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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Sometimes, sustaining the worst of pains makes relief all the more profitable. An example? When your feet get so tired from walking and standing on them for so long, it feels as if there are rocks down there, there's only one way to relieve such a pain. It often happens during rehearsals, and my ballerina friends and I dash out as soon as our master utters "take five," grab our water bottles and snacks, collapse, and throw our feet in the air, perpendicular to the floor and let that blood drain. It's the simple pleasures, really, that make life fab. Blood rushing aside, sometimes you don't even notice the pain. Earlier in the Polar Vortex, I didn't realize how dehydrated my skin was until I applied this--the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I slapped this on, left it to penetrate for half and hour, and when I splashed my face with water, I had the softest skin I've ever felt. When I say soft, I mean baby soft, or soft like the head of my three month old lab puppy. 

Such a soft inducement was the result of hydrating ingredients such as avocado oil, glycerin, carrot oil, and, as per the name, manuka honey. With surrounding hype of it's healing properties, manuka honey acts as a humectant to bring moisture to the skin, but it's also famed for its treatment on blemishes on account of its antibacterial and astringent properties. With the addition of vanilla, this mask smells sweet, although I'll admit that the scent is a little strange, but not in a sickly way. Antioxidants, as well, increase this creamy, white potion's repertoire--suitable for morning or nightly use.

When I heard of this mask, it seemed like the perfect replacement for my clay mask void. But, although cleansing, it's definitely not comparable to your typical decongesting number. I've demonstrated my love for the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, and the Antipodes tube has an identical running wire. They're both über hydrating, although this one is a more potent version, whereas the Origins one acts as a moisturizer (as per its "overnight" claim). As I ween towards more natural alternatives, this Antipodes mask is a suitable, and more favorable, on account of its spot diminishing powers, than its counterpart. This offering from Antipodes, in particular, isn't organic, but other New Zealand-made products from the brand live up to the criteria. Nevertheless, look at the brief ingredients list and you'll see that this is nature's simplicity at work.

I may have preference for satisfying relief, but I don't think I'll be willing to leave this mask unused for reward of restraining. A honey and vanilla scent, baby-soft skin, diminished spots, and a juicy complexion? Yeah, I think I'll only have to restrain from using it everyday. 

25 comments :

  1. I love this mask, one of my favs! Smells completely gorgeous too x

    and beauty or something.

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  2. Ive been meaning to try this for a while! Looks so nice xx I had no idea you were a ballerina! x

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  3. I gave this a whirl as a spot treatment on an under the skin blemish and it worked soooo well! Woke up the next day with no sensitivity around the area and the spot significantly reduced! Like you, I too have to restrain from using daily...

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  4. This sounds lovely! Really want to try some more high end masks, as they same to do a lot more than drugstore ones (: xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Mademoiselle natureMarch 26, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Lovely post miss! I do use raw honey as face mask ..which comes to a less expensice price than this mask....although I am really tempted in buying it now :-) x

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  6. Elizabeth ParrishMarch 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Love the recommendation! Can't wait to try it out!
    Elizabeth xx

    http://littlelizziep.blogspot.com

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  7. Ugh another amazing review that makes me want to try this even more! Definitely time to save up the pennies for this mask. :)
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  8. Great review! This mask is on top of my wishlist, I should be getting one in a week or two, can't wait to try it!

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  9. I absolutely love this mask! It's my favourite of its type and I just find myself reaching for either this or the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque every single week. I think those two masks are the only ones I'll ever need. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  10. I actually just used this mask for my crazy acne & irritation, and left it on all night! Definitely helped 80% of my problems, love love love!
    blushingbiddies.com

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  11. Antipodes Scientific Organic BMarch 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Thank you for sharing the love of Aura Manuka Honey Mask. We love it too!

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  12. Ah, I am. It takes up most of my time, I'm kind of surprised it isn't more evident on here. Ha! xo

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  13. That sounds amazing! I'll definitely have to give that a try. xo

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  14. I haven't really tried any drugstore ones; I'm so hooked on higher end products (quality over quantity for me). xo

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  15. That sounds amazing! xo

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  16. Merci! Parlez-vous français? (:

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  17. Ha! That's kind of what I do.... (:

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  18. Ooo, tell me how you like it! xo

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  19. Both are amazing. I think I'm about to pick up Aesop Parsley Seed round two. xo

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  20. You're not the only one who has told me that you've left it on overnight. I need to try this stunning method! xo

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  21. this was really helpfull! thanks xx

    http://hilychee.blogspot.com/

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  22. You've sold it to me! Can't wait to try it. Love your blog btw, specially your style of writing!
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    blushnglow.com

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  23. Merci, and tell me how you like it when you try it. xo

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