I mentioned before in this post that I wasn’t blessed with the best of skin.
So it takes lots of effort on my part for my skin to look and feel good.
I have psoriasis which happily comes out to play in times of stress – which is when I least want it!
Add to that balance, the ticking-clock-of time…why oh why do we have to get old?
So as I’m no longer a spring chicken it’s imperative I use the best products that offer my skin the extra help that it needs, both on the moisture and anti-ageing front.
Arbonne have been on my beauty radar for a while. Lots of high-profile make-up artists have said nice things – which of course spikes the interest of this beauty junkie.
I also remember reading a fabulous review on how good the Arbonne primer (this was ages and ages ago) I must confess, until that point, I had never even heard of the brand.
But then, even with reading the good press chitter-chatter, I struggled to find anywhere to buy the product. In the end it all felt too much of an effort so I gave up.
I’m also a ‘try before you buy kinda girl’. So I wasn’t prepared to offer my cash without testing the product first.
I believe the finest endorsement a brand can give their product is to offer free samples.
To me it shows confidence and belief in themselves.
So I stored Arbonne in the ‘one-day’ section of my brain and proceeded to purchase a different primer.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago.
I managed to get my hands on some free samples of the RE9 range from a local Arbonne representative.
The products I trialled were:
- Soothing Facial Cleanser.
- Regenerating Toner.
- Intensive Renewal Serum.
- Corrective Eye Cream.
- Extra Moisture Restorative Day Creme.
- Night Repair Creme.
I also managed to get a sample of that primer too – the one that brought Arbonne to my attention!
Arbonne Anti-Ageing RE9 Advanced
A synergy of 9 major age-defying elements and botanicals creates a powerful system of products clinically shown to start working with 24 hours.
It’s ALWAYS the 24hr promise that drags this sucker in…
What I thought:
Delightful – on my very dry as a bone skin.
You really feel that its taking off the day as you cleanse. I used it in place of my everyday cleanser, but didn’t use it with my Clarisonic. I wanted to see how well it removed my make-up without any extra help.
I love a good cleanser and this one felt soft and nurturing on my very sensitive skin. My make-up come off too!
Now, I have a little confession…I can’t remember the last time I used a toner. Am I on the only one?
But as it was there, I thought I would give it a go.
What I really liked was the sensation on your skin. Its pH-balanced and filled with algae extract and sea buckthorn – which my skin took to straight away.
It didn’t strip my skin or make it hyper-sensitive – which has happened to me several times over the years with other toners and the main reason I stopped using them.
Intensive Renewal Serum:
Serums have been part of my beauty arsenal for a long time. I believe they are especially crucial the older you get.
Ms.May at 21 already uses Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum twice a day. Her skin has improved dramatically!
This one feels like it is doing its job the minute it touches your skin. Again no reaction from my sensitive skin. It also soaks in well, in preparation for the next layer.
A big thumbs up from this serum lover!
Corrective Eye Cream:
We all know that the skin around the eye is ten times thinner than the skin on your face. Right?
Even knowing this: Do I always get my eye cream out? No – Sometimes I just forget and slap on my normal moisturiser or night cream all over my face.
This is a lovely eye crème but I feel my crow’s-feet are a little to deep for me to see any significant difference. That said if you buy this as part of the set – give it a go!
Extra Moisture Restorative Day Creme SPF15
Arbonne offers two levels of moisture cream in the RE9 range. I need the Extra.
Moisturisers are the one area that always lets down a product range in my opinion. Because let’s face it, no two skins are the same. You can have all the anti-ageing benefits in the world added to a product but if the skin is not moisturised correctly, the anti-ageing benefits don’t work in harmony, which in turn changes the overall visual appearance of the skin. It’s a fine balance.
This day cream used in conjunction with the serum kept my moisture levels high, even in a air-conditioned environment.
My make-up also glided on and felt good.
Night Repair Creme
My skin improves noticeably when I’m using a night cream. What I love the most is the heaviness of this product.
Yes, it still has to sink in to your skin, but it also needs to be thick enough to work throughout the night and not dissolve on impact. The most important thing I noticed with using this product was just how supple my skin felt first thing in the morning. Which for me is where a good Night Cream shines through.
Another big thumbs up from me.
So here is what I’m going to do
Because I’m such a sucker for new products, I’m going to be your guinea pig.
I have brought the products myself. They have not been gifted to me. So you can be assured my review will be honest and impartial.
I will start using all the above on Sunday 6th April (pics will be taken with and without my make-up) for one month. After 4 weeks of continued use I will take the more pics and compare the difference.
Whatever the results, good or bad I promise you my full and honest review.
So tell me lovelies, Are any of you using/or have you tried anything from the Arbonne range?
Or, tell me what’s the one skin-care product you just can live without?