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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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.

Weleda Skinfood

There are always those lotions and potions that turn up in your cabinet without anyone really knowing how they got there. Case in point – the Weleda Skinfood Cream.

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With a lovely, strong herbal fragrance, this super thick and rich all-purpose cream is the epitome of a natural beauty product. While it is much too heavy to use on my face, it is a lovely product for any intensely dry patches from my feet to my arms, where I suffer from keratosis pilaris. By putting the cream on those rough areas, it creates almost a barrier that protects the skin and helps it heal more quickly.

I also use the Skinfood as an overnight hand cream and it has worked wonders on my dry, patchy hands that have suffered from the cold winter air and constant washing. Considering its extremely rich consistency, it is surprising how fast this sinks into the skin, leaving it moisturized and with a soft sheen.

I wouldn’t want to be missing this cream as it truly is an all-rounder for me.

Leap Day Special: Pamper Day

Since we get an extra days’ worth of time this year, I think it is just right to set some of that time aside to pamper ourselves.

Even though it’s Monday, it’s nice to take some extra care and treat ourselves. That treat could be a nice, home cooked meal, an hour to kick back with a cup of coffee and a good book, or a nice walk outside. Whatever you do to treat yourself, it’s always a great idea to invest some time into taking care of your skin as well.

I like to apply a nice face mask (or two) and enjoy a good book or show while letting them work their magic. My favorite picks are still the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask for some serious exfoliating action and the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask for soothing and hydrating the skin.

I haven’t really delved into the world of sheet-masks just yet, mainly because they look scary as hell and seem kind of wasteful to me. But to curb my curiosity, I decided to pick up a pack of the Sephora-brand eye mask.

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Sephora offers a multitude of different variations for every skin concern, but I went with the Rose version for some extra hydration since my eye area is perpetually dark and dry.

They were easy and pretty fun to apply and didn’t slip and slide all over my face, even if I felt like there was a good amount of remaining product in the packet that I wasn’t sure what to do with.

I left them on for a good while and they really urged me to just lay back and relax with their subtle rose scent and cooling effect. My eyes did feel nice and hydrated after taking them off, but I can’t say that there were any long-lasting effects.

So while eye masks might not become a staple in my mask routine, they are the perfect little treat for a special day like today. So make sure to enjoy and make the most of your additional 24 hours today, see you in four years! ;D

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Generally, I do like to get every skincare concern taken care of during my regular AM/PM routines, but every once in a while, I like to treat my skin and do a mask (or two…). Recently, my favorite has been the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, which promises to decongest and hydrate the skin. I usually like to go the clay mask route in order to clear out my pores and get rid of blemishes, but they often leave my skin dry and tight.

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This organic mask is a thick, creamy formula that feels cooling and nourishing as soon as you apply it and leaves the skin soft and clear after removing it with a warm, damp washcloth. It really saves me the step of using a separate hydrating mask as it seems to do it all. The scent is a gorgeous floral vanilla, which is subtle and clean without being too sweet and I love that there is an abundance of high quality natural ingredients in this mask that make it so very lush and luxurious.

Paired with an exfoliating mask like the REN Radiance Renewal Mask, this is everything my skin needs to look extra polished and glowing.

Weleda Iris Day Cream

Natural skincare is all the rage right now and the cult-classic German brand Weleda is one that shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re thinking about getting on the organic skincare bandwagon.

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I picked up the Iris Day Cream a while ago and really have loved using it. It’s a simple cream with a slight herbal/floral scent that moisturizes the skin without leaving it tacky or greasy.

Even though this says Day Cream (and there is a corresponding Night Cream), I’ve used this morning and night and have found it to work nicely with any serum or oil I’ve put underneath. This doesn’t have any outlandish claims, which I love, since I do think that a good moisturizer really needs to do just that – moisturize the skin.

It is a great, basic cream that doesn’t interfere with the rest of my routine and at a reasonable price point, the Iris Day Cream is something that lives up to the natural skincare hype.