There’s nothing worse than when your skin goes into absolute meltdown when you have an event or somewhere to be. The beginning of last month, I was very much in a difficult situation when several patches of skin decided to dry out and flake beyond belief. My skin and I went to war. I tried my usual tactics of packing on the moisture and playing good cop, when that didn’t work, I had no option but to grab the sugar scrub and attack. Regardless of what I used, this dry skin was staying for the weekend. Thankfully, from years of massive breakouts, I used my skill set to cover the problem as much as possible, but by the end of a long focus group, my entire face was against me and very aggressive whilst trying to get ready for the Hairfinity event.
I quickly rummaged through my belongings to discover that I was subconsciously intelligent enough to bring a new face mask, and not just any mask, the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask at £25.05. My face lit up with absolute delight and I was quite impressed with my packing skills as I hastily caked my dry skin with the mask whilst curling my hair. The mask is full of antibacterial honey which hydrates deeply and helps with dry skin, spots and any sort of imperfections. It has a smell of Vanilla and mandarin that was very pleasing and not to mention calming whilst rushing to get ready.
When it was time to rinse the mask of, my dry skin had definitely settled and was a lot less flakey to work with. I wasn’t expecting a miracle but instead, I wanted exactly what it did. It allowed me a moisturised and calm canvas to work with and perfect. A canvas that wouldn’t flake and peel within ten minutes, and a lip line that wasn’t shedding. I was incredible pleased by the results of just a quick application and that night, I decided to sleep in a very thick layer of the deliciously smelling honey mask. By morning, I was a new woman. My dry skin was practically non-existent and my makeup applied like a dream. This was the first product I had tried from Antipodes and I actually had chance to thank the lovely PR lady who sent it to me (as we met at Hairfinity!).
The Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand Body Cream at £21.45, is a beautifully moisturising cream with Vitamins A, C and E and omegas 3, 6 and 9, which sounds incredibly impressive. You can definitely see an immediate different on your skin, as well as feel it, but for me, the smell is not something I enjoyed. Despite being made with Kiwi seed oil, blackcurrant, avocado oil and meadowfoam seed oil, to me it smells like aftershave. Which for someone who likes deeper fragrances or even for a man, it’s perfect and a great way to layer scents. I definitely think it’s the blackcurrant, I always find it more masculine but not in a way I find I can wear myself. One male in my life is going to be a very happy chap though.
I was also sent the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream at £29.95, which I really regret not taking to my disaster skin weekend with the mask. It’s an extremely light but incredibly hydrating cream that leaves your skin feeling soft and soothed. With antioxidant grapes and antibacterial honey, this Vanilla cream is great for keeping your skin clean and clear. I have been loving this underneath my makeup to create a moisturised and glowing base. As well at night to really give my skin some TLC. It’s a little on the pricey side but a little goes a long way with this cream and I’ve barely dented it despite using it for a couple weeks now.
I really did think that the Apostle Skin Brightening Serum at £32.50 would be my favourite product as I love a good serum, but the reality was actually the complete opposite. This serum is water based and is meant to brighten your skin by hydrating and reducing pigmentation. However, being water based means that the texture is actually a little strange, unlike usual serums that sit on the skin and feel silky smooth, this one sinks in immediately. Creating an almost tight effect across the face. It’s not particularly an attractive colour either that did put me off, but thankfully it has a beautiful smell. Time would have to tell with this one, but at £32.50, it doesn’t have the initial wow factor for me….