My friend Kristal Winter launched her own botanical based skincare and makeup line here in Winnipeg, Manitoba a few years ago, and she was kind enough to give me a few samples of her products! Her products are currently not available in stores just yet but if you wanted to drop her an email, she can get some products sent out to you! She sometimes does pop up shops in local Winnipeg stores to advertise and market her products, and I absolutely love the fact that all her products are made here in Canada :)
I was forutnate to have a Hawaii layover last week which allowed me to test out the products to see how they worked on my skin in the hot weather as well as the cold ( WINTERPEG, Manitoba). Here's a little history on the type of skin I have: I have combination skin which is usually normal to oily skin, but definitely on the dryer side in the winter. I often get these stubborn dry patches on my skin causing minor flaking which gives me not option but to apply a whack load of moisturizer on.
Okay ! So I was given 5 skin care products to try out, I'll review each product in the above photo from top to bottom.
WASH (Chamomile Facial Wash) - I found the texture of this face wash creamy, and when washing it off, it left my face feeling soft, as if serum was left on my skin after washing. The scent was pleasant, it had a light scent that wasn't overwhelming. I'm actually not used to cleansers that don't make my skin feel like every ounce of makeup has been removed as in a squeaky clean feel, but I was pleased to say that this face wash removed all my left over makeup that my moist makeup remover facial cloth didn't remove which I tested with the toner.
PROTECT (Jojoba Day Moisturizer) - I used this moisturizer in the heat and in the cold. It's a nice light moisturizer, not quite heavy like a cream moisturizer would be. For my skin it worked best in warmer weather (e.g., spring and summer) than colder winter weather. I tend to have really dry skin in the the winter months so I definitely need a heavier cream moisturizer that'll seep into my skin. It had a nice smell that again wasn't overpowering which is something I look for in skincare products.
EXFOLIATE (Mint Exfoliating Facial Polish) - This product was definitely my favourite! It had tiny exfoliating beads that gently exfoliated all the crummy little dry skin cells off my face! I especially loved how tiny the beads were and gently it was on my skin. The smell? Amazing. It was a refreshing minty smell that left my face feeing soft, smooth and ready for the serum!
FIRM (Face & Eye Serum) - First of all I loved how she marketed this product as a face AND eye serum all in one. Less bottles means less hassle for me! I lathered this product al lover my face after I toned it of course, and it dried up nice and quick for my my next application - the moisturizer. This specific product didn't really have any scent to it at all, which is nice when you're piling up your skin with countless scented products from cleansers to toners etc.
TONE (Botanical Firming Toner) - I'm so bad with using toners, I tend to get lazy with this step but it's so necessary to use when you wear foundation! I applied a small amount of this toner on a cotton ball and it wasn't drying to my face at all ! No harsh smell, and no drying alcohol feel. My favourite part about using any toner is flipping the nasty cotton pad to see how dirty my skin was and to see the left over makeup that was left by my cleanser. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not have any dirt not that cotton pad! Honestly, that rarely happens ! I couldn't even believe it that I had to take my Lancome toner o see if what I was seeing was right. I swabbed my face with my current toner and I couldn't believe my eyes...no dirt on the cotton pad. This clearly meant that the UNYQUE cleanser did it's job and removed every ounce of makeup off my skin. Bravo Kristal...Bravo!! :)
I hope you enjoyed this review on UNYQUE Beauty products, if you have any questions about her botanical skin care line, please feel free to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: unyque_beauty !