I’ve always had my eye on Marie Veronique Organics since reading the raves from Viva Woman, but it’s not available in Malaysia, which is a huge bummer :( However, I was recently able to get my hands on them due to 1. my boyfriend having subscribed to a US forwarding address service and 2. it was near Christmas and they were having free shipping for US orders, so I took the opportunity to place my order.
Marie Veronique Organics is built on the philosophy of “Intelligent Ingredients“, meaning that all ingredients used are safe enough to enter the body, and as such their products contain absolutely no ingredients that could potentially be harmful to the body as well as toxic preservatives, petroleum-based products, fragrances, alcohol, parabens and fillers to name a few. Some of their ingredients are also certified organic, and are also fair trade and local whenever possible, with 100% recyclable packaging and labels. They even donate 10% of their profits to help women and children in third world countries.
I ordered the Gentle Cleanser and the apparently much-raved and loved Moisturizing Face Screen SPF30. I was pleasantly surprised to have received them on Friday, 23rd December 2011– which is before Christmas and before postal services shut down for the holidays, as I had actually expected to receive them somewhere in January :D
The products come in heavy brown glass bottles which are very luxe, but not very practical for travelling. I’ll have to think of something when I travel to Labuan next :( Both the cleanser and sunscreen comes with pumps to dispense the products, which is a huge plus because it’s more hygienic and minimises exposure of the products to air. I’ve no problems with the pumps thus far, it’s pretty easy to control the amount of product dispensed through them too.
This post might be a bit long, though :P
When Lily of Chloe.Ash Tweeted saying that she had nominated me (Amongst others as well) for the Liebster Blog Awards, I felt really light-headed and excited! I was still in Labuan that time and had no proper access to the internet, but thankfully I managed to wrangle my Dad‘s laptop for about 5 minutes to check the blog post that she put up about it and leave a comment of thanks! :) I am really grateful for it!
Chloe.Ash is a beauty blogger from Malaysia and is also one of the ones that I fervently follow (Which is not a lot). I really enjoy reading her reviews (And sometimes very brief snippets of her life)- her writing style is succint and straight to the point, and not to mention her reviews are varied, too. In a nutshell, her blog reads very smoothly. So if you’re not already reading her blog, I suggest that you do so :P
“Liebster” means “dearest” or “beloved” in German, and the Liebster Blog Award is awarded to blogs that have fewer than 300 followers. Basically, it’s supporting the newer and upcoming blogs in the blogosphere! Now you can see why I feel so honoured to have been nominated for it, eh? :D The support really means a lot to me :)
Now, I am supposed to choose and link to 5 blogs with less than 300 followers, passing the award to them… but I don’t think I am reading any blogs that has fewer than 300 followers for now, and that hasn’t already received the Liebster Blog Award :P I shall update this page when I do find blogs that I love that have less than 300 followers and have yet to be nominated. Promise!
In the meantime, I would like to once again convey my sincerest appreciation to Chloe.Ash for the award, the support and the lurve! I shall continue striving to take good photos (Sometimes, my posts are late because I am not fully satisfied with the photos taken) and keeping the layout easy to read for you :P I would also like to thank my parents, little brother and boyfriend for being supportive of my foray into beauty blogging (Both physically and mentally), and also the beauty blogs that I read that inspire me :)
Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)
I personally find this tip quite important because when I was about 16-17 years old I had severe acne breakout which was mainly hormonal in nature, that was eventually “cured” after medication and diligent facials (And since then I am always afraid of having a relapse until now). Then I started a skincare regimen using products from The Body Shop, which was mainly the Seaweed range, which was for combination oily skin, because I felt that my skin was always very oily and was looking at products targeted for oily skin. It wasn’t until I got a proper skin analysis by Dermalogica one day (Out of curiousity) that I found out that my skin was actually sensitive and dehydrated, and that it’s oily only because it’s lacking moisture and thus compensates for it by producing more oil. I was sceptical at first, but when I found that using products that are targeted for sensitive skin actually made my skin look and feel better, I am a believer.
Now that I am older, my skin is leaning towards dry, so I tend to lookout for products that still suit my sensitive skin, but for those tending towards dry. I find that products that are too rich and/or moisturising or nourishing for me doesn’t work and can cause whiteheads or breakouts, so like I’ve mentioned, it’s all about knowing your skin type :)
There are a lot of options for skin analysis to find out what your skin type is- you can go see your doctor (Which I highly recommend particularly if you have severe acne breakouts) or a dermatologist (If available), and most facial salons also offer skin type analysis such as Dermalogica, Clarins, Decleor, Jurlique (To name a few) as well as skincare counters such as Clinique. You are obviously not obliged to buy the brand’s products or to sign up for their packages and such (Unless explicitly stated), but no harm in sampling and seeing what works, yes?
In other news, a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Beaute Fabuleuse readers! :) Since I am now back from Labuan, do stay tuned for more updates and/or reviews!
… to say that due to me being in Labuan with the severe lack of time because of my high workload, I am unable to put up any posts for the time being. I thought I would be able to schedule up a post or two (Which I had planned out) but I am really unable to :(
My apologies. Normal posting will resume when I get back to KL, and in the meantime your patience is highly appreciated :D