Beauty First Impressions

Over the last few weeks the pile of ‘to test’ beauty bits under my dressing table has been accumulating at a rapid rate, so I thought it was high time I pulled a few bits out and got testing. Whilst some of these products I’ll need to use for a little longer to fully form my opinion, I thought I’d give you my first impressions.

Back in the day, I used to steal the odd use of my girl Daphne’s Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Maskwhen I stayed over. Then she left the country and my supply dried up, and I sort of forgot about it. Anyway, while I was in Aus I realised Antipodes was a lot cheaper out there, and my visit coincided with a 40% off sale, so I finally picked myself up a tube.

This mask is so unlike anything else I own, it’s a creamy, light mask that doesn’t really set or sink into the skin, but it helps purify, cleanse and hydrate. I use this when my skin is feeling stressed or agitated, and within minutes it feels so much more comfortable. It’s super gentle and a bit of a multitasker, one I’m pleased to have in my collection.

Speaking of Australia, after six weeks of sun, sea and chlorine, my hair was feeling a little worse for wear. It was dry, knotty, and I was pretty much just keeping it in a topknot to avoid dealing with it. Insert stage left IGK’s Thirsty Girla leave in conditioner formulated with coconut milk that has literally saved my hair. I mist this through my hair when it’s damp, comb through and then blow dry as normal, and not only is my hair no longer knotty, it’s softer than it’s ever been. It helps keep my frizzy flyaways at bay and it also smells delicious too. The only drawback is the size vs. price, it’s not cheap and I’m not sure this is going to last me long!

I used up a tube of Glossier Balm Dot Com during our trip, so I picked up the Grown Alchemist Vanilla and Watermelon Lip Balm to keep me going. It’s a little waxier in consistency than the Glossier offering, but it sinks in quicker, so it’s coming in handy in the mornings for a little pre-lipstick hydration. It also smells INCREDIBLE and look how cute it is!

I picked up the Too Cool For School Coconut Milky Mist in Dubai on a whim in Sephora and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been using this as an extra step in the morning to add a quick burst of hydration to the skin. It’s moisturising, but it sinks in fast, so it’s a great step to add in before makeup. It’s formulated with 87% coconut water, so a great way to get some extra goodness into your skincare routine.

Let’s talk about the beauty world’s latest Marmite product, the Glossier Solution, shall we? Now interestingly, this has recently been taken off the UK website and is listed as ‘back in May’, so perhaps a reformulation in retaliation to the backlash is in process. Regardless, this fell into my lap and I’ve been trying it out over the last few weeks. I don’t have much to say about this yet other than the fact it hasn’t broken me out, which seems to be the common complaint. I’ve been using this every other day post evening cleanse and whilst it leaves my skin feeling a little tacky, that’s my only note. I’ll report back on how I get on, but for now I can’t say I’ve had any violent reaction, so fingers crossed!

I mentioned the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Antioxidant Protect and Repair Moisturiser in this post so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I picked this up last week after polishing off a deluxe sample and I’m obsessed. It’s my evening moisturiser of choice, thick and luxurious but doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and I feel like this makes my skin feel plumper, happier and healthier. Yes, the price tag is cringeworthy, but I think it’s worth every penny.

And last, but not least, the Isle of Paradise products seem to be taking Instagram by storm at the moment, with their vegan, cruelty and paraben free ingredients and dreamy packaging. I tried the Light Self-Tanning Water, drawn in by the ‘fool-proof’ claims made by every blogger and their pal. I only tried this on my legs but what I will say is this isn’t exactly light, and my feet are straight up orange, so perhaps a very very light hand is needed. Two showers and a scrub later and it’s looking a little more natural but I’m not sold on this one yet.

Have you bought anything new recently?