene and an antioxidant that fights aging.


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