The Mixstress Workshop | Face Mist Elixir

Most people think face mists are pointless but they’re one of those products that I just can’t get by without. They brighten up my complexion, fix make-up disasters when I’ve applied too much, give me much needed moisture when I’m flying and help to achieve a dewy complexion but so many of the face mists in the market are just far too expensive when I know that I can mix up one for myself. I love the Caudalie Beauty Beauty Elixir but, alcohol is second in the ingredients list and I try my hardest to not use products with alcohol as I find them drying.

The full ingredients list in the Caudalie Beauty Elixir:

Water, alcohol, bitter orange flower water, glycerin, rosemary leaf oil, potassium alum, peppermint oil, orange flower oil, commiphora myrrha extract, styrax benzoin resin extract, balm mint leaf oil, rosa damascena flower oil, grape extract, citral, citronellol, farnesol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.

This face mist is inspired by the Caudalie Beauty Elxir but without the alcohol. The two main ingredients are rose water straight from Morocco which I get from Sheabutter Cottage, a great British brand and I get the orange water from Naturally Thinking which is another British brand where I get many of my supplies from.


A spritz bottle

1/2 a bottle of rose water

1/2 a bottle of orange water

2 drops of peppermint essential oil

3 drops of sweet orange essential oil

3 drops of lavender essential oil


Pour both the rose water and orange water into the spritz bottle.

Carefully add the drops of essential oil to the water.

To make sure the essential oils and water mix well, shake it. They may separate from time to time so do this again.

Double Cleansing With Antipodes!

Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser

Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser

Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser

I couldn’t talk about my love for double cleansing enough! There are those days where your skin just feels so grimy that you need a thorough cleanse but not quite as deep as a facial and that’s where double cleansing comes in handy!

Antipodes is a brand that I just discovered but has had a pretty big impact on my skin in the short time that I’ve been using it. The Aura Manuka Honey Mask is my Product of the Month because it’s just totally transformed my skin and so have the Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser and Grapeseed Butter Cleanser which I’ve been double cleansing with.

I start off with massaging the Grapeseed Butter Cleanser into my skin which Antipodes founder Elizabeth Barbalich personally gifted to me with harekeke, cacao butter and hibiscus flower. I drink a lot of hibiscus tea but I’ve never come across hibiscus in a skincare product so I was definitely intrigued to try it. Other ingredients in the cleanser include coconut oil,  lavender oil, blue chamomile, olive oil and shea butter. It’s a wonderful concoction of fabulous ingredients and it removes all the muck on my skin. When I’m not double cleansing and just using it daily, Elizabeth suggested I use it in the morning. I’ve never thought of using a cleansing butter in the morning as I believed my skin wouldn’t need it as much as in comparison to the evening but my muslin cloth takes away all the dirt which left me surprised the first time I tried it!

When I’m done with the Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, I won’t remove it with a muslin cloth like I do in the morning but instead I just massage even further with the Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser. This is my evening cleanser and it’s just perfect. It removes make-up, cleanses my skin and leaves it clean but never dry. The ingredients in this amazing cleanser are Manuka honey, kiwifruit, avocado oil, hibiscus flower and an anti-ageing compound called Vinzana Performance Plus which is packed with Sauvignon Blanc grape and kiwi seeds which is supposed to decrease melanin production and help with freckling and pigmentation. The smell is just absolutely divine; a sweet smelling mix of apples and grapes which just makes me look forward to using it at the end of the day.

This is what I’ll do once a week and if I do an DIY facial, I’ll follow it up with the Aura Manuka Honey Mask or a mask I’ll mix myself with yoghurt, Bentonite clay and a spoon of honey. The next morning, the results are so clear to see. My skin’s clearer, smoother and most definitely brighter!

What do you ladies double cleanse with?

Product of the Month | Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

It’s not very often that I’ll give a product the title of being my product of the month just a week after using it but, the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask* is well and truly deserving of the title.

Antipodes is a New Zealand based brand and I attended their UK launch to meet the founder of Antipodes, Elizabeth Barbalich and have a sneak peek at what they have to offer to us Brits. I sat down with Elizabeth to have a chat with her about Antipodes and whether she could recommend me any particular products for my skin concerns and she immediately offered me the face mask to try. She also gave me a routine to try out and it’s been wonderful so far. Elizabeth has a background in science therefore I can most definitely trust her judgement. She recommended me to use the mask by slathering it all over my face as though I’m icing a cake, leaving it on for 15 minutes then washing it off and apply no moisturiser, serum, nada. Just go to bed.

With regards to the condition of my skin, the last time I updated you, my skin was terrible. I’ve been having a cystic breakout across my chin for almost 2 months now and although it’s hormonal acne, the mask has helped my skin tremendously. I honestly have never come across a product that’s helped my skin so much. The first time I tried it, I had a few very painful cystic bumps and a few others that had some to a head. The next morning, those that had come to a head dried out and the ones that were taking ages to form, finally came to a head. No one product has been able to do that for my skin. None!

The mask claims to deeply cleanse the skin, soothe and hydrate with Manuka honey, draw moisture to the skin with ruby red pohutukawa bloom which is one of ‘natures finest antioxidants’. The mask also contains vanilla pod and mandarin, and they make the mask smell absolutely divine. Manuka honey has been quite a craze lately and every brand is jumping on the bandwagon to include manuka honey in their products but, this mask is full of the stuff:

Aqua (water), Leptospermum scoparium mel (manuka honey), Persea gratissima (avocado oil), Glycerine (vegetable), Cetearyl alcohol, Stearic acid (coconut derived), Glycerol stearate (coconut derived), Tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E), Vanilla planifolia (vanilla oil), Citrus reticulate (mandarin oil), Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Daucus carota sativa (carrot oil), Pohutuakawa (metrosideros excelsa) extract, Citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract), Iodopropynyl butylcarbarnate.

The Manuka comes just second in the ingredients list. Second!! Most products have Manuka extract or it comes way further down in the list but if it comes second in the list to water, then it’s loaded with Manuka honey therefore making it a treat for blemishes and acne prone skin as it’s the most anti-bacterial honey around.

Now every time I try the mask I’m so eager to run to the mirror first thing in the morning to see what my skin looks like now!


Your Skincare Routine Debunked PT3 | Serums

Serums which are meant to worn under moisturiser are meant to add a little ‘something’ to your skin. Depending on what you’re going for, you can find serums to help with concerns like aging (though I don’t really see aging to be a problem), acne, dull skin and uneven skin tone. A few fantastic serums that come to mind are Saaf’s Organic Ultimate Moisture Face Serum for dry, prematurely aged and sun damaged skin rich in rosehip and pomegranate seed, ylang ylang, geranium and safflower, Saaf’s Organic Complexion Boosting Serum has worked very well on my blemished complexion, Olay’s Regenerist Night Resurfacing Exlir is one of those serums that help with a tonne of things and even acne according to Huda Beauty. For a serum that’ll brighten your complexion, PHB’s Awaken & Revive Advanced Serum containing Hyaluronic acid, vital AHA’s and kiwi, apple, grape and strawberry extracts is great and it feels like a proper serum that just absorbs into the skin so well.

You need to be careful when approaching serums however. Some of them are potent in ingredients that’ll help to better your skin but precaution is best with some ingredients, AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid) in particular. They work to help with a plethora of things but, they increase your skins sensitivity to the sun therefore it’s imperative you wear a sunscreen which is SPF 15 or higher. Most serums containing AHA’s are for evening use as it’s not recommended to use them when exposing your skin to the sun however, the AHA’s in PHB’s Awaken & Revive Advanced Serum are derived from fruit and it also contains organic jojoba which has a natural SPF level of 10 so it’s okay to use it in the sun but I’d personally recommend you use separate sun protection.

One of the most common questions is whether it’s possible to use more than one serum at a time. One serum may be for anti-aging, the other for hyperpigmentation and you just want to reap benefits from both. I tweeted Renee Rouleau, skincare expert whether this is possible and she confirmed that you can layer your serums. My sister uses two serums, one with AHA’s and then she’ll wear an oil serum on top. Some serums recommend that you only use that particular serum so if that’s the case, then obey that rule but if otherwise then you’re free to layer it up!

Serums tend to be more concentrated in ‘active’ ingredients than moisturisers and they will also penetrate the skin better than a moisturiser would. That doesn’t mean that you should ditch the moisturiser altogether however. The serums I’ve come across have barely ever kept my skin moisturised with the exception of a few like the Saaf Organic Complexion Boosting Serum. What I’ve found with serums is that they might not be moisturising, but once you incorporate them into your skincare routine, you do notice a difference depending on what you’re using it for. If you team an anti-aging serum with an anti-aging cream, it’s likely that you get twice the action than with a cream alone!

Do you use serums? Which one have you found to work well on your skin?


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