Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Feel Unique Haul (featuring Antipodes, Daniel Sandler, and more!)

Hi, everyone! In a previous post I gave a sneak peek at my Feel Unique haul, and now it's time for the whole she-bang! I'd heard of Feel Unique from a few UK-based bloggers and was definitely curious, especially since the site carries brands that I can't find here in Toronto. When I got wind that they were having a sale, I finally caved! It was so difficult to narrow down the order to a reasonable selection (as their offerings are so lovely!), but here are the goodies that made the final edit:

(L-R, Front to Back): Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (Combination to Oily Skin) BB Cream in Light, Antipodes Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip, Elemental Herbology Age Support Bio Cellular Cleanse, Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme Bronzer in Fiji, Daniel Sandler Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Red, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush in Cherub

The package arrived on my doorstep after the first day of my new job, which was perfect timing. What a nice treat! (And the credit card statement is due after my first pay cheque comes in, which is also fortuitous timing ;)

I've sampled everything from the lot so far, some more than others. I've included my preliminary thoughts below, and will definitely be featuring some more in-depth reviews of some later on!


Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
This has been raved about so much in the blogosphere lately that it was difficult to ignore. First, I've been dying to try Antipodes in general, as brands that are natural, effective, and super chic can be tough to find. I was tempted by the Manuka Honey Mask in particular because it claimed to deep clean while hydrating deeply, something my sensitive, oily skin is always up for! I've tried this a few times so far and it's really lived up to its claims. The smell is incredible and it does what it promises: my skin feels clean and plump, never dry or greasy. No complaints so far!


Antipodes Divine Face Oil- Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip
This lovely item was featured in my most recent wishlist and was a craving spurred by the lovely Gita at Odds and Ends, one of my favourite blogs. She had claimed that this facial oil was fantastic for oily, sensitive, blemish-prone skin, and I was inclined to trust her judgement. I'm so glad I did! I've been using this oil every morning underneath my foundation primer and it does an incredible job at hydrating and nourishing my skin without feeling greasy. Using only 2 drops (a little goes a long way), it leaves my skin shine-free (with the help of foundation and powder) all day, which seems like a miracle, given that it's an oil! Plus, I do think it's helping fade my acne marks and the scent is lovely (soft and herbal), so this has been a total winner!


Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse
This purchase was completely on a whim. While I had heard great things about Elemental Herbology and had sampled some of their skin care a while back, I had heard nothing about this particular cleanser. But the description reeled me in- it promised to deep cleanse without stripping the skin and touted ingredients that would help brighten and hydrate while purifying. It all sounded promising! I have used this only once so far, only to find it didn't do a fantastic job at removing makeup. But not to despair; I will try to use this as a morning cleanser when the weather gets colder. I still have hope that it could be a good fit!


Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (Combination to Oily Skin) B.B. Cream in Light
This is a goody that I've been curious about ever since Kat at Kitsch Snitch raved about it earlier last year. She claimed that it was an excellent B.B. Cream for oilier skin types, offering good coverage and keeping things shine-free. I purchased the North American version of the combination/oily skin formula a while back, but was discouraged to find that the lightest shade in the range was light/medium, which was a smidge too dark for my NC15/20 complexion. When I saw that the UK version has a straight-up "Light" shade, I was thrilled! I've only used this a couple times so far, so the jury is still out, but the shade is a perfect match!


Daniel Sandler Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Red
I had been super curious about the Daniel Sandler line for a while, but had heard nothing specific about their lipstick. As soon as I did a web search for Micro Red, I knew it was a shade I had to own! I'm a sucker for warm-toned reds, and this one is a stunning, vibrant barely orange scarlet with a matte, yet moisturizing finish. It reminds me of my beloved MAC Lady Bug Lipstick, but with a more pigmented, less shiny formula. It creates instant glam, while still remaining quite wearable. An immediate favourite!


Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Cherub
This was a Daniel Sandler product that I had heard some buzz about and was definitely eager to try. Selecting a shade was tough, but I opted for Cherub, a slightly cool, soft pink. The formula is quite liquid (as the name suggests) and one tiny drop is all that's needed. Upon first application, I was instantly smitten! The formula melts effortlessly into the skin, blending easily and drying to a glowy, yet not remotely greasy finish. And it really lasts all day! I've been wearing this to work almost every day- really the perfect office-friendly pop of colour that's still going strong when 5pm rolls around!


Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme Bronzer in Fiji
This was a product I picked up almost exclusively because of a rave from Viola at Killer Colours. The bronzer looks quite dark and intimidating in the pan, but it was so incredibly flattering on Viola's skin that I had to give it a go! While Fiji is rather dark when applied heavily, the texture is quite light and incredibly blendable. It really leaves a lovely, warm glow to the skin! This may be a bit deep for my skin during the wintertime (though I'll continue to try different application techniques), but I will definitely be wearing this like crazy next summer!


And swatches of the makeup goodies!

(L-R): Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (Combination to Oily Skin) B.B. Cream in Light, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Cream Bronzer in Fiji, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush in Cherub, Daniel Sandler Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Red (against my NC15 skin)

And that's it! Overall, I'm super pleased with everything I picked up from Feel Unique and would be eager to order from them again. Some of these goodies are already staples in my rotation, and others I'm dying to test out further.

Have you ever ordered from Feel Unique? What are some favourites from the brands I featured here? Did I tempt you with anything? ;)

Thanks for reading! xo

20 comments:

  1. Great choices! I almost made a purchase once on this website.

    ♥ Blog Cerejas no Topo:
    http://www.cerejasnotopo.com

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    1. Thanks! It really was a smooth and easy website to use :)

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  2. great post. would you like to follow eachother?
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Will visit your blog soon :)

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  3. I´ve been looking to try Daniel Sandler for a while now..that red is devine!

    http://jezzdallasmakeup.blogspot.com/

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    1. It really is a fantastic brand and the lipstick definitely doesn't disappoint! Thanks for stopping by, Jezz :)

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    1. It really is a good one! Thanks for stopping by, Hannah! xo

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  5. Aaaah Jen, AWESOME haul! You can never go wrong with Antipodes, ever! :)

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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    1. Agreed! Thanks for introducing me to the face oil, Gita! xo

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  6. Really want to try some antipodes products! They keep cropping up and the reviews are always positive! x

    aztecdoll.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Antipodes really is worth checking out! Totally in love with the face oil :)

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  7. Daniel Sandler blushes are on my wish list, they look divine!

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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    1. The blush is really incredible! Will be posting a review of it soon. Thanks for stopping by, Laura! xo

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  8. The Daniel Sandler blush sounds great, may have to check that one out :) xx

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    1. It really is fantastic! I've been loving it so far :)

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  9. Oh, I love the shade of that Bubble Lipstick in micro red!! Somewhat pinkish and perfectly sexy... I was looking for a good BB cream but I gave up because none of them offered enough (any really) coverage. Maybe I should try this one by Garnier since people like it!

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    1. Yeah, the lipstick is amazing! A perfect red. And the Garnier BB Cream is pretty great too!

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  10. !! thanks for introducing this site! have been lemming antipodes for a while
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. The site really carries some great brands and was easy to use. Antipodes really is worth checking out! :)

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All of your lovely comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your musings, ideas, and opinions. Feel free to leave a link to your blog- I'd be happy to check it out :)