Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Mademoiselle Gabrielle Skincare: Review...

When I entered Purenesse's competition on Twitter to be in with the chance of winning a skincare set from Mademoiselle Gabrielle I honestly didn't think I had a chance, I don't tend to win things, but when they contacted me to say I had won, I was so excited beyond belief! I have to admit I had never heard of the brand until entering the competition but as soon as I saw the packaging, it was love at first sight!

Mademoiselle Gabrielle is the French natural and certified organic company of Sylvie Moreau. Sylvie has created an anti-ageing skincare line with a 'range of high level, innovative products to guide and assist women in their daily beauty routine.' The products are designed to repair and restore the skin
whilst fighting the signs of ageing. This natural and organic-certified company also take the environment into consideration when creating their products! What's not to love?!

All of the products in the range have such a luxury feel to them, from the bows on the outside of the packaging to the scent of the product inside, with the companies philosophy being 'luxury is in nature' I think it all fits in pretty perfectly!

Gentle Exfoliating Mask £19.75*

The Facts:

'This Gentle Exfoliating Mask is a 2-in-1 treatment: when used as an exfoliator, the papaya fruit extract and betaine salicylate, with pore cleaning and exfoliating properties, gently remove dead skin cells and help keep spots at bay; when used as a mask, the sunflower oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera encourage skin regeneration.'

Key ingredients and benefits:
  • Sunflower oil: Nourishing
  • Aloe vera: Hydrates and soothes the skin
  • Betaine salicylate: combination of salicylic acid and betaine has exfoliating and pore cleaning properties
  • Papaya fruit extract: exfoliating properties, improves the tone and texture of skin
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant, protects and repairs the skin
100% of the ingredients have a natural origin; 80% are from organic farming'

This mask is like no other mask I've tried before, it's unique texture and appearance is what sets it apart from the rest! Usually masks resemble a thick moisturiser, however this mask is a gorgeous thick, gold shimmery liquid which can be used as both an exfoliator and a face mask. I have been loving using this lately, especially on a Sunday evening when I have my pamper night, the heat it gives off whilst on is quite relaxing and adds to the whole pampering. I simply apply a thin layer all over my face, avoiding the delicate eye area, leave to work for a few minutes (5 mins recommended) or around 20 minutes if I'm multitasking, I'm a woman of many talents you know! Then I massage in with wet fingers, rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. This leaves my skin smelling amazing and feeling so smooth, the kind of smooth you get when you've used a sugar scrub all over your body and your skin feels silky soft. I recommend using this once or twice a week to keep dry and flaky skin at bay, this is one to check out for sure!

Sublime Oil Serum £23.04*

'A beautiful blend of oils and seaweed extract, this oil serum instantly absorbs and works on all fronts: Rosa Canina and Buriti oils restructure and regenerate the epidermis, and the seaweed extract firms and tones. Baobab, rich in precious Omega 3, 6 & 9, helps repair, hydrate, and renew and the antioxidant properties of Milk Thistle, and Avocado oils fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. With a natural yet comforting fragrance, this addictive, sublime, oil serum works to hydrate and soothe dull and dry skin, promoting a luminous, dewy, and radiant glow whilst helping to prevent skin ageing.'

Key ingredients and benefits:
  • Milk Thistle oil: Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Avocado oil: Antioxidant properties
  • Sunflower oil: Nourishing
  • Rosa Canina oil: Anti-ageing, repairing
  • Baobab oil: Moisturising
  • Buriti oil: Anti-ageing, repairing
  • Seaweed: softening, protects skin from free radical damage, and improves its elasticity
100% of the ingredients have a natural origin; 95% are from organic farming'

I think I have a slight addiction to facial oils and serums, they have to be one of my favourite products within skincare. There is just something so luxurious about them and this one is no exception, the scent of the Sublime Oil Serum just reminds me of that moment when you step inside a spa treatment room, the smell of the essential oils within the products washes over you and you feel your whole body instantly relax.This nourishing oil absorbs into the skin quickly yet leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth with such a radiant glow that you could be mistaken for having just had a luxury facial. The ingredients in this oil have so many benefits for your skin, from the anti-inflammatory properties of milk thistle oil to the anti-ageing properties of Rosa Canina oil and Buriti oil. This is perfect for all skin types and has worked wonders for mine so far!

Age-defying Light Moisturiser £26.34*

'Fight back ageing and achieve smoother, radiant, more youthful-looking skin with this light moisturising cream. The unique formulation of this cream, especially designed for normal to combination skins, will give noticeable results which improve over time. Full of powerhouse actives, it helps delay skin ageing and helps the skin regain its balance for a smoother and more radiant complexion.'

Key ingredients and benefits:
  • Hyaluronic acid: Hydrates and restores skin elasticity
  • Aloe vera: Hydrates and soothes the skin
  • Pracaxi seed oil: Anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties
  • Corn starch: Balances sebum secretion and prevents the appearance of spots
  • Algae extract: Moisturising properties
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant, protects and repairs the skin
99.02% of the ingredients have a natural origin; 74.82% are from organic farming

This was the moisturiser that best suited my skin out of the two, this light moisturiser is perfect for day and night and is suitable for 'normal and mixed skins.' I found that this was light and gentle on my skin and it absorbs quickly, meaning there are no excuses for not applying this in the morning. I apply this on cleansed skin, massaging in upward circular motions and allow to sink in before applying my makeup.

Age-defying Rich Moisturiser £26.34*

'An intense moisturising treatment enriched with Chlorella and Samphire that improves the skin's firmness and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines over time.
Rich in antioxidants, Aloe vera, and Hyaluronic acid, this results-oriented formula restores, purifies, and guards against dryness, dullness, redness, and ageing.'

Key ingredients and benefits:
  • Chlorella: prevents the breakdown of skin's collagen and elasticity, generates the production of more collagen
  • Samphire: repairs the skin, prevents ageing
  • Hyaluronic acid: Hydrates and restores skin elasticity
  • Aloe vera: Hydrates and soothes the skin
  • Baobab oil: Moisturising
  • Cocoa seed butter: Antioxidant properties
99% of the ingredients have a natural origin; 75.76% are from organic farming

My skin tends to be extremely dry in winter, however it changes to combination in summer, So I have to change my skincare products accordingly. I actually found that when using this moisturiser every morning and evening on my face that it was a little too rich, I came out in extremely painful spots and after realising it wasn't just a purging phase, I decided to stick to the light moisturiser for both day and night. I think this will be perfect for my skin come winter when my skin becomes extremely dehydrated to due to the cold. It would also most likely suit more mature skin, as it becomes dehydrated quicker, I still love the product so I will try this again in the Autumn and Winter and review this product again.

I am completely head over heels for the Mademoiselle Gabrielle skincare range and I hope they extend their range very soon! They look amazing, smell amazing and leave your skin looking and feeling amazing too!

Don't forget to check out Purenesse's website they are 'an innovative online store offering the highest quality of natural and organic personal care products.' Only selling products that are free from toxins and all the other unnecessary ingredients which are organic, where possible, and disclosing the full ingredient list for each product, I would consider them a pretty trustworthy site. 

Have you tried any of the products mentioned?


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