Thursday, 29 December 2016

On Trial - Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics

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You know me, I love discovering new brands, and I also love effective skincare. The newest brand in my skincare drawer is Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics which fits the bill perfectly. They're an Irish family run business, with a simple agenda; simple and effective skincare.

The thing that often gets me with skincare is that it can be a bit too technical. Now, I like to get a bit geeky with ingredients every now and then, but more importantly I want to know how to get the best out of a product and I want to see results. Pestle & Mortar have achieved both of these for me over the past month already.

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First up is the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum. I have quite recently learnt the importance of including a serum into my routine, and as my main aim is moisture, this is the ideal pick for me. Perfect for any skin type, this hydrates dull and dry skin; both fixing any existing dehydration, and helping plump up fine lines and wrinkles for juicy and plump skin. Hyaluronic acid is so important to include once you hit the big 30, as it hold 1000 times it's own weight in moisture and ensures your skin remains radiant and healthy. The serum is quite lightweight and watery in texture, so is best used after cleansing and before any other heavier serums and oils.

The product that first piqued my interest and introduced me to the brand via Caroline Hirons was the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil. I've been using retinols for a couple of years now, as again, they are essential once you hit a certain age. Retinols/retinoids or vitamin A is considered to be the only proven anti-ageing skincare ingredient (alongside SPF for prevention). Retinols though can be quite harsh on the skin, often resulting in sensitivity and peeling. As the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil is suspended in oil, much like Sunday Riley's Luna, it is much gentler on the skin, while still being highly effective. It also contains a blend of organic, cold-pressed oils which work to even out the skintone and texture, as well as reducing pore size. The cold-pressed oils contain vitamins A, C E and B, as well as omega 3 and 6, so it's packed with ingredients to help regenerate and protect the skin. It's literally a little miracle worker! At £63 it might not be to everyone's budget, but I honestly think you get what you pay for here and to me it's money well spent.

I think Pestle & Mortar are a brand to keep an eye on - expect great things from them.

Laura

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