My skin gets more than its fair share of treats, as well as being subjected to the occasional horror (see some of these particularly unpleasant products for example).
I’m lucky enough to be sent products for review on a fairly regular basis. When I have a full range of products, allowing me to do the whole routine – of cleansing, toning, moisturising, nourishing and firming – I’ll use the range exclusively for at least two weeks, and bring you the ‘honest bloggers review of”, which you may be familiar with.
Since my last full trial, I’ve been stockpiling lush skincare products to review – some from cult brands, others from total newcomers. Here are some of my favourites.
I saw this lip balm recommended on Mumsnet and bought this myself (I know!). I am compelled to try all lip balms, it’s an addiction. I got hooked on the weak stuff (Chapstick) when I was a mere child, but have now moved onto serious treatments – my go-to lip balm being the Molton Brown Lipsaver for men.
As unhygienic as they are, I do love a pot of goo to stick my fingers into and this Nuxe Paris lip balm doesn’t disappoint.
The blurb: This concentrated formula helps nourish, repair, soothe and protect lips. Effectiveness test conducted in conditions of extreme Canadian weather.
Key ingredients: 79.5% of ingredients are natural, including honey, sunflower oil, rosehip, sweet almond oil, shea butter and grapefruit essence.
Result: The consistency is rich and thick, which is down to the beeswax. It doesn’t feel greasy like a petroleum based product. The citrusy smell is light and once on the lips is unnoticeable, so it doesn’t catch at the back of the throat like a heavily fragranced product will.
My verdict: LOVE this. If it’s good enough for the Canadians with their weather conditions, it’s good enough for me. This lovely pot of wonder will be joining my Lipsaver in one of the many lip balm stations around the house. It’s also cheaper than the Molton Brown Lipsaver at £9.50.
Pixi is well known and much loved among the skincare elite, but I’d never tried any of their products until now.
The blurb: Rich and luxuriously textured, this balm-to-oil cleanser melts away makeup & impurities for clear, glowing skin. It deep cleanses as it nourishes with added sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. Leaves complexion feeling plumped & nourished.
Key ingredients: Sweet almond oil, cocoa seed butter, shea butter.
Result: A light but thorough and balanced cleanser, without the greasiness usually associated with a balm. Just rub a little lump of the balm between your palms until it melts into an oil and then apply to the face. I used a damp flannel to remove it. I started the week with red patches on my forehead and cheeks from using and abusing too many low-quality products last month. The balm totally sorted this out and evened out my skin tone.
My verdict: I honestly thought I wouldn’t get on with this balm, having tried the Eve Lom version, the consistency of which sent shivers down my spine. But this one feels very different, much lighter.
Pixi recommends following the Cleansing Balm with this Glow Tonic, which is one of its flagship products.
The blurb: Evens out skintone for a brighter, clearer complexion. Gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy glowing skin. Skin texture looks and feels smoother.
Key ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, horse chestnut seed extract, ginseng root and witch hazel leaf extract.
Result: The toner has a light floral fragrance and a gives a cooling sensation. It thoroughly removes any remaining traces of makeup and grime.
My verdict: Although it’s very gentle, the toner is sufficiently exfoliating that I haven’t needed my weekly exfoliating scrub since I started using it. It’s great value at £18.
Supermood is a new holistic beauty brand from Finland which, in addition to natural cosmetics contains edible, topical, and therapeutic beauty products. The range has just launched in the UK and is available at Sulis & Thermae.
They sell Beauty Chocolate too. Yup, that’s a thing.
The blurb: Boosts your confidence and immunity. All Egoboost products are strong and effective. Chaga and Liftonin® Xpress compound make the products easily absorbed, produce a tightening effect and give them their power-drop characteristics.
Key ingredients: The main ingredients are hand-picked natural Finnish Chaga and the Liftonin® Xpress compound. Chaga is a fungus that grows on the bark of arctic birch trees. It is high in antioxidant and has been used as a folk remedy for centuries to rejuvenate skin and even out skin pigments.
The results: When it dries, I could feel a tightening sensation. I watched carefully for signs of lifting and I did see a slight tension around the corners of my eyes.
My verdict: This is a very light, runny serum so I only used a couple of drops on my whole face. This smells really natural and has a lovely cooling effect.
The blurb: Calms your body and rejuvenates your skin. Sleep better, look better, right? Beauty Sleep range is all about reviving your body and skin during the night. The main ingredient is sea fennel stem cell extract, that is a 100% plant based ingredient that effectively regenerates skin on cellular level and helps it to recover. The Beauty Sleep range has a fragrance profile of subtle calming herbs and marshmallow. A luxurious and highly moisturizing queen serum for the night.
Key ingredients: Birch sap, coconut oil, pomegranate seed oil, argan oil, shea butter.
The results: The pump delivers just the right amount of this moisturising serum, which is silky and luxurious. Lightly fragranced, the coconut and shea are very soothing smells to go to bed with.
My verdict: The serum feels hydrating, but I personally like a much thicker formulation from my night-time moisturiser. I love the packaging as well.
Another brand I’ve heard much about but never tried is Avène. Their products are all formulated for sensitive skin using thermal spring water which is naturally soothing and rich in minerals, recommended for their soothing and softening properties.
The water spray has several uses, but is generally used to calm the skin following an irritation, rash, after shaving – or just to cool down.
The blurb: You will feel wrapped in soothing softness. All the gentle purity of Avène Thermal Spring Water can be used to help calm the skin, whatever life throws at you.
Key ingredients: Spring water!
The results: The bottle delivers a fine, odourless, refreshing mist. I used it at night after cleansing and toning, and before moisturising. I also used it on top of my makeup a couple of times, when my skin was feeling particularly dry. It definitely calmed and hydrated my skin.
My verdict: It’s expensive for a bottle of water, but I’ll be taking it on my next plane journey and it is now in the ‘emergency skincare’ section of my packed bathroom cabinet.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products. Which is your favourite? Please leave a comment below. Vx