Miniature Review: ARK Skincare, Ren Skincare and Elemental Herbology

That’s it, I’m not even going to attempt updating my blog once every other day because my schedule is rather packed with revision and project work at the moment. Twice a week is a good amount too, what do you think? 
I’ve collected a few smaller skincare samples over the past few months, mostly from beauty boxes and goodie bags. I think some of these are great, but a sachet or a 10ml sample is just too small to have its own deserving post. Therefore, I’ve decided to write a series of posts called Miniature Reviews, where I can feature a few smaller products at once. The review for each product won’t be as detailed, but it’s better than nothing. 馃檪 Also, if you’re a company, do get in contact if you want a full coverage of your brand.
ARK Age Aware Skincare
I came across ARK Skincare at a Beauty Bar event earlier this year. Forget about the different skin types, ARK is an age aware skin care brand that sells their products by age: Age Prepare (teens to 30s), Age Maintain (30-50) and Age Repair (50+). I think this is an interesting concept that thinks outside the box of conventional types of skin type categories: dry, normal, oily, ageing and combinational etc. It’s simple, state your age and they’ll have something for you.
Age Prepare Skin Clear Cleasner* (Full Price: 拢22 per 200ml)
This Skin Clear Cleanser is meant to create a balance between dry and oily skin. It’s completely natural and I believe fragrance free because it only has a weak smell of herbs. The texture is super gentle and it lathers up nicely. Besides, it’s removes a decent amount of makeup and it leaves my skin very soft.
Age Prepare Skin Vitality Moisturiser* (Full Price: 拢25 per 50ml)
Again, a super gentle and extremely pure product without any fragrance by ARK Skincare. The texture is very lotion-like, so it glides on and smoothes out easily. The moisture lasts all day! It’s really just a ‘as simple as it gets’ type of moisturiser.
Ren Clean Skincare
Come on, if you’re a beauty blogger then you’ve definitely tried or read about these Ren Skincare masks. Ren is a well-established international brand that focuses on natural skin care. They’ve won many beauty awards and are featured over and over again in the top magazines. 

Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (Full Price: 拢30 for 50ml)

I read many reviews on this mask a while ago, but not so much recently. All good things, of course. Therefore, I was really excited to try this when I received it in my British Beauty Blogger Box. For me, this is like a honey mask with medical herbs, it smelt like that anyways. I think this mask is very moisturising and it’s got a bit of a tightening effect. Nonetheless, it lasts for ages and ages, I’m definitely getting 10+ applications out of this tiny sample.

Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask (Full Price: 拢18 per 50ml)

This Pores Detox Mask is basically a clay mask, but a lot smoother in texture. It even smells like one, but milder. This mask dries within 5 minutes of application, so it’s a really quick detox. After trying this for a few weeks, I cannot say that my pores have decreased, but I can definitely see an improve in my blackheads because they’re not as visible as before. 
Elemental Herbology 
I bought these samples ages ago in a Naturissimo haul. What attracted me to Elemental Herbology (before I read any reviews) is the name and the beautiful packaging. Elemental Herbology is of course a natural brand with products that are “100% free from synthetic fragrance, artificial colour, mineral oils, sulphates, parabens and preservatives.”
Facial Glow Radiance Peel (Full Price: 拢40 per 50ml)
This Radiance Peel is basically an exfoliator that you leave on for 4 minutes. I think this product is good, but it wasn’t amazing. It left my face feeling soft for a few hours, but other than that it didn’t do much for me. 
Moisture Replenish Cell Plumping Moisturiser (Full Price: 拢44 per 50ml)
This moisturiser is definitely the better product of the two. It’s got a strong smell of flowers and herbs, roses in particular. This moisturiser is rich, but it’s not too heavy, which is nice. It always leaves face feeling plumped and it holds in the moisture.
So this turned into a rather long post after all. Haha, I can’t stop myself from writing! The background isn’t too exciting, it’s a side bit of a cafe I came across in Kensington Gardens. Please, leave a comment below if you’ve tried any of these products or recommend anything from any of these brands. 馃檪

*Free sample product




  1. March 5, 2014 / 8:17 am

    Nice sample reviews :-)! would love to discover more facial masks soon. I will soon post a review of the one I am currently using now :-). x

    • March 5, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you Audrey! I do love face masks, too bad that you can only use them up to twice a week! 馃檨
      Looking forward to reading your review x

  2. March 5, 2014 / 9:35 am

    I really like the REN Glycolactic mask, although the first time I used it I wasn't sure if I liked the scent of it. It made a lovely difference to my skin though so thumbs up x

    • March 5, 2014 / 10:12 pm

      Ren masks are wonderful! Haha, same here… I thought it smelt like some sort of herbal remedy medicine! :p x

    • March 5, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      You should! Even a mini sample is totally worth it, I've had mine for at least two months and there's still some left x

    • March 5, 2014 / 10:14 pm

      Yeah, I only came across ARK recently, but I think their concept is rather interesting. X

    • March 5, 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Definitely something that everyone should try. Thanks again! 馃檪 x

  3. March 5, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Wonderful post…I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

    • March 5, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks Nessa, glad you like it 馃檪 x