According to my blog search, it’s been a good 7 months since my last currently testing post *eek*. In my defence, I probably have done a version of this somewhere along the lines for dedicated brand reviews and the like, but I just haven’t branched out into much new skincare and beauty the last few months and tried to stick to a routine my skin gets on with.
Since moving my skin has become a lot drier and needs hydration, so I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for good additions to my shelf, whilst also picking up a few extra intriguing products along the way too. I’ve got it narrowed down to a mix of items I’ve purchased and been sent that I think would work best in my routine, and dw if stuff isn’t your thing, a few products have come from new line launches so there may be another product out there for you!
Also, small disclaimer – a lot of these products are fairly new, so I haven’t been able to give a full review on them, just a general note on what I like about the product and why I’ve singled it out from the launches/brand! Hopefully if they work well I’ll be putting up more detailed reviews in the future.
I met with the founder of Verso a week ago (it feels longer!) and was really intrigued by the Swedish brand – it’s built on scientific discoveries that allow Retinol 8 to be 8x more effective and less irritating than traditional retinol products. I’ve used a level of retinol for years now with my Sunday Riley Luna, but have read that certain levels are good for acne scarring and adding plumpness to the skin, all whilst being careful not to over-stimulate or aggravate as retinol is quite potent.
Verso does carry a few non-retinol products and the one I’m currently testing is their 4 Hydration Serum with Niacinamide; it’s a very thick serum which is lovely for layering on dry or dehydrated skin (especially in winter), and immediately makes your face feel soft and smooth. All the lipids and oils are derived from Nordic plants, and that combined with the Niacinamide helps strengthen the skin barrier to reduce wrinkles, improve the appearance of enlarged pores, and soften texture.
Niacinamide has also been linked to helping acne, by clearing up inflammation and reducing sebum, and also lightening pigmentation. As it is a form of Vitamin B3, it’s a great option to fight acne and keep your skin clear – it is quite a high price tag though, so before I fully recommend it, I’ll give it some further testing, but so far I love how soft my skin looks and the quick yet calm replenishing of inflamed areas.
When my skin first felt those signs of dehydration, I went straight to Pai as I’m a huge follower of theirs and have loved the results of their blemish serum. They had recently launched a hydrating serum, and from what I’m currently testing this is probably one I’ve been using the longest and most – before Verso, I was using Pai’s Back To Life serum twice a day, one pump patted in, and my skin felt so much brighter but also replenished. It really is like a glass of water for your skin!
They do recommend 3-4 pumps for very dry to dehydrated skin, but one does enough for me so far (although my makeup still doesn’t sit fully still so might add another pump in the mornings) and my cheeks especially feels hydrated again.
I could go on about my love for Pai, but I definitely think that if you only ever feel dry in winter or after experiencing damage in the sun, then this will help bring moisture back to your skin in a very calming and nourishing manner, and my Brighton skin is looking happier for it!
I received Elemis‘ most recent launch a while ago, so this is definitely a delayed mention! Like I said, I’m quite dedicated to my usual routines and products and haven’t used a night cream for the last few months as my oil is usually enough. I do use my Pai cream once in a while but there are always added benefits in night creams that I’m most likely missing out on.
Elemis’ Superfood range is their first vegan line (the company has also clarified as being cruelty-free) and focuses on pre-biotic and nutrient dense skincare, with the Night Cream being aimed at feeding skin overnight with quinoa, almond milk, and black seed oil.
Out of all the products, this is the one I’ve used the least so cannot give a fully formed opinion (the product page however provides a lot of promise) but it does make my skin feel soft and moisture locked in overnight which is great as sometimes by morning, creams and oils no longer feel ‘there’ and your skin a bit bleh still – will keep you updated!
Finally for skincare-ish I’m currently testing is the NYK1 Lash Force Growth Serum, a little booster to make your lashes and brows grow thicker, denser, and stronger in 5 weeks. I’ve been equally dubious and intrigued by growth serums for a while and decided to test this one as it’s cruelty-free and vegan, and I have to admit that after 2 weeks I’ve noticed patchy areas become fuller and a lot thicker – I’m an eyebrow puller, any loose ones will come out and it doesn’t help especially after years of over-plucking, so this is a huge win.
I’ve been using it on both my brows and lashes, and was cautious at first to apply it near my eyes as it’s probably the worst place to irritate, but I did a patch test, gave it a few days on my brows, and then used it on my upper and lower lashes.
I haven’t had any major irritation, but I have noticed an almost stye-like lump/tenderness on my upper lashline which I’m thinking has been caused by either excess product clogging the ducts or just being there at all, so I have given it a little break UPDATE I have since started using the product on my lashes again, and think the lump was from a clogged pore from make-up so no issue with the product!
Also my lashes are looking WOW – you do of course need to give it 5 weeks to see a major difference, so I’ll try again once it’s cleared out my system a little, but my brows which are the main cause for improvement are really looking great! Finally my thick brows are coming back!
Last but not least, this Kiko Green Me launch is the latest in my currently testing pile. Their new range called Green Me focuses on products made with the highest amounts of natural ingredients possible (the press release detailed individually the amounts, and was also printed on recyclable paper embedded with seeds!) and features quite a few vegan friendly products too!
I’ve been more interested in their makeup launches and the Mineral Bronzer Loose Powder gives me all the Mary Kate and Ashley 00’s vibes I could dream of (and makes me want a tan). It’s a very lightweight fine powder, quite bronzey-orange, and is infused with goji berry oils for added protective properties. I would say it’s buildable but still needs a light hand, but my big love comes from the fact it has a minimal environmental impact and has been very conscious it it’s packaging which is a very big gripe for a lot of us!
And there we have it – 5 more products to make my way through and see how they perform! I’ve got high hopes, and also hopes for that nice tan too come warmer weather so here’s hoping 😉 Let me know what you’re currently testing, and what you think of the products above too, and hopefully they’ll be good enough to pop up again on the blog soon…