I subscribe to Samble bar (a great way to try new products and it only costs $25 a month!)
and in my June Glam Pack, I received a trial/travel sized bottle of the Savar Luxury Face Wash. Savar is a New Zealand brand of skincare that is 99% natural, and it is just beautiful. The packaging is sleek in black and white, which I love. And the product inside!!!! The Luxury Face wash is easy to use and smells amazing, one small pump worked onto damp skin was all it took to remove my makeup and refresh my skin. I like how it cleansed with out stripping the skin, and it smells to die for(like L&P, what more could a Kiwi want!), and to make it even better it can double as a shaving gel, so even my hubby will use it.
The main ingredients are;
New Zealand lace bark - soothing, calming and protecting.
Organic cucumber - cooling, hydrating and toning.
Lemon fruit - softening, cleansing and brightening
And at $49 for 180ml is very good value for such a beautiful product. Even better is they do free shipping anywhere in NZ.
Another product from Savar that I now use is the Essential Moisturiser Comb/Oily skin. This is a lovely light moisturiser, that really hydrates and feels great on my skin. It is readily absorbed into the skin and makes a wonderful base when you apply makeup over the top. And having a acne prone skin I do tend to prefer products that hydrate rather than nourish the skin.
The main ingredients in this moisturizer are
New Zealand meadowfoam - non greasy, anti-aging, restoring and replenishing.
Organic camellia - fabulous for hydrating, smoothing and restoring.
Orange blossom - rejuvenates and helps promote smoother skin.
And it's $59 for 100ml. This competes with almost all the salon only products I have ever bought and used and knowing it is 99% natural and good for the skin is a plus.
Now changing your brand of skincare can be expensive and unless you have a real issue with a particular product you are using I would say just do it a product at a time. Unless you really want to go all out. I'm buying a new product every month to replace what ever I have run out of, so the next product I got was a new eye cream.
There is a lot of comments out there on whether you need a separate eye cream or if you can just use your moisturizer. In my opinion I would always go for separate eye cream, they are always designed and tested to be used on the delicate eye tissue, which is a lot thinner than the rest of the skin on your face. Most moisturizers aren't designed to be used on this delicate skin and can be quite heavy, and can contribute to bagginess and circles under the eyes.
The Savar Wonder Lift Eye Cream is a firming anti-aging eye cream that is fragrance free, and can double as a lip cream to help with fine lines around the mouth.
It's lovely and light and a little goes a long way, I find with one small pump I have more than enough cream to go around the eye and a bit for around the lips too.
The main ingredients include;
New Zealand chamomile - soothes sensitive and irritated skin.
Organic bilberry - calms and protects your skin.
Black tea extract - anti-aging and encourages firmness and elasticity.
Now if your like me and like to sample products before buying the full size Savar do trial/travel sizes of individual products and also packs with 5 products in travel size. There are three packs one for comb/oily skin, one for normal/dry and another for all skin types, and at $89 are a great way to get started with a new range or products or as a gift. I'm thinking my mum and mum in law will be getting a box each for Christmas this year, as who doesn't love skincare products as a gift? With each of the trial/travel sized bottles being 30ml this is a really great size for taking away on holiday(can be taken on a plane as carry on) but also getting a good chance to really try a product out.