I’ve always appreciated quality (read expensive) skincare and cosmetics. Before I had Ben I wouldn’t have thought twice about splashing out on regular treats from MAC or Clarins. But then maternity pay hit and those luxuries become less affordable. Of course now that I’m a mum of three it’s not just justifying the expense but its hard to find the time to luxuriate in a lovely skin care routine or putting on a full face of make up.
What a treat to be offered the opportunity to review Marini Holiday Exfoliator – “a clinical-strength resurfacer that immediately refines skin texture and follicle size and leaves the skin with a radiant polished glow”
I was really excited to open the packaging, I think when you’re buying an expensive product the packaging is important. I want it to feel nice, to be a satisfying weight in my hand and for the lid to fasten effortlessly. These little things make a really big difference when it comes to your experience of using a product and the Marni Holiday Exfoliator doesn’t disappoint on this front.
The Exfoliator itself smells gorgeous, it is described as having a “delicious sugar cookie scent” and I have to admit I was nervous it might be a strong, sickly smell but it’s not at all. Just a gentle, pleasant biscuity smell on application, it’s not a long lasting scent at all.
Reading the instructions for application I was a bit nervous as it said it might tingle – I didn’t think that sounded particularly gentle so I gave it try on my hand first. You can see just how fine the grains are – there’s nothing harsh or abrasive about this exfoliator. I was really impressed with the effect on my hand so got right on with slapping it on my face!
The product spreads easily – it isn’t too thick, nor too scratchy (though if you pause to take a selfie it does dry and go a bit crunchy!) It washes off easily, going all sort of silky as you add water, leaving your face feeling so soft and smooth. I couldn’t stop touching my skin afterwards.
I’m not sure you can really see the difference in the photos but I promise you my skin feels gorgeous. My moisturiser and make up went on like a dream.
As I sat down to write this review tonight I asked Dave if he could tell which of my hands I had used the scrub on and he was immediately able to tell the difference in the texture of the skin on the back of my hands.
This is a really gorgeous facial exfoliator and well worth the £40 price tag. (It even comes in a “holiday” themed box at the moment making it a great Christmas present!)
*Disclaimer – I was sent this product free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*