Sunday, 30 November 2014

#SwitchToWitch - Witch Skincare Review + Giveaway

A photo of Witch skincare products
 
As I've mentioned many a time before, I have quite problematic skin. Annoyingly I don't fit in the usual oily/combination bracket as my skin is more sensitive/dry/dehydrated which drives me crazy as there's not many products aimed at clearly up blemishes for as dry skinned peeps. Luckily there are some pretty effective ingredients out there that I've found to work on my skin, and one recent discovery is witch hazel.
 
I was recently sent a Witch Skincare Kit* to try out and now that I've given them a good ol' test I thought I'd share my thoughts with you. If you're not familiar with the range, all Witch products contain witch hazel which is renowned for being really effective at fighting acne.
 
Firstly, how lovely is the waffle bag and flannel? They are both super soft and I've been keeping all my little bits together in the bag.
 
Now, typically my skin has been pretty good of late but I had an awful cold which rendered my face as dry as the Sahara, and naturally I broke out. To calm things down I reached for the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick* (£2.69). This is a push up stick that you apply to blemishes throughout the day to reduce them, dissolve excess oil and fight bacteria. It stung ever so slightly on application, but I found it really took the angriness down after using a few times a day over a couple of days. I've kept this in my makeup bag to apply throughout the day, and because its clear you can pop it straight on top of your makeup. I've been applying it with a clean finger rather than directly onto my face as it's much more hygienic that way. I'm really impressed with this, and for under £3 you can't really go wrong.
 
For my second cleanse I've been relying on the Witch Hazel Bursting Beads Face Wash* (£3.99). It has green 'bursting beads' which release witch hazel onto the skin. The beads dissolve as soon as you massage the product into your skin so they don't scratch or irritate the skin at all. My skin is really enjoying this, it doesn't leave it feeling tight and dry which so many products do. The texture of my skin has been soft and smooth since I've been using this face wash.
 
I've been using the Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel* (£4.99) in the evenings after cleansing in place of my usual exfoliating toner. The gel is designed to reduce the appearance of blackheads, exfoliate away dead skin and keep pores clear and reduced. I don't suffer from blackheads or large pores but my skin has been a lot less dry and dull looking since I've been using it. It's certainly as affective as AHA based toners which you know I adore.
 
I haven't got too much to say on the Witch Mattifying Moisturiser* (£4.99), as it's aimed at oily and combination skin. I need more moisture than this unfortunately gives, but I have used it a few times on makeup free days and I can vouch that it does mattify skin. If you're more on the oily side this might work better for you than on my dry skin.
 
I'm really quite surprised (and a little bit ashamed) to admit how much I've been enjoying using the Witch Cleansing and Toning Wipes* (£2.99). I have used these pretty much every day since I got them to remove my makeup before doing a proper double cleanse. They don't make my skin feel stripped which a lot of wipes do, and for once I can actually use these on my eyes without them stinging at all. This is actually a revelation as I can't remember the last face wipes I used that didn't sting around my eyes! They remove all my makeup, even mascara, but as we know should never replace a proper cleanse (unless you're feeling really lazy once in a while - come on, we've all been there!).
 
You can view loads of blemish-busting tips over at the #SwitchToWitch website so make sure you check that out.
 
Would you like to try some Witch skincare? I've teamed up with Witch to bring you the chance of winning the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick, Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel and Witch Hazel Bursting Beads Face Wash.
 
All you need to do is enter the below Rafflecopter competition. It's open to the UK only (sorry!), and  will end on 15th December 2014. Witch will send the prize out directly to the lucky winner.
 
Good luck!
 
Laura
 
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