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Why I love my Nudu overnight radiance renew cream

Nudu is a new natural brand that is coming to me from beautiful New Zealand! When I received this set I was very excited to try them and did not expect such high quality and top results. Pleasantly surprised, and using these now on a daily basis now, I want to share my reaction to these skincare products and tell you a little bit about them.

I want you to check out the philosophy behind this brand. Once you read this you will see how ethical and clever the founder of the company is.

First of all, how did they start? how do you start creating something out of the ordinary? lack of natural products on the market in New Zealand, led Liana Ashenden to create her own with the help of world class experts, checking each and every ingredient going into these products. Everything had to be natural, and yet there is a little preservative in order to not allow bacteria to form and grow.

Here is a message from Liana herself to you:

Have you ever wondered why we women put substances ON our bodies that we don’t want IN our bodies?

Most skincare brands add toxic chemicals to their products, yet over half of the chemicals you put onto your skin are absorbed into your bloodstream. This has the potential to seriously damage your health…

I was very upset when I learned about toxins in skincare. I looked everywhere for a natural skincare brand that was safe AND good for my skin. Unfortunately, I found that many natural brands clogged my skin, smelt bad, or didn’t enhance my skin at all.

After a long and frustrating search, I took matters into my own hands. With a team of world-class experts, we looked at every single ingredient for quality, effectiveness, and proven benefits to skin health and beauty.

Nudu is everything I always wanted and could never find in another skincare range. Beautiful natural scents, premium ingredients, proven botanical actives and powerhouse formulas that are safe and effective.

“Finally, you don’t have to worry about poisons while feeling beautiful.”

I am proud of these products. I use them every day, and my skin has a soft, healthy glow. People often tell me I don’t look my age.

A picture of the founder, Dr. Liana Ashenden

Let’s find out a bit more about the ingredients that these products have.

The cleanser is one of my favorites. It is a light gel that you apply on your wet skin and it foams, it is such a gentle and light feeling, yet it removes all impurities within a minute of massaging it on your face. I usually use a small towel soaked in warm water, to remove the gel from my face. The scent is unbelievably beautiful and my only regret is that the size is only 50 ml and I would love to see this product in a larger size like 200 ml. The tube is white and the letters are gold, and there is a gold circle on the cap!

Nudu®Gel Cleanser 1.7 fl oz/50 ml

  • Oily/Normal SkincheckCleans using coconut sugarscheckTightens pores with witch hazelcheckFights bacteria with lemon balmcheckRegenerates your skin with coconut oilcheckSimulates blood flow with horse chestnut

This retails for $18 and you can get it from this location

Then there is also a  cream cleanser that I wanted to mention  as well.

Nudu®Cream Cleanser 1.7 fl oz/50 ml

  • All Skin TypescheckRemoves dead skin cells using pineapplecheckMoisturizes your skin with hyaluronic acidcheckFights wrinkles with anti-aging pomegranatecheckRepairs and softens your skin with pure botanical oils

This retails for $18 and you can get it from this location

My second favorite is the softening moisturizer.. another amazing product and it comes in an airless pump bottle and the size is 30 ml, again a very small size.

This fantastic moisturizer comes in 2 sizes, the 30 ml and the 90 ml. The 90 ml is much more expensive and retails for $162 whereas the smaller size is only $54. I love its consistency, not too heavy not too light, just right, and how it smells.. this product I could use it forever, and I love its packaging, but I wonder it if it would not look nicer in a glass bottle where I can see how much is left but then the glass would be exposed to light and it may harm the product.

Nudu®Softening Moisturizer 1 fl oz/30 mlcheck

  • Anti-Aging For Oily SkincheckSoftens using anti-aging evening primrose and jojoba oilscheckBlasts free radicals with anti-aging berries and elderflowercheckReduces inflammation with echium oil and linden flowercheckClams your skin with cucumbercheckMoisturizes with hyaluronic acid

The eye cream is a white color cream that is very gentle on the skin, and I have been using it now for a few nights, and I like how it feels on my skin. The size of it is the same size as eye creams and serums are in general, as a 15 ml and it retails for $65, a little pricey for me but it will last a while as you only need a little bit.

Nudu®Eye Cream 0.5 fl oz/15 ml

  • Anti-Aging For All Skin TypescheckSoftens using anti-aging safflower, blackcurrant and kiwi oilscheckBoosts your skins elasticity with ribosecheckHeals with chamomile flowercheckCalms with cucumbercheckMoisturizes with hyaluronic acid

The reviving toner is the most affordable. The 50 ml bottle costs $21 and the 150 ml bottle costs $65. It is a good idea to get the kit which contains all these 4 products, plus a sleep mask and an exfoliating sponge which by itself retails for $15. Once you find which product you like and cannot live without, then you buy the large bottle of that product only.

Nudu®Reviving Toner 1.7 fl oz/50 ml

  • All Skin TypesMatches the natural pH of women’s skinHeals with unique New Zealand botanicalscheckMoisturizes at the intercellular level with glycerinecheckRegenerates your skin with coconut oil

This exfoliating sponge is solid at first when you touch it and I like that it is white. Every little detail has been thought of carefully when creating these products. The sponge is $15 and is made of konjac vegetable that you will use when cleansing your face. All these products are amazing, I just wish they were a little more budget friendly. Overall I am very happy with the selection sent to me for review and am grateful for the opportunity.

Nudu®Cleansing & Exfoliating Sponge
Net Wt 0.3 Oz/8g

  • Made from 100% organic konjac vegetablecheckDeep cleansing for your porescheckGentle exfoliation using natural fibercheckSuitable for sensitive skin


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In love again, this time with Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup

In love! Totally!

I found a new product from a new brand AND I am so in love with it!

Just recently I was able to touch and test a palette of bronzer/blush set by Charlotte Tilbury created for the Nordstrom anniversary sale when I was in the store and upon leaving the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I decided to take a look at this palette sitting there and that was invisible to my eyes while I was there.. so I touched it.. and OMG, what a texture! I fell in love instantly. The texture is like nothing I had seen before. It is like you are touching silk..

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Health and beauty · Skincare

Best moisturizer for mature oily skin? Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid

Some of us who start with oily skin in our teenage years end up with dry skin when we are in our forties or fifties, while others end up with the same oily skin and sometimes even with adult acne. So if this is your case, have you thought what you should be using and what moisturizer would be best for your mature skin?

Personally, in my case I sit in the middle, part of my face gets a little oily midday and part is a bit on the dry side.. but I know many of my friends who are in their late fifties or sixties and they still get a lot of oil..

I have good news today for those of you with oily and even acne prone skin. This company that is well respected and an authority in skincare, called Exuviance, created a specific product just to address these concerns. Their Sheer Refining Fluid is a 50 ml lotion which retails for $46 at It has not only anti-aging properties but also a sunscreen of spf 35.

Continue reading “Best moisturizer for mature oily skin? Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid”

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A zadro $150 mirror or a $400 simple human mirror? What to pick?

Even though a year or so ago, I bought a very good ZADRO mirror from bedbathandbeyond, (photo below) by going to a branch in another city, since my branch did not carry the mirror I wanted, I still keep an occasional look on other brand mirrors. No I don’t need more mirrors.

I have used simple human before and the mirror was nice, (see picture below) but it lit when I approached my face and turned off the moment I moved away from the mirror, just a tiny bit.. it made me dizzy.. and after 2 months it completely stopped working no matter whether I charged it or not. So that was the end of it with my simple human $200 mirror.. Continue reading “A zadro $150 mirror or a $400 simple human mirror? What to pick?”

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When our marines got together in Afghanistan, Ruckpack was born

Do you like a good action movie as much as I do? I enjoy military and action movies. In another life, past or future, I can see myself being or having been in the military but in this one, that train has come and gone.. At this current time in my life, I still need all my strength, my energy, my mental focus in my day to day activities.

In a day and age, where every single day something new happens, you need to remain calm in any unexpected situation, whether you are traveling on a mission or at home, in an office or outside shopping.. things happen every minute of every day and I want to stay sharp. I want to be of control not of others, but of me, of how I react in any situation. Keeping cool is mandatory. It is life saving at times. I want my mind clear and focused, sharp and alert at all times. How do I do that? What food should I consume? What type of drinks should I buy?

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Affordable Beauty: The clothing Challenge | By Ardith McCann

As I post here on Amy Miranda Makeup about affordable beauty and skincare topics, it seems appropriate to talk about another aspect of beauty and style, aka clothing.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been very budget-friendly wardrobe challenged. Quite honestly, I’ve been downright frustrated in my pursuit of summer clothing items to add to my capsule wardrobe (the one I so successfully created back in 2012).

Flailing at Windmills

I often feel like Don Quixote, flailing my digital-money sword against retail clothing windmills. I feel alone in my shopping constraints and experiences, especially when I compare myself to style bloggers I follow and their commenters. Doesn’t anyone else feel as I do?

Everywhere I turn, style bloggers are either talking about designer purchases or responsibly made items they have added to their minimalist, conscientious wardrobe. Designer clothes may as well exist in some parallel universe as far as my budget is concerned. Plus, for me the current styles are generally unattractive. As for responsible brands, they are still priced out-of-reach for me, and too often I find the styles plain, boxy, or both.

Continue reading “Affordable Beauty: The clothing Challenge | By Ardith McCann”