Up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried any products from Elemis. Does this make me a bad beauty blogger? I feel that it might… I was on Twitter when everyone was ranting and raving about a ‘Today’s Special Value’ offer on QVC for the Elemis Sensational Skin set (either Frangipani Monoi or Sweet Orchid) that contained a variety of Elemis products – bath, body and skincare – for a tiny price of just under £42.00. After a little bit of umm’ing and ahh’ing, I took the plunge and ordered the Frangipani set. Why the hell not, eh? I was actually quite surprised at the genorisity in size of a lot of the products and I got to testing straight away. Since I received the Elemis set, I have been using the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Marine Cream and Apricot Toner religiously and I feel just about ready to share my thoughts with you all.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm:
I adore cleansing balms, I think they are a must have in anyone’s skincare stash. I have since swapped my beloved Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm for Elemis to see how it compares, and to put it through its paces. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is pretty darn good, I must say. It is made of 100% natural oils such as Padina Pavonica, Elderberry Oil, Starflower Oil, Optimega Oil, and Mimosa and Rose Flower waxes to create a gorgeous luxurious feeling balm that dissolves dirt and grime with ease to cleanse deep in to the skin, as well as firming, plumping, hydrating, softening and comforting the skin. It is described as a super cleansing balm and it is pretty super. I only tend to use cleansing balms as a pre-cleanse as they are great at breaking down make up with ease, allowing you to completely remove it altogether afterwards with a cleanser of your choice. I only use cleansing balms in the evening, after a day of wearing make up. The Elemis balm has a very strong scent of natural botanics which I quite like, it smells wonderful. I’m quite wary of products that smell so strongly as I have really sensitive skin but luckily, this balm didn’t break me out and it left my skin feeling pretty fabulous. Will it replace Emma Hardie on my beauty shelf? I’m not so sure just yet, it is definitely up there though so we will see…
Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner:
Elemis’ Soothing Apricot Toner is an incredibly gentle toner which is said to calm the skin and reduce irritation. I can verify those claims quite happily – it is super gentle, gentle enough to use on your eyes which I love, and it does reduce irritation as my skin is normally quite red and it seems relatively calm since using this toner. It contains Sweet Betty Flower which is a natural cleansing and foaming agent, used to replace alcohol which can dry your skin out terribly. I do really like this toner BUT (and this is a big BUT) I cannot stand the scent of it. It is so overpowering that I can wake up in the morning and taste it. How the hell does that even happen? I spray a generous amount on to a cotton pad and ensure that I stay well away from my mouth but no matter what, I can still taste it. Why? I would repurchase this in an instant if it wasn’t so heavily fragranced.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream:
Now this is a pricey one, isn’t it? If I am going to fork out £80.00 on a face cream then you better know that I am expecting miracles. I want angels to sing when I open it. I was pretty excited to get the entire set from QVC for a little over £40.00 just so that I could try this cream alone. I have heard amazing things and read countless rave reviews. Truth be told, I was hoping that I would hate it so that I wouldn’t want to repurchase it when it ran out but no such luck. I really enjoy using this cream – god damn it. My bank balance will hate me but when it comes to skincare, it’s worth the investment if it works. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cream contains Padina Pavonica (also in the cleansing balm) which transforms the skin leaving it feeling soft and supple whilst looking incredibly healthy and radiant. It also promotes cell renewal with the inclusion of collagen. I found that this moisturiser absorbed in to my skin like a dream, leaving it hydrated all day. You only need to use a small amount, as a little really goes a long way to leaving your skin feeling pretty amazing. Oh and it also smells absolutely divine.
Overall, I think my forray in to Elemis has been a pretty good and relatively positive one. Are there any other products from Elemis that I need to try?
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