Natura Siberica Northern Collection

In the past year, the offer of  new brands in our drugstores expanded beyond my wildest dreams. These new brands offer variability that we so desperately needed – now everyone can find the products most appropriate for their skin. I recently tested products from Natura Siberica Northern Collection for dry and sensitive skin that are already available in our drugstores. In this post, I’ll tell you all about the new micellar water, cleansing butter and face mask from the line that is mainly based on active charcoal, different herbs and oils. They also offer a white line, made with white clay, which is more suited for normal skin.

Natura Siberica Northern Collection

I won’t be listing all of the ECO certifications that were awarded to Natura Siberica – that list would be far too long. But I am excited that each of the products contains a large share of ingredients from ecological farming. I think that with time, that will require more and more of our attention. I’m not denying the fact that I also use products that don’t follow that specific idea – especially in the area of products with “hardcore” active ingredients. But if I can get through basic cleansing and nurturing of my skin with natural products, that makes me really happy.

Natura Siberica Northern Collection – black cleansing butter

Natura Siberica Northern Collection

Let’s start with the product that impressed me the most – black cleansing butter. I’ve mainly been using only oil-based products for first cleanse for some time now, since they turned out to be the most efficient. Formulated with activated charcoal, flax seeds, various and various oils, it makes for a really quality product. I scoop some butter out with my finger – you don’t need a whole lot to get your entire face clean. I apply it to moist face, gently rub it around and use a washcloth to take it all off. It also works well to remove eye make-up, but there I recommend applying it to your eyes and waiting for about 20 seconds before removing with a washcloth or cotton round. That way the butter will really do its job and you won’t have to be rough on your eyes.

Natura Siberica Northern Collection

Active charcoal in the butter certainly does it job but it’s also quite stripping, meaning that I really have to apply a bit more hydration to my face after using it. But this cleansing effect is important in battling impurities so it definitely serves a purpose.

The pot is massive, contains 120ml of product (14,90€) and I’m sure it will last me a good three, four months. I like that the consistency is actually buttery, meaning I can get out exactly the right amount and not waste any product. Comparing it with Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, I prefer this texture. With the latter, I often get out chunks that are way to big and therefore waste some every day, which adds up. The price is also much more consumer friendly.

Natura Siberica Northern Collection – Black cleansing mask

Natura Siberica Northern Collection

This mask is formulated with activated charcoal and rosemary. I was quite surprised when I first used it since it has a warming effect to the skin which starts happening almost immediately when you put the mask on. The first time I used it I didn’t enjoy it at all, since I feared that the mask will drip from my face. Well, that didn’t happen – the formula is thick enough that it stays in place. The main benefit of this warming effect is that the mask doesn’t dry up at all and hence keeps actively working all the time while it’s on your face.

Natura Siberica Northern Collection

I don’t expect miracles from such masks like rejuvenated or significantly different skin, but masks have been and remain an important part of my beauty routine. I will probably be using this mask more in the winter months – right now, with the current temperatures, I don’t really enjoy the warming effect. There are 80ml in the bottle for RRP of 9,90€.

Natura Siberica Northern Line cleansing micellar water with activated charcoal

Natura Siberica Northern Collection

I can’t deny the interesting look of this micellar water – once you shake it up, it turns dark gray because of all the charcoal in it. But I was least impressed with it out of all the products. I think that for 9,90 €, it’s just not that special. It didn’t remove all my make-up and didn’t feel like much for second cleanse. I now use it for cleaning my face in the morning but I don’t notice much difference from other, cheaper products. I personally wouldn’t purchase this product.

If you’re one of those looking to include more natural products with ecologically produced ingredients into your skincare, I suggest you look into Natura Siberica. If you want to try one product first, I suggest starting with the cleansing butter since it’s really excellent and does it job superbly.

Until next time, stay beautiful!

Cougar Beauty Active Derma Roller

I don’t count myself among people who are the first to test new and revolutionary skincare products immediately when they hit the shelves. I prefer to wait, read about the new trends a bit more and then decide if it’s something I want to try at all. The story is similar with the case of dramatic derma rollers – I waited for expert opinions and now I want to try it for myself as well.

Together with the online store Licila.si, we decided that for the next few months, I’ll be testing the Cougar Beauty Active derma roller (see more *here*) and the Cougar beauty oil with hyaluronic acid (there are several different oils available, read more *here*). Today, I want to show you how derma roller works and at the end of the summer we will see if it produced the desired results.

What is Derma rolling?

Cougar Beauty Active Derma Roller

Active Derma Roller has hundreds of small titanium needles. These pierce the top two layers of the skin when you’re rolling it across your face. The skin immediately reacts to this damage and starts producing collagen and elastin to rectify the damage. The same process takes place with every skin injury, but with derma rolling, the damage we’re doing is controlled. I won’t say that I can’t feel any pain at all when using the derma roller, but the pain is – at least to me – minimal. My derma roller has 0,3 cm long needles and such derma rollers are recommended for home use. They use rollers with much longer needles in salons, but I think that that requires an expert and I wouldn’t recommend trying anything like that at home. I also don’t use the roller directly under the eyes and anywhere where I have any active acne.

What do I expect from derma rolling?

Cougar Beauty Active Derma Roller

I’m only using the derma roller on half on my face and will continue to do so because I want to see what the difference will be. I don’t have any major wrinkles with 30+ years old, but I’m interested to see if even the small wrinkles will be diminished. The main goal is to see if derma rolling can reduce my pigmentation – mainly caused by my very unprofessional agression toward my pimples before I started taking care of my skin a bit better.

What I don’t expect from derma rolling?

I certainly don’t expect any miracles, like derma roller erasing all my wrinkles or rejuvenating the left side of my face by ten years. Every product has its limitations and personally, I like to have rational expectations.

How does derma rolling work?

Cougar Beauty Active Derma Roller

I really imagined I will have to drag the derma roller around my face for at least 10 minutes but that’s really not the case. First, I give my Derma Roller a good disinfection – after all, it will be piercing my skin! I set it to a certain point on my face and draw a star with it – up and down, left and right and in both diagonals. I repeat that three times. Then, I find another spot and so forth until I have done the entire half of my face. It takes me about three minutes in total. I also remember to disinfect after use. At the moment, I’m using the derma roller twice a week, but perhaps I’ll be using it more often as time passes.

How about Cougar Beauty oil with hyaluronic acid?

Cougar Beauty Active Derma Roller

Another advantage to these “injuries” the derma roller causes to the skin is that all products used on the face after rolling absorb much more effectively than they normally would. Now, I’ll be trying out the Cougar oil with hyaluronic acid as the first step after rolling. The ingredients give me much hope that it will turn out to be a good product for my skin, but as usual, I will report back.

This is my first time using The Cougar products so I’ll be watching for other new additions from the brand on the Licila.si website. If you’re interested in derma rolling or have any other questions about it, ask away and I’ll try to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Until next time, stay beautiful!

Melvita Argan Concentrate Pur

In the past few years, I’ve been noticing changes on my face. These changes don’t have so much to do with my lifestyle as with…well.. my age. I’ll be turning 34 in a couple of months. Therefore, I’m happy to test out new serums, creams and all other products that could contribute to my skin keeping as much youthful appearance as possible for years to come.

Melvita Argan Concentrate Pur – a cream-oil for youthful appearance is a face cream that got me hooked after only a couple of weeks of use. It’s fomulated with 5 % argan oil and promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines, tighten the skin and improve the contours of the face. 99 % of all ingredients are natural and 25 % of them come from ecological farming.

Melvita Argan Concentrate Pur

My skin is mixed and I was slightly concerned that with that much argan oil, it will not work through the day. For a few weeks, I only used it in my night time routine. I quickly learned I have little to worry about – the cream absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave an oily film on your face. I can attest that it’s appropriate for mixed skin as well, but if your skin is dry, I’m sure it would love this cream even more!

You only need a tiny amount for each application. I’ve been using this 50ml jar since November twice a day and I’ve still got about a months’ use left. In the spring and summer months, I’ll reach for some other cream, perhaps one with more moisturizing performance to really give my skin that extra boost in the warm weather. If you have dry skin, this cream would be appropriate throughout the year.

Melvita Argan Concentrate Pur

If you want to try out the Melvita Argane Concentrate Pur, it’s available *here* for 42€. You can also get a discount by applying for their newsletter.

Melvita Argan Concentrate Pur

Melvita Argan Concentrate Pur cream is one of those products I’ll probably keep going back to again and again. I find that having such reliable products in my “arsenal” is extremely important as I test many new products which often irritates my skin a lot.

Until next time, stay beautiful!