After the FABB event in Manchester it took me a couple of days to go through the goodie bag. I'd seen a few people mentioning on twitter how they'd received a £30 gift card to spend at ESPA, and me not really knowing what ESPA was wasn't as excited as they seemed to be. That was until I found my own voucher and went online...
I've started getting really into skin care, and straight away I knew what I was going to spend my voucher on. I decided to go for smaller sizes of the products as I didn't want to spend a lot of money on something that my skin may not agree with.
The first thing I decided upon was the Nourishing Cleansing Balm. It removes make up and impurities as well as helping to purify, soften and firm. The tiny 13g jar costs £14.50 (or 60g for £45) which I do think is a bit costly, however I've used balms before and I know that they do last a very long time so although this is only 13g, it should last me a good half a year - more if I'm lucky.
Next up was the 24 Hour Balancing Moisturiser. I have combination skin so I'm always on the hunt for a good moisturiser that won't leave my skin feeling oily and clogged up. This claims to hydrate, smooth and clear as well as protecting and moisturising without clogging pores. Perfect! It does smell strongly of lavender, but that doesn't bother me. 15ml of this stuff costs £15 (or 55ml for £35) which again is expensive, however I do think that this will last me a while too. These products are luxury products too so they're obviously going to be a bit more than high street prices.
So that's the two jars that I bought with the voucher. Upon checkout ESPA offered four free products which I think is incredibly generous of them. I chose the Cleanse and Exfoliate Refining Skin Polish which is from the same range as the 24 Hour Moisturiser. My sample is 7ml which is worth about £6. You can buy a 15ml jar for £13 or 55ml for £25.50.
That just gave me the task of finding three products. I decided to choose three from the same range as I think I'd see the full benefits if I used then as a routine. I chose the Super Active Lift and Firm Moisturiser 7ml (25ml for £38) and Intensive Eye Serum 3ml (15ml for £55). Both of these products claim to reduce fine lines and smooth the skin. I also chose a mask as I love using masks and it will be interesting to see the difference between a luxury mask and high street ones. The mask I chose was the Super Active Skin Radiance Mask 7ml (25ml for £34)
I look forward to trying all these products thoroughly and writing up reviews for you lovely readers. I've already tested a few of them but I'll review them next month so that you get a more honest review.