19 January, 2016 Skincare On Trial: Merumaya, Antipodes, Boscia and More!
Greetings lovely readers. Today, I’m sharing with you a new series on my blog, called ‘Skincare On Trial‘. Every few months, I’ll be giving you my first impressions on new releases and additions to my skincare stocks, that have either been kindly sent to me, or purchased by me. January is a great time for refreshing your daily and evening routine, and I love nothing more than testing out shiny new cleansers, creams and treatments. Let me know what you think of this new series – I really hope you enjoy!
My first skincare product on trial is the Merumaya Overnight Recharge Night Cream (£33.50). Merumaya had some great Black Friday offers at the end of 2015, so I took advantage, and picked up this treatment that claims to plump and intensively rehydrate the complexion. I don’t typically use night creams, but I’d heard some fantastic things. This contains hyaluronic acid (a great ingredient for moisturising and reducing fine lines), and a compound similar to retinol, for added youth-boosting. It absorbs easily, and it doesn’t aggravate my oily-combination skin. So far, I’m really enjoying it!
Next up is a new favourite serum – the Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening and Tone Correcting Serum* (£37.75). After a few weeks in the sunshine I’ve noticed some darker pigmentation patches and freckles across my nose and cheeks. Whilst freckles (in isolation) are super cute, they also are visible signs of sun damage – so I wanted to try something that would brighten and fade away these tell-tale signs. It contains the Antipodes signature blend of grapeseed extract, along with aloe vera, black fern leaf, kiwi, raspberry, reishi mushroom, green apple and cardamom. It’s basically jam-packed with natural goodness and my skin has been loving it!
Another Antipodes treat that I was sent is the Antipodes Juliet Brightening Gel Cleanser* (£22.50). A comforting, rich gel (yes, they do exist) that deep cleanses without a trace of discomfort or tightness, this lovely wash is the perfect option for oily mornings. It also is fantastic with a Clarisonic! Like all Antipodes products, this smells beautiful, and is organic, cruelty-free and nasty-free too.
As you might know, I was in Miami for a couple of days over New Year – and in that short amount of time I took three trips to Sephora. I went a bit crazy and have been saving my purchases for a huge haul, but I couldn’t resist sharing my thoughts on the Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil ($30). I’ve had this cleansing oil on my wishlist for AGES, as Youtubers are always singing its praises. Now that I’ve tested it out, I’d say that it’s a fairly bog-standard cleansing oil with just a hint of cucumber-mint freshness, that emulsifies nicely upon contact with water. To be perfectly honest, I should have picked up the $10 travel-size as I have so many oils and balms, but I’m glad I have this to keep testing and trialling. Let me know if you’ve tried this!
There were some great offers in Sephora, and one that I took advantage of was a gift-set featuring a selection of Philosophy best-sellers, including the Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (£23). I’d not heard much about this cleansing exfoliant, but now that I’ve tested it out, I’m happy to rant, rave, and sing its praises. This cleanser contains apple enzymes and clay to refine pores, reduce sebum and slough away dead skin, but it also feels gentle enough for everyday use. I’ve not tried much from Philosophy, so I’m very excited to see what else I’ll love from the range.
My last ‘Skincare On Trial’ product to share with you is the Dr. Jart+ PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Mist ($30). I picked this up in a Sephora haul late last year, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a toner with powder particles suspended inside, so that whenever you spritz a few pumps, skin looks mattified and shine-free. The effects don’t last too long, so I’ll have to have a play with this and find out the way to maximise the benefits. It’s a nice finishing spray once all your makeup is applied, and feels incredibly fine and lightweight on the skin.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first instalment in my Skincare On Trial series – let me know your favourite new finds, and any products you’d like me to give my first impressions on in a future Skincare On Trial post!
*contains PR samples