Archive for the ‘REN’ Category
My fascination with cleansing balms thankfully isn’t getting tiresome. It’s by far my most favourite type of cleanser – quick, easy, effective and a mini facial rolled into one.
When REN sent me their newest cleansing balm in the form of their Rosa Centrifolia Cleansing Balm, I did clap my hands rather excitedly. I could feel it in my waters that this would be a good ‘un.
Some of you may have noticed this cleansing balm was my product of the week on Grazia Beauty recently. I know REN has a sterling reputation for understanding skin care plus their products are free of the nasties so naturally I gravitate towards these factors.Its no-fuss packaging takes a back seat – it would seem REN prides itself on the actual product rather than how fancy it looks in your bathroom cabinet.
Suitable for all skin types, the cleanser is thick in consistency and softly infused with roses, which not only smell wonderful but acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to soothe irritated skin. It emulsifies into a rich milk with warm water and breaks down the particles of make-up which can be rinsed off. My preference is to wipe it off with a warm flannel, which is far more satisfying. Extremely kind and gentle to the skin, it leaves my skin feeling baby soft and glowing, not to mention spotless.
I like the fact it’s in a big tube so you only squeeze out as much as you need and of course it’s more hygienic than dipping your fingers in a pot. It’s also convenient for travelling.
Cost wise you’re looking at shelling out £23 for 100ml – reasonably priced than some of the leading cleansing balms on the market and equally as high performing, if not better. Thank you, REN for putting your heart and soul into creating this cleansing balm – this is going in my top three for sure.
To buy online visit www.renskincare.com.
Face masks come in many forms. The ones I’m familiar with are of the muddy and creamy variety, and usually the results I’m after is impurities being drawn out with the aftermath being left with soft, clean skin.
Mind you, I do a spectacular job of neglecting my facial pampering duties purely down to laziness. I will cleanse, exfoliate and do my routine skin care regime religiously but ignore applying a mask. Every now and then, it would be good of me to indulge in one and well, just chill out.
One such product that only needs 10 minutes is REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It’s a potent bio active exfoliating mask that removes dead skin cells and renews the complexion, improving skin tone and radiance and reducing the appearance of fine lines. It looks like marmalade and smells like it too. Actually extracts of Passion Fruit, Grape, Pineapple and Lemon contribute to its fruitiness.
It’s a sticky looking and feeling face mask and although it says it’s for all skin types except those prone to sensitivity, it sure as hell tingles – well, it’s a peel mask after all. Once time is up, you remove the mask with a damp cloth although I prefer to use a flannel as the cloth enclosed with this product is one of those muslin ones which don’t do anything (for me).
Straight away my skin looked smooth, bright and clear, more awakened in fact and it also felt very soft. A few hours later when I was about to apply make-up, I noticed my face was glowing. To be honest, I hadn’t used this mask for quite some time (several weeks, in fact – eek!) so to get immediate results is pretty remarkable. I didn’t suffer any adverse effects, blotchiness or get any kind of other reaction, but if you are super sensitive then I would avoid this at-home-peel mask. If anything, the irritation may be too much to bear.
It’s advised to use this once a week and I can see why because of the glycolic acid ingredient. My knowledge and experience of using glycolic acid isn’t great because up until now, I’ve never tried it (or any such chemical peel mask) but I know it’s something you ought to use carefully because it can feel quite harsh on the skin. Having said that, this is a paraben-free formula, also void of other nasties.
The mask comes with a pump so you only use as much as you need and you can see how much is left. At £30 for 50ml it’s much cheaper than going for a salon facial and it will last weeks. I’ve probably used this four times and still have two-thirds remaining.
This is my first experience with a REN skin care and I can’t say I’m disappointed but I don’t think it’s for everyone so approach with caution. If you’re a fan, do let me know what other REN skin care goodies you’d recommend.
On Tuesday night I had a preview of Marks & Spencer’s new beauty collections for this year’s spring/summer at the newly reopened Cafe Royal in London. It has to be said the restored and transformed grade 1 listing building is breathtaking.
I was thrilled to see so many recognised brands under their wing – Tara Smith, REN, H20 Spa, Glam Glow as well as their signature collections from Autograph.
Make-up is pink and warm peachy tones with bronze-gold shimmers and one product that caught everyone’s attention was Autograph’s eyeshadow palette, which looks very similar to the Naked palette but at more than half the price (£12).
M&S’s Beauty Hall is wonderfully innovative and welcoming, and they have certainly raised the bar with handpicking some pretty lovely things and making them more accessible to a wider audience. It looks like I’ll have to make a stop at my nearest M&S Beauty Hall now…
Meanwhile I thought I’d include some snap shots from the evening with cookie decorating among the highlights.
What do you think of M&S’s Beauty Hall?