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Health and beauty

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


Cosmetics: Review & Pictures · Health and beauty · MAKEUP: All we know

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..

Continue reading “In love again, this time with Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup”

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”

HAIR: What we know · Health and beauty

Pureology Color Fanatic Leave in treatment

Summer is here and I am going swimming or at least I was going swimming before my fall and injury.. but once I heal I will be able to go again to swim. I have been looking for a great shampoo, conditioner and hair oil or spray. I did a bit of research yesterday and decided to purchase a few products from this brand that is very expensive but I had not used before. It is called Pureology. It is also made here in USA and I heard it has been purchased by L’Oreal, the giant cosmetics company. Some reviews say that since it has been purchased by L’Oreal, some of the formula of their products has been altered and modified.

Right now I am looking at this spray that retails for $41 and it softens the hair, detangles and provides care and protection. It is called: Continue reading “Pureology Color Fanatic Leave in treatment”

Health and beauty · Videos: Tutorials and ideas

Products I would not repurchase and what I would get instead | June 2017

In this video, I am going to talk about some products that I bought, maybe enjoyed for a little while, but eventually decided they were not right for me.. I would probably not purchase these again, but I would get instead other products that I am actually loving. Find out what are these products and share your thoughts :0)

A. Basic Beauty Tools: Foundation sponge and spongedry (sponge holder) – Go to and save 15% with this code: AMYMIRANDA15 plus you get free shipping for over $24 orders.

B. Nudu skincare is all natural and from New Zealand, try it! Save 20% with code AMY20

✦ Music: by hooksounds

Cosmetics: Review & Pictures · Health and beauty

Shiseido Advanced Hydro-Liquid Compact SPF 15

Today I decided to give it a try to a brand new (to me) foundation compact by Shiseido. So while I was at Nordstrom I checked the colors and the lovely lady advised me as to the best shade and I got the compact (sold empty) and the color that came packaged separately.


The compact is a black sleek compact that has nothing unusual, looks neat and simple and the cream is easy to place in the compact, you hear the click and you know it is in. Then when it is empty, you buy only the cream foundation refill and you add it in the same compact, therefore you are not wasting a compact. The compact also comes with a mirror. With the cream foundation, also comes a nice little sponge, and I was told that I could use the cream compact foundation with either that sponge or with a brush of my choice.. I think if a brush is used more product will be picked up and that compact will not last long.. but at least it will be fresh when replenished and replaced.

Now tomorrow I will officially use the foundation for the first time and it will be applied over my moisturizer and my primer. It is going to be tested to see if it will last the entire day from 6 am to 7 pm and that it will not change color or texture after it is applied. I was told it is for all skin types.

It is described by nordstrom as follows:

Shiseido’s foundation with rich, luxurious moisture glides smoothly onto skin to give you a lustrous, luminous complexion. Its creamy texture spreads on easily to ensure a perfectly even application with medium, long-lasting coverage, while SPF 15 provides protection from environmental aggressors.

  • Refill only. Compact sold separately.
  • 0.42 oz.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Noncomedogenic.
  • By Shiseido.


Cyclomethicone, Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Parrafin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquisostearate, Petrolatium, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Microcyrstalline Wax, PEG/PPG-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Oil, Alumina, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Plysilicone-2, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Palmitic Acid, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Isoprpyl Alochol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Methicone, Tetradecene, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer’s discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging.

The compact retails for $10 and the foundation retails for $30. At Nordstrom the reviews are highly encouraging and it appears this product has great reviews. Tomorrow is the test day! I can’t wait to try it.