Sunday, 23 October 2016

The new Roger&Gallet Aura Mirabilis skincare review

I always worry about trying out new skincare (on my face) because I have really annoyingly reactive skin. So when Roger & Gallet asked if I'd like to try out a few things from the range, I said yes, praying I wouldn't get a nasty breakout.
I'm happy I did though because it such a lovely range. And how luxe does it all look?! When I opened the package this morning I wasn't expecting to find something quite to pretty (or instagrammable!). I remember the first time I heard about R&G was at an event I went to years ago when I was interning at a magazine, and they had this new fig perfume out and since then, whenever I smell it, it reminds me of really good times. So I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the brand.

You might know them more for their body ranges - like soaps and shower gels, but recently they've started kicking out some really nice skincare - and considering it's a lower-priced brand, it's actually pretty impressive. The newest range I'm showing you here is their first 'face care ritual' - which basically means it's got four products that make up the four-step ritual.

They sent me the Double Extract and the Beauty Vinegar so I've been giving them a try.

The Double Extract (35ml) // £40

*A concentrate made up of 18 different plants and their essences
* Restores you skin's barrier
*Corrects wrinkles and boosts radiance
*Protects against outside aggressors (like pollution)

I'd liken this to a serum. It has a very similar texture, but because they say it's so powerful because of all those plant ingredients, they're calling it an extract. You need to shake the bottle before you use it, and the mixture goes up that little spiral in the middle. Just pour out a drop or two onto your hand and massage it into your face and neck (after cleansing and toning). 

I love the smell of it, it's got a slight botanical scent but not overpowering. It absorbs quickly as well, which means I've been able to use it in the morning before putting make-up on.
Actually, it has been making my foundation look a lot nicer, and go on smoother. Over-all my skin does look brighter. I don't have a problem with wrinkles yet, so I can't say if it helps reduce them - but I can say it has a sort of plumping effect, which is ideal really for young and slightly older skin.

Beauty Vinegar (200ml) // £15

*A mix of distilled plants and fruit vinegar
* A bi-phase formula (the fruit vinegar and plant extract sit on top of a watery emulsion)
*Gets rid of make-up
*Gently removes dead skin cells
*Tightens pores and refreshes skin

Again, they haven't said it's a toner, but it essentially is. Well, it also gets rid of make-up, but it's a little bit more techy than your normal make-up remover. (the fruit acid helps to shed your dead skin cells). You can see in the picture that the mixture splits - and it's like when you mix water an oil (they never blend) - so you just need to shake it up a bit before pouring onto a cotton pad and swiping over your skin.

I really love this - it gets rid of waterproof mascara really quickly. But I think my favourite thing about it is it doesn't leave my skin feeling really dry and tight. I still follow it with moisturiser though as I have flakey skin, and I use this mainly at night to be sure all my make-up is properly off after cleansing.

All in all, I'm really pleased with this duo, and even though the Double Extract is a little bit pricey, it actually does what it says it will - and believe me, I don't say that often.  For the two I've mentioned here or the rest of the ritual, you can find them all here.

Have a lovely Sunday evening beauties!


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