Kosmea Eighth Natural Wonder Facial Revitalising Serum
I have to admit when I first received this, I was pretty skeptical. My main reason? The smell - I couldn't see anyway that my sensitive nose and the strong smell of this serum would get on. It's not a horrible smell, it's just very errrr "natural". Sort of a herbal, rose health shop kinda smell. I was also skeptical because I've been around the natural organic skin care world for a fair while now and I've tried a multitude of things - what I generally find is that they either a)don't really do anything or b)don't really do anything other than make me break out. However, I was pleasently surprised by this serum!
Basically over the last couple of weeks, I've changed my skin care completely - partially because of the weather and partially because it just needed to change. I'm going to do a vlog soon on my morning routine so I won't bore you with the full details but basically I cleanse (sometimes... I'll explain another day), tone, spritz with the A'kin mist, pop this Serum on and then moisturise (apart from at night when I just put the serum on and nothing else) and it's utterly transformed my skin.
Obviously because there's so many variables, I can't say for certain that it's just this serum, but it's definitely good stuff. The first time I used it was at night and I was shocked my how smooth my skin felt in the morning. I've also noticed my skin looking brighter and generally having less flakeyness and redness.
The downsides? Well, the smell for one! I also find the pump on the bottle a little annoying - it's hard to get exactly the right amount out (I always end up with a little too much) and sometimes I end up with (very expensive) serum all over the carpet after it spurts out. I also find the texture of it on my face a little odd - not bad, just weird. It's quite slimey and always makes me think of snails. I guess that's not really a reason to buy it though as it only feels like that for a short while and it's really not that bad!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ out of 5
Will I buy it again? Not sure - a 20ml bottle is £25.0 and a 50ml bottle is £49.99 so it's definitely a big investment - I'll see how my skin copes without it when it runs out and maybe that'll sway me!
Where can you get it from? My Pure
A'kin Pure Rose Hydrating Mist
This is the other thing that has become a daily part of my adapted routine. I imagine some of you are wondering why I don't use this as a toner? In all honesty, it's because I utterly love my toner and I don't think that anything ever leaves my skin feeling quite as clean as that does (It's Origins Perfect World Moisturising Lotion with White Tea in case you're wondering). However, I have been loving this for adding an extra level of hydration to my skin. I don't know why I thought of using toner lots of toner - I just did and it really has been excellent! I use my Origins one on cotton wool to remove dirt and rubbish and then sprtiz with this. It's super gentle, really refeshing and seems to make my moisturiser absorb better.
Saying that, I really don't know if I'd buy this myself - it's kind of nice in an extra treat for my skin kinda way, and it's looovely on super hot days, but really it's nothing that I've not seen done before. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist or Lush's Eau Roma Water are similar and have less air miles (This is an Austrailian product and even contains purified Australian Water according to the bottle). One really great addition that this does have is Aloe Vera which means its probably been helping some of my sore and red bits on my face a fair bit more than other hydrating mists will. Overall, it's good, but it's just not got the wow factor!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ out of 5
Would I buy it again? Maybe, maybe not...
Where can I get it from? My Pure
*Disclaimer* I was sent this products for review purposes