My oh my it's been a while since my last Currently Testing post, but here we are (after promising not to keep increasing the capacity of my beauty drawers) with some honestly fabulous products and brands I've been adding into my skin and hair routines - trust me, I've never looked better ;)
All products have been sent for review purposes and unpaid to mention - all views my own!
The new Caudalie Vine[Activ] Range replaces the well known Polyphenol C15 products, and despite not trying much from the brand before to know it's cause for popularity, I can tell you this stuff is AWESOME. Aimed at us 'yunguns' who are exposed to pollution and want to slow down the effects it has on our skin - wrinkles, spots, stress, all combatted with non-comedogenic ingredients to provide the most intense hydration and protection to the skin's barrier. I've added 3 of the 4 new products to my regieme (because I use enough oils already) which includes the Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum, Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream, and 3-in-1 Moisturiser.
The serum is by far my favourite as it slows down cell death deep down and keeps skin hydrated longer and better than ever with the discovery of using Grape-seed Polyphenols and Spruce extract together, which helps prevent wrinkles and smooth skin, all whilst protecting from environmental pollution. It smells so fresh and awakening in the morning, and I take one and a bit pumps to do my whole face and neck - two things to note, I had a red and angry dry patch on my neck and after putting this on it for a few days, it's soothed and healed back to normal, plus I've found on a no-makeup day my skin is as soft and hydrated 8 hours after application as it was when I first applied the serum!
I've found using the eye cream has soothed and softened my delicate skin, and is natural enough to put on the eye lids also which I love - the area also looks a lot brighter too! The moisuriser is also lovely, but I save this more for days when I'm in busy towns or cities where excess pollution is high, and I've found my skin is less prone to city-induced blackheads and blockages, which I am darn thankful for.
Caudalie as a brand do not test on animals but aren't fully certified cruelty free - however as the ingredients are natural/environmentally friendly and don't contain animal bi-product I chose to use them.
I mentioned Harbour Elements Cleansing Balm in my skincare post last week, but as it's a new brand I wanted to give it a more detailed shout out - a fragrance and essential oil free, vegan and cruelty free product, it has shot up to the top 5 of my list for seriously busting makeup off your face in one swoop. Apply it to a dry face/a face full of makeup and then use damp fingers to emulisfy, and then watch as your flannel picks up ev-ry-thang. 10/10.
Another new vegan-friendly brand I've been trying is Nyassa, which originated from Japan (huge Eastern beauty fangirl right here) and has a very select but intriguing product lineup - I currently have both the Cleansing Balm and Illuminating Serum, but am yet to use the balm as I've got three on the go already, however from research it looks similar to Oskia in that it has regenerative and skin renewing low-level exfoliants, and has an as divine spa like smell, however it doesn't contain MSM like Oskia yet can be used as a nourishing mask if you leave it on 5-10 minutes before cleansing.
The serum on the other hand I've used for a while now and is fabulous - again a low level exfoliant, it's gentle enough to use nightly to boost radiance and encorugae cellular renewal, and MSM to help build collagen and reduce acne/blemishes too - I can confirm that a fair few of my under-skin spots that needed wearing down have cleared up and out quicker using this than before, so fab result on the clear skin front!
Nyassa does not use sulphates, petroleum, parabens, pthalates or synthetic fragrance in their products, and uses as many organically derived ingredients as possible.
Now for a spot of haircare - I'm not usually the best carer for my do, usually whacking it up in a pony or pineapple until curling once a fortnight because hey gotta look presentable! As I'm growing it, I don't wan't to slow or harm the process with dyes, yet I always itch at doing something from cutting it to colouring. A compromise has been the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Ash Brown mask, which knocks back the red tones HELLA AMOUNT whilst also nourishing the hair - I've found it makes my hair a dark brown, so it's like having a huge hair overall in 30 minutes that only lasts a few washes and doesn't damage the hair - keeping me on the hair growing train a few months longer...
Speaking of Christophe Robin, I've used their Cleansing Purifying Salt Hair Scrub before but this big-ass tub has been giving me matted salty goodness with every wash once again. It really does cleanse your hair of product, dandruff and greasy yuck, but also adds in oomph and volume which I love. Careful when you brush your hair after (Wet Brush 5eva), but a good one for that summer beach vibe.
Finally is this duo from syoss, and I've only used it once, but damn. Damn my hair is salon soft, smooth and smelling good. I'd just read that morning about low shampoo and was considering using sulphate-free shampoo again when this landed on my doorstep, and after my mum swiped first use and raved at how soft it was, I had to try it. The products include bond strengthening ingredients that lead to sleeker, stronger hair, and my hair does overall look smoother (aside from the short hairs that are regorwing and makes it look like I have some sort of tuft but hey-ho) and I really like the smell, plus it also feels cleaner for longer which is bloody fab for my hair overall! So far, so good ;)
Have you been testing some new beauty products lately? Leave your recommendations below whilst I go re-dye my hair for the third time (come at me dark brown).
Some products in this post may have been sent for review or gifted, and will be marked with a * or c/o. All opinions are mine are not influenced by brands or companies. Please see my full disclaimer for more.
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