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Friday, 28 August 2015

ESPA Skincare Goodies

At the recent Southampton Bloggers' Meet-Up (you can read my post on the day here), us bloggers were lucky enough to have a mini one-to-one consultation with an ESPA Skincare consultant. We had a little discussion about our skin types, and what our main concerns were, and then we were gifted a little bag filled with some samples of the ESPA skincare, tailored to our skin type. I have got combination skin - with some very dry areas, but an oily T-zone - so I was recommended the Balanced Skin Collection.
Our lovely gift from ESPA - a sample collection & a facial voucher!
Our lovely gift from ESPA - a sample collection & a facial voucher!
Now, we all know I'm a bit of a skincare novice, but at 21, I figured now was as good a time as any to try out some different ranges and maybe find something I really loved. So, I dove straight in to this bag of goodies. The bag itself is stunning, and something I'll definitely keep hold of, and the contents were equally as good. The collection consisted of the Hydrating Cleansing Milk, the Balancing Herbal Spafresh, the Optimal Skin ProSerum, the 24-Hour Balancing Moisturiser, and the 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser.
I really like the inclusion of these cards to really breakdown the process for me. As I've said, I'm a bit of a skincare newbie, and often get confused as to what products are supposed to do and what order to use them in. Although to many this might be second nature, I need a step-by-step guide until I get confident with what I'm doing, so I followed it to the letter.
First step is to prepare your skin, using the cleansing milk and the toner. ESPA describe the Hydrating Cleansing Milk as "an effective yet gentle cleanser to help soothe, calm and hydrate". While this smelt delicious and glided over the skin beautifully, I do think I prefer something a little thicker - I had been using a Clarins cleanser that was quite thick prior to this, and I think that's something I prefer. The Balancing Herbal Spafresh was something I really enjoyed though. This is "an aromatic, natural facial toner" featuring peppermint, Witch Hazel and elderflower to help refresh, decongest and protect the skin. This smelt so good, and I really liked how it felt on my skin.
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Step two - treat. This was my favourite step. I'd always been quite sceptical about serums, especially oily ones like the Optimal Skin ProSerum because of my oily skin. I was always of the attitude that if I already have oily skin, why would I put extra oil on my face? People saying that adding an oil into my routine just didn't make any sense to me. But, when I decided I was going to give this ESPA collection a go, I thought I would try it all, as the cards suggested. And boy was I glad I did! Enriched with Omegas 3 and 6, and Vitamins A and E, and natural extracts of Turmeric, White Lupin and Sunflower, this serum is intended to brighten and even skin tone, enhance elasticity, firm and protect against premature ageing - all things that I would like to tackle when it comes to my skin. As well as these benefits and great natural ingredients, the serum smells amazing and isn't too greasy feeling at all. This is definitely something I would consider picking up in the future.
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Step three is to moisturise. The 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser comes first. This is billed as "a nourishing eye cream to ease dark circles and diminish fine lines". Hands up - who's concerned about dark circles and fine lines? I certainly am - and this eye cream seems to tick all of my boxes. Obviously, I haven't been using it long enough to be able to say categorically whether my dark circles have been eased, but for the time being, it feels nice. The 24-Hour Balancing Moisturiser is intended to soften, calm and clarify your skin, and it did feel very nice going on. The moisturiser features white thyme, lavender and chamomile, as well as lemon and Irish Moss, but the thing I couldn't get past is the smell of the moisturiser. The smell of the thyme is, in my opinion, quite overpowering, and it wasn't something I was particularly fond of.
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Overall, I really appreciated the opportunity to try some skincare products that I previously had not considered. Skincare is one of those very personal things, with different people preferring different products - just because something didn't sit nicely with me, doesn't mean it wouldn't work for you, so these are just my personal feelings about the items. I loved the serum and the eye cream, and definitely might have to pick these up.
Thank you to ESPA for attending the #sotonmeetup, and treating us bloggers to the sample kits and the complimentary treatment vouchers - I cannot wait to pop into my local John Lewis and see what other treats ESPA have on offer.
Have you tried any ESPA skincare?
Until next time,

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