Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Winter Series: Korres for Skin, Hair and Lips
Our Winter Series is ongoing and, judging by the feedback we've received, you guys are enjoying it just as much as we are!
Korres is a brand that we all know for their famous Lip Butters. The brand has a lot more to offer, though, and has a wide range of skin and hair care as well as some makeup. We received a few products that the brand thought would be in keeping with this series, and have been putting them through their paces for a few weeks now.
First impressions of the products were definitely good - the packaging of everything is functional, modern and eye-catching, with everything labelled in the brand's native Greek as well as English.
As Korres' roots lie in homeopathy, everything contains natural ingredients and is organic certified. Sounds good so far! And, seeing as Greece is the only country in Europe that is in more dire straits than us, they could do with a bit of support, right!?
Sinéad: I'm somewhat of a magpie when it comes to body butter. I can't abide having dry or rough skin and apply any number of lotions and potions to my body multiple times per day.This Korres Quince Body Butter for Very Dry Skin hasn't been given a moments rest since I got it! It's super thick, super nourishing and smells amazing! I keep it on the shelf beside my sink so that I remember to put it on in the mornings and at night after I brush my teeth.
For such a thick cream, it soaks in remarkably fast and leaves no residue. The scent is really warming and reminds me of Christmas and winter every time I pump the cream out. And that's another wonderful thing about this cream, it's a pump action tube which means its very hygienic and doesn't disperse too much cream - one quick pump covers one lower leg.If you're driven demented with very dry skin then this does exactly what it says on the tin all while warming the cockles of your heart with its comforting scent!
Dee: I tried Korres' Vanilla Plum Body Milk. Vanilla plum isn't a scent that sounded overly appealing to me, but this cream is seriously divine. Although labelled as a 'milk', this cream is definitely thick and gummy in texture. It sinks in well and is definitely one of those creams that noticeably improves skin. I like applying this at night and waking up feeling gloriously smooth - slight exaggeration, but y'know.
It's really nice and the scent has the right amount of spice for winter. A gorgeous product that you can trust to moisturise your skin properly. If I have one gripe with the product, it's that the tube is one of those that you basically have to wrestle with to get product out of after a week or two of use. Worth it, though!
Dee: This next product is a bit of a mouthful - Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Antiwrinkle Treatment.
Quercetin is a phytochemical (oooh, fancy) found in a lot of fruits, which has energising properties and is also often sold as a dietary supplement. To be honest, I haven't a bull's notion what the oak is meant to do!
This cream comes in a few different formulae, and I received the Light Texture lotion to review, which is perfect for my combination skin. Originally I began using this as a night cream and was immediately pleased with the results, as I woke up with fresh, rejuvenated skin each time I used it. At 22, I don't have any wrinkles to speak of, so I can't comment on whether they improved or not!
When I ran out of my normal day moisturiser, I switched to using this in the mornings and have been equally as pleased. The lotion itself is a lovely texture and smells live berries - delicious! I found that it mattified my skin and made a great base for make-up. Out of everything I tried from Korres, this was my favourite by a mile, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a hardworking, multi-purpose facial cream.
Sinéad: I've never been much of a hand cream fiend before this year. I was never patient enough to let one soak in and, as a result, everything would be a greasy, sticky mess! However, since keeping one beside my desk in work (Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange to be precise) I've found myself applying it liberally and religiously throughout the day. When the Korres Hand Cream landed with us, I thought it was perfect to keep beside my bed and continue my new handcare routine at home.
The consistency is very similar to the body butter; thick and smooth yet, not at all greasy. It also soaks in very fast which is a godsend if you like to read in bed before going asleep- no finger marked pages here! I'm not too keen on the scent of this one. It's not offensive enough to stop me using it, especially because the results are so good, but, it doesn't have the same fuzzy-and-cosy-inside effect on me that the body butter does. No biggie but, a point worth mentioning.
Dee: My hair is massive, thick and unruly, so I knew that the Shea Butter & Vitamin E Hair Mask would have to work hard in order to impress me. The packaging was the first thing that I really liked about this product - a toothpaste-like pump ensure minimum waste and fuss in the shower.
I found the mask itself lovely and thick and the scent isn't too overpowering. I've been using this once a week, combing it through my hair and leaving it on for a few minutes. I really liked the results - my hair felt stronger and looked more smooth and shiny after each use. Definite thumbs up from me and my mane!
Sinéad: I presume I'm not the only one who gets hung up on beauty products after seeing them in YouTube videos or on blogs. In the past, I wouldn't rest until I had gotten my hands on Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume and an EOS lip balm and a Korres Lip Butter was always on that list too so, you can imagine how delighted I was to get to try it!
I can't stress how much I love this product. It's gives just the slightest nude pink tint to the lips and stays put for aaaages! It also smells divine, like caramel, and on more than one occasion I have had to stop myself licking it off my finger after applying it (No shame here!)! My only qualm is about the packaging; the pot is a bit messy and germy but, I saw in a recent MakeUpByTiffanyD video that the Lip Butters are now available in a tube so, I'll definitely be investing in that once the pot runs out!