Product Rave: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I purchased this after reading rave two reviews of the product by  Gemma and Anna. You may also remember a certain tweet from Miss Victoria Beckham:

-Consider me sold.

 I spent two nights last week in Oxford at my boyfriends and only took with me a) face wash b) moisturiser because I am a lazy sod and transporting my entire bathroom contents to his house and back to mine via two packed trains just did not appeal to me. Upon my awakening on Thursday morning, after I'd stumbled into the bathroom and my bleary eyes had finally focused upon the sleepy face and got over the ridiculous bedhead staring back at me in the mirror, I realised that the morning  - alright, fine - the early afternoon light - was highlighting the series of tiny little, but incredibly visible and plentiful, blemishes which now covered my chin.  

 Queue a huge panic from me as I mentally ran through the contents of my wash bag   'A) face wash B) moisturiser) BUGGER!!!' and it slowly dawned on me that I had absolutely nothing to use to attempt to hault these pesky spots and the contents of my boyfriends room was limited to an empty can of Lynx (why?WHY?), some toothpaste, cologne (admittedly very nice Chanel cologne but still useless for the task in hand) and some shaving gel. 'But wait  -that strong-smelling-spray-thingy I absent-mindedly chucked in my handbag is still in there!' and guess what Caroline (skincare expert from Beauty Mouth) mentioned that it was good for acne. So I spritzed it...and spritzed and spritzed and spritzed.

And by golly gosh it actually seemed to halt the blemishes from developing and by Saturday they had vanished completely. Now these were only tiny blemishes so I'm not hailing this as the cure for acne but I have not yet found a product that worked THAT well before without drying out my face in any way. The beauty of this product is that it's beneficial for your skin in so many ways - the fact it helps to combat blemishes is just an added bonus. 

The Main ingredients are: extracts of grape essential oil of rosemary, orange blossom and rose extracts, benzoin, myrrh essential oils of oraganic balm mint and mint. Caroline and other beauty a aficionados on twitter have suggested it is probably the combination of rosemary and mint which fights acne as it is antibacterial. The beauty elixir can also be used over makeup to set and/or to refresh it. The Beauty Elixir smooths features, tightens pores, and gives the complexion a burst of radiance. You can really smell the mint and it smells rather 'medicinal' and sometimes makes my eyes sting slightly - definitely keep them shut whilst spraying! The only downside is that this really is 'crack in a bottle' as Gemma described it and I will be repurchasing the full size in the next few weeks! I originally purchased the 30ml version for £9.90.

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