After sharing insights into Skin Owl and introducing Annie Tevelin to those of you who weren’t familiar with her work before, I thought I would jump right into sharing some of my insights into Skin Owl products that Annie kindly gifted me, as well as the others that I purchased from Cult Beauty, brand’s main UK retailer for the time being.
Maqui Berry Beauty Drops PM, 60ml, £79
This product replaced Annie’s first product Beauty Drops, that was very much loved by women around the world. As I mentioned in my previous post, Annie was honest with her customers and followers, telling them about planned product change that was in the works, as well as the reasons behind it. It is something that some of the other brand founders can learn from, instead of instantly taking a product off the shelf with no prior warning or explanation. In my experience disengagement from loyal consumers that support the brand from the beginning can be a very costly mistake.
Annie developed this product with all skin types in mind, from oily prone to breakouts, to mature that needs extra hydration. Maqui Beauty Drops contain antioxidants & phytochemicals that neutralise DNA – damaging free radicals, thus reducing cell damage. With regular use you will hopefully notice dull skin become visibly radiant, congested skin will become clearer and uneven texture and tone will visibly improve for the better in time. It also promises to tighten & reduce pore size, as well as calm irritation and redness.
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Maqui Berry Drops have antimicrobial & antibacterial properties. Depending on your skin’s needs, apply five to seven drops after cleansing to your skin in the evening, instead of your usual serum or moisturiser. Inhale the fruity, uplifting scent and turn your evening skincare application into a mini-beauty ritual, massaging the tension out of your face.
When formulating her products, Annie makes sure they don’t contain synthetic fragrance, parabens, ethoxylated ingredients and each formula is cruelty-free & vegan (interestingly, just as I was editing this post, I received an e-mail that contained information about Naturissimo launching a ‘vegan’ section on their website). For those of you contemplating swapping your mainstream beauty brand, like Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, this product is a good option, as recommended by Annie and her team.
Maqui Berry Drops ‘pairs’ well with the Beauty Whip, which I will talk about in more detail below, as well as any morning/daytime Beauty Drops, like Lavender, Geranium or Clary Sage ( I have a particular affinity with Lavender Beauty Drops and sometimes cheekily use Maqui Berry in the morning and Lavender drops in the evening, but as always, this is down to individual and skin type preference).
In terms of ‘key ingredients‘ in this formula, you have Maqui Berry Oil, Omega 3,6 & 9, Vitamin A, D, E & K, as well as Tangerine & Vanilla essential Oils. Annie chose them for their nourishing and healing properties, as well as ability to boost collagen production and slowing down premature aging of the skin. You can also count on them to calm, reduce inflammation, moisturise and decongest the skin, so the formula is quite versatile for different skin types, as well as ages to which it caters.
The pale, almost translucent colour of this oil opens up on your warm skin and delights the senses with an uplifting scent of orange groves. The ‘rich’ texture sinks into the skin within seconds, leaving behind smooth, more supple skin, but also allows you to massage your face and neck without dragging or pulling of the skin. For me it is definitely a face oil that stays on the beauty radar, rather than disappears from it.
Ingredients: Raw, organic, cold-pressed African Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Oil, pure Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui Berry) Oil, Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) Co2 extract, Citrus reticulata (tangerine) oil.
Maqui Berry Beauty Whip, 57g, £68
I first tried this product a few months ago, through my Beauty Heroes subscription box, where it played the role of a helpful ‘side-kick’ to the Beauty Drops. While it is primarily a mask, I enjoyed using it most as a primer before make-up application, as I found it not only ‘primed’ the skin, but also allowed the make-up to ‘stay’ in place for a bit longer than usual, which is a bonus when you don’t want to, or have the time to re-apply your make-up during the day.
According to Annie, this product is a three-in-one – ‘a face mask, makeup primer and Beauty Drops booster’. This gentle, creamy skin-drenching mask is boosted with ace hydrators like Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Olive and Jojoba Oils, plus antioxidant-rich Patagonian Maqui Berry, Organic Rooibos, toning DMAE and smoothing MSM‘.
The way to use it is to mix one pump’s worth with any of Skin Owl’s Beauty drops, this way is will act as a moisture booster and make-up primer. If you want to use it as a mask, then cleanse your skin and apply a thin layer of the Beauty Whip, avoiding the eye and lip area, and leave it on for up to thirty minutes. Due to its light texture akin to moisturiser, it sinks in, so you can get on with doing things around your home, without scaring your friend, roommate or family member away. You can also leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning, following it with the application of the Beauty Drops of your choice. It really is up to you how you want to use it, so try it in a variety of ways and find what suits you.
Tip: once in use, keep Beauty Whip in the fridge, for extra plumping and de-puffing benefits. It really perks the skin up with its cooling sensation.
If you are looking for swapping for a more natural formula, than this product can be a suitable alternative to ‘Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask’ & it pairs well a soothing Eye+, as well as Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage and Maqui Berry Beauty Drops PM.
List of ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Organic Olive Fruit Oil (Olea Europaea), Organic Alcohol, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Emulsifying Wax (Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Lecithin), Stearic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, MSM (Dimethyl Sulfone), DMAE Bitartrate (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate), Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina), Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis), Organic Rooibos Leaf Extract (Aspalathus Linearis), Organic Lavender Extract (Lavandula Angustifolia), Maqui Berry (Aristotelia chilensis) Concentrate Powder, Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Of cinalis),Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Organic White Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Sun ower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Xanthan Gum
Beauty Steam in ‘Lovey Dovey, limited edition
I have been a somewhat reluctant to join in recent excitement about the re-emergence of face steaming, as my childhood experiences of steaming over garlic water or Vicks, when I had colds, left an imprint of a sweaty face and a sense of boredom. Having said that, I have done face steaming with fresh herbs in the past and in the right circumstances (when I am in the sauna, for example) and provided your skin isn’t easily aggravated by steam, like skin prone to rosacea, it makes for a wonderful experience in the colder months of the year.
Annie created this combination of herbs, which includes lavender and rose buds, as a special treat for Valentine’s Day, offering women some extra moments all to themselves. It’s not often we get to enjoy some peace of the ‘me time’ and the precious moments of silence and reflection that come with it. I actually added it to my bath water, to which I added some milk as well, a la Cleopatra, and had a dreamy time listening to my favourite tunes, all by myself. Alternatively Annie shared her tip for face steaming: provided you haven’t dripped your sweat into the bowl, using a sieve and then drink the warm steam water as a soothing cup of tea, which helps you be more open-hearted when it comes to matters of the world. Longer breaths, calmer mind, happy tummy and complexion. That’s what I call a beautiful multi-tacker.
Skin Owl Match Beauty Bar, 128g, £22
This was my ‘green eyed’ purchase, after smelling the bar that Annie gave to a fellow blogger Ailish during our Triyoga catch-up, when Annie’s was on a whistle stop work trip to London. You lift the lid of the brown carton box and the ‘pepperminty-matcha-chewing gum’ aroma makes you feel blissed out there and then. As I couldn’t get its smell out of my head, I ordered myself a bar from Cult Beauty (Skin Owl has a few of them and some of them also come with wooden soap holders and smaller accompagnying soap bar, convenient for travel) and started putting it to good use as soon as it arrived.
This bar was created for dry and fatigued skin types and it promises to deeply cleanse you skin, while also moisturising it and reviving a tired complexion – something that many of us are familiar with, after cold winter months that are only now starting to allow the warming sun and air to tentatively surround us. It is also a product that Annie calls her ‘labour of love’ for the customers.
Annie suggests using this bar in the morning and evening, by dipping it into the water and gently massaging the wet bar over your face. If that doesn’t appeal, wash your hands first, than lather them with this bar and cleanse your face with it. Rinse the skin off, making sure you don’t leave any residue behind and pat skin dry with a face towel.
I use this bar to not only wash my face and neck, but sometimes I take it to the shower and use it instead of the shower gel on my body, emerging clean & serene. Then I simply cocoon myself in a fluffy bath robe and if I feel like some added benefits for my skin, I massage a body balm or body oil all over the body. There is something deeply old-fashioned about soap bars and something that truly appeals to me, provided it offers my skin a good combination of ingredients and doesn’t strip my skin of moisture, something that some soaps easily do.
Tip: You can steam your already cleansed face over the water, where this bar has been rinsed a few times, while your complexion is covered in Maqui Berry Drops. Beauty nurturing mini ritual in the making!
List of ingredients: GMO-free Matcha Green Tea Powder, Saponified Olea europea (Olive Oil), Unrefined Vitellaria paradoxa (Shea) Butter, Unrefined Organic Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, GMO-free Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Mentha spicata (Spearmint) Essential Oil, GMO-free Camellia sinuses (Green Tea) extract. made in the USA.
Skin Owl Body + (a crystal inspired illuminator for Body & Face), 60ml,
Inspired by three of the earth’s most precious gemstones, Amethyst, Morganite & Selenite, SkinOwl recently launched a trio of Body+ Face Illuminators intended to highlight, soften & perfect the skin, while adding nourishment with uniquely penetrating and pure plant oils. You make a choice based on the colour – choose from Amethyst (white), Morganite (orange-rusty in colour & Selenite (purple) crystal oils, as well as qualities attributed to each one.
Annie has been a big fan of crystals for years and so she wanted to utilise their positive qualities in her skincare products that you can use on their own or under your make-up. And using this product, according to Annie, is like ‘drenching your skin in sparkle and snow-kisses’.
Crystalline, sometimes called ‘an angelic crystal’ is supposed to help clean your aura and keep you on the track, if it is something that you believe in, as well as calm skin redness and uneven texture and tone.
”When you apply it onto the collarbone, tops of shoulders & cheekbones, it acts as a subtle reminder that when we protect ourselves from the people & places that deplete us, we can achieve anything AND in half the time.”
This unscented, pale yellow in colour oil can be worn under the makeup or simply by itself. When the bottle (which has a handy slide dropper for application) stands on your bathroom shelf, mica tends to settle or pool at the bottom of the bottle, looking like full moon. So if I use it in the evening, I do it without shaking the bottle prior to use, massaging it in straight after cleansing and toning. If I use it under the make-up, then I shake the bottle vigorously for a few seconds and then apply it, knowing that it will sink into my skin fairly quickly, without leaving residue, but adding a barely noticeable veil.
If you are going out to dinner, slide the dropper atop of shoulders, over your cheekbones & collarbone for an all-over glow, that isn’t brazen. Annie loves using it under make-up & tends to ‘pair’ it with a red lip, white, silvery or bright eyeshadow, as white mica reflects lightly, but beautifully, making you feel instantly elegant. You can use this body and face illuminator instead of a body balm or make-up primer, as a blend of radiance boosting plant oils boosts skin radiance. This product is like an inviting whisper, rather than a loud scream ‘look at me’.
Knowing that some of you might potentially question the use of ‘mica’ in the product, I asked Annie about it and her reply was as follows. ‘Mica is a type of silicate mineral with diverse chemical composition. If there are high concentrations of it, mostly seen in eye shadows and bronzers, it can be a irritating to the pores, and thus causing ruddiness and breakouts. It is a low hazard ingredient and has no links to cancer, immunotoxicity, infertility, developmental or reproductive toxicity. The brand we use, which is proprietary, is one of the best and least brittle in terms of silicates.’
List of ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flowers in Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Mica
Skin Owl Body +An Amethyst inspired Illuminator, 15ml
Choosing Amethyst is akin to gifting yourself a look of lilac luminescence, as it ‘cancels out’ the look of tired, lackluster skin with a radiance boosting opalescence and amethyst-hued holographic sheen. As to this stone’s ‘power’, it is believed to enhance one’s creativity & passion, as well as strengthen the imagination, intuition and helps to refines the thinking processes. Some people believe in this stone’s ‘super power’ when it comes to focus & success, but of course it depends on your own belief (or disbelief for that matter) when it comes to the subject of crystals, that has been widely debated lately, due to the re-emergence of popularity of crystals and questions regarding their provenance & quality.
Amethyst works best under the make-up with pink/lilac or rosy undertones and Annie says that it looks particularly gorgeous on your body, when you are wearing white of pastel colours, as purple defuses it beautifully. When applied onto collarbones, tops of shoulders & cheekbones, it can act as a subtle reminder that our life is meant to be lived to the fullest and not necessarily hedonistically. I got this 15ml bottle of Illuminator as a promo gift on my CB Skin Owl order, so I intentionally left some aside, in order to use it in the summer, when white jeans and tops come out of the wardrobe in order to enhance the naturally tanned skin.
I also find that those Body+ oils are ‘paired’ perfectly with RMS Beauty make-up products, enhancing each others effect on your features and helping daylight accentuate your features in the natural light, while making you feel more sensuous in the evening, when you go out for dates, dinners or social commitments.
P.s. at the moment you can buy a Body+ Trio of 15ml oils on Cult Beauty for £69, as the full size of Body+ Crystal inspired Illuminator seems to be out of stock, as is the Matcha Bar (it is available as a set that I mentioned above). Please do check availability though, as this is the information that was current at the time I published this post.
List of Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flowers in Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Mica
To find out more about Skin Owl, please click here for the brand’s website or here for the products available to purchase from Cult Beauty in the UK (both links aren’t sponsored, nor are they affiliated).