Review | REN Clean Skin Freebies

Magazines are really bringin' it when it comes to free gifts lately aren't they?! Being the skincare obsessive I am I'm ashamed to say that I've never made a single purchase from REN, so when the chance came to try out three (yes, THREE) of their most raved about products for the cost of a magazine I just couldn't resist. 'Red' isn't a mag that I've picked up previously but I've actually really enjoyed giving it a go - even if half of the products inside made my purse strings yelp with fright! Either way, I thought I'd give you a run through of what I thought if each product and whether the full size versions have made it onto my ever growing skincare shopping list.

Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel - I'm a big believer in double cleansing and I find it's best to use this is as the first step in my routine, massaging it into dry skin and allowing it to dissolve most of the makeup on my face (personally I don't use this around my eye area but I see no reason why you couldn't). The first time I used this I was astounded by how soft and smooth it made my skin feel immediately after I'd rinsed it off. Like all skincare from REN this is incredibly gentle; something which made me initially reluctant to expect great results. In terms of makeup removal however it works just as well as any other cleansers I've used and doesn't leave behind any redness or irritation on my sensitive skin. A gel-like formula that's completely clear in colour, this is invisible on the skin when applied and you'd be forgiven for feeling as though it's not doing much to benefit you, but it dissolves even the most transfer proof foundations and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. 
Will I be buying? Yes, absolutely! I'm really impressed with this stuff and was shocked to find that it retails for just £17. I still haven't used all of my sample so I can see the full size lasting me forever!

Vita-Mineral Day Cream - another rose scented product; this time in a rich, white moisturiser. I apply a thin layer of this after cleansing in the morning and allow a few minutes for it to sink in before I apply anything on top. 99% of my skin is left feeling hydrated, although it doesn't make a huge difference to the particularly dry areas (it's aimed at normal skin though so I really wouldn't expect it to!) For the majority of my face it's fine at keeping everything looking healthy and energised through the day. It smells lovely and is really calming on my skin first thing in the morning - I'd been using Neal's Yard Power Berry moisturiser before this and you really can notice the difference! I really would recommend this if you have oily/normal skin - for such a rich moisturiser it sinks in super quickly and my makeup sits incredibly well on top.
Will I be buying? Yes, for those days when my skin doesn't need quite as much of a moisture boost. For bad skin days I'll be looking into REN's Ultra Moisture Day Cream, which is aimed towards those with dry skin.

Frankincense Night Cream - being the most expensive of the three products, this was unsurprisingly the smallest sample in the kit. With a miniscule 3ml of product I wasn't expecting to be using this for more than two or three evenings, but I actually found it lasted me surprisingly well and I didn't run dry of the stuff for a good week or so after I opened it. Night cream is one of those products that I truly believe it's worth splurging on, but if I'm honest I was left feeling a little disappointed with this. I've been using Benefit's 'Total Moisture' at night and I've fallen head over heels for it so maybe that's clouded my judgement slightly! Either way, I don't feel that this is particularly hydrating and I haven't noticed any real difference in my skin since using it. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad but it's not great either and I feel as though I should be getting more for such a high price tag. It could be that I haven't tried it for long enough, that I'm not using it correctly or that my skin just doesn't suit it; I just don't feel as though it's for me.
Will I be buying? Not this time, although I may look into getting my hands on another sample so that I can try the product for a little longer. I don't feel like I had enough time to really make up my mind!

This issue of Red magazine is still available in the UK so I'd definitely recommend picking up a copy if you haven't already. Let me know if you have any recommendations for REN products I should be using!

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