28 June

Are affordable natural cosmetics good? - Cafe Mimi review

Are affordable natural cosmetics good? - Cafe Mimi review
Are affordable natural cosmetics good? - Cafe Mimi review


 Cosmetics Cafe Mimi noticed some time ago at drugsotre. They attracted my attention with interesting packaging and assurances from the producer. The products of this company are 95% natural, aren’t tested on animals and have packaging obtained in an ethical way, which after use can be taken for recycling (they are made of HDPE plastic). Today, I will tell you what I think about a few shampoos, shower gels and hair treatments from this company.

 
Cafe Mimi, Shower gel Vitamins for the skin




Cafe Mimi, Shower gel Vitamins for the skin


What the producer says:

Vitamin shower gel for the skin - gently cleanses the skin. It contains extracts of blackcurrant and cranberry, which have a great property of regenerating dry and excessively flaky skin. They actively moisturize, thanks to a high content of antioxidants and vitamins, it prevents premature aging of the skin and loss of moisture, increases skin tension, making it elastic and well-groomed.
It contains 95% natural ingredients. Modern packaging allows you to use the product in 100%. The packaging is made of easily degraded material.
Active ingredients:
Blackcurrant extract - intensively nourishes and moisturizes, regulates skin ph, has antibacterial, toning and astringent properties.
Cranberry extract - intensively moisturizes.

 Ingredients of INCI:

 Aqua, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Granberry) Fruit Extract (cranberry extract), Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Extract (blackcurrant extract), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconut oil), Vegetable Glycerin (from vegetable oils), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol (provitamin В5), Propylene glycol, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Perfume, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Niacinamide (vitamin В3), Calcium Pantothenate (vitamin В5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin С), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Pyridoxine HCL (vitamin V6), Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

My opinion:

Shower gel vitamin for the skin has a wonderful fruity smell. A morning shower with this gel is just a pleasure. The gel has a high composition of fruit extracts, a mild detergent and a strong detergent (SLS). Usually I don’t use SLS soaps, but here this ingredient is not one of the first, which doesn’t dry my skin.
The packaging of this gel is very interesting and original. It is practical and it would certainly be convenient to go. It is easy to get a product out of it, weighs less and takes up much less space than a typical bottle. Its capacity is 100ml, so you can take it to the plane.

Price: 2.10 €  / 100 ml



Cafe Mimi Gel Body and Hair Shampoo For Men


Cafe Mimi Gel Body and Hair Shampoo For Men

What the producer says:

Gel - body and hair shampoo for men, enriched with ginseng extract, which tones, provides antibacterial effect, saturates with vitamins. Arginine improves skin condition, activates collagen production, intensively moisturizes the skin, strengthens hair.
It contains 95% natural ingredients. Modern packaging allows you to use the product in 100%. The packaging is made of easily degradable material.
The product is easy to use on the go. You can carry a plane in hand luggage
Active ingredients:
Ginseng extract - tones, provides antibacterial effect, saturates with vitamins.
Arginine - improves skin condition, activates collagen production, intensively moisturizes the skin, strengthens hair.

Ingredients of INCI:

Aqua, Panax Ginseng Extract (ginseng extract), Cocamidopropyl Betain (from coconut oil), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin (from vegetable oils), Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Betaine (from sugar beet), Panthenol ( provitamin В5), Arginine, Perfume, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

My opinion:

This gel-shampoo has a fresh, masculine scent. It foams well and cleans hair as well as the body.
It has a slightly shorter composition, but it also contains extracts and vitamins, and the washing ingredients have a similar order.
The packaging differs only in color, in other respects it is identical to the previous gel and works equally well. It has the same capacity of 100 ml.

Price: 2.10 € / 100 ml
Cafe Mimi, Hair shampoo. Strengthening and strength of growth

Cafe Mimi, Hair shampoo. Strengthening and strength of growth

What the producer says:

Hair shampoo - strengthening and strength of growth - ideal for all hair types. Delicate texture and high content of active ingredients ensures effective care of the scalp and hair. Pomegranate seed extract saturates with vitamins, prevents the appearance of dandruff, strengthens the hair. Jojoba oil intensively nourishes hair roots, protects hair from external factors, accelerates growth.
It contains 95% natural ingredients. Modern packaging allows you to use the product in 100%. The packaging is made of easily degradable material.
Active ingredients:
Pomegranate seed extract - saturates with vitamins, prevents the appearance of dandruff, strengthens hair, activates rejuvenating processes in skin cells, strengthens collagen binding, actively protects the skin against moisture loss and excessive flaking.
Jojoba oil - wonderfully nourishes hair, nourishes the entire length, strengthens the roots, regenerates the structure, restores the glow. Gives the hair volume and smoothness, making them more flexible and strong, enhances their growth.

Ingredients of INCI:

Aqua, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Exract (coconut extract), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconut oil), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin (from vegetable oils), Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins (wheat protein), Hydrolyzed Rye Proteins (proteins of rye), Hydrolyzed Oat Proteins, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Panthenol (provitamin В5), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Niacinamide (vitamin В3), Calcium Pantothenate ( vitamin В5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin С), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Pyridoxine HCL (vitamin VI), Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Silicone Quaternium -18, Trideceth-6, Trideceth-12, Perfume, Citric Acid

My opinion:

The shampoo has a pleasant smell and is efficient.
Its composition includes SLS, it isn’t at the beginning of the composition, and before it there is Cocamidopropyl Betaine. I don’t mind SLS in the composition, it doesn’t sensitize and irritate my skin. I usually choose Alterra shampoos, which have a fairly strong detergent - Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and they don’t harm me. However, I think that for people with a sensitive scalp, this shampoo can be drying or irritating on the skin.
The shampoo thoroughly cleanses the scalp and keeps it fresh for a long time. Usually, I wash my hair every 2-3 days and after using this shampoo I can calmly wash it after 3 days.
I didn’t notice that after using this shampoo my hair was growing faster or it was strengthened, but such promises are expected from masks or hair conditioners, not shampoos, which I quickly wash off my head.
The packaging of this shampoo is larger - 250 ml. Unfortunately, it isn’t so easy to use anymore. It’s made of a flexible material that bends and makes it difficult to put shampoo on the palm. I definitely prefer smaller cosmetics in this type of packaging, they are much easier to use.

Price: 4.50 € / 250 ml
Cafe Mimi, Shampoo for hair Nutrition and volume

Cafe Mimi, Shampoo for hair Nutrition and volume

What the producer says:

Hair shampoo - nutrition and volume, with the content of macadamia nut oil and acai berry extract, saturates the hair with life force, nourishes, regenerates, gives hair more volume. Acai berry extract, tones and saturates vitamins with the scalp. Macadamia nut oil, contains the maximum amount of nutrients for hair ingredients. It restores silky hair, shine, well-groomed appearance.
It contains 95% natural ingredients. Modern packaging allows you to use the product in 100%. The packaging is made of easily degradable material.
The product is easy to use on the go. You can carry a plane in hand luggage.
Active ingredients:
• Acai berry extract - contain all known vitamins and minerals. Such amount of useful substances as in acai is not in any other natural product. Acai berries saturate the scalp with vitamins, they renew the structure of weakened and brittle hair
• Macadamia oil - smoothes, moisturizes, makes the ends are wonderful to the touch, are less split and in good condition.

Ingredients of INCI:

Aqua, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit extract (acai berry extract), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconut oil), Vegetable Glycerin (from vegetable oils), Sodium Laureth-5 Carboxylate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Betaine (with sugar beet), Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), Niacinamide (vitamin V3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin V5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin С), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Pyridoxine HCL (vitamin V6), Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Perfume, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Citric Acid

My opinion:

This shampoo I liked more than the previous one. It has much better packaging and a beautiful fruity fragrance. It’s equally efficient and foaming well. In its ingredients you will also find SLS, but a bit lower in composition. This shampoo thoroughly cleanses the hair and adds volume.
Unfortunately, it don’t nourish my hair and after using it I put on conditioner, but I haven’t met the shampoo after which I would have easy to comb, smooth hair.
The shampoo packaging is the same as with gels and its content is 100 ml.

Price: 4 €/ 100 ml


Café Mimi Mask for curly hair Obedient curl


Café Mimi Mask for curly hair Obedient curl


What the producer says:


Highly effective hair care in 2 steps:

Step I: Mask for curly hair "Obedient curl" with apricot kernel oil
A gentle mask gently grows curly hair, makes ideal curls and curls. Apricot kernel strengthens the natural luster of the hair and makes it smooth and well-groomed. Jojoba oil eliminates the brittleness, restores the structure of the hair, protects against mechanical damage, activates the growth. Sesame oil provides the hair with nourishing components, promotes the regeneration of the hair over the entire length, has conditioning effect, makes the hair obedient.

Step II: Serum for scalp "Nutrients and strengthening" with the oil of green coffee activates the hair growth, tonifies the scalp. Inka-Inki oil and argan oil provide the skin with vitamins, which provide the necessary nutrients and increase the elasticity of the hair. Patchouli oil regulates the fat content of the hair, reduces hair loss. Baikal helmet herb extract and hibiscus extract improve the condition of the scalp, activate the hair follicles.

I - Components INCI:

Aqua, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Core Oil, Lemon Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract (Lemon Extract), Intrimium Chloride, Bis-Cetearyl Amodimethicone (and) Ceteareth-7 (and) Ceteareth -25, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Pyrus malus (apple) extract, perfume, polyquaternium-37, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid.

II - Components INCI:

 Aqua, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract (Hibiscus), Citrus medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Betaine (Sugar Beet Extract), Polyquaternium-37, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Baikal Scullcap) Extract (Extract Baicalensis Scutellaria), Argania Spinosa Core Oil (Argan Oil), Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil (Inca Inches Oil), Perfume, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Essential Oil (Oil Patchouli), Coffea Arabica Seed Oil (Green Coffee Oil), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

My opinion:

My hair is more waved than curly, but usually products for curly hair work well on them. However, this mask is probably more suitable for very curly hair. It doesn’t work badly, but it has a lot of oils. My hair was straightened and slightly flapped after using it.
The mask is not my favorite, in turn the hair serum is great. It Super prolongs hair freshness! It has a cool composition full of extracts, I would gladly bought a large pack of serum and saw whether with regular use accelerates hair growth and nourishing hair roots.
Price: 2.99 € / 20 ml + 5 ml

Are you using affordable natural cosmetics? What are your favourites?

Xoxo,
Dorota

26 June

Good gel for red skin & dark circles - Floslek Capillaries Pro Gel Mask

Good gel for red skin & dark circles - Floslek Capillaries Pro Gel Mask

Good gel for red skin & dark circles - Floslek Capillaries Pro Gel Mask

I met the Floslek company thanks to my Mom who has been using the arnica gel for a long time. Delighted with the gel, I wanted to test cosmetics from the series for red skin, which not only contain arnica extract, but also chestnut extract. Both of these ingredients are known to relieve and lighten the red skin's ability. FlosLek cosmetics are not tested on animals, a large number of them have vegan ingredients, and for some of them have Viva! Certification.

Good gel for red skin & dark circles - Floslek Capillaries Pro Gel Mask


What the producer says:


A preparation for the care of all skin types with enlarged blood vessels, also sensitive, prone to redness caused by external factors (wind, temperature) and internal (stress, emotions, etc.).
Active extracts of horse chestnut, mountain arnica and tricolor violet favorably affect the skin capillaries. They reduce skin redness, soften, brighten and evens its color. Provitamin B5 (1%) moisturizes and smoothes the skin, speeds up the regeneration of the epidermis.


Ingredients:


Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Aesculus Hippocastanum Seed Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Arnica Chamissonis Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Good gel for red skin & dark circles - Floslek Capillaries Pro Gel Mask


My opinion:


My complexion doesn’t have very big problems with dilated capillaries, but my skin is quite thin and there are visible veins on it and dark circles under the eyes. Usually I also have slightly red cheeks.
I'm not sure why the manufacturer called this gel a mask. It’s a product with a typical consistency for aloe gel, which absorbs quickly. You don’t have to wash it off like a typical mask and you don’t have to use it several times a week, even manufacturer say you should use it every day like a typical skin care product.

The manufacturer recommends using the gel in the morning and in the evening, I only use the gel in the evening and apply a lot of moisturizing face and eye cream on top of it. Unfortunately, the gel dries the skin a bit and I can’t apply it twice a day.

Despite the fact that I don’t use the gel twice a day, after more than a week I noticed the effects of its use. My vessels faded, and the longer I used the gel, my dark circles under my eyes were less visible. The gel cools the skin after application, but doesn’t irritate or clog it. It’s absorbed very quickly and you can immediately apply cream on it.

The gel is 50 ml and it’s efficient, but I don’t apply it to the whole face, only on the cheeks and under the eyes.
The tube in which the mask come has a simple graphic design and the product is easily extracted from it. I’m slightly annoyed by its ending, which is concave. I would prefer if it were finished with a "beak", then it would be easier to extract a small amount of the product.

The price for a gel is 3,00 € for 50 ml.

I think this gel is worth attention. Maybe it won’t cause the disappearance of broken capillaries, but it brightens the red complexion and soothes it and its price encourages you to buy. 😊

xoxo,
Dorota

25 June

My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free

My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free
My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free


 If I were to describe my daily makeup in three words it would be: natural, subtle and quick to make. In today's post I will show you the cosmetics that I use to make my daily makeup. All products that I use every day are vegan and not tested on animals.
 
Make Me Bio Recipe 172
I start my everyday makeup with moisturizing my complexion. Recently, I use a natural cream from Make Me Bio - Recipe 172. This cream absorbs quickly and moisturizes my dry dkin. If it's a sunny day and I'm going to spend a lot of time outside, I also use a cream with an SPF.
 
My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free
I don’t use a liquid foundation every day. Usually, I use a concealer, and if I need more coverage, I use mineral powder. The concealer I use is from Catrice, One Drop Coverage (here you can find its review), I mix it with the Kobo brightener, because the concealer is oxidizing. I put it under the eyes and on the cheeks (unfortunately I have red skin on them). I use a sponge to apply the corrector. In the picture you can see Rossman's For Your Beauty sponge. This marble pattern one is not the worst, but my favorite is pink one.
 
Catrice One Drop Coverage


My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free


Then I set the concealer with powder. For this task I’m using the AA Wings of Color mineral powder (here you will find its review). I use a small amount of powder and Sunshade Elements number F230 brush to set my under eyes area. And if I need more coverage I use powder as a mineral foundation with a kabuki brush.
My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free

The next step is to apply a bronzer. I usually bronze my complexion and use bronzer as an eye shadow. Recently, I liked bronzer from Kobo in shade 308 Sahara Sand. This bronzing powder has a neutral shade that can also be used for contouring. I use E.L.F brush Selfie Ready Powder Brush to apply it.
My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free

To illuminate my complexion I use a highlighter from W7 Glowcomotion. I apply it with a brush from Sense & Body Girls Best Friend on the cheekbones. And I apply it to the center of the eyelid, eyebrow and eye corner with a smaller brush or my fingers.
W7 Glowcomotion


My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free


The last step in eye makeup is mascara. I really like when my eyelashes are underlined, but not overly thickened. I haven’t found my favorite mascara yet, but recently I have been using Essence, Get BIG Lashes, Volume Curl Mascara. This mascara is quite good, but it has a very large brush and it’s easy to smudge it on the eyelids.
Essence, Get BIG Lashes, Volume Curl Mascara


My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free



When I have my eyes and face done, I move on to eyebrows. I usually put eyebrow gel on them and sometimes I fill them with a brow pencil. The gel I have recently used is Sante - Eyebrow mascara in shade 01 Blonde.
 Essence 06 barely there!

The last step in my everyday makeup is lipstick or lip gloss. My favorite lipstick is Essence 06 barely there! This shade looks very natural. I also often use raspberry lip oil from Alterra.
My everyday makeup with affordable cosmetics - Vegan & Cruelty free

I think that makeup should emphasize our beauty and in this makeup I feel the best. How does your everyday makeup look like? :)

Xoxo,
Dorota

20 June

Eco friendly foundation - Flow Mineral Powder Foundation

Eco friendly foundation - Flow Mineral Powder Foundation
Eco friendly foundation - Flow Mineral Powder Foundation 


 Flow Cosmetics is a Finnish company that produces natural, ecological cosmetics. They offer skincare cosmetics and mineral make up. Today, I will tell you about products from the second category, and more specifically about the mineral foundation - Flow Mineral Powder Foundation. 



Eco friendly foundation - Flow Mineral Powder Foundation

INGREDIENTS:


The Flow mineral foundation doesn’t contain talc, preservatives, oils and microplastics.
The foundation contains SPF 15, so it’s a nice option for the summer.
It has the Ecocert certificate and it’s vegan.


It has a very simple composition:


INCI: Mica, Zinc Oxide (CI77947), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides; CI77492, CI77491, CI77499


PACKAGE:


The foundation is in a small, handy jar with a twisted sieve. The packaging is durable and the backing doesn’t spill out, even when it’s in the bag.


Flow Cosmetics is very keen on ecology and most cosmetics are sold in glass and paper. Plastic jars, on the other hand, can be recycled.




Eco friendly foundation - Flow Mineral Powder Foundation


MY OPINION:


The mineral foundation has a pretty good coverage that can be built. The manufacturer ensures that with one layer we obtain a light coverage, and with 2-3 layers stronger coverage, with which I fully agree. I usually put 2 layers of foundation and it looks very natural.


The foundation provides a healthy, natural complexion. And when used daily, it doesn’t dry out or irritate it. It stays on the skin all day and looks very good. It doesn’t come in dry crusts and doesn’t rub off.


Flow Mineral Powder Foundation - porcelain


I bought my foundation in a shade Porcelain, which seemed very light, but I regret that I didn’t take the lightest shade baby face. Porcelain is light, but unfortunately it suits me when I tan a bit. Flow has in its range 8 shades of fpundation.


The foundation is very efficient. The packaging is 8g and I think that it’s enough for more than half a year to use it everyday. I have been using my foundation for several months and I still have about half a package.


The foundation costs 19.90 € for 8 g.


I think it is worth paying attention to this foundation, especially if you are looking for something very light (face-to-face is almost white).

Although if you don’t care about the Ecocert certificate and very light shade, or you want to buy a mineral foundation for the first time, I recommend you look at the foundation with AA Wings Of Color (Here you can find its review). It’s a very nice mineral foundation at a good price, which you can get in Rossmann. Unfortunately, it has a very small selection of shades, only 3 colors are available, and the lightest one is a little lighter than the Flow Porcelain.

xoxo,
Dorota
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