Don’t be fooled by the title, I may currently love these products but it doesn’t mean that they’re all perfect…
I’m a huge fan of Antipodes and I have been for years now. My favourite product is the Manuka Honey Face Mask so when I got an email about more Manuka Honey products, I jumped at the chance to try them out. Of course, they’re absolutely amazing. The Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream (£43) may seem expensive but I am seriously obsessed. I actually put this on most nights as I find the honey helps to calm my skin and minimise, if not completely stop, any break outs. My pillow smells good enough to eat! The ingredients also include kiwi, bee venom and Vinanza® grape, which means not only do the antibacterial properties of the honey prevent spots, but this cream also helps to make your skin look brighter. There’s the matching Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream (£40) which is equally as yummy. Normally I pass all my eye creams over to mum for her to review them, but I’ve kept this one myself as it’s really beautiful and it means I can layer up the smell more. Manuka honey has anti-inflammatory properties which is perfect for tired or puffy under eyes.
Alfie and I became a little obsessed with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (100ml for £12, pictured is a limited edition bottle), and it’s actually one of the first bottles of skincare we’ve finished this year. Usually we’re using so much that it’s hard to finish something, but we were practically fighting over this. The limited edition design was by Jason Wu but obviously I’m far too late blogging for you to get your hands on one, apologies for that! I don’t necessarily find that this did anything to my skin other than make me feel fresh, and it smells gorgeous. But I’d still 100% recommend it.
Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream (75ml for £20.00) isn’t my favourite buffing cream from Caudalie as I really prefer the Deep one, but this IS what I should be using on a day to day basis as a kinder way to treat my skin. So I do love it, I just loved buffing my skin really harshly more. This is just super creamy and light, perfect for mornings!
I’ve wanted to try something from Niod for SO long and I’m pleasantly surprised by the brand. The NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex at £25 for 15ml from John Bell & Croyden, is rather delightful to use. You’re meant to put it on after cleansing the skin and before any other products. I’m not going to pretend to understand all the complex ingredients, terminology, and what this is meant to do. So instead I’m just going to tell you how it has been working for me. We all know that Hyaluronic Acid is amazing for the skin as it helps the rest of your products to do more and hydrate more. I love to smother myself in this before a heavy night cream and best of all, it doesn’t break my out. In fact, I’ve noticed that my skin is a lot softer with it!
Merumaya have recently launched yet another amazing product, the Lip Line Restoration Treatment at £19.50 for 9ml is seriously impressive after the very first use. I have very heavy laugh lines so I tried it there first before giving it to my dad to test out fully. I immediately noticed a tightening of the skin and a complete reduction in visibility, if you’ve tried a couple Merumaya products then you know to expect results and be impressed but this really is on the next level. It’s specifically designed for those lines around your lips, it helps to smooth them out and really treat them to get rid of them completely. How amazing is that? My dad has been using it every day! Ingredients include, Dermaxyl, Seacode, PEPHA®-TIGHT, Sodium Hyaluronate, Epidermosil and Vitamin E. These work together to decrease deep wrinkles, improve firmness, create an instant tight feeling, moisturise the area, and improve the skin overall.
After hearing about these products from other bloggers, I was so interested and excited to try out the Erase and Renew from Pestle & Mortar. It does seem expensive at £72 but both of the products are 50ml each and the set comes with a very high quality face cloth. The one thing that really confused me, was the unnecessary and obviously expensive packaging. The box this comes in is SO hefty, and really the only thing I thought whilst taking the products out was how much of the £72 has gone into this box. It’s not even a reuseable box so it has no other purpose than to make these products look fancier.
Packaging aside, the products are seriously good. Double cleansing is a term that is becoming increasingly popular and something most of us have done for years anyway. The first step is to use Erase, a makeup remover balm, to gently massage onto your face and really lift your makeup up as much as possible, and then wash that off using hot water and the cloth. Follow with Renew, a much lighter and creamier cleanser that removes anything left over. Double cleansing is really only something that needs to be done when you’re wearing makeup, if not you can just use Renew on its own.