Ok I will fully put my hands up and admit over the past couple of months I haven't been the best blogger and I'm not exactly ending 2016 on a massive high, as I don't really feel that confident with blogging overall. I've also involuntarily taken a step back by posting only once a week and even though I didn't plan it, I feel like it will probably stay this way for the time being since it's the only way I seem to manage blogging at the moment. Plus I want this creative outlet of mine to remain fun and something I enjoy doing... if it becomes stressful and I feel like it's a chore then there's no point in doing it right?! So in short I just thought I would give you a heads up that I'll be cutting down my blogging schedule, as I'd rather blog less but know that what I put out there is good quality and content that I will be happy with.
Moving on from that I wanted to share with you a late discovery of 2016, which is a brand that I have recently got to know quite well as I was luckily sent some of their products to try out. Even though this is a late discovery into the year, I am absolutely delighted to say that KORRES have become one of my favourite skincare brands at the moment. They offer a fantastic range of products for both face and body, not to mention that the quality does not let you down yet the prices remain affordable. There really isn't much I don't love about the brand and in this review I wanted do share my thoughts on their Wild Rose* skincare range, which is saving my dry skin right now.
So if you don't already know Korres is a Greek brand created by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. Over the years the brand eventually grew a line of skincare that focused on natural ingredients, chosen based on the principles of homeopathy (an alternative form of medicine). So of course everything they produce is organic and natural, not forgetting that the brand avoids harsh chemicals, helps organic farmers, supports local communities and protect natural resources. Now what is so amazing about the main ingredient in the range.. Wild Rose Oil is a natural source of Vitamin C, so it really benefits in repairing the skin and reducing fine lines, not to mention that it's great for brightening and helping reduce pigmentation. It's also rich in linoleic which is amazing for moisturising and healing. So all in all it's everything my dry skin needs at the moment, since it seems to be the driest it's been in a long time.
So firstly let's talk about the Korres Wild Rose Brightening Oil* which has become my go-to daily facial oil and something I will use first thing in the morning once my skin is cleansed. The first thing I noticed is that the oil contains actual rose petals at the bottom of the glass dispenser, which is not only beautiful to look at but unique too. It really makes you feel like you are using a precious beauty elixir. What I love most about this facial oil and the reason why I am using it during the day, is because it's fast absorbing (my skin just drinks it up instantly) and it doesn't feel greasy in the slightest. Despite that it's still nourishing and moisturising on the skin, as it contains essential fatty acids and powerful antioxidants. I can't comment on fine lines just yet, but my skin does feel plumped and radiant when using this daily. I simply massage a couple of drops into my skin and then I follow with the Wild Rose moisturiser. The formula is free of any nasties such as mineral oil, petrolatum, silicones or parabens, plus it smells amazing too and it's a real pleasure to use.
So as I mentioned above the Korres Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream* is the second part to my current daily skincare routine. This cream is aimed at those with normal to dry skin and combined with the facial oil, it's the perfect winter skincare combination. The texture seems quite rich as you pick it up from the jar packaging, but it literally melts away as I massage it into my skin. Despite the slightly thick texture, it feels super lightweight once applied yet my skin is still moisturised and hydrated. The one thing that could be improved on is the jar packaging, which may look pretty but isn't exactly hygienic in the long run and I know that a lot of people wouldn't use it for this reason alone.
I also wanted to quickly mention the brand's lip butters*, which I have in three different scents/shades including Wild Rose. Each lip balm focuses on a different natural ingredient that benefits the lips by repairing and hydrating such as quince, guava, pomegranate, mango, jasmine and wild rose (the six different variations available). The main ingredient in every single one is shea butter, which protects the skin against climate and UV aggression.. and of course soothes irritated and chapped skin, so it's perfect for lips. The formula is buttery and soft, plus it leaves a shiny tinted finish on the lips. I wouldn't say these are deeply hydrating, so if your lips are super chapped than maybe try something more intense. However they are perfect for everyday use and making sure your lips stay hydrated, so you can avoid your lips cracking (something which I know all about this time of the year). Plus the fact that they offer a slight hint of colour makes them great for using day to day when I am barely wearing any makeup, but still want to look 'alive'.
So as you can see it's another positive review overall on the brand and the products I have tried from the Korres Wild Rose range. I am really happy to have discovered such a great brand toward the end of this year and look forward to trying more from them in 2017, I am especially intrigued by their makeup range. Have you tried anything from Korres before? Does the Wild Rose range appeal to you?