Wednesday 2 August 2017

Chic Finds | Carol Priest Skin Care + Giveaway

Carol Priest Skincare | Damask Rose Toner
I am a very particular individual when it comes to my skincare regime and I often approach new products with a huge amount of skepticism. Perhaps it stems from me having annoying acne flare-ups throughout my teenage years which continues to linger in adulthood. Though I no longer have big angry breakouts, I will have a couple of small ones on my cheeks and along my jaw line.

I decided to step away from my normal skincare routine and take-up Carol Priest Skin Care's offer on sending me some products for review. Prior to me accepting, I did a little research into the brand as it was completely new to me. They are a family run business in New Zealand and believe in small batch preperation of each product using as many natural botanical ingredients as possible. They are still relatively new to the Canadian market, so do keep your eye out for their skin care line. 

Blue Chamomile Facial Wash Cream ($46 / 3.5 oz) This was my first time using a cream cleanser, so it was a bit of an adjustment for me. To use, spread a dollop of the Blue Chamomile Facial Wash Cream, splash your hands with water and work the cream into a lather on your face. It is recommended to remove the cleanser with a damp cloth, but I splash my face with water before drying it with a dry face towel. 

Carol Priest Skincare | texture of the Blue Chamomile Facial Wash Cream
I have always used high foaming cleansers, so it was very weird using something that does not foam or get sudsy. There are other cream cleansers on the market, but I just never used them, so I reached out to the company to get some more information on why this cream formula. Carol Priest products are non-irritating and suitable for those with sensitive skin. Only cream cleansers are offered as they are devoid of irritable surfactants, the compounds that create the foaming effect. At first it was off-putting because my face did not feel squeaky clean to me. After a month of use, I have become more accustomed to the cream cleanser. 

Lettuce & Jojoba Moisture Lotion ($61 / 100mL) I am all about moisturizing! I literally drench my body in creams every night and always have several different lotions, creams and body butters on my dresser because I refuse to have dry skin. In a fascial moisturizer, I always look for something that is light weight, absorbs into my skin quick; therefore, not leaving my face greasy or sticky. The Lettuce & Jojoba Moisture Lotion met all my criteria. I also found I only needed 3/4 of a pump as it was a very thin consistency.

Carol Priest Skincare | Lettuce & Jojoba Moisture Lotion
Damask Rose Toner ($43 / 100mL) I like how the Damask Roser Toner is packaged with a spray pump as it makes it very easy and quick to use. I honestly avoided toners because I am just far too lazy to add in an extra step of using a cotton pad 5:30 in the morning (yup, that early because I start work at 6:30 am three times a week!). The toner has a very lovely delicate rose scent and in this heat, the spraying the toner on my face was very refreshing. It is a good toner, does not irritate, and most importantly, did not dry my skin out. 

It is really exciting to see Carol Priest joining the natural skin care market in Canada. If you are wanting to try their products, feel free to use the code PNKTL for 15% off your order (expires August 21, 2017). 

More importantly, I am doing a GIVEAWAY! Carol Priest sent me a whole package of goodies to give away to one of my readers. You will receive: 
• Damask Rose Toner (25ML)
• Marshmallow Root Moisture Cream (great for combination skin types) (15g)
• Damask Rose Hand & Body Moisture Cream (15g) 
• lots and lots of samples of their other products

To enter, head over to my instagram @pinktealatte and find the post with the Carol Priest products. To qualify for the giveaway, you need to comment what product you are most excited to try and why. The contest will close August 13, 2017 at 12 PM PST. 


Products received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

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