Don't get me wrong, I love REN, but I initially I really wasn't wowed when I found out which products were up for grabs in November's edition of InStyle, not like me at all. In fact if it wasn't for my intrinsic love for the monthy mag I probably wouldn't have taken a second look at the freebies on offer. Whilst I adore REN as a brand, their day creams have never been liked enough to qualify for repurchase and cleansing milks definitely aren't my thing. The magazine did sneak its way into my shopping trolley though so I decided to make the most of it, break out of my skincare comfort zone and give the (reasonably large) sample size products a fair shot in my daily routine...
Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk - despite once being held as one of my most lusted-after REN products, this was actually the miniature marvel that I was least excited to get my mitts on. My love of cleansing balms and oils truly reigns supreme, to the point where I haven't even glanced at any other formula in well over a month now - and my skin definitely seems to be thanking me for it. But, all in the name of blogging, I've been giving this option a whirl as part of my evening routine lately. To call it a cleansing 'milk' is a little misleading, much to my surprise (and delight) this is a lot thicker and creamier than I first anticipated, if fact there's really nothing 'milky' about it at all. To use, simply rub the product between your fingertips before massaging it over the skin to cleanse away makeup, dirt and impurities. In terms of it's effectivness as a cleanser, it's pretty good. Nowhere near my HG Take The Day Off Balm (Clinique, you have spoiled me) but pretty good nonetheless. The formula isn't my thing and I'd definitely recommend a double cleanse with this just to make sure you've got everything off, but it's a brilliant little cleanser and it definitely does live up to the promise of feeling gentle and soothing on my sensitive skin.
Repurchase? Probably not, but it was fun while it lasted.
Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel - when it comes to eye creams/gels/lotions, samples and trial sizes are most definitely welcomed. I've spent shameful amounts of cash in the past on formulas that simply don't work, so I was keen to see how this one fared before taking the plunge and purchasing it myself. Described as a 'light and cooling gel', this feels incredibly soothing when applied and it's incredibly moisturising too, a definite plus point for those of us who rely on heavy duty concealers to banish those under eye circles; something that this unsurprisingly doesn't do. Having a pretty bad hereditary dose of the pesky purple things myself, I've resigned myself to the fact that no eye cream out there will actually make a visible difference, so I wish companies would stop making those claims!
Repurchase? Quite possibly, but only for it's refreshing properties/as a mid-day pick me up.
Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream - day creams are something that I seem to have an abundance of - odd considering they're not something I ever pay much attention to. Instead, I'm prone to grabbing whatevers on my dressing table at the time and making do, so I was intrigued to see whether this REN option would change my ways. As well as moisturising and hydrating, one of the key things I look for in a day cream is that it protects my skin - something that this probably does, although admittedly it's one of those claims that is hard to prove. It does hydrate my skin and provide a lovely base for makeup though - plus I can notice a subtle difference to the redness in my bare skin a few minutes after application.
Repurchase? It's pricey for what it is, although I wouldn't hesitate in picking up another bottle when I next run out of day cream (something that probably wont be happening any time soon...)