I've recently received a quite a few new skincare products from brands that are completely new to me and even though I haven't been using them out enough to write full, individual reviews I still wanted to tell you about my first impressions and how I have been getting on with the products so far. I've got three individual brands here that I am completely new to but after doing my bit of research on them I think they are fantastic in their own way, so of course I wanted to make sure you knew about them too. In case you're new around here my skin is quite dehydrated but can get slightly oily around my t-zone so I usually look for products that are nourishing & hydrating. Oh and also a little disclaimer to say that I'm not an expert on skincare by any means, these are just my personal opinions regarding my skin type and how the products suited my skin. With that out of the way let's get on with the reviews shall we…
First up the AA Skincare Seaweed & Aloe Refreshing Eye Gel* which I've been using since my trip back to Dublin, so around the 3 weeks mark now. AA Skincare is a new natural skincare range from amphora aromatics combining essential oils with natural ingredients to create effective products that keep your skin happy & healthy, whilst maintaing affordable prices. There's ranges to cater all skin types & needs from young, teenage skin to more mature or sensitive skin too with natural ingredients such as Frankincense & Rose, Almond & Sandwood and even Seaweed & Aloe (which is the one I received).
This refreshing eye gel is described as gentle & multi-purpose, because it can be used in a variety of ways, such as cooling down any part of your body if it's been exposed to the sun or even removing makeup. I have stuck to using it as an eye gel alone though because I was mostly interested in finding out how it would perform for this sensitive area. Staying true to its claims this gel really does refresh & cool down tired eyes, leaving them feeling soothed & hydrated. I don't really suffer with puffiness or dry skin around my eyes, so I can't say I've seen a huge difference because I didn't have those problems to begin with. But I love the cooling effect this has had after the hot, humid nights we've been having here in London. I also like that the gel is odourless and absorbs into the skin immediately, which is fantastic for the £6.96 price tag. I'm jut not blown away because my only real concern when it comes to eye care is dark circles which hasn't changed, but then again this never claims to do so either.
Next up is the Marula Pure Beauty Facial Oil* which is on the higher price range but for good reasons. I didn't really know much about Marula Oil but after a bit of research I was amazed to find out that it's one of the most powerful facial oils out there, with high content of antioxidants & fatty acids to fight signs of ageing. The brand described this product as the 'ultimate age-defying beauty oil' which I can't confirm just yet as I've only been using it for over a week now but I can say that it's been a pleasure to use as part of my night skincare routine. The oil has a very delicate scent, which is not over powering in any way so immediately I'm attracted to it as I have a very fussy nose. What I love most is just how silky & luxurious this feels on my skin. There's no greasy feeling here as my skin absorbs it immediately & it has a satin finish. Signs of ageing are not my concern just yet (or so I'm telling myself) but I do love just how plump, soft & hydrated my skin feels in the morning, so for those reasons alone this gets a big thumbs up for me.
The 30ml size of this which is what I have here comes in at £37.50 which is pricey to some but you do get what you pay for as it feels super luxurious from the outer packaging to the product itself, plus a little bit of this oil goes a long way. Another reason to overlook the higher price tag is the fact that the brand are creating these high quality, natural products whilst providing a sustainable lifestyle for African women & their families, which I think is fantastic.
Last product of the bunch is the Merumaya Integrative Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel* which a completely new kind of product to me as I've never tried anything like it. The brand consider this peel as one of their specialist products which comes in at £19.50 for a 50ml tube. It claims to be suitable for all skin types but I do wonder how it would work on the more sensitive skin types because it does cause a slight tingling sensation. My skin is not super sensitive so I didn't have any other reactions whilst using so far, but then again I've only used this a couple of times so I can't express any long term effects this may have. The product contains Glycolic Acid & Pomegranate Enzymes, to re-texturise the skin by revealing a clearer and more vibrant complexion. So far I've been impressed as this exfoliating peel has been able to get rid of any dead skin cells within 10-15 minutes of applying, thus bringing back some radiance to my skin. My complexion looks super healthy & it feels buttery smooth (yes I am referring to my skin as butter *face palm*), which of course I am loving.
I didn't know a gel product such as this could actually exfoliate my skin as well as it does, as I'm quite used to using micro granules to achieve the same effect. For the price you can easily get between 10-15 applications which is quite good value considering the price and the finished results. I'll be sure to continue to use this as an exfoliator once a week because it feels luxurious on the skin & gets the job done well.
So maybe my first impressions weren't as short as I had planned, now that I read back (what can I say I just can't stop writing when it comes to anything beauty related). All products have left good impressions on me so far, some more then others and I don't really have a bad thing to say. I'll be sure to keep you updated on these products individually in the upcoming weeks, but if there's anything you need to know just ask in the comments below. Until then I'd love to know if you've tried any of these products or anything else from the individual brands?