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Some might think that the end of September is a little on the early side to start celebrating little luxuries of Christmas ranges and gifting, but you can't escape it. Brands are launching their seasonal sets, advents, and more in the beauty business, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't loving it. They can come earlier if they like! It offends me none!
A week or so ago REN got in touch to alert me of their new Christmas collaboration sets hitting stores for the festive season, tailor made for specific skin types, and adorned with beautiful illustrations by Silken Favours, who are famed for their kitsch, hand drawn prints for scarves, shirts, prints, and more [LINK].
Being a personal fan of REN skincare myself, I was very excited at the offer to try out one of the sets, and within a day or so I was unwrapping it's lusciousness, glowing skin, parrots and all.
The box which I so kindly received in the mail from REN was the aptly named, 'All Is Calm, All Is Bright' set. Inside the beautifully illustrated packaging of dreams sat nestled three vital products for sensitive, potentially grumpy skin, to help people like me out as the harsher winter weather dances up havoc on my epidermis.
Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (15ml) [BUY]
Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (50ml) [BUY]
The thing is, REN products aren't so overly harsh in their attempts to calm you down that they encourage the opposite effects either. Sometimes with more heavier formulas, my skin can react by becoming more greasy in return, however no matter how creamy or rich REN become, my face remains happy.
I'already have stores of the Glycol Lactic Radiance Mask, and Instant Firming Shot, and I'm not only saying it, but they do come out at around this time of the year for me, due to their extremely protective and intensely nourishing qualities.
My skin doesn't always need the kind of attention that these products provide during the summer months, however as soon as the crisper breezes and side rain starts biting at my face, my skin seem to "cringe" with dryness and sensitivity, which the lighter formulas just can't cope with.
You can see from the blobs on the back of my hand here at how varied and specific each product is in terms of formula and it's expected performance.
From left to right, we have the Renewal Mask with it's gel formula which hugs the face without tightening, and has a cooling feel to sooth. Removal of the mask is also simple with a warm cotton pad, and no greasy residue is left behind on soft and glowing skin below.
Evercalm Day Cream then sits centre with it's ultra rich and creamy feel, which to me is almost like a really luxurious greek yogurt! Haha! It's a very stiff, velvety cream which instantly absorbs on massage, relaxes any skin tightness or sensitivity once blended in. If I'm honest with you, I've not tried this before, and I have no idea why!! It screams perfection for what I need in a winter product, and my skin hasn't felt smoother and calmer in the changing climate. I'm very excited to continue putting this to the test when the snow falls. This guy also works harmoniously with a radiance boosting primer prior to makeup. A perfect base.
Lastly the 'Beauty Shot' is a great night serum in my opinion, however of course you can use it in the morning prior to your regular make up routine too.
For me though, my skin much prefers to sleep in serums, and never once has this one failed to have me wake up to bouncy, redness-free skin during the autumn and winter months. The formula instantly absorbs and doesn't leave a film on the skin like some serums do, and for sure, the product does give a sense of gently enhanced firmness to the skin. Repeated use definitely recommended for full effect.
An utterly beautiful selection of tailored products, perfect for skin types which need a little extra loving in the winter. It's full of care and thought, and will be the perfect stocking filler for a friend or family member.
The beautiful packaging design nod from Silken Favours gives that extra special bit of happiness that comes with pretty gift wrapping, and what better collaboration to form between the two?
Other sets will include:
'Rose To The World' | 'Energising Festive Sea' | 'Tis The Season To Feel Rosy' | Merry Little Luxuries | And more!
Are you excited to see more of the REN Christmas Sets? Are you a fan of REN's Skincare range, and if so, which products would you recommend?
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