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Thursday, 3 March 2022

Testing, testing! New skincare on rotation including Erborian, Emma Lewisham, Kiehl's and more!

Erborian Centella Cleansing Balm Review
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me.

As you know, I'm a skincare lover, and I'm lucky enough to be sent some fabulous products, as well as purchase them. Over the past few months, I have been sent some amazing products from a range of brands, which I have been gradually introducing into my routine, and I want to share my thoughts with you today. They won't be full reviews, as some I've been using for longer than others (with a break in between with some), so some will be mini reviews, and others will be my overall thoughts. Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, but without any obligation to post.

Erborian Centella Cleansing Balm*: Erborian is a K-Beauty brand, which I've mentioned on the blog several times before (with no duds!).  The texture of this cleansing balm is DIVINE! It's soft, pliable, easy to massage in, and removes makeup as an oil would. There is no tugging on the gentle eye area - this just simply melts all makeup and spf away. Its main ingredient is obviously Centella (there are three cleansing products in this line - a gel, an oil and this balm is the latest release), which is known for being comforting on the skin. It also contains a lot of comforting oils, so I'd recommend those with dry, irritated, sensitive skin, would enjoy this the most, although I don't think that any skin type would have a problem with it as a first cleanse, to remove makeup etc. It's definitely one of the best cleansing balms that I have come across in quite a while.

Erborian Red Pepper Super Serum*: I initially wondered if a 'red pepper' serum would suit my sensitive skin, but when I red that it doesn't contain capsacain, which is the molecule responsible for the heat sensation in some red peppers, I guessed that I could try it, especially given that I have loved everything else I have tried from this brand. It's named a super serum because it aims to reduce dull skin, increase radiance and luminosity in the skin. In order to exfoliate and brighten the skin, it uses PHA, which is a very gentle acid, which creates smooth skin, by encouraging cell turnover, but remember that this is a gentle acid. The Capsicum Fruit Extract has antioxidant properties, which boosts skin's natural radiance, as well as protecting it against environmental damage. I think a product like this needs a little longer than I have been using it for the results to be fully seen, so this will feature in a future post, but so far, so good. It has a light, watery texture, doesn't pill when layered with other products, and hasn't caused any adverse reactions, so even those with sensitive skin will enjoy this.

Emma Lewisham Skin Reset Even Skin Tone Serum*: I hadn't heard of this brand before this serum was kindly sent to me, and I am really impressed by the ethos of the brand. It is the world's first Carbon Positive and 100% circular-designed brand, which means that it won't do the planet any harm. This is sustainability at its best in the beauty industry.. I really should have posted about this before now, because it's been on rotation for four/five months now, but other products came in that required more of a brand focus-style post, so this would be put to one side for a while and then taken out again. It is firmly back in my daily routine now, and will be until I finish it, as I think the best results will be seen with consistent use, particularly as it is aimed at dull and uneven skin. I love the pump dispenser, as the product inside is protected and kept fresh. The main ingredients are Prickly Pear Extract and Sea Buckthorn (which help to plump the skin), Niacinamide and Edelweiss Stem Cells (which help to create a more even skin tone and reduce the visibility of pores). The Stem Cell Extract was developed over five years and is proven to fade dark spots (something that bothers me in one area of my face, mainly in the warmer months), but I also have some small ones on one of my hands that is difficult to treat, because I am constantly washing my hands, and therefore, no product is on there long enough to make a difference. The texture is a light cream, but it isn't overly rich, and it does layer well with other products and absorbs well. Keep an eye on my empties on Instastories, where I can give you a final review on how well it works on fading my dark spot and how even my skin tone is, as this will be used daily from here on in.

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Serum Concentrate*: I re-discovered this brand last year and have totally fallen in love. A few of you have messaged me to say that you hadn't used any products for a few years but were reminded of the brand when you saw my posts and started to use some again too, which I was delighted to hear, especially as the response to the products was so positive. This serum has an almost gel-like texture, which absorbs easily into the skin, and can be used in the eye area - something you may want to do if you skip eye cream, or to give your current eye cream an extra boost. It contains 15% Glycerin, which is a humectant, and Epidermal Hydration Filler, which helps to encourage production of Hyaluronic Acid. This combination draws moisture and water into the skin, both on a surface level, and deeper. From first use, skin looks plumper and juicier, and it does feel like a very powerful serum on that level, but also in terms of the elasticity of the skin. This is suitable for all skin types - despite being powerful in terms of hydration, it doesn't feel greasy, or like there is a layer of product on your skin. It will be especially beneficial to those who are starting to see fine lines, or even those with deeper lines, as it helps to diminish the appearance of them. Also, anyone whose skin is parched and fatigued will see benefits from this super serum!

Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum: I haven't tried many products from this brand, but love everything that I have tried, and have a moisturiser on its way to me at the moment, which I bought when there was a recent discount on it. This is ideal for those who are beginning with acids, as it contains lactic acid, which is gentle but effective, but it also contains squalane, which balances the acid by healing and replenishing the skin. It's gentle enough to be used nightly, but if you are new to acids, you might want to begin by using twice weekly and build up from there. My skin feels smooth, but not at all parched or dry at all in the areas that I use this. I can see myself repurchasing when I finish it.

Jordan Samuel Hydrate: The Mist: I got this in one of my Advent Calendars, and I had a vague recollection of using it a few years ago (I know that I have used, and enjoyed, some other products from this brand). The mist action isn't the finest, but it doesn't drench you in the way that some do, but the reason that I won't be repurchasing this, is that it doesn't really do anything for my skin. I don't find it hydrating (I was going to say enough, but actually, at all), and I have more affordable mists that work more effectively.

L'Oreal Revitalift Filler 2-5% Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Eye Serum*: This eye serum contains the golden trilogy of eye care products: pure hyaluronic acid (for hydration), pure caffeine (for de-puffing the under eye area), and niacinamide (which helps with pigmentation and brightening the skin). The applicator contains three rollerballs, which are soothing, but also stimulate six acupuncture points around the eyes. The wand is also flexible, so you can apply a little pressure, in order to help drain the "puffiness". Eyes instantly feel fresher when this is used, so it is the perfect product to use as part of your morning skincare routine!  Currently reduced by 1/3 in Boots.

Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen: Again, this was either in an Advent Calendar, or a gift set that I bought, and I only began using it when I finished the liquid collagen, which I LOVED! (Review here). I know that the pot looks tiny, but this is a really rich balm, which means that a tiny amount (warmed between your fingers) goes a long way. This is the product you need in your life if your skin is irritated, very dry, reactive, sore to touch, or as a nightly product if your skin is none of these things, but you just want it to be plumper, and comfortable. It contains ceramides and alguronic acid, which help to diminish the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles. It's also a pleasure to apply and massage into the skin - a few moments of bliss at the end of the day.

Have you tried any of these products? What's new in your skincare routine? I'd love to hear!

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All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Anything marked with a * has been kindly gifted, without obligation. I don't do sponsored posts. Opinion is always my own. Affiliate links may be used.

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