Herbivore Pink Clay Soap Bar

Usually when I hear the term ‘soap’ in connection to skincare, I stay as far away from the product as possible. Soap just sounds stripping, drying and antiquated, but as usual, there’s an exception to the rule.

The Herbivore Pink Clay Soap Bar has proven itself to be a gentle and natural alternative to my usual cleansing products and one that I’ve been happily surprised by.

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I tend to cut down a sliver from the bar to use up at a time in order to avoid the whole thing getting gloopy and gross. I then run this little piece of soap under the water to create a lather and go straight onto the face. I do not, however, remove make-up with this, it is strictly a second cleanse product for me.

What scared me before trying this soap out was the consistency of the lather. I was afraid it would be sudsy and drying but it really forms more of a gentle cream than a soapy foam, so it’s all good.

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Since the pink clay is formulated for drier skin, I have been able to use this throughout the winter as well without my skin getting too dry or flaky. The scent too has not aggravated my skin at all and is very subtle and refreshing.

All in all, my first foray into the Herbivore Botanicals line-up has been a pleasant surprise and I will be sure to try more from their collection soon.

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Pixi Glow Mist

When I purchased the Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis in the Asos Black Friday sale, I also added a set from Pixi int my basket that came with my favorite Glow Tonic and what was essentially a free bottle of the Glow Mist.

I already own and love the Hydrating Milky Mist, so I didn’t really need a new spray toner, but this looked to good to pass up.

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It is a lightweight formula but really packs a punch hydration-wise with a mix of different nourishing oils.

The liquid separates a little bit in the bottle, so you need to shake it up before every use, but once applied, it leaves the skin feeling soft and silky without any heaviness or oily residue. Since central heating and the cold winter weather have dried out my skin considerably, this has been an absolute treat to use, especially in combination with a hydrating oil afterwards.

I have come to rely on Pixi a lot on my skincare routine and I think my skin has been a lot better for it, so I am itching to try even more from their range soon.

Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis

I couldn’t pass up a good deal if I tried, so when Asos offered some sweet deals on beauty products around Thanksgiving, I knew I had to get my hands on a few things.

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One set I purchased consisted of the Antipodes Moisture Minis, a travel size of both the Divine Face Oil and the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream.

Originally, I wanted to save these for traveling, but of course, my curiosity got the best of me. I tried them out and have been using both products consistently ever since, especially now that the weather has turned wintery cold.

I tend to mix the two products and use them as a final step in my skincare routine whenever my skin is feeling especially dry and chapped. I do that only because I am not the biggest fan of applying oil straight to my face, but you could definitely use either of these on their own.

I have two say, the addition of these to moisture-heavy items has helped tremendously with my dry and dehydrated skin this winter. Even my chapped skin from having a cold was instantly soothed and rehydrated.

It is an extra bonus that the whole Antipodes line-up is completely natural with high quality formulas and beautiful ingredients because it really feels like I am feeding my skin something nice. If you can get your hands on it, be sure to give this line a try as I have not found a product yet that hasn’t lived up to the hype.

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Another day, another spray. It seems that I can’t get enough of spray on toners and I have talked about quite a few in the past few months, but the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist might just have topped them all.

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With the weather getting colder and colder (we just had our first snow yesterday!), my skin is yearning for more and more moisture. Instead of opting for heavier textures, I have tried to incorporate light but hydrating formulas into my routine and so far, my skin is in very good condition for it.

Is use this spray every night in conjunction with the Pixi Glow Tonic and the combination of exfoliating acids and the hydrating qualities of the mist has kept my skin soft and not at all dry or flaky.

The spray nozzle itself disperses a wonderfully fine mist so the skin never feels soaked in product but refreshed and soothed. My only wish is that it came in a bigger bottle because I tend to run out of products like this quickly. At 80 ml, it is a decent size, but I can’t see it lasting me more than a couple of months at a time.

 

Aesop Resurrection Range

Aesop has been a brand on my radar for the longest time. An Australian apothecary-style brand, they are as effective as they are instagrammable.

I have tried only a handful of products, but their hand care line in the Resurrection scent has been on my wishlist for the longest time. Still, it seemed a bit extravagant to me to spent a good amount of money on what essentially are high-turnover body care products such as soap and hand cream.

A few weeks ago however, I decided to treat myself for a job well done by visiting a brick-and-mortar Aesop store (which might be the closest thing to heaven on earth) and purchase a few products.

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First up is the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, which comes in gorgeous vintage-looking packaging and smells wonderful with herbal notes of rosemary and cedarwood as well as fresh accords of mandarin rind. The product itself is great as well, as much as you can differentiate between different types of liquid hand soap. It’s not very foaming or stripping but rather works up to a soft lather that leaves the hands clean but not parched.

The Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm comes in the same scent and a pretty blush colored aluminium tube which is way too pretty to stow away in a hand bag. The balm itself is beyond gorgeous as it sinks in quickly and leaves the hand soft without any greasy residue or tacky feeling. My one gripe however, is that the smallest size, at 75 ml, is still pretty large and not handbag friendly. I wish they would do a smaller travel size at a lower price to use on the go.

I am glad I have treated myself to such luxurious everyday products since it is a joy to use them. I’m trying not to be too precious about them but I have already vowed to reuse the soap-dispenser and fill it up with a cheaper hand wash once it has run out.

Garnier Hydra Bomb Sheet Mask

Since colder temperatures are just around the corner, I am stepping up my game skincare wise and looking for an extra dose of hydration every step of the way.

On a recent trip to the drugstore, I came across the Garnier SkinActive Hydra Bomb Sheet Mask, saturated with hyaluronic acid and pomegranate extract.

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The fact that I have found this at the drugstore means that sheet masks have well and truly made it into the mainstream of the western beauty market. I don’t know if the Hydra Bomb range is available worldwide, but in the European drugstore market, which is usually lagging sorely behind, this is a true innovation. I do believe that will social media, the trend turnover has become much quicker, so that new products enter the mass market sooner than ever.

And I have to say, Garnier have done a good job on this one. The mask is saturated nicely, but it is far from soppy or dripping wet. Actually it sits nicely on the face and molds to the contours well. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the opening for the mouth, which was a bit to narrow, but I guess that’s just my face.

The mask is to be left on the skin for 15 minutes and I could move around with it easily. It doesn’t tingle or itch (on me) and left my skin supple and plump. There was no redness anywhere but I did have to tissue off the residue since it was too much to massage into the skin.

At a drugstore price, this is definitely a little treat I will get for myself from time to time. While I usually rely on serums and oils for hydration, it is lovely to kick back and nourish the skin with a funny looking mask every once in a while.

Kiehl’s Hydrating Mist

The Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist is the latest offering in the long line of spray toners that seem to be flooding the market right now. Of course I couldn’t resist this one asI do enjoy a good Kiehl’s product and have loved integrating mists into my skincare routine.

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This spray is a lovely portable size with a reasonable price tag (for high end brands anyway) promising to ‘purify and hydrate the skin’. Now, it does contain alcohol, which isn’t ideal, but I haven’t experienced any dryness or burning sensation when using it.

The mist actually leaves the skin feeling nice and plump and leaves a gorgeous fresh and herbal scent that is heavy on the rosemary contained in the formula. The actual spray nozzle itself dispenses a very fine mist and is definitely one of the best I have tried.

Since I haven’t used this a whole ton, I can’t speak on the longterm skincare benefits, but the design of the bottle alone makes it worth using up and refilling or repurchasing. Again, I have found this a lovely addition to my routine and I will happily continue to use it, especially in these last warm days of summer.