New Skincare on Trial #3

Another month, another selection of new products to share my verdict on! There are some really exciting new brands I've tried recently, as well as the latest releases from some of my favourites. Let's take a look...


Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil* | £32 | This is one of those frustrating products where there's nothing wrong with it per se; it just doesn't really have a place in my routine! It has all of the essential oils in the original cult product, but in a cleansing oil form. This means it really isn't suitable for using around the eye area if you're very sensitive like me; I haven't tried it but can just imagine the burning... This makes it unsuitable for removing my makeup, because I really don't want to then have to use a separate eye makeup remover. However after removing makeup, I like something that's going to get rid of any excess oils, and in the morning I prefer something quite fresh to get rid of and lingering dirt or sweat. It's a nice, moisturising product for dry and mature skin types, but it isn't really for me.
Ingredients include: evening primrose oil, squalene lavender oil

Institut Esthederm Osmoclean Hydra Replenishing Cleansing Milk* | £18 | This cleanser is one of those really great all-rounders. It works both as a morning or second cleanse, massaged into the skin and rinsed off with water, or to remove makeup (on a cotton wool pad). It's a lightweight milk formula that isn't at all heavy or greasy, it's instead very refreshing in its hydration. My skin is soft, smooth and plump when I use this. If there's one drawback it's that it could be tougher on black eye makeup; if you use a waterproof product, you'll still find yourself reaching for something oil-based to make it budge.
Ingredients include: Dicaprylyl Carbonate, algae extract, Carsonine

MonuSkin Cleansing Balm* | £45 | I do want to start by saying that this is a really nice cleansing balm, it's just I've tried so many that the bar is pretty high for me. To me, this is priced with the Emma Hardie one that I love, however in terms of packaging and how the product feels on the skin, that one gives me a much more luxurious experience. This is highly effective at removing makeup, especially when paired with a warm, damp muslin cloth. However, I do feel that it stings my eyes a little, which are quite sensitive. Overall, I just have others that I prefer.
Ingredients include: apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, Vitamin E

Toners & Exfoliators

MonuSkin Micro Exfoliant* | £17.95 | I'm a big fan of this stuff! As the name suggests, this is a cream product that contains tiny, but incredibly effective exfoliation particles. I've been using it 3 times a week, which works for my skin type. It can leave the skin very slightly red for a few seconds after use but it doesn't cause sensitivity for me personally. You just massage it into the skin, concentrating on any problem areas (for me, that's my pores and around the nose). It does a great job of buffing away dead skin cells and over time I do feel my pores have become more refined.
Ingredients include: papaya enzymes, Shea butter, diatomaceous earth

Caudalie Beauty Elixir 20th Anniversary Limited Edition* | £32 | This isn't a totally new to me, but it's a stunning new look for the cult product. It's essentially a refreshing face mist; personally I think the pure grape water is just as nice as a skincare product but this smells really great and is incredibly invigorating. I use it in place as a toner after cleansing and before moisturising, or for a midday refresh (as they also do it in mini form).
Ingredients include: grape, rose myrrhe, rosemary

Caudalie Concentrated Brightening Essence* | £32 | Essences are something I've started incorporating into my skincare routine, replacing a traditional toner. I've been using this every evening after cleansing for the past two months and I feel my skin looks so nice and fresh! It's gentle and even pretty moisturising but I've definitely noticed my skin looking smooth and even since I added this into my routine. It's a great everyday product to improve and maintain the overall quality of your skin and it's also designed to help your skin absorb products (like the matching serum) more effectively.
Ingredients include: glycolic acid, grape, white peony

Moisturisers, Serums, Eye Creams & Night Creams

Monu Brightening Boost* | £29.95 | This is a lovely, brightening, moisturising serum that's perfect for dull, lacklustre and dry skin types. My skin looks fresher and healthier, as well as feeling softer and smoother when I use this and I've definitely noticed a difference over the weeks I've been using it. It's a really nice all-in-one product to breathe a bit of life back into tired skin. The packaging is basic, but I do appreciate the pump because it just makes everything very hygienic and ensures you don't waste any product. I really like that seems to penetrate right into my skin instead of sitting on the surface and only making a superficial, temporary difference.
Ingredients include: hyaluronic microspheres, vitamin C

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum* | £45 | This has to be one of my favourite recent skincare discoveries! It's a milky-texutred, lightweight serum that absorbs really nicely into the skin. I've been using it for over 2 months now and have been so impressed with the results. It just has this amazing ability to even out the skin tone; it not only helps fade any hyper-pigmentation but also stops blemishes marking so badly to begin with. If you suffer with uneven skin tone following tanning or peeling then I also totally recommend this. Overall, it also just helps my skin to look fresh and radiant, especially when paired with the essence. 
Ingredients include: antioxidants, grape fruit extract, palmitic acid

Soap and Glory Bright + Pearly Vitamin C Radiance-Boosting Cocktail* | £14 | I was actually really impressed with this product! Essentially as you pump the serum out, the balls burst and the product is released. It comes out as a lightweight gel serum that's nothing overly tacky. It adds a light, refreshing boost of moisture to the skin and does leave it looking healthier and fresher overall. This is a fantastic bargain if you suffer from dull, tired skin.
Ingredients include: Vitamin C, pomegranate antioxidant, lotus flower

Perricone MD Face-Finishing Moisturiser Tint* | £59 | This is a pretty amazing product to give your skin a perfected look on those 'no makeup' days. The product itself looks like a normal lightweight cream, however as you massage it into the skin, it develops a tint. It contains broad spectrum SPF30, which is fantastic for everyday protection and it just really replenishes my skin. It isn't anything heavy or thick, making it perfect for summer, as it has such a traceless finish. At the same time it's really hydrating, taking care of any dry patches and dehydration lines. All in all, it's definitely pricey but I do really love it!
Ingredients include: titanium dioxide, dimethicone, stearic acid

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser* | £12.99 | I am so, so impressed with this one! I wasn't sure if it was going to be a thick, heavy cream that would just smother my skin and break me out, but it isn't at all! It has a very spreadable texture and you don't need to apply too much. It does exactly what a moisturiser should do; it evens out my skin, ensuring any dry patches are smoothed and my skin is left soft and hydrated. I love the way my makeup applies on top of this and you can even use this as a primer in itself.
Ingredients include: soy protein, aloe vera, shea butter 

Teoxane Advanced Perfecting Shield* | £48 | This is such a great all-in-one product; so often you find moisturisers that throw in SPF as an afterthought, however this spreads its efforts in equal parts. As a moisturiser, it's hydrating but lightweight and substantial without being greasy. It has a very slight tint to it, which disappears to nothing once applied but it does mean you won't have that unpleasant white-cast that takes ages to really rub in. It also does a nice job of evening out the tone of the skin if you're not wearing makeup. I love that it doesn't pill up and makeup applies perfectly on top of it. SPF30 is pretty much my perfect everyday level of protection, which also makes this a product I reach for over and over again.
Ingredients include: hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B6, amino acids 

Masks, Oils & Treatments

Teoxane Radiant Night Peel* | £40 | This product contains 15% AHA, which is one of the highest concentrations I've come across! (If you don't know about how these acid exfoliants work then check out my post here.) This is a night treatment that's both moisturising and intense. I don't find that it irritates my skin but it might not be a one for those who have never tried these kinds of products before. By morning, I find my skin looks healthier, softer, brighter and fresher. The texture is much smoother and over time it has helped to refine my pores. If you're a fan of AHAs then definitely check it out, especially because it is a stronger product so will take the effects to the next level if you feel like your skin is getting a bit used to the likes of Pixi Glow Tonic.
Ingredients include: glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil* | £42.99 | I do feel like for the price, the packaging could feel a little more premium, however the product inside is a winner! This is one of the lightest, least heavy oils I've ever tried; I'd actually even wear this during the day. It does a great job of hydrating and plumping my skin, leaving it nice and soft. This doesn't clog my pores or break me out, making it the perfect product to penetrate into skin that's dehydrated but may suffer with surface shine.
Ingredients include: Moroccan rose oil, almond oil, Vitamin C 

Image Biocelluar Hydrating Recovery Mask* | £9 | For some reason, my skin was looking dull and dehydrated a couple of weeks back and so I decided it was the perfect moment to give this a go! I left it on my skin until it had pretty much dried out, massaged in any excess and then went to sleep. I really feel like it sunk into my skin to give lasting, proper hydration, leaving it softer and improving the overall quality. My makeup went on nicely after use and everything just felt a lot healthier. Frustratingly you can't get this online - however there are quite a lot of stockists of this brand and I've linked their site.
Ingredients include: ginseng, amino acids, antioxidants

Soap & Glory What a Peeling De-Clog Mask* | £4 | In this packet you get two pods of this face mask, which was surprisingly bright pink! It says to apply a thin layer but there's a lot of product in each of them (and the pods aren't re-sealable), so I applied a lot and still wasted some. It essentially sets down to a plastic-y film, at which point you peel it off. I definitely find this to be a bit of a novelty product; although it did reduce surface oil on my skin, I couldn't see much else in the way of skincare benefits and it was just so messy!
Ingredients include: kaolin, Vitamin C, white willow bark

Soap & Glory Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask* | £3.50 | I was definitely more impressed with this moisturising sheet mask (which oddly comes in two pieces). I left this on for a couple of hours, though the mask itself isn't really fabric, so it never fully dries out. I massaged the excess into my skin and then went to bed. Once the product had fully-absorbed by morning, I did notice my skin looked and felt plumper and more hydrated, as well as softer. It is definitely a quick fix as opposed to something that gives lasting hydration, but if your skin is looking a bit tired, it gives a much-needed boost.
Ingredients include: hyaluronic acid, sweet orange essential oil, rose

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Pore-Refining Mask* | £3.50 | For me, this just doesn't work as a sheet mask! The ingredients used are quite astringent, so having this close to my eyes just really stung. I instead wrung out as much product as possible, spread it on my skin and left it to absorb. I did have a bit of a breakout going on at the time, and when I woke up the next morning after using this, I did notice that the spots had considerably cleared up and my skin felt nice and clean.
Ingredients include: white willow bark, tea tree, lavender

Soap & Glory Bright & Beautiful Sheet Mask* | £3.50 | This is another sheet mask, though I found the fit of it really quite rubbish! I had to improvise a bit, but I left this on for 2 hours or so until the material was more or less dry. It doesn't give dramatic results but it does give my skin a refresh and a nice bit of a radiance boost.
Ingredients include: Vitamin C, tea extract, white flower complex

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Eye Mask* | £3.50 | This is a bit of a 'nice but not essential' product - they have a jelly-like texture that sticks to the under-eyes without you having to lie down whilst using them, which is a bonus. It feels cooling however the product it's covered in is more hydrating and moisturising than firming or revitalising.
Ingredients include: cucumber extract, liquorice root extract

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask* | £16 | I feel like this is such a bold claim, but I'm going to make it: this has to be one of my favourite face masks ever! It's a clay mask with charcoal pieces, which give amazing exfoliation to the skin. I apply it in, leave it for 10 minutes (which feels super-invigorating) and then rinse with warm water, making circular motions. It gives my skin a seriously deep cleanse, and leaves it so smooth and glowing. It's amazing for one of those days when your skin is overall just a bit rubbish! If I have one negative, it's that it can get a bit messy in the bathroom sink.
Ingredients include: bamboo charcoal, green tea, tea tree

The Body Shop Facial Mask Brush* | £8 | This is such a handy little tool to have in your bathroom cabinet. Face masks can get a bit messy and this just prevents that by allowing you to apply the product without getting your fingers in the pot. Obviously it's not an essential but for face mask fans, it's worth checking out. It's also very easy to wash and keep clean.

Have you tried any good new skincare products lately?

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Disclosure - products marked * were sent to me for consideration however all opinions remain my own. 

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  1. Sad to hear about KIEHLS's mrc cleansing oil. The MRC itself is my favorite (something I cannot live without) and I was hoping its extension product will be as amazing. Thanks for the honest review, nevertheless.

    Selene Addicted

  2. I like the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil for removing base makeup (it gets every scrap of foundation off) but yeah- it does sting the eyes! I don't mind using a separate eye makeup remover too much (I use waterproof mascara a lot) but I don't know if I'd repurchase.

    Louise | Lipstick & Luxe

    1. Yeah it's one of those annoying things where it just doesn't quite fit into my routine! xx

  3. The Body Shop's Himalayan Charcoal mask is one of my favourites too! It's such a lovely product. Beautiful post!


  4. I LOVE Embryolisse! I keep it in my pro makeup kit because it works for almost everyone.

    Meghan | The Lipstick Philosopher

  5. I'm loving posts like this at the moment, so good to see what people are loving to use. You have now made me remove the soap & glory masks from the wishlist and replace with the Body Shop one, it sounds so so good! I think once im done with the Lush one im using I will be buying that! Oh and I really recommend that you try the Elemental Herbology Cleanser (the orange one) it is so so good, and I think you would like it :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Is that the honey one? I actually have that and really like it :) xx

  6. really want to try the soap and glory masks, I've heard good things :-) and soap and glory have never disappointed me in the past!

    Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

  7. The body shop mask is gorgeous, I use it every Sunday, speaking of which, I better go put it on! It works wonders for oily skin. I'd love to try the soap and glory masks too!

    Lauren x Huggled

  8. I'm definitely on the hunt for some new items to add to my skincare routine. I'll check out recommendations!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

  9. I'm gutted to hear that the Kiehl's cleansing oil was disappointing, it sounded so promising! I'm definitely going to be adding some Caudalie products to my shopping list though. Thanks for the honest reviews! xx


  10. I want to try more Soap and Glory. I love the Caudalie elixir. I’m not sure it does anything for my skin, but the smell and feel are divine.


    1. It's definitely one of those luxury products that's lovely to use but isn't *totally* essential xx

  11. Love Caudalie Products! The brightening essence sounds so lovely and perfect for going into autumn xx


  12. Need to try the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, I've seen so many great reviews about it!


  13. I like beauty elixir and I am keen to get the 20th anniversary one, the packaging looks beautiful. I tried the de-clogging mask and tbh I am not a fan of it, didn't really see any effect apart from reducing the surface oil as you said. Plump miracle moisture mask sounds promising, might give it a try :) x

    Ela BellaWorld

  14. I am so curious about these new Soap and Glory face masks but I think I'll give the bright and beautiful and the Fab Pore Pore-Refining Masks a miss! xx


  15. I had no idea that Caudalie has an essence and Glycolic acid sone of the ingredients! Will check it out.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  16. I came here to find out more about those S&G masks but I am more impressed with your account of their Vit C serum. I love how it looks in the bottle, yes, but I am on the hunt for a new vit c serum so will definitely give this a whirl xxx

    1. It's really lovely - I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is xx

  17. The Caudalie serum sounds great! I've always read very good reviews of Caudalie products in general, so it makes me want to try them out. The Teoxane Radiant Night Peel sounds really interesting too, I wonder if my skin would be okay with that concentration though. I've been using the Glow Tonic for a while so I want to try something a bit different!

    Julia x
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  18. Ooohhhh I must try some caudalie products I've generally read good reviews. It's a shame about the kiehls cleanser!


  19. I love that body shop face mask too! I have a sample of the Caudalie brightening essence and I'm going to have to buy the full size. I love the sound of the Caudalie serum too, i must check that out. I'm also really enjoying the Perricone MD moisturiser and Teoaxane goodies xx


  20. Thank you for your comments - hope these reviews were helpful! xx


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