16 September, 2015 Brand Focus: Antipodes Skincare
Antipodes Skincare is a brand I’ve been a fan of for a while, so you can imagine how excited I was when their UK PR team got in touch to see if I’d like to trial some of their best-selling products as part of Organic Beauty Week. Their Aura Manuka Honey Mask and Resurrect Facial Toner are weekly staples in my skincare routine, so I thought a collective post on new additions and old faves could be a great introduction to the brand, along with a nice way to celebrate a fantastic week that champions organic, ethical and cruelty-free brands. Let’s begin!
The first product I want to tell you about is the Aura Manuka Honey Mask (£22.99 here, review here). It’s probably the most well-known products from Antipodes Skincare, and in my opinion, the one that has had the greatest effect on my complexion. This creamy, nourishing and deep-cleansing mask features honey, avocado, mandarin and vanilla as it’s primary ingredients. Honey is a fantastic complexion saviour that hydrates, calms and banishes harmful bacteria, whilst vanilla, avocado and mandarin brighten and soothe stressed skin. I love this on ‘lurking’ under-the-skin spots and on top of facial oils as an overnight treatment before a big event. It keeps the blemishes from coming to a head, and reduces any swelling or puffiness without drying out the sensitive area. A fantastic mask for your collection!
Next up; the Grapeseed Butter Cleanser* (£24.99 here). A luxuriously thick balm with a satisfyingly oily formula, this feels fantastic on skin that’s crying out for a good old cleanse. I first use a micellar water to remove heavy mascara and liner, and then massage this in, removing my face makeup, brow powder or pencil, and any residual eye makeup. The texture is firm but malleable, and the scent is gorgeous – a blend of grape, lavender and shea. Unlike some cleansers that melt from a balm, to an oil and then to a milk, this doesn’t emulsify, meaning you have to use a flannel to remove all traces of the product. I love the manual exfoliation element of using this cleanser, as you really feel like you’re giving your skin a thorough deep-clean. The ingredients list is extensive, with the stars of the show being Vinanza grape, and Hibiscus flower. These fruit and plant extracts help to regulate oil production, flush toxins away from the skin, and leave your skin feeling refreshed, supple and ready for the next step in your skincare routine.
A toner that I love to spritz on when my complexion is looking dull and lifeless is the Resurrect Facial Toner (£19.99 here, review here). This lightweight mist features sweet sage, lavender and chamomile to help brighten and revive tired skin. Sweet sage is a new favourite scent of mine, but it might not be to everyone’s taste! It provides enough slip to easily apply serum and oils on top of, and locks in moisture so that skin doesn’t feel tight or dry after cleansing.
I’ve recently developed an obsession with serums (read this post for some of my favourites), and two from Antipodes Skincare that I’m so excited to have in my collection are the Hosanna Intensive Hydrating Serum* (£28.99 here) and the Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum* (£33.99 here). Hosanna is lightweight and silky, and it utilizes rose and cardamom to plump up the skin’s texture with a hefty dose of hydration. It’s a wonderful serum for dehydrated skin types, and I can imagine it would work well mixed with foundation for a dewier, more luminous base. It’s oil-free and water-based, so it won’t break out oily skin types despite the high levels of nourishing ingredients, and it absorbs evenly and quickly. Worship is more of an oily-skin appropriate serum, and it works to repair damaged skin, prevent signs of ageing and ward off free radicals. It contains a concoction of New Zealand super-fruits: kiwi, acai, blackcurrant and Vinanza grape, along with coffee berry to deliver a burst of radiance (minus the shiny glow). I love this under moisturizer and primer, and find it sits beautifully under a full face of makeup. It’s more of a day-time serum, whilst Hosanna is perfect in the evening. Both divine serums, and perfect for those looking for water-based treatments that won’t cause break-outs or clog pores.
Last up is the Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream* (£26.99 here). It has a similar scent and texture to the Aura Manuka Honey Mask, but a lighter and less emollient consistency that makes it perfect as a makeup base. It’s oil-free, and contains Manuka flower oil, macadamia, avocado and jojoba to gently hydrate and protect. The fragrance is a combination of almond and vanilla which is so delicious and a pleasure to use, and when applied underneath a mattifying primer, foundation glides on with ease, and seamlessly meshes with the skin. Whilst oily skin types might want to apply this sparingly, normal-combination will love this!
All of these Antipodes Skincare products are certified organic (apart from the Aura Manuka Honey Mask), and are fantastic examples of how quality skincare products don’t have to be packed with often harmful chemicals, soaps and mineral oil to do a good job. Organic Beauty Week is a great chance to test out some organic, cruelty-free brands that might not get the recognition they deserve, and there are some awesome promotions online that can save you a little money too!
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What are your thoughts on Antipodes Skincare? What will you be doing for Organic Beauty Week? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
*Products marked with an asterix are press samples and were sent for editorial consideration. I was not remunerated for this content. All thoughts are my own.