Nude Skincare – You are more beautiful NUDE

During Fashion Week last month, I had the opportunity to work backstage at several shows and met with lots of influential beauty professionals. NUDE was there as part of their “re”-launch of their line. After they were acquired by LVMH in 2011, NUDE invested in developing a new line of products (ProGenius) along with a more aggressive marketing campaign. I was at their hotel suite where their aestheticians taught us about their line and provided us generous samples and full sized products to take away.

For those who want some background on this line, the following video is a quick glimpse into the founders message and an overview of their products:


I definitely think that Ali Hewson was a great partner to bring on board. Not only is she a known environmentalist (her clothing line Edun is completely ethical and fair trade), but her reach has definitely secured them a lot of buzz. The products are 98% natural, the packaging is biodegradable, and the formulations stress probiotics and omegas. I found this fascinating because I’m not too sure what Probiotics really do for the skin. I’ve seen Probiotics used in skincare from Eminence Organics, NUDE, and even Clinique’s medical line but there is little evidence out there that supports benefits of their topical application. 

The star of the line is the new NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil. A Facial Oil rich in Omega 3,6,7,9. It is their signature treatment that is said to provide nourishment for the skin. At $72/1oz the price isn’t too bad but I wish they would have thoguht more about overall skin health. Although the oils pack more than just omegas, all other nutrition seems to be an afterthought and the truth is although omegas are good for skin health, they are not necessarily the only thing skin needs. I felt this was perhaps more of a marketing thing that made it easy to communicate what made this oil special. That said, this isn’t a ‘pure’ facial oil in the clean beauty sense, there is a preservative and alcohol but the rest of the ingredients are clean, botanical oils. The oil is on the thicker side and is definitely not something I would use during the summer. But I can see myself using this during the colder months later this year to add a boost of hydration. There is a light scent that is quite pleasant and the oil itself is a dark yellow/orange color which I thought was pleasant as well. Overall, recommended for drier skin types.

Another product I was curious to try was the Perfect Cleansing Oil ($36). I was pleasantly surprised that not only was it effective in removing makeup, but it formed a milky texture when added with water. Upon looking at the ingredients list, I deduced that this was because of a chemical called polyglyceryl-4-oleate, a special type of emulsifier, so it is important to note that this is not a “clean 100% oil cleanser” however, this isn’t a “terrible” type of emulsifier, and is less of a “big-bad chemical” than lecithin which is found in lots of products that purport to be natural. So use based on your own skincare philosophy, I didn’t really get bad reactions from this and found it to be effective in removing makeup. Although I do have to follow with a ‘normal’ cleanser just because I am wired that way.

The last product I got was the Cellular Renewal Moisturiser, another ‘hero’ product in their line. I didn’t know whether my skin really needed all that “anti-aging” technology but I love the formulation. It utilizes 3 key componants to target aging: antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics. Antioxidants are know to repair and replenish skin, and fight free radical damage. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural plumping agent used in many anti-aging products that draws in moisture. Probiotics is the one I’m a little skeptical about in terms of topical application. But I think their probiotics come from the ingredient “Yeast Extract” which itself is a very nutritious active. The only major complaint I have is that NUDE decided to put ‘parfum’ and phenoxyethanol in this otherwise wonderful moisturiser. 

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the performance of this line. The packaging and bottles are sleek and beautiful, the ingredients are not the cleanest on the market but are a step above most mainstream brands, and the using the products were a wonderful experience. The main qualms lay in personal skincare beliefs, if you are okay with certain iffy ingredients, and are okay with products that use what I consider an over-reliance on probiotics and omegas- then this is a line worth checking out.

Products available in Sephora and Nude Skincare.

September Empties – Products I’ve finished using

As a product junkie, I sometimes try so many things that I fear I may never finish using them before I move onto my next. For me, the end of a product is the best time for me to write a review because it helps me think if I’m going to repurchase, what I’ll miss about it, what I won’t miss. I find that products that seem to have run out ‘too soon’ always tend to be favorites that incorporate into my routine and use a lot and there are products that I have to make a serious effort to use up – at which point its kind of like eating at a buffet, you might go back in the future but for now you don’t want to even look at it!

For September, I’ve finished using:

Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser($34): A syrup-like cleanser formulated with tea tree oil and lavender to target blemish prone skin. Other cool ingredients include honey, green tea, grape seed, tumeric, and witch hazel. It really does help to remove makeup and grime but it is a little bit too strong. It foams a lot (more than the natural cleansers I’ve been using) so this is perhaps why it is also a bit drying since foaming agents can lead to that. Unless I follow with a facial oil in the summer, my skin will feel stripped and go into over-production of sebum. The scent was a very strange botanical scent, not that relaxing but not really a deal breaker for me. I felt like I really had to work to finish this cleanser, but perhaps that is because it isn’t really ‘right’ for my skin type which no longer needs a cleanser this strong.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50): If you’ve read a few of my past posts on acne scars, you’ll know I didn’t really see results with this serum. Instead it aggravated breakouts on my forehead so I could not really use it. It has been a challenge for me to finish using but since I didn’t want to waste it, I ended up applying this around a few sunspots on my arms since my face has cleared up significantly with this product from YULI. Not sure if Clinique really did anything for those sunspots but just glad to have finally used this all up. Scent is a chemically, fluid is a milky cream gel. 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55): Most of the products in the Tata Harper line are not suitable for my skin type and tend to be too heavy on my pores. However, the resurfacing mask is perfect. It is a gorgeous amber hued gel that smells like a spa. It resurfaces skin but is delicate enough for sensitive skin. I did not get any redness and my skin felt so hydrated and nourished after using it. I can safely keep this on my face for an hour before washing off and my face will just glow. I used up my sample in 4 days because I was so addicted to the mask, just ordered a full sized jar.

Dermatologica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask ($46): I’m not a huge fan of Dermatologica but I received a sample of this from a Beautybar order. I know their products aren’t completely clean but I love any mask that focuses on nourishing skin with vitamins, antioxidants, etc to relieve stressed skin. The mask is a white cream that looks like a lotion at first but once you apply it, you can really feel this layer on your face. Skin just feels ‘injected’ with moisture and looks soooo well rested when you wash it off. If the formula were cleaner, I would not hesitate to buy the full sized product but since it is not, I chose to spend my ‘mask’ money on Tata Harper.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 ($72): I had read a lot of great things about how this product is the perfect balance between moisturizer + spf + light coverage foundation. When I got my hands on this, the first thing I noticed was how silky and fluid the consistency was – lighter than most moisturizers and foundations I’ve used. The scent is like heaven, but I know they use a synthetic fragrance to achieve that. It absorbed fast but you do need a lot of this product to feel it moisturize. I don’t really see much coverage but this product is virtually weightless. I just wish the SPF could be higher, or the coverage could be a bit more but this isn’t a bad product by any means. I will definitely consider buying this if they could make a SPF 30 variant even if it is not as light weight.

YULI Panacea Elixir ($36): Remember how I said some products you just always run out of? This is one of them. If I was paid a dollar every time I sprayed this, I could probably buy this product over and over every day. I’m a stickler for scents and the most recent batch from them just smells GORGEOUS! Whenever I feel a breakout about to come out, I just spray this over my face at night, massage all over and go to bed – it seems to detoxify all the junk out over night. It also cleans out my pores and makes my skin look way better than it genetically should. I also use this after workouts and it keeps my face really hydrated. There is no alcohol in this so it doesn’t dry out your skin. And I found that facial oils and moisturizers sink into skin faster after I apply this product. This has become such a staple in my regimen.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel ($45): I think I said in the Sunday Riley Good Genes review that this is a cheaper, less refined, but more active version of the same thing. Truth be told, this is actually my boyfriends product but I use it too. I notice that it is way too strong to leave on overnight as the instructions say. I tried it once, and I looked like I had been laying out in the sun all weekend with no sunscreen. With that said, if you want a clean, acid peel this is a great product. It really allows your skin to start fresh. It is a clearish-green gel with a slightly slightly acidic scent. Not too sure if I would purchase this product again – there are a few clean acid peels and resurfacing products out there so I will probably test some, but this is still a very solid option.

nomadsoul replied to your postHow has your skincare philosophy evolved?

so has using these cleared you up? I have a very similar history but anytime I’ve tried any of the more natural alternatives, I’ve noticed no results and dissuaded find my way back to BP pretty fast. What is your regimen now?

First, I clicked your profile and your skin looks great!

My skin is pretty clear now, and I truly do believe it is due to the research behind the products I choose to use. When I stray and use skincare I am iffy about such as Sunday Riley, Clinique, Shiseido, Sisley, Kiehls, Lancome – I always break out. My skin within 2 days goes from glowing and clear to clogged and irritated. I also notice that my skin isn’t as balanced with some products I am iffy about and I will start overproducing sebum within an hour – so I definitely don’t think my skin is clear now because I’ve ‘phased out’ of that stage.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind when switching to natural skincare is that natural things unlike a lot of chemical things takes longer. Chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide are made to attack your zits right away so you get immediate results but long term, BP has been shown to increase damage to skin (free radical damage, photo-aging, etc.)  Natural remedies can work fast (try The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil w/ Tamanu) and in general I find that what you don’t get in immediate results, you will see over time as your skin actually improves in overall quality. Please don’t be dissauded if you don’t see results right away, pay more attention to how healthy your skin feels and if it is balanced. Once you listen to your skin, it will reward you by being amazing! 

*I will do a post about my regimen soon, but the only reason I haven’t really done this in the past is because I experiment a LOT with products since I work at Neiman Marcus beauty.* 

Dr.Hauschka Rhythmic Night Conditioner

Dr.Hauschka at this point is one of the ‘classic’ natural skincare lines. Although many purists believe their products contain ‘iffy’ ingredients, I still believe they’re a viable presence in the clean skincare market. Dr. Hauschka is a German company that practices holistic health and this practice is carried through their skincare, beauty, and health products.

A lot of my friends have raved about their products, and after using a few of their skincare products (Normalizing Day Oil, Cleanser, Toner, etc) I decided to splurge on their $89.95 Rhythmic Night Conditioner (from Dr.Hauschka). When I first looked at this product I thought “what is in this thing!?” I did my research (see Beautypixie’s youtube video -scroll to 4:50m) – and really wanted to see what it did for my skin. 

The product is special in that it rhythmitizes the ingredients to balance and harmonize destressed skin and supports the skin renewal cycle on a 28 day period. I have been stressed from travel, starting school again, and other things so my skin although not breaking out, can definitely use some pampering. I thought this would be the perfect product to ‘regulate’ my skin before things got ugly.

First, the ampules are tiny and you do have to break them to use. I didn’t mind doing a little more for the product especially because I had never really used a product quite like it. If you can’t tell I’m quite taken by the premise of a ‘regulating’ product. Like Beautypixie, I noticed that if I felt an area of my face flare up a little before I apply this, the inflammation usually dies down without causing me too much grief. I also noticed that my skin in general looked pretty good with this product. I recently spent a day at the airport, moved into my new apartment, AND helped my friend move into her apartment – and noticed that the combination of Liquid Courage Antioxidant Serum during the day and the Rhythmic Night Conditioner at night pretty much kept all potential blemish flare up gone and kept my skin in tip-top shape. My skin just feels stronger and more durable. Even my small monthly hormonal breakouts are now reduced within a few hours.

The ingredients for this are:
Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract1, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract1, Kalanchoe Daigremontiana Leaf Extract1, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract1, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract1, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract1, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract1, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract1, Mica1, Royal Jelly1, Honey (Mel)1, Silver1, Sodium Chloride 1In rhythmitised dilutions

It is the Silver1 ingredient that gives the product the rhythmic properties according to the website, as that corresponds to the moon and the 28 day skin renewal cycle. I’m honestly not sure if this is all just pseudo science hokey. I did like the botanicals in this product as well as Royal Jelly/Honey which are known to sooth skin and kill acne bacteria. I would love to see this formula with manuka honey as that is kind of like a supercharged honey for the skin. In general, I think even without the silver and rhythmic marketing, this is a good product but I think without the rhythmic marketing, this product is really just a toner with good botanicals so it probably isn’t REALLY worth the $89.95 if you think too hard, but then I haven’t used this product without the silver and rhythmitised dilutions so I can’t really compare. 

I think this product does help my skin stay in check and I will probably update this post when I am completely done with the product to give a better answer as to its effectiveness.