I used to blog very regularly over on Blogger but since I closed that I really haven’t blogged at all other than to support my instagram account – and I haven’t really posted there either this year as who would be interested in photos of me sitting in the house in my comfies. In short I am a teeny tiny blogger and was absolutely astonished when African Extracts got in touch to ask me to run a giveaway with them. Astonished but delighted of course.
So how it has worked is that they sent me a pack of goodies and offered my readers and followers the chance to win one for themselves – all absolutely free. WHAT??? Yup free. How bonkers is that?
So there were absolutely no strings attached to this – no review required let alone a good review but given that I am running the giveaway I thought I would share my first impressions.
So the first thing I did when I opened the parcel was to make myself a cup of tea – of course I did. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it as I only usually drink Tetleys or Peppermint tea but I wanted to give it a try. This Rooibos tea is grown in only one place in the world, the Cederberg mountain region of South Africa – just like Champagne or Cheddar, if it grows anywhere else it isn’t the real deal. It is packed full of unique antioxidants and minerals which bring proven health benefits by neutralising free radicals, and protecting the skin and body from stress. BUT WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE I HEAR YOU SAY? As I mentioned before I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this tea but it was actually really good. It had a mild refreshing taste with no hint of bitterness and is naturally caffeine-free so is defos one I will be adding into my evening routine.
But on to the skincare, I know that’s why you are reading this. I got quite a few bits, enough for a complete morning and evening routine. African Extracts have more than one range but were kind enough to send me products specifically intended for dry and mature skin.
Morning routine – after cleansing I would go right in with the misting toner. This can be used as a facial spray although I generally prefer to save the product by spritzing it onto a makeup pad and swiping all over my face to remove any residue of my cleanser. I also like to use a misting spray over my makeup during the day just to freshen it (and me) up a little. I am quite the connoisseur by now so you can take my word that this is a good one. It contains the BioActive Rooibos extract that I described above with aloe vera, witch hazel and chamomile amongst other delights and felt like it was brightening and tightening my skin without feeling harsh or drying. I liked it.
The next step in both morning and evening routine from African Extracts was the Triple Action Serum. Again this contains the BioActive Rooibos extract , this time with marine plant extracts, lavender oil, jojoba seed oil, aloe vera, lavender, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, it claims to helps to firm and lift, rehydrate and strengthen the skin’s defences for smooth, velvety soft skin and a youthful radiance. Obviously it is not going to do any of those things overnight but what I can tell you is that it is extremely light, almost a milky texture which makes is easy to apply and quick for your skin to absorb. It feels really lovely too just giving the skin an extra shot of goodness before moving to the final step.
The next stage in any routine are of course the moisturisers and I have both the day and night cream. The day cream is light with a whipped texture that is a pleasure to use. Packed full of all the active ingredients that I already understand are the signature of this brand, its high level of antioxidants are said to reduce the visible signs of ageing and boost the skin against environmental stress.
Did you know night time is when you skin repairs itself? That is why it is super important to use the best quality night cream you can get your hands on. This one contains as well as Rooibos extract, Vitamins A, C and E, and plant complexes with six natural plant extracts that really get to work targeting the visible signs of ageing as soon as you drift off to the land of nod. What I love about this night cream is that despite all the ingredients packed into this little pot, it isn’t heavy or sticky, it really is a pleasure to lose.
So now you know what these product are all about do you fancy winning a whole hamper of them for yourself?
It couldn’t be easier – just go to my Instagram page @imjulieellen and like my give-away post, then comment saying why you’d like to win and tagging someone else you know who might like to get involved. Oh and don’t forget to follow the African Extracts UK Instagram account too.
GOOD LUCK YAWL!!!