Thursday, 12 November 2009
Emma Hardie skincare review
Cleanser - this is one of the waxy balm cleansers of the Eve Lom/Saaf type, but what's unusual about the Emma Hardie is that it emulsifies with water. I was a bit nervous when I read this, because the last emulsifying balm I tried was the REN, and that was horrid. The Emma Hardie is much better; it doesn't leave a film on the skin when removed with the cloth (or just a normal muslin) and I haven't experienced any clogged pores. It also smells gorgeous; it smells like the old Bharti Vyas balm cleanser; a clean jasmine scent. I like the addition of moringa seed oil, which is purifying, and I find it removes every last scrap of eye make up. I wouldn't say it's better than the Saaf that I love, but it's as good. The base, for those wondering, is a grapeseed/almond oil mix.
Exfoliating Seeds - these are crushed rosehip seeds with an essential oil blend that you add to the cleanser once a week to exfoliate. You do need to be careful not to scrub too hard; natural doesn't automatically mean gentle, as I found out the first time I used these! I do like these very much though - again, these remind me a bit of the Bharti Vyas exfoliator.
Eye Serum - I have the same problem with this that I have with the Nude Eye Complex - it takes an age to sink it. I do find it sufficiently moisturising, but I wouldn't buy the full size instead of the other eye creams in my current rotation.
Moisturiser - this is a nice light-textured but very hydrating moisturiser. It left my skin comfortable, even in the cold weather, without feeling greasy. It has a slightly strange (to me) almost herbal-minty smell. I wouldn't say that this amazed me, but it's a pleasant and effective moisturiser.
In summary, this is a nice skincare line, and the try-me kit is a great way to try out all the products in the line before committing to full sizes. The only thing I think I'd purchase in the full size at the moment is the cleanser and exfoliator kit.
Emma Hardie skincare is available at SpaceNK, and the starter kit costs £30.