Thursday, 23 August 2012

New in for skin care - the 'mostly organic' edition.

It's been a bit of a skin care thing recently, that all started with Embryolisse.  Embryolisse is the culprit for me really getting into the whole skin care thing, and thinking there might be some weight to what people are saying in their sermonising about anti-ageing and proper ingredients that aren't cheap or derivatives of plastic.


I think I'm staging a small, and quiet (pamphlet campaign rather than a full on riot) rebellion.  My mum is stubborn, and doesn't believe in spending anything on skin care, which is why she gets a Chanel lipstick and an expensive skin care item every year for Christmas.  Actually, I'm starting to think she's kind of crafty...

Anyway - so my mum uses Nivea body cream on her face.  And never, ever uses sunscreen.

So - now you see the mini rebellion, and my new found interest in skin care.  I'm sorry mum - you're great and all - but you will never catch me smearing Nivea body cream into my face.  These four products here are some I've been enjoying for the past few weeks, my little co-conspirators in a mini skin care 'I'm not going to end up like my mother' rebellion:


1. Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion.

I've been looking for a moisturiser like this FOREVER.  I fell in love a couple of years ago with a moisturiser for oily skin from La Roche-Posay, because it was bloody good.  It was called Effaclar M, and kept me non-shiny for the whole day - until it stopped working, and then I found out the main ingredient was those pesky silicones - which aren't ideal for the main ingredient of a moisturiser.  While moving house I found a sachet of this while scrabbling madly for something to slather on, and fell in love and bought it two days later.  It performs brilliantly - keeps my oiliness at bay while hydrating my face.  It's a gel formula, lightweight and not sky-high in the smoothy-smoothy silicones I was trying to avoid.  Try this if you've got oily skin - and you can get it from Coco Beau.

2. Antipodes Hosanna Serum.*

I was invited to afternoon tea in London a few weeks back - and first of all, I need to preface this with CAKE. I'm naturally greedy, so if there's cake involved, I'll be in the front stuffing them in my pockets to take home afterwards.  Hosanna is a newly-launched serum from Antipodes, a Kiwi brand who are starting to make a bit of a splash.  It's water-based, so sinks into the skin beautifully, and has a powdery, slightly baby products sort of scent.  This is calming and soothing, and Antipodes have the science to back this up - it can stimulate the synthesis of Type I Collagen in the skin by up to 72%.  I can't claim that my skin is around 72% en-plumpened because that sort of thing is difficult to measure in my own face, but this is lovely, lightweight and has been hydrating without making me feel oily.

This contains their patented Vinanza grape (which was in their Apostle serum, reviewed here), plus mamaku black fern, which apparently is supposed to firm the skin.  I reaaaally like this.  A lot.  ThereIsaidit.

3. Antipodes Rejoice Light Daily Facial Cream.*

I love this packaging! I know that's superficial, but I love how it looks like it has come from an apothecary.  This is a great, light daily moisturiser that is full of nourishing ingredients for the skin.  I use this when my skin isn't feeling hydrated enough - such as when I've washed it twice in the morning because I went to the gym (hahaha, oh the gym) or something.  This contains avocado oil and manuka flower and smells sweet, slightly spicy and milky.  It is a thicker texture than the Embryolisse I've been double-teaming it with, and takes a little longer to sink in.

4. Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash.*

This arrived a few weeks ago, and WE love it.  Yes, we.  Notice that? Kiwi is suddenly interested in skin care beyond gingerly applying his moisturiser with one fingertip in case he gets too much on.  This contains rose and geranium essential oils, along with aloe vera and glycerine.  Kiwi has used this everyday since it arrived, so unfortunately my bottle is looking a little empty! He loves it because it doesn't dry his skin out and has requested this be on the regular rotation (and that we phase out the Embryolisse soap-free face wash he used before).

I asked Kiwi if he had anything profound to say about the Organic Surge face wash, but he just said 'is niiiiice' in Borat accent, so I gave up.  My only down point on this is it smells like geraniums.  And roses.  Which together smell like Turkish Delight - bleeeeugh. I'm not a fan, but the product itself is lovely and the scent doesn't linger.  This is a great price at £5.19 too, so with the saving I'm making from Embryolisse, the Milky Bars are on me!

On a side note, Organic Surge have actually released a limited edition hand wash (which is here!) and are donating 100% (yep, one hundred) of the proceeds to the Archie Foundation, which is a children's charity, which is not something you see everyday!

As you can see I've been flitting around for the past month, but I've finally found a few things that I think might just stick - usually my skin care is very higgledy-piggledy and anything goes and then I complain a lot.  Which isn't happening now, because ACTUALLY my skin care rebellion is going quite well.

What are your current skin care favourites?

* PR samples.  All opinions are my own, and I'm always honest.  If you don't believe me - well... er. I can't do anything about it. So believe me.  You won't regret it!

26 comments:

  1. My best friend from home has oily skin and she swears by this Embryolisse moisturiser. It is such a great brand! I have dry skin and love their lait crème concentré!

    -Elodie x

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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    1. It's a fabulous cream - I can't believe it took me so long to find it! PS: I just found your blog and I totally love it - thanks so much for leaving a comment and linking me! :)

      x

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  2. I got that embryolisse ready to try out in wintertime. I keep hearing it's such a great protective cream to fight windburn & cold. Lets see how you get on too :)

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    1. I think maybe you're thinking of the Lait-Crème Concentré? This one's for oilier skins so it's lighter and probably wouldn't fight cold!

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  3. I love reading skin care posts *sigh* I have heard so much about that new Antipodes serum, I waaaaant it so bad.

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    1. This one's a really good one - it smells good, feels good and actually seems to be doing fancy things, so I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to test it :)

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  4. Oh the antipodes range looks so good. I love the fact that there is a mix of high end and more budget friendly stuff here too - organic surge seem to be getting a lot of good reviews at the moment...

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    1. Organic Surge was the biggest surprise of all for me! It's budget-friendly and non-drying - and full of good ingredients! I actually didn't expect Kiwi to like it, but he's requested it over the Embryolisse, which is surely a good sign :)

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  5. I've been hearing such good things about Antipodes, I really want to make an order! My favourites at the moment are Etat Pur, I'm using the Salicylic acid on blemishes and the micellar water as make up remover and then one of their moisturising creams, I'm really liking them so far
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I tried some Etat Pur recently and was pleasantly surprised! :) x

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  6. The Embryolisse moisturizer sounds lovely, but how come that Kiwi only applies a tiny bit of product at a time? My husband reeeaally likes to pack it on, I think most men use handfuls if not threatened in advance :)

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    1. I don't know - he does it so gingerly! And he only rubs it in one little spot before moving to the next one. You should have seen my Nuxe lip balm when he used it though - there was a hole gouged out!

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  7. I really want to try some Embryolisse products, I've heard such great things !

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  8. I really want to try something from Antipodes. I am thinking the manuka honey mask as my first purchase.

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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    1. A lot of people seem to be feeling the love for that one at the moment :)

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  9. I still don't feel organic skincare products are helping me. The idea is great but the effect is still minimal.

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    1. That's a shame! My skin doesn't seem to mind if they are organic or not, it's the ingredients that make the difference!

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  10. Reaaaaally need that Embryolisse moisturizer in my life :)

    Please check out my blog :)

    http://hiddentreasure21.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. oh I hope you like it if you end up getting it :)

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  11. I love those products!!
    Your blog is amazing! :)
    I'd be happy to have a new follower like you! Hope you will check out my blog!
    Kisses
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  12. There's something so appealing about Antipodes. Possibly the fact that it sounds like a Greek tragedian who somehow branched out into skincare.

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    1. Haha, I know! I love your way of describing it, too - because it's so on the nose :)

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  13. I really want to try the Antipodes line however I'm in the US. I know they ship, but I am soooo impatient! Also...money of course. Can't wait to actually try their line.

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  14. I have a question for you regarding Embryolisse, I have heard so many good things about it and am interested in trying it. I would say I have combo skin that tends to be pretty damn oily on my t-zone and around my nose. Have you tried other Emrbyolisse moisturizers? Would you recommend it? I currently use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

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  15. The other night she was so pleased with life, she was drooling up a storm. She then did a bit of a cough, and shook her head, sending drool flying all over my face. I was a little unimpressed, and used a tissue to wipe it off.

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