It took me a long time to develop my current skincare routine, but after a lot of trial and error I’ve identified some products that seem to work really well for me. My routine has especially improved this year through trying new brands that I’ve had in beauty boxes, but one item that has been a staple of mine for years is my face moisturiser. I currently use Clarins Hydra Matte Lotion for Combination Skin, and whilst I love it I’m open to changing it if something else is better. I’ve tried a few Balance Me items in boxes this year. I loved the Facial Wash in Birchbox’s Limited Edition Skincare box. I didn’t love the Facial Oil in March’s Roccabox, which is still nearly full, and now use on my elbows and hair ends if they look a little dry. I had mixed feelings about the Instant Lift Primer from March’s Birchbox – it gave a nice finish to my makeup but wasn’t as long wearing as other primers I had used. I wonder how this moisturiser from June’s Look Fantastic will measure up. My Look Fantastic booklet says:
“This hydrating face cream is enriched with Neroli Oil, Spruce Knot and Bergamot Oil, to brighten the skin, reduce shine, and give the complexion an even and perfected finish. The result is skin that has a naturally beautiful glow.”
This is a 20ml sample of moisturiser to try, which I think will last me approximately two weeks. Full size, the moisturiser sells in tubes of 50ml bottles for £24.00, and it can be purchased from lookfantastic.com with free delivery. Using the cost of the full size bottle, the moisturiser is £0.48 per ml, meaning my sample costs £9.60.
The moisturiser is packaged in a white upright tube, with a frosted plastic lid. At the top of the front of the tube is the brand and product name in grey writing, and the bottom has a green banner, and the silhouette of a plant. Written on the banner on white text it says it is 99% natural, which ties in nicely with the plant imagery. The back of the tube has lots of grey writing. The ingredients are in the picture above (may need to zoom!) along with the company contact information, and place of manufacture (UK). The back of the tube also has a product description, it says:
“A lightweight yet hydrating moisturiser, rich in anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, designed to smooth, balance and soothe.”
Directions: Apply daily to a cleansed face, neck and décolleté.
I start by squeezing a little moisturiser on to the back of my hand, and I can see that it’s white in colour. The consistency is quite thin for a moisturiser – I was expecting a plumper cream – but it doesn’t seem to be overly runny either. If you’ve ever used a Balance Me product before you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say it has the typical Balance Me fragrance. If you’ve never used a Balance Me product before their products are fragrant, fresh and natural smelling. I wouldn’t describe them as being floral or sweet, but instead woody or even herby I think are better ways to describe the scent. I’m really fond of the Balance Me fragrance, I find it quite different to the majority of beauty products.
I dab the moisturiser on to my forehead, and cheeks and start to spread the cream using my finger. The cream spreads easily, and releases more of that lovely scent as I cover my skin. The cream feels cool, but I can also feel it coating my skin, and I’m not a huge fan of that feeling. I wait five to ten minutes to allow the cream to completely absorb into my skin, and I’m happy to see it does fully absorb. I’m also happy to say the coated feeling on my skin begins to diminish as the cream is absorbed, although my skin is a little tacky afterwards.
This moisturiser does leave my skin hydrated and smells beautiful, but that’s not enough to tempt me to switch. I’m going to stay with my current moisturiser as it costs roughly the same price, but is a lighter formula that is more quickly and easily absorbed. I will finish using this sample though, and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to try it.