WELCOME TO THE MUMMY MAKE-UP PROJECT! I’M FIVE YEARS SHY OF 40 AND AFTER 20 YEARS OF CLUELESS MAKE-UP APPLICATION, 2015 IS THE YEAR OF TURNING DRAB TO FAB. I’M GOING TO FIND THE BEST SKINCARE AND MAKE-UP PRODUCTS, SHARE THEM WITH YOU AND ACTUALLY LEARN HOW TO USE THEM. I WOULD LOVE YOUR ADVICE ALONG THE WAY AS WELL AS YOUR SUPPORT – I’M SURE I’M NOT THE ONLY MUMMY OUT THERE WHO IS COMPLETELY CLUELESS ABOUT MAKE-UP!
Oh I love, love, love serums. They are just the best, most magical wee potions ever. If you’ve never used one expect a light, non-greasy formulation that spreads easily and can be worn underneath make-up. These are usually super concentrated and pack a power punch of luscious goodness for your skin.
I headed into the city a couple of weeks ago to visit The Manuka Doctor Concept Store for the first time. Located downtown Auckland, across the street from the Ferry Building, this is definitely a destination for the skincare conscious. I left with a couple of gifted products to review, and a little more knowledge about the use of bee friendly products in the Manuka Doctor Range.
The ApiRefine Radiance Serum RRP $35.95 (30ml)
First impressions – this was so hard to capture but the lovely, refined texture of the serum has the most amaze opalescent hue, totally what you want in a product that claims an “instant illuminating effect”. It goes on like a charm and a little goes a long way which is what you should expect from these concentrated formulas which can be super expensive per ml.
I have been applying this after moisturising every day. On days when I’m heading out I pop my L’Oréal BB cream on over the top, or most days, when I could care less, I’ve been sporting the serum with a naked face and maybe just some mascara. So, back-up. Did you pay attention there? A naked face! This serum delivers. I have pretty uneven skin tone from years of sun damage and the Radiance Serum worked beautifully to counteract the blotchiness. There are so many wonder ingredients in this stuff (Organic Cactus Extract, Purified Bee Venom, Manuka Honey are just some) I don’t know what’s responsible for what, but, my skin feels and looks brighter, hydrated, dewy and younger.
The serum also provided an excellent non-greasy base for make-up application. It felt good to know that there was a product actually doing my skin some good underneath the camouflage layer! Long term I’m definitely planning to continue using this product. I’ve used bee venom based skincare products for years and I’m totally on board with the statements that it’s clinically proven to refine fine lines and wrinkles.
So, I’m impressed. ApiRefine Radiance Serum is a keeper, plus I’m pretty excited to try more products from the three Manuka Doctor ranges; apiclear, apinourish and apirefine.