Avene Clearance Expert Emulsion & comparison to Effaclar Duo +

As you may know I'm a big fan of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo + and until recently I'd used it every single day since I first purchased it back in early 2014. The reason I have stopped using this recently is because I've been trying out a similar product from Avene called Clearance Expert Emulsion*.

Avene Clearance Expert Emulsion

Avene Clearance Expert Emulsion is described as a unique daily treatment to help prevent and treat adult acne, but I personally think this is quite a similar product to Effaclar Duo +.  I certainly use them both in the same way. Clearance Expert regulates the production of sebum (oil), mimics the skins natural exfoliation process without the use of acids, limits the spread of acne causing bacteria and helps to eliminate spots and blackheads. The main difference in terms of what the product does between this and Effaclar Duo + is the latter does make use of acids for improving skins texture and also contains something called Procerad, which rebuilds the skins surface and helps to reduce the inflamation, scaring and hyper-pigmentation that spots and breakouts can leave behind. There is also a difference in the look and feel of each product. I would consider Effaclar Duo + like a serum and would use a moisturiser over the top, whereas Clearance Expert is more like a moisturiser and I usually use a serum or facial oil underneath. Both products do contain fragrance but I can only really detect this in Clearance Expert and it only really smells like a cream/moisturiser, if you understand what I mean. At first glance Clearance Expert appears to contain alcohol, but this is Cetearyl alcohol, which is actually a fatty/waxy alcohol known to condition and soften the skin.

Avene Clearance Expert Emulsion

Please ignore the typo on the picture above (Effaclat!). It was only after I'd deleted the original image that I spotted it *head desk*.

I'm not sure if this is important but I will mention that I don't use either product all over my face. Although I do get the occasional spot on my forehead, around my nose or maybe on my cheek, it's hormonal and stress related breakouts on my chin that I regularly suffer from. So both products I use as a targeted treatment just on my chin.

Just as I started using Clearance Expert I developed a lovely cystic spot that always pops up in roughly the same place on my chin. Although it did take at least seven days for this to subside I was really pleased to see that when the actual spot cleared the lump and discolouration it left behind, which would usually take a few weeks to clear, actually disappeared very quickly. More recently I suffered a pretty bad breakout across most of my chin. I don't know why but I'd been experiencing hormone problem for two weeks before I even hit that time of the month, so I'm not surprised this really affected my skin. In the end I did have to turn to my prescription treatment but once the worst was over I returned to using this and it did a good job of helping to clear up what remained of the breakout. The marks from the larger spots haven't cleared up as quickly this time but the skin where the smaller spots were has recovered well.

I've found that if I have one or two small spots or a light breakout this does a good job of helping to treat it and prevent it getting worse. Although as I mentioned, and is also the case for me with Effaclar Duo +, if the breakout is bad enough I will have to transfer over to using my prescription treatment to bring it under control.

I really like both products and would happily consider using either. They're both almost exactly the same price at £15.50 for Effaclar Duo + and £15 for Clearance Expert, so for me personally it would probably boil down to grabbing the one that's on offer, or maybe Effaclar Duo + because that's the one I've used longest. Although I'm a fan of Effacalr Duo + I know a lot of people find that it doesn't work for them, so if you're one of those people I'd recommend giving Clearance Expert a try.

Avene Clearance Expert Emulsion is available from Escentual.

Have you ever tried either of these products?

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The Body Shop Rainforest Balance clarifying shampoo

A few weeks ago I had a problem. The first part of the problem was that my hair was suffering from a build up of stuff I didn't want there and really needed clarifying. The second part of the problem was, as you're probably aware by now, my hair is now red and I'm not sure clarifying shampoos and red hair mix that well. Red is a shade that continues washing out of your hair every time you wash it (seriously, it's like the shower scene from Psycho) and I didn't want a clarifying shampoo to strip all of my colour out. What I really wanted was a sulphate free, colour protecting, clarifying shampoo. Does a product like that actually exist? Nope, not a chance! It's hard enough finding colour protecting shampoos that are sulphate free.

I tweeted asking for suggestions and a lovely blogger who works for The Body Shop suggested their Rainforest Balance shampoo.

The Body Shop Rainforest Balance shampoo

This obviously doesn't tick all three boxes but as well as being clarifying this is also sulphate free, so I thought this is probably the best I'm going to get. It may not be colour protecting (I don't think a clarifying shampoo could ever be colour protecting) but at least there's no sulphates in their to contribute to fading my colour. 

This is a slightly unusual one because you do really need to read the instructions on how to use it to know how to use it properly. If you apply this straight to your hair you'll struggle to get it to lather, but the directions tell you to lather it up in your hands before applying to your hair. You still won't get an amazing lather, but it's better than applying it straight to your hair. The first time I used this I was a bit too cautious and managed to completely miss the worse patch on the side of my head. The second time I really went for it. I did use quite a lot and really got my fingers in there and gave my hair and scalp a good scrub. Yes this did completely knot my hair up but I just applied some conditioner to smooth it out afterwards and it wasn't a problem. My hair is only shoulder length though so this might be more of an issue for longer hair. 

The second time I was so happy with the results. My hair was finally clean and it was also soft and kind of light and bouncy. I also didn't notice that this particularly striped out any more colour than would normally come out when I wash my hair. I wouldn't use it too often, but then I would only use a clarifying shampoo as and when required anyway. This is a shampoo for oily hair, which I most definitely suffer with, but it didn't make my hair last any longer between washes. I've never tried a shampoo for oily hair that has though. My hair decides how long it wants to last between washes (it does vary between one to three days if I'm lucky) and there's not much I can do about it!

Although it's possibly not the easiest shampoo to use it does what it needs to do and does it well and for £2 for 60ml and £4.50 for 250ml it's quite reasonably priced too. You can buy the Rainforest Balance shampoo in The Body Shop stores and online.


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Max Factor Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection

I do have one of Max Factor's lipsticks somewhere in my collection (although I can't currently find it) but it's not one I tend to reach for. There's nothing wrong with it as such, it just doesn't really stand out against other lipsticks in my collection and so tends to be neglected. This will all be changing when it comes to Max Factors new Marilyn Monroe collection*.

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection
Max Factor Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection
Max Factor Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection

L'Oreal lead the way with collections of lipsticks featuring shades designed to suit different skin tones with each shade named after a famous female who has the corresponding skin tone for that shade. Max Factor have followed this with a four piece collection of reds inspired by the iconic red lip wearer Marilyn Monroe. The shades have undertones of orange, blue and purple to work in harmony with cool, warm and dark skin tones. 

I'm not quite sure if Ruby red is actually the shade that Marilyn Monroe wore but if not this is inspired by her chosen shade and is a bold, true red. Sunset red is designed for warm or dark skin tones and is a burnt orange red. Berry has a blue undertone and so is designed to suit cool or pale skin tones and finally Cabernet is a rich deep red with purple undertones for darker skin tones. Cabernet is the only shade that contains a red shimmer. 

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection

I've only tried two shades and those are the two that instantly appealed to me when I first received them. Unsurprisingly these are Ruby red and Berry, the two shades most suited to pale skin tones. I will give the other two a try but I'm personally not keen on orangey reds such as Sunset red and I think Cabernet might be a little too dark for me.

The first thing I noticed the first time I applied one is the unusual scent. I couldn't quite place it at first but would describe it as 'fizzy'. I've learnt that me describing a scent as fizzy means a citrus note and upon checking my press release I discovered the formula has been enriched with fresh citrus notes and vanilla undertones. Some people may not be keen but I personally love it and if I remember correctly I believe this does linger on the lips for a while. 

I was expecting the formula to be a little on the dry side, as that was my previous experience of Max Factor lipsticks, but I was delighted to find that these are far from dry. They have a gorgeous buttery soft formula that glides onto lips with ease and applies beautifully. That's probably because the formula contains grapeseed oil and avocado butter to prevent lips from drying pout over time. I honestly love applying these lipsticks! 

The finish isn't particularly glossy but they're not matte either, they're somewhere in between; I guess you'd call it satin really. I wasn't sure that these would particularly last well either but again I was pleasantly surprised. If you're doing a lot of eating or drinking then I think you'd need to reapply once you've finished, but if you're going light on the eating or drinking I could see these pushing towards the four hour mark before you might want to have a touch up. They also leave a stain on the lips (and my arm) which I think really helps when it comes to the colour sticking around. 

I love these lipsticks and can see me getting a lot of use out of Ruby red and Berry. For just £7.99 each I'd recommend getting yourself down to Boots and grabbing a couple, especially as Max Factor is currently on 3 for 2. 

Which red would you chose from the Marilyn collection?

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Product empties Jan 2016

Empties posts are not something I personally tend to do as I rarely use up products. Although I could save up the empties until I have enough for a post I just don't have the room in my already overflowing bedroom to have a stash of empty packaging taking up space. When two of my cleansers both ran out at the same time I snapped a picture thinking I'd keep it just in case. I then noticed I do actually have several other products that will shortly be running out. Not all of these are completely empty just yet, but I will be finishing them off in the near future.

Product empties

Clinique liquid facial soap extra mild £16.50 This was one of a couple of skincare orders from House of Fraser last year using the gift card I won in the BAFTA competition. I wanted a new cleanser and had used this before and quite liked it and as there wasn't many cleanser options from House of Fraser I decided to repurchase. I was a little confused though as I'd previously used the mild version, which was like a liquid soap, whereas the extra mild version is actually a cream cleanser. I've been using this as my morning cleanser and evening second cleanse paired with my Magnitone and although it's a nice cleanser it's not super exciting.
Repurchase? Not right now but in the future yes possibly.

REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay cleanser £19 I love this cleanser and featured it in my blemish fighting skincare post. I was concerned this would be too drying on my dry skin but that wasn't a problem at all, in fact it leaves my skin feeling soft, and I found it really helped to prevent and also help treat breakouts. As the name suggests it also helps to calm any redness I have.
Repurchase? If I could afford it right now I'd repurchase right this second.

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DKNY Women Eau de Toilette (prices vary) DKNY Women is one of my all time favourite fragrances but because of being a reformed perfume addict and being on a perfume ban (that I'm no longer on after ditching most of my old perfumes) I hadn't bought a bottle for years. When I saw the 30ml size on offer for I think £14 I had to grab a bottle for old times sake. I have noticed that this often appears to be reduced so I am a little worried it might be heading towards being discontinued. Although I still love this I was disappointed to find it really didn't last very long.
Repurchase? Yes, but I'd go for the Eau de Parfum instead

Laura Mercier Mineral foundation primer £29 I won this primer as part of a prize bundle from Laura Louise. Prior to this I wasn't a fan of primers as they did nothing for me but this one showed me what primers can do and is my current favourite. The only issue I have with this is the squeezy tube doesn't always work well for me as the product settles when it's on it's side so I have to shake it down towards the nib and then often when I squeeze it too much comes out.
Repurchase? Yes in the future when I've tried out a few others I have first.

Dr PawPaw Multi-purpose Soothing balm £6.95 This is a mini version I was sent as a sample rather than the full size worth around £7. This is a multi-purpose balm that can be used on lips, cuticles, dry skin etc. This is amazing for all of these purposes but recently this has been my go to product for my dry chapped lips as only this, the Pixi shea butter lip balm and Nuxe Reve de Miel have been able to tackle them. There is a little still left in this but the packaging has actually split meaning it comes out of the side rather than through the dispenser, which is a little annoying!
Repurchase? I've already repurchased the red version. 

The Body Shop Frosted plum hand cream £4 If you've been reading my blog for a while then you probably know these are my favourite hand creams and I've mentioned them several times in posts, so I won't say much here.
Repurchase? Frosted plum was a Christmas limited edition but I repurchase the permanent scents regularly. 

What have you used up recently?

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Love me Beauty

I wanted to repurchase my Dr PawPaw soothing balm and was going to buy it from Boots (although now I'm not sure Boots actually stock it?) then I remembered I'd spotted that it was available in the Love me Beauty boutique. I'd also noticed there were several 50% off discount codes floating around for Love me Beauty, so instead of spending £7 just on the Dr PawPaw balm I thought I might as well spend a couple of pounds extra and get a few more products to try. 

Love me Beauty

If you've not come across Love me Beauty before it's a monthly beauty subscription box with a bit of a twist. Each month you're allocated 60 credits that you can spend in the boutique. The boutique contains a selection of products (and now also jewellery) each worth either 10 or 20 credits. Instead of Love me Beauty deciding what products you receive you head to the boutique and decide how to spend your 60 credits. If you want more products then you have credits for you also have the option of buying further credits so you can add further products to your box. The products don't just change monthly either, they're constantly being updated as products go out of stock and new ones are added. The box itself costs £10 and then postage is £3.95, so my box cost £8.95 altogether after applying the discount code.

Having never tried Love me Beauty before I haven't seen their box and when I opened my package when it arrived I was very impressed. The box is understated but really nice, featuring a grey/silver textured almost fabric like box with Love me Beauty embossed on the top in rose gold/copper. I thought the products inside came in a drawer string bag but I didn't get one, maybe because I didn't pay full price. 

Love me Beauty box

As you're aware the first product I chose was the Dr PawPaw Tinted balm (10 credits). What I didn't realise was that this is not the full size product but the same size as the previous sample I had, so I didn't quite get the bargain I thought I had ordering the box (I don't mind this though). The balm I've just recently finished was the clear original but this time I decided I wanted to try the red one out, which is a good job as it was the only one available in the boutique. 

The second item I chose was the Beauty lies within make-up bag (20 credits). As I spend half my life living out of a suitcase at my boyfriends house little make-up bags like this come in useful for keeping together things like the lipsticks I've chosen to take with me. It's not the most amazing quality, especially as one of the teeth in the zip is loose so it doesn't actually zip up all the way across, but it's a nice little make-up bag (and very Instagram worthy!). 

Since managing to master the art of liquid liner application I've had an itch to try various different felt tip pen style liners and various different colours. Although I couldn't find any good indication online of what colour Babylon brown is I thought well it's not black and decided to go for the Eye öf Hörus Liquid Define liner (20 credits). I was slightly disappointed to discover it's quite dark, so not a whole lot lighter than black, but from a quick swatch on my hand it looks promising, at least for a nice thin line if that's what you like. 

Finally I decided on the Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beauté (10 credits) which is a moisturising mask. Although I do have several hydrating masks I have been curious to try this one and it was the only other product in the boutique at that time that I was really interested in. 

I'm impressed with the Love me Beauty concept and it's definitely a box I would consider ordering again in the future if there were products in the boutique I was interested in. The only thing that does put me off slightly is the £3.95 postage as I do think this is a little expensive. I was also slightly annoyed that I couldn't find out how much postage was anywhere on the website and only found out how much it is when I got to the checkout.

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Desert island beauty - Skincare

It's time for my second desert island beauty post and this time it's the turn of skincare. If you haven't read my desert island make-up post you can find that one here. So as well as having time to grab sun glasses and a towel and pick the five make-up products I want to swim to shore with I also had time to pick five skincare products. Choosing my make-up was quite easy but this one really was difficult because I use so many different skincare products on my face and different areas of my body. I'm not completely sure I've picked the right products, for a start I've realised I don't have a lip balm and I'm not sure I can live without one (not an exaggeration), but these are the products I went for. 

Desert island beauty - Skincare

If you're shipwrecked on a desert island then there's no question that if you had any choice you would make sure that you had a good sun protection cream with you. My current favourite is the Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh and I go for factor 50 because I want to protect my skin as much as possible and I burn easily. This one is actually a couple of years old now so will need chucking, but I'm hoping they still do this one so I can pick up a new one in the summer. The spray makes it handy to apply and it does feel cooling on the skin. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin minimally sticky/tacky, if at all. Being stuck on a desert island I wouldn't mind being slightly tacky from my sun cream but at home when wearing my everyday clothes I hate the stickiness you can be left with after applying sun protection. I do use a separate sun protection cream for my face but as I can only chose five products I would make do with using this on my face as well (and hope for the best).

After being in the sun so much your skin is going to need some moisture and I've decided to take the No7 Pampering dry oil body spray. Although I do like body oils I tend to prefer body lotions, but there's just something about this one I really like. It has a lovely spa like scent and is easy to apply as it's in spray form. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised. I guess I could have just used this on my hands but as they really can get dry, especially the skin around my nails, I decided to take a hand cream and of course picked my favourite little The Body Shop hand creams. This one is the Christmas limited edition Glazed apple scent, which you obviously can't get now, but they have plenty of lovely scents to chose from all year round.

Desert island beauty - Skincare

When it comes to my face there were two things I definitely wanted to be able to do, one being cleanse away all that sweat, salt and sun lotion and the other being get some moisture in my skin. I was trying to decide between a cream or oil cleanser but in the end settled on an oil one to really melt all that dirt and grime away. I chose my current favourite which is the Clinique Take the day off cleansing oil. I possibly slightly prefer the Vichy Micellar cleansing oil over this one but I don't currently have a bottle of that! 

I also had to decide what sort moisturising product would be best for my face and settled on a moisturising serum. A serum is absorbed deep into the skin, moisturising as it goes, so if you can only use one product on dry/dehydrated skin this is probably the one to go for. Although it's not quite my favourite I'm currently using the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power serum, so that would be the one that would currently go with me. 

What would your desert island skincare products be?

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Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing collection

Elemis is a brand that I've only tried a couple of products from but I've been very impressed with the ones I've tried. I currently have a sample of their Papaya Enzyme peel, which I think came free with a magazine at the end of last year, and I'm very tempted to purchase it in full size when I finish the sample. Elemis currently have some amazing value skincare sets available from Debenhams and today I have the Dynamic Resurfacing collection* to show you. 

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing collection
Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing collection

I've only had the set for a few days and I've not been using very much on my skin after reacting to a cleanser last week, so I haven't really used any of the products yet, but I wanted to show you the set as they're all only available for a limited time or until stocks run out. I will follow up with a review of each of the products in the future once I've given them a try. 

The Dynamic Resurfacing collection contains four products inside an Elemis branded wash bag. I have included a picture of the wash bag below but for some reason I struggled to get a good picture of it so I'm sorry it's a little dodgy. As you may know half the time I live at my boyfriends but I don't actually keep anything at his house so have to pack up any stuff I want to take each time. My current wash bag is getting pretty old so I'll be chucking that out and switching over to this as it's big enough to hold all of my skincare bits.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing collection

The first product included is the Dynamic Resurfacing facial wash, which is a full size of 200ml and worth £29.50. This was previously called the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing facial wash but has now been rebranded. This encourages the skins natural cell renewal cycle, smoothing and refining whilst gently exfoliating. I have actually used this product (cautiously) once the rash/eczema had died down after my reaction as I thought it would help rid me of the dry flaky skin it had left me with and it is helping my skin get back to normal. 

The facial wash can be used twice a day and in the morning you can follow this with the next product the Hydra-Boost day cream, which is a full size of 50ml worth £38. This not a resurfacing product but is a hydrating one for dry skin and contains good old hylauronic acid.

For the evening the third product is the Dynamic Resurfacing night cream. I can't actually find this product, it only currently appears to be available as part of their value sets, but as the facial wash has been rebranded this might be the same as the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing night cream. Although this isn't described as full size it is 30ml, which I think is a pretty good size. I'd describe it as a mini full size rather than sample size!

The final product is the Dynamic Resurfacing gel mask, which is a sample size of 15ml worth around £15. This one has also been rebranded from the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing gel mask. More and more I'm preferring to use masks like this over manual exfoliation, so I'm looking forward to giving this a try. I will be quite careful with this to begin with though as this product apparently comes with a powerful tingling sensation and as my skin has proved recently it really can be quite sensitive!

The products in this set are worth £135 but the set is just £54.50, so this really is a bargain as you're saving 60%. As I said though these sets are limited so if you'd like to get your hands on one you need to get yourself over to the Debenhams website (I'm afraid I don't know if these are available in store).

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Sensitive teeth and Sensodyne

I nearly completely forgot to write this post as brushing your teeth is something you do automatically each day without thinking about it too much. I've always had sensitive teeth but for some reason have never really considered trying products designed to try and tackle sensitive teeth, maybe because mum buys our toothpaste so I just use what she buys. If you suffer from sensitive teeth you'll know many things can set them off, cold food or drinks, the water spray at the dentist, even just a cold wind and when they do play up it can be really quite painful. Sometimes there doesn't even need to be something (that I'm aware of anyway) to set mine off, they just kind of ache and even breathing through my mouth can be sore.

When I was offered a sensitivity SOS package from Sensodyne to try I thought it was a good opportunity to finally try some products designed to help tackle sensitivity. I was sent the new Sensodyne mouthwash in cool mint*, Sensodyne Repair & Protect toothpaste*, Sensodyne True white toothpaste* and a Sensodyne Precision medium toothbrush*. 

Sensodyne sensitive teeth products

Although I'm aware that toothbrushes come in different levels of hardness I've never really considered what level I should be using. As I do have sensitive teeth I should really be using a softer brush as it will be kinder on my teeth and gums. When I first started using the Sensodyne Precision toothbrush I was surprised by how much softer it was than the toothbrushes I've used in the past. As we all know you should really replace you're toothbrush every three months but using this toothbrush has shown me that I do brush too hard because this one needed replacing much sooner than that. The softer brush felt much more gentle on my gums and even though I was obviously brushing too hard I experienced much less bleeding than I normally do. While using this toothbrush I had a check up at the dentist and was pleased to be told that my teeth didn't need to be cleaned, that's only happened once before, so I think I've been doing a pretty good job of cleaning my teeth using this brush. I've now bought a new softer brush and I'm trying to remember not to brush too hard.

Although my teeth aren't too bad I have recently been thinking that I would like them a little whiter. I'm not talking Simon Cowel, Tom Cruise or Rylan levels here, just a little whiter than they are currently. Although I've never really thought about whitening methods before thinking about it now I guess they could possibly be a little harsh if you have sensitive teeth. So I was pleased to see a sensitive whitening toothpaste had been included in my sensitivity SOS package. This is designed for stain prevention and removal but also to provide sensitivity care and to be low abrasion. This doesn't quite feel like a standard toothpaste, it's thinner and doesn't appear to foam as much, but you do get used to it. As this is low abrasion I'm guessing it might not be as effective as other methods of teeth whitening but I was pleased to see a slight improvement in the whiteness of my teeth.  

Sensodyne sensitive teeth products

As the name suggest the Repair & Protect toothpaste is designed to continuously repair and strengthen vulnerable areas and protect your teeth. I still have some of the True white toothpaste left but I've worked my way through the whole tube of Repair & Protect and I did notice an improvement in my sensitivity. It didn't disappear completely, but it was improved and I would imagine this is a product you should really use continuously and long term to keep seeing an improvement and to keep up the effect that it has.

I do like to use mouthwash at least once a day but my dad keeps putting the bottle in the bathroom cabinet and because I don't see it I forget to use it, so I haven't used it regularly for quite a while now. I've made sure to use this daily in the morning with the Repair & Protect toothpaste and because I've used the two together I don't think I can comment on this as a product on it's own with regard to sensitivity. I do like it as a mouthwash though. It leaves my mouth feeling really clean and fresh, like I've just had a clean at the dentist, but as with all mouthwashes it can get a little strong the longer you keep swilling it around.

I enjoyed using all of these products and I'd definitely consider buying them in the future. The mouthwash is £4.99, the toothbrush £3.60 and the toothpastes £4.49 each and all are available at Boots.

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth?

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Antipodes Limited edition Moisture Boost minis

It was when I followed Renata's blog Speaking Beauty UK that I first spotted the Antipodes Limited edition Moisture Boost minis set and it immediately caught my eye. Antipodes metal tubes in gorgeous colours have always appealed to me but I'm yet to try any products from the brand. In fact it was only when I looked into buying this set that I realised I've actually been calling the brand Antipods!

The set features mini versions of two of Antipodes products; the Divine facial oil (10ml) and the Vanilla pod Hydrating day cream (15ml). I think a set like this is such a great idea as you get to try a generous sample size of a couple of products before you decide if you want to commit to a more expensive full size product. The products are also the perfect size to travel with as they don't take up much space.

Antipodes Limited edition Moisture Boost minis set

Although I do have several facial oils, apart from The Body Shop's Serum-in-oil and balance Me's Radiance face oil, in general I tend to prefer serums at the moment. However seeing that the Divine facial oil contains avocado and rosehip oil made me want to give it a try as I believe both are supposed to be amazing for your skin. It also contains macadamia nut and jojoba oil and Vitamin E, which my skin particularly loves. 

The Divine facial oil comes in a pretty standard facial oil bottle with a dropper, but the mini size makes it so cute. The oil has a light green colour to it and a light herbal type scent that I actually really like (I'm not always a fan of herbal scents). I find this quite a light oil and as long as I don't apply too much my skin absorbs it well and it leaves my skin feeling, soft, smooth and moisturised. I'm not sure if this is intended to be used in the morning or evening but I use it in the evening as that's when I personally prefer to use oils. 

The Vanilla pod Hydrating day cream comes in one of those lovely metal tubes I mentioned above but sadly this one is just white. It's not quite as pretty as one of the coloured tubes but I do really like the packaging. Now although this is called a vanilla pod day cream essential oil fragrances of vanilla pod is one of the last ingredients in the list, so I'm not sure how much vanilla there is in there. However it does contain shea butter, manuka honey, avocado, macadamia nut and rosehip oil, so there's plenty of lovely stuff in there. It has a really nice natural (rather than artificial) vanilla scent to it with a hint of something else I can't place. Although this is a day cream my dry but unthirsty skin personally finds this too rich to be used in the morning so I've been using a small amount in the evening with the Divine facial oil and my skin has been loving it. In general my skin has been looking great while I've been using these products and has even had a little bit of a glow to it, which is unusual for my skin. I would definitely consider buying both products in full size, but to be honest the sample sizes will be lasting me quite a while.

The set is limited edition and is currently showing as out of stock on the Feel Unique website (where I purchased it from) but it is still on the website so they might be getting more in. You can buy the full size products though and the Divine facial oil is £19.99 for 30ml and the Vanilla pod Hydrating day cream £27.99 for 60ml. If you pop over to Feel Unique via this link you'll get 15% off your order.

Have you tried any Antipodes products?


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