Saturday, 26 October 2013

REN Skincare - Unboxing My Prize

Hello readers!

As some of you lovely ladies may already know, Instyle (UK) Magazine gave away a free set of REN skincare products free with their November issue this month. Coinciding with this, Instyle also ran a Twitter giveaway offering one lucky winner (i.e. ME!) the chance to win £100 of skincare that would be tailored to their skin! I described my skin as being oily across the T-Zone, normal elsewhere and my main problem is dealing with large pores. Would you like to see what REN sent me?

From left to right we have:

Invisible Pores Detox Mask (£18) - This mask claims to: "...designed to reduce the appearance of pore size and leave the skin purified, smooth and toned." - This sounds perfect for my troublesome pores! I've already used this once and it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. After one use I can't testify to any reduction in pore size but I will keep you posted!

Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water (£13) - This is REN's micellar water offering. I'm looking forward to using this as a make-up remover, I'm trying to use up another make-up remover at the moment but once that's finished I'll be all over this baby! REN describe this as: "A detergent free ‘beauty water’ that will remove everyday make-up. The flower water acts as a cleansing agent and is perfect for those with sensitive skin or prefer to use this around the delicate eye contour."

Vita Mineral Lip Balm (£9) - My new best friend! My lips always flake and dry up badly in the colder months so having this lovely, thick and soothing lip balm has been an absolute godsend!

Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream (£19) - Described as: "A multi-active day cream that replenishes the skin with moisture and vital nutrients. Powerful antioxidants, trace elements and vitamins further protect and energize the skin to keep it looking fit, radiant and youthful." - I haven't tried this yet, as once again I have a moisturiser that I want to try and use up first, but this sounds very promising. My main issue with moisturisers is finding one that doesn't make my face feel like a greaseball and that helps keep the balance of oil in my skin. I have high hopes so again I will keep you posted!

Active 7 Eye Gel (£20) - This was one of the samples that Instyle gave away in the magazine so I have tried this before and was very excited to receive a full-size tube. This is: "A light and cooling gel to treat, revive and brighten the delicate eye area, under or over makeup." This is like Ronseal: does exactly what it says on the tin! My dark circles have been significantly reduced since using this and it's lovely as a pick-me-up when I feel a bit tired.

Rosa Centifolia Foaming Cleanser (£13) - This is described as: "A gentle, detergent free foaming cleanser infused with Rose Extracts that removes grime and make up in one stroke delivering purified, toned skin that feels fresh and revived, without stripping skin of essentials oils." - Again, I have yet to try this as I still have other face washes to use up but I should be able to try this soon. I know a lot of people say a foaming cleanser isn't great for skin but I've never had any problems with them and I find them great for balancing my skin and reducing the oiliness. Looking forward to testing this also!

I am very excited by this box of goodies! Hopefully once I have all the products on the go at once my skin will be amazing! Thank you so much to REN and Instyle and I will post reviews once I've tried everything properly. Please let me know in the comments if you have tried any REN products before and what you recommend!

Toodle-pip for now! :)

Christina xo


  1. Awesome! I love winning stuff too!

    1. I know! Such a good feeling, I've been very, VERY lucky of late with competitions :) xx

  2. Wooooo well done! I've had my eye on the Active 7 eye gel for a while now, sounds like a great all rounder.


    1. Thank you :) it's brilliant, my eyes have been so much brighter and I can imagine it would be very handy in the summer months too for cooling down under the eyes! xx