Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Introducing A New Skincare Brand | Bielenda

Bielenda skincare products for combination skin

I'm always telling you how much I love skincare products and so it should come as no surprise to you that's exactly what I'm going to be talking about today. Back in July I received an email asking if I would like to try some skincare samples and I would have been off my rocker to say no. I have a weakness when it comes to skincare after all. I wasn't really sure what these products were going to be like as I've never heard anything about the brand before but I was pleasantly surprised by them. From an exfoliating cleanser to a moisturising mask here's what I've been putting on my mug for the past few months.

Bielenda Cucumber & Lime 3 in 1 Wash Gel* - The Bielenda 3 in 1 face wash is a cosmopolitan 2010 Beauty award winning product and it's easy to see why. This is a 3 in 1 product meaning that you can use it as a cleanser, scrub or serum. But I only used it two ways - scrub and cleanser. It has a gel like consistency and contains small granules which gently exfoliate the skin. My skin is quite sensitive so sometimes the granules in exfoliators can irritate my skin leaving it red but I didn't have that problem at all. Yay for that! I always remove my makeup with micellar water before I cleanse but I always seem to miss bits and with some cleansers I'm still left with makeup on my cotton pad after toning but not with this. Every trace of makeup is gone like it should be! It also washes off really easily compared to other scrub cleansers I've used. I've said it before but I'll say it again, I hate having annoying granule remains after I've washed off the cleanser! Bane of my life but I'm so glad that this wasn't an issue. My skin felt and looked a lot cleaner since adding this to my routine and it was also smoother making makeup application easier. It contains vitamin E so it didn't dry out my skin in the slightest and it also contains salicylic acid helping to fight against breakouts.
Price wise we're talking €5.60 so it's really affordable and I'd even go as far as saying that it's as good as the Origins Ginzeng Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (more on that in a few weeks). Great value for money.

Cucumber & Lime Mattifying Tonic* - This toner has a lovely fresh cucumber & lime scent which was really refreshing on the skin. It's been heavenly to use on early mornings. The scent kind of reminds me of the Garnier Fresh essentials range but I think I prefer this one to be honest as the Bielenda range smells a lot more natural and fresh whereas the Garnier range smells quite artificial and perfume-like. As well as smelling lovely, this toner was also so hydrating, I normally experience a little bit of tightness after toning but this actually left my skin feeling incredibly hydrated but yet it still dried up white heads too. Incredible. The price for this one is €5.50.

Cherry lip balm
Cherry lip balm review

'Sensual Cherry' Lip Butter* - This was probably my least favourite of the bunch. As a girl who suffers from dry lips all year long no matter what the weather outside is like, a lip balm is always a necessity so I was excited to try it. It provided instant moisture rather than deeply nourishing my lips. It tastes yum and has a lovely sweet - without being overbearingly sweet - cherry scent. It's very pigmented so it's not one of those 'slick on and go without having to worry about how it looks' kind of lip balms. I'm more of a clear lip balm kind of gal to be honest. I like to take the lazy route. Ha! It has a thin, buttery formula that's quite slippery so it makes applying it a little messy. It does make my lips soft and smooth and adds a lovely bit of colour but I just wish it was a little more nourishing. That one costs €2.99.

Cucumber & Lime Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Cucumber & Lime Deep Cleansing Face Mask* - Ingredients include green clay to draw out impurities and toxins from the skin, vitamin B3 for exfoliation and salicylic acid which also exfoliates helping the skin to fight breakouts. It has a thick creamy consistency that is easy to apply and easy to wash off. I applied a thin layer all over my face and washed it off after 10 minutes. My skin looked a lot cleaner and decongested and it also helped reduce the size of my spots. My skin did feel a little tight afterwards so I followed up with the moisturising mask.........

Hydrating and Moisturising Face Mask Review

Cucumber & Lime Intensively Moisturising Face Mask* - For this one I applied a thin layer and instead of washing it off I let it absorb. This was my first time to use a mask that absorbs (I normally use wash off ones) and so I thought it was going to take ages to absorb but it was surprisingly quick. It sinks into the skin within seconds and I was left with (no exaggeration) baby soft skin. I even spent a few minutes stroking my face it was that soft. I suffer from dry flaky patches quite a lot but after two uses they were no more. It has quite a thin runny consistency so I wasn't expecting it to be that hydrating or moisturising but I was proven wrong. They used the word 'intensively' wisely. I applied it at night before my regular moisturiser twice a week and I got about 7/8 uses out of it which I was shocked by as it's a really small sachet. A little bit truly does go a long way.
Both masks come together in a little sachet and it only costs €2.50 for both! I think that's such good value especially as I got so much use out of the moisturising mask. I would definitely repurchase both of these because they both work so well and leave my skin feeling amazing.

Overall I'm a huge fan of the cleanser, toner and the two masks and would definitely purchase them. The lip butter wasn't really for me but if you're into tinted lip balms then you might just like it. Packaging wise, there not the prettiest so they didn't see much of my dressing table but it's what's on the inside that counts and I can safely say that they were great quality, didn't irritate my skin, gave some lovely results and they're super affordable too. They can be purchased from Primaverabeauty.ie.


Do you like the look of these products? What skincare products have you been using recently? I'm always open to suggestions when it comes to skincare ;-)

Love,
Cliona xx


* This post contains PR samples - but my review is 100% honest as always :-)






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  1. Bielenda stuff is really good! Took me a while to realise the writing on some of the packaging was in Polish! Was like "oh wait, I know what it says!" Haha. Might give my granny an order of that lip butter and gel wash!

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    1. I completely agree! Their products are great! Thanks for reading xx

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  2. Oooh new skincare! Shame you didn't think much to the lip butter as it looks scrummy!!
    Im currently loving Soap & Glory and Olay for skincare!
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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    1. Yeah, I mean it was nice, it's just because I suffer from severely dry chapped lips I look for something a bit more nourishing. It definitely smelled and tasted yummy! I love Soap & Glory too! I haven't tried anything from Olay, are they nice? x

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